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Hopeful Henry: Community cautioned about animal poisoning

Community alert! It has come to the attention of the Lake Tahoe Humane Society that some animals in South Lake Tahoe are being poisoned! The Lake Tahoe Humane Society has received several complaints from residents in the area of Reno Avenue and Chris Avenue who have seen dog treats placed randomly around, it appears the dog treats have been coated with something. The Lake Tahoe Humane Society can confirm at least one dog has died from poison in that area and these treats have been spotted as recently as June 8. The dog treats in questions have been sent to the University of California, Davis toxicology department to verify if these mysterious treats are in fact the cause of the poisoning. As soon as the Lake Tahoe Humane Society gets the results back they will let the community know via contacting the Tribune so they can run a full story. Meanwhile please keep close eye on your dog when on walks to make sure they don’t eat anything. If you see dog treats or anything that looks odd please pick up the item with a bag. You can use your poop pick-up bags. Do not touch with your hands. Contact the Lake Tahoe Humane Society at 530-542-2857. If you suspect your dog or cat has eaten anything that may be poisoned, please contact your veterinarian immediately. While we don’t want to scare the community, we do want to make people aware so they can take precautions. This is an animal-loving community and it is just unfathomable that anyone would intentionally try to poison any animal, whether it be a pet or the wildlife, but sadly it happens. Note to all, this is a felony crime.

Henry,

I frequently see young men riding skateboards or bicycles with small dogs running along beside them. How much strenuous exercise is good for little dogs and how can the dog owner know when he is pushing the dog too hard? Dogs will run really hard to stay up with their owner. How much is too much?

Signed,

Concerned dog lover

Great question Concerned Dog Lover!

Big or small, young or old, dogs need to exercise daily. While some breeds have special needs that have to be taken into account, and dogs do slow down as they age, they still need to take part in some form of daily physical activity. Without activity, your dog will become bored, frustrated and unhealthy. Exercise tones the muscles, helps the body and metabolic system to function properly, and it engages the mind. Anyone who has had a dog that suffers from lack of physical activity and mental stimulation will tell you that they will often turn to destructive behaviors — behaviors that magically disappear once the dog is getting out every day.

That said, exercise needs are based on a dog’s age, breed, size and overall health, your dog should spend between 30 minutes and two hours on an activity every day. For example, short-nosed breeds such as bulldogs require far less daily exercise than hunting, working or herding breeds such as labrador retrievers, hounds, collies or shepherds. Then there are some small breeds, such as Jack Russell that can run and run and run.

I am personally not a fan of running small breeds while on bikes and skateboards mainly because if you are paying attention to all the other surroundings, such as traffic and road obstacles you cannot pay attention to your dog especially running behind you. Thus it is impossible to tell if your dog is becoming exhausted or needs to take a potty break.

Some signals that your pet may have overdone it include excessive panting during or after the exertion, extreme thirst, lagging behind when normally in front raring to go, any lameness or limping or a reluctance to move in ways usually comfortable with, appearing to be overtired after the exercise, or sleeping or laying down more than normal, reluctance to go out for the walk or run and missing cues or commands well known to the animal.

If you have any concerns about whether your dog can handle a long walk or whether you should implement an exercise plan for them, talk to your veterinarian. You don’t want to pressure your dog into doing things that are too strenuous or you could end up with bigger problems. Start slow if your dog has not been accustomed to being physically active and observe response, adding more activities or more mileage once stronger. Your dog should be happily tired, not exhausted, when you are done exercising for the day.

Hope this was helpful,

Hopeful Henry

Submit furry family member photos to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society calendar/card photo contest. Visit http://www.LakeTahoeHumaneSociety.org and click on the calendar link, scroll to bottom of the page, fill out form and submit the photo. It is a fun way to support our Lake Tahoe Humane Society and help them help local animals in need. Submit questions or letters via email to AskHenry@LakeTahoeHumaneSociety.org or by mail to P.O. Box PET South Lake Tahoe Calif. 96158. The Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA has a Facebook page, so stop by and check it out at http://www.Facebook.com/LakeTahoeHumaneSocietySPCA, you can also become a Facebook friend of HopefulHenry at http://www.Facebook.com/Hopeful.Henry or follow us on Twitter @LtHumaneSociety.


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