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Prayers for Annie

Please send love and prayers to Annie and her foster mom’s Becky Wright Minnich and Doris Wright who will be helping Annie cross Rainbow Bridge this afternoon at 3 pm. Senior Annie came to rescue as a stray. She was heartworm positive and had a cancerous tumor removed. The picture in the field shows her shaved because she was so matted. The vet did not get all of the tumor since it was on her arms so we knew Annie had limited time. Annie has been well loved in her several months with Doris and Becky and their pups.

Annie took some trips to Ohio with her foster family. In this photo, Annie went to a playdate with another senior, Chew. Annie loves playing with her canine sisters, tearing up toys and sitting with her moms getting petted. Thank you to Becky and Doris for loving Annie and helping her cross the Rainbow Bridge.

October 12, 2018   1 Comment

Bee Stings How to know and What to do!

By Dr. Becker

Despite their fur-covered bodies, dogs can be stung by flying insects like bees, wasps and hornets just like people can. This is especially true for dogs who become curious or stalker-ish when they spot a stinging insect.

Unlike humans who typically dodge, weave and run away from the tiny buzzing beasts, many dogs try to move in closer for a better look, and some even snap at the insects with their mouths. If your furry family member gets stung, rest assured the bite is just as painful for her as it would be for you. Even more worrisome is the possibility of a serious or even life-threatening allergic reaction when a dog is stung.

How to Know if Your Dog Has Been Stung

The three areas of your dog’s body most likely to be stung are the nose, mouth, and less frequently, the paws. Certainly a swollen muzzle is a sign your dog may have encountered a stinging insect.

A dog who has been stung may also suddenly begin running in circles, yelping, and/or pawing at his face or rubbing it against the ground. If this is happening to your dog, chances are you’ll find evidence in the immediate area such as a beehive, wasp nest or insects buzzing around.

Like humans, dogs experience a variety of reactions to being stung, including scratching, licking and biting the area where the sting occurred. You might also notice a patch of red, inflamed skin. These are relatively benign reactions to a sting.

In more serious cases, the dog’s muzzle, head or neck area will swell noticeably. There may also be extreme pain, the appearance of hives, vomiting and difficulty breathing. This is considered a severe allergic reaction that can progress quickly to anaphylactic shock, which is a life-threatening emergency.

Like people, some dogs are more sensitive to insect stings than others. Smaller dogs often don’t fare as well as the big guys, and swarms of bees are especially dangerous — even fatal.

If Your Dog Has a Severe Reaction to a Sting

The reason dogs’ noses are so often stung is because canines go through life nose-first. And dogs who like to snap at flying insects can also be stung inside the mouth or even in the throat.

If a serious allergic reaction occurs after a bee sting to your dog’s nose, mouth or face, the resulting swelling can interfere with her ability to breathe. Needless to say, if you know or suspect your dog has been stung by an insect and her muzzle or face begins to swell, you should get her to your veterinarian or an emergency animal hospital right away. Do the same if your pet has been attacked by a swarm.

Home Care for Nonemergency Stings

If the situation isn’t an emergency, you’ll need to try to find and remove the stinger as soon as possible to reduce the amount of venom that gets into the bite. Tweezers aren’t a good tool for this job. Instead, use a credit card from your wallet to gently scrape away the stinger, ensuring the venom sac comes out with it.

After removing the stinger, you can make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply it to the area to help soothe the itch and irritation. Prevent your dog from licking the area and rinse away the paste after about 15 minutes. You can also offer Apis Mel, which I call “homeopathic Benadryl” along with quercetin (“nature’s Benadryl”) if you have it, or real Benadryl if you don’t, with a starting dose a milligram per pound of body weight.

If the diphenhydramine (Benadryl) isn’t working, it’s time to head to the closest veterinary clinic for further treatment to prevent the inflammatory response from escalating. It’s also important to remember not to let your dog back into the area where he encountered the stinging insects. If he’s stung again right after the original sting, there’s a good chance he’ll have a faster and more serious allergic reaction.


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Cotton Ball Remedy For Ingested Sharp Objects

Last week my coworker’s wife called him franticly that she thought their 8-month old pup had ingested a razor blade.  (She was cleaning the stove with one of those plastic handle gadgets that has the blade on the end.)  She left the room and when she came back she saw the plastic handle on the couch with the pup, but no blade.  After searching everywhere, she rushed the dog to the vet, where they did an x-ray and there was the blade in broken into small pieces.

The vet advised she soak cotton balls in yogurt and let the dog eat the cotton balls.  So that is what she did, and it WORKED!  All the pieces of the blade came out with the cotton balls wrapped around them.

I had never heard of this, so I did some quick google searches and found some tips.

If you suspect your dog ate something sharp make sure:

  • To use real cotton balls (not the imitation cotton kind)
  • Shred the cotton balls into little pieces and soak them in yogurt, sour cream, pudding (not chocolate), or any other goopy substance your pup will eat.
  • Choose the correct amount of cotton balls (don’t overdo it):
    • 5-10 lbs feed- 2 cotton balls.
    • 10-50 lbs feed – 3-5 cotton balls.
    • 50 + lbs feed – 5-7 cotton balls.
  • Feed the cotton balls to your dog

Why it works:

All those little fibers move through the gastrointestinal tract and wrap around the sharp pieces, pulling them out safely.

You should see the cotton balls come out within 12-24 hours, if you see bloody or a tarry stool then you need to rush your pup to the vet.




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Mushrooms and Dogs

This has been the rainiest year on record here in Southern Maryland and mushrooms are EVERYWHERE.

I never worried too much about them, but our newest rescue pup, Menia, will eat ANYTHING.

So I’ve been out in the yard scooping mushrooms along with poop and avoiding them on our daily walk.

Here’s an article about mushrooms that are bad for dogs.


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National Walk Your Dog Week

It’s National Walk Your Dog Week and an opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of obesity and a lack of physical and mental stimulation for canine companions

Changing Up Your Dog Walks

  • Potty walks are purposeful walks, and are usually quick.
  • Mentally stimulating walks allow your dog to stop, explore, sniff and send pee-mail and so on. Most dogs on a leash don’t get to spend as much time sniffing and investigating as they would like. Allowing your canine companion some time to do doggy stuff is good for him mentally. Dogs gain knowledge of the world through their noses.
  • Power walks during which you and your dog move at a pace of 4 to 4.5 miles an hour (about a 15-minute mile), will help him get the aerobic exercise he needs for good cardiovascular health. During these brisk walks there’s no stopping to smell the roses.
  • Training walks can be about improving leash manners, learning basic or advanced obedience commands, ongoing socialization — just about anything you can think of that can be done on a leashed walk.

Our dogs depend on us for their quality of life. Walking your dog every day and taking advantage of different types of walks to stimulate her mentally and physically will help her be well balanced, healthy and happy throughout her life.


October 2, 2018   No Comments