Sunday, November 23, 2014

Early Winter Safety: Exploring New Territories

To the West of our property there is a large swamp. Well, thanks to busy beavers it's really a lake. Which is great, normally, as it serves as a natural boundary for most part of the year.

Now, with the cold weather, the swamp is frozen.

Frozen enough to appear solid but not enough to trust it.

Before, when Cookie went on her hunting trips, she never got into the swamp, simply because the critters didn't. Now it's a different story. I'm sure that a deer or a moose wouldn't venture across. Something smaller, though ...

The other day, both Cookie and JD went chasing something and ended up on the other side of the swamp.

Fortunately, both the critter and our guys made it safely. But we had to rethink our daily routes.

In order to play it safe we decided to stay as far away from the swamp as possible and had to make trails through parts we've never been to before.

Cookie and JD think it's a great adventure.

Exploring new territories is great fun for them. And we keep safe distance from the swamp. Which has to be pretty far because Cookie can fly through the bush at nineteen miles an hour. I kid you not. She could be on the other side of the swamp before we'd even notice she was gone.

Sometimes she reminds me of Crocodile Dundee. You're looking at her, she's right there. You blink and she's gone. Just like that. Before you'd even know to call her back it could be too late already.

Until the lake freezes solid, we'll be staying away.

After it does, then it'll be a whole new fun, making snowmobile trails for the guys.

Related articles:
From The End Of A Lead Line To Casa Jasmine: Meet Cookie, Our New Adoptee
Creative Solutions And An Incidental Product Review
Taming Of The Wild Beast: Cookie's Transition To Civilization  
Staying On Top Of The Ears: Cookie Is Not Impressed  
Who's Training Whom? Stick And Treat 
Observation Skills Of Dogs  
If You Want Your Dog To Do Something, Teach It  
Tricks? It's Not Just About The Tricks 
What Constitutes The Perfect Dog?
Are Dog Training Classes Really For The Dogs?  
Look Where You Want To Go: Finding My Reactive Dog Training Zen Zone? 
Dog Training And Emotions 
Dog Training And Emotions: Postscript
Dogs Love Sentences In Question Form?
Not All Dog Trainers Were Created Equal Either 
A Thought On Separation Anxiety
Happy One-Year Adoptoversary, Cookie!
About Freedom, Trust And Responsibility: A "Pilot Study"
So, We Have A Bear 
About Happiness: What Makes Your Dog Happy? 
Our Example Of The Use Of "Look At That" (LAT) 
Why Do Dogs Dig?
Who Is In The Wrong?
Your Dog Wants To Follow You. You Just Gotta Be Going Some Place
We Still Have Two Dogs: A "Pilot Study" Part Two  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tremors In A Dog: Snail Bait Or Other Toxin


Dr. Greg Martinez, DVM is a proponent of home cooked diets for dogs. He believes that feeding dogs differently  may prevent or help with chronic medical conditions like obesity, skin issue, ear issues, digestive problems, diabetes, mild seizures, and bladder crystals and stones.

He is the author of Dog Dish Diet, Sensible Nutrition for Your Dog's Health.
You can connect with Dr. Greg on Facebook or Twitter.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Veterinary Highlights: Extending Dog's Lives?

It is a fact that keeping your dog slim can add two years to their life. Good diet, healthy lifestyle, all those things contribute. But we can extend our dogs' lives only so much. In fact, we can mostly just strive not to shorten it.

Dogs' life span is just too short.

Could there be something done about that? What if dogs could live longer? Not by prolonging life, but by extending its prime? Giving our dogs a few extra healthy, vibrant years?

I would have loved it so much if Jasmine could have been with us longer, while healthy and enjoying the extra years to the fullest.

Researchers at the University of Washington are raising money and recruiting dogs for a study that might extend dogs’ lives.

They want to test an existing drug, which had been used in humans to prevent organ transplant rejection and to fight cancer.

At low doses, this drugs slows aging in mice. 

Is a drug the answer? I don't know but it would be nice. Should we mess with nature? I don't know but it would be nice.

The study should start in next six month. To find out more, visit Dog Aging Project.

Source article:
Researchers testing drug that might extend dogs’ lives by 15 percent

Further reading:
Dog Aging Project
Rapamycin - the first drug to extend lifespan from yeast to mammals
Rapamycin: Limited anti-aging effects
Resveratrol and rapamycin: are they anti-aging drugs?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Primer On Skin Fold Infections (Pyoderma)

Written and reviewed by John A. Bukowski, DVM, MPH, PhD
and Susan E. Aiello, DVM, ELS

Skin-fold infections are very common in dogs.  

Folds in the skin create a moist environment that favors the growth of bacteria.  Infection of the skin folds is common especially in wrinkly breeds such as the bulldog, Shar Pei, and pug.

Obese dogs are also at greater risk of pyoderma because of the folds produced by excess fat.  

The skin folds around the face, lips, groin, armpit, and mammary glands are often involved.

When suffering from pyoderma, a dog's infected skin folds appear moist and red.  

Pustules may develop and discharge a thick, whitish material.  The infected skin may have a foul odor.  Dogs with pyoderma may lick or scratch at affected areas.  Diagnosis is based on physical examination.

In mild cases, the hair is usually clipped and the area cleaned with a mild soap.  Topical preparations containing antibiotics and often corticosteroids are used to provide local relief.  In more severe infections, oral antibiotics and other medications may be needed.

Skin-fold infections frequently recur, and diligent home care is the best defense against future problems.

Skin folds should be inspected regularly, and these areas must be kept clean and dry.  

Your veterinarian can recommend a cleaner that can be used on a routine basis.  Weight loss can play an important role in overweight pets. 


Visit WebVet for a wealth of information about the health and well-being of pets. All medical-related content on WebVet has been veterinarian approved to ensure its timeliness and accuracy.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tira's Struggle With Genetics

Tira is a beautiful Pekingese, born in a puppy mill. Her parents got her from a pet store, unaware of where she actually came from.

Tira's problems started early on.

Her third eyelid prolapsed when she was just a few months old. Their vet removed it, sentencing Kira to life time of dry eye.

Then Tira's shoulder luxated and it turned out that both of her shoulders were unstable. She had surgery on the worse shoulder and another surgery was in her future.

Then, a congenital deformity in her spine led to an intervertebral disc prolapse which left her unable to use her back legs. With treatment she regained some mobility but never fully recovered.

Seizures were next on the menu. During diagnostics it was discovered that her liver was too small for her body and when it couldn't keep up with the workload, the accumulated toxins resulted in seizures.

On top of all that, Tira suffered with frequent urinary infections.

Tira was brought to a holistic vet to see whether there was some way to help her out, particularly with the seizures.

Tira was put on liver support to assist detoxification. She was also put on a novel protein raw food, antioxidant rich diet.

The sad state of Tira's musculoskeletal system also needed to be addressed. Additionally to the abnormalities, she was suffering from results of major compensation. Tira was started on physical therapy, chiropractic care, laser therapy, acupuncture and supplements.

Tira responded to the protocol well.

Her seizures went away. She responded well to the physical therapy and her quality of life improved dramatically.

Full story:
Tiramisu, a Precious Genetic Disaster

Do you have a story to share?

Your story can help others, maybe even save a life!

What were the first signs you noticed? How did you dog get diagnosed? What treatment did/didn't work for you? What was your experience with your vet(s)? How did you cope with the challenges?

Email me and I'll be happy to publish your story.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Adoption Monday: Wanda, Labrador Retriever Mix, Deerfield, NH

Check out this lovely girl at Mary's Dogs Rescue and Adoption!

Wanda is wonderfully SILLY! 

She's about 8 months old and weighs 32 lbs. She's a "mix of a mix", but it seems she got the best traits possible!

Wanda is a happy, friendly girl. All she needs now is a family to make laugh.

Wanda is spayed, house trained and current on routine shots. Want more info on Wanda? Call Mary's Dogs: or send along an email:

Ready to bring Wanda home? Tell us about yourself and your interest in Wanda in the adoption questionnaire. Check out all the wonderful dogs on Mary's Dogs Facebook Fan Page.


Mary’s Dogs rescues and re-homes dogs and puppies from Aiken County Animal Shelter, a high-kill shelter in South Carolina, USA. They also serve as a resource to communities in Southern New Hampshire and pet owners nationwide by providing education and information on responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spay/neuter, positive behavior training, and good nutrition.

Don't forget to check out Mary's Dogs Shop where you can shop dog and support their work!

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