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*Vet Stuff Home Page

Vet Stuff Home Page contains links to all the handouts in this section with an excerpt from each article. So much to write about. . .so little time!

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*What I Do, How I Work

The body is like an onion in that it has a healthy core. We build layers of dis-ease on top of that healthy core until sometimes we can have as many 8 layers of disease. These people are REALLY sick. Most of us don’t have that many layers. The body innately knows how it wants to be healed. The trick is to listen to the body’s wisdom. When the body wants something fixed in a specific way, sometimes it will not let the body know the deeper or less important causes until the major—most important ones—are attended to first.

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Aggression in the Dog

. . .She came forward and reached for their food—John firmly said “down” –down she went! She’s never minded him before. She was up and tried it a couple more times before our bread was finished—each time I had the boys give the command and she obeyed. Afterward she received her meal happily. How fascinating to watch her respond like that—to see her grappling with the switch of power. . .

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Animal Communication Stories

I use kinesiology (muscle testing) to talk to the animals. If you don’t know how to do that you can use the Indian method of testing: Ask a yes or no question, if your body shifts forward the answer is yes, if your body shifts in the backward direction the answer is no. It’s best to ask the question out loud to your pet. It’s a bit slow, but with practice you can figure out how to get the answers with greater speed and accuracy. Once your pets know what is going on they will make direct eye contact and you can actually see a sparkle in their eyes.

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Best Bones for Dogs

Chewing bones can provide health benefits for your dog. They keep the teeth clean and keep the dog busy. The chewing stage of the dog will generally last from birth to two years of age. The following tips. . .

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Best Friends

I once attended a lecture by a famous psychic. I had been standing in line for about 40 minutes consoling a woman whose dog had passed over. She worried about it’s soul wondered if it would be in heaven. About the first comment out of this psychic’s mouth was that animals did not go to heaven so just forget it! She later wrote a book on how she communicated with animals in heaven. Hmmmm. In it for the money? I wonder. . .

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Big Dogs in My Life

I swore I would never have a big dog in my house. When my sister and her husband first got their huge Doberman, Big Red, we all fell in love with him, especially my five-year-old daughter, Kami. I like Big Red–as long as he lived in somebody else’s house. I could imagine a fluffy little lapdog in my old age, perhaps. But not a big dog, ever. Then a terrible thing happened. Big Red was dognapped.

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Bird Cupcakes

This is for high-energy in the winter. A suet treat in a decorator cup. They don’t last long around our house. The Blue Jay’s screech like birds of prey to scare the smaller birds off so they can gobble these things up. One cupcake lasts about 6 minutes. They get one/day because they’re just piggy about these things!

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Blood Type Diets for Dogs

My border collie indeed does best on chicken and barley and get diarrhea with lots of other foods. She also prefers cooked vegetables over raw and won’t eat fruit. I noted that lots of breeds test they need parsley as a mineral and detox food and the breeds Kate Solisti listed seem to be right on with my muscle testing. I do believe Kate is onto something here. I read a couple of blogs pooh-poohing her article, but I’ve noticed over the years that most people who are naysayers of the Blood Type Diet 1) Have never read the book and 2) have never tried the diet for three months. So, really I believe their opinions can be invalidated. The Blood Type Diet seems to be a great diet for a majority (not all) of my client-base. I think I’ll compare this chart to my canine cases and see if I can add anything to it.

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Blue-Green Algae Toxins in Water

Idaho Fish and Game cautions that hunters using dogs early in the bird seasons need to be careful about allowing their dogs to drink from algae-contaminated pools. In recent years, at least one hunting dog has died and others sickened after drinking from stagnant pools

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Canine Influenza

Until such time as a vaccine is developed for canine influenza, a strong immune system will be your dog’s best defense against infection. For those of you who would like to be prepared, get a bottle of Pet Vaccinosis Nosode drops. These drops will help detox the negative aspects of all vaccines. The drops should be given orally for two weeks prior to vaccination and up to two weeks after being vaccinated. They can also be used for the treatment of many of the diseases that you are vaccinating for and as a substitute for vaccines.

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Cat Facts

Did you know that cats are either right or left-handed, can run up to 31 miles per hour, that they like their food at room temperature (the temperature of freshly-killed prey), that they have a territory of 150 acres, that they only spend 30% of their time awake, and that each square inch of their coat contains 150,000 hairs? You do now. Here are more facts on cats. . .

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Certified Organic and Natural Feed Nutrition Integrity Survey

My girlfriend Skeeter Lynch and her husband Phil Gage used to sell certified organic chicken feed. Skeeter is quite a gal and spent oodles of time searching for just the right feed for her pampered chicks (which is where I got my chickens). Now, Michael and I have tried to cut back a time or two and purchased some organic feed from a different source but the girls just turn their noses up at it. This particular food is that good.

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Cheyenne and the Human-Animal Bond

Something had to be done and it was up to me to do it. The next day I sat down with the phone book and methodically called each of the mental health clinics listed in the Yellow Pages. I explained my problem to each of the sympathetic voices that answered in vain. Just when I was giving up hope, one of the voices suddenly exclaimed, “I just read something that might help you! Let me go get the article. . .” I listened as she read. The article described a remarkable study done at a nursing home. All of the patients were under treatment for chronic depression. Yet their attitudes had improved dramatically when they were given responsibility for a dog.

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Copraphagia (poop eating) and Puppy Advice

Friday we picked up a female German Shepard. Dixie is 7 weeks old and doing great. She appears to have been the runt, but she has a great personality. Can you tell me why she eats her own poop? Also, can you tell me about some of the basics for puppies?

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Dog and Cat Struvite Diet

My biggest problem with homemade diets is that the client starts out with the best intentions so adds all the ingredients, but by the time they’ve done this time-consuming cooking for 3-4 weeks, they run out of an ingredient. The animal seems to do “just fine” without the missing ingredient and they intend to pick it up at the store the next time they are in that area, but often forget.

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Dog Biscuit Recipes

Homemade Dog Biscuits can be modified by adding those ingredients your pet is not allergic to. The flours can be intermingled and you can use organic ingredients. This may be a good way to incorporate some herbal preparations your naturopath recommends as well! Store in the freezer or make sure they are good and dry so they don’t grow mold.

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Dog Food Recipes

Examples of a homemade dog food recipe. Note that each dog is different with different health concerns and often it is better to have the diet modified by a qualified veterinarian/healer to muscle test the exact needs of your pet.

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Feeding Dogs Table Scraps

Fatty scraps are never the best choice. Dogs should get only lean meat scraps. No chicken bones, rib bones, or cooked bones that will splinter and puncture the gut. Raw and cooked vegetables and some raw fruit a few times each week will also keep your dog healthy so she/he will live a long life.

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Flea Control

AN EFFECTIVE FLEA CONTROL PROGRAM MUST INCLUDE ALL ANIMALS IN THE HOUSEHOLD AND THE ENTIRE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THE ANIMALS LIVE (INCLUDING YOUR CAR). Many people only use one product at a time, which is NOT effective. You must treat the animal, the house, and the yard all at one time to get this challenge under control.

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Fly Bots (Warbles or Cuterebra)

Cats and dogs get infected with bots by eating rodents, rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels. Usually these critters are kind of slowed down because the larvae have migrated into their nervous system and they can’t get away as quickly so are easier to be caught. The problem is that when our pets eat these infected animals they can become infested by both the larvae of the fly AND they can also get weird bacterial infections from the rotting flesh that they’ve eaten.

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Hairless Cat with Red Lines:

My friends in Russia have a Donskoy (hairless cat) that has these red lines. They are not ring worm. The vets do not know what it is. It is also seen on hairless cats in Canada & France. The vets don’t seem to know what to do about it. I’ll attach pictures. It appears on the underside of the cats and sometimes up the sides.

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Holistic Pet Tips

Natural wormers: They usually don’t work very well. Tobacco causes violent abdominal cramping in hopes of causing the worms to shake loose from inside the small intestine. Don’t do it. It is mean and dangerous! And cats won’t put up with you putting anything down their throats that tastes bad once let alone dosing them daily for 3-4 months which is how long most natural worming takes.

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Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Home-prepared foods for our animal companions, ideally with organic ingredients that were locally produced, are important because you then know what your animal is being fed if a food-related health problem such as an allergy to a particular ingredient or digestive upset were to arise. Most processed commercial pet foods contain all kinds of human food-industry by-products and ingredients considered unfit/unsafe for human consumption.

