Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Great News!!!!

This weekend we had three dogs that were lost but were later recovered by their owners. This scenario happens quite often this time of year in the spring with dogs getting loose.

Unfortunately, they did not have microchips. We scanned two of the three dogs and no microchip was found. Micro-chipping is a simple procedure that only takes a couple of minutes and will permanently identify your pet. It would have been faster to locate the owners if these two had been micro-chipped. Instead, the kind people who found them spent the day searching all over town. The company we use for our microchips provides lost dog insurance so if anything happens to your pet while it is lost a portion of the cost would be covered. The membership fee is relativity low per year for your peace of mind if your pet ever happens to get lost....

Last year a dog was found in Benton Missouri that had been lost for over a year. We scanned him for a chip and when one was found we were able to reunite him with his owner who lived in Western Kentucky. Stories like this make us believe in micro-chipping.

For more information contact our office at 573-471-4500.

Dr. Stephen A. Williams, DVM

Monday, April 8, 2013

April-Flea and Tick

IT'S SPRING and flea and tick season is fast approaching! We all know fleas and ticks are a huge nuisance to our pets but more importantly can cause serious disease. These diseases can affect both dogs and cats. Ticks are known to carry Lymes disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ercholosis in dogs and Cytauzoon in cats. Hemobartonella can be transmitted by fleas and make our kitty friends very sick. Fleas can cause tapeworms in both canines and felines. Our goal is to control the the nuisance problem but also prevent disease. I recommend Trifexis in most patients for heartworm, fleas and intestinal parasite control. I recommend Vectra for tick control. Both are given monthly. Call us today and let's get your furry friends protected for summer. Let's keep them parasite free!

Dr. Becky Smith-Durham D.V.M.