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MARCH 2012

MAGAZINE

SPOKANE | COEUR D’ALENE | SPOKANE VALLEY | DEER PARK


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Pet Insurance 101

8

Separation Anxiety

12 Lake Tahoe

6 Activity Guide

22

Tick Talk

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Breed Profile

10 World Markets

WHAT’S INSIDE Locally Produced

Pet Picks

Himalayan Dog Chews Local Finds

Pet Spotlight Guinea Pig Sweet Treats Clover Look... I’m Famous! Directory

Community Pet Photos

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PUBLISHER ZOLT Publishing EDITOR Emily Olson CREATIVE DIRECTOR Laura Olson ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Emily Olson | Laura Olson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Emily Olson | Laura Olson | Don Cutler EDITORIAL INQUIRIES OR SUBMISSIONS Northwest Pet Magazine welcomes editorial inquiries and suggestions. Please contact Emily at emily@northwestpetmagazine.com ADVERTISING INQUIRIES WASHINGTON: Please contact Emily at (509) 979-2028 or emily@northwestpetmagazine.com IDAHO: Please contact Laura at (208) 262-1234 or laura@northwestpetmagazine.com

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Every pet deserves to be loved!

Rescue Pet Spotlight

Loving, Forever Homes Needed... Adopt Today!

Scotty

Scotty was a stray who we believe to be under a year old. He is a sweet boy with a curious personality. Scotty was turned loose and abandoned before he came to River's Wish and now he is looking for his own with an indoor home. We are House Rabbit Educators with the House Rabbit Society and we follow the House Rabbit Society philosophy when adopting out rabbits. Scotty is neutered and litter box trained.

Junius

Junius is 6 years old. Junius is a very fun loving rabbit with personality plus and he loves parsley. He loves to dig and tug at your clothes. And he loves blankets. He doesn't mind friendly cats. He likes to follow and will turn it into a game of going back and forth. He is very interactive. Junius is a neutered boy and is litter box trained. His breed is a Tan. For information on either Scotty or Junius, please contact petekit@earthlink.net or visit www.riverwishanimalsanctuary.org.

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northwest pet magazine | Activity Guide

march activity guide

6th Annual "Bounder" Paws & Poles Saturday, March 3 11:00am-2:00pm

49° North Ski Resort, Nordic Area Bring your dog, your skis or snowshoes, and join us for a romp in the snow!! All proceeds benefit SpokAnimal! Pick up registration forms at Mountain Gear, SpokAnimal or Audubon Veterinary Clinic. For more information contact Mountain Gear at (509) 325-9000

MCPAWS Skijoring Event March 10th 10am-1pm

Ponderosa State Park, McCall Idaho MCPAWS Skijor Clinic: Registration 8:30 - 9:00am. Begins 9:00am. Clinic is free to MAP passholders. Suggested donation of $5 for non-passholders. MCPAWS Skijor Race: Registration at 9:00am, race begins at 10:30am. Race entry fee $10 (includes race number and race packet). Skijor Equipment: Participants bring their own gear. (we will have 2-3 loaner sets of skijor harness gear available at the event; no ski equipment). All park ski trails on March 10 are dog friendly, courtesy of park staff! Visit www.mcpaws.org for more information.

Leashes and Laces 2012 March 18th 9am

Greyhound Event Center Post Falls, ID 5k Fun run/walk with your dog, vendors, demonstrations, best dressed contest, awards and more. All proceeds to benefit the Post Falls Police Department contact bsmith@postfallspolice.com

Pet Quest at Paradise March 24th 10am to 2pm

11420 E Jackson, Spokane Valley Come join in the fun! Dr. Marty Becker will be signing books and answering questions from 10am to 12pm. All book sale proceeds will be going to the Spokane Humane Society! We will be having demonstrations for training, bird dog training, grooming and more! For further information please call 509.290.6024.

Spokane REI – Dog First Aid Thursday, March 29th 7pm – 8:30pm

From Fido’s paws to his ears, you’ll get health information from Greg Benoit, DVM. Space is limited, only 35 spots left! Register at www.rei.com/event.

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Himalayan Dog Chews Himalayan Dog Chew, based in Mukilteo, WA, brings our canine friends a treat derived from an ancient recipe of the people of the Himalayas. In the mountains at more than 15,000 feet, it is made using traditional methods. Himalayan Dog Chews are a special kind of preserved cheese, made from yak and cow’s milk, a little salt and a little lime juice. They are all natural and have no chemicals or preservatives. When the founder of the company was in the Peace Corp, she found a stray puppy and asked the locals for something for it to chew on. They gave her "an ancient recipe of the people of the Himalayas.� The hard rectangular bone that is created from this recipe is an amazing rawhide alternative. Fully digestible, Himalayan dog chews are rock hard for strong chewers taking most dogs a long time to get through one of these chews. When you give this chew to your dog, you know that you are providing them with hours of high quality eating entertainment. Available throughout Spokane and Kootenai County at local pet supply stores or visit their website at www.himalayandogchew.com

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Barking, chewing, digging, whining... Bad dog? No! Just misunderstood.

Missing you more?

Behaviors to look for in determining if your dog suffers from separation anxiety. by Emily Olson

Separation anxiety in dogs is a condition where dogs, when left alone or when their owner is out of sight, exhibit distress and behavior problems. A dog with separation anxiety becomes worried and tries to leave with you. If you do manage to go outside and close the door you’ll be able to hear him whining and scratching at the door. In more severe cases, dogs with separation anxiety can also exhibit signs of boundary frustration, which is when your pet will do anything to find you. This is includes going through drywall, scratching endlessly at doors and/or causing damage to any room they are contained in.

Typical Behaviors

Since dogs are "pack" animals, they naturally want to remain with you, their pack. Often times the resulting effect of leaving a dog with separation anxiety is a destroyed home or in some extreme cases a self-injured dog. Separation anxiety doesn't always stem from neglect but rather can affect even those pets who receive the most love and attention. Since puppy behaviors are set by 4 or 5 months old, early socialization and imprinting are crutial.

Some behavior characteristics to look out for in a pet that may be suffering from separation anxiety are:

"Puppies need to be properly socialized and desensitized to being left alone. By doing so, you teach your puppy how to self-soothe and cope with your absence." says Dr. Amoreena Sijan, DVM.

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Often owners confuse their pet’s behavior with discipline problems rather than with a disorder so the first step is to correctly diagnose the issue. In order to get an accurate diagnosis you should contact your veterinarian. Your vet will be able to determine if there is a physical cause your dog's behavior or if your pet is experiencing anxiety. Once health concerns are ruled out, contact a reputable trainer familiar with addressing anxiety disorders.

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Destructive chewing Howling, barking, whining Urination, defecation in the house Self mutilation such as chewing on their paw Digging and scratching at doors or windows in an attempt to reunite with their owner • Self induced injuries such as bloody paws, missing toenails and other cuts from digging or jumping excessively


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Causes The definitive cause of separation anxiety is unknown. It’s about 50/50 as to whether the cause is environmental or genetic. Dogs with a weak nervous system often cannot handle the stress of being without their owner. Some environmental causes may include: • Being left alone early in life: Dogs need to be properly socialized and if neglected as puppies, can develop separation anxiety once a bond is formed with a new owner. • Lack of stimulation such as petting, praise or exercise can develop separation anxiety. • Dogs not properly desensitized to being left alone: Puppies that start out having constant contact with their owners should be desensitized properly to avoid developing separation anxiety. Examples of this are pet owners who work from home, are retired or people who have off-set schedules. • Poor Health: In some circumstances older dogs or dogs with health issues develop separation anxiety.

Encouraging Behaviors: As pet lovers there are certain things we do that can actually encourage this type of disorder: • Long “hellos” and “goodbyes” by making our exit or arrival into a major event. • Being too patterned in our schedules or daily activities. • Avoid leaving the home in order to keep them from having an anxiety attack (this is much more common that you'd think). • Not recognizing that your pet is suffering from this disorder and praising these behaviors. This is common with small breeds where their actions are considered “cute”. • Rewarding these types of behavior

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Treatment for Separation Anxiety in Dogs If your dog exhibits signs of separation anxiety, try: • Desensitizing them to your habits of leaving: Grab your keys and carry them around or walk out the door, remaining out of sight then enter a few minutes later. Repeat this several times a day for a week, each time it will affirm to your pet that you are returning. • Give your dog plenty of exercise, play, and fun. • Feed him/her before you leave. • Leave the radio on. • Give them a toy, such as a Kong, filled with peanut butter before leaving. • Try an anti-bark citronella collar. • Crate train your dog: To avoid frustration each time you come home and find a mess, crate train your pet. They are much safer inside a crate, especially for dogs that are harming themselves, and you won’t have to worry what will be destroyed upon arriving home. Dog separation anxiety can be difficult to completely cure and more often than not, it’s a matter of you learning how to manage your dog’s disorder. There are several pet products that are designed to help with separation anxiety, such as the Thundershirt. Natural medications such as calming flower essences, herbal supplements, calming massage oil, ginger snaps or calm biscuits. For extreme cases you may need a prescription medication from your veterinarian, such as Clomicalm.

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World Pet Markets written by Emily Olson

World pet markets are growing dramatically, with many countries experiencing higher than ever pet ownership and spending. While the U.S. and U.K. have long been the leaders of the world pet market, a number of other countries are emerging as global pet forces with which to be reckoned. Industry insiders attribute the growing world pet market to the global humanization of pets, whereby more and more cultures now regard companion animals as beloved family members. Here are some of the hot, up-and-coming world pet markets. China. According to industry reports, China’s pet industry has really taken off within the last five years (growing a whopping 28%). Not only is the trend attributable to the country’s ongoing economic development, affording the average citizen greater disposable income, the Chinese have joined the pet lovers of the world in regarding their critters as

beloved family members. This uptick is also attributable to China’s new pet legislation, whereby dog licensing fees were lowered from about $285 USD per year to $42 USD. China is also becoming a pet trade show force. Pet Fair Asia, a pet trade show held each year in Shangai, has grown exponentially since its 1997 debut, with approximately 500 vendors from 20 different countries now selling and promoting their pet wares. India. India is another booming world pet market, where mom and pop pet retail operations rule. Euromonitor reports India’s pet market is expected to grow 10-15% annually in the coming years and will eventually become a leading supplier of pet products. Russia. Russia’s pet market is also on the rise, witnessing dramatic growth in the realm of pet food specifically. Nestle announced in the summer of 2011 that it would be investing $48 million into its pet food factory in the town of Vorsino. Other Up-and-Coming World Pet Markets Among the countries exhibiting increased exponential pet industry growth is Japan, Brazil, Mexico and the entire continent of Latin America, which has witnessed a 44% increase in pet spending from 2006 and 2011. As the rest of the world catches on to the joys of pet companionship we can expect to see many innovations in the realm of pet toys, foods and medicinal advancement.

