1) I’m Sure this Schnauzer is just as worried as us about her plans with This BIG SQUASH!!
10). Thug Selfie !!
1) I’m Sure this Schnauzer is just as worried as us about her plans with This BIG SQUASH!!
10). Thug Selfie !!
11 Possible Signs Of Cancer In Your Dog
It’s important to remember that no single symptom here is necessarily indicative of cancer. They are however, good reasons to make an appointment with your vet. (graphic courtesy of ParkerPup.com)
Signs of Cancer In Your Dog:
1) Straining to poop/thin, ribbon like stools
2) Lethargy or no appetite
3) Any new bump or lump
4) Drainage or odor from ears (note: this is also very common with ear infections)
5) Runny, bloody nose
6) Unusually foul breath & excessive drooling
7) Increased thirst and urination
8) Diarrhea / Vomiting
9) Change ins shape, size, or feel of an existing lump
10) Limping/change in gait
11) Difficulty urinating and/or blood in urine (note: also very common with urinary tract infections)
One of the most important things to remember from this graphic is change. If you see your dog’s normal behavior change, it might be time for a visit to the vet. Don’t panic if you see one or more of these characteristics, only your vet can make a proper diagnosis
An industry with an industry that has really taken off is the Pet Sitting Industry. Let’s face it , we all love to spoil our fur babies . If we could, we would take our pets to work, shopping, out to eat with us and vacation. Unfortunately, for us crazed parents , these are not reasonable options. There are going to be times when we will have to depend on others to help out. When family , friends or neighbors are not around to help us in the long term , one of the best options available to you is a professional pet sitter. So let’s start off with the first question.
A) What Is A Professional Pet Sitter?
Anyone can put an ad in the newspaper or Craigslist offering their services to care for your pet. Let’s suppose you have a three week trip coming up over seas. Your fur baby, Milo, has diabetes. You see an ad by a twelve year old kid offering to care for your pet. Do you really want to leave that responsibility in the hands of a seventh grader?
A Professional Pet Sitter has three qualities beyond loving pets that pet parents should consider. 1) Formal Work Experience with animals. 2) Completed Pet Related Courses and Continued Education and 3). A Code of Ethics which is set by the organization. Generally reputable Professional Pet Sitters can be through NAPPS (National Association of Professional Pet Sitters) or PSI ( Pet Sitters International ). Both organizations provide pet sitter accreditation to those with these three main qualities.
B). What Qualifications Do You Have As A Pet Sitter?
Our fur babies may be four legged creatures but they are our family. Here’s a list of other qualifications and characteristics one should consider before trusting anyone with their pets.
1) Can the pet sitter provide written proof that she has commercial liability insurance (to cover accidents and negligence) and is bonded (to protect against theft by a pet sitter or her employees)?
2) What training has the pet sitter received?
3) Is the pet sitter associated with a veterinarian who can provide emergency services?
4) what backup plans does the Petsitter have in place?
5) Does the pet sitter provide related services such as in-home grooming, dog training , pet taxi or the selling of pet supplies and foods?
6) Will the pet sitter provide a written service contract spelling out services and fees?
7) Ask the Pet Sitter for references from clients that are willing to share information with you.
C) How much time does the pet sitter spend in your home to care for your pet(s)?
The average in-home visit to care for one pet is 30 minutes, but additional time may be required if you request special services such as dog walking, pet grooming, etc. or have a multiple pet household.
D). What are the payment terms?
Some pet sitters require payment in full for first time customers while others require a deposit upon reservation and balance paid at the end of the assignment. There is no industry standard for payment terms, so be sure you understand in advance the terms of the pet sitting business you utilize.
E) Does the pet sitter (or agency) have established fees for pet care they can quote over the phone and/or in company literature?
A professional pet sitter should have a published list of fees that cover the most common pet-care requests. Fees for special services may be worked out on a case-by-case basis.
If you are interested in more questions to ask or be concerned with, visit my page : 15 Questions To Ask Any Pet Sitter ?
