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Top Dog Winners 2016May News

And the winners are . . . Rudi, Norbert and Brooksie from Lakeport, and Bishop, Floyd and Cha Cha from Ukiah!

From nearly 200 original entries, the final Top Dogs were picked by voting on Facebook and the winners were announced on Friday April 29. Congratulations to the beautiful pups who will grace the labels of Rainbow's Natural Nuggets Dog Treats for the coming year! And, thank you to everyone who participated by bringing in their dog for a portrait and voting. Thank you also to photographer Catherine Reese, who did a great job on all the dog's portraits. Don't forget, if your dog had his photo taken during the Top Dog contest, you can purchase portraits, mugs, key chains and other fun stuff directly from Catherine Reese. Just check out her website for details.

Changes! Rainbow Ag will be upgrading our website soon and we’re excited about the changes! Statistics shows that over half of our readers access the Rainbow Ag website and newsletters on a mobile device – a smart phone or tablet. The new website design will make checking out all the goings-on at Rainbow even easier, and the newsletter will also be more mobile friendly. While it might take a little while to get used to, rest assured that all your favorite Rainbow Wags and On the Right Lead content will be available and even easier to share with your friends too! So keep an eye open for the new, improved website and newsletter format coming to your inbox soon.

VIP Community Vet ClinicsAnother change! Now VIP Community Veterinary Clinics will be in Lakeport every Saturday from 12:30 to 2:00 pm instead of twice a month! VIP offers vaccinations, microchips, heartworm medication and more, all at a reasonable cost and from a licensed veterinarian. Check out the VIP clinics at a Rainbow Ag near you!

Rainbow's Partner PlanHow much is it worth to keep your power equipment running its best for the next five years? What about $20.00? Yep, that's right - get 5 years worth of service labor for only $20.00, with a qualifying purchase of any Pro Outdoor Power item! With Rainbow's new Partner Plan you bring in your unit in November, December or January and receive a complete service. You only pay for regular maintenance parts if required. Also, if emergency repairs are needed on your OPE, the Partner Plan will put you at the head of the line! That's peace of mind for 5 years, at a steal - only $20.00! Ask Rainbow's Outdoor Power specialists about the Partner Plan.

kittenIt’s kitten season, and the Mendocino County Animal Shelter is in need of canned cat food for the rescue kittens. While the kitties prefer “pate” style food, rather than chunks, any and all non-expired cat food will be gratefully accepted. Drop off your donation at 298 Plant Road in Ukiah, or contact them at (707) 463-4427.

As the seasons change from spring to summer, foxtails become the number one problem seen by veterinarians. Remember to check your pet carefully when they come back in from a romp in the grass. Scratching, chewing at toes, watery eyes, and sneezing can all be signs that our furry friend has picked up a foxtail! Foxtails can move internally rather rapidly, so there might be barely an entry wound, but an internal foxtail can migrate up a leg, into internal organs and cause serious problems or even death. If your dog has long hair, consider a clip or partial clip to lessen the chance of a foxtail infestation.

This month, the vets from Middletown Animal Hospital share some information about Anaplasmosis, a serious tick-borne disease that is endemic in our area. Luckily, this disease can be tested for, along with Heartworm and Lyme’s SpectraSuredisease, in the same blood test. An important aspect to preventing Anaplasmosis is to keep our pets free from ticks. To help you out, check out the Subscriber’s Coupon for $5.00 off SpectraSure for dogs and cats. Year-round tick prevention is the best way to keep our pets safe and protected from tick borne disease.

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from the Vets at Middletown Animal Hospital

Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease seen in both dogs and cats, but more commonly dogs.  It is caused by the bacteria, Anaplasmosis phagocytophilum and Anaplasmosis platys, which are transmitted by the deer tick.  This disease is endemic in this region.  There is a good possibility that your dog has been exposed to this disease if it gets ticks.  We also see a fair amount of anaplasmosis dogs positive for lyme disease as well, since they are carried by the same type of tick.

Anaplasmosis is not commonly heard of or known by people like lyme disease, but it is just as important and problematic.  It can pose a serious threat to your dog’s health. The most common clinical signs seen are arthritis-like stiffness with painful joints, high fever, lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Infrequently, bruising, swollen lymph nodes, and neurological signs may be seen.  Anaplasmosis can also lead to life-threatening low platelet levels.  Platelets are involved in clotting the blood.  If they are severely low, spontaneous internal or external bleeding can occur.

There are several tests that can be performed in order to diagnose this disease. The most common is the 4Dx snap test that is performed in-house with just a few drops of blood.  It takes 10 minutes to run and is very specific and sensitive, meaning that if your dog is positive, then your dog has been exposed to the organism.  However, to confirm that your dog is actively suffering from the disease, we additionally run a complete blood count (CBC), among other tests.  The great thing about the in-house test is that it also checks for three other diseases at the same time; Heartworm disease, Lyme disease, and Erhlichiosis (another tick-borne disease).  If your dog is actively suffering from anaplasmosis, the treatment of choice is an antibiotic, doxycycline, for at least one month.  Your dog may also have to receive other treatment depending on the severity and clinical signs present.

The best thing you can do to prevent your pet from contracting anaplasmosis or other tick-borne diseases is to prevent ticks from biting your dog.  The most common time of year for ticks to be out and transmitting this disease is during both spring (May-June) and early winter (Oct-Nov).  This is why we recommend your pet to be on a tick preventative all yearlong. Nexgard and Bravecto are both newer, monthly oral medications that kill both fleas and ticks. These are especially good choices for dogs that swim regularly or bathed frequently.  Other topical products that provide tick prevention are Advantix, Frontline, and specific collar such as, Scalibor, Seresto, and the Preventic collars.

If your dog is exposed to ticks often, even if on a tick preventative, we would recommend potentially performing this 4Dx test annually.  Prevention and early diagnosis is key!  And don’t forget to protect yourself as well.  These tick-borne diseases are also seen in humans.

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New House Brand Pet FoodsValue 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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