If you have a puppy or kitten, you may be wondering whether to have your pet spayed or not. So let’s look at some facts.
If you have a puppy that you have decided to breed, then you obviously want to wait to have your pet spayed. Your puppy will go into its first heat at about six months. You will need to be prepared with diapers. Yes, diapers … they make special ones for dogs. Otherwise, your carpets and upholstery could be destroyed. You also want to make sure you keep your dog leashed while she is in heat and not take her to a dog park where any male dog could impregnate her. You want a specific dog to impregnate her and maybe not during her first heat. After she has been bred however many times you want to breed her, it is best to get her spayed. Spaying has been shown to elongate the life of your pet.
If you have a puppy that you do not intend to breed, you should get her spayed as soon as possible. Even if you keep her on a leash, you do not want to go through heats with her. They can be messy. Also, spaying will elongate the life of your pet and ward off many diseases.
If you have a kitten, I suggest getting her spayed as soon as possible. She will have her first heat at 3 months old and can be impregnated many times over after that, which means a lot of kittens for you. There are already enough cats in this world without homes. Just as spaying your dog elongates their life and wards off many diseases, the same is true for cats. Some people do breed their cats, and if that is what you want to do, just make sure you do not let your kitten or cat run loose at any time, where it can be impregnated by any male cat. Because if you want to breed your cat, I’m guessing you want a purebred not a mixed breed. Purebreds can be sold for money. Mixed breeds often have to be given away and you never know what kind of home they are going to. Once you’re done breeding your cat, get it spayed to help elongate its life.
If you are worried that you cannot afford to get your pet spayed, there are many clinics and pet stores that do it for a reduced cost and there is a spay and neuter day each year where the services are often offered for free or at a very low cost. Check with your local Humane Society or Pet Shelter for vets in your area that offer reduced-cost spaying.
Spaying has been proven to ward off diseases in your pet and to elongate their life. It is an easy procedure that often makes your pet more agreeable and docile. So, in the long run, I think it is best to have your pet spayed.
Both walking and jogging are good for your heart health and can burn unwanted calories. The question is, what’s best for you?
Walking can be done in many different forms. There’s the slow walk which people who are elderly or cannot walk faster will do. This type of walk is still good for your heart and does burn calories, just not as many. There’s the faster walk that many people do that is better for your heart and burns more calories. You can wear weights on your ankles and/or wrists or carry weights in your hands to add to the burn. The more you move your arms when you walk, the more calories you will burn and the more your heart will have to work. There is also the interval walk which can be done in many different ways. Some people will walk for a specified time and then do lunges or marching or knee lifts or leg lifts or maybe even some jogging for a while before returning to walking. These intervals change the way you burn calories and it also changes the way your heart has to work. Walking up and down hills or mountains will also change the way your heart works and the number of calories you burn.
Walking is good for people with joint problems and feet problems as it is less intensive. You can buy a good pair of walking shoes for $30-40. The best kind of walking shoes have a rocking sole which makes your legs work harder and keeps your back straighter. These types of shoes can be bought for $60-75. Looking for sales is the best thing to do when buying walking shoes. You can get some really good deals. But make sure you are still getting a shoe that is made for walking and that is good quality. You don’t need any special clothing for walking. Some shorts and a shirt are fine though many people do invest in walking clothes. You want something that is going to wick the sweat away from your body, keeping you cool. Cotton is the best product unless you go to higher end products. Make sure to wear socks with your shoes to keep from getting blisters.
You may start out as a walker and turn to jogging or just go straight into jogging. Jogging definitely makes your heart work harder and burns calories, though not that much more than walking. Jogging is hard on your joints, especially your knees. So, if you have knee problems, jogging is not going to be a good choice for you. There are special shoes for running, just as there are for walking. I suggest you buy a pair. Many people also invest in jogging or running clothes though it is not necessary. Again, cotton works great at wicking away the moisture from your body, keeping you cool. Always wear socks with your shoes to keep from getting blisters.
So, which is best for you? Only you can make that decision.
You have a puppy or kitten and you are trying to decide whether or not to neuter him. Let us look at your options.
If you are planning on breeding your dog, then obviously you will not want to neuter him right away. Keep your dog on a leash as it can breed with any dog while it is not neutered and there are enough unwanted puppies and dogs. If you take your un-neutered dog to a dog park, keep an eye on him so that he does not try to breed with another dog. If your un-neutered dog “humps” your leg or your friends’ legs, scold him. Train him that that is unacceptable behavior. It is quite the unwanted behavior. Once you have bred your dog however many times you want to, please get your dog neutered so that it cannot breed with other dogs.
If you are not planning on breeding your dog, you should get it neutered as soon as possible. Neutering is a simple procedure and does not make your dog less of a male. It will stop some aggressive behavior and it also protects your dog from many diseases, including some cancers, and elongates the life of your dog. So, it actually is one of the best things you can do for your puppy/dog.
Most people do not breed their cats but if you decide to, then obviously you won’t be neutering your kitten right away. But do not let your kitten or cat run wild while it is un-neutered as it will breed with any cat and there are enough unwanted kittens and cats. Do your best to keep it indoors until it is neutered. Once you have bred your cat as many times as you want to, get him neutered. Then, if you want, you can let him run wild.
If you are not planning on breeding your kitten, get him neutered as soon as possible. Neutering is a simple and safe procedure and can protect your cat from many diseases, including some cancers, as well as elongating his life. So, it is actually one of the best things you can do for your kitten/cat.
Neutering your animal does not have to cost a fortune. There are many spay/neuter clinics as well as vets that offer reduced prices for the procedure. To get a list of reduced priced services in your area, contact your local Humane Society or a shelter. There is also a spay/neuter month during which time vets that do not normally offer reduced prices, will offer them. Of course, you may not want to wait for that month to come along and you do not have to thanks to the kindness of other vets.