Keeping a cat indoors is a very responsible decision, especially when being concerned about the safety not only of your cat, but also of the local wildlife population. Indoor/outdoor cats exercise their complete predatory instincts and are responsible for the devastation of many birds, rodents and other small animals. Some of them may be endangered. But while living indoors is certainly safer overall than living outdoors for a cat, and indoor living contributes to a longer life expectancy, regular veterinary care is still very important.
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During the months of November and December, veterinarians treat many patients that encounter toxins. Certain foods and plant toxicants are more commonly associated with this time of year. Read further to learn more about some of the most common toxicities.
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NARROWSBURG, NY — Brenda Seldin will offer a beginners’ animal communication workshop on Saturday, November 21 and an advanced workshop on Sunday, November 22. Seldin has been an animal communicator for 12 years, and says she has “helped over 500 people connect to their innate ability to communicate with animals telepathically.” Describing the beginners workshop, her website says, “Learn to communicate with both living animals and animals that have passed on. Participants will have the opportunity for many practice sessions with each other’s pets.” Read more
Animals experience many of the same diseases that humans are diagnosed with, and quite often the treatments are exactly the same. This past month I have had a number of those experiences. While considering what to write about, I also noted that November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Given this patient’s unique experience, I thought it would be a perfect story to share. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Catskill Exotic Bird Club will hold its 23rd annual Pet Bird Show on Sunday, October 11, at the Liberty Firehouse, 256 Sprague Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be bird judging, vendors selling everything from bird toys to cages to food and birds. All owners of pet birds are encouraged to enter their own birds; the entry fee is $1 a bird. Bird registration begins at 8 a.m. Read more
Autumn across our region is nothing short of spectacular. While in awe of the amazing colors and contrast, it is also important for you to prepare your pets for the winter months ahead. Read more
You bring your feline companion to the veterinarian for their annual checkup and your trusted veterinary physician notes that Sullivan your cat has a heart murmur. One of the most common questions asked is, “What is a heart murmur?”
A heart murmur is an abnormal heart sound that often requires the use of a stethoscope to hear it. Abnormal swirling of blood within the heart causes the sound classified as a heart murmur. Some murmurs can be deemed innocent (non-concerning), while others are pathologic murmurs (ones that affect an animal’s life). Read more
In recent years, pain management has become a greater concern of pet owners as well as veterinarians. Even looking back 10 years, pain management was not a topic of conversation for veterinarians or pet owners. Today, that is a much different circumstance. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The annual Dakota Williams Memorial Golf Outing was held on July 11 at the Cricket Hill Golf Course. On Friday, July 31, the proceeds of the outing were presented to the Dessin Animal Shelter by the Williams family, in memory of their beloved daughter and sister Dakota Williams, who was a true animal lover and friend of the Dessin Animal Shelter.
This was the fifth annual outing, and with the loyal participation of friends and sponsors, it raised over $8,000, a record amount. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Two weeks ago, a few people who have been volunteering at the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark and with the feral cat Trap Neuter Release (TNR) program teamed up for 30 minutes to place calls to a national hotline that distributes $25 spay/neuter vouchers for cats using local clinics. Read more