flea prevention?

Flea Prevention
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Question by ALISON K: flea prevention?
moving to tx from nv. don’t have fleas here. need to know what is best for my cats and dog for flea and tick prevention. is frontline plus and advantage and bio spot. all the same and is it 100% effective. don’t want fleas on animals and freak them out. thanks

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Answer by rafayel
frontline is good. give them spot on treatment once a month for 6 months then every 3 months thereafter. Try using sevin 85 for the environment. hope this helps.

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Clicker Training: Capturing a Behavior and Putting It on Cue

clicker training with cockatiel

Spike gets a treat

There are big changes afoot for me this year, and one of the biggest is more focus on both clicker training and nose work. I’ve posted a few times about nose work over the holidays. (There is more coming.) Here is the first in a series of posts about clicker training.

In November I enrolled in the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Program. Karen Pryor and her students are best known for clicker training. This is a departure for me. I’ll get into what lead me to this decision in a later post. Today I’d like to share some of the fun homework I had over the holidays.

Capturing a Behavior

Capturing is exactly when it sounds like: catching the dog (or other animal) doing the behaviors we’re looking for!

The first step is to figure out what you want to train. This is best done not by deciding what you want and then training the dog, but observing what he does and then decided what we want to work with. What does your dog do on his own, with no encouragement from you? Does he sit? Lie down? Lift a paw? Tilt his head? Any behavior you see can be captured.

Once you have selected the behavior you want, get your clicker, a bunch of treats, a timer, and a pad and paper. If you have not worked with your dog before with a clicker, take some time to click-and-treat, click-and-treat etc., for a few minutes to make sure he understands that a click means a treat is coming.

Now watch your dog. Every time he does what you want click and treat. Here I am starting to capture Buddha’s paw lift:

You want to click *as the dog performs the behavior* not afterwards. It takes some time to get the timing right. I chose a nice "big" behavior to capture with Buddha so I had room to be sloppy.

It’s important to break up your training sessions into 2 or 3 minute chunks – don’t work for so long that you or your dog get tired or discouraged. You can mix in some play in between, and this training may take a few days. Remember, it’s supposed to be fun!

Putting it On Cue

After a while your dog will start to offer the behavior more often. He will start to expect the click when he does what your looking for, and you will start to anticipate when he will do it. Now it is time to start counting.

Set your timer and keep count of how many times you click. (If you can get someone to help you, they can keep count.) When you can get to 10 or more clicks a minute, it’s time for the cue! A cue can be anything that your dog can see, hear, feel or smell. (Detection dogs use the smell of drugs as a cue.)

When you see your dog is about to perform the behavior, give the cue and then click and treat when he does it. Lather, rinse, repeat.

After some time you will see that your dog is waiting to hear (or see) the cue. Continue to click and treat when you ask for it, but do not reward him for doing it on his own. Buddha was having problems with this in the video above. This will teach your dog that when you’re working together, he should perform the behavior only when asked. At the same time don’t reward him for doing something else when you give the cue. Make sure he understands the relationship between the cue and the behavior.

The dog training program is a comprehensive course. So comprehensive that after I was done capturing behaviors with a dog, I was required to work with another species!

I am working on getting Spike to peck his mirror on cue. It’s a very different game, but I am having a great time with it!

I have started a Youtube playlist right here. It has a few more videos on it, and I will be adding more as I go.

Clicker Training: Capturing a Behavior and Putting It on Cue is a post from: Dog Spelled Forward

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Premium Edge Announcement re Withdrawal of Certain Cat Foods



Diamond Pet Foods has withdrawn from distribution the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat:  RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb.  The calls from pet owners or veterinarians regarding this issue have been centered in the Rochester, NY area.  All retail outlets shipped the above lots were contacted, asking them to pull the product from the store shelves.  The retailers were also asked to contact their customers via email or telephone requesting them to check the date code of the food.    However, if you or anyone you know has these date codes of Premium Edge cat food, please return them to your retailer.  
Symptoms displayed by an affected cat will be neurological in nature.  Any cats fed these date codes that display these symptoms should be immediately taken to a veterinarian.

Product testing proved no contaminants were discovered in the cat food; however the cat foods were deficient in thiamine.  Diamond tracked the vitamin premix lot number that was utilized in these particular cat foods and have performed testing on another lot of Premium Edge cat food that used the same vitamin premix, and it was not deficient in thiamine.  No other neurological signs have been reported on any other product manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.

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Question by Carol: Infection…………………….?
I started getting fingered few days back and now getting a burning/hurting sensation in the outer vagina where it appears
red. I tried warm saltwater washes and gets some relief from this, but after few hours the burning returns again. I tend to get yeast infections around my period times always (treated with Candid V), but this one feels different with burning rather than itching. Does this show signs of cut or infection? Can I try the Candid V cream for this or are there any home remedies for it to heal? Please advice.

Best answer:

Answer by Sam
if it is a burning then there is a good possibility that your boyfriend cut/scratched you with his nails. It is a bit painful and burns badly when you pee but it should go away in a few days.

if it doesnt or gets worse, talk to your doctor.

