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Notice To All Of My Readers

Notice To All Of My Readers

 

After having to go through the loss of my friend’s parents dog last month, I never thought that something like that would happen any too soon again. I was oh so wrong.

My guinea pig, Alisha is now resting in peace. Here is a picture of me holding Alisha, my furry baby, and of her getting ready to give me kisses. I loved her so dearly. My friend had listened with a stethoscope and had heard at least three if not four baby’s heartbeats. I was so excited that we were going to have babies again. This was to be the last time. We never let any of our guinea pigs have more than three litters and this was her third litter.

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Wednesday, February 3rd, she seemed to be going into labor to have her babies. When I woke up Wednesday morning, there was every indication that she was in labor and had already had one still born baby. There was a lot of blood covered bedding in the cage. I was a little sad not to see a live baby, but not too concerned because I didn’t know how long it had been since she had had the still born baby.

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She was just staying in the corner being very quiet. I tried to pet her, but all she would do was shiver all over. I left her alone to see if she would finish having the babies. After about three or four hours I went to check on her and see how many babies she had had. To my dismay, she had not had any more babies, but was still bleeding. I thought that she was still having babies, but apparently they were all being still born. It was a very sad time not to see any live babies.

On Thursday, February 4th, when I first looked in on her, she was just the same as I had left her the night before. I also noticed that she had not eaten anything and had not had any water either. I had put a piece of tape on the line where the water was to check on her water intake.

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Throughout the day I continued to check on her and to pet her. Being scared that she was not going to make it, I had my friend to take some pictures of me holding her, for what could possibly be the last time. They are below.

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A few hours later I went back to check on her, but still no more babies. Not knowing anything else to do, I covered her cage up and left her alone for the night hoping to see babies in the morning.

But, that was not to happen. Much to my dismay, in the morning, Friday, February 5th, there still were no live babies to be seen. But Alisha was still very big, so I knew that there were still babies to be born.  But she was sitting in the corner differently from what she had been the day before. Now she was pressing her head up against the side of the cage and breathing very quickly. The carrot that I had given her the night before was dried up and still beside her. Obviously she still was not eating or drinking.

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My friends and I started trying to force water into her by using a small syringe and giving her a few drops at the time. We were hoping that after doing that, she would have the babies. So once again, we left her alone for three or four hours at the time, in between trying to give her water. At around 7:00 PM I went to check on her, and to hold her and hug her just for a little while. I had my friend to listen to her and to see if he could hear the babies’ heart beats. Unfortunately, he couldn’t hear any and could barely hear her heart beat. He thought that she had a collapsed lung. When I picked her up, she had an accident on me.

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I was a little alarmed, but thought that maybe she was getting ready to have her now dead babies. That, she had been in labor too long and the babies had all died. So once again, I went out and left her alone for an hour. My thoughts were that if she had the dead babies, just maybe, then she could rebound and be OK. At least that was what I was hoping.

At 8:00 PM I went back to check on her and her babies. There were no babies, and she was not breathing either. I had my friend to listen again, and he confirmed my worst fears. Alisha had died. She had died from the exhaustion of trying to have her babies. She had apparently been pushing so hard to have them that her lung collapsed and she just could not rebound from that stress. At least she is no longer suffering from her ordeal. I will miss her dearly.

All day Saturday (yesterday), February 6, I was just sort of in shock. I had been counting on watching the last babies grow up and go to loving homes. That was not to happen. Instead, I had to say “Good-Bye” forever to Alisha, my furry baby.

I am sorry that I have been unable to do my blogs during this time, but to me, my furry baby was more important. I loved her so much. I watched her grow up from the day she was born, and I bought her from my friends, when she was old enough to be taken away from her mother. It had been a wonderful time with her, and I certainly was not ready to let her go. I know that at least she will not suffer anymore.

I hope that this is the end of anybody that I know losing a pet to an untimely death. They are having a really bad effect on me lately, and I am sort of befuddled to understand as to why.

