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Ukiah Rainbow Ag
3:30 to 5:00 PM
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Every Other Saturday
February 22, March 8
12:30 to 2:00 PM
Their services are provided without an examination fee by a state licensed veterinarian. VIP offers all canine and feline vaccinations, blood and fecal testing, flea and tick control, ear mite treatment, deworming, and heartworm prevention. They also offer microchipping for only $39.00 including lifetime registration. For more information see Their web site at http://www.happypet.com
or call the Ukiah or Lakeport Rainbow stores.
Dogs on leash, Cats in carrier, Please!
Why did the chicken head for Rainbow Ag on March 15? To join in the Poultry Party, of course! All day long, "crow like a rooster" to receive 10% off your purchase! There will be Hot Buys on all poultry feed, and all chicks are 25% Off! The Ukiah store will hold a How To Raise Your Backyard Flock seminar at 11:00 AM – learn how to get started with this fast-growing hobby of backyard chickens! Do you have something to crow about? Enter the Crow for Cash Contest (11:30 AM) and the "Best Crow" will win $50.00! Special events are planned all day, at both stores, so don't miss it! Save big on chicks, poultry feed and supplies and learn something new. And, Have Fun!
The recent rains have been a blessing to our drought-ridden area, but they have also brought out a fresh hatch of ticks. Even though tick season here in northern California is usually April through October, a recent hike with our two dogs out at the coast, resulted in over 30 ticks! There are many choices for protecting your pets from ticks, including collars, dips, and the most popular drop-on products such as Frontline and the generic alternative Spectra Sure, for both dogs and cats. All are available at Rainbow Ag. If you are not sure which product is the best for your situation, just ask one of Rainbow's friendly, trained staff for a recommendation, or check with your veterinarian if you are concerned about safety and the best product for your best friend. For more information about ticks and the problems they can cause, check out this article from a previous Rainbow Wags issue.
In this issue, we have a article from Dr Brie Duff, of Middletown Animal Hospital, about kidney disease in cats. Dr Duff reminds us that nearly all older cats are prone to kidney disease, but it is not always easy to diagnose. Also in this issue, don't miss the great subscriber coupon for 25% off any pet treat or toy! What a great savings!
Mendocino County Animal Care and Control is overflowing with stray dogs, and more arrive every day. If you have lost your dog, they are one of the first places to check! Mendocino County Animal Care and Control is also offering special adoption prices so if you are in search of a new furry family member, check out their Facebook page.
Did you know? The Trivia Contest is one of the most popular features on the Rainbow Ag newsletters. Last month, 53 people entered the Wags Pet Trivia Contest! That's a record! Just send in your answer to be entered to win a $15.00 Rainbow Gift Card. How it works? All correct answers are entered into the drawing. Winners are chosen by using the random number selector at random.org and the winner is notified by email. Simple as that!
Spring is always a busy season at Rainbow. Chicks are cheeping, flowers are blooming and the Rainbow managers are busy scheduling events and sales. After the Poultry Party on March 15, watch for the Spring No-Tax on Outdoor Power Equipment Sale in early April, the biggest sale of the year – the Spring Fair Sale – end of April and early May, and the irrigation sale later in May. Then off we go into Fair season – Rainbow has the feed, supplies and know-how to guide 4H and FFA members to a winning season. Stop by and see what's new at Rainbow Ag!
Vaccination Clinics At Middletown Animal Hospital,
10am to 11am - February 22, March 8
Healthy pets only, dogs on leashes and cats in carriers.
More info call 707-987-2000
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Cats and their Kidneys
Dr Brie Duff
Middletown Animal Hospital
It is very common for older geriatric cats to develop chronic renal failure, which is kidney disease. Over 1/3 of all cats over the age of 15 are affected, but we can start seeing it much earlier as well. It's important to have annual bloodwork and urinalyses performed on cats over the age of 7 to screen them for kidney disease, especially since in its early form you may not notice the subtle signs. For those cats crossing in to their teenage years it's also more usual to have twice yearly health checks just to try and pick up these subtle early signs of kidney problems. The difficulty we have with chronic renal failure is the irreversibility of the condition. A damaged kidney cannot regenerate. Fortunately though, the kidney has considerable reserves and if we detect it during the early stages, there's a much higher chance of slowing down the progression of the disease.
The most common early signs you may notice is an increase in urinating and thirst. Of course this can be difficult to notice with an outdoor cat or one in a multi-cat household. Other signs are a loss of appetite, weight loss, lethargy, or vomiting. During their health checks a weight is always recorded. Subtle small losses in weight over several visits may be the only sign something is wrong. Other helpful findings we may find on our physical examination are small or enlarged kidneys during palpation and changes within the eye related to increases in blood pressure, which about a fifth of cats will develop with kidney failure.
If your cat is one of the 1/3 to develop kidney problems there are quite a few things we can do to help. Our goal is to slow the progression and make them feel comfortable and painless. One of the greatest problems with kidney disease is a loss of appetite and it is essential that they start eating. We use a variety of therapies, including appetite stimulants, antacids, anti-nausea medication, as well as fluid therapy to keep them hydrated. Our goal is to get them eating a prescription kidney diet because their life expectancy is three times longer than those without it. However, if your cat is finicky, we try to transition over to this diet slowly or modify a diet they like to 'recreate' a kidney diet. It is VERY important not to feed them diets high in sodium because this can worsen their kidney disease and put them over the edge.
It is definitely not a hopeless situation for cats with kidney disease. Early diagnosis is key in helping prolong their life with a good quality. There are a small number of cases where there were zero signs of kidney disease only to develop a severe case later, but in the majority regular health checks detect early disease before it starts to spiral out of control.
|Value 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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