It’s the Perfect Storm in California animal shelters

Tuesdays-Tails-Blog-Hop-Official-BadgeAnimal shelters are bursting at the seams.

Besides the Chihuahuas being dumped like last season’s fashion accessories, many elements are coming together to form the Perfect Storm.

  1. We’re having a heat wave. It’s hot so people don’t leave their houses except to do essential tasks. They don’t make trips to the shelter or to shopping centers and off-site adoption events which are often being cancelled at this time due to lack of interest.
  2. Adoptions go down every summer and the inventory goes up as people use vacations or moving as an excuse to dump their pets.

  3. Fireworks runaways
    . This is the worse time of year for runaway dogs. They get spooked by the noises of our celebration and they panic. This puts a burden on the shelters to house and feed the dogs until they are claimed.

 This is a Blog Hop for shelter animals

Felix and Oscar were picked up as strays and no one claimed them. Their owner didn’t even bother to deliver them to safety.

They’ve been through a lot together and need to go into the same forever home where they can feel safe and secure. They weigh about 8 pounds each.

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It takes two, baby
It takes two, baby
To make a dream come true, just takes two

More information on this not so odd couple

Thanks to Lisa Brown of Dogs N Paws for starting this blog hop to help homeless animals.

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Liver Disease in Dogs

There are some man-made chemicals that are toxic and can cause liver disease in dogs as well as humans. The list of these chemicals includes phosphorus, selenium, carbon tetrachloride, insecticides, and toxic amounts of arsenic, lead and iron.

Most people are not aware that liver disease in dogs can also be caused by some over-the-counter medicines and also prescription medications. Antibiotics, antifungals, anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, dewormers and diuretics can all cause adverse reactions in a dog and possibly lead to liver disease if an excessive dosage is given or there is prolonged use of the medication.

Another cause of liver disease in dogs can be traced to a dog consuming certain plants and herbs. These include some mushrooms, blue-green algae, and the mold aflatoxin that grows on corn. If aflatoxin accidentally manages to enter the dog food manufacturing process it can contaminate any canned or dry dog food it comes into contact with and can result in severe liver damage. The damage comes from gallstones, tumors, and liver flukes that form and block the dog’s bile ducts.

To determine the best method of treating liver disease, a veterinarian will first order blood tests followed by ultrasound or CT scans. The scans can reveal damage to the liver but the only conclusive test is a biopsy of the dog’s liver. Whether or not a dog will recover from liver disease is dependent on how long the dog has been sick, the full extent of the liver damage, and whether surgery is necessary or if the disease can be controlled with medications. Surgical procedures are usually recommended to correct bile duct obstructions and some primary tumors of the liver.

Liver disease in dogs is a very serious condition and after treatment by a vet you will need to control and prevent any further complications such as bleeding. Your dog may also require a special diet low in protein to complete its recovery.

Liver disease in dogs is something that must be treated as quickly as possible to protect your pet and give it the ability to live a long and disease-free life.

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Car Sickness In Dogs

Many dogs will experience car sickness on short or long trips because they are unable to adapt themselves to the shifting movements and varying speeds of a car. Even a smooth ride on a fairly calm trip can upset the delicate digestive system of a dog.

Car sickness, also called motion sickness, is caused by the over-stimulation of a dog’s inner ear, resulting in a miserable car riding experience for a dog. Stress can also make a dog carsick if it associates the car ride with an unpleasant memory like going to the vet and getting vaccinations or some other unwelcome treatment. If a dog is frightened by noisy vehicles – garbage trucks, semi-trucks, etc., it can experience stress whenever it’s in the car and near the source of these kinds of noises. Separation anxiety also can occur as a result of being removed from familiar surroundings and can trigger a bout of car sickness.

When a dog vomits while riding in the car, the most obvious reason is car or motion sickness. A scared dog may also pant more rapidly than usual, will salivate heavily, or even pace back and forth by the car and resist getting into the vehicle. Sometimes a dog will whine and pull away from you when trying to put it into your car. When a dog acts this way before the car’s engine is even started, it’s a pretty good indication it’s not going to enjoy the ride and will get carsick.

Desensitizing your dog to car rides does not have to be a difficult process. A good first step is to make the car ride more inviting and fun by acclimating your dog to the car itself. Load your dog into your parked car and feed it while the car stays parked without the engine running. This will help your dog associate the car with something enjoyable.

After your dog becomes accustomed to the car and appears to be looking forward to going for a ride, you can start the car while your dog is eating inside it, but don’t drive anywhere. Just stay parked wherever you are. Once your dog feels comfortable eating in the car and appears to have no problem with the engine running, take your dog for a short ride around the block.

Be sure to lower your car windows to equalize the air pressure and allow your dog to breathe fresh air. Keep your car cooled down if the temperature or humidity is high, as heat can increase the chances of your dog feeling nauseous. You may also want to bring along one or two of your dog’s favorite toys or treats.

The best way to prepare your dog for a long trip by car is to not give it the usual amounts of food or water just before setting out. A dog will travel better and is less apt to experience car sickness if it eats just 1/2 or 1/4 of its usual serving of food before the lengthy car ride. If a dog begins exhibiting signs of car sickness on the trip, make a stop and take it on a short walk. A little longer walk may be necessary if your dog seems unusually stressed by the ride. Spending more time walking will give your dog an opportunity to release some, if not all, of its stress.

