➤ National Black Cat Appreciation Day
➤ International Homeless Animals’ Day
➤ National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
➤ National Dog Day
➤ Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic
From its opening on August 27, 2012 until the end of December, the Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic has altered 997 cats and dogs, over 550 of them females that will no longer reproduce and will live out their lives happy and healthier.
Nutmeg is a brand-new spay/neuter-only clinic in Fairfield County, which serves the public, rescue groups and shelters. Spay/neuter is the main component of Nutmeg with other services such as rabies, distemper and other vaccines, and microchipping performed only at the time of surgery. The building is located at 25 Charles Street in Stratford, just a stone’s throw off Exit 30 on I-95. Currently, open Monday through Thursday, by appointment only. Website: www.nutmegclinic.org, or call 203-690-1550.
Obamacare May Hike Pet’s Health Care Costs
American health care consumers aren’t the only ones who will be hit by slated Obamacare tax hikes. Medical bills for their pets may go up as well. According to a rule published by the Internal Revenue Service, some medical devices used in veterinary practices will be hit by Obamacare’s 2.3 percent device tax. Many of their manufacturers are expected to hike prices, meaning higher veterinary costs for the nation’s pet owners.
The tax will not hit devices that are used exclusively for veterinary purposes. But a host of such devices are manufactured for use in both human health care and veterinary practices. Those devices’ manufacturers will have to pay the tax. A recent survey of 181 manufacturers found that a 52.5 percent majority plan to “pass along some or all of the increased cost [of the tax] to our consumers.”
“Across the board there is bigger inclination among firms to raise prices and pass on costs to customers as a way to deal with the US tax,” the survey found. Pet owners already spend more than $12 billion on veterinary care annually. Obamacare may make it even more expensive.
Dognapping Cases Up
Dogs are being stolen out of cars, yards, off sidewalks and even out of shelters at an alarming rate, according to the American Kennel Club.
“It only takes a minute for a theft to occur,” American Kennel Club spokeswoman Lisa Peterson told CBS.
Making any pet owner think twice is surveillance video that showed a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel being menaced by a stranger, who then picked up the frightened dog and walked off with him, leaving 7-year-old Mia Bendrat heartbroken the day before Christmas. Marley was sold to a woman, who thought the situation was fishy. Marley was checked for a microchip and Mia and her best friend were reunited.
But happy endings are rare as dognapping cases rise nationwide by almost 70 percent. “Last year for example we tracked more than 432 pet thefts and that’s just scratching the surface,” Peterson said.
Dognappings from stores, shelters and backyards and off sidewalks are preventable. Don’t leave the pet unattended, but most importantly get your pet microchipped. “Because that’s the only way you can prove ownership and get your dog back should it turn up at a vets office or shelter,” Peterson said. The Club tracked 432 pet thefts in 2011, compared to 255 thefts in 2010.