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FALL 2018 The Source for Pet and Animal Information in Lancaster County, PA

The Source for Pet and Animal Information in Lancaster County, PA

The Source for Pet and Animal Information in Lancaster County, PA

Special Pets with Special Needs

+ Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit + Omega Horse Rescue

plus Resources Events Pet Services and more...


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Rescue Highlight


8: Special Pets with Special Needs A duo of deaf and vision impaired Australian shepherds and a feline with amputated ears prove that pets don’t allow disabilities to hold them back. These incredible pets want to spread the word that adopting a pet with disabilities could be the best choice you’ve ever made. BY SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR


Letter From the Editor Your Pet is Perfect


Tips Quick facts about animals


Events Local events from October-December, 2018



The Good Stuff Our favorite products from around Lancaster

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit The Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit defends our county all while loving their life as working dogs. Learn more about what they do and how you can get involved.




Pet Lover Fabulous Feathered Friends

Community Interview with Willow Run Veterinary Clinic

20: Seasonal Fall tips and facts


Fun Focus Dressing Up Pets

24: Rescue Highlight Omega Horse Rescue


Special Pet Hospice

28: Ask the Expert Meet the newest K-9 sheriff, Diesel

Pet Care Questions


Training and Behavior Taming Alpacas


Health Fleas and ticks in fall


Critter Corner Snakes: Scary or Not?


Travel The Hotel Lancaster

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Pet Services Information on various local businesses


Around Lancaster Reader submitted fall photos

40: Information Pet resources and contact information

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YOUR PET IS PERFECT WHAT IS THE PERFECT PET? IT’S AN OLD ARGUMENT OF WHICH PET IS BEST cats or dogs? Purebred or mixed breed? Large or small? Pets come in such a wide variety when it comes to species, appearance, disposition, and care needs, that it seems impossible to pinpoint what a “perfect” pet is. However, as you will discover in this edition of Lancaster County Pet, "perfection" comes in a lot of forms. Out of the millions of pets in the United States, there has to be an incomparable pet somewhere among the mix - and he or she is probably staring right at you. I say it nearly every day that my dog, Tucker, is the best. It drives my family a bit crazy how much I praise this dog, but I am a firm believer I will never know or own another dog quite like Tucker. Sure, if I look from the outside, he has his quirks. He has health problems, he is very needy (in fact, he is staring at me right now wanting me to focus on him because he also knows he is the best), and, as much as I hate to admit it, he also doesn’t always listen. However, he is flawless to me. If you already own your exemplary pet, be it a cat, dog, rat, bird, or lizard, you know what I’m talking about. If you are still searching for your ideal pet, don’t take it as a daunting task. Think about what you want in a pet and perhaps look outside the box a little. The one important key to remember is to look for the right personality. Basing adoption on looks may cause you to miss out on that perfect friend that was sitting one kennel over. Remember, it can take time for a pet to adjust to your home and lifestyle, but the payoff comes when you realize all those little peculiarities your pet has are why you love them so much. In this edition of LCP, our main feature is on pets with special needs. You will meet Otitis, a feline without ears who, despite his appearance, was just the pet his owner needed. You will also meet Keller and Calamity, a duo of deaf and vision impaired dogs who prove every day that imperfections are sometimes what makes a pet so perfect for their family. This edition also includes stories on a variety of other pets including a working Sheriff’s office K-9, rescued horses, snakes, chickens, and much more. Here at LCP, we believe every pet is a beautiful member of our community, and we love to continue to share stories that show the variety in our companions. So sit down and cuddle up with your amazing best friend and enjoy this fall edition. We would love to hear from you about why your pet is perfect for your family!

Samantha St.Clair




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TipS to Tails

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MICROCHIPPING VS. A PET GPS TRACKER A microchip doesn't show location, but it does retain data and, when scanned, has your contact information. A tracking device will show real-time tracking and the precise location of your pet. A microchip is recommended and useful in the case that your pet is lost and found by a stranger, a GPS pet tracker will help you locate your pet in minutes if he’s wandered off on a minor (or major) adventure. THE MOST POPULAR PET IN EVERY STATE THAT AREN’T CATS OR DOGS... IN PENNSYLVANIA: IT’S THE FERRET.


Quick Facts About Pets

Did you know? All dogs three months of age or older must be licensed.

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Sharing the Bed Dogs seem to help us relax. A dog’s rhythmic breathing, when one lies next to you, can help lull you to sleep. In addition, being near a dog increases our flow of oxytocin, a hormone associated with affection and happiness. Go ahead and sleep with your dog—it’s perfectly safe, as long as you are both healthy according to recent research published by Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Got goats or thinking of getting a goat? Goats do make great pets, but it is important to learn all you can about them and their care before you commit. Some folks have house trained their goats. However, I recommend having them outside in a secure pen with secure fencing. Goats love to climb and can easily clear substantial heights. Provide a good shelter and lots of things to climb on, such as a kid’s treehouse playset. Goats come in varying sizes from very small to very large. They are also extremely smart animals. If you have committed to owning a goat, it really is best to have two, as they are herd creatures and do better in pairs. Like with any animal, make sure you purchase from a reputable breeder. Rescuing a goat from an auction may end up being a poor and costly decision as the history or health records may not be available. Before getting any livestock type of pet, make sure you are zoned to have them. Courtesy of Peggy Broome, Lil' Brown Goat Milk Soap 4 LANCASTER COUNTY PET

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Santa Claus is coming to Drake’s to take pictures with your beloved pets. Saturday, Nov 24th and Sunday, Nov 25th from 11am to 2pm. "In Loving Memory of Dylan”

All proceeds go to Pet Pantry of Lancaster County. Come out and support Pet Pantry.

