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Welcome to   All About Pets.  Where we will discuss all topics about our animal friends, canine, feline, or beyond. Let’s start with our Pet of the Month.

 

Teddy is eight years old. He is a Shih-Poo. Part Shih tzu and part Poodle. He loves to retrieve a ball and protect his family from all threats foreign and domestic. He likes the sound of his own bark and will gladly show it off at any me.

If you would like your pet to be featured here, contact me with a picture and a little bit about him or her.

This next section is Lost and Found. It is a sad fact of life that our little friends like to wander and sometimes cannot find their way home. Here is a list of just some of these unfortunate pets. Contact me if you have any information about them.

FOUND near the pool area in Woodcrest. No tags or collar. Older dog, calm demeanor. Has a huge lump on his right rib. Brown in color with white around nose. Medium build.

FOUND female dog, young. Found 7400 block of Yolanda in Arlington. Has collar but not tag. Likes people. Dark gray color, medium build.

LOST Reward $1,000! Lizzie the Australian Shepherd, black and white, Last seen in Durant, OK. Believes to be stolen. She has a microchip. Call 580 775 1234 if you hear or see anything.

These were found in the Next Door app. If you want your wanderer featured here, or you found a wanderer, contact me.

Now, for some information about Micro-chipping. It is a small computer chip injected painlessly into your pet at the nape of the neck using a needle. On it there is contact info for you. So, if someone finds your pet, they can take them to a vet to get the chip scanned and can see who they belong to. Of course, you will have to keep the information current. It includes your name, address, and phone number. If any of those change, contact the microchip company to update.

The most popular microchip company is Home Again. Ask your vet about which company they use. The vet can give you more information. You will also receive a tag to put on your furry friend’s collar so people will know he has a chip.

The caveat of a microchip is that the person who finds your lost pet must take them to the vet. If you find a lost pet, don’t assume it is a stray. It may have an owner worrying about it. Take it to the vet to see if it has a microchip. If it doesn’t, put up fliers, use social media, ask around the neighborhood. Hopefully, it has not wandered too far.

We must all watch out for each other’s pets. Get to know your neighbor’s dogs and cats by sight at least, so if you see them out wandering too far from home, you can let the owner know. Also, watch the feral cats in your neighborhood. If any new cats show up, it may be a lost pet. If the animal comes to you or you see a collar, you know it is not part of the feral community. Also, feral cats that have been captured, spayed, or neutered, and then released, will have a p of one ear snipped off by the vet so people will know it is fixed. A domesticated cat does not have that.

A Feral cat community can be quite useful by keeping pests at bay. They do tend to be a nuisance with noise, mess left behind, and getting into trash. Don’t let their furriness and cute faces fool you. They are closer to wild animals than domesticated since they have lived on their own all their lives. The problem with being a feral cat is no vet care, so their numbers rise with unfettered liters, and fall with disease and injuries. They will come to people for food simply because it is easier, but believe me, they are capable of getting their own food and finding shelter. If you choose to leave out food and shelter for them, there is nothing wrong with that, but rest assured that they are capable of caring for themselves.

Thanks for reading. Come back soon to get more information on our friends, canine, feline, and beyond!

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