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NWA Information February 4, 2012

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I had to wake up early this morning to let the painters in at the house, and couldn’t go back to sleep after. So I was surfing a few dog sites and thought I would share some information for my local readers.

  • I found this information on Bentonville Licensing here

The City of Bentonville requires that all dogs, over 4 months of age, have the following:

  • license (purchased annually with a one year rabies vaccination or every three (3) years with a three (3) year rabies vaccination).

  • A Rabies vaccination certificate, not to expire in the next 90 days.

License shall be displayed on a collar worn by the dog at all times.

License fees:

  • $6.00 for sterilized animals

  • $12.00 for unsterilized animals

  • $1.00 for sterilized animals owned by any disabled person or anyone 62 years of age or older

NOTE: Owners of seeing eye dogs, guide dogs, or other dogs being used to aid the blind, is not required to pay an annual fee but is required to have/obtain a license.

Licenses can be purchased at the Utility Billing Office at City Hall (117 W Central)

Places to find your lost pet, or found strays:

    • Bentonville also posts a list of dogs found in the area bi-weekly. That list can be found here.

You can also search any number of facebook pages dedicated to reuniting lost or found pets.

  • Below are the ASPCA’s top ten tips for keeping your pets safe in the winter:

Top Ten Cold Weather Tips

Brrrr…it’s cold outside!  The following guidelines will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips.

1. Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.

2.  During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.

3. Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm—dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.

4. Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.

5. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.

6. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

7. Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.

8.  Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him—and his fur—in tip-top shape.

9. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center more information.

10. Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

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