Say hello to June! Full of sunshine, pet walks, and microchips. Yes, microchips! June is National Microchip Awareness Month. A pet microchip is a rice sized electronic device that is inserted under the skin. Each chip has a unique number code that can be found with a microchip scanner that animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and city pounds have. Once implanted, the chip cannot be lost, broken, fall off, or be removed like a collar and tags can be. That means if your pet were to ever get lost, your pet has a permanent form of identification.
Why is this important?
With the warm weather, everyone is starting to spend more time outside with their pets. We continue to see many medical appointments concerning the patient's ears. We thought a post on ear infections and cleaning ears would be helpful to our clients. With the many ear appointments, we have also heard of many ways to clean the pet's ears. We would like to explain the correct way to clean the pet's ears for the health and happiness of your pet.
The start of spring with April reminds us of heartworm disease and of course tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease. Borrelia burgdorferi is the disease transmitted by deer ticks that cause Borreliosis (Lyme disease). A lot of fancy words, can you keep up? Tick-borne disease is not commonly talked about here in Brookings, South Dakota however it is prevalent in the area. Minnesota is a high-risk area and a close neighbor to us. If your pet is traveling to Minnesota, hunting, or in a heavily wooded area we highly recommend awareness about the tick-borne disease.
We all have that small worry in our minds of our pets being poisoned and long hours spent at the clinic. Do we know what is considered toxic to pets though? More things are toxic to pets that we may think. Continue reading to find what can be harmful to your pet in you household and how to prevent the danger.
Did you know this was toxic?
So what are the common reasons why pets are returned to shelters at any point in time? Many new pet owners became overwhelmed with the costs of a pet, health issues (for the pet and/or the owners), disobedience, destructive behaviors, barking, hyper activity, and aggression. That’s a lot of reasons.
This is the week we all treasure for its guarantee of football, a large array of desserts, and of course turkey. As we all gather for our holiday festivities, it is also important to think about your pets during these festivities. We all love to include our pets in the holidays and events going on, however is it best?
Unfortunately, there are increases in pets seen for intestinal upset, pancreatitis, and toxin ingestion. Lets make this Thanksgiving a safe one for everyone, pets included.