Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wishing everyone Happy Howl-i-days – May you and yours have safe travels, good times with family and/or friends, good health, plenty of food to eat and a warm place to rest your head for the night.
2009 has been a roller coaster ride for many of us, but let's be thankful that we made it! 2010 is just around the corner and will hopefully be a more prosperous year for all.
Merry Christmas from our house to yours,
Renee and the Fur-Babies
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Photo of Nigel by Renee Tellez (That's me!)
Brought to you by Deb Kern of the Humane Society of Huron Valley: Every year thousands of pets are rushed to animal emergency rooms because they were accidentally poisoned by household items. According to the ASPCA, they handled 140,000 cases of pet poisonings in 2008.
Here are three very important tips:
1. Don't feed sweets, especially chocolate, to your pets. It is highly toxic.
2. Be cautious when decorating. Many holiday plants are toxic and decorations, such as tinsel and ribbon, can cause serious illness or even death.
3. You wouldn't sleep outside in the cold and neither should your pet.
Read the entire entry from AnnArbor.com contributor Deb Kern at AnnArbor.com/pets
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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Sunday, December 13, 2009
On November 6, I found my cat Bankey dead on the back deck. He was only 7 years old. Although we will never know what killed him, he was in his favorite place... outside. The one positive thing is that he didn't suffer and he went exactly how you want them to – quickly. The only tragedy is that he was so young. He was like no other and I miss him.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Over Half Nation's Pets Now Overweight.
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention and "What Would A Dog Do" blog, an estimated 50% of dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese (84 million).
The Health Risks are no laughing matter. The top ten health risks associated with obesity in pets are:
2. High blood pressure
3. Type 2 diabetes (cats)
4. Insulin resistance (dogs)
5. Kidney disease
7. High cholesterol
8. Respiratory disease
9. Skin disease
10. Increased surgical complications
Read the entire article here.
Keeping your pet fit is not only better for your ani-pal's health, but for your health too. Keeping Fido active is a great way to bond with your best pal and a perfect excuse to get outside and move. Let's not forget, that just like people, preventative care is easier on your wallet in the long run and a better way to live a long and healthy life.
Before starting any type of diet or exercise routine, check with your vet for a safe plan.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
ASPCA | Canine Influenza Virus/Canine Flu
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
We had a garage sale, sold planners, collected bottles and donations, all in order to give this little guy a fighting change. As discussed in earlier posts, this tiny fella had a ton of health issues, from having a terrible hernia, tummy and throat issues, to needing surgery to repair a hole in his heart.
He's recently had the hernia surgery and throat repair done. I am also happy to report that he's gone a few days without getting sick and is acting very chipper. He's just a little ball of energy! The best news is the fact that he's scheduled for surgery on Oct. 1st. I'll probably see him a few days after his surgery and will report how he's doing.
Keep your fingers crossed, because Coops needs all the positive energy he can get!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Here is the information you will need to know in regards to helping Cooper.
My account number is 246968 and his name is Cooper Talbert. His "mom's" name is Adrienne Talbert. You can look him up either way. The number to the Small Animal Clinic at Michigan State Vet. Hopsital is (517) 353-4957. Everyone is wonderful there. Donations can be made at the number listed above or by mailing a check to Michigan State University, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Attn: Business office, Rm A198 East Lansing, Michigan 48824. Please include the account number on the check so your kindness doesn't get misplaced.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
You can find me on Facebook at: http://tinyurl.com/ptzebt
Letters from Cooper:
Hi, my name is Cooper. I am 5 months old and I am a Yorkie. I have a brother named Maxx and a sister named Sadie. I live between Manchester, Michigan and Ann Arbor, Michigan. I love to give kisses and by my families side.
