EYE PROPTOSIS IN DOGS- IT CAN CHANGE A DOG’S LIFE WITHIN SECONDS!

EYE PROPTOSIS IN DOGS

As always, a medical emergency only happens in the evenings. Who doesn’t wish that their veterinarian stayed open all hours?

Two nights ago whilst my Shepherd, Oreo and Yorkshire terrier, Harvey were playing, Oreo grabbed Harvey by the scruff of the neck rather suddenly, all in play and Harvey’s eye popped forward out of its socket.

Needless to say, we rushed him to the Emergency Veterinary Specialists, where he underwent emergency surgery. Of course, we all know to watch out for rough play between our dogs. But this happened all so suddenly, within a matter of two minutes. Nonetheless,I am grateful to all the veterinary surgeons and technicians that were by his side during and after surgery. I know that Harvey understood that everyone was trying to help him.

Harvey thought it would be a good idea to share eye proptosis with everyone. He is back at home and recovering very slowly. It is an extremely painful injury and recovery time is slow. He has his eyelid stitched up for three weeks and may lose his sight in that eye.

PROPTOSIS

Is the displacement of the eyeball out of the eye socket, so that the eyelids are trapped behind the globe and usually occurs after trauma to the face or head.

Certain breeds are more prone than other breeds and those breeds such as Pekinese ,pug, Lhasa apso, and Boston terrier  that have shorter noses, shallower sockets and more prominent bulging eyes, tend to have proptosis more frequently.

Proptosis is considered a true eye emergency.

Severe proptosis is when the eye muscles are torn so that the eye is deviated outward or is attached by only a few thin strands of tissue.

TREATMENT

Lubricant antibiotic ointments are applied to the injured eye to try to reduce further damage to cornea.

Removal of the eye enucleating.

Replacement of eye back into socket. Surgery is called tarsorrhaphy.

After a few weeks the sutures are removed and vision tested completed.

If both concussion and proptosis occur together, then surgery on the eye is delayed until concussion is over.

If the optic nerve is torn then veterinarians prefer to remove the damaged eye.

Apparently the prognosis for vision is poor ,but rapid treatment given to your dog will enable your furry friend the benefit of keeping his eye solely for cosmetic reasons.

Home Care

Probably the most difficult part of treatment, because the sutured eye looks purple and painful, and not the part of not knowing if the swelling or bruising color is from the surgery or from an infection.

Applying the ointment on the eye is just as grueling and heart wrenching, as you can just imagine what your furry -darling is going through. Also trying to give the oral medications is just as difficult, when you have a dog that just knows when you are trying to hide the meds in his food, and somehow regurgitates meds and food up into his Elizabethan collar.

Only time will tell as to the actual vision damage and we are all hoping that his eye will make a full recovery.

I know that Oreo,my shepherd  feels remorse and has been whining ever since Harvey came home.

I shall keep you all posted as his suture removal date nears.

C.B

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DINGO PUPS BORN JAN.30TH 2012. VIDEO.FORT WAYNE CHILDREN’S ZOO.

On March 8, 2012. the second litter of dingo pups were born at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

 

 

Dingo pups act very much like other pups.They chew on everything from shoes to tree branches and also enjoy puppy food.

 

The parents Mattie and Naya were first brought to the zoo from Australia in 1988 and are among the only 75 pairs of pure dingoes in the world.

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivhYIiNpvbc

 

 

The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists this species as a threatened species, however many people are becoming interested in this breed and are trying to protect them.

 

PUREBRED DINGO CHARACTERISTICS

 

Dingoes howl and do not bark.

Want to find out if a dingo is purebred,watch out for  white markings on the tip of their tails and feet. Dingoes always have white feet and a white tail tip.

 

Interestingly enough, dingoes have no body odor and no bark. They howl.

 

Dingoes have the widest cheekbones, whilst a dog’s body is usually its shoulders and hips.

 

Dingoes have wrists that are capable of rotation.This allows for he dingo to use his paws like hands.

 

A dingo can turn his head almost 180 degrees in each direction.

 

Dingoes have ears that always stand up.

 

Australian dingoes are larger than Thai dingoes.

