Chong ~ Adopted!

11896209_10153400307824792_197692568336580267_nSay howdy to Chong! Chong is 2 years old and weighs 43 pounds. This gorgeous dog has a ton of energy, so he needs plenty of room to run and play. Like Cheech, he is somewhat fearful, and will need an experienced owner who’s willing to work with him. He is house trained, but needs to practice his leash walking. We’ll have more info on how he is with other dogs and cats shortly!
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If you would like to be considered for Chong, please go here to learn all about our adoption process.

Although we don’t use a traditional adoption application, we would like you to answer a few questions so that we can get to know you better.

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9/9/15 Update: Chong, now Buddy, was adopted by Shannon from Newman Vet! She also adopted Minnie Mouse. Shannon’s husband and Buddy have a bromance!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Libby – The fluffy little girl! ~ Adopted

11150738_10153176310659792_6223185265029435551_n[1]Libby is being transported to us on the 30th. We don’t know a whole lot about her yet, but we believe that she’s around 12 weeks old, and that she’s a Shepherd/Collie mix.

We do know what she will require quite a bit of vetting, so any donations to our Veterinary Care Fund would be greatly appreciated.

Check out her Photos on Facebook!

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More photos and details coming soon!

 

 

 

5/31/15 Update! Libby is here!libby 33  Libby’s such a friendly girl. Very snuggly and sweet. We were surprised to see how much lighter her coat is than it was in the original pictures. She’s losing her dark puppy fur! Libby is currently at Newman Vet, and will be available for adoption soon. If you’d like to be considered for her, please check out Our Adoption Process.
11428545_10153232440944792_430098626687025565_n26/13/15  Update: Libby was adopted this morning! She will be living with Becky, Briana, Logan, and their cat, Penny, in Jacksonville. So happy for Libby and her new family!

Yoo Hoo – the adorable Dorkie! – Adopted!

Y11142431_10153146479444792_5424032604752819504_noo Hoo is a six month old Yorkie, Doxie girl, full of curiosity and love! Yoo Hoo is a little doll and she is making quite an impression on all of us! She is about 5 pounds or less and we don’t expect her to get to be much more than 6-7 lbs.

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She is headed to the vet shortly to be spayed and she is doing well with both crate and leash training. Like any puppy she would rather be with you but after a few little whimpers she calms and settles down.

Check out her photos on Facebook!

If you’d like to get to know this little baby we encourage you to read about Our Adoption Process and then send us an email. She is going to love being someone’s best girl!

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5/19/15 Update: Yoo Hoo is rolling out! She was adopted by Brittany and Greg of Tallahassee today! We’re so happy for them!

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Tickle Me P!nk ~ Foster Failure

Tickle Me P!nk (P!nk for short!) is an 8 month old female Chihuahua schnauzer mix who is a little shy but so hopeful. You can just see it in her eyes, a little timid but deeply desiring to fall head over paws in love with someone who will love her just as much in return.

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“I don’t know about this….” P!nk

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“But I do love being loved!” P!nk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She comes to us as a stray and will be fostered in Deltona. We look forward to telling you all about P!nk as we get to know her. In the meantime, why not check out her Photos on Facebook?

 4/19/15 Update: As we get to know P!nk we are discovering how sweet and special she is.

We would love to find a home where she might be able to be a companion for a child with special needs, as she seems to have a temperament which would be great for such a child. Calm and quiet, she doesn’t cry when left. She loves to sleep in bed with you and recognizes the privilege. She remains in her little spot all night. Our only warning is that she is small and will escape through small holes in a fence, so the yard must be secure.

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6/15/15 Update – Today I got the message I half knew was coming. P!NK has been home all along.  She is Rosie’s new playmate and best friend, Di’s little buddy, and has made her self a permanent part of the pack. P!NK adopted herself out, and We couldn’t be more happy that this little stinker will be loved and cherished the rest of her days.

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Bloat – When every second counts

Recently yet another dear friend announced the sudden loss of their 4 legged best friend to bloat. Some people know what it is, and know the risk factors, yet others still join the discussion and are forced to ask “What on earth is bloat?”

