This blog is a tribute to Belle, and all the dogs who have come before and after. They are my friends, my companions, my teachers and my students. They bring me both joy and heartache, laughter and tears. There is nothing as sweet as the smell of puppy breathe, and nothing as sad as the final goodbye.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter has come to Columbus

Old Man Winter has finally arrived in Columbus, Ohio. Temps have dropped and it's snowing. Please keep your pets safe indoors, and remember to bang on the hood of your car to alert any animal that may have sought warmth and shelter under the hood before starting your car.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Dogs Make Life Better

I can't imagine what my life would be without my dogs.  I am truly blessed to have had the most amazing dogs share my life. Those I've lived with, and those I've known through rescue or training, they all have touched my soul and live forever in my heart.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

And The Angels Cried

While out training Timo early last evening, I met a man walking his lovely little dog, Freckles. While having a conversation about the events in Conn. he took a piece of paper out of his wallet and shared the following essay, written by George Vest in 1855.I can't help but think that maybe the events that occurred yesterday might have been avoided if Adam Lanza had the love of a dog to help ease his pain. I share Vest's essay with you, my fellow dog lovers, with the hope that it brings a little comfort in these trying times.

Gentlemen of the Jury: The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man's reputati
on may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us, may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

If fortune drives the master forth, an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death.

George Graham Vest - c. 1855

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Your Dog Listens To Me
(why doesn't he listen to you?)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah from the Ain't Misbehavin' pack

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Tips For Your Pet

Holiday Food No-Nos
  • Don't treat your pets with holiday food because it leads to indigestion, upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea.   
  • Do not feed them chocolate, especially dark chocolate.  Chocolate contains theobromine which is toxic to pets.  Dark chocolate can be fatal.  
  • Don't feed them nuts or candy because it can cause choking.      

Santa & Dogs

Holiday Visitors
  • Create a special place for your pets away from the noisy festivities.
  • Allow around 2 weeks for the pet to get used to the "special place" before your guests arrive.
  • Place a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door of their "special place." 

Dangerous Holiday Items
  • Holiday plants can be poisonous or dangerous for your pets:
    • Holly
    • Poinsettia
    • Chrysanthemum
    • Amaryllus
    • Periwinkle  
    • Mistletoe
  • Keep plants out of your pet's reach.  
  • Know the proper first aid procedure if your pet eats one of the above plants. 

Holiday Decorations
  • Keep decorations out of your pet's reach and make sure they are "pet proof" just in case.
  • Christmas trees can be frightening or intriguing.  Make sure your ornaments are hung out of your pet's reach.  Make sure your pet can't tip the tree over.
  • Do not leave pets unattended in a room with a fireplace or lit candles.  Keep a screen around the fireplace an make sure stockings and other things can't be drug into the fire by pets.   

Fun Pet Gift Ideas

  • Dental Hygiene Bones
  • Conditioning Chew Toys
  • New Blanket or Pet Bed
  • Interactive Toys
  • Scratching Post
  • Grooming Set
  • Pet Relaxation Music
  • Sweaters, Jackets or Booties
  • Leashes, Collars or Harnesses
  • Visits with Pampered Pet Sitting to care for your pets while you are traveling!  
**Information Provided by Pet Sitters International**

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Ain't Misbehavin'

We are so thankful to all of you that have shown your support for Ain't Misbehavin' as we continue to grow and become a bigger part of the Columbus, Ohio community. So from all of us here we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving surrounded by friends and family.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Please Include Your Pets

Taken from Eleventh Hour Rescue

Taken from Eleventh Hour Rescue. Thank you for the great advise-

With Hurricane Sandy on a course to hit us in the northeast early next week please make sure that you include your pets in your emergency planning...
When disaster strikes, the same rules that apply for people apply for pets: Preparation ma
kes all the difference. Take a few minutes to make a plan, and assemble an emergency kit for you and your pet.

A good disaster plan will increase the chances you and your pets will make it through events from hurricanes and wildfires to tornadoes and chemical spills.

See the disaster and pets checklist below to get started.


