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THE IMPORTANCE OF MICROCHIPPING YOUR PET
What follows is very good information for pet owners. If you haven't given any thought to microchipping, it's worth the minimal the cost to have it done. - Art
Microchipping is quick, easy and virtually painless for your pet. Registering a microchip can be done in a few minutes online, and some veterinary clinics may even complete the initial registration for you. So, to sum up, having your pet microchipped is one of the first things you should do as a responsible pet parent. It provides security, and could play a key role in preventing heartbreak. A microchip is a small implantable device that uses passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology and contains a unique number that can be read by a special microchip reader. It is about the size of a grain of rice and is easily implanted via injection just under the skin between the shoulder blades of your pet.
Your veterinarian may have recommended "microchipping" your dog or cat. Even if he hasn’t, there are several reasons why you should do it.
Once a chip is implanted and registered, it provides a unique identification for your pet that cannot be altered. Collars can fall off or be replaced, tags can be removed or replaced as well, and tattoos can be altered. However, the microchip cannot be reprogrammed or altered in any way. Even if multiple microchips are implanted, the one with the earliest registration date will typically be the valid microchip. A microchip is the most reliable way to provide a permanent means of identification and ownership for your pet.
Travel: international or domesticA very small percentage (22% of dogs, and just 2% of cats) of pets that are lost or stolen are found and returned home. The presence of a registered microchip can increase the likelihood of your pet returning home safe and sound. Most, if not all, animal shelters and veterinary clinics have a universal scanner or other means of scanning a pet for a chip. Once detected, the number on the chip can be used to discover and contact the rightful owner. It is of vital importance to register an implanted microchip and maintain accurate, up-to-date contact information with the microchip company.
Also, make sure the microchip implanted is ISO 11784/11785 compliant. This is the microchip that veterinarians and animal shelters, both internationally and domestic, are most likely able to scan. Many travel websites have recommendations regarding travel, however, it is best to contact the embassy of the destination country prior to travel. There may be individual requirements in addition to the microchip necessary for entrance.
Microchipping is quick, easy and virtually painless for your pet. Registering a microchip can be done in a few minutes online, and some veterinary clinics may even complete the initial registration for you. So, to sum up, having your pet microchipped is one of the first things you should do as a responsible pet parent. It provides security, and could play a key role in minimizing heartbreak.
Have a Secure Spring!
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Source: ANGEL ALVARADO, LVT & Pet Coach Licensed Veterinary Technician
HELPFUL TIPS FOR USING FLEA AND TICK PRODUCTS SAFELY IN THE HOME AND ON YOUR PET!
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Source: Source: Foster/Smith 2013
KEEPING THEIR COOL!
"Dogs and cats don't sweat like we do, so heat affects them differently. Becoming overheated can be a life-threatening condition," says Gretchen Schoeffler, DVM, Chief of Emergency and Critical Care at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
What's The Harm In Heat?
Dogs and cats cool off through panting, not sweating. when the heat becomes more than their bodies can regulate, pets can suffer heatstroke, which can cause irreversible organ damage and even death.
Keep Pets Cool
MINIMIZE KEEPING YOUR PET IN A PARKED CAR! Be informed, that some states now allow for the public to break car windows if they suspect a pet is under undue stress from heat.
Even on a relatively cool day, if the sun is out, the inside of a car can get really hot quickly. Have fresh water available at all times - indoors and out. Make sure pets have access to shade when they're outside.
Limit outdoor exercise on hot days. If it feels hot to you,it's even hotter for your pets. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day. Don't forget you pet is barefooted! You know what it's like to walk on hot pavement.
What Should You Do?
If you think your pet is overheated, cool them down slowly. Cooling down too fast can cause more problems. Get into the shade or indoors with air conditioning. Wet your pet with a wet towel or anything wet. Let the airflow reach him/her. Offer small amounts of drinking water frequently. As your pet cools down, your first defense is to call your veterinarian for further instructions.
