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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Petplan Finds Working Dog Breeds Are More Prone to Injury and Cancer

Labor Pains: Petplan Finds Working Dog Breeds Are More Prone to Injury, Cancer

Pet insurance provider paid nearly $4 million in claims on working dog breeds in 2015

As America recognizes the contributions of its workers on September 5, Petplan pet insurance is marking Labor Day with a celebration of the working dog. From Boxers to St. Bernards, Portuguese Water Dogs to Rottweilers, working breed dogs are larger than life—and so are their vet bills.

Petplan claims data reveals that working dog breeds experience more severe injuries and illnesses than their non-working counterparts. What’s more, the average paid claim for working dog breeds is 35% higher than other breeds.

Of the top ten most claimed for conditions of working breeds, three can be particularly costly: cruciate injuries, cancer and foreign body ingestions. These have the most expensive average treatment costs at $3,480, $2,033 and $1,755 respectively.

The risk of cruciate injuries in working dogs is 60% higher and claims are 65% more expensive compared to other dog breeds. The breeds’ risk of cancer is 40% higher. While it makes sense that working dog breeds would experience these conditions due to their size and physical activity, the data around claims for foreign body ingestion seems surprising.

“We think of working dogs as being very trainable and having self-control—certainly more than your typical family Labrador who eats anything in sight,” says Petplan Veterinary Manager Elyse Donnarumma. “But honestly, it makes sense that they are treated so often for foreign body ingestions. Working breed dogs need a job and they need to stay busy and stimulated. When they aren’t, well, they come up with their own activities.”

Case in point: Petplan-protected Beau, a 9-year-old Samoyed from California who had to have a tennis ball removed endoscopically in April to the tune of $3,209.03.

Bosley, a 7-year-old Great Dane from Pennsylvania, racked up $3,448.32 in vet bills last March after he sniffed out and ingested two stuffed animals (a bear and a bee).

And finally, Petplan paid a $2,312.85 claim for Lily, a 5-year-old Greater Swiss Mountain Dog from Maryland who ingested a sock in January.

“Our data certainly shows that working dog breeds may have the heart of a lion, but their bodies aren’t always so brawny,” says Natasha Ashton, co-founder and co-CEO of Petplan. “With all the trouble they can sniff out looking for their next ‘job,’ it’s absolutely essential that pet parents protect working dogs with insurance. We pay a lot of unusual claims for all kinds of dogs and cats, but working breeds seem to take the cake…and sometimes the fork and the napkin, too.”

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Chloe's Sleepy Sunday

As y'all know, Miss Chloe has been suffering from not only the Lyme Disease, getting used to her new antibiotics, and a wicked cough.  This wicked cough turned out to be kennel cough and she has had quite a time with it.  She hasn't slept much at all this week.

The times she feels the best are when I take her in the bathroom and turn on the shower and let her breathe in the steam.  That has worked better than anything.  We tried to get her to take some honey.  No way.  She did not want ANY part of that!!  We tried the Greenies Pill Pockets for her cough tablets.  No way.  She would eat the pill pocket and five minutes later...out would come the pill...carefully licked clean of all the peanut butter.

Honestly, Chloe could find a needle in a haystack.  It is hard enough getting her to take the antibiotic...which I have been somewhat successful in getting her to eat...crushed into her wet food and stirred up really good with coconut oil.

LadyBug has started coughing a bit now and then, but hoping she won't have it as bad as Chloe did.

I think Chloe needs about a week to catch up on all of the sleep she missed.  Fortunately, all of the company has gone home and home is not as hectic now!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

They are BACK!

The Walking Sticks are BACK!!

We cannot figure out why on earth they always show up on the mailbox at the cottage...

But, lo and behold...went out yesterday and there they were!

The big surprise this year...

There were FOUR of them!!

We never, ever find them anywhere else EXCEPT on the mailbox.

It is the strangest thing!!  


Aren't you glad I had my camera??

If you look real can see that there are on top of the other!
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Our Visitor Review...

In case you were wondering...

We have had visitors!!

Here is a brief view of our week...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Colloidal Silver??

I have been researching severe cough in dogs because right after Chloe was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, she picked up this horrendous makes her sound like a goose...or an elephant!   

I have also been talking with people...lots of people about Kennel Cough in general.  My SIL used Colloidal Silver on her shihtzu and it seemed to work!  So...skeptical as I may be...I do believe Amazon is going to get my order for some Colloidal Silver!  I will try anything at this point...

The following article is one I found on The Honest Kitchen's website talking about Kennel Cough.  Some interesting info here for sure!!

Kennel Cough, or Bordatella is a pesky infection similar to a canine cold, which usually lasts for one to two weeks. It can be picked up by a pup who’s in close proximity to another dog who’s infected – either in closed quarters such as a boarding facility, or at dog parks, dog beaches or other areas where lots of canines congregate together.

Many milder cases of Kennel Cough can be treated at home with herbs and homeopathics, under the guidance of a holistic veterinarian. A trip to the vet may be necessary for persistent cases lasting more than a couple of weeks, or where the dog becomes weak with a loss of appetite or any other signs of discomfort.

Stress can make a dog more susceptible, so it’s a good idea to boost up the immune system prior to the occurrence of a stressful situation, if you can. Immune system support is also important when Kennel Cough occurs. Herbal immune-system enhancers include Vitamin C, Echinacea, Olive Leaf and Astragalus. Colloidal silver is another excellent supplement for immune system support.

Garlic is a great addition to the diet of dogs suffering with Kennel Cough. Peel some garlic cloves and place them in a glass jar. Cover with a few good lugs of organic olive oil and leave to infuse for 24 hours. Add a few drops to each meal.

Organic Unrefined / Virgin Coconut Oil also possesses amazing immune-enhancing properties. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that are anti-viral and anti-bacterial (as well as many other benefits). A dosage of about 1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil per 10 pounds of body weight per day can be divided into your dog’s meals to help combat Kennel Cough. Half this dosage can be used for maintenance of long term health. Use slightly less if any signs of loose stool occur.

Raw Honey is a great natural treatment that helps soothe the throat. Raw Honey also has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal properties. A 30 to 50 lbs dog can be given about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of honey three to four times a day. Adjust this amount up or down depending on the size of your dog.

Homeopathic remedies for Kennel Cough include Drosera for a dry, hacking cough and violent coughing spells. The throat feels ticklish when Drosera is indicated, and pressure to the neck (such as from a collar) can trigger a bout of coughing. The cough may also be worse when lying down.

Aconite is useful in the very early stages, when signs of kennel cough (coughing, hacking as though something is caught in the throat), first appear.

Rumex Crispus is helpful for a cough associated with tickling in the throat, and which tends to be dry and persistent.

Spongia Tosta is most helpful for croupy, barking coughs which tend to improve with eating and drinking warm things but get worse from cold drinks. Spongia is indicated for a cough that startles the dog from sleep.

**The information here is designed to be discussed with your veterinarian. If you have a conventional vet who isn’t familiar with complementary approaches, try the AHVMA web site to locate a holistic vet in your area. If you are concerned about your animal companion’s health or symptoms worsen or do not improve, please seek a veterinary consultation to rule out a more serious medical problem.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Chloe Status...

Just wanted to stop in and give you guys a quick update on Chloe's condition.

It appears that the Doxycycline the vet prescribed for the Lyme Disease is working as Chloe has resumed her usual walking and is no longer dropping or dragging her feet.

That is a good thing.

However; she has picked up a terrible cough that makes her sound like some sort of strange seal or maybe an elephant.

  After discussing the situation with multiple vet techs and veterinarians on the phone for the past couple of days...we have decided to add an additional antibiotic and see if amoxycillin will help to clear the cough up.  She has no other symptoms...she is eating ok and everything.  She is tired though.  Probably because the coughing is keeping us all awake.

So, off to pick up another prescription tomorrow and hopefully that will help Miss Chloe feel better.  I can tell she's just not herself.  

All good thoughts, vibes, prayers accepted!!