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Keeping your pet healthy through the holidays and beyond!

 

Pet Safety During the Holidays

The holidays are an exciting time. People gather to share time and great food with family and friends. However, the holidays can be a dangerous and stressful time for our four-legged friends. To make sure your pet remains safe, healthy, and happy, please adhere to the following tips and recommendations.

First, we need to ensure that our dog or cat does not escape through an open door or unlocked gate. With people coming and going throughout the season, the door is open more often, giving your animal greater opportunity to slip out the front door. If children are visiting, they are often inclined to not shut doors or to re-latch gates, thus increasing the chances of your dog or cat escaping. To minimize this risk, you must be extra vigilant by making sure doors and gates are closed and reminding your guests to be extra-careful when opening doors. This is a good time to remind everyone to be certain their pet has a name tag, a license, and a micro-chip.

Another common risk to the family pets comes as a result of the abundance of holiday foods, many of which can be harmful or even fatal to a dog or cat.

·         Keep your pets on their regular diet. Do not let them eat turkey, ham, cookies, etc. If the animal is not accustomed to these foods, the animal can suffer gastro-intestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhea.

·         Do not allow your pets to eat poultry bones as these bones can splinter and perforate the intestines or become lodged in the esophagus.

·         Do NOT allow your pets to eat chocolate or macadamia nuts as they are toxic to animals. Make certain that these are not within reach for your pet.

Other risks come in the form of decorations that are not normally a part of the pet’s environment.

·         Tinsel can be very harmful to your pet and, for some reason, dogs and cats love to eat tinsel. Tinsel can cut the intestines and cause serious injury.

·         Glass ornaments, like tinsel, can cause serious intestinal damage and can cut the animal’s mouth, as well. Again, many animals, especially dogs, are attracted to ornaments and will attempt to eat them.

·         Ornament hooks, like the above-mentioned items, can cause injury to the mouth and intestines.

Your pets are family…keep them safe!

 

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Top 10 Health Problems in Dogs

 

Healthy dog Kota from PetzLife  This is my baby, Kota. He is a lovable 90 pound Chow/mastif mix with a little "Golden" thrown in.  We adopted him from the local Humane Society knowning we had our work cut out for us.  We quickly discovered what severe "separation anxiety" looks like, many of our door jams now need replaced.  Also allergies are contributing to staff infections.  We love our dog and are doing everything we can to help him...things are looking better every day!

Needing to know what other health issues we might expect in the future, I searched the internet for answers. To my delight, written by Katherine Lee and medically reviewed by Jennifer Garcia DVM, Everydayhealth.com has a list of "The Top 10 Dog Health Problems".  I would like to share them with you, edited for space, of course.

Dog health problems - heartworms #1 Heartworms - a serious and potentially deadly disease in which parasites infect a dog’s heart and arteries. Dogs are exposed to larvae through a mosquito bite.  Though not always successful, treatment options include medications to kill the parasites and, in advanced cases, surgery. Fortunately, heartworms are easily prevented. Options include daily oral medications, topicals, injections, and a simple, once-a-month pill.

Health problems in dogs - vomiting & diarrhea  #2  Vomiting & Diarrhea - there are many possible causes of vomiting and diarrhea in dogs, but the most common is an infection such as parvovirus. Others include eating inappropiate foods or swallowing objects.  An isolated bout of vomiting and diarrhea in dogs is usually not a cause for concern, but if your dog vomits repeatedly or for more than a day, take him to your veterinarian.  To prevent dehydration, give your dog plenty of water. After a bout of vomiting, try bland foods such as boiled potatoes, rice, and cooked skinless chicken. To combat diarrhea in dogs, the general rule is to avoid feeding your dog food for 12 to 24 hours or until your vet gives you the go-ahead.

Health Problems in dogs - obesity #3  Obesity - a common pet health problem. Overweight dogs face a higher risk of joint pain, diabetes, and liver disease. You should be able to feel your dog's backbone and ribs without pressing. When looking at your dog from above, you should see a noticeable “waist” between the lower ribs and the hips; from the side, you should be able to see the abdomen go up from the bottom of the rib cage to the thighs.  Reduce snacks or treats, feed him small meals throughout the day, and make it a point to take him to the park to play and run around.

Health Problems in dogs - Infectious Diseases #4  Infectious Diseases- notably canine parvovirus and distemper. Canine parvovirus is contracted through contact with the feces of an infected dog. Symptoms can include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, and loss of appetite.  Canine distemper is a virus transmitted through direct contact with an infected dog’s urine, saliva, or blood. Symptoms include sneezing, coughing and difficulty breathing, fever, sudden loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, discharge of thick mucous from the eyes and nose, and possibly seizures.  Early prevention, by proper vaccination, can protect your pet.

