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Dog Leads Rescue Crew to Senior Owner Stranded in the Woods

Guy alerted rescuers to his 79-year-old owner, who was stranded on an embankment WNEP16 via People Pets

Guy alerted rescuers to his 79-year-old owner, who was stranded on an embankment
WNEP16 via People Pets

It’s kind of like the classic Lassie trope where Lassie’s able to communicate that Timmy’s trapped in the old well with a few barks and head nods.

Only it happened in real life, and the dog’s owner wasn’t named Timmy.

Thursday, first responders near Hazleton, Pennsylvania, were lead to a 79-year-old man who’d fallen and struck his head during a hike. The man was trapped there for over 12 hours, according to crews. And he might have been trapped there for longer if it weren’t for his dog, Guy. Crews, alerted to the man’s general location by 911, had been searching for three hours when they heard Guy. 

“We stopped at an embankment. We didn’t think we would be able to drive up. The county was telling us he was up there. We were starting to debate, if we could get up there [then] how are we getting down,” Matthew Marsicano of Hazle Township told WNEP16.

Guy left his owner’s side, found the rescue crew, and more or less showed them a safe path up and down the embankment. 

“The dog ran up the bank, would stop every 20-30 feet and look back and start barking,” Marsciano continued. “As we got [the man] loaded up and started carrying him down, every time we carried him the dog was whining right at our feet. We would have to stop to not trip over the dog. When we put him down the dog sat right next to him.”

The unnamed man was released from the hospital Friday and reunited with Guy, who presumably has a lot of treats in his near future. 

Written by Alex Heigl, People Pets

July 29, 2016 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment

Vets Corner: Harmful Household Items

By: Dr Landorf, Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital

In recent weeks several cases have happened that I would like to share as many people do not know the danger of these items.  We all like to feel that we have “puppy proofed” our home against most dangers.  It is amazing how many things that dogs put into their mouths and usually do not have a concern. Here are three things that I have seen only a few times in over 20 years of practice, but are very common.  One is a food that most of us have that we would never think of as dangerous, another is something considered lucky, and the third is known poison that has changed.


Sour Grapes

Lyla is a sweet mixed breed dog who decided to eat an entire container of raisins.  For humans grapes and raisins are completely safe except for the occasional upset stomach.  For dogs, for some unknown reason, eating grapes or raisins can cause severe acute kidney failure and in some cases be fatal.

Lyla was presented lethargic, with abdominal pain and vomiting after the owner noticed that she had eaten the raisins.  Blood work confirmed that she was in kidney failure.  She was treated for 3 days in intensive care with intravenous fluids and fortunately responded to treatment.  She was left with no permanent damage.  Unfortunately for Lyla and her parents she has no clue about what made her so sick.  The raisins are now on the top shelf of a closed cupboard!


Unlucky Penny

Another case we have recently seen involved a Shih Tzu puppy named Murphy.  Unknown to his owners, Murphy had ingested a penny.   Who would think that something so small and insignificant could cause a problem?  Many children swallow coins including pennies with no ill effects and they pass right through.  For some reason dogs retain them in their stomach allowing the stomach acid to dissolve them.  This releases zinc which is absorbed into the blood stream.  Zinc poisoning in dogs causes a severe anemia in which the red blood cells burst in the blood vessels.  In this puppy an X-ray showed the presence of the penny.  Note how the center of the penny has been eaten away by the stomach acid.  Endoscopy was performed to retrieve the penny.  Unfortunately after removal of the penny and a blood transfusion Murphy passed away.

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Mouse Bait (and switch)

Ingestion of rodenticides (Mouse and rat poison) are probably the most common toxicity that we see and has been for as long as I remember.  The poison is made to taste good for the rodent to eat, but also tastes good to our best friends.  The vast majority of these poisons have used an active ingredient that prevents blood from clotting and causes the animal to bleed to death internally.  Many years ago they included warfarin which is a short acting anticoagulant.  In recent decades the companies switched to a longer acting anticoagulant which required only one ingestion to cause death.  The substance remains active in the body for about a month.  The good thing about anticoagulant rodenticides was that they took a few days to cause illness and Vitamin K could be used as an antidote.

