Who Are We? Daisy’s Rescue podcast Episode 1

Daisy’s Rescue Podcast Episode 1

“Who Are We?”

Welcome everyone to the very first podcast of Daisy’s Rescue. This podcast marks a mile stone and the step to the next level in Daisy’s Rescue’s evolution. On November 7, 2013, Daisy’s Rescue had another mile stone achievement, 1,000 views on the blog. Before I get into What Daisy’s Rescues is and how it got started, I just wanted to explain to you a summery of what is in this podcast.

This is Charlie Moe the voice of Daisy’s Rescue, I will tell you who I am, who Daisy is and how Daisy’s Rescue came to be. What Daisy’s Rescue means to me and why I’m hosting podcasts. I’ll talk about what the benefits to me are and more importantly, what the benefits to you are. Why you should keep listen and what you will get out of listening.

Prior to creating Daisy’s Rescue blog and now podcasts, I read and listened to people who are already doing blogs and podcasts and one thing that was very important to me was transparency and honesty. I want everyone to know why things are being done and to be able to help you. I want this podcast to be of help to you and not to waste your time. The pod casts are going to be long enough to cover the topic, but not so long as to bore you. The podcasts will be a combination of just me talking and or guest interviews. Since these are for you, please leave comments, tell us your experiences and what you would like to hear in the future. Thank you for listening to Daisy’s Rescue, A resource page for Dog Rescue and care.

I’m Charlie Moe, I’m the main person behind Daisy’s Rescue. A quick bio on me. I have a Ba in History, I like medieval European history and architecture. I work as a Paramedic and have been doing so for a number of years. I have a lot of intercity in the trenches 911 experience.

I’m very passionate about dog rescue and animal rights. It all started few years ago, when we wanted to get a playmate for our puppy Tucker, a mini longhaired Dachshund. We applied to the Dachshund Rescue of North America, we looked at a few dogs and when we had our home visit, the lady doing the visit said that we would be the perfect family for a special dog in Illinois. She wasn’t necessarily the best dog for us, as a playmate for Tucker, but we were perfect for her. We agreed and Daisy was adopted by us. We drove 10 hours west to meet another member of the Dachshund Rescue of North America, whom had just drove 5 hours to get Daisy for us.

Daisy is a beautiful Black and Tan Piebald long haired Dachshund. Her picture is the one on the blog site, the black and white Dachshund. Pie bald means that while she is a black and tan, she is missing the gene that gives her the tan pigment in her fur, so where ever the tan should be she is white. But in reality the white really isn’t white either, it is a lack of pigment and a total lack of color is white. Now, Daisy spent 4 years in a puppy mill, pumping out puppies. When the puppy miller was done with her he took her to a high kill shelter to be killed. A lady there at the shelter called the DRNA and she was pulled and fostered. When Daisy’s foster Mom first saw her, she felt that Daisy was so abused that they may not be able to help her, but she would try anyway. Daisy probably had over 8 litters in her four short years in the mill, stuck in a cage, starving, cold, no contact, abused and neglected. Having her babies ripped away from her at too young an age. The realities of puppy mills hit home with us.

When we adopted Daisy, it was 3 months after she was rescued. She had come along way in those three months, but she still had a long way to go. When we first brought her home, we needed to keep a leash on her, because she would not come to us, but after a couple of day I, took the leash and harness off her. My feeling was, this was her forever home and she would not be harnessed in her own home. Slowly Daisy realized that she was home and that no one would ever hurt her again. She would slowly come to us and then stiffen up when we touched her. She no doubt was waiting for a beating or to be abused in some way, having flash backs. Slowly we worked with her, always respecting her space, but also showing her that we were not going to harm her. One of the biggest accomplishments Daisy made was to allow me to brush her when she was eating. Daisy loves to be brushed. Even though Daisy was well loved and taken care of by her foster, she still had a lot of healing to do, both physically and psychologically. Her belly was bald when we first got her, probably due to having puppies and being malnourished. We bought her the best dog food money could by, after all Daisy is worth it. Soon her belly fur started to grow again. Daisy had a hard time going outside when we first adopted her, now she loves to go out in our huge yard and just walk around in the grass sniffing all the smells. She wanders around the yard with her nose to the ground, following the scents. Then when the urge strikes her, she we just start to run through the grass. She loves to lay in the warm sun in the summer and relax, just sun bathing. It took her at least a year before she would start to play with toys, watching Tucker as a model. Then all of a sudden Daisy started to play with toys. Daisy makes big strides in her evolution and then she maintains for while, then she will make another huge stride forward. Playing with toys was one of Daisy bigger accomplishments. Today, Daisy is one of the biggest toy hoarders. She just adores fluffy squeaky toys. The squeaker the better. She loves to kill the squeakers. I have a bag of spare squeakers, that I routinely replace. It’s been 3 years now and Daisy has made the transition into becoming the beautiful dog she was always meant to be. She was saved from the brink of death  by the DRNA and has become a very loved and cherished member of our family. Daisy is now the Alpha female of the pack. She is very quiet and you would never know it looking at her, but no one messes with Daisy. Daisy gets what she wants with the other dogs. Daisy has travelled a long and hard road and while she has made amazing strides, she still has a long way to go.

