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Miss Mollie Mae says, “Does Your Dog Feel Jealous?”

August 18th, 2014

When you kiss your significant other, does your dog try to get your attention? And does that mean that your dog feels jealous? Threatened? Or are we just imagining that?

Many if not all dog owners are sure that their pets have feelings. And we’ve known for a while that animals exhibit behaviors that look like jealousy, shame, & guilt. But it’s hard to find out what animals are really feeling.

A study published July 2014 brings us closer to proving that dogs do get jealous. Psychologists from the University of California, San Diego adapted a test that has been used on human infants to see whether dogs exhibit jealous behavior.

They videotaped how 36 dogs reacted to their owners ignoring them and instead petting and talking sweetly to a plastic jack-o’-lantern or an animated, stuffed dog. When the study was over, 72% of the dogs expressed jealous behavior (snapping at the object or pushing or touching the owner).

These dogs were trying to draw their owners away from the stuffed animal, feeling something very similar to human jealousy.

More studies have to be done before we can definitively say that dogs feel a basic form of jealousy.

Does your dog express jealous behavior? 

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http://www.today.com/pets/pet-peeves-dogs-really-do-get-jealous-scientists-say-1D79959175 

Miss Mollie Mae says, “July 28th – World Hepatitis Day”

July 28th, 2014

What is a chronic hepatitis?
Chronic hepatitis is a syndrome in dogs that can result from many different disease processes. It means that the liver has undergone or is undergoing inflammation and/or necrosis. The invasion of white cells and cell death can both be a result of previous damage to the liver by infectious agents, such as viruses or bacteria. Chronic hepatitis can occur in any breed of dog, male or female, and at any age. Most dogs with chronic hepatitis are middle-aged to older.

What are the symptoms of chronic hepatitis?

•              Decreased appetite

•              Lethargy

•              Vomiting

•              Diarrhea

•              Increased drinking and urination

•              Swollen belly filled with fluid

What tests are needed?
Liver disease is usually suspected based on a dog’s symptoms, or problems detected during the physical examination performed by the veterinarian. Some tests used to help diagnose chronic hepatitis include:

  • Blood work
  • Imaging techniques (x-rays or abdominal ultrasound) – used to assess the size and appearance of the liver, as dogs with chronic hepatitis tend to have relatively small livers
  • Liver biopsy is the only definitive way to diagnose chronic hepatitis

What treatment is needed?
The treatment of chronic hepatitis is based on the severity and type of disease process in the liver as well as the clinical signs exhibited by your dog. Hospitalization, fluid therapy and supportive care may be necessary in severe conditions to help stabilize the patient for further diagnostics and treatment.

What is the prognosis?
Unfortunately, despite appropriate treatment, this condition is not often curable. Many dogs, though, can be kept relatively free of clinical signs and have a good quality of life for months and even years with therapy. Your veterinarian will need to recheck your dog’s condition and blood work frequently as circumstances may change.

http://www.acvim.org/

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Miss Mollie Mae says, “Protect Our Dogs from the Heat!”

May 13th, 2014

It is essential for pet owners to learn how to prevent and treat heat stroke in dogs, especially during the warmer months.

Heat stroke occurs when a dog severely overheats. Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time. On a warm day, the temperature in a car can exceed 120 degrees in a matter of minutes – even with the windows partially opened. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heat stroke or suffocation.

If your pet is exposed to high temperatures, look for signs of heat stress – heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, unsteadiness, vomiting, drooling, fever, and lethargy.  If you think your dog may have heat stroke, get the vet ASAP – the condition can cause permanent organ damage and death.

There are many other tips to keep your dog safe and healthy during a heat wave. Give your dog extra water – you will need to refill your dog’s water bowl more often than usual on very hot days. Offering your dog several ways to cool off is another step you can take during a heat wave. Apply cool water all over his body or soak him in a cool bath. You can also place cool, wet towels on your dog or leave a fan on in a place where your dog can sit in front of it.

Take your walks in the morning or evening – the intense heat of midday can overwhelm your dog during a walk. Exercise your dog during the cooler hours and, if your dog is in the sun for an extended period of time, apply doggie sunscreen. Moreover, don’t leave your dog alone outside for more than a few minutes. Even in the shade, a dog exposed to extreme heat and humidity is at risk for heat stroke.

Lastly, brush your dog regularly. A clean, untangled coat can help ward off summer skin problems and help your dog stay cool.

Has your dog ever been close to having a heat stroke?

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http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/pet-safety/protecting-pets-from-heat

Miss Mollie Mae says, “Driving with your pet could be a dangerous distraction.”

