Bark n Wag 15 Minute Vet Talk
Bark n Wag 15 Minute Vet Talk
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Cindy, Executive Director, of PugHearts in Houston discusses the different facets of a rescue organization
PugHearts of Houston is a non-profit rescue dedicated to giving unwanted and neglected Pugs a second chance. It is staffed by a network of volunteers in and around the greater Houston, TX area. Some of these volunteers donate their time; they pick up dogs, drive them to vet appointments, process adoption applications and help us out at events we attend throughout the year. Some volunteers open their hearts and homes to our Rescues and provide safe, loving foster homes for these dogs. None of our dogs stay in a shelter or kennel. All of our dogs are in private foster homes throughout the area. They learn to live (some of them for the first time) in a home with foster siblings and parents who teach them how to be part of a loving family. These fosters will try to get them ready for the next phase of their lives – when they get to join their new forever home! Interesting in Adopting? Here's what you should do... Read the FAQ below. Click the Pugs? and Learn tabs at the top of this website to read more about PugHearts and the breed. Taking the time to do some research about the breed will ensure that this is the right breed for you. Look over the Our Dogs section to see if we have a pug available that would be a good match for you and your family. Any dog listed in this section is available unless their bio states they are on medical hold. As soon as a dog is adopted out they are moved to our Success Stories page. Complete an adoption application using the Adopt tab on this website. Be sure to answer every single question as an incomplete application will not be processed.Remember, there is no obligation or commitment when you fill out an application. Even if you are approved, we will not place a pug with you until you (& we!) are certain you have found the perfect match. To make sure of this we will conduct a home visit as well a Meet & Greet with you and your potential adoptee. Our goal is to make sure that our Rescues find their true FOREVER home and never find themselves homeless again. FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q: Can I come see the dogs? A: No, our dogs do not live at a shelter; they are in private foster homes. Q: How will I know which dog is right for me? A: Start by reading the bios and looking at the photos of the dog. If you find one you think you are interested in, complete an adoption application and list that dog on it. One of our volunteers will contact you (usually within a week or so) to talk to you about your application and that dog. If it sounds like a good fit, we will then arrange a “meet & greet” for you and that dog. Q: Is there any way I can meet a dog before putting in an application? A: If you do not have an approved adoption application on file, we will not schedule a “meet & greet” for you and a dog. However, we do try to bring as many of our rescues as possible to the Houston Pug Meetup. This is held the first Saturday of every month at Danny Jackson Dog Park. We usually have several volunteers there too who can answer general questions about PugHearts. NO adoptions take place during the meetups, they are for socialization only. Q: What if I want a dog but don’t see one on your website I’d like?A: Complete the adoption application. Unfortunately, we always have more dogs coming into our care. If you complete an application and we have it already approved, then we can contact you if a dog comes in that meets your request. Also, if you see one added to our website that you’d like to meet we can proceed directly to that step – no waiting for your application to be processed! Q: How much is it to adopt a dog? A: There is a $400 for adults and $500 for puppies adoption fee. This covers all medical expenses for the dog including rabies and other vaccinations, spay/neuter, heartworm testing and microchipping. Q: Do I have to pay anything to put in an application? A: No. We do not collect the adoption fee until your new furry family member is with you. Q: What if I think I want to adopt but I’m not sure yet? A: Completing the adoption application does not place you under any obligation. If you change your mind, just drop us an email or use the contact form and tell us you would like to withdraw your application. Or you can tell us you would like to put it “on hold” until you are sure. There is no commitment when you fill out the application. Q: How long does it take to process an adoption application? A: Usually 2 -3 weeks, though not always. Processing time varies depending upon how many applications we have recently received and how many volunteers we have helping us at the time. Q: I put in an adoption application but haven’t heard anything. How do I contact PugHearts? A: Use the Contact form on our website. We are an all volunteer staff which means we all work full time jobs and help out in our free time. One of our volunteers will get back with you shortly, though not always on the same day. Q: How do I become a volunteer/foster? A: Fill out the Contact form on our website. Someone will get in touch with you to discuss your area of interest. Q: How do I contact PugHearts for more information? A: For any general inquiries or comments, please use our Contact form to leave us a message. Q: How do I contact PugHearts in an emergency? A: If you know of a Pug that is in danger, please use our Contact form and select the “Urgent - Pug In Danger” option from our drop-down menu. Also, if you need to surrender a pug or have found a pug that you would like us to pick up, use the contact form and select the “I would like to surrender a pug” selection. If email is not an option you can contact our Emergency Hotline at 281-968-4958. Leave a message after the tone – we will be notified immediately that a message has been left and we will contact you shortly. Please note that this is an Emergency Hotline only – messages regarding adoption applications and general questions should not be left at this number – use the contact form instead. Q: I saw a Pug at my local animal control shelter. How do I let PugHearts know it is there? A: While PugHearts works very closely with all of the local shelters and will probably already know about this dog (most shelters have a mandatory waiting period before the dog can be released to a Rescue) you may know about one that we haven’t seen. Please use our Contact form to let us know where you saw a Pug needing a new home using the “I have information on a Pug needing help” option. This is also true of online classified ad sites (such as Craigslist). Q: I’d like to know when PugHearts will be having a fundraiser/event – how can I get on your email list? A: Come and join us on Facebook for up to the minute updates on all events.
