March 2020: It’s likely that you’re sheltering-in-place right now and doing your best to stay healthy and optimistic. Having more “alone” time than usual may also lead you to think about the benefits of animal companionship. In San Francisco, Muttville, a senior dog rescue agency, is asking people to step up and offer a temporary foster home to one of their dogs in order to allow their workers and volunteers to shelter-in-place. Please check with your local agency if you are in a position to offer a temporary home to a dog in need during this time of crisis.
Thinking about getting a dog? Why not adopt a senior dog — say, over the age of five years? Or even a senior dog of unlimited age? We’d like to guide you toward successfully providing a new home and a new life for a senior dog. Even though many people gravitate toward puppies, senior dogs offer a host of benefits that compare well to younger dogs. We refer you to our list of the Top Ten Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog. If you’re concerned about health care for a senior dog, you’ll find help beginning with our list of the Ten Tips for Keeping Your Older Dog Healthy. You’ll discover a lot about yourself when you adopt a senior dog — especially about your capacity for compassion and for making the world a better place — and not only for the senior dog you adopt. As Ghandi once said, you can tell a lot about a society by the way its animals are treated. Treat them with compassion and kindness, and you’ll enlarge your own heart and, through your example, expand the hearts and minds of those around you.
|Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories — Rimadyl, Etogesic, etc. — can increase the risk of infection and delay wound healing!! —
A recent study found that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs increased the risk of infection. According to the authors, this association — which is new to veterinary science — might be because non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs cause immunosuppression, making infection more likely. Read the complete report….
|What is a “Client Information Sheet”?
Anytime your veterinarian prescribes medication for your dog, the office should also give you a “Client Information Sheet” (CIS) that explains the purpose of the drug, its intended benefits, and its possible negative side effects. The CIS is different from the package insert and is an important ally to you in protecting your dog’s health. Be sure you obtain a CIS on any occasion that your veterinarian prescribes a drug for your dog. More info here.
|Joachin Phoenix speaks out….
We thought Joachin Phoenix said it all at the Academy Awards 2020 event when he spoke of “speciesism” — our assumption that our human needs take precedence over the needs of other beings in the universe. Here’s an excerpt from his speech:
“I think that we’ve become very disconnected from the natural world. And many of us, what we’re guilty of, is an egocentric worldview, the belief that we’re the center of the universe. We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth, we steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal, and I think we fear the idea of personal change, because we think that we have to sacrifice something, to give something up. But human beings, at our best, are so inventive and creative and ingenious, and I think that when we use love and compassion as our guiding principles, we can create, develop, and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all sentient beings and to the environment. . . .
Revaccination for Rabies — can it harm your senior dog……?
Should your senior dog be revaccinated for rabies? Read about the dangers and how to assess them for your senio
|Can the use of a collar hurt your dog’s neck and cervical spine and cause health problems? Read Dr. Peter Dobias’ take on this issue…..|
|CBD Oil — The latest entry in the field of alternative medicine for dogs is a substance derived from hemp. The AKC site has current information about its status as a treatment for various canine health issues. And NBC news recently covered the topic.|
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