Stop The Abuse and Stop Making Them Suffer!

stop the abuse and stop making them suffer

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.

very little goat
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.


cow, calf, and milk

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.

the vet who killed my dog

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.

my dog died last week
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.

is your pooch in pain
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.

the back of a dog's back leg; hock joint and above that is skin webbing to acupressure
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.

If You Are Using Allergy Meds For Your Pets; STOP!

are you killing your dog with allergy medications

If you are using allergy meds for your pets; STOP now!

What do you know about medications or home remedies that you would use to treat allergy and arthritis symptoms? No, I’m not speaking about the more serious medications that a vet can give you such as steroids either; those should be avoided at all costs!

Avoid serious medication side effects by using natural remedies!

The BIG MYTH:  “Antibiotics and Anti-inflammatories or Steroids have very few side effects, your pet will be fine”.  This is often very very WRONG. If you are using Allergy meds for your pets, STOP, even if they are prescribed by your vet, stop it now.

My baby girl for instance had chronic allergy issues.  I even went so far as to get her allergy tested which was $1,000 bucks and then have the allergy shots built specifically for her needs (I won’t tell you what I spent on that). The shots had very little, if no effect on her poor little body. The vet insisted on Steroid pills, before that it was injections once a month. Those, I had to stop immediately. The challenge? For us it was finding something that would work.

Changing her food was the first serious step.  She went from the bagged dry garbage purchased from the grocery or pet store to a very high cost, no grains, no fillers, high protein diet. It did help her quite a bit, I must say, but did not alleviate her allergies totally.

I changed her bedding several times too; always upgraded her bedding to brand new dog beds to see if this would help her.  This seemed to have little if no effect.  In fact, she always wanted her old dog beds back; she did not care for the newer bedding.  But this has everything to do about being a dog and had nothing to do with her wanting to solve her allergy problem.

The only thing that we could physically do for her at home besides the steps above was to make sure we bathed her frequently (at least twice a week) with a dermatitis OR oatmeal shampoo and use proper flea treatments once a month. The holistic vet says that oatmeal shampoo is the best at relieving any itchy skin possible.  You have to let the shampoo sit on their skin for at least ten minutes.

When we went for a walk, upon returning home, her paws had to be wiped down with hypoallergenic baby wipes.  In between her toes and halfway up her legs.  I had to clean any area that might have come into contact with the grass; this included her bottom and tummy areas as well.  She could have an allergy to the grass.  What?

There were several other things we found over time that seemed to help in between bathing her.

I brewed mint tea as strong as I could get it and used the cooled tea to wipe down her coat and skin and I soaked her paws in it; she had a habit of chewing on her feet.  If you can get your hands on fresh mint which seems to grow wild just about anyplace that you plant it. This is much better than mint tea because the mint hasn’t been dried and the oils from the mint are what you want anyway.  The mint oil in the tea had a great calming effect on her irritated and allergy ravaged skin.

My dog chewed her feet so much that they would balloon up from her constant chewing and then we would end up with another infection. Infections always made us use another round of antibiotics which constantly played havoc with her tummy and gave her another yeast infection.  I tried to rub her feet with clove oil so she would not chew on them because of the taste, but somehow she always got past that and found a way to chew.

Do not use anti-inflammatories if it can be avoided at any cost.  Dogs can develop ulcers and liver disease from the use of them.

“Safe” steroid use has caused diabetes, vomiting, and diarrhea.  While used to stop the itching from allergies, the negatives against steroids are much more serious.  If you hear steroids being used in the vets vocabulary, RUN.

Too many cats have developed kidney failure from supposed “safe” pain relievers.

Numerous vaccine reactions, including vaccine-induced cancers have been documented and reported in dogs and cats.  These are the vaccines that our pets are “required” to have in order to get a rabies license, or in order to be kept overnight at the kennels or boarding place when their owners have to leave them.  It is best to try to avoid these “required” vaccines.  Learn to do your own bathing and grooming. Find a friend to stay at your house when you have to be away.  Your pet will be much happier to be at home anyway.  Avoid dog parks if possible, have play dates with friends and their dogs in a deserted field or one of your own back yards.  Do what’s best for your animal; those vaccines are very dangerous.

Allergies are one of the most common reasons that pets go to see the vet. There are a huge number of allergens; but all of them are contained in 3 main classes.  These are Food, Fleas and Environment.

The most common signs of allergies look like excessive scratching, paw and anal licking, hair shedding, and excessive dandruff.

If you think that your pet may be suffering from any allergy, there are two things that are recommended for you to try immediately.

1. Eliminate external parasites (fleas or ticks), and;

2. Start a hypoallergenic diet for 4-6 weeks.  There are many out there but even though they say they are hypoallergenic, read the ingredients on the bag or can first. The first common culprit that has to be eliminated are all grains.  Grains are wheat, rice, oats, corn, barley, or any other plant grown nutrient that we as humans eat.  Eliminate seeds and nuts as well.  In any case, the vet can give you a written prescription for the food.  You are sure to get a sure-fire hypoallergenic food this way.  It is expensive at about $70 bucks for a small bag of dry food and $3.50 for a can of wet food; they both smell and look like tree bark or tree bark paste.  No color added?  Looks grey and smells unappetizing and is expensive as heck.  You can get a recipe and make it at home; wet food is certainly preferred according to Dr. Andrew Jones.

