One of the most important decisions pet owners need to make is if they will spay or neuter their animal companions. Most people consider spaying and neutering to be ways of controlling the population of pets. While that is true, it is just one of the primary benefits.
Fleas and ticks are a common problem for pet owners, especially during the Summer months when they are particularly prevalent. These parasites rarely cause serious illness by themselves, but they can be very unpleasant for your pet to experience, causing itching, swelling, skin irritations, and more. They can also act as carriers for a range of infectious diseases, many of which could make your pet quite sick. Some of these diseases can even be transmitted to humans in your home.
You’ve probably seen posters advertising microchipping when you take your pet to the vets, but how much do you really know about it? Lots of owners still don’t have their pets microchipped, and when asked, many say that they just don’t know enough about it to make that decision for their pet. Nevertheless, pet microchipping does remain one of the most effective ways of attaching identification information to your pet, increasing the likelihood that they will be reunited with you in the event that you become separated. Here’s what you need to know about how pet microchips work and why your pet should have one.