Warm thanks on a snowy day

26 Nov

thanksWe would like to express our appreciation to P&L Excavating of Chester for coming out this morning and fixing the huge hole in our driveway. We wouldn’t have been able to be plowed today without their super rushed help. You guys rock!

Andy needs to be found

16 Nov
Help Andy get back home.

Help Andy get back home.

Hunting season is open in our area and this is certainly not a good time for an animal to be lost. Please keep an eye out for Andy so we can return him to his home safely.

Andy is a 38 pound, greying, 10 year old, tricolor (Black and white with tan points) neutered male Cardigan Welsh Corgi. He is wearing a green patterned collar with a 2014 Springfield Animal Hospital and a Rabies tag. As a cardigan, he looks like a corgi, and has a tail.

He went missing on Nov. 14th around the Spencer Hollow and Crown Point Road area of Springfield, VT.

If found please contact his family:

Email: sebago@vermontel.net
Phone: 802 885 1666

Thank you for your help.

Fall Safety Concerns for Animals – Large and Small

1 Nov Pets often find themselves in dangerous situations. We can lessen these by keeping harmful things away from them.

Reprinted from submitted news release.

By M. Kathleen Shaw, DVM
Vermont Veterinary Medical Association

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Pets often find themselves in dangerous situations. We can lessen these by keeping harmful things away from them.

With dazzling colors on the trees and harvest festivals abounding, many people love the autumn season.  But, with the holidays and cooling temperatures, the fall brings some potential dangers to our animals-large and small.

As we winterize cars, houses and barns, remember that antifreeze is highly toxic to pets. Just one or two licks of antifreeze can cause kidney failure and death.  Look for the newer, safer version of antifreeze which does not contain the sweetener so tempting to pets. Another toxin, rodenticide (rat poison), is formulated to be tasty to rodents, but is also appealing to dogs, cats, and wildlife.  These poisons prohibit blood clotting, leading to fatal blood loss and death.  If you must use these products, put them up high or in a place where dogs and cats and larger wildlife cannot reach them.  Every year veterinarians see cases where owners have forgotten that they put out the poison or where they put it.  Don’t assume that “out of sight” means the dog or cat won’t find it– they have an excellent sense smell and, given the chance, will make a beeline to it once they detect it.

Fall decorations including stringy fake spider webs (cats like to eat them), candles (burns), and potpourri (toxic to cats) can present serious dangers to pets. Most people are aware that chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs, but many don’t realize that xylitol is also toxic. Xylitol, used to artificially sweeten gums and other candies, causes a potentially fatal drop in blood sugar. The easiest way to help prevent accidental exposure to these dangers is to keep all people food out of reach of pets. Also, keep a close eye on pets around household decorations to minimize the temptation to chew or eat them.

Mother Nature also produces health risks for pets: mushrooms and other fungi. With the cooler, damper weather, mushrooms sprout, and many can be toxic to pets, causing liver and kidney damage, and seizures. Dogs seem irresistibly drawn to the compost pile, where they often gorge on decaying food of all sorts.  Rotting debris often leads to vomiting and diarrhea, requiring a trip to the veterinarian. Compost piles contain an additional, more serious hazard:  mycotoxins.  These toxins, produced by the fungi growing in the compost as it decays, cause seizures.  It is often necessary to keep the poisoned pet in the hospital for a day or two to treat the seizures with intravenous medications.

With the fall comes hunting season. Although hunters try to be safe, accidents occasionally happen. Animals and humans should take precautions to avoid being mistaken for game. Hikers and horseback riders should wear bright colors to make themselves more visible. Dogs should wear bright orange collars or vests. Keep horses and small ruminants close to home, and post “Hunter Safety Zone” signs to make hunters aware that there are domestic animals in the area.

For more information, contact your veterinarian, or go to www.vtvets.org.

The Vermont Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA), founded in 1898, is a professional organization of more than 330 veterinarians dedicated to compassionate animal care and quality medicine. For more information, visit www.vtvets.org or call (802) 878-6888.

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