November 7th 2014 8:14 am
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ATTENTION TDI MEMBERS:
A Word on MRSA
We are re-sending this information to you, since we just learned that two of our TDI dogs had contracted MRSA two years ago. After speaking with hospital representatives they assured me that it could not have been contracted in their hospital. Anyway, there is no way we can trace it, especially since so much time has elapsed. By the way, both dogs are fine after some extensive treatment with antibiotics.
A number of TDI Members and facilities have become concerned about the possible transmission of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) from therapy dogs or to therapy dogs visiting Health Care Facilities, schools, or other institutions.
We have consulted various sources in the Veterinary community, and the one thing that they can all agree on is that MRSA in dogs is not well understood at this point. What we do know is MRSA is a drug resistant infection that does not respond to normal treatment. It may be possible for MRSA to be passed from a dog to a human, and vice versa, but luckily, Staphylococcus bacteria are usually not hazardous to most humans or dogs, because healthy individuals of both species can usually fight the bacteria without medication or other help. If MRSA does affect you or your pet, the fact that the infection is unresponsive to drugs makes it difficult to treat.
Some symptoms of MRSA include soft tissue infections and respiratory problems in humans, and a skin infection in dogs. If you or your dog display these symptoms, it would be wise to consult a doctor or your veterinarian promptly. The best way to combat MRSA is proper hygiene for both you and your dog. You should wash your hands before and after leaving a facility, and keep your dog clean and well-groomed. In addition, when in a health care facility, use a towel or blanket provided by the facility to cover the bed or lap of the patient if your dog goes up on the patient’s bed or lap. Also, a quick review of TDI’s sanitary practices outlined in the Associate Member’s Rules and Regulations (Page 6) and “Grooming Your Therapy Dog for Visitations” (Page 15) is a good idea. Another resource you can utilize is your State Department of Health, and you may also consult the NASPHV (National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians) “Animals in Public Setting” Compendium. It is
available online at http://www.nasphv.org/documentsCompendiaAnimals.html.
If you keep yourself and your TDI dog as clean and hygienic as possible, you will minimize the chance of you or your dog acquiring or transmitting MRSA bacteria to or from those you visit.
Good to be careful!!
We nevfur knew for sure this could happen.
We always get our paws wiped clean befur we enter
any hospital or facility, and after we leave.
June 3rd 2014 12:26 pm
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Jazzi and I had our Dental sugeries earlier than planned on May 21st,
but could not use
our Diary entree till today.
I had the molar extracted that had the
root canal procedure done 2 years ago.
The tooth cracked in half during the procedure....YEP!!!...
you guesed it!!!...
My Oral surgery cost more than Jazzi's....
....I am such a Diva!!!
In this tooth I developed an absence so bad
it traveled out another canal and came
through my face right under my left eye.
It was constanly seeping because of the infection.
Momma was thinking I got a snake bite.
Neverfur heard of this befur.
She is extremely mad at my other Docfur for his PROCRASTINATION!!
So we have a new Docfur now.
Momma tells us although the other Docfur was furry nice....we need a Docfur of action.
The NEW Docfur found lots of infection in that canal during the
Momma had them do a complete blood workup to be totally safe,
and also to make sure the infection did not cause any organ damage.
.....Not to worry I will be fine now.
I am taking additional antibiotics.
The Docfur told Momma before the seeping,
I was in alot of pain, but I never
did tell my pawrents.
I never complain about anything.
We generally eat Blue small breed bites dry...so..
Momma was cooking soft foods for us for a few days.
We are both doing well,
and I am back to my COMPLETE DIVA SELF!!!
The Docfur and all the staff told momma what good gurls we are...
They told momma we are best behaved pups they have ever seen.
April 16th 2014 8:08 pm
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Two years ago I had a root canal done on one of my molars.
Recently I discovered a tiny hole on my face the size of a toothpick.
