Monthly Archives: January 2012

Big Money Wins: Animal Exploitation? January 30,2012 11:02pm


This post is about information that I garnered from The  I’m going to give it a boost here- it really does not need any promotion because it has all the latest and greatest news stories about dogs and people. It is a wonderful web site that I discovered quite a while ago and then finally subscribed to their newsletter. The web site has wonderful articles/posts/stories or whatever you wish to call them. I read the post/s that I find interesting and most of them I read except for those that sound just too heart breaking.

But getting on with the crux of this post. Just about everyone who is anyone has probably heard of the shoe brand Sketchers. The company produced an ad that will air on Super Bowl Sunday. So bear with me and I’ll attempt to describe the ad. The ad people went to a greyhound track in Tuscon, Arizona where greyhounds have been raced for many years. According to people in the know, this track does not treat the dogs in a humane manner. I will not go any further here to describe the exact conditions but from what I have read, IT AINT, good.

Over the past three years, according again, to what I have read, 1000 dogs, (that is one thousand) have been severely injured. And if you are a dog person then I believe you know what happens to a racing dog that is injured. For those of you who do not know- the injured dog is disposed of (as in either given a lethal injection or gassed). I do not know what that particular track uses.

The ad was filmed at the track which pitted a French bulldog running a race with a greyhound and of course the bulldog wins the race. (Sketchers equals fast) The dog was wearing Sketchers on all four paws. In my humble opinion and in the opinion of many animal rights activists, the ad is a disgrace or maybe we should just say inappropriate since it all took place at a race track with a very poor record. I’m not writing about winning  greyhounds here. I’m pointing out that this track, among many others treats the dogs in a very poor manner. Furthermore, the ad appears to promote greyhound racing.

What really bothers me is the fact that most people who go to a race have not the slightest idea of what humane treatment means and probably do not care. Well there you have it. My beef for a good while to come.  Oh, I almost forgot- I have at least two more posts about greyhounds- in draft form.

I would love some input from a reader/s if anyone out there bothers to read this post. It is pretty sad when for the past several months, the only comments that I get are from spammers! 

Post Yvonne Daniel


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His-to-plas-mo-sis: Update of Relapse of Josie The Cat 1/28/2012 11:25pm


Josie (L) grooming Coley (R)
Josie grooming Bobbie who is loving the the ear wash
Josie (black and white cat) grooming Bobbie

That old saying that patience is virtue seems to ring true for me, many times. Josie became acutely ill almost over night. But for the medication to kick in does not happen overnight. Itraconozole must build up in the blood stream and it takes ABOUT 3-4 WEEKS for that to happen. Simply put, it must reach a certain saturation point before it begins killing the fungus that is primarily wrecking havoc in her lungs and spleen.  

Thankfully, this past week Josie’s breathing became much easier. As of today she does not appear to be laboring to breathe. About mid-week she was on a grooming kick. I watched her groom 2 cats- first washing the little black cat that is in renal failure and then the older Manx cat that had not been doing well for several months. 

Josie really went to town on both cats and I took a few pics as she groomed. The two cats that she groomed seemed to enjoy their “bath.” Rarely have I seen Josie grooming other cats.

Josie grooming the other cats I am taking as a good sign that her health is improving. She remains on Itraconozole 0.8 ml once daily and I generally give her 75-100ml of Ringer’s Lactate subcutaneously once daily.

I place the bag of fluids in a stainless steel bucket in the kitchen sink and let it stand in hot water for about 5 minutes, depending on how much fluid is left in the bag. I test the liquid on my inner arm in the same manner that one checks a baby’s formula for the right temperature. The same IV tubing is left in the bag and the needle changed with a sterile one for each cat that is getting fluids. The same IV tubing can be reused for about a week if I am careful not to contaminate either end of the tubing when it is being changed and inserted into another bag.

I generally have 2-4 animals on sub cu fluids at any given time so I must economize and not be wasteful. I will add here that this kind of economy is not practiced in a hospital or nursing home. Protocol for humans and animals is quite different for some things but also similar in other ways.

Josie is now about 14 years. I am very thankful that she is living a fairly normal life albeit some bumps in the road. To say that I am fond of Josie is putting it mildly. She is a wonderful trooper, easy to medicate, and never mean. Any nurse would be thrilled to have all their human patients as nice as my little cat. 

Post and photographs Yvonne

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Spelling, Typos, and Carelessness When Writing

 This little ditty of a post concerns my inability to proof read (thoroughly) and use spell check which does not always catch spelling errors, etc. It appears that I should be writing in Microsoft Word which functions much better than just typing in WordPress. I have used Word a few times but I find it to be a hassle. It seems, according to one spammer, that my postings are rife with spelling errors. This is quite embarrassing so I checked the post about feline leukemia and the lady was correct. There were a number of words that I missed. I was in a hurry, and apparently did not check closely enough. When I write for this blog I am generally in a hurry. I just have no other way to explain the poor writing. For that I apologize and I will attempt to improve the spelling. I just hope that I can follow through. It is a little past 9pm and I have not eaten anything for my evening meal. My animals come first and that means other things suffer- including me some of the time.

So thank you spammer for pointing out my ineptness. You said you would return but I really doubt that you will with a non spam comment that I can post. This post probably contains spelling errors as well. I am sorry about that.

Post Yvonne

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Feline Leukemia (final input of info) January 18, 2012 12:24am

Since there are so many ifs, ands, or maybes, I am still trying to condense the information about feline leukemia. So I am taking a different approach. 

