If disaster strikes, do you have what’s needed to care for your pet?

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Seeing what happened in the wake of Hurricane Ida to our neighbors in Gloucester County as well as all those in a wide swath from Louisiana to New York, I thought it would be timely to remind everyone about disaster preparedness for your pets.

It’s rather mind boggling that Hurricane Ida was more lethal at the end of its march up through the eastern part of the country, than it was when it was at its strongest down in Louisiana. The reason for that is clear though, the southern states were prepared, we were not.

Our local wildlife rehabilitator had

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KC Pet Project seeks volunteers to bottle feed kittens

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The KC Pet Project has taken in more kittens this summer than ever before. And now, the nonprofit is looking for help fostering and bottle feeding the small felines.

“In 2020, we fostered out around 2,500 cats and kittens, including having a couple months where we sent 800 out [to foster families] in one month,” Tori Fugate, KC Pet Project chief communications officer, said. “We’re going to be well over 4,000 cats and kittens this year.”

Fugate said one explanation for the increase in kittens is that during the pandemic some veterinarians limited their hours, and

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Better medicine, better business: The hospitalized pet

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Many pets can benefit from daily care, except those with the most severe problems. In fact, it can even be beneficial for those with minor issues. Daily hospitalization allows veterinary professionals to take time with the pet and not rush through a quick evaluation, possibly overlooking problems and important diagnostic testing. Additionally, treating the pet throughout the day enables veterinarians to space out their treatment and evaluate the pet with their own eyes for their response.

Basic, typical approach

Exam: $50

Blood/urine/fecal test (if hospital can do these): $0-200

Radiographs, if needed (if time allows, outpatient): $0-200

Injections, as needed:

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Why animal shelters are facing a new crisis

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When Baloo, a big white rabbit, and his brother Elliott were surrendered to an animal shelter outside Montreal, Canada, the countdown started.

Strapped for money and overcrowded, the shelter put the word out to rescue organizations that the rabbits would be euthanized in three days unless someone stepped up to take them. The shelter had so many rabbits, according to Haviva Porter, who runs Rabbit Rescue Inc., a Toronto-based nonprofit, that it wasn’t even listing them for public adoption.

“This has been the worst year ever in 20 years of rescue,” Porter says.

Animal rescuers across the United States

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Don’t feed wild animals; RI couple exposed to rabies

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A North Providence couple was exposed to rabies last month by feeding a raccoon later found to be rabid, according to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

In announcing the exposure, the DEM is reminding Rhode Islanders that it’s illegal to feed wild animals and feeding wildlife “can often lead to unintended problems including the possible transmission of diseases.”

The DEM got involved on August 31 when an environmental police officer responded to a call in North Providence. After talking to the couple, the officer saw that the adult raccoon had an injured foot and had trouble balancing, according

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