Dog Chocolate Toxicity

October 25, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Happy Halloween! Just a quick post here about keeping an eye on your dog during Halloween. Most Halloween treats are not acceptable for dogs especially anything sugar free made with Xylitol and remember no chocolate.

There is an excellent interactive Chocolate Toxicity Chart showing based on the weight of your dog how much chocolate it can ingest before being a problem.

Check it out at National Geographic – Chocolate Toxicity Chart

Keep your dogs safe and Happy Halloween!!

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Halloween Costume for your dog

October 19, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

OK nothing like dressing up your dog like a dog for Halloween! Go ScoobyDoo!

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We’re only two short weeks away from Halloween, the holiday devoted in equal parts to the undead, candy, and dressing up in costumes. These three things are pretty amazing in their own right, but when they’re combined, they make for one of the most fun times of the year. So fun, in fact, that many people think the the joy of Halloween should extend beyond human beings.

Thus, the thriving industry that is Pet Costumes!
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Top 5 Exercise Activities for You and Your Dog

October 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I like the sit on the step and throw the ball/frisbee. It works out the arm for me…LOL

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Top 5 Exercise Activities for You and Your Dog

Exercise is often seen as a health issue, but it also has a huge effect on your dog’s behavior.

Walk your dog
Take your dog for a bike ride
Go rollerblading with your dog
Swimming
Doggie Day Care
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If you were me, what would you do?

October 15, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

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If you could ask your vet anything about the care of your dog what would you ask?

Would you want to know how your vet takes care of his/her dog?

In many situations, I am asked if this were your dog what would you do? That question brings up ethical concerns as well as attachment concerns – but in many cases it is a valid question. If you were me what would you do?

So I am asking YOU – what do you want to know about how I care for my dogs?

Anything is game – vaccinations, feeding, exercise, training, whatever you can think of. What would you like to know?

Reply in the comments and we can discuss it. If your comment is good it may get put into the book that I am writing on this subject.

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A dog barfing toothpaste dispenser

October 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

ROFL – this is good!

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This Will Not Encourage Me To Brush My Teeth More

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Another article on Gastroenteritis

October 14, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

I love the “definition” of when something bad enters the digestive system. It made me smile.

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Gastroenteritis is when …

Gastroenteritis refers to inflammation of the stomach and intestines.
Because of its many different possible causes and various severity, gastroenteritis is actually quite a broad term.
Something makes the GI tract angry and it triggers a defensive mechanism – inflammation. Some of the many causes are

  • dietary indiscretion
  • abrupt change in diet (you’ve heard about gradual switching, haven’t you?)
  • poisoning
  • infections
  • food allergies
  • autoimmune disease
Violent diarrhea and vomiting, presence of blood, pain, fever, dehydration, lethargy, these are all signs that it’s time to take action as soon as possible. If the symptoms are relatively mild but chronic, you also want to pay attention and investigate the cause.Read more at dawgbusiness.blogspot.com
 

Advances in Equine Dentistry – really?

October 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Some equine dentists would have you believe that they are really advanced in equine dentistry. There are equine dentists doing full mouth balancing, filling cavities, and even root canals. It seems legitimate, the dentist really seems to know what he is talking about, seems to be selling it quite effectively and is confident that the procedure will make your horse perform much better because of the treatment provided. My question though would be how do they know? Has research been performed to prove that these techniques actually do what the equine dentist says it is going to do? Are there other techniques that work as well if not better?

The biggest problem with equine dentistry is that although it is a very old profession and veterinarians and lay people have been working on horses teeth for as long as horses have been used by people there has been little in the way of research. None of the so called advances in equine dentistry have been proven to be any more or any less effective than any other dental procedures.

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The one basic fact of equine dentistry that has been passed down and is now in the category of obvious medical knowledge is that removing sharp enamel points from the edges of a horses teeth allow the horse to be more comfortable and allows the horse to masticate more appropriately.  That’s it! Nothing else has really been studied. The whole balancing of the mouth to improve comfort of the TMJ, filling cavities, and root canals has not been researched in horses – we have no idea if it really does work or not.

The problem with no research is that some dentists take it to the extreme in trying to make the theories be true. I have seen a dentist “correct” the teeth so they  were “perfectly aligned and balanced” and yet the horse could not eat afterward. The horse could not chew. I have had to wait almost 2 years on one horse before I could do any filing because so much was taken off initially that the teeth although “perfectly balanced” were not touching.

At this point in time I am going to agree with Geoff Tucker, DVM in his post  – Just Because It Can Be Done, Should We Do It?

