Ticks are becoming more and more prevalent in North America. These parasites aren’t just a nuisance – putting a damper on a fun day out with our four legged friends. They can also cause serious diseases including: Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick paralysis.
Contact us immediately if your pet starts coughing or has joint pain, trouble breathing, fever, weakness, or loss of appetite, weight, energy, or coordination.
Keep ticks off your pet by keeping your dog or cat on a tick preventive. Tick preventives are safe, easy to administer and effective at controlling ticks! Don’t panic if you find a tick on your dog or cat, even if your pet is on a preventive. Some preventives kill ticks after they’ve come in contact with your pet.
Call us today get your pet protected from ticks!
Micro Chip Identification
Although we hope your pet never becomes lost, we want you to be prepared in case it happens. And we want to give your pet the best chance of getting right back home to you! With microchipping, when your pet is lost – you have a plan in place to act quickly and pets with microchips are up to 20 times more likely to be reunited.
Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost. A microchip, which is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost dog or cat without an ID tag is found, a veterinarian or veterinary technician will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. The veterinary hospital or shelter then calls the chip manufacturer, retrieves the pet owner’s contact information, and calls the owner.
Even the most responsible pet owners can’t always guarantee their pet won’t get lost. A leash could break or slip out of your hand, a pet could push through a screen door or window, or a contractor or friend might accidentally leave a door or gate open.
We recommend that you use a microchip, along with a collar and ID tag, to identify your pet. An ID tag is still a reliable identification method. Pets that have tags with current contact information are more likely to not end up in shelters and tend to get home faster than those without tags.
However, collars and ID tags aren’t permanent and can be removed (overnight or for grooming); pets can also lose them. With a microchip, your pet will have a much better chance of being identified and returned to you.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment to microchip your pet.
If fireworks, travel, or thunder upsets your pet – they may benefit from pharmaceutical assistance to calm them during these distressing situations. Often it is necessary to schedule a visit with the veterinarian to evaluate and discuss what’s going on. Please contact us if you would like to set up an assessment and learn more about anxiety management options.
Most dogs need to have their nails trimmed regularly. However, it can be tricky not to trim the nails too short. We can take care of this procedure for you so that you don’t have to worry about nicking the blood vessels inside the nails. For those pets that find the procedure too stressful, sedation may be an appropriate option for their comfort in order to mitigate stress.
Call us if you’d like to schedule an appointment.