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FALL 2016 FEATURES
The Golden Years The senior years of our pets should be some of our best years with them. Learn about the beautiful senior years, and why adopting a senior is a great option for many homes. BY SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR
16 Tailwagger’s Trick-or-Treat The Humane League presents this fun, fall festivity to reconnect with Lancaster County pet lovers. Bring your pet and your family for a day full of exciting activities! BY SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR
Letter From Editor We Love Seniors
Tips Quick facts about animals, including information on recognizing animal cruelty
Events Local events from October-December, 2016
The Good Stuﬀ Our favorite products from around Lancaster
Pet Lover Emily Rose, a special senior pug
Community Interview with Cara Frantz, owner of Once Upon a Dog Tail LLC
Meet the Breed A gentle giant, the Maine Coon
Seasonal Autumn tips and facts
Rescue Highlight Furever Home Adoption Center
Fun Focus Columbia Riding Club’s K.I.S.S
Nutrition Senior pet diets
Health Joint supplements
Vet Insights Feline Renal Failure Q & A with West Lancaster Animal Hospital
Behavior & Training Teaching old dogs new tricks
Pet Services Information on various local businesses
Around Lancaster Fall pet photos provided by LCP readers
Information Pet Resources and contact information
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WE LOVE SENIORS! TO CELEBRATE “ADOPT A SENIOR PET MONTH”, WE’VE DEDICATED the majority of our fall edition to the golden years of our pets. While they may be slowing down and changing physiologically, they are just as, if not more, special than the ﬁrst day they were welcomed into our homes. Recently, I celebrated my dog Tucker’s 10th birthday. He has gotten more handsome and charismatic with age. His grey eyebrows give him all kinds of wonderful expressions, and his greying muzzle and cheeks show his wisdom. While I call him my old man, he has the soul of a puppy. His eyes, while a bit cloudier, still light up when I have him do tricks for our small family audience. His little tail still wags so quickly, ensuing his signature butt wiggle when I talk to him. He still enjoys playing with his toys and running in our yard. Needless to say, while he is 10 years old now, he still makes me laugh and smile every day and I love him now more than ever.
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For many, old age is a scary thought. Health problems start popping up, and our pets start showing their age in numerous ways. I have seen my share of health scares with my senior pets, so believe me when I say I understand the feeling of the unknown old age brings. However, I want to encourage you to embrace your pet’s golden years. They may be the best years you’ll ever have with them. They are older, wiser, and more relaxed, and they are still the same best friend you’ve grown to love over the years. I’d say they probably even appreciate you more when they are older. Those moments cuddling on the couch watching TV become their favorites. They love listening to you talk. They love the feeling of each gentle stroke of your hands over their fur. In an effort to help you better understand senior pets, we have dedicated this edition to helping you feel more at ease with your faithful companion’s aging process. Our main feature is on living with senior pets, and considering them as your next best friend when adopting. We also take time to present you with articles about common health problems in older pets and adjusting your senior’s diet, all written by knowledgeable veterinarians. Included in the lineup is a story of a very inﬂuential and loved senior pet in the community. How many senior pets have you owned? What challenges have you faced, and what inspiring stories do you have to tell about celebrating the golden years? To acknowledge the older pets in our lives, we would love to see pictures and hear stories about your senior furbabies. We hope this edition helps everyone appreciate the beauty of older pets.
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AND CELEBRATES HIS 10TH YEAR.
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OLDER PETS REQUIRE MORE CARE. IN JANUARY OF 2015, 39% OF DOG OWNERS AND 43% OF CAT OWNERS CARED FOR ELDERLY PETS. FALL 2016
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How to Recognize Animal Cruelty While an aggressive, timid or fearful animal may appear to be a cruelty victim, it is not possible to know if an animal is being abused based on their behavior alone. It is best to examine the animal and his surrounding environment to determine whether or not he or she needs help. PHYSICAL SIGNS OF CRUELTY M Tight collar that has caused a neck wound or has become embedded in the pet’s neck M Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds or an ongoing injury or illness that isn’t being treated M Untreated skin conditions that have caused loss of hair, scaly skin, bumps or rashes M Extreme thinness or emaciation—bones may be visible M Fur infested with ﬂeas, ticks or other parasites M Patches of bumpy, scaly skin rashes M Signs of inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails and dirty coat M Weakness, limping or the inability to stand or walk normally M Heavy discharge from eyes or nose M An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal M Visible signs of confusion or extreme drowsiness (Source: www.aspca.org.)
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22 TAILWAGGER’S TRICK -OR-TREAT HUMANE LEAGUE OF LANCASTER Buchanan Park 901 Buchanan Avenue, Lancaster humaneleague.com
23 BOW WOW BINGO LEO’S HELPING PAWS Ephrata Recreation Center 130 South Academy Drive, Ephrata leoshelpingpaws.org
HOLIDAY SHOPPING FAIR CENTERVILLE PET RESCUE Four Seasons Golf Course 949 Church Street, Landisville cvillepetrescue.org
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MEET AND GREET UNITED AGAINST PUPPY MILLS 237 Centerville Road, Lancaster unitedagainstpuppymills.org
FULL MOON TOURS WOLF SANCTUARY OF PA 465 Speedwell Forge Road, Lititz wolfsanctuarypa.org
27 MEET AND GREET BOB’S CRITTERS 237 Centerville Road, Lancaster www.bobscritters.com
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MEET THE NEED... (Pictures with Santa) PET PANTRY OF LANCASTER 26 Millersville Road, Lancaster petpantrylc.org
CHRISTMAS “OPEN BARN” AT NOBLE HILL RESCUE NOBLE HILL RESCUE 2002 Noble Road, Kirkwood noblehillrescue.org
SANTA PHOTOS 2ND CHANCE 4 LIFE RESCUE Tractor Supply Company 1360 Strickler Road, Mount Joy 2ndchance4liferescue.org
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“RIVER” IS AN 8-10 YEAR OLD RETRIEVER MIX WITH A LOT OF YOUTHFUL ENERGY! HE REGULARLY GOES ON LONG HIKES IN THE PARK AND IS ALWAYS HAPPY TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS. THANKS TO ANGELS AMONG US, HE WILL BE ABLE TO LIVE OUT HIS LIFE IN THE COMFORT OF AN ACTIVE ADOPTER’S HOME.
