Animal Care Center Blog

Five Types of Worms that Affect Your Dog's Health

Did you know that there are five different types of worms that can seriously affect your animals? One of the most common health problems for dogs and other animals is worms. Worms generally negatively impact a dog's health, and in this continuing series, we will discuss each type of worm:

  • Heartworms
  • Hookworms
  • Roundworms
  • Whipworms
  • Tapeworms 

Some of the worm types are much easier to spot than the others. When you see something that looks like grains of rice in your dog’s stool, it is probably tapeworm. Heartworm is much harder to diagnose. An infection in your dog might only show subtle symptoms until it has progressed to an advanced stage.

Symptoms of Worms in Dogs

The most common symptoms of worms in dogs are the following items:

Low energy

If your dog suddenly becomes lethargic and less active than usual, it may be a symptom of having worms.

Diarrhea

Worms can also present themselves as a symptom of soft stools and canine diarrhea. Dogs with hookworms can have blood in their stools too.

Vomiting

If your pet throws up, this can be a symptom of works, especially roundworms.

Change in appetite

Another system is a sudden change in your dog’s appetite. Your furry loved one may have come into contact with roundworms. Dogs that lose their appetite completed are often infected.

Bloated appearance

Your dog may have contracted worms if they are bloated or starts to appear pot-bellied. This is a common symptom in puppies if they have picked up worms from their mother.

Weight loss

If your dog has a rapid weight loss, they may have a whipworm or tapeworm.

Coughing

Coughing can be a symptom when your dog has an advanced stage of heartworms. A cough may be present in dogs with hookworms and roundworms too.

Itching and signs of skin irritations

Skin irritation may indicate that your dog may have a severe infestation of worms.

Dull coat

A shiny, thick coat is a sign that your dog is healthy. A symptom of worms is that your dog’s coat begins to dull and dry out. Rashes or hair loss can also indicate worms.

Rubbing its bottom on the ground or "scooting."

Dogs occasionally rub their rear ends on the floor in order to relieve themselves of an itch that may be caused due to worms in the area. This behavior can also be caused by problems with the anal glands as well.

Visible worms in fur or fecal matter

Tapeworms can appear as tiny moving items in a dog’s fur or area around their anus. Check your dog’s stools for roundworms.

If you Suspect Worms

Worms can seriously damage your dog’s internal organs and lead to loss of consciousness and death if untreated. If your dog has any of these symptoms of worms, contact your vet immediately.

Once diagnosed, most intestinal worms can be reasonably easy to treat with medication. Heartworm is much more severe to your dog's health. Treatment can be expensive and difficult for your dog. The best approach with heartworm is monthly preventive medication, which can also prevent other worm infections. Contact your vet for recommendations for your dog.

Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

Take Your Pet to Work Week

Pet lovers - Mark your calendars with these two dates coming up in June for you to take your furry loved one to work.

  • June 17 – 21 is Take Your Pet To Work Week® (June 17-21)
  • June 21 is the Take Your Dog To Work Day®

Before you plan on bringing your animal to your office, make sure your business allows it and check with their policy. Maybe you can help them implement a new policy for this week and day. Here is some ammo to support that shift in your office.

Friday, June 21, 2019, is Take Your Pet to Work Day established by Pet Sitters. This year is the 21st year of Take Your Pet to Work Day, which raises awareness and funds to support animal rescue and shelter dog adoption.

History of Take Your Pet To Work Day

In 1996, Pet Sitters International decided that there were far too many instances of people leaving their animals at home while they went about their workday. These amazing people are dedicated to saving animals from local shelters and humane shelters and helping them find good homes with people who will love and respect them.

Pet-Friendly Companies

There is research that suggests that dog owners bringing their dogs to work offer stress relief. Animals also break the ice during tense meetings and encourage socializing at work.

According to Fortune.com, here are ten pet-friendly companies where every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day.

1. Bissell

2. Amazon

3. Zynga

4. Nestle Purina

5. Salesforce

6. PetSmart

7. Google

8. WorkDay

9. Zoosk

10. Ticketmaster

Take Your Pet to Work Day Activities

Take advantage of Take Your Pet To Work Week® by these methods:

·      Participate in the holiday with your dog

·      Volunteer at an animal shelter

·      Sign up for a training class

We love this week because:

1.   It celebrates dogs

Dog lovers love to have their animals with them, talk about them and show them off to others o having the ability to introduce your dog to your coworkers is a great way to celebrate your dog’s best traits. Your dog may help to change someone else’s mind about how they feel about dogs.

2.   It can make work more fun

By bringing their animals to work, people may be more excited about coming and the day will go faster.

3.   It isn’t necessarily just for dogs

If you don’t have a dog or cat, bring in a parrot, goldfish, or borrow a dog from your friends, neighbors or family?

We love working work animals and seeing them in our office every day. It brings all of our staff much joy.

Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

Take Your Pet to Work Week

Pet lovers - Mark your calendars with these two dates coming up in June for you to take your furry loved one to work.

  • June 17 – 21 is Take Your Pet To Work Week® (June 17-21)
  • June 21 is the Take Your Dog To Work Day®

Before you plan on bringing your animal to your office, make sure your business allows it and check with their policy. Maybe you can help them implement a new policy for this week and day. Here is some ammo to support that shift in your office.

Friday, June 21, 2019, is Take Your Pet to Work Day established by Pet Sitters. This year is the 21st year of Take Your Pet to Work Day, which raises awareness and funds to support animal rescue and shelter dog adoption.

History of Take Your Pet To Work Day

In 1996, Pet Sitters International decided that there were far too many instances of people leaving their animals at home while they went about their workday. These amazing people are dedicated to saving animals from local shelters and humane shelters and helping them find good homes with people who will love and respect them.

Pet-Friendly Companies

There is research that suggests that dog owners bringing their dogs to work offer stress relief. Animals also break the ice during tense meetings and encourage socializing at work.

According to Fortune.com, here are ten pet-friendly companies where every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day.

1. Bissell

2. Amazon

3. Zynga

4. Nestle Purina

5. Salesforce

6. PetSmart

7. Google

8. WorkDay

9. Zoosk

10. Ticketmaster

Take Your Pet to Work Day Activities

Take advantage of Take Your Pet To Work Week® by these methods:

·      Participate in the holiday with your dog

·      Volunteer at an animal shelter

·      Sign up for a training class

We love this week because:

1.   It celebrates animals

Dog lovers love to have their animals with them, talk about them and show them off to others o having the ability to introduce your dog to your coworkers is a great way to celebrate your dog’s best traits. Your dog may help to change someone else’s mind about how they feel about dogs.

2.   It can make work more fun

By bringing their animals to work, people may be more excited about coming and the day will go faster.

3.   It isn’t necessarily just for dogs

If you don’t have a dog or cat, bring in a parrot, goldfish, or borrow a dog from your friends, neighbors or family?

We love working work animals and seeing them in our office every day. It brings all of our staff much joy.

Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

Memorialize Your Pet on World Pet Memorial Day

World Pet Memorial Day is observed on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Here is a chance to celebrate the life of your pet that has passed away. This memorial day was created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). It is a day to memorialize your pets.

AVMA

The American Veterinary Medical Association, founded in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 91,000 U.S. veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services.

Ways to Celebrate

On this day, you can celebrate the lives of your beloved pet(s) that have died. Thinking about the good times keeps the memory of your pet alive.

There are many ways you could do this:

  • Make a collage or scrapbook of your furry loved one
  • Frame a favorite photo of them
  • Plant a tree or other favorite plant in their memory
  • Donate money to a place that supports animals in your pet’s name
  • Volunteer your time to a pet shelter that helps animals
  • Hold a celebration of life get together
  • Write a social media post with a picture of your pet
  • Set up a web page in honor of your cat or dog
  • Donate or spend time at a local dog park
  • Put together video footage of your pet and post it on social media or email it to friends and family
  • Give away your pet’s favorite things to friends or a shelter
  • Adopt another furry one in your pet’s honor

Create a Memorial

Creating a special memorial for your loved one is a beautiful way to preserve your pet's legacy. Here are some ideas to memorialize your furry loved one(s):

  • Have a cemetery marker personalized for your pet where they are resting
  • Honor your pet with a unique urn for a pet that has been cremated and display in your home
  • Create a plaque with their name, date, photo or memorable quote for your home to hang or display
  • Create a small memory stone into jewelry
  • Memorialize your pet with a tattoo with permanent ink
  • Make a mosaic portrait tile to put in your yard or your pet’s favorite place in the yard

Remembering your pet can help you, your family and friends mourn the loss and celebrate your loved one to keep their memories alive forever.

