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Canine cataracts

SAVING YOUR DOGS SIGHT

DR. PATRICK WELCH,

DVM, DACVO

J asmine, a two-year- old American Cocker Spaniel, was generat-

ing some concern for her own- ers. Recently, they had noticed that Jasmine was bumping into the door when it was closed; was afraid to go down the stairs; and was tripping over books left on the floor. Over the course of several months, they noted that her eyes were

looking different, almost frosty or white. Her behavior chang- es continued until they had no doubt -- Jasmine couldn't see. When the family brought Jasmine to their local vet- erinarian, they found out that Jasmine had cataracts in both eyes. They were overwhelmed by the news! Why would such

a young dog have cataracts?

Could medication help or would Jasmine need surgery? Their veterinarian referred them to a veterinary ophthal- mologist. When I met Jasmine's owners, they were frightened and confused. As a board-cer-

owners, they were frightened and confused. As a board-cer- There is no medical therapy for cataracts.

There is no medical therapy for cataracts. Veterinary ophthal- mologists treat animal cataracts with the same elective surgery used on humans -- phacoemulsification.

tion during development, sys- temic disease (e.g. diabetes), or a multitude of other causes may cause cataracts. Heredity is probably the most common cause of cata-

racts, however. Many breeds (including the American Cocker Spaniel) develop cata- racts at a relatively early age due to a genetic problem that is passed on from their par- ents. Based on her age and breed, Jasmine probably in- herited her cataracts.

lens fibers become denser and the lens can appear slightly gray or hazy. This condition is called nuclear sclerosis and is a perfectly normal aging change that doesn't affect vi- sion or require treatment. Jasmine's owners were thrilled to learn that their pup- py's vision could be restored. Jasmine remained in the hos- pital for 48 hours after her sur- gery so we could monitor her progress closely and adminis- ter antibiotic and anti-inflam- matory medications. She was discharged to the care of her doting guardians. After the surgery, Jas- mine's owners had to adminis- ter several topical medications up to four times per day as well as oral medications. Although the post-operative home care was very demanding, Jas- mine's owners were happy to play any part in ensuring the success of surgery! In a few short weeks, Jasmine was back to normal; the only things she occasionally tripped over were her long, floppy ears! Dr. Patrick Welch is a Dip- lomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmolo- gists and staff ophthalmologist at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital. He is available for consultations regarding eye problems in all animal spe- cies. To speak with Dr. Welch about your pet's condition or to set up an appointment, call

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“It is a common misconception that all dogs get cataracts as they get older. In fact, most dogs never develop cataracts.”

tified veterinary ophthalmolo- gist, I was able to answer their questions and allay most of their fears. With the help of a variety of special equipment, I confirmed that little Jasmine did have cataracts in both eyes. I examined the animal's eyes thoroughly to ensure that all other eye structures were functioning normally. A cataract is a non-pain- ful condition of the lens. The

crystalline lens is a living tis- sue within the eye that is nor- mally transparent. Any opac- ity within the lens is called a cataract. The opacity may be a small white dot or plaque that doesn't interfere with vision or

it may involve the whole lens

and cause blindness. Ocular trauma, inflammation within the eye (uveitis), poor nutri-

There is no medical ther- apy for cataracts. Veterinary ophthalmologists treat animal cataracts with the same elec- tive surgery used on humans -- phacoemulsification. The surgeon makes a small (3mm) incision in the eye, uses an ul- trasonic handpiece to shatter the cataract, and aspirates the debris from the eye. Once the cataract is removed, the doctor inserts a prosthetic intraocu- lar lens implant (IOL), which helps to restore normal vision. The procedure requires gener- al anesthesia and takes about 45 minutes per eye. It is a common miscon-

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Boston is one of the Top 10 Cat Cities

C ats are king in Boston, according to a recent survey by the CATalyst Council, an organization that aims

to “raise the stature of America’s number one companion.” This spring, Boston was named as one of the top 10 cat-friendly cities in the country in the council’s 2009 listing based on a list of criteria applied to the nation’s 25 larg- est metro areas. The number of cats per capita figured in the decision, as did the number of feline practitioners, veterinarians and hospi-

tals, number of cat shows held and number of Cat Fancy magazine subscribers — with ex- tra points given for having favorable licensing ordinances, Society of Animal Welfare Ad- ministrators shelters and a mayor who owns a cat. Most of the top contenders were clustered on the western coast — Phoenix, Seattle and San Francisco among them — but Ithaca, N.Y. received an honorable mention. For more on CATalyst’s survey or to find out about the or- ganization, visit catalystcouncil.org.

Hitting the road: Share your video tails

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video camera, with the possibility of winning $1,000 and a GPS system through a contest on GoRVing.com. The RV aficionado Web site’s first-ever Internet video contest, hosted by Facebook, asks pet owners to create a posi- tive, humorous video (1-5 minutes long) of their animal traveling in an RV, with plenty of room for creativity (it can even be shot from Fido’s perspective, the site suggests). Entries can be submitted from June 1 through July 10 and should be uploaded to the Go RVing Face- book page at facebook.com/GoRVing. Videos will be judged be people through the Facebook

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Marvel introduces Pet Avengers miniseries

B ehind every great man is a fantastic pet, or so appears

the thinking behind a new series by Marvel Comics, “Lockjaw and the Pet Aveng- ers.” The four-part minise- ries, which debuted May 13 with a full-color, 32-page issue, gives center stage to the animal companions of several Marvel superheroes, including Lockjaw (an over- sized bulldog with the abil- ity to teleport), Lockheed (an alien dragon), Redwing (bird

ity to teleport), Lockheed (an alien dragon), Redwing (bird companion to The Falcon), Hair- ball (Speedball’s

companion to The Falcon), Hair- ball (Speedball’s cat) and Frog Thor (an amphibious version of the Nordic God of Thunder). Together, these furry, feathered and otherwise unusual superhe- roes team up to, of course, save the world from imminent threat. Written by Chris Eliopoulos and drawn by Ig Guara, the book sells for $2.99 and is available in comic shops where other Marvel titles are sold. Visit comicshop- locater.com to find a store near you or visit marvel.com for de- tails about the series.

Paperback explores healing power of dogs

N ew in paperback, Sha- ron Sakson’s “Paws & Effect” is a well-re-

searched, interesting book that ex- plores the healing power of dogs. Sakson said she was inspired to delve into the subject after receiv- ing an overwhelming response from her previous book “Paws and Reflect,” which explores the bond between men and their dogs. Through her research for that book, Sakson said she discovered an un- anticipated theme: that dogs don’t just bond with their humans; they heal them. In “Paws & Effect,” Sakson expands on this idea, start- ing with her personal experience as a child coping with her mother’s illness and

continuing with a look at the role dogs have played over time — including a fascinating story of the Xoloitzcuintli, a hairless dog bred by the Aztecs and used like a living heat- ing pad to heal aches and pains — up to modern- day canines that are find- ing cancer or working as therapy dogs. Originally released in 2007 by Spie- gel & Grau, “Paws & Ef- fect” is due out in paper- back on June 9 and retails for $14. Find it online at spiegelandgrau.com or at local and online bookstores.

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How often is too often?

