As I read my local newspaper’s abbreviated free version that comes out every week, I’m always drawn to the classifieds. I read in amazement and sadness, the number of people advertising puppies, varying from golden retrievers to chiweiniepoos or whatever combination of breeds someone has come up with that they can apparently sell for hundreds of dollars. Around the holidays, they make sure they include how they’ll be ready for Christmas. I cringe at those ads for several reasons, not just because they are directly across from ads that the only local no-kill shelter runs begging for monetary help with vet bills from the latest sick dogs brought in that someone found dumped or with the vet care of a kitten thrown out of a car window. I cringe because I once got a puppy as a gift, and while my situation is different than most, there are still some things I want to pass on about my experience to help others. Read more
If you have a cat or a dog, an almost certain issue you’ll have to deal with at some point is diarrhea. Whether it’s as simple as a result of eating something they shouldn’t, the result of medication use, or a change in food that suddenly creates havoc in the bathroom department, it’s a good idea to be ready to act when it happens. Luckily, there are three inexpensive and easy diarrhea treatments for cats and dogs that should help resolve the issue quickly.
Colloidal silver is one of those things you may have heard of, but don’t really know what it is or its capabilities. I used to be one of those people. I can’t even remember now what specific issue I was dealing with, if any, when I stumbled across colloidal silver, but even in the limited capacity I’ve used it for, I’m glad that I did. And while it may seem expensive, I like to look at it in terms of it saving me a vet visit and prescription meds or a late night/weekend shopping trip to track down a treatment I need. I can assure you, as many times as it has suddenly come in handy, how many things it can cure, and given how well it works, I will not be without it. You shouldn’t either. Read more
If you’ve ever considered a wireless pet containment system, also known as a wireless fence, to keep your dog safe, it’s important to go into it knowing that it does have its limitations and faults. Even though my experience with one was from several years ago, my research indicates the same problems that plagued it then, still do. And while my experience was from a while ago, it was still a hard lesson learned that I wanted to share with other dog owners.
Even though the commercials would make it seem like having a smelly house is a common thing, it’s not. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Will is in the service industry. In the course of a day, he’s in and out of usually 3-5 houses. Because of all the commercials on TV talking about smelly odors, dog smell infused couches and stinky litter boxes, I wanted to know if it really is the epidemic the companies pushing all those sprays and plugins would have you believe.
Last month, a week after my labrador, Abby, spent a night at the vet’s office following lipoma removal surgery, she developed a cough. I let it go for a little over a day, as I waited to see if it was just a fluke since she was on antibiotics from her surgery and it was a pretty minor and only occasional cough. Listening to her, it just appeared that she had something in her throat. She hadn’t had any bones recently and she’s a grass eater, so I thought maybe she just had a piece of grass stuck in her throat. Unfortunately, by the next day when my scheduled post surgery check-in call with the vet came, the cough had progressed to being more frequent.
Last year, when my dog Roxie was diagnosed with cancer, I immediately came home and spent hours and hours researching things that would help get her better. A lot of the supplements I read about that were recommended, I’d never heard of. There was one that caught my attention though, because of how it is administered in dire cases and what ailments it can help with in both cats and dogs. It was vitamin C. I never realized how many things vitamin C was good for treating in cats and dogs until I researched further.
When I took in my first rescue cat, KK, I really didn’t know exactly what I was getting into. All the previous cats I’d ever been around as a kid had been outdoor barn cats, so acclimating one to indoor living was new to me. Indoor living was also apparently new to KK as well, given how determined he was to go outside whenever he wanted. As I found in my experience with KK and all my subsequent cats, you have to train a cat, just like a dog, to follow rules and learn what is and isn’t allowed in the home for it to be a happy and harmonious place.
While hiring someone to “talk” to your pet might seem crazy to more than a few people, when you find yourself in a situation where you feel like you’ve exhausted all other options, it starts seeming more and more like a good idea. That was the case for me last year when one of our barely one-year-old neutered male cats decided to go on an unauthorized journey. While I wanted to believe an animal communicator would be the answer to my prayers, I went into it with a healthy bit of skepticism, because this was not something I had any experience with at all. I had to hope that this stranger I researched and hired was the real, legitimate deal.
This was a tough post to find the right wording for the title. I wrote several of them before settling on the final version you see. Part of me wanted the title to read, “If your dog stops eating, PLEASE don’t mess around. Get them to the vet!” Of course, that’s my gut reaction after losing Sadie so soon after she completely stopped eating one night. Then, there are the other titles I came up with like “First they stopped eating, then they died.” And while morbid and dramatic, that’s really kinda how my two experiences with this topic have played out. This post isn’t meant to scare you, but to show you how a dog’s lack of appetite can be a huge red flag that something is very seriously wrong with your dog.