Heat and fleas: summertime troubles for pets


A PET-POURRI of news and needs:

* From the Humane Society of Baltimore County (833-8848) comes a warning about animals and heatstroke. They should not be left in stifling hot weather without shade and particularly not in cars. Animals are better left at home. In a car the temperature, even with windows lowered, can reach 160 degrees within a matter of minutes. With only hot air to breathe the pet can't pant enough to cool its body and can suffer brain damage or have a heatstroke and die.

Symptoms of a heatstroke are heavy breathing, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, dizziness, vomiting, deep red or purple tongue. To help the animal, get it in shade and apply cool liquid all over its body, preferably water, but in an emergency anything cool will do. If there is ice let him lick it. And call a veterinarian immediately.

* Alley Animals is an animal rescue group which feeds stray animals in the city's alleys late each night and saves both dogs and cats. It is maintained solely by volunteers and donations. They need money, cat and dog food, paper towels, old towels, scatter rugs, bags of litter or bales of pine chips. Send to Alley Animals, P.O. Box 27487, Towson 21285-7487. For adoptions, call 764-9124. For rescues, call 823-0899 or 771-4576.

* Pausing With Pets would like to hear from any reader who has had success with fighting fleas. Write about your pet and what you've done about fleas. For those who have had flea-fighting failure, hopefully we can publish some help for

you. Write, don't call, Ellen Hawks, Pausing With Pets, The Evening Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.

Tips for your cat from Callie Cats, a non-profit, all volunteer rescue group for cats. When applying flea powder lay an old towel flat and sprinkle it generously with powder. Then place the cat on the towel, wrap the towel around it and rub briskly. Don't wrap the cat's face. Use a soft tooth brush dipped in flea powder to treat the face and ears.

Sprays often frighten the cat, so spray the solution on a washcloth or sponge and rub the cat with it. Don't use dog products

on cats.

Callie Cats has need for items to help in their rescue work. They want cotton ear swabs, litter, paper towels, paper plates, old towels, bleach, plastic trash bags and items to be sold at the flea markets they hold on occasion. They need money for food, medicine and veterinary care. Send to Callie Cats Adoptions, Inc. P.O. Box 6238, 6502 Belair Road, Baltimore 21206.

To adopt from them, call Donna, 426-1423; Jennifer, 488-4493; Elaine, 254-0364; or Bonnie, 360-8186.

* At the Municipal Animal Shelter, 301 Stockholm St. in South Baltimore, a dog obedience course, rabies vaccination and dog licenses are available.

A nine-week basic dog obedience class will be taught by Carolyn Machowski, veterinary technician supervisor, beginning with an orientation session from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 7 at the shelter. Pre-registration is necessary by Aug. 31. Cost is $40. Call Machowski, 396-4696.

Also, rabies vaccination clinics will be held at the shelter from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 3; Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7. Cost is $4 per pet. Details: 396-4688.

Baltimore City dog licenses, $10, ($5 for owners 65 and over) are going up by $5 after Aug. 31. All dogs four months and older are required to have a license, which also requires proof of a rabies vaccination. Details: 396-4688.

* From the Maryland Feline Society: Those who are allergic to their cat but don't want to give it up should bathe the cat once a month for 10 minutes in lukewarm distilled water. This significantly reduces the major allergen in cats.

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