An Interview with Sweet Pea – Travel Animal Doctor

An Interview with Sweet Pea – Travel Animal Doctor

Welcome to another We’ve Got Personality interview here at Travel Animal Doctor. This is your host at Travel Animal Doctor, Jade, ready to talk dog on this special “We’ve Got Personality: Sweet Pea Edition”. I have been missing my mother dearly, and cannot wait for her to come home so we can go on another hike. Mom is making her way to the annual BlogPaws Conference in Nashville, TN. During my last Skype session with Mom and Sweet Pea, I was able to interview Sweet Pea to find out the latest and greatest happenings in my cousin’s life. Sweet Pea is a Chinese Crested/Yorkie mix, lovingly referred to by my mother as a Chinese Cryorkie. This little Yorkie is extremely Quirky, just as her “designer” breed name suggests.   Good morning Sweet Pea! You’re looking chipper today. What’s up dog? A really good looking smoothie, but I am just too short to get to it. Yum. A smoothie does sound awfully scrumptious. Maybe puppy dog eyes will work. One can only hope. I will give it a try. After all, the story is, that is how I won over my mother’s heart. This sounds like the beginning of a good story. A story I will never forget. I came from a rescue group from NW Ohio, who saved puppies from puppy mills.  I had a foster family who loved me to death, but knew good pet parents when they saw them. My mom and dad picked me up on a snowy February afternoon and took me to their house where I met Jasmine and Bayer. They were HUGE! That sounds...
Help! My Dog Has Hypothyroidism. – Travel Animal Doctor

Help! My Dog Has Hypothyroidism. – Travel Animal Doctor

Your dog goes in for her yearly check up, and your veterinarian thinks your dog has hypothyroidism. -Travel Animal Doctor What is this disease, and will your dog be okay? Hypothyroidism in dogs is a common endocrine problem that occurs in middle aged dogs, often between the ages of 4 yrs to 10 yrs old. Predisposed Breeds Some breeds that are more susceptible to this disease include Dachshund, Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, Irish Setter, Doberman Pincher, Airedale Terrier, and Miniature Schnauzer. Clinical signs Is your dog middle aged, and suddenly gaining weight? Is she sleeping more than usual, sluggish, and inactive? Did her usual triumphant smile get replaced by a puffy and/or droopy face? mariposavet / Foter / CC BY Are you noticing hair loss on both sides of your dog, that does not seem to itch? mariposavet / Foter / CC BY If your dog is not eating any more than usual, yet still appears to be gaining weight, it may not just be what you are feeding her. Even if you are only noticing one of these clinical signs, it is important to take your dog to the veterinary office. A common endocrine disease, called hypothyroidism, causes these clinical signs. Your veterinarian can do some tests to evaluate your pet for hypothyroidism. If your dog has hypothyroidism, your veterinarian will be able to subscribe the necessary treatment for your pet. Tests If your veterinarian suspects hypothyroidism, a series of tests can be done including what you may hear the veterinarian refer to as measurement of: Total T4 free T4 TSH These tests are obtained by taking a blood sample...
Spicy Garbanzo Bean Crunch – Travel Animal Doctor

Spicy Garbanzo Bean Crunch – Travel Animal Doctor

Spicy garbanzo bean crunch has just the right kick to satisfy my craving for a spicy snack. -Travel Animal Doctor If you are like me, when I sit down to watch television, I always have a snack by my side. Chips, popcorn, and candy were my go to junk food when the couch called my name. This recipe for spicy garbanzo bean crunch offers a healthy solution to my junk food craving.  Lately, knowing that junk food is not all that healthy for my husband and me, we have been avoiding buying them all together when we go grocery shopping. This leaves us with a craving when it comes time for my husband and me to watch our shows together. In place of the junk food, I decided to try to incorporate some homemade snacks into our diet that are delicious and not as processed. This spicy garbanzo bean crunch satisfies my craving for spicy and salty foods during our movie nights. Ingredients: 1 can Garbanzo Beans 1/2 tsp. Salt 3 Tbsp. coconut oil 1 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil 1/2 Tbsp. cumin 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 1/2 Tbsp. smoked paprika Prep time: 5 minutes Directions: 1) Take one can of garbanzo beans, drain and rinse them thoroughly. 2) Add smoked paprika, salt, cayenne pepper, cumin, and extra virgin olive oil to bowl of rinsed garbanzo beans.  3) Mix up until thoroughly combined. 4) Let 3 Tbsp. coconut oil melt in saucepan on stove top. Make sure pan is hot when adding the garbanzo beans into saucepan. 5) Pour the garbanzo bean mixture into the pan. They should become...
An Interview with Jasmine – Travel Animal Doctor

An Interview with Jasmine – Travel Animal Doctor

Good morning! Today Jade has a special guest who she is eager to interview. – Travel Animal Doctor First she wants you to know a little bit about herself. I am a rescue from my mother’s veterinary school. Honestly, I feel like I did the rescuing. My mom and dad would be completely bored without a dog like me to spice up their life. If given the choice of picking three strong personality attributes for myself, I would go with easy going, eager to please, and excited. I am ready to go anywhere my pet parents want to take me, and listen very well (most of the time)! I used to be afraid of the car when I was first saved, but now I am ecstatic when I get to go on car rides. We always go to fun and exciting places, like the dog park, the doggie spa, hikes, and sometimes even my adopted cousins’ house. Speaking of my cousins, one of them is here with me today! I wanted to interview Jasmine, a “designer” dog adopted from a humane society in Northwest Ohio. If you like wrestling, do not let the short stature of this Bassador fool you. Her sturdy Basset hound frame and her labrador energy are truly a force to be reckoned with. Hi Jasmine, how are you today? Great, thanks for asking. This spot, in the middle of the bedroom floor, is the most comfortable place to lay in the entire house. I bet, it looks absolutely terrific. Where are you from?  I was rescued by my pet mom from a humane society animal shelter in NW Ohio....
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