|Animal RadioŽ May 2012 Audio Newsletter|
Eddie Money Guests
The Cat Owners Manual
LA Pet Stores Forced To Sell Rescues Only
The $46,000 Butterfly
Treating Your Pet With OTC Drugs
Wings' Steven Weber Guests
California Governor Making Enemies
Canine Fender Bender
Top Pet Accident-Prone States
Benefits of Pets at Work
Dog Dials for Help
Animal RadioŽ Show #644
Kristin Chenoweth Guests
Don't Call Him Prince
What's Up With Dog TV?
What To Do With Panda Poo
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Pet Microchip Leads To Family Reunited With Its Lost Dog 6 Years Later
Given LA's stepped-up effort to save the lives of cats and dogs, it's nice to see one of the "no-kill" strategies in effect. The irresistible pup lounging in the KTLA video above was reunited with its owner after being apart for six years, thanks to her microchip.
When the dog, "Princess," escaped from her Pomona home six years ago, April Allen said she thought her dog was gone forever. "We put fliers out and everything, and nobody ever called us. We prayed a lot about it. We thought we would never see her again," Allen recounted.
But to her shock, six years later, Allen recently received call saying Princess had been found. "A wonderful lady, a Good Samaritan, found her and also we believe one of her puppies running the streets of Riverside," Allen said.
Allen says that as long people "do the right thing" and get lost dogs scanned to see if they have a microchip, the technology really works.
Allen and her family say they are thrilled to have their "baby back," as well as one of her puppies. The puppy's name is Bella, and they're both in good health. In fact, Allen believes Princess has lived with a family for part of the time she was gone.
"She was originally in PomonaŚ I don't think she made her way to Riverside on her own." Allen guessed. On whomever took care of Princess, Allen said, "They may be sad too, you know, whoever may have lost her. But you know they never tried to find who might have been her rightful owner."
Allen said she and Princess are now inseparable. "It's like she longed to find me," she said. "I'm just so happy. I can't believe it"
AKRON, Ohio (AP) A woman posed as a veterinarian at an animal clinic, treating dogs and cats for nearly two years, including some that apparently died in her care, police said.
Now, dozens of people suspect their pets may be victims too, with some saying the woman administered blood tests and ordered medication for their animals.
Investigators said Brandi Tomko, 35, was pretending to be a vet and taking cash for her work to support a drug habit. She has pleaded not guilty to charges of practicing without a license, injuring animals and animal cruelty, as well as drug charges.
A judge on Monday refused to lower her $100,000 bond despite objections from her attorney. "The allegations that they are saying happened ended about a year ago, and she didn't run away from it, she didn't leave town, she's been around the entire time," said attorney John Greven.
More charges are likely because investigators continue to receive tips, said Steven Null, an Akron police detective. Initially, police spoke with the owners of only a few animals, but "that's the tip of the iceberg," he said Monday.
Police suspect that Tomko treated dozens of animals from 2009 to 2011 after several veterinarians who had contracts with the C&D Animal Hospital quit because they weren't getting paid, leaving the clinic without any licensed vets, Null said.
"She threw on her white lab coat and pretended to be a vet," he said.
Kenny Reymann told The Akron Beacon Journal that he discovered that Tomko was not licensed to treat animals after his dog died. He said that a few days after one visit, Tomko called and said his dog needed to be hospitalized immediately. Reymann said she then charged almost $400 for treatment and that his dog died hours after he was released.
He also found out after his dog's death that a laboratory that was supposed to do blood tests never did so because the tests were not ordered.
Reymann said there was no way to determine there wasn't a licensed veterinarian at the clinic. "When you pull up to a sign that says 'animal hospital,' you expect it to be a hospital," he said.
The clinic closed almost a year ago.
Investigators say the conditions inside were unsanitary.
Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. No illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond manufactured products are affected.
Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
The product, Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice, was distributed to customers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, who may have further distributed the product to other states, through pet food channels.
Product Name Bag Size Production Code & Best Before Code
Consumers who have purchased the Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice with the specific production and Best Before codes should discontinue feeding the product and discard it.
At Diamond Pet Foods, the safety of our products is our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience this recall may have caused. For further information or to obtain a product refund please call us at 800-442-0402 or visit www.diamondpet.com disclaimer icon.
Animal Adoption Encouraged by Rock Star
Tommy Lee, of Motley Crue fame recently adopted a new puppy and in the process revealed his views on buying from pet stores.
"The [shelter] is scary. It is loaded with beautiful dogs and I would highly encourage people not to buy animals from a pet store. They're bred for all the wrong reasons, for mostly money and it's just kind of a bad scene. We ended up going [to the shelter] and I'm so glad we did," he said. (Source: Rolling Stone)
He was referencing an overall situation which is very bad for many animals. According to No Pet Store Puppies, most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills large-scale breeding operations that place profits over animal care. Conditions in puppy mills can be atrocious and even disease-spreading. Housing female dogs in small cages as breeders is a very cruel practice. Also too many of the puppies get sick in these confined spaces where they are treated like objects and often neglected.
Once sick, they may die or be abandoned which results in death. Some sick puppies actually make it to pet stores where unwitting customers buy them and then have to get treatment or they remain sick and die.Once the female dogs cease to breed prolifically they are shot, left to starve or abandoned.
To make matters worse there are millions of animals which could be adopted. In 2008, there were an estimated 3.7 million animals euthanized in the United States.
