August, 2014

Pet Circkles.

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Pet Safety Harnesses for Vehicles all Fail.

By Redstone Promotional Communications /

People are traveling with their pets more and more all the time as pets are considered a member of the family nowadays. But people rarely ever consider what might happen if they get into even a fender bender and that pet goes sailing forward in the vehicle. Pets have a minimal chance of bracing for impact because they have no idea you are going to slam on the breaks, so they go flying right off the seat with any little impact or even with just sudden stops. They can be catapulted into the dash and seriously hurt their neck and face. Or cause you to have a serious accident. So before you laugh about seat belts for dogs and think they are ridiculous, consider your safety as well.

What I always find horrifying are the people who put their dogs in the bed of a pickup truck and are going down the highway at 60 mph. For one thing, in most states it is illegal to transport a dog in the bed of a pickup without at least having him in a pet taxi or restrained. It seems a lot of pet owners either don't know it's illegal, or don't care, or take their chances they won't get pulled over for it.

For another thing, imagine, just imagine, what would happen to that dog if he just accidentally fell out of the truck bed at 60 mph or even 30 mph for that matter and got run over. I was driving behind a guy just this week who had a dog roaming free in the bed of his pickup and the dog was standing on the top of the walls and wheel wells of the bed and almost fell out when the driver came to a stop light because the dog's stance was so unstable. What did the driver do? He pulled over, got out, and yelled at the dog for not staying put in the bed or sitting down and staying there. Come on. Vehicles are scary things for dogs; expecting them to just lay down or sit there and not move is completely unrealistic and stupid.
I was right behind this guy and I was so glad he pulled over so I could pass him because I didn't want to be the one that ended up running his dog over when he fell out of the truck bed; which was an accident waiting to happen not just for the dog but anybody who was driving behind this careless pet owner.

Pet supply companies have realized there is a market for people who travel with their pets that is not being tapped into and are offering a solution to this dangerous practice, however, they have failed to come up with a safety harness for pets that actually works. So consumers who are conscientious of their pet's safety are relying on false advertising and false peace of mind.

The first crash test for dog harnesses showed that none offer adequate protection, with not a single harness passing the test. The non-profit Center for Pet Safety (CPS) said during its harness tests, crash-test dog dummies turned into projectiles and were even decapitated. “We tested them to the child safety restraint standard and we experienced a 100-percent failure rate to protect either the consumer or the dog,” said CPS founder and CEO Lindsey Wolko. “That is a very real concern for consumers.”

Dr. Kim Haddad, who has treated pets that have sustained injuries in motor vehicle accidents, says he has seen, "Broken legs, broken jaws, soft tissue injury, it can be pretty traumatic,"

A few states currently require drivers to secure their pets in their vehicles, and others are considering new laws preventing motor vehicle operators from driving distracted (a pet in your lap would qualify). But CPS is concerned that, in light of its tests, such laws might give pet owners a false sense of security; they might assume, for example, that because a law requires harnesses that they, in turn, meet some sort of safety standard.

CPS says it wants to see standardized testing that is similar to that conducted for child safety seats. The group also says it would like for legislators to educate themselves on pet harness safety standards before actually passing laws that would require restraints.

"You wouldn't put your child in the car unrestrained, so you shouldn't put your pet in the car unrestrained, either," says Col. Frank Rizzo, superintendent of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA).
"What people come to realize only too late is that animals act like flying missiles in an impact and can not only hurt themselves but hurt their human family members, too," Rizzo says.

In New Jersey, under state law, NJSPCA officers can stop a driver they believe is improperly transporting an animal. Tickets range from $250 to $1,000 per offense, and a driver can face a disorderly person's offense under animal-cruelty laws.
Hawaii explicitly forbids drivers from holding a pet on their lap. In Arizona, Connecticut and Maine, distracted-driving laws can be used to charge drivers with pets on their laps.
In Rhode Island, Democratic state Rep. Peter Palumbo has proposed legislation to make having a dog in your lap a distracted-driving violation after a complaint from someone who witnessed a driver, whose view was blocked by a lap dog, change lanes. And yet, we still don't ban cell phone usage while driving and it is every bit as distracting as having a pet in your lap. Go figure.

