Monday, June 18, 2018

Adoption Monday: Frodo, Pittie, Killeen, TX

Frodo is a 1-year-old Pittie looking for a forever home.

Adoption Monday: Frodo, Pittie, Killeen, TX

Frodo is good with kids, cats, and other dogs! He is potty trained, crate trained and pretty good on basic commands.

His adoption fee is $150 and includes his neuter surgery, current vaccinations, microchip, heartworm test and 30 days of FREE pet insurance at the time of adoption.


PAWS Humane Society was founded by dedicated animal rescue volunteers to provide a loving environment and veterinary care for the highly adoptable animals in local shelters that otherwise would not have received the opportunity to continue their lives. 

PAWS Humane Society is a non-profit group that relies on donations provided by the public. PAWS Humane Society has no physical shelter location and all of their animals are placed in fosters until their time for permanent adoption comes.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Monoclonal Antibody Therapy, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, and more ...

Canine Lymphoma Update

Dr. Sue Ettinger

"You may have heard it's coming, and now it's here: monoclonal antibody therapy to assist in the treatment of lymphoma in your canine veterinary patients." ~Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM

Monoclonal antibodies lymphoma has been around for people for a while. The exciting news is that now there is a version to treat B-cell lymphoma in dogs.

Even it doesn't replace chemotherapy but it's being used in conjunction with it. The way it works is that it flags the cancerous cells to highlight them to the immune system for destruction.

Further reading:
Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for Canine Lymphoma

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Monoclonal Antibody Therapy, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, and more ...

Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs – When the Heart Becomes Too Big

Dr. Christopher Byers

There is one organ your dog can survive without but the heart is not it. Without a properly functioning heart, blood cannot circulate properly. Blood is what carries oxygen and nutrients to all body cells.

Dilated cardiomyopathy is the most common disease of the heart muscle in dogs. It has a genetic component but nutrition can have its impact as well.

I was going to explain what this condition is but found this fantastic video which does a superb job. I could never possible beat their explanation. If you want to understand what happens with this condition, watch it.

To learn more about this condition, read Dr. Byers' article.

Green Gunk In Your Dog’s Eye – Let’s Talk about “Dry Eye,” or KCS

Dr. Karen Louis

Dry eye is pretty much what it says--a dry eye. However, it can be an incredibly frustrating condition to deal with.

Dry eye is the result of insufficient tear production. The job of tears is to lubricate, debride, and protect the eye. Without that, you end up with inflamed eyes vulnerable to damage and infection. To protect the eyes, the body tries to make up for the lack of tears by producing extra mucus--which is greenish in color. Hence, green gunk in the eyes. Not really the brightest idea.

A diagnosis is pretty straightforward; treatment, on the other hand, far from it.

To learn more about dry eye and what can be done about it, read Dr. Louis' article.

How Do You Know When Your Dog Needs to Go Potty?

Dr. Jean Dodds

How do you know your dog needs to go potty?

My observation is that every dog has their own way to communicate their wants and needs [or not]. Jasmine and Cookie are great communicators. They also know to keep trying different things until one of them works. Jasmine could get quite creative.

JD did okay but had two things to try and when neither of them worked he never invented the third one. Bruin was a terrible communicator. He'd go to the door and stand there. That was it. If somebody noticed, he got to go out to potty. If nobody noticed ... you get the picture.

We tried to help him out by installing a bell on the door. It took Jasmine 20 minutes to figure out how to use it and 2 hours to figure out how to abuse it. Bruin never even noticed it there, I don't think.

Bottom line, you cannot expect same communication with different dogs. There are, however, things you can do to help both of you out.

Read Dr. Dodd's article to find out what her tips are.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Worms in Vomit

Every time my dog throws up I make sure I scrutinize the contents. When I discover something weird-looking, first I try to think of what they have or might have eaten.

Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Worms in Vomit

Over the years I found all sorts of things from sticks, rocks, toy fragments, plastic pieces ... even an accidentally swallowed sock one time. Fortunately, with our dogs, all these things found the natural way out of the system with no consequences.

But what if your dog's vomit looks like they've just eaten spaghetti noodle soup?

If your dog indeed ate some spaghetti and threw them up still recognizable, it can mean a variety of things, which we'll cover next time. This time we're talking about what looks like spaghetti but isn't - worms.

Worms in vomit? Yuck!

Well, yes, but however yucky that is, the bigger problem is where they came from--inside your dog. That's where you really don't want any. But how could worms survive in the stomach? While there is such a thing as stomach worms when you find spaghetti-like worms in your dog's vomit, you are most likely looking intestinal parasites instead, namely roundworms.

