Dear Friend,

In this edition you will find:

Miller's Corner Community Celebration

Tick Free Zone

Pet Ownership

Food Shelf Donations


Miller's Corner Community Celebration

We hope you will be able to join us on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, for our annual Miller's Corner Community Celebration. It will run from 4pm to 7pm.

Once again there will be live entertainment, this year by “Mark Stary”, Free Dinner provided by the Barn Board Grill & Saloon, a petting zoo, bike helmet fittings, business tours and door prizes. Door prizes will include an IPAD and a Sonicare Toothbrush.

Sponsoring the event are Roberts Medical Clinic, Bobtown Pet Clinic, Barn Board Grill & Saloon, Corner Clippers and Park Dental.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join in the party.

                       Ixodes scapularis, the deer tick.

                       Ixodes scapularis, the deer tick.

Tick-Free Zone

I know ticks serve a purpose, but they are not on my list of favorite creatures. When I find a lot of ticks on patients it tends to make my skin crawl.

There are several things that can be done to help decrease ticks on our pets and on us. These all take a little work, but are worth the effort if you dislike ticks as much as I do.

The first is to use one of the several good tick products on your pet. None of them are 100%, but can sure cut the numbers on the pet.

In the environment there are techniques that make ticks less likely. Probably the most important is keeping the grass mowed and brush/tall grass around structures and trees short. A 3 foot wide barrier of wood chips or gravel around bushes and trees will restrict tick movement. Also, keep playground equipment away from the yard edges, place them in sunny areas. Try to remove debris like garbage and leaves from the recreational area so the ticks do not have a place to hide.

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Responsible Pet Ownership

When we welcome an animal into our home (dogs, cats, pocket pets...) or onto our farm (cows, horses, goats...), we place them in a situation in which they do not have the opportunity or ability to care for themselves as they would in the wild. For example, a herd of cows would quickly run out of food on a family farm if the farmer did not cultivate adequate supplies. When an animal is placed in a situation like this, it is incumbent upon the person doing so to provide for the animal's needs.

We always think of food, water and shelter as those needs. But there really is more to it than that. When choosing a pet one must think about lifestyle. A Great Dane will hardly fit in a small apartment. If you travel a lot, the needs of a dog may be difficult to meet.

There is a significant financial commitment to pet ownership. This includes food, supplies and veterinary care. The physical needs are only a portion of your responsibility. Providing for the emotional and mental needs of your pet are also important. Additionally, your overall commitment will often last 15 years and some pets will likely outlive you. After you pass, what will become of the pet?

As a pet owner, one must also think about how the pet will impact those around the pet. Picking up waste, noise control, safety provisions for people and the pet, and helping prevent overpopulation are all important considerations.

Here at Bobtown Pet Clinic we work hard to help you be a responsible pet owner. We make recommendations based on the needs of your pet. We work with you to help you provide the best care possible for your pet.

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Food Shelf Donations

368 pounds.

So far this year we have taken 386 lbs of groceries to the Roberts Food Shelf. Good work! Your donations are doing a great job of helping people in need.

We continue to offer a free routine nail trim when you bring in a small donation for the food shelf. We ask that the donation be a minimum of about a $10 value.

Let's keep those donations coming.