We thank you all for your support and friendship though the years and especially in the last few weeks after Sandy. We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you give thanks for all of those things that matter most.
We will see you next week as we rev up for the very fun holiday season! (No radio show this week.) Woofy Woo and Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Fur Baby: Ilona
Age/breed: about 6-7, breed unknown
How long have you had pet?: half a year
Physical issues: Ilona”s hip went out of place again last night. As it was second time she needed surgery. She had so much osteoarthritis in there so only option to fix the hip was to remove the end of the hip bone. Lots of Warrior Reiki for her to support her healing now 🙂
When we connected with Ilona and sent her healing from our entire spiritual team, dragon included this time!
Ilona says Ilona is glad to be home even with the soreness. Ilona knows this is hard but it keeps SLOWLY getting like a release from the pain. Ilona does feel cared for and knows that Ilona is safe and loved. A lot to ponder while relaxing and healing. Ilona wants to feel strong again, maybe tomorrow.
We then heard from Ilona’s Mom:Ilona post-surgery
She is actually doing better than we thought she would. She has been surprisingly strong every moment after the surgery. Standing on her four legs even in the hospital. And now when walking slowly, she already uses her left leg quite much. The doctor suggested, that some dogs the pain had been part of their life also previously so they are used to using the sore leg just like any normal and healthy dog. This might be for Ilona also. Shame, if she has had pain previously, but on the other hand, the leg should recover faster now.
The doctor gave her no jumping rule, so that the hip will recover as close to the right place as possible. But Ilona seems to have her own rules 😀 I forgot a dog-sized place on the sofa, and she has today jumped on the sofa. And off. Without any trouble! And this evening I was giving Kassu his food in the kitchen, suddenly Ilona ran there also. She had jumped away from the area we have for her! After that we used couple of boxes to make the wall of that “healing area” a bit taller, so she wouldn’t jump again. She clearly has her own ideas what she should and should not do 🙂
Love the last sentence “Ilona wants to feel strong again, maybe tomorrow.” It seems to describe quite well this attitude she has, that she is doing quite well. And acting much better than the doctor described. I think I’ll have my hands full trying to get her to keep the pace slow enough long enough 🙂
– See more at: http://reikifurbabies.com/2014/08/17/reiki-ilona-dog-post-hip-surgery/#sthash.3ipirIU7.dpuf
We started with fish oil capsules we purchased at the supplement store; but soon learned that fish oil brands that are meant for humans contain soy as an ingredient, which is an allergen for many dogs. After this discovery, we chose a salmon oil specifically made for dogs – Grizzly Salmon Oil.
Pros – the salmon oil we use is made from wild caught salmon, formulated for dogs, has great reviews, and our dogs love it.
Cons – when wild salmon are scarce, salmon oil is scarce too; it’s not something that you can stock up on, because it does have a limited shelf life.
If the fishy smell is something you can’t get past or your dog can’t eat salmon or Pollock oil, then camelina oil is a fantastic alternative. It’s pressed from naturally grown camelina seeds and has all the health benefits of salmon and pollock oil.
Pros – Camelina oil does’t have a fishy smell, has a 2 year shelf life, there is no need to refrigerate, and the oil has a taste dogs love .
Cons – Camelina oil is more expensive than salmon or pollock oil.
Krill oil is supposed to be the best Omega 3 that you can give to your dog. It’s made from the fish that whales love to eat.
Pros -A quality krill oil is an amazing source of Omega 3 for dogs and it has a fishy smell that dogs love (but doesn’t leave dogs with fishy breath).
Cons – Krill oil is the most expensive of the Omega 3 oils we’ve tried.
Whether you feed your dog a raw, home-cooked, or kibble diet, an Omega 3 oil is a benefit for your best friend. I mentioned “expensive” several times – please keep in mind that this judgment comes from a woman who is raising 4 dogs.
Author’s Bio: Kimberly Gauthier is the Fur Mom to 4 dogs and founder of Keep the Tail Wagging, an online magazine for dog lovers. By sharing her experience as a dog mom to 4 pups, Kimberly hopes to help others make better choices for their dogs too. When she’s not laughing with her boyfriend or playing with her dogs, she can be found writing, taking pictures, reading, or watching movies.If adding an Omega 3 oil is something that you’re been considering, here are my thoughts on 3 we currently give to our dogs, plus one more.
