Like annual physicals for humans, regular preventive care exams are important for your furry, four-legged friends. From a dollar standpoint, prevention is a fraction of the cost of treating a larger issue once it has become more advanced. From a practical standpoint, early detection and treatment of issues can increase the chance of a successful outcome.
Ask anyone what their idea of a rabid animal looks like and they may come back with, "Cujo." While it's true the connotation of a snarling mad dog, foaming at the mouth is what most people first think of, it's also true that rabies can infect livestock. Unfortunately, the symptoms can be mistaken for some other problem, thereby exposing owners and veterinarians who try to examine the animal.
We've all heard about the risks and effects rabies has for our pets -- no known cure, fatal disease -- and we all know prevention is the best course. With the summer months in high gear and pets spending more time outdoors, it's a good time for a quick rabies refresher.
- What is rabies? A deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. It is usually transmitted to people and animals by a bite from an infected animal. Once clinical signs appear, an infected animal usually dies within five days.
We've all done it. Gone by or into a local pet store with all the puppies prominently displayed and looking cuter than ever. But have you ever thought about where these puppies come from? Many come from puppy mills, large-scale commercial breeding operations where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.
It's time for the annual summer vacation. A week on the beach sounds heavenly, but what do you do about your four-legged family member? Family trips by plane can be fun for everyone with a little planning and forethought.
The first thing you need to do is check with us to make sure your pet is fit to fly. Most airlines require some sort of verification, no more than 10 days old, that pets are in good health before boarding a plane.