Friday, December 06, 2013
However, two weeks ago, he suddenly became very ill. One day he was doing fine and the next day I noticed that he had not eaten his food which he normally gobbles down within minutes. He also did not greet me or try to play with me like he normally does.
He was just lying in his litter box. I tried to pick him up and he screamed in pain. That was when I realised something was very wrong.
Anyway I brought the food to him and he ate it all up but he was in severe pain. I took him to the vet the next day blood was also taken as physically there didn’t seem to be very much wrong with him.
On the 5th day he started to try and stand and walk, but he was still quite wobbly. So we took him in and the vet recommended that an x-ray be done.
The x-rays apparently showed that he had a severe calcium deficiency as his bones were not clearly defined and were very faint.
Our vet has since recommended that we switch him to a kibble diet as it is a more balanced diet. I disagree and cannot bring myself to feed Teddy such rubbish.
My main area of contention is that if there was a severe calcium deficiency then the change should not have been that drastic, i.e. happy kitten one day, miserable kitten the next. It should have been a progresssive deterioration. These pictures posted above were taken only 3 weeks ago with the exception of the first picture which was taken when he was initially rescued.
So anyway, I decided to take him to see Dr Susanna of Asia Paws, and he took to her really well. No screaming or hissing and allowed Dr Susanna to put in several needles into his back and into his legs. He then even started to walk about on the treatment table albeit rather wobbly. So we will be continuing acupuncture with Dr Susanna for Teddy and hopefully he will be all better soon.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Folks, I have been completely swamped with work, rescued ones and fostering and have not had the time to post anything at all... So I do apologise for the silence.
However, this is just a gentle reminder to everyone that our cats and dogs are CARNIVORES!!!
So just because you might be vegetarian, your cat and dog should NOT BE VEGETARIAN!!!
Ideally they should be fed a PREY MODEL RAW DIET! This consists of plenty of fresh, raw meat and bones and organs!!! Not veges and fruits and other nonsense like grains!!!
Sorry, for shouting there, but had a phone call from someone who wanted advice on what to feed her over-weight basset hound that seems to have a million allergies. But whatever I tried to tell her, she had an excuse for not doing that, and then ends the call by telling me that a vegetarian kibble diet is what her basset hound needs!
Argh... have no idea why she even called me when she did not want to listen to or even consider anything I had to say...
Monday, September 23, 2013
How to get paint off my dog?
You're probably thinking, why would I ever need to know this piece of information?
Trust me, you may well need it someday..
I came home this evening, exhausted after a really long meeting with the Board of Director's at my client's office, to find my helper shrieking at Rascal in dismay... He had gotten really excited when he heard my car arriving and proceeded to prance up and down the fence like he normally does. The only problem was that there was a pan of paint there!!!
And so he splashed dark brown paint all over the underside of his body and got 2 paws completely soaked in paint as well. And of course, he then left paw prints all over the patio!
I think Charrisa thought I would get really mad at her for letting this happen. I actually found it quite hilarious when I saw Rascal looking as brown as he was.. But my amusement quickly turned to worry when I realised to severity of the situation.
Anyway, in the unlikely event that your dog decides to help you with painting, keep calm and try to get the paint off as quickly as possible. It will be harder to get it off once it has dried. Bear in mind that some dogs may have a bad reaction as well, especially if they start licking their fur, so it is quite important to get it off as quickly as possible.
Get a bowl of vegetable oil or cooking oil, and lots of paper napkins. Soak the paper napkins in the oil and start rubbing out the paint. Try to rub out as much paint as possible. Then give your dog a good warm bath with some mild soap or shampoo. If it's bad, you may have to repeat the process a few times... And if you have a dog with a long coat, you may have to consider shaving off his fur... And if necessary you may need to take your dog to the vet.
But whatever you do, don't use thinner or kerosene on your dog... You could hurt your dog that way. Just thought I'd share this handy tip with you guys...
PS: I know Rascal doesn't look like he had that much paint on him, but I only thought to take the picture after I had gotten a fair bit off!
PPS: You can also get paint off your skin using vegetable oil if it hasn't fully dried.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
My poor old Rascal has been feeling cold recently as it has been raining alot... and as we have alot of trees and plants in our garden, it really is quite cold in our house...
I usually wrap him up in his Thundershirt when it rains not because he gets frightened, but to keep him warm as he has a very very thin coat of fur. But it was extra cold yesterday, and he was actually shivering so much that I had to wrap him up in his blanket as well!
So I decided to order him a proper dog coat from Chilly Dogs, and can't wait till it arrives...
Will post a picture of Rascal in his coat as soon as we get it. Hopefully it will help keep him warmer on rainy days...
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
|Mishka: Well, hello Cleo...|
|Cleo: What do you want Mishka?|
|Mishka: Oh nothing really...|
|Mishka: Thought I'd just take a quick nap...|
|Cleo: Errr... okay, but you seem to have gotten into the wrong bed...|
|Cleo: I think you need to move Mishka...|
|Mishka: Move? (I'll take a nip on Cleo's toes and we'll see who moves...)|
|Cleo: Mommy... Mishka is hogging the bed!!!|
|Mishka: I think I'm going to make myself comfortable here...|
|Mishka: You wanna try and get me off the bed Cleo??? Take this!|
Sunday, August 18, 2013
What better way to shred your unwanted papers and cardboards for the recycling bin than to give it to your furkids?!
Lucky is our designated paper/cardboard shredder in the house! He has a ton of fun and we have our stuff in small bits that fit in the recycling bin!
Cleo, on the other hand, doesn't think much of recyling and prefers to wrestle with Charrissa our helper!
Monday, August 05, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
This is what I made for the kids today! It's stinky and they love it... Dehydrated beef lungs...Not quite raw, but natural and preservative free etc, and not cooked to death...
It's really easy to make by the way. Just cut the lungs into pieces about 1/2 inch thick.
Place on baking tray and put in oven at about 100 degrees C.
Keep the oven door slightly open and bake for about an hour or two until it's all dry.
Your dogs will love this!
Monday, July 15, 2013
For those of you who have not made the switch to raw because you think it will make your dogs aggressive and fight over food, I hope that this picture will show you that it does not. Food aggression has nothing to do with raw. If a dog is possessive about food it's because he is worried that it will get taken away. It has nothing to do with feeding raw...