Vet Blair: Microchipping your pet

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Tornadoes, floods, thunderstorm winds, hail, lightning, heat, wildfires, rip currents and tsunamis – spring is three months of danger that can imperil the unprepared. It roars in like a lion and continues to roar across the United States throughout March, April and May.

During these months of extreme weather, the most important way to protect your pet is by having them microchipped. 

Did you know?

  • Getting lost is the #1 cause of death for pets
     
  • 1 in 3 pets goes missing during its lifetime.
     
  • Without ID, 90% of pets never return home.

A microchip is much more reliable than a collar and a tag because there is not chance it will fall off. The microchip is a permanent ID that links your pet to you.

Here’s how it works:
The microchip is inserted with a simple injection. 
Then, simply enroll your pet’s ID code along with your contact information. Enrolling is what makes it possible for your pet to be positively identified.
If your pet is taken to an animal shelter or clinic, the staff will scan the microchip and read its unique ID code.
The staff will then call the appropriate registry with your pet’s identified ID code
As soon as your contact information is retrieved, you will be contacted and arrangements will be made to reunite you with your pet.

And, as always, today’s featured pet is available for adoption at the Sherwood Animal Shelter! Visit www.cityofsherwood.net or call 501-834-2287!

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How to Help Prevent Pests

Preventing pests from entering your home is one way that pet owners can help keep their pets safe. Below are some preventative steps you can take:

  • Regularly check your pet’s food, water and shelter for bugs
  • Remove bedding or toys if you see signs of insect activity
  • Store pet food in sealed containers
  • Fix leaky plumbing and remove areas of standing water
  • Seal cracks and crevices to help keep bugs out of your house, including your window frames
  • Keep outdoor pets contained in a fenced yard. If they enter an infested area, fleas and ticks can hop on board within seconds
  • Keep leaves raked, grass cut and bushes trimmed to reduce tick habitat
  • Check your pet regularly for fleas and ticks, especially when they are allowed outside of your yard or other controlled areas

If your pet has been affected by pests, then you should consult with your veterinarian before using any medication or repellent.

 

How Pest Control Professionals Can Help

Though taking preventative steps can help alleviate pest issues, DIY solutions often fall short of complete control. That’s where pest control professionals can assist, and the professionals at Terminix are here to help. Terminix technicians use pesticides according to the label and do not treat pets at all. However, for efficiency of service and as a precaution, you should always contain your pet and put food and toys away when a technician is treating your home.

When pests like fleas and ticks are prevented and controlled, that’s good for your pets. It creates a better environment for them, and you. Learn more about Terminix pest control today.

About Clear the Shelters

NBC and Telemundo stations are teaming up with hundreds of shelters across the country to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 17 to help find loving homes for animals in need. More than 250,000 pets found their forever homes since 2015.