Category: Expert Advice

3 5 Things Every Pet Owner Should Learn About Microchips in 2015


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By Aimee Gilbreath, Found Animals Executive Director
If you’re still trying to think of a New Year’s resolution, here’s one for you pet owners: Resolve to keep your beloved pet safe this year through microchipping. Why? The stats are astonishing. Microchipped dogs are 2.4 times more likely to make it out of a shelter and back home, and chipped cats are a whopping 21.4 times more likely to make it home!
To help you utilize your pet’s microchip to its fullest potential in 2015, we’ve worked out five “golden rules” of microchips. These tips will help you reconnect with your…

Bringing Your New Dog Home: Training Seminar Recap



Our trainer, Chelsea, gave a seminar at Adopt & Shop last week and outlined some basic training tips for bringing a new dog into your home. If you couldn’t make it in person, fear not, we recap them here to get you started:

When bringing a new dog home, the most important thing to remember is to go at the dog’s pace.
Each dog takes time to adjust to a new environment, and we can make it easier on him by giving him a safe space all his own.  This space can be a crate, a dog bed, or a…

Volunteering with Animals: Volunteerism on the Rise Nationally

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It’s no secret that volunteering has many benefits, including confidence building, increased mental and physical wellness, networking opportunities, and a sense of social responsibility, to name a few. Reflecting on the last year at Found Animals, our team has been incredibly thankful for the amazing volunteer staff that help us keep things running smoothly each day. In 2014, Found Animals adopted out over 1,300 animals and served hundreds of thousands of pets between all of our programs, and we simply could not do it alone. It excites us to see that volunteerism continues to be on the rise nationally, particularly…

Meandering Through the Microchip Maze | 4 Golden Rules



Originally published in Pulse Magazine | November 2014
Written by: Deva Content and Executive Director, Aimee Gilbreath.

Guiding Your Practice to Microchip Mastery
In spite of the myriad issues plaguing America’s microchip economy today, microchips are still the most reliable form of permanent identification for pets. Mass movement toward the ISO standard and increasing awareness of universal scanners and are chipping away at the number of microchipped pets that slip through the cracks in the system. As animals professionals, we have a duty to not only educate our clients on the microchip registration process, but also to implement…

Bringing Home Your New Kitten

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Adopting a kitten is a happy and exciting time.  You’ve found the perfect little bundle of fluff and now you are preparing to bring him home.  Knowing what to expect from your kitten’s first days in your home will help you better prepare for his arrival, especially for the first-time cat parent.

Give Kitty Time to Adjust.
Once your new kitten is home, he may feel overwhelmed and scared, and he may try to hide under a bed where you can’t interact with him.  It’s best to start him off in a small room, such as a bathroom, where you…

Paws Come with Claws: Declawing Cats

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Many owners elect to declaw their cats so that the cat does not scratch furniture, other pets, children, or even the owners themselves.  Many people are under the impression that declawing is the equivalent to cutting our fingernails when, in fact, declawing involves the amputation of the last part of the cat’s toe.

Please review the following information if you are considering declawing:

  • The healing process can be very painful and can lead to long-term health issues.
  • Postoperative complications include hemorrhages, infections, and nail regrowth.
  • Declawing robs cats of their ability to climb and scratch (a method of marking territory),

Understanding Normal Puppy Behavior

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As cute as they are, puppies are a handful!  You need be patient and understanding with your puppy, and work on training him as soon as he comes home with you.  If left unattended, cute puppy behavior will evolve into adult dog behavior problems.  Here is a list of training tips to help calm a few of the more unwelcome,  but normal,  puppy behaviors.

Mouthing and Chewing
Mouthing and chewing are very normal puppy behaviors.  It may seem like the nipping is never going to end, and it can be difficult to break the habit.  But break it you must,…

How to Prepare for Your New Dog’s First Few Days

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How to Prepare for Your New Dog's First Few Days

So you have decided to add to your family by bringing home a new canine companion.  Good for you!  This is the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship. To ensure that your relationship starts on good footing, here are a few tips on preparing for your new best friend.
First, we strongly suggest that you get identification for your pet within the first day.  Even if you’re not sure what your pet’s name will be, having your name and contact information on your pet’s collar makes all the difference in recovering your pet should they get lost.

Dog-Proofing Your…

Introducing Your New Cat to Existing Pets

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Cats are territorial by nature and stress very easily so introducing your new cat to other cats or dogs must be done carefully.  If introductions are done improperly, it can be traumatizing or potentially dangerous.  Follow these tips to introduce your new cat to your existing pets.

If you haven’t yet, take a moment to read our article about the basics of bringing home your new cat. 
Keep your new cat separate from the other pets in a quiet, small to medium sized room for the first 7-10 days.
Allow the animals time to learn each others’ scents by:

Collar Fitting and Leash Pulling

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The first step in training your dog to walk properly on a leash is to learn the basics of collar fitting.  There are two options available when shopping for a collar:
Flat Collars

  •  A flat collar is a basic collar secured with a standard buckle, or quick-release buckle.
  • Flat collars are made of a variety of materials and have a metal ring for attaching identification tags and leash.
  •  To fit a flat collar, measure your dog’s neck and use this measurement against the size range shown on your preferred collar.  You should be able to fit two fingers between the