Fannie Mae's Reading Library 











Nothing Replaces a Good Vet and some are much, much better than others.  



Ask around and ask lots of questions. Higher cost does not necessarily mean a better vet.   If it's serious, get a second 

opinion.  It COULD save your dog's life.




A Poison Safe Home

Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet  and Weather Hazards


General Information for Emergencies and First Aid from Canine Water Therapy Website - Be Prepared


Special Boston Terrier Training

by Donna Farmer of Birmingham Boston Terrier Rescue

Here's What You Need to Know and it's Just Common Sense

Download it HERE

and here's some more..

Dr. Ps Dog Training (Lots of stuff)


and a particularly good posting ~



How to Train a Dog at Home Like Professional Dog Trainers


How To Train A Puppy Yourself At Home


Want a quick link to some excellent behavioral advice?

Click below for 


by expert Kathy Diamond Davis
Author and Trainer



Alternative Meds & Treatments


Many of us have been frustrated with conventional treatments for a variety of dog ailments including food regurgitation, mast cell tumor treatment,  allergies, deaf dog and blind dog information, etc.   There is tremendous knowledge about these and many other problems and issues in the Rescue Community.


Here are some thoughts about some of these issues in an informal format and there are people you can ask questions directly and long after the vet community has given up, many of us are still in there swinging for our pooches


Cancer Treatment - things that work when your vet has given up...


Special Emergency Care from Pet Partners:



Ever Wonder about 

All those Tests You've Paid for and What they mean?

Test Interpretation - Index

click above


Dead Animal Rolling De-Stinker

A vet-recommended recipe for skunk and dead animal odor can be used as shown below:

1 bottle hydrogen peroxide
1/2 bottle water
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon dog shampoo

Mix hydrogen peroxide with water. Add baking soda and dog shampoo. Mix and pour into a squirt bottle/sprayer. Spray entire bottle onto dog, being careful not to get it directly into his eyes/nose. Let everything stand for 5 to 10 minutes while working the solution into his fur. Rinse.

Hydrogen peroxide can bleach fabrics, so proceed with caution. It can also affect color of dog fur. 






Developing Issues in Vet Care and Clinical Trials on Shots

(Some Controversial)


Good News About the Latest Canine Vaccination Guidelines

Recent Vet Info Article - Good Reading and Very Practical

New vaccination protocols (2007) being adopted by major Vet Schools

Dr. Dodds

Titer testing rather than Annual Vaccinations

The Terrible Risk  of vaccinating YOUR BOSTON for Lepto as a part of the usual annual vaccinations

Cautions for Rabies Vaccinations and the Right  - Smart way to Protect your Dog

Vaccinating Small Dogs: Risks Vets Arenít Revealing


Special Information for Puppies and Puppy Care

Sherry's Puppy Formula for Newborn Puppy dogs

How to Treat a Newborn or Newly Born Sick Puppy

Feeding Orphaned Puppies

General Care of Puppies and Kittens, Newborn to Four Weeks

Puppy Vaccinations and Timing

Puppies: Recommendations for  New Owners 

Puppy Stuff - General Info from for Puppies

Puppy care and training from Placeville

Puppy Flea Control tips





The MOST important development: If you suspect Parvo, ASK your VET about treating with Tamiflu.  

It works and it kills the virus.   

It CAN protect a pup in danger FROM the virus.   

Don't wait !!!!!!!

Alert: New Parvo-like Puppy Sickness !!

Parvo FAQs Collected by Moc Klinkam

Specific Clinical Parvo Treatment for Pups

Parvo Information  from the Long Beach Animal Hospital

Synopsis from the International Association of Canine Professionals

More In Depth Information from Marvistavet (always very good)'s Short Course on Parvo

Parvo FAQ's from Working Dogs

Betsy's Very Good Parvo Notes - READ !!!

These are Rescue Experience Based articles




Adult Dogs and Adult Dog Problems

Potential Health Problems for Adult Boston Terriers:

General Information First:

Dog Food Information

Common Flea and Tick Control Products - A Very Good Summary

Common Issues and Ailments by Pawprints and Purrs

Long Beach Animal Hospital's Disease Search - Very Good

All Pets Vet Clinic - General Health Topics

The Pet Web Library, a collection of everything from ADDISONíS DISEASE to ZINC POISONING, including EAR MITES

The World Famous Merck Veterinary Manual  ***

Brachycephalic breeds (including Boston Terriers) and their Special Problems

Encyclopedia of Canine Veterinary Medical Information 

The PetWork Pet Guide, a handy general guide to articles, tips, and information about dogs, cats, birds, and other pets.

Health & Nutrition Articles from Yahoo - Feeding, First Aid, Problem Prevention, First Aid and Illnesses

UT - Resources for Pet Owners / Animal Companions


Vaccinations and Scheduling:

General Canine Vaccine Recommendation from



Urinary Tract Infections

These are a common cause for otherwise housebroken dogs to start peeing on the floor and need to be addressed promptly.  


