Friday, October 6, 2017

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Pets

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term used to describe disorders that involve chronic inflammation of your digestive tract that normally affects humans however, this digestive disorder is also common to pets. This disease is defined by an accumulation of inflammatory cells in the lining of a pet’s stomach, small intestine and/or large intestine that caused digestive distress.

Common signs of IBD include chronic vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea and loss of appetite. If IBD is affecting the large intestine, signs include diarrhea with or without blood or mucous present, straining to defecate and increased urgency to defecate.

To diagnose IBD accurately the veterinarian will need to perform a biopsy of the intestines and/or stomach. It can be done through surgery or by using an endoscope, an instrument used to examine inside a pet’s body. Once the biopsy is completed, a pathologist will confirm the diagnosis by examining the cells.

The causes of IBD are still undetermined by veterinarians. However, IBD is suspected to be a result of an abnormal response by the body to certain intestinal bacteria or proteins in a pet’s diet.

Treatment of Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) includes dietary changes and medication. Dietary change is recommended if your veterinarian believes a protein in the diet is causing the inflammation. Changes to the diet can also encourage nutrient absorption and easy digestion. The veterinarian may recommend limiting certain food ingredients or provide you with a recipe for homemade dog food.

Common medications which veterinarians use to treat IBD include anti-inflammatory drugs such as prednisone, and antibiotics such as metronidazole or tetracycline.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Johnson & Johnson Heiress Caught Trying to Kick A Horse on Video

Jazz Johnson Merton, social climber, Johnson and Johnson

Jazz Johnson Merton, social climber, Johnson and Johnson

Johnson & Johnson heiress Jazz Johnson-Merton in the video below have been caught trying to kick her show horse. She was competing in New York at the Hampton Classic Horse Show last September 1 when she was thrown from her horse, Joe Cool. The evidently angry and disappointed Jazz apparently lost her cool and try to kick the horse in the stomach.

The 36-year-old New Jersey-based socialite then dragged the horse off of the course.

The equestrian lifestyle mag spoke to one of the event's judges, Chris Wynne, who recounted what happened.

"She got up, lost her temper and tried to kick the horse in the stomach. I’m not sure she made contact, but then she trotted the horse out of the ring, in hand, and I watched her from the judge’s booth go into the schooling area to see if she was going to do something, and she didn’t. She got a leg back up, jumped two jumps and came back in.”

A report was filed with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). The USEF told Fox News: "US Equestrian is aware of the incident with Ms. Johnson-Merton at the Hampton Classic and have received the official steward’s report. We are currently in the process of reviewing the report at this time. "

Johnson-Merton co-authored the book "The Social Climber's Bible," where she is described as belonging "to the most exclusive clubs in the world."

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Audible for Dogs Happy, Calmer Dogs

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Audible for dogs is a device to calm stressed dogs, it's specifically designed for your canines. It relaxes them even if their owners are not at home. Playing music works for other dogs but according to a 2015 independent academic study listening to audiobooks gave better results compared to music in reducing stress in canines.

Audible teamed up with the "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan to conduct their own research in which they studied 100 dogs in partnership with Millan’s Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita, California and the results were outstanding they found that 76% of participating dog owners noticed that audiobooks helped their pets chill out.

Dog owners can also listen to Cesar Millan’s new Guide to Audiobooks for Dogs, which is both written and narrated by Millan for initiation purposes. Other audio book titles includes Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood voice by Trevor Noah; Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, voice by Rosamund Pike; and W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Purpose, voice by William Dufris. Each title features a special video introduction by Millan, in which he explains why the book is suited for the dog.

Also according to Audible’s research, dogs prefer narrators of the same gender as their primary owners, and books played at normal volume on an in-home listening device.

You can purchase Audible titles separately or you can tap into Audible content through a monthly $14.95 subscription, which includes one credit per month that can be applied to any audiobook, regardless of price, plus other discounts. The books recommended for dogs are priced the same as other Audible titles. Check it out here!    

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Evacuating with pets, what you need to know!