Bloat is a condition where the stomach fills with gas, causing it to become overly enlarged and can lead to difficulty breathing. The stomach twists (180 to over 360 degrees) which leads to shock, and rapid death.  We are all for home remedies, but not for this one. This is one where you MUST go to the vet as soon as humanly possible. Bloat is incredibly painful. Knowing the signs could buy you the extra second you need to make it to the vet in time. Taking preventative measures could help ensure you never have to make that trip.

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Diagram of what happens in Bloat

 

Who is at Risk?
The real answer to this question is that (for a variety of reasons) any dog can be at risk, however some breeds have features which put them at risk. These breeds include (but are not limited to):

Afghan, Akita, Airedale Terrier, Alaskan Malamute, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bloodhound, Basset Hound, Boxer, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Collie, Dachshund, Doberman Pinscher, English Springer Spangle, German Shepherd, German Shorthaired Pointer, Golden Retriever, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Gordon Setter, Irish Setter, Irish Wolfhound, King Shepherd, Kuvasz, Labrador Retriever, Miniature Poodle, Newfoundland, Old English Sheepdog, Rottweiler, Samoyed, Shiloh Shepherd, St. Bernard, Standard Poodle, Weimaraner

 

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Diagram of a dog with bloat

Symptoms:

  • Restlessness ( and/or inability to get comfortable, pacing, whining)
  • Lethargic
  • Stiff legged walk
  • Difficulty walking and/or standing
  • Tight and/or Enlarged abdomen (dog may whine or groan if gentle pressure is applied to abdomen. Tapping on the abdomen results in a hollow sound)
  • Trouble/labored breathing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Retching and/or Vomiting
  • Belching
  • Symptoms of constipation (trying to poop and not succeeding)
  • Paleness of nose and mouth
  • Rapid heart rate and/or Weak pulse
  • Collapse
  • Pain symptoms – each dog expresses this differently, some in the symptoms mentioned above, and others have unique behaviors. Know your dog, and know their signs of pain.

If you think you see the signs, do not delay. With bloat, lives are saved or lost in minutes and seconds, and the quicker reaction time, the better the chances of survival.

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Dog with bloat is prepped for surgery.

Risk Factors:

  • Large breed dogs are generally more at risk
  • Dogs with a deep chest
  • Exercise immediately after eating
  • “Family history” – many of us have no clue about our dog’s history, but if you do know that a parent or sibling to your dog has had bloat, your pup may be at greater risk.
  • Dogs who are 7+ years old
  • Male
  • Stressed/anxious/fearful/aggressive dogs
  • Lean/underweight dogs are at higher risk.
  • Dogs who eat quickly and/or inhale their food.
  • Dogs who are only fed one big meal per day
  • Poor diet (high grain/carb diets are dangerous. Those grains can ferment in the stomach and lead to bloat) Avoid sharing high grain/carb human foods and never let your pup eat raw bread dough.
  • Drinking a lot of water before/after eating.

Treatment:
There are two main treatments for bloat, and both require immediate action by a veterinarian.  We can not stress enough that every single second counts.

  1. If the stomach is not twisted yet, and it is possible to pass a tube down the throat to the stomach, this procedure is done to let the air out. Once the tube reaches the stomach there is a rush of air through the tube as the stomach is allowed to decompress.
  2. If the stomach is twisted, emergency surgery is necessary to untwist the stomach (and the spleen if necessary), and relieve the bloating. A gastropexy is performed which staples the stomach in place to prevent future twisting.

Dogs will also often receive treatment for shock, such as IV fluids, as well as pain medications, and even antibiotics if necessary.

