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Portsmouth Animal Hospital

Portsmouth Animal Hospital is a friendly and welcoming Veterinary Clinic located in beautiful Portsmouth, Virginia. Formerly known as Casey Animal Hospital, Dr. Klarissa Ligon purchased the practice in July 2011 and Portsmouth Animal Hospital was created! Dr. Klarissa Ligon, the medical director and the owner of Portsmouth Animal Hospital graduated from Virginia Tech and has worked in multiple Virginia cities as a Veterinarian. Her special interests include dermatology, dentistry, and holistic medicine. She is currently expanding her education and interests in veterinary acupuncture as well. The practice also includes three other Veterinarians; Dr. Amy Harrell, Dr. David Smith, and Dr. Lisa Corkern, and includes eleven other team members who keep the Veterinary Hospital running in tip-top shape.

If you are looking for a clinic that has years of experience in offering regular pet wellness care and who stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology then this is your place! A few of their services include dermatology, emergency and urgent care, flea and parasite prevention, end of life care, boarding, grooming, dental and x-rays, while also catering to many species of animals. At Portsmouth Animal Hospital they are committed to educating their clients in how to keep their pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise. Be sure to check them out today!

 

 

By Jessica Luther

Bonilla Pet Photography

Pets and Summer Celebrations

Summer is here and that means cookouts, celebrations, and firework-filled nights! We all want to make sure our pets stay safe during these times. Are you prepared?

Here are some tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Preparing in advance:

  • Make sure your pets – cats and dogs alike – have identification tags with up-to-date information.
  • If your pets aren’t already microchipped, talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. This simple procedure can greatly improve your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.
  • If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date.
  • Take a current photo of all of your cats, dogs– just in case.
  • If your pet has historically been anxious during celebrations or fireworks, or if you have reason to expect potentially harmful reactions, consider behavioral therapy to desensitize your pet and reduce the risk of problems. Some pets may need medication. Consult your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist.
  • Make sure the environment is safe and secure. If your neighbors set off fireworks at an unexpected time, is your yard secure enough to keep your pet contained? Evaluate your options, and choose the safest area for your animals; and make improvements if needed to make the area more secure.

Safety during celebrations:

  • Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
  • Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
  • If you’re hosting guests, ask them to help keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t escape. Placing notes on exit doors and gates can help both you and your guests remain vigilant.
  • Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from curious pets.
  • Don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
  • Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people.
  • Remember that too much sun and heat (and humidity!) can be dangerous to pets. Keep them inside when it’s extremely hot/humid; make sure they have access to shady spots and plenty of water when outdoors; don’t leave them outside for extended periods in hot weather; and know the signs that a pet may be overheating.
  • Never leave your pet in your car when it’s warm outside. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be dangerous to pets.
  • If you’re travelling out of town for the holiday, consider leaving your pets at home with a pet sitter or boarding them in a kennel. If you need to bring them with you, be sure you know how to keep them safe.

After the celebrations:

  • Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat.
  • If you hosted guests, check both your yard and home for food scraps or other debris that might be dangerous to pets, such as food skewers.

By Jessica Luther

Bonilla Pet Photography

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