Demonstration of an Allergy Skin Test

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Allergy Skin Testing.

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What a beautiful story – thank you so much for sha…

What a beautiful story – thank you so much for sharing! My thoughts are with you for Lily to heal up. I will be thinking of you both. Thank you again!
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Day 12 and 13

Sorry – got a little behind there but I wanted to finish of our vacation before I forgot.

Our Day 12, we met up with Dad and Shelley (who were driving home from Ontario) and did most of the waterfall/lake hike I wanted to do the day we had car problems.  We didn’t have time to make it all the way to the lake, but we got to see quite a few waterfalls along the way.

This was the busiest trail we’d been on. There must have been at least 5 cars in the parking lot, but while hiking we only crossed paths with one or two groups.

None of the waterfalls were particularly big, but they sure were pretty.

The weather was calling for a snowstorm the next day, so we decided to cut our holiday short by one day and head home.  That night after the hike, we headed back to the cabin and packed up so we’d be ready to go bright and early the next day.  We had some poor driving conditions along the way, but nothing horrible and from what we read afterwards, it looked like we made the right decision.

It is definitely an area we’d like to return to in the future.  Aside from the cold weather, we couldn’t have asked for a better vacation.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Hermes

This lovely big boy is a Leonberger.  He’s called Hermes and he’s 14 months old.  He really didn’t want to look at the camera!

I met Hermes at the Fete de la Branda in Gorbio village.
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Thanksgiving

This past weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada.  We headed to my Dad’s place to hang out with them and my sister’s family.  Dad is conveniently located about half way between the two of us.  :)

We went on lots of walks, had lots of relaxing time and just basically hung out.  I even got to nap one afternoon.  :)

I didn’t take a lot of photos but Deb wanted a family picture as when they were visiting family in Ontario earlier this summer they realized everyone had really old photos of them. So on our very last walk, I snapped a few for them.  If I’d been thinking, I would have asked for them to take some of me and Marlin.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Reactions to Food, Medications, or Flea Control Can Cause Many Medical Problems

      Many times veterinarians assume a case of diarrhea, an itchy ear or two, a hot spot, or a rash and hives is due to some infectious agent. I used to feel that way too. These days I spend a lot of time going over recent changes in food or medication to make sure that recent food or medication changes aren’t  causing  itching, pain, nausea, or the runs.

 

        Treats and chews are the first thing we talk about. Recent changes in  commercial treats(wheaty biscuits) , chews (steer penises, beef skin , pig ears, wheaty pill pockets, and dyed wheat gluten dental biscuits) can cause diarrhea, gas(farting), anal gland pain and infection,  itchy red ears, hives, and swollen faces and lips. Don’t always expect your vet to link symptoms with treats. Vets aren’t taught this in school. Our education is more geared to worms, giardia, and bacterial infection(food poisoning from eating garbage) and flea allergy dermatitis. The more I ask about treats and chews, the more I find I can help problems from happening again and again.

 

      Recent applications of topical flea control can make a pet feel “under the weather” or can result in an itchy spot, hotspot, flaky spot, or hives in the area or elsewhere.  If your pet “breaks out” monthly or is nauseous or has diarrhea after flea control, change the type(oral, topical) or ingredient. Many brands can have the same ingredient. For example, the ingredient in Frontline, fipronil,  is now being sold under many different names and packaging. Oral flea medication can give some pets indigestion, nausea, or cause hives. Remember…each pet is an individual and medications may affect them differently. Just like in their 2 legged friends, any medication may not sit well with them! ( I’ve found that feeding more oils in the diet helps pets fight off fleas. Check out Dog Dish Diet and Feed your Pet to Avoid the Vet.)

 

        Medications such as NSAIDs for pain can cause vomiting, diarrhea, internal bleeding, or organ problems (liver, kidney,stomach). For example, my dog Tucker had a surgery and 2 days later became sick to his stomach and vomited several times after eating. He was taking antibiotics along with an NSAID, but as a precaution, I stopped giving him the NSAID (Previcox). He felt better  right away. I elected to give him Tramadol for the pain instead of the NSAID…just in case he was sensitive to it. I couldn’t bear it if a medication I gave him for pain, harmed him!

     If a pet feels sick after taking medication, always question the NSAID first, then the antibiotic, or other medication. Never give aspirin or prednisone along with a prescribed NSAID. Combinations of NSAIDS and steroids can be dangerous. Combos of NSAIDS and steroids like prednisone or dexamethasone increases the likelihood  of side effects. The literature suggests very stressful surgeries may also lead to  increased side effects when NSAIDS are used  I am always careful with my dosages of NSAIDS with stressed or older animals.    

