Pet ownership a mutually beneficial arrangement
By Daisy Mae Delray
Jan 31, 2014, 17:33
Daisy Mae Delray
As I hope you already know I am Daisy Mae Delray, the four-legged rovering reporter for the Sea Coast Echo. My column normally has a painting of me as the logo. This is what I really look like. My first column hit the streets in October of last year and by and by mid-afternoon I was already getting calls from readers. I thank you for reading my column and for giving me ideas of good stories to write about. Please keep them coming.
I believe that the bond between humans and us, your animals, is a great gift to both human and pet companion. We are 100 percent dependent on you. You feed us, take care of our health needs, make certain that we get exercise and you have welcomed us into your homes. We in return give you unconditional love and devotion.
A pretty fair trade, I think. That is why I write this column.
You and me, my gentle readers, we are in a partnership here. I write and you give me ideas and tell me what is important to you so that I write about things that matter. Ok? So what is important to you this week?
One of my neighbors called to report that he found a dog in their backyard, a gorgeous Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The dog had no ID or tags so my neighbor took him to his vet. There the dog was scanned for a microchip. Bingo! The chip was there, info was current and the owners were called. That guy slept in his own bed that night. Minimal stress and angst for dog and owners. Is your animal companion micro chipped? The cost is small, the reward, immeasurable.
Zinger, a yellow lab, and I are part of the Reading with Friends program. On the first and fourth Thursdays we are at the Boys and Girls Club from 3:30 until about 5:00. Boys and girls come and sit with us and read the great books that Nel Ducomb brings from the Hancock County Library. We love the attention. Would you like to be read to? If so please contact my person, Tina Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get back to you with details on how to participate.
Another neighbor called to tell me she found a huge abscess on her cat, just under the armpit. A few weeks before we had shown her how to do a diagnostic massage to check for abnormalities. I will share with you what we told her. A diagnostic massage is a simple technique every pet owner can do. It simply means feeling all over your pet’s body with a light touch, noticing any parasites, warmth, coolness, sores, swellings, tumors, discharge; anything out of the ordinary or anything your pet seems sensitive to. If done on a weekly basis, your hands and eyes will know when something has changed that you need to pay attention to or to seek veterinary help with.
This is a suggested guideline of how you can do this type of massage. You can do this in any order you and your pet prefer.
Start by touching your pet’s head with both hands and run them down their cheeks and mouth.
Look into their eyes, their mouth, sniff for any off odors, look for marks, discoloration, chipped or dirty teeth
Next, the ears, feel around for lumps, hair mats, and other abnormalities. Look in the ear and sniff too
From their ears, move your hands down their necks to the throat – check for abnormalities, tenderness
From the throat move your hands down their chest, shoulders and front legs. Flex the legs, check the feet
Move your hands from the feet and down the back, sides and stomach, feeling for warmth, cool or the unusual
Next, check their rear back legs & feet the same way you did the front
Feel and look at the rear area, around and under the tail and underbelly. Look for parasites, discharges and sniff for off odors.
You are using your eyes, your hands and your nose to imprint a base-line impression of your pet’s body. Once you have done this a number of times you will notice something that is “off” the normal. Close your eyes sometimes when feeling muscles and using your hands. Keep a journal of what seems different. You can use this with the Vet. Be sure to check weight periodically. Watch your pet walk, both towards you and away, looking for stiffness or pain or abnormal gait. Do pay attention to stool production and consistency and urination habits and flow.
Thanks for reading. Keep your tail high and your feet dry. Daisy Mae.