Pit Bull Elected as Town Mayor in Landslide Election

Now THIS is the kind of election that we can get behind.

A 3-year-old pit bull named Brynneth Pawltro has just been elected as the new mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky in a landslide election of 3,300 votes.

Brynn reportedly managed to best several other candidates, including a donkey, a cat, and a chicken. Since this is the fourth dog in a row that Rabbit Hash has elected as mayor, she will be succeeding a border collie named Lucy Lou.

The town’s tradition for furry mayors first came about in the 90s when the residents agreed that they had no need for a mayor.

Instead, they decided to start electing animals in a truly representational democratic fashion.

Everyone in the town spends $1 to vote for the pawesome new mayor. Once the election is concluded, all of the money goes right back into the community.

This year in particular, the election funds will go towards rebuilding the town General Store, which burned down in an electrical fire.

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/

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7 Disease You Can Get From Your Pet

Every day, your pets bring a smile to your face. Maybe you like watching the antics of your fish swimming around his bowl. You might laugh at your cat getting stuck in objects inside the house, or maybe you enjoy scratching your dog’s ears as he greets you at the door. Pets do bring many laughs and memories, but they can also bring unwelcome sickness. Here are seven contagious pet diseases you might inherit from your beloved pooch or feline.

1. Salmonella

While you usually think of this disease from undercooked meats, you can get it from animals around the house too. Salmonella is a type of bacteria that lives in the gastrointestinal tract. Animals might contract salmonellosis and still appear healthy on the outside. These animals will, however, pass the bacteria into their feces. In turn, they can contaminate other parts of their body, such as their fur. If you don’t wash your hands after touching an infected animal, the bacteria could easily pass to you. To lower your risk, wash your hands thoroughly, especially after coming into contact with animal feces.

2. Ringworm

Named deceivingly, ringworm actually stems from a fungal infection on the skin. You can get the infection from swimming rooms and locker rooms as well as your infected pets. To spot ringworm on yourself or your pets, look for the characteristic reddish ring that may have a darker edge than the center. Also, watch for itchy, red, or scaly patches on the skin or broken blisters that ooze. If the infection affects the scalp (or hair in animals), you might see bald patches or brittle hair in one area. Thankfully, ringworm usually responds well to topical treatments.

3. Cat Scratch Disease

According to the CDC, about 40 percent of cats carry the bacteria that cause this infection at some point in their lives. Humans can contract it through a playful bite, scratch, or lick of an open wound. Sometime after the cat’s scratch, you may see the wound puff up and turn red. In addition, you may also experience mild flu-like symptoms, but the disease can affect you more seriously too. To prevent infection, do not engage in play with your cat that may result in a scratch or bite. Take measures to get rid of any fleas on your cat, and wash any scratches that do occur with warm water and soap.

4. Lyme Disease

Next, you can contract Lyme disease from the ticks that live on your household pets. These ticks often get picked up during your pet’s outdoor exercise and may hide in the fur for a long time. If you do contract Lyme disease, you may experience little to no symptoms. However, you may find a bullseye rash on your skin, fever, or muscle/joint pain. You’ll need medical treatment right away. To protect yourself, avoid taking your pets to thick, grassy areas, especially in the spring and summer. When coming indoors, check for ticks on yourself and your pet and remove them immediately. Kill them by wrapping in plastic.

5. Worms

You may not realize it, but you can indeed contract worms from your pet. Yet another reason to make sure that you keep up-to-date on all de-worming procedures as well as shots and flea control. These worms live inside the gastrointestinal tract as a parasite, and their larvae get passed into your pet’s feces. Many times, humans contract worms from their pets by walking outside barefoot. The worms may break through the skin undetected or get ingested through contamination of the hands. The CDC estimates human infections into the hundred millions globally, although infections in the U.S. have reduced drastically with improved living conditions.

6. Toxoplasmosis

This pet disease happens when people become infected by a microscopic parasite common in pets, especially cats. The disease can cause mild flu-like symptoms, but it may have larger complications if a woman gets infected while pregnant. With this disease, the best rule is prevention. Clean cat litter daily, using gloves if necessary, and avoid direct contact with animal feces. Also, be sure to wash hands thoroughly after gardening. If pregnant, consider having someone else clean up after the pets.

7. Rabies

When talking about contagious diseases from pets, you cannot leave out rabies. This virus infects the central nervous system of both animals and humans and is ultimately fatal. To prevent rabies, keep all pets up-to-date on the rabies vaccine and stay away from wild animals. For the most part, pets offer love, affection, and laughs. However, you should be aware of these contagious diseases that you can contract from your pets and learn how to prevent them. Thorough cleaning and adequate hygiene for both you and your pets go a long way in prevention.

