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Grooming is now open!

We are so excited to welcome our new groomer Brittany England to Pet Care Center! Call today to begin booking appointments with Brittany to get your pet looking sharp and sophisticated.

Brittany has been grooming since 2010 and has trained with a master groomer outside of Greenwood, NE for a year. She has always had an extreme passion for animals. She loves being a groomer and it has always been her dream. Besides grooming, she also loves to be at home with her fiancé, their dog Apollo, their 3 kitties Nahla, Athena & Bevo, and their 2 guinea pigs Lucy & Paisley. They also have a 55 gallon aquarium. Their dog, cats, and guinea pigs are all rescues.

Essential Oils: Are They Toxic to our Pets?

Essential oils are being used more commonly to treat ailments in people and pets; however, many of these can pose a danger to our pets. Different types, concentrations, and species of animal all play a part in toxicity development.

There are several essential oils that are toxic to dogs, cats, birds, and other pets. Cats are much more
sensitive to essential oils than dogs. Their liver metabolism is different and makes the more susceptible as they can’t metabolize them from their body effectively. Birds are even more sensitive as they have an extensive and complicated respiratory system. Poisoning has even occurred in children that have ingested the oils as well.

Here is a list of common potentially dangerous essential oils to pets:

  •  eucalyptus
  •  cinnamon
  •  citrus (lemon, orange)
  •  pennyroyal
  • peppermint
  • pine
  •  sweet birch
  •  tea tree (melaleuca)
  • wintergreen
  • ylang ylang

Symptoms that may indicate that your pet has been poisoned:

  •  Fragrance or scent on hair coat, skin, or breath or in vomit
  •  Difficulty breathing
  •  Difficulty walking or uncoordinated gait
  •  Drooling
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Muscle tremors
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Redness or burns on the lips, gums, tongue, or skin
  • Vomiting

Some types of oils are more toxic than others, so recovery may depend on the specific oils ingested. Rapid diagnosis and treatment are imperative. If you believe that your pet has ingested or come in contact with essential oils or liquid potpourri, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680) immediately.

The primary route of poisoning is by ingestion but it may also occur by excessive or inappropriate application to the skin. Some animals like to lick the sweet smelling liquid or may get it on their paws or fur and clean themselves.

Typically, a properly used diffuser with low concentrations of oils should not pose a risk; however each animal can have individual sensitivities. They shouldn’t be used around birds. Some diffusers make a good sized mist (like a humidifier) when working. The concern with using this kind of diffuser, particularly in a small poorly ventilated room, is that the “mist” can settle on the fur which is then groomed off.

Owners using diffusers should move their pets to another room while doing so and avoid using the device for extended periods of time in order to minimize the risk that oil droplets could get onto the fur.

Oils can also be absorbed through the skin. They can lead to burns, irritations, and even sores in the mouth if groomed off.

Owners should also be aware if they are applying essential oils directly to their own skin and then handling their pets. This can rub off on their pets’ fur or the pet may groom their owner and ingest the oil.

Birds are extremely sensitive to inhaled substances compared to mammals. Diffusers should not be
used around birds.

Tips for using essential oils:

  • Use essential oil products ONLY for their intended purpose.
  • Use only the amount stated on the label/guide.
  • If you have bottles of essential oils at home, keep them locked up, out of sight and reach of children and pets at all times.
  • Consult your veterinarian before applying or using any essential oil around your pet.
  • Before using products containing essential oils on pets, make sure that they are labeled for use with that specific species and purpose.
  • Don’t use products labeled for dogs on cats.

Canine Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Attention Pet Owners! It is the season for canine upper respiratory infections and we have seen several cases the past couple of weeks. There are many different viruses and bacteria that can cause clinical signs and they are highly contagious. Clinical signs include coughing (soft to loud honk), gagging, repeated swallowing, sneezing, and ocular discharge. Some may vomit after a coughing spell, become lethargic, and lose their appetite. If you notice any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian. Dogs that show clinical signs should avoid any public areas including dog parks, daycare, boarding, and grooming salons for 2 weeks AFTER clinical signs resolve. This will help reduce the chance of spread. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us.

The Fleas are Here!

Flea season is in full swing. Is your pet itchy and scratchy?  Here are some great tips for keeping the flea population under control.