How would intestinal worms get into vomit?

They should show up in the poop, come out that way, no?

Dogs are most commonly infected with roundworm by ingesting the eggs in another dog’s poop. After being swallowed, the eggs undergo a strange but fascinating lifecycle that involves migration through the wall of the intestine into the liver and then into the lungs. They are then coughed up and swallowed so they can make their way to their home in the small intestine.

Adult worms actively wriggle upstream, against the efforts of the intestines to push everything downwards towards the pooping end. They usually stay in the intestines, but sometimes manage their way all the way up into the stomach. That's how they can make their way into the vomit.

Roundworms are most common in puppies, but that doesn't mean an adult dog could get infected.

If your dog or puppy has just been dewormed, it is not unlikely for them to throw up a bunch of worms. If they're acting normally, vomiting the dead worms can occur.

If your dog is throwing up worms and has not been dewormed recently, do see a veterinarian.

Why worry about roundworms?

Roundworms are not just gross but can become a serious health threat. Not only they rob your dog of nutrients, but complications include intestinal blockage or pneumonia.

Beside finding worms either in the poop or vomit, other signs can include diarrhea, changes in appetite, lethargy, swollen belly, weight loss, and even coughing.

Puppies are most vulnerable, which is why screening and the de-worming regiment is quite rigorous. When it comes to adult dogs, I don't like fixing a problem I don't have. However, I do believe it is essential to have the stool checked regularly even if I don't see any evidence of parasites.

Related articles:
Symptoms to Watch for in your Dog: Vomiting
What Happens in a Dog's Body with Severe Vomiting?
Why Examine Your Dog's Vomit?
What's in the Vomit?

Do you know what your dog is telling you about their health?

Learn how to detect and interpret the signs of a potential problem.

Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog now available in paperback and Kindle. Each chapter includes notes on when it is an emergency.

Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog is an award-winning guide to help you better understand what your dog is telling you about their health and how to best advocate for them. 

Learn how to see and how to think about changes in your dog’s appearance, habits, and behavior. Some signs that might not trigger your concern can be important indicators that your dog needs to see a veterinarian right away. Other symptoms, while hard to miss, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or limping, are easy to spot but can have a laundry list of potential causes, some of them serious or even life-threatening. 

Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog is a dog health advocacy guide 101. It covers a variety of common symptoms, including when each of them might be an emergency. 

Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog has won the following awards:

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Best Investment in the Relationship with Your Dog is Time ... and Frogs?

What is the secret to developing a strong bond with your dog?

The Best Investment in the Relationship with Your Dog is Time ... and Frogs?

Many things can improve your bond with your dog. Training, walking, play, grooming, massage ... what they all have in common is the invested time.

Time is the secret.

Quality time that is. You cannot have any kind of relationship without time investment. No amount of toys, fancy beds, fancy collars, and outfits can substitute for that.

Why would you even want a dog if you weren't to spend time with them?

With Cookie, of course, we do lots of walking, we do some training and tricks. She'll do the tricks but seems to have relatively low interest in such things. She loves her walks. But what she really wants to do, what she lives for, is hunting something.

She's a Rottweiler, not a Hound?

Yeah, I can tell myself that all I want. But somehow, while she looks like a purebred Rottweiler, there is hound blood running through Cookie's veins.

I could try to keep convincing her that "my" activities are enjoyable. Afterall, if she does those things, she gets treats and praise. But she's just not having any fun.

I decided to become her partner instead.

We go frog hunting together. She's the hunter, and I am her spotter. I can see the frogs better. I'm taller and can see further, and I can see them when they're trying to blend with the weeds. I can tell her where to look for them.

Suddenly, I am useful.

This has improved our relationship dramatically. Not that it wasn't good before. But now it's a completely different level. We are a team. We do this together.

Over time, we developed a whole new communications system. She looks to me where to find them. She learned a whole bunch of new words and sounds I use to explain to here where they are and what to do.

Why should we always expect dogs to do what we want them to?

Why couldn't it be the other way around?

It makes Cookie happy. Therefore it makes me happy. And we became inseparable.

We do other things together too. Mouse hunting, mole hunting ... And I do find ways of making myself useful.

