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Vomiting Cats and Pooping Dogs This Week Jan. 26, 2017


This week in the clinic we performed 3 ultrasounds on cats that were vomiting or losing weight, and unfortunately, the youngest one ended up having a tumor which will need surgery.  Poor kitty! Since in the Facebook group Positive Pet Advice a question was asked about vomiting in cats, we thought it would make a good topic for this week’s video blog.

In the dog segment, my pal, the service dog trainer Neil Hutchins-Resto (aka #thetreatfairy), also discuss another important topic which created a lot of stir in the group this week, and that is the adult dog who is still soiling in the house.

If you find the videos valuable, please like my YouTube channel The1DrQ. And if you have burning questions, ask them in the Facebook group Positive Pet Advice. If enough people comment it will make into our weekly video blog!

Thanks for checking it out, please like and share with your friends! See you next week!

 

Declawing Cats, & Are Those Dogs Playing?

This week 1/19/2017, my pal Neil-Hustchins Resto, an excellent service dog trainer, work together to discuss two hot topics creating a lot of controversy in the Facebook group Positive Pet Advice the past few days.

We discuss how could anyone ever have a declawed cat, and

How to tell the difference between play and aggression in dogs.

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Thank you have a wonderful day!

Merry Christmas 2016 and Happy New Year!

It was a warm, sunny day in May. A perfect opportunity to get the horses out of their new corral they had moved into during the winter, and have the chance to get familiar with their new surroundings. The footing was good, and the weather was perfect for enjoying a nice leisurely stroll around the neighborhood.  We had no idea about the tragedy which was about to strike….

(To skip the story and head right to the yearly wrap up, skip down now to the “*”).

To play it safe, we paired the two youngest kids with the steadfast donkey, and took out only him and the flightiest of our racetrack reject horses.  All was well for the first 15 minutes of the expedition.  Dominic the Donkey was being exceptionally well behaved with the kids, and Oliver the chestnut gelding was calmly taking in the sights and sounds of his new surroundings.  Wanting to avoid crossing a heavily trafficked road, we decided to cut across a friendly neighbor’s property in what appeared to be a safe path through a small ravine, where the grass was not as tall and the gravel was more obvious, allowing us to scout for potential dangers on the ground. We warned each other to be cautious of barbed wire or any other dangers in our path.

Just then, multiple noisy cars passed by on the nearby busy road. Oliver tossed his head up and stepped to the side, just to be cautious and get a better look. In an instant, he flew into a blind panic, as he realized that his gentle side step had put him right on top of a down stretch of barbed wire fence, which was now impaled onto the bottom of his left front hoof.  His panic quickly escalated to terror, as, while attempting to free his entangled hoof, the rest of the entire stretch of three strand barbed wire fence popped up out of the grass. Suddenly  a significant length of fence, underneath and on both sides of him, began to drag across the entire hillside towards him more frighteningly with each panicked backward step he took.  The children screamed. The donkey panicked, broke free and fled out of control toting a horrified 7 year old child in the other direction, towards potentially more hidden barbed wire.olivers-cut-hoof-may-29th-2016

Only through an excellent bond of trust, was I able to, with gentle words of soothing encouragement, able to break through the panicked horse’s backwards explosion, and get him to stop and stand still, side’s heaving, blood pouring, holding up his front leg, now with an unknown stretch of fencing securely embedded in the flesh and hoof wall of his lower limb.

Luckily, having many years of training already under her belt, the 7 year old overcame her own panicked screaming long enough to reach down and perform the emergency stop she had been taught. Luckily, our trusty rescue donkey, also with many hours of trust-building training,  complied, and saved them both. To learn more about our proven trust-building methods, and our “No saddle, no bridle, no problem” philosophy, stay tuned to our updates here https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/w96q4v9w.

Oliver suddenly panicked again,  fought and struggled backward some more, embedding a strand of barbed wire nearly 2/3 of the way through cutting off his hoof from his leg. Again soothing words, and amidst blood now all over the hillside, finally submitted to my encouragement to be still, and stood quietly in pain, panting heavily, waiting for help.

