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Misty Pines Gazette

February 2016
Volume XII: Issue 2

Table of Contents

Happy Valentine's Day!

Upcoming Events for:

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CGC/TDI Test

CGC/TDI Prep Class

Multi-Level Class

Small Breed Conformation

Large Breed Conformation

Starter Orientation

Agility

Multi-Level Class

Small Breed Conformation

Large Breed Conformation

Puppy Orientation

CGC/TDI Prep Class

Multi-Level Class

Small Breed Conformation

Large Breed Conformation

Agility

Multi-Level Class

Small Breed Conformation

Large Breed Conformation

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Conformation Classes

Sundays beginning February 7th and continuing till Sunday, March 27th.

1:00 – 1:45 PM | small breeds, need to be examined on a table
2:00 – 3:00 PM | large breeds, examined on floor

$12 first dog, $5 each additional dog in the same family

Learn how to handle your dog for the show ring. Learn how to stack, gait and to have proper etiquette in the sport of show dog handling. Enter a sport that will bring many hours of enjoyment and education to every member of your family.

Classes are taught by Mick McCormick. Mick has been breeding and showing Alaskan Malamutes since 1968. He is the current President and previous Show Chair of the Butler County Kennel Club. He has taught conformation classes for numerous years, and several of his students have won conformation titles against professional handlers.

Pre-Registration is required!

Changes at Misty Pines for 2016

We are pleased to announce a new schedule for classes and a retooling of the format of our training program. Our focus going forward will be on the four variable of training: Distance, Distraction, Duration and Location and how to apply them properly to basic commands such as Sit, Down, Stay, Walking nicely on a leash (Heel, This Way and Easy), Come and more.

The new format has brought about changes not just to the schedule but also to the names of the classes: Starter Class is now Level I, Basic is Level II, Intermediate is Level III and All Levels is now Multi-Level. These changes more accurately reflect what is taught in each class and where students are in their training. Please be sure to note the changes so that you go to the correct class in the next week.

Classes will continue to raise the bar in difficulty and add new challenges and new commands but there will be a greater emphasis placed on mastering the variables of training in relation to basic commands before moving on to more advanced behaviors.

Moving to the next level of class will still require a graduation, however the "test" will be conducted by the class trainer DURING class. The trainer must be approached before class and asked for an evaluation during class. In this way students will not need to miss a class or come at a different time just to test and our trainers will have the necessary distractions on hand to truly evaluate the dog and handler to determine if they are ready for the next class level.

New class times are listed below. All classes are now 45 minutes. There have been no changes to the Puppy Pre-School, Puppy or Toy Breed classes.

Level I...$15
prev. Starter

Thursdays 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Thursdays 7:15 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Saturdays 3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Level II...$15
prev. Basic

Saturdays 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Level III...$15
prev. Intermediate

Saturdays 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Multi-Level Class...$15
prev. All Levels

Tuesdays 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Tuesdays 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Sundays 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Beginning February 7th - Ending March 27th)

Park Price Changes

Beginning January 1st a single day (2 hour) park pass will now be $7. Prices for the 1, 3 and 6 month passes will remain the same.

Cat Check-Out Time

Though the amount per night of boarding for cats is not increasing; cats will now be required to be picked up by 11:00am or there will be a charge for another night of lodging. In the past the procedure for cats was different than for dogs, however in an effort to maintain consistency this change will be taking effect immediately.

As with our canine guests if you decide to have your cat bathed or groomed on the last day of their stay they can be picked up as late as 4:30pm without paying the extra night's fee. Of course there will be a charge for the bath or hair cut but for a few dollars more it may be worth it if you need to pick up later in the day.

Product Spotlight

Tropiclean Fresh Breath

February is national Pet Dental Health month, and in celebration we are marking all of our Tropiclean Dental Health products down 20%. Come to Misty Pines and ask our knowledgeable staff to recommend the Tropiclean product to fit your dog's needs. While visiting Misty Pines your dog can have his teeth brushed by our experienced groomers for just $6. That's 25% off!

Periodontal Disease affects millions of pets each year.
25% Off Teeth Brushing.



CLASSES & EVENTS

CGC/TDI Test

Friday, February 5th Tests begin @ 5:30 PM

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, February 6th @ 8:00 AM

Multi Level Dog Training Class

Sundays beginning February 7th @ 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM. The last class will be Sunday, March 27th.

Small Breed Conformation Class

Sundays beginning February 7th @ 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM. The last class will be Sunday, March 27th.

Large Breed Conformation Class

Sundays beginning February 7th @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. The last class will be Sunday, March 27th.

