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Good Diet and Advice for Dogs with Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis in dogs is life threatening. Dogs that get Pancreatitis can die unless emergency vet care is  started immediately when you see symptoms.

We want you to be fully aware of what you can do to avoid Pancreatitis however some dogs are now thought to be born with the pre-disposition.

CLINICAL SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
Typical symptoms include, but are not limited to:  
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         Vomiting;
·         loss of appetite or not eating;
·         abdominal pain
·         The dog, due to abdominal pain, may act restless, pant, cry, shake, stand with an arched  back or lie down with his/her front end down and hind-quarters elevated.

Additional symptoms include:
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         fever;
·         depression
·         diarrhea
·         severe weakness or collapse
·         dehydration or shock.

RISK FACTORS:
Risk factors for developing pancreatitis include a dog being overweight or obese, elevated fats (lipids) in the blood, recent eating of a  high fat meal, and other diseases. Also, some medications are believed to predispose to pancreatitis. These medications can include corticosteroids, Phenobarbital and Potassium or Sodium Bromide. 

DIAGNOSIS:

A diagnosis of pancreatitis is based on several factors. First, your Vet will want to take your dog’s history and do a physical  examination. Procedures for diagnosing pancreatitis commonly include blood work (such as a Complete Blood Count or “CBC”), serum chemistry to measure elevations in the pancreatic enzymes (amylase and lipase), and a urinalysis.  X-rays or ultrasound of the abdomen may also be done to check  the dog’s internal organs, as well as to check the pancreas for inflammation,  abscesses, tumors or other disorders.

Diagnostic blood tests a Vet may conduct include a “cPL test”, which is a specific test for diagnosis of pancreatitis. Other tests used include a trypsin-like-immunoreactivity assay (TLI  assay), and an ELISA test for trypsinogen activation peptide (also known as a  “TAP” test). A TAP test is done to evaluate the levels of trypsin in the  blood.  These blood tests apply more specifically to pancreatic function than tests for amylase and lipase.

TREATMENT: 
Pancreatitis treatment usually requires hospitalization at the Vet’s office or animal  hospital for 3-4 days or more. While in the animal hospital, fluids and  nutrients are given intravenously  (also known as an “I.V.”)  In order to give the pancreas time to “rest” and  heal, food, water and oral medications are not given during this time. In addition, pain medications and antibiotics may be given as well.

Additionally, W. Jean Dodds, DVM, provides the following information regarding blood transfusions in treatment of pancreatitis:

“Pancreatitis can be helped to ‘cool down’ with transfusion of fresh-frozen plasma (3-5 cc per pound given once or twice daily).  A Vet should consider giving plasma as often as is needed to neutralize the excessive trypsin released by the inflamed pancreas. They can even put the plasma directly into the peritoneal cavity to "bathe" the inflamed area to effectively neutralize any trypsin enzyme that has leaked out of the damaged pancreas and is "autodigesting" the tissues it contacts. If this blood product is not readily available where you are, please call my staff at Hemopet and say it’s an emergency need. Fresh-frozen plasma contains alpha-1 anti-trypsin to neutralize the trypsin produced and released by the pancreas, but in the case of pancreatitis, it is released into the surrounding abdominal tissues causing them to be autodigested.”

WHAT IS  PANCREATITIS?
In simple terms, pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, a gland that produces enzymes that help digest food. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, it produces too much of the digestion enzymes. These “extra” enzymes then damage or destroy the pancreas, intestines and other organs.

Description of Pancreatitis for Vets:  Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, a gland that produces enzymes that break down proteins to help with the digestion of food. However, if these enzymes become activated inside the pancreas or leek out of the pancreas into the abdomen, they inflame and digest the pancreas and/or other surrounding tissues, and pancreatitis (or more serious digestion of the bowel) will develop Pancreatitis is a very serious disease that can be life threatening and it requires immediate treatment. If you suspect that your dog may have pancreatitis, immediately take him/her to your Vet or take your pup to your local ER Vet for evaluation.

POST PANCREATITIS CARE AND DIET:
Your Vet will provide instructions regarding medications and a feeding schedule for your pup after an episode of pancreatitis. Be aware that a dog recovering from an episode of pancreatitis should be fed a food that contains no more than 10% fat.

