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Hartz Mountain Corp. Recalls Dog Treats

According to CNN, Hartz Mountain Corp. has issued a voluntary recall of nearly 75,000 bags of dog treats due to salmonella concerns, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The move came after random  testing by the FDA indicated the presence of salmonella organisms in one or more 8-ounce bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs.

The company, based in Secaucus, New Jersey, has not received any reports of animals or people becoming ill as a result of contact with the treats, and is investigating the source of the potential contamination.

The potentially affected treats are stamped with the lot code BZ0969101E, according to the FDA.

Hartz is urging dog owners who have purchased the recalled treats to immediately throw them away.

The FDA advises dog owners whose pets are exhibiting such symptoms as fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain and nausea to seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414.

See the FDA release here.

How To Support Your Dog’s Immune System

How To Support Your Dog’s Immune System

Your Dogs Health: Are You Sure Your Dog Has A Healthy Immune System?

The immune system is a network of specialized tissues, organs, cells, and hormones. There are two main types of immunity. Innate immunity is a system built into the body to resist disease. Acquired immunity is the immune system’s ability to adapt as the body is exposed to pathogens through exposure, illness or vaccines.

Symptoms of a weak immune system are shown as skin infections, recurring parasitic infections, and mild infections or illnesses that develop into more serious health issues. This occurs because the body’s immune system is not strong enough to defend itself.

As I will always stress, diet is the starting point. It is the foundation of good health and the first line of defense against disease. Fresh food is the first step. A varied diet of fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables may require a little more time to prepare, but is well worth the effort in the long run.

It is important that your dog have a healthy gastrointestinal tract in order to get the most benefit from the raw diet. If your dog’s intestinal tract is weakened by allergies or digestive disorders, the nutrients even in a raw diet will be harder to process and absorb. Digestive enzymes, probiotics and essential fatty acids all contribute to your dog having a healthy digestive tract and proper digestion.

Two other contributors to a strong immune system is exercise and weight control. Exercise helps to build and maintain a strong immune system. Weight control is important because overweight dogs are more susceptible to chronic and acute infections and diseases.

An easy way to help boost the immune system is to use a good quality multi-vitamin and mineral supplement daily.

Antioxidants are important because they help the immune function, by preventing oxidation of chemicals, and may help decrease the risk of infection and possibly cancer. They destroy free radicals which are reactive molecules that damage cells. Damaged cells leave the body susceptible to cancer, heart disease and other degenerative diseases. The most common antioxidants are Vitamins A, C and E and they are found in food.

Vitamin A is found in the liver and other tissues. It is most abundant in the fish liver oils. Carotene is found in plant material and dogs can convert carotene to vitamin A with an enzyme that is found in the intestinal walls. Vitamin A makes white blood cells which destroy viruses and harmful bacteria which help regulate the immune system. Vitamin A helps the skin, mucous membranes, and urinary tract.

Vitamin C is manufactured in the liver and kidneys of dogs and is the most abundant water-soluble antioxidant in the body. Fresh fruits provide Vitamin C.

Vitamin E is in vegetable oils, cereal grains, greens, liver and eggs. It is the most abundant fat-soluble antioxidant in the body. It is very helpful in protecting against oxidation in fatty tissues

I wish you the best of life for you and your dog.

Sandra Bailey, who has raised dogs for over 50 years, is the author of “Real Dogs Don’t Eat Kibble!” She is a member of the National Center for Homeopathy and a Professional Member of the Animal Wellness Association. She is the owner of the website http://www.TheNaturallyHealthyDog.com, and blog http://TheNaturallyHealthyDogSeries.blogspot.com.
 

Top Ten Items Surgically Removed From Pets

Top Ten Items Surgically Removed From Pets

Our pets are sure curious, and their curiosity can definitely get them into trouble sometimes.  Especially when they swallow something they shouldn’t have. Have you ever had to have something surgically removed from your pet?

Here are the top ten most common items surgically removed from pets, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance:

Socks
Underwear
Panty Hose
Rocks
Balls
Chew Toys
Corn Cobs
Bones
Hair Ties/Ribbons
Sticks

Other frequently ingested objects include nails, sewing needles and nipples from baby bottles.  But VPI has also received medical records for pets that have swallowed pagers, hearing aids, drywall, snail bait, batteries, rubber bands, toy cars, and sand with bacon grease poured on it.

