1. Would you want your pooch to share the namesake of one of the biggest musical superstars and recognizable artists in the world?
On his highly entertaining BBC show, Graham Norton sat down with special guest Madonna back in 2012 for an intimate profile of the material girl as she promoted the release of her movie W.E.
Personally, I’m intrigued by any chance to get to know Miss Madonna Louise Ciccone a little bit better besides the short and seemingly strained interviews featured on Extra (or other celebrity news show) or sitting in the nosebleed seats at her record setting MDNA world tour (yet, that nosebleed was so worth it).
Therefore, when I found out that Madonna appeared on the Graham Norton Show before I was excited to look up the video. I did not expect to learn of the namesake connection between one of Norton’s dogs and Madonna.
Reportedly, when Norton went to the shelter to adopt a new canine companion, the name Madonna had already been given to his chosen pooch. Not wanting his personal pet to be directly associated with the Guinness World Records’ Top Selling Female Recording Artist on a permanent basis, Norton changed her name to Madge; the hebrew name Madonna took on as part of her devotional study of the Kabbalah.
The Sun article There’s Nothing Like a Hound Dog gives some further details about Madge’s adoption from Norton’s point-of-view.  Evidently, Norton sought out Madge to provide companionship to his other dog, a Labradoodle named Bailey.
“Friends told me I should get another mutt to keep him (Bailey) company so I contacted the Dogs Trust’s rescue service. Their centres are amazing — bright and modern, with underfloor heating. I could have moved in. After a few visits I chose terrier cross Madge,” Norton shares.
Just what type of dog breed is Madge? The photo in the Sun article lends Madge’s appearance to be a well-muscled terrier mix, perhaps weighing around 20 pounds. Madge’s reddish-blonde and white scruffy coat makes her look like some combination of Jack Russell, Welsh, and Border or other terrier. Terriers and their mixes are well-known for being highly intelligent yet challenging for owners who don’t know how or are unable to appropriately channel their doggedness into positive outlets through consistent training and disciplinary efforts.
Should Norton desire to determine Madge’s mix of breeds, he can always pursue genetic testing, such as the Mars Wisdom Panel. I discuss my personal experience performing genetic testing on one of my canine patients in the petMD article What is the Value in Knowing which Mix of Breeds Make Up Your Mongrel?
Finding out the genetic makeup of a canine companion can actually shed valuable insight into the maintenance or promotion of their health. It’s not just a fancy test done to satisfy a dog owner’s probing curiosity. If testing reveals a dog is in part or fully a herding dog, then further testing can be done to see if the pooch could potentially suffer a life threatening reaction to certain medications due to multi-drug resistance gene (MDR1) mutation. Defect in the MDR1 gene can increased likelihood that adverse reactions to common medications may occur, including:
Antiparasitics — ivermectin, milbemycin, etc.
Antidiarrheals — loperamide (Immodium), etc.
Anticancer agents — doxorubicin, vinctristine, etc.
I hope that Norton enjoys many healthy and happy years with Madge and Bailey.
By the way, would you name your pet after a celebrity?  If so, then what would be your top three celebrity pet names?

This article was originally published on Pet360.com

    Would you want your pooch to share the namesake of one of the biggest musical superstars and recognizable artists in the world?

    On his highly entertaining BBC show, Graham Norton sat down with special guest Madonna back in 2012 for an intimate profile of the material girl as she promoted the release of her movie W.E.

    Personally, I’m intrigued by any chance to get to know Miss Madonna Louise Ciccone a little bit better besides the short and seemingly strained interviews featured on Extra (or other celebrity news show) or sitting in the nosebleed seats at her record setting MDNA world tour (yet, that nosebleed was so worth it).

    Therefore, when I found out that Madonna appeared on the Graham Norton Show before I was excited to look up the video. I did not expect to learn of the namesake connection between one of Norton’s dogs and Madonna.

    Reportedly, when Norton went to the shelter to adopt a new canine companion, the name Madonna had already been given to his chosen pooch. Not wanting his personal pet to be directly associated with the Guinness World Records’ Top Selling Female Recording Artist on a permanent basis, Norton changed her name to Madge; the hebrew name Madonna took on as part of her devotional study of the Kabbalah.

    The Sun article There’s Nothing Like a Hound Dog gives some further details about Madge’s adoption from Norton’s point-of-view.  Evidently, Norton sought out Madge to provide companionship to his other dog, a Labradoodle named Bailey.

    “Friends told me I should get another mutt to keep him (Bailey) company so I contacted the Dogs Trust’s rescue service. Their centres are amazing — bright and modern, with underfloor heating. I could have moved in. After a few visits I chose terrier cross Madge,” Norton shares.

    Just what type of dog breed is Madge? The photo in the Sun article lends Madge’s appearance to be a well-muscled terrier mix, perhaps weighing around 20 pounds. Madge’s reddish-blonde and white scruffy coat makes her look like some combination of Jack Russell, Welsh, and Border or other terrier. Terriers and their mixes are well-known for being highly intelligent yet challenging for owners who don’t know how or are unable to appropriately channel their doggedness into positive outlets through consistent training and disciplinary efforts.

    Should Norton desire to determine Madge’s mix of breeds, he can always pursue genetic testing, such as the Mars Wisdom Panel. I discuss my personal experience performing genetic testing on one of my canine patients in the petMD article What is the Value in Knowing which Mix of Breeds Make Up Your Mongrel?

    Finding out the genetic makeup of a canine companion can actually shed valuable insight into the maintenance or promotion of their health. It’s not just a fancy test done to satisfy a dog owner’s probing curiosity. If testing reveals a dog is in part or fully a herding dog, then further testing can be done to see if the pooch could potentially suffer a life threatening reaction to certain medications due to multi-drug resistance gene (MDR1) mutation. Defect in the MDR1 gene can increased likelihood that adverse reactions to common medications may occur, including:

    Antiparasitics — ivermectin, milbemycin, etc.

    Antidiarrheals — loperamide (Immodium), etc.

    Anticancer agents — doxorubicin, vinctristine, etc.

    I hope that Norton enjoys many healthy and happy years with Madge and Bailey.

    By the way, would you name your pet after a celebrity?  If so, then what would be your top three celebrity pet names?

    This article was originally published on Pet360.com

  2. Recently, photos showing Comedy Central andThe Daily Show’s Jon Stewart walking his three-legged dog appeared on the Huffington Post.  Champ, Stewart’s canine companion, appears to be a young American Pit Bull Terrier or a mixed breed missing the right thoracic (front) limb.

    Although some may consider this pooch to be unlucky, as only three legs carry around the body weight instead of four, I feel that Champ has struck proverbial gold.  I’d let Stewart adopt me if he was interested in taking on a late-30’s holistic veterinarian with no known health problems and overall good house-training habits!

    It’s no surprise to see Stewart palling around with this kind of pooch, as he’s well known for being an advocate of animal welfare causes and has two other rescued Pit Bulls. Dogs are reportedly incorporated into the fabric of Stewart’s work life, as Bark magazine’s Claudia Kawczynska notes that upon entering The Daily Show’s set “the first thing new employees, show guests and visitors notice are the dogs. Free-ranging and ubiquitous, they have become an integral part of the office landscape: roaming, playing or lying about, with toys scattered everywhere”.

    So, how did Champ end up with three legs?  There are a variety of reasons that a dog (or cat) may be missing one (or multiple) limbs, including:

    Trauma

    Hit by car, dog fights, gunshots, knife wounds, and other severe traumas can lead to the decision that a pet’s best interest is served by having the affected limb amputated. Although bone, soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves can heal, significant compromise to their function can motivate the decision to pursue surgery so the dog can function better on the remaining (and hopefully more normal) limbs.

    Cancer         

    Osteosarcoma (malignant bone cancer) is one of the most common cancerous cause of limb amputation. This typically occurs in adult and senior large-breed dogs. Cancers of bone, cartilage, nerves, and other bodily structures are often quite painful and can severely compromise a dog’s quality of life when permitted to remain attached to the body. Amputation of a cancer-afflicted limb improves a pet’s comfort and quality of life.

