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Canine Epilepsy

Canine epilepsy is a serious condition that causes seizures in dogs. Once the disease is diagnosed, epilepsy becomes manageable. Epileptic seizures are dangerous for a dog as it can easily be injured and fall into unconsciousness with no control over its muscles.

Recognizing canine epilepsy symptoms will help you treat the ailment in its early stages by getting the proper medication from your veterinarian and knowing how to keep your dog safe the next time it has a seizure.

Canine epilepsy becomes apparent when your dog has seizures that occur suddenly and without any warning signs.

Seizures can be triggered by something as simple as loud noise, bright lights, or a stressful situation.

When a dog has a seizure, it may fall down, stagger and have spasms. The dog may or may not lose consciousness, but either way it will have no control over its muscles and limbs. The dog will be breathing with great difficulty and will salivate excessively. There may be foaming around its mouth due to its fast breathing.

Most canine epilepsy seizures last less than a minute, although it’s not that unusual for one to last for 5 or 6 minutes. Apart from seizures there are no other symptoms of canine epilepsy.

Epilepsy may be caused by a genetic disease, tumors, blood clots in the dog’s brain, or damaged brain tissue caused by a previous injury. Seizures can also be caused by a heat stroke, poisoning, a calcium deficiency, or low blood sugar level.

If your dog has muscle spasms or suddenly falls down, it’s a good indication that a seizure is occurring. It’s important that you don’t hold your dog’s tongue during a seizure, because you could accidentally be bitten. Dogs usually don’t swallow their tongue during a seizure.

If your dog has a seizure, wait until it completely calms down and then let it rest for a while.

If your dog’s epileptic seizures only happen once or twice a year, medication is usually not recommended because of the somewhat severe side effects. If your dog has seizures on a regular basis, an anti-epilepsy drug should be prescribed by a vet.

Canine epilepsy is a rare but extremely severe disease and I sincerely hope it never happens to your pet.

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Veterinarian San Diego: 5 Signs Your Dog or Cat Needs Dental Care

Escondido, California (PRWEB) January 26, 2014

Did you know 80 percent of dogs and cats over the age of 3 suffer from moderate to severe dental disease? If left untreated, this can cause significant discomfort for your pet and possibly lead to larger systematic problems such as gum and heart diseases.

Dog and cat dental problems are not always noticeable to the untrained eye. Here are 5 important signs to look for regarding your pet?s oral health.

1) Bad breath is not normal! Foul smelling breath is a likely sign that bacteria is trapped in the mouth. It?s best to bring your animal in for a checkup and professional cleaning when you first notice an unusual odor.

2) Loose, broken or missing teeth: If you have found your pet has loose or missing teeth, this is often a major indicator of a more serious problem. Loose or broken teeth can lead to bacterial infections spreading from the root of one of the teeth to the rest of your pet’s mouth.

3) Difficulty eating: If you pet is struggling to eat, it may be because if inflammation caused by an oral infection. Even if a pet?s most recent dental checkup came back clear, it?s a smart idea to have a dog or cat checked when they have stopped eating is this is usually a later sign that indicates a more progressive disease.

4) Red, swollen or bleeding gums: If you examine your pet?s gums and find that they are red, swollen or even bleeding, this inflammation is likely caused by an infection.

5) Yellow or brown stained teeth: Dog and cat dental stains are one of the first signs of a dental problem. This is caused by tartar buildup which brings bacteria and leads to infections, inflammation, and bleeding in the gums. If addressed promptly with a professional dental cleaning, it can usually be nipped in the bud.

If you notice any of the above signs, contact the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Parkway Pet Clinic to immediately schedule an appointment. All dog and cat dentals performed by Parkway Pet Clinic include digital dental X-rays and tooth-by-tooth assessments by our Veterinarian and professional staff who has advanced training in dentistry.

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Slowly But Surely

I’m starting to use Photoshop more and more.  Don’t get me wrong, I still like Lightroom, but even with it’s new cloning/healing tool, it still doesn’t hold a candle to Photoshop’s and I often want to get rid of something in my photos.  Lately it’s been the staining under the puppies’ eyes and Photoshop does a much better job.  It’s a pain to transfer them in there, but worth it in the end.

