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Angel Fund

4/26/2017

We believe animals are given to us by God to respect; love and care for. For us, our animals have become the children we didn’t have together.   Our first 4 legged child was Sam I, a rescue terrier mix from the humane society. We have no idea how old he was or his background. We took him in and he took us o ver. For over 6 years he was our baby and our boss. He needed a great deal of medical care during the last two years of his life, but we were able to keep him happy and have a good quality of life with meds and excellent vet care. 

A few months after Sam I chose us I was given a kitten by our grandsons. We named him Frank. He and Sam I became good friends and wrestling buddies. I believe saying goodbye to Sam I was as hard on Frank as it was for us.

Six months later we got Sam II and Shiloh, litter mates. They filled the hole in our hearts left by the loss of Sam I. Frank became a great leader, but the pups became our bosses. They quickly knew Pat was a soft touch at dinner time and “dad” soon learned they preferred rib-eye to hamburger. 

We lost our beautiful sassy girl Shiloh is 2013 to kidney failure. We were able to keep her comfortable for many months with meds and treatments and excellent vet care.

 We lost our handsome, sweet boy 2016 to cancer even though we tried to keep him alive, again with meds, treatments, surgery and again excellent vet care.

Frankie misses them too, although at 18 years old he tends to want to sleep a lot.

We are grateful for tender veterinary care we’ve received at Interstate. Everyone has extended their talents, advice & emotional support to us for over twelve years and, soon we will be adding two new members to our family for Frank to show who’d the boss.

In honor of these gifts, those four-legged angels, we happily contribute to the Angel Fund in order to help those less able financially to care for their angels.

                                                                                                              -Gretchen

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Spaying & Neutering Facts

8/30/2015

Spaying and neutering is important for long term good health and eliminates the risk of unwanted puppies and kittens.  An article from USA Today (May 7, 2013) states that spayed female dogs live 23% longer than un-spayed females, and neutered male live 18% longer than un-neutered males.   Reduced lifespan of unaltered pets can be attributed to their increased urge to roam, exposing them to fights with other animals, being struck by cars, and other mishaps.  Another contributor is the increased risk of certain types of cancers. Unspayed females have a far greater risk of developing urterine cancer, mammary cancer and other reproductive cancers, along with the risk of pyometra (a uterine infection that can be fatal). Unneutered males have the risk of testicular cancer, and increased risk of prostate cancer, prostatitis, and perianal tumors.

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Otitis Externa - Ear Infection

7/1/2015

Otitis Externa is inflammation of the external ear canal.  In some cases the pinna (ear flap) and or middle ear may also be affected.  Many factors can be involved in otitis externa developing; these can be divided into 3 main categories, Predisposing factors, primary causes, and perpetuating factors.  The common signs to look for  are discharge and odor from the ear, redness or swelling of the ear, rubbing or pawing at the ear, shaking of the head, and decreased hearing ( not be confused with selective hearing).
Predisposing factors can be breed or individual specific factors that change the environment of the ear canal, making them more susceptible to bacteria and yeast infect ions. The most common of these are pendulous or floppy ears, narrow ear canals, excessive hair in the canal, and frequent swimming.  Otitis externa can affect any dog or cat; we most commonly see issues in Cocker Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Miniature Poodles.

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