Happy June and official start of summer! This month encompasses a few different holidays including National Rattlesnake Awareness Month, National Adopt a Cat Month, and National Microchipping Month!
Rattlesnakes and how the vaccination works.
With all of the hiking and exploring that we have at our fingertips here in the drier parts of our county, it is important to remember that there is wildlife present in the area that could be dangerous to your furry adventure buddy.
A common vaccine for pets that we recommend is the rattlesnake vaccine. It works a bit differently than other vaccines. The way this vaccine works is that it delays the reaction from the bite by neutralizing the venom so that you are able to safely get your pet to a veterinary professional for help.
To be clear, this vaccine will NOT stop the effects of the venom, but rather slow the onset of symptoms from the venom. This is considered a lifestyle vaccine, meaning that only dogs that may be exposed to rattlesnakes or their venom are encouraged to get immunized.
Snake avoidance training can also help to keep your pet aware and safe while on the trails. They can be trained by scent, sight, or sound to identify potentially dangerous animals around them. If your dog is a traveling dog, we suggest that you to look into some of these training classes.
Remember, the faster you seek medical attention after a rattlesnake bite the more likely that your dog will survive.
Why take the risk? Get your pet chipped.
Although we lock all of our doors, check our fences, and trust our pets to stay within our properties lines that does not always happen. Some dogs or cats just like to take themselves on a walk! This reason is why providing an extra layer of permanent identification for your pet is recommended.
Obtaining a microchip is a fairly simple and painless procedure. The implantation process works similarly to the way that a vaccine is given, under a specific section of the skin through a sterile injection. There is no anesthesia, and the pet generally does not feel any major discomfort. A microchip is NOT a tracking device, but rather has an RFID number programmed into it so that when read by a compatible scanner a number will be recognized and displayed on the screen. If your pet becomes lost or you find a lost pet, this number will lead you to the microchipping company where they can connect you with the registered owner. You must keep the registration updated. The microchip should last the entire life of your pet, so they’ll always be covered.
Call us to schedule your pets microchipping appointment today! We will even register the microchip before you leave with the email, phone number, and address we have on file for you.
Adopt a cat…. Save 9 lives.
Here’s just a few reasons why letting a cat into your home and hearts can change your entire life… They will be your own personal therapist and you only have to pay them in belly rubs or chin scratches. They will listen when you talk without interruption, give you love on a difficult day, and make you laugh until you’re sore. Their individual personalities will shine through and you will see how truly independent these animals are. You will never eat a meal alone again. Sharing a pillow becomes the new norm, and you will forever have a piece of cat hair on your somewhere (they have to mark you, right?).
Now is the time when our shelters and rescues are overwhelmed with kittens and unadoptable cats! Adopt, foster, donate, educate and do your part to give a loving home to a cat in need.
In addition to the McKinleyville Animal Shelter and Sequoia Humane Society, a few of our local rescues including Sierra Pacific Furbabies, Humboldt Animal Rescue Team (H.A.R.T), Furever Friends, Companion Animal Foundation (CAF) and Miranda’s Rescue have cats in need of homes. Reach out to them and take home the new, furry, love of your life.