Save Money on Prescription Medications for Your Dog

Save Money on Prescription Drugs for your DogYou know that feeling when you’re standing at the counter at the vet?  You’ve waited forever, your dog has been examined, you’ve been given a diagnosis and part of you is relieved, and part of you feels overwhelmed knowing you’re about ready to get the bill!  I know that what you really want to do is get out of there, but slow down!

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 look it up!  Download this app on your phone, plug in your zip code and poof!  If you have a Walgreens or CVS card, you might find that these medications are cheaper at your local pharmacy.

If you find that you can save a substantial amount, and you don’t need the medication immediately, ask for a written prescription!

Did You Know?  

Did you know that if your dog has hip dysplasia your vet might recommend using Metacam.  Metacam is awesome, my Reckless was on it for years.  The honey-flavored liquid was easy to dispense, and she loved the taste, but it was costing me about $25 a week.  I later learned that Metacam is really Meloxicam!  If anyone in your family has ever suffered from joint pain, a shoulder or knee injury they were probably given Meloxicam.  I talked to my vet about the difference – one is a liquid and the other is a pull.  For 30 tables, 15 MG the Meloxicam in pill form is $4 a month at Walmart, Target and many other pharmacies!


Also Read Over-the-Counter-Medication

Lugol’s Iodine

lugols-iodine-2-40053After receiving dozens of suggestions for Claire Bear, I did purchase two bottles of Lugol’s Iodine.  I am (when I think about it) adding a few drops to the dogs’ water dish.  I’ve been given a lot of information to comb through, and while I don’t think it’s for everyone, I think it’s something we should each research, and decide for ourselves is this is a product that could be beneficial not only for ourselves, but for our dogs.  There are tons of websites packed with information about the product, how to use it, its benefits and side effects.  I invite you to investigate it and decide for yourself!  If you find a helpful webpage that you’d like to share with us, please post it in a comment on this page!  Thanks!

Click here for details and where to buy it.

Click here to review a Great post on Lugol’s Iodine.

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Bart Revisited

It's Bart!

It’s Bart!

09/07/13 Update:  It’s been one year since Bart was adopted.  I guess I can let my hair down now!  I never stopped to think about what was going on during those sleepless nights, I was on auto pilot.  All I could think about was Goldie Hawn, and desperately trying to do more, do different, do something else.  I just couldn’t lose this pup.

Yes, there were times I didn’t think he’d make it.  I remember going to Dr. Oliver and telling him either he gives me a shot of something, or gives me something to save this dog!  Dr. Oliver is so cool!  He tweaked his meds… but probably just to sooth my nerves!

I didn’t know then that people… extremely close friends of mine, were talking – Talking behind my back.  Talking about the likelihood that should Bart die, I would quit.  It wasn’t until months passed, and Bart not only survived but was adopted, did my friends come clean with their fears.  They were right.  I just don’t think I could’ve handled it.

I wrote Bart’s story in three days.  It was amazing how the details were all in my memory, and how much I enjoyed writing this!  I’m really anxious to hear your reviews!

You can review and buy it on  Included in this book, are your comments!  The comments you left on Facebook as Bart flirted with death were uplifting.  This sickly pup had a lot of ups and downs, but he made it.  Your prayers, warm thoughts and cheers were appreciated.  While I felt very alone, wondering if I was doing enough, you were with me every single day!  Thank you!

Also included are sections written by Sarah White-Buxbaum, Holli Miller, and Bart’s owners, are also included in this book, most of which has never been shared before.

Click here to see Bart’s original post.



Meredith, the Parvo Puppy~Adopted

Matt of Newman DeLand with the Parvo Pup

Matt of Newman DeLand with the Parvo Pup

06/01/13:  I was shopping in DeLand with Sarah, it was “grown-up girl bonding day” (that’s what she calls it), when I noticed a missed call around 12:30 PM from Newman Veterinary Centers in DeLand.  Yes, I have every Vet programmed into my phone.  Sarah was trying on a pair of shoes when I told her, “stop, I have a call, and it’s DeLand Newman.”  They never call me!  At first I thought maybe one of my former adopters was in trouble, or they needed some paperwork, so I called, and it was Matt.  Matt works at the Deltona office often, and he has been my Vet tech many times.

“I have a Parvo puppy here, and she’s a Border Collie, can you take her?”  I thought it to be odd so I asked him a few questions, and I asked him to send me a photo, not really believing that it was a Border Collie.  “The dog’s owners surrendered her to us (the Vet) because they couldn’t afford the treatment.”

I paid for Sarah’s things, left the store and waited in the van, and there it was.  A text message from Matt and a gorgeous Border Collie looking like… well… Parvo!

We drove though McDonalds to grab a bite, and I headed over to Newman’s.  As I was driving, I explained to Sarah we would have to make chicken stew.  We would have to setup a crate in my bedroom, and set it all up Bart-style.  Sarah was quick to interrupt me (that’s her job, she’s a kid) and she named the pup.  I’d rather not share her name at this point, since her fate is still in God’s hands.

She's TDL now!

She’s TDL now!

When I arrived, I saw a lifeless body, a dog that was emaciated, a dog that wouldn’t lift her head, a dog that had evidence of Parvo.  “She hasn’t vomited in two days,”  Matt explained.  He went into detail about the dog’s history, but as he was, I realized that I could not bring this dog home with me.  If she’s not eating or drinking, she needs ISO, and she needs to be hospitalized.  “Oh, you must have misunderstood me,”  Matt explained.  I meant will you take ownership of her, and transport her to Deltona and watch over her care!”

You know what my answer was!

He gave me her IV fluids, some medicine, I signed paperwork to take ownership of the pup, and took copies of her lab results.  I just so happened to have a crate in my van, and he loaded her up.  Deltona was contacted and were aware that the pup was on her way.

hearing my voice she lifted her head briefly

hearing my voice she lifted her head briefly

Apparently, this pup was suffering for several days, not eating and vomiting.  The owners took her to DeLand on Tuesday.  She was given fluids and was treated for Parvo.  DeLand strongly urged that the owners take her to Deltona, where they can provide long-term treatment.  They promised they would, and Deltona was on standby waiting for a Parvo pup to arrive, but they never showed up.  Instead, they went back to DeLand on Thursday.  By that time, the pup was in really bad shape.  They had two options.  Euthanize or surrender the dog to Newman.

Why?  The dog was suffering without the treatment.  The cost to treat would be high, and the owners said they could not afford to treat.  For two days the folks at Newman Deland watched over the pup until she was stable…. hence the phone call to me!

On the way to Deltona, the unthinkable happened.  My van, the van that lost third gear last week, started to squeal, and smoke.  “Pull over Mommy!”  Sarah shouted.  I kept driving!  The mechanic warned me that I’d lose 2nd gear soon, and I guess that time has come.

I made crazy noises for her to face me, looks like she's asking "Is this van going to make it?"

I made crazy noises for her to face me, looks like she’s asking “Is this van going to make it?”

I arrived at Newman Deltona, (van still smoking) where George was waiting.  I was greeted by Dr. Pinzon and he reviewed the pups paperwork.  Her white bloodcell count is dangerously low.  The fact that she hasn’t vomited in two days is meaningless considering we don’t know when’s the last time she ate anything.

