President Obama's and Labradoodle

We hear President-elect Obama plans a dog to the family as soon as they move into the white house, and since there are allergy in family, i would recommend considering the Labradoodle. Because Labradoodle Dog non allergic coats make them popular among people who have not been able to enjoy pets because of their allergies. The Obama's Labradoodle? Rumor has it that the new first family is considering a Labradoodle for their new home at the White House. I propose that my friend here, and I be the proud parents of President Obama Labradoodle.

Labradoodle Dog are a cross between the Standard Poodle and Labrador Retriever. Wally Cochran first started this cross breed in AUSTRALIA in the 1970's. He was prompted to do this by a blind woman who suffered from allergies to dogs. The first mating between the Standard Poodle and Labrador Retriever was successful and produced three low allergy pups. It became readily apparent that the hybrid produced was able to surpass the best qualities of both breeds.



Malocclusion occurs when the teeth lining the upper jaw fail to line up and fit properly with the teeth of the lower arcade. In the normal bite, the upper canine teeth should rest just behind the lower canines. Disruption of the normal bite pattern can be caused by trauma, improper tooth eruption, and genetics.
Brachygnathism refers to a condition in dogs in which an overbite, or overshot upper jaw, exists. Conversely, prognathism is the term referring to the undershot jaw (underbite). Both conditions are inheritable traits, passed from one generation to another. In fact, prognathism is considered normal for certain breeds, such as pugs, boxers, and bulldogs. Although not life-threatening, these anatomic maladies can interfere with normal biting action and eating, and can predispose to dental and jaw problems in affected dogs. As a result, dogs suffering from distinct overbites or underbites (unless normal for the breed) should be surgically neutered to prevent the propagation of these undesirable traits.
Malocclusion can also result from improperly positioned deciduous teeth creating abnormal eruption pathways for the permanent ones. Dental examination of the deciduous teeth performed on puppies and kittens as early as 8 weeks of age can help identify potential problems. In many instances, simply removing the offending deciduous tooth clears the path for the proper eruption of its permanent successor.
Surgical repair or reconstruction of the jaw can be used to repair trauma-induced malocclusions, which is the most common type of malocclusion seen in cats. Orthodontic correction of brachygnathism and prognathism has been utilized in select cases, yet for ethical reasons, such procedures should be performed only for medical purposes, not for cosmetic gains.


Hepatitis and Liver Disease

While pancreatitis means inflammation involving the pancreas, hepatitis involves inflammation of the liver. Contrary to popular belief, not all cases of hepatitis are infectious and contagious in nature. There can be numerous noninfectious causes of liver inflammation as well. Some of these include diabetes mellitus, heart disease, accidental poisonings, starvation, and cancer.
Hepatic lipidosis is a common type of liver dysfunction in cats that has baffled researchers for years. It is characterized by an extensive infiltration of the liver by fatty tissue that, in essence, crowds out the normal liver cells and interferes with normal liver function. It is seen in all ages of cats, and the exact cause of this condition is unknown, yet obesity and/or prolonged periods of food deprivation due to loss of appetite are thought to increase the body’s utilization of fats for energy, the metabolism of which is carried out in the liver.
As an organ responsible for metabolism of the multitude of nutrients absorbed from the intestines, and detoxification of poisons and drugs circulating in the blood, it is remarkable that the liver is normally very resistant to injury or breakdown resulting from its normal day-to-day functions. Unfortunately, because of this heartiness, clinical signs of liver inflammation seldom appear until serious damage to liver function has already taken place.
Like so many other diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, acute flare ups of hepatitis can cause loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever in affected dogs and cats. One unique sign often seen with hepatitis, both acute and chronic, is jaundice, or icterus. Jaundice, caused by elevated levels of bile pigments in the bloodstream, is characterized by a yellow discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes, and the liquid portion of the blood.
Other clinical signs that can result from chronic, long-term hepatitis and liver disease include a fluid buildup within the abdominal cavity (ascites) due to increased resistance to blood flow through the liver, bleeding tendencies, and anemia. Seizures and other neurologic disorders can also appear with advanced cases as blood levels of ammonia are allowed to build up.
Diagnosis of hepatitis is based on clinical signs, elevated serum levels of liver enzymes, and/or the demonstration of an enlarged liver on radiographs or ultrasonography. For those more subtle cases, special liver function tests and even biopsies might be required to confirm a diagnosis of hepatitis or discover its cause.
Treatment objectives for hepatitis and liver disease are aimed a teliminating the injurious agent and its harmful effect on the liver tissue and at promoting healing of the affected tissue. In cats with hepatic lipidosis, this means force-feeding them if necessary. The liver is one of the few organs within the body that can actually regenerate itself after injury, provided, of course, that the source of the injury is dealt with properly.
If vomiting is a problem, intravenous fluids might be needed until the stomach settles down enough for oral ingestion of food and water. An easily digestible diet with high biological value (available through veterinarians) is ideal for dogs and cats suffering from a liver disorder. Oral antibiotics designed to eliminate ammonia-forming organisms are useful for those cases exhibiting neurological signs. Ascites can be treated with diuretic drugs and by reducing the amount of sodium in the pet’s diet.
Finally, in chronic cases of hepatitis, steroids might be warranted to increase appetite and to counteract the loss of protein that can occur with liver disease. In addition, certain drugs for liver disease designed for use in humans are being used in animals with variable success.


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