Bucket Drop On Condon Mtn Fire

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Medical Problems Of Golden Retrievers

Also known as seizures, epilepsy disorders normally occur from viral infections, and environmental factors as well. Even though an inaccessible seizure isn’t always a problem, dogs that have recurring seizures should never be bred. Vets can recommend medicines that control recurring seizures, although medicine isn’t always effective. Although epilepsy doesn’t affect the health of a Golden Retriever, it does have an effect on breeding. You can never tell if it is indeed heredity, therefore breeding is pretty much out of the question – to avoid passing it on to the litter.

Skin allergies
Skin allergy is the most common medical issue with Golden Retrievers. Skin allergy is normally the result of allergens such as flea bites, dust, airborne pollen, food, and even mold. Symptoms will vary, although they can include bits, scratching, licking, and even ear infections. Diet is extremely important here, as it can help to prevent a lot of these problems. If you consult with your vet, you can more than likely eliminate the risks your pet has of getting a skin allergy.

Hypothyroidism is a condition that causes the thyroid gland to malfunction. Golden Retrievers that are affected by this disease will normally show such symptoms as coat problems or obesity. This medical problem can also result in a lack of fertility as well. A lack of fertility can be a big problem for breeders, as it makes it very hard for the affected Golden Retriever to breed.

The treatment of hypothyroidism involves taking the oral supplement for hypothyroidism on a daily basis. Once it has been treated successfully, the prognosis will appear to be normal and dog will have a normal, healthy life span, providing there are no other medical problems. This condition is somewhat common with Golden Retrievers, and can be diagnosed by your vet.

Some Golden’s who suffer from hypothyroid problems will have seizures, although this will stop once they go on the oral treatment medicine. Even though the hypothyroid condition isn’t associated with epilepsy, you should monitor your dog to be on the safe side. You don’t want to take any chances with your dog coming down with epilepsy, which is why you should always have your vet do routine checks.

Even though medical problems are somewhat common with Golden Retrievers, you can help to prevent them by making sure your dog is healthy. If you do your part and make sure that you treat your Golden well, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Golden Retrievers are generally healthy dogs, although they can get ill from time to time. If you take your dog to the vet and get him treated as soon as he gets sick – he’ll be better and back to his normal self in no time at all.

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How to get rid of spider mites that crawl randomly in the house?

Question by trinity: How to get rid of spider mites that crawl randomly in the house?
I never see them in the garden. I have roses, daisies and fruit trees – maybe I should look more carefully. But there are hundreds of spider mites appearing randomly in random parts of the house, even in places far far away from the garden. I’ve sprayed the roses with insect (incl mites) spray last week, and I still get the mites in the house. I can’t find any solutions to clear the mites in the house and can’t find the source of the mites out of the house. Please help!

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A Great Way To Exercise Your Dog If You Live In The City

A Great Way To Exercise Your Dog If You Live In The City


As someone who lives in the city, there are many ways to exercise a dog in your area. Why limit your dog’s exercise just with a walk in your neighborhood? There’s an attitude among some city dwellers that having a dog in the city isn’t fair to the dog. Somehow, there is this myth that dogs are happiest in rural areas where they have plenty of room to roam, or in suburban areas with big backyards.


The city offers many options for exercising your dog. Owners should view the city as a vast playground. Often, it is a matter of using your imagination. One of the best ways to take advantage of your city area is to go running with your dog. When an owner runs with a dog, it is a beautiful thing to watch.


Many breeds of dogs were meant to run. Why not share a runner’s high with your dog? Good advice when running with your dog is to run with him on leash and to observe the rules of the street, of course. I know runners don’t like to stop at street corners with their dogs while they are running, but I hate to see a dog being taught that he can run across the street without stopping and not given the proper cross command. As a runner, you have to stop at street corners with red lights while running in place, so do the same thing whenever you arrive at any given corner.


