The Importance of Restraining Your Pet
One thing that you are guaranteed to encounter on a trip to the vet office is animals. One thing we hope you will not encounter on that trip is unrestrained animals. Many people are unaware of just how important it is to have their pets restrained when they go to the vet. Some people argue that their dogs have never been on a leash or that they don't like collars. Others worry that their cat will be unhappy being hauled around in a carrier. No one wants to make their pets unhappy but having them loose at a clinic is definitely the worse of the two evils. For every argument against leashing or crating pets there is a stronger one for it.
- My pet does not leave my side. No matter how well trained a pet is, they can still slip up. Your baby may be glued to your hip at home but once placed in another environment anything can happen. Away from home animals are more easily distracted and frightened. With so much going on around them their behavior can easily stray from what you would consider their normal behavior. Other animals, strange people, passing cars, and possibly even the distant memory of their last set of shots can send your baby running for the door.
- My pet is very friendly. Almost everyone is sure that their furry baby is friendly. But if your pet has never had contact with a certain type of animal (dog, cat, bird, etc.) or even a certain type of person (kids, elderly, different races or genders, etc.) then it is impossible to know how your pet will react. It is not uncommon for pets to be fine with one type of animal and not another (same or different from them). Nor is it unusual for them to react differently towards children or someone who is the opposite sex of their owner. These are quirks your pet may have that you do not want to find out about the hard way. Then there is always the fact that no matter how friendly and socialized your baby is, that does not mean the other animals in the room are. You don't want your unleashed dog gleefully greeting the dog-aggressive pooch leashed on the other side of the room.
- Being in a carrier or on a leash stresses my pet out. Being restrained won't traumatize your pet nearly as much as some of the things that could happen when they are loose. Small dogs and cats seem determined to find the smallest place they can squeeze in your car and wrestling them out or discovering they are stuck is not the way you want to start your appointment. Then there is the task of transporting your animal from the car to the building. A running squirrel or honking car horn can easily send your pet flying away from you, whether it's to give chase or run for their lives. Vet offices are usually located near main roads. A bolting animal and speeding car is a recipe for disaster. Even if they manage to avoid the road, being lost is not a picnic. They will have to deal with stray or wild animals, the weather, dangerous plants and objects, and even people. Not everyone likes animals. And the dangers they encounter on their walkabout can last much longer than the time they are missing. Injuries can do permanent damage; certain diseases can travel back with your pet to your other animals; things like poison oak can come back on their fur spreading to everything they touch, including you.
If these aren't good enough reasons to restrain your pet then perhaps this is, it's the law. Most cities require all animals within city limits or in public places to be restrained. Failing to do so can get you into a lot of trouble even if your pet manages to avoid any catastrophes. Keeping your baby restrained and under control while at the vet's office, or anywhere away from home is the safest thing you can do for them. They may not like it at first, but they will adapt and the alternatives can be much worse.
Our Goal Is To Make Your Pet Happy
Living in a small community is almost like stepping backwards in time to the good ol' days. The days where the old men gathered at the barber shop to gossip, or would that be to "catch up on town news"? The women gather at the beauty parlor to get their weekly style and chat, and of course they were not ashamed of discussing the juicier news of the town.
Jackson is one of those small communities that age slowly. Everyone knows what goes on in this town. They know that when you need a prescription filled you head over to the Jackson Drugs or City Pharmacy, and pick up a soda or a greeting card while you're there. If you need a nice suit for your daughter's wedding, you go to Deraney's. If you need your hair cut or colored, you head out to Rita's and catch up with long time friends. The football field is also the only place to be on a Friday night, and of course Jackson Veterinary Clinic is the place you go when your beloved pets are sick or in need of shots.
Located on Second Street, three doors down from the Post Office, the small, slightly aged, building of Jackson Veterinary Clinic can be found. Surrounded by plants and flowers that are strenuously babied to provide a comforting, country feel to this small town vet.
Here at Jackson Veterinary Clinic your pet's health and comfort is our number
one concern. We pride ourselves on being a small, hometown clinic with a
family-like atmosphere. Our well trained staff will help you in any way
possible, whether it is just making an appointment or getting advice on what is
best for your babies. We understand that your pets are a part of your family and
we feel they should be treated that way. So come on by, meet our staff, and
join our family.
369 East Second StreetJackson, Georgia 30233
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