Agility

Saturday, February 13th @ 8:00 AM

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, February 20th @ 8:00 AM

Agility

Saturday, February 27th @ 8:00 AM

LOOKING AHEAD

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, March 5th @ 8:00 AM

Multi Level Dog Training Class

Sundays beginning February 7th @ 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM. The last class will be Sunday, March 27th.

Small Breed Conformation Class

Sundays beginning February 7th @ 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM. The last class will be Sunday, March 27th.

Large Breed Conformation Class

Sundays beginning February 7th @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. The last class will be Sunday, March 27th.

Agility

Saturday, March 12th @ 8:00 AM

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, March 19th @ 8:00 AM

Agility

Saturday, March 26th @ 8:00 AM

Periodontal Disease

Dental disease, specifically periodontal disease, is the most common disease affecting dogs and cats. Periodontal disease is an inflammation of some or all of the supporting structures of the teeth. These structures include the gingiva, periodontal ligament, cementum, and alveolar bone. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria, mostly aerobic gram positive bacteria such as actinomyces and streptococci.

When dogs and cats eat, food particles become trapped along the gum line and in between the teeth. Bacteria are then attracted to the area which then joins with the food particles to form plaque. This is what creates the “dog breath” odor. If the plaque is not removed, minerals in the saliva begin to mix with the plaque and form tartar. Tartar, also known as calculus, will strongly adhere to the teeth. The tartar will become irritating to the gums and will separate the gums from the teeth to form little pockets where more bacteria can grow. At this point, the damage is usually irreversible and is called periodontal disease. It can be very painful by causing infection, loose teeth, abscesses, or infection.

There are numerous factors that affect the development of periodontal disease. They include diet, age, grooming habits at home, breed, and even genetics.

    The signs of periodontal disease include some of the following:
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Pus around the teeth
  • Inflamed gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty chewing or eating
  • Drooling
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Stomach or intestinal upset

How is periodontal disease treated?

Treatment will depend on the severity of disease. It is important to treat and control periodontal disease to maintain the health of the teeth and gums and to protect from infection from spreading to other parts of the body. The severity of periodontal disease during the examination will be “graded” into one of four groups.

Gum Disease Level 1

Grade I - Early Gingivitis
Has a mild amount of plaque and mild gum redness. There are no radiologic changes and the condition is reversible.

Gum Disease Level 2

Grade II - Advanced Gingivitis
Has plaque below the gum line. The gums are red and swollen. There is little radiologic changes and the condition is reversible.

Gum Disease Level 3

Grade III - Early Periodontitis
Has plaque and tarter below the gum line. The gums are red, swollen, are receding and will bleed with gentle probing. There is 10-30% loss of bone support shown on an x-ray. This condition is irreversible.

Gum Disease Level 4

Grade IV - Established Periodontitis
Has larger amounts of plaque and tarter below the gum line. There is severe gum inflammation, gum recession, loose or missing teeth, pus, and gums bleed easy. There is over 30% bone loss visible on an x-ray. This condition is irreversible.

Treating Grade I and II periodontal disease will require and dental cleaning and polishing. The plaque and tarter will be removed and then the teeth will be polished. The vet may also apply fluoride to the teeth to help strengthen them.

Treating Grade III and IV periodontal disease also require a dental cleaning and polishing as well as several other procedures. These procedures may include root planning and subgingival curettage, periodontal debridement, gingivectomy, periodontal surgery, and tooth extraction.

Remember that periodontal disease is irreversible. Prevention is the key pertaining to dental care in our pets. Regular brushing of your pet’s teeth can reduce plaque from accumulating and the development of tarter. Along with regular brushing, provide your dog with various toys and bones to help remove plaque build up.

TropiClean Dental Health ProductsMisty Pines carries TropiClean Dental Health products! You can fight periodontal disease without brushing their teeth. 93% of users noticed cleaner teeth in less than two weeks and 86% of users noticed better breath in less than one week!

Clean Teeth Gel: Works fast and naturally to help reduce plaque and tartar on dogs and cats -- no toothbrush required. A proprietary blend of natural, holistic ingredients produce a healthy oral environment. Kills the germs that cause bad breath, plaque and gingivitis. Soothes minor gum irritations. For clean teeth and 'up close' fresh breath everyday!

Mint Foam: Regular use of Fresh Mint Foam keeps teeth and gums clean. Its natural formula helps freshen their breath. For best results, your pet should receive daily oral care to promote periodontal health and overall wellness.

Water Additive: Was developed to provide dogs and cats with essential daily oral hygiene care. It will promote healthy gums and eliminates bad breath for up to 12 hours.