PET SUPPLIES NUTRITIOUS FOOD & TREATS Monday thru Friday 9am-7pm | Saturday 9am-6pm | Closed Sunday 1874 Lincoln Hwy East, Lancaster, PA 17602 | 717.291.1131







BARK FOR LIFE OF LANCASTER AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY Manheim Township Community Park 209 Petersburg Road, Lancaster


PENN ANIMAL BLOOD BANK KPETS That Fish Place - That Pet Place 237 Centerville Road, Lancaster




TAILWAGGER'S TRICK OR TREAT HUMANE PENNSYLVANIA Buchanan Park 901 Buchanan Avenue, Lancaster


3RD IN THE BURG PITTIES.LOVE.PEACE Zeroday Brewing Company 250 Reily Street, #103, Harrisburg









IT'S A PET'S LIFE FESTIVAL CHARLES F. SNYDER FUNERAL HOMES AND LCP 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz 717.682.5866 BOW WOW BINGO 2018 LEO’S HELPING PAWS Ephrata Recreation Center 130 S Academy Drive, Ephrata THAT HOWL-O-WEEN PARTY! THAT FISH PLACE - THAT PET PLACE 237 Centerville Road, Lancaster



HOWLS & MEOWS BINGO BASH PET PANTRY OF LANCASTER COUNTY Lancaster Columbus Association 1575 New Danville Pike, Lancaster





NATIONAL DOG SHOW THE KENNEL CLUB OF PHILADELPHIA Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks 100 Station Avenue, Oaks THAT PET SHOW THAT FISH PLACE - THAT PET PLACE 237 Centerville Road, Lancaster




3RD ANNUAL PANCAKES FOR PITTIES PITTIES.LOVE.PEACE Brownstone Masonic Temple 215 W Governor Road, Hershey

SPECIAL HOLIDAY DATES KLEEN ACRES FARM HOLIDAY SHOP Opens November 23. Open Weekends. 390 Blue Lane, Columbia Contact 717.471.8634 for dates. CENTERVILLE PET RESCUE Santa Photos on Saturdays from 11am-3pm on 12/1, 12/8 & 12/15 and Wednesdays from, 4pm-8pm on 12/5, 12/12 & 12/19 237 Centerville Road, Lancaster *Events are subject to change. Please contact event host for updates.

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Special Pets with Special Needs Pets with disabilities proving differences are beautiful written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair


here are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to pets with disabilities. Beliefs range from thinking they are not easy to own, to wondering if they can be happy. If a pet can’t see, can’t hear, or needs a wheelchair or other support, are they able to live life to the fullest? The short answer is a resounding yes. After speaking with two owners of well known special needs advocate pets, it is apparent that when you open your heart and home to a pet with unique needs, you get more than just a companion. These two families teach us that animals are about what’s within, not what they are without.

King Otitis Otitis, an 11-year-old cat with quite the peculiar look, was left with the Feline Rescue Association of Baltimore after his previous owners were unable to afford vet care to treat his infected ears. Due to the extensive infection, Otitis needed to have his ears amputated. Molly Lichtenwalner, who now resides in Lancaster, had been battling anxiety after a car accident when she found Otitis’ profile on an adoption website. “I grew up with cats and have experience with deaf animals, so when I was looking for a cat to adopt to help calm my anxiety, I decided I wanted one that needed a special home. When I saw Otitis, I thought ‘I just have to meet this cat.’ I inquired about him, and I was the only one to apply to adopt him.” At first, Molly was uncertain when she brought him home. “I was told to keep him in a quiet, isolated room so he could adjust. It made me a little nervous, but Otitis completely broke those rules. He was king from day one.” Otitis quickly became a part of Molly’s family, zooming around her house, cuddling, and enjoying all the pleasures of having a loving home. “He was my last hope to get my anxiety in check. He will synch his purring with my breathing to help me calm down. Thanks to him, I am no longer battling the anxiety that followed me for four years after my accident. We needed each other.”

“When I saw Otitis, I thought ‘I just have to meet this cat.’ I inquired about him, and I was the only one to apply to adopt him.”

“The only limitations deaf cats have is they can’t free roam outdoors, and you have to be attentive to where they go in your house since you cannot call them. We know all of Otitis’ favorite spots, so he is easy for us to find. He also responds to vibrations.” Additionally, Otitis needs ongoing monitoring since the cysts in his ears can return, though he has only needed one intervention since being adopted. Aside from his appearance, it would be hard for someone looking at his life to know he was different from the average cat. Otitis loves his catnip banana, treats, people, and basking on the deck. “I think that animals with special needs have been through so much more, and have so much more love to give. People tell us all the time that Otitis is the best cat they’ve ever met, and because people see how great he is, they have been inspired to adopt pets with special needs as well. He is creating a change in how people perceive disabilities.”

Keller & Calamity Keller and Calamity of Keller’s Cause are prime examples of how genetics can play a role in disabilities. Keller and Calamity are known as double merles, which occur when breeding two merle patterned dogs together. In these litters, each puppy has a 25% chance of being a double merle. Double merles are often blind, deaf, or vision or hearing impaired; however, they are also entirely preventable through

