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2018 March PASO Magazine

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ROUND TOWN Veterinary By Dr. Ryan Ehlinger Spring is on our doorstep here on the Central Coast. That means longer days, more time outside with our pets, and more flea cases at the vet hospital! We see a multitude of skin infections, hair loss, and self mutilation related to fleas. Yet, when we show people the fleas or we discuss flea control, we face our resilient enemy; flea denial! He got that at the groomer! That flea is from your office! My pets don’t have fleas! I get it. It’s scary to put medication on your pet or in your pet’s body. Putting some diatomaceous earth, garlic powder or tea tree oil NOT JUST A RIVER IN EGYPT on your pet seems so much more organic and safe. Additionally, good flea control is expensive and we live in one of the most expensive areas of the country. However, if you consider the cost of treating all the flea-related problems, your time to come to the vet, and the health of your pet, it is much simpler to just put them consistently on a proven flea preventative. We will see you less at the vet hospital and your pet will do much better. Unfortunately, here on the Central Coast, this usually means oral medication as the fleas here seem resistant to most of the older topical medications. But, these oral medications very safe and undeniably effective. I remember several years ago when I was practicing in New England, a gentleman came to see me with his German Shepherd that was covered in fleas and hot spots. I told him we should put his dog on flea control along with the usual medications for the skin infection. He told me he would never use flea control again because it killed his last dog! I asked him what happened. He told me he put topical flea control on his dog and his dog ran away from him and out into the road where he was hit by a car. I advised him that the automobile killed his dog, not the flea control. But, in his mind it was the flea control! More recently, I had a client from Templeton who was convinced I had a trained flea that lived on my shoulder that I called into action when I would evaluate his pets for skin infections. He called him “Ivan” and said that he was my pet flea. He said I train Ivan to help us sell flea prevention. That one still cracks me up. Flea denial. It ain’t just a river in Egypt! Dr. Ryan Ehlinger is the owner of the Main Street Small Animal Hospital in Templeton. A full service small animal hospital serving the north county since 1988. Visit for more info. 32 PASO Magazine, March 2018

HIGH SCHOOL RODEO SEASON By Loretta Burke Introducing a new contributor for PASO Magazine: Loretta Burke of District 7 High School Rodeo, and a student of journalism at Paso Robles HS. The second half of the High School rodeo is off! In February, High School Rodeo athletes from around Central California competed in King City for the annual King City Invitational. Despite the short days and less time to practice, the competition was still 100 percent as athletes from grades 6 through 12 competed for glory, money, and prizes. Throughout the rodeo season, high school rodeo athletes compete for points to make the annual California High School Rodeo Association State Finals in Bishop, and the junior high finals in Red Bluff. The top five athletes in each event qualify for state finals. The top four from state finals go to nationals to compete for the coveted world championship. Which pulls from the approximate membership of 12,500 students from 42 states, Canadian, and Australia. With two more rodeos until state finals, athletes are working their hardest at practice to advance to statewide and national rodeos this year. Coming up, March 3 and 4 is another high school rodeo at the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Grounds, with the last rodeo of the district schedule to be held April 7 at the Madonna Inn rodeo grounds, admission is free. March 2018, PASO Magazine 33

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