Upcoming Events for:
Class at North Park
BYOB & D
CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Test Prep
Dock Diving Fun Trial
SUMMER SCHEDULE CHANGE
Beginning Saturday, June 8th we will no longer have the 4:45 Starter Class. This change will be in effect until Labor Day weekend. We will resume this class on Saturday, Sepember 7th.
INTRODUCING FROMM PET FOODS
Misty Pines is happy to announce we are now carrying Fromm Family Pet Foods in our retail store.
Since 1904, The Fromm Family has maintained a tradition of quiet innovation dedicated to the health and nutrition of animals. In the 1930's, The Fromm Family introduced the first canine distemper vaccine. In 1949, we introduced the concept of premium pet food to the public. As the country's first and oldest premium pet food company, they have earned the reputation as an industry leader, producing only the highest grade pet foods with the finest natural ingredients.
- Family owned and operated since 1904
- Dedicated to the art of creating the highest quality, natural pet foods and treats for dogs and cats
- All dry pet food and treats are made in the USA at their own USDA-inspected plant in Wisconsin
- All can foods are made in the USA at a USDA-inspected plant in South Dakota
- All products are tested by an outside accredited laboratory for the presence of pathogenic bacteria before they are released for distribution
- Variety driven gourmet entrees allow you to switch between and combine flavors as often as you would like
- Prepared in small batches with fresh ingredients that are delivered daily
- Low-temperature, high-moisture extrusion process ensures all starch is thoroughly cooked, and that no damage occurs to the proteins
- Contains only USDA-inspected ingredients
- Wheat free, corn free, and by-product free
- Meat and fish are free of any hormones or medications
- Contains no artificial or industrial preservatives
Misty Pines will carry Fromm Four Star in stock. If we do not currently carry the variety you wish to feed your pets, let our staff know - we are more than happy to order in any Fromm pet food you need! Ask about our Frequent Buyer Program for Fromm Pet Foods while you're there! For every 12 bags you buy, you get the 13th bag for free!
For more information, ask our staff during your next visit to Misty Pines, or visit the Fromm Family Pet Foods website.
BUY ONE GET ONE FREE - FROMM PET FOOD
To help introduce Fromm Pet Food to your household, we are announcing a Buy One Get One Free offer on any 4 lb. bag of Fromm Four Star pet foods in our store - available through the month of June.
This offer is EXCLUSIVELY at Misty Pines!
While we are busy getting our tank tops, shorts, and sandals ready for the hot weather, we should remember to ready our furry friends for the season, too! Think about sprucing them up with a summer cut!
Keep in mind – a "summer cut" can mean different things for different dogs. A summer trim up is a good idea to help shed that inner coat and keep a longer coat in good condition. A shave down is not necessarily the best option for your dog’s coat.
If the undercoat is healthy and maintained, the hair can actually loft as the dog moves, helping to cool the skin, while the top coat provides a layer of protection rather than insulation. If your dog has a double coat, you may need to ask a groomer to help with a Furminator treatment or thorough brushout to remove the thick undercoat. Continued coat maintenance will keep your dog cool and comfortable all summer long.
Be sure to ask about our Pawdicures this summer! Hot pavement and sidewalks are just as dangerous for your dog’s paw pads as the ice and salt during the winter. Ask us for a Pawdicure to add a layer of Musher’s Secret protection to avoid burnt paws!
Want your dog to be the most stylish one at the pool? Talk to our groom shop about nail polish for your dog! Nail polish applications are $10-$15 and can be a fun way to show off your dog’s personality!
Call our office at 412.364.4122 to discuss your dog’s summer needs with our professional groom shop!
CLASSES & EVENTS
Dog First Aid
Saturday, June 1st @ 8a
Saturday, June 1st & 15th @ 2:30p
Saturday, June 8th & 22nd @8a
Class at North Park
Tuesday, June 11th @ 6:30p
BYOB & D
Friday, June 14th @ 6p
CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class
Saturday, June 15th @ 8a
Dock Diving Fun Trial
Sunday, June 23rd @ 11a
Saturday, June 29th 8a
Wexford Plaza All Levels Class
Saturday, June 29th @ 2:30p
Saturday, July 6th @ 8a
Saturday, July 6th & 20th @ 2:30p
Saturday, July 8th, 9th & 10th @ 9:00a - 12:00p
Saturday, July 13th & 27th @8a
Dock Diving Learning and Practice Class
Sunday, July 14th @ 9:00a
CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class
Saturday, July 20th @ 8a
Class at North Park
Tuesday, July 23rd @ 6:30p
Saturday, July 31st @ 6:30p
Tips for Traveling with Pets
By Dr. Sophia Yin
Memorial Day Weekend has passed signaling summer is right around the corner. For many, it's time to start planning ahead for major vacations. Whether it's an extended road trip or a visit to the home of relatives some of the 77 million dog owners and 88 million cat owners will want to take their pets. Here are some tips to make traveling with your pet safe and enjoyable.
Tags and microchip: Your pets should wear a sturdy collar or harness with ID tags containing your pet's name and your cell phone number or some other number where you can be reached while traveling. Consider also getting your pet microchipped.
Photos: Bring a set of recent photos of your pet. You can tape them to their crate.
