Parasite Prevention

 Your pets are much more likely to encounter fleas, ticks and heartworm in the spring and summer. Fleas and ticks thrive in warmer weather, as do mosquitoes, which transmit heartworm from animal to animal. Don’t overlook the problems these pests cause: Fleas can trigger dermatitis and hot spots, one tick bite can transmit numerous dangerous diseases and heartworm can be fatal. During this time of year, you should thoroughly check your pets for fleas and ticks on a daily basis. Although these critters can be anywhere on your pet’s body, they prefer posting up near the head, ears, neck and paws....

Microchips: Your Pet’s Ticket Home

 One of the worst feelings to experience as a pet owner is the realization that your pet has gone missing. Only 17% of dogs and 2% of cats make it back to their owners—which can make it feel like you’ll never see your pet again if they get lost. We encourage you to consider microchipping your pets, as even indoor pets can escape and become lost. Unlike collars and tags, microchips can’t fall off and they serve as permanent identification for a pet’s entire life. Microchipping a pet is simple, relatively painless and very affordable. Once implanted, authorities only need to scan...

Pet Poison Prevention

 What’s lurking in your house that could make your pet sick? Turns out, lots of things.National Animal Poison Prevention Week is March 18—24, and we want to encourage you to take some time to look around your home and be aware of substances that need to be out of paw’s reach! Human medications. Keep them in sealed containers and locked away as pets might see loose pills and think they’re treats. Plants. Dogs and cats like to chew on plants, but some can make your pet very ill. The most common toxic plants are azaleas, lilies, daffodils and tulips. Don’t let your pets chew...

Pets Gone Wild: Spring Break Travel Prep

Hitting the road with a furry friend this spring break? Make sure you plan ahead so both of you have a stress-free trip! As soon as you know when and where you’ll be traveling, schedule a visit with us to check that your pet’s vaccines are up to date. Also check that your pet’s microchip registration is updated.  If you’re taking your pet across state or international borders, health certificates and other documentation from an accredited veterinarian may be required. Dr. Henry can issue both types of health certificates and will ensure your pet is healthy enough to travel. Know what types of carriers...

Pet Health Insurance Options

 We have insurance for ourselves, our cars, and our homes, but what about for our beloved pets? They are an important part of your family and a member of your pack—if disasters occur, having your companion animal taken care of with pet insurance provides peace of mind. Proper coverage could save—and extend—the life of your pet. There are many pet insurance companies available, and we encourage you to seek different options to find the best fit for you and your furry friend. Based on our experience, Kimberling Animal Hospital recommends Trupanion, Pets Best, and Nationwide pet insurance. Trupanion features:24/7 customer care Direct...