The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips for summer:
- Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
- Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
- Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
- Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
- Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
- Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
Featured Dog- May
Like hound dogs? Then May might be just the dog for you. Approx. 1 year old and full of energy. She just wants to play and have fun. She shows you her teeth in a big grin when you first meet her because she is so happy to meet you. She will need someone with previous dog experience and that can take her where she will be able to run and exercise. She knows sit and is learning to walk on a leash. Toys are her favorite thing along with keeping her nose to the ground sniffing for that perfect scent.
Other available dogs: Peanut Female terrier blend 7 months old. Shy, loving and loves to go on walks.
Tuesday came to shelter as a stray with her 3 kittens. She devoted her energy to raising her kittens what have been adopted. She is very loving, will follow you around the room “talking” and looking for attention. She needs lots of love and will give that love to you in return. She is petite and needs to gain some weight.
Other available cats:
Moon Male 11 year old black with golden eyes. Declawed in front. He originally came from the Island of Guam
Ava Female Owner moved and could not take her along. She needs a quiet home.
Sunshine Female Brown tabby Very friendly Knows her name and will follow you.
All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximated.
The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268
The animals submitted to the media may have changes so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com