By Tiffany J. Rule, DVM

Dogs H ow often is too often ? B y T iffany J. R ule ,

While vaccinations are recommended less frequently, more attention is being paid to preventative care including regular laboratory screening of blood and urine samples. Finally, some veterinarians are recommending more frequent physical examinations: Once every six months rather than once per year.

as different individuals inherit differences in their immune systems. We would need to challenge many dogs at many points in life to truly deter- mine the efficacy of a given vaccination. Recently, the American Animal Hospital Association has studied and published rec- ommendations for canine vac-

dividual disease risk and not necessarily every year. There is much discussion about vaccination titer testing. This is a procedure where a blood sample is drawn, sub- mitted to a laboratory, and the sample then tested for an- tibodies to canine distemper

and/or canine parvovirus. A high titer tells us that there is

a high level of antibodies in

circulation. The conventional wisdom states that a high titer can give one an idea or some confidence that protection ex- ists. A low titer however is not conclusive as a titer only examines humoral immunity, which is one of two main parts of the immune system. Cell mediated immunity is the oth- er arm of the immune system that a titer cannot measure. For example, an animal with a very low titer may have excel- lent immunity against canine parvovirus.

Many veterinarians feel that titer testing is not helpful

at this time. Many of us hope

that this technology is perfect- ed and appropriate challenge studies are performed, as it would be ideal to vaccinate animals according to measur- able need rather than on an arbitrary basis. Additionally, there may well be more results on studies of duration of im- munity that will further alter how and when we vaccinate our dogs. Dr. Rule is a veterinarian at Dedham Veterinary Associ- ates and advocates vaccina- tion for dogs and cats as rec- ommended by AAHA and the AAFP. Originally published in the January 2006 edition of the Pet Gazette.

I n the past, the veteri-

nary community ad-

vocated annual vac-

cinations for all pets. Most pet owners did due diligence and took their pet dog or cat to the vet for “yearly shots.” As veterinary science has be- come more advanced, there is more information in the field of immunology available to veterinarians. There are two major veterinary organizations that have put forth an effort to study issues surrounding the vaccination of our beloved pets. Many veterinarians wish- ing to stay abreast of the most current veterinary science now recommend less frequent vac- cinations as well as vaccine programs customized to each individual’s disease risk. While vaccinations are recommended less frequently, more attention is being paid to preventative care including regular laboratory screening of blood and urine samples. Finally, some veterinarians are recommending more frequent physical examinations: Once every six months rather than once per year. The investigation into vac-

cine frequency in the cat was primarily precipitated by the scourge of vaccine associated cancer, namely, fibrosarcoma. This phenomenon has not been reported in the dog. Neverthe-

“Could vaccinating a dog every year for disease result in chronic health problems?”

less, the question remains, do dogs really need to be vacci- nated once per year for every disease? Could vaccinating a dog every year for every disease result in chronic health prob- lems? Some immunologists have speculated that only two vaccinations are needed for life: An initial vaccine fol- lowed by a booster to impart lifelong immunity against some diseases in the dog. This may be true, but for now this is only a speculation. For veterinarians to safely recommend a vaccine’s dura- tion, it must first be studied. This means challenge studies must be performed. A chal- lenge study involves vacci- nating a dog against a specific disease, for instance, canine parvovirus, and then exposing that dog to live, virulent virus at some point later in its life. If a vaccination could protect a dog for life, then exposing a 13-year-old dog to canine par- vovirus after this dog only had initial vaccinations as a puppy would not harm the dog. One dog would not be enough to study this question however,

cinations. These recommenda- tions are similar to those made by the AAFP, in that they identify recommended and not-recommended vaccina- tions and stipulate vaccine fre- quency. For adult dogs there is good evidence that the protec- tion conferred by canine par- vovirus and canine distemper exceeds five years. According to the taskforce, three years seemed a conservative, happy medium. The current three- year vaccination for dogs is la- beled for use every three years and has not yet been labeled to use for a longer duration of time. Puppies should still be vaccinated at 6-8 weeks, 9-11 weeks, and 12-14 weeks with three weeks in between each vaccination for canine distem- per, parvovirus, and adeno- virus type-2. The decrease in vaccination frequency pertains only to adult dogs. As is the case for feline vaccination recommenda- tions, not every dog needs to be vaccinated every year with every available vaccination. Progressive veterinary care includes vaccination of each pet according to his or her in-

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year old English

Setter. She’s been

our family dog since 1990 – at the ripe old age of one. She was spotted by mother straight away – jumping and carrying on in her crate – and, we were asked if we would like to take her outside – sort of like a test drive. I suggested that my mom make her deci- sion while we were outside as there were others looking at the dogs and mother had a habit of procrastinating and later regretting unmade deci- sions. The staff got her ready to go. The ensuing racket caused mother to glance at the boy next to us with his dog sit- ting calmly at his side. She turned to me, “Do you think I made a mistake?” I promptly answered no, but sure did wonder myself that day. Penny gladly fell in line at her new home and became a steadfast companion to mother

at her new home and became a steadfast companion to mother – and anyone else with

– and anyone else with food. She fit in from the start and grew on Mom, Dad, and her sisters as well as the neigh- bors. She loved squirrels and jumping over six-foot fences. But, time went on and mother became ill. Penny never left her side and went bravely on – ever faithful and always ready

for her nightly bowl of Far- rar’s ice cream. The secret to longevity – but, don’t tell the vet!! She sits quietly at my side awaiting her supper tonight. So, no mom, for the second and final time, you did not make a mistake.

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Who gets the puppy in the divorce?

B y G erald F. W illiamson e sq. Pet Gazette Columnist

Q : My husband and I are getting a divorce after 26

years of marriage. We have

two grown kids (on their own). We each have a car

and the home is paid for. We will split the sale of the pro- ceeds. There will be alimony for six months only. Here's the problem: Our two- year old female cocka- poo is worth $10,000 to me. Our one-year old AKC certified male Siberian husky (com- plete with one brown and one blue eye), we agree is worth at least $3,500, especially as a breeder. Can the pro- bate judge decide who gets which dog? I want the cockapoo (I bought

her). The Siberian was a gift from a relative. How do you settle the valuation question?

can go awry, even after many years of commitment by the parties. So, what happens to the furry “property” here? In order to establish mean- ingful rules as to alimony and property settlement, we have been given Chap. 208, Sect. 34 of the Not-So-General Laws of the Commonwealth. In pass- ing, please note that alimony is not a one-way money sluice

Does it matter who bought which dog or whose relative made a gift to you? The pro-

bate courts say no. Your four- footed “kids” are not subject to the rules pertaining to custody, interim support, and visitation

as with children. Instead, they are unceremoniously labeled

as “personal property of the marital estate” and are legally disposed of under a different genre of divorce laws. If you and Mr. Spouse cannot agree on the rela- tive value of these pets, and if their relative value of these pets, and if their respective values are truly important to you, they can be appraised, just like a stamp collection or a set of antique trains. If one opinion of value is not sufficient, you can sub- mit the matter to binding arbitration, or simply use more than one appraiser.

Writing the pups into a divorce agreement need not be difficult at all. A sim- ple written, signed stipulation

should do the trick, which will become incorporated into the divorce agreement, to be ap- proved by the judge. (An ID chip is highly recommended.)

A few years ago we had the

daunting task of assigning a

black lab and a border collie to Bonny and an adopted husky to Steve. Visitation never reared its furry head: Bonny moved

to New Jersey and Steve re-

mained in the Commonwealth. Good Luck!

Jersey and Steve re- mained in the Commonwealth. Good Luck! Paws & the law from hubby's
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from hubby's checkbook to yours. (Ask Liz Taylor, who has been on the paying end of an alimony order more than once!) Alimony is, essentially, support monies paid to either husband or wife, after the court considers a veritable shopping list of entitlement factors. Is “puppy” settlement treated the same? The short answer is yes, with some quasi-legal factors to consider. Is your darling cockapoo worth any more or less because she cannot be cer- tified by the AKC? (Our local vet has opined that it could be four or five generations of very selective breeding before the cockapoo could be tagged as a “new” breed). Until then, your furry cutie must remain a very high priced “designer mon- grel.” I would not advise you to put a $10,000 FMV (fair market value) on this puppy, even if you love her that much. Ironically, the Siberian, a rec- ognized pure breed, sans sen- timental value, but carrying a full complement of reproduc- tive gear, can be worth big bucks.