Solution: Dogs should never ride in the front seat of a vehicle, because just like children, they can be killed by an airbag. If the dog is small enough, he should go in a crate or pet taxi that is seat-belted in or tied down, that way he has his own protection. If the dog is too large or you cannot fit a pet crate in your car, the best type of dog harness is the type in the top photo of this article that attaches directly to the seat belt. Make sure to pick a harness design that has good, strong stitching and straps that look like they will support your dog's weight if put to the test during an impact.

The worst type of dog harnesses are the ones that attach to the ceiling of the car so the dog can still roam freely, such as the one in the photo to the right. This offers no protection for your pet or you during impact or sudden stops. The dog will still be flying around in the vehicle with this type of harness. Even though we hate to restrain our dogs and limit their freedom, it is better than them being injured, or you or your family, and they will only be restrained for a little while.


Lyme Disease in Horses is Often Overlooked.

Also, ways to repel and prevent ticks on pets.

By Redstone Promotional Communications /

This article could go along with this month's Health Circkles issue on Lyme Disease being cured by Cannabis. Does this mean you should get your horse stoned to treat his lyme disease? Probably not. But you can refer to this month's Health Circkles if you would like more information on the human version of the disease.

Horses have a slightly different set of symptoms to lyme disease than humans. Obviously you will not notice the red bull's eye rash around the bite site that is typical in humans, the first thing you will probably notice in a horse with lyme disease is they may stagger, seem weak and their eyes may look like the photo above.

Earlier this year, researchers in Ithaca published a paper detailing the diagnosis of Borrelia-associated uveitis from Lyme disease in horses, an inflammatory eye condition that can cause significant pain to the animal and result in permanent visual field defects if untreated. While many are still unaware that horses can get Lyme disease, others are all too familiar with the condition as the infection can occur time and again in the same animal, sometimes causing different symptoms every time.

Problems with a horse’s behavior, reproductive system, and eyes are some of the symptoms of Lyme disease to watch out for, as well as lameness, arthritis and dermatitis, but even then it's difficult to isolate the causative bacteria, and tests for Lyme disease in horses are often unreliable, especially if a horse is repeatedly infected.*
Uveitis (eye infection) in horses can be caused by many things, and lyme disease is often not even thought of by most vets unless blood tests are done too. Problem is, if a horse is misdiagnosed, or not diagnosed with lyme disease, using corticosteroid treatments often makes the infection worse.
Also signs of encephalitis - brain inflammation and neurological problems - such as circular walking, blindness, and pressing the head against a wall can all point to Lyme disease, as can ‘moon blindness’ and an inability to reproduce.

Noah D. Cohen, VMD, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, of Texas A&M University, reported that encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) has been associated with Borrelia burgdorferi infection in a horse.

"The horse, he said, had a head tilt, paralysis of the tail, difficulty swallowing, glazed eyes, profuse sweating, and wandered aimlessly.

In another case, a pony was reported to have suffered eye problems after being infected with Lyme disease. The eye disease was similar in appearance to periodic recurrent uveitis (moon blindness).

Once the correct diagnosis is made, horses can be treated with antibiotics, but for some animals this comes too late and long-lasting damage is done to the eyes and other tissues. The good news is, the  heart, liver, and kidney diseases that have been reported in humans as a result of Lyme disease have not been seen in horses.

An Ounce of Prevention.

Good pasture management is one of the main ways to prevent Lyme disease in horses with an emphasis placed on keeping grass short, as well as maintaining wide paths between areas of overgrown land and pasture. Ticks tend not to dwell in grassy areas where they cannot hide from the sun and prefer waiting in long grass for passing animals which they then latch on to for a meal. It is important to remember that ticks also carry a variety of other infectious agents, including Babesia, Rickettsia and a newly uncovered viral agent. Also, don't ride through long grass in tick-infested areas.

Correct Way to Remove a Tick.

