What Can You Expect After Spaying or Neutering Your Dog?

after spaying or neuteringThere are numerous benefits to spaying and neutering animals. While reducing unwanted litters, controlling the pet population, and minimizing health risks definitely top the list, many owners are equally concerned with behavior. Will your dog’s behavior change after spaying or neutering them? This is a common concern, but the good news is that any change is either very minor or is completely positive.

Continue…

Having Kittens? Your Guide to Your Furry Bundles of Joy

having kittensAh, the miracle of life! At Schertz Animal Hospital, we think that what makes life even more wonderful is when you are expecting little, fuzzy faces and whiskers!

Cats are pros at having kittens, but when it is your cat having them, it is only natural to be a little apprehensive about the whole process. Understanding feline gestation and the process of having kittens can help you feel more confident and steer clear of any mishaps.

Continue…

Mating Season – Your Female Dog and the Springtime

DogLoveFlowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and new life is beginning. And, if you have a female dog who has not been spayed, spring is also the time of year when many animals come into “season”, or have a heat cycle.

A female dog’s heat cycle, also called estrus, is the time when her body is ready to reproduce. Most dogs begin coming into heat between 6 and 12 months (earlier for small breeds, later for larger breeds) and typically have a heat twice yearly.

During their estrus period, dogs may have several or no signs. You may notice the following in your dog:

  • Becoming more anxious or other behavioral changes

  • Urinating more than normal Continue…