Prevention:

  • Feed 2 smaller meals instead of one large one.
  • Take up your dog’s water close to meal time, and don’t return it until they have had a break after eating.
  • Do not exercise your dog right before or after feeding. (some recommend 2 hours before and after of no exercise)
  • Do Not Feed from Elevated Bowls – I know, I know, they are cute, and your pup doesn’t have to lean down to eat BUT eating from an elevated bowl is believed to increase your dog’s risk of bloat.
  • Get/create special bowls to help slow down your pup’s eating – put a ball in their bowl that they have to eat around, or buy specially design bowls which make it difficult to eat quickly.
  • Feed good quality dog food (low grain or grain free, low carb)
  • Avoid dog foods that contain citric acid.
  • Avoid dog foods that has fat in the first 4 ingredients
  • If you have more than one dog, feed them separately to avoid food guarding “guzzling” behavior (aka the “if I stuff it all in my stomach in 12 seconds you can’t steal it.” technique)
  • Probiotics can be good for dogs too! Talk to your vet about the benefits of probiotics to your pets health.
  • Some vets will recommend gastropexy, a surgical procedure in which the stomach is attached to the body wall to prevent it from shifting or twisting if there is a family history of bloat or significant risk factors.

In Honor and Memory of Bodhi Ayers-Norton 1/29/15

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Constant companion, teddy-bear, and therapist.

 

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Disclaimer – This article is a compilation of research and experience. We strongly encourage you to continue your own research speak with your vet about your pets possible risk factors. This article is NOT a substitute for proper veterinary care. If you believe your dog may have symptoms of bloat, get medical attention immediately.

Veterans Needing PTSD Dogs

Tim Tebow's Shelter Photo

Tim Tebow’s Shelter Photo

Yesterday, we were asked to rescue a trained service dog. While the owner has not yet decided whether or not she will surrender him to our rescue, just the fact that he exists created quite an impact on us.

After interviewing several people, we learned that Veterans who suffer from PTSD are on waiting lists for up to 2 years. Training a dog to be a PTSD dog takes about seven weeks. Yet, there is a huge shortage of trainers.

The real shocker was learning that although there are many non-profit companies providing the training service, the trained dog itself can cost the veteran about $12,000.  Can Veterans afford this?

Because we sit at the rescue chair, behind the rescue desk, and our job is to save highly adoptable dogs from being euthanized, it irritates us to learn about these waiting lists knowing literally millions of dogs who are sitting in shelters today could easily perform the job.

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Tim Tebow, Canine Good Citizen

To date, we have rescued and re-homed over 900 dogs. I can honestly say that more than 30% of our rescued dogs could easily become PTSD dogs. Without any training whatsoever, our dogs have been adopted by and are working children with Autism and depression. Many of them are Canine Good Citizen dogs and are visiting nursing homes and hospitals on a regular basis. One dog was adopted by a paraplegic, one was trained to be a diabetic detection dog, a search and rescue dog, and let’s not forget, three of our dogs are professional bug dogs!

If there is a veteran who needs a low-energy, calm and loyal dog, does the dog really need to be evaluated and trained, thus creating ginormous waiting lists, or does the dog just need to be a good dog?

What we have here is a serious problem with regard to supply and demand. But if the dog is not certified, the veteran will not have the freedom to travel with the dog, you ask? NOT TRUE!  When I asked Susan Berry, President of Disabilities Smart Solutions that question, she laughed!

The laws have changed, take a look for yourself by clicking on this link.  http://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm

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Lady Truelove’s shelter photo

When I pondered this issue for a while last night, I realized that all four of my dogs could easily become PTSD dogs. Can they open door knobs or push a wheelchair? No. Can they provide a calm and nurturing environment, be the ideal companion, be loyal and noble for someone who suffers for PTSD? Absolutely.

When I interviewed a gentleman last night, he explained that the shelters and pounds in his area just don’t have the right dogs. He also commented that most pounds don’t see the value in the very large breed dogs, and they are put down. Saving the small breeds might be a major mistake made by shelters and pounds throughout the United States. Most service dogs for Veterans are large breed dogs.

Lady Truelove and Tim Tebow, Canine Good Citizen Dogs

Lady Truelove and Tim Tebow, Canine Good Citizen Dogs

In the coming weeks, we will be updating some of our special adoption stories to include the dogs that are currently providing a much needed service to prove that if you rescue the right dog, with very little training, they can easily become a companion dog. We believe that once that bond is made, and the dog has a deep connection with its human, magic happens.

