Most pet owners realize that keeping pets in hot cars can kill them…but not many realize just how quickly the effects of heatstroke can set in for a dog or cat. Heatstroke is a condition animals begin to suffer gradually, but it accelerates quickly; it’s easy for early signs of heatstroke to go unrecognized, and for the pet to be in an emergency situation within mere minutes.
On warm days, a vehicle acts like an oven. It holds the heat inside, and that heat becomes very intense even on days that don’t seem too warm. On an 85-degree day, for example, even with the windows open, the temperature inside a car can climb to 102 degrees in 10 minutes, and to 120 degrees in 30 minutes. With the humidity we experience here on the shore, it may go even higher. Because a dog’s normal body temperature is 101-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit, he can withstand a body temperature of 107-108 degrees for only a very short time before suffering irreparable brain damage…or death.(more…)
PETCO’s LoveLost Program is reuniting animals and their people online. This free, centralized lost and found tool is a single database that uses patented facial recognition technology to make finding lost pets quicker and easier. It is used by many shelters in our community to display all lost and found pets. Having all lost and found pets posted in the same place means that distressed pet owners no longer need to check dozens of different sources every day.
Animal shelters are on board, but we need your help to spread the word about this software so that any time a pet is lost or found, we all turn to Petco Love Lost.
Here’s what you need to know:
Petco Love Lost immediately pulls listings from shelter databases into a centralized place.
Lost and found pets are both posted on there. Uploaded photos of a missing dog or cat are immediately scanned to determine whether the lost pet is at a participating shelter or with a neighbor in the community.
Petco Love Lost is not just for shelters to use, but also for citizen-to-citizen matches.
Petco Love Lost has a smartphone app and their website is mobile-friendly, allowing pet owners and finders to quickly report lost and found pets, even on the go. There is no faster method to alert both the community and all surrounding shelters.
Petco Love Lost has award-winning pet facial recognition that makes matches, sending alerts of these matches to pet owners, finders and shelters.
You can register your pets in the database right now so that if they ever go missing, the software will automatically alert you of animals in shelters that look like your pet.
Petco Love Lost is a FREE national database sponsored by Petco Love, formerly known as the Petco Foundation, so that there is never any expense to pet owners, finders or shelters!
Next time you see a lost/found post either in a group, on a neighborhood page or on a friend’s private account, link them to Petco Love Lost– you could be the reason a pet and his owner are reunited!
For the month of May our local Weis Market on Marlboro Rd. in Easton will be supporting the animals of Talbot Humane through their monthly “round up” program! When you make your purchase, simply choose to “round up”. Those funds will come to Talbot Humane! Over the past couple of years Weis has donated several thousand dollars in gift cards which we use for pet food, events and shelter supplies! We are so thankful to have Weis Markets as a community partner. Together our humane community changes lives!
Join us for a “virtual” shower to help us prepare for kitten season 2021! Every year Talbot Humane receives hundreds of kittens from just born to weeks old. These sweet babies require specialized care and need a lot of supplies! If you can make a donation we would so appreciate your support!
The Mid Shore’s original pet photo contest is back! Talbot Humane’s 3rd annual photo calendar contest, Petparazzi, offers pet lovers the opportunity to enter their dogs, cats, or other small companion animals in a photo competition while raising funds for the shelter’s animal care and community outreach services.
Participants may enter their pets online beginning June 1 until the contest ends on July 31. Using email and social media, entrants urge their family, friends, and co-workers to “vote” with their dollars for their pet on the contest website. The top dogs, cats, and other companion animals who receive the most votes in their respective categories at the end of the contest will be featured as a Pet of the Month in the 2022 Talbot Humane Petparazzi Calendar. The pet who raises the most funds overall in the voting will also appear on the cover of the calendar. The entry fee of $30 is considered a tax-deductible donation to Talbot Humane and includes a copy of the 2022 calendar with each entry. Pets entered in the contest are not limited to Talbot Humane alumni, or even to Talbot County; all pets are welcome!
Through the generous support of our community, in its first two years, the Petparrazzi calendar contest raised over $35,000 for the animals of Talbot Humane.
Those crazy cats at Yo Java Bowl are stepping up for the animals for the month of April! For every Acai Bowl sold at the Easton Farmer’s Market they will fund 1 meal for a pet. The Easton Farmer’s Market opens Saturday April 10th, and Yo Java Bowl will be there all month long, supporting your need for delish food and feeding the animals in need!
Keeping Your Pets Safe from Common Household Items
According to the National Safety Council, thousands of lives have been saved due to physical barriers like child resistant packaging and awareness campaigns. Likewise, in recent years, the veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline have worked tirelessly to raise awareness about protecting our vulnerable and unknowing pets from common household items that are highly poisonous to them. “Every year, we receive thousands of phone calls from pet owners, veterinarians and veterinary technicians about potentially poisoned pets,” said Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC and associate director of Veterinary Services for Pet Poison Helpline. “Fifty percent of the calls are for pets that have been accidentally poisoned by something that is safe for humans, but toxic to pets. It only takes a few minutes to educate yourself on how to avoid these situations. Appropriate petproofing and awareness of what to do in the event of a pet poisoning situation could spare you and your pet trips to the veterinarian for expensive, but life-saving treatments.”
