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Don’t Lose Your Pet This Summer

Summer is your pet’s favorite time of the year. The grass is green, the water is cool and there is more daylight to enjoy the outdoors. In rural areas it’s easy let your pet roam free without a care, but how do you ensure they always end up back in your arms? Here are a few good ways to help make sure you never lose your furry friend.

1. Pet Tags: The simplest way ensure your pet doesn’t stay lost for long is to add a small tag to their collar that includes the pet’s name and your phone number. If the constant jingling of a tag drives you or your pet crazy, simply have the contact information embroidered directly onto their collar.
2. Microchips: A more advanced solution to pet tags, a microchip about the size of a grain of rice can be embedded under the skin. Animal shelters that scan for these chips successfully deliver pets with microchips back to their families at a 75% rate.
3. GPS Tracking: The latest and greatest in pet reunification. Track your pet from an app on your mobile device to be ever-connected with your animal. As a bonus, you can even use the device as an activity monitor to learn how much exercise your pet is getting. These apps do however come with a monthly fee to maintain location service.

How do you keep your pet from getting lost? Let us know in the comments below.
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Do You Understand Your Pet’s Nutritional Needs?

Although your pet may love to eat just about anything you give to them, it’s important to understand that their nutritional needs are different from ours.

The average human needs to consume 2000-2500 calories per day. A small, low-activity dog or average sized cat needs only 200-350 calories per day, while a 70-90 pound dog should consume 1000-2000 calories per day.

Unfortunately, many of our pets eat much more than that on a daily basis. It’s no wonder over a quarter of all cats and dogs are overweight.

Next time you’re about to give your furry friend a handful of human food, consider these guidelines.

1. Dogs should consume a minimum of 18% of their daily calories from protein and 10-15% from fat. 
2. Cats need a minimum of 35-40% of their daily calories from protein and 30% from fat.
3. There is no minimum amount of calories your dog or cat must consume from carbohydrates.
4. Just like humans, dogs and cats are made up of 60-70% water, so it’s vital that they stay hydrated throughout the day. 
5. If you can’t feel your dog or cat's ribs without pressing, chances are they’re overweight. Make an effort to exercise with your pet this summer.

Do you have any additional nutrition tips for pet owners? Let us know in the comments below.
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April Showers Bring May Flowers...and Pet Anxiety?

Storm phobias are a common behavioral problem many pet owners face. Thankfully, there are a couple of solutions that can provide your pet the relief they desire. 

1. Just get through it  - If storms are rare or predictable in your area, or if your pet’s storm anxiety is only minor, try this simple solution.

Place a small crate or cage in a secluded area of your house and drape a rug or heavy blanket over the enclosure to insulate it from the sound and block out any light. Train your pet to use the enclosure as a safe place during storms by guiding them to it with chew treats or toys. Soon your pet will likely start making their way to the safety of the cage every time a storm arises.

If additional support is needed, ask your veterinarian about using benzodiazepines, which can be administered to your pet in anticipation of the storm and help keep them calm.

2. Behavioral Training - Although retraining your pet’s emotional response to thunderstorms can take time, it may be best option. 

Start by playing the sounds of thunderstorms (these can be found on YouTube) over a speaker at a low volume. While the sounds play, sit with your pet offering them their favorite treats as they sit calmly through the noise. Over time, increase the volume until your pet is completely desensitized to the sound.

If you’ve found other solutions to your pet’s storm phobia, let us know in the comments below!
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Keep Your Pet Healthy & Happy This Year
 
With the new year in full swing, it’s time to reexamine how you take care of your pet.  Here are some New Year’s resolutions to follow that will keep your pet healthy and happy in 2015.
 
