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Jeff Kahler: Fleas become resistant to typical treatments

Jeff Kahler: Fleas become resistant to typical treatments
This resistance is passed on generation to generation among the fleas rendering the product less and less effective. This may indeed be happening with Frontline. It is for this reason that I have stopped recommending Frontline for flea prevention in my
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For prevention, flea and tick collars are helpful, but nothing beats a systemic topical treatment applied to Shep's neck, topline and base of the tail. Some owners are disenchanted by topical treatments because the fleas don't immediately roll over
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Do we need pet care advocates?

In the depth of my despair when Apollo was dying, the medical resident at the specialty hospital made a comment I will never forget.

He was dying of a blood clot, a sequelae of hyperthyroidism and heart disease. I was in shambles, having come home from the gym to find him immobile on the couch, and rushed in straightaway, sweaty and spandex-y. I scribbled his medical history as quickly as I could, which the resident pored over with her intern as I sat in the room planning to say goodbye. I knew at that point it was coming, I was just waiting for confirmation of the diagnosis.


I had checked ‘yes’ to allergies, in the interest of being thorough.

“What allergies?” the resident asked.

“Food allergies,” I said. “Chicken.”

She paused, and shared a knowing glance with the intern. “And how do you know this?”

I blinked. “I’m sorry?”

“How do you know he has food allergies? Did you just assume, or did you actually test him?”

“I….I did an elimination diet, 10 weeks…not the full 12…. but it was obvious by that point,” I stammered, though what I really wanted to say is “WHAT THE HECK (ok maybe another word) DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE PROBLEM AT HAND?? WHO CARES HOW HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AN UNRELATED MANAGED CHRONIC CONDITION A DECADE AGO??”


But you know, I just sat there because what are you going to do.

OK sure, let's talk more about Hills z/d and then can you please get this cat some morphine?

OK sure, let’s talk more about Hills z/d and then can you please get this cat some morphine?

Now, I understand that a teaching hospital is going to teach, but from the patient perspective I suppose I would appreciate the teaching being limited to the issue at hand instead of using an emergency cardiac event to make a point on dermatology. I don’t know if it was that, or the way she asked the question as if she were sure I was going to give the wrong answer, that rubbed me the wrong way. I also had to tell her not once but twice that I didn’t want to hospitalize him on the off chance his clot might dissolve enough to give us another month at home. We didn’t hit it off.

Fortunately I didn’t see her after that and was turned over to the lovely cardiologist who looked and talked like Oberyn Martell and understood when I said, “Please confirm my suspicion so I can give him a peaceful goodbye at home”, but it really reminded me, from the other side of the table, how hard it is to be a patient advocate for our pets. I knew what I was doing and I still had to push a little. It was a lonely experience.

It’s even worse in human medicine, as this ER physician who was hit by a car will attest to. Without someone who knows what’s going on to oversee the process and keep the focus on the overall wellbeing of the patient, things fall through the cracks. Flustered and underinformed family members get confused. Specialists focus on this problem or that problem and not the patient. How can we do better?

Um, no, actually.

Um, no, actually.

In human medicine, many hospitals now have designated patient advocates who serve as an invaluable liaison between a family and a healthcare provider. In veterinary medicine, it’s not something I’ve ever heard of, so we’re stuck with ourselves, the vet clinic, or the internet to help us make sense of complicated issues, to understand why the vet wants to do this or that and to empower clients to make informed decisions, including “No.” It’s not the ideal system, clearly.

I wonder if people would benefit from a neutral third party patient advocate group in veterinary medicine. I think things are only going to get more complicated from here on out, and as both a patient and a vet I think that sort of thing could only help. Food for thought.

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Have you ever felt confused and not sure how to proceed with your pet? Would it have been helpful to have a pet care advocate to serve as a liaison?


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Are you aware of the suffocation threat Frito Lays and snack bags pose to your dogs?

Bonnie Odem Harlan, Founder of Prevent Pet Suffocation, brings awareness to pet parents in Memory of her Beloved Furry Angel, BLUE.

