August 15th is Check the Chip Day

Pet microchipping is a simple procedure. A veterinarian injects a microchip for pets, about the size of a grain of rice, beneath the surface of your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required.

Microchips greatly increase the chances your pet will be if they are lost or stolen. However, a microchip will only work if the information linked to the chip is correct.

Stop by Horn Lake Animal Hospital on  August 15th to have your pet’s microchip scanned to ensure its accuracy.

Why should you microchip?

  • 1 in 3 pets get lost at least once in their lifetime
  • Over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year
  • Only about 22% of lost dogs that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. However, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52%

Stop by on August 15th to have your pet’s microchip scanned to ensure its accuracy.

Don’t have your pet microchipped? Come in for your microchip insertion!

Why Do I Have to Vaccinate My Pet?

Horn Lake pet owners, are you asking yourself, “Why do I have to vaccinate my pet?”

  • Vaccinations are the main fight against viral and bacterial infections in pets worldwide.
  • Millions of dog & cats worldwide have been saved through vaccines.
  • Vaccines are safe and well-tolerated by most dogs & cats.
  • Vaccines help your pet live a longer, healthier & happier life!

Vaccinations are highly important to puppies or kittens when their young immune systems are developing and need protection. Keeping your pet current as they age on their annual or scheduled vaccines is vital to your dog or cat’s health, the health of all pets and even the people in our northwest Mississippi community.

Our Horn Lake veterinarians will provide you with vaccine education, discuss the scheduling of booster shots (if necessary for puppies & kittens) and discuss the need to return annually or on a set schedule.

Our vets will discuss your pet’s history, age, lifestyle and other factors (location, the prevalence of diseases in Horn Lake, closeness to wildlife, where you go like dog parks, where you travel, etc…) and determine a proper vaccination guideline and schedule.

  • Vaccines required/recommended for most dogs (recommendations vary based on factors above)
    • Rabies
      • Rabies is required by state law.
    • Distemper
    • Parvo
    • Lyme
    • Leptospirosis
    • Bordetella “Kennel Cough”
    • Canine Flu
  • Vaccines required/recommended in cats (recommendations vary based on factors above)
    • Rabies
      • Rabies is required by state law.
    • Feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (FVRCP) “Distemper”
    • Feline Leukemia
    • Feline IV (FIV)
    • Bordetella “Kennel Cough”

 

Have We Seen Your Cat Lately?

Horn Lake cat owners – Your cats need annual veterinary care!  Have we seen your cat lately?

Common Cat Myths:

  • Cats have fewer problems than dogs
  • Feline health problems don’t affect indoor cats
  • Cats will display visible signs of illness or you will know they are sick
  • Cats are self-sufficient
  • Cats do not need veterinary care like dogs

Cats are no more or less healthy than dogs and are notorious for hiding illness. You might not know your cat is sick until the illness has become critical and requires more extensive treatment.

To best serve your cat – we recommend an annual exam with vaccinations & parasite testing and prevention. For the best preventative care, we recommend annual blood tests to diagnose diabetes, kidney, liver, thyroid, renal and heart disease before they become advanced and regular dental cleanings.

All cats, even indoor, are susceptible to health conditions and parasites. Diagnosing illness through an examination and through laboratory tests & beginning treatment early can save your cat suffering later if the disease has progressed.  Read more about common cat illnesses…

What are signs your cat might be ill?

  • Inappropriate elimination outside the litter box
  • Change in food/water consumption
  • Change in activity/interaction
  • Lack of self-grooming
  • Bad breath
  • Weight loss or gain (overweight cats have higher chance of developing diabetes)
  • Do not assume behavior or physical changes are just “old age”.  Many are medical problems that can be treated if caught early.

We realize coming to the vet can be stressful for you and your cat.   Here are some tips to ease that stress:

Before Your Vet Visit

  • Top-loading carriers make it easier to place your cat inside – those with top and side opening have additional versatility
  • Bring the carrier out several days prior and place a familiar blanket, treats and toys inside the carrier
  • Take frequent short car rides to places other than coming to see us
  • Practice regular care such as brushing, nail trimming and teeth brushing and touching your cat’s face, ears, feet and tail at home
  • Check out products such as Feliway available to calm stress (available onsite or in our online store)

Coming to & At the Vet –

  • Horn Lake Animal Hospital is CAT-FRIENDLY!  We provide Feliway as you walk in if needed.
  • Use Feliway diffuser, sprays or wipes at least 15 minutes before introducing cat to the carrier –download Feliway tip sheet on how to use Feliway to reduce cat stress
  • Come to our vet clinic for visits that don’t involve exams or procedures (such as weighing the cat) to create positive associations or just stop by for treats
  • Cats travel best on an empty stomach
  • Place a towel or blanket over the carrier when driving
  • Reinforce your cat’s positive associations with the carrier using calm praise
  • Let the cat walk out or gently remove from the carrier with calm voices and movements
  • Speak softly, because if you remain calm, chances are your cat will too
  • After each successful car trip and vet visit, reward your pet with positive attention and treats