I tried in vain to remove the wire. There was no way to remove it, it was embedded too deeply in the hoof tissue. Bravely, the 7 year old held the donkey secure, while the 9 year old crossed the busy road, alone, and began to run the significant distance to the nearest rural home, knock on doors, and beg for help.

Luckily, good neighbor help came quickly with wire cutters, and without further incident or injury, we were able to cut and remove the wire, get Oliver some pain medication, and then slowly bring him limping back to the corral.  With each step the top of his leg sickeningly threatened to slip off the fragment of hoof underneath.

Then began the most difficult part for me as a veterinarian. Being able to objectively evaluate the situation, and make a good decision about the extent of the wound, and determine if treatment was even an option, or if euthanasia should be the choice.

With the support and encouragement of a long time good friend who reminded me to think of the situation in such a way as to what I would do if it was ‘his’ horse, and not mine, I was slowly, finally able to swallow my own fear and horror, and began to formulate a plan to evaluate the horrific injury.  I injected sterile yellow dye into his coffin joint deep in the hoof, and when none leaked out of the horrific wound, decided that it was worth at least trying to save his him.

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Katie giving Oliver. He is now almost 100% recovered from nearly cutting his hoof off his leg!

Then began months of cleansing soaks, bandage changes, antibiotics, pain medications, acupuncture treatments, and solitary confinement. Luckily we received generous donations to help offset the cost of all the treatments. All the while unsure if Oliver would be able to lead any sort of normal, pain free life again.

Today, I am happy to report a Christmas miracle! Not only is Oliver’s hoof completely healed, but he walks, runs, bucks and plays with hardly a limp and only a small deformity in the hoof wall left to tell the terrible tale. I am grateful to my friend who encouraged me not to give up on him, but to give him a chance. Sometimes in life when things seem most hopeless, amazing things happen, and even thousand pound animals who nearly severe their lower limb off can walk normally again. This is why I encourage my children, friends, and clients, to never, ever, give up!

*        I can hardly believe how quickly this year has passed, and all the positive changes in the practice despite all the extra time it took to love, care for, and nurture sweet Oliver through his injury.  Can it really already be the end of the year?! The year started with me spending 4 days in Vail with a board certified behaviorist continuing to hone my skills and special interest in all things animal behavior. Hiring some much-needed help to implement some changes such as our new on line booking system which will help to serve you, our clients better by no longer having to play ‘phone tag’ to schedule an appointment.  To building a brand new website for http://www.resqranch.org to help continue to promote and build our dream for the future. Having our trusty student intern Katie join us to help provide loving care for the horses. Spending time with the racehorses at Arapahoe Park Racetrack and trying to find homes for good horses so they don’t end up at the slaughterhouse.  Getting to travel to South Dakota with my family to see one of my favorite clients and her kitty. Getting my feet wet doing multiple live internet interviews, events, and recording helpful videos. I really enjoyed another year with my admin role in one of my favorite free animal advice sources on the internet, a Facebook group called https://www.facebook.com/groups/PositivePetAdvice/.  If you are an animal lover and on Facebook, this is the group to belong to!  christmas-2016-silverthorne

It was great attending the VegFest again and getting to speak to all the animal lovers there. As well as being asked to speak at other events,  one being the Animal Rights Event in Colorado Springs (although I am not much of a proponent of animal rights, but rather animal welfare). However, the one which honored me the most, was being asked to be the keynote speaker at a vegan Thanksgiving event with over 100 people in attendance.

Opportunities to travel to California three times on business presented themselves,  (twice with my children), for such varied reasons as testifying as a veterinary expert in a court case against Purina, to speaking to the South California fish enthusiasts, to prospective veterinary students at Soka University, and culminating with being invited to speak at SeaWorld San Diego (we were lucky enough to be invited there twice in less than 2 months) to exchange ideas with the aquarists and about my experience with fish medicine practice. Along those lines I was also honored to be contacted this year by the local aquatics wholesaler Tropaquatics, to come in and evaluate their facility and help them provide healthier animals to their clients.My Dog ate my Shoes

Then in fall of this year, I was asked by a local veterinary hospital if I could lend a hand as they attempted to recover from the sudden loss of a full-time veterinarian. So now I find myself being a new 3 day a week regular addition at the local Aspen Park Veterinary Hospital. So far this has been a fascinating learning opportunity to hone and practice my holistic medicine skills, and learn many new modalities I had never even hear of before! Not to mention,  volunteering on various committee’s at my children’s school, unfortunately attending court more times than I care to mention to defend the children from my ex-husband’s antics,  and of course all the while caring for my busy caseload of clients and their pets, YOU!

