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Remembering those no longer with us. / Re: A TRIBUTE TO MAGIC
« on: July 04, 2008, 09:43:18 am »
So very sorry for your heartbreak. Try and take comfort in memories of the wonderful time he shared with you. It is never long enough, I know, but all the more precious for being so like a meteor blazing brightly through your life.

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Re: Nutering a big boy
« on: July 02, 2008, 01:52:04 pm »
Okay, 20 plus years working in a vet hospital so here's the skinny. When they remove the sac tissue it's called a 'scrotal ablation'. Often times the really big boys   :)will get a lot of swelling and serous discharge filling the sac when a routine neuter is done. Too much activity too soon, will aggravate this. It can take quite a while to re-absorb this fluid. The size and weight of all this can be very uncomfortable. It also can promote infection because the increased fluid retention and consequent drainage makes it easier to transfer bacteria. Also the dog is more likely to keep licking at the site to try to alleviate the gross discomfort, another source of bacteria. If you are very careful about enforcing an absoloute minimum of activity and using an e-collar and doing frequent cold compresses to the sac you can probably avoid the 'extra' surgery. Remember though, the cost of treating a nasty infection could conceivably eat up the money the routine neuter saved you. With the ablation these effects are greatly minimized. However, I don't know what the going rate is in your area, but that price is a good deal higher than what my doctors charged their clients and they were by no means 'low cost' vets.

Groans, Gripes, Brags & Boasts / Re: Oh no! Tipper ate the cat food!
« on: June 26, 2008, 01:49:37 pm »
Because the protein level is so very high in cat food this makes it a big doggie no-no. Pancreatitis is a possible side effect of eating cat food or 'kitty crunchies' from the litter box. To be on the safe side, watch for vomiting, lethargy, abdominal pain over the next several days.

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Re: Cute tags
« on: June 23, 2008, 09:28:32 am »
Has anyone else done this? Instead of my dogs' names on the tags, I have printed, 'Reward4Return'. I don't really care if whoever finds my dog knows what to call him, or her, :) but I do care that they understand they will be rewarded for getting my dog back to me. I also have the microchip ID tag on their collars. I have heard some say that might give a dog thief the idea to enter the database and change the owner records. My feeling is; if the dog is lost one of the first notified is the chip company. Any attempts to change info at that point would, I'm sure, be flagged. Plus, you could get a direct link to the thief. Debates?

Good heavens! Are we psychic or what?

FWIW  This came across a Saint Bernard discussion group I am on.

quoted below
June 19, 2008
 Media Inquiries:
Kimberly Rawlings, 301-827-6242
Consumer Inquiries:

FDA Requests Seizure of Animal Food Products at PETCO Distribution Center
Today, at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Marshals seized various animal food products stored under unsanitary conditions at the PETCO Animal Supplies Distribution Center located in Joliet, Ill., pursuant to a warrant issued by the United States District Court in Chicago.

U.S. Marshals seized all FDA-regulated animal food susceptible to rodent and pest contamination. The seized products violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because it was alleged in a case filed by the United States Attorney that they were being held under unsanitary conditions. (The Act uses the term "insanitary" to describe such conditions).

During an FDA inspection of a PETCO distribution center in April, widespread and active rodent and bird infestation was found. The FDA inspected the facility again in May and found continuing and widespread infestation.

"We simply will not allow a company to store foods under filthy and unsanitary conditions that occur as a direct result of the company's failure to adequately control and prevent pests in its facility," said Margaret O'K. Glavin, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "Consumers expect that such safeguards will be in place not only for human food, but for pet food as well."

The distribution center in Joliet, Ill., provides pet food products and supplies to PETCO retail stores in 16 states including Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

FDA has no reports of pet illness or death associated with consumption of animal food distributed by PETCO, and does not have evidence that the food is unsafe for animals. However, the seized products were in permeable packages and held under conditions that could affect the food's integrity and quality.

As a precaution, consumers who have handled products originating from the PETCO distribution center should thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap. Any surfaces that came in contact with the packages should be washed as well. Consumers are further advised as a precaution to thoroughly wash products sold in cans and glass containers from PETCO in the 16 affected states.

If a pet has become ill after eating these food products, pet owners should contact their veterinarian and report illnesses to FDA state consumer complaint coordinators. "

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Poor Lola..
« on: June 16, 2008, 04:55:41 pm »
Hugs for Lola having to suffer with 'female problems'!! :( And, maybe some yoghurt, for a while, to re-establish the "good" bacteria that the keflex will be destroying along with the infection?

Bernese Mountain Dog Discussions / Re: Boy or Girl Bernese?
« on: June 13, 2008, 03:16:11 pm »
My humble opinion here. Don't buy the gender, buy the puppy! Once you have found the perfect breeder with pups to sell go look them over and buy the one with the personality that appeals to you all the most!! Berners are a lovely breed but 2bernermom is right about the health risks. I overheard a veterinarian once refer to them as "walking cancer factories", yiiikes! Do your homework and interview potential breeders thoroughly on temperment, type and most definitely the health history of their lines. It may still be a bit of a 'crap shoot' but at least you will have made the best choice from an informed position. Welcome, good luck and post pictures when you get that new baby!

Events to go to or join / Re: Ideas for "Canine Carnival"????
« on: June 13, 2008, 09:23:22 am »
Would one of your local vets do a 'special price' micro-chipping for the event?
  In the musical chairs game replace the chairs with paper plates and the folks have to get their dogs to sit on the plate!
  Have a 'dress your dog' race. Gather up a bunch of varying sizes of old socks, shirts and party hats, boxer shorts too if you're really evil. Do a  fairly close match up of the contestants and clothes and put piles of the outfits at the far end of the course. At the signal, contestants run to the clothes, dress their dog and then run back. First one back with all their clothes on wins. Here is a picture of Raemi's sister, when they were puppies, at a picnic where we played this game.
  If you have a local radio station, why not see if they will put in a 'plug' for you, too? Sounds like you will have a really great time. Have fun! Take and post lots of pix!!

This is a general list of financial aid agencies I had made a while back. Perhaps there is one here that can help you.
Good Luck and keep us posted. Pictures too!

 My late Chloe, had Laryngeal Paralysis which is often an effect of polyneuropathy . It was her only symptom. She had the unilateral tie-back and did wonderfully well until liver disease claimed her. Anyone with questions about 'Lar Par' should join the list below

Great Dane Discussions / Re: Spaying a great dane at 6 months
« on: June 08, 2008, 04:08:54 pm »
Welcome, Jayle! The best thing to do is to make yourself as informed as you possibly can on the pros and cons as they pertain to your breed and your situation. Here are two more studies from which to glean information. Whatever decision you make, make it because you really did your homework and you felt it was right for your dog.

Went there. Did that.

I don't know. Maybe you could try something else with a like texture. Bran??? Any suggestions folks?

I've got a good one. Healthy too, if your pup doesn't have allergies to corn meal.
1 CUP CORN MEAL                3/4 CUP ROLLED OATS

Mix until smooth. Roll into ball and place on floured wax paper, pastry sheet or counter top. (Note: I use the wheat flour, generously) Roll out 1/2 inch thick, 1/4 if you want them crisper, and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Turn off oven and leave in for at least two hours or even overnight. They will keep for about two weeks but I like to freeze them and use as needed.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: What is WRONG with me??????
« on: June 05, 2008, 09:13:07 am »
So very sorry this happened to you, hon. You have been given some very good advice by your friends here. May I add something? DH is retired police and former boardmember of local 'women's advocacy' group. Sometimes it is the circumstances around you that make you the victim not your demeanor. Have you allowed yourself to get into a recognizable pattern? Leave work always at the same time? Park in the same spot in the parking area? Walk the same path to and fro? Drive home using the same route? Change it!!! Don't give a potential stalker a routine where he knows where you will be at a given time. This goes for all you ladies out there. Try hard first, not to put yourself in a position where you have to fight off an attack. Done preaching. And hon, talk about it. Don't let it pray on your mind. Find a women's assault group, or even just us, but don't let this creep keep you terrorized emotionally. Okay?

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