Friday, October 21, 2016

Hawaii girl Lilly update

Got this on one of the little girls from the Hawaii litter

- Lilly is doing well:) She left her carrier immediately and wanted out of the bedroom about a half hour later so that seems a good sign:) I left her out of her room for the first time at night last night and she did great.

She looks content to me !  Thank you Jenn for sharing this !

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Why We Keep Kittens Post Surgery

Please note I am sharing this from another breeder with her permission.

 She recently lost a little girl - kitten right after a spay - from the pain meds injection they MADATE. They tell us we can't NOT give it - yet - a certain number of cats will DIE from this.

So when we are breeders tell you - no you cant have your kitten until at minimum of 10 days post surgery THIS is just 1 of the many reasons why - we are protecting YOU , we are carefully watching them - and we are praying we aren't one of the statistics. 

From Sue C -
Thank you to everyone for your outpouring of support about the loss of little Pennie. She was a beautiful, sweet, and perfect little girl. Her future family, Patty and Vince, were all excited to welcome their little girl only to have her taken before she ever arrived. Even in their own loss, they've been supportive and that means a lot.
Pennie was spayed and was doing great but she suffered acute renal failure and in the span of just over 48 hrs she went from happy and healthy to crossing the Rainbow Bridge.
Whether you're a breeder or a pet owner, be very cautious about the medications your cats receive. Unfortunately, we have limited options for cats when it comes to pain meds and all have risks. Pennie received Metacam following her spay and it does have a risk of renal failure as do all NSAIDs when it comes to cats. So, evaluate the need for the pain meds first and then what other non NSAID options you may have if it's a one time dosage.
As a breeder, I have always done pediatric spay and neuter and this is yet another reason why. We bear the burden of complications both financially as well as emotionally so our pet owners don't go through this as directly.
So, kiss your babies and hug them a little closer today and know you've all meant a lot to me in offering your strength and words of encouragement.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Kender Kitty Families !

At today's show we had such an amazing show of support and love - thank you to 3 of our Kender Kitty Families for joining us !
Pictured are Stephanie and Dan (who own Tasha and Alfie) Debra B.( who owns Silver, Kelt and Zima ) and Patricia Walker and family (who own Gus and Dragos) I know Dee Marie Robins wanted to join us as well but work just wouldnt let go !

Thank you ALL for being a part of our family !

Friday, October 14, 2016

Kender Families

Apparently Boris doesnt fold laundry so well... or maybe he does .. what do I know !

Ivan enjoying life!

Patricia takes the prettiest pictures - this is Gus.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pet Immunization: Far Riskier Than You Might Think, Yet Highly Promoted by Vets

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All credits to appropriate authors.

Pet Immunization: Far Riskier Than You Might Think, Yet Highly Promoted by Vets

By Dr. Becker
The traditional veterinary community has decided to co-opt the CDC's "National Immunization Awareness Month" for humans, which occurs each year in August. The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) encourage their membership to "Use August 'National Immunization Awareness Month' to Promote Pet Vaccination Awareness".1
The goal is clearly to promote vaccinations, though the word used to describe the month-long awareness campaign is immunization, not vaccination. This is a hugely important distinction. If a dog is already immunized against, say, distemper, there is no benefit to his health in vaccinating him again against distemper, but there is a risk of adverse side effects each time a vaccine is given.

Is the Goal to Immunize Pets… or Vaccinate Them Over and Over?

If the traditional veterinary community was truly interested in ensuring pets are immunized against disease, they would be promoting antibody titer tests to measure each animal's immunity to the core canine diseases (distemper, parvo, adenovirus, and rabies) and core feline diseases (panleukopenia, calicivirus, herpes, and rabies).
Unfortunately, the majority of conventional veterinarians prefer to simply re-vaccinate every pet every year, or every 3 years if they're following the latest guidelines for vaccinations – without establishing whether the animal is already immune to the disease being vaccinated against.
Traditional veterinary practices also often recommend non-core vaccines that may not be very effective, long-lasting, or even necessary depending on where the pet lives and his or her lifestyle. For example, an indoor-only cat's immunization needs based on potential exposure to disease are very different from those of a cat that roams free outdoors. And in my opinion, no dog needs a bordetella vaccine, yet they are routinely given.

Something to Keep in Mind: Vaccinations Are a Major Profit Center for Veterinary Practices

The markup on rabies vaccines, as one example, is obscene – 2,400 to 6,200 percent in many cases. Estimates are that removing the one-year rabies vaccination/office visit for dogs alone could reduce a veterinarian's income 25 to 30 percent. And this example involves just one type of vaccine, and just one type of pet.
One conservative estimate is that over half of dog visits and nearly three quarters of cat vet visits are for vaccinations.
When you consider the markup on vaccines, the number of vet visits scheduled only for immunizations, and the typically short duration of those visits, the "vaccination business" can prove very lucrative for veterinary practices that promote it.
Veterinarians aren't the only ones making a living off vaccination shots. The drug companies who manufacture vaccines have enjoyed year-over-year sales increases for well over a decade.
The US is the largest consumer of vaccines by a huge margin over any other country.