Annual Exams aren’t just for Humans Your pet may not show obvious signs of a health problem, so it’s always best to take your pet in for an annual check-up.  Heart problems, arthritis and toothaches are just a few of the problems your pet can develop with no noticeable signs or symptoms.  Get regular exams to reduce their risk.  _It’s the most important way to keep your pet healthy in 2015._
Spay and Neuter Your Pets Millions of pets end up in U.S. shelters each year.  Make sure you don’t add to that number by spaying and neutering your pets.  These procedures can be done as early as six to eight weeks old.  Not only will you be helping maintain the pet population, but you’ll also reduce your pet's risk of certain cancers and decrease the chances they get lost by curtailing their eagerness to roam.
No More Parasites Fleas are a pain; they can cause irritated skin, hot spots, infection and even hair loss.  Fleas also like to invite their friends to the party, introducing other parasites to your cat or dog.  Worse yet, if only one of those fleas get swallowed, it can end in tapeworms.  Don’t give parasites a fighting chance, use year-round prevention with flea and intestinal parasite control as well as heartworm prevention.
Rid the Excess Pounds  Obesity is a big problem for pets. Just like people, obesity puts your pet at a higher risk for developing serious health problems such as diabetes, cancer or arthritis.  Keep your pet fit this year by not overfeeding them. No matter how cute they look when they beg.  
Have Fun  Pets just want to have fun!  Pets need mental stimulation to thrive, just like people.  Take your dog on a walk or give your cat something to chase around.  Keeping your pets at play strengthens not only their muscles, but also their bond with you!
 
What pet care tips do you have for keeping your pet healthy and happy this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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While the holiday season brings happiness and cheer, we want to help you avoid possible health concerns for your furry friends. Emergency visits to the veterinarian increase during the holidays, often as a result of getting into something they should not. Below are some general tips to enjoy the festivities with your pet this year:

* Properly dispose of bones. Meat bones can easily splinter and cause serious damage to your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. Make sure you have properly disposed of all of the bones and that the garbage is kept out of reach from your curious companions.
* Pets aren’t for stuffing. Too many fatty, seasoned, unfamiliar foods can lead to pancreatitis and gastroenteritis in your pet. These medical conditions can be painful and even life-threatening. If you decide to give your pet a bite of holiday goodies, make sure it is boneless, lean and well-cooked to avoid salmonella bacteria.
* Avoid the sweets, stick with treats. Many desserts prepared during the holidays, contain chocolate and other toxic ingredients to our pets. Give your pets a treat of their own such as a made-for-pet chew bone or a Kong toy.
* Keep out of the kitchen. Be sure to not leave your pet unattended in the kitchen while you are cooking. The yummy smells can be very tempting to your furry friend.
* Eat, drink, and be merry. The holiday season is a fun and busy time of year for us.

Do not forget that your pets need some extra love and care too. Make sure your pet has plenty of food and water during your festivities.
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The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reports an estimated 54% or 93 million dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. And with the holidays around the corner, your pet may be at increased risk for weight gain.
 
What defines pet obesity?
Answer: The animal is 20% or more than their ideal body weight.

Why is this happening?
* Pet owners are overfeeding their furry loved ones.
* Pet food producers may pack their products with byproducts, fillers, and non-digestible ingredients.
 
There are special diets that you can order to help kick start weight loss for pets that are obese. Learn more about pet obesity and awareness here: http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/pet-obesity-awareness/
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I've been going to Honegger's since I first moved here in 1985. I was happy to find a vet close by in a small town. I have never been disappointed in their service. I have lost many pets but all was handled in a very professional way. I've been to many different vets before I came here and NONE compare to Honeggers. I now have 10 cats so being close to a vets is important to me. Every vet there now(all females) are great. All are top of the line.
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Top Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet.

1. It helps control the pet population. Current estimates show there are 45 times more cats and 15 times more dogs than humans on this planet. Many countries are forced to euthanize or disregard the suffering of these animals within their societies due to the overpopulation.

2. Sterilizing your pet will help them live longer, healthier lives. The average dog will live up to three years longer if sterilized and altered cats can live up to five years longer than their unaltered counterparts. This is because sterilized animals have a much smaller risk of developing a variety of different tumors and cancers.

3. A sterilized pet is a safer pet. Having your pet spayed or neutered decreases their likelihood to roam, therefore reducing the chances of them contracting diseases or getting hurt while roaming. Nearly 85% of dogs hit by cars are not sterilized. 

Still not convinced? Consider these additional benefits. Spayed pets have no heat cycles, and therefore won’t be bothered by males as much. Neutering your pet reduces the risk of spraying and marking and also decreases aggressive behavior. 

