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Pet care reminders during the holiday season

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Now that we have officially entered the holiday season, it’s important that pet owners make the appropriate arrangements for their animals to receive grooming, vaccinations and other wellness care before the holiday activity goes into full swing.

According to Dr. Mike Graves of Binford Pet Wellness Clinic, grooming becomes a highly sought-after service for the holiday season. Many pet owners who may not normally prioritize grooming suddenly recognize the need for it as the holiday season begins. He advises that grooming matters for more than purely aesthetic reasons.

"Dogs and cats who are overdue from a grooming session may also be missing out on an important wellness inspection because it gives us a chance to look for skin issues, eye or ear infections, parasitic infestations and other potential health problems," said Dr. Graves.

The clinic tries to communicate the need to book grooming appointments early usually by sending out emails to its clientele.

“Even so, pets should receive proper grooming as a critical aspect of their wellness care, regardless of the season,” advises Dr. Graves.

Another service that peaks during the holidays is pet boarding. Pet owners should try to schedule all required vaccinations or vaccination updates in advance of the holidays, especially if owners plan to board their pets while they travel. Most boarding facilities require documented proof that all of a pet's core vaccinations are current before accepting the pet into the facility, for the sake of the other boarders' health.

"It is important to schedule all vaccinations before the date of your boarding reservation, or your pet may end up with no place to stay and no one to take care of him," warns Dr. Graves.

The Binford Pet Wellness Clinic is located at 5868 E. 71st Street, Suite P, Indianapolis, IN 46220 Telephone: 317-468-9414

The clinic offers a variety of services including dental care, spay and neuter surgery, pest prevention, grooming, microchipping and emergency treatment for Indianapolis pets.

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