4 great tips that will help you and your dog have a wonderful and non eventual Thanksgiving.
What Not To Feed Your Dog
Your Thanksgiving meal, while delicious to you, will be on a dog’s no-no list.
1) No turkey, which is often stuffed and basted in fats to crisp the skin and make the meat moist. If you do give a small portion of turkey, make sure it is small, not fatty, and DE-BONED!
2) mashed potatoes with gravy and onions
3) stuffing (no raisins and no onions)
Small, low-fat, non-spicy portions of food are the key to positive sharing.
Here are some essential diet no-nos for the holiday season:
1. Avoid items that you know will upset your pet’s stomach. Not every pet’s gastrointestinal system is capable of taking on all foods and digesting or absorbing them properly. If you know your pet has had digestive sensitivities in the past, you should avoid new foods, especially in large portions, or combined with other new foods. Your holiday can be easily ruined by a carpet full of the resulting “reaction.”
2. Nothing with onions or other alliums (i.e., garlic, leeks, scallions). Though small, well-cooked portions of this plant group can be okay when pets are accustomed to them, larger quantities can lead to toxic anemia — especially in dogs. Also, be careful with turkey stuffing. Many stuffing recipes include onions.
3. No chocolate. Everyone knows that chocolate causes abnormally high heart rhythms in dogs, among other problems. But not everyone is aware that the kind of chocolate we bake with over the holidays is especially toxic. While an M&M or two may not hurt, a dog that snatches a large chunk of baking chocolate from the counter may end up in the ER. Be careful to keep ingredients out of reach when baking.
4. No grapes or raisins. These fruits have been found to cause kidney failure in dogs, and studies have shown that these products tend to cause problems when given in large quantities over a period of time, so there’s no need to risk it.
5. No xylitol. Most people don’t cook with this sugar substitute, but diabetics often do. Anything with xylitol in it is toxic and absolutely deadly to dogs. Sugar-free cupcakes, gums, and mints may also contain this product, so be careful all year round.
6. No macadamia nuts. As delicious as they are, we recommend you not offer them to your pet(s). That means that caramelized macadamia nut tart is off limits for your pet.
7. No alcohol. This is obvious. NONE! This “entertainment” to you may be deadly to your pet.
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- The American Humane Association has completed phase I of a three-part study on pet ownership. The goal of the study is to help find families for more homeless pets, and to help those pets remain in their new homes forever.
- Phase I of the study examined the reasons people don’t own a dog or cat.,what One surprising result from the survey of 1,500 previous pet owners was that 20 percent were still dealing with the grief of losing a prior pet, which prevented them from getting another four-legged companion.
- Results from phase I indicate pet advocacy groups need to address general negative attitudes toward cats, focus cat adoption strategies on the people most open to owning a kitty, and better understand the role grief plays as a barrier to future pet ownership.
resource: Dr. Becker’s Blog
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found this today, please educate yourself:
Pet owners should create a safety kit to keep on hand for poisoning emergencies involving their animals. According to the ASPCA, this kit should contain:
• A fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent solution (USP).
• Can of soft dog or cat food.
• Turkey baster, bulb syringe, or large medical syringe.
• Saline eye solution to flush out eye contaminants.
• Artificial tear gel to lubricate eyes after flushing
• Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid to decontaminate skin.
• Skunk Off! or tomato juice (for skunk spray).
• Rubber gloves or tough gardening gloves.
• Forceps to remove stingers.
• Muzzle (a frightened animal may inadvertently bite).
• Several soft old towels.
• Pet carrier.
If you suspect you pet has consumed something toxic, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435. There is a $60 consultation fee for this service; experts are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Want to do something about the threat to pets? Protect household animals from toxins by letting the FDA know that we need a new system of public health protections.
By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Healthy and Green Living
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I asked Sara how she came across Luna, her dog…(see my last blog)….this is what Sara wrote-Please read-and if you can send a few bucks..it will make a HUGE difference! Sayulita-Their work is heart and soul!