No wonder the year flew by so fast! Although Oliver’s story ended up a happy tale, we did suffer some tragic losses this year here at the Resqranch. We lost Steve the cat to a urinary blockage, and my beloved TRex the bearded dragon. Few can imagine the deep bond a person can share with a reptile, or the deep cutting pain from their loss….

Overall the year was, what I would call, a success. A strong foundation was set in place for an even stronger year in 2017, with looking forward to finally acquiring 501 3 c status for the http://www.resqranch.org, and pushing ahead with the dream of opening a world-class education center,  children’s museum, and animal sanctuary, right here in Colorado.

If you care about the plight of suffering animals’, please subscribe to our updates about the Resqranch here https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/w96q4v9w/share/menu.

Thank you to all of you who placed your trust in me in 2016, and donated to the Resqranch.  I encourage you to stand with me in 2017 as I  bring a first of it’s kind, world class animal rescue facility into existence.  After all, they say, if your dreams don’t scare you a little bit, then they are not big enough!

Wishing you all happiness, big dreams, and much success in 2017!

THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU! AND FOR CARING AND HAVING A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS! BLESS YOU IN ALL IN 2017!

Here is to making it even bigger and better.  see you next year!

Much love!

DrQ and the crew at the Resqranch

 

Please Join Us This Saturday for the Breeder’s Cup and Unwanted Horse Awareness Event!

Please join us this Saturday, November 5th from noon to 7 pm at the Woodcellar in Evergreen to enjoy the Breeder’s Cup races, learn to play the ponies, enjoy drink specials, and learn how YOU can help the Unwanted animals of the world, including the 2,000 horses a week sent to slaughter. Hope to see you!

A Funny Friday Video for You From the Future Resqranch!

Sometimes, you just have to put yourself out there, rough edges and all.

Last night at 9 pm I realized that the First Bank video contest submission was due by 4 pm today.

Yikes!

So I worked on it last night, at daybreak, and right up to the deadline.

Because I am not a master video editor, it took all I was worth to just get it done and uploaded on time.

So it may not be polished, but it does show the clear vision of the Resqranch.

If you have 3 minutes, I would appreciate it if you would check it out, so that, going into the holidays,

you know how we are changing the world.

I hope you aren’t too hard on me, you get a chuckle, and mostly that you enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=5PSOiIQkF-0&feature=vm

http://www.Resqranch.org

Are You Ready for a Magical Bond?

I have a confession to make. I have been calling myself a Life Coach for quite some time, although the reality is, I have not been doing much coaching. Consulting, yes. Veterinary care, yes. However, I have not given clients the opportunity to engage with me in a true coaching experience. Where we work together, week by week, side by side, to really uncover, dig deep, bring to light, and solve, any and all of the issues you have with your beloved animals that stand in the way between you having the most magical, loving relationship you can even now imagine.

Because, that relationship, that bond, is really what is all about, isn’t it? We were all looking for love when we brought animals into our lives. That is the one driving force which binds all us animal lovers, and that is love. That unconditional love animals uniquely provide for us during our human experience.  And when we chose to bring animals into our lives, we were  hoping that we got more love, much more love, than heartache, and hassle.  For some of us, this is the case. And then we spend each day in fear of losing that love. We all know they just don’t live long enough. That is the greatest tragedy of giving your heart to an animal. You are the lucky ones.

