ASK-THE-VET: A PITBULL WITH SUMMER ALLERGIES

DrDonnaSpectorQuestion: I have a four year old pitbull my baby suffers from allergies every summer I need help to find out what I can do I have took in him to the vet and no one knows what’s going on.

Answer: Thank you for your question. With dogs who suffer from issues at the same time every year—the diagnosis is usually inhaled seasonal allergies called atopy. Here is an article with some tips on diagnosis and treatment of allergies: Allergies in Dogs.

Hope this helps.
Dr. Donna Spector

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Please HELP!! My cats have pretty bad mange. Need home remedy known to be safe and effective for cats! Thanks.

Question by onceuponatimeiwas: Please HELP!! My cats have pretty bad mange. Need home remedy known to be safe and effective for cats! Thanks.
Recently became aware that my cats itching was not b/c of fleas (tons of treatment) but from mange mites! I cannot afford a trip to the vet and am also weary of chemicals used to treat mites. I have found a number of mite remedies but all have been for dogs with no side notes indicating they are safe for cats. Please help if you have any information or experience.

Best answer:

Answer by tazzmainiandevils
Diet alone can treat mange. Mites are best treated from the inside out. Try a raw diet or switch to Wellness brand wet food with added vitamin C, E, zinc, and lecithin.

The chinese herb astragalus and echinacea.

There’s a natural skin tonic, but it’s lemon and cats aren’t crazy about citrus. It’s pretty diluted though, you could try it:

Thinnly slice a whole lemon, including the peel. Add it to 1 pint of near boiling water and let it steep overnight.The next day, sponge the solution on the animals skin and let it dry.

Homeopathic: Sulpher (the element) 6C 2X a day for a week to ten days.

Good Luck!

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The Veterinary Film Marketing Team Needs a Little Work

The American Veterinary Medical Association is not known for being on the cutting edge of pop culture or media relations. Like its cousin the American Medical Association, professional organizations like this all tend to err on the side of conservatism. That is just the nature of the beast, and I get that.

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So it is with some degree of bemusement that I noted the AVMA has recently released a 30 second movie trailer in honor of its 150th anniversary. And why, might you ask, does the profession need a movie trailer? From the press release:

“The goal of the ad is to promote the veterinary profession to the public, and to highlight the many other things that veterinarians do beyond treating pet cats and dogs,” explains Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, president of the AVMA. “We hope that this will help boost public awareness of the important role veterinarians fill in our society, and across the globe.”

It ran all last week, but in case you didn’t catch it, here is the fruit of their creative labors:

Yes. Well. I’d say filmmaking is not the strong suit of my profession, no? I’m not even going to address the music, because that is beyond unforgiveable. There have been so many hundreds of thousands of instrumentals produced since 1995 that it boggles the mind why they couldn’t choose a single one that would be applicable. I’ll admit it. I cringed.

Speaking of cringing, can we talk about the Kool Aid man “OH YEAHHHHH”? Because I have never once used that term to describe anything about my professional career, as in “You know what I did today? A cystotomy OHHHH YEAAAAAH” *high five* I’m thinking back on twelve years of practice plus four of school and I’ve known a lot of nerdy types, and not one has ever been that nerdy.

However, all of that would be forgivable had the piece actually served its self-stated purpose, which to refresh your memory is “boost public awareness of the important role veterinarians fill in our society, and across the globe.”

I appreciate the idea behind the message and I would love to see it realized. I see they got the whole “beyond cats and dogs” thing down, but as far as I could tell the entire segment shows the standard coated veterinarians auscultating a bunch of not-dogs-and-cats over and over. Maybe my clients are savvier than most, but most people understand that veterinarians also treat horses and birds, unless there is a study I am not privy to that says the contrary.

Perhaps at the AVMA conference in July they will reveal the marketing focus group that determined 95% of children 8-12 who will be at Monsters University do not know that veterinarians treat lizards, and if we can get that message across… well, it will make all of us better and more successful. Or maybe this was simply a huge misfire.

