Saturday, August 19, 2017

Beach Bum(mer): Petplan Ranks the Top 5 Health Hazards at the Shore

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Pet Insurance Provider Says Sun, Sand and Salt Water Can All Cause Pet Health Wipeouts

WOOF!!! BARK!!! It’s no secret that pets love the beach—but the beach doesn’t always love them back. According to Petplan pet insurance, claims soar from summer days at the shore, with everything from dehydration to blocked bowels dogging our pets.

To help pet parents put safety first while seaside, Petplan ranked the top five most dangerous pet health threats:

5. Sunburn
Believe it or not, dogs can get sunburned—and white or light-colored pets are most at risk. To keep pups safe, apply sunscreen to the bridge of the nose, ear tips, abdomen and inner legs, and always provide plenty of shade. Use pet-formulated sunscreens only: many human sunblocks contain zinc oxide, which is toxic to pets if ingested.

4. Snacking on sand
Lots of dogs like to dig in the sand, but some wind up eating the fruit of their labor. A little sand will do no harm, but large quantities can collect in the intestines or bowels and cause a blockage. Signs of trouble include straining to defecate with no result, lack of appetite, repeated vomiting or abdominal discomfort (look for heavy panting, pacing, whining or a distended belly). Keep a close eye during play to prevent accidental snacking.

3. Sipping salt water
Petplan’s vets warn never to let a dog drink seawater. The most common side effect is diarrhea, but if they sip enough of it, salt toxicity becomes an issue. Too much salt causes a major electrolyte imbalance in dogs, which can lead to dehydration, brain damage, kidney failure and even death. Always pack fresh drinking water and a portable pet bowl.

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2. Dry drowning
Dogs who enjoy swimming should never do so unattended. A dog can be pulled under by strong tides and currents—or even just exhaustion—and may aspirate water while struggling. This inhaled water can cause pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs that can lead to respiratory distress or cardiac arrest). Dry drowning can happen hours or even days after a near-drowning accident, and it can be deadly. Protect your pup with a pet lifejacket to help keep his head above water.

1. Heat sickness
Heat stroke takes the top spot for being one of the most common—and most dangerous—threats to beach-going pets. Not only is the condition expensive to treat (the average cost is $2,606*), but more than just your wallet can get burned: heat stroke is often fatal, and can affect a pet in as little as 15 minutes. Avoid bringing dogs to the beach during the hottest part of the day, and be sure they’ve got access to both water and shade.

“Bringing a pet on vacation is a great way to make new memories, but it’s absolutely crucial to take safety precautions before hitting the beach,” says Petplan Staff Veterinarian Rebecca Jackson. “Know the dangers of sun, sand and salt water and how to minimize your pet’s risk of getting hurt or sick. Summer sun should be fun for everyone—especially the four-legged among us!”

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

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WOOF!!  My pawsome friend "Lab Lady" came by this week with a fantastic friend for you to meet! He's is almost as cute and handsomely adorable as I am! Meet Bama!
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Bama is a 12-year-old Black Labrador Retriever who is looking for his "Forever Home" in a single-family house or townhouse located in a rural or suburban area. He has no fence requirement!

Bama is one sweet guy who makes a pawsome snuggle buddy who will hang out with his humans all the time! He loves being their companion - is a pawsome "Velcro-Lab!" He is house and crate trained.

Bama enjoys chasing balls or simply exploring and enjoying the backyard. He is a dream on walks- he loves them and does well on a leash.

Bama has made a few friends with dogs in the neighborhood and gets along well with the foster's resident dog! He is a pawsome pup to be around.

Bama is a sweet and pawsome guy who is looking for his "Forever Home" to spend his golden years. He has enjoyed visiting a nursing home where everyone could pet him!

Bama is recommended for mini-humans ages 10 and older. He has no cat history. He is good with other dogs.

If you would like to meet or apply to adopt Bama, pawlease complete the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Application.

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Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

My pawsome friend "Cat Lady" from PetConnect Rescue came by this week to bring by a friend for you to meet!  This friend looks like he came all the way from France to meet you!  Meet Pierre!

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See the distinguished goatee? WOOF! Love it! Pierre says, “Bonjour!”

A sleek, handsome, sweet, and exotic-looking boy, Pierre is a gentle and quiet kitty! He likes cuddling with his humans too! He loves snuggling in their bed too!

Pierre does great with other cats and dogs in his foster home!
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Pierre is super fun and loves playing and chasing his wand toy.

Pierre has excellent litter box manners and is one very healthy guy!

A Paw from PetConnect Rescue: The adoption fee for this Pierre is $135, which helps with the cost of routine vet care.  The fee DOES NOT INCLUDE spay/neuter if the kitten is not already spayed/neutered. If the animal you are adopting is not already spayed/neutered, you will be required to sign a contract legally obligating you to have the animal altered. A $100 spay/neuter deposit is collected to help ensure that the procedure gets done in a timely manner.

Purringly, cats adopted through PetConnect Rescue must be indoor only, and may not be declawed (unless already declawed at the time of rescue).

