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 12: Goopy Eyes, and Why Half of All Microchips are Useless

No Visine for PetsWhat it means when your pet has goopy eyes, and what you can do at home, and when you need to get to veterinarian as soon as possible. Things never to use- contact lens cleaner, Visine, ClearEyes or similar in your pet’s eyes. We talk about entropion and ectropion, both are disorders of the eyelids. We also discuss Keratoconjuctiva Sicca (dry eye) and how to properly treat Cherry Eyes.

Some pictures of eyes are coming- if injured eyes gross you out, you have been warned!

Entropion (Thanks Wikipedia!) The eyelashes are rubbing on the eyeball, causing the eye to turn blue and brown with irritation.

Ectropion in a Cocker Spaniel (thanks Wikipedia). The eyelids are drooping too low, preventing this dog from blinking properly.

Cherry Eye- Don’t Cut that Off! The tear gland of the third eyelid is inflamed and prolapsed.

Dr. Rumore’s wife finds a lost beagle, and the importance of microchips, and registering them, is highlighted. If you need to find out which company maintains your pet’s microchip registry, you can look it here.

Microchip and Rice Grain- From How Stuff Works

John changes his name from John Siposawardwinningtalkjournalist to Johnny Edge, or maybe Shannon. We also discuss how to say “shmushed up face” in latin (brachiocephalic).

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Episode 11: Itchy Allergies, Benadryl Doses, and Protein Levels in Pet Food

So Itchy!Many of our pets are itchy, and often it can be related to allergies to pollens and things in the environment. These environmental allergies, called atopy, can sometimes be managed at home with washing and antihistamines. If your pets allergies seem to be seasonal, washing the feet and antihistamines may help.

If you want to try over the counter Benadryl. The active ingredient to look for is Diphenhydramine HCL. You should avoid other active ingredients  and sugar free formulas (xylitol can be toxic.)

The dose of Diphenhydramine is 1 mg per pound. So a 12 pound dog could take 12mg. If you have a 12.5 mg tablet, you could use that. If you have a liquid formula that is 12.5 mg per teaspoon, you could give 1 teaspoon. If it is not that simple, or if you are terrible at math, ask your veterinarian.  If Benadryl and feet washing do not help, there are many other forms of treatment available, just talk to your veterinarian.

Here’s the link to the study feeding extra fat to drug-sniffing dogs. Our Pets in the News segment revealed a study that showed that less protein and more fat improved their sense of smell, and helped increase their exercise tolerance.

Here’s some more info on Oscar the cat who could sense when people would pass in a nursing home, as well as dogs trained to smell melanomas.

Benadryl Dose Chart

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