Last Chance Vaccination Clinic!

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Due to popular request, we are offering another vaccination clinic in May:

Please join us:

Saturday May 16, 9a to 2p.  

This is a critical and lifesaving vaccination.  

Keeping up-to-date with rabies vaccinations is not only the moral thing to do, it's also the law. If your dog or cat is at least three months old, contact us at Buffalo Trace Veterinary Clinic to get him or her on a vaccination schedule.


Rabies. What is it?

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Rabies is a deadly disease in both animals and humans, though far more dogs, cats, and other pets succumb to it annually than people. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), rabies claims 50,000 human lives and millions of animal lives across the world every year. The main way that animals contract the disease, which primarily affects the brain and spinal cord, is being bitten by another animal. Bats, foxes, raccoons, and skunks are the biggest carriers of rabies. Unvaccinated dogs and cats that are not supervised outdoors have the highest risk of coming into contact with another animal with this disease. They can then spread it to their human owners through saliva or by accidentally scratching them.

Symptoms of Rabies in House Pets:

It may be up to eight weeks before your dog or cat shows symptoms of rabies since it has a long incubation period. The one exception to this is when rabies is spread through saliva and symptoms appear approximately 10 days later. A marked change in behavior is one of the first things that most pet owners notice. A normally mild-tempered dog becomes aggressive or a cat who loved to be next to people suddenly spends most of his or her time in hiding. Later symptoms of rabies include:

  • Hypersensitivity to light, sound, and touch
  • Disorientation, staggering, and lack of coordination
  • Paralysis of the hind legs
  • Loss of appetite
  • Seizures
  • Foaming at the mouth resulting from paralysis of the jaw and throat muscles

Death can occur suddenly or after several months of symptoms, but rabies is always fatal.

Protect Your Pet with a Rabies Vaccination

Keeping up-to-date with rabies vaccinations is not only the moral thing to do, it's also the law. If your dog or cat is at least three months old, contact us at Buffalo Trace Veterinary Clinic to get him or her on a vaccination schedule. For your convenience, we are offering rabies vaccination clinics at the following times:

  • Saturday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Rabies Myths and Facts

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Although rabies is much less prevalent today than previous generations, it remains a serious, deadly disease that understandably frightens people. Many myths persist about rabies because of this fear. It's important to separate fact from fiction so you have a realistic understanding of your own risk and that of your pets. Knowing the reality of rabies also helps you make informed decisions about prevention.

MYTH: A pet that is bitten by an infected animal doesn't develop rabies until the infection reaches the brain.
FACT:  Rabies has an incubation period ranging from 10 days to more than two months. The time it takes for the infection to reach the brain, muscle tissues, peripheral nerves, or central nervous system depends on the severity and location of the bite. If an infected animal bites your pet, he or she already has rabies before symptoms appear.

MYTH: The only way to contract rabies is through the bite of an infected animal.
FACT:  Your pet only needs to come into contact with the saliva of an infected animal to be at risk for rabies. It can be transmitted just as easily through a scratch or an open wound when the carrier has saliva on its claws.

MYTH: Rabies is only transmitted by stray dogs in industrialized nations.
FACT: Domesticated pets that are unvaccinated pose the same risk as stray dogs when it comes to spreading rabies.

MYTH: Foaming at the mouth is the only way that owners know their dog has rabies.
FACT:  This is only one late-stage symptoms or rabies. Infected pets may also show significant behavior changes, refuse food, have a seizure, become disoriented, and become paralyzed in the back legs.

MYTH: Rabies vaccinations are painful and have many side effects.
FACT:  A rabies vaccination is over quickly, just like any other preventive shot. Your pet may have mild side effects the day of the injection, such as sleepiness or lethargy. However, this is far preferable to an inevitable death that comes with rabies. Visit Our Rabies Vaccination Clinics in April

Buffalo Trace Veterinary Clinic is pleased to offer the following rabies vaccination clinics to our patients and the public:

  • Saturday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Spay & Neuter Importance

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Spaying or neutering your pet carries an array of benefits. There are two main benefits, however, that really stick out: curbing pet overpopulation and making your pet healthier. At Buffalo Trace Veterinary, we find both of these benefits to be influential.

Pet overpopulation is a problem for every state in the U.S. According to Humanesociety.org, there are 6-8 million homeless pets entering animal shelters each year. Six to eight million! These pets are almost all healthy, loving, perfectly adoptable pets. Many of these animals end up being euthanized, solely because there is not enough room for them in the animal shelters. By spaying or neutering your pet, you can help reduce the number of animals living without a home.

Why is spaying or neutering important for your pet's health?

  • According to an article by USA Today, pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest.
  • When your pet is spayed or neutered, it is no longer fighting that internal urge to mate. Therefore, it is less likely to roam and get lost, hit by a car, etc.
  • Another huge health positive of spaying and neutering is the reduced risk of your pet developing cancer. Unspayed animals have a much higher chance of developing uterine cancer or testicular cancer.
  • Pets that are spayed or neutered are also proven to be less aggressive and overall happier, healthier pets.

To schedule this very beneficial surgery for your pet, give us a call today! We would be glad to answer any additional questions that you may have regarding this common procedure.


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Why Dental Health?

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   When you think of your pet's health, do you think of pet dentals? You should be! Pet dentistry is an important part of taking care of your pet's overall health and well-being. Not only can bacteria and infections in your pet's mouth be extremely painful for them, your pet's organs like his heart, lungs and kidneys can all be negatively affected by an unhealthy mouth. 

   How do you know if your pet is having dental problems? Foul breath, inflamed gums, and loose teeth can all be warning signs that your pet has dental disease. (source: Petmd.com) Dental disease is extremely common among dogs and cats. In fact, more dogs and cats will have oral disease in their lifetime than those that will not. Let's change this!

   At home, be sure you are brushing your pet's teeth regularly. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends brushing your pet's teeth two or three times each week along with performing an at-home oral wellness check once each week. 

   To perform an oral wellness check on your pet, lift up your pet's lips and check the color of their gums. They should be pink and the teeth should be clean with no brown coloring. 

   The final step you can take to ensure optimal oral health for your pet is regular visits to see us at Buffalo Trace Veterinary Services. We are here to help you keep your pet feeling great! Now through the end of March, we are offering 10% off of all pet dental visits. Call and schedule soon, as we have a limited number of appointments available.


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The Adventures of Captain Jack

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If you remember a previous blog post (found here) we told you about Captain Jack, a tough kitten who was found alone, and brought to our clinic.  Although he was mobile, his rear leg had abnormalities that we needed to address.

Well,  Captain Jack has been very busy this summer, as you can tell from his photo collection.  At a very young age, he was learning to play the Wii with Dr. Bryant's oldest son.  Her boys kept him very active this summer; so much that they occasionally napped together.   Peter Pan came to visit Jack as well.  They decided that Jack needed some Pixie Dust to help him fly with a bum leg. 

A very nice lady gave Jack therapeutic laser treatments over the summer as well.  On July 28th, Jack was neutered and his umbilical hernia was repaired.  In one photo, Jack has his bad leg thrown up so we can see that he has completely healed!  He received his final laser treatment on August 15th.  

Dr Bryant took a radiograph of his left leg on August 25th.  Unfortunately Captain Jack’s knee has not responded to treatment.  The decision to amputate his left rear leg will be made very soon.  In the meantime, Jack is making the most of his life at Buffalo Trace Veterinary Service.  You see him in his very own Elmo toddler bed in one photo.  It’s amazing how animals are so resilient—he’s making his life look not so hard at all, even quite enjoying it, we think!

Keep checking back for updates on Captain Jack—we will be posting soon.


Do You Know If Your Pet Has Allergies?

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As summer turns to fall, it’s important to remember that your pet might be susceptible to allergies caused by falling leaves, dried-out weeds and fleas. Don’t expect sneezing fits and runny noses, though. Rather, the 10 to 15 percent of all pets that suffer from allergies will typically scratch, lick or chew their skin ­excessively— resulting in unsightly (and heartbreaking) loss of fur.

Fleas are a particularly nasty and pesky allergen. The American Society for the Prevention of Animals counts more than 2,000 species and subspecies of fleas, which thrive in warm environments like dog and cat hair, feeding on your pets’ blood.

While many pet store owners will tell you they sell effective flea-fighting products, you might not be getting the full story. Over-the-counter flea-control solutions are less potent than the prescription products you can obtain from a veterinarian. Some, we’re shocked to say, can even be toxic if administered incorrectly.

We want to keep your pet as healthy and happy as possible, which is why we conduct allergy tests using an acclaimed allergy assessment and treatment program from Heska, a leading developer of advanced veterinary diagnostic products. We will prescribe a treatment and prevention plan that likely will include Heska’s ALLERCEPT® Therapy Drops or Therapy Shots, while also taking into account your pet’s lifestyle. Does your dog swim, for example? Or does your cat like to hunt rodents? We take a personalized approach to each pet and will show you exactly how to administer allergy treatment.

Heska has been featured on a special shelter episode of the Lifetime TV show Designing Spaces, and the company’s proprietary technology has been tested on hundreds of pets. Most animals that undergo Heska allergy treatments begin to feel relief within three to six months, as their symptoms gradually improve and eventually disappear for the rest of their lives.

We all know how allergies in humans can sap our energy and make us feel miserable, so imagine how your pet feels. We trust you will treat your animal’s allergies with the urgency and seriousness that you treat your own.

Designing Spaces:



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Meet Captain Jack!

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Meet our new clinic cat.  He was found by himself, only a few days old with umbilical cord still attached and a huge blue left front paw. Now that he is mobile, his front paw is almost normal but he has left rear leg abnormalities. He had a rough start in life but we hope to make his life much better.


Buffalo Trace Veterinary Services in Versailles, KY is an outpatient companion animal clinic that emphasizes compassionate and affordable veterinary care for your Pre-Furred family members. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, heal

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