George carried the pup into the ISO room, laid the pup down in the same metal crate that Bart stayed in, and that’s when the flashbacks of Bart really started to him me.

I shared with Dr. Pinzon our success with Bart, the combination of glucose, anti-nausea shots, and a vitamin B shot.  I was hopeful.  Clearly, we’ve done this before, surely we can do it again.  Dr. Pinzon explained what I know to be true at this point; it’s a hit or miss.  There are no guarantees.  There is little hope, yet we won’t deny optimism.  It’s a 50/50.

George to the Rescue

George to the Rescue

So where does this pup come from?  If she’s 16 weeks old, she should’ve already been given her three sets of shots, and she should be clear of the threat of Parvo.  She couldn’t have come from a shelter or pound, she would have had all of her shots, and been spayed.  Could she come from a rescue that doesn’t quarantine and vet?  Did she come from a pet store or was she a flea market puppy?  We don’t know…. but maybe you know!  Maybe you’ve seen her face before on Facebook.  Maybe she looks familiar?

Bart's ISO Crate

Bart’s ISO Crate

Regardless, the folks at Newman are going to treat her with aggressive treatments, including a transfusion.  I’m not a vet, and I don’t understand everything that they are doing to her right now, but I know they are doing everything!  Her treatment will cost a minimum of $400 per day, including a vet tech to stay with her overnight.  I’m not really concerned about that at this point, because I know that the next 24 hours are critical.  I’m either going to get a call that she didn’t make it tomorrow, or I’m going to get a call that she’s eating.  It can go either way at this point, and we all know that.

I really want to be stocking up and arranging the private bathroom into an ISO room for her. I want to be shopping and get ready to make chicken stew. But I don’t think it’s wise right now to do all of those things. I need to force myself to wait, wait at least 24 hours. Wait to see what God has in store for this little girl.

Some people don’t believe in treating for Parvo, and sometimes I think it’s crazy.  I think Parvo is a God thing.  They either make it or they don’t.  Sometimes I feel that you’ve got to at least try.  She’s made it this far.  I don’t think it’s really up to us, you know?  I can tell by the look in her eyes that her will to live is very tiny at this point.  She probably feels like she’s been run over by a bus, and she’s probably sick and tired of feeling sick.  I can’t blame her.

For a moment, after really looking over this pups condition, knowing how many days she has suffered, I wanted to say that most people in general, suck! But people don’t suck! Look at the folks at Newman DeLand, how they called us, they called us to save this girl. Look at how Newman Deltona folks were chomping at the bit to help her. Everyone wants her to make it. People don’t suck!!!!  If she was a he I’d name her George, or Matt… or even Newman, but that’s not going to happen this time!

I have a lot of confidence that TDL supporters will help this pup, they always have… or I should say, YOU always have. I know you are going to pray for her, cheer her on, and help her in anyway you can, because that’s what you do.  I know that times are tough, but I still have a lot of confidence that if this little girl pulls through, you will help, and we watch her get stronger, we will watch her take her first bite of food, we’ll see her first wag, see her give her first kiss, and scream with pride when she starts running and playing. Because that’s what we do!

On the way home, I drove in the rain, again, just like I drove home in the rain when I left Bart there last year.  But when I drove home after leaving Bart in that same metal kennel, if you recall, I saw a rainbow.  This time, I looked all around me, waiting and hoping.  I turned left, I turned right, and looked over my shoulder, and I couldn’t find Goldie’s Rainbow.  I pulled into the driveway and shut the van off.  I disposed of the blanket that was in the crate, and stored the crate on the side of my house.  I looked around my neighborhood… still no rainbow.

Evening Update:  She is having her first transfusion.  She is standing up in her crate (great sign).  Nicole, a Vet Tech will be staying with her tonight so she will not be alone.  She will be closely monitored.  I’ll be happy when she starts to eat.  Until then, we watch, wait and pray!  Thank you for your outpouring support and prayers.  You can see more photos of the pup on Facebook and take a moment to read all of the supportive comments!

06/02/13 Morning Update:  I spoke with Ray at 7:30 am, and he said that the pup’s white cell count is within range, all of her blood work is within range, so the transfusion was a success.  I called at 10:30 am and spoke with George.  He believes she is much better today, she is lifting her head, and walking around in her crate a bit!  I suppose they are going to try to feed her soon, and she if she cares to take a bite.  If she does, we’ll have to see if she can hold it down.  If she does, she’s coming home with me.  No Woo Hoo yet, until I can see that she is eating.  My crock pot is ready to make gallons of chicken stew, but for now it’s sitting on the counter top, unplugged.

Wishful Stew!

Wishful Stew!

11:46 Update:  I am the most impatient person I know!  I can’t just sit here all day worrying and wondering.  One whole chicken, two sliced turkey legs, sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, rosemary and garlic.  After it’s cooked, and I de-bone the chicken and turkey, I’ll add beef liver and a few noodles.  When it’s cool, before I serve, I’ll add more water, crushed vitamin C, and yogurt on the top!  This is Bart’s recipe, thanks to Andi Brown!





06/04/13 Update:  I brought Meredith home yesterday.  After taking a close look at her features, I wonder if she’s an Old English Sheepdog or Great Pyrenees mix!  She settled in quickly into her crate, and much to my surprise, not a peep.  She is not eating, and I’m very concerned.  Here’s what she has to say today.

Good morning Peeps. I’m still not eating. I threw up a little bit this morning. I slept all night, didn’t make a sound, boy I needed that. Gisele is really worried, I can see it in her face. She comes into my new room, and listens to me breathing. She is afraid, afraid of the potential that I will get upper respiratory. Seriously, that is the next phase if I don’t start eating. 

I know it’s not good to be a pessimist, and you guys are all cheering me on, but it’s Gisele’s job to be prepared, know her enemy and prepare for war. Parvo is an ugly thing, but Parvo and Pneumonia is… well, unspeakable.

I have a name now, thank you for that. Gisele is keeping her heart at a distance, giving me a chance, and trying to be hopeful, but knowing that my fate could turn on a dime.

She wants to start me on new meds today, but is reluctant because I’m not eating. One thing is for sure, I’m much happier here than at the Vet’s ISO room, no offense. More updates coming soon. ~Meredith

4:00 PM Update: Two syringes full of purified stew, and she’s eating on her own.


I had two bowls of stew this morning... I'm a moose!

I had two bowls of stew this morning… I’m a moose!

06/06/13 Update:  Meredith’s people have contacted TDL confirming what had happened to her.  She was very much loved by her owners, who could not possibly afford the treatment for Parvo, not many people can.  This is mainly because you never know what the pup will need.  Will it be two days in ISO or a week?  Will the pup need multiple transfusions or just one?

I’m very impressed with Meredith, she has not coughed, and her progress is incredible.  She had a beautiful poop yesterday, yes poop is important, and I had it tested.  Meredith is Parvo Negative!  She is still very emaciated, but her immune system  is fighting to stray strong!

We are actively looking for the right foster home, or adopter for  Meredith.  The Dog Liberator is now in the red.  When we are finished with Meredith’s care, including a third round of boosters, rabies, de-worming, spay and chip, Meredith will be at least a $1,200 dog.  While we received donations for her Veterinary care, I believe the donations totaled less than $200.  While we appreciate every dime, the money we spent on Meredith could have saved so many dogs, but that’s what we’re here for!  Meredith was worth it.  She will have a wonderful life, and she will be someone’s heart dog that is for sure!  Could it be you?

