Each year, 40,000 pets die in house fires. And pets start about 1,000 fires every year. These tragic statistics show why it’s so important to prepare for an emergency with your pet in mind. And Pet Fire Safety Day is a great reminder to get ready.
How to Prepare for an Emergency
When practicing your emergency plan, make sure to include your pet. Practice evacuating and agree with your family ahead of time where you will meet in case of a fire. Also:
Get a rescue alert sticker, available from many retailers, like these
Arrange a safe haven
Make an emergency kit
Keep identification on your pet
What Should Be Included in Your Pet Emergency Kit?
Your pet’s emergency kit should be small and portable, including only the essentials. Place it close to an exit, so it’s easy to grab. Consider including these items:
Food and bottled water
Plastic bags and paper towels, to clean up waste
Bowl, can opener
Medications and medical records
Leashes, harnessed or carriers for safe transportation
These animal events for a cause are scheduled for July 2017, and your participation would help even more animals in need! From local to road trip, consider these three options for sharing your love and time.
Level 1 and 2 classes are offered on the same day, so you can take one right after the other.
2017 Hank Kabel Sarcoma 5K Walk/Run for Canine Cancer
Take a road trip to Lancaster, OH to benefit canine cancer organization Hank Kabel Sarcoma Foundation. The 5K Walk/Run is Saturday, July 15 at 8:30 A.M.
The event is held to help the Hank Kabel Sarcoma Foundation raise money and awareness for canine cancer and to honor Hank and all other dogs who have lost their battle to this devastating disease. Prizes and recognition will be given to teams who raise the most money, and to the winners of the race.
Head south to Shelbyville, KY and show your support for greyhounds with this event by Kentucky Greyhound Placement. This free festival is Saturday, July 22 from 10AM-5PM.
Event will include Blessing of the Hounds, prepaid catered lunch, costume contest, Ask the Vet and live music during the closing of the silent auction and lots of vendors (for greyhounds, dogs, also hand crafted items as well as Kentucky themed items. In space is available additional vendors will also be included). Admission is free (no ticket required), unless you want the prepaid lunch, email KyGreyhounds@yahoo.com for information.
Mosquito season has started in Southeastern Ohio. The American Heartworm Society offers a very good explanation of how these pesky insects can deliver a deadly disease to your dog or cat:
“The mosquito plays an essential role in the heartworm life cycle. Adult female heartworms living in an infected dog, fox, coyote, or wolf produce microscopic baby worms called microfilaria that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites and takes a blood meal from an infected animal, it picks up these baby worms, which develop and mature into “infective stage” larvae over a period of 10 to 14 days. Then, when the infected mosquito bites another dog, cat, or susceptible wild animal, the infective larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animal’s skin and enter the new host through the mosquito’s bite wound.”
$1,200 – $1,800: Cost of Heartworm Treatment
Heartworm infections are expensive and can be dangerous to treat. If your dog or cat needs heartworm treatment, it will include:
$70 – $200: Cost of One Year of Heartworm Prevention
On the other hand, heartworm prevention is fairly economical and simple. Just give your pet the preventative medication every month, and your cat or dog will be safe from this disease.
Dental Do’s and Don’ts – Caring for Your Pet’s Teeth May Be Easier Than You Think
Taking care of your pet’s teeth is very important for their health. Poor dental health is bad for your pet’s mouth, but also for their kidney, liver and heart. Fortunately, caring for your dog or cat’s dental health requires just a few simple do’s and don’ts.
Pet Dental DOs
DO take advantage of food, treats and toys. Look for specially-formulated food and treats for dental care.
DO check your pet’s mouth weekly for signs of dental issues.
Pet Dental DON’Ts
DON’T ignore the signs:
Red, swollen gums
Dropping food from mouth
Whining while eating
Loss of appetite or weight
Loose or discolored teeth
Bleeding from the mouth
Unwillingness to play with toys
DON’T avoid brushing your pet’s teeth. For best results, get your pet used to having their teeth brushed at an early age.
Meet lovable cats and dogs (and other small critters!) looking for the best Valentine ever – a forever home. Dozens of rescue groups and shelters come together— some offering same-day adoptions that could see you heading home with your new heartthrob that day. Or, just go on a few “first dates” to see if any sparks fly!
Saturday, February 11th, 12 pm – 6 pm
Sunday, February 12th, 10 am – 5 pm
Join us with your dogs and kids for a fun Halloween celebration. Registration starts at 12:30, and there’s a costume parade from 1-1:30PM. Trick-or-treating for canines and kids alike start after the parade.
Price is $5 per dog. Children are free with a paid canine. Proceeds support the Wiggley Field Dog Park Fund.
Voice of America MetroPark Gazebo
7850 VOA Park Dr.
West Chester, OH 45069
This month, we recognize service dogs for all they they do. There are many kinds of service animals, and they provide support, companionship and help to millions of people. Here are some of the different types of service dogs:
Guide dogs for the blind
Medical assistance dogs
Medical alert dogs
Psychiatric service dogs
Watch these three stories to learn more about different kinds of service dogs and the amazing things they do.
“My Diabetic Alert Dog alerting to a low blood sugar scent. Duncan is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. He is alerting to the chemical scent that is released in our bodies when our blood glucose levels are low / high. He was trained by taking samples of this scent.”
September is Senior Pet Wellness Month. Cats become seniors around nine years of age, while dogs are considered seniors at just seven years.
We would love to help your senior pet stay healthy and happy. Senior pets are more susceptible to disease and injury, which can be treated more effectively with preventive care. Celebrate Senior Pet Wellness by bringing your senior cat or senior dog in for a routine lab screening.
Save 25% on Senior Pet Wellness Labwork
From September 12-26, Senior pet Wellness Screens are just $75, a 25% savings. Senior pets are 7+ years old.
This visit includes:
Complete blood count
Special Price for Young Adult Wellness Labwork
Preventive care is important at all stages of your pet’s life. So, we don’t want to leave out the younger pets! From September 26 – October 10, bring in your young adult pet (age 6 or younger) for a Wellness Screen at the special price of $50.
This visit includes:
Complete blood count
Offer only valid with routine check-ups/ healthy pets. This wellness screen does not include care for pets who are ill. Please call (513) 829-8989 to make an appointment and to discuss any questions you have about our special offers.
Pets age much the same as we do but at an accelerated rate. In order to help offset this faster aging process and detect potentially serious age-related diseases and conditions at the earliest stages, most veterinarians recommend that healthy senior dogs and cats be examined every six months. Scheduling these regular wellness exams is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your senior pet healthy. Why? Because the earlier your pet’s health problems are detected, the more options you and your veterinarian have to either cure them, slow their progression or help keep your pet more comfortable.