 

Male dingoes weigh in at 26-43 pounds whilst the females weigh approximately between 21-35 pounds.

 

Domesticated dingoes in Australia can live for as long as 15 years or more.

 

Domestication of this wonderful species is difficult because the dingo is harder to train than the domesticated dog and is very smart.

 

They love to hide their food under dirt only to dig it up later.

 

Dingos enjoy small reptiles,birds, rodents and sometimes sheep and small kangaroos.

 

Breeding is once a year and Australia’s dingoes mate in Autumn.Gestation lasts for two months and dingoes produce one litter of pups each year.Sometimes a litter can have as many as ten pups, however the average is 5 to 6.Sadly enough the Alpha female dingo will kill any pups that are born to other dingoes in a dingo pack.Pups are weaned at the same time as domesticated dogs-eight weeks and much of their food is regurgitated meat.

Claudia Bensimoun

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SHELTER REVOLUTION. VIDEO. HOMELESS PETS NEVER HAVE TO BE EUTHANIZED.NEW DAY CARE MODEL FOR CATS AND DOGS.

SHELTER REVOLUTION: HOMELESS ANIMALS NEVER HAVE TO BE EUTHANIZED(VIDEO)

This is a unique concept but one that seems to work .A battle to save every homeless cat and dog in the US. What makes it so special is that these animals are not being saved from the streets or abusive homes, but from the US. animal shelter system.

Most animal shelters create depression and anxiety in animals .Dogs and cats are warehoused in cages in either very crowded or isolated conditions.

Shelter Revolution foresees a clear solution to ending this and has  formulated a new model that is based on human day cares and dog day care centers.This wonderful Adoption model  allows animals to live in a natural communal setting and have lots of play time and fun.

How does Shelter Revolution do this?

Dogs and cats are separated by size and personality(I love this) and they live in a dorm- like setting with an outside play area for socializing and exercise.Thomas Cole, the founder of Shelter Revolution does not promote animal hoarding.Cats have a separate sanctuary. All animals would have a medical center for when they are ill, a quarantine center for new arrivals ,spay and neuter and rehabilitation.This model would rely on volunteers to socialize and train dogs so that they are easier to adopt.This is open to all rescue groups to volunteer help.With the average cost running at $ 1.3 million to start an adoption center, Shelter Revolution’s website shows communities how to start a Shelter Revolution.

Aim:

Killing is not an option.

Rehab and rehoming animals is the goal.

What does Shelter Revolution offer?

They offer more than a dozen privately owned shelters and sanctuaries where this day care concept  proves to be working.

Research shows that stimulating environments that provide play, stimuli and security promote calm, balanced cats and dogs that are easier to adopt.

Claudia Bensimoun

Canine freelance

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DOGO CUBANO-CUBAN MASTIFF. AN EXTINCT BREED. DOG PROFILE.

DOG CUBANO-AN EXTINCT BREED

 

 

Often called the Cuban Mastiff or Cuban Dogo, this is now an extinct breed .

 

An extremely handsome breed that was a type of Bull Mastiff bred in Cuba.

 

 

Initially bred to catch runaway slaves but with the abolition of the slave trade, the Dogo Cubano became too expensive to feed resulting in the extinction of this breed.They were also used for dog fighting.

 

 

Appearance

 

Larger than the bulldog but smaller than the Mastiff.

The Cuban Mastiff had a mostly white coat .

Weighed nearly 100 pounds, and closely resembled the Argentinean Mastiff.

Stocky in build-typical Mastiff

 

Short muzzle

 

History

 

The Cuban Mastiff was introduced from England in about 1560.

 

This dog was crossed with many other breeds such as the Pit Bull and Dogo Argentinos and many experts agree that there are no pure lines of the Dogo Cubano.                                                                       

 

C.B

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PAISLEY TERRIER- SCOTLAND. AN EXTINCT BREED.

These dogs were first seen in the UK and are from the terrier family of dogs.

The Paisley Terrier is now an extinct breed.

