Dog Broken Leg Cast Tips

Starting with our very broken first foster puppy (now family member) Mr. Stix who arrived at our local shelter with 15 fractures -- all four legs, his hips and his tail, we started specialize in fostering dogs who've likely been hit by a car or similar vehicle. For example, with Mr. Stix, we wonder maybe something more like an ATV since clearly the wreck didn't kill him or cause any internal organ damage (that we know of). As we learned, though, from the unexpected death of foster puppy Dream from an undetected internal injury, no guarantees about how a dog broken leg situation will turn out. With so many injured dogs and puppies in our experience bank, I figured I'd share a few dog broken leg cast tips. Yep, that's a keyword. Sorry it's weird. 

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Veterinary Consolidation Continues

I feel absolutely gutted to learn that yet another veterinary hospital we've used for 30+ years got gobbled up in veterinary consolidation. It's the incredible facility (with doctors and others I consider friends) where we go for emergency and specialty care. When it got bought several years ago by one of the smaller veterinary corporations, I wasn't thrilled, but I also consoled myself with the idea that at least they chose a smaller one. I imagined them banding together to fend off the veterinary consolidation giants. In December 2022, I learned they fell to the same huge company that also owns the general veterinary practice we use. It seems I cannot escape the long arm of NVA at least until someone bigger buys them too. 

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Coughing Dogs

Sometimes a cough is more than a simple cough. It seems easy to chalk coughing dogs up to so-called "kennel cough," but veterinary researchers continue to find additional and more complicated ways dogs end up coughing and coughing and coughing for longer than you'd ever expect.

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Dogs That Bite Other Dogs

Just days after the first anniversary of the dog attack, I'm furious to report yet another situation last weekend with 4 dogs running wild in our community and behaving aggressively through the fence toward my 3 dogs who where playing in the backyard with me. They are new here. This is at least the third time they've been running loose recently. The situation included 4 German Shepherds, 3 adults, 1 adolescent/puppy.

So, I'm extra interested in this new study about dogs that bite other dogs. It looked at demographic details of the dogs that bite other dogs, the nature of those bites, and the impact of those bites (such as needing veterinary care). The study did not look into motivations or triggers. As Stanley Coren wrote in his recap of the study, "In other words, attempting to answer the questions who, what, and where, but not why." 

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Conditional Approval of Drug for Pancreatitis in Dogs

Breaking News !! Just in time for the 2022 holiday season, when dogs often accidentally get into rich foods and trigger an acute pancreatitis attack, the FDA gave conditional approval to Panoquell-CA1 for 1 year, with the option for 4 additional annual renewals. The drug meant for injection during hospitalization for cases of pancreatitis in dogs has been approved in Japan since 2018. It's made by Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha Ltd. Below, you'll find some FAQs about this new medication and canine pancreatitis in general. 

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Champion of My Heart Store Now Open

Barely in time for the holiday season, our Champion of My Heart store is now open. Suffice it to say the process turned into WAY more work than I ever imagined. It felt like this ... you too can launch an online store in just 1, 873,345 easy steps. I still need to do some things like personalizing all the notifications shoppers receive and other behind-the-scenes stuff that shouldn't affect your shopping experience, but it's up and running. Please let me know if you find any glitches. Here's a recap of what's in the new Champion of My Heart store, featuring 15 designs and more than 140 products (if you count all the clothes color options).

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Dog Attack Restitution

Another chapter in the long, painful, lonely, and frustrating story of being attacked from behind by 2 aggressive dogs without warning comes to a close with the payment of dog attack restitution received this week. The attack happened nearly 1 year ago, the day before Thanksgiving 2021. That makes Thanksgiving 2022 the anniversary. Essentially, the holiday feels ruined. And, yet, the check arrived more than 6 months after it was ordered. The restitution process is convoluted and lengthy, with it not becoming official until like late July and then having a 91 day waiting / comment period  (as if the month's prior didn't count) and then a letter going out demanding payment. Here's how all that feels today.

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