In this edition you will find:
Benefits of Pet Ownership
'Tis the season for bugs, bugs and more bugs.
At times mosquitoes make it difficult to even be outside. Ticks are out en force. The bees are all over finding flowers. Beetles of all shapes and size are around. At least the Asian beetles are outside this time of year. Fireflies have even started to make an appearance.
These are just a few of the bugs we see. There are many more that are tiny or hiding in the grass and weeds that we seldom, if ever, see. We often do not get bitten because we wear shoes.
Our 4 footed friends are not so lucky. We send them outside to roam around with a thinly skinned, naked belly. This predisposes them to bug bites in an area that is easy to see.
We often see these small red target lesions on the abdomens of dogs. Clients are concerned about what they are and worried that it is the rash seen on people with an new infection of Lyme disease. They are not. There is no evidence that dogs get the target rash with Lyme disease.
The small red target lesions are some kind of a gnat bite. They are flat and usually about 1 to 1.5cm diameter. They do not seem itchy or painful. They may be single or multiple and appear suddenly. If you wait a couple of days they will disappear without treatment.
If the lesions are painful, itchy or raised, it is best to have them checked out by a veterinarian.
In the past couple of months we have started using a new texting service through VitusVet. Some of you have already been receiving these texts for such things as appointment reminders and notifications of additions to your pet's medical records.
These texts are sent in the Bobtown Pet Clinic name. The first text you will receive will be an opt-in message. This opt-in is required by law. The message will be: "Bobtown Pet Clinic would like to send you a message about Cody. Reply Yes or Stop.” When you reply Yes, you will get the message: "Great! You are all set. Website [listed in text]".
At this point you will start receiving text messages from us. An example would be: "Upcoming health reminders are due for Cody. Click here to schedule an appointment.” You can then request an appointment through VitusVet if you have the app. You can get the app through Google Play or the App Store, or at http://vitusvet.com/download-the-free-app/.
You will not be asked for personal information through the text message. However, when you log in to the VitusVet app, there will be a verification process.
If you have any questions, please let us know.
Our nation is about to celebrate Independence Day. There will be a lot of noise and fireworks this weekend and next week. There will also be increased traffic as people celebrate.
All this activity can be very scary for pets. Please try to keep things relatively normal for them and keep them safe. We do not want them running off or getting injured.
If you must take them outside during fireworks, take them out on a leash. Also, please make sure your pet has identification on them at all times.
Benefits of Pet Ownership
Pets can bring a lot of joy into our lives. But did you know that research shows pets bring many health benefits for their humans as well?
Some of the facts:
People who have never owned a cat have a 40% greater relative risk of death due to a heart attack.
When patients work with pets, 76% of doctors report the patient has a better relationship with the staff; 88% of doctors report the patient has better physical condition; 97% of doctors report the patient has a better mental health condition; 98% of doctors report the patient has a better mood or outlook.
Being around pets can help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Children with pets are less likely to have eczema and allergies.
Children with autism spectrum disorder often experience positive behavioral changes when they are around animals, becoming more receptive to social advances from their peers.
Pets help alleviate the symptoms of PTSD, offering companionship to victims who may find it easier to be around animals than to be in the company of people.
A recent study polled 1,000 family doctors and general practitioners about their experiences with pets in medical settings. Most of them had recommended a pet to a patient and had seen patients' health improve as a result of owning pets. 97% of doctors believe there are health benefits to owning a pet.
Pets can help alleviate several symptoms of depression. That's why therapy animals or pets are increasingly included in depression treatment plans. Pets decrease the sense of loneliness, loss of interest, and feelings of worthlessness.
People with pets may have lower resting blood pressure and hearts that can adapt better to stressful situations than non-pet owners.
Adults who walk their dogs regularly may be in better shape and less likely to become obese than those who do not.
For more information visit The Pet Effect.
In honor of Independence Day,
Bobtown Pet Clinic will be
Monday, July 3
Tuesday, July 4.
Normal business hours will resume
Wednesday, July 5.