We found these great tips at www.ASPCA.org and we wanted to share them with you. Have fun & be safe!
Ah, fall—there’s nothing like crisp, cool air, the first months of school and luscious foliage to get you excited for the changing seasons. Your pet, too, is probably welcoming the break from hot, sticky weather. But pet parents, beware—fall is also a time of lurking dangers for our furry friends. From household poisons to cold weather hazards, the season is a minefield! Here are some tips to keep your pet snug and healthy during the autumn months. •The use of rodenticides increases in the fall as rodents seek shelter from the cooler temperatures by attempting to move indoors. Rodenticides are highly toxic to pets—if ingested, the results could be fatal. If you must use these products, do so with extreme caution and put them in places inaccessible to your pets.•It’s back-to-school time, and those of you with young children know that means stocking up on fun items like glue sticks, pencils and magic markers. These items are considered “low toxicity” to pets, which means they’re unlikely to cause serious problems unless large amounts are ingested. However, since gastrointestinal upset and blockages certainly are possible, be sure your children keep their school supplies out of paw’s reach.•Training tip: If you and your pooch haven’t been active outdoors in a while because of the summer heat, do some remedial recall training. Dogs, like people, get rusty on their skills if they aren’t using them.•Fall and spring and are mushroom seasons. While 99% of mushrooms have little or no toxicity, the 1% that are highly toxic can cause life-threatening problems in pets. Unfortunately, most of the highly toxic mushrooms are difficult to distinguish from the nontoxic ones, so the best way to keep pets from ingesting poisonous mushrooms is to keep them away from areas where any mushrooms are growing. Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately if you witness your pet eating a wild mushroom.•In order to generate body heat, pets who exercise heavily outdoors, or who live outdoors, should be given more food during colder seasons. Make sure horses and other outdoor animals have access to clean, fresh water that is not frozen.•Autumn is the season when snakes who are preparing for hibernation may be particularly “grumpy,” increasing the possibility of severe bites to those unlucky pups who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Pet owners should know what kinds of venomous snakes may be in their environment—and where these snakes are most likely to be found—so they can keep pets out of those areas.•Many people choose fall as the time to change their car’s engine coolant. Ethylene glycol-based coolants are highly toxic, so spills should be cleaned up immediately. Consider switching to propylene glycol-based coolants—though they aren’t completely nontoxic, they are much less toxic than other engine coolants.
For those of you who are not aware of the amazing things that Kelly does in our community as well as our hospital, just read the interview below:
Where are you originally from? I grew up in Hershey, PAHow long have you been at AHDC? 26 yearsWhere did you go to school? Hershey High School then Harcum College for Veterinary TechnologyDescribe your role in the area pet community? I find homes for most of the kittens that are dropped off at my boarding stable and take care of the ones that stay. They are like my own cats.What would you say is the most important impact that our hospital has? The caring staff and our work with Castaway CrittersWhat would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had? I haven’t done anything recently, but would like to use my Charity Day to help out CATRA (Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association)At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? In elementary school when my mother realized I was spending my allowance feeding the stray cats in the neighborhood.List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones): I didn’t have any pets as a child because I grew up in an apartment, but after college and marriage I have had many cats: Abby, Harry, Katie, Fred, and Alfred all who lived to be 18-21 years old. My first horse Satch who I had for 21 years and lived to be 29 years. I now have 2 cats -Savannah (10 years) and O’Malley (4 years) and a new Arabian horse Ladda (18 years).What kind of food do you feed your pets? My cats are on Hill’s Prescription Y/D because Savannah is hyperthyroid and O’Malley also is fed Hill’s C/D. I only discovered that Savannah was hyperthyroid while doing wellness blood work since she wasn’t showing any signs of illness yet.What is your favorite movie? “The Mummy” with Brendan FraserWhat kind of music do you like? Classic rock – I grew up in the 70’sWhat was the last book that you read? A James Patterson novelWhat is your favorite TV show? I love “Everybody Loves Raymond” re-runs and True Blood on HBOWhere was your last vacation? Williamsburg, VA. We also go to Disney World at least once a year.What is your favorite restaurant? Dafno’s and Devon SeafoodIf you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be? James Herriot (if he was still alive)Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting: I spend most of my free time riding and caring for my horse and I love to travel with my husband of 27 years. I was a competitor on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” in 2000 when Regis was still hosting. It was a once in a lifetime adventure.
National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.
You can celebrate by planning a fun activity with your dog or contacting one of the local shelter/rescue groups in our area to learn about the various ways in which you can help them. For example:
Susquehanna Service Dogs breeds, raises and trains service dogs to assist individuals with disabilities. They train service, hearing, balance and companion dogs. Keystone Therapy Dogs, a program of Susquehanna Service Dogs, works with children in Capital Area Head Start and children with autism, and visits the antepartum and psychiatric units at Pinnacle Health.
They have an amazing website so to learn more about Susquehanna Service Dogs, go to: http://www.keystonehumanservices.org/susquehanna-service-dogs/default.php
International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) was created to recognize of all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations.
Assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family.
During International Assistance Dog Week, we recognize and honor the hardworking assistance dogs; raise awareness and educate the public about how these specially trained animals are aiding so many people in our communities; honor the puppy raisers and trainers of assistance dogs; and recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities.
There are many great assistance dog organizations and companies in the area including: www.k94life.org . To learn more about International Assistance Dog Week, go to: www.assistancedogweek.org
We are currently seeking a full-time veterinary technician to join our team. Certification is preferred, but not required. However, experience working as a technician in a veterinary hospital is required. We pride ourselves by striving to offer a welcoming environment for our staff to enable the absolute highest standard of care for our patients. We offer competitive benefits and we continue to grow as a hospital. Please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more.
Next week we’ll be running a multitude of stories about International Assistance Dog Week and assistance dog organizations in our area. In the spirit of the Olympics, we just saw this video and we decided to share it with you. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-18832930
Friends Wendy Morrell and Karen Ruddlesden, from Dorset, nominated each other as torchbearers and they were both accepted.
Wendy sustained a head injury in a sporting accident and uses a wheelchair, while Karen has Addison’s disease, sometimes referred to as a hidden disability.
Both are strong advocates for assistance dogs, saying their dogs Udo and Coco have changed their lives.
They carried the flame on Friday afternoon before the opening ceremony: Wendy in Upton and Karen in Poole.
On July 23rd we wrote a story about an amazing rescue effort in our community. On Saturday, July 21st Castaway Critters, The James A. Hueholt Memorial Foundation for Animals took in 31 puppy mill dogs – one was slipped in for good measure! We were only expecting 30.
We now need to make up for the rather large vet bill that comes with a rescue of this size. Bill Forgy is championing a subs, kaiser and pretzel sandwich sale. Orders are due August 12 and delivery date is August 21. If you can help sell or would like to order, email bill at email@example.com. Just one small way you can help even if you can’t afford to donate!
To learn more about Castaway Critters, go to www.castawaycritters.org
Philadelphia Phillies star pitcher Cole Hamels signed a 6 year, $144 Million contract this morning. Go Phillies! Cole and his wife Heidi are very supportive of numerous pet related causes in the area and we are glad that they are staying!