Monday, April 15, 2013

Pets on Prozac

Maybe this is what Blue dog needs for his mood swings and anxiety attacks during thunderstorms.

Cartoon from
When April Spicer, 42, first adopted El Vez six years ago he was really quiet. The tiny Chihuahua mix spent the first few days in their Prospect Heights apartment cowering, as if scared. But soon, she says “he started to exhibit some unusual behaviors.”

El Vez became aggressive toward other dogs and would howl incessantly when left alone in the apartment. “He always seemed to be in a level of distress,” she recalls.

Spicer tried holistic remedies to soothe the dog, but nothing worked. “When he was in the red zone, you couldn’t distract him,” she says. Finally, four years ago, she turned to Prozac and the dog calmed down.

In 2007, the FDA approved Prozac, the antidepressant oft prescribed to humans, to treat “canine separation anxiety.” Eli Lilly currently sells it for pets under the name Reconcile. It’s one of many pharmaceutical drugs now being prescribed by veterinarians to treat behavior issues like aggression, anxiety, compulsive disorders like tail chasing and even house soiling.
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Monday, April 8, 2013

Physical therapy helps man’s best friend

From the Washington Post>

Physical therapy (PT) isn’t just for people. Animals also sometimes need help
strengthening muscles or regaining their ability to walk, run or climb stairs after surgery or an injury. And as animals get older, they may find it hard to move easily. Physical therapy helps improve their quality of life.

About 12 years ago, some PT specialists realized that many of the same techniques and equipment used to help humans could benefit animals — especially dogs. Since then, a new career field, called canine rehabilitation, has blossomed.
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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Dogs Make Everything Better: Kevin Ware Gets a Puppy

From Dogster>

Everyone is calling Kevin Ware's broken leg, suffered during Sunday's NCAA Midwest Regional final, "one of the most gruesome injuries in televised sports history," and we're going to just let that ride. We didn't see it happen, and we can't bear to watch it on the Internet, even a blurred-out version. 

Here's a graphic from ABC News that gives you enough of an idea as to what went down that horrible night:

Articles about the tragedy aren't that much less graphic. After the game, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino told reporters, “The bone’s six inches out of his leg, and all he’s yelling is, ‘Win the game. Win the game.' I’ve not seen that in my life. … Pretty special young man.”

Fortunately, surgery went well, and Ware was out of the hospital on Tuesday. He is expected to be out of the game for a year, but he'll have some company -- a little lump of puppy-shaped company, to be precise.
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Do Dogs Dream?

 A dark figure appears and slowly makes it’s way over to you. You grasp for the light but it turns into a huge bowl of jello.  You reach for your bat but it turns into a sticky marshmallow. Suddenly, the dark figure dark figure appears and slowly makes it’s way over to you. You grasp for the light but it turns into a huge bowl of jello.  You reach for your bat but it turns into a sticky marshmallow. Suddenly, the dark figure comes closer and you realize it’s just Oprah coming to tell you that plaid wall paper is out. Plaid wall paper? NO! That’s when you sit up in horror and wake up to a quiet room with the sound of your 4 year old beagle happily snoozing away; it was all a dream.
As humans, dreaming is
Is Lilly Dreaming Now?
common occurrence in which we may relive the minutiae of the day or even be exposed to a bizarre combination of experiences. We know that our dogs are similar to us in many ways but, have you ever considered that your dog might be dreaming as well? Recent studies suggest that our canine friends may have a very active dream life. By using an electroencephalogram (EEG), researchers have been able to analyze a dog’s brain activity while sleeping. As it turns out, dogs have very similar brain wave patterns to humans when they enter REM sleep. REM sleep cycles is a deep sleep cycle that usually last for around 3-4 hours in humans during which time we may move or twitch irregularly, exhibit rapid eye movement (REM), and sometimes even talk in our sleep. For more, click here>

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Hiatus Over - Return Soon

As you noticed, we have taken a hiatus from posting on the blog since Christmas. I think every writer, blogger and columnist goes through a span of time where it's tough to write anything. Even on the blog where  a lot of the times we just re-post stories, articles and videos from other sites, it requires a break every once in awhile.

We will also be playing around with the design of the site.  Sometimes a change in the scenery, so to speak, can inspire us to blog more.  Stay with us now and check it out daily!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Blue, Lilly and the staff of eco dogs wish you all a doggone Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sign The Petition to Bring Safe, Good Quality USA Pet Products Manufacturing Back to America

This Petition was written by the folks from Doggie Design. We at eco dogs are in complete agreement with the cause and have signed the petition. We are just disappointed they did not include pet food & treat products in the text. Pet food and treats need more oversight in our opinion, to assure quality ingredients and fewer additives that may be harmful to our pets.

Please Sign The Petition and HELP Bring MORE USA Jobs and Quality Pet Products Back to America. Pet Product Manufacturing in the USA has disappeared over the last 20 years and moved offshore to China. Doggie Design is negotiating with Private Investors, the State of California and our local SBA, to raise the Capital required to open a Made in America Pet Products Manufacturing Center in Northern, California, that has the potential of creating hundreds of jobs. We currently manufacturer our Ultra USA Choke Free harness in South Carolina USA, but we want to expand our US manufacturing to include other types of Products. YOUR Signatures will show the Investors, banks and local governements, that the USA Consumer would buy USA made Products, if it was offered to them, over OFFSHORE Products.

#1 Safety for Pets, by using good quality, non toxic materials and in-process inspections. Design products with the Pets Safety in mind with USA workers. #2 Bring Back USA Textile Jobs more>