A: A probate judge wryly commented in open court: “If you folks had worked half as hard at your marriage as you are working at your divorce, I'd probably be out of a job!!” In any case, many marriages, even those made in Heaven,

Silly statute of the month You can be arrested in New Hampshire for poaching a deer or a bear, but only if you qualify as a natural person!!

Got a question about ani- mal law? Send your questions and feedback to Attorney Wil- liamson and you may see it in a future column. He can be reached at pawlaw@petga- zette.net or by mail to Attorney Gerald Williamson, 71 Legion Parkway, Brockton, MA 02301

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Goldfish/Koi Pond ‘Orientation’

By GeorGe SommerS Pet Gazette ColumniSt

You can get a Chinese checker jumpstart on your

water gardening this way as most commercial water gar- den plants are tropical natives, and not generally available before mid-May. You can also purchase bamboos in specialty shops at many malls but they tend to be a bit more pricy – and the cultural experience isn’t quite the same! Gold is always a prized commodity among trad- ers, and a store in Chi- natown has a large selec- tion of gold- fish and koi. Shubunkins, calicoes and comets are the best pond g o l d f i s h .

Fantail type

varieties are

not built for speed and aren’t as well equipped for a semi-wild existence of preda-

as well equipped for a semi-wild existence of preda- East meets West: Oriental icons decorate a

East meets West: Oriental icons decorate a Massachusetts fish

pond.

-Photo by George Sommers

tor evasion and food competi- tion. The original “wild gold- fish” looked no more like to- day’s fancy goldfish than a poodle resembles its wolf-like ancestors. Master Chinese

aquarists took drab green, ordinary-looking fish called Crucian carp and turned them into the fantails, moors, shubunkins, etc. of today. Meanwhile, Japanese hobby- ists bred another carp species

Meanwhile, Japanese hobby- ists bred another carp species into nishikikoi, or koi. A bi- zarre goldfish

into nishikikoi, or koi. A bi- zarre goldfish from Korea known as celestial eyes has eyes that stick out to the side and face directly up, bred by monks so the fish would gaze heavenward. Goldfish and koi are cel- ebrated in Chinese art and culture, and depicted on icons made of wood, metal and oth- er materials usually adorned with red tassles. A couple of these hang in a place of honor by the windchimes on the “shores” of this writer’s pond. Budget permitting, you can always add that wooden footbridge or waterfall. After a day’s trading along the Silk Road, you can always opt for some General Gao ca- shew chicken, a mai tai and fortune cookies before head- ing home to add your Oriental booty to your garden pond. Check out more by this writer on examiner.com bos- ton under PETS and also on E-How.com

H uge, gaudy koi

glide among wa-

terlilies under

miniature wooden bridges and by waterfalls in Japanese style garden ponds - an inspiration for many an American fish- pond. In fact, for the centu-

ries old origins of “artificial” pond keeping and probably the aquarium hobby itself; go East, young man (or woman - or older man or woman). This tra- dition can be honored in a fun way by adding some Oriental em- bellishments to your local

garden-va-

riety pond.

If you can’t swing a ticket for the Orien- tal Express; catch the Orange Line to Chinatown. (Parking can be tough to find and/or expensive.) Local garden stores don’t typically break out pond sup- plies until mid-May, reason- ing that ”pond season” lasts about 4 months. (Those of us who keep ponds year-round beg to duffer, but that’s for fu- ture stories!) The first Oriental treasure for the modern day Marco Polo to seek is the lucky bam- boo, sold in Oriental specialty shops, and open air markets in mild weather Lucky bamboos thrive in an aquatic environ- ment, but with their minimal roots they need to be solidly anchored by aquarium-appro- priate gravel, or marbles. Tall ones break the water surface, like a reed marsh providing fish with shade and a respite area.

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The Portuguese Water Dog

a fun, friendly breed

By Becca Manning, Pet gazette Staff

I n April, President Barack Obama decided to make

good on his Election Night promise to daughters Ma-

lia and Sasha by adopting a Portuguese Water Dog.

That’s when Stu Freeman’s phone started ringing off the hook. As president of the Portuguese Water Dog Club ofAmerica, Freeman said he has given about 80 interviews since the Obamas announced their decision to adopt Bo, a six-month-old black-and- white Portuguese Water Dog given to them by U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy. “We have seen a lot of increase in interest in our Web site. A few days right before the president got his dog, there were millions of hits. We don’t get that much in the whole year,” Freeman said recently.

president got his dog, there were millions of hits. We don’t get that much in the

Though interest in the breed has increased, Freeman said the process for adopting a Portuguese Water Dog has not changed. “Some of us who are breed- ers have gotten more calls, but the procedures we use to give somebody a dog are no differ- ent than they were before the president got his dog,” Free- man said, adding that he was concerned that “puppy mills” might get involved and attempt to rapidly breed the dogs with- out proper testing in order to meet demand. “It’s not like making more Chevrolets — you’ve got to wait for the ladies to go into season and the boys to make puppies,” Freeman said. When a breed becomes “trendy” irresponsible breed- ing can become a problem, said Jeff Barrow, DVM, owner of Marshfield Animal Hospital. “[Some people] see it as an opportunity to make money

because there’s more demand and they can get more mon- ey for them,” Barrow said. “These breeders may find a male and female that are not necessarily a good example of the breed — they may have genetic medical problems or a bad temperament — and they start breeding them.” Prospective owners should look for breeders who are recognized by the American Kennel Club and who have been breeding Portuguese Wa- ter Dogs ideally for at least 10 years, Barrow said. Find AKC-approved breeders on- line at akc.org/classified. Here’s another “buyer be- ware”: The Portuguese Wa- ter Dog is not an inexpensive breed. These dogs typically cost upwards of $1,400. Barrow said he doesn’t see many “Porties” — as they are sometimes called — at the Marshfield Animal Hospital but expects to see a few more

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U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy. Daughters Sasha and Malia reportedly chose the name “Bo” because they have cousins with a cat of the same name and because Michelle Obama’s father was nick-

named Diddley after the late musician Bo Diddley.

Photos of Bo by Pete Souza, whitehouse.gov

in the near future, particularly if Obama wins a second term. “Anytime a President owns a dog they always be- come more popular, and that’s not so much a good thing. You have a lot of people going out and getting these trendy dogs and they don’t realize they have certain requirements,” Barrow said. Some of those require- ments are a space to run and time to be active with these dogs, Barrow said. “They’re a sporting breed and they have a lot of energy. They’re appropriately named, because they do like to swim,” he said. As someone who has raised Portuguese Water Dogs for many years, Freeman said he understands their appeal, but he also knows that, like any dog, they have their chal- lenges. “The puppies are adorable, as you can see with Bo Obama. You can see from the pictures he’s a cute puppy, and Mrs. Obama has said how nutty he is. That’s typical,” Freeman said. “Having puppies is sort of like having a toddler in the house. They wander around looking to get into trouble.” Male Portuguese Water

around looking to get into trouble.” Male Portuguese Water U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, who gave the

U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, who gave the Obamas their six- month-old Portuguese Water Dog, Bo, published this book in 2006 about his own pet, Splash. “My Senator and Me: A Dog’s-Eye View of Washington, D.C.” follows Splash as he tries to help the senator go about his daily life and pass an education bill, explaining along the way how a bill becomes a law, the roles of Congress and the Senate and other details of government.