Angie Bailey is an award-winning writer, blogger, humorist, and professional member of the Cat Writers’ Association. She’s the author ofwhiskerslist: the kitty classifieds and Catladyland, which won the Best Humor Blog in the 2013 BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging & Social Media Awards and Funniest Pet Blog in the 2011 Petties Awards. She is a regular columnist for Catster.com, the creator of Texts from Mittens, and half of the comedy web series production team of 82 South St. Productions, LLC.
M. K. Clinton joins us this week to talk about her books in The Returns series
Join us on Thursday, November 20 at 6:00 PM EST on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tppctv or anytime on the download.
About the Author:
M. K. Clinton lives in northwest Louisiana. She and her husband have been married for over thirty years. They are the parents of two grown children and are now enjoying the freedom of not punching a clock every day. After working at a local high school for many years, Melissa decided to stay home and concentrate on writing. In addition to her books, she writes a daily dog blog, Barking from the Bayou.
The couple shares their home with Bentley, a lovable Basset Hound, and Pierre, a feisty West Highland Terrier. She found the inspiration for her first book series, The Returns, in Bentley’s fur. He was born with a perfect number seven on his hip. Ironically, he is also the seventh dog that the family has owned.
In addition to writing, Melissa also volunteers at her local no-kill shelter for adoption days.
The Returns http://www.amazon.com/The-Returns-M-K-Clinton-ebook/dp/B00AFMVTBM also available in paperback http://www.amazon.com/The-Returns-M-K-Clinton/dp/1493703676/
The Returns 2~ Showstoppers http://www.amazon.com/The-Returns-2-~-Showstoppers-ebook/dp/B00GN9QMGI also available in paperback http://www.amazon.com/Showstoppers-Returns-M-K-Clinton/dp/1493710974
Social Media links:
Barking from the Bayou http://www.mkclinton.com
Facebook: The Returns books http://on.fb.me/1bfaBvY
One concern many dog owners have about raw feeding is salmonella related illnesses. Dogs are better equipped to process raw meat, because their digestive track is shorter than a human. The meat doesn’t hang around in their system long enough for salmonella to become an issue.
But dogs can get sick (ours did once). And so can their humans. Here are a few things we’ve done to keep everyone safe in our home.
Don’t prepare the dogs’ food while preparing our food …
When I’m mixing up the raw meals, my boyfriend doesn’t come in and make breakfast next to me. He waits until I’m finished “cooking” and cleaning up the area.
Clean everything – countertops, sink, dog dishes, everything…
There are mornings when I’m in a hurry, but I don’t skip this step. I wipe down everything that has been used, load the dishwasher, and if I was particularly messy, I toss any towels used to clean up into the laundry.
Don’t let the dogs lick your hands or face right after they eat…
We are raising an affectionate pack and I’ve been assured that dog kisses are perfetly safe, but why take the chance. We don’t allow the dogs to lick us right after they eat; they know the drill – when everyone is finished eating, they line up for a treat before they go outside.
Don’t leave the raw dog food out on the counter…
Salmonella grows rapidly in the right conditions, which is why it’s recommended that frozen food be thawed out in the fridge – not on the counter and not in warm water. It does take longer and you can speed up the final thaw by putting the food in a bowl of cool water.
Wash your hands after handling the raw…
We now have hand lotion on the kitchen counter, because I wash my hands so often. Even when handling packages of premade, dehydrated or freeze dried raw, it’s important to remember to wash your hands. It’s also a great idea to get into the habit of doing this after handling kibble too.
A long list of steps that are just common sense. I often tell people that if you’ve made a turkey or chicken dinner without getting sick, then you already know how to handle raw meat safely.
Author’s Bio: Kimberly Gauthier is the Fur Mom to 4 dogs and founder of Keep the Tail Wagging, an online magazine for dog lovers. By sharing her experience as a dog mom to 4 pups, Kimberly hopes to help others make better choices for their dogs too. When she’s not laughing with her boyfriend or playing with her dogs, she can be found writing, taking pictures, reading, or watching movies.
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This week, we talk to the creator of fetchfind.com, Jamie Damato Migdal, CPDT-KA & Pet Industry Entrepreneur. A site that enables pet parents to find the care givers they need for their pets. We talk specifically about Pet Park etiquette.
So many people love to enjoy the companionship of other pet parents and their pets but they don’t know the rules of engagement. Jaimie will give us the ground rules so everyone can have a good time and stay safe.
The Pet Podcast Channel, (TPPC.tv) is thrill to welcome back one of our favorite guests, Dr. Patrick Mahaney. Dr. Pat joins us Nov. 6 to talk about vaccinosis (over vaccinating) in pets as well as Ebola.