TICKS ARE BACK AND FLEAS ARE NOT FAR BEHIND!
It's hard to believe on March 1, but with the recent weather, the ticks are coming out of hiding. We have already started removing live, engorged ticks from pets. If the warm weather continues, fleas will not be far behind. We have numerous great flea and tick prevention products available, both at the clinic and in our online store. If you have not been using prevention year round, now is the time to get your pets back on schedule. Don't forget, many of the medications and other products that you use regularly are available in our online store and you can also set up auto-ship to avoid running out. Click the button below to check out the 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.