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For people who's going to be evacuating please be aware that you will be separated from your pet if you evacuated from Corpus Christi to San Antonio via the city's arrangements. Evacuees who have pets with them were greeted with the option to check their pets in for free care during their stay at a local shelter. The good news is you can visit with your pet anytime you want.

Free shelter was being provided to the pets of Hurricane Harvey evacuees from affected areas throughout the state. Pet owners are having a hard time to let go of their pets, rest assured their pets will be well taken cared of since all the staff at (San Antonio’s Animal Care Services) are actually very passionate pet owners.

The animal shelter will be able to hold up to 165 dogs, plus cats, reptiles, birds and exotics, said San Antonio Animal Care Services assistant director Shannon Wade Sims.

Awareness of the plight of animals in the path of a devastating storms has greatly improved since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when an estimated 250,000 dogs and cats were displaced or died as a result of the storm, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Many people in New Orleans also opted out of evacuating because they did not want to leave their pets behind as animals were then barred from shelters.

Legislation passed since now requires authorities to include pets to existing federal guidelines for disaster planning, said Dick Green, senior director of disaster response for group.

Many hotels and some public transport systems now relax pet restrictions during such emergencies, while officials have stressed in public messaging the importance of evacuating with animals instead of leaving them behind.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Old Dog Seizures Possible Causes

Old Dog Seizures, dog health, pets

If your old dog is suddenly experiencing seizures that never happened when they where young, it is often times a result of other conditions like the following:

1. Brain tumor - Brain tumors often develop later in a dog’s life. Both cancerous tumors (otherwise known as Neoplasia) and non-cancerous tumors can cause your dog to have a seizure, as they put pressure on the brain. If your older dog is having a seizure for the first time, it may be an indicator that a tumor is present. Other symptoms that may happen include a loss of vision and motor coordination. If your vet suspects your dog has a brain tumor, he will most likely recommend diagnostic tests like an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or CAT (computed axial topography). Anti-convulsant medications will not control seizures caused by a tumor.

2. Kidney disease - Like heart disease in humans, kidney disease in dogs is the main cause of “dying of old age” in dogs. In the advance stages of kidney disease, seizures can present themselves. Dogs that have a buildup of toxins in the blood or high levels of acidity due to kidney disease can also experience seizures.

3. Diabetes - if a dog with diabetes has a seizure, it's usually due to an insulin overdose not because the condition has been left untreated. Diabetes that is left untreated will cause stupor or coma, not seizures.

4. Cushing's Disease - While Cushing's Disease (also known as hyperadrenocorticism) is not typically a direct cause of seizures, some of the circumstances surrounding the condition can lead to seizures. In most cases, Cushing's Disease is caused by a lesion in the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. The majority of these tumors are microscopic in size, however there are cases where larger tumors (known as macroadenoma) can sometimes get big enough to put pressure on the brain and cause seizures.

What to do if your dog has a seizure

The first thing to do is to prevent your dog from injuring himself. Dogs can either experience a single convulsion (usually lasting for a minute or two, and doesn't happen again for at least 24 hours) or multiple, continuous convulsions. The latter is most serious and requires immediate veterinary attention. In the case of continuous convulsions, you should gently restrain the dog so it can't injure itself by placing a towel over it. Don't put your hand on the dog or in or near its mouth - you may get bitten. Once you've restrained the dog, get to the vet immediately.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Airlines That Are Pet-friendly List

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With more people deciding to take their pets to travel with them more airlines are adapting and some are even encouraging people to bring their pets with them to travel on a plane. However pet-friendly airlines do have rules and restrictions, some airlines offer options for pets to fly, but may restrict any number of pets, including short-nosed dog breeds or those traveling with flyers under age 18. Other airlines restrict times you can travel with a pet. For instance, American Airlines don't allow pets to fly on the airline when the forecasted temperature is above 85F at any location on the itinerary, while Alaska Airlines restricts pet travel on certain holidays.

