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October 2013

Pet Sitter Has to Make the Call

  One of my team who was caring for a senior dog with some health issues, gave me a call on Saturday morning. She had been doing overnight stays for a week and the dog had been doing fine. On Saturday morning, however,  the sitter told me that the dog was not doing well. She described to me what was going on and I told her to contact the client and ask her if she wanted the dog taken to the vet. I told her to call me back after she spoke to the client. When she called back she said the client had asked her to just observe the dog for a few hours and see if the concerns resolved themselves.

Dental Cleanings Without Anesthesia

 In my regular daily email from Dr. Becker at Mercola.com, I received this important information about dental cleanings for pets. I feel it is important to pass on to my readers. 
"Effective November 1, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) will mandate dental anesthesia and intubation for accredited veterinary hospitals. The new standard applies to all patients, and all dental procedures, including cleaning.  
     The 2013 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats states, “general anesthesia with intubation is necessary to properly assess and treat the companion animal dental patient.

Pets of the Homeless

I recently became a volunteer for Pets of the Homeless and yesterday was my first volunteer session at the O'Neil Center on 17th Street here in San Diego. There were so many people lined up with their "furry kids" waiting for vaccinations, rabies shots, food, beds, etc. It broke my heart to see the incredible need these folks had and yet they were all so appreciative and obviously concerned for the well-being of their companion animals.
Homelessness is a huge problem in this country and especially in San Diego and so many of these people have pets.

Flashlights: Essential Equipment for Nightime Dog Walks

With the arrival of fall, the sun goes down earlier and our final walk with our furry friends is now in the dark. Although some neighborhoods and apartment complexes are extremely well-lit at night, many are not and that can be dangerous.Let me explain.
Obviously, if it is dark you cannot see things very far away from you. If you are walking a dog that is reactive or aggressive towards other dogs, you need to see if other dogs are approaching or around you so that you can take the necessary steps to avoid them.

Make A Difference Day

 Although every day is a  good day to make a difference in someone's life or in the world, October 26, 2013 is the 23rd annual Make A Difference Day, the nation's largest day of community service.  Reach out with compassion and watch your spirit soar. 

 This from" Pets of the Homeless" Newsletter.

"You can improve the lives of pets in your community.  On this one day won't you help by calling your veterinarian, groomer, pet food store and/or kennel and ask them to join the hundreds of other businesses across the country that are collecting pet food?
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