When Your Dog Gets Diarrhea and Vomits


It is sad when your dog is ill.  This happened to our little Chihuahua, Georgie, recently.  This is a little guy that wags his tail 24/7 (except when he sleeps) and his favorite past time is being a “retriever” of his favorite toy.

 

However, a few weeks ago, he began to vomit and then proceeded to have a huge case of diarrhea.  It was so bad that he began to pass blood in the stool due to the irritation of the intestines and anus from the continual bowel movements.

 

Being experienced with this sort of thing, I immediately put him on the bland diet of boiled white rice and chicken – then switched to ground meat.  Nothing was working. He couldn’t keep anything down.  I knew something serious was going on.  Hi ho, hi ho, off to the vet we go.  I was terrified though because this was not the pup we knew.  He would sniff his puppy toy and walk away, tail was down and he didn’t want to eat at this point.

 

I have a great vet who was able to squeeze me in first thing in the morning on Monday.  As you know, all emergencies seem to happen on weekends.  Of course, the vet wanted a stool sample.  Sure, no problem; he has nothing left in is little system and try as I may, he would not go for me.

 

I was given meds for him to stop the vomiting, anti-biotics and probiotics to sprinkle on his food.  Problem is, he couldn’t keep anything down so there goes the medications.  I did get him to lick some honey from my fingers to keep up his blood sugar and gave him a couple of pieces of banana.  He finally did have a small bowel movement so I went back to the vet in the afternoon.  Sure enough, it was a bacterial infection of the stomach and intestines, a problem that has affected many dogs at this time due to unusual, unseasonable weather this past year.

 

I proceeded with the banana and honey a couple of times a day and a tiny portion of the bland diet until his stomach settled down, holding off on the meds temporarily.  The next day I was able to start with the meds, giving him the antibiotic first and then the food to be sure it all stayed down and now the rest is history.

 

Georgie thankfully is back to normal.  Even all the staff at the vet’s office could not believe this is our little Georgie since he has captured all their hearts.  As much as we sometimes get frustrated that he wants to play fetch every waking moment, we are so grateful that he is back to normal.  There is no scarier feeling than to know your pet is sad, ill and lethargic.  A happy dog is a healthy dog and I couldn’t be happier!

Do you know all the dog safety tips for summer heat


Georgie, our little guy, loved to float on water!

Much is said recently regarding the safety of pets during the hot summers. As humans we all prepare for the temperature changes – dressing lightly, preventing insects and bites, wearing sunscreen and doing whatever it takes to keep cool.  Sweating in fact is a way for our bodies to cool themselves off.  Dogs on the otherhand need us to think for them and protect them in these hot temps. They do not sweat and cannot help themselves the way we can.

There are many canine fatalities each year due to excessive heat. Dogs overheat very quickly and because they do not sweat, they are limited in cooling themselves off other than panting.  I have written several summer related articles which can be extrememly helpful in caring for yout pets during excessive heat –

http://www.examiner.com/article/tips-for-walking-your-chihuahua-and-other-dogs-the-heat-of-summer

http://www.examiner.com/article/protecting-your-chihuahua-and-other-pets-from-the-dangers-of-a-hot-car

http://www.examiner.com/article/necessary-items-to-protect-pets-the-summer-heat

http://www.examiner.com/article/care-for-dogs-excessive-summer-heat

I know this is a lot of reading but these articles contain little tips that can save your dog’s life through the hot summer season.  I have also written articles on parasite protection and prevention, hiking with your dogs at this time of year and beyond as well as barbecue safety during family picnics.  Happy reading and keep your pets safe and cool throughout the seasons.

Have a Safe and Fun Easter With Your Pets


Happy Easter to all – including your precious pets. Along with the most important and spiritual reasons for this holiday – and it may be different for everyone – there are fun festivities that make it a special day. We have the Easter baskets filled with Easter grass, chocolate bunnies, candies and more as well as the beautiful scent of the spring flowers. There are, however, some precautions you need to take to protect your pets from these festive symbols of the season.

Remember the dangers of chocolate to your pets and keep this and all human treats out of the reach of your pets.

Easter lilies and other Spring flowers are very toxic to pets that think they can “munch” on anything they find interesting.

Easter grass can be disastrous for pets if swallowed. The grass will not disintegrate and can tie up your pet’s intestines, requiring surgery. This little fun accessory to an Easter basket can b life threatening.

Enjoy your holidays by making it safe for the entire family, including your pets. Children and pets rely on us for their safety and fun. A few extra precautions will provide a happy time for the whole family and friends. Happy Easter – Happy Spring.

