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Why anesthesia free-dental cleanings

Cleanliness is healthiness
Tartar-encrusted teeth are not just unattractive; they are absolutely dangerous to a dog’s health.

Just as with humans, tartar or calculus forms on a dog’s teeth when plaque – a combination of salivary proteins and bacteria – accumulates on the teeth and is not brushed or mechanically scraped away by vigorous chewing. And just as with humans, some dogs seem more prone to tartar accumulation than others. Some of this may be due to an inherited trait; it’s also thought that the chemistry in some dogs’ saliva seems to promote tartar formation.

However it happens to accumulate, the mineralized concretion acts as a trap for even more plaque deposits. Soon, the gums become inflamed by the plaque, and bacterial infections may develop. Yes, the dog will have bad breath and unsightly red gums. He may experience pain when he’s eating his food, playing with toys, or during recreational chewing. Chronic mouth pain can cause behavioral changes, including crankiness and sudden onset of “bad moods.” But even more serious dangers are lurking unseen.

When plaque deposits begin to form in proximity to and then, gradually, under the dog’s gums, the immuno-inflammatory response begins to cause destruction of the structures that hold the dog’s teeth in place: the cementum (the calcified tissue that covers the root surfaces), periodontal ligament (connective tissue that helps anchor the teeth), and alveolar bone (the bone that surrounds the roots of the teeth). As these structures are damaged in the inflammatory response “crossfire,” the teeth can become loose and even fall out.

A more serious danger is the bacterial infection and resultant inflammation in the gums, which can send bacteria through the dog’s bloodstream, where it can wreak havoc with the heart, lungs, kidney, and liver. Dogs with chronic health problems that affect these organs and dogs with immune-mediated disease are at special risk of experiencing complications due to periodontal disease. For this reason alone, owners of these dogs should be the most proactive in keeping their dogs’ teeth clean.

The best candidates include dogs with tartar-encrusted teeth who exhibit any of the following:

• Poor kidney and/or liver function (detected with a blood test)

• Congenital heart defects (including murmurs), impaired heart function (such as congestive heart failure) or arrhythmia

• A recent injury or infection of any kind (even skin infections, including “hot spots,” are good cause to delay scheduling any procedure that requires anesthesia)

• A history of seizures (some preanesthetic sedatives can lower the seizure threshold)

Not all dogs are good subjects for non-anesthetic procedures -- particularly dogs with advanced dental disease that may require extractions and/or antibiotic treatment. *
Source-*Whole Dog Journal

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Wednesday, April 15th at 6:30 PM

A Skill That Could Save Your Dog’s Life; Leave It! "Leave It" is one of the most important things you can teach your dog..!

How many times has your dog discovered something gross, or even dangerous, he perceives as potentially edible that you don’t want him to pick up? It happens all the time and the “Leave It” command is the answer. It could save your dog from eating something that could hurt him. "Leave It" means don't touch...!!!

YES! Bring the Dog and High Value Treats Don’t Feed Your Dog Before Workshop

 1 1/2 Hour Workshop 

Taught By: Dana Babb, 425-577-4324


Class Start Dates

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MON- APR. 13
3:00 - 6:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog]
11:30 - 1:00 PM: Matted Floor Open [$10/handler]

TUE - APR. 14
2:00 - 6:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog]
3:00 - 9:00 PM: Open Agility Practice [$15/handler]

WED - APR. 15
11:30 AM: Puppy Kindergarten [4/14-5/20]
6:00 PM: Leave It! Workshop
7:00 PM: Breed Handling with Janet Warner [Drop In]
9:00 - 6:00 PM: Semi-Private Room Open [$5/dog] 
1:00 -5:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog] 
8:00 - 4:00 PM: Open Agility Practice [$15/handler]

THU- APR. 16
2:30 PM: AKC STAR Puppy [4/16-5/21]
6:30 PM: Pre-Competition Drop In Class [$25]
7:30 PM: Competitive Obedience Drop In Class [$25]
7:30 PM: AKC STAR Puppy [4/16-5/21]
9:00-1:00 PM: Matted Floor Open [$10/handler]
4:00-6:00 PM: Matted Floor Open [$10/handler]
9:00-6:00 PM: Semi-Private Room Open [$5/dog]
9:00-4:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog]

FRI- APR. 17
11:30 AM: K9 Fitness & Conditioning [Drop In $30]
9:00-11:00 AM: Semi-Private Room Open [$5/dog]
3:00 - 6:00 PM: Semi-Private Room Open [$5/dog]
9:00 - 6:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog]
9:00-11:00 AM:Matted Floor Open [$10/handler]

1:00 - 6:00 PM:Matted Floor Open [$10/handler]

SAT- APR. 18
Anesthesia Free Teeth Cleaning Appointments Open [Call 253-922-4271]
Grooming Appointments Open

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We are currently seeking a Part-Time to Full-Time Groomer.  We would like to groom 7 days a week 9am to 5:00 pm and need availability during those days/time.

We are seeking a Pet Groomer/Stylists with high standards and a professional attitude. Position requirements include but not limited to having a positive friendly attitude, fun-loving energetic person who can get along with and work well with others. Can take direction from management. Good communication skills with customers and staff are a must. Must be knowledgeable of dog breeds and their standard cuts, have a proper animal handling skills, must have own basic equipment ( shears, clippers, brushes and combs etc. ) . You must have a neat, clean appearance and working habits. Must be motivated!! We are a smoke-free, drug-free, and drama-free environment. Must keep grooming areas clean, neat, organized and disinfected daily. Need someone who can do 8 quality grooms per day. Fridays and Saturdays is required occasionally.

Please contact Jennifer t 253-486-6557 to setup a working interview


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