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Shelter offers helpful tips on caring for your pets this autumn

Posted 9/1/19

Greetings Everyone: My name is Nori — they call me “Nor Nor” at the Rome Humane Society Shelter. I was brought in as a stray in July, and I’ve been through quite a lot in my young years. I am …

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Shelter offers helpful tips on caring for your pets this autumn


Greetings Everyone:

My name is Nori — they call me “Nor Nor” at the Rome Humane Society Shelter.

I was brought in as a stray in July, and I’ve been through quite a lot in my young years.

I am a 3-year-old female terrier/American pit bull mix canine. The shelter staff has been so incredibly kind and supportive since I am very sensitive and I take time to warm up around people. The good news is that once I warm up to someone I will be their friend forever!

I am super sweet, enjoy giving cuddles and kisses. I am house trained; and I am very good on a leash. I would do very well in a quiet home as the only pet — with no children.

Please Winston, have everyone stop down for a meet and greet with me outside, where I feel more comfortable. I love to be outside! Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely, Nori.

Hi Nori!

It was wonderful to hear from you. Look at that happy face! I just wanted to wish you good luck. Sincerely, Winston

Autumn tips
to care for pets

It’s hard to believe summer is almost over (seems like it just started), but here are some very important tips about caring for your dog this fall:  

Watch out for ticks in fall

Just because fall is almost here doesn’t mean that ticks aren’t still lurking. In fact, according to the University of Rhode Island, many species of ticks are active even into the winter and can survive the first frost. Here are some tips to keep your pet tick-free this fall: 

Don’t let ticks cozy up. Eliminate their favorite environments, such as leaf and garden litter, where ticks can sometimes survive even into winter

Check for ticks frequently;  

Continue using tick control and repellent products, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors with your pet enjoying activities like hiking, camping, or hunting

Ask your veterinarian about regular screening for tick-borne infections. (The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends screening annually for tick-borne infections.) 

Beware of rat poison

Fall is the time of year when mice, rats, and other rodents start to scurry for warmth. And where do they find it? You guessed it – your home! 

Be careful when it comes to mouse traps and rodenticides like rat and mouse poison. Nobody wants an infestation of mice, but many poisons that are currently on the market can be very harmful to dogs and cats. Direct ingestion can be deadly. Make sure you talk to your veterinarian about methods of pest control that are safe for your pets. 

Even if you don’t have a rodent problem or choose to deal with mice and rats humanely using live traps, you never know what methods your neighbors are using. The carcasses of rodents that have been killed by rodenticides can also be dangerous, so if you see the telltale tail dangling from your pet’s mouth, make sure he drops it and keep an eye on him, and if you think your pet has eaten any of the rodent, contact your veterinarian immediately. 

There is a fungus
among us!

In some regions of the country, fall is just as wet as spring. That means that more mushrooms dot backyards and forest floors. While most mushrooms are perfectly safe, there’s a small percentage that are highly toxic to our furry friends (and to us!). If you think your pet has gobbled up a toxic mushroom, contact the ASCPA Animal Poison Control Center immediately!

Feed your pet right

It’s getting colder out there, and cool temperatures mean more energy is needed to stay warm. You’ll probably need to feed your pet a bit more food – food generates body heat, so pets who spend a lot of time exercising outdoors need to eat more than in the summer. However, don’t start dishing out more food just yet – make sure you talk to your veterinarian first, as every pet’s needs are different.

Watch out
for antifreeze toxicity

In preparing for the winter months ahead, people tend to use fall to winterize their cars. This often involves changing fluids such as antifreeze, which can be deadly for pets. Consider this: one to two teaspoons of the stuff can kill a 10-pound dog! Less can kill a 10-pound cat.1 

Part of the problem is ethylene glycol, a substance in antifreeze that has a sickly-sweet smell that entices pets to lap it up. That’s why it’s important to clean up spills immediately and make sure your pets steer clear of the garage while you’re working on your vehicle. Read our in-depth article to learn more about the dangers of antifreeze and other automotive fluids.

Beware chocolate
and hearty foods

The fall and winter parallel our holiday seasons, when we ramp up our intake of hearty, heavy foods and sweets. It’s important to make sure your pets don’t get into any foods that can make them sick; for dogs, this means chocolate, grapes, and raisins are off limits because they are toxic. 

Just because some foods aren’t technically considered toxic to pets doesn’t mean they’re safe. Rich, high-fat foods can cause stomach problems such as diarrhea and gastroenteritis and even more serious conditions like pancreatitis. Also, think about small food items that can be choking hazards, like turkey bones around Thanksgiving. Talk to your veterinarian to make sure you know what’s safe and what’s not.

Be careful
with decorations

Holidays mean decorations! But be careful about leaving irregularly shaped objects and trinkets around the house. While you might like to get into the seasonal spirit, dogs and cats do too – in the form of sampling, say, decorative gourds or other fall props. Eating strange objects can be dangerous and lead to foreign body obstruction. 

Cat adoptions:  

Gypsy; Fire-Fly; Doral; Paris; Cupcake; Strudel; Woodrow; Jackpot; Nay Nay; Dutchess; Levitt; Charlie; Rory; Maci; Lemonade; Violet; Fiona and Nora.

Dog adoptions:

Andy; Cyrus; Tasha; Justice; and Kona.

Wish list

Two pocket file folders 

Clumping and non-clumping cat liter 

Purina Brand Hard Kitten Food (comes in a Yellow Bag, any size) 

Fancy feast kitten soft food (or other brand kitten soft food) 

Pate cat food for older cats 

Cat toys (soft and hard toys 

Gravy style wet food for dogs 

Soft dog treats (any) 

Pill pockets for dogs and cats 

Shelter Hours

The Humane Society of Rome Shelter, 6247 Lamphear Road is open from Tuesday - Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. For information, contact the shelter staff at 315-336-7070.

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