A place to share ideas about our fur-kids with us now . Ideas on ways to keep them healthy, when we were able to bring a new pet home, the joy our babies bring us....
07-25-2012 4:23 PM -- By: Anna, Pet's name: Nala
My German Shepard Nala was almost 13 when we lost her. She died from "Pyometria" it's an infection of the uterus. Deep inside I will always live with the guilt that if maybe I would have had her spayed she would have lived longer? I rely on the reassurance of my vet that our family gave her the best life EVER and that I should not feel guilty, she never had a liter of puppies, she was our family dog, and we loved her like our own child. She was a Shepard he tells me and this is the typical life expectancy for them, if it would not have been this, it would have been something else, but I will forever have that guilt I guess as her Momma that perhaps she could have been around a little longer had I been more educated on spaying and neutering? It's something I'll have to live with.
05-23-2012 3:29 PM -- By: Eva Sonnabend, Critters.com memorial: Clarissa Marie Memorial Has anyone had experience with FIP? I just lost a cat to it and want more information for my other two babies.
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08-03-2010 6:43 PM -- By: Brenda, Critters.com memorial: Azzia Memorial I was very sad and cried all the time. I felt that I left Azzia to go out with friends. Felt I was to blame for not taking her to the vet right away. I thought her Thyroid problem was back and it turned out to be a Kidney Disease (much worse). Perhaps I could have saved her, if I had taken her to the vet sooner. What I have learned since then and what will I do for all of my other pets? I will use a Reiki Master or Native American Indian Shaman healer. You can find someone in your area or they can work long distance on animals. They do Energy Healings. They can heal people and animals or relax or improve your animal loved ones misguided behaviours. I believe. It's worked for me and Krystal Kitty (Azzia's sister).
05-13-2010 4:02 PM -- By: Denise, Critters.com memorial: Caliya Keaveny Memorial
We bought Cyrus a harness recently because he has neck stiffness from his bad disc’s in his back and we use the gentle leader ( with it) because he is a power pulling. He sure seems to know he is not as close to our body as he was with a collar so we HAD to go back to the regular neck collar as it was very hard to maneuver turns and control him but if I had a calm pup I personally like the harness.
05-13-2010 3:59 PM -- By: Sharda, Pet's name: The dog help forum
04-30-2010 8:31 AM -- By: Denise, Critters.com memorial: Caliya Keaveny Memorial Hi everyone! Just wanted to mention it's" foxtail season" again and to be on the look out. We have quality kentucky bluegrass sod that was professionally installed 7 years back but yet we get lot's of foxtails and the local family owned garden nursery had made me aware that the only way to contorl them is keeping your lawn VERY SHORT. When i was very young my vet had found a foxtail in my dogs nose as she was sneezing and could not stop and the vet pulled a foxtail out of her nose and he had said that the foxtail can travel in the body and have been known to puncture lungs. They come up very fast when it warms up this time of year.
04-25-2010 12:06 PM -- By: Sherri, Critters.com memorial: MADDIE Memorial Denise,
Thank you for helping to get the piece by Kelly (Dogster) on summer-time worries with the heat, posted on this health & well being page.
Please, everyone pass your tips along on this page....
04-23-2010 6:32 PM -- By: Kelly Modzelewski, Pet's name: Dogster
The Heat is On: How to Keep Your Dog Cool: Dogs are affected by heat as much as we are and can suffer from dehydration,sunburn an overheating. It's best to keep them indoors during the hottest part of the day. Always provide plenty of water,inside and out.
Keep in mind that signs of heatstroke include: hard staggering gait, rapid heartbeat, dazed look, listlessness, restlessness, dark red or purple gums and/or tongue and vomiting. You can gradually lower his body temperature by moving him to the shade or air-conditioning, applying cold packs to his head, neck or belly, or immersing him in cool (not cold) water and giving him small amounts of cool water or ice cubes to lick. Of course, contact your vet if he's not cooling down.
04-20-2010 11:17 AM -- By: Sherri, Critters.com memorial: MADDIE Memorial Thank you Laura, Michelle, vicki and Lauvern for all the warnings on the below products and helping to get them posted here on this page for ALL to see.
