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April 2008 Newsletter

Pet Health – Summertime Heat for Dogs and Feline Odor Control

Dangers of summertime heat for dogs

Short hair is one of several things you can do to help keep your dog more comfortable this summer. However, although short hair is nice, it's not enough when it comes to hot weather. Any pet that cannot cool himself off is at risk for heatstroke. Following these guidelines can help prevent serious problems.

  • Keep pets with predisposing conditions like heart disease, obesity, older age, or breathing problems cool and in the shade. Even normal activity for these pets can be harmful.
  • Provide access to fresh water at all times.
  • Do not leave your pet in a hot parked car even if you're in the shade or will only be gone a short time. The temperature inside a parked car can quickly reach up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make sure outside dogs have access to shade.
  • On a hot day, restrict exercise and don't take your dog jogging with you. Too much exercise when the weather is very hot can be dangerous.
  • Do not muzzle your dog.
  • Avoid places like the beach and especially concrete or asphalt areas where heat is reflected and there is no access to shade.
  • Wetting down your dog with cool water or allowing him to swim can help maintain a normal body temperature.
  • Move your dog to a cool area of the house. Air conditioning is one of the best ways to keep a dog cool, but is not always dependable. To provide a cooler environment, freeze water in soda bottles, or place ice and a small amount of water in several resealable food storage bags, and then wrap them in a towel or tube sock. Place them on the floor for the dog to lay on.

Feline Odor Control

What is the best way to prevent "that cat smell?"

Dr. Smith: "The litter box is the primary source of cat odors, so it is important to keep the litter box area as clean and fresh as possible. Many of today's new litter boxes help hide the odor, and are also a quantum leap forward in pet hygiene. Hooded Styles are available to contain waste and spray. The Jumbo Hi-Back Litter Pan even has an integrated zeolite filter to capture odors. Others feature built-in cleaning mechanisms, both manual and automatic, to make waste removal easier and extend the life of litter. The Mega Advanced LitterMaid Automatic Litter Box cleans itself and deposits the waste in a disposable container that you remove, empty, and rinse."

How often should I change the litter?

Dr. Smith: "Because cats, by nature, are very clean, they are more likely to eliminate outside the litter box when the litter box is un-scooped or dirty. It is very important to change the litter often. We recommend convenient, dust-free, clumping litters, which form waste into scoopable balls for easy disposal. Most contain odor-fighting ingredients, too, which keep your litter areas fresher."

What can I do to freshen the entire room my litter box is in?

Dr. Smith: "Maintain a clean litter box, first of all, but treat the air, also. Absorbents draw odor from the air by neutralizing or bonding with odor molecules. Pet-Clear Crystals are a good example. These volcanic zeolite crystals actually attract airborne odors and trap them into their porous surface. Another way to keep odors at bay in the litter box room is with the use of air fresheners. Automatic Aerosol Deodorizing System provides around-the-clock, battery-operated freshening, so even when you can't be there to spray after your cat uses the litter box, this system will freshen automatically. Be careful not to overdo scent use, however, because if the scent is too strong, your cat may avoid the room with the litter box and eliminate elsewhere."

When my cat has an accident on the carpet, what is the best product to use to clean it up?

Dr. Smith: "Cleaners formulated especially for pets work the best. We have always recommended enzyme and bacteria formulas because they contain natural organisms that actually eat away or digest the odor-causing bacteria in the stain. These formulas permanently remove stains and odors from the deepest fibers in your carpet. Good examples are OdorLogic® CleanAway and Nature's Miracle Stain and Odor Remover."

What can I do about odors on my cat?

Dr. Smith: "If your cat is fussy about water, there are many ways to augment her grooming routine without giving her a full bath. Cat Bath Wipes are a must for any cat owner. They wipe away coat odors and condition your cat's skin and hair coat. Or, spritz on a waterless shampoo to keep her smelling fresh and clean."

Pets of the Month



Congratulations to Tessa and Mutley, our April pets of the month!  Tessa is a black lab and Mutley is a black and white tuxedo cat.  They were recently interviewed by their dad, Tim, and had this to say.

How we met our family:

Mutley:  I’ve been in the family six years.  I was part of a fairly abusive household so my parents asked to be allowed to adopt me.  They did.

Tessa: I’m the newest member of our family.  My parents were on the lookout for a dog after having to put down their two dogs Bailey and Nicole after 15 years in late 2006.  They went to the pound every day and joined the lab rescue to find just the right member for their family.  I had just been picked up by the rescue and was at a showing at Petsmart with the lab rescue.  We instantly fell in love and they say I’ve been the best. Mutley and I have a mutual admiration and are wonderful members of the family.

Our favorite hobbies:

Tessa: I have two main hobbies and interests in life... playing ball and eating. 

Mutley: I have one hobby... just being cute.

Our favorite foods:

Tessa: My favorite food is ice cream. 

Mutley: I love Friskies.

Our favorite toys:

Tessa: I love anything that squeaks.

Mutley: I love anything that looks like a bird.

Our most exciting adventures:

Tessa: My most exciting adventures involve chasing a ball into the lake. 

Mutley: My most exciting adventure is stalking the occasional bird near our pond.

Our idea of a perfect day:

Tessa: My perfect day involves waking up to a bowl of food and going for a ride to the lake where I will chase the ball into the water until I’m totally worn out.  Then home to dinner and laying by everyone on my mat while having my belly rubbed followed by a jaunt up to my couch for a sound night's sleep.

Mutley: My perfect day involves Friskies, lying in the sun, stalking a few birds, and then coming to lie inside on my favorite soft red blanket.

Secret skills or abilities that few people know about us:

Tessa: I have an uncanny ability to catch balls.  I also know how to get most anything I want by staring at my dad with my big brown eyes.  Lastly I’m secretly a wrestler and love to get crazy and wrestle around. 

Mutley: I have a secret ability to control Tessa which makes her feel great knowing she is still the alpha.

What I like most about my pet sitters:

We love all of the attention, praise, and walks we get.

Service Announcements

I’d like to hear from anyone who might be interested in having their dogs go on regular, weekly trail walks.  These would be on-leash walks with a total of 2 to 4 dogs per dog walker, depending on the size, temperament, and energy of the dogs.  (We would match dogs accordingly.)  We would pick your dogs up in the morning and the duration of the walk would probably be around 1 to 1.5 hours, depending on the energy level of the dogs.  If you are interested, please contact me directly at

Memorial Day is coming up next month.  If you are planning a vacation over the holiday, please let us know so we can get your visits scheduled.

Spotlight on Fundraising

No More Homeless Pets in Sacramento County ( is holding a used book sale next weekend on April 12th and 13th inside Country Club Plaza Mall at 2310 Watt Ave. (at El Camino).  Saturday hours are 10am to 9pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.  Proceeds will be used for a pet Super Adoption to be held on May 17th and 18th.  Please come support their cause.

Folsom Feline Rescue will have a book at Lembi Park’s large yard sale on May 3rd.  Hours are from 8am to 2pm.  They always have great stuff not only for cats but also for people!

Cute Animal Story

This is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen – an elephant painting a self-portrait.  I don’t know how it does this but I’m assuming it must’ve been trained.  You have to see it to believe it!  ORBIT: PATRONS (This runs about 8.5 minutes.

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