Thursday, June 26, 2014
Work was great. Tomorrow is a day off and then back to work Saturday-Thursday (OUCH). I had some "difficult" clients today (aka FRUSTRATING). One lady came in just to check if her MALE DOG was neutered (our clinic neutered him 1 year ago so we have a surgery report) and then kept asking me if I'm sure! UGH. I finally told her: "I know a testicle when I feel one, and I don't feel one". That shut her up. She wanted me to check because he was mounting her intact female.
Well, I told her...we can check her progesterone to see if she might be pregnant - DECLINED. Or...we can go ahead and spay her and then a) if she's pregnant it is no longer a problem and b) if she isn't pregnant, it won't be a problem in the future! - DECLINED. Or...you can wait another month and see if she has puppies. UGH. So why did you come to see me if you won't let me do what I need to do to check??? OH, AND THE MALE MOUNTING HER IS NEUTERED!!!!
So then we got into a "you should spay her" discussion. Nope, we want puppies. OH. OK. Yes, let's make MORE PIT BULL PUPPIES so that we can continue to euthanize TENS OF THOUSANDS of pit bulls every year because there are more pits than can be adopted out! It seriously angers me that people are so clueless and selfish. People just don't understand that thousands of pits are euthanized every week all over the U.S.
I saw a guy today with 13 chihuahuas and he plans to continue to breed them. They are not AKC registered. They have no history of good health. They are simply your run-of-the-mill chis that are being COMPLETELY OVERBRED. Yes, please do continue to breed them. Let's get a couple of PDA's in there, a few luxating patellas, some collapsing tracheas...keep on keepin' on.
Now, the fact is, I love reproduction and breeding...of good lines. Good, responsible breeders have a place in perpetuating strong, healthy lines. That is true. A good breeder has homes for their puppies MANY litters in advance. A good breeder does not continue to breed needlessly. A good breeder cares about their line and is proud of it. There is nothing wrong with purebreds. You are not evil if you buy from a breeder...but PLEASE, do your homework, because 90% of them are backyard breeders. If the price of a purebred is too good to be true, it probably is!
So please, please, please don't breed your dog because you think it'd be "fun" to have puppies. They aren't fun. They stink and poop all over and they cost a lot of money to feed and keep healthy. Not to mention your intact female who is at higher risk for ovarian/uterine/mammary cancer.
Regarding cats - that's just a given. For the love of everything sacred...SNIP, SNIP. I had a client bring in an OUTDOOR tomcat with a bite wound. So first off, he's at higher risk for having FIV/FeLV/FIP...congratulations. Also, he's breeding like a FIEND out there, so that's another, oh...couple of thousand of kittens a year that male is producing? Congrats. Their reason for not neutering? They want to breed him. UGH. I told them to go out of their house, catch a stray, feral kitten, and call it good, because it is probably his. It'd be like shooting fish in a barrel.
I had another guy tell me he didn't neuter his male dog because he thought that "every man should know what it means to be a father" and he doesn't want to "steal that experience" from his DOG.
SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PET (and some humans)!