Pet Diabetes or Diabetes Mellitus

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Pet Diabetes or Diabetes Mellitus – Part One

Just like human beings, cats and dogs are susceptible to diabetes mellitus. This is the condition that occurs when our pet’s blood sugar (blood glucose) is too high.   dog with diabetes mellitus

According to Dr. Becker and Dr. Mercola (an online vet and physician that I follow at times), 1 dog in every 500 and 1 cat in every 200 will develop diabetes mellitus.

There are certain breeds that are known for developing diabetes mellitus. Samoyeds, Australian Terriers, Toy Poodles, and Schnauzers. The only cat they mention was the Burmese.

basket of burmese kittensNow my daughter-in-law’s cat (calico coloring) was diagnosed with diabetes due to lifestyle. But any pet can now be found in this larger pool for developing diabetes at some point, just like humans, if lifestyle is messed up.

The real and very scary thing about this however, is that diabetes is occurring at such an alarming rate which is resulting in really high numbers of sick dogs and cats.

What Is Pet Diabetes Mellitus?

When there is a shortage of insulin, or there is a condition which results in a misuse of a pet’s insulin; diabetes occurs.

Whether it is caused by a reduction of insulin produced (just like juvenile or type one diabetes in a human), OR it is caused because our dog or cat is unable to use the insulin their body produces in an efficient manner (just like type two diabetes mellitus in a human) which is also insulin resistance.

What Is Insulin?   med bottles and syringes

Insulin is a hormone. An anabolic hormone that takes sugar out of the blood and moves it into the cells of our pet’s body for use as energy. Not only does insulin move blood glucose into these cells, but it also moves electrolytes, fatty acids, and amino acids into the same cells where the glucose is being stored.

When there is a lack of insulin or there is insulin that is unable to do the job it is intended to do, then there are vital nutritional substances, (the sugar or blood glucose, the amino acids, the electrolytes, and the fatty acids)  which will be left outside of the cells.

When this happens, insulin is unable to furnish the cells with the nutrients they need and this in turn causes our pet’s cells to starve. This will still happen even though the cells are soaking in the very same, very necessary, nutrients needed in order for those cells to survive.  picture of cells

And even if our pet’s pancreas is producing the insulin needed, if their cells cannot use the nutrition that is being supplied; the pet will still have starving cells.

  • Juvenile Diabetes Mellitus

Juvenile diabetes is a rare disease in pets. In most cases, diabetes mellitus in a companion pet or animal, will be caused by a certain sedentary life-style. Now this is a hard pill to swallow for me since most animals or pets have the energy to run and around and be fairly active. Most of the time, pet dogs are walked by their owner, hopefully at least twice in one day. Some people have a pet dog for the sake of getting necessary exercise for themselves.

  • Adult Onset Diabetes   picture of cells

When insulin is reduced in production, or the pet’s ability to use insulin efficiently is greatly reduced, this condition will  normally seen in about the midlife point of the adult pet dog. Adult onset diabetes mellitus will typically show itself as our pet both reaches that midlife spot, and/or after that pet encounters some form of lifestyle obstacles, which might cause the pet to either decrease production of insulin, or lose the ability to use their insulin which is being produced as it should be.

Diabetic Symptoms

kitty drinking waterSymptoms of diabetes mellitus in your pet may or may not be visible. Normally, if you see symptoms, they will happen gradually and at a fairly slow pace. But keep an eye out for any of the following symptoms in your pet. These symptoms are also quite similar to the symptoms that we, as human beings

Urinating may increase: The first noticeable thing that may happen could be that your pet’s blood sugar or glucose levels will get so high on the outside of the cells that it will spill into the pet’s urine, which will obviously increase its urine production.

If your pet is house trained and at this age, I’m quite sure they are trained, they may even have accidents around in the house because of the frequency; they aren’t prepared and miss getting to the box or asking to be let outside.

Thirsty: If your pet has begun to pee more than normal, it would stand-to- reason that their thirst would be increased as-well. When changing your pet’s water in the morning and in the evening as it should be, you will be able to notice if they are drinking more water during the day and at night when you aren’t watching them. You will notice their increase intake of fluids, it’s hard to miss.

When you can see that your pet has the hallmark symptoms of diabetes, increased thirst and increased urination, it should throw up a red flag. The problem with these symptoms is that they are also symptoms of other more serious problems. Make an appointment at your veterinarian when you notice that your pet is symptomatic for these two issues asap.

cat eating a plate of foodIncrease in appetite: You may notice an increased appetite because your pet is hungrier now that those amino acids which are supposed to be inside the cells but aren’t getting inside, or they just are not being used as they should be.

Losing weight: It should stand-to-reason that any pet with an increased appetite should also be gaining weight. But because your pet’s cells are being starved of those essential nutrients and any energy from the food they are eating is not being used correctly or efficiently by the cells, your pet may lose weight.

Lacking energy and often tired: Your pet might lack energy and seem to be lethargic. Since those cells are being left out of the blood glucose/sugar cycle, your pet will naturally have less energy, just as you might. The pet might not even feel much like going for a typical walk or even want to play as usual. Wanting to sleep more and lack of energy are more hallmark symptoms of diabetes mellitus type ii.  cat is very lazy

Vision issues: Blindness is a symptom of diabetes mellitus in our companion animals, mostly in dogs but can also happen in cats who will become blind because of diabetic cataracts.

Weakness for cats in their rear limbs:  this is called the plantigrade stance. cat with plantigrade stanceThis is a symptom unique only to cats with diabetes. They drop their hind quarters and walk on their ankles instead of normally walking on the pads of their feet. This is a very obvious symptom since it looks so unnatural.  But it is totally reversible once the diabetes is under control.

UTI; Urinary tract infections: It is pretty-common for both dogs and cats to get a secondary infection in their urinary tract. Because there is more sugar in the urine, bacteria grows quite easily in your pet’s bladder.

Kidney failure: Happens especially with cats and is a very common secondary symptom of the diabetes mellitus. Chronic renal insufficiency or acute kidney problems is usually the first diagnosis.

The sugar we mentioned earlier that could spill over into the pet’s urine is extremely damaging to their kidneys. When the kidneys become overburdened and the nephrons (the filters inside of the kidneys) cannot handle all the extra work of filtering sugar, this results in kidney dysfunction. It is diagnosed by the vet with blood or a urinalysis.

Thanks for jumping in here today to read about the fairly common disease of diabetes mellitus which is also quickly becoming an epidemic. Stay tuned for the second part of this post.  Please leave any questions or comments in the form below.

If you’d like to do some investigating on your own about pet diabetes, the go to this URL:  you won’t believe all of the information you can find here:

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Epidemic of Pet Diabetes

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Epidemic of Pet Diabetes

1.  Over-Vaccination is overstimulating the immune system

 There is a community of veterinarians that are really concerned about the epidemic of pet diabetes. They have seen increases of diabetes in people’s pets which is contributing to “immune-mediated diseases”. These are the diseases that happen when your pet’s immune system turns on itself.

This seems to be happening especially to dogs. Dogs, for some reason, seem more susceptible to their immune system attacking their pancreas.  It is the fact that this points to an “autoimmune development” of type 2 diabetes.

These are known as “immune-mediated” or “autoimmune” diseases and they are thought to be caused by an “overstimulation of the immune system”. The thing that causes “stimulation to a pet’s immune system” is?  Too many “vaccines”.