Nov 1
7 min
Dr. Lori Cesario from Canine Cancer Academy discusses breeds and cancer detection.
Canine Cancer Academy The goal is to share knowledge and information about canine cancer with dog owners affected by the disease. Listen to my New Podcast: Your Dog Wants You To Know This!      
Oct 26
13 min
Pughearts of Houston has rescued over 3,392 Pugs. Learn how you can help and particpate in their fundrasier PUGS ON THE BAYOU!
PugHearts of Houston Pug Rescue is a true 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded in the Houston area by dedicated pug owners and lovers.  Our mission is the rescue, rehabilitation and permanent placement of needy pugs into loving homes. Get involved in their fundraiser: Pughearts would love your help!  Purchase a mask on the and part of the proceed will go to PugHearts!       
Oct 12
10 min
What happens at an annual exam at the veterinarian office with Dr. Susan McMillan
Please keep you dog healthy and go to the vet! Also, if you are rescuing a dog.  By T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM It is always nice to know what to expect when you visit the veterinarian. Why? Because nobody likes surprises. So what what is going through the doctor's mind when your dog (or cat) is presented.   Let's just say you came in for your pet's routine yearly vaccination. Usually this is a good time for the doctor to take a really close look at your pet -- a good time to do an annual physical exam. Written notes on the patient's medical chart are absolutely necessary in order to maintain a good medical history.  So when the doctor isn't probing and pulling, there will be some written data being recorded. Later this information is transferred to a computerized program that sorts and organizes yearly reminders, prescription data, important patient events or surgeries and billing data.   Computers are an excellent way for the veterinarian to access current information on new techniques, medications and procedures. Plus, as a way to access continuing education references, the computer and Internet have opened up libraries of information on dog (and cat) care. A good physical exam includes taking the patient's temperature.  Normal temperature for a dog or cat varies between 101 and 102.5 degrees; that's a bit higher than our normal temperature. So if you see the veterinarian lift the pet's tail up and come at it with the thermometer, don't be shocked! The temperature is taken rectally and causes no discomfort. Every so often a seemingly healthy pet tips off the veterinarian that something isn't quite right simply by having an elevated temperature. Skin and coat are really excellent indicators of the pet's health status. Look at this dog's coat and you can see right away that  there is something wrong. The coat should be shiny, not brittle and coarse, and the skin should be clean and not greasy and flaky. The vast majority of skin and coat problems are associated with grain-based diets of poor quality and during the physical exam your veterinarian should inquire about the pet's diet. Two weeks on a meat-based diet and this dog will often look, feel and act much better. (Visit our nutrition section for some good advice on the matter.) Many types of dermatological problems are avoided if the dog or cat is consuming an optimum diet. In some cases, adding a supplement such as, a mega fatty acid supplement is the key factor in avoiding repeated episodes of hot spots and other skin afflictions. Your veterinarian should examine both ears, too. Obvious infections and allergies are problems the owner can see, like the infected ear on this dog. But often, deep in the ear canal is where infections can start and if noticed early, can be eliminated before they get to the stage where the ears look like what you see in the photo (on the right). Many dogs (and cats) suffer from allergies. Skin and ear infections are commonly the result of repeated allergic episodes. The doctor will show you how to clean the ears and prescribe the right medication if signs of an infection are present. Check your dog's (and cat's) ears and look for any signs of disease.   