Pet Glossary

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Registered

A pet whose ancestry is documented and recorded with an animal registering association.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

The inflammation and deformity of the joints that causes stiffness and deformity. Pets can develop arthritis if they're left out in the cold for long periods of time or when overweight.

Show

An exhibition of cats or dogs during which they are evaluated by licensed judges and awarded prizes for their conformance to breed standards.

Sire

Male cat or dog parent.

Spay

Or ovario-hysterectomy, surgically removes your pet's reproductive organs including the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes of the female animal.

Spray

Behavior of urinating everywhere to establish territory, commonly seen in unneutered male dogs and cats.

Stud

An unneutered male that is part of a breeding match.

Tenectomy/Tendonectomy

Removes part of the tendon to each toe, and prevents cats from digging their claws into things.

Vaccination

Injecting harmless bacteria or viruses (such as rabies) into your pet's body in order to induce the development of immunity.

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