Bringing a Rescue Dog Home

Although adopting a rescue dog is a wonderful way to bring a new canine family member into the home, please remember, it takes patience and understanding to help a scared rescue dog acclimate to you and to their new forever home. The following tips from Canidea Pet Food will help your new fur baby adjust to their new home: A skittish rescue dog may show his fear by being overly timid, withdrawn and untrusting or displaying signs of depression. Some may feel threatened by new people, situations and surroundings. Warm Up to a New Home When you first bring home a rescue dog, keep them confined to one area so […]

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Killed By Xylitol

PSA: please help spread the word, we need all dog owners to be aware of this ‘new’ toxin. We need those who drop gum to know they are leaving a trail lethal to man’s best friend. We need vets to think immediately of xylitol, as well as warfarin, when dogs present with poisoning. We need food manufacturers to clearly label foods with xylitol as “lethal to dogs”.

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2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Day

It’s Sonny’s Spaw’s 2nd annual customer appreciation day and you are invited!!! A celebration and thank you to everyone who has been such a huge part of our success!! Sunday, August 5th, 1 PM Please RSVP by private message, phone, email or in the comments on this post. We will have hamburgers and hotdogs for the people and treats for the fur babies. It would help if I had an estimate on attendees. Mary

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Lyme Disease Awareness and Prevention

It’s tick season which means you need to be even more diligent about checking your pets daily for ticks. No one wants their fur baby to be struck with the dreaded Lyme disease. Lyme disease (borreliosis) is an infectious, tick-borne disease first recognized in dogs in 1985. It is caused by a type of bacteria called a spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi. The Western black-legged tick, Ixodes pacificus, is the primary carrier of the B. burgdorferi bacteria in the western United States. Although Lyme Disease is uncommon in Washington State, it is most common in the Western half of the state. History and Occurrence Not all ticks are infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme […]

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Lice in Dogs (Canine Pediculosis)

Lice are parasites that live on the skin of an affected dog. They are actually a small insect that feeds by chewing on the skin of the dog or by sucking the blood, depending on the type of louse. Left unchecked, they can grow to be an infestation on the dog’s body. Dog lice are not as common as dog fleas, and are most often seen in situations where sanitary practices are poor. NOTICE: Because canine lice is highly spreadable, I cannot groom any pet with lice. Please check your pets before arriving for your Sonny’s Spaw appointment. If I spot lice, I will not be able to groom your […]

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Easy Nail Trims for Difficult Dogs with Harness System

This is Max. He has had a hard time getting his nails done, and before today, required sedation to do so. He is one of the many four legged friends I purchased my new harness system for. I am so happy I was able to get all four paws done with very little resistance. I have tried before and let me tell you, this boy puts up a fight, but he was 100% free of any medications this time. The Doggie Lift is an amazing, safer alternative for the not-so-willing dogs. I can do a 4lb dog all the way to 130lb dog with four different harness sizes to choose […]

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Coyote Alert in Western Washington

Every year around this time, coyotes become active across Western Washington. The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging owners of small pets to keep a closer eye on them. As well, keep small pets, like dogs and cats, in at night year-round and don’t leave their food out. KOMO News reported on a dog attacked by a coyote in its backyard and what to do it you see a pet being attacked by a coyote, read the full story >>

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Nail Care for Dogs is Essential

Nail care is essential for EVERY dog but extra attention is a necessity for working dogs. Service dogs are on their feet more than pet dogs. Long nails can do long term damage to the joints, causing retirement earlier than what would have been necessary. SaveSave

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Cremation Services for Pets Available Locally

Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel and Harper Ridgeview Funeral Chapel are now offering pet cremation services to pets and families in Sequim and Port Angeles. Peninsula Pet Cremation Services has a crematory at Mount Angeles Memorial Park exclusively for pet cremation of animals up to 200 lbs. Because Peninsula Pet Cremation Services is local, they can provide, as necessary: home removal of deceased pet, home delivery/return of pet remains, urns, markers, jewelry, ID viewing (this is when someone wants to observe the cremation process) as well as a scattering garden at Mount Angeles Memorial Park in Port Angeles where families have a location to memorialize and come back to. They are […]

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An Open Letter to Doodle Owners

There’s a conversation going on in the grooming world, and it’s one our clients should be privy to. The topic? Doodles. And I’m talking labradoodles, goldendoodles, sheepadoodles, bernedoodles – anything that has been mixed with a standard (sometimes mini) poodle or already existing doodle. The truth is, the popularity of doodle dogs is on the rise but the education that potential owners are getting regarding their care and maintenance is dropping. This can be attributed to a few factors, ranging from a breeder spreading lies to sell a puppy, to a family so entranced by the cuteness of a fluffy puppy, they overlook the potential high maintenance of what they’re […]

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