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Rabies clinics in Sullivan and Wayne counties

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — There will be a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats sponsored by the Jeffersonville Lion’s Club on Tuesday, May 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Jeffersonville Firehouse. The cost is $6 per pet. All animals must be on a leash or in a carrier. In order to receive a three-year rabies vaccination you must have official written proof of previous vaccination. Call 845/482-3330.  Read more

Battle with a bug

Pets in general can be quite mischievous and inquisitive. Dogs are a very good example of this. Because they find insects interesting, they frequently stick their noses in bushes and flowerbeds to investigate. The result is that they are often stung on their nose or face. The stings of bees, wasps and hornets as well as bites from ants and spiders can cause great trouble for your dog.  Read more

The right dog chow

There are so many different types of diets for us to choose from when we visit the grocery store. You can go find four different variations of any product you use on a daily basis. Choices such as gluten free, organic, produced in the USA only, natural and, of course, the traditional. If you have taken a stroll down the aisles of the pet store or local feed store, you will appreciate the exact same options for your dog. During that stroll you may encounter organic foods, natural products, organic, raw, frozen and traditional. It is easy to be overwhelmed with all the choices available.  Read more

Golf raises funds for Dessin

HONESDALE, PA — On Thursday, February 12, a memorial picture plaque honoring the late Dakota Lee Williams, who died at age 18 in an automobile accident in 2009, was presented to her family and is now prominently displayed in the lobby of Dessin Animal Shelter. The Williams family thanked all of the participants who attended the golf outing.

The family announced that the fifth annual Dakota Lee Williams golf tournament is in the initial planning stages and is scheduled for Sunday, July 11.  Read more

Senior dog care

Being a responsible pet owner comes with the joys of puppyhood, the active lifestyle of having an adult dog and the “golden years” with a senior. A dog is considered to be a senior, depending on its size and breed, when it has reached seven years of age. Some breeds are considered to be seniors sooner than age seven. Some of those breeds are Great Danes, Irish wolfhounds, German shepherds, St. Bernards and Newfoundlands. As with all other stages of your pet’s life, preventative care is crucial to early detection and management of diseases as well as better health management.  Read more

Importance of skin health in pets

A lustrous fur coat is a very important indicator of the health status of a pet. Pets with a dry, flaking, or an unkempt coat are indicators of underlying health conditions. Such conditions include thyroid disease, Cushing’s disease, liver or kidney disease, or nutritional disorders. One of the main ways your family veterinarian assesses the health of your dog or cat is by ooking at the conditions of his/her coat and skin.  Read more

GAIT seeks volunteers

MILFORD, PA — GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center has a number of rewarding opportunities for volunteers who are interested in working with horses, improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, or even with improving themselves. GAIT’s usual training schedule for new volunteers is on the first Saturday of each month from January through October. The first training session for new volunteers in 2015 will be on Saturday, January 3 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Prospective volunteers must be at least 12 years old, complete and sign GAIT’s volunteer forms, and attend a volunteer training course.  Read more

Tri-Gal 4H visit Dessin

HONESDALE, PA — On Sunday, November 2, 2014, 17 members of the Tri-Gal 4H attended a community service event at the Dessin Animal Shelter in Honesdale. There was a tour of the grounds, which included visiting the large indoor cat area and the dog kennels. Members walked all the dogs that were allowed to be walked. Some members cleaned out the large shed. Members donated many items to the shelter including cleaning supplies, toys, food, computer paper and money.

Bloat in dogs

Picture coming in from playing fetch with your dog in the yard and noticing that their abdomen seems bloated. When they try to drink water, they nearly immediately spit it all back up. That ignites a fury of subsequent events of retching and regurgitation of foam. Your dog continues to appear to be in pain with every episode and begins to pace frantically around the house.  Read more

Spa-A-Thon raises money for local shelter

HONESDALE, PA — Apple Day Spa & Hair Restoration Salon recently held a Spa-A-Thon to benefit Dessin Animal Shelter. Here, Dessin Shelter staff member Faith Bronson, left, is seen with adoptable dog Stella, and Apple Day staff members Karen Houschultz, Linda Pontonsky, Brittany Taninies, Betty Newport, Jessica Junkett and Dessin board member Sarah Simons with an adoptable Camden. The event raised $400 for the local shelter. Apple Day staff members donated their time and offered different services such as manicures, pedicures, facials and massages for 25% off.

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