First-Aid and CPR for your Animal

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I will put this notice on my post from now on, every time that I copy a post from Facebook, so all of my readers will know that this is not my work, but that of someone else. This, like so many of my posts have, came from Facebook. The article was from Animal Wellness Magazine.

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There is a great article on how to handle emergencies involving your pets. I have pasted the URL for the article below.  I have also copied the article just below the URL.

 

http://www.animalwellnessmagazine.com/articles/cpr-and-first-aid/

 

CPR and First Aid For Animals

Why learning First-Aid and CPR for your animal is a smart move
 

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First-Aid and CPR for your Animal

Emergencies can occur suddenly and without warning. Has an outdoor cookout ever been so inviting that your pooch couldn’t resist reaching up for a sizzling treat? Has your cat’s tail ever been accidentally closed in a door? Have you found a dog left in a car and suffering from heat stroke? Have you ever feared your cat would get bitten by a bee and suffer an allergic reaction? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’ll realize that being prepared applies not just to the Boy Scouts, but to you as well.

Statistics show that preventable accidents are the leading cause of death among companion animals. According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), one out of four additional animals could be saved if just one pet first aid technique was applied.

In an emergency, First-Aid is the initial and often most critical step. Knowing what to do in those first few moments can save your animal’s life. The most accomplished veterinary surgeon will not be able to bring your dog or cat back once his heart and lungs have stopped, but by knowing the life-saving skills of First-Aid and CPR, you can keep your animal’s organs working until professional medical help is available.

Many of us have taken human First-Aid or CPR courses. However, dogs and cats don’t share the same anatomy as us. Although the concept is the same, the techniques differ. In addition, we can’t ask our dog or cat, “Where does it hurt?” or “Did you just eat something out of the trash?” Pet-specific training is therefore essential.

Anyone you entrust the care of your dog or cat to should also know these important life-saving skills. It’s a great responsibility to look after someone’s four-legged friend, and a good pet sitter, groomer or caregiver should be ready for the unexpected.

“I was caring for two precious Cairn terriers and had just given them a doggie treat when one of them suddenly started choking,” said Tina Kenny of TLC Pet Sitting. “As I watched her desperately trying to cough up the biscuit lodged in her throat, I realized she needed my help. I am so grateful I had taken a Pet First-Aid class just the day before. I quickly took the appropriate action (side chest thrusts) and the biscuit shot out of her mouth and across the kitchen floor. There was nothing quite as rewarding as knowing I had saved the day for this helpless little dog, and her wagging tail and thankful licks let me know she felt the same way.”

Cat mom Heidi Fielding adds that one of the biggest benefits of taking a Pet First-Aid class is that it gave her “confidence in dealing with an emergency situation.” Knowing what to do is no good if you don’t have the confidence to react and use that knowledge.

CPR for Animals

As in humans, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency technique used when an animal has stopped breathing or has no heartbeat. It involves learning how to do rescue breathing (mouth-to-snout resuscitation) and chest compressions, by following three basic principles or ABCs of CPR – Airway, Breathing and Circulation.

In addition to these techniques, a Pet First-Aid class should include care for heat stroke, choking, poisoning, gastrointestinal upsets, burns, seizures and wounds as well as emergency prevention. To complete the training, you should purchase or put together your own Pet First-Aid kit.

Good Animal “Human Parents”

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I will put this notice on my post from now on, every time that I copy a post from Facebook, so all of my readers will know that this is not my work, but that of someone else. This, like so many of my posts have, came from Facebook.  Laura Slater shared, Veterinaria‘s photo.

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When animals get adopted or are bought at a pet store, then the owners become their “Human Parents”. As in real life, there are good parents and there are bad parents. The dog in this picture obviously has good parents. He is being treated better than a lot of children. That’s a sad statement to have to make about children, that they are sometimes treated worse than dogs. But unfortunately it is true.

When you see pictures like the ones below:

 

 

you want to see the abusers be punished really severely. I have always said that if any abuser of children, adults, or animals was to have the same thing done to them that they inflicted on a person or an animal, then the abuse might stop. The Bible even teaches “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” in Matthew 5:38, Exodus 21:24. By them receiving the same abuse that was just inflicted on another living body, be it human or animal, is doing just that.

