Here’s a compendium of news for your and your pet,:
Let’s start with PetEx, the big critter-related expo happening at the Roanoke Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the event is $7 for adults and $5 for kids, but a little bird on Facebook said there are FREE kids passes at the checkout counter of your friendly neighborhood Kroger store. That makes the event very affordable for families.
Speaking of affordable, if your pet needs a rabies vaccine, the Virginia Department of Public Health is holding a clinic at Washington Park (corner of Burrell Street and Orange Avenue in Roanoke) from 9 a.m. to noon on May 12 and the vaccine will only cost $5. Pups must be at least three months old and all dogs must be leashed. Cats must be in a carrier. If you have a certificate of prior vaccination, your pet is eligible for a three-year vaccine.
You can save time by pre-registering online at www.tinyurl/rabiesclinic2012 by May 9.
Got a pit-bull-type doggie and want to be a responsible pet owner? You can get your pittie fixed for the low, low price of $23 at Mountain View Humane in Christiansburg. The clinic got a grant to fix 100 bully-breed dogs and so far 19 people have taken advantage of this bargain. To get in on the deal, call 382-0222 to make an appointment. If you can’t make it all the way out to the New River Valley, ask about a free ride on the Hip to Snip trip when you make your appointment.
Has your dog gotten into something potentially toxic? There’s an app for that.
The Pet Poison Helpline has launched a new iPhone app and a mobile-enhanced website, making it that much easier to get your questions answered when your pet has made a questionable edible call. The app has an index that allows users to search a full-color database for toxins, cross-referencing them by common and scientific terms.
The app costs .99 cents and is available through iTunes. For more information, go to www.petpoisonhelpline.com