February is pet dental health month. Just like people dogs and cats can develop plaque and tartar on their teeth that can lead to gum disease, loose teeth and in some cases heart disease. OK, that’s enough to make me take notice and learn more about taking care of my pets’ teeth.
I’ve read several very informative articles, one at WebMD, and another at www.peteducation.com . These articles explain how the plaque turns to tartar and the build up of tartar causes gum irritation that can lead to serious health problems. While inspecting your pet’s mouth, some signs that there maybe be problems are bad breath, more than the usual dog breath, discolored or loose teeth and bleeding or swollen gums. Lose of appetite may also be caused by problems with the teeth or gums.
I thought I was doing enough to prevent dental problems for my dogs. They always have crunchy kibbles for their meals. I give them chew toys and they get treats, such as DentaStiks and Greenies, products that help remove plaque. At their yearly check up, our veterinarian looks at their teeth and gums to be sure they are healthy. One of my dogs has had a dental cleaning. The animals are put under anesthesia and the tartar is scraped from their teeth in the same manner as the dentist does to human teeth. After the teeth are tartar free they get a nice polish, for a sparkly white smile.
I have decided I’m going to learn how to brush the dogs teeth and make it part of our daily routine. Patience and short, positive sessions seem to be the best advice. I took the first step Today, I pulled their lips back and touched their canine teeth, great success and no wrestling required. I need to get some doggie tooth paste, as human tooth paste is irritating to canine stomachs. I’ll also need a dog tooth brush or finger tooth brush or I could try a piece of gauze wrapped around my finger. I’m leaning toward the tooth brush, it seems much less messy to me. I’ll try to get some action photos, I’m sure our first few sessions will be very entertaining!
As far as the cats’ teeth go, I’m leaving that to the professionals, there is no way I’m even going to try sticking my fingers in their mouths!
On Saturday, February 2nd, my daughter and I attend our first Chowder Fest, it was so much fun. The City of Saratoga Springs has been hosting Chowder Fest for the past fifteen years. Even with the cold temperatures and snow in the air, downtown Saratoga was teeming with people, all waiting to sample some chowder.
The local restaurants and pubs spend months perfecting their special chowders and make gallons to server to their many fans. Of course, there is competition among the chefs and ballots are provided for the taste testers to vote on their favorite chowder. While many of the chowders were seafood based, some of the chefs made special vegetarian and vegan chowders.
Our favorite “chowders” were the desserts, we had a sundae with a chocolate theme and mini chocolate cupcakes with coconut chum frosting. I really enjoy and admire the creativity of the local chefs.
We saw many dogs all dressed in their winter coats and sweaters walking up and down Broadway. Some of the business had a special chowder for the dogs. I was surprised to see how well behaved the dogs were with so many people and other dogs present. I guess they were all be bribed with the promise of chowder if they behaved! One little black lab puppy was barking up a storm, we thought he was cold and tired and wanted to go home!
Chowder Fest was a great outing. I think everyone was happy to be out in the fresh air, enjoying some awesome food, listening to the music provided by several places and chatting with people. I’m sure will be making plans to attend again next February!
We were so excited to learn that our plastic cattle ear tags are being used to mark the gate positions on the slalom ski course at an area resort.
The ski team requires a reusable tag that is able to withstand cold, snowy weather as well as being durable enough to survive being run over by speeding skies. Our 402 cattle ear tags have been working perfectly. The tags are nailed into the snow for each training session to mark the position of the poles. Often the poles are knocked down and need to be replaced in the same pattern.
After 10 years on the ski slope some of the tags are beginning to break down and need to be replaced. We think the harsh environment of the ski slope is a great testament for the durability and longevity of our plastic tags. We also like to hear about the unusual places our tags are employed!
402 Cattle Ear Tags are molded from urethane, measuring 2-3/8″ x 2-7/8″ ,and are available in green, red, blue, yellow, violet, black, orange, white and neon colors; pink, green and orange. Our plastic ear tags can be ordered in numbered sets, the large numbers are hot stamped into the plastic, creating a permanent, highly visible number.
Our line of plastic ear tags are available in several sizes, one that’s sure to meet your tagging requirements, whether you’re tagging livestock ears or ski slopes! Please check out our full line of products on our website www.ketchummfg.com.
The new lambs and kids will be arriving soon! Of course, the ewes knew which little bundle of cuteness belongs to them, but do you?
As children, one of our favorite Dr. Seuss books was “Are You My Mother?” A baby bird hatches while the mother bird is away from the nest and spends the rest of the book running around asking various animals, “are you my mother?” Our Mom always used different voices for each of the characters, probably why we liked ths story so much! Today I’m picturing a flock of lambs all baa-ing for their Mama!
At Ketchum, we manufacture several small metal ear tags that are perfect for little ears. The #314 Tambra https://www.ketchummfg.com/c32/c117/Tambra-Ear-Wing-Tags-Brass-Numbered-p437.html, is a small brass tag, measuring 3/4″ long by 3/16″ wide with a tamper proof locking button. The tags are sequentially numbered on one side and can be personalize with up to six characters on the other side. These same tags are also available in aluminum.
Our #312 Kemco https://www.ketchummfg.com/c32/Kemco-Aluminum-Ear-Tags-c116.html , is slightly larger, made from aluminum and measures 1-1/4″ long by 1/4″ wide. The Kemco can be personalized with up to nine characters in one or two lines.
You may prefer or require a tags that is visible from a distance, Ketchum carries plastic ear tags. We recommend the #404 and #405 plastic tags for sheep and goat ears https://www.ketchummfg.com/Plastic-Ear-Tags-c87.html
If you prefer to tattoo the ears as a means of identification we carry a full line of tattoo equipment https://www.ketchummfg.com/Tattoo-Equipment-Animal-c120.html, including pliers, digits, inks and pastes.
Order your ear tags Today at https://www.ketchummfg.com/ so you’ll be ready to identify which lamb belongs to which ewe as soon as they’re born.
Now that we’ve all made our New Year’s Resolutions, how are we going to keep them? Let’s get our pets involved! I saw a little clip on television that suggested ways to get your pets to help you keep your resolutions.
Like most people, I want to become more physically fit by exercising more and eating healthy. Also the doctor seems to think my cholesterol number is too high, I suggested it was from Thanksgiving Dinner, he’s not buying it.
My dogs love to go for walks. All I need to say in front of the dogs is the word “walk” and I have their full attention. They go crazy, tails wagging, running back and forth to the door with some howling thrown in the mix! Their energy and excitement makes going for a walk enjoyable. We all get the benefit of exercise and fresh air.
The dogs may also be helpful when it comes to eating healthy. They like to hang around the kitchen while I’m cooking. After I’ve finished cutting up carrots or apples I always give them a couple of pieces. Of course they can’t have chocolate and I don’t like to give them baked goods, I don’t want them to get overweight, it’s not good for them. Hey, it’s not good for me either! If I won’t give it to the dogs, I shouldn’t be eating it myself.
Getting organized is another one of my usual resolutions. I’m not sure enlisting the pets to help with this one will work out as well. One of our cats tries to keep the counter and table clutter free. I’m not fond of his methods as he throws everything on the floor. New Years Day he sent a bottle of black glitter nail polish crashing on to the tile floor. Yes, of course it broke and traveled across the tile. I was able to get the black polish off the floor, however, we still have some glitter in the grout. My daughter says not to worry about that, after all princesses live here!
I’m hoping my pets will help me stay on track. What tips do you have for keeping our New Year’s Resolutions?
The following is written by Nancy, one of our wonderful employees! Thank you, Nancy, we feel the same about you. What a way to start the New Year – all teary eyed.
When I am asked where I work, I usually have to explain what Ketchum Mfg. is. I always describe it as a family owned business that makes animal identification tags and then qualify that statement as not my family owned business. The reality of that statement though is Ketchum is family to the employees that work here. I have been fortunate to have worked with two generations of the Powers family and many of the employees have worked with three generations. Perhaps it’s because of the longevity of the employees of Ketchum that we feel like family or more likely it because of Lisa and Gary, like generations before them, go above and beyond to treat you like they would their family. My fondest memory of their Dad, Jay, is when I had to bring my car to the garage unexpectedly for repairs and as he was leaving for the day he asked if I had the money to pay for my car. I have been fortunate to have some great bosses over time, but that was the first time an employer offered to float me a loan and I’m sure if I had needed the money Jay would have been happy with me paying it off $5 a week if need be. Many of us have had family emergencies and no matter how busy they are, how short handed they are the first words out of Lisa and Gary’s mouths are, “go, take whatever time you need” Ketchum employees are not the only ones to be treated like family, many people in the community are afforded the same generosity. Tools in the shop, Gary’s expertise, the shipping department, fax machine etc. have been shared willingly, although you may jokingly be called a user, they are always happy to help out whatever the need. I am truly grateful to be able to work at a job where I am treated like family and in times of need, Lisa and Gary were right there offering help and support.
“The building collapsed with four firefighters inside!” Our customer, Travis, called to tell us how well his fire company’s accountability system worked.
