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aliveagaintoday asked:

Hi there, as a long time exotic owner, I absolutely love your blog! I have a non-exotic question for you. Our trainer suggested some type of anxiety treatment for our German Shepherd. He is 10 months old, chases his tail non stop, paces outside, and needs to suck on a stuffed animal to fall asleep. Are there any OTC treatments we can try or do you recommend going for a prescription medication through our vet? He was seen 3 months back at the vet but they didn't want to start meds yet. Thanks!

theexoticvet answered:

Thank you for the kind words about the blog, I appreciate it. I applaud you for seeking out a trainer, that is really excellent and is one of the very first things I recommend to owners of pets with behavioral problems.

There some OTC things you can try, I honestly am not sure how well they work but I have clients with animals on these products and they swear by them. One thing you can try is the Calm diet by Royal Canin. Honestly I am not certain it works and it seems a bit of a stretch to me but I have a few clients with pets on it and I have some friends that have animals on it and they really say it has helped out. It cannot hurt and if it helps, I say why not?

There are also some room sprays and plug in diffusers under various names that release Dog Appeasing Pheromone (D.A.P.). Again, it could be witchcraft but some pets really do seem to respond to it.

Thundershirts are more for anxiety related to storms but do have a calming effect on some animals.

Again, you can try all or some of these products and they may help out a lot or you may notice absolutely nothing. Can’t hurt anything but your pocket book.

If training, behavioral modification, exercise, toys, OTC remedies, and all other avenues have been explored medication can be tried as long as a few factors are kept in mind:

  1. Medication cannot and will not take the place of training and behavioral modification, they are simply extra tools to use.
  2. It can take weeks to months of trying different dosages and combinations of medicines until you and your veterinarian find the right one that works for your pet
  3. You will likely need biannual checkups and blood work to make sure that the medication is not affecting your pet’s liver, kidneys or other organs. Some drugs require testing to ensure they are maintaining proper serum blood levels.

If that is all kept in mind I think you will find a solution that works for you and your dog.

ENOUGH DEPRESSING STUFF. Now that that’s over with……HERE’S A PICTURE OF MY KITTY. I’m going to miss him a shit ton now that I won’t see him until summer!
I have decided to do case studies and special research on this blog to kind of get me motivated and to motivate you guys! (Because I now have a lot more followers than I expected!!) So in my ansci 101 class, my awesome professor did interesting case studies on real cases that she had assessed. So after all the boring-but necessary- notes, she would have the students participate in a case study. It helped keep me focused and motivated me, so I thought that I will continue with that here on my blog. If you have any conditions you want me to cover or research please send them to me by reblogging this post or sending me a message.

And even the older, more experienced blogs, PLEASE please please send me something to research even if you already know what it is!! I would greatly appreciate it and it would keep me motivated! 

So examples of conditions would be: (I will probably cover these soon)
Mast cell tumors
-what are they?
-in Dogs vs. Cats
-Stages and what biopsies can indicate

Unilateral/Bilateral Cryptorchid
-What it is, how it occurs
-If/Why the animal should need surgery
-Unilateral vs. Bilateral

You guys get the point! So help me out!

ENOUGH DEPRESSING STUFF. Now that that’s over with……HERE’S A PICTURE OF MY KITTY. I’m going to miss him a shit ton now that I won’t see him until summer!

I have decided to do case studies and special research on this blog to kind of get me motivated and to motivate you guys! (Because I now have a lot more followers than I expected!!) So in my ansci 101 class, my awesome professor did interesting case studies on real cases that she had assessed. So after all the boring-but necessary- notes, she would have the students participate in a case study. It helped keep me focused and motivated me, so I thought that I will continue with that here on my blog. If you have any conditions you want me to cover or research please send them to me by reblogging this post or sending me a message.

And even the older, more experienced blogs, PLEASE please please send me something to research even if you already know what it is!! I would greatly appreciate it and it would keep me motivated! 

So examples of conditions would be: (I will probably cover these soon)

Mast cell tumors

-what are they?

