Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tips for a Pet-Safe Holiday Season

Happy Hooowlidays!
ASPCA: There’s nothing more scrumptious than gathering with friends and family for the holidays, but many of the ingredients in human fun can result in distress for pets. As we kick off this season of lights, parties and yummy treats, the ASPCA wants to remind pet parents of the potential hazards certain goodies and décor can pose to our furry friends... paw here for more

Friday, November 20, 2009

Greyhounds Up For Adoption At Dairyland

Our local news today had a report about Dairyland Greyhound Racetrack in Wisconsin closing down at the end of December 2009.  Their report said about 900 greyhounds would be up for adoption. For more information on this closing paw here Greyhounds Pets Of America or visit the Dairyland Website.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

When Putting Down Your Dog Is Not An Option!

Four years ago our dog Maxxamillion of ten years got very ill just after he had fully recovered from a surgery that removed a cancerous tumor. Our vet told us that this was it and that it was only a matter of time that our boy would pass away, there is nothing I could do for him, we were told. Well we were absolutely not going to give up on our loving companion of ten years so easily.

Shortly thereafter disappointed and heart-broken we took our boy home, putting him down was not an option. He is family and we would not give up on him so easily, especially when we could see so much life and love in his sparkling eyes. My husband and I started researching on the internet for alternative medicines for dogs.

Fortunately, we found medicinal options that we felt would safely help Maxx get started on his way to getting well again. Many of these medicines we read about were holistic and although we live in a big metropolitan area, some were not locally available. However, we were fortunate to find that some of the holistic medicines we needed for Maxxamillion were sold on-line, while several others were available in stores a short distance away.

Over a short time of giving Maxxamillion these holistic medicines, his health began to steadily improve. Although Maxxamillion's overall health steadily improved, he still suffered from arthritis in the joint of his right front paw, which occasionally caused him to limp.

In addition to the holistic medicines we also found a great animal holistic rehabilitation center fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. We also learned it provided acupuncture for pets. The center had multiple rehab equipment, one of them being an underwater treadmill which Maxx could use to rehab his rear legs without putting weight on them. We could also get his acupuncture treatments all in one visit. The staff was great, and made us feel right at home. The veterinarians had vast experience in animal rehabilitation as well as being well versed in Chinese and Western herbs. After a few months of taking Maxx to the clinic we were able to arrange for Maxxamillion to receive his acupuncture treatments at home twice a month.

We are so happy to say that these holistic medicines have turned our boy Maxxamillion's health completely around and we recently celebrated his twelfth birthday (10/07)! The holistic approach has let us enjoy Maxx for two more wonderful years and counting. Just like humans, always get a second opinion if in doubt.