While love is always the most important thing you can do for your pet, there are a host of other factors to consider. Our veterinarian in Bridgeport has put together some helpful tips and tricks about various topics to help your pet live a long, happy, and healthy life!
Our Tips for Healthy Pets and Savvy Owners
Purchasing Pet Medications Online
Caring for your pet also means getting them the right medications. Even standard medications such as heartworm pills or flea and tick meds can be ordered online, but you must be ordering from a reputable vendor.
Some signs that the online pharmacy you’re ordering from is legit:
- You’ll need to provide a valid prescription from a veterinary clinic
- The pharmacy is located in the United States and has a valid street address
- The pharmacy is licensed by a state agency or state board of pharmacy
There are more helpful tips for navigating online pharmacy orders on the FDA website.
What Are Cook County’s Pet Laws?
Being a responsible dog or cat owner means abiding by the city’s rules. Here are the Cook County pet laws for your reference.
Rabies vaccines are required for any dog that is 6 months or older. A licensed veterinarian must administer these vaccines and your dog will receive an updated rabies tag with each new vaccine.
Don’t skip this important vaccination, as rabies can be lethal for your dog. Make sure to keep your dog updated as their vaccines begin to wear off.
There are many dog-friendly areas scattered throughout the city. To keep your dog and other dogs safe in these contained areas, you must register any dog that is 4 months or older. To officially register your dog in the city, you’ll need to prove that your dog is up to date on his or her rabies vaccine.
Spayed female or male dogs cost $5 to register while unsterilized dogs cost $50 to register. Replacement licenses cost $20. You can access the registration forms at the City Clerk office or on their website.
Lost Pet Help
Thousands of pets go missing each year, with only hundreds making their return to their forever families.
The City of Chicago has two approved facilities to host stray dogs. One is Chicago Animal Care and Control and the other is the Animal Welfare League. If your dog goes missing, try contacting one of the above facilities.
You can also get in touch with other vets or animal hospitals in the city to try to track down your dog. Microchipping is another easy line of defense to help keep your dog safe, but please note that a microchip isn’t a GPS tracker for your pet.
For more information and personalized service, please call our team at Urban PetRx today!