Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Dog

Choosing to spay or neuter your dog is one of the most important health decisions you’ll have to make as a dog owner. The procedures have proven to result in lifelong health benefits and improve behavior. There are even online resources that can help you find low-cost spay/neuter programs in your area.

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At DogTropolis in Cleveland, we require all dogs to be spayed or neutered if over 6 months old. This policy is really a no-brainer, as it has a great impact on the lives of both a dog and its owner. Here are a few of the benefits:

It prevents overpopulation. Spaying and neutering keeps dogs from producing unwanted offspring. Overall, it’s good for the pet community as it prevents dogs from ending up in shelters or being euthanized. Stray animals are also an issue in many parts of the country. Spaying and neutering can help limit all of the above issues.

Your female dog will live longer. Spaying is the most effective way of preventing infections and cancers. The possible fatal outcome is greatly reduced by the procedure.

Your male dog will be better behaved. Unneutered dogs often suffer from aggression problems. They also have tendencies to roam and run away from home. Neutered dogs focus more of their attention on their families.

It’s cost effective. Owners often have to take preventative measures to keep unneutered pups from misbehaving. Dogs escaping from your yard or tearing up your house can get costly.

For more information on the benefits of spaying and neutering, you can visit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

 

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Canine Influenza Virus Update

I’m sure most of you are aware via the media that there is a Canine Influenza Virus ( CIV ) in Chicago. Currently there are roughly 83 cases in Chicago. It’s a highly contagious virus with symptoms that can mimic other, more benign respiratory infections. CIV is a virus similar to the flu in humans.  If CIV is quickly diagnosed and treated, with proper veterinary care your dog will not develop secondary complications such as pneumonia. Good news is that there are no known cases of CIV in Northeastern Ohio.

Signs of CIV can include:

  • A dry hacking cough
  • Coughing up white, foamy phlegm
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Runny nose
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fever

Please be assured that DogTropolis is being vigilant as always with regards to providing a clean, healthy and safe environment for your dog. We have not seen any dogs at Dogtropolis who have exhibited signs of CIV. We continue to be a well-respected daycare/boarding facility in the area due to our strong commitment to caring and loving your dog as if it were our own. As part of commitment to our clients, we are not accepting any dogs that are from the Chicago area or dogs that are traveling to/from the Chicago area. In addition, we continue to keep the DogTropolis facility an extremely clean, healthy environment for your dog, not only by being strict on vaccination records but by also aggressively cleaning the facility daily with canine disinfectant products that kill various bacteria and viruses that may be found in kennel facilities and vet clinics.

As most of you know, I started DogTropolis for my two dogs, Wally & Dexter 12 years ago. I wanted somewhere my two boys could go for exercise, companionship and love while I was at work or play; and also a place that I knew would treat them properly, not only by providing them with safe and supervised group dog play but also by providing them a clean and healthy environment. I’m certain we provide all of this at DogTropolis for our clients.

Please feel free to ask me in person or contact me via email/phone should you ever have any concerns, as I am always available to speak with you.

connie@dogtropolis.net

Best,

Connie

The Power of Rescuing

It’s no secret that we love dogs. After all, it is quite a big part of our lives here at DogTropolis. Running a doggy daycare here in Cleveland, we see just how special the bond between pet and owner can be. Yet millions of dogs don’t get that opportunity.

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It’s well-known reality that millions of dogs are currently occupying shelters across the United States. While it is a sad truth, we want the highlight the positive that comes out of this – rescuing. In a simple sense, it’s saving a life, though that doesn’t end the minute a new owner walks out of the shelter. Providing a safe home where a dog will be loved and cared for is the true definition of rescuing.

We find it is amazing the unique bond owners form with their rescues. Often it seems as if the dog is rescuing the person as much as the person is rescuing the dog. The challenge and responsibility of owning a rescue can bring out the best in people. Studies have shown that having a four-legged companion can make people happier and healthier. We certainly agree.

There’s no doubt that adopting and thus rescuing provides a special opportunity for dogs and for owners. For information on things to consider before adopting go to Cesar’s Way.

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Spring Allergies: Symptoms and Prevention

Much like people, dogs are susceptible to allergies and the problems they can present. While most of the common allergens are harmless, prior knowledge of preventative measures and recognition of symptoms can go a long way.

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Whether inhaled, ingested or through skin contact, dogs commonly have extreme reactions when it comes to allergies. This can cause skin, digestive and respiratory problems. Research has found that no breed is particularly susceptible to allergies, but that is not to say they don’t exist, so pay special attention to your dog’s health in the spring months. 

The most common allergens come simply from being outside in the backyard or at a park. Tree, grass and pollens, much like they do in humans, can cause sneezing and runny eyes, among other reactions. Be wary of your dog itching him or herself more than normal, as it is often a telltale sign of allergies. Products, used for flea control or shampooing, can also be the root of the problem. If you recently switched to using a different brand or product, make sure to be conscious of how your pup is reacting to it.

Prevention is the best treatment for allergies. If your dog is experiencing severe symptoms it is best to go see your vet. Medications are available that can help control an allergic reaction, since certain substances cannot be removed entirely from their life and environment. Prevention can come in many forms with sprays and supplements, but ideally you will develop a routine and lifestyle that uniquely caters to your dog’s health.

For a complete list of allergies common in dogs go to: Pets MD

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