Miami has a reputation as home of the profligate and ostentatious. As a resident and Miami dog trainer I have a front row view of this. However, this existence contrasts sharply with most other parts of the world. On a recent trip studying canine behavior in South America, I couldn’t help but notice the stark differences between the dogs in Miami and the United States vs. dogs in South America. Through this exploration, it became evident that stray dogs and community dogs do not necessarily mean without a “home”. By home, I don’t mean to insinuate they are indoor pets, as we see in the United States; conversely they live outdoors, are supported, fed and cared for (to a certain degree) by one or many people. They may be referred to as outdoor dogs, community dogs, homeless dogs, village dogs or feral dogs. Contrarily, community dogs were not in a state of entropy.
September 25 2013 at 10 pm at night our vet met us at his clinic. Baylee our 15 month old Soft Coated Wheaton terrier had been was shaking uncontrollably, soiled her kennel, could not walk and it was evident by her crying she was in excruciating pain.
Search and rescue dogs work hard to help find and save people, and they have even helped out with such large-scale disasters as September 11 and Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately, this work often leads to dehydration, heat exhaustion, or other heat-related ailments; in fact, 68 percent of working dogs were affected by a heat-related illness after helping out with a disaster.
A study by Morris Animal Foundation monitored working dogs’ health when exposed to different types of environments. This study found that no matter what the weather was, work dogs’ temperatures would still rise noticeably, even when a small amount of time was devoted to work. Using cooling vests for these dogs showed promise for helping them to cool off. This study helps search and rescue dog handlers to be more aware of how to help their canine partners by using cooling vests and managing when the dog needs rest.
Morris Animal Foundation is working to help improve the health of working dogs and many other types of animals by funding animal health studies like the one that you just read about. Whether you have a cat or a dog, Morris wants to help your animal stay as healthy as possible. Morris’s studies have:
Helped the first parvovirus vaccine for dogs to come into existence
Discovered a diet that helps diabetic cats
Found new ways to treat pain in horses
Cared for mountain gorillas, an endangered species, by funding veterinary care
Morris Animal Foundation needs your help so that it can keep funding studies like the working dog study that you just read about. We greatly appreciate any donations!
This is a guest post by Katie F. on behalf of Morris Animal Foundation. Visit morrisanimalfoundation.org/ to learn more about the animal health research that Morris Animal Foundation participates in.
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As the temperatures drop and snow levels rise, we and our pets seek blankets, fireplaces and cuddle buddies for warmth. For our giveaway this week, we asked you to send us a photo that shows your pet staying warm. While our winner will be randomly selected, we wanted to share some of our favorite photos.
Nothing lifts your mood like a pet greeting you at the door after a long work day. A loyal pet gives you unconditional love and can have a positive impact on your health. Pets improve our emotional, psychological and physical health by keeping us active and reducing stress. Health benefits of pet ownership have led to the creation of animal therapy programs in children’s hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and hospice programs. Here is our list of the top 6 healthy reasons to own a pet.
Layna the 7-year-old Doberman Pinscher recently tested the strength of her teeth and made an unplanned veterinary visit when she chewed into a man’s work boot. The foreign body ingestion put her into critical care where she had to spend a week and 2 days in the vet hospital.
When a dog or cat ingests non-food objects, they can become stuck in the animal’s gastrointestinal system which can cause further problems. If you suspect your pet has swallowed something it shouldn’t have, it is important to seek immediate veterinary care in case surgery is needed.
Layna needed surgery to remove the pieces of boot that she swallowed. Her treatment also included medications and hospitalization for several days. She was released to go home with doctor’s strict orders not to eat any more footwear of any kind. We wish Layna a quick recovery from surgery!
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I just wanted to say that I’ve had such a great experience with Trupanion and would highly recommend them over any other pet insurance. Having had a sick dog for a good part of 2013 I speak from experience, Trupanion have been so helpful and prompt in responding to our claims, and getting a pre-approval for a much needed surgery done within 1 hour. Thank you Trupanion! -Michelle S.
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This is one of your clients. She is recovering nicely from a gastric ulcer and kennel cough, thanks to her amazing vet and you guys! Thanks -Dannielle M.
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Mason and Molly
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Rather than asking for your pet’s New Year’s resolution which is something we commonly do at the start of each year, we decided to keep it positive by looking back at the good things you did in 2013. To enter this past week’s giveaway, we asked you to answer one question: What was one way you made your pet’s life better in 2013?
We know that all pet parents who saw our question are amazing people who make their pets’ lives better and we were overwhelmed with the positive responses to our question. For the sake of spreading the positivity, we decided to share some of our responses and pet photos in this blog post. As always, our prize winner will be randomly selected.
I stopped buying commercial dog treats and now I make my own using, Natural Peanut Butter, Brown Rice Flour, Oat Flour, Egg and Honey. I also bought a food dehydrator and I make sweet potato treats with it. Zoey loves these and they are so good for her! -Signe C.
Pulled him off the to be destroyed list and adopted him -Pcakes M.
I got a job that allows me to bring my dog to work. He loves going to the office! -Emily S.
We adopted her (June 2013) and gave her a home, a bed, food, toys, and all the love we could possible give her. She was found alone, starving and scared and we changed that. She has made our lives better in 2013 as well. -Kelsey C.
I gave Penny a little “sister” on Dec 31 to make our lives complete !! -Patti S.
We hiked a mountain together!!! Amazing experience! -Cathy S.
I found a toothpaste flavor he likes, so he actually enjoys having his teeth brushed. -Colette O.
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My furbaby had to wait 6 more weeks for a cystoscopy because the first one was inconclusive, or I could’ve just started on chemo treatment because it was looking like cancer, according to the vet. I choose to wait for another cystoscopy and I’m glad I did. No cancer, just one very expensive urethral obstruction. Thanks to Trupanion, they covered it. -Lily C.
When I got Astro in June of 2013 I also got Trupanion Dog Insurance. This was put to the test when at the age of 5 months Astro broke his leg! Trupanion paid 90% of his fees ( less the deductible )and Astro is totally perfect! -Elise M.
I saved his life when the vet’s kept telling me there was nothing wrong and I knew better and was persistent. Thank you Trupanion for making this nightmare less of a financial burden. -Deborah M.
Trupanion has probably paid $20,000.00 at least for my Doxies blood problem. -Liz C.
Trupanion helped us get his ACL surgery so he can play ball again -Kaitlyn K.
I insured both my babies! Best thing I ever did–when my Sphynx was diagnosed with HCM in October, I knew Trupanion would help me provide the best care for my little man. -Christina
I have a 2 year old Labradoodle named Eko, who developed all sorts of skin/ear/eye irritation over the past year. My family and I spent months working with Park Veterinary Clinic to determine the issue, and scratch Eko’s itch. Because of Trupanion’s support, I was able to complete the numerous tests and treatments needed to narrow down what turned out to be a food allergy. He’s a happy camper now and celebrated his 2nd birthday on Tuesday! -Brittany C.
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This week’s featured pet insurance claim is about a dog who recently lost a toe. Maggie the 9-year-old Dogue de Bordeaux whose toe was recently found to have a tumor. Tumors on dogs can be common and are often benign but it is important to have them tested just in case.
Maggie had radiology as well as a biopsy on her tumor and her veterinarian decided it would be best to amputate the toe. She underwent general anesthesia and the toe removal went smoothly.
We wish Maggie a smooth recovery and are glad that she was able to receive timely treatment.
Please note: This blog is designed to be a community where pet owners can learn and share. The views expressed in each post are the opinion of the author and not necessarily endorsed by Trupanion. Always consult your veterinarian for professional advice.