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IN THIS ISSUE Paws & Tails in the News ……………………………………......….….....6 Ease the Itching! Cease the Licking!……..…..….……….…………..….....8
Environmental Allergies in Pets BlogPaws 2017 Conference Highlights …..……..….……….........10 Ins”purr”ations Corner .………………...………………………..….………..........12
Kindness. Respect. Accomplishment. Kassi’s Korner.............…....……….....…...…....…..…….....16
Is Your Pet Suffering from Environmental Allergies? Page 8
Have a Pest-Free and Safe Summer! Pawsome Product Picks ………..………………..……….……….…..…....……....22 Take Me Home! .....…........….……………..…………………..….........…...….....24
South Carolina Pets for Adoption Business Directory……………...……………………….…....………..…...…26
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Canine Influenza Cases confirmed in South Carolina
A multi-state outbreak of the highly contagious H3N2 canine influenza virus has now been confirmed in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, and Illinois. What is Canine Influenza Virus? Canine influenza virus is a very contagious influenza virus that infects dogs. This virus recently emerged in the US in 2015. It has already infected thousands of dogs in more than 30 states. The virus has also infected cats in shelters, but this may not be a common occurrence. There is no evidence that this virus can infect people. What does the virus cause? It causes a respiratory infection in dogs that looks like “kennel cough”. Common symptoms include sneezing, nasal discharge, and frequent coughing that can last for 2 weeks or more. Many dogs have a fever, decreased appetite, and lethargy during the first few days of 6
illness. Some dogs develop more serious disease and pneumonia that requires hospital care. The virus can cause respiratory infections in cats too. The cats have typical respiratory symptoms of sneezing and nasal discharge but usually do not cough. How do dogs get Canine Influenza? It is spread by direct contact with a sick dog and by contact with an environment or people that are contaminated with the virus. Coughing dogs Produce invisible virus-containing mists that travel more than 20 feet in the air, facilitating rapid spread of virus over distances. This type of virus transmission contributes to a rapid increase in coughing Dogs in a kennel situation. The virus can survive in the environment (kennel surfaces, food/water bowls, collars/ leashes, toys, beds) or on people’s clothing and hands for 12 to 24 hours before it dies. It is easily killed by handwashing with soap and water, normal laundering of clothing and bedding, and washing food/ water bowls and toys with soap and water. Summer 2017
What can I do to protect my dog against Canine Influenza? You should also remain aware of any i n f o r ma t i o n a b o u t c o n f i r m e d documentation of the virus in your community or communities where you take your dog. If this virus is present in The community, then be careful about exposing your dog to events or facilities with other dogs. Knowledge and common sense are your best defenses against canine influenza. The most important step is to vaccinate your dog against the canine influenza viruses. Just like human flu vaccines, the canine flu vaccine may not completely prevent infection but will make it less likely. Additionally, if a vaccinated dog does get infected, the disease is likely to be more mild and of shorter duration. The vaccine can also protect against pneumonia. Talk to your veterinarian about vaccination against this virus and other canine influenza viruses. Southern Paws & Tails
Paws & Tails in the News Infrequent Microchip Scanning is Killing Cats Alley Cat Allies Launches “Plan to Scan” Campaign to Save Cats’ Lives A new Alley Cat Allies campaign is raising awareness that too many companion cats and feral, or community cats are still not being scanned for microchips, resulting in many of them being killed without any benefit from the life-saving information available from microchips. “More cats are being microchipped, but the information from the microchips can only help return them to their homes if they’re scanned before shelters impound cats,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Since 70 percent of all cats who enter animal control pounds and shelters are killed, it’s truly a matter of life and death to remind veterinary staff and animal control officers to scan for microchips more often.” Microchips are a permanent ID tag—a single microchip can last a cat’s entire life. Implantation is quick, simple, inexpensive, essentia lly painless, and virtually stress-free for animals. Each microchip has a unique number to access contact information about the cat’s caregiver or owner from an online database. Alley Cat Allies, which is the nation’s leading advocate for cats, launched the “Plan to Scan” campaign to encourage people to get cats microchipped, register the microchip, plan to scan for microchips and look up the information available from each microchip. Microchips help reunite community cats with their caregivers and outdoor families. They also help companion cats to come home. Companion cats who have microchips are over 20 times more likely than those without them to be reunited with their owners. Benefits of Scanning While saving the lives of cats is the most important benefit, scanning has other positive outcomes, as well. By scanning and identifying a cat, her time in a shelter is decreased, which lowers www.southernpawsandtails.com
the cat’s stress, saves money for the shelter and makes room for other animals in need. Cats who are scanned in the field may not even need to be impounded in the first place, allowing animal control officers to focus on other priorities. Microchip Recommendations Alley Cat Allies of f er s thes e recommendations to get the best use from microchips: Veterinarians should encourage clients to ha ve animals micr ochipp ed. Microchipping should be included in TrapNeuter-Return initiatives, if possible. Where resources allow, low-cost microchipping clinics can also be organized to reach more cats. Cat owners and caregivers should make sure to register microchips, including their contact information, and to update that contact information in the registry if it changes. Some registries charge a fee, while others are free. Animal control officers, shelter employees and volunteers and veterinary staff should plan to scan cats for microchips when they come into shelters or clinics or are found outdoors. To serve as a Summer 2017
reminder, Alley Cat Allies has developed a downloadable guide for how to scan companion and community cats for microchips.veterinary staff should plan to scan cats for microchips when they come into shelters or clinics or are found outdoors. To serve as a reminder, Alley Cat Allies has developed a downloadable guide for how to scan companion and community cats for microchips. When a microchip is found, Alley Cat Allies recommends finding the registry the microchip is registered to by visiting the Amer ican Anima l Hospita l Association’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup (www.petmicrochiplookup. org/). The microchip code can then be entered to find contact information for the caregiver or owner, or the registry can be called directly. Visit AlleyCat.org/PlanToScan for more information, including a guide on how to scan for a microchip and a fact sheet explaining how microchipping saves lives.
