Episode 17: Drug Reactions, The News, and It May NOT be Hip Dysplasia

MicrophoneDr. Rumore gets interviewed, and blatantly taken out of context, when interviewed by his local news station. The issue involved dru reactions and Trifexis, and just goes to show how what you read online, or see on television, may not be the whole truth.

Update: WFLA has edited their original story online, and removed the out-of context quote. Thanks!!

Here’s the story.

John also asks about the trifecta, which is a bet in horseracing, and not a heartworm preventative.

John and Dr. Rumore also discuss hip dysplasia, and the tings that can look very similar. We all think of arthirits in the hips of big dogs, but  90% of cats over the age of 12 have arthritis.  They also discuss how long term aspirin use may make arthritis worse, but Chondroiton and Glucosamine can help. Stem cell therapy and hip replacements can help as well, but are much more expensive.

Using pill guns to give pills to cats was mentioned, as well as thyroid disease in Dr. Rumore’s cat Scully, and how cat’s may maintain their muscle mass by purring.

They also discussed the placebo effect, and how it makes testimonials a bad way to judge supplements.

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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.

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Cats with fleas tend to itch and get scabs here.

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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 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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Episode 13: Why Your Pet Is Eating Grass

Dog Eating GrassSome dogs and cats seem almost obsessive about eating grass. John and Dr, Rumore discuss why, whether you need to worry about it, and how to slow them down if your pets love of lawn salad is getting too excessive.

If you are trying to add some fiber to your pet’s diet, dogs tend to like canned green beans, carrots (fresh, frozen and canned), romaine leaves, or apples. Avoid garlic and onions, as they can cause anemia is dogs and cats.

We talk a fair amount about herbicides and cancer risks in dogs. If you want more information:

Here is the link to the Purdue study that shows the bladder cancer risk with herbicides and Scotties.

Here is the link to an article about the herbicide 24D and cancer in dogs.

Here is the link to the response from the manufacturer of 24D, refuting the cancer study.

The ASPCA Poison Control Center has much information about which plants in your house and yard may be toxic.

Cat Eating Grass

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Episode 8: Terrible Food Labels, Knee Replacements and 3-D Printers

Dr. Rumore and John talk about how completely pathetic pet food labels are, and how you can be easily fooled into paying extra money for empty words. Some of useless words include:

Pet Food Label Trickery

Premium,” “Holistic,” “Human-Grade“: These have no actual meaning, and can legally be put on ANY pet food

Natural“: means not synthetic, it does NOT mean organic. Synthetic vitamins are still allowed with this label.

with” and “flavored“: can mean a small, or even minuscule amount

100%“: means 95%

Grain-Free“; is only important for a very few pets. Most pets with food allergies are allergic to a type of meat, not a type of grain

Made in the USA“: can still be made of foreign ingredients, as long as they were mixed together in the United States

Real Meat“: organ meat (by-products) are a much more natural source of nutrition for pets than white chicken breast. “Meat” is important because it appeals to a pet’s owner, not because it is better for the pet

Order of Ingredients: is commonly tampered with by using dried products or components.

Dr. Rumore and John also discuss how 3-D printers may change the way we treat our pet’s joints, and how this makes getting pet insurance a good idea

 

Useless Pet Food Label Words Useless Pet Food Label Words

 

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Episode 7: The Skinny on Rawhides, Catnip, Isaac Hayes and How Much Space Your Dog May Need

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Rawhides can be controversial; pet owners, and even veterinarians, are divided on whether they are awesome or horrible. We jump in to what exactly is a rawhide? How it may be a great treat for most dogs, but which ones should avoid it, and what you should avoid when you are shopping. We also discuss catnip, whether it is bad or addictive, and when it can be useful. Also, why you should never use catnip in a young kitten or a rat (for very different reasons). Lastly, John talks about getting a dog, which up brings up how much space a dog needs, and why some smaller dogs need more space than giant breeds.

Here’s the theme from Shaft

And Here’s the theme from Rawhide, the television show

 

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Episode 6: Babies, Puppies, Kittens and It’s (probably) Not Ear Mites

Coconut loves her little girls, Mia and Gianna

Coconut loves her little girls, Mia and Gianna

Doctor Rumore has a new baby, Mia Rosabella, and his young white deaf boxer Coconut has an unexpectedly good reaction. We discuss how adult dogs and cats are supposed to treat puppies, kittens and babies, and why sometimes they do not always get along as well as we would hope. Also, why buying pet store ear mite medicine for your dog and cat is probably a big waste of money and effort. Additionally, it could be a waste of perfectly good fingers, because cats tend to really dislike ear drops.

Ear Mites on YouTube

Ear Mites on YouTube

Mia, Gianna and Coconut

Mia, Gianna and Coconut

 

 

 

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Episode 1: Alien Invaders from Planet Earth

Sometimes danger comes in small packages. Sometimes those small packages grow up to be giant freakin’ toads that eat everything and squirt poison! No, it’s not a grade-b late night movie; it is real life for southern states. If you have pets, you need to know how to identify a Bufo toad, where these scary critters came from, and what to do if your dog or cat catches one. It could save your pet’s life!

Read more about pets and the bufo toad on Dr. Rumore’s Blog.

Here’s the link we mentioned to the University of Florida’s guide to identifying Bufo Toads and the recommendations for how to humanely dispatch them.

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Listen to:  Episode 1: Alien Invaders- the Cane Toad