    Congenital malformation or developmental disorder

    Some dogs are born with an abnormal limb or the development process does not occur as ideally as it should. In these cases, the leg is otherwise normal but for the fact that it does not function properly to support the body’s weight. Over time, the limb can become traumatized or inhibit a pet’s more normal movement and necessitate amputation.

    According to University of Pennsylvania veterinarians David M. Nunamaker and Peter D. Blauner’sTextbook of Small Animal Orthopaedics, “in a normal stance, 60% of the dog’s weight rests over the front legs: extension of the head and neck or lowering of the head can increase this forward weight bias by 10% to 15%”.

    Therefore, Champ and other dogs having one of their front limbs removed are required to support 60% of their body weight on their remaining thoracic limb. As a result, there is much more literally riding on one front leg. This is why it is important to make lifestyle changes to ensure that the single thoracic limb is not unnecessarily impacted from day to day activity. My suggestions are to:

    Maintain lean body condition

    Currently, Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) estimates that 54% of pets in the United States are overweight or obese (approximately 89 million cats and dogs). Excess weight increases the body’s overall level of inflammation, which can even promote cancer cell growth.

    Seek guidance from your veterinarian about the Body Condition Score (BCS) currently held by your pet to establish if your cat or dog is too thick, too thin, or in near perfect body condition. If your pet is too thick, then create a weight loss plan involving calorie restriction and safely increasing activity.

    Reduce household trauma

    Although a dog with three limbs can certainly walk and run, doing so in a “crazy dog” or overly athletic way is not the healthiest choice.  Going down stairs or off of elevated surfaces (couch, bed, car, etc.) can be traumatizing to the toes, wrist, elbow, and shoulder joints along with the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other structures that keep the single, supporting limb in place.

    It’s best to prioritize safety when creating your home aesthetic by lowering the heights of beds and couches. Additionally, place traction enhancing carpeting slippery surfaces, especially on stairs.   Place obstructive gates at the top and bottom of stairs to prevent access unless a responsible adult is around to ensure the pet goes up and down a safe and reasonable pace.

    I hope that Stewart, Champ, and the other family pooches have many happy, healthy, and upwardly mobile years ahead of them.

    This article was originally published on Pet360.com

  3. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan walk their dogs Lulu and Meeka in London (from People Pets)

    Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan walk their dogs Lulu and Meeka in London (from People Pets)

  4. Kittie and pup posted on Nicole Richie’s Instagram feed!

  5. Kevin Spacey is already an award winning actor and he is among the A-List celebrities who have chosen to adopt rather than shop.

    Spacey, who is best known for his Academy Award winning roles in American Beauty andSe7en and most recently the Netflix drama,House of Cardstweeted last week, “Mystery solved. New member of my family. Her name is Boston in honor of the city.”

    The tweet contained photos of him with his new love bug.

    He also has a 15-year-old terrier mix named Mini he adopted as a puppy from Battersea Dogs Home in Great Britain.

    Spacey included a link to the North Shore Animal League, presumably where he adopted his new family member. The organization is a New York based non-profit that saves animals from puppy mills and shelters from the east coast and southern states and adopts them into loving homes.

    Spacey has been in Boston, visiting first responders, medical personnel and victims from last month’s terrorist attack on the city.

    Spacey told The Boston Herald he just had to get on a plane to go to Bean Town to see firsthand their spirit. “I’m not a doctor or first responder, but if people know me from movies, and walking into their work space or room brings a smile to their face — with the challenges these amazing citizens have in front of them — then that’s worth coming,” Spacey told the Track. “The cops, nurses, doctors, hospital staff and patients that I have met over the past few days have given me the greatest feeling of pride in being an American and made me understand that we are all Boston.”

    It’s unknown what Boston the dog’s background is, but maybe he recognizes the same resiliency in his new rescue as he did in the people of Boston, Mass.

