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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Power of Green

Tom Friedman, in the magazine edition of The New York Times, poignantly writes about the vital links between successful environmental strategies, the price of oil, and terrorism. While requiring a subscription to read the online article, you can watch the author discussing his article by clicking here.

Instead of coal plants used to generate energy, why not litter the planet's landscape with these?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Disclaimer


It is important to know that this blog is intended for educational purposes only. The advice I give should not replace the advice of a veterinarian who has actually examined your pet. It is strongly recommended that you have your pet examined by a veterinarian if your pet is ill.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Today's show

Thank you to all the callers tonight on Animal House Calls as well as City TV for having me as a guest. Thank you, Ann Roehmer, for being a superb mediator between the viewers and me. I wanted to add a few things to what was discussed on the show.
First of all, it is important to understand that puppies that have not received all their shots are not fully protected from infectious disease, especially parvovirus (even those puppies that HAVE indeed received their full series of vaccines are still susceptible, though less so - thank you Dr. Webhill for having me add this). The reasons for which I advocate puppies going outside before their full series of shots is this: all too often I meet clients who have never brought their dogs outside until 4, 5, or even 6 months of age. And why? Because they didn't have their shots. This is wrong, in my opinion. The severe problem this poses is that these dogs have never met another dog! This is when serious behavioural problems arise, and this is when these pets are given up for these very problems! So you see, we need to expose these puppies to other dogs lest we end up with a dog that is severely unsocialized. We also need to understand the risks, and assume them. Again, I recommend that puppies be vaccinated at 8, 12, and 16 weeks, and that they receive a "kennel-cough" shot at 8 or 12 weeks. This should be followed by puppy classes after 10-12 weeks. I think it's reasonable to start letting these puppies outside, under close supervision, on a leash, about 1-2 weeks after the 2nd shots, if not earlier.
Any puppy that is vomiting, has diarrhea, and is lethargic, I would consult with a vet immediately for fear of parvovirus, a dangerous infectious disease that can cause fatal vomiting and diarrhea.

A sick little "parvo puppy."

Animal House Calls

Yes, I know, it has been a long while since I've posted. A member of my immediate family became quite ill and had to be hospitalized. His condition is improving, thank you to everyone for your sincere concern.

I hospitalized a sick cat today who was eating one of the foods on the recall list. The cat was NOT azotemic, meaning the cat's kidney values were not elevated. However, she was quite ill and improved dramatically with fluid therapy. There is a possibility that the consumption of this food is entirely coincidental with the cat's illness, though for now, it is likely they are related.

Tonight I will be a guest on CP 24's Animal House Calls with Ann Roehmer. I invite viewers who have questions to feel free to ask them here. Just click on "comment" and ask away. I will do my very best to reply to everyone. The information provided does not replace the advice of a veterinarian after having examined your pet. Please see a vet if your pet is ill.