Too many vaccines or “over-vaccinating” can lead to  an “over-stimulated immune system”, which can in turn, lead to “immune-mediated diseases” like diabetes.  This is one scenario that has led to the “epidemic of pet diabetes.

If you compare a human and the childhood immunizations that they get, it is believed that these immunizations can eventually give them a lifetime of protection.

However, our pets are getting sick because they’re getting too many vaccines; this is causing overstimulation of the pancreas. This is what seems to be happening, but as for why, no one is sure. If we are connecting diabetes and your pets due to too many vaccines, then we have to know why these pets are getting too many bottles and syringes

Dr. Becker says “It’s a good question. The fact is your dog or cat is quite likely protected for life after a complete set of puppy or kitten shots during his first 12 months.”

And so if Dr. Becker is correct, and what she is saying makes perfect sense to me, then why is it that every time an already fully immunized adult pet receives yet another full round of the same vaccines, (parvo, distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, lepto, chronoline, Bordetella, and rabies) it’s a possibility that the pet’s immune system is becoming overstimulated which pushes the pet to acquire an autoimmune disease such as type 2 diabetes.

stop the abuse and stop making them sufferThe next time someone suggests that your pet needs to get another set of vaccines, be sure to ask a “holistic veterinarian” to run a set of “titres” or “tests that measure the pet’s functional antibody response to previous immunizations”.

At least, it is in this way you are being proactive as far as your pet’s health is concerned and then they are not going to be re-vaccinated when it isn’t necessary. This will insure that your poor pet won’t be loaded down with useless man made vaccines which might set off an autoimmune response leading to diabetes.

2.  A Sedentary Lifestyle

Pets usually have the same lifestyle that their human mums and dads do. If the parents are couch potatoes, it is reasonable to believe their pet is also a couch potato. Lack of exercise is one of the big reasons contributing to a diagnosis of diabetes in people. But it is quite another reason to keep your pets active and diabetes away.   ready to roll for a walk yet

It is necessary for humans and pets to have heart-pumping, muscle-toning, and calorie burning exercise every single day.

Anaerobic exercise doesn’t do anything for your pet or yourself but turn your muscles into fatty, mushy, tissue. Anaerobic exercise will be a positive force for diabetes and your pets to become quite close if we are not careful about how much time our pet is allowed to lounge.  fat dacshund

Taking control of your dog’s leash and leading him on a purposeful power walk at least once a day will be the thing for him and keep his heart rate elevated for at least 20 minutes, and make it so that diabetes and your pets never meet.

If your pet is a feline however, it will require some trickery on your part. My son uses his laser pointer for our cat who goes bonkers chasing that green light. Getting creative with kitty at times is frustrating. There are times when our kitty simply sits there and looks at us like we are a couple of mortal idiots. But usually, after we have worked at it for a bit, we can get him going.

3.  High Carb Dietsdog eating pasta

Obesity is not only an epidemic in people world-wide; there is also an epidemic of pet diabetes.  There is also an epidemic of obesity which stems from two different places:

  • Lack of movement and
  • Diet which is usually the main and most obvious reason for any and all weight gain and one of the majority of reasons for the epidemic of pet diabetes

A majority of pets just like humans are consuming high calorie, high carb diets. But as in my diabetes blog, dogs and cats as well as humans have no physiological requirement for grains like corn, wheat, rice, soy, millet or quinoa for energy sources.

feed your pets proteins like they ate before domesticationDogs are scavengers and cats are hunters. These animals are designed to burn fat and protein very efficiently and neither species has a need for filler carbs.

But the dog and cat food makers in the U.S. fill these foods with grain or potato starches. Grains and potato starches are fillers for most manufactured pet foods and one of the main reasons that there is such an epidemic of pet diabetes.

Your pet doesn’t need a diet full of carbs, but most certainly not in quantities that commercial pet food manufacturers are using.

There is a big movement today from holistic vets and pet parents who are pushing for higher protein foods for pets. The pet food industry has pretty much been forced to make changes to benefit our pets.

dr andrew jones with his pets

Corn and meal additives in pet food wasn’t getting the okay from pet parents anymore. As we too late figured out, carbs break down into sugar and we are very aware of what happens to sugar, especially if our bodies aren’t producing insulin like they should be.

Too much sugar turns us into diabetics. The same reason there is an epidemic of pet diabetes.

This big mess that our nation, our world, is in today really all began way back when the Dept. of Agriculture decided that we needed a food pyramid.  The food pyramid was to be used for educational purposes all the way around in hospitals, schools, and cafeterias. It was even teaching us how we needed to eat at home.

The Dept. of Agriculture then hired someone to build our food pyramid. But the way it looks today is not the way she originally designed it.

Fats and proteins were in a much larger section and the grains and cereals were in a smaller space. The Dept. of Agriculture wasn’t happy with the design. They were more worried about America’s farmers being able to make money on their crops.  So they moved grains and cereals and breads into a much bigger section and they moved proteins and fats into a combined space and into a much smaller section; right where it is still sitting today.

broken food pyramidThe Food Pyramid is a broken piece of garbage mostly. We ate just like it told us to. We followed it for years and look what has happened to us.

If you don’t believe me, then go and sit in a mall sometime and just observe the people walking past that are overweight and still eating ice cream cones as they walk by.

There are over 410 million people that have diabetes world wide today. There are over 86 million people in the U.S. that are prediabetic. What do you think this has done to our animals? Well, we now have an epidemic of pet diabetes.

Dr. Becker and Dr. Mercola state “All the carbohydrates in your pet’s food – which is usually as high as 80 percent of the contents – break down into sugar. Excess sugar can result in diabetes.”

“Too many carbs, too much sugar in your pet’s diet may result in pancreatic failure, insulin production deficiency or insulin resistance; a condition in which the body’s cells stop using insulin efficiently and become starved of those essential nutrients.”

We need to stop feeding our pets “carbs” and transition them to a diet that is specific to their particular species. According to Dr. Becker, Dr. Mercola, and Dr. Andrew Jones (our online holistic vet), we should feed them preferably, a raw diet.   dog and chow

How to Keep that Epidemic of Pet Diabetes Away From Our Pets

  • Avoid  any unnecessary vaccinations; they can over-stimulate your pet’s immune system and create immune-mediated diseases.
  • Get serious about exercising your pets every day.
  • Feed dogs and cats a species-specific diet with no added carbs.
  • Watch your pet’s calorie intake, and maintain optimal weights.

Thanks for asking about the epidemic of pet diabetes; I hope that this post has helped to understand how pet diabetes is much the same as human t-2 diabetes.

Please leave comments and questions for us below; take care and come back to see us!

If you’d like to do some investigating all of your own?  Here’s a great site where it is information diabetes overload!  Good luck to you.

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My Dog Has Worms

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brushing your dog's tongue won't helpMy Dog Has Worms

I just found out that my dog has worms. But I have always heard that dogs’ mouths are cleaner than their humans. This is so not true because a dogs’ mouth can carry around a ton of bad bacteria according to the reference material found at the United States National Library of Medicine.

Now that the vet told me that my dog has worms, what is going to be the best way to treat worms? The first thing we have to find out is what kind of worms is the dog carrying? Are there other dogs in the home? Are there cats in the home as well? So, unless you have ever treated your dog for worms, it’s time for a little education.

Brushing their coat or their tongue won’t do any good. You have to deworm your pets, all of them. You must make sure that any feces left in your yard or emitted anywhere else is picked up in a pet bag and discarded of safely (so no other pet can get in to it).  We’ll get back to this below, further into this post.

