November Tips of the Month
November starts the holiday and cooler weather season. Here are a few tips to keep your pet healthy and safe this winter!
People often have friends and family visit during the holiday season. If you plan on having visitors, keep in mind that these people are strangers to your pets. Take it slowly, introduce the guests and let the pet get used to the idea of having unfamiliar people around.
Many people are tempted to feed table scraps and human foods to their pets. Many of these foods are delicious to us but harmful or fatal to your pet:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Moldy or spoiled foods
- Onions or onion powder
- Yeast dough
- Poultry bones (which animals can choke on) and large amounts of turkey or chicken (which can cause pancreatitis- a serious and often deadly condition in dogs).
Instead of feeding human food, try substituting with turkey flavored food or treats. This will help keep your pet free from gastrointestinal problems this holiday.
As the temperature drops, some pets require more care, especially older ones and ones that stay outdoors most of the time. Keep your pet groomed. Matted fur won’t properly protect your pet against the cold.
Staying warm outside means burning more calories, so you may have to feed your pet more when the temperatures drop.
Check your driveway ad garage for antifreeze. Antifreeze tastes sweet to pets, but most brands are very poisonous and can be fatal if consumed. If you pet injects antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately. Consider using pet safe antifreeze.
When your pet is outside, make sure there is plenty of fresh water available and it is not frozen. Animals can’t burn calories without water and if they can’t burn calories they can’t keep warm. Also use a tip resistant plastic or ceramic water bowl instead of a metal one, as your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to cold metal.
Provide a dog house for your dog, so he can stay warm in the cold temperatures when he is outside. Make sure it is large enough for him to sit and lay down, but small enough to hold in his body heat.
Get in the habit of slapping the hood of your vehicle before starting it. In their search to keep warm outdoors, cats often seek shelter next to a warm car engine or tire.
PE PREPARED- Keep your veterinarian’s phone number and an emergency number in a convenient location.
Featured dog- Manny
Manny is a pug/terrier blend. He had a home but needed to be without other dogs, so he will need to be the only dog in the home. Manny would do better without small children. He can still be a bit shy because of all the recent changes in his life, He loves playing with toys and is learning to share them with people. He needs basic training and lots of love so he knows he is safe. His face wrinkles and he looks like he has frown lines.
Other available dogs-
Godiva pit bull terrier. Lots of energy. Needs home where she can get exercise and her human has knowledge of this breed of dogs.
What a love, hard to believe this girl was found as a stray. She is very social and loves people. She has bunny soft fur that requires daily brushing which Autumn loves. She is known to give you a kiss. She loves being petted and cuddled and starts purring the minute she see you. She probably has some Maine coon breed in her blend.
Other available cats-
Daisy- large gentle orange/buff gentle lady. Loves people but not used to being with other cats.
Patch, Cassanova and Cinder are 14week old kittens. They can be adopted now but cannot leave the shelter until November 19th at 11am. All kittens probably will have medium-long hair. Patch (black and white) has extra toes on his front paws, Casanova (gray and white) is quite the lover and Cinder (grayish blue) is the girl and is the quiet one of the group. They lived in a foster home for a month and are very well socialized. Being kittens they are full of energy and need lots of playtime.
All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.
The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. 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 changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com
Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER