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.


Avoid Life Time Hosting Scam Review

I bought Profithost lifetime hosting with high hopes and immediately the site went down. Reaching out to the support staff I was informed the outage was temporary and that demand had rapidly outstripped the servers and they were migrating.

Over a week later the server FINALLY comes back up, with crippling defects on the server side. SSL's not working, outaages and 'database not found' errors as well as simple 'server not found' errors were common.

I tried to be patient. I put nothing of importance on the server.

Finally the server goes down and isn't online in any iteration. And the posts are already cropping up that they've shut down and left with their subscribers money.

Avoid Profithost. The only ones to Profit are JVZoo and the developers of the scam.

Lifetime hosting isn't a good deal, ever.

Dr Erik Johnson And Microscope Training And Microscope Training

Over at there are about ten pages that take you through how to use a microscope. The detail is great, and the author is good at educating a non-technical person. Frank Prince-Iles wrote these tutorials probably 19 years ago. Not much has changed, but the articles were updated with some newer microscope parts. 

You learn about the parts of the microscope, what you can see and learn with a microscope, how to use the different parts and abilities of a microscope and even a suggestion on what to look for in a reasonable student scope

Nothing is left out. There are even movies of all the different parasites you could see. 

It's only going to get a LITTLE better when uses some of that detail, and couples it with video using a SPECIFIC microscope that everyone should own, at least, anyone thinking about buying a microscope.

Treating Infections and Ulcers in Koi and Goldfish

Treating Infections and Ulcers in Koi and Goldfish

Besides discovering and correcting environmental problems with the situation, attacking bacterial infections in Koi and Goldfish is a large undertaking. Especially if the infection is impacting the ability of the fish to breathe: The GILLS

The facilities can be very large as in the case of ponds. In fact, so large you can't actually HOLD the fish for treatment. 

The following article discusses how to treat bacterial infections when you CAN hold the fish for treatment, and when you CANNOT hold the fish, also discusses what to do in colder water versus warmer water. 

There are related articles, like how to SHOT GUN parasites in the scenarios with bacterial infections on your goldfish or Koi. 

Always, a microscope is the best way to protect yourself from guessing.

We're going to do a video tutorial, step by step using this Celestron LCD microscope. Look for it on 


Thank you for your kind attention! 


Fish Diseases Fixed By A Good Environment?

Fish Diseases Fixed By A Good Environment?

It's been said that "If you take care of the water, the fish take care of themselves" and I believe there's a BIG grain of truth in that. 

So much so, that I honestly believe that if you provided 90% of species of aquarium or pond fish with the following conditions, they could survive almost anything:

  1. 78 DF temperatures
  2. High aeration
  3. Sponge filtration properly cycled and 
  4. Tested to prove supported pH and nitrogen
  5. Buffered pH and 
  6. Plenty of space 

And so an article pulls all that together from "soup to nuts" with complete instructions and where to find the best deals on the best gear. 

How To Provide A Perfect Place For FIsh To Quarantine or Recover

Written by fish veterinarian Dr Erik Johnson and recommending ONLY things he has bought and tested in his own home, or fish room. 

If you were to follow this advice, and then treat your fish for their actual illness, I think you could hardly ever lose.