Budweiser Clydesdale ads did not make the cut for the SuperBowl

January 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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Are you kidding me? The Clydesdales are not going to be in the SuperBowl this year? Those powerful iconic, I think of Budweiser every time I see one, Clydesdales are not going to be a commercial in this years Super Bowl!

I understand that Budweiser needs to be very selective about its choosing of commercials especially when it costs about $2.5 million for 30 secs, but come on its the Clydesdales! They have had the best commercials – the horse football teams (who can forget the one with the sheep streaker), the little foal wishing to grow up and be one of the majestic horses in the Budweiser harness, The Budweiser the donkey coveting to be a Budweiser Clydesdale, and even just the Budweiser Clydes hooked up to the cart delivering the Bud. Classic and traditional like Budweiser itself.

In full disclosure I do not drink, but I have friends who do! When we buy beer for parties it is always Budweiser and Corona (full disclosure here: I know Corona is not a Bud product). I am hoping to change the minds of the Budweiser execs and go with a Clydesdale commercial for the Super Bowl. It is going to be difficult, according to an MSNBC article, Budweiser going for laughs this Super Bowl, marketing exec Keith Levy stated that the Clydesdale ads did not pass consumer testing. That’s a shame, but I would like all you horse lovers, Super Bowl ad lovers and Budweiser lovers if you agree with me and wish to see the Clydesdales at the SuperBowl – give Budweiser a call and let them know – 1-800-DIAL-BUD Maybe we can make a difference as the final choices have not been made. We have until Feb 7th!

Budweiser Clydesdale Streaker Super Bowl XL Commercial

House Mold and other allergens for your dog

January 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

OK it is winter time so you would think that there would be no allergens, Spring and Fall are the times for mold and pollens right?

Well yes and no – outdoor allergens are reduced this time of year because of the snow and the dormancy of the plants; however if you think about it – your house is now closed off. The windows are not open the furnace is on which means you are recirculating the same air in your house over and over. Even with an air filter and the fancy air purifiers it still is not the same as being able to exchange the air like we can during the warmer seasons. So this means you and your dog are actually more exposed to certain allergens such as house mold, house dust and house mites.

I had a very young dog come in this morning with bleeding ears. It has a double ear infection. It also was just recovering from a skin rash/infection and upon further questioning the dog has been licking its paws constantly. This dog has all the symptoms of a dog with allergies. Now a dog as young as this one should not have allergies it has not had enough time in its life to develop a reaction to something that is unless one of two things the dog has a really confused immune system or it is being bombarded with allergens. Upon further questioning the owner,a woman in her 30s, has for the first time in her life been diagnosed with asthma and allergies. They also just moved in to a house this year that is over 100 years old.

Hmm – there maybe something in the house that is contributing to both of their physical ailments. We shall see what she finds out as she is getting her house reinspected for mold and allergens.

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Horse Nutrition Protein: My irritation becomes your knowledge benefit

January 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

OK this is very irritating – one of my clients used my name to try and get the barn owner convinced that they need change the way they are feeding her horse. Now I would not have minded if the horse owner was telling the barn owner something that I believe to be true, but it is not something that I think is right for her horse.

We discussed that her horse was still a little thin but was improved from the last time I saw the horse. We also discussed that the horse could use some fat supplement to help with weight gain without making the horse excitable especially since the horse is a Thoroughbred and might be a little tough to handle if she was loaded up on a lot of grain. That was all that was said.

The owner told the barn owner that I insisted the horse be fed a specific product! To make matters worse that product is not a fat supplement but rather a protein supplement – 32% protein to be exact. Now it may be that I misheard the horse owner when she mentioned fat supplements or she thought that this particular product was a fat supplement, but in any case I would not recommend feeding a protein supplement for weight gain in horses.

A horse requires 10 to 12% protein in its diet and that is all! It does not add any benefit to add more protein as the horse does not use it to build anymore muscle but rather turns it into energy. When the body turns the extra protein into energy it produces more urea nitrogen which then passes through the kidneys and creates that horrible ammonia urine smell. Two things that make this scenario bad. One is that the ammonia produced in the urine can cause irritation to the respiratory tract which can then make the horse more susceptible to respiratory tract infections, especially in the winter time in an enclosed barn. The other is a financial issue – protein is an expensive resource to be used for weight gain – carbohydrates and fat are both cheaper and fat is the preferred for horses.

So in case that client is reading this I hope it was just a misunderstanding. I do not want you to feed that 32% protein supplement to your horse, but rather I would like to see your horse fed a fat supplement with Probiotics – something like Advanced Biological Concept’s Energy (http://www.a-b-c-plus.com/)

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Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy for your horse

January 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy is a viable alternative to drugs for the treatment of pain and inflammation in horses  due to a variety of causes such as arthritis, surgery, and wounds.  Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy or PEMF affects pain perception in many different ways. It affects calcium ion movement, endorphin levels, acupuncture point stimulation, nerve regeneration, circulation, tissue oxygen, and even cellular metabolism. All these affects help reduce inflammation and promote healing.

How does it work? No one really has a definitive answer but there are some good theories and some good scientifically based research pointing to some very likely causes of the success of this treatment. One of the more prominent and most likely reasons for the reduction of pain and inflammation has to do with the calcium ion movement that an electrical field causes in the body. PEMF therapy causes a natural anti-inflammatory process to occur more rapidly. It binds Calcium and in a cascade of events produces Nitric Oxide (NO), a natural anti-inflammatory. NO then continues the natural healing process by reducing pain, improving blood flow, reducing swelling and helps in the production of a molecule called cGMP, a growth factor producer. This growth factor producer helps in the regeneration of blood vessels and tissue growth and remodeling.

In the past the machines that produced the electromagnetic fields were large and very powerful. New research however has suggested that the fields do not have to be so large to produce great healing effects. Also with the advancement of technology now we can produce a good healing PEMF with a very small device powered by simple batteries. One of the devices available for dogs and horses is made by the company ASSISI Animal Health. Assisi makes 2 types of units one for the veterinarian for use in the office and a portable PEMF unit for an owner to bring to the barn and do treatments themselves. Considering that treatments should be given for up to 15 min twice a day for 2 weeks or even longer for horses suffering with arthritis, the portable units are an excellent choice. The cost is about $250 for a unit which gives 90 15 min treatments which is about $2.75 a treatment and should last about 6 weeks.

One of my clients is currently using them for her dog with severe degeneration in its knee joints. The dog is doing very well with nutritional supplements and using the unit every other day for 15 minutes and no need for pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories, so there is no risk of stomach ulcers or liver damage.

PEMF is a great tool for veterinarians and horse owners in the treatment of pain. Check out Assisi they will send information to your veterinarian for you.

Seizures in Dogs

January 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Rough morning today. I walked into the clinic at 7:30 and there was a patient waiting before the clinic even opened with a seizuring dog. A beautiful 3 year old Golden Retriever that had seizures before and has been on phenobarbitol (anticonvulsant medication) had a seizure at 6:40 this morning and was now still having them repeatedly a minute apart at the most. This was a special seizure case, because usually we treat seizures with a bolus of diazepam (valium) and the seizures stop. If not then we give another type of sedative and that usually does it. However in this poor guy’s case nothing was working. This poor guy was seizuring for 3 hours before we ended up having to put the dog under anesthesia to control the seizures. 20 minutes under gas anesthesia and 30 minutes later the dog walked out of the clinic with the seizures under control again.  So what’s next?

We need to prevent the seizures from returning. Traditionally we need to place the animal anticonvulsants usually phenobarbitol and in this guy’s case we may need to add Potassium Bromide. Since this dog has had seizures since it was a puppy it really needs a CT Scan and spinal tap and a referral to a neurologist. It may be that he may have a defect in its brain. Here’s a video from another veterinarian explaining the traditional diagnostics and treatments –

Dog Seizures – Seizures in Dogs

www.doghealthproblemsadvice.com – veterinarian Sam Meisler DVM featured in a video segment on seizures in dogs, what causes dog seizures and how they are diagnosed.

Natural/holistic treatment would include acupuncture, sometimes herbal supplements, and definitely a proper diet with a good quality dog food with no preservatives and no dyes – many times the diet may need to be raw based. Most  importantly I have had success with seizure dogs using chiropractic treatments, specifically if the dog has issues with the upper neck vertebrae (subluxations in the atlas, occiput and axis) . Several dogs that I have seen with seizures have problems in the upper 2 vertebrae of the neck. So whether you do complete holistic treatment for seizures or even if you do traditional treatment I would highly suggest chiropractic treatment to help control.

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A bunch more horse blogs

January 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I have been looking for more blogs about horses and horse health and I should have thought of this but someone beat me to it – just ask!

I belong to a group on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/drdanbeatty) called This Business of Horses and wouldn’t you know it someone posted a question “Do you write a horse blog? Please let me know. Thanks!” Well 37 comments later and a whole bunch of blogs I have found a few blogs definitely worth following – here are a select few that I really liked –

Horse Life – Bitless, treeless and other riding advice and comments. I loved his recent post about Cold Weather care for the arthritic senior horse. Now I would say that any horse in cold weather should be treated the way he is suggesting in this post but especially our old timers. I would actually say they would need to be warmed uplonger in the weather that we have here in the winter. Overall, this is a good blog by Steve Wawryk, a Canadian horsemen who’s blog description states –

Horselife offers a wide range of products and services for the natural horsemanship enthusiast to the person who is interested in learning a no-nonsense approach to safe, balanced, real life riding.

Writing of Riding: My Equestrian Blog – A little artsy for my taste but a beautiful blog and well written. As Erica K. Frei the owner of this well crafted blog states “Here you can find my thoughts, theories and opinions on just about anything the comes to mind which could be remotely connected to horses.” and she is right there is a lot of information about a wide variety of topics on horses and horsemanship. Go check it out.

Stephanielynnperformance’s Blog – OK just for the Sheath Cleaning Song alone this blog gets my recommendation…too funny! I can not wait to see what else she has in store for us with this blog.

Barn Mice – I have to include this site because it is a collection of blogs related to horses and horsemanship – clever name as well, because like mice in a barn it is a community of people interested in horses. The main page has a bunch of good videos as well so check out the whole site as well as the list of blogs.

There are many more that I did not mention if you wish to see the whole list of blogs in the group just join the group on LinkedIn This Business of Horses or connect with me on LinkedIn via my profile – http://www.linkedin.com/in/drdanbeatty and we can get you into the group.

Can you give Acetaminophen (Tylenol) to your dog?

January 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I have had many owners come in with a limping dog and tell me well I gave him some Tylenol. My question always is how much did you give him/her? and did you ever consider that it was not safe to give that to your dog?

Acetaminophen as well as other drugs react differently in dogs than they do in humans. In some cases dogs should not get certain drugs that we take such as Ibuprofen should not be given to dogs. In the case of acetaminophen a lower dosage is needed and many people overdose their little dog. The proper dosage for acetaminophen is 5mg per pound (10mg per kg) of dog so for a little 25 lb dog the dose would only be 125mg and only twice a day or every 12 hours not every 6. If you overdose your dog you are risking permanent liver disease as well as a severe chemical reaction in the blood causing an inability of the dogs blood to carry oxygen.

Now even though you have a correct dosage for using acetaminophen for your dog there still is a reason why I would not recommend using it – there are better drugs out there for your dog. There are safer “natural” anti-inflammatories that have the same effectiveness with no or minimal side effects and then there are veterinary prescribed anti-inflammatories that are more effective and although have similar side effects seem to be “safer” than acetaminophen. So no matter which way you choose it is better to go with a dog anti-inflammatory or a natural anti-inflammatory to provide pain relief for your beloved pet and not acetaminophen.

As a side note – it is NOT safe to give a cat acetaminophen! There are no dosages safe for a cat.

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