Wednesday, August 20, 2014

International Homeless Animals Day 2014 - How You Can Help Homeless Animals

Every year local pet shelters and animal rescue organization are overwhelmed by overpopulation. The consequence is many animal are euthanized when homes can't be found for them. Saturday, August 16th was designated for the purpose of bring attention to the problem of homelessness. 

International Homeless Animals’ Day 2014 may be limited to one weekend, but it could be a starting point for you. Here are things you can do?
  • A Forever Home-of course number one on the list is to adopt a homeless pet.
  • Foster-for those of you cannot give a forever home, but have a little extra love, space and time consider fostering. 
  • Just a Little of Your Time- volunteering doesn't cost anything, but your time and can make a world of difference to shelters and rescues.  Check out to find a rescue or shelter near you that needs help
  • Donations- Cash or much needed supplies. Most organizations run on a very tight budget and every little bit helps.
  • Be the Voice- in person or via social media. Let your world know about the needs of our homeless pet population.
  • Let Your Wallet Do the Talking-consider doing  businesses with those organizations that support animal causes
  • Walk the Talk-participate in events that help shelters and rescues
  • Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve-wear a t-shirt with the message, put on a bumper stickers, key chains, etc. they can start a conversation.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Canine Bloat - Signs, What To Do and How To Prevent It

What is bloat?
Actually, bloat is two conditions. The first is gastric dilatation, in which the stomach distends with gas and fluid, putting pressure on the diaphragm, making it difficult to breathe. The second is volvulus, in which the distended stomach rotates on its long axis, pinching off the blood supply. The spleen is attached to the wall of the stomach, and therefore rotates with the stomach. Bloat is a very serious condition and you should seek immediate veterinarian attention. 

Who can suffer with canine bloat?
Usually canine bloat occurs in middle-aged to older dogs (7 and over are twice as likely). There may be a familial association and there is a link between the breed and build of the dog. Large-breed dogs with deep chests seem to be anatomically predisposed. For example Great Dane, Saint Bernard,  Boxers, Irish Setters, and Standard Poodles.

What causes canine bloat?
There is no one particular activity that leads to the development of GDV. It appears that it occurs as a combination of events and results in air getting trapped in the stomach and for unknown reasons it cannot be released. 

Symptoms of bloat in dogs:
  • Distended abdomen
  • Unsuccessful attempts to belch or vomit
  • Retching without producing anything
  • Weakness
  • Excessive salivation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold body temperature
  • Pale gums
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Collapse
What can be done to help prevent canine bloat?
  • Be aware of the early signs of bloat and take immediate action if you see the signs
  • Large dogs should be fed two or three times daily, rather than once a day.
  • Adding appropriate digestive support is essential:  K9 Digestive Enzymes, Power Probiotic, Gastro ULC
  • Have water available at all times, but  it should be limited immediately after feeding.
  • Exercise, excitement, and stress should be avoided one hour before and two hours after meals.
  • Dogs that have survived bloat are at an increased risk for future episodes
  • Feed a highly digestible raw frozen diet and avoid dry kibble which expands in the stomach

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tips For Evaluating A Pet Boarding Facility

If you are wrapping up the summer with a last minute vacation, you may need to  find a suitable accommodation for your beloved family dog or cat.  If your choice is boarding, here are a few tips to make it a safe and happy time for both you and your pet. Remember: it’s important that when boarding your pet to let the facility personnel know what your pet’s needs and habits are; as pets can become stressed. Different pets have different needs, so make sure to ask plenty of questions about how different issues will be handled.  For example, some dogs won't defecate in a dog run setting so ask if your dog can be walked or brought into an open yard after eating.  This may seem like an obvious request but many facilities walk the dogs and then feed them in their cages afterwards.

Check out the facility first- this goes without saying, but it is important to investigate the facility. Your pet is unique and not all facilities are right for every pet.  Check for cleanliness, safety, activities, and level of care provided. All are considerations for a happy stay for your pet. Remember, you know your pet the best, ask lots of questions. 

Doggie Playtime--Many facilities now offer doggie playtime.  It is very stressful for dogs to be locked in a cage all day long.  Try to find a facility that will give your dog some social time. 

Veterinary Services- Ask what their veterinarian services policies are while your pet is boarding. Do they have a vet of staff?  Will they take the pet to your own vet?  Your pet's safety is of the upmost concern and wanting them to have access to good veterinary care is crucial. Also discuss your financial responsibility for these services. 

Food-Many pets have food allergies or sensitivities and it is important that your pet's diet is kept constant during your absence. Clarify with the facility the diet restrictions including; brand,type/flavor and amount. Providing your own food is a great way to ensure the diet is followed. The last thing you would want to deal with upon your return is an allergy flare-up.

Pet Vaccinations-  Most kennels require your pet to be current on his vaccinations. Plan ahead and make a veterinarian appointment in advance, so that you can provide the boarding facility with up to date records.

Medications or Supplements- If your pet takes medications or supplements, ask the boarding facility if they can accommodate your pet's medication/supplement schedule.  Also, check to see if there is an extra charge to give the medications to your pet. Be sure to reorder all medications/supplements in advance to ensure your pet has an adequate supply while you are gone.

Anxiety- Your pet may suffer from separation anxiety, bringing a beloved toy or blanket from home may help them feel more comfortable. You may also want to consider leaving your pet for a day/few hours, so they become familiar with the situation before you leave on your trip.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dogs Detect Prostrate Cancer With 98% Accuracy

Researchers found that two highly trained dogs were able to detect prostate cancer in urine samples with a combined 98% accuracy.
This year an estimated 233,000 men in the US will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone. Unfortunately, the current testing is not always accurate.  However, there may be help from "mans best friend" .  Italian researchers have found that specially trained dogs were able to detect prostate cancer from urine samples with 98% accuracy. 

It is well known that dogs have a great sense of smell.  Dogs actually have over 200 million olfactory cells compared to humans 5 million. It is this keen sense of smell that is already being used to help alert diabetics to high or low blood sugars.  There has also been studies that are showing great promise in detecting ovarian cancer and bladder cancer.  

The Italian researchers took a large sample of 677 participants, 320 of which had prostrate cancer at different stages. The trained dogs were able to detect the cancer 99% of the time, while specificity was 97% accurate for a total of 98% accuracy in detection.

This has a great deal of implications for pet owners.  Can our own pets detect when we have cancer?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kitty Ginger Recovers From Acute Kidney Failure With Kidney Supplement

Wanted to share this wonderful email we received from the Reilly family. We are so glad that Ginger is feeling better!

"Last year our Ginger escaped &  spent the night outside. We have no idea what she got into, but she became very sick. That Saturday, at the veterinary clinic, the doctor believed there was something wrong with his laboratory equipment. I even heard him in the back room calling the company that had recently calibrated the machine to complain. He sent her blood to outside lab.   I had Renelix on hand for my other kitty and started Ginger on it immediately.

The following Monday our veterinarian phoned and stated that the outside lab had confirmed Ginger's severe acute renal failure. He stated "Normally when I notify somebody of results this poor, they no longer have a pet that is living".  I explained that we had been through this before, and I attributed Ginger's survival to the products and advice I had received in the past from Susan Davis of Ask Ariel. Ginger was receiving IV hydration at home, as well as RENELIX and the diet as advised by Susan.

Ginger returned to her normal, healthy & ; spoiled self! Fortunately, she also slimmed down from her previous tubbiness! I can't thank Susan Davis enough!!!! "
           Suzanne -Florida 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Momma Cat and Kittens Survive After Being Abandoned In A Taped Box In The Hot Sun.

Momma cat and her four kittens that were dumped in a sealed cardboard box in the blazing sunshine outside Willow Veterinary Clinic.  Picture by Simon Finlay
Amazing survival story of a Momma cat and her kittens rescued in the nick of time.   Many people face the difficult decision to surrender their pets, but there are right ways and wrong.  Here is a story of animal cruelty that is definitely wrong!

"Tim Roe, principal vet at Willow Vets in Drayton High Road, Hellesdon, said the cardboard box left outside their business yesterday was sealed with tape so the cats could not get out, and had no air holes in it.
The cats have since been cared for by the vets and nurses and are now well but Mr Roe said they could have died in the hot sun.
He said: “In 30 years I have never seen cats sweating so much. In another 20 minutes they would have been dead.
“It was only luck that we discovered them, when I went out through the fire escape. They were left outside the door and might not have been spotted. Why would anyone dump cats like that?
“I would have rather had a phone call saying that a box had been left outside, than for it just to be dumped there without them telling us.”
He said the mother was about two-years-old and the kittens about 12-weeks-old.
He added: “They were dehydrated. We have been syringing water into them and they have been soaked in ice cold water to get their core temperatures down. They are luckily in pretty good shape. Prior to being left in the box they had obviously been looked after for some time.”
The cardboard box had a Tesco label on it and previously contained a hand blender set.
Mr Roe said the cats would be kept at the practice until they could find a home for them, or a charity to take them on."

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Big Thank You to Assistance Dogs

International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) August 3 - August 9, 2014 

We wanted to applaud all of the assistance dogs (and their trainers) this week. The life-changing effect these dogs for the people they serve cannot be overstated.  This week is International Assistance Dog Week, it was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations. 

Assistance dogs can dramatically transform the lives of their human partners by serving as their companion, helper and aide.  The people who they serve have debilitating physical or mental disabilities and the ability of these dogs to give a person back their independence is truly remarkable.

The goal of the IADW events is to:
  • Recognize and honor assistance dogs
  • Raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs
  • Honor puppy raisers and trainers
  • Recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities
Here is a link to IADW events that you can participate in and show your support: