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.

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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.

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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 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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Eyelash Mites

Mites can burrow into eyelashes. Learn the home remedies to combat irritation they can cause. rn.
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Apr 5, Picky eater

Fostering a 5 year old min pin who does not want to eat. Very picky. Ate small amount of canned one day then refused. Ate small amount OD chicken this
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Can Skin Contact Cause Anaphylaxis?

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A can of Hill’s d/d venison formula for dogs. For the nutritional management of dogs with any skin condition and vomiting/diarrhoea due to allergy.

Can Skin Contact Cause Anaphylaxis?
Q: My daughter, who's 7 years old, has dairy and other allergies and asthma, and has had one anaphylactic reaction. Then last fall, she broke out in big welts on her arms where another child's milk spilled on her. (She did not get wheezing.) Is it
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Cosmetic Products Linked To Skin Allergy 'Epidemic'
A preservative commonly used in cosmetic products could be the cause of an "epidemic" of skin allergies, dermatologists have warned. The preservative methylisothiazolinone (MI) is used in a wide range of beauty products including shampoos, moisturisers
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Hair Removal Can Cause Allergies and Irritation: Dermatologist
But this method can also have certain drawbacks such as infection of hair follicles or allergies related to skin. Waxing can also cause darkening of the skin in rare cases, but according to her skin there is no link between the shedding of dead skin
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Shocking Cruelty Against a Dog Called Puppy Doe Brings Calls for Change

Editor’s note: This post contains material that will almost certainly be upsetting. Proceed with caution.

Lisa Miels, one of the many Massachusetts residents shattered by the case of a dog called Puppy Doe, says the story hasn’t left her mind since she heard about it.

“My dog, Sunny, sleeps on my soft couch. He eats too many treats. He loves the park, tennis balls, and sniffing trash,” Miels says, with a catch to her voice. “This dog, she knew none of that.”

Miels is one of thousands of citizens outraged by the horrific story of Puppy Doe, a young Pit Bull found by a passerby in a Quincy, Massachusetts, park on Aug. 31. To say the dog was abused is an understatement.

The severely underweight dog was taken to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, which posted this on website:

“Puppy Doe was probably one to two years old. In addition to being starved and beaten on many occasions, causing fractures to the head and body, she appears to have undergone some kind of crude cutting to create a serpent-like split to her tongue. The dog had also been stabbed in the eye in the days prior to being found in Quincy.”

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Kiya, also known as “Puppy Doe”

Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore of the ARL Boston called this the worst case of animal abuse she has ever seen, and shared this statement to CNN:

“She was a rack of beaten bones,” Smith-Blackmore said. “Her joints were pulled apart like Medieval times. She was beaten, stabbed, burned over weeks to months and maybe her whole life. And could not walk. When I saw how vulnerable she was, and I understood immediately the duration of her suffering, my heart collapsed.”

The little dog’s injuries were so overwhelming the only humane thing to do was show her some brief kindness before euthanizing her.

Dangerous individual remains at large

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This case has remained in the spotlight in Massachusetts, where ARL Boston and the Quincy Police Department are adamant about finding the culprit. They’re concerned that it is unlikely a one-time incident; such an individual is likely to target other animals -- or people -– now or in the future.

A break in the case came when the dog’s original ownership was traced to Connecticut. The unnamed owner provided photos of the dog, originally called Kiya, in a happier life. Devastated to have learned of the dog’s fate, the owner reported that she was forced to rehome happy, friendly Kiya at the insistence of her landlord. Authorities suspect the dog was then shuffled among hands online, before landing with her torturer.

No arrests have been made in the case, and a sizable reward has been offered.

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Puppy Doe

Enormous public outcry

Unable to fathom who or why anyone would do this to a defenseless animal, a very shaken public has pulled together in support of Puppy Doe. A vigil held in Quincy drew more than 250 supporters, both human and canine, and received widespread media attention. Another vigil is planned in New York City on October 26, which is National Pit Bull Awareness Day. A Facebook page dedicated to justice for the dog currently has more than 50,000 likes.

A petition has been posted on, imploring Jim Buckmaster, CEO of Craigslist, to put an end to the free exchange of pets allowed on the site.

A call to end the free exchange of animals

Online sites, posting ads for free cats or dogs, are the perfect feeding grounds for animal abusers looking to obtain their next victim. While the petition to Craigslist is one step, it’s not a complete solution. The bigger issue is to raise public awareness on how to safely rehome an animal.

“We are wholly philosophically opposed to using the Internet to give pets away for free,” says Rob Halpin, director of public relations at MSPCA Angell in Boston, adding that Craigslist is just one of many sites posting such ads.

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The turnout at a Sept. 28 vigil was overwhelming.

Halpin urges owners facing a rehoming issue to turn to trained professionals at shelters and rescues. These individuals will explore the pet’s medical and behavioral history, and do extensive background checking, to ensure a lasting, safe match.

“Pet owners lack the skills and resources necessary to properly vet would-be adopters. The result could be the worst case scenario that is the Puppy Doe case,” he says.

A cry for stiffer penalties

In the wake of the case, legislation for Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety (PAWS) was filed in early October. Proposing to step up animal cruelty penalties in Massachusetts, it calls for:

  • Quadrupling fines for first offenders, to a total of $ 10,000
  • Giving repeat offenders a 10 year prison sentence and $ 20,000 fines
  • Imposing a fine of $ 2,000 and/or jail time to animal-involved hit-and-run drivers

The bill would also establish an anonymous animal abuse hotline and create a statewide registry of convicted animal abusers.

PAWs was authored by senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, with fellow GOP Senators Robert Hedlund and Richard Ross, and Democratic state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell.

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The vigil was also a call to action.

Change for other homeless animals

The magnitude of this case has left many individuals eager to do something. The initial public response was so intense that the Quincy Police Department called for restraint, saying that online vigilantes and false implications on the Internet were slowing police progress.

The best response may be to look toward helping other homeless animals.

“Our fervent hope is that those affected by this can channel their outrage into positive momentum for all animals, so that Puppy Doe will not have died in vain,” says Halpin, who suggests the following steps:

  • Lobby state and local officials for stiffer animal cruelty penalties in your area. “For example, animal cruelty in Massachusetts is a felony crime punishable by up to five years in prison and up to a $ 2,500 fine. No one ever gets that,” Halpin reports.
  • Adopt a homeless dog. “Tell friends, neighbors and relatives about the positive role that a dog plays in your life and encourage them to rescue a dog as well.”
  • Help the organizations that care for homeless animals. “(Rescues and shelters) are always in need of kindhearted volunteers who will walk dogs, clean cat boxes or just spend time with animals.”
  • Donate what you can. “Food, blankets, toys and pet supplies are always needed. And money helps animal rescue organizations do what they do,” he says.

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Alyssa Ellman and Penelope were among people and dogs attending the Sept. 28 vigil.

Thinking about what this small, defenseless dog was forced to endure is beyond heartbreaking. While it was too late to save Puppy Doe when she was found that August morning, both professionals and the public refuse to allow her suffering to have been for naught. The case has been a catalyst for change, raising awareness and sparking changes to safeguard future animals from abuse.

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