Thursday, December 12, 2013

Look who made it to radio

SUBJECT: Cannine Vaccines PROGRAM PODCAST: GUESTS: John Clifton, author Stop The Shots Dr. Ronald Schultz professor and chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, with more than 40 years’ experience in the field of immunology. LINKS: Dog vaccines may not be necessary by Dr. Ronald Schultz The Rabies Challenge Fund 2006 AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Revised Dog Vaccination Information : Dr. Ron Schultz shares his vast expertise in vaccines with dog owners by Lisa Rodier GUIDELINES FOR THE VACCINATION OF DOGS AND CATS COMPILED BY THE VACCINATION GUIDELINES GROUP (VGG) OF THE WORLD SMALL ANIMAL VETERINARY ASSOCIATION (WSAVA) Canine Health Concern Dr. Jean Dodds Vaccination Protocols Pet Vaccinations by Catherine O'Driscoll AAHA Canine Vaccine Guideline Explanations by Christopher Lee DVM CVLS Are We Vaccinating Dogs Too Much? by Catherine O'Driscoll Vaccines and Vaccination Protocols, AKC Canine Health Foundation Annual pet vaccinations, how much is too much and what are the risks? by Margot Hacket Science of Vaccine Damage by Catherine O'Driscoll

Monday, August 26, 2013

Calculating Benedryl

I think most pet owners have been through this. You call the vet because your pet has some sort of allergy and they tell you to give them Benedryl. That's it, nothing else, a sort of take two pills and call me in the morning answer. Then your dog is flipping and flopping like a fish in a frying pan. Sound familiar? That's because there is a weight calculation to Benedryl. It is 1mg for every pound, non drowsy obviously. Hope this helps!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Good News For Adequan Users

Shirley, NY (August 1, 2013) – Luitpold Animal Health, a division of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., manufacturers of Adequan® IM, Adequan® IA, and Adequan® Canine provide the following supply interruption update: In 2012, Luitpold renovated and upgraded its Shirley, New York manufacturing facility as part of its commitment to improving the quality of its operations. These renovations affected Luitpold’s ability to manufacture and release Adequan®, resulting in the current shortages that exist in the marketplace. Luitpold has been working closely with the Food and Drug Administration to assure that Adequan® is made available as soon as possible. As a result of these efforts, we have been able to revise our target date for product availability from our original estimate of the first quarter 2014. We now anticipate release of Adequan® products to the market beginning in late August, 2013. Luitpold remains committed to resuming its manufacture and release of Adequan® products. We understand how critically important the Adequan® brands are to the health and well-being of the animals receiving treatment. The company has established a dedicated webpage on where concerned parties can register to receive future communications and updates on this matter. You may also contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-458-0163. Adequan® IM and IA are the only polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) approved by the FDA for the treatment of non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic joint dysfunction and associated lameness in horses. Adequan® Canine is the only polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) approved by the FDA for the control of signs associated with non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic arthritis of canine synovial joints.
I called Luitpold customer service they did confirm that Adequan Equine should start appearing on shelves as early as August 23rd. I then called Novartis customer service to confirm for Adequan Canine. They would not give me a firm shelf date, but did confirm we should start to see it on shelves in the near future.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Animal Rehab and Conditioning Center opens in Upstate

A new center that specializes in physical therapy, rehabilitation, post surgical therapy and pain management has opened in the upstate. The Animal Rehab and Conditioning Center is located in Simpsonville, just off 385 and 276. Dr. Dicki Kennedy is a veterinarian who, after 10 years of general practice, shifted her focus to pain management and physical therapy rehabilitation. She is certified in canine rehabilitation, veterinary acupuncture and is a certified veterinary pain practitioner. Her techniques can be used to address: Osteoarthritis, hip problems, muscle injuries, spinal injuries, neuromuscular, Cruciate Disease, shoulder OCD, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, IVDD, fractures and paralysis/paresis. Modalities used in rehabilitation include: Hydrotherapy, therapeutic ultrasounds, therapeutic lasers, pet stance analyzer, E-stim, pulse signal therapy, chiropratic therapy, FitPAWS equipment and manual therapy. Why a rehabilitation Veterinarian? I'll put it in her words.
A Rehabilitation Veterinarian is an accredited veterinarian, like most folks see on a regular basis. A Rehab Vet however, has additional specialty training and/or accreditation focused on rehabilitative care. This care utilizes special tools, techniques and insights to improve an animals quality of life through physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Dr. Kennedy found a small house between Mauldin and Simpsonville, adjacent to 276 and 385, to start her new practice. As unassuming as it appears to be, it is a top notch clinic from it's ramps and flooring to the state of the art equipment inside. I took my dog, Bailey there last week for her assessment. Bailey has just been diagnosed with mild to moderate, bilateral dysplasia and barely puts weight on her right hind leg. The assessment included a general assessment of overall health, range of motion, palpitation, measurements of the afflicted area and a complete medical history of the dog. Then usually one modality which in our case was underwater treadmill. She gave us homework; walking exercises and flexing exercises to do daily and sent a complete list of her notes and recommendations to my vet and to me. I was extremely impressed by her expertise, her compassion, her passion and her patience with me attempting to assimilate all the information she gave me. based on the initial visit, I give her a 5 on a scale of 1 to 5. The pricing I thought was extremely reasonable. The assessment plus one modality cost me $120.00. Further treatments we discussed, laser and hydrotherapy, were all within reason. The clinic address is 109 Monroe Dr. Simpsonville, S.C. 29681. The phone number is (864) 962-0101. If you do not live in the upstate but are interested in searching for a certified vet in your area click here.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Macy Gray

Three years later, I wish I could tell you it get's better. That you don't blame yourself for every symptom ignored, every snuggling moment shrugged off, every opportunity rationalized every moment that you had a chance to make those last moments great excused. That's what is going to haunt you! The could have, would have, should have will get you in the end. And it will be too hard to forgive yourself for it. So don't give yourself the opportunity. Live every day...