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May 19, 2008 Posted by | K9 Health | 1 Comment

Bloody Diarrhea, Vomiting and No Vaccines?

Re: Bloody diarrhea, vomiting and No Vaccines?

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Hello again.

I have literally just come back from the clinic- I was
called at 3AM by some pretty concerned people-

Their 9 week old un vaccinated puppy had vomited at least
12 times in the last 12 hours, had bloody diarrhea, and
was very weak.

I dragged myself out of my sleep stupor, and wandered through
the quiet dark streets of Nelson at 3AM- NO ONE is up then.

The puppy is a sweet WolfHound Cross- and his new family have barely
had him for 24 hours.

He was 8% dehydrated, very lethargic, running a Temp of 39.7 C,
and had profuse smelly, watery and bloody diarrhea.

It is most likely infectious diarrhea- Parvovirus- and
we will test later this morning.

His new family Acted Quickly, and were able to make the RIGHT
DECISION to bring him in immediately.

I now have him on IV FLUIDS, Antibiotics, and Medication to
help stop the Vomiting.

He will Most likely recover from this- BUT it could
have been prevented.

HOW?

In this Case…

Vaccines.

CONFUSED?

I guess so.

One day I am telling you WHY you shouldn’t vaccinate, and
the next day I am saying vaccinate.

Specifically this is the MOST IMPORTANT disease to vaccinate
your dog for.

BUT, you only need 2 vaccines, at 8 and 12 weeks- NOT a whole
combination of things at the same time.

TO get my ENTIRE Vaccine Protocol, go here:

http://www.theveterinarycode.com

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P.S. The Puppy was already feeling a bit better when I left.
I had given him 300ML of IV Fluids and some Metoclopramide to
Stop the Vomiting. I will be using some Homeopathics with him
as well.

For those of you wanting to read ALL about the PROS and CONS
of VACCINES, PLUS what else you can do to keep your dog and cat
healthy WITHOUT Vaccines, check out:

http://www.theveterinarycode.com

It’s Your Pet…Heal Them At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

May 19, 2008 Posted by | K9 Health | 3 Comments

Why Dogs Like To Chew Things

From The Dog Crazy Newsletter

By Petplace.com

Ever wonder why dogs chew on things?  Even better, why do they chew on expensive things (like the $10,000 cherry wood dining set or the $150 pair of dress shoes or $250 purse)? Well…there are several reasons for dogs chewing on things.

1. Puppies and juvenile dogs learn about their environment by mouthing and gnawing on objects. Typically the targets are random, and may include shoes, books or bedposts. Investigational or “play-related” destructiveness of this kind is a normal behavior for a growing dog.

2. Some adult dogs chew out of boredom  or because they are upset when “abandoned” by their owners each morning. In frenzied efforts to escape the house or find her owner, a dog of this persuasion will dig and chew at doorways, windowsills and curtains. She may also search for shoes, pillows, purses and other personal items to chew on.

3. Other dogs may chew because they have a nervous personality or they have some phobia. If your dog suffers from thunder phobia, she can cause dramatic damage to your house on stormy days.  In addition to thunder, your dog may develop fears of fireworks, wind, and a variety of other noises.

4. Finally, dogs chew because it is “FUN”.

The solutions to stop chewing will vary based on the dog and the reason for the chewing. But one simple time tested solution is to give them something to chew on. There are a number of excellent “chew toys” in the market. I like the Kong® brand toys, that are durable and strong. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes (you can even hide treats in many KONG toys).

You can get these toys on-line and in many stores.  If you shop

PetSmart, they have a large number of items  On-Sale including toys, food, accessories, etc. For more information on the items on Sale, go to petsmart.com  (if you enter your zip code they will even show the specials in your local store!)

Ensure whatever chew toys you use are built to withstand a good chewing without breaking in dangerous pieces that your dog can choke on or get lodged in his intestinal tract.  Choose the right toys and your house will be a safe place for your shoes, chairs and your furniture.

Until next time…

Dr. Jon

May 19, 2008 Posted by | K9 Health | 1 Comment

Our Dog Killed Our Cat!!

From The Dog Crazy Newsletter

By Petplace.com

Last Saturday I sent you an article by our  “Irreverent Vet” titled Dog Breeds that are Bad with Cats .

The response to this article has been INCREDIBLE! Over 20,000 people read that article and many sent comments about their own dog/cat experiences.  I will share / post as many comments as we can over the next week as many of them are excellent.

Today, I want to share one of the stories we got.  I think we can all learn something from it.

Here is Donna’s story about how her dog killed her cat.

“We have a Weimaraner that killed my cat.  I was devastated.  I had the cat for years, and also had 2 other dogs that got along fine with the cat.  But when I got married, my husband had a Weimaraner puppy.  I did my best to socialize him with the cat, just like I did with my other dogs.  Things seemed to be fine, but he did always seem to have the instinct to chase her.  One day I came home, and found my cat dead.

I usually kept my cat in a separate area of the house when I wasn’t home, just to make sure she was safe, so I’m not sure how he got to her.  But anyway, it was a terrible thing.  I do still love my Weimar very much, (although I’ll admit it took me awhile to forgive him).  He’s really a truly sweet, lovable, and wonderful dog.  But I think the chase and hunt instinct in him was too great, especially if she ran, or hissed at him.  He loves to chase most anything, birds, squirrels (he recently caught one of those too), rabbits, etc.  I think it’s just his breed.  I’ve heard stories of Weimaraner getting along with cats, but I would never take the chance again, nor would I advise anyone to get a Weimaraner if they have a cat.  Just my personal experience, I thought I would share.
Good luck to those who have cats and dogs.  I’d love to have another cat, but I’ve learned a hard lesson with my Weimar.”

Donna Keith

Thanks for sharing your story Donna.  Thanks for forgiving your dog, you are a kind spirit.

If you did not read the Irreverent Vet’s article on what Dog Breeds don’t get along with Cats Go to: Dog Breeds that are Bad with Cats – The Irreverent Vet Speaks Out.

You may be surprised…

Hope you are having great weekend.

Until next time…

Dr. Jon

P.S. – So who is the Irreverent Vet?   He/She has over 15 years of veterinary experience and is very, very knowledgeable. I ask the “Irreverent Vet” to tackle tough topics on a regular basis.  His/Her comments may not be popular sometimes, but they are honest and are intended to give you an insight into what vets really think (but may be afraid to say to their clients).

If you did not read the Irreverent Vet’s article Go to: Dog Breeds that are Bad with Cats – The Irreverent Vet Speaks Out  (you’ll see what I mean)

May 19, 2008 Posted by | Feline Health, K9 Health | 15 Comments

Does Your Dog Chew His Kibble Or Swallow It Whole?

From The Dog Crazy Newsletter

By Petplace.com

Some dogs chew their kibble and other just seem to swallow it whole. Some seem just gulp their food between chasing the cats.

So does the shape of a dog’s food matter to a dog?  Pet food companies do lots of studies on the size and shape of kibble that dogs like most.  In today’s market most dog kibble is square, rectangular or irregular shaped.

So… what is the best kibble shape? How about the size of a nice Dog BONE that they can hold in their mouth.

A meal in the shape of a bone? Yes, this is the concept behind a new dog food that just came out called WholeMeals. (if you can’t picture it – check here to see a photo of it). Their studies suggest that dogs like it better and that there is a substantial reduction in tartar and plaque as they are required to “chew” their food rather than swallow it whole.  It takes a dog about four times longer to eat and is more “natural”.

This is a really interesting concept.  Nutritionally it looks good. This product is available in a number of specialty pet stores. To see this brand new product and see if it is something your dog may like go to: wholemeals.com.

Whatever you feed, make sure it is nutritious and formulated to meet the life stage of your dog.  Also, periodically take a look at your dog’s teeth to determine if tartar and plaque are building up. If you notice your dog has bad breath or the teeth are abnormal – make an appointment with your veterinarian.

Until next time,


Dr. Jon

P.S.  The most important thing is that the kibble is nutritious, smells good,is palatable and that your dog likes it. If you he seems to have lost his zest for eating his kibble you may want to try a bone shaped kibble . To see this new bone-shaped food and see if it is right for your dog go to: wholemeals.com.

May 19, 2008 Posted by | K-9 Nutrition, K9 Health | 5 Comments

#2 Reason Dogs Go To The ER

From The Dog Crazy Newsletter

By PetPlace.com

Last week I told you the number one reason pet owners take their dogs… is vomiting.

Can you guess what is #2?

Well?… It is diarrhea. I know that this is not a pleasant subject, but it is so common that I believe all that all pet owners should know what to do if your dog has an on-set of diarrhea. So please take a minute to read this e-mail so you know what to look for and what to do.

Let’s get started…

A quick medical definition  for diarrhea is a sudden onset and short duration (three weeks or less) of watery or watery-mucoid diarrhea. Occasionally the fecal material is also overtly bloody.

Diarrhea results from excessive water content in the feces and is an important sign of intestinal diseases in the dog. Diarrhea can affect your dog by causing extreme fluid loss, which leads to dehydration, electrolyte disturbances, and/or acid-base imbalances.

Diarrhea is a symptom that can be caused by many different diseases or conditions, and specific treatment requires a diagnosis.

Common causes of diarrhea include:

1. Dietary indiscretion can include the eating of spoiled food, overeating, the ingestion of foreign materials, and/or sudden changes in the diet.

2. Intestinal parasites (e.g. roundworms, hookworms, whipworms) are a common cause of acute diarrhea, especially in young dogs.

3. Bacteria and bacterial toxins (Salmonella, Clostridium, Campylobacter, Escherichia coli, Yersinia, etc.) may cause acute diarrhea and may be contracted from contaminated food and water, or exposure to the fecal material of other infected animals.

Although most cases of acute diarrhea are short-lived and self-limiting, there are some cases that require diagnostic testing to confirm an underlying cause. This will require that you take your dog into see you vet or to the Emergency Room.

How much will going in to see the vet for a dog with diarrhea cost you? Anywhere from $100 – $300+ depending whether they do fecal studies, complete blood count, radiographs and other diagnostic tests.

Could you afford to cover emergencies like this out of pocket?  How about even more costly emergencies? Have you looked into pet insurance yet? If you have not done so, take a minute to find out how pet insurance can save you money – go to: veterinarypetinsurance.com .

The good news, is that in many cases the prognosis for cure of self-limiting diarrhea is very good. When the diarrhea begins you should feed a bland diet, made from a boiled lean meat (chicken, hamburger or turkey) mixed 50/50 with boiled white rice. Do not use any additives such as butter, salt, garlic, or seasoning. Over a couple days, you can slowly decrease the bland diet and increase is regular food until he is back on his normal food.

If the dog that has diarrhea acts lethargic, weak, the diarrhea has blood or vomiting begins, the recommendation is to have the dog evaluated by a veterinarian even if you have to pay for it out-of-pocket. Your dog’s health is the first priority.

Until next time…

Dr. Jon

P.S. – Once the diarrhea has resolved, keep your dog on a consistent, balanced diet and restrict access to garbage and other things that can cause diarrhea. If your dog’s diarrhea has failed to respond to the management outlined, it may require more extensive diagnostics. You should have your dog reevaluated by your veterinarian.

P.P.S. – Vomiting and diarrhea are very common and in the best of cases can cost hundreds of dollars in office / ER visits or thousands if there is a more serious underlying condition. If you have the cash in the bank and are willing to spend it, that is great. However, if unexpected expenses are a problem, please consider pet insurance. They have a number of different plans to fit different budgets.  To get a quote and see if there is plan that is right for you Go to: petinsurance.com.

May 19, 2008 Posted by | K9 Health | Leave a comment

Feeding Tips: How Often Should You Feed Your Dog?

Dog Crazy Newsletter

By Petplace.com

I see dogs in my practice that are too fat, too thin and some that are just right. Dog lovers often ask many questions about nutrition and one very common question is – “How often should I feed my dog”? 

That is an excellent question and I’ll give you the answer right now.

• Puppies under 3 months of age should be fed at least four times a day.

• Puppies between 3 and 5 months of age should be given three meals a day.

• Adult dogs can be fed once or twice a day.

Whatever you feed, make sure it is a good quality fresh dog food formulated to meet your dog’s needs. That has been a recent interest in customized pet foods. Eukanuba has been a leader in creating foods specifically for certain breeds, sizes, ages and health conditions. These advancements have been fascinating (to me).

The choices and customization you can get for your dog is incredible. They have food formulated to meet different sizes such as small, medium and large breed dogs, certain ages such as puppies, adults and seniors but also they “feed the breed” and make foods specifically formulated for Labrador retrievers, Boxer, German shepherd dogs, dachshunds, and Yorkshire Terriers. Check out the choices Eukanuba offers.

Go to: eukanubadogformulas.com

Dogs like routine, so establish a feeding schedule and stick to it. A good time to feed him is during the family meals. This will occupy him while the rest of the family is eating.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon

P.S. Remember, good nutrition is critical to a dog’s health. Ensure you are feeding a food that is not only good quality but formulated to meet his needs. Eukanuba offers over 30 formulations to meet different needs. They have customized nutrition for different dogs based on the size, age, breed and specific health conditions. Check out their line of foods.  For more information, go to eukanubadogformulas.com.
 

May 13, 2008 Posted by | K-9 Nutrition, K9 Health | 2 Comments

What’s Wrong With Having An Overweight, Spoiled Dog?

Dog Crazy Newsletter

By Petplace.com

What’s Wrong With Having an Overweight, Spoiled Dog?

Well my emotional answer to this question is – there nothing wrong with it.  I just love my dog and want to make him happy.  Like many of you, I am guilty. He loves treats and when looks at me with his big brown eyes, my heart melts and I give in.

My medical answer is different. I know that obesity is accompanied by a set of physical problems that may contribute to a shorter life span. Fat dogs have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, liver disease, diabetes, orthopedic problems, and even neurological problems.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I will share Milo’s story with you.  Milo is a Mini Pinscher that was 12 pounds overweight.   For those of you not familiar with Mini Pinscher’s, they stand around 10 to 12 inches at the shoulder and weigh about 8 to 10 pounds –  Milo was almost 24 pounds (which means that Milo was 100% overweight!)

You have to see it to believe it. Check out Milo’s “before” and “after” pictures. Go to: feedingisbelieving.com. (Milo’s story is the 4th picture from the top.)

So are there healthier ways to spoil your dog?

Yes, there are. Here are a few healthier ways to spoil your dog without helping him/her pack on the pounds.

1. Trade up for healthier treats. Fresh baby carrots are a great, low-calorie alternative to fatty biscuits and permit the frequent treat-giving that many dogs have become accustomed to.

2. Make them work for it. Interactive toys keep pets busy while rewarding them with small treats throughout the play activity. For already obese pets, using pieces of their regular dog food as treats is helpful.

3. Forget the treats and get moving. Increasing playtime with your pet can greatly increase calories burned in a day. Spoiling your pet doesn’t have to involve food. Playing ball, going for a run or visiting a dog park are fun and healthful ways to interact with your pet.

Remember, keeping a dog healthy, active and energetic is the best treat of all.

Until next time…

Dr. Jon


P.S. – When overweight dogs lose weight they begin to display changes in temperament and behavior that indicate that they are feeling better. They play more, sleep less, and become more active.

If you did not see Milo’s picture when he was 12 pounds overweight and the amazing picture of what he looked like after he lost the excess weight, take a moment to look at them.  It will motivate you never to let your dog get so overweight.

To see Milo’s “before” and “After” pictures go to: feedingisbelieving.com (Milo’s story is the 4th picture from the top.)

May 13, 2008 Posted by | K9 Health | 1 Comment

More Pet Saving Tips!

Dog Crazy Newsletter

By Petplace.com

The pet loving people that read this newsletter are really amazing!  Always willing to share what you know to help others.

Yesterday we asked for people to share their money saving tips. In a very short time we received many e-mails with some really great money saving tips.

Today I want them to pass them along to all of you.

Tip # 1 from Tassy Walker – “Hours of Fun for Only Pennies”

Jump ropes. Get an average, everyday, jump rope, take the plastic handle ends off and tie a knot at both ends. This is a great yard toy for only pennies that can provide hours of fun for two dogs to play tug-of-war together. If you’re busy, they’ll entertain themselves and when they come inside, they’re ready for a nice nap!

Tassy Walker

Tip # 2 from Lynn Davis – “Save on Pet Meds”

You can save on the cost of some pet medication by buying on line rather than from your vet. Some meds can only be bought with a prescription, but in the UK (I don’t know about other countries) your vet is obliged to give you a prescription so you can buy the medication anywhere you like.  I have saved 50% on arthritis medication for my old dog!

Lynn Davis

Tip # 3 from Tammy Cartwright – “Save on Vaccinations”

In response to your article “Smart Ways to Lower Your Dog Care Expenses”: Our humane society in Phoenix, Arizona, in addition to Petsmart/Banfield Hospital, has certain days and times where you can get vaccinations with the exam or vet visit cost waived.  This has saved me a lot of money this first year of my puppy’s life.

Tammy Cartwright

Thank you Tassy, Lynn and Tammy for sharing your ideas with us. If you sent and e-mail with cost saving ideas we will pass them along to the Petplace users over the next couple of weeks. If you have not had a chance to share your cost saving tips please share them with me so I can pass them along.  You can e-mail me at editors@petplace.com

Until next time…

Dr. Jon

May 13, 2008 Posted by | K9 Health, Toys | Leave a comment

Ways to Lower Your Dog Care Expenses

Dog Crazy Newsletter

By Petplace.com

Like our children, we give our dogs our hearts, our time, and… our money. Lots of money (this year US pet owners will spend $40 billion dollars on their pets).

However in today’s economic environment people are looking for ways to lower their expenses including in their dog related expenses. To help in this process we decided to out together a few simple suggestions on how to save money on dog care costs.

Here are 3 simply suggestions:

1. Your pet truly does not care about the brand or cuteness of his toys. Be creative. For dogs, visit garage sales and purchase kids’ stuffed animals, cut off loose pieces, such as plastic eyes, and give Fido a much less expensive furry toy. (Consider your pet’s specific needs, as some pets, especially tough chewers, do best with specially made pet toys.)

2. Take a grooming class, or read a how-to book about grooming to save costs on maintaining your long haired pets.

3. Shop for pet supplies through wholesale catalogues, such as PetEdge. This will save you the middle-man mark up of pet stores.

There are also some areas where you should not go “cheap” (because it will cost you more in the long run).

Do NOT go “cheap” on health care. Proper, quality health care is essential to the well-being of your dog. Find a reputable veterinarian, take his or her advice, and practice preventative care, and you will safely save money in the long term on dog health care. For example, it is much less expensive to prevent fleas than to treat a flea infestation.

Consider pet insurance. For a small, worthwhile, monthly fee, health insurance for your dog can cover the cost of preventative medicine and the treatment of illness and injury. Pet insurance can be a great way to protect yourself against large unexpected medical expenses. 

To learn about how pet insurance can save you money and give you financial peace of mind go to: petinsurance.com.

Food is another category where it does not pay to go “cheap”. Generic or low-quality foods often do not provide the nutrients your pet needs, which may lead to future expensive health problems. Your dog can eat a smaller amount of a high quality food than a lower quality food, again reducing cost.

Finally, if you are looking to get a new dog, first consider adopting a dog from the shelter. Rescued dogs are significantly less expensive than a dog from a breeder. Shelter animals are typically spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and licensed before adoption, reducing some initial pet costs. Another option is to adopt from a breed rescue group. You can get the purebred dog at little cost.

I hope these ideas are helpful.  If you have uncovered others ways to save money on pet related expenses please send the to me so I can share them with all the Petplace subscribers.  You can e-mail me at editors@petplace.com.

Until next time…

Dr. Jon


May 13, 2008 Posted by | K9 Health | Leave a comment