Tag: dogs

Think Twice Before Getting A Puppy For Christmas

Big Bear Valley, CA, December 24, 2012 – The holidays can be busy and stressful. Why complicate it with a Christmas puppy that needs excessive time and attention? During the holiday season there are parties to attend, shopping to finish, and many more things to do. A new puppy may get into all kinds of trouble around the Christmas tree. And the last thing you need is a sick puppy during the holidays. Why not wait until right after the holidays before you get the puppy. You can take more time to think about what type of pup will fit best in your household. Do you want a large dog or a small dog, an energetic dog or one that can be more of a lap dog? Think about rescuing a young dog or puppy from a local shelter or humane society. Use your time now to gather the supplies you’ll need to set up your home, explore training options and get ready! Remember, a puppy is a wonderful addition to the household, but holiday time may not be the ideal time to bring home your new addition. Wait until after the holiday and you will have more time and energy to care for your wonderful new member of the...

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Wild Mushrooms A Concern for Local Dog Owners

Big Bear, CA, September 14, 2012 – After our recent rain storms, an overgrowth of mushrooms have sprouted throughout the Big Bear Valley.  According to Dr. Johnny DeLandtsheer of VCA Lakeside Animal Hospital, confirmed cases of dogs ingesting these mushrooms have lead to reports of mushroom toxicity.  Signs to look for in your pet are gastrointestinal issues, known as GI, such as vomiting and diarrhea.  Dr. DeLandtsheer tells KBHR that these symptoms are not a guarantee of mushroom toxicity but do fit the signs for this type of poisoning.  Generally, larger animals are less prone to the health issue related to mushroom toxicity than smaller dogs.  Also, if the animal vomits immediately after ingesting the mushrooms, it is less of a concern as the dog can expel the toxic material.  However, if the dog develops diarrhea, it is more concerning.  Mushroom toxicity is a GI irritant that can affect the liver potentially causing liver failure.  Another concern is that initially, you can’t see the effects on the liver in blood work and that lag time can make it difficult to diagnosis the problem.  To date, VCA has seen three confirmed cases of mushroom toxicity in dogs but has seen many more dogs with unconfirmed GI concerns.  According to Bear City Animal Hospital, they believe they have not seen any cases.  Luckily, there have been no reported cases of death here...

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Strut Your Mutt Contest

Presented by the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District, at the Swim Beach, 41220 Park Avenue, Big Bear Lake.  Contests include Cutest Dog, Ugliest Dog, The Grizzly Newspaper Fetch, Look-a-likes, and many more.  Entry Fees – $1 per contest or $3 for unlimited contests.  Call 909-866-9700 for additional...

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