Luckily, the majority of dogs will outgrow car sickness, although some dogs will always have a tougher time adjusting to traveling in a car. If this is the case with your dog, before putting your dog in the car, give it the natural supplement Calming Soft Chews. These chews will help your dog relax when traveling by car, and also work great for handling stress when a dog is staying at home. Calming Soft Chews have been proven to help dogs suffering with separation anxiety and nervousness. The Calming Soft Chews are safer than over-the-counter products which often cause drowsiness in a pet.

Dogs with car sickness do not make for a pleasant and carefree trip or vacation. Using a dog seatbelt may help your pet feel more secure and will diminish feelings of instability. A carsick dog is less likely to have an unpleasant trip and feel safer if it’s wearing a car seatbelt or harness when riding in the front or back seat.

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Kittens Going Crazy for Feline Greenies Cat Treats

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Day Trip // Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Lake Geneva Day Trip // Bubby and Bean

When I was a little girl, every summer my family would drive an hour or so north to a little beach and lake in rural Wisconsin.  I have the absolute best memories of these trips – they were sweet, simple day trips filled with all of the joys of summer (translate: swimming and ice cream).  As an adult, my husband and I try to take the same day trip once or twice a summer up to the Lake Geneva area.  It’s close, it’s easy, and it’s a mini escape to a small town surrounded by beautiful pieces of nature.  We are big fans of spontaneous adventures and these excursions are never planned.  Usually we’ll wake up on a random weekend morning, realize that we don’t have any plans for the day, and proceed to hop in the car head north. 

This past Saturday, Robbie and I decided that it was officially the day to take our annual visit to the area.  It was actually a really dreary morning – which meant we’d have to skip our usual swimming experience, but also meant dealing with less crowd madness.  (Lake Geneva tends to be a pretty popular spot on summer weekends, and the parking and restaurant situations can be somewhat challenging during those times.) We quickly got dressed, grabbed coffees, got in the car, put on some Talking Heads, and drove out of urbanization into Illinois farmlands, along winding rural roads, until we arrived in town. (You can view a slightly amusing short video of our drive via my Instagram account.)

We decided to start off with an early lunch, and our first stop was a restaurant called Simple Cafe.  I’d heard great things about this farm-to-table restaurant and their fresh, local menu, and was excited to try it out.  There was a 20 minute wait for a table, so we headed next door to their bakery, which had all sorts of delicious breads, spreads and treats.  Back at the restaurant, Robbie ordered some sort of fancy omelet, while I opted for the grilled cheese and tomato soup (I have a thing for grilled cheese sandwiches).  We were not disappointed.  The multi-grain bread was insanely good and the tomato soup – which tasted of hints of Parmesan – may have been the best I’d ever had.  I washed my lunch down with a Sprecher Cherry Cola, which was also ridiculously good (I need to get my hands on some of that Door County cherry juice).  If you’re ever in the area, I can’t recommend Simple Cafe highly enough.  (For those of you in Milwaukee, apparently they own one there as well.)

After lunch, we decided to take a drive down Snake Road, which is a rustic road, dotted with historical, multi-million dollar summer estates.  Although you can only see the gates (and servant’s quarters) from the roads, it’s still a gorgeous drive, and fun to imagine what it was like when many of these massive homes were built over a hundred years ago.  The Lake Geneva area actually has a very rich history – it was a hugely popular resort town during the roaring ’20s (and popular with Al Capone and his mob pals as well), Hugh Hephner opened the first Playboy Club ever there, and many noted Chicago celebrities owned mansions there, deep in the woods. 

We headed back to Lake Geneva, parked the car by the lake, and spent a couple of hours walking around and taking photographs.  Although small and often congested, the beach is still quite beautiful, and it’s very peaceful to sit and stare out into the waves.  The shops downtown are touristy, but there are quite a few fun boutiques and antique shops.  Kismet is full of handmade gift items, many crafted by local artists.  Lake Geneva Antique and Art Bazaar is a newer shop that has a huge mix of handmade art, antiques, and vintage goods.  Geneva Jakes has cool outdoor goods.  For a wide assortment of gorgeously crafted fair trade goods, stop into Global Hands.  And for some of the most delicious ice cream in the midwest, pay a visit to Kilwin’s Chocolates.

By late afternoon, the weather had started to warm up and the sun had finally emerged, so we decided to drive over to Williams Bay, a tiny town also on the shore of Geneva Lake.  When we’re visiting the area specifically to go to swimming, we usual choose this beach, because it’s a little more removed and slightly less crowded.  It was too cold to swim this time (at least for us), but we wanted to stop by Yerkes Observatory (the birthplace of astrophysics!) to take some photographs.  Yerkes is operated by the University of Chicago, and houses the world’s largest refracting telescope.  I am completely fascinated by this place and am hoping to take one of their summer night courses/tours, but on this particular day we knew it was closed and just wanted to take pictures of the outside.  The building, which dates back to 1897, is really extraordinary, with all kinds of incredible detailing.  It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.

As the evening approached, we went on an unsuccessful hunt for fried cheese curds (I went to school at UW-Madison and have insatiable cravings for cheese curds whenever I visit Wisconsin), then headed home.  It was a great day – equal parts relaxation and spontaneous mini adventures.  For those of you in the Chicago area who want a quick escape (that still allows you the luxury of being back in your own bed that night), I highly recommend heading to Lake Geneva.  Although a popular weekend destination for Chicagoans (I swear 90% of the license plates I saw that day were from Illinois), it’s also a fun getaway just for an afternoon.  If you’ve been to the area and know of any places we may be missing, please let me know!  I have a feeling we’ll be back again before summer comes to an end. 

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