A dog urine specimen is a very simple thing to obtain. Use a large plastic container to collect the first morning specimen, then pour it into a smaller container to bring to your veterinarian. Label the specimen with your dog’s name and date of birth.
Please bring the specimen with you on your next vet visit. If you don’t…the veterinarian will get the specimen by extracting the urine with a needle into your dog’s bladder. Your veterinarian, most likely, won’t tell you how he/she will obtain the specimen–and hope you won’t ask; you will see a collection fee on your bill.
Why would anyone take a risk like this? Think about a possible resulting infection, and/or puncture of the surrounding abdominal structures? I can’t imagine any person in their right mind allowing a physician to get a urine specimen from them by extracting it with a needle into their bladder. Please don’t do it to your dog!
Recently, I was socializing with Tara, Galtee’s friend since puppyhood, when I noticed that her front teeth were missing. I asked her mom about it. She told me that when Tara was a puppy, a Banfield veterinarian recommended that she have her “puppy teeth” extracted to make room for her permanent teeth. The veterinarian removed Tara’s “puppy teeth”–the problem was…they were actually her permanent teeth!
Tara’s mom was a new dog mom at that time, and thought the veterinarian was giving her the best professional advice for her dog. This beautiful boxer is now 9 years old, and has gone through life without her front teeth. Some veterinarians are really evil–can’t think of a better word for such incompetence–or was it greed? Next time we go to a veterinarian, we should check the parking lot–if it’s got Ferraris and Maseratis–maybe it would be a good idea to change veterinarians. I’ve read on the internet that Banfield has been sued many times for malpractice.
When Galtee was attacked and almost killed by a roaming Malamute last November, I chose to be proactive and get protection for us. I bought a Vipertec Stun Gun–which I lost at the park a few weeks later. This new Vipertec that I bought recently on www.amazon.com, is smaller, lighter, easier to hold, and looks like an old cell phone; it has the same nasty buzzing sound to scare away fighting dogs and people. It also functions as a bright flash light. I prefer the on/off side button which is easier to turn on. This Vipertec Stun Gun is a great remedy against an attacking dog, and the buzzer may be enough to scare away an attacker.
Just got the results of Galtee’s “Pet Wellness Life Stress Scan” from Glacier Peaks Holistics. It cost $99 at our local Healthy Pet store. It’s on line for $86 including shipping at www.glacierpeakholistics.com. It tested 300+ “food and environmental stressors and triggers.”
I was surprised at a few of the positive results, especially the coconut oil and almonds. The red alert chicken result was not a surprise, this includes chicken eggs…and I have been making egg shell powder!
Galtee has been chewing his right paw for 3 days. He had a very small pinkish irritated area on one of his paw pads. The area looked as if he had scraped it on something. I soaked his foot in a solution of vinegar and water 1:4 ratio twice a day and applied hydrocortisone cream. The pink area improved, but he still wanted to chew his paw off when I removed his shoe and sock. I called the VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance) consultant hotline, and the veterinarian said that he might have a splint in his paw and I should take him to a veterinarian to have it checked. So, Friday I called the vet’s office. They advised me to bring him in Saturday morning. Galtee did not cooperate with the exam, and the very patient veterinarian (really unusual) spent some time trying to evaluate his paw. She thought that he probably was suffering from a venomous insect bite; she said Galtee was experiencing pain in his paw. She said this is very common–it could have been a spider bite, but more likely some other venomous insect. She recommend that I stop soaking his foot and use Pramosoothe Spray three times a day, Damp Heat Derma Relief (Chinese herbs) 2 twice a day, and Benadryl 25-50 mgs twice a day. Galtee has been much calmer since I started his treatments yesterday, but I still have to keep the shoe and sock on. His veterinarian said the venom bite effect might last for 10-14 days. This is the first time I have heard about a venomous insect bite on dogs. Can’t imagine where he got it–the park, the backyard, ?.
Just mailed in samples of Galtee’s saliva and fur to Glacier Peak Holistics for a Pet Wellness/Life Stress Scan. They test 300+ food and environmental stressors and triggers. Cost $99.99 at our local Healthy Pet store. It’s online for $85 including shipping. Results will arrive in 10-14 days.
Keep your dog happy with these healthy Omega-3 treats!
Sardines are Galtee’s favorite treats. On www.drmercola.com, the veterinarian Karen Becker, DVM, recommends adding sardines to our dog’s diet for the Omega-3 fatty acids that he/she needs.
I found these at Trader Joe’s. Sardines in spring water, wild and unsalted: 1.300mg per serving. A serving is one can. Only $1.29 for a drained weight of 2.96 oz. There are 3 or 4 sardines in each can. I give Galtee 2 sardines a day.
Last week Galtee started chewing his feet again. He didn’t have any broken skin, hot spots, or skin irritation. Hot weather seems to be a factor in causing itchy dog feet. I had been reading articles on yeast in dogs at www.drmercola.com, and the veterinarian, Dr. Karen Becker, recommended soaking itchy paws in a mixture of vinegar and water. So, twice a day, after each walk, I soaked Galtee’s feet in 4 cups of filtered water and one cupof white vinegar. On the third day of treatments, he stopped chewing his feet. And because our weather is still hot, I continue to soak his feet at night only. So far this remedy has worked. In previous years I used sprays, creams, and herbs; sometimes they worked. I love this easy fix vinegar remedy for itchy dog feet.