Every good exam includes getting that stethoscope against the chest and listening to the lungs and paying close attention to the heart sounds. Dogs seldom get pneumonia. Much more common are heart rhythm and heart valve problems. The first way to gain information about a dog's (or cat's) heart is to listen. (If your veterinarian seems not to be listening to you while the stethoscope is plugged into his/her ears, don't be insulted!) If any deviation from normal is detected, further workup is a good idea. A cardiac workup usually entails an EKG to assess the electrical activity of the heart and X-rays or an echocardiogram to evaluate the heart's size and shape. A careful evaluation of the abdomen must be a part of the physical exam. Every veterinarian has made surprising discoveries while examining "normal" dogs (and cats). Many owners were shocked to find out that their pet had only one normal kidney, or was harboring an undiscovered tumor or was pregnant!  Bladder stones, for instance, can be discovered during a routine physical exam. So in addition to feeling what's on the outside of the pet, what's inside is just as important. Every good physical exam must include a look into the pet's mouth -- that is if the pet is willing!  Oral hygiene (see our article on dentistry) is one of the most overlooked aspects of pet health care. The mouth can harbor infected gums, loose teeth, objects stuck between teeth, tumors and all sorts of other surprises. And often the pet shows no signs of discomfort from even serious oral abnormalities. Older dogs (and cats) especially may have oral hygiene difficulties that would vastly improve if dental and oral treatment was instituted. Be sure the veterinarian takes a look! Although the eyes may not need a thorough exam where the veterinarian inspects the interior of the eye with special instruments, at least a close inspection of the visible eye structures and lids is a part of a complete physical exam. Early cataract formation may be detected, any haziness on the surface of the cornea can be detected and inflammation of the surrounding eye structures can be assessed. The most common difficulties are simple irritations that result from pollen, dust and contact with grasses. Finally, the paws and toenails should be examined, and any really long nails should be clipped shorter (see How to Trim Toenails). Pad injuries are usually quick to heal and it is a wonder that dogs (and cats) don't cut and puncture their pads more often than they do.  Now that your pet has had a head-to-toe examination, you and the veterinarian will feel more confident that the pet is healthy. Now the challenge is to keep the pet well! Image: Courtesy of AVMA
Oct 5
14 min
Dr. Lori Cesario, a Board-Certified Veterinary Oncologist, discusses Canine Cancer Academy
Canine Cancer Academy is a wonderful platform for pet owners.  Dr. Lori Cesario is a Board-Certified Veterinary Oncologist currently practicing in Southern California.  She is originally from Long Island, New York but is happy to now call California home. She received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Bioscience from Penn State University.  After college, Dr. Cesario worked in a lab at Cornell University developing mouse models of human prostate and mammary cancers, amongst others.  She then attended Ross University Veterinary School, with a clinical year at the University of Wisconsin.  She completed two one-year internships: a small animal rotating internship at the University of Illinois, followed by an oncology specialty internship at NC State.  She then returned to the Midwest for an oncology residency at Michigan State University.  Dr. Cesario is committed to maintaining a high quality of life in patients that are feeling well and improving the lives of patients that are feeling poorly.  She uses her expertise to develop tailored treatment plans for each individual patient and family.  Her professional interests include electrochemotherapy and histiocytic sarcoma.  Understanding that many families head to the internet after a cancer diagnosis, she wanted to ensure that there were excellent resources there waiting for them.  She developed the Dog Cancer Roadmap program so families would have a reliable resource for dog cancer information online.  Having a dog diagnosed with cancer is very difficult, and nobody should have to experience it alone. When she is not at the hospital, Dr. Cesario enjoys hiking, pilates, and plant-based cooking.   Sign up on her blog page to receive our weekly educational emails and stay up-to-date with the latest news about canine cancer!
