Is it a crime to tamper with email?

Hi all! I was being a good Sheltie,

I was helping Mom read email and blogs.

When Mom got up from the computer to go

and do something in another room,

I found THIS….






Please call us today to schedule an appointment for Dakota
Dear Caren,Dakota is due for the following in April:

  • Heartworm/Lymes/Tick diseases test – due on 04/04/13

Thank you!
DePorre Veterinary Hospital

click on logo to visit my vet, IF YOU DARE!

click on logo to visit my vet, IF YOU DARE!

DePorre Veterinary Hospital
4062 West Maple Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

dakota email tampering


Am I going to go to jail?

Barks and licks and love, 







Seven Warning Signs That Your Pet Needs to See a Vet A Guest Blog By Dr. Ed Darrin, (CARES)

Little dogs beware, it’s one of the most common neurological problems in pets and quick action could mean the difference between life and death.

Dr. Ed Darrin, Board Certified Veterinary Neurologist at The Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services (CARES) says there are Seven Warning Signs for Spinal Cord Injuries that all pet owners should be aware of. Here’s what you need to know:

The condition is a herniated spinal disc, a spinal cord injury that happens most often in smaller breed dogs but can occur in all breeds. The #1 breed where this happens is Dachshunds, with Chihuahuas, Beagles, Cocker Spaniels, and Shih Tzus also experiencing it more often.

Disc disease requires prompt diagnosis and treatment to prevent permanent paralysis or other long-term problems for the pet and its owner. This most often happens in middle age, from about age six on, however it can happen in dogs as young as two.

As a pet owner, it is important to be able to recognize signs of a disc herniation or other spinal cord injury. Here are the top 7 symptoms:

●    Arching of the back

●    Holding the neck stiff or refusal to turn or lift the head

●    Weakness of the legs (most often the hind legs, but any combination is possible)

●    Loss of coordination—dragging feet, walking on the knuckles, crossing the feet over, acting “drunk”

●    Holding a leg up in the air

●    Muscle spasms along the back, neck, or shoulders

●    Pain when touching along the back or neck

If you see any of these signs, your dog should be examined by your family veterinarian immediately to determine if it needs to be referred to a veterinary neurologist. Early signs of pain can progress to become worse injuries. Any loss of function in the legs (loss of strength or coordination) should be treated as a true emergency, and you should try to take your dog to an emergency clinic if your primary vet is unavailable. IF YOUR DOG HAS SIGNS OF A SPINAL CORD INJURY, IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO WAIT.

If your vet suspects a spinal cord injury, they may prescribe anti-inflammatory or pain medication, or they may suggest advanced testing and treatment, depending on the severity of signs. For severe disc problems, specialty care is necessary for the best chance of recovery. Advanced imaging, such as MRI, can be used to diagnose the problem, and the most serious cases require spinal surgery. Primary care veterinarians will typically refer you to a board-certified veterinary neurologist for such procedures.



About the Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services (CARES): CARES is a full service specialty referral, 24-hour emergency and critical care veterinary hospital, with one clear goal: to provide a gold standard of care for your pet. Our highly trained, hand selected and compassionate team of veterinarians pride themselves in collaboration between the CARES specialties as well as the referring veterinarian. By engaging multiple, dedicated professionals in the care of your pet, CARES provides the latest, most advanced and best treatments available. Specialty and referral services include: Anesthesiology, The Cancer Center at CARES, Cardiology, Clinical Pathology, Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Radiology and Surgery. Specialty cases are seen by referral from the primary care veterinarian. CARES also offers 24 hour emergency care. For more information, visit You can also find CARES on Facebook at

“The Eyes Are The Windows To The Soul” Part II: My Unsolved Mystery

Hi Everyone!!

Today I am participating in the:

Visit Zoolatry for more Unsolved Mysteries!

Many of you who will read this are regular followers of my blog, but because I am participating with A LOT of kitties, some of you don’t know me! Perish the thought!

For those who don’t, I am Dakota,  the brother of Cody from Cat Chat.  Mom wanted to take part with everyone else who is going to share their “Unsolved Mysteries” today, (the brain child of Zoolatry), but the biggest “mystery” in Cody’s world was about a month ago when he wouldn’t poop, and THAT, thankfully was solved!

My “mystery” hasn’t been solved!

Can YOU help?

Here’s the scoop:  ooops….living with  Cody a little cat jargon snuck in,  I said “scoop” get it? BOL!  But I digress, back  in November Mom wrote about a problem I was having with my eyes. For those of you who didn’t see the post you can read about it here. To put it in a nutshell,  I couldn’t open my eye  for a few hours and I appeared to be in discomfort.  It was a Sunday and Mom and Dad rushed me to the emergency vet (after having called another emergency vet first who put the fear of God in Mom, telling her if she didn’t get me in to see someone within two hours I could LOSE MY EYE!)

Since  our regular vet is closed on Sundays Mom and Dad took me to a different emergency vet that is closer to my home.  They did a bunch of tests and they said I was a super good boy, what else would they expect? Geeze, and they sent us home with eye drops.

The eye drops did help my eye and I was able to open it right up!

The next morning Mom and Dad took me to my regular vet, (“Dr.Smiley”),  and he gave me a thorough check-up.

"This table doesn't seem to be too high, maybe I should jump?"

"Look into my eyes!"


"I love you too "Dr.Smiley", wanna nice big, treat-scented kiss?"


The  check-up went well,thankfully, but nobody seems to know why I couldn’t open my eye for HOURS!? This remains to date my “unsolved” mystery. Have any of you had a similar experience?  If you have, please  tell us in the comments below, Mom loves to find new things that she can worry about.


Barks and licks and love, Dakota