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Friday, November 1, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A breath of fresh air.… A must read for all that want our pets to live longer & healthier lives.

A breath of fresh air….   I have been titer testing my dogs for over 16 years and never had to revaccinate any of my dogs after their puppy shots… On rare occasions will dogs ever need to be revaccinated again… Every year I titer and every year they come back with perfect levels! Vaccinating every year only increases your vet bills and compromises your pets health….  I have dedicated my life to researching dog health & wellness… I want to help people gives their pets the opportunity to live longer and healthier lives… This is why I have started Liv Love Dogs… For example my Rottweiler Lena has had terrible ear infections since I got her at 6 months (now 2)… I took Lena to the vet and I knew what they would want to do.. A non-allergenic prescription crap dog food, ear drops/antibiotics, and steroids…No thank you!  The vet of course wanted to prescribe this and tried to convince me but knew I would refuse a band-aid solution and comprising Lena's health with steroids…  I just wanted him to do a culture so I knew what I was dealing with… Now I have more to work with and was determined to find the solution myself!  Guess what Lena's ears are PERFECT and not a single problem since and its been nearly a year!! I know this is a common problem in our dogs and will be writing an article on ears and allergies soon.   Unfortunately most dog owners go this route and will forever deal with fighting their dogs ear infections, likely spend thousands of dollars and all they are doing is weakening the beloved pets immune system..

 For more info on vaccines and titer testing just go to "Search this Blog" or google it on your own.  

Now for a breath of fresh air from a vet…

Dr Stephen Blake: “I emphatically do not believe that I was taught adequately with regard to the vaccine issue. I was taught to believe vaccinations were synonymous with immunization. They are two separate entities.

“I was taught vaccines were safe and it was implied there had been safety studies done on them before they were used on the general public. They are not safe and there have not been any safety studies done on any of them.

“I was taught that if something adverse happens within a few hours after immunization it was related to the vaccines but, if it happened later than that period of time, it had nothing to do with the vaccines. The truth of the matter is vaccines can set up a latent condition that may show up within a few hours or years after immunization.

“I was taught you needed to vaccinate every year to boost animals’ immune systems. There are no studies to show that annual boosters are ever indicated or that there is any science to support annual vaccines to boost an animal’s immune system. I was never taught that mercury and aluminium hydroxide, which are in the vaccines, can cause cancer, are neurotoxins, and can trigger autoimmune disease.

“When I first went into practice, I noticed some animals developed fevers for a few days, became lethargic, lost their appetites, developed ear infections, seizures, pruritus, UTI, musculoskeletal issues, and behaviour issues after vaccination.

“As time went on, I observed that otitis, UTI, autoimmune disease complexes, gingivitis, allergic dermatitis, IBD, asthma, aggression and phobias, convulsions, paralysis, cancer, chronic conjunctivitis, liver disease, kidney disease, cardiac disease, arthritis, anterior cruciate rupture, hip disease, and corneal lesions can be correlated with vaccine damage.

“Pet guardians are being misinformed. There is no scientific evidence that annual vaccines are needed or indicated.
“I feel there is pressure at all levels of veterinary medicine that we are not to say anything negative about vaccines which would alarm the public and make it harder to sell the vaccine concept. There is no informed consent information presented to the pet owner prior to vaccination because they do not want to alarm the owner and make it difficult to promote vaccines. It has been known for over 20 years that rabies vaccines can cause terminal cancer in the feline and I have yet to meet a client who was informed of this scientific fact by their attending veterinarian. This should be made public to all cat owners prior to rabies vaccine so the owner is aware of the low risk of getting rabies compared to the high risk of getting cancer from the rabies vaccine.

“I love the practice of veterinary medicine with an oath to prevent suffering and do no harm. I do not support my profession’s over-use of drugs, chemicals and vaccines as we know them today. I feel my profession needs to be the leader in breaking away from the dangers of these products and show the human medical profession this is not healing. It does cause harm.

“I feel the pharmaceutical industry finances the veterinary schools and the veterinary profession. I feel they are the fox in the hen house that sets policy for the practice of medicine as we know it today in our country.

“The pharmaceutical industry has too much influence in veterinary teaching. Their approach to medicine prevents any other modalities of healing from being available in our veterinary schools. This is done so they have no competition for the pet industry dollars from unpatentable means.

“Conventional veterinary meA

icine, with its reliance upon vaccines, steroids, NSAIDs and antibiotics is doing more harm than good.

