Riverside Animal Clinic Radio Episode 6

Oct 19, 2019

THIS IS RIVERSIDE ANIMAL CLINIC & HOLISTIC CENTER RADIO. I AM CRISTEN CARLSON HERE WITH DR JIM CARLSON, HOLISTIC VETERINARIAN AND OWNER OF RIVERSIDE ANIMAL CLINIC AND HOLISTIC CENTER.  DR CARLSON’S WORK CAN BE SEEN FAR AND WIDE THROUGHOUT THE INTERNET AS A SOURCE FOR PETCOACH, PETMD, ROVER.COM, WORKINGMOTHER.COM AND MANY, MANY OTHER ARTICLES. SO GOOGLE HIM AND CHECK THOSE OUT.

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WE WILL BE DISCUSSING A LOT OF DIFFERENT TOPICS TODAY INCLUDING WHY YOUR PET NEEDS A RABIES VACCINATION,  WHY YOU SHOULD WORRY ABOUT CLEANING THE LITTERBOX, THE TREND TOWARD PURSE DOGS AND WE’LL TALK ABOUT SEIZURE DISORDERS AND HOLISTIC WAYS TO PREVENT THEM.  SEIZURES ARE SO FRUSTRATING FOR OWNERS AND COME WITH SO MANY CAUSES.

JIM :  SEIZURES REMARKS :10

WE WANT YOU TO TAKE THIS INFO AND USE IT AS A CONVERSATION SPARK WITH YOUR OWN VETERINARIAN.  THIS ISN’T MEDICAL ADVICE. IF YOU DO WANT TO GET IN TOUCH WITH DR CARLSON VISIT OUR WEBSITE WWW.RIVERSIDEANIMALCLINIC.NET

RABIES VACCINATIONS

FIRST OFF TODAY, DOES YOUR PET REALLY NEED A RABIES VACCINE?  I HATE TO SAY THE V WORD TO KICK THINGS OFF. PET VACCINATIONS ARE A CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC AND THINGS CAN TURN NEGATIVE REAL QUICK WHEN DISCUSSING THIS WITH A PET OWNER.  IT JUST SEEMS THERE’S SO MUCH MISINFORMATION OUT THERE, RIGHT?

JIM: RESPONDS :30

  CDC RABIES CASES 2017

276 CATS

62 DOGS

TOTAL CASES NEARLY 4500

WORLDWIDE RABIES DEATHS 59,000 -99% INFECTED BY DOGS/OUT US

IT JUST SEEMS THAT THERE CAN’T BE A LOT OF RABIES OUT THERE FOR THE AVERAGE HOUSE DOG.  FLUFFY GOES OUTSIDE TO THE BATHROOM, BACK INTO THE HOUSE. WHY DOES THIS DOG NEED VACCINATION?

JIM:  CARRIERS ARE ALL AROUND IN WILDLIFE

BATS, SKUNK, RACOON, FOX AND COYOTES

BAT BITES ARE VERY SMALL AND RABID BATS ARE FOUND IN LOCAL COUNTIES 

IT IS THE LAW

I DO OFFER EXEMPTIONS FROM VACCINATION BUT I AM LESS APT TO DO THIS ON RABIES DUE TO ISSUES OF LIABILITY AND CUSTODY.  IF YOUR CAT BITES YOU AT HOME, YOU WILL NEED A RABIES VACCINE AND SOMETIMES HOSPITALIZATION

TOXOPLASMOSIS

CLEANING OUT THE LITTER BOX IS NOT ONLY A CHORE THAT NO ONE WANTS TO DO, IT’S TURNING OUT TO BE A POTENTIAL THREAT TO YOUR HEALTH.  TURNS OUT AN ORGANISM IN YOUR CAT’S WASTE IS LINKED TO EPIDEMIOLOGICALLY WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA AND AN INCREASED RISK OF SUICIDE. YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD OF TOXOPLASMOSIS WHICH IS PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN.  THE ORGANISM CAN BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH A WOMEN TO HER FETUS WHICH CAN BE FATAL. THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION PUBLISHED A NEW REPORT THAT SHOWS why CATS ARE THE HOST OF TOXOPLASMOSIS.

JIM  CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT TOXOPLASMOSIS?

CATS ARE CARRIERS?

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS

WHY SO LETHAL

CAN YOU SUMMARIZE THE STUDY?