educated breeding practices. Many double merles are culled, but the lucky ones get saved by rescue groups or caring individuals like Keller and Calamity’s owner, Amanda Fuller. “I saw Keller through a courtesy listing and fell in love with her. They didn’t say much about her, and I still don’t know her entire backstory, but I love Australian shepherds and wanted to add another one to my family,” Amanda explained. “The person who owned her litter was going to shoot her because of her disabilities, but thankfully they allowed me to take her instead. I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I knew that I loved her already.” Amanda learned that, although Keller has challenges, she is just like every other dog. “It seems a lot scarier to adopt a dog with disabilities than it is,” she said. “We love to show people how normal they are. Keller is just like other dogs of her breed. She is active and highly intelligent. She doesn’t know she has disabilities.” Through her experiences with Keller, Amanda knew she wanted to start advocating for double merles. She founded Keller’s Cause, which began as an educational platform and transformed into a rescue that helps special pets find their perfect forever homes. Thanks to Keller, she also added Calamity to her family. “Keller helped me find my passion in life, which is speaking up for dogs who have disabilities or impairments and teaching people that they can live normal, fulfilling, healthy and happy lives.” Keller and Calamity go above and beyond living average lives. While Keller is deaf and vision impaired, and Calamity is deaf and blind in one eye, both canines have trick titles, run agility, love to play and learn, and enjoy their regular outings to parks or events. “They are just a lot of fun,” Amanda said. “You have to communicate with them through visual and touch cues, and I honestly feel like they are more in tune with me than my normal dog.” Keller’s Cause participates in various events across the East Coast with their “Impaired, Who Cares?” demonstration that helps people see all of the possibilities these dogs have in life. “There is not a single thing Keller cannot do that my dog with normal hearing and vision can do, and we want people to see the potential in dogs who are a little different.”

To learn more about these two wonderful pet owners and the causes they support, visit and Take the time to discover for yourself what opening your heart to a pet with special needs will do for you and them. They deserve the chance to be seen and considered. Is a Pet with Special Needs for Me? Whether adopting a pet who is deaf, an amputee, blind, or in need of continued medical care, you should take into consideration the specific commitment they will need before adopting. Some pets with disabilities require ongoing medical care, behavioral help, and more time commitments, while others require no more time, effort, or financial burdens than your average pet. Researching a particular pet’s needs, adopting through a reputable rescue organization who you can speak to thoroughly about the pet, and understanding the circumstances will help you determine if adopting is right for you. LEFT TO RIGHT ON PAGE 10: OTITIS, OTITIS WITH MOLLY, OTITIS WITH THE CHILDREN'S BOOK ABOUT HIM TITLED "THE ADVENTURES OF OTITIS" LEFT TO RIGHT ON PAGE 11: AMANDA AND CALAMITY, KELLER SITTING PRETTY, CALAMITY AND KELLER

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Dog Boarding, Daycare, Training and Spa Since 2000 Wendy has brought quality training classes and daycare services to dog owners in Lancaster County. Our new location has allowed us to expand our successful day care program by offering both indoor and outdoor play, swimming, activities such as barn hunt, and the ability to also care for your dog while you are away. Our facility is climate controlled and offers a full sized obedience ring with rubber flooring for comfort and safety.

"The rescue is easy, being ALL IN for change is where the hoof meets the road." All In Rescue is a non-profit assisting at-risk horses providing housing, care, and training to reenergize and rehome each individual horse to provide them with the best quality of life. We rescue from private homes, at risk situations as well as slaughterlines. • 717-696-2929 Donations: Members 1st Bank for All In Rescue Inc. 815 East Main Street, Mount Joy, PA 17552



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make great pets for children, as Christina’s five-year-old daughter, Gwen, loves the birds as much as her mom does. “She was afraid of them when we first got them but now she’s a pro chicken catcher.”


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Chickens make ideal farmette pets HILE CHRISTINA AND HER family have a multitude of pets, including dogs, cats, and a rabbit, the chickens in their backyard are among her family’s favorites. These feathered family members were something Christina always dreamed of owning and has only fallen more in love with since adding them to her yard.



written by Samantha St.Clair

“I have loved chickens since I was a little girl,” she explained. “My mom always said no to owning them, so as soon as my family got our house, I had to get some.” Christina currently owns 15 chickens, which include red sex links, Bantams, Ameraucanas, and Welsummers. “They are very entertaining and calming to watch and spend time with.” They also

“They are perfect for our micro farm,” Christina added. These low maintenance, hardy animals don’t need a significant amount of room and are happy as long as they have some time to run free in the yard. If you’re on a tight budget, another perk of chickens is how cheap they are to keep. You can feed them table scraps while supplementing chicken feed to ensure they receive the nutrients they need. Perhaps best of all is that chickens always give back to their owners. Hens will provide fresh eggs for your family and friends, and they are also experts at pest control, eating bugs such as ticks and mosquitos out of the yard. Christina recommends that anyone wanting to add chickens to their yard look into the different breeds that are out there and find one that will fit the space they can provide. There are many breeds that come in some amazing appearances, but they all have some different needs and personalities that may not suit everyone. Some municipalities may not allow any chickens, or may not allow roosters, so it is important to always check with local regulations before adding any farm animal to your property. “I also encourage people to check out Facebook groups dealing with chicken care, because they are a never-ending source of information whenever you have questions.” For Christina, she plans to build onto her small flock over time. “I would really love to get Jersey giants and Brahmas… who am I kidding, I want all of the chicken breeds!”

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Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit Working canines protecting the citizens of Lancaster County

written by Samantha St.Clair | photographed by Samantha St.Clair


VERY DOG HAS A JOB. For some pups, it is warming their owner’s lap or participating in sports. For others, such as K-9 Diesel and K-9 Edik, it is protecting the county from bomb threats, supporting a positive connection with the community through demonstrations, and tracking criminals. These two superheroes are part of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, and they, along with their handlers, have made it their life’s work to keep Lancaster a safe place to reside.


HISTORY In February of 1998, handler Deputy Marc Lancaster and his black lab partner, Kayla, formed the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit. Today, Sgt. David Bolton and Deputy David Cole and their respective K9s, Diesel and Edik, form the unit. Previously Sgt. Bolton handled K-9s Cobra and Ronin. K-9 Ronin was retired earlier this year with accomplishments including working 70 bomb threats, 78 demonstrations, and over 1,000 warrant services during his active years from October 30, 2009, to February 23, 2018. K-9 Diesel has some big paws to fill but has done an excellent job his first year thus far in his role as Sgt. Bolton’s new partner.

