August Newsletter

Cat and Doggie Works
Newsletter August 2013
  Dear Crystal,

August is here! I hope that everyone took advantage of our 10 year anniversary special and got some color on their pets! We are in need of towels, hand towels, and wash clothes, if you have any extras laying around, we would happy to take them off your hands! We are open 7 days a week now! We have Sunday and Monday grooming appointments available and we can do nail trims and anal gland expression as a walk in service Tuesday through Monday. Boarding for cats and pet sitting is available, call or stop in for more information.
Here are a few tips for your pets in the summer time,1. Change your dog’s water often in warm weather. The water will taste better and it will also keep your dog’s body cooler.

2. Provide shade so your dog will stay cooler. Trees, doghouses, umbrellas, canopies, and large dog crates can all provide the needed shade.

Did you know…
If your dog has been walking on the hot pavement, putting rubbing alcohol on his paw pads gives a quick all over cool down and instant relief. In extreme situations, a rub down with an alcohol dampened cloth on the chest and belly helps too. Remember to keep the alcohol away from his mouth (rubbing alcohol is NOT for drinking) and out of his eyes. Of course, post-heat care is no substitute for good sense where dogs and heat are concerned.


10 Things Your Cat Won’t Tell You

From The Wall Street Journal

What are Anal Glands?

Anal glands are actually a scent gland very similar to skunk scent glands. In the wild, they actually function to mark territory as the wild dog has a bowel movement. They also work as a powerful deterrent when predators are chasing them. When scared, the animals will exude the glands in fear, which causes the predator to stop and smell or possibly decide that this animal may not taste so well. In modern times, in the domesticated world, they serve less of a function other than keeping groomers and veterinarians busy.
The actual glands are located at about 5 o’clock and 7 o’clock if you were looking at the gland region. These glands are teardrop shaped and lie under the anal sphincter muscle. When a dog or cat has a normal bowel movement and “pinch” off the stool, the pressure between the stool and the anal muscle exudes out the material. The pet can also express them by scooting or licking.
When there is no inflammation, allergies, infection, and/or there is normal stool, there is no reason to express anal glands. They should function fine on their own.
There are many different problems that do warrant expressing anal glands, here are a few:
Over-secretion: This is commonly due to allergies or hypothyroid problems (not enough thyroid productions). These dogs are often scooting or licking.
Chronic allergies/irritation: Anal glands are actually considered an extension of the skin. The inflammatory process associated with allergies often swells the opening, making it difficult for the pet to express its own glands.
Infection: If the glands get stagnant because the animal can’t express them, infection can happen very easily.The openings are located at the bottom of the anal area, so constant exposure to fecal material also sets the glands up for infection and severe irritation.
Loose stool/diarrhea: If the stool is not of normal consistency, then it does not allow the gland to be expressed normally.
All of the above mentioned problems can be minor, or they can lead to more severe problems. Expressing the anal glands is the first line of defense in solving these problems.

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August 26 is
National Dog Day!

National Dog Day has two goals: to honor dogs, and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. It’s an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of dogs in our lives.
This day is intended to honor dogs for all that they do for us. In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs help us out in countless ways. They are watchdogs for our safety. They lead the blind. Dogs aid in search and rescue, and they seek out bombs and drugs.
The second goal of National Dog Day is to rescue dogs in need. On occasion, dogs need us to save them from homelessness and abuse. The goal of the National Dog Day foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year. Lend a hand to help a dog in need today, or any day!

Cat and Dog Nails

Cats and dogs use their nails for a variety of purposes, including balance, gripping objects, having traction on slippery surfaces, and defending themselves. Each animal’s nails grow at a rate that is unique to them. Pets that spend more time walking on hard sidewalks will often have shorter nails due to them being naturally filed down on the pavement, whereas pets that spend more of their time inside the home on soft carpets will likely need their nails trimmed more frequently. Just like us, our pet’s nails have a cuticle that is attached to their skin, and a nerveless nail that grows out from there. A good rule of thumb for knowing when it’s time for a trim is to check your dog’s nails to see if they touch the floor when she stands in a relaxed position. If so, it’s time for a manicure. A cat’s nails will start to curl at a sharp angle as they get longer. If you see them start to curl over, or they develop a sharp point on the end, it’s time for a trim.

