Get Involved in July!

June 26, 2017

Make a Summer Commitment to Help Animals in Need

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.

Animal Adoption Foundation Volunteer Orientation

Get Involved in July!Volunteers are always needed at Animal Adoption Foundation, and this July could be your chance to start making a difference in the lives of Hamilton, OH cats and dogs. First, complete their volunteer application, then sign up for these orientation classes:

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

Get Involved in July!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.

For tickets and to learn more, click here.

Greyt Greyhound Gathering

Get Involved in July!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 for information.

Learn more and register for the gathering by clicking here.

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Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion are Summer Dangers for Your Dog

June 13, 2017

Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion are Summer Dangers for Your Dog

Summer is here, and we love enjoying the outdoors with our dogs! But we need to be careful– dogs can suffer heat exhaustion in just 15 minutes.

Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion are Summer Dangers for Your DogSigns of Heat Stroke

If your dog displays any of these symptoms, bring your pet inside or to a shady place right away and call your veterinarian.

  • Heavy panting, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst
  • Bright red tongue and mucous membranes, which turn grey as shock sets in
  • Unsteadiness and staggering
  • Lethargy
  • Thick saliva, drooling, vomiting and/or diarrhea

Preventing Heat Stroke

Preventing Heat StrokeSome dogs are more at risk of overheating, so pay especially close attention if your dog is:

  • Short-nosed
  • Long-haired
  • Young

To keep your dog safe this summer, follow these tips:

  • Provide pets with cool, fresh water at all times
  • Limit jogging and bicycling with your dog and keep walks early or later, when the temperatures are cooler
  • Keep pets indoors with the A/C during the heat of the day

If you think your pet is experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call us right away at (513) 829-8989.

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Stay Flea-Free in May!

May 18, 2017

Stay Flea-Free in May!

The Risks of Fleas

Ohio has a particularly long flea and tick season, from March through December. This chart from the American Kennel Club shows how we compare to the rest of the country:

Flea Season

Besides being pests, fleas carry several risks for animals and humans, as listed below.

Flea Risks for Pets

Without flea preventive medication, cats and dogs can suffer from fleas in several ways:

  • Skin irritation – Intense itching and scratching can result in hair loss
  • Flea allergy dematitis – An unpleasant skin condition caused by an allerty to the fleas’ saliva
  • Anemia – Puppies and kittens are at the highest risk due to persistent blood loss
  • Tapeworm infestation – Fleas can carry tapeworm eggs inside their body. If a flea is ingested by your pet, they can become infested with tapeworms

Flea Risks for Humans

Fleas don’t discriminate between you and your pet. Any mammal is fair game! If your cat or dog becomes infested with fleas, the humans in your home may suffer from these risks:

  • Flea bites – can cause itching and soreness
  • Disease transmission – Cat-scratch disease can be transmitted through fleas, causing flu-like symptoms in humans

If you have any questions about fleas, or to get your pet started on a flea preventive, give us a call at (513) 829-8989.

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May 3 is the Cincinnati Reds First ‘Bark in the Park’ of 2017

May 2, 2017

Bark in the ParkIn 2017, you and your dog have four chances to catch a Reds game together– and the first game is Wednesday, May 3 agains the Pirates.

Learn More About Bark in the Park

Beyond enjoying the game itself, there are several special perks to bringing your furry friend to Great American Ballpark:

  • Join the pregame pet parade on the track surrounding the field!
    • Parade will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.
    • Due to time limitations the number of participants in the pregame parade is limited, so spots are available first-come, first-served.
  • Browse the pet expo and see dogs available for adoption from the SPCA Cincinnati in the Dog Zone.
  • Have your photo taken with your dog in front of a special Reds backdrop!

2017 Bark in the Park Dates

Bark in the Park

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April is All About Heartworm Prevention

April 13, 2017

Heartworm Awareness Facts

Heartworm Prevention: Weigh the Costs

Heartworm in DogsMosquito 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 in CatsHeartworm infections are expensive and can be dangerous to treat. If your dog or cat needs heartworm treatment, it will include:

  • Lab tests
  • X-Rays
  • Medications
  • Post-Treatment Preventative
  • Vet Fees

$70 – $200: Cost of One Year of Heartworm Prevention

Cat and Dog on Heartworm PreventativeOn 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.