Here are pet-friendly Airlines:

1. Jet Blue JetPaws Program - they are the to Airline in pet travel. Jet Blue charges a pet fee of $100 each way and allows one pet in a carrier per passenger. The pet is considered carry-on luggage and can not exceed 20 pounds along with the carrier.

Jet Blue's JetPaws program also include a special bag tag for you carrier and your pet can also earn 300 extra TrueBlue points on each flight segment you take together. Unlike most airlines that allow pets, Jet Blue allows you to book pets online. Or, you can call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583).

2. United Airlines - they allow domesticated cats, dogs, rabbits and birds (8 weeks and over) to travel accompanied in the aircraft cabin on most flights within the U.S. An in-cabin pet may be carried in addition to a carry-on bag and is subject to a $125 service charge each way.  For pets not allowed for cabin travel, they offer PetSafe, which includes plane compartments pressurized the same way as the cabin, airport-to-airport delivery for animals and features a 24-hour live animal desk and gives owners the ability to track pets. You can earn 500 MileagePlus award miles for each PetSafe shipment within the U.S. and 1,000 miles for all other shipments.

3. WestJet -  They allow domestic cats, dogs, rabbits and birds to travel in the passenger cabin for a fee of $50-59 each way, and $75-$90 if they become part of "checked baggage." The allowances for pets traveling as checked baggage are also more generous compared to other airlines. Pets that can fly as checked baggage include birds, cats, chinchillas, dogs, guinea pigs, hedgehogs and rabbits, and the airline allows 100 pounds for the pet and kennel combined. In addition, one passenger can check up to six pets, so WestJet is ideal for the multi-pet traveler. Space for pets cannot be reserved online. To add your pet to your travel plans you will need to contact them at 1-888-937-8538 (1-888-WESTJET).

4. Virgin Atlantic - the airline only allow cats and dogs on flights, and restricts short-nosed breeds. They offer Flying Paws scheme which means traveling with pets earn Flying Club miles. The fee for traveling with pets depends on the size of its travel box, and you will need to call their Shipping department before you book your tickets.

5. Alaska Airlines Fur-st Class Care - they allow small pets in the cabin for $100 each way and larger pets in the baggage hold.  All pets traveling in the cargo compartment on Alaska Airlines, (including flights operated by Horizon, SkyWest and PenAir) will be required to have a health certificate dated within 10 days of outbound travel and 30 days of return travel.

Monday, June 26, 2017

How to Get Rid of Fleas From Pets

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If you notice your pets scratch more during warm weather it may be fleas. Flease are persistent irritants for your pets. You'll notice that fleas run around your pet's tail, belly, and under arm. If your pets have flea you will notice flea poop which are dark specs the size of grains of pepper. To check to see if it actually is fleas you can place the flea dirt on a sheet of white paper and apply a drop of water. Since fleas consume blood, some of that blood is excreted and the flea dirt appears red when the drop of water is applied.

Fleas thrive in warm, humid weather so this time of the year for flea infestation. However, since many pets reside indoors, fleas also can be a year-round problem, contaminating both your home and your yard. Flea can be the source of FAD (flea allergy dermatitis). If those fleas cannot find a good blood meal in your pets they usually feed on humans. A flea infestation in and around your home may result in you getting bit, which can cause an allergic response.

Anyone who has ever dealt with a flea infestation knows they can be difficult to eliminate. Areas of the home and yard that support flea development are the pet’s bedding, furniture cushions, carpeting, area rugs, flower beds, gardens, dog houses and spaces under decks and porches.

To control and get rid of this pesky fleas, they must be removed from all sources, which includes those reside in your pets, the home and the yard. If you have more than one pet, it’s likely they all have fleas. Be sure to treat your pets simultaneously. An integrated flea control program includes good sanitation and treatment of the pet and the environment, along with follow-up treatments.

For a flea program to be successful, it must involve a thorough cleaning to remove the eggs, larvae and pupae in the pet’s environment. It also includes a complete and proper application of flea control products as prescribed by your veterinarian. Groom your pets with a flea comb dipped in soapy water to reduce the number of adult fleas.