Buffalo Pet Events

SPCA- March 10, 2018 - 10am to 2pm - Visit Animals in Wildlife Rehab Center

SPCA Paws in the Park at Beaver Island State Park - September 22, 2018

Ten Lives - Fur Ball- March 25, 2018- 3200 South Park Ave, Lake Erie Italian Club

Pet Connection - May 10,2018- 10am to 2pm - Mother's Day Market at Larkin Square

  
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Adopt - Volunteer

To adopt a pet, volunteer, or to learn about pet organizations in the Buffalo NY area, click here.

 

  
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Grand Opening of Paw Park in Amherst

The Paw Park at 550 Smith Road in Amherst offers dog owners a FREE  fenced, off leash acre of land for dog owners to exercise their dogs.  It is open daily and to all communities. There are separate spaces for large and small breeds.  Your dog must be licensed according to state law.  They still need donations for running water, a driveway and benches so contact them at www.amherstpawpark.com if you would like to support the park.

  
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Dog Hair Spinning

Countryside Reflections

Custom Dog Hair Spinning

  • Pins
  • Scarfs
  • Mittens
  • Coin Purse
  • Drawstring Bag

Countryside spins your dog's hair... a tradition that's been done for hundreds of years.

What a Great Keepsake!

To Learn More - customdoghairspinning.com

  
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SPCA "Paws In The Park" Photos

FOR MORE PHOTOS, Click Here

  
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Chestnut Ridge - A Great Place to Walk Your Dog

                Maxie                                          Deegan                                        Rescue Pit Bull Mix

 

  
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Photos from the SPCA "Paws in the Park"

TO SEE MORE PHOTOS, click here.

  
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Tear Stains in Dogs

  

Helen Roberts, DVM 

Tear Stains – Dogs

First, make sure that your dog does not have runny eyes from an infection, irritation, conjunctivitis, allergies, glaucoma, tear duct abnormalities or blockage, or eye lashes or hair growing into the eye. Consult your veterinarian if you have a breed that's pre-disposed to tear stains such as Bichon Frise’, Shih Tzu, Maltese, Lhasa Apso, Pugs, Bulldogs, Toy Poodles, Pekingese, Pomeranians, and mixes of these breeds.
 
Dog tear stains are caused by an overflow of the tears (epiphora) onto the cheeks. Reddish-brown tear stains are due to porphyrin (iron/magnesium combo) pigments in the stains and not an infection. Clear tears that spill over from the eyes may eventually lead to a bacterial infection causing redness and an odor. Chronic accumulation of tears below the eyes can lead to secondary infections without routine cleaning. Some  breeds, due to a genetic eye conformation that reduces drainage of tears, appear to be more prone to getting tear stains. As there can be many causes of epiphora, consult your veterinarian before trying any home remedies as these may make the condition worse.
 
You might want to explore food without artificial coloring, distilled or filtered water (some minerals are thought to increase staining), and changing from plastic to stainless steel bowls. You can also explore products with tylosin—the active ingredient in Angel Eyes™ and Tylan™ powder-- that is gradually added to food. Tylosin is an antibiotic that is made from a bacterium and through an unknown mechanism appears to help eliminate tear staining. You should pay particular attention to the dosage if you choose to use this type of product although the minute dosage recommended is generally safe. It can elevate certain blood liver tests and  digoxin blood levels in pets with heart conditions, so consult with your veterinarian. Beet pulp does not cause tear stains.
 

As for home remedies—consult your veterinarian to determine the source of the tears stains:

  • Daily washing with warm water – Wash hands, use damp cloth, avoid getting the cloth in the pet’s eyes (increases chances of injury to the cornea and re-infection), use a cotton pad to pat the area dry.
  • TUMS – antacid to change pH, ½ fruit flavor tablet twice a day – may or may not work and is not recommended due to the potential harm. Some dogs may be prone to bladder stone formation with increased oral calcium intake.

  • White Vinegar in the water bowl – 1 teaspoon—this can be added to your pet’s water that can change the pH but even with gradual introduction your pet might not like the taste, reduce its water intake thereby risking dehydration 
  •  Diluted Hydrogen peroxide—can get in your pet’s eye and harm your pet, and, if ingested, will cause them to vomit. It is not recommended.

 Home remedies have risks as they may get in your pet’s eye and cause harm or prove to be ineffective. 

 Helen Roberts, DVM     5 Corners Animal Hospital    2799 Southwestern Blvd.   Orchard Park, NY    716- 677-4477

  
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Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society Rabies Clinics and Free First Exam

FREE Rabies Clinics for Cat and Dog Owners in Erie County & Free First Exam

Every summer the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society offers free rabies clinics throughout the greater Buffalo-Niagara area.  To confirm the schedule, go to nfvsonline.org.

They also have a Free First Exam--when you adopt a pet from an adoption program, ask for a Free First Exam certificate which entitles the adopted animal for a free physical examination (exludes medical or diagnostic procedures).  The certificate has to be used within 7 days of the adoption. The form indicates participating veterinary hospitals--bring the form and receipt for pet purchase to the appointment.

  
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"Bailey" On Letterman
Mike Bower from East Aurora appeared with his wonderful beagle, "Bailey" on Letterman.


  
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Brush Your Pet's Teeth

Dog and Cat Dental Health – Why It Matters & What You Can Do
 by Dr. David Hansen, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
 
 
You may own a breed that is predisposed to dental problems, but almost all pets can be affected by periodontal disease.
 

While 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have signs of dental disease by the time they are three years old, some breeds are more predisposed to dental disease including Pugs, Boxers, Boston Terriers, English Bulldogs, and small breeds such as Maltese, Pekingese, Pomeranians and Shih Tzus. Their mouths are not large enough for their teeth so the teeth are so close together that food gets trapped and the periodontal problem cycle begins. In cats, purebreds often have dental issues, but almost all cats are subject to oral disease as they get older.

To read Dr. Hansen's recommendations, click here to learn more.

In our survey, 62% of dog owner's  and almost 100% of cat owners rarely or never brushed their pet's teeth.

Dr. David Hansen, DVM, FAVD,DAVDC                                3095 Genesse Road, Cheektowaga, NY               716-896-2424 (Specialist in Pet Denistry)

 

  
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Sick Pond, Oriental or Aquarium Fish?

 

Aquatic Veterinary Services of WNY at the 5 Corners Animal Hospital offers medical and surgical services for pet fish--pond, oriental or aquarium. They offer pond and aquaria assessments as well  make house calls and office examinations.

 

  
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