Canine Breeds and Common Ailments


canine breeds and common ailments

I’ve been wanting to tell you about an article that I read on canine breeds and common ailments .  It pays to get educated early on, before you bring home that new pure-breed of the dog that you have always wanted.

So it’s time in your life for a puppy; the one you have always wanted. The puppy you dreamed about as a kid, the exact pup that you have always wanted for your very own.  But you should be very aware of the canine breeds and common ailments before you bring this forever pet home.

Many people have a specific breed in mind. For me it was kind of like picking the place in our world where I always dreamed of living my adult life.

I want a French Bulldog and I wanted to live somewhere in the warmth of our world in the tropics. The only problem for me so far, it has been just a dream. But I’m still working toward my goals.

I never knew until just recently that I could have, or do anything that I really want to do, whenever I want to in my life. I always thought I was just supposed to do whatever it was that made common sense. That would have been my mothers teaching; but I’m pretty much done with that now.

My mother always questioned everything that I ever wanted to do. Most of the time she belittled me for having such stupid ideas. “Why do you want to move halfway around the world, away from your family?” My mother always had a great way of telling me to grow up; quit thinking of only yourself! But at 59, why would I want to do that?

So even though I have traveled pretty extensively, I haven’t been to Mexico yet and I haven’t gotten a french bulldog yet either.

But getting my dream dog can come with a few problems I found out. I wasn’t aware that specific canine breeds and common ailments could come in the same package.  Many breeds are prone to certain medical problems.

A little French Bulldog (any little dog for that matter) can start out as a healthy dog or puppy. Then as your new pet grows, you may find yourself up against a few allergies that get worse and worse over time.

Depending on the canine breeds and common ailments listed below, you might find your new little dream pup fighting to clear allergies to something in its food, or a material included in its bedding.

It will behove any new pet parent to study the accompanying list of canine breeds and common ailments below. It is a fairly meticulous list and one that took a great deal of time to establish. These common ailments are illnesses that you should be very aware of so that when and if your puppy begins to show signs, you will know ahead of time what to do and how to care for the ailing dog or puppy.

Now I’m not saying that the risk of the disease or ailment would make any difference in your choice of breed; it certainly wouldn’t matter for the dog breed that I choose.

But if it really matters to you, and it should, then how much research are you willing to invest in your quest for a healthy puppy/dog just might save you and your new family addition a whole lot of headaches.

Reading about your preferred type of dog at the library or online, talking to a vet or two, or even chatting with a breeder, will give you a great  start and give you enough insight about what to do and how to spot an ailment that could even be a life threatening situation and save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Remember, you are bringing your new puppy home to cuddle up with, not run back and forth to the local emergency vet clinic.

Make sure that you ask yourself if you plan on skipping this education, “are you willing to take on a dog that could be ill with one of these canine breeds and common ailments that they are known for”?  Some dog maladies are worse than others, some are easily treated and then some are more expensive to treat and harder to deal with.

So please choose your new dog wisely; it’s a life long commitment. There’s no giving the dog back and it is a desperate thing to give a sick dog up for adoption later in its life.  In my opinion, this new dog is going to be like a new child in your family and a good parent cannot just abandon the new pet. At least not in good conscience.

Depending on the type or breed of dog that you want is going to matter a great deal in many cases. Almost every breed is going to have its own set of problems.

Whether problems come from actual breeding and was something that was bred into this particular breed way back when. Or it could be just a part of natural selection and a new set of problems for this particular breed somehow just became known.  Canine breeds and common ailments are particularly pretty well known at this point but there could always be a fluke and a new malady shows up, out of the blue.

a bulldog
the cute bulldog

For instance, the English Bulldog, is a hefty medium size breed that has problems with its breathing. The bulldog with his very cute, only a mother could love, smashed-in face, might suffer from a particular set of breathing problems. His nostrils are normally rather small, and he has an elongated soft palate, with a specifically narrow trachea. It is for these reasons that he most likely will snore. Has he always been born with these problems or were they bred into this particular dog? You will find some of these same problems in another, yet smaller breed; the French Bulldog (my future dog). I don’t mind snoring, as long as its coming from a dog. lol

It is extremely important to keep your bulldog cool and inside most of the time during the summer weather. Never let him get overly tired, too warm or overheated. This can lead to a life-threatening emergency. Exercising your bulldog should be done with moderation but never overdone. Small, short walks are okay, but this dog won’t care to go sight-seeing in the park.

My favorite dog, the Frenchie or French Bulldog, is just such an adorable little bugger. He also has his own set of breathing problems. He has many of the same problems that his larger English brother has when it comes to breathing and snoring. With the cute smashed in face, elongated soft palate and narrow trachea, also known as a “brachycephalic airway”. So it becomes difficult for him to breath when he overdoes it.

french bulldog
a cute little bug-my fave

This little guy makes a great indoor dog, or even better, a great apartment dog. Most apartments have a lot less space than houses. This means less stairs to climb in most cases, and rarely do you find a large yard to run and frolic in with an apartment. Keeping this little one in the house where it is cool during hot summer days is his preferable life style.

Both the English Bulldog and the French Bulldog are great house dogs, love to be in close proximity to mom or dad. I mean, who could not love that little face?

I saw a family out walking their French Bulldog the other day while pushing their baby in a stroller; the dog looked exhausted. I pulled over and told them that their dog looked a little overly tired. His head was hanging down, his tongue was hanging out and I was mad as heck. I knew they were probably going to tell me to mind my own business but I felt I had to say something. But instead they said, “yeah, we’re on our way home now”. Just to add fire to the flame, I told them that their dog was not made for long walks but got no response from that comment. People just don’t think sometimes.

little husky puppies
predisposed little huskies

Some dogs seem to be predisposed to “autoimmune disorders” or disorders that disrupt the skin, body hair and even more so, the face, facial hair, and eyes. One such beautiful dog is the Siberian Huskie.

They have the most beautiful eyes but autoimmune disorders can play havoc not only with their skin, their facial area, but even with their eyes and sight.

This disorder can cause glaucoma and even possibly cataracts. There is only one treatment that I have seen listed for this particular problem which is hormones known as corticosteroids. The corticosteroids can inhibit other parts of the immune system which is not good.

pic of a black pug puppy
The Pug Puppy

The Pug, another sweet doggy.  They have their own set of problems. Because they have a squashed in face and their eyes bulge out, these sweet pups run a big risk for eye problems. The most serious problem is that their eye(s) can easily pop out of the socket.

I am not sure if this happens due to an overabundance of pressure behind the eye or because the eye is too easily removed in an accident or while fighting? But if it should happen to your Pug, cover his eye with a damp clean cloth and rush him to a vet where they can put the eye back in place. It will only be clear at that time if the dog will remain with sight or if there is too much damage.

Another little cutey with eye problems? The Boston Terrier is prone to something called “Cherry Eye” because of the protruding eyes.

pic of boston terrier puppy
Boston Terrier puppy

They are problematic for other eye issues but with cherry eye, there is a tear producing gland that “pops out” from behind this dog’s third eyelid. The gland is round and is bright red;  thus the reason it is called cherry eye.

It can be repaired through a surgery. These terriers also run a risk for dry eye, cataracts, and eyelids that are turned inward “entropion”.

obese or fat dogs
Obesity is sad for dogs

Obesity? I thought this was a problem that humans and all dogs suffer from. But that can really only be true if they are overeating correct? I don’t think so.

Apparently the Lab family has a problem with obesity. Now you wouldn’t think that this would be an issue for this dog, especially a Lab since they love to be active. Unless your Lab is getting a whole lot of exercise every single day (and they do need it), they stand the chance of becoming overly fat.

If your dog is constantly begging to eat or be fed, the homeopathic doc or therapist says to try to get him to eat some apple, green beans, or carrots for a snack. I always wondered why my mother gave our black lab mix cans of green beans? And he ate them. Preventing weight gain is always a much easier thing than losing weight through dieting at a later time, or trying to starve for weight loss.

