Delaware Humane Association WSTW loves pets! That's why we've partnered with the Delaware Humane Association to bring you the Pet Page. Each week, we'll show you a cat and a dog from the Delaware Humane Association who need good homes. You can also get answers to your pet health questions in our new Ask the Vet feature, plus useful information for any animal lover in our Tip of the Month section.

Pets of the week for April 16, 2014

Ellie

Young small spayed female Dachshund mix
I was recently surrendered with my sister Isabelle. I am all about happiness and excitement! I'm a silly little girl who loves to play and greet everyone with kisses. I am my sister's "rock" and like assuring her new people are safe. We are quite a team and would love to stay together, but if we must be separated, I would love a home with another dog or kids to play with! Come in and see how much fun I am!

Nilla

Senior spayed female Domestic Short Hair
I'm a lovely senior lady who has found herself in need of a new home. I first came to DHA when my owner wound up with too many animals to care for. I was adopted by a nice senior lady (like me) and we were living a wonderful life. I was very spoiled and figured this would be how I would spend all of my days. Unfortunately, ďMommyĒ got sick and passed away. Her son agreed to take me in, but sadly he passed away suddenly a couple of weeks ago. I would like a quiet home as I have never lived with children. I will be a bit shy at first, but will perk right up for a treat. I do like to play and love to be brushed! I can also be very affectionate once I get to know you.

Last Week's Pets: K.C. the dog has been adopted! Clarabow the cat is still available.

If you're interested in adopting one of the Pets of the Week, or seeing what other pets are available for adoption, contact the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A. Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. Or call (302) 571-0111

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Ask the Vet...
Your chance to ask Dr. Mindy Cohan, VMD, our resident pet health expert, what's on your mind!

Topic: Incompatible Cats

Question from Vernay in Wilmington:
I have an older cat, Lucy. I'm not sure how old Lucy is, but she was already an adult when I got her in 2005. She's been the only pet for the past 7 years. Recently I added a kitten, Emjay, who really needed a home. The kitten was 4 weeks when I got him. In hindsight, I see that it was a horrible idea. Lucy seems stressed out by the kitten, who insists on jumping on her, hitting her tail and running, and just being an overall pain in the butt. It's been four months, and while I've seen some progress, I still worry about Lucy. She's lost weight, doesn't play much, and isolates herself more. She's a totally different cat. I feel so guilty and I didn't know it would be this way. I assumed she would want to mother the cat. They fight often and I feel that the kitten is lonely because he has no one to play with. I try to give them both my attention, but I know I show the kitten more. Is there anything I can do for my Lucy. Getting rid of baby Emjay is not an option, but what else
can I do? HELP!!

Answer from Dr. Mindy Cohan:
Introducing cats is always a risky endeavor. New feline housemates can become slow or fast friends. At times, however, harmony is never established. If finding a new home for Emjay is not feasible, I have a few suggestions.

First, try keeping Emjay isolated when you are not home. This will allow Lucy to regain confidence and comfort in her original domain. Allow Emjay his freedom while you are home to supervise interactions. You can secure Emjay with a harness and leash to ensure he does not physically hurt Lucy. A spray bottle can also be used to deter Emjay from pouncing on Lucy. Secondly, if you do not have climbing perches, add a few to your home to enable Lucy to have a safe place to escape from Emjay. These products are available in pet stores and through Internet companies.

Lastly, I recommend feeding the cats on separate sides of a closed door. This will help Lucy develop a positive association with Emjay. As less hissing or other stressful reactions are observed, you can slowly open the door to eventually allow the cats to see each other while eating. When the cats are together and Lucy is tolerant of Emjay, offer her treats or pieces of kibble as a reward.
Unfortunately, some cats never develop a compatible relationship. I am concerned about the detrimental effects on Lucy such as weight loss and chronic stress. Although Emjay might become less of a nuisance as he matures, you need to ensure that Lucy stays healthy. If the situation fails to improve, you will need to consider permanent separation of the cats within your home or seeking other living arrangements for Emjay. Good luck!


Posted October 15, 2012


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Pet Tip of the Month...
Quick tips to help keep your pets healthy and happy.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Many dog and cat owners wait until their petís breath is offensive before seeking dental care. Veterinary exams on a biannual or at least yearly basis are very important and should include a thorough oral evaluation. Pet owners should not be surprised or alarmed if their veterinarian recommends a professional teeth cleaning.

Studies show that at least 85% of pets have periodontal disease by three years of age. The progression of dental disease begins with plaque formation. Plaque is comprised of saliva and bacteria. Plaque hardens and becomes tartar, a mineralized, dense material that is beige and visible on the tooth surface. The bacteria within tartar are harmful and cause damage to the tooth ligament and surrounding bone. Eventually the tooth will become loose and the bacteria can enter the blood stream, affecting the heart, liver, kidneys and brain.

Signs of dental disease include:

  • bad breath
  • tartar
  • red or swollen gums
  • pain or bleeding when the pet eats or when the mouth is touched
  • decreased appetite or difficulty chewing
  • loose or missing teeth
  • swelling underneath an eye (can indicate a tooth abscess)

While gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums is reversible, periodontal disease is not. To prevent the progression of dental disease, regular home care and periodic professional cleanings are recommended. Brushing a petís teeth on a daily basis is the most effective means of preventing dental disease. Veterinary brushes and finger brushes are available. It is very important to use only veterinary toothpaste. Human toothpaste is not meant to be swallowed and can be harmful to dogs and cats.

For a video demonstration on brushing your petís teeth, please click here. To see which dental products the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) approves, please visit www.vohc.org/accepted_products. If your pet shows signs of a dental problem, or you have questions regarding your dog or catís oral hygiene, please consult your veterinarian.



Please have your pets spayed or neutered!