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Happy New Year!


Happy New Year’s!

Eurwheeka joined me in wishing you a great 2015 and to start it off I’m joining in a 52 week photo challenge. Each week I’ll take a photo that is based on the theme for that week. This week’s theme is NEW.

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You are welcome to join in the challenge  on your blog or social media and you don’t have to do pet related photos. Just post your picture and be sure to use hashtags #PBSG and #52Snapshots. Each Friday a linkup will be posted on The Lazy PitBull to link up your blog posts.

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Malarky and the Gallbladder Mucocele

10355373_10152658818434549_8389330943715295002_nI’m taking part in the Caring For Critters Round Robin hosted by Jodi from Heart Like A Dog. The Round Robin is like a relay race, each day a fellow blogger will share a post about a specify injury or illness they have experienced. Please keep in mind, I am not a vet and this is not advice on how to handle any illness your pet might have. This is just Malarky and my experience. Always consult your veterinarian before choosing any course of treatment.



You are probably thinking the same thing I was when the vet gave me the diagnosis. A gallbladder muco-what?

I had never heard the term before. Not even after having worked in vet hospitals for 8 years. I never even heard of a dog having a problem with their gallbladder.Turns out there was a good reason I never heard of it.

A gallbladder mucocele (GBM) is basically an accumulation of thick mucous in the gallbladder that causes the gallbladder to become distended. If left untreated the gallbladder can rupture causing infection. Years ago, it wasn’t commonly diagnosed. Not because it didn’t occur, but because diagnostic tools like ultrasound were not as available as they are now so it wasn’t being diagnosed. Unfortunately, this meant dogs who developed a GBM most likely died as a result.

Malarky’s symptoms were pretty vague. It started out with a little vomiting and lack of appetite. Malarky had a few episodes of gastritis before. By the next day she is usually back to her normal self. Not this time. This time I found myself at the emergency vet clinic at 10:00 at night after coming home from work and finding her hunched up, in a lot of pain and not wanting to move.

Symptoms can include vomiting, anorexia, lethargy, polyuria, polydipsia, and diarrhea. Symptoms can be present for a few days to a few weeks. The veterinarian may find the dog’s abdomen is painful, they have an enlarged liver. They may be jaundice and may have an elevated temperature. About 25% of dogs show no symptoms and the GBM is diagnosed incidentally on x-rays.

Radiographs and lab work showed there was something going on in her liver. An ultrasound would give more information, but with a tentative diagnosis of “it could be liver cancer” I opted to start with conservative treatment so Malarky was hospitalized. Malarky definitely looked more comfortable when I visited her over the next day. A quick ultrasound scan was done because the managing vet was concerned about GBM, but it was felt to be primary liver disease so we continued with conservative treatment. My hope was to continue over the weekend with my secret hope that she would improve enough for me to take her to my own vet or so we could do an non emergent ultrasound. Unfortunately her liver values continued to rise. The managing vet really felt she needed an ultrasound that day so with the veterinary internist and surgeon off and out of town, I  transferred Malarky to another emergency clinic.

Bloodwork will help narrow down the area of the body affected. It won’t diagnosed a GBM. X-rays don’t always show a GBM but may be taken to rule out other disorders. Ultrasound is more sensitive and the most common way to diagnose GBM.

There a full ultrasound gave us the diagnosis- a gallbladder mucocele. Malarky needed her gallbladder removed. I had to leave her there and wait at home. The surgeon called as they were prepping Malarky to go into surgery and she called me after Malarky had come out of anesthesia over 2 hours later. she said surgery had gone well. there was no obstruction of any of her bile ducts.The tissue on the gallbladder was starting to thin so it sounds like it was removed just in time.

A cholecystectomy ,surgical removal of the gallbladder, is the recommended treatment for GBM for dogs who show signs of the gallbladder having ruptured or who are very ill. There is a 22-40% mortality rate with surgery usually in dogs who have more extensive disease and require a more involved surgery. Dogs who aren’t showing any symptoms or cannot undergo surgery may be able to be managed with medication and regular monitoring of the gallbladder with ultrasound.