Why Do Cats Scratch?

Cats scratch for several reasons. First, scratching keeps their claws in shape. You schedule a weekly manicure; your cat schedules a scratching session with the sofa. Not only does scratching sharpen the claws and remove the old outer husk of the nail, it just feels good. Think how great it feels when the manicurist massages your hands and arms. Your cat probably gets a similar pleasurable feeling from scratching.

Scratching also serves as a territorial marker. Cats may scratch in preferred sleeping spots or any other place where they spend a lot of time. Doorways and windowsills often get scratched, especially when an indoor cat spots an intruder outdoors. He scratches in a vain attempt to let the other cat know that this is his territory. Scent is another aspect of territorial scratching. The sebaceous glands in cat’s paws leave an odor at the scratched area-another way the cat can stake his claim.


The History Of The German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherds are a relatively new breed of dog, with their origin dating to 1899. As part of the Herding Group, German Shepherds are working dogs developed originally for herding and guarding sheep. Since that time, however, because of their strength, intelligence, trainability, and obedience, German Shepherds around the world are often the preferred breed for many types of work, including search-and-rescue, police and military roles, and even acting.  German Shepherds currently account for 4.6% of all dogs registered with the American Kennel Club.

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Pet Allergies

Pet Allergies: How To Recognize Them and Treat Them

Just as we humans suffer with seasonal allergies as well as allergies to chemicals, foods and other substances, so do our canine and feline companions. Sometimes they will present with the same symptoms as us, such as watery eyes and sneezing, but the most common symptom in our pets is itchiness, usually resulting in excessive scratching. In fact, the scratching can be so severe it can lead to redness, open sores and even hair loss.

The most common allergies that affect pets are called atopy and are caused by airborne particles. They can include pollen, dust mites and molds. Fortunately this type of allergy is usually seasonal. Symptoms of atopy include chewing the paws, licking the flank and groin, rubbing the face, recurrent hot spots and possibly inflamed ears or recurring ear infections.

Another type of allergy pets suffer with results from flea-bites and is called flea allergy dermatitis. This is usually more common in dogs. The symptoms are similar to the ones described above but can be more severe including hives, facial swelling and even anaphylaxis. Although rare, anaphylaxis can be life-threatening. Symptoms usually occur with 20 minutes of exposure to the flea bite, bee sting or chemical and include:  sudden explosive diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, shock, immobility and muscle-twitching. Seek immediate emergency care if this occurs. If your pet has a history of this, the veterinarian can supply you with an epi-pen; a syringe with a dose of epinephrine that will help with stabilization until emergency care has begun.

Contact dermatitis is an allergy pets can develop from contact with carpets, cleaners, plastics, grass and other such substances. Symptoms include red bumps on the areas of the skin exposed to the allergen, as well as intense scratching and hair loss.

Food allergies are another common problem in both dogs and cats. In fact, they account for 10 – 15% of all of their allergies. Itching on the face, feet, trunk and limbs is the most common symptom but they may also have increased bowel movements and soft stools. Managing a food allergy usually means taking the diet down to bare basics and starting from there.

Diagnosing the source of an allergy is vital to managing it, so a trip to the veterinarian is essential. Allergy tests are sometimes recommended. The allergy test is an intradermal skin test involving injecting various allergens just under the skin and watching for reactions. Once an allergen is determined to be the culprit, treatment can begin.

Treatment can include everything from Benadryl (dosage recommended by veterinarian), antibiotics (such as Atopica), steroid injections, (which have side effects), topical applications such as hydrocortisone, oatmeal- based shampoos, etc.

Other things you can do to manage the allergy are to monitor the pollen count, wipe your pet’s paws with a wet towel after a walk, remove shoes at the door, use a monthly flea treatment, vacuum carpets frequently and wash the animal’s bedding often.

Most importantly, monitor your pet’s symptoms and get professional help as needed.

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Its our 10 year anniversary.  We have been serving your pets needs since 2003.  Join us this month for our anniversary specials.  Join our email list and receive specials right to your mailbox.  This month is all about color!

We know you have choices for your pets grooming need and we are glad you chose us!  Thank you from all of us here at Cat & Doggie Works!

Crystal and staff

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