Meredith and her boy

Meredith and her boy

We always try to share as much as we know about all of our dogs.  What we don’t know, we guess.  We were contacted by Meredith’s original family.  A friend of the family saw her photo on our Facebook page.  Since they surrendered Meredith, they have been heartbroken.  I’m sure we’ve all been in their shoes, not knowing if our dog is going to make it or not.  I know when my Reckless had pyometra, I was devastated.  The cost for the surgery was over $1,000 and I didn’t have that kind of money, luckily, a friend helped me pay for her medical bills.  But what if I didn’t?

What happened with Meredith’s owners was knowing the cost of treating her, and the 50/50 chance of her surviving.  Many dogs who have parvo could cost up to $1,000 a day in ISO.  In Meredith’s case, she received a blood transfusion, and without knowing how many it would take before her labs were safe, the vet estimated that it could cost anywhere between $5,000 – $7,000.  This ballpark verbal quote was truly accurate.  However, Meredith surprised us all.  After one blood transfusion, her labs were perfect!  I took her home earlier than expected, mainly because she was going berzerk at the vet!  I kept her on medication to increase her appetite and medication for nausea.  That, combined with Andi Brown’s chicken stew, and Anita’s idea to use a syringe to force her to eat… worked!

In short, Meredith got lucky.  She had dozens of people praying for her, a great vet and veterinary staff, a medical treatment plan that worked… Meredith had all of us working together to save her life.  The folks at Newman’s Veterinary Centers were amazing.

After interviewing her previous owners, and discussing Meredith’s condition, they agreed to reimburse The Dog Liberator for Meredith’s care.  Meredith went back home tonight.  She was more than excited to see her old family, and it was obvious that they love her so very much.  Meredith will have her third booster shot in two weeks, and she will be spayed two weeks later.  She will be fostered by Linda and Leon of DeLand and after her spay, she will be their dog, once again.

I’ve talked about how quick we are to judge people while in rescue, probably because we see so many wrongs.  Dogs that are emaciated, beaten, tied to a tree all of their life, we’ve seen it all.  But sometimes, bad things happen to good people.  In Meredith’s case, she was suffering, and there were no guarantees that she would survive.

Wanna Go Home now?

Wanna Go Home now?

If you told me that my dog had cancer, might not survive, and it could cost $5,000 to try to save her, I personally would have to stop and think about it.  I’d have to weigh it all out.  I’d be scared as hell.

I know that at one time, you have all had to watch your dog suffer, not knowing if medicine can save him or her.  If you’re living pay day to pay day like I do, it’s a hard pill to swallow.  I have no doubt that regardless of the decision they made that day, it was hard on them.  Euthanize, treat or surrender is a decision many dog owners have been faced with.  If you’re wealthy, or are financially secure, your decision would be a no-brainer.  Not everyone is that fortunate.

I am convinced that when a dog owner finds out that their dog has heartworm, and they are given a quote to treat, many owners surrender that dog to the pound.  It’s so sad because there are other options to treat heartworm, but many times those options are offered to the owner.

What we have here in Dog Liberator is a community of caring people who help each other.  That’s something that Linda and Leon didn’t have.  They didn’t have a support system like we do.

After they left, I wondered if puppy insurance would’ve covered Parvo treatment?  I don’t know the answer to that question.  I suppose the Pet insurance company could consider Parvo a pre-existing condition, and it would not be covered.  I did find one company that does cover Parvo.  Should all new puppy owners buy pet insurance?  Maybe!  You can always drop it after your pup is 12 months old, and has all of its shots!  But check the policy and ask if Parvo is covered.  Read the fine print and check if Parvo is considered a pre-existing condition.

Meredith will receive excellent care, she will put on the weight that she lost due to this nasty virus, and she will be right as rain within no time.

I want to thank everyone with Newman Veterinary Centers, they were amazing (as always).  They really cared about Meredith the Moose!  They really wanted Meredith to make it, and she did because of them.

For those of you who donated toward Meredith’s care, THANK YOU!  If you’d like TDL to reimburse you for your donation, please drop me a line at If I don’t hear from you, rest assured, your donations go directly into our Veterinary Care Fund waiting for the next Meredith that we rescue…. together!

As a side note, I just want everyone to be aware of the numerous grants out there, that are available for dogs in need.  Some are designed for the dog owner, some are designed for the Veterinary Center that offers to discount their service.  Never give up!  Use the internet and find help!

06/08/13 Update:  After sorting through all of the facts and the emotions regarding Meredith, I realized that all of us have had a moment where we wish we could turn back the hands of time and have a do-over.  I guess that’s what Meredith’s family had a chance to do, do-over and get their dog back.

This comment was left on Facebook this morning.  I really appreciated reading it!

Kelle Taylor Brooks wrote:  That story touched me so much because I have been in that families shoes..a few years ago after depleting all savings and running up credit cards while going through breast cancer treatment a worker left my gate open and heart sheltie was hit by a car..It was after hours so my vet was closed and the emergency vet kept making me come up with hundreds of dollars for each procedure one at a time before they would treat..I was calling family members begging them for money or their credit cards. I had never been in a position where I had no credit to rely on. After $2000.00 and a horrible night my dog was euthanized at my vets in the morning. It is a helpless feeling when you have no additional funds to keep going on. That is so awesome that you were their saving angel who gave that boy his best friend back.

Sarah Buxbaum wrote:  I liked what you said about how we are sometimes quick to judge when we hear about surrenders. Sometimes it is their only chance, ya know? I am so Happy for Meredith that she not only survived this huge trial, but will get to keep her family. In her adoption pictures you can see the joy on her face to be with her people again.  Congratulations baby girl!

Meredith’s family wrote:  I have my baby girl home and thanks to Newman Deltona,  Gisele, Matt at Newman DeLand, and all staff  at Newman Veterinary Centers-SO SO GRATEFUL for all of your help to save her.  She was a gift to my husband who loves animals and he was recently claimed totally disabled, was forced into retirement and this pup was being given away at my place of work.  I thought she would  be  like a service dog which we could train her to be his right hand girl or at least give him a reason to live.

Thank you for all you did for our Camay.  We’ve been married for 26 years and have had pets for our kids.  We have had our first, who was a 10 year old rescue golden retriever Ajax, then came another GR  Comet, and then Ivory, which all have been lost to old age.  Then our sweet boy Kaboom is 3 years old this month.  

I haven’t seen Leon, my husband, this happy in a while.  We were so sad last week when we surrendered her but we  were so happy today when we picked her up and she was a pretty happy girl too!  Tomorrow we will go crate shopping, much to Leon’s dismay!  We will do what we are told to keep her happy and safe and healthy!  ~Linda


Bart's story of survival

Bart’s story of survival


So much about my experience with Bart was not shared here on this page. I took the time after his adoption to publish his story. Now that I look back, it’s quite amazing!

Bart goes Home



Adoption:Bart was adopted by M. H. Clark and Pete Mellen, both university professors. No doubt, he’ll have his own degree soon! It’s not goodbye, it’s see you soon!


