July, 2014

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Pet Smoothies.

By Redstone Promotional Communications / Circkles.com.

My mastiff loves her veggies just as much as any other food. In fact, she considers them a "treat". Granted, when there is raw hamburger on her plate with veggies, she will always eat the meat first, but she has never left her veggies on her plate either. So one day, while making myself a smoothie, I had too much to fit into a glass so I gave her the rest. Ever since then, she comes running for a veggie smoothie every time she hears the blender. So I thought, "Why not?" She likes her veggies too, they are good for her health, and a smoothie is a good way to give them to her since animals have a shorter digestive tract than humans and cannot fully digest vegetables as well as we can, grinding them up in a smoothie makes the nutritional benefits of vegetables in a form her body can digest better.

So here are just a couple of Elsie"s favorite smoothies. By the way, you can use fruits and vegetables in a pet smoothie that may be too overripe for your taste, or a bit on the bruised side etc. Pets don't care. Just don't give a large dog more than about 1 cup of smoothie a day or it may cause diarrhea; half cup for medium to small dogs and so on according to your pet's size.

Banana and Anything Smoothie:
Elsie waits for her banana every morning, and the vet says they are good for her, better than some fruits which are just high in sugar.

1 banana
1 peach or mango or apple
1/2 cup yogurt
any of the following veggies: broccoli or anything from the cabbage family, kale, beets, squash, sweet potato, pumpkin, spinach, tomato, carrots, peas.
1/2 cup almond milk, water or orange juice to blend with.

Just for the Dogs Smoothie. (High proteins).
This is one smoothie you probably don't want to make for yourself and then share with your pet like I do because it tastes horrible to humans. You would want to make this specifically for a dog that has health problems, is underweight, is sick, or has digestive issues, stomach problems or mouth problems and isn't getting the proteins they need.

1 Tbsp brewer's yeast
1/2 cup yogurt
1 banana
1/2 cup almond milk or water to blend with.
1 veggie from this list : broccoli or anything from the cabbage family, kale, beets, squash, sweet potato, pumpkin, spinach, tomato, carrot, peas.

If you give your pet brewer's yeast on a regular basis, you will notice their fur gets nice and soft from the biotin in the brewer's yeast. Brewer's yeast is a complete protein that is very easy to digest, thus it is good for animals (and people) who have any kind of digestive or eating issues. Animals love the taste of it....humans...not so much.

A few other fruits you can use: berries, especially blueberries, apples - good for cleaning out the digestive tract and heavy metals from vaccines and pollution, and melons. Animals are not fans of citrus fruits unless you add them to something, but they do provide vitamin C which animals also need in small amounts.

Adding some omega fatty acids would also be very beneficial to your pet. Such as flax oil or borage oil. Fish oils contain high amounts of mercury, so try to avoid them.

Some smoothie ingredients to avoid because they are not good for animals are onion, garlic, avocado, peppers, mushrooms, and grapes. And of course, organic is always the best. Only use raw eggs if you are sure your pet does not have an allergy to chicken or poultry products. Many dogs do these days due to vaccines being made from chicken protein.

If your pet experiences smelly flatulence after eating smoothies, give them a couple vegetable enzymes with it. It helps them to digest vegetables better and alleviate stomach upset from not being used to vegetables.



A Horse of Any Other Color.

By Redstone Promotional Communications / Circkles.com.

Does the color of a horse make a difference? In some breeds, yes. Take the Rocky Mountain Horse for example. The favorite color among Rocky enthusiasts is the chocolate brown with flaxen mane and tail this breed is unique for. A dappled chocolate coat is even more sought after, however, this coat color comes with a pretty high risk of premature eyesight problems in the horse; specifically if it was bred from a chocolate-colored dam and sire. If one of the parents is a black Rocky, the gene that produces Anterior Segment Dysgenesis (ASD) will not be as prominent in the offspring. Research has found the association between the eye anomalies in Rocky Mountain Horses and the silver dapple color that causes the dappling in is undeniable. The condition has also been reported in purebred and cross-bred Rocky and Kentucky Mountain horses in Canada. Other breeds affected by this syndrome include Mountain Pleasure horse, Morgans, Belgians, and American miniature horses.

A few years ago, a research team led by veterinary ophthalmologists at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) confirmed that CSNB is linked with horses that are homozygous for the leopard spotting gene, a condition prone to congenital stationary night blindness(CSNB) in Appaloosas.

Then there is the fatal White Foal Syndrome. Foals born with lethal white foal syndrome (LWFS) are typically entirely white, have blue irises, typically are offspring of overo parents, and are usually clinically normal at birth. Within hours of being born, however, affected foals will show clinical signs of colic and all affected foals will ultimately succumb to the condition. There has been no success reported for any therapy for foals affected with this condition. Postmortem examination of affected foals reveals a poorly developed intestinal tract. Histologic examination reveals, further, an absence and/or maldevelopment of segments of the enteric nervous system.