The current K-9s both come from working dog lineages and have gone through extensive training to get to where they are today. K-9 Edik is a 5-year-old shepherd and Malinois mix from the Czech Republic, while Diesel is a two-year-old Dutch bred Malinois who received his training and certification through a two-week course from K-9 Tactical of Iowa. ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY The primary role both K-9s have in the community is in explosive detection. With only a couple of other bomb detection dogs in the county, they are kept busy searching bomb threat locations to ensure civilian safety. They are also certified for patrol work, tracking, building searches, and deputy protection.

“Ronin retired to live with me,” Sgt. Bolton explained. While Ronin was reluctant to retire at first, he now lives out his days enjoying the comfort of a relaxed life. He and his new housemate Diesel get along well, and Ronin has adjusted to allowing Diesel to go to work without him. “These dogs love their work, so it was a big change for Ronin, but he was ready for retirement.”

“These dogs will do anything for us,” Sgt. Bolton said. “They are amazing at locating criminals and explosives for our office and can do the footwork of multiple officers. A search that would take us an hour can take them fifteen minutes. They also keep us safe from threats by searching out ahead of us. It is uncanny what they can do with their senses.” Both K-9 officers keep their handlers guarded and catch criminals swiftly and efficiently. The dogs deserve a lot of credit for the hard work they do for the Sheriff’s Office. Their role in the community extends beyond maintaining the law. “Demonstrations and speaking to people are essential,” Sgt. Bolton explained. “We want to maintain a positive relationship with people in Lancaster County.” They perform demonstrations at public events and love to teach

people about the importance of maintaining K-9 teams in the area. “Our K-9s are taught to be sociable and friendly when interacting with the general public,” Sgt. Bolton said. “They have a great off switch, and they know how to switch gears for their differing jobs.” OPPOSITE: SGT. BOLTON WITH K-9 DIESEL LEFT TO RIGHT ON PAGE 11: K-9 RONIN, K-9 EDIK, K-9 DIESEL

SUPPORT THE LANCASTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE K-9 UNIT The K-9 officers are an invaluable asset to the Sheriff’s office, and couldn’t continue their work without generous donations from individuals and businesses. The program is run solely through donations that pay for training, vet bills, and other necessities for the dogs’ care. Diesel and Edik are a much-needed part of the force, and they and their partners are thankful for the continued support from the community. “I’ve been doing this job for 16 years, and it’s the best job in law enforcement,” Sgt. Bolton said. “You are a team with your canine partner. I’m with Diesel 24/7. I see him more than I see my family. I know he has my back at all times. It’s unexplainable just how incredible this work and having him by my side is.” You can show your support by attending demonstrations, speaking with the teams, purchasing merchandise, and sending monetary donations. Monetary donations can be sent to: Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, 50 N. Duke Street Lancaster, PA 17602

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LCP: What services are provided by WRVC? KR: We pride ourselves on providing general care services that include wellness exams, routine surgeries, and dentals, as well as care for our sick or injured patients. Our team of doctors also perform more complex surgical procedures. This allows us the opportunity to offer very well-rounded veterinary care. Our clinic also includes a pharmacy, in-house lab, and digital x-ray services. Our x-ray services include dental x-rays, which allow us to offer complete dental care and discover problems hiding below the gum line.



LCP: What do clients love about the clinic? KR: We are like family. We have many clients that began coming to Willow Run not long after Dr. Abel opened the practice, and many had small children at the time. It really is touching to see how it has come full circle. Those small children are now adults, and they are bringing their own pets here. Despite how busy we can get sometimes, we remain a down to earth, family practice that our clients have been coming to for years.


More about WRVC...

(Interview with Practice Manager Kim Rennewanz)

M KNOWLEDGEABLE: With eight veterinarians on staff, you can count on your pet receiving the best treatment, no matter how difficult the case.

WILLOW RUN VETERINARY CLINIC is a full-service small animal clinic and hospital that treats dogs, cats, and pocket pets. The staff at WRVC understand the special bond people have with their pets, so they consider them like family, too. When it comes to choosing a veterinarian for your pet, you can count on WRVC to do everything they can to treat and prevent health problems all while maintaining a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

LCP: What are the main priorities

LCP: What can people expect their

of Willow Run Veterinary Clinic? KR: Dr. Frank Abel opened the clinic in 1978 with the belief that all pets deserve to receive care. While he recently retired, we plan to continue on his path of providing care to clients when they need it. We make ourselves accessible to all of our clients and put pets first. It’s been that way for 40 years, and we aren’t about to change that!

experience to be like when they bring their pet in for services? KR: We have a family-friendly environment and we pride ourselves in getting to know our clients and patients. Our veterinarians provide options while giving clients the information they need to understand their pet's health, which ensures that we get the right treatment plan in place. We want our clients to feel comfortable and confident in the choices they make regarding their pet's care.


M CUSTOMERS: WRVC clients love their services so much that the clinic has been voted best in Lancaster for four years in a row. M STAFF: Staff members love their jobs, and it shows! Some have worked at WRVC for over 15 years. M UPDATES: WRVC plans to add additional veterinarians to their clinic and building updates will provide extra space for the comfort of clients.

WillowRun Veterinary Clinic 717.464.3424

We believe in providing the most advanced care for the most reasonable prices, understanding that pets are also family, but nobody has unlimited funds. We feel the same way about our pets. Basic Grooming • Boarding Dental Care Vaccinations & Wellness Care Micro-chipping Digital Radiography Routine & Specialized Surgeries Surgical & Therapeutic Lasers

$25 off first visit for new clients. Expires: 12/31/18 1833 Lincoln Highway East Lancaster, PA 17602 (717) 393-2444 (Call for hours of operation)

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FALL 2018 7 FALL PET SAFETY TIPS 1. Anti-freeze dangers: Cats and dogs are known to be attracted to this sweet substance, but ingesting it is lethal. Check your car for leaks and ensure all bottles are where your pets can't reach them. 2. Don’t leave your pets outside for prolonged periods of time. It doesn’t have to be Winter for it to get cold--especially for puppies, senior pets and smaller animals.

3. Halt shaving if you normally shave your dog for the summer. It’s important to let them start to grow their coat back for the late fall and winter season. 4. Plan ahead and make arrangements with your dog walker, pet sitter, or daycare in advance of the holiday season. These services will get busy as the festivities begin, so it’s a good idea to avoid the stress and have everything set well ahead of time.

5. Inform your guests in advance if your pet has special needs or is afraid of strangers. Fall celebrations such as Thanksgiving and Halloween often mean people will come over, and it’s best that they understand your pet’s comfort level before they come in and get into your pet's personal space.

Fall Horse Diet Changes Among the many changes the fall season brings in, changing up some of your horse’s care is something to consider. For starters, remember that, just like us, our horses tend to be less active in the cooler months. This means it’s important to make diet changes to adjust caloric intake to reflect your horse’s activity level and prevent weight gain. Additionally, pay close attention to exactly what your horse is eating. As the fall season begins, pastures start to lose their green goods. This can lead to your horse trying out some other plants that they normally wouldn’t, including potentially poisonous ones. Begin supplementing their diet with hay long before their pasture is bare.

6. If you are big on guests coming over, it’s also important to ensure there is no way for your pet to escape out your door. With people coming and going, mistakes can happen, so make sure your pet is either gated off or crated while guests are coming and going.

7. Avoid or be smart with certain decorations. Shiny decorations look like fun toys, but they obviously are not made for pets to play with. Keep them out of reach, or if your pet is particularly rambunctious, plan around them and use safer decorations.


FALL READING Patti Kerr is committed to donating a portion of every book purchased directly from her at an event or on this website to animals in need. She has donated to over fifty different rescues around the country. The Magical Dogs books are available on her website: Patti Kerr is an author, speaker, educator, and animal advocate


For many pet lovers, one of our favorite holiday traditions is watching the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving. However, why not visit the show in person? The National Dog Show is hosted at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks and features over 150 breeds and varities of dogs that will remain benched throughout the day on November 17 & 18. You can get up close and personal with your favorites, and probably find a few new favorites, too!

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t began with a dog found lying in a puddle by the side of the road. The dog was found alone on a cold winter morning and immediately people came together to figure out what happened, to find the dog’s owners, and to ensure the dog received the medical care he needed. On the day author Patti Kerr met this dog, she began a magical journey of connecting the dots between people, dogs and rescues—and PATTI KERR uncovering stories of dogs who were impacting the lives of people as well as people and rescues who were impacting the lives of dogs. There’s also information and advice to help ensure the ongoing safety, health, happiness and welfare of dogs—as well as those who love and care for them. To order a signed copy of Magical Dogs (great holiday gift for any dog lover!) or schedule a booksigning or fundraiser for your rescue or organization, please contact me. A portion of every book purchased from my website is donated to animal rescue and organizations.



DrESSING UP PETS Keeping the holidays fun written by Samantha St.Clair

S HALLOWEEN APPROACHES, you may be looking at the costume section of your favorite pet store while thinking your dog would look adorable as a witch or hotdog. Before you think about tossing a cute outfit on your pet, however, think about how your pet will feel about the experience. Will he have fun, too? The good news is, for most dogs, it is easy to turn anything into fun, even wearing clothes! Below are a few tips to make Halloween enjoyable, not terrifying, for your four-legged friend:


Make it a fun experience. Think about other objects that make your dog experience excitement. Take a leash, for example. For a pooch that gets regular walks, they may start doing a happy dance when they see you touch their leash; this is the same reaction they should have when they notice you gathering props and costumes. Every time your dog wears something, you should make it out to be the greatest thing he’s ever done. Praise him, give him treats, and let him know you are proud of him! Take it slow. Nothing is worse than putting clothes on a dog who is hunkered over, head hanging low with a look of disgust on their face. Get a bag of treats and start small with something like a headband. Place it on his head and immediately praise and reward him, and take it off. Keep doing this while leaving it on for more extended periods of time as he gets used to the feeling of something strange on him. Stay positive. Do not get annoyed if your best friend decides to fling his hat off for the tenth time. Simply try again when he tosses it off, and praise him enthusiastically when he leaves it on. With all you


are putting him through, the least he deserves is your patience! Yelling at your pet for not cooperating will only lead to your dog dreading similar experiences in the future. Remember, this is all for something fun, so make it feel like a game, not a chore! Make it temporary. No matter how used to being dressed up your dog becomes, never make it a permanent or long fixture. Dogs cannot communicate appropriately in full costumes, get hot quickly, and tire of having accessories on them all the time. It is a good idea to get a head start on desensitizing your pup for wearing their

outfit during Halloween festivities. It could take a few days, or a few weeks before she sees it as another trick in her lineup of commands. When your pup is used to and comfortable with what you are doing with her, she will have a good time and her happiness will make that adorable costume all the more charming. Remember to stay in tune with how your dog is feeling. If she appears to be stressed and not enjoying herself, take a break and re-evaluate if it is worth it to dress your pup up. Every dog is different, so while some will adore the attention, others may take a while longer to adjust. Stay positive, stay happy, and most importantly, stay aware of your dog’s comfort!

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Omega Horse Rescue Committed to providing humane treatment for all equines written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair

Current estimates on the number of unwanted horses in the United States are at around 200,000 annually.


