Saturday, December 21, 2013

Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease Resource

Working dog resource

Ehrlichia

Ehrlichia
 
Ehrlichia Infection

Canine Babesiosis

Canine Babesiosis

Babesiosis in dogs

DVM360 Article

CAPC Resource

MARVISTAVET Resource 

Anaplasmosis

Anaplasmosis 

VCA Resource on Anaplasmosis 

Geeky big wordy resource 

Even includes a pronunciation for the big word

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Basic intro to it

More info 

WebMD resource

Hepatozoonosis

Hepatozoonosis

What is that? 

Geeky everything you wanted to know about it stuff

Merck Resource


West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus:
 

Heartworm

Heartworm

WebMD Pets: Heartworms Facts and FAQ

American Heartworm Society

Surgical removal of heartworms (video, probably not for squeamish)

Marvistavet Heartworm resources

Video on heartworms

Kennel Cough, Bordatella, Tracheobronchitis

Kennel Cough, Bordatella, Tracheobronchitis (Its all the same thing)
 

Parvo Virus

Parvo Virus:
 

Parainfluenza

Parainfluenza:
 

Leptosporsis

Leptosporsis:
 

Hepatitis

Hepatitis:
 

Distemper

Distemper:
 

Pyometra

Pyometra
 

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
 

Granulomatous Meningoencephalomyelitis (GME)

Granulomatous Meningoencephalomyelitis (GME)

Vestibular Disease

Vestibular Disease
 

Cushings Disease

Cushings Disease (hyperadrenocorticism)

Good Resources

PetsMD Resource on Cushings 

Washington State College of Vet Medicine

FDA on treating Cushings 
 



Compounding Pharmacy recommendation:
A member of our Facebook page highly recommends the following compounding pharmacy for obtaining lower cost Cushings medications:

Diamondback Drugs

Horner's Syndrome

Horner's Syndrome:

Addison's Disease

Addison's Disease (hypoadrenocorticism)

 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Lumps, Bumps, and Moles - Oh My

Everyone has felt them... a bump or lump that wasn't there the last time you ruffled the fluff on your pup.  What is that????  Of course, if you are like everyone else, you immediately fear the worst.

Most lumps and bumps are benign (harmless), but it is a very good practice to give your pups a good feel all over to figure out where these lumps and bumps are, keep an eye on them for changes, growing, or bursting.

You should tell your vet about them at regular health check ups, and also tell them if there are any changes in them when those changes occur.

You should also tell your groomer about them so they don't cut them off accidentally and cause issues and pain.

Here are links to resources to determine whether your pup's lump, bump, or mole is something to be concerned about and be seen immediately.

General lumps and bumps overview with links

Lipoma (fatty tumors) 

Lipoma Marvistavet resource

Sebaceous cyst (great video)

Sebaceous Tumors/Cysts

Strange, scary lumps called viral papillomas or warts (great video and write up)

Adenomas and Lipomas (great video)

Viral Papillomas Marvistavet resource

Mammary Tumors

Lymph Node inflammation

Where the heck are the lymph nodes on my dog... read this

Need a video to find them... then click here

A good list of all of the various lumps and bumps... don't pick the worst and freak out, just go see your vet for a diagnosis, 9 times out of 10... it's just a bump.

Perianal Gland Lump: Lump near the rump?  Don't freak, have it looked at.  Remember, most are benign

More lump near the rump information from Marvistavet

Friday, April 19, 2013

Spine Issues

I can't believe that after going through spine surgery with Sam, that I don't have any spine information up here!  Eeesh!

Ok, I'm going to remedy that with a whole slew of reliable resources to find out about spine issues, how they are diagnosed, treated, etc.

Sam blew out his spine on Christmas day in 2006 simply by jumping up on his back legs and twisting wrong.  I blogged his recovery each day, so if you want to go searching in the archives for that, it's a day by day recovery freaking out fun fest.

If you should ever find yourself in that situation (and seriously, I hope you never do), here are resources to help you along... and feel free to join us on Facebook.  We can freak out together.

