Thursday, September 30, 2010
Zac is one of our most special pets. Zac has had a long, hard road to travel just in order to survive. Zac came to us in the beginning as a deaf Rottweiler who knew no commands or manners. We taught Zac commands such as "sit", "down", "come", "good boy", and "outside" in American Sign Language. Zac is so eager to please that he was thrilled to learn these commands and obeys them easily (better than most hearing dogs obey vocal commands actually!) Rottweilers are extremely loyal and intelligent companions who, unfortunately, attract the wrong type of crowd. Some people will go to any lengths to have this breed, as one can see by Zac's story.
Zac was adopted to a family who we intended to be his forever home. They were educated in his ASL commands, they were informed of his anxiety issues. They willingly lied to us when they told us they would continue his training, give him his medication and a good home.
These people abused Zac, both psychologically and physically. Zac requires a medication, to be given to him daily for his separation anxiety. We supplied a two month supply of this medication to them when they adopted Zac. They simply REFUSED to give Zac his medication, thinking it was no big deal. When Zac gets anxious, he urinates and defecates (some dogs become destructive; i.e. chewing, digging, etc to express their separation anxiety. Zac's separation anxiety demonstrates itself by him defecating and urinating in the house. Something he never does when on his medication, because he is house trained. ) They beat Zac and banished him to the back yard. They ABUSED him for doing something they KNEW HE WOULD DO if he didn't receive his medication, yet they REFUSED to give him the medication we supplied.
We found out how severe Zac's abuse was when we confiscated him. Zac was adopted to them weighing 100 lbs and two months later when we confiscated him, he weighed only 69 lbs. As soon as he walked through the door, he collapsed on the floor in pain and exhaustion. We rushed him to the veterinarian and nearly lost him. The vet told us that they had been starving him and beating him regularly, and X-rays showed that Zac had suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck from being kicked. It was pinched a nerve in his neck causing him excruciating pain. Our hearts were broken for our poor boy who we thought we had placed with a responsible family. We have vowed to do right by Zac and make sure he never again had to experience suffering.
Zac has been in a long-term foster home since this ordeal. Even though Zac has been through terrible and unfair trials in his lifetime, he has never stopped loving people or being friendly. Zac loves both men and women but gravitates towards men the most, even though the majority of his abuse was from a man. He gets most joy out of his toys (he loves tennis balls and Kong toys.... look at the pics!) and he will play fetch all day if he has someone to throw the ball for him. Zac is a true companion who loves human interaction. Despite the suffering Zac has endured, he remains TRUSTING of humans-a trait that we as people cannot usually even lay claim to.
Zac continues to be rehabilitated within his foster home. He knows all common commands in ASL, which are extremely easy for a potential adopter to learn. The medication Zac requires is a VERY inexpensive medication that can be found on the four dollar list at Wal Mart. Zac requires proper exercise not just because he is a large dog but also because this helps reduce anxiety.
One would never be able to tell that Zac had anxiety when he is properly exercised. Zac has such a personality and is just one huge teddy bear who is looking for his forever home.
Diamond in the Ruff Rescue & Rehab, Inc.
This sweet & amazing boy was found shot & left for dead in the Mojave desert.. Are u or anyone u know looking for a furry friend to add to your family
This very special boy, our Boss, is looking for a new life. Found a few months ago in the Mojave desert with a bullet lodged in his body. Alone, beaten and very afraid, a couple of good samaritans took a chance and carried this boy to safety. He never once growled or bit anybody. He accepted his fate. When the good samaritans could no longer keep Boss because of the rules and regs of their housing community, the came to us for help. And now, we are hoping that the community will help us to give meaning to Boss' life. He deserves a chance at love and happiness. Can you help? If you are interested in fostering or giving Boss a permanent home, please contact:
Big Dogs Rescue
Pet ID #: D13
Contact: Charlie Carter
Monday, September 13, 2010
Ibuprofen for dogs. ITS TOXIC!!
I decided to post some very imoortant information on ibuprofen since today i learned of a friend giving her dog Ibuprofen... when i found out i immediately contacted her.. so i thought i better pass this on since she is a wonderful dog owner and thought she was doing what was right...
Today's Salt Lake Tribune reports that a man has been arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals after allegedly feeding a dog chicken laced with 1200 mg of ibuprofen. That dose could cause acute renal failure in a small dog.
Many people administer Ibuprofen for pain relief thinking it's safe. Unfortunately it's not; small doses given over a short period of time have proved fatal.
Based on the number of dogs treated, The ASPCA Poison Control Center rates Ibuprofen the number one reason for dog poisoning.
The poisoning arises from either the dog having consumed a large number of tablets after chewing through a packet or bottle of Ibuprofen or the dog being intentionally given the drug by a well meaning owner as a pain killer.
From the ASPCA database:
*25-125mg per kg of body weight - symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, stomach ulcers;
*more than 175mg per kg of body weight - the above symptoms plus blood in the stools, acute kidney failure;
*more than 400mg per kg of body weight - the above symptoms plus seizures, coma, disorientation; more than 600mg per kg of body weight - death.
*The ASPCA has reported a case where 3mg per kg of body weight given every other day for six weeks proved fatal.
Ibuprofen sold over the counter contains anywhere from 50mg to 200mg per tablet; each prescription tablet may contain 800mg of Ibuprofen. Given a dog's propensity to eat everything in front of their noses, a packet of Ibuprofen tablets left within their reach can do a lot of damage.
*Symptoms can take anywhere from 12 hours to several days to show. However, if you suspect your dog has ingested Ibuprofen take him to the vet immediately. Any tablets consumed must be flushed out of your dog's system as quickly as possible to improve his chances of a full recovery.