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Having your pet spayed or neutered benefits you, your pet and your community

COLUMBUS, OHIO — FEB. 9, 2011 Six to eight million animals are cared for in animal shelters across the country each year, the Humane Society of the United States estimates. Of these, only half of these animals are adopted, while the remainder are euthanized. The problem is overwhelming, but there is one simple solution that can make it more manageable.

In recognition of National Spay/Neuter Month, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) encourages pet owners to spay or neuter their animals. Having your pets “fixed” will, in the long run, reduce pet overpopulation, as well as improving many behavior problems and it may even help animals live longer, healthier lives.

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Keeping your pets’ teeth clean improves overall health

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COLUMBUS, OHIO — FEB. 1, 2011 — We are all aware of the importance of good dental hygiene for ourselves. But how many of us know that it is just as important for our pets? Good oral health has a direct impact on good overall health. While this is important all year round, this month is a reminder to take good care of your pets’ teeth, as February is National Pet Dental Health Month.

Periodontal disease is the most prevalent disease among adult dogs and cats. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by age 3 (American Veterinary Dental Society). Left unchecked, plaque and subsequent tartar accumulation progresses to infection, destroys the gums, results in the loss of the periodontal structures and ultimately loss of teeth. Worse yet, severe periodontal disease can result in systemic disease, affecting the kidneys, heart muscle and liver.

 

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Rabies awareness day a reminder to take precautions

COLUMBUS, OHIO — SEPT. 27, 2010 — Not long ago, intense media attention to the avian, swine and canine influenza viruses caused widespread panic across the globe. At one time, the rabies virus received as much attention, but in recent decades, Old Yeller is long forgotten and the panic over rabies has died down.However, rabies is alive and well. It is easy to contract and has the highest case-fatality rate of any infectious disease, annually killing more than 55,000 people around the world.

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