 

Getting ready for the flea and heartworm season with Trifexis


Caring for dogs most often involves preventative therapy. There are so many things that can bring your dog great discomfort and sometimes serious illness or death such as fleas, ticks, heartworm, as well as hookworm, roundworm and whipworm infestation. As a responsible pet parent, it is important to get your dog protected each year but what is the best method of prevention? Without giving your dog a dozen different medications and immunizations for the prevention of parasites, your veterinarian can advise you on the best treatment options. A new treatment alternative for the prevention of fleas and  heartworm as well as roundworm, hookworm and whipworm infestations is known as Trifexis. This new chewable medication for dogs works with two combined ingredients of spinosad & milbemycin oxime for the prevention of these nasty invasive parasites. Since these creepy-crawlies can jump, fly and squirm just about anywhere, it is always best to have all your pets protected.

What Trifexis does is kill fleas on the dog as well as prevents further infestation if administered monthly as prescribed. Trifexis also prevents heartworm disease but as with other preventatives, this treatment will not cause the demise of any adult heartworm already affecting your dog. It is important to get your dog tested for heartworm via a blood test prior to treatment. Trifexis can also treat and control the infestation of hookworm, roundworm and whipworm. With this medication, unlike other flea treatments, you can play with your pooch immediately after treatment. Bathing your dog is safe as well as any water sports. There is no transfer of the treatment, as there would be with topical applications, to carpets, clothes, furniture or humans. Dogs with dermatological disorders will not be affected by the use of Trifexis in its chewable form.

Trifexis has been formulated specifically for dogs only. For protecting your cat, your veterinarian will know the appropriate treatment option. Dogs over 8 weeks of age and greater than 5 pounds can be protected with this medication and is most effective when administered with food. As with other medications, there are some side effects to Trifexis that are normally very mild such as vomiting, itching, lethargy, diarrhea, inflammation and or redness of the skin, decreased appetite and redness of the ear.

Never allow your dog to be unprotected from the numerous parasites in our environment. Your veterinarian is your best source for information and the proper treatment and prevention for your dog. Trifexis is a new option with virtually no to mild side effects and the benefits provide for a happy, healthy and pest-free pooch and home.

http://www.pawsplus.com/trifexis-for-dogs-60-120-pounds/dogs/351/ http://www.trifexis.com/Default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

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We miss you, Ce Ce


I have been away from my blog for a while while moving and other changes in life. One of those drastic changes occurred during the holidays when we had to put our oldest Chihuahua, Ce Ce, out of her misery. She had been suffering from a heart murmur, causing her to gag extensively. It was apparent that, even though she was on medication, she was only getting worse and so disheartening to watch and share in her pain.  Ce Ce is now resting in peace.  She was a good girl whose life was way too short.

Halloween safety tips you should consider for your pets


Halloween can get very hectic

Georgie as a Panda Bear

decorations, costumes and all that candy. You plan parties and get the
kids ready for the big day though the pets seem to be forgotten. Halloween is a
is a time for the thrills and shrills of the monsters and ghosts for children
and many adults. The decorations can be phenomenal and getting dressed up in
favorite costumes helps in our world of make-believe. I am not so sure our pets
are as excited about getting all dressed up. I have to say it depends on your
pooch. I know mine are not jumping up and down for joy, but there are some tips
you can follow to be sure Halloween is safe and fun for all.

CeCe as Count Chocula

  • If you do want to dress up your pup,
    make it something fun but not restricting. Avoid outfits that are too tight or
    heavy and hot, causing your dog to overheat.
  • Most often hats and hoods are not very
    welcome to a pet and can stress them out or make them withdrawn.
  • If your dog is a high energy pet, choose
    a costume with few pieces as he/she will end up figuring out a way to get out
    of the outfit. That could be frustrating for both of you, trying to put it back
    on over and over again. Additionally, if it is too big, your dog could trip and
    get injured. You also want to be sure your dog can easily relieve itself when
    necessary without the costume getting in the way.
  • Do not put an outfit on your dog that
    has small loose pieces that he/she could chew and possibly choke on.
  • Cats are not fond of the whole Halloween
    thing and getting dressed up, so allow kitty to find his/her own place of
    solace and solitude until it is over. They certainly do not appreciate getting
    dressed up.

Aside from costumes, there are many other tips to follow regarding

Teena as "Lil Miss Scary"

Halloween safety around your pets. There are an increasing number of pet
accidents and injuries each year. The reality is that we as pet parents can
take steps to prevent these incidents.

  • Number one is to keep any and all candy
    out of the reach of your pets. Hide all candy and be sure to dispose of all candy
    wrappers as well. If the pup wants a treat, have separate tiny doggy treats
    handy for his/her own “candy.” Just don’t overdo it.
  • Take precautions when decorating. Keep
    any small parts out of the reach of pets and take care with lights and candles.
  • Have a safe hideaway for your pet if it
    gets startled from all the Halloween festivities. You want to keep your pets
    indoors away from dangers and near the security of their bed or special hiding
    places.
  • Keep your pets indoors for this holiday.
    Halloween is a primetime for many pranks and it is best not to subject your pet
    to unsafe conditions.
  • When kids come trick-or-treating, keep
    your pet leashed so it cannot escape out of the door. You can also keep them
    restrained to a certain room or their crates for their own safety. What we do
    is put up a baby gate right on the outside of the front door so when the kids
    come over, and we open the door, the pets are safe from getting outside. And
    the kids love to see them dressed up as well.
    Safety is the number one concern as well as fun for all.

