FEELS LIKE IT'S FINALLY FALL. DON'T FORGET TO KEEP GIVING FLEA, TICK AND HEARTWORM PREVENTION YEAR ROUND!
Even though the weather is cooling off, mosquitoes, fleas and ticks are still out there. Fall is when adult ticks need to get their food for the winter, so they actually get more active as the weather cools. Fleas are looking for a free ride into your house to spend the winter. Mosquitoes might be less common but they will live outdoors and inside all year long. Protect your pets with one of the great prescription products available in the clinic or in our online store.
Decreasing Stress for your Pets:
With many of you boarding your pets, we thought we would share some ideas on how to make the experience more pleasant for everyone!
First, make sure your pet is current on vaccinations, for dogs: Rabies, DHPPV and bordetella (kennel cough), for cats: Rabies and FVRCP. Most kennels require these. If you don't know, check with your vet and make sure you get boosters at least 2 weeks prior to boarding. Also, bring a copy of your pet's vaccination record to the kennel.
Second, fill out any paperwork for the kennel ahead of time. Things like emergency contact numbers, your veterinarian's information and permission to have your pet treated in your absence are very important and you don't want to arrive at the kennel without the information you need.
Third, bring familiar items. Things like your dog or cat's bed, blanket, toys or even a piece of your clothing will make your pet feel more comfortable. Check in advance to be sure the kennel allows you to bring things with you.
Fourth, keep your pet on their regular diet. Most kennels allow you to bring your own food along with feeding instructions. Changing food often causes upset stomach, diarrhea and increased stress.
Finally, stay calm and happy when dropping your pet at the kennel. If you act like it is a big fun adventure, your pet will think so too. If you make a big fuss, they will know something is going on. As hard as it is to leave them, it is easier if you avoid a prolonged goodbye!
If your pet gets stressed when they have to come to the office, there are things we can do to help with that too. Both dogs and cats can benefit from medications to reduce anxiety, given at home before loading up for the trip to the clinic. There are also changes we can make in the routine of the visit. If you feel that your pet gets excessively anxious at the clinic and would like to discuss these options, please give us a call.
These days, more pets are traveling and spending time away from home, increasing the chances for them to get lost or wander off. We recommend the Home Again Microchip to permanently and safely identify your pet. For $51 we will place the chip, register your pet, pay the $10 one time registration fee and the $18.99 first year membership fee. Home Again uses an active recovery system to maximize the chances your pet will be found quickly and safe. For more information on Home Again, click the button below.