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Vol. 9 Issue 5 - Fall 2017

Unleashed Delmarva The Golden

Bark of the Town


Retriever Club

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Your Smart Pup


Constipation in Pets

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contents Vol. 9 Issue 5, Fall 2017

6 Bark of the Town 10 The Golden Retriever Club Comes to the Shore 12 Verify First, Then Trust 16 Constipation in Pets 20 Your Smart Pup 24 MEAL 28 Online Pharmacies Don’t All Stack Up 34 A Legacy about Seizures 36 Doggie Socials

Delmarva Unleashed Publisher Sandy Phillips Editor Grammerly Creative Director Farin Lewis Contributing Writers Amanda Abresch Polly Elliott John Maniatty, V.M.D. Jaclyn Wolinski, D.M.V. Sales Heather Cherrix

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Nautica of Rehoboth Beach, DE. Proudly owned by Emily Stachow Delmarva Unleashed is published six times a year; Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer, Fall, and Holiday. It is circulated throughout Maryland’s Lower Shore, Mid Shore and onto Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The magazine can also be found throughout Delaware and is published by Grand Living Magazine, LLC. Delmarva Unleashed is protected under trademark registration. No portion in whole or part may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Copyright 2017©, Grand Living Magazine, LLC. All rights reserved. Content in Delmarva Unleashed is intended to provide information only and is in no way meant to treat or diagnose. Always consult with a specialty professional to address your own personal needs. The company makes every effort to ensure that all information presented is correct, however, we do not make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information, and reliance on information provided, is solely at your own risk.


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The Occasional Raw? A

ccording to Shawn Messonnier, DVM, - author of the award-winning Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats, The Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs, you can choose to feed raw once per day, rather than at every meal. In this rotation form of feeding, different forms of food including raw, canned, dry, and even freeze-dried food can be offered to your pet at different times throughout the day or week. This will not only adjust the pet’s taste preferences to all forms of food, but will allow its gastrointestinal tract to adapt to the various forms of food, and will minimize any chances of the pet developing gastroenteritis which could occur when the pet’s food is switched from one form to another. 6

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uburn University, states that they have received a patent for a scientifically-based method “for selecting, training, and employing dogs for the detection of hand-carried and bodyworn hazardous materials,” like explosive devices carried on a person. These dogs track “thermal plumes” left behind in a person’s wake. Paul Hammond, president of VWK9 LLC an Anniston, Alabama based training program says,“When people move, they emit rising warm air that trails behind them. Under the correct conditions, specifically trained dogs can sniff the “wake” to detect a suicide bomber in a crowd of people. Just another skill that makes dogs so valuable to humans!

Dog feeling a little lost?

Plan for a walk with your dog as soon as everyone is home and be sure that your dog has some time to not only enjoy the walk but just spending time with the kids. He will be much more patient during homework time with pent up energy diffused.

If the kids have reading assignments, include the dog and have the kids read to them. It's a great way for the kids to practice oratory skills and your dog will love the attention.

Before bed, plan some type of low energy interaction such as 5 minutes of coat brushing. If it's part of the bedtime routine, it will signal the time for resting and cue your dog to take his place for the night.


fter a fun filled summer that included your dog, he may feel a little blue as the kids get back to school routines and the house becomes quiet. To help offer them a bit of reassurance, we have compiled a few tips to help make the quieter days a little brighter for your pup. •

Leave a recently worn t-shirt for cuddling.

Leave some new chew toys that are only available when your dog is home alone. Consider something like a kong filled with xylitol free peanut butter and shredded carrot, again only available when he's home alone.

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In this active hurricane season, we wanted to provide a few updates regarding pets.

Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 This law amends the Robert T.

Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to require the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that state and local emergency preparedness operational plans address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals prior to, during, and following a major disaster or emergency.


