S.P.E.A.K. News

Sep 30

 

Life can get hectic during the week for all of us. For this reason, SPEAK Animal Hospital and Cat Sanctuary is hosting a Saturday adoption event! We will be open on Saturday, September 30th for members of the community to come in and meet all of our wonderful cats that are looking for their forever home.

On this special occasion we will be having a promotion on pairs. If you adopt one of our cats and are interested in their best friend the adoption fee for the second cat will be half off! 

If you would like to adopt, please bring proof of up-to-date vaccination on all current pets in your household. An adoption application can be found on our website if you would like to fill one out in advance.

Please join us later in the evening for our outdoor movie night fundraiser from 6-9pm! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@speak_animal) for updates on the event. We hope you will join us in supporting a great cause!

 

Sep 30

 

Come out and join us for a movie under the stars! SPEAK Animal Hospital will be hosting a fundraiser to support our cat sanctuary. There will be large outdoor movie screen playing a featured family film. (To be announced)

Bring the kids, blankets, lawn chairs and bug spray to cozy up and watch a movie in the field across from the hospital. Pajamas and onesies are welcome as we will be having a pajama contest. 

Movie to start at 7:00 pm. Come early for awesome food provided by Ozzie's BBQ. A percentage of their sales will be donated back to our cats. Also available for purchase will be popcorn, candies and drinks. Please no outside food, or alcohol. 

All proceeds go directly towards the medical care of sick and abandoned cats in our local community that are awaiting their forever homes. 

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and appreciated.

 

May 11

Because we are seeing such an increase in Lyme disease at Speak we felt it was crucial to include information on the human side as well. Much of the following information was provided by the Broome County Health Department, The CDC (Center for disease control) as well as ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society). 

Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. Broome County has been deemed an endemic area, meaning more than 50% of the ticks in our area are carriers of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. Less than half of people diagnosed with Lyme report ever seeing the tell-tale bulls-eye rash. The CDC estimates there are more than 300,000 new cases of Lyme diagnosed every year in the US.  Lyme disease can affect you and your dog in similar ways. Joint pain and lethargy are some of the early symptoms, but chronic Lyme can affect the function of the kidneys as well as the neurologic system. Statistics show as many as 20% of people report ongoing health problems, after initial treatment. 

Prevention is key! When it comes to prevention, there is nothing controversial about tick control. It is crucial in Lyme endemic areas to use tick-controlling products. 

Preventative measures include:

  • Dress to repel- light colored clothing- tuck pants into socks and shirts into pants
  • Use repellents- Permethrin on clothes, 20% deet on skin, essential oils 
  • Walk in the center of trails, and avoid leaf litter and high grasses
  • Shower or bathe within 2 hours of coming indoors
  • Conduct a full body tick check on you and your dog, pay extra attention to warm dark areas (groin, armpits, behind knees, around the ears)

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