Winter Woof Drive: January 2015

Please help us collect supplies/donations for the Humane Society, as we will be sponsoring a drive for the local one here in Charlotte!  The Winter Woof drive is January 1-31, 2015, there will be two red bins on the front porch of the Little Friends office if you would like to drop off any items (1516 Kenilworth Avenue Charlotte, NC 28203).  Our first drive was very successful, thanks to everyone who helped contribute!  Lets make this one even more successful, any one can donate supplies from the Humane Society’s wish list below:

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Food
  • Friskies or 9 Lives pate cat food
  • Bottles for feeding new born kittens and puppies
  • Canned dog food (Purina One preferred)
  • Gerber 2nd step baby food (turkey and turkey gravy or chicken and chicken gravy)
  • Beech Nut 1st step baby food (Chicken & Chicken broth and Turkey & Turkey broth)
  • KMR formula (sold at most pet stores to feed newborn kittens)
  • Esbilac formula (sold at most pet stores to feed newborn puppies)
Gift Cards/Certificates
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe’s
  • Costco
  • Staples
  • Office Max
Cleaning Supplies
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Broom length scrub brushes w/o swivel heads
  • 13 and 55 gallon trash bags
  • Clorox bleach (regular formula)
  • Febreze spray
  • Swifter sheets (dry & wet)
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Kitchen sponges
Animal Enrichment SuppliesOur animal behavior manager requires equipment to train, interact & socialize the animals during their stay with us offering them a more enriching experience. These items include:

  • Puppy training pads
  • Feline towers – www.felinesnoozers.com
  • Feline cage scratchers – www.stretchandscratch.com
  • Soft, moist dog treats for training
  • Large rawhide bones or rolls for dogs
  • Large or extra large dog crates
  • Kong stuffing (any flavor, made by the Kong company)
  • Puppy play or exercise pens
  • Large jolly balls for dogs
  • Kong wubbas
  • Good cuz/bad cuz toys
  • Tuff by nature ruffians
  • Rope toys
  • Nylabones-small, medium and large
  • Nylon Frisbees
  • Holl-ee rollers
  • Jolly balls
  • Jolly ball romp and rolls
  • Chuckits
  • Freeze dried liver training treats
  • Bill-jac training treats
  • Charlie bear training treats
  • Bully sticks
  • 4FT and 6FT leashes for walking and training
  • Dog collars/nylon premier type
  • Brushes/slicker and pin type
Shelter Supplies
  • Plastic cups, forks, or plates
  • Gatorade
  • HP 15, 17, and 12A print cartridges
  • Misc. office equipment (staplers, pens, post-it notes, copy paper, etc.)
  • Golf umbrellas
Animal Care Supplies
  • Blankets, comforters, fleece throws (no comforters or quilts, please – they are too large for us to wash)
  • Dog bed
  • Disposable Poop Bags (no dispensers needed – just rolls of bags)
  • Culturelle (sold at any drug store)
  • Washable fleece beds for the cats to lounge
  • Pet wipes
  • Kitty nappers and huts
  • Heating pads to warm little bottle feeders
  • Bath towels, bath mats with rubber backs, flat sheets and baby receiving blankets
  • Chicken broth or bullion
  • Metal cat & dog bowls
Medical Services & Equipment

We provide medical treatment to animals in our care and would like to provide even more services in-house but need program underwriting and new equipment to do so.

  • First Aid Kits
  • Ultrasonic cleaner
  • Canine Stretchers
  • Cage Dryer
  • IV infusion pump
  • IV fluid warmer
  • VSSI Way Platform Scale
  • Adjustable Exam Table
  • Refrigerator (w/ no freeze section)
  • Blood equipment (centrifuge, microscope)
  • Grooming table, equipment and cage dryer
Shelter Operations & Infrastructure

The shelter needs equipment to allow it to operate more smoothly and save the staff time which allows for more time to be spent interacting with the animals and servicing our clients.

  • Bulk Waste Disposal Dolly
  • Linoleum Flooring Repair
  • Large Ceiling Mounted Heaters for Kennels
  • Storage barn (12×32)
  • Video camera
  • iPads (new or gently used)

Winter Happenings

Brrr, it is officially Winter!  Hopefully everyone is keeping warm, do not forget to dress your fur babies accordingly as we approach the colder months.  Fun fact of the day- Do you know what breeds are most popular?  Here is a break down by every state in the USA.  North Carolina is actually represented by Labs, along with over half of the US.   http://barkpost.com/most-popular-breeds-by-state/

Latest in donations, Little Friends is hosting a Winter drive in January, please be on the look out for the wish list of supplies needed, so you can drop donations off to our office:)  We will post all necessary information on our website, under “Pawz 4 Giving.”

Hope everyone is getting ready for Christmas, we are!  Puppies everywhere:) http://barkpost.com/uk-surprise-puppy-gift/?email=jenniferc%40littlefriendspetsitting.com&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=non-subscriber&utm_campaign=20141217_NonSubscriber_Newsletter_Post

Don’t forget about our Instagram Contest, submission deadline is January 1, 2015!  One winner will be picked from each category (3), and receive a credit towards their next appointment.  Please tag us on Instagram @littlefriendspetsitting.

Happy Holidays to each and everyone of you, we wish you a Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

Don’t forget to enter our Instagram Contest!

