Monthly Archives: December 2015

Prepare your furkidz for New Year’s Eve stress from noise

Fireworks can be a scary experience for dogs, and may even cause them to run away — but this easy trick could help prevent your dog from getting scared at all.

Holidays, such as the 4th of July, can be terrifying days for dogs.  There are lots of people, new smells and of course, lots and lots of loud noises.  This New Year’s Eve fireworks will frighten countless dogs wherever they are set off.

Fireworks can make dogs want to run and hide, which can put them in potentially dangerous situations.  It might seem like there’s no way to make your dog more comfortable when the fireworks start booming.  The Thundershirt is a “dog anxiety vest”.  It acts as a “swaddle” for dogs, applying pressure on their body to help relieve fear, over-excitement, or stress.  But you don’t have to buy one.  The DIY version gives simple instructions on how to use a piece of fabric, like a scarf, to wrap around the dog’s body and mimic the Thundershirt’s effect.

This is a quick and easy way to make your dog feel safe when fireworks are going off.  The simple wrap can be made with just a piece of fabric — and could possibly save your dog’s life.

The wrap is designed to calm your dog so he doesn’t get the urge to run away, getting lost or running into traffic.

With this simple trick, you could help keep your dog feeling safe and much less anxious during fireworks and other loud holiday noises.

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The Veterinary Oath


The Veterinarian Oath:

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, and to adhere to a code of conduct that ensures the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.
I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.  I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence[1].

This differs markedly from the Hippocratic oath (Ιπποκράτειος_όρκος) which upholds the tenet of Primum non nocere (first do no harm), yet prohibits surgery, euthanasia, and abortion and prevents the dissemination of knowledge by general practitioners:

I swear by Apollo, the healer, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath and agreement:
To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art.
I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.
I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.
But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.
I will not perform surgery, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art.
In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction and especially from the pleasures of love with women or with men, be they free or slaves.
All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.
If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all men and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my lot[2].


  1. The notion that no animals or only some animals (e.g. species variant pain felt by a dog compared with a fish) do not feel pain is antiquated and cannot be fostered by any veterinarian. Pain is felt by all creatures, great and small and must, at all times, be addressed, or at least acknowledged.
  2. In the use of animals as food production for humans, welfare during their life is paramount and their death given a modicum of dignity[3].
  3. In the use of animals in experimentation, all animals are managed according to best animal welfare practices through informed, confident and proactive ‘industries’, with minimal harm and minimal experimentation procedures recommended[4].
  4. To let an animal die a “natural death” when euthanasia is available is cruel, not only to the patient but to its loved ones. It has been shown that owners whose pets died naturally experienced significantly more total grief, social isolation, and loss of control compared to owners who had their pets euthanized[5].[6].
  5. To allow uncontrolled breeding or avoid pregnancy termination in animals whose offspring’s welfare cannot be guaranteed by the carer is to be ignorant of future pain by that animal(s) and is, by implication, negligent cruelty[7].


  1.  American Veterinary Medical Association
  2.  Wikipedia
  3.  ESFA Animal Welfare
  4.  AWSC Animal Welfare
  5.  McCutcheon, K. A., & Fleming, S. J., (2001) Grief resulting from euthanasia and natural death of companion animals
  6. Frid, MH & Perea, AT (2007) Euthanasia & thanatology in small animals. Journal of Veterinary Behavior 2:35-39
  7.  HSUS Pet Overpopulation Estimates” The Humane Society of the United States, 7 July 2008

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INDOORS & SAFE on New Year’s Eve!


Please take precautions ahead of time to ensure your pets will be safe on New Years Eve.  Don’t let them become a statistic!  Check fences and gates to make sure they’re secure, and look for holes where they can escape under the fence.  BETTER YET … keep your pets safely indoors … and make sure they don’t bolt through a temporarily opened door.  Also, make sure your dog is wearing a collar with tags – and that the info on the tags is current!

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*FREE* Spay/Neuter & Rabies & Microchip & License this month (Dec 2015)

Do you want to know the simplest way to keep pets out of overcrowded shelters?

Help families keep their pets at home, by sharing great opportunities like this:

Houston’s city animal shelter, BARC, is offering FREE spay/neuter, FREE rabies vaccination, FREE microchip, and a FREE City of Houston license.  You must live within the City of Houston limits to qualify- bring a current ID and a bill with a City of Houston address.

The lines will be long on Saturday, but if you don’t get in that day, all overflow clients will receive a voucher for future use. ‪#‎spayneuter‬‪  #‎adoptdontshop‬


BARC's photo.

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Xylitol Dangers

Xylitol is popping up in unexpected places these days, from coffee to baby wipes to nasal sprays.

In fact, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center reports finding yet another product containing xylitol on a regular basis, so it’s more important than ever to keep a close eye on ingredient lists of household products.

(Xylitol is also found some workout clothing, but it does not pose a toxic risk to dogs, so it was not included in the list.)

Here’s a handy list of products that may contain xylitol, and check out this nifty infographic.  Share them on social media, with visitors, or post them somewhere conspicuous!

More Xylitol Information

Emergence of xylitol as a known hazard for pets:
This peer-reviewed article (PDF) expains how the sugar substitute was discovered to also produce acute, possibly life-threatening liver disease and coagulopathy.

Test your treatment strategy:
This hypothetical case study shows the effects and treatment options for a dog who ingested xylitol.

Cough drop toxicity: 
Xylitol is increasingly found as an ingredient in cough drops.

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