 

      A dog or cat can vomit, develop diarrhea, or not feel well  after receiving other drugs like clavamox, doxycycline, enrofloxacin, or cephalexin antibiotics, ketoconazole for yeast infections, heart drugs, or cyclosporine  for allergies.(To name the most common ones) If mild,  the nausea or soft stool may pass, but trying another medication or lowering the dose may help. Giving medication with a food or treat may help reduce symptoms. Putting the pills in a small amount of food, a piece of a chicken or turkey hot dog, piece of cheese, slice of deli meat, or spoon of peanut butter may help. To help with mild nausea, you can use pepcid AC,  10mg once daily. ( Check out Dr Greg’s 11 Practical Home Remedies for others!)

 

      Prednisone will cause a pet to drink more water and pee a lot more. Some pets will become ravenously hungry. Others may act “spacy” or subdued. You can always ask your vet if you can reduce the dose and/or  use every other day dosing. I’ve found that some pets need much lower doses than those I was taught to give.  A German Shepherd really improved when the prednisone dose was dropped from 40 mg to 10mg every other day.  That dosage is much lower than the usual prescribed dosage…but it worked! She must have not read the formulary!

 

       As always I’ll finish by advising a really good hypoallergenic commercial food for allergic dogs (fish/potato,  rabbit/potato, or venison/potato) or home cooking to find out which ingredients help your pet feel the best. Then you can continue home cooking or mix home cooked food with the commercial food with the right ingredients! If your cat is obese, or to prevent or help with urinary problems, feed canned food or home cooked food. (Feed your Pet to Avoid the Vet has home cooking recipes for cats) 

Dog Dish Diet teaches you about ingredients and how to add healthy oils and foods to the right commercial dog food. It also teaches you to cook an easy, simple, inexpensive,   slow cooked meal. Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet teaches you how to slow cook for your dog and cat with more recipes.

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What is the best Mite remover for a snake and also for the cage?

Question by Andrew L: What is the best Mite remover for a snake and also for the cage?
It is a Baby Ball Python and when I lookd it her water bowl today; i found 1 tiny small round looking mite and so I want to be in the Safe side before its to late.

Best answer:

Answer by kitty_boo23
i had the same problem with my ball python and my vet recommended natural chemistry reptile relief…put the snake in some warm water to soak…take out whatever u have on the bottom and boil it for 10 mins or buy new and wash the bowl that u have water in warm to hot water…then follow the directions

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Fido’s Freebie Friday Gets Ready for a Book Launch!

It’s hard to believe it’s time for another Fido’s Freebie Friday; like so many weeks, this has been a super fast one! Our DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs book has been shipped…



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Integrity By Michael Hume

Integrity. That means standing for the truth and justice and remaining there. Even if the worldly are trying to convince you otherwise. Even if you endure months and months of pain and ridicule as a result of your standpoint. That is what God stands for. If Jesus were in my shoes I believe that he…



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Car Sickness in Dogs

Many dogs, regardless of breed, can experience carsickness on either short or long trips because they are not able to adjust to the shifting movements and varying speed of your vehicle when riding in your car or truck. Sometimes even a smooth ride on a relatively calm auto trip can upset a dog’s delicate digestive system.

Car (or motion) sickness is caused by an over-stimulation of a dog’s inner ear and it can make a dog feel miserable. But did you know that stress can also make a dog carsick because many dogs associate car travel with an embedded memory, like an unpleasant trip to the vet or being left at a kennel overnight or for a longer period of time where they experienced separation anxiety. Also, if a dog is young and has ever been frightened by a noisy truck or car, he may become stressed when experiencing the same situation while traveling in your vehicle.

The most obvious symptom of car or motion sickness is vomiting. Your dog may also pant more rapidly than usual, salivate, or pace nervously by your car before you even load him into it. If your dog exhibits behavior like this before you even start the engine, it’s likely he’s not going to enjoy the ride and there’s a good chance he’ll get carsick.

Most dogs eventually outgrow motion-induced carsickness, but if you find that your pet is still having a particularly hard time traveling in your car, try using a natural supplement such as Calming Soft Chews from DogsHealth.com. These specially formulated chews have high potency natural ingredients that are properly formulated for optimal results. These chews will help your dog relax whether traveling or staying at home. Calming Soft Chews help with separation anxiety, nervousness, and pacing. They are a safer solution than over-the-counter products that can cause drowsiness in your pet.

You can also prepare your dog for traveling by car if you do not give him any food or water just before you leave on a trip. A dog will travel better if you give him just half or a fourth of his usual serving of food before you leave. Make plenty of rest stops if you notice your dog exhibiting any of the signs of car sickness. You may need to stop occasionally and take him on a short walk, or a little longer walk if he seems unusually stressed. This will give him an opportunity to walk off the stress.

If you have found other useful ways to handle car sickness in your dog, please feel free to share that with our other readers. They would appreciate it.

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