We know that it can be tough to get our feline friends in for a Wellness Exam. But even young indoor cats need to come in and get their nose-to-tail examinations at least once a year. Just like dogs, cats age more quickly than people — on average about seven years for each of our years.
To read some tips for helping your cat travel to the vet and to watch a short and helpful video, go to our cat page: www.astonvet.com/for-our-cat-patients
I am a handsome young adult neutered male Orange Tabby. Before I came here, I was living at a local industrial shop just your typical rough and tumble junkyard cat. With dangerous equipment around it was not the best place for a cat to live, and I was not getting enough food, clean water, vet care or attention. A DHA volunteer who worked nearby agreed to take me in as a foster pet to prepare me for a second chance at a real home. She gave me lots of TLC and over time I got healthy and started to enjoy living the good life. I would even go for walks outside with a harness and leash. I love to play (one of these days I am going to catch that little red laser dot!) and can be talkative, too. I am independent, but enjoy being around people. I enjoy getting attention (especially head scratching) and do not mind being held for a little while sometimes. I have not been around other cats much yet, but if you have a dog, no problem, they are OK by me. Please come meet me and give me a chance to charm you! I really want to be back in a home of my own with someone to love me.
For more information, go to: www.dehumane.org
Last year, there were more than 100,000 cases of pet poisoning in the U.S (cats and dogs). Many of these were caused by substances you probably have in your home, substances that may seem perfectly harmless to you. But just because something is safe for people doesn’t mean it won’t hurt beloved pets.
- Dog poison No. 1: Humane medications. Drugs that might be beneficial, or even life-saving, for people can have the opposite effect in pets. And it doesn’t always take a large dose to do major damage.
Some of the most common and harmful medications that poison dogs include:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, which can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers or kidney failure.
- Anti-depressants, which may cause vomiting and, in more serious instances, serotonin syndrome – a dangerous condition that raises temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, and may cause seizures.
- Isoniazid, a tuberculosis drug, is difficult for dogs to process. Even one tablet can cause problems in a small dog. Signs of poisoning include seizures and coma.
- Dog poison No. 2: Incorrect use of Flea and tick products. You may think you’re doing your dog a favor when you apply products marketed to fight fleas and ticks, but thousands of animals are unintentionally poisoned by these products every year. Problems can occur if dogs accidentally ingest these products or if small dogs receive excessive amounts. If you have any specific question, please don’t hesitate to call.
- Dog poison No. 3: People food. Your canine companion may look so cute as he sits there begging for a bite of your chocolate cake or a chip covered in guacamole, but not giving him what he wants could save his life. Animals have different metabolisms than people. Some foods and beverages that are perfectly safe for people can be dangerous, and sometimes fatal, for dogs.
- Chocolate. Though not harmful to people, chocolate products contain substances called methylxanthines that can cause vomiting in small doses, and death if ingested in larger quantities. Darker chocolate contains more of these dangerous substances than do white or milk chocolate. The amount of chocolate that could result in death depends on the type of chocolate and the size of the dog. For smaller breeds, just half an ounce of baking chocolate can be fatal, while a larger dog might survive eating 4 to 8 ounces. Coffee and caffeine have similarly dangerous chemicals.
- Alcohol. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning in animals are similar to those in people, and may include vomiting, breathing problems, coma and, in severe cases, death.
- Avocado. You might think of them as healthy, but avocadoes have a substance called persin that can act as a dog poison, causing vomiting and diarrhea.
- Macadamia nuts. Dogs may suffer from a series of symptoms, including weakness, overheating, and vomiting, after consumption of macadamia nuts.
- Grapes and raisins. Experts aren’t sure why, but these fruits can induce kidney failure in dogs. Even a small number may cause problems in some dogs.
- Xylitol. This sweetener is found in many products, including sugar-free gum and candy. It causes a rapid drop in blood sugar, resulting in weakness and seizures. Liver failure also has been reported in some dogs.
- Dog poison No. 4: Rat and mouse poison. Rodenticides, if ingested by dogs, can cause severe problems. The symptoms depend on the nature of the poison, and signs may not start for several days after consumption. In some instances, the dog may have eaten the poisoned rodent, and not been directly exposed to the toxin.
- Dog poison No. 5: Pet medications. Just as we can be sickened or killed by medications intended to help us, cases of pet poisoning by veterinary drugs are not uncommon. Some of the more commonly reported problem medications include painkillers and de-wormers.
- Dog poison No. 6: Household plants. They may be pretty, but plants aren’t necessarily pet friendly. Some of the more toxic plants to dogs include:
- Azaleas and rhododendrons. These pretty flowering plants contain toxins that may cause vomiting, diarrhea, coma, and potentially even death.
- Tulips and daffodils. The bulbs of these plants may cause serious stomach problems, convulsions, and damage to the heart.
- Sago palms. Eating just a few seeds may be enough to cause vomiting, seizures, and liver failure.
- Dog poison No. 7: Chemical hazards. Not surprisingly, chemicals contained in antifreeze, paint thinner, and chemicals for pools can act as dog poison. The pet poisoning symptoms they may produce include stomach upset, depression, and chemical burns.
- Dog poison No. 8: Household cleaners. Just as cleaners like bleach can poison people, they are also a leading cause of pet poisoning, resulting in stomach and respiratory tract problems.
