Dog Adoption Event in Downtown Dadeland

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There are tons of fun, dog-friendly events throughout Miami in April, and we have our paws in lots of them! We’re happy that West Elm Dadeland approached us to put on a pet-friendly event at their Dadeland store on April 13, 2014. The Downtown Dadeland area is very pet-friendly; the condos allow cats and dogs, and the store encourages paw traffic. Add that all up and it equals the perfect spot for a dog-friendly mixer!

Together, we are putting on a Doggy Adoption Fair to find forever homes for a few lucky dogs from Friends Forever Rescue. So, whether you would like to adopt and rescue a dog, or bring you own furry friend along, join West Elm Dadeland for their very first Doggy Adoption Fair in their store:

Where: 8805 Dadeland Boulevard, Miami, FL 33156

When: April 13, 2014, 12-4 pm!

It will be the perfect place for those living in the South Miami, Pinecrest, and Falls area to meet local, pet-centric vendors to fulfill all your pets’ needs.

Doggy Adoption Fair Roll Call:

FriendsForever Rescue: one of the many deserving, non-profit animal shelters in Miami-Dade, Friends Forever Rescue tirelessly cares for dogs and re-homes those in need. From their website:

Friends Forever Humane Society, Inc. is a Florida Not for Profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome homeless and unwanted Labrador Retrievers and other dogs in need of help.

We rely on volunteers to foster and transport our dogs. Our dogs are featured on Each Saturday, we bring our dogs to Petsmart in the Falls (US 1 and SW 136th Street) from 10am to 4pm.

Prospective families are encouraged to come to Petsmart to meet and interact with the dogs.

All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

MaxNorman Pet Photography: Enjoy a moment with John Bouma, animal lover and professional photographer who donates his services at Miami-Dade Animal Services. John will be available to chat about pet portraits, volunteering at Miami-Dade Animal Services, and showing his beautiful work.

Fuji and Friends Accessories: Super cool vintage-inspired t-shirts with a snazzy canine twist? Yes, please! These shirts are beautiful, designed by local animal lovers who not only adopt dogs in need, but also work closely with another great dog rescue, Paws 4 You Rescue. The best part? They donate a portion of the proceeds to Paws 4 You! Check out their beautiful t-shirts in their online store.

Applause Your Paws, Inc. Training: When you need a quality dog trainer in Miami, you want to meet them! We are very happy to have them at the event, as we believe dogs deserve and need an education as much as humans do. We can’t wait for you to see the benefits of positive reinforcement training!

South Miami Animal Clinic: We’re very happy that Dr. Maria Oliveira, our pack’s veterinarian, will be available to meet you and talk to you about your pet’s health! Learn more about preventive care with her!

Equipaws Pet Services: And us! We will be there to meet anyone with dog walking and pet sitting needs. One of our pet sitters, Frankie Berti, is also a Pet Tech Pet CPR & First Aid instructor. She will be giving demonstrations and talking about Pet CPR and First Aid courses!

Parking will be validated, and there are plenty of tasty restaurants in the area. We hope to see you there!

Save Your Pet’s Life: Learn about Obstructions

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It is so important to be alert and aware of your dogs’ behaviors while on walks with them or even lounging in the backyard; our little friends can ingest very dangerous objects in a split second, leading to harmful obstructions which can result in death.

Unfortunately, one of our dog-friends died from an obstruction last year; a palm seed she ate that ended up complicating other conditions. We were devastated, so we asked our wonderful family veterinarian, Dr. Maria Oliveira, to help us educate our clients about obstructions: the signs, what to do, and the consequences. We know her expert answers will help you all in the case of that emergency!

What is an obstruction in a dog or cat? An obstruction can be caused by a foreign object (objects that cannot be digested), by a tumor or growth narrowing the lumen or width of the intestine, entrance (cardiac region) or exit (piloric region) of the stomach or by intussusceptions (part of the intestine inside another part of the intestine). Any object that is not digestible can cause an obstruction, but cats also tend to eat strings that plicate the intestine and cause obstructions and necrosis of the intestinal wall.

What are the symptoms of an obstruction? Depending if the obstruction is partial or complete the animals will show different symptoms.

1. When the obstruction is complete the animals will throw up food and water and sometimes the vomit will have a smell resembling stool depending of the area where the obstruction is present.

2. When the obstruction is partial they might be able to keep the water down and only throw up the food. People think that an obstructed animal cannot defecate, but this is a misconception. Stool that has formed and is present behind the area of obstruction will follow its course, and when the obstruction is partial you could also have stool formation and removal.

 3. Animals that are obstructed will also present varying degrees of dehydration and intestinal pain at palpation of the abdomen. Pets will generally be lethargic and quiet.

How soon should they take their pets to the vet?
Any time in which an obstruction is suspected the pet should be taken immediately to the veterinarian. Obstructions will cause severe dehydration and the obstructed portion of the intestine can get necrotic. When necrosis occurs, intestinal content will leak to the abdominal cavity causing peritonitis and death.

What can you do for your pet if they have an obstruction?
The only thing you can do is to keep them hydrated. Hydration does not only consist of water, they also need electrolytes, but if your pet is vomiting fluids also, then hydration needs to be through a vein and not by mouth. Your vet will give the appropriate medications to control pain.