Comings and Goings Best of luck and many thanks to Teresa Clements, who is planning to leave the clinic in August. Terri has been providing excellent care to our boarders and patients since August of 2007. We’ll miss you, Terri – stop by and see us once in awhile! Madeline Memorial Fund As always, many thanks to the generous clients who have donated to the Madeline Memorial Fund: Sandy Rosselet In memory of her sister & father The Stoody Family In memory of Whitey Mary Farrell In memory of Romeo Joanne Bigham In memory of Athena Amy Saine Mary Lou Guillory The Madeline Fund hasn’t been too busy these last few months, although spring always seems to bring us a fair number of animals who need help. In April we received three motherless kittens who were only days old. Devon and Bonnie are in the process of hand raising these kittens and provided that they are healthy animals, they will be ready for adoption about June 8. We have two males and one female. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting a kitten, please have them stop by to visit! We would like to make our friends and clients aware of a cat that is very much in need of a home. Birdstone is a 8 year old female grey tiger whose owner, a client of ours, died unexpectedly recently. This has left Birdstone in need of a friend and a new home. She is a very pretty and sweet cat who is spayed, declawed and up to date on vaccines. Please contact us if you or someoneyou know might be interested in giving Birdstone a home. Taste of UA Once again, the clinic will have a presence at the Taste of Upper Arlington in Northam Park on Tuesday, August 11th! Those of you who have never visited the Taste of UA are missing a great time…the music, food and fun are always the best. Stop by and say hi – we’ll be passing out free pet food samples and general pet care information! New Product Update The reason why some dogs eat poop is a bit of a mystery, but any dog owner who has experienced this bad habit is eager to make it stop! The traditional treatment for this behavior is a food additive that makes the poop taste bad to dogs. Unfortunately, this additive was sprinkled over the dog’s food which was not always easy or convenient – and you had to be certain that the dog ate every bit of the food, so he got all the medication. Now we have a much easier option available – Copraban is a beef flavored soft chew that you give your dog twice a day. Like the sprinkles, the soft chew has a chemical in it that makes the dog’s poop taste bad. So if your dog needs a little help with some of his eating habits, give us a call and we’ll get you started with Copraban! Therapy Laser Update As Wink discussed in his last column, laser light therapy has arrived at Northarlington! We are using laser therapy more and more – on everything from arthritis to bad skin to itchy ears – and while the staff continues to be thrilled with the results that we are seeing, our clients and their pets have been even more impressed! This is an affordable and effective treatment option that is painless, has no side effects and does not require sedation. If you would like more information on how laser light therapy can ease your pet’s discomfort or accelerate healing, visit our web site at www.northarlingtonvet.com or call us at (614) 457-4636 and we’ll send you a brochure! Senior Pet Month Promotions Speaking of senior pets, September is Senior Pet Month! To celebrate, during September we will be offering a $20 discount on senior wellness bloodwork (with purchase of physical examination) for pets over the age of 7 years old. The senior wellness bloodwork package includes: 25 chemistry profile to evaluate kidneys, liver, pancreas and electrolytes Complete blood count to evaluate red blood cell, white blood cells, hemoglobin and platelets (looks for anemia, infection & blood parasites) T4 level to check on thyroid function The regular pricing for these three tests is normally $114.10, but during September only, we will offer these three tests for $94.10! According to published research, more than 10% of animals brought to veterinary clinics for check ups have some type of underlying disease. Testing allows us to identify medical issues in the early stages so that pets can be diagnosed and treated properly. Normal test results provide us with baseline data for future health care needs. Wink’s Words of Wisdom Dear Friends: My words of wisdom this month are ones that most of us will face sooner or later (if we can remember them) - brain aging. Many of you are probably already familiar with some of the symptoms of brain aging. A decline in memory is one of most common signs of brain aging. I don’t know how many times I’ve sat in the clinic and watched Elaine walk into a room, look around and ask, “What did I come in here for?” The good news is that memory lapses like this offer many opportunities for the clever cat, and several times I have been able to snag a second lunch or avoid an unpleasant encounter with the nail clippers as the result of a forgetful human. Brain aging in pets can take a similar appearance to humans (although humans rarely bark or howl at night, which older