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Dogs are dying daily, and it CAN happen to your beloved pet… to any of our pets!!!!

Be sure to cut the top and bottom of the bag off completely before throwing it away, and be certain snack bags are never left anywhere your pet may have access to one… not even an unaccessible location! Hide them up above in a closed cabinet or pantry, out of sight and smell.

When a dog puts their head into the bag and begins to breath, a vacuum seal is created preventing them from removing the bag.

I just received notice of the fourth doggie this week — rather, the fourth owner whom has come forward and brought the unfortunate news to Prevent Pet Suffocation’s attention, sharing their dog has died as the result of suffocating in a Frito Lays bag or similar snack bag.  Last week a dog suffocated with their head stuck in a plastic animal cracker container.  The numbers are increasing rapidly, and, most likely, there have been many other unreported deaths.

Visit Prevent Pet Suffocation’s Facebook page and read the stories… so extremely sad!  More importantly, please go to their web site and sign the petition to  have warning notices printed on the bags!!!

The original article appeared on MADMIKESAMERICA… after reading Bonnie’s heartbreaking experience, I’ve been following Prevent Pet Suffocation and helping spread awareness by sharing her story about Blue, as well as the horrific posts from many devastated pet parents, in an attempt to save other beloved pets’ lives.

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!


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My pet cat wont stop scratching everything!?

Pet Scratch
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Question by : My pet cat wont stop scratching everything!?
I have a very young cat, maybe 9, 10 months old that is a very affectionate playful cat, however she will not stop scratching up the sides of chairs, ive tried spraying her with water, clipping her nails, put lemon essence on the chairs, ive starting smacking her butt when every she starts scratching it but her thinks its a game and attacks back… help!!

Best answer:

Answer by chicka
does she have a scratching post?

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#FREE Books I Snagged Today

Grab these for free for your Kindle before the price changes because we all know they will, so make sure you double check before you buy. wrecking her car and waking in hospital with amnesia, fledgling reporter Grace Morgan has no idea why she’d been in the process of leaving the husband she loves so dearly. Her husband, Police Detective Ray (Razor) Morgan tells her she was leaving him for another man, but that just can’t be so. Can it? She’s determined to remember, even if it kills her. And it just might. When bullets start to fly, Ray is forced to take the wife he believes faithless on the lam until they can figure out who is trying to kill them. wedding photographer Hannah McDermott has dealt with her share of difficult brides. But none can compare to the ultimate Bridezilla she’s dealing with now. Still, she’s trying desperately to impress Bella Neeley, Galveston Island’s most sought-after wedding planner, so she can take the top spot in Bella’s list of recommended photographers–a spot currently occupied by her arch-rival, Drew Kincaid. What she doesn’t count on, however, is falling head over heels for the competition.

With her contagious humor and cast of quirky characters, Janice Thompson gives readers more of the bridal business drama they want in a brand-new series all about those long-suffering people who make beautiful weddings happen. Readers are desperately waiting for more of Bella and this new series brings her back in a big way, while introducing new characters fans will love. Fans will laugh out loud as they experience this breezy and entertaining novel from a great storyteller. WEEKLY REVIEW: Turner is back and better than ever in this comedic sequel to This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store, as reliably honest and zany storytelling conveys both joys and trials of parenthood. Turner, an Idaho mother raising two young daughters, has an opinion on everything, including buffets (they bear responsibility for “what’s wrong with this country”); writers’ retreats and how to measure the quality of someone’s writing by how much he or she talks about it (“excessive babbling” is an “attempt to compensate for crippling insecurity”); and a parenting technique she calls “Willful Denial of Fact.” Vignettes range from botched chemical peels, her children’s Mandarin classes, endeavors to use a Slip ‘n Slide, and six months in Mexico with the in-laws. Readers will be pleased to see familiar characters reprise their roles from Turner’s first book, such as brother-in-law Virgil, who tells everyone that Turner’s father is Dean Koontz, “the guy who wrote The Shining.” Turner’s unapologetic confessional is easy to relate to, and she succeeds in finding humor and entertainment in even the most mundane trials of motherhood For her husband’s high school sweetheart he hasn’t seen in twenty years? Roberta Jones Spivey isn’t going to lay down for that. Instead, she reinvents herself and the new Bobbie Jones—new haircut, new name, new attitude—follows her soon-to-be ex to the small Northern California town of Cottonmouth.

