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ResqRanch Summer Programs

Do you have a horse crazy kid who wants to spend time around horses this summer?

Do you love horses but are scared to death of their size and strength?

Then we have the right program for you!

The http://www.ResqRanch.org is proud to again be offering our HORSES 101! program, as well as a Hike with Horses event occurring weekly all summer long.

For the most current information about the program, please follow us on Facebook, @ResqRanch.

You can also call the office at 303-838-3771 for more information about these FREE programs available in our community.

Hope to see you!

DrQ and the crew at Aspen Park Vet Hospital

DrQ on the #KYDerby DQ

It’s been one week since the Kentucky Derby debacle, which showcased the first time in the 145 year history of the running of the Derby, that the winning horse was disqualified for interference.  Poor Maximum Security who certainly cannot understand why, since he crossed the line first, everyone in his barn is not as ecstatic as he is. And then Country House must be a little bewildered at all the attention, being a 65-1 long shot who came in second despite the mud, and is now officially considered this year’s winner.

I was with hundreds of race fans, last Saturday, practically holding our breaths for the 20 minutes while the stewards made their decision. Then, the choice was made, groans were heard all around, and people began to scramble for their Country House tickets they had thrown away.

Now I don’t really wager on horse racing, but I do thoroughly enjoy the sport, the horses, the camaraderie, the party, and the excitement.  However, this year’s results were certainly a disappointment.

So just why did this decision get made? And since when is disqualification abbreviated to “DQ”?

As someone who often goes by the initials “DQ”, I thought it might be fitting that I ponder this cosmic all.

As far as why the stewards made this historic judgement, I can only postulate, based on what I know of horse racing, and what is happening in the entire industry.

Animal rights activists have managed to make dog racing disappear here in Colorado, and now in Florida. They have also managed to stop the breeding of killer whales in captivity in California, and have their sights set on eliminating marine mammals in captivity, period.

I just may be the only vegan in the world, that strongly supports both horse racing, and marine mammals in captivity. I have a different perspective than most.

I have a degree in Horse Racing Management, and, as the 21st in the world certified Aquatic Animal Veterinarian, I have had the unique privilege of being with the behind the scenes people from almost every marine mammal park in North America.  But I will leave the latter topic for another day. Today we are talking about horse racing, my beloved sport that is in the center of a Bulls-eye target  somewhere in the biggest animal right’s groups corporate offices.

As I enjoyed last Saturday afternoon with many wonderful people, I had time to contemplate both sides of the issue. At the table next to me, was a wife and all her sister’s, in their fancy Derby hats, with her deceased husband’s racing helmet gently placed in the center of their table. Their family was there to celebrate not only the Derby, but the life of this woman’s late husband, a trainer, and a jockey.  The whole family was there, young kids, millennial, cousins, etc. all laughing, reminiscing, and generally enjoying the day. They were wonderfully kind to me, and I gave them some brochures on my racehorse rescue and nonprofit the http://www.Resqranch.org

Prince of Flame first morning at ResQRanch

Prince of Flame one of our rescue horses

I also met Dennis and his son, also there to just enjoy a fun afternoon. And then another entire group of friendly men and women, placing some bets, having a few drinks, enjoying the Derby Hat Contest, (I am sorry I have forgotten their names), yet they let me join them at their premium reserved table because it had the best view of the TV screens showing the Derby, and the speakers where you could hear the announcements.  Afterwards, they invited me, a total stranger only 3 hours earlier, to join them for dinner (they had bet on County House and were feeling very joyful).

As I drifted around the place, speaking to various people about horse racing, passing out my flyers, and just generally enjoying the good hearted revelry all centered around my favorite animal, the horse, a lot of different thoughts came to mind.

As a vegan, I am told, in theory, every single one of these people is ‘the enemy’. Capitalizing at the expense of horses they will never know.  It probably never occurred to one person in the place that this was any form of animal cruelty going on. Just a bunch of happy folks who maybe like to drink a little too much, gamble a little too much, party a little too much, and sure enjoy beautiful horses, tradition, and a grand excuse to spend an afternoon with family and friends. I felt a little out of place with them. Like I knew something, that they did not know. And by being there, celebrating with them, I felt a bit like an informant behind enemy lines.  Yet, it was the most fun I have had in a long time, and I thoroughly enjoyed deep in my heart, being able to fully express my ‘horse nerdness’ in all it’s glory, and practically have goose bumps and heart palpitations at the TV admiring all the breathtaking horses on the screen.