 

 
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Wow!!! This is surely a great and luxurious dog house, with covered patio no less. This dog has got it made. I am sure if his “Human Parents” go to all that trouble for good weather, then he surely gets brought inside during bad weather. Bet there are a lot of people seeing this that wish that they were lucky enough to be that dog if they were dogs. Almost wish I was that dog myself. LOL!
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Head Pressing- A Warning of Serious Illness

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I will put this notice on my post from now on, every time that I copy a post from Facebook, so all of my readers will know that this is not my work, but that of someone else. This, like so many of my posts have, came from Facebook. This was from  Animal Wellness Magazine‘s photo, that was shared by Megan Gaines on Facebook.

 

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Head pressing is one of the biggest red flags that something is wrong. If your pet presses it’s head against a wall or an object, it’s time to see a veterinarian to rule out the following illnesses:
http://www.animalwellnessmagazine.com/…/head-pressing-a-wa…/

 

Head Pressing- A Warning of Serious Illness

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Have you ever seen a dog or cat press their head against the wall? It kind of looks adorable, but it isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Head pressing is one of the biggest red flags that something is wrong. If your pet presses it’s head against a wall or an object, it’s time to see a veterinarian to rule out the following illnesses:

  • toxic poisoning
  • brain tumor
  • liver shunt
  • metabolic disorder
  • prosencephalon disease
  • encephalitis
  • infection of the nervous system
  • stroke

Toxic Poisoning

A number of toxic chemicals can poison our dogs and cats. Certain foods, such as grapes and chocolate, can also cause toxic poisoning. Toxicity can eventually lead to a whole host of other health problems including cancer, arthritis, liver disease, and immune system and neurological disorders. Learn more about toxicity here.

Brain Tumors

A primary brain tumor occurs from cells normally found within the brain and its membranes, while a secondary brain tumor is the result of cancer or another tumor that has spread into the tissues of the brain. In addition to head pressing, symptoms include seizures, abnormal behavior, vision and mobility problems, and hyper-sensitivity to touch or pain around the neck and skull.

Liver Shunt

A liver shunt is a condition in which blood flow to and through the liver is compromised. It causes blood from the intestinal tract to bypass the liver and flow directly into the systemic bloodstream. This prevents the by-products from digested and absorbed food from being processed by the liver and removed from circulation. So the by-products remain in the bloodstream and can adversely affect some animals. One of the main symptoms is urate crystals and urate stones.

Metabolic Disorders

This is a broad category that encompasses hyper or hyponatremia, hepatic encephalopathy, hypoglycemia, and more. Metabolic disorders can be genetic or acquired and affect the body’s energy production and can damage tissues. Learn more.

Prosencephalon Disease

Pacing, circling, vision problems, seizures, changes in behavior, and damaged reflexes are other symptoms of prosencephalon disease. With this disease, the forebrain and thalamus parts of the brain are affected.

Encephalitis

Inflammation of the brain can be caused by many factors, including reactions to vaccines and viral infections. Seizures, lethargy, and mobility issues are other symptoms.

Infection of the Nervous System

Rabies, parasites, and bacterial, viral, or fungal infections all affect the nervous system. These infections can be contracted through insect and animal bites, and from exposure to bacteria and viruses found in food and in the environment. Infections such as these are very serious and require immediate veterinary treatment.

Stroke

Nancy Scanlan, DVM, advises that stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted and is caused by a blood clot or ruptured blood vessel. Other symptoms of stroke include dizziness, staggering, falling, seizures, eyes flicking back and forth, sudden or gradual collapse, and a twisted or distortion of the neck or torso. Many factors can lead to stroke, including encephalitis, toxic poisoning, cancer, kidney disease, and more. If your pet has any of these symptoms, please see a veterinarian immediately. For more info on strokes, read Nancy Scanlan’s article here.

