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Writer's Block: Party of Five

If you could invite four people-living or dead- to a dinner party, who would they be?

only the living - dead are kind of off-putting at meals.

keith richards, johnny depp, barak obama, my sister, ledy van kavage.


Originally posted by kylecassidy at post
Via Citykitties (emphasis mine):

A good samaritan found this cat today in a gutter by Clark Park, half dead. He is now at the Cat Doctor with a body temperature of 90 (normal is 102) and blood PCV of 8. The Cat Doctor housecat, Diamond, is currently donating blood to save his life. During the exam, the vet found that this cat has a microchip. When called, his "owners" reported that he was acting sick, so they put him outside. If this makes you as angry as it makes us, please channel your anger in one of two ways: visit our website at www.citykitties.org and make a donation to help us pay for his care, or share this post and encourage others to do so.

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the economic downturn has been especially hard on rescues and animal shelters.

today's smile

my house could look like that

vet warning on dog treats

please pass along

Please pass this around!
*Jerky Treats Causing Fanconi Syndrome in Dogs *
The American Veterinary Medical Association recently has posted a Media
Alert warning veterinarians that multiple brands of jerky treats
manufactured in China have been making dogs sick.
No cats have been reported to be affected. A contaminant has yet to be
identified. At this time there is no list of specific brands affected
and there is no recall in effect, so these products are still being sold
to consumers.
*Presenting Signs and Laboratory Findings*
The dogs appear to be developing an acquired Fanconi's syndrome which
appears to be transient. Small dogs with a history of ingesting jerky
treats (mostly chicken jerky) are typically affected. Clinical signs
include vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.
Physical examination findings have been unremarkable. In addition to
mildly elevated liver enzymes, the most common blood abnormalities
include severe decrease in Potassium, called hypokalemia, along with
acidosis and glucose (sugar) in the urine and granular casts on
urinalysis. Elevated kidney enzymes; Blood Urea Nitrogen and Creatinine
may or may not be consistently found.
*Testing Recommendations*
For dogs with apparent Fanconi's syndrome, we recommend a CBC, chemistry
panel including electrolytes, urinalysis and urine culture. Blood gas
analysis, if available, is ideal. Additional testing for other causes of
acute kidney damage including Leptospirosis blood testing is also
recommended. Kidney x-rays, and Fanconi screens on urine may be
warranted in some cases.
This veterinarian is seeing dogs with apparent acute liver failure problems
associated with canine treats made by Delmonte.
For more information, veterinarian, Dr. Carol Osborne can be reached toll
free at 1-866-372-2765.

good idea to avoid feeding your dog stuff made in china as a general rule

Writer's Block: It's a wonderful life!

What's your favorite holiday TV special or movie, and why?

my standard watching for Yule is The Hogfather. it fits the season perfectly IMO.

here's something fun

yule is on its way

tomorrow's time change may be confusing

to you...hope this helps -

Unstrange Phenomena