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Late this past winter, a young yellow cat with white around the nose/mouth and a striped tail started haning around a neighborhood just off Powder Mill Road, near OSS and a block down from Leader Heights Road, in York Township. The cat is wearing a light green plastic collar, and did have a tag of some sort, but the tag is now gone. The cat has grown since then and has gradually grown more friendly. The cat appears to be healthy and clean, but no one in the neighborhood knows to whom it belongs. For details, email email@example.com or call 717-741-3115.
A brown-tabby-and-white cat with semi-long hair was found on Water Street in Jacobus, PA, in early June.
The finder writes: “This is a very friendly kitty. It must have been somebody’s pet.”
If this might be your cat, or if you know where he/she belongs, call 717-428-1340.
- July 4 pet dangers: more than just noise
- Steve Dale offers tips on keeping your pets calmer during fireworks
Fireworks are no fun for animals, and the day after a fireworks display is always busy for animal shelters and pet rescuers. It’s also a traumatic time for pet owners who realize their pets are lost. After fireworks displays, animal shelters nationwide report an increase in the number of lost cats and dogs, many of whom are found with bloody paws from running, torn skin from breaking through wooden fences, or other serious injuries.
Despite all the pleas and warnings for people to keep their pets safe and secure on the Fourth, hundreds of terrified pets run off each year and become lost and panic-stricken during the numerous fireworks celebrations. Many of them never find their way home.
Animals have much more sensitive hearing than humans. So fireworks, which even we think are loud, are painfully loud to the animals. For them, fireworks aren’t festive, they’re frightening and sometimes fatal. It’s common for dogs to leap out of windows or through screen doors, jump or dig under fences to try to escape the deafening and confusing blasts.
When I was a child, each year when the fireworks were set off in our community, I’d see many dogs running down the middle of the street trying to escape the noise of the fireworks. They were so terrified, I wasn’t able to get them to come to me and get off the road, and I saw several dogs hit by cars while trying to escape the fireworks over the years. The rest of them — who knows where they ended up? Some of them were dragging chains behind them; all of them were wild-eyed and in mortal fear.
One year, there were two horses running down the road trying to escape the fireworks along with the dogs, and one of the horses was hit by a truck. (The person in the truck was injured, too, so in that case the fireworks were dangerous to humans also.)
With the Fourth of July and its loud fireworks displays almost here, please remember to keep your pets safe. Never take your pet to a fireworks display, and even if they’re usually kept outdoors or allowed outdoors, make sure they’re inside before the fireworks begin. Once the booming starts, it will be very difficult to get them inside — the urge is to run.
Since many municipalities (and individuals) shoot off fireworks on days before and after the actual July 4 holiday, it’s a good idea to keep pets safely inside on more than just the Fourth. Check your local municipalities to see when their fireworks displays take place.
To help ensure the safety of your companion animals during fireworks displays, try the following suggestions:
- Keep cats and dogs indoors during fireworks displays, and if possible, stay with them.
- Provide a safe place inside for your pets to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs (and some cats) often prefer small enclosed areas. If your dog is comfortable in a crate, or if your cat likes to sleep in the carrier with the door open, those are good options.
- Leave your animals at home during the celebrations. NEVER take them with you to watch fireworks displays!
- Never leave animals tethered or chained outside; they can hang themselves if they leap over a fence while trying to run from the noise.
- Do not leave your pet alone in the car. However, if your pet is most comfortable in the car, some pet parents find that driving around with their pet in the car helps to calm their pet.
- Close your windows and curtains. Use air-conditioning to keep it cool inside.
- Turn on a radio that’s tuned to a classical-music station, or turn on the TV to help drown out the sound of the fireworks.
- Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you’ve removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed.
- Consider purchasing a Thundershirt to keep your dog or cat relaxed throughout the fireworks.
- LICKS offers ZEN, a holistic remedy for dogs experiencing anxiety or just feeling out of sorts. It comes in single-serving packets of liquid vitamins containing antioxidants and ingredients such as chamomile root, tryptophan, theanine and ashwagandha root. For details, visit www.LICKSforDogs.com.
- Play specially formulated CDs such as those from Through a Dog’s Ear (they have them for cats, too); or the Music My Pet Classic Cuts CD.
- Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day. Exercise your dog early in the day before parties begin, and make sure that any off-leash time is securely fenced and any walks include a good leash —- people sometimes set off fireworks before dark.
- Use natural or herbal supplements that are known to be calming for pets.
- Give your dog something fun to do, such as a frozen Kong filled with his favorite treats.
- If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises, consult with your veterinarian before July 4 for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.
- If your pet seeks comfort in a bath tub, under a bed or other small space,let them. Do not try to lure them out. If the space is safe and it makes them feel more secure, let them be.
- Talk to your dog in a light, cheerful tone that sends a comforting message that the noise is no big deal. Don’t try too hard to reassure your dog during a fearful event because it can sometimes exacerbate the problem by reinforcing your dog’s fearful response.
- Some cats are very sensitive to people’s moods and may be influenced by the way you react to the noise. It’s best to act happy and calm to help reassure your cat that all is well.
- Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn’t leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chains, risking injury or death.