 

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/

Coyote Coat

Call it a ‘coat of confidence,’ or a super hero costume for the walk around the block – whatever you want to name it – these vests are bold protectors for your pooch.

Doggy vests with spikes, and colorful whiskers, designed by a couple in San Diego, who claim the vest can save a dog’s life.

They call it the “coyote vest.”

Paul and Pamela Mott created it after one of their dogs was killed by a coyote while on a walk.

“We were in the parking lot and I had two dogs in the car when I heard a yelp. When I turned around I saw my third dog, Buffy, in the jaws of a coyote being carried away,” said Paul Mott. “I tried to chase after the coyote as hard as I could, but he disappeared into the bushes and I never saw Buffy again.”

Mott, who is an engineer, began researching different ways to protect his other two pets from the same fate.
“It’s like a car crash you’re dog is dead in an instant,” said Mott.

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Behavior Counseling and Training

Behavior issues rank as one of the leading causes for bringing pets to the shelter or owners considering euthanasia in an otherwise healthy pet. Often owners do not realize that Behavior issues can be changed. All pets have the potential to exhibit behavior that may be stressful to an owner or give us concern that our pet is not healthy or happy. Many behaviors may be frustrating to deal with. The good news is that we can help!

Not all behaviors are due to mental or brain disease. Often animals will act out or demonstrate pain in a way that gets our attention. A classic example is urinary tract infections. Often pets will urinate in abnormal places but otherwise act normal. Owners can easily misconstrue this for spiteful behavior. Fear and pain can be demonstrated by aggression or hiding.

We will work with you to determine the cause of the unwanted behavior that your pet is exhibiting then develop a strategy for success. We incorporate training techniques as the foundation of our success. Although there isn’t a magic pill, sometimes we will use medications for a short period of time to make our training techniques more successful.

It will take dedication to a simple program to make significant strides with behavior issues, and if persistent, your hard work and our assistance will lead to a more rewarding relationship for you and your pet.

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/

Weight Management With Your Pets

Pets with a healthy weight live a longer, better quality of life. As pet owners we can control what and when our pets eat. Proper nutrition is vital for our pet to function properly. Adequate exercise is the cornerstone to having a healthy weight and normal mental health. Our pets depend on us to give them exercise and to make sure they are not over fed or fed the wrong foods. Some weight issues are made worse by underlying health issues. Thyroid disease, heart disease, arthritis, Cushing’s disease, diabetes and lung disease can greatly affect our pet’s ability to maintain a normal weight or maintain reasonable activity.  We will work with you to begin a healthy weight management program.

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/

Stay Connected With Southern Hills Animal Hospital

In this digital age, it seems like we keep getting busier.. and busier.. and busier!  That’s why we want to make it as easy as possible for our clients to get the service they deserve both in person and online.

We have added new features to our Facebook page, have medical records available online for established clients, and so much more.

On Facebook, you can now request food refills, RX refills, appointments, etc.  On Pinterest, you can view some of our great clients, learn tips from our vets, and view other vet approved recipes and tips.  You can even follow us on Twitter to see news from our Facebook feed including pet food recalls, canine influenza updates, etc.

We live in a digital age, and we want to make taking care of your pet as easy as possible.  Having problems logging into PetSites or finding our Facebook page?  Give us a call at 540.343.4155!

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/

Tips To Keep Your Dog Cool During Summer

Summer can mean lots of fun outside with your dog. But when the temps soar, take steps to protect your pet. Whether you take him for a walk down the street, a ride in the car, or just out in the yard to play, the heat can be hard on him. Here’s how to keep your furry best friend safe.

Never leave your dog in the car. No, not even if you think you’ll only be a few minutes. Even when it isn’t that hot outside, the temp can soar inside a closed car. On an 85-degree day, it can reach 102 F within 10 minutes. And that’s with a window cracked. After 30 minutes, it could be up to 120. Leave your dog at home, or go places where he can come with you.

Keep your house cool. If Fido’s home alone, make sure he can truly chill. Leave the air conditioner on and close the drapes. If you don’t have AC, open the windows and turn on a fan. You may want to try a cooling vest or mat to see if they help.

Watch when you exercise. Limit when and how much you do when it’s hot and humid. Take walks in the cooler part of the day, in the early morning and evening hours. Carry water, too — enough for both of you.

Check the pavement. Before you head out for a walk, touch the pavement. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads. Walk on the grass and stay off the asphalt. You also might want to try booties for your dog so his paws don’t burn.

Offer plenty of water and shade. Don’t leave your pooch alone outside for long. And when he is there, make sure he has shade and lots of fresh, cool water. Add ice cubes when you can. Trees are better than doghouses for shade. They let air flow through. Doghouses can trap the heat and make it worse. Think about a kiddie pool or a sprinkler to help your pal cool off in the yard.

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/