MEGA HORSE RESCUE IS A NON-PROFIT organization located in Airville, Pennsylvania. At any given time the rescue is home to approximately 20 horses, most of whom were slaughter bound. Omega Horse Rescue has operated for over seven years, with its director, Kelly Smith, involved in horse rescue for over 24 years. “I believe that every person has a purpose, everybody has a cross to bear, and mine is to rescue horses,” Kelly said.

“The hardest part of this work is choosing which horses to save,” Kelly said. “There are so many horses that need homes; it is never-ending.”

The mission of the rescue is to educate the public on the responsibilities of horse ownership, legislate for the humane treatment of horses, and rehabilitate and rehome horses in need. The Horses Omega Horse Rescue (OHR) primarily rescues horses from kill pens but also takes in owner surrenders and abuse and neglect cases. “People assume that rescue horses have problems, but the majority of the horses we pull are young and healthy and just need training,” Kelly said. Racehorses with injuries, pregnant mothers, and horses whose owners unknowingly sold them to kill buyers are some common themes among the equines in their care. “We take in any breeds, from ponies to draft horses. If we think we can rehabilitate them and we have space and funds, we save them.” When horses arrive at OHR, they receive veterinary care and a start in their training. OHR works with several training barns that prepare horses for their forever homes. “The best part about rescuing is watching the horses transform throughout their time here and in their new homes," Kelly said. The work OHR does is proof that slaughter bound equines are not all sick, injured, or poorly behaved, but rather have something beautiful hidden within that is allowed to flourish with some love and commitment. “Each transformation can take months to over a year, but the results are completely worth it. We give these horses a chance at a productive and fulfilling life.” OHR equines have gone on to become trail horses, show horses, and best friends of both young and experienced riders. “The hardest part of this work is choosing which horses to save,” Kelly said. “There are so many horses that need homes; it is never-ending. Unfortunately, we have limited space and resources. To resolve this problem, it takes more than rescuing. It takes education and a willingness of community members to work toward change.” It Takes a Community If there is hope for change in the future, it requires everyone becoming involved in some way. “At the end of the day, there aren’t enough of us involved in rescue, and we can only do so much,” Kelly explained. While not everyone is expected to go out and rescue horses, there are so many ways that people can prevent the problems that result in rescue organizations needing to exist.

Much of what OHR does is education. “I like to remind people that just like with cats and dogs, there is horse overpopulation in this country. There simply aren’t enough homes for the amount of horses born every year. Responsible breeding practices go a long way to ending overpopulation.” Kelly also stresses the importance of planning for your horse’s future. It is a sad but too common scenario where someone’s beloved horse is later found in a kill pen. “Be careful who you sell your horse to and freeze brand them so people like us can find their origins and contact you if we find them at kill pens. Also, make sure you have a buyback clause and take it to a notary for signing. If the person you are selling to is not willing to do that much, then be wary.” Kelly suggests a better alternative to selling is making sure you set aside money for a retirement or euthanasia fund so your horse can live out his life in comfort.

If you want to help, spreading awareness is a great place to start. You can also get involved with Omega Horse Rescue by volunteering around the barn or at events. “My volunteers keep the rescue operating. I couldn’t save as many horses as I do without them,” Kelly said. Since the rescue cares for over 100 horses a year under private funding, monetary donations are greatly appreciated. If you would like to learn more about adopting and spreading awareness, visit

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Pet Hospice An emerging field offering end-of-life and after loss support for pets and their families

written by Kathryn Jennings, CPLP, CPFE President & Founder, Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support

NOT TOO LONG AGO, A DIFFICULT PET diagnosis or aging concerns left pet families with few options for end-of-life, pain management or emotional support. But in the last several years, with advances in palliative and mobile veterinary services, a new field has emerged—the field of pet hospice. Pet hospice is care that is focused on meeting the needs of pets and their families during the final stages of incurable disease. A compassionate hospice team including veterinary professionals and support service providers offer assistance in providing quality of life for the patient that includes palliative care and preparation for death [with or without intervention]. The hospice team’s goal is to guide pet families in making decisions about where and when to say goodbye and making final arrangements for burial or cremation. They also validate and support the emotional needs of pet caregivers and families. When quality of life can still be maintained, pet hospice offers an alternative to premature euthanasia. Choosing pet hospice Some pet families may elect to pursue treatment options throughout the course of a terminal disease such as cancer, while other families may elect not to do so for a variety of reasons such as a poor

prognosis or financial constraints. Either way, pet families have the goal in hospice to provide comfort care while they are preparing for their pet’s end-of-life experience. Providing a path of least regrets for families during decision making at this time is paramount.

care. There are veterinary studies that indicate that pets offered hospice care actually live longer even with incurable diseases. Pet families are fortunate that veterinary teams now have an enhanced opportunity to provide a better quality of life at a pet’s end-of-of life

Benefits of pet hospice care There are several benefits to offering hospice to pet families. Probably the most important, is simply education. Providing families with vital information about the progress of a pet’s illness or disease is vital to hospice care. Giving families as much information as possible as early as possible in the course of a terminal illness allows them to make informed decisions on behalf of their pets as well as determine their future care. Decisions such as when to stop treatment and when to euthanize are some of the most difficult and emotional decisions a pet’s family is faced with. Unfortunately, these tough decisions often are made during the last days of a pet’s life. Pet hospice focuses on decisions such as these ahead of time in order for a more peaceful end-of-life experience for both the pet and its family.

Support for families during hospice care On-going support during hospice care is vital for the pet’s family during their caregiving experience and anticipatory grief journey. It is important for families to be connected with support resources when they are faced with making end-oflife decisions. These resources include in-person support groups, grief counselors, online support chats and social media communities of pet families which help them cope with their anticipatory grief and give them an atmosphere of empathy, understanding and support.

In pet hospice care, the pet’s veterinary team and the family’s support team concentrate on the comfort of a pet through pain management, nutrition, and comfort

For more information on if or when pet hospice may be the right choice for you and your pet, contact Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support. Day By Day offers compassionate support to caregivers through the grief that comes before, during and after the loss of a beloved pet.