Please continue with the e-mails about dangerous products and substances and PLEASE also remember to post as soon as possible on THIS page as I believe IT has the potential to reach so many people.
There is a LOT of "social networking" on this site and that is great! Our friendships is truely a GIFT from our little fur- angelsbut we must also keep our eye on the prize...our remaining or NEW fur-baby kids and keeping them ALIVE and healthy and this is best done(I THINK) by sharing ideas and tips. The review process can be upsetting, at times, especially when there is an important tip to share(OR a life saving one) but PLEASE do NOT "throw out the baby with the bath-water". We have a SAFE site in which to share ideas and tips and our friendship and I do feel lucky to have it, so the review is a small price to pay for such a wonderful and comprehensive site. There are many memorial sites out there but I do believe that THIS one is the BEST as it is so comprehensive. We can memorialize our passed fur-children as well as celebrate the new ones and get tips on keeping our remaining older pets happy & healthy along with all the friendships this brings. Where else can you in just mins.* go from tears while: preparing a new page for your baby on, for example, an angel day to *finding out: that you NEED to take back all that Mulch you just bought because it is a health danger to your new little one * to: laughing 'till you cry on HUMOR or while reading a silly B-day story you read in someones guest book? This site IS quite unique, I think most of you will agree.
Hope ALL of you and your fur-kids are having a wonderful SPRING! A season LONG overdue for we North-Easters!
04-19-2010 10:36 PM -- By: Vicki, Critters.com memorial: Misty Rose Sullivan Memorial Sherri asked me to post this:
Well, we can add chewing gum to the multitude of things we need to keep away from our dogs Besides being a nuisance when he doesn't keep his mouth closed, chewing gum can be also be harmful to your dog. When my 80 lb. AmStaff downed a pack the other day, I jumped online to find out the consequences. Turns out sugared gum isn't too bad and may just cause a bad tummy ache. However, the Xylitol in sugarless gum can be toxic, and can cause liver failure.
So, if there's a trail of gum wrappers down the hall or your dog is unexpectedly blowing bubbles, get him to a vet right away.
Kelly is a pet writer. She lives in the Boston area with her three pit bulls and one neurotic cat.
04-19-2010 6:44 PM -- By: Michelle, Critters.com memorial: Princess Baby Girl Memorial
04-19-2010 4:46 PM -- By: Vicki, Critters.com memorial: Misty Rose Sullivan Memorial
Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don't have a pet, please pass this to those who do.
Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) decided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk . Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.
Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's web site, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.
Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey's, and they claim that "It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it."
*Snopes site gives the following information: Google Snopes and do a search.
Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called 'Theobromine'. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells li ke chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.
Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.
04-14-2010 3:53 PM -- By: Sherri, Critters.com memorial: MADDIE Memorial Brenda,
SO glad Gracie has recovered. What you are going through is common with Maltese and some other breeds, as well. I personally believe that Maltese are born with a sense of entitlement! They LOVE being spoiled and MANY of us have done it with these angelic little creatures, including myself! Maddie was NOT even a pound when I FIRST got her and she REALLY did NOT want to eat....the vet told me that little tiny pups like her passed away all the time by going into a coma due to low blood sugar...the vet instructed me to wet the food pieces and feed by hand and COUNT, which I did for WEEKS. Turns out the vet meant days, NOT weeks, so when it came time to eat out of her own dish, Maddie balked and acted like she had NEVER seen a dish before! Well, I was right back at square one. I finally got some BABY STRAINED PURE TURKEY in a jar(NOT the dinners-they MAY have onion & fillers), the PURE meat in the really TINY jars. I started with THAT straight and then started adding a little water soaked dry puppy food and a tiny bit of chopped egg yoke. I DID begin with a little hand feeding even with this but they LOVE this SO much that SOON they are eating on their own and then you can start reducing the goodies you are adding....I have a friend who used a dab of RICE DREAM VANILLA icecream(NON-dairy) to the top of the food dish. why NOT try both? These beautiful creatures are MORE than worth it!
ps-stick with the turkey due to beef being high allergen and SOMETIMES chicken, as well.
04-13-2010 5:14 PM -- By: Brenda, Critters.com memorial: Garcia Memorial I am glad to report that gracie is over her hookworms.. thank god for that but while she had them and just laid around..she would not eat..I had to hand feed her...and then she would eat....NOW..that she is better and running around and feeling good she refuses to eat unless I hand feed her...I have tried just leaving it for her...that old saying ..if they get hungry enough they will eat...it stayed in her bowl for a day...the next morning I woke up because I knew she had gotten up during the night...the food was still in the bowl untouched...I trhrew it away and opened another can and gave her some on a spoon she was so hungry she almost age the spoon. I felt so bad making her go all night without food. does anyone have any ideas how I can get her back to eating out of her bowl.????
04-06-2010 5:33 PM -- By: Sherri, Critters.com memorial: MADDIE Memorial hi everyone!
Where are you?????
I just got a dog tip in my mail box from THE DAILY DOG TIP.
This is just SOoo simple and also JUST as easy to forget when you are cleaning a wound on your dog(pet-I GUESS this would include cats, as well? COME ON cat mommy's and dads...)
With your pet you should be careful to not only disinfect the wound, and use antibiotic ointment and or betadine when doing this, but you should ALSO be extra careful to clean and disinfect the animals paws, as well. Back and front. Antibacterial soap and water(please rinse). I have used the antibacterial soap on Lizzie's paws when she had an eye infection and ear, as well. I did clean her paws & NAILS even though she was in a circular, Elizabethan, plastic collar from the vet. I once even used a hand sanitizer on her paws after she was out of the collar but I was still treating her for infection(ears) and left on a min. and rinsed WELL.
Hope this helps some folks out there......
03-30-2010 12:38 PM -- By: Sherri, Critters.com memorial: MADDIE Memorial Thanks Laura,
both for your warning e-mails and for agreeing to post on this health page.
Yes, I was able to confirm this story through my former next door neighbor & friend, a breeder of beautiful Choc. labs., so she keeps up on all of this. Thanks Tina.
I tried a few mins. ago to get this posted to NO avail. It was because I was providing an actual link and it was rejected.
Here goes AGAIN, I will try it in a different way. Go to:
h t t p : / / w w w .s n o p e s . c o m / critters /crusader / stuffed toys . a s p
I had to seperate the letters to come through without providing an actual link.
Many thanks to my good friend Tina and Dales mom, laura
P.S. SOMETHING needs to be done about ALL these chemicals! Children MAY NOT actually eat the stuffing in toys like pets, BUT they SUCK on them, as all of us moms out there KNOW!
03-29-2010 11:54 PM -- By: Laura, Critters.com memorial: Dale Memorial I received this by e-mail and am passing it along. I haven't been able to confirm it but better safe than sorry:
"Last night at agility class, a vet, who is a fellow agility student was telling us about a case she had this week. The dog ate a child's teddy bear and was very sick. When she opened the dog up to remove what she thought was an intestinal obstruction she found a huge gelatin type mess inside and the dogs intestines were black and the tissue dead. The dog will die -- no surgery can fix him as there was no living intestine left from stomach to colon. This was not an obstruction. .... so she called the manufacturer of the Teddy Bear on a quest to find out what the gel was and what killed the dog. Turns out the stuffing in children's toys contains ingredients for flame retardants and mite control! It is designed to be come a gel. It is highly toxic. Now you would think a child's toy would be safe because it is for children, but they don't expect a child to eat the stuffing of the toys... huummmm that seems a bit scary too. But we all know dogs demolish stuffed toys. So do not give or buy your dog any children's stuffed animals... some people get them at goodwill etc. The vet will be posting a warning and story and I will send any other facts as needed and as I learn more. Maybe some children's toys do not have this ingredient, but better to be safe then sorry. So meanwhile, make sure all your dog toys are for dogs. Please pass this on... it is a horrible death she described and one that can be avoided."
03-21-2010 10:41 PM -- By: Sherri, Critters.com memorial: MADDIE Memorial Hi, all,
Pat thanks for the input. I do NOT use many insect sprays but was just passing on what the vet tech told me. I do think most people do know that Raid can be dangerous, though. It IS thought of as a poison, after all, and marketed as a pesticide. On the other hand Borax MAY(is MORE likely to) be thought of as MORE or LESS a laundry product (as it is most often used) and possibly because of that, a person could be less careful with itThe mixing of powdered sugar with the product(Borox) is done when the product(borax) is used in corners & cabinets to BOTH attract and KILL pests like ants & roaches, NOT when it is being used as a disinfectant as you suggested.
Hope this helps and keeps us ALL on guard around pets AND- children with ANYTHING POISON.
P.S. As I said before, I love Pats suggestion of The boiling water idea and the salt brine solution. Sounds about the safest.
03-21-2010 6:32 PM -- By: pat, Pet's name: A word of caution about Raid. It has many toxic ingredients in it. I would not let my dogs anywhere near it. Even if it is sprayed on concrete and dried. If a dog inhales it or licks their feet it can make them very ill. I don't know how much the veterinary tech uses but I am very leery of all of that stuff.
I would not just sprinkle Borax around where a pet could get into it. I don't mix it with sugar.
I am so glad that Gracie is better. I was terrified when Clem became so ill. I felt helpless.
03-21-2010 12:58 PM -- By: Sherri, Critters.com memorial: MADDIE Memorial Brenda, so glad ALL is under control now. I know you will recieve SO much joy from Little gracie.
Henry, WOW! How terrible. We had a similar experience years ago when we had our Bichon named Andy. Andy and our cocapoo, Rolfe, had a little covered area outside and there had been a neighborhood dispute of sorts and the grown daughter(who had "issues") of the people who lived close by got in(pup area) and put a dangerous chemical in the water dish. We nearly lost Andy. He was SO listless and we SMELLED chemicals on his breath! Rolfe was too smart to drink any but poor Andy! well per the Grace of God and an emergency vet visit, he was saved.
It is TOO bad that we have to be SO on top of EVERTHING, but AGAIN, that is just part of being a parent, I guess. No matter- human OR canine(Feline, as well...)
AGAIN,Anyone out there on feeding (canines) just once per day??? Not including snacks, of course.
PS. Henry is right. Summer CAN be a dangerous time. Not only items in the yard, but ticks,lyme disease, fleas, biting insects, spiders, bees...yep and more WILD animals around...keep your eyes open!
03-20-2010 9:47 AM -- By: Henry, Critters.com memorial: Gretchen and Bailey Bleichert Memorial I just wanted to warn everyone of a few things that I have had happen to me just in this week.Weds. I took my puppies out to my rear yard with me which is fully enclosed with 5 and 6 foot fencing and as I got out there I saw a plastic sandwhich bag laying out in it and when I got to it I found unkown pills in it. It appears someone threw them in my yard but whether it was to make my dogs sick or just threw them I do not know. Then Fri. morning we always let them out in a small 8 x30 foot totally enclosed area to do their thing as it is still dark and when I stepped out later I found a dead bird in this area that either happened to die right in that area or was thrown over a 6 ft stockade fence, into my yard. I always check any area that they go in and walk it with them and it has paid off as I do not know what the pills were but I am pretty sure if I had not found them before my little crew got to them one or more would have been sick or possibly have died from them. Just wanted to remind all as spring is here and so are many things that are now showing from the melted snow if you had any. I had already checked the one yard that I found the pills in and cleaned it up so someone purposly threw them in my yard later.
03-19-2010 7:59 PM -- By: Brenda, Critters.com memorial: Garcia Memorial thanks everyone with all your suggestions and info...Little Gracie is doing much better..tuesday Ihave to give them their last dose.. now i am so careful and watch where they walk...my one dog Pep..he uses the liter box..I was told to sprinkle borax on my rugs..which I do..but I put the dogs in a different room while I doing this...I never had this problem when Garcia was alive...and he was outside all the time...I hate florida..LOL..I think I am the only one that when I retire I am moving back to NY.!!
