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Customer Appreciation Open House

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You’re invited to our

Customer Appreciation Open House

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
3:00pm – 7:00pm

Tour.
See our NEW Luxury Suites with high definition webcams and in-suite entertainment, and our beautifully renovated Lobby and reception area, designed with your convenience in mind.

Meet the Trainers and Grooming Stylists.
Our Obedience Academy Trainers and Canine Spa Sytlists will be available from 5-7pm. It’s a great time to ask questions and see them in action.

FREE Outdoor Play.
Bring your dog* to join our Outdoor Playgroup from 4-7pm on the north lawn.
Watch your dog play, and meet your dog’s favorite Play Coaches!

Eat.
Enjoy FREE food and refreshments from 4-6pm, catered by Divine Swine.

Shop & Save.
Save 10% on Playday Packs ($150 or more) purchased during the Open House!
Wagging Tails Pet Resort Gift Gertificates will also be available.

Prizes!
Enter to win great prizes while you’re here, including a Luxury Suite weekend stay, at-home training, Canine Spa services and FREE Playdays!


 

Open House Playday Special.
50% OFF your Playday on 5/20/14. Reservation required.
Hurry, we’re filling up fast!

Open House Canine Spa Special.
20% OFF Nail trims & grinds on 5/20/14. Reservation required**.

 


 
*Dogs must be current Wagging Tails Pet Resort customers to participate in the playgroup, and owners must be present to supervise their dogs. New guests must register, schedule and pass a Temperament Assessment & Evaluation, and provide Veterinarian and Immunization information prior to participating in the playgroup. Call us today at 651-483 DOGS (3647) or visit us online at www.waggingtailspetresort.com to get started today!

**All Canine Spa guests must have proof of current Rabies vaccination on file.

RSVP Now!

Barney is our new Tail-Wagger!

Barney Ostrander is a special boy for us.  We always smile when his short legs and floppy ears come through our door.  Barney is five and a half years old, and he is a big happy tan and white Basset Hound who has been visiting us for three and a half years.  We love his sloppy kisses and his tenor singing voice.  He actually sings on command!  Barney is definitely a snuggle bunny, and a ladies man.  He only ever gets upset if someone tries to steal his toy.  He loves to play with dogs of all sizes, and lounge on top of our play room equipment. We wanted to celebrate Barney this month because we wanted to let his mom and dad know exactly how much we appreciate his presence in our playrooms!  Thank you!

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Dogs and Kids!

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Why every kid should have a dog:

1.  Learning to care for something else.  Letting your kids help out with feedings, walks, and attending to their dog’s care is a perfect way for a child to learn how to nurture something other than themselves.

2.  Your kid will have more friends.  Other kids who are not fortunate enough to have a dog in the family will want to play with your kid so they can interact with the dog.  (Dogs are very cool by kid standards.)

3.  Play outside instead of play video games.  Kids with dogs tend to do more outdoor activities, such as play ball with the dog outside, and go for walks.

4.  Learn about death.  Kids who experience the death of a pet end up being able to respond more maturely when they eventually have to face the loss of a human in their lives, as they understand what has happened, and it helps them to deal with difficult emotions.

5.  Learning gentleness.  Dogs with kids are less likely to have problems with aggression when they become teens, due to an instilled gentleness that comes with owning a dog as a youngster.

6.  Combats loneliness.  When a kid isn’t invite to a party, or all his friends are on vacation, he will still have his trusty canine companion to keep him company.

7.  Big or small, your dog will protect your child in any way they can.  Imagine someone trying to hurt the baby (Darrin) in the picture below.  Do you think they would go unharmed with King the pit bull nearby?  Would they even try to approach Darrin if he had King with him?  Probably not.  Even the Chihuahua picured above would bark its head off and probably ankle bite someone who wanted to harm his boy.

Can you think of any more reasons why dogs are good for kids?