Coat color dilution, or lavender foal syndrome, is a coat color-related neurological condition seen in Arabian foals. Specifically, the disease is transmitted as an autosomal recessive trait.

Some of these abnormalities that seem to be linked to coat color are still baffling scientific researchers. Such as the ASD in Rockies that has been disputed for years now. Rocky Mountain Horses have the highest risk of any breed for the genetic ocular syndrome multiple congenital ocular anomalies (MCOA), originally called equine anterior segment dysgenesis (ASD). The only good news regarding this genetic predisposition is that a good equine vet who knows what they are looking for can spot the problem before you purchase your Rocky, so always have them evaluated by a qualified vet before purchase. The disease is not progressive and will show up in a foal if they were born with it.

"Our conclusion is based on the fact that when mares with no relation to Rocky or Kentucky Mountain Horses were bred to affected Rocky Mountain stallions, there was a range of outcomes. Some offspring had complete, multiple ocular anomalies, some had temporal ciliary cysts, while other foals were completely normal," explained Grahn, who conducted a study on the condition. "These findings are inconsistent with the codominant mode of inheritance."

For many years, veterinarians and horse owners have described the collection of eye anomalies associated with silver dapple color as anterior segment dysgenesis (ASD), because of the apparent similarities to anterior segment lesions that are well-documented in other species--including humans. Grahn said it's certainly possible that Rocky Mountain horse eye anomalies develop partially as ASD. However, after close examination of the affected horses involved in this study, he and his colleagues found none of the lens-related diseases or abnormalities that are usually associated with ASD.

Solution: Research your favorite breed well before purchase and always have the horse checked out by a qualified vet before purchase if you are spending a great deal of money on it as for a Rocky - which you cannot usually get from a breeder for less than $3,500. That's a sizeable amount of money to spend only to find out your horse can't be ridden because of eye problems.

The latest horse color that is currently all the rage in the equine world is the gold or champagne Akhal-Teke. Unlike the genes underlying tobiano, dominant white, frame overo spotting and the Leopard complex common to the Appaloosa, the champagne gene does not affect the location of pigment-producing cells in the skin. Nor does the champagne gene remove all pigment from the skin and hair, as in albinoism. Instead, the champagne gene produces traits known as hypomelanism, or dilution. Champagne is not associated with any health defects. Other dilution genes in horses include the Cream gene, Dun gene, Pearl gene and Silver dapple gene. Horses affected by these genes can sometimes be confused with champagnes, but champagnes are genetically distinct. Champagnes are not palominos, buckskins, or grullos, nor does the word champagne indicate that a horse is a shiny or light shade of another coat color.
This gene and the associated coat colors are only known in American breeds, especially the American Cream Draft, Tennessee Walker and American Saddlebred.

The most distinctive traits of horses with the champagne gene are the hazel eyes and pinkish, freckled skin, which are bright blue and bright pink at birth, respectively. The coat color is also affected: any hairs that would have been red are gold, and any hairs that would have been black are chocolate brown. If a horse inherits the champagne gene from either or both parents, a coat that would otherwise be chestnut is instead gold champagne, with bay corresponding to amber champagne, seal brown to sable champagne, and black to classic champagne. A horse must have at least one champagne parent to inherit the champagne gene, for which there is now a DNA test.

It is astonishing how many people purchase a horse based on its color alone and do not even consider the horse's temperament, personality, genuine soundness and health or any other factor but color. Many horses are bred specifically to attain a certain color for higher resale value. So also keep in mind, when purchasing a horse breed with a specific color characteristic, they may not be the healthiest horse you could own for these very reasons. Just like the health of dogs is sacrificed by many breeders in order to attain a specific trait that has a high resale value, the same is true for horse breeds. Breeders will often throw health to the wind to make more money. They have done so for so many years now that they have ruined the health integrity of many breeds, and because of this, we are seeing more and more genetic diseases appearing than ever before.

Photos from the top: 1.) Labeled as "the most beautiful horse in the world" this Akhal-Teke horse from Turkey is the true champagne or gold color. 2.) Other breeds can also carry the champagne or gold coat gene, this palomino is more gold than is common for the palomino.

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Pet Circkles BACK ISSUES. For issues later than 2013, use our Google Search at the top of the page and search by topic jor go to our Pet Circkles Back Issues Page.

January 2014: Pot-Bellied Pals: Pigs as Pets. NATURAL PET REMEDIES: Worms. DOG BREEDS- Basenji. Training a Stubborn Breed.

