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Adopting Mindy

Adopting Mindy

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Pet adoption is something no one should enter into lightly. It takes a lot of thought and consideration to make a sound decision about making a lifelong commitment to an animal. Being a veterinary technician, many animals have crossed my path and I have chosen on more occasions than not, I should  make that lifelong commitment. It is hard to explain why certain animals tugged at my heart strings more than others but the choices I’ve made have always been with the intention to care for my pets until death.

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Broken Left Leg

Mindy came to Kingsbrook Animal Hospital after being picked up by Frederick County Animal Control as a stray. She had an obviously fractured left hind leg and came to us for radiographic evaluation of the fracture. Upon taking the x-rays it was discovered that her left hind leg had multiple breaks of 3 bones in her leg. It was decided that the best option for then, Elsa, was to return to the shelter and cage rest for 6-8 weeks to allow the fractures to potentially heal. On that first visit I was immediately impressed at this little dogs resiliency. Despite an incredibly painful injury she was very vibrant, energetic and incredibly friendly and outgoing. Her actions lent to the fact that her pain tolerance was likely very high.

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Healed fracture

When she returned to clinic 4 weeks later for follow up radiographic evaluation, I had the opportunity to spend time with her and on some level she spoke to me and my heart was won over. I rationalized that even with good healing of her breaks that her leg was susceptible to early arthritis and that weight management and joint supplements would be crucial to her comfort in the future. I was worried that someone without my medical understanding of her injury would let these things go by the wayside. At least, this is what I told myself to validate my decision to adopt her.

Over time, her injuries have healed very well, she has never complained, and is quite spry and energetic. I keep her on the thin side and give her Dasuquin, a joint supplement, every day. She also eats J/D, a prescription diet made by Science Diet, that helps preserve joint function and comfort. She is a sweet, kind and loving dog that gives us a great deal of joy. We are very lucky to be able to care for her.

Adopting a pet is incredibly rewarding because you are ultimately giving a living creature a second chance at a good life!

Molly’s Lucky Day

Kingsbrook Animal Hospital veterinarian, Dr. Davis, and his family recently adopted an adorable puppy they named Molly! When he brought her to Kingsbrook to meet us, we couldn’t help but take the opportunity to ask him a few questions.

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Melissa: Congratulations on your adoption of Molly!

MD: Thank you.. we really got lucky with her!

Melissa: What led you to the decision to adopt a dog?

MD: As with many things, it just seemed to happen.   My wife’s cousin sent me a picture of a cute puppy she wanted to adopt and asked if I would be a good-owner reference to the rescue group for her. She then told me that there were more pups from that litter, and that was pretty much it for me.   Of course, I’m pretty sure the whole thing was a conspiracy between my wife and her cousin…

Melissa: Haha! Did you do any research to help you decide what kind of dog would be a good fit for your family?

MD: We have small children and live near water, so we were thinking about a medium to large dog that liked to swim & would be more tolerant of children.   The rescue group suspected that Molly was a labrador mix, but it turns out she is mostly golden retriever, despite her coloring. We expected her to be larger, too, but we are very happy that it seems she will only weigh about 30 lbs when she is full grown.

Melissa: What is Molly’s favorite thing to do? Or maybe your favorite thing to do with Molly? 🙂

MD: Molly has lots of things she loves to do. She loves the kids, especially when they drop food from the table, she also loves to swim and chase her ball.

Melissa: And her least favorite?

MD: Her least favorite thing is getting into the car, even when it’s to go somewhere fun! We are working on that & she already seems to be less reluctant to hop in with us.

Regardless of not yet loving car rides, all of our KAH family could agree that Molly is a very lucky girl. We are so happy for Dr. Davis and his family!

