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COVER PHOTOGRAPHED BY RENEE SPADE COVER MODEL: PARROTT: MIKE MCNABB

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08 What Do I Feed My Cat? 10 Pig Tales 12 Spotlight Group 14 Ask the Vet Case 16 Veterinarian Histories 18 Pet Friendly Directory 4

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Chronic Gastrointestinal Disease in dogs and cats Homeless in San Antonio Passage of Time Cats & Vets Home Aquariums

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2 24 34 31 Rescue Organizations 34 Knowing When To Say Goodbye 36 Tribute to Our Pets 38 Doggie Makeovers 40 Pet Puzzlers 42 Are You A Pet Lover? 43 Advertiser Directory

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. Courtney Bridgeman Frank Haegeland Dr. Riva Heron Dr. Melissa Hill Dr. Tiffany Horton Randall Housley Dr. Amelia Keith Dr. Dan Kirby Valerie Lacayo Janice MacRossin Graziella Medina Marlena Perez VCA Animal Hospital

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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER For those readers that have wondered if we are going to acknowledge local pets, other than just dogs and cats, this month’s cover is for you! San Antonio loves its pets, whether they have fur, feathers, fins, or fangs. We have had many positive responses on last year’s equine cover, therefore, we are planning our next equine issue this summer. Depending on your interest, we will have another small pet issue in the future. One topic that is difficult for all pet owners is ‘end of life’ care for your pet. Valerie Lacayo has written a very instructive article that will hopefully help us all cope with this heart wrenching subject. In this regard, we have a dedication page of our reader’s pets that have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. May you and your pets, have the “luck of the Irish” on St. Patrick’s Day this March. Erin go Braugh!

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contributors DANA RAIMONDI is the publisher of Texas Dogs & Cats Magazine. She is a recent transplant to San Antonio from “the Windy City” but has become an admirer of the San Antonio cultural scene. Although a CPA, her true passion in life is the caring and welfare of animals. FRAN SHERMAN has been a freelance creative director/graphic designer since 1985. Throughout these years, she has designed a myriad of materials for a staggering number of companies, and she has won numerous graphic design awards for her work, many of them for magazine/publication design. RENEE SPADE is the owner of Renee Spade Photography. She has been spreading furry joy to pet parents with her photography/graphic design services and super-fun pet product line, The Jack & Spade Collection since 2005. DR. DAN KIRBY, DVM, graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M with a degree in Biomedical Science in 1979 and earned his DVM in 1984. Dr. Kirby has been the owner and director of Alamo Heights Pet Clinic since 1997. He uses both a conventional and a holistic approach to medicine.

contributing partners SEAMUS NELSON is the Director of Communication for the San Antonio Humane Society. In addition to working with the great pets at the shelter, he serves as a public affairs officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Mary. DR. COURTNEY BRIDGEMAN joined the San Antonio Humane Society as their first fulltime veterinarian 5 years ago and has worked to create a healthy and happy environment for all the animals there. FELICIA NIÑO is the Communication Associate for the San Antonio Humane Society. She has been with the SAHS for over 5 years and absolutely loves spending time with her 2 Dachshund Chihuahua mixes, Browny and Duke, and 2 Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Sherlock and Brutus Beefcake “Beefy”, all SAHS Alumni.

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what should I feed my cat?

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roper nutrition is one of the key ingredients to an active and healthy life, no digest it properly. matter what stage of life your four legged feline friend is in. • When purchasing cat food look for the AAFCO (Association for domestic cats, do not be Did you know? of American Feed Control Ofalarmed if your cat seems to drink • Cats are “true carnivores,” meaning ficials) label, this organization very little water. they have a higher protein require sets the standards for pet food sold • Domestic cats are considered “nibment and dietary needs that aren’t in the US. blers” meaning they will eat small available from plant sources. This • If your cat is not eating for a day meals frequently throughout the doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have or more, notify your veterinarian. day and night. Some cats will eat carbohydrates; a well balanced diet Liver problems can occur in cats 12-20 meals a day! can include both! secondary to not eating and it is • Cats appear to prefer food with a • Talking with your veterinarian always best to find out as early strong odor. Cats often develop about your cat’s nutrition provides as possible what is causing the preferences for specific textures you with the education needed decrease in appetite. Don’t wait and/or shapes of food, as they to satisfy their nutritional requiretoo long! consider texture, odor, temperaments. Your veterinarian can • Remember, superior nutrition is ture, and flavor of food as strong direct you to diets that are safe the foundation to your cat’s health. influences on their food selection. and provide the required nutrients, The proper level and quality of • Contrary to popular myth, kittens based on your cat’s life stage nutrients promotes good health, and adult cats do not need milk. and health. ultimately influencing your cat’s By 12 weeks of age most kittens • heir desert origin allows cats to life span and quality of life. lose their ability to digest milk conserve water more efficiently. sugar. While small amounts can be Due to their origin, cats can drink tolerated, too much milk less water per day than a dog of a VCA Animal Hospitals can lead to intestinal upset and similar size. While fresh drinking www.VCAHospitals.com diarrhea because the cat cannot water should always be provided 1-800-VCA-PETS

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utside your local dog park this conversation takes place….. Jenny “Have you seen Mary’s new pet?” Karen “I have….. I’m not sure just what to say about it…. It looks like….” Jenny “A pig.” Karen “I know! But pigs are big creatures and this one is so small! She calls it a…. micro mini?” Jenny “It’s still a pig” Karen ”I know…. But I think I want one! How much trouble do you think they are?”