03-19-2010 2:04 PM -- By: Sherri, Critters.com memorial: MADDIE Memorial Hi all, Pat & Denice,
Thanks for the input on hookworms. Pat, the salt brine is a fantastic idea. I did NOT know about the borax thing but it stands to reason, since there are many concoctions made with the product for household pests like roaches and ants. I mean they are ALL pests, right? insects & vermin.The only thing--you NEED to be extra careful with borax around ALL pets, babies & small children as it IS toxic. There was a TERRIBLE case in Fla. where the family had mixed up a borax & powdered sugar concoction to put around in corners to kill ants....well, the toddler AND puppy were emergency cases after licking up the mixture. Of course, the sugar made the mixture more palitable, but STILL, caution MUST be advised. I like the boiling water method. A hassle but safe.If you employ a lawn co. to treat your lawn(fertilizer & insecticide) they can also put you on a routine which involves some type of deep-down slow-release insecticide. I asked my lawn co. about it when I found DOG YOU KNOW WHAT on my lawn and I SAW MOVEMENT in the mess,( if you know what I mean) I watched and found the person responsible and she tried to tell me it was my OWN little ones..I got quite angry, told her HOW I have mine trained(I carry newspaper outside to paved area, wrap & toss in recepticle)Told her to stay off my lawn & my neighbors and told her to see a vet pronto! Needless to say she is STILL up to her OLD TRICKS but NOT on MY lawn!
I did call my vet on this matter so I would be able to give an answer from THAT point of view(they have a doggie poo-poo area) and the girl answering the phone JUST happened to be the one responsible for the yard "clean-up". She said she pooper-scoops up the mess into a bio-plastic bag and was TOLD to spray that little spot with full strength RAID in a can.THAT sounds easy to me....RAID is strong and it stands to reason that it would work. Seems easy, too for you, Brenda, while you are getting this situation under control and once you do, well, it is up to you, but I would keep The little ones on pavement of some sort, patios, driveways, carports, or the porch. At least you can see WHAT is there and know IF there has been a "mess" there or not. Of course this would mean training to newspapers or pee-pee pads. There are DROPS at the pet store to RE-TRAIN your pet to papers or a certain area. They say they will start 'going' on THAT spot where the drops are right away!
03-18-2010 1:17 PM -- By: Denise, Critters.com memorial: Caliya Keaveny Memorial Hookworms and all parasites are in the dog parks and i never go to those. I like to use our outdoor mall early in the morning which is all concrete and i never run into any other dogs and i have never seen any droppings left behind. When i first get a puppy i have a fecal exam done and i have a fecal exam done once a year instead of giving worming medicine as a prevention as some people do.I have only had one baby with roundworms and she had those when we brought her home and for the next ten years she never had them again. We were told to use a spray bottle of household bleach/water (3 cups to one gallon water) immediated after picking up the droppings as this will stay in the soil for some time. beware as hookworms can be transmitted to humans in a skin or intestinal way.
03-18-2010 9:36 AM -- By: Sherri, Critters.com memorial: MADDIE Memorial HI Brenda, Hi all,
Brenda, so sorry to hear you had to go through this. We had a poodle born in the South when I was still in my teens(little Celeste) and she lived to be only about 18weeks due to undiagnosed HOOK worm. Bridgette, the OTHER poodle came right after that little darling. We hardly even had a chance to know her. She started coughing up blood, had constant liquid stool...It turned out she even went blind. I have been terrified of the little buggers(hook worms) ever since. It was a tramatic experience. The vet had said she was "just adjusting" to her NEW home when the coughing, etc. began. Shortly after THAT experience I worked for a vet for awhile in college and asked about the prevention of this terrible scurge. Vet told me that hook worm was MORE rare in these parts due to the cold but it certainly was possible. If a dog had come up from MORE southern parts with hook worm and the mess(bm) was left unattended and another dog sniffed it OR walked in it...well that would be ALL it would take. The animal does NOT even HAVE to lick its feet. Just HAVING it on the paws is ALL it takes. This is WHY it is called HOOK worm. Now when I have been in the south with Maddie, I DID let her walk on pavement(never grass) and she was ALWAYS trained to "GO" wherever I put the sheet of news paper down(GREAT 'cuse I never had to wear a little plastic bag on my hand) I would just pick up the paper, wrap it up and throw it in a bin. Neat & clean. When I was in DC I saw even larger dogs trained THIS way(YES, Denise, even P. Bulls)Just takes MORE paper is all (and NO looking and SNIFFING-Heaven forbid-OTHER DOGS Bms!) This method has worked SO well that I continued to use it for Lizzie, and NOW little Mandy. My worry in the North East is mostly TICKS, though. In 'HIGH SEASON', late spring 'till it gets REALLY hot & humid, and THEN AGAIN IN THE FALL, before first frost, my girls stay on my large back deck or brick patio, or paved driveway. I am lucky to have areas such as these at my own house. BOY do I flip IF I see someone "letting their dog 'GO' on MY paved drive way!
