Permanent ID: The Incredible Benefits of Pet Microchips

When you adopt a pet from an animal shelter or rescue, they are almost always microchipped. That’s because those of us in the veterinary field understand the incredible power of this tiny piece of technology to reunite lost pets with their loving families.

Studies show that 1 in 3 pets will go missing at some point in their lives. Out of the hundreds of thousands who wind up in animal shelters each year, many are never returned to their owners. 

Pet microchips are slowly turning this sad statistic around, one pet at a time.

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Winter Pet Safety Hazards: Keeping Your Pet Safe

Winter pet safety is important for cat health and dog health

Even the most conscientious pet owners sometimes make mistakes or overlook situations that might pose a risk to their pet’s safety. In the wintertime, these are mostly outdoor hazards which require awareness, preparation, and knowledge.

As the winter winds and snows comes whistling down, Androscoggin Animal Hospital provides you the resources you need for winter pet safety. If you have any concerns or questions about these tips, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Your pet’s health and safety is our number one priority!

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A Cornucopia of Fall Pet Safety Tips

Fall pet safety keeps pets safe as the seasons change

While fall in New England is undeniably gorgeous, we think autumn in Maine takes the cake. The chilly mornings and changing leaves serve as beautiful backdrops for a multitude of fall activities, and taking in all that nature has to offer is on the agenda for many pet owners this time of year.

As always, your pet’s well being is our ongoing goal at Androscoggin Animal Hospital. Whether you’re hiking, hunting, or just relaxing in the backyard, be sure to keep these fall pet safety tips in mind.

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The Scary Truth About Halloween Pet Safety

Pet Halloween safety is important for keeping pets safeImagine that one day everything went from perfectly normal and acceptable to upside down and topsy-turvy. Pets experience this hair-raising surrealism throughout the year (Christmas, Fourth of July, etc.), but it’s never quite as freaky as the weeks leading up to, and including the actual day of, Halloween.

What can a pet owner do to not only make their pet feel safe, but reduce or eliminate potential hazards? Here is our Halloween pet safety practices to use at home and beyond!

The Usual Suspects

Candy must always remain out of your pet’s sight. Whether it’s out of boredom or hunger, a curious pet can land in a lot of hot water if they decide to sample the candy bowl or treat bag. Continue…

Protect Your Pet and Family with Rabies Awareness

Rabies is a much more complex pet disease than many think. Learn more.Everyone has heard of rabies, but most have very little, if any, experience with the disease. It’s easy to think of rabies as a disease of the past or one that affects only wild animals, but rabies is still a concern for people and pets around the world. In fact, Brunswick area residents have experienced multiple attacks by rabid animals just this past summer.

World Rabies Day is September 28th, and we can’t think of a better reason to make sure our clients are educated about the dangers of rabies. Keep reading to learn more about risk factors, symptoms, and the many ways you can protect both your pet and your family.   Continue…

Enjoy the Season with These Summer Pet Safety Tips

Summer pet safety makes summer fun with pets.Time flies! It feels like just yesterday we were posting information about holiday pet safety for our community of dedicated owners. Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to review the many ways our pets can get into trouble – or be placed inadvertently in harm’s way. Fortunately, with our tried and true methods for summer pet safety, you and your pet can enjoy all the season has to offer.

Getting Started

One of the best ways to get your pet started off on the right paw this summer is to have them examined. Preventive care exams offer great insight into your pet’s wellness, including dental health, nutrition, and disease prevention. Continue…

The Keys to Pet Hiking Safety

pet hiking safetyThe hills are alive with the sound of music (of course), but they’re also brimming with wildlife, budding foliage, and beautiful trails. It’s time to get out into nature and enjoy all that Maine has to offer – a fact that’s not lost on an adventurous dog. Everyone’s chomping at the bit to get out for a better view, but without a thorough understanding – and application – of pet hiking safety, your daytrip could go from lovely to dangerous in minutes.

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Fork in the Road: How Is a Cat Friendly Veterinarian Better than the Rest?

cat friendly veterinarianA great deal goes into choosing the right veterinarian for your pet. Sometimes, close proximity plays a part in the decision. Other times, the recommendation of a close friend or colleague informs the best possible choice.

Because we understand and value this important decision, Androscoggin Animal Hospital went through the training, education, and evaluation necessary to earn the title of Fear Free Certified Professional. We maintain the distinction of a Cat Friendly Practice, and we’re thrilled we can pass the best possible care onto your cat. So, what are the benefits of having a cat friendly veterinarian?

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Veterinarian Tips 101: All About Pet Poison Prevention

Our four-legged friends tend to be active and adventurous, and we love that about them! However, at times they can get into things they shouldn’t. Hopefully, your pets have never ingested anything that caused a pet emergency, but it’s always good to be prepared.

With that in mind, and in celebration of Pet Poison Prevention Week, Androscoggin Animal Hospital has put together a few tips and ideas for how to prevent pet poisoning in and around your home.

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Using String, Ribbon, and Tinsel? Not for Holiday Cat Safety!

Cats can be pretty awesome during the holidays. Sure, they probably won’t wear the matching ugly Christmas sweater you knitted for them, but they might allow you to wrap presents while napping on top of the festive paper or attacking your scissors – if you’re lucky. Indeed, many cats like the lights, sparkles, and revelry as much as we do, but that doesn’t mean holiday cat safety can be set aside due to joyful pouncing.

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