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Dogs Win At The Oscars

March 3 | 3 Comments

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Thanks to Ellen DeGeneres dogs win at the Oscars this year with  donations to help feed homeless dogs.  I’ve always liked her but now I like her that much more. Celebrities already have so much stuff so why not use their gift bags to help make a difference in the lives of shelter dogs.  After all, we know there are so many dog loving celebrities out there who have adopted rescue dogs and would love to help out those who still need homes. Even if you lose at the Oscars you still come home a winner.

Being nominated is much cause for celebration. No one wants to lose. However, this year, celebrities who don’t take Read more

Dog Allergies: New Miracle Pill or Nightmare?

golfence_DSC3876Our Bernese Mountain dog, Goliath, has allergies during certain times of the year that are out of control.  Because these types of dogs are prone to cancer we are very careful about giving him steroids but last fall we did have to do a short round since nothing was working. It was so bad he was gnawing at himself relentlessly and had chewed himself raw in some spots given himself an infection. We only used the steroids for about a week  to give him some relief so that we could get rid of the infection and allow him to heal.  After that we went back to the allergy pills and topical sprays. You can only imagine how excited I was to learn about a new pill that was being used for dogs that have allergies.

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The Games Veterinarians Play

February 20 | 2 Comments

While mom is at the vet’fecalIMG00136-20120402-1635s office waiting for Goliath she’s looking for something to kill a few minutes and this is what she finds. What kind of sick game is this? If anything you would think they would have a game of Operation lying around somewhere. But this? The rules aren’t even clear, what score do you need to win? That is all.

Woof!–Kensy, The Dog

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14 | 1 Comment

Have a Happy Valentine’s DaypatcarIMG00309-20100826-1207…From Your Dog.

Woof! -Kensy, The Dog

Not Happy With Your Vet?

February 11 | 2 Comments

We had a vet that we went to for over 10 years and were very happy. Unfortunately everything changed about six months ago when she left the practice. Although there was another vet there she wasn’t ‘our’ vet and we didn’t have the relationship with her that we had with ours.  Since we had been with this practice for so long, the staff was practically like family, we decided to stay. However, after visiting the new vet on a number of occasions my husband and I just weren’t happy, we decided it was time to search for a new vet. Way Cool Dogs shared an informative article on 5 warning signs to look for that you may need a new vet.

To find a new vet mgotconeIMG_7337ay be necessary from time to time for pet owners. Taking your pet to the veterinarian is a stressful time for both you and your furry friend, and having a vet you can trust is essential. Not all vets, however, are equally competent to properly care for your dog, cat or other pets.

 Here are five warning signs that should send you running to find a new vet. Another warning sign is when your instincts tell you something is wrong with how your vet cares for your pet.

A dirty environment in a vet office

One of the most obvious ways to spot a less than desirable vet is to look around the office and examing room. Vet facilities that are dirty or dingy usually mean there are deeper issues brewing in the practice.

A dirty vet clinic puts your pet at greater risk of contracting infections and diseases. While you are at the vet, checking floors and exam tables for cleanliness as well as making sure instruments are properly sterilized will help you ensure facilities are in the right shape to care for your pet. Any problems in this area are a clear sign that you need to start vet shopping.

Inappropriate handling of pets

If you are at the vet, chances are you have a sick animal in a certain amount of pain. Animals in pain behave much differently than healthy pets. They are more likely to lash out.

A good vet must know the basics of animal behavior and how to appropriately handle sick animals. If your vet is too rough or shows any signs of practicing inappropriate behavior modification, begin your search for a new vet.

Vets who rush pets through

If the vet is good, their office will be busy. This does not mean that they should rush through the examination in order to get to the next patient.

A good vet will hire on more staff to accommodate increased demand or refer new patients to an excellent colleague. Do not go back to a vet that acts as if your pet is an inconvenience or worth only a few moments of attention.

Disregard details about sick pets

While your veterinarian should be an expert on animal behavior, each pet has a distinct personality.

You are the expert on what is normal behavior for your particular pet, and your vet should take that into consideration. If your vet ignores your details regarding strange and unusual behavior your pet is exhibiting, it is time to switch clinics.

A well-qualified vet in your area, like Markham vet clinic Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic, will know the importance of getting detailed information on any out of the ordinary behavior from your pet. This will allow the most accurate diagnosis and care for your pet.

If your vet seems uninterested in these details, consider not returning again.

Pushing pet products

A good vet will make recommendations and referrals for products they think will be healthy and helpful to your pet.

Ethical vets will never make recommendations for products that are useless or not good for your favorite animal. If you find your vet making a hard-sell on a product, they may be receiving a kickback from the company. If you suspect your vet is making inappropriate recommendations in exchange for money, you should immediately find a new vet.

The health and comfort of your furry friend should always be the top priority of your veterinarian. If there are any signs to the contrary, do not hesitate to find a vet that cares. Finding a vet who truly understands and cares for your pet is worth the effort you invest to find a new vet.

 Samantha Stainsburry is a student at the University of Virginia, where she is studying nursing. She has an energetic 2 year old pet boxer named Gilligan and a love for other people’s cats. Information on proper veterinary treatment credit of Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic.

In our case it wasn’t any of these specific things that made us want to change.  The relationship with the new vet was just not a good fit, the trust and level of comfort we had with our old vet wasn’t there. We started asking friends who they were using and even spoke to our holistic vet to see if she had a recommendation. After deciding on a few possibilities I went to meet with them.  Yes, you have every right to ‘interview’ a potential new vet. We have now found a new vet who we feel is the perfect choice for our furry family.

 

 

 

A Walk In The Park

poopsIMG_0881We had a great walk today. Mom was especially happy because we hit the poo trifecta. You know, all three of us took a poo a in the woods. If you poo in the woods and no one is there to see it did it happen? Whoops, got sidetracked. Anyway, Goliath took an extra so there was a bonus poo. This makes mom happy because it’s less for her to scoop in the yard.

The good thing about walking with Goliath is that you always know when he is going to poo, he has his own built in warning system. For the first poo he’ll fart a few times. Sometimes you don’t hear them but trust me when I say you know he did. Mom can confirm this because she is usually walking behind him.

If there is going to be a bonus poo from him this is when the early warning system really comes in handy. Why? Because this one has the consistency of mud and I won’t even discuss the smell. You don’t want to be standing close. You’ll know it’s going to happen because you’ll hear a squeak sneak out followed by a loud fart. Next you’ll get a loud squeaky fart and then lookout.

So us pups were happy because we got a ride, fresh air, and exercise. Mom was happy because she doesn’t have to clean the yard giving her the night off. And dad was happy because mom was happy. He’s a smart man. It was a good day for everyone. That is all. Woof! – Kensy, The Dog

Working Class Dog

Pondering: I just found out Goliath our Bernese Mountain dog is supposed to be a working dog. Kind of ironic because the dog hasn’t worked a day in his life. They originate from Bern, Switzerland where thgolIMG_0085ey pulled carts carrying cheese. I can see Goliath in the cart eating cheese, maybe a cracker or two, but that’s about it. Working at stealing food, yes, pulling it around…nope I don’t see that happening. I’m just sayin’. Woof! -Kensy, The Dog

Doggy Kisses – Valentine’s Day Dog Treat Recipe

February 5 | 1 Comment

Funny Dog Blog Valentine Dog TreatIt’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means doggy treats for your pooch.  What better way to make it fun than by making your very own healthy treat for your furry Valentine? Sprialina Kisses are easy to make and a great way to show your love.  As an added bonus this dog treat recipe also helps to counteract nasty doggie breath. Dr. Ernie Ward provides the recipe.

These no-bake treats feature spirulina, a protein-packed blue-green algae that contains an incredible concentration of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Because it is a great source of chlorophyll, it can also help freshen your pet’s breath and keep him healthy all year long. It’s smooch time, if you ask me.