dogs will sometimes do). In addition to vocalizing at night, watch for these other signs of brain aging in your pets: Seems confused or disoriented Sleeping more Having accidents in the house Pacing or wandering aimlessly Change in attitute Playing less, decreased stamina Change in eating habits Responding less to commands Abnormal interactions with owner or other pets If your pet is showing some of these signs, please talk to Dr. Bookmyer or Dr. See about having a physical exam and senior bloodwork done. You might also ask them about a new product called Senilife. Senilife is a new all-natural product that provides safe, quick and effective improvement of abnormal behaviors seen in senior pets. The ingredients of Senilife include antioxidants and vitamins that can improve cerebral blood flow and neuron communication and have a proven effectiveness on cognitive decline. Senilife comes in a 30-count bottle with two available sizes – one for dogs under 50 pounds and cats, and another size for dogs over 50 pounds. The capsules contain a cod liver flavored substance (yummy!), so it can be drizzled over some food. If the pet doesn’t care for cod liver oil, you can just give it like you would a regular pill (e.g. hide it in a piece of hot dog). Dosing is once a day for cats and dogs under 100 pounds. We are hearing some really good things about Senilife – stories of not only tremendous improvement, but also surprisingly quick response. And if your dog is howling all night, fast improvement is undoubtedly critical to you (and your neighbors)! As always, I will close with a special little poem composed just for this occasion: Otis the Beagle had an old brain, His barking and pacing drove his owner insane. Try Senilife said the vet and you’ll find, That Otis the dog has a beautiful mind! Ah, another happy ending! Until next time, smooches to you all. Love, Wink Summer Pet Care Festival As some of you already know, we will not be having a charity yard sale this year. Instead, we are going to try a different kind of fundraising event – a Pet Care Festival! On Sunday, June 7th from noon to 4:00 PM, the Northarlington Animal Clinic will play host to a wide variety of pet-related events and entertainment: Doggie bakeries Book sale Microchip clinic (only $30!) Food vendors Toenail trims (only $5!) Bake sale Agility dog demos Dog wash ($5 self serve, $10 full serve) Doggie boutique vendors (collars, leashes, toys, etc.) Pet portraits with a professional photographer (2nd floor of the clinic) Entertainment Many pet care vendors, including day care and boarding facilities, pet sitters and walkers, artists and photographers Raffles, including an autographed Archie Griffin football, two “Dine Around Town” restaurant gift certificate packages and 6-pack of Frontline Plus! As we get nearer to this event, we will have flyers and posters with more information! We look forward to seeing you and your dog (on leash!) for a fun- filled day to benefit the Second Chance Fund of the Capital Area Humane Society. Interested in vounteering? As always, we’ll need help with this event: The morning of the event we will need help with set up of tables & tents We will definitely need some help directing traffic throughout the day We will need volunteers to collect money and staff the raffle table, bake sale, book sale and pet photography studio We will need several volunteers who don’t mind getting soapy and wet at the dog wash We would love to have our clients donate cookies, cakes & pies for the bake sale (contact Karen Marsh at 529-9859 or firstname.lastname@example.org) If you have books or magazines to donate to the book sale, we will collect them all through the week prior to the event (June 1 through June 5) If you would like to donate any gently used pet related items – leashes, collars, litter pans, clothing, cages, crates, toys, photo frames or albums, etc. – we will be selling these items with all proceeds to go the the Second Chance Fund. Because this will be such a big event, we are asking all volunteers and visitors to plan on parking at the apartment complex across the street (LeMans Village) or the apartment complex next to the clinic (Lexington Park). Upcoming Training Classes We have two upcoming canine training courses: Puppy Beginning Obedience Section #135 DP Start date: Tue, 05/12/09 6:45 – 7:45 PM* Instructor: Dawn Pribble of Positive Pups Dog Training Teenage Dog Obedience Section #105 DP Start date: Thr, 05/07/09 6:45 – 7:45 PM* Instructor: Dawn Pribble of Positive Pups Dog Training Puppy Beginning Obedience I Teenage Dog Obedience I 7-1 hour classes 7-1 hour classes Ages: 7 weeks to 24 weeks Ages 25 weeks to 2 years Limit: 5 puppies per class Limit: 4 dogs per class Tuition: $100 Tuition: $100 For registration materials or course outline, please visit our web site at www.northarlingtonvet.com or call us at (614) 457-4636. We have been sending you the Northarlington News three times per year, but from now on, we are going to a twice per year schedule. So, your next newsletter should arrive shortly after the first of the year. Until then, have a warm and safe summer, and a fun-filled holiday season!