There are many things about
Halloween that is not a favorite for your pets. Aside from wearing the dreaded
costumes, they get frightened by the sight of some of the trick-or-treaters,
the constant doorbell ringing, screaming kids and those kids getting all of
“their attention.”  Of course, our pets
have feelings and always want to be the center of our attention. We just want
to be sure, for holidays and always, keep the pets safe as many times they are
pushed aside during the busy hectic moments.

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/no-problemstips-on-pet-safety-on-halloween/page1.aspx

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/10-tips-to-protect-your-dog-on-halloween-night/page1.aspx

For the Love Of the Chihuahua and the Chihuahua Club of America Show in Chicago Area


Mateo sweet boy

I had the great pleasure of going to a special show this past week end in Hoffman Estates – a show chock full of darling little Chihuahuas. If you admire the breed and love these little darlings, you would have felt like I did – like a kid in a candy store. These little guys were everywhere.  If you had ever watched dog shows on TV or saw them in person, the outline was very similar. Dogs are called into the ring in various classes starting with all the males, according to age. They start with puppies up to 6 or 8 months, 8 to 12 months, 12 – 18 months and so forth. The winner of each group then comes forth again to win a “best in show” out of those pups. Then comes the ladies of the group.

You would be amazed at how unbelievably well-behaved and quiet all these little dogs were. Most people think “a room full of Chihuahuas must’ve had a howling sounding with all of those little barkers.” Of course there was an occasional baby yapping because it did not want to be crated but for the most part, these little dogs were so exceptionally on their best behavior. . . and little they were. I was fortunate to make the acquaintance of a lady with her little Chi sitting right next to us. Within the tiny case on my left was Mateo, a small 1-1/2 pound 8 month old tan and white male Chihuahua. He was so sweet and precious. Quiet and well-behaved ad as he was, Mateo got very excited when another pup came nearby. He wanted so bad to play. I was so happy to meet you, Mateo. . . maybe against next year.

I’d like you to meet Bob and Tom, Affected with FIV But Living The Good Life


Bob and Tom were two tiny kittens, abandoned by their mom when only days old and rescued by my friend and neighbor. Their sister did not survive. These poor babies were not even weaned from momma and their eyes were crusted shut. Yet they were given a chance at life thanks to there new adoptive mom. She cared for them, fed them and tended to their eye problems until they could finally open their eyes and see who rescued them from the doomed life of the feral cat population. This was back in August, 2003 when they could fit in the palm of their adoptive momma’s hand.

As is necessary whenever a new pet enters the home, Bob and Tom were off the next day for their very first veterinary doctor’s visit for examinations, tests and vaccinations important for good health. Since they were in bad shape when coming to their new home, there was not way of knowing what the examination and tests would reveal. As it turned out, both Bob and Tom did have FIV which was probably passed on to them from their mom, a feral farm cat. Although it

Brotherly love

broke her heart, their new adoptive mom knew they deserved a chance. They were nursed to health, clearing up their eye condition, restoring a lustrous coat and optimal body weight.  These gorgeous, happy and playful cats are now a hefty 25 lbs each and loving the good life.

For a more complete article on FIV in cats, how cats can live a normal life with FIV, including Bob and Tom, go to http://factoidz.com/if-your-cat-has-fiv-can-your-cat-still-live-a-long-and-normal-life/.

Anyone who meets Bob and Tom fall in love with them both. They are two amazing cats who are deserving living a life of luxury.

You Can Teach Your Dog Not To Be Afaid of People


Dogs can be shy unless well socialized

Many new pets, especially dogs, if not socialized enough, can be fearful of people.Whether the dog is from a shelter, breeder or foster home, the process can be very challenging for your new canine family member. It is not unusual for many dogs to be fearful of people, sometimes due to past abuse, natural anxiety, or lack of necessary socialization.The friendly folks at your local Rockford Petsmart at 6320 East State Street or Petco at 6305 East State Street can help with training tips and supplies. With patience, desensitization techniques, and positive reinforcement, you can help your dog overcome its fear of people.

To begin with, expose your dog to as many people as possible, making sure you instruct them not to force themselves on your dog. You want it to feel that people are not a threat, so protect it from any unwanted attention.

The earlier you start your training with your dog, the more successful you will be; however, the process also may work with a shy adult dog as well. It may just take a little more time and patience on your part. Some dogs never get over their shyness, in which case you must manage the behavior by not putting your dog in situations where it will be afraid.