In the past year companies have changed the active ingredient in an effort to eliminate anticoagulant resistant rats.  The most common anticoagulant in recent years was named brodifacoum.  The new rodenticides include a toxin called Bromethalin.  Bromethalin poisons the central nervous system and can cause tremors, convulsions, paralysis, and death.  There is no antidote.  The treatment involves inducing vomiting if symptoms are not too severe, activated charcoal to prevent absorption, and supportive therapy with IV fluids to flush the pesticide out of the body.  The packaging and material looks exactly the same and there is no test for bromethalin, so it is critical if a pet in your care is exposed to rodenticide to find the packaging if at all possible and look for the active ingredient.

With exposure to any substance that might cause illness it is important to immediately contact the pets’ veterinarian or emergency clinic.  It is an excellent idea to have the number for the ASPCA poison control hotline in your phone.  They can give immediate life saving information over the phone. (There is a charge for this service)  The number is 888-426-4435.

November 8, 2014 at 5:42 pm Leave a comment

Vets Corner: Spring Hazards

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Spring in most veterinary hospitals is the busiest time of the year for routine care such as annual physicals, vaccines, heartworm and tick disease testing, and picking up heartworm and flea and tick preventatives. What we don’t count on is the sharp increase in emergency cases that occur from the increase in outdoor activities.

Female dogs come into heat twice yearly and nearly all come into season in the spring. Intact male dogs can pick up the scent from miles away and will follow the scent without paying attention. This past weekend I personally saw four dogs that were hit by cars for this very reason. They either got out of their enclosures, or a family member let them out unattended. A pet being hit by a car is one of the most devastating emergencies that we see and in most cases the injuries are severe and many times fatal. The most common cause of death for cats that go outside is being hit by a car. As traumatic as the injury to the pet, it is also traumatic to the family as in most cases the loss could have been prevented. I myself lost a young dog in the street when my son’s friend forgot to close the gate so this is a subject that is near and dear to my heart in more ways than one.

Another very common hazard as pets are out exploring is exposure to toxins. Antifreeze poisoning is very common this time of the year. Antifreeze, ethylene glycol, is a toxin that is often drained and left in a pan or bucket and forgotten. It has a very sweet taste so both cats and dogs will drink it readily. Only a very small amount can cause complete kidney failure within 48 hours. There is an antidote if discovered very early, but once the symptoms of kidney disease appear it is usually fatal. We take any exposure to antifreeze, no matter how small, very seriously for that reason.

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Coyotes and other predators are becoming much more common in towns and suburban communities and if cats and little dogs are left outside unattended they are, unfortunately, considered prey. Many cats get the urge to go outside as the weather improves. They are territorial and will get into fights with other cats leading to very painful abscesses. These bites are the way viruses like feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency are spread. Both of these diseases have no cure, so the only treatment is prevention.
dog running

Exercise for our pets is very important in maintaining good health for life, but it is important to make sure that the type of exercise is safe. A good brisk walk on leash is a great way to do so, but is not possible in all areas of the country year round. Off leash dog parks can be a great way for a dog to run off leash, but it is still important to pay attention that the dogs all get along. Doggy day care businesses are becoming very popular and can be very helpful in the winter to keep the pet socialized and fit. There are great toys and activities to keep your cats active inside the house and websites exist that demonstrate how to create a cat friendly room so that going outside does not become an issue.

Have a happy and safe spring and summer!
By: Dr Landorf, Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital

May 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Deadly new virus attacking dogs: What you need to know

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – When dogs first started coming into the veterinary clinics, lethargic and vomiting, veterinarians didn’t know exactly what they were dealing with.

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But now it’s clear the new virus, circovirus, is one that originated in pigs and birds, and vets say there are a lot more questions than answers.

Dogs around the country are falling ill to this potentially deadly disease, and Dr. Ashleigh Rhoades from Southern Arizona Veterinary Center said owners should be on the lookout.

“What they’re going to see is a severe depression, collapse, weakness, vomiting and diarrhea and not wanting to eat,” she said.

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But if symptoms get this bad, Rhoades said dogs can suffer severe organ failure and even die.

“As long as we can get them in early and start treatment, the prognosis is much better,” she explained. “The later we get these animals, the worse they are and it’s really tough…it’s much tougher to get them healthy again.”

Vets have seen possible cases in Ohio, Michigan and right next door in California.

Experts aren’t sure how the virus jumped from pigs and birds to man’s best friend, but they say between dogs, it’s highly contagious, and more likely to be spread through kennels or dog parks.

