(802) 773-4771

Rutland Office
159 River Street, Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 773-4771

Monday 8:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Ludlow Office
185 Main Street, Ludlow, VT 05149
(802) 228-5700

Monday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

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Keeping Pets Fireworks Safe

Animals have very acute hearing. loud bangs and whistles may cause them actual pain in their ears. But by following these simple guidelines your pet need not suffer.

Dogs and cats

  • Always keep dogs and cats inside when fireworks are being let off. Walk your dog before the fireworks start. 
  • Close all windows and doors, and block off cat flaps to stop pets escaping and to keep noise to a minimum. Draw the curtains, and if the animals are used to the sounds of TV or radio, switch them on.
  • Ensure dogs are wearing some form of easily readable identification-even in the house. Think about microchipping your pet, so that if they do run away they have a better chance of being quickly reunited with you. 
  • Prepare a 'den' for your pet where it can feel safe and comfortable-perhaps under a bed with some of your old clothes. It may like to hide there when the fireworks start. 
  • Let your pet pace around, whine, meow and hide in a corner if it wants to. Do not try to coax it out-it's just trying to find safety, and should not be disturbed.
  • Try not to cuddle and comfort distressed pets as they will think you are worried too, and this may  make the problem worse. Instead stay relaxed, act normally and praise calm behavior.
  • Avoid leaving your pet alone during such potentially upsetting events. If  you do have to leave the house, don't get angry with your pet if you find it has been destructive after being left on its own. Shouting at a frightened pet will only make it more stressed.
  • Don't tie your dog up outside while fireworks are being left off, i.e. outside a shop, in the garden, or in your car.
  • Never take your dog to a fireworks display. Even if it doesn't bark or whimper at the noise, it doesn't mean it is happy.
Excessive panting and yawning can sometimes indicate that your dog is stressed.

Small Animals

  • Rabbits, guinea pigs, Chin Chillas, mice, and birds all need to be treated with special care when fireworks are being let off. These animals are easily frightened. 
  • Hutches/cages and enclosures should, if possible be brought into a quiet room indoors, or into a garage or shed.
  • If you cannot bring your pet's hutch inside, you should turn its enclosure around so that it faces a wall or fence instead of the open garden.
  • Give your pet extra bedding to burrow into so it feels safe.
  • Cover any aviaries or hutches with thick blankets to block out the sight of the fireworks and deaden the sound of the bangs- but make sure there is enough ventilation.
Horses and other livestock

  • Fireworks must not be sset off near livestock or horses in fields, or close to building housing livestock. Anyone planning a firework display in a rural area should warn neighboring farmers in advance.
  • Keep your horse in its familiar environment, in its normal routine with any companions to make it feel secure. If your horse is usually stabled then keep it stabled. If it is normally out in the field, keep it there as long as it is safe, secure and not near the fireworks' display area.
  • Keep your horse in it's familiar environment, in its normal routine with any companions to make it feel secure. If your  horse is usually stabled then keep it stabled. If it is normally out in the field, keep it there as long as it is safe, secure and not near the fireworks display area. 
  • Ensure that you or someone you know stays with your horse. This way you can observe its behavior, ensure it remains safe and calm as possible and respond to its reactions appropriately.
  • If you know your horse reacts badly to loud noises speak to your vet or perhaps consider moving your horse for the night.
  • Try to remain calm and positive as horses can sense unease in a person and this might make things worse if the horse is startled. 
  • Be careful yourself. Try not to get in the way if your horse becomes startled, as you may get hurt. 
  • Don't take the risk of riding when you think fireworks might be set off. 
  • If it is necessary for you to leave your horse in the care of another person during a fireworks show, leave clear instructions and contact details for yourself and your vet should any problems arise. 

Prevention Is Key To Enjoying The Outdoors With Your Pet This Summer

Prevent dehydration and overheating by drinking plenty of water. The best prevention is to drink before you feel thirsty so access to fresh water is vital. pets who don't have access to water are more likely to drink whatever they can find, including water from puddles on the street or in the yard, which may be contaminated and contain antifreeze or other toxic chemicals. Have clean water available for you pets at all times. 

