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Cochise Is Declared “Unusual” Once Again

Cochise wasn't expecting anything unusualLast week Cochise went to Cedarwood for his annual inspection — I mean examination, shots, blood tests, and a good, thorough poking all over.  He had an unusual lump on his leg that raised some concerns.

In the end, what they found was described as “the most unusual thing we’ve ever seen.” – which is becoming a recurring theme with Cochise. Continue reading Cochise Is Declared “Unusual” Once Again

Worming Large Dogs At Low Cost

One of my Fosters, Ricky, has been producing bloody diarrhea since Thursday.  I took him to the vet today.  It was complicated, but the simple version is he has Hookworms.   He’s now on an antidiarrheal, antibiotics, and a wormer.  And because hookworms are quite contagious, I’ll be worming ALL seven of the dogs for the next three days just to be safe.  There are two standard medications for this: Panacur and Safe-guard.

wormingPanacur comes as a liquid (suspension) or pills.  A liter of Panacur liquid costs around $130.00 and is available only through vet supply outlets. I have also used Panacur paste for equines, but this is difficult to get the proper dose measured out for dogs.  The dispenser is graduated in increments of 250 pounds up to 1000 pounds.  Setting up the dispenser for an 80 pound dog is educated-guesswork.  A 30 pound dog is hopeless.

wormingThe pills in boxes of three and in sizes for 10 pounds, 20 pounds, and 40 pounds.  If your dog is bigger than 40 pounds, you combine boxes to get close to the right weight.  Most places that sell pet medications have the pills and they run $7.00 to $15.00 per box.  I figured I’d need 16 boxes to give seven dogs of various sizes three doses each. Continue reading Worming Large Dogs At Low Cost

your dog's poop

Your Dog’s Poop Tells a Tale

Talking about your canine friends excrement may not be a glamorous topic, but there are some things that all dog owners should be aware of and watching for.  Yes, that’s right: you need to be looking at your dog’s poop.

Why Examine Your Dog’s Poop

With dogs, as with people, what is excreted can give clues to problems that are building inside.  Watching for signs of trouble as you clean up after your dog can give you warning well before severe symptoms set in.   Here’s what to look for:

NOTE: To be as effective as possible I have included photos.  To be as inoffensive as possible, I have made the on-page photos very small.  Click the photos to view them full size — or skip that if you’re squeamish. Continue reading Your Dog’s Poop Tells a Tale

honey as medicine

Using Raw Honey as a Topical Antibiotic

The dogtor is in

The use of honey as a topical antibiotic has a long history.  In fact, it is considered one of the oldest known wound dressings.  Honey was used by the ancient Greek physician Dioscorides in 50 A.D. for sunburn and infected wounds.  He described honey as being “good for all rotten and hollow ulcers” [1].   Honey’s healing properties are mentioned in the Bible (Prov 24:13), Quran (16.68-69), and Torah.

Wounds infected with Pseudomonas, not responding to other treatment, have been rapidly cleared of infection using honey as a topical antibiotic, allowing successful skin grafting [4], [5].

Honey as a Topical Antibiotic?

Some of the compounds in honey kill certain bacteria and fungus.  This is why honey is the one natural foodstuff that won’t spoil.   No one knows how the bees do that, but we know it works.  When applied to the skin, honey also serves as a barrier to moisture and keeps raw skin from sticking to dressings.  Honey also provides nutrients that speed healing. Continue reading Using Raw Honey as a Topical Antibiotic

Inside a Free Spay and Neuter Clinic

Because I work with rescue animals every day, I am quite aware of spay and neuter programs like The Big Fix and Beat the Heat, and I applaud their efforts to reduce the animal overpopulation which results in around 4 million animals being destroyed each year. These programs offer low cost, or no cost, spaying and neutering on special “clinic” days. This morning I was able to volunteer in one of these major clinics. This one was hosted by the Dr. Carol Hood Memorial Animal Clinic in Newport Tennessee.

I was to show up at 7:00 AM, and I did so. Though it was barely light outside, there was already a table set up outside the front door, manned by volunteers, and a line of folks bringing their pets in to be “fixed”. My role was to help get the animals inside, weighed, and crated to await their surgery.

spay and neuter clinic catsThe shelter’s Director and staff had everything well organized and it seemed to go smoothly. I heard several of the other volunteers comment on how well organized this clinic was. Reservations had been taken ahead of time, crates and neckbands had been labeled with each pet and owner’s names, files had been set up with all the pertinent information. As patients arrived they were ticked off a master list, neck banded, weighed, and crated. Cats went into small crates in the hallway, spay and neuter - dogsdogs in larger crates in the laundry room. Files went into the medical room so they could start drawing up drugs by each animal’s weight.

spay and neuter - mobileIn addition to the shelter’s own medical staff: Dr. Gill Conklin DVM and vet tech Alicia Payne, working diligently in the shelter’s operating room, a mobile unit from Lowell Michigan run by Dr. Bruce Langlois arrived to help out. Continue reading Inside a Free Spay and Neuter Clinic