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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

Proper ID can be lifesaving

I was trolling Facebook the other evening and my attention was grabbed by a post titled, “Pet euthanized before hold ended at Shoals shelter.” The attached article went on to describe how a dog that was brought to the shelter as a stray was euthanized before the mandatory hold period was up. Apparently, there was an internal error in communication at the shelter, and the dog was euthanized by mistake. The wrongdoing was then compounded when shelter staff gave the family the runaround, and initially lied to them about what happened to the dog.  Read more

Cancer in pets

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 13 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year, and so it’s no surprise that most of us have known someone who’s suffered from this difficult and often deadly disease. Many pet owners, too, have faced this disease, with an estimated six million cases diagnosed annually in cats and dogs, as reported by the National Cancer Institute. In fact, pets can suffer from the exact same types of cancers as we humans.  Read more

Pets’ fear of loud noises

The severe thunderstorms of last week and the numerous fireworks displays over this past holiday weekend provided a terrifying scenario for many dogs. With summer in full swing, we can expect more T-storms in our future and I’m sure in some areas more fireworks displays or neighborhood firecrackers going off. If fear of loud noises affects your dog, there are some things you can try to help calm and soothe your dog.  Read more

Dog days of summer

After the winter we just lived through, many of us have welcomed the warm weather with open arms. However, while humans have the ability to escape the heat and find ways to stay cool, it is important to keep our animals in mind, too. One of the most concerning situations is traveling with your pet. In a matter of just a few minutes the interior temperature of your car can exceed 150ºF, creating extremely dangerous conditions for your dog or cat. While you may think leaving the window open a small amount, or even all the way open may help dodge the heat, this is not be the case.  Read more

4-H Vet Science Series for youth

LIBERTY, NY — All youth 13 years of age and up, with an interest in veterinary science, can engage in the 4-H Youth Development Veterinary Science program series beginning this summer. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County’s 4-H Youth Development program is offering this program on Tuesdays, July 8, July 22 and August 5, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more

Boys & Girls Club kids entertain Dharma

LIBERTY, NY — Dharma the Wonder Dog and The River Reporter’s Jonathan Charles Fox visited Liberty Elementary School’s Boys & Girls Club after-school program recently to sign pawtographs and teach the kids about service dogs and proper doggy etiquette. Afterwards, program leader Melissa Antizzo wrote this lovely note, which Dharma has pinned to her bulletin board, right next to her signed photo of Lassie: “Thank you again for today!… The children did understand just how great she is and how smart she is when it comes to alerting you.… The kids were so happy they got your pawtograph.  Read more

First aid can save your pet’s life

One Thursday morning a few weeks ago in Nose Work class, student Pauline Imbro Allen and her 3.5 pound Yorkshire Terrier, Twiggy were doing a container search. In Nose Work classes, the dogs are taught to search out a target odor, in this case, birch, and to alert the handler where the odor is. Twiggy indicated the correct container, and Pauline proceeded to reward Twiggy with a small piece of chicken. Suddenly it became apparent that Twiggy was choking. Within minutes the little dog was limp, unresponsive and her tongue and lips and gums were blue.  Read more

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