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pet picks Fly Thru Heart Bird Feeder Pet Vittles 919 N Argonne Rd, Spokane Valley

The Halti - Harness Duncan's Pet Shop 1302 N Government Way, CDA

Oxford Plaid Sweater Nature's Pet Market 12208 N Division St, B, Spokane

Love Your Breed Keychains & Covers Pampurred Pet Boutique 920 N Spokane St, Post Falls

Wee Wee - Four Paws Northwest Seed & Pet 2422 E Sprague, Spokane Valley

Pogo Plush Toys Yuppy Puppy 9423 N Newport HWY, Spokane

Dura Doggie Toys Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile 2917 E Palouse HWY, Spokane

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ROAMING WITH ROVER in Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe is an outdoor paradise for dogs and humans alike! Beautiful, pet friendly Lake Tahoe is located in the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains and is the largest alpine lake in the United States. Resplendent with 191 square miles of clear, cobalt blue water and 72 miles of pristine shoreline, the lake is split down the middle by the California and Nevada border. Lake Tahoe is the perfect year-round pet friendly vacation destination, averaging 300 days a year of warm, glorious sunshine and 396 inches of annual snowfall. Although most famous for its twelve world-class ski resorts, Lake Tahoe also boasts beautiful beaches, challenging golf courses, great fishing and boating, fantastic hiking trails, and the thrill of 24-hour casinos and big-name entertainment. Most visitors hit the slopes, but there are plenty of pet friendly activities, too. Your active pet will enjoy romping in the snow as you challenge yourself at cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on miles of pet friendly trails. For a more relaxing pastime, take an old-fashioned sleigh or carriage ride through peaceful wintry meadows.


Pet Friendly Stays: Tahoe Moon Properties North Lake Tahoe 866- 581- 2771

Hollys Place South Lake Tahoe, CA 800-745-7041

Stonehenge Vacation Properties South Lake Tahoe, CA 800-822-1460

Dog Friendly Tahoe Rentals North Lake Tahoe, CA 800-550-6740

Tahoma Meadows B&B Cottages Homewood, CA 866-525-1553

Waters of Tahoe Vacation Properties Tahoe Vista, CA 800-215-8904

3 Peaks Resort and Beach Club South Lake Tahoe Hotel South Lake Tahoe, CA 800-957-5088

Tahoe RNR Tahoe Vista, CA 415-289-0791

Tahoe Keys Resort South Lake Tahoe, CA 800-698-2463

Big Pines Mountain House South Lake Tahoe, CA 800-288-4083

Enchanted Vacation Properties North Lake Tahoe, CA 530-546-2066

Tahoe Time Vacation Rentals North and West Lake Tahoe 888-583-5520

Pet Friendly Beaches: Kiva Beach This long, sandy beach has restrooms and picnic tables. From South Lake Tahoe Y, drive north on Highway 89 for 2.5 miles to Kiva Beach. Dogs must be leashed. Tallac Historic Site Leashed dogs are allowed on the grounds and at the beach of the Tallac Historic Site. While you are there, check out the three historic estates: Pope, Valhalla, and Baldwin. From South Lake Tahoe Y, drive north on Hwy 50 for 3 miles and turn right at the sign for the Tallac Historic Site. Dogs must be leashed. Echo Lakes This is a great spot for you and your dog to picnic and swim. There is a water taxi that can take both of you across the lake. From the South Lake Tahoe Y, drive south on Highway 50 for 9.6 miles and turn right on Echo Lake Road. Park in the upper lot at The Echo Lakes Resort. The water taxi leaves fro the Resort and runs between Memorial Day to Labor Day, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. $6 per person, $3 per dog. 530-659-7207 Dogs must be leashed.

RV & Campgrounds: D. L. Bliss State Park H 89 - 17 mi south of Tahoe City South Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay State Park H 89 - 22mi south of Tahoe City South Lake Tahoe Tahoma

Encore Tahoe Valley RV Resort 1175 Melba Drive South Lake Tahoe

General Creek Campground West Shore Lake Tahoe Tahoma

Fallen Leaf Campground Fallen Leaf Lake Road South Lake Tahoe

Taylor Creek Fallen Leaf Lake releases water periodically into Taylor Creek. Along with kokanee salmon, the creek is filled with rainbow and brown trout. From South Lake Tahoe Y, drive north on Hwy 89 for 3.2 miles to the Taylor Creek Visitors Center. Park and walk towards the creek. The Visitors Center includes a fascinating underwater observatory. Dogs must be leashed. No dogs anywhere near the Eagle Habitat.

Lakeside Campground Off H 89 Truckee

Lake Tahoe-South Shore KOA 760 North Highway 50 South Lake Tahoe

Logger Campground, Truckee District 9646 Donner Pass Road Truckee

Meeks Bay Campground CA H 89 10 miles south of Tahoe City

Zephyr Cove RV and Campground 760 H 50 Zephyr Cove

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Lake Tahoe offers all season fun for the whole family. Hikes: Echo Lakes Trail [ 12 Miles Roundtrip - Moderate ] This is one of the most spectacular hikes in the area! Bring your camera and enjoy the scenery. Over summer, you and your dog can take the water taxi that crosses Echo Lake, and shorten your hike by 5 miles. A wilderness permit is required for this hike. >From South Lake Tahoe Y, drive south on Highway 50 for 9.6 miles and turn right on Echo Lakes Road. Continue to an intersection and turn left. Park in the upper lot at the Echo Lakes Resort. The water taxi leaves from the boat dock at the Echo Lake Resort. For more information on the water taxi, call 530-659-7207. Grass Lake Meadow [ Beginner to Intermediate ] This is a great spot for beginners. There are about 3 miles of flat, open meadow for you and your dogs. From South Lake Tahoe Y, drive south for 4.5 miles on Highway 50 to the stop light. Turn left on Hwy 89 and drive to Luther Pass and park on the side of the road. Susie Lake Trail [ 8 Miles Roundtrip - Moderate ] This scenic trail in desolation Wilderness passes by creeks and waterfalls. Continue another mile past Susie Lake to reach Heather Lake, and another 2 miles to reach Lake Aloha. A wilderness permit is required for this hike. From the South Lake Tahoe Y drive north 3 miles on Highway 89 and turn left on Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Pass the Fallen Leaf Lodge and continue down the Forest Service Road. Follow the signs toward Lily Lake to the Glen Alpine Trailhead. Park and begin hiking on the gravel road, following the signs to Susie Lake. Mount Tallac [ 10 Miles Roundtrip - Strenuous ] You will climb 5 miles and gain over 3,000 feet of elevation to arrive at the top of Mount Tallac, where you will have truly unbelievable views of all of Lake tahoe. You will pass 2 lakes, which are a great spot for a picnic lunch. Bring a jacket, it can get cold at the top. A wilderness permit is required for this hike. From South Lake Tahoe Y, drive north on Highway 89 for 3.5 miles. Turn left on the dirt road at the Mount Tallac Trailhead sign across from Baldwin Beach. Ralston Peak Trail [ 8 Miles Roundtrip - Moderate ] This scenic hike into Desolation Wilderness gives you beautiful views of Horsetail Falls, one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in Lake Tahoe. A wilderness permit is required for this hike. From the South Lake Tahoe Y, drive 13.5 miles south on Highway 50 and turn right at Camp Sacramento. Drive down this dirt road and park at the church. The Ralston Peak trailhead is on the left side of the road.

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The Hawley Grade Trail [ 3.5 Miles Roundtrip - Easy ] This historic hike is on the first wagon road built in the area in the late 1850's. The trail follows the Upper Truckee River. From South Lake Tahoe Y, drive south on Highway 50 for 5.3 miles and turn left on South Upper Truckee Road, Drive 3.5 miles and turn at the Hawley Grade sign. Continue to the end of the road and park past the houses. Fallen Leaf Lake Trail [ 3.5 Miles Roundtrip - Easy ] This beautiful lake is a great spot for picnicking, swimming and biking. From the South Lake Tahoe Y, drive north on Highway 89 and turn left on Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Follow the road past the campground to the Fallen Leaf Lake Trailhead.

Ski with your dog: Grass Lake Meadow [ Beginner to intermediate level skiers ] This is a great spot for beginners. There are about 3 miles of flat, open meadow for you and your dogs. From South Lake Tahoe Y, drive south for 4.5 miles on Hwy 50 to the stop light. Turn left on Hwy 89 and drive to Luther Pass and park on the side of the road Angora Road [ Intermediate level skiers ] This trail is 8 miles roundtrip. You will ski through woods and past several small lakes. Be cautious of snowmobilers. From the South Lake Tahoe Y, drive south for 2.5 miles on Highway 50 turn right on Tahoe Mountain Road. Turn right on Glenmore Way and left on Dundee Circle. Turn left and follow to the end of the road where the trail begins down a fire road on your left. Taylor Creek Sno-Park [ No Snowmobiles, All level skiers ] No Dogs Anywhere Near the Eagle Habitat. There are trails for all level of cross country skier in this sno-park. From the South Lake Tahoe Y, drive north on Highway 89 for 3.5 miles to the sno-park. A sno-park permit is required to park here. Fountain Place [ More advanced skier ] There are six miles of trails (one way) for the more advanced cross country skier. Be cautious of snowmobilers. From South Lake Tahoe Y, drive south on Highway 50 for 4 miles and turn left on Pioneer Road. Turn right on Oneidas Street and drive to the end, where it becomes a Forest Service Road. Continue on this road until the pavement ends, approximately 4 miles. The trail starts at the end of the road.


Lake Tahoe Services: Veterinarians:

Pet Sitting/Daycare:

Alpine Animal Hospital 921 Emerald Bay Rd South Lake Tahoe , CA 96150 (530) 541-4040 www.alpineanimalhospital.net

South Shore

Agate Bay Animal Hospital 8428 Trout Ave. Kings Beach, CA 96143 (530)546-7522 www.tahoedog.net

Tahoe Best Friends 2197 Ruth Avenue South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (530) 542-2336 www.tahoebestfriends.com

Avalanche Natural Health for Pets and Kennel 964 Rubicon Trail South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (530) 541-3551

Tahoe Tails and Trails 290 Kingsbury Grade Stateline, NV 89449 (775) 580-7121 www.tahoetailsandtrails.com

North Lake Veterinary Clinic 2933 Lake Forest Rd Tahoe City, CA 96145 (530) 583-8587

North Shore

Sierra Veterinary Hospital 3095 US Highway 50 South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (530) 542-1952

All Tuckered Out Pet Sitting South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (530) 318-8749

Dog Gone Crazy Camp 580 Gun Club Rd (National Avenue), Tahoe Vista, CA (530) 546-2484 www.doggonecrazy.biz

Dog Park:

KYPSAH Pet Services Truckee, California (530) 867-5727 www.kypsah.com

Bijou Dog Park 1201 Al Tahoe Blvd S Lake Tahoe

North Lake Pet-sitters Tahoe City (530) 320-5662

Outdoor Restaurants:

Lucky Dog Pet-sitters (530) 412-0683

Getaway Cafe Breakfast, burgers and sandwiches. 3140 Hwy 50 Downtown Meyers 530-577-5132 Colombo's Burgers A-Go-Go Burgers, fish & chips, chicken strips. 841 Emerald Bay Rd. South Lake Tahoe 530-541-4646 Grass Roots Natural Foods Natural foods. 2040 Dunlap Drive South Lake Tahoe 530-541-7788 Izzy's Burger Spa Great burgers fries and shakes. 2591 Hwy 50 South Lake Tahoe 530-541-4646

Peace of Mind Pet Sitting (530) 525-7769 Truckee Tails Doggy Day Care Lake Tahoe, California (530) 582-6964 www.truckeetails.com

Stores: Scraps Dog Bakery 8675 N Lake Blvd/H 28 Kings Beach Scraps Dog Bakery 10344 Donner Pass Road Truckee, CA

Events: July 2012 - The Bark Festival The Village at Squaw Valley Olympic Valley. 530-583-WAGS

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Pet Insurance 101 compiled by Emily Olson

Pet insurance has been around for nearly half a century in one form or another. Interestingly enough, many pet owners believe pet insurance is a variation of human health insurance; however, pet insurance is actually a form of property insurance. As such, pet insurance reimburses the owner after the pet has received care and the owner submits a claim to the insurance company.


Pet insurance actually began in the mid 1800’s with a horse breeder and was introduced to the United States via America’s favorite Border Collie, Lassie. Since the 1980’s, the pet insurance world has made very drastic changes and advancements. In recent years, the state of veterinary science, as well as the economics of running a veterinary practice have been transformed. Vets today can offer treatments that were unheard of just a few years ago. Treatments once reserved for humans, from radiation therapy to kidney transplants, are now available for pets. Vets also have access to increasingly sophisticated and costly diagnostic tools, such as MRIs which often detect problems that once would have gone unnoticed and untreated. How policies work... Policies in the United States and Canada either pay off a benefit schedule or pay a percentage of the vet costs (up to 90%), after reaching a deductible, depending on the company and the specific policy. The owner usually pays the amount due to the veterinarian and then sends in the claim form and receives reimbursement, which some companies and policies limit according to their own schedules of necessary and usual charges. For very high bills, some veterinarians allow the owner to put off payment until the insurance claim is processed. Some insurers pay veterinarians directly on behalf of customers. Most American and Canadian policies require the pet owner to submit a request for fees incurred.

year, a condition that has been claimed for will be excluded. If that condition needs further treatment the pet owner will have to pay for that himself. The second category covers a pet for ongoing conditions throughout the pet’s lifetime so that, if a condition is claimed for in the first year, it will not be excluded in subsequent years. However, lifetime policies also have limits: some have limits “per condition”, others have limits “per condition, per year”, and others have limits “per year”, all of which have different implications for a pet owner whose pet needs treatment year after year, so it is wise to be clear which type of lifetime policy you are considering. In addition, companies often limit coverage for preexisting conditions in order to eliminate fraudulent consumers, thus giving owners an incentive to insure even very young animals, who are not expected to incur high veterinary costs while they are still healthy. There is usually a short period after a pet insurance policy is bought when the holder will be unable to claim for sickness, often no more than 14 days from inception. This is to cover illnesses contracted before the pet was covered but whose symptoms appeared only after coverage has begun.

"According to the American Pet Products Association, of the more than 45 billion spent on pets in 2009, $12.2 billion was attributed to veterinary care."

In the past, most pet insurance plans did not pay for preventative care (such as vaccinations) or elective procedures (such as neutering). Recently, however, companies are offering routine-care coverage, sometimes called comprehensive coverage. Dental care, prescription drugs and alternative treatments, such as physiotherapy and acupuncture, are also covered by some providers. There are two categories of insurance policies for pets: non-lifetime and lifetime. The first covers buyers for most conditions suffered by their pet during the course of a policy year but, on renewal in a following

Some insurers offer options not directly related to pet health, including covering boarding costs for animals whose owners are hospitalized, or costs (such as rewards or posters) associated with retrieving lost animals. Some policies also include travel cancellation coverage if owners must remain with pets who need urgent treatment or are dying.

The current overall average for annual deductibles is around $100.00. The policy costs vary widely, depending on the animal and the different packages that the owner can choose. Some packages are comprehensive, including such things as: annual checkups and vaccinations, routine care, preventive medications (like Heartworm preventive) and spay/ neuter surgeries. Other plans cover only accident and illness. Most plans offer immediate coverage for accident claims, and 30 days for illness claims on new policies. Additional pets are usually covered at a reduced rate after the first policy-holding pet. www.northwestpetmagazine.com 17


A look at the most expensive common pet medical conditions:

Dogs

Cats

Condition

Fee

Condition

Fee

1. Intervertebral disk disease

$2,844

1. Foreign body ingestion (small intestine)

$1,629

2. Lung cancer

$2,032

2. Urinary tract reconstruction

3. Gastric torsion (bloat)

$1,955

3. Foreign body ingestion (stomach)

$1,391

4. Foreign body ingestion

$1,629

4. Rectal cancer

$1,011

5. Cruciate rupture

$1,517

5. Bladder stones

$989

6. Foreign body ingestion (stomach)

$1,398

6. Intestinal cancer

$942

7. Cataract (senior)

$1,244

7. Hyperthyroidism (radiation)

$920

8. Bone cancer

$1,059

8. Fibrosarcoma (skin cancer)

$780

9. Pin in broken limb

$1,000

9. Acute renal failure

$565

10. Brain cancer

$916

10. Mast cell tumors

$497

$1,399

Shopping for health insurance, whether for humans or pets, is confusing. So many options. So many exclusions. We can't predict the future -- what plan will best suit our needs and grow with us? Asking questions is the first step to ruling out plans that won't work and finding plans that will. Assistance with finding a health plan that offers the best coverage and fits within the budget is the goal of this article. The following tips and information have been provided by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI). Objective questions such as these are what consumers should be asking when shopping for any insurance policy. Your veterinarian may also be able to offer information or recommendations specific to your pet's health care needs.

1) Company Stability 2) Certified and Trained Professionals 3) Veterinary Recognition 4) No Provider Networks 5) Immediate Coverage on Effective Date 6) Wellness Coverage 7) Broad Coverage for Illnesses 8) Continued Coverage for Chronic Conditions 9) Coverage Away from Home 10) Full Transparency Regarding Reimbursements 11) Transparency in Coverage 12) Physical Exams 13) Preauthorization for Treatment 14) Claims Submission 15) Premium Increases

If you don't have sufficient savings to cover treatments, you might consider pet insurance. But do your homework before you buy: • Shop around. Policies and premiums can vary widely. Take note of not just the monthly or annual cost but the differences in deductibles, co-pays and caps, which may limit payouts by incident, year or the animal's lifetime. Ask whether the insurer offers discounts for insuring multiple pets or whether your employer offers pet insurance as a voluntary benefit. • Check with your state. Like human health insurers, pet insurers should be registered with your state regulators. • Scrutinize policies and understand their exclusions. The conditions most likely to afflict your pet are often the ones most likely to be excluded from a policy. • Beef up your savings. A Consumer Reports analysis found that pet owners with insurance may actually spend more over time on their animals than those without.

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www.petsbest.com Enrollment: 8wks-no limit Benefit Limit: Lifetime limit of $99,750 Deductible: $75 per incident Discounts: Multiple Pet Cover Pre-Existing Conditions? No Cover Cancer? yes Cover Sterilization? Yes, with wellness plan addition Monthly Cost: (approx.) $32.00

www.petcareinsurance.com Enrollment: 8wks-8yrs Benefit Limit: No Annual Deductible: $50 per incident Discounts: Multi-Pet, Medical Service Cover Pre-Existing Conditions? No Cover Cancer? Yes Cover Sterilization? No Monthly Cost: (approx.) $29.95

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www.sheltercare.com Enrollment: 8wks-8yrs Benefit Limit: No Annual Deductible: No Discounts: Multi-pet, Medical Service, Micro-chip Cover Pre-Existing Conditions? No Cover Cancer? Yes Cover Sterilization? No Monthly Cost: (approx.) $29.95

Trupanion www.trupanionpetinsurance.com Enrollment: 8wks-14 years Benefit Limit: No annual or lifetime limits Deductible: $0 to $1000 Discounts: No Cover Pre-Existing Conditions? No Cover Cancer? Yes Cover Sterilization? No Monthly Cost: (approx.) $31.50

www.embracepetinsurance.com Enrollment: 8 wks - 8 yrs (dogs), 8 wks - 10 yrs (cats) Benefit Limit: $2,000, $5,000 or $10,000 per year Deductible: $100, $200 or $500 per year Discounts: Multi-Pet, Service Dog, Microchip, Employee Benefit, Veterinary Worker Cover Pre-Existing Conditions? Only if completely cured Cover Cancer? yes Cover Sterilization? no Monthly Cost: (approx.) $25.00 *this company also covers genetic conditions

Veterinary Pet Insurance www.petinsurance.com Enrollment: up to 10yrs (applies to new enrollments only) Benefit Limit: $14,000/year Deductible: $50 per incident, then covers 90% Discounts: Muiti-Pet, Employee Benefit Cover Pre-Existing Conditions? yes if considered cured Cover Cancer? Yes Cover Sterilization? yes Monthly Cost: (approx.) $20.00

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THE GUINEA PIG ORIGIN: They originated in the Andes in South America.

SIZE: Fully mature adult's are 9-10.5 inches.

LIFE SPAN: Life span is 4 - 8 years

NUTRITION: Commercial guinea pig pellets should make up the bulk of your pet’s diet. The ASPCA recommends offering small amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables to your guinea pigs every day. Try grapes, cucumbers, corn, peas, carrots and pears. You’ll also need to make grass hay available to your pets at all times. It’s great for the digestive system, and will also satisfy your pet’s need to gnaw. Unlike other animals, guinea pigs cannot manufacture Vitamin C, so you’ll need to ensure that your pets get enough of this essential nutrient every day. A quarter of an orange will do, but you can also include some fruits and veggies that are high in C to their daily ration of fresh foods, such as kale, dandelion greens and strawberries. Fresh, clean water should be available at all times. Use an inverted bottle with a drinking tube, and change the water daily. HOUSING: As a rule of thumb, you’ll need to provide a minimum of four square feet of cage space per guinea pig—but please try to get as large a cage as possible. You’ll need a solid-bottom cage—no wire floors, please, as they can irritate your pets’ feet. Plastic-bottom “tub cages” with wire tops also make great guinea pig homes. Never use a glass aquarium, due to the poor ventilation that it provides. Always keep the cage indoors away from drafts and extreme temperatures, as guinea pigs are very susceptible to heatstroke. They’ll prefer an environment kept at 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. TEMPERAMENT: Their social nature, temperament and low maintenance make them excellent pets. Guinea pigs are the gentlest of the pocket pets.