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Hoof Challenges in Horses

She was concerned that she was getting too much sugar in her diet, as there had been times when I had suggested things for Destinee which made Jessica cringe (knowing all that she knows) but she follows through, one being that Destinee needed 3 cups of whole re-cleaned oats for 2 months. Jessica suspected that Destinee is a Insulin Resistant/Metabolic prone horse so this went against all the current advice out in the “horse world.” She went ahead and fed the oats, but was worried that with the oats, carrots, and apples as well as other fruits the guides said Destinee needed it may be causing what seemed to be going on! Each horse is an individual, and some of the IR/Metabolic horses may in fact need oats!

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How to Apply Poultice and Bandage to a Dog Paw

Dr. Moffat demonstrates how to apply a poultice to a dog’s paw, how to use Vet Wrap and how to tell if you’ve done an adequate job. She also gives tips on how to check the bandage to make sure there is no infection.

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How to Bathe a Cat

Preparation for bathing your cat. Getting the stuff together that you’ll need, testing water temperature, types of shampoos and combing your cat out prior to bathing.

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Hyperthyroid Cats

Many years ago my own cat Callie had been losing a bit of weight each year even though her dietary intake had not changed. She started to drink more water and seemed a bit nervous to me. I palpated her neck and thought I felt an enlarged thyroid gland. She had started getting very vocal and was wandering around the house at night meowing for no reason ( a symptom that veterinarians often miss) so I did an x-ray on her, a urinalysis to check for kidney function and turned in blood work to check overall health and for hyperthyroidism and renal failure. Sure enough, her thyroid levels were off. She was hyperthyroid.

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Iguana Lizard Care

Healthy lizards should be luminescent green and have a filled-out appearance with plump legs and tail. They should resist being picked up and should run lifting their whole body off the ground. They should have a bowel movement once daily. There should be no lack of appetite, head tilts, sores, or swollen limbs. See a veterinarian trained in exotic medicine for any abnormalities. Iguanas usually do not do well with and accept other lizards in the same cage. They should have a place to hide within the cage. You may use plants, pots or boxes for this.

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Inappropriate Elimination Questionnaire

Inappropriate elimination is a big and annoying problem. The sooner we get to the core cause the happier your household will be. Filling out this questionnaire before you consult with me or see your local vet with save hours of time plus we can help you figure out the problem faster—so that cuts down the expense. We’ll need a floor map and questions answered about environment, type of litter and box, how many pets are in the home and a good history.

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Inappropriate Urination in the Cat

A 1996 study determined the most common behavior-related cause for surrendering a cat to a shelter was inappropriate elimination. Several million pets are euthanized each year in animal shelters across the country for behavioral problems. Inappropriate urination is the most common behavioral problem that leads to euthanasia. Let’s discuss what it is, why it happens and empower you to be that investigator that we need to help you.

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Keeping Cats Off Counters

Does it gross you out to know that you may be eating cat germs with your food because you can’t keep your cat off the kitchen counter? Well, here’s a fantastic tip that will cure that problem. Works every time.

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Lice and SimpleGuard3

Hi Denice! Went to the vet with the dogs a coupla weeks ago. Checkups, shots, etc. You were right, it was lice (no, we typically don’t have fleas in Alaska). And way to go! I casually mentioned the juvenile cataracts to the vet and she sees no sign of it! ‘Just a...

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Lick Granuloma in Dogs

Lick Granuloma or Acral Lick Dermatitis is a real challenge for us in the veterinary world. . .at least it was for me until I entered the Alternative Medicine world and found the core cause of this problem. Let me show you how to fix this without spending hundreds of dollars and wasting lots of time. . .

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Magic Moment with a Manta Ray

I had not seen this animal before. There was something else odd about her. I just couldn’t figure out what it was. Once my brain clicked in and I was able to concentrate, I saw deep V-shaped marks of her flesh missing from her backside.
Other marks ran up and down her body. At first I thought a boat had hit her. As she came closer, now with only ten feet separating us, I realized what was wrong. She had fishing hooks embedded in her head by her eye, with very thick fishing line running to her tail. She had rolled with the line and was wrapped head to tail about five or six times. The line had torn into her body at the back, and those were the V-shaped chunks that were missing. I felt sick and, for a moment, paralyzed. I knew wild animals in pain would never tolerate a human to inflict more pain. But I had to do something.