When I visited Malarky the next day, she was pretty out of it. The Fentanyl patch she was wearing for pain really made her groggy, but I was just happy that she had made it through surgery. She had to spend the next two days at the hospital while they monitored her liver values and watched for any post-op problems.

Her livers values were still elevated so she came home on Denamarin and ursodiol to help it heal. Along with some antibiotics, she came home with the Fentanyl patch on and was still a bit groggy because of it. She was also under the normal post-op restrictions- no running or playing, no jumping on or off furniture, can only go potty on a leash and must wear an Elizabethan collar to keep her from bothering her stitches. Luckily Malarky was a great patient, though she really wanted to run outside even when she was all dopey from the pain meds.

Treatment after surgery involves treating any coexisting disease. Denamarin which is milk thistle and SAM-e and ursodiol helps protect the liver. Some dogs may need to be on long term antibiotics if they are found to have a bacterial infection.

Malarky’s recovery went well and her blood work improved. Some dogs are more predisposed to developing GBM so about a month after surgery Malarky was tested and found to be hypothyroid. She started on a supplement to bring her thyroid levels back into the normal range.

Though any dog can develop gallbladder mucoceles, it seems to be seen more in small to medium sized breeds and with the average age about 10 years old. Shelties, miniature schnauzers and cocker spaniels are predisposed to developing a GBM. Certain endocrine disorders like hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease are a risk factor for developing a GBM.

It took about 5 months for Malarky’s liver values to get back down to normal. She was able to come off the medication for her liver and luckily her liver values stayed normal off of them. She hasn’t had any complications from her surgery and isn’t expected to develop any. Just like in people she will be able to live her life without a gallbladder with no problems. And she’s been making up for not being able to run after surgery.


For more information on gallbladder mucoceles, visit:

American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Clinician’s Brief

DVM 360

Merck Manual

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The Round Robin as a relay race, each day a fellow blogger will share a post about a specify injury or illness they have experienced. Yesterday Jan from Wag ‘N Woof Pets shared a post on the Challenges of a Senior Dog. Be sure to visit The Daily Dog Blog tomorrow to read Julie’s post.

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Pet Blogger Challenge- 2014 Edition

Pet Blogger Challenge Jan. 10


I decided to be fashionably late to the blog hop and completely missed it. But I still wanted to share because getting my goals out there where others can see them will make me more likely to work on them.


Do you know January is named for the Roman god Janus. The god of beginnings and transitions is depicted with 2 faces. One looking to the future and one looking to the past. So this is the perfect time to do the Pet Blogger Challenge hosted by Go Pet Friendly and Will My Dog Hate Me? and look at where we have come with our blogging and where we would like to go.


1. How long have you been blogging? Please tell us why you started blogging, and, for anyone stopping by for the first time, give us a quick description of what your blog is about.

February 17, 2007 is when I decided to throw my voice out into the blogosphere. I started my first blog- Pet Product Review (PPR) when I was working for an online pet supply retailer. We would get a lot of phone calls from people looking for more information on products than what was on the website so I thought it would be helpful to have a site where people could go to get that information as well as see how they product worked for someone in real life. Plus I figured it would be easy to do reviews since I could get stuff at wholesale pricing.

A few months after starting PPR, I started afFURmation to write about my pets, but as I wrote I found I was writing about pets in general so switched the focus. Then in 2011 I decided to change my focus to more local content and stopped blogging at afFURmation and began NEPA Pets.

Pet Product Review is a blog where I share product reviews. NEPA Pets is a blog where I share general pet information and write about pets and the pet community in Northeast PA.


2. Name one thing about your blog, or one blogging goal that you accomplished during 2013, that made you most proud.

I made the decision to revive PPR and began redoing my blog design. I’m still tweaking (but would love any feedback on it).

I’ve gotten more active on my NEPA Pets Facebook page. Social media has been hard for me to jump into so my goal for 2013 was to become more active on it. I chose Facebook to concentrate on because I was a little active there with my personal profile and I felt that was the best place to connect with pet owners and pet organizations in NEPA.


3. When you look at the post you wrote for last year’s Pet Blogger Challenge, or just think back over the past year, what about blogging has changed the most for you?

