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Everyone will have something to crow about! March 28 at both Rainbow Ag stores, it's time to Party with the Poultry and win a $50.00 Rainbow Gift Card by Crowing For Cash! Celebrate Chick Days at Rainbow Ag, where all chicken feed will be on sale, along with poultry supplies. Crow in the store at the register to receive 10% off your entire purchase (excludes hay,shavings, sale items and power equipment), or enter the CrowFor Cash contest at 11:00 AM in Ukiah and Chicken feed on sale3:00 PM in Lakeport. The best Crow will get a $50.00 gift card in each store. Learn more about raising your Backyard Flock in the FREE seminars, at 10:00 AM at the Ukiah store, and at 2:00 PM at the Lakeport store. Plus, save 30% on all baby chicks! Don't miss the fun at the Poultry Party, all day Saturday March 28th.

alfalfaOnly two days left to save on quality mountain Alfalfa! The Spring Alfalfa Sale ends March 22. Cash and carry alfalfa hay for only $16.99 per bale, at both Rainbow stores. Stock up on heavy 3-wire bales now!

Coming up this spring at Rainbow; April 10 & 11 (Friday and Saturday), it's the No Tax Sale on all outdoor power equipment. Chose from a huge selection Stihl chain sawof chain saws, mowers, string trimmers, blowers, lawn tractors and more from top brands such as Husqvarna, Stihl, Honda and more. Our trained outdoor power specialists will be on hand to help you find the best solution to your outdoor power needs, from homeowner to landscape pro, and Rainbow will pay the sales tax! Get ready for summer yard chores with a new trimmer, blower or mower, April 10 & 11 at both Rainbow stores.

HSIMC Spaghetti FeedSaturday April 25 will be the Humane Society of Inland Mendocino County's 8th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser! Held at Barra of Mendocino Winery in Redwood Valley, dinner of Spaghetti and Meatballs, salad, garlic bread and dessert (vegetarian options available!) will be served from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Music by the Felt-Tips begins at 5:00 PM and there is also a Silent Auction and beer and wine available. Tickets are available at the HSIMC, The Barkery, and Rainbow Ag and reservations are highly recommended as this fun event sells out. Proceeds from the spaghetti dinner go to support the animals seeking homes at the Humane Society of Inland Mendocino County. More info at, or download the flier here.

Cranberry Relief available at RainbowA reader Ask A Vet about cranberries as healthy treats for her dog – read the answer from Dr Dana Shackelton of Middletown Animal Hospital (Cranberry Relief, one of the products recommended by Dr Shackelton, is available at Rainbow). Also in this issue, the veterinarians from MAH share some insights on Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease and offer tips on prevention and care.

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Pam from Ukiah asks: My question is are dried cranberries safe for dogs to eat? I have a spayed female dog who has a tendency for bladder infections. I enjoy snacking on dried cranberries and my dog likes them too! I thought they might help with her urinary tract health. If it is okay, how many would be safe for her? I know that some "people food" is toxic to dogs so don't want to be giving them to her if they are not safe for her. Thanks!

Dear Pam,
Thank you for your question on feeding dried cranberries to your dog. Cranberries in themselves are not toxic to dogs. There are even products developed from cranberries for dogs to help with urinary tract issues. Dried cranberries, however, have some risk factors to your pet you should know about before you proceed. If a large quantity is ingested, there can be a shift of body fluids out of your dog’s blood stream into his/her intestinal tract, resulting in a life-threatening emergency. There are also sugars in cranberries that dog teeth are not designed to withstand. If daily brushing is part of your dog care routine, the risk this presents is minimized. The positive effects of dried cranberries on the urinary tract of a dog and the exact dose is not known, but, just like with people, there may be some preventative effects on urinary tract infections. If there are persistent urinary issues, a thorough veterinary exam is recommended. Having a visit with your veterinarian and selecting a cranberry based product that is designed for dogs with urinary tract issues, such as Cranberry Comfort or Cranberry Relief by NaturVet, is the smartest way to incorporate cranberries into your dog’s daily routine.
Dr Shackelton

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Vets from Middletown Animal HospitalFeline Lower Urinary Tract Disease
Dr Dana Shackelton
Middletown Animal Hospital

One of the benefits of choosing a cat as a companion animal over man’s traditional best friend, the dog, is their fastidious bathroom habits. While tomes have been written on potty training a puppy, usually getting that new kitten to use the litter box is as easy as providing one. But now your kitty is urinating outside the litter box. Why? Are they angry at you for that weekend trip you took? Are they suffering from a medical condition? Are they suddenly connoisseurs of kitty litter and require a change of substrate? The answer is yes.

kitten playingFeline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is an umbrella term used to refer to any disease/disorder affecting the urinary bladder or urethra of cats. The clinical signs include urinating out of the litter box, straining to urinate, urinating too much or too little, and/or having blood in the urine. Figuring out the cause of your cat’s urinary issues is a matter of detective work that should start with your veterinarian. There are several common medical conditions that affect the urinary tracts of middle age and older cats. Having blood work performed and an analysis of your cat’s urine can rule in or out conditions like urinary tract infections, kidney disease, and diabetes. Stones can form in the urinary tracts of cats and make passing urine uncomfortable or impossible. If you ever find your cat straining to urinate, or find that he/she hasn’t been passing urine, please contact your veterinarian immediately as this can be a life-threatening emergency. One of the most common causes of FLUTD is Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC), or inflammation of the bladder for unknown causes.

If medical conditions are ruled out, behavior is the next suspect. Cats can become stressed with changes in the household, such as new pets, guests and any other changes to their environment and routine. Management techniques such as creating a safe place for the cat to eat and use the litter box away from threats and stressors can help improve their bathroom habits. Sometimes providing multiple, clean litter boxes throughout their environment can help your cat make good choices on where to pee. As a guide, provide one litter box per cat in the household plus one additional litter box. (Ex: a 3 cat household would have 4 litter boxes). There are even products that diffuse feline pheromones into the environment and help them remain calm.

Treatment of urinary tract issues in kitties is as varied as the causes of the urinary tract disease, but commonly incorporates pain management, anti-inflammatories and can even include behavior modifying drugs like anti-depressants. There are prescription diets designed for cats with urinary issues that help treat and prevent stone formation and inflammation. Keeping your cat fit and lean also reduces incidence and severity of disease and improves their quality of life!

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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