Sunday, April 2, 2017

Discovering A Lump On Your Pup

Django knows something is up
My daughter, Kate is an animal whisperer. Every since she was little she has always intuitively known when something was wrong with one of our pets. She always knows when Hayley's blood sugar is dipping low and she can use a snack. She knew when our Lily was feeling ill. She even knows when one of the dogs has to use the yard. 

So, of course it was Kate who discovered a smallish, golfball sized lump on Django's neck. It isn't exactly the top of her neck as much as it is the side, close to her eft shoulder.

All the times that Django sprawls all over me on the couch and I pet her, I never noticed it. Kate asked me to feel and I immediately felt a sense of dread. No one wants to find a lump on their dog ... ever.

She gets more nervous before the exam
The writer and researched in me immediately ran to Google and I read all about how lipomas (fatty tumors) are very common on dogs, especially once they hit a certain age. Django is 6, far from elderly, but still no spring chicken. Even before I Googled it, I was hoping it was a lipoma. Lipomas are innocent and don't even necessarily need to be removed as long as they don't bother the dog.

Django gripped the edges of the table 
We went the vet yesterday who said while he didn't like where it was (near a lymph node), he didn't think it was anything to worry about but he wanted to do a biopsy right then and there to make sure. He felt all her other lymph nodes and noticed nothing out of the ordinary. She is in no noticeable pain, the lump is palpable and it moves, isn't attached to the bone or muscle — all good signs.

The doctor stuck a needle straight into Django's lump and swished it back and forth, in and out to collect enough cells to confirm a diagnose. A stoic Django didn't even move or make a peep, despite panting and whining for about a half hour prior to that as we sat in the waiting room.

The vet said the cells looked meatier than he expected, which I did not want to hear, but said it could also be a cyst. He did not want to give her any shots just in case something came back wrong, explaining he did not want to stress her immune system in that circumstance.

Gradually she began calming down and you can bet that she ran straight out of the office on the way home, and enjoyed a good and long sleep in the afternoon!
I am less stressed than I expect for one simple reason: I cannot fathom anything happening to my sweet Django and I think I am intentionally choosing to put a positive spin on this situation. 

The vet says he will let me know by Tuesday or Wednesday the latest. Until then, I am trying my best to maintain a level headed attitude.....at least that's what I'm telling myself!

UPDATE: 

Django's lump is ALL CLEAR! It's a lipoma (fatty tumor), completely benign and doesn't even need to be removed! Thank you all SO MUCH for all your good wishes and kind messages! It means so much to us! We are so happy that our Djangy is healthy! 



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Snacktime: New Milk-Bone Farmer's Medley Dog Biscuits


I've always given my dogs treats. Usually it's an occasional thing, like when Django just will not come in because she's trying to get the attention of the cat next door. I taught her early on to always come when I say 'Get in" and she always does, no matter how excited or insane she is with the cat outside. That deserves a treat because I always want to reward her for important things and coming when I call her is a safety issue.

However, as many of you know, Django is now our model for our shop, BKLYN Handmade. Several times week, she models dog snoods and scarves, and she does so quite happily. I put the snood over her head and she runs right up to the stairs in the yard, takes a seat and looks incredibly cute while I snap photos.


She models in all kinds of weather and is so obedient and compliant, and I am so lucky she is — plus she looks imply adorable! So after every single photo shoot, I give her a treat or two.

Since it's become such a regular occurrence, I wanted to make sure that what I was giving her is healthy. I recently partnered with Milk-Bone to try out their new Farmer's Medley dog treats. They are full of great ingredients! Below are some of the questions I think about before I buy treats for my dog.

Will my dog like them?
They contain real meat and vegetables which Django loves and even though she is a picky eater at times, she very eagerly consumes bite-sized cute biscuits.

Does this treat have quality ingredients?
Milk-Bone's Farmer's Medley treats contain simple ingredients, so I can rest assured that I am giving the best product to Django. The treats are made with real US-sourced beef, chicken, turkey, or lamb and vegetables. And I am excited about the grain-free options (though Django loves the whole-grain treats, too)! I feel good about feeding these biscuits to my dog everyday.


Does it fit my budget?
Many quality dog treats can be pricey and can have you guessing if your choice was worth the big bucks.  Milk-Bone Farmer's Medley dog treats provide the same quality ingredients found in premium dog biscuits, but at an affordable price. So you don't have to worry about breaking the bank by spending a lot on premium treat options for your dog.

I would love to hear how many times you give your dogs treats, and how you go about selecting which treats to buy in the comments below.

To learn more about Milk-Bone Farmer's Medley dog treats (and where you can find them near you), head over to http://bit.ly/2lt8CSSsomepuppytolove .



Saturday, January 28, 2017

6 Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe in the Winter

Winter is here and so is the cold. Here are 6 tips to avoid a chilly trip to the vet’s office!

During these winter months it can be challenging to keep our pets healthy and happy. The cold weather often brings a slew of things to watch out for when it comes to keeping Fido and Fluffy out of trouble.

Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM offers a few essentials to get your furry friend through these cold months without a trip to the vet’s office:

1. When using ice melting products like Rock salt and De-icing chemicals, spritz your pet’s feet with water when they come back inside to avoid irritation of their skin and paws. Signs of ingestion include excess drooling, depression and vomiting.

