Archive for January, 2010

Thank You!
January 30, 2010

Within the last few months, Bandit’s Place has had medical bills for two dogs that were at least 800.00 each.  With an organization as small as we are, those were really, REALLY big bills.

When Chelsey came in and we found out that SHE needed surgery to the tune of 1500.00, well, I have to say, that was about as much as we could take!  Our hearts sank, thinking that we might not be able to help her.  Option #1 was to put her down.  Option #2 was to put her on Lost & Pound and hope for the best.  So last week we did just that. (Actually, Option #1 was really never considered… Have you MET her??)…

Well, let me tell you!  The outpouring of generosity of Channel 3 viewers has just absolutely overwhelmed us.  We raised, in pledges and checks, enough to cover Chelsey’s surgery!  We might have some left over, too, to cover her pre-surgical and post-surgical needs as well!

How cool are YOU all!  I can not thank you enough for your generosity and well wishes toward Chelsey and her plight.  She is a wonderful, sweet dog who has had a very, very tough time of it in her short life.  But now, thanks to all of you, she will be (paws crossed) able to be a “normal” dog for once!  We’ve even gotten offers to adopt her and I’m sure when all is said and done, Chelsey will be living the life of Riley!

So thank you, thank you!  From the bottom of our hearts and paws, I thank you!

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Parvo Virus Hits Local Shelter
January 20, 2010

Those words are enough to strike terror into the heart of any animal control officer, anywhere.  Parvo Virus, a deadly, fast acting virus, has been in the state since the early 1980’s.  I remember it well.  I was a veterinary nurse, working at an emergency hospital, when it first hit.  It was devastating to see a normally healthy dog deteriorate and die within just hours of coming into the hospital and nothing anyone tried did any good.

Parvo Virus is an intestinal virus that causes a high fever, bloody diarrhea and vomiting in dogs.  Once the symptoms start, death usually occurs within 36 hours for about 95% of the dogs who contract it.  It’s that bad, and it’s that fast.

The usual victims of this virus are puppies or dogs who have not been vaccinated against it.  Treatment is pretty much just supportive although some veterinarians use antibiotics as well.  It is extremely contagious and can be transmitted by even just walking where a dog infected with the virus has walked.  It is passed through fecal material, however fecal material need not be present – the virus can stay on the feet of a dog who has had it and where that dog walks, so goes the virus.  The Parvo Virus is not transmissible to humans.

IF, and I do mean IF, the dog does somehow survive the virus (and treatment is expensive, requiring intensive hospitalization and round the clock care) some experts believe that the dog will continue to shed the virus through fecal material for up to six months.  This means that any dog walking in that dog’s area is susceptible to infestation.

So what to do?  VACCINATE!  I can not stress this enough…  Vaccination is the only way to prevent this terrible, awful virus from becoming an issue again.  There will always be cases out there, but the more we can prevent this, the better off we’ll be.

Outdoor Cat
January 9, 2010

Dear Liz; my cat loves to go out at night, but I’m concerned about him being affected by the cold weather.  What should I do?

Signed,

Frozen in Farmington

Dear Frozen;

Well, being a cat owner myself I can tell you that you can’t tell a cat to do something it doesn’t WANT to do, and staying indoors when it wants to be OUTdoors is one of those things.

SO…. What do you do with a cat that insists on going out at night, despite the peril of coyotes and cold?

Prepare!  IF you absolutely can not keep your cat inside at night, make sure you have done the following:

  1. 1. Feed extra calories.  Calories give your cat the ability to keep warmer.  A little extra layer of fat means a little more insulation.  BUT be careful not to OVER feed him.  TOO much fat is not healthy!

  1. 2. Provide a warm spot.  Do you have a cellar window you can keep slightly open to allow the cat inside access?  What about a window in the garage or can you keep the door open just a bit? How about a dog house?  Use a VERY small one, and make sure it’s up, off the ground and away from direct wind.  You can “make” a shelter with bales of hay, too.  Just make sure it’s in an area protected from the wind.

  1. 3. Best choice, though, is to try and keep your cat inside at night.  Cats are, by nature, nocturnal creatures and as such, love to be on the “prowl” at night, but older cats and kittens really do need to be kept inside at night as they are not equipped to protect themselves outside.

  1. 4. Try keeping the cat in a few hours past the usual time it goes out.  Do this for a few days and then go even further with the time inside.  At some point, I know it’s going to be hard to wait (when you get to about 2am before you let the cat out) so at that point, try just going all night.

  1. 5. Reward the cat for the time it stays inside – Maybe a catnip toy will keep it occupied?  Ok, maybe it will make the cat insane and spastic but hey, you can at least TRY it!

So long and short of it is that I recommend trying to change your cat’s mind.  If that doesn’t work, make sure to do what you can to keep your cat safe.  Good luck!!!