You are meant to stretch yourself in life. ― Sunday Adelaja

K9 Cardiomyopathy

The medical term for enlarged heart in dogs is dilated Cardiomyopathy or DCM.

Doberman Pinscher
Scottish Deerhound
Irish Wolfhound
Saint Bernard
Great Dane
Cocker Spaniel
Afghan Hound
Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prognosis ~~> here.

Bunny Cat

Cat Quote

If I tried to tell you how much I love my cats,
you wouldn't believe me
- unless your heart is also meow-shaped
and covered in stray fur.
- Lexie Saige

FIV and FeLV

How Can  I Protect My CAT From FIV AND FeLV
by Dr. Jennifer Broadhurst, Jacksonville Humane Society

Although they may appear healthy, 2 to 3 percent of cats living in the United States are infected with the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) or the feline leukemia virus. FIV causes immune suppression and is very similar to HIV in humans, while feline leukemia causes immune suppression and cancer. 

Virus Transmission FIV is commonly transmitted through bites. The virus is most common in outdoor cats that fight with other felines. FIV can also spread through sexual contact or from a mother cat to her kittens. Feline Leukemia is transmitted through bites, grooming, shared food, water bowls and litter boxes. Kittens can also contract the virus from their mothers during birth or through nursing. Neither of the viruses are transferable to people or dogs, but there is a chance the virus can spread among cats living in the same household. 

 Diagnosis The ELISA (Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay) test, also known as the “snap” test, is a blood test used to detect FIV and feline leukemia. Your veterinarian can test your cat for FIV or feline leukemia in his / her office. If your cat’s “snap” test is positive, laboratory tests can confirm the diagnosis. Laboratory tests are more expensive than “snap” tests, so they are most often used to confirm the results of a “snap” test. A cat does not develop antibodies for either virus right after exposure, so the viruses are not detectable right away. 

Feline leukemia is detectable four to 12 weeks after exposure. FIV is detectable two to four weeks after exposure. Prevention To protect cats from the spread of FIV or feline leukemia, all cats should be tested for FIV and feline leukemia before being adopted or introduced into a new household. Cats should be retested 60 days after the first test to ensure the cat was not exposed to FIV or feline leukemia right before the first test. FIV-positive cats should be kept inside at all times. 

Because the virus can spread among housemates, FIV-infected cats should not live with non-FIV cats. These same recommendations are also true for feline leukemia positive cats. Your veterinarian can give your cat a vaccination to help protect against feline leukemia and FIV. These vaccines are only recommended for cats at risk of exposure to the viruses (such as cats living outside). Note that if your cat receives an FIV vaccine, your pet will test positive for the virus. 

 Remember, if you have any health care concerns or want to know more about your pet’s specific medical needs, always talk to your veterinarian. Establishing a good relationship with a veterinarian is an important part of your pet’s health.


Man With A Heart

"Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight.

And after I’ve finished “shooting,” my unharmed victims are still around for others to enjoy.

I have developed a deep respect for animals.

I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans."

Jimmy Stewart
American Film Actor
May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997

Sad News

Koko, gorilla famed for using sign language and crying over pet kitten, dead at 46
Read MORE here.

There Is Time

There is time for everything; 
a time to MAKE the BEST 
and a time to TAKE a REST…
― Israelmore Ayivor


If you have ever lost a loved one, then you know exactly how it feels. 
And if you have not, then you cannot possibly imagine it. 
― Lemony Snicket

9 Toxic Spring Time Hazards

With warmer weather 
comes increased risk for pets
—from lawn care products
to certain blooms to open windows. 
Here are the hazards to watch for. 

A Little Dog That Wags His Tail

A little Dog that wags his tail
And knows no other joy
Of such a little Dog am I
Reminded by a Boy

Who gambols all the living Day
Without an earthly cause
Because he is a little Boy
I honestly suppose —

The Cat that in the Corner dwells
Her martial Day forgot
The Mouse but a Tradition now
Of her desireless Lot

Another class remind me
Who neither please nor play
But not to make a “bit of noise”
Beseech each little Boy —

Emily Dickinson

Dog Grooming

How Often Should You Wash Your Dog?
The American Kennel Club weighs in. 

Sixth Sense

Most dogs owners will tell you their pets have an uncanny ability to sense when something is amiss. Dogs are believed to possess a "sixth sense" in detecting danger or an imminent event. Now, researchers at the Curie Institute in Paris, France, have found dogs, specifically German Shepherds, have the ability to sniff out breast cancer in women with 100 percent accuracy. These dogs were also able to predict migraines, UTI, and hypoglycemia. MORE

Do Not Look Too Far

Do not look too far for you will see nothing.
― Dejan Stojanovic