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9 minutes | 3 days ago
Indy and Olly's Valentine bandana designs are available! Meet the Founder, Debbie Wright, as she discusses the companies mission of improving pet adoption photos.
Indy & Olly’s got its start in 2019 out of Evergreen, Colorado, when our founder decided it was time to honor two of her favorite dogs with a business that gives back. Indy & Olly’s—the company—has several goals: Help homeless dogs find homes Be a platform for promoting dog adoptions, spreading the spay & neuter message and keeping dogs out of shelters. Care for the earth and its inhabitants in all we do. Indy & Olly’s is a for-purpose dog bandana company that helps dogs in animal rescues and shelters get adopted by improving pet adoption photos…because dogs look #betterwithbandanas. Visit https://www.indyollys.com/to see the great Valentine bandanas!
13 minutes | a month ago
Did things get out of hand last night? What to do if you dog eats marijuana with Dr. Laura Brown
Cannabis (Marijuana) Intoxication in Cats and Dogs By Rania Gollakner, BS, DVM; Lynn Buzhardt, DVM Care & Wellness, Emergency Situations, Pet Services Marijuana (or cannabis) refers to the dried parts of the Cannabis plant. Cannabis has been used since 500 BC as an herbal medicine, and for products such as rope, textiles, and paper. Today, cannabis is primarily used for medicinal or recreational purposes. Cannabis can be smoked like a cigarette, inhaled via vaporizers, or ingested via food and drink. Cannabis contains more than 100 different chemicals (or compounds) called cannabinoids. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the cannabinoid that has the most psychoactive effects. It is also the compound responsible for some of cannabis’ medicinal uses, such as treating nausea and improving appetite in cancer patients. Other compounds, such as cannabidiol (CBD), have shown promise for medicinal use and do not have psychoactive effects. "The increased accessibility to the drug has led to an increase in accidental exposure in pets" While cannabis use is not new, its use for recreational purposes is more recent. In the 1970s, cannabis was criminalized in the US when it was labeled a Schedule 1 (Class I) drug. In the 1990s, individual states began legalizing cannabis for medicinal use, and more recently, 9 states have legalized it for recreational use. Legalization for recreational use in Canada occurred in 2018. As with any other medication, the increased accessibility to the drug has led to an increase in accidental exposure in pets. How do cats and dogs become intoxicated? Cats and dogs can become intoxicated by cannabis in various ways; by inhaling second-hand smoke, eating edibles (baked goods, candies, chocolate bars, and chips containing cannabis), or ingesting cannabis directly (in any form). Most exposures are accidental when curious pets discover access to the drug or when they are present in the same room with a person smoking cannabis. Dogs have more cannabinoid receptors in their brains, which means the effects of cannabis are more dramatic and potentially more toxic when compared to humans. A small amount of cannabis is all it takes to cause toxicity in cats and dogs. "Accurate and complete information is imperative to treating the patient successfully." Regardless of the method of exposure, accurate and complete information is imperative to treating the patient successfully. For example, ingestion of a 'pot brownie’ needs different treatment than inhalation, because eating the brownie requires treatment for cannabis and chocolate toxicity, whereas inhalation may require additional treatment for respiratory irritation. How does cannabis affect cats and dogs? Like most drugs, the effects of cannabis are based on chemistry. The drug enters the body via inhalation or ingestion and binds with specific neuroreceptors in the brain, altering normal neurotransmitter function. THC interacts with neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine, dopamine, serotonin, and acetylcholine. Humans and pets have two types of receptors in their bodies. One type, CB1, affects the central nervous system, and the other, CB2, affects the peripheral tissues. Although not all the pharmacologic mechanisms triggered by cannabinoids have been identified, it is thought that CB1 is responsible for most of the effects of cannabis. Everything that enters the body has to exit the body. THC is very lipid-soluble, which means that it is easily stored in the fatty tissue in the liver, brain, and kidneys before being eliminated from the body. THC is metabolized in the liver and the majority (65-90%) is excreted in the feces, while a small percentage (10-35%) is eliminated through the kidneys. The drug has to be metabolized and excreted for the effects to wear off. How toxic is cannabis? Cannabis is considered to have a high margin of safety for people; however, not all people, and certainly not all pets follow a single pattern of intoxication. A small amount may affect one pet more than another, so there is no official safe level of exposure. Differences in age, health status, and body size are some of the factors that can lead to toxicity differences. "Deaths have been noted after ingestion of foods containing highly concentrated cannabis such as medical-grade THC." Luckily, cannabis intoxication is seldom fatal. The average marijuana cigarette contains about 150 mg of THC. The minimum lethal oral dose of THC in pets is fairly high; however, deaths have been noted after ingestion of foods containing highly concentrated cannabis, such as medical-grade THC. In fact, fatalities were very rare until the development of medical-grade products. What are the signs of cannabis intoxication? Many of the signs of intoxication are neurological. Pets may become wobbly and uncoordinated. They may be hyperactive, disoriented, and very vocal. Their pupils may dilate, giving them a wild-eyed appearance, and they may drool excessively or vomit. They may also develop urinary incontinence (i.e., urine leakage). In severe cases, tremors, seizures, and coma can result. "Side effects are usually short-lived, but they can still be dangerous." Physical signs include low or elevated heart rate and blood pressure and slowed respiration rate (breathing rate). Lethargy, and increases or decreases in body temperature may also be observed. Fortunately, these side effects are usually short-lived, but they can still be dangerous and make the pet quite miserable. How is intoxication diagnosed? Diagnosis is based on an accurate history and clinical signs. Although there are tests to determine the level of THC in the urine, the results take time, making them impractical. Human urine drug-screening tests are quicker