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As the weather warms, we begin to see more and more pets come in with ticks and we are reminded that these little bugs can carry life-threatening diseases. Several species of ticks are common in New England, the most concerning being the Deer Tick.  These little pests can carry several bacteria that affect our pets including Borrelia Burgdorferi (Lyme Disease), Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Babesia Microti, and Ehrlichia Chafeensis. 

Fortunately, we do not see much Lyme disease affecting cats, however, it can be debilitating for dogs. Common clinical signs include: fever, joint pain, lameness, lymphadenopathy and lethargy.  If left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to very serious, sometimes fatal conditions, such as renal failure (Lyme nephritis), myocarditis and neurological disease.   Oftentimes the patient shows no clinical signs at all; it is reported that only 10% of infected dogs show clinical signs. 

April is known in the veterinary community as Lyme Disease Awareness Month and we take this opportunity to ensure our clients are doing everything possible to reduce the risk of our pets contracting tick-borne disease.  

  1.  Prevent. Use one of these products to prevent ticks from transmitting disease:

 

  1. Nexgard (Canine) – Monthly chewable with a rapid kill, prevents ticks from transmitting disease.  Good alternative for dogs or owners who would prefer not to use topical products. 
  2. Advantix (Canine) / Advantage (Feline) – Monthly topical product which kills and repels fleas and ticks.
  3. Seresto Collar (Canine & Feline) - Provides 8 months of protection (kills & repels) from fleas & ticks.  Water resistant and maintains a steadier state of protection as compared to monthly treatments.

 

  1. Vaccinate.

 

  1. Although we have excellent preventative products, no product is 100%.  We strongly encourage vaccinating dogs against Lyme disease.  The vaccine works by stimulating an antibody that attaches to a protein on the Borrelia Burgdorferi bacteria while in the tick, deactivating it before it can even enter the dog.  
  1. Test.

 

  1. Testing for Lyme disease is quick and easy.  Most vets employ an in-house test kit called the 4DX Snap Test which tests for 4 common diseases including Lyme, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma and Heartworm (spread by mosquitos).  The Test requires just 3 drops of blood and 8 minutes to give us a positive/negative result on all 4 diseases.  There is an additional test available at the reference lab to give us a quantitative value on the Lyme antibody level.  This is helpful in recurrent positive cases to gauge whether the infection is active or dormant.

 

  1. Treat.

 

  1. When we find positive Lyme disease cases, we recommend treatment with a 30 day course of antibiotics.  Some choose to wait until clinical signs appear, however we think it is best to treat every positive case.  Doxycycline is the antibiotic of choice for treatment of Lyme.  The price of this medication has increased dramatically over the past couple of years; however, we can now have it compounded for a reasonable price. 

Lyme disease in dogs is one of the most common conditions Vets see in their practices, so we hope you follow these steps to ensure you are doing everything you can to protect your furry family. 

 

 

We want to bring animal abuse,neglect and abandonment to the forefront, we need as humans  to speak up and speak out. We are selling t-shirts, hoodies, and other items to encourage people to do the right thing.

We want to bring animal abuse,neglect and abandonment to the forefront, we need as humans to speak up and speak out. We are selling t-shirts, hoodies, and other items to encourage people to do the right thing.

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We are an all volunteer, no-kill, 501C3 animal rescue/shelter servicing the Southcoast Region of Massachusetts. All dogs are in foster care, while cats are can be visited at our shelter at 111 Main St Acushnet, MA. We also keep most kittens and some special needs cats in foster care. We focus our efforts on pets that wouldn’t do well in traditional shelters. Our mission extends to the Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) of feral cats, training of dogs with behavioral challenges, and education to avoid rehoming of owned animals. 

. What makes CARE unique is that the volunteers take in older animals, sick animals, animals with behavioral issues that would not make it in a traditional shelter, etc. CARE caters to the population of animals that others find not worthy of life. CARE sees the diamonds in the rough, the tail wags beneath the sad eyes, and rehabs the animals back to being happy, healthy, confident family pets who bring so much joy to their families. 

Along with our sheltering and adoption programs CARE provide basic medical support to these same animals along with helping feral cats and low income folks who would not otherwise be able to keep their pets. In cases where people have found themselves temporarily homeless we have provided shelter for their pets until they have been reunited with their owners. Most of these pets would have ended up on the streets or euthanized. Imagine losing your furry family member as well as your home ? 

On behalf of the homeless pets we have saved and continue to save, please accept our heartfelt gratitude and thanks. 

We hope you will support our mission of not giving up on any animal no matter how hopeless their situation may be. We are their voice when no one else is there. 

 

 

A Good Deed Bestowed Upon An Animal Expands The Size Of One's Heart And Increases the Depth Of the Human Soul

Sun Dog Snacks has changed it's  online fundraising strategy.  Basically, when someone enters the code CARE at checkout, we will donate $2 for every container of Dog Snacks and Cat Snacks that they purchase to CARE Southcoast.  The code will also give people 25% off their purchase.

Sun Dog Snacks has changed it's online fundraising strategy. Basically, when someone enters the code CARE at checkout, we will donate $2 for every container of Dog Snacks and Cat Snacks that they purchase to CARE Southcoast. The code will also give people 25% off their purchase.

Sgt. Stubby and Care,Southcoast have formed a partnership to promote both the movie and the importance of second chances.  We will soon have information about group packages and screenings

Sgt. Stubby and Care,Southcoast have formed a partnership to promote both the movie and the importance of second chances. We will soon have information about group packages and screenings

When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal, I see a friend, I feel a soul.

Every Dog Deserves A Loving Home.

Every Dog Deserves A Loving Home.

Every Cat Deserves a Loving Home

Every Cat Deserves a Loving Home

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FOSTER HOMES are always needed for homeless pets that come into our program, this is a great way to help if you are unable to make a lifetime commitment to a pet.
SUPPLIES are always needed: Scoopable Litter, Dry and Wet Cat and Dog food, Towels, Paper Towels, Bedding, Laundry Detergent, Kitten Mild Replacer(KMR)





In Addition To Donating Online You May Send Donations To : CAREsouthcoast, P.O.Box 149, E.Freetown,MA 02717

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We are  located at: 111 Main St.,Acushnet, MA 

NOTE: All dogs are in foster homes and not located at our physical shelter.
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Mondays 6:15- 7:30
 
We can also schedule an appt. for a a time that fits your schedule, walk-ins are welcome when someone is there.

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