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Winter and Rock Salt

GreenWelcomeWe have been remiss in not keeping our animal blog up to date. As expected we know we have lost blog readers; but that’s ok, we will work on earning them back. To start, here is our post on the dangers of Rock Salt and our pets.

Each year many thousands of cats and dogs die or are made severely ill from the toxic effects of rock salt.

Local municipalities frequently use rock salt after heavy snow with sand or grit to improve traction. Householders may use it to help melt ice and snow on paths and make it easier to spade or sweep away.

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Rock salt is very poisonous to cats and dogs. Unfortunately, they can easily ingest it when they lick their fur after being outdoors. The result can be fatal. According to the RSPCA:

It is difficult to say how much needs to be eaten for signs of toxicity to be seen. Even a small amount of pure salt can be very dangerous to pets. Ingestion can result in a high blood sodium concentration which can cause thirst, vomiting and lethargy, and in severe cases there is a risk of convulsions and kidney damage.

Most cases involve animals that have walked through gritted snow and then lick or chew it off their paws as they can find it irritating. It is therefore important to thoroughly wipe your pet’s feet and the fur on his/her legs and tummy after a walk or time outside. If he/she is showing any signs of discomfort after possible exposure to rock salt, use a mild, pet-safe shampoo and warm water to wash the affected areas, and dry your pet’s fur completely with a towel after washing.

Any animal suspected of ingestion of rock salt must be assessed by a vet immediately. This is important as signs can be non-specific and a blood test will be required to check the blood sodium concentration. Immediate veterinary treatment will be needed to rehydrate the animal and stabilise their sodium levels. The exact treatment will depend on the blood sodium concentration and the animal’s clinical condition. Owners should never attempt to induce vomiting; only a vet should do this.

If you suspect your cat has ingested rock salt do not wait to see the symptoms develop, but seek veterinary advice without delay. Again this emphasizes the importance of keeping cats indoors during severe weather whenever this is practical.

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Please Spay and Neuter!

For the last 36 hours I have been online watching a young female cat (maybe a year old), be in pre-labor for a total of 4 days. Last night at about 5:30 pm she delivered the first kitten. She had a lot of problems with her first and it was touch and go for awhile.  Momma (named Dorothy) has had 6 and there is question if there is a 7 or 8th; it can take up to 24 hours sometimes for the last to be born.

Dorothy was simply exhausted from her days of pre-labor that by the time her babies were being born, it took all of her strength to simply push through each contraction. Thankfully her foster mom is experienced in cats birthing and all seemed to go as well as expected. Clearly, this is Dorothy’s first litter as she had no clue what do as each kitten was born. Her foster mom tried to stay out of assisting Dorothy too much, but it became clear that she was going to have to wipe the babies faces of the placenta.

Imagine if she had been in the wild? A young cat dumped and found in a very bad state. She had been full of tape worms, the worst they had ever seen and very skinny. The outcome most likely wouldn’t be what it is today; 6 healthy kittens. It should be noted that there are 2 that are tiny and one has a cleft, just waiting to hear if it is a partial or full. Cleft palettes can be repaired through surgery. It seems the baby is finding its way to nurse as it gained 10 grams overnight.

I can’t stress enough the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. The reason I am able to watch online is that there is a fed on livestream that the foster set up so that children can see and people can see the results of not spaying and neutering.

If you are wanting to watch the kittens and stay up to date you can watch http://new.livestream.com/tinykittens/oz

If you are wanting to donate you can do so here https://www.facebook.com/LAPSlangley?fref=ts

Tiny Kittens which is the organization fostering momma and her kittens have their own webpage http://www.tinykittens.com/

Please remember, female cats can go into heat at 4 months of age; which is why we have such an overpopulated cat situation.

There are currently cats waiting for adoption at LAPS (Langley Animal Protection Society) now and I’m sure waiting for you to take them home.

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This is one of the babies from last night’s birth

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National Pet Memorial Day

Every year, on the second Sunday of September, pet owners join together to honor their pets passed and present

and think about and share with others the important role that their beloved pets have played, and do play, in their lives.

