2011-09-30-The-Lab-Four-PRINT

A few nice Topical images I found:

2011-09-30-The-Lab-Four-PRINT
Topical

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2011-02-11-Just-a-little-prick-PRINT
Topical

Image by alexhughescartoons

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Help Pets for Vets on Labor Day

Looking for a chance to do something good for our countries veterans and their dogs? Here’s a simple way to help. Pet Peeps, a pet sitting company in Washington DC, will donate $ 500 to Pets 4 Vets, who provide service dogs to veterans, if 250 likes for the Pet Peeps Facebook page are gained on [...]


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No Box Is Too Small For Bo The Box Sitter [VIDEO]

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We know cats, like Maru, love fitting into tiny boxes. But bulldogs?! Bo is one bold bulldog who doesn't let his size get in the way of his box sitting ventures. To Bo, every box is one size fits all.

Watch Bo contort, pull, and wiggle his way into a teeny box. Totes adorbs!

 

 


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Latest Lice News

Back to School Nightmare: Lice
School means contact. Contact means sharing. And sharing isn't just about toys. Children don't have to be reminded to share when it comes to cooties, colds and flus. No parent is happy about sharing when it comes to discovering your child has head lice.
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Waukee Parents Start Petition Regarding School District's Policy on Head Lice
An online petition is gathering signatures from parents in the district who want to see the district's policy changed so parents are notified when a case of head lice is reported in their child's classroom or school. The petition states, "This petition
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Head Lice Reported at Eason Elementary in Waukee
"We have several cases of head lice in the Before & After School Program that have been reported to me already this school year," wrote Grevas. "We currently have the head lice 'health alert' sign posted near the sign-in/out table so that you are aware
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New ‘Kittendle’ E-Reader Now Available [PHOTO]

Kitten in a book

 


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Dog Health Problems-could Someone Help Me Know How Serious This Is/what is Wrong?

I came home today to my 11 year old, female, American cocker spaniel trembling and having trouble walking. We just recently moved back to the States from Germany and we are currently staying at our family's house. She seems to be having a lot of pain getting up or moving from laying or sitting down and when she walks she arches her back upwards and walks with her two back legs stiffly and closely positioned together and her tail tucked tightly (she rarely tucks her tail). I have felt all over her body and nothing seems to be sensitive. At first I thought that maybe she had pulled a muscle jumping up on a bed or slipping on the wood floors but I don't think she would have to arch her back if that was the case, so that leads me to believe it is something more serious. I also did take her on a 3 mile walk this morning but she was eager the entire time and showed no signs of slowing down/pain. She also had some slight hip problems years before but they were never much of a problem and I am wondering if it has gotten worse. I'm extremely worried because she is getting pretty old and I would just like for her to be comfortable. If anyone could tell me how serious this is or even what it seems to be and how I can help ease the pain that would be such a help!

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"She seems to be having a lot of pain getting up or moving from laying or sitting down and when she walks she arches her back upwards and walks with her two back legs stiffly and closely positioned together and her tail tucked tightly (she rarely tucks her tail"

If one of my dogs had those symptoms, they would already be at the emergency vet. Yes, she IS in pain and needs to have the problem diagnosed. To happen so quickly, I'd suspect an injury–might be something minor, or might be something serious like a ruptured spinal disk. If nothing else, she needs painkillers and probably steroids.

There is nothing you can do to ease the pain, since you have no idea what is causing it.

Source: Dog Health Problems-could Someone Help Me Know How Serious This Is/what is Wrong?

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Nice Tick photos

Check out these Tick images:

Tick – Adult Male Lonestar?
Tick

Image by purtycherty
What looks like a ‘cutwork’ pattern is actually a pattern of white spots? Identified using: www.ticktexas.org/ticks/amaa_lone_star_tick.htm

Tick Riders
Tick

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MRP Under Secretary Ed Avalos riding with the Tick Riders along the Rio Grande.

Olive’s Ticks
Tick

Image by Waldo Jaquith
Sixty-odd ticks that I pulled off of Olive, one of the Jack Russells that I found on Thursday evening. It took a half hour to produce these. They represent perhaps a third of the total ticks that I found on her. About the same number were found on the other dog, Dixie.

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“Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet”: Slow Cooked Home Made Pet Food

My veterinary medical education was slanted towards diagnosis and treatment and not nutrition and prevention. That’s the way vets are trained. Don’t expect your vet to embrace home cooking. We were trained to advise owners to stick with “complete and balanced” commercial food. When I started re-learning nutrition 10 years ago, I had no idea that would lead me to home cooking for my dogs. In fact, I’ve been trying to entice my cats to eat some also!  I know there are already lots of cookbooks out there, filled with healthier alternatives to commercial pet foods. What makes my perspective and recipes different?

My recipes are different because they take minutes to prepare and cost less than better commercial pet foods. Many pet food recipes are more time consuming and use a variety of costlier ingredients. My perspective as a veterinarian helps people choose hypoallergenic ingredients to help with allergies. I use simple wholesome ingredients and a slow cooker to slowly cook the meat and veggies and soften the bones.  That way the veggies absorb the flavors of the meat and the bones are soft and safe to eat!

In fact in my new eBook, Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet, I have recipes for weight loss, skin and ear issues, and even diabetes, pancreatitis, and seizures. They are actually based on a few ingredients that you combine in different percentages to help with the medical problem. I even have a recipe for slow cooking pig’s feet, so that dogs can get all the goodness from eating bones, cartilage, and ligaments easily prepared and fed in small cubes ….just like treats! Did you know that Glucosamine and Chondroitin (pills often prescribed for arthritis) are just components of bones and joints? Why buy pills when you can make your own nutritious bony treats!

Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet is a great addition to my book Dog Dish Diet. Together, they tell you how to feed both your dog and cat to avoid common medical issues like skin and ear problems , urinary problems, obesity, and diabetes.

Reasons the recipes in my new eBook ,Feed Your  Pet to Avoid the Vet ,may help your pets:

Your cat is suffering from diabetes or urinary issues.

Your dog has chronic skin or ear problems

Your dog or cat is overweight

Seizures, diarrhea, arthritis, bladder stones and other medical issues are also helped by a hypoallergenic, moist, home cooked diet

My new eBook is available at

http://mcompublishing.flyingcart.com/?p=detail&pid=9&cat_id=0

and at amazon.com

You’ll never have to worry about the ingredients in your pet’s food when you buy and cook them yourself!

You’ll be part of your pet’s health care team. The slow cooking recipes help cure and prevent many health care problems!

I have been cooking for my dogs for years and I will never stop! I think that healthful, homemade, foods prevent so many chronic medical problems and may even help our pets avoid cancer!

 

Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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Update on Jim Sak and Snickers

Clearly a deadly creature

Last week I posted twice about Jim Sak and Snickers, his service dog that happens to be pit-bull-shaped.

Aurelia IA has a breed ban and ordered Snickers out of town, literally under pain of death. This is, of course, in direct conflict with federal law with regards to service animals and despite the fact that Mr. Sak has had Snicker for more than 5 trouble-free years. Snickers is pit-bull shaped, and no amount of common sense, evidence or facts is going to get in the way of Aurelia Iowa’s city government.

For example, here’s a very revealing quote from a story on MSNBC.

City Council member Jeff Bowen refused to answer questions about whether he thought the City was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities act. “Well I guess the attorneys will have to figure that out” Bowen told us, “I don’t have any comment.”

Wow. Nothing like standing up for yourself and your opinion. (Really. It’s nothing like it at all.)

See an update here:



Tomorrow there will be a hearing in Sioux City (which also has a failed breed ban of its own, BTW.) It’s possible that this hearing will result in Mr. Sak having his service dog returned immediately. It’s also possible that it will result in more delays or just a temporary decision.

Aurelia’s city government has refused to respond to request for comment, so there’s no reason to believe that they will go down without a fight.

Until this is resolved I am going to continue my fundraiser. While Mr. Sak’s legal representation is being supplied pro bono, Animal Farm Foundation has already provided housing and care for Snickers for over a week, and they still are a worthy beneficiary of our donations anyway.

Please chip in!



Update on Jim Sak and Snickers is a post from: Dog Spelled Forward


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Lice: Myths & Facts part 1 of 2 – natural treatments

The Mamarama Crew gets head lice: How to treat without harsh pesticides. Promoting Hair Fairies
Video Rating: 3 / 5

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