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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Helping animals during the holidays - magazine article
Duncan

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Barked: Tue Sep 23, '14 4:19pm PST 
I used to work with a Humane Society that did a great and creative holiday fund raiser! They would partner with Barnes & Noble and offer gift wrapping. People would donate (not sure if it was their choice or a set amount) and get their gifts wrapped, and all the money raised went to the Humane Society.

Volunteers could do this on their own at any retailer that was willing to partner, and donate to the animal welfare group of their choice!cheer
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Dog Health > Are these serious spay complications?
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Barked: Tue Sep 23, '14 4:11pm PST 
I can sympathize because it's hard to know what's "too active" and hard to keep a puppy from being active anyway! The lump could be cause for concern but as long as it's not open, pus, bleeding, etc, it could also be just scar tissue forming internally and totally normal.

Poor Bisou, sounds like she's having a rough time. My guess would be that she's anxious because she's uncomfortable, and she's anxious because she's housetrained and doesn't want to poop inside, and the anxiety may be making the diarrhea worse, but it's all a cycle. If you can get her better from the diarrhea, address the cause of it, hopefully that will alleviate her anxiety as well. Follow your vet's advice with the fasting and Immodium, and tomorrow if she's not better and they see her in person, hopefully they can give you some more specific answers. Keep us updated!
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Dog Health > Are these serious spay complications?

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Barked: Tue Sep 23, '14 2:01pm PST 
Absolutely call the vet's office where the surgery was performed. They would rather hear from you and know how your girl is doing. The line of communication is important!

The diarrhea could be an after effect of the anesthesia, or it could be partly emotional and she's a little more sensitive than you previously thought. Also, one thing I've learned, if dogs (especially puppies) are harboring or incubating a disease, sometimes after surgery it has that chance to become symptomatic. Ie, the puppy is a little weaker and the disease, already present in the system, takes over. This could be the case with something like a coccidian or giardia infection.

You're doing the right thing by starting the boiled chicken & rice. It's pretty early yet after the spay, but if her diarrhea continues in spite of the bland diet, your vet will probably want to see her and figure out what is going on.

As far as her general emotional state, I'm no behavior & training expert, but I've heard that if you "coddle" and overly-respond to a dog's "scared" behaviors (whining, etc), you can be inadvertently encouraging the behaviors. Also she's already figured out that sitting by the door and whining gains her more time outside, and she likes this, so the behavior has been rewarded. Maybe it'd be best to stick to her normal routines as much as possible even if it means cleaning up some diarrhea.
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Dogster Lifestyle, News & Entertainment > Rescue refuses to return pet Sheltie "Piper"

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Barked: Wed Aug 20, '14 6:47pm PST 
shrug Probably just as well that the rescue isn't posting pictures of her all over the place. Why would they - for attention and media exposure? She's not adoptable and her legal status is in limbo. Supposedly, someone in the rescue had her home broken into, during the course of all this, and she's expressed concern that it had something to do with Piper, and admittedly, emotions seem to be running high, even amongst people not personally involved with this case in any way - internet observers. I guess the rescue probably thinks it best to keep the dog out of sight until things simmer down and the courts figure out the mess!
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Dogster Lifestyle, News & Entertainment > Rescue refuses to return pet Sheltie "Piper"

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Barked: Tue Aug 19, '14 8:35am PST 
This story is old news, but although the focus has been on the claims of owners and the rescue involved, the part that majorly irks me is the shelter. If they have a 14-day hold, that is LAW, presuming this to be a government-run shelter. Why they did not uphold the law, why they did not fulfill the most basic duty that they have, is confounding. The reason FOR a hold period on lost/ strays, is so that the owner may come forward, prove ownership, and reclaim the pet.
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Dog Health > Reassure me that this is Kennel cough and not distemper!!
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Barked: Thu Aug 14, '14 8:38pm PST 
blue dog Noticed on your other post that your vet doesn't seem too worried and thinks it is just a run-o'-the-mill URI/kennel cough. You'd started that sentence "FWIW" but, your vet's opinion is worth a lot! After all, your vet has actually seen the pup and evaluated his symptoms (none of us have!), not to mention your vet is trained to diagnose such things! So hopefully, your vet is probably right! -I gather that you asked your vet directly about the possibility of distemper, and he didn't think it is that?

In any case, glad to hear the puppy is getting the care he needs! Sorry that you have to go through so much worry and hard time so immediately after bringing him home, but hopefully he'll be feeling better soon. Keep us posted!
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Dog Health > puppies and parvovirus

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Barked: Fri Aug 1, '14 9:40pm PST 
The Parvo virus can have an incubating period, whereby a puppy who showed no symptoms while in your care, could indeed become symptomatic up to 2 weeks later although having actually been exposed to the virus while in your care. However, as none of the other pups from the litter/ same environment became sick at any point, it seems unlikely that was the case here. Probably, that particular puppy was exposed to the virus very soon after leaving your care.

However, I think it most likely that you sold those puppies too young. It is my understanding that they should stay with their mom and littermates until the age of at least 10 weeks, perhaps 12 weeks. This is important to their overall social development. By that age, the proper age for releasing the puppies, they should certainly have received at least two distemper/Parvo vaccines. So this also provides protection of the health of the puppies.

It was irresponsible to sell those puppies at such a young age, in my opinion. So even though the puppy may not have "caught" the virus in your care technically, it's still your fault the puppy died in this way as it was most likely preventable by following appropriate protocols.

I'm not a veterinarian nor have medical training. Just have had plenty of experience with Parvo virus.
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ETA - this is an example of one reason not to be a backyard breeder.
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > My dog was surrendered without my consent

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Barked: Fri Aug 1, '14 12:17pm PST 
I'm sure, since you got the dog when you were 11, she was technically owned by your parents (who paid for her care, etc at the time). So, legally you might not have any ownership claim.

Can you just apply and adopt the dog from the rescue organization? It seems like that would be the simplest thing to do, as long as you are living independently now.
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Dog Health > heartworm concern :(

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Barked: Sat Jul 26, '14 12:07am PST 
wave Hi Guest. I wasn't even aware that Interceptor was off the market - so thanks for bringing that to my attention. I'm with you; I prefer HW-preventative only rather than a combo. I give my dogs Heartguard monthly.

Kali has made good points! If your dogs are mostly indoors, that definitely reduces their risk of HW infection. And also, if they do test positive, at least you know they haven't had the infection for very long, since they were until recently, protected. An early diagnosis makes a great deal of difference for this disease. The heartworms won't have done as much damage to your dog(s)' heart and lungs, and the treatment itself will be less perilous. There couldn't be a "heavy load" or severe case of heartworms, when the disease was identified in the early stages such as this.

One more thing. Even if your dogs both test negative and you get them started right back on preventative, I think it would be a good idea to get them a second test done after about 6 months. Then, keeping them on the preventative of course, just go back to testing yearly.

Fingers and paws crossed for the vet appointment, and please keep us posted!!
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > This looks promising for this dogster thread :)
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Barked: Thu Jul 24, '14 10:33pm PST 
Good eye, Bunny!! That is cool that I-5 happens to be starting those rescue-specific publications. Wonderful in and of itself, and also exciting in terms of possible tie-ins with their other properties, like Dogster. smile

I like the idea of having an "adoption guide" that they publish annually. I hope they do a great job of producing it. Could be really helpful for a lot of people!
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