FEBRUARY 18, 2010

Get your pets vaccinated

   We are having cool, damp weather. The parvo virus thrives in this weather. This disease is horrible and preventable. Puppies are especially susceptible. If your puppy has parvo, get it to your veterinarian immediately. Parvo is not an instant killer. It takes days and days for these sweet puppies to die.

   When you get a puppy make sure it has three vaccinations at three week intervals. Your veterinarian will guide you through this process. A lot of people who have adult dogs think if their dog had its puppy vaccinations it doesn’t need them again.

   This is not true. Your dog will need to be vaccinated throughout its lifetime. Typically the parvo vaccine is mixed with other vaccines to protect your dog. Your veterinarian will explain what diseases these vaccinations protect your dog against.

   There is no replacing a visit to your veterinarian for these life saving vaccinations. At this visit your veterinarian is checking your dog’s general health. Your veterinarian may discover something that you are not aware of.  It is always much easier to treat a problem at the beginning rather than wait until the condition worsens.

   Your veterinarian knows to look for things most owners are not even aware of. It will also cost less to treat a condition if you start at the onset.

   Beware of “free” puppies and dogs. If you get a “free” puppy or dog please realize that the puppy or dog has to be wormed, vaccinated and spayed/neutered. If you have another dog in the household get the new dog to your veterinarian right away for worming, vaccinations and a general check up.

   Vaccinating our dogs against parvo is our responsibility. To love our animals means making sure that preventable diseases are prevented by vaccinations. Let’s all love our animals and vaccinate.

Owners found

   The owners of the Schnauzers featured last week’s article have been found.

Our policy on strays

   All stray dogs and cats are vaccinated upon arrival for their safety and the safety of the other dogs and cats. They are also neutered and spayed on the sixth (6) day. All costs are the responsibility of the owner claiming the dog. Strays are held for five (5) days and then are for adoption.

Wish list: Dog and kitten food needed

   Dog food is really needed-adult only.

   **Please donate cat/kitten food.** We have 21 cats and kittens now. Dry kitten food, Purina kitten food is ok. Friskies canned food, ground only, is also greatly needed! Please help us help them.***

   We are almost out of blankets. Please donate your clean used ones.

   We really need canned and dry cat/kitten food and litter right now. We also need small ceramic bowls for the kitten and cat food. We also need covered litter pans.

   We need towels to bathe our dogs and cats. Please don’t throw your old towels away—we will put them to good use.

   ***We need nylabones and tug toys for the dogs/puppies and toys for our cats/kittens right now.***

   You can drop all donations of food, toys, blankets, etc. at Orofino Builders Supply. Steve and Leila Crockett continue to be animal lovers and great supporters.

   Remember, your donations are tax deductible. Thank you for thinking of us!

   Our mailing address is: Clearwater Humane Society, P.O. Box 2063, Orofino, ID 83544.

For adoption: By appointment only

Any questions call 476-9823

   Not all animals are pictured. Please call to see if we have the perfect dog or cat for you!

   #2, #5 Kittens for adoption. Little darlings!

   For any information on any of our animals, call 476-9823. Please leave your name, telephone number, and the reason you are calling. Please speak clearly and slowly.

Lost and found

   Owners Found - Saturday Feb. 6 on Lower Fords Creek Rd – two dogs traveling together: 1/ male chocolate Lab, no collar, NO PET ID. 2/ Female German Shepherd X, no collar, NO PET ID.

   If you find a stray dog, please contain the dog or cat, if you feel it is safe to do so, and then call. Many times I get a call from someone that has a stray but by the time I get there the person calling says the dog ran off. Please contain in a yard or tie the dog until I get there. We want to keep these poor dogs safe and either find their owners or get them a wonderful lifetime home.

   All stray dogs and cats are vaccinated and wormed upon arrival for their safety and the safety of the other dogs and cats. They are also neutered and spayed after a five (5) day waiting period. All costs are the responsibility of the owner claiming the dog or cat. Strays are held for five days and then are up for adoption.

   If you recognize any of the above strays and know who the owner is, please call. We want to get these wonderful dogs and cats back to their homes. Call 476-9823.