Can you think of any other benefits of spaying or neutering your pet? Let us know in the comments below!
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Five Ways Your Pet is Keeping You Healthy

Have you thanked your pet lately? You should. Your pet works hard each day to ensure that you’re physically and mentally strong. Here are some ways the pet in your life is keeping you well.
 
1.     They get you outside Your pet wants to play outside and they want you to come with. By spending time outdoors, you expose yourself to the calming effects of nature as well as fresh air and the Vitamin D supplied by the sun. Make an effort to get outside with your pet more often this Spring.
2.     They reduce your stress Petting your furry friend releases a hormone called oxytocin which is known for regulating stress and anxiety. Next time you’re feeling stressed, give your pet some love. It’s a win-win. They get attention, and you feel more relaxed.
3.     They reduce isolation Pets can help fill the void of living alone. When no one else is around, a pet will always listen and rarely interrupt. Furthermore, pets are great social icebreakers. Whether playing around in a park or taking a stroll through your neighborhood, a pet is always eager to introduce you to the next person they see.
4.     They make you smile Your pet has a personality of its own and isn’t shy about it. When your pet’s funny antics cause a chuckle, it raises serotonin and dopamine levels, which make you feel calm and joyful.
5.     They keep you moving Playing with your pet keeps you active. On average, pet owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol than non-pet owners. So, next time your pet wants to play, realize they won’t be the only one to receive a benefit.

Can you think of any other ways that your pet is keeping you healthy? Let us know in the comments below!
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Be sure to consider these things before adding a new pet to your family and home:

- Know Your Family - You want to find a new cat or dog that fits your family’s lifestyle and personality.
- Beware of “Free” Pets - Take time to explore the pets at your local animal shelter that are looking for a new home.
- Pet-Proofing Your Home - Make sure you have a safe and spacious environment for your new loved one.
- First Check-up -  Vaccinations, baseline testing, and a clean bill of health are some things you want to start your pet off with.

Learn more about adding a new pet to your family on our blog - http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/do-you-have-room-in-your-heart-for-another-pet/
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Information You Should Know About Senior Pet Care

Older pets experience an increased chance for a range of different diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, endocrine disease and cancer. It is very important to begin preventive health care at an early age since the beginning stages of these diseases often go unnoticed.

Beginning at age seven, cats and small to medium sized dogs should be screened for additional diseases annually. Larger dogs should begin receiving the same screenings at five or six.

Routine wellness checkups help to establish a healthy baseline and identification of illness earlier.

If your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms  for more than average period of time then please consult your local veterinarian:
* Changes in your pets mobility
* Noticeable weight loss or gain
* Loss of appetite
* Diarrhea or vomiting
* Lumps, bumps or irritation to their skin
* Issues with their teeth
* Issues with their ears or shaking of head

Proactive love and care can help lead your pet to a longer life.

Read more about senior pet care on our blog - http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/senior-pet-care-2/
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Leaving your pet in a car on a hot summer day is very dangerous and can even be lethal. Here are just few reasons why your pet should never be left unattended:
 
* An 85 degree day means the temperature in your car can quickly skyrocket to over 100 degrees. NOTE: your car temperature can rise up to 40 degrees per hour, making it much hotter than outside.
* Cracking the windows does not help decrease the temperature inside the car.
* On hot days your car can reach temperatures of 120 degrees within minutes.
 