Regarding diet for a dog post-pancreatitis, Dr. W. Jean Dodds states that "the liver cleansing diet would be best — even long term.http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/liver_diet.htm

For those who cannot cook easily for their dogs, select a diet with not more than 10% fat. Fish and potatoes, fish and rice, chicken and rice, or even vegetarian kibbles are generally OK.  If they only feed canned foods, which are too soft and mostly water, there will likely be a tartar build up problem. There are vegetarian baked dog biscuits, and people can just moisten and season their dog’s kibble and bake it into biscuits — many of our clients do that, if the company that makes the kibble doesn’t have a comparable biscuit."
Dogs that have had an episode of pancreatitis should NEVER be given high fat treats such as rawhides, pig’s ears, pigars and other similar items. In addition, dogs that have suffered a bout of pancreatitis should not be given coconut oil or any other types of supplemental oils or fats.

Finally, your dog’s Anti-Epileptic medications may need to be changed after an episode of  pancreatitis. Dr. Dodds explains “Because of the previous pancreatitis, the risk is much higher that bromide rather than Phenobarbital or other anticonvulsants would trigger another pancreatitis attack.”  Dr.  Dodds also stated "Keppra would be a good alternative to Bromide."

PROGNOSIS:  
Pancreatitis is a serious condition that can be life-threatening. Dogs with a mild case have a better prognosis than those who have a more severe case. If you suspect that your pup may have pancreatitis, take your pup to your Vet or call your local ER Vet as soon as possible for guidance and evaluation.

Diet Factors of Pancreatitis

While fat is often not the initial cause of pancreatitis, it is necessary to reduce the amounts of fat in the diet for a dog recovering from pancreatitis so as not to over stimulate the pancreas. The pancreas is in control of insulin production, which controls blood glucose regulation. Often dogs with diabetes can be prone to pancreatitis, and pancreatitis can lead to diabetes. In cases like these, it would also be a good idea to watch the amount of sugar in the diet. This would include high glycemic vegetables, fruits and honey.

To reduce the work load on the pancreas following an attack of pancreatitis, a low fat diet is recommended, preferably spread over several small meals a day. Smaller, more frequent meals help glucose levels to remain more stable and reduce the load of foods at one serving to decrease the enzyme activity of the pancreas.

In acute cases of pancreatitis, once supportive care is given and the dog recovers fully, they can usually gradually return to their normal diet. In some chronic cases, pancreatin enzymes may need to be given for life so that food can be digested properly.

The diet recommendations I have listed below are for after the dog has recovered from a pancreatic attack, and in most cases are only needed for a few days or weeks. If the dog is prone to chronic pancreatitis, they may well need to be kept on a low fat all their life, and fed several small frequent meals a day. In that event, calcium will need to be added to the home made diets given here, at 800 mg per pound of food served. For short term use (less than two weeks) this is not necessary. Please remember to follow up with your veterinarian for advice on your dog’s recovery and health needs. Periodic check ups and blood panel levels are recommended to monitor health.

50% of the diet should include low fat animal proteins such as:
– White meat chicken (which is lower in fat than dark meat), with skin and excess fat removed.
– Lean or low fat hamburger, and if cooked, drain excess fat (boiling will remove most of the fat).
– Beef heart or roast, with excess fat removed.
– Beef kidney and liver (small amounts).
– Egg whites
– Low fat or nonfat plain yogurt or cottage cheese

25% of the diet should be low glycemic vegetables, such as:
– Broccoli or cauliflower
– Summer squash, such as yellow crookneck or zucchini
– Dark leafy greens, such as romaine lettuce, collard greens, mustard greens, spinach
– Cabbage

These vegetables must be cooked or pureed (in a food processor) in order to be digestible by dogs.

25% of the diet can be higher starch foods such as:

– Sweet potatoes, white potatoes (no skin)
– Oatmeal, rice or barley. These will hopefully add calories lost by feeding a low fat diet.

These foods must be cooked, and grains are more easily digestible if overcooked a little.

To each meal, add digestive enzymes and beneficial bacteria. The Berte’s Digestion Blend is great for this, as it contains a full spectrum of enzymes including pancreatin, acidophilus and l-glutamine which helps fight inflammation in the digestive tract.

