Pet of the Week 7-31-09

Local News

With the joy of a new pet comes the responsibility to make sure it’s cared for.

And, with the summer months, heart worm becomes a concern for animals. Larry Hostetler of the Animal Shelter in Muskingum County says those pesky mosquitoes are the culprit.

“They’re passed an infected dog that gets bitten by a mosquito,” said Hostetler. “That mosquito will transmit it to another dog by biting another dog. Your warmer months where you find moquitoes are your more dangerous times.”

Hostetler says something as simple as a monthly pill can keep your dog from getting heart worm.

He says its better to pay a little now, then risk spending hundreds of dollars later for treatment. Hostetler says dogs from their shelter are treated before going to new homes, like this week’s pet of the week.

“This is a female,” he said. “We think she’s a lab-shepard mix. She’s about 9 or 10 weeks old. She’s very friendly and ready for adoption. She’s been spayed and had all her shots. She’s looking for a forever home.”

The Animal Shelter in Muskingum County is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays it is open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.