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Old Man Winter and Your Pets

Old Man Winter and Your Pets

Old Man Winter has reared his ugly head and many people are trying to find the delicate balance between staying warm and keeping heating costs down. It's easy for people to put on a jacket or bump up the thermostat, but many pets don’t have the same luxury.

PLEASE bring your pets in. Even the basement or garage is better than being left outside.

If you insist on keeping your pet outside, please continually check your pet for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

Frostbite

Frostbite most frequently affects ears, toes, tails, scrotum and areas least covered by fur.

Signs of frostbite include red or swollen areas or skin that is very pale and white.

To treat frostbite, immerse the area in warm water, not hot, for 15-20 minutes and call your veterinarian.

Hypothermia

Feeding the Adult Dog

Feeding the Adult Dog

Typically, a dog becomes an adult at 8 to 12 months of age and no longer needs to be fed puppy food, which contains higher protein content for growth and activity. The coursework materials for PSI’s Certification Program cover the topic of canine nutrition in depth. The following is an excerpt from that chapter.

Too Much? Not Enough?

Help for Hairballs

Help for Hairballs

Most cat owners are aware of what a hairball is, what causes them and how dangerous they can be.

If your cat is stricken with hairballs, check out four ways to help prevent them:

Northtowns Pet Blog: Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) Spreads Fast When Dogs Get Together

Northtowns Pet Blog: Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) Spreads Fast When Dogs Get Together

by Dr. Madeleine Stahl

You may have heard: dogs can get the flu, too. It’s a relatively recent development. The virus that causes flu in dogs, canine influenza virus H3N8, was only first identified in January 2004. Dog flu cases have now been reported in 39 states.

One of the factors that makes CIV such a concern for anyone who owns or works with dogs is that the virus can spread quickly and easily.1 Because most dogs have no natural immunity against CIV, virtually all dogs exposed to the virus become infected.2,3 CIV can be spread through direct dog-to-dog contact and through airborne particles released when an infected dog coughs or sneezes.

Food Pantry for Pets

BUFFALO, NY - During those times when just putting enough food on the table becomes a challenge, feeding the family pet might seem like just too much.

One local woman with a life-long love of animals saw that need, and met that challenge. Kathy Hogan has been running a pet food pantry in Buffalo's Black Rock neighborhood for a few years now.

Relying on the generosity of pet shops, pet food suppliers, and pet lovers, Kathy is now looking for help from others so she can continue to help those in need.

Watch the story above, and if you would like to help you can reach Kathy at the Buffalo Animal Companion Network at www.bflocan.org or call 836-0925.

“Make a List and Check It Twice” When Selecting In-home Pet Care Services this Holiday Season

“Make a List and Check It Twice” When Selecting In-home Pet Care Services this Holiday Season

A record-breaking 65 million Americans will travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2—even more than the record 63.5 million last year—according to a survey by the Travel Industry Association and the AAA. With 62 percent of U.S. households owning a pet, the majority of these holiday travelers are likely to be faced with an important question: “Who’s going to take care of the pet while I’m away?” For these pet owners, Pet Sitters International recommends professional in-home pet care , but encourages pet owners to conduct due diligence when selecting a pet-care provider.

 

Pet First Aid Class

Pet First Aid Class

Dogs and cats are more than pets—they’re family! And just like any other member of the family, pets deserve to be cared for and protected. That’s why the American Red Cross has developed the Dog and Cat First Aid Program.

Join us for the upcoming three-hour class at the Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center on Monday, December 10th from 6pm-9pm. 

Cost is $65/person, and space is limited. Register by contacting Jill Gregory at (716) 878-2382 or jill.gregory@redcross.org.