Pet and Animal Events for December 20 – 27th and Pet Dental Health Tips

Larimer Humane Society, chihuahua

This week’s adoptable little pup is Mary from the Larimer Humane Society. Once I saw her in that sweater, I knew she was perfect to feature for this holiday week. Mary is a six-year-old Chihuahua short hair that loves to snuggle on the couch.

The events list for this week is a bit light due to the upcoming holiday, but there ARE still a few things going on — especially if you haven’t yet gotten those pet holiday photos OR if you are looking to adopt an cat or kitten this weekend.  I volunteered at the Cat Caravan event last year and not only was it fun, but so many cats found great forever homes. It felt great to help out. Here’s some details for this week:

Saturday December 21st — Happy Winter Solstice! 

Cat Caravan Adoption Fair hosted by  Fort Collins Cat Rescue and Spay/Neuter Clinic

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m

Where: Classroom at The Farm at Lee Martinez Park, 600 N Sherwood St, Fort Collins, CO 80521

There will be lots of kittens and adult cats on site for adoption, and kitten adoption fees will be reduced 10 percent! You can also hang around and see the other animals on the farm.

Monday, December 23rd 

Holiday Pet Photos at the Foothills Mall — Last Chance!

When: 5 – 7 p.m.

Where: Santa’s Workshop

Just bring along your pet in a carrier or on a leash and the photographers at Santa’s Workshop will do the rest!

December 25th — Merry Christmas!

Am I missing any events? Please add me to the events email list for your non-profit animal organization:

Pet Dental Health Tips 

I also wanted to add in a little educational piece on dental health for pets that I can across last week. When distracted by the holidays, guests and traveling, there are some subtle dental health signs that can be easily missed. My cat broke one of his canine teeth a few years ago, so I’m vigilant about making sure I watch for these key indicators of dental problems:

  • Note any changes in an animal’s behavior, especially if they are eating less or wincing while eating
  • Chronic bad breath can be an indication of dental disease or an infection in the lip folds. Bad breath may also signal kidney disease.
  • Extra redness in the gums or inflammation of the gums
  • Swelling of the eyes or nasal cavity that may be inflamed due to the abscessed root of a tooth

There are special treats to help with dental hygiene as well as tooth brushes and toothpaste to help with dental cleanings. Talk to your vet or a local animal shelter for more details on how often to brush and the best products to use.

Tips sourced by By Dr. Marty Becker, Kim Campbell Thornton and Mikkel Becker

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