Announcement: The Ears Have It – (Really)

You’ve taken on the care of a cat, and you’re to be commended for that, but one of the most common problems that cats may have often goes neglected.

As responsible cat owners, we’ll address the issue of fleas and ticks, because they run the risk of offending us, and this motivates us to address the issue. But the matter of ear mites often goes unnoticed and unaddressed simply because it doesn’t affect us (ear mites almost never transfer to humans). Ear mites can travel over the body, and be transferred to other household pets and can ultimately threaten the overall health and life of your cat.

Symptoms

You may notice that your cat is scratching more often, and as you probably have already addressed the issue of fleas or ticks, you need to narrow down the culprit. Your cat seems to be scratching his ears more often, and more vehemently than usual. Your cat may also be producing more wax or a discolored wax in their ears. This is one thing that you need to get the advice of a professional. Take your cat to determine if your cat really does have a problem with ear mites, and to find out a treatment suitable for their case. You can first take note of these five things that the ASPCA says that cat owners should look for:

  • Head shaking, scratching, ear rubbing
  • Dark waxy discharge
  • Swelling in or around the ear
  • Hair loss and sores from scratching
  • Strong smelly odor coming from the ears

There are over-the-counter remedies for ear mites, and they do work. You’ll need to decide what you are willing and able to do to bring your cat comfort from their torment.

You’re not alone

Ear mites are not something to be embarrassed about. It is reported that almost 90% of cats have been affected by ear mites. The most common are eight-legged little crab-like parasites that feed on the wax and oils in the cat’s ear and ear canal. The threat that they pose to the cat’s health comes when excessive scratching causes blood vessels within the cat’s ear rupture from sever scratching and head shaking.

They’ll love you in the long run!

I’m sure we’ve all come to turn with the discomfort that it causes your cat to be treated by someone that they do not know well. But the importance of their treatment combined with the almost immediate relief that they will get from treatment, will show you how much they really have wanted something to be done with their problem.

The veterinarian will clean out your cat’s ears with a cotton swab and an ear cleaner. In extreme cases they may need to sedate the cat to perform complete ear irrigation. In any cases, your cat will be able to finally relax and be at ease because you have taken the time and energy to address a vital detail in their health!

 

Announcement: Outdoor Invisible Pet Fence System

California Dog Fence Proudly Offers the Pet Stop® Brand

 

Many cities and counties in this country now have laws disallowing you from chaining or tethering your dog outside in your yard. So what do you do when your pet needs to spend time outdoors and you don’t have a fence on your property?

Talk to us about purchasing our Pet Stop® Outdoor Pet Containment System, an invisible pet fence that keeps your dog or cat safe, while still allowing him to exercise in the sunlight and fresh air in his own environment.

Invisible fencing contains your pet in the designated area, keeping him from getting into any toxic plants or chemical poisons and saving him from running into the street where he can be hit by a car. Fido won’t be able to shed hair in your pool or hot tub unless you allow him to swim or play in these areas. Additionally, unlike traditional fencing, he can’t dig his way out of your yard or jump over the fence to escape.

Because all of our technology is hidden from view, you can preserve the beauty of your expensive landscaping. And for those pet parents who live in the country or have a lot of acreage, our invisible fencing is less expensive than traditional fencing that can cost as much as $25 per linear foot.

So, not only do we protect your furry companion from harm, we save you money!

For a free in-home estimate of our Pet Stop® Outdoor Pet Containment System, call us at 714-878-2696, or send us your questions and contact information on our Contact Us  page and we will answer your questions in a timely manner.

The Pet Stop® Difference

Announcement: Prostate and Testicular Cancer in Dogs

Why Your Male Dog Should Be Neutered

Unless you have a purebred dog with impeccable bloodlines that you are planning to breed, having your dog neutered at a young age can protect him from the two most common cancers of intact, older male dogs – prostatic and testicular cancer.

Both types of cancer are caused by the overabundance of testosterone common in male dogs that results in a proliferation of abnormal cellular growth – what the general public calls tumors. In both prostate and testicular cancer, these tumors grow and occupy space outside of the particular organs involved, typically metastasizing to the abdomen, lungs, and bones. In addition, some testicular tumors produce estrogen, resulting in your male dog becoming more feminine.

If not caught very early, both kinds of cancers can prove fatal.

Symptoms of prostate cancer include incontinence, blood in the urine, or an inability to urinate without straining. You may notice your pet has a watery, bloody discharge from his penis and may be straining to defecate, or may even be constipated. As the disease progresses, dogs with prostatic cancers may show signs of rear end lameness, increasing signs of pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, and lethargy. Some animals will hold the tail in an unusual position due to discomfort.