Some very helpful at home remedies that I used are:

BATHE: Oatmeal shampoo with cool water will ease the itchiest skin. Leave the shampoo on for 10 minutes then rinse well with cool water.  With the most severe of allergies, you should bathe the pet at least twice a week.  In between bathing, use the mint tea water to soothe aggravated skin.  Load a spritzer bottle full of the tea so you have it on hand at all times. Another great topical soother is Calendula ointment; it is an herbal medication that has been successfully used to relieve severe itching.  Apply a thin coat twice daily to affected areas.

I have recommended this next supplement for ever and ever in my blog postings and if you still haven’t purchased this SUPPLEMENT, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. Maybe you don’t care about what is going on for your pet’s health, and who knows, maybe you’ll listen now.  Fatty Acid supplements are essential and very helpful in decreasing the levels of inflammation. Omega 3 fatty acids are most important.  The supplement created by Dr. Jones is loaded with them.   A great, but very inexpensive source is ground Flax Seeds; give 1 tsp per cup of food for your dog only.

Not for your Cat!  Since Cats are not able to metabolize Flax, you can give them a liquid supplement or the supplement that Dr. Jones created.  His Cat Supplement is loaded with everything that your cat needs.  Other sources of liquid supplements would include fish oil, primrose oil and, of course, these very specific veterinary supplements.

Dr. Andrew Jones, whom I have told you about over and over, takes his care of animals very seriously.  Go here and order all of his free digital information and get in touch with your pets health now.  He has formulated supplement preparations for both cats and dogs. He normally sells the first month that you order at 50% of the normal cost.  He wants your dog and cat to be as healthy as possible.  His supplements are chock full of every piece of nutrition missing from the daily diets of our pets.  These supplements are essential for heart, lung, kidney, bladder, and many other organs health and longevity.  It is much cheaper and better for your pet in the long run to be healthy, so that in their senior years you and they are as happy together as you can be.  No one wants to put their loving pet down early in life. My dog died at eight years of age because I came into her life far too late after all the damage had been done.

Go here, right now, to download everything that you can for free written by Dr. Andrew Jones.  He has an e-book listed for free Veterinary Secrets Revealed.  There are numerous writings that can be downloaded for free.  Educate yourself; empower yourself to make the best decisions about your pets health today.  You would do this for your children. Your pets are just as important.

For pity sake, get your pet started with Dr. Jones dog or cat supplements. They are not expensive compared to what you are going to spend later for medical and veterinary bills. You will find all of the supplements and every other knowledgeable piece of information that you need right here Veterinary Secrets Revealed, Supplements, Pet First Aid and CPR, Dog Food Recalls, Pet Diseases and Illnesses; there are pages and pages full of information that you should be reading today.  Don’t wait another minute!  Get them now.


Dr. Andrew Jones, Rene’ and RIP Molly

Young Farmer Boy Becomes A Pet Hero

dr andrew jones with his dog


Dr. Andrew Jones’ Story

Dr. Andrew Jones grew up on a large farm with lots of animals – cows, sheep, pigs, horses, chickens, turkeys, many cats and many dogs. They didn’t have any money to afford the vet – so when their animals were sick, they treated them with home remedies on their farm.

Andrew always loved animals. In fact, it was his heart that sent him to veterinary school. After vet school, Dr. Jones went to work in a small but very busy animal practice. He loved being able to fix a broken leg, or treat a diabetic cat.
Back in the day, not everybody could afford to take their pet in to see a vet.  Nor was it a possibility that a farmer was able to call the vet to come out to the farm when there was a problem.  Owning a pet can become expensive, and many kinds of “normal” treatments that vets can give, are simply not affordable to pet owners.

It has become impossible for many people to run to the vet with their pet because vets want to be paid before you even leave their office, even in this day and age.  And even if you can afford some sort of pet health or medical insurance, the costs of going to a vet have become prohibitive.

Dr. Jones started implementing many home remedies that he had seen being used as a child on the family farm while he was growing up.  Soon, he realized that many of these remedies were actually really working in his own clinic and he was excited about the benefits this could offer to many of his clients.

He then began to read about other alternative home remedies that he found in other areas of study within the health and wellness fields.  Alternatives to pharmaceutical medicines were on the horizon as well.  While furthering his own education, he read what other countries throughout the world of holistic medicine were doing and found that the alternative options were huge.

Starting out slowly, he wanted pet parents to be able to use some of these home treatments at their own home with their pets to see how they would work and if these pet parents could follow directions easily enough to make these alternatives work.  He was really excited as he began receiving reports back from really pleased pet parents.  Their pets were responding to home treatments; healing up inside or out, depending upon which home remedy he had given them to try.

The fact that these remedies were being used in the pet’s homes, with no reported side effects, and believe it or not, at a much lower cost to pet owners, was a win win situation for everyone.  Even the pet owners felt better mentally at being able to take an active role in helping to heal their own pet; even more so when their pets were actually getting better or healing all together.

Taking proactive steps to help animals and pets alike, prompted Dr. Jones to step away from the “formal clinic setting”; he felt there were so many ugly and disparate things wrong with “normal veterinary medicine”.  Those steps caused Dr. Jones to begin critical and necessary thinking about stepping into actively participating in the community of Alternative and Holistic Veterinary Medicine as he wrote “Veterinary Secrets Revealed”.