Today I honor my dogs Blaze, Lucy and Tika who are presently with me. I honor my cats Jingles, Cinder and Ella who are also with me. I also honor my cat Mischief, my beautiful dogs Rizzo and Teo. I would also like to take a moment to honor two dogs I have had the pleasure of having in my life through my volunteer work with rescue, Astro and Paco.

One idea that has been shared and is becoming a popular tradition on National Pet Memorial Day, is:

  • Plant a tree or a shrub as a living memorial.

For more information, see: http://www.iaopc.com/professionals/national-pet-memorial-day

NATIONAL PET MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY

National Pet Memorial Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories.

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Ella’s follow up Appointment – Praying for Answers

This afternoon, very soon actually, Ella and I (mom) will be going back to the clinic to see how she is doing. Today she has been really clingy and when not doing that, she can be found sleeping somewhere quiet. She still isn’t eating her `1/4 can per meal x3 a day. She is eating barely 1/8th, yesterday we had to force feed her and hold her mouth to get more calories into her. We did catch her eating dry food last night and will upload a photo shortly.

Ella’s costs are reaching close to $1,000.00. A very good friend who does rescue work for cats, discussed with me about doing a fundraiser and below is the information for that fundraiser. We want to thank everyone for the kind and loving gestures and contributions in helping to keep Ella’s veterinary bill up to date. We aren’t sure how long this will go on for her, but we plan on, as we have been all along, in keeping everyone updated on her Facebook page and on her GoFund page.

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We are running a fundraiser to help with Ella’s rising veterinary bill. We are heading back shortly for her follow up blood draw and recheck. Everything about Ella can be found on her FB page https://www.facebook.com/pages/All-things-Princess-Ella-A-cats-life/180768685448702

There is an event page called $1 Challenge for Ella https://www.facebook.com/events/361518303993938/ where all you need do is donate just $1.00 and ask 2 friends to do the same.

http://www.gofundme.com/558d3o

Thank you to everyone who has helped so much with this. I am very very grateful for such a loving and caring community. Thank you ~ Image

 

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When the Temperature Drops

Winter is not far away and temperatures have already started to dip in many places all over the world. This got me thinking on the importance of safety for all animals, whether they are safe or out in the outdoors, perhaps dumped by a careless human being, turning his/her back as the puppies or kittens cry out wondering what they are to do and how cold it is.

I know the simple thing is to encourage everyone to bring their animals indoors, but what if your pet is lost or there is a feral dog or cat shivering? How easy will it be to bring them inside? I know some very hard working rescue organizations will set out very humane traps to help catch cats and sometimes dogs in the hopes of bringing them inside away from the cold.

One year I rescued a kitten who was covered in snow against a gas station.  A little black and white baby, who was maybe 3 months if that, completely covered and buried in snow behind a dumpster. When I heard his cries, I asked the attendant if it was his or someone else. He said no, that it had been hanging around and the boss was annoyed by it.  Annoyed, I chose to scoop him up and take him with me. He was shivering and had little icicles on his eyelashes. I wasn’t sure if he would make it, but keeping him on my lap as I drove away, wrapped in my scarf, he started to warm up. I contacted a friend who worked at a boarding place where I took my dogs to and she said she would ask around. Well a few hours later I received a call that the cat had a new home because a lady had come in asking if anyone knew if someone had any cats up for adoption because she had just had hers put to sleep recently. That cat is probably 5 or 6 years old now and lives a very good life.

So here are some thoughts that come to mind to help your pet stay safe during the colder, dreary winter weather season.

• Bring Your Pet Inside.

Don’t leave your pet outside in the cold for prolonged periods of time. Remember — thermometers might show one temperature, but wind chills can make it feel much colder.

Limit time outdoors and be mindful of frostbite on ears, tail and feet. If you run with your dog, pay attention to cold paws and if it gets too cold, leave your pup at home.

Cats should always be left indoors. “Outdoor” cats are often victims of road traffic, wild animals, dogs and cruel people.

• Acclimate Your Pet to Cold Weather.

If your pets spend a lot of time outdoors, make sure to introduce them gradually to dropping temperatures, rather than exposing them to the extreme cold all at once.

