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Dogs Foster Activity While Improving Vascular Health

Dogs Foster Activity While Improving Vascular Health

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Man's best friend provides more than mere companionship. Dogs encourage humans to exercise daily — rain or shine.

“The need to take a daily walk provides dog owners with a great form of exercise,” said Leila Mureebe, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery.  “Exercise is good for the body's blood supply, for maintaining proper body weight and for controlling blood pressure.”

Are You Taking Care of Your Small Dog’s Teeth?

Are You Taking Care of Your Small Dog’s Teeth?

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

While Labradors have topped the American Kennel Club's list of popular dogs for more than two decades, small dogs are gaining ground. Out of the top 10 breeds, four — Yorkshire terriers, Dachshunds, Poodles (the category includes standards and miniatures) and Shih Tzus — are small breeds. 

Northtowns Pet Blog: No Cost Ways to Support Your Local Shelter

Northtowns Pet Blog: No Cost Ways to Support Your Local Shelter

With a few simple changes to your daily online behavior, you can support animal welfare organizations and your favorite local shelters and rescues without spending a penny. Here's how: Visit Freekibble.com and Freekibblekat.com and donate ten pieces of tasty kibble to shelter pets when you answer a daily trivia question at one or both of the sites.

Northtowns Pet Blog:Is Your Pet Ticked Off?

Northtowns Pet Blog:Is Your Pet Ticked Off?

A common parasite, especially during the summer months, is the tick. Ticks can be found in most climates. Although they are most often found in wooded, damp and grassy areas before they attach to a pet. Some tick bites are harmless, but others can cause skin damage, irritation, hypersensitivity and anemia.

The most common diseases transmitted by tick bites are Lyme disease, tick-borne fever and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. If left untreated, these diseases can cause severe health problems that can be fatal. The following are warning signs that your dog or cat may have a tick-borne disease.

Lyme disease symptoms:
• Arthritis
• Lameness
• Depression
• Loss of appetite

Tick-borne fever symptoms:
• Weakness
• Cough
• Labored breathing
• Fatigue
• Discharge from the nose or eyes

Dog Contest to Highlight Pet Connection’s July Community Events

Dog Contest to Highlight Pet Connection’s July Community Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla, has several community events planned throughout the month of July. The shelter has been placing animals into loving homes throughout Western New York since 1984.

From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 16 and 30, Pet Connection volunteers will be at the new Lancaster Outdoor Market located in the Aurora Street parking lot between Broadway and Pleasant Avenue. While at the market on July 30, Pet Connection will host a fun day of dog contests, including best trick, ugliest dog and best dog and owner lookalike. Contest registration will take place from 8 to 9 a.m., with the competition beginning at 10 a.m. There is a $5 entry per contest, and great prizes will be awarded.

Five Important Facts About Heartworm

Five Important Facts About Heartworm

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

With warm weather here, pets as well as people are spending more time outdoors. But is your pet protected from one of the most common — and deadly — diseases? 

Northtowns Pet Blog: Packing Your Dog’s Travel Bag

Northtowns Pet Blog: Packing Your Dog’s Travel Bag

More and more people are traveling with their dogs these days.

It’s great for the dogs, who otherwise might be sent off to the kennel. But, it does mean more work for the adult trip planners who have to pack the family members’ bags as well as the dog’s travel bag.

A little planning before you and the dog leave home can go a long way in minimizing stress and insuring that you have the dog’s basic needs covered for the time you and the family are away from home.

 

Start by getting a travel bag for the dog. You want one that is big enough to hold the dog’s food and water bowls as well as the items needed to fill them.

There are a few basic items that should be included in your pet’s travel luggage. First, count the days you will be away and pack enough food to cover your dog. It is a good idea to include a little extra. You never know when something like foul weather may come up and delay your return home.