I think the biggest change is that I’ve been able to connect more with other pet bloggers. Pet bloggers were very hard to find in 2007. It was kind of a niche that was made fun of (pet bloggers were described as grandmas who wrote about their 9 cats) so I felt like a fish out of water. The pet blogging community has grown over the years so I feel I can say I found my people.


4. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own sites?

If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?

I think one of the biggest things I’ve learned from other bloggers is that blogging is about connecting. Connecting with your readers and connecting with other bloggers.

Readers want to know about the person writing the blog. Putting myself out there has always been hard whether online or off. As an introvert I tend to keep things to myself and only share with those that are close to me so writing about myself and even about my own pets is a bit out of my comfort zone. I haven’t had a picture of myself on the blog or anywhere online actually. But I managed to get a decent selfie of myself with Mellie that I put as my avatar on some social media platforms. Then we did the Meet the Blogger Blog Hop and shared quite a few of them. I’m going to work on sharing more personal stories and pieces of my real (albeit boring) life with my pets.

Connecting with other bloggers has been a wonderful experience and one I really didn’t think too much about when I started blogging. Having people who can share  experiences, give advice and feedback and support what you are doing is what helps keep me going.

I can’t think of a particular challenge I’m having right now, but when I do have a problem or just a question, I’ve found everyone in the pet blogging community to be very approachable and willing to help.


5. What have you found to be the best ways to bring more traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?

Right now Triberr and Twitter are bringing the most traffic into NEPA Pets.

For PPR, search engine traffic is the biggest traffic source bringing people looking for product information. One of the biggest surprise sources of traffic is from the websites for the products I’ve reviewed. Some of them have linked back to my review. I also found an online retailer who linked to one of my product reviews on the product information page on her site. I hope this means my reviews are helpful!


6. How much time to do you spend publicizing your blog, and do you think you should spend more or less in the coming year?

Not enough. Not enough. This is one thing I plan on revving up in 2014. Self promotion is another thing out of my comfort zone (I seem to have some issues I need to work on). Even with amping up my interactions on NEPA pets Facebook page, I really haven’t promoted my blog posts there much. I’m going to be intentional about doing more of that as well as sharing on my personal profile and other social media platforms. And since NEPA pets is hyperlocal, I’m going to do more offline marketing then I did in 2013 to reach more people in my area.


7. How do you gauge whether or not what you’re writing is appealing to your audience?

How do you know when it’s time to let go of a feature or theme that you’ve been writing about for a while?

Hmmm. I don’t really have a specific way to check and see whether my writing is appealing. I look at my analytics but it tends to be more out of curiosity. I do try to note which posts get the most visits and comments, but it’s not a big part of my blogging. Maybe it should be something I pay more attention to.

I decide to let go of features when they don’t get any attention, I’m no longer enjoying them or they no longer benefit me.I used to do a quiz feature on my old blog. I loved researching the questions and answers and I gave a gift certificate each month to one person from all who guessed right. But I never promoted it well and decided it was a lot of work so stopped it. But because I enjoyed it I decided to bring it back as a FB post feature. Just for fun, no prize. I’ll see how it goes.


8. When you’re visiting other blogs, what inspires you to comment on a post rather than just reading and moving on?

Content that moves me, makes me think, gives me new insight into something. Posts that are more of a discussion than a speech. One type of post I find hard to comment on are picture only posts. I never know what to say other than ‘Nice picture”.

The comment system also determines whether I leave a comment. Anything I have to sign into is a pain in the butt especially since I have profiles for all my blogs. I’ve left blogs without commenting because of having problems trying to remember what my freakin’ password is.


9. Do you do product reviews and/or giveaways?

If so, what do you find works best, and what doesn’t work at all?

If not, is this something you’d like to do more of? What hurdle is getting in your way?

I think with a blog named Pet Product Review  you can safely assume I do reviews. I have done a review on NEPA Pets, but I’ve decided I’m not going to do anymore there. I want to keep the topic more local related.

I haven’t gone crazy doing reviews or giveaways, but I think what works best for me is doing reviews of products that do something (toys, pet odor/stain remover,etc). I find it hard to review foods, treats or nutritional supplements. There are quite a few sites that can go into the nutrition aspect of each food and since my dogs find cat poop appetizing, I’m not sure I trust their opinion on taste. So I’m no longer going to review those types of items.


