Dog Owner Essentials
Veterinary Resources for Dogs in Kennett Square
Getting Your Dog to the Vet:
Is it stressful for you and your dog when getting ready to go to the vet? Here are some tips on getting your dog prepared for a trip to the veterinarian.
Vet Visit Checklist
K911 is a taxi service that transports dogs to vet visits, groomer appointments, the airport or anywhere they need to go. They can even transport in a medical emergency as they are equipped with stretchers and oxygen.
Check out these links for seasonal and holiday pet safety tips!
- Disaster Preparedness
- Lost Pet Prevention
- Top Toxins
- Spring Hazards
- Summer Hazards
- Fall Hazards
- Winter Hazards
Canine Tick-Born Disease:
High Risk Tick Area:
We live in an area where ticks are prevalent. These parasites can transmit many diseases including Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease. Symptoms of these diseases can include lameness, fever, anorexia, swollen joints and possible kidney impairment. As you see in the map, our region has one of the highest incidences of Lyme disease in the country. The best protection for our canine friends is applying a flea/tick preventative year round. There are topical, oral, and collars to choose from, and your veterinarian can help you select the best choice for your pet and family.
Another line of defense against Lyme disease is the Lyme vaccine. The veterinarians at Longwood Veterinary Center recommend the annual vaccine for all dogs. It is also recommended that our canine patients perform an annual blood test to detect for exposure to Lyme, Ehrlichia and Anaplasma. Diagnostics and treatment vary and will be discussed with you upon results.
Recommended Yearly Preventatives:
- Heartgard (chew) — Heartworms, Fleas, and some Intestinal Parasites
- Proheart 6 (injection) — Heartworms
- Simparica (chew) — Fleas and Ticks
- Nexgard (chew) — Fleas and Ticks
- Advantix (topical) — Fleas and Ticks
- Seresto Collar — Fleas and Ticks
- Drontal (tablet) — Intestinal Parasites
Medicating Your Pet:
Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth:
Collecting a Urine Sample:
Pet Sitting Services:
Local Retail Shops:
Community Service Organizations:
The mission of Canine Partners for Life is to increase the independence and quality of life of individuals with medical, physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities by pairing them with a professional, trained service and companion dog. We are proud to support Canine Partners for Life by annually donating preventative health care or any surgical or medical care that some of their special dogs may need while in training. Learn more about the important roles these special dogs play in people’s lives.
Fear Free Happy Homes:
Fear Free Happy Homes is an online community offering education, tips, and deals to brighten your pet’s lives. Environmental enrichment and strengthening the human-animal bond, along with ways to reduce stress and anxiety are topics commonly addressed. Sign-up here.