But first, let’s speak about bacteria or viruses that our pets can ingest, in any number of ways.


Campylobacter enteritis is a common cause of intestinal infection. These bacteria are also one of the many causes of “traveler’s diarrhea” or “food poisoning”.

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Campylobacter jejuni

Your doctor or healthcare provider should perform a physical exam on you, if food poisoning is suspected in your pet. She may order some tests for you as well.

These tests would include a complete blood count (cbc) with a differential, a stool sample testing for white blood cells, and a stool culture for Campylobacter jejuni.

The symptoms, if infected, will start 2 to 4 days after being exposed to the bacteria. They usually last one week, and may include: cramping abdominal pain, fever, nausea and vomiting, watery diarrhea, that is sometimes bloody.

Salmonella is a type of food poisoning and it comes from food that may be contaminated during food processing or food handling by someone with unwashed hands; those of an infected food handler could be the culprit.

Any young persons, especially little children who have impaired immune systems are the most likely to have severe infections. It is far more common in the summer than the winter. It can also be found in the feces of other pets, especially those with diarrhea.

If you and the family are out in a public area around other folks, picnicking or camping, boating, or just around other people in general, you may opt to keep your dog at home in a safe area so you don’t have to worry about him going poop anywhere or having to make that proclamation “my dog has worms”. I believe it can get a little irritating after a while.

Reptiles, baby chicks, ducklings, and small rodents such as hamsters are particularly likely to be carrying this infection.

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salmonella enterica

Campylobacter jejuni is the kind of organism that can get into your dog’s mouth from eating spoiled foods, or when they have just used their tongue to clean their potty parts. Dog’s love to eat kitty feces, primarily because cats don’t digest food 100% so the dog is attracted to left over cat foods.

Dogs will also get into spoiled foods and eat them if the smell is tempting enough. They love to roll around in spoiled things. I had a dog do this once and he smelled so bad, we couldn’t even get the smell off of him for a month.

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dirty dog’s playground; game? sniff & roll

My Dog Has Worms; But Then So Does My Other Dog?

Most dogs love to eat kitty poop, which is a very definitive way for them to contract these virile organisms. The thing about all of this is that when a dog kisses (licks), those germs, they can easily move from your best friend on to you or into you via saliva.

And if you do come into contact with any of these yucky organisms, you may also begin to fester up a bad case of diarrhea.

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4 kinds of dog worms – humans can catch them all – don’t kiss the dog

So the next time someone tries to tell you how clean their dog’s mouth is? You must inform them that “it is a fact that a dog’s mouth is very dirty, and just like a human, their dog or any dog for that matter, can pass these ugly unclean organisms on to you easily.

If someone you know happens to say “my dog has worms”, calmly tell them to take their dog home and to not return until they have wormed the dog and the fecal matter doesn’t show any more worms in it.

One flea egg is all that it will take to put the host straight on to your lips, later you lick your lips pulling the flea egg into your mouth and washing it down with saliva the next time you swallow.

What person do you know that doesn’t enjoy receiving affection from their pet dog(s)? I’ve even seen commercials on television where the owner is receiving all kinds of tongue lashings from their dog. This is the fastest and easiest way for a host of one of the worm varieties to set up home in your stomach.  Then they can move freely throughout your body and show up in your foot, or tear duct, or even lodged in your eye lid!worms crawling in a human eye and foot

So putting all of this into perspective, then adding a young child in to the picture as well? They will sit there all day long with a peanut butter and jelly dirty face and let their dog clean away.

Make sure when walking your dog in to the public areas that any owner who attempts to let their pet get acquainted, that you tell them “my dog has worms” even though you have taken preventative care to rid the dog of the parasites. Dogs sniff each other and the nose comes into contact with the rectum in most cases, which is perfect for passing the parasites on.

People might think that the flea eggs will get caught or hung up on the dog’s tongue but this is not so. And they think that by brushing their dog’s tongue, they are able to clean these flea eggs or larvae off.  No, even brushing the dog’s tongue won’t help. Scary stuff when it comes to passing on intestinal parasites to a young child.worms in eyelid

Humans can also become infested from eating raw fish.  I have seen fish that were caught and when they began to clean the fish, the stomachs were full of worms. Imagine parasites interwoven through the meat of a fish?

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Please do not kiss your kitty; you never know where there is a flea egg that you could accidentally ingest.

I hated it when I found this out because my dog and I loved to snuggle. Once I found out that my dog has worms, I put an end to this. I’m quite sure that my dog was confused by the mixed messages I was sending to her. But take a look at the following and tell me if you would continue kissing your dog or cat after you found out they were carrying these in their gut and quite possibly in their mouth.

worm comng out of a fecal clump



And just an afterthought? My son loves to kiss his kitty. Our cat is a full-grown male but he is still babied as if he were still a kitten.

When cats clean themselves, they are likely to lick their poopy parts which were most likely just used in the previous few minutes or so.handful of parasitic worms

When a cat cleans themselves, they are likely to pick up a flea egg or two.  Cats also groom one another, kind of like a monkey does with another of its kind. When cats lick one another, they are surely passing on flea eggs. These eggs go on to hatch within their belly, turning into those little white worms; the tapeworm.

The worms that normally hatch in your kitty’s belly will look like little pieces of round worms removed from intestineswhite rice that are hanging on around their rectum after using the litter box.

Please; do not kiss your kitty because cats are extremely clean and this means that they do a whole lot of licking in those areas.tape worm from a cat

You’re likely to catch yourself a flea egg or two, and they don’t care what nice warm belly that they hatch in; which means that people can catch worms; roundworm, whipworm, hookworm, and tapeworms as you saw in the picture to the right.

If you have an outdoor cat, (which is no longer a recommended home for a cat), as they walk through the grass, their little legs are a flea magnet for a yard full of fleas.

Remember it doesn’t matter whether you say “my dog has worms, so I’m pretty certain that my cat does too and they are all being wormed at the same time, so you might not want your kitty to come in to our yard”!  Animals don’t differentiate which grass is who’s or what the fence means. Hopefully your neighbors and friends don’t take any of this personally.

It doesn’t matter whose digestive tract the little flea eggs end up in, they still turn into worms. The worms then live, feed, and multiply in the digestive tract. But they obviously hopefully have to be killed at some point.

A different medicine is used for killing the worms in a human than the medication used to kills worms in your kitty or your dog.  Let your doctor treat the worms that you have, and you treat your pet’s worms.

Once medicated, the cat will poop the dead worms out into his litter box and your dog will most likely defecate somewhere outside. It is so important to get that feces out of the kitty box and locked up tight into a fecal bag. Note the number of worms that you may be picking up with the feces; there might be just a few but in the next bowel movement, you might get an army of worms.

The same goes for your dog. Do not leave dog poop lying around for someone else to clean up or to lie about with worm infestation in it. DO NOT! Not only is it bad hygiene, for both humans and animals, it’s just bad, no Terrible, immature, ugly manners.

They may not be dead at the time of defecation, so make sure to keep your dog out of the litter box and don’t let him eat the kitty roca when you go out for a walk either! Dogs love to eat that kitty crap and I’ve heard that this is because there is so much cat food that is not digested that comes out in their poo.  round worms in a pile of dog feces

For some reason, dogs love that crunchy kitty litter stuff. Yuk! Here is a pile of dog poop shortly after defecation, those worms are still very much alive.

