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National Pet ID Week (April 20-26th)

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For pet parents, the best parts about coming home after a long day are the loving greetings waiting for us. Dogs are all about excited, happy barks and tails thump, thump, thumping; whereas cats will coolly saunter up and rub against our legs, which is simply their way of telling us to “pick up the can-opener already”.

Now imagine coming home to silence. Your pet has slipped free of their collar and escaped from your home or yard. How would you find them? Would they be able to find you? It’s a horrible, helpless feeling, unless you’re well prepared.

National Pet ID Week (April 20-26th) is a great reminder for pet parents to review their pet’s identification and make any necessary updates.

• All pets (indoor or outdoor) should have a collar and tags with their name, along with your current address and phone number. Vaccination and license tags can also help identify lost or stolen animals.

• Did you move recently? Check to be sure all tags and information have been updated to include your new address and contact information.

However, the best method for animal identification is the permanent microchip. Microchipping is a quick and painless procedure for animals that can make the difference between a happy ending and heartbreak should they get lost or injured.

Most veterinary practices and shelters routinely scan for chips in stray or injured animals. If you haven’t talked to your veterinarian about microchipping, here are two really great reasons to do it today:

According to a recent study, cats with microchips were 20 times more likely to be returned to their homes than lost cats without microchips. For dogs with microchips, the return rate is 2.5 times higher than those without. With National Kids & Pets Day and World Veterinary Day coming up April 26th, updating your pet’s identification makes a great way to close out the week!

National Frog Month

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The month of April is full of great things; the smell of spring blooms, candy treats from the Easter Bunny, and National Frog Month. Yep, April 26th marks the 6th annual Save the Frogs Day!

Frogs are interesting creatures…by classification, they are amphibians that have been around an estimated 360+ million years. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and have some fascinating characteristics.

Here are a few fun facts:

– There are more than 5,000 species of frogs and toads to be exact!

– Some species are incredibly colorful, while some have the protective coloring to allow them to blend in with their surroundings.

– The smallest frog known is about 10mm long (about the width of your pinky fingernail), up to about a foot in length and 6+ pounds!

– While tadpoles have gills (like a fish), most adult frogs have lungs like you and me.

– Their skin is incredible–it allows them to absorb both water and oxygen right through it!

– Most species of frogs live an average of 6-7 years.

And how about this…ever wondered about the jumping frog? Rumor has it that a frog species found down under (Australia) can jump a distance equivalent to more than 50 times it’s body length. So to get some perspective, that means a 6′ tall human could jump 300 feet? That’s 100 yards, the equivalent of jumping end-zone to end-zone of a football field…incredible!

Frogs can make great pets, but you should definitely research and learn about the different species of frogs before making a decision. And, if you’d like to get involved on April 26th for annual Save the Frogs Day, visit www.savethefrogs.com/day to learn more.