That Famous Face A lready since the Obamas introduced their furry new addition to the
That Famous Face
A lready since the Obamas introduced their furry new
addition to the family in April, products bearing Bo’s
name and image have been pouring into the market.
On April 16, two days after Bo’s first official White House
photo op, Ty Inc.
introduced a new
Beanie Baby version
of the presidential
pup that has report-
edly sold out at
select stores around
the country. The little
black-and-white
stuffed dog bearing
a red-white-and-
blue collar retails for
$4.99 but already
has been seen
The Portuguese Water Dog, called Cão de Água in Portugal (basically translating to “dog of
water”), gets its name from its history of being a companion for Portuguese fishermen and
sailors.
going for upwards
of $100 on eBay.
Also in April, a
small publishing
company based in
Virginia, Mascot
Books, announced
it would be releas-
Dogs usually grow to be up to
65 pounds and around 20-23
inches tall, while females
can get up to a little over 50
pounds and about 17-21 inch-
es tall, Freeman said.
The breed features a thick
coat of curly or wavy hair, of-
ten black or black with white
blazes on the chest, though the
dogs can come in a variety of
colors, including white, brown
and spotted. They also have
thick tails, typically clipped
so they have a tuft of hair on
the end like a lion’s tail. Those
tails contribute to the dogs’ ex-
cellent swimming skills.
The Obamas reportedly
picked a Portuguese Water
Dog in part because they are
low-shedding dogs — daugh-
ter Malia, 10, has allergies.
Though Porties have a
reputation for being hypoal-
lergenic, Freeman said they
are not necessarily so. “The
dogs have hair as contrasted
to having fur. They don’t have
dander like a golden retriever.
They do have hair and hair
sheds, sort of the way [human]
hair sheds. If you’re allergic to
dander in other dogs, you will
not be allergic to a Portuguese
Water Dog. If you’re allergic
to the protein in a dog’s sali-
va, then you’re allergic to all
dogs,” he said.
The Portuguese Water
Dog, called Cão de Água in
Portugal (basically translat-
ing to “dog of water”), gets
its name from its history of
being a companion for Portu-
guese fishermen and sailors.
According to the PWD Club
Web site, pwdca.org, “This
well-balanced working dog
was prized by the fishermen as
a companion and guard dog.
He lived on the working
boats where he was
taught to herd fish
into nets, to re-
trieve lost tackle
or broken nets
and to act as a
courier from
ship to ship
or ship to
shore.”
“They were
basically compan-
ions of the Portuguese
fishermen while they were out
on their boats,” Freeman said.
Though they’re not nec-
essarily more inclined to en-
joy water than other canine
breeds, Porties do like to
splash around, Freeman said.
Though they’re not necessarily more inclined to enjoy water than other canine breeds, the
Portuguese Water Dogs do like to splash around.
ing a children’s book featuring Bo. “Bo, America’s
Commander in Leash” by Naren Aryal and illustrated by
Danny Moore,
was released this
spring and takes
Bo on “an exciting
adventure as he
learns all about the
White House and
experiences the
traditions that
make it such a
special place,”
according to a
blurb on the com-
pany’s Web site. The
book, a 32-page hardcover
in full color aimed at ages 4-8,
retails for $14.95. (Find it at mascotbooks.com or at other
local and online bookstores.)
Set for a fall release is a
series of political-
themed comic books
about President Barack
Obama, Vice President
Joe Biden and First Dog
Bo. “Puppy Power: Bo
Obama,” Written by Paul J.
Salamoff and drawn by
Keith Tucker, is set to be
released by Bluewater
Productions in September and
“gives children an insider’s look at
the White House,” according to the compa-
ny’s Web site. It will retail for about $3.99.
Check it out at bluewaterprod.com.
And a quick Web search for “Bo Obama” will turn up a
number of other Bo-related products,
from mugs and T-shirts
bearing his name and
image (zazzle.com)
to a $1,700 presi-
dential dog bowl
made of bone
china and
accented with
24-karat gold
and Swarovski
crystals (firstdog-
bowl.com).
With the presi-
dential pup having
been “in office” for
under two months, it
is likely more Bo
products will follow in
the near future.

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He said his wife, Jane, who helps breed the dogs at their home in Connecticut, practices water exercises with the dogs that mimic the work they did on boats — picking up buoys and other items while learning to swim well. “They love the water,” he said. “We let them go into the pool, and we can’t get them out. They’re like kids in the pool.” Though Portuguese Water Dogs enjoy swimming, that doesn’t mean they should be kept outdoors, Freeman said. “They are not outside dogs; they’re inside dogs,” he said. A large part of that is the fact that Porties like to be around people. They’re family dogs, Freeman said. “When you have one in your family — we have four — you never go any place alone. The last time you will be able to go to the bathroom by yourself is the day before you get one of these dogs. These guys really, really want to be with their people,” Free- man said. The breed also is “very bright,” he said. “They want to be directed. They want a job to do.” As with any new dog, po- tential owners should not as- sume every member of the breed will act the same way, and Freeman encourages peo- ple who are interested in get- ting a Portuguese Water Dog to find a breeder in the area and spend some time with the dogs before taking one home.

and spend some time with the dogs before taking one home. The Obamas reportedly picked a

The Obamas reportedly picked a Portuguese Water Dog in part because they are low-shedding dogs — daughter Malia, 10, has allergies. Though Porties have a reputation for being hypoallergenic, experts say they are not necessarily so. Porties have hair instead of fur so they produce less dander, but some people who are allergic to a protein in dogs’ saliva still may be affected by this breed. Photo by Pete Souza,

Meeting a Portie face-to- face also is a good way to tell for sure whether a person is allergic to the dog, Freeman said. “You sit there for a few minutes and you’ll know pret- ty quickly whether you’re al- lergic or not,” he said. Families thinking of get- ting a Portuguese Water Dog also should consider health is-

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sues that may be common with the breed and should look for a reputable breeder who follows AKC guidelines. For example, the PWD Club of America rec- ommends that any dog used for breeding be at least two years old and be examined for and evaluated free of certain health problems such as canine hip dysplasia (common in larger breeds), metabolic storage dis- ease (a genetic disorder that allows the buildup of toxic substances in the nerve cells) and eye problems. For more information about potential health problems and the PWD Club of America’s guidelines, visit pwdca.org/health. “Overall, they’re pretty healthy dogs,” Barrow said. If you have the money to spend, the room for them to be active and the time and patience to welcome a new puppy into your home, the Portuguese Water Dog could be right for you. “Porties tend to be really friendly dogs, good-natured, and it’s important that people know they need to be out and they need to be active, running and swimming and playing,” Barrow said.

be active, running and swimming and playing,” Barrow said. Stu and Jane Freeman’s Portuguese Water Dog,

Stu and Jane Freeman’s Portuguese Water Dog, Spencer, has had quite a winning show career, winning the PWDCA National Specialty in fall 2008; being top in his breed at Westminster

three years in a row; and being named the Number One Portuguese in Breed and All Breed points for 2006. He has also earned an Apprentice Water Dog title from the PWDCA, among

other accomplishments.