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Tick Talk Once—and only once—I took my yellow Lab, Jack, on a springtime walk in Turnbull Wildlife Refuge. Part of the trail was little-used, muddy, with new grass, wet and thick. When we got to dry land, I noticed that the mud covering Jack’s legs was sliding not only down, but up and sideways. Taking a closer look, I saw masses of ticks, thousands of nymphs and adults, swarming over each leg. At first I used a stick to scrape them off, but made little progress, since they just didn’t want to let go of Jack. My fingers were more effective, so I started scooping and flinging globs of creatures, all jockeying for just the right place on my hands to begin feeding on my blood. Their ability to adhere to my skin was both disturbing and fascinating; it was like trying to shake off globs of tar, except tar doesn’t crawl up your arms. If you have a warm-blooded pet in the Inland Northwest and they spend any time in fields or forest, you need to be aware of what ticks are and what to do if you find one. It’s very unlikely you’ll have an experience like Jack’s, but you’re very likely to find a tick or two.

written by Don Cutler

They need moderate heat and humidity to grow, which is why, in our area, we typically see them appear in spring. By August, when hot, dry weather takes over, they become less active and stop seeking hosts. The wellfed nymphs will drop to the ground, where they’ll lay dormant until the following spring, when they’ll seek another host to nourish their growth into adulthood.

Adult Wood Tick

While attached to a host they can feed for hours, even days, depending on the kind of tick and its appetite. Even larvae can attach, which creates a challenge for the pet owner since they’re about the size of a pencil point. The bright side is that they don’t eat much, which means they can make inexpensive pets. (When our daughter was seven she had one imbedded behind her ear, which, of course, we plucked. She made a little terrarium in a glass jar, named it Tony, and took it to school for show-and-tell. Tony lived only a few days, which means he made it longer than our goldfish.)

What are ticks? At Turnbull, Jack had wandered through an immense tick nursery, the birthplace of countless parasitic arthropods, cousins to spiders and scorpions, the nemesis of mice, deer, cats, dogs, and of course, humans. Ticks start as eggs, become larvae, then nymphs, and adults. They seek warmth and motion, like dogs nosing around grassy fields and forests. They easily slide off blades of grass onto dog fur, make their way to the skin, and immediately imbed and begin removing blood. They won’t let go of their host until one of three things happen: They get full, ingest poison from tick treatment, or are removed by you, your vet, or an empathetic monkey.

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In the wild, ticks live from a few months up to three years, spending their time just waiting for a deer, dog, or rabbit to brush past. Females can lay a thousand or more eggs at a time (free range!). Freshly laid tick eggs, look like tiny masses of earthy-orange caviar. If you find one like this, it would likely have fallen off your pet, and you’ll find it on the floor or sidewalk. Before they reach that size, they’re more difficult to see. If you find a bloated one, just drop it in alcohol.


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Here’s a close-up of a tick’s head taken with a scanning electron microscope. The jagged teeth, called chelicerae, line the protruding rostrum. They’re what grips and punctures you or your dog.

Do we need to worry about ticks? Don’t worry, but be aware, advises Cindy McCormack, Licensed Veterinary Technician at SouthCare Animal Medical Center in Spokane. “We have only one kind of tick in the Inland Empire, Rocky Mountain wood ticks,” she says. Wood ticks can transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tularemia (a bacterial infection), and they can secrete a neurotoxin that causes tick paralysis. Indeed, I’ve had firsthand experience with tick paralysis. Several years ago we had a Golden retriever who, one morning, couldn’t walk. She’d struggle to get her front legs under her, but her hind-end was paralyzed. We took her to the vet, who carefully checked her over, and picked off a tick. Within a few hours she was normal. She’d fallen victim to tick paralysis, and if we hadn’t acted quickly, she very likely would have died. Pulling off the tick interrupted the injection of neurotoxin, and her body quickly broke down the remaining amounts. Lyme disease isn’t common in Washington State, and the ticks that transmit it live only in Western Washington. Be aware that if a dog or cat visits from outside our area there’s always the possibility that they may be carrying an out-of-town tick. Of course, if you visit western Washington or Oregon, your pet might be exposed to one of their ticks, so if you find a tick during or after a visit, and your pet becomes ill, be sure to call your veterinarian. Ticks can transmit other diseases that are extremely rare or non-existent in Eastern Washington. If you think your pet may have been bitten by a tick and they exhibit any of the following symptoms, call your vet.

Symptoms of tick-related infection may include: Skin irritation, redness, or swelling Difficulty standing or walking Swelling in joints or lymph nodes Vomiting or lack of appetite Fever Lethargy or depressed demeanor What to do if you find a tick: At our home in the country, we became proficient at finding the little devils. Our touch became skillful and elegant, our fingertips sliding through silky fur until they hit those familiar little speed bumps. Then, we’d grip and pluck. The dogs loved the attention. Remember, though; looking for ticks on your dog or cat isn’t just pleasant bonding time; you have to be vigilant. Pay particular attention to your pet’s “armpits,” toes, ears, creases, and “private parts.” Also, don’t forget to check under the collar and the underside of the muzzle—we found that to be a particularly fruitful picking patch.

Here’s the proper way to remove ticks: Put on latex gloves and use tweezers to grip the head, and then gently pull out the little critter. If a piece of the head is left in your dog, it’ll most likely dry out and fall off, though a little bump of scar tissue might remain. Wash the area with antibacterial soap, and watch it closely for the next week or so. If redness or swelling persists, call your vet. Keep the tick for a week (in a jar of alcohol) just in case your dog shows symptoms of illness. SouthCare’s McCormack encourages pet owners to call their vet if they’re at all unsure about what to do about a tick bite. “Some clinics will remove ticks without charge,” she says. Your vet will advise you as to the possible use of antibiotics and other medications.