Ease the itching! itching! Cease the licking! licking!
What You Need to Know About Environmental Allergies in Pets Pets By Emily Hoppmann, DVM Elgin Veterinary Hospital An allergy to substances in the environment is also called Atopic Dermatitis or Atopy and the substances that can cause this allergic reaction are called allergens or antigens. Environmental allergies, or atopic dermatitis, is a common problem in dogs and cats and is prevalent in the Southeast United States. It is more frequently seen in dogs than cats and the treatment plans for each species are often much different. However, the underlying disease process is the same in all species (even humans). There is likely a genetic basis (something that is inherited from a petâ€™s parents) since it occurs more commonly in certain breeds and lines (such as Labrador Retrievers, Spaniels, Terriers, etc.). Allergens that are well recognized triggers for atopic dermatitis include: pollens, 8
molds, dander (shed skin cells), house dust, tobacco smoke, and a variety of other substances. Our pets are typically allergic to the same things that we are and they will often have flareups at the same time our allergies are bothering us. But what each pet is allergic to is very individual, and often can change depending on the location of the pet, and his age, in which it tends to worsen.
the elbows, all without any visible reason (no visible fleas, no plant material caught in the haircoat, etc.). The two biggest symptoms are licking at the paws and chronic ear issues/ infections. This problem is often seasonal because the substances in the environment change with the seasons (the worst times for most pets are April through October).
What are the symptoms?
As time goes on, the allergy worsens and more areas of the animalâ€™s body become involved because it is exposed to the substances more often, which causes the body to react faster and faster. Itching that first occurred only seasonally, may become present all year round as the petâ€™s body goes into overdrive with a tt ac k ing su bs tan ce s in t he environment.
The primary symptom of environmental allergies is itching. This problem can first become apparent when a pet is between 6 months and 3 years old. Early symptoms in dogs may be mild and can include foot-licking, face rubbing, ear problems, and scratching behind
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Do Cats Get Allergies? Environmental allergies in cats can be more difficult to diagnose and they can show several different types of skin problems. This can include hair loss on their abdomen and inner thighs or on the back f rom overgrooming (licking, chewing) due to itching; while others may scratch around the face and neck. A condition called miliary dermatitis may develop, where small crusts (scabs) can be felt through the hair coat on the surface of their skin. This disease was given this name because the small crusts feel like little grains of rice (such as those that are produced from mills). Eosinophilic granuloma complex is another manifestation of allergies in cats. Its signs include raised, flat, reddened areas (plaques) on the skin or sores on the upper lip. This complex can also attack the mouth of some cats and cause a great deal of dental disease and oral pain.