but are not dependable in pets. The diagnosis is made much more quickly, and treatment initiated, when responsible pet owners provide accurate information regarding the pet's exposure. How is intoxication treated? When a toxin enters the body, often the first line of defense is to get it out. If the toxicity is discovered shortly after ingestion, your veterinarian may induce vomiting to prevent further absorption of the toxin. Two factors may interfere with this early defensive strategy. First, the signs of toxicity may manifest only after the drug has been absorbed, meaning it is already in the system. Second, cannabis has an anti-emetic effect which inhibits vomiting. In life-threatening cases, the stomach may be pumped (gastric lavage). Activated charcoal may be administered every 6-8 hours to neutralize the toxin. Enemas are also used to reduce toxin absorption from the GI tract. "Activated charcoal may be administered every 6-8 hours to neutralize the toxin." The second line of defense in cannabis toxicity involves providing supportive care until the effects of the drug wear off. Medications and supportive care to regulate the pet's heart rate, respiration, and body temperature are used if needed. Since the pet may be lethargic, with no desire to eat or drink, IV fluids can help prevent dehydration, support blood pressure, and maintain organ function. Anti-anxiety medications can minimize agitation. To prevent self trauma while the pet is disoriented and uncoordinated, confinement in a safe, comfortable space is helpful. Noise should be kept to a minimum to decrease sensory stimulation. The Bottom Line The bottom line, when it comes to cannabis use and pets, is similar to that with other drugs in the home: Be careful. Keep all forms of cannabis, medical or recreational, out of reach of your pet. Consider storage in high cabinets or in locked drawers when not in use. Keep pets in a separate and well-ventilated room, away from second-hand smoke. Remember that pets have a good sense of smell and will be tempted to eat candies, chips, chocolates, and cannabis directly if accessible. If you notice suspicious behavior in your cat or dog and cannabis exposure is a possibility, take your pet to your veterinarian or the nearest emergency veterinary hospital for treatment. Contributors: Rania Gollakner, BS, DVM; Lynn Buzhardt, DVM
8 minutes | 2 months ago
Cindy Myers, Animal Intuiitve, discusses her free Animal and Emotions webinar on December 9th
Visit https://yourenergyhealer.com/about/ to learn more about the December webinars.
17 minutes | 2 months ago
Holiday foods that are bad for your dog! You need to know before you are up all night with a sick dog.
What food can your dog have on Thanksgiving? You need to listen to learn more. Happy Thanksgiving!
12 minutes | 2 months ago
Your pet and anxiety with Dr. Laura Brown
11 minutes | 4 months ago
Pughearts of Houston has rescued over 3,392 Pugs. Learn how you can help and particpate in their fundrasier PUGS ON THE BAYOU!
PugHearts of Houston Pug Rescue is a true 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded in the Houston area by dedicated pug owners and lovers. Our mission is the rescue, rehabilitation and permanent placement of needy pugs into loving homes. Get involved in their fundraiser: http://www.pughearts.com/ph_pugsonthebayou.aspx http://www.pughearts.com/default.aspx Pughearts would love your help! Purchase a mask on the barknwag.com and part of the proceed will go to PugHearts!
15 minutes | 4 months ago
What happens at an annual exam at the veterinarian office with Dr. Susan McMillan
Please keep you dog healthy and go to the vet! Also, if you are rescuing a dog. By T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM It is always nice to know what to expect when you visit the veterinarian. Why? Because nobody likes surprises. So what what is going through the doctor's mind when your dog (or cat) is presented. Let's just say you came in for your pet's routine yearly vaccination. Usually this is a good time for the doctor to take a really close look at your pet -- a good time to do an annual physical exam. Written notes on the patient's medical chart are absolutely necessary in order to maintain a good medical history. So when the doctor isn't probing and pulling, there will be some written data being recorded. Later this information is transferred to a computerized program that sorts and organizes yearly reminders, prescription data, important patient events or surgeries and billing data. Computers are an excellent way for the veterinarian to access current information on new techniques, medications and procedures. Plus, as a way to access continuing education references, the computer and Internet have opened up libraries of information on dog (and cat) care. A good physical exam includes taking the patient's temperature. Normal temperature for a dog or cat varies between 101 and 102.5 degrees; that's a bit higher than our normal temperature. So if you see the veterinarian lift the pet's tail up and come at it with the thermometer, don't be shocked! The temperature is taken rectally and causes no discomfort. Every so often a seemingly healthy pet tips off the veterinarian that something isn't quite right simply by having an elevated temperature. Skin and coat are really excellent indicators of the pet's health status. Look at this dog's coat and you can see right away that there is something wrong. The coat should be shiny, not brittle and coarse, and the skin should be clean and not greasy and flaky. The vast majority of skin and coat problems are associated with grain-based diets of poor quality and during the physical exam your veterinarian should inquire about the pet's diet. Two weeks on a meat-based diet and this dog will often look, feel and act much better. (Visit our nutrition section for some good advice on the matter.) Many types of dermatological problems are avoided if the dog or cat is consuming an optimum diet. In some cases, adding a supplement such as, a mega fatty acid supplement is the key factor in avoiding repeated episodes of hot spots and other skin afflictions. Your veterinarian should examine both ears, too. Obvious infections and allergies are problems the owner can see, like the infected ear on this dog. But often, deep in the ear canal is where infections can start and if noticed early, can be eliminated before they get to the stage where the ears look like what you see in the photo (on the right). Many dogs (and cats) suffer from allergies. Skin and ear infections are commonly the result of repeated allergic episodes. The doctor will show you how to clean the ears and prescribe the right medication if signs of an infection are present. Check your dog's (and cat's) ears and