It’s important to leave your pet at home or in a cooler environment on hot days to avoid heatstroke symptoms including excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, decreased appetite, rapid heartbeat, fever or  vomiting. If your pet shows any signs of overheating, it is imperative to get him or her cooled off immediately and then taken to a veterinarian for additional care.
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420 N Jefferson St Ossian, IN 46777
420 North Jefferson StreetUSIndianaOssian46777
(260) 622-8065honeggervet.com
Animal Hospital, VeterinarianToday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Monday 8:00 am – 5:30 pmTuesday 8:00 am – 5:30 pmWednesday 8:00 am – 5:30 pmThursday 8:00 am – 5:30 pmFriday 8:00 am – 5:30 pmSaturday 8:00 am – 12:00 pmSunday Closed
The Honegger Animal Clinic in Ossian, Indiana is provides a highly motivated and competent team of veterinarians and staff committed to providing clients with high quality, comprehensive and sensitive veterinary medical care. Our primary purpose is to serve and educate clients who treat their pets as members of their family and want the best veterinary healthcare for them. We continually strive for "excellence" in management, veterinary medicine and service.
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"They have provided excellent care for 4 dogs and 3 cats over the years."
"Love this place and would recommend it to all pet owners."
"They listen to what I have to say and give me options for my pets health care."
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Suzie Freck
a month ago
So glad we found this amazing vet office. Our bulldog 1 year old Mack has scene all three vets there and they are all wonderful about list in to our concerns. Stella (our 7 year old Yorkie/Jack Russell) loves it there too! I'd highly recommend them to any pet owner. They have paw plans available to make it affordable to take care of your pets!
Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your kind words, Suzie. As pet lovers and owners ourselves, we wish to provide you and your furry friends with the best possible care at an affordable price. Thank you for trusting us with the care of Mack and Stella and we hope to see you again soon!
Mandy Masterson
9 months ago
We have only been coming to Honeggers for about 2 years now. Their service is remarkable and their staff is kind and caring. They even sent a sympathy card when we had to put one of our dogs down because of injuries. I couldn't imagine taking my fur babies to another vet.
Response from the owner - 8 months ago
Thank you for writing such a kind review, Mandy. We are delighted to hear that our clinic and staff have lived up to your expectations for the past two years. We look forward to seeing you and your furry friends again soon.
Julie Richardson
6 months ago
We moved out of the area and have to travel 30-45 minutes to get there. But the level of care is worth it.
Response from the owner - 5 months ago
Thank you for reviewing us on Google, Julie. We appreciate you driving out of your way to see us and look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Michelle Brown
a year ago
I started taking my sick cat to Honegger last April. Dr. Reynolds had to tell me that my cat had lymphoma and she had displayed the utmost concern & compassion for her and myself. The staff at Honegger has patiently put up with numerous neurotic calls from me in regards to my cat. My other cat has had a few issues and they got in her in to see them rather quickly. The office is large and spacious, you don't feel squished in there with other strange animals. I would highly recommend this vet.
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Nicole Pett
a month ago
In the past three years they have worked with us in caring for Roacoe, our 120 pound boxer with severe alergies. Love this place and would recommend it to all pet owners.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Thank you for your kind review of our clinic, Nicole! We are honored to be entrusted with your beloved pup’s care and consider you both a part of the HAC family. On behalf of the veterinarians and staff, thank you for recommending us to your friends and family.
Karen Foughty
a year ago
We have been going to Honegger Animal Clinic for 20 years. The staff is very friendly and make us feel like family. They have provided wonderful medical help for our pets. They genuinely care about us and our dogs. They listen to what I have to say and give me options for my pets health care. When we had a pet die, they sent a us a very nice card. I wouldn't take my animals any where else. They are top notch.
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Amy Frick
a year ago
Honegger Animal Clinic has been our veterinary clinic for more years than I can remember...my son was little, he's 27 now! They feel like family and treat us and our pets like we are part of their family, too. The service is always prompt and caring. And I appreciate the time they take to educate me on all the possibilities for my pets care. As my 'babies' get older, their health issues come on much faster and symptoms become serious in short order, but the clinic always gets them in quickly for evaluation and treatment and back on the road to recovery. Thanks to all! P.S. Miss you Dr. Honegger - hope you are enjoying retirement!
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greeneyz boomershine
a year ago
My animals have been clients for a long time over 35 years, and I have always had really positive things to say because we were very happy with the facility. I have provided numerous people with the name and phone number of Honegger Animal Clinic. That being said, I am really concerned because my dog was in a the beginning of April, the 3rd I believe, and the vet assistant who was withdrawing the blood for her heart-worm check hurt her by continuing to dig for the vein without removing the needle, and she is still licking her arm where the needle was inserted, and it has been at least six weeks. I continue to believe that Dr. Makowski is an asset, and she is the main reason we continue coming to the clinic. I also like Dr. Reynolds, but Dr. Makowski is the main reason we are still clients. I have never been as unhappy as I currently am.
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