Barkley’s New Home

Barkley got a new home!!! She was adopted by a wonderful young couple who were our clients several years ago with their other dog. Now they have children aged 6 1/2 years and a 3 years old. Dad is a teacher and mom is an admin assistant. They were all very excited. Barkley fell in love with the little boy because he loves to throw the tennis ball. Best of all, we will continue to see them all for her continued care.

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Meet our September 2016 STAR Puppy Graduates!

After six weeks our recent graduates beamed as they and their puppies passed the 20 items necessary for the AKC STAR Puppy program. The puppies learned everything they would need for them to go on to the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) class. The CGC is for dogs 1 year and older. As our recent grads continue to reinforce the skills learned in class they will be ready to go on to the next class. Congratulations graduates!

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Ginger and handler Jennifer

Ginger and handler Jennifer

Skye with handlers Jim & Diane

Skye with handlers Jim & Diane

Colby and handler Renee

Colby and handler Renee

Missie with handlers Susie & Amy

Missie with handlers Susie & Amy

Geno Can Press the Staples “Easy” Button

After just a few short 15-minute sessions, Geno can press the Staples “Easy” button. It’s called “shaping” behavior.  Does your dog have a behavior you would like to change? Does your dog jump up? Let’s shape that behavior into a “sit pretty.” Does your dog paw at you? We can shape that into a “high five.” Do you want your dog to go to their bed or crate with a simple command? Or do you just want your dog to learn a cool trick like touching the Staples “Easy” button? Give us a call and talk to Debbie about setting up an appointment. 850-274-5710

Puppy Fun

The AKC S*T*A*R Puppy class has started and what fun we are having! We are in week two and the pups are learning to walk on a leash. They have also learned “sit” and “down.” It’s not too early to reserve your spot for our next puppy class so give us a call to join in the fun 850-274-5710 IMAG0244 IMAG0259 IMAG0248 IMAG0264

Basic Dog Manners Class

We will be starting a Basic Dog Manners class on Thursday, 08/25/16. This is the class for you if you want your dog to have basic manners such as “sit” “down” “stay” and “come.” We also work with dogs who bark and jump up. Do you have a particular issue you want to work on with your dog? Give us a call and we can tell you more. Class will begin at 7:00PM and last about an hour at the At Home Veterinary Care Center. Call today to reserve a spot for you and your dog! 850-274-5710

AKC S.T.A.R puppy classes

At Home Veterinary Care would like to invite you to join us for our AKC S.T.A.R Puppy classes.

Our wonderful trainer, Debbie Eaglebarger, will be teaching the classes every Tuesday night from 7-8pm, starting next Tuesday. (August 16, 2016)

It is a 6 week training program where your furry family member will learn basic housetraining skills, while giving them a chance to socialize with other dogs.

The fee for the 6 week program is $100.

Debbie will administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test at the end of the course. Upon passing the test, you’ll get an application to send to AKC® for enrollment in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program as well as an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal.

Call us at 850-274-5710 or email us at appointment@athomevet.care to sign up.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

To learn more about this program, feel free to check out the AKC website:  http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/akc-star-puppy/

Rattlesnake Vaccine

 

The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is the largest and potentially the most dangerous rattlesnake on our continent. They grow to be an average of 3-6 feet and snakes up to 8 feet long have been reported. This rattlesnake is found in the whole state of Florida and the surrounding areas of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Diamondbacks are distinctive because of the brown diamonds on their back; the diamonds are usually bordered in black on a cream colored body. Their preferred habitats include pine forests and scrublands and coastal barrier islands. This means     that these snakes are especially common in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas because the entire area from the city south to the coast is covered with pine forests and the Gulf coast west to the rest of the Panhandle has many barrier islands formed from built up sandbars. Since humans have built houses, parks, etc. in their home, the rattlesnakes are stuck in a hostile world where their prey has also disappeared. This means dogs and cats can run into rattlesnakes and corner or aggravate them. Snakes in Florida do not usually attack unless provoked, but curious cats or dogs can box these creatures in their shelter or in the pets’ backyard. Rattlesnakes are not aggressive: the warning rattle shows that the snakes prefer to bite in defense, otherwise they would attack with no warning. Most people that are bitten by rattlesnakes accidently step on them, we can infer that most pets that are bitten accidently stumble upon an aggravated snake. Rattlesnakes have the only neurotoxic venom of the 6 venomous species of snakes in Florida. Neurotoxic means toxic to the nervous system: symptoms of rattlesnake envenomation include tissue and muscle damage, extreme pain at the site of the bite, blurred vision, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing and the worst symptom is respiratory failure (suffocation).

To alleviate this problem, we now have a vaccine against rattlesnake venom that will protect your pet. The vaccine boosts immunity to the venom and makes the pet’s reaction less severe. You will have more time to get the pet to a veterinary hospital, the pet will have less inflammation and fewer muscular and neurological effects from the bite, the pet will require less medication and less intensive hospitalization: your pet is more likely to survive the venom. The vaccine costs $70 for the course of the vaccine. There is the initial vaccine and then a booster shot 30 days later. From then on the vaccine should be added to your annual vaccines. The vaccine can be recommended to any dog, but is especially recommended to dogs whom go hiking, camping, kayaking and do other outdoor activities with their family. Small dogs and cats are especially vulnerable to rattlesnake venom, just like children are more vulnerable than adults. A rattlesnake biting an unvaccinated cat is almost 100% fatal. The vaccine may confer immunity to other species of rattlesnakes and other pit vipers with similar venom. Unfortunately, there is not a water moccasin or coral snake vaccine yet.

 

Please note to ensure that there is no miscommunication: this vaccine does not confer 100% immunity to rattlesnake venom! Even if an animal has a vaccine, a rattlesnake bite is a medical emergency and it may need to be treated with antivenin: the sooner the better. This vaccine gives you time to get your pet to the vet, and a better chance at survival with fewer long-term health effects.