There is a surprising amount of misunderstanding surrounding pet microchips and why it is an important part of keeping your pet safe and healthy. It’s easy to assume you will never need to use one for your pet because they are always with you or never go outside without a leash. But the adage “Never say never” could not be any truer than when it comes to pets.
The statistics of lost pets in the United States are scary to look at. According to multiple studies, most pets that go missing never find their way home. According to one study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association only 22 percent of lost dogs that entered animal shelters were returned to their owner. That’s barely over 1 in 5 dogs finding their way home from the shelter. Lost cats in that make it to an animal shelter have an even bleaker outlook. Less than 2 percent of them are reunited.
However, this study found that microchipped pets have a far greater chance of making it back home. Over 52 percent of microchipped dogs and 38 percent of microchipped cats are reunited with their families from the shelter. Another study found that an owner’s efforts to find their dog results in a recovery rate of only 13 percent. However, when a microchip is detected at an animal shelter the rate of return to owners jumps drastically to 74.1 percent.
Microchips help bring lost pet’s home but what are they and how do they work? The chip itself is tiny enough that getting it implanted doesn’t require anesthetic. It is like getting a routine vaccine. The microchip is placed just under the skin between the shoulder blades. The only information stored on the microchip is a unique identification number that when looked up in a database can identify your pet. The microchip is not a GPS chip so it cannot be used to locate your pet and it also does not store your personal contact information. The contact information that is given when registering the pet’s microchip is only given out when the veterinary service or shelter calls the pet recovery service after scanning a microchip.
Getting your pet microchipped is a great first step in making sure they always find their way home. Making sure to keep the contact information up to date with any new addresses and phone numbers will ensure that if your pet ever does get lost whomever finds them is able to get them home.
Vaccines have become a hot topic in recent years as fear of whether there are negative effects or a possibility of over-vaccinating. Obviously, we all want to keep our pets happy and healthy and help them live a long life. But with all the different information out there it can be hard to decide what vaccinations are worth giving and why.
When talking about vaccines for our pets there are two categories we need to explore: core and non-core. Core vaccines are those that are considered vital to all pets where as non-core vaccines are often recommended based on risk of exposure in your area, lifestyle of the pet, or other variables.
For dogs the distemper combination vaccine, often listed as DAPP or DHPP, and rabies are considered core vaccines. For cats the feline distemper combination, often listed as FVRCP, and rabies vaccines are considered their core vaccines. The risk of exposure, severity of the disease, and/or the transmisibility to humans has been found to warrant all cats and dogs be vaccinated against these diseases.
Beyond the core vaccines there are many non-core vaccines that can be given based on the geographical area you live in, lifestyle of the pet, and other variables that would be discussed by your veterinarian. For dogs these can be vaccines against Bordetella (commonly called kennel cough), Leptospirosis, Lyme disease, and Canine Influenza. For cats non-core vaccines include feline leukemia, Chlamydophila felis, Bordetella, and feline immunodeficiency virus.
When/how often do I vaccinate?
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccination Guidelines Task Force and the American Association of Feline Practitioners are made up of veterinary care related professionals with extensive experience. These groups have released vaccination guidelines with their evidence-based recommendations for vaccination timelines. Below are links to their vaccination recommendations:
By discussing with your veterinarian your individual pet’s risk and lifestyle as well as learning the exposure risk in your area, as a team you can make a vaccination plan that keeps your furry friends healthy and happy.
Dr. Eric Howlett joined Dodgeville Veterinary Service in June 17, 2019. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2018, followed by the completion of an internship in small animal primary care at the University of Wisconsin. During his internship, Dr. Eric focused his training on the human-animal bond, low-cost medicine for underserved communities, and pet nutrition. Before becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Eric received a PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University in Houston, TX, and worked in academic and industry research in the fields of developmental neurogenetics, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and analgesic pharmacology.
“I left research because I felt too far removed from actually helping other people,” says Dr. Eric. “ In vet medicine, I get to work directly with people every day to help keep their fur-family healthy and happy.”
Dr. Eric grew up in Houston, TX, but is proud to call Wisconsin home. When he isn’t taking care of fur babies, Dr. Eric enjoys international travel, backpacking, roller derby, and gardening. Dr. Eric and his wife Bethany (a human family medicine physician) live on a 17 acre homestead in Mount Horeb with their 3 dogs (Chief, Lupini, and Aberforth), 3 cats (George Weasley, Oliver Wood, and Sirius Black), 9 pygora goats, 2 beehives, and 2 pet Holstein cows.
Many of our team members are Fear Free certified and we are very proud of that. But what does that really mean for you and your pet?
Fear Free training is a continuing education opportunity for professionals in the veterinary field. Founded by Dr. Marty Becker, DVM, their mission is to “prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them.”
Our Fear Free certified team members have completed training that has shown them the best ways to approach, handle, and treat your pet to not only make the visit less stressful but maybe even something to look forward to!
We have taken the Fear Free approach and built many of our standard procedures around it! We consider the experience of visiting our clinic from the perspective of each pet that visits. By providing a calming atmosphere with pheromone bandanas, quiet and relaxing rooms and waiting areas, and friendly staff each pet can have the best opportunity to have a low stress and positive visit.
We are so happy to be able to provide a Fear Free experience to your furry family members. If you are looking for resources to continue Fear Free practices at home here are links to Fear Free and Dr. Marty Becker’s blogs:
Please Join Us as we Present Information on Stem Cell Treatments
When: Thursday, April 5
Time: 7:00-8:00 pm
Where: Dodgeville Veterinary Service
Dodgeville Veterinary Service and MediVet Biologics are proud to announce that we are now offering stem cell therapy for dogs and cats suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia and other degenerative diseases. This new state-of-the-art medicine is now being performed right here in Dodgeville, WI, and we are one of a few clinics in the entire state that offers this incredible and affordable technology!
Adipose derived stem cell therapy allows for an affordable and minimally invasive procedure to harvest adult stem cell cells from animals who are seeking pain relief. This technology does not involve embryonic stem cells. The procedure uses the animal’s own adult stem cells from fat tissue to heal and repair, therefore there are no ethical or FDA issues as the method is extremely safe. If you have pet insurance, some companies may cover up to 80% of the cost.
Plasma and stem cell treatments allow for a natural process to speed healing time and reduce inflammation, improving general well-being of the patients. Now, with the help of MediVet Biologics, animal owners seeking affordable relief for their beloved pets have a new cutting edge & affordable option in regenerative medicine.
Owners report improvements in range of motion and mobility in three to ten days. The stem cells will continue healing from weeks to months and the effects can last a year or more. Depending on the extent of the joint injury and the age of the animal when they first receive regenerative medicine, some animals may need periodic treatment.
For additional information please contact us or visit www.medivetbiologics.com for more details on adult stem cell therapy for your pet. Feel free to call us at 608-935-2306 with any questions you may have.
Space is limited please RSVP (608)935-2306
An elderly friend of the clinic and Dr. Holters has passed away and we are trying to place approximately 15 inside cats and 25 semi feral outside cats.
We want the cats to go to good homes. They will be spayed/neutered and in good health when adopted.
We are not charging an adoption fee, instead if you would like to donate to our Veterinary Care Charitable Fund so we can continue to support pets in our community please feel free to do so. Here is the link http://bit.ly/2fxAG0x.
Dodgeville Veterinary Service is adopting "Dusty" as a our clinic cat. If any of you remember "Dyeki" he was our previous handicapped clinic cat.
Please contact Jamie at 935-2306 if you are interested in adopting any cats.
Cats Currently Available for Adoption
Cats that have been Adopted
Monday 8:00am – 5:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 5:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday 8:00am – 5:30pm
Friday 8:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday 8:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday --- Closed ---
Holidays Closed: Memorial Day,
July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day,
Christmas Eve close at noon,
New Years Eve close at 4:00 pm,
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