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Misty- ~2/11/1996~- 6/21/2009

I'm the apple of- mommy's eye
Purred: Sat Jan 31, '09 3:50pm PST 
wave Wow, I just love this thread toosmile Very helpful tips, Tessaapplause
One of my meds makes me pee a lot. And I have accidents during the night when mommy and daddy are sleeping red face She's going to make up the mix and start using it. I think she better make up a whole lotred facebig laugh


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Purred: Sat Jan 31, '09 5:44pm PST 
hugHi, Misty! Good to see you! If that mix doesn't work for you, try the commercial product "Nature's Miracle", if you haven't already. Along with the floor accident product, they also make a spray for odors on the pet's body and wipes, very similar to baby wipes. Mom had to use these and the spray on me when I was little, 'cause I had a lot of loose poopies that caused me to have a poopy buttred face. They worked great. She would spray me with the body spray then wipe with a paper towel and finish up with the wipes.


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Purred: Sun Feb 1, '09 7:16am PST 
In case you haven't read about the peanut butter recall 'til you tired of hearing about it, here is a site that lists some human and pet products affected. I would NOT take this as a complete list for pet treats.

Human/PetPeanutButter Recall


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Purred: Sun Feb 1, '09 7:20am PST 
If this (peanut butter) link does not come up for you, hit the control key and then enter. It should come up as a tab to click on above near the lower tool bars. I hope that this is clear, Mom is not computer literate.

Edited by author Sun Feb 1, '09 7:30am PST


Ready to go!
Purred: Sun Feb 1, '09 9:45am PST 
Good job, Tessa! I wouldn't trust many peanut butter treats at all. Even the organic (people) luna bars were affected. We buy our peanut butter from a place that makes it's own in small batches so I have not been without peanut butter! .... so mom swears it on my rawhides I lost interest in and I had some on some apple slices this morning.

Dad was eating some peanutbutter icecream a few days ago and mom nearly flipped... We researched and all the peanut butter products made by the Hershey company or used in Hershey products is safe. They make their own PB.


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Purred: Mon Feb 2, '09 4:13am PST 
Yes, Shelby, what is the world coming to? Mom felt betrayed, that Peanut Buttercloud 9, of all things, could be contaminated! She buys Crazey Richard's, they make their own.


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Purred: Mon Feb 2, '09 4:41am PST 

Reverse sneezing is one of those mysterious topics, like "why does my dog eat grass?" I hope this article will help 'solve a mystery'.

What is Reverse Sneezing?
Reverse sneezing, also known as the "mechanosensitive aspiration reflex"
is a common phenomenon in dogs. In a regular sneeze, your dog pushes air
out through the nose; however, in a reverse sneeze, air is pulled
rapidly in through the nose producing a noisy inspiratory effort.

What a Reverse Sneeze Looks Like

During a reverse sneeze, your dog will make rapid inspirations, stand
still with his elbows spread apart, extend his head, and his eyes may
bulge. He'll make a loud snorting sound, which might make you think he
has something caught in his throat. Many dog owners think their pet is
suffocating during a reverse sneeze episode. Each reverse sneezing
occurrence generally lasts for less than a minute up to two minutes.

Causes of Reverse Sneezing

The exact reason for these reverse sneezing episodes is unknown but may
be related to allergies, nasal irritants, or nasal inflammation. Any
age, breed or sex can be affected.

A reverse sneeze may look disturbing – many people fear that their dog
is not breathing during these episodes – but it is not a harmful
condition and there are no ill effects. Reverse sneezing attacks are
generally quite brief and not life threatening. Between episodes, the
dog acts normal.

In some situation when reverse sneezing is frequent, a more serious
condition may be the underlying cause. In those situations, testing for
nasal mites, nasal cancer should be done.

How to Stop a Reverse Sneezing Episode

An episode can be stopped if the dog is stimulated to swallow by either
massaging the throat or briefly pinching off the nasal openings.
Sometimes opening the dogs mouth and gently pulling on the dogs tongue
or giving the dog something to eat and drink can also stop the reverse
sneezing episode. Some dogs have reverse sneezing episodes so frequently
that various medications may be needed to reduce their frequency.

What to Watch For

If the revere sneezing occurs frequently (daily or several times a day)
and is associated with other clinical signs, then further evaluation
should be completed by your veterinarian.

Watch for other abnormal signs that may suggest a more serious problem
including nasal discharge, epistaxis (bloody nose), sneezing, difficulty
breathing, abnormal facial deformity over the nose area, decreased
appetite and/or lethargy.


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Purred: Tue Feb 3, '09 7:23am PST 

One never knows when one may be between a rock and a hard place. The following information may be a useful print-out for your pet's records:

"This was posted on another list and I thought you might want to pass this on to your vet and friends in other rescues!

Ruth Houser, Orlando

Maria Whittle
Coton de Tulear CTCA Rescue Liaison

>Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 13:11:24 -0500
>Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 10:19 AM
>Subject: [AllCreatures_GreatAnd_Small] Organizations who can help owner
>sthat cannot afford vet care
>Here is a list of organizations who can help owners that cannot afford vet
>care. A couple are for rescue organizations and homeless pets. Please
>forward this list to anyone you think it might help.
>American Animal Hospital Association
>"The heartbreak happens all too often ? a pet owner is unable to
>afford treatment and their sick or injured companion animal pays the
>price. If the owner is elderly, disabled or on a fixed income, the
>cost of care may be too much of a stretch for their pocketbook.
>Perhaps they have been victimized by crime, property loss or a job
>layoff and are experiencing a temporary financial hardship ? making it
>too difficult to afford pet care. And some animals, brought to clinics
>by Good Samaritans, don't have an owner to pay for treatment. Whatever
>the situation, the fact remains the same: When sick or injured animals
>are unable to receive veterinary care, they suffer. Through the AAHA
>Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured
>pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is
>experiencing financial hardship."
>Angels 4 Animals
>"Angels4Animals, a non-profit organization and a program of Inner
>Voice Community Services, has a mission to serve as the guardian
>angel of animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult
>financial situations. At Angels4Animals we believe that animal owners
>should not have to say goodbye to the animals that they love. Our
>work is accomplished in conjunction with veterinary clinics across
>the country, eager to assist as many animals, and their owners, as
>possible. Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment
>to those pets and pet owners in need."
>Care Credit
>A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care.
>"CareCredit, the leader in patient/client financing, has helped more
>than 3 million patients/clients get the treatment or procedures they
>needed and wanted. With a comprehensive range of plan options, for
>treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan
>and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every
>Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
>"The NEED &The HELP: Seniors, People with disabilities, People who
>have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten - any
>of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved
>The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program is a nonprofit 501
>(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and
>kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save
>their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.
>"O ur efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the
>working poor. For lonely seniors, physically/mentally challenged
>individuals and children of working parents, pets represent much more
>than a diversion."
>"Mission Statement:
>Helping people help pets. To better the lives of sick, injured and
>abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no
>companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker
>is financially challenged."
>The Pet Fund
>"The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that
>provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need
>urgent veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer
>needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or
>emergency vet visits. Companion animal owners must often make the
>difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect urgent medical
>needs because of the costs involved. The purpose of the Pet Fund is
>to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal
>medical care need never be made on the basis of cost."
>United Animal Nations
>"The mission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued
>animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require
>specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve
>Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured
>animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens
>and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care."
>UK Assistance with Veterinary Bills
>"Most of us can cope with the financial commitment involved in the
>day to day care of our pets. However, how many of us come out in a
>cold sweat when our pet is ill or injured and we know we have to take
>it to the vet? Most of us are fortunate enough to be able to afford
>it but, some of us who love our animals dearly cannot. Unfortunately
>we do not have a PDSA or a RSPCA Centre within our area, but there
>are a few charities who may be able to help."
>Other Groups Who are Breed or Injury Specific:
>Corgi Aid
>Dachshunds Needing IVDD surgery
> HandicappedPets.com
>"From time to time, HandicappedPets.com recognizes a caretaker of
>handicapped pets that need some special attention, and a little extra
>help. There are those who are so selflessly dedicated to their animal
>families that they give up a little more than they can afford."
>Labrador Lifeline
>LabMed: Rx For Rescued Labs
>Please Help Curb The Pet Overpopulation Crisis.
>Spay or Neuter Your Pets. Don't Shop - Adopt!
>Animal Abuse - The Ultimate Act of Cowardice.
>http://www.geocities.com/pawsgalore/Furkids.html?99229 5936780
>Please Help Educate The Public About Puppy Mills.

