Lyger at the lake Over at the Embrace Pet Community blog, Lea recently posted about going online to save some money for her flea and tick preventative medication for Lyger.

It was so easy to squeeze out the most benefit from her wellness budget by shopping online (muchos dollares saved there) and by using the Embrace wellness plan (spreads the cost out over the year and saved $21!).

I like this bit best though :) :

And, since I use Embrace's Wellness Rewards program, to cover Lyger's checkups, vaccines, and preventative meds (even meds bought online) I'll be reimbursed $200 for today's costs!

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Here's an interesting question that came in to my post on toe amputation surgery:

Sheldon's question:

My retired racing Greyhound, now 11+ years old has had terrible corns for the past six years. There is one corn on the left front, one on the left rear and one on the front right. All are on the third toe. Several years ago he had surgery on the front toe to cut out the corn. The corn came back. He has had the corns hulled several times but they always come back. I've used duct tape, hydrating, paw wax and filing the corn. All it seems to do is remove the hard callous. The corn always comes back. The left rear corn is the smallest (on the surface) but causes him the most trouble. He can barely walk and when he does it is with a limp and for a limited distance. I would really like to give him some comfort in his old age and am thinking of either having the left rear corn surgically removed, again or, having the third toe amputated. If he has the toe amputated, should the amputation go back as far as possible and, will it put undue pressure on his other toes on the left foot or even the right foot?

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Late last year, there were a series of questions posed by Sharon, whose cat Henry had just died of a saddle thrombus unexpectedly. I thought the information was useful and interesting enough to separate it out in it's own post so that no-one misses it.

Question from Sharon:

0122082133 My beloved cat Henry died unexpectedly 9/21/09. I woke up to his loud cries and leapt to his side. Within a minute he was gone. I think back to a month ago when one morning Henry couldn't stand up and his back right leg was weak. I took him to the vet that morning and he got better within a day. The vet did an x ray of his leg and only saw what looked like a touch of arthritis in his knee. He gave me some pain medicine and we went home. Henry got better immediately. Now I wonder if he actually had a mild attack of ATE, which was followed by a total clot that ended his sweet life. Does anyone have an idea?

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We recently had a comment on a previous post about the stents used in repairing tracheal collapse (Repairing a tracheal collapse in dogs) so I asked Dr Jeff Solomon of Infiniti Medical about these stents and what they are used for and this was his response.

There seems to be a bit of confusion here regarding tracheal stents…  There are two very different types of stents used to tracheal collapse. 

Tracheal rings The plastic type referred to above are more commonly known as “tracheal rings”.  These are secured to the trachea by means of an open surgical procedure that exposes the cervical trachea (the portion of the trachea in the neck).  An experienced surgeon performs this procedure. A potential complication is laryngeal paralysis due to the proximity of the recurrent laryngeal nerve to the portion of the trachea that is exposed.  Because of the need to expose the trachea, this treatment is limited to collapse of the cervical trachea and cannot be performed for collapse that extends into the trachea after it enters the chest (thoracic trachea).  Since this is an open surgical procedure, it can be risky in dogs with severe respiratory or concomitant cardiac disease.

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The Fresh Air fund asked me to let you know they are in need of host families with pets for this summer -that could be you!

Host families are volunteers like you who open their hearts and homes to children from NY City to give a fresh air experience to disadvantaged children from the inner-city. Some of these kids have never experienced the joy of pets in the home :(

The time commitment is just for a couple of weeks in the summer and makes such a big inpact on young lives to see a life they can only imagine from tv. Amazingly, more than 65% of all Fresh Air children are reinvited to stay with their host family, year after year.

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