Now that Covid restrictions have been relaxed in most areas, many people are planning summer getaways. If you plan on taking your dog along on vacation, a weekend getaway, or just a pleasant road trip, here are a few tips to make your life easier and the trip more enjoyable:
June is Adopt-a-Cat Month and PMFAS has quite a variety of furry feline friends just waiting for their new forever home. The shelter staff is ready and eager to help you adopt your very first cat, or add another kitty to your feline family.
In considering bringing a new kitty into your household, give some thought to these ideas and suggestions offered by American Humane (www.americanhumane.org)
April showers bring May flowers and springtime also brings awareness to a number of pet health issues. Two very important health issues to learn about are Lyme Disease and Heartworm Disease. As a matter of fact, April is recognized as Lyme Disease Prevention and National Heartworm Awareness Month. These two diseases seem to have become just as serious in northern New England as in warmer parts of the country.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (www.avma.org) reminds us that March brings Poison Prevention Week, March 21 to 27.
While the focus is on raising awareness about household items that are poisonous to children, it’s important to remember that many things in the home are also poisonous to our pets – cats, dogs and yes, even birds and other pets. The AVMA advises that raisins and grapes can be fatal to our canine family members. Some plants, such as lilies are poisonous for our feline friends. Some kinds of nuts, such as macadamia nuts can cause paralysis in dogs and sadly, the most potent poisons for our pets are human medications. It’s important to know that many items commonly found in our homes can cause our loyal and beloved animal friends to become critically and perhaps even fatally ill. These items range from foods that they may enjoy eating, but shouldn’t, to cleaning chemicals and prescription drugs
February is National Pet Dental Health Month. More than just a cosmetic issue, yellow teeth and bad breath can be a sign of serious disease in pets. This condition can result in nutritional problems and can eventually cause damage to organs such as kidneys, liver and heart. Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets, with most dogs and cats becoming affected by age three years. You can help prevent disease and decrease emergency visits to the vet by keeping your pet’s teeth and mouth healthy.