How Will the Veterinarian Know If My Pet Has Allergies? Diagnosis of environmental allergies may be challenging because many other types of skin problems produce the same degree of scratching, hair loss, and redness of the skin. To reach the conclusion that environmental allergies are present, a combination of elements usually needs to be present: •
The typical history of the onset of the itching (often seasonal, since pollens are a common cause of atopic dermatitis) Finding a typical pattern of skin lesions over affected areas
The exclusion of other causes of itching A known response (or lack of response) to certain types of treatment options
I conduct a thorough physical examination and often will need to perform several tests to rule out other skin problems such as mange mites, ringworm, bacterial infection, or flea allergy, any of which can cause itching and scratching that is identical in initial appearance to environmental allergies. There are often multiple factors at play since a pet with environmental allergies usually develops some of these other skin problems as a result of the skins normal defense being weakened. Once a pet has been diagnosed with environmental allergies, treatment is started to control the allergies (helping with the pet’s overall comfort and relief of itchiness) and treat the secondary skin issues. There are advanced tests that can be conducted to determine which substances in the environment are triggering the allergy in order to remove them or desensitize your pet to them as part of treatment. These advanced tests include intradermal skin allergy tests and blood allergy tests. Blood allergy testing is much easier to run, but the results are less accurate or helpful. The blood does not react to allergies the same way skin does, so I prefer to do intradermal skin allergy Summer 2017
testing if further testing is needed. However, these advanced tests are expensive and the results are usually used in an effort to create individualize allergy shots (just like in people) to help with the treatment. Unfortunately studies have not shown that allergy shots are all that effective in most pets; meaning that even a pet who has undergone allergy testing and is receiving allergies shots, often has to stay on the same type of medication that he was previously on. However, in severe cases that can’t be managed with medi cation s a ref erral to a dermato log ist and potentia lly receiving these allergy shots are options that can be pursued. The most frustrating thing for pets, owners, and myself (as the treating veterinarian) is that environmental allergies cannot be cured and usually get worse with age. This means that all efforts are directed at managing your pet’s symptoms so that they have a comfortable, happy quality of life. Environmental allergies are a profoundly frustrating disorder for both the pet and the owner, due to relentless chewing and licking. However, with a proper diagnosis, commitment to staying on top of a pet’s allergies and symptoms, and appropriate treatment for the allergies as well as any secondary skin issues, many pets with environmental allergies become comfortable and lead normal lives.
Can These Allergies Be Treated? Several approaches can be taken for treatment. Any steps that can be taken to minimize exposure to the allergens in your pet’s environment, should be done. For example, eliminating dust, mold, excess dander, etc. in the home. Allergies continued on page 14 10
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What is a BlogPaws Conference? The BlogPaws 2017 Conference is a three-day event jam-packed with educational sessions led by top professionals, networking opportunities with influencers, a busy exhibit hall, exciting brand events, more influencers, and lots of pets. Pets remain at the heart of everything BlogPaws does. Our pet-friendly conferences invite all pets everywhere in the event space.
500 Pet Industry Bloggers and Online Influencers Land in South Carolina Imagine if a company took the business conference model, flipped it upside down, shook it a bit, then added in a pet-welcoming aspect so that the more than 500 pet industry pros who attend are upbeat, happy, and engaged for three days. That company is BlogPaws, which recently touched down in Myrtle Beach. What is a BlogPaws Conference? The BlogPaws 2017 Conference is a three-day event jam-packed with educaImagine if a led company took the business tional sessions by top professionals, conference model, flipped it upside down, networking opportunities with influencers, a busy exhibit hall, exciting shook it a bit, then added inbrand a pet-welcoming events, more influencers, and lots of aspect that atthe than 500 pet industry pets. Petsso remain the more heart of everypros who attend happy, and thing BlogPaws does.are Ourupbeat, pet-friendly conferences invite all pets everywhere engaged for three days. That company is in the event space.
BlogPaws, which recently touched down in Myrtle Beach. According to the American Pet Prod-
ucts Association (APPA), in 2016, expands and affirms its $66.75 billion was spent on our petsBlogPaws in the United States. For 2017, it estimated commitment to philanthropic platforms that $69.36 billion will be spent. benefiting the human/animal bond as it
welcomed multiple pet industry brands and players to this year's conference. From Bayer's PAWS Act initiative dedicated to supporting and rescuing pet parents and pets who are victims of domestic violence to Merrick Pet Care's ongoing initiative in support of K9 For Warriors through its Backcountry Hero's Banquet food line, an enormous outflow of social media, love and money to support these and other Spring 2017 cause-related efforts took place.
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Local Myrtle Beach Police K9 Officer, Daisy, received body armor (a bullet/stab protective vest) to protect her from harm in the line of duty. We are a kitty-loving nation, with cats dominating web videos, memes, and social media feeds. Feline fancy meets functionality as attendees of the 9th BlogPaws Conference experienced in the revamped and modernized Cat Lounge. The cat presence included several celebrity cats of Instagram, the Cat Writerâ€™s Association, prominent cat brands including PawCulture, and many others!
Cat blogger, Teri Thorsteinson of Curlz and Swirlz, and Coco the Couture Cat, demonstrated how she enhances the humancat bond through clicker training and by using props like clothing to create unique photographs with Spring 2017 her cats.
Ins purr ation ationss Corner Author Romana Gould shares her inspiring writings and eye-catching photos of her furry friends with an everyday purrspective of gratitude and appreciation. Her gentle observations of joy and love in our lives will appeal to the cat lover in us all.
by Romana Gould
Kindness True kindness begins in your thoughts; the ones that nobody can hear. Practice thinking kind thoughts about others, even when it is difficult. Those thoughts will generate a warm feeling in your heart, like the sun’s warmth on a seed. Kind thoughts bloom into positive words and actions, bringing a new beauty and life to relationships.