Photo courtesy of Stu Freeman

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Forever friends

A story of determinAtion

By Carol martin SPeCial to the Pet Gazette

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my

and

this

is

story. I would

like to tell you of how I came to live with my best friend, Leo on August 30, 2007. Before we met, Leo was very ill with congestive heart failure, damage to upper lungs and diabetic. He is on oxygen 24 hours a day. His love for DVD’s and TV cartoons kept him going as his only enjoy- ment. Leo’s mom lived on the fourth floor of their build- ing and Leo lived on the fifth floor. She came every hour to take care of his needs, but Leo needed and wanted more. He wanted a dog. Mom felt it was more than he could handle and had great concerns as Moms

do! “I’m ill myself and can- not help you with a dog” she would say so the discus-

sion was over

thought!! Well one day Leo got a new P.C.A. worker named Carol who helped him with his needs and in talking to her learned she had two chihua- huas. Leo went to visit the dogs often letting them jump on his belly giving him lots of kisses at the same time!! He didn’t get sick once and had no allergies to them as his mom once thought he had. Leo went to pet stores and got exercise by walking the mall. Then the plan started! Carol and Leo talked to his case manager, Pat, about Leo’s de- termination to get a dog. He know it would be hard and there would be many chal-

or

so

she

it would be hard and there would be many chal- or so she lenges to overcome.

lenges to overcome. First, he would have to care for his A.D.L.’s for him- self before he could care for a dog. Leo walked every day. Next he saved $500 to pay for a dog when he got one. This money would pay for shots, beds, food, etc. then he even

Prong Collars:

Becoming ‘The Alpha’

did a new budget with al- lowances for dog food, heart worm pills, and Frontline! Carol and Leo had already visited the Taunton Animal Shelter two or three times. The people at the shelter knew he wanted a dog 40 pounds or under. Well on this day when Leo called, I was there! Rob, the shelter manager, told Leo that I would be perfect for him! Carol and Leo came to see me and we all fell in love right away! Leo adopted me! When Leo’s mom first saw me she looked a little mad and

then she fell in love with me! She was my Grandma! She gave me treats everyday and sometimes three times a day (even when Leo would say not to and we would all just laugh!) Sadly, my Grandma passed away on March 7,

2008.

Leo and I miss her a lot, but we have each other and keep each other company along with Carol. I don’t see Pat. She got transferred but I thank Carol and her for help-

ing me find Leo. Carol still comes every day! It’s hard to tell who loves me more -- Leo or Carol! By the way, Leo lost 17 pounds and has only gone to the hospital once since I came to live with him! That’s great news for his health! As for me, I got a great friend for life and a great for- ever home! And speaking of that there are 10 to 15 people in this building that pat me ev- ery day -- what a life! I know they enjoy this as much as I do.

I hope you like my story. But this isn’t the end of my story, it’s just the beginning! Thanks for reading it! Rusty Dougherty

P.s. I’d like to thank all the caring and fantastic people who made it possible for me to write this story: my Dad, Leo Dougherty, my late grandma, and Carol Martin and Pat Nunes from Options for Inde- pendent Living.

By Colleen SayerS Pet Gazette ColumniSt

T he prong collar

seems to be an is-

sue of debate, espe-

cially among new dog owners. Some people have no problem using them, some people do. Many people think that it’s mean and that it’s painful to the dog. It depends on how you use it. It can be painful if you are constantly pulling it and if it’s not on properly or too tight. Unfortunately there are some misconceptions when it comes to deciding what works best for your dog. I can hon- estly say that from my experi- ence of being a dog walker for fifteen years, I believe it de- pends on the dog. Some dogs really need the prong collar to understand what they can and can’t do. Some never need it. A good example is when you have a dog that is pull- ing you to the point that your hands and arms are in pain from walking your dog I’d say that your dog is a pretty good candidate for the prong collar. What people don’t realize is that when a dog has a regu- lar collar on and is constantly pulling they are actually doing more damage to their trachea by the constant pressure of the collar on their neck than they would by wearing a prong col- lar. I’ve seen this happen in a couple of dogs and as they get older they start to have breath- ing problems. Never mind after awhile, it becomes an unpleasant task taking your dog for walks when it is supposed to be a pleasant experience for you and your

dog. It becomes a stressful sit- uation when you feel like you are constantly yelling at your dog. You start to feel like you have no control over your dog and it becomes a safety issue. I’ve had clients that wouldn’t let me use a prong collar on their dogs.

that wouldn’t let me use a prong collar on their dogs. For me it is a

For me it is a big safety issue. If I don’t have control over a dog then I can’t walk it. It be- comes a liability in the way that I can risk getting hurt or risk having the dog get away from me and getting hurt. Sometimes it takes “dog language” for them to un- derstand. In other words, all the yelling, disciplining and stopping while walking isn’t going to solve the problem. This isn’t always the case with some dogs. Every dog is differ- ent personality wise and some dogs do understand commands a lot quicker than others. Some dogs need it communicated to them in “dog language”. Basi- cally this is where the prong collar works. What the prong collar does is it simulates the sensa- tion given by the alpha dog. The alpha dog usually nips the other dog in the throat area to let them know that they are “the boss” or the alpha. The prong collar acts as the alpha

dog except you control it with the leash. When you want your dog to stop pulling you give it a tug to let the dog know that you are the boss and that they aren’t allowed to pull you. Most often than not dogs usually will under- stand this pretty quickly and will become increasingly less difficult to control. They begin to understand that you are the boss. It is also effective when trying to curb bad behavior. It lets the dog know that you are the alpha and that they have to listen to you. Before you know it your dog will be behaving better and walking your dog will no longer be a painful ex- perience. Colleen Sayers has been involved in the pet care indus- try for fifteen years as a pro- fessional pet sitter. She is the owner of Paw-sibly The Pet Sitting Service and a member of Pet Sitters International.

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camps, ages 6 and up. Marshfield, MA (781) 837-2495 A ‘Stormy’ road C AT SHELTER NEEDS
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A ‘Stormy’ road

CAT SHELTER NEEDS YOUR HELP

BY CONNIE GRAHAM

road C AT SHELTER NEEDS YOUR HELP B Y C ONNIE G RAHAM Although most people

Although most people un-

derstand the reason cats need- to be spayed or neutered, some don't understand our “indoor only” policy. Our reasons are always spelled out to the new owner:

• Indoor cats are protected

from predators and neighbor- hoods are less likely to have coyotes or other predators en- croaching if there is no food source. • Indoor cats are cleaner and healthier. They are less likely to have parasites that can be transmitted to family members.

• Indoor cats cannot climb

inside a warm engine of a

car where they can be hurt or killed by an unsuspecting owner.

• Indoor cats are not a nui-

sance to neighbors, using their yards as litter boxes or chasing birds from their feeders. Before Stormy's adoption was complete, her owners signed an adoption document

that included terms stating their kitten would be "indoors only" and would be spayed in a timely fashion (she was too young to spay at that time). Unfortunately, Stormy's owners not only let her out,

they did not bother to get her spayed. They thought she needed her freedom. In fact, they had no idea how her leg was broken! All Paws Rescue is an all volunteer, tax exempt orga- nization with a no-kill phi- losophy. All funds and do- nations are used to rescue homeless animals.

There was no question that Stormy had to be rescued yet again, but we are all discour- aged that this was a save that should never have happened.

The funds that we expend on this preventable situation will severely impact our ability to continue our rescue efforts. As with many non profits, we are living day to day. We are ask- ing for help to defray Stormy's medical costs. She will be in foster care for at least eight weeks and then will require surgery to remove the pin in her leg. After all that Stormy will go through additional sur- gery to spay her. After that we will be looking for that won- derful home that will love her and keep her safe. Finally, please, keep your cats safe. Donations to pay for Stormy's care can be sent to:

All Paws Rescue, PO Box 569, Accord, MA 02018.

