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....
Great Falls Nature Hike – Travel Animal Doctor

Great Falls Nature Hike – Travel Animal Doctor

A family hike to the Great Falls National Park proved to be a successful “Great Falls Nature Hike”. – Travel Animal Doctor Many woodland friends greeted us on our journey on the Great Falls Nature Hike. I enjoyed practicing my photography skills, while my husband and Jade enjoyed a run. Toad The toad in the first picture was fearless. I was able to get extremely close as he sat supremely in his “lair” between two roots of a tree. Skink The second photograph, I was unable to get close. There was a family surrounding the little guy and I did not want to risk scaring it away with a photo, when the family was having fun watching it run around. If you look at the middle left of the picture, at the up ridden tree root/stump very carefully, you may see a very small skink. It was having a good old time running around the fallen tree. Box Turtle Next we came across a box turtle. This turtle was in the middle of the path. Very recently I saw a few posts on found box turtles and turtles with cracked shells and wanted to remind other hikers and nature enthusiasts of the importance to let these box turtles remain in their home range. When turtles are removed from their habitat and brought to someone’s backyard, they will leave as soon as they can to return to their natural home. In doing so, they will cross streets and can easily get ran over by a vehicle, and cannot live with their broken shell. The turtle shell protects their organs, and it cannot...
Island Days Smoothie – Travel Animal Doctor

Island Days Smoothie – Travel Animal Doctor

Today my mother and I made up a scrumptious smoothie that we decided to call the Island Days Smoothie. -Travel Animal Doctor This week I am in Chattanooga, Tennessee for a visit with my parents. My mom and I enjoy experimenting with recipes in the kitchen.  We both enjoy the nutritional value that we get from the natural ingredients in smoothies. It is great being able to control what we eat through the use of nourishing and substantial ingredients. The smoothie we created today really put a smile on our faces. It reminded me of a pina colada, except without the coconut. I could picture the advantage of adding coconut milk or the fruit to the smoothie if it happened to be available in the kitchen.  This healthy smoothie takes 5 minutes to make and is subtly sweet. The only fruits you need to recreate this island days smoothie are pineapple, 1/2 of a lemon, and cherries for garnish. Honey and ground ginger add to the already sweet flavor from the pineapple. We used almond milk, but as already stated, coconut milk would make the island days smoothie taste more like a pina colada.  With a little bit of ice to make the island days smoothie extra refreshing, our midday snack was complete. Main ingredients for the smoothie: The ground ginger appears in the back, with the honey by its side and pineapple chunks on the end. Featured in front is greek yogurt and 1/2 of a lemon. Island Days Smoothie Ingredients: 1 1/2 c. pineapple 1 tsp ground ginger 2 TBS honey 1/2 lemon 1/2 c. almond milk 1/2 c....
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