August 25, 2015

The cutest ginger kittens ever!

Posted in Haven Blog tagged , , , , , , at 5:00 pm by havenoftheheart

A ginger cat momma recently arrived at the Haven with her five furry kittens in tow. They are now safe, well-fed and healthy, happily playing in our horse barn.  The kittens are 8 weeks old and they are ready for adoption. Momma is gorgeous and sweet, we are also hoping to find her a loving home of her own. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please call us at 905-936-3055 – Ursula





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August 4, 2015

Should I spay or neuter my geriatric pet? Part 2

Posted in Haven Blog tagged , , , , , at 1:11 pm by havenoftheheart

Just recently I took in a dog from a homeless man, she is around 15 years of age in extremely good condition, a lovely dog by the name of Beauty. I took her on because the homeless man was looking for a room and shelter but he could not take the dog. I was able to find a volunteer who drove the dog from Toronto to my farm and I kept the dog for a while until the owner got his situation settled and they were renuited, however that did not work out and I ended up keeping Beauty with me.

I discovered later on that the dog came into heat, so she also had not been spayed (see Part 1). Once the dog had come out of heat, I had her spayed. In fact it was just 3 days ago that I picked her up from the vet, she was extremely jolly as I took pictures of her with a great big happy smile, she ate a little bit of food later on that day, but then the next morning she ate a large meal. I am very pleased to see that Beauty had come out of the surgery so well. Again, the reason why I had this dog spayed is because I did not want her to develop a pyometra, but this is just one hurdle down. Beauty also has numerous large tumours in the mammary glands, during the surgery when she was under anaesthetic, I had several chest X-rays done. The chest proved to be completely clear and we are now waiting to see whether hormonal reduction will reduce the size of these tumours. If that is the case it will be wonderful and we will leave well enough alone. If however the tumours are not reduced then we will have to excise the entire mammary gland ducts on the one side, a procedure I also had done to several older animals who have all survived. In part from the cost of the surgery, I would say it was an extreme worthwhile procedure because each of these animals in the past that has had it done had extreme quality of life. However with Beauty, we won’t decide until we see what is happening with the tumours. Perhaps just the lack of the hormone will reduce them. We are taking it one step at a time while keeping our fingers and paws crossed.

Beautiful girl resting after surgery.

Beautiful girl resting after surgery.

Getting some post-op beauty sleep and dreaming of food.

Getting some post-op beauty sleep and dreaming of food.

Should I spay or neuter my geriatric pet? Part 1

Posted in Haven Blog tagged , , , at 12:52 pm by havenoftheheart

Over the years I frequently run into elderly animals that have not been fixed. The question arises, do we spay or neuter the animal or do we keep the animal as is given the extreme age? Experience has taught me, however, that it is always a good idea to alter the animal even though it may be 15 or 16 years of age, providing that the health of the animal is sound, that it has a strong heart beat and that the general condition is such that the animal is not about to be euthanized in the next few months.

An example of this is a dog that I brought in from a disabled woman couple of years ago. She had called me for help as her 15 year-old dog had been bleeding vaginally for a week, her vet refused to treat the animal because she did not have the money up front to cover the fees.  She tried numerous avenues of help but none was available to her. She called me on a Sunday night so I immediately sent them to the Emergency clinic, where it was determined that the dog had a pyometra which was what I had suspected. Pyometra is an extreme infection of the uterus which frequently occurs in adult female dogs that have not been fixed. This was typical case. Sadly because of the clinics involved and where this lady was located, there was no 24-hour clinic available that had the means to deal with it, we had to transfer the dog to Toronto to a 24-hour clinic. The total cost for this dog exceeded $14,000. Crunch the dog survived the ordeal, did extremely well and recovered. But if that dog would have been spayed when the woman did have the money, which she told me she did save up enough but by that time her dog was about 8 or 9 years old, the vet had told her not to bother because the dog was too old to be spayed. But the dog at 15 developed a pyometra and ended up costing $14,000 to resolve.

So my point is, if Crunch survived a tricky surgery at 15, it would easily survive at the age of 8 or 9 or 10 years of age.

Crunch suffered a pyometra at 15 but survived the surgery and recovered.

Crunch suffered a pyometra at 15 but survived the surgery and recovered.


Also read For the Love of Crunch written by her owner.

August 2, 2015

From Homeless to Paradise

Posted in Haven Blog tagged , , , at 4:55 pm by havenoftheheart

This is the story of Beauty, the (former) homeless man’s dog. You first met her here, when she was driven to the Haven for temporary care.  Well, a few weeks after she arrived and settled in, her previous owner, who used to be homeless, asked for her return as he found himself a place to stay and was able to provide shelter for the dog.

So Beauty left and was reunited with her owner. Not soon enough, the owner called with concerns. He told us that she did not stop howling all through the day and night and was refusing food. Our concern was that she might be in pain. While she was staying with us, we noticed some growths around her mammary gland area and we thought perhaps that she might not be well. The owner was aware of that and he asked if we could care for her permanently, as he really thought that he could not afford to give her the proper care she deserved.

Back to the Haven came Beauty. The minute she arrived she zoomed around howling and barking. She ran to see the horses, ran to greet all her doggy friends and ran down to the pond for a swim. Once she settled down, she ate a big meal. No pain there.

To make this story short, we will let the pictures of her homecoming speak for themselves.  Beauty, the 15 year-old dog who used to be homeless, is now home.






Read about the health update on Beauty.

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