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How Emergency Vet Surgery Saved Injured Greyhound’s Life

By George Malnati, DVM

As a veterinary surgeon, I am often faced with pet health challenges that, depending on the outcome, can greatly impact the animal’s life and the lives of those who care for them. This is about one of those challenges.

Some seven years ago a rescue group brought us a severely injured Greyhound that had been involved in a horrific eleven dog pileup at the dog track. He was almost euthanized on the track when the accident happened but his trainer begged them to save him. His leg was broken and the bone literally stuck out through the skin. Upon admission he had a 104 degree temperature and a number of areas of skin and tendon around the fracture had died as a result of loss of blood supply from the accident. The rescue group and their veterinarian recommended putting the dog down.

Even though the area was infected, we knew the bone would heal in the face of infection if it became stable. So, we immediately put a bone plate on the injury, thereby creating the stable environment in which the healing process could begin. After approximately 8 months of closely monitoring the leg and twice daily bandage changes, this brave, lovable canine had recovered enough to become adoptable. Interestingly, during his recovery, he had adopted ‘us’ – so the adoption process was seamless.

It was very rewarding to watch him learn how to become a dog instead of a racing machine. His previous life was only running around in circles chasing a rabbit that wasn’t real. He knew nothing else. Whenever he went to visit ‘Aunt Nancy’, who rescued Italian Greyhounds, he would return having learned a new dog trick. These ‘dog tricks’ were new for him but are normal in our canine friends. One weekend he learned how to play bow (bending down on his front legs to entice another to play). Another time he learned how to bark! Really.

During the first year after we adopted him he stayed at the clinic because we lived in a small condo without a yard. When we bought a house (with a yard big enough for him to run) he chose to stay at home for the first two weeks and one day he demanded to come to work at our office. At first he was very shy and would only go up to other greyhounds and once in awhile their owners. Gradually he became more out going and would allow certain people to pet him. Now he looks forward to going to the clinic to work every day and goes up to almost all clients and demands to be petted.

As office manager he wears the hat of ‘official greeter’ and also took on the job of giving comfort to patients as they recovered from anesthesia.

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Bird feeding basics: Simple ways to attract birds to your backyard

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(ARA) – It’s a myth that continues to persist: Feeding birds in warm months will spoil them. But birds are like babies – it’s impossible to spoil them. Contrary to the myth, well-fed birds won’t get too lazy to search for food; they’ll just get healthy and happy. And the better the food is you feed them, the more likely they’ll continue to come back bringing their colorful plumage and welcome song to your backyard.

Myths aside, wooing beautiful backyard birds to your outdoor environment can be as simple as offering them a reliable, high-quality food source. Birds, like most wild animals, are survivalists and they’ll take advantage of any food source they find – whether it’s in your yard or your neighbor’s. To entice them to your yard and garden, set out these preferred foods recommended by the bird-feeding experts at Cole’s Wild Bird Products:

* Suet – Made from the fat of cattle, sheep, or even vegetables, suet may sound icky to us, but for birds it’s a gourmet delight that helps them stay healthy and build vital fat reserves. Served in a cage or log, suet has the consistency of soft wax and can be kept for a long time. Chickadees, titmice, catbirds, bluebirds, robins, jays, warblers, thrashers, nuthatches and all species of woodpeckers relish suet and will feed on it all year round, even in warm months.

If your suet gets too soft in the warm summer months, switch to a no-melt, cornmeal-based suet. Suets offer a variety of enhancements including seeds, pecans and peanut butter. To keep squirrels from stealing your suet, try Cole’s Hot Meats suet cakes that contain chili-infused sunflower meats. Birds can’t taste the hot spice and squirrels will high-tail it out of your feeder once they try it.

* Seed – Not all birdseed is created equal. Look for blends without cheap filler seeds that are all natural, that way, the birds get more nutrition and you keep a cleaner feeder; the less filler, the less leftovers birds will kick out and leave behind. All-natural feeds are more appealing to birds, who know that natural just tastes better.

It’s important to remember that all birdseed is perishable. Be sure and store any open product in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent the seed from drying out and little critters from finding it. Cole’s seed is offered in nitrogen-purged barrier packaging to ensure seed freshness. They use the same packaging technology employed by potato chip makers and fresh vegetable farmers to keep their products fresher longer.