Saluting our Veterans on Veterans Day. ~ The Dog Liberator

From Table to Tree: Toxic Tidbits to Avoid this Holiday Season

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As you know, the seasons are changing and the holidays are approaching fast. During this time we clean and decorate the house, spend hours in the kitchen cooking special meals, and let’s not forget spending as much time with our loved ones including our pets!

But in a blink of an eye, accidents happen. Your pet can get a hold of food or plants that they shouldn’t and that can lead you down a road of a very pricey vet bill, or even worse, the loss of your best friend.

In order to avoid this from happening, you should take precautions this holiday season. Knowledge is power right?

Here is a list of poisonous household plants, yard plants, and common foods to avoid giving your pets and will help you have a safer and happier holiday! Remember this list contains many, but not all of the toxic plants/foods, so check the links at the bottom of the article for more information.

 

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Aloe Vera entire plant Shrub
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American Holly Whole plant Tree/shrub
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American Yew Whole plant Tree
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Apple Seeds cultivated tree
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Apricot pit Cultivated tree
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Avocado entire plant Fruit
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Azaleas entire plant cultivated & wild shrub
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Bird-of-Paradise Pods garden flower
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Buckeye sprouts, nuts, seeds Tree
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Buttercup entire plant esp. leaves wildflower, garden herb
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Caffeine
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Castor bean entire plant esp. bean house plant
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Chocolate Whole plant (including the mulch derived from it) and chocolate food products Tree
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Coffee Beans, grounds and drinks made from them Garden Shrub
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Daffodil Bulbs garden flower
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Daphne bark, berries, leaves ornamental shrub
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Day lily entire plant is toxic to cats garden & wildflower
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Dough (raw/uncooked)
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Elderberry leaves, bark, roots, buds Tree
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Elephant’s ear entire plant house plant
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English Ivy entire plant esp. leaves, berries ornamental vine
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Foxglove Leaves wild & garden flower
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Garlic entire plant garden plant
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Hops Entire plant Garden plant
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Jimsonweed entire plant esp. seeds field plant
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Macadamia Nuts Nut Tree
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Manchineel Tree sap, fruit Tree
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Milk vetch entire plant Wildflower
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Mistletoe Berries house plant
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Mushroom entire plant Fungi
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Mustards Seeds Wildflower
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Nicotiana (tobacco) Leaves garden flower
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Oleander Leaves ornamental shrub
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Onion Entire plant Garden plant
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Peach Pit Tree
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Persimmon Seeds Tree
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Plum Pit Tree
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Poinsettia leaves, stem, flowers house plant
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Poison hemlock leaves, stem, fruit field plant
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Potato shoots, sprouts garden plant
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Raisins (grapes) Currants (whole fruit) Fruit
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Rhubarb Leaves garden plant
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Sago palm entire plant esp seeds ornamental plant
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Skunk cabbage entire plant esp roots, leaves marsh plant
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Tea Leaves (possibly plant as well) and anything made from it (tea drink) Even Decaf tea can cause problems. Garden plant
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Tomatoes Plant and fruit (less toxic as it ripens) Garden plant
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Xylitol (Gum)  A sweetener used in may candies, pastries, toothpastes and mouthwashes. Check ingredients to ensure there is no Xylitol!
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Wild black cherry leaves, pits Tree
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Wild radish Seeds Wildflower
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Wisteria pods, seeds ornamental plant
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Yellow oleander entire plant esp. leaves garden plant
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Yellow pine flax entire plant esp. seedpods Wildflower
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Walnuts The hull of the nut
(technically the mold that grows on it)
Tree
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pizap.com14151465492451Often people will say “My dog ate ______ lots of times and didn’t die, so ______ doesn’t kill dogs.” But that logic is no better than “My dog runs in the street all the time and has never been hit by a car, so dogs never get hit by cars.

Just because they survived the last time they ate something does not mean it will be the same every time, so the best plan is to avoid letting your pet have these things in any form.

Also beware that less reputable treat companies still use garlic and onion in treats. While it normally takes a significant amount to harm your pet, it is best to avoid such “treats” and instead go for a safer option.

