LABMED

LABMED LABMED was founded to provide emergency monies to offset expenses incurred in the medical treatment of abandoned and/or injured Labrador Retrievers in need of rescue.
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LABMED is a non-profit rescue organization created and run over the Internet. It was formed in August 1996 after a member of the Labrador Retriever (Labrador-L) mailing list made a request to the list for donations to help a badly injured rescue Lab. Within just one week, the decision-making committee was organized and an application, by-laws and funding guidelines were written, a testament to the speed of Internet communication.

LABMED is a non-profit rescue organization created and run over the Internet. It was formed in August 1996 after a member of the Labrador Retriever (Labrador-L) mailing list made a request to the list for donations to help a badly injured rescue Lab. Within just one week, the decision-making committee was organized and an application, by-laws and funding guidelines were written, a testament to the speed of Internet communication.

Mission: Support by donating to http://www.labmed.org/sup_donate.html or https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JLG944F7NZUM8

LABMED has officially dissolved as of April 2020. We will keep this page up for a bit longer for those interested in who...
04/08/2020

LABMED has officially dissolved as of April 2020. We will keep this page up for a bit longer for those interested in who we were and what we did. Our website will also remain up for a limited time yet to be determined. We are saddened to have to make this announcement, but are proud of what we accomplished over the course of almost 24 years. Many dogs were saved who otherwise might not have been--beginning with our Buddy, the dog who started it all (that's his photo below). A big thank-you to all who supported us and cheered us on through the years. We couldn't have done it without you.

08/20/2019

LABMED is pleased to announce that our remaining funds will be split between two organizations:Labradors and Friends Dog Rescue of San Diego, California, and Labs2Love of Lincoln, California. ,A number of worthy organizations were nominated, the LABMED Board voted, and decided the top two vote-getters would receive our funds. Congratulations Labradors and Friends and Labs2Love!

08/19/2019

Thank you for all the photos and stories of your LABMED dogs. If anyone hasn't posted yet, please do so and let us hear about your LABMED dog.

07/05/2019

I think it would be appropriate to close out LABMED with photos of the dogs we helped - so if you have one - please share it!

More information on the grain-free dogfood issue.
06/29/2019

More information on the grain-free dogfood issue.

Yesterday we had two wonderful Golden Retrievers, ages 6 and 2, come in for elective surgical procedures. Both dogs had a history of eating a well-known and popular grain free diet for several years. In one dog, an arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) was detected so an x-ray of his chest was taken. His heart was enlarged, so an echocardiogram was scheduled for that afternoon. An x-ray was also taken of the other dog's chest as a precaution, and his heart was also enlarged. He was able to get an echocardiogram same day, as well.

The reports on both dogs just came back, and both of these gorgeous, otherwise perfectly healthy dogs have Dilated Cardiomyopathy. The cardiologist suspects that in both cases it is related to their diet. Thankfully, this condition was caught early, and when fed a traditional diet, their condition should hopefully reverse. Their cases are being reported to the FDA, along with the thousands of others from across the country.

There is no evidence to support feeding grain-free. Most pet allergies are related to environment (pollens, etc) or protein sources. Grain allergies account for a tiny fraction of all food allergies in dogs. Unfortunately, many dogs are becoming very ill or even dying from eating so-called "BEG" diets (boutique, exotic, grain-free), and the terrible thing is nutritionally mediated dilated cardiomyopathy is 100% preventable. There have been zero reported cases of NMDCM in dogs eating foods that meet WSAVA guidelines, currently made by Purina, Hill's, Iams/Eukanuba, or Royal Canin. We strongly suggest if you are feeding a "BEG" diet that you change your dog over to one of the brands listed above. If you have any questions specifically related to your pet, please call us.

We are so hopeful we caught this disease in time for our two beautiful patients to reverse their disease. Their very caring and dedicated owners have already changed their diet to one that meets WSAVA criteria. The articles below will help explain this disease, WSAVA guidelines, and why grain-free was more marketing than science.

http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2018/11/dcm-update/

https://www.wsava.org/WSAVA/media/Arpita-and-Emma-editorial/Selecting-the-Best-Food-for-your-Pet.pdf

http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2016/06/grain-free-diets-big-on-marketing-small-on-truth/

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/dogs-fed-some-popular-diets-could-be-risk-heart-disease/

Here is a more comprehensive chart of dog foods associated with DCM:
06/28/2019

Here is a more comprehensive chart of dog foods associated with DCM:

06/23/2019

This page will remain up and running for some time, so please keep watching for more news as we go through the process of ending our mission.

06/21/2019

LABMED is no longer accepting applications. We are in the process of ceasing operations and will issue more information soon. Thank you for all the support you have shown us over the years.