Have you ever heard of the “little white shaker syndrome”? It happens to dogs

small white maltese puppy
Maltese puppy

of many colors but is much more prevalent in little white dogs. The “little white shaker syndrome” is actually called “tremors” in any small dog of any color but mainly dogs that are little and white like the Maltese.

Their cerebellum is where it begins as an inflammation and it inflicts the poor little guy, making him shake so badly that he can barely walk. They say that it can be treated with corticosteroids. These tremors are not painful and with treatment, they will usually clear up in just a few weeks.  But again, corticosteroids are not a great long term medication for any animal or person.

puppy Cavalier King Puppy
Cavalier King Puppy

Heart Trouble? Yikes…. But the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is stricken with this mitral valve disease, especially the elderly of these small dogs.  It is typical of a younger Spaniel to develop this mitral valve disease early on.

With this mitral valve disease, the valve between the left atrium and ventricle doesn’t close tight enough. This allows blood to leak backwards as the heart pumps, which puts a strain on his little heart. There are other symptoms like lethargy and coughing associated with the heart disease. However, with the right meds and proper monitoring, a dog with this disease should be living for years into senior hood with little or no symptoms.

huge Great Dane
bone and skin dog needs a comfortable place to lie down for its boney mass

How about the “great bloat”? Bloat in a dog can be really serious and is prevalent in Great Danes. Because they are so large, they run a bigger risk for “gastric dilation and volvulus” which is called “bloat”.  It is life threatening because the stomach fills up with gas and then the stomach twists as it traps the gas and food in the stomach. If you ever see your Dane (or any larger dog I would assume) pacing about uncomfortably, panting, and drooling right after he eats? You will need to call your vet and get him to a place for corrective surgery right away because bloat can be fatal if not treated fast.

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!

Skin Allergies?  Geez. I have been reading about the Golden Retriever but I know they aren’t the only dog to have skin allergies because my Staffordshire Terrier had them terribly. I also knew a Shar Pei that went to the groomers and vet once a week because of the oils that were excreted within and under his rolls of wrinkles and in between his toes. All 3 of these dogs licked incessantly, causing sores on their feet especially.

My wrinkled friend was in terrible shape and I was so happy that he was blessed with a really rich owner who could take proper care of him. That poor little dog was miserable when it was close to his weekly visit to the vet.

They tried changing his food, bath soap, tub soaks, medicines. I felt terrible for him but I also felt really bad for my dog. She was also miserable and the vet kept giving her steroid shots which were not good for her. She passed away at 7 from heart failure; I have always blamed it on the vet at that time.

Dogs don’t sneeze like we humans do. So when they are allergic to something, they begin to lick and in most cases their licking, scratching, chewing will lead to “hot spots”. These spots are red and can turn into oozing sores. The vets believe that oatmeal shampoo, adding an omega-3 supplement to its diet, and make sure he always gets regular flea treatments. In our case we also switched the food to something like salmon, duck, and no grains at all.

The book I just read doesn’t mention steroids at all so I am assuming that these vets would never even begin with the steroids. They do stop the itching but only for a short while and have to be repeated once every 30 days or so.

However, now there is a great medication out that can be given to dogs who are in itchy bad spots. I do not know the name of it and I do not know the side effects. I’m sure I will be hearing soon from Dr. Jones, our homeopathic vet.

shephard prone to dysplasia
German shepherd

When the joint ball and socket do not fit together in the proper way, it causes severe pain, arthritis sets in, and problems walking begin as well. Hip Dysplasia is the diagnosis and pretty common with German Shepherds. If you are shopping for a Shepherd puppy, you will want to have this conversation with the breeder to see if this puppy’s parents were screened for hip dysplasia. It sounds as though hip dysplasia could be a bit hereditary since parents with healthy hips commonly birth pups with healthy hips.

dressed up poodlePoodles are one of the “handful of Breeds” that are at an increased risk for Glaucoma which is a serious eye disease. A buildup of fluid in the eye causes pressure and pain, and can eventually cause blindness. If caught early (as with humans) it can be treated with medication. If not, then surgery or even a full removal of affected eyes could be necessary.

