How do dogs feel about magic tricks?

Humans are usually amazed and entertained when something disappears before our eyes. But what about dogs? In this short video Finnish magician and illusionist Jose Ahonen does a simple sleight-of-hand trick in which he has a dog treat in his hand and suddenly it’s gone. The video shows that the dogs have a sense of object permanence. That is they know an object is there even if they can’t see it at the moment. Things…
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Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World {Book Review}

Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider My rating: 2 of 5 stars Sharing her personal experiences from living in Turkey to moving back to the states, “Notes from a Blue Bike” is a personal journey of Tsh Oxenreider, in living an intentional life while…



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vito at my hometown Sendai

Some cool Pet Itch images:

vito at my hometown Sendai
Pet Itch

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New Pet Sitters Looking for a Membership Discount?

Over the past month or so PetsitUSA has undergone some reworking.  You may not notice the differences, but the coding will make the site more secure and increase search engine rankings.  If you are looking to join, then you can get a discount by submitting blog posts about pet sitting.  These posts will also help increase the city rankings.

There have been some great contributions over the past few months.  This offer was made in the fall, and it resulted in some excellent posts.  It would be great to have some new voices!


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Controlling Cancer Pain in Dogs

When a dog is diagnosed with cancer, a successful outcome of treatment is dependent on the cancer being detected early enough before a tumor has spread throughout the body. Unfortunately, at a late stage the cancer can’t be controlled and the prospect for recovery is poor. At this point, controlling cancer pain in the dog involves nothing more than administering a pain medication and making the dog as comfortable as possible.

During the several stages of cancer, a dog may be in pain, although in the beginning stages a dog is unlikely to suffer from much pain. When a tumor starts to grow inside the dog’s body, it may press against its internal organs or bones and cause a lot of pain.

“Stages” and “Grades” of cancer are theoretically close in meaning, but they are not the same. The stage of a tumor usually refers to how far along it is. To determine the stage of a dog’s tumor, a veterinarian will look at the size of the tumor, the number of tumors, and whether the cancer cells have invaded the bloodstream where they can travel to other sites in the body.

A late stage tumor, or late stage cancer, usually means the cancer has advanced to the point where it is more difficult to cure or treat the cancer and force it into long term remission.

An early stage tumor or early stage cancer means that the cancer has not progressed very far along. Usually these types of cancers are found in only one site of a dog’s body and have not spread to any other parts of the body and are located only where the tumor or cancerous cells were found.

The grade of a cancer describes how aggressive it is. A low grade cancer is one that is not very aggressive, whereas a high grade cancer is much more aggressive. Aggressive cancers grow quickly, invading the area around the tumor, or they enter the dog’s bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body.

Pain medication can help lower the pain and suffering of cancer, and the decision of when to administer medication has to be determined by a veterinarian.

The most common pain medication prescribed for dogs with cancer are analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). Depending upon the severity and spread of the cancer, a vet may also prescribe steroids. The main difference between NSAIDs and analgesics is that NSAIDs are able to control the pain and also reduce swelling. Common NSAIDs include aspirin or Rimadyl (generic name caprofen). Analgesics prescribed to dogs with cancer include tramadol and fentanyl.

In the last stages of cancer, when there is not much that can be done to help the dog, pain relief medications may be the only treatment a vet administers. Opiates are prescribed in these cases as the NSAIDs or analgesics are no longer effective for the intensive pain.

Radiation Therapy is also used to help manage pain in dogs with severe cases of cancer. Radiation therapy is administered on a regular schedule and will help relieve the dog’s pain, but it won’t remove cancerous cells and cannot stop their further growth. Radiation therapy is usually only recommended during the last phases of cancer when there is not much that can be done to help the dog.

Human pain medication should NEVER be given to dogs with cancer. Human medications usually include toxic ingredients that damage a dog’s liver and kidneys.

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…But here is the best part of the story

Dog frozen to the ground gets a new home An anonymous tip led the Sheriff’s department to a rural location in Indiana on a sub-zero night. There they found four dogs left out in the cold. Peanut, a Sheltie mix, was frozen to the earth. His feet, stomach and tail were frozen by his own feces. He also had an infestation of fleas and was malnourished. It took about a half hour to get him…
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Cool Mites images

A few nice Mites images I found:

Ear mite Collage
Mites

Image by annamcoffin
Ear mite egg and Adult ear mite

House dust mites
Mites

Image by Gilles San Martin
House dust mites (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus).
More information here :
news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9290000/9290068…

Scale : mite length = 0.3 mm

Technical settings :
– focus stack of 95 images
– microscope objective (Nikon achromatic 10x 160/0.25) on bellow

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What is Wrong With My Pet’s Itchy or Painful Butt?

The itchy or painful butt is a daily occurrence in any veterinary hospital. Dogs and cats itch it, scratch it, lick it,and scoot on it. There can be many causes, but I’ll talk about the most common ones. If the description fits your pet’s symptoms, you may be able to help the situation.