Health and Medical Needs
Get a health check or health certificate. Pets going on an extended trip should have a health check by their veterinarian beforehand. Those traveling on planes will need a health certificate within 10 days of traveling.
Bring your pets regular food and bring water in a bottle. Be sure to place the food in an airtight container. If you keep it in its regular bag, your dog or cat is sure to raid it at some point.
Remember to offer your pet water. You can use a bowl that attaches to the pet's crate and won't be knocked over. Or you can get a spill-proof bowl and leave it out. If you're going to take extended walks or hikes, bring along portable bowls.
If the weather is hot use a garden sprayer as a water mister. Dogs and cats don't tolerate hot weather as well as humans because their primary method for dissipating heat is by panting. If you're spending much time outdoors with them consider bringing a garden sprayer, filled with water so that you can mist the pets when needed.
Consider flea and heartworm prevention if you're traveling to locations with fleas or heartworm. To look for heartworm incidence by location, go to http://www.heartwormsociety.org/article_43.html, where you can download incidence maps.
When Riding in a Car
Your dog should wear a seatbelt, ride in a crate or otherwise be secured in the back seat.
Cats should ride in a cat carrier. For safety purposes, you may elect to have cats wear a harness and leash even when in their crate so that you have a way to handle them if they suddenly bolt when you open their door.
Crates and carriers serve a dual purpose of acting like your pet's palace and safe place when you visit new homes, hotels, and other unfamiliar places. Pets should first be trained to love their crates. You can place all of their meals in their crate and let them walk in and out anytime they want until they learn to associate the crate with good things. (See handout Training Cats and Dogs to Love Their Crates).
Pets can also be trained to love car rides by first letting them sit in the car while getting treats, and then taking them on short rides where they end up in places they like. (See handout Training Cats and Dogs to Enjoy Car Rides).
Make sure to bring things that help your pet feel comfortable, secure and relaxed—toys, bones to chew on, and food puzzles to help them pass the time.
For cats, remember to bring a litter box. You can place a box with litter in a larger covered plastic storage box so the litter doesn't spill or stink the car up. Then open the box when you want to give your cat the opportunity to potty.
Stop That Scratching!
Nancy Kay, DVM
If the sounds of a canine or feline “scratchfest” is interrupting your slumber, or you’re snarling, “Stop scratching!” several times a day, chances are you have an allergic pet on your hands. Just as with human hay fever, most dog and cat allergies are the result of an exaggerated immune system response to allergens in the environment such as plant pollens, tree pollens, and mold spores. The scientific name for this inherited allergic condition is atopy or atopic dermatitis. Terriers of any type are notorious atopy sufferers along with Dalmatians, Lhasa Apsos, Shar-peis, Bulldogs, and Labrador Retrievers.
Whereas people are prone to runny nose and eyes, dogs and cats with atopy develop itchy skin, often accompanied by skin and ear infections. Symptoms are initially mild and seasonal, but tend to progress year by year in terms of severity and duration. Fortunately, there are many options for treating atopy including medicated shampoos, antihistamines, fatty acid supplements, and drugs that alter the immune system’s overzealous behavior (cyclosporine, cortisone). Just as for people, desensitization injections can be administered after specific testing is done to determine which allergens are provoking the immune response. Elimination of exposure to the allergens may also be an option (a good excuse to move to Hawaii!).
Some dogs and cats develop allergies to their food. This can result in year round itchy skin, ear infections, and/or gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, gassiness). If a food allergy is suspected, your veterinarian will recommend an “elimination food trial.” This requires strict adherence (including elimination of your pet’s favorite treats) to feeding a novel protein diet for six to eight weeks. There are many such diets to choose from these days that contain duck, rabbit, venison, salmon, and even kangaroo! If the chronic symptoms disappear in response to the diet change, voila, the diagnosis of food allergy has been made. One must then hope that, over time, the animal doesn’t develop an allergy to the new diet!
Lastly, some dogs and cats develop an allergy to fleas, more specifically, to the flea’s saliva. Whereas many fleas are required to cause most animals to scratch like crazy, for those with a flea allergy, just one bite is all it takes to set off an intensely itchy reaction that can last for days. The best treatment for this allergy is stringent flea control, or relocation to Colorado; fleas don’t survive in high altitude locations!
‘Tis the season for fleas and seasonal atopy. Do you have an itchy dog or cat on your hands? If so, what will your strategy be to soothe your pet’s itch and preserve your sanity?
Best wishes to you and your four-legged family members for abundant good health,
Therapy Dog Visits
Once your dog has passed their Therapy Dog International certification, it's time for the fun to begin. These places are always looking for registered therapy dogs to brighten the day of the patients and residents:
Excela Health Home Care and Hospice (Westmoreland County)
Contact: Joan Roth, Volunteer Coordinator
Family Hospice Palliative Care
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 also coordinates a Pet Assisted Therapy program that visits multiple locations. To join their therapy group contact:
Ann Cadman: (412) 847-7031
Allegheny General Hospital
Jennifer Kopar: 412-359-3067
Tail Waggin Tutors at Baden Library
Sarah Goodman: 724-869-3960
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
Therapy Dog 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. The Teams listed below are a small portion of those interested in visiting those in need of therapeutic visits from their furry friends:
Pets With Heart, Pet Therapy
Sister Sharon Costello: 724-869-6545