Pet Microchipping Primer

Pet microchipping increases the odds of a lost pet becoming a found pet.When a beloved dog or cat becomes separated from their owner in a natural disaster, home fire, or just by slipping out the door, it can be devastating. While it is not possible to prevent all of these types of events, there are some things you can do to help your pet get home safely.

While collars and identification tags can be extremely helpful, they can be removed, break, or become damaged. A more permanent means of identification is ideal to help lost pets find their way back to their rightful owners.

Pet microchipping is an important tool when it comes to reuniting pets and owners, and Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center is happy to help that happen. Continue…

A Dog Owner’s Guide to Canine Influenza

Canine influenza is a serious threat to dog healthFlu season is over for humans, and all of the warnings and anxiety associated with it have fallen by the wayside for now. Dog flu, however, doesn’t have a season, meaning the risk to your pet is there throughout the year. Learning the facts about canine influenza is essential to protect your dog and the dogs in your community.

Canine Influenza 101

Canine influenza is a highly contagious upper respiratory disease in dogs. The two strains of the virus that cause canine influenza are:

H3N8 – This strain was first identified in 2004 among racing greyhounds in Florida, and is thought to have originated in horses.

H3N2 – This Asian dog flu strain was first seen in 2015 in the United States. H3N2 can affect cats, in rare cases.

Canine influenza is a relatively new virus, meaning that dogs haven’t had time to build up an immunity. Dogs of any age and health status are at risk of contracting the illness. Continue…

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Diagnostic Imaging in Pets

diagnostic imaging in petsWhen it comes to arriving at a fast, accurate diagnosis for your pet, Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center can’t be beat. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, as well as other diagnostic tests, so we can help our four-legged patients as efficiently as possible. Diagnostic imaging in pets is an important part of what we do.

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Heartworm Prevention: The Only Way to Truly Protect Your Pet

Heartworm PreventionMosquitoes have a terrible reputation. While most adult mosquitoes are content to feast on plant nectar, females require blood meals prior to and following egg production. They torture humans with those itchy bites, but worst of all, they’re responsible for spreading diseases like malaria, west Nile, and the Zika virus. And they don’t just stop with us; they also prey on various mammals, amphibians, birds, and reptiles.

Heartworm prevention is the only viable tool pet owners have in the fight against disease-carrying mosquitoes. It’s vital to maintain a year-round dose of medication and have pets tested annually.

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Spay and Neuter Questions Answered

Almost every pet owner is faced with spay or neuter surgery, unless the pet was already altered when adopted or purchased. In fact, at Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center, we do these procedures on a daily basis. They are common enough that we often forget that pet owners might have some questions, so we thought we would take the opportunity to answer some of your most pressing spay and neuter questions.

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Is Pet Dental Care Really Necessary?

pet dental careAt one time or another, everyone can relate to the sentiment, “I wish I would have known.” Having all the critical information beforehand can often reduce or eliminate an unfortunate outcome.

When pet owners have all the right tools, they can make the best possible decisions for the health of their pet. This is definitely true with pet dental care. While it’s universally accepted that caring for an animal’s teeth and gums contributes to overall health and wellness, it’s never a bad thing to question: is it really necessary and what exactly does my pet need?

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Holiday Cat Safety Tips

Part of enjoying a happy holiday season for your family is being sure that everyone is safe and healthy. It can be easy to forget our pets, especially the felines, when preparing for the festivities, but it is important to keep them in mind as we celebrate. Being aware of holiday cat safety can make the season more enjoyable for all!

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Holiday Foods for Pets: Hazards to Avoid

Holiday time is a perfect time for sharing dinners and treats, but sharing holiday food with our pets can be hazardous to their health. It’s tough to resist those puppy dog eyes at the dinner table, but keeping certain foods out of our pet’s reach is important to avoid a pet emergency.

Since we know it’s hard to leave our furry friends completely out of the holiday fun, we’ll also give you our best ideas for some pet-friendly treats that you can share with confidence.

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Gain A Friend For Life Through Responsible Pet Adoption

pet adoptionAdopting a new pet is a wonderful and exciting time and an important life decision that holds the potential for years of love and joy (with a little hard work thrown in there too, of course). Because we know that responsible pet adoption is important to our readers, we’ve made sure to outline the various ways that you can ensure you are making the best choices for yourself and for your new four-legged family member.

Big Decisions

Whether you already have your ideal pet in mind, or want to take a look at the available options, it pays to do your research ahead of time. You will need to consider what type/breed of pet you are interested in, and the long-term costs and care involved. For example, purebreds and some larger breeds tend to cost more in veterinary care over their lives due to the propensity for genetic illness and injury as compared to mixed breed and smaller pets.

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Never Quite Long Enough: End of Life Pet Care Considerations

end of life pet careUnfortunately, our pet’s life spans are much shorter than the average human lifespan. Sadly, this means that you will likely see the day that you have to say goodbye to your faithful companion. This is the unpleasant side of pet ownership, but an important one. Your pet relies on you to advocate for him or her, and end of life pet care is no different. Thankfully Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center is here to help guide you through this difficult season.

Assessing Quality of Life

Animals are amazing in so many ways. Perhaps one of the most admirable qualities they have is their lack of self pity. Most pets will endure things that people would never be able to without any sign of complaint. This does not, however, mean that they should.

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