Benning Animal Hospital Newsletter

Benning Animal Hospital

The veterinarians and staff at the Benning Animal Hospital are pleased to provide you with an online newsletter. This fun and fact-filled newsletter is updated on a regular basis.

Included in the newsletter are articles pertaining to pet care, information on our animal hospital, as well as news on the latest trends and discoveries in veterinary medicine.

Please enjoy the newsletter!

Current Newsletter Topics

Celebrate National Feral Cat Day on October 16th

Did you know that there is a day dedicated to helping feral cats? This October 16th marks the annual celebration of National Feral Cat Day. Originally started by Alley Cat Allies in 2001, this special day is all about raising awareness regarding feral cats. Let’s learn more about the ways you can take part in this amazing day. What is National Feral Cat Day About?

The purpose behind October 16th is focused on raising awareness to benefit feral cats. This involves promoting “Trap-Neuter-Return” programs, which are an effective way to help keep the stray population down. In addition, it is a time for recognizing the millions of loving Americans that care for these lovely cats.

National Feral Cat Day hopes to work together with the community to end cats being put down and having cats overpopulate areas. The way to do this is to spay and neuter feral cats. Because of this, many veterinarians will offer free spay and neuter clinics to the public on National Feral Cat Day.

How to Celebrate National Feral Cat Day

Feral cats are much like house cats. They have the same needs and the same natural behaviors. The difference is that they have not been adapted to living around humans, so they can sometimes cause issues in residential neighborhoods.

On October 16th, it is a great day to recognize what you can do for these cats and your community. Here are some steps you might want to take:

  • Discuss with your veterinarian about programs they might be offering for feral cats in your neighborhood.
  • Inform and educate your neighbors about feral cats and help them to get involved.
  • Participate in the Trap-Neuter-Return initiative to help prevent the problems facing feral cats.
  • Join with your local shelter in helping them care for feral cats that are brought into the facility.

Feral cats are just as worthy of healthy lives as domesticated cats. This will require the help and education of entire neighborhoods to make it possible. Use October 16th to be a voice for these cats. Then, they can live the life they were meant to; happy and healthy.

Dogs and Cats Can Donate Blood

You may have donated blood, but did you know that dogs and cats can donate blood too? During surgeries, illness or injury, veterinarians need the blood of other pets to potentially save a cat or dog who is in the hospital. According to a recent Huffington Post article, there are a few requirements for a cat or dog to be able to donate blood.

Your dog or cat may be eligible to donate blood if they meet the following requirements:

  • Be between the ages of one and nine
  • Dogs must be 50 lbs. or more
  • Cats must be 10 lbs. or more
  • Cats must be solely indoor pets
  • Never had a transfusion
  • Not used for breeding
  • Not on any long-term medication

Some of these requirements may vary depending on the state and blood bank, so it is important to check every hospital or donation center in your area individually. During every donation, a dog will donate approximately two cups, or one pint at each donation. A cat will donate approximately two ounces. When a dog donates blood just one time, it can help save the lives of up to four dogs! Pets get rewarded for their good deed with food, treats, toys and of course, belly rubs. Learn more with the video and article below.

Huffington Post (Dogs Can Donate Blood, Too)

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month: Here’s What You Can Do

The entire month of October is dedicated to the shelter dogs and they deserve all the love and exposure they can get! These cute and lovable animals are in need of a home and it is important to stress adoption of shelter dogs instead of visiting a breeder if you are in search of a pet. Learn more about Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and find out what you can do to help these sweet pooches.

What is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month?

The month of October is a time when local shelters are preparing to help you adopt a new pet. Both the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Association are working hard to get these amazing dogs into loving homes.

For those who’ve already rescued shelter dogs, you know that this process is extremely fulfilling. Instead of shopping for a pet at the store, taking the time to rescue a needy animal can bring a more rewarding experience for you and the dog.

Here’s How to Get Involved

If you are ready to use the month of October to make a difference, here are some steps you can take:

  • Contact your local shelter and see if they are offering discounts for adoption this month.
  • If you already have a pet, encourage your loved ones to adopt if they are searching for a pet.
  • Educate neighbors and community members about the importance of adopting instead of “buying” a dog.
  • Donate food to your local animal shelter to help feed the dogs they have up for adoption.
  • Promote the local spay and neuter programs to help reduce the populations in the shelter.
  • Volunteer at the local shelter to walk dogs or clean cages. They will be very grateful for another set of hands.

Even if you already have adopted a dog from the local shelter, maybe it could be time to potentially add a second dog to your household! If your home is a good fit for another pet, consider adopting to give yet another dog the life they deserve. Take this month to remind everyone you meet what the month of October means for these homeless dogs.

Helping to find these animals some loving homes will lift your spirits. These shelter dogs need attention and care; be the one who gives them a home full of love. Help adopt, educate or donate today!

Keeping Pets Safe During a Natural Disaster

You’ve prepared for the next natural disaster by prepping an emergency bag for family members, planning an evacuation route and stocking the house with adequate supplies. Are you forgetting anything? How about the plan for your pets? During a natural disaster, you aren’t going to have time to get everything your pet needs. You need to think about the steps to take now; before disaster strikes.

Natural disasters are just as scary for pets as they are for the owners. Preparing in advance for this time can help to ease the discomfort and uncertainty that they will be feeling. Aside from preparing to evacuate to a pet-friendly location and packing extra supplies, there are more things to prepare for. Do you know the necessary things you’ll need to make your pet comfortable? Prepare yourself for these uncertain events by reading the comprehensive guide put together by PetMD.