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

Seniors and their Pets

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For some seniors, having a pet in our home can keep us active and alert. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case; sometimes our older friends and relatives can find caring for themselves and an aging pet to be difficult. So, we here are Heritage wanted to share some tips on how to make it easier for our seniors to keep their pets at home:

  1. Clean the yard and/or litter box. Offering to remove messes will prevent our arthritic loved ones from having to forgo uncomfortable movements, in turn alleviating mental and physical stressors associated with the pet.
  2. Exercise their pet. Whether it be rough housing in the living room, going to the park, or walking around the block, exercise enables pets to release built up energy, making them more manageable for their owner.
  3. Offer to do the shopping. I know that many of the seniors in my life have withdrawn from driving during certain parts of the day. Remove the task by offering to pick up food, toys, litter, and medications for the pet.
  4. Groom their pet. By taking the pet to the groomer, or personally washing, brushing, and trimming the pet, you are eliminating unwanted odors from the house, removing irritants from the pet’s fur, and making nails skin friendly.
  5. Plan veterinarian visits. Offering to take the pet to the vet when they are sick or in need vaccines will ensure the pet’s safety and health. Additionally, it guarantees that any orders from the doctor get properly interpreted, documents, and relayed to the owner.
  6. Always be willing to lend a helping hand. This will help the owner to get through their to-do list, leaving lots of time for cuddles with their furry friend!

Just by doing a few of these simple things, we can enable our older friends and family members to enjoy their pet, as well as give them the peace of mind that their pet is getting the attention, care, and love needed to lead a happy, healthy life. And, as an added bonus, you get to grow the relationship between you and your senior!

Lynn M, Receptionist