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Anti-HIV Pills Cut Infection Risk
Using anti-retroviral drugs to prevent HIV infection is effective and — at least in the short term — safe, according to a new review.
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Cambodian mystery illness tied to common childhood disease
"As far as I'm aware, EV-71 was not identified as a virus in Cambodia before," Asgari said, adding that based on the information now available it's likely that the majority of untested patients were infected with it. "We are a bit more confident. We
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Consistency & Persistence Pays Off When Training Your Dog

If the rules change from day to day, the dog becomes confused.  He needs to know how to consistently earn reward and avoid punishment or he will give up responding.  The good trainer is consistent and always uses the same command for the same behavior.  Most dog owners teach the dog that the command “down” means to be in a prone position.  Unfortunately, many dog owners use the same command to mean, lie down, remove thyself from the couch or bed, or stop jumping on people.  When a command has many different meanings, the word ceases to have an important message.

 

Give each behavior its own command.  The command “off” can be used to mean paws on the floor, and “down” may remain to define the prone position.  After you decide on consistent commands, the next step is to be persistent in using them.  Dogs are naturally good at persistent behavior, and even better if rewarded for it.

 

Many a dog owner has given up trying to correct the dog that barks all day or jumps on people.  Dog owners drop out of obedience classes all the time because they are worn down by their dogs’ seemingly persistent behaviors, and they give up trying to teach their dogs new behaviors.  The key is that the owners gave up, and the dogs learned that persistence pays off.  When an owner gives in, the dog’s persistent behavior is strengthened and reinforced.  Any determined dog owner can wear the dog down.  Therefore, it is extremely important that you be more persistent than the dog about continuing the training process until the dog performs the desired behavior.

 

The dog must learn that the energy he spends engaging in undesirable behavior is not worth the effort, because you will persist.  If you correct him for jumping up the first four times and don’t correct him for the fifth jump up you simply teach him to jump up five times for the payoff.  Similarly, if you correct the dog for barking at the moon sometimes and not at other times, you teach him that sometimes barking is acceptable and sometimes it is not.  The dog will continue to bark to determine when barking is acceptable and when it is not acceptable.

 

Consequently, correcting barking sometimes actually encourages even more barking.  If you don’t correct the dog for barking in the backyard because you are not at home, he will learn that barking is acceptable when you’re away.  If you sneak out of the house so as not to cue him that it is acceptable to bark, he only needs to bark twice with no correction to figure out that you are not at home.  A behavior will be extinguished or changed only if you persist in correcting the dog every time he misbehaves.

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Labs, Ear Problems, and Diet

Labs are particularly affected by ear problems. Many labs spend their life itching their ears and shaking their head. Otitis Externa is one of the most frequent diagnosis in our Labs, and is treated with ear ointments, antibiotics, and cortisones. The treatment is usually temporarily successful, but not permanent, because the allergies that cause the infections in the first place are not understood or addressed. The veterinary literature explains that food allergy can cause ear problems, but fails to really talk about the ingredients that cause the problems.  Over the past ten years, I have learned simple economical, nutritional changes to the daily diet to help those dogs affected with chronic ear and skin problems.

I really enjoy  receiving emails like this. I know I am helping people become part of the health care team and cure their pets instead of just “patching”the problem.

I just had to write and thank you for your wonderful book regarding pet nutrition. I have a 7 year old black lab whom we’ve had since the age of 3 months old. He has always been a large specimen of his breed, tipping the scales at 109 lbs at the tender age of 9 months.( He’s been described by our vet as a “box on legs”.) Which is also the age at which we discovered he that his hips were severely malformed. As devastating a diagnosis as it was at the time, it gave us information early on in his life to immediately start a routine of prevention, to at least put off the onset of arthritis for as long as possible. So, I have been augmenting his diet for almost his entire life, starting with nutritional supplements added to his kibble. But, as an adult dog it has been difficult to keep his weight in check. I’ve changed dog food brands, formulas and finally went the route of “Grain-Free” for a while. The latter did help to shed a few pounds but not quite enough. I should also add that he gets tons of exercise every day, walks in our neighborhood, hiking, & swimming during the summer as well as several games (per day) of fetch in our backyard. Needless to say, he is very muscular and has a ton of energy. I am constantly doing research online especially in the area of pet nutrition, if not for anything else but to try to stay one step ahead of the next pet food recall.

Then this past January (2012), I discovered and purchased your book on amazon.com. It has been a Godsend. I took my boy, Gantner off of the kibble merry-go-round and started the crock pot diet. I started out just giving it to him on Sundays which we called his “Sunday Brunch”. After a few weeks I gradually replaced his kibble altogether and in just 6 months he has lost 20 lbs. He just had his annual check -up yesterday and our vet was amazed at how great he looks! He is the leanest, shiniest and healthiest he has ever been. An added bonus, if you will, is before this diet, he was always susceptible to ear infections, especially during the hot summer months and this is the first time he has not been diagnosed with one in 5 or 6 years. He also gets a frozen raw chicken quarter or turkey neck a couple of times per week as a treat.

When my husband takes him swimming, people often ask how old he is and are amazed when told he is 7 due to his high energy level. We are amazed at how much older their dogs look in comparison and most of them are half his age. Attached is a picture of my beautiful boy. Thanks again for the fantastic book and your ability to make dog nutrition less intimidating and approachable. Oh, and it’s so much less expensive to feed too!

