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February 2019

Got a Cold? Keep Your Meds Away from Your Dog

Allergy-18656_1920It's cold and flu season, so you may need some medications to relieve your symptoms. But if you're a dog owner, you likely don't think about the fact that cold and flu medications can be harmful to your dog.

The ASPCA Poison Control Center offers some helpful advice about cold medications that can be dangerous to your dog. Included on the list are:

  • Cough drops
  • Pseudoephedrine
  • Dextromethorphan
  • NSAIDS
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antibiotics
  • Eye drops

Read this important article if you use any of the above medications: https://www.aspcapro.org/resource/dangers-treatment-options-cold-flu-medications

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Monday Vaccination Clinics at Spartanburg Humane Society

Praisaeng-freedigThe Spartanburg Humane Society holds low-cost vaccination clinics every Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The next clinic will be held on Monday, March 4. The location is 150 Dexter Road, Spartanburg, SC 29303.

Rabies vaccinations are $9, Distemper Booster vaccinations are $11, and Bordetella (boarding) vaccinations are $11. The Spartanburg Humane Society also offers permanent microchip identification for a low $15.00 at the vaccination clinic.

Image: Praisaeng, freedigitalphotos.net


Vaccinations at Petco, Asheville, March 2

Praisaeng-freedigVaccinations, including rabies vaccine for as low as $19, will be offered at Petco, 825 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806 on Saturday, March 2 from 10 to 11:30 AM and on Saturday, March 30 from 10 to 11:30 AM.

All types of vaccinations are available, as well as heartworm testing, flea, tick and heartworm prevention, deworming and microchips.  The "Healthy Dog & Puppy" package includes the following vaccines for $69:

  • Distemper/Parvo Combo
  • Bordetella
  • Lepto (optional)
  • Round/Hook Dewormer.
  • A rabies vaccine can be added to this package for an additional $10.

Vaccines and services re provided by licensed veterinarians with no office visit fee. No appointment is needed. For further information call 877-838-7468.

Image: Praisaeng, freedigitalphotos.net


The Pros and Cons of an Invisible Dog Fence

Guest Post by Victoria Nelson

Dog-1210559_1920The usual wood, chain link, or plastic fences used to contain dogs are often difficult to put up and maintain and can be an eyesore. Is an invisible fence, or electronic dog fence, a reasonable alternative?

How the Invisible Dog Fence Works

Unlike a visible physical barrier, an invisible fence is a barrier that cannot be seen by humans but is learned by dogs. An invisible fence has the potential to keep your dog from wandering off or from bolting during a storm and getting lost.

The invisible fence is an electronic wireless “fence” that is installed underground and is controlled by and with a special collar preventing the dog from crossing the boundary of the fence. An invisible fence unit contains the basic unit, small flags for a visual boundary until your dog learns the boundaries of the fence, and the collar for your dog. The high-end systems also include a pet door so that your dog can get inside when it needs to. Only a dog wearing the collar can get in the pet door.

Most invisible fence systems include installation and training. Put the collar on your dog, plant the flags around your property where you want your dog to stay, and turn on the system. Your dog should need minimal training to learn the concept of the invisible fence. It is typically very easy. Most systems offer coverage of a little over a hundred feet in every direction up to three quarters of an acre.

It should be said that the invisible fence system should not be used with dogs that weigh less than five pounds. Make sure the company you buy from has customer service at the appropriate time. The special collar will give your dog a small buzz to distract him if he tries to cross the boundary, or you can just use an audible alert. Most systems have multiple levels of the jolt but even the highest is not harmful to your dog. It is designed not to hurt your dog but rather to just surprise him and train him not to pass the flags.

Pros and Cons of an Invisible Fence

Pros

  • Invisible fencing will withstand the rigors of climate and weather, as well as natural events such as floods.
  • Will protect your dog from getting lost for any reason, especially when other non-resident dog lovers are walking or hiking with their canines.
  • Invisible fencing is often less expensive in areas where traditional fencing is more difficult to install due to terrain.
  • Invisible fencing is more adaptable to wooded, hilly or continuously wet terrain. This adaptability extends to the configuration of the fenced area. It can be any shape you want with an electric dog fence.
  • Your dog cannot jump or climb over or dig under an invisible fence.

Cons

  • You and your dog will need to be trained.
  • Some dogs will occasionally break through the electronic barrier.
  • Unless you buy a system with a pet door that allows only your dog with collar to use it, other animals can enter the fenced area and your dog cannot get out. It’s worth any extra expense to protect your dog from attacks with a pet door.

Given the terrain, weather conditions, and presence of so many outside dogs, the invisible dog fence appears to be an excellent solution for keeping your dog safe while allowing him freedom on his own territory.

I'm Victoria Nelson, article author and owner of PetsHotSpot website. I have always been passionate about animals. I really enjoy writing about pets, especially when my articles can help people to understand animals better. I hope that you find a lot of useful information and it is been a pleasure for you to read it.


Low Cost Vaccinations - Greenville, SC, March 2

Screen Shot 2019-01-28 at 9.28.59 AMNo appointment necessary for monthly Saturday Vaccine Clinic held on the first Saturday of every month at Greenville Humane Society, 305 Airport Road, Greenville, SC. The next clinic will be Saturday, March 2 from 9 AM to 12 PM.

Get all of your animal's shots starting at just $9, with no additional fees. Greenville Humane Society also offers heartworm testing, rabies vaccines, ear cleaning, microchipping and much more. Be sure to also get your pet's flea/tick/heartworm preventative while you're there!