It is not advisable to take a young puppy on a run since it will be hard on his hips and his bones are too soft. But when a puppy reaches his ninth month, he should be able to go safely on long runs with you. Check with your vet to find out when your dog is ready to start running with you.


If you run in the park, you don’t have to worry about crossing at different streets. But you will have to teach him to stop at strategic areas along the path, such as cross paths, parking lots and other congested areas. Keep a leash on your dog so that it will be a smoother run. There are too many distractions around, and your run will be interrupted if he starts chasing a squirrel or rabbit.


Running teaches your dog to follow you since he will be running at your side. Your dog does not have to be at a perfect heel during a run. What you basically want to share with your dog is a good rhythm. If you are using a harness, he can run in front of you.


Running is also great for developing the musculature structure in dogs. Just take care that you don’t run on days that are too hot for your dog. You will also want to inspect his pads after a run since they can take a beating on asphalt.

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Movember Failure

When we got our October Bark Box, I was so excited to see the moustache toy.  I’d seen pictures of the moustache before and thought it could be super fun.  I also though the timing was perfect because it was only a week or so before the start of Movember. I had grand plans of having some super cool images of Coulee with a moustache.  Ummm.  Yeah… Not so much.

We’d gone out once before with it but it kept getting covered in snow and we almost lost it in the deep snow so we didn’t try again until yesterday.

The good news is Coulee not only likes the toy but she tended to pick it up on her own by the ball in the back.

 The bad news is, she doesn’t always carry it in the right direction.

And when she does manage to carry it in the right direction, it kind of droops…

She was very pleased with herself.  I have no idea why.  She was not being cooperative.

Apparently Coulee will hold a toy, until I ask her to do anything.  Me asking her to sit, down or stay all resulted in the same thing – dropping the toy.  So then I would try and push her away from me and snap a picture while she was barely more than an arms reach away.  Quality photos they were not!

I held it up to see what it should look like.  LOL.

It also didn’t help when the little one kept running off with the prop.

We almost got some at the end but it is a very dirty, saggy moustache at this point!

Sigh.  THIS is why I prefer candid photography.

PS – Seeing as none of the dogs have their mouths even open, pretty sure all of these are photoshopped!

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Getting Ready for Our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide!

Maybe because October was so busy…or maybe because it’s still 90 degrees here…but, for whatever reason, it doesn’t seem possible that the holidays are just around the corner!…

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I have to tell myself he’s a dog, not just a “pit bull”.

A few nice Flea Prevention images I found:

I have to tell myself he’s a dog, not just a “pit bull”.
Flea Prevention

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Yesterday Israel got outside when my sister opened the door. There were two neighbor dogs at the edge of our (large) front yard. These are older and very cantankerous dogs. One of them got away months ago when I was outside with Judah off leash and even as the owner ran up to get her she was circling Judah with narrowed eyes and a tail raised up high. Judah didn’t let it bother her and made no move toward the dog, even letting the dog sniff her–and then the dog snarled and wanted to attack. Judah moved away.
Just the other day while walking Judah we passed them on opposite sides of the street. While they strained at their leashes, snarling and barking at Judah, she kept her eyes forward and didn’t bother them. The owner called across the street to me, "She is SUCH a good dog!" (She also recognizes that her dogs are, well, mean.)
"Thank you!" I called back.
So anyway. Israel hasn’t encountered them yet, but he was about to. I dropped my purse (I was leaving) and went outside to get Israel (who had no collar on) as he stopped halfway between me and the dogs. They were geared for a fight and Israel stood with his tail down (good) and his ears back (hmm). He growled a little, barked once or twice in warning to the other dogs, but didn’t just race over and start attacking them. It ended with me telling him firmly to get back in the house. When he heard and saw me he immediately put his head down, tail between his legs, and went up to the house and inside when my sister opened the door again.

Here I was thinking "pit bull! attack! blood! gore!" and only afterward realized…he’s a dog. He’s an intact male. And he’s wary. It had little to do with the fact that he’s an APBT and more to do with him being a testosterone-fueled dog wanting to guard his territory–and he was quick to let me step in and do it instead.