If unwelcome squirrels raid your bird feeder, opt for a seed blend like Cole’s Blazing Hot Blend, new this spring. By combining a patented habanero chili oil formula with the most preferred seeds of backyard birds you can protect your feeder from squirrels while attracting woodpeckers, grosbeaks, buntings, cardinals, chickadees, bluebirds, goldfinches and more. Squirrels don’t like the hot, spicy flavor, but birds won’t be able to detect it.

* Insects and worms – A healthy, lush lawn is one of the best ways to feed birds who prefer insects and worms. A good lawn will attract the species of insects that birds enjoy. You can also supplement their diet by serving Dried Mealworms in a packaged variety that’s easier to feed and less messy than live mealworms, and birds love them. These energy-packed morsels are Mother Nature’s perfect treat for all your insect-loving songbirds.

* Garden favorites – Feeding birds doesn’t just have to happen at the feeder. Thoughtful planting in your garden can help entice wild birds to forage there. Offer a birdbath for water and berry-producing trees and shrubs. Plant annuals and perennials that birds like, such as sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, Sweet William, nasturtium and blueberries. Climbing vines like morning glories, coral honeysuckle, muscadine and trumpet creeper are also favorites.

By serving wild birds their favorite foods throughout the summer, you can boost and build their stamina and reserves for the long winter ahead – and all the while you’ll enjoy a birds-eye view of a multitude of species bringing bright color and cheerful song to you throughout the warm months.

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Keeping fleas and ticks away from your pets

(ARA) – Protecting your pet from harmful fleas and ticks is a vital part of pet care. And since this summer is projected to be unusually rainy and warm, extra caution is needed. Fleas and ticks not only irritate your pet, but are capable of transmitting serious diseases like Lyme disease and flea allergy dermatitis.
There are about 20,000 reported cases of Lyme disease annually in the U.S. Furthermore, the likelihood of being exposed to ticks, and subsequently to diseases transmitted by ticks, is about 10 to 20 times greater than it was 10 years ago, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

Dr. Melinda Fernyhough, veterinarian and manager of scientific affairs at Hartz, offers tips on how to help your pet avoid the dangers of fleas and ticks, and considerations when purchasing and applying flea and tick treatments to ensure best results.

“Health and safety is the number-one priority for pet parents, and there are several reliable products available at your veterinarian, local retail or pet specialty store that can help keep pets free from fleas and ticks all year round,” says Fernyhough.

* Choose the appropriate flea and tick treatment. Several types of products exist that can help prevent fleas and ticks – shampoos, collars, and the most popular form of protection: topicals, or spot-ons. These monthly applications go on the back of your pet’s neck or are striped down the back, depending on the manufacturer, and keep your pet pest-free for 30 days. A great example is Hartz UltraGuard Pro Flea & Tick Drops, designed to kill fleas and ticks on your pet and prevent new fleas from developing. All EPA-registered flea and tick products, whether sold in vets’ offices or through retail channels, are held to the same safety and efficacy testing standards.

* Carefully follow label directions when applying topical flea and tick treatments.
Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s weight recommendation – you don’t want to put too much product (or too little) on your dog by misjudging the weight. Use the entire tube on one animal – don’t split one dose between several animals. Never use a dog product on a cat, and if you have both animals, you need to keep them separated for 48 hours after applying treatments. Read the label carefully and don’t be afraid to call the manufacturer if you have questions.

* Regularly check your pet for ticks to prevent permanent damage. If ticks are found on a pet, remove them with tweezers while avoiding squeezing them since that could cause disease carrying bacteria to enter your pet.

* Avoid hot and humid areas for your pets. The ideal climate for fleas and ticks is approximately 55-89 degrees Fahrenheit and 50-92 percent humidity. Keep your pet away from hot, damp and wooded areas. Fleas like to hide in shady areas of the yard, so treat these areas with a product designed to kill them outdoors.

* Consider a year-round flea and tick treatment for your home and pet. The best way to solve a flea and tick problem is to prevent it in the first place. Use topical drops or collars on your pet year round, regularly treat your yard, and vacuum to remove any potential flea eggs in your carpeting. Also, consider products such as Hartz Ultra-Guard Carpet Powder and Hartz Ultra-Guard Plus Flea & Tick Home Spray, formulated to kill fleas around your home and prevent new ones from developing.

To learn more, visit Through August, you can download a coupon for Hartz Ultra-Guard Pro Flea & Tick Drops on this site.

