Monday, May 9, 2011

Rusty says "hello!"

He's been around but we've been busy.

He's got hotspots from itching his paws so I'll have to update about that (and I'm going to have to wrap them... gah!) and about the few fosters we've had since last August.

SO... this blog is on my to-do list for the week (I'm trying to get some spring cleaning done and get to updating a few things!).

Just you wait! Rusty is back!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Rusty's New Friend Penny

Oh, Rusty. He's always dealing with some new friend. Ok, so we were sort of on hiatus for awhile trying to get stuff done but what happens to come along but:
A PUPPY!!! Meet Penny from Pet Project Rescue. She's with us for two weeks minimum and she's so stinkin' adorable. She's a puppy of course, so she's learning not to nip and how to run and climb stairs and follow Rusty.
She learns quickly following Rusty everywhere... Yep, and even tries to imitate him! It's pretty cute!
And this is the worst picture I've taken of her... she runs and runs and runs and runs... And then like a puppy, totally crashes into a deep puppy nap. SO STINKIN' CUTE.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

How To Clean Dog Vomit

1. Pick it up with a bar towel or dish towel.

2. Throw it in laundry basin. Worry about that later.

3. Scream an expletive as dog vomits again. ON CARPET. LESS THAN TWO INCHES FROM A CEMENT FLOOR.

4. Throw dog outside.

5. Remember that dog vomited outside which is why you brought it inside so it wouldn't eat puke.

6. Turn on faucet outside.

7. Hose puke into driveway and under fence.

8. Go inside.

9. Open beer.

10. Scrub carpet with brush and Nature's Miracle.

11. Take a deep breath.

12. Finish beer.

13. Return to laundry tub, shake out vomit and throw into washing machine.

14. Get another beer.

15. Get out bar towels/dish towels for next time.

16. Let dog inside if you dare.

P.S. Foster dog is sick. Not Rusty. Well, actually Rusty does have a hot spot, but that doesn't need instructions to take care of. Yet.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Worms. Gross.

Only two months after we adopted Rusty he somehow obtained hookworm (and he had mange, we referred to him after that as "our mangey mutt").

Gross. AND he was such a good dog, that's the ONLY time he's ever relieved himself inside of our house.

Hookworm is disgusting. It gave him diarrhea for a week. And it was seriously exploding diarrhea. He had to eat cottage cheese and rice for a week and a half. Oh, and we had to give him doggy kaopectate so his stomach would calm down. GROSS. I'm telling you, that was practice for having kids.

However, when we chose a Heartworm product, we decided to go with Interceptor that covered 4 different types of worms. Why? Well, because we didn't want to have to deal with Hookworm again. Interceptor covers the following worms:

Heartworm (100% effective)
Hookworm (97% effective)
Roundworm (97% effective)
Whipworm (97% effective)

It's about $9 per month, but if you buy a year's supply, the pharmaceutical company generally offers some sort of rebate.

But there's different types of solutions for different families. We also looked at Revolution. It can control the following in canines:

Heartworms, fleas, some ticks, ear mites and scabies mites.

But there's also some drawbacks to Revolution as well. There's side effects:
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • lack of appetite
  • lethargy
  • drooling
  • muscle tremors
  • rapid breathing
  • itchiness
  • swelling
  • incoordination
  • fever
But Revolution doesn't cover Hookworm or Roundworm. Instead, you'd have to do de-worming treatments (they're not that bad, we've been through de-worming treatments with foster dogs). Revolutions also doesn't protect against all ticks (but what medication really does anyway?).

So we also use Frontline to help prevent fleas/ticks. It's worked. And how do I know? Because I picked off about 50 fleas from Rusty the night that he came home. That very night I put on Frontline and the little buggers started jumping off his nose.

How do you kill a flea? Well, you get a flea comb, pick them out one by one (with the help of a few beers) and then drown them in a bowl of water. And then vacuum. And vacuum and vacuum.

So that's the story of flea and tick and heartworm preventative in our house. Two medicines to help prevent the worst and most annoying bugs and parasites. Yuck. 

But ask your vet what's right for you and do your research. Find out the good and the bad about it all.

Oh, and there's also more natural ways of prevention too. Neem oil is one of those if you're interested in googling!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Interesting Dog Food Grading Linky

Click here to do it for your dog food.

I'm at work though, so I don't have the bag in front of me. I'll have to do it this afternoon.

Also, if you're interested Natura Pet Foods was bought out by P&G. These brands include Innova, California Naturals, EVO, Karma and Mother Nature. Here's some news and updates. Also, since they've been bought out, keep checking your food labels to see if they've made any changes to their formula, they say it's staying the same, though you never know what happens.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Dog Likes His Socks

So randomly you'll find socks all around the house. Near a door.
Ok, you might find two socks... like they're supposed to be together (but really they're not...)
He'd take them outside with him if he could. He's a strange dog that way. Never actually chews on them, but enjoys socks.
What a goonie...