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Did you Know that 6 to 8 million pets go missing and enter a shelter every year – and that only 22% are ever reunited with their owners?

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Heartworms

Heartworms are transmitted to dogs by mosquitoes. Without the protection of a heartworm preventive, your pet could get heartworm disease – a potentially deadly illness of the heart and lungs. All dogs are at risk for heartworm disease no matter where they live. Once a dog is infected with heartworms, treatment can be expensive, difficult and unsuccessful

Over 250,000 dogs in the US were reported positive for heartworm in 2004.

Mosquitoes transmit immature heartworms from infected dogs to healthy dogs.

Heartworms live in the heart and lungs of infected dogs.

Left untreated, heartworm disease may be fatal to your dog.

Some common signs of heartworm infection in dogs includes coughing, difficulty breathing and sluggishness.

Recently infected dogs may show no signs of the disease.
Other carriers of heartworm disease include wolves, foxes, ferrets, coyotes and raccoon

Bad Breath is a sign

“Dog Breath” is more than just a nuisance to you. It’s an indication that your dog’s teeth need attention. If you notice bad breath, call to set up an Oral Assessment, Treatment and Prevention (Oral ATP) appointment.

Please use extreme caution when using any kind of pesticides.
The following was shared with Brosville Animal HospitalĀ in hopes to prevent a tragedy from happening to any other animals.

Please use extreme caution when using any kind of pesticides.
The following was shared with Brosville Animal HospitalĀ in hopes to prevent a tragedy from happening to any other animals.

Dr. Betterton,

First of all, thank you for the care you gave to Happy last week. I have attached a couple of pictures of her, along with most of the rest of the “crew”. If you’d like to print either or both of these to put up at the office, that would be fine with us.

I had hoped that Happy would make it & was crushed she didn’t. Ella & I have kicked ourselves over & over for not picking up on any symptoms she may have exhibited beforehand, and getting her to you sooner. She was out all day on Tuesday, and on Wednesday was a little slow to get around. It wasn’t unusual, in that when she’s out she plays hard and is a little slow the next day. But on Thursday night she was still that way and didn’t eat well.

In addition, I’ve kicked myself over & over, feeling terrible about whatever knocked open one of the crawlspace covers & maybe letting her get to the rat bait I had under the house. I fault myself for not putting the cover back better than I did. Or for whatever dragged out the bait out from under my dad’s house. Even though her poisoning & death was completely accidental, it sure doesn’t make it easier to deal with. I have been terrible all week, and I miss her every day. Her dog lot is empty, so is her house, but there are a lot more empty things than where she lived. Everyone liked Happy.

You all only got to see her occasionally, but anyone who’d ever had a chance to see her in action know that she was the definition of a Bull in a China shop, and as full of life as any dog I’d ever had. To the folks who remember record players, Happy was on 78 RPM’s while everyone else was at 33 & 1/3. She was also the most meek & humble dog I’d ever been around, not having a mean bone in her body. She’s missed terribly, to say the least.

Ella & I don’t have children, and I’m not equating our pets to someone else’s children. But, we loved Happy (as we do all our dogs), just as much as any parent would or could love a child. Plainly & simply – they are our family. Lots of folks may not understand how much your life can be filled by the unconditional love a pet brings to you. Happy had that in spades. Her place (when food & treats & chewies were given out) was always at the first of the line – multiple times. She had a tendency to roam – at one point I found her at Starling’s Crossroads in Logtown, about 4 miles away from our house – in 3 hours one afternoon. She would tremble & cower when she first started coming in the house, but my wife finally got her to give “kisses” and to get into her arms when she came in. She had a cast-iron stomach – she ate the electrical wire out from underneath my truck when I first got her. But she was loved, very much.

I have also sworn that what happened to Happy will not happen to another dog I have, ever.

I have done some reading though, on rodenticides & have come across some “natural” ones that supposedly have nearly as high an effectiveness as the true poisons.

One is called EradiBait, and the other is called Natural No Rats.

However, I’ve only found them in the UK & New Zealand. I’ve got inquiries in to them to see if they sell in the US, or if they have anything here. I also have calls in to a couple local pest control places to ask if they can obtain any of this.

In the reading and material safety sheets I have read, it reads like they have powdered corncobs & maize in a molasses bait that rats will eat. The powdered corncobs are toxic to rats but not to other animals & people. From what they have said in a couple places I have read, the worst symptom of ingesting some of this is constipation. The “cure” for it is laxatives, electrolytes and water. You don’t get secondary poisonings from this, and birds of prey who’d eat the mice & rats aren’t subject to it’s toxicity.

If I find out ANYTHING on this stuff, from the local pest control places or these companies, I will pass it on to you ASAP. It ought to be in every hardware store in the country, in my opinion.

After what happened to Happy, I am not ever going to put out any more of that type of stuff.

But, I wanted to again thank you for the nice things you did for Happy in trying to help save her life. I also wanted to thank you for the nice card you all sent to us as well. She was a special girl.

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Thanks,

Steve Chatham & Ella McBride