I haven't been feeling so well. Went to the Small Animal Clinic in East Lansing, Michigan last week because of pain in my lower abdominal. I was diagnosed with an inguinal Hernia. In fact, I have a 1 and a 1/2 tear in my left abdominal wall which is causing my intestines to fall into my scrotum. It is quite painful. I do not like to be picked up. Doctors say I need surgery soon however the surgery is going to cost between $900-$1200 dollars. However, due to cost the doctors say I can wait at least another month while my mommy tries to raise the money. Also during my visit, doctors heard a "whishing" sound in my chest. The Cardiologist diagnosed me with a medium sized hole between my left and right ventricle which is causing blood to pool at the bottom. Although no structural changes have occurred within my heart, doctors give me 4 months before major damage begins to happen. Supposedly I need heart surgery to repair the hole if I'd like to live a long, healthy life as soon as I get old enough. This surgery will cost between $3000 to $4000 dollars.
I didn't mean to be sick. I just wanted to live as healthy as I could.
My vet has decided to take donations for my surgery. Anything would be great appreciated. I need as much help as possible, so I can be fixed as soon as possible.
Please help me life a long, healthy life. Please keep my in your prayers.
P.S. Mom will be adding more information to my progress and information regarding donations really soon.
Went to the Vet's today. I finally weigh 3 pounds! Everything is stable for now although I am still hurting when someone picks me up. Mom has been given instructions about putting my intestines back in place - doesn't seem to be doing much good. My heart is still pumping. Although I have been limited in regards to how much activity I can do. In fact, the vet said I can only walk for 10 to 15 minutes per-day! Can you believe that!? What am I supposed to do with all my energy? Oh my!
Also, received news as to when my next check up will be. July 10th I go for my rabies shot and a weight check. They also want to listen to my heart and see how I'm feeling. Then... Dr. Huie, at Michigan State, wants to see me in 4 months for another Ecogram to see if there are any more structural changes of my heart. I really don't like that machine, feels funny. She says surgery is still needed as soon as possible but I have to get bigger because they can't find tools small enough to work on me. But good news! That means more food, treats and toys for me!!
Until then, I hope to be filled with energy, lots of kisses and attention for everyone!
Even though I don't like all the prodding and probing by the doctors, I am thankful that someone really cares about me!
Great news! The small animal clinic at Michigan State Vet. Hospital has agreed to sponsor my case!! They will begin accepting donations for my surgeries today! Mom set everything up and I am so thankful that my life has the chance of lasting forever!
Here is the information you will need to know in regards to helping me.
My account number is 246968 and my name is Cooper Talbert. My mom's name is Adrienne Talbert. You can look me up either way. The number to the Small Animal Clinic at Michigan State Vet. Hopsital is (517) 353-4957. Everyone is wonderful there. Donations can be made at the number listed above or by mailing a check to Michigan State University, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Attn: Business office, Rm A198 East Lansing, Michigan 48824. Please include my account number on the check so your kindness doesn't get misplaced.
If you would like to donate, please send me your name and address as I would like to personally thank you from the bottom of my little heart!
I will need to raise at least $3,500 before my doctors will even think about performing the surgeries on me. The rest Mommy will have to pay when she picks me up.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The following accessories will aid in the maintenance of the dog’s exterior finish. All material found on Dogster.com.
Brush: It is important to select a brush that is suitable for your dog’s coat. The ideal tool is a soft wire brush that can remove tangles without irritating skin.
Comb: Usually made of steel and featuring both fine and coarse teeth, this tool can remove burrs and tangles and bring order to the coat of a longhaired dog.
Currycomb: Often made of rubber, this tool removes loose hair from shorthaired breeds while also massaging the skin.
Grooming Glove: Covered with nubby, hair-catching material, the glove is useful for face grooming, and for brushing dogs with extremely short hair.
Nail Clippers: There are two basic types—guillotine-style clippers and standard scissors-style clippers. Both work well.
Scissors: Excellent for removing particularly stubborn tangles or burrs.
Shedding Tool: This blade-like device with serrated edges is ideal for removing excess fur from longhaired breeds.
Styptic Powder: This blood-clotting powder (available at most retailers) will quickly stop bleeding caused by trimming a dog’s nails too closely.
Undercoat Rake: As the name implies, this tool removes loose hair from the dense undercoat of long-haired and thick-haired breeds, such as the husky and Irish setter.
Dog Grooming Tools
I found this useful guide on Dogster.com, but is written by –
Quirk Books: The Dog Owner's Manual is a basic guide to dog care.