Recipe Examples
(for a fifty pound dog, to be fed in three or four portions daily)

Recipe #1:
1-1/2 cups of cooked beef heart chunks, fat drained
1/4 cup steamed or cooked spinach
1/2 cup cooked broccoli
3/4 cup cooked sweet potato
1/2 teaspoon of Berte’s Digestion Blend

Recipe #2
1 cup of cooked chicken breast
1/2 cup of low or nonfat plain yogurt
1/4 cup cooked cabbage
1/2 cup cooked zucchini
3/4 cup white potato
1/2 teaspoon of Berte’s Digestion Blend

Recipe #3
1 cup of boiled lean hamburger, fat drained
1/2 cup cooked beef kidney, fat trimmed
1/4 cup of cooked kale
1/2 cup of yellow crookneck squash
3/4 cup of oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon of Berte’s Digestion Blend

Recipe #4
1 cup cooked stew meat or cut up lean roast, fat drained
1/2 cup low or nonfat cottage cheese
1/2 cup cooked Broccoli
1/4 cup cooked zucchini
3/4 cup cooked barley
1/2 teaspoon of Berte’s Digestion Blend

As your dog improves, you may add vitamin E, vitamin C, a B complex and EPA fish oil. This may take from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the severity of the condition. Add EPA fish oil at 1,000 mg per 20 lbs of body weight daily, plus vitamin C, vitamin E and a B complex. A fifty pound dog would get about 500 mg of vitamin C, 400 IU of vitamin E and a B-50 complex.

If these recipes are to be fed longer than 2 weeks, then add 800-1000 mg of calcium per pound of food served (2 cups is approximately one pound). You can use ground eggshell at the rate of 1/2 teaspoon per pound of food, or plain Tums, both of which are calcium carbonate. You should also include liver as part of a long term diet. Give about 1 ounce a day or 2 ounces every other day to a 50 lb dog.

Supplements that B-Naturals carry that are recommended for dogs with pancreatitis include Berte’s Digestion Blend, EPA Fish Oil and Berte’s Daily Blend.

*It is always better to cook real food for your dog (pets) for at least part of their diet.  It is even more important if they are sick.  Most vets will usually suggest cooking chicken and rice or lean meat and rice at bare minimum and will then often suggest some low fat pet food; wet or dry they usually don’t like it much, so cooking for them at least once a day is important and then supplementing with something like Hill’s low fat dry food.

Sources:

Except where noted, primary information was obtained from Carol D. Levin’s book, “Dogs, Diet, & Disease: An Owner’s Guide to Diabetes Mellitus, Pancreatitis, Cushing’s Disease, & More“ and www.vetcentric.com.

Dr. W. Jean Dodds, DVM, reviewed and also contributed to content.

Related:

Pancreatitis in Dogs

Posted by Ask Marion~

August 18, 2011 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Dogs, Holistic Pet Health, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Friendship and Love, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Pet Recipes, Pets, responsible pet ownership | , , | 27 Comments

Retired disabled military dog Rocky dies if not adopted — Pets For Patriots Blog

Retired disabled military dog Rocky dies if not adopted — Pets For Patriots Blog
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Three tours in Iraq and they want to kill this Marine.  Disgusting end for one of our veterans. Our military should stand by our K-9 soldiers or leave them alone.   I have forwarded this article on to my congressman.  Prayers up for someone to love and help Rocky.  Read comments after article. 

Carl

http://blog.petsforpatriots.org/retired-disabled-military-dog-rocky/

PLEASE CONGRESSMAN HULTGREN, HELP THIS VETERAN OUT.  THANK YOU. CARL SWENSEN

Retired disabled military dog Rocky dies if not adopted; served three tours in Iraq

Rocky lost the use of his hind legs during his service as a military working dog. To assist his chances for adoption, he has been outfitted with a dog wheelchair.

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Rocky lost the use of his hind legs during his service as a military working dog. To assist his chances for adoption, he has been outfitted with a dog wheelchair.

Rocky is a retired military dog who will be put down on August 24 if he’s not adopted. He served three tours in Iraq and desperately needs a loving home to enjoy his final years. Pets for Patriots is responding to a request to help create awareness of this veteran’s plight. We have spoken to authorities at Camp Pendleton in San Diego and confirmed this story.

Rocky currently lives at Camp Pendleton, his home base since entering the Marine Corps in 2004. He served three tours in Iraq between 2004 and 2007 as a patrol and explosives dog, and returned to the states after his last handler was killed in theater. Since then, he has not had a steady handler, but has continued to serve on base until March of this year. By that time, a degenerative condition rendered him unable to work and he was retired. Typically an ex-military K9 will be adopted by his handler, but Rocky has no handler to call his own.

