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Articles on various Pet Subjects & Products (mostly about dogs). Various things I would like to share, but mostly rambling.

Lesson 4 - Commercial Dog Food

posted Jun 24, 2011, 1:42 PM by Katie Young   [ updated Jun 24, 2011, 1:54 PM ]

So this lesson was hard for me. Half the things in this lesson I didn't agree with, so it was hard for me to not only pay attention but to keep reading. For the first time throughout reading these lesson's I had a hard time staying focused.

This lesson was on Commercial Dog Food. It talked about the nutritional aspects and what to look for in dog food. 

The professor also stated that cats are carnivores and dogs are omnivores.  I really disagree with that comments, so on the discussion board I made a post. From the anatomy a dog is a carnivore in all aspects (teeth, saliva, intestines, digestion, etc.). Dogs still cant digest carbs, starches, etc. They will eat it to survive though. Most animals are opportunists. 

Here is an awesome read I linked in my post:
www.thewholedog.org/NHMVTheOmnivoreCarnivoreQuest.pdf

One class mate girl commented after reading my posts and at the beginning she totally thought they were omnivores. But after reading my comments then the article I linked, she believes they are carnivores. 

I am sure my professor dislikes me for basically saying I think he is wrong, but everyone is entitled their opinion.  I just believe mine is the right one lol

 

Volunteering & Lesson 3

posted Jun 23, 2011, 9:32 AM by Katie Young   [ updated Jun 23, 2011, 9:40 AM ]

Yesterday was Lesson 3 and it was on Worms.  It is quite interesting to read about worms but a little gross as the same time.  All dogs have worms, but periodically (depending on where you live) you need to de-worm your pets.  This keeps the worms under control so your pets don't die.  In warmer climates you need to de-worm more often, otherwise you are probably okay to just de-worm one a year.  If your pet eats poop more than most dogs, then you might want to de-worm twice a year in my opinion.  De-worming your pet doesn't hurt them for the most part.  If you dog has heartworms there is a chance that the dying worms can cause issues, but its pretty rare.

Yesterday I also went and attended the Volunteer Orientation at the Salt Lake Animal Services (shelter).  I won't be able to start volunteering for a couple weeks, but after that I will be able to volunteer whenever I want and for how long I want.  I am going to try and do 4 hours a week if possible.  That is my goal.  I think it will be a great experience and also I will be helping animals in need.  When you enter the shelter they have so many cute faces wanting homes.  I wish I could take them all home, but I'm sure Zombi would get jealous...plus we don't have the space :P

Lesson 2

posted Jun 17, 2011, 12:16 PM by Katie Young   [ updated Jun 17, 2011, 12:23 PM ]

Todays lesson (#2) was on vaccinations. It went over the different vaccinations, the pros and cons.  It went over when is the appropriate time to vaccinate etc.  I realized I am a stupid owner and that you should never take a puppy to places like Petco or Dog parks before they are 4 1/2 months old.  Also learned why some vaccinations fail (stress, health, breed, etc.). The lesson talked about over vaccinating as well.  It was a very informative lesson. Rabies & Bordatella is normally done annually (once a year). Most states/cities require it. The Parvo, Hepatitis and Distemper vaccines normally should be done every 3 years.

I took the quiz for Lesson 2 right after reading over it about 2 or 3 times.  I scored 100% again.  Hope I do this well on the final :P
 
I need to post in these articles more informative information regarding the lesson and go into more in depth explanations.  

Lesson 1

posted Jun 15, 2011, 2:23 PM by Katie Young   [ updated Jun 15, 2011, 2:36 PM ]

Today was Lesson 1 of my Veterinary Assistant class. I copied all the lesson and printed it out.  Read it multiple times and took the quiz. I got 100% on the quiz cuz it was fresh in my head.  I hope I do that well the rest of the course and do well on the final.