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f you must evacuate, remember to take your pets with you and have a plan on where to send them. Red Cross shelters do not allow pets. Maryland has a Pet Sheltering Plan, which will activate when mass care evacuation centers open. If you need to locate a shelter for your cat or dog 8

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during an emergency or disaster, listen to the radio for instructions from local civil authorities, or contact the county emergency operations center for the location of a pet-friendly human shelter or other pet shelter for your pet. The Maryland Department of Agriculture recommends the following for domestic pet owners to respond to pet’s needs quickly and safely in the event of disaster evacuation: Prepare an animal evacuation kit as detailed by the ASPCA and/or American Veterinary Medical Association. Be sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations as recommended by your veterinarian. Have copies of your pet’s vaccination history and medical records to take with you. Be sure your pet wears a collar with identification (tattoo, ID tag, microchip, etc.). Include a phone number. Have a list of places where you can evacuate with your pet (relatives, pet friendly motels, pet shelters, etc.) if instructed by emergency management personnel. Have at least a three-day supply of food, water, and all medication your pet takes, and a few of your pet’s favorite toys. Take them with you if you and your pet are evacuated. Have a photo of your pet, in case it gets lost, in addition to leashes, collars, and muzzles, if necessary. “Your animals depend on you to be prepared in the event of a disaster situation,” said Maryland State Veterinarian Dr. Michael Radebaugh. “Take the extra time now to create a comprehensive disaster plan to ensure the safety and well-being of you, your family and your pets and livestock.”

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he Eastern Shore Classic Cluster Dog Shows’ annual event just got better! In addition to the competition events, canine health clinics and specialty vendors, this year will feature a student art gallery. The gallery will be comprised of students in Kindergarten through Grade 12, who are mostly from the Eastern Shore. The theme of the gallery is “Dogs: Man’s Best Friend.” The artwork on display will be pieces that have won recognition in each grade with first, second and third place awards. Each first-place winner will win $25 and qualifies for the “Best in Show” recognition. The Best in Show student is awarded $500 and the Reserve Best in Show student a prize of $250. Entries are now open, and students may pre-register by emailing an entry request to There is also a Facebook Page at Contest Director, Jerry Milko can be reached via phone at 410-430-7249. Entries close late October. The Eastern Shore Classic Cluster Dog Shows is a cooperative event by the Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club, the Talbot Kennel Club, and Mispillion Kennel Club. The public is welcome and to attend the event November 8th through November 12th at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Delmarva Unleashed Fall 2017


The Golden Retriever Club of America comes to the Shore!

by Mary Ann Bruton


he last week of September will bring hundreds of Golden Retrievers and their fans to Salisbury and the Eastern Shore, for the National Golden Retriever Show. The main conformation events will take place at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, beginning with Sweepstakes on September 26 then Conformation Classes starting on September 27. The big finale, scheduled for Saturday, September 30, will be "Best of Breed" which will culminate the week of competition. Over 150 Goldens are expected to compete for the ultimate prize. The Crown Sports Center will host the Agility Competition on Monday and Tuesday, September 25 & 26 and then will switch to Obedience and Rally competition on Wednesday and Thursday, September 27 & 28. The top Golden competitors in the country are expected to be present at these performance events. 10

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The Field events will be split between Greenwood DE, where the Hunt Tests and WC, WCX will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 22-23. And in Trappe, MD where the Field Trial will be held on Monday, September 25. The Tracking Test will be held on September 24 at Pemberton Historical Park. The Salisbury Kennel Club would like to thank the people of the Eastern Shore who have donated their time and energy for this event, and we encourage everyone to stop by one of the venues to watch and enjoy. For those who like to shop, there will be many vendors will be at the Civic Center, and even more at the Crown Center. The Golden Retriever Club Association's (GRCA) national event is truly a specialty show on Steroids! For More information visit 2017grcanational. org.