Respect If you feel your mind wandering into other’s lives, remind yourself: “It’s none of my business.” When you throw away the judge’s robe and focus on yourself, something wonderful happens; you have more time and energy to make your own life great.
Accomplishment Within every heart is a dream for something better. Day after day go by, and your dream waits. Look in the mirror and ask yourself, “How many days are you going to let slip by?” Decide to begin today. Push all fears away, make a plan and go forward with one foot in front of the other. Imagine how you will feel when you can say, “I did it!”
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damage to the skin and help get your pet comfortable and itch-free. Just as it is important to treat opportunistic infections, it is equally important to eliminate as many causes of itching as possible (such as fleas, food allergies, and contact allergies) in order to control a petsâ€™ symptoms.
Many people think of corticosteroids, such as prednisone, as a medication to reduce inflammation and itching, and while this type of medication can be very effective, it is a powerful medication with serious side effects.
However, many allergens cannot be avoided (such as pollen from plants or trees), so it is up to using medications to provide relief. However, even with pets with known I use very few, if any, steroids to environmental allergies, it is also manage allergic important conditions to explore because longo t h e r term use and/or problems high-dose that may treatment with b e t h e s e contributing medications to the limit the skinâ€™s itching. n a t u r a l Often times defenses and a pet will a l l o w s have a opportunistic flare-up infections, such where the as sarcoptic clinical mange and s i g n s bacterial or become f u n g a l worse due infections, to t o a develop. Also, secondary the use of issue, such steroids can as a skin or serious e a r Many pets with environmental allergies have allergies to multiple things including food have i n f e c t i o n allergies, contact allergies, or flea bite allergy. These allergies compound the symptoms of l i f e - l o n g (which can itching and scratching. If you notice a change in your petâ€™s clinical signs it is important to consequences, a s be due to see if your pet has an allergic disorder beyond environmental allergies so that all triggers s u c h cataracts, b a c t e r i a , can be avoided as best as possible and treated appropriately. pancreatitis, fungus, or a combination of both). This needs to Several medications are used for and a decreased life span. be addressed because the secondary treating itching caused by atopic infection can make the clinical signs dermatitis or allergies in general. There are a wide-variety of Antihistamines are helpful in some medications that are available to help of the allergies even worse. pets, but generally the over the counter manage allergic conditions in pets Skin that is inflamed due to products such as Benadryl are not and every patient is unique and will scratching and chewing from strong enough to eliminate the itching need a very individualized approach. environmental allergies is prone to and other human products are actually Often time it takes some degree of bacterial and yeast infections which dangerous for your pets. It is best to trial and error to find the best can also cause even more itching use an antihistamine that is pet specific combination for your particular pet because they are irritating to the skin to have the maximum affect and not that does the most good, with the as well. A good physical exam and risk having any harmful or adverse fewest side-effects. different testing of a sampling of the affects from over the counter surface of the skin. This can be done medications. Omega-3 fatty acids can through skin scraping or tape preps of help ease skin inflammation and can the skin and then the harvested skin be provided in their food or as cells can be examined under a supplements. There is a difference in microscope) can identify whether how well the body of your pet can these complications exist. If these absorb and use different sources of opportunistic infections are present, Omega-3 fatty acids, so this is an antibiotic or antifungal treatment is important topic to discuss with your veterinarian. necessary to help limit any more 14
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• Understand that tests are needed to look for skin disorders that mimic environmental allergies, and to look for complicating or secondary disorders that are occurring on top of primary environmental allergies. The value of these tests lies in identifying anything other than the environmental allergies that would require a specific, different treatment. • Realize that environmental allergies (also known as atopic dermatitis) themselves are often a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning it is the explanation for itching and scratching when no other cause can be found, but there are several classic clinical signs that I am initially looking for during my physical exam. Also, knowing as much background information on the issue as possible is helpful, so getting a good history from you is very important. • Give all medication exactly as instructed and be sure to make your follow-up exams as scheduled. If you are not going to be able to make your appointment before you are out of medications, call to see if you should refill your medication. It is critical to be able to check certain conditions while an animal is still on medications or it will be like starting all over again from the beginning and that isn’t fun for anyone! • If there are substances that you know are triggers for your pet that can be avoided, but sure to avoid contact with these allergens as much as possible. For example, if fleas trigger an allergic response in your pet it is critical to be on a monthly flea prevention plan from your veterinarian and have the house and yard treated by products your veterinarian can recommend. • Do not assume that “cortisone pills or shots” (steroid) are the only or best solution to treating an allergy. Although the simplest and most effective in the short term (and the only option years and years ago), the benefits of this type of medication are almost always outweighed by the serious, non-reversible, health problems they cause in the long term. • Always call your veterinarian to schedule an appointment if symptoms suddenly worsen or you notice signs of ear disease (head shaking, pawing at ears, pain on touching ears). This may be a sign that the underlying environmental allergy has caused a secondary infection of the skin or ear. • Since allergies can be an inherited condition, pets affected with this disease should not be used for breeding.