He has sold thousands of copies of Veterinary Secrets Revealed, which have helped many pet owners in the process of healing their pets at home.  Today however, he has decided to give every one a copy of Veterinary Secrets Revealed, as a downloadable ebook for FREE.

Click here right now and get your copy of his downloadable ebook “Veterinary Secrets Revealed” for FREE and start healing your pets at home today!


dr andrew jones with his black lab
Dr. Andrew Jones with his Black Lab

My Beautiful Girl Passed Away Last Week

my dog died last week

I am so very sorry that it has been so long since I have written a post.  I do have a pretty good excuse though!  My beautiful girl passed away last week.  I miss her so much that I find myself getting angry because the only thing that I can go on to blame her death on is the things that I did when she was with me.

molly my staffordshire terrier 09/2013
Molly My Staffy 09/2013
my dog
My Staffy Terrier 13 years old now

Ialways did what the vet told me to do.  They told me at the beginning of last week she needed a rabies shot and I asked them “what for”?  But they snuck the shot in and gave it to her when I wasn’t looking.  There was “no charge for it” because I had purchased the health insurance for her.?

Before I found Dr. Andrew Jones online, I let her pretty much eat a bite here and there, even if it was from my plate.  As long as it wasn’t chocolate. She was a little bit on the “pudge” side of dog weights.  We did go walking in the afternoons, but she had such a difficult time with the walking because of her arthritis; the extra weight did not help her but was the main reason for our walks.  We were slow but we always made it.

Just a month before her death I had started her on the Optimum Canine developed by Dr. Jones for all dogs.  She was beginning to get that sparkle in her eyes and when I mentioned a walk, she was jumping around and doing circles because she was ready to go. But halfway through our walk she became tired out and I could tell she was in pain.  Alot of pain.

I took her to the vets. I had to be sure of this pain issue and if the medication we were giving her was doing a good job of controlling the pain. The vet recommended that I begin to back off on the amount of pain medication we were giving her; that she was becoming dependent on it? I was really baffled by the vet’s answer to my question?  As it turns out, the vet had not even heard me, she had not listened to my question at all.  In fact, she didn’t even question the fact that my baby was in severe pain due to the arthritis?  I was ready to find a new vet…again. This was my second visit to this vet.

When I confronted her with this and questioned her again; she decided differently and increased the dosage.  How can anyone get addicted to Tramadol? What are these doctors thinking?  If you are in pain, lots of  pain and nothing else is helping to take away that pain, what the hell do they care if it becomes addicting?  If the pain goes away later; then simply help the patient through the withdrawal, for crying out loud.

Then we discussed her allergies; the skin allergies that were driving my baby girl crazy.  She licked her feet incessantly at night causing infections in both front feet.  What had taken at least six full complete trials within the past year of antibiotics.  I can only imagine what this did to her gut levels of yeast.  Yeast also became an unmanageable issue this past year from the overuse of antibiotics.  On top of that, she was on steroids to control this itching and I wanted her off of these steroids but only if she could have a quality life.

I know they are bad for her liver and this is the main reason to take her off of them. If she had to remain on them, it would be for the remainder of her life and she would eventually die from liver disease. Maybe?

The vet decided that her liver was definitely showing signs of a problem from the steroids and that we needed to wean her off of them.  And so, weaning her off of them was easier said than done because every time I reduced the amount she was taking, all she would do is sleep for a couple of days.  It was a viscous little cycle.

We weren’t quite done getting her off of these steroids when the vet recommended we start her on something call Atopic.  It would completely disconnect her brain from the severe itching she was experiencing and she wasn’t going to itch anymore at all.  The first night we gave her the Atopic, she became really very quiet about an hour after we had given it to her.  She went to her bed that was back in my bedroom and we did not see her all night.  I went to check on her several times and she was snoozing, snoring loudly.

I fixed her dinner that night but she did not come out to eat.  About one in the morning she did come out and drink quite a bit of water but she went right back into my bedroom.  By now, she was really limping because she had not had any pain medication.  I fixed her a little treat and put her pain pills inside of it (a bit of raw burger; her favorite); but she wouldn’t eat it. I was becoming more and more concerned; and even scared by the looks of her.

Later, on the second day, in the afternoon she happened to plop down on her bed in the living area.  She limped over to this bed after slurping up some water.  She had not been outside in over 20 hours and so we forced her up and outside and she willingly got up and trooped it out to the potty patches we have out there. When she tried to pee, there was no urine coming out.  Now I knew that something was wrong and I called the vet.  I told the receptionist everything but she did not seem alarmed at all.  She blamed it all on the fact that we had spent a couple of hours out in public with her the day before and she wasn’t used to it.  This couldn’t possibly have anything to do with this and I relayed my opinion to the girl.  She said let’s wait and see what happens; if she is not better by the morning, we’ll have you come in with her.

That evening, we forced her pain pills down her throat.  She got up to drink some water and again plop down.  She willingly again, got up to go potty but halfway out, she tripped and fell over and could not get back up.  In fact, she did not try to get up.  Her tongue was hanging out on the side of her mouth and she had vomited  a little.  She was shaking and I just sat down and held her and told her as calmly as I could that everything was okay.  She did not try to move at all.