Dogs must be leashed and cats in carriers. For further information, including pricing, visit: https://www.greenvillehumane.com/vaccine-clinic/


Low Cost Vaccinations - Candler, Feb. 23

Praisaeng-freedigOn the last Saturday of every month, veterinarian Dr. James Boatwright offers low-cost vaccinations at Candler Feed & Seed, 1275 Smoky Park Highway, Candler, NC. Vaccinations are administered from noon to 3 PM. Proof of previous rabies vaccine, if any, should be brought along, and cats should be in carriers. The next vaccination clinic will be on Saturday, February 23. For additional details call (828) 553-5792.

Image: Praisaeng, Freedigitalphotos.net


Low Cost Vaccinations Through March, West Asheville

Screen Shot 2019-02-13 at 11.16.06 AMA new affordable veterinary clinic, Open Door Veterinary Clinic, is offering an introductory price of $10 off all vaccination packages through March, in addition to $10 microchips and $5 nail trims.

According to the clinic's website, Open Door offers quality care to dogs and cats at reasonable rates. In addition, "Just by choosing us as your veterinarian you are helping pets in need because we donate a portion of our revenue to our Stay Together Fund. This fund decreases the chance of pets not receiving care, being surrendered to an animal shelter or euthanized when families experience unexpected veterinary medical costs and can’t afford care. All funds are used at Open Door Veterinary Care Clinic."

Open Door Veterinary Clinic is located at 1419 Patton Avenue in West Asheville. For more information, including a list of services, visit: https://opendoorveterinarycare.com/


$10 Adoption Fees on Valentine's Day, Asheville

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This Valentine's Day, find your FURever love at Asheville Humane Society! They are full of Furry Valentines who are looking to be swept of their paws! On Thursday, February 14 only, all animals (age six months and up) will have $10 adoption fees!

Open your heart to an animal in need - you will get so much love in return!

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, behavioral training when appropriate, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 PM). The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Feb. 24

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Feb. 24. Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, March 2

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Saturday, March 2, Cisco Pilates will hold a "Pilates with Puppies" class from 4 to 5 PM at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Pilates with Puppies will be a basic Pilates class, with puppies provided by Asheville Humane Society. Please bring your own yoga or Pilates mat and a small towel. Please do not bring your own puppy! The cost is $15, which is a donation to Asheville Humane Society on behalf of Buncombe County animals.

Pre-registration is required and these classes are very popular. Early registration is suggested as space is limited and this event is expected to sell out! Visit https://www.ciscopilates.com/pricing/ to sign up. Questions? Email alexis@ciscopilates.com

Image: Cisco Pilates


Low Cost Vaccinations in Henderson County, NC - Feb. 18

Praisaeng-freedigIn an effort to make vaccinations accessible and affordable to the animal and residents of Henderson County, we offer low cost vaccines the third Monday of every month from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the Blue Ridge Humane Society Adoption Center, 88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Before administering vaccinations, pets receive an examination from a licensed veterinarian, and are educated about the importance of preventive care when it comes to their pets health.

To receive vaccinations at a Blue Ridge Humane Society clinic, pet owners must meet ONE of the below required criteria:

Vaccinations are on a first come first served basis. The day of the vaccinations, pet owners must bring with them the following items:

  • Please bring proof of prior vaccinations including a Rabies Certificate (a rabies tag will not count).
  • All animals should be in good health and have not shown previous signs of aggression.
  • All cats should be in carriers and all dogs should be leashed upon arrival.
  • Owner must bring proof of how they meet the required criteria for vaccination at a Blue Ridge Humane Society.
Vaccine Prices
  • Rabies 1 year (Dogs or cats over 3 months) – $10.00
  • Rabies 3 year (Dogs or cats with rabies certificate, a tag will not count as proof of previous vaccination) – $10.00
  • Bordetella  (Dogs over 2 months) – $10.00
  • DA2PPV (Dogs 6 to 12 weeks) – $10.00
  • FVRCP (Cats over 2 months) – $10.00
  • Microchip (Dogs or cats over 2 months) – $15.00

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact community@blueridgehumane.org.

Image: Praisaeng, freeditialphotos.net


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Feb. 17

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Feb. 17. Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Preventing Fleas, Ticks, and Worms: A Comparison Chart

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Fleas, ticks and worms are more than a nuisance to your dog -- they can also adversely affect your dog's health if they are not treated properly. Thankfully, treatments are available for all three of these parasites. Some are topical and others are taken internally.

The problem is there are many treatments on the market to choose from -- and that's where a handy chart from PetBucket.com, an online seller of pet products, comes in. This comparison chart offers a quick overview of the most popular treatments, the active ingredients, how they're administered and how often, and which parasites they treat. Take a look at this chart and it will quickly demystify treatments for fleas, ticks and worms. You'll find it here:

https://www.petbucket.com/c/4585062/1/comparing-flea-tick-worming-treatment-for-dogs-and-cats.html


$10 Dog Adoption Fees, Asheville, Feb. 2

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$10 adoption fees for all dogs over 6 months old on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Asheville Humane Society!

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, behavioral training when appropriate, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open from 10 AM to 6 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!


Free Pet Food for Government Employees Who were Furloughed - Feb. 2

StuartMilesAre you a government employee who has been furloughed during the partial government shut-down? Are you still waiting on your check and struggling to make ends meet? This Saturday, February 2 from 11 am-1 pm, Asheville Humane Society will be partnering with Asheville Cat Weirdos and Open Door Veterinary Care to provide free dog and cat food to furloughed government employees. No appointment is necessary. Please be prepared to show your government ID.

Location: Open Door Veterinary Care, 1419 Patton Ave, Asheville NC 28806

Image: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Feb. 10

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Feb. 10. Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.