The animal control department of Peoria, Illinois, found Dixie, a 4-year-old basset hound, on the streets with a litter of puppies. They took her in, but during the procedure to have her spayed, something went wrong and she became very ill.
After last winter, we all are assuming another bad one is on the way. There are many concerns for our dogs who have an inordinate amount of outside exposure. Obviously, there are breeds that are kenneled and spend a good part of the year outdoors. Those pets will transition to weather extremes of winter more efficiently and safely.
ONCE UPON A TIME...The Humane Society of Missouri rescued 39 small-breed dogs from Carter County. The owner surrendered the dogs after telling animal cruelty investigators that she had planned to load them into a truck and dump them on the side of the highway. Many of the dogs were in poor shape, and the Humane Society’s rescue team brought them to its Macklind Avenue headquarters for care.
November houses Turkey Day, and that means tons of great food, lots of family time and more. Many of our pet health concerns around Thanksgiving have to do with all those scrumptious table goodies getting into the mouths of our non-discriminating pet gourmets.
ONCE UPON A TIME...Scott and Heidi Suppelsa had two purebred dogs: A beagle and a cocker spaniel. When both passed away within a span of two years, the family took a yearlong break from dog ownership. But eventually, they wanted a new dog that would be good with their two kids, Eli (now 10) and Maya (7).
Once Upon a Time...Sarah Evens was thinking about volunteering at the St. Louis City's animal control facility on Gasconade Street. "When I pulled up the website, the adoption page came up, and Kona was the first one," she says. She and her then-boyfriend, Pete Williams, started talking about getting a dog, and visited the facility. "When we walked in, he was in the first cage, so honestly we didn't look at another dog—he was the first dog we saw, and it was love at first sight." (Editor's Note: The Gasconade Street facility has since closed, and most of its dogs were given to nonprofit Stray Rescue of St. Louis for care and adoption.)
Once Upon a Time… Dorothea and Mats Bernesjo were looking for a new cat. The couple had been married for about four years, and had recently lost their cat, Claire, to lung cancer. “I had a cat when my husband met me,” Dorothea Bernesjo says. “I told him, I’d like to get another cat, but it’s up to you, because I already had one when you came into this marriage.” Mats agreed, and they started the search for a new pet.
Personally, I love critters. I enjoy purebreds and I enjoy ‘mutts.’ In turn, I strongly support rescue and adoption, both philosophically and in practice. Our clinic hosts the only Missouri state-licensed rescue facility owned and managed by a veterinarian. So, I applaud anyone willing to take on a rescue. It’s a wonderful action, indeed! But it often is fraught with misunderstanding and/or problems. So, when clients ask me about adoption, I like to prepare them for the processes associated with adopting a rescue animal.
The bags are packed, plane tickets are in hand, and you’re ready for a nice, long vacation. While you’re away, it’s important that Buster gets cared for as lovingly and safely as usual. That’s where finding and preparing for a quality pet-sitter comes into play.
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