Monthly Archives: August 2015

Make Sure They Can Get Home: Check Your Pet’s Microchip

Calico cat in the studio.

Is your pet’s microchip up-to-date? If your pet were lost, would an animal hospital or shelter be able to contact you once your pet was found?

It’s important to get your pet microchipped; but it’s just as important to make sure that microchip contains the correct information in order for your four-legged friend to get home.

How does a microchip work?
The microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, is injected by a veterinarian or veterinary technician just beneath your pet’s skin in the area between the shoulder blades. This is usually done without anesthesia, and the experience can be compared to getting a vaccination.

Each microchip has a unique registration number that is entered into a database or registry, and is associated with your name and contact information. If your lost dog or cat is found by an animal hospital, shelter or humane society, they will use a microchip scanner to read the number and contact the registry to get your information.

Make sure you can be found, too
While it may be comforting to know the microchip won’t get lost or damaged, and that it will probably last the pet’s lifetime, the microchip is useless if you’re not updating your contact information with the registry. If your pet has been microchipped, keep the documentation paperwork so you can find the contact information for the registry. If you don’t have the documentation paperwork, contact the veterinarian or shelter where the chip was implanted.

Keep in mind there are more than a dozen companies that maintain databases of chip ID numbers in the U.S. By using AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup at petmicrochiplookup.org, you can locate the registry for your chip by entering the microchip ID number. If you don’t have your pet’s microchip ID number, have a veterinarian scan it and give it to you.

Only about 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their way back to their owners. Prevent the heartache and ensure your pet has an up-to-date microchip.

 

Originally published by Healthy Pet.

The Importance of Wellness Exams for Pets in Cape Coral, FL

They are your best friends and loyal companions, the ones that rest their chin on your knee when you’ve had a bad day. They are your pets. As precious members of your family, they deserve a chance at a long, happy, healthy life, and the best way to give them that chance is with preventive care and regular pet wellness exams.

Pet Wellness Exams in Cape Coral, FL

“How often does my pet need to go to the vet” is one of the most common questions we receive as far as the wellness exam is concerned. Kindness Animal Hospital in Cape Coral, FL recommends that you bring your pets to see a veterinarian every six months for a comprehensive wellness exam, so you can be sure that they’re healthy. These pet exams allow veterinarians to determine whether or not there are any health issues that need to be addressed, so they can be treated as quickly as possible.

There are many illnesses and conditions that dogs and cats can be at risk for, such as obesity, gum disease, and hot spots. Some conditions can be serious and life-threatening. Others can also be asymptomatic, but with bi-annual wellness exams and preventive care, you can prevent many of these conditions from ever occurring.

About the Wellness Exam

The dog and cat wellness exam consists of a comprehensive, nose to tail evaluation, including a check of following:

  • Weight
  • Skin/coat
  • Eyes
  • Nose and ears
  • Teeth and gums
  • Heart and lungs
  • Legs and joints
  • Abdomen

We also assess your pets’ behavior, lifestyle, and diet, relative to age, to determine if there are any irregularities or concerns. After the exam, we create a Pet Wellness Report (PWR), which lets you know your pets’ health status and take the necessary steps to prevent health issues from occurring down the road. This often includes a discussion about parasite prevention as well as our recommendations for preventatives. If you have any questions about your pets’ health, we encourage you to ask them during this visit.

Vaccinations are another critical component of dogs’ and cat’s health and of the physical wellness exam. Just as with human vaccinations, pet vaccinations help protect your pets from a number of potentially serious conditions, including rabies, feline leukemia, Bordetella, and Lyme disease.

Annual Blood Work

While the physical exam helps us to determine your pets’ health status on the outside, laboratory work helps us to determine their internal health status. Kindness Animal Hospital is equipped with an in-house laboratory, where we can perform a number of tests, including blood tests. We recommend that all pets over the age of 5 have a blood test every year. The results of a blood test can help us detect several diseases and conditions, including diabetes and heartworm. If your pets are due for their annual blood test or bi-annual wellness exam, make an appointment today!

The Importance of Wellness Exams for Pets in Cape Coral, FL

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They are your best friends and loyal companions, the ones that rest their chin on your knee when you’ve had a bad day. They are your pets. As precious members of your family, they deserve a chance at a long, happy, healthy life, and the best way to give them that chance is with preventive care and regular pet wellness exams.

 

“How often does my pet need to go to the vet” is one of the most common questions we receive as far as the wellness exam is concerned. Kindness Animal Hospital in Cape Coral, FL recommends that you bring your pets to see a veterinarian every six months for a comprehensive wellness exam, so you can be sure that they’re healthy. These pet exams allow veterinarians to determine whether or not there are any health issues that need to be addressed, so they can be treated as quickly as possible.

 

There are many illnesses and conditions that dogs and cats can be at risk for, such as obesity, gum disease, and hot spots. Some conditions can be serious and life-threatening. Others can also be asymptomatic, but with bi-annual wellness exams and preventive care, you can prevent many of these conditions from ever occurring.

About the Wellness Exam

The dog and cat wellness exam consists of a comprehensive, nose to tail evaluation, including a check of following:

  • Weight
  • Skin/coat
  • Eyes
  • Nose and ears
  • Teeth and gums
  • Heart and lungs
  • Legs and joints
  • Abdomen

 

We also assess your pets’ behavior, lifestyle, and diet, relative to age, to determine if there are any irregularities or concerns. After the exam, we create a Pet Wellness Report (PWR), which lets you know your pets’ health status and take the necessary steps to prevent health issues from occurring down the road. This often includes a discussion about parasite prevention as well as our recommendations for preventatives. If you have any questions about your pets’ health, we encourage you to ask them during this visit.

 

Vaccinations are another critical component of dogs’ and cat’s health and of the physical wellness exam. Just as with human vaccinations, pet vaccinations help protect your pets from a number of potentially serious conditions, including rabies, feline leukemia, Bordetella, and Lyme disease.

Annual Blood Work

While the physical exam helps us to determine your pets’ health status on the outside, laboratory work helps us to determine their internal health status. Kindness Animal Hospital is equipped with an in-house laboratory, where we can perform a number of tests, including blood tests. We recommend that all pets have a blood test every year. The results of a blood test can help us detect several diseases and conditions, including diabetes and heartworm. If your pets are due for their annual blood test or bi-annual wellness exam, make an appointment today!