Greenwood Lake Animal Hospital will serve as a drop off location for Girl Scout Troop 96516 for the next three months, as the troop collects donations for the newly established pet food pantry at St. Joseph’s Church on Germantown Road. Smaller bags of dry dog and cat food, as well as canned food and cat litter are the items most requested by the scouts. Additionally, GWLAH is asking that those wishing to help double check donations to ensure food is unexpired and not recalled. Donations of housebreaking pads are also requested. Items can be left in a labeled bin outside of the main entrance to GWLAH. Please help us lend a paw and make the holidays a little brighter for those struggling this year.
Like most annual events, Macopin Middle School’s Career Day looked a little different this year. Instead of in-person presentations, speakers were asked to put together a short video of themselves addressing the students. As a long-standing participant, Dr. Louer spoke to the middle schoolers about what it takes to become a veterinarian.
With the holiday season officially upon us, it can feel daunting to add one more thing to your to-do list. Considering that the holidays can be an especially stressful time of year for pets (not just their parents!), and stress increases the odds of making the great escape, getting your pet microchipped might be the most important decision you’ll make this season.
Microchipping is a procedure where a small microchip, with a unique ID number, is injected between the shoulder blades of your pet. The pet’s microchip ID is then registered with the company, along with your contact information, to ensure that they can be reunited with you once they are found. Lost pets are routinely scanned for microchips upon intake into shelters to aid in the recovery process.
According to Home Again, a leading microchip manufacturer and pet recovery company, 1 in 3 family pets will get lost in their lifetimes and only 3-4 percent of dogs and less than 1 percent of cats arriving at U.S. shelters are microchipped. Identification tags and collars can fall off, separating your pet from important contact information, whereas a microchip is a permanent form of identification.
Help get them home for the holidays – consider microchipping your pet today!
The doctors and staff of Greenwood Lake Animal Hospital are thankful for the faith you put in us, this November and all year round, to care for your four-legged family members. With so many options available to you, thank you for allowing us to treat your cold noses with our warm hearts!