I knew this was the night that she was going to leave me; this was it and I wasn’t going to get another chance to be with her.   Tears were hot in my eyes and my nose was running.  My heart was aching and I told her I loved her so much.  I told her she was such a good dog and that I was going to miss her.  I said to her that I would see her again in a few years. I just heard myself saying the same things over and over, petting her and holding her paws. She kept looking up at me.

I had my son and nephew put her in a blanket carrier and take her out to the car and onto the back seat while my son drove us to the E.R. Vet.  I heard her gurgle a bit, draw a gasp, and go limp in my arms.  She was gone and I began to sob.  I was yelling at my son to hurry up and get there.  The E.R. was three blocks from my home but you had to go through 3 lights and 10 city blocks to get there.  But it was too late and there would have been nothing that we could do anyway. I wouldn’t make her live through a life that she couldn’t enjoy; that is exactly what would happen if they revived her.

In some ways, the death of my baby girl was much harder than the death of my mother.  My dog had never done anything to hurt my feelings.  She had never hurt another human being.   She was always there to lick my tears away and lie next to me if I needed some company. She never expected anything from me after she adorned me with her love.  She maybe didn’t understand everything but neither did my mother.  In fact, my mother never really tried to understand me and was always very quick to pass judgment on everything I did.

I’m not going to continue to belittle my mother because I could go on for a few paragraphs to tell you how much she did not love me.  She loved me very much, in her own way and as long as I remained a small part of her society.

I just wanted to tell you all that my dog had passed away after about 13 years of life together.  We loved each other and I will always cherish the time we had together. I rescued her from the Humane Society about 13 years ago when she was young and full of life but someone had already contributed to her demeanor before I got to her.  From then on she remained a shy, anxious girl that had to be around me 24/7.  I love you baby girl!  Sweet dreams.  RIP!


Is Your Dog Going Crazy With That Itch?

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Is your dog going crazy with that itch that you can’t get rid of?  My poor girl is allergic to everything. I do mean everything. I did pay to have her tested a while back and it cost me dearly; almost $1,000.  They told me she was allergic to everything; fleas, grass, rice, corn, wheat, potatoes, sweet potatoes, milk products, cigarette smoke, and almost all grains and fillers used in wet or dry dog food.

Keep in mind also, that “grains and fillers” in dog food are just that.  Your dog/cat is not going to reap any benefit from these fillers except to get full and put out some extra crap.  It takes more of this food to fill them and satiate their tummy.  Whereas, if you were to purchase a high protein food with no fillers and very few grains, your pet is going to require less food and they will not poop near as much either.  Any way you look at it, it really pays to either purchase a very high grade food or make it yourself.  You can find nutrient dense pet food recipes in Dr. Andrews; “Veterinary Secrets Revealed”.

On top of these ultra dense pet foods that you should really think about feeding your little loved pets, Dr. Andrews has also formulated a potent supplement powder to sprinkle over their food.  This added supplement adds vitamins and minerals lacking in their diets.

Even if you don’t feed them the ultra dense diet, adding these supplements will help your fatigued, limping, stressed out, over licking, pain filled, arthritic, pets to turn it around and become a pet who will feel so much better.  I noticed a huge difference after I had been adding it to Molly’s food for a week (7 days). The good thing is, she loves the taste. After she eats her food, she licks her bowl just to finish the powder residue.

She was on steroid for many months, I think that I have already mentioned to you about her medications, shots, use of Benedryl, sprays for itching, and even creams rubbed into her skin to stop the horrific itching.  We found nothing, absolutely nothing that worked long term. The vet wanted me to wean her off of the minimal steroid she was presently taking (it wasn’t helping her at all anyway) and she was going to prescribe something called Atopic.  

One pill per day, steroid free, knock the allergies into the dirt, medication. The problem is that because of the steroids, she had gained a lot of weight and because of the added weight, the dose she was going to have to take of Atopic was really high and EXPENSIVE.  $210 every two weeks for one pill per day. I can’t afford that magic pill for her and I would be very interested to hear what the long term effects of taking Atopic are.  It may sound like a miracle cure, but I can assure you there isn’t one medication anywhere that doesn’t have some kind of bad side effects.  This is not the answer either, not even close.


I decided to download and read Dr. Jones’ Home Study Guide Newsletter; it’s free and I wanted to know what he had to say about allergies.  I was totally amazed at the home remedy that he had to offer for this ultra itchy stuff my dog was being attacked by every day of her little life.

Before I tell you what Dr. Jones said to try in his guide, I want to tell you again how to get Dr. Andrew Jones Veterinary Secrets Revealed eBook (download it FREE right here) to get started on your own home remedies.

I also got permission to offer you Dr. Jones Newsletter Home Study Guide (for the first time here in my blog).  The FREE HOME STUDY GUIDE can be downloaded right here.

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Check out what he says to use for itch relief!

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Herb – Mint, Spearmint, Chocolate Mint, Peppermint too


Mint!? You’re kidding Right?

 Chinese Folk Medicine Values:  mint as a treatment for itchy skin and hives.

Mint contains significant amounts of menthol, which has anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically.

Mint also contains high amounts of the anti-inflammatory, rosmarinic acid, which is readily absorbed into the skin.

I am going to try this.  I will keep a daily record of how many times I do it in a day, what the hour is that I have to redo it to get good effects,  up and see how she does with it to relieve her itchy skin. I was very surprised with all of the healing properties this common herb has. She may enjoy drinking it as well, mint is great for the tummy as we all know.

