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Something to Cluck about this week.

September 25, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 4:53 pm

Pet Talk!

Something to Cluck about this week.

By Dr. Norette L. Underwood


CLUCK, Cluck,


With every one wanting to provide a safe food supply, raising chickens has been a very popular endeavor.  So I have gone away from cats and dogs this week to our fine-feathered friend the chicken. Chickens are cool there are many different exotic looking breeds. Many people raise chickens to show, and for meat and eggs. So I have provided some basic facts about raising chickens.


According to Colorado State University, eggs from hens raised at home may contain more vitamins and less cholesterol than other eggs.  Before adopting chickens, be sure to check with your homeowners association and any city ordinances prohibiting the raising of livestock.


There are 3 essential topics for chicken care;


The food: Chickens eat insects, worms fruits, grass, kitchen scraps, etc.  A proper chicken diet should contain a good amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Access to clean water is also essential for healthy chickens.  A 6-pound chicken can consume about 3 pounds of feed per week.


The Coop:  A well built and secured coop, including a laying box and a run area keep the chickens safe from the elements, as well as from foxes, raccoon, cats, and other predators.  There should be 4 square feet of interior space per chicken’


The maintenance:  Chickens raised in a backyard are usually very healthy. They spend their time pecking, scratching and quietly pecking.  A clean environment is necessary in keeping your chickens healthy and happy.  Make sure you routinely clean and disinfect the feeders, watering containers, the coop and the run.


If you have questions about care of chickens you local county extension office is a great resource.  You may also contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood of Best Friends Vet Mobile Service and Trumann Animal Clinic at

How to Be the Best Pet Parent in Town!

September 18, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 8:13 pm

Pet Talk

By Dr. Norette L Underwood


How to Be the Best Pet Parent in Town!


  1. Think twice before taking your dog to public places.


Before taking your pet into a public place make sure your pet is comfortable with crowds.  Your dog’s temperament has a lot to do with how they react around other people and pets.  Make sure you have an adequate leash and that your pup knows basic obedience commands.


  1. Vaccinate your pet on schedule.

Be sure and get your pups vaccines on schedule.  Vaccines start at 6 weeks and continue every 3 weeks until your pup is 18 weeks of age.  After the initial series of shots they are vaccinated and checked by your veterinarian every 6 months.  If your dog goes to daycare, travels, or competes in field or agility trials, or goes to dog shows make sure that they are vaccinated against canine dog flu.


  1. Keep Medical Marijuana out of reach.

    Be careful with any medications, chocolate and other toxic substances. These substances can be dose dependent. How much your pet eats makes a difference as to how intoxicated they get.  Contact your veterinarian immediately.  Your vet will force your pet to vomit and they continue with other treatments.


  1. Pick up after your pet.

    Pet feces can spread bacterial species and parasites that live in the stool.  People and other animals can get sick by coming into contact with this material.  So please pick up your pets poop. Not only does it spread disease, but also it is smelly and unsightly.


  1. Know when to seek the help of a professional trainer.

    If you have a dog that is aggressive or is difficult to control, consider hiring a professional to help you train your dog.  Small problems as a pup can turn into big problems as an adult.  Most dogs that are surrendered to shelters are due to behavior problems.  Remember your pet only know what it is taught.

If you have questions about being a good dog parent please contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood of Trumann Animal Clinic and Best Friends Vet Mobile Service at or 870-483-6275

Electrical Hazards and your Pet

September 11, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 7:52 pm

Pet Talk

By Dr. Norette L. Underwood


Electrical Hazards and your Pet.


Now that the kids have headed back to school, your pet is probably home alone.  This gives them time to get into mischief.  They often will tear up the house due to loneliness, boredom, or anxiety.


Consider making a room for your animals, where they can roam around un-caged, play all day, sleep, without getting into to trouble by eating your good furniture.  Convert a spare room on your garage or house into a pet-friendly area.  Here are some great tips:


  1. Remove all items you do not want chewed or scratched. Make sure there are no paint cans, cleaning chemicals, tools, or insecticides present. Look for anything with sharp edges or points that they could injure themselves on or chew.  If you don’t have anywhere to put these things consider a large pet proof storage container.
  2. Cover electrical outlets with protective covers and make sure all exposed wires are out of the way. Make sure plug ends are plugged in high above their reach so they cannot chew or get tangled in.
  3. Clean the floors and lower walls to make sure there is no trace of spilled poisons like antifreeze, gas, oil, paint and bug sprays or bug dust.
  4. Lock all windows and doors. Securely cover all holes or vents.  Your pet can be creative when it comes to escape.  You don’t want to come home and find them in the middle of the road.
  5. Make sure the flooring is an inexpensive, easy-to-clean surface.  Wood they can chew and scratch.  Concrete and wood both absorb odors. They can also pull up laminate tiles.
  6. Install insulation if your pet’s room is in the garage to help regulate the temperature. Make it pet friendly. Nice fluffy beds, toys, cat trees, play DVDs or music for entertainment.  Have a clean supply of water and food available.


Hopefully this information will make your pet a happier pet and you a happier owner by not having to contend with destruction.


If you have questions email Dr. Norette Underwood  of Best Friends Vet Mobile Service and Trumann Animal Clinic at

Coping With Pet Loss

September 7, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 6:40 pm

Pet talk

Coping with Pet Loss

By Dr. Norettte L. Underwood


Losing a beloved family pet is never easy.  It can be therapeutic to honor your furry companion by spreading joy to others.  Just as your pet brought joy to you.  Consider these ideas:


Donate Food.

If you have any left over food or treats consider donating them to an animal shelter or rescue group. You might even help them have a food drive in honor of your furry friend.  Your veterinarian may help you organize and collect the donations for you.


Plant a tree or bush.

Choose a special spot that your pet liked and plant a tree or a bush in their honor.  Not only does this help beautify the area, but every time you walk by you can remember wonderful times you had with your pet.


Give to a charity.

There are many animal rescue or humane society groups that do memorials to your pet with a donation.  If your pet dies from a specific disease donate to research in their name.


Make a contribution for future veterinary students.

It is very expensive to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.  Many veterinary schools have a scholarship fund that accepts donations in honor of a pet.  The Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation has a memorial program where all of the donations go to scholarships for  Arkansas veterinary students and veterinary technician students.  It also helps fund some research.



Bringing a new pet into your home may bring you comfort and fill the void left by your furry friend. They will never take the place of your deceased pet but may help your heart heal.  So think about adopting a pet that needs love and a forever home.


If you have questions about how to donate to rescue groups or veterinary education please contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood of Trumann Animal Clinic and Best Friends Vet Mobile Service at