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This page is dedicated to the Memory of OZZY,

the 5-month old Awesome Aussie pup that succumbed 8/29/09, to lawn care treatment chemicals; the very day he was to begin Puppy Kindergarten!  

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Don't have the time to train your dog? Going on vacation or a business trip?  Coming to St. Augustine for a visit and want to bring your dog? 
Want more for your dog than just boarding them in a kennel?   Ask about GOOD DOG! BED-n-BISCUITS - POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT, 
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REMINDER!  WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CHECKED 
YOUR PUPPY OR DOG'S COLLAR?  DO IT TODAY!!!



Canine Influenza H3N8 Dog Flu

 

The H3N8 virus has been in South Florida since March 2003. 

It is believed to have started with one dog in a shelter!  It is now in

Northeast Florida!

 

  • Since Labor Day Weekend 2009, this highly contagious respiratory viral infection of dogs,
  • has roared like a wild fire, up the East Coast from Miami to New England. 
  • It is caused by the subtype H3N8 of the influenza A virus.
  • It is the source of acute respiratory infection in dogs.  It can cause respiratory disease
  • alone, or in combination with other canine respiratory pathogens.
  • It is not seasonal�dogs can contract it year round.
  • All dogs regardless of age or breed are at risk.
  • Affects dogs only. 
  • 100% of dogs are susceptible�80% will show signs, 20% will not become ill, but can still be a carrier.
  • Dogs not exhibiting symptoms can spread the disease.
  • Symptoms are: persistent coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, and transient low-grade fever,
  • lack of appetite, lack of energy.  The cough can last up to 1 month.
  • Coughing is the dog�s way of ridding the virus from their body.  
  • Do not give cough suppressant!
  • Take precautions to prevent secondary infections such as a yellow-green nasal discharge and pneumonia.
  • It is spread through air (coughing or sneezing), direct contact, (licking, kissing, nuzzling, shared bowls)
  • and contaminated surfaces (hands, clothing, furniture, bedding, dog bedding, crates, kennels, toys,
  • bowls, dog collars, dog leashes and other surfaces)
  • It can be treated with antibiotics, to avoid or lessen risks of secondary infection.
  • If inoculated before infected, severity may be reduced with the H3N8 vaccine given in 2 doses,
  • 2-4 weeks apart, followed by an annual revaccination.
  • Dogs currently vaccinated for Bordetella (kennel cough) are likely candidates for the CIV H3N8.
  • Unless inoculated, avoid large gatherings of dogs.
  • Washing hands, clothing, and other items in soap and water can easily inactivate the virus.
  • (virus can survive for up to 48 hours otherwise)
  • Concrete and metal surfaces should be cleaned with a 1-part bleach to 9-parts water.
  • For the first 7-10 days, infected dogs shed the virus through respiratory secretions.  
  • Avoid contact with other dogs during this period if possible!
  • The virus usually runs its course usually in 2 weeks.  
  • After that, the dog is no longer contagious.


 

DRYER, DRYER, HOUSE ON FIRE! AddThis Social Bookmark Button

 

Last week, a neighbor returned home to find her house full of smoke, and on fire!   She was freaked! 

Not so much because the house was on fire, but because her two cats were trapped inside. 

After repeated unsuccessful attempts to go inside to rescue them, she was driven out by the density of the smoke.

 

Carol ran over to calm her; assuring her the cats most likely were hiding somewhere, down low, under the smoke. 

Carol then went into the house, crawling low, dragging the garden hose behind her, in order to get the fire

under control.  The source of the fire; the clothes dryer!  She hosed down the surrounding areas, instinctively

keeping the fire contained and under control.

 

Eventually, after 3 calls to 911, two by the owner, and one by GOOD DOG!, the fire department arrived. 

They did their thing.  When they were done, the chief coolly informed the owner, they could not find

the cats, and most likely they were dead from smoke inhalation.

 

As soon as she got the all clear from the fire department, the owner dashed into her house, calling for

her cats.  Remembering what Carol said, she checked  down low.  Thankfully, just as predicted, she

found them in her daughter's bedroom, huddled together, under the bed. 

 

They were scared and they were smelly, but they were safe!

 

As the relieved owner was placing them into the cat carrier GOOD DOG! provided, she turned and

hugged Carol  gratefully thanking her, telling her she was their " Angel in disguise."


BOTTOM LINE:  NEVER LEAVE THE CLOTHES DRYER RUNNING, WHEN YOU ARE NOT IN THE HOUSE! 

The experience of coming home to see your home on fire is horrific!  Knowing your pets are trapped inside...

only YOU can imagine your reaction.   Special note:  Keep those clothes dryer lint filters clean!  

Overheated lint will go up in flames,in the blink of an eye!

 



CAUTION:  FOUR PAWS INC. - PIMPLE BALL AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Please send this to everyone even if they are not dog owners. If enough people

know about it, then sooner or later all pet owners will become aware of this toy.

The toy has since been pulled off the market but if you bought one and still have it you can return it

for a replacement ball.  Snopes has the link.    http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/pimpleball..asp

SNOPES KEYWORD:  PIMPLE BALL

SAVE YOUR BEST FRIEND YEARS OF AGONY FROM

CHRONIC JOINT PAIN...USE A DOG RAMP! AddThis Social Bookmark Button


The love affair Americans have with their pick-up trucks and SUVs are causing serious 

orthopedic problems and chronic pain for their dogs especially older ones.  There is no question,

it can take years off the quality of your dog's life.

 

The visual of your dog leaping into the back of your pick-up or SUV on a

"LOAD UP!" command truly is a sight to behold!  However, in a few short years,

the visual of your dog limping around in the agony of chronic joint pain, will be a

painful reminder of what you could have done to prevent it.

 

To save your beloved friend years of agony, and possibly preventable,

unnecessary surgery, take an extra minute or two use a dog ramp to

load and unload your dog.  It may not be as manly looking, but it certainly

shows everyone you are a considerate dog owner. 

 

Start a responsible dog owner craze!  Use a ramp.  If they could, your dog would thank you!



2009 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION - SAVE THEIR LIFE, SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET! AddThis Social Bookmark Button

 

Many of us think we have that extraordinary dog or cat.   We want it to live on forever, so we don't want them spayed or neutered.

 

Others, think they will make a few bucks breeding them.  Why not?  They paid enough for them; why not make our money back.

 

Before you make the decision NOT to spay or neuter your pets, chew on this:

 

  1. The leading cause of death for dogs and cats, being hit by cars.  Most of the time, they are in the quest to fulfill nature's call for reproduction!
  2. The second cause, overfilled shelters, with unwanted pets.
  3. The third, for males, testicular cancer.
  4. The third for females, pyometra and mammary gland cancer.

    WHAT IS PYOMETRA?

 Pyometra literally means pus in the uterine cavity.  However, if your female pet is spayed, the uterus and ovaries are removed so there is absolutely no chance of pyometra developing. The pus is the result of infection from mucous build-up in the uterus, usually caused by a hormone imbalance.  Not only is it SERIOUSif not caught in time, it can be FATAL.

 

Many pets are asymptomatic, until it's almost too late to save them.  The enlarged uterus can rupture, giving your pet little to no chance of survival. 

 

THINGS TO WATCH FOR:

 

  1. White, creamy, foul smelling discharge from vulva/vagina
  2. Animal obsessively licking their genital area
  3. Lethargic
  4. Lack of appetite
  5. Increased thirst
  6. Increased urination
  7. Dehydration
  8. Weight loss
  9. Enlarged abdomen, caused by pus build up in uterus

 

Should your intact female pet exhibits any of these symptoms, RUN, DO NOT STOP!  GET TO YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY.  Hopefully, it will be in time to save their life. Most likely, by this time, they will require emergency surgery!

 

Some pets and their owners are lucky.  Their pets may live an entire lifetime and never suffer any of the consequences of not being spayed or neutered, other than overpopulating. 

 

However, not neutering or spaying your pet could not only be expensive financially, it can be emotionally devastating.

Are you willing to take that risk with your beloved pet?

 

Florida residents, contact www.spayneuterpets.com for more information and options on affordable spaying and neutering.



 

ATTENTION DOG OWNERS!   DOG LOSES TONGUE TO TOY!  CAUTION WHEN USING "FOUR PAW"  TOYS! AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Dog owners must always use caution with the toys and chews they give their pets.  "FOUR PAWS"  has removed the toys from the market.  However, be careful, there still some on the shelves!  

If you have one...or even if you think you have one...throw it away!

The following link is a horrible example of what can happen to your dog. 

 

REMEMBER!  NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG UNSUPERVISED WITH ANYTHING THAT MAY INJURE THEM

 

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FOR YOUR DOG'S PROTECTION...KEEP YOUR SUGAR-FREE (XYLITOL) GUM OUT OF THEIR REACH!
 
Check this out with snopes - it is registered as true.  So, please... hide your sugar free gum!  XYLITOL IS TOXIC TO DOGS! 
 

 

YEAST INFECTIONS IN DOGS!

When a normal organism called Malassezia pachydermatis, which is found on the skin of dogs, gets out of control, it becomes the leading cause of yeast infections in dogs.

This type of infection, which is extremely itchy, is usually can be found on the skin, and ears.  Symptoms to watch for are you dog constantly shaking his head, scratching his ears, scratching, open sores (lesions) are usually found on the feet, throat, and stomach.  The constant scratching may cause secondary infections.  Older dogs and puppies are more prone to getting yeast infections, because of their compromized immune systems.

Vaccinations, bacterial infections, weakened immune system, medications (steroids and antibiotics), chemicals, allergies and poisons are the leading causes of dog yeast infections. 

Your vet will take a scraping of the skin in the lesion area, to determine if there this is possibly the problem.  Milder cases, and small areas are often treated with topical creams prescribed by your vet.  They may also recommend medicated shampoos containing sulphur and benzolyl peroxide.  More serious cases may have to be treated orally.  If you suspect your dog has a yeast infection, talk to your vet!

 

   

 

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