Hearthstone Animal Clinic

The veterinarians and staff at the Hearthstone Animal Clinic are pleased to provide you with an online newsletter. This fun and fact-filled newsletter is updated on a regular basis.

Included in the newsletter are articles pertaining to pet care, information on Hearthstone Animal Clinic, as well as news on the latest trends and discoveries in veterinary medicine.

Please enjoy the newsletter!

Current Newsletter Topics

Dogs and Cats Can Donate Blood

You may have donated blood, but did you know that dogs and cats can donate blood too? During surgeries, illness or injury, veterinarians need the blood of other pets to potentially save a cat or dog who is in the hospital. According to a recent Huffington Post article, there are a few requirements for a cat or dog to be able to donate blood.

Your dog or cat may be eligible to donate blood if they meet the following requirements:

  • Be between the ages of one and nine
  • Dogs must be 50 lbs. or more
  • Cats must be 10 lbs. or more
  • Cats must be solely indoor pets
  • Never had a transfusion
  • Not used for breeding
  • Not on any long-term medication

Some of these requirements may vary depending on the state and blood bank, so it is important to check every hospital or donation center in your area individually. During every donation, a dog will donate approximately two cups, or one pint at each donation. A cat will donate approximately two ounces. When a dog donates blood just one time, it can help save the lives of up to four dogs! Pets get rewarded for their good deed with food, treats, toys and of course, belly rubs. Learn more with the video and article below.

Huffington Post (Dogs Can Donate Blood, Too)

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month: Here’s What You Can Do

The entire month of October is dedicated to the shelter dogs and they deserve all the love and exposure they can get! These cute and lovable animals are in need of a home and it is important to stress adoption of shelter dogs instead of visiting a breeder if you are in search of a pet. Learn more about Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and find out what you can do to help these sweet pooches.

What is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month?

The month of October is a time when local shelters are preparing to help you adopt a new pet. Both the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Association are working hard to get these amazing dogs into loving homes.

For those who’ve already rescued shelter dogs, you know that this process is extremely fulfilling. Instead of shopping for a pet at the store, taking the time to rescue a needy animal can bring a more rewarding experience for you and the dog.

Here’s How to Get Involved

If you are ready to use the month of October to make a difference, here are some steps you can take:

  • Contact your local shelter and see if they are offering discounts for adoption this month.
  • If you already have a pet, encourage your loved ones to adopt if they are searching for a pet.
  • Educate neighbors and community members about the importance of adopting instead of “buying” a dog.
  • Donate food to your local animal shelter to help feed the dogs they have up for adoption.
  • Promote the local spay and neuter programs to help reduce the populations in the shelter.
  • Volunteer at the local shelter to walk dogs or clean cages. They will be very grateful for another set of hands.

Even if you already have adopted a dog from the local shelter, maybe it could be time to potentially add a second dog to your household! If your home is a good fit for another pet, consider adopting to give yet another dog the life they deserve. Take this month to remind everyone you meet what the month of October means for these homeless dogs.

Helping to find these animals some loving homes will lift your spirits. These shelter dogs need attention and care; be the one who gives them a home full of love. Help adopt, educate or donate today!

Celebrate National Feral Cat Day on October 16th

Did you know that there is a day dedicated to helping feral cats? This October 16th marks the annual celebration of National Feral Cat Day. Originally started by Alley Cat Allies in 2001, this special day is all about raising awareness regarding feral cats. Let’s learn more about the ways you can take part in this amazing day. What is National Feral Cat Day About?

The purpose behind October 16th is focused on raising awareness to benefit feral cats. This involves promoting “Trap-Neuter-Return” programs, which are an effective way to help keep the stray population down. In addition, it is a time for recognizing the millions of loving Americans that care for these lovely cats.

National Feral Cat Day hopes to work together with the community to end cats being put down and having cats overpopulate areas. The way to do this is to spay and neuter feral cats. Because of this, many veterinarians will offer free spay and neuter clinics to the public on National Feral Cat Day.

How to Celebrate National Feral Cat Day

Feral cats are much like house cats. They have the same needs and the same natural behaviors. The difference is that they have not been adapted to living around humans, so they can sometimes cause issues in residential neighborhoods.

On October 16th, it is a great day to recognize what you can do for these cats and your community. Here are some steps you might want to take:

  • Discuss with your veterinarian about programs they might be offering for feral cats in your neighborhood.
  • Inform and educate your neighbors about feral cats and help them to get involved.
  • Participate in the Trap-Neuter-Return initiative to help prevent the problems facing feral cats.
  • Join with your local shelter in helping them care for feral cats that are brought into the facility.

Feral cats are just as worthy of healthy lives as domesticated cats. This will require the help and education of entire neighborhoods to make it possible. Use October 16th to be a voice for these cats. Then, they can live the life they were meant to; happy and healthy.

Taking your Pet on a Walk? Watch Out For Wild Animals

Taking your dog for a walk is a fantastic way to get your exercise and enjoy the world around you. During your time outside, it is possible that you could encounter a wild animal that could make your journey dangerous. Sometimes these events are unexpected, while other times you might notice warning signs, such as rustling or noises in the distance. Either way, any chance encounter with a wild animal can be scary and frightening to you and your pet.

There are steps you can take to minimize the chances of endangering yourself and your pet. Consider putting bells on your pet’s collar and plan to make plenty of noise during your walk. This will help to keep the wild animals away. Another option is to carry some protection in the form of a weapon or repellent. Depending what form of creature you encounter, you and your dog could be in danger. To find out more about how to handle individual situations, be sure to check out this post from Dog Time.

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