Bart Today:  Bart is a very healthy pup, he has gained so much weight, thanks to great veterinary care and Andi Brown’s Chicken Stew, that he is the epitome of health.  He is Parvo negative, and has fully recovered.  Parvo is a virus, much like a cold.  He is not only affected by the virus anymore, he also is not contagious whatsoever.  This is one strong little pup who has much to offer his new family.

Bart’s Shelter Photo

History: I opened an email last week that was full of cute pups, but one stood out because he was the only Collie.  I immediately replied to Hollie and asked if I could get him.  The photo was not very clear, but I knew I was looking at a long nose and beautiful eyes.  Emily Kennedy was with me when I received his first photo, and after I shared it with her, she asked if we could name him Bartholomew!

I neglected to explain earlier, that this little pup was left in the night drop box at Animal Control.  Not a very fitting option for a sick pup.

Friday, July 13th:  Sarah White volunteered to help with the transport, and the collie was coming to me!  That morning Hollie warned me that he had runny stool.  Once Sarah picked him up, she noticed that he had no energy, and something just didn’t seem right.  Once he threw up, she called me with serious concerns.  She indicated that it had a metallic smell to it.  I instructed Sarah to drive straight to Val-u-Vet on the way to my home.  I contacted the vet, and they stood ready to assist.  I wanted fluids and a parvo test.

After dropping him off, Sarah and I sat and waited at my house for the results.  Thirty minutes later, the dreaded phone call confirmed that he tested strong positive.  We discussed his options, his treatment, and the cost.

so sad

Scared out of my mind, I called Anita and we decided to ask for donations to cover his first few days of treatment.  If he survives, we will determine what the cost will be and decide if we should do a chip-in at a later date.  When a rescue has a medically needy animal, the funds used to save that animal are not available to rescue the next group that are waiting in line to be rescued.

We quickly had dinner and Sarah drove me to the vet to visit little Bart.  The moment they opened the door to his private room, I fought back the tears… it was Goldie Hawn all over again.  He wouldn’t have eye contact with me, and even as I sat on the floor close to his cage, he would not lift his head.  I opened his crate, and rubbed his little head and whispered sweet nothings in his ear!    Everything that can be done medically, was being done.

As I left, the staff and I agreed that the next 24 hours would be critical.  There’s really nothing we can do at this point, but pray, and see if he makes it.

When I got back home, Sarah and I sat together for a while, and I felt myself bouncing back and forth between hope and despair.  I was preparing myself for the worse, yet trying to be hopeful.  It surprises me that most rescuers aren’t bi-polar!

Hang in there little guy!


Saturday, July 14th:  I slept with one eye open last night, falling back asleep with a silent prayer, and had dreams of setting up my master bathroom into a triage area once again, exactly like I had set it up for Goldie Hawn, three years ago.  But did Bart make it through the night?

My son Ryan woke me up, he had made the coffee and let all of the dogs out already.  There was no excuse but for me to get out of bed and make the call.  I took one sip, and dialed the number.  Ray informed me that not only did Bart eat his breakfast, he’s lifting his head up and wagging his tail.  Wow!  Can I get excited now?  Not really, I have to stay in limbo for a while, but I can’t deny how good it feels to know he has eaten!

Tomorrow marks The Dog Liberator’s three year anniversary.  July 15th marks the day I adopted out Mel.  Bonnie Belle would be adopted just a few days later, and I got the rescue fever!

I’m getting emails from folks throughout the country that remember Goldie Hawn.  It feels so good to know she has not been forgotten. Goldie was my Lady Di’s pup.  They were both flown to me by Jeff Bennett of Pilots-n-Paws.

What I have learned in these past three years is incredible.  I’ve learned how strong I really am, and I’ve learned how weak I really am as well.

Saying Goodbye to Goldie Hawn, October, 2009

What he really needs is a foster with the intent to adopt.  Since I don’t have a foster that can take care of Bartholomew for several weeks, I will prepare my triage room, and visit him later today.  Thank you for your prayers, healing thoughts and donations.  I know I’m not alone.


You can see all of Bartholomew’s photos on Facebook.
Saturday, July 14th:  It’s been about 24 hours since Bart was admitted to the vet.  I visited him today, and his vitals are good, but what’s really fantastic is that he’s eaten twice!  I suppose he’ll be fed again tonight, and no vomiting or bloody stool!

Hugs and Kisses

He stood up and thumped his tail for me, and I got to hold him in my lap for while and smother him with kisses.  I’m hoping he can come home with me tomorrow, if everything goes well.  Is he out of the woods yet?  Not really, but boy this is great news!  I think the most important thing we did to save Bart is get him into the vet immediately, give him fluids, have him tested, and administer the anti-nausea medication.  I believe the anti-nausea medication alone has made a huge difference in saving our pups that have been exposed to Parvo.

As I reviewed the photos that Emily took of Bart and I, I hate my grey hair, my sagging neck, my wrinkled face… I didn’t look like this three years ago… but I sure love my family, my dogs, my job, our adopters, our fans, and my friends!  
Bart’s story has been published, and it’s quite a story.  For details, visit  There you will find details about his story, updates, and book reviews!



How can I ever thank you?


“you said you wanted me to feel better!”

Sunday, July 22:  Bart had a very very good night! Everything is starting to work. Continue to cross your fingers that the worse is over and it’s all great news from here.

Well, again I spoke too soon. Bart will not soil in his room, he held his pee over night and went outside this morning, and he hides in the bushes to do his number two… all boys need their privacy! When I checked on him this afternoon, here’s what he did with the newspaper and wee wee pads! Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 24th: Here’s your update for today! Enjoy!

Proud with ears and tail up, wearing his red TDL tag!

Review a post regarding Rescue and the details the rescue of Bart and Shy Sharon, called Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid and how these two dogs literally rescued me!

Yes, Bart was adopted, and I will be providing details and updates shortly!




And he lived happily ever after. Thank you to everyone who made it possible! -Bart 2013 –


Sara the Sick Puppy

The first time I saw Sara was on Steve Williams’ facebook page. Was there ever a more adorable puppy? I think not! I put out a feeler on her, but didn’t really pursue it because she was in Alabama and I knew she’d get adopted right away. That was May 10th. Imagine my surprise when Terry Watts sent me another message about her on May 23rd. She hadn’t been adopted yet! I asked Terry to contact Steve and, if she was still available, see what she could do about getting her to us. Steve said an adopter was supposed to be coming that night, but if they didn’t, he would let us know. Guess what ~ they no-showed, and Terry and Steve agreed to rendezvous in Pensacola on the 25th.

On the road

The morning of the 25th, Terry called me, all smiles. She had little Sara and she was precious, just a cute and cuddly as you could ever hope. Steve was wonderful, and Terry was happy. In fact, she was so happy I suggested that rather than transport Sara to me, how about she just foster her there in Panama City until she was adopted. Let’s just say I didn’t have to twist Terry’s arm. She said she had a wonderful vet, Dr. Gerrie Barr of Vet’s Pets, who would work with her on getting Sara spayed and ready for her new life.  We set up Sara’s photo album in anticipation of posting her when she was settled in.

