Protect your pet: How furry friends can stay safe during COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgThe LVT emphasized that these symptoms do not necessarily mean the animal is sick with COVID-19, but that it could be a multitude of illnesses. Debbie McMichael has been caring for animals for more than 36 years, serving as licensed veterinary technician at the VCA Southern Tier Animal Hospital. Her deep passion for her pets, such as her three dogs, runs deep, but with COVID-19 creating health risks from people, and now possibly pets, she’s telling pet owners to keep their pets in mind when it comes to staying safe. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. McMichael told 12 News the VCA Southern Tier looks for symptoms like coughing, sneezing, and changes in diet and appetite in pets when owners express concern over their pet’s health. “Don’t take them to dog parks and places where a lot of pets and people will be congregating,” McMichael said. “Try and keep as minimal contact with other pets as you possibly can so that if by any chance they do have it, they’re not going to transmit it.” However, she offered some simple suggestions to keep your pets safe. “If a cat becomes ill here, the first thing that comes to mind is not COVID, but we do our normal protocols,” Matson said “We isolate the animals from the other animals, we get them on their medication protocols. It’s just practicing a lot of due diligence, and making sure that we’re protecting ourselves and our pets.” McMichael said the VCA is currently looking into telemedicine options for clients and their animals during the COVID-19 pandemic. (WBNG) – With the news of two pet cats testing positive for the coronavirus in New York State, many of you at home are probably wondering what symptoms and information you should be aware of when caring for your pet at home. Karen Matson is the Executive Director of the Broome County Humane Society, and said with animals in close quarters, the society has steps in place to ensure safety. “I don’t know how I would manage not to snuggle my dogs at night, but if push came to shove to keep them safe, then that’s what I’m going to do,” McMichael said. “You want to do the same thing you would with a family member and try to minimize your exposure to the pet.” “Don’t panic just because your cat sneezed,” McMichael said. “Rather than panicking, call your vet right away. Talk to your vet or a technician.” McMichael emphasized the information on COVID-19 in pets is new, and that there is no clear path forward on the virus’s impact moving forward. But with a deep breath and a simple call, help for your animal is right there.last_img read more

AG Curtis Hill offers advise for handling deceased loved ones social media

first_imgStatewide —Attorney General Curtis Hill today offered guidance for Hoosiers who would like to close or memorialize the social media accounts of loved ones who have recently passed away.“For many, closing or memorializing a deceased loved one’s social media is an important step in the grieving process,” Attorney General Hill said. “My hope is that these tips help any Hoosiers who are coping with a recent loss to remember their loved ones in the ways they find most appropriate.”On Facebook and Instagram, you may request to remove or memorialize a loved one’s account. Memorialized accounts serve as a place for friends and family to remember that person’s life. The word “Remembering” appears next to the name on the profile.  On Twitter, you may request that the deceased person’s account be deactivated. Whatever action you wish to take with your deceased loved one’s social media, you may need important documents and information to proceed. This may include:*Your loved one’s death certificate;*Your loved one’s obituary;*Your loved one’s birth certificate;*Your loved one’s last will and testament;*Your ID;*Power of attorney;*A memorial card, and;*An executor order.If you wish to remove or memorialize a deceased loved one’s social media, you should visit the help centers for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for additional information.last_img read more

Alpena Public Schools announces free meal service; pick-up and delivery

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. —  Alpena Public Schools (APS) has announced a free meal service available to all students under the age of 18.All pick-up locations and bus stops are available for children 18-years-old and under, as well as any special education student 26-years-old and under.  A parent/guardian and/or child can pick up food at any location or bus stop.According to APS, food will consist of breakfast and lunch for multiple days.APS advises that if your child has food allergies and you need food assistance, to please leave a message on the Food Hotline at 989-358-5019.  You will be called back to arrange the food needed as well as your pick up schedule.Following are the food PICK UP dates, times and locations:FOOD PICK-UP LOCATIONSMarch, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.Alpena High School, 3303 S. Third Street, Alpena March 17, 29, 24, 2612:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.Besser Elementary, 375 Wilson Street, AlpenaElla White Elementary, 201 N. Ripley Blvd., AlpenaHinks Elementary, 7667 US 23, AlpenaLincoln Elementary, 309 W. Lake Street, AlpenSanborn Elementary, 12170 US-23, OssinekeWilson Elementary, 4999 Herron Road, Herron Following are the FOOD DELIVERY dates and times:FOOD DELIVERY March 17, 19, 24, 26Food will be delivered by school bus to the typical 6-12 bus stops on a 3-hour delay from the standard morning pick up time.March 18, 20, 23, 25, 27Food will be delivered by school bus to the typical preK-5 bus stops on a 3-hour delay from the standard morning pickup time.For questions, call the APS Food Hotline at 989-358-5019.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Gov. Whitmer temporarily shuts down bars, theaters, and casinos; restaurants limited to delivery and carry-outNext Governor Whitmer expands unemployment benefits for Michigan workerslast_img read more