Sep 27
9 min
Dr. Laura Brown discusses Rimadyl overdose
  Carprofen is a medication commonly prescribed to canines with osteoarthritis; it works well for pain management and is very palatable making it a medicine well suited for canine ailments. The positive results seen by pet owners who give this medicine to their dogs regularly is well documented. The anti-inflammatory properties of this drug are also known to be beneficial. Many canines are prescribed carprofen long-term, though patients on this medication must be followed by the veterinarian to monitor the effects of the drug. Carprofen has caused toxicity in dogs who have been on the medication long-term; however, cases of poisoning are most commonly seen with an accidental overdose of the medication. Our canine companions enjoy the flavor of this medication and will help themselves to it if available. Symptoms will vary depending on the amount consumed and can range from vomiting to abdominal pain, and gastrointestinal perforation in very severe cases. Carprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used in the veterinary field for pain management. Prescribed as a medication to alleviate inflammation and pain associated with arthritis, as well as pain management after surgery, ingestion of more than the prescribed amount can result in serious consequences.   Symptoms of Carprofen Poisoning in Dogs The severity of signs of carprofen poisoning will be contingent on how much of the medication was ingested by your pet. The peak plasma concentration (the highest level of medication in the blood) is reached in one to three hours.  Symptoms you may see in your dog will vary. Vomiting (can be bloody) Diarrhea (can be bloody) Abdominal pain Weakness Lethargy Muscle twitching In severe cases, additional signs will be seen. Tremors Seizures Gastrointestinal perforation Stupor Coma Signs of kidney failure are as follows. Blood in the urine Extreme thirst Excessive urination Fatigue Vomiting In addition, if the liver is experiencing damage, jaundice will be present in the form of yellow colored skin, mucus membranes, and whites of the eyes. Types Carprofen poisoning in dogs can be acute after the ingestion of a large qunatity over and above the prescribed amount. Chronic carprofen poisoning may result if your dog develops a sensitivity to it over a period of time. There are side effects and possible adverse reactions to carprofen in some canines, this is why a dog who is on a regular prescription will be monitored through regular check-ups with the veterinarian. Causes of Carprofen Poisoning in Dogs Although adverse reactions to the drug are rare, ingestion of high amounts due to a canine gaining access to his medicinal supply is common. NSAID’s in general can be responsible for gastrointestinal issues with long-term use; therefore, an overdose of a chewable tablet or capsule will cause your pet to experience stomach upset in mild cases, to gastrointestinal irritation or perforation in severe cases of poisoning. Reduction of gastric acid secretion and blood flow to the mucosa can occur causing hemorrhaging along with kidney and liver failure. Other risk factors for severe carprofen poisoning can be: Dogs with coagulation disorders such as von Willebrand’s disease Other medication that is prescribed concurrently like glucocorticoids and sulfonamides Dehydration Predisposition to liver and kidney disease Compromised liver and kidney due to age Diagnosis of Carprofen Poisoning in Dogs If you have witnessed your pet indulging in his carprofen tablets, do not question or wait for the result. A visit to the veterinary clinic is essential. Bring the empty packaging with you, along with any other medications your pet may be on (if any). The veterinarian will base his diagnostic decisions on clinical signs exhibited by your dog (like nausea and abdominal pain) and will also rely on information you can provide. The veterinarian may ask questions as he examines your pet’s mucus membranes and eyes and takes his vital signs. How long has your pet been on the carprofen? What is the reason is it was prescribed? How long ago did you realize that he may have ingested an overdose amount? What have the symptoms been so far? Are they getting worse as time progresses or staying at the same intensity? How much is he drinking and urinating? The veterinary team will take blood tests in the form of a complete blood count and blood serum chemistry to evaluate levels such as BUN (blood urea nitrogen), creatinine, electrolytes, and liver enzymes. A urinalysis will determine the concentration or dilution of the urine. Treatment of Carprofen Poisoning in Dogs Decontamination Depending on the timing between ingestion and hospitalization, the veterinary team may choose to induce vomiting and administer active charcoal (to bind the remaining medication). Supportive Care IV fluids will provide much supportive and corrective care. Nausea medication, antibiotics, gastroprotectants, vitamin K1 for the liver, and diazepam if there are seizures can all be administered during supportive therapy. Kidney and liver function, as well as urine outflow, will be assisted through intravenous fluids. Your furry family member will be monitored carefully and will remain in the hospital as needed until blood levels are normal and organ function has returned. Recovery of Carprofen Poisoning in Dogs Studies show that cases of carprofen poisoning in dogs can have a good prognosis with timely medical intervention. If there has been severe kidney or liver damage or if the ulceration and hemorrhaging in the gastrointestinal tract and stomach are extremely damaging, the chances of recovery become guarded. If your pet is able to return home after treatment, he may require special care and will need a follow-up appointment with the veterinarian to re-evaluate with blood tests. As with all other types of medication, carprofen should be kept out of reach of children and pets. *Wag! may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Items are sold by the retailer, not Wag!.  