Kassi’s Korner by Jennifer Marthers
‘ve had a good spring and hope you have too! We haven’t done much actually but I’ve been going to work with Jennifer some. It’s cool ‘cos her bosses at Carolina Real Estate Company are animal people and have let other employees, through the years, bring their dogs to work. It’s sorta like living in California where it’s a cool thing to bring your dog to work if well behaved. Costumers seem to enjoy having me around and if they look somewhat backed off Jennifer takes me into “my space”, a room for me, or puts my leash on and I go to stay with her brother, Claude, or someone else until the coast is clear. I like it when people come in the office ‘cos they pet me and make me feel special. Once you have a system worked out, No Problem. Mainly I just lay around but it is a large space so at times I run up and down the hall like I’ve gone pureTee- crazy. I do have some toys there and I entertain myself. Jennifer brought a baby gate to keep me from going in the lobby. She doesn’t want me to slip by someone and get out into the street. Oooh that would be terrible! Hey you know 6-23-17 is National Take Your Dog to Work Day. Talk to 16
your employer and present a plan and maybe your dog could go for the day or a half day! I recently got one of those cushion pads that is supposed to help keep you cool. It does help some and I think I may be happy to have it this summer. The real test will be later when the days are blistering hot! What I want is one of those elevated cots! I think they would be nifty but I’ve never laid on one. Bet it would be cooler too than laying on the concrete. Some dogs I’ve met tell me these are great! Jennifer and I went over to my hometown of Camden on 5-20-17 for the annual Camden Dog Show. This was the 81st show! We missed the costume class by a few minutes! This year I was to be a Lady Bug. Well who knows I may get a chance later in the year to wear it. I did place in 2 classes though. I got 3rd in the large Shelter Dog class. This wasn’t bad ‘cos it was a large class. Then I won 1st place in the equally large Mutt class! I couldn’t believe it! Jennifer was happy—I was thrilled! A man sitting nearby said to someone “now there is a nice dog!” W ho was he talk’n about? What! Me that’s who!! Get real!! I have my CGCA! On top of that he saw a quality “Camden Special!” That’s what Jennifer tells people I am instead of “she’s a Mixed Breed.” Of course that just made Jennifer and me swell up with pride and I really did strut my stuff. It must’ve worked ‘cos I got the blue ribbon and was able to compete in the Best of Show class. I didn’t place but I sure was thrilled to get in that class with all the classy pure bred dogs. Well… now we have to leave the happy stuff behind and share some sadness. My housemate cat, Zo, who you’ve heard about for years, gave it up to old age on 5-31-17. He had renal failure and lived 3 ½ years before it was time for him to leave Jennifer. Summer 2017
The last two weeks of his little life Jennifer stayed very close to home. Zo told me he was going to have to go soon. He was concerned about Jennifer and hoped she’d be ok but it was no way for him to stay longer. He had been there for her through many passing of her other animals and he said “She takes our leaving SO very hard.” I promised him I’d be there for her as I was when her beloved Penelope passed. On 5-31-17, Jennifer took Zo to Blythewood Animal Hospital. Her brother, Claude, drove them ‘cos she sure was in no shape to drive and she was able to hold him the whole way. Our vet, Dr. Hunter, confirmed Zo’s time had come to leave this earth. Jennifer told me Dr. Hunter and the whole staff at the hospital made this difficult time as comforting as possible. Nearly all the staff knew Zo very well as most had cared for him his entire life! That’s a long time!! From there, Jennifer and Claude made the sad drive to Lexington, SC, to Midland’s Pet Crematory. The house doesn’t seem the same without Zo. There’s an indescribable quietness- a stillness about the house. Jennifer picked up Zo’s remains from the crematory on 6-2-17. She let me sniff his ashes and I think I understand fully now. Zo will not be here as before but he has come home to us. The lively beautiful Zo is now at the Rainbow Bridge with all of Jennifer’s other animals living a lovely life and awaiting Jennifer’s arrival one day. Bye Zo- I do miss you in this house but I know you are not far from us! You never will be.
Animals understand these things more than most humans. I am going to give Jennifer a few lines here to say something on her heart….
