Please join us this Saturday, November 5th from noon to 7 pm at the Woodcellar in Evergreen to enjoy the Breeder’s Cup races, learn to play the ponies, enjoy drink specials, and learn how YOU can help the Unwanted animals of the world, including the 2,000 horses a week sent to slaughter. Hope to see you!
Sometimes, you just have to put yourself out there, rough edges and all.
Last night at 9 pm I realized that the First Bank video contest submission was due by 4 pm today.
So I worked on it last night, at daybreak, and right up to the deadline.
Because I am not a master video editor, it took all I was worth to just get it done and uploaded on time.
So it may not be polished, but it does show the clear vision of the Resqranch.
If you have 3 minutes, I would appreciate it if you would check it out, so that, going into the holidays,
you know how we are changing the world.
I hope you aren’t too hard on me, you get a chuckle, and mostly that you enjoy!
I have a confession to make. I have been calling myself a Life Coach for quite some time, although the reality is, I have not been doing much coaching. Consulting, yes. Veterinary care, yes. However, I have not given clients the opportunity to engage with me in a true coaching experience. Where we work together, week by week, side by side, to really uncover, dig deep, bring to light, and solve, any and all of the issues you have with your beloved animals that stand in the way between you having the most magical, loving relationship you can even now imagine.
Because, that relationship, that bond, is really what is all about, isn’t it? We were all looking for love when we brought animals into our lives. That is the one driving force which binds all us animal lovers, and that is love. That unconditional love animals uniquely provide for us during our human experience. And when we chose to bring animals into our lives, we were hoping that we got more love, much more love, than heartache, and hassle. For some of us, this is the case. And then we spend each day in fear of losing that love. We all know they just don’t live long enough. That is the greatest tragedy of giving your heart to an animal. You are the lucky ones.
For others, it hasn’t quite yet worked out that way. The unexpected heartaches and hassles, all work together to build a wall around our hearts and don’t allow us to fully experience the joy that comes with sharing our lives with an animal. Each new day brings an opportunity for renewal. Some days are better than others, but the struggle is real, and the answers are not always so easy to find.
If you can identify with either one of these scenarios, I have a special invitation for you. No one knows animal lovers better than I do. The secret places deep in your heart that you only allow your animals to see. Your doubts, your fears, your weaknesses, that you attempt to drown in your animal’s sweet furry hugs. I know, because I have walked in those shoes too, all my life. So I invite you now, to walk with me. Either to that place where the hassles and heartaches disappear, and nothing is left but the joyous, bountiful, unconditional love, or to that place where the doubts, insecurities, and fears melt away, and you are fully present in your animal’s love, knowing that there is nothing that stands between you and your beloved friend in the material world and that an eternity together is assured.
So, if you are ready to invest in your animal (s), and in yourself, and make the commitment to achieve the most amazing, productive, happy, healthy, youngest, longest life together that you could have ever dreamed possible, then join me for a 6 or 12 month journey, to achieve results beyond your wildest dreams. http://drquesten.com/consultations/
Still undecided? Don’t delay, contact us for a complimentary initial consultation to see if we are the right fit for each other. You have NOTHING to lose, and everything to gain!
DrQ and you, creating a magical bond people and the animals who love them. Contact us today!
Lot’s of people want animals in their lives, but don’t always get them because they are not sure if they have enough room in their condo, small home, or small acreage for the animals they would like to have. Here in this live video clip we talk about just this very subject.
Additionally, I answered a viewer question about how to keep a puppy quiet in a crate at night, and as usual, I attempt to demonstrate brushing my cat’s teeth, and encouraging you to give it a try!
If this information is helpful to you, please like and share, Dr. Q on Facebook, and subscribe to my YouTube channel.
On that note, I’m DrQ, here to help YOU, and your animals live younger, longer! Have a great weekend everyone!
If there is one thing for sure about animal lover’s, it’s that cats (or insert animal species of your choice here______) are like potato chips, you can’t have just one!
Invariably this can cause some tension now and then between animals within a household, and even between one animal and several people in a household.
We have boiled it down to two things the people need, and three things the animals need, to help minimize the stress, and help everyone stay younger, longer!
For the people it’s really just two things:
- The willingness to believe that animals are trying to tell you something, and you are trying to understand what it is,
- The willingness to put ego aside and really listen and respond to what they are ‘saying’, even if it we don’t really like what it is! Allow them to have their own opinion, so to say.
That’s it! That is all you have to do! Not that hard, right?
Now for the animals, they need three things:
- Enough space, including a bed, of their very own. Make sure each animal has enough space relative to its species (a rat needs a big enclosure but a dog needs an even bigger one!). Animals need a safe space they can feel safe in and call their own. How many beds? Always aim for at least one more than animals, so they can have a choice of where to spend their time.
- A secure, feeding place and dish of their own. No one wants to feel like they have to share if they don’t want to. Each animal in the family is entitled to their own food dish, and to be safe and secure while eating meals so they can’t be bullied by anyone else during meal times.
- Play time! This is your daily bonding time! Take a moment to look them over from top to bottom each day (grooming too is even better), have some loving eye contact, and get a little exercise. Even if it’s only for a minute, this is the reason why we have animals in the first place. So take time to enjoy them each day. Exercise helps keep them, and us, young!
For more in depth on this, check out my LIVE broadcast above.
Thanks so much for tuning in! On that note, I’m DrQ, here to help you both, stay younger, longer. If you find this helpful, please like, follow, and share on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. AND have a great day! 🙂
These days more and more people are considering cooking for their pets. Many have concerns over the quality of ingredients, contaminants and GMO’s, or worse yet, toxins leading to pet food recalls. As my free gift to you here follows my easy recipe template that will guide you to cooking hundreds of recipes for dog and cat food! When you love your pet like family, if you care about what goes on your families plate, chances are, you care about what goes in your pet’s dish. Most of my best clients cook for their pets, at least some, if not all of the time. It is easy to do, and easy to feel good about. It is often a lot cheaper too when you consider the high price needed for all that packaging, marketing, shipping, and distribution of your commercial pet food.
As always, discuss the recipe’s you want to cook and feed to your animal, with your vet, before doing so. This should be a quick, easy, relatively painless conversation at your next yearly or semi-annual visit. If your vet is discouraging, perhaps it is only because they are unaware of the health benefits. A good veterinarian will be open to the discussion, willing to learn more, and address all your legitimate concerns. For example, here is a link to a study discussing adding fresh food to your dog’s diet, and it’s effects on cancer http://tiny.cc/ivkc7x. This should come as no surprise to those of us that realize how much good nutrition is essential for good health. Once you have your vet’s blessing to try adding home cooked foods (generally not more than 25-50% at first, or additional supplements are needed such as egg shell calcium) to your pet’s nutritionally complete diet, then it is time to get creative, and have fun!
Keep in mind that all of these recipe’s can be equally fed to anything that will eat it; cats, dogs, people, and bearded dragons included. It is pretty hilarious when the kids ask for a second helping of dog food!
The real simple base for any meal is:
1/3 grain (rice, bulgur, millet, quinoa, etc.) +
1/3 legumes (red or green lentils, garbanzo beans, black beans, butter beans, etc. ) = nutritious and delicious!
Possible combinations include green lentils, bulgar, and sweet potatoes, or black beans, rice, and carrots, and finally millet, red lentils, and butternut squash. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and your pet’s pallet! The health benefits include absorbing all the bioflavonoid antioxidants (the bright colors in vegetables) as nature intended, before it was processed, put in a bag, and shipped in a truck. The diet includes lots of fiber which is excellent for digestive health recalling that 80% of the immune system is in the intestinal lining (if introduced slowly as directed should cause minimal gaseous discharge), and without having to be a chemist or a nutritionist, you will be most likely providing a complete protein, and well as nearly all the essential amino acids any animal needs. You can add additional protein if you so desire (or not, and not worry about overdoing it), multiple types of fresh, preferably organic veggies known to be safe for pets, fresh milled golden flax seeds, or just about anything else that sounds healthy and nutritious, for you.