JIM:  CATS ARE CARRIERS BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONLY MAMMAL WITHOUT AN ENZYME IN THEIR INTESTINE CALLED DELTA-6-DESATURASE.  T GONDI NEEDS AND ENVIRONMENT HIGH IN LINOLEIC ACID TO DEVELOP. THE ENZYME THEY LACK MEANS THEY DON’T DEVELOP THE RIGHT ACIDS THAT ARE IMPORTANT IN THE PRODUCTION OF IMMUNE SYSTEM MEDIATORS, ACCORDING TO THE STUDY. 

THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF.  IF YOU HAVE A CAT AT HOME, SHOULD IT BE TESTED FOR TOXOPLASMOSIS?  hOW DO YOU KNOW YOU’RE GOING TO GET IT? SHOULD THE HUMAN BE TESTED?

JIM:  YOU CAN TEST FOR TOXOPLASMOSIS BUT MOST CATS SHOW NO SYMPTOMS.  THEY CAN BE TESTED FOR TOXOPLASMOSIS BUT IT CAN TAKE A MONTH TO GET RESULTS.

  THE JAVMA REPORTS THAT TOXOPLASMOSIS IS THE MOST COMMON FATAL FOODBORNE ILLNESS IN THE UNITED STATES.   750 DEATHS ARE ATTRIBUTED TO TOXOPLASMOSIS AND HALF OF THOSE COME FROM CONTAMINATED MEAT.  

* THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL ESTIMATE THAT 11% OF THE U.S. POPULATION 6 YEARS AND OLDER HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH TOXOPLASMA.

HUMANS SHOULD BE CAREFUL WHEN CLEANING LITTER BOXES AND IN OTHER WAYS.  DESCRIBE HOW TO PROTECT OURSELVES AND OUR KIDS FROM THIS.

JIM:  WEAR GLOVES WHEN GARDENING OR AROUND SOIL, SANDBOXES, 

HANDLE RAW MEAT AND SEAFOOD EFFECTIVELY

WASH FRUIT AND VEGGIES

WEAR A FACE MASK AND GLOVES WHEN CLEANING LITTER BOXES

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TOPIC AND MAKES YOU THINK TWICE ABOUT PICKING UP A STRAY CAT OR KITTEN.  SOMETHING PARENTS SHOULD THINK ABOUT, RIGHT?

RESCUED DOG

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE DOG THAT WENT ON A MOUNTAIN HIKE WITH HIS FAMILY, THEN PLOPPED DOWN AND REFUSED TO FINISH THE HIKE?  A RESCUE CREW HAD TO BE CALLED IN FOR THE 190 POUND MASTIFF NAMED FLOYD. flOYD AND HIS FAMILY WERE ON A TRAIL OUTSIDE OF SALT LAKE CITY WHEN THEY GOT LOST.  THERE WERE EVEN SMALL CHILDREN IN THE GROUP BUT IT WAS FLOYD THAT BECAME EXHAUSTED AND COULD GO NO FURTHER. HE WAS CARRIED OUT OF THE MOUNTAINS BY A VOLUNTEER RESCUE GROUP.  

HOW MUCH DO YOU HAVE TO EXERCISE A DOG TO GET TO A STATE LIKE THAT?

JIM = 

THIS BRINGS UP AN INTERESTING POINT… CAN YOU EXERCISE YOUR DOG TOO MUCH?

JIM – YES THERE IS A CONDITION EXERCISE MYOPATHY

WHAT IS IDEAL FOR AN EXERCISE PROGRAM?

MISTAKES OWNERS MAKE WHEN DECIDING TO START EXERCISING THE DOG?

JIM NOT TALKING TO THEIR VET FIRST

DOING WAY TOO MUCH

NOT LISTENING TO THE DOG (LYING DOWN, QUITTING, NOT WANTING)

LOOKS LIKE OWNERS SHOULD APPROACH EXERCISE WITHOUT A DEMAND AND CONSIDER IT A COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR BETWEEN OWNER AND PET, RIGHT?

SMALL DOG TREND

 yOUNGER GENERATIONS LIKE GEN Z AND MILLENIALS ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE DOGS THAT ARE SMALLER IN SIZE THAN OLDER GENERATIONS.   iN FACT, THE YOUNGER THE PERSON THE SMALLER THE DOG WITH MILLENIAL AND GEN Z DOGS WEIGHING IN UNDER 25 POUNDS. OWNERS IN THAT AGE BRACKET UP TO 39 ARE LESS LIKELY TO HAVE DOGS WEIGHING IN OVER 40 POUNDS.   THOSE LIVING IN RURAL COMMUNITIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE LARGE DOGS BETWEEN 41-90 POUNDS.  