Kar en Parrott
Biloxi MS
Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network"


Purred: Tue Feb 3, '09 7:49am PST 


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Purred: Wed Feb 4, '09 8:09am PST 

Here is timely information that we can all put to good use:

""Sandy Moyer
BellaOnline's Dogs Editor

Winter Paw Care for Dogs

Winter Paw Care
Winter can be especially hard on a dog's paws. Unprotected from ice, snow, and slush, and bitter cold, their paws need special care in winter. By taking a little extra time to keep your dogs' paws well-groomed, you can minimize problems with cracked, sore pads, blisters and infections.

The products used to clear the ice and snow that accompany cold winter weather can be a real hazard for dogs. Rock salt and most chemical de-icers can irritate a dog's paws and turn a winter walk into a painful ordeal. Stay away from heavily salted areas as much as possible when walking your dog.

Inspect paws after walking in areas treated with salt and other de-icers. Check between toes and examine the foot pads for cracks in the skin. Look closely at any inflamed areas for splinters, embedded gravel, etc.

Snow, especially wet snow, clings to long haired dogs as they run and play in the snow. When snow or slush from melting ice and snow on sidewalks sticks to the hair beneath a dog's paws, lumps of ice, often mixed with rock salt and gravel, build up between their foot pads and toes. Walking hurts.
Always wash paws with warm water after outdoor play and winter walks. Even if there's no trace of cracks, irritation or any damage and no snow and ice to remove, it's important to wash away all traces of salt and other de-icers so a dog can't lick it off later. Never let a dog try to chew away any lumps if ice and snow sticking to its paws or hanging from its fur.

Ingesting rock salt or chemical de-icing products can have a toxic effect. There are pet-safe ice melting products available. (See ad below) Use one of them instead of rock salt for de-icing side walks and driveways. The National Animal Poison Control Center also suggests using sand or cat litter as an alternative. They won't melt ice, but they'll provide added traction.

After washing, apply Vaseline or Bag Balm to foot pads to soothe irritated paws. Apply again just before walks or outdoor play time to protect paws. Snow and ice collecting under paws will be less of a problem for long-haired dogs if the hair on their paws is properly trimmed.

Cut long hair growing from between the pads or each foot. Using a sharp grooming scissors, cut hair so that it's even with the pads. If there are any mats between the pads, very carefully cut the mat out, leaving as much of the hair below the mat as possible. Cut hair from between the toes even with the surface of the foot. Next... trim hair from around the edge of the foot. On dogs with long feathering on the back of their front legs, trim any excessively long hair so it does not drag on the ground.

It's important to keep a dog's nails trimmed all year long, but absolutely crucial in winter. Untrimmed nails can lead to splayed feet, sore nailbeds, and even torn nail. When nails are extra long, the toes spread apart when walking, leaving more space for snow and ice to build up.

Warmth and Protection for Paws
Doggy boots are not just a novelty for pampered pets. Even paws covered in heavy fur get cold when they get wet. Exposure to ice, snow and salt can hurt even the toughest paws. Well-made boots can keep a dog's paws warm and dry in rain, ice, and snow and protect them from the harmful effects of salt and de-icers.

For most dogs, it takes a little time to adjust to the new sensation of walking in boots. You might want to have a camcorder ready for a funniest pet video moment... a high-stepping comedy act... the first time a dog walks in boots. To get used to wearing them, put boots on all 4 paws and have your dog just follow you around the house with a handful of treats for encouragement or go on very short walks. Double-check the fit and make any adjustments if needed. Next day, try to get your dog interested in a favorite fun activity like chasing a ball or a favorite toy for about 10 minutes while wearing boots. Again, double-check the fit and make any adjustments if needed. Make sure the boots stay in place as they are supposed to be worn. Practice enough to know that your dog is willing to wear them for a reasonable length of time before going on any long walks. Whenever your dog is wearing boots, check frequently to make sure they're not too tight. Never leave a dog who is wearing boots unattended.

If your macho dog - or your macho spouse - still think that boots are only for wimpy dogs or sissy dogs,
tell them that some of America's greatest 4-legged heroes wear boots!
See - Helping the Heroes: Nurse Aids New York Rescue Dogs

Petco Ice Melt for Pets

This pet friendly ice melter is safe and biodegradable. PETCO Ice Melt for Pets combines the most effective deicing blend componenets available, creating the desired reaction to initiate deicing and meltdown. The odorless solution is water soluble and there is no sticky residue to clean up. Ice Melt guards against concrete corrosion by forming a protective coating on the surface. The special non-slip formula provides extra traction control.""

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