Dealing with pesky parasites, fleas



PUBLISHED: July 17, 2020 at 10:06 a.m. | UPDATED: July 17, 2020 at 10:07 a.m.

The only one in this household who seems to like any kind of bug is our cat. Always on the prowl, he enjoys the hunt. Unfortunately, the only insects even he does not enjoy are those annoying biting pests of pets and people, the wingless parasitic insects known as fleas.

These pesky devils live exclusively by consuming blood from a host organism and can consume over 15 times their own body weight in blood each day. For puppies and kittens, being infested with fleas can become a life-threatening occurrence. When young animals have a severe infestation, the fleas will feed so much that their red blood cell count decreases, causing them to become anemic. If this flea-bite anemia is left untreated, it is often fatal. While it does take numerous fleas to cause enough blood loss to create a life-threatening situation for the pet, the incidence is more common than you realize. Just ask any veterinarian, shelter, or rescue organization.

In addition, fleas can cause other issues for pets. The most common is flea-bite dermatitis, which is an allergy to the fleas’ saliva. Fleas can also mean tapeworms. If you see rice-like worm bits when your pet goes to the bathroom, or see them stuck to its fur or in its bedding, go to the veterinarian to get the pet tested and de-wormed.

Do not rely on your own ability to determine if fleas are present. Only animals allergic to flea bites will itch from their fleas. Therefore, if he is not allergic, the animal will not scratch. If the pet is very effective at self-grooming, it may be hard to see any fleas. Use reliable flea control methods, regardless of what you see or do not see. While you may believe that fleas are simply part of pet ownership, and there is no way to avoid them, you are mistaken. With the various flea control methods readily available, no pet should have to suffer because of them.

If you notice your dog or cat scratching more than usual, look for “flea dirt”. Flea dirt resembles little black pepper-like specks that are typically roundish in shape. The best way to check is to run a flea comb, or your fingers, against the direction of the pet’s hair growth, parting the hair to get better visualization. Typically, fleas prefer the back portion of the pet, especially around the base of the tail, as well as around the groin area.

If you find flea dirt or fleas in your pet’s fur, you will want to kill them quickly and thoroughly. Dawn® original dishwashing liquid is a great weapon. All you have to do is prepare a regular bath, using the dish soap instead of shampoo for the lather. The soap destroys the fleas’ exoskeletons, killing them within minutes. Dawn® is safe and non-toxic for dogs, cats, and most furry pets, but it does have the potential to dry out the pets’ skin so it is best not to overuse it. After towel-drying the animal well, combing out your pet with a flea comb should help you find and dispose of any remaining bodies. Start at the head and work your way to the tail. Have a dish of soapy water sitting alongside to quickly dunk and kill the fleas that you get. However, if your pet’s flea problem is overwhelming, call your veterinarian. Bathing and flea combing does not provide long-term protection from fleas, but it is a good option for young or elderly debilitated pets.

Always consult your veterinarian to determine what flea preventative product is best to use.  Certain factors such as age, breed, and pet health will affect the type and dosage of the product used. Some products require you wait 24 hours or more after a bath before application. There are several effective ones available such as Frontline, Revolution, Vectra 3D, Vectra for Cats, and Advantage II. Unfortunately, some cheaper-priced, “naturally” labeled, over-the-counter products can be toxic to cats, or are ineffective.  Be aware that when flea products designed for use on dogs are applied to cats, the result can be disastrous. Whatever product you use, watch for any signs of possible adverse reaction, such as anxiousness, excessive scratching, skin irritation, vomiting, or any other abnormal behavior. If you see any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Adult fleas will lay eggs in bedding, in carpet and anywhere your pet goes, so simply combing and washing your pet will not eliminate them. You also need to clean and treat the environment. The regular vacuuming of floors and furniture is very effective for dealing with fleas inside. When you vacuum, don’t just cover the center of the room. Fleas avoid high-traffic areas, so be sure to hit baseboards, under furniture, under cushions and anywhere your pets sleep or spend time.  Launder your pet’s bedding in hot, soapy water at least once a week. Food grade diatomaceous earth for use around humans and pets can be used outside to treat the yard without chemicals. In addition, do not invite infested feral cats and wildlife, such as raccoons, into your yard by leaving food outside.