There is no vaccine for dogs as the virus is too new, but vets say it can be treated and to get your pet in right away if it exhibits any of the symptoms.

By Simone Del Rosario on November 16, 2013

November 22, 2013 at 1:58 am Leave a comment

Safe Summer Outings for your Pets



  • While your pup may leap at the opportunity for a joy ride, leaving any pet—dog, cat, rabbit, etc.— alone in a parked car during warm weather can be deadly. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85 degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car, even with the windows cracked open, can reach 102 degrees within just 10 minutes, and after 30 minutes the temperature will reach up to 140 degrees. Even when the temperature outside is a balmy 72 degrees, the temperature inside your car can rocket to a fatal 116 degrees in less than an hour.

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  • Your four-legged friend needs exercise too. However, exercising in the summer heat can be just as uncomfortable for your pet as it is for you. Take your walks in the early mornings or late evening, not in the heat of midday, and remember that hot pavement can burn the pads of your pet’s paws.

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  • Keep your pet inside moving cars whenever you travel. A carrier is the safest place for your cat. Letting your dog travel with his or her head outside the open car window is dangerous—flying particles and debris can cause eye damage, and some pets have actually fallen out of moving vehicles. And dogs should never ride unsecured in the back of pickup trucks, regardless of how slow you are moving.


July 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm 1 comment

Top 6 Picks for Dog-friendly Summer Vacations

Dogs don’t know school days from summer vacation.  They never deal with the jackhammering buzz of an alarm clock.  For most four-footers, every day is a weekend.
But for us humans, summer signals a time to get away, to replenish, recharge, and regroup.  And what better way to do that than with your trusty companion in tow?
Thankfully, more cities and vacation locales are welcoming dogs than ever before.  Her are six summer destinations where you and your pooch can tour together – albeit with one of you on leash.

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Washington District of Columbia
Where to stay: 
Despite Washington’s reputation for being buttoned up, a good number of hotels not only permit dogs, but also welcome them.  One high-end option is the Hotel Monaco which provides food bowl, and information card with local vets and pet sitters, and a map of recommended dog walks in the neighborhood.  And, centrally located near the National Mall, L’Enfant Plaza Hotel will also give Fido a place to crash.
Where to eat:  Dozens of outdoor restaurants in the city welcome dogs to dine al fresco.  Art and Soul on Capital Hill has a “pooch patio menu” that includes nonalcoholic Bowser Beer and homemade granola treats.  The Shake Shack sells updated roadside fare for you and “Pooch-ini” dog biscuits with peanut-butter sauce and vanilla custard for your sidekick.

Yosemite National Park
Where to stay: 
None of the lodges inside the park roll out the welcome mat to canines, but some outside do.  Tenaya Lodge & Cottages accommodates up to three pets in a room and offers in-house pet sitting.  And some of the vacation-home rentals at the Redwoods in Yosemite are pet-friendly.  The majority of Yosemite’s dozen-plus campgrounds allows dogs; check before pitching your tent.

Where to eat: Yosemite has several options for sit-down dining in its lodges but none offer a place under the table for dogs.  So grab a to-go lunch from any of the delis or cafes in the Yosemite Village area and picnic with your pooch.

Wisconsin Dells
Where to stay: 
Pet-friendly chains abound at this popular family destination, from Days Inn to Econo Lodge.  For a more homey feel, explore lakeside home rentals ( or some of which will consider furry family members, too.

Where to eat:  You can’t visit Wisconsin without eating bratwurst, and one of the best local joints, the Brat House Grill welcomes dogs on its outdoor patio.  Culver’s also gets a paws-up from diners with dogs.

Durango, Colorado

Where to stay: 
Since you’re in cowboy territory, why not go a little City Slickers and camp out under the stars?  Visit  If you’d rather not rough it, the Rochester Hotel and Leland House will give you a puppy-friendly berth right in downtown Durango.
Where to eat:  The mortadella ravioli isn’t the only thing that gets raves at Guido’s Favorite Foods.  The Italian eatery’s Main Street patio is a favorite spot for a furry tag along.  If you’re in more of a tamale mode, your dog can lounge with you at the outdoor dining area at Linda’s Local Food Cafe.