Lounging with Terry

The next afternoon Terry called to say Sara had diarrhea. I wasn’t too concerned ~ it was probably coccidea, very common in puppies after the stress of transport. I recommended that she take her to the vet and get some Albon and Metronidozole; in the meanwhile, give her some canned pumpkin in her food. It helps stablize the digestive system. Terry’s vet was out of the office until the next morning, but she had the first appointment. We touched base a few more times throughout the evening. Sara’s condition was worsening, but she was still taking water. We talked about the possibility of parvo, but agreed it was unlikely since Sara had gotten her shots on the 10th, and had been with Steve for a couple of weeks.

The next morning, this morning, May 27th, I called Terry early. She’d been up all night with little Sara, who’d had the runs all night and seemed lethargic. Terry had finally fallen asleep with the puppy on her lap. She awoke to licks on her chin. Sara ate a little chicken and rice, but now her stools were coated in mucous.

An hour later she called from the vet’s office. Tearfully she confirmed our worst fears ~ parvo.

I spoke with Dr. Barr on the phone. He is the type of person you like right away. He has that steady voice, that reassuring manner that we all hope for in a vet. He told me that Sara tested “hot positive” for parvo. It wasn’t a false positive as I had hoped since her vaccine was two weeks earlier. He said he treats about 50 parvo cases a month, that about 60% pull through. I asked him is to explain his standard protocol, which he kindly did. He then told me that what I chose to do was up to me, that I would get no pressure from him. He understood that as a rescue, we operate under financial restraints. I told him I’d call him back in five minutes…..

Dr. Barr with Sara

Gisele and I came to agreement, and I called Dr. Barr. Please treat Sara with your standard protocol, but contact me when we are at $400. At that point we’ll have to evaluate how she is doing. I then asked him to give Terry a hug for me. Poor Terry. She was trying to be such a big girl. She has operated in the world of rescue a long time and knows the hard decisions we make. But she doesn’t foster puppies. And she hasn’t had to deal with parvo. We couldn’t just say no……

And now Terry has another hard phone call to make. She has to call Steve and tell him. If he is fostering other puppies at home, this will be especially hard news. If you are involved with puppies long enough, you will have to deal with parvo. It is just reality. It has little to do with care or cleanliness. It is just part of the puppy world.

So now we wait. We wait to see if Sara responds to the IVs and antibiotics. We wait and hope and pray.

I invite you to wait with us. To say a prayer. And to hope for Sara…..

~ Holly



We’ve been asked if we are going to do a Chipin to help defer the cost of this procedure.  Rather than that, if you would like to help, we ask that you contact Dr. Barr’s office directly and donate to Sara’s case.  That way there is no question that your money is going to her care.  And remember, if you live in the Panama City area, we couldn’t recommend this doctor higher!  He has two offices, so one of them may very well be close to you!

Dr. Gerrie Barr
Vets Pets
8905 Front Beach Rd
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
(850) 233-7800


Sara with Laurie McCorkile

May 28th Update:

Laurie, from Dr. Barr’s office, took Sara home last night to ensure her care.  In the comments of this page you can see the update she posted this morning.  Joy!  Terry Watts sent these photos update as well.  Notice the stuffed sheep in the photo:

” Laurie Alysen McCorkile, Master Groomer alias Puppy Lover and spoiler! Sara is wiggling and waggling and learning to herd her sheep! She is on Fluids and antibiotics round thec lock, and she goes home with Laurie every night. They love her so much!


Sara with Alex

Alex Barr, Doc’s daughter and Puppy spoiler & healer! Sara is loved by Alex, and Samantha Fuller, Maggie Lynch, Mike Collins and of course, Doc’s sweetheart and wife, Pam Barr. This bunch is wonderful!”

I’m choosing to be optimistic, how about you!?!

June 1st update:

Little Sara is at peace, having crossed the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon. Laurie held her ’til the end, which was peaceful. Thank you to Terry Watts and Steve Williams who rescued her. Thank you to Dr Barr, Laurie and the other good people of Vets Pets who strove to save her. And thank you to all the kind people who offered us words of consolation when I shared her passing on her Facebook page.   Sara knew great love in the last weeks of her life.

Bringing Your New Dog Home

So, you’re considering adopting a dog from The Dog Liberator.  If it is one of the puppies that I foster, we’re going to spend some time talking, and I’m going to share with you a lot of tidbits that I have learned over the years.  And then you’re going to get home with you puppy and not remember any of them!  And that’s okay; it is my expectation and my hope that my adopters will contact me with questions.  But just in case you are adopting a dog that isn’t one of my fosters, or you’re too embarrassed to call, here is a summary of some of my tidbits.

Cost: First and foremost, can you afford a dog?  Let alone a puppy?  They cost more than just the adoption fee and a bag of Old Roy dog food (more about that later).  Any dog will require both flea and heartworm preventive, each running around $50 every six months.  With a puppy, you’ll probably have to finish out the series of puppy shots plus a rabies shot at four months.   And then what happens if the dog gets sick?  It is very common for puppies, and even adult dogs, to become ill the first month in their new home due to all the stresses.  Indeed, coccidea (primary symptom sever diarrhea) most commonly appears in the first 21 days after a dog has changed owners or residence.  If you’re scraping together the money to pay for an adoption fee, you’re not ready for a dog.  Wait until you are in a more financially viable situation.  And consider pet medical insurance from a company such as ShelterCare.  It isn’t as expensive as you might think and can more than pay for itself.

Crate Training: Crates didn’t come in to common use until around 20 years ago.  They will make your life much easier.  First, you may see it as a cage, but your dog will see it as a den, its “safe” place.  Put the dog in the crate at night.  With my puppies, I go a step further and cover it with a sheet.  Don’t put the crate in your bedroom; every time you roll over, you’ll wake up the dog who will then wake up you!  While housetraining, put the puppy (or dog) in the crate when you are busy and don’t have “eyes on” it.  Crate the dog when you are gone for the first year.  You know that the dog is home forever, but the dog doesn’t.  When you leave, he doesn’t know you are coming back.  He may panic and destroy your great-grandmother’s chair.  Additionally,  puppies, like children, can go through fear stages; you don’t want to come home and find out that your 7-month-old dog had an anxiety attack and ate your couch.  Get a folding, wire crate, so you can easily take it with you when you are invited to your friends beach cottage for the long weekend; put the dog in it when you are at the beach all day so it doesn’t eat your friends couch and so mark the last time you are invited!  Most importantly, put your dog in a crate if a hurricane comes through.  You need to know it is safe (my friend who runs Used Dogs rescue in New Orleans still has Katrina dogs 5 years after the hurricane).  If your dog is used to its crate, its anxiety will go down.  If it hasn’t been in a crate in years, then its anxiety level will go up and you will spend a fortune in dog therapy for years!