Additional information can be found at the University of California Integrated Pest Management Program page at



Cheer up those feeling isolated, even pets



PUBLISHED: July 10, 2020 at 1:32 p.m. | UPDATED: July 10, 2020 at 1:33 p.m.

Today, July 11th, is “’Cheer Up the Lonely Day,” a golden opportunity to bring smiles to the faces of those feeling isolated and alone. The day was originally created by a man who lived in Detroit, Michigan by the name of Francis Pesek. According to his daughter, L.J. Pesek, he was a quiet man with a heart of gold and the idea came to him as a way of promoting kindness toward others who were lonely or forgotten. While the original premise was for those who were shut-ins or in nursing homes, it can also be applied to any living entity with the capacity to feel isolated.

Loneliness describes a feeling of being alone. Loneliness functions as both a symptom of depression and a predictor of depression, which suggests that addressing loneliness as soon as possible can be helpful in alleviating depression. Whether the chicken or the egg came first is not entirely certain, but it does not matter; the presence of one can portend the onset of the other. This is because loneliness triggers feelings of depression, and depression can create feelings of isolation, hence loneliness. As the depression worsens, feelings of loneliness increase, and as loneliness increases, symptoms of depression increase. Although this loop can seem impossible to step out of, treating one can help the other.

Were you aware that both dogs and cats can become depressed and need cheering up, like humans, during those depressive instances? Why is their mental health important? As we have learned from human medicine, depression can have serious side effects. The same is true for canines and felines. A depressed dog or cat is more likely to contract an illness, and sometimes it is possible that they will not be able to “snap out of it” or recover. Acute stress can reduce appetite and exacerbate existing medical conditions like heart disease, hormone imbalances, and allergies. Chronic stress compromises the immune system, thus lowering resistance to infection. For example, the link between stress and feline respiratory disease is well-established. The fact is plain and simple that stressed animals are more likely to develop illness and are slower to recover, if at all, than those experiencing less stress.

Human psychology research suggests that our emotional state impacts how we process information. As example, people in depressive states tend to think negatively and have a difficult time coping. People with a positive outlook approach the world with an open mind. They do not feel defeated, are up for challenge, and learn better. Animal welfare research is demonstrating that this also holds true in animals. The implication is major. The more emotionally positive experiences shelter animals can have, the more likely they are to effectively cope with shelter life.


Animals have a wide variety of emotional needs, all dependent on species, genetics, existing personality, prior socialization, and all past experiences. Good emotional health in dogs and cats typically requires: opportunities for human and compatible animal social interaction; separate areas in their environment for elimination, resting and eating; opportunities to hide in a secure place or rest without being disturbed; the ability to engage in typical behavior, such as scratching for cats and chewing for dogs; and last but not least, regular opportunities to play, exercise and engage in mentally stimulating activities.

While contemplating the above, also give this some thought. The shelter strives to keep the animals healthy while they await new homes. Providing for their basic physical needs involves major commitments of time and resources. Although the emphasis is on ensuring that the animals are free from hunger and thirst, physical discomfort, pain, injury, and disease, it is important to realize that their welfare depends not only on minimizing the negatives, but also on maximizing the positives. This brings us to the animal’s need to express normal behaviors. Simply stated, dogs need to be able to be dogs, and cats need to be able to be cats. In any animal shelter that is a tall order. In one such as ours it can be an exceptionally difficult one.

Volunteers and the community can help maximize the positives by providing enrichment opportunities and activities which help in easing the stress of loneliness. Every animal at The Tehama County Animal Care Center needs our collective assistance to make a big difference in their quality of life. By contributing enrichment items like specific toys, and providing time, attention and love, the stress in these animals will decrease. In turn illness, behavior issues, and depressive states will also decrease, which increases the animals’ adoptability and chances of finding a permanent, loving home.