Event Highlights Greenwood, DE Sept. 22 & 23 - Field Events Trappe, MD Sept. 25 - Field Events

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by Amanda Abresch B.S., ABCDT, APDT, CPDT-KA

ogs are known as loyal companions, spoiled couch potatoes, guard dogs, and working dogs. They have evolved over thousands of years (with our help through selective breeding) to become very useful in certain circumstances. Different breeds have different traits based on their work, and as a result, sometimes they confound us. “Why does my German Shepherd pace constantly and bark at everything new?” “Why does my dog shove his nose in the crotch of every visitor I have?” “Why does my Akita stand at the door and try to stare down every person who comes by?” “Why does my dog jump up on everyone who walks in my house?” These are questions I get every week. First, you should do your homework when selecting a breed, to save 12

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you some headaches. Second, please remove the notion from your head that a dog does any of these to “dominate” you, your family, or your guests. Then, you should try and understand why your dog does these things so you can help teach him how to behave in a more socially acceptable manner- socially acceptable for people, at least. Dogs always have a reason for what they do; it may not make any sense to us mere humans, but there is always a reason. Dogs don’t like wasting effort, which makes sense if you think like a wild animal. If you are out in the woods, living meal to meal, it makes very little sense to waste effort on anything unless there is a chance for a big reward. Actually, a lot of dog behavior makes sense if you think like a wild animal.

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If you were a wild dog or a even a wolf, it would make sense to have someone patrol your territory and warn the rest of your family if there was an impending threat. It’s really very simple. Along the same line, dogs tend to bark to tell us something- a guarding breed like a GSD has been historically bred to be a living fence for livestock. They were meant to patrol a boundary, keeping away predators from a flock of sheep. If you put a dog who is meant to be a fence, inside of a fence, you have taken away his job. He starts pacing frantically and pretty soon, you have a dog who has worn a new track just next to your fence. His pacing gets worse the more time he spends outside. Lucky for you, finding other ways to exercise his brain and limiting his time outside unsupervised can help significantly. The barking is to warn of impending danger because there is a scary mail carrier out front again today. The same treatment applies here - we want to limit the amount of time your dog gets to practice incessant barking and teach him a better coping mechanism.


Think of a pack of wolves or wild dogs out on the tundra in winter- if someone new has approached, you would have little to no reason to assume that newcomer is a friend. They might be someone who in need of a family who could contribute to the pack and play a beneficial role, but you do not know that right away; hence the caution. With our own dogs, especially those bred to guard livestock, family, or homes, this instinct 14

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is still very strong. (Now I don’t want you to assume that I think only big dogs do this; I see it in all kinds, it’s just that these breeds tend to do it best). This is why big dogs like Akitas and Pinschers, who have been bred to guard, usually stand still and watch new people and are not (typically) going to venture over for a belly rub right away.


This is a habit that most dogs have, no matter their breed. Dogs greet each other by smelling the back end and front end, so they want to get close enough to us to greet at least one of those areas. They can learn a lot about a new individual by smelling those areas so it makes sense that they would default here when greeting people. The only downside is that people usually don’t like jumping or a cold Continued pg 18

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Constipation in Pets

by John Maniatty V.M.D.

Constipation is defined as not passing or the infrequent passing of

stool. Several causes are associated with it, such as too much or too little fiber in the diet. It may also be caused by several other things including lack of exercise, blocked or abscessed anal glands, even an enlarged prostate gland. Excessive self-grooming can cause a fur ball that prevents fecal movement. Matted hair around the anus which can result from the lack of grooming, often occurring during obesity. There may be a gastrointestinal obstruction due to a dietary indiscretion, such as eating mulch, sticks, rocks, plastic bottles, or toys. There may be a mass or tumor on the anus or within the rectum, causing an obstruction. Constipation could be the side effect of medication. Maybe there has been trauma to the pelvis, or there is an orthopedic problem that causes pain when a dog positions himself to 16

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defecate. There could be a neurologic (1) disorder and even dehydration due to an illness or lack of access to water. The result of constipation can be vomiting, bacterial overgrowth in the gastrointestinal (gi) tract, severe abdominal discomfort, and pocketing or pouching of the gi tract. Treatment is always to get the stool out. Before getting the stool out, we like to assess the underlying cause. This is accomplished by asking questions to get a complete history. Did the dog eat a sock? Were kids toys chewed up? Does the dog chew rocks or play with sticks? Was the dog hit by a car or did the pelvis sustain damage in the past? Is the cat stressed from visitors staying in the home? Does the animal groom excessively or have they been on an opioid medication recently? Once we get the history, we then do a complete physical exam. During the physical exam, we usually palpate