S tormy was recent-

ly brought to Old

Derby Animal Hos-

pital in Hingham. Her right rear leg was dangling in a very unnatural way - she had a compound fracture. At first the vet thought she had a bite wound, but it was bone that had pierced her skin. Her own- ers were told that the cost of surgery, including spaying her after she healed, could cost up to $3,000. Their other option was to surrender her to All Paws Rescue. Why All Paws Rescue? Stormy had been orig- inally adopted from this rescue group. I'm a volunteer there and I'm the one who rescued her when she was found cry- ing alone outside on a stormy night in November. Stormy was indeed surrendered. Stormy was a well loved kitten at the All Paws Rescue cat shelter. She loved playing with the other cats and kittens. Even more, she loved being held and cuddled by the volun- teers and rewarded everyone with loud purrs, The All Paws Rescue adoption policy states that all cats and kittens adopted must be “indoor only” family pets. If a kitten is too young to be spayed or neutered they must have this done as soon is the kitten is old enough. A $40 deposit spay/neuter deposit is required,

Benefit Walk for Homeless Animals

C e-Ce & Friends Humane Society’s 10th annual walk for animals is set for 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 07, at Wollaston Beach/

Caddy Memorial Park. The 4-mile walk will take place along Wollaston Beach.Dogs are welcomed and encour- aged to walk their owners. The event will include free animal samples, fun activi- ties for children, bake sale, and education & tips on help- ing you care for your animals. The walk will take place rain or shine. For more information, visit www.angelfire. com/ma3/cecenfriends or call 781-331-6115.

MY TOP DOG Zoe I really love dogs. My dad is aller- gic to dogs,
MY TOP DOG
Zoe
I really love dogs. My dad is aller-
gic to dogs, but we finally found
one that way hypoallergenic. We
named her Zoe. She is four months, and
she is a silky terrier. She is living in Carv-
er. She loves to run with me. She likes to
chew her chew toys at night, while she
sit with us. She gets excited when com-
pany comes to visit. She is very kind, and
cute. Her back is black and her tail, but
her paws are tan. I am very happy that I
got a dog but I got the perfect one, Zoe.
My nana has Zoe’s sister and her name is
Sophie. I love my dog Zoe!
Love,
Laicy
Carver

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milTon animal leaGue 617-698-0413 | www.miltonanimalleague.org ANNA is a one-two year old spayed female German

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617-698-0413 | www.miltonanimalleague.org

ANNA is a one-two year old spayed female German Shepherd who was an unclaimed stray.

ANNA is a one-two year old spayed female German Shepherd who was an unclaimed stray. Initially we couldn't figure out why Anna was so thin, but then we discovered that she has Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. EPI, common in German Shepherds, means that she does not produce digestive enzymes to digest food normally. Treatment is the addition of powdered digestive enzymes to her food but it is not inexpensive and requires a lifetime commit- ment. We think lovely Anna is more than worth the effort.

TAzjAH is a 3-year-old, spayed female pit bull terrier who was surrendered by her owners who had to move. Tazjah has lived with children, knows some commands and loves to play and chase balls. Since Tazjah has lived with a family until recently, she knows what she is missing. All she needs now is a new family to call her own.

has lived with a family until recently, she knows what she is missing. All she needs
SUzY is a 14-year-old spayed female domestic shorthair who was surrendered by her owners because

SUzY is a 14-year-old spayed female domestic shorthair who was surrendered by her owners because they had a baby. Suzy is now sad and confused in the shelter. She wants to go home and we would like to find her a new permanent one. Won't someone please give Suzy a quiet, loving place to live out her golden years?

STandiSh humane SocieTy

781-834-4663 | www.standishhumanesociety.com

SUKI and

SARAH are

8-year-old

loving sis- ters who are gorgeous, sweet, long- haired grey

& white beauties. They still have a long life to continue to share together with new owners. These would be a wonderful adoption for potential adoptees who don't want to see these cats end up in a shelter. They are very healthy and have had regular vet check ups. This would be a great adoption for an older couple who don't want the chaos of kitten hood.

had regular vet check ups. This would be a great adoption for an older couple who
Hi, I'm HENRY and I am a 2-year-old tabby and I had a home once.
Hi, I'm HENRY and I am a 2-year-old
tabby and I had a home once. I was
really sweet and gentle and never
complained about anything. But when
my owners moved, they didn't love
me enough to take me. They didn't
even make sure I had food or water
bor shelter. It was really hard to sur-
vive. I'm so glad I was rescued and
can stay here until someone can give
me a permanent home. Even though
my last owners
didn't treat
me
good,
I
don't
hold
a
grudge
because that's
way
too
big for
my little paws to
handle.
 

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Hi there, my name is mASON I know all sorts of birds because I sit
Hi there, my name is mASON I know
all sorts of birds because I sit and
watch every day out my window. I can
tell you the difference between the
double-pecking french fry eater and
your basic seed feeder glutton. Being
a quiet and gentle 3 year old, I don't
r e q u i r e
much
in
the way of
entertain-
ment.
I
just like to
observe.
in the way of entertain- ment. I just like to observe. German Shepherd reScue of new

German Shepherd reScue of new enGland

978-443-2202| www.gsrne.org

DIxIE is a beautiful black and red, spayed 11-month- old female. Her owner could not
DIxIE is a beautiful
black
and
red,
spayed
11-month-
old
female.
Her
owner
could
not
keep
her
because
his mother and her
dog, a Golden
Retriever, had diffi-
cultly with Dixie's high energy level.
Dixie is a quiet, but energetic girl who,
at times, demonstrates immature, but
dominate behaviors. In her foster
home, Dixie gets along very well with
the 2 male dogs, but her desire to be
boss has not gone over well with the
resident female. Dixie's prey drive is
high so a home without cats is a must.
With people, Dixie is very loving with a
strong desire to please. She wants to
be your shadow. Dixie will bond quick-
ly with a family who establishes a
routine and boundaries for her.
TASHA is a healthy mature female with gorgeous black and tan color- ing. Tasha was
TASHA is a healthy mature female with gorgeous black and tan color- ing. Tasha was

TASHA is a healthy mature female with gorgeous black and tan color- ing. Tasha was surrendered to a shelter because her owners were los- ing their home. She had been with her family her whole life and at age ten, this upheaval had the potential to be a very difficult adjustment. Despite this, she is resilient. Tasha is a very sweet,confident dog eager to please her person. She appears much younger than her years when she plays with her rope, or ball. Tasha's manners are excellent. On-leash, she pulls a little and s o m e t i m e s walks too fast, but she is learn- ing to heel bet- ter. Tasha is very happy to greet people when out on a walk.

t i m e s walks too fast, but she is learn- ing to heel bet-
t i m e s walks too fast, but she is learn- ing to heel bet-
t i m e s walks too fast, but she is learn- ing to heel bet-
mAggIE is a large white 9 months old female with a high energy level. She

mAggIE is a large white 9 months old female with a high energy level. She gets along with other dogs. She gets along with cats,too, but does like to chase them.

LANcE is a very large, handsome, classic black and tan male. He came from a

LANcE is a very large, handsome, classic black and tan male. He came from a shelter where his owner surrendered him. He lived outside most of his life and was not part of a household. Until he came to GSRNE, he had not had the opportunity to be a cherished family pet, faithful companion, or play with toys. At eleven-years-old, he is very enthusiastic, active and has no known medical problem, other than mild arthritis. Lance is pleased to greet kids on bikes and other dogs he encounters on walks. He is just the huggable and lovable big

bear you have always dreamed of! †Lance is a gentle giant who loves living with a female GSD, and is cat friendly. Lance would be a great dog for someone with an interest in GSDs, but who does not want to handle the

demands of a very active youngster. An ideal home for Lance is one that is active and walks daily.

