Friday, October 28, 2011

Safety first for a Happy Howl-o-ween

While Halloween can be frighteningly fun for families, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is reminding pet owners that this holiday may be too scary and potentially dangerous for your pet.

The OHS recommends taking these precautions to help keep pets safe this Halloween:

Keep pets safely indoors while trick-or-treating.  Dogs can become easily excited and difficult to handle during the noise and commotion of the festivities.  If they get loose, they may dart into traffic or become lost.  It’s best to keep pets indoors in a separate room of the house, so they don’t slip out when the door is opened.  It’s especially important to keep black cats indoors during the period around the holiday, as they may be the target of pranksters.

Parents should keep their children away from strange animals.  Animals are easily frightened at the sight of noisy, costumed children and may bite.

Make sure your pets are properly identified.  In the event of an accidental escape, a collar, tag and microchip are your best bet your animal will make it home.  Frequently-opened doors provide a great opportunity for animals, especially cats, to run out of the house unnoticed.

Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know he/she enjoys it.  Confining costumes can cause stress and injury to pets if it restricts their movement, hearing or ability to breathe, bark or see.  Small dangling pieces may be chewed off and cause choking or intestinal obstruction.  Never leave your costumed pets unsupervised. 

Use decorations with caution.  Keep your pets away from lit pumpkins and electrical cords to avoid shocks and burns.

Keep candy out of your pet’s reach.  Chocolate can be toxic to many animals including dogs, cats and ferrets.  Wrappers can be dangerous too.  Remember that any change in an animal’s diet can cause digestive upset.

If you observe an animal in immediate distress or danger at Halloween or any time, please contact the OHS Rescue and Investigation Services team at 613-725-1532.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fly away home

The benefits of bird and small animal adoption

Fall is typically the time when birds fly south in search of warmer climates. The Ottawa Humane Society is hoping that many of its birds currently available for adoption will also find a warm place to stay this fall!

Birds make fascinating companions. With their colourful plumage and melodic songs, birds can provide hours of entertainment for doting owners. They require a cage large enough to allow for exercise and flight, perches and toys to provide stimulation and a diet that includes seeds, nuts, fresh greens and fruit. Many birds are compatible in pairs, and in fact are happier living with a bird buddy. So, during the month of November, consider adding two finches, budgies or lovebirds to your family!
Armana, A129619

To find out more about the the birds and other small animals currently available for adoption at the OHS, click here!

This is Armana, A129619, a female, yellow and green Budgie. She is almost two years old and was surrendered to the shleter by her owner on May 9, 2011. She is one of several budgies currently available for adoption at the Ottawa Humane Society.

The average lifespan of a budgie is 8 to 10 years. It is not unusual for a budgie to live to 14 years of age and the occasional budgie makes it to 20! To insure your budgie has a long and happy life, he or she needs : a clean cage, daily exercise, a healthy diet, and plenty of activity and companionship.

Stop by the adoption centre at 245 West Hunt Club Road and visit with Armana and the other animals, or call 613-725-3166 ext. 258 to speak with an adoption counselor about what type of pet is right for you.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Buddy & Belle: Balou

Balou (A128330), a black Labrador retriever mix, was picked up at a local veterinary clinic by the OHS Rescue and Investigation Services team. He had suffered a broken leg and his owner could not afford veterinary care.

When he arrived at the OHS he was examined and given medication to help with this painful injury. After consultation with an orthopedic veterinarian, Balou’s leg was put into a Velpeau sling - a special type of sling to allow his leg to heal comfortably without surgery. Balou was fostered by a Registered Veterinary Technician (also an OHS employee) so he could have daily physiotherapy on his healing leg.

Balou is on the road to recovery! Please help Balou, and other animals like him, by sponsoring his medical treatment.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fire Prevention Week: What does that mean for your pet?

October 9 - 15 is Fire Prevention Week - the week to safeguard you, your family and your pets against fire! And what better time to "fire proof" your pets to help prevent a disaster from happening in your home.

Never leave a burning candle unsupervised! Even leaving the room for a minute is enough time for a curious cat or a tail-wagging dog to knock over a candle.

Make sure that all cords are either inaccessible to your pets, or that you unplug the cords when the electrical device is not in use. Some dogs, cats, rabbits and rodents like to nibble on cords, which can result in serious burns and can cause a fire.

Keep certain appliances, such as irons and hair dryers, out of pets' reach. These appliances can produce enough heat that, if knocked over by a pet, they could start a fire.

Install a barrier in front of fireplaces, campfires, barbecues and portable heaters. It is a myth that pets are afraid of fire - in fact, many pets like to lay close to a source of heat to stay warm. Lying too close to a fire could result in your pet's fur catching fire; and it is possible for most pets to knock over a portable heater or a barbecue. Always ensure your pets cannot get near these items.    

If your pet does get burned, put cool water on the burned area quickly, followed by a cold compress, and seek veterinary assistance immediately.

Want to let authorities know you have a pet in your home, in case of an emergency? Visit the Ottawa Humane Society at 245 West Hunt Club Road to pick up your window decal to place in a window or door.

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