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the spine and manipulate the joints of the hind legs to see if there is any pain to rule out an orthopedic inhibition. We then check the anal glands to see if they are overly full, infected, or abscessed. We palpate the abdomen to assess the size of fecal material in the colon. Then we check the gums to see if they are tacky. We look for skin tents for hydration assessment and finally do a digital rectal exam to feel for masses and get a stool sample to check for foreign material. With this information, we can then determine treatment or if further diagnostics are needed based on the findings. If we suspect overly full anal glands, simply emptying the glands may relieve the pain and deification will soon follow. If the exam determines the constipation is likely from opioid use or fur, then we give subcutaneous fluids and an enema of water and Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate. The fluids are given because the enema itself can lead to dehydration. In cases where back or joint pain is identified, then a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory is given first, followed by fluids and an enema. If vomiting has been occurring, we also will give an injection of an antiemetic such as cerenia or ondansetron. Cats with fur balls will be started on an oral laxative which consists of a petrolatum or a vegetable oil base with some type of flavoring to entice the cat to eat it or a hairball diet that has these ingredients in the food. For all other causes radiographs (x-rays) will be needed. The radiographs will tell us if a foreign material is in other places in the body causing the obstruction, other than the colon. This could be a growth that has me18

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tastasized or a neurological problem that can lead to severe "pouching" of the colon or diverticula. X-rays also allow us to further assess the pelvis and spine. Talk to your vet if you do not see regular bowel movements in your pet. 1 ASPCA. “Constipation in Dogs: Causes and Treatment.” WebMD, Web MD,1,Jan. 2009, dogs-constipation-causes-treatment. Accessed 31 AUG. 2017

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Continued from pg.14 Verify First, Then Trust nose between the legs. Jumping to greet is normal for most dogs who are setting up to play with a friend; butt and crotch sniffing are normal for dogs as a way to learn about others. Our dogs can serve an important role in the family- whether it’s cleaning up the floor after sloppy toddlers, barking at noises in the middle of the night to scare off potential intruders, or watching the UPS guy like a hawk in case today is the day he decides to break it. They are watching out for us and doing the best they can. Let’s give them a chance to do that within our world, in a way that works for us all.


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My dogs barks at strangers in the car, but not in the yard, what’s going on? Barking is another dog behavior that doesn’t always make sense to us because we are different species. To us humans, barking sounds like yelling, which it sometimes is. The thing with dogs is that they are a lot like young (human) children and this is one example. Dogs bark when upset and when happy. Kids yell when upset and when happy. We have to pay attention to their tone, body language, and the environment to figure out why sometimes. With a dog who barks while in the car as people pass, but not in the yard as people pass, there are a few factors you need to look at: • Do you have other dogs who do this? It could very simply be a learned behavior. • It could be a proximity issue; people walking by a parked car are only a few feet away, people walking on the sidewalk 50 feet from your front door are (obviously) further away. The closer that stranger is the more of a potential threat they are. • Your dog could have had a bad experience with someone taunting them while inside a car and the association has never been changed, so the barking continues. If barking seems 20

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to keep people from getting too close and bothering your dog, she will keep it up! • Your dog may have been corrected or redirected at home more consistently whereas they are not in the car because you are probably driving or not in the vehicle. If the behavior is fun or seems to be working, it will continue. As you can see, there can be a number of reasons why your dog barks in the car but not the yard. No matter the reason, you owe it to your dog to take a look at the situation and call in a certified dog trainer or behaviorist to help out. Even if you can live with the barking, it can’t be healthy for your dog to feel so anxious/excited that they bark in an out-of-control manner.

My dog gets out of his confinement every day. In that case, I’m not sure that I would consider it confinement anymore. This is a problem that can get dogs in trouble or worse, badly hurt, so you should explore what is causing the escapes and try to remedy the problem (in addition to reinforcing the confinement mechanism you have). Dogs will leave confinement for a few reasons, including boredom, anxiety, excitement, or just to have more fun. You should ensure that your dog has things to do during the day, such as toys and obstacles to play with, as well as exercising your dog when you are home. • Do you have a fence that the dog can jump over or dig under? Your first step can be to fill holes or make the fence taller if possible. You can assess why he is staging a prison break on a daily basis.

