Tuesday, September 15, 2015

As Summer Winds Down



                                                    
                                                        As Summer Winds Down

  Preparation for back to school is under way and many of us are getting our kids ready to return to the grind of schoolwork, after school sports, clubs and other activities. At the same time, we need to remember to continue caring for our pets at home. The seasonably hot weather allows fleas, ticks and mosquitoes to remain a problem. Please remember to administer heartworm prevention along with flea and tick control as prescribed.
   Flea season typically intensifies outdoors in the late summer until we experience a deep freeze in winter. Many times fleas may end up indoors long after the cold weather arrives. As a result, we recommend year round control for your pets.
  Hurricane season is well under way and fortunately, we have not experienced one locally in quite some time. In the event one may be headed our way, we need to also include our pet’s needs in our preparations. Food, bottled water, medicines, first aid kit, supplements, treats, litter for our cats, vaccine records in the form of veterinary visit receipts or a pet record booklet, bags to dispose of waste, pet carriers or kennels, bedding,  cushions, leashes, proper placement of collars or harnesses with identification tags, are essential in the event of an emergency. This is a long list of items and it does not include supplies that we, humans, will need.
  In times of natural disasters, many pets become separated from their owners and lack proper identification. As a result, reuniting them with their owners can often be difficult or nearly impossible. We know that implanting a microchip into your pet is the best form of identification. A scanner reads the microchip and a database will have the owner identified. Implanting a microchip by a veterinarian is easy, effective and will remain with the life of your pet. Please call for an appointment if you are interested.
  If you have any questions, please feel free to call and one of our staff members would be happy to assist you. Our staff here at Westbrook Animal Hospital wishes you and your family a happy and safe start to the new school year.