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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 29, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba ■•4. STEVE DALE MY PET WORLD Pooch terrified by loud noises Q: Last year, a rowdy neighbour threw firecrackers in the direction of my nine-year-old shepherd mix. After that, die dog became terrified by any loud noise — slamming car doors, backfiring engines, etc. She’s better now, but I’m worried that if a firecracker goes off again she might have a heart attack. What can I do to ease her fears? — C.H., San Diego, Calif. A: Get some new neighbours and you’ll both feel better. The good news is, your pooch is unlikely to have a heart attack just because she hears a loud noise, says veterinary cardiologist Dr. Mike ______Luethy,    of Northbrook, 111. If you hear fireworks, take your pooch in the basement and pump up the volume on the stereo to drown out the noise. Of course, this solution is not always practical. In many communities, holiday fireworks really begin around July I and culminate on die Fourth. Veterinary behaviourist Dr. Nicholas Dodman, of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, says melatonin is very effective as a calmer. Some swear by herbal calmers, such as Rescue Remedy, or Dr. Jeff Weber’s Calming Formula to Ease Anxiety and Fears. However, please understand that such products should be considered seriously (herbal or not, they are medications); make a quick phone call to your vet before use. Prescription drugs like Valium or acepromazine may effectively take the edge off for your dog around the 4th of July. Q: We just bought a boat, which we’d wanted to do for several years. Our little boy loves the boat, but Chico, our Labrador retriever, would rather be in the water than on board. Because Chico loves the water so much, it never occurred to us he’d get seasick. Can we stick one of those motion sickness patches behind Chico’s ear? — S.G., St. Paul, Minn. Q: Have you ever heard of anyone successfully using a motion sickness patch on an animal? My vet suggested I give my dog Benadryl but all it does is make her sleepy. Any other suggestions? — S.M., Atlanta, Ga. A: Motion sickness patches are dosed for people, not pets, explains veterinary toxicologist Dr. Tam Garland, a consultant at Garland, Bailey & Associates in College Station, Texas. Benadryl doesn’t do a dam thing for motion sickness; it just puts you to sleep. Your vet is, in fact, hoping your dog snoozes while you cruise. There are some fast-acting anti-anxiety drugs which can relax dogs with no sea legs. Such dogs get anxious at the very sight of a boat because they know they’re going to get that queasy feeling. While anti-anxiety drugs can help, they don’t deal directly with the issue of motion sickness. Amy Shojai, author of “First AID Companion for Dogs & Cats” (Rodale, Emmaus, PA, 2001; $29.95), says ginger cookies can alleviate motion sickness. There are many brands of ginger cookies for dogs, available at many pet stores. Q: Our 8-month-old kitten was bom outdoors, and when we adopted her she tested positive for feline leukemia. She seems like a normal, fun-loving kitten. Someone told me that cats with feline leukemia can go into remission, or at least live very long and healthy lives. Is this true? — G.H., St. Petersburg, Fla. A: First, please have your kitty re-test-ed. Some cats show a false positive for feline leukemia. The sad truth is, however, that about 80 percent of cats with feline leukemia never make it to their fourth birthday, according to Dr. James Richards, chairman of the feline health center at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, N.Y. Of the remaining 20 percent, some live well into middle age but only a few make it to old age. Richards knows of one cat with feline leukemia that succumbed at age 13, but that was an exception to the rule. Sadly, feline leukemia does not go into remission in the true sense of the word. You can help your kitty by keeping her indoors where she’s safer from germs and other cats, supplying a quality diet (talk with your vet about nutritional supplementation, vitamins, etc.) and reacting quickly at the slightest changes in her health, treating symptoms swiftly and aggressively. It’s a good idea to have blood work done on a cat with feline leukemia twice a year so your vet can be alerted to even subtle changes. Ultimately, treatment options are limited since there is no cure. You are compassionate to welcome this kitty into your family. Enjoy the time you do have. Steve Dale welcomes questions / com-ents from readers. Although he can't iswer all of them individually, he will iswer those of general interest in his col-rn. Write to Steve at Tribune Media rvices, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1400, hicago, III. 60611. Send e-mail to [email protected] Include your name, y and state. Listen to Steve Dale’s rEEKL Y RADIO SHOWS, “Pet Central ”, and Animal Planet idio at (click on the ik for Animal Planet Radio). paddig peaq qnio (9 paAouj laaq/w peo (g luajagip jenoo (t> 1 paddju Belj (e euo6 qoteM (Z peAotu ja>peuj g (\ >&Ta1 By Jim Barnardwhisutora DIRECT!ONS:AII the theme words listed below will be found in the puzzle, either vertically, horizontally, diagonally or even backwards The puzzle will he easier if you find the bigger words first As you find a word. CIRCLE EACH LETTER and then check the word off the list of theme words. Some letters might be used more than once, so be careful to leave all letters visible The letters left over will solve the puzzle, and may be one word or a phrase. “A MAP OF MAINE” Solution: 13 Letters (3 Words) THEME WORDS A Acton G Gray O Ola mon Ll Unity Addison Guerette Orono Alton Oxbow W Waite Augusta H Hancock Weld Ayers Hartford P Palermo Wells Holden Paris Winn B Bancroft Perry Wyman Bangor J Jay Portland Baring Jefferson Pownal Bath Princeton Benedicta L Lewiston Bigelow Limerick Q Quimby Blanchard Littleton Bradley Lookout S Saco Bristol Lubec Salem Byron Ludlow Searsmont Seawall C Caribou M Marion Sebec China Milo Sheridan Clifton Minot Springfield Colby Monaca Stratton Corea Monticello Sullivan Cornville Moody Sumner Moscow Sunshine O Dixmont Myra Surry F Farmington N Naples T Togus Fayette Newry Troy Franklin Turner D E T T E Y A F N A M Y w E S U R R Y O D N B B D E O N O T E L T T I L N S P L R N A V I L L U S Q U I M B Y I E I P I A T N L A D E E R B A N O R Y B W E T M H N G M T A A I E W L S Y R E M R N O Y r V# U O B I R A C F E T H O C O R Y N D L N N R T S B O E F G O E R N Y N A O I S A L N M S D N P E C N R T T A R O M J U L L O T s I R B J O W I N N D M E A W M B N T O H X W D W R C D R A D R Y O E N T E G S K M R E E E s A K P I P B L R E B A N C R O F T L A u N S C S X A A P R S U I E F N U L L H G E K N O S R R E A S T M T D T o T S U O P I W N C I Y I T C O R N V I L L E R T L A O W N N M S S C A A A W N C R A E K U D L c O G A E U H O F E T O E T W N T D A E E I C L H G I C L I F T O N A R W L T G N R P S R U N D T B T C O R L U T O N I M A M A O A A S R E Y A F N L T N W P B N M Y O E M Last puzzle's Answer: READ ALL ABOUT IT © 2002 Jim Barnard 6/30 ;