Anyway, I had a lot more problems(intestinal-round worms, etc.) when I had the large Cocapoo, Rolfe, and the Bichon, Andy. My kids walked them and GOODNESS only KNOWS WHAT they(my kids) let them(the dogs) sniff, or step in.
Hope THIS helps. I AM a REALLY protective(not OVER- protective!) fur-baby mom, now. People have said "oh, Sherri, JUST let them be dogs!" Well, I did NOT let my kids run all over Hill & Dale, either when they were little. I checked ALL sand boxes for cat feces, I kept ours covered. The SAME woman who told me "to let them be 'DOGS' for goodness sake!" let her kids play in filthy sand boxes, they got pinworm & tapeworm over &over again. She lets ALL her pets run,the cats get eaten by Coyotes(spelling?) and the dogs get run over or picked up(we have laws here) Her toddlers used to have their hands in the cats litter pans.....I MAY be 'overprotective' but my girls are CLEAN and can be up on my bed. Just think about THAT....UP ON THE BED! WHATEVER THEY HAVE....YOU(OR your kids) ARE GOING TO GET IT, TOO!
PS. A dog can ALSO contract the dreaded PARVO from the ground as well.....Most of us have our dogs immunized against this...but I think you STILL must ber careful...this is NOT the GOOD OLE DAYS, anymore-you HAVE to be SO much more careful!
03-17-2010 9:38 PM -- By: pat, Pet's name: Several treatments, including common salt brine (1.5 lb common salt per gallon of water, applied at 1 pt per sq ft) or borax, can be used successfully on bare ground, gravel or concrete. However, there is at present no available product that is known to be both effective for control of infective larvae on/in living turf or other plants and safe for plants.
Borax kills tons of insects and I would use it also. When you make the sale/borax solution, use boiling water. I'd try the Borax/salt before the lime powder. The potency of both those solutions is stronger than lime.
03-17-2010 9:28 PM -- By: pat, Pet's name: Brenda, is there a possibility that there may be a little bit of f e c e s left on the ground when you pick up? If you think there is, sprinkle a small amount of lime powder on the spot. That should kill any parasites. I'll also do more research for you and let you know if I find anything else that would help you.
Do you use a "pooper scooper"? Pat
03-17-2010 3:51 PM -- By: Brenda, Critters.com memorial: Garcia Memorial well my little Gracie got hookworms...very bad..had to have shots and dewormer ..plus I had to give her some kind of liquid call rebound.4 to 5 times a day poor little thing..just for finally learning to go out to pee...the vet said she could have picked it up anywhere she walked what am I do to..Keep my dogs in while others get to enjoy the outdoors...everyone I meet now I tell them...PICK UP YOUR DOGS CRAP!!!now my other dog has it....went thru the same thing with him ..poor babies...I had the flu at the same time...can anyone tell me how I can prevent this from happening again...now I won't take my dogs out...its not fair to them I know...but they were really sick..I stayed up night after night with Gracie..even tho i was sick..
03-15-2010 10:07 PM -- By: Sherri, Critters.com memorial: MADDIE Memorial Hi Henry,
Thanks for your input on the tests. It IS best to avoid vaccination if you can and it is especially important if levels are already high. Why put anything extra into theitr little bodies unless it is REALLY needed? I would much rather have the xtra cost to have them tested FIRST. I end up with the cost of the heartworm test each year because I refuse to keep them on an insecticide year round. I try to give them 2-3 mos. off the product which requires them to have the test each year(IF I go MORE than 2 1/2-3 mos. insecticide free)
Glad you are starting some 'human foods' with your fur-kids. I only wish I could start all over with my Maddie. I guess it is live & learn for us all.
SO many folks are feeding the 'kids" twice daily. I use the one meal per day schedule after full growth has been achieved (puppies are always 2 X daily or more.....) Anyone out there, opinions?????????
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