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4 Most Epic Baby Animal Sneezes [Video]

When we humans sneeze all over ourselves, we are viewed as rude, disgusting germ factories. Observers stare at the sneezer with disdain while others run from the room to save themselves from whatever contagion they believe has been set alight.

However, when animals, particularly baby animals, sneeze all over themselves and others, it's cause celebre –  a viral video goldmine. To prove our point, herewith are our favorite sneezing baby animal videos of all time.

[Related: Top Tips To Reduce Pet Allergies]

1) Epic Baby Animal Sneeze #1: Panda Baby -  The mother of all baby sneezes, perhaps the most well-known out of all baby animal sneezes– it is pushing more than 132 MILLION views as of today! 


2) Epic Baby Animal Sneeze #2: Baby Elephant startles self with sneeze 

3) Epic Baby Animal Sneeze #3: Baby Hedgehog – wait for it…….Ah Choo! 

4) Epic Baby Animal Sneeze #4: Corgi Kerchew! An adorable Corgi puppy named Pepper has a sneezing fit and makes spectacularly funny faces while at it!

[Related: How do I know if my dog has allergies?

If only they made Claritin for dogs!

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Demostración de Aplicación a chorro de Fipronil en Almácigo

INIA capacita a productores de arroz de la Comisión de Regantes de Capote en la aplicación a chorro de fipronil en almácigo de arroz.
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Luna B. Tee Personalized T-Shirt #Giveaway Ends 3/27


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You’re a pain

Count me in as one of the lucky members of the migraine club. Now, I have it a lot better than many- mine hit infrequently, and usually last a day or less. I know for many it is so debilitating that they lose several days when one occurs, lost in a blinding sea of pain and nausea. I had one that bad in my adult life, when I was in New England for a family event. I had forgotten how bad they could be, unaware that something in the swampy Massachusetts air was a trigger.

My father- he’s the one to blame for that gene- and I both wound up holed up in a darkened, chilled bedroom like sides of beef left to cure, me pushing the limits of therapeutic index of Excedrin ingestion while he dialed his doctor back in California trying to score some Imitrex.

Much like the leprosy-afflicted were left to fend for themselves on the shores of Molokai, none ventured in to the clan of the hibernating cave bears. No one wanted to deal with us. When I could bear to stand long enough to crawl over to the door, I might find a glass of water left outside, a sandwich, some basic sustenance, but that was about it.

When at last I the wave had passed and I could walk outside without being blinded with pain, I practically oozed into a chair on the lawn, reveling in the relief that was simply not being in pain. I held my family members no ill will for abandoning me to my fate. There wasn’t much anyone could do, and to wander into my sphere was generally an invitation to be verbally abused as the simple act of opening a door might let in an errant beam of light or make a 50 decibel creaking noise that thundered into my orbits like the hammer of Thor.

My point is, pain is ugly. Headaches are ugly. When I have one coming on, my family tends to make themselves scarce, because- and I admit it- I’m not super pleasant to be around. It’s pretty obvious I am not in a good mood.

Now, we know pets also experience pain. They probably get headaches when their sinuses are all inflamed from allergies, just like we do. Since so many people leave them with mouths full of diseased teeth, a lot of dogs and cats are walking around with painful mouths, sometimes so bad that the infection can eat straight through the bone and cause an oronasal fistula. I can barely function when I get a brain freeze. I can’t imagine functioning with that kind of pain every day.

And yet the vast majority of animals suffer with pain quite stoically. A watchful owner will pick up on a listless pet, one whose appetite is diminished, maybe a dog a little slow on the stairs. Sometimes it’s translated as a pet that’s a little more grumpy than usual. In extreme situations- pets hit by cars, or those recovering from major surgeries- the signs of pain are clear and unmistakable. The rest of the time, though, it can be easier to miss.

This is important to remember. Pets, unlike people, aren’t wussies.

We tend to evaluate our pets as if they were people. “Eh, he’s just slowing down” is a refrain vets hear at least ten times a day from owners who don’t think their dog’s subtle signs of lameness are worth a workup. Many times, that workup will turn up arthritic changes that, if it were one of us experiencing them, would have us slugging down Joint Juice, slapping knee braces on our tired joints, and smoking out the house with Icy Hot.

Another example: a dog with a subtle limp presented for an exam. The owner thought maybe she had bumped her thigh on a piece of furniture because she seemed uncomfortable when it was touched. Unfortunately, she had a tumor on her femur that had almost eaten through the entire bone by the time we found it. Osteosarcomas are known to cause an excruciating pain, and here is this dog, who just winced a little.

I think about those pets often when I’m laid up with a headache, and I made myself promise to remind all of you the way my own body reminded me that pain stinks. We are so fortunate to be in a place and time where there are many good pain control options for pets, but you have to know to be looking for the pain to begin with and bring it up with the vet. Because god bless them, pets are much nicer than we are when pain is involved.

Pain management, not just the medications available but the recognition that we need to do a better job identifying and managing pain in pets, is one are of veterinary medicine that seems to have progressed with leaps and bounds since I graduated, and for that, I am so very grateful.

Have your pets ever surprised you with subtle signs of discomfort? Any surprising outcomes?

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