"The book was written by a celebrated veterinarian and an acclaimed author. It provides dog owners with well-researched and helpful information presented in a lighthearted manner. The creators chose to write the book in a style similar to what you'd find in "operating instructions" for a car or computer. Of course they--and we--respect the fact that our beloved pets are not products or machines!"
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Before using the Spotbot, there were some dark spots that refused to budge with hand cleaning. I used spray stain remover and wet rags and tried to scrub the spots away, with no luck. Here is what it looked like prior to using:
Here's the Spotbot in action. It's totally hands-free and easy to use.
This is Mel, checking out the new machine. I'm pretty sure that he knows this is because of him and his sisters.
Spots are totally gone! Here's the result:
Sasha shows her approval.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
We're still here, just haven't had time to do much blogging or taking photos. Recently, my life consists of work, school and more work, with not much time for anything else. I can't wait until the school semester is over, so we can have a little fun. I hope everyone is having a good summer so far.
Do forget your K-9 Advantix for the ultimate doggy protection and bug spray for the humans.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Click on the link below. It's a great article.
Nation & World | Dogs have souls, but you already knew that | Seattle Times Newspaper
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
If you don't live nearby, (or even if you do and just want that convenience), you can order supplies from their website at: Milan Area Animal Hospital. So, check them out! You'll be happy you did.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
I made and ate hot meals unmolested.
I had unstained, unfired clothes.
I had quiet conversations on the phone,
even if the doorbell rang.
I slept as late as I wanted
And never worried about how late I got to bed
or if I could get into my bed.
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I cleaned my house every day.
I never tripped over toys, stuffies, chewies
Or invited the neighbor's dog over to play.
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I didn't worry if my plants, cleansers,
plastic bags, toilet paper, soap or deodorant
were poisonous or dangerous.
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I never had been peed on
Or pinched by puppy teeth.
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I had complete control of
My thoughts, My body and mind.
I slept all night without sharing
the covers or pillow.
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I never looked into big, soulful eyes and cried.
I never flet my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew something so furry and four-legged
could affect my heart so deeply.
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I had never held a sleeping puppy
just because I couldn't put it down.
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was well.
I didn't know how warm it feels inside
to feed a hungry puppy.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important.
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I had never known the warmth,
the joy, the love, the heartache,
the wonderment or the satisfaction
of being A Dog Mom.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
If you smoke, please refrain from smoking around your pets. Secondhand smoke can cause the same respiratory effects in dogs as it does in people, and they may develop life-threatening nasal and lung cancers.
Nicotine is also highly toxic if ingested, so keep all tobacco products out of reach. If a dog accidentally eats any tobacco product, they run the risk of collapse, coma and possibly death. If your guests smoke, be sure to point them outside and have an ashtray for disposal on hand.
For more information about protecting the health of your furry friend, please visit the ASPCA’s Guide to Pet Care.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Photo from Dogs Life Magazine
Originally uploaded by Dog's Life Magazine
All breeds, ages and sizes are available at shelters, rescue groups and your animal control. Dogs who are a little older make great pets because they usually come potty trained and aren't as hyper as a puppy. To search for a specific breed, size and age; visit Petfinder.com.
For a great article on pet adoption, please check out Dogs Life Magazine. Click on photo to visit their Flickr photo-stream.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
• Take a picture of your pet and make sure you have a current image on your computer or at any of the following places: Flickr, Snapfish, Shutterfly, Dogster or any of the many photo/file sharing sites. You may also want to have one put in your pet's chart at the vet's office.
• Microchip your pet. Any vet's office will do it. It's cheap and is a great way to permanently ID your pet.
• Make a contact list for your pet. This is a list of names, phone numbers, email and addresses of people that know you and your pet well.
• Register with a pet ID and recovery service.
Visit Dogster.com for more information. They also have a coupon for $3 off the "Together Tag", which is in partnership with the American Red Cross. We are currently enrolled with the American Kennel Club's Companion Animal Recovery.
I hope that none of us ever have to use these programs, but it's a great idea to have in case of an emergency. Let's keep our pets safe!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
It is everyones' responsibility to prevent and report animal cruelty AND violence against humans. Knowing about it and doing nothing is just as bad as the ones who are guilty of it.
