Monday, March 24, 2014

I've Discovered Instagram

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Canine Pancreatitis

What is Canine Pancreatitis?

Seemingly healthy and robust dogs can quickly fall ill with pancreatitis, and this is especially common in dogs whose immune systems are compromised. As with humans, in dogs the pancreas serves to create essential hormones and enzymes. If the pancreas becomes inflamed from infection, injury, or even certain toxins that can come from ingested garbage, it's important to seek medical attention right away. Pancreatitis not only causes inflammation, but it causes the pancreas to begin digesting itself, which can quickly become fatal.

In dogs, pancreatitis typically presents with vomiting and diarrhea, fever, a hunched posture, as well as anorexia and fatigue due to the pain and suffering caused by the inflamed pancreas. Additionally, an acute attack of pancreatitis can lead to inflammation of nearby arteries and veins, and even trigger renal failure.

Unfortunately there is no specific treatment for canine pancreatitis, though supportive treatment in the form of antibiotics for any present infections, as well as fluids and pain medication, can go a long way in helping the dog to hopefully recover. Fluids and pain medication are especially important components for treating pancreatitis in dogs, as dehydration and fatigue from pain can both be fatal to dogs with distressed pancreases.

Planning a Comeback

I do have every intention on coming back to blogging.  A few things have caused me to take a short break...

1.  A long, cold, never-ending winter
2.  Some big events at my day job, which have required my attention and caused some stress and exhaustion
3.  The most important reason...

© Misty DawnS

Since I had to return to work full time (and then do my second job when I get home), there's nothing more important than spending every minute of the rest of my 'at-home' time with this sweetheart!  Seriously... I find myself wondering how life ever had meaning before her. ;-)

When I do return to blogging, I will, of course, still be posting nature photography.  But, as you probably guessed, my blog will take on another angle too, since I'm now a mommy.  There will be posts about my precious miracle girl, mommy reviews, and thoughts on being 'older parents'.

But, don't worry - there will still be LOTS of nature photography, as I can't wait to share my love of nature with my girl. :-)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Michigan Dog Boarding Facility

Dog owners in Michigan who cannot take their dogs with them on a vacation will be thrilled to find a boarding facility where their dogs will be pampered while they stay in luxurious suites. People can use the facility's online web cam to see how much their dogs are enjoying themselves.

Dogs in Club Suites will sleep comfortably on raised orthopedic cots with sheepskin bedding. Club Suites measure between 24 and 72 square feet. The Signature Suites measure between 36 and 60 square feet. Dogs in these suites will rest comfortably on luxury daybeds with blankets. These suites have soundproof walls and television sets. Dogs in both types of suites have two complementary play sessions daily. They receive gourmet biscuits for bedtime treats.

Dogs are served premium dog food with lamb and rice. Gourmet meals of chicken pot pie or beef stew are available for an additional charge.

Extra pampering is available for a small fee. Dog owners who want their pets to receive extra attention will be delighted to find out that the dogs can be tucked in with a bedtime story. Dogs who want a lot of affection can receive extra cuddling and petting. People who want their dogs to get exercise can pay for private play sessions. Those who want pictures of their dogs enjoying themselves can have photos emailed to them.

Interested parties can visit the facility's website to learn more.

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