|Animal Radio® September 2011 Newsletter|
Animal Radio® Show #613
Passing the Chips
Want $25 Million?
Yes, There Are More Fleas!
What Has Your Pet Ruined?
Babies Make Pets Fat
Do You Stress Out Easily?
Budget Cuts Put Goats To Work in L.A.
Starting a Lucrative Pet-Sitting Business
Flea Medication Resistance
Obsessive Destructive Behavior in Pets
Banning Street Animal Sales in Los Angeles
My Dog Drinks What Michael Jordan Drinks.
Skunks as Pets
Your Groomer is Ripping You Off!
Nobody heard a bark on that June morning. Nobody found an open gate. The only explanation came from a neighbor, who witnessed the early morning dognappers from across the street.
"They just straight-up took two puppies," said Shelton, 19, who lives in Durham, N.C.
Animal advocates are reporting a sharp rise in dog thefts €” murky and hard-to-track crimes that often are not reported.
The American Kennel Club tracks thefts through a national database, and its figures show at least a 32 percent uptick so far in 2011. The group bases its numbers on media reports of stolen dogs and customers who call its Companion Animal Recovery service.
The AKC database showed 224 animals were stolen during the first seven months of this year compared with 150 during the same period last year and 255 in all of 2010. In 2009, 162 thefts were reported to the AKC, said Lisa Peterson, spokeswoman for the New York-based group.
"Some are taken out of homes, some are taken out of cars, some are taken out of pet stores," Peterson said. "I've even seen some taken out of a child's arms on a park bench."
Peterson said the AKC's numbers exclude lost dogs. It counts only animals that likely have been stolen €” from a locked car or during a home break-in, for instance.
The motive for stealing a dog is always money €” whether dogs are resold, sold to laboratories or used in fights.
Peterson said dog thieves are misguided and naive. Animals can't be pawned. High-priced dogs require registration papers. Collecting heavy ransoms is unrealistic.
Shelton's dogs were pit bulls. They, along with other large breeds, tend to be stolen most often.
In the case of Shelton's dogs, the perpetrator found enough incentive to open a 6-foot-tall fence when every resident was home.
The number of stolen pets is small compared with those that are lost or abandoned.
The SPCA of Wake County maintains an entire wall of posters of lost pets, with only a few marked as stolen.
In 2010, most of the 18,297 animals that entered the county's shelters were strays with no identification, according to Mondy Lamb, the SPCA's marketing director.
Lost and wandering dogs that haven't been stolen create a far greater problem, she said.
Stray cats, estimated at 50 million, are too common for anyone to steal, said Pam Miller at Safe Haven for Cats in Raleigh.
Still, some call the threat exaggerated.
The California Biomedical Research Association, for example, describes the idea as "The Pet Theft Myth."
The myth says shadowy figures are luring animals into vans and selling them to research labs, but most dogs and cats used in research are specifically bred for that purpose, the group says.
A suspicious dognapping happened to Debbie Hawes' son Zach in Knightdale, N.C. After posting a missing pit bull report, she said, Zach discovered second-hand through a rescue group that the dog had been found. But the person who recovered it didn't want to return it directly to the owner, and he wanted a $125 fee.
Hawes said her son paid the fee and didn't ask questions. It was worth it to have his friend back home.
For a list of pet-theft prevention and recovery tips, got to www.akc.org/press_center/pet_theft.cfm.
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Linda: Dear Dr. Debbie, My cat, Simba, age 10, had dental work done by my vet (dental feline scale and polish). They gave me clavamox 15ml to give him for 7 days. About 4 days after that he started having trouble chewing and stopped eating. I tried everything to get him to eat, different dry food, canned food and even baby food. He would put it in his mouth and could not chew it because it must have hurt him. I took him back to the vet and he had an infection in some of his teeth. They gave me clavamox to give him again for 7 days. He is now eating watered down turkey baby food and tiny bits of ultra thin sliced turkey sandwich meat but still has a hard time chewing. I am wondering if there is any safe oral pain relief I can give him so that he won't hurt when he chews? He seems to know when he is going to the vet and gets so traumatized when he returns home that he hides under the bed for days so if I can I would like to avoid taking him and to be truthful I am living on a modest pension and my Social Security and the vet bills are very expensive. Your advice would be so greatly appreciated.
Doctor Debbie: Sorry to hear of Simba's mouth pain...I didn't read in your email if he had any dental extractions or any problems like feline resorptive lesions found in his mouth. I might expect more oral pain if these were present - what you are describing is a bit unusual after just a scaling & polishing.
My favorite post dental pain relief for cats is buprenorphine applied trans-mucosally. It is an opiod pain medication that is squirted on the gums or tongue. It works very effectively for pain. This medication isn't terribly costly - in my office it might run $30 or so.
An alternate drug to consider is Tramadol- but it would need to be made into a liquid form for your cat.
Dog Eating Poop
Edwin: When Jr. my Boxer has his ball, Jake (my low key Lab.) chases after him growling and snapping at him. Jake also runs full force at a sitting Jr. and rams in to him. Jr. has started acting out going up to dogs in an aggressive manner and lunging at them.
Vladae The Russian Dog Wizard: While It's simple to blame the dog, the fact of the matter is, you are the problem. It seems that your big bully is a race car without brakes (you had never installed). Dogs playing roughly is okay... but when one dog persistently physically dominates the other, well that's not okay. Intimidating and aggressive behavior can only worsen, very rarely improve. As pack leader, you assume the policing functions of your pack. Stepping in isn't a choice... it's a duty. Boxers are dream dogs only when they learn self-control -- along with wrong from right.
Self-control can be taught with 3 simple exercises;
Walking on a loose leash takes a few repetitions but is not difficult. First, get a Herm Sprenger german pinch collar. They imitate the way a doggy mother snaps... gentle yet firm. On leash, go out on the sidewalk, and try this out. The moment your dog lunges ahead of you immediately turn around (180 degrees) and give a [very] fast leash snap. Slack is critical before snapping to ensure both speed and power are convincing. Repeat this a few times until your dog walks in-line with you calmly... always looking for you to lead.
Jumping is annoying, common, and convenient to stop. If the dog jumps at you, or anyone else for that matter, yell in a deep loud tone "AHHHHHGT!" while clapping your hands and freezing in place. In canine language, lurching the back over and freezing implies, "If you don't stop I'll bite".
Teaching the dog to go to bed is even more easy. To make your dog feel like they are one their own, place a 5 ft clothesline on their collar. Say "place", then guide dog to bed with a pointed finger and make the dog lie down. Reward them with treats when they are down, and only when they are down. Any attempt for the dog to get up should be followed by a snap of the clothesline (with collar attached). Practice will make perfect and this command will be especially useful when guest are at the home.
Always surpervise the dogs, especially when they play to correct the bully Boxer. In canine court, much our own court, you must witness the action and punish the perpetrator to do justice. The best tool at your disposal is the Pet Convincer, a training tool that combines two technologies in one device. Using a silent whistle, coupled with an air blast, produces a human means to immediately end the bully behavior. When your boxer crosses line, say in a firm manner "enough". If he tells you, "that's not enough mother" in return simply press the button. Air will fly much like the dog will! Do the same with any aggressive/intimidating behavior. Winning about 4 consecutive battles on the bullying will end your problem for good.
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