Submit photos of your lovely pets by January 1, 2015 and the winner will win $50 towards a future appointment with us!  Do not forget to tag us on Instagram, @littlefriendspetsitting and use the correct hash tag.  There are three categories and the lovely office staff will be announcing a winner from each category January 2nd.  The categories are as follows:

1. Best “Holiday photo”

2. Best “Good list pup”

3. Best “Naughty list pup”

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Good luck to everyone!

happy holidays

Locate your missing pets!

A lot of people’s pets escape from their home and are lost in Charlotte, everyday!  And some, sadly do not get returned to their home.  I wanted to post a link to all of the local lost dogs, cats and other animals out there.  So many people do not think to check this website when their pet gets lost or runs away,  http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/cmpd/organization/support/animalcontrol/lostpets/Pages/default.aspx  (under “Reclaiming your pet”). Charlotte Animal Care and Control is good about updating their website with found animals, upon their intake and arrival to the shelter (within the hour).  Also if a pet comes in with a number, tattoo or is micro chipped-they will try their best to locate their home.  If your pet is micro chipped, alert them and they will notify local areas.  AC&C holds pets for 3 days and each pet receives an identification number. If you have lost your pet, and you know its Identification number, you can use the search bar at the bottom of their home page to search their database for it. Please put an A in front of the numbers when entering them (ex. A1234567).
  For those of you who do not know of the local CMPD Animal Shelter, it is located at 8315 Byrum Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28217.  Hours are  Mon. – Fri. 11:00am – 7:00pm & Sat. –Sun. 11:00am – 5:00pm.

cmpd animal care and control

There is also a way you can let them know if you found someone’s pet, you simply go and fill out a Found Pet Report Formhttp://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/CMPD/organization/Support/AnimalControl/LostPets/Pages/FoundPets.aspx  regardless if you want to try and locate the owner on your own time.  It is highly suggested that you check out the Lost Pet Page (they are separated by Dog and Cat and Other) and the AC&C Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/animalscmpd.  After 14 days, if you have had no luck you can call 311 and arrange an animal pick up or drop the pet off at the facility.

The best way to find your missing pet, is to go in person and look at the animals at the shelter or call 311 if you have the ID #, to reclaim your pet you must provide paperwork from your vet, AKC papers &/or pictures to prove that they are yours.   Even if you have found stray animals, call CMPD and they will help!  Also if you are looking to adopt or find your new pet, please try fostering to get to know the animals better- here is a link to the Critter Sitter Foster Application with the CMPD AC&C:  http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/CMPD/organization/Support/AnimalControl/Pages/Foster-Application.aspx 

Hope this helps, and if you ever loose your pet (hopefully never), keep these resources in mind and try to stay calm because we are all trying to get each and every pet to their original owners.

 

Administering Medications

Picture me following a 70 pound dog in circles to put eye drops in her eyes..it was a lot of harder than you can imagine.  Recently I was on a pet sit and had to administer medication in the pup’s eyes for an eye infection.  As soon as she saw me pull out the eye drops of the cabinet, she went the other way:(  I wanted to share a good article with everyone on how to give a dog liquid medication, so you can facilitate the process!

dog meds

 

Make sure when you do administer meds, you follow this easy technique: do not stop treatment early even if the problem seems to have gone away.  Make sure to only use medications prescribed by your vet.

Technique

Liquid medications should come with a dropper or syringe for administration. Fill the dropper or syringe with the prescribed amount of medicine. Holding your dog’s head still with one hand, insert the tip of the dropper or syringe into a corner of the mouth, between the cheek and the teeth, aiming toward the back of your dog’s head.
  • Do not tilt your dog’s head back; this may cause him to inhale the medicine. Squeeze the dropper or depress the syringe plunger to empty it.
  • Hold your dog’s mouth closed and stroke his throat or blow on his nose to encourage swallowing.
  • Reward your dog with a treat approved by your veterinarian.

Restraining Your Dog

You may need help keeping your dog still while you administer medicine. If you don’t have a helper handy, you may want to sit on the floor and hold the front of your dog’s body partially against your body or on your lap. If you have a large dog, you can stand behind your dog and have him sit back against your legs. Sometimes it helps to back your dog into a corner.  Small dogs can be wrapped in a large towel and held against your body, leaving only the head free. Be sure not to wrap your small dog too tightly.  If your dog struggles, talk to him calmly and stop administering the medicine if he becomes extremely agitated.  Contact your veterinarian if you have questions or run into any problems.  For more information, visit http://www.vetstreet.com/dogs/how-to-give-your-dog-liquid-medicine

Canine Cancer Research is an Advancement for Humans

Cancer is the number one killer of people in the world, next to diabetes.  Everyone wants to find a cure for cancer–in humans and animals.  The research team at Mississippi State College is working hard to better understand canine cancer, and it could also advance knowledge of human cancer.

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                                                                             MSU veterinary medicine doctoral student Shauna Trichler (l) takes a blood sample from a patient with assistance from research resident Sandra Bulla (c) and Dr. Kari                                                            Lunsford. They are part of a College of Veterinary Medicine team studying the role of platelets in diagnosing canine cancer. Credit-Tom Thompson

It started with a blood sample, but then they realized they could use it towards growth for research within cancer in humans.  “We have a lot to gain by looking at platelets and how they influence cancer and healing,” said Dr. Camillo Bulla. “A part of our research is looking at the platelet. The platelet is very small, but it gives us a large picture. We hope to be able to find a tumor much sooner by taking a series of blood samples to look at platelet contents.”  

They feel they have stumbled upon something great with the role of the platelet in cancer progression.  They are working to secure funding grants to continue this research, what great news! For more information, please go to the article below:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/10/141030213702.htm