Health Problems in dogs - Kennel cough #5 Kennel Cough - a highly contagious form of bronchitis that causes inflammation in a dog’s voice box and windpipe. The most common cause is exposure to other infected dogs.  In most cases, the treatment is to let it run its course or to give a dog antibiotics.  You can also try using a humidifier or taking your pet into a steam-filled bathroom.

Health Problems in dogs - Lower urinary tract problems #6 Lower Urinary Tract Problems -  common urinary tract problems in dogs include incontinence, bacterial infections, bladder stones, and even cancer. Symptoms include having to urinate more often, producing small amounts of urine, blood in the urine, incontinence, straining or crying in pain when trying to urinate, vomiting, fever, and weight loss. Treatment options include antibiotics, dietary changes, and surgery if needed to remove bladder stones or a tumor.

Health Problems in dogs - dental disease #7 Dental Disease - Periodontal disease, an infection of the gums, is very common in dogs, affecting an estimated 80 percent of dogs by the age of 2. It has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and other serious dog health problems. Symptoms range from smelly breath to difficulty eating and facial swelling.  Try Petzlife Oral Care Spray and Gels.  They are Veterinary recommended, all natural and Guaranteed 100%.

 Health Problems in dogs - Skin problems #8 Skin Problems - most skin problems in dogs are due to parasites, skin infections, or allergies to common dog food ingredients.  Some dogs may simply cause irritation of the skin by licking or scratching an area too much, possibly from boredom or stress.  Treatment options include; medicated shampoos, antibiotics or antifungal medications, a diet to reduce food allergies or injections to control allergic reactions. To prevent fleas and ticks, ask your vet about monthly topical agents you can easily apply.  For an All Natural Solution try Petzlife's Scratch Eaze, Tickz and Neem Products.

Health Problems in dogs - broken bones #9 Broken Bones - also called fractures, are a common problem in dogs.  Symptoms include limping, not moving, and a reason to suspect trauma (if the dog had been near a road, for instance). Treatment includes surgery, a splint, or a cast.

Health Problems in dogs - cancer #10 Cancer - symptoms of cancer in dogs include: white patches on the top of the nose and ear tips, lumps, swelling, sores, rapid weight loss, lameness, sudden decreased appetite, difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating, lack of energy, and black stools.  Treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy. As with people, a combination of approaches may be used, and the stage of the cancer, the type of disease, and the aggressiveness of the treatment can affect the outcome.

Although, we can't live in fear of "what might happen", being aware of what to look for can help relieve the stress.  After all, our dogs are our kids too!  If you are looking for an All Natural product to help your dog with some of the ailments listed above...try PETZLIFE!

Groomers...Add An Oral Care Service and Increase Profits!

 

 

Over the last few months I have had the privilage of speaking with hundreds of groomers about their business.  With the current economy, I assumed I was going to hear stories of dreams that had turned to nightmares of financial ruin.  Although there was an occasional "we are no longer in business" message on a lonely answering machine or a quiet shop with no barking in the background, to my surprise, many groomers were slammed.  In fact, a large number are so busy they did not have time to talk during regular business hours.  I had to catch them as they were turning out the lights to go home or catch them in the morning before they finished that first cup of black coffee.

So why were some groomers "out of business" and others booming?  Again I assumed.  The busiest groomers must have wealthy clients with money to burn.  In my uninformed mind, salons in bigger cities who cater to a more affluent clientelle are obviously going to be doing much better than the little shops in rural America...right?  After all, doesn't it make sense that a shop on Hollywood Boulevard would be busier than the shop in the hills of Pennsylvania that works with my Aunt Betty's terrier?  Nope!  Ok, well then it must be length of time "in the business" or the amount of advertising dollars spent?  Nope!  So why? 

Click on this link and read the article in Groomers to Groomers magazine by Caroline Shin.

http://www.groomertogroomer.com/articles/article9.html

Busy groomers aren't afraid to try something new.  Lucrative shops are the ones that have added services and are trying new products to support those services.  In hard times, customers aren't going to continue using someone who does an "ok" job.  In hard times, it is the degree of service that counts.  Most pet owners will do whatever it takes to keep their loved ones healthy and safe.  They look to professionals for guidance, they want you to let them know of a potential problem and how you can help.  

Do you want happy customers that return often?  Show them that their pet has plaque/tartar build up and discuss with them how dangerous it can be.  Explain to them that veterinary dental procedures are expensive and dangerous. Offer them a safe, easy and relatively inexpensive solution.  Petzlife Oral Care Spray and Gels are that solution! 