1 Start getting ready now
ID your pet
Put together your disaster kit
Find a safe place to stay ahead of time
2 If you evacuate, take your pet
3 If you stay home, do it safely
4 Keep taking care even after the disaster
5 Be ready for everyday emergencies

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Keep Cats Indoors on Halloween

Halloween Dangers!!

This next blog was taken straight from The Pet Poison Hotline's webpage ( I wanted to share it because it brought up many important dangers that your pet may encounter this Halloween. So enjoy the holiday but please be careful with your pets!!!



The Most Prevalent Toxic Substances

A record-setting 70 percent of Americans celebrated Halloween in 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Unfortunately, it was also a very busy time at Pet Poison Helpline. During the week surrounding Halloween in 2011, call volumes increased by 21 percent, making it one of the call center’s busiest weeks on record. Pet Poison Helpline is a 24-hour animal poison control service that assists pet owners, veterinarians and veterinary technicians who are treating potentially poisoned pets.
“Every year during the week of Halloween our call center gets busy, but never at the levels we experienced in 2011,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “Many of the cases we handled were for dogs that ingested Halloween candy – the most common denominator being chocolate. By being cognizant of potential hazards, pet owners can help reduce the likelihood of pet poisonings this Halloween.”
The most common Halloween hazards for pets are chocolate, candy overindulgence, raisins, candy wrappers, glow sticks and jewelry and candles.


ChocolateOf all candies, chocolate poses the biggest Halloween “threat” to dogs. Many dogs are attracted to the smell of chocolate, making it a significant threat for massive ingestion. The darker and more bitter the chocolate, the more poisonous it is. Methylxanthines are the chemicals in chocolate that are dangerous to pets, and they are more concentrated in darker chocolates. A single ounce of Baker’s chocolate can make a 50-pound dog very sick. Milk chocolate and white chocolate are less dangerous, but should still be kept out of the reach of pets.  If you think your dog may have ingested chocolate, signs to watch for include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy,  agitation, increased thirst, an elevated heart rate, and in severe cases, seizures.

Candy and sweets overindulgence

Candy and other sweet foods – especially those containing poisonous xylitol – can also be poisonous to pets. Large ingestions of sugary, high-fat candy and sweets can lead to pancreatitis in pets. Potentially fatal, pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas and very painful. Pet owners should be aware that clinical signs of pancreatitis may not present for several days after ingestion. Signs include a decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain, and potentially, kidney or organ damage.


RaisinsMini-boxes of raisins can be a healthy treat for trick-or-treaters, but they are extremely poisonous to dogs! Raisins are so dangerous that they deserve the same pet-proofing treatment as chocolate – stored in secure containers far from their reach. Dogs can experience kidney failure after ingesting very small amounts of raisins (including similar products with grapes and currants too). For this reason, any ingestion should be treated as a potential poisoning. Signs of raisin or grape poisoning include vomiting, nausea, decreased appetite, lethargy, abdominal pain, excessive or decreased thirst and urination, bad breath, and rapid onset kidney failure.

Candy wrappers

When pets get into candy, they can eat the wrappers too. Ingestion of foil and cellophane wrappers can sometimes cause a life-threatening bowel obstruction, which may require surgery to correct. Watch for vomiting, decreased appetite, not defecating, straining to defecate, or lethargy. X-rays or even ultrasound may be necessary to diagnose this problem.

Glow sticks and glow jewelry

Due to their curious nature, cats often accidentally ingest glow sticks and jewelry because they are bright and fun to chew. While not usually life-threatening, the contents can cause mouth pain and irritation, as well as profuse drooling and foaming. If your cat chews on glow jewelry, offer a tasty snack to help remove the product from the mouth. Bathing the chemical off the fur is important too, as grooming can contribute to further poisoning.


If you put a costume on your pet, make sure it doesn’t impair his vision, movement or air intake. If it has metallic beads, snaps or other small pieces, be aware that these pieces, especially those that contain zinc and lead, can result in serious poisoning if ingested. Also, before thinking about dying or coloring your pet’s fur, consult with your veterinarian, as some products can be very harmful to pets, even if it’s labeled non-toxic to humans.


Curious noses and wagging tails have a way of finding lit candles. Keep candles out of your pet’s reach to prevent accidental thermal injury or burns.

End of Article.


