Mobile Musings March '07:

Well, here we are, just past the 6 month anniversary of our mobile veterinary practice and it’s just as much fun as we’d hoped it would be!  You, our terrific clients and patients, are why we enjoy \this so much and we want to thank you for your support, encouragement and patience these 6 months.  We seem to find something new that we need or some way to streamline our procedures with every housecall.  Your suggestions and comments are greatly appreciated.

This newsletter is the first of what we plan to make a quarterly habit.  We want to use it to share seasonally appropriate information to help keep your pets happy and healthy.  Please let us know if there are topics you’d like to see addressed, or if you have any other comments.

If you’d like to receive this newsletter via email, or not to receive it at all, just let us know.  You can call us at 360-598-3900, or use the “contact us” link on our website. Thanks to our fabulous webmaster, Randy Chafe’ of Shoplocalbiz.com, we’re quite proud of it!

This newsletter focuses on how to prevent your pet from becoming lost and what to do if it does happen.  Thanks again for letting us be a part of your pet’s health care regimen.  We look forward to seeing you soon!  -Dr. Bill and Gayle Larson


Microchips

As the weather warms and the days get brighter, our pets spend more time outside, sometimes without our permission.  More pets are reported lost in spring and summer than other times of the year.  Animals without collars are especially vulnerable to becoming lost.  Even those who normally wear collars with ID can lose them (or scamper off the moment you remove it to get ready for a bath!)

One way to protect your furry friend and make it easier for her to return home is to implant a microchip.   Microchips are tiny devices implanted under the skin, and can be read by hand held scanners. Each chip contains a unique code that is used to identify your animal. If your animal is lost or stolen, the chip will aid greatly in returning your pet to you. Animal shelters and veterinarians have scanners that can identify your pet, and one phone call is all it takes to find out where that pet belongs. A coded tag is also provided to wear on the collar so someone without a scanner can still trace the pet’s proper home.

We implant HomeAgain microchips.  Give us a call and we’ll come out and help make sure that if your pet gets a bit of spring fever combined with wanderlust, he’ll have a better chance of getting back home. More Information...Click Here!



Lost Pet Prevention

If only our pets could recite their address and phone number! Since they can’t, here are some tips to keep your buddy safe and sound.

  • A well-fitting collar with ID tags is the easiest way to identify your pet. Most dogs and cats will adapt to a collar and there are varieties for every animal’s lifestyle. Remember, ID tags are only useful if they’re on your pet. To keep your phone number private, use a license tag.

  • A microchip is permanently inserted just under the skin. It’s scan-able by shelters and vets and provides contact information to reunite you with your pet.

  • Keep your pet confined when in a vehicle. A carrier or crate is the safest, but a leash/harness firmly attached to the seat will make sure she can’t escape if the door opens unexpectedly.

  • Make sure your pet’s outdoor area is secure. Visible or invisible fencing prevents accidents as well as wandering. Check our website for ways to create safe outdoor spaces for cats, too.

  • Spaying and neutering removes your pets’ tendency to roam in search of mates. It also helps reduce pet overpopulation, a serious problem in our area.

What To Do If Your Pet Is Lost

It’s heartbreaking, terrifying and happens even to the most conscientious caretakers. But, the faster you react, the better the chance of finding your furry friend. If  Fluffy slips through the door, or Sam hops the fence, don’t wait--take action!

  • Go out and look, calling your pet’s name. Look under, inside and behind, especially for cats  Ask everyone you meet if they’ve seen your pet. Do this at least once a day until you’ve found your pet.

  • Make a poster, with a photo if possible. Make lots of copies and take them on your searches through the neighborhood. Give them to neighbors, ask local businesses if they will post one and attach them to posts, fences, etc. where legal. Some people who find a pet won’t post a “found” poster and assume the animal is homeless if they don’t see a “lost” notice.

  • Call  ALL the Lost Pet Hotlines:

    Bremerton Lost and Found  360-478-5366

    Kitsap Humane Society 24-hour Lost Pet Recording  360-692-7137

    Consolidated Pet Line  360-698-0255 OR 360-792-3382

    PAWS of Bainbridge Island 206-842-2451

    North Kitsap: 1-888-558-PAWS

  • Go to the Kitsap Humane Society and LOOK. Only you can truly identify your companion.

  • Call the veterinarians in your area. Some clinics will hold injured animals, hoping their owners will claim them. Most will let you post a flyer, too.

DON’T GIVE UP!!! Pets have been reunited with their families after weeks or months after getting lost.

 

 

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."  -Anatole France

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