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 A Personal Note from Cheryl
Smiling Cheryl leaning on Delilah
Cheryl and Delilah
January 24, 2012


This week, I am reminded, through challenge, that a tough time simply means there is something to be learned.  I am prompted to remember how I can help others with what I know and learn.  I am, therefore, choosing to see the opportunity in my experiences.

I've chosen to focus on Wellness this week.


Many of you know my dog, Delilah.  She is a Staffordshire Terrier, now in her 14th year.  (If I may be permitted to brag about her for a just a moment, I must declare that she is a pretty sweet and gentle dog, with a wonderful personality.) Two years ago, it was discovered that she had developed cancerous growths.  Now, pause for a moment with me, and let's take a deep breath together.  I'd like you to suspend any concern, worry, or fear that may come up for you, and just follow along with me.

Here is my take on this:  I believe everything happens for a reason.  There is something to be learned in every situation.  This situation is no different.  Delilah is here to teach me something, so I can teach others.   


Last week I took Delilah to a Holistic Specialist.  We have since started on a series of several new therapies that will boost her immune system, support her organ function, and remove any undesireable cells.  

As the DogGuru, I facilitate pet owners and pet professionals in how to provide the best experience and wellness for their pets.  I teach my unique perspective, based on my own experiences.  What I learn, I share.

What I am learning through Delilah is how to love life!  She greets the Vet with a wagging tail and several licks to the chin (I think the liver treats may have had something to do with that... haha).  For Delilah, it's all about the goodness she's experiencing in every moment, and the anticipation of whatever great things that are sure to come in the next moment.  More lessons for me to learn. As I am typing this, Delilah is camped out at the front door.  She is waiting (not necessarily patiently) for me to chauffeur her to Daycare.  Delilah is certain that I created Holiday Pet Care just for her.  I don't mind, she is telling me what's good for her.  I listen, and learn.

Join me, and Delilah, as we show you how to create a Wellness Map of your pet, specifically, when it comes to lumps and bumps

This Week's Holiday Pet Care Video:
Lumps and Bumps: Wellness Mapping for Your Pet
Lumps and Bumps: Wellness Mapping for Your Pet
Lumps and Bumps:
Wellness Mapping for Your Pet

Delilah has inspired me to show everyone this week, what they need to know about Lumps and Bumps.   Awareness is the first step, and we have put together a video showing you how to become familiar with every inch of your pet.  For your peace of mind and to be better prepared, knowing how to notice things early is key. 

You will learn Four Easy Steps to take, to ensure you are providing the very best for your pet.  I will guide you through knowing what lumps are most common, and what information will be helpful to your Veterinarian. 

What you will see in this video is a portion of what participants learn in the Pet First Aid courses that I teach, as the DogGuru.  This is part of a Wellness Check Plan that I've helped many pet owners put in place for their pets.

I'll 'see' you in two weeks. Until then, let your pets remind you just how awesome life is! Have a wonderful week.  Keep your chins up (and get them licked and nuzzled). 

     Cheryl Orletsky, DogGuru and Founder & Director of Holiday Pet Care


P.S. A great big Welcome to all the new readers who have joined our Holiday Pet Care Video Ezine since last time.  You're going to love the great content and fun we have, as we share our love of pets with you... Enjoy!


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First Aid is all about being well prepared.  Pet First Aid adds in the component of knowing what to do for your pet.


  • Are you confident to know when veterinary attention is needed, and when you can take care of it yourself?
  • Do you know how to bandage a tail or an ear, so that it will stay on? 
  • Are you familiar with life-threatening ailments such as Lepto, Bloat, and Shock?


Be confident to know what you can do when the time comes.



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Our pets are our family.  Empower yourself with the knowledge you need to ensure the best care possible!


Upcoming Course: 

Sunday, February 12th, 2012 at PawsWay Toronto.  


Visit Toronto Pet First Aid website for more details and to register. 


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To use discount, follow this link and enter in the discounted total price of $177.98.  (Regular rate is $197.75)  

Offer valid for registrations received only between January 24-31, 2012.


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Client Spotlight  

Bailey I
We met Cheryl several years ago when our daughter had a summer job at Holiday Pet Care.  The interview process that Cheryl put our daughter through was thorough and comprehensive and we thought anyone who cared enough to get only the best in pet care givers was worth checking out.  

Our dog had passed away the year prior and we were thinking about getting another one.  That's when we were introduced to fostering Bailey.  She was 8 years old at the time and difficult to adopt due to her separation anxiety.  Since both my husband and I worked full-time, we did not see how we could possibly take on this responsibility but we took Bailey home on a day visit, then a sleep-over, to see how she would adapt.  She was (and still is) a good natured, lovable pet, and we fell in love with her.  

The only way it could work for us was if we could take it slowly and drop Bailey off at Holiday Pet Care when none of us were home.  Cheryl was very supportive of this slow transition and I am proud to say that after a few months of her support, Bailey became an adopted member of our family.  

We have taken Bailey back to Holiday Pet Care for the past 9 years - yes our Bailey is still alive and well at 17 years and 3 months of age.  We leave her there several times a year, for up to 3 weeks at a time, and when we pick her up, she is always clean, healthy and happy.  

We love getting the Report Card that says how well she ate, and who she hung around with while "on vacation" - both human and canine friends.  Even at her tender old age, we still feel confident that Bailey will be loved and well-cared for during her stays at Holiday Pet Care and would recommend it highly. It's not just a business for Cheryl, it's her passion, and it shows.

- Rick & Linda -


This Week's Holiday Pet Care Video 
Lumps and Bumps: Wellness Mapping for Your Pet    


Providing your pet with the very best, includes their health.  As our pets get older, they will often develop what I call, Lumps and Bumps or Old Dog Bumps.   


Since they are so common, this week we have both a lesson and an assignment.   

Below the video, is a recap, and your assignment. 


CLICK to PLAY the video below and learn how to recognize, and record, these changes, as they happen to your pet.  


Lumps and Bumps: Wellness Mapping for Your Pet
Lumps and Bumps: Wellness Mapping for Your Pet

Lumps and Bumps: Wellness Mapping for Your Pet   


There are some generalizations that can be made about lumps and bumps on pets, yet one must realize that nothing is certain.  All lumps and bumps should be checked out by a Veterinarian.


Generally speaking, lumps and bumps that grow quickly are the ones to be most concerned about.  This is why Wellness Mapping is so important.  Mapping lumps allows you to know, unequivocally, if a lump is changing or growing, how fast, or if at all.


To see pictures of the lumps and bumps, click on any of the names below.


Not all lumps and bumps are about aging.  Some can be found on dogs of a young age:


Canine Papilloma - Also know as puppy warts, usually occurs in dogs under 2 years of age.  This is characterized by cauliflower-like growths, usually found within or around the mouth, and often on the lips or inside the cheeks in groupings. They generally disappear within 6-8 weeks, therefore there is usually no need for treatment, unless they are interfering with eating or breathing.       


Histiocytoma - A raised, hairless, roundish lump that sometimes appears literally overnight, and often on young dogs.  Despite it's quick appearance, it is generally benign (not cancerous), and does not grow larger after it has appeared.  It will usually disappear within 2 to 3 months on it's own, without treatment, however there are other varieties that can be malignant (cancerous), so it's best to get it checked out by your Vet. 


Often as dogs and cats get older, we will find different kinds of lumps and bumps appear:


Fatty lumps or Lipomas - These generally feel soft to the touch, painless and are often movable.  They are slow growing and most usually benign (not cancerous).  Although generally not something to worry about, there are more rare forms that are malignant, therefore your Vet may want to test it, and will likely ask you to watch the lump and inform them if the lump starts growing quickly.


Warts - These are also caused by the papilloma virus, however show up when a pets immune system has been compromised (often due to age).  Considered benign, they are most commonly found on the feet and legs, but can be found anywhere on the body.  They tend to start small and stay small, however others slowly grow larger over time.  Generally speaking, these warts do not require treatment to remove, however they may bleed occasionally due to a scratch or being rubbed.  Again, there are rare varieties that are malignant (cancerous), so if you notice fast growth or change in colour or shape, then consult your Vet.  


Dogs and Cats of any age can be susceptible to the following types of lumps and bumps:


Sebaceous Cysts/Adenomas - Small non-painful lumps, caused by the plugging of an oil gland.  These lumps generally rupture by themselves, drain and disappear.  Sometimes they can become irritated or infected, and require draining and/or removal, but they are generally considered benign (not cancerous). 


Neoplasms/Mast Cell Tumors/Cancerous Tumors - These are the tumours that are of concern.  Often times they will seem more attached to the body and surrounding tissue, since they tend to be invasive, however, they can vary widely in shape, size, texture and appearance. (Thus the reason for no link to a picture... there are just too many varieties.)  Generally speaking, malignant tumors tend to grow fast, since that is exactly what cancer is... cells that have begun dividing uncontrollably.  The only way even a Vet can tell for sure, is to do a test to see what type of cells are in the tumor.  Remember, the earlier the detection, the more options you have for treatment, and the better the prognosis... so make your appointment and head in to see your Vet.


Fibrosarcomas - Pay particular attention to the vaccine site.  Lumps do commonly happen after a vaccine is given, however should go away within 1 to 2 weeks.  If, however, the lump feels firm and remains or grows larger, have it checked out immediately by your Vet.  Fibrosarcomas (cancerous lumps) are more common in cats, than dogs, however can appear in either.  They are as a result of the vaccinations, therefore it is recommended that you request that your Vet inject vaccines into the hip area rather than the shoulder blades.  Should a sarcoma develop, this will allow for a better chance of removal.        


FourEasyStepstoPetMapYour Video Assignment - Four Easy Step to Creating a Map for your Pet 


Step 1: Gather Materials 

 Step 2: Give your Pet a Thorough Pat-Down to Map Their Body 

  • Body - back, sides, belly, 
  • Extremities - hips/shoulders, legs, feet, between pads/toes 
  • Tail & Privates
  • Head - includes gums, teeth, eyes, ears, nostrils

Step 3: Record and Date Findings

  • Above Skin lumps & bumps
  • Below Skin lumps & bumps
  • Differently coloured skin
  • Missing hair
  • Anything else you don't recall seeing before
  • Measure, Record & Date all findings  

Step 4:  Consult with Vet


Be sure to mark your calendar for regular and consistent re-checks. 


Now you can feel confident that you know every inch of your petBy having a Wellness Map, you are giving yourself peace of mind, and helping your Vet to better guide you in what's best for your pet.   



Stay tuned!  Even more furry-footage to come, in our next Ezine, February 3rd, 2012.   


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Sunday, February 12, 2012

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