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Curbside – Drive Thru – Telemedicine

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We wanted to let you know of a few new services we are providing to help service you during this time.

  1. Curbside Appointments – We are doing appointments from the safety of your vehicle. Stay in your car and we will do the rest!
  2. Curbside Tent – All clients check in here upon arrival! Team members will direct you as to where to go from there. 
  3. Drive Thru – Used for medication & food pick ups. Please place your orders through the app!! Search for “My Family Vet” on iTunes and Android play stores. We are encouraging all clients to place orders ahead of time.
  4. Telemedicine – You can now see one of our amazing Doctors from the comfort of your home. Download the “Anipanion” app and call the clinic to schedule your appointment today. 
  5. Mobile App – Search for  “My Family Vet” app on iTunes or Android play stores to download today! You can request appointments, submit food & medication refills, and more!!

We are all in this together!!

Important Updates!!

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Dearest Friends and Family,

Psalm 91:1 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” 

We ask that you please stay safe and continue praying for all those affected by this virus. The status quo is causing us to make a few changes to ensure the safety and well-being of our clients and team while allowing us to remain open.  The following is a list of current changes we are implementing now:

  • We will open at 8:00 am and see patients from 9:00 am -5:00 pm
  • The shorter hours will mean we are seeing appointments through lunch
  • If these hours are not conducive to your schedule, please consider dropping off your pet for their exam
  • Please utilize our drive through for items such as picking up food, picking up medications, and if your pet needs vaccinations only to limit exposure. 
  • Please stock up on all regularly taken medicines and food – give us 24 hours to get it ready if possible.
  • We can mail medications if needed.

Thank you for understanding.  We are doing our best to keep everyone healthy and safe.  The current plan is to remain open and continue to serve.

Psalm 91: 14   “Because he loves me, says the Lord. I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.”

 

At your service,

The Team of My Family Vet

Hurricane Petpardness!

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Hurricane Petpardness

 

Be Pet Prepared!

Let talk about Emergency kits and how they can be essential in helping your furry little friend during high stress situations.

Natural disasters and storms often happen with little notice in advance. Safety is the number one concern when a hurricane is on the way. These tips will help you be prepared, so you can rest assured that you’ve got this in the bag!

The first thing to have on hand is going to be food. You’ll want to make sure you have enough food to last a week, and store in a waterproof container.

If you must evacuate, having a stock of food is imperative to your pet’s health. It may sound extreme, but if you must switch your pet’s food at the last minute this could cause a stomach upset leading to diarrhea. Diarrhea can lead to dehydration. Keeping your pet healthy and hydrated will ensure that you can focus on getting your family to safety.

Which brings me to the second tip.
Water!
Keeping your pet and yourself hydrated is so important! If a storm occurs, you’ll want your pet to have a clean healthy source of water to drink from. You’ll want to make sure your family and furry friends have enough water on hand for a week.

We know that some of your fur babies are on important medication that are essential to their quality of life. Making sure they have enough to get them through an emergency is critical. Although medications are typically ordered a month at a time, keep a count on how many you have at home. Requesting a refill early will save you time and stress later.

Stress is a huge factor during hurricanes. If your pet suffers from anxiety, please reach out to your vet! Whether it’s storm, social, or car anxiety we have several solutions to help ease their minds and bodies during difficult times. The mental health of your pet is just as important to us as their physical health. A simple conversation with your vet regarding their mental state could make all the difference in the world to them.

The next item for your emergency kit is an easy one! Keep a leash, collar and/or harness on hand. Make sure that your pets’ ID tags, and rabies tags are up to date. Leashes will ensure that you don’t get separated from your pet. Keep a cat carrier available to you in an easy to reach location. We want to do everything we can to make sure your family stays together and safe!

Unfortunately, separation may occur. When hurricane Harvey hit, a lot of families were separated from their pets. Microchipping your pet will help identify your pet so they can be returned to you. If you have relocated since your pet was microchipped, you’ll need to update your information with the microchip company. Things can be hectic, and we understand that sometimes the name of the company or paperwork can get misplaced. Simply bring your pet into our office, we can scan your pet for their chip, and easily identify which company it belongs to! Once we gather that information for you, we can present you with contact information so you can update.

Your pets microchip information is good to have up to date, but so are their vaccinations. If you have to travel places may require proof that they are up to date. Paperwork is another thing to keep on hand and you may not have time to grab it last minute. You can keep a record in a plastic bag in your emergency kit, or you can have My Family Vet email it to you. My Family Vet also has an app! Our app is free and will connect you to your pets records online. Its quick, and an easy way to pull up their records on short notice!

