Illness inspires celebration of Geauga County K-9 Brutus
-- Sandra M. Klepach, SKlepach@News-Herald.com
Those who love their pets tend to enjoy all animals. Our animal owners are no different. Check in on News-Herald staffers Robin Palmer and Cheryl Sadler as they share their own animal tales and announce upcoming events in Lake and Geauga counties.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
• Register your pet with the city and attach the license tag to your pet’s collar. The license serves as a rabies control measure, as well as increases the chance of a reunion should your pet become lost. The fees for the license usually go toward providing animal care and control services.Check out BambooPet.com for the disposable bags and a host of other neat items.
• Maintain your pet’s health with the proper vaccines. Ward off potential infections and diseases by taking your pet to the veterinarian for its annual shots. After all, pets are kids, too!
• Pick up after your pet. Whether you’re taking Fido for a walk around the neighborhood or cleaning out Fluffy’s litter box, disposing of your pet’s waste properly is essential. Bamboo’s Disposable Waste Bags & Dispenser (Blogger's Note: Ah-HA! Here's the reason she e-mailed me...) will get the job done. The bags boast the natural odor elimination powers of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, while the convenient dispenser can clip onto any leash or belt loop.
Excerpt:North Ridge Veterinary Hospital not looking too far for employees
Things are a lot more spread out around Big Creek Veterinary Hospital these days.
With seven exam rooms, surgical spaces, an associates' office and conference room, a spacious lobby and several other additions that the staff is still acclimating itself to, everything and everybody isn't always visible within the new Concord Township facility. That is starting to concern Dr. Joel Percival, the hospital's founder and one of two partners.
Excerpt:-- Sandra M. Klepach, SKlepach@News-Herald.com
One of the newest employees at the North Ridge Veterinary Hospital isn't that new.
In fact, he's been working there since he was 12.
John Pierce used to work as a "kennel boy."
He cleaned cages and picked up after animals while his father, Robert Pierce, worked as medical director at the Madison Township veterinary hospital.
"I've been working with my dad since I was old enough to work," John Pierce said.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The bus trip to Seneca went off without a hitch.To all who went on the trip: Well done!
I didn't quite have a full bus, but I did have some work friends, family members and new friends that read the article in the paper join us.
Precious Cargo did a wonderful job with the accommodations.
After all was said and done, we'll will be able to purchase about 1,000 pounds of food for Paws Pantry.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and any strays that may have wandered in.Sweetheart, sometimes it's a bumpy road to a happy ending.
On behalf of the Gates Mills Animal Welfare Committee, I am not going to bore you with statistics about how many feral cats we have trapped and are now feeding. Nor am I going to tell you how many residents’ dogs we have taken care of after the police have picked them up roaming the streets.
Also, you won’t hear about the abandoned animals that we have found homes for.
What you will hear tonight is the story of Emma. The Committee got a call from one of our residents who is a very elderly widower and he was slightly panicky. He found an emaciated cat starving to death in his yard a few weeks before Christmas.
The snow was blowing and it was freezing outside. She was huddled against the side of his house, wearing a red collar and was extremely friendly when he came out.
His wife had been a cat lover and he felt obliged to run right out and buy food and kitty litter. The problem he stated was that he was leaving town in a few days and he didn’t know how to get out of the predicament he was faced with.
He brought Emma into the house, gave her food and water and called the Animal Welfare Committee. Without fanfare or changing clothes in a phone booth, one of our members went over and picked up the poor cat, who was full grown but weighed only six pounds. That is the normal weight of a six-month-old kitten. Arrangements were made to foster Emma and take her to the vet.
She had no tags, however, faint black marks on the worn red collar that looked like chicken scratching revealed under a borrowed microscope the name Emma. There were also barely visible markings that looked like numbers.
After writing down about a possible hundred combinations of numbers, we hit pay dirt and found the owner in Bedford, who told us that Emma had been born to a feral cat and she had kept her as a kitten. She later married a man who was allergic to cats and a friend convinced her to dump Emma at a stable. Her former owner said she was not in a position to take her back or help us in any way.
We have no way of knowing how many months this poor cat had been traveling before she ended up in Gates Mills in the middle of winter. Considering the shape she was in and the very worn collar, it was a long time.
The vet exam revealed no deadly disease, just the usual fleas, mites and worms. There was a bit of a problem with lung worm, which sounds worse than it is. We gave her medication and cleared it up in a hurry.
She was already spayed so we gave her all of the necessary vaccinations and found out that she is friendly, outgoing, loves to cuddle, likes children, other cats and dogs.
Emma’s long weary, winter journey is over and she is now in her forever home.
Chalk one more up for the good gang from Gates Mills.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The frogs are hard to handle - they tend to rest at the bottom of aquariums - so most of the infections likely came from contact with the water in which the frogs swam. Nearly a third of contaminated households cleaned the frog aquariums in the kitchen sink, posing a risk for cross contamination with food preparation areas, according to the CDC.-- Sandra M. Klepach, SKlepach@News-Herald.com
Infections in Utah and Colorado came from frogs given away as carnival prizes. An infection in New Mexico came from a frog purchased in a pet store; one in Ohio came from a department store.
It took the CDC a long time to figure out that frogs were the source of the outbreak, as cheese-flavored crackers consumed by several early patients led disease detectives on a wild goose chase. Eventually, the frogs were traced to a single California breeder. DNA tests showed that salmonella in water tanks and gravel from frog habitats was the same strain that caused the outbreak.
The CDC notes that there's no law against selling small frogs. To prevent infections, the CDC advises pet owners to wash their hands thoroughly after touching animals or cleaning aquariums.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Rescue dog being fostered. Running since November 6. Sightings on Music Street. Also, Rt. 87 & 44, Bass Lake Road area. Red collar. Very frightened. Do not chase. If seen, phone 440-564-5156 or 330-524-7754. Thanks for everyone for your continued help and support. She needs to come home where it's warm and safe.-- Sandra M. Klepach, SKlepach@News-Herald.com
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010