News and Information
Welcome Dr. Chelsea Nissen!
We are very excited to announce the addition of a third doctor to our Owen’s Ark family… Chelsea Nissen DVM. With Dr. Nissen’s expertise we are now able to care for your large animal critters in addition to your canine and feline friends. Your steer, horse, pig, sheep, goat, and alpaca/llama need knowledgeable and compassionate care too and Dr. Nissen is here to help you.
It only takes a few seconds for your pet to be lost forever, like when you're busy with other things and she slips out the front door to take off after a squirrel. The experience is so common that the American Humane Society estimates one in three pets will get lost at some point in her lifetime. That's over 10 million pets every year who can't find their way home. In many cases, it's because the pet didn't have proper identification. Even a collar with current contact information on it can catch on a fence or come off by the pet's own force.
What is a Pet Microchip?
Even though June is National Microchip Month, people often have misconceptions about what a microchip is and what it can do. A microchip is about the same size as a grain of rice. When a veterinarian or someone from your local Animal Control scans your pet, the information contained on the microchip appears on a computer screen. This typically includes the pet's name, your name, and your current contact information. This makes it possible to contact you to let you know that your pet has been located.
A microchip is not the same thing as a Global Positioning System (GPS). That means you can't rely on it to let you know where your pet is if he gets away from you. It's also essential to register your microchip and keep your contact information updated. There is nothing sadder than discovering a pet has a microchip and then not being able to reach the owner due to it containing invalid details.
What every dog owner needs to know about Parvovirus
There has been a large amount of press coverage recently about Parvovirus affecting dogs locally. In an effort to make sure you are a well informed canine owner, we would like to share the facts with you. Parvovirus is a virus that attacks the gastrointestinal tracts of under-vaccinated puppies and dogs. There is a vaccine available to protect your canine friend from this dangerous virus. Puppies receive a series of vaccinations that are then boostered (updated) every 1-3 years based on exposure risk and geography.
Certain breeds of dogs do seem to be more “at risk.” These breeds include Rottweiler’s, German Shepards, German Pointers, Boxers, Labradors, and Pit Bull type dogs. However, all breeds are susceptible if not properly vaccinated.
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