Posts Tagged ‘Animal Care’

De-Skunk That Dog!!!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011


Epidemic of Thyroid Problems in Cats

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

I have two elderly cats, both 18 now, and both with failed thyroids. I came across this article recently. Thought I would share the information. My other 3 cats have not lived with carpeting and they seem to be fine. WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) — A mysterious epidemic of thyroid disease in pet cats in the United States may be due to dust from fire-retardant chemicals used in carpets, furniture, mattresses, electronic products and even pet food, researchers report. And while the researchers said there’s no evidence to suggest a threat to humans posed by the chemicals — called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) — they can’t rule out the possibility. Cats are very highly exposed to these chemicals, and the levels in cats are higher than the levels in people, said researcher Linda S. Birnbaum, director of the Experimental Toxicology Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But cats may be a good indicator of indoor exposure to humans, she added. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism in cats include weight loss, increased appetite, hair loss and irritability. Hyperthyroid cats could serve as modern-day versions of the canaries in coal mines that alerted miners to poisonous gas, said Birnbaum, who added that hyperthyroidism is treatable in cats as well as people. Feline hyperthyroidism is one of the most common and deadly diseases in older cats, and indoor pets are thought to be at greatest risk, Birnbaum said. Because of their conscientious grooming, cats ingest large amounts of house dust containing PBDEs. Concerns about health effects from PDBEs began in the late 1990s, and studies have found that the chemicals cause liver and nerve toxicity in animals. In addition, a recent study found an association with house dust and the levels of PDBEs in breast milk in women, Birnbaum said.
Many PBDEs, such as penta, which was used in polyurethane foam for furniture cushions and pillows, have been phased out either voluntarily by manufacturers or by bans from states and the U.S. government and governments overseas. Despite these bans, BBDEs are environmentally persistent compounds, so it will take a long time before they disappear from the environment, Birnbaum said. She noted that the EPA is looking for safer alternatives to some of the chemicals that will be fire resistant but not pose a potential health threat to animals or humans. So far, 14 alternative flame retardants have been evaluated, and furniture foam manufacturers are using new alternatives, according to the EPA. In the new study, published in the Aug. 15 online issue of Environmental Science & Technology, Birnbaum and her colleagues took blood samples from 23 cats, 11 of which suffered from hyperthyroidism. They found that the cats with the disease had levels of PDBEs that were three times higher than younger cats and cats without the condition. PBDEs are also found in canned cat food, particularly in fish/seafood flavors, such as salmon and whitefish. An analysis showed that diets based on canned food could have PBDE levels 12 times higher than dry-food diets. For these reasons, cats could be receiving as much as 100 times greater dietary PBDE exposure than American adults, the researchers said. The danger of feline hyperthyroidism might be higher in the United States, where people have the highest reported PBDE levels Finding could be a sign of possible health threat to humans, researchers say MedlinePlus: Chemical Flame Retardants Linked to Thyroid Disease … 2 of 2 9/18/07 9:09 AM worldwide, according to the report. In addition, by the late 1990s, North America accounted for almost half of the worldwide demand for PBDEs for commercial materials such as furniture and upholstery. The epidemic of hyperthyroidism in cats began almost 30 years ago, experts say, at the same time that PBDEs were introduced into household materials for fire-prevention. Now the disease has been seen in Canada, Australia, Japan and many parts of Europe. Hyperthyroidism has also increased in people. For example, former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush have the condition, as does Millie, their Springer Spaniel. HealthDay Copyright (c) 2007 ScoutNews, LLC.

