Friday, October 24, 2014
"My dog shakes his head all of the time"... Does this sound familiar?
Some head shaking is normal, but if it is excessive, it usually indicates that your pet's ears are bothering them and this is their way to relieve the symptoms. The key is to find out what is causing them discomfort or pain.
Otitis Externa, an inflammation of the external ear canal. Once inflamed, an ear infection can follow. Ears are a prime location for bacteria and yeast infections, It is warm, dark and moist, just the kind of place infections like to grow. Even a mild yeast infection could cause your dog to shake his head frequently. Symptoms could also include redness, swelling an unpleasant odor (indicating yeast) A common cause for ear infections are underlying allergies. Here is an interesting article on ear infections and yeast. We have had wonderful results using K-9 Yeast Defense . Diet can also play a big part so be aware that food allergies in pets can be a trigger.
Ear Vasculitis-an inflammation of the vessels in the pinna or ear flap. More common in breeds like Dachshunds and Jack Russell Terriers. The ear flap will begin to have a thickening of the outside margins of the ears, which eventually become ulcerated and then crust over. Treatment of the inflammation and any open ulcers are advised. In addition, adding fish oil, such as Amazing Omegas could help with Ear Vasculitis.
Ear Mites- a close examination of the outer ear and the visible part of the inner ear will reveal a fine dark substance that looks like coffee grounds, which indicate that mites have taken up residence. If you suspect ear mites see your vet for a microscopic evaluations and treatment.
Ear Hematomas If your pet shakes his head too much from the ear infection, it can cause other problems, such as an ear hematoma which is when a pocket of blood forms on the ear flap. Treatment usually consists of the blood being released from the hematoma, a treatment your veterinarian must do.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Our pets are an important member of our family, and we would do anything to help them. As they age, or perhaps in the event they suffer an injury, special medical attention may be required. Hip dysplasia, ligament injury, and arthritis are a few of conditions that could affect your dog's mobility. These condition can come on suddenly or be a slow progression. Your once active energetic dog may now be resigned to a day of just laying about, possibly in pain. Fortunately, there are options to help your pet regain mobility and a happy, active life once again. They include joint support supplements and mobility aids.
Supplements that can help:
Arthritis & Joint Support Kit
This kit includes three proven supplements that synergistically work together to reduce inflammation and increase mobility. Products can be purchased together at a discounted package price or individually as shown below.
- Amazing Arthrosoothe- Comprehensive support for pets with hip and elbow dysplasia, arthritis, injuries and slowing down due to old age. Helps to repair and rebuild joint tissue and cartilage.
- Curcumin for Dogs and Cats- Research on the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of curcumin continue to emerge. Curcumin is an amazing supplement that fights cancer, improves mobility quickly and offers lasting results.
- Amazing Omegas - The most comprehensive, pure and effective fish oil for pets. Packed in glass bottles to prevent leakage of toxins from plastic into the oil. Reduces inflammation and cartilage break-down. Pets show improvement in arthritis symptoms and develop a gorgeous coat.
Mobility Aids that can help:
- Harnesses and slings-mobility devices that are for dogs that have trouble standing or that get tired easily, but have not lost all their mobility.
- Ramps- for dog's that have trouble climbing stairs, simply setting up a ramp will allow your dog to easily walk up.
- Boots and Splints- If your pet has partially mobility, but is unsure of their footing or needs added joint support (perhaps from being injured) using a splint or boot could help significantly.
- Dog Wheelchairs- For those dogs that have lost much of their mobility, a dog wheelchair--or a dog cart, as they are sometimes called. For dogs with degenerative disc disorder, the devices can help take the weight off the dogs' damaged parts. Dog wheelchairs allow pets to run, play, and even swim again getting the exercise they need. to live happy, healthy lives.
Maintaining or regaining your dog's mobility is important to both you and your dog. Just as a cane or wheelchair can help humans overcome their challenges, using the supplements and mobility aids can help your pet have the active lifestyle that they crave and to live a happy, healthy life.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Molly (12 yrs), Ben (10 yrs), Kayla (3 yrs)
Many thanks to our friend and animal rescue volunteer, Susan Oney for sending in a picture of her "Three Amigos". Look how adorable these three posed for their July 4th Photo opportunity!
Here is what Susan had to say:
Here is what Susan had to say:
"Right now all of our pets are doing really well. They're happy and full of energy with shiny coats which I totally attribute to your nutrition guidance - good foods and supplements. I'm attaching a picture we took on the Fourth of July. We call them "The Three Amigos" because they all get along so beautifully. It was one of those rare moments when they were all being very obedient and cooperating with the camera!
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Is your cat stressed out? Domestic cats have evolved in such a way that they handle short term stress very well, but have a much harder time dealing with chronic or "long- term" stress. Their ability to cope with stress can be influenced by their genetics or by environmental factors and learned behaviors.
Signs of Acute Stress
- Body – crouched directly on top of all fours, shaking and tail close to the body
- Belly – not exposed, rapid breathing
- Head – lower than the body, motionless and whiskers back
- Eyes – fully open and pupils fully dilated
- Ears – fully flattened back on the head
- Hissing, growling, shaking, drooling
- Involuntary urination, defecation
- Aggression if approached
- Inhibition of feeding, grooming, urination & defecation or over-eating (dependent on personality type)
- Increased resting or ‘feigned’ sleep
- Increased dependency or social withdrawal (hiding)
- Defensive aggression towards people/cats. (may also be redirected aggression)
- Extreme vigilance and heightened startle response (jumping at the slightest noise)
- Changes in general patterns of behavior (spending significantly more time indoors, not interested in playing, over grooming, etc)
- Inappropriate urination or defecation and/or urine spraying indoors
- Increased facial rubbing, scratching on surfaces
One health issue, thought to be caused from stress (stress does lower immune function) is frequent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). Some cats may be diagnosed with urinary crystals, stones or infection, but in most cases a cause will not be identified. Be aware of the signs of urinary tract disease so they can be evaluated quickly (by your veterinarian)
- Difficult or painful urination
- Blood in the urine
- Abnormal, frequent passage of urine
- Urinating in inappropriate locations
- Blockage of urine flow through the urethra to outside the body
Friday, October 3, 2014
Standard Pacific, a California-based home builder, has begun to sell homes that include an option of adding a pet suite that is especially designed for your family pet. These suites are being offered in 27 of its 190 developments nationwide. Jeffrey Lake, Vice President and National Director of architecture says "Devotion to pets is second-to-none...they are family"
Their research backed them up. It found that people are more sensitive to the needs of their four legged family members and consider them when buying a home. Important factors for some families include whether the home is located near walking trails, has cat-friendly interior design, apartment complexes with dog-washing facilities, or space for a dog run. Considering that nearly 70% of households have pets,and pet spending in America is predicted to top $60 billion in 2014, the home-builder is "banking" on pet-friendly residential design gaining in popularity
The selected Standard Pacific homes have an optional 170-square-foot "pet suite." These suites include everything from a tiled washing station with leash tie-downs, a hand-held sprayer, and a pet dryer. It also includes a water station; automated feeders; a large bunk-style bed; cabinets (for toys, treats and food); a stackable washer and dryer; a French door that opens to a puppy run; and a flat-screen TV. There is also no need to worry about resale value, it is designed to be easily converted to a functioning room.
Danielle Tocco, a spokeswoman for Standard Pacific, recently told the Los Angeles Times, that the "prices are beginning at $1,500, but are typically around $8,000 or more" The Avignon community, in California, features the largest plan and can add up to $35,000 to the home price.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Q: My Wheaton Terrier was diagnosed with PLN Protein-Losing Nephropathy. Is there anything I can do from a natural standpoint to try to help him?
A: So sorry your dog was diagnosed with Protein-Losing Nephropathy. (PLN) is a disease where the filtering mechanism of the kidneys is defective and the dog loses protein through the urine. It can be a life long condition that will need special care. Certain breeds have a genetic predisposition to PLN and other protein losing diseases such as Protein-losing Enteropathy (PLE). Most common breeds effected are Soft-Coated Wheaton Terriers, Bernese Mountain Dog, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers. Usually the first sign of PLN is an increase in urination and drinking. Other symptoms could include: listlessness/depression, decreased appetite, vomiting, weight loss, changes in skin and coat, poor growth in young dogs, and edema (swelling)
Treating Protein-Losing Nephropathy consists of managing symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease. Since conventional veterinary treatments are limited, using a holistic approach with natural supplements can greatly help. Kidney Health Protein Support helps pets to break down the protein, better absorb and utilize the protein. This is key with this condition. Renelix is a powerful kidney detox that helps to flush out toxins and improve kidney function. Purrfect Pet CoQ10 is an essential antioxidant that is very important for kidney function. While many pets will eat a prescription kidney diet, we have found that using a natural diet, free of glutenous grains with limited, but highly bioavailable protein is best. Avoid dry food as it is hard to digest and dogs with kidney disease need a high moisture diet.