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Male veterinarian vaccinating small dog in vet clinic

If You Lose Your Pet Will He Lose His Life?

By | Client Education, Products / Reviews

 Don’t Skip the Chip.

You do everything for your pet to be happy and healthy at home

  •  get the right food
  •  keep up with their vaccinations
  •  provide a soft bed
  • lots of toys
  • and plenty of love from the family.

But what if they leave home, get lost or wander away? How will they get back?

A brown dog casts a sad look from behind a wire gate at Animal Control.

A lost pet at Pinal County Animal Control.

            “One in three pets will get lost during their lifetime.” 

The best chance of having your furry friend return depends on something as small as a grain of rice… a microchip placed under the skin.

Microchips provide positive proof of ownership and can be used on a variety of pets including birds, reptiles and horses. People who own very valuable animals often have them microchipped for monetary reasons. But the most important reason for your family pet to be chipped really is a matter of life and death. If your pet gets lost and is picked up by Animal Control or is turned into a city pound he may only have a certain number of days at that facility before he could be euthanized. However, that won’t happen if a microchip is detected. Instead, efforts will be made to identify and contact his owner.

A microchip is being inserted into the back of a white dog between the shoulder blades.

A microchip is easily inserted into a pet. Just like giving a vaccine.

How Is the Chip Inserted?

The procedure is simple. A veterinarian injects the microchip beneath the surface of your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Similar to a routine vaccination, the process takes only a few seconds. No anesthetic is required. The microchip itself has no internal energy source and will last the life of your pet. It is read by passing a microchip scanner over the pet’s shoulder blades. The scanner will emit an audible “beep” when it detects the chip and your pet’s unique ID code will show up on the scanner’s screen. Encryption features prevent duplication or cloning of the identification code. The chip is not affected by x-rays or MRIs and cannot be readily removed. But the microchip is just the first part of bringing your pet home. If your pet is microchipped but not yet registered he is not protected.

 

 

            ” 42% of microchipped pets are not registered in a pet recovery service.”

Why is Microchip Registration Important?

Enrolling in the registry services offered by microchip companies such as AVID and HomeAgain, and keeping the information in the registry up-to-date is important so you can be reached quickly when your lost pet is found. Almost all veterinarians and animal shelters across the country are equipped with scanners that can read your pet’s microchip. When your lost pet is taken to an animal shelter or veterinary clinic, they will scan your pet for a microchip and will read its unique code. This code is stored with your pet’s profile and linked to your contact information in a national pet recovery database. This is the number used to identify the pet and retrieve your contact information, which is used to contact you and reunite you with your pet. So register your pet and keep your pet’s profile current if addresses, phone numbers and alternate contacts have changed. When pet owners forget to register their pet’s microchip and the pet’s owner can’t be found, shelters have to make difficult decisions regarding the fate of the animal.

Also see Microchipping Your Dog and Microchipping Your Cat.

Call Santanvalleyvets at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic (or Text us at the same number)  at 480-987-4555

Clinic cat Joe is prepared with his fire extinguisher by his side

Is Your Pet a Pyromaniac?

By | Client Education, News/ Events

 

Well, maybe not intentionally, but

almost 1,000 household fires are caused by pets each year.

How does this happen? Take a walk through your home and consider all the potential fire hazards just waiting to become an inferno.

  •      Lit candles, fireplaces, BBQs
  •      Plug in deodorizers
  •      Stove top burners (especially flat glass)
  •      Electrical cords

Can your pet reach candles and topple them so they set something else on fire?

Clinic cat Joe practically has his nose in the electrical outlet.

Joe’s curiosity draws him to the electrical outlet.

Will your pet chew on electrical cords or drag them so they cause something hot to fall?

Is there food cooking enticing your pet to jump up on the stove?

The solution:

Repair, replace or remove these possible dangers and then…

  • Don‘t leave pets unattended near an open flame
  • Have pets microchipped so they can be returned if they escape during a fire
  • Train pets to come when called
  • Know their hiding places
  • Post window stickers to let people know there are pets in the house

Consider the likely scenarios when and how a fire could occur in your home- daytime, at night, when people are home and when no one is home. Every family should prepare for these eventualities with drills and an escape plan which should include the family’s pets. For more ideas on keeping your pets safe from fire visit the National Fire Protection Association’s pet web page.

 

QUESTIONS??