The base kennels are not suitable to provide the type of ongoing care and attention that Rocky needs and deserves. And without an individual or family to adopt him, he will be put down. He was recently featured in an article about military dogs enjoying a bright future after service, but that’s not the case for him.

Because Rocky is a retired patrol dog, military protocol does not permit him to be surrendered to a shelter.

Like most military working dogs, Rocky is independent, but he has a sweet temperament and enjoys relaxing in the sun. As a result of his disability, he uses a canine wheelchair and needs assistance to do “his business.” He would do best in a family that can devote a lot of time to him, and that has no small children or other animals. As with many military canines, Rocky shows slight dog aggression. More than anything, Rocky needs someone who honors his service, and who will love and accept him.

Rocky’s known medical conditions:

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia/Enlarged prostate
Mild hip dysplasia L coxofemoral joint, grade I
Bilateral coxofemoral DJD (mild)
Bilateral neurologic defecits rear legs – degenerative myelopathy
Pressure/kennel sores

If you or someone you know has a big heart for this dog who put his life on the line for our country, please contact Camp Pendleton directly and immediately if you have questions about Rocky:

Spc. Joseph Ramsey: (760) 725-5527; email: joseph.t.ramsey@us.army.mil

Spc. Jade Clarke: (760) 725-5527; email: jade.clarke@us.army.mil

If you’d like to adopt Rocky, please fill out an application online. This will take you to Lackland AFB, which processes all requests for military dog adoptions across the United States armed forces.

P.S.: Our thanks to Military.com for sharing Rocky’s story in a hot rush!  And please share this information with anyone who might be able to help Rocky find a forever home… for his service!!

C’mon dog lovers, retired Vets, or anyone with a big heart… putting this dog down is just not right!!

August 18, 2011 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animals, Change Number of Pet Restrictive Laws. Ordinances and Rules, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Service and Military Animals, Stop Animal Cruelty, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rally Time in Sturgis Includes the Pups…

71st Annual Sturgis Rally

Welcome to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Website

If you’ve ever been around motorcycles or bikers, you’re probably familiar with Sturgis. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota, ever since the first meeting back in the summer of 1938.  It has been held there every year except during WWII because of gasoline rationing.

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The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was founded by ‘Jackpine Gypsies’ motorcycle club , who still own and operate the tracks, hillclimb, and field areas where the rally is centered. The rally was created to promote racing and motorcycle stunts. In the beginning there were very few spectators and just a few racers over a 2-day event.

Even with the low number of visitors the first year, it was considered a great success, so an even larger event was planned for the following year. By the 1960’s, the number of visitors grew to around 1,000 covering a 5-day long event. It has now grown into an official 7-day event, August 8th thru the 14th in 2011, but the bikes in the Black Hills area and side-events last for about 14-days.

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From the 1980’s on, the Sturgis Rally took off; sporting some 25,000 to 30,000 visitors. In the early 80’s it became clear that the Sturgis Rally was becoming a widespread and lasting success. By 1989, numbers exceeded 100,000 visitors. Over the last couple of years there have been over half a million visitors each year from all over the county and even the world, with the peak of 754,844 in 2000, the 60th event (not quite sure how they came to that exact number).

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For two weeks you hear the roar of motorcycles 24 hours a day in the Black Hills.  And you see bikes and riders of all kinds everywhere… fun, interesting, unusual and sometimes down right crazy!

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It is estimated that 95% of the town of Sturgis, South Dakota’s revenues come from the rally during that two-week period. The rally is held during the first or second week in August.  There are many people in Sturgis and a large surrounding area who move out of their homes and rent them out for a sizeable sum.  There are also activities in surrounding towns, even across state lines in Sundance, Wyoming, like ‘burn out’ and one of many wet T-shirt contests.

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In recent years, the revitalization of motorcycling and retired babyboomers as well as new fans of the old rallies have led to increased attendance of classic rallies such as Sturgis.

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The Sturgis Rally is a fun but wild time including motorcycle events and competition, great food, lots of drinking, concerts and a lot of partying !  One of the locals told me it was the best sex-education any kid could have, when she was young.  (Not sure that is the best advertisement, but probably an honest assessment!)  ted-nugent.jpg

Rally entertainment this year included Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, George Thorogood and Leon Russell to name just a few…

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The official rally ends with a huge outdoor concert at the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground. (And yes… being voted Miss Buffalo Chip out here is actually a huge honor and something young girls strive for!)