look for any signs of disease. Every good exam includes getting that stethoscope against the chest and listening to the lungs and paying close attention to the heart sounds. Dogs seldom get pneumonia. Much more common are heart rhythm and heart valve problems. The first way to gain information about a dog's (or cat's) heart is to listen. (If your veterinarian seems not to be listening to you while the stethoscope is plugged into his/her ears, don't be insulted!) If any deviation from normal is detected, further workup is a good idea. A cardiac workup usually entails an EKG to assess the electrical activity of the heart and X-rays or an echocardiogram to evaluate the heart's size and shape. A careful evaluation of the abdomen must be a part of the physical exam. Every veterinarian has made surprising discoveries while examining "normal" dogs (and cats). Many owners were shocked to find out that their pet had only one normal kidney, or was harboring an undiscovered tumor or was pregnant! Bladder stones, for instance, can be discovered during a routine physical exam. So in addition to feeling what's on the outside of the pet, what's inside is just as important. Every good physical exam must include a look into the pet's mouth -- that is if the pet is willing! Oral hygiene (see our article on dentistry) is one of the most overlooked aspects of pet health care. The mouth can harbor infected gums, loose teeth, objects stuck between teeth, tumors and all sorts of other surprises. And often the pet shows no signs of discomfort from even serious oral abnormalities. Older dogs (and cats) especially may have oral hygiene difficulties that would vastly improve if dental and oral treatment was instituted. Be sure the veterinarian takes a look! Although the eyes may not need a thorough exam where the veterinarian inspects the interior of the eye with special instruments, at least a close inspection of the visible eye structures and lids is a part of a complete physical exam. Early cataract formation may be detected, any haziness on the surface of the cornea can be detected and inflammation of the surrounding eye structures can be assessed. The most common difficulties are simple irritations that result from pollen, dust and contact with grasses. Finally, the paws and toenails should be examined, and any really long nails should be clipped shorter (see How to Trim Toenails). Pad injuries are usually quick to heal and it is a wonder that dogs (and cats) don't cut and puncture their pads more often than they do. Now that your pet has had a head-to-toe examination, you and the veterinarian will feel more confident that the pet is healthy. Now the challenge is to keep the pet well! Image: Courtesy of AVMA
10 minutes | 4 months ago
Dr. Laura Brown discusses Rimadyl overdose
Carprofen is a medication commonly prescribed to canines with osteoarthritis; it works well for pain management and is very palatable making it a medicine well suited for canine ailments. The positive results seen by pet owners who give this medicine to their dogs regularly is well documented. The anti-inflammatory properties of this drug are also known to be beneficial. Many canines are prescribed carprofen long-term, though patients on this medication must be followed by the veterinarian to monitor the effects of the drug. Carprofen has caused toxicity in dogs who have been on the medication long-term; however, cases of poisoning are most commonly seen with an accidental overdose of the medication. Our canine companions enjoy the flavor of this medication and will help themselves to it if available. Symptoms will vary depending on the amount consumed and can range from vomiting to abdominal pain, and gastrointestinal perforation in very severe cases. Carprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used in the veterinary field for pain management. Prescribed as a medication to alleviate inflammation and pain associated with arthritis, as well as pain management after surgery, ingestion of more than the prescribed amount can result in serious consequences. Symptoms of Carprofen Poisoning in Dogs The severity of signs of carprofen poisoning will be contingent on how much of the medication was ingested by your pet. The peak plasma concentration (the highest level of medication in the blood) is reached in one to three hours. Symptoms you may see in your dog will vary. Vomiting (can be bloody) Diarrhea (can be bloody) Abdominal pain Weakness Lethargy Muscle twitching In severe cases, additional signs will be seen. Tremors Seizures Gastrointestinal perforation Stupor Coma Signs of kidney failure are as follows. Blood in the urine Extreme thirst Excessive urination Fatigue Vomiting In addition, if the liver is experiencing damage, jaundice will be present in the form of yellow colored skin, mucus membranes, and whites of the eyes. Types Carprofen poisoning in dogs can be acute after the ingestion of a large qunatity over and above the prescribed amount. Chronic carprofen poisoning may result if your dog develops a sensitivity to it over a period of time. There are side effects and possible adverse reactions to carprofen in some canines, this is why a dog who is on a regular prescription will be monitored through regular check-ups with the veterinarian. Causes of Carprofen Poisoning in Dogs Although adverse reactions to the drug are rare, ingestion of high amounts due to a canine gaining access to his medicinal supply is common. NSAID’s in general can be responsible for gastrointestinal issues with long-term use; therefore, an overdose of a chewable tablet or capsule will cause your pet to experience stomach upset in mild cases, to gastrointestinal irritation or perforation in severe cases of poisoning. Reduction of gastric acid secretion and blood flow to the mucosa can occur causing hemorrhaging along with kidney and liver failure. Other risk factors for severe carprofen poisoning can be: Dogs with coagulation disorders such as von Willebrand’s disease Other medication that is prescribed concurrently like glucocorticoids and sulfonamides Dehydration Predisposition to liver and kidney disease Compromised liver and kidney due to age Diagnosis of Carprofen Poisoning in Dogs If you have witnessed your pet indulging in his carprofen tablets, do not question or wait for the result. A visit to the veterinary clinic is essential. Bring the empty packaging with you, along with any other medications your pet may be on (if any). The veterinarian will base his diagnostic decisions on clinical signs exhibited by your dog (like nausea and abdominal pain) and will also rely on information you can provide. The veterinarian may ask questions as he examines your pet’s mucus membranes and eyes and takes his vital signs. How long has your