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Summer Paw-Care Tips

Summer has arrived in full force!  And the hot weather poses many dangers to pets, including to their paws. Check out ASPCA’s top paw-care tips to help keep your pet on all fours:

Summertime Sores: Imagine stepping barefoot onto hot pavement. Ouch! It is important to remember your pets’s paws feel heat extremes, too. To prevent burns and blisters, avoid walking your pet on hot pavement or sand. Signs include blisters, loose flaps of skin and red, ulcerated patches. For minor burns, apply antibacterial wash and cover the paw with a loose bandage. For serious burns, visit your vet immediately.

Pamper With Pedicures: Your dog’s nails should just about touch the ground when she walks. If her nails are clicking or getting snagged on the floor, it’s time for a pedicure. Ask your veterinarian or a groomer for advice about what types of nail trimmers are best for your dog and how to use them properly.

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Hot Weather Tips

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger, warn ASPCA experts. 

“Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat,” says Dr. Lila Miller, ASPCA Vice President of Veterinary Outreach, “and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly.”

Take these simple precautions, provided by ASPCA experts, to help prevent your pet from overheating. And if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your veterinarian immediately.

Surprise...Ferrets as Gifts

Cute and cuddly, ferrets hold a special appeal to many people. Unfortunately not everyone holds this view, or even if they do, they might not be ready for a ferret at this time.

Almost every spring between the middle of January and the end of March, we see a surge of young ferrets dropped off at the shelters.

“I got it as a gift”, is often the reason given. People usually have good intentions, but don’t think things through. A friend says that they would love to have a ferret, but for some reason they don’t have one. This doesn’t mean that buying them one would be the perfect present. Maybe the reason they don’t have one is because they live in a no pet apartment, or maybe a family member is allergic to animals. Maybe they don’t have the finances right now to buy a cage, supplies and food or to pay for vaccinations and other veterinary care.

Univera Reports 127,000 Stroke Survivors in Upstate New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. – About 338,000 adults living in New York state – including 127,250 upstate New Yorkers – reported having survived a stroke during their lifetimes, according to a report released Tuesday by Univera Healthcare.

The Facts About Stroke Risk and Costs in Upstate New York, 2006-2008” also notes that in upstate New York, the average number of adults who reported having a history of stroke was 2.6 percent of the upstate New York population. The average annual hospital discharge rate for stroke in upstate New York from 2006 to 2008 was 253.1 per 100,000, or about 12,400 people each year.

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Erie County SPCA Sponsors Paws in the Park Walk

As the SPCA’s longest-running fundraiser, the Paws in the Park Walk presented by Keller Technology Corporation invites people to come with (or without) their dog to a two-mile walk at Beaver Island State Park on Saturday, September 11, at 11 a.m. (Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)

The day includes lunch for participants and the opportunity to interact with: 50 or more pet-related vendors, exhibitors and canine rescue groups; judged dog trick, costume and dog-owner look-alike contests; an agility course for the dogs; and fun for children and adults alike with inflatable bounce houses. 

Participants are encouraged to raise pledges that directly benefit the people and animals the SPCA assists. In return, these participants win incredible prizes, including airline tickets, messenger bags, and pet first aid kits!

For more information, visit the Paws in the Park website.

Amherst House Fire

AMHERST, NY - Amherst Fire Control responded to a house fire at Devon Lane just after 5 p.m. Sunday. A neighbor smelled smoke and saw flames emerging from a roof exhaust fan coming from a house directly behind her.

The Snyder Fire Department was on location within minutes of the report. The firefighters knocked down the fire quickly.

The incident caused $25,000 in damage to the structure and $50,000 damage to the contents. The cause of the fire was a combination of a malfunctioning ventilation fan in the attic and a bird's nest that was in close proximity.

No injuries were reported and firefighters managed to save the family pet.


Tips for Bringing a New Dog Home - Introducing Your New Pet to Your Current Dogs

It's a good idea for the dogs to meet each other in a neutral area, such as outside your house on the sidewalk or in a nearby park.