Nice Tick photos

Some cool Tick images:

Dermacentor sp. Tick
Tick

Image by K Schneider
? American Dog Tick (Dermacentor sp. – cf. variabilis), Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo Co., CA – April 2010. Thanks to P. Jennings, B. Mathison and Bug Guide for comments on ID. Collection of the tick and examination under a microscope would be recommended for a definitive identification to species.

Baby Ticks (Cropped)
Tick

Image by Vicky TGAW
Some time ago, Ryan put a tick he removed from the dogs in a specimen jar. The momma tick laid numerous eggs. Today, I noticed the eggs had hatched. Here is the first released shots of our newest arrivals.

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Medical Problems Of Golden Retrievers


Epilepsy
Also known as seizures, epilepsy disorders normally occur from viral infections, and environmental factors as well. Even though an inaccessible seizure isn’t always a problem, dogs that have recurring seizures should never be bred. Vets can recommend medicines that control recurring seizures, although medicine isn’t always effective. Although epilepsy doesn’t affect the health of a Golden Retriever, it does have an effect on breeding. You can never tell if it is indeed heredity, therefore breeding is pretty much out of the question – to avoid passing it on to the litter.

Skin allergies
Skin allergy is the most common medical issue with Golden Retrievers. Skin allergy is normally the result of allergens such as flea bites, dust, airborne pollen, food, and even mold. Symptoms will vary, although they can include bits, scratching, licking, and even ear infections. Diet is extremely important here, as it can help to prevent a lot of these problems. If you consult with your vet, you can more than likely eliminate the risks your pet has of getting a skin allergy.

Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is a condition that causes the thyroid gland to malfunction. Golden Retrievers that are affected by this disease will normally show such symptoms as coat problems or obesity. This medical problem can also result in a lack of fertility as well. A lack of fertility can be a big problem for breeders, as it makes it very hard for the affected Golden Retriever to breed.

The treatment of hypothyroidism involves taking the oral supplement for hypothyroidism on a daily basis. Once it has been treated successfully, the prognosis will appear to be normal and dog will have a normal, healthy life span, providing there are no other medical problems. This condition is somewhat common with Golden Retrievers, and can be diagnosed by your vet.

Some Golden’s who suffer from hypothyroid problems will have seizures, although this will stop once they go on the oral treatment medicine. Even though the hypothyroid condition isn’t associated with epilepsy, you should monitor your dog to be on the safe side. You don’t want to take any chances with your dog coming down with epilepsy, which is why you should always have your vet do routine checks.

Even though medical problems are somewhat common with Golden Retrievers, you can help to prevent them by making sure your dog is healthy. If you do your part and make sure that you treat your Golden well, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Golden Retrievers are generally healthy dogs, although they can get ill from time to time. If you take your dog to the vet and get him treated as soon as he gets sick – he’ll be better and back to his normal self in no time at all.
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New Hi-Res Member Logos

Recently there have been requests from pet sitters for some updated member logos because the current logos don’t look too great any more.  TheNew Hi-Res Logore have been a couple new hi-res member logos created for those that want your site to look a little sharper.  Email PetsitUSA to get the new logos in a couple of sizes.


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Nice Topical photos

Check out these Topical images:

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Image by Nottingham Vet School
A tube of Activon medical grade manuka honey.

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Image by Nottingham Vet School
A bottle of Xylocaine

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Welcome to PetstiUSA’s Newest Members!

Here are a couple of PetsitUSA’s newest members!

Old Orchard Farm, LLC Pet Sitting Services – In New York.  You can find their website at www.oldorchardfarmny.com.  They provide pet sitting services for a wide variety of pets: “From hampsters to horses.”

Have Table Will Travel – In Jupiter, Florida.  This is a business that is expanding to pet sitting!

Meowser Browser Pet Care – In San Diego, California.  “I have been caring for my own pets for 20 years and will care for yours as if they were my own.”

Welcome PetsitUSA’s newest pet sitters!


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Holistic Treatment of Pets: Veterinary Medicine is Changing

How veterinary medicine has changed! Most of the medication and equipment I use today, I never learned about in school! Our pharmacy has ten times the variety of flea control products, antibiotics, and pain relievers than when I started, thirty years ago.

X rays from our digital machine only take seconds to view after exposure and can be emailed to a specialist for a “second opinion”. Their report is often received within a few hours. It used to take days to mail the “films” and receive a report.  You can alter the quality of the digital films by right clicking the mouse, just as we do when we edit pictures.

Our ultrasound can peer into the organs and workings of the heart, just as x rays have always assessed the bones and shapes of the organs. Our in-house laboratory can give an organ “report card” assessing the health of the red and white blood cells, liver, kidneys, thyroid gland, and pancreas. After taking blood, those results can be ready in an hour.

The term “holistic” used to infer natural healing practices. These days, the holistic treatment of a patient really means that we consider the animal as an individual.  Each pet may need a different approach to solve medical problems. In the “holistic” approach, we consider exercise, obesity, vaccinations, flea control, ingredients in the diet, and medication of each pet. A pet may need to lose weight, eat differently, need medication, or a different schedule of flea control or vaccinations to feel their best.

Therapies like acupuncture and chiropractic are now more commonly used on animals to relieve muscle strain and the pain of arthritis. In fact, our clinic has invested in a “cold laser” to help animals with pain and other medical conditions. The K-laser uses focused infrared light waves to increase circulation and healing in inflamed areas. Like acupuncture, it helps the body do its job with less or no medication! This therapy is excellent for dogs and cats that are sensitive to pain medication, are older, or for those owners that would like to try a “drug free” pain treatment.

There are tons of articles on the effects of diet on health. The overwhelming number of choices in the pet store is proof of changing ideas about nutrition for our pets. I used to treat bowel problems, skin problems, and ear infections in dogs with some mention of diet, medication, and flea control. Now I make sure that owners receive nutritional counseling for almost every medical issue. Changing the diet may not always help, but when it does; it helps prevent needless suffering and endless medication for itching, sore ears, chronic diarrhea, and other medical problems. I’ll give you a couple nutritional tips. Wheat gluten is commercial food and treats may cause itching, ear problems, and diarrhea. However, it isn’t uncommon for an owner to buy a decent commercial “grain free” food, then to feed biscuits, dental chews, or even “pill pockets” filled with wheat. Changing the food won’t help, unless all food, biscuits, and treats are considered. If you change to a “grain free” diet to help with chronic medical , issues, you need to know the ingredients of everything the patient eats! Salmon and sweet potato commercial food has helped me clear up many ear, skin, and diarrhea problems in dogs.

 If you are interested in learning more about nutrition or even home cooking for your dog or cat, check out my website.  http://dogdishdiet.com/order-now 

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Dog Envy

Some cool Dog images:

Dog Envy
Dog

Image by tkamenick
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I want a dog so badly. This guy was hanging outside a coffee shop somewhere around 17th and Dolores.

Old Dog New Tricks
Dog

Image by maxymedia
We never stop learning. This is my first digital SLR photo taken about 6 years ago now of our dear old dog Basil (RIP) but with some new learning of contrasts applied – it seemed the appropraite shot as I’ve updated my website www.maxyphoto.com.au today

Dog and bike
Dog

Image by Wei
I’m sure my dog is thinking "Make this bike disappear, my owner spends all his time riding and tinkering with it".

Palmerston North, New Zealand
14 May 2011

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Living With and Training Assistance Dogs

NEADS Graduation celebration

Graduation at NEADS!

I don’t need to tell you that dogs and humans share a special bond. Many species work alongside us, and many species live with us, but dogs occupy both of those roles like no other animal on earth.

Assistance dogs take that role to an entirely new level though. These dogs help people with a wide range of disabilities while quite naturally becoming their companions too.

In Another Language, Portraits of Assistance Dogs and Their People author Jeanne Braham, along with photographer Robert Floyd, present twelve oral histories from people that work with or are partners with assistance dogs. These deeply personal stories provide you with a unique window into the bonds that form between the dogs and the people working and living with them.

Bob Swain and Waldo

Bob Swain and Waldo

The combination of Mr. Floyd’s photos with first person stories bring you right "into the room" with the book’s subjects as they tell you their story. I was initially (as in before I started actually reading) a little put-off at the idea of oral histories since I have read books in the past where that format didn’t really work for me, but in this book it really is perfect. I have read plenty of descriptions of the work that assistance dogs but these individual stories, told in the first person, convey the impact these dogs have on the storyteller’s lives in a uniquely personal way.

The book centers around National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS). NEADS trains assistance dogs for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, people with balance and stability issues, people with a physical disabilities, combat veterans in need of assistance dogs, teachers, ministers and therapists, and children on the autism spectrum and or with physical disabilities. The majority of their dogs are also initially trained by inmates in New England prisons. (How cool is that?)

Puppies from NEADS

Suzanne Goodwin with her puppies.

Most of the interviews are with people who have dogs from NEADS, but several of the people in the book are also employees and volunteers, including a great chapter from a breeder of Labradoodles who is donating a dog (the first of her line) to NEADS at the time of the interview. As well as interviews with trainers and program administrators.

Beth Lewis, a psychologist who both teaches and also still does therapy, works with Grace. Grace was bred for assistance, but orthopedic issues made her unsuitable for service. However, NEADS staff was able to find her a very productive role in help Beth in her work. Grace’s story of how she has undergone multiple surgeries while still helping Beth in her practice is both fascinating and truly inspirational.

Jake Liptak is an inmate handler and has raised three puppies as of his interview. He explains how inmates are able to enter the program and then provides us with an interesting rundown of what behaviors the puppies are trained for.

NEADS program has had to change the past few years with the very large number of veterans returning to the U.S with serious injuries. Sheila O’Brien, who joined NEADS in 1978, worked her way to CEO in 2009, and then left that role to work as a director with America’s VetDogs explains some of the history of NEADS’ assistance program for combat veterans and how their program had to adjust to the veteran’s different needs. In that same chapter there is also an interview with veteran Kevin Lambert.

Another Language, Portraits of Assistance Dogs and Their People is more than just a book about assistance dogs. It's book of stories about the dogs, the people, and the programs that make up NEADS. Together these stories come together to reveal a larger story of how these dogs bring different people together to help each other, whether they came to NEADS for a dog or to work with a dog.

This is a book that belongs on the shelf of any dog enthusiast. Go get it!

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50 Shades of M.O.O.N. ~ Blogger Opp

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People every where are different!  We all have our likes/dislikes; We have our favorite hobbies and interested;  We look different and dress different;  We are parents, children, siblings, and friends.  This is what makes up the Make Our Own Network team of bloggers!  We are the “Strange Kids on the Block” because we do things differently than any one out there.

For our first birthday, we want to celebrate individuality and independence from following the norms.  This giveaway event will be all about exactly that!  Anything goes – prizes can be anything from adult products to childrens’ toys to outdoor gear to entertaining gadgets and more.  If you want to see it let us know!  Each blogger will pick their favorite products AND their readers favorites as well!

Sign-ups close 8/1
**The blogger with the most referrals will receive the additional links at no cost
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M.O.O.N. has now added several perks/discounts for frequent participation in our events but you must be a member of our Facebook group to be eligible.  Please visit the M.O.O.N. group if you are a blogger and would like more information regarding these perks and other group events.

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Wild trout 'eaten alive by sea lice from fish farms'

Wild trout 'eaten alive by sea lice from fish farms'
Wild trout are being “eaten alive” by large numbers of sea lice coming from salmon farms off Scotland's West Coast, environmentalists have claimed. In the latest war of words between the wild fisheries sector and the fish farming industry, the Salmon
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Lice-nce to kill: How Sex and the City wiped out the louse
PUBIC lice are on the retreat and it's all thanks to Sex and the City. That's the result of a study by the British Association of Dermatologists [BAD], which claims that the American TV series is partly responsible for laying waste to the lice. Figures
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Avoiding lice in the summer
During the summer, kids share everything – time together at camp and the pool, towels, hats, even lice. Anyone can get lice. But, it's totally treatable and there are no long-term effects. We spoke with Dr. Molly Martyn, a pediatrician at Children's
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