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Natural Rat Care

I focus on prevention and environmental manipulation including cleanliness, good food, proper bedding, a variety of things to eat (fresh and sulfite-free dried fruits and vegetables should be represented in all the colors of the rainbow), and then if necessary, support the immune system with fresh herbs (they like chewing on the stems of fresh herbs such as parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme) and homeopathics to kill those bacteria. . .

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Old Tired Dog

An old, tired-looking dog wandered into the yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home. He followed me into the house, down the hall, and fell asleep in a corner.

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Organic Bug Spray

You can purchase an herbal bug spray called Buzz Away in your local health food store. A little goes a long way, and it’s quite effective. The animals don’t really like it and try to get away from it when you spray it on their fur or on their herbal flea collars, but during tick season, it’s worth it. They don’t like the chemical flea and tick sprays either! I think all these sprays intercede with their sense of smell, but it sure does seem to work well in keeping the mosquitoes and ticks off. I spray some on my pant legs before I walk through the forest or to go berry picking.

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Parvo/Bland Diet for Dogs:

The dog will shed virus in its stool for up to three months after recovery, so clean up all piles of poop immediately and put them in the garbage in a plastic bag. Disinfect all areas, blankets/towels and anywhere the dog has been with 1 part bleach to 30 parts water. Scientifically, this seems to be the most effective dilution used in killing viruses. Be an RPO (Responsible Pet Owner). Keep the dog away from other animals for three months. Notify your neighbors to update their animal’s vaccines for Parvo and Corona.

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Pet Friendly Hotels and Motels

A pet-friendly hotel is a hotel that allows guests to have a dog, cat, or other small animal in their rooms. Some pet-friendly hotels do not charge extra for pets. However, many charge either a per stay or per night pet fee. These fees are usually non-refundable. A deposit, on the other hand, will usually be refunded if your pet does no damage. Some hotels are dog-friendly only. Cats are not allowed. Some pet-friendly hotels have a weight limit. Be sure to ask! Virtually all hotels will expel dogs that bark and disturb other guests.

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Pet Loss and the Story of Charlie

Kathy spoke for Susan. “Yes! Charlie was my dog. Charlie is the one I came here to contact. He died two months ago, and I miss him very much.” I could hardly believe what I was hearing. I realized why I was having trouble identifying a person. It became obvious that the information was from the dog ! The dog was showing me things that he understood. “Charlie still sleeps with you at the end of the bed. Does that make sense?” “Yes. He would always come on the bed in the middle of the night. I would wake up and find his head on the pillow next to me.”

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Poisonous Plants for Pets

While in some cases, just parts of the plant (bark, leaves, seeds, berries, roots, tubers, sprouts, green shells) might be poisonous; this list rules the whole plant out. If you must have any of them, keep them safely out of reach. Should the dog or cat eat part of a poisonous plant, rush the dog or cat to the veterinarian as soon as possible or call your local poison control center. If available, take the plant to the veterinarian for ease of identification.

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Prayers for the Animals:

Once a woman in a church I attended asked for prayer for her horse who was not gaining weight. The general consensus was that we should pray for humans, not animals. I left that church. Here are some wonderful animal prayers for those of you who love animals and believe God watches over them too!

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Rabies Antibody Screening Test

Rabies Antibody Screening Many of my own clients have much concern about over-vaccinating their pets for diseases. I also believe that we are over-vaccinating. Veterinarians for decades have used booster shots as part of their ‘bread and butter’. It’s interesting to...

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Rainbow Bridge

The dog asked the cat, “What just happened?” The cat responded, “That was a rescuer. The animals gathered along the pathway bowing in respect were those who had found their forever homes because of rescuers. They will cross over when their people arrive at the Bridge. The arrival here of a rescuer is a great and solemn event, and as a tribute they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue.

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Roping a Deer in Kansas

I had this idea that I was going to rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it. The first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I filled the cattle feeder then hid down at the end with my rope. The cattle, which had seen the roping thing before, stayed well back. They were not having any of it. . .

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Rudolf–the Real Story

Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn’t even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn’t buy a gift, he was determined to make one – a storybook! Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal’s story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling. Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was.

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Spay-Neuter Benefits

So how many dogs does one female cat or dog produce over a 7-year span if she and all her kittens or puppies are not neutered? How many of those live? What are the health benefits of neutering/spaying your pet?