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leas, ticks and mosquitoes! These are the basis of many summer veterinary visits! Fleas are extremely annoying - they make our pets scratch and chew and keep us up at night. And when the pets are gone, the fleas bite US! They are blood-sucking critters that can cause severe anemia in small animals (look for a pale tongue and weakness). In extreme infestations, the pet will require a blood transfusion! They also can transmit microscopic blood parasites such as Hemobartonella, which in turn causes anemia. Dogs and cats that are allergic to fleas develop crusts and sores and weeping lesions that require medical attention such as cortisone injections and antibiotics. Often you cannot find fleas on these pets because of their obsessive grooming, but the distribution of the lesions alerts us as to the likely cause. In dogs, the rump, tail and rear legs are the classic areas where we find these “hot spots.” In cats, the small scabs can be everywhere, but the hair loss from excessive licking is similar to that in the dog. The GOOD news about fleas is that they are very easy to prevent. Gone are the days of dips and potions. Every year we have new and more advanced methods of treating fleas and ticks, using topical products, oral tablets, or collars. Some treat only fleas, others treat fleas and ticks; but you must be careful not treat cats with dog-only products!! Please be cautious and read the labels! We see cats with seizures when OTC dog products have applied accidentally. Where flea and tick products are concerned, the veterinary products may cost more up front, but will save you money in the long run due to their higher efficacy and safety. Do not stop treating in August! We see more fleas in September and October than in the heat of the summer, and some pets, especially the allergic ones, www.southernpawsandtails.com
require year round flea control. Ticks come in several varieties and are responsible for transmitting diseases such as Lyme Ehlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever - diseases that also infect people. Fever, achy joints, malaise and occasional bleeding disorders will alert your veterinarian to infections. Fortunately, early treatment with the antibiotic doxycycline should cure the dog. Tick paralysis occurs when a tick transmits a neurotoxin typically a dog will present with a drunken gait, starting with rear limb weakness and eventual paralysis. It can progress to the front limbs and potentially lead to death. However, it is 100% reversible simply by removing the offending engorged tick - often found on the head or neck of the dog. This is a most rewarding disease to treat if caught early. Just a short few weeks (in May), for the FIRST time in my 30 years practicing, I saw a young cat, Charlie, who, his owner said had been lying in the bushes for two days, hardly moving. When I watched him walk, he had a drunken gait and was very listless. A large engorged tick fell off of his neck and I remarked to the owner that if he’d been a dog, I would have considered tick paralysis. Within 40 minutes of the tick falling off, Charlie was moving better and showing interest in food. I consulted my resources and found that cats can get tick paralysis like dogs, but because cats groom so fastidiously, we rarely find an attached tick on our feline patients! As with fleas, however, we stress prevention!!! The topical treatments are highly effective as well as the amitraz collar. M os qu it o es ar e t he i ns ect s responsible for transmitting heartworm disease to dogs and cats. Again, there are many options for effective prevention that need to be given monthly, all year long in the south. Heartworm disease is an extremely Summer 2017
About Dr. Louise Burpee
Dr. Louise Burpee completed her undergraduate studies at Middlebury College in Vermont in 1980. She graduated from The University Of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She recently retired after 25 years at Dutch Fork Animal Hospital. She and her husband, Dr. Randy Basinger (a retired veterinary surgeon) have two children, Will and Carly, and share their home with one dog, three cats, two birds, two rabbits and six laying hens. Dr. Burpee enjoys watersports, tennis, traveling, and reading. She is a member of many professional and community organizations.
debilitating disease - initially the spaghetti-like worms irritate the blood vessels in the lungs and cause coughing. Over time, they lead to weight loss, and heart failure. Treatment is expensive and potentially dangerous - it’s far better to spend a few dollars a month for preventative. The incidence of heartworm disease is very high in our region—so it is not wise to risk missing a dose. In addition to keeping your pets pest-free, remember to keep them safe from overheating this summer. Provide shade and plenty of fresh water. Dogs do not sweat - panting is their mechanism for cooling down. Be wary of the dog that doesn’t know when to stop! Limit exertion to cool mornings. Heat stroke occurs faster than we realize and can be rapidly fatal. Seek immediate medical attention if you have any doubts and have a safe and healthy summer! 17
– Hello, I’m Kassi’s chosen caretaker and partner. I just wanted to say that often times when we are going through “our” grief in losing a special friend, I think we tend to forget how difficult it is for our vet and their staff to terminate a life. They are dedicated to helping heal a life but the other part of their job is to take a life when necessary. They have to deal with their own feelings about the task and then they have to deal with the emotional human standing there. It’s a difficult job when you stop to think about it.
