Microchips have done wonders to increase the likelihood a lost pet is reunited with its family. However, they’re only as useful as the information contained within them. While microchipping a pet has been a big push, we must also push for pet owners to keep their information up to date to ensure their pet’s swift return. In addition to sharing reminders on social media, the AVMA also has downloadable resources that you can share within your clinic, too!
Suggested Post: Happy National Check the Chip Day! Every two seconds, a family pet is lost. A collar, ID tag, and microchip make the best combination to ensure your pet is returned safely to you. Today is a great reminder to make any updates to your pet’s microchip information so that, if they do become lost, those who find your pet know exactly how to contact you.
On World Mosquito Day, take time to educate your followers on the danger’s mosquito bites can bring – not only for them but their pets as well. Right now, we are at the highest risk period of when mosquitos may spread disease to humans, such as West Nile, and it’s predicted to stay high risk through September. Mosquitos pose a serious risk to pets as well as they can be carriers of heartworm. In Minnesota, there have been 567 positive cases of heartworm in 2019 and 762 positive cases in Wisconsin. Remind pet owners of the importance of regular preventatives and how a simple monthly solution can save the life of their pet down the road.
Suggested Post: It’s World Mosquito Day, and a good reminder of the threat mosquitoes pose to humans and pets alike. We’re moving into the high-risk period for diseases to be spread from mosquitos to humans, so be sure to apply bug spray before going outside.
Just as mosquitos pose a risk to humans, they also pose a risk to pets, too. Mosquitos can be carriers of heartworm larvae, which can give your pet heartworm disease. It takes about seven months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworm when they then make their home in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Once there, it may take months, even years, to completely rid your pet of them. The BEST, most reliable cure to heartworm disease is prevention through monthly preventatives as prescribed by your veterinarian. As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
An estimated 47.2% of cat owners bring their pets in for routine and preventative care at least once per year. That means over half of the cats owned do not receive regular veterinary care. Encourage your feline pet owners to bring their pet’s in to see you at least once per year, even if it’s to maintain a baseline record of their overall health!
Suggested Post: Cats are wonderful companions who are also great at hiding if something is wrong. Yearly veterinary visits for your cat, even if there is nothing visibly wrong with them, help maintain a record of your pet’s health so that should something ever happen, we have a history to refer to that will help us make a diagnosis (and treatment plan) faster.
National Dog Day is a great day to celebrate all things dog! Ask your followers to share photos of their dogs on your social media, offer a nail trim discount to encourage in-clinic visits that day, or host a contest on your social media pages where followers can sign up for your emails to enter to win.
Suggested Post: Happy National Dog Day! We want to celebrate your pups. Comment with their photo below and share a fun fact about them!
Helping a beloved patient cross the rainbow bridge is one of the greatest and hardest responsibilities in a clinic, and helping a family through the process and cope after the loss can be difficult. Honor those who have lost and the pets themselves on Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day with meaningful posts.
Share the story of the Rainbow Bridge, My Forever Pet poem, resources pet owners can lean on if they need support after the loss of their pet, and offer followers an opportunity to share photos of their pets to celebrate their life.
Suggested Post: Today, on Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, we pause and reflect to remember those pet’s who have left their paw, claw, and hoofprints on our hearts. Pet’s bring such joy into our lives, and it is never easy to say goodbye.
We invite you to celebrate the lives of those who you’ve loved by sharing photos of them in the comments below. May the fondest of memories of your pet bring comfort to you today.
Does your clinic offer alternative medicine and services? Share those services and details on National Holistic Pet Day! Feel free to adjust the suggest post to meet your clinic’s unique and individual services.
Suggested Post: From acupuncture and chiropractic care, laser therapy to food therapy, we’ve got your pet (and you) covered. It’s National Holistic Pet Day, and a great day to share the wide range of treatment solutions we offer our patients. Thank you for trusting us with your pet’s care, and if you have any questions about any of our services, please give us a call!