4 cups Toasted Oatmeal (use Vitamix to grind into flour)
I cup Pineapple juice
1/4 cup Coconut oil
12 Pitted Dates
1 tsp. Vanilla
Orange zest (of 3 or 4 oranges)
Pinch of salt
Puree dates in Pineapple juice and Coconut oil, add eggs, Vanilla, Orange zest, pinch of salt. Then add liquid to Oatmeal flour and mix/blend together. Put mixture in refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
Line bottom of baking tray with foil and use a teaspoon to measure and drop mixture onto tray.
Bake for 10 minutes, turn cookies and bake for another 5-10 minutes (depends on oven). I like to turn off the oven and leave cookies to get crispy overnight.
Your dog/s will love them!
Galtee eats a home-cooked diet; I like to add eggshell powder to his meals to give him the calcium and phosphorous that he needs.
I collect organic eggshells and store them in a covered container in the freezer until the container is full. Then, I boil them in water for 15 minutes; drain the water, and place the eggshells in a 300 degree oven for 5 minutes. I turn the oven off and leave the eggshells to dry over-night. Next day, I pulverize them to a fine powder in the Vitamix, and I store them in a covered container in the refrigerator.
I give Galtee 1/2 tsp. twice a day with his food.
After Galtee was so viciously attacked last Sunday, I resolved to take serious action to prevent another such incident. Our friend Lynn suggested a remedy—a stun-gun; I ordered Vipertek from www.amazon.com. It cost about $32 including tax and shipping.
Just got it today. It needs to be charged for 10-12 hours. After a 2 hour charge, I tested it. The flashlight is very bright, and the very loud buzzing sound alone would deter an attack, or would scare an attacking animal. Galtee was so scared by the buzzing sound that he ran upstairs and didn’t come down for an hour.
The metal prongs in front of the flashlight are the contact points to shock an attacker. I hope I will never have to use it—I think the buzzing sound alone is the answer. The Vipertek is the perfect remedy todefend against an attacking animal. THANK YOU LYNN! Stun-Guns are legal in California…see Penal Code 12650.
Galtee was prescribed Rimadyl (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carprofen) yesterday for his eye bruising, neck bruising, and bite wounds. After I gave him his first dose, I researched Rimadyl: it’s side-effects are horrific–they include death.
Because his veterinarian said he was in pain, I gave him the two doses yesterday–he experienced no side effects. This morning he ate his breakfast, and a little while later I cooked 1/2 tsp of Turmeric in coconut oil with green lentils and buffalo. I was surprised that he gulped it down.
I have decided not to give him any more Rimadyl and just continue with the Turmeric. I think the best remedy forGaltee’s neck bruising and bite wounds is Turmeric–a natural anti-inflammatory agent. TURMERIC: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and…
After the Husky attacked Galtee on Sunday, I thought that he didn’t have any injuries. He has a double black coat, so it’s difficult to see wounds. Sunday night, I discovered a scratch under his right eye and puncture bites on his neck. I applied Neosporin ointment to each wound and assumed he was ok.
This morning, Tuesday, he woke up with a bloodshot right eye; I called the VPI (Ask A Vet) hotline. The vet-tech advised me to take him to a veterinarian as the bloodshot eye might be from internal eye damage or some kind of concussion.
We made an appointment with Dr. Elizabeth Craig at Veterinary Speciality & Emergency Center. She noted the scratch and puncture bites, and discovered a large bruise on the right side of Galtee’s neck. She said the bloodshot eye resulted from his head being shaken during the husky attack. She recommended 3 days of Rimadyl for pain and antibiotics for the bite wounds. I declined the antibiotics because of Galtee’s history of systemic yeast. She said that teeth bites inject large amounts of bacteria into the blood stream and if the bruise/swelling gets larger or tender I will need to return for the antibiotics. She advised against applying Neosporin to open wounds as directed on the Neosporin Warnings literature…it’s “for external use only”.
I researched Rimadyl after I gave Galtee his first dose…it has nasty side effects…including death. I’m scared!
Early this afternoon Galtee was attacked at Russell Park. We were just starting our walk when we were approached by a stray Husky and a Labrador Retriever. The Husky sniffed Galtee and immediately attacked him. He had Galtee pinned down underneath him; it looked as if he were going to kill Galtee. I reached down to unleash Galtee and beat the Husky with the leash. After a few seconds of beating and screaming, the Husky walked away. I then realized what a dangerous thing I had done. The Husky could have attacked me! There was no one in the park–and no one came out of the many houses around to help me.
I called 911 and they rerouted me to Animal Control (AC). It took 35 minutes for the AC officer to arrive.
In the meantime, we ran back to the car; the dogs were watching us about 30 feet away. I checked Galtee for bites; it’s difficult to see blood on a black coat, so I rubbed a white paper towel over his body–no blood. It was raining at the time of the attack, and Galtee was wearing his raincoat…this might have saved him from being bitten.
I can’t understand why Galtee has never defended himself when he has been attacked by other dogs; he just lets it happen? This was the 5th time in 7 years!
The AC officer found the two roaming dogs; a neighbor told him the owners were away for the weekend. The officer said the dogs went back inside the house, and he was going back there to put a citation on the door as he saw that the dogs were off leash. He said he would return tomorrow to talk with the owners and do an inspection of the property to find out how the dogs escaped. He gave me a Sworn Affidavit/Complaint Form to fill out and said he would collect it from my address tomorrow–he is required to submit the original form.
Some time ago, I read that the best remedy/defense against anattacking dog is an automatic umbrella–I left my umbrella at hometoday!
Animal Control Officer Vaughn gave me a copy of the County of Los Angeles Animal Ordinances: