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August 15, 2006

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In this edition:

1. Great Pet Quotes
2. Welcome! - It's Pet Dental Month this month.
3. Animal Health News - Send your pet to a FAT FARM?
4. Pet tips - Dental info and tips for healthy pet teeth
5. A Dog’s Life, Sure, but With Aromatherapy and Massages

6. Success Story - Help in finding a House Call Vet
7. Some great offers -
8. Feedback

       1. Great Pet Quotes:

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~ Immanual Kant

"My little dog -- a heartbeat at my feet." ~ Edith Wharton

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France

“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” ~ Jean Cocteau

2. WELCOME to the August issue of Vets-n-Pets-n-Stuff,'s
newsletter for Pet Lovers and their Pets

Did you know that August is Pet Dental Month? In our Pet Tips section you'll find interesting pet dental facts and a list of tips and things you can do to keep your pet's teeth in top condition. Other stories we look at this month include an article on sending your pet to a fat farm

We've added a new section to our newsletter, Great Pet Quotes, a collection of thought provoking observations about our wonderful friends.

As usual we have some excellent money saving offers, a  joke, and the top ten searches done at last week. Finally there is our feedback department where we ask you
to tell us what you are concerned about.

Let's get on with it then and good reading,

3. Animal Health News: Send your pet to a FAT FARM?
It's no secret that many Americans and their pets, are overweight.  In the UK pet owners send their
fat cats to boot camp...

Reprinted from "This is Hertfordshire" online news

Fats cats are invited to shed the pounds at a new fit camp for pets at a Croydon veterinary surgery.

Vets at the PDSA in South Croydon are urging owners who have overweight animals to enrol them in the 100-day pet fit camp before August 18.

Chunky cats, podgy pooches and rounded rabbits are among the animals expected to sign up for the programme, which includes an exercise plan and a specially-tailored diet devised by pet nutritionists.

During the programme, furry participants will be monitored by staff at PDSA's Pet Aid hospitals.

PDSA nurse Ann Radford, who works at the Hurst Road surgery, said: "Around one in four pets I see are overweight. I think people just don't realise being overweight can be just as unhealthy for their pets as it is for humans."

One pet expected to enrol in the fat camp is Chalky the cat (pictured) who, at nearly 10 kilos, is far heavier than the average cat weight of between three to five kilos.

Ms Radford added: "He's already lost a fair bit of weight on a diet and him and his owner have done really well. But he's got some way to go yet."

A panel of judges will select eight finalists from all over the country to take part in the weight-loss challenge.

At the end of the program in December, the pet with the most significant weight-loss will be crowned PDSA Pet Fit Club champ, winning its family a pet-friendly break with Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire.

Pets not selected for the fit club will not waddle away empty handed, instead receiving a special leaflet featuring diet and fitness advice from the PDSA and vet Steve Leonard.

Your veterinarian or a pet nutritionist can help you in finding a diet for your overweight pet.  Find them in our Advanced Search section under Nutrition

"The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals" ~ Anonymous

4. Pet Dental Facts and Tips:

We've included some great tips for keeping your pet's teeth in top working condition, from the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association. 


  • Puppies develop 28 temporary teeth at about two to three weeks of age.  Their 42 permanent teeth emerge at about four months of age.

  • Studies show that by age three, 80 percent of dogs exhibit signs of gum disease.

  • Small dog breeds (such as toy poodles and shihtzus) are more likely than large dog breeds (such as Golden Retrievers, German Shepards and Irish Setters) to develop periodontal disease.  Canine dentistry experts believe this is true because the teeth of small dogs are often too large for their mouths, forcing the teeth much closer together.


  • Kittens have about 26 temporary teeth at about two to three weeks of age.  They develop 30 permanent teeth at about three to four months.

  • According to studies, by age three about 70% of cats show signs of gum disease.

  • Cervical line lesions are the most common dental disease of domestic cats.  The disease, which is also referred to as neck lesions, was virtually unrecognized until the mid-1970s.  Recent studies show that about 28% of domestic cats show at least one lesion.  The lesions often begin below the gumline, so they can develop undetected.  Often, the first sign to the pet owner is a severely inflamed gum around a single tooth.  Other signs include bad breath and tooth sensitivity.  Pet owners should seek veterinary care if their cats exhibit any of these symptoms.


  • Both puppies and kittens should have a dental examination by a veterinarian at two, three and four months of age, followed by annual examinations.  Early dental exams allow the veterinarian to identify dental development problems early when the pet can benefit from early intervention.

  • In addition to providing regular dental checks for their pets, pet owners can take steps at home to ensure good oral health.  All dogs and cats can benefit from a regular home dental care routine that is recommended by a veterinarian.  This home care program often will include both regular brushing and a proper, nutritional diet.

  • Feed a specially formulated pet food with proven oral health benefits in daily plaque and tartar control.

  • Introduce a brushing program to pets gradually.   At first, dip a finger into beef boullion for dogs or tuna water for cats.   Rub the soaked finger gently over the pet's mouth and teeth.  Make the initial sessions short and positive.  Gradually introduce gauze over the finger and gently scrub the teeth in a circular motion.  Finally, you can introduce a soft toothbrush designed for pets.

  • Use a sensitive or ultra-soft brush designed for people or a brush designed for pets.  Special pet toothbrushes are available from your veterinarian or specialty pet stores.

