What’s the size of a grain of rice and encased in a biocompatible glass capsule? It may sound like science fiction, but pet microchips have been the way of the future for years now. Each year, millions of pets enter shelters around the country. Of these, less than 30% of dogs, and 5% of cats are ever returned to their rightful owners. There are lots of reasons why you should microchip your pet, but because it adds insurance against untimely separation, that’s enough for us.
Do All You Can
Pet owners of the modern age are quite fastidious. As a group, they are deeply committed to the health and wellness of their pets, and it shows. Any trip to a pet store will reveal hundreds of leashes, collars, foods, treats, bowls, beds and toys. Pet owners go to great pains to secure their homes and yards to ensure their animals stay within certain boundaries. There are even devices and apps that facilitate total supervision.
It’s mid-July, and we’ve reached that part of summer when it feels like you could fry eggs on the sidewalk. Although many of us try to make every moment of the warm weather count by getting out and about with our furry friends, it’s important to remember that the high temperatures and humidity of late summer can put them at risk for heat-related emergencies.
Intestinal parasites seldom make the list of topics we like to discuss, and yet, parasites are certainly a big part of life – especially for our pets and other animals. When it comes to indoor cats, however, many pet owners mistakenly assume they’re risk-free from these bugs – but they’re not.
In our own practice, we’ve seen quite a few cases of indoor cats with parasitic illnesses, including those in the gastrointestinal tract. To stress the importance of parasite screening and control for all indoor kitties, we’d like to share some basic information about these parasites and the problems they can cause.