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Is your Pup a Pin-up?

Is your dog just the cutest? Calendar cute? Can you imagine a picture of your canine in a calendar?

 
We're teaming up with the American Cancer Society on the production of the Bark For Life calendar. Submissions are being accepted now for an 18-month calendar, which will cover July 2013 through December 2014.
 
Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to help save lives and fight against cancer. All proceeds are tax deductible. What could be better than a great cause, a tax deduction, and a showcase of your canine as a calendar dog!
 
You'll want to hurry though. The deadline's coming up!  The cover is already sponsored. You can sponsor a calendar month for $200 (and you will receive 1 free calendar), or you can sponsor a calendar day for $20 (and you receive 1 calendar for half price). 
 
To submit a photo of your dog, you'll want to submit two photos of only the dog (alas, no humans). It's better if the dog can be looking up (looking down looks sad). Photos need to be 300dpi, which is high resolution, so a cellphone photo just won't cut it. After all, we want your dog to look fabulous!
 
DEADLINE: photos need to be paid for and photo files emailed by 5/5/13 (May 5).
 
Check (made to ACS) get snailmailed to:
    T. Barker, 155 Doherty Way, Redwood City, CA 94061
Photo/s get e-mailed to tbarker61@comcast.net. 
 
Questions:  415.238.3736
 
So, act soon, and thanks for your support!
 
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Are you "pet ready" for the next earthquake?

Learn what you need to know! Join us for an exciting half-day of information and training from veterinary professionals and emergency response experts, and even experience live demonstrations with search-and-rescue dogs to get you inspired and ready for the next earthquake as a pet owner. 

 
Adobe and Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospitals are teaming up to teach you what you need to know, with special appearances by Los Altos Hills County Fire District and FEMA Urban Search and Rescue to bring you the best information available so you know you are ready. 
 
"Pet Ready!" is Saturday, April 27, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, on the Foothill College Campus. Sponsored by Adobe and Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospitals, there is no cost to you to attend. 
 
So, come on down. Bring a friend or neighbor. Find out the differences between being prepared for humans and being prepared for pets (hint: some standard practices for people might actually harm pets). The Foothill College Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA) are hosting the event, including a rare public tour of the veterinary tech lab. The vet tech students will also show you proper bandaging techniques. 
 
RSVP not required, but the first 50 people who RSVP to <foothillscnavta@yahoo.com> will get free parking (otherwise, metered parking costs $3cash). For more information visit <http://www.midpen.com/petready>.
 
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Not-so-magic Mushrooms

We have a heads-up for dog owners about mushrooms. 

Recently, a few cases of dogs with mushroom poisoning have come into the hospital. Sometimes an owner will actually see their dog eat mushrooms, but think nothing of it until later.    

80 If you see your dog eating mushrooms from your yard, please bring them in urgently. It's a bona fide emergency. Bonus points if you can bring a sample of the mushroom with you. If caught early, treatment is relatively simple and straightforward. 

If it's caught late, however, treatment can be difficult to diagnose, difficult to treat, or it could be fatal. 
 
We also recommend that you clear your yard of mushrooms, even ones that don't look particularly exotic. Toxic mushrooms come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can look just like a mushroom you use in your kitchen. They can also pop up over night, so keep your eyes peeled. 
 
The fact is that most mushrooms are benign, but the toxic ones are so poisonous that if you have a dog, clear them anyway. It's not a great idea to feed wild mushrooms to humans either, as we recently saw with four Loomis residents who died from eating soup containing a poisonous mushroom that resembled a non-poisonous Asian mushroom. Not good for people, not good for animals.
 
So, if you see your dog eating a mushroom, any mushroom growing in the neighborhood, or if you have reason to believe they did, get them to an emergency room!
 
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Palo Alto Dog License Amnesty

Quick headsup, just to let folks know about Dog License Amnesty, which lasts the entire month of September. Dog License Amnesty provides a window of opportunity to avoid any citations, late fees or penalties, and still get your dog licensed. Even if you don't think you would be subject to any late fees, etc., it's nice to just get it done already. 

