How to Apply Topical Medication to Your Dog

Dr. Rod Winchester, Julington Creek Animal Hospital, demonstrates how to apply topical medication to your dog. Visit our channel and our website ( www.jcaw.c…
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Halloween at PhotoMenton

Halloween is an adorable 5 year old chihuahua who lives in Villefranche.  She’s seen here with the well-known and talented playwright Tim Fountain who is looking after her whilst her owners are away.

Yesterday she visited PhotoMenton along with Tim and his elegant boyfriend, Richard Allen who has a website called Chic For Brains.

I think she enjoyed the photos…!


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Blue Orchids


It’s Thanksgiving week and family is foremost in my thoughts.  

I was supposed to spend this week in Texas, pitching a tent on the beaches of South Padre Island as I had for so many years of my youth.  Fishing on Triangle Island in Laguna Madre.  

When I close my eyes, the taste of brine is still on my tongue and my skin sand beaten by so many memories.    

That’s how we spent Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember.  And while there’s a lasting and longingness in my lustful though now grey and grizzled, bearded self to return there, I know I cannot.  

There’s no return trip.  

I remember on our walk Savage Mountain, the highest peak on the Great Allegheny Trail and I was having a shitty day.  I mean the kinda day when you ask yourself, ‘Why am I doing this?’  

And then you push through the mountain and you can see for hundreds of miles and it all becomes clear.  

There is no glory without the grind.  There are no blue orchids.  And there is no going home whatever and wherever that place is when you close your eyes.  

But there is Thanks.   

And whether that’s a start or a finish to a sentence, to a friendship, to a journey, and to a love, this is what we celebrate this week.  

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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Would Nutritional Yeast have the same effect as Brewer’s Yeast for natural flea prevention?

Question by No it isn’t.: Would Nutritional Yeast have the same effect as Brewer’s Yeast for natural flea prevention?
I use Revolution on my dog but, I am also looking into natural things… such as yeast. I have usually read that Brewer’s Yeast has been used with some success for flea prevention. But would Nutritional Yeast have the same effect?

Best answer:

Answer by Biolog
I don’t think yeast would have any effect on fleas. I think you should save your money and just stick with something that is science based

Give your answer to this question below!

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2013 National Dog Show

I’ll try to live-blog this year’s show, as much as I can tomorrow, but I’ll also be cooking, so we’ll see how it goes. If nothing else, I’ll post the winners in the early evening. Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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What Does Appropriate Dog Play Look Like?

Watching a variety of different dogs play is one of the biggest benefits of my part-time job. Dogs really know how to party, and the joy they get from play can be contagious:

Mini-breaks and Time-outs

In this video you several breaks in the action, even in just under a minute of elapsed time. This is a good thing. I highlighted the big one in the video, and there was another right after I stop filming (naturally) where Caffeine was gagging (it happens during allergy season and no, it’s not the collar) and Buddha politely stopped and waited for her to reach up and mouth him to resume play. I really wish I hadn’t stopped filming!

This kind of cooperation is what we want to see. It doesn’t always look exactly like this of course, because all dogs are different and play differently. It’s possible to draw broad generalizations about breeds – retrievers tend to like to mouth wrestle and end up with their heads literally soaked, bully breeds tend to slam dance, some herding breeds like to play tag — however the "tagging" better be gentle — but as I’ve said before, these are broad generalizations and are not always true. Know your dog, and know your dog’s friends.

Symmetry and Handicapping

Patricia McConnell talks about self-handicapping frequently on her blog and in her talks. It’s an important part of play. In the video I highlight a point where Buddha offers to let Caffeine pounce on him for a bit. She rarely takes him up on this offer. She likes to play on the floor and even did that when we had a much larger dog that played much more roughly with her.

In the puppy playgroups at Kellar’s Canine Academy we have a "regular" named Lucy, a 8 month old or so Pit Bull mix, who is an absolute master at self-handicapping. She can switch from letting a tiny puppy half her size jump on her and nibble her face to slam-dancing with her best friend, a 70 pound Rottweiler puppy, in seconds.

Some dogs can adjust play styles. I’m fortunate that Buddha and Caffeine (with the few dogs she will play with) can and will do this. It’s not necessarily common and don’t expect your dog or the dogs you come across to do so. Some dogs take offense, even in the middle of a play session, to a bitten ear or a jumped-upon face. The question is, how do they react? A warning and/or disengaging from play is just fine. Retaliation is usually not.

In a safe environment dogs always have the option to end play by stopping and, if nexessary, leaving the area. This means (at least) two things must be true: the area is big enough for a dog to be able to leave the area of play and the participants are in control to take the hint when a dog wants a break.

So What’s Actually Acceptable?

This is an excellent video, worth watching a few times, about play and body language:

One of the more interesting parts of my apprenticeship was watching how different trainers handled playgroups in both puppy classes and with adult dogs. Some were very hands on and quick to enforce a break in the action. Other tending to go with the flow and tried to engineer things more by strategically picking playgroups.