I used to think that anyone who wasn’t a (responsible) breeder with intact dogs were just plain stupid. I wonder if people think the same of me when I go out with Israel, who is clearly not neutered. Do they think I’m keeping him intact so he’ll actually be aggressive? That I have something to prove?
But now that I’m relearning everything that I know about dogs regarding what to feed, how to vaccinate, how to handle different behaviors I realize that pretty much everything I was taught was just dead wrong. Literally.
Pet food has rat poison in it, pet food has dead cats and dogs in it, most vaccinations are unnecessary and harmful, and only rabies is legally required–AND you don’t have to get it every year in some states!
Even flea & tick prevention as well as heartworm preventatives are just more toxins and poisons we dump on and in our animals. I have to wear gloves when applying Frontline because if I don’t and it gets on my (sensitive) skin, then it’s days of numbness with itching and a weird feeling. And I put that on my dogs? No thanks.
The reason I’m not neutering Israel until he’s a year old is because I don’t want him to overgrow. If he’s short, he’s short. But if I don’t let the growth plates close when they should–earlier than they would if you spay/neuter–then he’ll be too tall and his bones will be too thin to support his weight. At least that’s what I think and it’s certainly a very good theory as far as what’s wrong with Judah. By no means fat, she is leggy and I think her joints just didn’t get the chance to develop and strengthen enough to support her body type because of her early spay.
I won’t let that happen to Israel. By allowing the hormones to take their own natural course, closing the growth plates at the right time, as well as feeding a natural diet that keeps him from getting too big too fast (which happened to Judah) then there’s a much lesser risk for joint problems when he’s proportionate. He’s steadily gained weight but it was never in huge spurts. The last five pounds took nearly a month to put on–and he’s fed probably 5% of his current body weight, whereas Judah is fed a bit under 2% since she’s on restricted activity and doesn’t need all of that food. Those five pounds in a month is what should have happened to Judah. Instead, she gained something like eleven pounds in three weeks.

My point is that people who don’t alter their pets out of laziness are stupid. People who don’t alter their pets for a valid, well-thought out reason are looking out for their animal’s well being. It might not look like I’m being responsible having an intact male pit bull, but I’m doing what’s best for him and I don’t need to justify that.
I am really rethinking the concept of altering to begin with. I think in reality it’s necessary because people are just damned careless. But it also has side effects for the animal, physically and mentally. I would feel more comfortable if we were able to let animals come to full maturity–at least 2 years of age–before having to alter them. I’m still thinking about it with Israel. We’ll see.

Cat Processing 101
Flea Prevention

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All animals are processed thru a minimum of a two week quarantine when they come to Rikki’s. We cannot risk any of our residents catching something from "the outside world". Our residents are our first concern. When a new resident joins us they go into quarantine. In the case of cats, it’s usually two weeks, unless there are "issues". Like persistent worms, a bad case of ear mites, they get sick during their two weeks or they need additional veterinarian work like neutering or spaying or a current rabies vaccination or a dental.

We have an extensive parasite prevention program because we simply cannot afford to have all of our animals infected by parasites brought in by one animal. An otherwise healthy and "ready to go" cat receives two preventative parasite treatments as well as a physical and any needed vaccinations. They are treated for fleas and ticks, ear mites, mange mites, a whole host of possible internal parasites and given vaccinations. The typical cat will have his or her ears cleaned and mite prevention dripped in. They will receive a capsule of worming meds and 2 cc of liquid worming meds. They get an injection for mites and other parasites and one for distemper and those other nasty things. Then they get flea drops. If they didn’t come with a current rabies certificate or it’s due to expire soon, they also get a trip to the vet to update that. A full exam includes various body orifices being poked and prodded, otoscope in ears, thermometers in unpleasant places, eyes examined, mouth pried and held open so teeth can be examined – visually we hope but all too often with the ferals we get to feel first hand how well those teeth are working – stethoscope pressed against chest and abdomen, nails clipped – often after being extracted from human flesh.