pet been on the carprofen? What is the reason is it was prescribed? How long ago did you realize that he may have ingested an overdose amount? What have the symptoms been so far? Are they getting worse as time progresses or staying at the same intensity? How much is he drinking and urinating? The veterinary team will take blood tests in the form of a complete blood count and blood serum chemistry to evaluate levels such as BUN (blood urea nitrogen), creatinine, electrolytes, and liver enzymes. A urinalysis will determine the concentration or dilution of the urine. Treatment of Carprofen Poisoning in Dogs Decontamination Depending on the timing between ingestion and hospitalization, the veterinary team may choose to induce vomiting and administer active charcoal (to bind the remaining medication). Supportive Care IV fluids will provide much supportive and corrective care. Nausea medication, antibiotics, gastroprotectants, vitamin K1 for the liver, and diazepam if there are seizures can all be administered during supportive therapy. Kidney and liver function, as well as urine outflow, will be assisted through intravenous fluids. Your furry family member will be monitored carefully and will remain in the hospital as needed until blood levels are normal and organ function has returned. Recovery of Carprofen Poisoning in Dogs Studies show that cases of carprofen poisoning in dogs can have a good prognosis with timely medical intervention. If there has been severe kidney or liver damage or if the ulceration and hemorrhaging in the gastrointestinal tract and stomach are extremely damaging, the chances of recovery become guarded. If your pet is able to return home after treatment, he may require special care and will need a follow-up appointment with the veterinarian to re-evaluate with blood tests. As with all other types of medication, carprofen should be kept out of reach of children and pets. *Wag! may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Items are sold by the retailer, not Wag!.
7 minutes | 5 months ago
What webinars are Cindy Myers, Energy Healer & Animal Intuitive, hosting during the month of September?
Cindy Myers Ambassador to Animals, Humans and Spirit I’ve always been a good listener. However, twenty years ago, I would have found it hilarious if you told me that I’d be working as an intuitive energy healer while living on an alpaca farm! But, here I am with a herd of 24 alpacas, 3 dogs and 3 cats working as a Medical Intuitive! I believe that the sum of our life experiences can lead us to our true calling in life. There are many paths to finding our way to our authentic selves. It took many years, multiple and diverse career paths, and tough life challenges to finding my true calling. The life lessons were invaluable that led me to this meaningful life. I learned about frequencies and Radars while working as an Engineer for the Navy and now I am a Radar! I learned all about stress and how harmful it is to our body, mind and spirit while being my mom’s caregiver through her final years. And there was an amazing gift I created out of the house fire I experienced due to an arsonist. Losing my belongings led me to discovering myself. And I found the courage to embrace and pursue my calling of intuitive energy work. It is an honor and humbles me to do this work for people and their animals. I love sharing my intuitive abilities with both animals and humans. I look forward to helping you restore your energy balance so you can live an abundantly joy filled life! CONTACT 541-658-5062 Email Cindy
16 minutes | 5 months ago
Cristi Eckert, owner of Natural Pet Wellness, gives tips on dealing with grief of a pet during an illness and after with Essential Oils and Reiki
Cristi Eckert, owner of Natural Pet Wellness, would love to talk to you about Essential Oils and Reiki. About Natural Pet Wellness Animals have been part of my entire life. As a kid, I would sneak in the neighborhood cat in through my window, pet any dog I came across, and walk dogs for neighbors. Not much has changed as an adult! I still pet every dog I see, all my animals live in the house and I talk to strangers about my love of all animals. As I got older, I worked at shelters, vet clinics and went to school specifically to learn more about animals. I worked with many animal organizations, pet sit for friends and family and even took in a pack of alpacas. Despite working in retail and marketing, I kept finding my way back to working with animals. What started as a "hobby" to learn about holistic ways to help my own pets has become a career to help other people and their pets live their fullest life. I trained in essential oil therapy through Young Living Animal Oil classes, I trained in energy work through HTA (Healing Touch for Animals) to help my aging dogs and I am certified Reiki Master. I've taken coursework in CPR and First Aid specifically for animals. I realized these techniques can help all animals I meet, not just my own pets. I truly have a passion for animals and treat them with respect and love. As I worked more with people's pets, I found the people benefiting from energy work and from having happy pets-by helping the hoomans, the people and their pets were able to have a greater bond and happier life. I look forward to meeting and caring for you and your furry family member! https://www.naturalpetwellnessco.com/about-us Get in Touch Tel: 720-830-6293 Email: email@example.com Address: Lakewood Colorado
14 minutes | 5 months ago
Tips on making your dog a social media super star with Phil Hilton
How to Win on Social Media: A Step-by-Step Guide for Local Businesses. Social media is huge for brand awareness, gaining new customers, and making sales. What if you had the definitive guide created by renowned social media guru Dennis Yu? Now you do. Get this guide to learn the step-by-step strategy used by digital marketing maven Dennis Yu as he works with some of the biggest brands out there. He has consolidated the lessons learned through his experience to create a winning formula for local businesses. This is the formula we use to help our clients conquer the local market. What's inside? Deep tactical tips on conquering social media marketing for local businesses Eleven simple steps to turn your social media pages into lead-generators A step by step guide to setting up your "digital plumbing," including analytics Links to external resources to help you develop a winning content strategy Stats, tools, and insights to help you succeed Get the FREE Guide Contact Phil at CHAAMP Marketing, LLC 3348 Swover Creek Road Edinburg, VA 22824 (540) 287-8592 firstname.lastname@example.org
8 minutes | 6 months ago
First Aid for dogs discussion with Dr. Laura Brown. What you need to know and have in your home.