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Keeping Your Pet Cool During the Summer

The Top 5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Cool During The Summer

By Liz Tharpe
Priority Pet Care

Summer is here and the temperature is scorching!  If you are feeling the heat then you know your four paw friend is also. Take some time to read these tips to get your pet cool and keep them that way! At priority pet care we will keep your pet cool and help you have a peace of mind that your animal is chilling out.

  1. 1. Ice Ice Puppy!- Ice packs and Ice cubes are a nice summer treat. Filling your dogs bowl with ice in the morning will keep it cool until the next fill up. Some dogs seem to like an ice cube just as much as a dog treat. 
  2. Crate Fans– Yes sports fans you need to keep your pets crate cool! Sometimes pets are left in the house for some times pet owners forget that the sun will be higher during the day and leave their best friends  crated next to a window and risk their furry friend getting overheated. A crate fan is an inexpensive way to keep your pet’s crate nice and cool.
  3. Plenty of Water– During the summer you should be enjoying fresh cold water…at least 8 ounces.  Well our pets need to consume water as well.  Keeping your pet hydrated is very important so that they don’t overheat or get dehydrated.
  4. Wind Down that Window!– Since your dog will cool down with their tongue from panting then this is a nice way to let fido know you want him to chill out.  Never wind the window down too far, just enough so that he can get his furry head out the window and enjoy the wind in his fur and flapping ears.
  5. Lukewarm not cold!- Heatstroke is possible with your pet and there are symptoms that you need to look out for. If you notice your dog slowing down, being disoriented, vomiting, lack of thirst or lethargy then you should take special caution in caring for your pets.  Although you may want to put your dog in cool or even cold water to help them chill out an Ice pack or Lukewarm water is best.

I always carry an extra instant ice pack just in case my dogs overheat while on a walk. Another thing these are useful for are if you notice someone has left their animal in the car and they seem to be in distress and need an instant cool down then this will help them out.

Summer Cat Travel Tips

Cat Travel Tips – How to Make Traveling With Your Pet Safe and Enjoyable

Some animals love to ride in the car; others leave the house only when they have to (usually to visit the vet for their annual shots). Regardless if you are going on holiday vacation, relocating across the nation or just taking your cat to the vet, most likely you’ll need to take a trip with your pet at some point. Here are some tips to make traveling with your pet fun and easy:

Make sure your pet is in good health before traveling. If you have a cat who is older, ill or pregnant, it may not always be safe for them to travel. If uncertain, take your pet to the veterinarian for a checkup prior to departing on your trip. You should also make sure your pet is current on all of her vaccinations, including rabies shots. Along with your typical cat travel items (food, water, bed, cat carrier, etc.) you may need to provide documents showing your pet is up to date on her vaccinations (if traveling by air). If your pet isn’t used to traveling, consider taking her on short trips prior to going on a long trip.

Having proper id tags on your family pet is important when traveling. Pets could get separated from their owners when traveling by air, thus it is critical to have current tags on your cat or perhaps a microchip to ensure that your cat can be identified and returned to you should you be separated. Microchip procedures are safe, quick and becoming more popular as cat hospitals, animal shelters and kennels are utilizing scanning equipment to read microchips and help reunite pets and owners.

Have additional supplies for your cat handy in the car and when you arrive at your destination. Along with your pet’s favorite toys, here are some other important pet supplies to take on your trip: extra leashes and collars, an old blanket or towel to set underneath your pet’s carrier for easy clean-up, your pet’s bed if she has one, a food and water bowl set, extra treats, cat grooming supplies, extra litter and litter pans for cats, and a first aid kit for pets. Remember to bring extra food for your cat in case their favorite brand is not for sale where you are traveling to. In the event that you have to switch your pet’s food, do it gradually over several days rather than all at one time. Also, be sure you provide your cat fresh drinking water at every opportunity.

Lastly, be sure you use a durable cat carrier for your cat. If you are traveling by airplane, make certain you have an airline approved cat carrier that meets the airline’s specifications. In general pet carriers for cats should be sturdy (hard sided or durable plastic), and properly ventilated. It should be adequate size to allow your pet to stand up, turn around, and lie down in comfortably. Be sure the door to the crate is secure so your cat can’t get free from the carrier. It’s also a good idea to line the bottom of the cat carrier with a towel to help keep your pet comfortable and to keep the carrier from leaking. And of course, make certain the carrier has both your pet’s name and your name, as well as contact details so that you can be reached in the event your cat becomes separated from you.

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