“The main causes of ill health in animals are vaccines as we know them today; drugs that are needed in an emergency situation; use of chemicals to treat fleas, ticks, lice, and heartworm; herbicides, pesticides, radiation, artificial dyes, flavouring, poor quality pet foods, contaminated water, and cleaning chemicals in homes.

“I have a dream. My dream is that alternative veterinary medicine will no longer be 11th hour medicine and that it will be the first choice of medical care for our friends the animals before I leave this world.”

Friday, October 25, 2013

Ovary Sparing Spay Promoting choice for optimal animal health!

Check out this interview with Dr. Kutzler by Dr. Karen Becker of Healthy Pets

Ovary-Sparing Spay

Promoting choice for optimal animal health

A way to have one’s cake and eat it too: a way to spay female dogs (thus addressing population concerns), without the increased cancer risk and health impacts from hormone loss (particularly in large and giant breeds) that are only recently beginning to be understood.
In 2007 a respected veterinarian published a review of the the pros and cons of spaying and neutering at different ages (Determining the optimal age for gonadectomy of dogs and cats, Margaret Root Kustritz.) This generated a lot of discussion, and thought leaders are beginning to accept that spay and neuter have both positive and negative health consequences which vary by age, gender, and breed.
In particular, mounting evidence indicates that in at least large dogs, the health benefits of keeping the ovaries may outweigh the health risks (the risks being mammary tumors and pyometra, which is infection of the uterus).  For example, one study of exceptionally long-lived Rottweilers linked length of ovarian exposure in their first 8 years to total longevity (Exploring mechanisms of sex differences in longevity: lifetime ovary exposure and exceptional longevity in dogs, Waters DJ et al 2009).  This study has some serious design flaws that make it hard to rely on. However, it fits with data in humans; for example, in the Nurses’ Study, women who kept their ovaries when having hysterectomy lived longer than women who had both the uterus and ovaries taken out (Parker WH et al 2009). A more recent publication from U.C. Davis (de la Riva, Hart et al, 2013) looked at two joint disorders and three cancers– hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament tear, lymphosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma and mast cell tumor– and showed that, for all five diseases analyzed, the disease rates were significantly higher in both males and females that were neutered either early or late compared with intact (non-neutered) dogs.
As a result, a set of highly-motivated and informed potential adopters is beginning to question or resist the mandatory spays required to adopt from a shelter.  In particular, those thinking of adopting breeds known to have greater risk of certain problems after spay may be in this category (for example, Boxers nearly always get incontinence, and Rottweilers and giant breeds are prone to bone cancers).  But this is a highly distressing development to shelters, which fear going backwards on the progress on euthanasia rates and overpopulation that has been made thanks to widespread spay/neuter.
Parsemus Foundation is proposing that we all think more creatively about individualizing spay.  In these situations, veterinarians should be prepared to remove the uterus and leave the ovaries, sometimes called “partial spay.” This removes the nuisance of bleeding during heats, along with the risk of infection of the uterus (pyometra), as long as ALL of the uterus is removed. (In traditional spay, there is no need to remove every bit of the uterus, since it will no longer be under stimulation by the ovaries. But in partial spay, the veterinarian must make a large enough incision to pull the uterus up to the surface, see what he/she is doing, and be able to tie off and cut precisely at the cervix rather than just anywhere on the uterus; otherwise it is still possible to have an infection develop in the remaining uterine stump, “stump pyometra.”)
If the whole uterus is removed, mammary tumors are the only significant health risk from keeping ovaries (ovarian cancer is rare enough that the ovaries should not be removed just to try to prevent it).  Adopters of dogs who believe that their dog is likely to live longer or be healthier by keeping its ovaries can then be informed of the pros and cons and to keep alert to the possibility of mammary tumors as their dogs age.  Owners with the economic means may even wish to have a mammary-gland ultrasound as part of their dog’s annual exam once it reaches middle age; vets who are skilled with ultrasound should be pleased at the opportunity to offer this new service using existing equipment. Meanwhile, the shelter’s population goals are achieved too, because the dog will not be fertile without a uterus.
Parsemus Foundation has funded a demonstration of ovary-sparing spay by Dr. Michelle Kutzler, a professor of veterinary medicine at Oregon State University and an acknowledged expert and speaker on dog and cat contraceptive advances and reproduction. (Check out this interview with Dr. Kutzler by Dr. Karen Becker of Healthy Pets). In the video above, she demonstrates ovary-sparing spay in a giant breed, a 6-year-old Mastiff who was finished breeding but whose owner was concerned about increased risk of bone cancer and cruciate ligament rupture from traditional ovariohysterectomy spay.
Again, the cervix must be ligated precisely– one cannot ligate just anywhere on the uterus as is normally done– to prevent the risk of stump pyometra.  Not realizing this fine point has been what has made veterinarians resistant to the idea (“But you’ll get stump pyometra!”); we thank Dr. Kutzler for pointing out that the solution lies in taking extra care with ligation placement. Her slightly larger incision allows her to visualize the area and take this extra care.
The procedure takes slightly longer than high-volume spay, because the cervix must be cut and tied off precisely and a larger incision must be made to see what one is doing.  More suture time is involved.  In compensation, shelters offering this option will have an answer for potential adoptees who would otherwise be turned off from shelter adoption because of mandatory traditional spay; and veterinarians offering the option are likely to be in great demand as it becomes better known (and to be able to command a substantial premium, with dedicated owners willing to travel a significant distance to one of the few veterinarians in the country currently offering it). As an added health measure, in deep-chested breeds highly susceptible to stomach torsion (gastric dilatation volvulus) such as Great Danes, Weimaraners, Saint Bernards, and Setters, it may make sense for veterinarians in private practice and owners with the economic means to consider the pros and cons of stomach-tacking, a procedure which might not justify the risks of elective preventive surgery on its own, at the same time– along with discussing behavioral preventative measures.
Since this information doesn’t appear to be available anywhere else, we are beginning a list of veterinarians open to performing hysterectomy/ ovary-sparing spay.  Please feel free to call us (see Contact page) if you are a veterinarian who wishes to be included on this list. If you’re a dog owner/guardian and have an open-minded veterinarian who might like to offer this service, you could pass the information along, as there are large parts of the country that are not covered. And please let us know if you have any experience to share, whether especially positive or negative, with contacting one of these vets!