SMALLER DOGS COME WITH DIFFERENT HEALTH CONCERNS THAN LARGER DOGS, RIGHT?

JIM ;  DIABETES, DENTAL DISEASE, LUXATING PATELLAS, HEART PROBLEMS IN SOME BREEDS, CALCIUM OXALATE STONES, PORTOSYSTEMIC SHUNTS, COLLAPSING TRACHEAS, STEP ON INJURIES.

WE’VE TRAINED OUR BIG DOGS AND WE’VE TRAINED SMALL DOGS.  IT ISN’ T QUITE THE SAME. 

JIM: YES, SMALL DOGS NEED A DIFFERENT HAND, HOUSETRAINING, BEHAVIOR ISSUES

PET FOOD COSTS HAVE RISEN 46%  BETWEEN 2011 AND 2017, ACCORDING TO PET INDUSTRY OUTLOOK: VETERINARY SERVICES AND PET PRODUCT RETAILING.  COULD THIS BE PART OF WHY PEOPLE CAN’T HAVE A LARGER DOG?  

JIM;  OVERALL LIFESTYLE CHANGES, URBAN ENVIRONMENTS AND LONG WORKING HOURS LIKELY AFFECT THE TIME PEOPLE HAVE TO SPEND WITH A LARGE DOG.  BUT WITH DOG FOOD PRICES AND QUALITY FOODS INCREASING THAT MUCH, MILLENIALS MIGHT FIND SMALLER BREEDS JUST FIT IN THEIR LIVES MORE. THESE DOGS, I THINK, ARE ALSO LIKELY TO TRAVEL MORE.  MOBILITY IS KEY AND PEOPLE WANT TO SHARE THEIR LIVES WITH THEIR PETS IN WAYS OLDER GENERATIONS DIDN’T.

SEIZURES

SEIZURES ARE A FRUSTRATING CASE FOR OWNERS AND VETERINARIANS ALIKE. I THINK EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT A SEIZURE LOOKS LIKE WHEN THEY SEE IT, BUT UNTIL YOU WITNESS IT, IT’S KIND OF A MYSTERY TO A LOT OF PEOPLE.  

WHAT EXACTLY IS A SEIZURE?

JIM: EXPLAINS SEIZURE

SO MANY PEOPLE ARE IN NEED OF HELP UNDERSTANDING WHY SEIZURES HAPPEN, BUT MANY OF THE CASES HAVE NO KNOWN CAUSE. THOSE ARE CALLED IDIOPATHIC, RIGHT?

JIM:  EXPLAINS WHAT IDIOPATHIC MEANS, HOW MANY CASES ARE IDIOPATHIC

YOU HEAR A LOT OF ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE, MOSTLY COMMENTS ONLINE, THAT SHOULD BE CAUTIONARY.  THINGS LIKE THE PET STARTED SEIZURES AFTER USING FLEA/TICK MEDICATION, WHEN IT CHANGED DIET.  EVERYONE’S PET IS DIFFERENT, RIGHT?

JIM:  YES

TELL US FROM A HOLISTIC STANDPOINT WHAT CAN BE DONE TO WORK WITH SEIZURE PATIENTS.

JIM: DI TAN TANG

SUPERVISED TREATS

THERE ARE AS MANY TREAT OFFERINGS ON THE MARKET AS THEIR ARE DOGS ON THE PLANET, IT SEEMS, BUT STURDY CHEWY TREATS CAN COME WITH DIRE CONSEQUENCES.  REPORTS OF CHOKING, SWALLOWING TREATS WHOLE ARE SERIOUS ISSUES. 

IF YOU GAVE YOUR PET A TREAT AND THEN NOTICE THINGS AREN’T QUITE RIGHT, WHAT WOULD CONSTITUE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY OR A LOOK BY A DOCTOR?

VOMITING, LETHARGY, STOMACH PAIN

TREATS LIKE THESE AREN’T SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE GIVEN OUT BEFORE SOMEONE LEAVES THE HOUSE OR WITHOUT ATTENTION TO THE DOG, RIGHT?

jiM: 

PRODUCT CAUTIONS:  SUPERVISED CHEWS

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