Rabies Topic of the Month
Prevent Dog Fights
Dogs fighting in the home is dangerous for pets and people. Here are a few tips from a veterinarian to prevent dogs from fighting. When asked how to prevent a dog fight, Christine New, DVM recommends the following:
- Spay and neuter your dogs.
- Feed multiple dogs in a home separately.
- Keep dogs on a leash when outside.
- If your dog has a possessive demeanor, avoid the dog park. Even a docile dog can become involved in a fight.
- Fighting over dog toys is a common occurrence so keep desired toys out of reach.
- Adding a new dog to the family? Choose a dog the opposite sex of the existing dog to join your family.
- Allow dogs to have some alone time when visiting family with other dogs
What can I do if my dog gets into a fight?
Keep people away from fighting dogs. We love our dogs and we want to protect them but getting between to fighting dogs is very dangerous. If your dog is in a fight do not yell. Yelling makes the situation more intense and escalates the fighting dogs. To stop a dog fight Christine New, DVM recommends:
- Using a broom or chair to separate the dogs.
- Spraying water on the dogs with a water hose.
- Making a loud noise such as slamming a door.
If fighting is a frequent behavior for your dog, speak with your veterinarian. Basic obedience training may be helpful. Dogs that have had obedience training listen to their owners better and increase the chance of preventing a dog fight.
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Prior to a disaster create a family emergency plan that includes your pet(s).
It is very important to:
Make sure each pet's tags are up-to-date and fastened to its collar.
Have a current photo of you and your pet(s) for identification purposes.
Make a pet emergency kit.
Identify shelters in advance that will allow your pets.
Have a secure pet carrier, leash, or harness for your pet.
Know hotels and motels that allow pets.
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Do You Know Your Wild Neighbors?
Raccoon 101: Raccoons will appear whenever food is around. Although they’re normally nocturnal, it’s not uncommon to see raccoons during the day, especially in spring and summer when mom raccoons are expending a lot of energy nursing their young cubs. But if the raccoon is acting disoriented or sick— circling, staggering, or screeching—contact an animal control officer.
“Orphaned” fawns: Mother deer often "park" their babies in one place and only visit two to three times a day to avoid attracting predators. Until the fawn is four weeks old, you will rarely see the mother. Instead, the fawn relies on camouflage and lying still for protection during this vulnerable period.Foxes out and about during the day: Foxes have a natural fear of people. If you see a fox outside during the day, it's no cause for alarm. They will usually run away from you as soon as they detect your presence. These foxes can easily be scared away by making loud noises such as yelling or blowing whistles.
Bottom line……Trapping and releasing is NOT kind!: Relocating a wild animal is far from kind. In a strange place, the relocated animals will try to find their home, and may be killed by cars or have to fight resident animals along the way. In spring and summer, often it's a mother animal who is trapped and relocated, leaving her babies behind to starve. A far better solution is to solve the problem at its source by removing whatever is attracting the animal, such as food and denning sites.
Web Page of the Month
| Keeping Bats out of the House
Some bats live in buildings and there is no reason to evict them if there is little chance for contact with people.
Bats must not be allowed into your home, however. It is best to contact an animal-control or wildlife conservation agency for assistance with "bat-proofing" your home. If you choose to do the "bat-proofing" yourself, click here for some suggestions.
Does your dog need a little extra space when out and about in the neighborhood? Perhaps he's had surgery or is nursing an injury. Maybe he startles easily due to poor vision and hearing loss as he ages. The Yellow Dog Project is a global movement for owners of dogs that need space. By attaching a yellow ribbon to your best friend, you can let those around him know he needs some special consideration. Click here for additional information or here to visit the Yellow Dog Project Website.
Dog vs. Child...No one really wins
Being bitten by a dog is painful and traumatic and children are at particular risk due to their size and unpredictable behavior. Though bites are often provoked, in many instances families opt to remove the offending pet from the home. This, too, can be traumatic. Dog bites can be prevented. Visit
Do You Speak Dog?
A dog's body language tells a lot about its mood. Being fluent in "dog" can help you and your loved ones stay safe around dogs in your home and neighborhood.
Rabies; How Big a Problem Is It?
A Global Concern
Rabies is still a problem across the globe, occurring in over 150 countries and territories. More than 55,000 people die of rabies every year; mostly in Asia and Africa. Bites from infected dogs are the most common source of human infections, worldwide. Every year more than 15 million people get vaccinated against rabies, preventing hundreds of thousands of deaths.
In the United States, including here in New York, rabies disease in humans has nearly become a thing of the past. Did you ever stop to consider why? A strong public health infrastructure and effective rabies prevention programming have made a disease common at the start of the twentieth century, almost unheard of today. Rabies prevention programming in New York includes laws requiring pet vaccination; investigation of possible exposures; and provision of vaccine to exposed humans.
For more information about rabies, check out the following sites:
Click here to learn more about rabies in the United States
Click here to learn more about rabies in New York
Click here to learn more about rabies in Ontario County
Good News about a Very Bad Virus
Rabies infection is terrible and people diagnosed with rabies almost always die. For an illness that is so good at killing its host, however, the virus itself gets off to a very slow start. This is great news for people who are unlucky enough to get exposed. Rabies moves very slowly in the body leaving enough time to begin vaccination. When given correctly vaccine is 100% effective at preventing infection.
Got Bats?View the New York State Department of Health's video, How to Catch a Bat,