Joints seem to be a problem with larger dogs and in this case the Rottweiler is a pretty big dog. But these particular dogs suffer from hip and elbow

pic of a rottweiler pup
Rottweiler Puppy

dysplasia, arthritis, osteochondrosis dissecans or OCD. It is a condition that develops in larger puppies that grow fast when cartilage in the joint forms improperly. The right amount of a balanced diet could keep the joints healthy but many dogs require a surgery that removes this abnormal cartilage.

puppy Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzer Pup

A dog with diabetes or one that is more prone to diabetes? If you have a Miniature Schnauzer that is drinking water like crazy and all of a sudden he is having urine accidents in the house? These dogs seem to be at a higher risk of diabetes; this is a serious condition. So it’s insulin and diet change for this pup if he is to have a normal and healthy life.

Beagles, another cute smaller dog, are known for epilepsy!

family of beagle puppies
Family of Beagles

Seizures caused by a brain disorder is more common for Beagles than any other dog breed. A first seizure is usually seen between six months and three years. Epilepsy cannot be cured, but frequency (more than one per month) could be managed with medication.

pic of cocker spaniel puppies
Lil Cocker Spaniel Puppies

Cocker Spaniels get ear infections because of the way their ears grow. It is important to trim hair that is growing on the underside with clippers to keep her ear canals dry. Prevention is the best way to keep ear infections from happening so clean the ears every two weeks. Flip her ears back to let them “breathe”. This prevention will also help prevent major problems later in life as well.

Wobbly Knee Caps? Your Shih Tzu has Wobbly Kneecaps? Patellar Luxation

shih tzu family
shih tzu family

sounds a bit better but this is common in “toy breeds” like Shih Tzus. When the knee cap pops out-of-place, the dog hobbles, skips a step, or limps. This kneecap will normally pop back in place by itself. There are severe cases when surgery might be a necessity for correcting any problems and prevention for arthritis.

I have heard of bad backs in this dog but we always called our dog a wiener dog! I had one of these as a young girl and loved him dearly. He got away from me when we were walking on the beach and someone picked him up and took him home. I found this out at the local store because whoever it was, told them to tell us they were going to keep him, if we happened to come in to ask about him. The nerve of some jerk people.  My heart was crushed and I sobbed all the way home.

But yes, Dachshunds can develop back problems because of their long short bodies. There is a high risk for injury and spinal disk problems if they try to jump up on something that is too high or put excess strain on her back.

sweet pup

Limiting their stairs and keep them from jumping down off of the furniture will help to alleviate some stress on the back. Maintaining a healthy weight is also really important.

picture doberman pinscher puppy
Doberman Pinscher before ears are cropped

Doberman Pinschers are commonly diagnosed with a serious heart condition called Dilated Cardiomyopathy or DCM. The heart’s chambers are stretched out and they don’t pump blood effectively. Most people do not even realize that there is anything wrong with their dog until he collapses. Vets of Dobermans might suggest annual screenings because it is such a serious and common condition for them. Medications can regulate their heart rhythm and improve the ability for their heart to pump but there is no cure for DCM.

pic of yorkshire terrier
Cute little Yorkshire Terrier

A Portosystemic Shunt or PSS is a blood vessel birth defect common in small breeds like the Yorkshire Terrier. This portal vein will carry toxins from her intestines to her liver, which cleans her blood. When PSS is the problem, this portal vein bypasses her liver, the toxins do not get removed. PSS causes poor growth, vomiting, confusion, and seizures. PSS may be corrected with surgery most of the time and she will be able to live a normal healthy life.