If you think that your pet may have ingested something toxic this Halloween or any other time for that matter, PLEASE KEEP THIS NUMBER ON HAND. Of course CALL YOUR VETERINARIAN FIRST, but this is a good number to have close by just in case you are having trouble reaching your doctor. 
1-800-213-6680 (They are open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Charges may apply.)

Monday, October 15, 2012

What Dogs See

Dog Park Etiquette

I am not a fan of dog parks. I have seen more out of control dogs and clueless owners at dog parks then I care to remember. I did not always feel this way. Years ago I took advantage of them, often bringing the labs to a few local parks to engage in some intense and strenuous tennis ball retrieving. They loved it and so did I.
I often recommended dog parks to my clients with high-energy dogs. I believed dog parks were a great place for dogs and older pups to go for canine socialization, especially on Long Island, where most dogs live in isolation, confined to their backyards. Many of those dogs grew up to be fearful of new environments and new experiences. I thought dog parks, while not ideal, at least provided for some of their needs.
Then things began to change. I saw owners standing around coffee klotching while their dogs were bullied. I saw owners interpreting aggression as play. I saw a golden mauled by the pack shortly after entering the park. (I ran over to help the owner break it up, the owners of the other dogs…they never noticed). The final straw for me was when a dog that had just entered the park attacked my sweet Belle, who was lying next to me. I had to punch that dog to get him to release her. The owner said he always attacked when he entered, but calmed down after a while. He offered to pay for vetting. Others told me this happened regularly with this dog and that some of his victims required stitches. And yet the owner continued to bring his dog to the park.
I was lucky that I had alternative places to go with my dogs. If you decide to use a dog park, (I am sure not all are bad), the “Tips for enjoying the dog park”, provided by WOOF – Worthington Organized Off-leash friends, offers some good, practical advise for pro-active dog owners. While these tips were written for the dog park that WOOF was instrumental in developing in Worthington, OH, they are applicable for all dog park users everywhere, and for wherever unleashed dogs congregate.
Tips for enjoying the dog park
1.          Recognize that your dog may not get along with ALL other dogs, and that some combinations simply don't work.
2.               Educate yourself on dog body language and canine communication so you can recognize the difference between safe play and aggressive play. 
3.           Safe play is a “give and take” between dogs - not one dog continually pushing, jumping on or mouthing the other dog If your dog is doing this to another dog, go get him, or call him to you and get him under control.
4.            Make sure your own dog is actually playing with another dog, and not just responding in a defensive, deflective way. Call your dog to you, and when you release him to go back to "play," see if he indeed does return to engage with the same dog(s).
5.            Be willing to leave a dog park if you feel that your dog is either being a bully or being bullied, the play is getting too rough or your dog is just not having fun.
6.          Break up loose packs.  Packs of dogs will gang up on weaker dogs and may even physically attack them.
7.         Be sure to take your dog’s temperament into consideration and don’t assume your dog is having a good time – watch your dog’s demeanor and make an informed judgment about how happy s/he is to be there.  Some dogs will have no desire to play, yet will love to sniff all the bushes and trees; other dogs will be thrilled to race from one end of the park to the other.  Both can benefit from the dog park – they just enjoy it in different ways.
8.         Call your dog to you frequently, not just when it's time to leave. By calling him over to you frequently, praising him and then releasing him back to play, you can avoid the difficulty many dog park users experience: the dog who can't be caught when it's time to leave.
9.       Turn your cell phone off, or don’t take calls or text, unless it's an emergency. This is a good time for you and your dog to be together, and doesn't your dog deserve your undivided attention?
10.      Keep Moving!  Don’t allow yourself to be part of stationary group of people, which could result in too many dogs gathering in one place. Move around so your dog knows it will need to keep an eye on you.  It’s a big park, why not explore it with your dog!
11.       Small dogs (under 25 lbs.) should use the small dog area and should absolutely not be in the large dog area. Even if you’re small dog is used to playing with larger dogs, not every large dog is used to playing with small dogs. It’s so easy for a little guy to get overwhelmed or bowled over by larger dogs. The large dogs may not mean to hurt the smaller dogs, but play may be too rough, or they may see the small dog as a prey animal, pick it up and shake it, which can be fatal.
12.   Check out the entrance before entering to make sure dogs aren’t congregating there. If they are, try the other entrance. 
13.      Leave if you start to feel concerned about anything going on. Help to resolve the situation if you can, but your first responsibility is to keep both you and your dog safe.

