Tips | Tredyfrin Municipality (2023)

  • Tips for fall
  • winter tips
  • Tips for spring
  • Tips for summer
  • West-Nil-Virus

Animal Tips for Fall

deer management
Autumn is the mating season for deer. This usually lasts from the end of September until well into November. Deer are much more active during this time, so be careful when driving, especially in areas where deer are known to be plentiful.

Mating season can also make deer more aggressive than usual. There have been several cases of dogs being attacked by bucks after trying to chase them. To avoid this, take a quick look around your yard before letting your dog outside. If there are deer nearby, make loud noises to make them go away.

pest control
The animals know that winter is coming. Some of them hibernate, while others simply seek a warm hiding place. Make sure your home is locked up to prevent unwanted visitors. Putting a chimney cap on will also help keep wild animals out. Contact a wildlife pest control service if you discover an unwanted animal has taken up residence in your home.

dog approval
New Year's dog licenses are usually available around December 15 of the previous year. License applications are often accepted beginning November 1. Call the Chester County Treasurer's Office or the Chester County SPCA at 610-692-6113 for information on dog license availability.

  • Chester County Dog License

Tips for winter animals

Chemicals to melt ice
Ice melt chemicals can irritate your pets. So check your feet for any melted ice that may have lodged between your toes after a hike, especially after a snow or ice storm. Clean your pet's feet with warm water to reduce the chance of irritation. Check with your local hardware or pet supply store to see if they have specific "pet friendly" ice melt supplements.

toxic chemicals
Antifreeze is toxic to animals, which may be attracted to its sweet smell; If they drink it, the effects can be disastrous. This is another reason to make sure your car's cooling system is in good condition. Make sure your car isn't leaking and when you drain the antifreeze from your car, make sure you don't leave any open containers outside. Now there is an antifreeze that is not toxic; Look for it at your local auto supply store. If your pet drinks antifreeze or another harmful substance, call your veterinarian or animal poison control center. Below are some hotline numbers and websites for more information on animal poisoning. These hotlines charge a consultation fee.

  • ASPCA Tiergiftzentrum, 1-888-426-4435
  • National Animal Poison Control Center: 1-900-680-0000 or 1-800-548-2423

Outdoor Animal Care
If you have an animal that spends all or most of its time outdoors, there are a few things to keep in mind when it's cold.

Pennsylvania law requires that any animal that spends any period of time outdoors must have access to a clean, sanitary shelter that provides protection from inclement weather, helps maintain body heat, and keeps them dry. Leaving an animal outside without adequate shelter is considered cruelty and carries a fine of up to $300.

When the weather drops below freezing, it's important to make sure your pet's water supply doesn't freeze. Check the water periodically and refresh it frequently. Placing the water supply in your pet's shelter can help prevent frostbite.

In cold climates, it is also recommended to offer your pet extra food when outdoors. The extra calories help the animal maintain strength and stay warm in cold weather.

holiday pets
Often the holiday season becomes a time when people consider a new family pet. Some important things to remember:

  • Christmas decorations can pose a health risk to a puppy or kitten.
  • New pets require a lot of time and care. All the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can interfere with providing this level of care. This is such a big problem that some humane societies do not allow adoptions during a certain holiday period. If your family is seriously interested in a new pet, plan to add a new pet after the holiday season. There will be much less stress for everyone involved.

dog approval
Pennsylvania state dog laws require all dogs over the age of three months to be legal in the county in which they live on or before January 1 of each year. Dog licenses can be purchased atValle de Brandywine SPCAor you can download the license application.

  • Chester County Dog License

Completed dog permit applications may be mailed to:

Chester County Courthouse
c/o treasurer
2 north main street
West Chester, Pensilvania 19380

Questions can be directed to 610-692-6113 or the Chester County SPCAChester County Treasurer's Office.

Animal Tips for Spring

wildlife pests
Spring is the time of year when wildlife becomes highly visible and resumes its normal level of activity. It's also mating season for many creatures: their babies will be born later this season. If you see a wild creature settling in a place it doesn't like, there are agencies authorized by thePennsylvania State Gaming Commissionto catch and eliminate pesky wild animals. The Tredyffrin Township Police Department does not offer this service.

sick wildlife
Spring is also a time when wild animals get into a lot of trouble. If you see a wild animal that is too young to be left alone, appears sick or injured, contact theSchuylkill Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinicfor rescue and treatment.

animal health
You must make an appointment with your vet for spring vaccinations and other medications. If your pet is not already on a 12-month program, you should have your vet evaluated for heartworm and start a heartworm medication program.

