August is Vaccination Awareness Month! Why should you vaccinate your pet? Not only is it beneficial to their health, but to the health of the people and other animals that they may interact with.
#1: Vaccines protect against deadly transmissible diseases
Dogs and cats are vulnerable to various contagious, disease-causing organisms (i.e., pathogens) that exist naturally in the environment. Vaccination is the most effective preventive health measure against these diseases and has saved countless pets’ lives since routine vaccination became common. Thanks to vaccination, heartbreaking diseases, including parvovirus and distemper in dogs, panleukopenia (i.e., feline distemper), and leukemia in cats, are entirely preventable tragedies.
#2: Vaccines strengthen your pet’s immune system
Your pet’s initial exposure to a deadly contagious disease can happen in one of two ways:
- Natural exposure — Your pet’s immune system may recognize the virus as a foreign invader, and make specific antibodies to attack and neutralize the invasion. Alternatively, the foreign pathogen may overwhelm your pet’s immune system, resulting in no response, or a delayed response that makes your pet ill.
- Vaccination — A vaccination contains a tiny, inactivated amount of virus. The immune system studies the foreign substance and develops antibodies, without the simultaneous threat of disease. When your pet is later naturally exposed to the virus, the immune system rapidly recognizes the problem and responds immediately and effectively.
Vaccination is a safe way to stimulate your pet’s immunity without risking infection and illness. While healthy pets may fight off certain diseases naturally, most devoted pet owners would prefer not to gamble with their pet’s health.
#3: Your pet’s vaccines improve public health
Several diseases commonly vaccinated against are zoonotic (i.e., they can be passed from animals to humans). Rabies virus, which can be transmitted to humans through an infected animal’s bite, is the most well-known zoonotic example. Leptospirosis, a bacterial disease affecting the liver and kidneys, is another zoonotic threat. By vaccinating the pet population, the risk of a widespread outbreak in the pet or human population is diminished.
For example, rabies is 100 percent fatal once signs appear, so a potential outbreak could be catastrophic, making preventive vaccinations essential for animal and public health. Rabies vaccinations for pets are mandated by many state and local laws.
#4: Vaccines can extend your pet’s life
Pets may survive illness and disease, but they often suffer lifelong effects well after their recovery. Puppies and kittens often develop poorly, which leads to weakness, pain, and inability to thrive. Pets with a history of chronic illness tend to have weaker immune systems, predisposing them to additional medical conditions.
Vaccinated pets typically enjoy robust health. Puppies and kittens grow and flourish, and their successful early development helps ensure good health and resilience against disease as adults.
#5: Vaccines are cost-effective pet care
Vaccination is the most economical veterinary care available. Hospitalization and treatment bills for sick pets can quickly reach the thousands, and may still not be enough to save the pet. An entire lifetime of vaccines is far less expensive and avoids the devastating heartache, guilt, and grief of losing a pet to a preventable illness.
#6: Your pet’s vaccine examination may detect early disease and improve outcomes
When your pet visits our hospital for annual or semi-annual vaccines, their physical examination may reveal early warning signs for other, unpreventable diseases, including diabetes, cancer, thyroid disease, and osteoarthritis.
Early intervention and treatment for these diseases and many others allow your pet to live a more comfortable, pain-free life. Early treatment may delay terminal diseases, giving you additional years that you may not have had without keeping your pet up to date on their vaccinations.
#7: Vaccinations allow your pet to be social, well-mannered, and well-groomed
Boarding, training, and grooming facilities usually require certain vaccinations to use their facilities or services. Pet owners should always plan ahead for emergencies, knowing that boarding facilities and pet-sitting services likely will not accept unvaccinated or under-vaccinated pets.
Our veterinarians will make vaccine recommendations based on your pet’s age, health, vaccine record, and lifestyle. While some vaccinations, like rabies, are mandatory, our veterinarians may add or remove others from your pet’s protocol. If your pet has reacted to any vaccine in the past, let us know. Vaccine side effects are rare, and typically mild, but some pets experience an allergic reaction or gastrointestinal signs.
Vaccinations often take a back seat to the more exciting aspects of veterinary medicine. We believe “boring” appointments are the best kind, because they show your pet is in great health, and receiving the benefit of comprehensive preventive care.
Categories: adopt don't shop
Posted: August 05, 2022
Did you know that February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month?! We are so excited to tell you our top reasons why rabbits can make wonderful pets!
1. Are you hoping to find a social pet who loves being a part of your family, but doesn't need to be taken outside for walks and potty breaks? Rabbits LOVE to be involved in your day-to-day life!
2. "But cats are like that, too, and they can be litter box trained..." So can rabbits! Plus, a lot of people who are allergic to cats and dogs are not allergic to rabbits!
3. As herbivores, rabbits mesh well with vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. Generally speaking, though, having a pet who encourages you to stock your fridge with fruits and vegetables is good for everybody — vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Feeding a rabbit properly can definitely help to encourage you to eat a variety of healthy foods, too!
4. Bunnies are quiet. If you live in an apartment or condo, neighbors will definitely not complain about any noises your bunny make make, they certainly don't bark! ;) They're a great fit for an urban lifestyle.
5. Rabbits don't need a ton of space. Of course, we are not referring to a mini box where it can barely move, but they are often quite happy in a singular room or an x-pen. Again, great for the urban lifestyle!
6. Rabbits love to be clean, in this, they look a bit like cats, as they are constantly grooming themselves. Interestingly, these animals are organized even in their own space, constantly organizing their own belongings (their toys, of course). Which is excellent for their owner and for the home. A negative aspect of them is the excess fur of rabbits. They lose plenty of hair and to avoid knots, you have to brush their fur constantly.
