WARMFUZZY’S HAPPENING'S 

February  2006

WarmFuzzy’s operates on a shoe string and we make many personal sacrifices in our efforts to save lives. We try to coordinate more direct adoptions but currently do very few as most of the animals we rescue are ferals, so adoption donations are few & far between.  Almost all of the animals that come through our doors stay here at WarmFuzzy’s.  We do receive donations & are grateful for the generosity of our supporters & the fact that these gifts often arrive at the times when we need help the most.  Still it's not enough to cover the on-going costs of vetting, medications, food & related necessities. 

We have the where-with-all to take in many more cats and dogs but not without your help.   Please stop right now and make a tax deductible donation to WarmFuzzy's and save an innocent animals life whose only wrong was to be born because a "human" didn't spay or neuter her mommy and daddy.  Help right that wrong by sending your donation now.
 

Give yourself a WarmFuzzy and Make A Tax Deductible Donation To WarmFuzzy's today

 

If you are have trouble using the Paypal Link go to http://www.paypal.com  and use the email
         address Fuzzy1@warmfuzzys.org

In the meantime, please call us at 660-267-3497 to visit with Arthur (orange tabby), Gwen & Jackie (gray patch tabbies), all littermates rescued from Louisburg, KS.  They are 1 yrs old Abyssinia mix kitties.  These three are petite cats and you can see their pictures on our web site.  Or call us and tell us you want to sponsor one of these fur kids.

Grace was trapped at an apartment complex near Bannister Mall, KC, MO. Some helpful people at the complex took our trap with the kitten in it and threw it in a K-Mart dumpster. Luckily Grace made enough noise to alert K-Mart's security.

Grace was caught because she would not have survived the week with the below zero degree temperatures. She was just skin and bones when we caught her.

Grace is an absolutely adorable lovable Maine Coone kitten who is spayed and vaccinated.

Grace's adoption fee is $75.00  if you would like to take this little sweetheart and give her a forever home she deserves after the very rough life she has had.

 


Tax deductible donations can also be made through: 

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In an attempt to help the cats and dogs being held at Independence MO Animal Control we are now posting some of them on our web site under the URGENT link. 


The Importance of a Healthy Dog

     Your dog's health depends on you and your veterinarian.  If you own a puppy or an adult dog, like humans, they are at risk for different infectious diseases throughout their lives. Preventive vaccination programs will help maintain your dog's health against these diseases.  Proper nutrition and regular exercise combined with annual visits to the veterinarian will help maintain the good health of your pet.  As an owner you ant to provide the best health care for your pet.  A healthy dog is a happy dog that will provide enjoyment throughout its lifetime.

The Importance of an Annual Physical Exam

     The annual physical examination is as important for your dog as it is for you - it is the best way to ensure continued good health.  Dogs age at a different rate than people, making an annual physical examination an especially important opportunity to detect and prevent potential health problems as early as possible.  The breed of your dog as well as its size affects how it will age.  During the annual physical exam your veterinarian will be assessing the overall health of your dog as well as age and breed-related issues.  The evaluation of your dog's health may include laboratory testing and other diagnostic workups.  Preventive healthcare measures such as vaccinations, parasite control, proper nutrition, and dental care will be discussed.

Diagnosing Disease

     By carefully observing and feeling (palpating) your dog's body, a veterinarian often can detect disease.  Further diagnostics may be necessary either to confirm that disease is present or to differentiate between diseases.  One in 10 dogs has heart disease, but acquired heart disease mainly affects older dogs.  Although signs may not be visible, heart disease can be diagnosed during a clinical exam and in many cases can be managed successfully with early detection and treatment.
     Some of the more common tests that may be performed are:  examining stool samples and urine; drawing blood for blood chemistry evaluation, cell count, and to check for parasites; and checking skin scrapings for parasites or fungus.
     Early diagnoses of disease will help your dog remain healthy.  If you notice any of the following in your, as your veterinarian for advice:

     -  Abnormal behavior, sudden viciousness, or lethargy
     -  Abnormal discharge from nose, eyes, or other body openings
     -  Change in appetite that lasts a few days (this can include an increase or decrease in
        appetite)
     -  Excessive head shaking, scratching, or licking
     -  Abnormal lumps, limping, or difficulty in getting up or lying down
     -  Foul breath or excessive tartar and deposits on teeth
     -  Changes in urination or drinking habits
     -  Persistent vomiting or diarrhea

Preventing Disease

     There are many infectious diseases that your dog may be exposed to during its lifetime.  These diseases are caused when viruses, bacteria, or parasites enter your dog's body.  Vaccination is the best way to help fortify your dog's immune system in the fight against some viral and bacterial infections.  Vaccines prepare the body for the organisms it will encounter, and help the immune system develop its own defenses against them.

