Paws 2 Love Pet Adoption Festival 

 

The 10th Paws 2 Love Pet Adoption Festival sponsored by the Manetto Hill Animal Hospital, took place on Sunday June 5, 2022  on the grounds of the Manetto Hill Animal Hospital. The day couldn't have been more perfect.  The weather was a beautiful 73 degrees with sunny skies and a sense of magic in the air. The festivities included music, vendors, food but MOST importantly Animals to adopt! 

So happy to announce that most if not all the animals on our lot that day had an adoption application filled out by a potential adoptee!  As of 6/16/22... we have confirmed that 28 dogs and cats found their forever homes.  The rescues are continuing to go through their applications so that number will surely rise. 

  

We started this event in 2010 after being contacted by a rescue organization that did not have a brick and mortar building but wanted to get their animals seen.  Over10 years later, we have joined together with over 60 rescue organizations and shelters across Long Island to create a festival of celebration and to bring awareness of the many homeless animals in our shelters and foster organizations.  This is a community event and we invite everyone to participate in this family fun day.  It has been a huge success in past years and this year was no exception.

 

Over these past years, we have had over 175 homeless animals adopted as a result of this event as well as introduced the public to an alternative to pet stores which notoriously sell puppy mill puppies.

 

Attendees from this year’s event included Little Shelter, Yorkie 911 Rescue, Remember Me Rescue, For Our Friends, Pits of Our Souls Rescue, The Fabulous Felines, Jakes Rescue Ranch, Kitty Nap and Last Hope Animal Rescue.  We were so delighted to host them all in one place. 

Thank you again for all those that came out to support this amazing event and especially to the following individuals, families and companies that donated to the event.  Together we made this a HUGE success!

*Andrew Leibman Jr.

*Bellow Family

*BI Pharmaceuticals-Makers of Heartgard and Nexgard

*Maryann Cella and Family

*Chez- DJ Services

*Chocolate Duck

*Danielle Jenkin Photography

*Face Painting by Christina

*Family Bagel

*Halfway Down Restaurant

*Hochfelsen Family

*Long Island Ducks

*Manetto Hill Animal Hospital

*Marilyn Smith Zucker

*MWI Animal Health

*New York Islanders & The Murray Family

*New York Mets

*Oheka Castle

*Plainview Fire Department

*Polesel Family

*Purina

*Rachel’s Waterside Grill

*Ruiz Grabsky Family

*Tappan Family

*Weiss Family

*Wills Mbuan

Dr. Weiss on News 12 Coverage of Grain Free Diet

Grain Free or Gluten Free Diet Update.

Recently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a list of 16 diets linked to a form of heart disease known as Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM).  Although no recalls have been issued this matter is being closely monitored.   Specific Grain-free/Gluten-free formulations on this list are usually made with no corn, wheat, soy, or rice.  They may be made with Legumes, peas, lentils, potato or sweet potato. A suspicion of taurine deficiency maybe to blame in non-grain diet. 

 

Unless a pet has specific reason for using a grain-free diet I would suggest not using it until this investigation shows more clarity.  You may switch to a diet in the same brand with a different formulation that includes some of the above named grain.  Gradual diet change is recommended to allow pet to become accustomed to a new formulation.

My advice for choosing brands is to stick to those made by large, experienced manufacturers who invest in (and publish) research, have comprehensive quality control including nutritional adequacy testing, have qualified nutritionists on staff (board certified veterinary nutritionists or well-trained PhD companion animal nutritionists), etc. There is a list of these guidelines from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association- see link e.

 

These guidelines encompass a range of brands to meet most philosophies, price points, store types, marketing categories, etc (Purina brands: ProPlan, Merrick, Chow, ONE, etc.; Hill's brands: Science Diet, Healthy Advantage, etc.; Mars brands: Royal Canin, Iams, Eukanuba, Nutro, Pedigree, etc).

 

I still advise use of the uncommon/limited and hydrolyzed ingredient diets in the veterinary therapeutic lines we carry (Purina, RC, and Hill's). Diets best suited for dogs with specific food allergy conditions.

Owners (and their Veterinarians) are asked to report any possible suspect cases of dogs diagnosed with DCM who have been on Grain-Free diets to the FDA.

 

Further information including the brands list (Starting with Acana, Zignature, Taste of the Wild) can be found on the following websites:  

www.fda.gov,   www.wsava.orgwww.vetmed.ucdavis.edu

Dr. Weiss on News 12 Coverage of Canine Flu