Hamptons, New York
Where to stay: 
Plenty of charming bed and breakfasts dot these vacation villages, and well-behaved pets are welcome at many of them.  The Mill House Inn in East Hampton will even cook your dog breakfast.  Just steel yourself for sticker shock, here as elsewhere in this fortress of fabulousness:  High-season room rates start at $750.

Where to eat:  Dogs are not ony welcome in some of the dining rooms at c/o The Maidstone, but the East Hampton hotel offers their own “woof menu” with grilled hot dogs, scrambled eggs, and homemade biscuits.  Also in tony East Hampton, Babette’s restaurant serves organic fare and welcomes the furry set, too.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Where to stay: 
The owners of the Battlefield Bed & Breakfast are dog owners themselves, and their 30 acre private farm offers hiking trails through the fields.  Many breed clubs hold their national specialties at the sprawling Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center.
Where to eat: Depending on your timing, the patio at the Farnsworth House Inn sometimes permits dogs.  And at O’Rorkes Eatery & Spirits you can enjoy Irish fare under a welcoming pergola – and slip a few slices of corned beef beneath the table.

This information was taken from the June 2012 edition of the Dog Fancy magazine and was written by Denise Flaim, contributing editor from Long Island.

June 1, 2013 at 9:41 am 2 comments

Raw diet safety tips

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If you feed your dog a raw protein diet, the following steps will help ensure his safety, and the safety of the humans around him:

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  • Practice impeccable hygiene.  Wash your hands thoroughly and sanitize your pet’s dish as well as all utensils, cutting boards, and preparation surfaces.

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  • Never leave raw meat sitting in your pet’s bowl; discard or refrigerate any uneaten food after 10 to 15 minutes.

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  • Do not allow young children near your pet’s food bowl.

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  • Set aside a dedicated preparation area to avoid cross-contamination with your family’s food.

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  • Freeze raw meat until ready to use and always thaw in the refrigerator, never on the counter.

DogFancy’s NaturalDog magazine, Winter 2013 edition

April 29, 2013 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Friday tip of the day – Autumn Safety Tips

Ah, fall—there’s nothing like crisp, cool air, the first months of school and luscious foliage to get you excited for the changing seasons. Your pet, too, is probably welcoming the break from hot, sticky weather. But pet parents, beware—fall is also a time of lurking dangers for our furry friends. From household poisons to cold weather hazards, the season is a minefield! Here are some tips to keep your pet snug and healthy during the autumn months.

  • The use of rodenticides increases in the fall as rodents seek shelter from the cooler temperatures by attempting to move indoors. Rodenticides are highly toxic to pets—if ingested, the results could be fatal. If you must use these products, do so with extreme caution and put them in places inaccessible to your pets.

  • It’s back-to-school time, and those of you with young children know that means stocking up on fun items like glue sticks, pencils and magic markers. These items are considered “low toxicity” to pets, which means they’re unlikely to cause serious problems unless large amounts are ingested. However, since gastrointestinal upset and blockages certainly are possible, be sure your children keep their school supplies out of paw’s reach.
  • Training tip: If you and your pooch haven’t been active outdoors in a while because of the summer heat, do some remedial recall training. Dogs, like people, get rusty on their skills if they aren’t using them.

  • Fall and spring and are mushroom seasons. While 99% of mushrooms have little or no toxicity, the 1% that are highly toxic can cause life-threatening problems in pets. Unfortunately, most of the highly toxic mushrooms are difficult to distinguish from the nontoxic ones, so the best way to keep pets from ingesting poisonous mushrooms is to keep them away from areas where any mushrooms are growing. Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately if you witness your pet eating a wild mushroom.
  • In order to generate body heat, pets who exercise heavily outdoors, or who live outdoors, should be given more food during colder seasons. Make sure horses and other outdoor animals have access to clean, fresh water that is not frozen.

  • Autumn is the season when snakes who are preparing for hibernation may be particularly “grumpy,” increasing the possibility of severe bites to those unlucky pups who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Pet owners should know what kinds of venomous snakes may be in their environment—and where these snakes are most likely to be found—so they can keep pets out of those areas.
  • Many people choose fall as the time to change their car’s engine coolant. Ethylene glycol-based coolants are highly toxic, so spills should be cleaned up immediately. Consider switching to propylene glycol-based coolants—though they aren’t completely nontoxic, they are much less toxic than other engine coolants.

This article was taken from the ASPCA web-site.

November 16, 2012 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

Friday tip of the Day – Halloween Do’s and Do Not’s for your Pup

Celebrate at home –
Going house-to-house in the dark increases the chances that Bingo will get spooked or get hold of potentially dangerous decorations and foods like chocolate.  Better to plan games and movie night for a limited number of friends and family who can appreciate his cool costume and respect his needs.
Or schedule a special outing to show her off – If your dog enjoys being dressed up like a hamburger, a local contest or parade will allow her to strut her stuff with pals in a dog-safe environment – free of candy and in the light of day.

Create a candy-free zone – Your home should always be a safe zone when it comes to toxic foods.  Control the loot the kids bring back by finding a spot to consolidate goodie bags that your dog can’t reach.  Decorative gourds, corn, and raw pumpkins should also be kept out of reach, as chewing them can cause digestive problems for your pet.

Post pet poison-control and vet numbers on the fridge door – This is smart at any time.  The number of the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center:  888-426-4435
Follow Spot’s dress-up cues – Freezing in place and trying to shake off clothing are signs your dog is not interested in dressing up.  It’s a natural reaction, says Alexandra Horowitz, author of the bestselling Inside of a Dog.  “Among wolves, one animal may ‘stand over’ another as a scolding,” she writes.  “To a dog, a costume, fitting tight around the midriff and back, might well reproduce that ancestral feeling.”  Some pups may be fine dressed up.  Just pay close attention to how your pet feels.

Let him greet trick-or-treaters –
Kid-friendly or no, sniffing around trick-or-treaters is another opportunity for your pup to score stray candy, which could hurt her.  Plus, your furry friend can feel suddenly overwhelmed by loud, fast-moving crowds or strangers in masks.  Better to protect her from overstimulation by confining her to a safe area away from the door when the bell rings.

Use real candles – Candles and hot wax can harm a curious nose or a wagging tail.  Battery-operated faux candles give the same ambience without endangering pets (or kids).  They can also replace some string lights, which are a shock risk on tables and window sills where paws and jowls can reach.  You’ll save money, too, by reusing them next year!

Take him out on mischief night – traditionally, October 30, the night before All Hallow’s Eve, is when restless teens pull pranks.  Unfortunately, they can sometimes target defenseless animals, so keep your pets under close watch – meaning at home.
Remove his I.D. – Costumes are no reason to skip routine precautions.  If Pixie slips away from you through an open door or on the way to an event, an identification tag will make it easier to track her down.
Cover his face – A mask will only obstruct your dog’s vision.  He’ll naturally feel more comfortable if he can clearly see the people and happenings around him.

This article was taken from the October 2012 edition of Cesar’s Way magazine.

October 26, 2012 at 2:35 am Leave a comment

Friday tip of the day – Ear Infections

One of the most common and often frustrating problems that we see in dogs and sometimes cats are ear infections.  The medical term is otitis.  Ear infections in people usually occur at or inside the eardrum called otitis media.  In dogs and cats most infections occur in the canal on the outside of the eardrum called otitis externa.

Otitis externa can occur in any pet causing itchy, red, and foul smelling ears with dark brown or yellow discharge.  Ear infections are very itchy and painful and pets will paw or scratch at their ears, shake their head, or even rub the floor or furniture with their ears.  At times the scratching will cause sores inside the ear flap (pinna) or on the side of the face causing a hot spot like infection.

Although any pet is susceptible to ear infection, pets with allergies (either food or environmental), thyroid disease, parasites like ear mites, or growths in the canal are much more likely to have infection.  A complete physical exam and exam of a swab from the material in the ear canal is necessary to identify the organism as well as any underlying illness that can make otitis more likely to occur.  In most cases the infection responds very quickly to the appropriate medication and after 7-10 days may completely resolve.  I always recommend a follow-up exam and swab to make sure the infection is gone.

In cases where the infection does not resolve as expected, the pet may have chronic otitis.  Chronic otitis is very frustrating as regular treatment either does not completely clear the infection, or the infection reoccurs very quickly after treatment.  With chronic or long lasting inflammation in the ear the tissues lining the canal become thickened leading to narrowing or even closure of the canal.  This makes it difficult or even impossible to treat topically with medicines.  In the worst cases of chronic otitis externa medical therapy is not very effective and surgery may be needed to open the ear canal or actually remove the diseased tissue.

October 19, 2012 at 1:02 am Leave a comment

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