 
Dogs do need to have proof of a rabies vaccine. We can provide certificates for any rabies vaccine we have given, or schedule a vaccine 7 days a week! 
 
The Dog License Amnesty applies to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Palo Alto. It runs Sept. 1 through 30. Once you have your rabies vaccine certificate, you can get your dog license at the Palo Alto Animal Services office, at 3281 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA. Their hours of operation are: Monday - Saturday, 11:00am - 5:30pm, (except holidays; closed every other Friday).
 
We, on the other hand, are open every day. To pick up your rabies vaccine certificate, just stop on by. To schedule a rabies vaccine, give us a call, or use our handy online form.
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You call that a First Aid Kit, really?

We're not flexing our Medical Geek cred, but really, what's passes as a first aid kit for sale in the local store is quite silly in a major earthquake scenario. Different sized Band-aids, are you kidding me?

Don't get us wrong, we would never discourage having one. They're great for little kitchen mishaps, and the labeling does make them easier to find. But for a real First Aid kit, good for a real earthquake, it's super easy to pull a few things together and be ready for real. BTW, if there's a teenager in the house, maybe show them this post. Then, let them show you how it's done.

First you need a container: for a regular household kit, a tackle box comes with nifty little compartments plus a really helpful handle; but for a simple earthquake kit a gallon-sized zip lock will work. Or keep it in a knapsack in a handy location, with the rest of your earthquake supplies.
 
Second, you need the first aid items themselves. The main principle is to have items that are designed to work for different things and different scenarios. For example, disinfectant pads are good, but disinfecting liquid can cover the same smaller scenario, or larger wounds. Gauze and tape can become a bandage for larger injuries, or small. A cohesive bandage can wrap a wrist, or couple with gauze and tape to add pressure to a bigger situation. Tongue depressors can double as little splints. Eye irrigating solution can flush an eye, or flush out a wound before you apply disinfectant. You get the picture.
 
So we have a quick list of 15 items for a Real First Aid kit:
- surgical gloves
- an assortment of band-aids
- gauze and cotton squares, and rolls
- cloth bandage tape
- antibiotic ointment (avoid "triple")
- tongue depressors (6 or so)
- burn/wound dressing
- straight mosquito forceps (5")
- bandage scissors (4.5")
- hand sanitizing lotion (4oz)
- eye irrigating solution (4oz)
- Povidone-iodine, or chlorhexidine gluconate first aid antiseptic solution (3oz)
- digital thermometer, with batteries
- lubricant and covers to go with the digital thermometer
- flexible cohesive bandage (that sticks to itself, 3"x2.2yards)
 
If you get these 15 items, you have a real bona fide emergency kit, good for basic first aid for you and your pet. Put these in a gallon zip lock to keep it dry, and again with the "cool, dry, accessible" reminder for your earthquake kit location. You may want to increase your stock and bandage supplies, as your budget allows, in order to take care of more family and friends.
 
You should be able to find these items at the local Pharmaca, Wallgreens or your favorite Pharmacy. We found everything on the list in local stores, except maybe forceps and bandage scissors which we carry. For forceps, we like Halstead. For Bandage Scissors we like Lister. 
 
We order these hospital supplies in bulk and are happy to build a kit packaged in zip lock bags for our clients upon request. Nothing fancy, but high quality items you might not be able to find from a reliable source otherwise. We can assemble a "Zip lock" first-aid kit with the above items at our cost for $50.00. If you would like us to build one for you, please just let us know.
 
That said, it's quite easy to put a real first aid kit together. It's really important, when the hospitals are likely to be overrun, to do as much as we can on our own, and we should be able to take care of something more than your little day-to-day ooowie. This kit is pretty versatile. It's definitely a no-joke first aid kit of which you can feel proud and prepared.
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