TaunTon animal ShelTer

508-822-1463

My name is SHERmAN , and I am a male white DLH. I was abandoned

My name is SHERmAN, and I am a male white DLH. I was abandoned to the outside and when the nights became to cold to bear, I looked for a place where I could get warm. I found it at a kind woman's home, she brought me in on the frigid nights and made sure I had food to eat. I liked

her dog, but the resident cats I didn't like to share with. I am at the shelter hoping that my next home will be one forever and I will spend my days watching the snow fall through a window. I have a special adoption fee.

BUDDY is a male Am Staff about 2-years-old. As you can see from the photo,

BUDDY is a male Am Staff about 2-years-old. As you can see from the photo, he is a Big Red Sox Fan! Buddy was adopted as a pup from our shelter and then sur- rendered by his family due to his allergies. Since he has been at the shelter, his skin allergies seem to have dis- appeared. Buddy is great in the tub. He will need some- one dedicated to staying on top of this to insure his allergies do not re-cur and someone who is willing to invest a little extra time and TLC. A consistent good quality diet will definitely help. Buddy would be happiest as the only pet in the home. He loves Kongs with treats and rawhide bones. He would be well suited for an active person/family who would include him in lots of activities. He is a friendly guy - who appears to like everyone. In addition to bringing luck to the Red Sox, he is hoping his Red Sox hat will also bring him luck - that he will "hit a home run" and find a new home and family soon!

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Brockton Blue Dog shelter 508-436-6446| www.bluedogshelter.com SNOOPy - is a sweet, 6 year old Cockapoo

Brockton Blue Dog shelter

508-436-6446| www.bluedogshelter.com

SNOOPy - is a sweet, 6 year old Cockapoo who recently came to us due
SNOOPy - is a sweet, 6 year old Cockapoo who recently came to us due
SNOOPy - is a sweet, 6 year old Cockapoo who recently came to us due
SNOOPy - is a sweet, 6 year old Cockapoo who recently came to us due
SNOOPy - is a sweet, 6 year old Cockapoo who recently came to us due

SNOOPy - is a sweet, 6 year old Cockapoo who recently came to us due to a change in family circumstances. This curly haired pooch is a medium sized, friendly boy who likes to go for walks and cuddle with his people. If you can find room in your heart and home for this great dog, please come to meet him during any regular shelter hours.

If you can find room in your heart and home for this great dog, please come
If you can find room in your heart and home for this great dog, please come
If you can find room in your heart and home for this great dog, please come
If you can find room in your heart and home for this great dog, please come

TySON - is a handsome, energetic young Border Collie mix who came to our shelter when his owners could no longer care for him. He loves people and makes new friends quickly. Tyson had a cut on his foot that is still healing so he hasn't been able to play with the other dogs yet. We hope to be able to evaluate him with other dogs soon but we don't anticipate any problems. Tyson has not been neu- tered but we will arrange that once his foot is healed. Tyson will need lots of exercise to keep him happy. If you lead an active life and need a great companion, please come to meet Tyson during any regular shelter hours.

happy. If you lead an active life and need a great companion, please come to meet
ZOEy - is a beautiful 1-year-old, purebred Boxer who has had many transitions in her

ZOEy - is a beautiful 1-year-old, purebred Boxer who has had many transitions in her short life. Her first owner gave her away shortly after buying her. She then lived with a loving family for several months but an injury to a family member led them not to be able to care for Zoey any longer. Zoey was relinquished to our shelter so that we could find her a new "forever home". Zoey is a large

dog weighing about 58 lbs. She has the typical energy and personality of her breed and is very strong. Zoey has had some obedience training but she will need a family who is committed to firm leadership and exercise along with lots of love. The ideal family for Zoey will have prior dog experience. She is not suited for a home with children under 10-year- olds due to her strength and energy. Zoey also does not do well with most other dogs. If you are a Boxer lover, please come to meet this beautiful girl during any regular shelter hours.

LILy is a pretty 3-year-old Shepherd mix dog who came to our shelter when her

LILy is a pretty 3-year-old Shepherd mix dog who came to our shelter when her family could no longer care for her. Lily is a medium/large dog at 50 lbs and has a lovely soft coat. Lily has plenty of energy for an active family but we recommend that she not live with chil- dren under 10 due to her size and activity. She has had some obedience training but will need a family that will continue her training so she can become a great family member. She will also need pletny of exercise. Lily may do better in a home without other dogs as she is somewhat picky about her dog friends. Lily has not been around cats and we don't think she would do well with them. You can meet Lily during any regular shelter hours.

been around cats and we don't think she would do well with them. You can meet
been around cats and we don't think she would do well with them. You can meet

mass humane

781-335-1300 - www.masshumane.org

Hi my name is LOvER BOy - aka LB, I am 13-months-old, neutered male, fawn and white, American Stafford Shire Terrier. I am up to date on rabies and distemper shots, HW Lyme test negative, de worm, de flea and micro chipped. I have lots of love to give you. I am a strong muscular guy that needs someone to understand the breed I am. I love quality time with a fenced in yard so I can be me and I love to ride in

the car. I do good in the house training department. I seem to do better with small dogs as long as I am introduced slowly and it takes a few times in meeting the dog. I do best as the only pet in the house and I tend to be good with kids over 10 years of age, no cats or small toddlers.

I do best as the only pet in the house and I tend to be good
Hi my name is LUCy I am a 7-month-old DSH black spayed kitten, I am

Hi my name is LUCy I am a 7-month-old DSH black spayed kitten, I am up to date on all my shots, FIV Leukemia negative, de flea, de worm and micro chipped. I am a sweet girl, with a sweet disposition. I am gentle and love to be held and will purr forever. I love to play with all my cat toys and will roll on my belly. I get along well with other cats and I need a play

mate. Older kids and dogs OK no small toddlers. I am an indoor cat only. I ready for a loving, caring, warm, safe and responsible home.

PeoPle for cats

508-540-5654| www.peopleforcats.org

KITTENS! KITTENS! KITTENS! It's Kitten Season again. New kittens are coming in daily and one

KITTENS! KITTENS! KITTENS! It's Kitten Season again. New kittens are coming in daily and one is just cuter than the next! We have close to 20 kittens of different colors and ages, all waiting for a wonderful home. Some of our little ones would like to be adopted together and there is a price break for doing that. Come in for adoptions on Wednesday from 4-6p.m. or on Saturday from 10a.m. - 1p.m.

PANDA is a male black and white kitty who is about 9 months old. He
PANDA is a male black and white kitty
who is about 9 months old. He is very
affectionate and a real hugger. He was
adopted for a few days, but the adopter
worked a lot and didn't think he was
giving Panda enough time. Panda
would do well with a family that can
spend time playing with him. He is
neutered, has all his shots and is lit-
tered trained. He is a real sweetheart
who is looking for a forever home.
PRECIOUS is a
three-year-old
brown and tan
tabby. She
came to us after
her owner died
and there was no other place for her
to go. She is a sweet girl who loves to
be petted and enjoys attention. She
has been spayed and has all her
shots. She is very friendly and gets
along with the other cats. Precious
would love to be adopted to a home
where she can get the attention and
love she craves. The adjustment has
been hard for her, but every time
someone new comes into the shelter
she takes a peek to see if it is some-
one who will be her forever family.

PIRA is a lovely, young muted Calico/Tortie girl. She is approximately 2-years-old. Pira came from a home situ- ation that had too many cats so she did not get the atten- tion or care she needed. PFC is providing the health care she needs and Pira is making great progress on the road to good health. She enjoys being an active part of the shelter and loves to sit in the window and watch the

birds. Pira is very affectionate and adores being petted. One of her special features is that all four of her feet have double toes! She is spayed and has all of her shots.

petted. One of her special features is that all four of her feet have double toes!

a helPing Paw inc.

