National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day Is April 30th!

CBW SWHLooking for a good excuse to adopt your new fur-child? What better day than on National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day?!

The Humane Society of Southwest Missouri is a local shelter that is near and dear to our hearts. We foster pups for them regularly! Not only does this open up space for them, but we get to provide the dogs a different environment – with a lot more play time!

For more information about the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, click here!

Meet Channing!

CBW Channing Konieczny 2Channing initially heard about Camp through his girlfriend, Jess, and it did not take long for him to put in his application! Shortly after, Channing began working with us in August of 2015.

Channing’s favorite part of his day-to-day tasks is grooming. He enjoys giving our Campers baths and nail trims before sending them home at the end of the day! Channing is a team player and always goes above and beyond to help out co-workers. Whether it be inside or outside of Camp, Channing is always willing to extend a helping hand.

Channing is clearly an animal lover. He has two dogs, Myah and Bismarck (more commonly known as “Bizz”), who he brings to Camp with him occasionally. Myah is a very sweet but protective three-year-old Australian Shepherd/Brittany mix. She is a little shy but very, very lovable. Bizz is a ten-year-old Beagle/Coonhound mix who loves his naps! Don’t let his snoozin’ fool you, he is always up for a walk or belly rub.

Channing also has a one-year-old ferret named Uzo, and an active kitten named Captain. These boys are best friends and can always be found getting into various shenanigans throughout the house! Last but not least, Channing has two sugar gliders named Lilly and Tilly. They enjoy sleeping all day and playing all night – because they are nocturnal!

At home, Channing spends his free time with his animals, playing video games, going out to dinner with Jess, and getting used to being a dad – Channing and Jess recently welcomed baby Kai into their family! To say Channing stays busy would be an understatement!


The Basics Of Heartworm Disease

CBW HeartwormHeartworm disease or Dirofilariasis is a serious and potentially fatal disease for both cats and dogs.

This disease is caused by a blood-borne parasite known as Dirofilaria immitis, and is transmitted when an infected mosquito bites an animal.

Symptoms Of Heartworm In Dogs

Most heartworm positive dogs can show no signs of infection for several years. If left undiagnosed, the most obvious clinical signs are a soft, dry cough, shortness of breath, weakness, nervousness, listlessness and loss of stamina. All of these signs are most noticeable following exercise, when some dogs may even faint or become disoriented.

Your veterinarian may notice abnormal lung and heart sounds when listening to the chest with a stethoscope. In advanced cases, congestive heart failure may be apparent and the abdomen and legs will swell from fluid accumulation. There may also be evidence of weight loss, poor condition, and anemia. Severely infected dogs may die suddenly during exercise or excitement

How To Prevent Heartworms

You can prevent your dog from getting heartworms by using a heartworm preventive. Preventatives will treat the microfilaria transferred by an infected mosquito for a little over a month, and it is recommended that pets receive monthly prevention all year round.

The preventatives come in oral, topical and injectable forms and often include intestinal parasite and flea control as well. Safe and affordable heartworm preventives can be given to pets ages eight weeks and older so that no pet should ever have to endure this dreaded disease.

Thanks to Dr. Jason Banaszak of VCA Animal Hospital for this guest post on Heartworm!

Meet Our Foster Dog, Sissy!

CBW Sissy Foster CollageSissy is a two-year old Labrador Retriever mix who is full of spunk! She is very social, and plays hard in the play yards with all of her Camper friends.

Sissy is a very high-energy and active pup! We believe she would love any and all outdoor adventures. Sissy is very sweet, and has a big personality!

Sissy is available for adoption through the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri. Help us find Sissy a fur-ever home!

April Camper Of The Month, Daisy!

CBW Daisy B CollageDaisy is a sweet one-and-a-half-year old Labrador Retriever. She started coming to Camp in June of 2016 and has not slowed down since! She comes through our door as fast as she can ready to get back to Pancake’s Play Yard. While in the play yards, Daisy plays non-stop! She runs circles around the other Campers and brings nothing but paw-sitive energy.

It is not always easy convincing Daisy to leave Camp at the end of the day. In fact, it takes a treat or two to get her attention long enough for us to put on her leash! While it is hard saying goodbye, we know she is always looking forward to her next visit! We love Daisy and her energetic personality!

Pet First Aid & CPR

Girl Gives A Dog High FiveNot only will your dog love Camp Bow Wow, they will be in good hands all day, every day! We require all of our employees to complete a pet First Aid and CPR training. Each Camp Counselor goes through this course during their initial stages of being trained.

We make sure to take the appropriate steps to protect your dog so that we are prepared to respond during an emergency situation. You can rest assured that your pup will be in the care of trained staff while socializing and exercising with other Campers!