Petzlife has developed a Groomers Dental Kit...inexpensive and easy to use!

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Is anesthesia-free scaling (dental care) safe for your pet?

 

You probably know by now that companion pet dental scaling usually involves administering anesthesia which, in many cases, can be unsafe and dangerous for your pet.

Older pets, pets with heart or breathing ailments, or circulation problems are susceptible to complications from anesthesia. If the vet says your pet needs anesthesia (for any reason) be certain the office is fully equipped with anesthesia monitors, a pulse oximeter, blood pressure monitor, and ECG.

Because of these concerns a new procedure has evolved called “Anesthesia Free Dentistry”. The American Veterinary Dental College (www.avdc.org) has developed their own term for this, “Non-Professional Dental Scaling” (NPDS). Sounds rather ominous! The American Veterinary Dental College is opposed to NPDS for the following reasons:

1. Dental tartar is firmly adhered to the surface of the teeth. Scaling to remove tartar is accomplished using ultrasonic and sonic power scalers, plus hand instruments that must have a sharp working edge to be used effectively. Even slight head movement by the patient could result in injury to the oral tissues of the patient, and the operator may be bitten when the patient reacts.

2. The most critical part of a dental scaling procedure is scaling the tooth surfaces that are within the gingival pocket (the sub-gingival space between the gum and the root), where periodontal disease is active. Access to the sub-gingival area of every tooth is impossible in an un-anesthetized canine or feline patient. Removal of dental tartar on the visible surfaces of the teeth has little effect on a pet’s health, and provides a false sense of accomplishment. The effect is purely cosmetic.

3. Inhalation anesthesia using a cuffed endotracheal tube provides three important advantages – the cooperation of the patient with a procedure it does not understand, elimination of pain resulting from examination and treatment of affected dental tissues during the procedure, and protection of the airway and lungs from accidental aspiration.

4. A complete oral examination, which is an important part of a professional dental scaling procedure, is not possible in an un-anesthetized patient. The surfaces of the teeth facing the tongue cannot be examined, and areas of disease and discomfort are likely to be missed.

To minimize the need for professional dental scaling procedures and to maintain optimal oral health, the AVDC recommends daily dental home care starting at an early age.

PetzLife Oral Care products provide complete oral care with a 100% natural product that’s easy to use.
• Helps reverse gum disease
• Helps break down plaque
• Helps break down existing tartar
• Kills bacteria that causes bad breath.

Should your veterinarian recommend dental scaling, the use of PetzLife Oral products 2 weeks prior can significantly improve the gums and sub-gingival problems to the point that only surface scaling is needed. Also, veterinarians have found PetzLife Oral care products to be a great alternative to antibiotics both before and after the procedure, and if anesthesia scaling is still felt necessary, the pet will be under anesthesia for less than half the time!

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How hot is it?

 

When I was little we took a summer vacation to Cape Cod and, at the last minute, were not able to board our cats, so we took them with us.  The heat on the 14 hour drive was sweltering and the car didn’t have air conditioning, and we couldn’t put the windows down too far for fear the cats would jump out.  Bottom line, it was too hot for them and they didn’t resist one bit when we covered them with cool wet cloths during the trip. 

I’m reminded of this when I hop in my car each afternoon and the car tells me the outside temp. is 119º!.  Of course, once I get rolling the indicator tells me it is only to 105º which is what the temperature actually is here in Oklahoma for most of the summer! 

We hear all the time about heat precautions for humans – wear light loose-fitting clothing, hydrate thoroughly and often, stay out of direct sunlight, etc.  Now, imagine how you would feel with a nice thick coat of golden retriever fur! 

“A dog’s normal temperature is around 101º.  Once the body temperature gets over 106º, the result is everything from nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage and systemic organ failure.”

This quote is from a great article on what you can do to care for your pet in the event of possible over-heating. (http://www.examiner.com/article/beat-the-heat-by-taking-precautions-for-your-pet).

Remember,  provide plenty of water, lighten up on the exercise, provide shade and maybe a baby pool if left outdoors, never leave in the car, learn the heatstroke signs to watch for, immediate steps to take, and much more.  Must reading for these hot summer months.  Not bad advice for humans too!

Flea and Tick Products - Safety Concerns and Resources

 
Much has been written over the years about the chemicals in flea and tick products.  At this time of the year, flea and tick problems arise and owners are hasty to react to rid their pets (and their homes) of flea and tick problems.

Are the products safe and healthy for your pet?

Pet owners need to be cautious about using flea and tick products safely, says Ann Stohlman, V.M.D., a veterinarian in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine. “You need to take the time to carefully read the label, the package insert, and any accompanying literature to make sure you’re using the product correctly.”

