Care for Your Pet After a Tick Bite


Dogs love nothing more than romping in the great outdoors and discovering new environments. Yet, Mother Nature can have a few nasty surprises for Fido – such as ticks. The threat posed by ticks to both dogs and their owners is quite real, and the National Institute of Infectious

Diseases reminds everyone that tick bites can spread through multiple vectors. Worse still, tick-borne diseases are on the rise. Unfortunately, ticks are widespread and there’s no vaccine, so owners have to be reactive rather than proactive to prevent tick-borne illness.

When your dog comes home after being outside, perform a thorough check for ticks. Remember that many ticks can be the same dark color as a dog’s fur and can be quite small, meaning that a quick look-over isn’t enough to make certain that these pests are left outside where they belong. Check every part of a dog’s fur to make certain no unwanted company was brought into the house. Use your hands to feel for tick bumps wherever you cannot see anything, such as in areas like behind the ears, between the toes and under the jaw.

If you find a tick (or two or three), don’t panic. Remove the tick as quickly as possible once it is found. First, put on a pair of gloves, so that you do not risk spreading microbes over your pet or yourself. Take a pair of sanitized tweezers and grip the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull upwards firmly and quickly. If you pull at an angle, or pull slowly, you might separate the tick head from its body, which can lead to an infection. Finally, apply antiseptic to the bite location, and disinfect the tweezers.

A tick bite does not always lead to sickness, but pet owners should be very careful to watch their furry friend for symptoms. Fatigue, low movement, and breathing difficulties can indicate a tick-borne infection. Take your pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible if they show any of these symptoms.

Post provided by contributor, Monica Gomez.

 

Happy HOWLidays!

Happy HOWLidays from Seattle Humane! This time of the year can get super busy for everyone, so we wanted to make sure you had a one-stop spot for every animal lover in your family — including your furry friend.

2016 Seattle Humane Calendar

Get a year of cute with pet photography donated by Anna Hoychuck Photography. Buy yours online or at the shelter. 

Seattle Humane Apparel

 Fun apparel, pet items and more at seattlehumane.org/store. 

NEW this year is our “IT” shirt of the season. Wear your Seattle Humane pride loud and 222proud with this special tee and help support our campaign to build a new animal shelter and veterinary teaching hospital.

Holiday E-Cards

Donate in honor of a loved one and they’ll receive a holiday e-card featuring pets from Seattle Humane. Send your holiday cheer today! 

AmazonSmile Gives Back

 Buying your holiday gifts through Amazon this year? Sign up for AmazonSmile and they’ll donate a portion of every purchase to Seattle Humane. Just look for “Humane Society for Seattle-King Co”. Start your shopping now!

Santa Paw Photos

And, don’t forget – it’s not too late to send that holiday card out to friends. Santa Paws is going to be held at the Petco in Northgate on December 12th from 1-4 p.m. and also at University Village Dec. 14th and 21st from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Part of the sale proceeds will benefit the pets in our care.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Purrs and tail wags from Seattle Humane

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Find Your Purrfect Match Today!

12047120_10205306962739223_766023888903585641_nHere at Seattle Humane, we are all about saving lives and completing families. We want to be sure that each adopter who walks through our door is matched with the appropriate pet to fit their lifestyle. To ensure this, we go through a thorough match making process with each adoptive parent. It’s our goal to match you with the purrfect pet in hopes of building a lifelong relationship.

  1. When you first arrive at Seattle Humane you’ll be greeted with a friendly “hello!” from our volunteers and staff. Shortly after, we’ll jump right into “which furry friend brought you in today?”
  2. Depending on your interest, we will either show you where our cats hang out or we will take you outside to visit with our pups.
  3. If you don’t have a specific interest in one of the animals yet, that’s when the real fun begins!
  4. At this time we give you the opportunity to fill out a pre-adoption questionnaire form that tells us a little more about you and your lifestyle. The questions help us determine which pet will fit into your family best.
  5. Once all of the forms are filled out you will meet with one of our Adoption Advisors to go over what you are looking for in a furry friend of your own. Here we will cover everything to ensure we have the proper information to find your purrfect match – after all, we wouldn’t be a good match maker if we didn’t have all the necessary information!
  6. Now it’s your turn to have the fun! We will either show you to our kitty rooms or take you out to visit the dogs. It’s time to see if those spark fly! Really get to know your furry friend, this is your time – don’t feel rushed! Sometimes we just know our perfect match when we see them, but other times it might take a little extra time. Take your time, enjoy the process.
  7. Once you’ve found your match we can get the paperwork started!
  8. All of our cats will need to leave with a carrier and all of our dogs will need a leash and a collar. Don’t stress if you haven’t gotten these items, we have them here for purchase! We even have dog and cat starter kits to ensure that this process is as painless as possible. There’s no need to stop by the pet store on the way home, you can just go home to enjoy the afternoon with Fido!
  9. We provide you with all of the pet’s original paperwork, a free vet visit, 30 days of Trupanion pet health insurance, a 6-week training class for dogs and plenty of coupons and pet advice handouts to start you off on the right paw!
  10. Now is the time you get to do the happy dance out the door with your new family member.
  11. To ensure your adoption is still going great, we will follow up with a phone call or an email within the month. If you have any questions or concerns, we always welcome an email or a phone call – we want to provide you with all the necessary tools for success with your new furry friend.

IMG_6142What are you waiting for? Come into Seattle Humane to find your purrfect match today!