Two things made me think about this: first, I had just read an article about having empathy for your vet and second, I consulted with Dr. Hunter a week before Zo’s passing. I went there to discuss Zo’s situation, my feelings, and about cremation. (I had always buried my buddies.) He was very open, supportive, and helpful. He shared his upcoming goodbye with his old dog; that yes he’s a vet but he can’t fix everything; and that vets one day too face the same sadness their customers face. He shared in the last 2 weeks he’d euthanized so many pets, mostly elderly ones. He said he didn’t think he’d ever had that number in such a short period of time; nevertheless, he was glad he was there to help them. He stated it is a hard part of a vet’s job- to help relieve the suffering forever. He guided me in my decision to cremate Zo so he could go with me wherever life takes me. My point is that we need to see the medical staff at a time like this as having feelings about life and death too. Who knows how they feel at the end of a rough day or week. Thank goodness, I had a very caring, sincere vet who was willing to take the time before and during this difficult time to attend to my needs and to help me see life is not always rosy for them either. If you don’t have a comfortable relationship with your vet and their staff, then maybe you’d better give this some thought. Thank you Dr. Hunter, Dr. Rosemary, and Dr. Devida and the staff, for caring for Zo and for me! I love and miss you so dearly, Zo. Home doesn’t seem like home without you. Don’t forget the shelter animals. They need you! ~KassiVeda, CGC, CGCA
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Blogpaws 2017 Conference Conference Rocking the Red Carpet The BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media awards are the only pet industry awards in which pet bloggers and online pet influencers are judged on the expertise, performance, and creativity of the entry. Each category is judged by a distinguished panel of professionals and not by popular vote. The influence of pet bloggers is growing and the BlogPaws community is leading the way. Attendees walked the red carpet with their pets courtesy Natural Balance.
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Anyone who wants to know more about blogging in general: from beginner to advanced and anyone in between. Are you a lifestyle blogger? If you want to work with brands who care about you for the long-term, BlogPaws welcomes you, too! Many lifestyle bloggers attend. Influencers who do not have traditional blogs. If you are on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or any other host of online social media platforms, then you should be at BlogPaws. Folks are making money and a presence on those channels. So why shouldn’t you? BlogPaws connects brands to bloggers and those who want to monetize, form relationships, and turn a passion for pets into a way to make money.
The 2018 pet-friendly BlogPaws Conference takes place at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, April 18-20.
Learn more by visiting BlogPaws.com and to secure an early bird ticket for the next conference. About the Author: Carol Bryant is the Marketing
and Social Media Manager for BlogPaws and runs her own dog blog, Fidose of Reality and its fundraising arm, Wigglebutt Warriors. When not busy playing with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, she stays far away from cooking. Her trademark is her mantra and is tattooed on her arm: My Heart Beats Dog.®
Of the hundreds of entries received, 56 finalists were selected, and 14 winners resulted. The BlogPaws 2017 Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media award winners are: Best Cat Blog: Noir Kitty Mews Best Cause Blog: Three Chatty Cats Best Pet Blog Design: Wear Wag Repeat Best Dog Blog: You Did What With Your Weiner Best Pet Humor Blog: My Brown Newfies Best Pet Micro Influencer: I Party with Bruce Wayne: Instagram Best New Pet Blog: Happy-Go-Doodle Best "Unconventional"/"Other" Pet Blog: Paperchases & Petticoats - Horses Best Pet Blog Photo: Long Haul Trekkers: Sora in Bolivia Best Pet Blog Video: Talent Hounds: Love Like a Dog Best Use of Social Media by a 501(c)3: Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue Best Written Pet Blog Post: Some Pets: Blogging Adversity ... from Helplessness to Hope Best Written Pet Blog Post (Sponsored): Chronicles of Cardigan: How to Remove an Embedded Tick Best Pet Blog Video (Sponsored): The Dog Files: ASPCA Second Chance Documentary (trailer)
Finalists received a blog badge, conference pass, peer recognition, trophy, and a $500 donation from sponsor, Pet360 Media, to the 501(c3) pet rescue group of their choice.
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We want to help connect pet owners with products that are high quality, beneficial and unique. In each issue, we will choose products pr oducts that will simultaneously satisfy you and your pet!!
Pet Tested & Owner Approved! Quicksnap Replaceable Cat Scratcher www.felineinnovations.com Nothing says feline ready like a cool cat accessory that features an area for scratching and lounging! Gone are yesterday’s fuzzy cat scratcher that is ignored by your cat, and becomes an eyesore to you! The folks at Feline Innovations have figured out how to please both owner and cat with the Quicksnap Replaceable Cat Scratcher. It is a “furniture quality”cat scratcher t h a t in cl ude s ea s y s cr a t ch i n g replacements pads available in a variety of colors and materials such as sisal, carpet and seagrass. This feature (snap on and snap off) allows you to simply remove worn-out scratching material and replace it, instead of having to purchase an entirely new scratcher. The use of high-quality wood for the
scratcher base allows it to complement any interior aesthetic design. QuickSnap™ Replaceable Cat Scratcher also features a cozy hammock constructed at the base of the scratcher: fun, functional and fabulous! The hammock is purrfect for smaller felines, but larger cats don’t seem to mind squeezing in it either. I discovered that my foster kittens as well as my own adult cats enjoyed this scratcher. The foster kittens decided to make up their own rules. Sometimes, they opted to play in the hammock and sleep on the scratcher! If you’re looking for an accessory with lasting value and innovative design, check out this unique scratching product!
