Stormy and Clove Oil Used for Anesthesia

A quick update on our bunny, Stormy. We ran out of meds sooner than I expected so he went to the vet Tuesday instead of today. He’s also been having some discharge from the eye but the vet seemed to think it wasn’t anything to be concerned about.  Dr. Roth says we’re not out of the woods yet but there is progress. His eye is slowly but surely healing, it’s just going to take time and patience. That was good news.

Did you know clove oil could be used as anesthesia for fish? Now you know. Most people use it for pain in their gums but unfortunately for me and my poor goldfish that was not why I went hunting for clove oil. I found some at the health food store for a reasonable price.

For years I used the freezer method to put a sick/dying fish down. I was dreading it. I really hated the method but what else could I do? The only other options, I had been told, was to chop off its head, flush it down the commode, remove it from water or squish it–none of which was happening via me.

Instead of blindly doing what I had always been doing I went on the internet to see if there was another way and found a website called Wise Geek. They give good information on a humane way of euthanizing fish.  They advise the best way to euthanize the fish is to “First, anesthetize the fish with clove oil so that it is sleeping and unable to feel pain; then introduce a clear grain alcohol like vodka to ensure the fish will not wake up.”

To be honest I did not use vodka. I don’t drink and I was not interested in going into a liquor store to buy alcohol. What I ended up doing was a lethal dose of clove oil as described further down in the article. The fish died quickly and if it can be called this, peacefully.

The reason why I’m talking about it is because while it is hard to lose an animal, sometimes you are the one who has to decide to end its life humanely. Worse, you’re the one that has to do the deed. After using the clove oil I have to agree it is humane and would recommend its use if needed. I want this information out there for anyone who has a fish tank.

I embedded the website above but here it is again:

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-most-humane-way-to-euthanize-a-fish.htm

The other two goldfish are doing fine at this time but the 55 gallon they’re in looks bigger somehow. The humongous pleco and the three corys, this includes the little cory who has to be at least fifteen years old, are all in there and well. Still, we’re missing a friend and it will be awhile before that big hole where he used to swim in the tank closes.

 

RIP

 

 

Peace.

Fat Tuesday: Comme ci, Comme ça

I made it through last week without eating sugary dessert items but there was some compulsive eating so I can’t call it an unqualified success.  Chips and the like need to be added to my list of no-no items.

However I am happy to report weight has been lost. Yayyy! About ten pounds which puts me at almost what my weight was before Christmas. I have several more pounds to go but I am pleased about this progress.

My friend Gail, and Holly’s mom-in-law, sent me this email:

Love  this Doctor!
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Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life.  Is this true? 

A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it… Don’t waste on exercise.  Everything wear out eventually.  Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster.  Want to live longer?  Take nap.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A:  Oh no.  Wine made from fruit.  Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way.  Beer also made of grain.  Bottom up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?

A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one.  If you have two body, your ratio two to one.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? 

A: Can’t think of single one, sorry.  My philosophy: No pain…good!

Q:  Aren’t fried foods bad for you?

A:  YOU NOT LISTENING!  Food fried in vegetable oil.  How getting more vegetable be bad?

Q
  :  Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? 
A:  Oh no!  When you exercise muscle, it get bigger.  You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.

Q:  Is chocolate bad for me?  

A:  You crazy?!?  HEL-LO-O!!  Cocoa bean!  Another vegetable!  It best feel-good food around!

Q:  Is swimming good for your figure?  

A:  If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.

Q:  Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?  

A:  Hey!  ‘Round’ is shape!

Well… I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And  remember:  
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO-HOO, what a ride!!”

AND…..

For  those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health.  It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans…

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

CONCLUSION:  Eat and drink what you like.   Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

 

Man I wish he were a real doctor and the above was true. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Goals haven’t changed from last week.

Reason for staying off sugar and changing lifestyle this week: Sugar ages you. No need to help Mother Nature out, she does the job just fine on her own.

Peace.

Do you have any diet jokes you’d like to share?

 

 

Curio’s Past, Shhh.