First Aid for Dogs By Ryan Llera, BSc, DVM; Ernest Ward, DVM Emergency Situations, Pet Services Emergencies come in all forms; automobile accidents, bite wounds, burns, heatstroke, poisoning, seizures, and more. For a general overview of what constitutes an emergency, and how to handle common crisis situations, see handout “Emergencies in Dogs”. What is first aid? First aid is initial treatment given in a medical emergency. Its purpose is to: preserve life reduce pain and discomfort minimize any risk of permanent disability or disfigurement In an emergency, what should I do first? 1. Keep calm and assess the scene for any additional threats to you or your pet. This is important for everyone's safety. 2. Keep your dog warm (except in the case of heat stroke), as quiet as possible, and keep movement to a minimum, especially if there is possible trauma, broken limbs, or any neurological symptoms. 3. Contact your veterinary hospital, inform them of the situation and get specific first aid advice. 4. To safely move or transport an injured dog, get somebody to help you. For a small dog, put him into his carrier (remove the top for easy and safe access to the carrier; DO NOT push an injured dog through the small door or opening), or use a suitable container such as a strong cardboard box. For a larger dog, use a makeshift stretcher made out of some rigid material such as an appropriate sized, sturdy piece of wood. Carefully maneuver your dog onto a blanket or coat so that he can be gently moved to the carrier, box, or stretcher. 5. Get to a veterinary hospital as soon as possible. What are some tips on restraining or calming an injured dog? The majority of injured animals will be panicked and/or disoriented. "The stress of an emergency can cause an otherwise friendly animal to act aggressively." The stress of an emergency can cause an otherwise friendly animal to act aggressively. Although most panicky dogs will respond to a calm, soothing voice, use caution when approaching or touching any injured animal. It is important to ensure the safety of all rescue personnel that are attempting to assist with an injured animal. Some of the types of restraint that can ensure the safety of both dog and humans include: Muzzling. You can create a muzzle out of a leash, belt, sock, rope, or strap. Loop the cord around the dog's muzzle and tighten it to prevent the animal from biting. Dogs have only one muscle to open their jaw so once the jaw is closed, it is relatively easy to hold it safely shut. Animals can breathe through their nostrils unless the nose is injured or obstructed. Wrapping. You can wrap the body of an unmanageable pet in a blanket or towel. Be sure to keep the head exposed and do not constrict the trachea. Immobilizing: If you are suspicious of spinal injury, lay the animal on a board and secure it on the board with straps or cords. Pay special attention to immobilizing the head and neck. What is shock? Shock is a complex systemic or whole body reaction to a number of emergency situations. These include severe trauma, hemorrhage or sudden loss of blood, heart failure, and other causes of decreased circulation (e.g., severe and sudden allergic reaction and heat stroke). A life-threatening fall in blood pressure is a dangerous part of shock. "Systemic shock may cause irreversible injury to body cells, and it can be fatal." If not treated quickly and effectively, systemic shock may cause irreversible injury to body cells, and it can be fatal. What are the signs of shock? Clinical signs of systemic shock include rapid breathing and elevated heart rate with pale mucous membranes: gums, lips, or under the eyelids. The feet or ears may feel cold and your dog may vomit and shiver. As shock progresses most pets become quiet and unresponsive. What should I do if my dog is showing signs of shock? Keep the dog as quiet as possible and try to conserve heat by covering it with blankets, towels, or even newspapers. Follow the A, B, C's of first aid: A Airway B Breathing C Cardiac function Airway. Anything that obstructs the airway prevents oxygen from entering the lungs. Do your best to clear the mouth and throat of any obstruction such as vomit, saliva, or foreign bodies such as grass, sticks, or balls. Be careful - your dog may bite you in panic. Breathing. If the dog is unconscious and does not appear to be breathing, try gently pumping the chest with the palm of your hand, at the same time feeling just behind the elbow to detect a heartbeat or pulse. If this is unsuccessful, give the dog rescue breathing (see below). Be careful - injured pets may bite you out of fear. If you are unsure about the health or vaccination status of the injured pet, avoid contact with bodily fluids and blood. Cardiac function. If you are unable to detect a heartbeat or pulse, or if appears weak and slow, try pressing on the chest with your palm and elevate the lower half of the body to promote blood flow to the brain. Follow the steps below, under CPR. How do I perform rescue breathing for a dog? When you encounter an unresponsive dog, the first step is to ensure that there is an open airway. 1. Carefully pull the tongue out of the mouth. 2. Extend the head and neck so that they are in a straight line. DO NOT overextend the neck in animals that have obvious head and neck trauma. 3. Carefully clear the mouth of any debris that may be obstructing breathing. 4. Place your hand over the animal's muzzle while holding the mouth shut and extending the neck. For small dogs, you can sometimes improvise with a styrofoam cup or other similar item, by placing the opening over the dog's face and poking a large hole in the bottom for you to breathe through. Ensure a relatively tight seal around the muzzle. 5. Blowing into the nostrils, give 2-3 breaths and watch for a rise in the chest. If you do not see a rise in the chest, reposition the neck or search for airway obstruction. 