June is "Chip Your Pet Month" - $10 off Microchip!!

Have you considered having your pet microchipped?

It's easy as can be. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice, and is implanted with a needle, usually between your pet’s shoulder blades. Your pet will experience about the same pinch as it would get from giving blood, and neither you nor he will be able to feel the chip once it’s in. 

Each chip has a unique number on it that can be picked up and read by a scanner. If your pet is found, or if you find a pet, a veterinarian or animal shelter can scan the pet and easily access the microchip number.

Chips are registered with different companies who have your information. Our chips are registered with “Home Again” who will have all the information they need to reach you and our office.  By looking up your chip number they will have your pet’s name, your contact info, and our hospital’s information.  If your contact information ever changes but you forgot to keep it updated with Home Again, our vet will be their next contact and can be the missing link that connects you to your lost pet.

There are numerous success stories across the country of microchips helping owners get reunited with their lost pets. Unlike collars or tags, which might slip off, your microchip is with your pet for life.   Help give them the chance to find you and their home again.

No appointment is necessary to have your pet microchipped.  Just come in during our regular business hours!

 

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month!

The term “arthritis” is an umbrella term that refers to over 100 rheumatic diseases, but when most of us use the term when talking about our pets, we are usually referring to osteoarthritis (OA), a progressive, degenerative joint disease.

The bad news is that there is no cure for OA – but the good news is, there are things we can do to help our pets with OA live comfortable, happy lives.

Here are some things you can do to help your pet with OA:

  • Partner with your veterinarian. Keep detailed notes on your pet’s condition and schedule regular check-ins and checkups so you can stay proactive in managing his pain.
  • Help your pet maintain a healthy weight. Just like in people, an animal’s joints can be more painful with added pounds.
  • Look at a special diet. There are foods available that can help with joint support – talk to your veterinarian about whether one of these is right for your pet.
  • Include exercise. Regular, moderate exercise helps keep joints healthy for longer. Talk to your veterinarian about how far and how long to walk with your dog, on what types of surfaces, and whether there are any other exercises you can do with your dog or cat to target the affected joints.
  • Talk to your veterinarian about complementary treatment. Veterinary massage, acupuncture, physical rehabilitation, and related treatments may be available that can provide some pain relief when used along with your pet’s regular pain-management plan.

In addition to these ideas, there are some simple things you can do to make your home more accessible for your pet so he can be more comfortable. For example:

  • Raise food and water bowls to somewhere between the height of his elbows and shoulders – this can relieve strain on his back.
  • Consider getting an orthopedic or memory foam bed for your pet to sleep on.
  • A ramp to climb in and out of your vehicle can make car rides more fun for your dog by relieving stress on the back and leg joints. Cats will appreciate ramps or steps up to their favorite furniture perches.
  • Provide a litter box with low sides so your cat can get in and out more easily.
  • Spend some extra time brushing your cat as grooming can become painful for him.
  • Think about blocking access to stairs when no one is around to help “spot” your dog going up and down.
  • Think non-slip flooring. Area rugs with non-skid backing help your pet keep his footing when walking. In areas where rugs won’t work, you could place those interlocking squares of foam that are often used for children’s play areas – these can fit any room, and you can pick them up easily when you want to clean or when you have company.

Pets with OA can live long and healthy lives. With a bit of creativity and some help from your veterinarian, you can help your pet live more comfortably with OA.