“Last full moon night (August 30th) I drove home from Sayulita. I live 5 km from town. Just when I turned into the drive way I saw something black standing on the side of the highway. I stopped my car and got out to see what that black thing was. It was a dog. I immediately took food out of my car (I always keep dog food in the back), put some kibbles in my hand and slowly carefully approached the dog. He was careful, didn’t trust me at first and it took him a while to decide what to do. Finally he came up to me and started eating out of my hand. I put some more food in a bowl and put it on the ground away from the highway. I looked at him closely, it was a bright night and it broke my heart. I saw his jaw looked weird, I saw he was limping from his hind leg, I saw his fur was rough, I saw he was dripping wet as it had rained just before, I saw he was painfully thin……..overall he was the worst I have seen.
He ate and let me touch him.
Because I have a pack of 4 dogs and one of them is aggressive I couldn’t take him home that night. I decided to put him in my car and in the morning I would bring him to the clinic and have the vet look at him.
So I carefully picked him up and carried him to my car. He didn’t like it but let me do it. He absolutely did not like being in the car and wanted to jump out. So I said to him: ”ok buddy, I let you out, I put food for you here and you better stick around till the morning. Wait for me here and I will get you and we go to the vet!”
I drove off and saw him in the back mirror lying right there. I came to my house, turned on the light and……… saw that there were thousands of maggot-like insects growling all over me! I screamed at my dogs not to come close and went straight to the bathroom where I took a shower with my clothes on! It was gross and made me realize that the dog must be COVERED with these things but he didn’t even scratch himself. He is beyond that, he is like a Zombie dog.
Next morning came and he…..was NOT there. I looked for him but nothing.
The morning after he…..was THERE! I fed him and took some photos (one I sent to you) from that first meal. And then I saw all the insects that were living on him! Horrendous! I picked him up again and carried him to my car and off we went.
The vet and I gave him a bath which made me almost throw up and she checked him out.
He is old, he has no front teeth, his tongue is hanging at the side most times, he has a fractured leg or hip, he has erlichia and he is EXTREMELY sweet!
So now he lives at the clinic and I love him so very much. I named him Luna (even though he is a male) because I fist saw him at full moon.
I have been doing dog rescue for the last 3 1/2 years and it’s brutal work, Barbara. My heart is so broken and my soul so sad that I sometimes feel I can’t anymore. But I WILL! I won’t give up. It’s my passion and the dogs and cats are my very best friends.
Right now there are 5 starving dogs at the highway for whom I put food out. Four a female so as soon as they are fatter I will try to get them and have them spayed. They are very shy but with time I will win their trust.
Thank you for listening and thank you for your kind words, support and encouragement!
Yes, donations are coming in thanks to your efforts! Kimberley Clemens donated $15, Katie Hoffman $75 and Kim Kurylo $50 so far! Click here to help-www.sayulitanimals.org
It’s just wonderful!
Big hugs back from the SA gang!
Sayulitanimals opened its doors in February of 2009, in response to the packs of dogs and hoards of cats who wandered around unwanted, sick, abused and actively reproducing. To meet the needs of the community, four core programs were put in place: Medical Aid for Street Animals, Adoption and Foster Assistance, Community Education, and Free Spay and Neuter. http://www.sayulitanimals.org/home.html
Medical Aid for Street Animals: helps abandoned cats and dogs suffering from parasites, mange, starvation and innumerable diseases and accidents. Sayulitanimals will provide financial assistance for quality medical treatment. The person who found the animal will be responsible for its care.
Adoption and Foster Assistance: the requirements to take an animal out of the country are proper vaccines, a health certificate, a kennel and a plane ticket. Sayulitanimals will help you with the details, and the cost is minimal. We arrange local and foreign adoptions. We also have a list of foster homes for short term care.
Community Education: educates our town concerning relevant and up-to-date animal practices. Whether it is medical aid, proper training or pet care fundamentals, Sayulitanimals puts the information into the hands that need it.