What can possibly be so wrong with this?

I KNOW the horses are mostly well cared for, otherwise they would not perform as well as they do. I know how much racehorses are spoiled, and pampered, and loved, and admired. I know, because I took care of them, first hand, for many years before becoming a veterinarian. And I still take good care of them today.  Of course there are a few bad people that spoil the image of the entire sport, who are in it just for the money, and horses do break down, and end up sometimes in the slaughter house. I know this. Yet I can’t help but feel it’s NOT an all or nothing situation. No way. We can’t let the beauty and majesty that horse racing CAN be, be eliminated, because a few people do it badly. To me, the answer lies in reform. And if you agree, please check out and sign my petition, here http://chng.it/6XtZ8sFMr5

As for the stewards decision, well I believe it has a lot to do with 23 horses breaking down and having to be euthanized at Santa Anita Racetrack in the past few months. An unprecedented tragedy, for sure. And one that has the entire industry rattled to the core about how something like this could happen, the public’s image of racing, and what it means with the animal rights activists nipping at their heels.

I am devastated by the loss of those horses. So is everyone who loves horses. Any horses. Racing and otherwise.  But horse racing has been an established part of human society and culture for literally hundreds of years. It’s in our blood. And this kind of string of tragedies just does not happen. Except that it did, and the answer for why, seems to be primarily rooted in climate change affecting the footing of the track, which is affecting us humans (and animals) on planet earth in many ways that are unprecedented. With 23 dead horses, theories about climate and footing seem possibly far fetched and with no solutions. However, what did come of it, is racing interests for once, being on the forefront of the controversy, with an offense stance for their defense, bringing sweeping changes and reform to the sport of racing. Including addressing the issue of using whips, more transparency of medical records for the horses to ensure none are being over worked, and banning the use of some race day drugs. For more information about that, read this https://www.santaanita.com/press-releases/an-open-letter-about-the-future-of-thoroughbred-racing-in-california/#.XNdYnuhKjD5 Now, horse people know and agree that those reforms were highly unlikely to have saved the 23 horses at Santa Anita. But, it makes for good news about racing, and helps the industry put a little makeup on it’s black eye. And that’s a good thing. In fact, it’s a very good thing for racing, and the horses, and we need more action like that. That is, if we want a middle ground, reform, and not witness racing suffer the same fate as the dogs.

Personally I feel, that the track stewards, raw from worry over the recent negative image of their beloved sport, felt they had to make this unprecedented decision, as a way to ‘save face’ and ‘prove’ that the safety of the animals is of paramount concern. To show that safe riding practices will be strictly enforced, as a lesson to all involved.

Although they didn’t have any concerns over rough riding, until two losing jockey’s complained… I was not on a horse on that track at that time, so I really can’t say if it was the right call or not. All I do know is that Maximum Security’s jockey, pleaded for leniency for the horse, stated that he is “just a baby”. You can clearly see the horse spook on the video, and then quickly got corrected by the professional jockey. It did not look like anything terribly outlandish to me. But if the decision was made for the benefit and safety for the horses and riders involved, then I support their decision, no matter how sad it makes me see Maximum Security not get what it seems he deserved.

So as I sat, wondering if I should feel guilty for enjoying racing and my veggie burger, surrounded by so many blissfully unaware racing fans.

All I know, is that, all I can do is what I think is right, and for me that means, loving animals enough to not eat them. And loving horses enough to continue to enjoy watching them perform a task most of them truly love, surrounded by humble, country people, who work their fingers to the bone 18 hours a day 7 days a week to tend to every whim and fancy these elite athletes may require. Most of us can not image what it would be like to be so lovingly pampered, spoiled and cared for.

I look deep in my heart, and think to myself, surely the world would be a little joyful, less happy, less fun, without beautiful race horses  for us to marvel at and enjoy.  City kids (and adults) would miss the chance to experience horses up close, families would lose their livelihoods, meticulously kept records books for generations would be useless, and little kids would no longer have the dream to be able to imagine a career one day with horses, as a jockey, a trainer, or a veterinarian.  Most importantly, the horses would be denied the chance to fulfill their destinies. The Thoroughbred horse, would suffer a great loss. To have the chance to “run his race”, as so eloquently stated in the movie Secretariat. Is this important to a horse? Can they even think like that? You bet your bottom dollar they can, and they do. Horses that love to run, love to race more than anything else in the world. Not only would we be robbing the world of the joy of racing, but we would also be robbing the horses.