Prevent overheating and heat exhaustion. NEVER leave your pet in your car, even for a few minutes, in the summer. Temperatures can reach 120 degrees in minutes, even with the windows down. Plan walks with your pet in the early morning or evening after dark. Don't forget about their paws, if you can't walk barefoot on the sidewalk, they shouldn't be either. Try to find grassy and/or shaded areas to walk, if possible. If your pet is accustomed to being indoors in air conditioning, they are more susceptible to the heat and humidity. Outdoor pets need a safe, dry, and comfortable place to lay down in the shade, as well as plenty of clean, cool water to drink. Heat stroke is a medical emergency- if you suspect it, get your pet to the closest veterinarian immediately. 

Prevent accidents from happening in the dark. If you walk your dog after dark, consider using things like a reflective collar and leash, a light on their collar, or a flashlight. There are many products that attach to collars or leashes to help light the way-it's safe for both you and your dog. Outdoor cats should also have reflective collars, and consider keeping a bell or some kind of noise device on their collars  to alert birds of their presence.

Prevent sunburn by applying sunscreen. Pets can get sunburned and develop skin cancer just like people. Pets at higher risk are those with light colored fur and skin. Protect your pet's skin by using a pet safe sunscreen designed specifically for faces on exposed skin areas, including the tips of the ears, the nose and around the lips. 

Prevent flea and tick bites. Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Within 5 minutes of getting on an animal, fleas and ticks will start feeding and reproducing. Using a monthly preventive medication for fleas and ticks helps protect your pet and also limits your exposure to these pets and the diseases they carry. Flea and tick products are made specifically for either dogs or cats and are not the same. 

Prevent heartworm in dogs and cats.
Heartworm disease is caused by mosquito bites, and it only takes one bite for a pet to become infected. Heartwrom disease can cause permanent damage to the heart and lungs, and in severe cases, it can even cause death. Monthly preventive will help your pet avoid heartworms. 

NexGard Flea & Tick Prevention In a Chewable Tablet. 

Merial Company has now come out with monthly flea & tick prevention in a beef flavored chew that dogs love! NexGard kills fleas fast, before they can lay eggs. NexGard is only for dogs.

How To Create Low Stress Veterinary Visits For Cats

The ominous hissing, the mournful meows, the defensive scratching or biting, the upset bowels-feline stress is just plain unpleasant for cats and you. Many cats get stressed when it's time for a veterinary visit. Thankfully, there are ways to help cats relax and enjoy the ride-yes, even in the car. Here's what you can do. 

1. Transport your cat in a carrier- Putting cats in a carrier on the way to and from the veterinary clinic is extremely important. Cats are often startled by loud noises or other pets, and, if you're carrying your cat in your hands, you might not be able to hold on if it abruptly tires to get away.

2. Choose a hard-plastic carrier with a removable top- Some cats might resist being put into a carrier. Removable tops make getting cats into-and out of-the carrier easier. Simply undo the screws or latches, lift off the top, set the cat in the bottom, and replace the top. This eliminates the need to force the cat inside, which makes the cat, and you, more relaxed.

3. Make the carrier a favorite place- Some cats come to love their carriers. When cats see their carriers as safe, enjoyable places, they're happy to go into them and feel more safe in scary places. Use these strategies to create crate-fondness in your cats:

  • Leave the carrier out in your house so your cat can access it at any time. 
  • Make the carrier inviting by putting a favorite blanket or toy in it.
  • Every now and then, lay a few treats inside the carrier. 
4. Head to the veterinary clinic for "happy visits" -Take your cat on a few stress-free trial runs. Call the veterinary clinic to ask if the schedule would allow for you and your cat to stop in for five or ten minutes. You won't be making a medical visit, but rather a mock appointment that allows your cat to experience all the steps of a routine visit without the physical examination. This free of charge "happy visit" gives your cat the chance to get used to the sounds and smells of the clinic, meet the veterinary team members, and eat a few treats all while enjoying the safety of its carrier. If a car ride alone puts your cat in a tailspin, entice your cat into its carrier and start by going for a test drive around the block. Continue to take a drive every now and then, gradually increasing the amount of time you and your cat spend in the car. Remember to reward your cat with a treat for being a good passenger. Positive reinforcement is the best way to modify feline behavior, so making car rides and veterinary visits pleasant will help decrease your cat's anxiety. 

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