Use a Mint Tea Rinse

To make a mint tea rinse, place 1 ounce dried mint leaves in 1 pint boiling water. Cover and allow to cool. Strain, dip a clean cloth in the tea, and apply to the itchy area when necessary.

Good luck to all of you who are trying this; I will give this a trial run, perhaps for a week and let you know how we do with it.  I would really like to use fresh mint leaves though so I need to find them first.

If you decide to try this mint treatment, would you please leave a comment for me after you have tried it too?

Remember to “Heal your pets at home”!

Thinking about Adopting? Seniors Need Love Too!

senior dog xvvI was walking my dog last night, just before we had a summer storm crop up, full of screaming thunder and pounding lightening.  But as we were walking, I really honed in on other people out walking their pets as well and wondered how many of them were as old as my dog.

I adopted my dog when she was about two years old; it has been about seven years ago.  She is beginning to show gray in her muzzle and around her eyes; she snores very loudly now too.  Remember, if you are thinking about adopting now?  Seniors need love too; in some cases they make better pets than younger animals.  It just depends on how much work you are ready to take on.


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That’s One old Pooch

I sent Dr. Andrew Jones, our online vet a few questions about senior dogs to get his take on what exactly implies a “senior” and if they have special needs, what kind of special needs we might look for, and what kind of family would do well with a senior dog for a pet.  He sent me back a list of varied explanations to the term “senior” and what that might imply.


Dr. Andrew Jones is a great guy; he has great information and in case you didn’t catch it earlier in my blog, he has a FREE ebook that you can download; just click here and get the book:  Veterinary Secrets Revealed; there is so much information here on homeopathic medicine and home remedies in treating any dog of any age.


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Senior Sir! A whole lotta love to give!

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They say that dogs can become “seniors” as early as five years in larger dog breeds, and at about seven years for the smaller breeds.  However, just because the dog is defined by age as a senior, doesn’t mean that they are ready to lay down and retire.  The stigma that lends itself to being a “senior” comes from prospective owners describing a dog as “over the hill”!  This usually happens when the prospective owner sees a dog and knowingly adjusts their attitude toward the dog as “over the hill” because they are looking for a younger dog to fill their needs.


Any dog that has been taken care of all of their life and has had good quality care, exceptional amounts of exercise, will remain a fairly active, happy dog with lots of playful puppy inside left to share.  These dogs are in no way “over the hill” and will require the same kind and amount of love, exercise, and healthy food to remain young in the heart for as long as they can.


People tend to think that just because they see an older dog when looking to adopt, that the dog is there because he is old and was abandoned because he is unable to fulfill the needs of the owner; there must be something wrong with him.  This is simply not true.  Older dogs lose their homes for any number of reasons, just like young dogs lose their homes.


There are a whole lot of dogs who are expensive breeds, and were purchased as a young dog or puppy, they have been raised and were well trained, were well groomed, and taken care of, who have just lost their usefulness to their owners.  The owner becomes bored with the dog, or they are just no longer a novelty to the owner.  This is very sad.  Kind of like divorcing your wife or husband because they are getting old and beginning to show it. Getting gray hair and wrinkles in the face pushes the other person in that relationship to look at their partner as unattractive.


When looking to adopt a dog of any age, you must think the action all the way through to the end; if possible.  It is much like committing to a relationship in marriage.  Taking the young with the old and the good with the bad; you don’t just throw your wife or husband out because they are getting old, do you?  (Well, I guess there are a lot of people that would behave in this manner; and look for much younger to continue the rest of their life with.) I am an avid believer that karma is a “bitch” and what goes around, will come back around!  “Good lucky buddy”.


There are real cases that show many older dogs are homeless because of:  death of their guardian,  not enough time for the dog, work schedules change or work places change, a baby is born into the family, a move to an apartment where there are no dogs allowed, the kids in the family leave for college, someone in the family suffers from allergies, there is a change in the lifestyle at home, a new spouse doesn’t like dogs, etc.  The dog could be a stray that no one has ever come to claim.


If you are human and have been hurt like this, you are aware of the humility, the pain, and the sorrow that you feel deep down when passed over for a younger woman or man.  When this happens, it is kicking you and your self esteem may suffer tremendously.  It is very well that animals do not share these kinds of feelings.  They may feel confused, and they may look lonely, but another person could fill his old owner’s shoes in a heartbeat. That dog may then be just as happy if not happier than he ever was with his old owner.


Just remember though, it is not uncommon for a dog to be dropped off at a shelter because their owner no longer wants to be responsible for them.  What a waste, if you ask me.  Kind of like kicking in someone’s teeth.


Older dogs have many advantages over a young dog or a puppy when it comes to placing them in a home.  Dogs that you find in a rescue shelter, or adoption agency, or even s Humane Society, might have forgotten some of the things they were taught as a younger dog but this is temporary due to the amount of stress they may be feeling, or the confusion they are experiencing from being taken out of the home they knew so well.

They may be in an environment that is chaotic and helter skelter at the present and when you meet them everything is messed up.  But taken out of this environment and placed back into a normal home, these dogs will remember the training that they had before coming here.  House training, obedience, and even things like the tricks they were taught. Most older dogs also know what “no” means, though younger dogs and pups probably have no concept of what you may be talking about.

