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Meet Santa at Santa Sunday December 11th!

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Meet Santa at Santa Sunday!
Join Natick Animal Clinic for our annual Santa Sunday on December 11th! The jolly event will include plenty of fun, games and snacks for you, your kids and your pets, and we’ll be holding a raffle for lots of exciting prizes. You can buy raffle tickets at our clinic from now until the day of the event, and all proceeds will go to PittieLove Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to helping rescued pit bulls find loving homes. Raffle tickets are $2 each, six for $10 or 14 for $20. The prizes will be drawn on Monday, December 19th. You can also donate any dollar amount through “paws” that we’ll place around our clinic.

Santa Sunday
December 11
12pm to 3pm
Natick Animal Clinic

Come get professional photos of your family and Santa and join the festive fun,
all for a great cause. If you have any questions, contact
Natick Animal Clinic by calling 508-203-4108.

Pound for Pound Pet Food Drive

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Donate to Our Pound for Pound Pet Food Drive and Your Donation Will Go Far!

Help pets and pet owners in need this holiday season through our Pound for Pound Pet Food Drive. Bring any unopened packages of pet food to Natick Animal Clinic, and we’ll donate an equal amount of food in honor of your pets! All food will be donated to local pantries. Any brand of food donated by the can, case or bag will be accepted.
 
Pet food donations help families in our community stick together when they’re going through rough times. Donate to our drive starting November 1st!

Don’t Leave Your Pet in a Hot Car!

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One of the most dangerous places for your pet is inside your own car. On warm days—even days as mild as 70 degrees—temperatures inside your vehicle can reach into the 100s in 10 minutes or less.

Leaving pets inside sweltering cars is a common mistake pet owners make, and it can have deadly consequences. We often assume that pets can tolerate warmth like we can, but their bodies simply can’t handle the stress of extreme heat.

To help you avoid leaving your pet in the car when it’s too hot, we’re providing free heat sensors to all Natick Animal Clinic clients. The sensor hangs from your rear-view mirror, and it changes color when the car is too hot for your pet to be inside.

Make sure you pick up a heat sensor next time you visit Natick Animal Clinic. It’s an easy way to remind yourself to protect your pets from a very sneaky hazard. For more information on overheating dangers or to schedule an appointment at Natick Animal Clinic, please call 508-203-4108 or contact us online.

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Eye-Opening Statisics

Be Aware of the Facts of the Frequency of Parasite and Tick Borne Diseases in the United States

Here are some interesting parasite facts form the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC). This data is provided to the CAPC from Idexx Laboratories and Antech Diagnostics based on the number of pets tested. How does the state that you live in compare to the national numbers?

Heartworm

Dogs:

  • Countrywide 1 out of every 83 dogs tested positive
  • Connecticut 1 out of every 153 dogs tested positive
  • New Hampshire 1 out of every 168 dogs tested positive
  • Maine 1 out of every 77 dogs tested positive
  • Massachusetts 1 out of every 183 dogs tested positive
  • Rhode Island 1 out of every 124 dogs tested positive
  • Vermont 1 out of every 124 dogs tested positive

Lyme

  • Countrywide 1 out of every 16 dogs tested positive
  • Connecticut 1 out of every 7 dogs tested positive
  • New Hampshire 1 out of every 7 dogs tested positive
  • Maine 1 out of every 6 dogs tested positive
  • Massachusetts 1 out of every 6 dogs tested positive
  • Rhode Island 1 out of every 6 dogs tested positive
  • Vermont 1 out of every 6 dogs tested positive

Ehrlichiosis

  • Countrywide 1 out of every 34 dogs tested positive
  • Connecticut 1 out of every 78 dogs tested positive
  • New Hampshire 1 out of every 68 dogs tested positive
  • Maine 1 out of every 82 dogs tested positive
  • Massachusetts 1 out of every 64 dogs tested positive
  • Rhode Island 1 out of every 106 dogs tested positive
  • Vermont 1 out of every 73 dogs tested positive

Anaplasmosis

  • Countrywide 1 out of every 31 dogs tested positive
  • Connecticut 1 out of every 6 dogs tested positive
  • New Hampshire 1 out of every 13 dogs tested positive
  • Maine 1 out of every 13 dogs tested positive
  • Massachusetts 1 out of every 9 dogs tested positive
  • Rhode Island 1 out of every 9 dogs tested positive
  • Vermont 1 out of every 28 dogs tested positive

Roundworm

Dogs:

  • Countrywide1 out of every 57 dogs tested positive
  • Connecticut 1 out of every 59 dogs tested positive
  • New Hampshire 1 out of every 73 dogs tested positive
  • Maine 1 out of every 49 dogs tested positive
  • Massachusetts 1 out of every 63 dogs tested positive
  • Rhode Island 1 out of every 52 dogs tested positive
  • Vermont 1 out of every 59 dogs tested positive

Cats:

  • Countrywide1 out of every 21 cats tested positive
  • Connecticut 1 out of every 17 cats tested positive
  • New Hampshire 1 out of every 28 cats tested positive
  • Maine 1 out of every 19 cats tested positive
  • Massachusetts 1 out of every 25 cats tested positive
  • Rhode Island 1 out of every 17 cats tested positive
  • Vermont 1 out of every 28 cats tested positive

Hookworm

Dogs:

  • Countrywide1 out of every 43 dogs tested positive
  • Connecticut 1 out of every 55 dogs tested positive
  • New Hampshire 1 out of every 68 dogs tested positive
  • Maine 1 out of every 54 dogs tested positive
  • Massachusetts 1 out of every 68 dogs tested positive
  • Rhode Island 1 out of every 54 dogs tested positive
  • Vermont 1 out of every 54 dogs tested positive

Cats:

  • Countrywide 1 out of every 137 cats tested positive
  • Connecticut 1 out of every 292 cats tested positive
  • New Hampshire 1 out of every 614 cats tested positive
  • Maine 1 out of every 231 cats tested positive
  • Massachusetts 1 out of every 423 cats tested positive
  • Rhode Island 1 out of every 269 cats tested positive
  • Vermont 1 out of every 334 cats tested positive

Whipworm

Dogs:

  • Countrywide1 out of every 116 dogs tested positive in
  • Connecticut 1 out of every 101 dogs tested positive
  • New Hampshire 1 out of every 146 dogs tested positive
  • Maine 1 out of every 130 dogs tested positive
  • Massachusetts 1 out of every 138 dogs tested positive

Pets May Help You Sleep Better

Could snuggling up with your pet at night be good for you?

A new study from the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona found that while pets can disrupt sleep sometimes, they also can help us get a better night’s rest.

“If having a pet nearby helps them feel relaxed and gives them a sense of security, which permits them to fall asleep with less difficulty, then I think that is something that does deserve attention,” Dr. Lois Krahn told CBS News.

During this recent study, researchers surveyed 150 people about their pets and sleep habits. About 20 percent reported that their pets were disruptive while 40 percent said that their pets didn’t disturb them or actually helped them get a better night’s rest.

However, it’s important to note that the study did not specifically look at factors including the pet’s sleeping habits, breed, cleanliness or size, according to Palm Beach Post.

Previous research has shown how common it is to sleep with a pet in the United States. A survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association found that close to half of dogs sleep in their owner’s beds and 62 percent of small dogs, 41 percent of medium-sized dogs and 32 percent of large dogs sleep with their owners. The survey also found that 62 percent of cats sleep with their adult owners, and another 13 percent of cats sleep with children, according to WebMD.

Courtesy of CBS News