Disclaimer, Kate's rescue advice is not to be used in place of a vet. Kate's Rescue will not be held accountable for failed attempts to save a choking animal. Information is strictly for educational purposes. Use at your own discretion.

Spay and Neuter - Facts and Myths


​​Question #1: What does “spay” and “neuter” mean? Female dogs and cats are spayed by removing their reproductive organs, and male dogs and cats are neutered by removing their testicles. In both cases, the operation is performed while the pet is under anesthesia.

Question #2:Why should I spay or neuter my pet? Spaying/neutering is the only way to eliminate pet overpopulation! Plus, it’s good for you, your pet and the community! It reduces medical risks, and behavioral risks which are direct result of unfixed dogs and cats.

Question #3:How is spaying/neutering good for the pet and the pet owner? Spaying/neutering can lower vet bills! Fixed pets are less prone to a variety of diseases. Spayed females have a lower risk of breast cancer (90% fatal in cats and 50% fatal in dogs) and life-threatening uterine infections. Neutered males have no risk of testicular disease and a lower risk of prostate diseases. 

Spaying/neutering can lead to better pet behavior! A spayed female won’t go into heat which will prevent yowling, frequent urination and discharge. Neutered male dogs are usually better behaved and will not feel the need to mark their territory. A neutered male dog won’t be as inclined to roam in search of a mate; roaming animals can cause vehicular accidents and scare children.

Spaying/neutering can prevent fights between pets. Fights between pets can be serious, causing deep wounds and transmitting deadly diseases. Neutered males tend to be less aggressive to both animals and people, *especially* if neutered at an early age.

Question #4:How is spaying/neutering good for the community? If more pets are spayed/neutered, there will be less stray, homeless, unwanted animals. Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals. Stray and roaming (a behavior associated with breeding) animals can cause dog bites and attacks. Stray and homeless animals get into trash containers, or defecate in public areas or on private lawns. Spaying/neutering prevents unwanted litters and keeps more animals off the streets and out of already overburdened animal shelters and rescue groups.

Question #5:When and how often can animals breed? Female cats can breed three times a year and have an average of four kittens per litter. Dogs can breed twice a year and have an average of 6 – 10 puppies per litter. Female cats can breed as early as four months and dogs as early as six months!

Question #6:At what age is it safe to spay/neuter? We will spay/neuter puppies and kittens when they’re 8 weeks old and at least 4 pounds in weight. It’s a myth that you can’t spay/neuter kittens and puppies when they’re young – they actually bounce back from spay/neuter surgery very quickly when they are younger! Pediatric spay/neuter is safe and is less stressful on the animal than waiting until they’re older.

Question #7:I know I can find good homes for all the puppies/kittens – especially if they’re purebreds – so what’s the problem? For every human born in the United States, 45 cats and 15 dogs will be born. Six to eight million dogs and cats are waiting in shelters across the country; 25% of shelter animals are purebreds. About half will be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough homes. Every home found for one of your pet’s offspring – purebred or not – takes a home away from a purebred or mixed breed dog or cat waiting in a shelter. And, in less than one year’s time, each of your pet’s offspring may have his or her own litter, contributing to the pet overpopulation problem even further. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one puppy/kitten and one litter at a time.

Question #8:Isn’t it better for my pet to have one litter before I get her spayed? NO, that’s a myth! Medical evidence shows that female pets that are spayed before their first heat are typically healthier in the long run. You reduce a female dogs chance of getting mammary cancer by 99.5% by spaying before 5 months. You reduce a female cats chance of getting mammary cancer by 91% by spaying before 5 months. 24% of all female dogs will experience pyometra. That is almost one in four dogs! Pyometra is an infected uterus and it is very painful.  By spaying, you reduce the chance of pytometra completely.

Question #9:Will my pet get fat and lazy if she/he is spayed/neutered? NO, that’s a myth. Most pets get fat and lazy because they are overfed and/or don’t get enough exercise.

Question #10:Isn’t it a good idea for my children to experience the “miracle of birth?” By allowing your pet to give birth, you are contributing to pet overpopulation (please refer to question/answer #7 for more information). Explain to your children that preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others and consider fostering a pregnant animal from a shelter or rescue group if you still feel they need to see the “miracle of birth.”

Question #11:Will spaying/neutering make my dog less “protective” or make my male pet feel like “less” of a male? Spaying/ neutering does not affect a pet’s natural instinct to protect the home and the family, and pets don’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego. A pet’s personality is formed more by genetics and his environment than by sex hormones so neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality or make him suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis.

Question #12: My dog/cat is so special! Doesn’t it make sense to want a puppy/kitten just like her? A dog or cat may be a great pet and family member, but that doesn’t mean his/her offspring will be a carbon copy! Professional animal breeders who follow generations of bloodlines can’t guarantee they will get just what they want out of a particular litter. A pet owner’s chances are even slimmer. In fact, an entire litter of puppies or kittens might get all of a pet’s (and/or her mate’s) worst characteristics!

Question #13:What if I can’t afford the cost to have my pet spayed/neutered? There are many low income options to help you get your animals fixed if you cannot afford it. Reach out in your area for vouchers, events, and other ways to get it done.

