My dog Ava is about 41/2 now I picked her up running down the middle of hwy about 2 1/2 years ago someone just did not want her. I had her for about 24 hrs looking for owner then she started having seizures rushed her to the vet been on Phenobarbital since then she seems to be having more violent ones lately she has cluster seizures. My vet said we can't increase the pheno. And I agree anything else I can do my vet may not be aware of? Ava is blind also. Thanks
Irish Terrier - What have you noticed? ...
I have read that Irish Terrier can become excessive barkers if it's not controlled through training. My question is: Has anyone seen first hand if an Irish Terrier is given training and frequent play time from an owner that is home almost all day- will the pet very likely still be an excessive barker?
Chewing and biting
I have had my jack russet pug cross for just over 8 months. Gus, my dog is very energetic, my mum and I channel this energy through walking him regularly, he had lots of toys and gets chews regularly. When we just got him he was chewing everything at night.. carpets, shoes, furniture.. Everything!! He now sleeps in a cage. My mum works nightshift so she takes him out when she comes home about 8am then she sleeps through the day. I begin college in August and I am worried Gus will be home for long hours during the day from about 9am to about 3pm as my mum needs to sleep. We are worried that he will not cope and wreck the house. When we go out he is put in his cage with toys and chews but when we are home he ruins shoes and everything. We just don't know why.. He gets lots of attention of us so we don't know what is wrong. WHAT SHOULD WE DO? People have suggested sending him to a new home but he is like my baby it would break my heart but is that best? IF ANYONE HAS ANY SUGGESTIONS IT WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!! Thanks, stephanie
My cat littlefoot died july4 2012 .He was my hero my best freind and baby boy and was loved by evryone that knew him. I also lost his sweetheart my other cat baby kitty sept 14 2013 . Littlefoot an baby kitty grew old together an lived happy lives with me an my now 2 grown kids. I just had to let the world know that its amazing how much an animal can bring so much joy and happiness to a human. My 2 cats are now buried here in my own yard with each other and have flowers and solar lights marking their grave because i dont know about anyone else but i see my cats as being more then just a cat . They were a very big and special part of my life and will be missed. so in loving memory of littlefoot and baby kitty, i'll always love them. I now have a siamese cat named porche mae and i have a boy cat name si lee and they are doin great . I also took in a cat i call cali cause her owner abanden her she is malnourished an dehydrated im doin everything i can to save her im even workin with a lady who takes strays spays them an neuters them even finds them homes so hats off to an amazing person. This is also why I'm writing this tonight cali seems to be taken a turn for the worse been up with her all night she is young bout 4 at least an upsetting to me cause she is a great cat. so if anyone reading this please pray for her that she makes it tomorrow so i can get her to vet. My freind has some program with the vet for helpin strays i have met him and they are fantastic vetinarian hospital i do hope they can help sweet lil cali. thank you for reading my post, like i said please pray for cali she never asked to be mistreated an abandoned she is a good cat
Help, My Dog Can’t Hear!
A silent disability.
Deafness in dogs can generally be accounted due to genetic defects (congenital) or it can also be acquired due to trauma, accident, disease or old age. It can either be partial or complete hearing loss which could affect a single or both ears of the dog. Although breed is not a factor when it comes to the nature of disability, some breeds according to some veterinary medical articles are common to less pigmented dogs such as dogs with albinism condition or some commonly known white dog breeds like Dalmatians, Boxers, Maltese, toy and miniature poodles, Boston terrier, Australian shepherd, German shepherd, Jack Russell terrier, West Highland White terrier, Dachshunds, Collies and Cocker Spaniel.
Senior dogs are the most prone and likely to endure deafness during their old age. In some cases, deafness on dogs can be accompanied by other conditions such as low vision, partial or absolute blindness. Here are some insights and information why deaf dogs are equally capable as other abled dogs
Dogs are born deaf.
All dogs are effectively deaf when born because only after a few weeks that their ears would open. Through time, they will be able to develop their natural instinct on reacting to movements around them using their keen sense of smell and later on once their ears open, the hearing advantage follows.
Deaf and mute is not the case for dogs.
It is a myth and there is no truth that if a dog is deaf, it doesn’t bark and although there are certain breed of dogs that are sometimes called ‘barkless’ dogs They still bark, yodel or yelp because most dogs bark by their strong sense of instinct and their extra ordinary sense of smell reacting and sensing on movements around them and not necessarily through hearing. And although they don’t have a complex system of communication like us humans where most of us are equipped with all five senses. Dogs have a phenomenal sense of smell as much as 100 times better than us humans.
Training a deaf puppy might be a little challenge using the right technique but it is not that unusual and impossible. Since deaf dogs have that generally the same phenomenal sense of smell dgets with that of the regular hearing dogs. It will just be a matter of knowing the right training and use of the right deaf dog signs could prove and enhance their ability and adaptability both on dogs born with hearing incapacity and those dogs who lost their sense of hearing over their lifetime. Remember that they only lost hearing of your voice but not their keen sense of seeing, excellent smell, instinct, obedience and adherence to your partnership remains. Aside from training a deaf dog through a professional deaf dog trainer, the treat reward system plays a vital role in training a deaf dog the correct way for enhancing his learning abilities.Technology.
