Saturday, December 13, 2008

Final 2nd Annual Pet Photos with Santa Today

Today from 1pm - 3pm are this year’s final annual 

Pet Photos with Santa
at Puparazzi Pet Bow-tique 
located downtown Manteo on Historic Roanoke Island.

Appointments are highly recommended.  100% of the $5.00

Donation goes to the Outer Banks SPCA blog photo by Josh Penosky


Friday, December 12, 2008

Natural Holiday Gormet Doggie Treats

This holiday treat your pet to a special treat from

Salty Paws Biscuits 
Milepost 4.5 
on the bypass
Ocean Plaza
Kitty Hawk, NC

The bakers have been very busy making a variety of treats for your special pup. They are offering a bag of treats for $3 that has several biscuits shaped for the holidays it includes each of the following, a bacon & cheese star, chicken snowman, bagel candy cane, gingerbread man, and a peanut butter tree.

 Salty Paws does offer larger decorated shapes for $2.25 that include a gingerbread man, chicken snowman, and peanut butter Christmas tree. “Yappy Holidays” is one of the several sayings that adorns a large bone for the big pup in your life, other sayings are “Season Greetings”, “Happy Holidays”, and “Merry Christmas”.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Currituck County Animal Shelter - Holiday Hours & Adoption Policy

Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc

The Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. Operators of the Currituck County Animal Shelter have announced the following Holiday Shelter Hours & Holiday Adoption Policy.

We have extended hours on 

Tuesday, Dec. 16th, we will be open for the public from 12:00 PM noon until 9:00 PM 

We will be Closed on December 25th and December 26th Saturday December 27th we will resume Regular Hours of Operation

We will be Closed on January 1st 2009

Normal Currituck County Animal Shelter Hours are:

Monday 10am - 2pm
Tuesday 12noon - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 2pm
Thursday 12noon - 6pm
Friday 10am - 2pm
Saturday 11am - 3:30pm 
Sunday 11am - 3:30pm 

The Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc.
operators of the Currituck County Animal Shelter has announced the following Holiday Pet Adoption Policy.

 "Our Holiday policy is that if you come fill-out an Adoption Application & Contract, and you meet our normal adoption criteria, you may pay the adoption fee for the pet you select and we will hold him/her until December 24th."

Ginger Sikes
President of the Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Dare County Animal Shelter Holiday Hours

The Dare County Animal Shelter operated by the Outer Banks SPCA Will be closed Dec 24, 25 and 26.

 We will be open on Saturday December 27 as usual.

We will be closed on Thursday Jan 1, 2009
Normal Dare County Animal Shelter Hours are: 

Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
Sunday Closed 

Denise Lambiotte
Director of the Dare County Animal Shelter

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Let’s Keep Our Pets Safe, Happy and Healthy This Holiday Season!

Dear Pet Owners,

I would like to extend warm wishes to everyone on the Outer Banks this holiday season. As we celebrate with family and friends, let’s be sure to keep some important safety tips in mind for our furry family members. One way to be sure our pets have an enjoyable season is to do our best to eliminate potential hazards. 

Plants Poinsettias, Holly, Mistletoe and Christmas trees set the tone for our holiday decorations, but we must be sure to keep these out of reach of pets. Poinsettias, although not as poisonous as once thought, can cause irritation to the mouth and stomach leading to vomiting. Holly berries contain toxins called saponins, which leads to vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. Be sure to keep mistletoe up where it belongs and out of reach of pets. It has many different varieties, but all are toxic to pets. Mistletoe can cause vomiting, liver failure or seizures depending on the variety.

Ever wonder why cat collars have a quick release? Christmas trees come to my mind! Cats love to climb these green jungle gyms, and their collars can get hung up on branches. It is best to keep cats and dogs away from the Christmas tree unless supervised. Other hazards include chewing and/or swallowing ornaments and drinking the water under the tree.

Often times insecticides, preservatives and fire-retardant chemicals sit in the water feeding your Christmas tree. It is important to keep pets away from the tree either by using baby gates or closed doors unless supervised. 

