Infections in rheumatoid arthritis patients: Mayo Clinic study finds way to

Infections in rheumatoid arthritis patients: Mayo Clinic study finds way to
The greater susceptibility to infections that accompanies the autoimmune disorder is one reason. Assessing the danger of infection a particular patient faces so it can be addressed can prove challenging for physicians. A Mayo Clinic study finds that a
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FDA: Your Dumb Tattoo Is Infected, Bro
“Reporting an infection to FDA and the artist is important. Once the problem is reported, FDA can investigate, and the artist can take steps to prevent others from being infected,” says epidemiologist Katherine Hollinger, D.V.M., M.P.H., from the
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Wash, Wash, and Wash Again
If only that were just a well-travelled joke…every year more than 2 million people contract an infection while in the hospital. That's nearly 1 patient out of every 20. Approximately 100,000 people die from these infections, making them the fourth
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Hospital-acquired infections rarely reported
Researchers looked at about 100 acute care hospitals in Michigan and found payment for this infection decreased pay for a fraction of hospitals–only 25 hospital stays or 0.003 percent of all stays. Part of the reporting inaccuracies come from most
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My Dog Might Be Eating Way Too Much Meat?

My mom sometimes gives my dog a half a bowl of old pork or a full chicken leg. I tell her not to give him it but she says she doesn't want to waste food. So what? Food is more important than our dogs health? She says she does this occasionally but that's like once a week while I train him with treats and give him treats that I specially made for him. my mom asks why don't you give him these homemade treats. I tell her because she gives the dog way too much meat already. But she stil gives him meat. I know that meat is the main part of a dogs diet, but I saw GoneToTheSnowDogs say that she doesn't give her dogs more than 2 big dog treats before a meal because it could spoil their appetite. She's a YouTube that does videos about her dogs and she knows a lot about taking care of dogs. And my dog barely eats his food, I think he even eats more meat than his regular dog food. Sorry that tis is long but I so mad that my family doesn't care about this.

Also, my brothers give my dog meat during dinner while he's whining not knowing that he already had tons of meat.

Suggestion:

dogs are pretty dumb and will eat anything you put in front of them, so you are at fault.

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THOUSANDS OF CAT OWNERS RALLY FOR TEEN CANCER PATIENT

Imagine being in a hospital bed, far away from all the comforts of home, including the warm, furry reassurance of your family cat.

Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, a 16-year-old cancer patient at the Seattle Children’s Hospital, has spent months in the hospital this year. She was desperately missing her cat Merry when the hospital staff decided to do something about it.

A special team got to work, creating what they dubbed the “Cat Immersion Project.” They asked hospital Facebook fans to post their favorite cat photos. The staff then used the photos – more than 3,000 – in a video they made for Maga.

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Hello, I’m dusty and you should be petting me…

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Pet of the Week: Madison, 1078387
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Madison is a 6-year-old female cat who is front-declawed. She was adopted and then returned to Lollypop Farm when her owner had to move and could not take her along.

Madison is a bit shy but she does like petting and head scratches. She would probably be happiest as the only cat in the home.

Madison is a calm cat with a cute meow.

She is eligible for our Seniors-for-Seniors program, so adopters age 60 and older can take her home free of charge!

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12 Tips for Keeping Dogs Safe During a Disaster

As current events in Louisiana demonstrate, disaster can strike at any time. What does this mean for dog owners? It means taking steps without delay to ensure your furry family member’s survival, and planning ahead to get your pet organized. Muttshack Animal Rescue Foundation has done dog’s work in the Gulf region since 2005, when the group saved hundreds of animals from perishing during Hurricane Katrina. Dogster debriefed Amanda St. John, who co-founded Muttshack with her husband, Martin. Here are her 12 expert survival tips.

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1. Get Spot a Microchip

Hundreds of pets get lost every year when disasters strike. During the confusion, animals can travel great distances from home. They may run away trying to escape the chaos, or may be rescued by a Good Samaritan and taken far, far away. Statistics show many rescued pets are never returned to their owners. Why? Because of lack of identification. So the first order of preparation is to check your pet's ID tag, Amanda advises. "Is it still legible and current? Is there enough information to find you, even if your phone has been disconnected? Does it have a street address or email?"

"Getting pets microchipped is so worth it! There is an army of shelters, vets, and rescue organizations that will return your pet from just about anywhere in the United States, if he or she has a chip," Amanda says. "A scanner will ID the chip, and the chip number is indexed on a national database. It's up to you to make sure your information is regularly updated on the database; for instance, if you move to a new address after adopting your dog."

2. Take photographs

One picture really does tell a thousand words, so take a photo of your dog as he looks today and place it in a plastic Ziploc bag in your Pet Disaster Kit.

