Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Myths and facts about greyhounds!

Not all greyhounds are grey!

Greyhounds are many colors - brindle, blue, white, black, fawn, red, or a combination of these colors. The name "greyhound" is not derived from the color of the animal, but from a mistake in translating the early German name Greishund, which means ‘old (or ancient) dog’, not from the color grey.

Here are some more wonderful facts about this wonderful breed of greyhounds!

If you are thinking of fostering or adopting a greyhound, the opportunities are endless - and rewarding!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Addison's Disease can also occur in felines!

  • Addison’s disease, or hypoadrenocorticism, is much more common in dogs than cats, but does occasionally occur in kitties. In Addison’s disease, the adrenal glands become overworked and are no longer able to produce a sufficient amount of corticosteroid hormones.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Keep your pets safe this 4th of July weekend!


We may love our fireworks and all of the festivities that come with the Fourth of July Celebration, but our pets may not!

Here are eight tips to keep the 4th safe and happy for all of us!

1.    Make sure you keep your pets away from BBQs, sparklers, fireworks and citronella candles

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tips to help you and your pet with the recent floods

Flood Areas
Yes, the Twin Cities' rivers, creeks, and lakes are flooding. Fortunately our home is dry.
Here are some tips for people in flood areas:
  • Keep you dogs out of the lakes, creeks, and rivers. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise to "keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed." Read the CDC tips.
  • Water in lakes, creeks, and rivers may be contaminated with chemicals, pesticides, and feces. (I heard of a porta-potty floating in a local lake.)
  • Keep your dogs from drinking affected water. This includes "street tea" or the water puddles by the curb.  The water may cause diarrhea.
  • Open wounds may get infected from the flood waters.
  • Read this great article by a vet on water-borne illnesses in dogs.
Maybe soon Mother Nature will calm down. Let the fields dry, the rivers and lakes recede, and the mosquitoes and ticks leave.
Have a safe July 4th and please keep your pets inside. Too many pets are lost over the July 4th holiday.

Source: Elaine Garley, Animal Bridges