"Tails" From the Pink House Tammi’s Wildlife Rescue & Wellness Center, Inc. 1502 300th Ave Frederic WI 54837 715-327-4774 Spring 2013
With Spring Comes the Return of Fleas, Ticks and Mosquitoes
When Should I Step In, When Should I Leave the Animal Alone?
Ah, spring! The snow is melting, the grass is growing, the daffodils are in bloom, the apple trees have blossoms, AND all the bugs wake up. Such is the joy of living in the great north woods. With the bugs come lots and lots of diseases—heartworm disease, lymes disease, anaplasmosis, erlichiosis, flea infestations and intestinal parasites. That is why we stress the importance of prevention.
Spring will soon be upon us. With the sprout of new growth comes the return of migrating animals and the birth and dispersal of young animals and birds.
Keeping your pets healthy and parasite free is actually quite easy. We recommend that all dogs get screened for Heartworm and tick-borne diseases in the spring, but it can be done any time of the year. In order to get heartworm prevention medicines, we need to have a negative test within the past year. These screenings are a simple blood-draw in the clinic and the test takes five minutes to run. The heartworm prevention medicines we have also treat several intestinal parasites, killing two birds with one stone. If your dog is not currently vaccinated for lymes disease, we recommend this vaccination, especially if they spend any time in the woods or outdoors. Remember, there are even ticks in your backyard. We also recommend that stray cats being adopted get screened for feline leukemia and FIV (feline immunedeficiency virus). Unneutered male cats of breeding age are especially susceptible to these viruses and primarily spread these viruses through the feral cat populations. Both dogs and cats should start with flea, tick and heartworm prevention no later than April 1. These items can be picked up at the clinic during business hours.
Learning to interpret what animals need to be rehabbed and what should be left alone is tough, even for trained professionals and those with experience in animal and bird behavior. While we may think that a baby has been orphaned or left behind, sometimes the mother has just hidden it while she’s out hunting or gathering food. But sometimes, that baby really is in need of help. How do we know the difference? First, you need to know what is normal or expected for the species. You can search on-line for information about normal behavior, or call your local wildlife rehabilitator or biologist. They can help you determine if the animal is truly in need of assistance. Here are some tips to help determine if the young animal needs help or rehabilitation: If animal is visibly injured, call a wildlife rehabilitator. If there is no obvious injury, monitor the area for signs of the parents. If the parents aren’t around for an extended period of time, then carefully gather the animal and call a wildlife rehabilitator. If the parents are around, the baby should be fine. If there is evidence of trauma to the nest or den, attempt to repair it or mimic the nest and place it near where the baby was found. Place the baby in the nest and watch for the parents for a few hours. If they do not return, contact a wildlife rehabilitator. Baby bunnies that are 4-5 inches long, can hop, have open eyes, and ears that are up, do not need help. Also, rabbit mothers return at dawn and dusk, leaving the babies all day. Remember: A baby’s best chance of survival is its mother. If you need help determining if the animal needs assistance, call Tamara’s cell at 715-491-2352 or the clinic at 715-327-4774.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS SOUP DINNER
Lynn Schauls, President
FREDERIC SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Board of Directors:
Come for a delicious dinner to support TWRWC, Inc. GARAGE SALE (TENTATIVE ) MAY 2013
Who knows what treasures you’ll find at our garage sale? If you have something you’d like to donate for the sale, let us know! ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION J UNE 1, 2013 PULLORUM TESTING (TENTATIVE ) TH J UNE 8
For our Poultry people. FAMILY FUN-R UN (TENTATIVE ) J UNE 2013, FAMILY DAYS W EEKEND
A 5K fun-run for all ages! Use it as a training run or just an excuse to get some exercise. If you want, you can even walk the course! UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS AND DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FACEBOOK, OUR WEBSITE, AND IN ADVERTISING “LIKE” US ON FACEBOOK WWW .TAMMISWILDLIFERESCUE.COM E-MAIL : TAMMISWILDLIFE@GMAIL.COM
Anita Baker, Vice President Melissa Gibson, Treasurer Dawn Jacobsen, Secretary Diane Mork, Fundraising Coordinator Ways to help out: Tell your family and friends about us! Use “GoodSearch” as your internet search engine! Choose Tammi’s Wildlife Rescue and Wellness Center, Inc., as your charity of choice and every search earns us 1¢. Each search isn’t much, but it all adds up when we work together! Please consider a monetary or product donation for our wildlife or clinic. If interested, call for a list of needed items. Please consider donating items for our garage sale, or give us your scrap metal to recycle! We will pick up the items!
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