Clinic Corner: Urgent! Urgent!

Urgent News: The Butte Humane Society Clinic has treated 4 cases of heartworm positive dogs in the last 60 days. Did you know that  of those tested,1 in 63 dogs in Butte County have been positive for heartworm? Heartworm is an invasive parasite that is transmitted by mosquitos. Northern California has a large mosquito problem and the American Heartworm Society estimates that 9 out of 10 mosquitos are carriers. Once an infected mosquito bites a dog, the heartworm larvae invade the bloodstream, mature, and then make a home in the heart of the dog. It takes approximately six months for heartworms to become an adult in a new host, according to the American Heartworm Society. As you can imagine, this causes all sorts of health issues for the dog including heart failure, organ failure, and ultimately death if left untreated. Heartworms can live in the hearts of dogs for 5-7 years! Most dogs will not show any symptoms of heartworm infection until the infestation is bad. The most common symptoms are activity intolerance and coughing. Heartworm can be painful for a dog to live with, and if infected, the treatment is expensive and painful as well. It is important to note that dogs are not the only ones who can suffer at the hands of a heartworm infection; cat’s immune systems are better at fending off the worms before they become adults. However, for cats fighting off heartworms, inflammation can occur which can lead to an immune reaction in cats. This syndrome, called Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease, is associated with significant inflammation and permanent damage to the lungs. To protect your cat, heartworm prevention should be given monthly even if your cat primarily resides indoors- there is no such thing as an “outdoor only mosquito”. If your dog or cat is over 6 months old, is not on heartworm prevention, and has never been tested; we urge you to set up an exam with our veterinarian to get your furry friend tested and started on monthly heartworm prevention. Schedule your appointment today by calling us at 530.343.7917 x 202. We look forward to keeping your furry family member happy and healthy for years to come!

Sweet Success: Ewok

IMG-0543Hi, I’m Ewok. I am a 7 month old Pitbull Mix. I came to BHS with my 13 siblings when we were just 5 weeks old. My family is what BHS endearingly refers to as a “foster failure”, meaning that while fostering me they decided I was too adorable, sweet. and smart to give back. So, they adopted me!

My family is a great fit for me and I love snuggling on the couch with them. I also enjoy walking in the park, especially when there is water involved. Training is coming along nicely – I have taught the small humans to play fetch, and the big humans now give me treats when I perform a variety of actions.
I am very happy in my home and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
(Written by Ewok, via mind control. Seriously.)

Volunteer Spotlight: Nicole M.

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This month, we’re shining the Volunteer Spotlight on Nicole M.!

Our Dog Intake Coordinator, Shannon, had nothing but wonderful things to say about Nicole. “She’s always smiling, and she’s willing to work on value life skills with Hudson – skills like being calm, walking politely on leash, how to sit and stay. Nicole is accountable and friendly!”

When asked about volunteering at BHS, Nicole said: “I absolutely love spending time volunteering with the dogs. I initially started because I missed having a dog of my own, and can’t have one due to being a renter. I figured I would give my time, as I am a big supporter of rescues, after our family adopted a pittie through a rescue. I was able to get my dog ‘fix’ while being able to give back to the community and the pups. I love that I get to spend time with them, and work with them to get them out of the kennel and have some fun. While I also enjoy it personally, and feel so rewarded after spending each time with the pups and they always put a smile on my face.”

We are so lucky to have an amazing volunteer like her. We appreciate you, Nicole!

Clinic Corner: Meet Our New Vet

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The Butte Humane Society Veterinary Clinic is excited to introduce you to our new veterinarian, Dr. Mariana Turner! Dr. Turner comes to Butte Humane Society with years of experience in primary veterinary care, spay and neuter, general surgery, and shelter medicine. Dr. Turner is passionate about caring for shelter and rescue animals that do not have anyone else to speak out for them, access to affordable veterinary care, and reducing over population through an affordable spay and neuter program. As a pet parent to 5 dogs, 2 cats, 4 finches and 1 chicken herself, Dr. Turner loves helping educate her clients and our community on how to best care for their pets. We are elated to have her as part of the BHS family and are thrilled to be able to offer her expertise to our community. We have increased our availability for wellness and preventative exams and can’t wait for our clients to meet Dr. Turner and experience the level of care she provides to each of her patients.  If it has been a year or more since your pets last exam, there has never been a better time to get your furry family member scheduled for a check up to make sure they are happy and healthy as can be! Call the clinic today at 530.343.7917 x 202 to book your appointment.

Sweet Success: Trixie

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Twix and I are doing very well. In fact, she now goes by the name of Trixie. It is just her and I in my home. No other humans or pets. She had very big shoes to fill as Molly, my companion of 16 years sadly passed away recently. She was also a black cat. I am very happy to say that Trixie is more than filling Molly’s shoes. She is an amazing cat. If you remember her, you probably already know that. When I first met her at the shelter, she allowed me to pet her belly. That really impressed me as most cats don’t seem to like or allow that. She loves people and loves attention. And man does she like to play! She’ll chase a little cat toy;  clear plastic ball with mini balls inside it for hours or until it gets stuck under furniture. The only small issue we are dealing with is her habit of clawing the carpet. Otherwise there are no complaints. I really enjoy coming home from work each day and having her there at the door waiting to greet me. She has become very vocal over the last few weeks and has a lot to say when I get home. She has a HUGE appetite for a cat her size and eats two bowls of food a day! I truly could not have envisioned ending up with a better cat.