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Thankful Thursday: Getting Better

Louise at vet

Louise, with her head on my knee for protection at our vet visit this week.  Good news is she is responding well to the Cyclosporin, even though it is not doing great things to her tummy.  The vet says she needs to stay on it for another couple of months.  I found the medicine at about half the cost on 1-800-Ped-Meds (not a recommendation just a fact – but I was happy with their service and they even sent a big bone for the dogs).  Never used them before because I felt like the vet needed the income from the drug sales (I am so loyal it is probably stupid of me), but when medicine is over $400 for a 15 day supply, you have to get what you can, where you can, for as little cost as possible (especially when unemployed).

THANKFUL that it is working.  Hopeful that when we take her off it, the Peri-anal Fistula disease is in remission.

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The dogs like the hypoallergenic treats that Dr. Cate always has in her treat jar on the counter in the examination room.  If you have to go to the doctor, at least you need to get a treat, or two, or three, or in Louise’s case, four.  (She has lost weight with the meds, so treats keep flowing when she wants them.)

Thank you Dr. Gately-Dean, and the wonderful people at Greater South River Animal Hospital, for taking care of the DogDaz Zoo.

This is part of the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop from PepiSmartDog.com

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Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2013 in Dogs

 

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4.2.3 Love = Proper Health Care

I read an article by Steve Dale, pet expert and certified dog and cat behavior consultant, the other day in my local paper that made me sad.  It says that each year less and less people annually are taking their pets to the doctor and 3X as many cat owners do not take them as compared to dog owners.  This was from a study published by the American Veterinary Medical Association.  What made me even sadder is that preventable illnesses, from pests like fleas and mosquitoes  that could be avoided, are not, because people are not safeguarding their animals with preventives.  OMG!  The cost of the treatment to prevent heartworm disease is so much less expensive than the cost of treating the animal once it has the disease.  And I can not image the emotional cost to the family and the pet, when an animal does get sick.  

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All the doctor stuff in the vets office

What the saddest part of the whole article to me was that he reported many “owners believe they would know if a pet were sick, ” and, “up to 15%… mistakenly feel they can Google any vet solution.”  This is a very sad trend if people think that the internet can give health solutions for themselves or their pets.   

Waiting for Dr. Kate

Waiting for Dr. Kate

I know that I am preaching to the choir, but if you know people who don’t take their animals to see a vet because they can not afford it, maybe you can raise funds in your community to make it more available?  Locally, Rude Ranch Animal Rescue just opened a Spay Spa and Neuter Nook, for everyone.  I wish that everyone had that option.

If you know people who think they can solve their own medical issues or their animals on the internet, please tell them that doctors and veterinarians are trained to spot a lot of things we regular people can not, like diabetes and cancer.  

Thanks for listening.  

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Dogs

 

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Xylitol – Understand it or it could be fatal to your dog.

I am seeing so many article on this lately that I think it must be causing a real problem in the dog world.  Please make sure you keep all gum and sugar-free candy away from fido.

Reblogged from Life With Dogs: http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/02/xylitol-toxicity-in-dogs/

Xylitol is a sugar substitute in many products, most notable some sugar-free gums and flavored medications.  Xylitol is safe for people (and oddly, cats), but is very toxic to dogs (and probably ferrets).

If your dog has or may have ingested xylitol, call your veterinary team and have your pet examined right away.  Xylitol, even in small amounts, causes an over-production of insulin, which causes a horrendous sugar crash, or, more accurately, hypoglycemia.

hyp/o – low

glyc/o – sugar

-emia – blood

Signs of Hypoglycemia in Dogs

  • lethargy (abnormal tiredness)
  • shaking
  • ataxia (loss of balance)
  • inability to stand
  • seizures

Do not wait for signs to develop!  Insulin release and resulting hypoglycemia begin almost immediately.  Left unchecked, very low blood sugar or liver failure secondary to xylitol toxicity can be fatal.  With treatment, the prognosis is usually good.  The sooner a xylitol toxicity is treated, the better the prognosis.

Conclusion

You are home from the veterinary hospital with a recovering pet, considerably poorer, a bit shaken by the close call and anxious for the recheck appointment, still weeks away, in which you will hopefully learn that there was no long term liver damage.  You rid your home of all xylitol-containing products and warn friends and family of the dangers of xylitol toxicity in dogs.

Alternate Ending

You finish an article on xylitol toxicity and think, “Hmm, that was interesting…I guess.”  You rid your home of all xylitol-containing products and warn friends and family of the dangers of xylitol toxicity in dogs.

May your pets’ health be boring in the best possible ways, and may you never deal with xylitol toxicity in Real Life.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Dogs

 

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