Help for Blabbermouths

Leadership Freak

Raise your hand if you have a boss who talks too much. Blabbermouth bosses exasperate everyone.

Raise your hand if you’re a boss. I bet you talk too much, too. As a general rule…

Leaders talk too much and listen too little.

Blabbermouth bosses talk too much because they:

  1. Don’t want others to talk.
  2. Believe they are “all that.” You can’t silence self-important prima donnas.
  3. Feel strongly. Passion drives verbosity.
  4. Love power and control. Research shows the powerful talk more than others.
  5. Know too much. Why listen when you already know? The gift of wisdom drops like pearls from their lips.
  6. Don’t care about others.
  7. Feel fear. Doctors know talkative patients are nervous, for example.

Bonus: Weak leaders talk too much when trying to convince skeptics.

Tips for Blabbermouths:


Forget about active listening. It’s beyond you. Just shut up.

Master silent listening before
attempting active listening.



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Too Afraid to Matter

Fear cheers for the status quo! Love that.

Leadership Freak


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Fear binds to the present.

Paralyzing fear pats you on the back when nothing changes.

Fear cheers for the status quo.

Fear says; don’t stand out because you’ll:

  1. Look foolish.
  2. Screw up. (You will)
  3. Get in over your head.
  4. Lose what you have.
  5. Seem arrogant. Others aren’t standing out. What gives you the right to think you can?

Fear of loss and criticism prevents you from doing what matters.

How to matter most:

Forget and shift:

  1. Forget about being in charge. Stop thinking leadership is authority, power, command and control. Shift to serving. Bring benefit. What’s the good thing you can do for others?
  2. Forget about final results. Focus on the path forward. Meaningful results never happen all at once. How can you make a difference today?
  3. Forget about one. Think two. An ancient proverb says, “Two are better than one because they have a good…

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Dental Disease in Pets, the Silent Killer – Part 1

Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

This is a subject very close to my heart. Ever since I graduated, I always struggled with educating my clients about the importance of dental hygiene in their beloved pets.

As soon as I noted some tartar or plaque build-up on their pet’s teeth and before I could discuss my recommendations, they would defensively react by saying:

“Look the previous vet said my dog is too old to undergo a general anesthetic and I agree with his/her opinion”.

At that point, they were not even open to listening to any advice with regards to managing their pet’s dental disease whether medically with pulse antibiotic therapy or dietary support to help prevent further progression. In all honesty, I could not blame those owners for reacting the way they did especially when my colleagues had further fueled their fears.

Yes geriatric pets pose a higher risk of anesthetic and there is no two ways about it. However…

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Heartworms – What you need to know

Edited by:  Diane Robertson

Information By:  The American Heartworm Society

What is heartworm disease?

Heartworm disease is one of the major health problems of dogs in the United States and throughout the temperate and tropical areas of the world.  As well as being found in dogs and other species, it is now being found in cats in ever-increasing numbers.  The disease develops when a pet becomes infected with parasites called Dirofilaria immitis that are transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.  Dogs may be infected by a few or up to several hundred heartworms.  Cats are similarly infected although usually by only a few worms.  Heartworm infection often leads to severe lung disease and heart failure and can damage other organs in the body as well.

 Heartworm disease has been found in all 50 states.  A number of recent cases have been reported in El Dorado County and local veterinarians are trying to get the word out to have your pets tested and placed on a preventative.

How is heartworm disease spread from one pet to another?

It is only spread my mosquitoes.  Adult female heartworms living in an infected dog or other host release their young, called microfilaria, into the bloodstream.  Mosquitoes become infected by the microfilaria while taking a blood meal from these infected animals.  During the next 10 to 14 days, microfilarias mature to the infective larval stage within the mosquito.  When the mosquito then bites another dog, cat or susceptible animal, the infective larvae exit the mosquito’s mouth and are deposited onto the surface of the animal’s skin.  The infective larvae can then actively enter the new host through the fresh bite wound.

 What are the physical signs of heartworm infection?

Dogs:  Heartworms may accumulate gradually over years, or quickly when conditions allow exposure to high numbers of mosquitoes carrying infective heartworm larvae.  Clinical signs of disease may not be easily recognized in pets that have been recently infected or in those with low numbers of heartworms, as they may not yet exhibit outward signs of disease.  However, pets heavily infected with heartworms or those with chronic disease often show prominent clinical signs.

 In dogs, signs of heartworm disease may include a mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, fatigue after moderate activity, decreased appetite and weight loss.  As heartworm disease progresses, pets may develop heart failure commonly recognized by an accumulation of fluid in the abdomen giving the pet the appearance of a “swollen belly.”  Dogs infected with large numbers of heartworms can develop a sudden blockage of blood flow within the heart leading to a life threatening form of cardiovascular collapse called “caval syndrome.”  Signs of caval syndrome include a sudden onset of labored breathing, pale gums and dark bloody or “coffee-colored” urine.  Without prompt surgical removal of the heartworm blockage, few pets survive.

 Cats:  Signs of heartworm disease in cats can be very subtle and misleading.  Signs may include coughing, asthma-like attacks, intermittent vomiting, lack of appetite, or weight loss.  Occasionally ataxia (difficulty walking), seizures, fluid accumulation in the abdomen and syncope (fainting) have been reported as well.  Unfortunately, the first sign in some cases is sudden collapse of the cat, or sudden death.

 Are tests available to detect heartworm disease?

Yes, for both dogs and cats.  Your pet must test negative before being placed on a heartworm preventative medication.  Heartworm tests may be combined with other tests and typically run between $25 and $50.  Check with your local vet or vaccination clinic.

Dogs:  Annual testing for dogs is recommended for several important reasons.  First, many of us do not take our own medications as directed let alone medicate our pets.  We’re busy; we forget; we miss a dose here and there.  Second, even if you never miss a dose there is nothing to prevent your dog from eating some grass and vomiting up the medication you just gave.  Your pet would be without protection for an entire month.  Third, if your pet accidentally became infected with heartworms, your veterinarian needs to detect it as soon as possible before irreversible heart and lung damage occur.  Early detection and treatment are always best.  Finally, some heartworm tests now come combined with tests that monitor other significant diseases (Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis).  With annual testing, you know your pet is heartworm free and not infected with these serious tick-borne diseases, some of which could affect family members.  The tests are quick and accurate and make sure your pet is free from infection.  Annual testing provides peace of mind in knowing that your pet is free of heartworms, and should your pet be infected, it assures you of early diagnosis.

 CatsHeartworm infection in cats is easily overlooked and harder to detect than in dogs.  The preferred method for screening cats includes the use of both an antigen and an antibody test.  Your veterinarian may also use X-rays or ultrasound to look for heartworm infection.  Your cat should be tested prior to starting a preventive, and annually thereafter.  Remember, since there is no approved treatment for heartworm infection in cats, prevention is critical.

What is the treatment for heartworm disease?

Dogs:  If a dog is infected with heartworms, the treatment needs to kill the adult and immature worms.  Currently, only one product is approved by the FDA for this purpose (Immiticide®- melarsomine hydrochloride).  It is given by deep injection into muscle.  A series of injections are given, either over a 24-hour period or two treatment periods, one month apart.  While treatment may be administered on an outpatient basis, hospitalization for the procedure is often recommended.  Other medications may be given at the time of treatment depending on the stage of heartworm disease.

Cats:  There is no FDA approved treatment for heartworm infection in cats.  Prevention is critical.  Indoor cats have less exposure to mosquitos so you should consider keeping your cats exclusively indoors.

For the full American Heartworm Society FAQ, go to


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