3. Make a Pet Disaster Kit

For each pet you'll need a folder with the pet's name with your address, phone number, and email; a current photo; and copies of current distemper and rabies shots, other immunizations, and licenses. These are required by boarding facilities, and you may need to board your dogs during the emergency.  

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4. Help the people who might help your best friends

"You might not be home when disaster strikes or the order comes to evacuate," Amanda warns. "The disaster might also be localized to just your own home -- like a fire. If your animals are kept indoors or at home during the day, make sure that you have the information about how many pets there are, and their species, displayed on a laminated sign near your front door." For instance, the sign might read: POLICE/FIRE DEPARTMENT: ANIMALS LIVE HERE. 2 DOGS, 1 CAT, 1 BIRD.

Also, corral your pet leashes and collars on a hook near your front door, so your critters can be swiftly secured, by you or (if you're not there) a rescuer. Faced with a stranger, dogs will comply with being leashed by their own, familiar-scented leashes -- but they might be terrified of a rescue rope and resist rescue. Stack up empty animal carriers so they're ready to be deployed at a moment's notice.

5. Set up a buddy system

Do this with a trusted neighbor who also has pets (this is also super-helpful for last-minute pet-sitting during a non-disaster emergency -- if, say, you have to spend time with a family member in the hospital). In an emergency they (or you) will pick up the pets and meet at a pre-arranged location. If you've been exchanging pet-sitting favors, you'll already have house keys and be familiar with each other's pets, so you'll have a better chance of finding hiding animals than someone who's never met the pets before. Also, let your emergency buddy know where you keep your Pet Disaster Kit and pet carriers.

6. Moving animals to a safe location

Evacuate pets early -- don't delay. Bring a safe carrier or crate for each pet. Since pets are not allowed inside shelters for humans, you may need to board them or take them to a friend's. Boarding facilities will need proof of immunizations, especially distemper shots, so make sure those are included in your Pet Disaster Kit.

8. Update, update

Update and restock your supply of business cards -- you'll need to exchange information with lots of people, quickly and efficiently, in the event that you are looking for a lost pet. Write your pet's description on the back (better yet, have a photo of the dog printed right on there).

Also update your address book to include pet emergency numbers (including the numbers of your vet, local animal shelter, and animal control) and alternate housing numbers (boarding kennels, vet hospitals with kennels, and pet-friendly hotels). "Getting your pet into a secured environment quickly is key, whether it's home or someplace like home," Amanda says. "The longer the pet is out, the greater the chance they may get lost or injured."

9. Stock up on supplies

Refresh emergency rations, including cans of pet food and jugs of water, plus food bowls and treats. Also, make sure your first-aid kit is stocked with povidone iodine, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, bandages, gauze, and tape. Include a small blanket and a large plastic bag in your carryall. The bag could become ground cover or a raincoat for your dog, and a dry chew-bone will keep Spot distracted during a long confinement. And don't forget paper towels and poop-scoop bags.

10. Keep your dog calm

Dogs can become fearful and agitated during an evacuation, so keep speaking softly to your pets to keep them calm and to reassure them that you'll all be going back home together when it's over.

11. Make a lost dog flyer

Do this ahead of time, and make a couple dozen copies -- this can prove to be a dogsend if she does become lost during a disaster. And don't forget to visit MuttShack's page on Facebook to report a lost or found pet. "You'll find an outpouring of help from animal bloggers," Amanda promises.

12. Going home again

When you return to your animal house, inspect the place for any possible new dangers before you let your pets loose.

Do you have a pet disaster plan or have you made a Pet Disaster Kit? Do you intend to? Let us know in the comments.


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QuickClot (Stops Bleeding Fast) ~ This Could Be My Answer!

I think with this, I am home free to do some weed eating in my yard again!!

You know I never thought much about this until last October when my dad was put on Coumadin and when he went out to feed his hunting dogs and he was wearing flip flops and the dog got his chain caught on my dad’s big toe and cut it just at the top of his toe nail and he was bleeding some terrible. Most of the family was out of town on a “sister trip” and my husband was out of town also and my daughter was at work. He could not get the bleeding to stop and every time he put his foot down it got tremendously worse. Finally we got a hold of my daughter’s boyfriend who took in to the emergency room where they finally got the bleeding to stop. Luckily my daughter’s boyfriend could go down to his house a couple times a day and take care of him because every time he would stand up for a week or so, it would start bleeding and he had animals that needed tended to and he needed someone to fix him something to eat and such.
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Then in March of this year I was put on Coumadin (blood thinners) for blood clots in my lungs and I am such a klutz that we were all really worried about me getting hurt and bleeding to death. I have not been able to do some of the things I normally do like keeping the yard tended to. That has always been my thing. I do the weed eating and mowing. That is like my sanity since I do daycare and I am stuck in the house all the time. Since the Coumadin I have not been able to do that. I am going to get some of this and then I think I will be home free. With this, no one will be able to yell at me and say “Now, you know if something comes back off that weed-eater and hits you, you could bleed to death!” I am liking this!!
  