We’ve compiled a handy list of website references to help you properly do your homework and make your own decisions.  There are many factors to consider such as the weight and size of your pet, whether you might be pregnant, do you have small children who roll and play with you pet, is your pet kept primarily indoors, etc.

Of course, the simple answer would be to use PetzLife Tickz as it is 100% safe and natural!

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First, some simple basics

  • Read the label carefully before use. If you don't understand the wording, ask your veterinarian or call the manufacturer. “Even if you’ve used the product many times before,” says Dr. Stohlman,VMD with the FDA, “read the label because the directions or warnings may have changed.”
  • Follow the directions exactly. If the product is for dogs, don't use it on cats or other pets. If the label says use weekly, don't use it daily. If the product is for the house or yard, don't put it directly on your pet.
  • Keep multiple pets separated after applying a product until it dries to prevent one animal from grooming another and ingesting a drug or pesticide.
  • Talk to your veterinarian before using a product on weak, old, medicated, sick, pregnant, or nursing pets, or on pets that have previously shown signs of sensitivity to flea or tick products.
  • Monitor your pet for side effects after applying the product, particularly when using the product on your pet for the first time.
  • If your pet experiences a bad reaction from a spot-on product, immediately bathe the pet with mild soap, rinse with large amounts of water, and call your veterinarian.
  • Call your veterinarian if your pet shows symptoms of illness after using a product. Symptoms of poisoning include poor appetite, depression, vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive salivation.
  • Do not apply a product to kittens or puppies unless the label specifically allows this treatment. Use flea combs to pick up fleas, flea eggs, and ticks on puppies and kittens that are too young for flea and tick products.
  • Wash your hands immediately with soap and water after applying a product, or use protective gloves while applying.
  • Store products away from food and out of children's reach.

 

http://www.simplesteps.org/greenpaws-products

This is the website sponsored by the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council)

NRDC has a website called Green Paws.  They have a listing of flea and tick products that are toxic by brand name. You can look up a product and see its relative safety.  It also can be sorted by risk! “ Avoid Use ... to Safe for Regular Use”.  It is 5 pages long.  With hundreds of products listed.

 

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm169831.htm

This site explains the involvement the FDA and the EPA has in monitoring and regulating products offered for sale to consumers. It offers an abundance of safety tips, and lists further resources you can call to report problems or to seek immediate emergency medical care.  Of course, it is always best in an emergency to use your local veterinarian or emergency animal medical clinic.

 

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/flea_tick_OTC_pet_products.html

The Humane Society gets right to the point; “The EPA cannot make its own assessment because unlike the regulations directing the FDA’s approval of human products, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act does not require pet products to undergo field trials prior to approval.”  This article specifically discusses several flea and tick ingredients that are “likely to be carcinogenic to humans!”  This article is a must read.

 

http://pets.webmd.com/safety-tips-flea-and-tick-products-on-pets

Web MD has a comprehensive section on Questions and Answers for Pet Owners, on a multitude subjects such as diets and nutrition, puppy and kitten care, 

You are in a test of will with Cats, and the Cats are winning!

 

Many pet owners have an inadequate understanding of the need for routine examinations  and they primarily associate veterinary care with vaccinations (ie. shots).  Because many pets do not require annual vaccinations, pet owners, especially cat owners, visit their veterinarians less often than they should.

“Preventing oral disease is a quality of life issue. According to veterinarians, periodontal disease is the most common disease in small animal patients. Periodontal disease not only creates localized infection, but it has been linked to numerous severe diseases of primary body organs, including the heart, liver and kidneys. For this reason, the prevention of periodontal disease is considered a medical issue, as its ramifications extend far beyond lost teeth. Preventive dental care is essential to ensuring a long, healthy life for your cat.” (HartzMountain)

So, you say to yourself, I know that…I’ll promise to take the cat to the vet on a more routine basis.  Right?

Wrong!  See if any of these sound familiar…..

My cat hates going to the vet.  I can’t get him in the carrier.  He cries all the way in the car.  When we get there we have to sit in the waiting area with big scary dogs.  He slides around on the cold stainless steel exam table and is petrified.

He’s an indoor cat, and therefore I know he is probably more healthy than an outdoor cat and therefore I don’t need to go to the vet as often.

He looks just fine.

It’s stressful for me!

You are not alone.  In 2011 Bayer Animal Health did a study (in conjunction with Brakke Consulting and the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues) of 2,000 pet owners and discovered that these are the very same reasons that 40% of pet owners did not take their cat to the vet last year.