I imagine all of us at times feel a little out of place, a little unsure. The world is a vibrant place, with a dizzying amount of information to consider, ponder, and literally thousands of decisions to make every single day about what to do, and how to do it. All we can do, is the best we can do, every day, with the information we have, today.  My wish is that today, if you are a true horse lover like me, you follow your heart, and be free to enjoy and/or take excellent care of horses, in all their glory, without a tinge of guilt or remorse, for anything.

And why did the media decide to abbreviate disqualification to ‘DQ’? This DQ must defer that question to someone else who knows more about the media, than me. And don’t get even more confused because we are not talking about ice cream here.  🙂

Until next time, I am DrQ, here to help you, and your animals experience the most amazing, healthy, loving,  relationship that you every thought possible! Thanks for reading!

 

 

Puppy’s!!! And How To Introduce Them to You Kitty Cat!

This week we went to a performance in my daughter’s school, and one of the students was walking around holding her brand new puppy!  Then in the same week, I received a desperate email from another person who had gotten a new puppy, and the cats absolutely HATE the new family member and are causing all kinds of anxiety in that household.

So is it because WE got a new puppy that all of a sudden it seems I am seeing new puppy’s everywhere? Well no matter, there is nothing much cuter than a soft, wiggly, snuggly, ball of fur with the sweet smell of puppy breath!

However, as you may be figuring out, there is a lot more to a new puppy than just figuring out what color, size, or breed you might crave. Actually properly caring for a new puppy is nearly as much work as caring for a newborn child! (Well, almost!)

Please forward to friends with new puppy’s, or anyone having trouble with the interactions between their cats and dogs.

If you please, subscribe to my YouTube channel the 1DRQ for more helpful videos. Hope you enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=fyDsGn0Q–g

https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=0EAOX1kDrw8

 

Questions about Vaccines? We have Answers!

This week on Facebook, someone posted pictures of their new kitten! Yeah! Soft fuzzy kitties! They had questions about where to go to find a veterinarian that shared their concerns about over vaccinating their beautiful new little baby.  Vaccines can be very confusing and down right scary depending on what you might read on the internet.

This week on our YouTube show the Treat Fairy, service dog trainer Neil Hutchins-Resto and I discuss some of the pros and cons of vaccines, vaccines schedules, and Cat Nip!

Hope you enjoy! If you find these videos helpful please subscribe to my YouTube channel The1DrQ.

Thanks so much, have a wonderful day!

 

“Thinking Outside the Box” on Pet Teeth Care and Naughty Kitties

Recently in the clinic, we had someone drop off a perfectly beautiful cat to be put to sleep for being “old” and urinating all over the house. I had serious reservations about performing the procedure without at least giving the kitty a good check up.  After performing a thorough physical exam  (and checking a quick urine sample), the owners of the clinic and I both decided to offer to treat the kitty (at our expense) for a urinary tract infection if the clients would be willing to let us try to save her.  Luckily, they agreed! And after a close call she is back at home with the rest of her family.

This week this same question came up in the Facebook group Positive Pet Advice.  Today we discuss what to do if your kitty is going to the bathroom outside of the litter box.

Additionally, a question was asked about what types of tooth care products are best to use on your animals. I let you know my favorites so you don’t waste your money on ineffective products.

Hope you enjoy this week’s edition of Hot and Health Topics with DrQ! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel if you do!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKvFUz-YLiQ&feature=youtu.be

A Funny Friday Video for You From the Future Resqranch!

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.

Yikes!

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!

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=5PSOiIQkF-0&feature=vm

http://www.Resqranch.org

Are You Ready for a Magical Bond?

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!

 

How Much Space Do I Need For An/Another Animal?

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!

I hope you enjoy this replay of today’s LIVE broadcast https://youtu.be/_rJldiCllpc and the continuation https://youtu.be/rOxMZfrqzfc!

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!

3 Steps to Peaceful Living in Multi-Pet Homes

Hi 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:

  1. The willingness to believe that animals are  trying to tell you something, and you are trying to understand what it is,

and

  1. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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! 🙂

 

How to Properly Move Pet Fish

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.Seahorse Hippocampus kuda

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! Brutus the koi fish

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. Goldie

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.Killer the fish

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!