This was my (our) first rally and what stood out to me more than anything was the age of the participants. Although there are participants from all ‘adult’ age groups, and some teens, the ‘majority’ of the rally folk that I saw, except at the concerts and ‘Buffalo Chip Girlie’ events, where a lot more young people turned out, were aging baby-boomers… some even with their dogs tethered in their sidecars; many riding great distances just to get to Sturgis.  Rallies, huge concerts and the open road seem to be in the blood of that generation and will be until the last baby-boomer goes to the big rally in the sky.

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This is us at the rally… Winking smile

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Ask Marion~  –  h/t to Tim Algier and the UCLA Shutterbug for 2011 Photos

Related:

Special Report: The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally  (R-Rated)

August 16, 2011 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Just One More Pet, pet fun, responsible pet ownership, Unusual Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bea and Wilma

This something different…

Perhaps they’ve bonded over their long necks? Their beautiful gaits? Whatever it is, something magical has brought Bea the giraffe and Wilma the ostrich together at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Fla. According to zookeepers, the two young creatures just can’t seem to get enough of each other.

Bea, 3, and Wilma, 10, live on the 65-acre Serengeti Plain, an exhibit filled with giraffes, zebras, rhinos, African elephants and birds. Though most animals tend to hang out with their own species, Bea and Wilma – who were both born and raised on the theme park grounds – have reached out to each other. "There’s plenty of opportunity for the animals to interact and know one another," assistant curator Jason Green tells ‘PEOPLE Pets’. "Giraffes and ostriches are both naturally curious animals, too, and they don’t shy away from checking each other out."

 

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August 12, 2011 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animal behavior, animals, Animals Adopting Animals, Just One More Pet, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures, Wild Animals | , , , | Leave a comment

Slaughter on the Island: Highjacking the Flag of Conservation

Santa Rosa Island

Slaughter on the Island: Highjacking the Flag of Conservation

By Lacey Biles, NRA-ILA Hunting Policy Liaison

Nestled in the Pacific Ocean approximately 30 miles from the mainland of Santa Barbara sits a beautiful island where majestic Roosevelt elk and Kaibab mule deer roam free. Ferried across a treacherous channel, these grand species were brought to Santa Rosa Island some 80 years ago, but their days are officially numbered. A complete slaughter of these magnificent animals is scheduled to occur before the midnight tide rises on Dec. 31, 2011. Sharpshooters will be en route to the island soon to comply with a 1996 court settlement and 2007 legislation that reinstated the extermination order.

The 83-square-mile island was privately owned for more than a century before being sold to the National Park Service in 1986 for $30 million. Used as a cattle and sheep ranch for much of its modern history, overgrazing disrupted the balance of the island`s ecosystem. The 1996 lawsuit settlement required the removal of all cattle, sheep and feral hogs from the island, followed by a phased reduction of elk and mule deer to culminate at the end of 2011 with complete extermination.

As this is a government-mandated animal slaughter, you may ask where the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have been in the process. They have been curiously absent, giving us a clear picture of their definition of "conservation." In fact, HSUS` congressional allies, U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and U.S. Rep. Lois Capps, blocked NRA`s efforts to prevent the slaughter in 2007 by inserting a provision into the omnibus appropriations bill that reinstated the extermination order. The animal-saving law blocked by the three lawmakers would have allowed disabled veterans to hunt the majestic elk and mule deer based on biologists` harvest recommendations.

The battle over Santa Rosa Island illustrates diverging definitions of "conservation." Theodore Roosevelt was largely responsible for sparking America`s conservation movement after witnessing the detritus left behind by the 19th century`s commercial big game slaughter. An avid hunter throughout his life, Roosevelt could not countenance big game populations dwindling below sustainable hunting levels. He helped to create the North American Wildlife Conservation Model, which used regulated hunting as an essential tool to bring back numerous species from the brink of extinction and help them thrive again.

Regulated hunting of Roosevelt elk and Kaibab mule deer on Santa Rosa Island has been employed and celebrated for decades, keeping populations in check that have no natural predators. Although the presence of such majestic beasts enriches the experience of all who visit the island, HSUS and PETA seem to prefer total extermination of the elk and deer populations rather than allowing one more hunter to take to the field. Again, these anti-hunting extremists refuse to acknowledge that hunters are largely responsible for preserving America`s wild lands and the wild things that Roosevelt held sacrosanct.

