Monthly Archives: June 2011

Clipnosis–What is it?

It is also known as “scruffing” and refers to an easy and safe way to immobilize cats for simple procedures like nail cutting. It can also be very helpful for grooming procedures like combing, brushing and bathing. In the right hands, it can even be used for injecting certain drugs like insulin. Clipnosis, however, utilizes a customized standard binder clip used for binding papers. Of course they have been modified for animal use and is being marketed as such. The Dept. of Veterinary Services at Ohio State University recently completed a study using these clips to humanely restrain cats. The results are very convincing and the positive response to the “clipping” was almost identical to that seen in kittens picked up by the scruff of the neck by their mothers. These responses were measured with blood pressure, heart rates, temperature, and respiration. The conclusions by the veterinary researchers were as follows: the cats reflected calm and content demeanors, and seemed less fearful when the clips were used. None of the cats exhibited physical or behavioral changes suggestive of stress or pain. Apparently, it puts them into a state of euphoria, and many of the cats even purr while being restrained in this manner. Veterinarians have known for years that holding a cat by the scruff of the neck, the way its mother would, has a calming effect in some cats, but not all. To be handled properly, many still need safe and short acting tranquilizers. Now this simple method of clipnosis using this safe device is available to the public to do the same. This frees up one hand so combing, bathing, etc. is easier.

Lawn & Pool Hazards

Spring, summer, and fall are dangerous times for your pets. Some veterinarians refer to these seasons as the GI upset months. We see more vomiting and diarrhea cases during these months than any other time of the year from ingesting toxic substances. It is these times that most home owners tend to their lawns and many pet owners are not aware of the hazards of weed killers, topical parasiticides, insecticides and mulch. Most dogs and cats spend more time outdoors in the good weather and walk, roll and frolic on the lawns. They lick their paws and groom themselves and swallow whatever they lick. If the product on the lawn is not “pet friendly” vomiting and diarrhea may occur. Many companies use recycled coffee grinds in their mulch to attain a dark rich brown color. These coffee grinds are full of caffeine which is toxic to dogs and cats. An intestinal protozoan parasite known as Giardia has also been found in mulch. This parasite is contagious to humans and causes severe intestinal upsets in them also. Pool chemicals such as muriatic acid, chlorine, shock and pH powder are particularly dangerous, even if they just walk in it and lick it off their paws. Of course, fleas and ticks are in abundance during the warmer months of the year and your pets should be protected against them with topical applications of flea and tick repellants. This is much safer for your pet than putting insecticides on the lawn. Because of the increase of Lyme Disease in HUMANS in the northeast, the FDA now recommends all pets be protected with monthly topical applications against ticks ALL YEAR LONG.