Make Sure Your Dog’s Tags Are Up To Date This Spring
Make Sure Your Dog’s Tags Are Up To Date
Every News Channel in Pittsburgh has been running a public service story that the State, City, and County Dog Wardens will be on the lookout for dogs without current Rabies and License tags.
In my East End neighborhood the wardens have been in Frick and Mellon Parks, as well as patrolling the streets, and fines up to $300 have been levied against many owners of untagged dogs. In some suburban communities, cats must wear licenses and rabies tags as well.
Many people are not aware that a Lifetime Dog License is available in Pennsylvania, as long as the dog has an identification microchip or a registered tattoo. For a one time fee of $31 for a neutered or spayed dog, you receive the Lifetime License and a stainless steel long lasting collar tag. The fee for intact dogs is $51.
By having an identification microchip implanted, your dog or cat will be registered in a national database. There is statistically an 85% chance that your pet will be returned to you if lost. The total cost to have the chip implanted and registered at PSVC is $40, a small price for the peace of mind it provides. We also have the paperwork for you to apply for the Lifetime License.
Rabies vaccination is the law because of the public health risk that unvaccinated pets pose. Rabies is fatal, period. Clients ask me if their indoor pets really need to be immunized. Every year our clinic gets calls from pet owners whose pets catch and kill bats that have found their way into their houses. There is a 5% incidence of rabies in the bat population. Also, wild animals have moved into all of our neighborhoods, as they are no longer afraid of living with people.
So check your pets’ tags today and take action to avoid the fines.
If you’ve missed back editions of my weekly newsletter, they are archived on our website under the “newsletter” tab – NEWSLETTERS Also there are pet care educational videos addressing many common pet problems archived under the “videos” tab –PET TIPS. Check them out.
SUMMER BOARDING KENNEL & DAYCARE ALERT!
Many kennels and doggie day cares will be requiring Canine Flu vaccines by this summer. The two strains of Canine Flu in the US are novel viruses that ALL DOGS WHO CONTACT IT WILL CONTRACT.
Social dogs who frequently go to day care, dog parks, or kennels should be immunized twice the first year, then annually. Many of our local doggie daycares and kennels have imposed a time deadline by which your dog must be immunized. To assist our clients’ compliance, if your pet has had a wellness exam within the past six months and is not obviously ill, a technician visit can be scheduled for the initial immunization and boost 2-4 weeks later.
Call our receptionists to set up a flu vaccine appointment.
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