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Not something nearly as cheerful. I have to tell you, poisonings of dogs, intentional poisonings. Something that's escalating. And there's some new research out on that. So we'll share that with you. Intentional poisonings on the rise is what you're saying, wow, okay. Joey, what are you working on for today's show? Well, we're going to talk about a crappy deal. The importance of paying attention to your pets anal glands. Which is very important. So pay attention. Okay, alert alert. That's right. Can you hear him say that and not think about doctor Debbie aiming that at some point? I actually had an emergency anal gland expression on my own dog when we were traveling. I had to like pull out cooking gloves and we had expresses anal glands and bathe them in a shower at a hotel. It was just, yeah. This wasn't a bouvier, was it? No, but you know, she's very good. She allows me to take care of those for her, but my little tear, yeah. So he's got the I was just picturing you in a hotel shower with a bouvier. Who with your cooking gloves on? I will just say I have made all of my dogs in hotels at some point. Usually they're in the walk in showers. So I will not disclose what hotel chains I've been through, but some of them are on the upper crust where the people have no idea. What made it an emergency? He was leaking in my lap while we were traveling. And it was just to the point where I was like, I was looking at my husband. Is that you? And if he's like, no, it's not me, and I'm like, oh my God, I gotta bathe him. Unpleasant close quarters. Wow. I wonder what the situation is that your husband would even ask you, was it you? No, she asked her husband. Either way, really. Frankly. I want to know, why did the guy always get the first place? It's always the guidance. That's the first place. If you smell. Not a human smell. I don't know. Very good. I just want you to know that. Joey, you have great personal hygiene, but sometimes men just, especially if you're traveling, or camping, sometimes that kind of goes to the wayside a little bit. So I don't care. Man in the house. Thank goodness people don't have anal glands. That's all I got to say. Yeah, okay, how about taking a couple of phone calls? What do you say? All right, let's go to it. The hi Paula, how are you? Good, how are you? Very good. Where are you calling from today? I am calling from buffalo, New York. Okay. How can we help you? I have the whole team here for you. So I have a one and a half year old puppy, and he's been having some issues with allergies. He's had multiple skin infections, eye infections, ear infections, the whole shebang. So we have gone to a hydrolyzed diet. We have done hydroxyzine. We have done benadryl. We have done zero tech. We have done pretty much everything. And my vet now wants to try apocalypse. And I'm a little apprehensive about it because it's an immunosuppressive. So I was wondering what your thoughts are on the drug. Okay. Well, my first thoughts are anytime that I hear of a young Labrador that is having skin problems. Itching, scratching, ear infections, and rashes. Yeah, I do put my clinical radar towards allergies. But first, I do want to make sure we do a very thorough flea treatment for regimen, as well as even checking and treating for other things that can be going on at the same time. So making sure we are treating flea medication every month. And then I'm assuming, as a veterinarian, your veterinarian is probably also treated for the bacterial infection, yeast infections, checking for mites. Because all of those things can make our assessment of how well we respond to allergy therapy kind of muddy, if you will. So I always treat for skin mites. The microscope microscopic form, even if I don't see them on my chest because we have to get that off the list. So that's specifically demodex and scabies mites. So make sure that your veterinarian has treated for that. It's pretty simple, easy with either topicals or oral forms of medicine. Also, use like a shampoo to treat that because we have done that as well. Well, for mites not so much. There are dips and so forth that I would use, but to treat that, I'd go other ways, but using the shampoo, which can be a relief for the itching and the scratch, not unlike if you've got the chickenpox and you soak in a veno bath. But some of the other things you mentioned diet, yes, I like the idea of the hydrolyzed diet and just while you're doing that, making sure that we're not using any other treats, rawhides, flavored supplements, or any types of medications that may be in the flavored form, otherwise that'll kind of forward our efforts there. So then we get to things like Apple quell and even the other medicine cite a point, which is in an injection form. For a path that's having a lot of itching, I do feel that these drugs have a great benefit. And they can be life-changing. I've seen some young labs go from irritable itchy, unhappy dogs, to just a completely happy, contented companion. So they do have their place. Now, you ask about the long-term use of app equivalence. And that is, I don't think we really know. Because it is technically something that affects their immune system. Yeah, we do have to do monitoring of blood in urine. And we do that once to twice a year. So for pets that I have on it long term, I do that. And I could tell you, I've been using this for probably three to four years, exclusively on some pets and long-term control for allergies. And we've had a few bouts of papilloma, which are a viral induced kind of skin growth. But I can't say we've seen anything really horrible. But still, it's still something to be seen, I think, for some of the long term effects. But it really can be life-changing. So I definitely encourage that. And just for those that don't know, apocalypse and the other medicine I mentioned cytokine, they're drugs that help to kind of stop some of the pathway of the itch cycle in dogs. So they work in different mechanisms. But apical basically helps to kind of shut down part of the enzyme pathway involved with itch. And it doesn't help every dog, but it can help a vast majority of dogs that I see with allergies. And then the other kind of thing in the short term one is the injection that lasts for about four weeks, up to 8 weeks, and that might be even a short term bridging thing that we can look at doing. So the two big things that I'd encourage you because you are so young is definitely find a diet that works for him because food allergy is a very common cause of allergy symptoms in a young dog. I've seen it as puppies 6 months and older, where they start to have allergy symptoms. So food is definitely one thing to look at. The other is, might also give you time to look at the resources to get him allergy tested. And there's the different ways to do that either the blood allergy testing or seeing a dermatologist for the skin patch testing, but skin patch testing is by far the best way to diagnose that. And that might be a good kind of long-term step, is see what he is allergic to, and are there things you can avoid, but if not, then maybe get him on allergen therapy, and that can help dampen his response to those allergens when he encounters them in the future. So he's got a lot of that. Yeah, and there's a lot of opportunities. I am so happy. The current year, we have so much more to offer pets with allergy symptoms than just antihistamines. And I hate when that's people, you know, that's all they've used for their dogs because there's so many good things out there now that have been proven, have good safety profiles and can really do a lot for our animals. Well, I am an old oncology nurse and I know what some of these immunosuppressives do to people. So I was just concerned about my pup like I don't want bone marrow to be depressed for too long and stuff like that because I don't want them to have other issues further down the road because you know it is relatively new so that was why I was like oh that's a W and C with her dog bar. This kind of looks very good. Absolutely, that's what I'm here for Paul and best wishes with your little Labrador there. Thank you so much for your help. Take care of you. Well, this portion of animal radio is underwritten by fear free, happy homes. Don't forget you can get your fix of animal radio anytime you want with the animal radio app for iPhone and Android, download it. Now, it's made possible by fear free, happy homes. Helping your pets live their happiest, healthiest, fullest lives at home at the vet and everywhere in between visit the mid fear free, happy homes dot com. And thanks for your free for underwriting animal radio. Hi, channel, cable. A couple weeks ago, a Kentucky police officer, Jason Ellis, was shot and killed in a suspected ambush. He had a canine partner, his name was figo. At the funeral for his best friend and partner, pictures were taken a figo with his paw on the coffin. Philo's been retired now and will live with officer Ellis family. Here are some news people commenting on the photo. It's an incredible photograph. It looks like this grieving there. So sweet. The dog definitely knows from the scent that his former best friend and leader is in that coffin. You know a dog relies on his sense of smell to interpret the world. Much the way people depend on sight. This weekend while I was out walking my dog, there's a fountain, and he was taking a drink. He likes to lay down when he's taking a drink. He's such a big dog, gets hot real easily. While he's doing that, another dog comes up from behind him and begins sniffing you nowhere. Anyway, my dog just keeps drinking paying no attention. He's been around people in other dogs his entire life. I socialized him a lot when he was a puppy, and I continue to do that. So when a dog circles around back to give the old sniffer roo, as long as he has good manners, my dog will let him. Well, the human couldn't have been more upset. She runs up and starts scolding the dog to leave my dog alone, leave Malone. He's trying to take a drink, she says, I started telling her that this is how dogs learn about each other. This is the way they greet each other, that the rear to another dog is like the face to another person. She didn't hear a thing I said. She wasn't listening. And I could see the look of disgust on her face. I could see what was going on in her mind. The thought of putting your nose, you know, just makes some people very uncomfortable. That's because in the human world, you'd never do that. Although I think it would be funny if you did. We walk up and shake hands or we give each other a hug. So there are certain things that dogs do because their dogs that most humans would never dream of doing. So when some folks see dogs acting like dogs, it grosses them out. It's an important lesson. Dogs are dogs. They don't see the world the way you and I do. They see the world with their noses, and those noses are gonna go, well, everywhere. So smile, sit back and tell yourself that's my dog. Get more tips and animal radio dot com. All of us here at fido friendly magazine can't wait to get on the road again with our favorite fido. We know that it's just not a vacation without our furry companions by our side. Start daydreaming now and visit fido friendly dot com to scout out places near and far, so you will be ready for your next adventure once it's safe to travel. That's vital friendly dot com. Until then, stay safe and leave no dog behind. You're listening to animal radio, call the Dream Team now with the free animal radio app for iPhone and Android. Here at animal radio we love ourselves some senior pets. We look around the studio the only senior pet the only one that's not a senior pet is tater who's wet. Two, three, how old is tater? He's two. He'll be three in, I think February. He is the youngest in the studio here. And he probably knows that too. But most everybody else a senior we're talking humans and animals alike in the studio. It's hard to get adopted if you're a senior animal and you're looking for a home. It's sad. It's unfortunate. Yeah, they can't compete. Dogs can't pee against puppies and cats can't compete against the kittens. But I think we're all different on that. Don't you guys? I mean, I would prefer a senior pet because none of that long left. No more puppies. I don't want to go through the puppy phase again. But then you do have lifetime conditions and diseases that can come with age. And I think that's on everyone's mind. Finances. I hate to say it, but since these animals don't get adopted, sometimes they spend their lives in a shelter they live out their lives in a shelter in a really undesirable situation. But if Kim Scarlett can help it, she runs the silver muzzle cottage and she adopts in older senior animals that are near the end of their life or going through hospice. And it takes a special kind of person to do that. Yes, it does. And we're going to talk to her in just a few minutes right here on animal radio. What are you working on, miss Brooks? Because we try and be an equal opportunity story person, story, radio show, whatever we are. That's our tagline. We're in a we try to do like cats and dogs and sometimes we don't get all of our cat love in there. So I'm just studying up on cats. And I'm going to give you the history of cats in a nutshell. Really? Because we know there's Egyptian cats and all this stuff. And there's, you know, Persian cat, all this kind of stuff. But cats are really a mystery to me anyhow. How did they get here? And they've been around so many thousands of years. I think that's a part of them. Is they want to be a mystery. Most cats want to be aloof. Yeah. Mysterious. I think you're right. So we'll find out where they came from. In the abridged cliff notes version, just around the corner with miss Brooks, let's go to line three. Hi, John. How are you? Wonderful. How are you doing today? Good, where are you? We're in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The LA sort of area, right? Yeah, that's true. Yeah, I just stopped outside of LA. Correct. So what's going on? How can we help you today? Well, we have chief female boxers one three and a half of one is a year and a half. The three and a half we had 6 before her first cycle. So about 7, 8 months, the year and a half we let her have for, I guess, our puppy cycle and then another full cycle, so we had her fixed speed and I'll probably late January or I'm sorry, link December early January. So year and a half to when we let how cycles critiques are all different sizes, some as though she's had a litter of puppies and some as though she's still a puppy, I guess, is by the easiest way to say it. So we know that cancer and breast cancer and all types of tumors run in these dogs. So just a little cause for concern is to why some have not gone back down. I know they get cleaned

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