Preventative steps: Using a tick treatment helps prevent tick problems. Products containing fipronil, such as Frontline and FiproGuard have shown to be effective in killing ticks, but are highly toxic to fish and some birds, so must be used with caution. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies fipronil as a “possible human carcinogen” although thus far research has failed to establish a direct relationship between fipronil and tumors in humans. Ticks need to be taken seriously, but remember: The instances of tickrelated diseases are very few in relation to the number of animals who are bitten. Don’t panic—ticks move slowly, and after your heart rate returns to normal, you’ll have plenty to time to find gloves and tweezers.

A final caution: If you find a live tick in your house or on a pet, be aware that they are deceptively difficult to kill. Don’t just throw it in the garbage or drop it down the sink drain—I promise, you’ll see it again. They must be crushed and/or flushed down the toilet. Rubbing alcohol in a jar not only does the job, but provides a visual aid for summertime entertainment.

What was Mother Nature thinking? Ticks play a role in the ecosystem. They provide sustenance for birds, spiders, and wasps, while at the same time keeping larger animal populations in check. Like many parasites and predators, the diseases they carry are most likely to kill the weakest members of a group. Wildlife biologists study tick populations as indicators of overall ecosystem health. If tick populations decline, it may mean something is out of balance in the ecosystem, such as a decline in the deer population. (Which raises a question: Wouldn’t it be easier to just count the deer?) At our place in the country we proved that there is, indeed, a correlation between the deer and tick populations. We ended up fencing our land, forcing most of the local deer to nest elsewhere. We figured the fence and our Scottish Deerhound, Maggie, would keep away the deer, and thus, the ticks. The fence worked; the tick population has plummeted. However, it turns out that we have the world’s only Scottish Deerhound that is not only afraid of deer, but won’t go outside in the dark. Also, Maggie doesn’t like to go into the fields and get dirty, which means she wouldn’t get ticks even if they were there. She’s a great dog.

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B P THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER Yorkshire Terriers, affectionately known as "Yorkies," offer big personalities in a small package. Though members of the Toy Group, they are terriers by nature and are brave, determined, investigative and energetic. They have long, luxurious blue and tan coats Origin: Named for the English city from which they originally hail, Yorkshire Terriers were used in the nineteenth century to catch rats in clothing mills. Surprisingly enough, in its beginnings, the Yorkie belonged to the working class, especially the weavers; in fact, facetious comments were often made about how the dogs' fine, silky coats were the ultimate product of the looms. Eventually, the breed left the workforce and became a companion animal to families of European high society. Temperament: This little dog is highly energetic, brave, loyal and clever. With owners who take the time to understand how to treat a small dog, the Yorkie is a wonderful companion! Affectionate with their master, but if humans are not this dog's pack leader, they can become suspicious of strangers and aggressive to strange dogs and small animals. They can also become yappy, as the dog does their best to tell you what THEY want YOU to do. They have a true terrier heritage and need someone who understands how to be their leader. Yorkies who become demanding and dependant appearing to need a lot of human attention and/or developing jealous behaviors, snapping if surprised, frightened or over-teased, have owners who need to rethink how they are treating the dog. Owners who do not instinctually meet the dogs needs can also find them to become over-protective, and become neurotic. Yorkies are easy to train, although they can sometimes be stubborn if owners do not give the dog proper boundaries. Health Problems: Some Yorkies are prone to slipped stifle, bronchitis, eye infections, and early tooth decay, poor tolerance of anaesthetic, and delicate digestion. Exotic treats should be avoided. They sometimes suffer paralysis in the hindquarters caused by herniated disks and other problems of the spine. Falls or knocks can cause fractures of fragile bones. Dams often have trouble delivering puppies and sometimes need to have a cesarean. Be sure to feed Yorkies some type of dry food or bone to chew on to help keep their teeth clean and strong. They should get their teeth cleaned at the vet to keep them from falling out and creating infection.

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QUICK STATS Life Span: 12-15 years Group: Toy Availability: Common Color: steal blue and tan Coat: Long Tail: Typically docked, to medium length. Height (Male and Female): 6-7 inches Weight (Male and Female): 7 pounds

Grooming: Regular grooming is needed. A clipped coat needs daily to weekly combing and brushing. Topknot is usually tied back with ribbon. Full show coats need hours of grooming and pet owners usually choose to clip them short giving them a shaggy look. They should have their teeth cleaned regularly. This breed sheds little to no hair. Exercise: These are active little dogs, who need a daily walk. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, it will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs who do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. If your Yorkie zooms around the house like a speeding bullet, it is a sign that he needs to go on more/longer walks where he is made to heel beside or behind the human. Remember, in a dogs mind, the leader leads the way. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off lead, such as a large fenced in yard. Living Conditions: The Yorkie is a good dog for apartment life. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. The Yorkie is sensitive to the cold and prefers warm climates.

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sweet treats... Considering the St. Patrick's Day traditions surrounding shamrocks and four leaf clovers, it is surprising that the clover is often looked upon as a weed. Red Clover and White clover are particularly healthful and can offer our beloved pets some much deserved nutritional boosts.

Clover

It is said to be a good source of calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine and vitamin C. The leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots of clovers are all edible. The roots should be eaten cooked. The flowers and seeds are the parts of the clover that are of greatest interest to most foragers. The flowers are used raw in salads as well as sauteed, stir-fried, or fried as fritters. They are also popular for making teas and wines. The flowers and seeds can be dried and ground into a flour.

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