When You Next Visit Your Veterinarian, Consider Asking These Questions:
These suggestions should help you and your "children" enjoy the rest of your summer, and remember this - when in doubt, ask!!
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Source: WebMD July/August 2016
Can I Give My Dog Broccoli?
Sometimes, out of love for our pets, we make diet assumptions which are true in theory only! It turns out that dogs don’t need vegetables, or broccoli, nearly as much we do. That isn’t to say that feeding your dog some broccoli, on occasion, is a bad thing.
While this healthy plant isn’t required eating, you can sometimes allow your best buddy to chow down on small amounts of broccoli. You just shouldn’t make it part of their regular meals. While broccoli itself isn’t poisonous, some dogs may develop gastrointestinal symptoms from eating this vegetable and we will explain why.
Can My Dog Eat Broccoli? Answer: On Occasion
Important Broccoli Info
The head of broccoli contains an potentially toxic ingredient called Isothiocyanate which can be a gastric irritant. That’s the main reason why you should limit your dog’s consumption of this vegetable. The stems are probably the safest part for dogs since only the top flowery head contains that harmful chemical. There’s a chance that gastrointestinal problems may develop as a result of your dog eating too much broccoli.
Your four-legged friend's size plays an important factor in just how much of this vegetable you should provide. In general, a single piece is probably fine. The smaller your dog is, the more cautious and conservative you should be. As a general rule, a broccoli portion should never exceed 5% of your dog's daily food intake. Any more than that can possibly cause stomach and bowel problems. That's why we recommend the broccoli-flavored wet food tray.
The Potential Benefits
According to some research, broccoli can even help to repair DNA in the cells so perhaps it has beneficial anti-aging properties. No doubt it is healthy and probably on the same level as carrots.
Weighing Pros & Cons
All these wonderful properties found in broccoli would seem to help lessen the chances of your dog developing many common health problems. Of course, this is all theory. More dogs have probably gotten sick from eating too much broccoli than have been helped by it. You know how dogs like to overindulge! This is why we always attempt to bring out all the facts so that you can make an informed decision regarding your own dog.
Conclusion on Broccoli
Broccoli is a very healthy bioflavonoid which can potentially benefit your dog if you limit their servings of it. As with most human foods, this green plant definitely applies as well, moderation is very important. Further, this vegetable’s stems are better suited for canines rather than the head portion due to the presence of Isothiocyanate. If your dog develops any stomach pains or diarrhea from eating broccoli, you should take note and stop feeding it to them at once.
Have a Joyful Spring!
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DID YOU KNOW?
Fleas and ticks, and their associated health risks, don't just disappear when cold weather arrives.
These pests remain active all year long, especially in warmer climates. If you're lax in your treatment and minimization in the fall and early winter, you may set yourself up for non-stop parasite problems.
As a rule, you should be using flea and tick products until after extreme winter conditions. Conversely, in warmer climates, provide flea and tick protection year around.
Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!
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Source: Foster and Smith, Nov. 2015
Hot Tips for Summer Pet Care
Summertime is fun time, but hot weather makes for some unique summer pet care challenges. Although wild animals are well adapted to the elements, companion animals can be susceptible to extreme temperatures as their owners are. What does that mean for your pet? When the temperatures get extreme, pet safety should at the top of your list! With that said, here are five (5) ways to help you keep your pet safe while enjoying summer activities:
Summer pet safety isn't hard, it just requires some thought and attention. Do your due diligence and watch over your pet the way you would a small child—protect them from too much heat, sun, and other summer dangers—and everyone will be happy!
Have a Happy and Safe Summer!
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Source: My Pet News Letter - May 15, 2015
TIPS ON HOW TO TRAVEL SAFELY WITH YOUR PET!
As we slowly enter into 2015 and with the weather soon to warm up, millions of pet owners will be traveling all over the country with their pets.
The tips that follow will assist you in making your journey safer and more enjoyable for you and your "precious cargo" -
Happy and safe traveling!
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Source Material: Contra Costa Times - Mark Phelan, Contributor (12.7.2014)
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