508-743-8406 | www.ahelpingpaw.org

MARTIN and his friend ROwEN (a Maine Coon Type) are a very sweet pair. Young
MARTIN and
his friend
ROwEN (a
Maine Coon
Type) are a very
sweet pair.
Young adults,
they will warm
your heart and lap

Stuart and sis, Lilly:

I can't believe this pair of Cockers are still with us. Voted the BEST dogs to enter our shelter, they are easy-going, great with kids and other dogs and sim- ply amazing!

us. Voted the BEST dogs to enter our shelter, they are easy-going, great with kids and
GIZMO is xtra-large, and has xtra-love to give. He would do best in an adult

GIZMO is xtra-large, and has xtra-love to give. He would do best in an adult home, other kitties are fine as long as you give him time to acclimate.

Quincy animal shelter

617-376-1349 www.quincyanimalshelter.org

SUNNy: He has a gorgeous orange and white coat, and is about three- years-old.The volunteers
SUNNy: He has
a gorgeous
orange and
white coat, and
is about three-
years-old.The
volunteers love him! His name
describes his personality. He likes belly
rubs, toys, and carrying on a conver-
sation. While FIV+, he can live a long
and happy life. Feline siblings should
be FIV+, but he would do well as the
only spoiled feline in the family.

MIA: She has been at the shelter for over a year patiently waiting for her

forever home. She is a quiet girl who is appreciative of any attention paid to her. Mia also likes having her beautiful long haired white coat brushed. Originally a stray, Mia is now about

nine-years-

brushed. Originally a stray, Mia is now about nine-years- old. Be the one who gives her

old.

Be

the

one

who

gives

her

a

good home.

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Coming in August J.M. K-9 will be moving to an 11,000 square foot state of
Coming in August J.M. K-9 will be moving to an 11,000 square foot state of
Coming in August
J.M. K-9 will be moving to an 11,000 square foot
state of the art facility. We have the largest selection
of dog & cat food and soon it will be even larger. Our
new facility will also have a 2,500 square foot indoor
play area. All of our new space will enhance our
At J.M. K-9 your pet is part of our family.
To donate to the shelter visit www.thebbds.org

our family. To donate to the shelter visit www.thebbds.org DROP-OFF SERVICES AVAILABLE (6am-9pm) Whether your plan

our family. To donate to the shelter visit www.thebbds.org DROP-OFF SERVICES AVAILABLE (6am-9pm) Whether your plan

our family. To donate to the shelter visit www.thebbds.org DROP-OFF SERVICES AVAILABLE (6am-9pm) Whether your plan
our family. To donate to the shelter visit www.thebbds.org DROP-OFF SERVICES AVAILABLE (6am-9pm) Whether your plan

DROP-OFF SERVICES AVAILABLE

(6am-9pm)

Whether your plan is to stay with us for the day or overnight - It's Fun! We provide a safe enjoyable retreat for your canine companion full of mental and physical stimulation. Known for our experience and our fantastic way of accommodating each pet to provide a great individual program for each of our clients, we pride ourselves on delivering exactly what they need whether it be a day of full exercise or frequent breaks in between. Call us to talk about how we can make your life easier and make your pet better exercised and more full- filled.

We use motivational techniques for “Paws”itive results. We take all breeds, all phases, all problems. An initial consultation is a prerequisite to all obedience classes.

To benefit the Brockton Blue Dog Shelter. Low-Cost Microchipping $25. No registration fee! and DNA testing. Call ahead for an appointment, $125.

760 West Chestnut Street Brockton (Off Route 24, behind the VA hospital)

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VCA South Shore (Weymouth) Animal Hospital 595 Columbian St., South Weymouth, MA 02190 (781) 337-6622

VCA South Shore (Weymouth) Animal Hospital

595 Columbian St., South Weymouth, MA 02190

(781) 337-6622

www.vcasouthshore.com

Weymouth, MA 02190 (781) 337-6622 www.vcasouthshore.com Dermatology Chronic Ear Disease In Dogs & Cats If your
Weymouth, MA 02190 (781) 337-6622 www.vcasouthshore.com Dermatology Chronic Ear Disease In Dogs & Cats If your

Dermatology

MA 02190 (781) 337-6622 www.vcasouthshore.com Dermatology Chronic Ear Disease In Dogs & Cats If your dog

Chronic Ear Disease In Dogs & Cats

If your dog has had two or more ear infections in his or her life, you might have been told that “all dogs gets ear infections,” or “it is normal for dogs with long, hanging ears to get ear infec- tions,” or “all dogs that swim get ear infections,” or even that “it is because your dog is digging in the dirt that he gets ear infections.” These are common misconceptions that Dr. Klaus Earl Loft, who runs the Dermatology Service at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in South Weymouth, MA, has heard from owners who bring him their pets with chronic ear problems. In reality, a dog that suffers from recurrent ear infections may actually have an underlying allergic skin condition that, if diagnosed and treated properly, could eliminate or reduce the incidence of future ear infections.

If your dog has had ear problems that began when he or she was younger than 3 to 4 years of age, it is likely that the ear problem is secondary to allergies. Older animals that develop their first ear infection later in life may have problems other than allergies that are the cause for the ear infection.

In veterinary medicine, it is often the dermatologist who deals with chronic ear diseases in dogs and cats. This is very understandable, since the ear and the skin are one and the same organ, and clinical signs associated with the ears are often part of a generalized dermatologic condition. Some dogs that present with an ear infection will have other clinical symptoms that are suggestive of allergies, such as foot licking and chewing, itchy skin, reoccurring skin infec- tions in the groin or elbow area, greasy and scaly hair coat, and/or patchy hair loss. These symptoms can seriously affect the quality of life in these pets, and managing patients afflicted with chronic allergic ear disease has become a passion for Dr. Loft. Using the videotoscope at VCA South Shore for both the diagnosis and treatment of these frustrating chronic ear prob- lems has increased Dr. Loft’s ability to determine the best therapeutic options for these patients, and to help deal with the often severe discomfort associated with ear infections.

If Dr. Loft suspects that allergies are the underlying cause for a patient’s chronic skin or ear issues, he can offer either intradermal or serologic testing for both cats and dogs. Once a spe- cific allergic cause is identified, he will treat the patient with Allergen Specific Immunotherapy (commonly known as “allergy shots”). This hypo-sensitization is very similar to what is offered to humans with atopic dermatitis.

If your dog or cat suffers from reoccurring ear problems or other chronic skin conditions, ask your regular veterinarian for a referral, or feel free to call VCA South Shore Animal Hospital, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Loft. In Dr. Loft’s opinion, “Until proven otherwise, a pet with chronic ear disease is an allergic pet.”

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Cardiology Susan Morrison, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine) Bradley L. Moses, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) Neurology
Cardiology
Susan Morrison, DVM,
DACVIM
(Internal Medicine)
Bradley L. Moses, DVM,
DACVIM (Cardiology)
Neurology
Stephanie Kube, DVM,
DACVIM (Neurology)
Dermatology
Klaus Earl Loft, DVM
Emergency/Critical Care
Angelyn Cornetta, DVM,
DACVIM
Angela Diaz, DVM
Alison R. Gaynor, DVM,
DACVIM, DACVECC
Cindy Lopes, DVM
Ophthalmology
Bill Greentree, DVM, DACVO
Surgery
David Diamond, VMD,
DACVS
Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging

Lori Hartzband, DVM, DACVR

Diana Rosenstein, DVM, DACVR

Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine

Stephen Dyer, DVM, DABVP (Avian)

Dentistry

Michelle Michienzie, DVM Sheri Procious, DVM

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