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The Golden Years Celebrating our older four-legged friends written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair
OVEMBER IS ADOPT A SENIOR PET MONTH, so we should take a moment to familiarize ourselves with the reality of senior pets. As humans, most of us have a deep-rooted fear of old age. We don’t like to age, and we no more enjoy watching our pets age. Each pet we own, aside from the rare few, only lives for a fraction of our lives. We love them deeply, and as we see their faces graying, we start fearing for them. Anyone who has owned pets long enough knows this feeling all too well.
However, the senior years of our pets’ lives should be some of their best years with us. They are past their puppy nonsense. They have wisened, they have grown, and they have become our best friends in that time. There is no doubting our aging pets tug at our heartstrings, but we certainly shouldn’t let age rule our time with them. FALL 2016
Senior Pet Rescue and Adoption Nowhere is our fear of age seen better than in the rescue network. It is the precious lives of pets that suffer the consequences of the negativity toward age. Many prospective adopters are unable to see the true potential and beauty of adoptable seniors because they can’t look past the numbers that seem to deﬁne them. “I adopted two senior dogs, and it was the most rewarding experience I ever had. I realized how little chance older dogs have in shelters, so I started a rescue for them,” Cindy Olweiler, founder of Angels Among Us Animal Sanctuary commented. “Imagine having poor eyesight or hearing, and having to live in a frantic environment like a shelter. Seniors are often the last ones to get adopted, yet they need a quiet home life the most.” Many people avoid elderly pets due to the assumed shorter years remaining. However, it is not uncommon for them to live healthy, fulﬁlling lives for many years after adoption. They do well in just about any home environment and have all sorts of personalities and abilities. Some are cuddle bugs that love to relax, while others still enjoy plenty of activity. What you see with an adoptable senior is what you get. You already know their size and temperament. Thankfully, some people are beginning to realize the joys of adopting older pets. “I’m seeing younger people adopting seniors for the right reasons,” Cindy said. “They are adopting them because they don’t have enough time for a puppy, but still have plenty of love and attention to give.” Senior dogs are also a great option for senior citizens. This shift in focus from 10 LANCASTER COUNTY PET
choosing a dog based on age, to choosing one with the right personality and care needs, is certainly a step in the right direction. However, for a lot of families, a wiggling puppy still seems more attractive than a calm, grey-faced angel. Far too many people are still scared of the prospect of owning an older pet.
Living with Senior Pets Whether adopting a senior pet or helping your pet transition into their golden years, there are many misconceptions about what it is like to own a senior. Many people believe it is one medical concern after another, that vet bills are large, and that their lives will surmount to becoming couch potatoes. “The thing most people don’t realize is pets are remarkably resilient. Yes, some may lose their eyesight and hearing as they age, and they will slow down, but they adjust. Their aging is usually emotionally harder on us than it is on them,” Cindy commented. “Finding a good, reliable veterinarian is the best way to keep them healthy. When your veterinarian knows your dog, they will notice subtle changes and get health concerns
resolved or managed.” Early detection of problems can signiﬁcantly improve the outcome of your pet’s health. Often, the troubles seniors have are easily managed. As for slowing down? Many pets are very active their entire lives. Adjustments to how rigorous their favorite activities are will most likely need to happen, but they certainly aren’t going to stop doing what they love because they have hit a certain age. If they do stop enjoying what they love, it is probably time to visit your vet to see if there is an underlying cause for their change in personality or activity level. “Living with a senior pet brings so much happiness. They love us unconditionally, they are quiet, calm and wise, and if they are rescued, they seem to know they were saved and will love you even more for providing them the comfort of a home,” Cindy said. “They would do anything for us, so it is only fair for us to do what we can to make their later years enjoyable.”
“It takes a special person to welcome a SENIOR DOG into their home, but the rewards of owning them are abundant.”
Finding the Beauty in Seniors From the moment you bring your pet home, you are signing up for a lifetime commitment, which includes the inevitability of the golden years. For those lucky enough to stumble upon a senior pet for adoption, take the leap and enjoy their beautiful wisdom! For those with a younger dog - do not fear your dog growing old. Instead, embrace it and continue to create memories. “It takes a special person to welcome a senior dog into their home, but the rewards of owning them are abundant. They give us so much more than we could give to them. They teach us about resilience. They don’t let their age get in their way of loving their lives, and we shouldn’t let it do that either.” In the end, age is only a number. Our pets do not know how old they are - they live in the moment. They do not worry about what is to come and they take aging gracefully. Next time you look for a pet to adopt, don’t look at their ages. You may be surprised to ﬁnd that seniors easily capture hearts when given the chance they so deserve.
ANGELS AMONG US ANIMAL SANCTUARY rescues senior dogs from a variety of backgrounds, including those who lived in puppy mills their entire lives. Visit them online to learn more about available dogs, fostering, and other programs.