Additional Resources

Download our flyer for a brief overview of the topic.
“A Healthier Respect for Ovaries”, Waters D.J. (the author of the Rottweiler study mentioned above)
“Neutering Dogs: Effects on Joint Disorders and Cancers in Golden Retrievers”, Hart et al. 2013
“Golden Retriever study suggests neutering affects dog health” (UC Davis press release on above study)
“Pukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs”, A thought-provoking book by Ted Karasote with a chapter on spay-neuter and health.
More resources and links on this issue, from Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, Veterinary Village, WI

Veterinarians Open to Offering Ovary-Sparing Spay

California, Northern
Dr. Mack L. Barney
(ask for Dr. Barney specifically and mention this website; staff may not be aware that he offers this service)
Barney & Russum Animal Clinic

2255 Boynton Ave.
Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 426-1761
Dr. Susan Parry
Toro Park Animal Hospital
22720 Portola Dr.
Salinas, CA 93908
(831) 484-9744
please ask to schedule with Dr. Parry
Dr. Kimberly Carlson, DACVS
Bay Area Veterinary Specialists
14790 Washington Blvd.
San Leandro, CA  94578
(510) 483-8500
California, Southern
Dr. Robert E. Woods, DVM, CVA
11561 Salinaz Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92843
(714) 539-0755
John Lupo, DVM
Malibu Veterinary Clinic
28990 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu CA, 90265
(310) 457-6453
Haydee Perez-Tirse, DVM, CVA
Panda Animal Clinic
329 E. 9th Street
Hialeah, FL 33010
(305) 887-1018
Email: pandaclinic [at] aol [dot] com
Dr. Gwyn Mathis, Dr. Greg Mathis, and Dr. Mike Kelly
Brookwood Animal Clinic and Laser Surgery Center

118 Brookwood Ave.
Jackson, Georgia 30233
Email: BrookwoodAnimalClinic [at] gmail [dot] com
(770) 504-0853
Jim D. Carlson, DVM CVA CVT and Stacey Sutter, DVM
Grove Animal Hospital & Holistic Center
600 N. McHenry Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
(847) 541-4005
Riverside Animal Clinic & Holistic Center
2904 West Illinois Route 120
McHenry, IL 60051
(815) 344-7716
Dr. Susan Maturo (practice owner)
Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park

