What should I do with stray kittens? Q&A w/Bonnie Hays

What should I do with stray kittens? Q&A w/Bonnie Hays

My dog bit someone and must now wear a muzzle when off our property. He hates it and I worry that he can’t breathe very well. Now he’s not getting enough walks because it is stressful for both of us.

Muzzles are something that every dog owner should be familiar with, whether their dog has ever bitten or not. Though there are various styles of muzzles, the main purpose of a muzzle is to prevent a dog from biting. Tight fitting cloth or mesh ones may be worn for shorter periods, such as while getting toenails trimmed at the groomer or veterinarian. Basket muzzles allow the dog to pant when fitted correctly, something that is important for when the dog is exercising. Finding a good fit is important and so is training the dog to see the muzzle as a positive (or at least tolerable) thing – it is possible, really! A great resource is the Muzzle Up Project, at www.muzzleupproject.com. They provide a free training plan, videos and other resources for you and your dog.

A stray cat gave birth to kittens under my deck. What should I do? 

This can be a common occurrence from spring onwards into the fall. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this one as there are many details that may determine the best course of action, including whether the babies are healthy, what their age is and whether the mama cat can be safely captured with them. Before attempting to move or rehome any of the kittens, please give our shelter a call and speak with one of our Shelter Technicians. They will ask a variety of questions to help you determine your next steps, including trying to verify whether the cat may have an owner who is looking for her.

Each month, you will have the chance to have your questions answered by the animal shelter. Email your questions to Jennifer_Keene@co.washington.or.us and we will try to answer as many as possible.

For more information on these topics and more, please visit www.WashingtonCountyPets.com. The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter is located at 1901 SE 24th Ave in Hillsboro.