“It’s no secret that cats are curious and dogs like to chew on things,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “Unfortunately, those traits can motivate pets to chew on, bite, or swallow items they shouldn’t.  Some of these objects will pass naturally, but others have a tendency to become lodged in pets’ gastrointestinal tracts, resulting in pain, vomiting, or internal injury.  In those cases, surgery may be a necessity.”

The best thing pet owners can do to prevent costly foreign body removal surgery is keep a clean living space. This includes making sure that personal items are not left on the floor or within easy reach of pets and remaining aware of each pet’s chewing tendencies.

Certain objects may appeal more to some pets than others. Knowledge of a pet’s tastes and tendencies can help pet owners exercise caution when letting a pet near objects that could be accidentally swallowed. Also remember that table scraps can contain excessive grease, bones or other objects not easily digested by pets.

“Most of these incidents occur without the pet owner’s knowledge,” said McConnell.  “Pets can get anxious if left alone and start chewing on objects to relieve boredom or stress.  Never ignore the signs that a pet may have swallowed something inedible: continual vomiting, dry heaving and/or  coughing.  If these symptoms occur, your pet should be examined by a veterinarian.”
 

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Raisin Toxicity

Raisin Toxicity

By Laurinda Morris, DVM

This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seen at MedVet.  My patient was a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix that ate half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and  4:30 PM on Tuesday.

He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about 1AM on Wednesday but the owner didn't call my emergency service until 7AM.

I had heard somewhere about raisins AND grapes causing acute Renal failure but hadn't seen any formal paper on the subject.

We had her bring the dog in immediately.  In the meantime, I called the ER service at MedVet, and the doctor there was like me – had heard something about it, but….

Anyway, we contacted the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center and they said to give IV fluids at 1 times maintenance and watch the kidney values for the next 48-72 hours.

The dog's BUN (blood urea nitrogen level) was already at 32 (normal less than 27) and creatinine over 5 (1.9 is the high end of normal). Both are monitors of kidney function in the bloodstream. We placed an IV catheter and started the fluids.

Rechecked the renal values at 5 PM and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine over 7 with no urine production after a liter of fluids.

At the point I felt the dog was in acute renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for a urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight as well
as overnight care.

He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet and his renal values have continued to increase daily. He produced urine when given lasix as a diuretic.  He was on 3 different anti-vomiting medications and they still couldn't control his vomiting.

Today his urine output decreased again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine was at 10, his phosphorus was very elevated and his blood pressure, which had been staying around 150, skyrocketed to 220..
He continued to vomit and the owners elected to euthanize.

This is a very sad case – great dog, great owners who had no idea raisins could be a toxin.

Please alert everyone you know who has a dog of this very serious risk.

Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or grapes could be toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes or raisins as treats including our ex-handler's.

Any exposure should give rise to immediate concern.

Laurinda Morris, DVM
Danville Veterinary Clinic
Danville , Ohio

 

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Music Therapy For Dogs?

Music Therapy For Dogs?

How does your pet react to music?  Does he howl to make you stop singing? Or does she start tapping her toes and dances even better than you dance?

Music has always been used as therapy for humans, and now there is a group of  harpists around the nation that is using the power of music to help animals.

Aliana Boone, a harpist, said, “The structure of the harp is considered to be the most healing instruments next to the human voice.” Boone plays for family pets that are sick and produced a CD “Harp Music to Soothe the Savage Beast.”

Boone has even played her harp for hospitalized canines at a vet clinic, and the music sessions immediately began to lower the heart rate, anxiety and respiration in many of the dogs.

All sorts of animals seem to benefit from the power of music. Cassie, a cow at a farm sanctuary, had anxiety-related behavior issues. One of the volunteers played a CD of harp songs, and within 20 minutes, Cassie dozed off and was at peace.

Diane Schneider, a harpist who produced “Harp of Hope: Animal Therapy Edition”, said music doesn’t work for all animals, but for the animals that it does work on, it works really well.

Schneider said pet owners have stated that her CD has helped arthritic dogs  fall asleep and calm anxious cats.

She recommended that pet owners play music before a stressful situation like going to the vet or grooming appointment.

Every detail of the instrumentals are specifically arranged to promote peace and relaxation in animals. Schneider added, “I’m hopeful that there will be a great increase in the use of this benevolent therapy. It is a very cost-effective, beneficial, soothing, calming intervention for animals and the people who love animals.”

 

Source: MSNBC

Good Health to your Dog!

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July 4th and Your Dog!

July 4th and Your Dog!

July the 4th is a day to celebrate our freedom.  And many of us celebrate with backyard barbecues, picnics, family gatherings, parties, and fireworks. But, our four-legged friends don’t understand all the clamor and hoopla. Some pets even have noise phobias, especially with fireworks. People may enjoy fireworks displays, but all that racket and commotion can create real terror in our pets.

Some animals don’t seem to mind the noise, but others become very frightened and act in strange, unpredictable ways. Certain cats and dogs have full-blown anxiety attacks. Symptoms of anxiety include shaking, trembling, barking, howling, drooling, attempting to hide, refusing to eat, and trying to leap a fence or escape from an enclosure, yard, or home. Many animals end up lost, hurt, or seriously injured.

Unlike us, animals have an acute sense of hearing, and the explosion of fireworks can cause alarm. Even pets that haven’t reacted in the past, or haven’t reacted in years, can suddenly become fearful or anxious. Older pets may be even more sensitive to loud noises.

Animal shelters see a huge increase in strays around this holiday. Dogs and cats will panic and bolt through doors, windows, or other enclosures, trying to run from the noise. It is absolutely critical that all pets have some form of current identification on them.

All pets should be kept indoors in a small, safe, sheltered area where they cannot hurt themselves. Turn on the TV or radio to help muffle the sound of fireworks or have calming music playing. Be sure to include their favorite toys, beds, food, and water. Try spending more time with them. Distract your nervous pets by playing with them or keeping them active doing something they enjoy. It seems contradictory, but do not stroke, pet, or reassure your cat or dog when they are nervous or frightened. This can actually reinforce their anxious behavior and make it worse.

Do not leave pets outside unattended. Even dogs that are tied up can get hurt trying to escape by chewing, choking, or strangling themselves on their leashes. If you take your pet outside, make sure they have a sturdy leash or are secured in a carrier

Educate children about not scaring pets with sparklers or firecrackers.

If your pet has what is called a noise phobia, give them something to help calm their nerves and keep them from injuring themselves. Pets may jump through plate-glass windows, tear up their surroundings, or even self-mutilate when they hear fireworks.

Plan ahead. Do not wait until the last minute to get something to help them.  I recommend Bach’s Rescue Remedy.  It is a natural flower remedy, you cannot give them too much, and it will help.  Give it to them before the fireworks start.

 

 Good health to your dog!

 

  Thank you again and good health to you and your dog. 

 
 

Do You Trust The Drug Companies?


Do You Trust The Drug Companies?


U.S. drug companies spend almost twice as much on marketing and promoting medications than on research and development, a new Canadian study says.

"These numbers clearly show how promotion predominates over R&D in the pharmaceutical industry, contrary to the industry's claim," the authors write in this week's peer-reviewed journal Public Library of Science Medicine.

Using data from two market research companies, the University of Quebec's Marc-André Gagnon and York University's Joel Lexchin found U.S. drug companies spent $57.5 billion US on promotional activities in 2004 compared with $31.5 billion on research and development.

Promotional activities included free samples, visits from drug reps, direct-to-consumer advertising of drugs, meetings with doctors to promote products, e-mail promotions, direct mail and clinical trials designed to promote the prescribing of new drugs rather than to generate scientific data.

The authors say their figure of $57.5 billion US is likely an underestimate, citing other avenues for promotion such as ghostwriting of articles in medical journals by drug company employees, or the off-label promotion of drugs.

Drug companies have long argued they are driven primarily by research, while critics charge that marketing and profits are their primary concerns.

It's not a surprising conclusion, said Steve Morgan, an expert on the economics of the pharmaceutical industry at the University of British Columbia.

"It's been known for a long time that manufacturers of prescription drugs spend more money on marketing than they do on research and development," added Morgan, who heads the program in pharmaceutical policy at the university's Centre for Health Services and Policy Research.

There were extensive U.S. government reviews of the pharmacy business in the 1950s and '60s and again in the 1980s. But there hasn't been a comprehensive study of drug industry profits and spending in more than a decade.

I hope you find this article useful.

Good Health to your Dog!

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Disaster Plans For Dogs

Pets and Disaster…Be Prepared!

The following information has been prepared by the Humane Society of the United States in cooperation with the American Red Cross.

Our pets enrich our lives in more ways than we can count. In turn, they depend on us for their safety and well-being. Here's how you can be prepared to protect your pets when disaster strikes.

Be Prepared with a Disaster Plan

The best way to protect your family from the effects of a disaster is to have   a disaster plan. If you are a pet owner, that plan must include your pets. Being prepared can save their lives.

Different disasters require different responses.  But whether the disaster     is a hurricane or a hazardous spill, you may have to evacuate your home.

In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too.

Leaving pets behind,even if you try to create a safe place for them,is likely to result in their being injured, lost, or worse.

So prepare now for the day when you and your pets may have to leave your home.

Have a Safe Place To Take Your Pets

Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets because of states' health and safety regulations and other considerations. Service animals who assist people with disabilities are the only animals allowed in Red Cross shelters. It may be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of a disaster, so plan ahead. Do not wait until disaster strikes to do your research.

Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to check policies on accepting pets and restrictions on number, size, and species. Ask if "no pet" policies could be waived in an emergency.  Keep a list of "pet friendly" places, including phone numbers, with other disaster information and supplies. If you have notice of an impending disaster, call ahead for reservations.

Ask friends, relatives, or others outside the affected area whether they could shelter your animals. If you have more than one pet, they may be more comfortable if kept together, but be prepared to house them separately.

Prepare a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency; include 24-hour phone numbers.

Ask local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets in a disaster. Animal shelters may be overburdened caring for the animals they already have as well as those displaced by a disaster, so this should be your last resort.

Assemble a Portable Pet Disaster Supplies Kit

Whether you are away from home for a day or a week, you'll need essential supplies. Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy containers that can be carried easily (duffle bags, covered trash containers, etc.).

Your pet disaster supplies kit should include:

1) Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof container) (Note by Sandra:  Have Bach Rescue Remedy in your first  aid kit to help your dog with stress.  It is a natural remedy and safe)

2) A first aid kit.

3) Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely and  ensure that your animals can't escape.

4) Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.

5) Food, potable water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and can opener. Plan for 5 to 7 days.

6) Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions,  behavior problems, and the name and number of your  veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets.

7) Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable.  (A favorite blanket or chew toy can be just the thing to provide a sense of security for an animal under stress. In such times, take a moment to reassure your best  friend that you are there, protecting him or her.)

Know What To Do As a Disaster Approaches

Often, warnings are issued hours, even days, in advance. At the first hint of disaster, act to protect your pet.

1) Call ahead to confirm emergency shelter arrangements for you and your pets.
2) Check to be sure your pet disaster supplies are ready to take at a moment's notice.
3) Bring all pets into the house so that you won't have to search for them if you have to leave in a hurry.
4) Make sure all dogs and cats are wearing collars and securely fastened, up-to-date identification.
5) Attach the phone number and address of your temporary shelter, if you know it, or of a friend or relative outside the disaster area. You can buy temporary tags or put adhesive tape on the back of  your pet's ID tag, adding information with an indelible pen.

(Microchipping your dog or cat will increase your chances of reuniting
in case of separation during an emergency. By embedding a microchip    with your contact information under your pet's skin, a veterinarian or animal facility, with a simple scan, will be able to identify an animal’s owners.)

(Sanitation, First Aid:
Pads, paper towels,  rags, a litter supply, and pet-safe disinfectant  will come in handy.  Add some over-sized bandages and gauze strips to your family first aid kit if you have a larger animal.)