The first part of the lesson was on the Origins of the Veterinary Field.  Back in the Ancient Roman age the Veterinary doctors only worked on animals you rode and ate (i.e. horse, cattle, sheep & pigs).  The in 2000BC the Egyptians domesticated cats and revered them.  They killed poisonous snakes and vermin. A while after in Medieval times, the dog became a huge asset for hunting.  And so on and so on...

The second part of the lesson was on the reproduction cycles of cats and dogs.  Also when you should neuter & spay your pet.  It also went over all the health issues your pet can get from not being neutered and spayed.  It was very informative.      

Zombi Adventures Pet Finder Form

posted Jun 14, 2011, 2:27 PM by Katie Young   [ updated Jun 14, 2011, 3:09 PM ]

New to Zombi-Adventures, I will be starting a free service to help you find your new fuzzy family member.  Please open & print the form below. Then fill out the form, sign it and email it back to me at katerkit@gmail.com

Zombi Adventures Pet Finder Form.pdf




Veterinary Assistant Class

posted Jun 14, 2011, 8:37 AM by Katie Young   [ updated Jun 14, 2011, 10:45 AM ]

So I re-applied to Salt Lake Community College recently and got accepted of course. I then registered for a Veterinary Assistant 1 class.  The class starts tomorrow June 15th.  I am super excited and will write articles on the current lessons as I go through them.  Although the assignments are not required and not part of the grade, I will probably write articles about them as well.  The professor said that in order to do well on the final, it is best to do the assignments to help you learn. We will see how it goes.   

After I take the Veterinary Assistant 1 class...if I do well, I am going to register for Veterinary Assistant 2 and then following that class I will register for #3.


I am also going to register to take a Veterinary Technician class starting in August.  It will be every Monday evening.  Hopefully things work out and I can register for the class.

I really want to get back into the Veterinary field.  I am also looking into volunteering at the Salt Lake County Animal Shelter. I will be attending the Volunteer Orientation on June 22nd.  I will later look into volunteering at the Humane Society.

Wish me luck!

Cars are Ovens!

posted Jun 13, 2011, 10:58 AM by Katie Young   [ updated Jun 13, 2011, 1:31 PM ]

So it's Spring/Summer time and it is heating up fast.  This past weekend while going into the Harmon's grocery store by our home, Royce and I noticed 2 dogs inside a big white truck.  Yes the windows were cracked a little, but the temperature outside was above 72.  The temperature in a car is usually 10 to 30 degrees hotter than the outside temperature. The color of your car adds to this (i.e. black).  Put on a winter coat and sit in a car for a while and see how it feels.  Even on a cool 72 degree day, the inside of the car can get well over 90 degrees...without the coat on. Dogs temperatures already run hotter than humans.  Cracking the windows doesn't cut it.

WOULD YOU LEAVE A CHILD LOCKED IN A CAR WITH THE WINDOWS CRACKED?

You should never leave your dog in a vehicle even if the windows are down, if the temperature is above 69 outside. 

Found this website that has awesome "Hot Car Flyers" to leave on peoples cars.  Also had some great articles.  http://www.mydogiscool.com/

1. Dogs are especially vulnerable to heat-related illness because they can only cool off by panting and through the pads in their feet.

2. Even on seemingly mild days, an enclosed car can be deadly. In a Stanford University study, when it was 72 degrees outside, a car’s internal temperature climbed to 116 degrees within one hour.

3. Enclosed cars heat up quickly. In a study by San Francisco State University, when it was 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car rose to 99 degrees in 10 minutes and 109 degrees in 20 minutes.

4. A dog’s normal body temperature is between 101 to 102.5 degrees; a dog can only withstand a high body temperature for a short time before suffering nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage or even death.

5. Studies show that cracking the windows has little effect on a car’s internal temperature.

Already this year, UAN has received reports of dogs like Snuggle, a Maltese/Lhasa Apso who was locked in a car while her owner visited a Tampa, Florida amusement park. When Snuggle was rescued, the temperature inside the car was more than 90 degrees and her core temperature was nearly 106 degrees.


