When’s the last time you took your pet to the vet? Your dog or cat’s health is just as finicky as any person’s, with diseases such as heartworm and hip dysplasia able to crop out of nowhere and seriously affect the physical and emotional health of your furry friend. Caring for your pet means staying on top of their daily needs and taking preventative measures to prevent these more extreme conditions and keep them happy and healthy. Spaying and neutering your pet accomplishes the dual goal of preventing unwanted litters as well as circumventing common illnesses associated with hormones and certain behaviors. Let’s take a look at frequent health conditions and pet owner tips to help you stay on the ball.