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For Tips 6-10, click here.

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5. Provide your pet with fresh water at all times, cleaning the bowl daily.

4. Feed a pet food that is appropriate for your pet’s age, nutritional requirements, activity level, and special health needs.

3. Choose a pet wisely based on your schedule, budget, and living environment. Consider the pet’s physical and behavioral needs.

2. Establish a preventative health care program with your veterinarian, including regular checkups, dental care, vaccinations, parasite control, and reproductive options.

1. Discuss the responsibility of pet ownership with your veterinarian before you obtain a pet or as soon as possible after bringing a pet home.

Bonus Tip 1: Ask your veterinarian to microchip your pet as a way of providing proof of ownership and permanent pet ID.

Bonus Tip 2: Enroll your pet with a pet insurance company, like Pet’s Best, as soon as possible, to keep premiums low and to avoid pre-existing conditions denials.

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Tips borrowed from Purina’s The Pet Owner’s Checklist.

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TagsIs your dog or cat 4 months of age or older? If so, it should have a current Rabies vaccination, which will be issued along with a Rabies tag. When placed on your pet’s collar, the tag provides valuable information to help people return your pet if he or she runs away.


But did you know there is another tag your pet should be wearing?
It’s the city pet license tag. 

All dogs are required to be licensed by the city in which they live.  Some cities, such as Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, issue cat licenses, as well.  Pet licenses must be renewed each year and are granted to pets that have a current Rabies vaccination.

There is a small cost involved, and pet owners typically receive a discount on licensing fees for each spayed or neutered pet.  Senior citizens may receive an additional discount on fees for spayed or neutered pets.

     Click on your city’s name for information on license fees, due dates, and issuing agencies.

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires all dogs and cats over four months old to be vaccinated against Rabies

Virginia has also instituted a law requiring veterinarians to forward Rabies vaccination information to local city treasurers.  The treasurer compares information received from the veterinarians with its roster of licensed animals.  If an owner has not purchased a license, the treasurer will mail a notice to the owner requesting compliance.

Veterinarians are not required to report unlicensed animals to city agencies.  Our concern is the public health aspect of ensuring that pets and their owners are protected against Rabies, since Rabies is present in Hampton Roads.  Pet owners are responsible for complying with pet license rules in their city of residence.

A final note: a microchip ID is not a substitute for a Rabies or city license tag, nor are the tags a substitute for a microchip ID. Each form of identification has its own merits. To protect your pet with permanent identification that will not wear off, get lost, or be removed by a stranger, ask us for the HomeAgain microchip on your pet’s next visit.

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This post appeared on January 22, 2013.

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Getting your pet back after it’s gone missing is the best part of microchipping — and it’s the part you can see. But what about the foundation —  all the work that goes into getting your pet back to you? Read on to learn why HomeAgain has (in our opinion) the best lost pet recovery system out there.

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Each new microchip registration comes with a one-year membership with full benefits, including:

  • 24/7 Lost Pet Specialists, ready to serve you
  • Rapid Lost Pet Alerts sent to area veterinarians and shelters
  • Medical Insurance for lost pets (up to $2950; must be activated by pet owner)
  • Personalized Lost Pet Posters, to help you spread the word
  • 24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline – first aid advice when you need it
  • Travel assistance up to $500* to get your pet home (*applies to airfare costs for pets located more than 500 miles from home)

After the first year, you decide whether to continue your membership benefits. Either way, your pet will be permanently enrolled in HomeAgains database – and there is no additional yearly cost simply to remain enrolled.

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 Millions of pets disappear from home each year. Many pet owners assume their own dog or cat would never stray from home, either because the pet has shown no interest in wandering or because there are no known means of escape.

What are the chances? According to the lost pet recovery experts at HomeAgain:

  • 1 in 3 pets goes missing during its lifetime
  • 41% of lost cats are considered indoor-only cats
  • 8 to 10 million pets stray each year
  • Without ID, 90% of lost pets will not return home
  • Getting lost is the #1 cause of death for pets 

How do pets get out? They:

  • Bolt through an electric fence
  • Walk out a door or gate that’s mistakenly been left open
  • Flee from a thunderstorm or fireworks
  • Wander into unfamiliar territory while on vacation
  • Disappear during an emergency
  • Get stolen while unattended
  • Crawl out of holes created during home renovation/construction
  • Develop wanderlust as they age, due to cognitive loss
  • Sneak out when you prop the door open to sign for a delivery or carry in the groceries
  • Pop out a screen to chase a neighbor’s pet or wild animal
Speak up!
   Sometimes, a pet’s disappearance can be traced to a door or gate that’s been left open. The risk goes up when unfamiliar people are entering and exiting the house. Some pets find a safe corner to hide in, while other pets attempt to run as far from the house as possible.
 
   All people who have access to your house should be made aware that pets live in the home. Ask visitors to be vigilant about keeping doors and gates shut when visiting and working. (When practical, confine your pet to a room that you alone will access.)
Whom do you tell? Consider the most frequent visitors to your home:
  • Family members, especially children
  • Friends and overnight guests
  • Service workers, including meter readers, maids, and repairmen
  • Construction crew, roofers, and handymen
  • Pet sitters
   Of course, no plan is foolproof, so it’s best to have backup. Make sure your pet has a registered microchip (we think HomeAgain is best) to increase its chances of returning home to you.
   Contact us to schedule an appointment to have your pet ‘chipped, if it isn’t already. A simple office visit is all that’s necessary – no surgery, no anesthesia needed.

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This article originally published on June 4, 2012.

 

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The Corgi-type dog pictured below was found wandering on Caribou Avenue in Norfolk this morning.

Attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful so far, as the dog’s microchip does not appear to be registered in a database.

Do you know this dog? If so, we need your help!

Do you know this dog? If so, we need your help!

If you recognize this pet, please contact us by calling 757-583-2619 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

The pet’s owner should be prepared to show proof of ownership in order to retrieve the pet (so that it goes home with the right family.)

Note:  This pet is not at our clinic at this time.

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UPDATE: This pet has been found.

SKINNY BELLE

is a missing cat near you!

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Last Seen

DANBURY DRIVE AND COUGAR AVENUE, NORFOLK, VA 23518

PLEASE CHECK GARAGES AND SHEDS.

Pet Information

Species:

CAT

Breed:

DOMESTIC SHORT HAIR

LOST:

8/7/2013

Age:

9 YEARS, 7 MONTHS

Primary color:

BROWN/BLACK TABBY

Secondary color:

WHITE

Sex:

FEMALE

Microchip #:

(redacted)

Other Characteristics:

WHITE FEET AND UNDERSIDE

Have You Seen This Pet?

CALL OUR 24/7 RECOVERY CENTER

1-888-HomeAgain

(1-888-466-3242)

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Last week, we talked about forming a Pet Wellness Plan that consists of three parts:

  1. Twice a year examinations
  2. Protective vaccinations
  3. Pet health insurance

Today, let’s add two more items to the To-Do list:

       4.  Microchipping
       5.  Spay/neuter

Easy!

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