Tips for Caring for a Dog with Cancer via @LorieAHuston

December 8, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Great tips for any type of cancer from Dr. Greg Ogilvie from Angel Care Cancer Center at California Veterinary Specialists. Thanks for letting us know what was said at his lecture Dr. Lorie

Canine and Feline Cancer: Tips for Caring for a Dog or Cat with Cancer

Canine and Feline Cancer

Cancer is a diagnosis no dog or cat owner wants to hear. It strikes fear into the heart of every pet owner. And that fear can sometimes jeopardize the health and well-being of your beloved dog or cat.

Canine and Feline Cancer Causes Pain: Do not Let Your Dog or Cat Hurt

Dogs and Cats with Cancer Do not Need to Vomit or Have Diarrhea

Do not Let Your Dog or Cat Starve Because of Canine or Feline Cancer

While a diagnosis of canine or feline cancer is still likely to be scary for most dog and cat owners, working with your veterinarian to control pain, to control vomiting, nausea and diarrhea, and to insure adequate nutrition for your pet can help provide compassionate care for your pet and make sure that your pet is as comfortable as possible.



5 Other Plants Toxic to Horses

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Here is part one of the previous story I posted about. Definitely something to consider when looking around your pasture, look for these plants.

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Watch for these common plants that could be deadly to horses.
Red Maple leaf

Maple (Acer spp.)



5 More Poisonous Plants For Horses

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Add these five plants to your veterinary watch list for flora that could be deadly to horses.
Japanese yew

Yew (Taxus spp.)



Horse Health: Chinese Five Element Theory

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What type of horse is your horse? It may shed some light on what type of injuries or ailments your horse exhibits.

Dog Proofing the house for the holidays

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Take these simple steps to protect your pooch from the holiday fun.

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Dog proofing your house for the holidays

The holidays are a wonderful time of year; friends and family visiting and an abundance of new toys for your pet.  Those annual holiday items we think are beautiful and peaceful are viewed as toys by your dog and then a menace when they ingest it.  To make sure that your holiday runs smoothly, here are a few tips to dog proof your house during the holidays.

Everyone loves the Christmas lights that glow beautifully in the night this time of year; but there is an unseen hazard.
The Christmas tree looks beautiful to us but to a dog it is covered with lots of toys.
Everyone knows the best food of the year is made during the holiday season.
Dogs react to alcohol just like anyone does.
Holiday plants like poinsettias, mistletoe and holly can be dangerous to pets.



A gift for your dog: time-release treat toy

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These are fun for your dog if he sticks with it.

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Gifts, Gifts, Gifts, But None For Rover!
Here are some reasons to use a time-release treat toy:

Inspires genius – this toy is a puzzle for your dog to solve, stimulating their brain, their curiosity… and enhancing their problem-solving skills. It brings dogs back to their hunting and foraging roots by allowing them to work for their food. Food is a fabulous motivator for your dog.

Constructive chewing – every dog loves to chew. Now you can satisfy their desire to chew with something besides your household possessions, furniture, shoes, and other items they might destroy or damage. Just stuff the toy with food or a treat, let your dog’s olfactory senses take over, and you’ve encouraged chewing on an object of your choosing.

De-stress your dog; especially at separation time – giving your dog something else to focus on can alleviate your dog’s separation anxiety. They now have a new focal point. They are playing with the toy in pursuit of food – a great motivation.



Turnout for your horse is important!

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Excellent responses to this post about a horse only receiving 2 hours of turnout a day. That’s like spending 22 hours a day in your bed.

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How important is turnout to a horse’s health?

I have a young mare, and I feel that she does not get turned out enough. She gets turned out for about 2 hours per day. I’m trying to convince my mom to let me go to a barn that is a little farther away, with much better turnout. What is somethings that would be a benefit for this, and what are some affects a horse could get from not being turned out enough?

Turnout is extremely important and there are tons of affects that can come from not getting enough.

A major one is colic. The less turnout, the higher the risk. There’s tons of information and research out there on it. Colic is expensive, turnout is not.

Hoof issues. Lower limb circulation is facilitated by the pumping action of the vein system between the sole and the coffin bone. Standing in a stall does not provide this and poor hoof growth is virtually assured and it increases the risk of virtually all other hoof problems.

Behavioral problems. Stalled horses are more likely to develop stereotypies and be high strung and harder to train. A horse in a stall doesn’t get normal social interaction that they need and stalls are too far removed from their natural way of life. How would your mom like to spend 22 hours a day in a cubicle? and she’s not even adapted to plains life.

Those are the primary ones that come to mind but do some searching and you’ll find some more. The natural horsemanship sites have some good information about the pros of turnout.