- Dog poison No. 9: Heavy metals. Lead, which may be in paint, linoleum, and batteries, can be poisonous if eaten by your dog, causing gastrointestinal and neurological problems. Zinc poisoning may occur in dogs that swallow pennies, producing symptoms of weakness from severe anemia.
- Dog poison No. 10: Fertilizer. Products for your lawn and garden may be poisonous to pets that ingest them.
Cat Dental Tip: Having a Hard Time Brushing your Cat’s Teeth? Try Tuna Juice!
That’s right! Start by just handling the face, then the lips, then begin rubbing the teeth and gums of your cat with your finger. Try a few drops of water flavored tuna juice from a can. From here you can slowly start to work in a more structured brushing routine.
I’m a small adult male short haired cat who was born in May 2009 with a condition known as Cerebellar Hypoplaysia (CH). Part of my brain didn’t develop fully, and although all four of my legs work, I am not able to walk or stand on my own due to a lack of balance and impaired motor skills. Cats with this condition are often called “wobbly cats”. I was brought to DHA when I was six weeks old and have been fostered by a DHA staff member ever since. A veterinary neurologist said he had never seen such a severe case of CH, and although I will never outgrow this condition, I am otherwise in good health and should have a normal lifespan just like any other cat. Thanks to DHA’s Helping Hands Club enough money was raised to buy me a type of walker called a quad cart that lets me use all four legs while supporting me so I don’t fall over. Over time, I have continued to adapt to my condition and have even managed to stand for short periods and take a few steps on my own. Mostly I like hanging out in a comfy basket and being held, but I’m also feisty and playful. Since I sometimes like to play rough and give love bites, I would be best in a home without young children. I am fine with dogs who respect my boundaries and other cats. I’m surprisingly independent (able to eat, drink and use a litter box by myself) but I do need more supervision, care and attention than the average cat. Sometimes I knock over my food and water, and I occasionally don’t make it to the litter box in time and need some cleaning up. I must have a carpeted area to live in that has been “baby proofed” for sharp edges and things I might fall on or against, and should not be kept in an area where there are stairs that I might fall down. You should also know that I eat a special diet due to my sensitive stomach. And finally, I need someone who will spend time working with me and my quad cart, making sure I move around and get in some weight bearing exercise every day. If you would like to meet me, please schedule an appointment in advance so my foster mom will be sure to bring me in. You can contact her at email@example.com or (302) 571-8171 ext. 303.
Domestic Medium Hair-Gray/Russian Blue Mix
Mr. Sandman … “Bring me a dream.” If you adopted Sandman, it would be like a dream! This handsome medium-haired Russian Blue mix is too good to be true. His coat is so unique that he may even have Maine Coon in him, too. But what is more impressive than Sandman’s appearance is his wonderful disposition. He loves to rub up against people and playfully head butt them. Sandman is looking for a lap to call home … Could it be yours? Sandman is already neutered and ready to go home with you today! His adoption fee is half off throughout Aug. 31, as are adoption fees of his other feline friends.
For more information about Sandman and other adoptable pets, go to www.delcospca.org
This is Muffin. She is a 6-week-old calico kitten. She is a very funny kitty and although she is small she has a huge personality. Her parents tell us that the neighborhood children always come to see if Muffin can come out to play! She really is a sweetie and we wish her the best of luck in her new home!
This spayed adult female Siamese mix cat was abandoned at the front door of the Delaware Humane Association shelter. She is very friendly, an affectionate girl that has lots of love to give.
For more information about this wonderful cat, contact the shelter’s Client Services staff at (302) 571-0111, or visit www.dehumane.org.
Bradley is currently living in a fabulous foster home but would love a forever home of his own! Bradley’s foster mom says he is loving and gets along well with other cats. He is also friendly to the resident dog in his foster home. Bradley enjoys playing with toys and has quite a purr engine! He enjoys attention and affection but is never pushy or demanding. He will allow you to hold him, pick him up, and carry him around. He is gentle with children and is a true lap cat kinda guy. I mean, what more could you want in a cat? Plus, you can bring one of Bradley’s feline friends 6 months or older home at no adoption fee in the Delco SPCA’s “Save a Paw, Get a Paw” adoption special. All adopted animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped upon adoption.
Holly is a 4-6 years old sweet girl that raised a litter of puppies in one of the Delco SPCA’s fabulous foster homes. She is now spayed and back at the SPCA ready to find a forever family of her own. Her former foster mom raved about what a great, gentle, loving mother Holly was to her puppies. She is an awesome girl that is affectionate and loves being with people. Holly can live in a home with children over the age of 12. She was friendly to the cats in her foster home and can live with other friendly dogs. Holly is housetrained and knows “sit.” This sweet girl wants to learn more and takes treats so gently. Please stop in to the Adoption Center to meet Holly so she can have a wonderful life as your pampered pet!
Hours for adoption are Monday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. To set up a meeting with Bradley or Holly, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-566-1370.
Our friends at Purrfect Paws have a special request, and they’re hoping someone can help. This is Zainey’s story. She’s been living with a local animal rescuer who has been forced to move from her home and cannot take all of her pets with her.
Zainey is a five-year-old, spayed female. A great pet. She’s very, very, sweet and lovable, and she gets along just fine with dogs and other cats. She is negative for FIV and Felv, and our rescuer will pay for a full exam upon adoption.
Call 610-331-7328 if you would like more information.