10. When writer’s block strikes and you’re feeling dog-tired, how do you recharge?

Honestly, I don’t write consistently enough to get writer’s block. I have a lot of ideas and post drafts, I just need to work on them.


11. Have you ever taken a break from your blog? How did that go?

Have you ever thought about quitting your blog altogether? What makes you stay?

I took a long break a few months after I started blogging. Life got a bit crazy with me losing my job, starting a new one and finishing up my degree. It took a while to get back into blogging which I did after going to BlogPaws in 2011. That really helped remotivate me.

I’ve also taken small breaks, sometimes due to life getting crazy and sometimes just due to me needing a break. I do think my blog takes a hit when I do, but I’ve learned that I have to put myself and my pets first.

There have been times I’ve been searching the web for something bloggy and thought how mice it would be to surf the web like normal people. But in reality it’s not really the blog I’d want to stop doing so much as having to work a full time job. I have spent so much time working 2 jobs or going to school while working that I am burnt out on the 9-5 thing. I’d rather have that time to devote to my blogs. Still hoping to win PowerBall so I can do (if only I played).


12. What goals do you have for your blog in 2014?

Goals: Pet Product Review- to get this baby running! I’ve let it sit for too long, just adding content every now and then. This year I want to start doing some different type of posts and work on building my readership.


NEPA Pets- To continue building my Facebook page. I’d like to double my followers there and stay active. I also want to work on connecting with my rescues/shelters in my area, adding more local content to my blog and promoting my posts more. 

Maybe I really should play PowerBall…..

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Christmas Countdown Day 24- Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange



I made the decision a number of years ago to not renew my membership to a local dog training club. It wasn’t an easy decision and there are a lot of things I miss- the seminars, the variety of classes, the feedback from other trainers, but mostly I missed the dog talk. Well thank dog for the Internet. I was lucky enough to find some dog bloggers who filled that empty spot.

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Rescued Insanity is one of those blogs. I found Kristine’s blog after seeing it mentioned in another blogger’s post. On my first visit I read through quite a few posts and it was just like being in the back in the middle of the canine conversations I used to have.

Rescued Insanity is a blog about life with Kristine’s dog Shiva{with occasional appearances by The Cat and PH(practically husband)]}and all the trials and tribulations of living with a “nutty”rescue dog. I can certainly relate to her story. I’ve had a nutty dog or two in my life. In fact a few of them are still hanging around. And while there may be moments craziness, it’s not something you would trade for the world.

How can I not relate with posts like these?

While going through Why I Don’t Bother To Name Shiva’s Toys I can’t help stare at the basket of deflated and desqueakered toys and shake my head in agreement.

Reading What is a Heart Dog? makes me thankful that I’ve been lucky to have had several “heart” dogs in my life. But not all of my dogs have been heart dogs and it doesn’t mean I loved them any less.

In the ongoing debate as to what word should be used to describe our relationship with our dog- owner vs. guardian vs. parent vs. pick your term, if they ever pick teams I think I’ll be on Kristine’s side I use pet parent here, but in my heart I’m an owner.

I might resemble a few of these statements- You Might Be Dog Crazy If…

And I can completely understand how she felt when she wrote  Emergency Vet Care is a Privilege It’s not a spot you want to be in, but it’s one many people might find themselves in. I found myself there in August with my dog and it was hell. For everyone’s sake, I hope Kristine can start her organization.

Kristine took a little blogging break this year, but she is back in full force. So if you want to talk dog add Rescued Insanity to your blog reader.

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This post is part of the Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange. Created by Pamela from Something Wagging This Way Comes and cohosted by PupFan at I Still Want More Puppies, the Exchange gives us the chance to give the best gift ever to another blogger- our encouragement and support.

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Christmas Countdown Day 18- Meet the Blogger Blog Hop


And this post has what to do with Christmas?

I’m sure that’s what’s going through your mind. Maybe you can consider it a Christmas gift from me. You see, I tend to hide behind this blog. Being an introvert, blogging let’s me write and share information and I can be kind of anonymously. You won’t find much about me here and if you looked around the Internet you’d have a hard time finding any pictures of me. That’s my comfort zone.

