What You Should Know About Dog Ticks and Lyme Disease

What You Should Know About Dog Ticks and Lyme Disease
Not Lyme, thankfully, but dog ticks can give you Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can be just as serious, and even fatal. Despite the name, this infection happens throughout the country, though most cases occur in five states: North Carolina
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Retired hero – Sacramento police dog Bodie – fathers five healthy pups
Bodie, the Sacramento police dog shot and critically injured by a suspected car thief, is busy with fatherhood in retirement. The German shepherd is the proud father of five puppies born Thursday. Mother pooch Brixi vom Valkyre is doing well after
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Nov 23, My computer searches for AAFCO and I end up here

Well I was just wondering if your site hacks into peoples computers telling them to go on this site? Because my computer keeps typing in AAFCO and other
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NINJA KITTIES! By: Team Goo’s Dillon Piper

Here’s a blog from Lucy Goo Pet Sitting!

Team Goo’s Dillon Piper

Ninja KittyCats are one of the most mysterious house hold pets we have come to know. From their sandpaper tongues, lighting fast speed, incredible flexibility, and intelligent minds, cats prompt a list of questions from many pet owners. Lucy Goo Petsitting is here to help you with some of your questions, and figure out some of the “whys” and “hows” of our feline friends.

Kitty… how do you fall upside down and land on your feet… ALL THE TIME?!?!?!?!?!?

A cat’s lack of a collar bone and a very loose jointed flexible spinal cord are the culprits here. This anatomy allows cats to possess a trait called “Labyrinthine righting reflex” or “righting reflex”. Essentially, righting reflex allows a cat to squirm into a centered, orientated position feet first and upright as close as twelve inches to the ground (sNina Kitty 2econds from landing) so they land on their feet. This reflex starts developing about four weeks after birth and completes development at about nine weeks. This might make you wonder why you may have seen cats fall from rather great heights and still seemingly be okay. This comes down to three things:

  • The density of a cats bone structure
  • Their leg muscles and joints
  • The height at which it fell or jumped

A cats bone structure is very light in weight and its body is covered in soft fur so the velocity a cat obtains as it falls is rather light compared to heavier animals. Interestingly enough, when cats are falling they spread their body out similar to a skydiver and reduce their speed and increase drag. This also helps slow down the velocity at which they fall thus reducing the force of impact. A cats muscular legs also soften their landing quite a bit as well and provide good shock absorption protecting the rest of the body. Cat’s joints can bend sideways to help soften impact with the ground. That said, there is a limit. A cat falling from heights greater than one hundred feet may still land on its feet, but will likely suffer internal damage or broken bones. Take my word for it, please.

Furry Fury!

Now let’s talk about their reflexes in general. Those lighting fast paws or their dead sprints in the blink of an eye. Back to what I mentioned earlier, cats are natural born killers. Cats are the traditional hunters of rodents and insects since their known origin to man. Everything about their anatomy says so and that’s why they are so fast and agile.

  • Their senses and body weight
  • Neurological system

Cats have very acute senses of hearing, smell, and sight. These senses greatly attribute to their reflexes. Since these senses are so heightened cats can anticipate much faster than many animals which naturally causes a faster reaction and thus a faster reflex. A healthy cats light weight anatomy again Ninja Kitty 3attributes to how quickly a cats reflexes are because they are moving much less body weight than other animals. Lastly, a cats reflexes are also so fast because of their neuro system. Almost all living things have a brain and neurological system. Animals have axons which are basically parts of our neuro system that send our muscle reactions to our brains through the nerves throughout our body. How quickly these “messages” are sent is relative to how thick the axon is and how far the message has to travel. Cats have thick axons (thicker than humans) and small bodies which both attribute to their speed and reflexes. All of these things combined make for those cute little ninja cats that we adore so much!

 

With this extra kitty-cat knowledge, take some time to watch your cat in a new light today…you could probably learn a ninja move or two! ;)


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James: Faith Becomes Real by Carole Arceneaux (Book Review)

James: Faith Becomes Real by Carole Arceneaux My rating: 4 of 5 stars A verse by verse study of the Book of James, I found this to be a good bible study for those who are interested in studying a book of the bible, but looking for a study that is a balanced of being…



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The Story of Lucy

Have you seen this news from the Wichita Eagle? Little Lucy, a Dachshund, dug her way under the patio, but was unable to get out…FOR THIRTEEN DAYS! Are you sure you’re not part cat, Lucy? We’re glad you’re out and feeling better! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Old White Dogs

I always wondered why after risking our lives on the Pacific Coast Highway for 7 months and 1,700 miles the media really didn’t give a shit and now I know.

