Take sensible precautions for your pets, especially those with special conditions. Shade and fresh water are essential for outdoor pets. Fans and kiddie pools can help keep them from overheating, but they may need more than that when temperatures become extreme (you may need to bring them indoors). Never, ever leave pets in a car when it’s warm outside, even with the windows down. Get summer clips for heavy coated dogs, and even cats if they go outdoors much. Walk your dog in the morning, before temperatures soar upward.
Our furry friends unfortunately age much quicker than we do. While we perform comprehensive examinations, we are unable to see what is going on internally. This is where routine annual blood work comes in.
We can catch early signs of medical conditions (such as diabetes, liver or kidney disease) that we would otherwise be unable to identify on exam, often before your pet is ever sick. When caught early many conditions can be managed or cured with a simple diet change or medication.
If the blood work is normal, then we will have a baseline should your pet later become sick.
In one case, Bo, an adult German Shepherd, escaped his yard, ran loose, and ended up in a drain pipe, very frightened. Fortunately, the person who found him was able to take him to a local shelter, where he was later found by his owner and returned home. Imagine if no one had made the effort to take him to the Rescue site. In the other case, Bella also escaped, traveled at LEAST 3 miles, and was found by someone who noticed her Save This Life microchip tag. The Good Samaritan Google searched the tag number, Bella’s owners were notified right away, and the family was happily reunited in less than 24 hours.
Pets can easily become separated from their owners, for many reasons. Having a microchip put in your pet ahead of time literally can SAVE HIS LIFE! And, give you some peace of mind, knowing you can be notified when your pet is found.