Does your Chihuahua make a honking noise when she gets excited? She could have a collapsed trachea which is yet another common problem with toy


breeds. With the collapsed trachea, the cartilage that holds the trachea in an open position is weak, and so the trachea will flatten. There are some little dogs that can go a life time with a collapsing trachea and have no problems. But others will require a medication and still others with severe cases, a surgery may be necessary to prop the trachea open.

pix of a boxer puppy
Boxer Puppy

Boxers are at higher risk for certain types of cancer, which include lymphoma and mast cell tumors. Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes, and mast cell tumors are a type of skin cancer. In both cases, the cancer is often felt as an unusual lump or bump on your dog’s body. Both cancers might be treatable, but important to catch both of them early. So if you have a boxer, please check him regularly for lumps.

Pomeranian’s with Hair Loss? These little pups are predisposed to an adrenal

pomeranian puppies
Pomeranian Puppies

gland disease called alopecia X, which causes hair loss. Alopecia X usually begins when a dog is young. If a dog with alopecia X is intact, spaying or neutering often causes the hair to grow back (this hair loss is caused by excess production of sex hormones). Melatonin supplements can also help.

picture of German Short-haired Pointers
German Short-haired Pointers

German Short-haired Pointers are known for a narrowing of the aorta which is the large blood vessel. It carries oxygenated blood to the body from the heart. When this narrowing or Aortic Stenosis is diagnosed, a strain on the heart over time could cause irregular heart rhythm.

If it is a mild case, it is possible there are no symptoms. But if the case is severe, your dog could become weak and tire easily. Usually and unfortunately, this is one of the things that can shorten your dog’s life. It can be managed however, with medications.

Shetland Sheepdog Family
Shetland Sheepdog Family

The Shetland Sheepdog are a beautiful breed. However these Shelties can be affected by a whole group of eye problems that are related, also known as “Collie Eye Anomaly”. It affects the retina and optic nerve. If the case is mild, the dog’s vision may not be affected at all. Moderate to Severe cases might lead to blindness. There is no known treatment for “Collie Eye”. It is fairly widespread among dog breeds affected by it. If you are out shopping for a Sheltie puppy, make sure you ask if it has been tested.

aspca adoption
aspca adopt a dog

humane dauchshund_hoadringIf you must have a pure breed puppy, then do your homework. Check the breed with as many different resources as you can so that you know what you may be purchasing. If there are tests that can be done for puppies, make sure the puppy that you pick has been tested. Check the parents lineage as well.

I will always recommend that adoption of a “dog” or “puppy” be the way to purchase a dog. Adoption from a local shelter is about the best way to pick your loving little bundle.

After shopping around for my last puppy, I found that adopting a dog that has already been house trained was optimal. Vaccines are already completed and in all cases, whatever you decide to adopt, will either be spayed or neutered before you bring them home. Many dogs out there have been removed from places of abuse or “torture chambers” is what I call them.

There are so many grown up human beings that do not deserve to have a loving bundle in their care. If you do deserve one and get one to bring home, chances are you are going to need homeopathic over the counter medications and supplements.

I do not have a whole lot to say about regular pet stores. You can find “cheap” all the way to “really high end” dog foods and then take hours in between trying to find the best and making up your mind for what is supposed to be the most nutritious, not using cereals, toxins in medications, and on and on it goes.

My suggestion to any good doggy parent?  Go to the sources at the top and start with someone who is educated, someone who has taken the time to study about the products they are selling.

Starting here: Vetionx Pet Health Care Products. There is a very common malady that I mentioned in another post and went into quite some detail about it; separation anxiety. If you already have a pet, possibly your dog is suffering from it and if so, I truly hope that you will get the homeopathic and really effective medication for it.  Anxietrex; safe and effective!

Hopefully, there are many loving and caring people like myself, and like you who can give these deserving little bundles a great home full of love and caring and healthy living. It’s what they deserve, that is for sure.

Thanks for stopping by today. Please leave your comments or questions below so we communicate back to you! Have a great week.    Do you have a bad dog

Stem Cell Therapy for Your Dog? It’s All the New Rage!

Were you aware that “Stem Cell Therapy” is “the all new rage”?

This is relatively a new veterinary therapy.  It is now offered at many veterinarian clinics. Some of the surgeries where use of the stem cells is needed, are getting wonderful results too. Especially in those pets that are severely arthritic; this new treatment seems to be working miracles for at least 95% nationwide.