I’m sorry, AVMA, as a member I want to love all that you do, but I have yet to meet a single colleague who liked this. I was messaged this 15 separate times by aghast veterinarians who are wondering why none of us were consulted as to why this might be a horrible thing. And it does pain me, because guess what?

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My career let me go to Tanzania and meet all these people and give that dog a dewormer so he would not transmit disease to those young children. Can I get an OH YEAH!

Veterinarians ARE amazing. We do things like work with Maasai in dust filled markets to keep their punda healthy and economically viable. We send teams of students out to the most underserved communities on Native American reservations to reach out to not only the animals, but the children who live there and see a glimpse that the outside world cares about their health. We work with MDs to try and find the common links between canine cancer and human cancer. We fit elephants with prosthetics. We keep guide dogs healthy so they can give wounded veterans a reason to get up in the morning. My heart fills with joy every day when I see the jaw dropping work my fellow vets are doing out in this world, and not a single bit of that “HOLY FISTULATED RUMENS THAT WAS COOL” came across in that snoozefest.

To contrast, this is something I made in iMovie while I was in Peru with AmazonCares. I made it WHILE I was in Peru, on a boat. It took about 30 minutes. You tell me which one makes being a vet look like more fun.

 

We do some seriously cool stuff, and this was an opportunity to showcase that, that was totally squandered.

So, sorry about the trailer guys. Hopefully next time they’ll call Tarantino, or at least, you know, poll a few vets or something.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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{Book Review} Real Faith by John Murray

Real Faith: What’s at the Heart of the Gospel? by Clifford J. Murray My rating: 5 of 5 stars An excellent primer on the foundations of Christianity, “Real Faith” really surprised me with both the layman and the in depth introduction to Christianity, that really helps the curious, the newcomer and even teh maturing Christian…



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PetArmor Main Line Animal Rescue Product Experience

Main Line Animal Rescue representative speaks her thoughts on PetArmor products.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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July 2, 2013-A Simple Woman Daybook Entry

FOR TODAY Outside my window… It’s evening as I write this and in the quiet of the night (does that sound cliche or what?), thinking of the beauty of the heavens above. How precious life is and there is just something about summer nights that stands out from all other nights…. Okay….sounds like another cliche,…



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The Exquisite Pain of Impatience

You know how when you plan a vacation for a year, it’s all well and good but the last week before you go is torture?

It’s kind of like that.

I have this bottle of Dom in the pantry. I got it for my wedding in 2001.

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I haven’t touched it all these years, not even for any of the following occasions:

  • 1st anniversary
  • 10th anniversary
  • birth of first child
  • graduating vet school
  • buying house
  • selling house

But next Tuesday, I might be opening it. I might be celebrating the culmination of something I have been working on for months now (but really much longer than that); or, if it falls through, I’ll be sadly putting it back into the pantry, lonely and abandoned. But I’m hoping that’s not the case. I hope on Tuesday I’ll be posting a picture of me and the champagne flute and I can tell you about something I’m kind of frothing at the mouth over.

This is going to be a long week.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Welcome to PetstiUSA’s Newest Members!

Here are a couple of PetsitUSA’s newest members!

Old Orchard Farm, LLC Pet Sitting Services – In New York.  You can find their website at www.oldorchardfarmny.com.  They provide pet sitting services for a wide variety of pets: “From hampsters to horses.”

Have Table Will Travel – In Jupiter, Florida.  This is a business that is expanding to pet sitting!

Meowser Browser Pet Care – In San Diego, California.  “I have been caring for my own pets for 20 years and will care for yours as if they were my own.”

Welcome PetsitUSA’s newest pet sitters!


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Check out these scabies images:

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Image by eMiLy @_@

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Shiba Inu Puppy Coming Home

Sleepy Shiba Inu puppy

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Sweet sleepy baby Shiba Inu puppy coming home for the first time!

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