60 Watkins Park Dr.
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774
(301) 249-3030
New Mexico
William C. Thompson III, DVM, PhD
New Mexico Repro at Los Lunas Animal Clinic
575 Hwy 314 NW
Los Lunas, NM 87031
(15 mins South of Albuquerque)
(505) 865-4604
Email: Loslunasanimalclinic [at] gmail [dot] com
Brad Roach, DVM
Best Friends Animal Clinic
1607 N. Harrison Ave.
Shawnee, OK 74804
Email: Bradroachdvm [at] gmail [dot] com
Prof. Michelle Kutzler, DVM
(pioneer of ovary-sparing spay technique)
Department of Animal Science
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
Cell: (541) 740-1434
Office: (541) 737-1401
Email: Michelle.Kutzler [at] OregonState [dot] edu
Dr. Hernan Montilla
Oregon State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
209 Magruder Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
Office: (541) 207-4822
“This is a procedure we would offer given the owner is requesting it, is aware of all the pros and cons, and is comfortable with the decision. They can contact me directly or ask for me when contacting the front desk. We’d be more than glad to help, and it would be a great experience for our students.”
Marty Greer DVM, NAIA Board Member
Veterinary Village
N11591 Columbia Drive
Lomira WI 53048
Dr. Moira Drosdovech
Pawsitive Veterinary Care
#6 1551 Sutherland Ave Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9M9
(250) 862-2727
Email: drmoira [at] gmail [dot] com

Veterinarians Offering Mammary Ultrasound

California, Northern
Dr. Lauren Knobel
Seven Hllls Veterinary Hospital

5264 Diamond Heights Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94131
(415) 642-7200
Ask Dr. Knobel for an appointment with their ultrasound specialist from Sausalito. Appointments with Dr. Knobel are also available in the East Bay, at Codornices Veterinary Clinic in Albany (near Berkeley).
Sam Silverman, DVM and associates
10 Liberty Ship Way
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-5212
Does ultrasound for veterinary clinics throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. You will need to make an appointment with them through a vet in the area who uses their services (such as Seven Hills Veterinary Hospital, abo

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Is your vet following the new AAHA CORE VACCINE GUIDELINES of EVERY 3 YEARS?

WHAT IS A TITER? & WHAT IS THE **NEW** AAHA VACCINE GUILDLINES? I am sharing this information on vaccines and titers again because EVERYONE has to be IN THE KNOW about this! Two years ago, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) canine vaccination task force updated their vaccination guidelines. Also did you know your Chihuahua gets the same size vaccine as your Rottweiler? & at the same frequency? New AAHA VACCINE GUIDELINES which means for **ALL VETERINARIANS!!!!**.. Sadly, despite the new guidelines that are now two years old, members of the traditional veterinary community have been slow to adopt the new recommended protocol! ALL the vet schools are teaching triennial vaccinations. So if your vet is still doing ANNUAL VACCINES! Time to get a new vet he/she is more concerned about their income than the health of your pet!!!

”The AAHA guidelines define core vaccines as: distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus and are now every 3 years NOT ONE! And the vaccine companies

You can also TITER your pet - this test measures the protective antibody levels for diseases for the core vaccines! Unfortunately Rabies titers are not excepted with by the state...

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Dogs in Cars

Dogs in Cars ♥



Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The beautiful and talented Lena Love taking a shower... Rottweiler humor

A must watch and GUARANTEED laugh of the Rottweiler named Lena Love ;)

Everyone that knows our Rottie Lena knows she LOVES the water & even more to take showers!  If you don't close the bathroom door she WILL get in with you!  This is right after I got out of the shower & she hoped in and didn't want to get out.. Then topped off with a kiss from our permanent foster Blu.  All our rottweilers have loved the water but now as much as this one does!


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Friday, March 22, 2013

My foster dog Blu needs a forever home

Contact me here if you are interested in adopting Blu...  Blu is a very sweet boy that needs a VERY special home not house... He would do best in a home with a couple or single female with another sweet dog.. Blu needs someone to love him... Blu was saved last minute from being euthanized on Feb 13, 2013...  This poor boy was severely abused... I have been working with him on a daily basis... so beautiful to see his personality bloom for the first time in his life... All he wants is to be your loyal and best friend...  Contact me for more info on Blu

Saturday, January 26, 2013

How to trim your dogs nails and why its important

Trimming your dog’s nails is not just a part of grooming, but is important for your dog’s health and comfort.  Untrimmed nails can cause a multitude of problems including broken nails that are painful and bleed.  A good indication that your dogs’ nails are too long is that  ‘click-click-click’ sound when walking on uncarpeted areas; It means it's time to trim dog nails.
How many of us put off trimming our dog’s nails until the inevitable veterinary check-up comes around and the veterinarian must do it? If you are like many pet owners, you may be hesitant to trim your dog’s nails because you are afraid of cutting the quick of the nail, which may cause pain or bleeding. Once you learn how to do it, clipping your dog’s nails is almost as easy as clipping your own.
When you are trimming your dog’s nails, you are only cutting away the excess. Recognize where the nerves and blood vessels begin is what you need to know to make nail trimming a painless process for both you and your dog.

