Q: We have a 2-year-old collie shepherd mix who loves us, offers hugs and kisses and is loyal. But, when the dog and I are on the bed and my 20-year-old son enters the bedroom, the dog growls. Sometimes it's a bit scary. Last week he went too far. My wife and I were lying on the bed watching TV. The dog joined us with his head on her belly. When I got up to go to work, he growled his usual low growl. When I went to kiss my wife goodbye, he growled so close to her face that she thought he was going to bite her. The dog attended training successfully when he was 6 months old, never had a problem with company, and gets along well with the cat. Neighbors love to see us walk down the block while he holds his leash in his mouth. Do you think he just hates to see me leave or see my son enter the bedroom when it is our time?
Mark Copperopolis has Jessie, his companion of 13 years, who has developed a problem with urination over the last few weeks. Jessie is a mixed breed female dog that Mark believes to be part German short-haired pointer and Australian shepherd. She is spayed and has had no health problems to speak of in the past.
The dog days of summer are just around the corner, and we must take precautions to ensure our pets do not suffer heat-related injuries. Remember that dogs and cats stay cool by evaporating heat between their foot pads and by panting, so they easily can get overwhelmed by heat. It is always best to keep your pets in an air-conditioned environment during the hottest part of the day and limit the amount of strenuous exercise during this time. If your pet gets over exerted, that may lead to heat stress or stroke.
Brian is a big and beautiful tomcat. He is a rescue from the Stone County SPCA and is available for adoption at PetSmart D'Iberville along with other cats and kittens. The Stone County SPCA is at 1989 Hwy. 26 West, Wiggins. The phone number is 601-928-1930, and hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Visit their website, stonecountyspca.org, to see all the animals available for adoption. General guideline for adoption rates: cats are $35, kittens $60, puppies and small dogs are $80, large dogs are $60.
Simon (31196835), a 4-year-, 1-month-old, male domestic short hair mix, is the featured pet of the day for the Humane Society of South Mississippi, 2615 U.S. 49, Gulfport. For details about adopting a pet, call 863-3354 or check out hssm.org. All animals adopted through HSSM are spayed/neutered, given shots and are microchipped. Other pets are also available at the Hancock County Animal Shelter, 7175 Texas Flat Road, Kiln, 466-4516, or the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 4400 Audubon Drive, Gautier, 497-6350. Contact each shelter for adoption fees.
Q: I like to feed the birds in the front of the house. I have a bird feeder and several hanging holders with a honey block that goes in the holder. The birds love it and I watch the many beautiful red and blue and other-colored birds come feast on the goodies outside my window. I also have a bird bath for them, and it's fun to watch them drink and bathe in the fresh water. Here's the problem: One or more of the birds seem to hang out on the car door mirrors and leave droppings all over the car. Every morning I have been using the garden hose to clean droppings from the car. How can I keep my friends from sitting on the cars in my driveway?
It really depends on who you talk to. The use of corticosteroids in veterinary medicine can be a blessing or a curse. A wise old veterinarian once shared with me that "although antibiotics may be the heart of your practice, steroids are its soul." But we also must heed the lyrics of Barry White when he once shared "too much of anything isn't good for you, baby." Perhaps the answer lies in between: Judicious situational usage is the key when discussing corticosteroids.
We've mentioned previously in this column the concept of One Medicine, the realization that there is much commonality between the fields of veterinary and human medicine, and that by sharing information and techniques, both sides of the equation can be helped.