For your outdoor pets, ensure your pet's house has wind flaps. Use soft and warm bedding, like straw. Ensure your pet's water dish is full of fresh water at all times.
➜ Watch that food! Many dog owners make the mistake of overfeeding their indoor dogs. Dogs that spend most of their time indoors are often less active and therefore require fewer calories to avoid gaining weight.
Source -- 1800petmeds.com
Make this New Year a Time for Adoption!
Adopt a pet to occupy your free time and to give each other some valuable company. Nothing warms a house better than the unconditional mutual friendship that a pet can bring to a home. And, consider adopting a pair of pets, as your new furry friend may want someone to play with and to develop social skills with. The spring season is fast approaching, which unfortunately usually means increased animal influx and owner relinquishes at the pound. Adoption is really needed this time of year -- please help!
Although many bright and colorful animals may be available for adoption, please consider adopting an all black pet. Plenty of black cats and kittens are available that are just as lovable as a calico, striped, or tortoiseshell cat or kitten.
➜ Research has shown that black coats have evolved separately many times in different species, indicating dark fur as a survival benefit, meaning black felines are more resistant to diseases than cats of other colors.
Source -- cafemom.com
Logan County Animal Rescue (LCAR) has been organized and is operating as a charitable rescue and adoption organization to promote the placement of adoptable animals in suitable homes. Animals accepted into the care of this organization shall originate, except in rare circumstances, from open-admission shelters or municipal animal control facilities. Consideration for acceptance of any animal shall not be limited by geographic location. Furthermore, an emphasis shall be placed upon the acceptance of adoptable animals currently residing in rural locales or other locales in which euthanasia rates are especially high. To promote this goal, LCAR will:
Promote and engage in shelter transfer programs as a viable means of reducing the national euthanasia rate,
Provide food, shelter, and veterinary attention for any and all animals accepted into the care of this organization,
Promote responsible population control through support of spay/neuter programs,
Promote and provide educational programs for the public through the media, schools, and other organizations,
Any other actions which will facilitate the purpose of this organization, and
Raise, receive, and disburse funds for the carrying out of the business of this organization. This includes the acquisition of property, goods, grants, gifts, and bequeaths.
Logan County Animal Rescue (LCAR) partners with no-kill animal shelters throughout the state in finding appropriate homes for dogs and cats. LCAR works most closely with Logan County Animal Control. Although similar in name to Logan County Animal Rescue, Logan County Animal Control is the county's "dog pound", and Animal Control is a kill shelter (euthanasia) and is funded and operated solely by the county. LCAR is an animal rescue service that is completely separate from the municipal dog pound. LCAR is funded by donations and staffed by dedicated volunteers. Logan County Animal Rescue (LCAR) is proud to have transferred hundreds of animals out of Animal Control:
In 2015, LCAR rescued 201 animals out of Animal Control.
In 2014, LCAR rescued 119 animals out of Animal Control.
In 2013, LCAR rescued 144 animals out of Animal Control.
In 2012, LCAR rescued 155 animals out of Animal Control.
In 2011, LCAR rescued 147 animals out of Animal Control.
In 2010, LCAR rescued 231 animals out of Animal Control.
In 2009, LCAR rescued 239 animals out of Animal Control.
Regarding the numbers listed above, had Logan County Animal Rescue (LCAR) not rescued these animals, they could have been euthanized -- and these are not numbers, these are lives.
With the help of many generous donations, Logan County Animal Rescue (LCAR) is very satisfied with the number of animals that we at LCAR were able to transport -- animals that would have probably been euthanized. However, we would still prefer everyone who has an animal to be a responsible pet owner and spay/neuter/fix their pet.
Thank you for caring for those who cannot care for themselves!
A microchip is an essential part of pet ownership. A microchip is a small, electronic device implanted under the skin of your pet. A vet or other trained individual painlessly injects the chip with a syringe. The microchip contains information regarding your pet.
If your beloved pet gets loose, it can be scanned by any vet or by Animal Control (the "dog pound") and quickly returned back to you. If your pet ends up at Animal Control, it will be scanned for a microchip within 24 hours after the intake of each dog or cat. If a microchip is present, Animal Control will contact the microchip company. By Illinois law, Animal Control has 7 days to contact the owner with the info provided by the microchip company. If the microchip company retrieves an old address or an old phone number, then it is very difficult to return your pet. If no owner can be found after 7 days, Animal Control can put your pet up for adoption, send it to a rescue, or have it euthanized.
Please, everyone needs to contact your microchip company to check and update your information. Provide a mailing address, phone number, and email. This will assure your pet is returned to you if it gets lost.
Sources -- wikipedia.org and ilga.gov
Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is a parasitic roundworm infection most common in dogs, although infection of other species, such as cats and even humans, can occur. Heartworms are spread by the mosquito, which bites the dog, thus spreading the microscopic heartworm larvae. Once in the dog, the larvae will mature into adults (and up to 12 inches in length!) and will reside in the heart, lungs, and associated arteries. Adult heartworms will reproduce within the dog, producing microscopic larvae for a mosquito to transfer to other animals. Adult heartworms can live up to 7 years.
Symptoms of heartworm infection include coughing, weight loss, lethargy, and heart failure. Do not wait until symptoms occur, as your pet may be asymptomatic for several months. If your pet is exposed to mosquitoes, then you pet is certainly exposed to heartworm infection. Heartworm infection is quite common and detrimental to your pet's health.
Monthly preventative measures are the best way to stop heartworms in the first place. Preventative medicine will kill off the heartworm larvae before they can mature (in 51 days) and then start reproducing (in 7 months). Mature heartworms cannot be killed off with preventative measures, and instead must be addressed with other alternative treatments (usually arsenic-based medicines). The American Heartworm Society recommends year-round prevention, and not just treating your pet during the mosquito season. A side benefit of heartworm treatment is that it can be effective in controlling other internal and external parasites. Oral, topical, and injectable medicines are available; ask your veterinarian.
Sources -- aspca.org, heartwormsociety.org, and wikipedia.com
Feline distemper (feline panleukopenia virus, FPV) is a viral infection that is highly contagious. Kittens and older cats are especially vulnerable to this virus. Symptoms include dehydration, malnutrition, and even death. Also, the immune system can be compromised, which then predisposes the cat to secondary infections. No cat is immune nor can be isolated from this disease.
Your veterinarian can diagnose and treat feline distemper, but vaccination is the best route to follow in preventing this disease in the first place. This disease is spread from other infected cats, infected fleas, and infected materials such as bedding. Feline distemper is related to canine distemper, but is distinct and cannot be spread between these species. Feline distemper is not transmissible to humans.
Sources -- petmd.com and wikipedia.com
H3N2 and H3N8
Canine influenza is a contagious respiratory disease and has affected many dogs in the midwest recently (since April 2015). Canine flu is easily spread in confined spaces, e.g. kennels and shelters. Symptoms, if present, include persistent cough, runny nose, and fever. Severe symptoms include pneumonia and death, although mortality is low with this type of virus. Dogs that are coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease should not be exposed to other dogs.
No vaccine is yet proven to treat the H3N2 strain, but general treatment includes antibotics. A vaccine is available for the older H3N8 strain. Neither strain is contagious to humans, however the H3N2 strain could sicken cats.
Sources -- cdc.gov, wikipedia.com, and yahoo.com