Saturday, November 1, 2014

Carrollton Veterinarian Begins Annual Pet Food Drive with a Difference

~Nov 1, 2014; Carrollton, Texas. ~ Your Thanksgiving food donation can do double duty at All Creatures Veterinary Center.  It will help people through Metrocrest Social Services and shelter dogs and cats at Operation Kindness.

All Creatures Veterinary Center in Carrollton, Texas will begin its annual Thanksgiving Food Exchange food drive on November 1, 2014. The annual exchange allows clients of All Creatures and local residents to help people and pets by matching food donations for a local food pantry with a pet food donation to a no-kill shelter.

The theme for this year's food drive is "All Creatures' Thanksgiving Food Exchange - You Help People, We Help Pets".

All Creatures invites its clients and local residents to bring in human food or pet food donations (many pantry clients have pets) for Metrocrest Social Services. The cans of corn, jars of peanut butter and boxes of cereal are weighed on the pet scale in the All Creatures lobby and a chart is updated showing the weight of all the donations.

All of the food donations are taken to Metrocrest Social Services at the end of November. Then in December, All Creatures; with the help of the pet food makers; will donate an equal amount (in pounds*) of Hill’s®, Royal Canin, and Purina Pet Food to Operation Kindness – the no-kill animal shelter in Carrollton, Texas.

The goal of the Food Exchange this year is to collect and donate 1000 lbs. of food. So even if you aren’t one of our clients, feel free to bring your food donations to All Creatures Veterinary Center at 6153 Windhaven Pkwy, Plano 75093. (NW corner of Windhaven and Communications Pkwy). Your human food donation will do double duty by helping the cats and dogs at Operation Kindness.

A list of commonly needed items from Metrocrest’s web site: Peanut butter, Canned fruit, Mac & Cheese, Flavored rice & pasta “helpers” & “ronis”, Breakfast Cereal.

All Creatures Center is a full service animal hospital that includes a first class pet hotel - dog and cat boarding facility.  The doctors and staff at All Creatures can assit with any sick pet issues, spay or neuter surgery, and diagnostic testing.  All Creatures offers convenient preventive care packages to assist with annual pet wellness care.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Carrollton Veterinarian Wants to Change Lost Pet Stats with 25% Off Pet Microchips

Don’t Let Your Pet Become Part of this Sad Statistic and Save 25%
Over 10 million pets are reported missing every year. An ASPCA 2012 survey found that most pets do make it home but about 20% never do. A microchip for dogs & cats gives the best protection with permanent ID that can never be removed or become impossible to read.

My Pet Already Has a Microchip
If you already have your pet microchipped, make sure your contact information is up to date with the chip registry.  If you want to get permanent ID for your pet, All Creatures will microchip your pet for just $44.25. That is 25% off the regular fee of $59.00. (discount expires September 6, 2014)
Dog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure. A microchip for pets, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), is injected beneath the surface of your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required.
The microchip itself has no internal energy source, so it will last the life of your pet. It is read by passing a microchip scanner over your pet’s shoulder blades. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to transmit the microchips unique cat or dog ID code and identify the pet.
Call Us Today! at 972-307-7400 to get permanent ID for your pet at this really affordable rate. And it even includes lifetime registration in the PetLink pet recovery database.

Update your contact information with these microchip registries:

Pet Microchip FAQ: Fact and Fiction

Fiction:  Microchipping is painful for the pet and requires sedation.
Fact: No anesthetic is required for a microchip implant. The procedure is performed at your veterinarian’s office and is simple and similar to administering a vaccine or a routine shot.  The microchip comes preloaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. The process takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination.

Fiction: Pet microchips work like global positioning devices (GPS) and tell me my pet’s location.
Pet microchips are not tracking devices. They are radio-frequency identification (RFID) implants that provide permanent ID for your pet.  Because they use RFID technology, microchips do not require a power source like a GPS. When a microchip scanner is passed over the pet, the microchip gets enough power from the scanner to transmit the microchip's ID number. Since there’s no battery and no moving parts, there's nothing to keep charged, wear out, or replace. The microchip will last your pet's lifetime.

Fiction: My pet wears a collar with tags, so he doesn’t need a microchip.
All pets should wear collar tags imprinted with their name and the phone number of their owner, but only a microchip provides permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read.

Fiction: Microchips are expensive.
The average cost to have a microchip implanted by a veterinarian is around $55, which is a one–time fee and often includes registration in a pet recovery database.  If your pet was adopted from a shelter or purchased from a breeder, your pet may already have a microchip. Consult your pet adoption paperwork, or have your pet scanned for a microchip at your next vet visit to reveal the unique microchip ID number and register it.

Fiction: Only dogs, not cats, need to be microchipped.
Both cats and dogs need to be microchipped.  Cats often do not wear collars, and may not have any other form of ID. A recent study showed that less than 2% of cats without microchips were returned home. However, if a cat is microchipped, the return-to-owner rate is 20 times higher than if the cat was not microchipped.

My contact information is contained in the chip, and anyone with a scanner can access it.
Microchips carry only a unique identification number. If your pet gets lost and is taken to a vet clinic or animal shelter, your pet will be scanned for a microchip to reveal his unique ID number. That number will be called into the pet recovery service, and you will be contacted using the contact information on file with your pet’s microchip.**It is vital to keep your contact information up to date so that you can be reached.

Fiction: I need to microchip my pet more than once.
A microchip will normally last the lifetime of your pet because it is composed of biocompatible materials that will not degenerate over time.
Most microchips for pets are made with a feature to help ensure the chip stays where it’s implanted. Also, since microchips require no power source and have no moving parts, there’s nothing that can wear out and need to be replaced. Pet owners can also check to make sure their pet’s microchip is still working by asking a vet to scan it during their pet’s next checkup.

Having a microchip gives a pet the best protection if he gets lost.
A microchip is only the first step! You must register your pet’s microchip to give your pet the best protection.
Register your pet’s microchip in a national pet recovery database (such as PetLink, HomeAgain, AVID or the AAHA) with your contact information, so you can be contacted when your lost pet is found. Also, remember to keep your contact information up to date whenever you move or change phone numbers.