WARMFUZZY’S HAPPENING'S 

NOVEMBER 2005


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. 

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.

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 furkids.

This is Arthur.  He is a delightful little guy just full of personality who loves to talk to you and be petted.

 

Cuddles is in need of a home of her own too.  She is about 5 yrs old, does not do well with other animals or children.  Cuddles needs a special someone who will take the time to get to know her.  In return that special someone will a have a kittie they can call their "own".

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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. 


Is Your Pet Scratching - It Could Be Allergy

     Dogs and cats, just like humans, can have allergies.  More than 30% of all skin irritations in these animals can be attributed to allergies.  You may notice that your pet's symptoms get worse during the spring and summer simply because of the increased amounts of pollen in the air during those times.

What Are Allergies?

     An allergic reaction is one in which an individual reacts to a normal substance in the environment.  These substances are called allergens and include pollens, molds, animal hair, house dust, fleas, foods and many more.  Allergens cause reactions through skin contact, inhalation or ingestion.  Allergic animals posses IgE antibodies to the specific allergens.  These antibodies cause biochemical changes in the body which produce allergy symptoms.

How does an animal show signs of allergy?

     While the causes of allergies in humans and animals are the same, the clinical signs displayed may differ.  In humans the classic signs of allergy are nasal and respiratory.  In animals however, it is far more common to show signs of skin irritations with intense itching.  Cats often show more signs of respiratory distress (as in humans) than dogs.

     The classic signs of an allergic animal begin with scratching, feet licking and chewing and face rubbing.  As the allergies become more severe, the chewing may eventually lead to bacterial skin infections and large open sores.  Food allergies can also cause skin problems, although it is not uncommon for them to cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Why are my pets symptoms worse some times than others?

     Allergens are cumulative in their effect on animals.  The more allergens an animal is exposed to at any one time increases the chance of allergy symptoms, as well as the extent of the reaction.  The easiest way to picture this "threshold" phenomenon is to think of drops of water in a bucket, sooner or later the bucket will overflow, much as the immune system "overflows" beyond its threshold.  For this reason time of symptom onset is not necessarily an indication of what the animal is allergic to.  An animal with food and pollen allergies may only show symptoms in the summer (pollens count at its highest) because the pollens push it over the threshold.

How can I have my pets allergies diagnosed?

     After a thorough examination, your veterinarian will decide if allergy testing is indicated for your pet.  Having ruled out other possible maladies, a small sample of blood may be drawn and submitted to a lab for diagnostic evaluation.  There, your pets serum will be tested for sensitivity to inhalants such as pollens from trees, grasses, weeds and shrubs, fungi, house dust and mites, as well as for a host of food types used as ingredients in commercial dog and cat food preparations.

What about treatment for my pets allergies?

     The best form of treatment for allergies is avoidance of the offending allergen/s.  In most cases, however, this is not always possible.  Steroid drugs are often used for short-term relief of symptoms, but prolonged use of steroids can have serious side effects.  Hyposensitization (allergy shots) is another alternative.  In this case, treatment sets are formulated for your pet based on its allergy test results.  The treatments (injections) are given in increasing concentrations.  This builds up tolerance in the animal to the offending allergens so it can live more comfortable in its environment without the worry of side effects.

How effective is this form of treatment?

     Some allergy symptoms dissipate with time and treatment.  In other cases animals may require continued "allergy shots" to maintain tolerance to the allergens in questions.  With adherence to the treatment schedule, one can expect an excellent chance of elimination of or reduced dependence on steroid drugs.  Improvement in most cases is seen after 3 - 5 months of treatment, at which stage shots are given monthly.

What about food allergies?

     Since dogs and cats cannot be hyposensitized to foods, elimination is the only form of treatment in the case of food allergies.  Should your pet test positive to foods, your veterinarian should be able to give you a list of commercially available foods free from the ingredients to which your pet tested positive.

Are there any dangers involved?

     Adverse reactions are extremely rare, and any reactions if they do occur, should only be temporary and non=life threatening.

When should I see allergy symptoms in my pet?


     This depends on the cause of the animal's allergy problems.  If it has an allergy to pollens you might see all or more symptoms in the spring or summer.  If, however, it has a problem with indoor substances, such as house dust or mites, of food related allergies, you are more likely to see year round allergies.



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. 


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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