Clinic Corner: Dental Care

February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Dental Care

Proper dental care plays a big role in the health of your pet. By the age of 3, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some form of dental disease. “Doggy breath” is not normal and can be a sign of tartar and plaque buildup that causes gingivitis, gum disease, and periodontal disease (yes, your pets can get those diseases too!). Left untreated, dental disease can affect your pet’s vital organs and can shorten their life. Thankfully, pet dental issues are easy to prevent, and if caught early enough, can be treated. For prevention at home, pets benefit greatly from having their teeth brushed 2-3 times per week for 30-60 seconds each time. There are flavored toothpastes and toothbrushes made specifically for your cat or dog. Dental treats and chew toys are also a great way to prevent plaque and tartar build up. It is recommended that your pet has a professional dental exam and cleaning after the age of 2 and continue to have professional cleanings once per year while maintaining at-home prevention. The Butte Humane Society clinic offers affordable dental cleaning services for your pets to help keep them as happy and healthy as possible. Contact our office today to schedule your pet’s dental exam!

Sweet Success: Pippa

IMG_5964Written by loving adopter, Amy V.

My ten year old daughter, Lily, had been asking and asking if she could have a dog. Our response was always, “We don’t need another dog.” or “We don’t need three dogs,” to which she replied that we used to have three dogs, so that reason didn’t really hold up! After asking continuously for months, we finally told her she could have a dog if she saved the money to get a dog. So, about a year later, she had the money! The entire time she was saving, she was searching the web for available dogs. Lily had it in her mind that she wanted to rescue a dog rather than buy one from a breeder.  She spent months visiting rescue websites and shelters in any town that we happen to be visiting. She had several heartbreaks as we arrived too late to adopt one she had her eye on, sometimes only minutes too late! Then she found Pippa…

The adoption process went amazingly well. My daughter found her picture on the website. She asked us if we could call and ask to meet her. Her dad called and set up an appointment to meet her, since she was in a foster home. We went to meet her a few days later, and I could tell that she would be a good match for our family, but my daughter was unsure. She wanted to be sure she wasn’t rushing in to it just because she was cute. The shelter staff mentioned that we IMG_4515could put a hold on her and she could think about it overnight without having to worry about her being adopted by someone else. She was very grateful for that suggestion! We took the night to talk and sleep on it and she woke up the next morning knowing she was the one! We went back over to the shelter and the same two staff members who had helped us the day before were working. I wish I could remember their names, they were both fantastic! They were professional and made my daughter feel very comfortable and not pressured! They were very thorough and clear with all of the paperwork and information.

Lily decided to keep the name the shelter staff gave the dog, it fits her well! Her personality is playful, and she has a great temperament. She fits in with our family of 4 humans, and two other dogs very well! It’s almost as if she were meant to be with our family. We also have a large extended dog family and Pippa gets along with all of them. We love how her tongue sticks out, most often when she is relaxed or asleep! Although, sometimes if she has done something naughty, she will look at you with her tongue out almost as if she knows how cute she is and to say, “I’m not a bad dog!!” Pippa is incredibly smart and she loves to snuggle up with Lily at night. Thank you so much for an amazing experience for our family!

Volunteer Spotlight: Joline R.

IMG_13051,000 Reasons Why We Love Joline.

To be honest, there are more than merely a thousand reasons why we love Joline, but the most recent in a litany of outstanding attributes is her 1,000 hour milestone.  Later in December she reached the achievement, not in her whole volunteer career, but only in 2017.

Joline has been nothing but valuable. How valuable? Well, if you want to put a number on it and consider each hour at minimum wage, you could say she’s donated $10,500 in 2017 alone! Of course, she means so much more to us than that.

Joline is a person with whom we can trust any project. She knows the warehouse inside and out and we are comfortable including her in important decision making processes. That’s right, she does the dirty work at BHS and boy does she do it well. She is organized, thoughtful, and thorough. One can only wonder how many potential sickness outbreaks she’s prevented with her strict adherence to sanitation, which she teaches to new volunteers constantly.

We’d be at a major loss without Joline which is why she is our volunteer of the month.Thank you, Joline, for all that you do.

Volunteer Spotlight: Shirley M.

shirley M.Our latest volunteer of the month is the incredible Shirley M.!

As a volunteer at the shelter, Shirley has made quite an impression on the staff and animals at BHS. She has given over 150 hours of her time in the past six months! Her hard work and dedication to the animals is noticed and appreciated by all. On top of volunteering in both the dog and cat rooms, Shirley recently completed Level 2 dog training, and she was a fospice provider for a sweet cat named Mink. Because of her compassion and kindness, Mink was able to spend his last days in a happy, loving home.

Shirley began volunteering at BHS because she loves cats and dogs, and could not think of a better way to fill her spare time. She loves the people who work at the shelter and appreciated everyone’s help and support when she started volunteering. Shirley – we appreciate you!

When Shirley is at the shelter, she loves taking the dogs out for walks, cuddling with the cats, and getting lots of puppy kisses! One of Shirley’s favorite volunteer moments came when she was working the BHS booth at the Thursday night Farmer’s Market. She was visited by one of the dogs she remembered from the shelter, and was thrilled to see how happy he looked with his new family!

We don’t know what we would do without wonderful volunteers like Shirley! Thank you so much for everything you do for the animals.

The Truth About Pit Bulls

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Originally, as America was still developing, pit bulls, were trusted with many different responsibilities around family and homestead. Responsibilities such as helping on hunts for food, as well as being a companion and protector of the children in the household, were part of the daily life of a pit bull. Due to its reliability as a working dog and companionship with owners, pit bulls were one of America’s most popular breeds. Many well known people owned pit bulls, including President Roosevelt, Helen Keller and in the movie “Little Rascals”, further exemplifying the trustworthiness and kind nature of a pit bull.  

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Modern misconceptions have tarnished and misrepresented the real personalities and demeanor of the pit bull breed. Stereotypes of the breed, such as being violent, were caused by humans and the ways in which they treated these dogs. The way any dog pit bull behaves depends on how it, as an individual, is raised and the environment from which it comes. If a dog is exposed to an environment, which nurtures and loves them, the dog will behave that way. If the dog is neglected and exposed to a hostile environment, they will act accordingly. The responsibility of ensuring a dog will be loving and kind falls on the individual who cares for them. 

In an annual test by the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS), over 240 different dog breeds were tested on different aspects of their temperament, such as shyness, aggressiveness and friendliness. The American Pit Bull Terrier breed passed at a rate of 87.4 percent, higher than the overall average of 83.4 percent .

To say that all American Pit Bull Terriers and other similar breeds are all the same would be a mistruth; just as much as it would be to say that all German Shepherds make great police dogs, or Rat Terriers are good hunters. The truth is that the breed doesn’t determine the dog. Looking forward it’s important to remember to encourage all dog owners to raise their four-legged friends in a friendly and positive environment and to recognize their own dog’s behaviors.