Archive for April, 2012

National Hairball Awareness Day!

April 30, 2012

National Hairball Awareness Day is April 29th!  Every cat owner, at least once (usually in the middle of the night), has stepped into a pile of something that looks and feels like anything but hair and wondered, “Does she do this on purpose?!”  No, she doesn’t.  In fact, hairballs are the number one health condition reported by 35% of cat-owning households.  Is your household one of them?  The first person to let everyone know what this common feline condition is brought on by will receive a free 3.5 pound bag of Science Diet Adult Hairball Control food!  How will you celebrate National Hairball Awareness Day?  Click here for some fun ideas!

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National Kids and Pets Day!

April 26, 2012

April 26th is National Kids and Pets day! The special bond between a child and their pet(s) is a pure and unconditional one. This day is designed to recognize and perpetuate the magical link between children and animals.  Check out this link to learn more about this special day as well as learn tips to keep your children safe while they enjoy time with their beloved pets!

American Heartworm Society

April 24, 2012

There are several important reasons to make sure your pet receives their annual exam and testing.  Getting annual testing ensures your pet is heartworm free and not infected with serious tick-borne diseases (Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis), some of which could harm family members. The tests are quick and accurate and make sure your pet is free from infection. Annual testing provides peace of mind in knowing that your pet is free of heartworms, and assures you of early diagnosis if your pet is infected with a tick-borne disease. For Frequently Asked Questions and recommendations for providing the best protection for your pet, visit the American Heartworm Society

Canine Weight Loss Challenge YouTube Video!

April 20, 2012

Wrigley has lost 6.5 pounds since she started the Canine Weight Loss Challenge!  Watch this YouTube video from our spring open house when Wrigley overheated.  This is a condition that can happen to any dog, however, short-nosed (brachycephalic) breeds such as Pugs, Shih Tzus, Pekingese, Bulldogs and Boxers are especially prone to suffering from heatstroke.  This is because they aren’t able to pant as efficiently as dogs with longer faces.    

National Pet Identification Week!

April 19, 2012

For a limited time only!  Pet microchipping for $25 (includes registration) now through April 27th!  It’s National Pet Identification Week!  It is the perfect time for all pet owners to make sure they have taken EVERY precaution to be reunited with their pet if he or she becomes lost.  Collars with pet identification are accessible to anyone who finds a lost pet, but tags can become hard to read and collars can be broken or removed.  Microchipping your pet is a method of permanent identification.  Please visit the following websites, WebVet and Under the Blanket, to learn more about microchipping and your pet! 

April is Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month!

April 16, 2012

Did you know April is prevent Lyme disease in Dogs month? Check out this article Preventing Lyme Disease in Pets and tell us what you think!  Is your pet vaccinated for Lyme disease?!  Why or why not?

National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week!

April 14, 2012

April 8 – 14, 2012 is National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week!  Whether enforcing rabies and license ordinances, returning lost animals to their families, protecting citizens from dangerous dogs, rescuing animals from cruelty, or finding new homes for displaced animals, Animal Control Officers make a difference!  Visit this link to learn more about the role Animal Control Officers play in your community!

Lyme Disease Alert!

April 13, 2012

Yesterday we diagnosed an 8 month old puppy with Lyme disease when performing a routine heartworm check.  This is one of many alarming finds we have had in the area this season.  Please drop in anytime tomorrow between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to learn more about heartworm disease and other vector borne diseases such as Lyme disease.  Learn about preventative measures and how to keep your pet and family safe during this very aggressive flea and tick season.  Watch this video to learn about how experts anticipate this to be the worst seasons for parasites yet!

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Pop Quiz!

April 12, 2012

Pop Quiz!  What is wrong with this dog’s right rear leg in this radiograph?  The first person to answer correctly wins a free nail trim for their pet!

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National Pet Day

April 11, 2012

Its National Pet Day!  National Pet Day was found to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives and to create public awareness about the plight of many different kinds of animals awaiting a forever home in shelters all across the nation.  It’s estimated that approximately 16,000 pets die in U.S. shelters every single day.  Pet ownership comes with responsibility. Our pets are not accessories to be returned or abandoned once they get old and sick or outgrow their cute puppy-hood.  Click here for more information about the advantages of being a pet owner!