I hope I didn’t gross you out too much. Sorry but I hope that my post here can scare people into not smooching with their pets.

And remember, no matter what you might hear elsewhere, brushing the dog’s tongue won’t help. I’ve had to reiterate this fact because I heard that people believed that brushing the dog’s tongue would help and I couldn’t believe that I was hearing such stupidity.

The best preventative medicine for you to use on your pets (and thus you protect yourself), is to use flea repellents and flea larvae killer; you can get all of it here through Amazon, see ad above or click here because they are without a doubt the cheapest I have been able to find.  Pet Products at Amazon

I have compared these very same drops, collars, sprays, and even powders to those at the vet’s office or even the bigger pet stores like PetSmart or PetCo. (I don’t use these stores anymore for a number of different reasons anyway).

Thanks for stopping by to read the latest scoop. If you have any questions or concerns, remarks? Please leave me a note! I love to hear from all of you.

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Stop The Abuse and Stop Making Them Suffer!

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Stop The Abuse and Stop Making Them Suffer

Dr. Andrew Jones with a very special friend

Andrew was, as a young boy, an animal lover and caregiver for the family farm animals and pets.  As he grew to be a young man somewhere in Canada he decided to become a veterinarian. In Vet school he saw many things that did not make sense in the common sense way of things. The one thought he had recurrently was to “stop the abuse and stop making them suffer”.

He saw many other things that troubled him in the honest way of things. I am introducing him in this way because I really don’t know his whole story, but just a few of the basics.

I know that he changed his mind about the “normal” veterinarian care he was administering in his vet practice and according to the school of animal medicine and surgery that he had graduated from.

After becoming and filling the shoes of his original calling, Andrew Jones, DVM, or Dr. Jones decided to become more true to the pledge of his heart, and more loyal to all of his clients, all animals; those animals that he had grown up and loved so dearly. He guaranteed that he would stop the abuse and stop making them suffer for the sake of wearing the title of a doctor or veterinarian.

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baby goat from farm

He would have to be an extreme and true animal lover in order to go to, and graduate from 4 to 6 years of college, and then another 4 years of veterinary school while he tended to all kinds of animals;  peoples’ pets, and other breeds of animals such as those from the farms and even possibly a few wild animals once in a while.


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But there are thousands of souls like Andrew Jones who head off to college, grad school, and then animal medical school every year, because  they love animals and want to be able to help them, right?  But these thousands of people who truly love animals get to animal medical school and kind of look at one another when they are told to prolong the life of the animal at any expense.

Especially if the expense belongs to that of the animals owner.  And believe me, there are all kinds of ways to get people to pay for this kind of medical treatment, even if the medical care that they have to mortgage their home for or they are forced to take a 29% loan on a credit card, doesn’t always work.

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I have to tell about my sweet little girl who, because of her breed, had many health issues. One of them was her itchy dermatitis skin. So itchy for her that it drove her crazy and me insane trying to find something that would work for her. We were determined that in order to help her or any other dog with dermatitis, that we had to stop the abuse and stop making them suffer by continuing to give them medications that did nothing in the long run but to cause life threatening problems; she had been on cortisone for at least two years.

So I did everything this vet told me to do. She got clean bedding every night. I bought her the prescription diet that looked like it was made out of tree grindings and glue and it had no animal flavoring or smell to it but cost almost $4 a can. The vet had her taking cortisone which we all know is not something that can be taken for very long.

I was taking her to the vet at Pet Smart; the big box pet clinic inside of the store. They talked me into purchasing doggy insurance because of her illness. But in my heart, I had no idea that what the vet was doing; but it became obvious that the treatment was totally wrong for her. And undoubtedly she was treating other dogs the same way, if this is how she treated dermatitis.

Then the vet assistant mentioned that there was a pill that could be given to her that totally took away all the itchiness. She guaranteed that my baby would never itch again after she started taking this new medication.  Hmm, I wondered how come our all knowledgeable vet didn’t come up with this idea.

We asked the vet about it and she told us that she could give it to our baby girl but probably not until she had totally stopped taking the cortisone. So we couldn’t wait to give it a try and decided we had to put her through this horrible bout of itchiness to get her to a spot where she could start the new medication. She was going to be miserable coming off of the cortisone.

But then when we asked the vet the best way to go about it, she said she had done some further investigating and that we could go ahead and give her the first dose of this medication and that it didn’t matter about her current medications.

That night I watched my sweet little girl just lying there, not moving, not wanting to get up, not wanting to go for a walk. This was not my girl so I called the vet and told them something was wrong; they needed to see her right away. But they explained that it might just be a side effect of the medication and to just keep watchful eye on her.

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My Staffy Terrier

Later, just before bed, my son said come on girl, let’s go potty and he made her get up to go out back to go potty. She was moving very slowly and when she got to the porch, she fell over and she was dying, gasping for breath. My heart was wrenching in my chest; this wasn’t supposed to happen.

We wrapped our girl up in a blanket and carried her out to the car and to the ER Vet right up the street but by the time we got her there, she was gone. She was only 7 years old and a beautiful little girl.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and she is one of the main reasons that I have chosen to write this blog. If we had only been more cognizant of the fact that these vets are in it for pushing the medications, making the big bucks for the store they work for.

If only I had known that there were vets out there like Dr. Jones. My poor little girl was probably frightened out of her head and I feel very responsible for her death. Needless to say, I have not replaced her yet; it has been almost five years ago now.

The reason for telling this story about my dog and what the vets did or didn’t do, is that I want you’ll out there to know that there are vets out there that don’t have a clue about real veterinarian medicine and shouldn’t be practicing. The vet assistant had more information that the DVM had. She was clueless it seemed.

A new medication comes out and there was too little information about it ‘we[ l to stop the abuse and stop making them suffer. My little girl had to die because of the vet and big pharmacy.

The vet from the pet megastore Pet Smart was one of those big box vets and I did accuse her of getting her veterinarian license on the internet instead of going to medical school like Dr. Jones did; putting in countless hours to become a vet.

It seemed like this woman at the Wellness clinic hadn’t done anything except to experiment on my dog and I did accuse her of killing my dog! She wanted me to come in and speak with her but I was afraid that I would attack her had she been in front of me at that time. My heart was hurting so bad that I could barely breath.

While owning his vet clinic, Dr. Jones witnessed what he thought were many different “atrocities” such as what had killed my dog, taking place against animals.  Even while he was trying to maintain the “oath” he had taken while in school he had guaranteed to stop the abuse and stop making them suffer because of not enough information when new drugs were released.

brand new tiny puppy
brand new pup just born

In order for him to obtain his veterinarian license, he had been forced to learn and follow through with a few practices that he thought as questionable. He couldn’t help but feel that there was something desperately wrong with trying to prolong a life when what should have been was the end of any “normal animals’ life”.

This wasn’t necessarily caring for sick animals who still had long viable lives yet to live, or those that had been abused or mistreated by an owner either. These things he worried about and felt forced to do, were even more awful.

He then developed a new motto for his vet health care;

stop the abuse and stop making them suffer

Like the time when he felt forced to prolong the life of a fifteen year old, neutered, male dog that had been diagnosed with bone cancer.

This dog had lived a long and happy life with his family and now he had bone cancer. The humane thing to do was to help end this dogs’ life, quietly, and with no pain.

But while in school, he had been taught that instead of ending the life of this old family pet, that as a doctor, he should suggest to the family that they amputate the dog’s back leg and then while the elderly male dog was recovering from that surgery, he should also put the animal through a long series of the cancer killing chemotherapy treatments that “might” prolong its life.

