Lunch Time Fun

Jack and I had a little impromptu photo session at lunch today.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Ebola, the real bogeyman, and you

Ever since I was 15, my sister and I have used “Ebola” as a short form derivative of every bad bug we’ve ever gotten. “Oh god, I’ve been laid up all day with Ebola,” “that taco from last night gave me Ebola,” etc, etc. We were able to say it with such offhand tone because we knew that really, Ebola wasn’t exactly a threat here in Southern California. It was simply shorthand for “really sick.”

After reading “The Hot Zone” I stopped saying the word at all. Faced with the visceral reality of what hemorrhaging out of every orifice is really like and the panic it engenders in local communities, it didn’t seem so funny a hyperbole. That stuff is scary. You should read the book if you haven’t, which will not only make you start washing your hands a little more, it will also help you appreciate the new role veterinarians are facing as the front line against emerging zoonotic diseases.



Ebola is scary, very scary, don’t get me wrong. But we’re probably not about to be thrust into the middle of the next Zombie Apocalypse, which is what many people are expecting if my Facebook feed is any indication. If you’re in the mood to freak out, be my guest, but let me give you a better thing to be worrying about. The number of people losing their marbles over two US citizens being flown in within a self contained bubble is pretty silly when you look at all the other scary things facing us every day that, while less camera-ready than a guy in a space suit stumbling into Emory, are much more likely to truly mess up your day.

Remember: A person with a known diagnosis, held inside a containment unit, isn’t the problem here.

The guy coughing on the plane home from Heathrow who feels like garbage but doesn’t want to miss his daughter’s birthday party? That’s going to be the problem. The traveller who takes 4 Advil before hitting the thermal imaging cameras at the Shanghai airport to fool the system into thinking she doesn’t have a fever? Or the person who doesn’t even realize they’re sick until after he or she gets home? There’s the problem, at least so far as Ebola is concerned.

But Ebola isn’t the problem I’m so worried about, not really. As awful as Ebola is, there’s a much bigger tsunami lurking in the background and it’s already here.


When the associate director of the CDC tells us, “We’re in the post antibiotic era,” THAT makes me panic. And it’s already happening.

The Real Losing Battle

We forget how recently antibiotics have developed in the annals of medical history- Alexander Fleming’s famous penicillin discovery only happened in 1928, less than a century ago. Before that, we were routinely felled by scrapes, coughs, childbirth, urinary tract infections. We’ve done a good job keeping apace of bacteria’s insanely effective evolution to defeat the antibiotic’s mechanisms of action, but we’re finally losing the battle.

It’s the result of a multitude of causalities: a slowdown in new drug development and approval. Misuse of antibiotics in both human and veterinary medicine. The ability for antibiotics to be used over the counter in food production facilities. The latter is now being removed thanks to the FDA’s Guidance 213- taking antibiotics back behind the prescription pad, where they belong.


But it may be too little too late. The last line of defense in treating drug resistant infections, carbapenem, is now itself encountering resistant bugs. THIS scares me. It should scare you too, more than Ebola, even if Ebola makes people bleed out of their eyeballs. Bacterial infections can be gruesome too, CNN. Is that what it’s going to take?

In the meantime, I do not want to get a fever. Because if I get a fever someone is going to think I have Ebola thanks to the current media frenzy and then I’ll have to go to a hospital, where the real enemy is waiting to kill me. I’m avoiding hospitals like the plague (which is another disease that responds to antibiotics and might not in the future.) DANGIT, we just can’t win, can we?

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Ipso, American Bulldog

This lovely dog is called Ipso.  He’s an eleven month old American Bulldog who lives in Gorbio with his friend Gunja.  We met Gunja before so click on the link to see him. Gunja is taking a nap behind Ipso in the bar in the village.

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Orapup “Dog Breath” Brush

This is my review of Orapup “Dog Breath” Brush which claims to cure bad breath in dogs. I found Orapup to work and my dog absolutely loved licking the “licki…

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Jade3When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million meals annually.

Halo is proud to partner with and to achieve noticeable results for shelter pets together!

Here is a recent report from the Advocates 4 Animals, Inc. in Xenia, Ohio:

The grant we received was 5,000 meals of Halo Spot’s Stew from This grant allowed us to feed the animals in our organization for 3 months – approximately 75 animals per day.

The overall health of the animals with our organization was substantially improved because of the high quality of food we were able to feed. One small kitten, Jade, was suffering from chronic URI and other viruses when he was rescued by our organization. He continued to have poor health despite continuous veterinary care.