In today’s modern world, gadgets and accessories that are enhanced with electronics and technological automation comes in handy also for especially handicapped pets like dogs with hearing incapacities. Some of these gadgets include vibration collars, laser pointers, etc. helps in catching their attention.
Some of these gadgets include vibration collars, laser pointers and others that help in catching their attention. But do not be fooled by the notion that these gadgets will do all the tricks for you. Your constant pet parenting attention and training will still be required as guidance. Your dog’s adaptability to these gadgets still matters most. If it creates disadvantages instead of positive effects, discontinuance and switching to other training ideas can always be an option.
A loud cry for help and LOVE.
Caring and adopting a deaf dog maybe a bit different from those dogs who are able to hear. But deaf dogs are absolutely and equally capable and able dogs. Through awareness and education and the right training, deaf dogs are capable of giving someone who are on the need for a true life companionship. Remember that they only lost hearing of your voice but not their keen sense of smell, excellent instinct, obedience, loyalty and their unconditional love for you which matters the most. A deaf dog may not be able to hear your voice but it definitely can see you through their loving eyes, smells and sniff your scent of companionship and hears you through their throbbing heart. Can you not hear their loud cry for help? Theirs was a world of silence, a world of empty noise but their affection, loyalty and obedience can be loudly felt with their greatest cry of LOVE. All it takes was just a pat, a hug and a HEART SHAPE hand signal from you!
First time cat owner with extremely shy cat - need help!
I have had Olive (adult, female British
shorthair mix) for about 2 months. I had to move apartments about two
weeks ago, and that was scary for her. I adopted Olive from a local
shelter - she had been picked up wandering along the side of a
highway. She is EXTREMELY shy and skittish and spends much of her
time hiding. I have been petting her as often as she wants to be
petted (although I am still learning to read her body language and
she does not set very strong boundaries so sometimes I unwittingly
pet her for too long), and over the past week I have gotten her to
play a bit (only for ~5 min. at a time, and halfheartedly at that).
She is eating and eliminating regularly, has seen a vet and is more
or less medically healthy. At the old apartment she lived with
another cat who was mean to her, but now it is just her and me. She
is definitely more comfortable than when I first brought her home,
but not by much. She only lets me pet her when she is in her "safe
zones," she has NEVER approached me to seek affection (or
anything else, for that matter), she is scared to be out in the open
(she needs to have her back to a wall and if I walk into a room where
she is out in the open, she gets terrified and bolts off to a hiding
place) and she is still reticent to play (and the little bit of play
that does happen only happens in her "safe zones"). I have
given her plenty of cozy hiding spaces in every room of the
apartment, a scratching post in every room (which she uses) and a cat
tree (which she does not use). To complicate things, she HATES to be
picked up or restrained, and protests with much hissing and
occasional violence, but though I respect her preference, I had to
restrain her to give her medication for a gum infection for her first
few weeks at home, and may have to do so again in the future (I do
not have to pick her up for any reason presently). Should I be doing
something differently? Should I stop approaching her and ignore her
until she comes to me? I love her immensely and I just want her to
feel safe and happy and loved, but this is my first cat and I am not
sure what to do. Please help.
NO Kitchen conditioning
Hi guys, My two kittens are about 4 months old. I would like to find out ways which I can teach them not to go into the kitchen. We got a room divider between the kitchen and the rest of the apartment but sometimes they make their way through and into the sink and counter top area. I don't want them to get hurt, and I would just rather they don't go into the kitchen. Please send me your tips etc!
Lazarus: The Dog Who Comes Back to Life!
An amazing battle with death.
The dog came to the shelter last August 19, with cut and bloody after his owner dropped him off after surviving a car accident as told by Capt. Bobby Blankenship, the city shelter supervisor . Even the Vet wonders how did he survived the accident. The shelter tried to find him a new home but nobody wants him. Thus on the evening of Sept. 10, the Vet came to conduct the procedure to euthanize the dog who nobody wanted to adopt. As the shelter policy, if the dog has been up for adoption for over a week and nobody would adopt the canine, it will be scheduled for euthanasia. His tag noted that he was scheduled to be put down and the procedure schedule will be administered on Sept. 10, 2014.
Nothing but a nap.
Euthanasia is nothing but a restful nap to this black and brown ,mixed breed mutt where officers and staff of the shelter saw what they believed as a miraculous ‘risen from the dead’ ordeal of a 4 year-old male dog using a dose of lethal chemical injection. But the procedure somehow failed and the dog survived.
Once is not enough.
