Marceau is a young dog who injured his knee and needed surgery to fix it. He had a luxated patella. Marceau loves to run, jump, and explore, like most young dogs. Unfortunately, due to his injury he had to wear a knee brace for several months and was not allowed to jump up on the couch or the look out station in his mom’s home. Barb did find a ramp eventually to allow him access to his favorite look out point!
To get back to full enjoyment of dog life, Marceau needed surgery. So, Barb contacted us at the Animal Care Foundation. Working with her and her existing clinic we were able to secure a donation from the clinic of some of the care pro bono, as well as provide $1,100 of funds to help with the cost of the surgery. Unfortunately, due to the cost being over $2,600 (not including after care) these funds were still not enough to bring the surgery cost into a range that Barb could afford.
So, Barb applied for assistance from the Human Society. With this added help, the surgery could go forward! Marceau had surgery in late December and has been recovering for the past month! He is making good strides in his physical therapy and should make a full recovery!
Thank you to the donors and our supporters who made this care possible!
Welcome back to our January series on keeping your pet safe on cold weather walks! In this post, we will be looking at warmth! While your dog does come with a built in coat, of varying warmth levels depending on the breed, you can’t assume this is enough in our cold climates!
Listen to your dog. When walking your dog this winter, don’t forget to watch for signs that your dog may be too cold such as whining, shivering, and lifting its paws or holding one up as they walk. If you notice these signs, get them somewhere to warm up as quickly as possible.
Cut back on walks on very cold days. On colder days limit the duration and the number of walks to protect your dog from frostbite and hypothermia. If you must go out for longer times, consider getting or making them a jacket or sweater for extra warmth.
Protect their paws. Make sure your dog’s toe hair is trimmed so that ice and salt don’t get caught in it. An alternative to doing this (is you pup a drama queen/king about you touching their paws?) is to buy your dog winter water-resistant boots.
Don’t allow your dog to eat snow. Eating snow dangerously lowers your dog’s body temperature which makes them more susceptible to cold related injury. Additionally, there could be chemicals or hidden objects buried in the snow that could be very harmful to them.
With these simple shifts, you and your dog can continue to enjoy the benefits of your daily walks even in cold months! Happy walking!
It is so important to ensure that your dog continues to get exercise, even in the winter months. But with the colder temps, there are new safety concerns that need to be taken into account. Over the rest of the month, we will be sharing tips and tricks to keep your doggo safe from cold weather hazards as you both get outside for a bit of exercise!
First up, how to keep them safe from all the salt that is put down on sidewalks and roads to act as a deicer! These chemicals can cause irritation in their paws after walking on walkways and internal medical issues if ingested. To keep your canine friend safe, take the following precautions when you go out for a walk:
Check out our post on January 19th for more tips on keeping your dog warm on your winter excursions!
Got a super cute fur friend? Start snapping some photos now and get ready to enter them in the Animal Care Foundation’s First Annual March Madness Cutest Pet Match-up!
Starting March 1st, photos will be matched up against another entry and the winner will go on to the next bracket until we have the 2022 Cutest Pet winner! Voting will be done on Facebook, but you don’t need a Facebook account to enter. The winning pet will be featured in a blog post and their human will earn a $10 Caribou Coffee gift card along with bragging rights!
1. Send your photo to us by February 20th, 2022 via:
a. Facebook messenger @AnimalCareFoundationMN
b. Email email@example.com
2. Be sure to include your pet’s name and your name.
You may share the event and ask your friends to vote on Facebook. You’ll get an email or Facebook messenger with the schedule of the matchups for each round so you’ll know when voting for your pet will occur.
We can’t wait to see all the adorableness! Good Luck!
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