I’ve written about the evolution of the domestic dog before. What makes this such a great time to be a dog science geek is that in the few years since I wrote that post there’s been a lot of new research and new thought on the topic.
This is one of those subjects that is probably never going to be completely settled, at least not without time travel — and even then we would need a lot of luck. Chances are there was more than one "domestication event" and each one had likely slightly different factors contributing to its genesis.
This infographic, from The Uncommon Dog explains domestication with a bit of a hybrid view between the "adoption" theory that was very popular until relatively recently, and the self-domestication theory that I wrote about before (and still find more believable than adoption.) It’s an interesting take on the origins of the domestic dog.
Here’s the graphic. Enjoy! (Click for the full size version on the orginal site.)
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Many times veterinarians assume a case of diarrhea, an itchy ear or two, a hot spot, or a rash and hives is due to some infectious agent. I used to feel that way too. These days I spend a lot of time going over recent changes in food or medication to make sure that recent food or medication changes aren’t causing itching, pain, nausea, or the runs.
Treats and chews are the first thing we talk about. Recent changes in commercial treats(wheaty biscuits) , chews (steer penises, beef skin , pig ears, wheaty pill pockets, and dyed wheat gluten dental biscuits) can cause diarrhea, gas(farting), anal gland pain and infection, itchy red ears, hives, and swollen faces and lips. Don’t always expect your vet to link symptoms with treats. Vets aren’t taught this in school. Our education is more geared to worms, giardia, and bacterial infection(food poisoning from eating garbage) and flea allergy dermatitis. The more I ask about treats and chews, the more I find I can help problems from happening again and again.
Recent applications of topical flea control can make a pet feel “under the weather” or can result in an itchy spot, hotspot, flaky spot, or hives in the area or elsewhere. If your pet “breaks out” monthly or is nauseous or has diarrhea after flea control, change the type(oral, topical) or ingredient. Many brands can have the same ingredient. For example, the ingredient in Frontline, fipronil, is now being sold under many different names and packaging. Oral flea medication can give some pets indigestion, nausea, or cause hives. Remember…each pet is an individual and medications may affect them differently. Just like in their 2 legged friends, any medication may not sit well with them! ( I’ve found that feeding more oils in the diet helps pets fight off fleas. Check out Dog Dish Diet and Feed your Pet to Avoid the Vet.)
Medications such as NSAIDs for pain can cause vomiting, diarrhea, internal bleeding, or organ problems (liver, kidney,stomach). For example, my dog Tucker had a surgery and 2 days later became sick to his stomach and vomited several times after eating. He was taking antibiotics along with an NSAID, but as a precaution, I stopped giving him the NSAID (Previcox). He felt better right away. I elected to give him Tramadol for the pain instead of the NSAID…just in case he was sensitive to it. I couldn’t bear it if a medication I gave him for pain, harmed him!
If a pet feels sick after taking medication, always question the NSAID first, then the antibiotic, or other medication. Never give aspirin or prednisone along with a prescribed NSAID. Combinations of NSAIDS and steroids can be dangerous. Combos of NSAIDS and steroids like prednisone or dexamethasone increases the likelihood of side effects. The literature suggests very stressful surgeries may also lead to increased side effects when NSAIDS are used I am always careful with my dosages of NSAIDS with stressed or older animals.
A dog or cat can vomit, develop diarrhea, or not feel well after receiving other drugs like clavamox, doxycycline, enrofloxacin, or cephalexin antibiotics, ketoconazole for yeast infections, heart drugs, or cyclosporine for allergies.(To name the most common ones) If mild, the nausea or soft stool may pass, but trying another medication or lowering the dose may help. Giving medication with a food or treat may help reduce symptoms. Putting the pills in a small amount of food, a piece of a chicken or turkey hot dog, piece of cheese, slice of deli meat, or spoon of peanut butter may help. To help with mild nausea, you can use pepcid AC, 10mg once daily. ( Check out Dr Greg’s 11 Practical Home Remedies for others!)
Prednisone will cause a pet to drink more water and pee a lot more. Some pets will become ravenously hungry. Others may act “spacy” or subdued. You can always ask your vet if you can reduce the dose and/or use every other day dosing. I’ve found that some pets need much lower doses than those I was taught to give. A German Shepherd really improved when the prednisone dose was dropped from 40 mg to 10mg every other day. That dosage is much lower than the usual prescribed dosage…but it worked! She must have not read the formulary!
As always I’ll finish by advising a really good hypoallergenic commercial food for allergic dogs (fish/potato, rabbit/potato, or venison/potato) or home cooking to find out which ingredients help your pet feel the best. Then you can continue home cooking or mix home cooked food with the commercial food with the right ingredients! If your cat is obese, or to prevent or help with urinary problems, feed canned food or home cooked food. (Feed your Pet to Avoid the Vet has home cooking recipes for cats)
Dog Dish Diet teaches you about ingredients and how to add healthy oils and foods to the right commercial dog food. It also teaches you to cook an easy, simple, inexpensive, slow cooked meal. Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet teaches you how to slow cook for your dog and cat with more recipes.
We’re so proud to work with Glee star Jane Lynch on not one but two projects that Halo is sponsoring, the PBS special “Shelter Me” and the K9s for Warriors national media tour.
Actress and animal advocate Jane Lynch is hosting the 2nd episode of the emotionally charged PBS television special “SHELTER ME: Let’s Go Home”. SHELTER ME is an inspiring series that celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories about people’s lives being improved when they adopt a shelter pet.
Also at the AnimalFair.com’s LA Bark Business Benefit, Jane Lynch introduced the event’s K9s For Warriors graduate rescued service dog Apache. K9s For Warriors is dedicated to provide service canines to our warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress.
Jane is also a big supporter of PETA and using her voice to speak up on the importance of spaying and neutering animals and how it saves lives.
She gained fame in Christopher Guest’s improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show. Notable awards she has won for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester in Glee include the Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film, and the People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress.
Watch video – Fox’s Glee Star Jane Lynch talks to Animal Fair about her leading loves:
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Many dogs, regardless of breed, can experience carsickness on either short or long trips because they are not able to adjust to the shifting movements and varying speed of your vehicle when riding in your car or truck. Sometimes even a smooth ride on a relatively calm auto trip can upset a dog’s delicate digestive system.
Car (or motion) sickness is caused by an over-stimulation of a dog’s inner ear and it can make a dog feel miserable. But did you know that stress can also make a dog carsick because many dogs associate car travel with an embedded memory, like an unpleasant trip to the vet or being left at a kennel overnight or for a longer period of time where they experienced separation anxiety. Also, if a dog is young and has ever been frightened by a noisy truck or car, he may become stressed when experiencing the same situation while traveling in your vehicle.
The most obvious symptom of car or motion sickness is vomiting. Your dog may also pant more rapidly than usual, salivate, or pace nervously by your car before you even load him into it. If your dog exhibits behavior like this before you even start the engine, it’s likely he’s not going to enjoy the ride and there’s a good chance he’ll get carsick.
Most dogs eventually outgrow motion-induced carsickness, but if you find that your pet is still having a particularly hard time traveling in your car, try using a natural supplement such as Calming Soft Chews from DogsHealth.com. These specially formulated chews have high potency natural ingredients that are properly formulated for optimal results. These chews will help your dog relax whether traveling or staying at home. Calming Soft Chews help with separation anxiety, nervousness, and pacing. They are a safer solution than over-the-counter products that can cause drowsiness in your pet.
You can also prepare your dog for traveling by car if you do not give him any food or water just before you leave on a trip. A dog will travel better if you give him just half or a fourth of his usual serving of food before you leave. Make plenty of rest stops if you notice your dog exhibiting any of the signs of car sickness. You may need to stop occasionally and take him on a short walk, or a little longer walk if he seems unusually stressed. This will give him an opportunity to walk off the stress.
If you have found other useful ways to handle car sickness in your dog, please feel free to share that with our other readers. They would appreciate it.
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Today I’m teaming up with Nine West and VSP Direct to talk to you guys a little about how the right frames can complete any personal look when it comes to fashion (and how eyewear is the only fashion item for which you can get insurance!). I’ve mentioned a few times here on the blog that I am all sorts of near-sighted and wear glasses most of the time. Thankfully, I love the look of a good, chic pair of specs and fully believe that they can make really great accessories. Not so thankfully, my health insurance does not cover vision, and for many years, I’ve been forced to pay out of pocket for my exams, lenses and frames (which if you don’t already know are not cheap).
Lucky for me, I recently signed up for VSP Direct. Their individual vision insurance is super affordable, and gets you access to a large selection of frames from classic styles to modern, trendy ones (including dozens of top brand names – woohoo!). Paying for glasses out of pocket can cost hundreds of dollars, and like I said before, glasses are truly the only fashion item that can be covered by insurance. So for me, it made perfect sense to take advantage.
Here’s some more information on VSP Direct, in case you want to check them out (which you totally should):
1. They are the nation’s only not-for-profit vision care company, and they have spent a whole decade developing high-quality, affordable individual plans that are now available in every state. Pretty impressive.
2. Know someone who needs vision care? You can purchase VSP Direct insurance benefits for yourself or as a gift ( for as little as 41 cents a day or $ 16 a month!). Love this idea.
3. Coverage includes the eye exam with a low co-payment, provides allowance for glasses or contacts (with fully covered lens options).
4. They have the lowest out-of-pocket cost in vision care with a typical annual savings of $ 227 (woot!).
5. They offer 30,000 providers, which makes them the largest doctor network in the industry.
Do you wear glasses? Does your healthcare cover vision, and if not, have you ever considered an individual eyewear insurance plan?
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