The above conversation could have happened. Potbelly pigs have taken their place in America’s fancy. Introduced first as a single breed from Vietnam, the Pot-bellied pig first arrived in 1985. By the 90’s, pot-bellies were a craze and many an unsuspecting person was duped into adopting (purchasing for large sums) these “new unique house pets” who would “stay small” and were “apartment suitable”. As the population learned that small meant up to a couple hundred pounds and apartment suitable meant they were a great answer to the volume of your upstairs neighbor’s blaring rock music, the popularity began to wane. However, the past couple years have seen a huge resurgence in the population of pot-belly pigs as 10

pets. Why? The micro-mini or teacup craze. They are so tiny and adorable. Fit in the palm of your hand. The websites call them micro-mini and claim they will only reach 20lbs. Obviously, these pigs would work great as house pets, right? The answer in short, maybe. But, it’s not a short answer. Pigs can make great pets when the owner has all the information going into the relationship and has realistic expectations. From this author’s opinion, whether they make good house pets is still up in the air. The long and short of pig care: 1. Intelligence. Pigs are largely accepted as one of the

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top 5 most intelligent species on the planet. This is overheat. Excessive stressful exercise can also cause both a good thing and, as a pet, a bad thing. Inteldeath so care must be taken during exercise. That ligence brings with it the desire for occupation, and doesn’t mean a pig shouldn’t exercise as they are prone when no occupation is provided the ability to create to obesity and need consistent walks or jogs to stay your own diversion. Owners should be aware that fit. With great care, an average lifespan is not much having a pig is like having an industrious dog, or like different than that of a midsized dog at 15yrs. having a toddler. Safety latches should be put on all 5. Size. Pot-bellies come in a huge range of sizes and bottom drawers and cabinets. Food should be moved colors. It’s very hard to tell, looking at a piglet what to higher locations. Breakable things should be moved size they will grow up to be. A common commercial off of low shelves. Pigs will become quite proficient at pig begins life around 3lbs and can weigh between opening things, especially if a reward lies on the other 500 and 1000lbs full grown (depending on breed and side. They are very trainable and can learn how to go sex). So ALL pigs look tiny at 4-6wks old. Traditional on walks and do tricks. pot-bellied pigs from Vietnam are, therefore, min2. Cleanliness. While the image of big giant pigs lying iature pigs, tipping the scale at a measly 100-150lbs in a smell wallow of mud may be the first thing the (200 for those suffering from obesity). The newer pet mind dredges up in relation to pigs, that image is in trade has dropped this down to around 60-100lbs for some ways quite misleading. “Pig pen” and “pig sty” a final weight. The current trend in marketing is to are terms frequently used to describe messy rooms dub them “micro-mini pigs” and advertise full grown or living conditions, but in truth, pigs are fairly clean weights at 20-30lbs. This is unfortunately seldom the beasts. Like cats, they prefer to use the restroom in case. The tactic taken by these breeders is to show the same location and are easily trained to a litter new born piglets from small females, themselves not box. When bathed regularly, fixed, and kept in a clean at their full adult weight, and call them micro-mini. environment pigs do not possess much of an odor. An They advise feeding them next to nothing to keep unfixed pig kept in an unclean environment can be them small. This will indeed stunt their growth and extremely smelly! Pigs also can make quite a mess of keep them small, but may also limit their lifespan to your things if left to their own devices. a drastic 5yrs and make them irritable and unsociable 3. Noise. Pigs are talkers. They have a series of grunts, in the process. squeaks, and squeals that communicate their desires and needs to the other pigs of their herd. These Pigs are fun, social creatures. They can be an entersounds can be adorable and endearing but they can taining, loving, and a unique part of the urban family. also be extremely loud and irritating to close neighDo your research and have realistic expectations on the bors and family. amount of work keeping one healthy and happy will take 4. Health and longevity. Overall, pigs are very healthy (as with any pet). And be sure to check your local laws. creatures. Pot-bellies are prone to obesity and skin Keeping pigs, even pot-bellies, is illegal in many cities. infections (if you happen to get a particularly wrinkly one). VacDr. Courtney Bridgeman attended cinations for porcine related illTexas A&M school of Veterinary nesses is a must and may require Medicine (‘07) as well as College a relationship with a large animal of Animal Sciences (‘02). She vet. Their tusks and feet need joined the San Antonio Humane regular trimming. They, of course, Society as their first full-time need to be spayed or neutered to veterinarian 5 years ago and has help prevent hormone regulated worked to create a healthy and behavior issues and smell. Heat happy environment for all the is also a consideration as pigs do animals there. Dr. Bridgeman not possess sweat glands. Withenjoys her small ranch of race bred out proper shade and access to Quarter Horses and raising her a waller (mud and water or just DR. COURTNEY H. BRIDGEMAN, CHIEF 2yr old twin daughters, Evellyn VETERNARIAN FOR SAN ANTONIO HUMANE straight water) in the Texas sumand Jaedyn. SOCIETY, AND FRIEND mer, they can easily and quickly {March 2014}

