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Scott Cook, a professional K-9 Trainer of 45+ years, has been an avid Canine Enthusiast since childhood and it is worth mentioning that he successfully trained his first dog (a rescue dog with behavioral aggression issues) at the age of 11!
His passion, enthusiasm and love for the dog is evident in his many years of experience as well as his hunger to learn more and it is all this that has made him what he is today! He has had extensive training in the area of canine behavior and training! His studies have included 2 summers in the kennels of the New Skete Monestary, 1 year mentoring with Dr. Ian Dunbar, 1 year mentoring with Ed Frawley, and 2 years association with Michael Ellis!
He is a current Professional Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and owns and operates his own dog training business with 45+ years of professional Canine Training experience in his kitty! You are in good hands with Scott!
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Doing their level best to keep up with the needs of their community, this agency has seen first-hand the emotional wreckage of surrendering a companion animal. For individuals without close family, who only share their home with a pet kid, the mere prospect of losing their dog or cat due to financial hardship is heartbreaking enough, and can be a real source of chronic stress. But thanks to Community Sharing’s diligence and caring, the stress can be relieved, and these relationships maintained. It’s just another way this group aids their clients and helps them to deal with life’s challenges.
The vast majority of their aid recipients include the recently unemployed and the working poor. The number of clients who come to Community Sharing each month fluctuates, so the number of families with pet kids they feed varies from month to month. Overseen by a board of 14 members and operated by a several dozen volunteers, Community Sharing provides support to hundreds of families and individuals every month. Through their Client Choice Food Pantry, they provide individuals and companion animals with enough food for 20 days per month. In just over a decade of service, nearly 200,000 meals have been provided!
In an average month, they serve 142 pet families with a total of 345 pets every month ... altogether, that’s 158 dogs and 187 cats who benefit from Community Sharing’s food assistance programs!
Thanks to the generous support of others, their supply of dog food was already well-stocked for this time of year. Therefore, our entire financial award went towards feeding cats. Our most recent round of funding will provide four months’ worth of meals for all 187 cats currently living with Community Sharing families.
Upon learning about April’s financial assistance from The Dr. Jane Foundation, Grant Manager Linda Anderson said, “We are thrilled with this award and will judiciously use these funds to buy and provide food for our client’s pets.” She added, “Without support like this, clients would not be able to keep and feed their pets.”
From all of us here at Life’s Abundance headquarters, we deeply appreciate and respect the extraordinary example this committed network of rescuers sets for all Americans … extending helping hands to neighbors in need. Along with our financial award, we’d like to convey our heartfelt thanks to Community Sharing for doing their utmost to make the world a kinder, gentler place for people and pet kids alike.
And we thank all readers and customers … through your personal donations and continued patronage, you’ve helped make all of our grants possible. Your generosity and loyalty have helped to make the world a better place for abandoned, abused and neglected animals across America.
And there’s more good news … we are still accepting applications for 2015 funding. If you know of an animal rescue organization that deserves special recognition and financial support, please encourage them to fill out an application. Download here.
Check back next month for more good news from The Dr. Jane Foundation. Together, we’re making a difference!
Just like humans, our pets’ health and well-being are governed by their endocrine system, a complex collection of glands and chemical messengers that control everything from hair growth to metabolism. Also just like people, pets can experience hormonal issues that may lead to more significant problems.
So what are the top signs that your pet might be suffering from a hormonal problem?
1. Hair Loss
Your pet’s lustrous hair is getting thin. For dogs, this is especially true for the trunk and tail. For cats, you’ll notice it first on the tips of their ears. Hair loss can be a sign of abnormal thyroid levels, either low or high, or even an early indicator of Cushing’s Syndrome. We’ll talk more about this disease in a moment, which results from abnormally high levels of cortisol, a hormone secreted by the adrenal gland.
2. Weight Gain
Stubborn fat that can’t be shed even with a strict diet. Unfortunately, this too could be a sign of Cushing’s Syndrome or hypothyroidism. Companion animals with Cushing’s also can have a pot belly despite being very active, whereas pet kids with low thyroid function tend to be sluggish and seem exhausted.
3. Sudden Weight Loss
It’s alarming when your pet kid eats with a voracious appetite, but is still losing weight. This could be a sign of abnormally high thyroid levels (usually in cats) or diabetes mellitus in either species.
4. Increased Thirst and Urination
As you might imagine, increased thirst and urination can be a sign of kidney problems. But it can also be a sign of several hormonal disorders, including hyperthyroidism, Cushing’s Syndrome and diabetes mellitus.
5. Other Symptoms:
Changes in appetite
Agitation and nervousness
Changes in energy level
All of these are signs that something might be awry, and your dog or cat needs a full checkup right away. Your veterinarian will ask you some questions, examine your pet and usually recommend lab work. Most hormonal conditions are easily diagnosed with blood work or urine analysis, and fortunately, most conditions can be controlled with supplements or medication. As with most diseases, early detection is essential to successful treatment or control of the problem.