And two weeks later it’s all repeated. And if all looks well at that time they get to move into their new cat house. We have 8 temporary pens for cat quarantine that can hold up to six cats each. Some will have to be quarantined in cages in our hospital. When a family comes in together we prefer to keep them together in a temp pen than in individual cages. it’s much more homey and much less scary. Lots of kitties who’ve come to Rikki’s in the last 8 months thank Ron for the temp pens.

These kitties have been captured in their temp pens and brought up to the hospital for "processing".

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Pet Food Recall: ZuPreem FruitBlend™ With Natural Fruit Flavors

PetsitUSA received an email about another pet food recall.  This is a recall that started in September.  There was a voluntary recall by Premium Nutritional Products, Inc.  The products being recalled are:

ZuPreem FruitBlend™ With Natural Fruit Flavors maintenance formula bird foods for medium/large birds and for large birds with use by date codes of 11/30/13 or 11/13 and lot numbers 598405052 or 598405072.

However, this recall is different from the most recent recalls PetsitUSA has reported.  This is the first recall all month that is not related to salmonella.  This recall is because there is a risk to a bird’s health as a result of the combination of exceedingly high calcium levels, low phosphorus, and high Vitamin D concentration.

Symptoms of this danger include decreased activity level or appetite, an increase water consumption or watery droppings.  You can find more specific details about the products at the official press release:  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm326057.htm?source=govdelivery.

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Pet Food Recall: Wellness Dog Food

Wellness is recalling its 12lb Small Breed Adult Health Dry Dog Food.  Some of these products have a higher level of moisture than what is called for in the recipe.  This can cause the food to mold before the expiration date.  The product has the ‘Best By’ date of August 18, 2013.


You can see the official announcement at http://www.facebook.com/wellnesspetfood.  Their website is currently down.  Here’s a quote from the post:

“High moisture may cause food to mold before its expiration date, but poses no health risk.
We want you and your pet to be completely satisfied, so we are asking those who may have this limited supply of food to contact us for a replacement. No other dates, bag sizes or recipes are affected. Thanks for your support of Wellness, and we apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-225-0904. We’ll be open at 8am eastern on Wednesday morning.”

PetsitUSA will keep you up-to-date with all pet food recalls.

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Dog Poop Bags – new times call for new business

Dog Poop Bags – new times call for new business

Times have changed. Our cities have expanded, more open land is being developed now and we’re all living in high rise buildings with no gardens. The result is that we are all required to take our dogs out to community parks to relieve themselves and that has brought on the new problem of dealing with pet waste.

Laws and rules have been laid down about owners having to clean up after their pets and before long dog poop bags were invented and they are now sold all over the place to make it easier and more convenient for pet owners to actively take care of the environment.

As times change and new things come about, new business opportunities arise. Dog poop bags, as simple as they are, have become a business opportunity like few others. In my opinion the business can be compared to the opportunity toilet paper was in the days it was invented. Pets will always produce waste, and pet owners will always be obliged to clean up after their pets. Dog poop bags are almost as high in demand as toilet paper now, and laws that state pet owners have to take care of their dog’s business ensure that dog poop bags will never go out of demand.

As a result, dog poop bags are a good investment from a business point of view. New developments in the characteristics of dog poop bags are also wide open for exploration as the product still has room for improvement. The bags have been made biodegradable, recently also flushable, they’ve been made colourful and scented, and there will still be more developments in this industry.

If you’re interested in getting involved in business opportunities, something as simple and every-day as dog poop bags could be just the answer for you, because it’s in such high demand and so many pet owners are willing to jump at new developments that make waste removal even easier and less unpleasant for them. Turn on your creative brain, get involved in the dog poop bags business and make a difference to the environment and pet owner’s sentiments, along with the money you earn.

To find the best dog poop bags on the market, please visit http://www.poopbags.us


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