Housetraining: Even housetrained adult dogs commonly have “accidents” the first few days in their new home.  Sometimes it is marking, but most commonly it is just stress.  If you focus in on housetraining for three days, you should be just about done.  It is a pain for three days, but is worth it.  Here’s what you do for a puppy; use a variation on the theme for an adult dog:  Day one, set the timer on your stove to go off every hour.  Every hour take the puppy outside through the same door and tell it, “hurry up.”  The next day set the timer for every 90 minutes.  The third day set it for every two hours.  Also, every time the puppy goes near that door, let it out.  By the third day, the puppy will know that if it has to go out, to go to that door.  It might only give you 10 seconds to notice, but you are well on your way!  Put a little towel or such at the door to catch accidents.  Don’t leave the water bowl down until the puppy is housetrained. Only give the puppy water when you are ready to go out for 30 minutes ~ puppies piddle 3 times within 30 minutes of drinking.  Don’t give water or food after 6pm, so the water has time to work its way through its system.  When you can’t pay attention to the puppy during the housetraining phase, crate the puppy ~ you don’t want it to find a secret spot behind the piano to piddle!  Remember, use the same door and the same command during this time.  You can give a small treat for proper performance, but you’ll learn quickly that your puppy will start to pretend to piddle just to get a treat!!!  Once the puppy is fully  housetrained, then you can give free access to the water bowl.

Note:  I have never played tug-of-war with any of my dogs, adult or puppy.  It’s just not a good game to start playing.

Baths:  If your dog has recently been spayed or neutered, you should not give your dog a bath until the stitches have been removed and your vet indicates that you can.  Usually you can bathe your dog 10-14 days after surgery.

Worms: Puppies have worms.  Period.  Because of the life cycle of a worm, they are dewormed and then dewormed again three weeks later.  But expect them to test positive for worms every time you take them to the vet.  Don’t panic ~ it’s just standard in puppies.  Watch for the signs of worms.  If you see what look like pieces of rice on the outside of their poop, that is tapeworms.  The worm itself is very long (12” or more), but is segmented, like pieces of rice lined up.  What you see in the poop is segments that have broken off.  Dogs get them by ingesting fleas.   If you see a long solid worm in the poop that forms a kinked circle when you pick it up (yuck) this is a roundworm, called round because they tend to form circles with their bodies.  Hookworms and whipworms are too small to be seen, but bloody diarrhea is an indication.  Again, your vet will probably do a fecal test each time you take your puppy in just to be safe.  Adult dogs are less inclined to worms, perhaps because heartworm preventives treat them as well.  The exception to this is tapeworms.   I treat tapeworms with a dewormer I buy in the pet section of Publix grocery store, saving me  a vet visit.

Heartworm Preventive: All dogs need to be on a monthly heartworm preventive, obtained from your vet.  Heartworms are  passed through a mosquito bite, therefore a severe problem in the south.  Puppies younger than 6 months are not tested for heartworms because the heartworm must be 6 months old to show up positive.  I recommend Heartgard for the first 6 months since the active ingredient, Ivermectin, not only prevents heartworms but kills them as well, therefore it will kill any juvenile heartworms that a puppy might have.  That being said, if you adopt a collie, use it with caution: about 45% of collies lack the gene that prevents Ivermectin from passing into the brain.  This can cause a reaction varying from mild to seizure, coma or even death.  Watch your dog for a reaction (your vet can test for the gene as well).  If necessary, switch to an Ivermectin-fee alternative such as Revolution, Sentinal or Interceptor.  Be aware that Ivermectin is also the common treatment for “puppy mange”, generally  brought on by stress.   You may need to use an alternative treatment such as as sulpher dip.  If you have multiple dogs and they do not have an ivermectin sensitivity, you may want to save money by buying Ivermectin in the liquid form from a feed store.  A bottle costing less than $50 can last years.  Generally, the recommended dosage is 0.1cc per 10 pounds of dog, but be sure to discuss this alternative with your vet.

Food: I estimate that at least 10% of dogs have food allergies.  I suspect that it is much higher.  The better quality food you get, the less likely you will have to deal with this.  Get a food that doesn’t have additives, fillers or grains.  Watch for food allergy symptoms: loose bowels, lack of appetite, itching, hair loss, coughing, mange, ….  Trust me, it is more than worth it to invest in a quality food!  Oh, and when you first get home, expect the dog to not have much of an appetite the first day or so, a normal reaction to change in environment, especially if this is the first time away from littermates. If, on the other hand, the dog gobbles its food, you may want to help slow it down by scatter feeding (scattering the kibble on your deck for him to hunt up) or wetting it, packing it into a Kong, freezing it, and then giving it to him.   If you already have a dog, be prepared for some food guarding at first too.  If such is the case, you may want to feed the new dog in its crate until everyone understands that they won’t go hungry, then slowly move the food bowls into the same room. One more thought: always keep a can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) on your shelf.  If your dog develops diarrhea or constipation due to stress or something it ate, mix the pumpkin into its regular food.  There is something about canned pumpkin that helps stabilize their systems.

Chewing: Puppies chew.  Adult dogs chew.  And they always seem to chew your favorite things.  First, don’t let them chew on your hand, ankle, etc.  Correct them and put something allowable in their mouth instead (“no” is not enough; you have to give them a substitute).   My number one recommendation to help with chewing is that you go to the butcher section of your store and get a packet of marrow bones.  Freeze the extras for later and give the dog the raw bone.  He’ll eat the marrow right out of it in no time flat.  Dogs have an enzyme that allows them to eat raw meat, and the marrow is very good for them.  Then allow them to keep chewing on the bone.  Don’t throw them away.  Wolves don’t lose their teeth because they chew on raw bones.  My back yard looks like a dinosaur burial ground, and my house looks like a scene from a horror flick, but my furniture isn’t chewed!  Dogs seem to prefer marrow bones over anything that the pet store wants to sell you.  The first time you are gone for an extended time, put the dog in its crate with a new marrow bone (still frozen is fine).  It’ll keep him busy and happy.  Very rarely dogs get their lower jaw stuck inside the circle of the marrow bone.  To avoid this, you might want to pick bones that are either too big or too small, or have the butcher cut them into semi-circles.

Bordetella :I have found that about 20% of puppies develop a mild case of kennel cough after getting their bordetella shot, just as people often get the flu after receiving a flu shot.  If your puppy starts to cough, keep an eye on it.  If it develops other symptoms such as a colored nasal discharge or fever, go to the vet and get an antibiotic like doxycycline.  Most vets do not recommend antibiotics for the cough alone since they will wipe out the effectiveness of the bordetella shot.

Antibiotics: If you live near a Publix, get a copy of the antibiotics that they provide for free with a prescription.  They will honor a ‘script for a pet, so if your dog needs an antibiotic, ask the vet if one of the ones on the list will do the trick.  Why spend money you don’t have to?

Veterinarians: If you do not yet have a vet, please don’t pick one based on convenience of location.  If I have learned one thing, it is that all vets are not created equally, and price is no indication of quality.  Ask friends for their recommendations, but also call the office and ask for pricing.  For comparison purposes, ask for the cost of an office visit, spay, neuter, rabies, annual shots, x-ray, fecal exam and heartworm preventive.  You won’t need all these things, but it will help you gauge what the vet charges.  And you will be shocked at the range that you will get.  Resist allowing a vet to guilt you into an expensive procedure on the spot.  Go home and research  it.  I’ve known way too many people guilted into paying for everything from the repair of an umbilical hernia (which almost always heals itself) to fast-kill heartworm treatment (slow kill is a viable and less expensive alternative).

If you feel like your vet is strong-arming you into an expensive procedure, stop.  Many vets panic when they hear the word “rescued” or “adopted”, and assume there must be something terribly wrong with the dog, not knowing we have already spent a fortune in vetting.  Stress diarrhea is common.  A fecal check, metronidazole and canned pumpkin is all you need.

