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Long Leash On Life Donates 100,000 Pounds of Cat & Dog Food to Local Homeless Pets in Community Event


ong Leash On Life filled thousands of food bowls for less fortunate pets in Albuquerque on December 13, 2018 during an annual giving event that has become a welcome tradition in the greater nonprofit animal welfare community. Co-owners Ken Wormser and Norm Shrout orchestrated a 100,000 pound pet food donation to 20 animal welfare organizations at Long Leash On Life’s 4th Annual PAY IT PET-WARD Food Drive Donation. Impressive trailer trucks and dozens of community volunteers filled Long Leash On Life’s parking lot with tall pallets of cat and dog food that were later allocated to a variety of local animal shelters, pet food banks and rescue organizations. Each year during the season of giving, Long Leash On Life is proud to recognize as many dedicated local organizations as possible whose purpose is to benefit disadvantaged cats and dogs. This includes rescue groups that aid homeless pets as well as food banks that reach a diverse array of pet parents with limited resources. It also gives Long Leash On Life a chance to give back to the community by donating cat and dog food to rural and urban shelters in need. “We are thrilled to make these donations,” Wormser said. “We hope this will encourage other businesses, individuals and organizations to do the same.” Participants confirm that this feel-good event is always marked by amplifying holiday spirit, ear-to-ear smiles, plenty of bear-hugs, and even a few happy tears. And the camaraderie of the day is

simply beyond words. Stephanie Kaylan, Founder of Wanagi Wolf Fund & Rescue stated, “For all you do for our pet community, words are insufficient to express our gratitude. We thank you...thank you...thank you!” “You can never underestimate the passion of our community when it comes to helping homeless pets,” Shrout said. “And we are honored to include pet food banks, that reach many seniors at risk of losing their social support system— their beloved pet.” Long Leash On Life is confident that this pet food contribution helped promote the wellbeing of homeless pets, and shaped a more optimistic future for their adoption into forever, loving homes.

About Long Leash On Life Locally owned by Ken Wormser and Norm Shrout, Long Leash On Life is a health food and supply store for cats and dogs. They provide a large selection of all-natural pet foods, supplements and pet accessories, a D.I.Y. dog wash and unique gifts for pet lovers. They specialize in comprehensive Pet Lifestyle Transformations™ to help pets thrive. They focus on fortifying the well-being of local pets through customized feeding strategies and enrichment techniques. Long Leash On Life’s mission statement sums it up: to improve the quality of pets’ lives through proper nutrition, positive training and a lifetime of meaningful enrichment, with a special focus on the well-being of local rescue pets. Their store is located at 9800 Montgomery Blvd NE at Eubank.

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pringtime brings warmer weather and longer days, but it also brings something much less enjoyable: seasonal allergies. Tree pollen and mold spores are the main airborne culprits this time of year, their allergenic mayhem enhanced by Albuquerque’s spring winds. Seasonal allergies can make pets just as miserable as people who suffer from allergies, but there are natural, effective ways to minimize your pet’s discomfort. Seasonal allergies in humans usually result in “sneezywheezy” symptoms: sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, runny nose, congestion, and coughing. In dogs and cats, however, seasonal allergies are more likely to manifest as skin-related problems such as itching, inflammation (redness), skin infections (e.g., hot spots), excessive shedding, and chronic ear infections. If you notice your pet frequently scratching, licking, scooting, or chewing on herself, these are signs that she may be suffering from an allergy of some sort. Respiratory issues can occur too, and are more commonly seen in cats than dogs. Making your pet more comfortable during allergy season requires a three-pronged approach: · · ·

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When airborne allergens are prevalent, limit your pet’s time outside and maintain a clean indoor environment for her. Keep windows closed, vacuum and dust regularly, use natural cleaning products throughout the house, and wash bedding frequently with a hypoallergenic laundry soap. After trips outside, use grooming wipes to remove dust, pollen, and environmental pollutants that accumulate on your dog’s coat and feet. For regular pet bathing, choose gentle, all-natural, hypoallergenic shampoos and conditioners that will not dry out and irritate skin. Most importantly, make sure you are feeding your pet an all-natural, species-appropriate diet made with quality ingredients in order to minimize the overall load of toxins, irritants, and allergens her body must deal with. Ingredients to always avoid: corn, wheat, soy, by-products, unnamed meats, high fructose corn syrup and other added sugars, propylene glycol, BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and artificial preservatives. Foods to seek out: low-carb, grain-free, potato-free formulas that contain beneficial ingredients such as fish oil, coconut oil, probiotics, and phytonutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, and botanicals. When the symptoms of seasonal allergies do arise in your pet, it’s imperative to take action quickly to prevent