Momma tought I got bit by a snake or a bee, but it
turns out a tooth root is growing out through my face causing that tiny hole.
The Doggie Dentist tells us this is quite common,
but we neverfur heard of it befur.
I go in June to get this taken care of,
and none of us is looking forward to this procedure
.....or the cost.
The cost for my root canal was $1200.00...after discount.
Jazzi is experiencing the same problem with the exact same tooth as I did.
It must be a genetic thing since we share the same fur-momma.
She will get her procedure done when I do.
Since we are young pups, the consideration is to safe the tooth.
Our Molars are one of the main teeth we use daily.
The doggie dentist is furry nice gurl.
Her daddy is a human Dentist.
She started her carrer the same way, but decided to switch
to doogies instead of humans.
She thinks we have cleaner mouths than humans!...WOOF!!
We will be having our tooth procedures done at the....
Pittsburgh Veterinary Emergency Clinic by Dr. Krista Mendoza.
Pawrayers from all our furry furiends is greatly appreciated
Momma is afraid for us with the use of the anesthetic.
January 31st 2014 4:33 pm
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When I read this piece I really loved it. It's simple and very beautiful. I'm sharing it because I thought it might be of comfort for those experiencing the loss of a four-legged family member. I'm not sure who the anonymous author is, but the experience of losing a dog is a universal one for every pet parent. I hope these wise words help you, or someone you know, even if just a little.
"Some of you, particularly those who think they have recently lost a dog to 'death', don’t really understand this. I’ve had no desire to explain, but won’t be around forever and must.
Dogs never die. They don’t know how to. They get tired, and very old, and their bones hurt. Of course they don’t die. If they did they would not want to always go for a walk, even long after their old bones say: 'No, no, not a good idea. Let's not go for a walk.' Nope, dogs always want to go for a walk. They might get one step before their aging tendons collapse them into a heap on the floor, but that's what dogs are. They walk.
It’s not that they dislike your company. On the contrary, a walk with you is all there is. Their boss, and the cacaphonic symphony of odor that the world is. Cat poop, another dog’s mark, a rotting chicken bone (exultation), and you. That’s what makes their world perfect, and in a perfect world death has no place.
However, dogs get very very sleepy. That’s the thing, you see. They don't teach you that at the fancy university where they explain about quarks, gluons, and Keynesian economics. They know so much they forget that dogs never die. It’s a shame, really. Dogs have so much to offer and people just talk a lot.
When you think your dog has died, it has just fallen asleep in your heart. And by the way, it is wagging its tail madly, you see, and that’s why your chest hurts so much and you cry all the time. Who would not cry with a happy dog wagging its tail in their chest. Ouch! Wap wap wap wap wap, that hurts. But they only wag when they wake up. That’s when they say: 'Thanks Boss! Thanks for a warm place to sleep and always next to your heart, the best place.'
When they first fall asleep, they wake up all the time, and that’s why, of course, you cry all the time. Wap, wap, wap. After a while they sleep more. (remember, a dog while is not a human while. You take your dog for walk, it’s a day full of adventure in an hour. Then you come home and it's a week, well one of your days, but a week, really, before the dog gets another walk. No WONDER they love walks.)
Anyway, like I was saying, they fall asleep in your heart, and when they wake up, they wag their tail. After a few dog years, they sleep for longer naps, and you would too. They were a GOOD DOG all their life, and you both know it. It gets tiring being a good dog all the time, particularly when you get old and your bones hurt and you fall on your face and don’t want to go outside to pee when it is raining but do anyway, because you are a good dog. So understand, after they have been sleeping in your heart, they will sleep longer and longer.
But don’t get fooled. They are not 'dead.' There’s no such thing, really. They are sleeping in your heart, and they will wake up, usually when you’re not expecting it. It’s just who they are.
I feel sorry for people who don’t have dogs sleeping in their heart. You’ve missed so much. Excuse me, I have to go cry now."
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