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What every dog owner needs to know about Parvovirus
There has been a large amount of press coverage recently about Parvovirus affecting dogs locally. In an effort to make sure you are a well informed canine owner, we would like to share the facts with you. Parvovirus is a virus that attacks the gastrointestinal tracts of under-vaccinated puppies and dogs. There is a vaccine available to protect your canine friend from this dangerous virus. Puppies receive a series of vaccinations that are then boostered (updated) every 1-3 years based on exposure risk and geography.
Certain breeds of dogs do seem to be more “at risk.” These breeds include Rottweiler’s, German Shepards, German Pointers, Boxers, Labradors, and Pit Bull type dogs. However, all breeds are susceptible if not properly vaccinated.
We are proud to announce the addition of a new tool in the fight against oral disease. Oravet chews are a once a day chewable treat for dogs. They give a threefold benefit to your favorite canine buddy. When chewed, Oravet, will release an invisible barrier that adheres to the surface of the tooth that prevents plaque from attaching to the tooth. Plaque is the substance that builds-up to form tartar, the hard cement-like substance that you can see on your pets’ teeth. The chewing action helps to break up this build-up thereby lessening the infectious power. The last benefit Oravet offers is nice, fresh breath for 24 hours after chewing the treat.
To help foster a more respectful attitude towards animals and encourage people to honor their responsibilities towards them, In Defense of Animals (IDA) has declared May to be Responsible Animal Guardian Month. Having a respectful attitude towards our pets starts with not referring to ourselves as their owners. This word makes a pet our property while the word guardian means that we are responsible for their well-being for a lifetime.
Goals of the Guardian Campaign
IDA hopes to accomplish two major things during the month of May. First, the organization wants to encourage responsible and loving behavior from people who are already pet guardians. This means committing to caring for the pet's physical and social needs in addition to forming a deep bond with the animal. The following are just some of the ways you can be a responsible pet guardian:
• Invest time in training your pet and apply rules consistently
• Use positive reinforcement rather than punishment
• Ensure that your pet gets plenty of opportunities for socialization
• Make exercise part of his daily routine
• Feed her nutritious food and limit treats
• Spend one-on-one time with him each day
• Schedule regular wellness exams at Owen’s Ark Veterinary Clinic and bring her in if she displays new or worsening symptoms
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