AngelsAmongUs.petﬁnder.com or facebook.com/AAUseniordogs
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4 BUDDY WASH DOG SHAMPOO This gentle two-in-one conditioning shampoo is specially formulated with natural cosmetic-grade ingredients. • 16oz bottle $9.99. Playful Pups Retreat 850 Milton Grove Road N., Elizabethtown 717.689.3408 • playfulpupsretreat.com
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NATURVET DOG SOFT CHEWS Recommended to support healthy hip and joint function. Prices vary. Drake’s Pet Place 1874 Lincoln Highway, Lancaster • 717.290.1131 FALL 2016
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Always Love Like Emily Rose The pug that inspired thousands and left a legacy of love, kindness, and compassion written by Samantha St.Clair
e all have special souls that enter our lives. Often times, they are pets. You may only get that one “heart” pet that inﬂuences your life in a way that can never be replicated. For Kathleen, that special soul entered her life on November 16, 2000. That soul was a little pug born in a puppy mill on May 17, 1998. She spent two and a half years living in a wire cage with no love or compassion. She lived in fear. The incredible day the mill was raided changed both of their lives forever. The little pug received a name - she became the beautiful Miss Emily Rose. Her personality steadily bloomed through time and love. “The thrill of my life was when four patient months later, Emily Rose walked over to me and let me pat her while I sat on the ﬂoor,” Kathleen recalled. Emily Rose learned to trust for the ﬁrst time in her life, and Kathleen soon had an inseparable bond with her. What started as a cold life became a life of warmth where the once terriﬁed pug learned to love everything. She became an online presence that brought inspiration to thousands. “Through Emily’s Facebook posts, I wanted to show people that it’s not
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where you begin; it’s where you end up,” Kathleen said. Emily Rose symbolized love, kindness, and the ability to transform into something beautiful no matter your history. Her posts uplifted her followers and gave them a reason to smile every day. She also encouraged people to spread their happiness. Additionally, she became an advocate for all shelter pets. “What I try to instill in everyone is that yes, shelter dogs can take work, but it pays oﬀ. My life with Emily Rose after she learned to trust me was worth every second it took to gain that trust,” Kathleen said. Emily Rose lived to a beautiful 18 years old, and Kathleen stayed with her until the very end. “I promised her she would have the most amazing life until her last breath, and she did.” While the loss of Emily Rose still reverberates in the hearts of everyone in her vast family of supporters, a new light shines on them all. Through her friends on Facebook, Kathleen acquired the adorable Jenny Rose. While Jenny Rose still has a lot to learn to follow in the footsteps of her predecessor, she is already charming the still heartbroken community. Jenny
(TOP) JENNY ROSE (BOTTOM) EMILY ROSE
Rose will advocate the same compassion, with plans of becoming a therapy dog to directly help people in her local community. Through her, and many inspiring memories, Emily Rose’s spirit will live on forever.
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Tailwagger’s Trick-or-Treat A fall festivity hosted by the Humane League written by Samantha St.Clair • photographed by Samantha St.Clair
he Humane League has a long-standing history in Lancaster County. With foundations beginning in 1917, the almost 100-year long presence of the Humane League has accounted for thousands of rescued animals. In the past year alone they adopted out around 1,500 pets. Over the century they have undergone many transformations including officially becoming a no kill organization in 2013. More recently, the Humane League joined forces with other Pennsylvania shelters as part of Humane Pennsylvania and is now a managed intake shelter that accepts surrenders by appointment.
In addition to becoming a managed intake shelter, a primary focus shift has turned the organization to helping owners keep their pets, rather than taking them all in as rescues. Currently, they are operating as one of only 19 nationally accredited non-proﬁt veterinary hospitals in the United States. They are the only one in Pennsylvania. Vet care is the number one reason why, ﬁnancially, people are unable to keep their beloved pets. While the Humane League may not be housing as many animals as they once accommodated, they are helping people keep their pets through their affordable services. While changes are difficult, especially when it comes to an organization that has been in the community for so long, the Humane League will continue to support local pets and their owners by providing adoptions and quality veterinary services.
“This year, instead of doing the walk, we are going straight to Buchanan Park. We want people to see this as a casual event.” When the trot was involved, the event focused heavily on fundraising. Being a fundraising event, the Tailwagger’s Trot put a lot of stress on the Humane League staff. While they will still be accepting donations this year, the removal of major fundraising will make the event more exciting for everyone involved. For staff members, it means an easier setup which allows for a bigger and better park event. For event attendees, it means more opportunities for people to attend that were perhaps feeling pressured to gather money to feel qualiﬁed in the past. “Our focus this year is on people and their pets, rather than making money. We want to remove the barrier that people feel they need to pay to go to the Tailwagger’s event. This event is a thank you to the community for their support,” Karel said. This year, the event will have the same fun always present at the festival in the park. Plans include contests with possible categories being Best Tailwagger, Owner-Dog Lookalike, Best Trick, and more! Additionally, there will be a costume contest with various categories, including Best Pet Costume, Best Human Costume, and Best Pet and Human Combo. Other fun activities for both your pets and family are in planning. In addition to fun and games, you will be able to support local organizations that attend as vendors. “The Tailwagger’s Trick-or-Treat event is our ﬁrst step in reconnecting with the incredible Lancaster County community,” Karel said. Currently, it is the only event hosted in Lancaster by Humane Pennsylvania. “We have plans to include more events in Lancaster in the future. ”
TAILWAGGER’S TRICK-OR-TREAT In the process of all these changes, Humane Pennsylvania plans to reconnect locals with the Humane League by hosting the Tailwagger’s Trick-or-Treat this October 22nd. As you may recall, they have hosted a Tailwagger’s Trot for many years, and it has always been highly successful. During their busiest year, over 1,000 pets and their owners were in attendance. The preceding event entailed owners and dogs meeting at the Clipper Magazine Stadium to trot their way to Buchanan Park where the festivities of fun and socializing really began. “Spending time at the park was always the part everyone loved,” Karel Minor, CEO of Humane Pennsylvania commented.
For now, you’re encouraged to celebrate the fall season by attending the Tailwagger’s Trick-or-Treat event. Whether you have a pet or not, there will be plenty of activities, and plenty of pets, to keep your day ﬁlled with fun. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with other local pet lovers.
Tailwagger’s Trick-or-Treat Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at beautiful Buchanan Park, 901 Buchanan Ave, Lancaster
CARA WITH HER DOG, JACK.
LCP: What makes your services diﬀerent? CF: I ensure that everyone on the Once Upon a Dog Tail team has a genuine love for animals and is knowledgeable about pet care. We only hire the best! We are going to start holding monthly meetings to discuss our experiences, ideas and things we would like to work on. Our clients feel at ease knowing their furry family members are being taken care of in the comfort of their own homes. We always spend quality time with all of our clients’ pets while they are away. Anyone who hires us knows they are hiring a reputable dog walker or pet sitter. LCP: What do you love about owning your own business? CF: I love that I have a ﬂexible schedule and can run my business the way I think it should be run. I can make my clients feel conﬁdent in our services by providing the care I feel is best. While I love all the time I spend with the animals, I do enjoy the business aspect, too. Watching my business grow is exciting.