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In my mind, the only exception to my bias is when for whatever reason a person is really keen on a particular breed that might not be easy to locate via a shelter. However, sometimes even obscure breeds are represented by rescue groups specific to the breed, so there goes my one argument as to when I would consider getting a dog from a breeder. Now, if we scratch the surface a little, I think a lot of folks shy away from getting a dog from a shelter or rescue group because they are afraid the dog might have a myriad of problems - be it behavioral issues or even health related ones. I am writing this blog shortly after I finished playing with both of my lovely rescues - which are truly problem-free. I sigh as I see them and I realize how lucky they got to being in a home and how lucky we got in having them. I would argue that yes there are many dogs that come with some baggage. And by doggie baggage - I am talking here about poor socialization that can easily result in a dog that is afraid, anxious and resorts to displays of aggression is no picnic. So indeed, getting the “right” dog is imperative. But what does it mean to get the “right dog”? The “right dog” is a dog that truly matches the expectations of the new family. A good match also involves the resources the family has. Time and money are always considerations. Pets are often expensive. If the dog has health or behavioral issues the cost associated with resolving these can be high. “Expenses” also come in the form of emotional drain. Not everyone should adopt a dog that has behavioral or medical issues unless they are absolutely sure they are staying in for the game. A game that might last very well for the length of the dog’s life. In other words, if someone would ask for my opinion about adopting what we call a “project” I will try hard to dissuade them. Or at least I would try and impress on them the amount of patience, knowhow and dedication that working with a dog that had less than his fair share in life requires. Then again, I see over and over again clients of mine that have a “project” dog and how they take to the task of helping their pup with such determination and love that urges me once again to consider revising my opinion. While I do not agree that love conquers all, it sure helps when we are bonded to an animal. It is because of that bond that we are willing to walk through fire - sort of speak, for this dog. I toast all of these folks who are committed to staying the course in helping their dog become more well-adjusted, less anxious, and thrive. In my personal and professional experience in working as a trainer in shelters, I can attest at the phenomenal dogs that are surrendered. These shelter dogs were just dogs. Dogs ready to go out and play, to find a warm spot on deck while taking in the view of the neighborhood while sunbathing. I was amazed on a daily basis on their ability to learn, even those pups that had never had “formal training”. I sure wish more people knew that shelter and rescue dogs are not necessarily broken. They are just deserving of a chance. I would also share that I have worked with many “broken” pure bred dogs. Continued next page

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hese shelter dogs were just dogs. Dogs ready to go out and play, to find a warm spot on deck while taking in the view of the neighborhood while sunbathing.

Even though there a few temperament tests out there that claim will tell the potential adopter something about the puppy’s future temperament, the results on this claim are paltry at best. There is truly no bona fide way of knowing for certain how a young puppy will be in another completely different set of circumstances. Behavior is always context specific, change the context and now you are in unknown territory. In the case of the adult dog, potential adopters will also see “one dog” at the shelter and then notice that the dog they selected is acting differently (sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse from their perspective) once they bring the dog home. This process is called the honey-moon period and it can last for months as the dog continues to adjust and face novel situations. Having said this, an adult dog past the age of two years of age and even three years of age for some of the Giant breeds has a more “stable” temperament. In -other words, the adagio “what you see is what you get” is much more applicable when we are speaking of a fully mature animal. Of course, there are advantages of getting a young puppy! First off, can you think of any thing more cute and fun than a young puppy?

If the pet parent has done a good job of selecting a top notch breeder, they are off to a lot of work but an excellent start in the road to socializing this new puppy. Their efforts will determine how well adjusted their puppy turn out to be as an adult. Yes, of course, genetics do play a part on this. But again, if the breeder is a reputable breeder who is NOT breeding fearful dogs and among other things - then the chances of good genetics are strong. Unfortunately, most folks that get a new puppy barely scratch the surface when it comes to the “education” of their young keep. So, I am left wondering: What is the point really of purchasing a young puppy if in indeed the puppy will not be socialized properly? And now, we have a dog that came from a breeder that had tons of possibility for being a behavioral healthy (adult) dog and has instead become a “project”. As to my client asking these good questions, I told her to think through some of these options as she also evaluates in all honesty how much time, work and effort she is able to put into bringing either a young puppy or a “project” rescue dog. Only the new pet-parent can make the right choice but hopefully they do so more informed as to the potential challenges that each choice brings.

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hen we talk about the disease diabetes in people or in our pets, we are mostly talking about diabetes mellitus – sometimes abbreviated as DM. There are three classifications of diabetes mellitus, two of which are the big players in our pets. But let’s start on the beginning... Insulin is a hormone that assists our cells in taking in glucose, the basic fuel for most of our body. It also increases fat and protein synthesis while promoting glycogen formation, among other things. So in the disease diabetes mellitus, there is basically a problem with insulin. There is either an absolute insulin deficiency (because of a loss of cells in the pancreas, so the body can’t make enough) or a relative insulin deficiency (because there is resistance to the action of insulin rendering it less effective). If your dog is diagnosed with DM, then he/she most commonly has Type I DM (which in humans is called insulin dependent or IDDM). This is when the pancreas is not making enough insulin so they have an absolute deficiency. This can be from multiple genetic issues or some researchers suspect environmental factors as well, but these are very poorly defined. All of this results in low blood levels of insulin so the blood sugar goes way too high. This is usually a pretty clear-cut diagnosis and in dogs is treated most successfully with insulin injections under the skin. Clinical signs and diagnosis are discussed below. If your cat is diagnosed with DM, then he/she most commonly has Type II DM (which in humans is called non-insulin dependent or NIDDM). This is usually from insulin resistance as

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well as sometimes an inability to secrete enough of the hormone. Causes for this type of diabetes mellitus include obesity, genetics and insular amyloid deposition. Diet also seems to play a role here, although we don’t know for sure if it is a cause of the disease or if it just exacerbates the problem. In both dogs and cats, the most common presenting signs are increased drinking, increased urinating and weight loss – although some animals will still be obese in the beginning. Dogs commonly form cataracts at some point in the disease process, but cats rarely do. Many times cats will also have pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) or liver disease along with the DM, but dogs uncommonly do. Cats may also develop neurological signs characterized by an abnormal stance in the rear legs ( down in the hocks”), but this is rare in dogs. Lastly, although you may not notice this, your veterinarian may diagnose high blood pressure or low blood pressure associated with DM. Although it seems easy enough to diagnose – just check for high blood sugar or sugar in the urine – DM can be very complicated. The list of symptoms/clinical findings is very long, and so is the list of suspected causes! If you suspect any of the things talked about in this article, check with your veterinarian as soon as possible. This is one disease that can be treated successfully if caught early, but can be devastating if ignored. But remember, even with treatment it can be a frustrating condition to control. Injectable insulin is the hallmark treatment, along with diets that control the glycemic index. This means we look for foods that use a high quality protein, moderate amounts of fat, good fiber source and low in carbohydrates. Good nutritional counseling from your veterinarian will go a long way in controlling this disease.

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Science has proven that stress is one of the most powerful experiences to influence our mental health and disease. The same is true for your cat. If an animal cannot participate in behaviors it is highly motivated to perform, frustration and chronic stress can be produced. Genetically, your cat is still very closely linked to its wild cat ancestors; the house cat shares about 96% DNA linkage to its feline forefathers. Quite simply, living with a cat is a lot like caging a tiny tiger. Your cat needs enrichment in its environment that is natural to its species - and without it, stress happens. A stressed cat often has “nuisance behaviors” such as destruction of property, inappropriate litter box usage, and aggression. Take a proactive role in creating an environment that minimizes the likelihood of destructive or compulsive behaviors developing; they are a LOT easier to prevent than to fix. In the wild, cats spend 6 hours a day hunting, marking and guarding their cat zone and watching for predators. A solo wild cat claims about a six-city block zone they call their own. So too small of an indoor space can cause frustration. Create a “cat den” in your home; a room your cat can call home base, but also have multiple resources (litter, food, water, toys, boxes) in different rooms, especially if you have multiple cats.



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• Relationships with other cats or other animals — Since cats evolved as a solitary species, often adding another cat to the household increases stress. However, some cats appreciate the companionship of another cat. Refer to our website (www. for protocol on how to successfully introduce a new cat to your cat. Often, cats will accept a dog as a companion over a cat; mostly because cats don’t see dogs as a threat to their territory and resources. Sometimes ferrets and bunnies make good cat companions too. • Relationships with humans — It’s us humans who really need to provide social enrichment, which means you need to be interactive with your cat. This includes playing and grooming.