Monday, October 1, 2012

If you lose your pet

Reprinted from the LA Times

L.A. at Home

Lost-pet poster: Six tips for a more effective sign
June7,2012| 8:43am

I returned home Saturday to two discoveries: Both of my dogs were gone from the yard. And worse:
One dog’s collar had slipped off and was lying by the fence.

Wally returned home on his own, but with Daisy still missing -- and lacking any identification -- I had only two likely ways of seeing her again. Someone would have to catch her, drive her to an animal shelter and have her scanned for a microchip containing my contact information. Or someone would have to see her on a lost-dog poster.

It’s good I didn’t know the odds. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, a nonprofit organization whose members include the Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the American Veterinary Medical Assn., less than 2% of lost cats and less than 20% of lost dogs are returned to their owners — and that’s if the animal has a tag, a microchip or both.

I poured my energy into the posters, but making an effective lost-pet flier proved to be art unto itself, a fact that I learned the hard way. Only after I had posted dozens of fliers around my neighborhood did I realize all of the mistakes I had made in the one pictured above. Here are six things I would have done differently:

1. Photo selection. I thought I was smart by making a photo of Daisy so prominent -- taking up half of the 8.5-by-11-inch paper. But as I taped up the flier alongside other lost-dog posters on a lamppost, I realized someone else's sign was more effective: It also used a large photo, but one that showed only the dog’s distinctive face -- not the whole body. As I drove from intersection to intersection, Daisy's photo was hard to make out, but that close-up shot of another's dog face grabbed my attention and prompted passersby to stop and read the signs. Even though my signs were color, the black-and-white fliers with the face in detail were better: graphic, easy to see from afar and emotionally compelling. If Daisy had distinctive body markings or a memorable shape, the full-body photo would have been wise. But she didn't. I should have emphasized her face in the photo, then let words convey her size.

2. Text selection. The words on my posters were brief, as they should have been. But I made two key errors: I used a serif font (Times Roman), when a sans- serif font (such as Arial or Helvetica) would have allowed for bolder letters that were easier to read from a passing car. I also made the largest words on my flier “LOST DOG.” Everyone could tell that these fliers were for a lost pet, even if the text had been in a foreign language. A more effective strategy would have been to put key visual descriptions in the biggest type: “BLACK LAB,” or “TERRIER PUPPY” or “3-LEGGED CAT” or whatever the case may be. These key words might resonate immediately with passersby and stick in their heads as they travel through the neighborhood.

3. Sign locations. As I madly taped fliers to streetlights and utility poles, I worried that they would be pulled off within a day or two -- perhaps by city workers just doing their job. Had I to do it over again, I would have made some larger signs -- poster board, not paper -- and asked homeowners on key streets if they would have allowed me to stake those signs in their yards, perhaps near a sidewalk or intersection. Others who had lost pets later recommended using fluorescent poster board, either as the sign itself or simply as an eye-grabbing backdrop. Just glue an 8.5-by-11 flier to a larger piece of colorful poster board.

4. Number of copies. I underestimated the number of fliers to make at the copy center. How? I guessed how many I might put on street lights, but I didn't consider how many I might hand out to people. As I searched for Daisy by foot, I encountered neighbors and dog walkers who were sympathetic and vowed to keep an eye out. I gave a flier to them all, and they essentially expanded my search team. I initially printed 75 copies, but I probably should have made 150, maybe 200.

5. Preparedness. As soon as I found that collar in the yard, time felt unbelievably crucial. With every passing minute, I imagined Daisy wandering farther from home -- and farther from where I would be posting fliers. Superstitious pet owners may think I’m crazy, but I’m convinced I now should approach a missing dog like an earthquake: Get the kit ready in advance. Create a flier now, include the best photo and update it every year. Put the design in multiple places, including a flash drive stored with a big roll of sturdy tape and a staple gun. I wasted two hours calling my partner (who had the laptop where all of our photos are stored) in vain, then madly searching for a decent print of Daisy, then writing a flier, then running to the copy center and then buying tape at CVS because the copy center was sold out. Those were two agonizing hours that I just wanted to be searching for my dog.