It's very painful for the dog and cannot be resolved without antibiotics


Read Here and see your vet quickly

Canine Urinary Tract Infection

VERY Good In Depth Article - Read it



Boston Eye Problems:


Retinopathy - IMR and SARDS



Glaucoma In Dogs And Cats

Corneal Ulcers

Dry Eye (KCS)

Veterinary Ophthalmologist Listings by State

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye) - Good

Factors to eliminate Tear Staining - Maltese Website

The Canine Eye - China Road

For Happy eyes for dogs: 

Use 1 or 2 drops of Equate  (or an  equivalent brand) gentle lubricant eye drops in each eye of an older dog once or twice each day.  Check the back panel of any brand for "Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose 0.3%"  That's the correct lubricant.

There are other brands of the same product listed at the Loyola University Health System website but be careful that it's the same components in the same concentration.



Emerging Heartworm Treatment and Preventative Methods:

The Most Recent (2005) Guidelines From the Heartworm Society for Diagnosis, Prevention and Management of Heartworms

Heartworm Disease and Typical Treatment

Heartworm Disease Webpage by the American Heartworm Society


Drs. Foster and Smith Heartworm Preventative Products Comparison Chart

Heartworm Summary from Beacon for

Important New Information Regarding Treatment of Heartworms!

Latest Guidelines from the Heartworm Society including Ivermectin protocol

Heartworm Treatment Options from Whole Dog Journal

Birmingham BTR Protocol

The video below - showing a heartworm caval surgery case in a dog named Davey who wound up having 86 heartworms removed - is courtesy of Steven D. Garner, DVM, DABVP, Safari AnimalCare Center, League City, TX.





Special Problems and Conditions (many courtesy of Mar Vista Animal
Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA):

Urinary Incontinence

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Treating Acute Diarrhea And Chronic Diarrhea in Dogs






Vomiting and diarrhea

Placerville Veterinary Clinic's Good Advice

Vomiting from Washington State University

Dog First Aid 101 Vomiting


Regurgitation - it's NOT the same as Vomiting

Fixing regurgitation is often times a trial and error situation that can be complicated by many factors.   Sometimes the problem is physical in nature, sometimes it's just the dog food that the dog can't tolerate.  Often times, changing the way and timing for the dog to eat can make a big difference.

Thanks to Mary Ellen and Fran's work, here's one example of how that can happen Regurgitation

Also, if you have a specific question and you're at wits end, email and see if Fran  can help.

This is a Rescue Experience Based article





Bad Behavior in Adult Dogs (Aggression):

Tips and Hints on Troubled or Aggressive Dogs by Donna Farmer of Birmingham Boston Terrier Rescue with email capability

Sudden Changes in Behavior and Aggression in Adult Dogs

Lyme Disease May Cause Sudden Violent Aggression in Dogs

Behavioral Changes Associated With Thyroid Dysfunction in Dogs  

Aggressive/Biting Behavior in Dogs and What to Look For

Aggressive Behavior - Specific Acts with Lots of Details Q&A Format

Aggression Due to Dominance by Katharine Hillestad, DVM


Behavior in Adult Dogs (Other than Aggression):

Coprophagia (Poop Eating)

Behavior Articles from Yahoo - Major Issues, Tips and Housetraining

Dr. P's Excellent Training Library of Behavior Problems (and Solutions) in Dogs

Separation Anxiety and How to Deal with it in Your Dog

Crate Training 101

Excellent Article on Crate Training from Dog Fancy Magazine


Other Sources of Specific  Information

Veterinary Supplies and Supply Houses

These are the supply houses we use for our rescue Bostons.  Be sure to compare pricing on item by item since it can vary widely.  Always consider taxes (if applicable) and shipping costs:

Pet Vet Medicines (Our principle Rx supplier - A great supporter of rescues)

Drs. Foster and Smith


Valley Vet

Jeffers Vet Supply

Lambriar (now Lambert)


Helpful Drug Related information for your Dog

Understanding the Meaning of Abbreviations Used in Prescription Drugs

Typical dosage calculations and common drug usage from Chinaroad

Drugs, medications and Emergency Household Medications from Chinaroad 



Information and Understanding on How to Train a Blind Dog:

How to Train a Blind Dog




Information for Deaf Dogs


We intend to eventually add more information specifically for Deaf and Blind Dogs

Information on Training and Understanding  Deaf Dogs

How to Teach a Deaf Dog Basic Commands

Training Tips from the Deaf Dog Education Action Fund



Canine Diabetes


Some common sense on treating Canine Diabetes from Kurt

Information for owners of Canine's with Diabetes

Remember, Canine Diabetes can lead to blindness and death!




One ear over the other head tilt, "Wobble Eyes," and Vertigo


Lack of balance and eye movements coordination with movement of the head

Signs of vestibular disease



Canine Hypothyroidism

This can exhibit a number of odd symtoms including becoming "nippy"

Canine Hypothyroidism: Frequently Asked Questions and Symtoms



Living with a Megaesophagus Dog

Megaesophagus is a condition in which the muscles in the esophagus become weak and stretch out, creating pockets that prevent food from reaching the stomach.  The condition causes regurgitation, loss of weight, and can lead to pneumonia if not managed.  But Megaesophagus is NOT a death sentence!  In most cases, adjustments to the feeding routine such as vertical feeding will help manage the condition and allow the dog to live a relatively normal life.

 For more information about Megaesophagus and Baby Jewell, click here.

Also see




Old Dog Diseases - "Wasting" and the Inability to Gain Weight


Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency


EPI from Marvistavet