The family of this poor dog, especially the kids (they loved their dog) would  then be forced to make a very expensive choice and it wouldn’t sit right if they didn’t chose to make the more costly choice.

As an animal care giver and growing up on the family farm, Andrew had learned that “ending the life of an animal who had lived a long and purpose filled life”, was not only the humane thing to do, it was also the right thing to do.

Even now and even though he was an esteemed colleague with a highly sought after position in the field of animal care and surgery, he found he also had to make a decision. One that found him dangling between a rock and a hard place.  He found that he could no longer pressure people like you and I to spend every penny that we had, or to even go into debt, to put our pets through an impossible life saving journey.

He could no longer, in good conscience ask people like us to put our faith in him to make our decisions or to keep spending money for his unneeded talents.

And so it was with Andrew Jones DVM who lives in his home town somewhere in Canada.  But he has changed his position from Veterinarian, Dr. Andrew Jones DVM, to a Naturopathic Veterinarian.

Yes, he did move from his position as a DVM into Natural Animal Care and is now healing your dogs and cats today, many of them with only dog and cat acupressure.

Dr. Jones has also directed and added to his list of instructional videos for you and I to view and purchase, the largest acupressure instructional video to date.

In the video we are able to view how to perform acupressure on our dog or our cat, correctly. This includes all of the acupressure points for: asthma, arthritis, allergies, bloat, CPR, vomiting, diarrhea, pain, seizures, organ dysfunction, immune stimulation, anxiety and more. He uses these acupressure points on pets like ours to heal them and more often than not, acupressure is the only thing needed. No pills, no syrups, no surgeries, nothing but acupressure.

This was Dr. Jones’ way to stop the abuse and stop making them suffer and it works better than any pill or surgery.

He offers this instructional video as a “14 week” acupressure training course. Easy to follow along as Dr. Jones leads us through each of the pressure points while showing us how it affects our pets as we apply the treatment. We couldn’t ask for a better piece of training.

Kona passed away; he was the family dog

Stop the abuse and stop making them suffer! Wouldn’t you like to understand exactly how this acupressure could help your pet who has been diagnosed with degenerative joint disease or arthritis as we know it?

This is only an example of how to use acupressure and the benefits that your pet will get from using it! It is not a diagnosis, it is not a prescription for any form of drug or surgery.

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Oh my aching back legs!

But it is a small thing that you and I can learn to heal our pets completely by administering. It is a way to help our pet and alleviate much of the pain that they are enduring with the arthritis they are suffering from!

You can “stop the abuse and stop making them suffer” yourself! You love them right? Would you put your spouse or kids through this kind of pain if you could do something about it?

What would you do now if you had a pet who was so crippled by arthritis and you know you are running out of the medication for him. elderly dog

But now it has been some time since you have taken your pet to your vet. However, this morning, the poor dog is so stiff, especially stiff and sore on his arthritic leg.

You need some more anti-inflammatory medication (pain killers) for the dog, but the vet won’t give you another prescription until you take your dog into see them, which costs another $75 for an exam by the vet. (Isn’t that the way it always is)?

Even when you take your dog to the vet; SURPRISE; the vet says that you need some “highly priced”, but he doesn’t say “potentially harmful” NON STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES (NSAIDS). What can you do for your poor dog? Every time the dog takes a step, he lets out a little yelp. You don’t dare give him your own pain meds, or can you?

  • Well you could give the dog over-the-counter NSAIDS (this is Aspirin). Dog aspirin dosage is 325 mg for 40 lbs of animal, twice a day. CAUTION: Long term would be a NO-NO.
  • You could go to the VET, and pay the $75 to get the prescription you really might need; again, long term is a NO-NO.
  • Or you could learn basic acupressure which could be used daily, at any time, with no side effects; to alleviate all pain and stiffness.

According to Dr. Andrew, the easiest thing for you to do right here and now, especially if you don’t have the $75, and even if you did, you can’t get in to see the vet until next week? Become your own homeopathic vet for arthritis!

Besides the fact you can’t get in to see your vet, you find out that you have already maxed out your Care Credit Card (or is that Synchrony Bank now?) and you still owe a payment for this month so they won’t let you charge right now anyway; so what now? Become your own homeopathic vet and soothe your dog’s arthritic back legs yourself.

Or you have the money to make the extra payment but you already have something else important to use the $75 for. So unless you are extremely well to do (rich) and are sitting financially like most of us, there has to be another way.


Dr. Andrew is willing to tell and show you how to fix this situation, right now; here you go.

old dog with a walkerBut first, if the pain is severe, and you know it is if your dog is whimpering or if he is making noise when trying to walk? Go ahead and give them the aspirin (not Tylenol, not Advil). Again, that is 325 mg for 40 lbs of animal, twice a day. CAUTION: Long term would be a NO-NO. Besides, you won’t need it long term for this problem.

By using Acupressure on the “Aspirin Joint” you can stop the abuse and STOP making them suffer!

animated dog saying it's massage time

“The Aspirin Joint” is the easiest joint for you to locate and also the best way to start this kind of treatment. Your dog has arthritis in his back legs; at least this was the diagnosis. dog hock joint

On the outside webbing of a dog’s hock joint (the joint that is just a little above the back feet) There is a joint and a webbing of skin that you can easily feel at that joint. The webbing of skin is just above the actual joint. Put your index finger on the outer side of this web of skin using moderate pressure, hold only 60 seconds.

Do this 3 times a day for 7 days. This is the whole treatment and it was virtually pain free for your dog, emotionally relieving for you, and financially it was a MIRACLE.

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the back of a dog’s back leg, the hock joint, and the webbing of skin is just above that joint

Assess your dogs condition periodically to see if it has been helpful for your dog. I bet you will find that you have made your dog quite happy by simply spending a few minutes applying this technique every day.

Please take a moment to come back and let us know if this has been helpful for your dog(s). We are very anxious to hear from you.

Click here to go to the order page for the whole “Acupressure Treatment” video. I think that you will find it is the least expensive, most non-invasive treatment that your dog (or cat) will ever need.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Andrew Jones and the amazing homeopathic remedies that he has developed and offers; here is the website address.

You can take your time and read all about his opinions, the meal supplements he has developed, his beliefs about homeopathic veterinarian care and medicine and why he truly switched midstream from ripping people off, performing unnecessary surgeries, writing unnecessary prescriptions, and how he truly cares about the animals that he treats and their owners. >> Dr. Andrew Jones DVM

Thanks for stopping by to find out more about your pets and the world that they deserve to live in.

Get Help From Dr. Andrew Jones; Veterinarian

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Get Help From Dr. Andrew Jones; Veterinarian

Get help from Dr. Andrew Jones; veterinarian. He is our homeopathic vet. He has mountains of homeopathic remedies, videos he made himself with pets at his clinic, a clinic on how to do acupressure for many medical maladies such as arthritis, allergies, pain control, etc.

He was a really well known established medical “veterinarian”.  Get help from Dr. Andrew Jones; veterinarian! He still is a certified vet, it’s just that he has become a more concerned veterinary doctor who believes in the more natural side of medicine even though he graduated from animal medical school and was very distinguished in his Canadian hometown and surrounding areas.

But he gave it all up to become something of a hero as far as we are concerned. He no longer prescribes medications that are not needed. He no longer performs surgeries that will do nothing. He no longer makes up a condition for a pet owner to pay for when the money is not available so they have to seek funds by borrowing or mortgaging their homes.

