Sweet Success: Chloe

44996426_647157105678160_2609645553801232384_nWritten by loving adopter, Olivia M.

It’s been about a month since I got Chloe and I’m so happy I did, definitely one the best decisions I’ve made! She is the sweetest little dog and loves to cuddle. Her favorite thing is going on our daily walks. Chloe is so smart and she’s learning new things everyday. She loves everyone she meets and has gotten a lot better about jumping. I couldn’t imagine my life without her, thank you Butte Humane Society!

Volunteer Spotlight: Gianna H.

image1Gianna started volunteering at BHS in September as a requirement for class, but she plans to keep volunteering for as long as she lives in Chico. Her favorite part about volunteering is knowing that she is a part of something larger in the community. She said, “helping such a great organization behind the scenes is so rewarding!”

She spends most of her time volunteering in the Administration Office because there is always plenty to help with! But, nothing makes her happier than interacting and socializing with both the cats and dogs. They are always so happy to have company, and she loves getting know their personalities.

She has two dogs, Duncan and Bruce (who enjoys sleeping with his tongue out). They’re the highlight of her day, every day.

Thank you for your dedication to BHS, Gianna! We truly appreciate you!

Clinic Corner: Pet Obesity

November E-News

It is often said that pets with a little extra “fluff” just makes them extra cute, but did you know that obesity in cats and dogs can lead to long term medical issues and shorter lifespans? It is estimated that 58% of cats and 53% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight! Dogs and cats that have put on some extra pounds are more likely to suffer from arthritis earlier in life. Cats in particular are also highly susceptible to diabetes, and can have difficulty grooming themselves (which is an essential trait of a healthy cat). Often, contributing factors to having overweight pets are things like over-feeding, “free feeding” (i.e. letting your pet eat as much as they want whenever they want as opposed to have a scheduled feeding time with measured amounts of food based on your pets weight/age), lack of exercise, and giving too many high calorie treats or table scraps. If you think your pet may be overweight, there are some steps you can take to help them slim back down to a healthy weight for their breed. The first step is to make an appointment with a veterinarian to determine just how overweight your pet is, and make sure that there are no underlying health problems that have been caused by their excess weight- that way a plan can be put together to get your pet back on track to a healthy weight. At home, things like increasing activity levels, cutting back on the amount of treats per day, and following a measured guideline for feeding the appropriate amount of calories for the weight your pet should be at are easy and afforadable ways to help cut back on extra pounds. Want more info? Check out this article on the AVMA website! If you would like to set up an exam to assess your pet’s weight and get them on track to better health. Please contact our clinic for an exam at 530.343.7917 x 202.

Dental Care

October E-News

Your pet’s dental care doesn’t have to be scary! Did you know that just like people, our dogs and cats get plaque, gingivitis, and ultimately dental disease? Regular dental care is key to keeping your pet happy and healthy for life. The Butte Humane Society Clinic offers affordable dental care for your pets including cleanings and extractions and can provide education on how to care for your pet’s teeth at home! Some facts: By Age 3, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs will have a form of dental disease; “Doggy Breath” is not normal and is a sign of dental disease; Regular dental care can help your pet live up to 20% longer; If left untreated, dental disease can effect your pet’s vital organs. We recommend dental exams for all cats and dogs two years and older, and in-home brushing is recommended 2-3 times a week starting at five months old. If treatment is needed, our veterinarian will create a treatment plan that is customized to fit your pet’s needs. Is your pet over 2 year old and never had a dental exam? Now is the perfect time to get on track with managing your pet’s dental health! Call us to schedule your appointment today at 530-343-7917 x 202.

Sweet Success: Pumpkin & Raven

IMG_8330Written by loving adopter, Willow R.

Morris is now Pumpkin and Kiera is now Raven and they are the two little loves of my life! Pumpkin and Raven are the first cats I’ve ever owned and adopting them makes me wonder why I hadn’t gotten cats sooner because they are two little characters with so much personality and they are so loving and affectionate. Pumpkin is my little rambunctious, outgoing boy, while Raven is my little shy, sweet girl, and the two of them just compliment each other so well. Raven was very shy and afraid at first when I brought her home and hid much of the first week until she got adjusted. Pumpkin has completely brought her out of her shell and she is now just as curious and playful and rambunctious as he is, but is still a little on the shy side until she warms up to you. They are growing bigger everyday and are blossoming into two healthy, happy, playful, affectionate, smart, and well behaved kitties. We live with a 4 month old Blue Heeler puppy who is very sweet and has a ton of energy but she is doing good with the kitties as we’ve been slowly introducing them to each other. Pumpkin loves the puppy and waits outside my roommate’s door to see the puppy and rub up against her and play with her. Raven is shy and still hasn’t warmed up the puppy quite yet but she is getting better and I know with time they will all become a little family and live comfortably and happily together once adjusted.