Animal control officer Wanda Snell witnessed the Vet injected the lethal injection. After the injection, the Vet checked the canine’s heartbeat the first time but felt a faint heartbeat still thus he administered a second dose of the deadly substance and injected it once more. And as he lay still and thought to be dead, Snell head for home that night. The dog’s dead body was left overnight in a pen
What she couldn’t understand was how the dog could survive the killing effect of the drug injected to him twice and bounce back to life overnight?
A risen dog named Lazarus.
After all what he has gone through, the shelter staff found him a fitting name – Lazarus, the man Jesus brought back to life in the Holy Bible.
The risen dog found a home.
When Cortney Blankenship posted and campaigned the story of the dog on Facebook, the fate of the unwanted dog twisted anew. Other claim for the dog surfaced. But Lazarus now was now under the care of Jane Holston of Helena. Lazarus was happy with his new housemate Tucker, another rescue dog living along with the Holston family.
A puzzling new life.
Although diagnosed with a heart worm disease, Lazarus was under medication. The damaged leg from the car accident was mended and casted. Life to Lazarus may have been going through all those ordeals. Although many may not survive what he has gone through as science still find its way how things have happened. Dr. Robert Lofton of Auburn University said such cases are rare but could also be the case of mishandling due to improper dose of the lethal chemical or needle procedure.
sudden death of my cat princess mian !
we've had her for almost nine years , september 6th 2014 : That morning she seemed perfectly fine she did her usual thing , and suddenly my mum realized princess mian was looking very fragile n mum carried her she had pooped on the floor n pied on my mum , mum knew something was wrong she never did that . mum said she was making a very strange sound like she was in pain , her tongue was hanging . she rushed her to the doc but she collapsed on the way . she had bruises on her face for a week n when my mum took her to the vet he said she was fine and nothing to worry n if the bruises don't heal after three days to bring her , her bruises seemed like it was drying but she passed away on the 4th day . i dont know why that vet said she was fine she was obviously not fine , i got to know half hour later but i couldn't b there to see her for the last time as i live in another country . i took the next flight i wanted to go spend some time next to her grave n talk to her i cried my heart out i almost wanted to open her grave and give a hug for the last time but my mum stopped me from doing that . we had to bury her in the pet cemetery cos we live in a n apartment . wish we lived in a house where we could have buried her . i've lost my baby princess main i'am heart broken i can't seem to move on , i've been taking sleeping pills every night . i feel guilty for not realizing what she must have suffered from . she's always been there for me i've shared so many happy and sad moments with her . I'ts the worst feeling ever . so i made a talisman n i put her fur into that . i am so depressed
Essentials on Shaving Pets During Summer
The heat is on!And people are exploring ways to cool and somehow reduce the heat around. Most will head off to the beach to cool down, others would strip off into less clothes and body coverings and enjoyed showing off their skin for a tone. While some enjoy trimming off hair on their heads and go bald and blunt. People will do whatever they wish to do just to get some relief from the burning feeling of the summer heat. And since people are often times accompanied by their pets on getting some summer fun, the thought of shaving their furs and hairs can make them thought it would also be better for their pets to groom for summer and shave off toshow some skin too. But hold onto that shavers and scissors tight! There are certain risks that you might just want to know about getting those hair that covers their body off them. Read on and be informed:Double coats.Dogs and cats normally have double coats of hair and fur. This was their genetic design. These coats help them to cope with varied weather conditions.Regular grooming.For breeds with natural thick coats, regular grooming could help them cope and regulate varied temperatures.No close skin shaved.Leaving some allowance of short hair on their body can help them still shield on the attacks of various skin diseases like sunburn, dirt and allergies. Get a professional pet hair groomer to do this task to avoid overly doing the clipping and avoid hurting your pets.Careful with clippers.They not only have sharp edges but improper use could only lead to some unwanted accidents.Regular coat brushing.Though many may thought brushing their pets’ coat was a way to groom them, brushing will keep their coats shiny and tangle free. Regular coat brushing is also a healthy way to massage their skin and keep their body and skin healthy and clean avoiding skin diseases brought about by dirty and embedded dust and dirt where bacteria could thrive. Coat brushing also keeps free flowing air easily into their body refreshing and cooling them leisurely.Regular bathing.The best way to cool our pets during hot summer season was to have a daily regular bath. This will condition their body to withstand summer heats. Pools and swimming adventures are great deals to have relief from the summer heat.Shaded place.Keep their special place in the house away from direct sunlight and heat.Plenty of water to drink.Always check their water bowl and fill clean, fresh often.Our pets, generally dogs and cats have a certain natural way on how to deal with varied weather conditions. They do not cool nor warmth the way we humans do. Shaving their furs and hairs do not basically improve temperature cooling down and in some instances can expose them to other health risks. Consulting and seeking the advice of your Vets would prove beneficial before trimming off their covers. We humans can cool off easily but not our pets. They will always be at our mercy for proper care in keeping them cool on hot summer days and warm on cold winter nights.
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