I’m also finding I need to use it for my 52 Weeks challenges and am slowly learning more and more “tricks” each week.  This week’s challenge was symmetry so I ended up cloning Coulee and flipping her around to create a more symmetrical image.  I chose not to make the background symmetrical as I found it too distracting. I wanted it to look a little more “realistic”… that she’d actually found her doppelgänger and was having a game of tug with her.

I thought her play bowing to herself was also cute.  She’s actually bowing to Marlin who helped me out with the tug.

This was a cool little wall that had this half circle repeating along it, that I photographed as a backup plan, (I didn’t know if I would be able to get the tugging thing to work) but decided I liked the closer view better.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times by Max Lucado {Book Review}

You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times by Max Lucado My rating: 5 of 5 stars I try to imagine the thoughts Joseph must have had when his day went from….perfectly ordinary to finding his world completely turned upside down by the very people he not only grew up with, but…

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Dental Bone Graft – Tunnelling

Here is a great technique to use when augmenting horizontal ridge deficiencies prior to implant placement. Dr. Block published an article (http://www.ncbi.nl…
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Can Hip Dysplasia be Prevented?

Hip dysplasia is a condition that affects mainly large breeds of dogs like Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Great Danes, and German Shepherds. There is a strong genetic link for dogs with hip dysplasia and their offspring.

When it comes to preventing hip dysplasia, researchers agree that only the careful breeding of a dog can help prevent this debilitating disease. Selective breeding of dogs with no known hip problems in their lineage can significantly reduce the chances of their offspring developing hip dysplasia. Breeding two dogs with no hip joint problems doesn’t always guarantee that the offspring will be free of hip dysplasia, but it usually results in a much lower rate of occurrence than if two dogs with poor hip joints were bred together.

If all dog breeders were responsible and only bred dogs with excellent hip joints, hip dysplasia would be much less likely to occur. And if people purchased only dogs and puppies whose parents and grandparents had no hip joint problems, then the majority of the troubles caused by hip dysplasia would be eliminated. If you’re contemplating buying a pet dog from a breeder, the best way to lower the possibility of choosing a dog that will develop hip dysplasia as it gets older is to examine the prevalence of hip dysplasia in the dog’s lineage. Also try to obtain information on the parents and grandparents going back as many generations as possible.

If the breed of dog you want is predisposed to the development of hip dysplasia, you need to be aware that inadequate nutrition, incorrect exercising, and increased body weight all contribute to the earlier onset and severity of hip dysplasia.

Before choosing a particular dog as a pet and loving companion, investigate its lineage for any diseases that the dog may be pre-disposed to. As the years progress and you and your dog have become close companions, the last thing you’ll want is the heartbreak of having to euthanize your pet because it’s suffering terribly from the debilitating pain of hip dysplasia.

When choosing your new pet check its lineage and be sure you’re not setting yourself up for disappointment and remorse in the future.

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Aren’t Beagle puppies just too adorable!  This is i’lemon -  he’s 4 months old and lives in Monaco. I met him walking around Port Hercule.


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10 Great Valentine’s Day DIY Projects

10 Great Valentine's Day DIY Projects // Bubby and Bean
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My husband and I aren’t big Valentine’s Day celebrators.  He is always on the road with the band on February 14th, and although we do usually give each other a card and possibly some kind of deliciously unhealthy edible treat, we’ve never gone out to dinner or exchanged elaborate gifts or done anything that would be considered even slightly romantic or traditional.  That said, I’m still a fan of Valentine’s Day, and always have been.  Any holiday that celebrates love is alright by me, and I’m a sucker for Valentine-themed DIY projects.  I remember getting ridiculously excited back in grade school when it was time for the annual shoe box Valentine card holder contest.  I’d plan out my shoe box for weeks, then spend several days after school meticulously pasting pink tissue paper, doilies, red hearts, and pink bows to it until I felt fully confident in deeming it the perfect Valentine card holder. 

I have a lot going on this year, so I’m not sure whether I’ll have time to get crazy with the V-day crafts, but that hasn’t stopped me from searching for project ideas.  So for this edition of ‘10 Great,’ I decided to share ten of my favorite Valentine’s Day DIYs you guys. 

Are you pro or anti Valentine’s Day?  And if you’re a fan, have you made (or will you make) anything V-day themed this year?

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