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Miss Mollie Mae – National Walk Your Dog Week

National Walk Your Dog Week is here, making it the perfect time to get your pup’s paws moving! The first week of October is beautiful across the U.S. where the air is crisp and the leaves have begun to change color!

National Walk Your Dog Week was founded in 2010 to bring awareness to the ever increasing problem of canine behavior issues and canine obesity in America. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 40% of dogs…a total of about 17 million in the United States, are overweight.  Just walking your dog just 30 minutes a day, meets the national recommendations for heart health!

Not only will walking your pooch keep both of you physically fit, but it also wards off high cholesterol and high blood pressure. At the end of the walk, you and your pooch will feel more relaxed, refreshed and have more confidence!  Walking with your furry friend each day strengthens your bond, leading to a strong, trusting relationship.

Walking your furry best friend each day gives your pup a chance to meet new friends. Your pooch will become familiar with all the sights and sounds of the neighborhood by meeting people, dogs and other creatures. Switch up your walking route every once in a while so your pooch can have different encounters leading to less nervousness in the future. Walking daily with your pup is a great way to help them relax, bark less, and reduce anxiety.

There must be a reason why your pup starts jumping in circles, wagging her tail and howling for joy every time you grab the leash! Although it may not be scientifically proven, it seems to us that dogs LOVE going on walks.

Miss Mollie Mae – National Pet Memorial Day on September 11, 2016

Each year on the second Sunday in September, people join together in observing National Pet Memorial Day.  On this day, pet owners honor their pets, both past and present and think about and share with others the important role that their beloved pets have played, and do play, in their lives.

The death of a pet or an animal to which one has become emotionally bonded can be an intense loss, comparable with the death of a human loved one. This day gives us an opportunity to bring closure to the departure of our beloved pets.

Ways to commemorate National Pet Memorial Day:

  • Spend a few minutes reflecting upon pleasant memories of your pet
  • If you buried your pet somewhere, go for a visit
  • Contribute to an animal protection group
  • Volunteer at an animal protection group
  • Create a small memorial in a flower garden in your yard
  • Plant a tree or a shrub as a living memorial



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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.