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Ask Nancy: How Do I Decide if my Dog Needs Emergency Care?

February 15, 2010

While it’s always best to let a vet decide just what is wrong and what treatment is needed, often we owners need to decide if we should see the vet right now or if it can wait until our regular vet opens for office hours. Here is a general overview of what to look for and think about to help you decide – If your dog might have gotten into anything toxic (including toxic plants), appears dehydrated (see if a pinch of skin over...
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Eye Clinic scheduled

February 15, 2010

There will be an eye clinic with Dr Ruth Marion at the Secondwind Siberian Husky kennel in Holderness, NH on May 23rd. Appointments begin at 8:00 a.m. Cost per dog is $25 for CERF and $25 for gonio. For an appointment, email Gail
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Recall – Nature’s Variety Raw Frozen Chicken Formula

February 14, 2010

Nature’s Variety has initiated a voluntary recall of their Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet for dogs and cats with the “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.  The only products affected are limited to chicken medallions, patties, and chubs with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10.This includes: 3 lb chicken medallions UPC# 7 69949 60130 2 with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10 6 lb chicken patties UPC# 7 69949 60120 3...
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Debarking

February 12, 2010

Recently, debarking dogs has become controversial.  This is too bad. Many times, it is the only way an owner can keep their pet.  Some dogs just love the sound of their own voice and no matter what training or behavior modification takes place, they continue to bark.  Dog barks, neighbors complain, and it can come down to a choice – have the dog debarked or get rid of the dog. The New York Times just had an article, written by veterinarian Dr. Sharon Vanderlip,...
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Laconia Sled Dog Race Postponed

February 11, 2010

Due to lack of snow, the 81st  Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby will not be held this weekend.  It is now scheduled for March 5th, 6th, and 7th pending snowfall.  For more information, please check the Lakes Region Sled Dog Club’s site.
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Poopsicles – Winter Stool ‘Recycling’

February 8, 2010

The Merck veterinary manual lists stool eating as so common among dogs that it is considered normal behavior. Most owners find it pretty awful to live with though. Stool eating may damage teeth and lead to dental disease as well as dental staining. It can increase chances for infection with intestinal parasites. Plus no one really wants a poopy kiss from their pet! Wintertime when the stools are frozen in ice or snow presents more opportunities for consumption of ‘fresh’ stool preserved in Natures...
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Wide variation in calorie content among ‘low calorie’ pet foods

February 8, 2010

Tufts is reporting that reading labels is not always the best way to help your pet lose weight. “There is so much information — and misinformation — about pet foods, it’s understandable that people are confused about what to feed their dogs and cats,” said co-author Dr. Lisa Freeman, professor of nutrition at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. “To counteract these myths, people are accustomed to turning to the labels on food — but, as this study shows, packaging might not always...
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Motel Discounts for AKC registered dogs

February 7, 2010

Great news!  If you are traveling with your dogs, both Motel 6 and Studio 6 have partnered with the American Kennel Club to offer 10% discounts to people who own AKC registered dogs.  Both chains will allow well-behaved dogs in their rooms. When traveling with your AKC registered dog and reserving a room at a Motel 6 property, use this code to receive the 10 percent discount: CP542764. When reserving at Studio 6, use this code: CP572765. To read about their pet policies and...
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New Cancer Research

February 5, 2010

The Van Andel Research Institute, a world class human cancer research institute, recently received a Federally fund grant through the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, to study five types of cancer that occur in both dogs and humans. The ultimate goal is to develop improved diagnostics and more individualized therapies for both canines and people. We are requesting the help of purebred dog owners, who may own a dog affected with one of these cancers. The five initial cancers we are studying are:
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Laconia firefighters help lame dog off ice on Lake Opechee – Fosters

February 3, 2010

One of the best things about New Hampshire – the local Fire Departments. LACONIA — An arthritic dog unable to make it off the ice of Lake Opechee was rescued by Laconia firefighters at about 8:30 a.m. Monday.  Fire Chief Ken Erickson reported that firefighters donned their cold-water rescue suits before venturing onto the slick ice to help the dog to shore in the area of Franklin Street. Once the dog was safely on land, officials were able to identify the owner and even...
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Valentines is Coming – Beware of Chocolate

February 1, 2010

Though chocolate is toxic to dogs a lot depends on the size of the dog, the amount eaten and the type of the chocolate to determine how dangerous it is.  You can read on these sites about the different toxic levels of different chocolate types and the amount that is toxic per pound of dog etc. http://www.talktothevet.com/ARTICLES/DOGS/chocolatetoxic.HTM You can get more info here If your dog just ate the chocolate within the last 60 minutes you can get the dog to vomit it up...
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Cat plays furry grim reaper at nursing home

February 1, 2010

Oscar has predicted 25 deaths by curling up next to patient in final hours PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live…. via Cat plays furry grim reaper at nursing...
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