Odds and Ends

The Hermitage State Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia has an unusual collection…some 70 or so cats live in the basements to help keep rodents away from the artwork.  There are articles and even videos about them online.

The Westminster Dog Show in February 2014 added three new dog breeds to the Competition: Rat Terrier (Terrier Group), Portuegese Podengo Pequeno (Hound Group) and Chinook (Working Group).  This year the first Master’s Agility Championship at Westminster took place and included not only registered dogs but mixed breeds as well.

The ASPCA web site  has information on keeping your pets safe during the Holidays here.

NOW THAT WE ARE GETTING INTO COLDER WEATHER…Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep.  Short hair, lack of an effective undercoat, small size all make an animal susceptible to cold.  Very young or old animals are also easily chilled.  Texas Law requires that domesticated non-livestock animals must be provided with adequate food, water, and shelter.

Canine Parvovirus is a serious illness of dogs, especially puppies.  It is important to vaccinate puppies to prevent the disease.  The first dose of Parvo/Distemper Vaccine should be given when a puppy is weaned at about 6 to 8 weeks   This is followed by three boosters of the vaccine 3 to 4 weeks apart.  The vaccine will not cure disease, only prevent it.  Once a puppy or dog develops symptoms, treatment by a Veterinarian  is necessary to save the animal’s life.

Heartworms in dogs used to be almost unknown in our area.  This is no longer true, however.  It is important to have your dog tested by a Veterinarian and to keep them on a monthly preventative medication.

With all the Ticks in our area this year, Ehrlichiosis or Tick Fever has become a problem for dogs.  Symptoms include loss of energy or appetite, fever, arthritis, eye irritation and a tendency to bleed easily.  Dogs with any of these symptoms should be seen by your Vet.  It is a treatable illness although the treatment may take several months of antibiotics.


“Got treats?”

“Ooh.  This guy has a box of treats.”  Front to back: Bullet, Snowball, Sylvester, Chance.

“Did he drop any?”

The dogs in the above pictures include Buddy, Snowball, Chance, Bandit and Sylvester.  Buddy and Snowball are owned by the foster family.  Chance, Bandit, and Sylvester have been adopted.