It’s time to get out of my comfort zone. And I’m starting with this post for the Meet the Blogger Blog Hop.

So allow me to introduce myself-

Hi! I’m Dawn. Owner, pet parent, chief food bowl filler-upper, <insert your favorite pet person descriptor here> to 4 dogs, 6 cats, 4 birds, 2 guinea pigs, 1 ferret and 1 bunny. I know quite a crew, huh?


The first part of this Hop was to share a recent picture of ourselves. I tend to avoid the lens, but this is about getting out of my comfort zone so out came the camera to get a picture of me with my pets (I still needed a little of my comfort zone and pets are it.)


Trying to get a picture with the critters ended up being a little work.



My dogs were trying to hog the shot. And getting them all to cooperate at the same time just wasn’t happening.


My cat didn’t want to be part of a group shot. Escape was the only thing on Poughkeepsie’s mind.



My bird wanted to play with my fingers and not look at the camera. We both decided to go for the disinterested look. It’s works for models.

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Then I found the secret, a nice calm guinea pig. Eurwheeka wins the prize for making me look good.



Now the getting to know a little about me part-


  • What’s your favorite non-animal related movie?

Forrest Gump. I love how he is able to do so much- become a big college football star, meet the president, become a big ping pong player star, etc. I know it’s not reality, but I like to think it’s because he doesn’t stop to think what if. He doesn’t have a fear of failing. He just does. I aspire to be like that, at least just a little bit.


  • Who’s your favorite actor?

Tom Hanks. Aside from the fact that he is the start of my favorite movie, I just like him. He comes across as a nice guy who just so happens to have starred in some really great movies. I mean really how many big Oscar winning stars would do this?



  • What do you wish you were more skilled at?

Using my camera. I wanted a “good” camera with all the buttons so I could learn to take good quality pictures. I’ve had it for 5 years and still just take pictures on auto. Hopefully I can take that digital photographing course I’ve been wanting to take. One of the plusses of this blog hop is I learned how to use my timer and I discovered there is a button to take macro pics. Look out flowers and bugs!


  • What’s your favorite holiday? 

It’s not really a holiday per say, but it’s marked on the calendar so I call it-  The First Day of Spring. Once there is a hint that spring is coming I start making almost daily trips around the yard to see what might have started poking it’s head out of the ground. Seeing a plant waking up from winter is as much fun as opening Christmas presents for me.


  • What do you like to do in your free time?

Free time? What’s free time? Okay, I do get some. When I’m not working at my job, blogging or sleeping (which some days seems to be all I do), I like to garden, be a little crafty (trying to get more proficient in needle felting right now), spend time to dog sports (hopefully Ricochet will start a scent work class in the new year) and read(although not as much as a like or should).


There’s just a little peek at me, not much I know but it’s a start!


Meet the Pet Bloggers Hop

I’m co-hosting the Meet the Blogger Blog Hop with a great group of bloggers- I Still Want More Puppies, Go Pet Friendly, Kol’s Notes,Life With Desmond, No Dog About It Blog, The Daily Dog Blog, My Brown Newfies,CindyLu’s Muse, Bringing Up Bella, Heart Like A Dog, Rescued Insanity, and Peggy’s Pet Place.


You can meet these bloggers and others by just clicking on the links in the Blog Hop below. Want to join in? You can find all the blog hop info right here.

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Coming Out From Behind The Blog- Meet The Blogger Blog Hop

I called Malarky’s specialist vet on Friday to confirm her recheck we had for today.  When they went to check they didn’t ask for my name, they asked for Malarky’s. When I worked at the vet clinic and even when I had my grooming shop, it was always the pet we knew. I expect it since pets are the focus not me.

It’s kind of the same with pet bloggers. We write about our pets, we take pictures of our pets. Again not unexpected because our pets are the focus of our blogs (stick with me; there’s a point to all this).

But don’t you want to know more about the person behind the blog? I’ll admit the fact that I can be a little anonymous is something I like about blogging. Yet when I visit other pet bloggers, I’m curious. I  want to know more about the bloggers I follow. Sure we meet once a year at BlogPaws and chat, but talk tends to be more about our pets (because we can never talk too much about our pets) and our blogs(because it’s a blogging conference). So….