Somehow we lost touch with Dr. Jones but I found him one day by Googling him and got a different URL; yeah we made it back to you doc.

I have included his URL link right here again so that you can click right from this post if you want to reconnect too, that is if you lost him as well.  You can also simply click his name in the menu when you open my website and you will be taken directly to his website.

I have included some of the products that many newcomers should blaze in to purchase. But if you were used to using my website to get your pet supplements; they are here also for quick linking. Get help from Dr. Andrew Jones; veterinarian. We made it back, so you can get right back into those supplements and treatments too.

It is going to take me a while to go through every one of my posts here in my site and fix all of the broken links. I have a whole lot of information here at this site, so forgive me if it takes a while. Take a look below for any of the more common products that you were using before we lost touch. The products haven’t changed too much and the prices haven’t either, which is great to hear.

I am very sorry if any of this has inconvenienced any of you during the past six months. It was really more than troublesome for me too!

I have two cats who were using his Ultimate Feline Health Formula. I researched to find him and to get help from Dr. Andrew Jones; veterinarian for myself and for you too.

Thank all of you for your support.



No house with cats should be without this supplement formula.
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Dr. Jones’ Ultimate Feline can help your cat with many different health issues.

Here are the top five reasons for you to purchase Ultimate Feline for all of your kitties!


Dr. Jones’ Ultimate Canine can help your dog with many different health issues too.

Here are the top six reasons for you to purchase Dr. Jones Ultimate Canine Health Formula for your dog(s)!

Any house with pets; this book is a must.  The complete first aid for pets. Get this book and you get first hand instructions on how to treat your dog or cat with emergency first aid treatment!  Pet First Aid Secrets; Complete Canine and Feline First Aid Manual by Dr. Andrew Jones DVM

Get to know those veterinary secrets that only your pet’s doctor knows from years of training that began in animal/pet medical school with this 2nd Edition Veterinary Secrets Revealed; by Dr. Andrew Jones DVM

Thanks for coming to learn a bit more about our homeopathic vet; who by the way, is a real DVM or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine!  Dr. Andrew Jones. He is a distinguished author as well as a distinguished medical doctor for all your pet needs!

If you have any questions that need answers right away, I can generally send him a quick question and get some form of answer. However, you could sign up to be someone on the inside of his inner circle too and be included in his free webinars, forums, etc!

If you need that URL, let me know in the comments box below.

Take care and thanks again for coming by to read!

Do you have a bad dog

Skin Allergies Making Your Pet Sick

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Skin allergies making your pet sick?

These skin allergies turned into disease or illnesses, are often the result of something that might have been treated easily if caught more quickly by your veterinarian.

Skin allergies (or skin diseases) could turn into a much more serious disease that could possibly damage the organs such as the kidneys or the liver.  When we do not seek the advice of our veterinarian quickly, we are putting our pets at risk for health issues that could prove to be quite deadly.

Skin allergies and infections are among the most common medical conditions that we dog or cat owners will seek treatment for.  This information was provided by Dr. Jones online library, his pet health ebooks, and his online Veterinarian Secrets.

The type of  skin problems we are going to see most often, depends a lot on where we live.  Diseases and symptoms of diseases, will often change upon the location we have chosen to live in — for example, if you’re in Florida, fleas and other external parasites abound because of the climate and type of land; swamps, water, etc. The arid desert also gives up other parasitic enemies. Fleas will always be a problem, no matter where you live.

If you notice any skin problems with your pet, don’t try to diagnose it yourself. It is impossible for you to tell by looking at it exactly what it is even though it looks very similar to a description of something that you have read about.

You will most likely have to get a medication to treat it anyway and it’s important to see your vet.  Let them diagnose it and write a prescription for medication if you need it.

You can also contact the American College of Veterinary Dermatology to find a board-certified vet who specializes in animal skin conditions if necessary too.  This is what I would highly recommend.  Do not leave skin problems to an every day veterinarian.  If I had known that I could contact people about my baby girl, I would have contacted them right away. I could have emailed them a picture of her.

Instead I depended on the “veterinarian” at one of those local large box pet supply stores. I would like to warn you right now that you should have very serious thoughts about finding the right type of “veterinarian” for your pet! There is a big difference I think, between finding a hair stylist (veterinarian) that really knows how to “stylishly cut hair” and someone who just graduated beauty school. Do not settle for the faster, better, cheaper, route! You will be sorry. My sweet girl passed because of the medications given to her.

pure breed dog with skin allergies
Pure Breed such as this one has awful skin allergies which is not uncommon. They can be taken care of before they are allowed to get this bad though!


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This poor pup is feeling that mange; he looks really sick and I can’t imagine not treating this illness before it got this bad? Don’t ever let it get this bad!


 Skin allergies and diseases that make your pet sick, can often turn on your pet with a deadly show of force! If your pet has visible signs of any skin lesions, open sores that will not heal, or significant hair loss, get your pet to A Vet immediately.

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Mange such as this takes a while to look like this. Don’t ignore a sick dog!

Scratch, scratch, scratch or lick, lick, lick! If your pet is constantly scratching or licking itself, it could be a skin allergy. “Allergies tend to be caused by environmental things like dust mites or pollens,” says Dr. Andrew Jones DVM, Canada  “They could be from eating certain foods too.”  Allergies can be genetically passed too; this happens consistently with purebreds.

Our Story

My dog had skin allergies something fierce!  We had a heck of a time determining what she was allergic to. It was a game of eliminating things and then replacing things slowly, and one by one.

First the foods were tested.  She went to a totally allergen tested food made by Science Diet.  You have to get a prescription for it from your vet.  Personally?  It looked like sawdust paste in a can and cost almost $4 per can. The small bag of dry food was about $60.  She wasn’t allowed to eat very much each day; in fact she wouldn’t.

The food had no apparent change in her overly oily itchy skin.  The next thing, and actually, we didn’t wait too long to change all of her bedding.  Anything that I had washed with my detergent got thrown out since I had to purchase new stuff anyway.

But she preferred to sleep either on the couch (leather) or on the carpet so I didn’t have very much control over this situation.  She kept on licking her paws and in between her toes became a magenta hot pink.

Medications (steroids) always took care of the problem short-term. After I found out what these steroids could do to her, we cut her off.   It wasn’t until later that this vet recommended a different medication but her timing was all wrong. She should never have given my dog steroids and then tried to give her this other medication over the top of the steroids; We lost her the 2nd morning. I’m still mourning her five years later.

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Allergies between the toes; constant licking turns them red and can cause sores making them worse.

“Allergies are by far the most common skin issue that we see in animals,” says Dr. Jones. ” Did you know that your dog could have the same allergies that you have? If you have any allergies, it would be worth checking this out.  Just because you sneeze does not indicate that is what your dog is going to do.  Your sneeze will show up as a reaction on your dog’s skin, like a big rash or hair loss.  Dr. Jones says that “depending on the cause of the allergy, will show us the course of treatment that we should use to have success in making our pets feel better.”  He did say that “there are many things, many home remedies, that can be used to make our animals feel better.”

(My dog was really ill with her allergies and the vet that I was taking her to left me sitting in the exam room for over an hour before they came in; I even had an appointment.) This was the vet at the box style pet supply store. I believe they added a vet clinic to their store as an after thought. When I made an appointment to see the vet at this place, not only was I always left waiting but my girl was misdiagnosed and given the wrong medication at the wrong time; I lost my baby girl and this was tragic for me since I had also just lost my mother.