I came away a bit of a laissez faire attitude, and the fact that I have had to deal with small groups and then ideal facilities (until very recently) have forced me to improvise. I want to see regular breaks in the action. I don’t like to see too many high-speed chases, dogs up on their hind legs, and dogs that seem overwhelmed or afraid need to be helped by pairing them up with appropriate playmates. But attempts to support one dog or another or to enforce specific rules of play are not my thing.

What has your experience with playgroups been?

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Calvin and the Fountain

Calvin, this 6 year old French bulldog lives in Menton and likes to take a bath in the fountain at Place du Cap.  He waited in vain on this occasion because, as his owner explained, it was too cold for a swim.

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Cool Fleas images

A few nice Fleas images I found:

Flea Market IJ-hallen Amsterdam NDSM

Image by Robby van Moor
Flea market IJ-hallen Amsterdam NDSM

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I just stumbled across this article. I live in Hou…

I just stumbled across this article. I live in Houston. BARC is one of the worst shelters. I've heard horror stories about the way they treat animals. Please don't let them fool you into thinking they care. Houston has a dogfighting problem and the city does not give a damn about the Pitties. We have several great rescue groups for Pitties. It really bugs me that Houston is always trying to act like they are so great when in reLity they haven't done a damn thing about the Corridor of Cruelty. Once again, volunteers stepped up. Good animal people reside in Houston, but they sure as heck aren't working in our shelters.

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Some Veterinarians Sell Unnecessary Online Memberships By Throwing Colleagues Under the Bus

Some Veterinarians Sell Unnecessary Shots, Tests to Make Extra Money, Says Former Vet


Did you see this bit on 20/20 this weekend? Ah, media. Titled “Veterinary Confessions,” the piece follows a couple of dogs through a series of veterinary visits where different vets offer different services based on their clinical experience, interspersed with the contrite admonitions of a former veterinarian who says that he was, before he relinquished his license (more on that later), the medical equivalent of a used car salesman.

Look, I’m not going to tell you that every vet in the world is equal and that everyone follows the same recommendations every time, but if you think that was the real point of this piece, you’ve been duped. Citizens of Oz, let me show you the Wizard.

“The vast majority of vets are ethical” and don’t recommend what’s not needed, says Dr. Andrew Jones, who then goes on to admit he regularly practiced the most unethical practice of recommending what wasn’t needed, just to make more money, hence confessing that he personally was worse than the vast majority of vets. Sounds like a legit guy to speak on behalf of the profession.

Why is he a former vet, you may ask? Well, the excellent blog SkeptVet profiled him a couple of years ago, if you’re interested. Rather than stop his continued practice of talking smack about, well, pretty much any vet except for himself- he was great, you see, unlike the rest of us slobs- he voluntarily gave up his license to practice in Canada.

And what is the good Dr. Jones doing now? Championing the cause of the poor and underserved, fighting the good fight to educate consumers about the latest AAHA vaccination recommendations or raising money for all those people getting soaked by the rest of us unethical greedy vets?

Um, not quite. He has a website. On it, he offers a

 ”Free DVD”

which sounds nice and altruistic. Oh look, he’s pre-prepared for the website traffic he’ll get tomorrow:

Pet Health And Pet Care With Dr. Andrew Jones_ The Online Vet_s Pet Health DVD


So, if you continue to scroll down for 5 or 600 feet, you’ll see that yes! it’s FREE!

(save the $ 6 shipping and handling)

Hey man, sign me up! Only $ 6 for all this info! I’m going to CLICK!

Pet Health And Pet Care With Dr. Andrew Jones_ The Online Vet_s Pet Health DVD-1

Wait, what? In order to get the free $ 6 DVD I have to also sign up for the $ 10 monthly service in perpetuity? Isn’t that the Naughty Video Site approach?

So, in return for tossing me, and my friends, and the vet you hopefully like and trust, under the bus, the good doctor is already planning for the side bennie of all those new subscriptions (note the date on the website, and the date I’m posting this.) All in the name of altruism, you see. Behold the Wizard.

You know me, I don’t normally get this upset, but MAN, my hide’s a little chapped right now. Greedy vets? When’s the last time I’ve asked you for a credit card in order to peruse my website?

I will leave you with one last thought. In this piece, Dr. Jones called dental cleanings the “would you like fries with that” of veterinary medicine, a very often unnecessary bit of work. To illustrate the point, he used a little pit bull who was seen by several vets who said she was fine and didn’t need any dental work. Anesthetized dental cleanings, by the way, often allow you to do a closer examination than you can do on an awake pet and might let you discover something like


Yes, that’s the same dog.

But by all means, continue to compare me to a kid at McDonald’s. In the meantime, may want to get that looked at.


Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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