Pets are an extremely important part of our lives. And this is especially true when we are at the end of our days. What could be more comforting than to have your beloved pet with you? But not everyone in hospice is so fortunate. Illness can be very costly. Some terminally ill people have their pets at their sides but are unable to provide food, general and veterinary care for these sources of solace.
A marvelous organization called Pet Peace of Mind is helping to solve some of the pet care issues for pet owners at the end of their lives. This non-profit organization, part of the Banfield Charitable Trust, needs your help. Help them win a $25,000 grant from Pepsi's campaign called Refresh Everything. You don't even have to drink a soda! With a simple click of your mouse (you can vote up to once daily) you can help this great cause. Go to www.banfieldcharitabletrust.org to learn more.View Thread
I give my Jack Russell terrier a large soup bone. I always thought it was good for his teeth. Here's a short video that you may find very interesting from Edward R. Eisner, DVM, Veterinary Dentist, Denver Veterinary Dental Service, Denver, CO, discussing dental concerns in dogs.
If you have a pet health emergency please call your vet immediately or get your pet to an pet emergency clinic-- please do not wait for an online response before getting your pet medical attention! Your pet's health is important and the pet exchange and pet health center are not a substitute for a visit to the veterinarian.View Thread
1. Click My Exchange Profile. (left sidebar) or My Account (top right corner)
2. The click Change my picture (If you chose “My Exchange Profile”) or Click Edit next to profile picture. (If you chose to upload using "My Account")
3. Click Select Image.
4. Then browse on your computer for the file you want to use.
5. Click Upload.
6. It then will give you the option to crop or to use a portion of a larger picture if you want.
7. Use your mouse to move the gray overlay over the part of the picture you want to use. The darker squares at the corners of the dotted lines can be moved to stretch or shrink the portion of the picture you want to use.
8. Click Save.
9. You will return to either your my Exchange Profile page or your my Account page-depending on where you started. On that page you should see your new photo.
10. Note: It will take four to 24 hours for your photo to change next to your posts in the exchanges.View Thread
I have 2 dogs a Lab/Collie mix and a pitbull. Training my Lab Collie was a piece of cake but i am having the hardest time house training my Pitbull Myleigh. She has been diagnosed with severe anxiety and everytime she has to"GO" she doesnt know how to hold it she just starts shaking and goes where ever she is. Its very strange though because she will go months without a accident and then all of a sudden its a everyday thing. Im trying to figure out how to figoure this out she is the best dog except for this habbit ! Im getting married and my fiance says if she doesnt stop hes getting rid of her. Like i said shes a sweetie just I wish i could figure out something to help herView Thread
The most obvious thing to try is to simply remove the object so that the cat can not get to it. When that is not possible, limit the number of objects the cat wants to chew to as few as possible and use tast aversion on them.
Taste aversion is the use of something that tastes really bad on an object that the cat should not chew on. To help this technique be most effective, start with a product that tastes REALLY bad. There are commercial products available, or you can use a hot pepper sauce. Let the cat smell the liquid and immediate squirt 1 or 2 tablespoons in its mouth. The resulting reaction should be lots of drueling and negative responses. Now coat the object that should not be chewed with the liquid.
The reason this works best can be thought of in human terms. If you eat Chinese food and then get sick, it is a long time before you even think of eating Chinese food again. You have made the connection between the taste and smell of the food with the unpleasant event. That is how taste aversion works for the cat too. They remember the smell and the taste that goes with it and the very unpleasant experience of getting the bad stuff put in their mouth.View Thread
I just conducted a seminar and hands-on demonstration on diagnosis of fecal parasites to veterinarians and technicians. An excellent website for pet owners on parasite control for their dogs and cats, including a great FAQ section is: www.petsandparasites.org Whether your pet is healthy and in for it's yearly exam, or your pet has a medical condition, a fecal examination and possible de-worming may play an important role in the process. There is also a great section on zoonotic diseases (ones that people can get from their pets) which helps to dispel some misinformation.View Thread
Veterinarians are paying more attention to gastrointestinal parasites in pet health and disease. Whether your dog or kitty is healthy and just coming in to the veterinarian for an annual exam, or whether it is sick, particularly with signs of vomiting or diarrhea, collect a debris-free fecal sample in a clean cup or baggie and bring it in. Also, veterinarians often collect urine samples to diagnose urinary problems such as bladder infections, bladder stones, and kidney disease. Oftentimes dogs will urinate right before entering the clinic and there is no sample to be had. It may really be helpful to bring a clean, mid stream catch urine sample along (again in a clear cup with a lid). Your veterinarian will be totally suprised that you thought of this. It may not be a sterile sample for culture, and we may need to get a sterile sample later, but it will be very helpful for crystals, pH, concentration, etc. We will cover urine sample in the cat in another tip. CheersView Thread
Dogs don't read our veterianry books; they are so busy running and playing with their wonderful owners. Cats, well, cats are on the internet while we are away at work or sleeping and gain the knowledge to completely confuse the veterinarian with very unusual signs of disease!! LOLView Thread
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