Remember this in today’s world.  Charlatans abound and with positive emotional stories like this person’s endorsement of root canals, we all remain subject to their damage and lies.  Please remain vigilant but not closed minded.  Someday a very wealthy person will fund accurate and sound scientific studies of equine dentistry but until then, most if not all studies done on this subject is unsubstantiated and wrong and not in the best interest of YOU or YOUR HORSE.

Removal of oral pain IS in your horses’ best interest and the best way to do this is routine floating from a young age.  Call your equine dentist now and not when his teeth are failing.  Like changing the oil in your car or flossing your own teeth, an ounce of prevention is so much better than a pound of cure.

Until there is more and better research less is more in my opinion. We need to be doing what we know for sure is best for the horse and that is to remove sharp enamel points and balance the mouth to allow for better mastication such as removing ramps and hooks. If we do more we do not know if we are helping or actually hurting the horse or not doing anything at all.

So remember if you have one of these equine dentists coming to you telling you your horse needs something extreme just ask him has any research been done? Then run don’t walk, run away and bring your horse with you.

HSUS vs Puppy Mills?

October 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has for years been using funds to promote legislative changes in regards to puppy mills and other large dog facilities. Now this may seem like a noble and right thing for the HSUS to be doing however I think it may be an inappropriate use of funds, especially considering some of the laws or regulatory changes they are promoting are not going to make a lick of difference and considering that HSUS needs to take care of its own issues before complaining about others.

Let me first start by saying, I do think that although puppy mills are a legal form of business, it is not an acceptable form of business. It is one in which it does not have the health and welfare of dogs in mind. Puppy mills do not have the best interest of dogs and their breeds as their top priority. Puppy mills should be shut down the way most bad businesses are shut down – don’t buy their product.

In this point I agree with the HSUS from their website (Puppy Mills: FAQ) -

Because most puppy mills are not illegal, we need help from the public to put an end to the consumer demand for their “product.” You can help The HSUS put a stop to puppy mills by getting your next dog from an animal shelter, rescue group, or a humane and reputable breeder that you have carefully screened in person.

The focus should be on public education. Letting people in the general public considering purchasing a puppy from a puppy mill or a dog store what they are getting and how that puppy was produced. It is not an easy task and will take sometime but it is a better choice than trying to regulate and make laws against freedom of business, especially considering the amount of money being spent on trying to regulate something that can not be regulated.

Also from HSUS website -

Only large-scale commercial facilities that breed or broker animals for resale—to pet stores for example—are required to be licensed and inspected by the USDA because they are considered “wholesale” operations. Those that sell directly to the public—thousands of facilities that breed and sell just as many puppies as their wholesale counterparts—are not required to adhere to the Animal Welfare Act or to any federal humane care standards.

Inspection records obtained by The HSUS show that many USDA-licensed breeders get away with repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act. These violators are rarely fined and their licenses are rarely suspended. Facilities with long histories of repeated violations for basic care conditions are often allowed to renew their licenses again and again.

So this means two things – 1.) The laws/regulations do not and are not enforceable on anyone that does not register with USDA – most Amish puppy mills are not touchable by business laws and regulations 2.) The current laws on the books obviously are there but are not enforced – so making new laws is stupid when the current ones are not even enforced. Are the new laws going to be enforced more, just because they are new?

The major problem with these laws are that they are not enforced. The reason the laws are not enforced? No one to enforce them, no money to enforce them and no place to go with the dogs when they are taken away from the violator. When the dogs are taken from these facilities, many times they are placed in other facilities just as over crowded or they are euthanized. Since breeding dogs is not an illegal business when the laws are enforced and the dogs are taken away from violators, the puppy mills just start over with new dogs. Looking at this honestly there are laws already that exist to prevent puppy mills they are just not enforced.

Looking at the current national story of the Tea Party attempting to block the current Proposition in Missouri. The new proposition makes only 3 changes to the laws that are currently on the books in Missouri in regards to animal facilities.

  1. Limits the amount of breeding animals to 50
  2. Requires resting periods between breedings
  3. Increasing the amount of space that the dogs need to have

The Tea Party’s main complaint is that the Proposition does not include anything as a way to fund or enforce the new regulations. Now in my opinion, this proposition does nothing to change anything. Why should the HSUS waste its money on a law that is not going to change what is going on there?

Lets take out the freedom to do business and the rights of people, I do not want to get into that argument here, lets look at the 3 changes and where I believe they are not going to make a difference.