Fleas are a pesky external parasite that causes irritating bites and skin conditions on our pets. They can also harbor other parasites such as tapeworms. Fleas are one of the most common causes for an itchy pet. Many owners claim they don’t have fleas but most of the time fleas are the underlying problem. Fleas are incredibly difficult to see and can be removed by your pet grooming and itching itself, making detection harder.  Even indoor only pets are at risk for flea infestations as they can hitch rides on clothing and enter your home.

Once a flea infestation begins, it can be very difficult to get it under control

Understanding the flea life cycle is key in removal and control. Fleas aren’t just outside. A home is the perfect environment for fleas to live all year long.

One flea can lay 50 eggs a day and up to 2000 in her lifetime. A flea produces eggs which fall off to develop into larva in your bed, carpet, or other areas your pet tends to rest.

Once larva develop into the pupae stage, they can remain dormant here for up to 6 months prior to hatching. Nothing can kill the flea when it is in this stage. That is why getting an infestation under control can take so long.

With good flea control implemented it, it still takes a approximately 4 weeks to see a good decrease in the flea population and up to 6 months to rid of the infestation.

The first place to start when fighting fleas is a product to kill the adult fleas on the pet. This will provide your pet relief and help stop the source of new eggs. Many products are available that work very well and have long lasting effects. Some products can last up to three months after one application. There are many products you can choose that come in topical and oral formulations.

It is very important to treat all pets in the household. Flea shampoos, collars, and dips do not provide any benefit when compared to modern oral and spot on medications. Many over the counter products do not work as effectively as they use to thanks to the fleas building up resistance.

The next part is controlling the eggs and larval stages of the flea. This is done with good environmental cleaning and products containing and insect growth regulator. Vacuum daily and wash your pet’s bedding weekly. Use an insecticide with an insect growth regulator like KNOCKOUT in your home. Target places that are dark and where your pet likes to rest.

Using a product that contains an IGR like Sentinel will further decrease the flea population. This product causes the shell of the flea egg to essentially melt. It is also passed in the fleas’ fecal matter that larva in your carpet digest, causing them to “melt” as well.

The outdoor environment must be managed. Keep the yard mowed and limbs and weeds under control. Developing fleas love shady, moist areas and will die when exposed to prolonged light and heat. If you need to use sprays or other outdoor products, consult with an exterminator to choose the best and safest product for your yard and family.

 

 

Attention Allergy Patients! CYTOPOINT has Arrived!

If your dog is constantly itching, scratching or chewing because of its allergies to pollens, molds or dust mites, we now have a new biologic therapy that targets itch at its source. It’s called CYTOPOINTTM — it is an injection that starts working within one day and helps provide relief of the clinical signs of atopic dermatitis for four to eight weeks.

CYTOPOINT is different from traditional drugs that treat itch. It is a biological therapy—a type of non-pharmaceutical treatment that works like your dog’s immune system. CYTOPOINT contains engineered antibodies very similar to natural dog antibodies. Antibodies are what an animal’s immune system uses to defend the body against infection or disease.

In this case, the antibodies in CYTOPOINT have been designed to specifically target and neutralize one of the main proteins that sends itch signals to your dog’s brain. This helps reduce scratching so the skin has a chance to heal.

CYTOPOINT is an injection that your veterinarian gives your dog once every 4 to 8 weeks, as needed. In studies, after one injection, CYTOPOINT started controlling itch within 1 day, and kept itch controlled for a month or longer. CYTOPOINT also helped damaged skin begin to heal within 7 days.

In a clinical study, dogs receiving CYTOPOINT injections had no more side effects than dogs who received placebo injections (injections with no treatment at all). CYTOPOINT is safe to use in dogs of any age, and can be used with many other commonly used medications and in dogs with other diseases.

Because CYTOPOINT is a biological therapy and not a drug, it is naturally broken down and recycled by the body. It is not eliminated from the body via the liver or kidneys like most pharmaceutical drug products. This is one of the reasons CYTOPOINT can be a safe choice for your dog.

We know how difficult it is to see your dog so uncomfortable from constant itching and other signs of atopic dermatitis. We’re very excited about this new therapy that can help give your dog long-term relief and bring back the fun in life

Give us a call today and we would be happy to answer any further questions and get your dog scheduled for their first injection today!