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Lily jumps to a safe spot only to find it’s taken by her foster sister, Remy!

June 18, 2017   No Comments



Can a girl ever have too many tennis balls?

Mae, now Macy, is doing great with her new family.

Much appreciation to Barb and Tony for fostering her.

June 17, 2017   No Comments

Now What Do We Do?


Last fall the leader of our canine pack crossed Rainbow Bridge very unexpectedly. Our other four have stepped up to provide “situational leadership”, but today we missed our fearless leader, Harry.

You see, there’s a frog swimming in the pool.

Madeline, Ruby, Keagan and Riley discussed among themselves how to handle the situation.

It looked like they were going to wait until Mr Frog got close to the edge of the pool and then scoop him up.

BUT, Mr Frog sat on the bottom of the pool for a looonnnggg time and these four clowns had no idea what to do.

Harry would have dove into the pool and tried to dive underwater to get the frog.

Funny how our goldens we’ve loved and let go continue to be part of our lives.

PS No frogs were injured. Joe scooped him out with the pool net and tossed him over the fence.

June 17, 2017   No Comments

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June 16, 2017   No Comments

Golden Retriever Pigmentary Uveitis Can Cause Blindness

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June 15, 2017   No Comments

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Please send healing energy to Rafa as she undergoes her second heartworm treatment.

Thank you to Adam and Mariel for fostering her.

June 15, 2017   No Comments


June 14, 2017   No Comments

Symparica – New Flea and Tick Product

blogI gave my pups a new flea/tick prevention product today after talking with my vet, reading about the product online including the sites screaming SIMPARICA KILLED MY DOG, and checking out what Dogs Naturally Magazine had to say (nothing good) thoroughly. I gave it early in the day in case there is an issue, I could get my pups to the vet.

Simparica is an oral table that was approved last year to treat fleas and ticks. My vet recommended it when I told  him I was uncomfortable giving a three month dose of Bravecto. This medication contains the chemical sarolaner, which is closely related to the drugs afoxolaner (Nexgard) and fluralaner (Bravecto).

We live in the woods and ticks are everywhere. I’ve tried the spray on natural products and frankly, they just don’t work against ticks.

My goldens are in the pool several times a day so I’d have to put topicals on every 2.5 to 3 weeks which seems excessive which is why we use an oral product. We don’t use anything when the weather is cold.

I have putting poison on my pups.

How do you manage ticks on your golden?


After REALLY reading up, I’m going back to Advantix II as it repels ticks and fleas so my pups don’t get bitten before the product works and it kills deer ticks which are the very tiny ticks that are most likely to cause Lyme disease and the tick we have the most of around here.

June 13, 2017   No Comments

When to Take Your Pup to the Emergency Vet


1. Difficulty breathing

This is the mother of all veterinary emergencies. After three minutes without breathing it’s all over. If your dog is having trouble breathing, or is “breathing funny,” making alarming noises when he breathes, or is puffing his lips when he breathes, you need to get to the vet immediately.

2. Restlessness, panting, inability to lie down comfortably, unsuccessfully attempting to vomit, and abdominal distention

These are all symptoms of gastric dilatation with volvulus, known colloquially as “bloat.” Bloat is one of the most urgently life threatening situations a dog can face. Some dogs will exhibit all of these symptoms, but others may only pant and act restless. Because of its urgency, dogs exhibiting any symptoms suspicious for bloat should be rushed to the nearest veterinarian.

3. Seizures

Although a solitary seizure is not likely to be life threatening, seizures often come in clusters, which can become progressive. And sometimes seizures are caused by toxins that can cause fatal reactions.

4. Collapse or profound weakness

These can be symptoms of major problems such as internal bleeding (particularly a syndrome called hemoabdomen), cardiac compromise due to a condition called pericardial effusion, anaphylactic shock, certain poisonings, a glandular condition called Addison’s disease, and some types of organ failure. All of these problems require urgent veterinary attention.

5. Profuse hemorrhage (bleeding) or major known trauma

These are veterinary emergencies. Profuse hemorrhage is a no brainer. However, dogs who have fallen from height, have been struck by cars, or have been in altercations with much larger dogs can appear unharmed at first, despite suffering major internal injuries.

6. Protracted vomiting and/or diarrhea

This is a veterinary emergency, especially if the liquid produced is significantly bloody. A dog who vomits once or has a single loose bowel movement may not require any treatment other than a few hours of resting the stomach and a day or two of bland food. However, repeated vomiting and diarrhea can rapidly lead to life-threatening dehydration; they also can be symptoms of major problems such as gastrointestinal obstruction.

7. Struggling to urinate

This may simply signify a bladder infection. Bladder infections are painful but not life threatening. However, this symptom could also represent obstruction of the urinary tract by bladder stones — a situation that is very urgent indeed. Either way, your pet will be best off by seeing the vet since bladder infections, as mentioned above, are painful.

8. Not eating or drinking

A vet once told me, “If I hear a golden retriever isn’t eating, I know there is a problem.” Other dogs may intermittently pass up a meal here or there. However, dogs who go a day or longer without eating almost always are sick. And they usually won’t drink enough water to cover their needs, so dehydration can set in as well.

9. Severe pain

This is always an emergency. If your dog is vocalizing, panting, profoundly limping, or exhibiting other symptoms of agony, don’t let him suffer. Get to a vet for treatment.

10. Known exposure to dangerous poisons

This should precipitate an immediate veterinary visit. If you catch your dog munching on snail bait, don’t wait for the seizures to start before you go to the vet. Although there are too many dangerous poisons out there to list them all, some of the more common exposures include chocolate, rodent bait, grapes and raisins, human medications, and overdoses of flavored canine medications such as Rimadyl.

The 10 situations listed above are some of the most common emergency situations that dogs face. However, this list is not exhaustive. If you can’t tell whether your dog needs emergency attention, it’s always safest to take him in.

Local ER Vets include:

MASH – Address: 4135 Old Town Rd, Huntingtown, MD 20639
Phone: (410) 414-8250

VCA – Address: 3485 Rockefeller Ct, Waldorf, MD 20602
Phone: (301) 638-0988

Dogs and Cats – Address: 6700 Laurel Bowie Rd, Bowie, MD 20715
Hours: Open today · Open 24 hours
Phone: (301) 809-8800

Address: 808 Bestgate Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 224-0331

June 12, 2017   No Comments