Monthly Archives: July 2013

IMPLANTATION IS NOTHING WITHOUT REGISTRATION

Microchip implants: inspiring happy endings everywhere. Microchip implants ensure that reuniting with a lost pet is more likely. The true horror of losing a pet can be too much for any pet owner to take. Implants help find missing pets, so they don't end up in shelters.

One of the most important things about microchips once your pet has one is to keep it updated and registered. Implantation is nothing without registration. The device is essentially useless without any information corresponding to it. The microchip is not a GPS system and is not going to tell you where your pet has ran off to. A microchip is only as good as the information associated with it. Getting your microchip registered is easy.

  1. Find out who your pet’s microchip manufacturer is. You can call the vet who inserted it to find out where your chip is registered.
  2. Update the microchip information online through the microchip manufacturer’s website.
  3. Remember if you move or change your telephone number you have to update the microchips information, it will not be done for you. A dog registered to an old address and an old phone number can’t be returned as easily, if at all.

Many people have decided to get a microchip for their pet, much to animal shelters, control officers and veterinarians glee. Although, when compared to Europe the United States isn’t as invested in microchips. In Europe pet microchips are standard, a quarter of all pets have implants. In the United States only 5 percent of pets have them, according to the USDA.

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Courtesy of Howstuffworks.com

The benefits of a microchip far outweigh any discretion you may have. The device is no bigger than a large grain of rice. It is completely non-toxic, so it won’t cause any allergic reactions to your dog’s skin. Your dog will suffer as little as he would for a routine shot. The benefits of your dog being returned to you far outweigh the temporary discomfort. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) even agree the pain of the procedure is minimal compared to the consequences of a dog getting lost.

Microchips make for one less thing you have to worry about. They guarantee if your dog’s collar falls off there is a backup plan. A microchip ensures that a tale of a lost pet has a happy ending.

Also, make sure you follow your cities licensing laws. Not all pets come licensed!

Do you have your pet's microchip registered?

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HELP YOUR DOG FIGHT THE BATTLE ON HEARTWORM

Summer is here! That means hot weather, swimming, flip flops and bugs. Oh wait, the last one isn't usually everyone's favorite part of summer. But, like it or not the sun comes out and the bugs return. You may not like swatting at mosquitoes invading your time on the porch but your dog has more to loose then an itchy bump.

Mosquitoes are the only things that can cause your dog to develop heartworm. A word of advice: heartworm is way easier to prevent then to cure. It doesn’t matter where you live all 50 states are at risk of dogs contracting heartworm and all it takes is one bite from an infected mosquito.

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Courtesy of vetconm.com

  • It takes about seven months once a dog is bitten for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms.
  • The heartworms lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and reproduce.
  • They grow up to 12 inches.
  • A worm can live five to seven years.
  • A dog can have as many as 250 worms.

Nobody wants their dogs to have these worms inside of them. The damage that could be done to the dog far exceeds the cost of prevention. A years supply of prevention medicine is about $35-$80 depending on the weight of the dog. The medicine can be monthly pills, a monthly topical, or a 6 month injection product. Just go to your vet and see what will work best for you and your dog.

A dog's heart is one of the things we love most about them, so why not do everything you can to protect that? As the summer days approach make sure you've got that big heart protected from the risks of heartworm.

Picture Courtesy of alternativeheartwormcure.com

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PATRIOTIC PUPS

Whether you have two legs or four, everybody can show a little patriotism. There are plenty of pets that get decked out in more red, white and blue then their owners. There's also Chilly, a pet that doesn't have the crazy outfits, but was recently honored the Pets of Valor Award and BOGO Bowl for her courageous and patriotic acts.

Chilly was awarded the Pets of Valor Award because she woke her owner up in the middle of the night when she was suffering from an anaphylactic reaction. Waking her owner allowed her to get the life-saving treatment that she needed. Chilly was her guardian angel.

Courtesy of Human Society of the United States

Courtesy of Human Society of the United States

  Chilly was adopted from Fluvanna SPCA. To honor where Chilly came from BOGO Bowl is supplying Fluvanna SPCA with a years’ worth of dog food, so they can continue to give more dogs a chance of a happy ending.

Here are some dogs that show their patriotism through their crazy attire!

This dog has so much patriotism it’s turning his fur colors!

Courtesy of Crazywebsite.com

Courtesy of Crazywebsite.com

This little guy’s got so much patriotism he can barely keep his eyes open.

Courtesy of funny-pictures.feedio.net

Courtesy of funny-pictures.feedio.net

This dog is up to his ears in patriotism.

Courtesy of reddog-bluedog.com

Courtesy of reddog-bluedog.com

Don’t lie; this dog makes patriotism look so cool.

Courtesy of peoplepets.com

Courtesy of peoplepets.com

This dog has so much patriotism it’s coming out of his ears.

Courtesy of savedbydogs.com

Courtesy of savedbydogs.com

Just look at this studly guy rocking some patriotism.

Courtesy of savedbydogs.com

Courtesy of savedbydogs.com

This dog stays under patriotism all the way.

Courtesy of scpr.com

Courtesy of scpr.com

So whether you dog shows his patriotism through some crazy outfits, or heroically proves they’re watching over you like Chilly, or just sits back and enjoys the holiday with you remember, to be safe and have an fun-filled Fourth of July!

Does anyone else have some pictures of their best friend dressing up in red, white and blue?

 

 

 

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