Here is today’s recipe:
In a saucepan, saute 1/2 cup chopped celery in a small amount water until translucent with one pinch of salt. Optional, add 1 TB Organic Olive Oil.Add 1 cup diced yellow unpeeled potatoes, 1 cup chopped organic unpeeled carrots, 1 cup rinsed bulgur wheat, 1 cup rinsed green lentils, 4-5 cups water, and simmer until root vegetables pierce easily with a fork. Done. Serve warm spooned over commercial kibble, or serve in a dish sprinkled with nutritional yeast for extra vitamins, texture, and flavor. It’s as simple as that!
Quick, easy, delicious, cheap, and healthy. Your animals will love you even more for it! Use this guide to create your own homemade recipe ideas, and share with us here or on Facebook or Instagram. For specific questions about types of veggies to choose, what grains to choose for different conditions, or other questions you might have about cooking up your own pet food, please like and follow me on Facebook so that you will know when I am doing LIVE events on PetPeriscopeTV, or we can do a phone or email consultation through the website http://www.DrQandU.com. Stay tuned for more updates on our online courses via http://www.stealmoreyears.com, where one of our 7 Secrets to Outwitting Your Pet’s Lifespan lessons will focus on diet and nutrition.
Looking forward to seeing what you have ‘cooked’ up! I’m DrQ, here to help you, take control of your health and that of your beloved animals!
Hello, all! I hope you are having a great summer so far! This is just a little note to remind you that if you are in the neighborhood, be sure to swing by and see us at VegFest this weekend, we would love to see you!
This will be our second year in a row to be there, and we are so excited to be around such an amazing groups of animal lovers. We always have a blast checking out all the new products, hearing the speakers, checking out the cooking demonstrations, and chowing down at the food trucks!
The event has grown so much each year, that indoor booth space actually sold out! So we will be camped outside with multiple scaled and furred creatures for cuddling, as well as to be the Pet First Aid booth and do FREE on-site health and behavior consultations all weekend long!
So if you have ever been interested in a plant based diet, for your heart health, the environment, or animals, VegFest is the place to be, this weekend. You won’t want to miss this!
DrQ and the crew, eager to see you, this weekend! 🙂
We have had a busy summer so far here at the Resqranch. From caring to Oliver who severely injured his front left hoof, to retraining Dominic the Donkey to be safe and reliable. We are so pleased and delighted to have Katie with us. She is in an intensive one-on-one advanced HORSES 101! program, where she is learning everything about feeding and safe knot tying, to saddles and force free training methods. We still have a few slots available to offer FREE classes to your group or at your facility, either beginner or advanced. If this would be of interest to you or someone you know, please contact us or pass it on. For those of you unfamiliar with our animal rescue efforts, here is a link with some more information. Please check it out and donate or sponsor.
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So your fish keeping friend is moving and has offered to give you all their fish, lucky you! But how to properly get those beautiful new finds safely from their pond or tank to yours. Even if this is not exactly the case, there may come a time when you need to move fish, such as because they are newly purchased, going to a show, or are going for a visit to the vets office. Therefore it is good to do a review of proper fish handling and transport.
First of all, fish that have been in a pond or tank for many years are often not kept in the most optimal conditions. They have often long outgrown the appropriate size for their environment. Overcrowding equates to poor water quality and a depressed immune system. Although they may appear perfectly healthy now due to the fish’s incredible ability to acclimate to most any gradual changes, the stress of moving is often all that it takes to push the fish over the edge and allow them to suffer from all manner of illnesses and parasites. Even fish that are transferred from presumptively “disease free” sources can potentially be carriers of disease. Some conditions can be difficult to detect in carrier fish, and some pathogens may go undetected if they have not produced clinical signs in any of the fish. Do not believe it when the store says the fish have already been quarantined!
To minimize spreading of these potential diseases to your pond; first, acquire the services of a knowledgeable fish veterinarian. If possible have the fish’s health and environment evaluated before the move. This can be scheduled while the isolation or quarantine tank(s) are establishing since of course, you do NOT want to move the new fish directly into your pond on the first day. During those times when it is not possible to have the fish evaluated BEFORE the move, then plan to have them examined within the first week or two in your quarantine facility to minimize the potential spread of pathogens into your pond.
Ideally, fish should be fasted for about three days before being moved. Some report fasting for up to a week, but this tends to add to the stress of the fish and is not recommended. Fasting the fish will help minimize waste during transport which will maintain water quality, which becomes more significant with the farther distance traveled. Caution must be used to minimize stressing the fish during capture and restraint. Latex or similar gloves should be worn when handling the fish to protect their delicate skin and to protect you from potential pathogens. No jewelry should be worn. Fish should be gently guided head first into catch bowls in the water; fish should NOT be lifted out of the water with nets if at all possible. Any nets used should be of the type which will minimize damage to the sensitive skin of the fish. Nets are primarily used just to guide the movement of the fish. The fish should be lifted out of the water in either a catch bowl or a fish sock (fine mesh bag), which is then picked up on both ends and from there the fish is moved into what it will travel in.
The safest way to transport fish is in a plastic bag with just enough water to cover the fish, and the rest of the bag filled up with pure oxygen. Fish of any considerable size should be placed in two bags as their dorsal fins, as well as hooks near the anal fins, have been known to cut plastic bags. The plastic bag(s) should then be placed in cardboard boxes and padded with newspaper to minimize their rolling around. For trips of less than 30 minutes fish can be transported in buckets, plastic-lined regular or Styrofoam coolers with about 1 liter of water for every centimeter of fish if supplemental oxygen is not provided. Any container fish are transported in must be covered to protect the fish from injury by jumping out. Noniodized salt can be added to the water, but must be carefully measured to equal one teaspoonful per gallon. Do NOT add salt if going for a visit to the vet, as this might make it more problematic to locate parasites on the fish when they get examined.
Once at the new locale, plastic bags should be floated in the quarantine tank for around 30 minutes to acclimate to the new water temperature before the fish are released. If fish are being moved into a freshwater quarantine tank, it should have a separate fully cycled filter sponge or another type of nitrification system, and consider adding non-iodized or sea salt added, to a level of 0.3%. Salt reduces the osmoregulatory effort of the fish, which is how much nutrition it needs to breathe and digest food. This level of salinity should be maintained throughout the quarantine period of at least two but preferably 4-6 weeks. While in quarantine the water should be checked daily to ensure ammonia (should be 0), nitrate, nitrate, and Ph levels. Use partial water changes to maintain good water quality, and be prepared for a Ph crash.
Other treatments that can be done during the quarantine period are to feed the fish medicated food. It is important to ensure the new fish are eating well, tempt them to eat with food and treats specific for their species. Random treatment with antiparasitic agents is NOT recommended unless the tests performed by your veterinarian confirm and warrant such treatment. Monitor all the fish every day to ensure they are eating and swimming well without scale/skin lesions or frayed fins. Use separate nets and equipment for the quarantined fish to prevent cross contamination, and at the end of the quarantine period thoroughly disinfect all such equipment with diluted chlorhexidine or other net safe solution.
At the end of the quarantine period, release the new fish in the pond or tank to join the current residents, and enjoy the freedom of knowing you have done everything possible to ensure the best possible outcome for your new additions!