How to trim dog nails:

Assemble what you will need – a high quality pair of trimmers and some styptic powder, such as Kwik-Stop, CutStop Styptic Pads, or other product to stop bleeding if you nick the quick.

  • You may want to sit on the floor with your dog, hold your dog in your lap.  Hold your dogs’s paw firmly and push on his pads to extend the nail. Locate where the quick ends. With clear or light nails, it is easy to see the pink color where the quick ends.
  • Using a nail trimmer for dogs, cut the nail below the quick on a 45-degree angle, with the cutting end of the nail clipper toward the end of the nail. You will be cutting off the finer point. In dogs, especially those with dark nails, make several small nips with the clippers instead of one larger one. Trim very thin slices off the end of the nail until you see a black dot appear towards the center of the nail when you look at it head on. This is the start of the quick that you want to avoid. The good news is that, the more diligent you are about trimming, the more the quick will regress into the nail, allowing you to cut shorter each time.
  • In some cases, if the nails are brittle, the cut may tend to splinter the nail. In these cases, file the nail in a sweeping motion starting from the back of the nail and following the curve to the tip. Several strokes will remove any burrs and leave the nail smooth

  • If your dog will tolerate it, do all four feet this way. If he will not, take a break. And do not forget the dewclaws. On most breeds, if they have not been removed, dewclaws are 1-4″ above the feet on the inner side of the legs. If not trimmed, dewclaws can grow so long they curl up and grow into the soft tissue , like a painful ingrown toe nail
  • If you accidentally cut the quick, wipe off the blood and apply Kwik-Stop or styptic powder to stop the bleeding. It is not serious and will heal in a very short time.

  • Remember, it is better to trim a small amount on a regular basis than to try and remove large portions. Try to trim dog nails weekly, even if long walks keep them naturally short. The ‘quick,’ a blood vessel that runs down the middle of your dog’s nail, grows as the nail grows, so if you wait a long time between cuttings, the quick will be closer to the end of the nail. This means more likelihood of bleeding during trimming.
  • Trim nails so that when the dog steps down, nails do not touch the floor.
  • Invest in a good pair of nail trimmers in an appropriate size for your dog. They can last a lifetime.
  • Make trimming time fun and not a struggle. Trimming your dog’s nails does not have to be a chore or unpleasant. If your dog is not used to having his nails trimmed, start slowly and gradually work up to simply holding his toes firmly for 15-30 seconds. Do not let him mouth or bite at you. It can take daily handling for a week or more to get some dogs used to this. When your dog tolerates having his feet held, clip just one nail, and if he is good, praise him and give him a tiny treat. Wait, and then at another time, do another nail. Continue until all nails have been trimmed. Slowly, you will be able to cut several nails in one sitting, and finally all the nails in one session.
  • With black nails, trim dogs nails slightly frequently since you cannot see the quick. Make small trims each time to make the blood vessel retract slowly.


Thursday, January 24, 2013


A MUST READ FOR PET OWNERS!!!!  I have recently learned about dogs dying from PURINA BENEFUL dog food and after posting to Oz's FB page I was notified by MANY friends dogs have recently died from Beneful dog food - KIDNEY and LIVER FAILURE!
Remember Purina is the manufacturer of the Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky treats imported from China that have been investigated since 2007, only now being recalled after illegal drug residue was found in the treats.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

HELP! California Governor Jerry Brown is a huge threat to our shelter dogs!! SIGN AND SHARE!

Our California governor Jerry Brown is trying to pass an initiative that would further limit an animal's time at a shelter from four to six days to just 72 hours!! 

I need for all of you to SIGN and SHARE this PETITION, it take less that 5 seconds and you do not have to display your name!  PLEASE DO SOMETHING GOOD TODAY

Sign & SHARE the petition opposing this initiative:
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