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2007-01-10 / Columnists

Pets, Pets, Pets

Poster Pets of the Week
by Joanne Anderson

Furry leaders of the amalgamated canine and feline trade unions have demanded equal time this week. I'll try to appease both. Dogs first:

Left, "Buster," Basset Hound and Left, "Buster," Basset Hound and Proposed Town Dog Run Park: The Town of Babylon is considering building a dog run park behind the Town Shelter property in W. Babylon. Access and parking would be on Mahan Street. This fenced area would be reserved for Town residents to bring their NYS licensed dogs to exercise. The maintenance and enforcement of rules in the run would be strictly up to the people who used it. Town Hall is trying to gauge interest, and soon will be mailing out short questionnaires to all licensed dog owners. Babylon is also looking for folks who would like to be on the Town's Dog Run Park Steering Committee. Please return your questionnaire to the shelter at 51 Lamar St. W. Babylon 11704. You can also call shelter director, Ed Buturla, at 643-9270 with questions or comments about the dog run project. The Town appreciates your input.

On-line Videos Featuring Home Care for Cats: The Cornell Feline Health Center has developed a series of six live action videos to help owners provide basic home care for their cats. The short programs at " www.felinevideos.vet.cornell.edu are free, informative, and have simple to use step by step complete instructions. Much of the scientific detail is illustrated with animation.

female black Cocker Spaniel female black Cocker Spaniel The current topics are: Caring for Your Diabetic Cat; Giving Your Cat a Pill or Capsule; Giving Your Cat Liquid Medications; Trimming Your Cat's Claws; Taking Your Cat's Temperature; Brushing Your Cat's Teeth. Cornell is open to new topic requests to add to their on-line "how to" cat care library.

Cats can be uncooperative patients. That's an understatement. These videos give many practical suggestions for in home medical procedures. Bookmark the site. Even veteran cat owners will get tips. During the cat confusion, owners can forget the obvious- such as putting the cap back on the bottle of medicine so the patient or person doesn't knock it over. The videos offer reminders and also let you in on some vet tech tricks of the trade. The web tapes tell you how to set the stage and how to grip your feline friend.

These videos come from an excellent source. Since 1974 the Cornell Feline Health Center, located in Ithaca, NY, has been devoted to improving the health and well-being of domestic and exotic cats everywhere, by sponsoring breakthrough studies to prevent and cure diseases in cats; educating veterinarians and owners about feline health, nutrition and behavior; and aiding veterinarians when new or unknown feline diseases occur. The Center has played a key role in answering cat owners' concerns about the risks of avian flu.

Cornell has been responsible for many "firsts" in the study of feline disease including establishing the latest vaccine recommendations; developing shots for certain respiratory viruses like feline herpevirus and calcivirus; and clarifying the role of maternal antibodies in kittens against feline panleukopenia (commonly called cat distemper).

Two of the current studies at the Center are investigating the causes of deadly thrombosis in feline heart disease and refining the use of a certain chemotherapy drug with cats. Docetaxel is one of the most effective anti-cancer drugs in humans but seems to have many side effects when given intravenously to cats. The Center is reporting promising clinical results with oral doses of docetaxel in owners' cats stricken with advanced cancer. The Cornell Feline Health Center is one of our cats' best friends.

….Enough feline news for now or else the dogs will file a grievance because the cats were allotted more space.

Two smaller purebred poster dogs at Babylon Town Shelter (643-9270) are posing here this week. "Buster" in Cage 43 is a happy 2 year old Basset Hound. His former owner is ill. This bubbly female Cocker Spaniel in Cage 63 is microchipped. See more photos on the shelter's Petfinder site.

+Males: "Riley"- the 3 year old Weimaraner in Cage 5; "Bosco"- the fabulous tuxedo longhaired polydactyl kitten; "Panda"- the huggable dog in Cage 47; "Bullet"- the red Siberian Husky in Cage 7.

+Female:- an older Mini Schnauzer in Cage 53.

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