April 23rd, 2014

There are many distractions people face will driving their cars. Distracted driving activities include things like using a cell phone to make a call, to send a text, to check an email, and eating something while driving. Another distraction that can occur while driving is traveling with your dog.

In 2008, there were 6,000 fatalities due to accidents caused by distracted drivers, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

And, in a 2010 survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, an overwhelming 80 percent of respondents said they’ve driven with their pets on a variety of car trips including day trips, local errands and leisure trips, the pet store, dog parks and to work.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends that people use restraints on dogs and cats to prevent harm to the animals, the driver, and other passengers. Pets should not only ride in the driver’s lap, but they shouldn’t ride in the front passenger seat because of the risk of injury from a deploying airbag. The best way for people to think about this is to compare the dog to having a child in the car.

New Jersey could fine a driver $250 – $1,000 for giving a four-legged family member free rein of the car while it’s moving. In addition, Arizona, Connecticut, and Maine residents can be penalized under distracted-driving laws if they’re driving with a pet in their lap. More than half a dozen states, including California, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, have considered laws banishing dogs from the driver’s seat.

The most important headline for pet owners: Restrain your pet. Keep them in an enclosed area. This is safer for a number of reasons. First of all, keeping your pet in a tighter space will keep them from wandering around. If you have a pet wandering while you are driving, the chances you will be distracted are pretty good. Safety barriers are important to your pets for two reasons. First, they stop your pet from being projected in case of a short stop. Second, they stop your pet from becoming a distraction by keeping them in one place.

Where does your dog sit in your car?

Jack Russell Terrier Dog Enjoying a Car Ride.

 

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Miss Mollie Mae: Dangerous Foods Dogs Should NEVER Eat

March 26th, 2014

Most dogs love food, and they are especially attracted to what they see us eating. While sharing the occasional nibble with your dog is fine, it’s important to be aware that some foods are very dangerous to dogs.

Dangerous foods that dogs should never eat:

  • Alcohol
  • Avocados
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Dairy Products
  • Fruit Pits & Seeds
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Gum/Candy
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Raisins
  • Raw Meat/Fish/Eggs
  • Salt
  • Tea
  • Walnuts
  • Yeast Dough

Dogs explore with their mouth.

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No matter how cautious you are, it’s possible your dog can find and swallow what it shouldn’t. It’s a smart idea to always keep the number of your local vet somewhere you know you can find it in an emergency.

You can ensure your dog has a healthy, well-balanced diet by asking your vet to recommend a quality dog food. A well-designed dog food gives your pet all the nutrients it needs for an active and healthy life. This doesn’t mean you can’t sometimes give your dog human food as a special treat.

Most dogs are fine with eating lean meats. Make sure it had been thoroughly cooked and all fat, skin, and bones have been removed. Slices of apples, oranges, bananas, and watermelon make tasty treats for your dog. Be sure to remove any seeds, stems, and leaves because they can cause serious problems.

Your dog can have a healthy snack of carrot sticks, green beans, cucumber slices, or zucchini slices. Dogs may also enjoy plain white rice or pasta after it’s cooked.

Dogs are very good at begging for a taste of whatever we may be eating or cooking. As cute as they may be, though, our pets can’t always stomach the same foods as us!

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http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/foods_poisonous_to_pets.html

Miss Mollie Mae says, “Give Your Furry Valentine Love, Not Chocolate!”

February 14th, 2014

Oh Valentine’s Day: the time of year when love is in the air.

Does your heart melt whenever you look into the eyes of your lovable dog? Do you love to play with your dog at the park or cuddle with your dog on the couch? If so, you’ll join millions of pet owners who will include canine companions in their Valentine’s Day celebrations.

What are you going to give your furry, four-legged Valentine? Of course lots of love and maybe a new toy or two. There’s no harm in giving a few extra tasty treats on this special holiday, but remember that there are some treats that a dog should never have – chocolate. The most romantic day of the year can turn into a nightmare for pets.

Valentine’s Day is the single biggest day on which dogs are taken to emergency rooms because of ingested chocolate. Chocolate is toxic for pets and can make your dog extremely sick. The

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chemical in chocolate that’s so poisonous for dogs is theobromine, an alkaloid that has similar effects to caffeine and can make dogs quite ill.

As candy lovers know, there are different kinds of chocolate such as white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic or poisonous it is for dogs.

If you come home to find your candy box empty, take a quick glance at your dog and your house. Is your pet panting or trembling? Do you see evidence of vomiting or diarrhea? How much chocolate do you think your pet ate? Then call your veterinarian or emergency center for further instructions.

