June 6, 2007       Published weekly by VetLocator.com


Greetings! This week our first story discusses findings that dog owners are in better health than non-dog owners, (not surprising at all to owners of very active dogs :). Our next story discusses how puppy mills are marketing puppies via the internet in order to circumvent regulations, and what you MUST do if you are tempted to purchase a puppy online. With summer here our article on lawn treatments being hazardous to pets serves as a reminder to be alert to toxins that can affect our pets and ourselves. Our last article solves a problem most cat owners face, what to do about stinky, messy cat boxes. Here is one answer, toilet train your cat and here is how to do it.

We have a very special video this week, actually an article and two videos, about Christian, a lion purchased from Harrods Department Store in London in the late 60's, and his journey from a suburbanite lion to being released into the wilds of Africa.

Our Ask A Pet Pro Blog is a great resource to refer to if you have a specific question about your pet's health. To find answers from pros to YOUR pet's health issues, visit our blog and look at the categories on the right of the page. Click on the one that applies to view questions and answers that pertain to the subject you are interested in. If you don't find what you are looking for, there is a link at the top of the page for you to ask your own questions.

Have a great week!

PS: Don't miss the Cat Haiku's on the right column of the newsletter. They are funny.

In this Newsletter:
  1. Pet News: Dog Owners More Active, Leaner
  2. Pet Buying: Internet dog sales shelter rogue breeders
  3. Pet Health: Lawn treatments may be harmful to pets
  4. Weird Pet News: How to toilet train your cat
  5. HELP THESE PET OWNERS: This week's requests for help
  6. Video of the Week: Christian the lion
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Dog Owners More Active, Leaner

Dog owners who walk their dogs are more active and have less body fat than non-owners and non-walkers, according to a study presented today at the 54th American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Dog ownership was associated with higher levels of self-reported leisure-time physical activity in the study, which examined differences in physical activity, weight, status, and neighborhood, environment, walkability, and income between dog owners and non-dog owners.

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Internet dog sales shelter rogue breeders

Animal welfare advocates say the Internet has become the latest vehicle for large-scale dog breeding operations - or "puppy mills" - to sell their wares.

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Lawn treatments may cause harm to pets

It's the time of year when we tend to be outdoors more, enjoying our lawns with family and pets. However, did you know that lawn treatments are potentially dangerous to your's and your pet's health?

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How to toilet train your cat

For those of you who love cats but HATE cat boxes, this is a must read story of how you can successfully train your cat to use the toilet. There are even pictures to prove it :)

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This week's requests for help

These pet health questions are answered in our "Ask A Pet Pro" blog. To see the answers to the questions, click on the link under the question.

  • CAT GIVEN DOG FLEA AND TICK TREATMENT. BIG PROBLEMS my cat was given bio spot flea and tick drops yesterday and last night she started having seizures and she shakes and cannot walk
    View this blog

  • HIP DYSPLASIA, IS THERE A NATURAL TREATMENT?My 6 month old mixed breed pup was just diagnosed with hip dysplasia on the left side. The traditional treatment down here is hip replacement surgery which we have refused. I know she can be helped by supplementing diet with vitamin C, calcium, and glucosamin condroitin. Can you give any further advice on natural treatment for dysplasia?
    View this blog

  • DISTEMPER HELP NEEDED My dog had distemper, and he now has uncontrollable clenching of his jaws. Is there anything that can help him?
    View this blog

  • HOLISTIC ALTERNATIVES TO HANDLE FLEAS AND TICKS?: My 3 year old lab-mix (apx. 54 lbs) had a severe/life-threatening reaction to Hartz 4in1 topical flea meds last summer, possibly complicated by some dead Girardia cells that were the only thing found in her blood/stool test. Her heart slowed and she was horribly lethargic for months. It was the first time I had used it because we were going camping and wanted protection from fleas and ticks. She is fine now, but the vet told me to switch to vet-supplied Frontline as he was convinced it was the Hartz. I did so and she began shaking her head within a day (which was her initial reaction to the Hartz). I bathed her as fast as I could and gave her Benedryl for a week. She never seemed to get sick, but the head shaking continues 3 weeks later.

    We are going up north on June 5th and I donít know what to do. I have researched essential oils and it seems that Lavendar, Lemon Grass and Geranium essential oils between the shoulder blades was most recommended. My questions are:

    1. Do they work for fleas and ticks (lymes disease being my big concern)
    2. How and how much should I apply
    3. Will bees be attracted to the smell, as she is allergic to those too.
    Thank you for any assistance you can offer.
    View this blog

  • HOLISTIC, ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT FOR CARCINOMA ON CAT?: do you have holistic, alternative treatment for squam. cell carcinoma on nose of cat, fairly superficial on about 1/2 of moist part of nose, teenage healthy active male.
    View this blog

  • CAT WITH UPSET STOMACH: my cat has been puking and holding his tail up away from his butt. he is eating and drinking but i did notice his stomach tensing up like it's upset.

    do you think he might have a upset stomach? he did eat a love bug last nite, but he's eaten those before and nothing happened.
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  • HOLISTIC HELP FOR KIDNEY FAILURE IN A CAT?: are there holistic treatments for the beginning stages of kidney failure in a cat and what are they?
    View this blog

  • CAT WITH COLON PROBLEMS: I have a 10 year old male cat that has had colon problems for a few years, he has to keep going for ennimas because they say his smooth muscle is not pushing the poop out so it sits and gets hard and he can''t pass it. They want to take his colon out. Please any suggestion would be appreciated.
    View this blog


This week we have the story of Christian the Lion. Trust me when I tell you that you cannot help but come away from this incredible story, pictures and videos without a huge smile on your face and feeling moved by what you read and see. When I read the story, I read it with an English accent. Try it yourself. ;)


Click here to see the video


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Cat Haiku

You never feed me.
Perhaps I'll sleep on your face.
That will sure show you.

You *must* scratch me there!
Yes, above my tail!
Behold, elevator butt.

The rule for today:
Touch my tail, I shred your hand.
New rule tomorrow.

Grace personified.
I leap into the window.
I meant to do that.

Blur of motion, then --
Silence, me, a paper bag.
What is so funny?

You're always typing.
Well, let's see you ignore my
sitting on your hands.

My small cardboard box.
You cannot see me if I
Can just hide my head.

Terrible battle.
I fought for hours. Come and see!
What's a 'term paper?'

Small brave carnivores
Kill pine cones and mosquitoes
Fear vacuum cleaner.

I want to be close
to you. Can I fit my head
inside your armpit?