Category Archives: Community

Saturday is World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day September 28 is an opportunity for people around the world to unite in rabies prevention. Every year hundreds of thousands of people like you organize and take part World Rabies Day. All over the world people take part in local, regional and national events, held to raise awareness about and/or prevent the spread of rabies. Please help us spread the word and make sure you are current on you pet’s rabies shots!

Procter & Gamble voluntarily recalls some Eukanuba, Iams dry pet food

by AAHA NEWStat The potential for salmonella contamination has prompted the Procter & Gamble (P&G) Company to voluntarily recall select lots of Iams and Eukanuba dry pet foods, the company said in a recall notice on the FDA website. P&G emphasized that the recall is relatively small, affecting one-tenth of one percent of the company’s total annual production. Complete list of recalled products: Visit the FDA website for a comprehensive list http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm365154.htm

National Check the Pet Microchip Day

Tomorrow, August 15th, is National Check the Chip day. The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association have joined together to celebrate pets with microchips and to promote microchipping of pets that do not have them. Microchips are very small identification devices (slightly larger than a grain of rice) that contain vital information about your pet and you, the owner. It is permanently implanted under the skin, between the shoulder blades of dogs and cats and can be “read” through the skin by a microchip scanner. The scanner reveals a number which can be looked up in a database of owner’s names, phone numbers, addresses and other emergency contact information. Microchips are crucial in helping lost animals find their way home. Most recently, microchips played a huge role in finding homes of dogs and cats affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. When lost or stray pets were presented to the local humane societies, doctors and staff scanned the animals and were able to look up owners’ information linked to the microchip number. Thousands of pets were reunited with their families. We at AHDC have had several success stories in the past year of reunions of both cats and dogs with local families. We encourage you to check your dog’s chip! We would be happy to scan your pet’s microchip so you can update your information with the microchip’s manufacturer. If you find that your pet’s chip is not registered, we can give you information on how to register with one of several companies (some registrations are free). If your pet does not have a microchip, we can get your started! We can implant the microchip and register you and your pet with Home Again (microchip fee includes lifetime registration and one year membership with Home Again). For more information on microchips and registration, click on the following link: https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/Check-the-Chip-Day.aspx

Harrisburg Animal Fighting and Cruelty Investigations Training

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 The Humane Society of the United States is now offering free training to animal control, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, shelter staff, and key volunteers on how to recognize the signs of animal fighting and strengthening convictions. For more information, go to: www.cpaa.info Two sessions: 8:00 am–12:00 pm – Law enforcement personnel 1:00 pm–4:00 pm – Shelter staff and key volunteers Both will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, VIP Room, 2300 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA. TO REGISTER:please RSVP at www.humanesociety.org/harrisburgdogfighting If you have any questions, contact Sarah Speed at 717.440.5527 or email sspeed@humanesociety.org by July 19, 2013. SPACE IS LIMITED.

May 19-25, is National Dog Bite Prevention Week!

Dog bite facts:
  • Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
  • Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
  • Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
  • Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
  • Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.
There are many things you can do to avoid dog bites, ranging from properly training and socializing your pet to educating your children on how – or if – they should approach a dog. Information and education are the best solutions for this public health crisis. To learn more, go to: https://www.avma.org/public/Pages/Why-do-dogs-bite.aspx?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socmed  

Support the PAVMA

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF) is the charitable arm of PVMA. Through donations, it funds programs which include annual scholarships to veterinary students to lessen the debt burden associated with veterinary school, veterinary reimbursement for animals helped through the Last Chance Fund (TLC), and monies to help Native American Veterinary Services (NAVS) which treats animals on Native American reservations in the southwest. To learn more, go to: www.pavma.org