Quoted from: http://www.mydogiscool.com/x_car_study.php

Dog jumping in water
Have you ever noticed how hot it can get inside a car on a summer day — far hotter than it is outside? That's because a car acts like a greenhouse, trapping the sun's heat.

A study by the Animal Protection Institute showed that even moderately warm temperatures outside can quickly lead to deadly temperatures inside a closed car.

The study, conducted during a local heat wave, compared an outside temperature of a shaded area with the inside of an automobile in three states: fully closed, with four windows cracked, and with two windows cracked. Inside temperatures were measured with an indoor/outdoor thermometer and an oven thermometer (both readings are given). All temperatures use the Fahrenheit scale.

Day 1

Outside Temperature

Inside Closed Automobile

  Indoor/Outdoor Oven Thermometer
9:00 am 82° 109° ----
9:30 am 87° 115° ----
10:00 am 91° 115° ----
10:30 am 94° 114° 115°
11:00 am 98° 114° 119°
11:30 am 100° 117° 124°
12:00 pm 101° 119° 127°
1:30 pm 112° 124° 130°
2:30 pm 125° 130+° 159°
4:00 pm 98° 110° 110°

Day 2

Outside Temperature

Inside Auto - 4 Windows Cracked

  Indoor/Outdoor Oven Thermometer
9:15 am 84° 98° 98°
10:00 am 88° 103° 105°
10:30 am 90° 108° 108°
11:00 am 92° 109° 109°
12:00 pm 95° 113° 113°
1:00 pm 101° 114° 115°
2:00 pm 110° 123° 120°
3:40 pm 112° 129° 128°
4:00 pm 115° 132° 130°

Day 3

Outside Temperature

Inside Auto - 2 Windows Cracked

  Indoor/Outdoor Oven Thermometer
8:30 am 72° 72° 72°
9:30 am 80° 95° 95°
12:00 pm 88° 105° 105°
1:50 pm 99° 109° 109°
2:30 pm 104° 120° 120°
(both thermometers showed identical readings)   



"Never leave your pet alone in a car during hot weather. Culturally, dogs are more a part of our life and our lifestyle than ever before — going along for a ride in the car, whether running errands or on the family vacation. Just as with children, we must be aware of the danger in leaving our dog inside a parked car in the summer heat. Simply parking in the shade or leaving the windows cracked is not enough. Windows collect light and trap heat inside the car, sending the temperature to dangerous and deadly levels rapidly. In many states, it’s against the law to leave a pet unattended in a parked vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the animal.

A car’s inside temperature can increase as much as 40 degrees in an hour — with 80 percent of that increase within the first 30 minutes. On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows cracked slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes!

Carry two car keys with you, so if you have to leave your dog in the car for even a few minutes, you can leave the engine running and the air conditioning on, with your dog inside and the doors locked. Take the second key with you so you can open the door when you return. And if you see a pet in a parked car on a hot summer day, go to the nearest store to have the owner paged, enlist the help of a security guard or call the local police."

quoted from http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/14152427/ns/today-today_pets_and_animals/t/keep-your-pet-cool-during-dog-days-summer/ 


I was very angry throughout the whole grocery shopping trip. I can't remember anything Royce asked regarding food/meals.  Sorry Royce :P  I have a one track mind sometimes.  What made me more angry, was this person didn't even do a quick run.  They were there when we pulled in and was still there when we left.  Don't even do a quick run into a store. A car can raise 15+ degrees in 10 minutes.



More Reasons to Feed Raw!

posted May 27, 2011, 10:04 AM by Katie Young   [ updated May 27, 2011, 11:02 AM ]

So I have been reading about Pet parasites (i.e. worms etc.).  While reading I ran across a great article saying a raw diet really helps the pets immune system and keeps the parasites in check.  Commercial pet foods begin to cost pets ability to fight.  Raw diets balances everything and keeps worms & parasites in check.  "all dogs have worms. They have been a natural part of dogs bodies for millions of years (ours too!). A raw food diet will keep the body in balance, the immune system strong and worms in check, which means no worm problems."

While reading, I came across a link to a video:

YouTube Video


Just another reason and benefit to feed your pets raw. Want another reason? Here is an article for you to read:

Cancer In Dogs Can Be Avoided    http://healthydogforlife.com/blog/2011/05/cancer-in-dogs-how-to-prevent-and-reverse-naturally/

It’s almost shameful when you realize cancer in dogs can largely be avoided, simply by the diet you feed them. Yes, it’s true: commercial dog food is a major cause of cancer in dogs. Forget bad breeding, breed specific anomalies, hygiene, environment and any other excuse people throw about seeking to avoid the truth, the fact is; a poor diet is the main culprit for your beloved companion’s discomfort.

If you were to see firsthand what goes in to most commercially manufactured dog food, you likely wouldn’t be the least bit surprised. Dead, diseased and disabled animals, you name it. And consider this: workers involved in the process of producing this type of food need to wear protective gloves and masks when handling some of the chemicals used to make and preserve it. They’re toxic. We wouldn’t even consider consuming such harmful ingredients, yet they’re considered perfectly fine for our four legged friends?! It’s crazy.


This website has great articles about feeding raw.  There is multiple articles that are very informative and helpful.  Here are some great article from his website:
http://healthydogforlife.com/blog/2008/07/what-makes-dog-nutrition-so-vital-to-the-health-of-your-dog/#more-79

http://healthydogforlife.com/blog/2008/10/what-makes-a-raw-food-diet-for-dogs-work-so-well/#more-246


I AM LOVING THIS GUYS BLOG :P
skull and crossbones Continuing to feed your dog on commercial dog food skull and crossbones
will lead to death-by-disease! 

Zombi's Awesome Vet

posted May 25, 2011, 2:21 PM by Katie Young   [ updated May 25, 2011, 4:57 PM ]

Zombi goes to Creekside Animal Hospital for all his Veterinary needs.  He really loves the people there.  They take really good care of him. He doesn't get too nervous and loves the attention.  Creekside Animal Hospital is full service, including Boarding.  I haven't boarded Zombi there yet, but was debating it while we are in Disneyland.  It's either that or have my parents babysit him.

Zombi had his neuter done there. They did an amazing job and he recovered very quickly. Zombi also gets all his vaccines there. 

Here is a link to their Website: 

http://www.cahdraper.com/

They are located at: 
12720 Pony Express Road
Draper, UT  84020

PH:  801.565.1263 
Fax:  801.565.1287

Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri  8am - 8pm
Wed & Sat  8am - 6pm

lol I was reading up and they have "Posh Suites" for pets if you want.
The Posh Treatment
"For pet-owners looking for a more luxurious surrounding for their family frond at our pet boarding facility, we offer 2 Posh Pet suites. Posh Pet Boarding Suites provide your family pet with surroundings similar to a home environment. Posh Pet Boarding Suites can house 2 or more family pets (depending on size and temperaments) for pet familiarity and a price break for your pocket! Additionally, posh pet boarding rooms are technologically advanced, wired with cameras that are live cast on the internet. When you check your pet(s) into the Posh Pet Boarding Suite, one of our friendly staff members will provide you with the web address where you can view your pet online from anywhere in the world. A truly unique and fun experience that can help put your mind at ease, especially on long or extended trips. "





The Corgi on Dogs 101

posted May 25, 2011, 12:17 PM by Katie Young   [ updated May 25, 2011, 12:30 PM ]

I love this show!  Here is Dogs 101 on Corgi's. (PART 1)

YouTube Video


Here is the 2nd Video (PART 2)

YouTube Video



I just love this show :P.  Hope you enjoy!

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