Homeward Bound: Why Microchipping Your Pet is so Important

Microchipping your pet helps a lost pet become a found pet.As pet owners, our number one priority is keeping our pets safe. Leashes, fenced yards, and of course a collar and ID tags are just some of the ways we provide the security our pets need to live long, happy lives.

While no pet owner ever intends to become separated from their pet, studies show that over 10 million pets are lost in the U.S. each year, and 1 in 3 pets will become lost at least once during their lifetime. Microchipping your pet provides an added layer of security should your pet go missing and offers the best chance at a happy reunion.

What is a Microchip Anyway?

A microchip is a tiny device (roughly the size of a grain of rice) that’s placed just under your pet’s skin, usually near the shoulder or back of the neck. Microchips do not track your pet’s whereabouts like a GPS – their only purpose is to store a unique ID number that can be used to retrieve your contact information should your pet go missing. Continue…

The Bugs are Out! Is Your Pet Protected from Parasites?

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Summer comes with so many advantages: swimming, barbecues, outdoor parties, lakeside relaxation, camping, hiking… you name it! But along with the perks, comes the parasites.

That’s right; mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and other warm body seeking parasites are out in droves. Not only are these pests incredibly annoying, but they are also potentially dangerous in the number of illnesses that they can pass on to their unwitting hosts, including pets and people.

Your team at Old Derby have some tips for keeping the bugs at bay, and suggestions for keeping your pet protected from parasites. Continue…

Is ‘Summer Pet Safety’ an Oxymoron? Not with Our Guidelines!

Summer pet safety is real, people!Pets sure do know how to find trouble, don’t they? Whether it’s toxins, foreign bodies, or injuries, they really can find themselves in veritable jams. Luckily, they are limited to an incident every once in awhile, but then comes summer. With it’s BBQ’s, block parties, parades, and more, an adherence to summer pet safety can get quickly relegated to the back burner.

Don’t fret! Old Derby Animal Hospital has some tips and tricks, so you and your pet can get through the hottest, busiest months of the year without a single worry.

First, the Heat

We couldn’t talk about summer pet safety without some information about the effects of heat on our furry friends. It is absolutely critical to keep pets cool and comfortable throughout the day. To that end, please be sure to follow these measures: Continue…

The Proof’s in the Pudding: A Year-Round Approach to Pet Dental Care

Pet Dental Care is Essential to Pet Health and WellnessWhat if we told you there was a sure-fire way to promote and safeguard your pet’s long-term health and wellness? Without a doubt, nutrition, exercise, and disease prevention play huge parts in the life of your pet. But to truly guarantee their longevity, daily, weekly, and yearly attention to pet dental care is of vital importance.

Often Overlooked

The necessity of pet dental care is often overlooked until noticeable bad breath creeps in. Unfortunately, by the time your pet’s mouth begins to smell, damage has already occurred. When deleterious bacteria get a foothold in the teeth and gums, it’s only a matter of time before the major organs become a target. Seeping through the bloodstream, bacteria can attack the general health of the liver, heart, and kidneys. Continue…

How to Tell if It’s a Pet Emergency

pet emergencyOur pets are fun-loving, adventurous, and playful. Unfortunately, these endearing characteristics can sometimes get them into trouble! Most of us will experience a pet emergency at some point in their lives, and so it’s a good idea to be prepared. But, how can you tell when it is an actual emergency?

It’s a difficult decision: Do we go in now, or wait until morning?

Old Derby Animal Hospital understands this dilemma, so we’re bringing you some information on how to tell if it’s a pet emergency.

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Get Excited About Pet Wellness!

Americans spend upwards of $70 billion on pet care in a single year. From veterinary care and food to toys and treats, there are endless opportunities to keep our pets well.

All that stuff can be a good thing, but how do we make sure we’re focusing on the RIGHT stuff? By focusing on the simple basics, we can cultivate and support true pet wellness and keep our furry family members happy and healthy.

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