Heartworm Positive what does it mean, and how you can prevent it.
Annual April T-Shirt fundraiser
May Tupperware Fundraiser
Meet Georgia and Juju our two soon to be mom cats. Although they are not very far along in there pregnancies, they are both pretty pump and we are expecting them to have many kittens. They are our first mom cats of this kitten season and will be at FOPAS throughout there pregnancy and for 8 - 10 weeks after the kittens are born. Mom cats extended stay means they will have to have extra food and litter compared to our normal residence. Please help us care for these moms and there up to 24 babies by donating. They are eating Purina Kitten Chow, Friskies Pate canned cat food. The litter that we prefer is Tidy Cats Scoop 24/7 Performance Continuous Odor Control Cat Litter, but we will take any clumping cat litter. We cannot use Light Weight litter, it gets stuck all over the babies and makes keeping them clean very difficult. Stay tuned for updates on these moms and their kittens.
Meet Sweet Pea, she was found in this condition and brought to us. After being seen by Westmoreland and Slappy Animal hospital we discovered that not only is she emaciated she is also anemic, has a heart murmur, heartworms, and of course she needs to be spayed and have all her normal vaccinations.
this bulldog mix only weighs 34 pounds, and we must get her weight stable before she can get her vaccinations and spay. She has started her heartworm treatment and medication for her heart murmur. Sending her vet bill through the roof, appose to our normal cost that is mostly taken care of by our adoption fee. Making her one of our hard case animals.
Sweat Pea is house trained and very well mannered and only wants to be loved and snuggled. Her perseverance to just keep going is astounding and we are doing everything we can to help her. Please help us help her by donating below to help us pay for her ever-growing vet bill.
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Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body.
The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog mature into adults, mate and produce offspring. If untreated, their numbers can increase, and dogs have been known to harbor several hundred worms in their bodies. Heartworm disease causes lasting damage to the heart, lungs, and arteries, and can affect the dog’s health and quality of life long after the parasites are gone. For this reason, heartworm prevention for dogs is by far the best option, and treatment—when needed—should be administered as early in the course of the disease as possible.
How is heartworm disease transmitted from one pet to another?
The mosquito plays an essential role in the heartworm life cycle. Adult female heartworms living in an infected dog, fox, coyote, or wolf produce microscopic baby worms called microfilaria that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites and takes a blood meal from an infected animal, it picks up these baby worms, which develop and mature into “infective stage” larvae over a period of 10 to 14 days. Then, when the infected mosquito bites another dog, cat, or susceptible wild animal, the infective larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animal's skin and enter the new host through the mosquito’s bite wound. Once inside a new host, it takes approximately 6 months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. Once mature, heartworms can live for 5 to 7 years in dogs and up to 2 or 3 years in cats. Because of the longevity of these worms, each mosquito season can lead to an increasing number of worms in an infected pet
How significant is my pet's risk for heartworm infection?
Many factors must be considered, even if heartworms do not seem to be a problem in your local area. Your community may have a greater incidence of heartworm disease than you realize—or you may unknowingly travel with your pet to an area where heartworms are more common. Heartworm disease is also spreading to new regions of the country each year. Stray and neglected dogs and certain wildlife such as coyotes, wolves, and foxes can be carriers of heartworms. Mosquitoes blown great distances by the wind and the relocation of infected pets to previously uninfected areas also contribute to the spread of heartworm disease (this happened following Hurricane Katrina when 250,000 pets, many of them infected with heartworms, were “adopted” and shipped throughout the country).
The fact is that heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states, and risk factors are impossible to predict. Multiple variables, from climate variations to the presence of wildlife carriers, cause rates of infections to vary dramatically from year to year—even within communities. And because infected mosquitoes can come inside, both outdoor and indoor pets are at risk.
For that reason, the American Heartworm Society recommends that you “think 12:” (1) get your pet tested every 12 months for heartworm and (2) give your pet heartworm preventive 12 months a year.
Annual April T - Shirt Fundraiser
FOPAS will be using Custom Ink again this year to bring you a new T-Shirt for 2019. They will become available April 1st. Look for the link in the April Newsletter on our facebook page at FOPAS.org or search for Friends of Perry Animal Shelter at Customink.com/fundraiser
Dogwood festival in Perry
Date: April 13, 2019 - April 14, 2019
The Perry Chamber of Commerce invites you to the Perry Dogwood Festival on April 13th and 14th featuring the Arts and Crafts Show and Ultimate Air Dogs in beautiful, historic, downtown Perry! Celebrate our 31st year with unique vendors selling one-of-a-kind creations at the Arts and Crafts Show. The event is free and features live music on the entertainment stage and a Kid’s Zone! Don’t miss the high flying canine action on Main Street. Visit your favorite Downtown Stores and restaurants while enjoying the festival. Go to PerryDogwoodFestival.com for more information and a full schedule of events.
May 1st - May 30th FOPAS will be participating in a Tupperware fundraiser more details to come soon check our Facebook page for details.
Need affordable spay or neuter? Have a friend who may need affordable spay or neuter?
Call S*A*F*E today and schedule an appointment (478) 550- 5050
S*A*F*E is a 501c3 Non-Profit mobile clinic that travels to parking lots all around middle Georgia to provide low-cost spay or neuters, vaccines, and nail trims for cats and dogs.
Please remember to do your part to help control the pet population and have your pets spayed or neutered. - Bob Barker
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