Puppies and young dogs love to chew, and chew on anything like furniture, pillows, shoes, belts, electric cords, books.  I had a pup one time that loved my shoes and he got my favorite pair; I paid a fortune for them and there was not another pair in the state like them, but he didn’t care.  There was nothing left except a little bit of the red suede strap that was supposed to go around my ankle.  I was so mad, I almost took the pup back.  But I remembered what puppies were supposed to be like and what they loved to do. They have very sharp little teeth and very gorgeous eyes when they are in trouble.


Older dogs have normally been socialized around other animals and especially people.  They are quick to become part of the family, or part of the pet pack in the home; including cats.  Older dogs also know what it takes to get love and attention from his human.  Older dogs will let you finish your breakfast, coffee, and the newspaper and lie quietly next to you until you are finished; at least if they have been trained, they do. Older dogs are great companions too.  They know how to ride in the car, follow on a walk or a hike.  A young dog or puppy is not going to do these things.


Almost all people coming into the animal rescue or shelter are looking for a puppy.  Not nearly as many go in looking for an older dog.  If searching for your next companion in the senior section; you will have your pick of the bunch.


Now we all know that puppies cost a ton in vet bills.  Starting out in life, most puppies will need to be spayed or neutured.  They need their shots, the whole kit and kaboodle of them, up until they get a three year rabies I believe.  Every single time you enter the vet’s office, it is about an $80 bill just to walk in unless you have pet insurance.  With an older dog, you will make sure that before you adopt him, you will get a clean bill of health and very few things need to be taken care of at the vet for a long time. Unless you have the vet trim the nails and brush the teeth; I can’t cut my dog’s nails; she whines terribly when I do it and she scares me.  Brushing the teeth is not a problem with yummy tasting paste.


Before you leave the shelter with an adopted senior dog, you will know if they have special needs.  To adopt a pet with special needs will be a decision that you will make.  If they have special needs, you will be expecting to pay higher vet bills.  These will not be a surprise to you.

Don’t they say you cannot train an old dog new tricks?  This is a fallacy as well.  Old dogs learn as well, if not better and faster than a puppy or younger dog. They want to please you; this is something that the older dog already knows.  The puppy or even younger dog, does not know this fact yet.


There will be an adjustment period for the older pet as well as a younger pet or puppy.  Any of these dogs will have an adjustment period to come through; your older dog will likely come through it much faster and will expect less from you to get through it.  Love and understanding with some patience; the elder dog will adjust faster.  There is much more for the younger dog to experience when headed for an adjustment period.  A puppy will be in the beginning phase of learning let alone adjusting for anything.


Remembering that there are no guarantees on the length of life of any dog, be he a puppy, a young adult or an older dog.  Always make sure to get a clean bill of health when adopting any dog.  Make sure however, that with an older dog there are no preexisting conditions to expect that your new found friend will keep you both in the vet’s office running those bills sky high.

Older dogs already have a name, they are used to it, and they come when you use it.  They know you are talking to them when you use it to call them.  Older dogs don’t normally piddle all over the floor when they become excited.

And older dogs are more prone to lay next to you when you are napping, especially careful not to annoy or wake you.  However, if they have to pee or poop, you would hope that they do roust you from your slumber to let them out to do their duty.  Older animals tend to come right back into the house after they are finished here, whereas, young dogs or pups might have to be chased down the street or around the back yard to get them to come back into the house so you can get back to that nap.


Remember, if you are thinking about adopting, seniors need love too!  I am not speaking of senior citizens as in the human kind, but of our senior canine friends.  Senior canines make wonderful pets and friends for our senior citizens and senior communities as well.  Senior companions are most likely to be one of the best investments for an elderly parent who needs companionship in the house where they live, someone to watch over them is something that an older dog can be taught to do; one of those new tricks even!  You might be surprised at what that old dog knows!


“The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.” – Debbi Fields



What’s too HOT for your Pets?

During these days of hot summer heat, little or no shade, you’re sweating bullets; you know it’s got to be too hot for your pets, right?  Well, what’s too hot for your pets?  How do you know if they are in trouble from the heat?  What can you do for them to cool it down a bit?

They have always told me that dogs do not sweat; well they do sweat but they actually begin to breath through their mouth or pant from the heat.  My dog is constantly trying to find a cool place in the house; she usually ends up right in front of a floor fan that I keep going for her.  I keep it going even if I turn on the air conditioner and she eventually makes her way to lie right in front of it.  She lies there, spread eagle, each leg and paw out in front or back of her and flat on her belly.  She still is panting in this position, just more comfortably.

Cats are different.  However, my older male feline, finds a spot in the house where there is fresh air and he lies on his back, legs extended just a bit up in the air.  It appears as if he is trying to cool down his belly side.

My younger male is not bothered at all yet by much of anything except being alone.  He lies down next to one of the other pets and wants to nuzzle up to them no matter how hot it is. I am sure the other two pets think he is out of his mind because generally, Pic (the older male) will spit or hiss at him a couple of times before Spaz (the younger) gets the hint to get lost.  You don’t dare leave him alone in a room by himself though.  He is as loud as a house full of baby kittens all screaming at one time to get at a tit to eat!  My neighbors can hear him howling through the wall of the condo!  If you let Spaz go on for too long like this, he forgets that he is howling and why, but it continues to get louder.  He works himself into a frenzy and by then I have to gather him up in my arms and sit down with him; stroke him gently all over his body and his little head while I talk very gently to him.  He will begin to calm down and then he begins to purr and slobber all over my lap.  Soon after his motor starts, he is fast asleep in my arms, all worn out from the frenzy of hollering at the walls and the empty rooms.  When he wakes, he is totally refreshed, then  he’s off my lap and back at it, letting Pic know that he’s back, and ready for a rustle and a tumble.

