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Fall – the weather is changing, the days are getting shorter and the trees are starting to change color. It's the perfect time to enjoy a hike with our dogs, or to snuggle on the couch with our cats. It is also a great time to start planning for the fun activities of the fall season, such as the Halloween Pet Costume Contest at Rainbow Ag! Mark your calendars for Saturday October 25. You won't want to miss the fun. Rainbow has some great prizes, and savings in both stores for the best pets in costume. Watch for complete details in the October newsletter.

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And something for Fido too – if you have a "ball dog" they are sure to love the new Rainbow Ag branded tennis balls. Only 99 cents each! Perfect to go along with some favorite treats and save 20% on any pet treat in the store, with this month's subscriber coupon! Just print it out, or show us on your phone and save 20% on something yummy for your kitty or pup's tummy.

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Mendocino County Animal Care & Control is in need of leashes. Adopters sometimes forget to bring a leash when picking up their new pets and it is important that these dogs get to their new home safely. Have some extra leashes, in good working condition, to donate to the shelter? Drop off new or used leashes at the shelter at 298 Plant Road in Ukiah, or in the donation bin just inside the door of the Ukiah Rainbow Ag. Donations of food and chews are also accepted!

two kittiesHave room in your home and heart for a pet that will truly appreciate it? Consider adopting an older pet. Senior pets are most often overlooked by prospective adopters, but older pets deserve forever homes too. Often an older pet is more mellow and will fit right in with a household. Adopting a senior pet is not for everyone, but if you are thinking about it, this article from VetStreet advises on what you need to know to adopt a senior pet.Carhartt dog bed

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Fall is also Harvest Mite season. These annoying pests can cause considerable itchiness and dermatitis in all animals, including humans. The vets from Middletown Animal Hospital tell us how to recognize and treat mite infestations in this month's article.

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Harvest Mite Season is Around the Corner

Harvest mites, also knows as “chiggers”, are the larvae of the mite Trombicula alfreddugesi. They are a mite that can cause considerable itchiness and dermatitis in all animals, including humans. To the naked eye, these appear as a bright orange-red powder. These little buggers come out at the end of summer to beginning of fall in this area. They are often in the environment through the fall and sometimes into winter. We predominantly have been seeing infestations in horses, cat, and dogs. Harvest mites are scavengers that live on decaying vegetable material and plants. The eggs are laid on moist ground and hatch into larvae that dig the hooks of their mouths into the animal’s skin to feed. They feed for three to four days before dropping off of the host to develop into adults. The larvae are the only parasitic form. The mites cause problems during their feeding process on the host. They inject fluid into the skin that causes inflammation and intense itchiness, which can also lead to secondary bacterial infections if unrecognized for a period of time.

Harvest mites search for areas of warmth, which they find with their hosts (animals or people). They move all over the host until they find a site that they can hide and feed for a few days. Most often, these are areas of thin skin. In horses, the mites seem to prefer the area under the chin, belly, along the neck, and legs. You can almost never see the mite, but instead notice hives and areas of scabs with serum discharge. Dogs most commonly develop hair loss, redness of skin, and secondary infections on their chest and belly. Cats can sometime show no clinical signs because they are so good at grooming themselves and mechanically removing the mites themselves. By far, the most common site for harvest mites in cats is inside their ears. You may notice your kitty scratching at their ears, shaking their head, or showing no signs at all. It is easy to diagnose because we can see the orange mites in their ears.

To treat harvest mites, there are a variety of insecticides that people recommend. However, by far the most effective one we have found is Frontline Spray, which can be used in all animals. Use this once monthly to kill those mites currently on your animal as well as preventing re-infestation. Without preventing re-infestation, your pet will continue to be fed upon and be affected by these pesky mites. Other treatments include corticosteroids to relieve the intense itchiness and antibiotics if needed.

We will most likely start seeing patients affected by these mites in the next few weeks. It is very common to see cats with mites in the ears during their annual physical examination that have no clinical signs! So be on the look out! Make sure to stay current on your annual physical examinations and if your pet is getting itchy, make an appointment with your veterinarian. The sooner you treat the better and less complicated the disease process can become.

Dr Joanna Holtz

 
New House Brand Pet FoodsValue is important in this tight economy. You want the best for your animal companions, but you can't ignore the costs either. That's why Rainbow is pleased to introduce their new House Brands of pet foods – extremely high quality food that is also an extreme value! These brands aren't advertised nationally but just compare the quality to other store brands and it's easy to see why they are such a value. Get a 40 lb bag of Red Flannel Canine Select for the low regular price of $17.99, or a 35 lb bag of Exclusive Chicken & Rice for the everyday price of $34.99. Save even more by using the Frequent Buyer Card and when you buy 6 bags, you get one free! Come on in to the Ukiah or Lakeport stores today and ask for the House Brands – and get your Frequent Buyers Card.

 


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