Heartworms • Prevent a Litter • Parvo • Don't Shop, Adopt
EASY TO PREVENT, DIFFICULT TO TREAT
Heartworms live in the right side of the heart and the large arteries running from the heart to the lungs (the pulmonary arteries). Heartworm disease causes damage to the pulmonary arteries which eventually leads to heart failure. If you have any acquaintances with chronic heart failure, ask them how much joy there is in their lives. Heart failure robs the dog of its ability to play comfortably. Eventually it becomes difficult to just participate in normal activities. Serious damage begins to occur in other organ systems affected by the heart failure.
Remember, heartworm preventative is as important as vaccinations no matter what the pet's lifestyle. It only takes one infected mosquito biting an unprotected dog for it to become infected. There are many different types of preventative available and all are relatively inexpensive, especially considering it can save your dog's life. Below are links to a comparison chart and several different types of preventative:
The dogs that are heartworm positive with Canine Castaways, Inc. are treated with immiticide after x-rays, EKG and bloodwork is done. The dog receives a total of three immiticide injections - an initial injection and in 30 days by two additional injections a day apart - followed by an injection of ivermectin one month later. The dog must be kept calm during the treatment. This is to prevent the possibility of massive movement of the dead heartworms. It must be taken very seriously as the dog can become very ill if directions are not followed closely. Once it has been determined that the dog is free of heartworms, heartworm preventative must be started to prevent the recurrence of the problem.
Remember, heartworm and parasite prevention is CRUCIAL year round in Florida!
Learn more about Heartworms by clicking on the
American Heartworm Society Logo
STOP PET OVERPOPULATION!
PREVENT A LITTER, FIX YOUR CRITTER.
PLEASE SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS!
It is the policy of Canine Castaways, Inc. that all pets in a possible adoptive home be altered prior to adoption of a Canine Castaway unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. This policy has eliminated homes in the past that were otherwise great homes but we stand by it. This is definitely NOT beyond the scope of Canine Castaways, Inc.'s responsibility and concern. This may seem harsh to many people but many of the dogs we rescue come from dogs that were never going to be "bred" but were not spayed or neutered. It's a shame that the general population doesn't understand the health benefits associated with this as well. It is horrible to see the mammary tumors in some of the female dogs we rescue that may have never had the problem had they been spayed. Part of our responsibility is to educate the public about these issues.
WHAT DO "SPAY" AND "NEUTER" REALLY MEAN?
Female dogs and cats are spayed by removing their reproductive organs, and male dogs and cats are neutered by removing their testicles. In both cases the operation is performed while the pet is under anesthesia. Depending on your pet's age, size, and health, he or she will stay at your veterinarian's office for a few hours or a few days. Depending upon the procedure, your pet may need stitches removed after a few days. Your veterinarian can fully explain spay and neuter procedures to you and discuss with you the best age at which to sterilize your pet.
Spaying or Neutering Is Good for Your Pet!
- Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
- Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
- Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
- Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
Spaying or Neutering Is Good for You!
- Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
- Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory.
- Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle. Estrus lasts an average of six to 12 days, often twice a year, in dogs and an average of six to seven days, three or more times a year, in cats. Females in heat can cry incessantly, show nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male animals.
- Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered.
- Spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to bite.
- Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get into fights.
Spaying and Neutering Are Good for the Community!
- Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals.
- Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog bites and attacks.
- Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals.
- Stray pets and homeless animals get into trash containers, defecate in public areas or on private lawns, and frighten or anger people who have no understanding of their misery or needs.
- Some stray animals also scare away or kill birds and wildlife.
Spay or neuter surgery carries a one-time cost that is relatively small when one considers its benefits. It's a small price to pay for the health of your pet
and the prevention of more unwanted animals.
PROTECT YOUR PUPPY FROM PARVO -- VACCINATE!
Canine Parvovirus, commonly referred to as 'parvo', is one of the leading causes of death in puppies every year. Parvo is a contagious gastrointestinal disease that attacks the lining of the digestive tract making the puppy very nauseated, lethargic and normally leads to bloody diarrhea. Parvo must be diagnosed by your veterinarian and there is no time to waste because it is very difficult for a puppy to survive. All dog and puppy owners need to take every precaution necessary to prevent parvo. Please be sure to vaccinate!
DON'T SHOP... ADOPT!
Save a Life
When you purchase a pet, you are supporting an industry that is only looking to make money with no regard for the consequences to the animals. Most animals in pet stores began their life in a puppy mill, backyard breeder or other similar situation. These animals often have both medical and behavioral issues due to poor socialization, in breeding and cramped living situations. However, if you choose to adopt a pet, you are not only saving the life the animal you adopt but you are also making space for another animal to be saved from euthanasia.
Purchasing a pet from a breeder or pet store can easily cost $500 or more and that only includes minimal vet care. Adoptions costs vary depending on whether you are at your local county run animal services, a humane society or a rescue group but these costs normally include having the pet spayed or neutered and additional vet care.
When you adopt a pet, you have a better idea of what you are actually getting and have the support of the organization that you adopt from. If you purchase a pet, you are basically on your own once you walk away. Shelters and rescue groups spend time getting to know the animal and want to do everything possible to help make a good match.
What You See is What You Get
When you adopt, you are not limited by age, gender or breed. Shelters and rescue groups have pure breed animals as well as mixed breed available. You are able to choose whether a puppy or adult dog is better suited for your life style. Behavior and medical information is provided. Many animals waiting to be adopted already have basic training.
Lots of Love
An adopted pet has as much love to give as any other pet. Many people feel that over time a rescued animal establishes an even deeper connection with the new family.
Pet Store Puppies and Kittens
Misconceptions about Pet Adoption