New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
12-B HERALD-ZEITUNG SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1993
Pet care saves time, money
Ifs 20 minutes until your pets’ annual appointment with the veterinarian, and Fluffy and Fido are nowhere to be found. Pets may not be able to spell, but they always seem to know what v-e-t stands for; and at the first sign that a clinic visit is in the offing, they hightail it to places unknown.
Any trip to the veterinarian will be stressful for your pet, but a little planning and some advance training will make it easiest.
First, familiarize your pet with its carrier. Leave the carrier open in the living room. Youll find that your cat or dog will enjoy wandering into it for a snooze or to escape the hustle and bustle for a while.
Second, accustom your pet to car travel. For many pets, the only time they ride in the car is when they are taken to the veterinarian.
Throw in a few ^just for fun" trips to the park, the gas station or just around the block. The more experience your pet has with the car, the less frightened it will be.
Every pet should have a thorough examination at least once a year. When you bring your pet in, we will check its overall health.
We will start by palpating the pet — gently touching or squeezing the body to check for possible tumors or enlarged organs.
We will also examine the eyes, ears, gums and teeth; take its temperature; and listen to its breathing and heartbeat. We may also wish to do a fecal examination to test for internal parasites.
Vaccinations are an important part of annual visits. There are many vaccines available for dogs and cats, but whether your pet needs them all wal depend upon several factors.
We will first discuss with you the vaccinations your pet needs.
Both dogs and cats should be vaccinated for rabies, whether they go outside or not If your pet ever does escape and come in contact with a rabid animal, you will be glad it is protected.
When an apparent emergency arises, it may be best tq call us before rushing your pet to the clinic. From the information you provide, we will be able to tell
Pet of the Week: This mother and three puppies are all Terrier, Dachshund mix. These dogs and other pets are available for adoption for a fee at the New Braunfels Animal Shelter, 1920 Kuehler Ave. The fee $50 for a female and $45 for a male — includes rabies and four- or six-way vaccinations, worming and the surgical fee for altering the pet. Shelter hours are 10 a m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10 a m. to 5 p.m. Monday and noon to 5 p.m. Thursday. Photo by John Huseth.
you whether immediate attention is necessary or whether the visit can wait until later.
For instance, although a grand mal epileptic seizure is frightening to watch, it does not last long and there is featly nothing we can do for your pet once the seizure is over.
A visit during regular office hours will be better for your pet and your pocketbook.
On the other hand, a bite from a neighborhood dog or cat that may not look serious could involve extensive tissue damage under the skin that would call for immediate treatment We can tell you what to look for to better assess the seriousness of the wounds.
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"Productivity appraisal" may lower the property taxes on your farm, ranch or timberland!
Texas law allows farmers, ranchers and timider growers to pay property taxes teased upon the “production value” of their land rather than on its market value. Tills “productivity appraisal” means qualified land is taxed based on its ability to produce crops, livestock or limier—not on its value on the real estate market. And it can mean substantial property tax savings.
When is the application deadline?
If your land has never had a productivity appraisal, you must apply to your local appraisal district by April 30th to take advantage of this I K-nefit on your 1992 property taxes You mas ge t up to OO extra days if you have a good reason and ask for it by Apnl 30. lf you miss this deadline, you may still l>e able to apply, but you will pay a j vernally. Check with your appraisal district office.
Do you need to reapply annually?
If your land already rec eives agricultural or limf>er productivity appraisal, you normally don’t need to reapply unless the chief appraiser requires you to If a new application is requited, the appraisal district w ill notify you h) mail
For more information, call or come by:
COMAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT 430 WEST MILL STREET HEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS
(2 10) 625-8597
We ll fie happy to answei youi questions and provide you a flee copy of“Texas Property Taxes: A Taxpayers’ Guide to Rights, Remedies, Responsibilities”Or contact:
Comptroller’s Property l ax Division . 4301 Wes thank Dr., Bldg. B, Suite IOO Austin TX 78746-6565
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