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VOLUNTEERS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED TO HELP PLAY AND WALK WITH THE ANIMALS!!! PLEASE CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION. 541-474-5458.
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Adopt, Love & License Your Dog
It could save lives!
*A license says that your dog is a pet
*A license insures a five day stay at the shelter if your dog is lost and brought to the shelter
Your pet license fees pay for these animal services:
*Reunite pets with their owners
* Investigate complaints about animal abuse
* Investigate complaints & bite incidents
How Do I License My Dog?
IT’S EASY! Bring proof of current rabies vaccination to the Public Health Department at 715 NW Dimmick Street or the Animal Shelter at 1420 Brookside in Merlin to license your dog today!
Altered Dogs $20
Unaltered Dogs $40
Hours of Operation: Tues. - Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Did you know that the potential fine for an unlicensed dog is $260? (EEK!)
License your loved ones TODAY!!!
What is West Nile virus (WNV)?
West Nile is a type of virus that causes encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. The cycle starts with infected birds. When a mosquito bites a bird carrying the West Nile virus, the mosquito then becomes infected. This infected mosquito then feeds on another bird, a horse, human or other mammal, which then becomes infected with WNV.
The virus is most prevalent from May to October when mosquitoes are most abundant.
The West Nile Virus established itself in the United States in 1999 and spread fast. By 2004 WNV had been detected in all continental 48 states in at least one year since 1999.
Symptoms of West Nile virus?
Most infections are in apparent or mild. If your pet shows signs of fever, depression, incoordination, muscle weakness or spasms, seizures or paralysis, see your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will assess your pet’s condition and give appropriate treatment.
My horse is vaccinated against eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE), western equine encephalomyelitis (WEE). Will these vaccines protect my horse against West Nile virus infection?
No. EEE and WEE are alphaviruses. West Nile is a flavivirus. There is no cross-protection.
Is there a West Nile Virus vaccine for horses?
Yes. The vaccine is for intramuscular use in horses. Horse owners should consult their veterinarians regarding its use. The vaccine shots are no value if they aren't given prior to exposure to the disease. The vaccines require two doses, administered three to six weeks apart, and full protection doesn't develop until four to six weeks after the second dose. Sometimes a third does is recommended.
Should an animal infected with West Nile virus be destroyed? What is the treatment for West Nile virus?
No. There is no reason to destroy an animal just because it has been infected with West Nile virus. Though treatment is vital for any horse with WNV, full recovery from the infection occurs in most cases. Treatment would be supportive and customized to the presenting clinical signs. A veterinarian should be seen to evaluate any sick animal’s condition, to provide treatment and to forward samples for laboratory testing.
Can sick animals be carriers and transmit West Nile virus to people and other dogs or cats?
No, this is very unlikely. Infected mosquitoes transmit WNV to people through blood feeding. There is no documented evidence of person-to-person, animal-to-animal, or animal-to-person transmission of WNV.
What about domestic birds?
Birds usually do not show any clinical signs when infected with WNV. Chickens can be infected with WNV and not become sick. However, natural disease due to the virus has been reported in domestic geese, ducks, pigeons and chickens. There have been no cases of indoor pet birds becoming infected.
How can I protect my animals from WNV?
You can protect your animals from WNV infection by reducing the mosquito population around your home and where animals are housed. Apply products that kill or repel mosquitoes and are approved and labeled for animal use. Your veterinarian can help you decide on the appropriate product to use on your animal depending on species, age, health status, and degree of exposure. Do not use products that contain DEET on animals.
Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Even a small bucket that has stagnant water in it for seven days can become home to up to 1,000 mosquitoes. Here are some easy tips to eliminate standing water:
Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. A swimming pool that is left untended by a family that goes on vacation for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Add bird houses, or bat houses, they are natural feeders of insects. Bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitos in a single hour.