  1. limit to 50 breeding dogs – Are you kidding? I can run a real good puppy mill with 50 dogs! 8-9 bitches with 1-2 males of 5 of the most common breeds, then my brother can own 50 and my cousin also. We would have a real good puppy mill business.
  2. Resting periods between breedings – how in the world is this going to be enforced?
  3. Increasing the amount of space an individual dog should have – the puppy mills are not following the amount of space requirements that are already on the books in Missouri. If those are not enforced how is this going to change anything?

The HSUS is wasting valuable resources on a bad regulatory change that will not make a lick of difference to the health and welfare of dogs. Even if the proposition passes, the puppy mills will continue to be run in that state despite the new rules.

They are doing this in many states. Trying to limit the amount of dogs people are allowed to own is the main focus of the majority of these bills and propositions. Limiting the number of dogs people own should not be the focus the focus needs to be on the health and welfare of the dogs that are owned. Limiting the number of dogs does nothing – a bad breeder with only 5 dogs can have deplorable conditions.

Talking about deplorable conditions – the HSUS supports facilities that go against the legislation they are trying to push for puppy mills. Not enough space, multiple dogs in cages and runs, not enough man power to keep the facilities clean or to get the dogs exercised. Instead of spending valuable resources on promoting legislation and trying to go toe to toe with the Tea Party, why don’t they try and clean up their own act and provide money to true humane and welfare issues for shelters. There are some shelters and rescue facilities that are fabulous and well maintained, but there are others that are completely disgusting. Lets use the money and resources to help those facilities clean their act up. Pull the wooden beam from thine own eye before pointing at the splinter in someone else’s.

Puppy mills are terrible. The operators have no regard for the health and well being of the dogs and they certainly do not have the best interest of improving the breed of the dogs. They need to be shut down by public education and by not buying their product. The HSUS needs to clean up its own act and not spend the thousands to millions of dollars trying to get legislation passed. Their donations need to be spent on cleaning up the facilities they support making sure they run well and in accordance to the standards they wish others to have and in educating the public. Being involved in politics is not my idea of where the donations of the HSUS should be spent.

If you have a comment please do not hesitate to give me your opinion, below.

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Another Dog Food Recall

October 12, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

It is important especially since the Wilderness type of this dog food is the only Grain-free dog food you can get at major pet stores like PetSmart.

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Possible Vitamin D Overdosed Dry Dog Food Recall By Blue Buffalo Company

Certain Blue Buffalo dry dog foods may have too much vitamin D in them, which could harm the pet’s health, so the company has issued a recall. The affected products include Wilderness Chicken, Large Breed Adult Chicken, and Basics Salmon – all marketed under the BLUE brand.
A dog with excess vitamin D may become lethargic, thirsty and drink lots of water, and urinate frequently. Pet owners who believe their dogs may have consumed these products are advised to check with a veterinarian.
  • Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor dry dog food – 4.5 1b
    Best If Used By JUL2611Z
    Best If Used By JUL2711Z
    Best If Used By JUL2811Z
  • Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor dry dog food – 11 lb
    Best If Used By JUL1211B
  • Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor dry dog food – 24 1b
    Best If Used By JUL1211B
    Best If Used By JUL1311B
  • Blue Basics Limited Ingredient Formula Salmon and Potato Recipe dry dog food – 11 lb
    Best If Used By AUG2111B
    Best If Used By AUG2211B
  • Blue Basics Limited Ingredient Formula Salmon and Potato Recipe dry dog food – 24 lb
    Best If Used By AUG2111B
    Best If Used By SEP2311P
    Best If Used By OCT2611P
  • Blue Life Protection Formula Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Large Breed Adult dog food – 30 lb
    Best If Used By SEP2211P
    Best If Used By SEP2311P
    Best If Used By OCT2611P
More information is available at telephone number 1-877-523-9114 from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Time.Read more at www.medicalnewstoday.com
 

Assistance for the Wild Mustangs

October 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has come under fire lately for its handling of the wild mustangs on its land. BLM Corruption has been an advocate of the mustang along with Ginger Kathrens both calling for the stop of the BLM’s movement and confinement practices which is killing some of the Mustangs.

One of the big concerns for BLM is overpopulation. Well a billionaire’s wife has come to the rescue and has purchased a 14,000 acre ranch to house the  mustangs. For advocates of the mustang this should be good news as it is a step in the right direction for removing control of the horses from the BLM and into a true sanctuary.

Pickens buys NV ranch for wild horse sanctuary | Bryan/College

(AP) — Madeleine Pickens, the wife of Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens, has bought a sprawling Nevada ranch to serve as a wild horse sanctuary that would keep mustangs on the range instead of in government-funded holding facilities. …

http://www.theeagle.com/nation/Pickens-buys-NV-ranch-for-wild-horse-sanctuary

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