6. Hope. Don’t lose it. Because I was looking for a dog that had no identification, no penchant to come when called by name and no spectacular sense of direction or intelligence (love her, but let’s be honest), I was fairly certain that I would never see Daisy again. As night fell of the day of her disappearance, a dog walker in the neighborhood told me to keep my chin up. She lost her springer spaniel, and two months later it was found at a park miles away, she said. Indeed, SPCALA has an “Animal Finder” advice sheet that said: “A lost pet can wander the streets for weeks or months and people who find lost pets may keep them for several weeks before taking them to a shelter.” My local city and Humane Society shelters said the same thing, encouraging me to check their websites daily and to walk their kennels regularly, just in case.

I didn’t need to, I’m happy to report. A dog lover corralled Daisy and drove her to a city shelter, which scanned her microchip and called at night to say my girl was waiting to be bailed out. I don’t know anything about the good Samaritan other than she told a shelter employee that Daisy “seemed like a nice dog.” Daisy has been reunited with Wally, and my fence has been mended. And now I’ve got a lost dog flier on a flash drive ready to go, garden stakes in the garage and a roll of tape stashed in the den, just in case.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

What a beauty

- Terrierman's Daily Dose - The Billion Dollar Heartworm Scam

THURSDAY, MAY 06, 2010

The Billion Dollar Heartworm Scam

This is a repost from this blog on this day in 2008.


Almost everything you have been told and taught about heartwormis probably an exaggeration or an outright lie, and this misinformation is probably costing you more money than it needs to.

Here's the truth:
  • Heartworm is not a canine pandemic.
  • In fact, heartworm is pretty rare in much of the country, and in very cold areas of the country a veterinarian may go his or her entire career without seeing a single case. Look at the map, above, put out by a major vendor of heartworm tests (Idexx) who has every reason in the world to overstate (rather than to understate) the problem. You will notice how low the baseline state numbers are -- 500 cases is the top of the color scale -- and that this map covers seven years of data collecting. You will also note that this map does not show adult heartworminfestation in dogs, but simply the number of dogs that tested positive for heartworm. More on that important distinction in a minute.
    . . . . Data on heartworm incidence rates at the local level reinforces how rare heart worm really is. For example, on the map above, California is coded red-hot with 500 cases. And yet, when a total of 4,350 dogs in 103 Los Angeles County cities coming from 21 participating animal hospitals were tested, only 18 heartworm-positive tests turned up. And yet, veterinarians are training their staffs not to talk aboutheartworm tests and medications as an option, but as a need,and for this "needs to be given" message to be bombarded on the customer 3-5 times per office visit.
  • Heartworm infection is NOT rapid and will not kill your dog overnight.
  • It takes about three months for microfilaria (baby worms) to grow inside your dog to a larval stage, and even longer for these larva to mature into adult heartworms. If your dog is dosed with a simple Ivermectin treatment at any time during this period before adult worms are present (a period that lasts about three months long), the larvae will never develop into adult worms, and will die. Read that statement again: a single dose of Ivermectin will stop heartworm dead up to 3 months after your dog is first infected.
  • In most of the country, only seasonal heatworm "prevention" is needed.
  • The short story here is that heartworm is a kind of nematode (dirofilaria immitis) spread by mosquitoes (and only by mosquitoes). The lifecycle of the nematode involves six stages, and a dog can get infected with heartworm only if two of these stages are fully completed inside the body of the mosquito, and those stages can only be completed inside the body of the mosquito if the temperature stays above 57 degrees for at least 45 days straight, both day and night. If the temperature drops below 57 degrees even once during that 45-day period, thelifecycle of the nematode is broken, and heartworm cannot betransmitted to your dog. What this means, in simple terms, is that a year-round program of Heartgard (sometimes spelled 'Heartguard") or some other "preventative" medicine is NOT needed in most of the country outside of Florida, the RioGrande Valley of Texas.
    . . . . . Look carefully at the maps below (click to enlarge). These maps come from “Seasonal Timing of HeartwormChemoprophylaxis in the United States” by Dr. David Knight and James Lok of the American Heartworm Society. Find your area on the map, and begin heartworm treatment on the first day of the month noted in Map A, and end treatment on the first day of the month noted in Map B. In short, if you are living in Virginia, you would begin treating your dog June 1st (top map) and end treatment on December 1st (bottom map).
    . . . . . This is a very aggressive treatment schedule -- more active than is really needed. After all, if heartworm larvae gets into your dog on June 1st, they will have NO IMPACT on your dog for months and months. In fact, if you are in Virginia simply treating your dog with Ivermectin (Heartgard) on September 1st and again on December 1st will give 100 percentheartworm protection for your dog. Even in areas whereheartworm is a year-round vexation (Florida and the RioGrande Valley of Texas), a once-every-three-months dose ofIvermectin will give your dog 100% protection.

