How many times in your life have you fallen in love?
There is no answer to that question…. or is there? Ask a person who has owned and lost an animal.
To loose an animal, heart break seems like it will last forever…. until. The next one comes along, and needs love, attention and a piece of that heart.
And the heart heals- what we shall now call “the cycle of the healing heart.”
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I love dogs. Always have, always will. I’m suspicious of people who don’t, claim a dog makes them sneeze, makes them uneasy, scares them. I don’t comprehend these sentiments and statements. As a child a doctor hinted to me I may be allergic to dogs, stay away from them and we’ll see if your recurring cough leaves you. I never saw that doctor again, lived with the recurring cough until my teens, gave up any and every food or drink recommended, but not dogs.
They are my kindred spirits and soul. Speaking to them is natural and heeding their advice mandatory. Its always the best advice. I grew up calling them dogs, the person that owned them was an ‘owner’, not pet parents, not keeper, caregiver. They were dogs, not fur babies, who went for a walk, ate, slept, got muddy, brought home ticks and fleas, which we sat on the floor tweezers in hand, bowl of water by our side and plucked a tick of the dog and dunked it into the water bowl.
We de ticked, bathed, fed, walked our dogs, what is now labeled hands on. We didn’t outsource pet care. Bathing the dog was not a trip to the groomer, it was a trip to the shower stall. Usually a hide and seek game, hide the towel behind your back on the way to setting up bath time. Spell out the word “bath” which you knew the dogs understood, everyone pretended they were bluffing the other- no one was.
Bath done, the task was keeping the dog from rolling around on the ground, or grass- futile.
Thank you Susan Thixton, of the truthaboutpetfood.com for allowing us at Oliver Pet Care to share this information and your articles which have relevance for pet parents everywhere.
Please head over to http://truthaboutpetfood.com/trick-of-the-pet-food-trade/ to read the detailed report.
How does Big Pet Feed make extra millions? By luring unknowing consumers into spending hundreds of dollars more a year buying higher priced pet food that is basically the same as a lower cost pet food.
Big Pet Food (Big Pet Feed) offers multiple lines of pet foods, often making consumers believe one brand is higher quality than the other. More often than not, all of the different lines of pet food (from the same manufacturer) – the lower cost and the higher cost – are made at the same pet food plant using the exact same feed quality ingredients. Marketing helps steer consumers to the higher priced food (with almost identical ingredients as the lower cost) making millions in added profits for the manufacturer.
We travel with our animals, take them out to meals, take them on holiday, take them to pet events. There are few activities that exclude our pets. Lets face it, you’ve carried the water bowl (an easy to carry plastic box) and disposed it just before getting to your destination or when you are nearing home.
Now, thats plastic and a carbon foot print disposed. Oliver did that, and now Oliver doesn’t because we carry our biodegradable bowls. We carry them to the veterinarian (no risk of infection from shared bowls) , the pet friendly cafe down the street and road trips!
So lets make our canine carbon foot prints minimal.
We’ve humanised & urbanised them. Urban pets seldom get the opportunity to run, play, jump, romp ….. in short just be dogs.
Heat Stroke in Pets
Summer has officially arrived!! And even though temperatures always sore in Mumbai April to June are the most dreaded . With climate change affecting all of us, it is important to realise how this affects our pets. Dog fur is a great protection against the cold but can be a problem in hot countries – especially amongst the exotic breeds that weren’t meant to be bred in hot climates. While humans have the provision of sweat glands to aid with cooling, heat release does not occur in dogs in the same way. Dogs lack the normal, predominant sweat glands that humans and other species have. Their primary source of heat exchange (i.e., getting rid of heat) is by panting. Vasodilation is likely the second most important way of cooling the body. Vasodilation helps bring hot blood directly to the surface of the skin, allowing for the blood to cool before returning to the heart. Thus, heat stroke can be commonly seen in pets and should not be ignored. The normal temperature for a dog or cat is around 101.5°F. Pets suffering from heat stroke will have an elevated temperature — rectal temperatures may reach 105°F or higher in a heat stroke emergency.
Causes of Heat Stroke
- Excessive environmental temperature, with or without excessive humidity, and without access to a cool shaded area or water, will eventually lead to heat stroke.
- Leaving a pet inside a parked car is the most common cause of heat stroke. Contrary to popular belief, “cracking a window” is not sufficient to protect your animal from this potentially deadly problem.
- Pets can also experience heat stroke if they exercise too much on hot humid days, or if they are unable to get out of the sun and into some shade.
- Certain breeds of dogs are predisposed to heat stroke. These are the dogs with short noses such as Pekingese, pugs, Lhasa Apso and Boston terriers. These short-nosed dogs have airways that are not as efficient at cooling when they pant.
- Overweight or obesity in dogs can also lead to heat stroke.
Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stroke in pets:
- Body temperatures of 104-110 F degrees
- Excessive panting
- Dark or bright red tongue and gums
- Sticky or dry tongue and gums
- Bloody diarrhoea or vomiting
How to prevent you pet from Overheating??
- Provide plenty of fresh clean drinking water at all times.
- If your pet is going to be outside for any length of time in warm weather, then he/she should have access to complete shade.
- Dogs can be encouraged to play in the sprinkler, or can be gently hosed down with cool water to prevent overheating.
- Exercise your dog early in the morning or after sunset, during the coolest parts of the day. Don’t overdo exercise or play sessions, regardless of the time of day.
- Don’t walk or exercise your pet on hot pavement. Not only can it burn his paws, but the heat rising from concrete can quickly overheat an animal that lives close to the ground.
- Never under any circumstances leave your pet alone in a parked car on a warm day.
What should you do if you suspect you pet in a Heat Stroke??
- Remove your pet out of the heat.
- Use cool water, not ice water, to cool your pet.
- Keep cool wet clothes on feet and around head.
- Do not aid body cooling below 103 F degrees – some animals can actually get Hypothermic (too cold)
- Offer ice cubes for the animal to lick on until you can reach your veterinarian, but do not force ice or water to your pet.
- Just because your animal is cooled and “appears” OK, do NOT assume everything is fine. Internal organs such as liver, kidneys, brain, and other organs are definitely affected by body temperature elevation. There can be problems like DIC (Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation) that can be a secondary complication to heat stroke that may be fatal.
- Therefore, blood tests and veterinary examination are needed to assess this.
Some Homoeopathic Remedies for Heat Stroke:
- Amylenum nitrosum – Useful in sunstroke with the characteristic surging of the blood to the head and face, oppressed respiration, staring eyes, choking in throat, longing for fresh air and dull confusion of head
2. Glonoine – The first remedy to try for sunstroke when there is giddiness seen with the pet falling down due to that.
3. Natrum Carb – Oversensitive to heat, especially after sunstroke, even some years after; has to be well shaded when walking in the sun, must seek a cool or dark place. The pet can be oversensitive to noise, suffers from debility and you can see contraction of muscles.
4. Gelsemium sempervirens – Dizziness, drowsiness, dullness, and trembling; eye or visual effects; and polyuria; slow pulse, tired feeling, mental apathy. Paralysis of various groups of muscles about eyes, throat, chest, larynx, sphincter, limbs, etc. Muscular weakness. Complete relaxation and prostration. Lack of muscular co-ordination
5. Theridion curassavicum – Dehydration, vomiting giddiness is seen with a sunstroke
While these remedies can guide you with the initial few hours after you notice a heat stroke in your pet it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible.
Wishing all of you’ll a Happy and Safe summer!
Homoeopathy has a very important role to play in Cancer as the approach to the cancer is very different from chemotherapy.
The conventional approach is that cancer is a disease separate from the animal, one to be attacked in various ways. Often there is surgery to remove the cancer, perhaps then chemotherapy to kill the cancer (and the patient, as the chemicals affect all the body), radiation to kill the tumour (and the tissues around it).
So the attitude is one of attacking something separate from the patient. The homeopathic approach is to understand the new growth as being generated by the body – by the same energy (life force) that grew other parts of the body. So homeopathic treatment doesn’t fight against the growth or see it as separate. Instead, nutrition and homeopathic treatment work with the natural healing mechanisms to rebalance the life energy so the tumour is no longer needed or supported. Then it is resorbed or expelled.
Over the last 200 years, homeopathy has been very successful in cancer treatment. To find a homeopathic remedy, all peculiarities and striking symptoms are to be elaborated. Therefore, a meticulous questioning of the pet owner is of utmost importance. In homeopathy the peculiar and striking symptoms have to be worked out, followed by the mind symptoms (fears, character traits etc.) and physical general symptoms like eating preferences, digestion, temperature, behaviour.
Moreover, the homeopath looks for the reason of the development of cancer in the dog, which might have appeared after injuries, sterilisation, vaccinations or suppressed skin eruptions, which weaken the immune system and make the organism susceptible to malignant diseases.
The dreaded diagnosis. It might be more traumatic to learn of your dog diagnosed with cancer than yourself. The reason? We anthropomorphise our animals and they are a part of our family, our routines and lives. What can you do to prevent and recognise the symptoms or warning signs of cancer? Here’s a list. As always, you know your animal best, as does your veterinarian. These guidelines and information are meant to aid – not to be used to self diagnose and treat. Dr. Master has some insights.
KIDNEY AFFECTIONS IN DOGS
Just like human kidneys, your dog’s kidneys balance certain substances in the blood and filter out the body’s wastes as urine. Continue reading “Kidney Ailments in Dogs- Causes & Prevention” »