“Cheer Up the Lonely Day” is the perfect day to encourage us to think of those who are not fortunate enough to have a supportive social network with which to share their lives, and that also includes our shelter friends. For more information about what you can contribute or suggestions on what you can do to enrich the shelter animal’s lives, please contact Christine McClintock, Manager at the Tehama County Animal Care Center (530-527-3439). With your help, the lonely can be cheered up.

More News Articles of interest

Lost dogs looking for way home again after holiday celebrations

By GEORGE JOHNSTON | | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: July 7, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. | UPDATED: July 8, 2020 at 1:14 p.m.


RED BLUFF — The Tehama County Animal Care Center is looking to return the many dogs that ran away from home during the Fourth of July holiday due to the noise of fireworks celebrations.

Pawprints 2020 (5th year running)



PUBLISHED: June 24, 2020 at 2:11 p.m. | UPDATED: June 24, 2020 at 2:12 p.m.

For the fifth year in a row, a PawPrints fundraiser for Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter, or PETS, is planned at Nu-Way Market, 8049 SR 99E in Los Molinos.

Nu-Way is sponsoring and the start date is July 5. The campaign will run through the end of the month.

Animal care center in Tehama County is lowering fees for holiday adoption event

RED BLUFF, Calif. — On Thursday, the Tehama County Animal Care Center


(TCACC) kicked off their fifth annual "Home for the Holidays" pet adoption event.

Those looking to adopt have until Saturday to take advantage of discounted fees and prices.

TCACC says every dog is $25 and under and every cat four months or older is free. Kittens are $10.

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Free spay and neuter clinic coming to Tehama County


PUBLISHED: December 18, 2019 at 3:03 pm | UPDATED: December 18, 2019 at 3:27 pm


The Tehama County Animal Care Center will be holding a pet adoption event Dec. 19-21.  During the fifth annual Home for the Holidays event, the center will reduce adoption fees for all dogs to $25 or less, all kittens will be $10 and all adult cats will be available free. Staff are hoping to use this adoption event to find every dog and cat in the shelter a new home before the new year begins.

170 local nonprofits will benefit from North State Giving Tuesday

Posted Nov 24, 2019 at 12:01 AM

Hosted by Shasta Regional Community Foundation and Merchants Bank of Commerce, North State Giving Tuesday is a 14-hour online giving event to benefit more than 170 nonprofits in Shasta, Siskiyou and Tehama counties.

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Free spay and neuter clinic coming to Tehama County


PUBLISHED: October 14, 2019 at 5:37 pm | UPDATED: October 14, 2019 at 5:38 pm


Tehama County Animal Care Center will be hosting a three-day spay/neuter clinic in Tehama County, courtesy of the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA.

Adopt a feline star during Purr-miere Friday


PUBLISHED: September 5, 2019 at 5:30 pm | UPDATED: September 5, 2019 at 5:32 pm

In celebration of Free Cat Friday, the Tehama County Animal Care Center will undergo a transformation into Purrywood on its all day Purr-miere Friday, Sept. 13

Los Molinos market hosts Paw Prints fundraiser for PETS


August 12, 2019 at 4:53 pm

The Nu-Way Paw Prints fundraiser for Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter, or PETS, was a howling success for the fourth year in a row.

Los Molinos market hosts Paw Prints fundraiser for PETS

By Red Bluff Daily News |

PUBLISHED: July 1, 2019 at 5:50 pm | UPDATED: July 1, 2019 at 5:51 pm


Nu-Way Market in Los Molinos is sponsoring the fourth annual month-long fundraiser for Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter, or PETS.

Not Cho’ Grandma’s Bingo becomes Red Bluff trend


By JULIE ZEEB | | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: June 24, 2019 at 6:47 pm | UPDATED: June 24, 2019 at 6:48 pm

RED BLUFF — What started as a one-time event has turned into a trend with games selling out in under an hour, prompting Saturday’s Not Cho’ Grandma’s Bingo event to offer two rounds at The Enjoy Store.

