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Moving or traveling with a pet usually involves more than putting the animal in a car and driving off, especially if you�re moving or traveling far away. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) offers tips to help you prepare for a move and make it go a little smoother:

Have your current veterinarian's phone number handy in case of an emergency or if your new veterinarian needs more information about your pet. Travel with a copy of your pet's medical records especially if the animal has a difficult medical history. If your pet is on medication, be sure to have plenty for the trip. Veterinarians cannot write a prescription without a prior doctor/patient relationship. This means that in order to get any drugs, your pet will need to be examined first by his/her new doctor. This may be inconvenient if you need medication right away. You may ask your current veterinarian for a prescription before you move or travel. If your pet is on a special therapeutic diet, purchase an extra supply in case you can't find the food right away in your new area. If your travel involves driving, you should book ahead hotels that accept animals. Some pets travel better while tranquilized. Discuss this with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may suggest giving your pet a test dose of a tranquilizer three to four weeks before your trip to check the dosage and adjust it if necessary. What you don't need in the middle of a move is one more thing to worry about so plan ahead.

Chillicothe Animal Clinic has recently renewed the AAHA accreditation following a thorough American Animal Hospital Association evaluation, which included a quality assessment review of the hospital's practice protocols, medical equipment, facility and client service.

We are a full service veterinary hospital providing services that include: laboratory services, surgery, diagnostic imaging, patient care, preventive care, referral services, and emergency care. We have been serving the Chillicothe-Ross County area for thirty-five years. The Chillicothe Animal Clinic is the only hospital in the Chillicothe-Ross County area accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association.

It's spring; it's time to mulch. The question remains: is cocoa bean shell mulch toxic to pets? We have never seen this toxicity, but dogs eat mulch and are especially susceptible to theobromine and caffeine ---- chemicals that are called methylxanthines and present in chocolate. Manufacturers now state that current processing technology results in lower chemical residues. An interesting article published in the American Veterinary Medical Association NEWS is a good review concerning this product. Click here to read the article.


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