  • Brush the pet's teeth with a specially formulated toothpaste in flavors appealing to dogs and cats.  Toothpaste for humans should not be used because it can cause upset stomachs for pets.

If you'd like to find a veterinary professional who provides pet dental
services, simply visit our website,, and click on
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willing to drive. Click on the Search button to see the list of Vet Pros
who specialize in dental care for your pet.  And remember, if you don't
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5.  Beverly Hills Journal: A Dog’s Life, Sure, but With Aromatherapy and Massages

Reprinted from the New York Times


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug 2 — When the temperature here soars and the steaming humidity makes you feel like so much bok choy, you might crave an aromatherapy massage with tea tree oil, or perhaps a nice cooling bath with foaming mousse, without ever having to leave your property.

You can have this. If you are Candice Bergen’s basset hound.

Every day, a white van bearing the pastel-lettered name Spa Dog snakes through the hidden byways of the toniest neighborhoods in Beverly Hills and greater Los Angeles beyond, avoiding traffic on the way to a grooming appointment with a dog.

In the van is Steven Ogden, and his assistant, Golly Gee, a Chihuahua that sports a strand of pink pearls and barks authoritatively (as authoritatively as a Chihuahua can) at dogs that refuse to get into the bath.

Mr. Ogden, a former television producer, gave up the 9-to-5 two years ago and took over the mobile grooming business from the woman who had cared for his dog and trained him in her trade. He added hydrotherapy baths, aromatherapy and massage for those dogs whose owners love them and are willing to part with $90 to show it.

His client list could be from the BlackBerry of a Hollywood executive, and he often pampers as many as 14 dogs a day, which he says is far more relaxing than working in the television business: “I got tired of the human dramas.”

Mobile dog grooming units have mushroomed in the past 10 years, with dozens of such businesses in Los Angeles, one of the first cities to offer them as an alternative to traditional pet salons, where a smattering of dogs in recent years have been killed by overly hot hair dryers.

Mr. Ogden said he chose the spa theme to differentiate himself from grooming vans, many of them owned by franchises, that offer just cleaning and clipping.

Dogs, as it turns out, are more lucrative than cop shows.

“Ten years ago, this business wouldn’t have worked because people didn’t care about their dogs the way they do now,” said Mr. Ogden, who used to rescue pigeons in his youth, as he prepared his van, which is fully appointed with a bath, mobile grooming table and plastic containers filled with cotton swabs, shampoos and bows. “Dogs have become like children now. People want the best for them.”

The advantages he offers over pet-store grooming, he says, are that animals get individual treatment, rather than sitting in a mass of cages under a giant blow-dryer, and there is no dragging the dog away from home. His van offers a gentle experience for a grooming-averse dog, he said, with extras, like nail polish (“for special occasions”) and hair dye, if an owner craves a dog with a pink tail for Easter.

“Some dogs, when they hear my truck, just come running,” said Mr. Ogden, as Buck, a lumbering bull mastiff owned by the music producer whose assistant is romantically involved with the dog walker of the rock star, also a client, hopped in the van.

Buck, whose snout alone dwarfs the entire body of Golly Gee, offered up his paw for a gentle clip, and stared expectantly at the tub.

As Mr. Ogden rubbed him with soap and the Jacuzzi pump doled out its stuff, Buck licked at the air with pleasure, and sat slack jawed through his paw massage.

“Remember, this is a dog that head-butted his way through a plate glass window because he didn’t like the gardener,” Mr. Ogden said proudly.

Buck got a kiss on the head, a sniff test of sorts, (“Because that is exactly what is going to happen when they get in the house”) and then it was Moose’s turn.

A rescued dog hampered by fear and distrust, Moose needed to be muzzled for his clipping. (Mr. Ogden said he had never been bitten, but he said he refused to groom dogs who snarl at him. He also does not do poodles with a show clip, which requires elaborate styling.)

Mr. Ogden’s phone rang. A client going out of town would be leaving a picture with the housekeeper of how she would like her Labradoodle (part Labrador retriever, part poodle) to be trimmed.

Next stop: Ms. Bergen’s home in a gated area of Beverly Hills, where the mailbox is in the shape of a dog. Dickles the basset hound was delivered for his weekly bathing, and later Phyllis, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel mix, whose eyes flickered with tension as Mr. Ogden carefully blew out each strand of her hair so as not to spook her.

“She really is the princess,” he said of Phyllis, not Ms. Bergen, who, as it turned, out was very nice when she greeted Mr. Ogden and looked swell in a polo shirt.

In the dogs-are-like-their-owners category, Mr. Ogden said, people who do not bother to comb their own hair also neglect the grooming of their dogs. Likewise, clients who have problems with respecting personal space have dogs with the same.

People whose pets are farmed out to the help, he said, are left with lonely dogs that look forward to his visits.

Anyone feeling skeptical about Mr. Ogden’s devotion to animals would be moved by the gentle attention he gave to the ears of Kodiac, an aging golden retriever whose many operations and arthritis have rendered him unable to hop into the van.

Mr. Ogden bathed him in the front lawn of his owner’s home in Beverly Park, whispering soft words of comfort.

“I have lost a few dogs to old age,” Mr. Ogden said. “It definitely hurts. You wash a dog every week for two years, there definitely is a bond.”

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