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PEt Care Keeping your pet well adjusted written by Dr. Luke Badman B.S., D.C.



The American College of Physicians, the largest group of medical specialists, recommend chiropractic or spinal manipulation as a first line of care for pain. Our pets are no exception. We have a plan in place if our children get into trouble or get injured, why would we not do the same for our pets? Having a plan in place for when “Buttercup” gets into trouble is a smart idea. In fact, veterinarians prefer a conservative approach. Chiropractic is the only conservative approach to address functional deficiencies in our pets.

Chiropractic is needed for: • Abnormal gait with walking or running • Abnormal posture when sitting or standing • Reluctance to move • Difficulty climbing up and down stairs • Difficulty standing up or lying down • Hunched back • Sensitive to touch • Unable to jump • Yelps when picked up Proper planning prevents poor performance in any walk of life. Chiropractic adjustments stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself. So visit your chiropractor today for true healing that comes from the inside out. M Family Chiropractic Wellness Center


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Taming Alpacas Learn how to interact with these magnificent herd animals written by Samantha St.Clair

LPACAS ARE UNDOUBTEDLY adorable, fluffy animals, but they are also shy and flighty. By nature, they are not outgoing, which is why if you plan to own or visit some, you should take into consideration the appropriate ways of interacting with them to make for the most rewarding time shared together.

“Another good tool is food. Alpacas will do anything for food,” Patty explained. “If you keep grain around for treats, it will make gaining their trust much easier. Food is also perfect for getting them to come to you when you need them. If they hear the grain canister shaking, they will come running.” Keeping track of their body language is another way to know if you are heading in the right direction. Spitting is one way for them to let you know they are scared. Alpacas will also give warning calls to their herd if they believe something is threatening.


“The best way to tame an alpaca is to work with them immediately after they are born,” Patty McKonly, owner of Kleen Acres Farm, explained. “Their mothers do not tend to them after they are born, so it leaves an opportunity for you to start with handling them very early. If we are here when ours are born, we bring them into the barn to start petting and rubbing them to get them used to us. They are much friendlier when first born, so if you can, start working with them from day one.” Once a little older, introducing a halter in small steps is important to ensure they are easier to handle for shearing and vet work later. When you cannot get them young, they are much more timid, especially if their

previous home did not put time into handling them. “The philosophy with alpacas is that they will want to get away from you first. They run, they do not fight, and they startle very easily. Alpacas do not like the chaos of loud sounds and fast movements,” Patty said. So to begin, when you are around alpacas it is essential that you are calm in your movements and voice.

“Happy alpacas will hum,” Patty said. “And as long as they aren’t running away or showing any other defensive postures, you will know you are doing well with them.” While it can take alpacas some time to get used to people, and they may never be cuddly, with some patience, they are fascinating animals that are wonderful to have around. M Visit or call

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It’s Fall…And Fleas and Ticks Are Still Biting! Important facts to remember when it comes to these pests written by Bryan Langlois, DVM

HE FALL BRINGS US GREAT scenery, pumpkin EVERYTHING, cooler temperatures, and yes… fleas and ticks! Many people seem to feel that if the temperature starts to drop they can forgo their pet’s proper flea and tick preventatives because the nasty little critters either die off or go dormant. Well, if you take nothing else away from this article, remember this. If it is 37 degrees or warmer outside fleas are active and biting. So just because we are getting out those warmer sweaters and jackets, don’t think your pets are not being affected. Considering this winter is projected to be on the mild side, it is imperative that you speak with your veterinarian about keeping your pet on flea and tick prevention the entire year. For dogs or cats that are susceptible to allergic responses from flea bites, as little as one flea can set them off, so there is no reason to chance it.


It often is not enough to just treat your pet if you see fleas or ticks on them. If you have multiple pets in your home, you must manage all of them, or you will not solve anything. Thorough cleaning of your house is imperative as well, to make sure you take care of any possible reservoirs of flea eggs and larvae. If you live in a more wooded area, the fall is an excellent time to clear a lot of the brush and taller grass that has enjoyed a summer of growing near the edges of your home and property. Doing so will reduce the chances of ticks being in the immediate area where they can attach to your pet or even you. Remember that ticks cannot “jump” as fleas do. They merely climb to the top of these blades of grass or other shrubs and reach out with their


front legs, hoping to hitch a ride as your furry friend frolics past. Everyone knows the risk ticks can present in the transmission of diseases such as Lyme and others, so why even take that risk? Finally, I wanted to take this time to reiterate two critical points. The first is that there is a difference between flea baths/powders/spays and the monthly spot-on products/oral chews or long-acting collars. The former are known as “knockdown” products and only work on the fleas or ticks currently on your pet. Once that product is washed off or removed, there is no more repellant or killing activity, so any new fleas/ticks can hop back on board. The monthly preventatives are truly that, “preventing” fleas and ticks from being an issue on your pet for a month or more depending on the product. The second, and perhaps most crucial point you must remember, is never to use any flea/tick preventative that is meant for dogs on cats! I just dealt with a case this past week of an owner who bought a canine flea prevention product and put in on her cat. There is a chemical in these products called “pyrethrin” which is safe for dogs but causes a severe and sometimes lifethreatening perpetual muscle tremor reaction in cats. In this cat’s case, it took over 36 hours of sedation and supportive care before the toxin left her system. Look all over any flea/tick prevention product for the ingredient “pyrethrin,” and do not use it on cats! For advice on the best products to use on your pet, always ask your local veterinarian. Let’s all enjoy the fall season free from the annoyance of fleas and ticks.

