Cerebellar Hypoplasia

Please watch the short video below.http://www.stumbleupon.com/demo/#url=http://gprime.net/video.php/charleyI only recently found out about Cerebellar Hypoplasia.  I had no idea this existed.  It can occur in both dogs and cats and humans from the little bit of research I have come across.I am listing a couple of the articles I ran across via Google.  You can of course research this further yourself by searches on the Internet.  I thought I would briefly share a bit of info on this subject for those of you who, like me, have never heard of this before.“Encyclopedia of Feline Veterinary Medical InformationCerebellar HypoplasiaThe cerebellum is the portion of the brain responsible for the control of motion. When a puppy or kitten is born with an underdeveloped cerebellum, the condition is known as congenital cerebellar hypoplasia. There are infectious causes of this condition in both cats (panleukopenia infection prior to birth) and dogs (herpes virus infection prior to birth). Improper development of the cerebellum may occur due to injury, poisoning or just from an accident in development in the uterus. It is generally possible to see signs of this condition almost as soon as the puppy or kitten is born. Affected animals have tremors and unusual jerky movements or may fall down when they try to move. The symptoms do not get worse as they age. As the kitten or puppy grows it will learn to compensate for its condition but there are usually lifelong signs of a decreased ability to coordinate movement. Almost all dogs and cats with congenital cerebellar hypoplasia can live happily as pets with a little special care to compensate for their disabilities. This condition can be confused with cerebellar abiotrophy, a different disorder in dogs in which the puppy has a normal cerebellum at birth but it gradually dies. Signs of disease identical to cerebellar hypoplasia occur but the timing is different. Puppies with this condition seem normal at birth but usually start to show signs of problems after they are 2 months or more of age. “http://www.vetinfo.com/cencyclopedia/cecerhypo.html“My Cerebellar Hypoplasia Cat, Andyby Cindy PowellOne of my cats, Andy, has CEREBELLAR HYPOPLASIA (CH). CH occurs when a feral, stray or unvaccinated mother has distemper while her kittens are still in her uterus. Damage to the kittens’ cerebellum, the part of the brain that is used for coordination and balance, is permanent. Though there is no treatment, CH cats have a normal life expectancy, and can lead happy lives.Like other CH cats, Andy is wobbly and uncoordinated. Andy moves forward in a zig-zag run. Andy’s head sometimes tremors when he is attempting to focus on something, and his body often goes in the opposite direction than where he intends to move. I admire Andy’s spirit and cheerful personality. Andy adapts very well, even though he is clumsy. Andy will try to get up onto furniture, falls, tries again, falls again, never becoming frustrated. After two failed attempts, I lift Andy to where he desires going. However, Andy always makes it in and out of the litter box. I think that the sides of the litter box offer Andy sitting support.Andy often leans against walls, as it is difficult for him to maintain a sitting position without support for very long. Andy becomes limp, falling to one side, as he fatigues easily. Andy lies on his side most of the time.Andy has a voracious appetite, and is a messy eater. Much of Andy’s food ends up on the floor. That’s what brooms and vacuum cleaners are for! Though Andy objects, I keep Andy’s claws trimmed, so that he doesn’t snag his claws on the carpet. Andy already has enough difficulty getting around as it is!Andy is an extremely affectionate cat. Andy loves and trusts people and other animals, even though he was attacked by other cats in the past. While petting Andy, I have found many small scabs, obviously healed puncture wounds from being clawed. That is probably why Andy fears going outdoors.Andy enjoys sitting in my lap, loves being petted, and purrs louder than any cat I have ever encountered. Andy also loves cat toys, and will play with them for a long time while lying on his side.Poor Andy had a rough start. At eight months old, Andy was a stray, all alone in this big world. A family who found Andy in their yard felt sorry for Andy, and phoned the animal welfare officers to pick Andy up, to bring him to our local animal shelter the very first day that I began working there. At the shelter, whenever I would walk by Andy‘s cage, Andy would wobble up to the front of his cage, loudly purring, and sticking one of his limp paws out. Having worked with people with disabilities for over twenty years, I was extremely touched. A woman and her young child visited Andy, and though they loved his very sweet disposition, did not adopt him. The following day (Christmas Eve), I brought my “Christmas present”, who my daughter named Andy, home. After adopting Andy, I learned that Andy also had Toxoplasmosis, which was treated with a high dose of medication over 28 days, and cryptorchid, a condition where his testicles did not descend into his scrotum. Therefore, Andy required a complicated neuter: internal surgery, rather than the quick and simple external surgery that most male cats require. Andy is a happy kitty, and I am blessed indeed to have Andy in my life. “http://vetmedicine.about.com/library/viewers/uc-cerebellar-cat.htm

Double Cheesburger Anyone?

As I was perusing the web the other day, I came across a post on dogster explaining the cost breakdown of buying a premium bag of food. I found it interesting and asked the author if I could post it here for our viewers.

The author is Sebastian-Tyler Carr

“I bought 2 bags because you save on shipping with 2 .

Orijen Adult 29.7lb. bag at $48.99 US.
coupon code ( OR8PCT ) saves 8%

$48.99 a bag x 2 = $97.98

$97.98 – (orijen coupon) $7.84 = $90.14

Shipping $ 19.11 + $90.14 = $109.25

So thats the total $ 109.25 now the break down

$109.25 / 59.4lbs. = $1.84 dollars per pound

I know my dogs eat 9.9oz. per day of grainless dog food so take $1.84 divide that by 16 because there are 16 oz. in a pound then times that by 9.9 and you get the cost of feeding 1 dog per day.

$1.84 / 16 = $.115 cents per ounce

then

$.115 x 9.9 = $ 1.1385 so it costs me $1.14 a day per dog to eat good food.

the way I look at it is here in Indiana a double cheese burger from Mc Donalds with tax costs $1.09 so I figure I can go with out three burgers a day for my kids to get good nutrition.

which in conclusion to by a bag of Bluebuffalo ( Wilderness ) at petsmart at $44.99 for a 26lb. bag + tax was costing me 1.14 per dog per day and personaly I think Orijen is a much better food.

break your own dog food down and see how much you are spending per dog per day feel free to post.”

You can find the original post and subsequent comments on Dogster.com

Do You Know Who PETA Is?

This organization is nothing like what they want you to think they are.

They are not out for the wellfare of animals. They come onto reputable breeders properties uninvited and when no one is home and snoop around taking pictures, etc. They are trespassing. They pose as families looking to purchase a puppy.

They don’t want anyone to own a pet. It is scary to say the least.

Here is the truth about PETA – just one of many sites out there.

http://www.petakillsanimals.com/petasdirtysecret.cfm

Patty
Snowco Labradors

Recovery From Emergency Surgery

 My Miya started out with vomiting bile 6-8 times beginning at midnight one night.  For the next 24 hours I monitored her temperature and fed very small meals by hand as she had no appetite.  The following morning her temp was at 104.8 and off we went for an emergency ultrasound which resulted in rushing her to the ER for emergency exploratory surgery resulting in the removal of her ruptured gallbladder.  This is very rare in dogs, especially young (3 1/2), healthy dogs and mortality rate is 50%My poor girl had peritonitis, septicemia, low albumin and developed edema and wasn’t expected to survive.  In the ER for 8 days.

It was one of the worst 8 days of my life and I could cry just writing about it now.  At the time I had her 5 month old daughter, Jazz, at home and feared I would not be bringing her mom home to her.

Once they got Miya’s infections under control the main concern was low Albumin (protein in the blood) due to her lack of appetite and inability to keep even a tablespoon of food down, which was causing her edema; also life threatening.

Once she was able to keep food down I put her on a supplement called Seacure and truly believe it saved her life (along with her surgeon and wonderful staff at the ER). 

 Seacure is a predigested protein source of 60% white fish so it is easily assimilated by the body.  I kept her on this even after bringing her home – at very hi doses and monitored her Albumin every 2 weeks, then 4, 6, etc. where her level climbed to the normal range and stayed there.

 I slowly weaned her off the 15-20 daily dose of Seacure by cutting back just 1 per day for a week and than another 1 for the next week and monitored her Albumin throughout until she was  completely off the Seacure and than checked her Albumin continuously to be sure her body could regulate it without supplementation.  She has been in normal range ever since going on about a year now.

 I highly recommend this product for anyone who may have a dog with this condition.  It is very beneficial for other health issues as well and they even carry a version for humans.

Learn more here:  www.propernutrition.com I highly recommend that you speak with Dee at this company about your dogs condition to be sure your dog is a candidate for Seacure, as well as discussing it with your vet prior to ordering and administering.

www.snowcolabradors.com 

Dental Care: Healthy Teeth for Healthy Pets

This article is from the Humane Society.  Their website is below. 

By Nick Lansing

istock.com
Brushing your pet’s teeth is a very
important part of pet care.

Most people know they must care for their pearly whites. Plaque and tartar buildup can cause bacteria to migrate into our bloodstreams, resulting in serious health problems.

The same holds true for cats and dogs. Along with love, good food and exercise, a daily brushing of their teeth is one of the most important things we can give our animal companions.

“You can imagine if we didn’t brush for five years how bad things would get,” said John Lewis, president-elect of the American Veterinary Dental Society and assistant professor of veterinary dentistry and oral surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. “More and more evidence points to the mouth as a source of inflammation and infection that can cause adverse effects elsewhere in the body.”

Tenacious Tartar

In one study, Penn researchers found lower levels of inflammatory substances in the bloodstreams of dogs after their teeth had been cleaned. Plaque—a mix of food particles, saliva and bacteria—is easily brushed off, until it calcifies and becomes tartar, which brushing cannot remove.

“It takes about 24 hours for tartar to form, so brushing your cat’s or dog’s teeth every day can do a lot to prevent periodontal disease from beginning or advancing,” Lewis said. Another upside to brushing your pet’s teeth? No more bad breath.

Start Brushing Early

Young animals generally accept the routine more easily than their older counterparts, so start brushing when your puppy or kitten still has baby teeth. Make it fun by talking in a happy voice, and give your pet a treat at the end. With older pets, you’ll likely need more patience, but keep trying.

For pets who resist strongly, consider special foods and diets aimed at promoting dental health. The Veterinary Oral Health Council awards its seal of acceptance to such foods and treats based on studies that prove a product’s effectiveness.

How to Brush

Lewis says toothpaste isn’t necessary.

“The mechanical effect of the bristles is far more important than what you put on the brush,” he said.

Start by moistening the bristles with warm water. Don’t pull open your pet’s mouth. Simply lift the animal’s lips and insert the brush, paying special attention to the back teeth. Brush in a circular motion that allows the bristles to gently get at the gum line.

Finish up with a treat and lots of praise. If you do use toothpaste, use only products designed for dogs and cats. And as part of your pet’s regular physical exam, your veterinarian can let you know if a professional cleaning to remove tartar and restore teeth to pearly health is necessary.

Reprinted by permission of The Humane Society of the United States

Top Ten Winter Safety Tips for Pets

Here are the top 10 winter safety tips from ASPCA for your pets. 

1. Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.

2.  During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.

3. Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm—dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.

4. Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.

5. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.

6. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

7. Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.

8.  Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him—and his fur—in tip-top shape.

9. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center more information.

10. Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

Here is a link to their website:  http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pets_coldweathertips   

Take care all!