Do you have a male dog who is not neutered? In that case, it’s probably simple biology and the best way to keep him safe may be to keep him indoors. If you plan on getting him neutered, plan on him still acting like an unaltered male for another month or so until the testosterone levels decrease in his body. Do you have an underground electronic fence? Hopefully, you think to check the battery in the collar and actual fence to make sure no critters have eaten through the wires. To be honest, I am not a fan of these and dogs getting out of them is just one of the pitfalls. Dogs can physically still leave the fence if whatever is on the other side is worth it to the dog. A butterfly? Not worth it. Delmarva Unleashed Fall 2017


A squirrel? Totally worth it. A cat? Absolutely worth it! Another downside to these fences? A dog who runs across the barrier does so knowing that the shock only lasts a second and then they are free. That means that if they are not motivated to come back to face that shock again, they won’t. • Is your dog in a crate and breaks out? He could be bored or anxious or both, which is a difficult combination to work with, but not impossible. • Is your dog behind a gate or in a room with the door closed? This is just like outside confinement in that your dog may be bored in the laundry room and wants to find that chicken bone he saw you put in the trash last night. Your dog may just love the challenge of chewing through another gate and taking a nap on the couch after. No matter the reason, you need to take a look at why your dog is doing this and try to remedy the problem. If you can’t figure it out, consult with a certified dog trainer or behaviorist.

My dog jumps on people when they come to my home. Of course, he does, that’s how he says ‘hi’! If you watch dog buddies greet and play, you will see jumping and running, both are normal ways of interacting for dogs. It’s just not normal or socially acceptable for dogs 22

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to jump on your friends and family. Instead, we want our dogs to learn to sit politely at the door to greet people. Well, if you want that you have to practice it. First, your dog should learn how to sit on cue. Then you teach him to stay. Then you teach him to stay at the front door as you open and close it (without anyone on the other side. Next, you practice having your dog sit and stay at the door as you let someone inside. If you practice with a familiar person that the dog lives with, this step will be much easier. Last, you help your dog to generalize this to all visitors by repeating the procedure every time someone visits. If you or the visitor do not have the patience to practice, your dog goes in his crate, in the yard, or in another room. The more he practices jumping during the greet, the more normal the behavior it becomes and jumping to greet turns into a habit. If you need help with this process, you can contact a certified dog trainer or behaviorist!

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is one of those controversial ingredients in dog food. And something you should probably know more about. Merriam-Webster defines "meal" as "an act or the time of eating a portion of food to satisfy the appetite." It also offers this definition, "the usually coarsely ground and unbolted seeds of a cereal grass or pulse." A definition not particularly suited to dog food. If you Google "chicken meal" you get this: "Chicken meal is the dry rendered product from a combination of clean chicken flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone, derived from whole carcasses of chicken, exclusive of feathers, heads, feet, and entrails." When you Google "meat meal" you get this: Meat and bone meal (MBM) is a product of the rendering industry. It is typically about 48-52% protein, 33-35% ash, 8-12% fat, and 4-7% moisture. It is primarily used in the formulation of animal feed to improve the amino acid profile of the feed." Let's look at one more similar term, "poultry by-product meal." The first listing on Google defines it as "a high protein commodity used as a major component in some pet foods. It is made from grinding the clean, rendered part of poultry carcasses and can contain bones, offal, and undeveloped 24

