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From: Callie (
Subject:         Re: long nails
Date: September 13, 2009 at 9:34 pm PST

In Reply to: long nails posted by gloria on September 13, 2009 at 8:01 pm:

It's easier to trim a dog's nails more often than only occasionally. Typically with mine if I can "hear" the nails click on the flooring then it's PAST time for a trim.

A female is spayed -- it's essentially very like a hysterectomy for a woman (they remove the uterus and ovaries)

A male is neutered -- they remove the testicles.

It's actually an easier surgery for males.

Pyometra isn't the only fatal disease unspayed females can get -- it's also a good way to prevent uterine cancer and ovarian cancer in female dogs.

Males that are intact (not neutered) are more prone to several different things that can become fatal.

1. testicular cancer & prostate cancer -- yes both can happen to male dogs, but that threat is removed by neutering

2. intact males also are prone to a peri-anal hernia. The testosterone present weakens the musculature near the anus as time passes and a peri-anal hernia can occur. It's a rupture of the muscle near the anus. It is OFTEN fatal by the time it is discovered because it can cause strangulation of the intestine and septicemia can also occur.

Personally I feel it is FAR kinder to neuter than not to -- mostly because an intact male can smell a female in heat (ANY female -- not just a small breed) up to five miles away and it drives them crazy. It's forcing them to keep the "desire" and drive to mate without allowing them to act on it. I think it is far far more kind to neuter a male than not.

I actually had a dog get a peri-anal hernia. My ex husband wouldn't let me spend the money to neuter my boy Foxy and he got a perianal hernia. At that point I nearly lost him to the surgery (and it is generally an EXHORBITANTLY expensive surgery to correct -- about $3000 or more).

Had Foxy been neutered he would NEVER have gotten the hernia. I was able to finally get it treated and repaired, but I always felt bad because he never would have had it if he'd been neutered young.

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