The cost to have your pet spayed/neutered is a one-time cost that is much less expensive than the cost to have and care for a litter or litters. Plus, the health and behavioral benefits to your pet will save on veterinary bills and training/behaviorist fees.





Low Cost Vaccination Clinics

Sometimes we do not have the money to take our dogs to a vet, mostly do to that vet visit charge. There are options to avoid those pesky office charges and still get your beloved pets what they need. 


One of those options is VIP Pet Clinics - This is a low income mobile clinic that dogs a number of things that a vet can do without the office charge. This includes heartworm tests, rabies, vaccinations, ect. For a list of what they do, and where you can find one near you visit their site: VIP Petcare


Canine Heimlich Maneuver


Dogs, much like small children, are  curious by nature. That being said more than likely at some point your dog is going to put something in its mouth it should not, and there are chances it could choke. Just like with children and adults, animals can have the Heimlich Maneuver used on them. Below are some tips for what to do if your dog is choking. 


Here are a few educational videos to help educate on how to handle a choking pet. 



Having trouble affording Vet care? 


If you have a pet there may come a time when you will need to pay for veterinary medical bills, which, depending on the medical emergency or condition, can be astronomical. Pet insurance can certainly help cover some of the costs, if you have it. But there are times when a pet's medical emergency or illness will exceed your resources. In cases such as these, pet owners may face an agonizing choice.

With this in mind, here are some financial resources and options you can look to for help.


Redrover.org


The RedRover Relief program provides financial and emotional support to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations and resources to help victims of domestic violence escape abusive environments with their pets. They also have a program that helps with disaster relief, criminal seizures and hoarding cases.


​The Pet Fund


The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care.


​IMOM

This all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charity helps people cover vet bills when they just can’t do it themselves. They also help with spay/neuter and have a staff on hand to answer questions or get you the resources you need for any issues with your pet.



Credit Cards for Veterinary Care

Since many veterinary hospitals do not take payment plans, getting one of these specialized cards may be a solution if you are not able to afford the whole cost of treatment all at once. Your veterinarian must offer this service, in order for you to use so check with your veterinarian to see which cards are accepted.


Care Credit
Citi Health Card


Keep in mind the groups listed above are primarily for helping families with emergency medical situations. If you are looking for low cost-spay and neuter and vaccinations, try calling your local animal control or rescue organizations for information.


 Kate's Rescue for Animal's is not responsible for any of the listed sites. We simply placed the information on our site for easy resource for our community. 


Insurance Providers That Do Not Discriminate By Breed


As animal lovers it is always painful for us to hear of pet owners that must rehome, or depart with their beloved family members due to breed discrimination. Many bully breeds fall prey to breed discrimination, and without home insurance many have difficult choices to make. Listed here you can find insurance companies that do not discriminate by breed, meaning you can get coverage for poodle and bully alike! 

If you know of any not listed please let us know and we will add them to our lists.


​State Farm highly recommended

Federation of Insured Dog Owners, Inc. 

United Services Automobile Association for veterans and families of veterans

Chubb Group

Amica

Auto-Owners Insurance



Kate's Rescue is a registered 501 (c) 3 our EIN is: 90-1004029

Kate’s rescue for animal’s focuses on helping animals in need; we also like to extend our hand to owners in need in order for them to keep their pets. We get countless requests each day for help rehoming a pet, the reasons range from behavior issues, to moving and can no longer keep. Upon this page is helpful information the rescue feels can aid in these problems. It will include information on insurance companies that do not discriminate on breeds, locations where certain breeds are allowed, even helpful training tips and interesting statistics to overall help educate our community. ​


Why Microchip?







The statistics indicate that missing pets rarely make it home: 


• The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year.
• One in three pets will become lost at some point during their life.


A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, including 53 animal shelters across the U.S., confirmed the high rate of return of microchipped dogs and cats to their families, and the importance of microchip registration. From the study:

• Only about 22 percent of lost dogs that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. However, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 percent (a 238 percent increase).

• Less than 2 percent of lost cats that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. The return-to-owner rate for microchipped cats was dramatically higher at over 38 percent (more than 2000 percent better).

• Only 58 percent of the microchipped animals’ microchips had been registered in a database with their pet parent’s contact information.


High-tech protection can prevent heartbreak.

Enter the pet microchip — a simple, elegant product of our high-tech age. No bigger than a grain of rice or more costly than a month’s supply of pet food, a pet microchip and enrollment in a pet recovery database brings lost pets home and provides peace of mind that your beloved companion will never wander unknown.

Veterinarians encourage microchipping.

And with good reason—microchipping substantially increases the likelihood of a pet returning home by offering secure, reliable, unique and permanent identification. 


-Below are a few stories of microchipped pets coming home!

Canine CPR


Seeing your dog in a life-threatening situation can be a frightening and stressful experience, especially if the dog is unresponsive. Equipping yourself with the knowledge to effectively recognize and take action treating your dog’s condition can keep you calm and greatly increase your dog’s chance of survival. Two life-saving procedures you need to know are artificial respiration and CPR for dogs. CPR can be dangerous to an animal if not preformed correctly. Below will be a few educational videos but we highly recommend pet owners take classes to properly educate themselves on what to do if their pet falls unresponsive. 


Many pet-focused companies offer classes to learn pet first aid, including dog CPR. Pet Tech offers an 8-hour program taught by a certified instructor in your area, that teaches a variety of first aid skills and offers a certificate once the program is completed. The Red Cross also offers courses, some of which are online.


Talk to your veterinarian. At your next appointment, ask to go over the pulse points on your dog and discuss emergency best practices for your specific breed, size and weight.

Preparation can be the difference between saving your dog’s life and running out of time. 


Disclaimer, Kate's rescue advice is not to be used in place of a vet. Kate's Rescue will not be held accountable for failed attempts to save an animal using these methods. Information is strictly for educational purposes. Use at your own discretion.


Table of Contents: 


Vet Cost Aid

Home Insurance Companies For All Breeds

Canine Heimlich Maneuver

Canine CPR

Heat Stroke In Dogs, What To Do

Low Cost Vet Clinics

Microchipping, why does it matter?

Spay and Neuter, Facts and Myths

See Page 2 for more


​Kate's Rescue for Animals

Heat Stroke In Dogs


Dogs love to run and play, and they do not always stop when they should. Pet owners need to be aware of the risks of heatstroke in dogs even on days it is cool for us!


*Playing fetch too long

*Over exercising

*In proper access to water or cool areas


Heatstroke occurs when normal body mechanisms cannot keep the body's temperature in a safe range. Animals do not have efficient cooling systems (like humans who sweat) and get overheated easily. A dog with moderate heatstroke (body temperature from 104º to 106ºF) can recover within an hour if given prompt first aid and veterinary care (normal body temperature is 100-102.5°F). Severe heatstroke (body temperature over 106ºF) can be deadly and immediate veterinary assistance is needed.

Signs

A dog suffering from heatstroke will display several signs:

Rapid panting
Bright red tongue
Red or pale gums
Thick, sticky saliva
Depression
Weakness
Dizziness
Vomiting - sometimes with blood
Diarrhea
Shock
Coma

What you should do?

Remove the dog from the hot area immediately. Prior (Or on the way ) to taking him to your veterinarian, lower his temperature by wetting him thoroughly with cool water (for very small dogs, use lukewarm water), then increase air movement around him with a fan. 
CAUTION: Using very cold water can actually be counterproductive. Cooling too quickly and especially allowing his body temperature to become too low can cause other life-threatening medical conditions. The rectal temperature should be checked every 5 minutes. Once the body temperature is 103ºF, the cooling measures should be stopped and the dog should be dried thoroughly and covered so he does not continue to lose heat. Even if the dog appears to be recovering, take him to your veterinarian as soon as possible. He should still be examined since he may be dehydrated or have other complications.

Allow free access to water or a children's rehydrating solution if the dog can drink on his own. Do not try to force-feed cold water; the dog may inhale it or choke.


What your veterinarian will do?

Your veterinarian will lower your dog's body temperature to a safe range (if you have not already) and continually monitor his temperature. Your dog will be given fluids, and possibly oxygen. He will be monitored for shock, respiratory distress, kidney failure, heart abnormalities, and other complications, and treated accordingly. Blood samples may be taken before and during the treatment. The clotting time of the blood will be monitored, since clotting problems are a common complication.

Aftercare

Dogs with moderate heatstroke often recover without complicating health problems. Severe heatstroke can cause organ damage that might need ongoing care such as a special diet prescribed by your veterinarian. Dogs who suffer from heatstroke once increase their risk for getting it again and steps must be taken to prevent it on hot, humid days.

Prevention

Any pet that cannot cool himself off is at risk for heatstroke. Following these guidelines can help prevent serious problems.

Keep pets with predisposing conditions like heart disease, obesity, older age, or breathing problems cool and in the shade. Even normal activity for these pets can be harmful.
Provide access to water at all times.
Do not leave your pet in a hot parked car even if you're in the shade or will only be gone a short time. The temperature inside a parked car can quickly reach up to 140 degrees.
Make sure outside dogs have access to shade.
On a hot day, restrict exercise and don't take your dog jogging with you or play fetch, even if your dog wants to. Too much exercise when the weather is very hot can be dangerous.
Do not muzzle your dog, panting is their way of cooling off and muzzles prevent this.
Avoid places like the beach and especially concrete or asphalt areas where heat is reflected and there is no access to shade.
Wetting down your dog with cool water or allowing him to swim can help maintain a normal body temperature.
Move your dog to a cool area of the house. Air conditioning is one of the best ways to keep a dog cool, but is not always dependable. To provide a cooler environment, freeze water in soda bottles, or place ice and a small amount of water in several resealable food storage bags, then wrap them in a towel or tube sock. Place them on the floor for the dog to lay on. Or invest in an ice collar for those hot days.




Disclaimer, Kate's rescue advice is not to be used in place of a vet. Kate's Rescue will not be held accountable for failed attempts to save an animal using these methods. Information is strictly for educational purposes. Use at your own discretion.