Vaccination ≠ Immunization

Vaccination and immunization are not one and the same.
Immunization is the outcome of effective vaccination against disease and/or exposure to a disease that the animal recovers from. The act of administering a vaccine doesn't automatically mean the animal has been immunized against the disease, however, that is the assumption. Since I don't like to assume an animal is protected against disease, I make it a practice to run titer tests within a few weeks of the last round of puppy or kitten shots to ensure immunity has been achieved.
When an animal is successfully vaccinated against certain diseases (distemper, parvo, and adenovirus in dogs, and panleukopenia in cats) and becomes immunized, she receives what we call sterile immunity. Sterile immunity lasts a minimum of 7 to 9 years, up to a maximum of lifetime immunity as measured by titer tests. This means the pet cannot become infected, nor will she shed the virus should she be exposed. Since the diseases of distemper, parvo, hepatitis (adenovirus), and panleukopenia are everywhere, the risk of exposure is constant.
Other types of vaccines, typically non-core vaccines (called bacterins) against bacterial derived diseases such as Lyme disease, leptospirosis, bordetella (kennel cough), canine influenza (a virus, but one that mutates constantly so vaccine is not consistently protective), and others, do not produce sterile immunity. These vaccines last a year at the most, and antibody levels against these diseases (as measured by titer tests) decrease with each passing year, meaning lifelong protection is questionable.
I prefer to run IFA (immunofluorescence antibody) titer tests for parvo and distemper because they give a clear-cut answer, either "yes the animal is protected" or "no the animal is not protected". Serology and other testing methods can be confusing for owners. For example, a low serology score doesn't mean the pet isn't protected against disease. It's possible an animal may still be protected for up to a year or longer thanks to immune memory cells.
For purposes of comparison, veterinary core vaccines are similar to human polio and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines that provide lifetime immunity. Non-core veterinary vaccines can be compared to the human tetanus vaccine, which is also a bacterin and may not last for a lifetime.

How to Play It Safe and Smart with Pet Vaccinations

Discuss what kinds of vaccines your pet needs, and how often, with your veterinarian. I strongly encourage you to try to find a holistic vet to care for your pet, especially when it comes to vaccinations.
If you can't locate a holistic vet in your area, make sure not to take your pet to any veterinary practice that promotes annual or more frequent re-vaccinations. Also try to avoid any boarding facility, groomer, training facility, or other animal service that requires you to vaccinate your pet more than necessary. Look for pet care providers who accept antibody titer tests in lieu of proof of vaccination.
Insure each vaccine your dog or cat receives meets the following criteria:
  • Your pet is healthy! Animals must be healthy to receive vaccines, so if your pet has allergies, endocrine issues, organ dysfunction, cancer (or is a cancer survivor), or another medical issue he or she is NOT a candidate to receive vaccines
  • It is for a life threatening disease (this eliminates most on the list immediately)
  • Your pet has the opportunity to be exposed to the disease (for example, indoor cats have little to no exposure)
  • The vaccine is considered both effective and safe (most aren't)
  • Do not vaccinate a pet that has had a previous vaccine reaction of any kind
  • If you do vaccinate your pet, ask your holistic vet to provide a homeopathic vaccine detox such as Thuja (a common choice for all vaccines except rabies)
Rabies vaccines are required by law, but insist on the 3-year vs. the 1-year vaccine and request the homeopathic rabies vaccine detoxifier Lyssin from your holistic vet. If your pet is young, ask to have the rabies vaccine given after 4 months of age, preferably closer to 6 months, to reduce the risk of an adverse reaction. Sick pets should never be vaccinated against rabies.

A Final Word About Antibody Titer Tests

Antibody levels can be measured from a blood draw, but be aware that antibody titer tests can be outrageously expensive depending on where you have them done. I recommend shopping around, because there is just no reason the cost of a simple antibody blood test for distemper or parvo should be prohibitive.
I've heard dog owners complain that their vet charges $200-$450 for a distemper/parvo vaccine titer test, which is ridiculous, and surely persuades some pet owners to re-vaccinate instead because it's more affordable.
If you're interested in titer tests for your pet and your vet's cost seems high, call around to other practices in your area. A reasonable cost for an office visit, blood draw and distemper/parvo titer test should be around $70-$120, depending on where the blood is sent and how (samples sent overnight obviously cost more). As a point of reference, Hemolife Diagnostics, owned by Dr. Jean Dodds, charges around $50 for the distemper/parvo titer test, which is run from a blood sample any vet can send in.
So let's all celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month by remembering that the words "vaccination" and "immunization" are not interchangeable, and that insuring your pet is immunized against disease does not mean subjecting to him to automatic re-vaccinations at regular intervals.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Derby Litter - Georgi Update

We just received this today - and couldnt be happier for him and his loving family !

Hi Alice,
Hope you are doing well!  Just wanted to share some recent pics of one of your Derby Day kittens, Georgi!  He is our charming, funny, lovable big 12.5 pound boy and is doing so well!  He is an amazing companion to all of us and we are so grateful to have him.  Thanks for giving us such an incredible kitty!
You can see in the pics how he loves to help with dishwashing duties and is amazingly athletic when the feathers come out!!!
Best wishes,

Didnt he just turn out so stunning ? I sure think so

Yet another amazing flying Siberian ! LOL

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Last Quick Health Update

And last update for the day - whew - we were busy this week !

Amy - Ch Kender's Come Along Pond can now add HCM clear to her name as well. So she is PKD clear (by parentage testing) - PKDef clear,  and HCM clear.  we look forward to her daughter Ashildr coming into her own in both the ring , and as a Kender Kitty.

More Health Updates

We are tickled to add to our already distinguished lineup - that Mr. Rex is also DNA confirmed PK Def Neg/Normal and PKD Neg/ Normal
so he is officially titled as
 TICA Regional Winner Champion Rockaran Rex Luchezarovich of Kender - HCM clear, PKD clear, PK Def clear, non CP carrier and does not carry dilution.

Again our thanks to Kathleen Delp for sharing this super sweet and loving boy with us.

Health Update's

And to add to our day - we are pleased to announce the dear sweet chatty Elvin - can now add
 HCM clear , PK Def clear and PKD clear to his credit.
He is also a solid colored cat who carries for dilution.
thank you Dilara Bakusova for sharing this boy.
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