Dog Dish Diet has helped many labs recover from years of  ear and skin problems due to food allergies and unhealthy skin. The owners can become part of the health care team!

 

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Latest Fipronil News

Pethealth to Distribute PetArmor to Shelters
Pethealth Inc. of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and Velcera Inc. of Yardley, Pa., have inked an exclusive distribution deal that will see Pethealth distribute Velcera's FidoPharm Inc.'s products, notably PetArmor (fipronil) flea and tick control products
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Scallywags Pet Shop – special offers
A new product called Bob Martin Flea Clear – it's a spot on treatment to kills fleas and ticks and contains the active ingredient Fipronil, which is the same as in Frontline, but this product can be bought off the shelf and more cheaply. She stocks
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Justin Bie-boar Competes For Cookies [PHOTO]

Swifty Swine

The assemblage of deep fried food, cantankerous carnies, oversized stuffed animals and farm animals galore can only mean one thing: the county fair is in town. We decided to check out the San Diego County Fair this past weekend to see what the fair had to offer and 'lo and behold, we discovered the cutest, speediest pigs competing in hysterical Swifty Swine races! These tiny racing pigs ranged from 4 weeks to a few months  and pack a serious love for racing….for Oreos that is.

When pigs fly…like the wind

The racing pigs of the Swifty Swine race in competition for a delicious, savory Oreo cookie at the end of the track. Some of the racers have hilarious names, our favorites were : Justin Bie-boar, Lindsay Lo-ham, Brad Pig, and Barack Boar-ama.

Find fun videos of these cute little piggies at SwiftySwine.com. 

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Teaching Dog Tricks – Training for Dog Tricks – How to Teach Dog Tricks

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Rescue Canine-1-1: Boston Terrier Dog Rescue



The following article provides some questions most people are assumed ask about the organization and its endeavors. Answers are provided after each question.

Just what is Boston Terrier Rescue?

This is an association devoted to housing abandoned or unwanted Boston terriers. They set emergency rescues and conducts appropriate adoption of these terriers to their permanent homes.

However, the network does not house Boston terriers that are already in poor health, aggressive, old, and/or are disease-carriers since they will not be even suitable for adoption afterwards. The least the BTR will do is to advise the owners of such terriers on better options.

Why are these dogs being rescued?

Most dogs that are rescued by the network were simply unwanted. Most owners would admit that they were unable to provide their pets with the attention, time, and level of activity that are appropriate for this lovely little dog to thrive and be healthy. There were cases when life situations or jobs made it hard for the owners to keep their pets with them. They considered the abandonment of the terriers as the easy or even sole option.

Can the adopted dog be used for breeding?

The association will definitely disapprove of the idea!

In fact, they firmly advise every new owner to have the dog strictly as pets. As part of the placement process, Bostons are being spayed or neutered to avoid reproduction. Moreover, most of the rescued terriers are not excellent strains of the breed standard. More often, they do not have a record of ancestry or pedigree that can be consulted before the breeding process. 
May I adopt a female terrier?

Most Boston terriers that are being abandoned are males aging between two and six since most owners think that the female variety is more affectionate. Surprisingly, the male variety is a responsive and sweet companion given proper attention and care. However, since all rescued Bostons are spared as breeders, the gender of the dog should not matter at all during the adoption. Appropriate placement shall be executed by BTR.

Is there a charge if an owner surrenders a Boston?

There are owners who volunteer themselves of paying their dogs’ medical requirements, which also include spaying or neutering. Likewise, donations assist in the expenditures that cover the dogs’ preparations for placement in a new home and with a new owner.

If I adopt a dog, will I be charged for it?

Apparently, owning a dog requires the owner to be financially capable for health care expenditures and even for the registry of Bostons. 

How does the adoption process happen?

The procedure can be summarized as follows:

1.    Screening

a.    BT Rescue filters potential owners by filling out extensive application papers for adoption.
b.    Possible owners’ financial capability and lifestyle are being researched by the network.
c.    Application forms are screened between 7 and 10 days.

2.    Approval/Disapproval

a.    Once the application is approved, a dog that is available at the time shall be presented to its new owner.
b.    Otherwise, the application shall be placed on a waiting list. If circumstances make the application possible, the new owner is notified later on.

What must be done to help?

The answer depends on the clientele.

1.    For Breeders

Breeders are advised not to sell their Boston Terrier to anyone if the new home will be inappropriate. Instead, have good homes reserved for them and plan litters. 

Also, if breeders do not have a competent and proper breeding program, reproduction should be avoided.

2.    For everyone else

Be informed about the special nature and various mental and physical requirements of Boston Terrier. Then educate others about these things.

It should be made clear to everyone that Bostons do not fit the lifestyle of just anyone and everyone. If possible, look for breeds that may warrant a new shelter.

Moreover, donations are greatly appreciated for they usually assist in the placement process of the dogs. BTR runs entirely on the dedication of volunteers.

Report an unwanted Boston. Rescue an abandoned canine! Dial Rescue Canine-1-1!


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Q&A: ticks!?!?!?!?!?

Question by babydallman: ticks!?!?!?!?!?
duz anyone no how to get rid of ticks on dogs without pulling them out please help!!

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How Jacksonville Appliance Repair Companies Can Help You

Property owners understand how vital it is to make sure that their particular home appliances are in proper working order. It’s difficult to overstate the importance of these home appliances that property owners depend on every single day to help them perform basic, household tasks. Whether it be refrigerators, washing machines, garbage disposals, or dishwashers, [...]
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