WCFA’S featured pet is Angel:  Angel is 9 years young. She is in great health. Angel is a very loving, sweet natured lady. Her owner’s health required her to turn Angel over to us. Angel is used to a quiet home and would do well with a nice couple or a single person. She loves to be petted and brushed. Angel will make a great companion. She is a beautiful, long haired, dilute calico.  Angel is up to date on vaccines and is spayed.

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 May 18, 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.

We will have some pet items (such as clothing) for sale at our pet adoption on May 18th.

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  Some of our sweetest cats can come across as cranky or withdrawn when they are placed in the crate for viewing.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.

 Fiona and Rascal are a bonded pair of young cats looking for a new home.  Fiona is about 1 ½ years old and a ring tailed, short haired tabby.  She is a lap cat and is very playful.  Rascal is a short haired tabby, ring tailed and has white on his legs and chest. He is about two years old, playful and loves to burrow under blankets.  Both cats are altered, micro chipped and current on vaccines.

We have three gray kittens that will be available for adoption in a few weeks.  We will show them at our pet adoption on May 18th.

DOGS:

 Buddy came to us from a Utah shelter – his owner had died and the husband couldn’t take care of him. He is a poodle mix (will need grooming), 5-6 years old and 15 lbs with the cutest underbite. Buddy recently had a dental; is neutered, fully vaccinated and microchipped. Buddy loves to go for walks and rides well in the car. He loves other dogs; cats unknown. He is housetrained and is learning the dog door. He is very affectionate and sleeps through the night. Buddy would do well in a home with older children (no kids under 5), another small dog and a fenced yard.

 Poppy is a 9 month old poodle mix. Poppy is outgoing, sweet and playful.  She weighs about 11 1/2 lbs. She has come a long way in a short time since coming into our care. Poppy had not been socialized but is now enjoying the company of humans and other dogs (even does fine with a cat). Poppy is housetrained and working on her leash training. .Poppy needs a fenced yard and someone with an active lifestyle. She needs playtime and exercise.  No small children. It would be nice if there is another dog for her to play with.  Poppy is vaccinated, spayed and microchipped.

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. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU NEED HELP WITH SPAY/NEUTER.

What Are The Physical Signs Of Cancer In Dogs?

  • Large Growths – Large growths, like tumors, can begin to form and should be checked out immediately. Take your dog to your vet and have him examined as quickly as possible.
  • Smaller Lumps Under the Skin – Sometimes lumps can develop with age in our pets. You should not be concerned with any small bump under the skin, but monitor it. If it gets bigger, take him to your vet for a check. Also, if you notice any discharge or bleeding from that area, seek medical attention.
  • Odors – Dogs do some pretty gross things normally that will cause odors, but if you start to smell something unusual regularly, it could be an early sign of a problem. These new smells can sometimes come from tumors that could be cancerous.
  • Weight Loss – Weight loss over the course of a few months is often a sign of cancer cachexia. Dogs will lose fat and muscle at an equal rate, even if they are eating a normal amount of food.

What Are The Emotional Signs Of Cancer In Dogs?

  • Loss of Appetite – Though there can be many reasons your dog might not eat, one of them could be cancer. When you notice a loss of appetite, the first step should be to change your dog’s food. Bland meals like chicken and white rice will often get your dog eating again. If your dog shows a lack of appetite over an extended period of time, it might be wise to get him checked out.
  • Lethargy – Since dogs can’t tell us when something is bothering them, they do a great job of showing us. Many times, those signs will show up as lack of energy, despondence and an inability to get excited about things that usually make them happy.

Where Should I Look For Dog Skin Cancer?

Because our dogs are covered in hair, we sometimes forget that they can still be susceptible to different types of skin cancers. However, skin tumors are very prominent in dogs and should be examined immediately when they are first found. While we might think that our dogs are protected, we forget about areas like their noses and the pads on their feet. These areas are extremely sensitive and vulnerable to sun poisoning.

Skin cancers in dogs include melanoma, which shows up as lumps on the skin or around their mouths, squamous cell cancer and mast cell tumors. Mast cell tumors are the most common skin tumor in dogs and there is no known way to prevent this type of cancer.

Learn more about what to look for in this video:

What Treatment Is Available For Cancer In Dogs?

There are many dog cancer symptoms that have been mentioned already. Abnormalities in behavior or sudden growths under the skin or around the mouth and eyes are easily detectable signs of cancer in dogs. Be proactive and give your dog regular checks to make sure he is happy and healthy. When you’re petting him, feel for spots and monitor anything that seems unusual.

If your dog has cancer, there are things you can do. Talk to your vet, as every case is specific to the breed and current health of your dog. There are high-protein foods you can give your pup to help him battle weight loss, as well as medications that can help treat the minor forms of cancer to keep it from spreading. In severe cases, surgery can remove cancer completely from your dog, but make sure you talk to your vet so you understand the risks of such procedures.

Finally, treating cancer in dogs can be cost prohibitive. Pet insurance can help defray this cost. If your dog is uninsured, you might consider pet insurance so that if (God forbid!) your dog does get cancer you will be financially able to help him battle this horrible disease.

Article  by Ryan Rauch