If your animal is ill, make sure you contact a veterinarian to receive an accurate diagnosis and safe, effective treatment options? If you loved one is ready to pass, contact a compassionate vet to discuss your humane options?

Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

Did You Know That Dogs Can Get Tapeworms from Fleas, Mice and Other Rodents?

Did you know these facts about tapeworms and your dog?

  • Dogs may not have symptoms from tapeworms other than worm segments on their rear end or in their feces
  • People rarely are affected by dog tapeworms
  • Flea control is an essential step in protection
  • Dogs can get heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, and whipworms

 Symptoms

Some dogs will not show obvious symptoms while carrying tapeworm. Here are some of the signs that your dog may have tapeworm:

  • Scooting hind end along floor due to itching
  • Constantly licking or biting the anal area
  • Tapeworm may pass in the feces and be visibly seen
  • Dried yellowish segments of the tapeworm in the feces or around the tail
  • Live segments seen moving around in the same area
  • Vomit up an entire tapeworm
  • Bouts of gas
  • Malaise and irritability
  • Dull fur
  • Restless
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain

Appearance

Tapeworms are flat long worms that attach themselves to your dog’s intestines. A tapeworm consists of multiple parts, or segments, each with its reproductive organs.

Infections

If your dog has a tapeworm infection, you will see small white worms that resemble grains of rice. These are called segments and show up on your dog’s rear end or in their feces. They can also be visible where your dog sleeps.

There are several species of tapeworms. Each species has an in-between host which infects your dog.  Dogs get tapeworms by ingesting the immediate host containing larvae. One species is called Dipylidium caninum that uses fleas as its intermediate host. Two other species, Taenia and Echinococcus, use small rodents (mice, rats, squirrels), rabbits, or large animals (such as deer or sheep) as their intermediate hosts.

Diagnosis 

A fecal, or stool sample can be used to review for the presence of tapeworms. Most test results are conclusive.

Prevention

For prevention, it is vital to keep your dog from coming in contact with intermediate hosts that contain tapeworm larvae. For the most common kind of tapeworm, fleas are the intermediate host. That is why effective flea control is an essential prevention measure.

Your vet can give you a safe, effective monthly heartworm preventive that contains a drug specific for tapeworm infections.

Can humans be harmed by tapeworms?

Echinococcus species of tapeworm found in in dogs or cats may cause serious disease in humans. These tapeworms are uncommon in the United States and are readily treated by prescriptions available from your veterinarian.

If your dog has symptoms or you think your dog is infected with tapeworms, call your veterinarian for an appointment to get an accurate diagnosis and safe, effective treatment options.

Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

World Turtle Day is May 23rd

 

There is one special day of the year devoted to turtles around the world. It is on Thursday, May 23rd this year. This day is focused on the protection of all species of tortoises and turtles. This year's theme is "Adopt, Don't Shop." There is one special day of the year devoted to turtles around the world. It is on Thursday, May 23rd this year. This day is focused on the protection of all species of tortoises and turtles. This year's theme is "Adopt, Don't Shop." 

What is World Turtle Day?

The nonprofit organization of American Tortoise Rescue “ATR” was established in 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle. ATR is sponsoring its 17th annual World Turtle Day® on May 23. To help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world, ATR created this day as an annual observance. The founders of ATR, Marshall Thompson and Susan Tellem, advocate humane treatment of all animals, including reptiles. ATR has placed about 4,000 tortoises and turtles in caring homes since 1990. When undersize or endangered turtles are confiscated ATR assists law enforcement and provides helpful information and referrals to persons with sick, neglected or abandoned turtles. 

ATR created and launched World Turtle Day to increase respect for and knowledge of one of the world’s oldest creatures. Now observed around the globe, turtle and tortoise lovers are taking “shellfies” and holding shellebrations in the U.S., Canada, Pakistan, Borneo, India, Australia, the UK, Greece, and many other countries. These gentle animals are rapidly disappearing as a result of smuggling, the exotic food industry, habitat destruction, climate change, and the cruel pet trade. The survived 200 million years before that. Biologists and other experts predict the disappearance of turtles and tortoises in the wild within the next 50 years. 

American Tortoise Rescue

ATR has rescued more than 4,000 since inception. Foundlings that cannot be adopted because of ill health remain in the care of ATR for the remainder of their lives. American Tortoise Rescue acts as a clearinghouse for information about turtle care. They work to abolish “live market” slaughter of turtles in the US, the sale of reptiles on sites like craigslist.com and the cruel importation and exploitation of a variety of species. 

Fire in Malibu destroyed turtle hospital

“We are more grateful than ever this year to shellebrate. We lost our home and the turtle hospital in the Woolsey fire in Malibu, one of the worst wildfires in history,” said Susan Tellem, RN, BSN, co-founder of ATR with her husband, Marshall Thompson. "We were able to evacuate with all 35 turtles and tortoises in our hospital, but those in the rescue itself were hibernating and hidden. Fortunately, the 15 pond turtles and more than 50 other rescues sheltered in place in fireproof housing that my husband built years ago." Tellem said the intense heat melted everything and destroyed plants and trees, but the hibernating turtles survived. “I think it was a miracle. We believe it was the St. Francis statue in the front yard that kept the animals safe. The statue was the only thing left on the home site.” To help rebuild the hospital and the rescue itself, visit https://www.gofundme.com/turtlestrong-malibu-fire-relief 

Adopt, Don’t Shop Theme

“Our theme this year is Adopt, Don’t Shop,” Tellem said. “There are rescues throughout the globe that help place turtles and tortoises into forever homes, most at no cost.” She added, “You can help by not purchasing a turtle from a pet store, online or at a swap meet. Sadly, most of these animals are taken illegally out of the wild or are victims of international smuggling.” Tellem also suggests reporting tiny turtles less than four inches sold at pet stores, by street vendors or used as prizes at carnivals and other events to government wildlife agencies. Their sale has been illegal since 1974. Most die after purchase years before they should.

Some of the highlights to help make your World Turtle Day special include:

  • Everyone can join the party at home, at a pub or work. There is a World Turtle Day Party Pack available created by ATR that can be accessed for free here http://bit.ly/1YwebJR 
  • Like the World Turtle Day page on Facebook and join thousands of fans who are enjoying shellfies, photo contests, and gifts in honor of World Turtle Day.
  • Follow @WorldTurtleDay on Twitter. Thousands of people tweet #worldturtleday to spread the good word about turtles.• Join www.instagram.com/worldturtleday
  • Follow and share videos at www.youtube.com/americantortrescue 

Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

Does a Dog Really Get Swimmer's Ear?

Most dogs love to go in the water – the pool, lake, ocean, river, pond, etc. With the warmer weather temperatures here, people are visiting places with water with their dogs. After a long day of swimming, both humans and dogs can experience swimmer's ear

What is swimmer’s ear?

Dogs can accumulate water within their ears after a swim. Their ear configuration is different from humans due to their L-shaped structure, which can make it difficult for water to escape. The moist environment created is a favorable environment for yeast and bacteria, which can then lead to the development of an ear infection, also known as otitis externa.

Does the type of ear shape make a difference?

Dogs with floppy ears, such as cocker spaniels and golden retrievers, may be more susceptible to ear infections than dogs with upright ears. When the floppy ears fold over the ear canal, it can retain moisture inside. Bacteria and yeast thrive in this environment and can cause ear infections.

Does the type of water make a difference?

Regardless of whether or not a dog goes swimming in the ocean, lake, river, or chlorinated swimming pool, water is still water and can create a favorable environment for microbes to grow in. All types of water can generate moisture which can make a dog more susceptible to an ear infection.