    It’s wonderful when A-List celebrities such as Spacey, George Clooney, Betty White, Bob Barker, Katherine Heigl, Rachel Ray, Carrie Ann Inaba, Doris Day, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison put their money where their mouth is for animals and advocate adoption.

    If it’s good enough for celebrities who have the money to have any dog or cat they wish, it should be good enough for the rest of us.

    Editor’s Note: Photo from Kevin Spacey’s Twitter page.  

    This article was originally published on Pet360.com.

  6. Katherine Heigl with her mother’s newly adopted chihuahua. 

    From Katherine’s Instagram feed: “My mom just rescued this silly Chi Gertrude in honor of her Chi Squish who was tragically killed two weeks ago while being boarded. We miss Squish terribly but are grateful for the fun and hilarious spirit of Gerti.”

  7. Carrie Underwood’s dog, Penny, needed Benadryl after encountering ants!

    From Carrie’s Instagram feed: “Attn. pet owners: make sure to have Benadryl handy in case your dog gets stung. This is miss Penny before and after. I mean, what dog eats ants?! She’s fine now, but it made for a scary morning!”

  8. Sylvester Stallone’s Precious Phoebe
My condolences go out to to Sylvester Stallone for the loss of his beloved dog, Phoebe. Recently, the Huffington Post confirmed that Phoebe has been found, but was killed in an apparent coyote attack.
Stallone reportedly last saw Phoebe on his own Bel Air property before she went missing in early April 2013. Despite Stallone’s efforts to facilitate Phoebe’s return by posting signs stating “LOST DOG the $10,000 Reward if Found Call ______”, Phoebe never returned home to her human family members.
Despite the extensive search, Phoebe was ultimately discovered dead on Stallone’s property after suffering a suspected coyote attack. Stallone’s representative stated, “Phoebe’s death has been very difficult for the family.”
Trauma secondary to coyote attack is a clinical presentation I’ve seen enough times that a series of horrific memories of the suffering felt by my canine and feline patients haunts my psyche. The chances a pet will survive or make a full recovery are variable, pending the severity of the damage. Unfortunately, death is a likely outcome for many small dogs and cats having incurred the predatory wrath of single or multiple coyotes.
Coyotes are abundant in Los Angeles, especially in canyon or wooded areas. As humans have invaded the natural habitat of coyotes, we’ve forced them into urban territory and created more potential for confrontation with our pets. The threat of coyote attack knows no season, yet fall and winter give the coyote more opportunity to prey on our companion animals during shorter days and longer nights. As we lose our early evenings to darkness, consider the danger potentially facing your pets when daily patterns of exercise and elimination occur in the absence of light.  
Here my suggestions to protect yourself, your pet, and your family from coyote attack:
Keep your pet inside unless a responsible adult is outside overseeing the pet’s care.
Avoid walking your dog at dawn, dusk or when poor lighting can disguise a predator’s approach.
Walk your dog on a short lead instead of a retractable lead. Wildlife will be less inclined to approach a person and more likely to attack a dog walking considerable distance from their owner.
Carry an air-horn to create a startling sound loud enough to scare away an attacking animal. Yelling, waving your arms, or scuffing your feet can also be effective.
If you live in a known area inhabited by wildlife, fence your property and install motion-activated lights.
Use secure screens on all doors and windows. In your absence, shut all open entrances to your home.
Do not leave pet or other foods outside in the yard to reduce attraction by scavengers.
Refrain from feeding wildlife to minimize potential for their return to your premises.
Keep trash in sturdy containers with locking lids. Attach trash containers to stable upright objects (fence, etc) to prevent toppling.
Have heightened awareness of the year-round threat wildlife present to pets and people. The emotional anguish caused by the thought of a beloved pet being snatched by a coyote is something Stallone nor any pet owner should face. Take precautions to reduce the likelihood your pets may be faced with a life-altering trauma resulting from a wild animal attack.
Please feel free free to share your story or precautionary tips.
For further information, see:
California Department of Fish and Game
Coyotebytes
This article originall apperared on Pet360.com in Pet-Lebrity News

    Sylvester Stallone’s Precious Phoebe

    My condolences go out to to Sylvester Stallone for the loss of his beloved dog, Phoebe. Recently, the Huffington Post confirmed that Phoebe has been found, but was killed in an apparent coyote attack.