 Contact your San Tan Valley Veterinarians at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic   480-987-4555.  You can call or text us at this number!

 

Gold and brown Bengal cat

The Bengal- Looks Like a Wild Cat Acts Like a Pussycat

By | Breed of the Week, Client Education

The Bengal is a strikingly beautiful and unique house cat, whose sleek, muscular body and spotted coat evoke visions of a leopard ancestor, but its temperament is completely domesticated

The result of selective breeding Bengals were first bred in 1963 by crossing an Asian Leopard Cat with a domestic breed, such as an Abyssinian, American Shorthair, Burmese, or Egyptian Mau.  The goal was to create a confident, healthy, and friendly cat with a highly contrasted and vividly marked coat.

Not the cat for everyone, or for first-time cat owners, Bengals are extremely intelligent, curious and active. Don’t get a Bengal if you want a sedate, sweet, gentle lap cat. They demand a lot of interaction so if you’re gone all day get two of them or don’t get one.

A bored Bengal can take things apart and open cupboards and drawers to see what’s inside

Bengals love their people and crave for attention from them. Most co-exist nicely with other pets, including dogs but are best suited to homes with older children

A gold and brown Bengal cat.

A beautiful Bengal cat at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic.

Constantly on the move, they love climbing to high places, so give them tall cat trees and window perches where they can bird-watch.

They also like water and may want to join you in the shower or bathtub.

Challenge their brains by teaching them tricks and games and providing them with interactive toys or puzzles that reward them with treats.

Easy to care for with weekly brushing, the Bengal’s short, luxurious, soft coat comes in many colors, from golden, rust, brown and orange to sand, buff and ivory.

They are the only domestic cat with rosettes like the markings on Leopards, Jaguars and Ocelots.

The iridescent sheen makes their coat look as if it has been sprinkled with glitter, giving it a unique golden or pearly glitter effect that is found in no other breed

 

Adult Males typically weigh 9-12 pounds, females between 7-10

Their lifespan averages 10-15 years

Bengal cats are so sought after, that a British woman paid over $50,000 for her Bengal cat in 1990

 

 

Questions??   Call or text us at 480-987-4555      Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic

 

 

A small black kitten being held up

CALLING ALL CAT LOVERS! JUNE IS “ADOPT-A-CAT” MONTH

By | Client Education, News/ Events

 Looking to adopt a cat this month?

 

1. Check state shelters and rescue groups.  Pinal County Animal Control is a great place to adopt a cat or kitten.

2. Consider adopting an older cat. An adult cat is usually already socialized and trained and just need a loving home to live out the rest of their lives

3. Prepare everyone in the house- both two-legged and four-legged -for the new addition. Try to get as much history and information as possible about the cat you are considering to make sure the newcomer is a good fit for your household.

4. Stock up on supplies you will need before the cat arrives. This includes bedding, food and water bowls, toys (appropriate for safety and age) and litter boxes.

5. Consider the expenses involved, both short and long term costs. This includes medical exams vaccines, spaying or neutering, a microchip, and ID tags, as well as food and bedding.

A beautiful striped cat up for adoption.

Dionne is a year old cat up for adoption at Pinal County Animal Control

6. “Cat-astrophe” proof your home. No poisonous house plants, no string, ribbon, tinsel or small objects within reach! Get a cat tower or a scratching post for cats to use it instead of your leather furniture!

7. Socialize your cat or kitten once they have become accustomed to your home and family. You want to live with a social cat not a wildcat or a scaredy-cat.  Socialize your kitten with this information: Socialize Your Kitten.

 

 

If you can’t adopt here are some ways to still get your “Cat Fix”

 

1. Donate supplies and goods to your local animal rescue or shelter. Food, blankets, litter and litter boxes, cat toys, towers and kennels are always welcome. You can drop these at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic, if more convenient, and we will see that they get to Animal Control.

2. Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. Social media can reach many more potential cat adopters

3. Help out a stray cat or kitten. Even if you can’t catch it, you can leave water and shade on your patio.

4. Volunteer at your local humane society, animal shelter or rescue organization.

Cute cat up for adoption

This year and half old cat is up for adoption at Pinal County Animal Control

 

Adopting a new cat or kitten means not only did you save one life but you opened up a space at a shelter for another cat looking for a home! For more links on adopting a cat this month please click here: American Humane Society-Adopt a cat month.