What is feline leukemia?  This disease is caused by a retrovirus. It is most times fatal if the cat is not able to “throw off the virus. It is not transmitted to humans. Only domestic and wild cats acquire the disease.

How is feline leukemia transmitted? It is transmitted through saliva via mutual grooming, water and food dishes, litter boxes, and bites. It is said to live outside the body for only 2 hours. It is also believed that cats become infected only after prolonged contact. 

What age are cats most susceptible to the disease?  Studies have shown that cats generally get the disease either from the mother cat at the time of birth or will contact the disease when under the age of two if exposed to a carrier of the virus (the contagious cat can be either already sick with the disease or be a carrier ( having “thrown off the effects of the illness but the virus is still living somewhere in the body).

Are there variables of which cat lives and which cat will succumb to the disease?  I read many articles by veterinarians and researchers. It seems the consensus is that it depends on the immune system of the young cat and how well it works for any given cat. Most cats are very susceptible to the disease under the age of 4 to 8 months.

Is there a vaccine for the disease?  There is a vaccine that is considered about 90% effective. My thinking is that the over all health of a young cat would depend upon whether the cat was strong enough to build up a resistance after being vaccinated. (Those are just my thoughts).

What should you do if you already have a cat/s in the house and you want to bring another cat into the mix?  Ask your veterinarian to run a combo test which requires a blood draw. This test will allow the vet to read the test to see if your cat has either feline leukemia or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). The FIV virus is also a retrovirus and can produce symptoms of the disease similar to feline leukemia. The difference is that many cats can live a normal life span with FIV for it responds to treatment in a positive manner, as a rule. Keeping your cat healthy if it is positive for FIV will pretty much assure that your cat can lead a healthy life if kept stress free and provided with good nutrition, etc. A cat that becomes will with feline leukemia has a slim chance of making it through the illness. Actually rare if the cat really becomes ill.

Are there false positives and false negatives with the combo test?  Yes, sad but true, so if you want to be doubly sure it is best to wait several months ( your vet will tell you when to retest). If this happens, my best suggestion is to keep the cat separate from the other cats. This may be difficult for the average person but it can be done. In the past I had to isolate several cats that were positive for feline leukemia.  (They died within a short time. There were no treatment options to prolong their life way back when. They were already beginning to show signs of being ill with the disease when they turned up as strays. About 8 years ago I acquired 2 kittens that tested positive for FIV and I have continued to keep them in a large cage and then let them out with supervision in my animal barn.  The building is 15×30 with windows, double door entry, insulated, a stained concrete floor, a very large escape proof run and contains special large cages for sick cats). I have spent lots of hard earned money on my cat rescues. I could not place these animals for it is a rare soul that will take on a diseased cat or dog.

Are there medications and treatments for feline leukemia.?  There are several medications/treatments that can buy the cat some time and in some cases the virus produces antibodies which will either cure the disease or keep in reined in. Sometimes the virus is completely eliminated from the system but it is also possible that the cat can become ill with feline leukemia as an older cat. I had a cat that lived to be 11-12 years old and that had tested negative when I rescued her from near starvation. She had been living near a dumpster at a church. She was healthy all those years and then one day she would not eat and began losing weight within a matter of days. It was hard for me to digest the fact that she tested positive for feline leukemia after all those years ( she was negative as a kitten of about 8 months of age).

What medications/ treatments might help prolong my cat’s life if it should become ill?  There are human meds such as interferon, steroids, antibiotics, and a few other immune system stimulators. You can research these on the Internet to get in depth information. Vitamins, blood transfusions, and even chemotherapy ( if the virus has caused lymphosarcoma.) The chemo is quite expensive and the average person will not go that far in an effort to save their cat. The speciality hospitals will give you the odds and help you make a decision that you can afford and can live with. 

For more information read articles on the Internet that have been written by veterinarians. You will be shaking your head by the time you finish reading some of them. To put it mildly, this disease is a real BITCH from hell.

Post:  Yvonne


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New Photos of Dr. Daniel and Some of Her Pets (December 22,2010)





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Cats and Spirituality (Original post November, 2010)


Do Cats Possess Spiritual and Extra Sensory Perception Abilities?

A famous author and poet gave meaning to the idea that cats are mysterious thinkers.

“Cats are mysterious kind of folk- there is more passing in their minds than we are aware of.”    By Sir Walter Scott

Recently one of my friend’s cats sensed that a family member was nearing their demise. This particular cat remained with the dying person for 4 days prior to the person’s death. It was a male cat who ordinarily did not come near this individual, yet he remained night and day, usually with a paw on the arm and his eyes intently looking at the slowing dying person’s face.  Hospice nurses and family members had to remove this kitty when the patient required regular attention.  He only left his vigil to drink or use the litter box and then would immediately return for his watch. I would like to believe that he brought great comfort to this individual who had been so ill for a long time.

I’ve read of cats that could predict death and this was something that I witnessed. It was indeed a moving experience and one that I will not soon forget. I also noted that after my friends loved one had left this mortal world, her cat would sit in deep thought with eyes that seemed to be looking far away.  He exhibited this behavior for about two weeks and as I watched him I wondered how profound his thoughts were. The cat is now back to his favorite places to sleep and his usual antics of swatting a dog that walks within his reach.

Contributed by Yvonne Daniel 

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