I received a newsletter from Dr. Andrew Jones; from this I tool all of my information about Stem Cell Therapy plus some added information that I already knew from my studies to help my dog.  BUT, if you want more detail, names of veterinarians, clinics practicing, etc., you can go here!  >>>> If you go to this source:  on Stem Cell Therapy,  you can read more about it.

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cells are the cells in the body that repair all other damaged cells.  All animals/pets have them.  These stem cells divide and they can also differentiate between the many other types of cells that are in the body.  When there is damaged or dead tissue that needs repair or replacement, based upon where the damage is in the body, these cells duplicate and go to those places to grow and replace dead or damaged tissue.

If any tissue in the body, such as skin, fat, muscle, bone, cartilage, and even nerve tissue that becomes damaged?  The stem cells replicate and divide; while they are dividing, they begin to search for damaged tissue in the body.  They migrate to that tissue and begin their repair work.  These same stem cells also go into damaged organs, such as the heart, liver, intestines, pancreas, etc., to do repair work there.


However, I do recall the national outburst shouted out by probably millions of groups and individuals that were against stem cell research.  I am not up-to-date on how people feel about stem cell use today as it was not something that I was against.

If we can grow actual stem cells in our own bodies and these cells can be harvested in a fairly easy manner, and actual human organs can be regrown, replaced, or repaired with harvested stem cells? I could hardly have a problem with this. Much more so, with my dog? I could never deny her this treatment if it is affordable.

I do not know why most of the people who were against stem cell research were very offended to begin with and I cannot surmise their reasoning.  If I were to take an educated guess, however, I would have to assume that most all issues surrounded the testing that was being done on animals. This is the one and only reason that I was against the “testing of stem cells” and the actual research.  All research studies seem to envelope our animals so that testing on humans is avoided at costs.  Any and all testing is and always has been conducted with the use of animals.

There are different types of stem cells

There are two types of stem cells; embryonic and somatic.  Somatic means adult; thus adult stem cells which are not harvested from babies or infants.

Embryonic stem cells are found in a placenta or actual embryo.  Those cells; called “totipotent” (meaning has the ability to) reproduce into any mature cell type.  Embryonic stem cells have the greatest potential for healing tissue. Therefore, embryonic stem cells are preferred.

Because of where the embryonic stem cells are harvested, herein lies the reason for the many moral and ethical concerns with the harvesting of embryonic types of cells.  It becomes more difficult to harvest them.

The second type of stem cell is the adult stem cell.  These stem cells are called multipotent, which means they can differentiate into closely related cell lines, but they are not capable of creating a new organ.

Adult stem cells are found in the bone marrow, adipose tissue (fat), skin, liver, blood vessels, and neurons.  Contrary to embryonic stem cells, there are no moral or ethical concerns in harvesting these cells, activating them, and reintroducing them back to the patient in areas where healing and regeneration is needed.

So why use cells from adipose (fat) tissue?

Adult stem cells are highly concentrated in fat tissue.  There are 50 to 1,000 times more stem cells in the fat than the bone marrow.  At this concentration, it is no longer necessary to culture the stem cells to acquire the necessary cell numbers to make a healing impact.  The procedure to extract fat from the patient is much quicker and less invasive than a spay.

The stem cells that are needed, are contained inside a pool of cells inside of the fat.  The term “Stromal Vascular Fraction” or “SVF”.  The “SVF may send out an anti-inflammatory effect”, and “add bioactive peptides”, and then contribute to “reformation and architectural organizations”.  All of these benefits are lost however, once “stem cells are cultured”.

What do they do with these stem cells?

The “adult stem cells” are capable of dividing into many different cell types. Because of this, they can be used as a treatment for joint injuries, ligament and tendon damage, and fractured bones, instead of one particular instance that needs repair.

There are research and clinical trials that “currently support this use of stem cells under these conditions”.  However, there is ongoing research trying to target other parts of a body for treatments and they are saying that the preliminary results are very encouraging too.

What will your Vet do; how does this procedure work?