 

Brown Dog Tick nymphs under the microscope at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic. They look like crabs without pincers and have six legs.

Monsters Within

By | Disease and Medicine

MONSTERS WITHIN – – – Pet Parasites in San Tan Valley, Arizona.

Any dog or cat in San Tan Valley could easily be harboring Monsters within its body and we may not know it. These Monsters are the parasites that can afflict our pets. Under the microscope, they look as bad or worse than the monsters that Hollywood dreams up. Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic tests for, diagnoses or treats parasites in cats and dogs daily. Commonly encountered parasites in San Tan Valley include:

  • mites in the skin and ears
  • ticks and fleas in and on the skin of the pet.
  • worms and protozoans (one celled animals) in the gastrointestinal tract
  • heartworms in the blood vessels and heart
Demodectes mite on a skin scraping from a dog. High power under the microscope Cigar shaped with legs and thick tail. Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic in San Tan Valley.

Demodectes mite on a skin scraping from a dog at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic. High power

Mange mites (Demodectes)

Can cause areas of the skin to lose hair and the skin to become red and scaly. Sometimes they can cause “itchiness”. They are a consideration in almost any skin abnormality.

 

 

Ear mites

Common finding in outdoor cats and some dogs. They cause ear infections, scratching and head shaking

 

Brown Dog Tick nymphs under the microscope at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic. They look like crabs without pincers and have six legs.

Brown Dog Tick nymphs under the microscope at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic. Taken from a dog in San Tan Valley.

 

Brown Dog Ticks

Suck the blood of its host and transmit other diseases like Tick Fever. Tick Fever can affect the dog in many ways, including just “not acting right”, lethargy, eating less and sudden bleeding episodes.

 

 

 

Front end of this flea looks like a monster under the microscope at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic

Flea taken from a cat at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic in San Tan Valley. Low power under the microscope.

Fleas

 

Occasionally seen on cats or dogs, but our dry climate does not allow them to multiply as easily as in other areas of the country.
Unless an owner uses “swamp cooling” they are easily handled once identified.

 

 

 

Intestinal parasites

The various worms and protozoans of dogs and cats can effect the eating, weight, activity level and stool consistency. Some can even be transmitted to people from the pet.

 

Heartworms

Heartworm Positive Snap Test

Positive heartworm test at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic.

The staff at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic diagnoses a number of heartworm cases each year.  Only half of these heartworm cases receive proper treatment because of the cost and involved treatment protocol. These pets can suffer from decreased energy and activity caused by lung and heart damage. Eventually it can kill the dog.

 

 

 

 

 

Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic uses thorough examinations, microscopy, stool parasite screening and blood testing to detect these monsters in our pets. They can be treated and preventive measures taken once identified.

Our goal is to keep the pets of San Tan Valley healthy and happy so they and their owners can enjoy the special bond that develops between people and their pets.

For more information, visit the Pet Health tab of this website or call or text us at 480-987-4555

toad

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

By | Uncategorized

It’s monsoon season and it just rained. They let Sassy outside and when she didn’t come when called they found her staggering around in the backyard. Was it

-Vestibular syndrome

-Stroke

-Muscle cramp

-Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

While the first three are possibilities, during monsoon season, a toad could be the right answer.

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT SONORAN DESERT TOADS? aka Colorado River Toads 

Last seen: at night, just before or during monsoon season. These large amphibians are out and about this time of year looking to mate and your dog may come in contact with them.

Danger: these toads secrete a powerful neurotoxin from a skin gland behind the eye. This  causes seizure-like symptoms if a curious or aggressive dog licks, bites or plays with the toad or drinks from a water bowl where toad was sitting. The neurotoxin is rapidly absorbed through the lining of the dog’s mouth and can quickly cause this adverse effect on your pet.

Symptoms: may include staggering, incoordination, drooling, panting, anxiety and disorientation.

Treatment:  If your pet shows any of these symptom after being outside consider that a toad could be the culprit. Immediately take a garden hose and gently rinse the mouth out, squirting the water sideways so as not to drown your pet. Afterwards, call your veterinarian for additional instructions because while these symptoms may start to subside shortly, in some pets the symptoms will progress to seizures and possible death.

Contact the Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic team at  (480) 458-5331 anytime during regular business hours with any questions you may have or for more information.

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270 East Hunt Hwy, Ste. #4
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143
480-987-4555