Symptoms

A common clinical sign of an ear infection is itchy ears. When bacteria and yeast overgrow within ears, there may be yellow or black debris visible from the ear canal.

The infection can often cause:

  • Inflammation or redness of the ear
  • Pain at touch
  • Itchiness
  • Burning
  • Head shaking
  • Pawing at head/ears
  • Rubbing ears on objects
  • Twitching of the ears
  • Scaly skin within the ear
  • Unpleasant odor
  • Whining
  • Restless

Prevention

Here are some ways to prevent this type of ear infection for your dog:

  • After a dog swims, allow them to shake out any excess water and dry their ears carefully.
  • Make sure you regularly clean a dog’s ears when it becomes dirty. Depending on the dog breed, the frequency of ear cleaning may vary, so ask your veterinarian. There are specially made ear cleansers for pets that are recommended.
  • Owners can clean their dog's ears at home by using an ear cleanser that is then wiped off with gauze or cotton. Care should be taken to NOT USE Q-tips due to the possibility of rupturing the tympanic membrane or eardrum.

Veterinary care should be sought for proper treatment if your dog’s ear becomes infected. If in doubt about whether your dog has swimmer’s ear, contact your local veterinarian? Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

Benefits of Dog Crate Training

Crate training can open up a big discussion with lots of strong opinions and feelings. Have you just adopted a new puppy or an adult dog? Are you thinking about bringing a new furry friend into your home? If the answer is yes, then you are also thinking about should I crate train my puppy or adult dog?

We can help you by describing the benefits of crate training for your new pet?

Benefits

There are many benefits of crate training for your dog. Here are a few:

  • Crate training enhances your dog's natural instincts as a den animal. The crate which is similar to a dog's den is where they can find comfort and solitude while you know they’re safe and secure.
  • A crate is a great tool to help house train and potty train a puppy.
  • During thunderstorms, holidays, parties, rampaging kids, and a host of other potentially stressful events that can happen in our homes, a crate provides a safe space for your dog to relax, and retreat during anxiety-inducing times.
  • Crates help to make transporting your dog in a car easier and safer.
  • A crate can help prevent injuries and poisonings for dogs when they’re left home alone to get into mischief while you run errands or go to work.
  • Crate training helps protect your home while you out (furniture, floors, doors, etc.).
  • If your dog has been properly crate trained, it will be more comfortable and relaxed when they need to be crated at the vet, boarding kennel, or groomer.
  • A crate can be very useful for the prevention of destructive behavior. Work with a dog trainer on tools to have a dog stop destroying things in your home.
  • If your dog needs any post-surgery convalescence, they'll be happier, safer, and less likely to have a surgical failure or other complications following any surgeries that require post-operative exercise restriction (e.g., spay, fracture repair, cruciate surgery).
  • Instead of leaving your animal outdoors for long periods where they can overheat, bark, dig, jump your fence or chew, they can be put in a crate while you are running errands or working indoors and can't supervise them.

If your dog has an anxiety problem such as fear of crates, a crate may not be a good plan? You’ll probably need help from a professional trainer on how to help your dog get comfortable with a crate.

If a dog is properly introduced to a crate as a young pup, he will view it as a safe refuge from the hustle and bustle of the house. It can become a place for peace and quiet and serious napping.

If in doubt about whether a crate is right for your new addition to the family, contact your local veterinarian? Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

Unrestrained Dogs in Vehicles Can Cause Serious Injuries to Pet, Driver, and Passengers

We love our animals, and most of our furry pets enjoy a car ride with us. Unfortunately, dogs in the car can be a significant distraction for drivers. This fact is validated by a study put out by AAA that says that dogs in a vehicle can cause a distracted driver to be in danger and can lead to car crashes. 

AAA Poll

 The AAA poll states that:   • 52% of dog owners say they have pet their dog while driving • 17% have driven with their dog in their lap • 13% have given a dog treats, food or water while weaving through traffic • 4% have played with the pet while driving • Only 16% use a pet-restraint system   Just like all family members in a car, dogs also need a seat belt or some type of restraint while in a vehicle. If there is an accident or a sudden sharp stop, using a pet-restraint system will prevent the dog from being flung throughout the car. If the dog is not using a restraint, they can be injured or can cause serious injury to anyone else in the vehicle at the time.

