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I came across this article today.  There is much dispute across the country if states should pass mandatory spay/neuter legislation.  Here is a link directly to the AVMA website http://www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/may09/090515j.asp

 What is your opinion?

“A new American Veterinary Medical Association report disputes claims that pets should be spayed or neutered for population control reasons, or that spay and neuter is always healthy for pets. The report finds adverse effects from spay and neuter include increased risks of prostate cancer, bone cancer, bladder cancer, hemangiosarcoma, obesity, diabetes, aggression, ligament rupture, and complications from surgery.

After reviewing the risks and benefits associated with spay and neuter of cats and dogs, the report concludes:javma_cover

Pets should be considered individually, with the understanding that for these pets, population control is a less important concern than is health of each animal….veterinarians and owners must consider the benefits and detriments of gonadectomy for each animal… It behooves us as veterinarians dedicated to the provision of the best possible care for animals to educate clients and evaluate each animal carefully when making recommendations regarding gonadectomy.

That’s the latest word from America’s leading association of veterinarians. The best interests of the individual patient are what should determine when or whether a pet should be spayed or neutered. This is a medical decision, to be decided by a pet owner in consultation with their veterinarian. One size does not fit all, and should not be mandated by the state.

28 March, 2009 (20:26) | Spay/Neuter Health

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Many pet parents know about the dangers of pets eating chocolate, but we learned last year about the more dangerous XYLITOL, a sugar substitute found in sugar-free products like chewing gum and candy.  XYLITOL is much more dangerous to our pets – please be careful to put these products out of reach of your precious ones!

More tips here….

Keep Your Pet Safe

published: 06/07/2009
How do you know which foods and household cleaners are safe for your pets? “If you have any doubts, ask your veterinarian,” says Dr. Steven Hansen, head of the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center. Some facts may surprise you. 

RELATIVELY SAFE
Chocolate. Don’t offer it as a treat, but don’t panic if your Lab eats a bar of milk chocolate—the worst she’ll likely get is a bellyache. Caution: Chocolate is more dangerous for smaller dogs. They may need a trip to the emergency clinic.

UNSAFE Xylitol sugar substitute. You’ll likely find this ingredient in your favorite sugar-free gum, candy, or cough drops. If your pet eats Xylitol, head to the vet immediately. Make sure you put candy where pets can’t get to it.

RELATIVELY SAFE
Commercial chewies made to be ingested and pet toys are usually fine. Dr. Hansen says to buy appropriate sizes and use as recommended. Watch for wear and replace as necessary. 

UNSAFE Letting a pet chew on socks, underwear, and nylons is risky business. Materials such as elastic can cause a blockage in the digestive tract if ingested. Keep laundry in hampers, and always watch for what your dog has in his mouth. 

RELATIVELY SAFE Soap-based cleaners such as those found in Swiffer products present no risk to pets. Nor is that “blue water” toilet cleaner a problem, although Hansen recommends keeping the lid down anyway.

UNSAFE Disinfectants and strong cleaning products are dangerous. Don’t store any cleaning products under the sink. Put them away in hard-to-reach cabinets.

UNSAFE “Easter lilies are lethal to cats,” Hansen warns. “It takes very little of this plant material to cause kidney failure.”

RELATIVELY SAFE Carrots, apple slices, and even pizza crusts are generally okay in moderate amounts, although sharing “people food” is not recommended. It can contribute to behavior problems (begging) and obesity.

UNSAFE Raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, and dough are off-limits. Because of the yeast, dough can expand inside a dog’s stomach and become a big medical problem that may need to be addressed surgically.

RELATIVELY SAFE
Silica gel and roach motels. The little gel packets put in boxes to keep products dry are harmless. And as for that roach motel, “it doesn’t have enough insecticide to be of concern,” Hansen says.

UNSAFE Cat litter. Many dogs like to consume the contents of the cat’s litter box, which may form a blockage that will require medical care. Put the litter box where the cat can get to it easily but the dog cannot.

UNSAFE If your cat gets in the garbage and swallows some yarn or the cord that holds a roast together, you might need to make a trip to the vet for possible surgery. Put craft projects away and get a lidded trash can to prevent these problems.

Dr. Marty Becker and Gina Spadafori are the authors of many best-selling pet-care books, including “The Ultimate Dog Lover” and “Why Do Dogs Drink Out of the Toilet?”

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