FACTS ARE:  Cats can handle the heat better than dogs do.  The ancestor of the common cat today lived in the hot and arid desert.  I recall seeing what I thought was a house tabby cat, living in the desert and chasing a rodent through the hot desert sand.  He was trying to eat at the hottest part of the day (documentary on Animal Planet Television). When it was time to lie down though, he looked for a place with some shade so he wasn’t lying directly on the overheated sand.  But he appeared nonplussed by any of it.

If Pic (Picallo) gets too hot or overheated,

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Molly is scooting along on the floor on her belly; playing Army

he will head for the basement or the dark coolness in the back of my closet.  I have seen cats head to the bathroom sink, the bathtub, or even the shower floor,  although my Spaz (Spazzy) heads for the water bowl because I usually fill it with ice cubes a couple times a day.  Spaz doesn’t mind getting wet, but if it happens to Pic, especially on purpose, he will hide and not come out for a very long time.  He gets a little pissed off at people; cranky because he is almost 17 yrs old. (It’s going to be very difficult when he passes away; we have been there for each other through thick and thin).


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The Old Man and the Terror Spaz

Hey, a great piece of news for Molly (and me).  I have a new vet  who has been especially helpful this past couple of months.  I am sure that I have already talked about him in my blog here, but Dr. Andrew Jones is a homeopathic vet who has vowed to be a different kind of veterinarian.  I ordered his free ebook; (you can download that ebook here) because it is a real God send for help of any kind for dogs.  My girl is allergic to everything that there is to eat.  I now receive Dr. Jones’ newsletters, and the informative email he sends out once a week.

It was through Dr. Jones’ tips included in his email, that I learned about heat and animals.  What’s too hot for your pets?  His email was chock full of helpful pieces of information about what to do and look for with high temperatures and heat stroke.  According to him, frozen chicken stock cubes will tempt your cat to lick them for hydration. It doesn’t sound like anything that my cats would care for, but on the other hand, Molly would love them.  It has been so hot lately though that I will try it if the temperature gets over 90 degrees again.


While I am talking about our new vet, Dr. Andrew Jones; he sent me an email this past week.  Starting Tuesday, August 13th, 2013, he is hosting a “dog health”                     information and supplement special, and launching it with a NEW Dog Health Webinar.

Dr. Andrew Jones is hosting a complimentary online seminar in which he will answer as MANY of your dog health and nutrition questions as he possibly can; but then you have all week to ask them.

There will be a maximum of 1,000 lines available, and Dr. Jones has already promised 400 of those lines to his subscribers (and it is still a whole week away).  Click here to get signed up for the fact filled webinar!   Seats are going fast and furious!  Get a first rate education STRAIGHT FROM THE DR.’S MOUTH.  Keep your loved one as healthy as you are so you can KEEP UP WITH EACH OTHER!  Have a long and happy life together.  If this sounds like something that will benefit you and your dog (s); sign up for the webinar here and ask anything you need answers to:

I have noticed that my cats are losing their fur like crazy during these heated days too.  I brush them outside because they are both white and their fur flies everywhere.  It gets to be a mess and I usually end up with it in my hair, up my nose, and all over my clothes. The cats both love to be brushed so I don’t have to chase them around too much to catch up to them.

My son decided to give Pic (the elder cat) a bath one day; he needed to be groomed my son told me.  I do not recommend this.  His poor coat was a disaster.  It was all matted up and after the fur had dried, it took forever to get its natural sheen or luster back.  It was dull and very bad looking for quite a while.  I told my son, if he ever felt like the cat needed another bath that he could put him in the kitty carrier and take him to the vet to be groomed.

Dr. Jones says to “brush the cats  regularly” to help keep the dead fur out of their coats and the excess heat away from their bodies.

The best things you can do for your dog during the hot weather are common sense things like exercising him in the morning or late at night.  The temperature out of doors is normally cooler at those times of day.  If it is still overly warm in the evenings, just cool the exercise down to a minimum.  Dogs love to drink water.  Just make sure that your dog is drinking plenty of it.

If your dog has a dark coat; they absorb more heat than a light coat.  Be careful that your dog does not become dehydrated.  Dehydration looks like excessive drooling, bloodshot eyes, and a purple tongue.  If your dog is too fat (overweight), or has a long and thick coat, he could be at risk for dehydration.  Trimming the dog’s hair might help, but DO NOT SHAVE your dog.  They could get sunburned without that coat.  Let your dog carry his own water bottle if you go on walks.  This will provide water when he needs it and keep him from dehydrating.  The cool water bottle next to the skin also helps cool things down.

Do you remember walking on the hot pavement as a kid with no shoes?  Remember how the pavement was so hot that it felt like your feet were on fire?  The pavement that is hot can burn the dog’s paws as well.  Make sure to walk the dog on pavement that is shaded from the sun.   There are dog booties that you can purchase; they will keep your dog’s feet from becoming burned and blistered.  I have some for Molly, although she walks pretty funny at first when I put them on her.  It doesn’t feel natural to her so each leg comes up high in the air as she begins to walk.  After a while, she forgets they are even there.  She always wears them at the river too.  It keeps those little feet from jagged rocks or broken glass in the riverbed.