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he Helotes Humane Society is on a mission. That mission is to promote the benevolent treatment of animals and to provide humane education. We firmly believe that the best prospect for improving the treatment of our companion animals is by educating the public. We believe in giving people the information they need to become better pet owners.

Our group takes in neglected, abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats. We spay, neuter, and microchip the animals, administer medical treatment, and get them ready for adoption. The Helotes Humane Society uses a network of foster homes to provide the animals love and care. For some animals, those homes are their first opportunity to live as a family member. The foster system allows adopters to get an accurate assessment of the personality of the pet they are adopting. Unlike a typical shelter animal waiting for adoption in crowded and noisy conditions, most of our foster animals participate in typical family activities, oftentimes with children and other pets, which helps with socialization and the transition to the adopters’ homes. The Helotes Humane Society also operates Second Chances Thrift Shop, known for its boutique atmosphere. The shop, located on a beautiful wooded lot in Helotes, is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. With weekly inventory turnover, thrifty shoppers are able to purchase many unique items. Proceeds from sales help support the mission of the Society. At the same location as the thrift shop is the Helotes Dog Park (which will open soon), supported by a grant from The Nutro Pet Food Company. HHS volunteers have worked hard to develop the off-leash dog park for use by citizens, dog social groups and trainers; we be-

lieve this park can help promote the educational, training and recreational activities that facilitate responsible pet ownership. Along with HHS annual fundraisers “Paws on the Patio” and “Jingle Paws 5K”, the dog park helps to cement the Helotes community’s reputation as a dog-friendly town. The Helotes Humane Society is concerned with cat welfare, as well. Recently, we established a feral and free-roaming cat spay/neuter program, thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities. Anyone living in the 78023 zip code can now receive these services for free; simply email us at “fixacat@hhsanimals.org” to get information and to schedule an appointment. Above all, the Helotes Humane Society is people helping animals. Together we can be the voice of humanity that speaks for those that cannot. We have many volunteer opportunities for all ages, including working at our thrift shop, fostering animals, participating in educational programs, and assisting at fundraisers and adoption events. We encourage everyone to visit The Helotes Humane Society and Second Chances Thrift Shop at 14398 Bandera Road in Helotes. Additional information, including a calendar of events and photos and descriptions of our many adoptable animals, may be found online at http://www.hhsanimals.org.

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Dr. Kirby graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M with a degree in Biomedical Science in 1979 and earned his DVM in 1984. Dr. Kirby has been the owner and director of Alamo Heights Pet Clinic since 1997. His veterinary interests are surgery, internal medicine, ultrasonography, and rehabilitation therapy. He uses both a conventional and a holistic approach to medicine. Dr. Kirby treats dogs, cats, birds and exotics. Alamo Heights Pet Clinic: (210) 821-5544. Please email all questions for Dr. Kirby to Dana.texasdogsandcats@gmail.com.

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any years ago, in the early 1980’s, my husband inherited a pair of double yellow headed parrots, from an elderly aunt. This was the 4th time this pair of birds had been passed down. To the best we could determine, they were somewhere around 75 years of age. They cussed prolifically in 3 languages (English, Spanish, and German).

When we went to pick them up, both birds were living shoulder to shoulder in an old dome style cage with a mouse and 2” of sunflower seed hulls in the bottom of their cage. The house reeked of cigarettes. Their only perch was a dowel rod worn half way through at the point where their feet touched. Their feet were fused open to the size of the perch. Feathers were dull and dusty. Both were severely malnourished. I have no idea how either were still alive. After months of teaching them what good food was (pasta became the new favorite) and seeing the sun for the first time in at least 40 years, their next molt produced shiny healthy feathers. Their feet improved but neither was ever able to walk flat footed. Attitudes improved, the profanities lessened, then stopped with one exception. The day my mastiff came barreling around the corner and knocked the cages over, the profanities flew again! As they improved they became possessive of the extra space, toys, and treats. We had to separate them to stop the fights but they became depressed apart. They were like an old married couple that couldn’t live together and couldn’t live

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These days we know so much more about medicine in birds. Good food, perching, housing, and mental enrichment have made such a difference to the birds of today. I’m glad that I’ve been able to see the changes and progress that have happened over the years in avian medicine. I’m excited to see what will be next. If you’re considering living with a parrot, think first. Do your research. Consider life expectancy (they could outlive you!) as well as diet and housing requirements. Talk to someone knowledgeable and Be Careful of your language!

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Q: I have a one year old that just started walking and a 5 year old Great Dane that gets very excited around the baby. My one year old loves the dog very much as well as my dog loves her. However, I get scared with my dog knocking her over and hurting her, especially with her walking now. What tips do you have to keep my Great Dane from jumping on her? —Tiffany A: It is often difficult for a dog to understand exactly how easily a human baby or toddler can get hurt compared to a puppy. If a puppy falls backwards and hits her head on the floor, she will likely get right up again, shake it off and continue to play as if nothing happened. For a human baby or toddler, however, the same accident might require a trip to the emergency. Therefore, one of the safest ways to keep toddlers protected from rowdy, playful or needy dogs is to keep them separate by using baby gates. For the long term safety and happiness of both children and dogs, however, you need to spend time each day with your dog and toddler together, teaching each of them how to treat the other. Small children can often be a menace to dogs, so if the toddler gets too rough, tell him no and explain that he can hurt the dog. If the dog gets too rough, tell him no and enforce a timeout; for example, make him go lay down. Also, whenever you like the way they behave towards each other, make sure you tell your toddler he is doing a good job, or praise and perhaps even reward the dog for good behavior.

Q: I have two male Yorkies. I try to separate their food as much as possible, but one is always trying to steal the other’s food. What can I do to help this behavior? —Patty A: A standing rule in dog culture is: What is mine is mine, and what I can steal from you is mine too. Food aggression can usually be trained away relatively easy in most cases. Training a hungry dog not to steal food, however, can be virtually impossible or at best take a long time, unless the targeted dog is a food guarder and does the policing himself. If the targeted dog is willingly sharing his food, you need to supervise the feeding. If the dogs are eating from separate bowls next to each other, immediately issue verbal corrections if one of them is starting to pay increased attention to the other dog’s food bowl. Your other option is to separate them while feeding. In either case you should immediately remove the bowls when they finish.

Frank Haegeland has trained dogs since he was 12 years old. He is currently the chief trainer at Pet Galaxy where he trains both dogs and their owners. Frank also treats dogs suffering from various psychological issues such as depressions, phobias, behavioral problems, etc. Frank never turns down trying to help a dog with behavioral issues, even dangerous dogs, so long as the causes are psychological in nature. Behavior problems stemming from medical issues such as a brain injury or hormone imbalances, are always referred to a veterinarian. PET GALAXY-(830) 885-5335

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{healthbeat} BY AMELIA KEITH, DVM, DACVIM 22

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ihile it is not uncommon for a dog or cat to occasionally vomit, recurrent episodes of vomiting, inappetance, diarrhea, or weight loss are all potential signs of chronic gastrointestinal disease. It is important to note how often your pet vomits, what the vomitus consists of (food, foam, bile, blood, or coffee ground appearance) and if there are any other associated signs (diarrhea, straining to defecate, bloody or tarry stool, mucus, poor appetite, or weight loss). Common causes of chronic gastrointestinal disorders include diseases restricted to the gastrointestinal tract (food allergies, bacterial overgrowth, intestinal parasitism, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), cancer, or obstructive causes, to name a few). Additionally, chronic gastrointestinal signs can also be caused by diseases in organs outside of the gastrointestinal tract, like liver disease, kidney disease, Addison’s disease (low production of cortisol which affects younger to middle aged dogs primarily), hyperthyroidism (which affects older cats primarily) or pancreatic disease (pancreatitis or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency). The most common cause of chronic gastrointestinal disease in dogs and cats is IBD. The testing of blood, urine, and feces assists with proper diagnosis. A complete blood count and chemistry panel check for evidence of dehydration, blood loss, or infection, and also evaluates the pet’s internal organ function. A urinalysis tests for protein, infection, and urine concentration primarily. A fecal examination provides evidence of intestinal parasitism. If these initial tests are normal, more specialized testing is recommended. An ACTH stimulation test determines Addison’s disease. A gastrointestinal panel evaluates the pancreatic enzymes and vitamin levels. Additional imaging tests maybe recommended like an abdominal ultrasound or endoscopy. An ultrasound assesses the size and shape of the internal organs and is a great tool for assessing the gastrointestinal tract, however, this test can sometimes be normal even with significant intestinal inflammation. An endoscopy obtains biopsy samples (to check for significant inflammation (i.e. IBD). A small camera is placed down the gastrointestinal tract, thus requiring general anesthesia. Treatment involves trials with different foods, intestinal

antibiotics, a course of deworming, and possibly vitamin B12 injections. These trials are typically performed prior to endoscopy. Dietary changes typically involve the introduction of a novel protein that your pet has never had before (venison, duck, or even kangaroo) or a hydrolyzed diet (a diet in which the proteins are cut so small the body does not recognize them as foreign). A positive response is typically seen within a few weeks. It is important that during this food trial no other food or flavored medications are administered. Intestinal antibiotics are typically administered at the same time, as they also have gastrointestinal antiinflammatory properties. Deworming is also performed even if the fecal testing does not reveal any parasites, as these parasites can be released intermittently. If the biopsy reveals significant inflammation and response to therapy is inadequate, then more significant immunosuppressive medications are recommended. IBD is not curable, but can be controlled with a good quality of life for the animal in many cases. Dr. Amelia Mellett Keith is one of two board certified internists at Mission Veterinary Specialists. She originally hails from Austin, attended veterinary school at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, completed a year long internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ, and most recently finished her three year small animal internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

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Homeless in San Antonio: from the Streets to Shelter A Story of a Man and His Three Dogs Given a Second Chance by Marlena Perez, owner of Pretty Paws Pet Salon

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anuary 1, 2014 started out as another ordinary day for me. I went to HEB to buy some groceries when I saw a man with three dogs. I approached him with caution, not knowing if he or his dogs would be aggressive. I asked if he was homeless and if those were his dogs and he replied yes to both. I further questioned him what was he doing at HEB and he said that he was going to get dog food.

When I asked what he was going to do with the dogs, he said he had to leave them tied outside while he shopped. I said I wish you didn’t do that because someone can call animal control, or they can get stolen or hurt someone. He said ok and started walking away. I said wait, and gave him some money and my business card and told him to call me if he needed anything. He said thank you and went on his way. My eyes were watery and my heart fell. My fiance and I ran inside HEB and bought a huge bag of dog food. We jumped into our vehicle and raced to find him. We found him 10 blocks 24

away and stopped and gave him the bag of dog food. He was so grateful that we did this for him and again I told him to please call me if he needed anything. As we drove away I started to cry. This man did not have a place to live but he would never part with his pets. He said he would rather be homeless then ever give them up. Curt Taylor is 38 years old and from Minnesota. He had been homeless for three years. Taylor survived by standing outside, regardless of weather conditions. He made just enough each day to get by. We stayed in touch and the conversations we had were short, sweet and hon-

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est. I asked him how long he planned on being in San Antonio and he said he was trying to get out and head North. Over the next few days after our first encounter, I saw him by Crossroads Mall. When I first saw him he was on Culebra and 24th Street. He was still carrying his 50 pound back pack that had blankets, a sleeping bag and the dog’s sweaters. My heart kept getting heavier for him and his dogs. He had three dogs; Trigger a female 3 year old Lab mix , Bold a male 2 year old Blue Heeler mix and Fishook a 9 month old Pyrenees mix. Trigger - she was adopted from a shelter, and when he got divorced, he told her to keep everything but he wanted the dog. Trigger is a very smart trained girl that just loves to fetch and sit in the outdoors. She has been with him since they left Minnesota. They have been to several different states and ended up here in San Antonio. Bold - he adopted him from the streets of San Antonio. He just followed him one day and never left. He has had him for over a year. Fishook - he is a 9 month old Pyrenees mix. He rescued him from a group of men that were abusing him and also saved him from the deadly disease parvo. He is still a puppy but a big one. Curt and his dogs have been in San Antonio for over a year and have been on the streets staying at different hotels that would allow his pets. After 2 weeks of knowing he was out on the streets in this unpredictable weather, I knew I had to do

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something. I called my aunt and uncle and asked if they had one of their properties available for rent and they said yes. This was the first time that I had ever done something like this. Curt and his dogs were put into my life for a reason, I truly believe that. Immediately, I called Curt and told him to gather his belongings, as he and the dogs were going to their new home. He and the dogs were very excited. I picked him up at Dezavala and IH 10 with all the dogs. I think they knew they were going home. As we drove, Curt was quiet but I could tell he was holding back tears of joy. We got to the apartment and the dogs jumped out and played in the yard and went inside their new home smelling everything. Little by little, we started to furnish the apartment but it’s still a work in progress. We stay in touch and I go by once a week to visit Curt, Trigger, Bold and Fishhook. It’s been almost a month and he decided to make San Antonio his permanent home. I’m just so happy our paths crossed and he has a place to call his own. All donations can be dropped off at Pretty Paws Pet Salon: 3846 Culebra Road, San Antonio Texas 78228 210-294-1200, www.facebook.com/prettypawssalon Specific donations needed: Dog food, toys, dog beds, money for clothes, cleaning products & personal hygiene products. Special thanks to McMullen Square Properties for the apartment and Gloria Mireles realtor

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or those of us lucky enough to know the unconditional love of animal companions, the passage of time may be marked by the great dogs that have touched our lives or the special horses that taught us so much more than simply how to ride. How often have we cursed the unfairness of the relatively short life spans of our animal friends?