Clinical signs of testicular tumors include swelling in your dog’s groin or scrotum, an abdominal mass, or the “feminization” that occurs when affected organs begin producing estrogen instead of testosterone. You may see enlarged mammary glands and nipples, a smaller-than-normal penis, and a sagging prepuce – the covering over the penis.

The treatment for both types of cancer typically starts with veterinary castration – removal of the testicles. With prostatic cancer, the prostate is also removed. Chemotherapy and radiation may be recommended if the cancer has spread, and the prognosis typically depends on the location, size, and type of the tumor involved.

Surgical castration of young dogs automatically removes the cellular tissue and hormones that cause both diseases, and is considered a valuable preventive of both types of cancer in later life. Most veterinarians will also recommend that you get your stud dog neutered after his breeding days have passed in order to avert any problems later in life. 

Announcement: Benefits of a Room Wizard® Indoor Pet Containment System

 

Room Wizard® Indoor Pet Containment System

Pet Stop’s Room Wizard® Indoor Pet Containment System was developed to keep your pets safe and problem-free while they’re in your home. Knowing that your much-loved furry companion can’t eat something he shouldn’t, or climb on something that can topple over on her, saves you hours of worry when you can’t be home to supervise.

With our Gentlesteps™ Training method, we can confine your pets, both canine and feline, to certain areas of your house when you’re not at home.

We’ll keep the cats off your counter tops and tables, and ensure that the dogs don’t get into the trash, grab food off the table, or sit in your favorite chair. We’ll stop your dogs from rummaging in the cat litter box, and make sure kitty stays out of the baby’s nursery.

When its time to potty train your dog, we can make sure he stays in one room of your house until he is conditioned to go outside to do his “business.” And if you have a cat with inappropriate elimination issues, keeping her in the same room with her litter box is a breeze with our indoor containment system.

Our technicians are trained to install either a wired or wireless containment system in your home. If you need the wired system, we can hide the wires under your carpet and/or along your baseboards so that the necessary technology doesn’t mar the beauty of your home.

For a free in-home estimate of our Room Wizard® Indoor Containment System, call us at 714-878-2696, or send us your questions on our Contact Us  page.    

 

Announcement: Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Chain or Tether Your Dog

While we like to imagine all dogs staying safe and warm inside loving homes; that does not always happen. Some pet owners feel the need to chain or tether their dogs outside for various reasons. We would like to present you with some reasons why that practice is not a good idea, and can even be harmful to your pet. 

  1. Your tethered dog will be exposed to all elements of the weather. Even with a dog house or shelter nearby, he can get wet, cold, and muddy when it rains, be exposed to extremes of heat and cold, and, depending on the season, possibly suffer from hypothermia and frostbite, or heat exhaustion and heat stroke. All of those conditions can be fatal. 
     
  2. A chained dog has no way of protecting himself or running away should he be attacked by other dogs, wild animals, or even humans. Leaving your dog tethered without any recourse to flee or fight can cost your pet serious injury or even his life.
     
  3. If your pet becomes tangled up in a leash or chain, he may not know how to remedy the situation, can struggle, and easily be asphyxiated. 
     
  4. A dog chained to one spot can become easily bored, resulting in an animal that becomes increasingly aggressive, or one that participates in self-destructive behavior, including chewing on his own tail and feet until they are bloody. 
     
  5. Tethered dogs are more susceptible to insects and ecto-parasites, including fleas, ticks, mites, fungus, flies, and mosquitoes. All of these organisms either carry a disease and pass it to your dog, or are the cause of a disease. 
     
  6. You are at risk for having your dog stolen. Many people in the dog fighting business steal family dogs to use as “bait” when training their fighting dogs. These animals inevitably end up terribly injured or dead. 
     
  7. You may be breaking the law. Many city, county, and state governments are now making it a misdemeanor to chain or tether your dog, even in your own yard. The reasoning behind this legislation involves not only protecting innocent animals, but shielding the public from aggressive animals who can get loose and attack bystanders. 

For more information on why you shouldn't chain or tether your dog, click here and/or click here to read what the Humane Society says about chaining and tethering your dog.

Poisonous Plants

What You Don’t Know Can Harm Your Dog

A dog’s curious nature often gets him into trouble, causing him to explore weed thickets, storage containers, and open fields where he can come into contact with any number of poisonous substances, including toxic plants.

The great variety of potentially poisonous plants, shrubs, and grasses can make identification of a toxic substance difficult, unless you have actually seen your dog mouthing or ingesting a particular plant. Both outdoor and indoor plants can be harmful to your pet, with some parts of certain plants being more toxic than others.