If the fish are not going into quarantine, but just being transported to visit the vets office, be sure to bring with you another container with the water the fish is acclimated to, so that there is fresh water for the fish to travel back home in. For smaller fish, I usually recommend transporting the fish in a plastic bag, and then having at least the same amount of water in another plastic bag just in case of bag breaks, a bucket spills, or whatever the case may be. You can never be too careful about when transporting fish. I also prefer them to come to my office in a cooler, as this minimizes temperature fluctuates no matter what the weather outside, which helps keep stress to a minimum.
In summary, with a little preparation, it is easy to safely transport your pet fish for whatever purposes you might need. I am here for you to do housecalls in and around Denver, Colorado for your fresh, salt, and pond water fish. You can even book me on line here http://www.drkoi.com. Best wishes for you and your fishes!
It’s just after dinnertime, and the doorbell rings. You suddenly have unexpected company, and your dog is excited as you are. It is at times like this it is of vital importance to remember one of the risks and dangers associated specifically with larger breed dogs, Gastric Dilitation Volvulus, or bloat, as it is commonly called.
Bloat is a condition where a dog’s stomach fills with gas and begins to twist out of place. What you will see is vomiting or retching, with nothing coming up, and the dog’s stomach getting larger in size. The most frequent times this condition occurs is after the dog has eaten (and has a belly full of food and water), and then goes out through the dog door, or runs around and gets excited (such as with company), and all this activity causes the stomach to swing and slosh inside the dog, and eventually twist. Dog’s at highest risk are large and with a deep chest, like Rottweilers, Great Danes, German Shepherds, and similar.
If you suspect this has happened to your dog, they need to go to an emergency hospital, right away! Do not wait! If you notice the above signs, get your dog to the nearest vet as quickly as possible. There they can pass a tube into the stomach to relieve the gas build up, and/or possibly do surgery to correct the displacement and restore the blood flow cut off to vital parts of the stomach and intestines before it’s too late. Bloat in dogs is always a potentially life threatening emergency.
Some people who adopt larger dogs, choose to have a surgical procedure called a “pexi” for short, performed, which tacks the stomach to the inside wall of the chest so it cannot flip out of place (or at least greatly minimizes the chance of this happening). A great time to do this is in female dogs during their spay surgery. Ask your vet about it if you have a large, deep chested dog.
So how do we minimize the risk of bloat?
- Feed your dog smaller meals
- Keep your dog’s activity level to a minimum after eating
You can also:
- Consider a ‘pexi’ surgery for prevention
- Don’t allow your dog free access to the dog door after meals
- Feed a high quality, all natural diet. It might not specifically lower the risk for bloat, but it will help keep your dog healthier, for longer.
This is a disease process that can occur at any age, although it is most commonly noted in middle aged to older dogs. There is no direct genetic predisposition that has been confirmed. There are no specific geographic locations, or ambient temperatures which contribute to bloat occurring more often. In high temperatures a panting dog is not necessarily at any higher risk, as they do not swallow air when panting. However, if the dog is frantic, and anxious because it is so hot, she may pace around trying to find relief from the heat, and after a meal, this could cause it to seem as if there is a link between high heat, panting, and bloat. The key is to always keep the dog quiet after eating, and not letting them drink a huge amount of water and then exercise.
That means when that unexpected company shows up right after dinner, be sure to FIRST put the dog in her crate, so she can remain calm and not accidentally jump around with excitement. In my experience, there has been a higher incidence of cases of bloat after the dog went out the dog door, and no one really noticed what activity the dog was doing for a short time. I did the ‘pexi’ surgery on both my last two female dogs, during their spay surgeries. Luckily I have not had to experience this horrific event with any of my dogs, and I wish the same for you.
On that note, I am DrQ, housecall veterinarian, here to help you, in Denver, Colorado and around the world, to have the healthiest, longest relationship with your animals, than you ever thought possible. Thanks for reading! Please share if you found this helpful!
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