They originated from Scotland and were given the name Paisley because of the place they were bred in.They look similar to the Yorky and had long ,silky coats that reached the floor.They had long ears and a small head.These terriers could not be left alone for many hours and if they did, they became depressed and aggressive.Paisley terriers made great show dogs and were small and short weighing in at half the weight of Skye terriers.

Always considered to be the ideal pet for women, these terriers needed a lot of attention and could bark endlessly if bored or angry.

Grooming was always an issue as it often took many hours to groom a Paisley terrier.They needed frequent bathing and  coat trimming and their coats needed to be blow tried to avoid tangling.Paisley’s had wonderful flowing coats that reached the ground so that you could not see their legs.They  normally had a tan or  blue color and lots of feathering in their coats.

These terriers were ideal as house dogs and enjoyed being part of a family..

Fun Fact

Paisley terriers became extinct because of their grooming requirements.           

Claudia Bensimoun

Canine freelancer

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NON-SURGICAL STERILIZATION FOR DOGS. ZINC GLUCONATE-A CHEAPER,SAFER ALTERNATIVE TO SURGICAL CASTRATION!

ZINC GLUCONATE FOR DOGS.  NON -SURGICAL STERILIZATION  OPTION FOR NEUTERING MALE DOGS

Non-surgical sterilization method for dogs that is inexpensive and less invasive than normal surgery.

What is zinc chemical neutering?

Zinc Gluconate is made by Ark Sciences ,a company that has been researching and producing  veterinary pharmaceuticals since 2007.

Compound of zinc gluconate and arginine

What does this compound do?

Zinc gluconate destroys sperm- producing cells without impacting hormone levels in a large way.

Why is this product super wonderful?

Much cheaper

Less invasive than neutering

Approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in dogs between the ages of three and ten months old.Approval for older dogs is still pending.

What do dog parents and shelters achieve by using this product ?

1. Sterilization certificate and a rabies tag for a collar confirming the dog/cat’s neutered status.

2.Cheap, effective neutering for all male dogs that is cost effective and a great alternative to the surgical way.

3.Few adverse  effects and many of the first dogs that tried zinc are still living and healthy.

4. Effectiveness of zinc gluconate-Neutersol- is 100%.

5. Process only takes a few minutes and is virtually painless.

6. Veterinarians like this process because chemical sterilization allows for normal endocrine function of the testes, although the testosterone production is halved.

Overall ‘zeutering’ or zinc gluconate and arginine for dogs is invaluable for all animal shelters and rescue groups.In my opinion this is the solution for preventing irresponsible breeding and a cost effective way for all shelters and rescue groups to operate.

Claudia Bensimoun

Canine freelance

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EXTINCT DOG BREEDS-MOLOSSUS-ANCESTOR OF THE MASTIFF

EXTINCT DOG BREEDS-MOLOSSUS  -ANCESTOR OF THE MASTIFF

This wonderful dog breed was considered to be the ancestor to today’s Mastiff-type dogs and many of the other breeds.

Mastiff type breeds are often called Molossers.

This breed is one of the best known breeds from Greek- Roman times and it is believed that many breeds such as the St.Bernard, Great Pyrenees, Rottweiler, Great Dane, Newfoundland ,Great Swiss Mountain Dog and Bernese Mountain Dog.

Many scholars described this dog as a fighting dog used by ancient Greeks.

Profile

Wide, short  broad muzzle

Heavy dewlap-similar to modern mastiff that was used to fight lions and tigers,elephants and men in battle.

Not very tall

Muscular tough body-similar to mastiff today

Ferocious, aggressive and protective

Superior physical strength

Superior abilities

Agile warriors

Not used as house dogs or for companionship

Short haired coat

Easy to groom

Adaptable to a changing weather conditions

Preferred breed to guard sheep and houses of ancient Greeks

Other scholars argue that the Molossus was originally a lightweight dog used for hunting and herding and had physical characteristics that were more similar to

Greyhounds and maybe the Catahoula Leopard Dog.

Origin

The mountains of north west Ancient Greece and southern Albania.

This breed was a native to Greece and the rest of the Balkans.

Later moved on to Italy and other places of the Greek world .

Claudia Bensimoun

Canine and wildlife freelance

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