PetzLife has several solutions to help keep your cat healthy and help you to provide great oral care for your pet at home between visits.

PetzLife Oral Care products:

When used daily, the all-natural ingredients safely remove plaque and tartar, reverse oral disease, promote healthy gums, brighten teeth and kill the bacteria that cause bad breath.

Take good care of your cat between regular veterinary check-ups.

@-Eaze

@-Eaze is a fast acting, non-drowsy, all natural formula calming gel that helps promote a relaxed state in your pet without causing reduced alertness.  It relieves stress and anxiety arising from trips to the vet, the groomer, during car rides, thunderstorms, even having visitors in the home.  @-Eaze helps making those trips to the vet easier on your pet, and easier on you!

 

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Is Your Companion Animal Safe? Why Honey and Chocolate Don't Mix!

 

There are many things in this world your companion animal can get into.  Which is why it is always important to know what to do in case of an emergency.

Growing up in the country, my Golden Retriever, Honey, was able to roam everywhere.  She would get into and eat ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING.  If she didn't appear for a day, we didn't worry.  Most likely she was out in the fields hunting down her own food for the day.  I guess premium dog food didn't always do it for her!  As a kid, I just assumed she was indestructible.  I thought since she could eat her own poop and not be sick, then nothing could hurt her.  Since I never dealt with the vet bills, I never saw the time and money my parents spent trying to keep her alive!

Then came the "Great Chocolate Cake Disaster" of '91!  Turns out Honey, and leftover chocolate cake with chocolate frosting from my 6th birthday, don't mix.  Honey was notorious for knocking over the garbage cans and ravaging for any good leftovers.  Again, I guess premium dog food wasn't enough!  Panic set in as we came home to our dog laid out next to the knocked over garbage cans with chocolate cake MASHED all over her now brown face.

Did you know that Hydrogen Peroxide can induce vomiting if your companion animal gets into bad food?  In '91, I didn't.... but apparently my parents did.  And thank God because I don't think four children could have gotten over the sight of their favorite dog dying because of their favorite "food"!  My parents were able to induce vomiting by administering the Hydrogen Peroxide through a syringe orally and most likely saved her life.

The point is, no matter how tough your companion animal is, they are not indestructible.  Which is why it's important to not only know the signs of a sick or injured dog, but also know how to treat them in case of an emergency.

It is important that somewhere in your house, you have a Pet First Aid Kit that can help in case of an emergency.  This is an easy and relatively inexpensive tool to have. 

Do you know what to do when your animal breaks a limb?  Or what if you suspect hypoglycemia?  Whether you need to treat in case of a minor emergency, or need assistance during a major emergency, our Pet First Aid Kit can help.  Request our Pet First Aid Kit below and familiarize yourself with these materials and methods that could save your beloved pet's life!

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Take A Bite Out Of Cat And Dog Dental Troubles

 

Here’s an idea to chew over: You are now able to prolong your pet’s life while improving its health and breath. How?  By protecting your cat or dog from oral disease.

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. Besides causing receding gums and tooth loss, the infection may enter the bloodstream, potentially infecting the heart, liver and kidneys. “Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets,” agreed Dr. Henry Childers, DVM, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

What are the symptoms indicating potential problems? Bad breath, pain around the mouth, swelling or irritation of the gums, bleeding, swelling around the jaw or nose, fever, lethargy, pain when eating, or refusal to eat.

A solution: Until recently, the only way to remove plaque and tartar has been a visit to the vet for a dental cleaning. This usually involves the use of a general anesthetic, and that can be a problem. Anesthetic reactions can cause injury and even death. Statistics indicate that over 50,000 dogs and cats die every year, and 1.3 million are injured (some permanently), just from anesthesia!

“Fortunately, we now have an additional tool in our dental tool chest,” states Dr. Joann Baldwin, DVM for 30 years at Cardinal Animal Hospital. “Now there’s a safe and ecient way to control plaque and tartar without your pet undergoing anesthesia.”

“Safe and eective dental health products, like PetzLife Oral Care, are part of the missing link in holistic pet health care,” states Animal Doctor syndicated columnist Dr. Michael Fox. Used daily, PetzLife Oral Care spray or gel can help remove plaque and tartar, control bacteria and eliminate bad breath, and you don’t have to brush. The active ingredients are a blend of herbs and oils including grapefruit seed extract, a natural compound known for killing bacteria. The ingredients are 100 percent natural and “human grade,” so they’re perfectly safe for dogs and cats. Over 1.5 million bottles have been sold without one injury or death, and are now available in over 10,000 retail stores and all PetSmarts and over 6,000 vet clinics.

 

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