$10 for 10 minutes per handler/dog in the ring. Entry fees go to WKC Building Fund. (members, we ask politely that you do not use credits for this...we need a new building!)
The American Veterinary Medical Association has declared February as National Pet Dental Health Month. Many of our local veterinary clinics offer special discounted prices in February for dental exams and prophylaxis. Prophylaxis refers to the evaluation, scaling, polishing and extractions that are needed for a complete and thorough dental. Sealants can also be applied to healthy teeth to prevent further decay.
How often do you look at your dog’s teeth? Any of these signs are a signal that you need to get your dog into your vet for a dental exam before his next scheduled annual exam:
- bad breath
- broken or loose teeth
- extra teeth or retained baby teeth
- teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- pain in or around the mouth
- bleeding from the mouth
- swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth
Periodontal disease starts with plaque that hardens into tartar. Tartar above the gumline can often be easily seen and removed. Plaque and tartar below the gumline is damaging to the jaw bone and the tissue that connects the tooth to bone. Periodontal disease is graded on a scale of 0 (normal) to 4 (severe).
Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs – by the time your pet is 3 years old, he will likely have early evidence of periodontal disease, which will worsen as your pet grows older if effective preventive measures aren’t taken. Early detection and treatment are critical because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet. Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your pet’s mouth. Some serious health problems often found in association with periodontal disease include kidney, liver, and heart muscle changes.
The exam begins with the veterinarian examining your dog’s mouth. The initial exam may tell the veterinarian that all is well with your dog’s current dental health and no immediate action needs to be taken. If there are broken or infected teeth that should be extracted, your dog will need to be anesthetized during that procedure. If serious infection is discovered, an antibiotic will be given for a few days before any procedure.
Your dog will need to be under anesthesia for a thorough dental prophylaxis. Anesthesia makes it possible to perform the dental procedures with less stress and pain for your pet. A licensed veterinary technician (LVT) may perform the cleaning and initial exam. If there are periodontal pockets found, the LVT will consult with the veterinarian to determine if the tooth is still viable or if it needs to be extracted. Applying local blocks and extracting teeth in question are often completed by the LVT. The LVT can suture the flap of gingiva if necessary after extraction.
Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep his teeth healthy between dental cleanings, and may reduce the frequency or even eliminate the need for periodic dental cleaning by your veterinarian. Daily brushing is best, but less frequent brushing can be helpful. If you have concerns about bad breath or continued health, the vet can recommend chews or drops that are safe and effective in keeping tarter and plaque in check.
There are many over the counter (OTC) pet products marketed with claims that they improve dental health, but not all of them are effective or safe. Talk with your veterinarian about any dental products, treats, or dental-specific diets you’re considering for your pet. Two recommended products are Greenies or CET chews. Greenies are available OTC and are often available at your veterinary clinic. C.E.T. chews are only available through a veterinarian. These two products have been tested and are highly effective. C.E.T. Chews also have an antimicrobial enzyme to keep the bacteria in your dog’s mouth in check.
If you are concerned about Greenies or the C.E.T. chews causing a blockage in your dog’s intestine, talk to your veterinary staff. Both of the above mentioned products will easily dissolve in water. Your dog’s stomach acid should quickly finish the job.
March 5th and March 6th 2016
Saturday for Novice & Open competitors
Sunday for Excellent & Masters competitors
Some people in this club just go above and beyond! Jeff Koski gave up both days of his weekend to come to the Ephrata-Moses Lake Kennel Club agility trial March 26-27 where he took pictures and videos of club member’s dogs demonstrating their skills. Jeff mostly took video, but I asked him to take pictures of Brandi because I had so few of her (and I could buy the videos from Tripod Visions). Then he turned around the next weekend and went to Argus to video more club members at a trial there. This, on top of everything else he does for us! Thanks Jeff!
And speaking of thanks, being a member of this club meant even more to me this winter when my dogs were going stir crazy because of all the snow. I regularly travelled down to Wenatchee to set up courses at the training center in the mornings or early afternoons (and hosted some of the practices on Sunday afternoons), and my dogs appreciated the chance to run! We worked our way through an entire workbook of 50 small space exercises, sometimes in conjunction with other club members. In thanks to the club for keeping my dogs (and myself!) sane, I’m making another donation to the building fund. Won’t you consider doing so too to honor all the WKC does for you?
Your The PawPrint Editor: Jan Flatten
Membership Meetings: Last Monday every month. Karen Hall has some GREAT programs lined up.
- Apr 23 - CGC, Community Canine, Temperament and Therapy Dog Tests - Rock Island Village At Rock Island Dam
- Apr 30 - Karelian Bear Dog 5K Run (Fundraiser for KBD Program) - Walla Walla Park
- May 1 - Apple Blossom Youth Day - Memorial Park
- May 7-8 - WKC Hunt Test - Hughes Ranch, Wilbur WA
- May 21 - Agility Fun Day - Walla Walla Park Shelter #2
- Oct 14-16 - WKC Agility Trial - Confluence Park
- Oct 21-23 - WKC Dog Show, Rally and Obedience Trials - Chelan County Fairgrounds
Got a good idea for a program (vets, activities, interesting things)? Call Karen Hall and let her know!
*If you would like to bring refreshments for any of the club meetings, please contact Jan Flatten at email@example.com.
Photos and videos are a welcome part of the clubs website. Here are some of the ways in which you can get us your photos/videos.
Skydrive (7GB Free Space): http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/skydrive/download
Google Drive (15GB Free Space): http://www.google.com/drive/
I can add video to the web site. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to add a video. Or if it's on YouTube, sent me the YouTube link and I'll put the video up on the site.
I will have my agility field open for practice and/or play, 4/30/16 at 9:00am. I will plan on practice this Saturday, snow or no snow. If possible, please let me know if you think you might be able to make it, if you plan to come. I don't want to set up a course if no one shows. Plus, I don't want to waste firewood........ If you want to contact me, please phone or text me at 771-1892, please do not email me, as I only am able to access the Internet at my neighbors house once or twice a week. Hope I see you, playing in the snow can be fun! The dogs don't care! Cindy T and the determined dobermans
We will be joining in with the Ephrata/Moses Lake members. Hope some of you can come. If any one has anything specific they want to do, they can email me (email@example.com) and I can try to set something up. My address is 5703 Mae Valley Rd. NE. If anyone needs directions let me know and I can post them again. A small fee of $5.00/dog is appreciated to help with the maintenance of the field and agility equipment.
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