National “Check the Chip” Day at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic

By | News/ Events

Wednesday. August 15 is “National Check the Chip” Day, when pet owners are encouraged to check and update the contact information registered with their pet’s microchip.

Microchips are the reason “Lost Dog” and “Lost Cat” stories can have happy endings even if the pet has been missing for months or found a thousand mile from home

Veterinarians and staff at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic can scan any pet’s microchip; tell the owner what data is on the chip; and if needed, provide them with information on how to update their pet’s microchip registration if they have moved or changed phone numbers.

Sometimes, we find chips pet owners did not even know were there. How does this happen?

  • When the current owner acquired the pet, the breeder, animal control unit, rescue group, pet shop or humane society failed to inform them that they had implanted a chip.
  • The animal control unit, rescue group, humane society or pet shop never scanned the animal so did not know that the pet was already microchipped.
  • When the pet was previously scanned, a Universal Scanner was not used so the chip was missed because it did not register.
  • The person scanning the pet previously did not check for a migrated chip.
  • The implanted chip may be bad and no longer working.
  • The previous owner did not tell the new owner that the pet had a microchip.

Sometimes our staff does not find a microchip in a pet that is supposed to have one. This can happen if the chip was never implanted or implanted improperly and came out.

Even if you have paper work showing your pet was microchipped, someone could have made a mistake. Did you witness the chip being implanted? Did you see the chip scanned after it was implanted, to verify that it is indeed in your pet?

If you say your pet has a chip but our universal scanner does not pick it up, we can take an x-ray. If they are there, microchips will show up very clearly on x-rays.

So on August 15, bring your pet to Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic at 270 E. Hunt Hwy, Ste. 4. That’s in the plaza on the corner of Bella Vista and Hunt Highway.

The staff will check for a microchip or help owners scan the pet themselves. There’s no charge and it just takes a few minutes. Pets will get treats while “chip” style refreshments will be available to their owners.

To learn more about microchips and Check the Chip Day, call Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic at 480-987-4555 or visit the AVMA’s website at www.avma.org/CheckTheChip.

July 4th: People Have Fun… Pets Have Fears

By | Client Education

The 4th of July can be very stressful for many pets. Some become so terrorized by the loud noises and the fireworks they panic and run away from home.

In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for animal shelters. But while many escaped pets end up there, many others are injured, killed, or lost for good.

Include Protecting Your Pet as Part of Your Holiday Planning

  • Keep your pets inside on the 4th and don’t leave them home alone.
  • Secure the house against escapes:
    • Close all doors and windows
    • Put the pet in a “safe room” to decrease noise from the outside.
    • Use TV or music to help cover the firework noise
  • Distract your pet with toys and food puzzles
  • Try calming apparel such as Thundershirts, ear muffs, and caps
  • Consider Pheromone sprays that give the pet a feeling of well-being…
    Feliway for cats and Adaptil for dogs are available at pet stores.

Plan Ahead for the Likelihood Your Pet Does Escape

  • Before July 4, microchip your pet and have their collar and tags on.
  • Make sure the chip is registered and the contact information is up to date.
  • Take current pictures of your pet. They may be needed for posters, emails and faxes.
  • Immediately contact local animal control units, shelters, rescue groups and veterinarians.
  • Discuss desensitizing and counterconditioning your pet with your veterinarian.

What About Drugs?

  • In some cases, your veterinarian can prescribe drug therapy that may help.
  • Sedatives, tranquilizers, anti-anxiety, and other drugs have been used.
  • Don’t wait until July 3 to ask about them.
  • Drug therapy is not always successful and may need time to evaluate.
  • Drug therapy is most effective when used in combination with other recommendations.
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Why Do Cats Like Catnip?

By | Behavior

Not every cat is sensitive to catnip which is an herb.

Only about half of all cats are genetically disposed to respond to the active oil in catnip. It is not certain what part of the brain is stimulated by this ingredient, but it is not harmful and can be used to help increase their use of items like scratching posts. Found in many cat treats it can encourage play. The aroma of catnip is thought to be quite pleasurable to cats.

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Why Do Cats Knead?

By | Behavior

This instinctual behavior is left over from kittenhood when cats knead on the mother to stimulate the production of milk.

In adult cats it can be a sign of contentment, a form of stretching, or a way to get attention.

Kneading might also just feel good to the cat.

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Why Do Cats Purr?

By | Behavior

Purring is caused by the vibration of vocal cords due to neurological stimulation from brain activity.

The purpose is unknown, but it does seem to be associated with pleasurable activity. Cats can also purr when they are sick or hurt.

Purring also reinforces human response; people like hearing their cat purr so they pet it more. Cats usually purr when they are with someone they like or experiencing a pleasant sensation.

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Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

By | Behavior

One reason cats sleep so much is for energy conservation.

They use a special kind of sugar to fuel their bursts of energy. It takes time to restore this energy.

Cats sleep an average of 16 to 18 hours a day, but they tend to sleep in short increments of 10 to 30 minutes, hence the term, “cat nap”!

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Why Do Cats Dislike Car Travel?

By | Behavior

Some people say the hardest part about a cat’s appointment at the vet is first getting them out of the house.

Unlike dogs, cats don’t like to leave their familiar surroundings. Even the presence of their owners does not reassure them because in a new environment, like a car, which sounds and smells strange to them, they can’t know what might happen. Also, cats have a very acute sense of balance, so the car’s motion might upset them.

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Why Does My Cat Lick Me?

By | Behavior

Many people believe their cat licks them as a sign of affection. That may be true, but cats can lick for other reasons.

Just as they urinate on things to mark their territory, when they lick you or rub against you it’s a way of saying you belong to them.

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Why Do Cats Like Boxes?

By | Behavior

It’s a matter of security.

Cats like to hide and yet be able to see what is going on around them.

Just like their ancestors 10,000 years ago, cats want to avoid being seen by their prey or chased by their predators. A box’s sides protect them while the opening gives them the opportunity to safely view the situation.

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