06-2014 June

 Yes -We Board Exotics

Heading on vacation and need a place to board your parrot, ferret or gecko? Lone Mountain Animal Hospital offers boarding for many exotic species. Please call in advance to secure boarding reservations since the exotic ward books up quickly in summer months.

But please note that due to special housing, environmental and feeding needs of many exotic species, LMAH requires in many instances that owners bring their own cage/tank, current diet (including live prey for certain species) and other items like UV lights. Call in advance to ensure your pet has everything he or she needs for a comfortable, stress-free stay.

Ask Dr. Debbie

Q: Our family is taking a 10 day road trip across the west coast to see the sights, and we want to include our Beagle, Buddy, on the travels. Is this a good idea?

A:  It depends on Buddy’s personality and where you plan on goingOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA. Dogs that aren’t well-seasoned travelers such as dogs anxious or fearful with car travel aren’t good candidates for such a lengthy journey. If Buddy is calm in the vehicle and can settle in at hotels or destinations along the way than he might take to such an adventure. Excess barkers or dogs with separation anxiety may disturb other visitors and make for stressful travel.

Check your destinations in advance to ensure that they are pet friendly. Increasingly many hotels accept pets and roll out the red carpet for four pawed visitors. Check out this link to see what pet friendly accommodations are available where you are visiting. http://www.dogfriendly.com/

One important fact many pet owners fail to note is that many national parks don’t permit dogs or restrict dogs from hiking trails. Visit the National Park Service website and research the park you are visiting to ensure your sightseeing can include your canine pal too. http://www.nps.gov/index.htm

And don’t count on leaving your dog in an unattended vehicle while you explore. Heat stroke is deadly during the summer months occurring in cars within minutes, even if windows are open. Park rangers ticket violators that leave pets in cars as well.

And one final reminder before you take Buddy traveling, prepare for his health and safety along the way. Stop to check he is identified with a microchip and collar/tag before you depart. Ensure he is protected with flea & tick preventative as well as heartworm preventative. Parasitic disease may be a higher risk where you travel from your local area. The American Heartworm Society surveys report heartworm infections in every state in the U.S.

New Veterinarian on Staff

This July we welcome Dr. Jordan Bryan to our practice. Dr. Bryan is a graduate of Kansas State University and has professional interests in small animal and exotic medicine, ophthalmology and surgery. Hope that you and your pets have the pleasure meeting her soon!

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