Learn More About Heartworm Disease and Prevention

Watch this helpful animation video to learn more about the heartworm lifecycle and how infections affect animals.

Heartworm Disease Information

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Spring into Action with Your Dog!

March 27, 2017

Our Favorite Pet-Friendly Activities and Events this Spring

Now that winter is over, your dog probably has as much cabin fever as you do! Take your pooch on some adventures and outings, and enjoy some time together out of the house.

Spring into Action with Your Dog!Opening Day in Washington Park

April 3, 10AM-7PM
1230 Elm St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Join us for a free fun-filled Opening Day Celebration in Washington Park! Festivities begin Monday, April 3, at 10:00am with fun games and live music from 2nd Wind Band. The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade kicks off at noon and will pass by Washington Park on Race Street as it makes its way through the city.

Be sure to stick around after the procession for even more music, family-friendly activities, cold beverages, and delicious food options.

Spring into Action with Your Dog!Dog-Gone Easter Bone Hunt

Rentschler Forest Metropark
West Chester, OH
April 1, 12PM-4PM

Easter has gone to the dogs! Bring your pooch for their very own egg hunt. Plastic eggs filled with dog treats are scattered over a well-defined area of the park. Hunts are divided by dogs’ size and will start at different times. Plus, visit with the Easter Bunny and shop local vendors. For more information call 513.867.5835, ext. 301

Easter Fun for Every Bunny at PetSmart

Cincinnati-Area PetSmart Locations
April 8, 12PM-4PM

Hop on in for free photos with the Easter Bunny at PetSmart. Bring the whole family, pets too! They can meet other cuddly pets and go on PetSmart’s CritterTrail Scavenger Hunt. Plus, you’ll get a free 5L carefresh colorful creations bedding with any small animal purchase of $30 or more. While supplies last at participating PetSmart stores.

4th Annual Doggy Easter Egg Hunt

April 15, 1PM
Join this Cincinnati Meetup Group to enjoy the hunt. The hunt will be plastic eggs with cheese and treats in them. The dogs usually take about 5 seconds to figure out how to open them to get the treats out.  I’ll be bringing coffee and have a few people goodies too. I also bring bunny ears for pictures.

Spring Yappy Hour

Washington Park
1230 Elm St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Thursdays, 5PM-8PM

Mix and mingle with drink specials and furry best friend on The Deck and in Dog Park. Each week features a unique topic.

Spring into Action with Your Dog!Simmonds Family Dog Park at Miami Whitewater Forest

8715 Hamilton-Cleves Road
Cleves, Ohio 45002

The Simmonds Family Dog Park is the largest public dog park in the Cincinnati region and offers: Enjoy 11 acres of off-leash fun! Four separate fields, including an all-season play field, trees and structures to provided needed shade for canines and their owners, benches strategically located throughout the dog park, dog agility equipment and play zones, a future farm education and animal care facility adjacent to the dog park to be constructed by SPCA Cincinnati.

Mt. Airy Forest Dog Park

5083 Colerain Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Accessible from Mt. Airy and Westwood, Mt. Airy Forest’s 1,459 acres includes miles of hiking trails and bridle trails (located off Diehl Road) for horseback riders. Mt. Airy has Ohio’s only wheelchair accessible public treehouse, an enclosed dog park and disc golf.

Otto Armleder Memorial Park & Recreation Complex

5057 Wooster Pike
Cincinnati, Ohio 45226

With a total of 305 acres, this park has many features, including a 10-acre dog park with areas for large and small breeds, a canine shower, drinking fountains and shade trees. The park also features a 1.0-mile paved trail that connects Otto Armleder’s 1.9-mile loop trail to the Lunken Airfield 5-mile loop trail, a playground, reservable soccer fields, river outlook and canoe access to the Little Miami River.

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Top 10 Toxins and Poisons for Dogs and Cats

March 9, 2017

Top 10 Toxins for Dogs and Cats

Get smart about these top toxins and poisons– keep them safely away from your cats and dogs.

