Tomorrow, August 15th, is National Check the Chip day. The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association have joined together to celebrate pets with microchips and to promote microchipping of pets that do not have them. Microchips are very small identification devices (slightly larger than a grain of rice) that contain vital information about your pet and you, the owner. It is permanently implanted under the skin, between the shoulder blades of dogs and cats and can be “read” through the skin by a microchip scanner. The scanner reveals a number which can be looked up in a database of owner’s names, phone numbers, addresses and other emergency contact information. Microchips are crucial in helping lost animals find their way home. Most recently, microchips played a huge role in finding homes of dogs and cats affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. When lost or stray pets were presented to the local humane societies, doctors and staff scanned the animals and were able to look up owners’ information linked to the microchip number. Thousands of pets were reunited with their families. For more information on microchips and registration, click on the following link: https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/Check-the-Chip-Day.aspx
This year is the 159th Annual Reading Fair. We hope to see you there! For detailed information and special discounts, go to: www.readingfair.us Only $10 admission per person includes all activties for the day! Days & Times: Sunday: 1 PM to 8 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 4 PM to 10 PM – Wednesday & Saturday: 1 PM to 10 PM
Directions: – The Reading Fairgrounds is located off of Route 183, at County Welfare & Hilltop Roads in Bern Township, Berks County, PA. From 222 follow 183 North to the traffic light at CVS/pharmacy, turn left and follow the BIG YELLOW SIGNS TO THE 2013 Reading Fair.
Most male dogs and cats are ready and willing to reproduce by the time they are six to 12 months of age. There are able to breed consistently throughout the year or whenever they are exposed to a receptive female. Both male dogs and cats are prone to wander in search of romance and find themselves exposed to fighting with another animals or dangers such as cars. In addition, male cats are well-known to mark their territories by spraying ordorous urine on furniture, walls, shrubs, etc. Male dogs are sometimes equally anxious to mark their territories. Surgical neutering of male dogs and cats, called orchiectomy, eliminated any reproductive behavior and reduces urine odor and the desire to spray. Your male dog or cat will continue to have his own unique personality. He will be less likely to roam and enjoy staying at home more. The surgery removes the testicles. If you have specific questions, please give us a call!
In January of 2012, Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht created a non-profit K-9 organization called the “Friends of Berks County Sheriff K-9”. The goal of the program is to help maintain and enhance the Berks County Sheriff K-9 unit and to provide education and awareness to the citizens of Berks County. Become a member by choosing one of the following:
- Silver member: $25.00 – $99.00 ID Card / News Letter/ Patch
- Gold member: $100.00 – $999.00 ID Card / News Letter / Patch / 1 Polo Shirt / 2 Tickets to Summer Picnic at Kyle D. Pagerly Memorial K-9 training facility in Berks
- Corporate / Platinum member: $1000.00 + Company or Business ID Card / News Letter / 5 Patches / 5 Polo Shirts / 5 Tickets to Summer Picnic at the Kyle D. Pagerly Memorial K-9 training facility in Berks / K-9 Meet and Greet at your place of business or organization
Animal Rescue League of Berks County ATTENTION tarantula lovers. The ARL just received an adult tarantula which is now up for adoption. Any takers? Please contact them. www.berksarl.org
It’s important to get your pet microchipped; but it’s just as important to make sure that microchip contains the correct information in order for your four-legged friend to get home. That’s why the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) are teaming up to encourage pet owners to update their pet’s microchip information on National Check the Chip Day, Aug. 15. Almost 9.6 million pets are euthanized every year because their owners can’t be found, according to the American Humane Association. While tags and collars are important, microchipping is a valuable method because the microchip won’t wear out, tear, slip off or become lost. How does a microchip work? The microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, is injected by a veterinarian or veterinary technician just beneath your pet’s skin in the area between the shoulder blades. This is usually done without anesthesia, and the experience can be compared to getting a vaccination. Each microchip has a unique registration number that is entered into a database or registry, and is associated with your name and contact information. If your lost dog or cat is found by an animal hospital, shelter or humane society, they will use a microchip scanner to read the number and contact the registry to get your information. Make sure you can be found, too While it may be comforting to know the microchip won’t get lost or damaged, and that it will probably last the pet’s lifetime, the microchip is useless if you’re not updating your contact information with the registry. If your pet has been microchipped, keep the documentation paperwork so you can find the contact information for the registry. If you don’t have the documentation paperwork, contact the veterinarian or shelter where the chip was implanted. Keep in mind there are more than a dozen companies that maintain databases of chip ID numbers in the U.S. By using AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup at petmicrochiplookup.org, you can locate the registry for your chip by entering the microchip ID number. If you don’t have your pet’s microchip ID number, have a veterinarian scan it and give it to you. Only about 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their way back to their owners. Prevent the heartache and ensure your pet has an up-to-date microchip
The original inhabitants of Wyomissing, in Berks County, were Indians from the Lenni Lenape tribe who lived along the banks of the Wyomissing Creek. The word Wyomissing is a phonetically derived the Indian name for the area whose exact meaning is unknown, but most likely means “a place of flats” which makes much sense considering how flat Wyomissing is compared to nearby surrounding areas. Much of Berks County was transfered from the Indians to William Penn in 1685. Title to the land that much of Wyomissing is built upon was in two parcels, an eastern tract and a western tract, which were divided by a northwesterly line in the vicinity of Lake Avenue. One of the earliest industries in the area was the Evans Grist Mill. This building still stands at the corner of Old Mill Road and Old Wyomissing Road. To learn more, go to: http://www.co.berks.pa.us/Muni/Wyomissing/Pages/EarlyHistory.aspx
Hosts : The immature stages are frequently found on small rodents such as meadow mice. The adults are frequently found on dogs (hence the name) and can be recognized by the distinctive white markings on their back. The American dog tick may become greatly engorged, achieving the size of a grape. In addition to man, the other hosts are cat, cattle, donkey, hog, horse, mule, sheep, coyote, deer, fox, wolf, wildcat, badger, opossum, rabbit raccoon, rat, skunk, squirrel, weasel and ground hog. Diseases : American dog ticks are the major carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which is less common than Lyme disease, but a potentially more serious illness. This tick has also been known to transmit tularemia, and to cause tick paralysis.
In January of 2012, Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht created a non-profit K-9 organization called the “Friends of Berks County Sheriff K-9”. The goal of the program is to help maintain and enhance the Berks County Sheriff K-9 unit and to provide education and awareness to the citizens of Berks County. As the Friends of the Berks County Sheriff K-9 association grows, they will expand their efforts to support the needs of the K-9’s as well as make the public aware of the contributions and safety issues in the County of Berks where the K-9 teams will serve. For more information, go to: http://www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/Sheriff/Pages/FriendsoftheBerksSheriffK9.aspx