Vaccines and Auto-immune Issues

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Over the years I’ve worked with animals, I’ve noticed how unhealthy their livers can be. I work with clients to develop healthy diets free of chemicals, sugar, additives and excessive carbs from too many grains. When I work with animals I can feel the distress caused by auto immune symptoms; itchy skin and paws is very common. Clients are amazed when I ask if their dog or cat chews their paws! If my paws itched like that, I would too!
The following article was posted on the internet recently and since I have a Google alert out for my name, it came to my desktop. Please read on: Author: Brigitte Smith Article source: Used with author’s permission. Bailey is a three year old Bull Terrier, and she’s the love of Maruchy Perez’s life. Maruchy is a singer, and the summer that Bailey was born she was working for one of the Disney ships out of Port Canaveral (half her luck – sounds like a great lifestyle!). Maruchy had researched the the breed for two years before she met the breeder who lived about five hours away from where Maruchy lived. Bailey was born in Brooksville forty miles north of Tampa on the 4th of July. The breeder sent pictures of the litter to Maruchy after they were born, and Maruchy picked Bailey out from the many pictures she received while on the Disney ship. Bailey went home with Maruchy some nine weeks later, and she was everything Marchy had hoped for. She was a hand full but a lot of fun. But it wasn’t long before the challenges started. Maruchy noticed that Bailey was sick a lot, with either hives or vomiting or diarrhea or all three. Maruchy repeatedly took Bailey to the vet who usually gave her cortisone for the hives, and pills to prevent dehydration. When she was four months old Bailey was given her rabies shot. Over the next four months, Bailey went from a loving puppy to a very nasty and aggressive dog with BIG teeth. Maruchy spoke to the vet, the breeder, animal trainers, and anyone who she thought might be able to help. Bailey had become so aggressive that at one point it seemed as everyone was saying put her down. Maruchy couldn’t bear the though of it. She was desperate to find a better solution.
After another month of living in fear, Maruchy contacted an animal communicator, Diane Samsel, who told Maruchy to take Bailey off the commercial dog food she was on immediately, and to find a holistic doctor. The animal communicator also advised Maruchy to let the holistic doctor know that Bailey had auto immune vaccinosis. Maruchy did exactly what the animal communicator suggested. She ceased the commercial dog food, and set up a consultation with a holistic doctor, knowing that Bailey was a very sick little dog, and determined to save Bailey from a terrible fate. Bailey showed signs of improvement withiin two days of being totally off commercial dog food! Maruchy started her on a raw food only diet and went to see a wonderful doctor who agreed to consult with Maruchy and treat Bailey. With the animal communicator’s guidance, Maruchy instructed and helped the doctor give Bailey the holistic medicines she needed to get her back on track. For more information on the effects of vaccinations in pets, go here: href=” “>
Maruchy’s understanding of Auto Immune Vaccinosis is that it is a condition which can arise when the body has been given so much poison by way of vaccines, that the body starts to reject one of its own organs. In Bailey’s case, her body was rejecting her liver. Bailey couldn’t control herself and was in a lot of pain, and she regressed to a behaviour reminiscent of times past when aggression was actively encouraged in bull terriers in order to fight them. The liver is also said to be the recepticle for feelings, from a holistic point of view, including anger. Who is a candidate for Auto Immune Vaccinosis? Basically anything that lives and has organs that can be poisoned by injecting the body with the so called anti-virus. In other words, pets are at a very high risk due to the very high number and frequency of so-called essential vaccinations. And because the vaccinations aren’t necessarily given in doses which take into account the animal’s size, small dogs are probably at greater risk than large ones. But any dog can be susceptible. Now that Maruchy has eliminated the vaccines and petfood toxins from Bailey’s system, she’s very careful not to expose Bailey to other poisons – including household chemicals. For information on eliminating toxins from your dog’s life, thereby improving his/her health significantly, click here. Maruchy sent me some cute pictures of Bailey and her playmate, Halle, Maruchy’s other dog.
You can see the pics here: Wow, what a story! I know these vaccinations (not to mention cortisone as well) can do harm and can build up in the dog’s system. I’m surprised it happened so soon with Bailey. At only 8 months old! That’s really frightening, isn’t it? To think of the potential harm it can do to an older dog when they’re given these drugs regularly over a lifetime. When I started on my journey with my Healthy Happy Dogs site and newsletter, I really wasn’t aware of just how important a holistic approach is for dogs. I’d actually always had my dogs vaccinated. But not any more. The last time I received the reminder letter from the vet that my dogs’ annual shots were due, I took them for an examination, but NO shots this time. And NO more cortisone for my Rottweiler’s skin irritations (which have improved radically since I’ve been supplementing with vitamins). I actually expected an argument from the vet when I said I wasn’t going to agree to any more vaccinations. But guess what? She said that was FINE – the important thing is to bring the dogs in for a checkup – the vaccinations are certainly NOT essential. I couldn’t believe it! Why continually vaccinate a dog when it’s not necessary?? I was dumbfounded. I’ve done a lot of research, and know this to be the case, but for my vet who has always routinely pumped poisonous vaccine into my dogs every year to admit it was totally unnecessary – I was dumbfounded.
Bailey’s story (and my experience with my vet) are such an important lesson for you. Now, please don’t misunderstand me – I’m NOT advocating abandoning your vet’s advice – PLEASE ALWAYS discuss your concerns and your intentions with your vet. There may be valid reasons why your particular dog may need a particular vaccination (especially puppies). And some jurisdictions have legal requirements for certain vaccinations. But whatever you decide, please MAKE SURE that you take your dog in for a general health checkup at least once a year. © Brigitte Smith, 2005 Brigitte Smith is a dog lover with a special interest in natural health for dogs. For your free special report, as well as weekly tips, information, strategies and resources for a healthier happier dog, click here for your dog health report:

