Please join us for a night of mystery, murder & mayhem at the social event of the year: The engagement party of Buffy Chamois Ragsdale & Seth Poole! Security will be heightened in hopes of keeping unwelcome guests from entering. Invited guests are asked to be on the lookout for suspicious looking characters. After all, some people would kill for an invitation to this party!
Bring some friends to form your own investigative team and enjoy dinner and drinks while you put your sleuthing skills to the test in a race to figure out whodunit! This fun evening also includes a silent auction.
When: August 4th, 6 PM
Where: Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC
Gunther is visiting his friends at one of our wonderful Vet Partners, Heritage Animal Hospital. Today’s visit, sadly, is not a friendly one, sweet Gunther is here for his first Heartworm Treatment.
We are grateful to our supporters, donors and a grant from Maddie’s Fund that helps PawsforLifeNC with the cost of Heartworm treatment. We know he is in wonderfully capable and loving hands, but he should not have to go through this!
Gunther, like so many former shelter dogs in North Carolina, came to us Heartworm Positive!
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” this could not be truer in this case.
Gunther’s previous “owner” did not provide a simple monthly chewable that would have protected this little guy from a deadly infection.
Yes, DEADLY! Left untreated this disease leads to a slow and painful death.
Let’s talk facts:
*North Carolina is in the TOP 10 states for Heartworm INFECTION.
* Heartworm is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.
* Heartworm is preventable through a monthly chewable or a semi-annual injection.
* There is NO treatment for Heartworm in cats, harder to diagnose, but deadly if contracted.
* Your Dog, Cat or Ferret can contract Heartworm YEAR ROUND, it only takes one infected mosquito bite to transmit the disease.
* HW cannot be transmitted from pet to pet, only through a bite from the infected mosquito.
* A study done at NC State University concluded 24% of infected CATS were INDOOR CATS
* Prevention is far more EFFECTIVE and less costly than treatment. And FAR LESS PAINFUL for your pet.
If your beloved family pet has not been tested or is not on a Heartworm preventative, do it now! It is recommended they be tested each year, even while on preventative, to be certain of continued protection.
Schedule a visit with your trusted Vet and get your fur kids protected today!
If you would like more information on Heartworm Disease, Protection, Facts and Treatment you can certainly speak to your Veterinarian or check out the links below.
The American Heartworm Society and Dr’s. Fosters and Smith provided research for this article.
A big THANK YOU to PetSmart Wake Forest for your GENEROUS donation of canned food today! One of our foster pups, Gunther, is happily sitting atop the mound of food on its way out the door and into some deserving bellies! We appreciate your support!
Do you have a feral colony in your neighborhood? Take control of this colony by Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR). It is safe and stops the overpopulation that is taking over our counties. Please continue reading. If you need help there are organizations that will do it for free. Operation Catnip, and our very own SNIF program.
Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) is an effective way to control feral colonies. Feral cats are found in every community. When cats are not sterilized they reproduce. Cats and their offspring bond together in groups called colonies. The colonies stay where there is a food source. People care for colonies and provide food, water, and shelter.
To manage colonies, Trap/Neuter/Return is the only solution. TNR is humane and painless. Cats will no longer reproduce and the colony is manageable.
TNR is the only chance that feral cats have to live a safe and healthy life. TNR requires commitment.
The average life of a feral cat is 18 months.
Cats can reproduce as young as 5 months of age.
The gestation period of a cat is 56-65 days. A cat can go into heat every 14-21 days.
An unaltered cat and their offspring can produce over 400,000 cats in 7 years.
Early spay/neuter is beneficial to cats because :
it produces less scar tissue
it is less stressful on the cat
there is a shorter recovery period when the cat is very young
there is a lower risk of complications from surgeries
Anyone looking for a sweet and fun cat who thinks he’s a dog? Our foster, Kirby, has more personality than any cat we’ve had. He fetches better than our lazy dog, plays in the water, and loves to chase the vacuum. He’s also very affectionate. Great with kids, dogs, and probably cats, but ours won’t give him a chance. His adoption fee is only $25 throughout the month of May. He is 6 months old and already neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Complete an adoption form at http://pawsforlifenc.org/p…/cat-adoptions/cat-adoption-form/
Every year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens, are euthanized. The good news is that responsible pet owners can make a difference. By having your dog or cat sterilized, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. Spaying and neutering prevent unwanted litters, help protect against some serious health problems, and may reduce many of the behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct.
Removing a female dog or cat’s ovaries eliminates heat cycles and generally reduces the unwanted behaviors that may lead to owner frustration. Removing the testes from male dogs and cats reduces the breeding instinct, making them less inclined to roam and more content to stay at home.
Early spaying of female dogs and cats can help protect them from some serious health problems later in life such as uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering your male pet can also lessen its risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) and testicular cancer.
The procedure has no effect on a pet’s intelligence or ability to learn, play, work or hunt. Some pets tend to be better behaved following surgical removal of their ovaries or testes, making them more desirable companions.
If you decide to delay spaying or neutering your dog, for whatever length of time or whatever reason, here is something else to consider- Some people just may not be cut out to deal with an intact male or female dog in their household. Here are some caveats and considerations:
1. Female dogs do not get menstrual periods like humans, as some people mistakenly believe; they come into “heat,” or “season,” once or twice a year – the three to four days in their cycle when their unfertilized eggs ripen. (Though both biological processes involve bleeding, it’s inaccurate to compare a woman’s monthly cycle, which is an infertile time, to the heat in the female dog, which is quite the opposite. Dogs get pregnant while bleeding.) Some dogs cycle every six months; more primitive breeds, such as Basenjis or Tibetan Mastiffs, come into heat only once a year.
2. Female dogs can only get pregnant when they’re in heat, after about 6 months of age. Some females will show physical signs of readiness – their discharge will lighten in color, and they will “flag,” or lift their tail up and to the side. Others will show no behavioral changes; still others will “stand” and accept a suitor at any time in their cycle, even days before or after they are fertile. If you cannot be absolutely certain of identifying the signs of heat in your female, and securing her during this time, spay her. Intact males are frighteningly persistent in reaching the object of their desires; they will hurl themselves through glass windows, and might even attempt (and succeed) at breeding a female through the wires of a crate. Continue reading “Article on Keeping Your Dog Intact”→