This past week the golden colors of aspens have swathed the contours of the San Francisco Peaks here in northern Arizona. Desperado and Helpful Buckeye had a really nice picnic lunch with friends on this spot last week, surrounded by golden leaves and Arizona's highest peak, Mt. Humphreys, in the background. More on that later....
Many of our dog-owning pet lovers don't want to spend much time reading about cats and most of our cat owners will say the same about dogs. So, with each issue of Questions On Dogs and Cats that Helpful Buckeye puts together, it's difficult to please both groups. However, this week's topic is one that has application to all dog and cat owners. At some point during your dog's or cat's life, you will need to give it some form of prescription medicine and, in many cases, on a regular basis. Being the responsible pet owners that you are, you surely want those medicines to be properly manufactured, compounded, labeled, and/or packaged before you acquire them.
The American Veterinary Medical Association has put together a very thorough question and answer brochure that addresses those very concerns:
Let's take heartworm preventives as an example. Heartworm preventives are labeled as "prescription-only" because it's critical that your veterinarian makes sure the medication is the right one based on your pet's health status. The preventives target the infective larvae as they are migrating through the tissue prior to reaching the bloodstream and developing to adult heartworms. If your dog (or cat) has heartworms, giving a preventive medication will not effectively treat the disease because the preventives don't readily kill adult heartworms. In some cases, administering preventives to heartworm positive dogs can cause a rapid kill of circulating microfilariae, leading to a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction.
The topics of the preparation/compounding of medications and where these medicines might be available are frequently a source of confusion for pet owners. Ann Hohenhaus, a practicing veterinary internal medicine specialist offers these tips for helping you through that maze:
4. Legal drugs
The Ohio State Buckeyes put up a lot of points again this week and beat Indiana. The game wasn't pretty but we are still undefeated and in the Top 10 rankings.
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost another road game, after being ahead in the 4th quarter...this time at the Tennessee Titans. The once proud Steeler defense can't seem to stop anybody in the 4th quarter.
This past week was pretty busy as Desperado and Helpful Buckeye tried to do as much as possible ahead of Desperado's shoulder surgery. We went to see Pitch Perfect, which was a very enjoyable movie...granted, a "chick flick" but a lot of fun!
Helpful Buckeye took a 70-mile bike ride on what turned out to be a perfect day...warm, sunny, and empty country roads. That might be my last really long ride before the Tour de Tucson 60-mile race in mid-November.
Even though we had a beautiful warm day for the picnic among the golden aspens and it was 70 degrees for my long bike ride, we still experienced northern Arizona in mid-October when it turned cold and snowed on Friday. We had planned one of our favorite homemade soups (Swiss potato chowder) for the cold, snowy day and then visited friends the next evening for their version of a creamy carrot soup. Great soups for cooler weather! Desperado wrote this limerick to commemorate some of the dinner table conversation:
And Bill says, "This beer should be colder."
This whole week can be summed up by a Navajo saying: "Walk on a rainbow trail; Walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty."