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Wonderful Wednesday: Vaccinate Your Pets

Charles here. The other day, Mom took me to the Pet Doctor to get my yearly checkup and vaccinations. I was scared at first but it really didn’t hurt and there are so many good reasons why I need to have vaccines. Mom is very conservative when it comes to putting stuff in our system, so she does a thing called a TITER, if possible, to see if I still have immunity from the last shot. If so, we wait. There are a lot of things that can protect me from getting horrible diseases. I get 4 core vaccines: distemper, infectious hepatitis, parvovirus, and rabies. 

  • Vaccinations protect me from getting diseases like rabies, which I can get from other animals.
  • Vaccines protect me from airborne viruses like distemper, parvovirus, coronavirus (yes we get a Corona too), infectious canine hepatitis, bordetella, parainfluenza.
  • There are also vaccines for things like Lyme disease (which I had when Mom first rescued me), which comes from ticks, and leptospirosis, from wild animals.

To determine what vaccines I need, Mom and the Vet, base it on 3 things:

  • My Age – puppies need a lot of stuff to help their bodies build up resistance to certain bugs, but adults, like me, only need an occasional booster shot.
  • Where we live – our luck is that the mid-Atlantic is rampant with ticks. This could mean Lyme disease and a whole host of other tick-borne diseases.
  • Lifestyle: I am never boarded, I don’t go to day-care or the dog park, so my exposure to things like ‘kennel cough (bordetella), is low.

Don’t forget the Cats who should get some core vaccines too. They are different than us dogs. The need at a minimum: Feline herpesvirus-1/feline viral rhinotracheitis (Which Noel has. When Mom rescued her she was seriously ill), Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. If they go outside, they need more things like Rabies and FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus).

Baby Noel rescued Dec 2007

Many Vets and Clinics offer low-cost, sometimes even free, vaccinations.

Take care of me and I will live a long, healthy, life.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2020 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Caturday: An Exhausting Day

It appears that Noel pulled out a whole claw and now has a fungal infection going on. She did not like going to the doctor, but she was as good as gold. She even let them take her in the backroom and cut her nails. The pinky claw grew back thick and dark and I was worried it was going to turn into her pad. They cut it really short. Let’s see how it comes back in. She was happy to get home and go directly to sleep in Louise’s office bed.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2020 in Cats

 

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DogDaz Zoo: Lulu’s Doing Great!

If the Vet does not see me then she won’t know that I am here and then she can’t take any more tests, right?

Oh no! The vet tech found me. Now I have to go in the back to that scary place.

Mom, you were supposed to save me from all the scary needles. But it is over now.

 

Yeah!!! The Vet said that my pancreatitis is all gone! My enzymes are back to normal.

Let’s go home, Mom, and have a steak*!

*Note: Since Mom hasn’t eaten anything with 4 legs in 45 years, a steak is doubtful.

We are all jumping for joy that Louise is feeling better. 

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Treating Pancreatitis

It all started 2 weeks ago Wednesday night with Louise throwing up, twice. Then the smelly gas started. It was so bad all night that I had to move her to another room. Louise rarely throws up. Her tummy was grumbling and making weird noises, which it does sometimes with her colitis. But this was different. She was refusing to eat, which she just doesn’t do. She was mopey and blue. I made her favorite chicken and rice. No luck. The other dogs were sniffing her behind a lot, which they do when her Perianal Fistula Disease is acting up.

When she refused her breakfast Saturday morning, I called my usual vet. But it was Saturday morning and he was packed, so he said to go to the emergency vet. Before doing that, I called the cats vet (it’s a long story why I have 2 different vets) and luckily they were able to fit her in.

After waiting almost 2 hours (Louise was a doll, as usual), they did blood work and gave her fluids and some other stuff. They put her on Metronidazole (Flagyl), which is really hard on the system. She was not herself.

On Tuesday the vet called (while I was in the middle of grocery shopping, so you know I only heard half of what she said). She is a new vet to the practice, I had not met her before, and she is really nice and spent a lot of time explaining her diagnosis to me (while my ice cream was melting). She ran this special blood test (SPEC cPL) that showed significant pancreatic inflammation (high normal is 200 ug/L and Louise is 1,369). All the other blood work was normal. The Vet added Clavamox (Oh My Dog that is expensive) and some Spleen Support Formula on top of the Metronidazole.

In the last 2 weeks, I have researched the heck out of Pancreatitis in dogs. High-fat diets are one of the main things that they blame pancreatitis on. Since Louise has been on Z/D ultra (19% protein/14% fat) exclusively for years and never gets table scraps or garbage, it is hard for me to believe this is diet based. Certain conditions may predispose dogs to pancreatitis and I am thinking that it is just a mix of genetics and her other health issues.

Getting 5 pills into Louise at every meal has been a challenge. When she first got sick I ground them with some white meat chicken and wet food in the blender. I usually use Peanut Butter to give the dogs pills, but that is off limits because of the fat issue. After a few meals Louise started to refuse the mash. So now I wrap each pill in some cooked chicken breast and gooble gooble gooble. She is happy to eat again. Louise loves chicken.

We go back to the vet today to redo the test, so hopefully this bout has passed.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2017 in Dogs

 

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DogDaz Zoo: Catch Me If You Can

goldencl: how the heck yall takin me to the vet now aahahaha

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2013 in Dogs

 

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