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           Pepe le' Pew Stink Remover

I've always heard that the best solution for removing the stink of a skunk is to use a tomato bath.  This recipe for stink removal was recently supplied by our friends from Parkview Riverside RV Park across from Garner State Park in Concan, Texas.

1 quart peroxide        1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon dish washing soap
Mix ingredients and put on animal.
Let stand for 5 minutes.
Rinse off.
Sniff animal....if it doesn't smell, good, no problem; if it still stinks...you've got a big problem!  I haven't used this method, but I've been told that it does work.

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              Microchipping Your Pet

Putting a microchip in your pet has become a popular method of helping to find your pet if it becomes lost.  Some people think that this process might hurt their pet and is not beneficial if the people who find the pet can not find someone who has a micro chip reader.

First off this will not hurt your pet.  The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected with a needle under the skin behind the neck.  More and more veterinarian offices and animal shelters have the chip readers.  There is now a universal chip reader that has the ability to read any of the different brand of chips.

We have had our border collie microchipped and find comfort knowing that if she is lost this will be just one more method of helping to locate her.  No matter what method, or combinations of methods that your use to identify your pet, you still must be vigilant in keeping your contact information updated so you can be located.  This is even more important when you are traveling with your pet.

There is a really good article that deals with the microchipping process, with some good frequently asked questions (FAQ).  You can find it at the Healthy Pet web site.

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        Foods Your Pet Should Never Eat

Avocados                         Alcoholic Beverages
Chocolate (all forms)         Moldy/spoiled food
Coffee (all forms)              Salt
Onions & onion powder     Fatty Foods
Garlic                              Gum, candies, or other
                                         foods sweetened with
                                         xylitol
Grapes                            Tea leaves
Raisins                            Raw yeast dough
Macadamia nuts

      Tips on traveling with your pet

Step One:  PREPARATION
1.  Talk to your veterinarian and collect vaccination records especially rabies vaccination certificates.  Discuss any ongoing health problems and bring medications and records of your pet's medical problems.
Discuss possible sedatives to give to your pet if you feel that your pet  becomes nervous while traveling. Bring your veterinarian's name and telephone number. Discuss whether your pet might possibly need special vaccinations, such as Lymes vaccine.  Also, be sure to use flea and tick preventative medications.
2   Bring plenty of food along with you that your pet is  accustomed to eating.  Consider possibly bringing drinking water as well since changes in water may precipatate intestinal problems. Bring along their favorite blankets or beds to allow your pet to be more comfortable in new surroundings.
3.  Bring along a picture of your pet in case it becomes lost and consider having a microchip implanted to help indentify your pet if it escapes on your journey.
Step Two:  TRAVEL DAY
1.  Give plenty of exercise prior to your travel day.
2.  Do not feed 4 hours prior to travel
3.  Withhold water one hour prior to travel.
4.. Stop occasionally to allow your pet to exercise and give a very small amount of water during your stops.
5.  Upon your arrival, take your pet for a walk and then feed after 1-2 hours after arrival.
Step Three:  ARRIVAL
1.  After your arrival,  allow your pet to become accustomed to it's new surroundings by taking a short walk.
2.  Realize that your pet may be nervous in new surroundings so keep them on a short leash even if they are normally trusted to stay with you.
3.. Avoid giving alot of food upon arrival and avoid any rich treats.  Remember that traveling and stress often leads to stress diarrhea so go easy on your pet's intestinal tract.
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Another Case for  Microchipping

According to a newspaper article today 11/13/2008, a California couple had an unexpected reunion with their pet cat who went missing 13 years ago.  The cat was found in a trailer park.   It was sickley but the person who found the cat took it to an animal hospital.  There they found a microchip in the cat and was able to trace the cat back to its owners.  Although the cat had lost half of its 14 pound weight, it has now regained most of the weight and is doing well according to the original owners. 

Reported in The Houston Chronicle 

Most of us who camp have a pet, usually a dog or two, that we take with us on our trips.  I know..... some people travel with their cats so they are included.  This page is intended to provide information about traveling with your pet in your camper or caring for your pet at home.  Everyone loves their pets, so we would like for you to share some information and pictures of your pet.  If you desire you may submit your info and we will publish it here on the pet page.
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Laurinda Morris, DVM
Danville Veterinary Clinic
Danville , OH

This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seen at MedVet. My patient was a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix that ate half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Tuesday. He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about 1AM on Wednesday but the owner didn't call my emergency service until 7AM .

I had heard somewhere about raisins AND grapes causing acute Renal failure but hadn't seen any formal paper on the subject. We had her bring the dog in immediately. In the meantime, I called the ER service at MedVet, and the doctor there was like me - had heard something about it, but . Anyway, we contacted the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center and they said to give IV fluids at 1 & 1/2 times maintenance and watch the kidney values for the next 48-72 hours.

The dog's BUN (blood urea nitrogen level) was already at 32 (normal less than 27) and creatinine over 5 (1.9 is the high end of normal). Both are monitors of kidney function in the bloodstream. We placed an IV catheter and started the fluids. Rechecked the renal values at 5 PM and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine over 7 with no urine production after a liter of fluids. At the point I felt the dog was in acute renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for a urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight as well as overnight care.

He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet and his renal values have continued to increase daily. He produced urine when given lasix as a diuretic. He was on 3 different anti-vomiting medications and they still couldn't control his vomiting. Today his urine output decreased again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine was at 10, his phosphorus was very elevated and his blood pressure, which had been staying around 150, skyrocketed to 220 ... He continued to vomit and the owners elected toEuthanize.

This is a very sad case - great dog, great owners who had no idea raisins could be a toxin. Please alert everyone you know who has a dog of this very serious risk.

Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or grapes could be toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes or raisins as treats including our ex-handler's. Any exposure should give rise to immediate concern.

Onions, chocolate, cocoa and macadamia nuts can be fatal, too.

Even if you don't have a dog, you might have friends who do. This is worth passing on to them.

The Dangers of Raisins

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    Blowing Smoke

Most people are aware of the dangers of secon-hand smoke as it applies to people.  However, few people realize that it also poses a risk to our pets.  There have been numerous studies that have found that second-hand smoke has been linked to increased rate of lymphoma and oral tumors in cats and nasal and lung tumors in dogs.  We also know that second-hand smoke is detrimental to animals with respiratory diseases such as asthma and bronchitis.  Dogs and cats have a sense of smell hundreds of times more sensitive than ours.  You can then imagine the irritation they must experience when exposed to secon-hand smoke.  To help keep your pets as healthy as possible, don't expose them to any smoke.  Go outside to smoke if you must!
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