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eggs, but only contains feathers that are unavoidable in the processing of the poultry parts." Hum... The Association of America Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) defines itself as "a voluntary membership association of local, state and federal agencies, charged by law, to regulate the sale and distribution of animal feeds and animal drug remedies." So how does AAFCO define "meal?" The very same, word for word. Is there anything wrong with "meal?" In my opinion and that of many holistic professionals, we want "meat," period. There is a lot of “wiggle room” for pet food manufactures according to AAFCO rules, but that’s a topic for another time. That being said when I suggest a dog food to people I suggest that they feed the best dog food they can afford, and that may mean there will be "meal" in your dog food. However, it still comes down to making an informed choice for your dog and the source of the "meal." One of the most preferred dog foods on the market and one of the most expensive touts this list of ingredients: Fresh chicken liver (30%), fresh turkey liver (30%), fresh chicken (18%), fresh turkey (18%), fresh arrow-tooth flounder (4%). Here is the published list for another very high-quality brand: Venison - Meat (Includes Up to

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3% Finely Ground Bone), Venison Liver, Lung, Tripe, Heart and Kidney, New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel. Not everyone can afford those foods. They are on the pricey side, and if you're feeding a large dog, it can get expensive. Before I go much further on this, I should say that there is a small exception to things like "salmon meal." There is simply no way to commercially separate those tiny little bones from the meat of the fish, so where fish is concerned, you will very likely see "salmon meal." Preferred marketing terms use "whole salmon, whole Pacific cod," etc. For the average canine consumer, how does "meal" come into play? A higher quality meal is prepared by rendering or cooking down the carcasses of quality protein, such as chicken, beef, venison, and others.

Better meals come from clearly identified sources, such as "beef meal." (It’s not a wise choice for your dog to eat meal prepared from slaughterhouse waste, zoo animals, dead or diseased animals or supermarket waste.) Once the water is cooked off and the bones ground, you can be left with a good source of protein, IF the original carcass was from a quality source. If your scouting dog foods and you see the word "meal" be sure it's a reputable brand. You will also want to look a bit further at other ingredients included on the label that offer clues about the manufactures standards and the probability the “meal” is of a better quality origination.

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Online Pet Pharmacies Don’t All Stack Up from the Center for Veterinary Medicine Protect Yourself and Your Pet: Be Online-Pet-Pharmacy A.W.A.R.E. “Affordable pet prescriptions!” “Pet meds at discount prices!” “No prescription required!” “Your best source for pet meds!” If you’ve ever searched online for prescription pet medicines, no doubt you’ve seen eye-catching, attention-grabbing claims, which sound convincing with their promises of convenience and low prices. But are these claims always true? Internet sites which sell pet drugs can be reputable pharmacies. However, others are fronts for businesses breaking Federal, State, and sometimes, international laws. Illegal online pharmacies may sell medicines which are counterfeit, outdated, mislabeled, incorrectly formulated, or improperly made or stored. These medicines may not contain the actual drug, may contain contaminants, or the incorrect amount of drug, may not work as well, due to age or being stored under improper conditions which were too hot, too cold, or humid, and may not have the proper directions for use. If you are unhappy with products that you have ordered, illegal online pharmacies may fraudulently leave you with no way to get your money back. If you still want to purchase 28

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your pet’s prescription medications online, remember you can protect yourself by doing your homework and being online-pharmacy A.W.A.R.E. A— Ask Your Veterinarian Before you purchase online, talk with your veterinarian! Your veterinarian wants what’s best for your pet and for you. Ask your veterinarian questions like, “Do you trust the internet pharmacy site? Have you ever worked with the pharmacy? Have other clients used that site? If so, what were their experiences?” W—Watch for “Red” Flags When buying from online pharmacies, keep an eye out for red flags. Be careful of the following… • The site does not require veterinary prescriptions for prescription medicines. Websites selling prescription veterinary medicines, without valid prescriptions, are breaking the law. Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, a pharmacy can’t sell you a veterinary prescription medicine without a valid prescription or other type of order from a licensed veterinarian.






