Monthly Archives: January 2013

Reptile Resources

Little Critters Animal Hospital, Jill Patt, DVM

I thought I’d take a moment to post some of the reptile resources I’ve used and found helpful in keeping all sorts of reptile critters.  Please feel free to provide further suggestions by replying below.



Web Sites:

  1. Wild Side Pets – A local Mesa, AZ petshop with great reptile knowledge
  2. – Great resource for finding animals and discussing care on forums
  3. LLL Reptile – Loads of supplies shipped to your door
  4. Melissa Kaplan’s Herp Care collection – Excellent species care articles from a well-respected author
  5. ARAV  – reptile and amphibian vets
  6. AZ Herpetological Association – local AZ herp group
  7. Poison Dart Frogs at AZDR
  8. Reptiles of AZ 
  9. Fauna Classifides
  10. Field Herp Forum 

Facebook Pages and Groups:

  1. Reptile Chat Group on FB
  2. SnakeBytesTV – great care videos
  3. The Reptile Report 
  4. Uromastyx Lizards
  5. Pro Exotics
  6. Arizona Reptile Center
  7. WildSide Pets

Why Do Pooches Eat Poop?

Little Critters Animal Hospital, Jill Patt, DVM

Now for the big question: what should you do if your dog likes to feast on feces? Well, don’t bother with the commercial products. Hart’s survey found that of the 12 commercial anti-copraphagia food additives on the market—For-Bid, Nasty-habit, and Potty Mouth to name a few—none worked in more than 2% of dogs and many didn’t work at all. On the other hand, what could possibly taste worse than poop?  Yet, lacing with chili pepper didn’t work either. Nor did using an electronic collar, yelling “leave it!” or trying punishment-based techniques that people tend to use. That’s most likely because the dog still has a desire and may just learn to avoid performing this nasty habit in front of you.

A more successful, but inconvenient, solution is to just deny access to the delicacy by cleaning it up ASAP. Also, instead of reactively punishing Fido, proactively call him to you before or as soon as you see him heading towards the stinky delicacy. Then reward him for coming when called and staying where you want while you go out and scoop the waste.

read more via Why Do Pooches Eat Poop?.

Do I Have To Take My Cat To The ER?

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cat blue and gold eyes

Some sure signs to bring your cat to the ER include:

Difficulty breathing (like open-mouth breathing, panting, or a respiratory rate over fifty breaths/minute [hint: count the number of breaths in fifteen seconds and multiple by four to get the total breaths per minute])

Hiding (under the bed, in the closet)

Not moving

Straining or making multiple trips to the litter box

Excessive grooming “back there” with the penis sticking out (seriously – this is really dangerous and is typically a feline urethral obstruction or urinary blockage, which I’ll talk about in a future blog)

Lack of urine in the litter box for more than 36 hours

Painful when picking up

Profuse vomiting (more than 2-3 times in a night)

Excessive drooling

Sitting over the water bowl and not moving

Seizuring or twitching

Any kind of trauma

Any kind of poisoning

Any string hanging out of any orifice (For real. Please don’t pull and leave all orifices to veterinary professionals).

READ MORE via Do I Have To Take My Cat To The ER?.

Can mass spectrometers rival the canine nose?

Little Critters Animal Hospital, Jill Patt, DVM

Good article on the Canine sense of smell and how it may help better technology….

Locating survivors trapped within rubble is a demanding job. Dogs are the best tool we have at the present time but they have difficulty identifying the victims most in need of help, namely, those that are still alive. Meanwhile, man’s answer to Fido’s soggy snout, the mass spectrometer, has been improved to the point that many diseases can be detected from the breath alone. This suggests the possibility that they might be adapted to detect the signatures of life from the gases exhaled by trapped victims. Will the technology be enough just to match the canine nose or will these machines also need to perform the more subtle task of navigating these plumes to be effective?

READ FURTHER:  Can mass spectrometers rival the canine nose? | ExtremeTech.

Dog Trainers Mesa AZ

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Exciting training facility in Queen Creek, AZ

– meet Club-Doggie”

As a member of Club-Doggie’s dog training, many options are available to you: beginners to advanced classes in dog agility, trick training and obedience classes, access to daily practice sessions*, plus exciting dog agility events and dog training seminars. Our indoor dog park provides the ideal environment for training, exercising and having a great time with your dog while encouraging fitness in a fun, safe environment. As members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), it is our mission to advocate positive training techniques and a mutual respect between handler and dog, and to help you both gain the most out of your experience.

via Dog Agility Training Mesa AZ | Dog Trainers Mesa AZ Best Dog Agility Training.