We hope your holidays will be safe and full of love & memories!
Special thanks to Sally Jefferson for this amazing article and resource!

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If you would like read more about poisonous foods and plants to your pets here are some links that will give you further information!

ASPCA: A Large list of toxic plants (longer than this one)

The Humane Society: Foods that can be poisonous to pets

ASPCA: Foods that are Hazardous to Dogs

Pet Education: Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog

SPCAFC: Poisonous Plants

Earth Clinic: Poisonous Plants

Pet Poison Hotline: List of Poisons

Cesar’s Way: Garden dangers for dogs: Common plants that can kill

 

Knee Dislocation & Hip Dysplasia

Leia Loves SticksWhen we brought Leia home from the shelter there were a few things we didn’t know. We didn’t know she loves chasing a stick, we didn’t know she would gain 20 lbs in the first 2 months home, and we didn’t know she had patellar luxation. In fact, we didn’t find out for a while, until one day Leia went to stand up from a nap and whined. Then we started noticing it more: limping after hard play, being slow to get up and down, not wanting to walk as far as she use to… it broke our hearts. So we went to the vet for a check and to see what could be done. Leia was diagnosed with patellar luxation (dislocating knees) and had had this for a while. Both patellar luxation and hip dysplasia are somewhat common in large breed dogs. Symptoms can include limping, a skip in their step, bunny hopping with their back legs, swaying gait, refusal to stand on one leg, decreased activity, reduced interest in walking, trouble or reluctance to go up or down stairs, pain and tenderness, and slow or painful transitions form laying or sitting to standing (and vice versa).

There are generally 4 things you can do about these issues to help treat/manage it.

Knee and Hip Surgery

scalpelOne option is surgery. We learned that patellar luxation surgery can cost $1,500 to $3,000 dollars per knee, and our vet stated we would probably need to do one at a time with recovery time between (not all vets recommend separate surgeries). There is more than one type of surgery for hip dysplasia depending on the cause and severity of the issue, but in general the various surgeries can range from $1,500 to $3,000 and if you are considering replacing both hips it is from $7,000 to $12,000. Ouch!

Another route (and the one we chose) was managed care though supplements, pain management, and therapy.

DasuquinSupplements for Joint Health

Supplements can make a huge difference in how your dog feels on a daily basis. We put Leia on Dasuquin with MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) soft chews.  She loves the flavor and eats them like they are treats! We noticed the change after just a week of use. She moved easier, she moved faster, less whining when she got up and down. Dasuquin does not fix the problem, but it does make it much easier to live with. She is comfortable, happy, and demands her chew with breakfast.

Dasuquin contains Glucosamin and chondroitin  which helps with inflammation and joint health and may help reduce your pets need for pain medication. Also consider supplements with Omega3s such as Fish Oil soft gels. Our vet allowed us to give them twice daily in addition to the Dasuquin and Leia enjoys having them.

Pain Management

Our vet prescribed Previcox which is for pain and inflammation, is fast acting, and has worked well when Leia has occasional bad days (I think we have taken 3 in the past year). You do have options though! Some vets recommend Metacam  for pain and inflammation. It has the additional benefit of a good flavor, but it is not cheap. If you need a more cost effective option, talk to your vet about Meloxicam, it is affordable and with the help of some peanut butter, hotdog, or a pill pocket it can be easy to give.

PrevicoxAnother option is to get cortisone injections which can provide some pain relief, reduce inflammation, and generally lasts between 8 and 12 weeks. Cortisone is an injectable steroid medication and can lead to increased thirst, appetite, and can have additional negative side effects. Your vet should always be consulted before giving a cortisone injection.

Remember, some of these medications are used in humans as well, which can mean big savings for you! If your veterinarian is going to prescribe some medications for your pet, you might want to read this! Most medications are made for human consumption, some are not – so ASK! Find out exactly how many milligrams you are being prescribed and how many pills you are getting. Then, ask them how much the medications are going to cost.