You may not be home when the evacuation order comes.   Find out if a trusted neighbor would be willing to take your pets and meet you at a prearranged location.   This person should be comfortable with your pets,
know where your animals are likely to be, know where your pet disaster supplies kit is kept, and have a key to your home. If you use a petsitting service,  they may be available to help, but discuss the  possibility well in advance.

Planning and preparation will enable you to evacuate  with your pets quickly and safely, but bear in mind that animals react differently under stress.

1)Outside your home and in the car, keep dogs securely leashed. Transport cats in carriers.
2)Don't leave animals unattended anywhere they can run off.  The most trustworthy pets may panic, hide, try to escape,  or even bite or scratch.
3) When you return home, give your pets time to settle back  into their routines.
4) Consult your veterinarian if any behavior problems persist.

 

About Other Pets


Birds
Birds should be transported in a secure travel cage or carrier. In cold weather, wrap a blanket over the carrier and warm up the car before placing birds inside.  During warm weather, carry a plant mister to mist the birds' feathers periodically. Do not put water inside the carrier during transport. Provide a few slices of fresh fruits and vegetables with high water content.  Have a photo for identification and leg bands. If the carrier does not have a perch, line it with paper towels and change them frequently. Try to keep the carrier in a quiet area. Do not let the birds out of the cage or carrier.

Reptiles
Snakes can be transported in a pillowcase but they must be transferred to more secure housing when they reach the evacuation site. If your snakes require frequent feedings, carry food with you. Take a water  bowl large enough for soaking as well as a heating pad. When transporting house lizards, follow the same directions as for birds.

Pocket Pets
Small mammals (hamsters, gerbils, etc.) should be transported in secure carriers suitable for maintaining the animals while sheltered. Take bedding materials, food bowls, and water bottles.

A Final Word
If you must evacuate, do not leave your animals behind. Evacuate them to a prearranged safe location if they cannot stay with your during the evacuation period. (remember, pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters.)

If there is a possibility that disaster may strike while you are out of the house, there are precautions you can take to  increase your pets' chances of survival, but they are not a substitute for evacuating with your pets.

 

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Holiday Plants and Dangers Involved

Holiday Plants and Dangers Involved

As you prepare to deck your halls, walls, and general surroundings, be aware of a few holiday greens that may be dangerous to your dog.
 
Holly and mistletoe:

Ingesting these festive holiday plants can lead to serious diarrhea and tummy upset.  It's possible that mistletoe may also cause cardiovascular problems.
 
Poinsettias and Lilies:

Both are known to upset Bowser's belly and bowels, but poinsettias are particularly irritating to the mouth and can be poisonous.

Other Plants:

Amaryllis, Christmas cactus, cyclamens and potted Norfolk Island pines are popular gifts during the season, but be sure to keep them out of your pet's reach.  Hanging baskets can work well for some of these plants.  Be sure to check them regularly for dropped leaves, flowers or berries.

Holiday trees:

Keep thirsty pups away from tree water.  It's often mixed with fertilizers, which tend to upset the stomach. And if the water has been sitting for a while, it may harbor potentially harmful bacteria.  Do not put an asprin in the water for the tree, your pet may drink it.  
 
Pine needles:

If swallowed, they can pierce the stomach or intestines.  In some cases, they can be toxic.

Greenery Swags & Wreaths:

Pine, spruce, hemlock, holly and other seasonal greens can be harmful if eaten by a dog or cat.  Be sure they are hung out of your pet's reach and check regularly for fallen berries, needles or cones.  Get rid of greenery as soon as it dries out and starts dropping profusely.

What To Do If Your Pet Is Poisoned

- Don't panic but try to think clearly and work quickly.

- If you know what has poisoned your pet, take a moment to gather a  sample along with any package labeling.  Be sure to take the product container with you to your vet. Also, collect any chewed or vomited material in a zip-lock bag.

- If you witness your pet consuming material that you suspect might be toxic, do not hesitate to seek emergency assistance, even if you do not  notice any adverse effects. Sometimes, even if poisoned, an animal may appear normal for several hours or for days after the incident.

Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435. There is a $55 consultation fee for this service.