2. Antifreeze is deadly for pets. Clean up spills/leaks immediately and make sure that it is stored in a sealed container locked in a secured cabinet. If you think your pet has consumed anti-freeze, this is a true life or death emergency! Go to your vet ASAP and call ahead while you are on your way!

3. Keep your pets protected from the frigid temperatures (if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet. Offer a little extra food during the winter months because more calories are burned trying to maintain body heat)

4. Frost bite risk areas include your pet’s ears, nose, tip of the tail and ears. Frostbitten areas of skin initially turn a reddish color then become gray.  To treat frostbite: give your pet a warm bath and wrap him or her up in warm towels. Don’t rub an area that has frostbite!

5. Homemade meals for your pet are a healthy and cost effective way to ensure your pet is getting essential nutrients without the risk of indigestion, weight gain due to over eating and the high caloric intake of processed foods. Cuisine made of equal portions of a lean protein (chicken, turkey, beef, veal, duck, fish or eggs), long-acting carbohydrates (potatoes, rice, pasta or oatmeal) and fresh vegetables (broccoli, spinach, green beans, lima beans, peas and carrots) are ideal. Cats require more protein than dogs, so 80 percent lean protein and 20 percent veggies is perfect.

6. Rat and Mouse baits are usually used more often in cold weather. Place baits in areas inaccessible to your pets. Peanut butter baits smell good and are tasty to pets. Save labels, and if you think bait has been eaten by your pet, get to your vet ASAP. Call ahead while you are on your way! Most pets are treated with Vitamin K therapy and recover.

Dr. Carol Osborne is an author and world-renowned integrative veterinarian of twenty plus years. After graduating from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Carol completed a prestigious internship at the Columbus Zoo.  Shortly afterwards, she launched a very successful private practice and became founder and director of the non-profit organization, the American Pet Institute. Dr. Carol offers traditional veterinary care for dogs and cats with a softer, natural touch. Her approach highlights the importance of nutrition and utilizing holistic avenues in combination with traditional treatments.

Dr. Carol has appeared several times on Fox & Friends, The Today Show, Good Day L.A., and Discovery’s Animal Planet. She’s also been featured in USA Today, The L.A. Times, Ladies Home Journal, Woman’s World, InStyle, and the New York Daily News. http://chagrinfallspetclinic.com


Check out Dr. Carol on Fox & Friends.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Keep Your Dog Safe With These Holiday Safety Tips!

  


‘Tis the season for putting up decorations and eating delicious holiday treats, but that also means pets could be getting into serious trouble!

Trupanion, a leading provider of medical insurance for cats and dogs, sees a 10% increase in foreign body ingestion claims and a 24% increase in toxicity claims during the holiday months each year.

But you can keep your pets safe this holiday season with the below tips from Dr. Sarah Nold:

Hang decorations with care. The top five festive foreign body ingestion claims come from tinsel, ribbon, turkey bones, mistletoe and ornaments and cost an average of $1,400 to remove. Try to keep decorations out of pet’s reach and supervise them whenever possible.

Be mindful of cords. Tape down electrical cords and always unplug them when you aren’t around to supervise your pets.

Choose plants wisely. Holiday plants such as poinsettias, mistletoe, holly leaves and berries are poisonous to dogs.

Cover the tree water. Keep your dogs from drinking the Christmas tree’s water by keeping a cover on it and ensuring they have plenty of fresh water to drink.


Make your pet their own treats. Avoid feeding your pup scraps from the table, many of which are poisonous to them, and make them their own pet-friendly snacks such as these festive recipes.

Be prepared with pet medical insurance. The holidays are a busy and expensive time of year, but pet medical insurance gives you the peace of mind that, if the unexpected were to happen, your dog would receive the best care possible regardless of financial burden. 


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Top Dog Names of 2016

From Twilight and Game of Thrones to Grey’s Anatomy, it’s no secret that pop culture provides us with an endless amount of inspiration for naming our furry friends.

But what dog names rank in the top 10?

DogVacay, the most popular pet sitting service in the U.S. and Canada with more than 35,000 vetted hosts booking millions of overnights a year, uncovered the top dog names in 2016, which you can see in the infographic below. Here are some of the interesting findings from this year's list:

13 out of the 20 names end with an "e."

Max, Chloe, and Buddy all appeared in this summer’s animated hit The Secret Life of Pets movie.

Literature continues to inspire more traditional names such as Daisy (Buchanan), Jack (Kerouac), Oliver (Twist) and Charlie (and the Chocolate Factory).

Even though Bella and Max top the list, interesting enough it's not a top name for celebrity dogs. Additionally, pet owners opted for traditional dog names versus naming their pets after famous celebrities (sorry, Beyonce.)

DogVacay found that New York loves the name Oliver, Los Angeles has the most Charlies, Bellas and Buddys and Chicago is home to a lot of Lucys.

The craziest dog names of the year include: Arlo Wafflepants, Avocado Nudleman, Bark Ruffalo, Cheese Sandwich and Jake from State Farm.


Courtesy of DogVacay