Feilding Herald : February 2nd 2012
18 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012 Pets Space 4338193AA FEILDING & DISTRICTS Hills provide SPCA shelters with the superior nutrition of Hill’s® Science Diet® pet foods for free to help these dogs and cats get in the best possible health so they can find a wonderful new home. How to look after your pets through the summer months so they can enjoy summer as much as you! Fleas are a common parasite for cats and dogs. They live on the blood of our pets and thrive in summer. They are a nuisance but can also transmit diseases and other parasites. Mosquitoes may transmit diseases like heartworm and can cause allergic reactions in pets. Flys can bite around the ears causing bleeding, crusting and infection to set in. Do not use human insect repellents on pets. There are many insect repellent / parasite removal products for cats and dogs but many are not safe for both cats and dogs so read the label carefully before applying. If in doubt, a call to your local vet may save your pet from being accidentally poisoned. Sunscreen your pets can get sunburned too - pets with short, thin or light-coloured coats are more prone to sunburn – which can lead to skin cancer to develop. Dogs that lie on their backs can get sunburnt on their tummy where the fur is scarce and skin soft. The areas most prone to sunburn on pets are the nose, face and ear tips, especially on those with pink or mottled noses — so cover them with a pet-safe sunscreen – available from pet stores or your vet. Quality petcare at affordable rates affordable rates KENNELS & CATTERY KENNELS & CATTER Phone: 06 323 0685 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org • www.petstay.co.nz The kennels are located at 32 Colyton Road Opening Hours Monday to Saturday 8am-10am & 3pm-6pm Sundays and Public Holidays 3pm-6pm only Closed Christmas Day and New Years day Where your pet would stay Where your pet would stay ~ ~ iftheyhadasay! if they had a say! Book NOW Book NOW for Puppy for Puppy Play School Play School 4339272AA Since last Feburary, too many cats have gone missing from Feilding and the surrounding area, to be considered normal. There is a white van, which is of interest to the police, which has been seen in areas where the cats have gone missing between the hours of midnight and 4.00 am. Please ensure that your cats are inside during these hours. FEILDING & DISTRICTS Warning Protect your cat 4347000AA 06 323 6161 24 Hr Emergency Service Monday 8am-5pm Tuesday 8am-6pm Wednesday 8am-7pm Thursday 8am-5pm Friday 8am-5pm Saturday 9am-2pm www.totallyvets.co.nz • email: email@example.com 06 06 06 06 06 3333323 23 23 23 23 6666616 16 16 16 1611111 3458507AA 3693684aa Feilding & Districts Feilding SPCA operates entirely on donations and fundraising. We do not receive any funding from local, regional or central government. Please help us to help those that cannot speak for themselves. Thank you. Can you make just one of the many animals in our shelter dreams come true and offer them a wonderful loving Forever Home? 4338176AA I’m Missy – I am a brindle coloured, 8 month old mixed breed cutie. I like other dogs and cats but I think people are even better. I’m such a happy girl, I just love life, have oodles of energy, like learning new tricks, love going for walks and on adventures – I can’t wait to meet my best friend – is it you? HELLO – I’m Bobby– great to meet you – I’m a 3 year old Foxie cross – not sure what I’m crossed with but it must have been huge ‘cos with all the energy I have I should have the physique of a whippet! I need to be your one and only – I’m unhappy around other dogs and young children make me nervous – but if you’re looking for a dog for agility training then look no further I love to jump and play. I’m Drew – I’m just gorgeous – I know this ‘cos everyone at the centre tells me so! I’m a 6 month old Mastiff cross breed. I have a very playful streak, in fact it’s more of a huge wide band of playfulness and a very small quiet streak! I’d love some special family to take me home and teach me heaps – perhaps that could be you? Summer is a fun time for all but the heat can be lethal to our pets. Every year, a number of Totally Vets’ clients lose their dogs to heat stroke. We really hope that knowing how to avoid heat stroke and being more aware of the risk factors and warning signs will help prevent unnecessary deaths. In order to cool down, overheated humans sweat, which cools the skin surface through evaporation. Dogs and cats cannot sweat like we do and only have two options for cooling down: the first is to change their behaviour or environment by choosing