Despite continuous veterinary care, Jade was so sick he was scheduled for euthanasia. Feeding Halo was our last ditch effort…

He was so sick he was scheduled for euthanasia because he was suffering so much. We had recently received the donation of Halo food so our last ditch effort was to try to get him healthy enough to eat on his own and see if the increased quality of food would make a difference. We are proud to report that Jade did begin to eat on his own, loves Halo food and is now thriving!

Thank you Advocates 4 Animals Inc. for making a noticeable difference for pets in your community!



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melo2We love hearing how well our customers’ pet are doing and wanted to share this email we received from Yael about his cat Melo:

Hello Halo,

I am a new customer. I brought a sample from the store and my cat loved it so much that I went and purchased a few bags of the Salmon flavor Spot’s Stew dry food.

I wanted to share that I have never seen such excitement from my cat. He loved it so much that he bit through the bag to get to the food (and believe me – this was not hunger!

I thought I should share my positive experience!

Thanks for making great food for our pets!

Thank you Yael so much for sharing such wonderful news with us. We are so happy to hear that Melo is loving Halo Spot’s Stew.


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Dental Visits a Good Habit to Start (Again)

(PRWEB) August 06, 2014

While about two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) visit the dentist at least once a year, nearly half of them (47 percent) have gone three years or more without seeing the dentist at one time in their lives. 1

?According to the Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being Survey, most Americans visit the dentist at least once a year, and those who do are 37 percent more likely to report their oral health as good or better versus those who infrequently find themselves in a dentist?s chair,? says Dr. Bill Kohn, DDS and vice president of dental science and policy for Delta Dental Plans Association. ?Still, a lot of Americans take a break from routine dentist visits at some point in their lives.?

Nearly six of 10 Americans (58 percent) say they have felt fear or reluctance regarding a dental visit, according to the Delta Dental survey. Most said they were afraid to find out what care they needed or that they couldn?t afford to pay for care. Younger Americans ages 18 to 44 have felt more apprehension than those 45 years and older.

?Regular dental visits are part of important preventive care,? Kohn says. ?It?s good to stay in ? or get back into ? the habit of visiting a dentist. Your dentist can help you to determine how often you need to visit.?

For people with existing mouth problems, such as gum disease, or medical problems like diabetes or dry mouth, one dental visit a year may not be enough, according to Kohn. For those at higher risk of developing oral problems, three or four visits a year may be best. ?On the other hand,? Kohn says, ?if you enjoy good oral health and have low risks, you will not need the same level of preventive treatments or exams.?

One way to stay in the habit is to find a regular dentist. According to the Delta Dental survey, nearly one in four Americans (23 percent) do not have a regular dentist, while 40 percent say they?ve been going to the same dentist for three years or more. Americans in the Midwest and Northeast are somewhat more likely to be in a long-term relationship with their dentists than those in the South or West.

It?s More Refreshing than a Relief

Despite the fear and reluctance many Americans feel in going to the dentist, most (57 percent) say they feel refreshed after doing so.

?More often than not, you feel good walking out of a dentist?s office. Your mouth feels cleaner, and your mind feels better because you are taking care of yourself,? Kohn says.

For more results from the Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being Survey, visit

About Delta Dental Plans Association

The not-for-profit Delta Dental Plans Association (, based in Oak Brook, Ill., is the leading national network of independent dental service corporations. It provides dental benefits programs to more than 60 million Americans in more than 111,000 employee groups throughout the country. For more oral health news and information from Dr. Bill Kohn and DDPA, subscribe to our blog and follow us on Twitter.


1Morpace, Inc. conducted the Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being Survey on behalf of Delta Dental with 1,003 consumers across the United States.

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Happy 8th



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Jul 19, Dog training infographic

I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know about our latest dog infographic. It took us a long time to put together. The research involved
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Rabid bats are a risk in Washington | Department of Health

Rabid bats are a risk in Washington | Department of Health
Bat teeth are very small and a bite might not leave visible marks or be felt by a sleeping person. Call the local health agency in your community for help determining if any people or pets in your home may have been exposed. They can help arrange to
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Business Spotlight: Doggy D'tails
"Renfield," with his nails newly trimmed, prepares to head out fromDoggy D'Tails, a professional pet grooming shop located at 4301 N. Wickham Road, Suite 5, in Melbourne, across from First Baptist Church of South Brevard. (Photo: TIM …. Description
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