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Animals up for adoption at shelter

Animals up for adoption at shelter

Between 80 and 90 dogs and cats are available at the shelter, which is located at 112 Johnston Road. Marisa Lytle/mlytle@thedailycitizen.com

Furry stocking stuffers

Furry stocking stuffers

Furry Stocking Stuffers

 

Planning to add a pet to your family this holiday season?  Puppies and kittens do make wonderful presents, but there are a few things you should consider before taking this step:

 

  1. Will this be a welcome gift?  You may think your loved one will be overjoyed with a new pet, but please be sure this is the case.  Having a pet is a long-term commitment that should not be taken lightly. 
  2. Is this the right choice of pet or breed?  Research characteristics of your chosen pet before you purchase or adopt.  Make sure the pet will fit your lifestyle and planned activities.  For example, a basset hound may not make an ideal jogging partner!
  3. Are you prepared?  As I mentioned, a pet is a long-term responsibility.  In addition to love, a commitment of both time and finances is required.  Are you ready for potty training?  Monthly puppy/kitten vaccin

Fleas in Fall?

Fleas in Fall?

Fleas in Fall?

Most everyone assumes that fleas are out-of-sight, out-of-mind once summer is over.  But, that is unfortunately not true.  Veterinarians actually see many cases of fleas and flea allergy dermatitis in the fall and winter months.  Why does this happen?  Well, the answer is found in the flea’s life cycle.

A flea’s life cycle has 4 stages:  1.

BK Animal Shelter in progress

BK Animal Shelter in progress

BALD KNOB — The new Bald Knob Animal Shelter at the south end of Vine Street is within a month of completion and should be done by the end of November, according to Alderman Chuck Bradford.

The hardest part

The hardest part

What is the most difficult part of your job?

Have you ever been asked that question?  Most of us have.  As a practicing veterinarian, the answer has to be euthanasia, putting a pet "to sleep."  The heartbreak travels from the pet owner to the veterinarian, to the assistants, to the secretary.  It has to be one of the most difficult, saddest moments.

To quote an author from Parade Magazine, "We've come to embrace our animals as family members.  We are not meant to lose our children.  And yet we take pets on, knowing we'll have to lose them.  It's the package deal, to the very end."  I could not have said it better.

But what makes euthanasia even more heartbreaking is when I recommend a treatment or referral to a specialist, and the client cannot pursue my recommendation because of money.  We all understand it.  Everything costs, and nothing is free.  The euthanasia procedure do

Get ready for fall with Fido

Get ready for fall with Fido

Get Ready for Fall with Fido
 

If you’re anything like me, it’s likely that you’ve been longing for the cooler temperatures and colorful leaves of fall.  But, if you own a furry Fido, soon more may be falling than the leaves!  Fall shedding for your dog is right around the corner, and although annoying…..it is perfectly normal.
 
Dogs typically lose their winter coat in the spring, when it is replaced by a shorter, lighter one for summer. In the fall, this cycle is reversed, as the summer coat is shed to make room for heavy protective fur for winter. The change is most obvious in "double-coated" breeds such as collies and shelties. These breeds carry not only a protective long overcoat, but also a soft, insulating undercoat -- and they lose lots of fur from both in the spring and fall.
 
The amount of shedding varies widely from breed to breed.

Why purchase heartworm preventative from vet?

Why purchase heartworm preventative from vet?

Why should you purchase your pet's heartworm preventative from a veternarian instead of an internet pharmacy?

There is a very, very simple answer!  The pharmaceutical companies that make heartworm preventatives will guarantee their products when you purchase from your veterinarian, but will not guarantee products purchased through Internet pharmacies.  We know that nothing in life is 100%, and the same is true of heartworm preventatives.  Regular and consistent use of heartworm prevention remains our best tactic in the battle against heartworm disease, but it is possible, though rare, for a pet who is on heartworm prevention to contract the disease.

If your pet tests positive for heartworms, and your veterinary records indicate consistent use of preventatives and annual heartworm testing, then the pharmaceutical company is willing to pay toward your pet's treatment expenses, offsetting the cost significantly.  We have