Daisy is the reason we got into rescue. Daisy has made me passionate about dog rescue and animal advocacy. After we adopted Daisy and saw how many people had volunteered and worked hard to help Daisy and get Daisy to us, we wanted to give back and to pay it forward as a token of our gratitude for the opportunity to adopt and welcome Daisy into our home, family and hearts. We started in rescue slowly. First by transporting other Dachshunds to their forever homes for the DRNA, and then we started expanding to help other rescues transport there dogs as well. During this time, we learned more about rescues and more about puppy mills. We learned from other rescuers and we networked with other rescues. When we felt we were ready, we moved into fostering Dachshunds for the DRNA. When we started fostering, I wanted to use my medic skills with the dogs and we wanted to eventually move to fostering sick and injured dogs. We developed a great relationship with our veterinarian and now we work great together. I do most of the nursing and follow up care on my foster dogs, under my veterinarian’s guidance. Duchess was my second foster Dachshund. She was a sweet old lady who’s family died on her twice. She was a beautiful Black and Tan soft wire hair, that means she is a long hair, but her fur is wavy. We ended up adopt this sweet old lady. Duchess was our failed foster. We felt that with all Duchess had been through, she was home with us and Duchess was worth every second of it. Sadly Duchess had passed on July 5, 2013, we think she was 15 or so. She had, had mammary tumor’s, three of which were removed, horrible dental problems, she had 9 teeth removed, she developed a fistula that went from her mouth into her sinus cavity and had to have that fixed as well. Then Duchess developed Chushing’s disease and had a slight back injury with severe arthritis. She lived with us for a little over 2 years. We miss her dearly. She was an integral part of the pack, involved in every aspect of our daily activities. Duchess showed us determination and how to have a zest for life no matter what. Duchess taught us a lot about life and that Senior Dogs are truly deserving of a great life. It is Duchess that has made me committed to helping Seniors, injured and sick dogs. Duchess has left a mark in our hearts and an emptiness in our souls and our pack.

During our transports and fostering, while we had a member over see us, we still made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot of things the hard way. We also learned a lot from other rescuers. From fostering dogs, we then decided to make another step into rescue and become members of the Dachshund Rescue of North America. With membership in the DRNA, came an orientation class and a mentor. Of course even with a mentor we still had a lot to learn. We continue to make mistakes, but we are willing to learn from other rescuers and that’s how the concept of Daisy’s Rescues, A Resource Page for Dog Rescue and Care came to be. I wanted a central location where rescuer’s could come and share tricks of the trade and their experiences with other rescuer’s, so others didn’t have to learn things the hard way and make mistakes. I also wanted ordinary people to come to the site and get tips on how to take care of their dogs. When I do home visits for rescues, I like to talk to the future adopter about basic dog care and the responsibilities of a Guardian. I talk about the commitment that must be understood and made before adopting a dog. On many occasions I have had future adopters tell me, that I really explained things in details and made it easy for them to understand and that I emphasized certain aspects of care that was very important, but many veterinarians just glossed over. They told me that I should start a dog care website to help people understand how to better take care of their dogs.

Daisy’s Rescue, A Resource Page For Dog Rescue And Care, takes on both those challenges, a resource page for both rescuers and guardians. I like the word guardian better than owner, as owner to me, down grades the positions of dogs into a possession and not a living breathing being. My goal is that rescues will encourage their foster families and new adopters to use the site as a resource. Daisy’s Rescue is a place for rescuers to network and share experiences, tips and information. Daisy’s Rescue is a place where Guardian’s can come and learn how to take care of their dog, network with other Guardian’s and share ideas.

When the blogs are written, I and or my guests may list products, these products are there so if you like the article and want to purchase or research that product, there is a direct link to that product to make it easier for you to find it. If you decide to buy that product, we will get a small percentage of the sale price for “advertising”, that money is used to fund the site and the podcasts. In the future, when our following is huge, there maybe some advertising banners, again these will before stuff that we like and or use, you know the stuff we would recommend to our families and friends.

The bottom line is, this web site and the podcasts are for you, to help you and ultimately for the dogs. Our goal is to help improve the lives of dogs everywhere. We need your help. We want you to read and or listen to the articles and podcasts. We want the articles to be interesting, so you keep coming back. We are going to feature products we use and like, so you know they are good and work. We welcome feed back, on how we are doing. We want to know what you want, from us, what you want hear and read in the future. We want to hear any experiences that you have. We can all learn from this interaction.

Our show format is going to be simple. We are going to run podcasts and blog articles that are just long enough to cover the topic and short enough to keep you interested. We are going to keep each session to one topic, so it is simple and not confusing and easy to search. We want the content to be pertinent to what you are doing, you should be able to finish reading and or listening and apply what was said. We want your feed back to tell us what is working and what isn’t. I can’t stress this enough, this is your website, your podcast, everything here is to help you!

I was listening to one podcaster and he talked about Karma. We are hosting podcasts and blogs to help dogs. The more we help others, the more that comes back to us. Karma is a wonderful thing, it can really help you, if you are honest and up front or it can really haunt you if you are deceitful. WE want to take the high road and help as many dogs as possible. That is why we are transparent and honest, we don’t have any hidden agenda, we want to help dogs, we advertise to pay for the cost of the website and podcasts. In the future if we have advertising banners and make enough for us to dive into dog rescue full time, that would be great. But, it is all about the dogs and the people who help them.

We are starting podcasts to increase our following. People will listen to a 40 minute podcast more than they will sit down and read a 1,000 word blog. Plus you can listen to the podcast while driving to work. So, after this podcast, I will go back and start converting older blogs into podcasts and post them. In the future, all blogs will be podcast a all podcasts will be blogged. I’m not sure if I will transcript the podcast into a blog, word for word or narrate the podcast in the blog. We will have to see which works better.

We have a Facebook page so that you can follow us and join that page, www.facebook.com/daisysrescue . We have a twitter page www.twitter.com/daisysrescue . Our own website www.daisysrescue.com . You can email us at daisysrescue@comcast.net .

We try to help rescues out by featuring dogs on wednesdays on www.daisysrescue.com , under the dogs menu and Seniors on Sundays, under the Seniors menu. We have an events page where rescues can lists their events and a rescue page, where rescues can ask to be listed. For those other animal advocates we have an other rescue page as well.

This is all for you and the dogs. Please visit and down load us often and please refer us to your friends. www.daisysrescue.com

Daisy’s Rescue, has a dog and pet supply portal for all of your dog and pet care needs. We also have a “generic” Amazon portal, where you can go and buy anything on Amazon and we will get the advertising fee. Remember we are here for you and the dogs.

This is Charlie Moe saying thank you for listening to Daisy’s Rescue, A Resource for Dog Rescue and Care Podcast 1 and we look forward to hearing from you. Take Care and thank you for helping the dogs.

Link to Daisy’s Rescue Podcast Episode 1http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/daisysrescueepisode1

Daisy’s Rescue is now on ITunes! Catch our first Podcast. Here is the linkhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/daisys-rescue-episode-1/id756986926

What’s That Smell? How To Clean Those Accidents

Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue. We are all about helping owners and rescue groups to learn helpful tricks and tips on how to take care of your dog(s). We are here for you to help with useful information on all types of routine dog care. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. For your convenience we have added links to the products that we like to use, here in the article for you to find them more easily.

Today’s session is about taking care of those accidents that happen from time to time.

We all want to have our dogs house broken, but from time to time our dogs have an accident. Whether we were away from the house too long, or maybe our dog is older and has a problem holding their bladder until we can take them out side, accidents do happen. We are going to look at what causes the smell and how we can clean up the mess. I will say that some breeds of dogs are much harder to train then others.

Having said all that, I wanted to get some good information that actually works on those stubborn, smelling dog pee stains. After spending some time on the web, I found that the same 4 ingredients kept coming up: Baking Soda, Vinegar, Dish Soap, and Hydrogen peroxide. So basically you have 3 options to clean those stains.

1. There is the “Home Made Pee Spray” method. 2. The commercially available enzyme / oxy clean pee spray. 3. The use of a carpet cleaning machine.

Here is the “Home Made Pee Spray” method.

You need to gather the following items.

1.  Baking Soda,  2. White Vinegar,  3. Dawn Dish Soap, 4. Hydrogen Peroxide Solution.

I also recommend  Pet Pads, instead of paper towels. In fact, using human “Chux” under pads may be cheaper.

Lets get down to business. Sometimes you can actually see the urine stain on the floor. Sometimes you can see invisible urine stains with a black light or ultraviolet light. I use a small pen light that is made by  Streamlight (police use the same type to check ID’s). There are other ultra violet lights on the market as well, that you can use, Portable 6 inch Blacklight is one of them. Now I have had some really smelly stains and not be able to see them either with the naked eye or the backlight. When that happens I resort back to my old stand by, my nose. I get right down on my hands and knees and sniff the carpet until I find the offensive area. Once I have found it, I attack it with one of the above methods. I really don’t have a favorite and I find that one doesn’t work universally, so I keep a few on hand.

We will start with the home made do it yourself stink remover.

1. Once you found the spot, if it is still wet, use the pee pad to remove the excess pee from the rug. I put the absorbent side down and I step on the spot. I move the pee pad slightly and step on the spot again. I do this until I can no longer see the spot being absorbed onto the pee pad. Don’t Move the pee pad yet!

2. Get the water and the vinegar together and mix 50/50. Now removes the pee pad so you know where the spot is. Spray the spot, almost soaking the spot. I let it sit for about 1 or 2 minutes and then I get a clean pee pad and soak up the water and vinegar mixture just like before. Leaving the pee pad over the spot so I can find it.

3. This step has two variations. Variation1. Wait until the spot is dry and then cover by sprinkling baking soda over the spot. Then mix 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of dish soap together and then pour over the baking soda and work in deep into the carpet and then let dry. Variation 2. Mix 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of dish soap together and pour over the spot, saturate the spot and then pour baking soda over the spot and work in deep into the carpet. Then let dry.

4. Once dry vacuum the powder and the stain and the smell should be history.

Commercially available Pee spray method.