6. If you believe there is an airway obstruction that you cannot see, turn the dog upside down, with the back against your chest. Give 5 sharp thrusts to the abdomen to try and expel any object (this maneuver can be difficult to do in large dogs and you will need assistance). 7. For rescue breathing, provide 20 breaths per minute. 8. If the dog fails to breathe on his own, you may attempt an acupressure maneuver. Press firmly with your fingernail or other hard object in the space just beneath the nose on the upper lip (nasal philtrum). Maintain the pressure for 10-30 seconds. What if the dog requires CPR? After you have established an airway and begun rescue breathing, if there are still no obvious signs of life you should attempt chest compressions. 1. Make sure there is no major bleeding. If there is bleeding, have an assistant manage the bleeding (see below) while you perform CPR. 2. If possible, lay the dog on his right side. 3. Feel for a heartbeat or femoral pulse. The femoral pulse is located inside the leg in the groin region. Dogs do not have a readily palpable carotid (neck) pulse. 4. Bend the left forearm and note the location where the elbow touches the chest. This is close to the middle of the rib cage. 5. Placing one hand on each side of the chest in the middle of the rib cage, vigorously compress the chest 100-120 times per minute. For small dogs (under 10 pounds), use one hand to compress the chest from both sides by putting your fingers on one side and your thumb on the other side of the chest. The rate should be about 30 compressions for every 2 breaths. 6. Try to compress the chest wall at least 30-50%. This is about 1" (2 cm) in small dogs and 2-3" (5-8 cm) in larger dogs. What is the specific first aid for some of the more common emergencies? Blood loss. Once you have followed A, B, C above, if the bleeding is severe, try to stop it. If bleeding is from a cut pad or paw, apply a dressing using a piece of absorbent bandage or clothing. If the bleeding persists and is soaking through the bandage, do not waste any more time, and get to your veterinarian, since this is a medical emergency. Most bleeding wounds will require medical or surgical treatment. If the wounds are treated within four hours, they can often be sutured. Deep cuts treated after four hours have increased risk of infection and complication, and require more extensive surgery. Burns and scalds. Cool the burned area with cold water as quickly as possible. Cover the burned area with damp towels. If the injury is due to a caustic substance, rinse with cold water for 15 minutes and contact your veterinarian for further advice. Animals that have been exposed to heat or smoke from a fire should be offered water as soon as the situation is stable. Eye injuries. Injuries to the eye are always very painful and can threaten the eyesight. If a foreign body (grass awn, stick, hair, etc.) can be seen, it may be possible to remove it by gently rinsing the eye with eyewash or contact lens saline solution (be sure to check that there are no other ingredients and it is ONLY saline solution). Do not allow the dog to rub the eye, either with its paws or against the furniture or carpet. Seek veterinary advice as soon as possible. Seizures. Seizures can be due to many causes. These include eclampsia (milk fever in a nursing mother), toxicities, and epilepsy. If due to eclampsia, remove the puppies from the mother immediately. All dogs that are seizuring or have had a recent seizure should be kept in a dark, quiet, confined area until medical help can be sought. DO NOT reach into your dog's mouth; they will not swallow their tongue, but you will get bit. Contact your veterinarian immediately. Heat stroke. This most commonly occurs in hot weather when dogs are left in cars without adequate ventilation. Body temperature rises dramatically. Initial clinical signs include excessive panting and obvious distress,
23 minutes | 6 months ago
What is Energy Therapy with Reiki Master, Cristi Eckert, Owner of Natural Pet Wellness
Cristi Eckert is available for appointments. Please visit https://www.naturalpetwellnessco.com/services Two modalities of energy healing are available. Reiki for people and Healing Touch for Animals (HTA). Why would your pet need energetic medicine? Reduce stress and anxiety Ease emotional trauma and abuse issues Relieve pain Communicate and strengthen desired behaviors Support end-of-life process or euthanasia Provide a solid energetic foundation for a healthy immune system Support overall health and wellness HTA is perfect to pair with traditional veterinary medicine and healthcare to provide the best total care for your pet. What to expect during your pet's HTA Session: I will come to your pet's home and work with you and your pet. There is an initial assessment and then various hand placements on your pet, depending on what your pet needs the most focus on. You will be asked to hold your pet or sit near your pet during the session. Sessions are approximately 45 minutes. After a review of client information, we schedule an appointment in your home where your pet is most comfortable. Energy healing for people: People benefit from the same positive effects that animals experience through energy work. The energy session for people includes an in home treatment with a spa like atmosphere to help you truly relax. Each session includes the use of stones or crystals to aid in positive energy flow. Specific essential oils are also used at the start and the end of the session to assist in grounding and to help deflect negative energy. This non-invasive treatment helps your body relax and increases your energetic frequency. By having an unblocked flow of energy, your body can start to help itself. This treatment will help you and those around you enjoy a better quality of life.
