Clover Mites

Check out these Mites images:

Clover Mites

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They come in the spring (Tucson) & love Zinfindel. They’re NOT Allepo Pine Mites, which cause these lovely trees to die — all this time I thought they died because ppl didn’t water ‘em.

That’s a sewing needle.

Red Spider Mite Infestation

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Red Spider Mite Infestation

Bee (with mites) on blossom

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A bee with mites on some on blossom on a tree in our garden

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Question: My question is about diabetic older cats (14 Years old) . Protein and the kidneys. My cat Jigger is on insulin (2 units AM/ 3 units PM) he is fabulous. He was diagnosed in 2007, lost his extra weight and is doing great, however, the prescription diet foods he does not like and neither do the other two.

I am researching better foods and they love Halo, however my vet is concerned about the amount of protein and the older cat kidneys ( no kidney problems yet). I want better healthy food for them just like I am eating. And I read some not so good things about the prescript. diets, ie.; contents of the food and where it comes from. Can you offer your expertise? Thanks.

Answer: Thanks for your question. Experts in the field of feline diabetes are indeed recommending a high-protein/low-carbohydrate approach to the treatment of this disease. With this dietary approach, it is possible to get many cats (not all) to revert to a non-insulin requiring state (called diabetic remission). However, not all older cats can be managed this way due to concurrent issues with kidney failure or other conditions that may preclude them from eating this type of diet.

Hope this information helps.
Dr. Donna Spector

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The Week Ahead

Between BlogPaws, my trip to Alabama last week, and general summer activities, it has been SUCH a busy past few weeks…so we’re really hoping to play catch up this week! On Tuesday…

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Nice Topical photos

A few nice Topical images I found:

Day 337/365

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Trying out a topical application of some herbs. I just put some KPC granules in some thick body lotion.
It didn’t work. Came off super easy and didn’t seem to absorb inside. Will go get that stuff Gorgol told me about and see how that works.

PS had a bunch of pics I took that I can’t seem to find so there’s serious gap in the 365 flow. Just fyi.

T Is For Topical

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Stamps relating to a single topic or theme, such as birds, space, or peace. This popular style of collecting allows people to express their individual

interests and tastes.

It is surprisingly difficult to think of a topic that has not been shown on a stamp somewhere — lightning, murder, and paperclips are among the unlikely subjects people have sought, and found, on stamps.…


Image by IAEA Imagebank
Topical Meeting on Sensitizing Member States on the Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans. IAEA Vienna, Austria, 6-8 June 2012

From Left to right: Mr. Karol Skornik, Mr. Fei Liu (Scientific Secretary), Mr. Khammar Mrabit and Mr. John G. Hilliard.

Copyright: IAEA Imagebank
Photo Credit: Dean Calma / IAEA

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Today Lennox lost his life – for being a "pit…

Today Lennox lost his life – for being a "pit bull". How do we stop the killing?

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Dream Dog Park Unveiled in Alabaster, Alabama

This week I flew to Alabaster, Alabama, just outside of Birmingham, to the grand opening of the Dream Dog Park. The $ 500,000 park was created after local resident Jenny Wilson was named Grand Prize…

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A Small Indulgence of Mexican Hot Chocolate

My husband and I, have a love for the culinary arts, though I have to admit that he is more of the chef in the family than I am. One of the things, he introduced me to, is Mexican Hot Chocolate, which, if you haven’t tried yet, is a richer, and tastier alternative to plain

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Pet Tips – Flea Prevention

Visit our Website This Pet Tips video from the Manchester West Veterinary Hospital discusses flea prevention in animals. Call us at 636-458-9010 for additional information.

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Benadryl or Other Antihistamines May Help a Sneezing Dog.

There are several things that could make your dog sneeze. My clients are often surprised to hear that their pet has allergies to pollens and molds. In humans it is called hay fever and in animals it is called atopy. Atopy can cause itchy skin, itchy ears, runny eyes and sneezing. One of the classic symptoms is licking and chewing the bottom of the paw.

Wet, warm, weather encourages plants to grow, reproduce, and release their pollen to the wind. Contact with or inhaling those protein coated genetic packages inflames the victims of hay fever, both animal and human. Stuffy noses and sinus problems plague the two legged patient and both the biped and quadrupeds share the symptoms of runny eyes and sneezing. Pollens, molds, and grasses may make both dogs and cats very itchy and their ears can get very red and inflamed. Some pet may sneeze and “reverse sneeze” during the hay fever season.

Antihistamines can be helpful for itchy pets. Benadryl or diphenhydramine, Claritin or loratidine, Allertec or cetirizine, and Allegra or fexofenadine  can be used to treat itchy dogs and cats, red ears, itchy feet, hives, and bee stings. The dosage for these drugs are to the right of this blog in the free download, 11 Practical home Remedies. The dosage for allegra is 30 mg for a small dog or cat twice daily, 6omg for a medium dog, and 90-180 mg for a large dog. Dogs are very tolerant to antihistamines and they are very safe.

Different antihistamines may work better for some pets than other just as in humans. So if one does not seem to work, try another!

The little terrier in this  video started violently sneezing with a bit of blood. Here in the California foothills, foxtails are a very common cause of this type of sneezing. Other causes of sneezing are allergies, infections, growths or tumors, dental abscesses that enter the nasal cavity, and other small foreign objects like grass.  Violent sneezing may dislodge the plant seed or blade of grass and shoot it outward or suck it inward where it can be swallowed and digested.



Many dogs with atopy or hay fever will “reverse sneeze”


Some dogs are sentenced to an endless cycle of medications for common medical problems. Veterinarians were trained to diagnose and treat with drugs. We were not trained to consider how commercial diets may cause and add to medical problems. Many dogs with really itchy dry skin, red ears, seizures, or other medical problems, improve with a better diet.  Decreasing suffering and saving money is worth the consideration!

 Dog Dish Diet talks about better choices in commercial food, feeding human food treats and meals,  or home cooking for your pet. Thousands of pets have benefited from the practical, economical ideas!



Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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Building a Foundation….

This Week’s “In Other Words” His word is a book of instructions, guidelines, and boundaries. If we study the Word, learn His ways,and submit to His Word,we are protected. –Laura Velez, Psalm 91-He who dwells Currently I am working through, Psalm 91-He Who Dwells by Laura Velez and it is a very encouraging bible study.

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