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Would You Pay Extra to Reduce Your Pet’s Pain During Surgery?

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GOOD NEWS – Pet owners – would you pay $100 to vastly reduce pain during a pet’s surgery? Read on. 09.16.13.  reprint. see link below.

Demand for laser outfitted Veterinarian operating rooms used to be about the same as demand for animal organ transplants. But like most technology, the price has come down, and it’s beginning to infiltrate the pet world.

Lasik surgery on the eyes has certainly earned a reputation for fast, incredibly accurate, and well understood technology that people now routinely choose as option to correct vision.  It’s also found its way into other procedures for humans. Now it’s available for pet surgery.

For spaying female pets, it’s all about the difference between cutting with a scalpel and cutting with a laser.  Both work fine to get the job done, but laser cutting does a number of things that scalpels do not.

Burning rather than cutting kills bacteria.  Bacteria live on skin by the trillions. They also hang out in in tissue, blood vessels, and the lymphatic system, even after you scrub the surfaces. When you cut with a sterile scalpel, you just move the bacteria aside.  But when you burn the incisions, you kill the ones on the edge. This reduces the exposure to infection.

Burning seals off vessels that cutting leaves gaping open. When you cut through any tissue, you are severing hundreds of vessels that carry blood and liquid through the body.  When you sew up afterwards, all those little vessels remaining open, which ooze.  Oozing establishes little rivers of water for bacteria to swim up into a wound.  Lasers seal all those vessels so they don’t ooze.

Burning also shuts down pain sensors.  We feel pain not because it hurts there, but because a pain sensor has sent a message back to the brain to tell it to feel pain there.  Cutting with a scalpel leaves sensors intact so they can send pain messages to the brain, which they do at their loudest after trauma like a knife cut. Burning shuts them down so they’re literally quiet. Thus, less pain is “felt.”

The results?  For $75 to $100 more money, your pet will recover faster, suffer less pain, have less stiches (with no outside stiches that have to be removed) and face less risk of infection.

P.S.: I just had my puppy Kaya spayed, pictured above.  She recovered remarkably fast. I totally recommend it. We went to PenBay Veterinary Associates in Rockland, Maine, Dr. Bjorn Lee performing. (website here)

Photo credit: Jam Blackall

Gren Blackall

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If you love animals the way we love animals, we hope you’ll get involved with The Maine Pet Expos.

Next year (2014), we will produce three pet shows, the Greater Portland Pet Expo on June 5-6 at Seasons Conference Center (off Exit 48); the Greater Bangor Pet Expo on September 12-13 at the Cross Insurance Conference Center in Bangor, and the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo on September 26-27 at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue.

FMI:  Please join our discussion group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MainePetExpos, and “like” our page:  https://www.facebook.com/themainepetexpos.

For exhibit booth, sponsorship, show program advertising, workshops, Designated Non-Profit, and volunteer information, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.  As we get a bit closer, you’ll be able to find exhibitors, sponsors, advertisers and attendee information on eventbrite.com

We’re also slowly working on developing a non-profit to raise funds for animal rescues – AARF – Animal Activist and Resource Fund.  You can read more about AARF at https://www.facebook.com/AARF.AnimalActivistResourceFund.

We foster dogs through two rescue organizations (Maine Lab Rescue and The Pixel Fund), and collect donations for several rescues, including Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends.  For more information on any of our efforts, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.

And if you’d like to read random thoughts about our dogs, please follow us at http://themainedogblog.wordpress.com.

Welcome to our world!

Timeline / Deadlines for the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo, September 21-22, 2013

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Timeline / Deadlines

On-Going to June 30, 2013

  • Early Bird rate period for sponsors (save 10%), exhibitors (save 15%) and advertisers in Show Program (save 10%).

June 14, 2013

  • First round of workshop & activity proposals due (best choice of times; most marketing)
  • Designated Non-Profit Status proposals due.

June 28, 2013

  • 1st round of workshops/activities announced
  • Designated Non-Profit Status awarded.

June 30, 2013

  • Early Bird rate period for sponsors, exhibitors and advertisers in Show Program ends.

July 01 – September 20, 2013

  • Regular rate period for sponsors & exhibitors (all are now full price).

July 12, 2013

  • Second round of workshop and activity proposals due.

July 26, 2013

  • Second round of workshops and activities announced.

August 16, 2013

  • Show Program: all ads & payments are due.

September 07, 2013

  • No refunds after this date unless a replacement is found.

September 13, 2013

  • Show Programs printed & distributed throughout Greater Androscoggin region.

September 21-22, 2013

  • Welcome to the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo!

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If you love animals the way we love animals, we hope you’ll get involved with The Maine Pet Expos. 

This year (2013), we will produce two pet shows, the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo on September 21-22 (note new dates!) at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue and the Greater Bangor Pet Expo on October 19-20 at the new Cross Insurance Conference Center in the old Bass Park Complex.

FMI:  Please join our discussion group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MainePetExpos, and “like” our page:  https://www.facebook.com/themainepetexpos.

For exhibit booth, sponsorship, show program advertising, workshops, Designated Non-Profit, and volunteer information, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.  You can also find information on these two sites:  http://andropetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com and http://bangorpetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com

We’re also working on a non-profit to raise funds for animal rescues – AARF – Animal Activist and Resource Fund.  You can read more about AARF at https://www.facebook.com/AARF.AnimalActivistResourceFund.

We foster dogs through two rescue organizations (Maine Lab Rescue and The Pixel Fund), and collect donations for several rescues.  For more information on either of these efforts, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.

Welcome to our world!

Sept 21-22, 2013 – The Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo

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Welcome!

We are serious animal people – both my husband & I have nearly always lived with a menagerie of companion and farm animals ranging from our beloved dogs & cats, to pet mice, white rats, rabbits, chickens, cows, horses, pigs… you name it!

Presently, in addition to our own three dogs (two of them rescues, the other a “free pup” found at a neighborhood store) we foster dogs coming out of high kill southern shelters – and have helped save the lives of more than a dozen wonderful dogs that otherwise might have had no chance.

Our role in those rescues is minor; we are in complete awe of the organizations that put their hearts and souls – and time, energy and money – into saving every creature they can. We hope our Pet Expos will help raise awareness and desperately needed funds for those rescues, while also offering an avenue for pet-related businesses, organizations and responsible breeders to find new customers and friends.

The Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo supports:

  • rescues, shelters & activist organizations
  • boarding facilities & kennels, groomers & breeders
  • pet foods, pet supply stores, toys & accessories
  • veterinarians, veterinary supplies, and more!

This show and others are produced by What a Great Event! (my events planning & management firm) dba The Maine Pet Expos – you can find both business names on Facebook. We also hope you’ll join our interactive Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MainePetExpos/.

As with all What a Great Event! shows, the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo will offer opportunities for non-profit organizations to fund-raise via volunteering and through other means.  For more information, check out our Exhibitors Manual, which we can email you (contact me at LSnyder at regroupbiz dot com), or you can download it from our Facebook group mentioned above.

We’d love to talk to you about your possible role in helping to plan the Expo, sponsor/exhibit/advertise, or even present a workshop or other activity!

Sloppy dog kisses from Buddy, Millie & Rudi,
Linda Snyder

Linda Snyder, M.S., President, What a Great Event!

Exhibitors Manual, Androscoggin Pet Expo 2013

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If you love animals the way we love animals, we hope you’ll get involved with The Maine Pet Expos. 

This year (2013), we will produce two pet shows, the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo on September 21-22 (note new dates!) at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue and the Greater Bangor Pet Expo on October 19-20 at the new Cross Insurance Conference Center in the old Bass Park Complex.

FMI:  Please join our discussion group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MainePetExpos, and “like” our page:  https://www.facebook.com/themainepetexpos.

For exhibit booth, sponsorship, show program advertising, workshops, Designated Non-Profit, and volunteer information, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.  You can also find information on these two sites:  http://andropetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com and http://bangorpetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com

We’re also working on a non-profit to raise funds for animal rescues – AARF – Animal Activist and Resource Fund.  You can read more about AARF at https://www.facebook.com/AARF.AnimalActivistResourceFund.

We foster dogs through two rescue organizations (Maine Lab Rescue and The Pixel Fund), and collect donations for several rescues.  For more information on either of these efforts, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.

Welcome to our world!