Archive for September, 2017

  • How to Bathe Your Puppy!


    Bathing helps keep your fur-baby’s skin and fur clean and healthy!

     

    Here are some tips on how to make bath time for your puppy a friendlier experience for both you and your best friend.

    1. Brush your puppy’s coat thoroughly to remove dirt trapped in their fur.

    2. By placing a rubber mat under your puppy’s feet, you will prevent them from slipping.

    3. With a hose or a bucket of water wet your puppy with warm water.

    4. Start by shampooing your puppy’s neck and work your way down to their paws. As you rub the shampoo
    on your puppy, make sure you get a nice lather. Remember to always use your fur-baby’s designated shampoo.

    5. When washing your puppy’s face be very careful around the eyes and don’t get water in their ears.

    6. Rinse thoroughly and make sure all the soap is washed out of your puppy’s fur.

    7. First, towel dry you puppy. If your fur-baby has a short coat, you could let them air-dry. However, if your pooch has longer fur you should blow dry on the lowest setting. Be very careful and don’t move the hair dryer too close to your puppy to avoid burns.

    8. Once your pooch’s hair has dried, brush their fur again.

    9. Check your puppy for any dry skin patches. If their skin is dry, avoid washing your puppy as frequently.

    10. Lastly, reward your best friend with a lot of praise and treats!

     

    By making pleasant associations with bath time, it will be a lot easier for you to bathe your puppy in the future and give you the opportunity to bond with your fur-baby. Although puppies should not be frequently bathed, don’t hesitate to give your puppy a good wash if they get too dirty.

  • 3 Essential Commands to Teach Your Puppy

    Getting a new puppy is very exciting. Although, the first thing you might want to do is play and cuddle with your new fur-baby, it’s never too early to begin teaching your puppy basic commands.

     

    Here are a few tips to help you teach your puppy a few commands:

    Sit

    • Hold a treat close to your puppy’s nose and allow your puppy to smell it.
    • Say, “Sit,” and slowly move your hand upwards.
    • As your puppy’s head comes up, their hips will go down.
    • Once your puppy has sat, give your best friend a treat and a lot of praise.
    • Practice a few more times, then stop and practice another day.

    On the next training session, follow the same steps. However, this time delay the treat a few more seconds and then give one to your puppy with a lot of praise. This will cause your fur-baby to hold still for a longer time, and make the next training sessions easier.

     

    Stay

    • Tell your puppy to sit with a treat in your hand.
    • Reward your puppy with a treat.
    • Open your now-empty hand with the palm towards your puppy.
    • Say, “Stay,” but do not step away. (Do not say, “stay,” with a happy tone of voice used for praise)
    • Wait ten second before rewarding you puppy with a treat and praise.
    • Practice a few more time, then stop and practice another day.

    On the next training session, repeat step 1 through 4 but step away, wait ten seconds, and then move back towards your puppy.

     

    Lay Down

    • Hold a treat close to your puppy’s nose.
    • Say, “Lay down,” then slowly lower your hand to the floor as your puppy follows.
    • Move the treat towards your puppy.
    • Once your puppy lays down completely, give your fur-baby a treat and a lot of love.

     

    After each training session, you should play with your puppy and rub their tummy. Remember to keep training sessions short, sweet and positive!

     

  • Petland Urges Safety When Handling Any Puppy


    “Regardless of where they come from, any puppy and dog can carry Campylobacter germs.” 

    According to the CDC, nearly 1.3 million people in the United States are affected each year by Campylobacter.  Petland is concerned to hear that 39 of these cases, or .0003-percent of all infections in the nation, were identified as having a likely connection with a Petland puppy. The health and wellbeing of our pets, staff and customers is Petland’s utmost priority and concern.

     

    Petland is committed and stands ready to assist in identifying any possible link between our pets and this bacterial infection.  Petland has requested but has not been given any information from the CDC or any other health department offices related to the dates, stores, or cities where the 39 infection cases allegedly originated. We have also not been provided any information or location of any employees affected.

     

    Petland has resources ready to deploy once we are given case specific information from the CDC.  The only information we have is the limited information shared with us from the CDC. Prior to the public notification from the CDC, Petland had not been contacted by any customers or employees regarding a confirmed or diagnosed human campylobacter infection after visiting a Petland store or from a Petland puppy.

     

    About Campylobacter

    Campylobacter is a common germ that can be spread in homes, parks, zoos, doggie daycares, boarding facilities, animal shelters, rescue groups and more. As stated by the CDC, “Campylobacter is one of the most common causes of diarrheal illness in the United States.”  CDC further states, “Most cases of campylobacteriosis are associated with eating raw or undercooked poultry meat or from cross-contamination of other foods by these items.”

     

    As it relates to human contamination by dogs, the CDC states “Regardless of where they come from, any puppy and dog can carry Campylobacter germs.”  In fact, a 2017 study by Texas A&M identified the “prevalence of fecal campylobacter shedding among sampled dogs was 75.7%.” The study states “approximately 70% of campylobacter-positive dogs had grossly normal feces.”

     

    PetMd states “Up to 49 percent of dogs carry campylobacteriosis, shedding it into their feces for other animals to contract.  Because of this, humans can contract the disease if they do not practice proper hygiene after coming into contact with infected animals.”

     

    The VCA Hospital website states “research has shown that campylobacter organisms can be isolated from both healthy and sick dogs.”

     

    Regardless of the widely-known threats of campylobacter contamination from dogs from various sources, Petland finds itself the focus of a national inquiry from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments with hundreds of media reports targeting Petland alone while Petland remains in the dark on any information related to these 39 cases.

     

    Tips for preventing infection

    Proper Hand-washing Techniques

    1. Wet your hands with running water — either warm or cold.
    2. Apply liquid, bar or powder soap.
    3. Lather well.
    4. Rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds.
    5. Rinse well.
    6. Dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel or air dryer.
    7. If possible, use a towel or your elbow to turn off the faucet.
    8. If soap and water are not immediately available, use hand sanitizer until you can properly wash.
    9. Adults should monitor children while washing their hands.

     

    If you have a specific personal concern relating to the possibility of contracting the bacteria, please call our help line at 877-658-5155.

     

    We look forward to our continued work with the CDC and will provide any further updates as they become available.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28371319

    http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/digestive/c_multi_campylobacteriosis

    https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/campylobacter-infection-in-dogs

    https://www.cdc.gov/campylobacter/index.html

     

    Petland, Inc. is a franchise operation with quality, full service retail pet centers across the United States, Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil and El Salvador.

    For 50 years, Petland Pet Counselors have been dedicated to matching the right pet with the right customer and meeting the needs of both. To its customers who already have pets, Petland is dedicated to enhancing their knowledge and enjoyment of the human-animal bond.

    Petland was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in south central Ohio. For more information on Petland, visit www.petland.com.