 

The most common causes of itchy butt in both dogs and cats are flea bites. Fleas are hard to spot unless you are patient and have really good light. Look for the fast moving dark specks at the tail head, along the back and neck, and lighter belly of both dogs and cats. Fleas especially love to hang round the face, neck, and ears of cats!! You may spot small dark specks between the hairs and against the skin of lighter areas. These small dark specks may be either flea poop or dirt. Flea combs are a great way to look for fleas or “flea dirt” (which is really flea poop). When wet down on a light paper towel, flea dirt will turn red(that’s because fleas are blood suckers and poop blood), where real dirt will just be a brown smudge or black speck. Even if you don’t see fleas, just a few bites can make a sensitive dog or cat very itchy, just like a mosquito bite is much worse for those sensitive people. Rinsing a pet in a white bathtub or sink with the plug in will sometimes help you spot the pesky varmints. Fleas can be part of a pets itchy butt problem or the whole problem.

 

Many pets have multiple allergies that can cause an itchy butt and getting rid of fleas may or may not completely solve butt problems . Fleas are the most common cause of hind end itching and pretty easily treated. Flea control products need to be used monthly on all pets for at least a few months. Depending on the number of fleas in your house and yard ,the number carried by neighborhood cats and dogs in your area, and the amount of shady moist areas in your pet’s world, you may need to address fleas year round or just during “the season” which is usually warmer weather in the spring, summer, and fall. You can use topical flea control, oral flea control, or natural flea control(rinsing or bathing pets , diatomaceous earth on floors and carpets ,and nematodes in the yard to eat baby fleas, garlic in dog food, lemon spray repellent) . Some dogs and cats may be very sensitive to the topical chemical on their neck and back, or may become nauseous with oral flea control. You may have to try different products for one that works best for your budget, lifestyle, and your pet’s sensitivities.

 

Many people like myself are not as comfortable feeding or applying pesticides(flea control) to their pets constantly. I’m not so sure it’s healthy for them and I don’t want pesticides all over me or my family either! Feeding more oils and adding raw meat to the diet may help natural defenses kick in. For millions of years dogs and cats repelled fleas with a secretion by their sebaceous glands of the skin. The low amount of fat and healthy oils ion the diet may have crippled that effective system. ( That’s why I add healthy oils and feed cooked and raw meat to my pets …it’s more natural!!)Putting a very small amount of garlic flakes or garlic may also really help in dogs. I have read and used 1/4 clove per 30 pounds a couple times a week (for dogs only). Fish oil capsules (1-4 daily depending on the size of pet) and brewers yeast as well as other natural ingredients may help the skin repel those invaders!

 

The incidence of mast cell tumors has skyrocketed in the same period of the advent of topical flea control. I have no data, just suspicions. That’s why natural prevention (better diet with more oils), using a better oral product(comfortis or trifexis), or natural repellents and treatments appeals to me.

 

Irritated or full anal glands may cause licking, scooting, and straining. These glands may become inflamed and full from eating food, treats, or chews containing wheat or other allergens. They also may be full because the plumbing is too small for proper drainage. Toy breeds were bred to be small and may have faulty pipes, just like my garbage disposal outlet pipe that gets plugged. Too little fiber in the diet may not massage the stinky stuff out the gland. Adding 1 tsp-tbsp of pumpkin to the diet may help. Restricting the common allergens may help an irritated gland clear up.It may take one of the following meats (chicken, duck, fish, venison, rabbit, kangaroo) with potato if a pet is really allergic.

 

A cat that strains in the box or won’t use the box may have sore anal glands that are really full. I wouldn’t want to use the box if it hurt every time I tried to use it. Cats that are straining may act like they have a bladder infection or urinary blockage, when it’s really a sore butt!

 

Food allergies can also cause an itchy butt, scooting, or a small amount of red blood in the stool. Always feed your pet hypoallergenic treats, chews, and pill pockets. These are the most common cause of an itchy, sore, butt. Biscuits, chews, or food containing wheat, beef or less common allergens like chicken and rice may cause a soft stool, itchy butt, scooting, and other medical problems like red blood in the stool, seizures, bladder issues, ear infections, and infections of the skin.

 

That’s why I wrote both the books I list on this website, Dog Dish Diet and Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet. If you feed your pet better hypoallergenic ingredients, more healthy oils, and less calories, they may recover from so many medical issues. In fact the number of visits per pet has decreased in my veterinary clinic due to my consistent nutritional counseling. That saves my clients lots of money and prevents needless suffering for their pets. Check the description of my books out at

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Heres a video on Itchy Butt problems:

 

Check out temporary home remedies to help with the itching: 

http://www.dogdishdiet.com/dr-gregs-11-practical-home-remedies-for-dogs-and-cats/

Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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Blackmore’s Night – The Clock Ticks On (Live in Paris 2006) HD

The Clock Ticks On live in Paris 2006!

just helping out a wild shingle back ad say its 3-4 weeks old as it was tiny and did’t bite.
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