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M EXPERIENCED: Cara always starts
Cara Frantz (Owner of Once Upon a Dog Tail LLC) ONCE UPON A DOG TAIL provides quality pet sitting and dog walking services across Lancaster County. With a team of animal lovers that wants nothing more than to see your pets happy and healthy, you can feel conﬁdent leaving your pets in their hands. Once Upon a Dog Tail opened in 2014 and currently serves over 150 happy clients. They are always excited to welcome more people and pets into their loving family!
client relationships with a meet and greet to learn about pets before she starts caring for them. From basic needs to medical care, she treats your pets like her own.
M PERSONABLE: While you’re away, you can count on personal touches to make you feel comfortable leaving your pets at home, such as daily pictures and notes to let you know how much fun they are having!
M PETS: She owns two dogs, Jack and Blue, and two cats, Sunny and Bubba.
M HOBBIES: In her free time, Cara
LCP: What made you decide to start
LCP: Why did you choose to have a dog
your own pet business? CF: Previously, I was a Speech pathologist. Once I had kids, I wanted to ﬁnd something that I was passionate about and would allow me to spend more time with my family. I knew I wanted to be in the pet ﬁeld, as I’ve loved animals my whole life and knew I would be happy working with them.
walking and pet sitting business? CF:I am so comfortable around animals, I knew I would love anything involving pets, so I just needed to decide which pet service ﬁt me best. I looked into grooming ﬁrst. However, I love being outside, and I ﬁnd it’s very therapeutic to walk dogs. I also enjoy spending time indoors caring for any pet, so I knew both services were a perfect ﬁt for me.
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Maine Coon The majestic, gentle giant of the cat world written by Samantha St.Clair
iggie is the ideal Maine Coon. Sophisticated, calm, gentle and beautiful are all terms that can be easily associated with his breed, and he certainly isn’t lacking in any of those traits. Through Biggie, you will get a glimpse of what it is like to own a Maine Coon, and see why they are ﬁtting companions for just about any home. Biggie is not an expensive pedigree cat. He was rescued from the Lancaster SPCA and proves that all sorts of pets, even highly desired breeds, can be found through rescuing. Upon adopting him, his owner Stephanie immediately realized he was something special. “I couldn’t believe I found him in a shelter. He is the sweetest cat I have ever owned. I was lucky to have found him.” Due to his calm demeanor, Biggie went on to become Stephanie’s ﬁrst therapy cat, primarily comforting dementia patients at local facilities. He lets them pet him, hold him, and brush him, all while purring sweetly and enjoying his time in the presence of people. He has such a positive attitude that he has made an impact on the lives of those he meets. “Some of the dementia patients that otherwise wouldn’t talk will talk to Biggie. They also remember him,” Stephanie said. Due to his large Maine Coon size, he is ideal for therapy work as he is easier to pet and hold. His long, soft fur is well appreciated by those he visits, too. All that beauty does come with a small price. He gets brushed daily to maintain his plush fur, and he requires a stroller for travel as he is a bit big to carry around. Additionally, he can be needy for attention - more so than your average cat. When people stop petting him, he will nudge them, expecting attention to continue until he is pleased. He has several other traits that set him apart from most of the cat world. “He has many diﬀerent behaviors from other cats I have owned. He chirps instead of meowing, and when he does meow, he has a very tiny one. It’s funny considering his size. He’s as big as a small dog, and acts more like a dog, too.” With some added work of their size and long fur comes all of the positives of the breed. There is no one Biggie doesn’t love. From pets to people, he will take attention from anyone. He is very smart and learns quickly, which helps him acclimate to all the environments he visits. Outside of traveling to local facilities to comfort patients, Biggie also attends events for KPETS. While most cats are nervous outside of their home environment, Biggie is comfortable in every situation. Whether you are a new cat owner, or a long time cat fanatic, this breed is a great choice to consider due to their easy going attitudes, as long as you have plenty of attention to give in return!
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Alpacas... For cool weather wear there are many advantages to using alpaca ﬁber instead of sheep’s wool. Strands of alpaca ﬁber are smooth and therefore feel less prickly or itchy against the skin. Alpaca does not contain lanolin, which makes it much easier to process than sheep’s wool. The ﬁber is extremely strong, yet lightweight. Alpaca ﬁber also tends to be hypoallergenic.
FALL This traditional autumn gourde contains many nutritional advantages for your canine buddy. Canned pumpkin, not the pie ﬁlling or raw version, is good for constipation and diarrhea as it is full of ﬁber and beta-carotene. The ﬁber and beta-carotene produce vitamin A which can be toxic to dogs in higher servings. However, keeping puppies at a teaspoon or two a day and adult dogs at a couple of tablespoons a day will work just ﬁne.
Wood Stove Safety HOLIDAY EATS Keep foods such as candy, fruitcake, and dinner scraps out of your pet’s reach. These traditional holiday “eats” may certainly make your pet ill. You should consult with your veterinarian if you would like to treat your dog or cat to some holiday ﬁxings.
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During the cooler months, many people are using wood stoves to heat their homes. If not properly vented, wood stoves can create carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless toxic gas. Humans and pets can be affected by carbon monoxide toxicity. Signs include nausea, lethargy, difficulty breathing and unconsciousness. Take precautions to protect your human and pet family by making sure that your wood stove is in good working order with winter maintenance. Additionally, make sure that you have reliable carbon monoxide detectors in your home. When leaving your home it is best to avoid leaving an active stove burning.
“I couldn’t stand seeing cats in cages at other rescues.” – MJ MEINZER, Furever Home Adoption Center
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Furever Home Adoption Center A sanctuary and adoption center for cats in need written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair
urever Home Adoption Center is not an ordinary rescue. You will most likely encounter Charlie, their orange and white tabby greeter, upon entering their quaint environment. Beyond Charlie is a whole home full of cats, and it is indeed a home. Furever Home is a no-kill, cage-free facility where cats are allowed to be cats in the safety of the rescue.
“I couldn’t stand seeing cats in cages at other rescues,” MJ Meinzer, founder of Furever Home Adoption Center explained. “I wanted to do something different.” The ﬁrst room you see at the facility is a room with seating, plenty of cat trees, beds and toys, and an overall feeling of a home. Cats are at ease in this environment where they are free to explore and enjoy the many kitty amenities provided to them. For guests, it’s a way for them to get to know a potential forever friend. “We get to see what the cats do and don’t like, which makes pairing them with adopters much easier. Do they need another cat in the home? What toys do they prefer? All of this knowledge allows cats to transition into their new environment more readily,” MJ said. This feline sanctuary welcomes cats of varying types. Medical concerns are taken care of, behavioral problems are managed, and homes are found for cats of all colors, personalities, and ages. However, this environment does make it unsuitable for felines that are uncomfortable around other cats. “We can’t save the world, but the ones we do save receive the best care,” MJ explained. Those working within the Furever Home network dedicate their time to more than just the cats in their facility. They spend countless hours helping people and other rescues in need. “I believe that all rescues should work together. We work with other rescues to help animals get reunited with their owners or to help people ﬁnd the perfect pet for their family. The people we interact with are just as important as the animals.” While they are glad to help people ﬁnd their perfect pet elsewhere, there is a high chance that the ideal cat for you is at Furever Home Adoption Center. Many of their cats thrive on human companionship and would love a forever home. “When our cats get adopted, we can rescue more cats, so it is vital we ﬁnd homes for those in our care,” MJ said. “I encourage people to come visit our facility. We have so many wonderful cats that would make loving family members.”
Visit Furever Home Adoption Center online to view available cats and to learn about volunteering: fureverhomeadoptioncenter.com **Please be aware, while Furever Home Adoption Center would love to save every animal, they receive far more drop-off inquiries than they can manage. Please ensure they can stay on top of tasks they need to focus on and contact them only for purposes such as adopting, volunteering, or other services such as microchipping.
Join us October 15, 2016 from 10am-2pm for “It’s a Pet’s Life” festival located at Charles F. Snyder Funeral Homes & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz.
Host a Pop-Up and Earn Free Clothes! COLLEEN OPPENHEIM, Fashion Consultant 717-445-0924•email@example.com Facebook: LuLaRoe:: Colleen’s LuLaLovelies Join the Movement that is blessing lives and making dreams come true! Contact me for further information!
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Your purchase of Our Cause for Paws™ jewelry benefits the Rescue Paw Foundation. This New York-based charitable foundation provides spay-neuter clinics and "no-kill" shelters that are dedicated to the rescue of homeless animals and to finding permanent homes for abandoned pets. Our plans include building pro-life shelters in poor areas where euthanasia is currently the only option of animal control. For more information, visit www.ourcauseforpaws.org.
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Simon Says and more. While some events may seem easy, just imagine balancing an egg on a spoon while riding a horse and following certain orders to change speeds and directions. With one rider after another getting swept out of the competition, it’s clearly a lot harder than it seems! Just because the show is for fun, it doesn’t mean it isn’t challenging.
Columbia Riding Club’s K.I.S.S The “Keep It Simple Show” for horseback riders looking to have a good time! written by Samantha St.Clair
orseback riding competitions can be highly competitive. With titles and awards to win that build on the reputation of both horse and rider, it is no surprise that standard events can be nerve wracking and stressful. While they are also exciting, and the competitive spirit is great, it is important to take a break from the hard work to enjoy something a little more simple. The K.I.S.S event at the Columbia Riding Club is the perfect medium between fun and competitive. Riders of all ages compete for accuracy, fast speeds and best game standings to earn ribbons and bragging rights. Events include barrel racing, pole bending, egg & spoon balancing,
If you attend a “Keep It Simple Show”, you will see that the riders are all in good spirits. Everyone mingles and laughs, everyone smiles, and everyone has a day full of fun with their horses. Since these shows are held at the beginning and end of the horse show season, they are a great way for people to get back in the saddle in April, and wind down in October. Of course, the fact that it is held at the Columbia Riding Club helps in bringing this atmosphere about, as everyone working there is always upbeat! If you’re looking for an enjoyable way to kick oﬀ your fall season, look no further than the K.I.S.S event. This show is great for the entire family to attend to watch and laugh with the riders as the events unfold. Or, if you are an equine enthusiast with a horse of your own, you’re encouraged to ride along in the challenges! Included in the October line up is a costume contest for rider and horse that will satisfy your Halloween cravings early in October. Events begin at 9:00 a.m. on October 9th, starting with the costume contest.
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website for further information: columbiarc.org
Animal lovers unite to help us create a safer tomorrow for Lancaster County’s animals. We need funds to open our new facility YOU CAN BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION! • Make a Monetary Donation • Become a Corporate Sponsor • Make a Memorial Contribution to Honor a Loved One
Building a better community through compassion to animals. Lancaster County Animal Coalition • P.O. Box 363 • Elizabethtown, PA 17022 • 717-481-0520 Contact us to discuss the may ways you can help: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit us on Facebook for more info or to donate: www.facebook.com/LancasterCountyAnimal Coalition
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Visit our Holiday Shop opening November 18th
• Christmas Shop opening late November for all your Holiday Gifts. Featuring quality alpaca products, teas, spices, local honey and many more locally made products! • Local authorized Hubbard Feed dealer for all your animal nutrition needs. • Eggs • Pine Shavings
WE PROVIDE • Educational Tours for School Groups, Girl Scouts, Senior Citizen Groups, etc. • Malachi the Camel, Alpacas, Chickens, Horses, Peacocks. Contact: Patty McKonly 390 Blue Lane, Columbia, PA 717.471.8634 www.kleenacresfarm.com email@example.com
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DOGS AND CATS ARE CONSIDERED “SENIOR” AROUND AGE SEVEN.
Feeding Senior Pets Proper nutrition will enhance your pet’s senior years written by Barry A. Harris, VMD
early half the dogs and cats in the USA are over 6 years of age, with approximately 15% of pets over 11 years of age. With so many breeds and sizes of dogs, the age at which an individual dog reaches the classiﬁcation of 'senior' varies. Giant breed dogs are geriatric at age 7 in some cases, whereas small breeds reach this milestone at 12 and cats are geriatric at 15 years of age. Determining the best diet for your older pet can be challenging and is inﬂuenced by activity level, muscle mass versus body fat level, and chronic diseases such as periodontal disease, osteoarthritis, renal disease, heart disease, and cancer, to name more common conditions. Older pets that are not yet considered geriatric may continue to do well on a food designed for a mature adult. The most common condition requiring dietary intervention in older pets is obesity. A pet with a healthy body weight lives on average 2 years longer than a pet that is overweight. Energy requirements for older, less active pets decline. The general rule of thumb is about 14 calories per pound of body weight plus 70
calories. For example, a 50 lbs. relatively sedentary dog requires (15 x 50) +70 or 770 calories per day. The same rule generally applies to cats. Look at the nutritional labeling on each brand of food as calorie content can vary from 200 to 500 calories per cup! Also remember that every calorie fed in treats or table food counts in the daily maximum! This means not just following the guidelines on the bag, but actually doing the math may result in better weight maintenance. Regular physical examinations can reveal other chronic disease states that can be controlled through dietary intervention and or dietary supplementation. Some of these will require blood work to assess their relevance to individual pets. These include thyroid conditions, renal disease, liver disease, adrenal disease, and more. Early cardiac disease can beneﬁt from dietary intervention as well. When choosing a commercial food for your pet, it is best to choose one that can say that it has been tested in animal feeding trials. This means the company has done the research to prove that their food meets the label claims as opposed to
just meeting the list of nutritional guidelines. Be aware that marketing campaigns in the very competitive pet food arena are frequently designed to appeal to the owner and not necessarily are of any real beneﬁt to the pet. Claims such as organic may or may not be 100 % true as there is no regulatory body checking this claim. Therefore it’s best to make sure the manufacturer is reputable and does the research and feeding trials necessary to prove performance of their products. And while raw diets appeal to some, there can be risk of pathogens in these products and transmission to pets, children, elderly, and immunocompromised owners. Home cooked diets are also diﬃcult to formulate to meet the pet’s exact requirements. Knowing your pet’s individual needs inside and out, getting professional advice from your veterinarian, and doing a little research on the food you are feeding or considering feeding will go a long way to ensuring your pet lives the longest and healthiest life possible!
BARRY A. HARRIS, VMD is the owner of New Holland Veterinary Hospital, LLC newhollandveterinaryhospital.vetstreet.com
since these are “supplements” they are not regulated by the FDA or any other body, so controlled studies showing their true eﬀectiveness are often not done or done with incredibly small numbers of animals. That can make things hard for us as veterinarians to ascertain exactly how eﬀective one type of supplement might actually be.
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The Mysterious World of Joint Supplements written by Bryan Langlois, DVM
s someone who has had one major knee surgery and suﬀers from a slight bulging disc in my lower back, I can attest to what joint pain and damage can feel like. It is no diﬀerent for our animal friends. Joint disease and especially arthritic changes that go on in our pets as they age can have a dramatic eﬀect on both their quality of life and overall function. In fact, issues such as older cats not using their litter boxes can be due solely to arthritic change and not a behavioral issue. It has also been shown that certain breeds of dog can be prone to issues with their hips, knees, or backs. All of these can lead to pain and discomfort as they age. So the big question then is: “What can I do about it?” One answer that everyone has heard about and frequently asks their veterinarian about is joint supplements, but just like in the human market, there are so many diﬀerent kinds. So how do you know they will work, and which one is right for your pet?
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Without delving too much into the scientiﬁc detail, most joint supplements on the market today contain Glucosamine, Chondroitin, or a combination of both. The working theory is that Glucosamine is found to be a building block of healthy and normal joint tissue. Chondroitin is thought to play some sort of supporting role but the research that is out there has not really supported whether it has a true eﬀect or not. As we age, our joint tissue becomes less elastic and healthy, breaking down and leading to joint pain and possible arthritis. The same thing happens in our pets. By providing these building blocks of healthy joint tissue, we are hoping to prevent this breakdown and the pain that is associated with it. Some supplements will even claim to be able to reverse the eﬀects of joint damage over time. Others will have various “proprietary” ingredients that claim to have even more positive overall eﬀects. It is important to remember, however, that
Does all this mean that joint supplements are really a “sham” and just a “snake oil salesman” type gimmick to make money? No, as I give joint supplements to my own dog. However, it is very important to talk with your veterinarian about which joint supplements have a proven track record of being eﬀective in their patients. If your pet is young and healthy but has a condition such as hip dysplasia, it would be beneﬁcial to start them on joint supplements early to help delay the problems that can arise as your dog ages. Your vet may also recommend joint supplements as part of a multi-modal approach to therapy that can include short term use of some other medications such as Non-Steroidal-Anti-Inﬂammatory-Drugs (NSAID’s) and pain killers if joint damage and/or pain are already present. Often these other drugs are only temporary and after they are stopped your pet is kept on the joint supplements for life. It is also important to remember that most of these supplements do not have an “immediate” eﬀect and take time to build up in the joints. Most pet owners will tell us they don’t see a real improvement in their pets until about 6-8 weeks of taking the supplements, so don’t give up on them right away if you don’t think they are working. A massage therapist that I use to keep my neck and back in line from years of looking down doing surgery told me recently, “You have only got one body, and you need to take care of it”. This is true of our furry friends as well, especially as they age. Be sure to talk with your vet about whether a joint supplement will be beneﬁcial for your special little, or big, boy or girl as they enter their “golden years”.
BRYAN LANGLOIS, DVM is the Medical Director at Pet Pantry of Lancaster County, PA. He also serves as a Board of Trustees Member of PVMA and The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation, AVC 2005.
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+ VET INSIGHTS How can it be managed once it has been diagnosed? After kidney failure is diagnosed there are speciﬁc treatments depending on the cause. Typically, whether it is chronic or acute, ﬂuid therapy is recommended. For some cases, the pet may have to remain on intravenous ﬂuids for several days. Then for maintenance, the pet can receive ﬂuids subcutaneously periodically as prescribed by your veterinarian. For the feline kidney patients, there are dialysis/transplants that can be performed by veterinary specialists and come with a large ﬁnancial investment. Certain medications may be prescribed to help with poor appetite, high blood pressure, and overall kidney health. A prescription diet for kidney health may also be recommended. Once a protocol is in eﬀect, your feline can live a happy, normal life for months or even years!
