Archive for July, 2009

No mom, I don’t want to take a bath!

Posted on July 27, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: , , , |

Many people think it is necessary to bathe their pets frequently to avoid having the “dog” smell.  Bathing to frequently can actually be irritating to your pets skin.  In turn, it can cause dry skin and irritation, leading to excessive licking and chewing.  Your pet really doesn’t need to be bathed more than once a month, sometimes even less.  I recommend bathing the day before you put topical flea control on.  This would mean you bathe once a month.  Of course if your pet is rolling in the mud, they may need to be at least rinsed off more frequently.  If it seems as if you are bathing more often, consider using a shampoo and conditioner that is very mild.  Try a brand that has aloe and oatmeal.  Any questions email me at

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Hot Spots, and I don’t mean great places to go.

Posted on July 20, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: , , |


With summer in full swing and allergiess on the rise, many pets experience hot spots.  Hot spots are patches of skin that become irritated from allergies or even flea bites.  The site can be aggravated when it is warm and humid due to hair or undercoat being shed and trapped.  Hot spots can develop in a matter of hours and become raw and infected from the pet licking, chewing, or scratching continuously.  My old dog was part chow and had lots of folds of skin on her neck, you can tell that by her picture.  She would develop the hot spots between the folds during the summer.  If your pet has a hot spot, most likely antibiotics are going to be needed.  Your  veterinarian will clip the hair around the wound, clean it thoroughly with a product like Nolvasan, and apply an antibiotic ointment.  Your pet will most likely need an e-collar to keep from re-injuring the area.  If it is necessary, your vet will prescribe an oral antibiotic as well.

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Shelters…the way to go

Posted on July 13, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: , |


This week I wanted to post my tip of the week blog about something that I think we all know is important, but should never be forgotten.

There are thousands of pets waiting to be adopted in shelters.  It doesn’t matter what city you live in, there is a pet in need.  Please remember when considering getting a pet that there is one out there who needs you.

Shelters are wonderful because they do give many pets a second chance to find a good home.  They have a variety of pets to be adopted as can be seen weekly on  You can find anything from rats, rabbits, horses, cats dogs, turtles and the list goes on.

Be sure when you are considering getting a pet that you take into account the home you have for it.  For instance probably best not to get a Great Dane for an apartment that is only a studio unless you have the ability to go for many walks a day.  If you are getting a first pet for a child, consider getting a hamster or rabbit first, before graduating up to a cat or dog.

But most of all, first look at your local shelter.  Don’t discount the pets that may be a little older, they still have lots of love to give to.

To read the poem “I rescued a human today” click

To find shelter in the San Diego area visit

For more questions on getting a new pet for your home contact me at

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Stay Safe this 4th of July

Posted on July 4, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call |

1.) Fireworks can be very scary for pets, so keep your pets locked safely inside your house during the 4th holiday.  Even if you think your pet won’t react, it is much better to be safe than sorry.  If you know your pet will react to the noise and you have a kennel, consider locking them in the kennel if they are kennel trained and give them lots of blankets that are familiar to them in case they want to bury themselves and hide.  Another option, stay home and comfort them.

2.)Remember the safety tips about keeping your pet cool in the summer.  This especially applies to a day like the 4th of July.  Never put your pet in your car, even if you are near the car and it is just for a few minutes, they can overheat quickly.

3.)Test the ground, if you can’t stand comfortably on it barefoot, neither can your pet, get them to an area where the ground is cool so they don’t get blistered feet.

4.)Make sure they have lots and lots of water.  If they run out, it is time to head home.

5.)Be careful feeding your pets people food at picnics.  If their stomachs aren’t used to it, they can get sick and even get pancreatitis, an inflammation in the pancreas that can require hospitalization.

6.)If you encounter a scared pet, never chase it.  If it is calm, try to entice them towards you with treats.  Do whatever you can to avoid them from running from you.  Move slowly.  If the pet is aggressive, you must protect yourself first, do not try to get the pet if there is a chance you will get bit.  Instead call in professionals like the animal control.   If you are able to get the animal, check for a collar and tags.  You can take the pet to any shelter or veterinary hospital to have it checked for a microchip to help find its mom or dad.

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