Archive for March, 2015

What is Leptospirosis?

CatLookingThruFishbowlThis is a disease that occurs throughout the world that can affect many different kinds of animals, including dogs, and as it is also a zoonotic disease, this means that it can affect humans, too. There is potential for both dogs and humans to die from this disease.

The disease is always present in the environment, which makes it easy for any dog to pick up. This is because it is found in many common animals, such as rats, and wildlife, as well as domestic livestock.

Veterinarians generally see more cases of Leptospirosis in the late summer and fall, which is probably because that is when more pets and wildlife are out and about.

More cases also occur after heavy rain falls.

The disease is most common in mild or tropical climates around the World, and in the US or Canada, it is more common in states or provinces that receive heavy rainfall.

The good news is that you can protect your dog from leptospirosis by vaccination, and while puppies are not routinely vaccinated against leptospirosis because chances of contracting the disease depends upon the lifestyle of the dog as well as the area in which the dog lives, it makes sense to vaccinate against this disease if you and your dog do live in an area considered a hot spot for leptospirosis, so ask your veterinarian.

City rat populations are a major carrier of leptospirosis.

Cold winter conditions lower the risk because the leptospira organisms do not tolerate the freezing and thawing of near-zero temperatures.

They are killed rapidly by drying, but they persist in standing water, dampness, mud and alkaline conditions.

Most of the infected wild animals and domestic animals that spread leptospirosis do not appear ill.

The leptospira take up residence in the kidneys of infected animals, which can include rats, mice, squirrels, skunks, and raccoons and when these animals void urine, they contaminate their environment with living leptospira.

Dogs usually become infected after sniffing urine or by wading, swimming or drinking contaminated water that has infected urine in it, and this is how the disease passes from animal to animal.

As well, the leptospira can also enter through a bite wound or if a dog eats infected material.

Keep your dog away from mud puddles or stagnant areas of water and certainly do not allow them to drink from these sources and you will help to ensure that your dog never gets Leptospirosis.

Asia Moore
Author & Dog Whisperer
80+ dog breed books & counting!

Pudgy Pups

FattyDogIs your dog a little or a lot on the pudgy side?

Perhaps it’s time to think about an easy way to reduce your dog’s daily calorie intake and help return them to the fit athlete they were always meant to be?

Most dogs that are overweight are bored and often because they just don’t get enough exercise, and when this happens they often become obsessed with eating because this is the highlight of their day.

Try this to help those hungry pups lose excess weight and get healthier…

Replace some of your dog’s regular mealtime portions with crunchy green beans, and if they aren’t too keen on eating them uncooked, try steaming lightly before cutting them into pieces and adding into their food.

Low calorie green beans will give your dog an added burst of healthy plant fibre, plus vitamin C, K and manganese, and the beans will help to fill them up without the calories.

Asia Moore
Author & Dog Whisperer
75+ dog breed books & counting!

Pothead Poodles?

Marijuana2-300x284What do you think about the following article that recently appeared in Reuters?

“A Nevada lawmaker proposed a bill in the state legislature on Tuesday that would grant ailing pets access to medical marijuana.

The measure, put forward by Democrat Tick Segerblom, would let owners obtain the drug for their animals if a veterinarian confirmed it ” may mitigate the symptoms or effects” of a chronic or debilitating medical condition.

The proposed bill also includes provisions related to medical marijuana use among humans, including new regulations for dispensaries and dropping penalties for motorists found driving with the drug in their system.

The proposal comes as a growing number of U.S. states have relaxed marijuana laws. Nevada is one of 23 states where medical marijuana is legal, and voters have approved the drug for recreational use in four states and Washington, D.C.

Public opinion has also shifted dramatically toward legalizing marijuana in recent years. Some 46 percent of Americans support full legalization of marijuana, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.” ~ (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

How does the above jive with the animal poison hotline which states that Marijuana is poisonous to our dogs and cats? 

Our fur friends can be adversely affected just by the second hand smoke, let alone when curious pets eat products that irresponsible owners leave lying around. The poison hotline indicates that a pet suffering from THC poisoning should be taken for immediate medical treatment.

I would certainly not want to subject any fur friend in my care to the long list of adverse side effects associated with inhaling the smoke or eating any products laced with THC that could cause death, and which the Pet Poison Helpline says include:

•    Severe depression
•    Walking drunk
•    Lethargy
•    Coma
•    Low heart rate
•    Low blood pressure
•    Respiratory depression
•    Dilated pupils
•    Coma
•    Hyperactivity
•    Vocalization
•    Seizures

Perhaps this Nevada lawmaker is more concerned with soliciting votes of the Mary Jane public by appealing to those who also have pets in the home.

Asia Moore
, Author & Dog Whisperer
75+ dog breed book and counting!

Stray Dog Revenge!

straydogrevenge3-500x413“You don’t kick a dog and get away with it.

At least not a stray dog with several friends who’ve got his back!

When a man came home to his apartment in southwest China and found a stray dog sleeping in his parking spot, he kicked the dog, parked his car as usual, and went inside.

The dog, having had his sleeping spot taken and been kicked, walked away – or so it seemed to a neighbor who witnessed the exchange.

But, a short time later, the dog returned, with a couple of friends in tow, and took revenge on the man’s car.

And, it’s awesome. See? They even ripped off the windshield wipers!

In all, the dogs did hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars in damage to the dog-kicker’s car.

We hope he learned a lesson.

Think twice before hurting an animal.

None of the dogs have returned to the scene since destroying the car.” ~ Dogington Post (photo by Rex)

^..^ Asia Moore
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Dr. Dog More Accurate than Tech

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“A trained scent dog accurately identified whether patients’ urine samples had thyroid cancer or were benign (noncancerous) 88.2 percent of the time, according to a new study, to- be presented Friday at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego…

Bodenner’s colleague at UAMS and a study-coauthor, Arny Ferrando, PhD, previously “imprinted,” or scent-trained, a rescued male German Shepherd-mix named Frankie to recognize the smell of cancer in thyroid tissue obtained from multiple patients. Ferrando, who noted that dogs have at least 10 times more smell receptors than humans do, said, “Frankie is the first dog trained to differentiate benign thyroid disease from thyroid cancer by smelling a person’s urine.”

In this study, 34 patients gave a urine sample at their first visit to the university thyroid clinic before they went on to have a biopsy of suspicious thyroid nodules and surgery. The surgical pathology result was diagnosed as cancer in 15 patients and benign thyroid disease in 19. These urine samples were presented, by a gloved dog handler, one at a time to Frankie to sniff. Neither the dog handler nor the study coordinator, who recorded the dog’s responses after the handler announced them, knew the cancer status of the 34 urine samples.

The handler interspersed some urine samples that had a known cancer status so he could reward the dog for correct answers: alerting to a cancer sample by lying down, and turning away from a benign sample to alert the absence of cancer.

The dog’s alert matched the final surgical pathology diagnosis in 30 of the 34 study samples, the investigators reported. The sensitivity, or true-positive rate, was 86.7 percent, meaning Frankie correctly identified nearly 87 percent of the pathology-proven thyroid cancers. The specificity–the true-negative rate–was 89.5 percent, which meant Frankie knew that a benign sample was actually benign almost 9 of every 10 times. There were two false-negative results and two false-positives using canine scent detection.

Bodenner said they plan to expand their program by collaborating with Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, Alabama. The veterinary school reportedly will dedicate two of its bomb-sniffing dogs to become trained thyroid cancer-sniffing dogs using UAMS patient samples…” ~ Science Daily

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Asia Moore
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