Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Heya Hounders,
Radar and Sophie, the dynamic duo, here with today's news. Mom and the Urchin went over to Sorbie Farm yesterday to see Amia. Their regular vet came by the farm yesterday afternoon to check on Amia. The vet says that Amia is not get enough mother's milk and that her mother, Cassie, just isn't producing enough. So Amia is receiving hourly bottle feedings of supplemental goat's milk. It is hoped that Cassie will start lactating sufficiently to meet Amia's food requirement but she might need something from the vet to help her if she doesn't start making more milk on her own. Amia is responding well to the goat's milk and is up and walking around. OBTW: There are 3 more expectant mothers that will be giving birth over the next week or so. A "maiden" Alpaca is a female who hasn't yet had a "Cria;" or one pregnant with her first "Cria" (baby Alpacas are called Crias).



The summer heat will be here shortly if you haven't gotten it already. We borrowed this short information from Dr. Jon's web site. Dad's actually thinking we'll get the gadget that Dr. Jon's pushing in this writeup. Disregarding the sales pitch though, the information about pets and the heat is very valid although it's a bit late for all our buddies "down under;" sorry mates. Dad says it appears that a Tupperware cake holder would work for this ice treat idea. Our mom and dad know of two young and healthy Golden Retrievers that were exercised, one jogging with his dog sitter and one playing fetch continually, during high temperatures and high humidity that went into heat stroke comas and died. Remember, us dogs will try to please you even if it kills us, so don't let that happen. Who's evolved? Be our common sense for us; we're just stupid animals.

"Summer can be dangerous. Over the years, I've seen many dogs die from heat stroke. And that's something none of us wants to see. Today, I'd like to talk to you about keeping your dog safe during the summer. I don't want your dog to become a statistic by being one of the many dogs that suffer from Heat Related Illnesses. The most dangerous condition that can occur is heat stroke. It is caused by an extremely high body temperature (rectal temperature of 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit), which leads to nervous system abnormalities that may include lethargy, weakness, collapse or coma. Abnormally high body temperature develops after increased muscular activity with impaired ability to give off heat due to high heat and humidity or respiratory obstruction. In other words, your dog just can't cool his body down fast enough. Normal dogs release body heat from their skin. Panting also allows evaporation of water from the respiratory tract and is an effective method of heat dissipation. When these mechanisms are overwhelmed, hyperthermia and heat stroke usually develop. The elevation in body temperature stimulates the body to release substances that activate inflammation. Heat-related illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps. All of these conditions can occur after exposure to extremely high environmental temperatures. All mammals can suffer from these heat-related illnesses, and all can be prevented by taking adequate precautions. Here are some important tips to help keep your dog safe as temperatures rise:

1. Keep pets in well-ventilated areas.

2. Provide exercise early in the morning or late in the evening (the coolest times of the day).

3. Minimize exercise in hot weather.

4. Do not leave your pet in a car for any reason at any time - ever!

5. Keep pets indoors in a comfortable environment during extreme weather conditions if possible.

6. Limit sun exposure during the mid-day hours.

7. Give your pet plenty of fresh water, and leave the water in a shady area.

8. For a sudden high temperature change - allow your pet to acclimate. Many cases of heat-related illness occur in the spring when your pet is not yet used to the new warmer temperatures.

9. If traveling to a hotter climate, allow several days to become acclimated before allowing any vigorous exercise for your pet; work up to it gradually.

10. Ensure that puppies and kittens drink adequate amounts of liquids.

11. Choose cool toys such as the Kool Dogz Ice Treat Maker . This is a very smart product that is made of ice - you freeze it with treats and toys. It keeps your dog cool and occupied for hours. It is one of the coolest summer toys I've ever seen. Every dog owner should have one of these. For more information, go to www.petproductadvisor.com/kool-dogz

MOST importantly, never ever leave your dog in a parked car.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon

P.S. - If you haven't seen the Kool Dogz Ice Treat Maker yet, you really should take a look. It's such an innovative and easy solution to a serious problem. Dogs love finding the treats and toys inside as they enjoy the refreshing ice treat. And you can flavor the ice with chicken broth or flavorings. Not only will it refresh your dog, it will entertain him, too.

P.S.S. - To make it easy for all my subscribers to purchase the Kool Dogz Ice Treat Maker, I've arranged for petproductadvisor.com to carry it. To purchase one for your dog, just go to www.petproductadvisor.com/kool-dogz "


Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

I think I would like that big ice cube. We could play a game called "How many licks does it take Steve to get to the middle of the giant ice cube?" That's a long game title, but trust me, it would be really fun.

I hope things continue to look up for Amia!


PS. Check out the blog post we are about to publish and see if your dad recognizes anything.

Mason Dixie said...

That is a lot of great info, thank you so very much. I hope the alpaca will grow up to be big and healthy with the goat milk. he he
That ice treat looks pretty awesome, mom is looking into now. =)

Morgan in Pittsburgh said...

thats great info, and don't forget, black dogs really saok up the heat. I can tell you that! I get so hot in the summer, especially if i am in the sunshine.
your pal, Morgan

Tracey and Huffle said...

That is good information. Not relevant to me in the cold today though.

More baby alpacas! Mum is squeeing!

Huffle Mawson

Maggie and Mitch said...

Amia is just adorable!
That is one cool ice treat maker! We're off to check it out!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Gus said...

love the ice treat thingy, and we think your mom is right about the tupperware cake thing. Even comes with it's own base...hehehe. Might need two at your house.

Love the baby alpaca pix and hope her mama can make more milks

gussie d

pee esss..does the vet have a shot so that muzzer will give more treats? Or even Dad? We are equal opportunity treat receptacles.


Scout 'n Freyja said...

Our momma is going to make those huge ice treats for us. She said that was one of the best ideas she's seen in years!

Sierra Rose said...

Wow! WOW!! WOW! You have a lot on your hands! We love it and wish we were there to help!
How's Radar? Cute photos.!! All the photos are WONDERFUL!

Hugs to all the fuzzies!

Big hugs,
Sierra Rose

Fred said...

Thanks for the beat-the-heat tips!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Too bad I'm not an icekhube khind of khanine!

Tank woo fur sharing all the 'pup'dates!


Bob said...

Our Good friend Service Dog Logan from Maine told her Mom about that treat maker and she now has one that her Mom has used. It works very good.
Great tips about the heat, and especially the one about never leaving you pet in a car EVER!!!

Hamish & Sophie (Love you Logan)


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