Thanksgiving For Pets

Thanksgiving For Pets

Thanksgiving is around the corner; oh, we can almost taste that juicy turkey. Although we are grateful for the companionship of our pets, we shouldn't be quick to give them the 'people food' that we will enjoy for Thanksgiving dinner. Before you share your Thanksgiving feast with your dog or cat, be sure to see this list of no-no's for your pets.


Let's just say it: No, pets can't have any; unless the turkey is dry and does not contain much seasoning. Butter and herbs are not good for pets and ingesting too much could make animals very ill.


Ham or pork can lead to diarrhea or vomiting. It's best to not give pets meat; unless it's dry turkey.


Although stuffing may be a personal favorite for many, mushrooms and raisins are not healthy for animals. Even onions can be harmful to the pet's digestive system and should be avoided.

Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Sweets

Let's be honest, Pumpkin Pie, no matter the recipe, contains a lot of sugar. Sugar, or sugar substitutes, are harmful to pets and can make them very ill. With that being said, if you plan to bake chocolate sweets this year, don't give any to the dog to avoid messy clean-ups underneath the dinner table.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Again, no sugar allowed; and marshmallows are a big no-no for animals.

On the other hand, dogs are allowed to eat mashed potato, if do not contain a lot of salt or sugar. Dogs that are lactose intolerant should avoid mashed potatoes, as this can make the dog vomit, gassy or break out in a rash. Gravy on mashed potatoes? This is okay!

Green Bean Casserole

Dogs can enjoy eating green beans but not green bean casserole. Among other things, the cream in green bean casserole is far too rich for dogs.
Good news! Dogs can eat carrots. Raw carrots, especially, are a healthy snack for a dog including other vegetables such as zucchini and green beans. Think twice if you plan to glaze carrots with honey or jams.
  • Jenn Smith
New PA Pet Owner Law

New PA Pet Owner Law

MERCER CO., Pa. (WKBN) – With record-breaking cold temperatures, humane agents are reminding pet owners to keep animals inside where it’s warm.

Libre’s Law increases penalties in animal neglect cases. The new Pennsylvania state law could make pet owners felons if they mistreat or neglect dogs and other pets — that includes leaving them outside in the cold for too long.

“Don’t leave them outside,” said Mercer County Humane Officer Paul Tobin. “The new law is pretty clear. Anything under 32 degrees, anything over 90 degrees, your dogs are not allowed outside for more than 20 minutes.”

A person can face felony charges for intentionally torturing, neglecting, or abusing an animal to the point of severe injury or death.

Punishment can be up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

If you see or know of an animal being abused or neglected, call 911 and report it immediately.

Story re-posted from WKBN 27, November 11, 2017.

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Lyme Disease Threatening

Lyme Disease Threatening

As with other states, The Oho Department of Health urges individuals trekking in the woods or grass to use tick spray and know the signs of tick-borne illnesses. Although individuals think that ticks die out in colder weather, this is simply not the case.

Lyme Disease and other tick-borne threats are still very much alive. Ticks live by feeding on a warm-blooded human or pet and will hide underneath leaves or in dog fur to stay warm. 

"The state agency reports that 241 cases of Lyme disease have been reported in 60 of Ohio's 88 counties this year. The number of cases has risen steadily the last five years, with 160 reported last year after only 93 in 2013." (ABC News 5, Cleveland. By Associated Press.)

Humans and pets can both experience a tick bite and hold a threat of Lyme Disease and other tick illnesses. It's important for pet owners to carry a tick remover tool with them when outside for long periods of time in case of a tick bite. 

How to remove a tick

  • Disinfect the area with soap or rubbing alcohol;
  • Take the tick tweezers and pull the tick straight up. Twisting the tick puts the human or pet at risk of diseases;
  • Disinfect the area once more;
  • Place the tick in a storage container and take it to the vet for testing.
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Dog Ticks A Problem

Dog Ticks A Problem

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– At the Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine in North Haven, doctors are busy giving tick exams. Dr. Julia Shakeri with the Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine said, “I think we are seeing it a lot more this time of year than maybe in other years, just because of mild winter and the higher tick populations.”

Doctors are diagnosing a variety of tick-borne diseases in dogs. Dr. Shakeri added, “Lyme is the most common, we have Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasma, Babesiosis, Tick Paralysis. Those are going to be the most common.”

Dogs can get sick, just like people.

“They might have joint pain, neuralgic signs. Most dogs are just going to be quiet, painful, lame and have a fever,” said Dr. Shakeri. Dr. Shakeri told News 8 checking your dog for ticks should be part of your daily routine.

Dr. Shakeri said, “Anywhere that is dark and warm. so we will see them in the arm pits, on the face, in the ears, on the ears, kind of in the groin area. They can be anywhere.”

Dog owners said they check their dogs after outdoor playtime. Jeff Ahern said, “He likes to be touched so it is really easy to examine him from head to toe.”

Troy Stamey added, “I brush through him and make sure there is no ticks, just seeing if there is any ticks there and if there is taking it off.”

The American Kennel Club recommends the following steps for safely removing ticks from your dog:

  • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the tick, but not just any tweezers will work. Most household tweezers have large, blunt tips. You should use fine-point tweezers, to avoid tearing the tick and spreading possible infections into the bite area.
  • Spread your dog’s fur, then grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Very gently, pull straight upward, in a slow, steady motion. This will prevent the tick’s mouth from breaking off and remaining embedded in the skin.
  • Another option that is even easier to master is the use of a tick removal hook. It’s especially useful if you live in a tick-dense area where you dog is frequently playing host to the vexing little critters. There are several types of hooks, like the Tick Twister or the Tick Stick. You simply put the prongs on either side of the tick and twist upward.
  • Never remove a tick with your fingers—it’s not only ineffective, the squeezing may further inject infectious material.
  • After you’ve removed the tick, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly, clean the bite site with rubbing alcohol, and rinse the tweezers or tool with disinfectant.

Story re-posted from News 8. Written by Noelle Gardner

Pet Chickens? She Agrees!

Pet Chickens? She Agrees!

When we see a dog wearing a plush jacket in the fall, we don't blink an eye; but when we see a farm-raised chicken walking the streets, then we do a double-take with wide, open eyes. 

And, why should we? Since when do poultry have to be used for food and not for pet care? Jennifer Garner is an advocate for the humane treatment of chickens; and she has been seen with her poultry on leashes. (Obviously, the pictures on Jenn's Instagram have won over fans.)

I just hope that she secures her chicken in an open-space chicken enclosure. Free-range chickens are happier and are more fit than caged chickens. They also produce better tasting eggs (meaning fluffier baked goods!). 

Who else is a backyard chicken owner?

Lehigh Valley's Stray Cats

Lehigh Valley's Stray Cats

The Center for Animal Health and Welfare in Williams Township has room for about 200 stray cats.

That space is always full.

And more cats keep coming all the time.

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