Cures what ails ya

In the olden days, people used to turn to carnival medicine men or the back pages of Look Magazine for the latest way to solve all of their problems. People don’t change, just the technology. Now we have the internet to turn to. If the web is to be believed, and it always is for some reason, there is a new cure for all the world’s ills. That cure is coconut oil.

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It’s good for your hair, your skin, your GI tract, your dog, your mental health, and your aura. It’s anti-inflammation and pro-synergy. You can rub it on your scalp, then scrape it off and use it to cook, or sit on the leather couch and make it more supple. I don’t think there is a single malady out there that someone has not suggested coconut oil can fix:

Dry skin? Coconut oil.

Dry face? Coconut oil.

Yeast infection? You guessed it.

Alzheimer’s? Eat up.

Athlete’s foot, acne, depression, hemorrhoids, anxiety, UTI, weight loss, heartburn, autism. I guess what I’m saying is you could nuke your local CVS and be just fine as long as there was a Whole Foods next door, because coconut oil’s got you covered.

I’ve done a Whole 30 challenge, which is a no-processed food crossed with a tinge of Paleo, so I’m no stranger to coconut oil. I’ve cooked brussels sprouts in it, stirred it in my coffee, used it to make paleo pancakes. They were good.

Sadly, at the end of a jar I have to say my life has not substantially changed. Everything broken in me before is still broken. Coconut oil, while delicious and no doubt healthier than, say, margarine, has not eliminated my need for my allergy inhaler. I asked my doctor if I could try shoving coconut oil up my nose instead, just for a little while. It’s way cheaper than Dymista. She didn’t think much of the idea. When I told her I was just joking, then she sighed and said, “I get that question a lot.”

While coconut oil is unsurprisingly gaining steam in veterinary medicine, we have an equivalent that already enjoys legendary status in the home remedy category: pumpkin.

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Long treated as the pet pepto-bismol, pumpkin is the go-to far various GI maladies spanning the range from constipation to diarrhea. It’s a great thing for the colon. It’s a great source of fiber and most pets will eat it. Pumpkin is Metamucil in a more holistic package.

What pumpkin is not is everything else, like an anti-emetic or anti-inflammatory or something that will teach your dog to talk. Like, it’s no coconut oil or anything.

On a friend’s Facebook page, she recently asked if it was possible for a pet to develop an allergic reaction to a food they’ve been eating for years.

10 people chimed in (correctly) that yes, this happens. Then someone said, “Why do you ask?”

“Because my dog’s been throwing up every time he eats all of a sudden.”

As a veterinarian, my mind immediately collates a list of the differentials when I hear something like this. 3 year old pit bull, history of being a destructive chewer, clearly the problem is “pumpkin deficiency.”

Which is exactly where the comment thread went.

“OMG! You need to give your dog some pumpkin.”

“Seriously! My dog loves it.”

“Pumpkin cured my dog’s farts.”

“Pumpkin is a great source of electrolytes.” And so on and so forth.

Don’t get me wrong, I like pumpkin. As far as advice on the internet goes, it’s one of the more benign things I’ve read and unlikely to cause harm. My only concern is that people recommend this in lieu of something that might actually work, such as starting with a correct diagnosis. Fortunately this person has multiple veterinary professionals on the thread, and somewhere in between pumpkin recommendations she got some solid advice.

A couple of weeks ago, my neighbor came over with her adorable 6 month old Golden Retriever. She hopped back and forth on her toes before asking me if I had any thoughts about her dog’s diarrhea.

“How long has it been going on?” I asked.

“Two days.”

“Go to the vet.”

“We’re going tomorrow,” she said, “but in the meantime……do you have any pumpkin I can borrow?”

I did. It’s on the shelf next to the coconut oil. Hope springs eternal.

 

PS The dog improved dramatically … once the vet diagnosed Giardia and started Flagyl.

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Dog art made from some really weird stuff

All artists are creative, but the artists who bypass the canvas, clay, or stone for less traditional media are especially fascinating. The ones who recycle junk are doubly fascinating. Texas artist Ali Golzad created this detailed portrait of a dog using ordinary recycled corrugated cardboard. The piece called “Lucy” was commissioned for an anniversary present and is part of his Recycled Art series. Golzad explained: My urge to create while still caring for our planet…
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Fleas – Prevention and Control

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When The Dog’s Owner Died, He Was Left Behind. Watch What Happens Next | Video

When sweet dog Woody’s owner died, he was left behind and living on the streets for a whole year! Watch in this touching video what happens next! Please share!

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HALO, FREEKIBBLE PROUD TO SUPPORT HUMANE SOCIETY OF US LOS ANGELES EVENT

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Pets for Life Los Angeles celebrated a Community Outreach Event at Hollenbeck Park in East LA on June 7th by arranging FREE spay/neuter appointments for community pets. Freekibble.com donated 6,000 meals of Halo Spot’s Stew to the event.

This was just one of the 2014 successful events! Only about 15% of pets in under-served communities are spayed or neutered. When Pets for Life takes the information and services directly to these communities, they are able to spay or neuter around 70% of unaltered pets.

Amanda Arrington, Director of Pets for Life sent us a thank you and these wonderful pictures from the event.

Pets for Life builds humane communities using innovative strategies and fresh approaches designed to extend the reach of animal services, resources, and information to under-served areas. Addressing the critical need for accessible, affordable pet care, our program helps animals by empowering the people who care for them.

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Is It Just Us, or Do Dog Toys Sometimes Look a Little X-Rated?

Where exactly does one draw the line between dog toys and sex toys? Well, to be honest, because I’m writing this in the Bay Area, I know more than a few people who would tell you that there is no line. The leash and collar section is especially popular for some people, and I know of at least one café in San Francisco where, if one is so inclined, the staff will serve your espresso in a metal dog bowl. Ultimately, the words “sex” and “toy” are both extremely subjective, and their definition depends on how active your imagination is and how many people are coming over.

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This works the other way, too. It takes only a very low level of Google-fu to find scores of videos on YouTube of people whose dogs found their vibrator or other toy and decided that it would make the perfect chew toy. Once again, it's all a matter of perspective.

Mike Wehner on The Daily Dot explored the topic in a little more detail by combing the pet supply section on Amazon and seeing just how blurry the line can get. The answer? Pretty blurry, even without stretching your imagination too much. For instance, there's this thing:

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The Nylabone Odd Bone

If I saw that lying around someone's house without any context, I'm pretty sure that I'd assume that it was not for the dog. I know some very specific non-dog toys that look exactly like that. The name "Odd Stick" is rather suggestive in itself.

And then there's the Crinkits, which is meant to give your dog something to chew on instead of your water bottles. However, Wehner notes that it's "way cheaper than a Fleshlight." Frankly, it looks less comfortable, too, but everyone has their preference.

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Crinkits Dog Toy

The funny thing is, that as Michael Leaverton noted late last year when he covered a blog feature called "Sex Toy or Dog Toy Saturday," there has been a trend toward making actual sex toys cuter. A lot of them look like they could be dog toys. For instance, take the adorable and infamous "I Rub My Duckie." On first glance, would you take this into the bedroom, or toss it to the dog?

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I Rub My Duckie

Unless, of course, you had the bondage model, which looks a little bit less innocent. Any dog that grabs either of them is going to get a very surprising shot of vibration in the teeth.

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The lesson? Stay organized. Keep all your toys in their appropriate, appointed places. And, of course, make sure that your dogs understand which toys are theirs, and which are not.

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