Antietam Valley Animal Hospital’s Monthly Newsletter,
ISSUE # 4, December 2000
In this issue….
Pets as presents
Pet Emergency Kit Sale
Pet Loss Hotlines
holidays are a time to reflect, help out those in need, and celebrate goodwill.
For many people, this naturally extends to our animal friends, especially
those animals in need of a home. Popular books and movies, such as the
recently released 102
Dalmatians, pair cute and cuddly puppies with a young audienceof
viewers, and... In the twinkle of an eye, puppies top the list of children
everywhere. If this sequel is anything like the first Dalmatian movie,
Dalmatians, we could be looking at an overload of unwanted young
dogs in a few months from now.Based
on statistics from around the country, The Humane Society of the United
States estimates that Dalmatian relinquishments to animal shelters, humane
societies, and Dalmatian rescue organizations increased by at least 25
percent as a result of the film 101 Dalmatians.
The Dalmatian craze is just one facet of "pet gifts" - is giving any
animal as a gift such a good idea? Sure, it is bound to be unlike any other
gift the person may receive, but is it the best gift you can give?
Veterinarians are all too familiar with adoptions and gifts gone bad --
pets that wind up tied out in the yard, starving for affection and sometimes
food and shelter, too. It is well known that animals who bounce between
shelters and homes have a difficult time bonding emotionally and adjusting
socially. A common outcome of moving between repeated "homes" (for dogs
in particular) is a disorder called Separation
Anxiety, which is a type of hyperattachment, to the point of
being destructive or physically sick if the owner leaves the home.
Pets as presents?
Things to consider before
giving the gift that keeps on living...
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considerations such as pet lifespan, veterinary care, personality and lifestyles
are often overlooked:People
need to be mindful of the commitment and financial responsibility of owning
a pet. It is easy to adopt a kitten, get a litter box and a bag of food,
and believe that you are all set. Considering that the average lifespan
for an indoor cat is 15-20+ years, this is a commitment far beyond the
shrink-wrapped litter box ensemble all ready to go in the store. Depending
on the breed of dog, the lifespan ranges from 8 years (giant breeds) to
15+ years (smaller breeds in general).Basiccare
for a healthy pet should include vaccinations (kitten/puppy series, then
boosters after that), spaying or neutering, dental cleanings, annual examinations
and any associated blood work. This does not include any health problems
or injuries that will undoubtedly show up over the pet's lifetime. A 60-pound
dog may eat 40 pounds of food a month.Personality
-- of the person and of the pet is also a serious consideration, and due
to the many variances in species and breeds of pets, it is something that
should be researched and considered thoughtfully. Many of the breed information
offer personality and temperament information about the breed, and this
information can be extrapolated to mixed breeds as well.Lifestyle
-- again, of the person and of the pet. A Chihuahua won't make the best
jogging buddy, and a Labrador isn't a lap dog (well, there are exceptions
to this, I am sure!). Allergies in people may dictate what type of pet
and even what breed of pet would be best. A working person with a busy
schedule will find that an active pet will most often be bored and destructive
when left alone for too many hours, creating stress and guilt for the owner.
This leads to bad behavior in the pet, and these behaviors can be hard
certificates, pet supplies, books or donations are alternatives to giving
pets as gifts:
busy as animal shelters are, they don't want to place an animal with someone
not wanting or not equipped to have a pet. Giving a certificate allows
you to give the gift of a pet "on paper", and if the recipient is not ready
for a pet, this saves an unpleasant situation from happening. If this is
just what the recipient wanted, excellent! Now they can personally select
the pet that is right for them. Adoption certificates usually cover the
basic adoption costs, which often include spaying or neutering and first
supplies and books
- gift certificates work well for this, as well as actual presents of bowls,
leashes, treats, and pet care books. Like a new baby being welcomed into
the family, it never hurts to have a "shower" of useful gifts for when
the pet does arrive, chosen by the new owner.A
to a shelter, rescue group, or adoption agency is a great idea. Those who
are unable to take on a pet (or add another to the collection) will appreciate
this kind gesture helping out the less fortunate animals. Visit the many
sites online and see what they are in need of.
A HAPPY HOLIDAY
Now you can SHOP ONLINE at
ANTIETAM VALLEY ANIMAL HOSPITAL’S
NEW ONLINE STORE
5 cups flour
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 ½ cups banana, pureed
2 teaspoons vanilla
to 325oF. Place dry ingredients in a large bowl. Blend egg,
oil and banana together and then mix with dry ingredients. Add water, one
teaspoon at a time as needed. Knead by hand on table until mixed thoroughly.
Form into logs. Bake 30 - 40 minutes on a greased cookie sheet. Remove
and cool for 10 minutes. Slice into 1/2" - 3/4" slices and bake for another
20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Store in airtight container.
**PET EMERGENCY KITS FOR SALE**
Be prepared for an emergency.
Pet Emergency Kits are now available at AVAH.
This kit is well equipped with bandaging supplies,
scissors, thermometer, tweezers, peroxide, alcohol swabs, silver nitrate
sticks, antibacterial soap, antibiotic ointment, medication syringes, a
first aid book and more. All this is a sturdy plastic case for only $25.
A great gift idea for the pet lover!
Proceeds benefit the Sunshine Fund, which helps
animals in need of medical attention.
Pet Nutrition 101…
Here you will find lots of information about companion animal nutrition
Pet Food Facts,
How to Compare Diets,
Nutrition Consultation and more!
Loss Support Hotlines:
National Pet Loss Hotline 212-876-7700 ext 4355
Pacific Animal Therapy Society 250-389-8047
Friends, Inc. 800-404-PETS
Grief Support Service 602-995-5885
Loss Support Hotline—Cornell University 607-253-3932
Loss Support Hotline—University of California 800-565-1526
Antietam Valley Animal Hospital
10 North Prospect Street
Reading, PA 19606.
We look forward to seeing you and your pet
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