After talking to some of my blogging friends, we thought it would be fun to come out from behind our blogs and get to know each other a little better. I’ll be joining in with I Still Want More Puppies, Go Pet Friendly, Kol’s Notes,Life With Desmond, No Dog About It Blog, The Daily Dog Blog, My Brown Newfies,CindyLu’s Muse, Bringing Up Bella, Heart Like A Dog, Rescued Insanity, and Peggy’s Pet Place to co-host the “Meet the Blogger” Blog Hop on December 8th.

And we want to get to know you to.

It’s real easy to join in on December 18th-

1. Don’t worry you won’t have to spill any deep, dark secrets (although if you want to I’m happy to listen). Just pick 5 questions (or more if want to go crazy) to answer in your post.

  • What’s your favorite non-animal related book?
  • What’s your favorite non-animal related movie?
  • What’s your favorite non-animal related food?
  • Who’s your favorite actor?
  • What’s one thing you have to do every day?
  • What makes you feel fabulous?
  • What do you wish you were more skilled at?
  • What’s your favorite holiday?
  • Favorite meal?
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
  • What one word would people who know you use to describe you?
  • If your pets could talk, what one word would THEY use to describe you?
  • What is one thing you’ve done that you’re most proud of?
  • How is your pet most like you?
  • What can your body do for you that makes you most proud?
  • If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?
  • Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy?
  • What’s one thing you could do to be more kind to yourself?
  • What drives you nuts about your pets? What melts your heart?
  • If you didn’t have your current pets, what pets would you choose to have?


2. Include a recent picture of yourself in the post. I know. I feel the same way. Trust me if you go looking for my picture online you only find one. I could say it’s because I hate getting my picture taken but I’d rather say it saves me a lot of trouble later on when I run for President to not have any embarrassing pictures of me online. But I’m willing to get out of my comfort zone and risk my future presidency to take one for this hop and future voters can decide on whether if will affect my campaign. So come on, join me in front of the camera lens.

3. Snag a badge from below to place on your blog. (Aren’t they awesome! I want one to wear around in real life.)

3. Then just add your post link to the Linky  below  on December 18th at 12:01am PST, and then go meet your fellow bloggers.


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Ferrets and Cancer

Unfortunately when it comes to cancer, ferrets get the raw end of the deal. I’ve heard the figure that 80% of ferrets will develop cancer. Looking back on all the ferrets ferrets and cancerI’ve had I think my crew has run pretty close to that number.

Ferrets can get a variety of cancers but the 3 most common cancers are insulinoma, adrenal tumors and lymphoma.

Insulinoma in Ferrets

Insulinoma is a cancer that develops in the cells of the pancreas that make insulin. The tumors make the cells secrete more insulin than normal causing the ferret’s blood glucose level to drop. The ferret then goes into a hypoglycemic episode which can progress to seizures, coma and death.

Symptoms: lethargic, weight loss, wobbly back legs, seizure, coma

Treatment: If your ferret is having a seizure or in a coma, this is an emergency. Use a q-tip to rub Karo syrup on his gums to help get his blood sugar up. Then feed a high protein meal. If your ferret is not responding to the Karo syrup, they need to see a vet quickly.

For the long term insulinoma can be managed medically by giving prednisone twice a day (pred elevates the blood glucose) and feeding high protein meals. Some people opt for surgery which removes the some of the tumors or part of the pancreas.


Adrenal Tumors in Ferrets

If you see a bald ferret most likely that ferret is suffering from adrenal tumors. These tumors cause a hormone imbalance that cause the hair loss as well as other changes. They tend to occur on older ferrets but younger ferrets have been known to develop them.

Symptoms: Hair loss, aggression, loss of muscle, in females an enlarged vulva, in males an enlarged prostate which can cause problems with urinating.

Treatment: Surgery to remove the diseased adrenal gland is the recommended treatment, but there are systemic medications- Lupron, melatonin and deslorelin  that help control the symptoms.