• Provide Adequate Shelter.

Adequate shelter is mandated by law. If your dog lives outdoors, you must provide a well-insulated and draft-free doghouse. The opening should face south with a sturdy, flexible covering to prevent icy winds from entering. Line the floors of the shelter with straw, not hay. Towels and blankets can become damp or freeze, making the space colder.

• Beware of Antifreeze and Rock Salt.

Antifreeze often collects on driveways and roadways. Although it smells and tastes sweet to your pet, it is lethally poisonous. If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately!

Deicing products like rock salt can irritate footpads. Be sure to rinse and dry your pet’s feet after being outside. Pet stores often carry pet-safe ice melts that do the job and won’t harm your pets.

• Dry Off Wet Pets.

A wet pet is a cold pet. Towel or blow-dry your pet if he gets wet from rain or snow. Also, it is important to clean and dry paws to prevent tiny cuts and cracked pads.

• Provide Plenty of Food and Water.

It takes more energy in the winter to properly regulate body temperature, so your pet needs additional calories if he spends a lot of time playing or working outdoors. Your pet is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer, so be sure to provide plenty of fresh water.

Snow is not a substitute for water. Refill outside bowls often to prevent freezing.

• Carefully Keep Pets Warm Inside.

Keep your pets warm, dry and away from drafts while inside. Space heaters and other supplemental heat sources can burn your pet. Keep portable heaters out of reach and make sure all fireplaces have adequate screening. And, of course, never leave your pet alone with an unattended fire.

• Groom Regularly.

Your pet needs a well-groomed coat to keep him properly insulated. Short- or coarse-haired dogs might get extra cold so consider a sweater or a coat. Long-haired dogs should have their paw hair trimmed to ease in cleaning and snow removal.

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How do you help a bonded mate?

Its Caturday and usually I spend it with my fur family and my humans. Today is very different. Hi, my name is Cinder, the brother to Ella, who has been away somewhere for what seems like forever! Mommy says she is at a special place because she hasn’t been well. But that is too hard for me to understand.

I keep calling for her, but she doesn’t answer. I miss sleeping with her and her cleaning my fur. I miss playing with her, she is such a good paw hitter!

So what do I do, how do I stop missing my sister? My older brother Jingles is here and sometimes we play, but he’s not Ella. I know mommy and daddy feel really bad for me, they don’t like to see me so sad.

So mommy made a Facebook page for Ella and to share about the importance of rescuing and adopting cats from good places. Remember there are bad rescues and people out there!

In the mean time Here is the FB page for Ella and rescuing cats

Could you go and like it and share it for me.

Also if you haven’t done so already, could you please go and read up on Ella’s story and donate for her veterinary expenses please. Her link is  http://www.gofundme.com/558d3o

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This is me, Cinder

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Ella and Daddy, Nov. 8, 2013

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An Update on my baby girl Ella

This is my 2 year old Birman cat named Ella. Ella is a beautiful spirit, kind, loving and chatty (oh and let’s not forget a princess lol) Ella has been very sick and in the hospital since Wednesday Night due to a very bad infection, that is suspected to be kidney infection. I’ve been to see her a few times now and she is showing improvement with the re-hydration however Ella still needs everyone’s help. She is still not eating for them. Until she does, and until her lab work for her lymphocytes comes back, she is not able to come home.

I am reaching out to my friends, family and most importantly my community. I can’t do this alone, my baby, who I consider my own child, needs help. I am humbled by the support given thus far, and I truly appreciate all the shares that everyone has done. But I need donations, those funds will all go towards Ella and her care.

I have spoken to @Langley Animal Clinic and unfortunately you can’t donate to them over the phone, you have to go into their office with 3 pieces of information only I can give you. IF you are local and want to walk into their location to give a donation, please PM and I will give you those 3 pieces of information. You will only get a receipt if you pay by debit or credit, however, if you pay by cash, they aren’t able to provide you a receipt as it is under my name. I would be more than happy to scan and privately email you your copy of the invoice to reflect your payment.

I will continue with updates and photos so everyone can see how she is doing. Thank you for sharing, caring and donating ~

http://www.gofundme.com/558d3o

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