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GAIT seeks volunteers

MILFORD, PA — GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center has a number of rewarding opportunities for volunteers who are interested in working with horses, improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, or even with improving themselves. GAIT’s usual training schedule for new volunteers is on the first Saturday of each month from January through October. The first training session for new volunteers in 2015 will be on Saturday, January 3 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Prospective volunteers must be at least 12 years old, complete and sign GAIT’s volunteer forms, and attend a volunteer training course.  Read more

Tri-Gal 4H visit Dessin

HONESDALE, PA — On Sunday, November 2, 2014, 17 members of the Tri-Gal 4H attended a community service event at the Dessin Animal Shelter in Honesdale. There was a tour of the grounds, which included visiting the large indoor cat area and the dog kennels. Members walked all the dogs that were allowed to be walked. Some members cleaned out the large shed. Members donated many items to the shelter including cleaning supplies, toys, food, computer paper and money.

Bloat in dogs

Picture coming in from playing fetch with your dog in the yard and noticing that their abdomen seems bloated. When they try to drink water, they nearly immediately spit it all back up. That ignites a fury of subsequent events of retching and regurgitation of foam. Your dog continues to appear to be in pain with every episode and begins to pace frantically around the house.  Read more

Spa-A-Thon raises money for local shelter

HONESDALE, PA — Apple Day Spa & Hair Restoration Salon recently held a Spa-A-Thon to benefit Dessin Animal Shelter. Here, Dessin Shelter staff member Faith Bronson, left, is seen with adoptable dog Stella, and Apple Day staff members Karen Houschultz, Linda Pontonsky, Brittany Taninies, Betty Newport, Jessica Junkett and Dessin board member Sarah Simons with an adoptable Camden. The event raised $400 for the local shelter. Apple Day staff members donated their time and offered different services such as manicures, pedicures, facials and massages for 25% off.

Animal hospital receives accreditation

FERNDALE, NY — The Animal Hospital of Sullivan County (AHOSC) has been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and once again passed their rigid standards and guidelines of the esteemed veterinary industry association. Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited by the AAHA or other industry groups. AAHA evaluates practices of its hospitals on over 900 very high standards. Only 3,400 hospitals this year have earned the AAHA-accredited designation out of over 27,000-plus in the United States—about 1 out of 9 nationwide.  Read more

Folk Fest for Felines

BETHEL, NY — The Dancing Cat Saloon will present Folk Fest for Felines (& Dogs) at the Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B on Saturday, December 14, starting at 1 p.m. There will be musical entertainment, with members of the Sullivan County Songwriters Circle leading off. Other musicians will include Jon Naberezny, Kenneth McNally, Janet Burgan, Ken Somerville, Stacy Cohen and more. There will be a book signing/sale of the just released “Adventures of Kabuki” by Jane Felber-Strauss.  Read more

Holiday plate cleaners

During the holidays, pet parents and house guests appear to not be able to resist the temptation of the alluring look from the family cat or dog as they gaze at your leftovers. All too often people try justifying to themselves the benign effects of feeding that last piece of turkey, dressing, oven-roasted vegetable, or cranberry sauce. Contrary to public belief, even the smallest amount of table food can cause serious illness.  Read more

Overactive thyroid in cats

Hyperthyroidism, overactive thyroid, is the most common hormone imbalance in cats. Cats have two thyroid glands, one on either side of the trachea in the neck, and these play an instrumental role in the body’s metabolic rate. Hyperthyroidism is characterized by overproduction of the thyroid hormone, which then results in increasing the body’s metabolic rate. The disease can affect cats of any age, however it is predominantly noted in older cats. As time progresses the thyroid gland enlarges and can often be felt when your cat’s neck is stretched back.  Read more

How to tell if your cat loves you

While it may be really easy to shower your cat with affection, sometimes you may find yourself wondering, does my cat love me? Cats are one of the more elusive household pets (some may even say cold-hearted), but really they are adorably cute, although sometimes they can be hard to read. Below are the signs that your cat really truly loves you.

1. Head butting  Read more

Rabies virus

Given the recent case of rabies in a young steer in Sullivan County, I felt that it was of benefit to the general public to share information regarding what rabies is and methods of preventing the spread of this deadly virus. Rabies is a devastating viral disease that affects mammals, domestic and wild. The virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected animal but can also be contracted via saliva alone. Once a person or an animal is bitten, the infected saliva allows the transmission of the virus to enter into the muscle of the victim.  Read more

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