If your puppy has just received its parvo and distemper shot, he will test positive, not because he is, because he was given the live virus.  If you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation while at your vet, do not panic, just call us!

Training: I strongly recommend that you provide some kind of training for your dog.  It isn’t so much a matter of teaching the dog to sit, as it is assuring the dog that you are in charge.  If a dog knows that its people can be trusted to lead, then it will relax.  If it perceives its family as being weak, it will believe that the protection of the home is on its shoulders and will become more high strung and nervous.  Training is about you, not your dog.

Life: Expose your dog to as much of life as you can.  Take it to Petsmart, to the beach, to Lowes, everywhere that you can.  Introduce it to adults, kids, dogs, cats.  The more new experiences that it has and “survives” , the less fear and anxiety it will have, the more well rounded it will be, and the better it will be able to cope with the changes that you and it will go through in life.



Giardiasis (GEE-are-DYE-uh-sis) is a diarrheal illness caused by a microscopic parasite, Giardia intestinalis (also known as Giardia lamblia or Giardia duodenalis). Once a person or animal has been infected with Giardia, the parasite lives in the intestine and is passed in feces. Giardia infects older dogs but more frequently infects puppies. Because the parasite is protected by an outer shell, it can survive outside the body and in the environment for long periods of time (i.e., months).

Can humans be harmed by Giardia?

Giardia is a common cause  of diarrhea in people, but dog Giardia is not generally considered to spread from animals to humans. While human Giardia may infect dogs and then be passed on to humans, the majority of human cases are of human origin.

How can I prevent a Giardia infection?

Practice good hygiene. Wash hands thoroughly after handling animals or their toys, leashes or feces. (Be sure to avoid contact with the feces by using gloves, a bag over your hand, or a scooping device.)

Make sure that your dog has safe, clean drinking water. It is important not to allow dogs to drink water from areas where other animals have left their feces.

How is Giardia treated and is it expensive?

Metronidazole is an antibiotic that has been widely used to treat Giardia in dogs as well as in people. This drug has reasonable efficiency against Giardia and has the added advantage of being effective against other parasite protozoa and some bacteria that may also have contributed to the diarrhea. It is also very inexpensive. Recent studies show that pyrantel is also effective against Giardia.


Giardia is a very treatable condition. Most dogs recover quickly and do not have additional problems. However, if proper preventive steps are not taken, it is common for dogs with a previous history of Giardia to become re-infected.

  • Giardia in dogs can cause diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, poor condition, or death. However, many infected dogs show no symptoms.
  • People can get giardia, causing diarrhea or other problems, but rarely from dogs.
  • Dogs get giardia from water that has been soiled with feces.
  • The incubation period is usually 1 to 25 days. Some cases can exceed 25 days.

Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC)

Division of Parasite Diseases (DPD)



Parvovirus or Parvo, is life threatening virus that affects dogs. It is the most common viral disease in dogs. It primarily affects puppies. The most common age for infection is between 2-6 months of age, but infection can occur at any age. All breeds are susceptible to this virus. Some breeds such as Dobermans, rottweilers, and Labradors are more susceptible to Parvo than others. It is not known why this is.

Parvo is spread through the feces of dogs infected with the virus. The dog does not actually have to come in contact with another sick dog. While Parvo cannot be spread to or from humans or other pets, the virus can be carried in to the dog’s environment on someone’s shoes, or by birds or other animals who have come in contact with infected feces. Parvo can survive in an environment for as long as 9 months. The only disinfectant known to kill Parvo is chlorine bleach. A 1:30 ratio of chlorine bleach in water has been known to be effective for sanitizing contaminated area. Any area known to be contaminated should be thoroughly sanitized.

The disease usually enters the dog’s system by oral ingestion. It attacks the digestive system, inhibiting them from absorbing nutrients. It also causes severe diarrhea and often vomiting, dehydration is common. It also suppresses white blood cells and may attack the heart as well.

Symptoms of Parvo include high fever, loss of appetite, lethargy, and vomiting. There is not cure for Parvo. Veterinarians can help infected dogs by treating the symptoms and dehydration. Most dogs die if they do not receive veterinary attention. With veterinary attention, a dog has a reasonably good chance of survival. Early detection is important. Some vets have been trying antioxins and antiparvo serum with some success.

In some cases, dogs can have Parvo without showing any symptoms. They will not be affected by the disease, but they are capable of spreading it and their feces will be contaminated with the virus.

A vaccine is available for Parvo. The vaccine is usually given with several other vaccines, including distemper. Vaccination usually begins at 8 weeks of age, and repeated every 3-4 weeks until the puppy is sixteen weeks old, and then given annually. There is some controversy as to whether vaccinating too often may actually weaken a dog’s immunity to Parvo. Research is currently being done in this area. Until then, your vet will help you decide what is right for your dog.

Veterinarians can run a titre to determine the strength of a particular dog’s immunity to Parvo. Dogs should be tested for immunity to Parvo before being brought into an area where a previously infected dog has been.




*This is only treatable with Doxycycline*


The Influenza (H3N8) virus causes symptoms that mimic traditional “kennel cough”


If a pet puppy/dog exhibits coughing, nasal discharge or fever, the puppy/dog should be put on doxycycline by a veterinarian immediately.


  • The H3N8 influenza virus has jumped from horses to puppies/dogs
  • This H3N8 virus causes “dog flu”
  • Initial findings of H3N8 infected puppies/dogs were at a Florida grey hound racing track
  • “Kennel cough” is typically caused by bordetella bronchispetica bacterium
  • Other symptoms of H3N8 infection are nasal discharge and fever
  • Both H3N8 and bordetella are contagious between dogs
  • Approximately 80% of H3N8 infections will be mild
  • A small minority of infected dogs may experience complications such a pneumonia
  • A small minority of infected dogs will also be asymptomatic and will not show any signs of the infection. However, it is believed that asymptomatic dogs are infectious
  • The H3N8 virus has never infected humans
  • H3N8 causes a mortality rate of 5 to 8% in infected dogs
  • There have been verified occurrences of H3N8 in dogs in South Florida shelter, boarding facilities and veterinary clinics

If a pet puppy/dog exhibits coughing, nasal discharge or fever, the puppy/dog MUST be put on doxycycline by a veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.

Doxycycline will also treat “Kennel Cough.”

Traditional medications like Cefa drops, Amoxicillin, and Clavamox WILL NOT help/treat INFLUENZA. If your puppy/dog begins to show signs of “Kennel Cough” or INFLUENZA  and is not put on DOXYCYCLINE  within 1-3 days, the puppy/dog will continue to get worse and will develop pneumonia and/or die.


Puppy Worming Schedule

Initiate treatment from your vet at 2 weeks; repeat at 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 weeks of age and then monthly until the puppy is 6 months old. Thereafter, use a heartworm preventive medication that is also effective against hookworms and roundworms.

How Your Puppy Gets Hookworms

Hookworms are tiny, threadlike parasites that affect puppies and adult dogs. They are a particular problem in areas with warm, moist, sandy soil. They cycle begins when hookworm eggs are passed in dog’s stool to the soil. Your dog can swallow the young hookworms or they can penetrate its skin, usually through the foot. Hookworms are also passed from females to their young. Hookworms present a slight risk to humans if larvae (young hookworms) in the soil contact skin. Painful skin sores can result.