Below are the most common household items that are toxic to pets. Ensuring that your pet doesn’t ingest them will be well worth the time and effort needed to keep them a safe distance away.
Xylitol: Many sugarless gums, including some Trident™, Orbit™, and Ice Breaker™ brands, contain xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to dogs. Candies, mints, flavored multi-vitamins, desserts and baked goods may also be made with xylitol. Even small amounts when ingested can result in a life-threatening drop in blood sugar, or with large amounts of ingestion, liver failure. Signs of xylitol poisoning include vomiting, weakness, difficulty walking, tremors and
Human medications: Common human drugs including NSAIDs (e.g. Advil®, Aleve® and Motrin®), acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol®) and antidepressants (e.g. Effexor®, Cymbalta®,Prozac®) can cause serious harm to your pets when ingested. NSAIDs can cause serious stomach and intestinal ulcers as well as kidney failure. Acetaminophen can damage red blood
cells in cats, limiting their ability to carry oxygen, and in dogs, it can lead to severe liver failure. Ingestion of antidepressants, which, of all human medications account for the highest number of calls to Pet Poison Helpline, can lead to neurological problems like sedation, incoordination, agitation, tremors and seizures.
Flowers: With Easter and spring right around the corner, flowers will begin to bloom. As beautiful as they are, some flowers can cause severe toxicity, or even fatalities, in animals. Certain types of lilies including tiger, day, Asiatic, Easter and Japanese lilies, are highly toxic to cats. Severe kidney failure can result from ingestion of even a few petals, leaves, or even the pollen. In addition, ingestion of certain spring bulbs (e.g. daffodils, tulips) can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. More serious reactions include abnormal heart rate or
changes in breathing.
Chocolate: With the Easter bunny on his way, make sure your kids hide their candy from your dog. While the occasional chocolate chip in one cookie may not be an issue, certain types of chocolate can be very toxic. Baker’s chocolate and dark chocolate pose the biggest problem. The darker and more bitter the chocolate, the more dangerous it is to our pets. The chemical toxicity in chocolate is due to methylxanthines (a relative of caffeine) and results in vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, seizures, and possibly death.
Fertilizers: Many fertilizers are basic gastrointestinal irritants. However, some are often combined with dangerous chemicals and compounds called organophosphates or carbamates, which can be harmful or deadly to pets. Ingestion can result in drooling, watery eyes, urination, defecation, seizures, difficulty breathing, fever and even death.
Pest Control Products: Rodent, snail and slug baits are often used to keep pests at bay. However, if ingested, these poisons are extremely harmful to pets. They are highly toxic and without immediate veterinary attention can be fatal. Rodent baits typically can result in blood clotting disorders, brain swelling or kidney failure, while snail and slug baits can result in severe tremors or seizures.
Pet Poison Helpline recently worked with VPI pet insurance to produce several videos with helpful and interesting information about keeping your pets safe from toxins inside and outside the home. They are available here: http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/Ask-the-Vet-Videos
Remember that what is safe for humans isn’t always safe for pets. If you think your pet has ingested something poisonous, it is always better (and less expensive) to get help immediately, rather than waiting until your pet is showing severe symptoms. Contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately at 800-213-6680 for life-saving help. Pet Poison Helpline is the most cost-effective animal poison control center in North America charging only $35 per call, including unlimited follow-up consultations.
Our friends at Legal Assets are supporting the animals of Talbot Humane! We are so thankful for our community partners and this new addition to Easton from our dear friends the Oristian family who have supported us for years is exciting.
Sunday March 14th they are having their first Bark and Brunch. Legal Assets is teaming up with Tito’s Handmade Vodka for a fundraiser for Talbot Humane. HOLD THIS DATE! Then join us in the Legal Assets Backyard Patio for a Dog-Friendly afternoon. They plan to have giveaways, special treats, raffles, and more.
January 2021 in a unanimous vote Bridget Horner was named new President of the Board of Directors of Talbot Humane after Joe Petro stepped down from his 5 years of incredible leadership. Bridget hails originally from the Baltimore area where she worked for Baltimore Gas & Electric/Exelon for 31.5 years until retiring in 2018, moving to Easton with her husband John in 2016. Serving and supporting Talbot Humane as a member since December 2019, and previously on boards for the Everyman Theatre, and the former Institute of Notre Dame, both in Baltimore, MD Bridget brings a passion for animals and a commitment to the community. “We are excited to have Bridget take the helm as we continue our growth to serve the animals and their humans” shares Patty Quimby, Executive Director.
The Talbot Humane Board of Directors also voted 2 new community members to serve the animals of the Midshore, welcoming Dr. Jan Tesi and Vicki Petro to the Board of Directors. Dr. Tesi a private practice veterinarian who has volunteered her services and as a foster parent for the last several years. Vicki is employed with Easton Utilities as their Director of Human Resources and has been a volunteer and supporter of Talbot Humane with her husband Joe for over a decade.
Looking forward, we are excited to see what our team of seasoned members and new friends will bring to the animals and citizens of our community.