Top 10 Toxins and Poisons for Dogs

  1. Chocolate
  2. Mouse and rat poisons (rodenticides)
  3. Vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin D and Iron
  4. Human and veterinary pain relievers
  5. Heart medications (e.g., calcium channel blockers, beta blockers)
  6. Cold and allergy medications (e.g., pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine)
  7. Antidepressants (e.g., selective seratonin)
  8. Xylitol (a sweetener found in sugar-free gum and other low-calorie foods)
  9. Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)
  10. Caffeine pills

Top 10 Toxins and Poisons for Cats

  1. Topical, spot-on insecticides
  2. Household cleaners
  3. Antidepressants (e.g., selective seratonin)
  4. Lilies of all kinds
  5. Insoluble oxalate plants (e.g., Philodendron, dieffenbachia, elephant’s ear)
  6. Human and veterinary pain relievers
  7. Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)
  8. Glow sticks
  9. ADD/ADHD medications/ amphetamines
  10. Mouse and rat poisons (rodenticides)

Watch These Short Videos on Toxicities and Poisons for More Information

To learn more about these common and deadly substances, watch these four short videos on Pet Toxins from Dr. Robert Wood.

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February is for Love (and Dental Health!)

February 22, 2017

Dental Do’s and Don’ts – Caring for Your Pet’s Teeth May Be Easier Than You Think

February is for Love (and Dental Health!)

Cat Dental HealthTaking 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.

Dog Dental HealthPet Dental DON’Ts

  • DON’T ignore the signs:
    • Red, swollen gums
    • Increased drooling
    • Dropping food from mouth
    • Whining while eating
    • Loss of appetite or weight
    • Loose or discolored teeth
    • Bleeding from the mouth
    • Decreased energy
    • 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.

Watch this video for tips on brushing your dog’s teeth:

Please reach out to us if you notice any signs of dental disease in your cat or dog– We want to help your pet live the longest, happiest life possible!

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Mega Adoption Event this Weekend!

February 7, 2017

My Furry Valentine Mega Adoption Event

Cincinnati’s Largest Pet Adoption Event

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!

Mega Adoption Event this Weekend!

Saturday, February 11th, 12 pm – 6 pm
Sunday, February 12th, 10 am – 5 pm

My Furry Valentine Website
My Furry Valentine on Facebook

Sharonville Convention Center
11355 Chester Road
Cincinnati, OH 45246

General Admission: $5/person, for ages 5 and up
Early Bird Admission: $25 for 1 – $40 for 2
Children 17 & under are free when accompanying an adult

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Frostbite and Hypothermia: Winter Dangers for Your Pet

January 11, 2017

Frostbite and Hypothermia: Winter Dangers for Your PetCats and dogs have higher core body temperatures than their human companions, and can be at greater risk in cold weather. While 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is normal for a human, cats run 100.5 – 102.5 degrees, and a healthy temperature for dogs is between 101 – 102.5 degrees. Once your pet’s body temperature falls below 100 degrees, they are in danger of suffering from hypothermia or frostbite.

Is Your Dog or Cat Suffering from Hypothermia?

Frostbite and Hypothermia: Winter Dangers for Your PetIn an article by, Christine McLaughlin identifies these symptoms of hypothermia to look out for:

  • Strong shivering and trembling followed by no shivering
  • Acting sleepy or lethargic and weak
  • Fur and skin are cold to the touch
  • Body temperature is below 95 degrees (Fahrenheit)
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Pupils may be dilated (the black inner circle of the eye appears larger)
  • Gums and inner eyelids are pale or blue
  • Trouble walking
  • Trouble breathing
  • Stupor, unconsciousness or coma

Symptoms of Frostbite in Cats and Dogs

Frostbite and Hypothermia: Winter Dangers for Your PetAnimals’ extremities are sensitive to frostbite in cold weather, especially if they are wet or damp. Cesar’s Way explains symptoms of hypothermia very clearly:

You can spot this as a discoloration, often pale, gray, or bluish. Frostbitten areas also feel cold or brittle and your dog will experience pain if you touch them. The affected areas can swell or develop blisters or ulcers. In cases of extreme frostbite, skin will turn black and die.

Take These Steps Immediately if You See Signs of Frostbite or Hypothermia

  • Call your veterinarian right away
  • Move your pet into a warm place
  • Make sure your pet is completely dry
  • Use warm (but not hot!) water bottles to bring up your pet’s temperature
  • Or, warm up some blankets in the dryer and wrap your pet in them

The best way to prevent winter dangers is to keep your cat or dog inside during cold temperatures. Take shorter walks, and keep an eye out for the symptoms. Give us a call if you have any questions!


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