The procedure for your dog (or pet) is scheduled with a veterinarian well versed and accomplished in this procedure, of course.  The veterinarian will anesthetize (put him under) your pet.  They will surgically remove a couple tablespoons of fat.  This is a very quick and simple procedure; it is normally much easier than performing a spay.  The fat is then processed to remove any stem cells.

This process usually takes a couple of hours.  After the stem cells have been removed, your pet will most likely be sedated once again, and the stem cells will be placed into the joints and/or affected areas and quite possibly into the bloodstream.

It will be very important that you do not feed your pet the night before the procedure; this is pretty normal for all procedures when your dog is put under sedation.

When will the results show up?

Every animal is different and, as usual,  there are no guarantees.  But they say that they have seen a positive improvement in 95% of all the arthritic cases performed nationwide.  Some owners have even reported seeing a difference in as little as a week!

While quick results are possible, they of course say the same thing they say with every procedure like this;  they “expect us to begin seeing improvement within the first 90 days following treatment”.  If there is a case of really bad arthritis, it may be that multiple injections will be required;  make sure that you are banking your extra stem cells.  It  is always a good idea!”

Is the procedure safe?

And, of course, the same goes for this answer!  They say that “with any procedure that involves anesthesia, there is always a risk.”   However, “the stem cells are coming from your pet and are going to be re-administered back into your pet.”  Then “there is no risk of an allergic reaction in your pet.”   “In rare cases however, there could be a mild immunity reaction that will happen in the joint at the injection site; this should subside in 24 – 48 hours.”

I received all of my information from Dr. Andrew Jones, my Online and Homeopathic Vet!  He did suggest that if my pet was fairly young still, but she is having extreme arthritic issues, then this would be his recommendation, (if I could afford it).

My take on this procedure?  I would do this for my girl in a second if I had the two grand to pay for it.  She hurts so bad on some days and I never know when her pain medication is working for her anymore. She was tapped on the behind when she was a very young Staffy by a car.  She got away from me when I brought her home from the vet one day and took off running away from me.

My dog and I, we were new to each other; I had just adopted her at the Humane Society who had brought her in from a violent situation in the home.  I heard the woman who accidentally hit her with her car as she slammed on her brakes.  Then, all I heard was my little girl yelping several times.  I was sobbing by the time I got around the corner.  I thought for sure she was going to be splayed out on the street in a bloody mess.  But then I saw her running toward me, thank God!  The problem is that she is a bully breed; she doesn’t let anyone know when she is in pain, ever.

But through the few years that have followed, the arthritis has taken its tole on her back hips and legs and some days she can barely walk.  I cry all of the time about it; I feel pretty guilty. She is not sick, she could have a great life if we can control the pain from the arthritis.  To me, this Stem Cell Therapy seems like a very viable option for her.


Dr. Andrews (my Online Vet and Homeopathic Veterinarian) gave up his Brick and Mortar practice as a DVM to go online and try to help people like you and me; we who have enormous pet issues that no Vet has ever been able to find an answer to our problems!

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It was Dr. Jones’ information about Stem Cell Therapy; the All New Rage that I wrote my post about today.  He sends out great, up to the minute newsletters, that are chock full of information, news, and sales for all of his Health Products too.  Go to his site now and get signed up; at least get his newsletter and his blog.  Keep up with a much more Realistic World of Home Remedies, Homeopathic Treatments, Raw Solid Food Diets, Exercise for the Challenged Pet, anything and everything you can possibly think of; he will at least touch on it at one time or another.  If you still have questions?  Simply send him an email; he answers everything within 24 hours.

Best Wishes and Good Luck to you and your lovely pets too!

Rene & Molly, Picallo & Spaz

Rene animal keeper and advocate
Rene~Animal Keeper & Advocate


spaz true to his name
Spaz – True to his Name

picallo my catPicallo – 15 years or so


molly my staffordshire terrier 09/2013
Molly My Staffy 09/2013



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,

Molly is playing Army dog
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).


Spaz and Picallo; our cats
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.

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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.