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Stones, Breed Predilections

Lack of water and water sources that are high in minerals are also contributing factors. Like most disease conditions, it is better to prevent urinary calculi than to treat it. It can be prevented by feeding rations which contain a calcium-to-phosphorus ratio of at least 2:1. The ratio of Ca:P should never be allowed to go below 1:1. High calcium diets are effective at reducing the absorption of phosphorus from the gastrointestinal tract. Neither magnesium nor phosphorus should be added to concentrate diets

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Stray Cat Rules

it’s obvious that the person writing this set of Strict, Unbending Rules for Dealing with Stray cats has been adopted by one! They write: Stray cats will not be fed anything except dry cat food moistened with warm milk, yummy treats and leftover fish scraps. Stray cats will not be encouraged to make this house their permanent residence. Stray cats will not be petted, played with or picked up and cuddled unnecessarily. Or given a name, or. . .

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Talking to Your Cat

Where do you like to be petted most? “I like my chest scratched. It tickles. That’s why I try to use my back feet. I like all the other places, too, like the chin, my ears, and tail base. My back hurts a little bit around the bottom of the ribcage. My litter box is too high to jump into and it tweaks it right now. I’ll get over it in a week or two. I don’t like being patted on my back. I love sleeping with mom. I love feeling her breath on my face. I watch her sleep.” (He’s really getting into this interview now! Geez! Talky little critter.)

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The Dog Food Diet

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry and that the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled with my story.)

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The Dog Listener Book Review

Establishing yourself as the leader of the pack must be practiced on four occasions: When the pack reunites for any reason; when it eats; when the pack is under attack; and when the pack goes on a hunt. Jan had an interesting interpretation of separation anxiety. If the dog thinks it is the Alpha of the pack, it feels uncomfortable when you leave the pack (to go to the store, work, outside or even to the bathroom!) If your dog follows you around the house, it thinks it is the Alpha. If the dog destroys the molding of the door or rips out the carpets when you are gone, it’s an Alpha. As an example. . .

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Urinary Incontinence in Dogs

Larger breed dogs are more prone to urinary incontinence and this is usually from lack of estrogen. Black cohosh is a natural estrogen replacement. If this treatment doesn’t work it’s best to take your dog in for a urine test to rule out bladder stones, diabetes or a chronic urinary tract infection although I often wonder if there is an allergic factor involved sometimes like in human urinary incontinence.

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Vaccinating Indoor Only Cats

I once had a cat in my practice (unvaccinated) that killed a rabid bat. This particular cat was a real slobber machine and drooled whenever anyone pet it. It drooled on all four family members who then had to get the rabies shots (at a cost of $3500!)

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Why Dogs Don’t Live As Long As Humans

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why. . .”

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Winter Safety Tips for Animals

This is the time of the year when you want to be diligent about replacing that water for the animals. Dehydration can lead to bladder stones and urinary track blockages. . . Exposure to salt-based ice melting products can cause dogs severe dermatitis, inflammation of the paws and serious gastrointestinal problems including vomiting and internal burns of the mouth and digestive tract. . . This is antifreeze season. Just one teaspoon of this sweet, delectable substance will totally trash your pet’s kidneys causing an agonizing death.

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Xylitol Poisoning in Pets

Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that is extracted from certain fruits and vegetables (Berries, oats, beets, cane sugar, birch and corn cob). It’s becoming a common sugar substitute and is found in many foods including sugar-free gum (Trident, Ice Breakers, Orbit, Nicorette) candy, gelatin snacks, pudding and baked goods. Xylitol is also found in certain vitamin supplements and in toothpaste and oral rinses. Xylitol is estimated to be 1000 times more toxic to dogs than chocolate.

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You Know You’re a Vet Tech if

While out shopping you’ve lectured complete strangers on the evils of products like “Old Roy”, Hartz, and Sergeants. (Yikes—Guilty as charged!) At least one of your pets was once owned by a client, dumped at the clinic, “put to sleep”, and is either blind, three-legged or lame OR have a problem no vet has ever seen before. Every piece of clothing you own is covered in cat hair. You have friends who laugh at your impressions of “kennel cough” and “reverse sneezing”. You get a rash just from looking at a Shar Pei.

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