Junior Wellness Awareness

Even pets tiStock_000018375792_Mediumhat appear completely healthy can have hidden health problems. Left undetected, these problems can develop into serious, even life-threatening, conditions. This is why it is important to discuss running a junior wellness package with your veterinarian. Junior wellness packages include the cost of your pet’s exam, fecal and urine analyses, heartworm test, and blood work.

Fecal analysis detects intestinal parasites, which can cause lethargy, inappetence, and/or GI upset. Urine analysis detects infections, kidney disease, and, in conjunction with blood work, helps indicate other potential ailments. And, blood work provides early detection of infections, anemia, clotting issues, and changes in organ function.  Performing a junior wellness package on your furry friend will give you the peace of mind that your pet is healthy and give us a baseline when future blood work is conducted, or will enable our staff to begin management treatments to eliminate, reverse, or slow the progression of our findings. Ultimately, performing early diagnostic testing will ensure that your pet is happy and healthy, whether naturally or with a little help from us here at Heritage.

To get you started, Heritage Veterinary Hospital will be offering 10% off junior wellness packages during the month of June. If you have any questions or are interested in setting up an appointment, please contact us at 314-878-8454.

Sincerely,

Meagan and Amber

Celebrate Pet Safety this Memorial Day

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As the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day is a great excuse to get outdoors. But whether you’re partying, barbequing, or just soaking up some rays, it’s important to keep your pet’s safety in mind at all times. To prevent any Memorial Day mishaps, we’ve put together five tips to help protect animals during the “Dog Days” of the season.

Party Smart

Barbequing is one of the best parts of Memorial Day, but remember that the food and drink you serve your guests may be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from animals, and remind guests not to give them any table scraps or snacks. Raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate, and avocado are all common at barbeques—and they’re all especially toxic to animals.

Be Cool Near the Pool

Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool or lake—not all dogs are expert swimmers! Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Also, try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains potentially dangerous chemicals like chlorine.

Skip the Spray

Unless specifically designed for animals, insect repellant and sunscreen can be toxic to pets. Signs of repellent toxicity include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy. DEET, a common insecticide in products for humans, may cause neurological issues in dogs.

Made in the Shade

Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so if you’re spending time outside, give them plenty of fresh, clean water and make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun. Note that animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

IDs, Please

Time spent outdoors comes with the added risk of pets escaping. Make sure that your pet is fitted with a microchip or ID tag with identifying information, or both. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

 

Source: http://www.aspca.org/blog/celebrate-pet-safety-memorial-day

Missing dog found 4 years later in Iowa, nearly 1,000 miles from home


United Airlines flew a lost dog home Wednesday in first class for free — four years after he went missing.

The Lambert family didn’t think they would ever see Sam, a Yorkshire Terrier, after he disappeared from their yard in Louisiana.

But he was found by an animal control officer in in Cedar Rapids, Iowa earlier this month.

He was straggly and weighed less than 6 pounds. Luckily, staff at the shelter were able to use the microchip he had to identify the Lambert family as the owners.

Danielle Lambert said she was “shocked” when she got the call.

“I first thought that there was no way it could be Sam. He’d been missing for four years,” she told CNNMoney.

Sam was a birthday gift for her daughter Karisa when she turned 10 years old. Now she’s 15.

The Yorkie was nursed back to health at the shelter until he was fit to fly home. He landed in New Orleans on a United flight at 11:16 a.m.

“This just makes all of us feel really, really happy that we can make this miracle come true for this family and their little dog,” said Diane Webber, a manager at the Cedar Rapids shelter.

No one knows how Sam got to Iowa, which is nearly 1,000 miles away.

“We have no clue,” said Lambert. “I guess that’s the piece we’ll never know.”

SOURCE: http://wqad.com/2015/04/29/missing-dog-found-4-years-later-in-iowa-nearly-1000-miles-from-home/