The following information will be required when you call:

- the species, breed, age, sex, weight and number of animals involved

- the animal's symptoms

- information regarding the exposure, including the agent (if known), the amount of the agent involved and the time elapsed since the time of  exposure.

If your animal is having seizures, losing consciousness, is unconscious or is having difficulty breathing, telephone ahead and bring your pet immediately to your local veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic.

If necessary, he or she may call the APCC.  Always consult a veterinarian or the APCC for directions on how and when to use any emergency first-aid item.

I hope you find this informative article useful.

Good Health to your Dog!

The Naturally Healthy Dog™

 

 

DANGER!! TOY DANGER!!

DANGER!!  TOY DANGER!!

The Chai Story


"On Sunday, June 22, 2008 my 10-year old lab mix, Chai, sustained a severe injury from a product that the company Four Paws Inc, produces. The toy I'm referencing is the pimple ball with bell. (Item #20227-001, UPC Code 0 4566320227 9)

While chewing on the toy, a vacuum was created and it effectively sucked his tongue into the hole in the ball. From speaking with my vet, this likely occurred because there is not a second hole in the ball preventing the vacuum effect from happening.

I became aware of this when Chai approached a friend at my home
whimpering with the ball in his mouth. She tried unsuccessfully to remove the ball but the tongue had swollen and could not be released.

Chai was taken to the Animal Medical Center (an emergency care facility in New York City) and was treated by Dr. Nicole Spurlock to have the ball removed. Because the size of the opening on the ball was so small, all circulation to his tongue was cut off. The doctors had to sedate him in order to remove it.

Once the ball was removed, his tongue swelled to the point that he could no longer put it in his mouth. Chai was sent home with care instructions and to be observed overnight for any changes.

By the following morning Chai's tongue had swollen even more. He was
taken to his regular vet, Dr. Timnah Lee, for treatment. He was admitted and kept sedated for a period of three days during which time they were treating his wounds and waiting to determine how much of his tongue could be saved.

On June 26, 2008 Chai had his tongue amputated. He was kept in after-care for an additional three days. On Sunday June 29th I brought Chai home from the vet with a barrage of home care instructions, to last for an additional 7 days.

His next visit was to have his mouth re-examined and have the feeding tube in his neck removed.

On the way home from the vet we stopped at Petland Discount where I purchased their product to speak to the manager on duty. Upon meeting Chai and seeing his condition, he removed all of the balls in question from the shelves. He also gave me the customer service number to their corporate headquarters to request that they refuse to continue purchasing all Four Paws products, but I have not called them as of  yet.

 

Additionally, I shared my story with friends who have a French Bulldog named Petunia. Upon hearing my story their eyes widened. They explained that the same thing happened twice in one night with a smaller version of the same ball to their dog. Fortunately, they were able to pull it off before the tongue swelled, but not without tremendous effort and pain to the dog. They recalled how horrific it was to hear their dog screaming while they had to pry the ball from her tongue.

To date, my veterinary bills total over $5000.00 and I will have regular follow up appointments for some time. Additionally, Chai now requires a much more expensive form of food because of this injury, averaging approximately $200 per month.

Also – I am Chai's sole caretaker and the regime required to care for him following his surgery has forced me to lose a great deal of business. I am a hair stylist and my salon is in my home. Given that Chai needs constant attention, and given that he has been wailing in pain, I have not been
able to see clients.

Additionally, I now have to re-teach my dog to eat, drink and adjust to life without his tongue. Just walking him requires about 30min twice a day and we only make it three blocks. Feeding him takes me about 90 minutes twice a day and for at least this first week he is not to be unattended for more than 20 minutes at time.

I also learned of an animal treatment clinic that has also documented the same injury to a Shepard mix.  

I sent this information along with the reference to Petunia, the french bulldog, to Four Paws Inc, and it is their position that there just aren't enough instances to do anything about this.

I told their Insurance company's case manager that was not a good enough excuse, it was inferred that my dog's value wasn't much and that his pain and suffering doesn't count as he is just a piece of property."

I hope you find this story helpful.

Good Health to your Dog!

The Naturally Healthy Dog™