February 2014: Don't Give a Broken Heart for Valentine's Day. Training an Adopted Animal. DOG BREEDS - Basset Hound. NATURAL PET REMEDIES: Natural Alternatives to Clay Cat Litter.

March 2014: Pet Toy Safety and Natural Toys. DOG BREEDS - Beagle. NATURAL PET REMEDIES: Constipation in Pets.

April 2014: When a Cat Stops Eating, Time is Critical. Pet Remedies: Prorrhoea in Cats. DOG BREEDS - Beauceron. Aquarium Fish Diseases.

May 2014: Intranasal Pet Vaccines Are Not Safer. Pet Remedies: Matted or Tangled Hair.DOG BREED - Belgium Shepherd.National Mill Dog Rescue.


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Natural Pet Remedies: Scratches on Wood Floors and furniture.

Not so much a pet remedy as a pet owner remedy is the concern over dogs scratching new hardwood floors with their toenails or cats scratching furniture. A fairly new product has come out called Soft Paws. Soft Paws are completely safe, painless and humane according to the Soft Paws website. They do not hurt the dog in any way. Soft Paws are non-toxic. Even if your dog swallows one, no harm will occur. The nail cap will safely pass through the digestive system. 
Soft Paws are vinyl nail caps that glue onto your pet's nails. They look like your pets's nails, only hollow. You fill them with the adhesive provided and glue them on to your dog's or cat's nails. The nail covers effectively blunt your pet's nails so no damage occurs when they scratch.
However, we cannot be sure what the adhesive is made of. It smells and acts just like Krazy Glue. The cyanoacrylate in Krazy Glue ("ethyl-2-cyanoacrylate") is slightly different from the medical grade cyanoacrylate (Dermabond, "2-octyl cyanoacrylate") which is used on skin. So if you have any concern over the toxicity of the adhesive Soft Paws offers with their product, you could use the medical grade Krazy Glue. Soft Paws says the adhesive they offer is non-toxic.

Keeping your pet's nails short by clipping them on a regular basis will lesson the damage they can do with them as well because trimming them blunts the nail quite a bit.


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

Bichon Frisé:

The Bichons were divided into four categories: the Bichon Maltese, the Bichon Bolognaise, the Bichon Havanese and the Bichon Tenerife.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) refers to the Bichon Frise as "merry" and "cheerful", and the breed standard calls for a dog that is "gentle mannered, sensitive, playful and affectionate". The Bichon Frise loves human company and demands much of your attention. They are generally very sociable and do well with an owner that takes them along on outings. They are charming, affectionate, and intelligent. Bichons do well with children because they are playful and have lots of energy. If affiliated with a particular territory and encouraged by owners, they can become very territorial. Bred to be companion dogs, the Bichon Frise tends to get along well with both children and other animals.
Bichon Frises often appear on lists of dogs that do not shed (moult). The grooming required to maintain the Bichon Frise's coat helps remove loose hair, and the curl in the coat helps prevent dead hair and dander from escaping into the environment, as with the poodle's coat. The frequent trimming, brushing, and bathing required to keep the Bichon looking its best removes hair and dander and controls the other potent allergen, saliva.

It is best to have a Bichon Frise groomed approximately every four to eight weeks. Daily brushing of the coat helps to prevent matting. If a Bichon's coat gets severely matted, they may develop a hematoma, most likely in the ears.

Bichon Frises are considered suitable for people with allergies, as they are bred to be hypoallergenic. It is important to note that human sensitivity to dog fur, dander, and saliva varies considerably. Although hair, dander, and saliva can be minimized, they are still present and can stick to "clothes and the carpets and furnishings in your home"; inhaling the allergens, or being licked by the dog, can trigger a reaction in a sensitive person

LIFESPAN: UK and USA/Canada surveys had an average life span of about 12–13 years, with Bichon Frises in the UK tending to live longer than Bichon Frises in the US/Canada

HEALTH: Because autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA, also called immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, or IMHA) and immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (ITP) are responsible for premature Bichon Frise deaths, Bichon Frise owners should be particularly alert to the symptoms of these conditions. In AIHA, the dog's immune system attacks its own red blood cells, leading to severe, life-threatening anemia. Symptoms include weakness, loss of energy, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, dark urine, and pale or yellow gums. Thrombocytopenia often accompanies AIHA. In ITP, blood platelets (which cause blood clotting) are destroyed. The most common clinical signs are hemorrhages of the skin and mucus membranes. Owners of Bichon Frises showing suspicious symptoms should seek immediate veterinary care as these diseases can strike with little or no warning and kill very quickly. Mortality rates of 20% to 80% are reported

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