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March 2, 2014 at 2:02 pm in reply to: Who really listens to the vet about food?… #34683 Report Abuse
@ Mom2cavs, good to hear you have a better vet and a good regimen going. Wow, SO for life after ONE UTI? That’s ridiculous. We have an acupuncturist at our clinic and many of our clients swear by it. It does wonders!
@ weezerweeks, what do you use do prevent ticks? I’ve just seen a lot of dogs come in with tick-borne illnesses having to go through expensive treatment, and my mom’s dog got lyme disease AND rocky mountain spotted fever that way. Tick-borne diseases scare the $%&* out of me. I live in a huge apt. in a pretty urban area, but found out while picking honeysuckles behind our parking lot that they are COVERED in ticks. So scary! Huge lot of tarmac, road behind, and in between a skinny strip of trees and brush where I swear half the ticks in the area live.March 2, 2014 at 1:36 pm in reply to: Slowing eating #34681 Report Abuse
@ aquariangt those bowls you linked to are so cute! Akari, how often are you feeding your dog? 3/4 cup for an 8 lb. dog sounds like a lot at one sitting. Smaller more frequent meals might keep him feeling fuller throughout the day and not as ravenous about eating, possibly?March 2, 2014 at 2:28 am in reply to: Microchipping #34655 Report Abuse
As someone who works in a vet clinic I strongly recommend getting your dog or cat microchipped. In less than a year we have had a least 6 dogs brought in with no ID but a microchip and got them reunited, including one who had been missing for about a week and was about an hour drive away from home. I have had plenty of calls of people reporting their dog missing with no tags on but a microchip, only to call in a few hours later that someone had found the dog or cat and taken it somewhere where it was scanned and they were able to get their pet back home. I just had one of those calls
I can only imagine how many pets are reunited at the shelter.
Yes the needle is not tiny, but plenty of pets get on just fine having it done. Some pets will yowl in fear/pain at anything you do. Having it done during a routine surgery such as a spay or neuter is a good idea if you’re concerned about the pain.
While it seems a legitimate concern not to microchip your laboratory rat, even the staunchest opponents list single digits of cases of dogs and cats who had a chip in or near their sarcoma as their “evidence”, some of which are cancer prone breeds, out of the millions of pets who are microchipped each year. While heartbreaking for their owners, this less than one in a million, doctors acknowledge that the presence of a foreign body may have triggered the cancer but that does not show causation that the microchip would be of special concern over another type of foreign body. Two of the cases listed aren’t even cancer related, but due to human error in injecting the microchip improperly. More pets have developed sarcomas from vaccines.
Not knowing who has what scanner, or an owner’s failure to to update the registration is not a reason not to do it, it’s a reason to have better scanners and for owners, veterinary practices and shelters to be more vigilant in keeping records up to date.
Nobody realizes their dog or cat could escape from where they escaped from until it does. I didn’t know my dog could run down a cliff that was at least a 50 degree angle until he was 150 feet down it; owners don’t know their dog can scale an 8 foot fence until it already has; or that their indoor cat would bolt past them that one time after years of showing no interest in that door. And trying to grab a breakaway collar to catch them means it should, well, break away! How is that a fail-safe way to keep an ID on a dog exactly?
Microchipping is not a “false” sense of security, and for every dog with a chip that couldn’t be read, there are hundreds if not thousands who never get back home because their owners didn’t microchip their pets in the first place.March 1, 2014 at 11:22 pm in reply to: Who really listens to the vet about food?… #34652 Report Abuse
I work in a veterinary clinic (not a vet) and I’ll be honest, I don’t know what makes Hills, or any other prescription food for that matter, any better or worse than a quality food from a regular store. I have seen many patients have success with Hills, but I don’t know why. For that matter, I don’t think the vets in our practice could tell you why. And that is the best question to either get the right answers or really humble them. Simply ask what ingredients in either the food they’re recommending or any food from any source will do to improve the condition and why, and ask to see a bag or can and have them go over it with you. If they don’t know and they’re good vets (because they really don’t get enough training in nutrition), they will want to know for themselves and say they want to look into it more and consult back with you. If they insist you stay on a certain diet and only that diet for the rest of their lives, find a new doctor. We carry several brands of prescription food and I know a lot of their recommendations come from seeing great results in their other patients, but they don’t say “must use Hills”… Their wealth of knowledge is valuable, because they see so many different animals with the same issues as yours and have seen the results of their treatments, but a good vet is willing to admit when they need to look into it further and do that. (And ours do!)