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Heartworm Prevention

      Even though we are in Frederick, Maryland, mosquitoes and, therefore, heartworms, are still a concern. Anybody that spends time outdoors, particularly in the summertime, knows how prevalent mosquitoes really are. The best way to avoid a heartworm infestation is with a monthly heartworm preventative. The veterinarians at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital recommend two products: Interceptor and Trifexis. Both are tablets that are given by mouth every 30 days. Interceptor is not only a heartworm preventative, but also helps to protect against three different intestinal parasites: hookworm, whipworms, and roundworms. Interceptor was unavailable for period of time, while the company addressed some quality control issues. It has recently come back on the market, and the team at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital is so excited for its return! Trifexis is similar to Interceptor, with protection against heartworms, hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms, but Trifexis starts killing fleas within 30 minutes, before they are able to lay eggs.
It is important to continue a monthly heartworm preventative all year round, even in the dead of winter. There are several reasons for this.  It is difficult to know when the first mosquito will make its appearance, especially with the weather Maryland is known for! Additionally, if a dog were to contract heartworms during the winter months, and prevention is restarted in the spring, the results can be dangerous. The preventative may kill so many heartworms that it could put the pet’s body into shock and have potentially fatal results.
Year round monthly heartworm prevention is not only important, but also life-saving.

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Ask us about a mail in rebate when you purchase a 6 or 12 month supply of Interceptor!

$5 off a 6 month supply

$12 off a 12 month supply

  • Also, we are having a raffle for an IPAD mini when you purchase Interceptor. The drawing will be at the end of August. Hurry in to get your tickets! trifexis-header
If you have any questions about heartworm prevention, make sure to contact your friendly neighborhood veterinarians at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital!

Jamie’s Forever Home

When I was seventeen, my parents gave me permission to get my first dog. I knew I wanted a young, adult dog, a dog that would be good with cats (we had four at the time), and a small to medium sized dog. I wasn’t sure what breed would be the best fit, but I knew I wanted to adopt a dog from a rescue or shelter. So, I began my research and journey to find the perfect dog for me.

I read up on all kinds of breeds of dogs and their general temperament, grooming needs, and trainability. Once I had a general idea of what breed would be a potential match, I started searching the internet for rescues and shelters that were located close to me. Then I came across Petfinder.com.

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Petfinder.com allows you to search all rescues/shelters from all over the country. You can search by your zip code and distance and narrow your results by the type of pet you want, their breed, age, and gender. You can additionally search for pets that are housebroken, declawed, have special needs, and the rescue/shelters tell you if the pet is good with children and other pets. Petfinder.com shows you pictures and descriptions of each pet and also has helpful articles to read and resources to check out.

After looking on Petfinder.com for a few months, I found a dog whose picture melted my heart. She was perfect in every way and was located in Harrisburg, PA. I quickly contacted the rescue and set up a time to go meet her for the first time. When my parents and I pulled up to the rescue, Jamie (then named Connie), was waiting for us outside. We took her home that day and she’s been my little fur-baby ever since.

Here is a picture of little Jamie!

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If you are looking to rescue a pet, I would highly recommend using Petfinder.com to aid in your search. If you have questions about adoption, our team at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital would be happy to help in any way we can. We are located in beautiful Frederick, Maryland.

 

Adoption Options in Frederick, MD

Many of you are aware of Frederick County Animal Control, a division of Frederick County Government located on Rosemont Avenue. They have dogs, cats, rabbits and pocket pets available for adoption. The animals can be viewed at the shelter, on the internet via Petfinder, or Petango. They also have a Facebook page that have pictures of available animals.

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The Frederick Humane Society is an animal welfare group that provides resources and programs to pet owners. Presently it does not have a shelter, but does have several cats in its office available for adoption.

 

Another, maybeanimalfrederickcounty less known place to adopt in Frederick, MD, is the Animal Welfare League. The Animal Welfare League is a no kill organization that provides foster care until permanent placement can be found. Their animals available for adoption can be viewed on Petfinder.

 

 

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Pet Connect Rescue is another network that fosters canines and felines until they find their forever home. They also have a transitional temporary refuge, Muddy Paws Farm, in Mt Airy, MD. Their animals available for adoption can be found at Petconnectrescue.org. They also have Meet and Greets and scheduled 2-3 times a month where animals can be viewed. The schedule of events/activities can be also be viewed on their website.

We at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital have the opportunity to meet many incredible animals that have been adopted from all of these wonderful animal welfare groups! Adopting an animal is a decision that should not be made lightly- Most of these animals have previously lived in other homes and deserve to find their forever home. If your not ready for adoption, all these groups are always in need for loving volunteers!

Here are some of the pet’s we’ve seen be adopted locally here in Frederick!

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                              Coconut 

To read more about Coconut, please see our blog at: Coconut’s Story

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                               Chihiro

To read more about Chihiro, please see our blog at: Chihiro’s Story