Monday, April 17, 2017

Adoption Monday: Saige, Rottweiler, Toronto, ON

Saige is a very sweet girl who loves everyone she meets.

Saige is good with most all dogs although she would do best in a home with a large, laid back male. She adores her foster brother Jack.

Saige has met a lot of children on her walks and she is very respectful of them.

She has come a long way with her leash walks but she does get reactive when meeting dogs on leash during walks and having never gone for walks previously she can be reactive of vehicles or motorcycles pass by.

Saige needs a large breed experienced home that will continue with her leash training. She will need a home with a fenced in backyard where she can run and play and spend summer days laying in the sun.

Saige is not destructive when left alone in the home. She is spayed and up to date on vaccines.

If you are looking for the “total package” and a wonderful family companion, look no further. Saige could be just what you are looking for.


ANML-RESQ is a dedicated group of volunteers looking out for the 4-legged creatures we share this world with. Their goal is to save a dog or cat from being euthanized in a shelter, through no fault of their own - just in the wrong place at the wrong time. If they don't have a foster home available they will work with other reputable organizations to find a place.

ANML-RESQ relies solely on donations and fundraisers to spay/neuter, vaccinate and microchip their pets prior to adoption.  They don't even use funds for gas to transport the pets in their program to their new homes!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Jerky Treats, Kibble and Raw, and more ...

A Vet Wants to Know: Why Are You Still Giving Your Dog Jerky Treats?

Dr. Eric Barchas

Have you ever bought treats for your dog from a bulk bin at your nearest pet store? I would like to hope that readers of this blog or any other educated dog parents would never do that. But stores are still loaded with this stuff ... somebody is buying it. We can't wait for pet stores to grow a conscience. But if nobody was buying, nobody would be selling. It's a simple equation.

Perhaps not everybody knows yet that such jerky treats can kill their dog. Perhaps they feel that it's not going to happen to them. Perhaps they can bring themselves to deprive their dog of the joy on munching on these.

There is a very simple solution. Make your own. Stop buying stuff that can potentially harm or even kill your dog.

Our dogs always loved jerky treats of all kinds. We've been making jerky treats ourselves for years. Get yourself a dehydrator and get "jerkin." It's easy. And it's the only way to have the cake and eat it too.

Is It OK to Mix a Raw Diet and Kibble?

Dr. Peter Dobias

This is a very interesting question the answer to which depends on whom you ask. Some veterinarians focused on nutrition say it's fine, and some say it is not. So how is it?

Or is the answer the same if you asked whether you can have a raw salad with cooked dinner? Strangely, nobody has asked that question as far as I know.

Why would anybody bring this up in the first place? It seems to be a matter of whether processed/cooked and raw foods digest the same way at the same speeds. And there are arguments about that. There are also debates whether the problem is that proteins and starches digest differently and at different speeds.

I don't think there is any evidence conclusive enough to determine who is right and who is wrong. I don't mix kibble and raw diet but do I think it's wrong? I think it depends how an individual dog does with it.

See what Dr. Dobias thinks.

Expert tips on dealing with your dog’s fear of thunderstorms

Dr. Marty Becker

Believe it or not, we've already had a few thunderstorms this year. We've been fortunate that other than JD's mild concern, I'm the one who is the most worried about such things. I call JD's concern mild because as long as he had either Jasmine or Cookie to mirror, he'd always calm down because they were calm.

For many dogs, though, a thunderstorm feels like an armageddon the end of the world. There are a number of products one can try to alleviate the thunderstorm anxiety, starting with herbal essences, calming pheromones or shirts and wraps.

Find out what Dr. Marty Becker recommends.

How to help your dog with painful ear infections

Dr. Krista Magnifico

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Useful Tips: What Do We Use for the Occasional Morning Stomach Upset?

First, I feel I have to emphasize that this tip is meant to mend an occasional morning stomach upset only. While it has become accepted that for some dogs waking up with an upset stomach every morning can be normal, I do not believe that. If my dog was consistently nauseous in the morning, I'd want to know exactly why that is happening.

Jasmine, for example, did have this issue consistently, whether or not she got something to eat before bed. Only years later she was finally diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Ever since she was a puppy she would refuse her breakfast and generally wouldn't eat anything until after a walk.

It is a familiar scenario.

A dog might frown at their breakfast, try to eat grass, their stomach might start making grumbly noises.

For Cookie, eating grass normally helps, however, when it's time for it to come out, the long pieces make that business quite challenging. Overall, I don't mind my dogs munching on grass a little bit but in excess, it can irritate the GI tract.

The theory is that this happens from acid build up in the stomach.

One of the recommendations I got from our vet was giving a soda cracker before bed. We did try that, and Cookie loves soda crackers for some reason, but it didn't seem to make any difference. Plus I didn't want to make it a habit and how would one predict what is to come the next morning?

The first time I got a similar idea was when Cookie was on NSAIDs after her injury.

She was out for lab workup so she had to skip her breakfast. The whole trip added up to a long day and by the time Cookie came home her stomach was all unhappy and making all sorts of noise. There was no way I could convince her to eat anything in order to give her the meds.

Going with the theory that it was from too much acid in the stomach, I remembered that at one time Jasmine was taking Tums to help with that. We did not have any but we did have calcium pills. Should work the same, right? So hubby pillinated her one of those. Not long after that the stomach upset cleared and I was able to feed and medicate her.

Cookie gets her belly upset in the morning every now and then.

When that happens, all she wants to do is to eat grass. Then, one morning, I remembered how well the calcium pill worked and I got the bright idea of offering her a little bit of sour cream. To my surprise, she accepted it even though she was refusing any other food. I fed her a bit of that and shortly after her stomach settled quite nicely.

I've used that for quite some time now and it works every time.

I'm sure plain yogurt could be used as well, however, we don't always have that. We always do have sour cream. I believe that either would work the same.

Of course, if your dog happens to have an issue with dairy, don't try this trick. Otherwise, though, it is safe and so far it's been very effective.

I would not use Pepto Bismol for my dog but I have no reservation offering a bit of safe sour cream.

If you decide to try it, let me know how it worked for your dog.

Don't forget, though, if your dog gets upset stomach daily, and/or is vomiting, do see a veterinarian.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Adoption Monday: Koda, Hound Mix, Toronto, ON

Koda is a loving, medium energy dog who likes his daily exercise.

Koda needs to work on not pulling like a truck on the leash, but he is improving his leash manners.

Koda loves meeting new people and does very well meeting other dogs. He loves to play, will chase a ball if you throw it, but he doesn't always bring it back. Koda likes chasing the ball but gets distracted. He is showing that he can be a great agility dog.

Koda I needs a yard that has a fence all around to keep him out of trouble.

Koda would prefer a home where he can spend most of his time with his family. Koda and cats do not mix.

Koda is current on his shots, neutered and microchipped.


ANML-RESQ is a dedicated group of volunteers looking out for the 4-legged creatures we share this world with. Their goal is to save a dog or cat from being euthanized in a shelter, through no fault of their own - just in the wrong place at the wrong time. If they don't have a foster home available, they will work with other reputable organizations to find a place.

ANML-RESQ relies solely on donations and fundraisers to spay/neuter, vaccinate and microchip their pets prior to adoption.  They don't even use funds for gas to transport the pets in their program to their new homes!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Good News for Dogs Diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma, Perianal Fistulas, and more ...

Odds Improve for Dogs with Hemangiosarcoma

Dr. Nancy Kay/Spot Speaks

Hemangiosarcoma is one of the nastiest cancers dogs can get. It can quietly brew under the radar until it explodes with a major disaster. There is no effective screening for it other than ultrasound. And there hasn't been anything one could consider a successful treatment either.

Studies on Golder Retrievers and Vizslas showed that there is a link between spay/neuter and the risk of hemangiosarcoma in these two breeds. Does the same rule apply to other breeds as well? Large-breed dogs are those the most likely to get this cancer. The assumption that spay/neuter affects all of them just as it does the Goldens and Vizslas would be quite reasonable though studies would need to show this conclusively. The evidence is piling up that premature removal of sexual organs is detrimental to health.

There is some good news. The University of Minnesota has developed a new chemotherapy drug that seems to be showing significant promise in extending survival.

Read Dr. Kay's thoughts about the new drug and hemangiosarcoma.

Perianal Fistula in Dogs – A Major Pain in the Butt!

Dr. Christopher Byers/CriticalCareDVM

A couple of my friends had been battling with perianal fistula. It is quite a painful and frustrating problem.

What the heck is a perianal fistula? In simple terms, it's a tunnel where one doesn't belong. Think escape from Alcatraz type of a deal; all the way to the surface at the anal region. It seems unclear what causes it, the present theory is abnormal immune function. Interestingly, breed does seem to play major role; the vast majority of affected dogs are German Shepherds.

Not only this is a smelly, ugly problem, but it is also a painful one. When you suspect your dog might be suffering from this problem, do not ignore it and don't jump to conclusions either. There are other problems that can look much like this, including things such as anal cancer or anal gland issues. Don't mess around and have it diagnosed and treated by your veterinarian.

I Can’t Afford Heartworm Treatment

Dr. Anna Coffin/Guthrie Pet Hospital

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to heartworm, this is true on many levels. Yes, the preventive is relatively expensive, particularly if you have multiple dogs. It is, however, way cheaper and way safer than treatment for actual heartworm infection.

The heartworm treatment can cost anywhere between $500 and $1500 depending on the size of the dog. Your dog could die during the treatment. Untreated, the heartworm infection will cause irreversible damage to the heart, leading to congestive heart failure.

If there were just one thing I could afford regarding veterinary care for my dogs, I would choose heartworm preventive.

Check out Dr. Anna's article on heartworm infection and treatment. Perhaps it will help you make up your mind about the importance of HW prevention.

Vaccines and Dogs

Dr. Greg Martinez

Dr. Martinez's experience and insights on puppy vaccines.