Treating Matting More Effectively

By Kristi Holzman, Owner & Professional Pet Stylist

Long-haired dogs need greater attention in regard to grooming so they do not develop mats.

Long-haired dogs can be beautiful to behold, but their lustrous locks require more grooming than short-fur breeds. If tangles are left to their own devices, a condition called matting can occur. Matting is not only a hassle for pet owners, but also uncomfortable for dogs. Understanding matting can help pet owners stay on top of the problem so dogs stay healthy and look their best.

Poodles, bichon frises and cocker spaniels are prone to matting. Other breeds, such as Yorkshire terriers and malteses, have single soft coats that tend to tangle quite easily and are susceptible to matting as well.

Mats tend to form underneath the fur and quite close to the skin, and in areas of friction, such as under the collar, behind the ears or on the lower legs. Light daily brushing may not reach the matting. Long-haired breeds often need detailed grooming so mats can be uncovered and addressed early on before they contribute to greater problems.

Grooming experts and even vets warn that matting is not just a cosmetic problem. Over time, severe matting can tug endlessly at the skin and deny fresh air and stimulation to areas of the dog’s body. This can lead to rashes or sores. Furthermore, mats can harbor bacteria, feces, parasites, and dirt, creating an unsanitary situation for the dog.

Pet owners can discuss grooming treatments and brushing regimens to keep mats from becoming a headache for all involved.

Here are a few strategies when it comes to matting:
• Prevention is the best solution, with a detangling spray and using a slick brush that will detangle fur every day will help. Separate sections of fur and gently lift and brush away tangles.

• If mats are already present, retailers offer dematting tools and mat-splitting devices that will gently slice and separate the mat without tugging too much on the pet’s fur and skin.

• If matting is extensive, or if it is proving troublesome to handle the task alone, a professional groomer may be needed. If he or she determines that the mats are just too dense to comb out, it may be necessary to use hair clippers to trim away the mats.

Groomers have the expertise to delicately cut away mats and avoid nicking the skin.

Summertime Reading

By Mary Olson, Readers’ Advisory Librarian, Medina County District Library

Summer is in full bloom and so is an abundance of new books! Visit your favorite Medina County District Library branch to check out something new to read on vacation. Or, easier yet, download an eBook or eAudiobook onto your mobile device for zero-weight reading!

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy. What was to be a well-deserved night out for a group of new mothers becomes a nightmare when one of their babies is abducted from his crib. As the investigation reaches one dead end after another, the mothers’ friendships are tested in ways none of them saw coming. The Perfect Mother will be adapted for the big screen by actress Kerry Washington.

What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine. A modern, dark fairy tale with an old-fashioned feel. Maisie was born cursed: she can kill other people just by touching them. For her own protection, Maisie’s father has raised her in near isolation for all sixteen years of her life. He has taught her to avoid going into the woods, because strange things happen to those who do. When her father disappears, Maisie has no choice but to search for him in the woods, where she encounters a most unexpected world and revelations about her curse and those it has touched before her.

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin. A debut novel rich in drama, romance, and suspense. Emma and Zadie, physicians and each other’s most loyal friend, are forced to confront a secret from their past when a tragedy threatens to destroy not only Emma’s career, but her friendship with Zadie. The author is a former emergency room doctor whose knowledge of the medical profession adds great depth to the characters and setting.

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood. Sarah Green lives a perfectly ordered life: a career managing numbers; an uncomplicated, convenient relationship; a monochromatic, practical wardrobe; and regular visits with her aging mother. But when her mother passes away, leaving the family home to Sarah’s ne’er-do-well younger brother, and Sarah herself approaches another major life event, her delightfully regimented routine begins to crack open. For readers who enjoyed The Rosie Project or Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

#MeToo Moves to the Workplace: Low Wage Workers, Safety, Labor and Women’s Groups Say It’s “Our Turn”

National Council for Occupational Safety and Health Spearheads Alliance to End Sexual Harassment on the Job

Janitors, factory workers, farmworkers and other low-wage workers joined with safety, labor, anti-violence and women’s rights advocates to announce today the launch of “Our Turn,” a new alliance brought together by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health to put a halt to sexual abuse and harassment, with a special focus on low-wage and vulnerable workers.

“It’s inspiring to see movie stars and media celebrities talk about the terrible incidents they have faced in their workplaces,” said Veronica Lagunas, a janitor in Los Angeles and a member of SEIU-United Service Workers West (USSW). “A lot of us who earn a regular paycheck face the same problems, like sexual assault and physical and verbal abuse. It’s our turn to unite and take action to stop the abuse and hold abusers accountable.”

Our Turn will unite workers, community allies and organizations across the country who are fighting – and winning – new protections against abuse and harassment in union contracts, state laws, municipal ordinances and company policies.

“For far too long, sexual harassment and other forms of abuse have been rampant in workplaces of all kinds,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). “I’m glad to stand side-by-side with working people committed to ending it.”

Our Turn was convened by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH), the nation’s leading grassroots advocate for workplace safety. More than 100 organizations and individuals have already signed on to the Our TurnCommitment to Unity and Action.”  

The Our Turn steering committee includes representatives from COSH groups, labor unions, women’s organizations, and community-based organizations.  Commitments include a pledge by participating organizations to:
  • Support workplace, community and political organizing;
  • Advocate for laws and policies that protect workers and provide tools for prevention of abuse and harassment;
  • Elevate stories of workers who have fought back against abuse;
  • Hold government agencies and employers accountable for harassment and violence in workplaces they oversee.
“The movement to end sexual violence is growing – and Our Turn brings together workers’ rights, women’s rights, and anti-violence organizations to support survivors and workers in taking back their workplaces,” said Linda Seabrook, General Counsel and Director of Workplace Safety & Equity for Futures Without Violence, a national social justice organization dedicated to ending violence against women.

“Low-wage workers are fed up are saying ‘We will not tolerate abuse as a condition of earning a living,” said National COSH co-executive director Jessica Martinez. “Every worker – regardless of race, gender, income or sexual orientation – has a fundamental right to a workplace free from abuse and harassment.”

The new coalition will mobilize members and allies to promote workplace organizing, legislative advocacy and hands-on training, and also serve as a national clearinghouse for best practices and policies to prevent workplace sexual violence and abuse.
The Our Turn pledge is available at http://coshnetwork.org/our-turn-pledge
Contact:  Roger Kerson, 734.645.0535; 197767@email4pr.com

SOURCE National Council for Occupational Safety and Health