    Stallone reportedly last saw Phoebe on his own Bel Air property before she went missing in early April 2013. Despite Stallone’s efforts to facilitate Phoebe’s return by posting signs stating “LOST DOG the $10,000 Reward if Found Call ______”, Phoebe never returned home to her human family members.

    Despite the extensive search, Phoebe was ultimately discovered dead on Stallone’s property after suffering a suspected coyote attack. Stallone’s representative stated, “Phoebe’s death has been very difficult for the family.”

    Trauma secondary to coyote attack is a clinical presentation I’ve seen enough times that a series of horrific memories of the suffering felt by my canine and feline patients haunts my psyche. The chances a pet will survive or make a full recovery are variable, pending the severity of the damage. Unfortunately, death is a likely outcome for many small dogs and cats having incurred the predatory wrath of single or multiple coyotes.

    Coyotes are abundant in Los Angeles, especially in canyon or wooded areas. As humans have invaded the natural habitat of coyotes, we’ve forced them into urban territory and created more potential for confrontation with our pets. The threat of coyote attack knows no season, yet fall and winter give the coyote more opportunity to prey on our companion animals during shorter days and longer nights. As we lose our early evenings to darkness, consider the danger potentially facing your pets when daily patterns of exercise and elimination occur in the absence of light.  

    Here my suggestions to protect yourself, your pet, and your family from coyote attack:

    • Keep your pet inside unless a responsible adult is outside overseeing the pet’s care.
    • Avoid walking your dog at dawn, dusk or when poor lighting can disguise a predator’s approach.
    • Walk your dog on a short lead instead of a retractable lead. Wildlife will be less inclined to approach a person and more likely to attack a dog walking considerable distance from their owner.
    • Carry an air-horn to create a startling sound loud enough to scare away an attacking animal. Yelling, waving your arms, or scuffing your feet can also be effective.
    • If you live in a known area inhabited by wildlife, fence your property and install motion-activated lights.
    • Use secure screens on all doors and windows. In your absence, shut all open entrances to your home.
    • Do not leave pet or other foods outside in the yard to reduce attraction by scavengers.
    • Refrain from feeding wildlife to minimize potential for their return to your premises.
    • Keep trash in sturdy containers with locking lids. Attach trash containers to stable upright objects (fence, etc) to prevent toppling.
    • Have heightened awareness of the year-round threat wildlife present to pets and people. The emotional anguish caused by the thought of a beloved pet being snatched by a coyote is something Stallone nor any pet owner should face. Take precautions to reduce the likelihood your pets may be faced with a life-altering trauma resulting from a wild animal attack.

    Please feel free free to share your story or precautionary tips.

    For further information, see:

    California Department of Fish and Game

    Coyotebytes

    This article originall apperared on Pet360.com in Pet-Lebrity News

  9. The Luxurious Lifestyles of Celebrity Pets

    by Dr. Patrick Mahaney

    Do celebrity pets lead lifestyles that are more extraordinary than their non-celebrity counterparts? One might think so, but there are many quality of life components that make for good quality of life, and being a celebrity pet doesn’t necessarily equal a day to day existence of “pawdicures” (pet pedicures), Kim Basinger-esque Evian shampoos, and stretch limo rides to the veterinary hospital.

    The average American (i.e., non-celebrity) often thinks that just because a person is well known as a media fixture, their lives must be perfect. While being a celebrity does have its perks (red carpet events, swag bags, designers wanting you to “wear them,” etc.), notoriety does not always equate with personal or professional happiness.

    Dog on Red CarpetSimilarly, a celebrity pet doesn’t inherently have a better life than a non-celebrity pet. We can hope that a celebrity pet is brought into a loving home to be a faithful companion to human and other animal family members. The media has documented circumstances where celebrity pets are adopted or purchased and then merely carried along as an accessory (certain heiresses come to mind), left in a confined space (cage, apartment, hotel, etc.), or even suffer neglect or abuse (let’s never forget Michael Vick’s penchant for dog fighting).

