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Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! This issue highlights our new location, NEW fiproguard plus for your pets, pet calming aids, attracting hummingbirds to a feeder near you as well as introducing one of our loyal customers.

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Do you groan every time you think about thunderstorms, fireworks and loud noises that will bring on shaking, panting, nervousness, and sometimes even self-destructive behaviors? Are these the symptoms your pet exhibits due to noise anxieties?

All PET can help! We are offering three types of relief:

  • pheromones that trigger feelings of comfort
  • dietary herbal calmatives to ease nerve transmission
  • compression therapy that applies a gentle and constant calming effect.

Canine pheromones are a synthetic version of the pheromone a mother dog puts off while she is nursing her puppies. This triggers the canine brain to remember how comforting it was at mother’s side and under her protection. All PET offers products containing this pheromone like Comfort Zone with D.A.P., Quiet Moments calming spray and the GOOD Behavior collar. Herbal dietary supplements help support the nervous system in reducing stress and tension. All PET offers NaturVet’s Quiet Moments and HomeoPet’s Natural Anxiety Relief drops.

All PET is also proud to now offer the Thundershirt, a garment for dogs that applies gentle and constant pressure as a therapy to relieve persistent anxiety. Think of why we swaddle a baby, run cattle through a squeeze chute, or treat autism with pressure; it is comforting! The Thundershirt is safe, effective, drug free, and easy to use; it offers solutions for many behavioral issues in addition to noise anxiety.

So come in to your favorite All PET store today! We will help you customize a solution for tomorrow’s thunderstorms, fireworks, and whatever goes bump in the night.

 

Fiproguard Plus has the same active ingredient as Frontline Plus… but costs you LESS!

Out with the other flea and tick control products and in with the new FiproGuard and FiproGuard Plus for Dogs. FiproGuard products contain Fipronil and s-methoprene, the same active ingredients used in Frontline Plus for dogs. FiproGuard Plus provides premium protection against fleas, ticks, and chewing lice; kills adult fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae; and prevents development of flea pupae to control flea re-infestation for up to 90 days. It also kills deer ticks, which transmit Lyme disease, as well as brown dog ticks, American dog ticks and lone star ticks. FiproGuard will also control mites that are known to cause sarcoptic mange. Fast-acting and long-lasting, FiproGuard’s sustained-release formula protects dogs for up to 30 days. FiproGuard Plus for Dogs can be used on breeding, pregnant and lactating dogs. FiproGuard Plus is also waterproof. With prices starting at $20, it’s sure to become a must-buy for your pets.

 

Fact: Every year, July 5th is one of the busiest days for pet shelters and rescues. Scared by painfully loud noises and blinding lights, pets become frantic to escape the stimulus only to become separated from their owners. The lucky ones are found by caring individuals who try to reunite them with their families. But many are never found or meet disastrous ends. The pets that do make it through the firework displays face another danger. Contact with very hot or flaming fireworks can result in severe burns of the face, mouth and paws. Even unlit fireworks can be quite dangerous or lethal.  Fireworks contain many agents including black powder, potassium nitrate and heavy metals such as mercury, antimony, copper, barium, strontium, and phosphorus. Ingestion or absorption of even small amounts of these chemicals can result in severe illness. As a pet parent, there are simple steps you can take to ensure pets’ safety during the Independence Day holiday. By following these suggestions, we are sure that you and your pets can safely enjoy July 4th and July 5th this year!
 
• Before you start your firework celebration, exercise your pet so that they will be able to rest quietly in the evening without excess energy.
 
• Very Important! Make sure all pets have a collar and easy-to-read identification tag. Consider having your pet micro-chipped, because collars and tags are not foolproof.
 
• Close all doors and windows. Make sure to close and lock all pet doors. Turn on a TV or radio for some background noise.
 
• Arrange an enclosed indoor area for your pet to feel secure away from noise and lights. Choose a crate for your dog, or a bathroom or bedroom for your cat, but never leave them outside or take them to the show. Turn all small animal and bird cages away from the lights and noise and consider covering them during the worst of the display. Also, give small animals lots of bedding to burrow down in; it will help them feel much safer.
 
• Try to avoid leaving your pet alone. Allow them to vocalize and demonstrate their distress. Do not try to cuddle or comfort your pets as they will interpret this as you being worried too. Instead, stay relaxed and act normally. Reward your pets for calm behavior. Distract them with a special treat or toy.
 
• Even if your pet has never exhibited extreme sensitivity to the loud noises and flashes during past experiences, consider having natural stress remedies, like herbal pills or drops on hand. Consult with your veterinarian about prescription sedatives for severe cases.
 
• Finally, diligently retrieve and properly dispose of any and all firework paraphernalia before you allow your pets outside. Do not consider that you can properly supervise them while you work on pick-up.  BL

Here’s three easy steps to help you battle fleas this summer.

1) Treat your pet with a spot-on, collar, or spray. Frontline, Advantage, Adams, Bio-Spot, Sentry, and DeFlea all offer effective treatment options. However, when using a spot-on treatment remember NOT to use a regular detergent shampoo. Instead, use shampoos that won’t wash off a spot-on treatment, such as those offered by Bio-Groom and Tropiclean.

2) Treat your house using a carpet spray, powder, or fogger with an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR). Remember that fleas bite your pet and then lay eggs in carpet and bedding. Using a proper treatment schedule, you can kill the fleas in the egg and larval stages first, and then attack them 7-10 days later to ensure that none make it past the cocoon stage.

3) Treat your yard to prevent your pet from re-acquiring fleas! Most spot-on treatments take 7 -12 hours to kill the flea, so if your yard is untreated, you may see “new” fleas on your pet even after treating them. Lawn insecticide granules, such as Hi-Yield Turf Ranger or Bifen L/P, are good to put on your lawn or around your house and should be applied monthly during flea season.  BL

Q: My 7 month old dog is fine when he sleeps in the crate at night, but he seems to get really upset whenever I leave him at home alone. I started a new job recently. He’s accustomed to his crate and I always leave a food stuffed Kong toy in the crate with him. He is clean in his crate, however, I find chewed pieces off of his blanket when I get home from work and I hear him whining and barking as I lock the door and leave for work. This really has me worried. Am I being cruel to my dog?

A: Be sure that the pup has had adequate exercise every day and ample chances to eliminate outdoors before you put him in the crate and go to work. Remember that a dog is a den animal. Dogs in nature seek out enclosed spaces to feel safe and happy. The use of an appropriate crate, such as Precision Pet’s Great Crate, may protect your pup from harming both himself and your house. It may also help him build a sense of security and calmness when you are away from home.

I’d stop using any bedding for awhile until the dog matures and his anxiety issues are dealt with. Continue using a Kong toy with food inside. Try leaving one of your favorite house slippers near his crate so he has your scent near him. If possible, surprise him occasionally by coming home on your lunch break.

Most importantly, many dog owners have success calming their anxious pups using Dog Appeasing Pheromone products (DAP), which are available in a collar-mounted dispenser, such as Sergeant’s Pheromone Collar, and in a plug-in diffuser, such as Farnam’s Comfort Zone. Remember that the dog relies on his nose more that any other sense organ.

Finally, make your goodbyes brief and be calm and relaxed when greeting the dog when your return in the evening. Your pup is likely to adjust to your new schedule fairly quickly.  CK