First off, a good article from Whole Dog Journal about actually recognizing spine issues.  It's not all about a paralyzed back end, there are tell tale ways to recognize that your dog may be developing arthritis or other ailments of the spine, simply by the way they walk.

Whole Dog Journal "Signs That Your Dog is Suffering From Spinal Problems".


Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE)

Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis GME is actually a central nervous system/ brain disease, but it may present itself as a spine issue.

Urinary Incontinence - Could be a myriad of other issues (including urinary tract infection, bladder, infection, etc.) but once again, it may present itself as a spine issue

Intervertebral Disk Disease  (Hansen Type I Disk Disease and Hansen Type II Disk Disease) Great article on cause, what it is, how its treated, how to care for your dog, etc.  This is also the most common cause of back problems in Dachshunds.

Dodger's List is an excellent resource about Intervertebral Disk Disease, and geared toward Dachshunds, but can be used for all breeds!  Highly recommended!

Lumbrosacral Stenosis

Cervical Stenosis (aka: certival vertebral instability, cervical spondylopathy, or Wobbler Syndrome)

Spondylosis Deformans

Degenenerative Myelopathy

How to care for a dog with Degenerative Myelopathy (video)

Excellent blog that lists a LOAD of good resources for Degenerative Myelopathy

Paralysis resources

Handicapped Pets physical therapy information

Possible causes of sudden paralysis

Assist aids, carts, splints, and oodles and oodles of good information and support groups over at Handicapped Pets

Carts, braces, splints, and good, helpful and caring people over at Eddie's Wheels

Friday, March 01, 2013

Help When Times Are Tough

It's getting tough out there, not only for gimpy owners, but everyone.

We've recently updated our Help Organizations link, and included a great link to the Tripawds and their list of Help Organizations.

Here is a link to a new program that was started by a non-profit with the help of private industry to help ease the burden of people who have fallen on hard times and can't feed their pets.  Food Stamp programs don't allow users to purchase pet food or pet-related items.  Seeing the burden it was putting on pet owners, Pet Food Stamps was born.

Other than seeing a story about them on the news, I don't know anything else about this organization.  Send your questions to them, but if you use it, or know somebody that does, let us know and we'll see if we can't interview them to find out what it's like and how helpful they are.

Click below to find out more information and apply for assistance

Pet Food Stamps

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Conservative Management

What do you do if your dog is NOT a good candidate for surgery and suffers from a debilitating injury?

For some dog owners, they are faced with a very difficult decision.  Do they allow their dog to suffer with the pain of the injury, or put them to sleep?

Back in the "old" days, before technological advances, hip dysplasia was a death sentence.  Then came the various hip replacement surgeries... but once again, what if you dog wasn't a candidate?  Along came carts!

Blown ACL seems to be getting more and more common... ok, so maybe because it has happened to one of my dogs (the $15,500 Bionic Siberian Husky, Sam) I'm a bit hypersensitive to all of you who have wrote asking about the procedure, recovery, and prognosis.

But once again, what happens if for some reason, like epilepsy, or another condition, your dog couldn't have the repair performed.  Having blown out my own knee, I can tell you it is NOT a pleasant thing to walk on, so what are your alternatives?

Back in the "old" days, once again, you might have to make a very difficult decision... but thankfully new devices and help aids are out there to take the life ending decision away.

A friend and fellow blogger has gone through a double ACL tear in one dog, and now one in her Epi dog Gibson.

Conservative Management, in a nutshell, is dealing with something without surgery.  It is also called "Supportive Care".  Finding a way to ease the pain while still giving your Gimpy a pain free life is much easier now with the medical advances in splints, supports, and gadgets that are widely available.

Take a look at the FiveSibes™ blog at the cool brace that Gibson is using from WoundWear

This is not Gibson, just a dog modeling the brace
So, if faced with a painful injury that can't be fixed surgically, look around the Web or come and ask us.  There may be non-surgical ways to make your gimpy comfortable, and have quality of life despite a setback.