Breast Cancer Awareness in St. Louis

 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is not a disease that discriminates. Women, men, dogs, and cats can all be victims. This year, the disease has hit the health care team at Heritage Veterinary Hospital in St. Louis. Technician Gina is undergoing chemo for breast cancer now. You might notice that Gina is only working a few days as she undertakes her battle. Gina, being Gina, has a smile on her face during the days that she feels well enough to be here working. Since Gina is only able to work a day or two during treatments, the Heritage health team has decided to spend the month of October raising awareness of breast cancer and to raise funds to offset some of the expenses occurred while Gina is unable to work.

On Saturday, October 17th, we will have a “NAIL-A-THON” starting at 1 p.m. Your pet’s nails will be trimmed by our volunteers for a donation of $10. We do require that your pet be current on its rabies vaccine and be on a leash no longer than 6 feet (leave the flexi leads at home) or in a carrier. Nails will not be filed.  If your pet normally needs sedation for nail trimming, we ask that you come to see us at another time. We will not be trimming birds or reptile nails.

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In addition to our NAIL-A-THON event, we are featuring a “Prints of Hope” event, where you can stop in and purchase a paw print for $1. Put your name or the name of someone you love on the foot print and add to the “Prints of Hope” wall to show your support. The Heritage health team will also be holding a raffle October 31st, with calls to prize winners made the following week. Occasionally, in October, we will have a bake sale as well. Treats will be for humans and/or dogs. We will post on Facebook when the elves have been baking! Donations are being sought for the raffle, should you or your business care to make a donation. Donations will be posted on our webpage and on Facebook.

Please share this information with your family and friends. Also follow Heritage Veterinary Hospital on Facebook during the month of October. We will also have some new blogs on our website covering the subject of breast cancer in our pets. With your help, we can spread the word about breast cancer while helping our Gina.

Let’s make this happen!

TEAM GINA

Dr. Kim Sanford, Dr. Frank McLaughlin, Dr. Kelvin Urday, Dr. Grace Long, Katy, Meagan, Diane, Amber,

Lynn, Molly, Nancy, Jenn, Braiden, Lou, Mutz, and Niki

Microchipping

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It is estimated that 1 in 3 pets will become lost at least once in their lifetime. Of these pets, only 2 percent of cats and 22 percent of dogs were returned to their owners. However, when a lost pet is implanted with a microchip, these numbers increased to 38 and 52 percent, respectively. As these statistics indicate, microchipping your pet greatly increases their chances of being returned home. We here at Heritage Animal Hospital would like to take this time to explain what a microchip is and how it can help you and your pets.

 

What’s a Microchip?

A microchip is an implantable transponder used to locate a lost pet’s owner. It does this by containing a unique number that can be entered into the computer to identify owner-approved contact information. These unique numbers can be accessed only by veterinary clinics and shelters, which ensures owner privacy. It also provides easy, public locations for good Samaritans to bring pet owners’ four-legged friends when they are lost.

Microchips are self powered and, therefore, do not require batteries or charging. They will last the duration of your pet’s life with no need for replacement. Overall, microchips are an effective, low-maintenance way to help ensure your pet will be returned home, should they ever go on a short adventure without you.

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How to Get Your Pet Microchipped

We here at Heritage Animal Hospital are happy to announce that we provide microchip placement services for interested owners. Microchips are inserted via an injection, and registration is completed at our facility for your convenience. Please call us today at   (314) 878-8454 and get your furry family members microchipped.

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