Before and After

October 28, 2014 by admin  
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Before a dental

Before and After shots of teeth that were cleaned without Anesthesia.

HOT SPOTS

October 24, 2014 by admin  
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Cats rarely get hot spots, but dogs, especially thickly furred breeds like golden retrievers and Chow Chows. often develop red, wet sores that make their skin look like raw hamburger. Hot spots, known technically as moist pyotraumatic dermatitis, are caused by a wide range of things.  Usually, a bug bite, tiny sore, or scratch in the skin begins to itch, the dog stats licking and chewing, bacteria start to grow, and the sore spreads incredibly fast.  It can go from the size of a pinprick to several inches within 30 minutes, and if left untreated, it can grow 20 times larger in a single day.  Hot spots look awful, and they may be extremely painful.  But they involve only the very top layer of skin and healquickly with first aid.

Trim the fur around the sore. First apply K-Y Jelly to the spot. Once you’ve trimmed the fur, clean the sore.  Any water based cleanser is fine, but any antiseptic liquid soap like Betadine Skin Cleanser is best. Make sure to rinse off the cleanser, or the irritation may become worse when the soap scum dries on the skin. Pat area dry. Medicate with an antibacterial spray or cream that dries up the sore, like a 5% benzoyl peroxide product such as Clean & Clear Persa – Gel 5, which is found at drugstores and supermarkets. No ointments or Alcohol on hot spots, because it seals the infection deeper into the skin and is too strong for open wounds and is painful.

Enhancing the Immune System

October 21, 2014 by admin  
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THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IS A NETWORK OF CELLS AND ORGANS that defends the body against attacks by foreign invaders.  The cells communicate with each other through proteins called cytokines to mount a defensive attack.  The body is mainly being defended against what are popularly called germs or microbes (bacteria,yeast, protozoan, and viruses).  Because the mammalian body provides an ideal environment (warmth and moisture) for many microbes, they tend to multiply easily and rapidly in the body if the immune system has been unable to keep them out or destroy them.  symptoms or illness may arise directly from the actions of the pathological organisms, from the immune system activities called upon to fight them, and /or both.

The immune systems is amazingly complex.  Every time we solve a problem, two more question arise.  The immune system must recognize dozens of different enemies and then produce secretions and “killer” cells to match up with and wipe out each one of them.  But it gets even trickier: the immune system must produce this response only when the enemy is present; otherwise, the immune system would be draining energy and building up secretions continuously.

Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum)

October 17, 2014 by admin  
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Milk thistle has been used for centuries as an herbal medicine for the treatment of liver disease.  The active constituent in milk thistle is silymarin, a mixture of three flavolignans. Silybin is the most biologically active flavonoid in silymarin.  Therapeutically, milk thistle acts by protecting liver cells from toxic damage, boosting glutathione concentrations, and regenerating normal liver cells.  Milk thistle is also a potent free radical scavenger. In humans, milk thistle has been used clinically for a number of conditions including alcoholic liver diseased, hepatitis, amanita mushroom poisoning, and skin disease.  Silymarin has also shown to enhance liver detoxification by by inhibition of Phase I detoxification while enhancing glucuronidation.  One of the most important aspects of this herb is that it slows down or even reverses the formation of fibrosis (scar tissue)  in the liver.  This is my main herbal treatment in liver disease.

Muscle Terminology

October 15, 2014 by admin  
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Skeletal muscles do not work in isolation. Each muscle is attached to bony processes or sheets of connective tissue. All voluntary muscles are somehow associated with the skeletal system. The muscles to bone attachment at which the muscle begins is called the origin and the site at which it ends is it’s insertion. The origin is usually proximal and attaches to the less moveable bone, while the insertion is distal and attaches to the more moveable  bone. Therefore, when a muscle contracts, the insertion moves toward the origin. For example, the deltoid muscle in the shoulder of the humerus. When this muscle contracts, the more move able it’s insertion on the humerus. When this muscle contracts, the more moveable insertion moves toward the origin and pulls the humerus toward the scapula.

