Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis In Dogs (GHE)

I recently heard about someone who went thru this scary ordeal with one of her dogs so I thought I would post some articles to hopefully help others.

Bloody diarrhea and bloody vomit are the signs and the dog needs immediate veterinary care.

They really don’t know the cause and it is said to not be contagious but there are cases of more than one dog in a household to get GHE

Here is an article written by someone that has one of our pups.

http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/12_7/features/Dog_16136-1.html

Another from Merck Vet Manual

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/23311.htm

More info here

http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/dogdiseasesh/a/HGEindogs.htm

Removing Burn Marks & Water Marks From Tables

Burn marks:

Grind egg shells with pestal/Morter and mix them with real mayonnaise to make a paste.

Using your finger work it into the burn mark.

Let sit for 10 min.  Work in some more and wipe off.

Water marks:

Basically the same idea but use cigar or cigarette ashes with mayo.  Dip a damp cloth in the mixture and work into the stain.  May take several applications.

I have also heard of using 1/2 and 1/2 toothpaste and baking soda but have not tried it.

Preventing water marks:

Put a good coat of butchers wax on the table using very fine steel wool and let it sit and dry.  Buff off with soft cloths.  Several applications build up a protective layer.  I can put a sweating beer on my coffee table and leave it for hours with no damage.

Understanding Blood Work In Canines

This is a very important topic for pet owners.

Most people don’t understand any of this and leave it all up to their vets.

However, if your dog is diagnosed with liver disease, kidney failure, etc., the more you know about this the better for your pet.

Your vet may not have a lot of experience treating kidney failure (KF) or liver disease (LD) or something else, although they are very capable of reading blood work results.  My vet admitted this to me (which I appreciate).

You can educate yourself and do your own research to find natural supplements or holistic means to help your pet.  I did this with KF and LD (you can see my other blogs on both)

It is very important when dealing with this to be sure each time you re-check blood work to get a copy of the results from your vet so you have it in your file at home to refer back to when necessary.  If your vet refuses to give you copies, please find another vet.

While it is true that you can drive yourself crazy (and your vet) while researching a disease your dog has been diagnosed with (because there is so much on the internet) it is important to stay level headed during this research and not panic at everything you read.

But, you must keep in mind that your vet has many patients and does not have time to do extensive research if they don’t have the answers for you.  Therefore, you need to be your dog’s advocate.

There are quite a few sites that explain blood work so you can understand all about it and be educated as you have to monitor your dog’s levels and know what to do to help them improve or keep those levels in check.

Here is a good site to start with:

http://www.itsfortheanimals.com/BLOOD-TEST-EXPLAINED.HTM

As always, I will state again, I am no a vet, but if anyone has questions or needs help with research, please contact me.  I will help all I can.

Patty

www.snowcolabradors.com

Filing For Medicaid

This can surely be a nightmare

I have been going thru this for a year

I suggest you hire an Eldercare company or Elder Attorney (if you can afford it)

It all depends on your loved one’s assets

Every state is different.  In the state of NJ Medicaid looks back 5 years at all bank records and assets.

If you have given anything away of substantial value within those years it must be put back to qualify for Medicaid

For instance if you are filing for one of your parents and within the time frame (for the state they live in) you parents gave you, a sibling, grandchild, or anyone else money to help buy a car, house, etc.  The person receiving that gift has to give back the money.

Can you imagine if your parents gave you $50,000.  or $100,000. (for example) to help you buy a house and you have to give that money back?

How do you do that?  Re-mortgage your home and hope you can make the payments?  If not, than how do you pay for your parents care in a nursing home if Medicaid will not qualify them?

Some people will do the smart thing when they get older and put their assets in their children’s names. This is not to hide anything, it is to protect their children’s inheritance.

But if something happens within the 5 years (or whatever that time frame is for their state) than it looks like they were trying to hide assets.  How are the elderly supposed to protect their assets in order to leave them to their children or grandchildren?

How does a person know that they are going to have a stroke or other issue and end up needing Medicaid?  You don’t say to yourself “I better do this now because one never knows”.  At least, most people don’t.

It is just awful…….  the system has so many flaws…….  Our government does not take care of the elderly like they should.

Sit down and discuss this with your family members so hopefully you can get things in order before something happens.

Otherwise, you end up losing everything because it all has to be sold and put toward the patients care in a nursing home or Medicaid gives nothing for that persons care.  At least until that persons assets are all spent down and nothing is left.

This is a serious concern that most people don’t know about until they find themselves having to file for Medicaid.

Check the laws in your state.  If one parent is still living in the house than it is exempt as to the patient’s (other parent’s) assets.  This was the case with us.  My mom had a severe stroke and went to a nursing home.  But than unfortunately my father was diagnosed with cancer and passed in 6 weeks so the home then became my mother’s asset and had to be sold and all the money goes to Medicaid.

I pray none of you have to go thru what our family has been thru.

Patty

Corn Casserole

This is a great easy recipe and always a big hit.

1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix

8 oz sour cream

1  16oz can corn (do not drain)

1  16oz can cream corn

1  (or 1/2) stick “melted” butter

Mix all ingredients together in a casserole dish (ungreased) blending well

Bake at 325 for 45 minutes and test with a knife to be sure it comes out clean

You can double the recipe and cook for 1  1/4 to 1  1/2 hours but keep an eye on it.

Options:

Sauteed onions and peppers (chopped small)

Well cooked crumbled bacon

Be creative

Enjoy

Patty