Good news – your veterinarian can prevent or treat chocolate poisoning. Treatment may include medication that induces vomiting to rid the body of undigested chocolate or administration of oral compounds to block absorption of theobromine.

Bad news – you may not have any chocolate left…or is that good news too?

Enjoy the 14th with your Valentine. Your dogs will love you fur-ever!

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http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/02/happy-valentines-day/

Miss Mollie Mae says, “Do you know why dogs are wearing yellow ribbons?”

January 13th, 2014

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dog in hopes of petting and rubbing their belly. However, as the dog is getting closer, you see a yellow ribbon tied on the dog’s collar. What does this mean?

A dog with a yellow ribbon on its collar or leash is to help people identify that caution should be applied when approaching the dog. Think of it like a yellow traffic light signal: proceed with caution.

These dogs are not necessarily aggressive, but more often are dogs who have issues of fear or anxiety; pain from recent surgery; not child friendly; are a rescue or shelter dog who has not yet had sufficient training or mastered obedience.

The Yellow Dog Project is a nonprofit organization that is a global effort to help raise awareness around dogs that require a little extra distance upon approaching. The goal of this project is to educate the public about the proper techniques to approach a dog, including permission from the dog’s owner before moving in. Consequently, all parties are put in a less stressful environment, which in turn reduces opportunities for an unforeseen accident.

Dogs in need of space are good dogs. They may not want to socialize with your dog, but they have the right to walk on a leash with their owners without any harassment from strangers who insist on a forced greeting.

To learn more about the Yellow Dog Project and help spread the word, check out www.theyellowdogproject.com.

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Miss Mollie Mae says, “Toys and Treats for Christmas!”

December 19th, 2013

Keep your dog or cat entertained this Christmas season with holiday-themed toys and treats!

Did you know toys can help fight boredom in cats and dogs and can also help prevent behavioral problems from developing? Rotate your dog’s toys weekly by making only a few toys available at a time. Keep a variety of types easily accessible.

The most important issue with toys is not how many a pet has, but how safe and appropriate they are — and how you’re using them. Ideally, your dogs’ toys should not only keep their minds and bodies active, but also strengthen

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Your dog can also indulge this holiday season with natural, delicious treats from Amore di Paws Barkery! This barkery is a small business, owned and operated in West Chester, PA. The business provides the highest quality of all natural dog and cat treats, from peanut butter biscuits to cheezy twists to apple and carrot cookies. They even provide personalized gift baskets for your pet! Amore di Paws knows how important your pets are to you and your family – that’s why their treats are made with love!

Check out their website at amoredipaws.com to find out more information and to order a treat for your pet!

Happy Holidays!

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Miss Mollie Mae says, “Control your pet’s diabetes!”

November 21st, 2013

Did you know that pets such as cats and dogs can develop diabetes? Just like in humans, pets with diabetes may not be able to produce enough insulin, or possibly their bodies do not allow them to use insulin properly.

Insulin is produced by the pancreas, and allows glucose in the blood to enter cells, allowing the body to properly function. Just like people, pets can suffer from both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. 

Diabetes symptoms and the complications of the disease are also similar to humans. The following symptoms could indicate that your animal has diabetes:

  • Change in appetite
  • Excessive thirst/increase in water consumption
  • Weight loss
  • Increased urination
  • Pungent breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dehydration
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting
  • Cataract formation, blindness
  • Chronic skin infections

 

Insulin is generally regarded as the benchmark treatment for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Your veterinarian can prescribe special insulin. Owners of diabetic pets should discuss with their vet how to best prepare the insulin, and how much insulin is needed for pets.

Like diabetes in humans, diabetes amongst animals needs to be closely managed in order for your pet to live a longer, healthier life. When a pet’s diabetes is under control, they have normal thirst and urination times, a normal appetite, a stable weight, good vision and alertness, and a good level of activity. Blood sugar amongst animals can be controlled through diet, blood glucose monitoring, and exercise.

 

http://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-and-pets.html

Miss Mollie Mae says, “Reduce the number of injuries!”

October 14th, 2013

4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and one in five dog bites results in injuries that require medical attention. There are ways to make dog bites less likely and to help prevent children from being bitten by dogs.

Studies have found that the number one dog-bite prevention measure is education. Children who understand how to act around dogs, how to play with dogs, when to leave dogs alone and how to properly meet a dog are much less likely to be bitten. To reduce the number of injuries from dog bites, adults and children should be educated about bite prevention, and dog owners should practice responsible dog ownership.

Be aware of the fact that any dog can bite. From the smallest to the largest, even the most friendly, cute and easygoing dogs might bite if provoked. Although you can’t guarantee that your

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http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/dog-bites/biteprevention.html