Not Cho’ Grandma’s Bingo becomes Red Bluff trend


By JULIE ZEEB | | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: June 24, 2019 at 6:47 pm | UPDATED: June 24, 2019 at 6:48 pm

RED BLUFF — What started as a one-time event has turned into a trend with games selling out in under an hour, prompting Saturday’s Not Cho’ Grandma’s Bingo event to offer two rounds at The Enjoy Store.

Red Bluff council to mull grant funding, pet adoption Tuesday


By JAKE HUTCHISON | | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: April 1, 2019 at 6:16 pm | UPDATED: April 1, 2019 at 6:17 pm


RED BLUFF — Grant funding for a proposed Splash Park as well as changes to a pet adoption ordinance are on tap for Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting.

Animal shelter receives crates for pet transport


By JULIE ZEEB | | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: February 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm | UPDATED: February 7, 2019 at 6:01 pm


RED BLUFF — The Tehama County Animal Care Center has received a helping hand in the form of a Shasta Regional Community Foundation grant that allowed it to purchase crates needed to transport animals.

The grant was a collaboration between Providing Essentials for the Tehama Shelter, PETS, and the care center, said PETS Vice President Ronnie Casey.

Hometown heroes honored Saturday



PUBLISHED: January 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm | UPDATED: January 15, 2019 at 3:56 pm


RED BLUFF — The majority of Tehama County’s first responders and veterans organizations were well-represented at the Not Every Hero Wears a Cape event Saturday hosted by Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter, or PETS, at the State Theatre.

The event, which included a special screening of “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” was a chance for the community to come out to meet and thank their hometown heroes, said PETS Vice President Ronnie Casey.

Event to honor first responders, veterans Saturday at State Theatre


By JULIE ZEEB | | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: January 16, 2019 at 5:24 pm | UPDATED: January 16, 2019 at 5:25 pm

RED BLUFF — Tehama County will get the chance to honor first responders and veterans, who will be recognized Saturday at a special event hosted by Providing Essentials For Tehama Shelter, or PETS.

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Bill Cornelius: A lot has been accomplished in nine years

(& Sgt Stubby)



PUBLISHED: January 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm | UPDATED: January 15, 2019 at 3:56 pm


It is almost hard to believe that it has been nine full years since a steering committee was formed to investigate the feasibility of the non-profit, State Theatre for the Arts, purchasing the historic State Theatre for use as a performing and cultural arts center by the entire community.


Shelter animals hope to go home for the holidays


  • PUBLISHED: December 11, 2018 at 3:50 pm | UPDATED: December 11, 2018 at 3:51 pm

  • The Tehama County Animal Care Center will be holding its fourth annual Home for the Holidays pet adoption event Dec. 13-15..

"Home for the Holidays" event

by Patrick Maravelias

  • Tehama County Animal Care Center is reducing adoption fees for its fourth annual "Home for the Holidays" event December 13 through December 15.

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Thousands attend Dairyville Orchard Festival

  • By JULIE ZEEB | | Red Bluff Daily News


  • PUBLISHED: October 21, 2018 at 11:09 am | UPDATED: October 21, 2018 at 11:10 am

  • RED BLUFF — Music filled the air and the sun was shinning Saturday for the 21st annual Dairyville Orchard Festival with thousands expected to peruse the various items available at booths spread throughout the field behind Lassen View School.

Free Cat Friday at Tehama County Animal Care Center

RED BLUFF, Calif. — 

The Tehama County Animal Care Center is holding their fourth “Free Cat Friday” adoption event of 2018.

On September 14, in an effort to find forever homes for all adoptable cats, the Animal Care Center will waive the adoption fee for adult cats, making them free to adopt. In addition to free adult cats, kittens for will have their adoption fee dropped to only $10.

