There are a number of wide-spread pet myths. Do you know the truth?
Myth: My pet needs to be at least a year old to have babies.
Truth: Female cats can become pregnant as early as 4 months old and female dogs can become pregnant as early as 6 months.
Myth: Unfixed parents and unfixed offspring cannot get each other pregnant.
Truth: To produce puppies and kittens, all you need is an unaltered male and a female. Their relationship to each other does not matter. Related animals having offspring together are more likely to produce offspring with genetic issues due to both animals having similar DNA.
Myth: My pet needs to have at least one litter before getting spay/neuter.
Truth: Pets do not care if they have children. In fact, pets are healthier and have a calmer life when they no longer have to worry about the need to breed.
Myth: A nursing female cannot become pregnant.
Truth: Ovulation can still occur during lactation, which means pregnancy can also occur.
Myth: Male pets do not need to be neutered, it’s only the females that we need to worry about.
Truth: One male pet can impregnate several females in a short period of time. It is just as important to neuter male pets.
Pet Health Myths
Myth: My pet only only needs heartworm medication during summer months.
Truth: There are several different mosquitos species that are active during different times of the year. Some areas do not get cold enough for mosquitos to die back. Giving your pet heartworm preventative the first of the month, every month is the best way to keep your pet free of deadly heartworms. Why the first of the month? It’s easy to remember and create a good habit around. Find out more at the American Heartworm Society website.
Myth: My pet does not need heartworm medication, because it stays inside.
Truth: Mosquitos are tiny. They can easily get in when someone opens a door, window, or if there is a snag or tear in a screen. It only takes one bite. Giving your pet heartworm preventative the first of the month, every month is the best way to keep your pet free of deadly heartworms. Why the first of the month? It’s easy to remember and create a good habit around. Find out more at the American Heartworm Society website.
Myth: Pets do not have emotions or feel pain.
Truth: All living beings feel emotions and pain, pets are no different. There is no way to know the complexity or depth of emotions pets feel, but there has been much research into the topic.
Myth: A cat going outside of the litter box is acting out or trying to get even for something.
Truth: Cats like to be clean. If they are soiling where they are not suppose to it could be because they have not been spay/neutered and they are marking territory or because urinating/defecating is painful and they are associating the litter box with pain. A trip to the veterinarian is in order to determine what is going on.