Monthly Archives: August 2016

Microchipping: The Details

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Dogs and Cats Hanging Over White BannerMicrochipping has become more common recently and it’s a very good thing; millions of pets go missing every year and the use of microchipping makes those disappearances much less likely. In fact, many shelters and rescue groups have made it mandatory and include it in adoption fees.

The Process

In this quick and easy, and not terribly painful process, the veterinarian uses a needle to insert a tiny microchip under your pet’s skin, most often between the shoulder blades, the same place where you put his topical flea treatment. This little microchip has a number and a scanner can pick up that number should your pet go missing. This procedure can be done to most pets that have the potential to be lost.

The Cost

As high-tech as this little chip is, it is not very costly. If you adopt your pet, there may be a discount, or the procedure may be included in your normal adoption fees. Some vets offer it at a discounted rate if you have it done in addition to other procedures. In some other countries, microchipping is mandatory as part of a pet’s registration, and there are even some places in the U.S. in which the law requires it.

The price is particularly reasonable considering the peace of mind that comes with it. If your pet runs away, or is taken, and even if he does not have his collar off, you’ll be able to find him. All you have to do is register the number and call, and find your lost loved one. It’s that simple, and that safe.

We offer microchipping at Pet Vet Animal Hospitals, and we highly recommend it. Bring your pet in, whether he is a new or longtime companion, and let us help keep your furry family member safe.

Save Pets: Adopt a Pet from a Rescue

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dogs people connection adoptionIf you’re a pet owner, or animal lover, you have heard people say that it’s better to adopt a homeless pet than to purchase one. While it is important to note that pets in stores and from expensive breeders need homes, too, and that it’s not their fault that they are the result of a problematic system, there are some very good, specific reasons why it is a better idea to adopt from your local shelters and rescue groups.

Value for Your Money

Money may not be a primary concern for you; you just want a happy, healthy friend. But, for many of us, cost is still a concern, and you will pay far less for a shelter pet than for one from a pet store or breeder. Some rescues and foster pets have higher costs, but that is because they go to great lengths to keep the animals in comfort while they wait for their forever homes, and they may still cost significantly less than a breeder.

But, what about value? There is no certainty that your purebred, or petstore animal will be any better or healthier than an adopted pet. In fact, some purebred pets are at greater risks for illness and birth defects because of overbreeding. Animals are put up for adoption for many reasons, and illness or defect are only a small percentage.

The Need

Rescue and shelter pets have, generally, been abandoned. Perhaps their owners moved and could not take them, could not take care of them for monetary reasons, the pet became too large, or maybe the animal was abandoned somewhere with no one around to explain why. Many, many pets sit in shelters never to be adopted. This results in overflow, lack of funding for proper care, and it is the reason why kill shelters still exist. If you adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue, you are giving a pet a second chance at life, and possibly saving its life.

Veterinarians offer common health services at reduced prices, sometimes volunteering time to keep homeless pets healthy at reasonable costs, or for free. At Pet Vet Hospitals, we encourage rescuing and adopting homeless pets. Check out our list of local shelters and non-profit organizations from which you may adopt. As soon as you adopt a pet, bring your new family member in for a check-up.

The Dangers of Hot Cars for Pets

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We all know that we shouldn’t leave our pets in cars, particularly when it’s hot. We hear it all the time, see local news reports on it. There are plenty of excuses for doing it, but they are not truly good ones. We know that it can harm them, but how much do you know about why it’s harmful?

Too many pets still die from heat exhaustion in cars because people still don’t take the warnings seriously. They may think, “It’s all exaggerated,” or, “I have the windows down and I won’t be gone long.” The risks, however, are too great to convince yourself it’s okay.

dog-237187_1280The temperature in your car rises incredibly fast. It can go from 80 degrees Fahrenheit to 90 degrees in a matter of ten minutes, and upward from there. And, don’t be fooled by the fact that your pet is shaded by the car; the temperature can reach a level well above that outside the car, and rolling down the windows helps little, to not at all. This means that even if the temperature outside seems reasonable, the car could still become too much for your pet. This puts your pet at risk not only of heatstroke, but heart attack and dehydration, as well. Additionally, your pet could suffocate in a hot, closed car.

Even if you are merely running into a store for one single item, finding the item, a long checkout line, and other things could prevent you from returning in time. Your dog may panic and make the situation even worse. Plenty of incidents could happen to exacerbate the circumstances.

We want only the best for your pets at Pet Vet Animal Hospital. Always do what you know is right for them, and if they need care, call us and let us help you and your furry family member.

Hot Cats: Cool Them Off in Summer

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cat-649164_1920The summer heat can be stifling for everyone, your cat included. Your poor cat is covered in fur and has few options to keep cool—just shade, a cool floor, and water. You can help your cat stay cool this summer, and prevent potentially dangerous, heat-related problems.

Water, Water, Everywhere

Make sure your cat has plenty of water, and offer chilled water sometimes, or place some ice in the bowl. Staying hydrated is very important and the cold water will add some heat relief to that hydration. Refresh the water regularly. You can even offer your cat frozen treats.

Lounge in the Shade

Your cat probably has favorite spots. Make those spots a little better in terms of temperature by shading it, especially if it is outside. Add a fan to the room, or point it at the area. Your cat will seek hard, cold floors when he’s feeling warm, so make sure those areas are kept cool. You can even buy cat cooling beds and pads to help; these are particularly useful if your air conditioner or electricity fails and you are out of options.

Lazy Days

Avoid the outdoors. If your cat is purely an indoor cat, this may not be an issue. However, if your cat is accustomed to an open window as “cat TV,” it is best to close the window and avoid the incoming heat. An indoor/outdoor cat should stay indoors as much as possible. If your cat is crying to get out, try to distract him with a toy or treat, and lift the window shades instead.

There are plenty of ways to prevent heatstroke and other related problems this summer. You and your cat can enjoy the summer together and stay cool. If your cat is showing signs of heat-related distress, call us at Pet Vet Hospitals and let us help.