-in Dogs vs. Cats

-Stages and what biopsies can indicate

Unilateral/Bilateral Cryptorchid

-What it is, how it occurs

-If/Why the animal should need surgery

-Unilateral vs. Bilateral

You guys get the point! So help me out!

Alrighty so I’m on the train ride back to UMass, and I couldn’t be more excited. My academic probation has allowed me to really see what I need to do in order to do well and get good grades. I am retaking Biology and Chemistry with different professors this semester and taking a required writing course. I can take one more class, and although I would LOVE to take Ansci 103 after I took 101 last sem, I need to realize that I can’t juggle three science courses again just yet. So I am really going to focus on not JUST doing well but going above and beyond my academic requirements and capabilities. Im just scared that I will resort to my old ways and SAY but not DO. 

Sometimes, these are the sacrifices you have to make as an AnSci major. It’s hard. There are people in rougher positions than I am in, I know that. But right not I just need to focus on myself and my future. 

As for inspiration, I think I might take up volunteering at the barn in Hadley. I would have to wake up fairly early on the weekends, yes, but I think that doing so would keep me focused on the major and my future. I am also going to shadow a vet (if I can find a ride) and hopefully try to get a job there once something opens up.

I already have a lot on my plate, I know!! But this blog is really helping me get my shit together and get my future together so thanks for following!

Academics

So I figure I better make this post now (while I have only 13 followers) so that I can get it out of my mind and off of my chest. 

I am on Academic Probation. 

I just don’t know what the hell happened. I pushed myself so hard this semester. And apparently didn’t Pass a few of my classes with a C or higher. In high school, you really had to try to fail, but in college… I guess you never really realize that you are failing unless you already have. So.. I have failed. This looks horrible ANYWHERE I try to apply for higher education. I’m ashamed and embarrassed. ESPECIALLY as an animal science major. There are people in different majors who didn’t work half as hard and they are doing just fine. I knew I fucked up. But THIS bad? No one knows except my cousin. Not my boyfriend, my friends back at school, my parents. I’ve completely lost faith in myself. I want to be a vet, I really do. But if I’m not willing to put in the effort, maybe I’m not cut out for it? 

But I’m not giving up, I refuse. I will be taking animal science next semester. It will be my ONLY science class and I WILL do well. 

Academic Probation at UMass means you have a GPA of 2.000 or lower. Which, I’m not gonna lie, is really..really bad. But if I want to do well, I need to accept it and move on. If my GPA falls below a 2.000 during another semester, I will be forced to take a semester off. So.. I really have no choice. I need to do well. I’m so angry, upset and disappointed in myself. I have let my parents down, my boyfriend, and more importantly, myself. I need to get my shit together. I do not have any more chances. I’ve run out of options.

veterinaryhumor

vetgirlblog:

Bizarre Animal X-Rays

Veterinarians from around the country submitted X-rays to the Veterinary Practice News’ annual “They Ate What?” competition — and some of the results are a little hard to swallow. Check out the most bizarre items ever extracted from the stomachs of hungry pets … Here’s one…

Barn Chores and Muck Boots!

So I had a dream last night that I had a pleasant experience doing chores at the barn. Only to take my boots off and discover that ALL MY TOES HAD FALLEN OFF. This is always a ridiculous fear of mine during the cold season at the barn. I bought cheaper Walmart boots made of rubber before I knew what the cold did to my feet. They do the job, but the rubber material actually sucks up any warmth you have in there, so 5 layers of fuzzy socks pretty much does nothing (believe me, I tried). I figured out that what I need to buy are muck boots. 

Now these boots are insulated as well, which keeps my feet warm while I’m working in the barn. They are thick, which provide protection WHICH IS IMPORTANT. I cannot stress enough how important it is to protect your feet while working with large animals such as cattle or horses. I have gotten stepped on twice and spent a week on crutches. When you live an active lifestyle, one week is one week too long. 

Now unfortunately, these boots are $110 which are EXPENSIVE. Hopefully I can get them for Christmas and not have to dish up the money myself. 

Since I’m home and not at school I will probably be doing more reading than practical work. I may read a veterinary medicine related book from that list I just reblogged and see if I can work up a review for it!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!