Now that we’ve covered what symptoms you need to be aware of, let’s take a closer look at some of the most common hormonal conditions in dogs and cats.
Hypothyroidism is much more common in dogs than cats. It is caused by an underactive thyroid gland, and symptoms include low energy, weight gain, hair loss, even neurological dysfunction. It is treated with a thyroid supplement and therapy is a life-long commitment.
Equally common in dogs and cats, Cushing’s Syndrome is due to an overactive adrenal gland secreting too much cortisol. Common signs include increased drinking, excess urination, increased appetite, weight gain and hair loss. Cushing’s is diagnosed with blood work and sometimes abdominal ultrasound. Treatment is achieved with a medication that is used to decrease cortisol secretion or surgery to remove a tumor on the adrenal gland.
Hyperthyroidism is seen primarily in cats, and is due to an overactive thyroid. Signs include increased appetite, weight loss, increased thirst and urination, hair loss and agitation. The condition can be treated with a medication to decrease thyroid hormone, surgery to remove a thyroid tumor, or possibly radioactive iodine.
Diabetes is caused by decreased insulin or insulin resistance (Type 2, primarily due to obesity) which leads to increased blood sugar levels. Signs include weight loss, increased appetite, increased thirst and urination. This is a serious condition if it remains untreated … severe cases can lead to coma or even death. Treatment is with insulin injections and supervised weight loss.
In many respects, Addison’s is the opposite of Cushing’s. It’s caused by an underactive adrenal gland. The symptoms are usually severe, include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and possibly even coma. Addison’s is diagnosed with blood work and urine analysis, and the standard treatment is with hormone replacement therapy. These patients are often very dehydrated when they are first seen by veterinarians, which may necessitate hospitalization and intravenous fluids.
How can I prevent hormonal problems in my dog or cat?
New research is actively being done to determine the causes of hormonal conditions in dogs and cats. One promising area of research is in the effects of early spay/neuter surgeries. Veterinarians are studying what changes these alterations have on the endocrine system of our companion animals.
Always feed your dog or cat the robust nutrition offered by premium quality food. Pet parents should consider providing a food supplement to support health and overall well-being as well.
Make sure your companion animal receives an annual veterinary exam. If your pet kid has achieved senior status, annual blood work and urine analysis play key roles in early detection, before medical issues become full-blown problems.
In this short video, Dr. Sarah will help you to gain a basic understanding asserting leash control. If your dog can trust that you’re able to handle any oncoming ‘threat’, both of you just might be able to start enjoying the outdoors together … possibly for the first time. Wouldn’t that be lovely!
Be sure to share this video with friends and family, especially if you know that leash reactivity is a pressing problem for them. And, please leave your comments if this Pet Talk episode is helpful to you!
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In the Stage 2 diagram, the cool air is blocked because the undercoat has not been thoroughly removed. At this stage, you will generally notice clumps of fluff coming off your dog, a sure sign he or she needs a good brushing.
In stage 3, the dog has been neglected and mats are forming. These dreadlocks and heavy matting of undercoat will not allow any air to get in and will cause heat exhaustion.
Because of the heavy matting, many owners will shave their dog because it is impossible to get the dead hair out. Some owners shave their dog because they think it’s the right thing to do. The problem, once the dog is shaved, there is no cooling ability and no protection from the sun. This is why shaving your double coated dog is a bad idea.
Dog’s do not sweat like humans. They release heat through panting and the pads of their feet. One interesting thing to note is that a dog’s skin is very thin, only 6-10 layers which is easily prone to the ill effects of the suns rays. Aside from destroying coat integrity, shaved dogs are susceptible to a multitude of health complications, including, but not limited to, alopecia, heat stroke and skin cancer, specifically Solar-induced Squamous Cell Carcinomas and Dermal Hemangiosarcomas.
In conclusion, shaving your double coated dog is a bad idea. Instead, spend quality time each week year round to brush out the dead undercoat. This will keep your dog cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter and healthier for his lifetime!
Are you convinced your pup is smarter than the average canine, but weren’t sure how to prove it? Well, now there’s an easy way to estimate your dog’s cognitive powers.
In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah reveals exactly how to conduct this test at home, with help from her canine assistant.
Download our free doggie IQ test to keep score- Simple 10-Minute IQ Test for Dogs. Afterwards, you’ll have a ‘report card’ to post on your fridge.
It’s so much fun you’ll be asking yourself if it’s a test or a game. [Spoiler alert: it’s both!]
We encourage you to share this video with your pet-parent friends, so they can do the doggie IQ test, too! And check back next month for another brand new episode of Pet Talk with Dr. Sarah.
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