Clinic Corner: Happy, Healthy Cat Month

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Hello September and Happy, Healthy Cat Month!

Did you know that just like humans, cats need regular care like teeth brushing and cleaning, vaccines, and preventatives to have the best chance at a long healthy life? It’s true! As cats age, they develop common problems that can really effect their health such as gingivitis and dental disease, weight gain, urinary and kidney problems, and much more! The best way to prevent these issues is by seeing your veterinarian for annual health exams to keep their basic preventative treatments and vaccines up to date, and make sure they are as happy and healthy as possible. The best way to treat potential issues with your cat is to catch them early and treat accordingly. The BHS Clinic Team wants to make sure your cat has the best chance at a long, healthy life; which is why during the month of September, in celebration of Happy Healthy Cat Month, we will be offering $5 off all new patient exams as well as $5 off Triple Testing with any new patient exams! Mention this add to claim your offer and call to make an appointment today! 530-343-7917 ext 202.

Sweet Success: Tacoma

37323947_1837030313017903_6328895994423410688_oWritten by loving adopter, Brooke H.

Tacoma is the most loving, gentle, and caring pup I’ve ever known. She recently learned how to play fetch and it’s a favorite of hers! We both look forward to the end of the day where we share some of the best cuddles before bed. Tacoma was very timid when I first adopted her, but she has recently become a very social pup once she is given the chance to sniff strangers hands. I may have adopted her, but we rescued each other. Thank you Butte Humane Society!

Volunteer Spotlight: Linda B.

image1 (1)Linda B. has only been a volunteer at BHS since April, but she has already logged 100 hours with our dogs! In addition to walking dogs at the shelter, she also takes advantage of our Dog On The Go program and takes longer term dogs home for the day to decompress. We love seeing her updates of our pups enjoying the yard and cuddles on the couch. When asked about Linda, our Behaviorist Shannon said “Linda is so focused on the dogs when she’s at the shelter. She’s nice & friendly, and you can tell her heart is in it for all of the right reasons. We are so lucky to have someone like her who dedicates time to be with our dogs, helping mold them and prepare them for a forever home.”

Linda told us that her and her mom, who is also a volunteer, love taking dogs on the go and seeing them get adopted. They have a passion for shelter dogs, and they actually adopted a Cattle Dog mix from BHS back in 2000.

Thank you to Linda (and her mom, Lori) for being such incredible volunteers. The BHS Staff really appreciates you – and so do the pups!

 

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!

Clinic Corner: Meet Our New Vet

June E-News

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.