Animal "rights" extremists have tried to seize the word "conservation" and change its definition to remove hunting as a tool. Unfortunately, they have had some success and Santa Rosa Island may be their next victory.

The impact that domestic cattle and sheep, and feral hogs, can have on a unique landscape such as Santa Rosa Island is well known. A total of 1,175 hogs were killed during the `90s, but estimates put the number of hogs as high as 3,200 prior to a major drought in the late `80s. With voracious appetites, it is no wonder that the flora and fauna suffered tremendously. Some states see significant habitat impacts with similar hog populations. After the removal of domestic cattle, sheep and feral hogs, Santa Rosa`s ecosystem dramatically rebounded.

So why have the elk and mule deer been sentenced to die when the island`s ecosystem is rebounding? No reasonable answer has been given; the only explanation is that the two ungulate species are "non-native." Allowing the North American Wildlife Conservation Model to prevail through elk and mule deer management would mean a modicum of impact on the island`s environment. That is apparently too tall an order for HSUS and PETA because it would mean continued hunting of a few animals. The animal "rights" folks instead sit idly by as government-paid sharpshooters are scheduled to perform a 19th century-style slaughter, with the modern twist of using helicopters instead of horses.

There are only three native terrestrial mammals on Santa Rosa: the deer mouse, island fox and spotted skunk. With the domestic cattle, sheep and feral hogs gone from the island, a proper ecosystem could be easily maintained with the continued inclusion of scientifically managed elk and deer herds.

Roosevelt elk and Kaibab mule deer are only found in a small segment of North America and they are a celebrated part of Santa Rosa for a multitude of visitors from hikers to hunters. The isolated island population of these magnificent animals represents an important insurance policy if disease ever broke out on the mainland that could lead either species to extinction. Having an isolated species pool, a Noah`s Ark of sorts, can prove invaluable as proper elk and mule deer habitat on the mainland continues to erode because of urbanization, leaving species` health prone to widespread disease events.

President Roosevelt eloquently wrote of elk in 1902:

"Surely all men who care for nature, no less than all men who care for big game hunting, should combine to try to see that not merely the states but the Federal authorities make every effort, and are given every power, to prevent the extermination of this stately and beautiful animal, the lordliest of the deer kind in the entire world."

I believe that the president who sparked the American conservation movement would write the very same words about the Santa Rosa slaughter today. The elk and mule deer herds could be so managed through hunting and other means as to have minimal impact on the island`s various flora and fauna with a continued existence as balanced members of the island`s ecosystem. This would continue the North American Wildlife Conservation Model that has become the envy of the world, albeit to the angst of the animal "rights" crowd simply because hunting would continue. It makes one wonder if these anti-hunting extremists would prefer to see more animals exterminated so that, in their twisted minds, no "suffering" would exist. It is hard to see any other way they would be satisfied given their inaction on Santa Rosa.

Rest assured that NRA will continue the fight to save the Santa Rosa elk and mule deer to the final hour. Join the fight; contact your United States senators and representative and ask them to call off the sharpshooters. If all concerned NRA members join forces, perhaps we can prevent the senseless slaughter of these remarkable animal populations and keep the animal "rights" extremists from taking hunting out of conservation.

Posted: 8/9/2011 12:00:00 AM

Source: NRA-ILA

August 11, 2011 Posted by | animals, Just One More Pet, Political Change, Wild Animals | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Polar Bear: I come in peace….Unbelievable

Polar Bear: I come in Peace

Norbert Rosing’s striking images of a wild polar bear coming upon Tethered sled dogs in the Wilds of Canada’s Hudson Bay.

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The Photographer was sure that he was going to see the end of his dogs when the Polar bear wandered in.

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It’s hard to believe that this polar bear only needed to hug someone!

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The Polar Bear Returned every night that week to play with the dogs.

h/t to Kim Peters

August 10, 2011 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animal behavior, animals, Animals Adopting Animals, Dogs, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures, Wild Animals | , , , , , , | 6 Comments

A BLACK FAWN, ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL

Black deer are more rare than albinos..

I have never seen or heard of one of these before. What beautiful pictures.

If you love animals…this is a rare and beautiful set of pictures.

