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Super Adoption Event to be Held at the Maddie's Pet Rescue Project Pet Expo

A Super Adoption Event will be taking place during the Maddie's Pet Rescue Project Pet Expo on Saturday, September 25th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at the Fairgrounds Event Center in Hamburg.  Twenty area rescue groups will be present with cats and dogs available for adoption.  Anyone who has been thinking of adopting a new member of the family is certain to find the perfect match from among over 100 animals of all ages and breeds.

In addition to the Super Adoption Event, the Pet Expo will provide pet owners with the opportunity to shop for toys, treats and professional dog trainers.  The whole family will be entertained by flyball and agility demontrations as well as the ASPCA Crime Scene Investigations van.  A special Preview Night will be held from 6pm to 9pm on Friday, September 24th with a dog fashion show and door prize of two complimentary tickets on JetBlue Airways.

Pet Separation Anxiety

It isn’t just children who suffer from the back to school blues—pets can suffer too. After a long, fun summer, an empty house can be a difficult adjustment for pets. Pet Sitters International advises pet owners to become familiar with the signs of pet separation anxiety and how it can be treated.

Pet separation anxiety is a psychological term to describe the stress and anxiety brought on by separation from the primary pet caretaker. This issue can become a serious medical condition, with cases and their accompanying symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Most pet owners are familiar with the more common symptoms, but many may be surprised to learn that the full extent of the symptoms begin before the owner leaves and continues long after their departure.

If Disaster Strikes, Do You Have a Plan?

Be Prepared with a Disaster Plan

The best way to protect your family from the effects of a disaster is to have a disaster plan. As a pet owner, that plan must include your pets. Being prepared can save their lives. Different disasters require different responses. But whether the disaster is a hurricane or a hazardous spill, you may have to evacuate your home.

In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe place for them, is likely to result in their loss, injury or death. So prepare now for the day when you and your pets may have to leave your home.


Have a Safe Place to Take Your Pets

What Can Be Done to Treat Arthritis in Cats?

A recent study shows that more than 20% of the older cats in the USA suffer from arthritis. Arthritis in cats causes their joints to deteriorate and cause pain in the tendons, most commonly due to their old age and athleticism. Arthritis is found normally even in people due to less movement and also in other pets mostly due to their high age, high level of activity and also their fatness. Other reasons causing feline arthritis can be due to stress or mental trauma. Osteoarthritis arthritis in the most commonly found kind in cats where the joints wear and tear due to age causes inflammation and dislocation of joints, severe pain, limping, stiffness and lameness.

Dog Park Safety

Dog Park Safety

Dog parks are great places for dogs to play and socialize with other dogs. Unfortunately, the fun can sometimes turn violent. Without proper knowledge, a dog and its handler are both subject to injury.

Robin Bennett, an author and trainer with All About Dogs in Woodbridge, Va., believes that in order for dog parks to be safe, dogs need to be properly supervised. This means that dog owners must know what to watch for if problems arise between the dogs.

“Early warning signs indicating that a dog is stressed include lip licking, yawning, half moon eyes, stiffening and avoidance,” Bennett said. “These signals all happen before things get too far out of hand.”

Pet First-Aid Kit

These items should be included in a basic pet first-aid kit:
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • First-aid adhesive tape
  • Cotton swabs/applicators
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Plastic freezer/sandwich bags
  • Small bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Styptic pencil or cornstarch (stems blood flow from minor cuts)
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Antiseptic cleansing wipes
  • A current pet first-aid book
  • Sterile Eye/Skin Wash
  • Eyedropper
  • Digital or rectal thermometer in a plastic case
  • Leather work

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.