Spay and neuter

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To spay or neuter all your pets?  That is the question.

20 years or so ago, anytime someone visited their vet with a pet old or new, they were strongly urged to spay or neuter it.

The animal care givers didn’t seem to realize if that happened, their hospital would be out of business in about 15 years.

That attitude has changed now for several reasons.
If you own a female dog, or especially cat, spaying makes your life much simpler. Done at a year old for dogs, slightly younger for cats, it doesn’t have many drawbacks.   Your Trixie won’t get fat and lazy if you don’t over feed her.

A middle aged dog that was neutered at a young age may have some health problems related to lack of hormones. Some vets I know, recommend not neutering a well behaved male.

If your intact male dog acts aggressively to humans or other dogs, he may need a little less testosterone. If he constantly runs away to visit the neighborhood girls, that would be another reason to snip.

Unaltered male cats can cause all kinds of mischief.
Spraying, caterwauling, and fighting to name some.

Some of the well meaning rescue groups will spay or neuter pets as young as three months.  They are trying to prevent more stray and unwanted animals. This may help their program, and be easier for new owners, but can cause pets problems with growth and development.

Be an informed pet owner so you can do what is best for all your furry friends.

Any questions you may call me at 704-888-4637

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Gwyn Mathis
Gwyn Mathis and her husband Terry moved to beautiful Stanly Co. 43 years ago to have a place
To breed and train their show dogs. Gwyn soon opened a grooming shop and boarding kennel.
She expanded to a new kennel building in the mid 1990's. Owners bring their dogs from as
far away as Raleigh to have them groomed and cared for at Tag'm Kennel.
The Mathises are members of Piedmont Kennel Club, The American Miniature Schnauzer
Club and are AKC Breeders of Merit. Can you guess how they got the name Tag'm ?