Ingesting a poisonous plant can cause a variety of symptoms in your dog including drooling, mouth and gum inflammation, swelling of the trachea and/or esophagus, vomiting and diarrhea, hallucinations, tremors, seizure, coma and death. Some plants will only cause a skin rash, a fairly non-threatening problem, while others, known for their medicinal properties, can induce symptoms similar to a drug overdose, with kidney, cardiac, and respiratory failure.

If you suspect your dog has eaten all or part of a poisonous plant, call your veterinarian immediately or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/?gclid=CI2n-YHg_q0CFU9ntgodZzF5vA.

The following tables of toxic plants, shrubs and trees are included for reference. You can find more information on each plant species by visiting these Merck Veterinary Manual websites at:

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/servlet/CVMHighLight?file=htm/bc/ttox04.htm&word=poisonous,foods

and

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/servlet/CVMHighLight?file=htm/bc/ttox03.htm&word=poisonous,foods.

Outdoor Plants

Bladderpod Broom-corn Buffalo bur Carolina Jessamine Castor Bean
Coffee bean Corn cockle Day-blooming Jessamine Dogbanes Durra
Evening Trumpet English Yew Flower Hemlock Horse nettle
Ivy Bush Japanese Yew Jerusalem cherry Jimson weed Kafir
Lambkill Laurel Milkweed Milo Night-blooming Jessamine
Nightshades Oleander Potato stems and leaves Purple sesbane Rattlebox
Schrock Sorghum Sudan grass Thorn Apple Water Hemlock
Yellow Jessamine        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House Plants and Ornamentals

Azalea American aloe Avocado pear Barbados aloe Caladium
Chili pepper Chinese evegreen Crocus Cyclamen Daffodils
Dragon Tree Dumbcane Easter Lily English Holly Florida Arrowroot
Foxglove Hyacinths Kalanchoe Lily of the Valley Marijuana
Mistletoe Mother-in-Law's Tongue Philodendron Poinsettia Schefflera
Spider Plant Yesterday-today-and-tomorrow      

 

 

 

 

Announcement: Why Your Dog Shouldn’t Travel in the Back of a Pick-up

We’ve all seen trucks flying down the highway with what appears to be a happy dog riding loose in the bed. Those dogs always look like they’re having fun, with their noses pointed into the wind and their hair flying out behind them. Unfortunately, those same dogs often end up terribly injured or dead because of their owner’s habits.

According to a study by the California state legislature, approximately 100,000 dogs are killed nationwide every year because they either fell or jumped out of the bed of a moving pickup truck. Numerous others are seriously injured. Besides the injuries to the animal, there is no reliable estimate on how much damage or how many serious motor vehicle accidents such incidents cause.

Your dog, regardless of size, is like a ball in the back of your pickup. Centrifugal force can send him careening from side to side as you take a corner, and he has no way to grip the bed of your truck or hold on to the sides. He is in imminent danger of falling out if he is not in a crate or cross-tied in the back.

It is also very easy for many dogs to become distracted by something they see on the side of the road and decide to jump out to investigate. Another dog, a person they know, even roadkill — all are reasons your dog might not see the danger of jumping out of a moving vehicle.

Eye injuries are also common, caused by flying bugs, pebbles thrown up by tires, and the everyday dust and dirt of the roadway.

Your dog is also at risk of exposure to the elements by riding in the back of an uncovered pickup. Hot, sunny days can cause your dog’s body temperature to become elevated, putting him in line for heat exhaustion and even heat stroke. If your pickup bed is not insulated, the metal can become extremely hot and burn his paw pads.

In the reverse, you dog can suffer hypothermia and frostbite when riding in the back during cold weather. He has no way of protecting himself from chilly, wet winds, icy conditions, or rain.

Many local and state governments are now regulating how dogs can be carried in the back of pickup trucks. Texas and California, for example, now require all dogs riding in truck beds to be in crates or cross-tied to the truck unless the sides of the truck are at least 46 inches high. At that height, most dogs can’t jump or fall out.

Remember, even if crated or cross-tied, your dog is still at risk of death or injury if you are involved in an accident. The best way to prevent that happening is to purchase a canine seat belt online or at your local pet store and let him ride safely in the cab with you.

Just a couple of examples of Injuries sustained from riding in the back of a truck.  However, most dogs riding in the back of a truck do not survive a fall or being thrown out the the back of a pickup truck when braking quickly to avoid a road hazard to being hit by another vehicle.

 

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