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Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

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Check The Chip

Check the chip day

What is ‘Check The Chip Day’ you ask? August 15th is a day to raise awareness with pet owners to register and update their pet’s microchip. Though many Americans have their pets microchipped, only about 60% are actually registered or have up-to-date information in the microchip registry.

Did you know that microchipped dogs are more than twice as likely to be returned home to their owners and microchipped cats are more than 20 times as likely to be returned to their owners? It’s true! Registering and updating your pet’s microchip can make all the difference when finding a lost pet and helping them get back home to you.

If your pet is already microchipped, you can look up the details to ensure their chip has updated owner information, here. If your pet has yet to be microchipped, make an appointment with your vet as soon as you can.

Make sure to check out this video about why you should microchip your pet!

 

Source: https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/Check-the-Chip-Day.aspx

Tags: Animal safety, Cat chip, Cat safety, Check the chip, Dog chip, Dog safety, Lost pet, Microchip, Pet Safety

Be Heartworm Free! Protect Your Pet Today

Be Heartworm Free!

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a life threatening parasitic disease caused by a long, thin worm that lives in the blood vessels and heart of infected cats and dogs. The disease is spread by mosquitoes that bite a dog or cat with the Heartworm infection and then passes it on to another dog or cat. The microscopic worms in the infected dog or cat will grow into a parasite exceeding a foot in length. The disease impacts the lungs, arteries of the lungs, and the heart. Symptoms include tiring, coughing, weight loss, and heart failure.

The disease is present in most parts of the United States, especially in locations that have subtropical climates like those of the southeast, Gulf states, and Hawaii where mosquitoes are common. Heartworm disease can be diagnosed through a blood test and treated with a once-monthly prescription tablet. Preventative medicines are available only through your veterinarian, and it is recommended by the American Heartworm Society (AHS) to take a year-round preventative in Heartworm endemic states.

Heartworm Disease

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Fast Facts

It is estimated that a million dogs in the U.S. have Heartworm disease today.

  • It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to spread Heartworm disease to a pet.
  • Heartworms can live up to 5-7 years if left untreated in dogs and 2-3 years in cats.
  • Heartworm season is year-round. Protect your pet with a monthly preventative.
  • Dogs and cats should be tested for Heartworm every 12 months.
  • Heartworm prevention is much less expensive than treatment. Treatment can cost more than 15x that of a year’s worth of Heartworm preventative.

Source - Pet Place and American Heartworm Society

Make an appointment today with your veterinarian to protect your dog or cat from Heartworm disease.

Tags: Heartworm, Pet health, Pet Safety

4 Summer Hacks For Dog Owners

Girl play with dog on summer day

Summer is the perfect time for you and your pup to take advantage of the beautiful weather. From camping and road trips to family get-togethers and parties with friends, there is no shortage of fun to be had. With the heat being a factor for everyone, it is important to keep your dog cool and comfortable during these summer months. Here are four hacks for dog owners to keep your furry friend cool this summer.

Dog Licking Ice Cream

1. As much as us humans love yummy frozen treats on a hot summer day, dogs love them too! Ice cube tray treats or other dog approved frozen goodies are a great way to beat the heat. An easy and inexpensive method is to mix water with low-sodium chicken broth in an ice cube tray and freeze it.

Dog out of car window

2. Do you want to keep your dog cool while you’re on the go? Get a bandana wet and put it in the freezer for twenty to thirty minutes and put it around your dog’s neck. It keeps them cool and they get style points too!

Dogs in a kiddie pool

3. Kiddie pools or sprinklers are another great way to keep your dog comfortable and cool this summer while having a ton of fun! We have kiddie pools at some of our Best Friends Pet Hotels – It’s kind of like having a mini dog water park!

Dog Paws

4. The summer’s heat can mean hot surfaces like sidewalks, pavement, and sand. These surfaces can be harmful to your dog’s paws if too hot, so it’s important to keep their paws protected. A paw wax protector or doggy boots may be a good idea if you and your dog plan on spending a day at the beach or going for walks during the heat of the day.

Going on vacation? Send your pet to Best Friends Summer Camp! Book your pet’s stay with us today.

 

Share your photos and videos with us! Did you score a video of Sparky catching a fly ball while jumping into the pool? Did you snap a cute photo of Fluffy in a sleeping slumber? Send your best photos and videos of your pets to marketing@bestfriends.net for a chance to be featured.

Tags: Beat the heat, Dog owners, Dogs, Pet care, Pet tips, Pets, Summer tips, Summer tips for dogs
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