Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi
and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well.
The Compassionate Hearts Animal Rescue needs help!
- Weekend Cage Cleaners are needed one day monthly.
- They are in dire need of foster families to care for animals that enter our adoption program.
- They also need help at adoption events and fund raisers.
To learn more, go to: http://www.charofpa.org/
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.
Did your dog or cat just eat something poisonous? Call us or Pet Poison Helpline immediately. The sooner a dog poisoning or cat poisoning is diagnosed, the easier, less expensive, and safer it is to treat your pet.
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) »
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!
Fostering is an immensely rewarding experience and is literally a lifeline for an animal whose future is uncertain through no fault of his or her own. Opening your home and heart to a foster animal requires a true commitment to the health and happiness of an animal – just like you give to your own pets. To learn more, go to: http://www.castawaycritters.org/info/display?PageID=11937
Due to high demand, we have extended our Pet Dental Health Month discount! You can now schedule you pet’s dental appointment through March and receive 20% off. Appointments are filling up fast so call and schedule today.
Did you know that President Teddy Roosevelt was the president with the most pets? See his list of pets with their great names below:
• 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 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!