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August 2016

Something to think about

This morning at 6:12 a.m. I get a phone call from my alarm company telling me that our smoke alarm is going off at the grooming shop is everything okay? I don't know because I'm still at home in bed but not for very long let me tell you!! She dispatched the fire department to our location and they were here within 5 minutes of the alarm going off. I live 20 minutes away but I managed to make it here in 15.

My son who lives just a few blocks away got here before I did.

Fortunately for us it was a false alarm but our fire department is fantastic and has a system in place so that they know every business location. They know what happens in each business they know the point of emergency contacts and in our case they know that we board dogs and where they are located in the building.

They actually drew a map and it's in their database of our location. They have written permission to break Windows if they feel the need to. For example if they got here and saw smoke they could break my Windows come in and get the dogs because again they know exactly where they are.

Needless to say I'm in my nightgown standing at my grooming shop right now and I'm still shaking a little bit because that's a nerve wracking experience. Thinking that your grooming shop might be on fire will scare The Living Daylights out of you. But it also got me thinking.

How many of you have fire alarms? How many of you have just safety alarms? Should you consider adding heat or fire alarms? How many of your fire departments know that you may have dogs overnight if you are a kennel or a boarding facility? How many of your fire departments have an emergency plan in place like ours does?

Also how many of you have insurance that will cover you in case there is a fire or loss of animals due to a fire? If you do have insurance will it cover your entire cost of replacing everything in your building? Again that was going through my head while I'm barreling up here in my car. I know I have enough insurance but at the same point I was worried about it.

Something to think about on this Monday morning. and now I'm going home to go back to bed. If I can stop shaking. Psychological. I am barefoot and in my nightgown.... probably should put on at least my workout clothes before I go because I have to stop and get gas. Lol


Quicked nail care

We all try not to do it. But inevitably it happens to the best of us (and usually on a white dog to boot!).

You quick a nail.

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If the dog has jerked, or you have not been careful enough you can actually get one very deep into the quick and those can be very very difficult to stop.

I have detailed, step by step instructions on how to stop the bleeding if that happens.

First of all you know you did it generally speaking because the dog jumps or fusses, or in some cases screams. There are some cases where you don’t see it until later, but that is unusual.

The minute that it happens, CLAMP DOWN on the nail pad by applying pressure from the top and the bottom. This stops blood flow to the quick itself and numbs the pain.

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THEN using a lightly wet fingertip or cotton tipped applicator, apply a SMALL AMOUNT of quick stop. I always try to keep a small container of QS on my table while trimming nails just in case I need it. After the QS is applied, hold for a few more seconds and release slowly. If the blood has not stopped, then continue to hold, and reapply if needed.

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If there is a lot of blood, or you didn’t notice that you had quicked it until later on in the process, pinch the pad, WIPE the nail with a damp paper towel or spray with peroxide to remove the blood, and then repeat the steps above. Applying the QS over the nail and without the blood being present will ensure the blood can clot better and will result in a lot less mess created by the QS.

If the nail is torn, or really deeply cut this technique works well to stop it from bleeding further. Pinching it off will numb the pain as well for you to be able to recut in the event of a torn nail, and will make it possible to apply QS in a way that results in less yellow or brown mess that many people have when applying QS straight to a bloody nail.

This technique can ALSO be used to do what is referred to as a “show quick” where the nails are deliberately cut short into the quick to make the nails short FAST.

I know, you are horrified by this! BUT! In some cases it CAN be done and MUST be done.

Take the cases of elderly clients on blood thinners. Their pets do severe damage to them if the nails are left long, and they do not always have the time it takes to make the nails shorter by dremeling twice weekly (and there is some discussion that the technique does not work anyway to shorten the nails).

If done correctly, this DOES NOT cause extreme pain. DOES NOT make dogs hate their nails being done. DOES NOT result in infection.

I am NOT SUGGESTING that it needs to be done routinely, but the fact is it has been done for as long as we have trimmed dog nails and there are ways to do it successfully and painlessly.

This technique can keep a pet in the home it has always been in with an owner that loves it. And that is worth a few seconds of discomfort, every month or so if you ask me.