Archives for June 2013

Episode 16: The 8 Things You Need to Do for Your Pet This Summer

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1. Warmer temperatures can lead to scary weather. Be ready if you must evacuate or hunker down for a storm. Have food, water and a way to contain your pets handy if needed. And please, please, please REGISTER YOUR FREAKIN’ MICROCHIP!

2. Please get them on a heartworm prevention, and make sure what you are using is effective against heartworms.

3. Be ready for allergies as the pollens start to bloom. See Episode 11: Itchy Allergies, Benadryl Doses, and Protein Levels in Pet Food for some hints on how to deal with allergies.

4. Start your flea prevention before they hit hard. See how fleas mimic the movie Aliens in Episode 4: Horror Movies, Fleas and Feeding Big Puppies.

Once again, where dogs who have fleas typically itch

Once again, where dogs who have fleas typically itch

 

Where cats who have fleas typically itch

Where cats who have fleas typically itch

5. Be careful of poisonous critters, such as rattlesnakes and bufo toads.  We mention the rattlesnake vaccine, and some of the controversy surrounding it.

6. Pools can be dangerous for kids and pets. Make sure your pet has a way to get out of your pool, such as a ramp.  We also discussed rhabdomyolysis.(your big word for the day).

7. The heat can be deadly. Dogs and cats can only sweat through their footpads and nose, so heatstroke is much more likely in a hot car. We also mentioned Mexican Hairless dogs and Sphinx cats.

8. Antifreeze can be deadly– be careful with flushing or leaks.

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Episode 15: The Reality of Food Allergies and the Big Pet Food Scare

DogFoodAllergiesFood allergies do exist, and can cause significant discomfort for some pets. Pet foods have vastly oversimplified pet itchiness, often making everything related to grains in foods. Grain allergies do exist, but are much less common than allergies to meats. Which meat depends on the individually pet, and also has no relation to the quality of the meat. If your dog is allergic to chicken, he or she is allergic to all-organic human-grade* chicken breast as well.

* see Episode 8 to learn what this term really means.

Fleas on a Dog

When dogs have fleas, they tend to itch here.

Dogs with food allergies tend to itch here

Dogs with food allergies tend to itch here

Also remember, not all itchiness is food allergies. Allergies to pollens and other things in the environment are common, as well as fleas or other parasites, such as ear mites.

Fleas_on_cat

Cats with fleas tend to itch and get scabs here.

FoodCat

Cats that have food allergies can itch anywhere

Dr. Rumore and John go into depth about the big pet food recall scare of 2007, which was related to melamine put into wheat gluten. We also speak briefly about why some people have to avoid wheat gluten as well.

Hydrolyzed diets can be used to help with food allergies as well. These diets “cut up” the protein molecules so that antibodies and the pet’s immune system can not react to them.

The Kangaroo Diet made by Eukanuba was mentioned.

The Pet’s in the News segment talked about a study showing that limited ingredient pet foods are often contaminated with other ingredients  and how this can make treating food allergies very frustrating.

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Episode 13: Why Your Pet Likes Eating Grass

for those of you who missed it the first time (yes iTunes, I’m talking to you.)

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Episode 14: Why, and How, Cats Purr and Cold Wet Noses

John and Boogie

John and Boogie

John and Dr. Rumore jump into how and why cats purr, and whether they could be using their purr to heal themselves, and possible others. They also discuss cold wet noses, what they really mean, and better ways to see if your pet is sick. They discuss checking the mucous membranes (gums) and capillary refill time (CRT).  Lastly, the dangers of Gorilla Glue!

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