Saturday, February 7, 2009

February: National Responsible Pet Owner’s Month

Roanoke Island Animal Clinic
OK so it’s National Responsible Pet Owner’s Month.
So what does that mean?

Being a responsible pet owner is more than just keeping a pet. To have a pet in your home is like having another family member. More like having a young child who can’t speak for themselves.

We are our pet’s voices. We speak for them, we care for them. How do we care for them? We feed them healthy, nutritionally sound foods. We give them a safe haven in our home. We protect them from disease by having them vaccinated. And we take them to the veterinarian when they are sick.

But there’s so much more. Our pets cannot make the best decisions for themselves. They can’t tell us when something’s wrong. They can’t say “please don’t leave me in the car in the heat”. They can’t tell you the water bowl is empty or the litter box is not clean.

They don’t know to not eat up our prescription meds so they rely on us to keep them along with other household poisons out of their reach, as you would a young child. They can’t tell us they need boundaries like a fenced in yard to keep them from getting lost or in fights or hit by cars.

They can’t tell us that not only are those fleas and ticks driving them crazy, but they can get all kinds of diseases from them too. Pets can’t remind us that it’s time for their Heartworm prevention and that in some areas; Heartworm is a huge killer of dogs. And what about your pets teeth? They can’t tell us that it hurts when they eat because their gums are so inflamed. Or that many diseases are results of rotten, infected teeth.

Would a pet choose to be spayed or neutered? Of course not. They don’t know about pet overpopulation or about all the diseases intact dogs and cats can get. Disease such as prostate disease, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer are eliminated by spaying and neutering pets.

Our pets can’t pick safe and healthy toys, chews, and treats. They don’t know about the recalls from other countries outside the USA. They can’t tell us it’s time for their annual check-up and that the annual check-up is not just about vaccines.

Many owners don’t even know that this check-up is about whole health concerns. It’s about a thorough physical exam. It’s about necessary blood work to find problems early and treat them before it’s too late. 

Vaccinations? Sure but not the same for all dogs or cats. Younger animals need them more than older animals. Certain areas of the country don’t even have certain diseases so the vaccine is not required in those areas. 

Older pets have different requirements then their younger counter parts. Tests like urine analysis, chest x-rays and blood profiles help your veterinarian detect disease early in the older pets.

 And your pets cannot choose their own diet - just as children cannot. Given the choice, many children would eat junk food and candy all day if they could. Please talk to your veterinarian, not the supermarket stock boy, about nutrition and your pet.

Life stages, health concerns, and activity level are just a few conditions to take into consideration when choosing the best food for your individual pet. Are you a responsible pet owner?
If you’re reading this article, I’ll bet you are!!!

Mark Grossman, DVM, MS
Roanoke Island Animal Clinic 

please see Veterinarian Advise Page 

Friday, February 6, 2009

Valentine Pup Party Today

Puparzzi! Pet Bow-tique 
Valentine themed party
Today February 6th, 2009 from 5-7pm!

Puparazzi! Pet Bow-tique is located on Historic Roanoke Island in downtown Manteo, NC.

There will be a costume contest with prizes for the best pet costume and also for the best pet/human costume pair! Light refreshments will be served for both people & pets. Let the love of your life make a paw print keepsake for you to cherish forever!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

“Animals in Art” Opening Reception Today

Outer Banks SPCA Dare County Animal Shelter

The Outer Banks SPCA operators of the Dare County Animal Shelter announce:
"Animals in Art" Reception celebrating all art that includes any type of animal being sold at the gallery for the entire month of February.

Today: Thursday, Feb 5th, 2009 
from 6pm-9pm 
at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC

Light refreshments will be served and it is a great opportunity to meet and greet our Board of Directors, many of the artists that are displayed at the gallery, and in general just have a nice evening out.

10% of all sales of animal art goes to the OBSPCA during the month of February.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Hyde County Spay & Neuter Clinic Canceled

Hyde County Animal Shelter

Today's Hyde County Spay & Neuter Clinic
9300 N. Lake Rd.
Fairfield, NC.

The time is from 9 am - until.
Is Canceled Due to Weather

If you are a Hyde County Resident & need to schedule your pets for spay or neuter, please contact Animal Control Officer JM Eakes at 252-542-0807 for more information & clinic schedules.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

February Sales at Puparazzi Pet Bow-tique

Puparazzi Pet Bow-tique
Historic Roanoke Island in downtown of Manteo.

Since February is Canned Food Month,
All canned dog & cat food will be Buy 5 and the 6th is FREE!

February 11 is Make a Friend Day - bring in your 4 legged friend for 25% off treats

February 14 Valentine’s Day 25% off all Valentine treats 25% off any pink, red or purple toys 
Buy one get one free Puparazzi! Brand bandannas, and 30% off ID tags.

February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day - Make a donation in our SPCA box and get a FREE bandanna

February 20 is Love Your Pet Day - 25% off a new toy for your pet!

February 23 is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day - bring in your 4 legged friends for 25% off treats! 

Monday, February 2, 2009

Valentine Adopt-a-Thon Canceled

The Outer Banks SPCA operators of the Dare County Animal Shelter have released the following statement;

 "We are not doing the adopt a thon this year. We have opted to do the 2 low cost rabies clinics in an effort to "share the love".

 Denise A. Lambiotte,
 Dare County Animal Care & Control Outer Banks SPCA

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Valentines Sales at Salty Paws Biscuits

Salty Paws Biscuits has a variety of treats for your special pet this Valentines Day. Why not treat your dog to a special Valentine Collar or Lead made by K9 Just in Case. Collars are just $10 and Leads are only $12. If you want a sweet treat then one of Salty Paws Take Out Boxes filled with one of the following heart shaped flavors, bagels, low fat (chicken & cheese), gingersnap, or graham cracker. Give your pet a peanut butter hug & kiss "OXOX" for only $1 a letter Please be aware: all of our Peanut Butter Distributors have been contacted and our Peanut Butter Treats are "Safe" Treat your pup to a big Valentine bone ($9.99). 

Bandannas are plentiful at Saltypaws and we have a special few for Valentines! Salty Paws also has a red paw brint dish ($3.50) or heart treat jar ($9.99), so your special sweetie can have a treatie :-)

Stop by Salty Paws from now until Valentines Day, mention you saw our information on the Pamper Pets Blog and receive a 15% discount on all your Valentine merchandise.

Photos provided by Susan at Salty Paws Biscuits 


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