Free Spay and Neuter: the only successful plan to diminish animal problems which stem from overpopulation: disease, abandonment or animal cruelty. Sayulitanimals offers free spay and neuter appointments every Saturday, as well as quarterly campaigns. We average 600-800 animals a year. http://www.sayulitanimals.org/home.html
Progress is made through the understanding that it takes everyone working together to bring about significant change. We cannot do the necessary work without supporters from around the world!
Thank you so much! firstname.lastname@example.org ( we would appreciate you sharing this)
and you can go directly to site and donate…ANY domination helps!!! http://www.sayulitanimals.org/home.htmlSara (one of the women that began this compassionate welfare ) And Luna (photo taken 9/2012)
We have made some much needed improvements to Sayulitanimals to allow us to function as a limited space shelter. Three large kennels were recently constructed, costing $14,600 pesos. This was an unexpected expense, but necessary due to the amount of dogs the summer has put in our care. This large project almost wiped out the savings of Sayulitanimals, and we find ourselves unable to continue without an immediate influx of funds. We would love to do a fundraiser, but currently the town is empty, and it takes money to put something together. We would be very grateful if you could help us out at this time. We have a large spay and neuter campaign planned for the 1st and 2nd of October and currently do not have the funds to accomplish this. If you are able to help us out, you can make a donation on our website at www.sayulitanimals.org and click the Donate button on the bottom right. Thank you so much.
*****Any amount helps! It’s such a fragile situation and these folks put their hearts and souls into the animals. $10.oo even makes a difference! http://www.sayulitanimals.org/about.html
You can go to that link and read about the story and how it all began.
Learn from my mistake-
The dogs and I went to Nana’s last Monday for a visit. We were all out in the garage and my chocolate lab, Kona, was in the corner by the door. My sister (Nana) saw her and shouted “no!” I ran over to find that she had eaten (some of) the exposed rat poison! D-con! Nana had put it out when she went on vacation and knew she would not have anyone at the house. Unfortunately, she had gotten home the night (tired)- before we arrived and had not yet picked up the D-con.
To say the least, I FREAKED! My brain swirled with anxiety because my precious child just ate poison! I knew it could kill her….that is what it’s main intention is > to kill. It is a horrible death…the D-Con contains chemicals to cause hemorrhaging and the animal bleeds to death….slowly dying.
I dashed in the house and phoned my Veterinarian. I was 60 minutes away from home. They said, “take her into the emergency vet…NOW!” I asked if I should help her throw up. They said, “no…don’t take the time and that the chemical reaction may not be right”. I dashed down the hill with Kona and took her in the office, they took her immediately and took her vitals. They asked if they could induce vomiting and start to treat her. YES!!!! My heart was beating out of my chest.
The Vet came out and asked if I had the box, he wanted to read which chemicals were in the poison. I said I could dash home and get it and that I better bring in my other dog, Andy. ‘Better to be safe than sorry’ because he was smelling the pellets as Kona was gobbling them.
Returning and waiting while they were both getting treatment was NOT RELAXING! The Doc finally came into the waiting room and said, “you did the best thing; bringing them in right away. If they were my dogs, I would not worry because we treated them quickly. They must take K1 pills for 30 days and have follow up blood tests.”. Apparently, Vitamin K1 helps to counter-act any poison that may have been absorbed in the system that could cause bleeding out. I then asked him, “if I had not seen her eat the D-con, what type of symptoms would I have witnessed?” He told me the dog would become lethargic and you will see blood coming out her eyes, ears, anus, and possible bruising. At that point, treatment involves transfusions and the dog is in a lot of pain. Most probable….death.
All three Vets said that stuff should be taken off the shelf! and snail bait, too…that causes seizures! Throw it out.
Before I could recover from all this, they gave me the bill…. $665.00…Mama Mia!
WE do eat the best dog food! Not sure why we decided to munch on Rat Poison! Our advice: DON’T TRY IT!