Being a pet owner comes with a lot of responsibility. Regular veterinary visits and vaccines are a part of pet ownership. Rabies vaccines are given to dogs and cats and require owners to apply for a license within the county they are living in. Licensing your pet with the county is one of many responsibilities that tend to get over looked. Getting your pet licensed has a number of benefits and also helps to keep track of how many pets are being vaccinated against Rabies. Learn about the benefits of why it is important to license your pet and the consequences if you don’t.
Vaccinating your dog or cat against Rabies is required by law in Frederick, MD. Rabies is a deadly virus that attacks the central nervous system; it can be transmitted from animal to animal and from animal to humans most often through bite wounds. Rabies infections are almost always FATAL.
Licensing your pet, helps to keep track of how many domesticated pets are being vaccinated against this deadly virus and helps prevent against Rabies outbreaks. Because Rabies has such a deadly impact, tracking vaccinated pets is a must to ensure that an outbreak does not happen. We have had quite a few Rabies positive cases recently in Frederick, MD, which is a scary reality. Having Rabies positive animals within our county puts our pets at risk. By vaccinating and licensing your pet, you are taking the first steps in making sure Rabies does not have the chance to spread.
If your pet is not licensed with the county you live in and is involved in an animal related attack or is picked up because he is lost, you are liable for some hefty fines. Also, if your dog has no means of identification, he may not be reunited with you if lost. The best way to avoid a stiff fine down the road and assure your pet is returned to you is to apply for a license.
To get the forms to apply for a county license CLICK HERE.
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With the spring season at our toes, we are all itching to get out and enjoy the warmer weather. There are a number of dog parks in Frederick, MD and they are a great way to exercise your dog. Dog parks can stimulate your dog both physically and mentally, while providing opportunities for socialization with other dogs and people. As with any social event, there are unwritten rules. Learn ways to make sure you and your dog are “playing” them right.
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As fun as dog parks can be, there can be health risks associated with a high turn-over of dogs frequenting one location. Some health risks include kennel cough, fleas/ticks, and intestinal parasites, to name a few. To be sure your dog is protected against these risks, have your dog seen for regular veterinary visits, vaccinate against kennel cough (Bordetella), use a veterinary approved flea/tick preventative, and pick up your dogs’ feces. The chances of your dog being affected by these risks are greatly reduced if the proper preventatives are taken.
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Social interactions take place continuously at dog parks and teaching your dog how to interact is the key to happy interactions with other dog’s and people. First, know your dog’s temperament, if you know that your dog does not get along with other dogs’; then a dog park may not be the best place for your dog. Train your dog to “come” on command. If your dog is annoying someone or another dog, a verbal command can intervene and prevent a potential problem. If your dog is causing a problem, remove him from the dog park. Keep attention on your dog at all times while visiting the dog park, this will help to negate any negative social interactions or fights.
On March 22, 2012, Diane was alerted by her dog Chance that there was something outside. Chance, a previous patient of Kingsbrook Animal Hospital was great at communicating. Anytime there was a wild animal outside, usually a groundhog that lived nearby, Chance would bark a very special way to alert Diane. Diane remembered hearing some commotion outside just a littler earlier, but didn’t think anything of it until Chance let her know. When she went to investigate, she saw some crows swooping down and attacking something on the other side of her fence in her backyard. Diane went outside right away, and to her astonishment saw two very big yellow eyes staring back at her. There it was…an owl, which had clearly been injured and was being bullied by some crows. Diane grabbed a laundry basket to cover the owl so that the crows couldn’t pick on him anymore, and contacted Animal Control.
At Owl Moon, Elfie made slow, but steady progress. After a couple months of rehabilitation, they were able to release him back to the wild. The efforts made by Chance, Diane, Suzanne, and all of the volunteers at Second Chance and Owl Moon really made a difference in Elfie’s life. Thanks to them, we are able to enjoy such a beautiful animal.