    A celeb’s financial capacity to care for an animal companion may exceed that of a normal person. If celebrity Fidos (dogs) and Fluffys (cats) are well cared for by their owners, then their quality-of-life could be better than a non-celebrity pet. A successful celebrity likely has extra money to afford their pet’s day care, food, or veterinary medical treatments. Yet, just because a pet has a celebrity owner does not automatically equate to having a better quality of life. Not all owners have the time or inclination to devote to their pets’ health.

    A pet’s health is truly a collaborative effort between a concerned owner (celebrity or otherwise) and the veterinarian who provides oversight of the pets health care. More disposable income may allow for a celebrity’s pet to have access to specialized care, such as cancer treatment, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, and surgery.

    Additionally, a celebrity’s pet may have an advantage over a non-celebrity pet regarding the location in which their healthcare is provided. As many celebrities want to maintain their anonymity and can afford a house call, their pets benefit from receiving veterinary care within the paparazzi-free and comfortable confines of their own home.

    Transportation to a veterinary hospital can create a variety of health concerns for any pet. Stress is one of the main components that negatively impacts a pet’s overall health. Vehicular transport jostles a pet around the car’s cabin and puts physical stress on muscles, joints, and the spinal cord. Once inside the hospital, pets may be exposed to illness or trauma they otherwise would not have, had the vet come to them. This is why I provide house call veterinary services for my Los Angeles-based clients (some of whom are celebrities) and patients.

    Besides health care, celebrity pooches may be adorned with high end accessories, including jewelry. The most luxurious and expensive specialty offerings available for the pampered pooch is the i Love Dogs collection of custom, jeweled dog collars: La Collection de Bijoux. Pet owners don’t have to worry about Fido sporting a collar made with “blood diamonds,” as the precious gems used in La Collection de Bijoux are responsibly gathered from ethical mines.

    What happens when a pet belonging to a celebrity gains notoriety? A prominent example is Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Lisa Vanderpump’sDog on Chair Pomeranian, Gigolo,  regularly appears on the RHOBH, has his own contract with Creative Arts Agency (CAA), is followed by over 50,000 Twitter fans, and is ubiquitously seen in Vanderpump’s various business and media projects.

    What do some celebrity pets do with their free time? Lounge by the pool, hang out with their pooch BFFs, and other leisurely activities come to mind. Many celebrity pets have the fortunate opportunity to travel with their owners. I was once called upon to treat a corneal ulcer on a sweet (now deceased) elderly pooch who was owned by a very A-list female celebrity (who revolutionized the hair of women wanting to be one of her Friends). The circumstance was non-remarkable from a clinical perspective, but the owner’s assistant asked me if the lucky dog would be healthy enough to later board a private plane to accompany his mistress at her (then) boyfriend’s concert a few states over. Fortunately, for all parties involved, this celebrity dog was able to join his human companions for the flight.

    So, a celebrity pet may have some opportunities that are seemingly unavailable to non-celebrity pets, but providing the best quality of life possible isn’t exclusive to the cats, dogs, and other species of animals owned by the famous and potentially rich.

    This article originally appeared on partner site Pet360.com 

  10. Meet Coleman Hawkins, a feisty Parson Russell/mystery mix dog. On Fox’s hit television show, Modern Family, Emmy-nominated Eric Stonestreet plays the hilarious Cameron, partner to Mitchell and adoptive father to infant Lily

  11. Zachary Quinto, with his dogs Noah and Skunk

  12. Charlize Theron and dog as photographed by Jim Jordan.

  13. Mila Kunis and her French Bulldog, Audrey. Also photographed with a Yorkie by Jim Jordan.

  14. Photographer Jim Jordan snaps a photo of Tori Spelling and her pug

    Photographer Jim Jordan snaps a photo of Tori Spelling and her pug

  15. Actress Kristen Bell and her pups - Photographer Jim Jordan

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