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ASPCA: The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Dedicated to alleviating pain, fear, and suffering in animals through educating, training, and guiding those who care for animals as owners, vets, shelter staff, etc.
Old Dog Haven: A network of homes providing assisted living and hospice care to dogs that helps with senior dog placement and dog behavior issues. PLEASE visit this website if you are thinking about surrendering an older pet.
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» Did you know dogs don't sweat?
» Winter Pet Safety Tips from the Whitman County Humane Society
» Are you thinking of giving a puppy as a Christmas gift?
» It's a crime to abandon a pet in Washington State
» Spring-Fall Pet Safety Tips: Coyotes on the Palouse
» Safety tips for July 4th
Did you know dogs don't sweat?
That's why leaving them in a hot car can kill them so easily. They pant instead of sweat and if the air they are taking in is too hot the dog quickly overheats. Even with the windows open, the car can quickly become hot enough to cause your dog heatstroke, brain damage, and even death.
Never leave your pet in the car on a warm day!
Winter Pet Safety Tips from the Whitman County Humane Society
Brrrrrrr…. It is getting cold on the Palouse! As the temperatures dip and we head into the winter holiday season, the Whitman County Humane Society would like to remind all pet owners to be aware of some of the hazards for pets during these fun, frosty months.
- If your pets go outside, monitor them closely. Animals are subject to hypothermia just like people. Limit your pet's time outside when the temperature drops below 30 degrees F. If your dog is kept outside for periods of the day, make sure it has a dry, draft-free dog house with an elevated floor and plenty of dry bedding.
- During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes choose to sleep under the hoods of cars where it is warmer. Before starting your car, bang loudly on the hood and wait a few seconds to give a cat the chance to escape.
- Watch your dog when walking it, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs frequently lose their scent in snow and ice and can easily become lost. More dogs are lost in the winter than any other season, so make sure they always wear idenfication.
- Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when they come in out of the sleet, snow or ice. Salt, antifreeze or other chemicals could hurt your dog if ingested while licking their paws.
- Antifreeze, even in very tiny doses is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Unfortunately, because of its sweet taste, animals are attracted to it. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle. To prevent accidental poisoning; more and more people are using animal friendly products that contain propylene glycol rather than traditional products containing ethylene glycol. Call your veterinarian if you suspect your animal has been poisoned.
- If you have a shorthaired breed, consider getting a warm coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck for your dog. Look for one that covers the dog from the base of the tail on top to the belly underneath. While this may seem like a luxury, it is a necessity for many.
- Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during the cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold. Your companion animal could freeze to death.
- If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed, take them outdoors only long enough to relieve themselves.
- Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter.
- If your dog spends a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities, increase their supply of food, particularly protein, to keep their fur thick and healthy.
- Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep and is far away from drafts and off the floor. You should consider a dog or cat bed or basket with a warm blanket or pillow in it.
- Many holiday plants are toxic to pets if ingested. These include Christmas Rose, Holly, Mistletoe, Philodendron and Dieffenbachia. Keep them out of reach of your pet.
- Other things to keep out of reach of pets include seasonal foods and decorations. Candies contain too much sugar and many include chocolate which is toxic to pets. Table scraps should not be fed to your pets either. These foods are not nutritionally balanced and are too high in fat content which may cause intestinal and liver problems. Maintain a healthy diet for your pet during the winter months!
- Decorations such as ribbons, garland and electrical lights can be very hazardous if ingested. Keep breakable ornaments out of reach.
Following these tips and the advice of your veterinarian will make it a safe and happy winter for all.
Are you thinking of giving a puppy as a Christmas gift?
We've all seen the heartwarming ending to a holiday TV show, where the lid tumbles off a gift-wrapped box to reveal a squirming puppy, all cuddly softness and youthful exuberance. The eyes of the gift recipient light up in joy and wonder, and everyone is filled with the holiday spirit.
This iconic scene plays out quite successfully in marketing ploys, but less successfully in real life. Before you start gift-wrapping live animals this holiday season, consider a more restrained route, and hold off on bringing home a puppy until after the holiday season subsides.
A Very Scary Christmas
For puppies, the holiday season is rife with physical danger. A Christmas tree is big, often unstable, and could easily fall on or be pulled over by a rambunctious puppy. Whether or not it withstands a canine assault, the standard tree is covered with irresistibly dangling bits and baubles: small plastic lights, glass ornaments, wires and hooks, tinsel. Under the tree are an assortment of bows and ribbons, as well as bite-size gifts, like new toys and jewelry. Any of these pose a choking hazard and could cause serious internal injury if swallowed (and your puppy won't be the only one feeling queasy if he chews up a pair of diamond earrings or a $100 gift card). Electrical cords also appear in unusual places this time of year, posing a risk of electrocution if a curious pup decides to have nibble. Rich foods abound and can easily make a puppy sick if ingested. Chocolate and macadamia nuts, for example, are poisonous to dogs, as are other common holiday foods. In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, a puppy can easily get stepped on or escape through an open door.
New pets need to be introduced into a stable home environment, where there is as little unusual activity as possible and routines and rules can be established from day one. The holiday season, however, is full of strange sights, sounds, and smells. Members of the household keep odd hours, and visitors come and go. There is a general sense of excitement in the air. To ensure a smooth transition with as little stress on the animal as possible, save the introduction until a sense of normality has returned to your home. You'll end up with a better-adjusted dog, avoid introducing behavioral problems right off the bat, and enjoy a stronger, more trusting relationship with your pet.
What to Give Instead
Even if you wait to introduce a new pet to the household, you can still give the promise of a new puppy for Christmas. Wrap up something representative of a puppy—a leash, food dish, book on dog care, homemade gift certificate, or even a stuffed animal—and present that in place of the actual animal. Or wrap several such items separately and let the gift recipients figure out the "real" present for themselves. It's an easy way to prolong the excitement of the holiday season while preserving your sanity and the dog's safety. Even after they've crashed from holiday sugar highs and playing their new video games for 72 hours straight, your kids will still be enjoying the anticipation of a visit to the shelter to adopt an animal.
Benefits of Waiting
Without a Christmas Day deadline driving your decision, you can take your time to pick a new pet and make sure you get the right fit for your household. All family members should be involved in the decision. You'll be able to discuss with your children what your family is looking for in a pet before visiting the shelter, as well as the responsibilities associated with dog ownership and to whom they will be assigned. By allowing your children to be part of the selection process, you will also be able to see how each prospective pet interacts with your children before committing to adopt it. The interaction could even bring other considerations to the fore. For example, puppies are, without exception, cute—that's why so many people like them—but you may find that an adult dog with some basic obedience training under her belt builds your child's confidence and self-esteem.
So save yourself a lot of stress and worry this holiday season, and wait until the new year to introduce a new family member.
It's a crime to abandon a pet in Washington State
Senate Bill 5227, also called the Pet Abandonment Bill, provides a concrete definition of "abandonment" and by making abandonment punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. This legislation makes animal abandonment punishable as a gross misdemeanor offense. This critical bill is a step in the right direction toward addressing a horrible act of animal cruelty.
Pet abandonment is a terrible act of cruelty. Often, animals that are released to live on their own starve, die from disease, or get hit by cars. Those who are eventually found often have a long road of recovery both physically and emotionally.
Abandonment also contributes to the pet overpopulation crisis. The majority of abandoned pets have not been spayed or neutered, leading to rapid reproductive rates. This not only increases the population of unwanted animals, it burdens already resource-strapped local law enforcement agencies, animal control agencies and animal shelters.
This important bill is based on the simple and humane principal that animals deserve to be treated humanely by responsible guardians and that abandoning an animal is a serious crime.
Spring-Fall Pet Safety Tips: Coyotes on the Palouse
With spring comes the potential for increased danger to our four-legged friends. Please be aware that coyotes have been spotted in the Pullman area, particularly on Military Hill and just recently on Bishop Boulevard. Coyotes can pose a significant danger to pets. We believe that many cats who disappeared from Military Hill last summer were victims of coyotes. Please note that neither WCHS nor Pullman Animal Control can do anything about coyotes spotted in the city of Pullman. Contact a game warden for assistance if you spot a coyote. Also, if your pets spend a significant portion of their time outdoors, please make sure their rabies shots are up-to-date in case of close encounters with wildlife.
Safety tips for July 4th
Below are some things to remember when you have pets and the Independence day festivities begin. This is particularly important if you live close to Sunnyside Park in Pullman where the big community fireworks display is held. If your pet ends up missing over the weekend, remember to call your local shelter. If you are in Pullman, you can reach the Whitman County Humane Society Shelter at 1340 SE Old Moscow Road; Pullman, WA; PHONE: (509) 332-3422.
Fourth of July Safety Tips for your Pets:
- Don’t leave pets alone outdoors, even if tethered or in a fenced yard. Keep small pets indoors, preferably in a room without windows.
- Make sure all sharp objects are removed from enclosures.
- Turn on the radio or TV for distraction.
- Do not take pets to fireworks shows.
- Do not leave a pet unattended.
- Keep pets on a leash or in a carrier if they must be outside with you.
- Protect animals from children who may not realize that waving sparklers or setting off "safe" firecrackers could upset pets.
- Keep identification tags current.
- Sedate dogs if needed (as per your veterinarian's recommendation and prescription)
- Desensitize the pet by playing CDs that contain noises of thunderstorms, fireworks or gunshots.
- Pick up leftover sparklers and other sharp objects when the night of festivities is over.
FROM THE ASPCA:
Fourth of July Safety Tips
For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:
- Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
- Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
- Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
- Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
- Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it.While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
- Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
- Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
- Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.