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Add Pet Care Clinic to your Google+!

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Not a Facebook user, but want to stay connected with us? Have you tried adding us to your Google+ circles?

Maybe you want to review our services so others know about the super people here at Pet Care Clinic – Google is a great place to start!

It’s also a good idea to have us “starred” in your Google Maps Places so you can easily pull up our phone number, address, and hours.

To do any of these things, you’ll need a Google+ account. Here is a helpful info-graphic on how to do that!

https://petcareclinicofkokomo.com/files/2016/06/How-to-Setup-a-Google.pdf

 

Heat Stroke and Our Pets

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Heat Stroke

With summertime, comes high temperatures. While some breeds are more likely to get heat stroke than others, every pet is susceptible to it. Dogs with short faces (or brachycephalic breeds) such as Pugs, Bulldogs, and Pekinese are some breeds that are at a higher risk. Overweight dogs are at a higher risk as well. These types of pets need to be kept indoors with air conditioning or a fan on them. The best thing we can do for our pets is knowing the signs of heat stroke and how to react in this life-threatening situation.

There are many different symptoms of heat stroke. Below, we have listed only the most common:

  •       High body temperatures > 103 ° F (taken rectally)
  •       Heavy, rapid panting
  •       Excessive drooling
  •       Restlessness
  •       Confusion
  •       Exhaustion/Fatigue
  •       Vomiting/Diarrhea
  •       Wobbly, uncoordinated movements/Collapse

If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms, move your pet inside where it is air conditioned. You can try to lower your pet’s temperature by running cool (not cold) water on them and place covered ice packs around your pet. Call your vet immediately to see if your pet needs medical attention.

How to Beat the Heat

It is extremely important that your pets keep cool during high temperatures. We’ve compiled 7tips on how to beat the heat this summer.

  •  Make sure your pet has access to cool, fresh water. If your pet is outside only, have multiple bowls of water available.
  •  If possible, keep your pet inside. Especially on hot days.
  •  Make sure your pet has access to a shaded area.
  •  If your dog loves water, get them a kiddy pool. Only fill it with a couple inches of water – enough to help cool them off. Place it in a shaded area.
  •  If you plan on taking your pet on a walk, take them early in the morning or later in the evening when the temperatures aren’t so high. Where ever you walk, it is important that you check to see if the street/sidewalk isn’t too hot. You can do this by placing your hand on the pavement – if it is too hot for your hand, it is too hot for your dog’s feet.
  •  If your pet has longer hair, they may benefit from a shorter summer cut.
  •  Find some toys that allow you to freeze treats or water in them, like a Kong toy. The frozen water/treats will keep your pet busy and cool for awhile.

Step-By-Step Tick Removal Instructions

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Step-By-Step Tick Removal Instructions

If you find a tick on your pet, you need to remove it as quickly as possible. You can do two different things. You can call the clinic and schedule an appointment for someone to help with the tick removal, or if you would like to remove it yourself, below are step-by-step instructions on how to remove a tick.

You will need:

  • Mineral Oil
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Peroxide
  • Latex or rubber gloves
  • Container with a lid
  • Tweezers or a tool designed specifically for tick removal
  • Someone to hold your pet

 

Step 1 – Preparations

Never use your bare hand to remove a tick. Ticks carry diseases that can be passed through broken skin or by touching your face after handling one. The safest option is to use latex or rubber gloves. You may also want to consider grabbing someone to help you; especially if your pet doesn’t like to stand still.

Step 2 – Tick Removal

Treat the area with mineral oil and leave it there for 10 to 15 minutes. This will suffocate the tick for easier removal. After waiting for the 10 to 15 minutes, you are ready to start pulling the tick off. With your tweezers, or tick removal tool, pull upwards. You need to do this as smoothly as possible. Do not jerk on the tick or twist it. Also, be sure you do not squeeze or crush the tick. Either one of these actions could cause parts of the tick to remain in your pet or cause the transmittance of infectious agents to your pet.

Step 3 – Disposal

After getting the tick off your pet, do not flush it down the toilet or put it in the trash. To safely dispose of a tick, you need to put it in a container with a lid and some rubbing alcohol. Keep the tick in the container for a few weeks. If you see any redness, inflammation, or if your pet gets sick later, you will need to bring your pet and the tick to the clinic for evaluation.

Step 4 – Clean Up

The final step of the tick removal process is the clean up. Sometimes, parts of the tick will remain in your pet’s skin. The best thing to do is disinfect the area with peroxide and leave the parts in the skin. Do not try to get the parts out with tweezers. The body will expel them in time.

After putting the tick in its final resting place, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly and sterilize the tweezers or tick removal tool. You can do this by running the tools over a flame or by cleaning it with rubbing alcohol.

Prevention

The best way to protect your pet against ticks is to use prevention April through December. If you travel to the southern states during winter, you may want to consider using prevention year-round. Pet Care Clinic sells a few different brands of prevention for cats and dogs. If you would like to get your pet started on prevention, please call our front desk staff to discuss which tick prevention options are available to your pet.

 

National Pet ID Week

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National Pet ID Week

The third week in April has been designated as National Pet ID Week. You may be thinking that your pet has never run away before, has never had the opportunity to run away, or your cat is an inside cat and never goes outside. This may be true. However, it only takes a few seconds for your pet to slip out of the house when you’re not looking. Sadly, if your pet doesn’t have proper identification, he or she may never find their way home. The best way to increase the chances of your pet returning home is to make sure they have identification on them at all times. We recommend owners use one or more of the following identification methods:

Microchipping

A microchip is a tiny chip (about the size of a grain of rice) that is inserted under the pet’s skin between their shoulder blades. After inserting the chip, it needs to be registered. If your veterinary clinic does not perform this service for you, you will need to contact the microchip manufacturer to register your pet. Most vet clinics and humane societies have the capability of scanning for microchips. In the event that your pet gets lost and the chip never gets registered, the microchip manufacturer will not be able to contact you. Remember that if your contact information ever changes, please contact the chip manufacturer or change your information online

**Please note that a microchip and GPS collars function differently. If your pet gets lost, you will not be able to track and locate him on your phone or the internet using a basic microchip**

Individualized Tags

An individualized ID tag can be purchased online or in some retail stores. These tags can have a variety of information on them. When you make your pet’s tag, make sure that it at least has the pet’s name and your phone number. Some additional information to include would be your name, address, and your veterinary clinic. Pet’s that have illnesses that require daily medication, like diabetes, should have that information listed on the same tag or on a separate one. Check your pet’s tag for wear and tear. If the tag is worn, we recommend purchasing a new one or exchanging it with a rabies tag until it can be replaced.

Rabies Tag

Whenever your pet’s rabies vaccine is updated, you will be given a rabies tag and certificate stating that the tag is registered to your pet. The tag will have the clinic’s name, phone number, and a tag number. Each rabies tag is assigned to a single pet. If your pet slips out when you’re not looking, and someone finds him, the person could call your veterinary clinic. The clinic would then be able to look up your information based on the tag number and contact you. Rabies tags that are worn or lost should be replaced. If this were to happen, contact your veterinary clinic and ask for a replacement. It is important to give your clinic your most up-to-date contact information in the event your pet is lost.

Lost Pet

Often, lost pets have slipped out of their collars or lost their identification tags during their runaway adventures. Here are different steps you can take to start your search.

  • If your pet is micro chipped, contact the microchip company (Home Again, AVID, etc).
  • Contact all veterinary clinics and humane societies within a 60 mile radius – leave a description of your pet, the geographic area he was lost, and your contact information.
  • Put up “Lost Pet” posters around your neighborhood and in public places.
  • Find a social media group dedicated to lost and found pets around your community. You can share a picture of your pet, when he was lost, and your contact information.
  • Drive, or walk, through your neighborhood several times per day and check out your pet’s favorite walking spots, such as parks or creeks,
  • Put food and water outside your house in case your pet returns home when they get hungry or thirsty.
  • Tell your neighbors, coworkers, and acquaintances that your pet is missing. The more people you inform the better chances your pet will be found and returned home.