Instruct people that come to your home to speak in a soft tone of voice, move slowly with their hands kept at their sides, and not to make eye contact with your dog.  Additionally, ask them to sit or squat once they enter your home; dogs feel less anxious when people are on their level. Show people how to touch your dog appropriately: never pat on top of the head (which is a canine show of dominance); but scratch behind the ears or under the throat.

Implement people-oriented training. Take along treats when you walk your dog, giving the treats to cooperative people you meet along the way. Hand them treats to give to your dog; praise it for accepting the treat. In this manner, you are building a positive association between your dog and the people it meets.

Continue your training on a daily basis until your dog’s fears disappear, or at least are reduced. Training your dog to get comfortable around people may take months, especially if it is an older dog. Be patient and consistent. Enlist the assistance of friends and family to help you by having them visit often and to meet you on walks, while socializing your dog.

End all training sessions on a good note, when the dog performs the acceptable behavior followed by a treat and praise. The next session should begin on a positive note as well.

Never scold your dog for being afraid; this will only increase the fears and reinforce a negative association with people. With these techniques, patience and perseverance on your part, you can have a happy, healthy and friendly pup.

Facts About A Heart Murmur in Dogs Like the Chihuahua


CeCe suffers from a heart murmur

The Chihuahua is considered to be one of the smallest and oldest breed of dogs in America. This energetic and graceful little dog originated, they say, from the Chihuahua, Mexico region. They have a muscular bone structure, a feisty bigger-than-life personality and are extremely loyal to their pet parents. The Chihuahua does have a few health issues though a heart murmur is not very common. You can help your Chihuahua with a heart murmur.

 

The veterinarian can hear a heart murmur in your Chihuahua at its earliest stages due to an abnormal heart beat. This is the result of an unruly flow of blood through and out of the heart. Sometimes a heart murmur can be an indication of a more serious condition. This  unruly flow of blood develops because there is a “hole in the heart” between two chambers or two arteries that are not normally connected. Once your vet knows your pup has a heart murmur, the condition will be monitored annually. Most often the condition does not progress until the puppy advances into the senior years.

 

The cause of a heart murmur can be congenital, genetic, an anatomic heart condition or any number of infections and conditions. Read complete information on causes of the heart murmur in dogs at — http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Dog-Health-Center/Heart-and-Blood-Disorders/Heart-Murmurs/Overview.aspx#more. This article explains the many causes and/or underlying issues that cause a heart murmur in dogs.

 

Once your dog has been diagnosed and the heart murmur continues to progress into its senior years, your veterinarian can work with you. Following his directions, you can help your dog with a heart murmur. A heart murmur cannot be cured and treated. Your doctor will prescribe medication so that your dog can live a more comfortable life. Because of the “hole in the heart” there may be an accumulation of fluids that can cause your dog to cough and gasp for breath. To help alleviate some of the built up fluids in the heart, your veterinarian may prescribe a diuretic medication known as Salix tabs. Dosage is usually 12.5 mg, once daily. While on the medication you need to provide ample water for your dog as well as take your dog out more often. This medication is not often prescribed until the heart murmur appears to be in its accelerated stages.

 

If your dog does indeed suffer from a heart condition such as a murmur, your doctor may also prescribe Vetmedin, 1.25 mg, given as a chewable tab, once daily as well. Vetmedin works to open the vessels that pump the blood to the heart, reducing the work on your dog’s heart. Strengthening your dog’s heart beat along with elimination of excess fluids draining into the heart valves can help your dog live more comfortably. Both the Salix and Vetmedin can be given up to twice daily, per your vet’s instructions.

 

I myself have a Chihuahua named Ce Ce with a heart murmur. She has been diagnosed as a very young dog and for years has not had a problem with the condition. She is now eleven years old and has been afflicted with the effects of the condition. Because of her senior age, the murmur has been upgraded. She is on both of these medications which do help her. Ce Ce does still have bouts of coughing and gagging which sounds a lot worse than it is. Under doctor’s care, which she is, Ce Ce can live a normal life up to at least 15 years. I had a small dog a few years ago that also suffered with a heart murmur as a puppy and she lived to the ripe old age of 16.

 

Just know that a heart murmur is not a fatal sentence for your dog. Keep your dog under doctor’s care and monitor your dog. With his care and your love and care, your dog will give you years of unconditional loyalty.

 

http://www.vetmedin.co.uk/vetmedin/your-questions-answered/

http://www.drugs.com/vet/salix-tablets.html

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=2488

http://www.thechihuahuaguide.com/chihuahua/health-problems-facing-the-chihuahua

http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Dog-Health-Center/Heart-and-Blood-Disorders/Heart-Murmurs.aspx

 

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