If you decide to delay spaying or neutering your dog, for whatever length of time or whatever reason, here is something else to consider- Some people just may not be cut out to deal with an intact male or female dog in their household. Here are some caveats and considerations:
1. Female dogs do not get menstrual periods like humans, as some people mistakenly believe; they come into “heat,” or “season,” once or twice a year – the three to four days in their cycle when their unfertilized eggs ripen. (Though both biological processes involve bleeding, it’s inaccurate to compare a woman’s monthly cycle, which is an infertile time, to the heat in the female dog, which is quite the opposite. Dogs get pregnant while bleeding.) Some dogs cycle every six months; more primitive breeds, such as Basenjis or Tibetan Mastiffs, come into heat only once a year.
2. Female dogs can only get pregnant when they’re in heat, after about 6 months of age. Some females will show physical signs of readiness – their discharge will lighten in color, and they will “flag,” or lift their tail up and to the side. Others will show no behavioral changes; still others will “stand” and accept a suitor at any time in their cycle, even days before or after they are fertile. If you cannot be absolutely certain of identifying the signs of heat in your female, and securing her during this time, spay her. Intact males are frighteningly persistent in reaching the object of their desires; they will hurl themselves through glass windows, and might even attempt (and succeed) at breeding a female through the wires of a crate. Continue reading “Article on Keeping Your Dog Intact”
Treated with Love People’s Choice Awards is under way until April 19, 2018.
Paws For Life needs your help. Please nominate Paws For Life Animal Rescue NC for the People’s Choice Award. Click the picture below and you will be directed on how to nominate Paws For Life Animal Rescue NC. Share and have your friends nominate us too! Thank you for all your support.
This year, Adopt-a-Pet.com is offering a special opportunity for two shelters or rescues to rally support for two People’s Choice grants of $4,000 and $1,000 of Seresto® from Bayer. This will save a lot of money on medication.
With your support we can do so much more!
Paws For Life will be at Walmart in Wake Forest this Saturday 11 am to 2 pm for a supply drive. Come out and say hello.
Our mission is to save as many animals as we can. Cost of food and medical expenses are our biggest expense. Paws For Life volunteers set up monthly Supply Drives to help cut some of that cost. Do you want to help? A full list of items needed are on our website . Below is a short list of the supplies needed:
- Iams Dog and Kitten Food.
- Fancy Feast Turkey kitten food,
- Grain free Adult and Puppy food
- Puppy pads
- Kitty litter (clumping and Yesterday News Litter for kittens)
- Kitchen trash bags
- Paper towels.