There were 27 volunteer fire companies at the working structure fire. I’m sure you can imagine how easily a fire scene can become confusing. The trucks are loud, there are fire fighters from different companies and the adrenaline is running high. Four fire fighters, including Travis, were inside the building and the building collapsed, thankfully, all four men were able to escape unharmed. A firefighter from one of the other companies was shouting that there was still a man inside. The safety officer assured him that everyone was out. He was correct and all of the firefighters were out of the building.
The fire company in charge of the fire scene has established an accountability system. Travis is our contact and he orders the 421-FF accountability tags from us. They use a two tag system, one tag stays on the fire fighter’s gear and the second tag is given to the safety officer when the fire fighter enters the building and is retrieved when he exits the building.
We are very proud to have our tags involved in programs to keep our firefighters safe. The design, implementation and consistent use of the accountability system is very important. The team needs to understand the routine and to use it every time at every scene.
Travis has had three of the volunteer companies that were at the structure fire contact him to help with the design of their accountability programs. He assures us they will be ordering their accountability tags from Ketchum!
Thank you, Travis, and all your fellow firefighters, for the dedication and time you spend training so that when we call, you are able to come to our rescue.
These free range hens are easy to tell apart and possibly all have names. On a larger farm identification bands are helpful in keeping track of the flock. Our poultry leg bands are available in a variety of colors to help track hatch dates and breeding pedigrees.
We also have customers that use these bands as tamper evident container seals and law enforcement agencies are using them as evidence tags.
Our 3 hole adjustable poultry leg band, catalog number 346, is available in plain aluminum, colored aluminum and brass. The overall band is 3-1/4″ long, the three holes provide three sizes in one band.
The leg band material arrives is thin coils. The colored aluminum is painted on both sides, we get a different color on each side, increasing the color choices available. When we get an order, the requested metal coil is placed on a large turntable and the material is threaded into the press.
Our customers can have up to three lines of custom information stamped onto the leg bands. The press operator selects the required pieces of metal type, which are very small, and sets them into the type holder. The type holder is then securely bolted into the top of the press bed. The automated number head is also mounted into the top of the press bed, the requested start number is selected.
The safety gate closes and the press is started. The material goes through several station in the press, transforming coils of aluminum or brass into customized poultry identification bands.
- The personalized information is stamped into the metal
- The required serial number is embossed
- The sealing button is drawn up
- The holes are punched out
- The band is trimmed to length
Our leg bands do require the use of our sealing plier, catalog number 347, to get a proper seal.
The picture of the giraffe up a tree cracked me up! I can definitely relate. My whole family has a fear of or at least a strong dislike of spiders. I know it’s not rational, that humans are much bigger and smarter and can usually move faster, but spiders give me a chill down my spine.
When we were kids my sisters and I always called on our Dad to solve our spider problems. We would yell to him and like our hero he would come to our rescue and kill the scary spider. You know you can’t go to sleep with a spider in your room. They watch you with those beady eyes and as soon as the light goes off they start slowly inching along on those hairy legs right toward you.
When my daughters were young they developed a “bug alarm”, theirs was a lot more sensitive then mine, they hate spiders, bugs, ants, pretty much every creepy, crawly! Unfortunately, as the Mom, I was the one that had to come to the rescue and kill the spiders. I can tell you, my bravery was all an act to keep the girls calm, I was about in a sweat every time I had to kill a spider. I usually need a shoe to squash them, no grabbing with a tissue for me.
My daughters are both adults and even now if they see a spider the “bug alarm” goes off and they yell for me. I can tell by the panic in their voice why they are calling me, I give them a little grief and tell them to man up, but then I go kill the spider and I still hate it.
My sister has retained her fear of spiders. She uses the vacuum cleaner, she can have the long extension on the vacuum hose and be nearly across the room to get the spider!
So like the giraffe, we’re keeping our distance from spiders!
My daughter, Kate, works at an Emergency Veterinary Clinic. The Clinic is open when the regular veterinary offices are closed, overnight, weekends and holidays. Most of the pets that come into the clinic are severely injured or seriously ill.
On this particular Saturday, a boxer had 5 puppies at home, had been laboring for a couple of hours and not making any progress, so her owners brought her and the puppies to the Emergency Clinic. The Veterinarian took an x-ray and could see two puppies stuck, one in each uterine horn.
The staff members were not hopeful, usually puppies that have been stuck for a number of hours do not survive. The Veterinarian started a cesarean section and pulled out, one, two and surprise three puppies. Each puppy was handed to one of the staff members. The puppies were rubbed and suctioned to stimulate their breathing.
Kate spent minutes rubbing and suctioning the puppy she was handed and rubbing some more and finally the puppy took a breath!
Happily the three puppies delivered by C-section all survived and after making sure they were latching on and nursing they were able to go home with their brothers, sisters, and lucky momma!
As you can see from the smile on Kate’s face – it was an awesome night at work!