Wow! I Found This On a Cat

This is a bad collar for a cat. Here’s a flea collar. I think you should avoid.  We had a cat into the office and it had some kind of collar on. I think it was a flea collar. But it’s just engineered out of a cable tie. It has the ability to get tighter, but it does not have the ability to get looser. 

And you can see in one of the pictures. It was already chewing on the free end of the cable tie. If another animal came up and grabbed the end of the cable tie, it could cinch that down on the cats neck, fatally.

The owner just doesn’t know better. But the manufacturer obviously does not care. “Get the product out there. Just sell them.” 
Why not take a look at your cats flea collar, and see if it’s just a cable tie. Sure, it might have chemicals in it, but just make sure it can come off if he gets his neck hung up on something. And make sure that if a dog grabs it, it can’t be tightened, fatally. 

KnuckleBones For Dogs

Please note, this says beef bones. Beef, knuckle, bones. For dogs to chew on. When you get them, if they are gristly, try and cut off most of it because of belly full of gristle can cause diarrhea in sensitive house dogs. 

Attempts show what a knucklebone looks like when you get it, and then what it looks like after a day or three of gnawing by a 60 pound dog. 
LOts of life left in the chewed on bone. I won’t take that away from Ajax probably for another few days.
I have published other more thorough articles on knucklebones, including some downloads, posted at, as well as

Aural Hematoma in Dogs

Your dog busted a bloodvessel in the “flippyflap” part of the left ear.
We can “leave it alone' and itll bust open all the way, or resorb and crinkle like a pringle and a ruffle had a baby.
Some people used to just pop the thing with a jacknife and send em out into the yard to clot and that works, too. Gotta keep 'em from shaking their heads so they don't bleed again / more. But they can't really bleed to death so it was a pragmatic, 1940's and messy way to fix these 
We can tape overhead and drain it with Kenalog infusion and that's a great way to do it with less mess, pain and better (less] crinkling.
I think the other dog mighta broken that vessel. The ear isn't infected at the moment.
The ear can be incised with a long, linear incision and then the flippyflap embroidered / quilted together with multiple little sutures. This is very profitable. It is arguably overkill.
I think if it was a show dog and you wanted the best chances of “healing without a trace”!
My favorite is tape and drain.




Good morning,
Ms. has a nasty torn toenail *again*. I’m attaching an image for your review and opinion if we need to bring her to the office today (Tuesday).  The injury happened Monday afternoon. Treatment provided has been a couple of soakings in warm water and cleaning as she would tolerate with antibiotic solution from my med bag. No dressing has been applied.




Yeah pull that off. If you think you'll get bitten, bring her in. I'll do it.
Epsom soak occasionally. (When looking dirty or crusty)
It can be licked. They'll clean 'em better than you can. With less pain.
Needs antibiotics (if mine, I would) to prevent infection ascending the capillary bed.) Sometimes infection gets into the third phalanx (“fingertip” and the bone turns into a bulky 'hive' of germs and lytic bone. And has to be removed.
You can call the office (in this case because I've seen it) and ask 'em to fill Baytril, Zeniquin, Clindamycin, Clavamox or Simplicef for at least a week.
CC: Office. 

You Thought Good Dog Breath Was Hard to Accomplish?

There's a product on the market called “Leba III”

So I just saw Lexxie T. the terrier and she has this mouth like, it’s brand new. And she’s ELEVEN years old.

So, what this owner did was have the teeth professionally cleaned. (We did it) and she IMMEDIATELY started on this Leba III dental spray. Just once a day, at night before bed: She opens Lexxie’s mouth and sprays ONE pump of spray onto her tongue and encourages her to go lay down and sleep. No water or food, just >spritz< and that’s it. Off to bed.

She also uses Dentastix. Lots of my clients give Dentastix, but their dog’s mouths are ‘just okay’ like Toy Story II.

Lexxie’s teeth are unusual. And I think it’s the Leba III 

They’re sparse with the ingredients. And it’s made in Canada and the label’s primarily in French but there’s an English 'sig' you can understand. I don’t know what’s in it, but it works.

Mrs. T said it was expensive, and it is: Like $45 but a bottle will last months. That’s a better deal than Oxyfresh.


New Resources When Treating Fish Diseases

Resources when facing fish health diseases, symptoms of illness like white spot, and parasite treatments.

There is a lot of information on the internet but it can come from inexperienced sources, and in many cases now, may be a ‘bad-translation’ of stolen content. It’s a “thing” these days.
“Change enough words and it’s not plagiarism!” so they say. And when non-English speakers are ‘changing words’ I’ve seen some amazing errors.

The best fish health information can be found on because it’s coming from ONE person and not a panel of self proclaimed experts. (Forums)
Other sites in the same family include: and

But, sometimes you don’t want a computer near the pond, and prefer details in a written paperback format so, perhaps your best bet is Dr Erik Johnson’s textbook “Koi Health & Disease” 2.
It’s written in a cookbook “How to” format that almost anyone could understand. It’s been well reviewed. In fact, the ONLY criticism of the book on is that the images inside the book are black-and-white greyscale. You don’t lose any information with that, but people expect full color these days.
Another resource is (A sister site to Things are different on that site.
At that Fishtreatments web site, which calls itself a “What To Buy For That Bug” web site, you get the symptom, plus a brief description and then HOW TO TREAT IT.
You’ll see an emphasis on improving water quality but you’re not left wondering how to do that. Everything is spelled out from lighting to filtration, medications and resources on how to use them –
The site focuses on because they have Prime shipping, which allows virtually overnight delivery of most things.
You’re just LUCKIER when your local pond supplies store has everything in stock.
Many times they do.  The Book via Prime

Goodbye Dear One: On Euthanizing a Pet

Goodbye Dear One

How old am I?

I just couldn’t say,

I lived in the moment,

For each day to day.


All I’ve known

Is chase, and play

Guarding you, to

Do as you say.


It’s been so great

to be in your Pack

Included in all things,

We each “got our backs”


But then life got harder

I gladly endured,

For the love of my family

It kept my heart moored.


Then like a pen,

I ran out of ink,

It got harder to move

Even harder to think.


And when it got bad

My people took note;

“We should send him to Heaven”

Came the merciful vote.


So, again I’ll stand tall,

with The Dog’s endless spirit

To serve as a new pup,

The one who endears it.


by Dr. Erik Johnson

New Article: How Your Dog SHOULD Eat

Excerpted from this candid and accurate article:

“When a dog is eventually at a healthy weight it will get PICKY about dry dog food. If we left it at that, our dogs would never get fat.

At that point it’s your call whether you mix something in the dry food to coaxe a lean dog to eat, or simply let her eat per her needs, and stay lean.

“She stopped liking her food. She just wouldn’t eat it.”

This is because they don’t NEED many calories when they’re mostly indoors, lean and healthy.”

Dr Johnson goes over how a dog should eat and describes the “figure” most dogs should have. This makes it easier for owners of “heavy” dogs to recognize the problem.

Here’s the “How Your Dog Should Eat” Article on