Parasitic Diseases

     Fleas - pose a real threat to the health of your pet as well as the well-being of your family.  Adult fleas feed on warm-blooded animals.  They cause irritation, possible allergic reaction, and may even transmit diseases to your pets.  The life cycle of the flea can be several months long, and immature stages can hide out in places like bedding, carpeting, and shaded areas.  Frontline Plus (for example) breaks the flea life cycle and provides continuous protection with easy, once-a-month applications.

     Ticks - can attach to your pet (and you) and feed on blood until they are engorged.  In all areas of the country, ticks can carry serious diseases that can be fatal such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and babesiosis.  Ticks typically feed for a period of time before transmitting disease. 

     Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is transmitted by infected mosquitoes.  The worms mature in the animals heart and can grow up to 12 inches long.  If left untreated, heartworm disease can result in death.  Talk to your veterinarian about prevention, which is easy and convenient.

     Canine distemper - is a highly contagious and potentially fatal viral disease in dogs.  Clinical signs may begin with a fever, runny nose, cough, and vomiting and progress to twitching muscles or seizures.

     Other parasites - such as intestinal roundworms (hookworms & ascarids) can be avoided with proper sanitation.  Puppies may acquire worms from their mothers and should be seen by a veterinarian 2 weeks after they are born.

Environmental Health

    
Poisons -  Plants and other items listed below can poison your dog.  Signs exhibited may include nausea, vomiting, increased salivation, and ulcers in the mouth, depending on the type and the amount of toxin ingested.

  -  Antifreeze
  -  Bleach
  -  Caladium
  -  Daffodil
  -  Dieffenbachia
  -  Iris
  -  Pest bait
  -  Philodendron
  -  Poinsettia
  -  Tropical seed pods and berries (common in dried arrangements)

What is Normal for your Dog?

Normal temperature     101 to 103 degrees F (38.4 to 39.4 C)
Normal heart rate           70 to 120 beats/min
Normal respiration         18 to 34 breaths/min 


When A Dog Should Be Vaccinated

     In a young dog, a series of vaccinations is given early in life to develop its immune system against disease.  To help maintain their level of immunity, mature dogs require regular vaccinations for a number of diseases.  Your veterinarian will assess your dog's risk factors and advise you on the vaccination plan he or she recommends.  Only your veterinarian knows your dog - its age, condition, history, and your local disease situation - and is the best source of correct vaccination information.

Puppies Require Multiple Vaccinations

     When a vaccine for a specific disease is given to your dog, its immune system makes special substances (antibodies) that work against a virus or bacteria if it is encountered in the body.  A nursing puppy receives antibodies from its mother to protect it from disease early in life, and these same antibodies can also keep a vaccine from being effective.  However, the maternal antibodies gradually decrease as the puppy gets older, necessitating the creation of new antibodies by the puppy to ward off disease.  By giving a series of vaccines over a period of time, even if early doses are not effective, later doses will stimulate the puppy to produce its own antibodies.

How Your Dog Will Feel After Vaccination

     How a dog reacts to a vaccine depends on a lot of factors such as its age, the type of vaccination, and the dog's overall health prior to being vaccinated.  In all likelihood your dog will feel fine.  It may show a few mild signs such as tiredness, mild fever, or lack of appetite for a short time before returning to normal.  If symptoms persist beyond 48 hours, however, consult your veterinarian.
 


The WarmFuzzy's web site ( http://www.warmfuzzys.org ) is constantly adding information and fact sheets.  If you run across anything that you feel should be here please contact us.  Last month we added more information to the Holistic Information section. 


The bottom line is now in order for us to continue taking care of those unwanted warmfuzzy's we need your help.  The Shelter is in dire need of some major repairs.  The pipes broke during the previous winter.  We need piping and fittings.  We need a new kitchen faucet.  We need lumber and plywood to replace sections of walls that have been ruined by water leaks.  We need to seal the roof.  We need electrical wiring put in place to support air conditioning and the new furnace that was donated.  During the summer months it can get to better than 110 degree's inside.  It's going to be a very cold winter for the kitties without the furnace being hooked up.  We need a new back door.  Donations of "materials" is also gratefully accepted.

To make a contribution to WarmFuzzy's you can use the Paypal link below.   OR you can send it to WarmFuzzy's, RR #1, Box 50K, Drexel, MO  64742.

To Sponsor one of our WarmFuzzy's:  The first year of sponsorship costs $10 a month to cover the cost of food, vaccinations & being altered.  Every year thereafter costs $8 a month for food and yearly vaccinations.  You will receive a picture of the warm fuzzy you choose to sponsor in email  or US Postal Service along with periodic updates on him/her as well as a Certificate of Sponsorship and a WarmFuzzy's sweatshirt (with a 6month paid sponsorship).  Think about it, then hopefully you will  help save a life. Thank you for supporting our WarmFuzzy's.


Joyce E. Maser-Ellis, Pres.
WarmFuzzy's
Fuzzy1@warmfuzzys.org
RR #1, Box 50K
Drexel, MO 64742
660-267-3497

Lisa A. Maser, VP: chantecocola@hotmail.com
Sharon K. Baseley, VP: Fuzzy4@warmfuzzys.org


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