For others, it hasn’t quite yet worked out that way.  The unexpected heartaches and hassles, all work together to build a wall around our hearts and don’t allow us to fully experience the joy that comes with sharing our lives with an animal. Each new day brings an opportunity for renewal. Some days are better than others, but the struggle is real, and the answers are not always so easy to find.

If you can identify with either one of these scenarios, I have a special invitation for you. No one knows animal lovers better than I do. The secret places deep in your heart that you only allow your animals to see. Your doubts, your fears, your weaknesses, that you attempt to drown in your animal’s sweet furry hugs.  I know, because I have walked in those shoes too, all my life. So I invite you now, to walk with me. Either to that place where the hassles and heartaches disappear, and nothing is left but the joyous, bountiful, unconditional love, or to that place where the doubts, insecurities, and fears melt away, and you are fully present in your animal’s love, knowing that there is nothing that stands between you and your beloved friend in the material world and that an eternity together is assured.

So, if you are ready to invest in your animal (s), and in yourself, and make the commitment to achieve the most amazing, productive, happy, healthy, youngest, longest life together that you could have ever dreamed possible, then join me for a 6 or 12 month journey, to achieve results beyond your wildest dreams. http://drquesten.com/consultations/

Still undecided? Don’t delay, contact us for a complimentary initial consultation to see if we are the right fit for each other. You have NOTHING to lose, and everything to gain!

DrQ and you, creating a magical bond people and the animals who love them. Contact us today!

 

How Much Space Do I Need For An/Another Animal?

Lot’s of people want animals in their lives,  but don’t always get them because they are not sure if they have enough room in their condo, small home, or small acreage for the animals they would like to have.  Here in this live video clip we talk about just this very subject.

Additionally, I answered a viewer question about how to keep a puppy quiet in a crate at night, and as usual, I attempt to demonstrate brushing my cat’s teeth, and encouraging you to give it a try!

I hope you enjoy this replay of today’s LIVE broadcast https://youtu.be/_rJldiCllpc and the continuation https://youtu.be/rOxMZfrqzfc!

If this information is helpful to you, please like and share, Dr. Q on Facebook, and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

On that note, I’m DrQ, here to help YOU, and your animals live younger, longer! Have a great weekend everyone!

3 Steps to Peaceful Living in Multi-Pet Homes

Hi everyone!

If there is one thing for sure about animal lover’s, it’s that cats (or insert animal species of your choice here______) are like potato chips, you can’t have just one!

Invariably this can cause some tension now and then between animals within a household, and even between one animal and several people in a household.

We have boiled it down to two things the people need, and three things the animals need, to help minimize the stress, and help everyone stay younger, longer!

For the people it’s really just two things:

  1. The willingness to believe that animals are  trying to tell you something, and you are trying to understand what it is,

and

  1. The willingness to put ego aside and really listen and respond to what they are ‘saying’, even if it we don’t really like what it is! Allow them to have their own opinion, so to say.

That’s it! That is all you have to do! Not that hard, right?

 

Now for the animals, they need three things:

  1. Enough space, including a bed, of their very own. Make sure each animal has enough space relative to its species (a rat needs a big enclosure but a dog needs an even bigger one!).  Animals need a safe space they can feel safe in and call their own.  How many beds? Always aim for at least one more than animals, so they can have a choice of where to spend their time.
  2. A secure, feeding place and dish of their own. No one wants to feel like they have to share if they don’t want to. Each animal in the family is entitled to their own food dish, and to be safe and secure while eating meals so they can’t be bullied by anyone else during meal times.
  3. Play time! This is your daily bonding time! Take a moment to look them over from top to bottom each day (grooming too is even better), have some loving eye contact, and get a little exercise. Even if it’s only for a minute, this is the reason why we have animals in the first place. So take time to enjoy them each day. Exercise helps keep them, and us, young!

For more in depth on this, check out my LIVE broadcast above.

Thanks so much for tuning in! On that note, I’m DrQ, here to help you both, stay younger, longer. If you find this helpful, please like, follow, and share on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. AND have a great day! 🙂

 

Easy, Nutritious, and Delicious Pet Food Recipe’s!