2. occupaTIonal • Exercise — It isn’t enough to just have toys available for cats to entertain themselves, we need to be interactive in mimicking hunting. Hunting is a natural instinct for cats; they don’t need to be hungry to hunt/kill. See our article on how to Prey Play With Your Cat (

feature-articles.html) The reason Prey Play is so important for your cat is the serotonin boost kitty gets from the “kill bite”. Autopsies of aggressive cats have shown a serotonin deficiency. So be sure to let your kitty catch and “kill” the toy. • Toys — Laser light play is a good method of exercise for kitty, but they don’t get the benefit of the serotonin, so limit this activity. There are also motionactivated toys that help stimulate your cat and prey-like toys. Be sure to get new toys often, as cats quickly bore with the “same ole” toys. • Foraging enrichment — Food puzzles help to mimic behavior that cats would naturally perform in the wild while hunting. • Leash walks — Taking your cat on short harness/leash walks can be a very stimulating experience. Be sure to start off slow, allowing kitty to get used to the harness indoors. Begin with short, nearby walks, giving kitty the time and space to explore at his own pace. • Catios — One of the best forms of enrichment for kitty is an outdoor catio: an enclosed space with vertical climbing platforms and shelves. Be sure to cover your catio enclosure to provide safety and shade. Take this opportunity to add an outdoor litter box into the catio. Kitty will enjoy watching the birds and squirrels from a safe outdoor enclosure.

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• Cat autobahn — Connect your high vertical cat trees to a “cat autobahn” of shelves that provide them access to move around the room at a safe height. Create different levels that give them choices and multiple exit paths. You can use existing counters, cabinets and shelves as connection pieces. • Clawing/scratching surfaces — Cats simply must scratch; it is intrinsic to their nature. Scratching removes dead claw growth, keeps claws sharp, stretches muscles, releases emotional tension, and leaves important territory scent messages/markings. Be sure to provide both vertical and horizontal scratching options for your cat. • Positive scent distribution — Cats are ingrained with the desire to scent their territory. You can help them to release this internal drive by providing self-groomers, corner combs, and arched brushes.

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5. nuTrITIonal • Fresh greens - Provide special nutritional treats for your cat to stimulate their interest and break up routine. An indoor planter of catnip or wheat grass makes for a safe and refreshing snack. • Bone Broth - High quality bone broth is a good, high protein meal topper.

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point to realize about this dreaded disease, however, is that just as in people, many forms of the disease can be easily treated, managed, and even cured. Early detection and specialized care are leading to increased survival and cure rates in almost all the types of cancers that afflict pets. From surgery to chemotherapy to radiation therapy, veterinary cancer specialists can offer your pet the very latest diagnostic and treatment options and the best chance of survival. With optimal treatment, cancer in many cases simply becomes another manageable chronic disease. If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, it is important not to become What Is A Veterinary Oncologist? overwhelmed. Ask your veterinarian to write down the most imA board certified veterinary oncologist is a veterinary internal portant points for you to review later. Although the disease is serimedicine specialist who has also obtained additional training ous, treatment decisions generally do not need to be made quickly. in veterinary oncology. A veterinary oncologist has specialized If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, however, you will either want knowledge in the diagnosis of cancer, the staging of tumors, the development of treatment plans, and the administration of chemo- to have your general practice veterinarian work in consultation with a veterinary oncologist, or be referred to one of these specialtherapy. ists for your pet’s treatment. When your pet is faced with cancer, a veterinary oncologist will typically work in concert with your pet’s general practitioner Veterinary oncologists typically treat: veterinarian in order to obtain the best possible medical outcome • Common Cancers • Endocrine tumors for your pet. A veterinary oncologist can help your pet by devel• Skin tumors • Osteosarcoma oping treatment plans that incorporate one or all of the following options: • Mammary tumors • Hemangiosarcoma • Surgery • Lymphosarcoma • Chemotherapy • Immunotherapy While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases like cancer require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in veterinary oncology.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Oncologist?

Just as in humans, a pet with cancer typically needs the help of an oncologist to help diagnose and treat the disease. Veterinary oncologists determine the most appropriate course of treatment and coordinate the treatment program for pets with cancer. They also frequently serve as consultants to veterinarians in private practice to ensure that their patients receive the best treatment possible for their cancer. You can be assured that a veterinarian who refers you and your pet to a veterinary oncologist is one who is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her illness. While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with the veterinary oncologist about your pet’s care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the veterinary oncologist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment. Board-certified veterinary internists/oncologists may also have access to specialized diagnostic or treatment tools that a general practitioner veterinarian may not have.

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

In most cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet’s veterinary care and will work in tandem with the veterinary oncologist and any other members of your pet’s veterinary health care team.

Did You Know?

Dogs and cats have higher age adjusted incidence rates for many kinds of cancers than do humans. For example, dogs are 35 times more likely to get skin cancer than are humans. They suffer from 8 times the amount of bone cancer and 4 times the amount of breast cancer.

My Pet Has Cancer. Now What?

Cancer does appear to be becoming more common in pets, most likely because they are simply living longer. The most important

Diane Schrempp, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology) VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital & Referral Center

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