Paws and Claws – Hershey Finds a Home!

By Brittany Fewell
Hello everyone! As you know last week was our first week writing this column for the Clarke Daily News. And in that article we featured a dog named Hershey. Hershey was adopted on Saturday, and is going to a wonderful forever home!

Molly - Mike and Molly both came into us as strays, so we don't know much about them. They are both very sweet, and very cuddly. - Photo Clarke County Animal Shelter

Thank you to everyone who read the article!
This week however, I would like to talk to you about something a little different. As you all know, fall is here, and that means winter is just around the corner. And everyone should be prepared with some cold weather tips for the furry friends.
Heartworm Disease
Heartworm, which is a mosquito transmitted disease, can be fatal. We recommend that your dogs be kept on a heartworm preventative at all times, including areas that are mosquito ridden all year. It can be given in a chewable or pillĀ  form, and it’s as easy as giving them a treat once a month.
Housing
Please, please, please be sure to provide proper housing for your pets. If you have an indoor pet, make sure you keep your pets bed in a warm, draft free area of the home. However, if you pet is an outdoor pet, he will be needing a warm insulated house or shelter. It would be nice to have a “door”, one of canvas would work fine. There is also straw and hay that can be used to help block the winds from the kennel or housing unit. And remember, that if the chills or weather gets to severe to bring your pet inside anyway.
Frostbite
Always remove ice and snow from your pets paws and fur, as quickly as you can. A pet’s skin, once frostbitten, may turn reddish, white or grey; and it may be scaly. If you suspect frostbite, you need to warm them as quickly as possible. Try thawing out areas by applying warm moist towels, changing them frequently. Call your vet as soon as possible.
Snow Remover Salt
Some substances used in ice melt have a low toxicity to them. Make sure you read all of the labels carfully. Store these products in a safe place, far away from your pet’s reach (and nose). Should your pet get any on his paws, remove it immediately!

Mike - They are both about twelve weeks old, and have current feline vaccines. They are ready for adoption now! - Photo Clarke County Animal Shelter

Antifreeze

Even the smallest amounts can be fatal to your pet. Please store these products where your pet cannot get to them. Make sure you clean up spills immdediately, and please read all labels and warnings. Antifeeze is sweet to the taste, and pets are natually drawn to the sweet scent.

Napping Cats
Sometimes cars like to climb onto the engines of cars for the warmth. Make sure you knock on the hood of your car, or honk your horn. It’s better safe than sorry.
Food
Staying warm during the winter months requires extra calories, and that means extra food. This means your going to have to adjust your pet’s food intake accordingly. Cosult your veterinarian for what is appropriate for your pet.
Water
We can’t ever stress this enough. Please make sure that fresh, clean drinking water is available for your pet at all times. Especially if you have an outdoor pet, you are going to want to check regularly to make sure the water hasn’t frozen.
In the next couple of weeks, as well as talking about our wonderful dogs and cats, we will feature holiday tips, and a special article on ice melts.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the shelter for further information. The number is (540) 955-5104.