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October 4, 2010

Grooming, A New Look for RCD (Crate-Escape Too), and, sorry to say, Kennel Cough

What’s Happening at Crate-Escape?

 A HUGE advantage of the new 5,000 square feet of space into which we are expanding at Crate, is our upgraded grooming department. You will never need to consider taking your dog elsewhere for a bath and haircut.  There will be more room, a second groomer and new tubs all adding up to fabulous looking dogs!  Our list of services includes, baths, haircuts, cleaning ears, expressing anal glands and nail clippings.  We offer special shampoos for skin conditions, allergies, uninvited parasites and larger, black and white, nocturnal animals who may have dropped by your yard.  We will be up and running soon and will keep you informed of our progress.

What’s Up at Raining Cats and Dogs?

You HAVE to visit our store!  With the magic hands of our owner/designer, Stephanie, our new look is a perfect segue into Raining (Crate-Escape Too)’s new look, coming next spring.  Starting right away we will tempt you with new treats, new toys and new collars and leashes so you and your dog will not be able to live without us! Then the renovation will be the yogurt icing on the dog bone! Come see us soon! We have reopened on Saturdays from 10-5 to make your shopping easier.

Featured Food of the Week
Nature Variety’s “Instinct” foods are grain-free and gluten-free – perfect for satisfying your pet’s carnivorous cravings and nutritional needs.  Instinct is also highly digestible and nutritionally dense.  Feed instinctively to give your pet the nourishment and energy to enjoy life every day.
Our customers choose Instinct grain-free foods when they are seeking:

 – Allergy relief
  – Weight management
  – Improved skin and coat
  – Smaller stools

We have had great luck with this food. We currently carry the rabbit,  duck and salmon in small, medium and large bags. We also have the corresponding wet food.

*Some notes about our foods:

The owners of Crate and Raining (Crate-Escape Too) have always been very selective when it come to the foods we sell.  Our criteria list is as follows: the food must come from a small manufacturer and be made in the USA, factories that produce many lines of dog food are ruled out.  There cannot be any ‘fillers’ in the ingredient list;  we demand high quality ingredients,  and we select foods to help allergies and several food lines with minimal ingredients.

Pet Safety

With their choking clouds of smoke, fires pose a serious threat to pets just as they do to humans. Now, the animals can breathe a little easier.

Every Boston Fire Department engine, ladder and rescue truck will now carry oxygen masks specifically made for pets, the department announced today. The department received the 60 pet oxygen masks as a donation from WellPet, a natural pet food company based in Tewksbury, and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association Charities.

“Smoke doesn’t discriminate,” said Stephen MacDonald, a department spokesman. “It affects everyone that relies on oxygen to breathe. Having a specific mask geared toward pets will go a long way to helping pets survive smoky conditions.”

Before, firefighters would make do with oxygen masks made for humans, but the masks were not a good fit for most pets and much of the oxygen blew away, MacDonald said. Fires involving pets, though not common, happen often enough that it was a problem, he said.

Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser began pursuing the masks after a department administrative employee, concerned about her own German shepherd, told him how other departments around the country use special oxygen masks to help pets affected by fire, MacDonald said.

It wasn’t long before the commissioner found organizations willing to donate them, he said.

“We’re proud to donate these pet oxygen masks to the Boston Fire Department,” WellPet spokeswoman Chanda Leary-Coutu said in a statement, “so that the city’s firefighting heroes have the tools they need to save the lives of every member of our families, including our pets.”

Daycare Reminders

In the last 10 days or so there has been a bout of kennel cough (bordetella) going around. People forget how significant things can be to a population of dogs.  Here is a description of the symptoms and recommended treatments

Kennel cough is a highly contagious canine illness characterized by inflammation of the upper respiratory system. It can be caused by viral infections or bacterial infections.  It is so named because the infection can spread quickly among dogs.  Both viral and bacterial causes of kennel cough are spread through the air by infected dogs sneezing and coughing. It can also spread through contact with contaminated surfaces and through direct contact. Symptoms begin usually 3 to 5 days after exposure.

Contact with other dogs must be avoided and the infected animal must be kept within your own home.

Symptoms can include a harsh, dry hacking/coughing, retching, sneezing, snorting, in response to light pressing of the trachea or after excitement or exercise. The presence of a fever varies from case to case.

Antibiotics are given to treat any bacterial infection present. Cough suppressants are used if the cough is not productive (nothing is being coughed up).

The prognosis is good. 

If your dog exhibits any of the above symptoms, you cannot take him/her to daycare until there is a clean bill of health. You must go to your vet for a diagnosis. All for the good of our packs!

 We will have more pet news and information on 10/11/2010.

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