The experts say there is a right way and a wrong way to remove ticks from oneself and from horses. The wrong way is to grasp it between thumb and finger and pull it free. By squeezing it in that manner, one can force material from the tick into the skin. The correct way is to grasp the tick with fine tweezers as close to the skin surface as possible and then pull straight up with a slow, steady force.
Once the tick has been removed, an antiseptic, such as alcohol or an antibiotic ointment, should be applied to the site of the bite. At present there is no vaccine for horses against Lyme disease, although a vaccine has been developed for dogs.

Herbs to Repel Ticks:

Strong smelling herbs such as peppermint, lavender, rosemary and garlic are said to repel ticks. Rub them on your horse's legs before going for a ride or letting them into a pasture with long grass. You can also use these herbs on other pets like dogs. Put essential oil of the herbs around their ears, neck and legs, or rub the leaves of the herbs on their coat in these areas. If you grow fresh herbs, make an herb braid and put it around your dog's neck like a collar or tuck it into the collar. This works best for cats, as you should not use essential oils on cats directly because their body cannot metabolize them properly and they can have adverse reactions to essential oils because of this. You can also make a sachet by putting some herbs in a cloth bag and placing it in your pet's bed.

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Natural Pet Remedies: Fear of Thunder and Loud Noises.

Most dogs have a strong dislike for loud noises. Remember, their hearing is much more acute than ours, so any noise we think is loud is twice as loud to them.
Thunder is something a great many dogs are afraid of, as well as gun shots. I have had dogs that know when there is a lightning strike, a loud thunder clap will immediately follow, because as soon as they see the lightning, they are ducking their heads and bracing for the loud boom to follow by looking for a place to hide.

A comfortable, quiet, well-protected room in the house is the best place to go during a storm for your pet. Most pets also do not like to be alone during a thunderstorm, so if you can take a few minutes to go into their "safe room" with them, they will settle down much faster. Of course, if you are at work, this isn't possible, but if you can do it a couple times when you are home to show your dog that specific room is their hiding spot during a storm, they may eventually go to it on their own.

Pick a room with the least windows, such as a bathroom, laundry room, walk-in closets are great, or a bedroom. Dogs don't like the sound of hail or rain hitting glass - remember, it is very loud to them. If you can shut the curtains or shades so they also don't see the lightning, it will help. Sit with them if you can and be as calm as possible. Some dogs are irritated by a person's voice when they are stressed or worried, so don't talk, or talk in a very calm tone. Show them storms are no big deal, they will pick up on your body language a great deal.

I had a dog that became a nervous wreck whenever he heard gunshots. For some reason, most dogs hate the sound of a gun unless they are hunting dogs and are trained to get used to it. All of my dogs want to go in the house if someone is shooting or target practicing outside, so I let them go inside. They never seem to "get used to " the sound and there is no point in making them nervous or upset for no reason.


Featured Monthly DOG BREED: Characteristics and Concerns. (We will get to cat breeds later.)

Black and Tan Coonhound:

Size: Weighs 65–75 pounds (29–34 kg) and is 23–27 inches (58–69 cm) in height.

Not the typical house dog, the Black and Tan Coonhound, nonetheless, makes an exemplary pet. It is mellow, amiable, calm, and unobtrusive indoors. Outdoors, its strong hunting instincts take over, and it can be difficult to turn it from a track after it starts trailing. As befitting a dog with its heritage, it is strong, independent, and stubborn. The Black and Tan Coonhound is gentle and tolerant with children, but it may be too independent to satisfy a playful child. It is reserved with strangers and in their presence may bay and howl. The Black and Tan Coonhound can run for miles although it is usually content with a moderate jog or long walk, with an occasional excursion into the field. It can wander if it catches a scent, so a safe area is mandatory.

Its coat is short, dense and gloss and needs only occasional brushing. Most Coonhounds drool to some extent, and the face may need regular wiping. The ears should also be checked regularly and kept dry and clean.

Health: Generally healthy, there is some risk of hip dysplasia, ear cancer and other ear infections, and eye problems. Litter size is generally eight puppies.

Lifespan: Expected longevity is 10–12 years.

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