Spirulina Kisses

 You’ll need:

1 ripe mashed banana

1 1/2 Tablespoons spirulina

1/2 cup oat flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 Tablespoon coconut oil – extra virgin unrefined

2 Tablespoons freshly ground flax seeds

1 Tablespoon ground sesame or pumpkin seeds

 To make this recipe:

Combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Roll out a teaspoon of the dough into a ball and shape like a “kiss.” (If your dog prefers a crunchy treat, bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.) Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Makes up to 24 healthy kisses. 25 calories per serving (1 treat).

 Remember to keep treats to less than 10% of your pet’s daily caloric intake to maintain a healthy diet.

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Dog Sled Taxi Service Begins In Norway

Funny Pet News Dog Sled TaxiIt’s tough out there my friends. Trying to get a job in this global economy can be tricky, especially if you aren’t human.

Heaven knows I’ve tried to get a piece of the proverbial pie, but alas I sit here jobless, just blogging for free as fast as my paws allow me.

I’m not alone. My brothers and sisters (Goliath, Kensy, Bethany and Mothball) are all takers from society too, only able to give back oodles of love in return. If only there were a way to earn some coin and get some exercise as a bonus. Too bad we don’t live in Norway to qualify for a cool job.

A dog sled picked up the first two passengers from Kirkenes Airport on Wednesday morning, taking them on a 45-minute trek through the snow to the nearby Kirkenes Snow Hotel.
“It was a fantastic trip back ,”  said Ronny Østrem, the hotel’s chief executive and the driving force behind the idea. “We met a hundred reindeer on the way back as we were driving south, and we had he sun right in our nose. It really felt good to get started.”
To launch the service,  the first of its kind in Norway, the hotel needed to secure the backing of Norway’s defence services, the local municipality, and the authority that oversees  reindeer in the region.
“Hopefully in a few weeks, we will offer this as an exclusive transfer from the airport, directly to our snow hotel, and it’s going to be offered for everyone,” Østrem continued.
He said he hoped that the service would encourage more tourists to come to Kirkenes.

The taxi trip will not come cheap, however, with Østrem estimating it will cost some 2300 NOK ($372) at a time.

One word of caution, the meter is always running so those pee breaks can really add up the charges.

Most Popular Dog Breed – Labrador Sets Record

Funny Dog Blog Labrador PuppyI’ll be the first to tell you, mutts get no respect. We’re the Rodney Dangerfield of the canine kingdom.

This is true even though we are healthier, happier and in most cases better companions than our well heeled superiors, or so the snooty folks at the AKC would have you believe.  This begs the question, aren’t designer dogs (Schnoodle anyone) really just mutts? Just because my old man was an amorous Chow on the prowl, and my mom an easy Golden doesn’t invalidate my ‘designer dog’ origins, or those of my many dog park friends. So let’s be clear, mutts are always the most popular breed, check any shelter.

Anyway, everybody loves a Labrador which we all knew. Yeah they’re smart, energetic and good looking. No doubt that’s why they’ve won the award 23 years in a row, but what is most surprising in this year’s announcement is the rise of the French Bulldog in popularity. I don’t care how much fine wine and cheese they consume, their farts don’t smell any better than mine. Ever watch a bulldog put a square peg in a round hole? Yup, not too bright. And do these guys ever shut up? Yap, yap, yap.  Of course my jealousy may be tainting my view of the breed so take it with a grain of salt, or better yet a Milkbone.

Here’s the story so you can see where your favorite breed ranks.

The Labrador retriever is the most popular dog breed in the United States for the 23rd straight year, but the French bulldog has gained ground by leaps and bounds, the American Kennel Club said on Friday.

Labrador retrievers enjoy the longest consecutive reign of any dog in the annual ranking compiled by the American Kennel Club, or AKC, which bases its list of the most popular breeds on the number of dog registrations across the country.

The German shepherd took second place, followed by the golden retriever and the beagle, respectively. Breeds pulling ahead in the pack included the Doberman pinscher, which scurried past 20 other breeds to 12th place and the Great Dane, which made an 11-place jump to 16th.

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