December 18, 2008
Marshall County Humane Society News
No cure, but easy to treat ear mites
Do your animals have itchy ears? If you see them scratching their ears often, check to see if there’s brown, waxy buildup inside. If there is, they probably have ear mites, tiny bugs that love the warmth and moisture of the convolutions of animals’ ears.
Although some individual animals are “sweeter” to ear mites than others, all cats and dogs are susceptible whether they live inside or out and whether your housekeeping is immaculate or on the more relaxed side.
Left untreated ear mites not only make the animal miserable but can also cause serious ear infections, possibly even affecting the inner ear, the center of balance. I first learned about ear mites when my kitty started walking in circles. I thought she’d had a stroke.
The bad news is that there is no cure for ear mites. Getting rid of one infestation won’t guarantee they won’t come back.
The good news is that they are easy to treat. You can get medication from your full service veterinarian without paying for an office visit. The desk person will sell it to you over the counter and the same medicine is usually good for cats and dogs. Co-ops usually carry ear mite medicine too.
Two treatments are necessary since the first treatment may not kill all the eggs. It takes 21 days from the time an egg hatches until it can lay its own eggs so the second treatment should be done twenty one days after the first one so no new eggs are laid.
Once you’ve gotten rid of the little devils you can prevent reinfestation by cleaning the ears out every week or so with a Q-tip moistened with white vinegar. White vinegar is great at cutting the brown crud and the ear mites don’t like the pH of the vinegar so they won’t move back in.
For an appointment at the Humane Society sponsored, low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic call 662-252-1696. For information on adoptions, fostering or anything else about our Humane Society, call 662-564-2900. Correspondence and donations should be sent to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - December 17, 1998
Marshall County Sheriff’s Officer David Cook was one of 23 cadets to graduate with the inaugural class of the Law Enforcement Training Academy at Delta Community College on Dec. 4.
Firefighter of year
John West Turner was named Firefighter of the Year, 1998 by the Holly Springs Fire Dept. at the Firemen’s Banquet, held Dec. 13. Turner has been with the HSFD for three years. Turner said he would especially like to say “thank you” to Fire Chief Kenny Holbrook and assistant chief Elree Crane.
Snow Lake rebuilding broken dam
The sight of backhoes, front-end loaders and more heavy equipment is an early Christmas present for Snow Lake residents, who have patiently awaited the return of their lake which disappeared with the collapse of the dam on June 12. The once scenic 200-acre lake has been reduced to a 30-acre marsh. Work began last week on the $210,000 project to rebuild the dam.
25 Years Ago - December 10, 1983
Moore chosen to board of rehab service
Gov. William Winter’s office announced this week that William F. Moore Jr. of Holly Springs has been appointed to serve on the first State Board of Rehabilitation Services. The newly formed agency is composed of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Division of Disability Determination Services. Moore, a native of Byhalia, is a certified public accountant. A member of many civic organizations, he is also on the advisory board of the Governor’s Office of Handicapped Services. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in June, 1967, he served with the 25th Infantry Division in the Republic of Vietnam. He was medically retired from the Army in November 1969 with the rank of captain. Moore was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leak Cluster for Meritorious Achievement, the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
Cotton Patch Christmas planned
Hwy. 5 in Benton County is once again the setting for a community Christmas pageant. Christmas in the Cotton Patch depicts the birth and life of Christ in music, narration and beautifully lighted scenes.
50 Years Ago - December 18, 1958
Mississippi’s 500th traffic victim of 1958 dead
Mississippi’s 500th traffic victim of 1958 is dead. The 500th victim, 21-year-old Robert Hearn Kimbrough of Morgan City, died Wed., Dec. 10 in a Memphis hospital of injuries received in a two-car collision near Greenwood, Nov. 28. The young Mississippi State student and two fellow students were occupants of a late model station wagon which swerved into the path of another vehicle east of Greenwood. All three, home for the Thanksgiving holidays, are now dead, and young Kimbrough, who hung on tenaciously to life for 13 days, earned the dubious distinction of being 1958’s 500th fatality.
Editorial -- Is there a Santa Claus? (reprinted from The New York Sun - 1897)
Dear Editor, I am 8-years-old...Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon.
...Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus. He exists, as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. ...No Santa Claus? Thank God he lives and he lives forever! A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10 thousand years, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood!
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