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May 2012

“Hey Dad, Is My Groomer Professionally Certified?”

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“Hey Dad, Is My Groomer Professionally Certified?”



Here is a link to a news item that was featured on The National’s “Go Public” this week. An Ottawa dog groomer slashed this American Eskimo’s neck with a razor. The dog required emergency surgery to save its life.

Dog groomers in Ontario and British Columbia told CBC News that rapid expansion in the industry has led some shops to cut corners, especially by giving quick shaves instead of cutting the hair, which takes longer.

The news story highlights the need for dog owners to use groomers that are professionally certified by one of the industry’s licensing bodies – Canadian Professional Groomer, International Society of Canine Cosmologists, International Pet Groomers Association and National Dog Groomers Association.

In Ontario, the National Agency of Pet Grooming Schools is lobbying for provincial legislation to require all dog groomers to be fully trained and licensed.

Victoria Shroff, a Vancouver lawyer who focuses on animal law, says that since there are no regulations, owners should be much more aware of the hazards. “A dog could be very seriously injured and could actually lose his life, which is not something most people would associate with dog grooming,”

She suggests dog owners ask their veterinarian to recommend a groomer, then ask a lot of questions at the shop and stick around to observe how the dogs are handled.

The video has a shorter summary of what happened to this dog; the longer audio version gives the full story and details of serious other injuries that dogs have sustained at the hands of unqualified groomers.

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Apr 2012


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Kilcona Dog Park Flea Infestation Alert


Kilcona Park Dog Club Gold Sponsor, McPhillips Animal Hospital advises that several dogs who regularly visit Kilcona Park are being treated for moderate to heavy flea infestations.

Fleas have a complex life-cycle, most of which takes place away from your pet so treating fleas requires a multipronged approach. You need to treat your dog as well as your home and the dog`s environment.

If your dog has fleas, speak with your veterinarian right away.

If your dog has fleas, please be considerate of other park visitors and their pets. Help curb the infestation.

Remove your dog from the park and don’t bring him back until your certain he’s free of fleas!

The following information, approved by McPhillips Animal Hospital,  is designed to help you understand how fleas are transmitted and what to do if you discover your dog has fleas.

Fleas 101

To protect your pet, you need to know a little bit about fleas. Fleas like to live and breed in a warm, humid environment. They are most active during summer and fall, however cold does not harm adult fleas and they can live on your pet through the winter

The life cycle of a flea includes four stages — eggs, larvae, pupae or nymphs, and adults.

The adult female flea must have a blood meal to lay eggs. Female fleas can lay up to 2,000 eggs in their lifetime.

The eggs hatch into larvae in about one to six days. The larvae feed on dead organic matter, including adult flea feces, for the next seven days.

Then the larvae pupate. The adult normally emerges from the pupa after about six months. However a flea can wait inside the pupa for up to a year before emerging as an adult.

Then the cycle begins again. The newly hatched adult fleas must eat within a few days and so they go in search of a meal. Their preferred food source is your dog but fleas also bite people.

How Fleas Spread

Adult fleas spread very easily.  They are great jumpers. They hide in bushes and grass. They can easily jump from the grass onto your dog, or hop from one dog to another.

Flea eggs can get into a dog’s fur when he rolls around on the ground. Flea larvae flourish in carpets, upholstery and shady areas where infested dogs have been. The larvae don’t travel except to move away from bright lights.

The Itchy, Uncomfortable Truth

The adult stage is most visible and irritating to your dog. But the irritation can go beyond simple itching and scratching.

If a dog is allergic to flea saliva, one bite can send him into a scratching frenzy, known as pruritus, which can last for weeks. Pruritis itching is much more severe; it may lead to hair loss, inflammation, and secondary skin infections.

A flea bite can also transmit tapeworm, which can lead to serious anemia and weight loss.

How do you know if your dog has fleas?

Fleas have a flattened body, are brown to brownish-black, are one-twelfth to one-sixteenth of an inch long, and have six legs.

Watch your pet for signs of flea trouble: excessive scratching and biting, especially around the tail and lower back, and possibly raw patches where your dog has been biting and scratching himself. Examine your pet and his bedding as frequently as possible.

One likely place to spot fleas on your dog is at the base of his tail. To search for fleas, part your dog`s hair down to the skin. Fleas are also commonly visible around the head and neck and in the “armpits”, belly and inner thighs.

You may be able to see the tiny parasites scuttling through your dog’s hair. If you don’t see the actual fleas, a tell-tale sign is ‘flea debris’, black, granular dried blood that looks like specks of black pepper.

A flea comb can help you look for fleas on a thicker coat or on pigmented skin. If you see or feel dark grit in your dog’s coat, take some off and put it on a white paper towel. Add a drop of water. If the grit dissolves and turns red, you know it is flea feces.

Remember – If your dog has fleas, speak with your veterinarian right away.

If your dog has fleas, please be considerate of other park visitors and their pets. Help curb the infestation.

Remove your dog from the park and don’t bring him back until your certain he’s free of fleas!


Apr 2012

Park Safety

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Park Safety

Your dog(s) must remain under your control at all times, even when off leash.
For the safety of park staff, please make sure that you dog(s) stays clear of employees when they are emptying litter baskets and doing other maintenance in the park.
Make sure your dog does not engage in the dangerous practice of chasing the Gators.


A message from Winnipeg Animal Services, Winnipeg Parks Services and Kilcona Park Dog Club Inc.

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Apr 2012

Water Quality Signs

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Protect Your Pet

Thanks to Kilcona Park Foreman, Mark Storimans for installing the new water quality signs in the off-leash area. Park staff will be installing more signs throughout the off-leash area this spring.
Please heed the warnings to keep your dogs from swimming in the ponds or drinking the water.
New visitors to the park may not know that Kilcona is a former landfill and that leachate from landfills has been found to contain hundreds of toxic chemicals.


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Apr 2012

KPDC 2012 Sponsorship Program Launched

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KPDC is proud to announce the launch of its 2012 Sponsorship Program.

This program offers sponsorship opportunities to businesses interested in expanding their market to the dogs and dog walkers of Kilcona Park. The program (click link below to see the program) will provide several opportunities for reasonable rates and a commitment to offer discounts to members of the KPDC. We launched this program last week and already have 4 Gold sponsors signed on. Stay tuned for more information.

If you are a business and wish to discuss the program or apply please contact:

Jeff Henry
Director Marketing & Communication
Kilcona Park Dog Club

2012 Kilcona Park Dog Club Corporate Sponsorship


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PO Box 43052
RPO Kildonan Place
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2C 5G5

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