Caring for your Pets in Winter

It’s that time of year again; a chill in the air and rainy afternoons, winter is on its way. The Winter weather affects us all, including our furry-four-legged-friends! Follow the Animal Rescue Organisations tips below and ensure that both you and your pet have a safe and warm winter.

  • Due to the wet and cold weather all pet owners must ensure that their animals have access to shelter and bedding, if possible allow them to sleep indoors.
  • Continue walking your animals; don’t stop because of the rain. Grab your wellies and rain coats and head out!
  • Don’t stop tick and flea control, although fleas are more present in summer they are still likely to be on your animal during the winter.
  • If your dog is kept outside during the winter, add an extra handful of food to their daily meals, because  of the cold they will be burning up more energy and extra food will help them with this.
  • If you have a puppy, do not put it outside in winter, because it is still young it has not built up resistance to the cold, keep it indoors in a heated environment.
  • Dogs with long coats can keep warm outdoors; however, if your dog has a short coat and is kept outside, put a sweater on your dog to keep it warm.
  • Don’t dip your dog in the cold, rather use an alternate product that does not involve the dog having to be drenched wet.
  • If you have a heater make sure that the wiring is safe and out of reach of your pet.
  • Make sure the kennel is waterproof, and move the kennel so that the entrance is not facing the weather, and ensure that the kennel is raised off the ground to prevent cold and damp conditions.

Be sure to visit our online shop http://www.animalrescue.org.za to purchase our great new winter merchandise, there is something for both you and your pet!

Until next time,

Jess

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The Importance of Tick & Flea Treatment

It’s not unusual for neglected animals to arrive at either our Mobile Clinics or Veterinary Hospital infested with ticks and fleas and in urgent need of internal as well as external parasite control.  Treating animals for ticks and fleas is a vital part of responsible and caring pet ownership. Unfortunately, all too often pet owners are not properly educated about the correct products to use and procedures to follow.  This can have dire consequences.

‘Ballie’, a dog that was recently seen at our Manenberg Clinic is a perfect example. His owner had doused him with paraffin and then lathered oil all over his body. This resulted in the skin being burnt and badly inflamed. He was subsequently admitted to our hospital where he received treatment for his condition and had to be bathed several times to eliminate the paraffin and oil contamination.

Although this was not intentional cruelty, it caused ‘Ballie’ much avoidable pain and suffering.

His owner has since been taught how to safely and effectively control fleas and ticks on his dog. ‘Ballie’ is one of many sad cases that we see on a daily basis and his case serves to highlight the importance of educating pet owners on safe ways and means of taking proper care of their pets. It also highlights the vital role that Mobile Clinics perform within the communities.

TREATING AND PREVENTING TICKS AND FLEAS ON YOUR PETS

  • At the first sign of a flea, or before the first sign of a flea, apply a veterinary approved tick and/or flea treatment eg Capstar, Frontline, Revolution, Advantix, Advantage, Fiprotec and wait for the product to take effect. Most of the products last for about 4 to 6 weeks depending on the severity of the initial infestation.
  • Your pet is not the only source or host of ticks and fleas. Any eggs that were deposited in your carpets, bedding or around your garden, will hatch and become adults.  It is therefore important that you treat not only your pet but the bedding and sleeping area as well.
  • To ensure your pets and home are tick and flea free, it is vital that you repeat the above steps monthly. There is no “Silver Bullet” solution and a disciplined, holistic strategy is necessary.

Although ticks and fleas are more prevalent during summer, it is still necessary to provide tick and flea treatment during the winter months.

In conclusion, if you are struggling to curb the tick and flea infestation, please visit your veterinarian or nearest vet shop for professional advice and do not take matters into your own hands without professional guidance. Never use swimming pool chlorine (often called poor man’s Frontline), Jeyes Fluid, motor car oil or any other accelerant on your pet. It could have fatal consequences.

Until next time,

Jess

Taking ARO to Manenberg

Manenberg, one of the many areas where gangs and violence is rife.  Along with these social challenges, there are an ever increasing number of pets and animals in the area.  In order to address the health of these animals, the Animal Rescue Organisation has assigned one mobile clinic every second Tuesday of the month. Here our mobile clinics will provide basic primary veterinary services such as:

  • Dipping against Mange and other skin diseases
  • Deworming
  • Diagnosis of wounds and diseases requiring hospital treatments eg: Parvo Virus, Biliary (Tick Fever)
  • Nutritional Advice
  • Vaccination
  • The clinics also manage the bookings and collections of animals for sterilisation which is done at our hospital.

Yesterday, I was very fortunate to be a part of the opening for these clinics that will be taking place at the Manenberg People’s Centre. Joined by the Manenberg Pets Project, AWS Phillipi and CoGH SPCA the opening was a great success.

Over 60 dogs were treated, 13 brought in for sterilisation and 9 animals surrendered / unwanted. The support and participation of the community was fantastic, and very well received. Among the many pets treated, it was apparent that Pitbulls are the preferred breed within Manenberg.

Despite a couple of serious cases of neglect, the overall condition of the pets in the area was satisfactory. Education is key in ensuring the continued care for all animals in the area. The support of the Manenberg People’s Centre is greatly appreciated and will ensure that education is continued after our clinics have left.

Our mobile clinic will return to the Manenberg People’s Centre on Tuesday 14 May 2013 from 10 – 12, and we hope it is as well received as yesterdays clinic.

Keep reading our blog for the latest updates.

Until next time,

Jess

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Our biggest Best Friends Dog Walk to date!

A record 400 people and 300 dogs took part in the Best Friends Dog Walk on Sunday 28 April 2013 at Nitida Wine Estate in Durbanville.

The beautiful vineyard hosted hundreds of dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds accompanied by their owners both young and old who together helped raise R10 000 for the Animal Rescue Organisation (ARO).

It was great to see so many walkers and their dogs supporting the Animal Rescue Organisation and enjoying themselves.  We had nothing but positive feedback from the walkers who participated and look forward to seeing you at our next walk.

I would like to extend a big thank you to our venue sponsor Nitida Wines, all our volunteers and staff who assisted with the event and especially to the public for supporting ARO.

 I have included some photographs from the event, to view all the photos taken by both our photographer and staff members, view the album on our facebook page.

The Animal Rescue Organisation will be hosting the next Best Friends Dog Walk later in 2013.  For more information on this and many more events visit www.animalrescue.org.za or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Until next time,

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