* We have some wonderful bonded pairs currently available for adoption, we have some bachelors/bachelorettes that prefer their solitude from rabbits but love human company, and we have single rabbits looking for the love of their life that can be bonded with your current bunny. Browse our available bun-buns on our Critters page under "Our Animals", and give us a call at 206 557 4661 to ask us about our adoptable bunnies and find one, or a pair, that would be a great fit for your home!
Categories: bunnies, rabbits, adopt don't shop
Posted: February 10, 2022
It’s Puppy Mill Awareness Day! As a rescue, we’d love to honor this day by bringing to light some information about the dangers of puppy mills, and why we do what we do as a rescue to help save animals.
What is a puppy mill?
A puppy mill (or "puppy farm") is a place where dogs are bred for commercial/profit purposes. There are at least 10,000 puppy mills still operating in the USA which breed more than 2 million puppies per year.
On the flip side, did you know that over 1 million dogs are euthanized annually in shelters?
Let’s chat about how puppy mills operate. "Mama dogs" are not treated as household pets, let alone treasured family members, in a puppy mill! They are kept in cages almost 24/7 (if not literally 24/7) often without any protection from the elements; hot sun in the summer, bitter cold in the winter, rain, etc. Often the cages have wire bottoms which can be very painful for their feet. These mamas usually don’t receive regular vet care; they are unvaccinated and often not groomed properly, which means that their nails are painfully overgrown, and if they are longer-furred, sometimes very painfully matted with caked-in feces and urine. These mamas are simply the tools in which puppy mills use to make money and regard for their quality of life is not considered. They are forced to breed litter after litter, one right after the other until they can no longer physically do so. Then they are “disposed of” sometimes using inhumane methods.
The puppies are born into these same horrific conditions. They are cramped and crowded in unsanitary conditions and not socialized. In larger puppy mills, these dogs are shipped to pet stores across the country, often in inhumane ways. In smaller “independent” (unlicensed) puppy mills, these dogs are offered up for sale on Facebook, Craigslist, and other networking sites.
When you see cute puppies running around in pet stores, please don’t forget where they came from! Purchasing a puppy from a commercial pet store is often supporting the puppy mills that continue to supply these stores.
How can we stop this?
If you suspect a puppy mill is operating in your area, please report it to the police, animal control, and 1-877-MILL-TIP to file a report with the Humane Society.
When thinking of adding a new furry family member to your household, PLEASE consider adoption!
But we have some reservations about adoption.
"We’re not sure if we’re in a position to care for a dog with medical or behavioral challenges right now."
We completely understand that! Not all dogs in rescues or shelters have an abusive past or medical problems, some end up in rescue through no fault of their own. A reputable shelter or rescue will work with you to help you find a pet that will be the best fit possible for your household.
"But we were hoping to find a puppy/kitten because we want to raise one from a young age."
Rescues and shelters have puppies and kittens! This often happens when we rescue pregnant mamas, so the puppies or kittens are born into good conditions and receive proper care and socialization until they are ready for their forever homes.
How do we know if a rescue is reputable?
Great question! These are definite red flags to look out for when seeking a pet to adopt. A responsible rescue or shelter will properly vet an animal before allowing him or her to be available for adoption. This includes vaccinations, spay/neuter (very important!), and being upfront about any medical issues that they are aware of. They will provide you with proof of the animal being vetted upon adoption. They will have some type of vetting process for the adopters as well; interviews, meet and greets, reference checks, and home checks. It is important to any responsible rescue to try and ensure the best match possible for the family and the animal so that the chances of that animal staying in that household for the rest of its life are good. They will also take back any animal that they adopt out if the adoption sadly does not work out. At ECPR, we are committed to our animals for their whole lives.
Rescue can be a very emotional job and it never gets easier. Although we sometimes take in pets from very sad conditions, we have the privilege and responsibility of saving these animals and then helping them find that happily-ever-after that they truly deserve.
If you are searching for a new furry family member, (or a not-so-furry one, we sometimes have hairless pets as well!) please visit our website at www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org we update it at minimum weekly with new adoptable pets. We are happy to answer any questions that you have, give us a call daily between 10am and 6pm at 206 557 4661
(Images do not belong to ECPR, they are stock photos but an accurate representation of what conditions can be like in a puppy mill.)
Categories: adopt don't shop, Daily News and Happenings, puppy mills, animal rescue, pet rescue
Posted: September 18, 2021
— PLEASE NOTE that these initial descriptions are just the starting point (as of 7/15/21), all of these horses need to go through quarantine, extensive vetting and evaluations prior to being available for adoption. We invite you to follow their journey from rescue to adoption right here on our blog, and on our social media! Make sure to Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram!
What we know thus far and the information may change as we learn more about them:
* Chance (chesnut with the green rope halter) is a four-year-old ranch gelding. He stands at about 15hands and he is willing, quiet, and a good mover under saddle.
* Peponita is an AQHA grey (almost white) mare with a black rope halter, Gentle under saddle.
* Safari is a grade GAITED Chesnut mare (pictured with a rider!) said to be a wonderful trail mount!
* Amisha is another grey (almost white) mare who is very sweet and kid-gentle under saddle.
* Pecosa is a flea-bitten grey mare with a light green rope halter. She is super sweet and gentle under saddle as well.|
All of these horses would be wonderful additions to any loving family! They are not available for adoption yet, but if you are interested in learning more, give us a call at 206 557 4661 and we'd love to talk to you about our adoption process. LOVE CAN SAVE LIVES!
Categories: horses, horse, rescue horse, rescue horses, adopt don't shop, pet rescue, seattle
Posted: July 15, 2021