Pull out your cell phone and check out the GoodRX  website or the GoodRX Mobile app. GoodRX allows you to enter your medication and zip code and compare prices nearby. Also consider getting a prescription and seeing if you can get it filled at Target, Publix, Walmart, or Sam’s Club. Most carry some medications that are prescribed for pets (and if you ever need antibiotics, they are free at Publix).  If you have a Walgreens or CVS card, you might find that these medications are cheaper at your local pharmacy. If it is not a medication you can get at a local pharmacy, check the price online at sites like 1800PetMeds. Many medications can be purchased for less online with a prescription. Also, ask your vet if they price-match, some vets have started doing this and it could save you a bit of money!

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy This option is often overlooked, and  I am really not sure why. There are several options when it comes to physical therapy and my very first suggestion is to talk to your vet before you implement any sort of in-home physical therapy. Some exercises include sit-stands (where you have your dog sit for a period of time, then stand, then sit again), short walks (if your dog appears sore or is limping at the end of the walk it is too much), hydrotherapy (including swimming and walking on a submerged aquatic treadmill), walking in figure 8’s and other exercises. It is important to use muscles or they will not improve, but not over use them to the point of damage. Here is a brief video about exercising dogs with hip dysplasia. Some exercises suggested for patellar luxation are contraindicated for hip dysplasia and vice versa, so it is very important to consult your vet &/or an orthopedic specialist.

A gentle massage and a warm (not hot) heating pad can provide additional relief.  Here is a brief video about  massage to address pain and there is are several videos about massage in general, as well as acupressure which can help with mobility, comfort and even anxiety and stress!   It is also important for your dog to maintain a healthy weight, as additional weight puts additional stress on joints. Talk to your vet about what your dog’s target weight should be to best protect joints and maintain overall health.

In Closing

Whether you choose surgery, supplements, pain management,  physical therapy, or a combination of any of the above, we hope you and your dog will benefit from the information presented.  Always consult with your veterinarian before taking a new course of action in order to ensure it is best for your pup, and consider consulting a canine orthopedic specialist, canine physical therapist, or canine massage therapist.  You are your dog’s advocate, if your veterinarian does not bring up these options, feel free to ask them how your dog might be able to benefit from them. Hopefully with some of these options your pup will find more pain-free days and reasons to keep that tail wagging!

 

 

Happy 5 Year Anniversary

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We have been through a lot in five years, we’ve made some mistakes, learned from them, brushed ourselves off and never quit! We have found the most amazing homes for the most amazing dogs, all because of your continued support and encouragement! Oh the memories we have shared!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart! ~ Gisele

 

 

DogForDog Contest

Dog For DogDog For Dog is having a Dog Food Contest, and we’re in it!  This contest is held solely on Facebook.  Click here to vote daily, and be sure to find us, then scroll down and enter your name and email address.

Out of over 500 who entered, we were in the top 50 and were chosen to compete.  Thank you Jeanette for being  in charge of this contest for us!  Woo Hoo!

GO TDL!

Update:  We landed in the 15th position, thanks to your tenacity in voting for us!  Thank you!

 

Winning a grant should not be based on your popularity, but in the Wells Fargo Grant, it is. We should not be competing with for-profit companies, but we are.

In order to even be considered we must be in the top 25 most voted. We have been scouring grant opportunities for several months, and none of them will allow for a purchase a vehicle – only this one!

After reviewing our competition, it is obvious that we are the underdog. We are the smallest company, with no payroll whatsoever, and no offices or buildings. Yet we have held onto the 12 – 14 position. While your daily votes are deeply appreciated, the next ten days will be a real challenge as our competitors campaign for their votes.

I have been having nightmares that we lose to a dry cleaning company, or a yogurt shop (no offense!) I like clean clothes and yogurt, but…..

Several times each day I check our votes, and see who is winning.  Sometimes I cry because I can almost taste this win, and sometimes I’m scared because I know how fast we can slip. We have ten days left. The question is, will we hear the Rocky Theme Song when this is over?