Head pressing is almost always an indication of one of the above illnesses and is not a symptom that should be taken lightly or treated at home. However, it should not be confused with affectionate head butting or playfulness that is common in dogs and cats. By recognizing the other symptoms that often accompany head pressing and seeking veterinarian attention, you can save your pet’s life.

 

Eight Great Dane Pictures That Will Bring A Smile To Your Face

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I will put this notice on my post from now on, every time that I copy a post from Facebook, so all of my readers will know that this is not my work, but that of someone else. This, like so many of my posts have, came from Facebook.

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Eight Great Dane Pictures that will Bring a Smile to your Face

 

Few breeds make their owners laugh and smile like the Great Dane. They’re goofy without trying and have a one-of-a-kind personality.

Each of the pictures below show us why we love Great Danes so much. They’re happy, energetic, serious-looking sometimes but still very adorable. They let us do things to them for our amusement, like putting a frog on their head while we take a picture or dressing them as Darth Vader.

With that said, here are eight pictures that are virtually guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone who loves this amazing breed.

Upside down Great Dane

Great Dane through the door

Dane fast asleep

Goofy Great Dane drinking water

Great Dane with ball

Frog on head

Dane Vader

Guilty source: imgur

Bella The Dog Doesn’t Want To Get Out Of The Water

This video may seem funny to most people, but i feel a little uneasy about it. It is my opinion that this dog was trying to tell the people something, but they never got the message. Bella was doing too much digging around and putting her head in the water for it to be just that she didn’t want to get out of the water. These people are sure going to feel pretty stupid if something or someone was actually in that water and the fact doesn’t get found out for a few hours. days, weeks, or months. Just look at how churned up the water is where Bella has been digging in it.

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I want to make an apology for jumping to a wrong conclusion about this video. The owner of the dog sent a reply to my text that the water is in front of their house and the dog swims there everyday for therapy. She knows that there is nothing in the water or wrong with the water.

Here is my reply. It just seemed like she was being insistent on being in the water. She really likes the water doesn’t she? I just became alarmed about how insistent she was, and fear that something was wrong kicked in.I’m so sorry. Please accept my apology.

Losing You Snuggles

 

LOSING  YOU SNUGGLES

I don’t think I’ll ever get over losing you.

Something as bad as this I have never had to get through.

As I was never able to have children,

You were the only baby in my life.

Even trying to get over you doesn’t seem right.

I miss you more than I can possibly say.

So how can I get along with my life this way?

When I put the three cats to sleep, as you outlived each one,

It wasn’t as hard as what with you has come.

I’m at a loss for what to feel or say,

And I just can’t look forward to this each day.

Every day I feel this really bad ache.

And I realize I am feeling the pieces of my heart break.

How to stop it I don’t know,

Unless to me another dog will go.

I hope that it will surely arrive,

While I am still alive.

Love,

Mommie

                  January 10, 2010

Snuggles My Baby

 

SNUGGLES  MY  BABY

For fifteen years my heart and life you have touched.

I have loved you so very much.

But this one thing you have let me know,

Now is the time to let you go.

I don’t want to face it right now,

Even though I have to get the courage somehow.

Your suffering got the worst in every way,

By not even eating your treats or people food,

“Let me go” is what I heard you say.

Snuggles, it’s only because I love you so,

That today, with a broken heart, I can let you go.

Love,

Mommie

                    January 6, 2010

Cozy

 

Cozy

Cuddly and soft as a little pup.

Obnoxious as she was growing up.

Zipping around here and there.

Yet never going anywhere.

She’s been so loving these many years,

Helping to chase away the blues and tears.

Always there to be a friend,

No matter how bad the day has been.

When there’s a chill, she warms you up,

To hold her name of “COZY” up.

In the morning she’s there to tell you ‘bye’,

In the evening she’s there to tell you ‘hi’.

What you would have done without her,

You just don’t know.

And it will be hard to prepare,

To let her go.

But this is something that you must do,

And cherish the memories that will

Get you through.

Love,

Amanda Joy