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Happy Labor Day!

The office will be closed on Monday September 3rd, we will resume normal business hours on Tuesday the 4th.

Any urgent medical issues should be brought to the attention of VERG or BLUE PEARL.  Please click here for their contact information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making your cat carrier a "Home Away From Home!

We know how stressful and fearful cats are when they are brought in for their vet visit, let alone getting placed into their cat carrier! We want to make our hospital a safe and happy place for your cat to visit for the best experience possible. Let's talk about ways to make this happen. First things first: their carrier!

Train your kitty early on, and let your cat get used to the carrier in a familiar setting. Place the carrier out in your home in an area where your cat spends a lot of time. This will help them familiarize themselves with the appearance and smell of the carrier. Cats are very sensitive to new smells.

Place their favorite cozy blankets or bedding in the carrier along with treats and toys so they associate it with a positive environment. You may notice treats being removed from the carrier during the night when they are roaming around and exploring while you're fast asleep.

Talk with your vet about using a synthetic pheromone such as "Feliway Classic Spray." When sprayed on their blankets and bedding, it will release happy pheromones which provide comfort and security to your kitty. This can help make travel and vet visits less stressful. Is your cat inappropriately spraying, scratching, hiding, or fighting with other housemate cats? Visit the website for more information and products to help keep these things from occurring.

Lastly, just be patient with your cat! Don't chase your cat into their carrier and make it a more fearful and stressful experience than it already is for them. It can take days or even weeks for them to become used to the carrier to the point where they will voluntarily relax inside of it. Just be patient and calm and reward desired behaviors when seen.

Adopt! Don't Shop!

International Homeless Animals Day falls in August.  Founded by the International Society for Animal Rights in August of 1992 by Helen Jones; this remembrance helps shed light on pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution.

Why are there so many homeless animals?  Overpopulation is the primary issue. There are two primary factors that cause overpopulation. One is allowing cats and dogs to reproduce with little chance to find homes for their babies. The second is animals being relinquished by owners who can either no longer keep them or simply don't want them anymore. Research studies state that between 7 to 20 percent of animals that enter a home will no longer be in that home 6 months later.

Each year there are about 1.5 million cats and dogs that are euthanized because there are simply more animals in shelters than there are responsible homes for them. About 17 millionpeople will add a new pet to their home this year. There's something we can do about this!

We stress the importance of spaying or neutering your pet not only to prevent overpopulation, for health reasons as well. Read more about spaying and neutering here: https://www.americanhumane.org/fact-sheet/spayingneutering/

In closing, there are multiple reasons to considering adopting instead of shopping for our pets! The main reason is simply, when you adopt a pet from a shelter you are saving a life! 

Above all we want to make sure your pet is happy and healthy regardless, so remember to bring them in for their 6 month check up to help aid in routine and preventative health care and to discuss spaying and neutering your puppy and or kitten! For more information on local shelters and adoption agencies, please visit adoptapet.com

Let's get Microchipped!


Having your pet microchipped will dramatically increase the chances of you being reunited with your loving pet if she gets lost! Even an indoor only cat can sneak out a door that is left open for one moment too long. 

The microchip (aka transponder) is about the size of a grain of rice, so it's super tiny. Implanting it doesn't cause any more discomfort than a receiving a vaccine. No sedatives or anesthesia are required. It is usually administered in between the shoulder blades just below the skin. 

How does it work? If your pet is lost and brought into a veterinary hospital, pet store or local shelter, they can use a universal scanner to look for the microchip. If one is found, your pet's unique number can be searched in an internet database so you can be quickly notified. Microchip companies can also send out flyers, place ads in local newspapers, and call around your local neighborhood to spread the word of a lost loved pet!

At All Creatures, we use PetLink for our microchips. These are also suitable for international travel (ISO compliant)! You can either schedule a technician appointment if your pet has been examined within the last 6 months and has no health concerns, or we offer it during their spay/neuter procedures as well! Call and schedule an appointment with us today (347) 915-1420 or email us at info@allcreatures-bk.com.

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