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Miss Mollie Mae: Today is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day!

Did you know August 22 is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day? Bizarre as this might sound, there is, in fact, a very legitimate purpose to this annual occasion.

It seems hard to believe, but according to the American Humane Society, cats go the veterinarian half as often as dogs and many people only take their cat to the vet when their cat is sick. While humans are used to visiting the dentist, doctor, and optician regularly for health assessments, many cat owners forget to take their feline friend to the vet for check-ups and instead only when a medical problem arises. This, of course, results in costly bills which might otherwise have been avoided if routine checks, worming, vaccinations, immunizations, and blood screenings were carried out.

It’s a great time to make an appointment to bring your cat to the vet for a check-up! The goal of routine medical care is to prevent preventable illnesses and to detect diseases early while they are easiest to treat. Take advantage of the veterinary care available and bring your cat to the vet!cat


Miss Mollie Mae: First Aid for Dogs and Cats

If you share a home with a dog or cat, chances are you have experienced a health crisis with them. Because every minute counts, there are some common emergency tips to help stabilize your pet before you can get to an animal emergency room.

Be Prepared: Build a portable first aid kit or box for home and travel including gauze, bandages, towels, thermometer, eye dropper, and leash. Create a medical history card with phone numbers for your vet, emergency hospital, and poison control hotline. Add your pet’s medical history including recent vaccines, heartworm status, recent surgeries, and any medications including dose and frequency.

Trauma: Always approach your pet with caution if they have an injury, are sick, or in pain. If your pet is bleeding, place a bandage to slow blood loss, apply pressure, and minimize contamination of the wound. Do not remove any penetrating objects.

Seizures: If you believe your pet is having a seizure, you should block off stairs and move potentially dangerous objects from the path of the pet. Do not try to hold them down. Seek vet help immediately as even 1 seizure is dangerous and can lead to more.

Toxicities: If you believe your pet has been exposed to substances which can be life threatening, call poison control. There is a charge to call, but each service houses a database of thousands of toxins including clinical signs and treatment recommendations. If toxins were ingested, vomiting should be induced ONLY if ingestion was witnessed and should be induced with hydrogen peroxide (1-2 teaspoons for every 10 pounds). For dermal exposure, bathe with mild soap and wear gloves.

Burns and Smoke Inhalation: Burns are very painful and often very difficult to detect on a pet unless […]

Miss Mollie Mae: June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month!

Each spring during kitten season, thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. And the shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first cat or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat!

“Top Ten” Checklist for Adopting a Cat

  1. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two.
  2. Find a cat whose personality complements yours.
  3. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption.
  4. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home.
  5. Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat.
  6. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives.
  7. Cat-proof your home.
  8. Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family.
  9. Be sure to include your new pet in your family emergency plan.
  10. If you are considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process.



Miss Mollie Mae: International Hug Your Cat Day!

You promise yourself (and your cat) that you’ll be better next time. You’ll remember to shower your beloved pet with affection. You’ll rub her belly and pat her on the head 100 times tonight. But then, the business of life gets in the way. The sun sets, another day comes to an end and your cat carries on without the attention she deserves.

On June 4th, National Hug Your Cat Day, cat owners take a collective pause to recognize their loved ones – the way they wish they could every day.



Watch how affectionate this cat is with his owner:


Miss Mollie Mae: Celebrate Dog Bite Prevention Week!

Miss Mollie Mae: National Dog Bite Prevention Week!

National Dog Bite Prevention Week focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites. With an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs every year. The majority of these bites, if not all, are preventable.

Even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest pup can bite if provoked. Most people are bitten by their own dog or one they know. There are many things you can do to avoid dog bites:

  • Make sure your pet is socialized so it feels at ease around people and other animals.
  • Properly train your dog. The basic commands of “sit” “stay” “no” and “come” can be incorporated into fun activities that build a bond of obedience and trust between pets and people. Avoid highly excitable games like wrestling or tug-of-war.
  • Dogs are social animals and spending time with them is important. Dogs that are frequently left alone have a greater chance of developing behavioral problems. Walk and exercise your dog regularly to keep it healthy and provide mental stimulation. Have your dog vaccinated and prevent infectious diseases.
  • Never disturb a dog that’s eating or sleeping.
  • If you are threatened by a dog, remain calm. Don’t scream or yell.

Be a responsible pet owner. Be alert and know your dog.