18 minutes | 7 months ago
What is a Veterinarian Specialist with Dr. Kathy Sennello
Dr. Kathy Sennello obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She spent 3 years in private general practice outside of Chicago before returning to the University of Illinois for an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. Following her internship she moved on to a three-year residency and masters degree in small animal internal medicine at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sennello has been in private specialty practice for the last 8 years and has special interests in gastro-intestinal diseases and endocrinology. Thank you Dr. Sennello. Veterinary Specialty Care - SC
10 minutes | 7 months ago
Keeping your pet safe during the 4th of July with Dr. Laura Brown
Safety during July 4 celebrations: Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away. Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks. Keep horses and livestock in safely fenced areas and as far from the excitement and noise as possible. If you’re hosting guests, ask them to help keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t escape. Placing notes on exit doors and gates can help both you and your guests remain vigilant. Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks. Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from curious pets. Don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot. Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people. Be especially careful to keep them away from these common foods that are actually toxic. Remember that too much sun and heat (and humidity!) can be dangerous to pets. Keep them inside when it’s extremely hot/humid; make sure they have access to shady spots and plenty of water when outdoors; don’t leave them outside for extended periods in hot weather; and know the signs that a pet may be overheating. Never leave your pet in your car when it’s warm outside. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be dangerous to pets. f you’re travelling out of town for the holiday, consider leaving your pets at home with a pet sitter or boarding them in a kennel. If you need to bring them with you, be sure you know how to keep them safe. Follow safe food handling and hygiene practices to protect your family and guests. After the celebrations: Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat. Check your pastures and remove debris to protect horses and livestock. If you hosted guests, check both your yard and home for food scraps or other debris that might be dangerous to pets, such as food skewers. Related resources: Podcast: Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips Microchip Information: August 15 is Check the Chip Day
8 minutes | 7 months ago
Cindy Myers, Animal Listener and Intuitive, is hosting an Independence of Fear webinar tonight to help your pets!
Visit https://yourenergyhealer.com/webinars/ to sign up for the webinar!
8 minutes | 7 months ago
How to take a great photo of your dog with Alisa Messeroff, owner of Alisa Messeroff Photography in Breckenridge, Colorado
Meet Alisa. I’m constantly planning my next adventure. A few years ago, after visiting a friend in the U.S. Virgin Islands, I got bit with the travel bug. It was shortly after getting back home to NY, that I’d convinced my hubby to sell all our stuff, quit our corporate jobs and move to St. John, USVI. Friends and family thought we were crazy. Maybe we were. But, it’s the best kind of crazy there is. Crazy FREE! We explored island life for a year, then we went on to travel around Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and ultimately came to live in Breckenridge for a ski season. That one season, turned into two, and here we are five years later. Breck is now our home. The crisp air, the beautiful scenery, the amazing people, all of it makes my heart smile from the inside out. I feel so blessed to be where I am today. That one decision to leave the safety and security of our life in NY, and chase this big dream of travel, led me to discover my passion for photography and capturing the true essence of love, family, and everything in between. It’s the smallest of moments - a Dad winking at his daughter, a Mom whispering to her son, a glance, a smile, a sweet touch - that create the most beautiful of memories. I am honored to be part of your journey, whether for a single session, a week long vacation, or annual reunions. All of it lights me up. If there was one message that I’d want the world and everyone in it to hear, it’s this: Do you. Listen to your heart. Take the leap. Do the thing. Be brave. You are worthy of EVERY dream you’ve ever dreamed. Go after it! And if you want to document your journey along the way... I'm your girl! I can't wait to work with you. For more info please visit https://alisamesseroffphotography.com/
8 minutes | 7 months ago
What is a herbalist grower? Meet Sarah a Horticulturist from California
Bark & Wag is in the CBD business. It is very important to work with a herbalist grower to make the sure the product does not have pesticides. For more questions please contact Sarah at email@example.com. Here is an article about Herb Farms. Many people are drawn to herbalism, not only because plants are natural or contain healing qualities, but also because being an herbalist can bring you closer to the Earth. It’s not unusual to see herbalists with dirt under their fingernails who never leave home without their botanical ID books or a trusted wildcrafting tool. We like to plunge our hands into the dirt, spend time with the plants in their native habitats, or simply with herbs growing freely in a garden. (Read Sue Kusch's articles on the benefits of working with soil here). While many herbalists love to gather their own herbs, it’s not always possible to do so. Some herbalists may choose to spend their time consulting with clients, making herbal products or teaching classes. When you aren’t able to gather your own herbs, buying from a small herbal farmer or ethical wildcrafter is the next best thing. Not only is the quality often incredible, you are also supporting what we want to see more of in this world: Small-scale organic and sustainable farms instead of concrete buildings. Family-operated businesses, or businesses that support their employees with living wages and benefits, rather than large corporate entities most interested in making a buck. Local economies rather than shipping herbs from far away places. Sustainable Herbs Project For more information about the importance of sourcing our herbs sustainably I highly recommend the Sustainable Herbs Project. Created by Ann Ambrecht and funded by almost 1,000 herbalists, this site explores many of the important issues facing the herbal industry. I hope every herbalist is familiar with this important work. 317Save I am frequently asked about small scale herbal farms, but until now I’ve never had an extensive resource list to send folks to. Thank you to Val who researched and compiled this list for the USA and