The ASPCA has tips on what information to have on hand when reporting...
"Try to gather the following information before submitting a report of animal cruelty:
* A concise, written, factual statement of what you observed—giving dates and approximate times whenever possible—to provide to law enforcement.
* Photographs of the location, the animals in question and the surrounding area. However, please do not put yourself in danger! Do not enter another person’s property without permission, and exercise great caution around unfamiliar animals who may be frightened or in pain.
* If you can, provide law enforcement with the names and contact information of other people who have firsthand information about the abusive situation.
Remember, never give away a document without making a copy for yourself!"
For more useful information visit the ASPCA website.
If you don't know where to turn, your local law enforcement agency is a great place to start.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
This gets three paws up (highest rating)!
You can buy the Wellness brand from many independent pet retailers, Pet Supplies Plus (if your from Michigan) or on-line.
This food is great for picky eaters, sensitive skin and stomachs, allergies and for overall great health.
Be sure to visit the Wellness website for more info.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
People with pets should NOT use moth balls. This just came to me via email from the ASPCA. News Alert #3:
"In the past year, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has managed 113 cases of mothball poisoning, and most of those accidents happened during the spring and summer months. According to the APCC’s Dana Farbman, CVT, the ingestion of just one mothball can produce significant illness. Naphthalene—an offending chemical found in some brands of mothballs—is toxic to dogs, cats and other animals, and if ingested, can cause serious illness, including vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, swelling of the brain tissue, seizures, damage to the liver, kidneys and blood cells, coma and even death.
Farbman also advises pet parents to look out for mothballs that contain dichlorobenzene. “This insecticide is somewhat less toxic than naphthalene,” she says, “but it can still cause stomach upset and potentially even neurological effects if consumed in large amounts.”
Like other toxic exposures, it’s important to seek immediate attention if your pet has ingested mothballs. Prompt treatment can make the difference between just another household accident and permanent tragedy. The prognosis for those pets who receive immediate care is quite good, provided no other underlying conditions like liver disease or anemia are present.
If you suspect that your pet may have ingested mothballs—or any other poisonous substance—please call your local veterinarian or the ASPCA’s emergency hotline at (888) 426-4435. For more information about keeping your pet safe from household poisons, please visit APCC online."
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Order Siphonaptera: several families and many species, including the human flea ( Pulex irritans) and the cat flea ( Ctenocephalides felis).
I will tell you that prevention is way easier than trying to get rid of them. Once the fleas are in your house, you can count on months of "war" on these guys. They are one of the toughest things to get rid of. I'll discuss the cycle of a flea and ways to get rid of them at another time.
There are many types of flea medications out there. Talk to your vet to see what's right for you and your dog. Beware of the cheap ones at the store, they don't work very well, they don't last the entire month and they are highly toxic.
The top/trusted names are: Frontline, K9-Advantix, Advantage, Revolution, Program and Capstar. Never use flea products that are meant for dogs on cats (it will kill them) and vice versa. They are dog or cat specified for a reason.
Never buy medications from places that you've never heard of on the internet. Just like everything else, if it's really cheap it's probably not real. I do suggest checking out Drs. Foster & Smith online. They have great deals, have been around a long time and have free shipping on all flea medications.
Happy Spring and remember – Prevention is key!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Snausages also come in other shapes, like little footballs and the original little rolls.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
These treats are so good, that even when there are outside distractions (other dogs, kids playing, bunnies or squirrels), they will stop and come running if you yell... "Chickens". Sometimes I trick them, but they know they'll get a treat when that word is shouted. Yes, they are a little spoiled, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Chewy Louie Chicken Jerky... your dogs will love them.
Monday, March 30, 2009
As for her back problems... that will always be an issue. Since she has never stopped jumping around, it must not bother her too much. I would like to thank everyone for their concerns and positive thoughts.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Even though she had to fast for 24 hours and is on a stool softener (plus the usual pumpkin additive), she still has a lot of poop in her intestines. I don't know how that is even possible, but at least it's gone down from Tuesday (she lost a whole pound). She'll need to remain on the softeners for the next several days and go back for a final exam next Tuesday.
Hopefully she will pass the final check with flying colors (and no poop). I'll keep you posted either way. Thanks for all the well wishes.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The first thing to do is confine your puppy to a small area with an easy to clean floor (which usually means the kitchen, bathroom or any room with a hard surface). The puppy should be kept confined to this area during the night, while you're at work or when you can't keep a watchful eye on them. I don't suggest leaving them in confinement more than needed, because you need to have positive interactions with your dog. They also need to be social at a young age to avoid aggressive behavior later. Make sure the crate has something soft to lay on (I use fluffy bathroom rugs), plenty of water and a favorite toy to play with. A bored dog is a destructive dog!
The next you need to do is get them on a schedule. Dogs love structure and need this more than anything. Always take the dog out as soon as you get up in the morning, after feedings, as soon as you get home from work and right before you go to bed. A puppy may need to go out every 30-60 minutes at first, just to get the hint.
Once you are outside, tell them to go potty, pee pee or whatever word you are planning to use for that. It needs to be the same word, all the time. Dogs do learn what words mean and mine can even spell. As soon as the pee or poop happens, shower your dog with tons of praise. Acting really excited, talking in a higher voice and jumping around like a "fool" can help them understand your excitement. Always say, "good pee pee" (or whatever word you're using) and I do mean EVERY time. Carrying around small treats certainly can add to their positive experience.
You must stick with a routine or you won't get the results you're looking for. I also don't suggest teaching them to pee on anything in the house. I trained my first dog to go in a "doggy litter box" that I kept a "pooch pad" in front of. The big problem was, when we moved, there was no longer a good spot for that. Since she was going out side like a normal dog, I didn't worry about having it out. Now, my throw rugs get used in emergencies because she thinks they're "pooch pads".
Never ever rub your dogs' nose in it. By the time you find the mistake, it is too late. Punishing them after the fact is confusing and they don't know why you're mad. You can only scold (use a deep and serious voice) them when they are being caught in the act.
Keep to the schedule and routine, then before you know it, they are fully trained. These tips can apply to any age dog.
My dogs are always VERY excited about new things, whether it's food or toys. I open up the bag and they can hardly contain themselves. Sasha is jumping up and down, Cercei is about to wag her tail right off and Mel is running around like crazy. "Hurry Up" seems to be the message they are sending me. I open up the bag and these things are HUGE! Think of a dollar bill that is folded in half. No way are they getting a whole one to themselves! Once I was able to break a few pieces off, they were allowed to have some. These treats were a big hit. If I even mentioned the name "Buffalo Blue", they would go crazy.
If you are looking for a healthy treat, made with natural ingredients, try these Health Bars. They also carry regular food for dogs and cats. For more info, please visit their website at www.bluebuff.com
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I took Sasha to the vet today because she's been acting sick. She doesn't want to eat her breakfast about every third day and then vomits 30 min. later. Sometimes she has bathroom issues and I discovered that she had peed on the kitchen floor in the middle of the night. I found this strange because Sasha doesn't have accidents like that and the two little ones have been wearing "diapers" overnight.
X-rays were taken, blood work was done and a total health evaluation performed. She has several issues. First of all, she is constipated so bad that it's pushing on everything. This also is creating gas pockets and pressure on her bladder, which explains the pee accidents. The second issue is the fact that she is in pain (even though she's not showing it) and about four of her vertebrates are in bad shape. The last and most horrible of the problems could be a possible tumor on her spleen. Since she's so constipated, she needs to go back in for more x-rays on Friday, after 24 hours of fasting and several days of stool softeners. Hopefully it turns out to be nothing, but she may need surgery to get her spleen removed.
On the positive side, she's acting totally normal and wants to play. The news is not great, but it seems to be fixable. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Visit the ASPCA for poison prevention tips online. If you own the popular Sago Palm house plant, BEWARE, it's highly toxic to cats and dogs. According to the ASPCA, "Since 2003, the ASPCA has seen an increase by more than 200 percent of sago palm and cycad poisonings, and 50 to 75 percent of those ingestions resulted in fatalities." You can enjoy beautiful plants, just be mindful of what you own and where you place them.
The unthinkable doesn't have to happen, as long as you stay educated and use a little common sense.