Animal Care Center: Free cat adoption event set Friday

PUBLISHED: September 13, 2018 at 5:13 pm | UPDATED: September 13, 2018 at 5:14 pm

The Tehama County Animal Care Center is holding the fourth Free Cat Friday adoption event of this year on Sept. 14.

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Free spay and neuter clinic coming to county


PUBLISHED: September 3, 2018 at 6:05 pm | UPDATED: September 3, 2018 at 6:07 pm


RED BLUFF — Tehama County Animal Care Center will be hosting a four-day spay neuter clinic in Tehama County, courtesy of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA.



Contact: Ronnie Casey                                                             


Are you an Active Duty, Reserve, or Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?  Are you looking to adopt a furry companion?  Are you interested in giving a shelter pet a second chance at life?  Then the “Patriots and Pets Adoption Program” may be right for you.


Market hosts fundraiser for shelter animals



PUBLISHED: July 5, 2018 at 1:12 pm | UPDATED: July 5, 2018 at 1:28 pm


Nu-Way Market, at 8049 State Route 99E in Los Molinos, is sponsoring the third annual fundraiser for Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter, or PETS.

Distemper case confirmed; shelter quarantines 12 dogs

By Julie Zeeb, Daily News

Red Bluff >> A confirmed case of distemper at the Tehama County Animal Care Center has led the shelter to quarantine 12 dogs, said Manager Christine McClintock.

That Shaggy Mutt? At Dog Museums, Our Drooling Companions Are the StarsBy LAURA M. HOLSON   APRIL 22, 2018

Learn about various Dog Museums you many never have heard of...

Red Bluff students form club to help shelter animals
By Julie Zeeb, Daily News, 

POSTED: 04/19/18, 5:55 PM PDT 

Red Bluff >> A group of Red Bluff Elementary School District fourth grade students are looking to make a difference in the lives of those who reside at the Tehama County Animal Care Center.

“Four of our students at Bidwell Elementary School approached our librarian, Ellie Scott, last year about starting a club for shelter animals,” said teacher Kaillee Hamre.

Feud builds over trapping in Red Bluff
By Jake Hutchison, 
POSTED: 03/29/18,

Red Bluff >> An incident that began as an animal trapping job in Red Bluff raised
questions about what is and isn’t legal when handling area cats.

Adoption event a success, but some remain

Last week, for three days, PETS and the Tehama County Animal Care Center held the “Home for the Holidays” adoption event. Forty-four animals were adopted. While not all the animals at center were adopted...

Home for the Holidays pet adoption event set

The Tehama County Animal Care Center will be holding a Home for the Holidays pet adoption event Dec. 14-16.

Strikes For Strays to help pet find homes for the holidays

Red Bluff >> Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter, or PETS, hosted its third annual Strikes For Strays fundraiser Friday at Lariat Bowl to help the dogs and cats in the Tehama County Animal Care Center find homes for the holidays. 

County agencies hold exercise for responders-

Red Bluff >> Two days after a real-life emergency in Rancho Tehama Tuesday that left six people dead, Tehama County agencies were back at work Thursday practicing preparedness in Red Bluff....

Dog beds donated to care center-

Red Bluff >> The Tehama County Animal Care Center has recently received a donation of more than 20 Kuranda dog beds, in addition to parts needed to repair 11 additional beds.

AB109 woodshop and welding programs recognized for sculpture Red Bluff >> The Tehama County AB109 woodshop and welding programs were recognized at Tuesday’s meeting by the Board of Supervisors ...

Local charities to receive more than $50K from Rural County Representatives of California raffle

leaders from across the state raised $52,370 for five Tehama County charities

Dog adoption program starts Thursday 8-3-17

On the 1st Thursday of the month PETS will sponsor fees of bully breed dogs whose stay is longer than 30 days. Cost: $30.

Read the Daily News Article here.

Learn  all  about   PETS-  

Click on the cover page of the Tehama Magazine from  Spring 2017

Current events concerning local feral cats...

Corning City Council discusses Feral Cat Problems.

Read the Daily News Article here.

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