Perhaps you’ve noticed of late that your beloved companion’s muzzle is turning gray. Maybe you’ve noticed a lack of vitality, loss of muscle, trouble getting up, or confusion in your favorite furry friend. Have you ever wondered if there is anything else that you might do to make the quality of your senior pet’s life better? The best place to start is by talking to that person who has dedicated their life to helping you take the best possible care of your animal companion. I am, of course, referring to your family veterinarian. (I do not, however, mean a person you just met that is only available to vaccinate your pet at a cut rate or Heaven forbid Dr. Google!). Today we are lucky to have many options available to help our friends live longer and arguably better lives. Once you and your veterinarian have implemented an appropriate senior health care plan, it may be time to look at complementary options. Have you perhaps considered so called “alternative therapies” but not known where to start? While each case is different, I’ve compiled a very brief list of some available alternative therapies which may be able to increase the quality of life of our aging or otherwise debilitated pets. Be aware that some of these modalities are controversial as to their scientific basis. Do your research so you can make informed choices for your pet. • Acupuncture: A major component of Traditional Chinese Medicine which has been “the medicine” in many parts of the world for thousands of years. Treatment for almost any problem. • Chiropractic: Works to correct alignment of the

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musculoskeletal system and thus treat related nervous system problems including lameness and back pain. • Aquatherapy: Think human water aerobics classes. Your animal companion benefits from low to no impact exercise. This modality is especially wonderful for arthritic animals and those with traumatic spinal injuries. • Homeopathy: Explained in part by the phrase “like treats like”. Very small particles of herbs and other substances are used in an effort to get the body to treat itself. • Herbs: Utilizing plants for medicinal purposes. • Postural Rehabilitation: A synthesis of techniques that restore normal, neutral posture, allowing the animal’s central nervous system to maintain a congruent relationship with gravity, the primary integrating force on earth. At the end of the day, I believe what our animal companions enjoy the most is our TIME. Don’t forget in your quest for bettering their lives, that they love you above all else. Taking a few moments every day to “just be” with your senior friend is the very best way to improve the quality of their life. Dr. Tiffany Horton runs Joshua Creek Veterinary Services, an integrated veterinary practice in the Boerne area, with her husband Alan. She is certified in Postural Rehabilitation and has studied veterinary acupuncture and some chiropractic.

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{petsafety} BY DR. RIVA HERON

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am going to make a confession; one of my cats HATES to come to the veterinary clinic. My mild mannered, sweet and cuddly darling becomes a screaming mini-tiger even before her paws cross the clinic threshold.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners reports that 60% of the feline owning population says this is true for them too – their cats hate coming to the veterinary office. (But how many of you like going to see your own doctor?) Veterinarians have long recognized that bringing a cat to the clinic can be a traumatic experience for both you and your fluffy darling. We understand that some cats are going to yowl, howl and do their best to convince us to leave them alone. Don’t be embarrassed – recognize that your cat is simply using her acting skills to make herself seem large, loud and ferocious so that she will be left alone. What makes a cat so unhappy about a veterinary visit? It can begin with the carrier that some cats only use when something bad is going to happen (i.e. THE VET), then there is the car ride, followed rapidly by the unsafe feeling of being out of their normal territory, and then culminates with being stressed by new sights, sounds and smells – including other cats and dogs. All this before the cat even sees the veterinarian! No wonder many of our feline friends greet us with a growl and a swat. Now, many veterinary practices are working to become more cat-friendly. What does this mean to you and your cat? Hopefully it means a less stressful experience for everyone. Practices can earn a certificate from the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) that designates them as a cat friendly practice. Signs that a veterinary practice is cat friendly: • Has special waiting areas and examination rooms catering to cats • Uses calming pheromones to decrease the cat’s stress levels 28

• Has staff members that have been trained in how to approach and handle cats in a gentle manner • Has veterinarians that work with your cat (including being willing to examine your cat in his/her carrier, allowing the cat to move around during the examination, offering sedation when needed) • Offers tips on how to help your cat like her travel carrier more (or hate it less) • Has an AAFP Cat Friendly Practice Designation

Having your cat examined regularly by a veterinarian is important. Regular health checks can help your cat live a longer, healthier life. Please don’t let normal cat behavior make you shy away from a veterinary visit. Your cat is counting on you for the best care and that definitely means seeing your veterinarian regularly. Finally, I have another confession to make. Not only do I love cats….. I love dogs too. Feline Friendly Veterinary Practices that see dogs and cats love them both, they have just committed to recognizing that cats should not be treated like a small dog! Dr. Riva Heron attended the VirginiaMaryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (’95) and is also a retired Naval Intelligence Officer. She has practiced Small Animal Medicine in Virginia, Minnesota and Florida and Emergency medicine in San Antonio at I-10 Pet Emergency. She is currently the Director of Medical Services for Mission Pet Emergency in San Antonio.

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BY RANDALL HOUSLEY, GENERAL MANAGER OF POLLYS PET SHOP

DIVING INTO THE HOME AQUARIUM? Colorful, calming, educational, and exotic; all appropriate terms used to describe a home aquarium. Almost everyone at one time or another has felt the urge to place a little underwater ecosystem in their home, and for good reason. With a growing variety of animals and equipment available, people have more options than ever for creating a fantastic tank. Owning an aquarium can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also be a lot of work if you dive in unprepared. The good news is most of these hurdles can be avoided by asking yourself two very simple questions. First ask yourself “What fish or livestock do I most enjoy?” Many people purchase an aquarium only to find later that the fish they want is incompatible with

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their tank. The fish may get too big or need a stronger filtration system. By researching what species you want in an aquarium, you can make more informed decisions on the size and type of equipment you should buy, saving you both time and money! The next question to consider is “What does my budget/space allow for?” You may really want a saltwater coral reef, but your budget is more in line with a fish only saltwater aquarium, which requires less expensive lighting and filtration. Finding the right mix can be tricky, so remember to utilize the staff at your local fish store. They deal with these issues on a day to day basis, and many are encyclopedias of information on fish care!


RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS OF SAN ANTONIO ALAMO AREA PARTNERS FOR ANIMAL WELFARE (AAPAW) aapaw.org

ALAMO RESCUE FRIENDS alamorescuefriends.org ANIMAL DEFENSE LEAGUE 210-655-1481 adltexas.org ANIMAL FRIENDS HUMANE SOCIETY 830-981-2300 animalfriends4ever.org ANIMAL RESCUE CONNECTIONS 830-438-0398 animalrescueconnections.org

HOTK9RESCUE 830-981-2300 animalfriends4ever.org

SAN ANTONIO HUMANE SOCIETY 210-226-7461 SAhumane.org

HUMANE SOCIETY OF KERRVILLE 830-367-7722 humanesocietyofkerrville.com

SAN ANTONIO PETS ALIVE (SAPA) sanantoniopetsalive.org

HUMANE SOCIETY OF NEW BRAUNFELS 830-629-5287 hsnba.com

SAN ANTONIO R.O.C.K.S. (REAL OPTION FOR CHANGING KILL SHELTERS) sarocks.org

JUST ADD LOVE DOG RESCUE justaddlovedogrescue.com

SCHERTZ ANIMAL SERVICES 210-658-5321

KATIE’S ROADSIDE RESCUE www.krrtx.org

SOUTH TEXAS ANGEL PAWS RESCUE 210-632-9111 SouthTexasAngelPawsRescue.com

BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY 210-306-6126

LAS LOMOS K9 RESCUE & ADOPTION FOUNDATION dogsrus.org

BULVERDE AREA HUMANE SOCIETY 830-980-2247 bulverdeareahumanesociety.com

LOST PAW PATROL 865-742-1151 lostpawpatrol.com

CITY OF SAN ANTONIO ANIMAL CARE SERVICES 210-207-4738 saacs.net

LOVE FOR PAWS RESCUE 210-639-4039 loveforpawsrescue.com

CONVERSE ANIMAL SHELTER 210-658-4821 casi.petfinder.com CRESSIE ANIMAL REFUGE AND ENRICHMENT (C.A.R.E.) 210-313-3600 caretx.org CUTE AND CUDDLIE ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY 210-647-3529 FRIENDS OF ANIMAL CARE SERVICES (FACS) 210-826-4831 friendsofanimalcare.org HANDS4PAWS hands4pawsrescue.org HELOTES HUMANE SOCIETY 210-422-6242 hhsanimals.org HILL COUNTRY ANIMAL LEAGUE 830-249-2341 hcaltx.com HOMES FOR PETS/SCHERTZ HUMANE SOCIETY homesforpets.org

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MISSY’S HAVEN CANINE RESCUE 210-788-7420 missyshaven.org

SOUTHERN ANIMAL RESCUE ASSOCIATION 830-401-0280 SPAY-NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) 713-862-3863 snapus.org SpaySA 210-351-7729 spaysa.org

ORDINARY MIRACLES CANINE RESCUE www.omcr.org

SPAY-NEUTER-INJECT-PROJECT OF SAN ANTONIO (SNIPSA) 210-576-3497 snipsa.org

PAUSE FOR PAWS, INC. 210-494-1455 pfpsd.org

TALK ABOUT IT! SA 210-242-4720 talkaboutitsa.org

PAWS FOR SERVICE pawsforservice.org

TEJAS RESCUED PET ADOPTIONS 210-416-3947 tejasrescues.org

PAWS N CLAWS RESCUE 210-360-9933 PawsNClawsRescueSATX.com

TEXAS GSP RESCUE texasgsp.org

RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS ALLIANCE 210-822-6763 responsiblepetowners.org

THERAPY ANIMALS OF SAN ANTONIO 210-614-6734 therapyanimalssa.org

SA K9’S SERVICE DOG CLUB 210-214-0182

WAGS Across Texas Therapy Dogs wagsacrosstexas.com/

SAN ANTONIO FERAL CAT COALITION 210-877-9067 www.sanantonioferalcats.org SAN ANTONIO GUARDIAN ANGELS 210-379-9034 sanantonioguardianangels.com

Please email dana. texasdogsandcats@gmail.com if you are a rescue organization or a Non Profit Pet Organization of San Antonio that would like to be added to this list or would like anything modified on this list. All breed specific rescue groups are listed on our website.

