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Harrisburg & Hershey: It’s Pet Poison Prevention Week!

For more than 50 years and since its inception by Congress in 1961, the third week in March has been designated as National Poison Prevention Week. This year it falls on March 1…7-23, and the veterinarians and toxicology experts at Pet Poison Helpline are urging everyone to remember the four-legged members of the family, as they are among the most vulnerable.
Awareness is the key to preventing poisoning emergencies. Almost 91 percent of calls to Pet Poison Helpline in 2012 involved dogs — a testament to dogs’ curious nature and indifference to eating just about anything. Of these calls, nearly half were for dogs that ingested human medications. It’s clearly wise to keep medications out of their reach, but there are many other common, household substances toxic to dogs. The most common poisons from 2012 were human medications, human foods, insecticides, rodenticides, dietary supplements and vitamins.
The Pet Poison Helpline contains valuable information for clients and a downloadable app for mobile devices. Visit the website at www.petpoisonhelpline.com

Meet Buddy from Castaway Critters!

Buddy from castaway critters Buddy is a tan, black and white cairn terrier mix. He had a nice life and was kept inside as a lap dog, but his owner died. He was given to a home that kept him tied outside and finally turned into a shelter. Buddy is now a Castaway Critter and he is looking to regain a permanent, loving home. Buddy is believed to be about 7 years old, but that is not old for a small dog since they often live to be in their mid-teens. He is adjusting well to his new foster home and loves to snuggle and be held. He barks when it’s time to go outside and loves to follow his foster mom everywhere! He needs a trip to the groomer for a hair cut but he is clean and smells good! He listens well but does beg for food both at the table and at the counters. Buddy is neutered and up-to-date on basic shots. If you can provide Buddy with a new and loving life as an inside lap dog, contact his foster mom Lori at ljbennett@embarqmail.com or apply online at castawaycritters.org

Meet Lonnie From Castaway Critters

Castaway Critters Lonnie Lonnie is about 8 months old. He is a beautiful short-haired cat that is solid charcoal gray with gold eyes. He loves other felines and gets along with all his foster mom’s resident cats and also new fosters that come and go. He loves people and is not shy. Lonnie adapts very well to new situations and he is always out and about with an outgoing personality. He purrs easily and loves human attention. Lonnie loves to play, by himself or with other cats. Lonnie wants to be your cat’s best friend! Lonnie is up to date on all vaccines and tested neg for FIV and FELV as well as neutered. He faithfully uses the litter box and has no other behavioral issues. As a kitten, Lonnie was found with an injured toe that had to be amputated. He does not miss it nor does he need any further vet care as it is completely healed. If you’re in the Hershey / Harrisburg area and you can provide Lonnie with a great home or would like more information, email his foster mom Barb at jrice46337@aol.com or fill out an online application at www.castawaycritters.org

Clinker the Kitten in Harrisburg

Clinker is a hard working kitten at a local office here in Harrisburg. Being a feisty kitten, Clinker explores and runs around the office at full speed. Unfortunately one day, he did not realize that he was not quick enough to escape a closing door. He got his neck caught between the heavy door and the door frame. When one of the office workers noticed what happened, they rushed him to us right away. Although there were no broken bones, Clinker’s spinal cord in his neck was severely injured. When he first arrived, he couldn’t walk, stand or even sit upright on his own. After a few days of strict rest, pain medications and anti-inflammatories, Clinker was able to stand and walk short distances but his movement was still abnormal. to see the video, go to www.facebook.com/ahdcvets After 3 days in the hospital, Clinker was discharged to his “foster mom” who continued the TLC and medications. About one week later, she reported to us that Clinker was completely back to normal, running and pouncing like the kitten he was before his accident. Tomorrow we’ll share a video of Clinker one week after his injury.  

Meet Boots and Dora From Castaway Critters

Boots and Dora are looking for their forever home! These kittens were strays that were rescued from the cold winter weather, just in time to enjoy their holidays indoors. Boots is a truly delightful kitten who loves to cuddle more than anything else! She will spend hours curled up on your lap and purr every minute of it. Dora has taken a little more time to adjust to life with humans, but she also has come to love attention. They can often be found curled up together in the sun, playing with toys or chasing each other! Both Boots and Dora are spayed, up-to-date on standard shots and tested negative for FIV/FeLV. They are also microchipped. These sisters deserve a wonderful, loving forever home. Could you be that home? If you are interested in adopting Boots and Dora, contact their foster mom Kaitlin at kaitlinsyoder@gmail.com or apply online at www.castawaycritters.org Boots_and_Dora from Castaway Critters

A Simple Guide For Your Pet’s Dental Health

A Simple Guide For Your Pet’s Dental Health Courtesy of the ASPCA DOGS Did you know that regularly brushing your dog’s teeth and providing her with a healthy diet and plenty of chew toys can go a long way toward keeping her mouth healthy? Many pooches show signs of gum disease by the time they’re four years old because they aren’t provided with proper mouth care—and bad breath is often the first sign of a problem. Give your dog regular home checks and follow the tips below, and you’ll have a very contented pooch with a dazzling smile. ◾The Breath Test: Sniff your dog’s breath. Not a field of lilies? That’s okay—normal doggie-breath isn’t particularly fresh-smelling. However, if his breath is especially offensive and is accompanied by a loss of appetite, vomiting or excessive drinking or urinating, it’s a good idea to take your pooch to the vet. ◾Lip Service: Once a week, with your dog facing you, lift his lips and examine his gums and teeth. The gums should be pink, not white or red, and should show no signs of swelling. His teeth should be clean, without any brownish tartar. ◾Signs of Oral Disease: The following are signs that your dog may have a problem in his mouth or gastrointestinal system and should be checked by a veterinarian: ◾Bad breath

◾Excessive drooling ◾Inflamed gums ◾Tumors in the gums ◾Cysts under the tongue ◾Loose teeth

◾The Lowdown on Tooth Decay: Bacteria and plaque-forming foods can cause build-up on a dog’s teeth. This can harden into tartar, possibly causing gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss. One solution? Regular teeth cleanings, of course. ◾Canine Tooth-Brushing Kit: Get yourself a toothbrush made especially for canines or a clean piece of soft gauze to wrap around your finger. Ask your vet for a toothpaste made especially for canines or make a paste out of baking soda and water. Never use fluoride with dogs under six months of age—it can interfere with their enamel formation. And please do not use human toothpaste, which can irritate a dog’s stomach. Special mouthwash for dogs is also available—ask your vet. ◾Brightening the Pearly Whites: Taking these steps will make brushing a lot easier for the both of you:

◾First get your dog used to the idea of having her teeth brushed. Massage her lips with your finger in a circular motion for 30 to 60 seconds once or twice a day for a few weeks. Then move on to her teeth and gums. ◾When your pooch seems comfortable being touched this way, put a little bit of dog-formulated toothpaste or a paste of baking soda and water on her lips to get her used to the taste. ◾Next, introduce a toothbrush designed especially for dogs—it should be smaller than a human toothbrush and have softer bristles. Toothbrushes that you can wear over your finger (or a clean piece of gauze) are also available and allow you to give a nice massage to your dog’s gums. ◾Finally, apply the toothpaste to her teeth for a gentle brushing ◾A veterinary exam beforehand may be helpful to find out if your dog’s gums are inflamed. If your dog has mild gingivitis, brushing too hard can hurt her gums.

◾Brushing Technique: Yes, there is actually a technique! Place the brush or your gauze-wrapped finger at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and clean in small, circular motions. Work on one area of your dog’s mouth at a time, lifting her lip as necessary. The side of the tooth that touches the cheek usually has the most tartar, and giving a final downward stroke can help to remove it. If your dog resists having the inner surfaces of her teeth cleaned, don’t fight it—only a small amount of tartar accumulates there. Once you get the technique down, go for a brushing two or three times a week. ◾Know Your Mouth Disorders: Getting familiar with the possible mouth problems your dog may encounter will help you determine when it’s time to see a vet about treatment:

◾Periodontal disease is a painful infection between the tooth and the gum that can result in tooth loss and spread infection to the rest of the body. Signs are loose teeth, bad breath, tooth pain, sneezing and nasal discharge. ◾Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums caused mainly by accumulation of plaque, tartar and disease-producing bacteria above and below the gum line. Signs include bleeding, red, swollen gums and bad breath. It is reversible with regular teeth cleanings. ◾Halitosis—or bad breath—can be the first sign of a mouth problem and is caused by bacteria growing from food particles caught between the teeth or by gum infection. Regular tooth-brushings are a great solution. ◾Swollen gums develop when tartar builds up and food gets stuck between the teeth. Regularly brushing your dog’s teeth at home and getting annual cleanings at the vet can prevent tartar and gingivitis. ◾Proliferating gum disease occurs when the gum grows over the teeth and must be treated to avoid gum infection. An inherited condition common to boxers and bull terriers, it can be treated with antibiotics. ◾Mouth tumors appear as lumps in the gums. Some are malignant and must be surgically removed. ◾Salivary cysts look like large, fluid-filled blisters under the tongue, but can also develop near the corners of the jaw. They require drainage, and the damaged saliva gland must be removed. ◾Canine distemper teeth can occur if a dog had distemper as a puppy. Adult teeth can appear looking eroded and can often decay. As damage is permanent, decayed teeth should be removed by a vet.

◾Chew on This: Chew toys can satisfy your dog’s natural desire to chomp, while making his teeth strong. Gnawing on a chew toy can also help massage his gums and help keep his teeth clean by scraping away soft tartar. Ask your vet to recommend toxin-free rawhide, nylon and rubber chew toys. P.S.: Gnawing also reduces your dog’s overall stress level, prevents boredom and gives him an appropriate outlet for his natural need to chew. ◾Diet for Healthy Teeth: Ask your vet about a specially formulated dry food that can slow down the formation of plaque and tartar. Also, avoid feeding your dog table scraps, instead giving him treats that are specially formulated to keep canine teeth healthy. CATS Even if the only things your cat hunts these days are chicken-flavored kibbles and toy mice, he still needs clean, sharp teeth and healthy gums. Damage to the tongue, teeth, palate and gums can lead to many health risks for felines, but these can be prevented with regular home check-ups and good old-fashioned tooth brushings. ◾The Breath Test Go on, take a sniff. It doesn’t have to be a long one—cat breath may not smell like roses, but it shouldn’t be offensive either. If your kitty’s mouth has an abnormally strong odor, he may have digestive problems or a gum condition such as gingivitis, and should be examined by a vet. ◾Lip Service: With your cat facing you, gently push back his lips and take a look. The gums should be firm and pink, not white or red, and should show no signs of swelling. The teeth should be clean and free of any brownish tartar, and none should be loose or broken. ◾A Closer Look: Watch for any of the following signs that could indicate problems in your cat’s mouth:

◾Dark red line along the gums ◾Red and swollen gums ◾Ulcers on gums or tongue ◾Loose teeth ◾Pus ◾Difficulty chewing food ◾Excessive drooling ◾Excessive pawing at the mouth area.

◾Dangerous Swelling: At any sign of gum inflammation, you should take your cat in for a veterinary exam. If left untreated, gum disease can develop, possibly leading to tooth loss or inability to eat. Inflammation may also point to an internal problem like kidney disease or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. ◾The Lowdown on Tooth Decay: Bacteria and plaque-forming foods can cause a buildup on a cat’s teeth. This can harden into tartar, possibly causing gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss. The solution? Regular teeth cleanings, of course. ◾Your Cat’s Tooth-Brushing Kit: All you’ll need to brush your cat’s teeth are cotton swabs and a small toothbrush and tube of toothpaste formulated for felines. You can also use salt and water. Ask your vet to suggest the brushing supplies that he trusts, and be sure never to use toothpaste designed for people—the ingredients can be unhealthy for your cat. ◾Brightening the Pearly Whites: Brush your cat’s teeth at home by following these simple steps:

◾First get your cat used to the idea of having her teeth brushed. Start by gently massaging her gums with your fingers or touching a cotton swab to them. ◾After a few sessions, put a little bit of cat-formulated toothpaste on her lips to get her used to the taste. ◾Next, introduce a toothbrush designed especially for cats—it will be smaller than human toothbrushes and have softer bristles. Toothbrushes that you can wear over your finger are also available and allow you to give a nice massage to your cat’s gums. ◾Finally, apply the toothpaste to her teeth for a gentle brushing. ◾A veterinary exam beforehand may be helpful to find out if your cat’s gums are inflamed. Many cats have mild gingivitis and brushing too hard can hurt their gums.

◾Chew on This: Chew toys can satisfy your cat’s natural desire to chomp, while making her teeth strong. Gnawing on a chew toy can also help floss your cat’s teeth, massage her gums and scrape away soft tartar. ◾Diet for Healthy Teeth: If your cat has dental troubles, ask your veterinarian to recommend a kibble that keeps feline teeth healthy and helps to remove plaque buildup. ◾Know Your Mouth Disorders: If your cat suffers from any of the symptoms mentioned below, please see the vet right away:

◾Gingivitis: This inflammation of the gums is mainly seen in older cats. It may start as a dark red line bordering on the teeth. If left untreated, gums may become sore and ulceration may occur. May be a sign of FIV or other infection. ◾Periodontitis: If gingivitis invades the tooth socket, the tooth may become loose and an abscess may form. ◾Stomatitis: This inflammation of the mouth lining may result from a foreign body in the mouth, a viral disease or dental problems. The cat will have difficulty eating and the inside of the mouth will appear red. ◾Rodent Ulcer: A slowly enlarging sore or swelling on the upper lip. ◾Salivary Cyst: If salivary glands or ducts that carry saliva to the mouth become blocked, a cyst may form under the tongue. ◾Mouth Ulcers: Ulcers on a cat’s tongue and gums are sometimes caused by feline respiratory or kidney disease.

PRODUCT RECALL ALERT: Milo’s Kitchen Recalls Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers Dog Treats

PRODUCT RECALL ALERT: Milo’s Kitchen Recalls Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers Dog Treats
Milo’s Kitchen yesterday announced it is voluntarily recalling its Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats from retailer shelves nationally. No other Milo’s Kitchen products are affected.
On Monday, New York State’s Department of Agriculture informed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the company that trace amounts of residual antibiotics had been found in several lots of Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky.
After consultation with the New York Department of Agriculture and the FDA, the company decided to voluntarily recall Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers, which are both sourced from the same chicken suppliers.
The use of antibiotics to keep chickens healthy and disease-free while raising them is standard practice in poultry production for both human and pet food. However, the antibiotics found in the products were unapproved and should not be present in the final food product.
Milo’s Kitchen has a comprehensive safety testing program in place for its products from procurement through manufacturing and distribution.
Milo’s products are sold in the greater Harrisburg/Hershey area.

For Our Cat Patients: Cats Need Care, too.

Harrisburg Cat Veterinarian We know that it can be tough to get our feline friends in for a Wellness Exam. But even young indoor cats need to come in and get their nose-to-tail examinations at least once a year. Just like dogs, cats age more quickly than people — on average about seven years for each of our years. Annual examinations can pick up any changes, such as a heart murmur, or kidney changes before they become serious. If caught early enough, medication can be added, or diet changed to prolong the life of your furry companion. Most importantly, cats are adapt at hiding illness and injury. So when you see them acting differently, it’s very important to bring them to one of our veterinarians for an exam. At the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County in Harrisburg we take special care to make sure your cat will have the best visit possible. Here are some tips for how the make the trip easier for you and your cat: ◾Choose a cat carrier with a top that easily opens or lifts off. ◾Keep the carrier out in the open in a safe place so your cat can adjust to going in and out. Throw treats inside from time to time to give your cat a treat for going in. ◾Feed your cat inside the carrier. ◾When your cat looks comfortable, start taking him or her on a tour of the house. When that feels good, start with short trips in the car. ◾Make the trip as rewarding as possible. Offer treats and calming language. Keep the loud music and sharp turns to a minimum, especially during the first few trips. ◾When you make your trip to our hospital bring along a favorite toy and/or a blanket with familiar smells. ◾Most important: keep your cool! Cats can sense our emotions, if you’re calm, it will help them feel better, too.

SAVE THE DATE! FEB 2nd is Castaway Critters’ Sweethearts’ Soiree

Wine Tasting for Felines & K9s In honor of World Spay Day 2013 February 2nd, 2013 from 6 to 9 P.M. Enjoy a wine tasting, great food and a jazz band and help homeless cats and dogs get much needed veterinary care and spay/neuter in honor of World Spay Day 2013. $35 for a single registration & $60 per double registration $40 for a single registration at the door; $65 per double registration at the door For more information and to register, go to: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=az5v88gab&oeidk=a07e6vbimybe7778caa&oseq= Or go to www.castwaycritters.org