(click on maps to enlarge)

  • There is no "preventive" medicine for Heartworm.
  • Despite what your veterinarian may have told you, there is NO "prevention" for heartworm infection; there is only heartwormtreatment. ALL heartworm medicines work the same way -- they kill heartworm microfilaria present in the body of the dog.
  • Heartworm "prevention" medicines are actually toxic poisons.
  • The drugs used to kill heartworm microfilaria are Ivermectin(HeartgardHeartgard Plus, IverhartMerial and Verbac) orMilbemycin (Interceptor, SafeheartSentinal and Norvartis). Both drugs are nematode poisons, and in both cases a single dose will kill all microfilarial infection that occurred up to 90 days earlier (i.e. all Stage 3, 4 and young Stage 5 heartworminfections).
  • Humans cannot get heartworm.
  • Heartworm cannot be passed on to humans -- we are the wrong host animal. Very rarely a heartworm-positive mosquito will bite a human and a small benign cyst may develop in the lungof a human, but this is NOT heartworm, and can be best thought of as a tiny scar showing where a bit of microfilariaattached to the lung wall where it was killed off by the human body.
  • Some breeds are more sensitive to Ivermectin.
  • Some lines of collies and collie-crosses have sometimes fatal reactions to ivermectin, the most common heartwormpreventative medicine. Though this is not common, and is even rarer today with low-dose Ivermectin such as Heartgard, and seems to only hold true for collies, serious thought needed to be given to dosing any collie, collie-cross, or herding dog with white feet. For these dogs, the safest heartworm medicine is Interceptor, though in fact the Heartgard box features a Border Collie on it face, and many working Border Collie folks dose their own dogs with a low dose of sheep drench 0.08% Ivermectin.
  • What about that wormy heart-in-a-jar at my vets office?
  • Most veterinarians have a "fear bottle" in their office which shows a canine heart riddled with spaghetti-like heartworms. Nothing generates cash like a heartworm fear bottle -- a veterinarian will often place one prominently in his or her office as a kind of cash-generating machine since one look will sell a heartwormtest and year's worth of Heartgard, no questions asked. So where do these fear bottles come from? I've been told by a pharmaceutical sales representative that most of these wormy hearts in these jars come from stray animals killed in Mexico, and that the heart specimens themselves (often decades old) were given out by pharmaceutical company representatives when they first began selling Heartgard back in 1986. One thing for sure: today, you can got to Maine and find a wormy heart in a jar even though the local veterinarian has never evenseen a dog with this problem in the last 20 years.
  • Do I have to go a veterinarian to get Ivermectin?
  • No. More on that in a second. Suffice it to say that it's not necessarily a bad thing to go to a vet for a prescription forHeartgard, especially if you are going to see your vet on another matter anyway. I would not buy Heartgard from the vet, however, without first checking prices online. Most vets price-gouge their customers by 100 percent or more for medicines sold in their offices, and in most states a veterinarian cannot charge you more for writing a prescription for a medically necessary medicine as part of an incidental visit.  In addition, be aware that former executives from Merial, the maker of Heartgard, are now making a generic version of this product, PetTrust, that is considerably cheaper.
    . . . . . Another cash-saving tip is to get a prescription forHeartgard for a dog twice the size of your dog, and then split the tablets in half. This trick results in considerable savings because the marginal cost between one Heartgard weightcategory and the next is often very slight despite the fact that one pill contains twice as much active ingredient as the next.
    . . . . . Finally, remember that you do not have to dose your dog all year long or even every month. In fact, if you have a 50-pound dog, and buy 12 doses of Heartgard for a 100-pound dog, you could be 100-percent covered for six years, even in a year-round heartworm area, provided you dosed your dog once every three months and cut the pills in half.
    . . .Of course, if you want to dose your dog every month and do so cheaply and without going to a veterinarian for a prescription, there's a trick here too. Here it is:  OrderIvermectin in a pre-mixed solution from J.R. Enterprises. The cost is $25 for a 65-cc bottle of .05% Ivermectin, which is enough to treat five 20-pound dogs for 26 months. J.R. Enterprises even throws in a measuring spoon! Since this Ivomecand polypropelene gylcol solution is not FDA-approved for dogs, they sell it for experimental purposes only. That said, it works fine, and this is exactly the kind of heartworm preventative medicine used on all dogs all across this country prior to the advent of Heartgard and "the billion-dollar heartworm scam" in 1986. .
    . . . . . 
    .Finally, and if for no other reason that to explain how J.R. Enterprises does it, here's how you can treat a huge number of dogs with non-prescription Ivermectin for a dirt-cheap price. Whether this is cost-effective or not (and whether it is worth the trouble or not) really depends on how many dogs you have. In case you run a shelter, here's the scoop 1) Buy a 0.08 percent sheep drench online or at a feed store. Sheep drench is sold in various sized containers, but the smallest on Amazon is about $30 for 8 oz.  This will be high-gradeIvermectin made by Merial, an established veterinarypharmaceutical company. You will be giving only a very small dose of this sheep drench to your dog.  You dose by weight, and if you want to be very sure you have dosed enough, you can double the dose and the dog will be fine (but see the Collie warning at point #7).

