National Pet Wellness Month
The month of October has been named National Pet Wellness Month by the American Veterinary Medicine Association. This campaign was initiated to emphasize the importance of proper health and nutrition in companion animals. The hope is that pet owners will not only be proactive in maintaining a regular veterinary schedule but be even more diligent as the pet enters their senior years. This topic is very important to all of us at One of A Kind Pet Rescue, and our clinic strives to make preventative care and vaccines convenient and cost effective for the community.
One of A Kind Spay & Neuter Clinic was established in 2007 to promote the importance of spay and neuter in the community. An estimated six to eight million homeless pets enter shelters in the U.S. each year. Sadly, not all of these pets find happy homes. Spaying and neutering is the only absolute solution to prevent unwanted pets and decrease these statistics. Our clinic spays and neuters each and every cat and dog we rescue, and offers this service to the community at a discounted rate.
Sterilization also prevents certain terminal illnesses. Unaltered cats and dogs have a much higher risk of contracting cancers of the reproductive system and mammary masses. USA Today reported that neutered male dogs live 18% longer lives than unneutered males, and females live an estimated 23% longer lives than unspayed females. It’s becoming common practice to alter the pet before they mature, as it’s a much less invasive procedure for the animal.
Spaying and neutering can frequently alter the behavior of the pet. Unaltered pets tend to roam looking for a partner. Not only do they run the risk of getting struck by vehicles, but they also tend to fight with other animals roaming the streets. Fixing them early will prevent this behavior, though some may just like to check out the neighborhood! Cats will sometimes begin to “spray” indoors marking their territory if they are unaltered. In turn, dogs may mark their territory as well. It may also eliminate the urge to howl and scream as a form of their mating call. It’s best to spay or neuter at an early age before this behavior begins.
In the spirit of good health, our clinic also offers monthly vaccine clinics. These occur on the first Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm. It is first come, first served and no appointment necessary. Our staff will provide heartworm testing and prevention, bordetella, FVRCP, Leukemia and Rabies vaccines, as well as other regular vaccines at a discounted rate. They will also test for FeLV and FIV in cats. Make sure you hold on to your paperwork, as you will need it for boarding, doggie daycare, landlords, etc. Our clinic and adoption center both provide flea and tick prevention for your convenience. We try to make pet wellness easy and affordable for everyone, so please don’t delay in receiving these treatments!
Two Convenient Locations
Rescue & Adoption Center
1929 West Market Street
Akron, OH 44313
Spay & Neuter Clinic
1700 West Exchange Street
Akron, OH 44313
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