Electric Cords Extension cords are used much more often this season and can be attractive to teething puppies or playful cats. Be sure to keep all extension cords unplugged or out of reach when pets cannot be supervised. Ribbons and Tinsel Strings and ribbons are often some of our cat’s favorite toys, but they can be dangerous if swallowed. The material can obstruct or slice through the gastrointestinal tract causing serious consequences. It is important to keep these decorations out of reach of our pets.

Holiday Food It is often tempting to feed Fluffy or Fido bits of the holiday meal, but feeding pets foods that they are not used to eating can cause serious stomach upset or pancreatitis. It is also important to not feed leftover bones to pets due to the fact that they can lacerate or obstruct the gastrointestinal tract.
Some foods that are toxic to pets include chocolate, onions, raisins and grapes. This is not a complete list but is just a few of the foods pets have access to over the holidays.

Guests / Holiday Parties Be sure that all pets have a safe, quiet place of their own during holiday get-togethers. These times are often very stressful for pets and can lead to behavior issues if they can’t get away from the commotion. It is also a good idea to keep your pet in a safe place during parties as it can be easy for them to run away with guests coming and going. 

Even when all of the proper precautions are taken, accidents can still happen. Please do not hesitate to call one of the veterinarians on the Outer Banks if you have any questions or concerns about your pet. Happy Holidays!

Jill Patterson DVM
Martin’s Point Veterinary Hospital 

please see Veterinarian Advise Page 

Monday, December 8, 2008

2nd Annual Pet Photos with Santa (December Schedule)

Puparazzi Pet Bow-tique announced that both of the Novembers scheduled 2nd Annual Pet Photos with Santa were a success & now there is only one date left.

Saturday, December 13th, 2008
1pm - 3pm. Appointments are highly recommended.

100% of the $5.00 Donation goes to the Outer Banks SPCA 

Sunday, December 7, 2008

NC State University Mobile Veterinary Unit visits Hyde County NC

NC State University Mobile Veterinary Unit visits Hyde County, NC

Hyde County is a very rural area of North Carolina. For years tourism has been a great economic genitor for this county, in addition to Ocracoke Island the second tourism Mecca is Hunting on the Main Land.

Hyde Country has no veterinary services and did not have an Animal Shelter or Animal Control until Aug. 1st 2007. Now Animal Control Officer JM Eakes runs the Hyde County Animal Shelter.

 Since 1997 NC State University Mobile Veterinary Unit has provided valuable veterinary services to Hyde County, for a one week period in November of each year that coincides with the open Bear Hunting Season.

The NC State University Mobile Veterinary Unit was staffed by Kelli Ferris, Clinical Assistant Professor College of Veterinary Medicine, one Certified Veterinary Technician & (6) Six fourth year NC State University Veterinary Students. In addition to being a Veterinary Emergency Unit for the Dogs injured during hunting the NC State University Mobile Veterinary Unit provided regular veterinary service to Hyde County residents.

Services included 40 regular check-ups, wellness care & annual Rabies and Vaccination shots. There were 11 spay & neuters, 3 county resident emergencies that included a dog with a broken tail, a dog with an abscess between the eyes, and a dog with a broken toe due to a lawn mower accident. There was also a horse with EIA Equestrian Infectious Anemia. There were 5 dogs treated due to dog fights while hunting & 38 Emergency Care treatments for dogs injured during the hunt.

Blog Photo is of Ellen Sawyer, 4th year NC State University Veterinary Student & Gimpy, a Bear Hunting Dog owned by Darryl Hopkins of Columbia, NC. 

Photography by Carol at Seaside Photography

There is feature article about Gimpy in todays Sunday edition of the Fayetteville Observer "Bear Season: Mobile animal hospital comes to dog's rescue" by Todd M. Adams, Sports Editor

Bear hunting maybe a controversial subject but Hyde County depends on the revenue generated each year from this annual event that draws hunters from around the world. This Annual Event not only provides valuable veterinary service to Hyde County but provides the future NC State Veterinarians with valuable emergency experience to provide top notch veterinary care for the animals of North Carolina.

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