Look down at your wonderful dog, and give your dog a kiss, and know that your efforts will help us rescue more great dogs! Please share this newsletter with your friends, send an email, share this contest with your co-workers, post our need for votes on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram pages.

In just two months, because of your votes, we were rated the #9th Top Honored Non-Profit Company in the country. Let’s show Wells Fargo who we really are – We can do this- Vote!

 

Update:  Sarah made this video after she had trouble voting for us from her iphone!  Just lick on the post to view! Post by The DogLiberator.

 

You  don’t have to give out your email address or create an account, you just click the red button!  We have almost 5,000 followers on Facebook.  If just half of you vote every day, we will win!  I’m too stubborn to give up now!

Click Here to Vote! http://bit.ly/1nU5tXZ

Mobile Users: Finally I was able to vote using my cell phone! Once I clicked on the link I went to my settings, options, & I requested the desktop site. I turned my phone to view the video in landscape mode, and there was the vote button!!!

Proposal for Grant to the Bissell Foundation

Update:  Our proposal for the Bissell Grant was not accepted.

The Dog Liberator, Inc. submits their Proposal for the Bissell Foundation Grant

Next week, we are submitting our proposal to the Bissell Foundation for a grant to help us afford spay/neuter surgeries, and microchips.  We are also asking for vibrating collars to help us better train our deaf and/or blind dogs.

Please wish us luck!

Proposal for Meacham Foundation Grant

The Dog Liberator, Inc. applies for the Meacham Foundation Grant

In April of 2014, we electronically submitted our proposal for the Meacham Foudation Grant.  We asked for a privacy fence, not only to keep our dogs much safer (I have watched dogs literally climb our chain link fence!)  but also to help reduce the distraction of our Deaf and/or Blind dogs.  We received an 8,000 quote for a PVC privacy fence, but submitted our $4,000 quote for a wooden one.  The dogs care not what color our fence is!

This fence will be just one phase of our Yard Crasher’s Dream!

Please cross your fingers and wish us luck!

Bissell for Pets

http://www.bissell.com/partnersforpets/how-you-can-help/

Not only can your purchases help Rescues, when you purchase from Bissell, and activate our code, we will have a chance to enter into their $5,000 sweepstakes through their Partners for Pets Program!    Just enter the code ADOPT, and select The Dog Liberator to help us enter the contest!

Major – Shelter Dog of the Week

at Halifax Humane Society

at Halifax Humane Society

Major is an awesome 2 year-old dog at the Halifax Humane Society. While The Dog Liberator focuses on rescuing primarily the herding breed, we can’t help but notice some awesome dogs that are sitting in shelters and pounds in our community that deserve a great home. Major is one of those dogs! Click here to visit his Petango page

I'm a very good boy!

I’m a very good boy!

Or, contact Halifax Humane Society directly:  (386) 274-4703

2364 LPGA Boulevard, DAYTONA BEACH, FL, 32124

 

Gizmo from  Halifax

Gizmo from Halifax

Also available is Gizmo, whom we met at the Mardi Gras Parade!

Wear The Dog Liberator!

TDL T-shirts are available in XL, Large, Medium and Small.  Make a $25 donation, specify your size, and we’ll ship it immediately.  Buy Two for $40.

Sarah in a TDL T-shirt

Sarah with Claire Bear in a TDL T-shirt

Pack Leader Baseball Caps

Pack Leader Baseball Caps

 

TDL Baseball caps are available for a $25 donation.    Buy Two for $40.

 




 

 

 

 

Our 2014 Calendars available on Lulu:

2014 calendar

Photos of our 2013 Reunion

2014 Adoption Calendar

Photos of our Rescued Dogs, their New Families, and our Volunteers

 

TDL Published Works:

Bart Revisted

Huckleberry

Deaf Dogs Hear with Their Hearts

Penelope (for kids)

 

Before going to Amazon, visit Fundico to Help raise money for TDL’s Veterinary Care Fund

See huge deals on Yankee Candles through TDL

See our Wish List on Amazon.

Check out Bark Box as a great gift idea!

