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May News Letter
Happy May everyone. Now the weather is very warm for this time of year. If this keeps up our summer will be brutal. The bugs have already started coming out in droves. Many of our clients are seeing ticks and fleas on their pets. Are your pets protected? There are many avenues of treatment for the pests, topical and oral. May is a busy month. Let's see what is in store. May is Chip Your Pet, Pet Cancer Awareness and National Pet Month, the 3rd is Specially-abled Pets Day, the 5th is Cinco De Mayo, the 7th starts Be Kind To Animals, National Pet, and Puppy Mill Action Week, it is also Mayday for Mutts, the 8th is Animal Disaster Day,the 14th is Mother's Day, Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there, the 21st begins Dog Bite Prevention Week, the 29th we celebrate Memorial Day. Lots to think about and do.
Casualties of the War on Bugs
Flea bite dermatitis and secondary skin infections, hair loss and sores
Anemia, which can cause lethargy, depression, decreased appetite
Tapeworms, which in severe cases can cause GI difficulties and weight loss
Rocky Mountain spotted fever
These can develop into flu-like symptoms or joint, kidney, cardiac, or neurologic problems
Heartworm disease, a serious and potentially fatal condition
Secondary skin problems from scratching at an itchy, irritated bite
In humans these parasites can cause skin irritation, tick-borne infections, and diseases that can cause brain inflammation, including West Nile virus.
Our office carries several types and brands of flea, tick and heartworm protection: Advantix, and Bravecto for cats and dogs to prevent fleas and ticks. Some of these preventatives need to be dispensed by a veterinarian others are over the counter. The heartworm prevention comes in oral and topical and needs to have a Dr/patient relationship before the dispensing of the medication. Give us a call and we can find what is best for your pet(s).
Next month is the start of Hurricane season and tornado season is continuing. Now is the time to put together an emergency kit for you and your pets. The best thing to do is have a plastic or water-proof tub or container. Make a copy of your pet's medical records and put it in the container. If your pet is on chronic medications, have extra medications to put away in the container. Blankets, gauze, medical tape, antibiotic ointment, extra collars and leashes, Antiseptic spray, baby wipes, supply of pet food and extra bowls, and a gallon jug of water. It is also best to have your pets micro-chipped. If they should get away during a storm, a shelter can scan the pet and find you or a relative to get your pet back to the family. Know your safe place and have your supplies and family including pets readied for the storm.
Pet Awareness Month
Owning a pet is a very rewarding adventure. Many people don’t realize the work, sacrifice and love that raising a pet involves. When you bring a pet into your home there are many things that need to be considered. What species of pet are you considering, and how would they fit into your lifestyle. Next what breed do you want? Let’s face it a Great Dane would not be a breed of choice for a small apartment dweller. Do you want a young puppy or are you considering adopting an older pet? When looking at the choices, there are many. Then there is the matter of financial responsibility. Most pets require vaccinations, neutering or spaying, fecal examinations (to look for parasites), semi-annual examinations, and of course food. Some of the exotic pets require special bedding and accessories, and of course cats and ferrets use litter.
Owning a pet is not something to go into lightly. It should be a family decision. After all it is a known saying “there is no such thing as a free pet”. All pets require essentials, food, bedding, veterinary visits, crates, cages, toys, treats, etc. If you are really interested in getting a pet, all these things should be considered. It is the wisest scenario, to have all pets examined by a veterinarian within a few days of obtaining it. There is a lot of responsibility involved too. Dogs need exercise, attention and love. Any pet you get needs your attention. Who will walk the dog and let it out when it needs to potty? Who will change the bedding or the litter? It is a family’s responsibility, everyone needs to be a part of the training, caring for and love of the pet.
Pets give as much love as they receive, and having pets in your house can be an amazing adventure and a rewarding experience. If you have any doubts or questions, please be sure to give your veterinarian a call. There are so many cats and dogs in shelters that need good loving homes. Please don’t reject the idea of adopting an older pet, they need love too.
With heavy hearts we want to let you know that Dr. Haggard will be leaving our practice the end of May. She accepted a job closer to her home. She will be greatly missed as an Associate and good friend. On a happier note, we want to welcome Dr. Amanda Harper to our hospital. She will begin practicing at our hospital the first of June.
New clients receive 50% OFF first exam fee for dogs and cats.