Cat Pee Problems

Friday, October 20th, 2006

This letter from a vet was shared with me by Penelope Smith. It contains valuable information for those of us who share our homes with cat friends: FELINE INAPPROPRIATE URINATION: The term ‘inappropriate urination’ is relatively self-explanatory. It refers to cats who urinate on surfaces and in places that are not considered appropriate by their owners. Basically, except for the few indoor cats that use household toilets, it is only considered appropriate for cats to urinate in a litter box. Urinating on the couch, bed, wall, rugs, and ceramic tile, or in the bath tub, laundry basket, or kitchen sink is just not appropriate! Inappropriate urination is, unfortunately, too common. All of us have known of cats with this unwanted habit. Many of the cats are labeled as lost causes and either pushed out the door to become outside cats or given up to animal shelters. But the vast majority of these cats can be helped. With a little detective work, the underlying cause can be found. Once the cause is uncovered, appropriate treatment strategies can be implemented and the cats can be taught to reuse their litter boxes. Consider inappropriate urination a message from the cat. Something is wrong and the cat is letting you know. The cat is not ‘acting out’, but asking for help. I have yet to meet a cat that did not, as a kitten, use a litter box.
I have taken in feral cats and kittens ranging in age from one day to many years, and each and everyone have used a litter box. Even the youngest, motherless kitten will rapidly grasp the use of a litter box when placed in one. This is because cats have a natural affinity for sandy substrates. They want to dig in soil before they eliminate. They do not naturally choose flat, smooth, or cloth-like surfaces. So if cats naturally use a litter box, and then decide to stop, something must have gone wrong. The cats are not spiteful, angry, or mean; something has gone awry. The list of problems that can push a cat out of the litter box and towards inappropriate urination is a long and potentially complicated one. The list can be divided into management, medical, and behavioral causes. Medical reasons include any illness or disease that causes the cat to be in pain or increases urine production. So a bladder infection, with accompanying urinary tract pain, can certainly cause the cat to associate the box with the pain and lead to urination outside of the box. Other causes of pain might include bladder stones, inflammation, or tumors, as well as arthritis, muscle disease, or spinal cord pain that interferes with movement in and out of the box. All painful incidences associated with the box may result in failure to use it. Additional medical causes would include cognitive diseases that impair the mental abilities of older cats. A final category of medical illnesses include all those that lead to increased urine production, such as kidney disease, diabetes, and thyroid problems. The greater the urine production, the more often the cat must urinate. This upsets the cat’s routine and soils the box more rapidly than expected, ultimately causing the cat to abandon the box.
Every single cat that inappropriately urinates should be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Illnesses need to be caught early in order for appropriate therapy to work and to prevent the inappropriate urination from becoming habit. Cats are known to hide disease. Inappropriate urination may be the cat’s only notice to you that the he is sick. Heed the warning and rule out medical causes before blaming the cat for ‘bad behavior’.
Another major cause of inappropriate urination is poor litter box management which results in cats having an aversion to the box, the litter, or the location. These cats may then develop a preference for a different location or surface. Owners often have boxes that are too small, too few, too dirty, left in incorrect places, or filled with litter which feels or smells bad to the cat. No cat likes a small, dirty, noisy box. Your cat’s inappropriate urination may be the cat’s method of telling you this. When purchasing, placing, and filling litter boxes, think of the cat’s needs before your own. Different cats have different needs. Some cats need boxes with low sides or high sides, or ones that are open-sided or covered with a lid. Some have aversions to scented litter, or clumping litter, or unscented litter, or the chemicals in the plastic box. So buying the smallest, covered box for a 15 pound cat will not work. Neither will buying the deepest, self-cleaning box for a timid, 1.5 pound kitten. And putting a box down two flights of stairs may invite trouble from a 19 year old arthritic cat.
While we are on the subject of boxes, litters, and locations, I can pretty well guarantee that you can cause inappropriate urination by putting a litter box next to a washing machine that hits the spin cycle just at the cat tries to use the box. A litter pan near a washing machine or dryer is an invitation for disaster. To prevent litter box aversion, make sure your cat likes her box. Identify your cat’s needs and meet them. Trial and error may be needed to find the appropriate mix of box, litter, and location; but it’s worth the effort in the long run. Litter type, depth, and fragrance are all variables that can be adjusted. So try different types of litter, including clumping and non-clumping, scented and non-scented, and litters made of wheat or paper. Also, experiment with covered and uncovered boxes, self-cleaning litter trays, and round or rectangular pans. Purchase multiple boxes for multi-cat households. The rule of thumb is one box per cat, plus one extra box.

Household Chemicals and Your Pets

Sunday, June 11th, 2006

One of the things I do for my family of cats is to provide them with a friendly eco system. I long ago got rid of chemical cleaners. I clean my floors and counters with a solution of white vinegar and water. I also use peroxide for other cleaning projects. Here is some good information on this wonderful product: Most of us have used this product for years for certain things. The health benefits of peroxide. This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little old bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don’t tell you about peroxide, or they would lose thousands of dollars.
1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe ) No more canker sores and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash. (small print says mouth wash and gargle right on the bottle)
2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of Peroxide to keep them free of germs.
3. Clean your counters, table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.
4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.
5. I had fungus on my feet for years – until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.
6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine, but was healed by soaking in peroxide.
8. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.
9. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, or plugged sinuses. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes then blow your nose into a tissue.
10. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.
11. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages, but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, faddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually so it’s not a drastic change.
12. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections. 13. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, Pour directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
14. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors with, and there is no smearing which is why I love it so much for this. I could go on and on. It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising, I’m glad there’s a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner. Send on to others who might need to know the benefits of 3% peroxide.