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Dog Nose, It’s Been This Kind of Day – Shooting dog portraits today, some are good and some are so very very typical. This is Bryce, a golden retriever who lives down the street.
The itchy or painful butt is a daily occurrence in any veterinary hospital. Dogs and cats itch it, scratch it, lick it,and scoot on it. There can be many causes, but I’ll talk about the most common ones. If the description fits your pet’s symptoms, you may be able to help the situation.
The most common causes of itchy butt in both dogs and cats are flea bites. Fleas are hard to spot unless you are patient and have really good light. Look for the fast moving dark specks at the tail head, along the back and neck, and lighter belly of both dogs and cats. Fleas especially love to hang round the face, neck, and ears of cats!! You may spot small dark specks between the hairs and against the skin of lighter areas. These small dark specks may be either flea poop or dirt. Flea combs are a great way to look for fleas or “flea dirt” (which is really flea poop). When wet down on a light paper towel, flea dirt will turn red(that’s because fleas are blood suckers and poop blood), where real dirt will just be a brown smudge or black speck. Even if you don’t see fleas, just a few bites can make a sensitive dog or cat very itchy, just like a mosquito bite is much worse for those sensitive people. Rinsing a pet in a white bathtub or sink with the plug in will sometimes help you spot the pesky varmints. Fleas can be part of a pets itchy butt problem or the whole problem.
Many pets have multiple allergies that can cause an itchy butt and getting rid of fleas may or may not completely solve butt problems . Fleas are the most common cause of hind end itching and pretty easily treated. Flea control products need to be used monthly on all pets for at least a few months. Depending on the number of fleas in your house and yard ,the number carried by neighborhood cats and dogs in your area, and the amount of shady moist areas in your pet’s world, you may need to address fleas year round or just during “the season” which is usually warmer weather in the spring, summer, and fall. You can use topical flea control, oral flea control, or natural flea control(rinsing or bathing pets , diatomaceous earth on floors and carpets ,and nematodes in the yard to eat baby fleas, garlic in dog food, lemon spray repellent) . Some dogs and cats may be very sensitive to the topical chemical on their neck and back, or may become nauseous with oral flea control. You may have to try different products for one that works best for your budget, lifestyle, and your pet’s sensitivities.
Many people like myself are not as comfortable feeding or applying pesticides(flea control) to their pets constantly. I’m not so sure it’s healthy for them and I don’t want pesticides all over me or my family either! Feeding more oils and adding raw meat to the diet may help natural defenses kick in. For millions of years dogs and cats repelled fleas with a secretion by their sebaceous glands of the skin. The low amount of fat and healthy oils ion the diet may have crippled that effective system. ( That’s why I add healthy oils and feed cooked and raw meat to my pets …it’s more natural!!)Putting a very small amount of garlic flakes or garlic may also really help in dogs. I have read and used 1/4 clove per 30 pounds a couple times a week (for dogs only). Fish oil capsules (1-4 daily depending on the size of pet) and brewers yeast as well as other natural ingredients may help the skin repel those invaders!
The incidence of mast cell tumors has skyrocketed in the same period of the advent of topical flea control. I have no data, just suspicions. That’s why natural prevention (better diet with more oils), using a better oral product(comfortis or trifexis), or natural repellents and treatments appeals to me.
Irritated or full anal glands may cause licking, scooting, and straining. These glands may become inflamed and full from eating food, treats, or chews containing wheat or other allergens. They also may be full because the plumbing is too small for proper drainage. Toy breeds were bred to be small and may have faulty pipes, just like my garbage disposal outlet pipe that gets plugged. Too little fiber in the diet may not massage the stinky stuff out the gland. Adding 1 tsp-tbsp of pumpkin to the diet may help. Restricting the common allergens may help an irritated gland clear up.It may take one of the following meats (chicken, duck, fish, venison, rabbit, kangaroo) with potato if a pet is really allergic.
A cat that strains in the box or won’t use the box may have sore anal glands that are really full. I wouldn’t want to use the box if it hurt every time I tried to use it. Cats that are straining may act like they have a bladder infection or urinary blockage, when it’s really a sore butt!
Food allergies can also cause an itchy butt, scooting, or a small amount of red blood in the stool. Always feed your pet hypoallergenic treats, chews, and pill pockets. These are the most common cause of an itchy, sore, butt. Biscuits, chews, or food containing wheat, beef or less common allergens like chicken and rice may cause a soft stool, itchy butt, scooting, and other medical problems like red blood in the stool, seizures, bladder issues, ear infections, and infections of the skin.
That’s why I wrote both the books I list on this website, Dog Dish Diet and Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet. If you feed your pet better hypoallergenic ingredients, more healthy oils, and less calories, they may recover from so many medical issues. In fact the number of visits per pet has decreased in my veterinary clinic due to my consistent nutritional counseling. That saves my clients lots of money and prevents needless suffering for their pets. Check the description of my books out at
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Question: I have a 6 year old male shih tzu that has had ear problems for years. I have used countless medicines and do vinegar/alcohol drops several times a week. I have always fed grain free, just because I feel it is a more natural feed for canines. However, I am wondering if you think food can be a cause for his itchy, over waxy ears?
So far, he has not had any inner ear problems, they seem to be outer ear canal. He scratches them a lot and they will get tender and sore. There is no yeast or other bacteria found by the vet? I found your blog and thought you may direct me about food and ear issues. Thank You
Answer: Thanks for your question. Red, itchy ears can be a manifestation of true food allergy. Here is an article with more information about food allergies in pets: “Food allergy in pets“.
It may be worth discussing a hypoallergenic diet trial with your vet to see if you get improvement in his ear condition.
Dr. Donna Spector
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On the situation in the Ukraine.
Video Rating: 4 / 5
A Yorkie and a Jack Russell in Villefranche-sur-Mer on the day I went to photograph the Naval Battle of the Flowers. I didn’t stop and ask their names but they seemed quite happy to let me photograph them. Thanks, doggies. Woof Woof …
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Dog in stiff winds on beach – Kit flying scenes from the Morro Bay, CA Parade and Kite Festival, 25 April 2009. Pirate theme. Photo by Michael "Mike" L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com; Canon 1D Mark III, 70-200mm f/2.8 IS handheld, polarizer.
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This is my favorite of the dog with bone shots.
There’s nothing worse than sticking your foot in your mouth. I hate that feeling when the words escape your mouth and hang there, floating in the air, as it slowly dawns on you what horrible thing you’ve just said.
I try to be cognizant of these things in my work as a vet. I’m pretty sure I’ve said some awful things unintentionally, and the most I can do is hope the person didn’t actually really register it. Like when I’m coughing in the middle of a euthanasia, and I apologize by saying, “My allergies are killing me today.” AW DANGIT I DIDN’T…UGH…. that sort of thing.
Unintentional gaffes, awkward as they are, are still better than remarks that are just plain oblivious. People who have adopted children can usually rattle off at least 20 awful things people have said. The always uncomfortable “When are you due?” question to a woman who is not actually pregnant. “Well, you can always get another one” to someone who has just lost a beloved pet. Or, “Who died?” to someone who has just actually lost someone.
I went to Disneyland this week, my first trip since the time they lost my wheelchair bound aunt on the Haunted Mansion. As fate would have it, she was with me again this time. There are few places better for people watching than Disneyland, a location of highly concentrated humanity teeming with all its best and worst attributes desperately, painfully intent on having a VERY MAGICAL DAY.
As we were waiting in line for our magical $ 15 burgers, I watched a member of the self-appointed mood police harass the cashier in front of me. She was very neutrally taking orders, neither kind nor unkind, simply doing her job. This man was having none of it. “Where’s that SMILE?” he asked, loudly.
She looked up, confused.
“Where’s your SMILE?” he asked again, a bit aggressively, forced cheer pulling his mouth into a rictus. SEE? LIKE THIS?
She gave him a wan smile. She looked tired. She was a captive audience, though, so she tried her best.
“I knew you had it in you!” he boomed in response to her most unenthusiastic ‘smile’, before engaging her in a totally unnecessary discussion of drink preferences. (The line is piling up behind him by this point.)
“I usually drink regular soda,” she said in response to his inquiry. “I like things sweet.”
“Yes,” he said, smirking. “You look like you like things sweet.” It was clearly a comment on her size. He looked up and around, proud of himself and his wittiness, and I slowly shook my head at him. His wife stared at her feet. I doubt this was the first time he’s said things like that.
I bumped into the same guy not 10 minutes later, as I was heading back out to the patio area with a tray of food. My aunt was waiting with the kids, sitting in her motorized wheelchair we had rented from Disneyland. Keep in mind, this is the standard grey wheelchair anyone can rent. It was not special in any way, an unwieldy, functional looking thing with a metal bumper on the front and a small metal basket.
Our friend paused, and pointed to it with a big grin on his face.
“How’s that working for you?” he asked. “You liking that thing?” He asked this the way one might admire a new Porsche 911, or a Harley, instead of an industrial grade medical device.
“Oh yes,” my aunt said without missing a beat. He nodded in admiration. “Yes, I love being in a wheelchair.” Then she turned her back to him while his wife stared on in embarrassment.
“How are you liking walking?” I started to say, but my mother saw the look on my face and kicked me before I could get past opening my mouth. She knows me well.
This is precisely why I prefer working with dogs.
This curious black lab puppy encounters a bit of a surprise when he comes upon a shopping bag in the kitchen!
A few nice Tick images I found:
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"Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day" – Time / Pink Floyd
Hecho con Inkscape 0.45.1 en un ratito.
The Waiting Room / Tick Tock Performance
Image by Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Performance | Tick Tock
Friday | January 13 | 6 PM & 7:30 PM
Saturday | January 14 | 11:30 AM
Marvin Auditorium 101 ABC
This one-act play follows a group of women and men in a medical waiting room that begin feeling isolated, bored and anxious but eventually come together in exuberant song and dance. Marcia Cebulska (playwright) is best known to Kansans for her play Now Let Me Fly, commissioned for the national celebration of the Brown v. Board 50th anniversary and Through Martha’s Eyes, a film broadcast on national public television. Darren Canady (director) is a Topeka High alum who currently teaches playwriting at University of Kansas and has had his own work produced nationally. Eleanor Goudie-Averill (choreographer) grew up in Topeka, teaches at Temple University, and dances and choreographs in New York City and Philadelphia.