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The real reason dogs tilt their heads and other canine facts

Debra Kelly @_EllaSaturday

Article sourced at http://www.grunge.com/29431/dogs-tilt-heads-10-canine-facts/

The bonds we have with our canine companions are unlike any other friendships or relationships we have. Some of us love our dogs like children, and it's no wonder. There's an unconditional friendship there that makes everything better, and knowing what's going on inside those precious, perfect little heads can only make us understand them better.

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Why do dogs always act hungry?

Even if you just fed them five minutes ago, your dog will probably give you those eyes when you're trying to eat your lunch. If their behavior is to be believed, they're one stagger away from collapsing from sheer starvation: "now can I have the rest of that sandwich, you heartless person? Those steaks? There's one for me, right? Don't mind me as I help myself to this pie you've left on the counter, too."

So what's the deal, Pup? It's normal, and it's thought that this behavior is a holdover from when we first started inviting wild dogs to share our campfires and our table scraps. For them, food was a commodity, and you never knew when your next meal was coming. It was better to chow down on food when it was there, and it's likely that the focus on food is biologically hardwired into our dogs today.

For some dogs, there's always the possibility that they've experienced a life where they really were starving, and even after being rescued and re-homed, they're remembering what it was like to have empty bellies. Vets will often differentiate between begging dogs that act hungry, and dogs whose behavior suddenly changes to become more demanding of food, so it's also important to keep an eye on puppy, in case he goes from begging to ravenous.

Why do some dogs eat poop?

Horse poop, sheep poop, unidentified poop … sometimes, their own poop. It's not like you don't feed them, and it can't possibly taste good … can it?

April Special: 10% Off Spay and Neuters

Spay NeuterPicOur goal with Spays and Neuters is twofold - to raise awareness of the need for spays and neuters as a way to reduce the number of abandoned animals. And to help people  to consider this option for their pets. Veterinarians and pet advocates all agree that this is the number one strategy for reducing the number of abandoned and lost pets.

Spay/Neuter Can Be a Healthier Option for your Pet

While it seems strange to consider, the many benefits of these procedures can contribute to a longer and healthier life for your pet. Spaying and neutering greatly reduces the number of cats and dogs living in shelters and/or awaiting adoption/euthanasia when we cannot find homes for them.

Please consider a spay or neuter for your pet this month. We at Burnaby New Westminster Animal Hospital are contributing to this effort by discounting the procedure by 10% for the entire month of April. We hope this will effectively reduce the number of animals ending up in shelters.

Promotion ends April 30, 2017


We provide spay and neuter services for cats and dog at all our hospital locations

We recommend spay or neuter procedures for kittens and puppies after 6 months of age. For most pets, this is a wise choice that improves their overall health and wellness. To help you understand our reasons for recommending spays and neuters, we put the chart below together. The chart looks at spaying and neutering from the perspective of the pet owner, the pet's quality of life and from the humane aspect of preventing the creation of unwanted pets. While it feels like a very emotional decision, there are many reasons why it is also a logical decision.

We also acknowledge that this is a personal decision and hope you will come talk to us with your questions. Together we will find the decision that works for you and your pet.

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Making decisions about spaying and neutering for cats

We are the first to admit that spaying and neutering is not for every pet. We also acknowledge that this is a personal decision and hope that if you have any questions you will bring them to us where we can discuss what is best for your pet and your family.

To help with your decision making, we've drawn up a chart listing the various benefits of spaying and neutering of pets. We look at this from the perspective of the pet owner, the pet's qualiBenefits of spaying and neutering for petsty of life and from the humane aspect of preventing the creation of unwanted pets.


Why is an ovariectomy a good choice for kittens?

eating kittenIn short, the difference between spaying and ovariectomy is the amount of tissue removed.

Ovariectomy - two ovaries removed

Spaying - two ovaries removed + uterus removed

For your pet, an ovariectomy means less surgery time, less trauma and decreased potential for complications. These two methods of sterilization are equally successful for pets.

Ovariectomies must be performed before your pet's first estrus cycle. You will need to work with your veterinarian to determine when the best time for this surgery is for your pet. If you miss the time frame, they will need to be spayed instead.

Common Questions about Ovariectomies

Will my pet act any differently between the two surgeries?

No, with both surgeries the end result will be sterilization without alteration of their behavior

If the uterus is left in the OVE, can my pet become pregnant?

No, as the ovaries are removed, no egg release will occur, no hormonal cycling will occur, and therefore no chance of pregnancy

Is there any chance of disease with leaving the uterus in the pet?

Most complications involving the uterus post surgery involve poor surgical technique with removal of the ovaries and can occur with either technique. 
Leaving the uterus in the pet could result in a very low percentage of tumors developing [0.03%]. If tumors were to occur, the vast majorities are easily resected and tend not to spread. 
Finally, post spay [OVH] vulvular bleeding which occurs in 15% of all spays is avoided as the uterus is not opened up.

Therefore we feel that to achieve the goal of less trauma, less risk, less pain, it makes sense to choose the Ovariectomy procedure.

 Do you have more questions? Contact us and ask your veterinarian!


BART VAN GOETHEM, DVM, AUKE SCHAEFERS-OKKENS, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ECAR, and JOLLE KIRPENSTEIJN, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS & ECVS, Veterinary Surgery, 35:136–143, 2006

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