These days more and more people are considering cooking for their pets.  Many have concerns over the quality of ingredients, contaminants and GMO’s, or worse  yet, toxins leading to pet food recalls. As my free gift to you Dog Food Recipe Bulgar Green Lentil Carrot Potatoe Celeryhere follows my easy recipe template that will guide you to cooking hundreds of recipes for dog and cat food! When you love your pet like family, if you care about what goes on your families plate, chances are, you care about what goes in your pet’s dish.  Most of my best clients cook for their pets, at least some, if not all of the time. It is easy to do, and easy to feel good about. It is often a lot cheaper too when you consider the high price needed for all that packaging, marketing, shipping, and distribution of your commercial pet food.

As always, discuss the recipe’s you want to cook and feed to your animal,  with your vet, before doing so. This should be a quick, easy, relatively painless conversation at your next yearly or semi-annual visit.  If your vet is discouraging, perhaps it is only because they are unaware of the health benefits. A good veterinarian will be open to the discussion,  willing to learn more, and address all your legitimate concerns. For example, here is a link to a study discussing adding fresh food to your dog’s diet, and it’s effects on cancer http://tiny.cc/ivkc7x.  This should come as no surprise to those of us that realize how much good nutrition is essential for good health.  Once you have your vet’s blessing  to try adding home cooked foods (generally not more than 25-50% at first, or additional supplements are needed such as egg shell calcium) to your pet’s nutritionally complete diet, then it is time to get creative, and have fun!

Keep in mind that all of these recipe’s can be equally fed to anything that will eat it; cats, dogs, people, and bearded dragons included.  It is pretty hilarious when the kids ask for a second helping of dog food!

The real simple base for any meal is:

1/3 veggies+

1/3 grain (rice, bulgur, millet, quinoa, etc.) +

1/3 legumes (red or green lentils, garbanzo beans, black beans, butter beans, etc. ) = nutritious and delicious!

Possible combinations include green lentils, bulgar, and sweet potatoes,   or black beans, rice, and carrots, and finally  millet, red lentils, and butternut squash.  The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and your pet’s pallet! The health benefits include absorbing all the bioflavonoid antioxidants (the bright colors in vegetables) as nature intended, before it was processed, put in a bag, and shipped in a truck. The diet includes lots of fiber which is excellent for digestive health recalling that 80% of the immune system is in the intestinal lining (if introduced slowly as directed should cause minimal gaseous discharge), and without having to be a chemist or a nutritionist, you will be most likely providing a complete protein, and well as nearly all the essential amino acids any animal needs.  You can add additional protein if you so desire (or not, and not worry about overdoing it), multiple types of fresh, preferably organic veggies known to be safe for pets, fresh milled golden flax seeds, or just about anything else that sounds healthy and nutritious, for you.

Here is today’s recipe:

In a saucepan, saute 1/2 cup chopped celery in a small amount water until translucent with one pinch of salt. Optional, add 1 TB Organic Olive Oil.Add 1 cup diced yellow unpeeled potatoes, 1 cup chopped organic unpeeled carrots, 1 cup rinsed bulgur wheat, 1 cup rinsed green lentils,  4-5 cups water, and simmer until root vegetables pierce easily with a fork. Done.  Serve warm spooned over commercial kibble, or serve in a dish sprinkled with nutritional yeast for extra vitamins, texture, and flavor. It’s as simple as that!

Quick, easy, delicious, cheap, and healthy. Your animals will love you even more for it! Use this guide to create your own homemade recipe ideas, and share  with us here or on Facebook or Instagram.  For specific questions about types of veggies to choose, what grains to choose for different conditions, or other questions you might have about cooking up your own pet food, please like and follow me on Facebook so that you will know when I am doing LIVE events on PetPeriscopeTV, or we can do a phone or email consultation through the website http://www.DrQandU.com. Stay tuned for more updates on our online courses via http://www.stealmoreyears.com,  where one of our 7 Secrets to Outwitting Your Pet’s Lifespan lessons will focus on diet and nutrition.

Looking forward to seeing what you have ‘cooked’ up! I’m DrQ, here to help you, take control of your health and that of your beloved animals!