to Tiffany Traverse for compiling the list for Canada! My intention is to provide herbalists an easy way to find their own local farmers and wildcrafters. While it certainly doesn’t contain every farm out there, we did our best to make it a comprehensive by-state list of small herb farms and ethical wildcrafters. This specifically means people who are offering fresh and/or dried plant material and, in some instances, fresh whole plants. In choosing the herb farms and wildcrafters, we looked for websites that clearly reflected the availability of plant material. (Educational farms, personal gardens, and herbal products aren't included.) Disclaimer: I have not received herbs or any other kinds of perks from most of the farmers and wildcrafters on this list. This list is not an endorsement of quality. Do You Want to be Added to this List? If you are an herb farmer or ethical wildcrafter and would like to see your website listed here, please click here to fill out the form. USA California Crimson Sage Pearson's Gardens Connecticut Pleasant Valley Botanicals Twin Star Delaware Sharon's Natural Gardens Illinois Stone House Herb Company Wind Ridge Herb Farm Indiana Iowa Nature's Cathedral Kansas Neff Family Farm Kentucky Among the Oaks Flourishing Herbs Maine Avena Botanicals Blessed Maine Herbs Herbal Revolution Farm Maine Seaweed October Fields Maryland Harding's Wild Mountain Herbs Massachusetts Flora Verdura Muddy River Herbals Sawmill Herb Farm Michigan Black Locust Gardens Heartwood Forest Farm Linden Tree Herbals Minnesota Will Heal Farm Montana Spirit Works Herbs Nebraska Loess Roots Spiritus Vitae Botanicals New Hampshire Bee Fields Farm Heartsong Farm Langford Homestead Farm Remick Museum and Farm New Mexico Desert Bloom Herbs Feral Gardens New Mexico Farmacy Voyage Botanica New York Healing Spirits Herb Farm Midsummer Farm Tree Star Farm North Carolina Bat Cave Botanicals Featherherbs Gentle Harmony Farm Maple Spring Gardens Mountain Gardens Pangaea Plants Red Root Native Nursery Ohio Companion Plants Foraged and Sown Wild Vitality Homestead Oklahoma Our Herb Farm Oregon Lovelight Herb Farm Medicine Garden Mountain Rose Herbs Naturespirit Herbs Oshala Farm Pacific Botanicals Pharmacopia Herbals Strictly Medicinal Seeds Thyme Garden Tumalo Lavender Viriditas Wild Gardens Pennsylvania Cloverleaf Herb Farm Cutting Root Farm & Apothecary Farmer Liz Lancaster Farmacy Tooth of the Lion Tulsi Fields Farm Rhode Island Farmacy Herbs Parcel Apothecary Texas Lori Rose Holistic Vermont Eleven Acre Farm Flack Family Farm Free Verse Farm Wild Faith Herb Farm Zack Woods Herb Farm Virginia Forrest Green Farm Gathered Threads Goose Creek Gardens Greenstar Farm Terembry Farm The Heathen Homestead Washington Ancestree Herbals Blazing Yarrow Farm Blooming Artichoke Herbary Eaglemount Farms Friends of the Trees Harmony Fields Island Herbs Montevista Medicinals Smoot's Flavor Farm Understory Apothecary The Wheel Medicinal Herbs YarbWorks Wisconsin Moonwise Herbs Canada Alberta Chickadee Farm Organic Herbs British Columbia Breath of Life Cedar Hill Herbs Fireweed Farm Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary New Brunswick Bear Roots Forest Ontario Floreren Farm Foggy River Farm Green's Creek Farm Judy's Organic Herbs Rebel Roots Richters Herbs Do You Want to be Added to this List? If you are an herb farmer or ethical wildcrafter and would like to see your website listed here, please click here to fill out the form. A special thanks to jim “cougar” mcdonald and Michael Pilarski for introducing us to some of the growers and wild crafters listed.
9 minutes | 8 months ago
Alisa, Owner of Custom Digital Pet Watercolors, discusses starting a business where she turns cute pet photos to beautiful digital watercolor portraits.
Alisa, Owner of Custom Digital Pet Watercolors, discusses starting a business where she turns cute pet photos to beautiful digital watercolor portraits. Thank you for your interest in having me transform your photo into a beautiful digital watercolor. Please choose below what product you would like, and checkout. After you checkout please email your photo(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org For optimal results please be sure to choose a photo that shows your pets facial details, neck and chest. Also, please make sure the photo is crisp and not blurry. Thank you for supporting my small business! Quick View Digital File Price$25.00 Quick View 5x7 Velvet Fine Art Watercolor Print Price$30.00 Quick View 8x10 Fine Art Velvet Print Price$40.00 Quick View 12x18 Fine Art Velvet Print Price$60.00 Quick View 16x20 Fine Art Velvet Print Price$95.00 CONTACT ME ALISA email@example.com Thank you for listening to Bark & Wag 15 Minute Vet Talk podcast
8 minutes | 8 months ago
How do you find the perfect home for you and your dog? Bo Palazola, LIV Sotheby's International Realty agent in Breckenridge, Colorado discusses house hunting tips.
Bo Palazola - Real Estate Agent discuss homes, pets and house hunting tips! Bo is a Real Estate Professional in Breckenridge, Colorado United States. Bo was licensed at the young age of 24, and quickly became one of the top real estate agents of Summit County selling 19 homes in just his first year in business. He's dedicated to serving you by building a meaningful professional relationship and truly understanding your deep needs and wants. Bo is already known for going above and beyond expectations for both buyers and sellers. Bo has taken over the Breckenridge luxury market in less than 2 years. He prides himself on always being there for his sellers and bringing a new digital marketing approach that's proven to sell high end homes in Breck. Bo's niche is the luxury market in Breckenridge and he knows how to sell high end homes with proven results. Bo is huge on digital marketing in our top feeder markets where our buyers are coming from. He is truly there for his sellers 7 days a week, 24/7! His marketing techniques are unique to the traditional agent in Breck and separates him from the competition. Bo Palazola recently partnered up with the experienced broker Mr. Tom Day, they formed the Day-Palazola Group with Sotheby's International Realty to truly dominate the high end luxury market in Breckenridge. Let us serve you and show our proven results will sell your home. We pride ourselves on valuing a relationship and not a deal. We are looking forward to helping you buy or sell your mountain home! Visit Bo at https://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/associate/180-a-df18120720161030811/bo-palazola Visit Bark & Wag at: www.barknwag.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/barknwag/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bark_n_wag/ Twitter https://twitter.com/barknwagpooch Pintrest https://www.pinterest.com/barknwagdogs/ Estsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/BarknWag Itunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bark-n-wag-15-minute-vet-talk/id1095141478
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