The summer is starting to wind down. Soon, the State Fair will be here, school will start, and sweater weather will be upon us. Just remember that August is still one of the hottest months of the year.
Here are some fun ways to keep your pet cool this month:
- Give your dog a frozen treat - freeze some toys and treats in water
- Buy a kiddie pool and turn it into a doggie pool
- Give them a haircut to get rid of that extra hair
- Reduce exercise on really hot days
- Make sure your pet has access to shade
You can use this month to remind your clients about the importance and necessity of vaccinating their pets. You could post a schedule of vaccinations that you recommend, how often they must be administered and a paragraph about what each vaccine protects against. You could also offer a discount or have a vaccine clinic this month. Below is a generic puppy vaccine schedule, you can insert your own schedule in its place. To prepare for Take Your Cat to the Vet day, you can schedule a Cat Clinic and start advertising it at the beginning of the month.
Suggested Post: Vaccines are given to keep your pets safe and healthy. They also help keep you and your family healthy, as some diseases can transfer to people. Preventative care is less expensive than treating your pet in the case of an illness.
Puppy Vaccination Schedule:
- 6-8 weeks: “Core” vaccines*: Canine parvovirus, Canine distemper, Canine adenovirus. At veterinarian’s discretion, based on risk: Parainfluenza, Bordetella. Each of the “core” vaccines should be given every 3-4 weeks, with the final puppy vaccination administered at 14-16 weeks of age
- 10-12 weeks: Second vaccination with “core” vaccines. At veterinarian’s discretion, based on risk: Leptospirosis, Lyme
- 12-16 weeks: Rabies
- 14-16 weeks: Third vaccination with “core” vaccines
- 1 year: Vaccinate with “core” vaccines, Rabies. At veterinarian’s discretion, based on risk: Parainfluenza, Bordetella, Leptospirosis, Lyme
Have fun honoring assistance dogs this week. They play an important role in so many people's lives, and this week provides a unique opportunity to educate those without assistance dogs on the variety of roles they can help with. Click here to check out all the ways you can celebrate.
Suggested Post: Today we honor all assistance dogs. These dogs go through an extensive training process in order to help individuals with disabilities to live a more normal life. But did you know there is a special etiquette to have when around them? First, you can smile and be polite to the Service Dog’s handler, but most of all:
- Do not pet the Service Dog
- Do not distract the Service Dog in any way
- Please ignore the Service Dog entirely.
It may feel different, but you’re not being rude if you don’t acknowledge the Service Dog’s presence! They have a very important job to do and must stay focused on it.
Do you have a doggy hero in your life? We would love to hear your story below.
Suggested Post: Honey Bees might be little, but they have a very large and important job to do. They are super pollinators for many flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Unfortunately, over the past 15 years, colonies of bees have been disappearing. The reason for this is unknown and referred to as ‘colony collapse disorder”.
Here are some ways that you can help save the bees:
- Plant a bee garden-flowers rich in nectar
- Avoid using insecticides, herbicides or pesticides on your plants
- Buy local honey
- Raise your own honey bee hive
- Educate others on the importance of bees to our ecosystem
Sponsor a hive by visiting https://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/donate-now/
Remind your social media followers that cats need regular veterinary care, even if they don’t go outside. In addition to sharing the suggested post below, you can also hold a cat-only day at your clinic, share photos of your clinic kitty, or share ways you take care of your special feline patients!
Suggested Post: Every cat needs routine veterinary care. Here are just 5 reasons to bring your cat in for regular check-ups:
- Cats age more rapidly than people
- They are good at hiding illness
- Preventive care is better than emergency care
- Over 50% of cats are overweight, which can put them at risk for health complications
- To make your veterinarian aware of any health or behavior changes
Encourage pet owners to share a picture of their pet today. You can even turn it into a contest.
Suggested Post: Give your dog some extra love today. You can take them on an extra-long walk, give them extra treats or give them some extra rubs. However, you celebrate your furry friend today, don’t forget to post a picture below.