- Take a current photo of your animal companions and make sure they’re wearing a collar or a harness with an up-to-date identification tag and/or has a microchip, just in case he or she escapes and becomes lost. Not sure about microchips? Learn more.
Sources: PETA.org, Pet360.com, Care2.com, TripswithPets.com, www.PetPlace.com, Petfinder.com,
www.royalcanin.us, www.humanesociety.org, www.ASPCA.org, www.guardiansofrescue.org,
www.bestfriends.org and about.com
The Fourth of July holiday often includes barbecues, parties and swimming. For some pet owners, it can also mean an emergency trip to the veterinarian that could have been avoided.
- Fireworks: In addition to being loud and scary to pets when lit, unused fireworks can be toxic if ingested. Many contain hazardous chemicals such as chlorates that harm red blood cells and the kidneys, soluble barium salts that cause life-threatening drops in potassium, and sulfur and coloring agents that contain dangerous heavy metals.
Gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting, a painful abdomen and bloody diarrhea can result. The severity of the reaction will depend on the type of fireworks and the amount ingested. In severe cases, pets can suffer tremors or seizures, along with acute kidney failure, bone marrow changes, shallow breathing and jaundice.
When lighting off fireworks, it’s best to keep pets indoors, away from the noise and risk for thermal injury. Clean up any fireworks pieces that may have landed in your yard before allowing your pets in the yard.
Also keep charcoal, sparklers and glow sticks far from curious canines. Even when unlit, these can cause serious problems if a dog decides to chew.
- Barbecue foods: We love cookouts, but they can have the opposite effect on pets. While rich, savory meats aren’t poisonous to dogs or cats, they can cause anything from mild vomiting and diarrhea to full-fledged fatal pancreatitis, especially in sensitive dog breeds like miniature schnauzers, Yorkshire terriers, and Shetland sheepdogs.
Corn-on-the-cob can also cause issues ranging from vomiting and diarrhea, to forming a severe foreign body in the dog’s intestines requiring surgery.
Desserts made with xylitol, a sugar-free sweetener, can also be harmful, causing an acute drop in blood sugar and even liver failure.
Likewise, foods containing grapes and raisins can result in severe, fatal acute kidney failure when ingested by dogs. Foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
- Treats: Avoid upset stomachs by keeping dog treats on hand for guests who want to give your dog food. Check out some recipes for homemade dog and cat treats
- Pool chemicals: Chlorine is a common pool chemical. When ingested in its concentrated form (e.g., powder, tablets, etc.) prior to being placed in the pool, it can result in severe corrosive injury to both humans and pets. Burns to the eyes, skin, mouth, and esophagus can develop, and result in permanent injury. Once diluted appropriately in the pool water, chlorine no longer poses a corrosive risk. Always keep pool chemicals and cleaners safely out of the reach of pets.
- Salt water: If celebrating by the ocean, be aware of salt poisoning. If large amounts of ocean water are ingested while playing on the beach, hypernatremia (an elevated salt level) can occur, resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, excessive thirst or urination, tremors, seizures, coma and even death. Instead of allowing dogs to drink from the ocean, provide them with fresh water. If salt water is ingested, immediate veterinary treatment is recommended.
- Sunscreens and bug sprays: 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.
- Flames: During cookouts, ask guests to play with your dog away from the flames. Learn more about cookout safety for pets.
- Alcohol: 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.
- Matches, lighter fluid: 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.
- Citronella: Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestion can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
- Heat: Fourth of July festivities can make people forget that on any summer day, heat puts pets in jeopardy. A dog doesn’t have to be shut in a car to be at risk of heat stroke. Keep an eye on your pets and act immediately if you see any signs of heat stroke.
If you think your dog or cat may have ingested something harmful, take action immediately. Contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680. Pet Poison Helpline charges $39 per call, including unlimited follow-up consultations. There is also an iPhone application listing an extensive database of more than 200 poisons dangerous to cats and dogs. “Pet Poison Help” is available on iTunes for $1.99.
RUSTY HAS RETURNED HOME! A very friendly tricolor beagle named Rusty went missing Saturday,June 21 in the Stewartstown/Rinely area in York County, PA. He was wearing a John Deere collar with tags, but the tags are from his previous owner. If seen, please contact Donna at 619-947-8815.
This 5-month-old, blue-pointed, mitted ragdoll kitten was lost June 13. She was last seen at Sheetz on Queen Street in the York, PA, area when her person, Carol, stopped to fuel up the RV on their way back home to Virginia. If you see this kitten, please call 757 291-9493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A $500 reward is offered for the kitten’s safe return.
If you can hang signs in grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants and other places; and can give stacks of handouts to local businesses, please e-mail Stacey at email@example.com.
For information on Dogs’ Day in the Park, visit animalrescueinc.org.
DAKOTA HAS BEEN FOUND! Animal Rescue Inc. sends a big thank-you to everyone who helped in the search. Dakota, a puppy mill survivor, was lost at 26 N. Main St., Jacobus and was last seen on Meadow Street in Jacobus. He was being taken to the groomer in preparation for his adoption into a home of his own, and he slipped out of his harness. If you see Dakota, please do not chase him. Call 717-993-3232 or 410-916-5001. A $100 reward is offered for his safe return.