Are there ways to prevent feline renal failure? In most cases you can’t prevent renal failure unless it was an exposure to a toxin. The earlier that renal failure is recognized, the more that can be done to decrease signs and the progression of the disease. Annual checkups with your veterinarian, as well as bloodwork and urine testing, can monitor any changes your pet may be experiencing. With client compliance and regular visits, we can help your cat live a long and happy life!
Feline Renal Failure
DR. VALERIE L. JORDAN DR. TOM GEMMILL DR. CARRIE A. VIGEANT (West Lancaster Animal Hospital) What is feline renal failure? Renal failure occurs when the kidneys are unable to perform their normal tasks of clearing waste from the body and producing hormones. It takes a loss of 75% of normal kidney function for current tests to recognize early changes in chronic renal failure.
What are the causes of feline renal failure? There are many reasons why a cat may experience renal failure. Renal failure can be categorized in two ways: acute or chronic. Acute renal failure can occur suddenly due to infections, toxins, or obstructions. Chronic renal failure can occur due to aging of the pet and the kidney cells. Constant insults of the aged
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kidneys can also result in chronic renal failure. Felines who become ill with kidney infections, cancer, urinary blockage, and other diseases that aﬀect normal kidney function may also be predisposed to kidney failure later on.. What are the symptoms of this disease? Acute renal failure in your pet may present suddenly as vomiting, anorexia, and lethargy. Chronic renal failure presents as drinking more and urinating more, weight loss, intermittent vomiting, lethargy, becoming picky eaters, and constipation in some cases. The changes can be subtle with some pets. To conﬁrm that your pet has kidney disease, bloodwork and urine testing should be done.
FONZY, the feline Receptionist
Angels Among Us Animal Sanctuary We are particularly proud of our "Seniors for Seniors" program which matches some of our healthy senior dogs with a special senior human companion. Our adoptable senior dogs are just looking for a lap to lie on or a comfy chair that is just for them. We raise funds to defray the vetting costs of these dogs so that seniors in our community can benefit from and enjoy the companionship of a special dog in their lives. It is a â€œwin-winâ€? for both senior dog and their senior human companion for life. Please consider donating to this wonderful senior program.
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Humane Pennsylvania believes that the best way to keep pets happy and healthy at home is to make sure they have access to high quality and affordable veterinary care! Humane Veterinary Hospitals Lancaster and Reading are open to the public and accepting new patients! 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602 (717) 826-9762 firstname.lastname@example.org 1801 N. 11th St., Reading, PA 19604 (610) 921-VETS (8387) email@example.com
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physical exercise as well. If your dog has a keen nose, and needs a less demanding sport physically, Barn Hunt and Nose work sports may be the way to go. In both sports the dog learns to identify and locate particular scents. In Barn Hunt, low level physical challenges also exist in the form of tunnels to run through and bales of straw to climb. Both are fairly simple to teach and fun for the dog as well as the handler.
Can you teach an old dog new tricks?
If your dog is more of a homebody who would prefer to exercise in his own backyard, tricks are always fun to learn. Low level retrieves and ﬁnd it games using food are also great activities. If your dog is social, but you are lacking in time, a trip to your local Dog Daycare once or twice a week may be a solution. Although we often think of daycares as great resources for young and energetic dogs, they can also be a great place for the older dog to receive the exercise and activity they need, while also enjoying the companionship of other canine friends.
How to keep your dog’s mind young and active written by Wendy Jordan
Regardless of the activity you choose, it's important to start slow and build your dog up to it a few times a week. Keep it fun, with lots of rewards and you and your dog will both reap the beneﬁts.
he answer is a resounding yes! Not only can older dogs learn new things, doing so may be beneﬁcial to their health and well being. With people, one way to keep the brain “young” is through regular mental stimulation. Learning new things, and challenging the brain's thought processes is one form of stimulation. Another is exercise to get the heart pumping. It can be assumed the same would be true for our dogs. In turn, these things help stave oﬀ some of the eﬀects of old age including weight gain, muscle loss, and arthritis.
If you have an older dog at home and are interested in ways to help keep his body and mind ﬁt, there are several activities that are easy to teach and fun to do. Some require assistance from a knowledgeable trainer, others you can do at home. For the dog and owner who enjoy the camaraderie of others, some top picks that are fun for both dog and owner include the sports of Obedience and Rally Obedience. Both emphasize handler focus and the dog learning to move with you as you guide it through a series of exercises the dog must complete. Both are great
WENDY JORDAN is dedicated to dogs of all types and personalities. Visit Dog Sense LLC’s website to learn more dogsensewithwendy.com
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GOLDFISH HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO LIVE FOR OVER 40 YEARS! WITH PROPER CARE, GOLDFISH CAN LIVE FOR DECADES.
Below are just a few of the many businesses in the area
When looking for a fantastic place for your four-legged friend to frolic and socialize, these reputable kennels provide a safe and healthy environment.
You will ﬁnd these experienced and passionate pet care professionals are happy to watch over your furry family members.
Dog Sense LLC 440 Stoney Lane, Lancaster, PA 17603 717.509.5652 dogsensewithwendy.com
Deb’s Pet Buddies Lititz, PA 17543 717.283.4438 debspetbuddies.com
Gochenauer Kennels, Inc. 995 Fruitville Pike, Lititz, PA 17543 717.569.6151 gochenauerkennels.com
Petwatch Plus Pet Sitting Service 717.738.3370 petwatch-plus.com
Playful Pups Retreat 850 Milton Grove Road N. Elizabethtown, PA 17022 717.689.3408 playfulpupsretreat.com
GROOMERS If your canine or feline friend is in need of some fur and nail styling, there is no shortage of passionate and professional groomers here in Lancaster.
Once Upon a Dog Tail Lancaster, PA 717.575.2656 firstname.lastname@example.org onceuponadogtail.com Your Place or Mine Pet Sitting 811 South 16th Street Columbia, PA 17512 717.575.2656 facebook.com/ yourplaceorminepetsittingpa
D’tails 850 Milton Grove Road North Elizabethtown, PA 17022 717.361.8245 facebook.com/Dtails2011
Drake’s Pet Place 1874 Lincoln Hwy. E, Lancaster, PA 17602 717.290.1131 facebook.com/Drakes-Pet-Place
Crevan Night Photography Crevannight.com Facebook.com/CrevanNight
Keystone Pet Place 100 West Main Street Mount Joy, PA 17552 717.492.0027 keystonepetplace.com/grooming That Groom Room 237 Centerville Road, Suite A Lancaster, PA 17603 717.484.9758 thatpetplace.com/that-groom-room-menu
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Tips for Finding the Perfect Pet “Groomer” for your Family.