Puppy Oral Care Kit: Periodontal disease is the number one disease among dogs, effecting nearly 80% by age three. Developing good oral care habits at an early age is key to promoting complete pet wellness throughout the entire life of our dog. Fresh Breath Oral Care Kit begins working immediately to address plaque and tartar. A proprietary blend of natural ingredients produce a healthy oral environment, and promote periodontal wellness while also soothing minor gum irritations.

For puppies 16 weeks & up.

Directions:
Brush teeth once daily for 30 days. Depending on your puppy’s liking, use the TripleFlex brush or the Quick Finger brush. Squeeze a small amount of FreshBreath Brushing Gel onto the brush and allow your puppy to taste. Reapply and gently brush in a circular motion. Never use human toothpaste, as it can upset your puppy’s stomach.


Remember that during the month of February all TropiClean Dental Health products are 20% off at Misty Pines. Bring your dog to our groomers for 25% off teeth brushing ($6) and pick up your TropiClean Dental Health products today!



Therapy Dog Visits

Locations To Visit

Once your dog has passed their Therapy Dog International certification, it's time for the fun to begin. Read below for a list of places that are always looking for registered therapy dogs to brighten the day of the patients and residents:

Community Options
Contact: Jessica Kubas - 412-431-7079.

Heritage Hospice
Contact: Erica Kinkade - 724-334-6600.

Adelphoi
Contact: Bethanne Petrylak - 570-579-8700.

Remed
Contact: Tina - 412-477-0901.

Cranberry Township Library
Dog reading program. Looking for 3-4 dogs, the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Contact: Annemarie Lamperski.

Baden Memorial Library
Dog reading program. Need volunteer for 2 Thursdays per month from 5:00pm - 6:30pm
and 1 Saturday per month for 1 1/2 hours.
Contact: Kathleen Wagner

Gateway Hospice
Contact: Sr. Linda Larkman OSB, Volunteer Coordinator - 412-737-0969

West Haven Manor
Contact: Karen Zimmerman, Coordinator of Volunteer Services - 724-727-3451

North Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center
Contact: Teri A. Slimick - 724-935-3781

McGuire Memorial
Contact: Susan Matlock - 724-843-3400

Excela Health Home Care and Hospice (Westmoreland County)
Contact: Joan Roth, Volunteer Coordinator - 724-689-1653

Family Hospice Palliative Care
www.familyhospice.com/
Contact: Pam Tomczak - 412-572-8803

Western Pa. Humane Society coordinates visits to multiple locations in the community with volunteers who have Certified Therapy Dogs.
Contact: Joy Kealey.

Odyssey Health Care
Cliff Mine Rd., Pittsburgh
Contact: Barbara Coulter - 1-800-861-8584

Condordia of Franklin Park
Contact: Carol Kosela - 724-935-1075 ext. 103

VA Hospitals in Pittsburgh
Activities Director - 412-688-6000 ext. 3682

Country Meadows (South Hills)
Activities Director - 412-257-4566

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Volunteer Coordinator - 412-690-6508

Animal Friends coordinates a Pet Assisted Therapy program that visits multiple locations.
To join their therapy group or request visits contact Ann Cadman - 412-847-7031.

Allegheny General Hospital
Jennifer Kopar - 412-359-3067

Tail Waggin Tutors at Baden Library
Laura Bain - 724-869-3960

Heartland Hospice
Barb Kralik, Volunteer Coordinator - 412-919-5617

Caring Hospice Services
Brittany Bailey, Volunteer Coordinator - 412-563-3300

Concordia of Wexford
Michelle Moon - 724-935-1266

Passavant Memorial Homes and Subsidiaries
Colleen Perry, Social Services Coordinator - 412-820-1015 ext. 521

Services & Teams

If you would like to have Therapy Dogs visit your facility, please contact one of the following Therapy Dog Teams or contact Misty Pines to have your facility listed in the above section so that our teams may contact you. Click the link below for teams that are interested in visiting those in need of therapeutic visits from their furry friends:

Pets With Heart, Pet Therapy
Sister Sharon Costello: 724-869-6545
sharon@sisterspettherapy.com

Western Pa. Humane Society coordinates visits to multiple locations in the community with volunteers who have Certified Therapy Dogs.
Contact: Joy Kealey.

Animal Friends coordinates a Pet Assisted Therapy program that visits multiple locations.
To join their therapy group or request visits contact Ann Cadman - (412) 847-7031.

"The golden gift is this: Intimately connected with his own emotions, the dog cannot lie. What he feels, he expresses. What he shows in his body posture is true, without guile, completely and utterly honest. Distanced from our own feelings, bound by our fears, we treasure and are amazed by this quality of complete truth in our dogs."

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