Lymphoma in Ferrets

Lymphoma is considered the most common cancer in ferrets. It’s extent can vary from appearing in 1 lymph node to multiple organs to involving bone marrow.

Symptoms: Lethargic, no appetite, weakness, some ferrets will show no symptoms

Treatment: The extent of disease and ferret’s health condition will determine treatment which can include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or surgery.


Cancer is a horrible disease and in many cases a cure might not be possible for our ferrets. But knowing what the symptoms are can help us get veterinary care early in the disease and allow us to manage their disease and lead a comfortable life.

For more information about ferrets and their diseases including insulinoma,adrenal disease and lymphoma please visit Miami Ferret and Michigan State University.

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This post is part of the Give Cancer the Paw Blog Hop. Please be sure to visit the hoppers below to see what they are sharing about cancer.

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Is the Ride Worth the Danger?

This post is part of the Pet Blogger Awareness Day Blog Hop for Pet Travel Safety organized in the Dog Bloggers Google Plus Group.torri

The Danger for Dogs Riding in the Back of a Pickup Truck

Torri was only 9 months old when her owners put her in the back of their truck. They weren’t speeding, but when they went to make a turn,  she didn’t make the turn with them. She ended up flying out of the truck and breaking her leg. Unfortunately, they couldn’t afford to get her leg repaired and were ready to euthanize her when the vet offered to take her and find her a home. I ended up being that home. I wasn’t really in a place where I could have a dog, but I really wanted one and Torri was such a sweetheart I couldn’t resist. I ended up moving just so I could take her.

Torri’s injury wasn’t one where she was hurt, got fixed up and was as good as new. It affected her for the rest of her life. She was never able to bend her leg again, which caused problems later on when she jumped up and broke the bones in her lower leg when she landed. She couldn’t sit right, She couldn’t walk right. She developed arthritis early in the leg. But she was still lucky.

It looks like something dogs would enjoy, riding in the back of a pick-up truck, head in the wind, happily anticipating where the trip will end. But for many dogs that trip ends in injury, for some it ends in death.

The Massachusetts SPCA did a study in 1998 which found about 600 dogs were injured after being thrown from the back of a pick-up truck during one year. Multiple that by 50 states and that’s a lot of dogs getting hurt. And the number doesn’t include the ones who are killed.

What seems like fun is dangerous in so many ways for dogs.

  1. Flying debris could hit your dog and cause injuries.
  2. Dogs are exposed to the elements including extreme temperatures.
  3. Dogs aren’t able to anticipate the truck’s movements so aren’t prepared to brace themselves if the driver makes a sudden turn. Those that are loose can be thrown out like Torri was. Those that are tied can hit the sides of the truck bed or the cab of the truck with a force hard enough to hurt them.
  4. There is no protection if the vehicle were to get in an accident. If the truck should flip, the dog could be thrown and even crushed under the truck.
  5. The dog could jump over the sides of the truck bed. The dog could get hit by another car or cause an accident. There’s the possibility the dog could take off once thrown and get lost. A dog who is tied in could end up being dragged. With any of these the driver might not be aware of any of this until it’s too late.


There are several states with laws, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, California, Maine, Oregon, Washington, Florida, Connecticut, Nevada and Rhode Island all have restrictions on how dogs may or may not travel in trucks or open vehicles. Some of these states allow dogs to travel in truck beds if they are restrained either by a tether that keeps them from jumping out or in a crate. Other states don’t allow dogs to travel in truck beds in any manner. Of course, these laws only work if they are enforced. And even with restraints dogs are still exposed to some of the dangers listed above.

Dogs put a lot of trust in us and depend on us to make the right decisions for their well-being. Keeping them safe while traveling is something every pet owner needs to keep in mind. The best way to do that in a pickup is by having them travel with you in the cab either restrained by a dog seat belt or in a crate. Let’s make sure they get to their destination safely so they can enjoy it with you.


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(Note: There is a statistic that kept coming up in my searching that 100,000 dogs are killed each year while riding in the back of pickup trucks. I could find no source for this stat, everything seemed to point to the Humane Society of Utah which also does not give a source for that number. That seems like an awful high number to me so I was reluctant to include it with my post. If anyone has a source for the study where that number came from, please share in the comments.)