I had a moment

I had a moment. I admit it. A moment of just sheer utter sad, thinking on the amount of death and loss and unpleasantness that’s been floating about lately.

I thought of my daughter’s poetry book, which she started after Kekoa died to work through her grief. Just as she was finishing up with it, now she writes about Apollo.

I thought about the little shadow in the background that used to flit about.

I thought about the happiness certain things bring me and the kids.

I thought about the things that my life center around, my life’s work, and before you knew it I had driven somewhere I wasn’t planning on going, and walked somewhere I wasn’t planning on walking, and signed something I wasn’t planning on signing.

I thought I wouldn’t do this, but I did.

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This is Penelope. She is outgoing and awesome and I love her very much already.

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 I thought that might happen.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Book Review ~ For Every Season: Book Three in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series by Cindy Woodsmall

Title: For Every Season: Book Three in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Publish Date: August 20, 2013

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Nice Topical photos

Some cool Topical images:

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Viscotears Liquid Gel

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“So did you see that new Radiohead video with Thom Yorke dancing like he’s having a seizure?”
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Practical Nutritional Advice for Dogs

There are lots of myths out there about feeding our dogs. I’ve had many conversations with clients, breeders, trainers, and veterinarians about the best way to feed our domesticated predators. You probably are reading this, hoping that I can shed light on the many confusing perspectives in canine nutrition. Besides, I’m a veterinarian that has been in practice for over thirty years and considers nutrition to be one of the best tools we have to treat or prevent medical problems. The truth is that there are more questions than answers, but I’ll go over the most important things that I have learned.

What I have learned over the past ten years is that some individual dogs need different ingredients for better health and food allergies are far more common than I used to think.  Itchy skin, ear infections, nausea (eating grass and vomiting), diarrhea, and even seizures can be a sign that something in the food does not agree with your pet. Every dog can have the occasional itch, nausea, vomiting, or the runs from eating something they are not used to or allergic to. However, when the symptoms occur too frequently, or just don’t go away after treatment, then I always question if the ingredients may play a part. Many dogs are allergic to wheat, barley, or corn. Others may not tolerate beef or chicken in commercial dog food. Some dogs may be sensitive to additives or preservatives.

If your dog is suspected of having a food allergy, then you can try a limited ingredient diet. Taste of the Wild or its Kirkland alternative, salmon and potato diet has helped many dogs in my practice. Natural Balance limited ingredients also has duck/potato or fish potato that help others. Remember if you feed a healthier dog food; don’t forget to avoid treats containing the most common allergen wheat gluten. I have used baby carrots, sliced chicken or turkey hotdogs , or cooked and diced chicken as treats for training.

Don’t worry too much about adding healthy “human food” to a dog’s diet. If you want your dog to have a better coat, then you can add ingredients that contain healthy oils. For example, you may add olive oil(1 tbsp), fish oil capsules(1-2), an egg, raw or cooked chicken(4-8oz), canned herring(6-12 oz), or sardines(1 tin)to the diet. (Always try a small amount for a day or two to make sure that your pet can tolerate the ingredient!)The healthiest ingredients for dogs are meat, organ meat, fish, and eggs. Surprised grain or rice isn’t on the list? The ancestor of the dog rarely ate a helping of wheat, rice, barley, or corn. That is why those ingredients may be the most troublesome! (Beware: Many biscuits, dental chews, and pill pockets are wheat gluten based)

If you want your dog to lose a few pounds then you have to limit the amount of dry food. You can feed half as much dry food as usual and soak the remainder with warm water or combine with the same amount of green beans. You’ve just cut the calories in half! Canned food also has less calories then dry food and is just as nutritious. By the way, dry food probably does little for tartar. Dogs usually eat it way too fast! I recommend raw meaty bones or frozen chicken wings or thighs for dental health and joint nutrition. Baked and barbecued bones can be dangerous and dogs need to chew, not swallow larger bones. For dogs that like to gnaw on things, it’s a perfect way to keep teeth clean. I feed my dogs  raw chicken wings or thighs every week. Yes…a vet said that!

If you want more information about feeding your dog, home cooking for your dog, or figuring out what your dog is allergic to, check out my website and books. http://dogdishdiet.com/order-now

While you’re on  the website, be sure to download my free PDF, “ Dr Greg’s 11 Practical Home Remedies” .In the download, I talk about common problems and over-the-counter medications that you can use!

Remember, health starts in the bowl!

Greg Martinez DVM

Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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What a beautiful story – thank you so much for sha…

What a beautiful story – thank you so much for sharing! My thoughts are with you for Lily to heal up. I will be thinking of you both. Thank you again!
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Three things to know about the jerky illnesses

Let’s imagine, for a moment, that there is a serial killer loose in your town. One by one, he picks little kids off from the local playground, and it’s horrible and awful. The police are working around the clock, but the killer remains elusive.

But he only ever chooses his victims from that one playground.

You wouldn’t take your kids there, right? Even if *most* of the kids who play there end up ok, even if the police chief says, well, it might be OK now? Why take that chance, when there are plenty of safe alternatives?

That’s kind of how I feel about this jerky thing. From the latest FDA update:

The agency has repeatedly issued alerts to consumers about reports it has received concerning jerky pet treat-related illnesses involving 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. since 2007. Approximately 580 of those pets have died.

Since 2007, guys. Keep in mind that the FDA is usually all over dog foods when there is potential human illness involved as well, but the wheels turn a little more slowly when there is no indication people are also getting sick. Regardless, I’m glad they are becoming involved- and the level in which they are asking for veterinarians and consumers to participate is much higher than I’ve seen before- but there’s no indication when we might have some answers.

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There’s really only three things I’m reminding people of here:

1. It’s not just chicken

Everyone keeps focusing on chicken jerky as the culprit, but some sickened dogs have eaten duck, fruit, or sweet potato jerkies as well. Most of the treats have come from China (they aren’t saying it outright in the fact sheet, but we can read between the lines here.)

2. The symptoms are diffuse

Not every dog has the same symptoms. Some have GI signs, some have liver issues, others have renal disease. There may be one cause but it is possible we are dealing with multiple contaminants, drugs, or toxins. Which is really frightening.

3. This is 100% entirely preventable

Now that we know it’s a problem, there’s an easy solution. Don’t feed jerky treats from China. They are not a necessary part of anyone’s daily nutrition. It won’t find the culprit, but it will keep your pet safe until they do. Here are some alternatives:

  • Make your own. No special equipment required.
  • Use fresh alternatives like baby carrots or apples
  • Become obsessive about label-reading. Even some products that appear to be from the US or distributed from the US have ingredients made in China. If you’re not sure, don’t buy it.

I made this video almost two years ago, and we STILL don’t know what is going on with those jerky treats.

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

Do you know anyone whose pet was sickened from jerky?

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Diet Can Help With Chronic Health Problems of Pets

 I have found that simple changes to the commercial diet may make all the difference is the world! A lab with chronic ear problems, a German Shepherd with chronic diarrhea, or a bulldog with skin issues may get better when fed a hypoallergenic diet( the best is salmon/potato)

However the best diet can be ruined by biscuits, treats, and chews that cause SO many problems!

Adding healthy oils to the diet can help the skin and coat! (olive, fish, coconut, canola)

Feeding sardines, herring, and eggs several times a week makes the body and coat happy!

Feeding baby carrots instead of biscuits and canned food instead of dry can help pets lose weight!

Feed raw meaty bones or raw chicken wings or thighs for healthier teeth and joints!

That’s what I talk about in “Dog Dish Diet” Ingredients, allergies, and easy home cooking. This info has saved clients and readers  hundreds and  thousands of dollars in vet bills!

Many clients like the idea of cooking wholesome healthy ingredients, so I also wrote about easy, economical slow cooking dog and cat food in “Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet”

 Many vets believe that changing to a prescription diet will cure  health problems. Some believe food allergies and intolerance of ingredients are not the cause of many medical problems. I used to believe that way until learning about how simple changes to the commercial diet, adding healthy oils, avoiding allergenic treats and chews  may such a big difference! Some day vets will be taught in school how to harness the power of nutrition!( people doctors too!)

Many clients come in to thank me every week for saving them money and giving them a healthier pet!

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Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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Cool Pest images

A few nice Pest images I found:

2010 DoD Pest Management Workshop February 2010 (14)
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Picture from the DoD Pest Management Workshop held in Jacksonville, FL.

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Picture from the DoD Pest Management Workshop held in Jacksonville, FL.

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Picture from the DoD Pest Management Workshop held in Jacksonville, FL.

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Dog Provides Finishing Touch To Half-Time Show

True American Dog

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