    * up to 14 pounds: 1 drop (0.05 cc)
    * 15 to 29 pounds: 0.1 cc
    * 30 to 58 pounds: 0.2 cc
    * 59 to 88 pounds: 0.3 cc
    * 89 to 117 pounds: 0.4 cc
    * 118 to 147 pounds: 0.5 cc
  • Do I need to have my dog tested for heartworm before starting Ivermectin?
  • Generally, no. Unless your dog is an older dog loaded withyears of untreated heartworm (which you will know from the dog's long-term lethargy and chronic coughing), a dose ofIvermectin will not do your dog harm. A puppy, under six months of age, of course, will always test negative forheartworm because the microfilaria have not yet had a chance to develop and circulate. Testing a dog under age 6 months forheartworm is a common veterinary scam; do not fall for it!
  • Is curing heartworm expensive and difficult?
  • No it is not. Any veterinarian who tells you otherwise is not keeping up with the literature. It turns out that even if your dog has adult heartworms, if the dog otherwise appears healthy (i.e. it is active, not lethargic, and does not have a chronic cough), a monthly dosing of Ivermectin at a dosage normally used to kill roundworms (a dosage that is 3 times higher than that used to simply prevent heartworm), plus a once-a-month 5-day dosing of Doxycycline (the same antibiotic used to treat Lyme disease) will kill all the adult heartworms if it is sustained for a period of 18 months. This treatment works better than previous Ivermectin-only treatments because theDoxycline wipes out the Wolbachia microbe that grow in the gut of the adult heartworm, essentially sterilizing all of the female heartworms. A round-worm strength dosing of monthlyIvermectin will not only prevent new heartworm microfilariafrom taking hold in your dog, it will also work to dramaticallyshorten the life of any existing adult worms in your dog. Bottom line: after 18 months of treatment, your dog will beheartworm-free at very little cost compared to other remedies.
    . . . . . A repeated caution, however: if you have border collies or herding dogs with white feet that also appear to have full-blown heartworm, consult a veterinarian, as some lines of collies are very susceptible to Ivermectin toxicity. This is very rare, and the cause is unknown, but it is an area of concern among collies and collie-crosses.
To view the original blog click the link.   - Terrierman's Daily Dose -