It is the season to record those special holiday moments with our furry loved ones. You will ﬁnd these professionals well versed in pet photography!
When hiring a PROFESSIONAL GROOMER, these pointers and suggestions may be helpful.
Tanya Hopkins Photography PO Box 72645 Thorndale, PA 19372 484.639.4743 tanyahopkins.com
• Personal care for the dogs. Their safety is ﬁrst in mind.
Willow Street Pictures 2212 Penn Avenue West Lawn, PA 19609 610.375.3424 willowstreetpictures.com
• Cleanliness of the salon.
• Not a rushed environment and ﬂexibility. • Quality grooming at a reasonable price. Grooming Tips courtesy of Dee Strathmeyer of Drake’s Pet Place 717.290.1131
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Champie waiting on the leaves in Pequea
M Ella in Landisville
Marty and Walter at full attention in Mountville
Kyann was 12 years old when this photo was taken at her home in Pequea
Edison, a French Bulldog, from East Petersburg
M Gorgeous Gomez stalking in East Petersburg
Caleb from East Petersburg
Vinnie the Mini decked out in Fall garb
English Mastiff, beloved Romo, from Landisville
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ANIMAL SUPPORT AGENCIES 2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue Foster network for dogs PO Box 549 Elizabethtown, PA 17022 2ndchance4liferescue.org BARK Borough Animal Response krew 43 N Clinton Street York, PA 17404 • 717.880.2957 westyorkbark.org Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Golden & Labrador retrievers rescue 60 Vera Cruz Road Reinholds, PA 17569 • 717.484.4799 dvgrr.org Furever Home Adoption Center, Inc. All volunteer, no kill, cage free facility 5984 Main Street East Petersburg, PA 17520 • 717.560.6400 fureverhomeadoptioncenter.com Helping Hands for Animals Resource for caretakers and friends of stray and feral cats Lancaster, PA • 717.687.7297 helpinghandsforanimals.org Humane League of Lancaster County Shelter, Adopt, Educate & Protect 2195 Lincoln Highway E. Lancaster, PA 17602 • 717.393.6551 humaneleague.com Lancaster C.A.R.E.S Coalition for Animal Rescues, Education and Services 5984 Main Street East Petersburg, PA 17520 717.983.8878 • lancastercares.org Lancaster County Animal Coalition Building a better community through compassion to animals PO Box 363 • Elizabethtown, PA 17022 717.481.0520 facebook.lancastercountyanimalcoalition Lancaster County SPCA Shelter, humane care and adoptions of stray and unwanted animals 848 South Prince Street Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.917.6979 lancasterspca.org 40 LANCASTER COUNTY PET
Leo’s Helping Paws Assistance to dog rescue groups 1284 Wheatland Avenue Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.475.9621 leoshelpingpaws.org Lost Paws of Lancaster Animal Rescue PO Box 551 Lititz, PA 17543 • 717.725.3136 lostpawsoﬂancaster.org Mostly Muttz Rescue, Inc. All-volunteer, foster based canine rescue PO Box 406 Gilbertsville, PA 19525 mostlymuttz.org One Dog at a Time ODAAT Humane rescue group helping dogs 225 Meadow Woods Drive Lewistown, PA 17044 • 888.509.2011 onedogatatime.us PAWS Cat Rescue No-kill animal rescue and spay/neuter Petsmart • 1700 Fruitville Pike Lancaster, PA 17601 • 717.957.8122 pawsofpa.org Pet Pantry of Lancaster County Helping avoid the surrender of a family pet due to the lack of resources 26 Millersville Road Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.983.8878 petpantrylc.org
Feathered Sanctuary Exotic Bird Rescue 1674 Kirkwood Pike Kirkwood, PA 17536 • 717.529.2966 featheredsanctuary.com Lair of Dragons Bird Rescue Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.431.8599 lairofdragonsbirdrescue.com
LARGE ANIMAL LAW ENFORCEMENT Large Animal Protection Society PO Box 243 West Grove, PA 19390 • 610.869.9880 largeanimalprotectionsociety.org
EMERGENCY SERVICES ORCA Organization for Responsible Care of Animals 401 East Orange Street Lancaster, PA 17602 • 717.397.8922 orcarescue.org
PETS Pet Emergency Treatment Services 930 North Queen Street Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.295.7387 lancasterpetemergency.com
THERAPY SERVICES KPETS Pet Enhanced Therapy Services 630 Janet Avenue Lancaster, PA 17601 • 888.685.7387 kpets.org
WOLF RESCUE Wolf Sanctuary of PA 465 Speedwell Forge Road Lititz, PA 17543 • 717.626.4617 wolfsanctuarypa.org
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Better Health Starts With Prevention Lyme disease is found all throughout the United States and even Canada. Common with human Lyme disease infections, a “bull’s eye” rash can be found at the site of the tick bite, but dogs rarely have no such indicator. Many dogs infected with Lyme disease can show few if any signs of a Lyme infection. Some of the most common symptoms of Lyme disease are shifting leg lameness, loss of appetite and depression, and fatigue. There are preventatives for Lyme disease, including topical and oral medications, tick collars and vaccines. Although, no preventive or vaccine is 100% effective, and you should plan to have your dog tested annually for Lyme disease Below is a list of some of our hospital services. We are excited to show you all that we have to offer. We are proud of our hospital, and would love to take you on a “behind the scenes” tour upon your request.
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Internal Medicine Surgery Dentistry Radiology
• Pet “drop-off” Service • Referral Consultation • Pharmaceuticals
823 Rohrerstown Road Lancaster, PA 17601 (717) 393-TAIL (8245) 64
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Hours: Monday-Wednesday 8AM-6PM Thursday-Friday 8AM-6PM Every other Saturday 8AM-12NOON
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