How about “Flea Bites”? Video on Natural Flea Control by Dr. Andrew Jones



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A tick as first seen on one of your pets. As the tick latches on and gorges on blood it swells.

It doesn’t matter where you live. Whether you are in a city, a suburban backyard, or a more rural area, fleas are or can be a huge problem for any animal that goes outside at all.  “You don’t have to be a country dweller to have a flea infestation” Dr. Jones said.

The spring is the most prime time for fleas, and even experts agree that our recent mild winters could mean a worse-than-usual flea season. Colder temps kill off fleas, and other insects such as spiders; especially during any snowy or icy spurts.

If you see that your pet has any kind of patchy hair loss, any open sores, or even scabby areas, it is a great indication that they are really bothered with an overload of fleas. (Even if you can’t see them)  Most times though you can see actual fleas on the pet; they like to accumulate near their rear end.

My cat has a flea problem as we speak here. He loves for me to rub or scratch him low on the back; I can feel the little scabby patches where he has been itching or biting himself. He loves it because it is hard for him to reach that area.

Flea saliva can cause this itchy allergic reaction which could make your pet crazy with relentless scratching, biting, or chewing and they even pull their own hair out if it gets too bad for them. The best treatment for this is the medications that are out there over the counter; there are many high quality products.  There are also really cheap products too, so use your best judgment and if you have a problem deciding which one, just ask “your vet”. I can tell you from experience that the store “clerk” is not going to be very knowledgeable about this.

Did you know that fleas can live up to a full year?  When you decide to exterminate fleas, make sure you get everything where fleas could live, like the pet’s bedding, area rugs, furniture, etc. Not just the fleas but you have to get their eggs too.

 “Alopecia”  What’s that?  dog with alopecia

With Alopecia, hair loss is the symptom.  The problem is that hair loss can indicate a number of other pet issues too.  Animals that are losing their fur need to be seen by your veterinarian quickly.

Dogs with hypothyroidism, an infection, or even parasites could cause hair loss.  Cats and dogs can lose hair because of flea allergies. ,”  If your pet is losing hair, it’s important to see your vet because there could be so many potential causes. Some could be easy fixes.

In dogs, hypothyroidism, infections, or parasites can lead to hair loss. Both dogs and cats can also lose hair as a result of flea allergies. Since Alopecia is not a disease, but a sign of something else, a veterinarian needs to see and diagnose the reason for the Alopecia.  dog with alopecia

My dog has the “Mange”?  

Haven’t you ever heard someone calling a dog “that mangy mutt?”  This is usually a description of what their fur or coat must look like.

Dogs, cats, and many other animals, can develop an infestation of tiny mites which attach to skin or hair follicles are the cause of mange.  Types of mange include demodex and scabies.

Demodex is what we see in young puppies most often. Demodex in older dogs might be a sign of thyroid problems.    mange

Symptoms of mange are hair loss and itching.

Scabies is the other type of mange and it is an organism that lives on the skin. Scabies gets transferred from one to the other fairly easily.  The medication to clear demodex comes from a prescription from your vet, and is the more difficult to treat of the two.

Demodex can take months to clear up.  You have to work closely in any case with your vet! See the pictures above for mange.

 “Ringworm” is contagious!

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A human infected with ringworm. It is highly contagious and can be treated easily so this is a person who let it go without help for quite some time. Don’t ignore little round scabby sores.


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Ringworm is a round looking crusty patch on or in the skin with possible hair loss around it.



“Ringworm is a fungus transmitted between animals or animals to humans.  A round looking patch of fur with crusty appearance to it is ringworm and is highly contagious.

More common in cats, especially very young kittens (less than a year old) OR older — cats and any other animal who has a compromised immune system. Mother cats who are nursing, and have ringworm, can pass it when the kittens are nursing.

Ringworm spores can live for more than a year in animal bedding, dishes, and other things that the infected animals have been in contact with. It is a good idea to throw away any items that your infected animals have touched, especially if you have worked long and hard to get rid of the ringworm on your pet. If you don’t keep the whole environment clean, your pet or animals can get reinfected.

 I thought only girls got “Yeast Infections”!

“A little bit of yeast is normal on the skin and in the ears,” says Dr. Jones.  But the problem happens when there is an overgrowth of yeast, which happens with some underlying skin changes or the skin environment is disrupted due to flea bites, skin allergies, mange, ringworm, or any other issues.

In some animals and even in humans, an antibiotic treatment(s) might also stimulate yeast growth causing infection or making an overgrowth more likely. Yeast infections can be treated with topical or oral antifungal medications that will kill the yeast organisms overgrowth and infection.

“Feline Acne”

If you think your cat has a dirty face, think again!  Those black specks on Picasso’s chin might be Feline Acne.

According to Dr. Jones, they don’t really know what causes this feline acne, although it isn’t puberty, that’s for sure.  The theory is that when a cat’s chin continually comes in contact with his plastic food bowl day after day, that it can cause contact dermatitis and feline acne.

But yet another theory is that it is caused by a virus.  Not just on the chin, but blackheads or whiteheads can also appear on the lips. Feline acne can be treated with antibiotics and special cleansers.

There is also a kind of related disorder called “stud tail”. Its name comes from the fact that it is most common with males that have not been fixed; thus “stud tail”.  Their tail gets a greasy look and feel at the base, says Dr. Jones, and even some hair loss can occur. See your vet for treatment here.

“Skin Cancer” just like a human?

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This poor pup has a patch of cancer on his nose. The nose and ear tips are the most common place for skin cancers.


Skin cancer is really common in animals. “Cutaneous sarcoma” is one type we often see in the older animals.

Although there are several types of skin cancer that develop in both dogs and cats, there are two types related to exposure to the sun.

“Squamous cell carcinomas” is more common in light-colored cats, on the tips of their ears and the nose.

“Hemangio sarcomas” are more often seen in short-haired, and light-furred dogs.  Dr. Jones recommends that if pets need to go outdoors, that it is better to take pets out into the daylight when the sun is not at its peak and to keep them out of the sun as much as possible.

These cancers can look like small lumps or bumps on or in the skin.  They can also appear as patches of skin that are discolored and hairless, or rashes and sores that will not heal. If you see or feel any kind or type of skin growth on your pet, call your veterinarian immediately.




When you have a sick pet at home, and any dog or pet with any of the above aches and pains is sick!  Please, for your own and the safety of other family members and other pets, keep the ill pets quarantined and away from other pets, in a warm, dry, safe and quiet place so they can heal.

Keeping small children far away from ill pets is a necessity.  Using safety gates in my home helped me a great deal.  Don’t put their water or food near other animals foods either; wash their dishes in their own hot and soapy water. Wash your hands well with soapy hot water after handling an animal that is sick and make sure to pick up their feces and dispose of it well so that there is no chance that it will get washed down into the ground or into a water run off anywhere.

Here is a wonderful house gate (in fact, it is the same exact one that I used, but I had to use two of them) that can be used for animals or infants!  Pet and Infant Gate

Ceck out Dr. Andrew Jones; Homeopathic and Holistic Veterinarian; Website

If you would like to learn more about your dog or cat’s health, please check out our own online, homeopathic, holistic, veterinarian; Dr. Andrew Jones and his website. He has a whole online library of reading material, and an online special home study course, first aid for your dog and cat, and even “”The Veterinary Secrets Course on Extending Your Pet’s Life“!