Til Next Time……
By Liz Acosta – Dogster
Some of the plants we bring into our homes for the holidays can be deadly if consumed. And we know you’re not planning on eating them, but you can’t really tell your dog friend, “Hey, dog friend, don’t eat that poinsettia unless you want to be really sick,” because we still haven’t figured out how to communicate directly with our canine companions. (Bummer, I know.)
We’ve put together a handy infographic of plants to avoid and listed why they’re potentially deadly.
Signs of poisoning may be:
If you suspect your dog may have been poisoned, please seek immediate medical attention.
Happiest holidays! Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a bright and warm celebration!
One of the many new activities I have tried for my pets is cooking for them. It doesn’t mean I have eliminated feeding them holistic dog food but it brings more variety into their daily meals. One of the side effects that can happen is your pooch can have a diarrhea from the transition. Of course I grew concerned because I needed to make sure my pets were still healthy and I was not feeding them anything that they should not be eating. I checked with our veterianarian and also look up information about pets having bouts of diarrhea and what I can do.
My pets are fine now but of course it came up in conversations I have had with clients and other pet sitters . We discussed the best remedies and preventative care. So I decided to blog about this for any pet owners that have dealt with this like I have and need another confirmation that their treatment and care is correct when trying to cure diarrhea in their pets.
All dogs, at one point or another, have had a bout of diarrhea. Most diarrhea lasts a couple days, however when loose bowels continue over a long period of time it is a cause for concern; especially if the diarrhea gets severe, and is uncontrolled liquid squirts. My pets are my babies ( And for that matter, my clients’ pets , I treat them as my children too ). If your baby has a soft stool in his/her diaper, it may not be a cause for you to seek your doctor’s advice, for instance, if you have tried a new food ( my cooking) which upset the baby’s belly. If this is the case for your pet, it may be fine for you to treat it at home. However, if your baby had uncontrolled diarrhea, you would seek a medical doctor’s advice, as there could be an underlying cause. Like a baby, a puppy or dog can dehydrate FAST from severe diarrhea. REMEMBER, diarrhea can be mild or severe and the treatments differ.
Bacteria/ Parasites – Viruses and parasites are one of the main causes of diarrhea in dogs If you are concerned that this is the cause, please get a stool sample to the vet to check for Coccidia(Coccidiosis), Giardia, Trichomonas or other infections. If your litter of two-week-old puppies gets diarrhea, it could be worms. Normally we do not worm pups till three weeks, but some do it at two weeks. When worms become active, it can cause diarrhea. If the diarrhea worsens, even after using a worming medicine, you may need to check for coccidia. The incubation period is 13 days, and the dams often carry it. They would come in contact from the dam at birth, or shortly after; they are not born with it. If a 13-day-old puppy has diarrhea, it often means coccidia. This requires vet medicine to treat. It can be found in a stool sample.
Anxiety – My pets as with all pets get completely excited or stressed over many things. One issue can be the stress of traveling, being in a kennel or a doctor’s office. Believe it or not dogs/puppies have been known to get diarrhea from the excitement/stress of these issues.
Foreign Diets – Dogs are natural scavengers and tend to eat many indigestible substances, including garbage and decayed food, dead animals, grass, wild and ornamental plants, and pieces of plastic, wood, paper, and other foreign materials. Many of these are irritating to the stomach as well as to the bowel, and are partially eliminated through vomits.
Food Intolerance – As I mentioned earlier, the change in diet can put a strain on your pet’s belly. Foods that some dogs seem unable to tolerate can include beef, pork, chicken, horsemeat, fish, eggs, dairy products, spices, corn, wheat, soy, gravies, salts, spices, fats, and some commercial dog foods. Note that food intolerance is not the same as food allergy, which causes dermatitis and possibly vomiting, but rarely causes diarrhea.
Drugs & Medications – Diarrhea is a common side effect of many drugs and medications, particularly the NSAIDs ,which include aspirin. Some heart medications, some dewormers, and most antiobiotics also can cause diarrhea.