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Licking keeping you up at night? Skin allergies and skin infections are ranked at the top of the list among dog insurance claims submitted in the country. Itchy pets are hard to ignore. Itchiness presents in many different forms in dogs and cats, and they are not always so obvious to the untrained eye. So often we hear owners say “they keep me up all night chewing and licking themselves” or “he licks his paws, it's just something he has always done”. Allergy symptoms in dogs and cats can include but are not limited to itching, red/irritated/crusty skin, chewing paws, and hair loss. Allergies can be caused by many things such as, pollens and dust mites, food, and even fleas. Identifying and treating the source of an allergy can be tricky, and there is no quick fix. Luckily, there have been new advancements in veterinary medicine to help improve the quality of life for you and your itchy pet. Cytopoint is a newer product that we offer. It begins working within 1 day, safe for all ages, and can be used in conjunction with other medications. Schedule your pets wellness exam today!

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Snakes: Scary or Not? Understanding these misunderstood reptiles written by Samantha St.Clair

PHIDIOPHOBIA, THE FEAR OF snakes, consistently ranks among the top ten phobias people experience. Whether it’s because these creatures are famously known for having venomous bites, or because people are afraid of them slithering into their homes, snakes have a bad reputation. However, they are anything but bad for the environment, or as pets, when treated with respect, curiosity, and understanding.


“Animals in our environment each play an important role in maintaining the ecosystem, and when one disappears, it’s noticeable,” Jesse Rothacker, President of Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary noted. Snakes are excellent at population control of small animals such as rats and mice, and when people continually remove and kill snakes, there is a marked increase in rodent troubles. Common snake species in Pennsylvania include the Eastern

Jesse assures people that bites are rare occurrences. “Bites generally happen when first reaching into their tank to get them out, and it’s an accident, not out of aggression. I suggest rubbing them with a paper towel roll or something similar to let them know it is not feeding time, so they do not accidentally bite you.” Once out of their tanks, snakes are known by those who love them for their peaceful natures. “They are great pets to hang out with. They will gladly stay with you while you work at your desk, watch a movie on the couch, or read a book in your favorite chair. They are misunderstood by many as being aggressive when they are very passive animals.”

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THE HOTEL LANCASTER A holiday getaway with exciting updates TRAVELING FOR THE HOLIDAYS CAN be stressful, but there are some ways to ease that stress. Staying at a hotel that caters to you and your pets helps you relax when you get to your destination, and The Hotel Lancaster continues to be a premier hotel for pet owners in the heart of downtown Lancaster. While The Hotel Lancaster is undergoing some changes, they plan to remain pet-friendly, so precious furry family members don't have to be left behind during family travels. Of course, as important as it is to bring pets on trips, it’s also important for pet parents to be pampered. “We are excited to announce all of our new changes that are coming within the next several months,” Gary Davis, Director of Sales at The Hotel Lancaster said. “We will adding a pool, meeting room space, and a restau-


rant, in addition to expanding our lobby.” The restaurant will be called The Imperial and will be a world fusion style eating experience with the best recipes from multiple cultures. “The restaurant should be open just in time for the holidays in November or December, while pool construction will finish in January or February, and renovations for the lobby and meeting room space will end by May.” One aspect that won’t be changing is the pet policy. “We will continue to allow furry guests; we love having them here.” The Hotel Lancaster gives each canine guest a treat upon arrival as staff members treat them like royalty. “Everyone working here gets excited when we have pet guests,” Gary said. Additional pet amenities include a multitude of local dog parks, plenty of pet-oriented shopping

experiences within driving distance of the hotel, and a lot of fun places to walk in the festive downtown area. Pets must be only dogs that are 25 pounds or less, for an additional charge of $25 per night that goes toward keeping pet designated rooms in top shape for future guests. “We ask to be informed if you are bringing a pet with you when you book your room so we can get the perfect room set up for your family,” Gary said. For the pet’s safety and the safety of other guests, The Hotel Lancaster asks that all pets remain on leashes and that pets are not left alone in their room. The holidays are about spending time with family, and your pet should be a part of that. Book your getaway by visiting

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Rescue/ShelteR resources

2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue Foster network for dogs PO Box 549 • Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Kitty Colony, Inc. Rescue the abandoned, the unwanted, the unloved – the cats that need us PO Box 243, Holtwood, PA 17532

All In Rescue Rescuing horses from the slaughter line, rehabbing and finding forever homes 1140 Union School Road Mount Joy, PA 17552

ORCA Rescue any ill, or injured, or in-distress animal (domestic or wildlife), stray or abandoned 401 E Orange Street • Lancaster, PA 17602 717.397.8922 •

A Tail to Tell Puppy Mill Rescue Dedicated to freeing dogs from the horrors of the puppy mills PO Box 524 • Mt. Gretna, PA 17064

Pet Pantry of Lancaster County Meeting the needs of animals/families 26 Millersville Road • Lancaster, PA 17603 717.983.8878 •

United Against Puppy Mills Elimination of puppy mills PO Box 7202 • Lancaster, PA 17604

Angels Among Us Animal Sanctuary Senior dog rescue PO Box 1063 • Quentin, PA 17083

Phoenix Assistance Dogs Training assistance dogs for people in need 230 Manor Avenue • Millersville, PA 17551


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Pitties.Love.Peace, Inc. To provide a safe haven for pit bull and pit bull mix dogs in need PO Box 534 • Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Centerville Pet Rescue Rescue, care, and re-homing of unwanted pets 237 Centerville Road, Suite 7 Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.405.3425

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Dedicated to the Lifetime Health of your Pets. Proudly serving the Lancaster community for 48 years and counting! 2555 Lititz Pike Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601 (717) 569-5381




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Dedicated to the Lifetime Health of your Pets. Proudly serving the Lancaster community for 48 years and counting!

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2555 Lititz Pike Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601 (717) 569-5381

Lancaster County Pet Fall 2018  
Lancaster County Pet Fall 2018