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Millions of people live with allergies, but many of them have no idea what is causing the runny noses, watery eyes, wheezing and asthma symptoms. They have no idea it’s their fur baby that’s making them sick. Others know they have pet allergies but aren’t willing to give away a family member. And yet others …
Getting your furry friend licensed is an important part of being a pet-owner and it’s an identification tool that can help reunite you with your dog if it were to ever get lost. Although in Los Angeles county both dogs and horses (or any equine animal) requires licenses, we’re specifically addressing the licensing of K-9s. Seeing that requirements vary between counties and states, here’s all you need to know to make sure your SoCal dog meets licensing standards!
How long do I have to license my dog?
Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Santa Barbara and San Bernardino Counties all require pets to be licensed within 4 months of ownership.
Where and how do I take care of licensing?
Animal licenses may be purchased by completing a license application form, along with payment, proof of sterilization and rabies vaccination, at your nearest county’s animal care and control department. Depending on your county, you may also complete these steps by mail, or even more convenient, online via Pet Data.
How often should I renew my pet’s license?
In general for Southern California counties, pet licenses are valid for one year. Failure to renew a pet license can result in a late penalty equal to the cost of the license.
How much does licensing cost?
Fees for pet licensing varies by animal and by city. For example, in LA County, pet licensing ranges from $5 to $60. Typically, licenses for the neutered and spayed are less expensive.
Not a resident of SoCal? Visit http://www.petdata.com/ and they’ll locate all the need-to-knows based on your zip code.
Are your pets up-to-date?
We’d do anything for our furry & feathered little friends, especially when it comes to keeping them happy and healthy. An essential way of keeping them at their healthiest is making sure their vaccines are up-to-date. Here’s a need-to-know list of vaccinations for dogs and cats, according to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
What are vaccines?
Vaccines help prepare the body’s immune system to fight off the invasion of disease-causing organisms. If a harmful disease/ illness is ever introduced to our animals, vaccine’s antigens work to reduce the severity and fight it off entirely. For us, it means peace of mind and quite possibly avoiding high veterinary bills that accompany common canine and feline disease.
What are the core vaccines?
Canine Parvovirus – highly contagious viral illness
Distemper – contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure
Canine Hepatitis – viral disease that causes upper respiratory tract infections
Rabies – transmitted through bites, rabies causes deterioration in the brain and can easily be passed on to humans
Panleukopenia (feline distemper) – highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in the cat population. The causative virus is very resilient and can survive for years in contaminated environments, so vaccination is the best preventative available
Feline Calici Virus – a common respiratory disease in cats
Feline Herpes Virus Type I (rhinotracheitis) – cats in crowded or stressful conditions or with weak immune systems are more susceptible to this vius
Rabies – just as with dogs, rabies causes deterioration of the brain and although the virus can take up to a month to develop, once the symptoms have begun, the virus progresses rapidly
What About Birds?
When importing birds from exotic places was common, bird vaccinations were plentiful. These days, because almost all birds are bred local, bird vaccinations are no longer considered necessary. There is only one recommended vaccine for our feathered friends, but only if your bird will be in contact with other birds whose health benefits are unknown, such as in a bird boarding house.
Polyomavirus Vaccine – a deadly infection that primarily effects birds from the parrot family
Are vaccines required by law?
Each states has its own laws governing the administration of the rabies vaccine; some areas require yearly rabies vaccinations where others call for vaccines every three years. However, up-to-date canine rabies vaccinations are a legal requirement in general. You can download a complete state-by-state guide from the American
Veterinary Medical Association.
How often should my animal be vaccinated?
The best person to ask this question to is your vet! He/she can best determine a vaccination schedule for your animal depending on the type of vaccine, your animal’s age, medical history, environment and lifestyle.
When should I get my new puppy and/or kitty vaccinated?
According to the ASPCA, puppies and kitties should receive a series of vaccinations starting six to eight weeks of age. A vet should administer a minimum of three vaccinations at three to four week intervals, and the final dose should be administered at 16 weeks of age.
For more great information on caring for your pets, download our PET GUIDE.
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Precious pups can brighten up any home with their sweet (not altogether welcome) kisses and fury embraces. They’re our very best friends—snuggling right up next to us on the couch, agreeing to be our jogging buddies on morning runs, and gladly acting as back-up vacuums when we leave a crumb or two on the kitchen floor. Every home should have a snuggly sweetheart, even the ones affected by allergies.