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Common Infections in Dogs

Some common infections in dogs can result in minimal problems for the health of the animal, but infections can also cause major illnesses that can be fatal. As a responsible pet owner you should be aware of these common infections and their symptoms in order to determine whether your dog is having a bout with an illness that will cure itself, or whether the symptoms are indicative of a serious disease. Early recognition and treatment of infections are your best protection against a severe illness or the death of your pet.

Rabies is one of the most common infections in dogs. The symptoms of rabies may not become noticeable for days or even months after a dog has been infected with the disease. The symptoms include refusing to eat or drink water, a high fever, seizures, and foaming at the mouth. Some dogs will exhibit what is called “mad dog syndrome.” A dog with this syndrome can become extremely aggressive and will attack humans or other dogs. Vaccination is not only your safest protection against a dog contracting rabies, but also is mandatory in almost every city and town in the U.S.

Parvovirus is another extremely contagious disease commonly found in dogs, and also requires vaccination with a follow-up shot every year. It is usually contracted through exposure to the infected feces of a dog or other animal. The symptoms of parvovirus include lethargy, vomiting blood, or diarrhea and loss of appetite.

Ear infections in dogs are more common in floppy eared dogs and dogs who spend most of their time outdoors. The symptoms include excess wax build up in the ear canals, a foul smelling odor from the dog’s ears, and pawing or scratching the ears. Ear infections can be treated with a drying cream from a pet store. Insert the cream into the dog’s ear and rub it in well. The cream will act as a drying agent and soak up the excess moisture in the dog’s ears. Serious ear infections require treatment by a veterinarian.

Distemper is a highly contagious infection that affects the respiratory, nervous and gastrointestinal systems in a dog. Like parvovirus, the infection is transmitted when an animal is exposed to feces that contain the virus. All dogs are at risk of contracting distemper, but puppies under four months of age are especially at risk. There is no cure for distemper but there are medications to help control the disease and keep it from worsening. Distemper vaccinations are also required annually for puppies and dogs.

The common cold in dogs is most commonly caused by kennel cough when an upper respiratory infection affects a dog’s lungs and sinuses. The symptoms include nasal discharge and sneezing, continual coughing spells, and great difficulty in breathing. Dogs who have strong immune systems are usually able fight off the infection before it becomes serious. Kennel cough is extremely infectious but can be treated and eradicated if caught in the early stage.

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Nobody puts Geeky in the corner

When I was six, my mother enrolled me in my first dance class. I enjoyed it, I had fun, I got to wear cute little sailor costumes and get up on stage and tunelessly tap my feet.

The teacher always arranged us in two rows, and this being the early 80s before everyone had to get equal play, she arranged us not by height but by talent. The precocious dancers with the big smiles and the good rhythm were front and center, and those who tripped on their shoelaces or danced with the angry pounding feet of someone trying to stomp out the last burning embers of an old campfire found themselves perpetually in the back.

My dad has a lot of pictures of half of my body hidden behind the other girls.

Had I been desperate to improve my lot in life as a dancer, I imagine my parents might have encouraged me to spend more time honing my craft. I have learned in life that training trumps talent almost every time. However, I didn’t mind the back row, and they didn’t mind, so they let me be in between dance classes to pursue what really floated my boat: palaeontology.

I read every book I could get my hands on, gaping in horrified intrigue at the artist’s rendition of a Tyrannosaurus gorging on a defeated looking hadrosaur. It was riveting. I spent my allowance in the craft store and would rush home every day to put together my little wooden skeleton models. I had them all.



It never occurred to me that I shouldn’t be interested in science or that my time would be better spent improving my jazz technique than reconstructing extinct fossils. At night, we’d gather around the TV and watch Nova, or Cosmos- the original Carl Sagan version.

My mother, who is herself very Victorian and feminine, never made me or my sister feel like we weren’t girly enough, even when I was plastering the walls with Garbage Pail Kid stickers and cackling at the, ahem, crude humor. We were who we were, and in my case, that was a sci-fi loving anti-fashion science geek.

I worry sometimes, raising a daughter, that things are different now and there’s more pressure to conform along certain stereotypical lines. I don’t ever recall seeing shirts like this for sale when I was a kid:



I saw this shirt in Children’s Place, shortly before it got pulled, and promptly went next door to Peek where I found that amazing Jane Goodall children’s shirt I posted earlier this year. These messages we send to kids matter. They do.

Shortly before that T-shirt incident my daughter said to me, “I guess I’m just not good at math mom,” in response to a poor score on a math test she didn’t feel like studying for. Needless to say that didn’t fly; she may not care for it, it may not come naturally to her, but I wanted her to know she could overcome that. And with the help of a good tutor, she did. “I never,” I said, “ever, want you to think you’re not smart.”

She’s always been an artistic kid, and while I encouraged her to pursue those confidence building theater experiences I wanted her to know it didn’t have to be the only thing that defined her. You can be an actor and a writer and a mathematician and a dancer and an athlete. You can be in the front row of any show you want and are willing to work for.

I can only hope that in the face of many conflicting messages, she will remember this.

We’ve been watching Cosmos as a family the last month or so, because Neil deGrasse Tyson is amazing and the show just makes me happy. My son plopped down instantly to get his science fix, and a few moments later after realizing we weren’t going to be watching American Idol, my daughter sat beside him. A day later, they were discussing time travel in the car on the way to school and my nerdy heart soared. “When’s the next episode coming out?” they asked breathlessly.

That afternoon, my daughter took a break from recording and re-recording herself singing “Let It Go” over and over, sitting at the table earnestly scribbling away on a piece of paper. “What are you doing?” I asked.

“Writing a fan letter,” she said. “Can you help me mail it?”

I paused. I wrote my first fan letter when I was eight. I remember it well. Ricky Schroeder. I even sent him a Polaroid selfie, 80s style. He never wrote back and I was devastated.

So who was it going to be for my daughter? Harry Styles? She and her friends were just getting into One Direction and I wondered if she was about to ask me to subscribe to TeenBop or Tiger Beat. Maybe I’d luck out and find out she was thanking Idina Menzel for belting out such a catchy power ballad. “It’s not to Justin Beiber, is it?” I asked nervously.

She scowled. “Eeew Mom. Come on.” She handed me to letter. It began, “Dear Doctor DeGrasse Tyson: I really love your show.”

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The kid’s gonna be all right.

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Hank the Milwaukee Brewers Mascot Gets a Doghouse

You’ve might have heard of Hank, the Milwaukee Brewers furry mascot. We wrote about him when he was just a beaten-down stray who wandered on the Brewers spring training camp in Arizona looking for a shot. He got one. He made his mark. The brass called him up to the big leagues and shipped him to Milwaukee with the squad. The rest is history. Toast of the town, all that. 

Standing ovations? Check

Bobblehead Hank doll? Check.

Stuffed likeness? Check, check, check and check:

The Brewers won-loss record is now 15 and 5. First place in the National League Central and the best record of any team one month into the season. Did Hank have anything to do with that? I’d say so. 

In the meantime we’ve been admiring Hank from afar, the little southpaw with a wicked friendly streak, disarming even the most hardened coach and deranged lifetime Brewer fan. But now, we have to chime in. You see, the Brewers finally made Hank a doghouse, to be placed on the field during games, giving Hank a little place to call his own in foul territory.  

We can’t hold back any longer. Get a load of this crazy doghouse!

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It seems the Brewers are treating Hank like a champ, which is nice to see. Also, according to Fansided, merchandise sales are "through the roof." Trends like that should keep Hank in wet food for a long while. 

Imagine -- just two months ago Hank was wandering the streets of Arizona, with no idea where his next meal was coming from, and now he's the toast of Milwaukee, glad-handing fans at Miller Park and leading the team onto the field. It can almost make you cry, if you weren't a tough-as-nails baseball reporter. 

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BBC Pedigree Dogs Exposed – full movie in good quality

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Lumos the Border Collie puppy will blow your mind with his amazing tricks and melt your heart with his sweet personality. This video is a compilation of the …
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The Way We Used to Feed Our Dogs

I received the following email from Bernese Mountain Dog owners that talks about how feeding practices have changed over the years. In Dog Dish Diet, I advise owners to feed a variety of healthful ingredients in addition to a good dog food. Some dogs thrive on good quality kibble, canned food, raw food, or homemade food. Each dog is different and some need better or different ingredients in the food. Some dogs really feel better on moister, hypoallergenic ingredients or higher amounts of proteins and oils in the daily diet. I personally cook for my dogs and occasionally feed them canned food(Halo Products or Duck and Potato). I also feed them healthy human food and raw chicken wings and thighs to help keep their teeth clean and provide good nutrients for the joints.

That’s what the Dog Dish Diet is about: Feeding a variety of healthful foods!

The second edition is now available on amazon.com and as a kindle eBook!


Dear Dr. Greg,
My husband and I were showing at the Gavalin KC Dog show a while ago and bought your book. Over the 52 years we have been married and had dogs I have fed kibble, raw food, cooked, and a mixture of things etc. Thirty plus years ago we got our first Bernese Mountain Dog. I have struggled over all those years to find just the right thing to feed and supplement with. Ever hopeful, I started reading your book in the car on our way home to Carmel Valley and finished it that night. Wow! It took me straight back to the early 1950′s. My mother used to cook a stew of horse meat( yuck, I thought as I looked at my favorite steed and sighed at the fragrance of the barn, the hay, the horses and even the manure) and veggies from our garden plus anything else she could think of. Our dogs thrived! How had I come so far and forgotten those days?

Your wisdom has jerked me back and a large crock pot is on my ‘to buy’ list this week. I can hardy wait to get started on the Dog Dish Diet. We have four Bernese( from 3 to 11 yrs. old) so it won’t be a small undertaking. 

Thanks for the book and all for all your shared information gathered over the years. 


Chris House 

Carmel Valley, CA

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Idyll and Paloma

We’ve met Idyll before on Riviera Dogs before.   She is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Bernese Mountain dog. Here she is today with her young owner, Paloma. They live in Gorbio village above Menton.

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Isle of Man community votes in topical debate

Isle of Man community votes in topical debate
Isle of Man community votes in topical debate. by MT. Isle of Man community votes in topical debate. The open skies policy should be abandoned to protect vital business and leisure routes for Isle of Man residents, according to the majority vote at a
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Winter Walking

A week or so ago there was a nice sign waiting for me at my favourite winter walking place.  It “reminded me” of what the rules were – no dogs off leash.  I always knew this, which is part of the reason I go when there is no one else there.  But now they’ve put a sign right where I park – I feel like it was left there just for me as I’m pretty sure I’m their biggest “customer” in the winter.  There are rarely other tracks in the snow and it is even more rare for me to see someone else parked there.  I think there has been 2 times this fall/winter where I had to use a different section of the park to avoid people.   But with the sign there, it makes me feel guilty.  AND I won’t be able to feign ignorance if I do get caught with my dogs off leash.

On really “yucky” days mid week, I still go to our usual park, but I’ve been going farther afield lately.  When I have time, we’ve been heading out to Fort Macleod – a town about 30 minutes from here with a dog park that is very under used – so under used I don’t have any qualms about bringing Lacey.  We are more likely to come across wildlife or someone on horseback than we are to run across another dog.

When I don’t have time to spend an hour driving, we’ve been doing walks in the neighbourhood.  I’ve been trying to walk the girls on leash a little more regularly…  It really isn’t nearly as much fun for any of us though.  It’s kind of like eating your vegetables – you do it because it’s good for you.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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