Hoshi had 3 teeth pulled

Hoshi had a teeth cleaning today. I was nervous about having it done because of the anesthesia. He also had one premolar and two incisors pulled–which I wasn’t expecting. I’m glad he’s home safe. I think he peed himself at the vet. After he had his first cleaning, he’s been afraid of the vet.

I haven’t been brushing his teeth regularly until lately. He’s always so resistant to having it done, but I haven’t been giving him a choice. He won’t let me use a regular toothbrush, so I use finger toothbrush to clean his teeth. The finger toothbrush is bulky and doesn’t clean well.

I had to prepare Hoshi’s dinner differently because of his tooth extractions. I ground his chicken bones with a hand grinder. The grinder won’t fit our kitchen counters, so I attached it to Hoshi’s grooming table. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if it would work. I ground the bones four times using the largest blade.

Ground chicken bone and grinder
Ground chicken bone

Lead testing in Flint, Michigan

This video appears to be a veterinary student drawing blood from the external jugular vein. Her technique is poor. She does check her landmarks to verify needle placement. The alcohol was applied but somewhat randomly. I’m not sure if the needle stick site is the same as the alcohol. She didn’t scrub the site with alcohol either. She had difficulty finding the vein too. She had to “dig” for it: It’s something frowned upon in nursing and painful to the patient.

Personally, I don’t think drawing blood from the external jugular is safe because they could puncture the carotid artery or lung especially when they’re digging around.

Purina dogfood recall

Purina is recalling several dogfood products including:

  • Beneful Prepared Meals Wet Dog Food 10-oz Tubs (all varieties)
  • Beneful Chopped Blends Wet Dog Food 10-oz Tubs (all varieties)
  • Pro Plan Savory Meals Wet Dog Food 10-oz Tubs (five varieties)
    1. Braised Chicken Entrée
    2. Braised Pork Entrée
    3. Braised Turkey Entrée
    4. Grilled Salmon Entrée
    5. Braised Beef & Rice Entrée

image of recalled products
Recalled products

For more information visit: http://newscenter.purina.com/10ozwetdogfoodtubrecall

Claremont man dragged by car while rescuing pet

Mike Heredia & Otis
Mike Heredia & Otis
Mike Heredia was walking his dogs around 5:00am February 9th when a man got out of a car and grabbed his 15 year-old cocker spaniel named Otis. Heredia tried to pull Otis out of the car but was dragged for a block instead. Heredia eventually fell from the fleeing car sustaining a shoulder dislocation and minor injuries.

Fortunately, Otis was found at the same park he was abducted from. “The people had left him at the dog park. He is now home. Glad he’s back,” said Heredia. Police are searching for the man and woman responsible for the abduction.

Milwaukee man stabs cocker spaniel

Zachary George Senner
Zachary George Senner
Milwaukee man Zachary Senner was charged with felony mistreatment of an animal in the stabbing and bludgeoning of his brother’s and sister-in-law’s cocker spaniel. His brother Elijah Senner and wife asked him to “get rid of the dog” named Brandy. At first Zachary abandoned Brandy in street but she returned to the residence on 2735 S 10th Street. Zachary then stabbed Brandy and ditched the body only to have her return home once again. The Senner family hoped Brandy would bleed to death but she didn’t so Zachary stabbed Brandy multiple times until she died.

Senner remains in the Milwaukee County Jail with bail set at $1,000. If convicted Senner could face 7 1/2-and-a-half years in prison.