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Addison’s Disease

This is another informational blog about a disease found in canines.  The purpose of this blog is strictly educational, as we feel that education is a key element to being a stress-free dog owner.  This article is not a substitute for proper veterinary care.  One of our current boarding guests, Stella, a soft coated wheaten terrier is afflicted with this disease, so we not only wanted to educate ourselves better, but also our readers on the subject.

Addison’s disease is a disorder that occurs in the adrenal glands which are located near the kidneys.  The adrenal glands fail to produce enough hormones to keep the body functioning normally.  Since the discovery of this disease, veterinarians have been able to treat it, although it is not curable.  It is treated with steroids and hormone treatments, which do the work of the adrenal glands, and help keep bodily functions regular and maintainable.  Early diagnosis and regular treatment of Addison’s disease keep the dogs afflicted living normal and happy lives.  If Addison’s disease is not detected early enough, the dog’s body may go into Addisonian crisis, which is where the adrenal glands have deteriorated far enough to where high levels of potassium affect the functions of the heart.  Blood pressure drops, and the kidneys may stop functioning.  If a dog goes into an Addisonian crisis, emergency veterinary care is the only way to treat it.  Addison’s disease is tested for by taking blood and checking cortisol levels, and then the dog is injected with a pituitary hormone, and the cortisol levels are checked again after an hour.  This test is called the ACTH stimulation test, and tells veterinarians if the adrenal glands are acting normally or not.

Symptoms of Addison’s disease include: vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, pain in the hind quarters, difficulty urinating, loss of appetite, and shaking.  If you suspect your dog of having this disease, see your veterinarian.  Treatment of Addison’s disease not only includes the medications, but also involves maintenance of routine and reduction of stress.  Since the adrenal glands are not producing enough Cortisol in their bodies, which is the hormone that helps them reduce stress, it is important to keep an afflicted dog as stress free as possible.

So what do we do for Stella, who has Addison’s disease, and is in our care at a boarding facility which could be a stressful situation for some dogs?  Stella gets frequent breaks from being in our playroom, and is also under strict supervision at all times to look for signs of stress or unusual behavior.  We have her visit in the offices often, and she gets a lot of petting and love. (She is a joy!)  We also make sure that we are giving her her medication at the same time every day, and see that she is eating and expelling properly.  This is a picture of Stella in Cara’s office- look how happy she is!

And here are a few helpful sites, where we got most of the info for this article:

http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/cliented/addisons.aspx

http://www.addisondogs.com/addisons/

http://canineaddisonsinfo.com/

http://www.2ndchance.info/addison%2s.htm

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2097&aid=520

 

Hot Hot Hot

One of our managers, Andrea, is a volunteer and foster parent for the Animal Humane Society and she forwarded me their newsletter, as it contained some helpful tips on when it is too hot to take your dog out.  This topic was seconded by a client of ours, with a Cavalier King Charles named Kramer.  Kramer collapsed from exercising in the heat twice last summer, and his mom was talking about the extra precautions she is taking this year.  Bottom line is:  if it is too hot for you to be hanging out outdoors, then it is definitely too hot for your dog.  Do not leave your dog outside in the back yard for any amount of time unmonitored.  The A.H.S. says that exercise should be reduced if the outside heat index is about 85degrees, and dogs should only go out for potty breaks if it reaches 100 or above.  Try to change your walking schedule to early morning or late evening if possible.  Northern dogs such as Huskies tend to overheat in this weather, and so do darker coated dogs.  Shorter nosed dogs have a harder time breathing, and therefore overheat more often than long muzzled dogs.  Pay extra attention to your pugs, bulldogs, Lhasas, Shih tzu’s etc.

Familiarize yourself with symptoms and treatments of heatstroke, and be prepared. The dog channel has written a survival guide covering this topic.  I found it very interesting and helpful!  My little dog and I like to go to those coffee shops that have patios, and sit for hours in the summer, as well as go for long walks.  I am glad I know what to do now if she overheats this summer.