What better way to show him—and his sweetheart—what he’s missing in the brand new Bobbie Jones than taking up with the town’s local bad boy—who’s also reputed to be a serial killer. Nick Angel is devilishly handsome and sexy as all get-out. In a word, perfect.

It’s all going exactly according to plan…until a real murder rocks the little town of Cottonmouth. Of course, Nick didn’t do it…did he?

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Celebrating the Bright Side: Simple Pleasures and Frozen Fruit Bars

Let’s be honest – you guys have heard me complain.  I’ve complained about winter.  A lot.  I’ve complained about the details of winter as well (short days, cold weather, overall misery).  I’ve also complained, although at much less length, about the challenges of working full time while raising a baby with a husband who works on the road, and about how the baby hates naps (and sleep in general).  I’ve occasionally mentioned other things I don’t like as well.  This is reality.  We all express dissatisfaction now and then, and we all see dark clouds in certain situations.  I’m definitely guilty.  But in general, I really do try to be positive the majority of the time.  I make a conscious effort to see the good in things, and to celebrate the bright side of life as much as possible.  I make the choice to be happy. 

For me, the easiest way to focus on the bright side is to indulge in simple pleasures.  No matter how bad my day has been, or how busy or exhausted I am, I find at least one way to experience something I love.  Admittedly, this is easier than ever now that I have Essley.  Just a few minutes holding, laughing, and playing with her, and I’m in a great mood.  But there are so many other ways too.  I take walks in the sunshine.  I go get my favorite coffee drink.  I meet a friend for a margarita at the end of the work day.  I pay a visit to a local nursery and bring home a new plant.  I listen to my favorite song.  I call my best friend in San Francisco or my sister in Indianapolis and talk for an hour.  I take a day trip with my family.  My husband and I order our favorite take-out for dinner.  I eat chocolate and read blogs.  I work in the garden.  I grill a veggie burger.  I take my camera on an errand and snap a few photos of cool things I see.  I paint my nails.  I go window shopping with my girlfriends.  I prop up my feet and eat a Fruttare Fruit Bar.  Each one of these is a small (but powerful!) way to celebrate the bright side.

My regular readers may notice that, despite the fact that I very rarely do food reviews here, this is the second time I’ve mentioned Fruttare.  And for good reason.  Fruttare Frozen Fruit Bars have become my go-to snack when I want a quick sweet treat from the freezer.  I love that they’re made from real fruits and juices, rather than strange ingredients that I can’t pronounce.  And as a huge fan of mangos (I put them in my smoothies every single morning), I was especially excited to try the Mango Fruttare bars for the first time recently.  I wasn’t disappointed.  They taste like super refreshing, lightly sweetened frozen mangos.  Heaven on a stick you guys.

Fruttare is also recognized as a brand synonymous with a positive outlook on life, and with the delicious fruit bars they make, it’s easy to see why.  Sitting on my deck in the summer sunshine, surrounded by my plants and flowers, eating a Fruttare with my favorite music playing in the background is officially one of favorite ways to treat myself, and another simple way to celebrate the bright side of life. 

How do you celebrate the bright side of life?  What are your favorite simple pleasures?

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How Awesome Is This Lego Storage!!!


Have you checked out this awesome storage for Lego’s?? I am drooling over this right now!!

I have so many Lego’s for the child care children that I would probably need two of these but these are just what I need and the colors are perfect for the Lego’s.

Hop on over to Amazon and check it out!!
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I Need Some Help Here!: Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan by Kathi Lipp {Book Review}

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