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Pictures taken by RJ Verge near Beamsville Ontario Canada


August 10, 2011 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animal behavior, animals, Just One More Pet, We Are All God's Creatures, Wild Animals | , , | 2 Comments

How a Dog Can Lose 10 Pounds in One Day

Have you ever heard of a dog losing 10 pounds in one day? I saw it happen the other day. Let me tell you about Buddy.

Buddy is a wonderful, loving 12-year-old black lab that has had a long onset of growing tumors. The tumors are very soft and feel "fatty". They were "lipomas".

A lipoma is a benign fatty tumor usually composed of mature fat cells. They are usually soft, well defined, and just under the skin. Lipomas are variable in size and shape and may occur just about anywhere, although they are commonly found on the ventral (under) surfaces of the chest and abdomen.

Lipomas are very common in dogs, and less common in cats. All breeds may be affected, but they are most common in older animals, especially older female dogs.

Because Buddy was older, his owners thought they would just see how it went – hoping they grew slowly so they didn’t have to do anything with them. 

Buddy continued to thrive and unfortunately so did the tumors (they continued to grow).  The tumors became so BIG that they were making Buddy uncomfortable.

Here is a photo of Buddy before the surgery:

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Excision (removal) of a lipoma should be considered if it is growing rapidly, causing discomfort, or if it is interfering with the mobility or lifestyle of the animal.

So… Buddy’s owners went in search of a vet to remove the tumors safely.

If surgery is required to remove a lipoma, preoperative blood work (complete blood count and profile) are generally recommended. Blood work was done and Buddy was examined and it was determined that it was safe for him to have the surgery to remove the tumors.  They were big and hurting him when he tried to lie down.

Here is a photo of Buddy after the surgery:

Buddy after
This is where the good part comes in. Within an hour, Buddy lost 9 lbs. 10 ounces!

Wow! So it isn’t the easy way – but that is how a dog loses 10 pounds in one day.

The final bill was over $1,000. Thank goodness for pet insurance. You never know when something is going to come up – either an emergency or a long-standing problem like Buddy had. When you have pet insurance, cost won’t be an obstacle to providing the medical care your pet needs.

After a lipoma has been removed, watch the incision for any swelling, redness or discharge. Make sure your pet is not licking or chewing at the incision line. Sutures are generally removed in 7 to 10 days.

There is no way to prevent the occurrence of lipomas. Once they are noted, they should be closely monitored. Lipomas should not be allowed to become so large that they are difficult to remove, and they should not interfere with function.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon

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h/t to Pet Care’s Dog Crazy Newsletter and Kim Peters

August 9, 2011 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, Pet Health, Pets, responsible pet ownership | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Twin Cities: Como Zoo’s baby bison gets a name

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory this week offered its Facebook fans the unique opportunity of naming the zoo’s newborn bison.

More than 600 Facebook fans voted on one of four name options that zoo staff chose based on volunteer submissions.

With 56 percent of the votes, "Bogo," became the male bison’s new name.

Turning over the naming rights to Facebook fans was "a unique way to embrace our social media community," Como Zoo spokesman Matt Reinartz said.

"We have our visitors that come everyday but we also have a huge mountain of folks that follow us on the World Wide Web," Reinartz said of the more than 29,000 Facebook fans. "We wanted them to feel like part of the community here."

Bogo, which stands for "Buy One Get One," is based on the male bison’s surprise arrival at the St. Paul zoo. No one knew the bison’s mother, named "Aunt Bea" after "The Andy Griffith Show," was pregnant when she arrived in November. Zoo staff was taken aback when a June 16 radio call notified them that Aunt Bea was giving birth, Reinartz said.

"We all just looked at each other and said, "What the heck,’ (and) ran out there," Reinartz said. "Sure enough, there was a baby bison laying on the ground next to its mother. A bunch of people around were taking pictures and videos. It was quite the scene."

Bogo beat out "Opie" (21 percent), another reference to "The Andy Griffith Show"; "Thundar" (13 percent), the name of North Dakota State University’s bison mascot; and "Bruno"

By Miles Trump – mtrump@pioneerpress.com  -  Updated: 08/05/2011 03:44:29 PM CDT

August 6, 2011 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, Wild Animals | , , , , | Leave a comment

Kids and Pets

Kids and Pets

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Video:  Little Boy and His Dog

Just One More Pet

h/t to Deonia Copeland and the UCLA Shutterbug

August 4, 2011 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, Chihuahua, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment