It’s a good thing nobody pays attention to the escapades of their resident aquarist. If they did, they’d know im setting up my spare 10g in case i find anything cool at the good LFS today. They would not be happy.
Kaiser is 500% done with me today. c:
I’m making a tutu for our newborn photos tomorrow and needed a model.
Ugh posted this on the personal blog. Two blogs is hard.
Cheesy “please play fetch with me!” smile.
ticks are so, so bad this season. it seems they’re getting worse every year! and while we’ve been lucky that we’ve never found one latched onto machete (a couple have dropped onto his coat and immediately been spotted and swatted away, though!) it is a concern. and we’re always taking precautions.
TICK PROOFING YOUR YARD:
- keep grass low
- prune low lying bushes
- create a 3 foot barrier of wood chips, mulch, or stone where your lawn meets the woods (if applicable)
- decrease leaf litter in yard and surrounding areas
- limit areas where rodents can live. move woodpiles away from the home and areas visited often by people and pets.
- in the summer months put out “tick tubes”: cardboard tubes containing permethrin-soaked cotton balls. mice will use it as nesting material, and the permethrin will decrease the number of ticks on the mice.
- when in a tick-infested environment, tuck pant legs into socks; this prevents ticks from attaching to your legs.
- wear light-colored clothing.
- treat clothing with insecticide (or spray with cedar oil spray).
- place clothing in hot dryer for 30 minutes to kill ticks.
- monthly treatment products (available from your veterinarian) can be applied to help create a skin barrier to prevent tick bites.
- lyme disease vaccines — a two-shot series, each one month apart — gives yearly protection against the disease (available from your veterinarian).
- cedar oil spray (safe for dogs and humans) can be safely applied to the coat to help naturally repel ticks and fleas.
- more information about lyme disease can be found at: http://www.tickencounter.org
- tick management handbook: http://www.ct.gov/caes/lib/caes/documents/special_features/tickhandbook.pdf
Bedtime armadillo snuggles! c: The husband’s working overtime and Kaiser finally gave up waiting for him.
German shedder!!! I did not brush my dog; I gave my dog scratchies.
Just look at this dignified, majestic creature. c:
Barky shepherd hackles! There’s a stranger walking down our side of the street.
Everybody’s laying on me tonight but I can’t say I mind. c:
Symptoms of bloat include:
- hard, swollen abdomen that may make a hollow sound if tapped
- retching that produces no vomit OR produces foamy, white vomit
- drooling/salivating excessively
- stiff-legged walk
If your dog shows signs of having bloat, call your vet IMMEDIATELY. Every second counts. Bloat is extremely painful and without quick veterinary intervention your dog will probably not survive.
Check out this video of an akita in the middle to late stages of bloat.
Check out this article on what bloat is, the varieties of bloat, its symptoms, and the typical treatment plans.
The best predictor of a dog’s chances of getting bloat are its relatives. If your dogs family has had bloat, your dog is at an increased risk. Other risk factors include:
- deep, narrow chested dogs
- feeding to soon before or after exercising
- raised feeding bowls
- gulping food/eating too quickly
- eating one or two large meals per day
- dry food diet
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