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Online questionnaires or consults don’t take the place of valid veterinary prescriptions. Sites selling drugs without requiring valid veterinary prescriptions rob both you and your pet of the protection provided by a veterinary physical exam. • The site has no licensed pharmacist available to answer questions. Can someone answer your questions about your pet’s medicines? • The site does not list a physical business address, phone number, or any other contact information. If something goes wrong with your order, can you get in contact with them? • The site is not based in the United States. If an out-of-country site fraudulently steals your money, there’s not much the US government can do to help get your money back. • The site is not licensed by the State Board of Pharmacy where the business is based. If the business is based in the United States, check to see if it is properly licensed in the state where it is based, by contacting that state’s Board of Pharmacy. Contact information for each state is available on the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) website: board-of-pharmacy-contacts/45 • The site does not protect your personal information. Keep yourself safe from identity theft! Make sure the site you use is secure. • The site’s prices are dramatically lower than your veterinarian’s or other websites prices. If it seems “too good to be true,” then it probably is. • The site ships you medicines that you didn’t order or that look very different from what your pet normally 30

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takes. Don’t give these medications to your pet! Contact the site immediately! A—Always Check for Site Accreditation In addition to following Federal and State licensing and inspection requirements, in 2009, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) created a voluntary accreditation program called Vet-VIPPS (Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites). Vet-VIPPS accredited online pharmacies: • Are appropriately licensed in the states from which they ship drugs; • Have successfully completed a 19-point review and online survey; • Undergo yearly VIPPS review and re-accreditation; and • Undergo NABP on-site surveys every three years. Vet-VIPPS accredited pharmacies must also meet additional strict criteria, including protecting client confidentiality, stringent quality assurance, and making sure prescription orders are valid. R—Report Problems and Suspicious Online Pet Pharmacies If your pet has a problem with a medication yo have purchased online (for example, a reaction to the medicine or the medicine is not working), you can first contact the medicine’s maker. To report problems directly to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), call 1-888-FDA-VETS.

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Continued from pg. 34 A Legacy and A Lesson ... following website: AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ ReportaProblem/ucm055305.htm6. Protect yourself, your pets, and others! Don’t fall victim to illegal online pet pharmacies. Report suspicious online pet pharmacy sites to the FDA and the NABP at: FDA: ReportaProblem. E—Educate Yourself About Online Pet Pharmacies The best defense you have against illegal online pet pharmacies is education. Do your homework and be online-pet-pharmacy A.W.A.R.E, before purchasing your pet’s medicines online. An informed consumer is an empowered consumer.

“goodbye” to him due to kidney failure. I can’t say whether his kidneys were damaged by the years of medications, but his owner questioned it. She thanked me for giving him a year free of seizures and pondered, “if only we’d known about acupuncture and started it sooner.” Every dog with seizures is different, and anti-seizure medications are very necessary, but can come with side effects. Acupuncture can be used for many cases other than chronic pain. It has been used for hip dysplasia, ACL/cruciate injuries, urinary or fecal incontinence, hind-end weakness, and of course, seizures. If your pet has a problem which you’re struggling with, ask your veterinarian if acupuncture could be an option for treatment.


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A Legacy and A Lesson About Seizures by Jaclyn Wolinski, DVM


write today with a heavy heart. Recently, I had to say “goodbye” to a friend who taught me a lot. Nick was an 11- year old Springer Spaniel whose owner/guardian came to me last year for help with his seizures. Despite being on conventional anti-seizure medications for years, Nick still had seizures on a regular basis. His worst times were when large storm fronts were passing through our area. At those times, he would have multiple “cluster” seizures every hour or two throughout the day. His owner had heard that I was in training for veterinary acupuncture and approached me to see if I thought acupuncture would help Nick. Chinese medicine considers any abnormal body movement (i.e. seizures, tremors, etc.) to be caused by Wind. This Wind can be stirred up by internal causes and then aggravated by external causes, such as weather changes. Nick was a classic case of Liver Blood Deficiency which created internal Wind, which was then potentiated by the storms’ external Wind and caused his seizures. 34

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After examining Nick and his history, and applying his Chinese medical diagnosis, I started treating him with conventional dry-needle acupuncture. The day after his first treatment, a storm front moved through the area, and he had one small seizure. We treated him once a week, for approximately one month, and then gradually started to stretch his treatments out to once every six weeks. After six months of no seizures, we were able to decrease his dose of anti-seizure medication, he has had no more seizures. It’s been slightly more than a year since I first met Nick. We had to say Delmarva Unleashed Fall 2017 34 Continued pg. 32


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