If you are needing help locating a lost pet or finding a foster for one, one of the rescues we work with may be able to help! Call our front desk and ask for a copy of the list. We will be happy to send it over to you.

These organizations are awesome when it comes to helping furry friends in need. They are a great resource to use but it is important to remember that leaving a pet behind should never be an option. If it’s not safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pet either. You’ll need to have a plan in place on where you can take your pets during such an event.

Finding a pet friendly hotel can be stressful! So, we’ve taken the hard work and made it a little easier for you! Click the link here to be taken to a page that lists pet friendly hotels in your area!

While evacuating and traveling to family, friends, or a hotel you may not be able to stop by a store. If you have a cat, keeping disposable trays or even disposable cake pans can work as a litter box! Litter can be heavy and not easy to travel with. Shredding newspaper or tissue can work as an alternative. For easy clean up, make sure to keep trash bags, or even grocery bags to double as a trash bag.

An emergency pet kit is a good thing to always have ready, especially since you never know when you will need it. Keep it located in an easy to reach place and let all family members know its location. Remember to rotate the medications and food that you have set aside in your emergency bag! Keeping everything up to date will make all the difference to your four-legged family members!

We hope and pray that nothing as terrible as hurricane Harvey hits us again. Although if a natural disaster strikes, we know these tips and tricks will help us be prepared for anything that comes our way!

Thank you for reading,
God Bless

 

Firework Safety for Pets

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Firework Safety for Pets

The Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner, so we would like to take a moment to discuss how you can keep your pet happy, hydrated, and safe. Whether you are spending the day in the backyard grilling, or playing volleyball at the beach, our first priority is safety.

Staying Hydrated

Most families spend the day outdoors, so making sure your pet has a constant source of fresh water is a must. Adding ice cubes to the water bowl will help it stay cool, and may be fun for them to play with! Make sure your pet has somewhere shady to cool off between playing.

How Firework Noise Can Effect Your Pet

Fireworks are a big part of the holiday, and a lot of fun for the family. Once the fireworks start it’s recommended to keep your pet inside. Though bright and beautiful, these abrupt loud noises can cause your pet some anxiety and discomfort. When these noises occur, your pet may become frightened and feel the need to flee. 

Create a Safe Haven Space

Creating a safe haven area for your pet will help reduce anxiety and fear. Put together all your pets favorite things! Set up their bed, favorite blankets, toys, and maybe an item that smells like you! Yes, it may seem strange but your pets feel comforted by you. Having your scent is nostalgic for them and may help calm them. It can be a towel, a shirt, or any item of clothing you don’t mind your pet borrowing. 

You’ll want to think about where your pet is most comfortable inside your home. If that is their kennel, then you may already be used to leaving them with a toy, or bone to keep them busy when you’re out. If your pet is used to being out, you’ll want them in a confined space such as your bedroom. 

Avoid keeping your pet loose in the main areas of the home. Guests and children will likely be in and out of your home, and could accidentally let your pet outside. 

Outdoor Pets

Though keeping them indoors is highly recommended we understand that you may have strictly outdoor pets. If you are unable to house your pet indoors, you’ll want to make sure their microchip, and tags they wear are up to date, as well as follow these other precautions. Make sure your backyard fence is doggy proof. Check for holes, spaces, and easily climbable locations. Even smaller animals such as basset hounds can climb fences, so be aware of your pets. 

If your pet is on a line or tether, please ensure that they can not get tangled up. It could be a long night for your pet if they become trapped. 

Medications

Sometimes giving your pet their favorite toys or a bone to chew may not distract them enough. If you feel your pet needs medication to assist in combating their anxiety please reach out to My Family Vet, and ask your vet!

Clean Up Time

Pets are curious! They always have their noses up in the air or pressed to the ground exploring new and exciting scents. Cleaning up as you go is an easy way to make sure your pet doesn’t swallow anything they shouldn’t. Even seemingly harmless fireworks, like sparkler sticks, can be hazardous for your pet to ingest. 

If you’ve been to any family Christmas or birthday party there is always someone holding a giant black trash bag ready to go, stuffing the wrapping paper into it. Being prepared like this by having a designated outside garbage area will save you loads of time. Doing a double check and scanning over the yard once more in the daylight will ensure nothing was missed from the night before! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read over our tips for the coming holiday! We hope your family has a blessed Independence Day!