Friday, January 21, 2005 at 11:50:25 AM by Daniel Rubenstein
Dear Pawtracker Users -
Last night we updated your system to Version 1.9.8. Please review the following list of the updates, enhancements and bug fixes for this release:
Corrected payment date selection error
Changed client statement sales history to date descending
Should you have any questions, please contact us at support at kennelsource dot com or 800-610-9054. We appreciate your business!
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Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 9:20:26 AM by Daniel Rubenstein
Last night we updated your system to Version 1.9.7 which also included Versions 1.9.5 and 1.9.6. Please review the following list of the updates, enhancements and bug fixes for this release:
Fixed Discount for chargeType = 1 and ChargeCode > 0
Fixed Problem of Displaying Departure Warning
Fixed Sales History for Refund Receipts
Added Paging for enhanced performance for Client statement
Optimized for Faster custom paging on vets list
Fixed bug with client grid paging
Added a feature to Inactivate/Reactivate client
Allowed Location city, state and zip to be editable
Added a feature for Multiple pet check in / cancel / no show from Start Menu >> Reservations
Added a feature for Multiple pet checkout from Start Menu >> In-House
Improved the Sales Purchase interface
Display Vets and hospital lists depending on Client Access List setting
Add pet form - temperament defaults to normal
Fixed transaction service date range corrected for making
Run or Date changes for a reservation
Added field in location details website url. This website url will be used in confirmation emails
All financial actions throughout system updated to post to accrual account in COA totals
Email confirmation use location specific email and url
Fixed rapid checkout problems
Increased pet name font on run card
Payment date dropdown added to make payment screen
Rebuild totals reworked to post to accrual column
Fixed pet visits report
Refund date added to refund grid
Reports corrected to read from accrual column
Added Security code for payment date and refund date
Added Security codes for rapid actions, inactive data
Enhanced Error Reporting to direct User to create trouble ticket on error
Removed Transaction time display in client statement
The help files will be updated by the beginning of next week. You may review them for specific instructions on how to use any of the new functionality. In the meantime, should you have any questions, please contact us at support at kennelsource dot com or 800-610-9054. We appreciate your business!
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Monday, January 17, 2005 at 8:34:56 AM by Staci L. Hayes
While most of us have a first aid kit for ourselves and our children, few of us have thought about having one set up for our pets. It is just as important and as easy to be prepared for an emergency for our pets as it is for humans.
The first thing you want to do is find a box that is transportable (shoe box size) and with a handle. It should also be water resistant and non-locking for easy access. Place a large, easy to read label on the box saying "Animal First Aid" and store the box where it's easy to get to and remember.
Here is a list of some of the supplies that should be in the first aid kit:
2 rolls of 3" gauze bandage
Gauze pads (3" x 3")
Nonstick adhesive tape
A tube of Neosporin or Polysporin
Saline solution (like you use for contact lenses)
A small bottle of Hydrogen peroxide
An eye dropper
Muzzle (nylon is the best for your pet)
Some paper towels
A pair of tweezers
You should also have a piece of paper with the following information on it: Your vet's name, poison control (yes, they will help you with animals as well as people), and after hour vets.
A few other items you might want to have in your first aid kit are a small bottle of Quick-Stop (for bleeding nails), a dose of any medication your pet takes regularly and a baggie of pet treats. You should also have a copy of your pet's inoculation records.
Emergencies can be very stressful for both you and your pet, but if you are prepared you will be able to better care for a pet in trouble.
As printed in Essay Magazine
List acquired from Emergency First Aid For Your Dog by Tamara Shearer, D.V.M.
Friday, January 14, 2005 at 9:44:44 AM by Edward Knittel
The Chicago city pound at 2741 S. Western Avenue is under fire again in less than one year. This time it isn't because of an outbreak of distemper like in April of 2004. No, this time it's because of dirty, overcrowded conditions that have led to improper care of the dogs and now the recent departure of city official Nikki Proutsos who ran the operation for five years.
The volunteers had faulted management in general and Proutsos in particular for problems at the shelter. Her departure came as the volunteers met with city officials, including Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th).
Emily Weiss, an animal behaviorist hired more than a year ago by the city to evaluate the pound, praised the "drive and compassion of senior staff" but did say:
"Part of the problem might be too much compassion."
She was referring to the reluctance of some volunteers to put down animals who persuaded management to limit euthanasia.
It's a tough job and a complex operation. On the one hand you want to help as many dogs as you can to find a good, safe home. But on the other hand you're limited by space and money to continually feed and care for these animals. It's an unfortunate sad truth that not all of these dogs can be saved.
Incidentally, last year's budget was $4.1 million where 37 employees handled 23,000 animals, of which 15,000 were put down. The rest were adopted or sent to other facilities.
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