to go to a cool, shady area and drinking cold water - something they can’t always do when we exercise them in the heat of the day or if they are stuck in a car. The second option is panting. This movement of air over the moist tongue increases evaporative cooling. Unfortunately, panting also generates some heat due to the muscle activity involved. This means that when you leave an animal in an enclosed space such as a car, even if the vehicle is in the shade and even if the outside temperature is cool, the temperature and humidity build up very quickly once panting begins. The animal will struggle to get rid of the excess heat quickly enough and its body temperature will start to rise above the normal 39o C, often in a matter of minutes. This is called heat stroke and can be life-threatening. Breathing will become rapid, frantic and noisy. Tongue and mucus membranes will become bright red, the saliva thick, and vomiting may occur. Animals with heat stroke tend to walk very slowly with a panicked expression and be unaware of their environment. Once the body temperature exceeds 42o C, damage can occur to the kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract, heart and brain. If left unchecked, your pet will become progressively weaker, go into a coma and die. There are also a number of predisposing factors: big dogs (St Bernard), dogs with flat faces (Boxer, Pug), overweight, older, dehydrated or anxious pets are all more likely to develop heat stroke. Remember that even relatively cool areas can be dangerous if the animal is unable to access cold water. If you suspect heat stroke, ring us to let us know you are coming, so that treatment can be started more quickly. To help, you can hose down your dog with cool water (not cold). Let the water run continuously in the groin area as there are large numbers of blood vessels there which will allow for more rapid cooling of the blood. Do not cover your pet with a wet towel as this will limit the evaporation. Your vet will perform a thorough check and start any necessary treatment. The most important message is this: heat stroke is usually avoidable. Do not leave your pets in an enclosed area for any length of time. Do not exercise your pet during the hottest part of the day. Ensure there is access to shade and lots of fresh water, both before and after activity. Why is heat stroke so dangerous? 4336350AA As they are small, easy to maintain, rarely overeat and require no extraordinary care, Alpacas make good animals to keep on lifestyle blocks. Their big eyes and friendly nature makes them appealing to children and adults alike. What do Alpacas eat? They are ruminants, which means they chew cud like a cow or deer. They survive well on different kinds of low protein hay or pasture grass, providing it has a balanced mineral content. Because alpacas evolved in harsh conditions, they utilize their food more efficiently than other ruminants. They cost about as much per month to feed as a dog. Although they can survive very harsh conditions, alpacas do best on good quality pasture and benefit from having access to plant material with long fibres such as hay. Some gardens contain a number of plants that are toxic to most livestock (oleander, rhododendron, laburnum, etc.). Care should be taken when fencing off gardens that such plants do not overhang into alpaca areas. Although some people think alpacas don’t drink huge amounts, they do need to have ready access to good quality, fresh drinking water. What sort of diseases to Alpacas get? Compared with other livestock, alpacas are relatively disease free. Because of their dry fleece and naturally clean breech, fly strike is not an issue with alpacas. Vaccination programs vary by geography on veterinarian’s advice. Consult a veterinarian also on shearing and worming your alpaca. What sort of shelter do Alpacas need? Alpacas come from Peru and are used to a harsh environment found at 12,000 to 17,500 feet above sea level. The snow, freezing wind and bone chilling cold are familiar to these hardy animals. They do not need to be housed at night, even in winter. Open shelters that give them shelter from wind and a dry place to eat or lie down during a storm are all they should require. If you are interested in buying an alpaca or two, talk to the breeders who will be at the Central Districts Field Days next month. They have all the answers. This photo, entered in the Feilding Herald/ Rangitikei Mail holiday photo competition by Tania McMahon of Quinn McMahon at Rainbow Valley in Rotorua raises the question of the suitability of Alpacas as pets.
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