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Welcome Home to Your New Pet. Now What?

According to recent statistics, more and more Americans are adopting not only their first companion animal, but their second and even third. The pervasiveness of multiple pet households indicates just how important pets have become in our lives, and that we want our existing pets to have companions of their own.

Having multiple pets increases everything: the joy, the cost, the hair, and the cuddles. As a veterinarian, I am often asked for advice on how best to integrate a new pet into a home that already has resident animals. In this post, I’ll be focusing on dog-only and cat-only households.

In a Dog-Meet-Dog World
When seeking to add an additional dog to your family, be sure to choose a breed, gender and personality that compliment your current canine. For example, it’s unwise to match a tea cup poodle puppy with a large or giant breed dog, especially an active one. Even if no harm is intended, the puppy could easily be injured. Similarly, be conscientious if you already have an older dog with arthritis, as a puppy could prove overwhelming. In general, opposite genders get along better, as do spayed and neutered pets (procedures I heartily endorse). In general, we would recommend the adoption of a dog younger than the resident dog; if the ages are reversed, tension could result, leading to recurring fights over who claims dominance. Of course, as I mentioned earlier, personality is an important factor. You know your resident dog’s disposition and it’s essential to take that into consideration when bringing a new dog into your home.

It’s always a good idea to have your existing dog as well-trained as possible prior to bringing a new dog into your home. Trust me, it will make your life easier and may even help facilitate the training of your new dog. As pack animals, dogs instinctively pick up the habits of their pack members. If you have a well-trained resident dog, then he or she can show the newcomer ‘how things are done’.

Even if your dogs seem to hit it off great from the get-go, don’t leave them unsupervised until you are certain that they have fully accepted each other. To that end, some experts advise that the dogs have time away from each other, as well as time off from you, too. This will help foster their bonds to you while also teaching them that it’s okay to be alone.

Feeding time can be a challenge with more than one dog. If the dogs compete for food, it may result in snarly spats and possibly overeating (at least, for one of the dogs). In addition, the dogs may develop the habit of ‘bolting their food’, or eating too quickly while not chewing their food sufficiently. Bolting may lead to serious problems like chunks becoming lodged in the throat, or cause GI distress like vomiting or diarrhea. The simplest way to avoid these problems is by feeding the dogs separately. If you have dog crates, consider feeding them while they’re safely ensconced inside their individual crates. Short of that, consider feeding in separate rooms, but be sure to close the doors! Whatever method you choose, make sure the feeding areas are places where your dogs will feel safe and will be able to eat undisturbed. Remember to remove the bowls after your dogs are finished eating.

Lastly, make sure that you purchase separate bedding, bowls and toys for your new dog. Some experts believe that it’s vital that each dog has his or her own property, as this will help your resident dog feel less threatened by the newcomer.

Cat Plus Kitty Doesn’t Have to Mean Catty
Just like with dogs, be thoughtful of your resident cats when bringing a new cat into your home. If your existing cat is quiet or reserved, then a mature companion can be good choice; if you have an active cat, consider getting a cat with an energetic disposition. If you choose to introduce an adult cat, try to find one who has lived in a feline community before. The best combinations are based on personality, so choose a cat with a temperament that compliments your resident cat. Adding together two unneutered male cats can be recipe for conflict. Please make certain that your newcomer has had a thorough veterinary exam and tests negative for intestinal parasites, feline leukemia and AIDS, as the latter two are highly infectious diseases.

The best way to introduce a new cat is gradually. A new feline in the home will likely lead to some measure of stress for your resident cat, especially if your cat has no prior experience living with other pets. Keep the new cat in an area separate from your resident cat, such as a bedroom or bathroom with a shut door, and introduce them in stages, using progressively increasing increments of exposure time. Never leave them unattended until both the cats appear to fully accept one another. Be forewarned, sometimes this process can take between a week and a month, depending on the temperament of both cats. Cats, by nature, don’t like change. Chances are, your resident cat may hide, ignore or hiss at the newcomer for a few days, so give your kitty some time to adapt. In the majority of cases, the household will resume normalcy over time.

In the meantime, there are things you can do to ease the transition. Give the new cat its own bedding, litterbox, food dishes and toys in an area separate from the resident cat’s belongings. Make sure both cats have separate areas where they can retreat to if threatened. Add additional cat trees and scratching posts around the house for environmental enrichment. You might also consider purchasing plug-in Feliway dispensers, which can reduce stress during the introductory period.

With a little bit of forethought and patience, you too will be able to welcome your home (and your heart) to a new companion animal and incorporate them safely into your existing family.

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