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BY VALERIE LACAYO R.N.,B.S.N.,CPLP

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he moment we bring a new bundle of fur into our lives we know that the time will come when we have to say goodbye. One of the hardest decisions pet parents will have to make is deciding when to help our pets make the transition, and all of us have agonized over when to make the decision to let their pets go.

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As a pet hospice care provider the most common and tomorrow they will be better? Again, it comes down question I am asked is “how will I know when it is time?” to quality of life. Are they having more good days than All of the pet parents I have worked with, including bad, or have they progressed to where there are more myself, have wrestled with the fear that we would end bad days than good? Sometimes our pets will even tell our pet’s lives to soon or, worse, wait too long and thus us they are ready. The message will differ from pet to pet, subject our pets to undo suffering because we were too but they may give you a look or do something else that is selfish to let them go. The thought of either of these have totally out of character for them. It’s as if they are trying caused countless sleepless nights for pet parents. to say “I am tired and, as much as I love you, it is time So how do you know when it is time to make “the for me to go.” decision?” Having been both a human hospice care and These are just some of the behaviors you might see pet hospice care provider I’ve learned that quality of as your pet is nearing their final days. It is by no means life should be the most important factor to consider. inclusive and there are no guarantees that your pet will Everyone - animals included - has their own definition exhibit all or even any of these signs. Some pets never of quality of life but there are two basic factors that are have pain and some do not have any diagnosable illness. important to all living creatures: one of these is to be free Some simply shut down due to old age. To give yourself from pain, another is to be able to participate in activities a guideline to follow later, make a list of five things your that we find enjoyable. pet enjoys now. When they can no longer do at least But, animals cannot speak, so how do you know if they three of the five things, you’ll have an indication that are in pain or no longer enjoying life? Animals do speak, they are losing or have lost their quality of life. just not in words. Animals speak to us through their Even knowing all of these things, making the decision actions and body language and if you know your pet well to say goodbye to your pet and deciding to help them you will hear them telling you loud and clear what is make the transition to the Rainbow Bridge is not an easy going on with them. thing to do. Nothing I, or anyone else, can say will make What does it look like when an animal is telling you that decision easier but my hope is that, by knowing they hurt or are sick? Dogs and cats will often exhibit what it looks like when an animal is no longer having the same behaviors when they are in pain. Classic signs quality of life, that you will feel more sure of the decision include getting up slowly only to have their back legs when you make it. give out on them, groaning when getting up, or reluctance to go up stairs or jump up on the furniture. Their Valerie Lacayo, R.N., appetites may start to decline, and they may stop playing has a bachelors degree altogether. When the pain becomes severe you may see in Science and Nursing panting or restless exhibited by getting up and down with 14 years experience repeatedly, acting like they don’t want to lay down or not as a hospice nurse and is get up at all. Often they stop eating all together. Cats the owner of Pawsitive that are uncomfortable may also stop grooming themMemories Pet Hospice selves or eliminate outside of the cat box. and Memorial Services. Other things to look for that show your pet no longer The death of is having quality of life is when they start to withdraw. her own canine That means they no longer engage in the activities companion,Marty, convinced Valerie of the need for hospice they once enjoyed, they do not seek your attention and care for animals as well as grief support for their human instead wander off to sleep by themselves, sometimes family members. Pawsitive Memories is a realization of hiding in unusual places, and they sleep most of the time nearly two decades of health care experience, specific underor no longer greet you when you come home. standing of comfort care and a desire to help others through It is not uncommon for pets to have days where they the grieving process of a pet with dignity, empathy and sleep more or don’t eat and then, just when you think the understanding. time has come to let them go, they will have a good day. They may even have a couple of good days, but then have some more bad days and you begin to question yourself. For Loss & Grief Support, SAPPY Pet Loss & Grief Support Group of San AnHow do you determine then tonio meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at the English Tea Shoppe located at when the time is right? How 6877 Bandera Road from 6:30-8PM. For more details, visit Tribute to Tails San do you know that today Antonio on Facebook. might not just be an off day PAWSITIVE MEMORIES PET HOSPICE (830) 538-3738

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LUCKY: 16 1/2 YEARS OLD

SHELBY: AGE 15

MOLLY: AGE 14

VACA: APPROX 3 PLUS YEARS

SHELBY: ADOPTED 2005 - 2/22/2012

STAR: JANUARY 1998 - JANUARY 2012

MAGGIE: AUGUST 1995 - JULY 2011

SHELBY & BLUE SHELBY DECEMBER 2002-AUGUST 2012, BLUE OCTOBER 2000 SEPTEMBER 2012 (SHELBY & BLUE WERE BEST FRIENDS AND SHELBY PASSED AWAY LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AFTER BLUE)

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