Advice to Keep Your Pet Happy and Healthy

Part of being a responsible pet owner is knowing how to properly care for and nurture a strong, healthy companion animal. Here are the answers to a few common inquires we receive here at Burgess Animal Hospital in Cambridge.

Should I spay or neuter my cat or dog?

In addition to helping control pet overpopulation and feral/stray cats and dogs, there are also major health benefits to having your pet spayed or neutered, including better behaviour. Plus, you won’t have to worry about dealing with an animal in heat!

How can I keep my dog’s breath fresh?

They key to avoiding nasty doggy breath is keeping your pup’s mouth clean and healthy through regular brushing, a nutritious diet and plenty of chew toys or bones. This can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and of course, bad breath!

What small pet do you recommend for children?

Hamsters, rabbits, gerbils and guinea pigs, along with mice and rats, are popular little critters that can make great starter pets for older children. However, it’s important to keep in mind that mice can be especially fragile and should be treated gently, and that hamsters are nocturnal, which may not fit in well with your child’s schedule.

Feel free to contact us anytime with any questions you may have about pet parenting!

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