SleekEZ® Horse/Dogs/Cats Grooming Tool www.sleekez.com It’s shedding season and you need the perfect tool to help remove all of that extra hair from your pets that will eventually end up on your chairs, carpet and everywhere in between! The SleekEZ grooming tool is a deshedder (not a detangler) that comes in three sizes: 10 inches (for horses), 5 inches (for dogs), and 2.5 inches (for cats and small dogs). For horses, it removes loose hair and embedded dirt and dander from the coat year round without irritating the horse. 22
Finally, a dog grooming tool that is for all coats that shed, including short-coated and wire-haired dogs! This 5" SleekEZ® dog grooming tool is doggone perfect for your canine friend. Whether your dog has very short fur to long fur with a thick undercoat, this tool does an excellent job at removing loose hair, dirt and dander. For cats, this exclusive blade is comprised of tiny teeth that actually mimic the cat's own barbed tongue producing a calming effect as you groom your cat. It works like a "bionic cat tongue" removing shedding fur, reducing hairball hacking and simply pleasing your kitty.
AND..it is not just for use on the animals! It is the animal product for the pet-friendly lifestyle! Use it to also remove pet hair from upholstery, carpeting, pet bedding, carpeting and more.
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Would You Like to Take Me Home? See someone you like? Check out these cats and dogs at South Carolina animal shelters who are looking for good permanent and foster homes.
Doolittle is a small young adult male dachshund. He is a little timid with unknown people, but warms up quickly and is friendly and happy. He gets along very well with the other dogs in the foster home. Doolittle goes outside willingly and uses potty paper indoors. Canine Rescue North Augusta, SC firstname.lastname@example.org
Ebony is an adult female Domestic Short Hair cat. Check out these incredibly gorgeous green eyes! In addition to green eyes to die for, this little lady is such a sweet girl, friendly, loves petting - would love to be in a home with a family giving her lots of attention. Looking for a new family member or loving companion? Make an appointment to meet Ebony today she fits the bill. Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission Conway, SC 843-347-6583 email@example.com
Mack, a small adult male poodle, is a loving, loyal, beautiful and sweet dog. He is quiet, calm and well mannered. Mack is almost completely house trained and is well crate trained. He has not been destructive when left out of crate. He does have some separation anxiety, but he has gotten into a great routine with his foster. He whines when she leaves, but calms down after and is excited when she returns. Mack had cataract surgery and will need annual follow ups with a doggie ophthamalogist. He definitely prefers people to dogs. Mack does well with children (5 and older), men and women. He is a love bug who is just happy to be alive! Carolina Poodle Rescue Spartanburg, SC 864-489-3559 firstname.lastname@example.org
Freckles is a senior adult male Beagle Mix. He is very gentle, a bit shy, very loving, walks great on a leash and gets along with other dogs. He would love nothing more than to have a forever home and someone to love on him as he would love them. Kare Team Sanctuary Longs, SC 843-399-9290 or 843-421-7292
Celeste is a 3 year old Siamese beauty! She's very timid but is finally starting to come out of her shell. She loves treats and a good back scratch. She is FIV+ but it's a condition that is very manageable! Come meet this sweet girl and you will instantly fall in love!. Pawmetto Lifeline Columbia, SC 803-465-9150 email@example.com
Adopting a dog or cat from a humane society, an animal shelter or rescue group saves a life! Contact the organization about shots/vaccinations, adoption fees, etc. for any animal that you are interested in adopting. Please keep in mind that the decision to bring a pet into your family should be a family decision, not a surprise gift. Because owning a pet is a huge emotional, financial, and time commitment, any person taking on this responsibility must be fully prepared. 24
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Bramble is an adult female Domestic Short Hair & Tabby mix, who is a gentle and sweet young lady who came to us very pregnant. She is proud mom to some of the most beautiful babies we have ever seen. She has been a great mom and is a kind little cat who will make a wonderful friend and companion to her new family. ARC Animal Rescue Carolina, Inc. Columbia, SC 803-760-0399
Nickolas, a male baby Domestic Short Hair cat, Nickolas is a little shy at first but soon becomes very playful. He is a sweet boy and would love to join your family! Patter Pets Inc. Columbia, SC 803-319-1502 firstname.lastname@example.org
Angel, an adult female Staffordshire Bull Terrier & Boxer Mix, gets along very well on 3 legs and would love to chase every squirrel she sees. But her main priority is her human in her life. She is very easy to have in your home. Housebroken, quiet, and wants to snuggle on the couch while you watch tv. She had a very hard life before being rescued by Pet Tender Angels. Pet Tender Angels Greenville, SC 864-787-2498
Nickolas Spanky, an adult male English Bulldog Mix, is young, playful and enjoys the companionship of other dogs who like to romp around and play hard, too. He rides well in a car, is crate trained, house trained and an all around good chap. Spanky does have a luxating patella and is currently being treated with rest, antiinflammatories and pain meds. He also has food allergies, so he will need to stay on a consistent food that caters to those allergies. K9.5 Rescue Greenville, SC email@example.com
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