A 10-pound dog can exert up to 500 pounds of pressure if the car crashes going 50 miles per hour which can cause serious injury.

Unrestrained dogs

People love to bring their dog on a car trip as supported by the poll - 84 percent of poll respondents stated that they have driven with their pets. Only 16 percent of pet owners are using any form of pet restraint system while driving with their dog.

The use of a seat belt or pet restraint system can reduce limiting distractions and protect your pet:

  • Using seat belts or other restraint systems will limit pet movement and reduce a pet’s ability to distract the driver.
  • It is best to restrain a pet in the back seat due to the airbags on the passenger side.
  • Padded harnesses with sturdy connectors and straps are available to connect to a vehicle’s seatbelt or LATCH system. Both soft- and hard-sided crates can be used in cars, but should be strapped down. With smaller dogs, pet car seats or basket-style holders can be used.

Restraint systems avoid distracting the driver AND protect your dog and other passengers in the car.

Airbag damage to pets

Starting in 1996, all new cars are required to have airbags. Sitting on the passenger side with an airbag, a pet can be seriously injured or possibly killed if the airbag deploys. For a smaller dog, even if the airbag does not deploy, your pet could get hurt by getting thrown into the dashboard or windshield.

If in doubt which system to use, contact your local veterinarian for options that are best for your dog to use in your car? Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

Get a Pet ID and Microchip During National Pet ID Week

Have you ever lost a pet? They got out of your front door, backyard or car and ran. Or, worse, someone stole your animal. The fear and panic we feel knowing our loved one is missing, cold, hungry, scared and that we may never find them. Don’t put yourself through that unnecessary experience.

According to the American Humane Association, in the U.S. every year over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. During their life, one in three pets will become lost at some point.

National Pet I.D. Week – April 14th – 20th

During National Pet ID Week, take the time to update your pet’s information, put the information in a safe location and check out other methods to identify and keep track of your beloved pet. If your pet went missing, would someone be able to quickly identify your dog or cat and return them to you safe and sound? A big issue when a pet goes missing is that there is no easy way to identify that pet and return them to their owner.

Methods to identify pets

Personalized ID Tag

Your pet should always wear an identification tag. Microchips are another valuable resource in locating your animal, but the ID Tag can help someone instantly contact you just by seeing a phone number to call on the tag. I.D. tags are, by far, the most common and quickest ways to identify a pet. These super popular and handy accessories can be found at nearly any major retailers that carry pet goods or the pet store.

Microchip

Get a microchip for your pet. ID tags can be removed or fall off. A microchip is a tiny electronic device which is injected under the skin. So, if a shelter, veterinarian or animal-control officer locate your pet, they can wave a scanner over the chipped area and find the pet’s unique identification number. When they put the number into a database, you and your pet will be reunited.

Microchips are probably the most reliable way to make sure that your pet can be identified by a rescuer or veterinarian that comes in contact with them while they are lost. The actual process of microchipping your pet is relatively painless and, once installed, need to be registered with the microchip company.

Keep information current

Keep the microchip information up-to-date. If you move or if your phone number changes, make sure you update the microchip company.

State and Rabies Tags

In the State of Florida, it is required by law to it is required by law that each dog, cat and ferret over the age of 4 months receive a rabies vaccination, even if they are “indoor only” animals.

When you take your pet to the vet for a vaccine, they will give you a Rabies Tag. This tag includes the tag number and a certificate from the county/state. You can call that county that issued the tag and provide the tag number. The county/state should be able to find the pet in their records.

State License

These are a great, and sometimes mandatory, way to I.D. your pet. These forms of I.D. will generally have more information about your pet such as color, breed, and microchip number if available. State licenses are usually cheap and are sometimes required by state law to be registered. Please check with both your local and state governments to ensure that you are carrying the proper identification for your pet at all times.

Make sure you can locate your pet if they ever go missing. Contact your local veterinarian to get your animal a microchip and other items they need to be found. Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

 

June 2019
S M T W T F S
« May 2019
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30

Archives

Category

tags