Almost all skeletal muscles either originate or insert on the skeleton and many like the deltoid, have both their origin and insertion on bone. Contraction of the deltoid flexes the shoulder. It is the job of another muscle or group of muscles to extend the shoulder or to produce an opposite action. For example, the teres minor is one of the muscles that extends the shoulder. Similarly, abductors and adductors work in opposition of each other. The concept of muscles working to produce movement in opposite directions allows dogs to move their joints in both directions.

Kennel Cough…..

February 7, 2014 by admin  
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Kennel cough is an infectious disease that in the past has been associated with a recently confinement in a boarding kennel. This is a harsh, persistent cough, also known as tracheo-bronchitis and more recently “infectious bronchitis”. Initially it occurred more often in the summer months and particularly when dogs have been in kennels. Today however, it occurs throughout the yearand often times is unrelated to boarding kennels. This signs of kennel cough is recognized by a harsh dry cough and can be followed by bouts of retching. It is a cough followed by a cough that sounds like something is stuck in the throat. There are several viruses involved with this condition. The incubation period runs between five and seven days and usually runs its course in 2-3 weeks. Some dogs may not begin coughing for several days after being boarded, or exposed to this bacteria.

Suggestions:
Rumex Crisp
Bryonia
Aconite

Other Alternatives:
Vaporizers can be effective either a cold-mist vaporizer or by placing the dog in the bathroom and running a hot shower or tub. Herbal cough syrups are also useful. These usually contain wild cherry bark, licorice, comfrey root, coltsfoot, mullein, slippery elm and horehound. Increasing the intake of vitamin C and vitamin E are also helpful.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats!

January 31, 2014 by admin  
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Ingredients:

1 15 oz can pumpkin puree

2 eggs

1/2 cup oats (optional if your dog is on a grain free diet, sub an extra 1/4 cup grain free flour)

3 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and cinnamon

In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined.  Stir wet ingredients into dry. Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/2 thick.  Cut out using cookie cutter.  The dough will be a little sticky, a dusting of flour for your hands and the rolling pin will help! Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Place on cooling racks and let cool thoroughly.  They will harden as they cool.

Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits

January 3, 2014 by admin  
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Ingredients:

1 cup of canned sweet potato (you can sub fresh if you want)

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour

1 egg (beaten)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Stir ingredients together in a large bowl until dough forms.  Roll dough into small balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press dough down slightly so the biscuits are about 1/4 inch thick.  Bake until golden brown and let cool on a wire rack.

Yield: About 2 dozen biscuits  Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 30-40 minutes

Boarding

December 20, 2013 by admin  
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There is always one very important rule to remember when you are considering putting your dog a boarding establishment: LOOK BEFORE YOUR BOOK.  If you  don’t like what you see, don’t expect that it will  improve by the time your dog arrives.  All boarding establishments for animals must be licensed by the local authority, but having a licence is not an indication of quality.  The standards laid down by each individual authority are always minimum standards, and as long as the kennels adhere to the minimum, they are granted a licence.  Unfortunately, in many cased, the minimum is not fit to keep any animal in, let alone a dog that has probably spent all of its previous existence having its every whim being pandered to in the comfort of a modern home.  There is  boarding kennels near my home, and over the years I have beard so many detrimental comments from dogs and cat owners about the place that I contacted the local authority and and asked them why they continued to grant a licence.

A Dog Is A Dog Is A Wolf

December 13, 2013 by admin  
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The answer to ‘why does my dog….?’ is usually very easily answered — ‘because it’s a dog.’  Much of what we regard as problem behaviour is quite often,  as I explained in the Introduction, just normal dog behaviour exhibited in the wrong place and at the wrong time.

My dog has just bitten somebody! Well, Dogs bite, don’t they? My dog barks constantly! Well, dogs bark, don’t they? My dog growls at me if I go near his food! Well, dogs growl, don’t they? They also guard food.

All these behaviours, although totally unacceptable, are the thins dogs do.  If you persist in being aggressive towards your do, the chances are that at some point it will become annoyed enough to bite you. What else can it do—send you a solicitor’s letter?

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