Living in northern New England, most of us assume that heartworm disease is not really a problem up here in a climate where much of the year is relatively cool or cold and several months are snowy. We tend to think of heartworm disease as being a big problem in warmer southern states. The fact is that heartworm disease can be found in all 50 states, and risk factors vary, including climate conditions, wildlife carriers such as foxes, coyotes and wolves, interstate travel of dogs and other pets, and extent of disease-carrying mosquitoes which thrive throughout the US. Furthermore, because infected mosquitoes can come inside, both outdoor and indoor pets are at risk. In sharing the information in this article, we thank the American Heartworm Society, www.heartwormsociety.org, for their educational resources.
Heartworm disease is serious and progressive. The earlier it is detected, the better are the chances for your pet’s recovery. Unfortunately, there are few, if any, early signs of the disease when a dog or cat is infected with heartworms. This emphasizes the importance of an annual heartworm test for all your furry friends. The test is done through a blood sample that can most likely be processed directly at your veterinary clinic.
Another year is coming to a close soon, and while we at PMFAS are busy with the ongoing tasks of feeding, cleaning and caring for some 60 or 70 furry friends who at any given time reside at the shelter, we also recognize that once again we have much for which to be thankful.
We acknowledge all our friends and supporters, from our Keepers of the Kennels and Kitties, individual volunteers and families to local businesses and the towns we serve. Whether your support comes in the form of time, work, kind words or donations of many kinds, we definitely appreciate it all!
A big Thank You to the talented and generous folks at Northeast Kingdom Online (www.northeastkingdomonline.com) for their timely and detailed attention to our website. They work quietly and graciously behind the scenes making prompt and creative changes to the site, all of which help to promote our animals and enhance their adoptability.
At animal shelters and rescue groups everywhere, there are loving, healthy senior pets looking for that one special person or family to cherish them for the rest of their life. They don’t ask for much: just a warm place to sleep, good meals and plenty of love. They often enjoy going for walks with you and they can cuddle and snuggle as well as any younger pet!
Adopting a senior pet really means that you’re adopting a furry friend that has years of experience in being a best friend.
During Adopt a Senior Pet Month, take the opportunity to get acquainted with the older pets available at Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter. Visit the shelter at www.petfinder.com or find us on Facebook at Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter.
PMFAS encourages everyone to "Make your house a home, adopt a shelter dog!" Each year in the US, millions of people find a devoted best buddy at their local shelter. PMFAS encourages everyone to "Make Adoption Your First Option." We hope that everyone will think first of their local shelter to find their new best friend.
There are many good reasons to consider adopting a dog, in October or at any time of the year. Dogs can be loyal companions that make a big difference in your world as a best friend, an exercise buddy for walking, hiking, boating, a pal that can be trained to provide animal-assisted therapy, or simply a sweet, fuzzy face to greet you each morning and evening after a hard day at work.
Just like older people, senior pets also need special care and attention. With continually improved technology available to them, veterinarians can take a very proactive approach to help maintain your older pet’s good health. Laboratory tests and health screenings can detect problems in very early stages so that treatment can be started before a disease progresses too far. Therefore, it gets increasingly important to assure that your pet has a wellness check and physical exam with the vet of your choice. The longer a problem remains undetected, the more serious the outcome can be.
Adopting a senior pet is one of the most wonderful things you can do – not only for them, but for yourself also! Sometimes it feels like society doesn’t always have a lot of respect for older things or beings. With so much emphasis on how “important” it is to have the latest car, computer, or gadget, sometimes we forget the wonderful wisdom that age can bring. Many shelter volunteers will tell you that they are completely convinced that if more people knew how amazing it is to rescue, foster and share their life with a senior pet, senior pets wouldn’t spend so much time in so many shelters. While it is true that senior dogs and cats are likely to spend less time with their human families than younger pets would, the time that they do have can easily be measured in terms of great quality. It’s a matter of quality over quantity when adopting a senior pet!