Get Outside and Exercise!

stay fit and healthyRunning or walking with your dog can keep you motivated to stay on track and get healthy together. Daily exercise sessions can benefit you and furry companion – and you don’t need to spend a ton of money on a gym membership.

Exercise needs vary depending on the breed, age and individual traits of the dog. Check with your dog’s veterinarian before starting an exercise program. Your vet can check your dog for any health issues that may be aggravated by exercise and suggest safe activities.

Increasing your pet’s daily activity will allow them to burn more calories each day. Exercising can be easier to achieve in a dog you can walk and run versus a cat who requires coaxing to move, however, there are many interesting interactive cat toys available to improve activity. A laser-pointer session or wiggling around a shoe string might be a perfect way to get your cat on the move.

Benefits of Exercise

    • Taking your dog for 30-minute walks once or twice a day is a great way to stay healthy. Also, jogging, swimming and playing at the dog park are all great ways to burn excess energy.
    • Sufficient exercise helps reduce or eliminate common behaviors such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity. Dogs need physical and mental stimulation each day.
    • Exercise helps prevent boredom and channels the dog’s energy in a productive and acceptable way.

 

Looking for ways to exercise and help animals in need? We’ve got you covered!

Seattle Humane’s 13th annual Walk for the Animals is coming up on October 18. This year we’ve changed our location to the beautiful and scenic Green Lake, enjoy a 2.8-mile walk around the lake with your furry friend. Register now and start fundraising to provide food, shelter and veterinary care for orphaned pets in our community.

Love to run, bike, or swim AND love animals?

Come learn about Seattle Humane’s Charity Athlete Program, a fun way for animal lovers to raise funds for the pets in our care through participation in any athletic race or personal challenge including the Seattle Marathon (Full and Half) on Nov. 29! By joining the Charity Athlete team you can race knowing you are saving lives in the process. Charity Athletes get exclusive discounts on registration, a sports-performance shirt, T-shirts for your Cheer Squad, Yappy Hour with the team (think Happy Hour but with dogs!), and more! Grab a friend and head to Seattle Humane on Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. for an hour-long info session on Charity Athlete and special information on the Full and Half Seattle Marathon.

Please RSVP to [email protected].

BARK to School

Our warm weather might still say summer, but it’s time to get back to school. If summer is still on your mind and you haven’t quite finished all of your back to school shopping yet, we’ve got some things for you to keep in mind.

Did you know you can help support Seattle Humane with your back to school shopping? Below are several ways to help the animals by simply checking off the items on your list.

Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards – Sign up for Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program and every time you use your Rewards Card a donation will be made to Seattle Humane! You’ll still earn your rewards points, fuel points, and rebates, just as you normally do. For more information visit fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and link your card to “Seattle Humane.”

AmazonSmile – You shop – Amazon gives! Sign up for AmazonSmile and they’ll donate 0.5% of your purchases to Seattle Humane when you select us to be your preferred charity. Learn more at: bit.ly/AmazonSmile-SHS

Bartell Drugs eScrip – Before you swing by Bartell Drugs to pick up hand sanitizer and that handy headache medicine, be sure to sign up for their “B” Caring Card! You get the medicine cabinet staples you need, and Seattle Humane receives 4% back.

YourBuyGives – YourBuyGives works with leading online stores like Groupon, Expedia, Kohl’s and more that will donate a percentage of every online purchase to Seattle Humane. A great way to support your favorite cause at no cost to you. Participating stores will also provide exclusive discounts to you as well. A win-win!

Step 1: Go to YourBuyGives.com Seattle Humane webpage
Step 2: Click though to the website you would like to shop
Step 3: A percentage of your purchase will be donated to the pets in our care!

Shelter Pups – Just in time for new students heading to college – give them a replica of your precious pet for them to have always! When you order an adorable custom pup or kitty made from natural wool, 15% of each sale benefits the homeless pets in our care! Just be sure to click here when accessing the site to maximize your gift to help pets in need.

Seattle Humane Wishlist – While you’re out shopping, pick up a bag of food for our Pet Food Bank like cans of Friskies for our cats, or visit our Amazon Wishlist. Then head to Seattle Humane to deliver and visit with the animals. It’s the perfect way to calm some of those back to school jitters!

AND don’t forget about your furry friends too! Our pets can get the back to school blues when the family heads back to school and work after a long summer with everyone. Here are some tips to help with the transition of getting everyone in the family back on a regular school schedule.

  • Give your pet a treat every time you leave to help them develop positive associations with being alone.
  • Keep your departures and returns quiet and low-key so as not to arouse any alarm unduly. Leave a familiar blanket or one of your T-shirts with your pet. Your smell will help soothe them. Ask your kids to spend quality time with the family pet after school – a walk around the block, a game of fetch in the yard.
  • Puzzle treats entertain longer – Keep them stimulated with physical and mental workouts. Hiding treats around the home can keep a dog or cat busy for hours. Stuffed Kong’s are also great entertainment for dogs and some cats love to find a paper bag lying open on the floor (sprinkle cat nip inside)!
  • Consider hiring an occasional dog walker or bringing your pooch to a doggie-daycare a few times a week to break up their day. This can help alleviate boredom and provide your pet with exercise.
  • Don’t scold or punish your pet for bad behavior when you come home. It may make your pet more anxious and make situations worse.
  • Try to avoid making additional changes if you can help it – don’t change their diet at this time for example. Keep exercise consistent and set aside a designated time each evening to give your pet one on one attention.

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