February is National Spay & Neuter Month
What are spay neuter surgeries? Both are sterilization surgeries performed by a licensed veterinarian. A "spay" is for a female animal; a "neuter" for a male animal. Animals are anesthetized for both surgeries.
Some reasons to spay or neuter
For your pet's health and safety ...
â Helps pets live longer, happier and healthier lives.
â Prevents reproductive diseases, infection and certain types of cancer that are very expensive to treat.
â Reduces aggression and territorial problems, and straying.
â Eliminates heat cycles in female animals.
To prevent pregnancy and babies ...
â There could be complications with a pregnancy.
â A litter is expensive to feed, deworm and vaccinate.
â Compassionately prevents litters, reducing pet overpopulation.
â Puppies reach sexual maturity as early as 6 months of age; kittens, as early as 5 months.
â Fertile female cats, on a verage, have 1 to 2 litters each year, with an average of 4 to 6 kittens in each litter.
â Fertile female dogs, on average, have 1 litter a year, with an average of 4 to 6 puppies in each litter
â A pet license in Fayette County for an unaltered dog or cat is $40 a year versus $8 for an altered dog or cat. (For more information on pet licensing, go to www.lfacc.org/licensing.)
If you need help affording a spay/neuter procedure, the Lexington Humane Society's free and low cost neuter spay/neuter program, Spay'sTheWay, provides free and low-cost surgeries to qualifying pet owners. Included with surgery at no additional cost are rabies vaccination and Fayette County pet license. Call (859) 233-0044, Ext. 228, to make your appointment.
Lexington Humane Society's newspay/neuter program
Love-A-Bull, a free spay/neuter program for pit bull breed dogs, is Lexington Humane Society's new program made possible thanks to a grant awarded by PetSmart Charities. It will fund 800 free pit bull and pit bull mix spay/neuter surgeries. Pit bulls account for nearly 20 percent of all homeless canines in Lexington.
Contact the Lexington Humane Society (859) 233-0044, Ext. 228, to see if you qualify.
Check out more adoptees from LHS at the PetSmart Satellite Adoption Center in Hamburg Pavilion Funded by PetSmart Charities. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.
Source: Lexington Humane Society
Check with your local humane society or shelter to learn more about each shelter's adoptees and spay/neuter programs!
PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend. Feb. 22-24. Contact store for participating adoption agencies and times.
Adoption events at local Tractor Supply stores.
â Pet adoption, Microchipping and $5 Rabies clinic. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 9. Tractor Supply Co., 2900 S. Danville Bypass, Suite 100, Danville. Pet adoptions from Hopper's Halfway House Rescue, Harrodsburg. Chicken adoptions too.
Microchipping: Noon-2 p.m. $15.
Rabies vaccinations: 12:30-4 p.m. $5.
For more information, call (859) 238-0163.
â Pet and horse adoptions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 9. Tractor Supply Co., 1015 N. Main St., Nicholasville. We will be hosting the Jessamine County Friends of Animals, which has plenty of dogs and cats looking for homes, and the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, which will have horses for adoption. For more information, call (859) 887-9192.
â Pet adoption, rabies clinic. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 9. Tractor Supply, 1500 Bypass Rd, Winchester. (859) 744-2929. Adoptees from Friends of Powell County Pets and A Diamond in the Ruff.
Activities with your dog
There are lots of activities for you and your dog. It's a great way for both of you to make new friends. Socialization is a very important part of training your dog.
Love on a Leash Central Kentucky. LOAL is a nonprofit organization that dedicates itself to reaching out to the community through therapy animals. LOAL visits nursing homes, hospitals, children's homes, veteran centers, and more.
If you are interested in participating with your dog or your organization is interested in having LOAL make a visit, contact Deb Ratcliffe, email@example.com. For more information, go to Loalcky.com, or email our president, Kristen Janicki, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love on a Leash will have certified therapy dogs for your child to read to at the following libraries.
â PAWS to Read. 3-4 p.m. Feb. 9. Woodford County Library, 115 N. Main St., Versailles. To sign up or for more information, call (859) 873-5191.
â PAWS to Read. 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday. Lexington Public LIbrary, Northside Branch, 1733 Russell Cave Rd.
Dog training classes
A trained dog is a happy dog — with a happy owner. Explore the special relationship you can build with your dog with dog training classes — lots of fun and great exercise. Here are some local training services.
Artisan Dog Training. www.artisandogtraining.com. In home training. One free lesson to dogs adopted from a shelter. (859) 242-5264 or (859) 446-1001, email@example.com.
PetSmart Dog Training. From puppy class to advanced, accredited trainers, fun, positive training. Six-week classes meet once a week for an hour. New classes starting weekly year-round. Call for more information.
â PetSmart, Hamburg, 1945 Pavillon Way, Lexington. (859) 543-1188.
â PetSmart South Lexington, 310 East Brannon Rd., Nicholasville. (859) 271-8170.
â PetSmart, Richmond. 2175 Lantern Ridge Dr., Richmond. (859) 623-3124.
Best Friends Obedience Dog Training. www.bestfriendsobedience.com. (859) 259-0079. All classes are 6 weeks long.
â Obedience classes beginning March 12: puppy class through all levels. Most classes meet at the National Guard Armory, 4201 Parkers Mill Rd., with additional classes at Kandootrain Building, 4976 Old Versailles Rd., Lexington.
â Agility classes beginning March 19. Agility classes meet at All Creatures Inn, 1909 Catnip Hill Rd., Nicholasville.
Rosetree Dog Obedience. Obedience classes and private lessons. For more information, call Chris Miara at (859) 797-1346, www.rosetreedogtraining.com.
Go for a walk
Dogs' destructive or unruly behavior is sometimes a result of lack of exercise and boredom. Going for a walk with your dog is a great stress reliever for you and your dog and might help resolve these issues.
Bluegrass Barkery Walking Club. Owners and their dogs are invited to join the folks from the Bluegrass Barkery for a walk in the park at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The club will meet at a different park each week, so call ahead or go to Bluegrass Barkery's Facebook page for the location each week. (859) 523-3733, Facebook.com/BluegrassBarkery, www.bluegrassbarkery.com.
Society of Animal Artists: Art and the Animal. Now through April 28. The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, 405 Rose St., Lexington. (859) 257-5716. $8; $5 senior citizens; free for all students, UK staff and alumni, Free Friday nights 5-8 p.m. www.uky.edu/ArtMuseum/exhibitions.html.
Art and the animal events
â Art and the Animal Family Day. Noon-4 p.m. March 10. Guided tours of Art and the Animal, art activities, music, storytelling, refreshments and live animals. Free.
â Muse After School: Animals in Art. 4:30-7:30 p.m. April 10. Professional development program for educators. $20; registration required.
â Pet Photos With Personality. 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 20. Photography class with Alison Salyer.
6th annual Tails & Ales beer-tasting fundraiser to benefit the Lexington Humane Society. 7-10 p.m. Feb. 8. Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa, 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington. Also features snacks and music by Kenny Owens. $55; for ages 21 and older. AdoptLove.net.
Westminster Kennel Club 137th Annual All Breed Dog Show. Feb. 11, 12. Madison Square Gardens and Piers 92/94, New York, New York. www.westminsterkennelclub.org.
Live television coverage: 8-11 p.m. Feb. 11. CNBC; 8-11 p.m. Feb. 12 ET, USA Network
Some local Central Kentuckians competing at Westminster:
Tanner Congleton, Versailles, and his golden retriever, Ayden will be showing in the junior showmanship category.
Kristin Lawless, Nicholasville, will be showing her Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, Cruiser, in best of breed as well as junior showmanship.
Kathryn Graves, Georgetown, will be competing with three Boston Terriers that she bred - Breezy, Edith and Eve. Graves will be handling Breezy, Mandy Eakins, Nicholasville, will be handling Edith.
Scott Holmes, Lexington, will be showing his French bulldogs, Lulu and A.J. Eakins will be handling A.J.
Did you know? First held in 1877, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is America's second-longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby.
Humane Lobby Day. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 14. Capitol Annex, Room 171, 702 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort.
An opportunity to meet with elected officials about legislation that will significantly affect animals. There will be a briefing with tips for lobbying, and an overview of pending animal legislation preparing you to meet elected officials and advocate for animals. Following these meetings, there will be a news conference and rally in the adjoining Capitol Rotunda beginning at 1 p.m.
Feline Lifelines Inc. Monthly Membership Meeting. 6:30 p.m. March. 4. Paris-Bourbon County Public Library, Community Room, Paris. Enter through back door off parking lot.
pet health & wellness
February is National Pet Dental Health Month
Your pet's dental health is very important. Good dental hygiene not only reduces tarter, gum and tooth disease, it protects against heart and organ disease. Pets can have toothaches, cracked teeth and might need extractions just like people — and they don't always let you know when they are hurting. So have your veterinarian check your pet's teeth regularly, and if you aren't sure how, have him show you how to brush their teeth. There are toothpaste and toothbrushes made especially for pets.
The Biggest Shedder, a nationwide pet weight-loss competition
This competition is open to any pet owner with an overweight cat or dog, The first weigh-in deadline is Feb. 13.
How to participate:
1. Take your pet to your family veterinarian to see if your pet is overweight, determine how much the pet needs to lose, come up with a plan and a realistic goal to reach by the contest end date of June 14.
2. Take your pet to your veterinarian for a quick weigh-in every couple of weeks and post your pet's progress. Prizes are given away at each weigh-in, and those who reach their goal by contest end are entered to win the grand prize.
Prizes: The grand prize for the contest will be one year's worth of Hill's pet food and an iPad provided by Trupanion Pet Insurance. Additional prizes for progress weigh-ins will be provided by Pfizer Animal Health.
(Winners information will be verified by the pet's veterinarian.)
For more information and to participate, go to B luepearlvet.com/newsroom/biggest-shedder-competition/.
Has your pet gone missing?
Microchipping, licensing and ID tags are very effective ways to reunite lost pets with their owners.
Now social media is helping out. The following Facebook page is helping reunite lost pets with their owners in the Lexington area: Facebook.com/LostAndFoundPetsOfLexingtonKy
Top five cat toxins of 2012
The following toxins can cause life-threatening conditions and/or death if ingested.
â Topical spot-on insecticides for dogs. Don't use dog insecticides on a cat or let your cat lick it off your dog.
â Household cleaners. Toilet bowl cleaners, rust removers, drain cleaners. Store out of reach and wipe up any spills.
â Antidepressants. Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor and Cymbalta. Cats like the smell and flavor.
â Poisonous plants. Lilies, Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter and Japanese Show for some examples.
â Human and veterinary NSAIDS and acetominophen. Includes common over-the-counter meds such as aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen.
Courtesy of Pet Poison Helpline, www.petpoisonhelpline.com.
If you think your pet has ingested something poisonous, contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Hotline at 1-800-213-6680. (There is a $39 incident fee.)
Would you like to be listed in the Herald-Leader pet calendar? Submit your items to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to Pet Calendar, Lexington Herald-Leader, 100 Midland Ave., Lexington, Ky. 40508. For more information, call Camille Weber at (859) 231-3557.