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Happy Autumn!

There’s a change in the air!  Mornings are brisk with rain and wind knocking down the fall foliage. Raking that foliage into big piles creates a perfect opportunity for the kids and pets to rearrange the pile. Enjoy the moment!

This month’s Hometown Pet Advisor has great insights on: 

  • Caring for Your New Puppy or Kitten
  • Why Shedding Happens, Fun Facts and What To Do About It 
  • Five Questions To Ask Before Keeping Sheep
  • Hometown Veterinary Care Adds Equine Practice

Tell us about the activities you and your pet enjoy. Snap a photo and leave a comment on our Facebook Page.  We’d love to hear from you. So would our community of pet loving friends!

—Your friends at Hometown Veterinary Care

EQUINE PRACTICE NOW OPEN


Over the years our large animal practice has focused primarily on cows, sheep, goats, alpacas and llamas. Now, we’re delighted to add horses to our large animal practice. We’re looking forward to helping you maintain and improve the health of these beautiful, hard-working and intelligent animals.  

The primary equine veterinarians are Drs. Amy McGee; Emily Bartlett and Amanda Chaney.

CARING FOR NEW PUPPIES AND KITTENS


Are you about to bring home a new puppy or kitten and want them to grow into healthy and happy pets?  Here are some suggestions to help you do just that.  

Get a Pet Carrier
When you pick up your puppy or kitten for the first time you’ll need a pet carrier.  An unrestrained puppy or kitten in your vehicle can be hazardous to you and them. Keep in mind they’ll be nervous, and a pet carrier lined with a towel will contain any possible mess.  And, when it’s time for their veterinary visit they’ll travel and sit in the office safe and sound.  

You should have a leash and collar with tags for the puppy and a collar with tags for kitty.  Be sure to list your phone number and if you wish, list our office number on the tag. 

Food and water bowls should be small and stable so puppies and kittens don’t have to strain or climb to eat and drink.

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SHEDDING: WHY IT HAPPENS, WHAT YOU CAN DO, AND SOME FUN FACTS


Shedding Is a Year-Round Experience  
Shedding hair and fur is a year round experience, and the amount of shedding depends on the breed. The common belief is that pets shed because of temperature. Actually, what affects shedding the most is the length of daylight. Since fall has arrived, we thought you might want to hear a little bit about shedding, what to do about it, and some fun facts.  

Remove Mats and Look for Bare, Itchy Spots
If your breed of cat or dog has long thick hair, you are encouraged to groom them daily and prevent any mats from developing, which are found  mostly behind the ears and on legs. You’ll want to remove them with electric trimmers to avoid cutting the skin by accident.  Shedding is gradual, so if you see any bare, itchy or raw spots please bring this to our attention.

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SO YOU WANT TO KEEP SHEEP?


An important part of our practice is devoted to the health of large animals. Central Maine has many wonderful farms and prospective pasture to raise farm animals. If you are considering raising sheep here are some initial questions and thoughts to get you moving in the right direction.  

Wool, Meat or Stock
Do you want to produce wool or do you want to augment your freezer or produce pedigree stock? The breed or crossbreed of sheep that is best for wool production is not necessarily the best for meat, or for raising pedigree stock. There are over 200 breeds of sheep to choose from. Understanding what you want out of your sheep will help you focus on the right breed or crossbreed for you.  

Acreage Needed for Sheep
It depends. What is the quality of the soil?  What is the average rainfall and distribution of rain in your area?  Do you have enough acreage to rotate pastures? At a minimum, you might consider 3-4 ewes per acre and up to six ewes on rich, lush pasture. Larger breeds would require fewer sheep per acre, while smaller breeds can handle more sheep per acre.

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