These links are a mixture of useful products and informative sites. Check them out, there are embedded links to each page to make things easier.
AHAA Microchip Search
If you find a pet and have a microchip number, this site can help you see where the pet’s microchip is registered and help you to reunite them with their owners. Sometimes, they are not registered and then the microchip cannot help. If your pet is microchipped and you are not sure which company they are registered with, or if they are not registered, this site can help you figure out which company to contact to update information just by putting in their number. The name, phone number and website of the microchip manufacturer will be identified.
International Export of Animals Regulations, USDA-APHIS
If you plan to travel with your pet, this is the site you need to visit! The USDA-APHIS are responsible for importation requirements of animals as well as having links for export of animals to other countries. This is not just a livestock issue…our dogs and cats need to meet specific requirements to be permitted to enter foreign countries. A word to the wise, start planning for your pet’s travel requirements as soon as possible. Some countries require specific blood tests and protocols that can take several months to be complete.
Companion Animal Parasite Council – Pets & Parasites
Most of our pets are infected at some point in their lifetimes with parasites, this site is a great resource for educating yourself about the parasites our fuzzy friends can have. Some are only a danger to the host, your pet, but others can cause disease in humans as well. For information on more species besides dogs and cats, check out the CAPC’s main page…it has information on even more parasites.
Zoonotic Diseases – CDC
Every year, tens of thousands of Americans will get sick from a disease they caught from a bug or other animal. These are known as zoonotic diseases. Because diseases from bugs and other animals cause about 3 out of 5 new human sicknesses, the CDC is always tracking and reporting them. Lyme disease, hookworms, roundworms, E. coli, Salmonella, leptospirosis, ringworm and rabies are all examples of zoonotic diseases.
Tick identification site
Face it, ticks are pretty gross. They suck our blood and spread really nasty diseases. This site is awesome for helping identify the tick you just found on your dog…or yourself. It will tell you the diseases, if any, that type of tick might carry. It gives forecasts for tick activity by season for the different species of ticks. Lots of awesome, yet icky, pictures of different species of ticks in different stages of development to aid in identification.
Help Me Up Harness
If you have a large dog with arthritis, or other orthopedic issue, that makes getting up and down without assistance difficult…these harnesses may help out. Your dog can wear this harness all the time and permit you to help him get up inside the house, make navigating stairs safer…and make it easier for your back! Score!
These carpal and tarsal braces are great for added support for an arthritic pet, or one recovering from a surgery. (These are like your wrist and ankle) They also have clever elbow braces for the large dogs that get fluid-filled hygromas on this joint. I imagine it would be comfortable on a doggo with elbow arthritis too. My dog loves her tarsal (ankle) brace and gets really pumped for her walks when it comes out!
Interactive Cat Feeding Toys by TRIXIE
Indoor cats can get bored. They are by nature hunters and would normally spend much of their time looking for food. A bowl full of kibble can get pretty boring! Try some of these interactive feeding toys for your cat and throw out the bowl. Mixing up the toys is great as it keeps them interested and stimulates their brains. Much more exciting than just watching the world through a window.
Feliway family of products
Feliway has come a long way! There are 3 different pheromones for cats available now…original Feliway for stressed kitties, Feliway multi-cat for inter-cat stress and Feli-scratch for helping redirect scratching behaviors. Some are in sprays, some are plug-in diffusers, all are great. These products are a great way to help deal with feline behavior issues and can sometimes avoid, or at least minimize, the use of prescription behavioral drugs.
Adaptil is the dog’s version of Feliway. It contains a pheromone that helps calm anxious dogs and can assist in training, reducing anxiety in certain situations, and in conjunction with prescription anxiety medication if needed.
The Indoor Pet Initiative
This site is maintained by the Ohio State School of Veterinary Medicine and it is brilliant! Check out the “For Pet Owners” tab for great information on how to make your home welcoming to your four-legged family members. Often anxiety in your pet is linked to us just not understanding their needs. This site has a TON of information to help you make your home comfortable and relaxing for your dogs and cats as well as the humans!
Do you have a busy, active dog that needs more to do than a walk daily? Look into agility training. We have a few trainers in the area that work with dogs and owners for agility, but this is a good source to answer questions you might have and let you see if this is something you and your dog would like to do together.