You should also be prepared for flea and tick season. Start using a good flea and tick repellent to prevent or lessen the effects of the season. There are many excellent medications to combat fleas and ticks, as well as vaccines to prevent Lyme disease. Talk to your vet for recommendations on what is best for your pet.

  • Lyme disease fact sheet from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services

You should also check the status of your rabies vaccination. State law requires that all pets over the age of three months be vaccinated against rabies. If you are not sure when your pet was last vaccinated, contact your veterinarian. He or she will be able to tell you when the last vaccination was given and when another one is due.

rage laws

West Nile Virus begins to become a problem in the spring. Check your property for areas where mosquitoes can breed and be on the lookout for other signs of West Nile Virus.

If you find a dead bird that hasn't been there for more than 24 hours and appears intact, contact the Chester County Health Department at 610-344-6452 or the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA- HEALTHHealth.

Animal tips for summer.


Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach 120°F in a matter of minutes, even with the windows partially open. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heat exhaustion or suffocation when she is trapped in high temperatures. This is what you should do if your pet is exposed to high temperatures:

  • Watch for signs of heat stress: severe panting, glassy eyes, rapid heart rate, unsteadiness, a wobbly door, vomiting, or a bright red or purple tongue.
  • If your pet is overheated, you should lower his body temperature immediately:
    • Take your pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water to the entire body.
    • Place ice packs or cold towels only on your pet's head, neck, and chest;
    • Have your pet drink small amounts of cold water or lick ice cubes.
  • Take your pet to a vet immediately; it could save your life.

Travel safely with pets
In addition to heat stress, leaving your pet in the car also puts them at risk of theft. Thousands of pets are stolen from unattended cars every year.

If you have to take your pet with you in the car, pay attention to safety: cats must travel in carriers and dogs in carriers or on a leash. When your pet travels, you must wear two identification tags, one with your home address and the other with your destination address.

animal health
Ongoing treatment to prevent flea and tick infestations is also important during the summer months. Lyme disease is also a growing problem. Contact your vet to establish a treatment plan.

  • Lyme disease fact sheet from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services

Heartworm prevention should continue through the summer months to protect your pet from this deadly disease. Since heartworms are transmitted by mosquito bites, preventative medications should continue to be administered as directed by your veterinarian.

fauna silvestre
Wildlife concerns seem to peak in the summer. Remember: Tredyffrin Township is an area with a large and diverse wildlife population. Seeing a wild animal in motion is usually not cause for concern. However, if this animal is behaving strangely, staggering, dazed, unafraid of human presence, or showing physical signs of illness, please contact the Tredyffrin Township Police Department at 610-647-1440.

The police don't do the tedious work of catch and take out. Contact a wildlife pest control service for this type of problem.

The summer months are the peak season for West Nile Virus concerns. West Nile virus is transmitted to birds through mosquito bites. The most effective way to minimize this risk is to ensure that there is no place on your property for mosquitoes to breed. See below for more information.

West Nile Virus Bird Testing Protocol:

The bird must be dead less than 24 hours. It must not present defects or signs of deterioration. The bird must not show any signs of trauma to the body (hit by a car, killed by another animal).

If the bird meets the criteria for a West Nile virus test, contact the Chester County Health Department at 610-344-6452 or the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

Minimize your risk
The summer months are the peak season for West Nile Virus concerns. West Nile virus is transmitted to birds through mosquito bites. The most effective way to minimize this risk is to ensure that there is no place on your property for mosquitoes to breed.

  • Check your property for standing water and drain or fill
  • Change the water in birdbaths frequently.
  • Drain kiddie pools when not in use
  • Drill holes in the bottom of trash cans and wastebaskets to prevent water from collecting in them.
  • Check your yard for buckets, tires, and other items that can collect water
  • Garden effectively to prevent water from pooling in areas of your property


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