Someone attempted to send us a message today. It popped up on my cell phone, but disappeared before I was able to read i...
05/01/2019

Someone attempted to send us a message today. It popped up on my cell phone, but disappeared before I was able to read it and I cannot find it now. If you were trying to apply for aid, please go to our website at www.labmed.org and fill out an application now. Please read our guidelines carefully to make sure you qualify.

Dogs Lives Matter
04/26/2019

Dogs Lives Matter

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They're very good at deleting cookies.
04/17/2019

They're very good at deleting cookies.

It's a fashion statement!
04/13/2019

It's a fashion statement!

Seems right.
04/10/2019

Seems right.

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If you have a long-haired dog, don't shave it in the summer. Keep it brushed to avoid matting.
04/07/2019

If you have a long-haired dog, don't shave it in the summer. Keep it brushed to avoid matting.

Good Choice Dog Training
04/07/2019

Good Choice Dog Training

Ok... this is one Iof my favorite flowcharts!

Sunday funnies...
03/24/2019

Sunday funnies...

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Please note: Hill's Prescription Diet and Science Diet dog food brands recall expanded to 44 varieties.https://www.dogfo...
03/24/2019
Hill’s Prescription Diet and Science Diet Dog Food Recall Expands to Include 44 Varieties

Please note: Hill's Prescription Diet and Science Diet dog food brands recall expanded to 44 varieties.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/hills-dog-food-recall-expands/

March 20, 2019 β€” Hill’s Pet Nutrition is expanding its voluntary recall of canned dog food products due to elevated levels of vitamin D. This recall expansion relates to the same vitamin premix that led to the January 31 voluntary recall previously announced on The Dog Food Advisor website. Vita...

Labs, of course.
03/21/2019

Labs, of course.

Problem solver

Of course it's a Lab eating all that paper!
03/21/2019

Of course it's a Lab eating all that paper!

Holistic Pet Therapy Center
03/20/2019

Holistic Pet Therapy Center

Blue toys are the best!
03/10/2019

Blue toys are the best!

Certainly something to take into account.

No, they don't.
03/10/2019

No, they don't.

Saving dogs from other countries sounds like a good thing, BUT...some of these dogs are carrying diseases for which ther...
03/06/2019
Cornell identifies new strain of canine distemper

Saving dogs from other countries sounds like a good thing, BUT...some of these dogs are carrying diseases for which there is no vaccine or cure.

Korean strain of canine distemper identified in US.

Perfect!
03/01/2019

Perfect!

Too good not to share!

If dogs had 'conversation hearts'...
02/12/2019

If dogs had 'conversation hearts'...

The report from Deputy Gage:
02/11/2019

The report from Deputy Gage:

You just know they're thinking it.
01/21/2019

You just know they're thinking it.

This just made me snort!

Here's an update on Caroline, too. She's gaining weight nicely and enjoying her new home.
01/18/2019

Here's an update on Caroline, too. She's gaining weight nicely and enjoying her new home.

A little update on Caliber. Here are a couple photos of her snuggling and resting at home post-surgery!
01/18/2019

A little update on Caliber. Here are a couple photos of her snuggling and resting at home post-surgery!

New application: CaliberCaliber is a 10-week-old chocolate pup in Kent, Washington. She was injured at the dog park. Her...
01/16/2019

New application: Caliber
Caliber is a 10-week-old chocolate pup in Kent, Washington. She was injured at the dog park. Her previous owner did not see the injury happen; he suspected a dog ran into Caliber when he wasn't looking. He did not have the funds to take care of her, so he surrendered her to a co-worker who is now seeking funding for her surgery. Caliber has a fractured femur (you can see how bad the fracture is in the x-ray below) and if that fracture had nicked the femoral artery, the puppy would have surely bled out. We are happy to report that Caliber came through her surgery just fine and is eating well. She is supposed to rest for a few weeks, but keeping her still is already a challenge!

Here is another link to the dog food recall list.https://wnep.com/2019/01/16/fda-expands-list-of-recalled-dog-food-9-bra...
01/16/2019
FDA Expands List of Recalled Dog Food; 9 Brands Pulled for Making Dogs Violently Ill

Here is another link to the dog food recall list.
https://wnep.com/2019/01/16/fda-expands-list-of-recalled-dog-food-9-brands-pulled-for-making-dogs-violently-ill/

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has expanded its recall of dog food brands that have too much vitamin D, which could make your pet sick. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems like kidney failure or death. The recalled products were s...

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3941 Legacy Dr, # A115, Ste 204
Plano, TX
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http://www.labmed.org/aid_app.html

General information

In 2010 LABMED funded a total of 55 dogs spending $19,800. Due to the economy we are receiving more applications for higher amounts of money. We were only able to partially fund every application that we approved, usually for less than half of what was requested. Until a couple of years ago we were usually able to fully fund applications that were approved.

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