For the Love of Dog
Our Endless Affair with Man's Best Friend
Photography: Craig Wolfrom
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Telemedicine, or the sharing of records via computer, is allowing vets across the country to access consultations with experts in most fields, adding to the care your dog can receive.
That kind of computer link-up is the basis for microchipping your dog. It involves the insertion of a tiny chip beneath the pet’s skin for satellite tracking. Data regarding the dog’s image, vital information and even health concerns can be retrieved whether the animal is reported lost, or is brought in stray and, in some cases, injured. A small number of animals have been found to get malignant tumors from the implants. Talk with your vet about the risks.
An invisible fence adds freedom and safety for your dog and can be installed in most yards. A collar on the dog triggers when the dog crosses a boundary, training it to stay within its confines. If it escapes, the microchip can back up the chase, increasing the likelihood of finding your truant.
For those who don’t mind a roaming dog or the ticket that can come with it, consider PetLights.
After Ketchum vet Karsten Fostvedt saved Sam, a yellow Lab hit by a car while walking in the dark, Sam’s owners invented a collar with easily seen lights all around it. The Sun Valley-based company (www.petlights.com) donates a portion of sales to vets and shelters.
And, because we in the business of journalism believe you can never have too much information, here’s a sampling of more things you need to know to keep your pet happy and healthy from 101 Things You Didn’t Know Could Harm Your Pet from the ASPCA, available at area veterinary clinics and animal centers. >>>