1. Find the spot (using the same techniques as listed above. Eyes, UV light or nose).

2. Spray one of two types of sprays, I’m currently using OUT! Pet Stain and Odor Remover,    and  OUT! Oxygen Activated Pet Stain & Odor Remover. There is actually a third that I have not used yet, OUT! Orange Oxy Pet Stain and Odor Remover, 32 oz.Of course there are other brands that you can buy and use. If you have a favorite, leave a comment about it. Now you spray the spot until wet. Most will say allow the spot to stay wet for about 10 minutes, then remove the moisture with a pee pad and stepping on the stain until the pee pad stops absorbing the moisture.

3. Allow to dry. Smell and stain should be gone.

The last and most aggressive stain remover is the carpet cleaner!

You can rent one from the local super market or you can buy one. Since I have Dachshunds and I foster, I bought one. Actually I have bought 3, two broke and the third is relatively new. I started out with the BISSELL ProHeat 2X Healthy Home Full Sized Carpet Cleaner, 66Q4, it worked well and we had it for a few years and then we broke the plastic “dome” where the water is sucked up. It wasn’t a defect or a matter of wear, it was a matter of dropping and stepping on it. So then we bought the BISSELL DeepClean Lift-Off Full Sized Carpet Cleaner, 66E1, in concept this would be great if you cleaned a lot of cars or had a lot of steps, or even small stains, but I really didn’t think it worked as good as the previous Bissell when it was together and we ended up breaking the hand held wand when it was apart. The hose tore and made the unit unusable. So I went out and did some research and found the  Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Carpet Deep Cleaner, FH50220, so far I like this the best. It has a unique feature where it blows dry warm air over the carpet to dry it faster. When ever you use a carpet cleaner you need to use hot water and of course rug shampoo. Each maker has their brand of shampoos in different formulas. Choose the formula you think that will do the best job.

1. Locate the spot using the techniques above.

2. I like to pretreat the spot with either the vinegar and water mix or the commercial sprays.  Then I prepare the machine.

3. I like to go over the carpet about 4 times with the hot water/solution spraying the area. Then I go back over the area with just the machine suctioning up the water and dirt. I do this until I can’t see any more water being sucked up. I do my entire rug this way. I do small stains this way too with the hand held nozzle. After all is said and done, your rug should smell better and the stain should be gone.

Sometimes, the stains return even if the dog has not reused the spot. I’m not a carpet expert, but I have been told, that this is because the stain has soaked into the bottom of the carpet and or the carpet pad may need to be removed and or replaced.

I’m not sure why some pee stains glow under a UV light. I couldn’t find a definite answer on the web, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say it is because of the phosphorous content of the urine. The UV light makes the phosphorous glow, thats also why some white shirts and shoe laces glow as well. Below are three pee stains, two are invisible, but glow under UV light and the third is a visible stain that does not glow.

This is an invisible pee stain stain. Invisible Pee stain

This is the same stain under UV Light UV Pee Stain

This is a visible stain Visible Pee Stain

This is the same visible stain under UV light with no other lights on (no glow)Visible Pee Stain Under UV

This is an invisible stain Another Invisible Stain

This is the same stain under UV light (glow). Another Pee Stain under UV light

 

If you have a secret to how you remove stains, please let us know so we can share. We welcome all comments.

Thank you for visiting Daisy’s Rescue

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Obesity… It’s Not Just for Humans Any More.

Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue. We are all about helping owners and rescue groups to learn helpful tricks and tips on how to take care of your dog(s). We are here for you to help with useful information on all types of routine dog care. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. For your convenience we have added links to the products that we like to use, here in the article for you to find them more easily.

Today’s session is about Senior Dogs and obesity, by Cathie Garnier, the founder and President of Elder Paws Senior Dog Rescue.

Food…while necessary to sustain life it can also be a catalyst to   obesity and diminished life span.  Canine obesity is one of the fastest growing health problems for senior dogs today.  In a nation of nearly 170 million pets up to 50% of pets in the US are overweight or even obese.  That equates to a whopping 85 million pets carrying too much weight on their bodies.

As with humans obesity in our four legged companions has been associated with a host of chronic health conditions, including, but not limited to, diabetes, heart and lung disease, and even cancer, all of which negatively impact a pet’s quality of life and longevity and cause a dramatic increase in the cost of vet care.  For example the average cost to treat a diabetic dog in 2011 was over $900 (according to Pet Plan USA, a pet insurance company).  All too often owners are not able to afford the high cost of such treatment resulting in senior dogs being surrendered to kill shelters, where they are likely to never make it out alive.

Excess weight causes increased stress on a dog’s heart and lungs, which have to work harder, leading to breathing problems.  This results in a higher risk of complications under anesthesia for such procedures as regular dental cleanings or life saving surgeries.  For those living in warmer climates the extra weight, combined with a dogs coat, can make obese dogs miserable in hot weather and make it harder for them to cool down.

The most common health condition by far that we, as a senior dog rescue, see in seniors is Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), also known as osteoarthritis.   Excess weight puts added strain on the joints, resulting in a higher level of joint damage leading to more significant DJD.  Eventually joints begin to prematurely wear under the strain of excess weight leading to intense pain that limits mobility and decreases quality of life.  Dogs with longer backs and shorter legs, i.e., Doxies and Corgis, are at a greater risk of suffering from DJD.

Vet care to treat DJD and ligament tears costs an average of $2,000  (according to Pet Plan USA).  Dr. Jules Benson, V.P. of Vet Services at Pet Plan USA states “It is not uncommon to see dogs that are rendered practically immobile by a combination of weight and joint issues.”  Personally, I find it heartbreaking to watch a senior dog suffer with the increasing pain and lack of mobility caused by a condition that could have been avoided in the first place.

While dogs do not die directly from DJD the intense negative impact to their mobility and quality of life often leads owners to a premature decision to euthanize due to debilitating pain issues coupled with the high cost of continued vet care.

Your dog depends on you to keep them healthy and happy.  Your dog pays a very high cost when you “love your dog with food”.  Leaner, trimmer dogs are at a lower risk of developing DJD, thereby improving quality of life and the number of years your pet has to spend with you, as well as reducing the cost of vet care.  Helping them shed those excess pounds may be the most loving thing an owner can do for their pet.

Cathie Garnier is Founder and President of Elder Paws Senior Dog Rescue, a California non-profit which is committed to reducing the euthanasia rate of dogs 7 and older in high kill shelters based on age and age related health conditions.  As a 501©(3) Elder Paws relies solely on tax deductible donations to cover the higher cost of vet care to treat senior dogs and prepare them for adoption.  www.elderpawsrescue.org and www.petfinder.com.

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I Have an APP. For That!

Welcome back to Daisy’s Rescue.  We are all about helping owners and rescue groups to learn helpful tricks and tips on how to take care of their dog(s). We are here for you to help with useful information on all types of routine dog care. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. For your convenience we have added links to the products that we like to use, here in the article for you to find them more easily.

Today’s article is about taking care of your dog and having a few tools to help you. Dogs much like people benefit from yearly medical check ups. In today’s world of information over load and instant access to to the internet, it only makes sense to be able to track your dog’s health and medical visits. Today’s smart phones allow you to do just that. Imagine your dog’s entire medical record at your finger tips. Today we are going to talk about some smart phone apps that do just that. There are apps that will help you with first aid and what is poisonous for your pet. There is even an app that shows and rates dog parks. Sorry android and microsoft users, I have an IPhone, so I only know what is available for Apple. Having said that, with todays smart phone competition, I’m sure there are versions for the other phones as well.

The apps that I am going to talk about are apps that I use, the names of the apps and their trade marks belong to those who created the app.

Paw Card from JIVEMEDIA LLC, is a nice app for keeping your pet’s vital info. “With this app. you can create a profile for each pet that includes: veterinary contacts, identifications, vaccinations, medications, allergies & conditions, journal entries and weight tracker” (from Paw Card app.). I use this app. I like it, it covers all the bases and is easy to use. There are a couple of draw backs, all entries in each category are saved in the order in which they were entered. So, if you enter something out of order, it is saved that way, so you can’t go back and add entries from an earlier date and have it save in chronological order.  The other thing is, if you list your monthly meds under vaccines, like heart worm and flea treatments, your vaccines list gets really long. It would be great if they included a monthly “preventative” catagory for these. You can add a photo of your pet and email the record to whomever you want, which can be good, if you change vets or someone is caring for your pet while you are away. You can add multiple pets. There is a ad for free pet insurance quotes. I tried to get a quote for each of my dogs and I never received a quote. This is an all around good app. that will take care of all the essentials. I believe Paw Card is free.

Pets+ from Pets Plus, www.petsplusapp.com . The writer of this app is a really nice guy. When I first saw this app and downloaded it, It had a links section and in the links section was a bunch of listings for breeders. Of course I was like “no way, we can’t have this!”. So, I contacted Pets+ and I explained about rescues and over breeding and they were really cool and said it was an over site on their part, they just weren’t thinking and they immediatly removed breeders and replaced with rescues! That alone raised their status in my book! Great Job guys!

This app takes care of the essentials as well, multiple pet profiles, picture, name, owner, gender, breed, weight, birthday, feeding, appointments, identifications, medications, vaccinations, vets, and notes. All of this per pet. there is an extensive links section too. The links include, Humor / entertainment, reptiles, fish, rescue / shelters, rodents, rabbits, horses, and birds. If you are a rescue, email them at info@petsplusapp.com and they will add your rescue. This app allows you to email, message, twitter, face book or copy your pets profile. You can also share your pets photo with other Pets + users. Another nice feature, you can sync info between devices, so everything is always up to date. This app is $4.99, this could possibly be the best $4.99 you ever spent.

Pet Master by green life apps, has all the standard features, multiple pet accounts, the ability to add a photo of the pet, vaccinations, worming, flea control, surgery, vet visit, grooming, training, walking and sitting. The profile section has vital info, visual info, identification, and ownership info. The daily log has a food history, weight history, mood / attitude log, and activity log. There is a section on allergies, insurance info, medical conditions and special needs. As with the others, you can email the pet profile. When I down loaded this app it was free.

The above are some great apps for managing your pets medical history.  Now below are some apps for use in rescue. These apps can help save a dogs life, by reporting animal abuse.

Break The Chain, by Dogs Deserve Better. You can find the app at www.dogsdeservebetter.com This app is used, if you find a dog that is chained up or is being neglected, you open the app and you fill out the form and the app anonymously submits the info to the correct organization that will follow up on your report.

ALDF …Tips, by the Animal league Defense Fund, www.aldf.org . If you witness abuse, you open the app and fill out the fields and send it. ALDF will follow up and report what you saw. I’ve used both apps, the problem with them is, there is no feed back. So you don’t know if anything was done.

Police Tape , by the ACLU NJ, is an app for protesters. If you are protesting and the police stop by, you open the app, it gives you tips and rights. Then there is a button to record what is said during your encounter. After the encounter, you simply close the app. When you open the app again you can label the recording, describe what happened, both publicly and private , you will have a GPS location marker and you can up load it to the ACLU for later review. If you do a lot of protesting, this is the app for you.

PupTox, by www.puptox.com This app, tells you what is toxic to your dog. It also has poison control numbers.

Dog park finder, by www.DogGoes.com . This app lists all the dog parks around you using GPS to find your location.

Pet Rescue, by RU Advertising. This app uses the GPS to find your location and tells you  where the veterinarians near you are. The app will help you if you loose a pet and will tell you how to perform first aid on your pet. This is one of those apps, that you never want to have to use, but you are glad to have it, if you do need it.

These are the apps I have on my phone. If you like them, please use them. If you know of any other apps., leave a comment with the app and we will share with everyone else. I’m always looking for new apps. Good Luck.

Brush those Teeth, it’s for more than a Great Smile! …. Part 1 of 3

Welcome back to Daisy’s Rescue.  We are all about helping owners and rescue groups to learn helpful tricks and tips on how to take care of your dog(s). We are here for you to help with useful information on all types of routine dog care. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. For your convenience we have added links to the products that we like to use, here in the article for you to find them more easily.

Today’s lesson is part one of a three part article on Doggie Dental Hygiene. Usually we stay to a single post articles, but we had so much information to tell you we are dividing it up into three posts. Most people don’t realize that taking care of your dogs teeth does a great deal more than just keep them clean.  Good hygiene in your dogs mouth prevents gingivitis and periodontitis, two major causes of tooth loss in dogs and a bunch of other seemingly unrelated illnesses. Believe it or not, bad teeth and dental disease can cause heart, kidney, and liver disease. This also happens to be true in humans too.  It is generally recognized that 80 to 85% of dogs over 4 years old  have some degree of dental disease. So, it is no surprise that the number one medical condition that Veterinarian’s see is dental disease. Oddly enough, dental disease is probably the easiest condition that can be prevented.

Before I go any further, I have to say, I’m not a dentist, veterinarian, canine nutritionist or sales rep. for any products that I mention in my blogs. I’m just conveying to you what I have learned over my experiences, in hope, that it will help you take good care of your dog. My dogs / pack are just as important to me as any other family members I have, and I personally do all I can to take the very best care of them.

Now before we can talk about dental disease, we need to know what it is. Dental disease is the build up of plaque, tartar, and bacteria on the teeth and gums. The gums become irritated, turn red and become inflamed or look swollen. The inflamed gums cause pain and will continue to get worsen over time. If left untreated by your vet they can eventually lead to missing teeth and jaw bone damage in your dog.

Every time a dog eats, the saliva, food, and bacteria form plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance that stays on the surface of teeth after eating. When plaque forms on the teeth, it will quickly start to turn hard into a calcium like substance. This hardened substance is known as tartar. When plaque and tartar form, the build-up starts to pull the gums away from the teeth and allow bacteria to go below the surface of the gum line and start to attack the teeth at the roots. This bacteria will also attack the bone of the jaw and even enter the blood, causing other organs to become diseased. Doggie Dental hygiene is no joke!

There are several reasons why dogs develop dental disease. One of them is simply genetics.  Certain dog breeds and even small breed dogs can often be predisposed to dental problems. Greyhounds are notorious for having bad teeth. Dachshunds are also known to have frequent dental disease. When dogs are rescued from puppy mills we often see them with advanced gingivitis & periodontal disease, this is in part because of the lack of fresh, clean water. When dogs are imprisoned in puppy mills, they often do not get enough water. The water that they do receive is usually from water droppers (like the kind used for mice and hamsters), this does not allow enough water to be taken into the mouth to wash the teeth like natural drinking. Many dogs will lose up to all of their teeth when they are rescued.

In order to identify if your dog has dental disease you have to know what to look for. Bad breath is a telltale sign that your dog has something going on inside that mouth. Other symptoms include, but are not limited too, red inflamed/puffy gums, bleeding gums, stained teeth, loose teeth, and hard yellowing deposits on the teeth particularly at the base. If you see your dog rubbing his nose on the ground after a meal, that could indicate that the dog has some mouth pain. The pain could be from having bad teeth or gum disease. Another cause of a dog rubbing his nose could be an allergy as well.

If unchecked dental disease will cause teeth to become loose and fall out, the jaw bone could become diseased. The bacteria could spread to the heart, kidneys, and liver. When we bring a Dachshund into rescue, if the teeth are bad, you can almost guarantee that dog will have a heart murmur. The good news is that once the teeth are cleaned and the gums heal, the heart murmur either goes away completely or at the very least lessens.

Now how do we prevent dental disease? It’s quite simple… brush those teeth! Brushing is the easiest way to clean the teeth and ensure a healthy dog. To provide the best possible out come for your dog, brush his teeth twice a day after each meal. Now, I know most of you are saying that’s crazy. Twice a day is the best scenario, if you can’t do that, once a day is ok, not optimal, but will do a reasonable job. Obviously, whatever you do to clean your dogs teeth is much better than doing nothing. When I get a new puppy or even a new foster dog regardless of the age, the first thing I do is start playing with their mouth and paws. By playing with their mouths and paws, I’m conditioning them to allow me to examine, brush their teeth, and also cut their toe nails.

There are many products out on the market that are designed to clean your dogs teeth. These products range from you doing nothing to the dog, to the actual brushing of teeth. Again, the more you do for your individual pet the better the results will ultimately be. Buyer beware! Every product claims to have clinic studies backing up the results that are supposed to come from the use of the product. I use common sense, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Also, think about what the product claims and use common sense. The bottom line on dental products is this, you need to kill bacteria and remove physical particulate from the teeth surfaces.

One thing you need to know, if you spend some quality time and money now buying dental care products and brushing your pet’s teeth, you will save both money, as well as, pain and suffering of your dog later. The average cost of dental cleaning $ 300, my girl Duchess cost over $ 1,000 to take care of her dental disease.  We brought her into rescue and had her teeth cleaned. She had 9 teeth removed during her dental cleaning (and that was in addition to the 9 she was already missing due to lack of dental care), so in the end she had lost more than half her total teeth. (Duchess was a Dachshund) So the old cliche is all too true, a once of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Her one canine tooth that was pulled created a fistula (a hole in her gum that went into her sinus cavity. That hole had to be closed, the closure didn’t work at first, so she had to have a second surgery to get the hole repaired.  At this point, Duchess is 15 years old and has 18 teeth missing and we are working hard to save the others with daily teeth cleaning.

One of the first things we do when in dog rescue with the intake of a new foster dog, is to evaluate the teeth. They frequently need to see a veterinarian to be put on both pain meds and antibiotics to take care of the infected gums and to allow the dog to eat pain free. Sadly, it’s not at all uncommon to have the new foster animal on heart meds because of murmurs caused by the gum disease. Usually within a few weeks after the dental the heart murmur goes away or dissipate to a level were medicine is not needed.

Now what do we use to clean the dogs teeth? There are few different products, each one has its own unique advantages and I will explain them here. The products range from pouring liquid into water and allowing your dog to drink it, all the way to the tooth paste that you brush their teeth with. We will start with the easiest to use first.

PlaqueOff, Proden PlaqueOff Dental Care for DogsThis is an all natural seaweed powder, that is sprinkled into the food dish on top of their food to be ingested by your dog. The seaweed is supposed to have antibacterial properties that will kill the bad bacteria in the mouth that causes plaque and tartar. The manufacture claims that this will not only stop the development of plaque but remove existing plaque and tartar. I have used this product. I typically use this when I get a new dog in to foster. I have found that this powder softens the plaque and tartar making it easier for the plaque and tartar to be removed during dental cleaning. My senior girl, Duchess had bad, stinky breath and I used this product in addition to regular brushing and her breath didn’t get much better. In PlaqueOff’s defense Duchess had been living with really bad teeth that had gone untreated for a very long time. However, our dog, Daisy has used the Proden PlaqueOff and the tartar build-up softened right up, enough so that I was able to scrap her teeth and clean most of the heavy plaque off myself. No veterinarian needed.

 

Daisy getting gel applied to her teeth.
Daisy getting gel applied to her teeth.

There are also many different products that come in a liquid that you can buy and add to the water that your dog drinks and it is supposed to stop or at least inhibit the build-up of new plaque and tartar to your dogs teeth, some even claim they clean the teeth of existing plaque and tartar. These products aim to change the PH value in your dogs mouth. Making the mouth environment more acidic to kill/ prevent more bacteria. What you need to remember is that the bacteria is only part of the equation here. You still have the accumulation of solid food particles. While killing bacteria helps, it isn’t the end all be all. Be careful choosing a liquid product, look for certain ingredients like, chlorhexidine gluconate or Cetylpyridinium Chloride which are antiseptics used to kill the bacteria.  Tropiclean Fresh Breath Plaque Remover Pet Water Additive, uses Cetylpyridinium Chloride as an antiseptic. Nylabone Advanced Oral Care Liquid Tartar Remover, changes the PH in the dogs mouth to create an environment that is harder for bacteria to survive. I have not used this product, so I’m not endorsing it, but have it here as an example of other types of water additives. I do use Natural Chemistry Dental Cleanse Oral Hygiene Treatment for Dogs, I like it because it does not contain sweeteners and other unsavory ingredients such as dyes.

This is the end of part one. Next week part two will be posted. Part two is going to be about gels and paste. If you have any questions please leave a comment and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

 

Over Nighting Dogs for Transports

Another part of transporting dogs, is to overnight a dog. This means that some dogs are being transported such a distance that they can’t get to where they are going in a reasonable time, so they need to stay somewhere over night and continue on their way the next day. The requirements are almost the same as when you are doing a transport.

The main thing you must remember is to, isolate / quarantine the dog or dogs on transport from your own pack. These dogs are tired, confused, scared, and stressed. These dogs do not understand what is going on. They are dehydrated and hungry. Some may need to have medication given to them. This is your job.

You have picked up the dog, transported him to your home and now you are going to keep him over night. I call the transport coordinator and let them know the dog is safe and in for the night. I then call the sending person and see if the dog needs anything not listed in the paperwork. I take the dog out of the vehicle and I walk the dog or take the dog to my fenced in back yard. I let the dog relax and wander around a little bit. I make sure I pick up and dispose of the dogs waste. It is very important to pick up and dispose of the dogs waste. You do not want to expose your dogs to worms or other parasites that the visiting dog may have. While taking care of this dog, you need to protect your dogs. Once the dog is settled, I also contact the receiving person and give them a report on how the dog is doing. I don’t want anone to worry about how he is doing. You will find that people really appreciate you calling them and updating them on how the dog is doing. Remember, some one or maybe a bunch of people care about this dog. My dogs are family, I treat all dogs as if they are some one’s family, because they are.

It is important to take the dog to an area that is able to be kept clean and easy to clean and sanitize. I use my kitchen. I have tile flooring that is easily kept clean. I learned this next tip from a fellow rescuer, that I was talking to on a transport. Buy a few shower curtains at a dollars store. I used a tarp prior to finding out about the shower curtain. Put the curtain on the floor, put pee pads on top of the curtain. I then put a dog exercise penover the pee pads and curtain. The “Ex Pen”, then contains the dog in an area where he will be safe, and contained. I then put up a pet gateacross the opening to get into the kitchen. This keeps my pack away from the “Ex Pen”. The dog does not need the added stress of my pack checking him out. We make sure that he has plenty of water and we encourage him to drink, as the dog is most likely dehydrated. We offer him food. The dog should have food with him. Use this food, so the dog does not developed GI issues. If the dog is not interested in his food, help him out a little.

I always keep home made chicken broth on hand. I buy ground chicken and I boil it in a large pot of water. I remove the chicken and freeze it for future use. I wait until the water from boiling then chicken cools (chicken broth). When cool, I pour the broth into ice cube trays and freeze. when frozen I put them in a gallon freezer bag and I put them in the freeze for future use. I always have a bag of broth on hand.

When an of my dogs won’t eat, or a new dog won’t eat, I get a few cubes of broth, I put them in a bowl and I microwave the cubes until they turn to liquid, I pour the broth on the food. It is very rare that a dog does not like the broth on his food. Usually the food is gone in seconds.

I put blankets and towels in the “Ex Pen” for bedding. I don’t used dog beds, as they are harder to clean and sanitize. We also keep some new toys around. We give the toy to the dog and he will take it with him. We make sure we take the dog out a few times to potty. We pick up any waste. We leave him in the pen to sleep.

My first over night was crazy and I had no idea what I was doing. I did buy a tarp, I did lay down pee pads. I did have an “Ex Pen”. The dogs were supposed to be small puppies of 10 to 20 pounds.

12-11-2010 Paws to the Rescue Sunshine 4 over niht (12)

They were severely dehydrated and extremely thin. We spent most of the night feeding the dogs and getting them hydrated.

In the morning the dogs get breakfast, walked and loaded into the truck for the rest of the transport. I call the sending person, receiving person and the coordinator to report on how the dog did over night and that he is on the road again. I then call the person that I’m going to meet and make sure that they are going to meet me.

The beauty of the dollar store shower curtain is, once you are done using it you wrap everything up in the curtain and throw everything into the trash. Everything is contained, no mess. I still clean and sanitize the tile floor, just in case.

 

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Mama Petunia The story of an abused dog.

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It’s been one month since I’ve crossed rainbow bridge. Jasmine and Snapdragon were too weak to carry on and have joined me at the bridge. As a mama you never leave your pups side, I have 7 lil angels to protect my babies there on earth. Wha…tever ounce of energy that was left in me when I passed, I sent to Huck, Caine and my darling Tulip. I watch them every day from the heavens. I miss them dearly but have full confidence in the human hands that touch them. This picture was taken of me on March 26th, 2 days after I entered the pound and 2 days before IPR rescued me. I was so thankful someone came for me. I kept telling the lil ones to hold on a few more days, someone would hear my prayers. I can see my caregivers weeping at times; for me, my lost babies and for the countless others that are abused. I wish they knew how magical rainbow bridge was. I don’t want them to be worried for me. My fur is shiny and full, my burns are healed and my heart is whole again. The love I received on earth put all the broken pieces back together. I never doubted the humans that surrounded me..the love was so strong our hearts all grew bigger. Please learn from my story and know you can make a difference no matter how small it is nor the outcome. People believed in me and took a chance to try to save my life. Keep sharing my story as well as others that desperately need a voice. I promise you, your heart will also grow bigger. Thank you for loving me (us) through the sadness. Forever indebted Mama Petunia. ♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡
This is Petunia. She was 3 years old. Her face tells a story of animal cruelty. She was burned and beaten, all while pregnant with a litter of 10 puppies. “I was burned badly over 25% of my body. I was also hit by a car while I was pregnant with my pups.”