Treatments of Diarrhea In Dogs
Home Treatment For Acute Diarrhea
The most important step in treating acute diarrhea is to rest the GI tract by withholding all food for 24 hours. The dog should be encouraged to drink as much water as he wants. With persistent diarrhea, consider giving a supplemental electrolyte solution such as Pedialyte, available over the counter in pharmacies and grocery stores. This has been a great solution for me and one of my main first options. Dilute it by one-half with water and add it to the dog’s drinking bowl. Custom canine electrolyte solutions and sport drinks are also available, such as K9 Thirst Quencher. These are flavored to encourage the dog to drink. If the dog won’t drink the electrolyte solution, offer only water. A low-salt bouillon cube dissolved in the water can help encourage him to drink.
Acute diarrhea usually responds within 24 hours to intestinal rest. Start the dog out on an easily digestible diet that’s low in fat. Examples are boiled hamburger (one part drained meat to two parts cooked rice) and boiled chicken with the skin removed. Cooked white rice, cottage cheese, cooked macaroni, cooked oatmeal, and soft-boiled eggs are other easily digestible foods. Feed three or four small meals a day for the first two days. Then slowly switch the diet back to the dog’s regular food.
Obtain immediate veterinary care if:
What if the Diarrhea is Chronic?
If it turns out that your dog chronically has diarrhen then your first step is to find and treat the underlying cause. Diarrhea resulting from a change in diet can be corrected by switching back to the old diet and then making step-by-step changes to pinpoint the cause. When lactase deficiency is suspected, eliminate milk and dairy products from the diet, particularly as they are not required for adult dogs.
Diarrhea caused by overeating (characterized by large, bulky, unformed stools) can be controlled by tailoring the diet more accurately to the caloric needs of the dog and feeding his daily ration in three equal meals.
Chronic, intermittent diarrhea that persists for more than three weeks requires veterinary attention.
If You are Interested in any routine care of your dog, Feel Free to Download this reference guide and print out. routine-health-care-of-dogs10092013(3)
Before I begin, I need to preface I respect the Pet Healthcare Professionals such as Veterinarians, R & D , and pharmaceuticals company for all the advancement in medical prevention and treatment that help save our pet kids’ lives as well as improve the quality of their lives. This issue , however,has become a controversial one in recent years.
Speaking as a pet parent with multiple pets, these vaccinations can and do become expensive. And as a pet professional, my clients are required to have updated medical records of their pet kids .
What I will present are the vaccinations and their purposes. And I would love to hear from my readers and clients their opinions on the issue.
I have 5 pets. So you can imagine what yearly vet medical bills I have. And YES, it’s expensive. Think about it. We have yearly vaccinations, heartworm prevention , dental health and not to mention the unexpected illnesses and accidents. I don’t complain because I love them with everything I have and will go to the end of the earth to make sure they are healthy and happy. But one can’t help wonder if we are doing more harm than good with our protective strategies.
What many pet owners are not aware of is the increase in information that says yearly vaccinations are a waste of time, money and may put your pets’ health at risk. Recent Research says that veterinarians are charging owners $36 million for vaccinations that are unnecessary. And owners may want to adopt a reduced vaccinations schedule.
Reduced Vaccination Schedules are based on the belief that just as humans don’t need measles shot every year, neither do dogs or cats need annual injections for illnesses such as parvo, distemper or kennel cough. Even rabies shots are effective for at least three years.
The news has been slow to reach consumers, partly because few veterinarians outside academic settings are embracing the concept. Vaccine makers haven’t done the studies needed to change vaccine labels. Vets, who charge $30 to $60 for yearly shots, are loath to defy vaccine label instructions and lose an important source of revenue. In addition, they worry their patients won’t fare as well without yearly exams.
Logically, some may conclude that some vets would feel threatened because they may think, `People won’t come back to my office if I don’t have the vaccine as a carrot,’ Realistically, a yearly exam is very important . So I don’t feel they would see a reduction in clientele as long as their ethics are high and customer service is tremendous .
The reasons vaccinations became top priority for pets is because 1) rabies shots became common for pets in the 1950s, no one questioned the value of annual vaccination. 2) Distemper, which kills 50 percent of victims, could be warded off with a shot. 3) Parvovirus, which kills swiftly and gruesomely by causing a toxic proliferation of bacteria in the digestive system, was vanquished with a vaccine. Then eventually over the years, more and more shots were added to the schedule, preventing costly and potentially deadly disease in furry family members.
Lets breakdown the vaccinations for dogs and cats .
Rabies is a mandatory vaccine in most areas of North America because it not only protects the pet, but also the people in the pet’s environment. The most likely source for people to contract rabies is through their pet.
Leptospirosis can also be transferred from pet to human. In fact, people are more likely to get leptospirosis from a pet than any other source. It can cause chronic kidney disease and death.
Here are the protocols for felines and canines.
With a kitten there are three stages to the vaccination process:
A) At 6 to 8 weeks they are vaccinated for feline viral rhinotrachetitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, and chlamydia.
B) At 12 to 14 weeks they are given a booster for the vaccine given above, as well as a vaccine for leukemia.
C) At 16 to 20 weeks a booster is given for set 1 and set 2 as well as a rabies vaccination.
D) 1 year from the last set of vaccines, and yearly for the rest of the cat’s life, it should be given the full set of vaccinations.
If a full grown cat is adopted, and its medical history is unknown, then the following process is followed:
1) The cat is vaccinated for feline viral rhinotrachetitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, chlamydia, leukemia and rabies.
2) 1 month after step 1 the cat is given a booster for all the vaccinations except rabies.
3) 1 year from the last set of vaccines, and yearly for the rest of the cat’s life, it should be given the full set of vaccinations.
With a puppy there are four stages to the vaccination process:
1) At 8 weeks they are vaccinated for distemper, adenovirus 2 (hepatitis), parainfluenza and parvo virus.
2) At week 12 they are given a booster for the vaccines given in stage 1 as well as the vaccines for leptospirosis.
3) At week 16 they are given a booster for stage 1 vaccines and the vaccine for lyme disease.
4) At week 20 they are given a booster for leptospirosis, lyme and the rabies vaccine.
5) 1 year from the last set of vaccines, and yearly for the rest of the dog’s life, it should be given the full set of vaccinations. NOTE: Rabies is supposed to be only given every other year after the first year vaccinations as it is a two year vaccine. But I do know some veterinarian offices will require it yearly , if your pets are their patients. So that in itself is a debatable issue.
If a full grown dog is adopted and its medical history is unknown then the following process is followed:
1) The dog is vaccinated for distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvo, leptospirosis, lyme and rabies.
2) 1 month after step 1 the dog is given a booster for all the vaccinations except rabies.
3) 1 year from the last set of vaccines, and yearly for the rest of the dog’s life, it should be given the full set of vaccinations. NOTE: Rabies is only given every other year after the first year vaccinations as it is a two year vaccine. But I do know some veterinarian offices will require it yearly , if your pets are their patients. So that in itself is a debatable issue.
Bordetella, better known as the “kennel cough” vaccine, some experts believe it should be given to all dogs who are in close contact with other dogs. If you take your dog to any of the below places they should be given the bordetella vaccine:
Dog boarding kennels
And in regards to Bordetella, this is one of the vaccinations many holistic vets believe is not necessary yearly. Holistic veterinarians adopt the reduced vaccination schedule.
The movement to extend vaccine intervals is gaining ground because of growing evidence that vaccines themselves can trigger a fatal cancer in cats and a deadly blood disorder in dogs. Many zealous holistic vets conduct public seminars aggressively because they believe the vaccination schedule is ” theft by deception’ and they want the proper channels to research and inform the public on this issue.
So I ask my readers , speak up and give me your intelligent opinions on this topic. Are we causing more harm to our pets with such an aggressive schedule or do you believe the schedule stands on its own merits?
I didn’t write this article. But I think it’s a great article to read and educate yourself. So Enjoy!!
Your pup whines and attempts to stop him lead only to more whining. Eventually he goes into full-blown crazy mode, moaning, spinning around and nosing you. There’s a good chance he’s just bored and wants to play, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes he wants something else, like food, or he’s crying because he’s a sick puppy.
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