H2O; WATER!  That is the next best thing for your dog.  Do they like to swim?  Molly loves it and so if it gets too warm at the house, I simply fill her wading pool with cool tap water.  NOT straight out of the faucet cold water; that is like ice and would ruin the idea for her. Run it from your sink if you can?  I have a hose that hooks up to a sink in my laundry room so I can use hot water at the same time.  But, if the water is too cold at first, it will warm up with the sunshine on it.  Swimming in a pool, if you have one of the big outdoor pools is great too.  Be careful at the lake or river though.  There are many things that could be happening within the water, such as currents, depth, distance.  Keep the swimming as safe as you would for your kids.  If she swims in a chlorinated pool, rinse her off afterward to rid her coat of chlorine.  Don’t let her drink the pool water, the chlorine can upset her tummy too.

Always have buckets or bowls of fresh water around; I have several in different areas of the yard and I refresh them every summer day for all the animals.  I even saw a racoon dipping into one of the buckets one day.  I don’t know what he was washing off but they are very clean animals with their food.  I also have filled birdbaths in a couple of places.  Water is a necessary part of life for every living creature.

NEVER EVER leave any pet unattended in your car with the windows up.  It doesn’t matter to me, even if the windows are down.  Anything could happen to your dog/pet/loved one. Cat or dog, never ever alone in a car.  Dogs are most likely left alone in cars with the windows up.  In fact, there was a report about this very same thing; I put in my blog just the other day.

A young woman noticed on her way to work one day that a man had left his dog in his car with the windows up.  He was headed into the store/Walmart.  The girl worked at Walmart also, she was just coming to work when she noticed it.  Supposedly, the man stopped by where she was sitting for a break just to say hello to the “girls” and this employee told him that if she ever saw it again, that she would call the police on him.  The man became extremely hostile and told her not to worry, that he would never shop there again either.

It just so happened that another employee had noticed the very same incident.  Do you know that BOTH EMPLOYEES WERE FIRED FOR SPEAKING UP, when telling the man that he shouldn’t leave his dog in the hot car with the windows up.  That it was considered “abuse”.  The first young woman told the man that she would call the police the next time.  She was called to her supervisor’s office and he told her that she was to come and make the report to him next time, but the young woman said she would call the police the next time she witnessed this happening.  Her supervisor fired her on the spot.  When the other employee also reported the man for leaving his dog in the car with the windows up, the supervisor fired her too. There is something wrong with this picture and Walmart, if the supervisor is allowed to fire employees for such a cause.

Be forwarned, because some states have an “at will” employment law; which means that you can be fired for any reason.  There actually does not have to be a reason; you can be fired for anything.  You might not be told why you are being fired at the time, or your supervisor might not be honest with you as to the nature of your grievance!  But it seems to me that Walmart should have stood behind their employees; abusing a pet like that is a heinous crime!  Be prepared to be confronted these days if you ever leave your dog or cat in the car

Several last things are in order to mention as well.  Depending upon where you live; if living in an apartment or condominium, make sure window screens are fastened tight so that your pet doesn’t fall out of an open window.  Tall buildings with windows on the outside walls can be very hazardous for your pets.

Sunscreen or insect repellent for pets is available; just make sure that it is labelled with whoever it is used for.

Summer barbecues are all kinds of fun too, but pets love those little kid snacks, and dogs will eat mostly anything.  Ms. Molly will even eat salad, tomatoes, and salad dressing.  I have a cat that will eat non cat food as well.  Stuff like chocolate, cheese, onions, alcohol, and artificial sweetners are absolute no no’s for the dog.  Bones from chicken or other soft boned animals that are grilled or barbequed are not a good choice as treats either.  The one food that I was not aware of for dogs, was cheese?  I always thought that cheese was ok to give them as a treat.  But; again I learn something new every day.

It is essential that we all know that dogs and cats have a pretty limited ability to care or do much of anything for themselves; this includes the ability to know that they even need to stop, take a drink, and cool down.  Dogs, cats, and all pets really,  would keep doing whatever it is that they are doing until the point of exhaustion has come and gone.  It could be at this point when it is too late; they went past that point of no return.


When dogs and cats sweat, it is a naturally occurring event for both.  Dogs pant.  Cats sweat from their paws.   Heat stroke or death can be a reality when the sun gets hot and the thermometer shoots to the top.  Exhaustion, heat stroke, and death are real concerns at this point and it depends upon you, their best friend, to take matters into your own hands to get your pet cooled down as quickly as possible.

Remember!  To go ahead and get signed up the free week long question and answer session too!  Learn what’s too hot for your pets and how to cool their core body temp down to keep them from heat exhaustion, and even death.  Click on this link, sign up for the week long session for free information in homeopathic medicine.  Learn about those home remedies that can help keep your pets healthy in all sorts of compromising situations.  You are your pet’s best friend, their guardian, their protector.  You need to learn how to handle any kind of situation that might arise compromising your pet’s life.


Make sure you know what’s too hot for your pets and how to keep them safe and cool!  You can learn about how to do that and so much more by attending these free question and answer sessions with my vet next week online at the above address.  Seating is limited, so sign up soon to reserve your spot.  The webinar begins on Tuesday.