If you would like to learn more about cat adoption, please visit PetConnect Rescue's Cat Adoption Guide.

If you would like to apply to adopt Pierre, please complete the PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption Application.

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)

"Charlie the Fluffinator"
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WOOF!! What a beautiful girl my friends from Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART) brought by for you to meet this week! WOOF, er, Meow! Meet Charlie the Fluffinator!

Charlie the Fluffinator is not declawed, is dog-friendly and is friendly with some cats! She is recommended for older mini-humans.

Charlie the Fluffinator is a very sweet, cuddly cat who enjoys playing and treats!

Charlie the Fluffinator's self will do best in a home as your one and only- cat that is and with no small children. She would purringly love being your forever friend!

If you have questions about Charlie the Fluffinator, please contact Kim.

Interested in applying to adopt Charlie the Fluffinator, please complete the Homeless Animals Rescue Team Cat Adoption Application.

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

Great Dane Adoption
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My friend the "Great Dane Dame" of Virginia and probably other places too, has had her hands full taking care of a few of those pawsomely large Great Dane guys! When I first met one, my first thought was... "Oh. What. A. Big. Dog. There are other dogs bigger than me. arf." I thought I'd met all the dog breeds, but that a great first experience meeting him.

This week the "Great Dane Dame" brought by a huge handsome fella named "Titan" who is looking for humans to love and his "Forever Home!"

Titan is a young man full of energy to burn and lovin's to share!  Though he may take a few minutes to warm up to you, if he doesn't know you, barkingly, when he does, it's "game on" and you'll get tons of "doggie kisses!"  The bestest kind of slobber!  WOOF! He has fallen in love with humans he sees often including a mini-human! Barkingly, she gives him a lot of treats- which he takes quickly!  Paws, no signs of Titan being too rough, anxious or guarded with mini-humans.

Barks, he does have manners, but he is still a puppy at heart!  He knows a few basic commands, "sit," "shake a paw," and "down." Barkingly, he is very food motivated! He may guard his food when eating!

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Titan passed the dog test with flying colors! He is a fast and fun, maybe a little rough, player. Barkingly, he was pawfect when playing with a Labrador, a Golden, and even larger dogs. Bark- there are dogs larger than a Great Dane? arf? 

Titan's previous owners say he is an escape artist who knows what door handles are for! While his foster hasn't seen this, he will require a sturdy 6 foot fence!

As Titan is still a puppy a training requirement will be part of his adoption to ensure he continues to learn good manners.

Titan would do best going home with another dog his size who is able to play fairly rough like he
does will a good choice for him.  With his energy levels, he needs a good-sized yard to run some of it off.  A townhouse, condo or apartment are not an option for him.

Titan likes to chase cats, so he is not recommended with cats.  He's good with mini-humans ages 12 and older.

Interested in applying to adopt Titan? Please contact Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League.

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Operation Paws for Homes

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WOOF! HAPPY FRIDAY! Hope you had a pawsitively pawsome week! My friend at Operation Paws for Homes brought by a friend for you to meet- Yoyoma!

Yoyoma is about 2-years-old and an American Bulldog mix! He is looking for humans to provide her some bellyrubs! She is a low to medium energy gal!

Not only does Yoyoma enjoy belly rubs, she LOVES bacon, enjoys going for car rides, playing with chew toys, humans and being a surrogate mom.  Yups, you read right. When she was dropped off at the shelter, she was full of milk but no pups! Wouldn't you know it, a litter of pups were brought in with no mom and she was pawsomely happy to raise them.

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Yoyoma has met her foster mom's grand mini-humans! They are great and respectful.

Yoyoma enjoys getting some exercise and walks well on a leash with a martingale collar!  She is pawsome in a crate!

Barkingly, she does have a prey drive! Paws, no small animals like birds or cats in her new "Forever Home!"  WOOF!!

Yoyoma has been friendly with all the dogs she's met, except for the snarky, growly ones. The best thing to do for her is re-direct her attention!  BARK! She prefers slow introductions to dogs.

Here is a video of Yoyoma Entertaining Herself!

Yoyoma does pawsome when her human makes the rules and sets boundaries for her! Arf!

Barkingly, if you are looking for a dog has had some basic training, want someone to hang out with you, a pawsome love bug, then Yoyoma may be the dog for you!

YoYoMa is current on vaccinations, spayed, microchipped, and looking for lovin's.

A paw from Operation Paws for Homes! COMPLETED TREATMENT!! Yoyoma tested positive for heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is transmitted to a dog through a bite from an infected mosquito producing a positive test in six months. Operation Paws for Homes will treat the dog and provide two weeks’ recovery time prior to adoption. Potential adopters will receive detailed information on the disease and their role in completing the recovery process from Operation Paws for Homes Heartworm Coordinator. With monthly preventatives, the disease is completely preventable. Read about heartworm disease here: Heartworm Society: Pet Owner Resources, Heartworm Basics

Interested in learning more about dog adoption? Please visit Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Guide.

Interested in applying to adopt Yoyoma?

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thinking About Dog Adoption?

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