Related articles:
From The End Of A Lead Line To Casa Jasmine: Meet Cookie, Our New Adoptee
And So It Begins Again(?) Our First Health-Related Heart Attack With Cookie 
I Didn't Know I Could Fly: Why Cookie Wears A Harness Instead Of A Collar
C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Chews For Dogs CAN Be A Choking Hazzard 
Our First Health-Related Heart Attack With Cookie: The Knee Or The Foot?
Creative Solutions And An Incidental Product Review
Too Young For Pot: Cookie's Snack With A Side Of Hydrogen Peroxide  
Taming Of The Wild Beast: Cookie's Transition To Civilization  
Staying On Top Of The Ears: Cookie Is Not Impressed  
Putting The Easy Back Into Walking
Cookie's Ears Are Still Not Happy 
The Threat Of The Bulge Is Always Lurking 
Today Is Cookie's Three-Months Adoptoversary  
Cookie Meets The Electric Horse Fence And Her First Chiropractic Adjustment  
Why Examine Your Dog's Vomit? 
Why Is That Leg Still Not Happy? Cookie's Leg Keeps Getting Sore 
Cookie Too Is Insured With Trupanion
Does Being Insured Mean Being Covered? Our First Claim With Trupanion
Is Cookie's Leg Finally Getting Better?
Is Cookie Going To Be Another Medical Challenge Or Are We Looking Too Closely? 
The Project That Is Cookie: Pancreatitis Up Close And Personal  
Pancreatitis: Cookie’s Blood Work   
Another Belly Upset: Pancreatitis Again Or Not?  
Happy Birthday, Cookie 
Incontinence? Cookie's Mysterious Leaks 
Who's Training Whom? Stick And Treat 
Don't Just Stand There, Do Something? Cookie's Mysterious Bumps 
Cookie's Mysterious Bumps Update
One Vomit, No Vomit 
Happy One-Year Adoptoversary, Cookie!
Cookie's Leaks Are Back: Garden Variety Incontinence Or Not?
Cookie's Leaks Update 
Don't Panic, Don't Panic: Know What Your Job Is 
The Continuing Saga Of Cookie's Leeks: Trying Chiropractic Approach 
Cookie's Minor Eye Irritation
Regular Wellness Exam: Cookie's ALT Was Elevated 
Cookie's Plantar Paw Pad Injury 
How Far To Take It When The Dog Isn't Sick?
Cookie Has Tapeworm Infection 
Cookie's Elevated ALT: The Ultrasound and Cytology  
Cookie's ALT Update
The Importance of Observation: Cookie's Chiropractic Adjustment
Sometimes You Don't Even Know What You're Looking at: Cookie's Scary "We Have No Idea What that Was" 
Living with an Incontinent Dog 
Summer Dangers: Cookie Gets Stung by a Bald-faced Hornet 
To Breathe or Not To Breathe: Cookie's Hind Legs Transiently Fail to Work (Again)
Figuring out What Might Be Going on with Cookie's Legs: The Process 
Figuring out What Might Be Going on with Cookie's Legs: The Diagnosis 
Cookie's Iliopsoas Injury Treatment: Trazodone  
Cookie's Iliopsoas Injury Treatment: Other Medications 
Cookie's Iliopsoas Injury Treatment: Laser, Hydrotherapy, and Chiropractic 
Cookie's Recovery from Iliopsoas Injury: ToeGrips 
It Never Rains ... Cookie's New Injury 
Mixed Emotions: When What You Should Do Might Not Be What You Should Do for Your Dog 
Cookie's New Injury Update 
Cookie's Iliopsoas Injury: The Symptoms 
Cookie's Iliopsoas Injury: Battling the Zoomies 
Cookie's Muscle Injuries: What Else Is Going On?
Theory and Actual Decisions for an Actual Dog Aren't the Same Thing: Cookie's Knee Injury
Does Your Vet Listen to You? Cookie's Post-Sedation Complications
Would I Ever Treat a Symptom Directly? 
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment for Cookie's Bad Knee(s)
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for Cookie's Bad Cruciate Update 
Injury or Surgery Recovery: Mishaps versus Setbacks 
See Something, Do Something: Cookie's Lumpectomy 
Cookie's Lumpectomy Update 
Using Pressure Pads to Evaluate Lameness in Dogs: My Observations
Cookie's Musculoskeletal Challenges: What Supplements Am I Using?
Cookie's Musculoskeletal Challenges: Restricted Activity and Weight Management
Cookie's PRP Treatment for Partial Cruciate Tear: Update
Has Your Dog's Physical Therapist Taken Dog Training Classes? 
Cookie's PRP Treatment for Partial Cruciate Tear Update and Considering the Future
Cookie's PRP Treatment for Partial Cruciate (CCL/ACL) Tear and Leg Circumference
Cookie's Wellness Exam
Ticked Off at the Tick Situation: What Do You Use for Tick Prevention?
Ticked Off at the Tick Situation: The Verdict Is In (for Now)
Cookie's Annual Heartworm and Tick-Borne Diseases Test
One Yelp, No Yelp. But Two?
One Yelp, No Yelp - Update
Cookie's Rabies Booster
Is Your Dog Struggling with Weight in spite of Diet and Exercise? Cookie Is Hypothyroid (Part I)
What Does the Thyroid Do? Cookie is Hypothyroid (Part II)
Thyroid Replacement Therapy: Cookie is Hypothyroid (Part III)
Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP) for Partial Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Tears: Would I Do It Again?
Thyroid Replacement Therapy Re-Check: Cookie Is Hypothyroid (Part IV)
Ticked Off at the Tick Situation: Tick Tag Results Evaluation
Cookie's Fur Analysis
Cookie's Fur Analysis: Lithium
You Don't Always Have to See a Limp
It Never Rains ... Though Rain Did Have a Lot to Do with It
All Is Well in Noel(ville)
Dog Care, Trust, and Cooperation
Wellness Exams: Cookie's Latest Check-Up

Monday, June 11, 2018

Adoption Monday: Coal, Hound & Great Dane Mix, Killeen, TX

Coal is a 9-month-old sweetheart. Isn't he just adorable? He is good with kids, cats, and other dogs!

Adoption Monday: Coal, Hound & Great Dane Mix, Killeen, TX

Coal is kennel-trained and currently working on basic commands and house training.

He is neutered and up to date on vaccinations. Coal will make one lucky family very happy by being part of it.


PAWS Humane Society was founded by dedicated animal rescue volunteers to provide a loving environment and veterinary care for the highly adoptable animals in local shelters that otherwise would not have received the opportunity to continue their lives. 

PAWS Humane Society is a non-profit group that relies on donations provided by the public. PAWS Humane Society has no physical shelter location and all of their animals are placed in fosters until their time for permanent adoption comes.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Signs of Heat Stroke, CBD Oil for Dogs, and more ...

Heat Stroke in Dogs: Part 2 

Dr. Justine Lee

If you haven't read part 1 of Dr. Lee's article, I recommend you check it out to learn how you can prevent it in the first place.

In part 2, Dr. Lee covers the signs and treatment. Make no mistake, heat stroke can kill your dog or do severe damage to their body. Heat stroke can be fatal even with aggressive supportive care and treatment.

Know the early signs and what steps to take to prevent a real disaster.

Related articles:
Heat Stroke: What Happens in the Dog's Body?
Heat Stroke Is No Light Matter!
Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment of Heat Stroke in Dogs
Don't Make this Mistake: Ruby's Death to Heat Stroke
Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Mucus Membranes
Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Excessive Panting

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Signs of Heat Stroke, CBD Oil for Dogs, and more ...

Sunglasses for Dogs Aren’t just a Fashion Statement

Dr. Marty Becker

Does your dog wear sunglasses? Voluntarily?

When running through the bush with Cookie, I do, actually, wear protective glasses. After I almost lost an eye, it makes good sense however weird it looks. I did consider the same idea for Cookie, but I doubt she would stand for that. Plus she seems much better at navigating through the obstacles. We do make sure we remove any prickly vegetation, particularly the thorn bushes that keep trying to grow in one area.

As much as Cookie would like the idea, we don't let her stick her head out the window when going for a ride. The reason for that is specifically protecting her eyes from random debris that might go flying by.

Whether your dog would benefit from some protective eyewear depends on their lifestyle and breed. With breeds such as Bulldogs, Pugs, or Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, with their large, protruding eyeballs, you need to worry about eye safety that much more.

Like with everything, it's some food for thought.

What Dog Breed Is Your Vet?

Dr. Andy Roark

I don't know how much useful, practical insight you might get from this video but you absolutely have to watch it because it's a riot.

Uses for CBD Oil in Pets

Dr. Karen Becker

CBD oil is the talk of the town. Can it help our dogs or is it nowadays snake oil? Could it do more harm than good? Those are the questions one should ask themselves.

Personally, I am open to considering it if I felt that it could outperform existing conventional treatments options. Not all conventional treatments are what they're cracked up to be. I am definitely keeping my options open.

In her article, Dr. Becker cites the research that has been done into safety and efficacy of CBD oil treatment for pain, arthritis, epilepsy, and other uses.

CBD (Cannabinoid) Oil in Animal

Dr. Megan Kelly