Signs of Hookworm Infection

Hookworms feed on blood and tissue by piercing your pet’s intestinal lining with tooth-like hooks. As a result, hookworms can cause severe blood loss. As few as 100 hookworms can kill a puppy. Dogs with heavy infections often have bloody diarrhea. Other signs include anemia, dehydration and apparent weakness. Some dogs show no outward signs of infection. This is why it is important to de-worm your puppy at an early age and to have the stool examined when recommended by your veterinarian. The veterinarian will examine the dog’s stool under a microscope and look for eggs. If your veterinarian can catch the eggs before the symptoms appear then your prêt doesn’t have to suffer the symptoms.

How Pets Get Roundworms

Nearly all puppies and kittens have roundworms. In many areas of the country, up to 70% of adult dogs are also infected. Infection usually begins when your pet accidentally swallows roundworm eggs in soil. These eggs hatch into tiny worms that move from your pet’s intestine to its liver and lungs, and then back to the intestine where they mature. The adult roundworm lays eggs that are passed in your pet’s stool to the soil. Roundworms can lay up to 200,000 eggs per day! Female pets can also pass roundworms to their unborn young or through nursing.

Signs of Roundworm Infection

Left untreated, roundworms can cause a potbelly and diarrhea, vomiting, a rough coat and poor growth are other signs. Heavy infections damage your pet’s liver, lungs and brain.  Death is possible.




There are four types of tapeworms in dogs. Tapeworms hook onto a dog’s small intestine with its mouth. Tapeworms can be as long as 8 inches to 2 feet long. One unique characteristic of these worms is that they are made up of 1/8 inch segments that break off over time and end up in your dog’s stool. The pieces that break off contain eggs that are released as the broken off segment dries. Pieces look like dried pieces of rice or cucumber seeds. The four type of tapeworms are:

  • Dipylidium Caninum—Most common. Contracted by eating fleas.
  • Taenia Taeniaformis—Contracted by rural dogs show are around farm animals such as sheep, rats and mice.
  • Echinococcus Granulosum—Found in mice and humans.


What Causes Tapeworms in Dogs

Tapeworms are most commonly spread when a dog swallows a flea that contains the tapeworm eggs. It usually happens when the flea is biting the dog. Since dogs try and remove the fleas with their mouth, they may swallow some of them. This is how they get dog fleas worms. There is another kind of tapeworm called Echinococcus that is found in small rodents. If a dog bites into or eats an infected annual, they can get tapeworms. Hunting dogs can contract up to 12 varieties of tapeworms.

Dog Medicine Tape Worms

All types of tapeworms in dogs can be treated with tapeworm tabs for dogs (Droncit Canine Cestocide Tablets and Tapeworm Tabs for Dogs and Puppies) cause the worms in the intestines to dissolve. Treatments are very effective and include praziquantel and epsiprantel. Although single doses are usually sufficient, an additional dose may be needed. Since fleas spread the worms, a flea collar is helpful in preventing the problem. Note that pinworms are often confused with tapeworms. While humans can get pinworms, dogs do not.

Human and Dog Tapeworms

Children can get tapeworms if they swallow fleas while playing with a dog or if they come in contact with partially digested fleas in a dog’s mouth. A child may have no symptoms or suffer from diarrhea and itching around the anus. Tapeworm is not passed between adults or children. It must come from an infected flea such as in a sandbox. Treatment is effective using the drug niclosamide.


Bringing Your New Dog or Puppy Home

Bringing your new dog home

Click here to read “Starting out Right” .  This page contains everything there is know about bringing one of our rescued puppies or dogs to your new home!

Augustus #806, The Last One Out – Adopted

On September 14, 2009, I received an email from a pound in North Georgia. Included in the email was a photo of a red and white border collie puppy. The photo of the pup was horrible, (shown) and I wasn’t quite sure if he was a Border Collie so I forwarded it to Suzanne. That evening, she confirmed that he was a Border Collie and she strongly suggested I pull him from the pound. It seemed to take forever. After sending several emails asking for instructions, the instructions weren’t clear.

Later, I spoke with Susan Thompson and followed her instructions by contacting their local vet, making an appointment for the pup, and getting a quote. I then contacted a boarding facility but unfortunately they were full and not able to help. But, they did contact a volunteer transporter, Donna Meeks, and I would need her help to get the pup one step closer to me.

Once I thought I had all of my ducks in a row, a vet that would take a credit card and board the dog while he waits for transport, and a transporter, I called the pound. The animal control officer confirmed that #806 was indeed a stray, and that no one had claimed him… he was truly still available for adoption. The animal control officer was very professional, and I informed him that I would finalize the arrangements.

I contacted the vet once again, and with my credit card, secured the vetting for #806, which is required by law.

#806 however, would not make it onto Becky’s transport to Florida, which was scheduled for upcoming Saturday. There was simply not enough time to get him on. Becky, on the other hand just so happened to be transporting some dogs on another run from Birgminham to Augusta. It was her brilliant idea to have him driven to Augusta, and then back to Birmingham to wait for the next transport. Her offer to board him with a foster until she was ready, was a deal I couldn’t refuse.

Just when everything was scheduled and we had a perfect plan, Susan Thompson, a volunteer for the shelter contacted me with bad news. It appears that the shelter had experienced a parvo outbreak. Now what?

I contacted Becky to inform her that #806 was a risk to other animals, and asked for her guidance. #806 would be in a car alone from Augusta to Birgminham, and Becky would be sure that he would be isolated until we could confirm or rule out that the pup had the virus. Her exact words were, he’s going to die if he stays there, and he might die with us, so we might as well try – we have nothing to lose.

We were still on!

I contacted the animal control officer informing him that it was a go. This time, the officer’s voice spoke with anxiety and firmness as he warned me that he could not guarantee that #806 did not have parvo. I assured him that we were aware. I asked him when could he take the pup to the vet. With urgency in his voice, he told me that the pup was being loaded in a car as we spoke, and that he was locking the doors to the shelter, closing it down for a period of time, while they euthanized all of the dogs, and disinfected the entire building.

#806 was the last one out.

Having #806 neutered with the possibility that he might have Parvo did not make be happy, but I had no choice. I had to follow protocol, which is mandatory rabbies and spay/neuter. #806 did not show any signs of Parvo, but he was loaded with every worm known, and was treated.

Two days later, Donna Meeks picked him up, and drove him to Augusta. #806 arrived shortly thereafter in Birmingham and was quarantined until the next transport, which was September 26. While #806 was described by Judy, his foster as:
“he loves water, loves people, kids, licks cats, and wants to play all the time. Wonderful dog.”

Augustus #806 is with me now, still being observed for any signs of the virus. Within the next few days, he will have gone through the 14 day waiting period, and will be tested. There’s no doubt in my mind, he’ll be just fine.

Augustus #806 is truly my first rescue. All of the dogs that I have helped transport, foster, rehabilitate, resocialize and re-home were brought to me by others who “rescued”. I know he will have a wonderful life.

Details about his adoption by the Bryant family are located in the comments.




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