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What Is Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other species of mammals, including wolves, foxes, ferrets, sea lions and (in rare instances) humans. Heartworms are classified as nematodes (roundworms) and are filarids, one of many species of roundworms. Dogs and cats of any age or breed are susceptible to infection.

Plants Potentially Poisonous to Pets

More than 700 plants have been identified as producing physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals. Poisonous plants produce a variety of toxic substances and cause reactions ranging from mild nausea to death. Certain animal species may have a peculiar vulnerability to a potentially poisonous plant. Cats, for instance, are poisoned by any part of a lilly. Download a list of plants that are poisonous to pets (PDF) »

The CPAA Spay-ghetti Dinner!

Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance: All You Can Eat; All They Can Spay! Join the CPAA for their 10th annual Spay-ghetti Dinner from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Camp Hill United Methodist Church. Delicious spaghetti in homemade marinara sauce, meatballs and vegan balls, rolls and drinks are on the menu for just $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Kids 2 and under eat for free. Tickets are sold at the door, or you can order them in advance online at www.cpaa.info. Yummy homemade desserts will be sold for just $1 each. And don’t miss out on our unique raffle items and 50/50 drawing. See you there!

Presidents & Pets

Did you know that President Teddy Roosevelt was the president with the most pets? See his list of pets with their great names below: predidential pets • Guinea pigs: Admiral Dewey, Bishop Doane, Dr. Johnson, Father O’Grady, Fighting Bob Evans • Ponies: Algonquin & Fidelity • Hen: Baron Spreckle • Lizard: Bill – lizard • Manchester Terrier: Blackjack • Blue macaw: Eli Yale • Garter snake: Emily Spinach • Dogs (mixed breeds): Gem and Susan • Terriers: Jack and Peter • Bear: Jonathan Edwards • Piebald rat: Jonathan • Badger: Josiah • Pekingese: Manchu • Pig: Maude • Rabbit: Peter • Bull Terrier: Pete • Saint Bernard: Rollo • Rat Terrier: Skip • Chesapeake Bay Retriever: Sailor Boy • Cats: Tom Quartz and Slippers • Unknown names: A hyena, a barn owl & a one-legged rooster!

Valentine’s Day Safety for Pets

Valentine’s Day is a great time to show your pets how much you love them, but be careful, may Valentine’s Day treats can contain hidden dangers to your pets.
For example, many chocolates contain the sweetener Xylitol. While Xylitol is safe for people, even small amounts can cause significant health problems for pets. Our recomemndation: you and your human loved ones should eat all of the Valentine’s Day chocolate yourselves!