Over 700 Reasons to Support The Dog Liberator on Giving Tuesday

We want to thank everyone who participated in our fundraising campaigns on Giving Tuesday. We had a successful day, and raised enough to replenish our Veterinary Care Fund.  We are seriously scouting for our future dream team!

 

Giving TuesdayGiving Tuesday is December 3rd. This national fundraising campaign designed for social media outlets to spread the word and giving back. Visit our event page on Facebook, or Visit our Fundraising Campaign on Giving Tuesday!

our own handy dandy app!All we ask if that you share our posts, fundraising campaigns and videos on your facebook or twitter page, and ask your friends to do the same.  It’s all about creating awareness, increasing communication, and reaching out!

When donating to us through Giving Tuesday, you immediately receive a receipt for your taxes via email.  Want more information about The Dog Liberator?  Visit Where the Money Goes for up-to-date financials.

 

 

Great NonProfitsThe Dog Liberator was rated #9 in 2013 in Great NonProfits.

Where the money goes

In preparing for Giving Tuesday, this December 3rd, we want to be as transparent as possible!

Michelle Kamber, TDL foster and volunteer transporter is also our bookkeeper, not a job I can handle well!  She has downloaded all of our financials for this year up to September 13th, and has created these charts to share with you how we operate.  What we are very proud to share with you is that 100% of all donations to straight to the dogs.

Shown below is our revenue which is made up of adoption fees and donations.  45% of our revenue is generated from Donations, while 55% of our revenue is donated from our Adoption fees.

TDL Income Graph

Next is our expenses, broken down into four categories.

25% spent on Operating costs, this includes internet, cell phone, office supplies, t-shirts, banners, websites, professional services, pens, paper… basically anything that the dogs don’t wear, eat, or use.

13% has been spent on Transportation, including of course, gas!

16% has been spent on Administrative costs.

45% has been spent on the Dogs.  This includes anything that goes into or on the dogs.  Veterinary fees, medicines, collars, leashes, micro-chips, food, flea and tick preventative, etc.

TDL Expense Graph

So there you have it!  TDL all wrapped up in two pie charts.  Thank you Michelle!

On Giving Tuesday, please support our rescue.  There are over 700 reasons why we should be your favorite nonprofit!

Donations Needed

Gisele and Winter

Gisele and Winter

We must to hold off on rescuing any new dogs until we can replenish our Veterinary Care Fund.  In the past few months, we have rehomed a lot of great dogs to wonderful families.  Some of these dogs, however, had costly medical needs, especially Poppy, Claire Bear, Petals and Petunia. In the meantime, we are taking a short break to focus on finding quality  homes for the dogs we currently have in our rescue.

Please help by making a donation to our Veterinary Care Fund, just visit our Virtual Fostering page for details, or click on the paypal button below.  We really need your support so we can get back to work!  As always, you can call our Vet directly, and make a donation to The Dog Liberator’s Veterinary Care Account, 386-860-5335.

Our focus now is on fund raising, but rest assured there are a lot of administrative tasks and cleaning duties that await us while we regroup!



Mabel – Wants out of Dodge

Mabel has an ouchie!

Mabel has an ouchie!

Mabel is in Hale County.  Here’s her story:

Mabel is waiting for rescue. She is in Alabama. We need someone to sponsor her, we would love to have a foster but more importantly, if you think you’d like to adopt Mabel, please raise your hand! We are getting more details about her, but this is what we know:

Mabel is a 12 month old Aussie Mix with the most beautiful markings. She is recuperating from a gun shot wound to her back leg. She gets along with all dogs when she is properly introduced to and is people friendly. Very sweet girl. She has been updated on all vaccines and is unaltered.  We are waiting on her heartworm test results.

The shelter wrote:  “the pad on the bottom of her right back paw is busted open from the buck shot.”

Ouch, but that can heal!  If you can sponsor Mabel, please visit http://thedogliberator.com/virtual-foster/

Thank you!

Update:  We were not able to find a Virtual Foster for Mabel, and I’m sorry that she won’t be coming to TDL, however, I have learned that another rescue is going to take her!  Woo Hoo!

 

See more photos of Mabel on Facebook.

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