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The fleas are among us
The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler, and those pesky fleas are giving their all to get a nice home for winter! We have had a “rash” of patients with extra tag along friends lately.
Now that we have had some rain and the days aren’t so dry and humid the fleas are hatching and coming out in droves. Our mild winter did last year did not help matters any since the bugs were able to hang on and reproduce all season long. As a result they were poised and ready for a big come back. Those pesky little buggers are making a Hail Mary throw at your pet in an effort to take up residence in your home for the winter season- a new turn on the “snow bird” living arrangement.
The favorite place a flea likes to live on a pet is around the base of the tail, on the lower belly, and down the rear legs. This is why you may notice fur loss or thinning in this area (the back half of your pet). You may also feel scabs or bumps when you pet them in this area and also around the head/neck area.
Welcome Dr. Chelsea Nissen!
We are very excited to announce the addition of a third doctor to our Owen’s Ark family… Chelsea Nissen DVM. With Dr. Nissen’s expertise we are now able to care for your large animal critters in addition to your canine and feline friends. Your steer, horse, pig, sheep, goat, and alpaca/llama need knowledgeable and compassionate care too and Dr. Nissen is here to help you.
It only takes a few seconds for your pet to be lost forever, like when you're busy with other things and she slips out the front door to take off after a squirrel. The experience is so common that the American Humane Society estimates one in three pets will get lost at some point in her lifetime. That's over 10 million pets every year who can't find their way home. In many cases, it's because the pet didn't have proper identification. Even a collar with current contact information on it can catch on a fence or come off by the pet's own force.
What is a Pet Microchip?
Even though June is National Microchip Month, people often have misconceptions about what a microchip is and what it can do. A microchip is about the same size as a grain of rice. When a veterinarian or someone from your local Animal Control scans your pet, the information contained on the microchip appears on a computer screen. This typically includes the pet's name, your name, and your current contact information. This makes it possible to contact you to let you know that your pet has been located.
A microchip is not the same thing as a Global Positioning System (GPS). That means you can't rely on it to let you know where your pet is if he gets away from you. It's also essential to register your microchip and keep your contact information updated. There is nothing sadder than discovering a pet has a microchip and then not being able to reach the owner due to it containing invalid details.
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