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How to Find a Lost Pet With a Microchip

More than nine million pets get lost in the U.S. annually, with 80 percent of them never returning to their owners. One of the most effective ways to find and identify lost pets is through a microchip. A microchip is a gadget with a unique number that is pet-specific. The vet will place the chip under the pet's skin using a needle, mainly between the shoulder blades. Someone must scan the chip using a scanner to identify the pet's details. 


What to Expect From an Annual Pet Wellness Exam

When it comes to issues of your pet’s wellness, prevention is better than cure. The fact that your pet does not talk means that you must take responsibility for their wellness. Regular or annual visits to the veterinarian will help keep your pet in healthy shape. During the visits, the vet can spot signs of illness and determine if the pet is growing properly.


Signs Your Pet May Need Emergency or Urgent Care

Owning a pet means that you must be ready for any situation that may arise day or night. This is because immediate veterinary care for your pet could be the difference between life and death. 


How Do I Know If My Pet’s Problem Is Severe?

As your friend and part of your family, your pet deserves the best care possible. Unfortunately, they cannot complain, so how do you know if their problem is severe? How do you know when to take your pet to a vet?


When Do I Need to Take My Pet to Urgent Care?

Most pet parents will admit how terrifying it is to suddenly realize that something is wrong with their furry friend. It is especially traumatic when it happens in the middle of the night. Trying to determine whether the condition is severe enough to warrant a midnight visit to the vet can be difficult. 


February Is Pet Dental Health Month | Importance of Pet Dental Care

How often do you clean your pet’s teeth or take them to a dentist? February is Pet Dental Health Month, a special time to think about your pet's dental needs. That said, pet dental health care should be daily and not just a February thing. Research has shown that good oral health can make your pet live longer. 


5 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Pet’s Health

The perfect time to start afresh and set new goals is the New Year. You probably set goals for 2022, such as eating healthy, working out, being a better worker, or losing weight. These are all worthy and beneficial resolutions. But when it comes to setting New Year resolutions, many people tend to overlook their pets. 


Your Complete Guide to First-Year Puppy Vaccinations

Just like human babies, puppies need vaccination to boost their immunity. Vaccines help them grow into happy, healthy dogs, free of infectious diseases. The puppies will also not pass on diseases to other animals.


The Importance of Pet Vaccinations

Vaccines help protect your pets against contagious diseases, some of which are potentially fatal. They help keep your pet healthy and comfortable. Most vets insist on periodical vaccination as an aspect of pet care.


Why Should I Microchip My Pet?

If you have pets, you want them to be safe. Conscientious pet owners protect their pets using ID tags and collars in case their pets get lost. While these measures help locate lost pets, using ID tags and collars is not foolproof as they can fall off or break with ease. Thanks to innovation, pets now can have microchip protection.


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