I also mentioned above that I would tell you about the vet I hooked my dog up with last year about this time. She died just before Thanksgiving because the vet that I was using was the faster, better, cheaper way. Inside of that big box type of pet supply store with the vet clinic inside of the store; this is who I was using not realizing that they were not qualified to take care of my girl’s needs.

The vet at this clinic gave her a medication that she should not have taken under any circumstances until she had completely withdrawn from the steroids she had been taking for years.  I did not know any of this until it was too late. The steroids that had been given to my little girl were not good for her either; she had gained quite a few pounds from the steroid use.

So, she should have lost a few pounds and been forced to endure the plague of itching while ridding her body of these steroids that were controlling the itch. Because she was overweight, the new prescription cost me twice as much because she had to have double a normal dose.  I was assured that she was cleared of any questions to be able to take this medication; “lie!”

An hour after I had given her this new medication, she began to act strangely and I called this clinic immediately.  The girl receptionist who answered the phone said “she is probably still excited about being away from the house and in here all day yesterday; just give her overnight and see how she is doing in the morning; you can give us a call if she is not better by then”.

Reluctantly, I said okay and hung up the phone.  She did not make it to the next morning; she passed away about three hours after I hung up with that clinic’s receptionist who had no clue as to what she was even talking about.

Please take on and do your own due diligence when picking out a new vet for your pets. Check all qualifications and if you like what you see and read about this vet,: then you really should interview the new veterinarian! Don’t leave your pet’s life in the hands of someone you don’t even know! If you have to and don’t have a choice in the matter, then so be it. You can only do so much but I haven’t forgiven myself of what my baby had to endure. It was obviously a heart attack which had to be painful for her. I cry everytime I think about it.

Thanks for coming to read our post today on allergies and skin problems. Come back again soon.  senior dogdog with alopecia


Yard Plants Toxic for Your Dog

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Yard Plants Toxic for Your Dog


The video above only names a few yard plants toxic to pets.  The best way to determine if you have other toxic plants in your yard where your animal might be free to roam, is to call poison control in your local area. The best time to do this is now, to determine the yard plants toxic for your dog or pets, before anything bad happens.

This is a video by the ASPCA about 17 poisonous plants for pets. 


dog lying in the flowers

I had no idea there were so many outside plants are toxic for my dog. It’s a simple thing; you wouldn’t think that dogs would eat flowers or green plants but you just never know with dogs.

As I have said before, dogs have very few taste buds compared to you and I. What you and I might think smells terrible and wouldn’t put it near our taste buds, our dogs are just not nearly as fickle.

Just remember that while you are out cleaning up your yard this Spring, getting ready to put some new additions into the ground, to get a new completed list of toxic outside plants written by the experts.

If you have a plant that you want to drop in the ground but you don’t know about its toxicity and you can’t find the information that you need; do yourself a favor and wait to plant this one. You just never know and it really would not be worth it if your dog found it to be a temptation and decided, as did Eve, to take a bite.

Yard Plants Toxic for Your Dog and all of those other furry critters in the neighborhood.

I’ve put together a small list of ten common yard plants toxic for your dog and other furry critters in your yard.  While I would like to say that it is complete, it is not.  There are new plants showing up in the market every day with more to come. They say that the list of these toxic outdoor plants is complete with about 700 different species  So use your best judgement; call a veterinarian, consult the library or nursery. If you don’t know about its toxicity, don’t drop it in the ground until you do.

non edible red blooms

Remember that there are other furry creatures out there besides your dog, looking to stuff their cheeks full or have a hankering for a nibble and would find your new flower bulbs tempting.

These little critters are just as susceptible to toxic plants as your dog, but you wouldn’t be able to help get them to a vet in case of poisoning. So, please, take great care and be cautious about your yard plants. Keep flower bulbs in sacks or boxes and up out of reach.  The same goes for fertilizers, powders, ant and slug poisons.

I have done a little ‘digging’ and found a list of ten of the most well-known, outdoor plants. To make sure that you are not cultivating a danger-zone for your furry critter friends, here is that list of the most common yard plants toxic for your dog and many of those furry critters running around your neighborhood;

  • Azalea/Rhododendron: these contain a substances called grayanotoxins; producing vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, weakness, and depression of the central nervous system.  Severe poisoning can even lead to death from cardiovascular collapse.
toxic azalea flowers
pretty in pink azalea flowers are highly toxic for all fury creatures
  • Chrysanthemum: The blooms are part of the Compositae family.  They contain  pyrethrins which can produce gastrointestinal upset including drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea, if eaten. In some cases, depression and loss of coordination can develop if enough of any part of the plant is consumed.
  • Cyclamen:  This species contains cyclamine, a toxin that can produce  gastrointestinal irritation and horrific vomiting. The highest concentration of this toxin is in the root part of cyclamen, though the entire plant should be avoided.
  • deadly daffodilsDaffodil: The ever popular and early bloomer—aka Narcissus—can cause vomiting, salivation, and diarrhea. Large amounts of this toxic beauty can lead to convulsions, low blood pressure, tremors, and cardiac arrhythmias.  The bulbs are the most poisonous part.
  • English Ivy:  Called branching ivy, glacier ivy, needlepoint ivy, sweetheart ivy, and California ivy, IS AKA  Hedera helix and contains triterpenoid saponins;  when ingested, can result in vomiting, abdominal pain, hypersalivation and diarrhea.
  • Kalanchoe:  aka Mother-In-Law tongue.  This species contains components that can produce gastrointestinal irritation, as well as those that are toxic to the heart, and can seriously affect cardiac rhythm and rate.
  • Lily:  Not  toxic for dogs, but especially dangerous for cats.  Ingestion of a small amount of this plant can lead to severe kidney damage for your felines.
  • Oleander:  This common yard plant toxic for your dog, contains cardiac glycosides and can potentially cause gastrointestinal tract irritation, abnormal heart function, hypothermia and even death.
  •  Sago Palm:   and other members of the same genus family, is highly toxic for your dog, cat, and even a horse. Ingestion of just one or two seeds from this plant can result in very serious side effects, including vomiting, diarrhea, depression, seizures and liver failure.
  • Tulips:  contains toxins that can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, and hypersalivation. Although the entire tulip plant is toxic,  the bulb is the most poisonous for animals.
tulips are grown locally here in Oregon in huge masses
Flowering tulips indigent to Oregon is one of those yard plants toxic for your dog; the bulbs are extremely poisonous

My list covers only ten of the most common Spring blossoming toxins.  It is important to remember that there are more than 700 potentially toxic yard plants toxic for your dog; these have been identified as poisonous and can be extremely harmful for pets and even other animals!

Cornell University has a pretty extensive list that you can visit here.  Please visit their full list of toxic and non-toxic plants to make sure that your garden is safe for your pets.

The ASPCA can help in situations where animals are being abused, neglected, OR are being starved which is actually considered abuse and punishable by fine and jail time.  Please continue to help law enforcement to crack down on people who are abusive to animals.

In any situation the ASPCA, the HUMANE SOCIETY, or your local POLICE can and will always step in to stop animal abuse and neglect.

If you have any reason to believe that  your pet may have ingested something toxic or poisonous, please call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 immediately for direction and help.

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ASPCA always there and ready to care for animals in need and abusive owners needing jail time





Thank you for once again stopping by to catch up on or posts on how to keep your pet safe from poisonous outdoor plants.  senior dog