Archive | September, 2015

World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day
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The first recorded case of rabies dates back to 23rd century BC. Rabies is caused by the rabies virus, of which there are distinct strains named after the species or geographic region in which it was originally found. Skunks, raccoons, fox, and many species of bats have their own rabies variants. Dogs are historically, and currently, the primary source of rabies in developing countries. However, in North America wild animals are the primary carriers of rabies.

The number of people that die from rabies each year is over 55,000. Most of these deaths occur in Africa and Asia due to contact with infected dogs. In the United States, most cases of rabies come from bats, with raccoons being second. Cats are more likely to contract rabies than dogs because cat owners are less likely to vaccinate than dog owners. In 2007, the canine variant of rabies was eradicated from the United States because of successful vaccination programs. Domestic animals imported from other countries and stray animals pose the greatest risk of rabies exposure.

Rabies is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be passed from animals to humans. The most common way it is passed is through bites or scratches from an infected animal, but it can also be spread into open wounds or mucous membranes through saliva of an infected animal. Clinical signs include lethargy, vomiting, loss of appetite, restlessness, confusion, lameness, weakness, paralysis, aggression, self-mutilation, seizures, and difficulty breathing or swallowing.

If you frequently work with at-risk animals, it is wise to obtain a rabies vaccination for yourself. For pets, keep them up-to-date on rabies boosters as suggested by your veterinarian. An animal with current rabies boosters is much easier to treat than an unvaccinated animal. A vaccination can be provided after exposure for humans and vaccinated pets. Avoid contact with unfamiliar animals, especially feral cats and wild animals. If you suspect you, or your pet, have been exposed to rabies, it is vital to contact a doctor or veterinarian immediately. Call animal control if you have issues with feral cats or wild animals in your neighborhood.



School Picture Time

It is time for our Daycare dogs to enjoy school pictures.  If you would like to order yours please fill out the form, provide payment, and schedule your time.  Appointments are available on Wednesday 9/30, Thursday 10/1 and Friday 10/2 and they are limited.  Don’t miss out. School Pictures Order Form 2015

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Pets and Animals in Emergencies

What you need to know about pets in emergencies.



Pets are important members of many households, and like people, are affected by disasters. Pet owners should include their animals in their emergency planning before a disaster threatens. Preparedness steps for animals include: assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system. These basic principles of preparedness will be useful for many types of emergencies.

Every disaster is different. Depending on the situation, you may be advised to “shelter-in- place” or you may be asked to evacuate your home. In either case, you will need to make plans in advance for both your family and your pets. If you evacuate your home, take your pets with you! Pets may not be able to survive a disaster on their own and during an evacuation you cannot know how long you may be away from your home.

If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that pets may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets.  Consider staying with loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.

Prepare Your Pets for an Emergency

  • While service animals are allowed inside human public shelters, many shelters do not accept pets. Because pets may not be allowed at many human public shelters, it is critical that as part of your emergency plan, you plan in advance for what you will do with your pet if you need to leave your home:
    • Make plans ahead of time to take your pet to stay at relatives, friends or a kennel outside the affected area.
    • Know the locations of pet-friendly hotels, motels, and campgrounds both inside and outside your local area. Ask if “no pet” policies can be waived in an emergency.
    • Prepare a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency.   Be sure to include 24-hour phone numbers.

Read more from the The Official Website of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security… click here.

September is Emergency Preparedness Month

September is Emergency Preparedness Month
What plans do you have in place for your furry loved one?

Chicopee, MA – It is very common to have a plan in place for your loved ones in case of an emergency; such as dried foods, shelter, evacuation routes, and more.  The question is have you thought of a plan for your pets in case of an emergency? 

On this tenth anniversary year of Hurricane Katrina, in which estimates say that over 10,000 animals were rescued and only 40% reunited with their families emergency pet preparedness is vital.  The unimaginable disasters which have occurred in our region over recent years; such as October snowstorms, tornados and micro-bursts; have brought to light the need locally to be more aware of our emergency plans.

If a disaster were to occur it is typically easier for humans to find shelter, but many times pets are not allowed.  A recommendation from The Good Dog Spot in Chicopee is to contact hotels and motels and even friends or family are who out of the area in advance, to make sure there is a place to go with your animals. Please do not leave your pet behind when there is a need to evacuate.

In addition, just like you would for your family, it is important to prepare in advance with an emergency kit for your pets.  This is something you can easily grab on your way out the door during an emergency.  Suggestions for your kit include a leash, food, drinkable water, bowls, a current photo of your pet, medications for your pet, any medical information (in case you have to board your pet), an easily transportable pet bed and toys.

Other tips include:

  • Make sure your pet(s) wear collars and tags with up-to-date contact information and other identification.
  • Microchip your pet(s) – this is one of the best ways to ensure that you and your pet are reunited if you are separated. Always be sure to register the microchip with the manufacturer and keep your contact information up to date with the microchip company.
  • If you have a cat(s) or small dog(s) you should be prepared with a carrier in an easily retrievable location. Write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on each carrier.

Having a plan set in place and being prepared for any kind of emergency will help keep you, your family, and your pet stay safe.