In Detroit alone, there are an estimated 20,000-50,000 stray dogs roaming the streets. Some of these dogs were abandoned by their owners who left the city or can't afford to feed them. In a single LA neighborhood there are nearly 12,000 stray cats. With so many animals available for adoption, why do people continue buying pets from pet stores?
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Mary:I have a toy Chihuahua, 8-weeks old, had her two weeks now. She bites my hand and draws blood sometimes. She likes to rag with my hand. I have tried holding her jaw down and distracting her. I have taken her raging toys away. I can't play with her toys because all she wants to do in bite. Can you help? She was supposed to bring me comfort and joy. Please help if you can. I don't get it.
Vladae the Russian Dog Wizard: That's what Chihuahuas do. I'm kidding, and not. I'm not being breedist, but this behavior problem you are experiencing with your Chihuahua is very similar to the same problem so many people experiencing. The only difference is Chihuahuas normally do not bite their owners. They bite mother in law, neighbor Cathy, and others. Look, despite the situation you're dealing with, here is the recovery plan. Number one, tough love. Nothing is for free Mary. Make sure you have a feeding schedule. No free feeding. Don't allow your dog to jump on furniture. No cuddling in the bed. Number 2, play with your Chihuahua like you would with a cat. That means attach rope to the stuffed toy and play with Chihuahua like a cat. Yes, Chihuahuas remind me of cats. Next time get a real dog. And finally, correct, redirect and praise. I like to correct this unwanted behavior with air spray device Pet Convincer. It is very safe for animals and very effective. The dog can actually see and hear the correction. They can hear the sound effect. They can feel the pressure on their shoulder blade. It will stop your Chihuahua from unwanted behavior after that, you can redirect your Chihuahua to the stuffed toy or something you want her to play with and then praise.
Serna: My cat Simba has hyperthyroid condition. He takes 1 EM5 Methimazole tablet in the morning and 1 1/2 tablet at night. His check up last showed whatever that his level is now up to 9. The vet recommended radiation treatment for him. I understand it is over a $1000 which I can not afford right now. So he up the dose of Methimazole to 1 1/2 twice a day. I was told by someone that this is to much for him. He is 11 years old and has not lost weight, eats well and plays like my other 6 cats. Is he suffering by me not giving him the radiation treatments? If he is would he be giving me some kind of sign? He is such a good cat even lets me brush his teeth with little resistance but I certainly don't want him in pain. Is there any other solutions to this problem? Is $1000 about normal or should I check around. Is radiation always successful?
Dr. Debbie: You didn't mention how much Simba weighed- the dose of Methimazole depends a bit on that. But in any case, if his T4 level is 9 it means that he needs more medication. Some cats may need higher doses with time as they can become refractory to the medication. And if we can't get it in control, then a high level despite a high dose can suggest a malignant tumor, not just the benign tumors that are more typical.
Marissa: I have a Black Labrador Retriever named Sam; we purchased him from a breeder in 2009. My dog is going to be 3 years old on July 19. He currently is eating Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Fish dry dog food. He currently weighs 78 lbs. My question to you is regarding possible environmental allergies and any solutions you may have.
Sam has recently begun to lick his genital area and chew at his paws. As far as I can see there does not seem to be anything visibly wrong with either his paws or his genital area. He does get bathed usually 1-2 a month sometimes more depending on how "itchy" he is. Our vet had recommended we try Benadryl to see if that helps, does seem to help a bit.
Sam does receive daily exercise whether it's a walk or playing out in the back yard. We live in the Southern California and Sam's walks may consist of walking on cement and there are some instances where he will lay on the grass and roll around in it.
Another question I have is: I have heard of allergy testing and may consider it in the future, seeing as I am on a fixed income because of the fact that I am visually impaired I cannot afford to spend too much more at the vet's office. Which type of allergy testing is most effective for ruling out environmental allergies?
Dr. Debbie: What you try for his itching depends a bit on how severe his itching is. I'm a big fan on checking the skin surface with cytology even if it doesn't look all that bad to the naked eye. Just a low grade bacterial or yeast infection can make it appear our anti itch medications aren't working. I find many dogs can have these infections along with allergies, and some even have skin mite infections riding along.
Linda: What can I do for my dog Ozzie's constant dry skin? Ozzie is a short and smoothe haired Jack Russell/Fox Terrier mix. He doesn't seem to have any allergies or rashes that may cause this according to his Vet (which is about 30-40 minutes away from our home). Therefore,it is difficult to just go to the Vet unless it is annual shots or a serious condition or problem to travel so far for. I have a provided a picture of Ozzie for you to know or recognize the breed type and about the amount of protection from his hair.
Dr. Debbie: If the dry skin is really severe with sheets of dry skin coming off, then I'd consider the skin condition Ichthyosis which can be seen in Jack Russells. That an unusual disease though, and more commonly dogs have dandruff of other causes.
The first thing I look at with dry skin is diet- often a major cause of dry skin can be dietary issues. Make sure Ozzie is on a good quality diet- no discount store brands, stick with main dog food companies. I find some duck based diets have more natural fat content and may produce more luster to the haircoat.
Consider adding in Omega fatty acids like fish oil supplements.
Ask if your vet has an antiseborrhea shampoo that you can use at home: I like the brands Duoxo or Sebolux. A good conditioner is Humilac spray.
If your vet carries the Duoxo line- they have a great spot on product that helps with dry skin too!
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