Sep 13
9 min
What webinars are Cindy Myers, Energy Healer & Animal Intuitive, hosting during the month of September?
Cindy Myers Ambassador to Animals, Humans and Spirit I’ve always been a good listener. However, twenty years ago, I would have found it hilarious if you told me that I’d be working as an intuitive energy healer while living on an alpaca farm! But, here I am with a herd of 24 alpacas, 3 dogs and 3 cats working as a Medical Intuitive! I believe that the sum of our life experiences can lead us to our true calling in life. There are many paths to finding our way to our authentic selves. It took many years, multiple and diverse career paths, and tough life challenges to finding my true calling. The life lessons were invaluable that led me to this meaningful life. I learned about frequencies and Radars while working as an Engineer for the Navy and now I am a Radar! I learned all about stress and how harmful it is to our body, mind and spirit while being my mom’s caregiver through her final years. And there was an amazing gift I created out of the house fire I experienced due to an arsonist. Losing my belongings led me to discovering myself. And I found the courage to embrace and pursue my calling of intuitive energy work. It is an honor and humbles me to do this work for people and their animals. I love sharing my intuitive abilities with both animals and humans. I look forward to helping you restore your energy balance so you can live an abundantly joy filled life! CONTACT 541-658-5062 Email Cindy    
Aug 30
6 min
Cristi Eckert, owner of Natural Pet Wellness, gives tips on dealing with grief of a pet during an illness and after with Essential Oils and Reiki
Cristi Eckert, owner of Natural Pet Wellness, would love to talk to you about Essential Oils and Reiki. About Natural Pet Wellness Animals have been part of my entire life. As a kid, I would sneak in the neighborhood cat in through my window, pet any dog I came across, and walk dogs for neighbors. Not much has changed as an adult! I still pet every dog I see, all my animals live in the house and I talk to strangers about my love of all animals. As I got older, I worked at shelters, vet clinics and went to school specifically to learn more about animals. I worked with many animal organizations, pet sit for friends and family and even took in a pack of alpacas. Despite working in retail and marketing, I kept finding my way back to working with animals.  What started as a "hobby" to learn about holistic ways to help my own pets has become a career to help other people and their pets live their fullest life. I trained in essential oil therapy through Young Living Animal Oil classes, I trained in energy work through HTA (Healing Touch for Animals) to help my aging dogs and I am certified Reiki Master. I've taken coursework in CPR and First Aid specifically for animals.  I realized these techniques can help all animals I meet, not just my own pets. I truly have a passion for animals and treat them with respect and love. ​As I worked more with people's pets, I found the people benefiting from energy work and from having happy pets-by helping the hoomans, the people and their pets were able to have a greater bond and happier life. ​I look forward to meeting and caring for you and your furry family member!   Get in Touch Tel: 720-830-6293  Email:   Address: Lakewood Colorado    
Aug 23
15 min
Tips on making your dog a social media super star with Phil Hilton
How to Win on Social Media: A Step-by-Step Guide for Local Businesses.   Social media is huge for brand awareness, gaining new customers, and making sales. What if you had the definitive guide created by renowned social media guru Dennis Yu? Now you do. Get this guide to learn the step-by-step strategy used by digital marketing maven Dennis Yu as he works with some of the biggest brands out there. He has consolidated the lessons learned through his experience to create a winning formula for local businesses. This is the formula we use to help our clients conquer the local market. What's inside? Deep tactical tips on conquering social media marketing for local businesses Eleven simple steps to turn your social media pages into lead-generators A step by step guide to setting up your "digital plumbing," including analytics Links to external resources to help you develop a winning content strategy Stats, tools, and insights to help you succeed Get the FREE Guide Contact Phil at CHAAMP Marketing, LLC 3348 Swover Creek Road Edinburg, VA 22824 (540) 287-8592  
Aug 16
13 min
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