Read this article http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-rethinking-muir-20141113-story.html#page=1
Well at least you clarified that for me why we matter so little in your existence.  We’re old white dogs.  

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

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Dec 4, Wanting to make my own dog food

Hi, I just watched a video on the truth behind dog food and dog food manufacturers… I cried like a baby (I’m a 40 year old man). It’s a sin the lies
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How to Remove a Tick [DermTV.com Epi #512]

There are all sorts of different “remove a tick quick” schemes floating around, ranging from burning them to smothering them. But do they really work? In this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz…

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Shelter Sunday: Friends Fur Life Rescue / Berkeley Springs, WV

Meet Louie! Louie is a Black and Tan Coonhound living in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, with Friends Fur Life Rescue. Here’s what their website has to say about him: He is crate trained, 90% housetrained and loves kids! Louie came to us from a high kill shelter in Southern WV when his life was about […]


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Do No Harm

I always assumed my experience as a veterinarian would serve me at some point when I needed to navigate the human healthcare system. The similarities between veterinary training and medical training, after all, lend themselves to a good number of similarities: how to read scientific articles critically. How to read an MRI. When to call the office and say, this prescription doesn’t seem quite right, is this what you wanted?

The similarities are all well and good, but I never understood, in the marrow of my bones, until recently that what would serve me best was our differences.

We MDs and DVMs are both given an ethical mandate to ‘do no harm’, which we as communities hold dear. Our duties to our patients are guided by this overarching principle; we look to it for direction in complicated cases, fall back on it when we feel conflicted about a request, and hold it like a flashlight when we shine a light into the cave of an uncertain future, looking for direction.

But oh, do those lights shine in very different spectrums.

Recently, a man in Russia volunteered to become the subject of the very first head transplant, an idea that leaves most of the world recoiling in horror. “There are some things worse than death,” said many of the neurosurgeons commenting on the piece.

As a veterinarian, I agree. We veterinarians occupy a strange place in the medical field in that most of us view it as not only an option but often a moral imperative to ease the pain of a traumatic death process through pharmacologic means. We are precise in our process, with the goal of minimizing stress and pain. We view it not as causing death, but as easing an uncurable pain. In this, we view our fulfillment to do no harm.

But in the human medical field, the prevailing attitude is by and large that hastening death is, indeed, harm, and anything we do to prolong a life is conversely fulfilling their requirement to do no harm, no matter what it does to a person or family in the process.

Even if it is multiple craniotomies.

Months of chemotherapy.

Daily radiation therapy with a bevy of ill effects. And you have to get screwed down to the table wearing one of these while they shoot brain shrivelling radiation beams at your head:

radiation mask

Not to cure a disease, but to make a patient breathe one more day, for better or for worse. It is the second most common utterance to me in my hospice work: we do better with our pets than we do our people when it comes to end-of-life decisions, and truly, friends, we really do.

I was recently-by invitation- listening to a doctor outline just such a series of events and possibilities to a patient who didn’t want to partake in them, who has been looking- without success- for someone to say, it’s ok to say no to months of hospital visits and yes to fewer days filled with this:

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Plenty of people do want everything we have to throw at disease, and more power to them all. Thank God for modern medicine. But when did it become not only an unthinkable mistake, but an outright affront to the medical community to say, “thanks but no thanks”?

Searching for information on hospice and palliative care has been as challenging as getting bootleg rum during prohibition, furtive conversations in hallways and whispered hints at such necessary things as family support and respite care, secondary concerns far down the to-do list after scheduling yet another CT. I never knew how much of an afterthought the emotional wellbeing of the patient truly is in many medical decision making processes.

“So what if they don’t want to do this?” I asked.

“Well, this is the standard of care,” the resident responded.

“And if they choose not to do this?” I asked again.

“Why wouldn’t you?” he said, dumbfounded. He never did give me an answer.

Do no harm.

 

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