WCFA’S featured pet is Honey.   Honey is a very pretty 10 year old tabby.  She is very gentle and would do best in a quiet home as an only cat or with another very gentle cat.  Once Honey feels secure in her surroundings she is very loving and sweet.    

If you are interested in any of our pets, please go to www.wecareforanimals.org  where you can see all of our adoptable pets and you can complete an adoption application. For more information call us at 702-346-3326 (voicemail), call Karen at 435-862-9574 or Linda at 702-376-1642. Next pet adoption is February 9, 2019,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm at 150 North Yucca, Suite 1, Mesquite.   Questions? Email us at wcfanv@gmail.com.  Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/wecareforanimalsmesquitenv.  Please call us to schedule a visit with our pets at a mutually convenient time.

Other Available Pets:

 CATS:

 Cats do not enjoy being confined in a cage.  The cats we have for adoption show best in a home environment.  If you see a cat you like, to truly see his or her personality, you should contact us to arrange a time, at your convenience, to meet the cat in his/her foster home.  Some of our sweetest cats can come across as cranky or withdrawn when they are placed in the crate for viewing.  Please give these felines a chance by meeting them “outside the cage”.  Taking one of these felines for a sleep over is another way to get to know them better before adopting.  Ask us about our sleep over policy.

 Sammie is a handsome long-haired, black cat. He is about 2 1/2 years old. Sammie is a gentle cat and gets along well with other cats and well behaved children. He has been neutered and is current on vaccines and micro chipped.  He was turned over to us because his family could no longer care for him.

DOGS:

 Bello is a Lhasa Apso with perhaps some Maltese, about 20 months of age and weighs 15 lbs. Bello is an active dog, very smart and needs daily walks. He does pretty well on leash and he rides well in a car. He can be reactive when meeting other dogs on leash. Bello is house trained. Bello will do best in a quiet home where his person is home most of the time. He likes to attach to one person so we feel an adult home with one person works best. Please, no children.  Bello has done well in his foster homes with other dogs. However, he may be best as the only dog or with a larger playful dog. Bello needs a dedicated dog owner willing to work with him to make him the best dog he can be. With a person he doesn’t know, it may take time for him to be comfortable with that person. Once he is comfortable with you, he should do just fine.

 SPAY/NEUTER

WCFA offers a wonderful low-cost/free opportunity to spay/neuter your pets to prevent accidental litters and keep your pet happy and healthy. We will always alter feral cats to be released back in their environment.  Our target areas are Mesquite, Bunkerville and the Arizona Strip.  Spay/Neuter Assistance Applications are available at Mesquite Veterinary Clinic located at 371 Riverside Road and Virgin Valley Veterinary Hospital at 660 Hardy Way.  You may also call WCFA at 702-346-3326 to leave a message or visit wecareforanimals.org to contact us by email.  Half of all litters born in the U.S. are accidents that overburden shelters and rescues.

 

How Do I Know if My Dog Has Allergies?

The following is an excerpt from Petfinder’s FurKeeps Kickoff Ask the Experts Forum.

Q: We adopted a beautiful 10-month-old Golden Retriever a year ago from the Montreal SPCA. We are very happy with our adoptee! He is part of the family!

The only concerns we have are some skin problems. He has hot spots, ear mites, otitis, etc. I’ve always had Labs and I have been lucky — no problems.

But what can we do to reduce the incidence of skin issues? It is almost every month we have to see the vet.

A: It’s always hard to give a diagnosis (even preliminary) without seeing the patient. But I would certainly have skin allergies fairly high on my list of things that could be causing the repeat problems you are seeing with your dog.

Allergies in dogs can generally be broken down into two main categories:

  1. Allergies to things they are inhaling, such as pollen or ragweed. This is known as “atopy.”
  2. Allergies to things that they are eating, more intuitively called “food allergies”.

Unlike similar allergies in people, dogs manifest these allergies in the form of skin problems. Generally they are pretty itchy, which may include, outright scratching as well as licking or chewing their paws and rubbing their face and ears on the couch or carpet.

The skin inflammation leads to secondary problems, such as superficial bacterial infections, hot spots, repeat ear infections, and sometimes anal-gland infections. While these secondary problems or symptoms are often what gets noticed and can usually be cleared up with appropriate treatment, they tend to recur if the underlying allergic issue(s) are not addressed.

I would encourage you to speak with your regular vet and consider pursuing a referral to a veterinary dermatologist, but here is a very brief Dog Allergies 101:

Dogs can be atopic, food allergic, or (for an unlucky few) both.

Dog Atopy:

  • Because dogs with atopy are frequently allergic to pollens and grasses, they often have a seasonality to their symptoms but can show signs all year long if they are allergic to something that is always in the environment (such as dust mites).
  • Treatment of atopy centers around reducing exposure to the allergens, symptomatic treatment, and/or immunotherapy “allergy shots” like those people often require.
  • Some dogs have relatively mild, seasonal symptoms that can be managed with bathing and medications (such as omega-3 fatty acids and antihistamines, with the occasional use of steroids), while other dogs have more severe symptoms or suffer year-round and really benefit from the allergy shots.
  • The only way to truly diagnose atopy and determine what a dog is allergic to is to perform skin testing (again, like in people), and these results can be used to determine what to put in the allergy shots.

Dog Food Allergies:

  • For food allergies, diagnosis and treatment go hand in hand, and most vets will try to definitely rule out a food allergy before pursuing things like skin testing.
  • Because dogs can be allergic to even tiny amounts of the offending foodstuff, your vet will want to get a very detailed dietary history for you dog – including the ingredient lists for all the foods and treats you regularly give him.
  • Food allergies are diagnosed through something called an “elimination trial” or a “novel protein diet trial”  – your vet will suggest a diet made of ingredients that your dog has not been regularly exposed to. You will feed that diet (and here’s the hard part  – only that diet!) for a period of 4-12 weeks. Dogs with a food allergy to something that they were previously eating will improve with the diet change, and if you go back to feeding the old diet, their clinical signs will recur.
  • Once you get the diagnosis, treatment is straightforward. Don’t let the dog eat what he is allergic too. Unfortunately, as anyone who has ever lived with a dog knows, that is easier said than done!

Chronic skin issues can be tricky to diagnose, a real source of frustration for you and very uncomfortable for your dog. If you think your dog has skin allergies, a veterinarian with special training will be most equipped to handle a case like this.