If you’re looking for deeper engagement as a Canine Companions volunteer, we encourage you to get involved with them. The Valley to Sea Chapter is an extension of the Southwest Regional Training Center. They work to raise awareness, recruit new puppy raisers and volunteers and support one another’s work on behalf of the Canine Companions’ mission.
They are a lively network filled with opportunities for social engagement, from puppy classes to fundraisers. Beyond the satisfaction of doing good work for Canine Companions, lifelong friendships are often formed among chapter members. If you are interested in more information go to http://www.cci.org.
Founded in 1975 the assistance dogs they breed, raise and train aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often, their best friends. They open up new opportunities and new possibilities and spread incredible joy. They unite people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.
∙SPAN Thrift Store is providing $10 spays and neuters for low income cat and dog friends.
Two clinics in May are: Thursday, May 23rd at Sheills Park, in the parking lot, located at 649 C St., Fillmore, and another one in the SPAN Thrift Store parking lot in Ventura at 110 N. Olive St. (behind Vons on Main) on Thursday, May 30th. Please call to schedule an appointment (805) 584-3823.
The National Police Dog Foundation (located in our backyard)is pleased to announce it will be co-hosting the 2nd Annual Police K-9 Memorial Service on May 11th to be held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. The Foundation will be hosting a luncheon following the ceremony at the nearby DC FOP Lodge.
In fact, the spreading fear of side effects from pet vaccines led the British Veterinary Association to issue a statement that dogs cannot develop autism from them.
Doctor Raelynn Farnsworth with the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine echoes this for all pets.
“I do hear people that come into the office and say, ‘Well, I don’t believe in vaccines or I think vaccines cause problems,'” Dr. Farnsworth said. “We do hear the autism claim in humans and so what does it do to their pets. There are studies out there that we are seeing a decline in animal visits to the veterinarians. Mostly that’s based on people’s perception that their pet doesn’t like the vet, so they don’t take them. ”
She said it’s important to vaccinate your pets for their well-being, and the well-being of all pets.
“If enough animals are vaccinated it puts animals that are at risk for medical reasons or age reasons can’t get vaccinated, they’re less likely to get sick from the diseases if the general population is vaccinated,” Dr. Farnsworth said. Not only that, but she said the risk of these diseases, and treatment for them, outweigh any potential side effects.
“Most of the diseases we vaccinate against we do so because they’re pretty detrimental to the pet,” Dr. Farnsworth said. “Like with the parvovirus, they can die if left untreated and pets did die before the vaccine was available in large numbers.”
So what vaccines does your pet need and how often should they get them?
Dr. Farnsworth said there are “core vaccines” recommended for all pets. But your vet will make recommendations based on your pet’s health and lifestyle.
In general, dogs or cats should be vaccinated after they’re 12 weeks old, which is good for one year. Some vets will do a rabies vaccine that’s good for three years. This is given to your pet when once they’re at least 15 months old.
The size of your pet doesn’t affect the vaccine dose. It’s just one dose per animal.