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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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Canine Grooming Tips by Dr. Jane from Life’s Abundance
No one likes a bad hair day … and that includes your dog. Just like with humans, the skin is the largest organ of a dog’s body. Every day, their skin and coats are exposed to UV rays, pollution, infectious agents, drying heat or wind. Because it can contribute to a dog’s overall health, grooming should be an essential part of companion animal care. While bathing a dog, I think all of us have experienced getting wetter than your dog, being interrupted by phone calls, or, worst of all, a sudsy canine tearing off, leaving a wet, sudsy trail behind him. As a veterinarian with a good deal of grooming experience, I can tell you that planning ahead can reduce unwanted problems and stress, so here are a handful of my best tips.
BEFORE THE GROOMING SESSION
Unfortunately, bathing can be stressful for some dogs, as some just tolerate it better than others. For those pups who are particularly skiddish, consider brewing some chamomile tea to calm your dog. Thirty minutes before you bathe, give your dog a cooled cup of chamomile tea with honey, (and yourself) followed by a dog treat that’s rich in carbohydrates, like our Antioxidant Health Bars. The carbohydrates will help deliver the calming tea straight to your dog’s brain. Better yet, you can both sit down with some tea and play soothing music, to set a calming tone for your upcoming grooming session. You can also give your dog tea during the grooming session. As we’ve already mentioned, just make sure the tea has cooled off (no hotter than room temperature).
I recommend the use of a grooming apron with pockets that covers you from chest to mid-thighs, to protect your clothes. While you can always put your clothes in the laundry later, dog hair can be difficult to remove from a washing machine. A full apron not only protects your clothes, in the pockets you can keep treats, shampoo, conditioner and a brush. The treats you choose must smell appealing to your dog – like our Tasty Rewards Training Treats – and keeping them in your apron pockets will leave your hands free for grooming.
If your dog is of a long-haired breed, (Barbara has a cockapoo) brush with a fine-tooth comb prior to bathing, so you don’t have to contend with knots while shampooing, potentially making a bad problem worse.
DURING THE GROOMING SESSION
Whether you bathe your dog in the tub or the backyard, sit on a low stool to prevent stress or injury to your back and knees. If you’re outside, I advise that you use a six-foot leash. Tie it around your waist or hook it on your belt to free up your hands and prevent your dog from slipping away for a sudsy romp.
If you’re using water from an outdoor hose, keep in mind that, while it might be warm outside, the water will feel cold to your dog, not always without substantial discomfort. If at all possible, use tepid water, either by running extension hoses from the sink in your house, or simply bathe your dog indoors in a tub.
When you apply the shampoo, make small circles with a hairbrush with plastic nubs to distribute the shampoo evenly through the hair and onto the skin. This will also exfoliate the skin and allow the herbs in the shampoo to penetrate the skin. Leave the shampoo on for about three minutes, but don’t allow it to dry as this can irritate the skin. Our Revitalizing Shampoo suds well, rinses easily, and features rosemary to help increase blood flow, ultimately contributing to healthier skin and hair.
Most animals really don’t enjoy having their heads washed, so I suggest that you simply wet the head using a wash cloth. That way, you’ll be sure to prevent shampoo from entering the eyes or ears, making the entire experience more enjoyable for your canine companion.
AFTER THE GROOMING SESSION
I recommend towel drying your dog versus using a blowdryer, which can excessively dry or even burn skin, and frighten some dogs with the sound. The best method for towel drying is by patting rather than using a circular motion, which can often lead to matting. BE careful!
In most cases, you’ll be able to see an immediate change in your dog’s appearance following a bath. You’ll know that you’re using a high quality shampoo when your dog has a shinier, fuller coat, less dander and no more “doggie smell”. With moisture-activated odor neutralizers, our Revitalizing Shampoo features antioxidants and organic extracts of rosemary and sage, nutritive herbs that penetrate into the hair shaft and promote coat health. Also included are kiwi and mango essences, selected because they too enhance the health of the skin, as well as leaving your dog’s coat smelling clean and fresh.
You should not bathe your dog more often than every two-to-three weeks. If your dog’s coat could do with some freshening in between baths, use Bath Fresh Mist to neutralize odors and condition the skin and coat. This product is so simple to use … just spray and brush into in the coat. You will love the aroma and your dog will love the attention!
And what about you? Do you have any “must-know” grooming tips that you’d like to share with your fellow blog readers? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals!
Dr. Jane Bicks
Did you know that your dog’s lymph nodes play an integral role in his or her immune system? Fortunately, examining them is easier than you might think. In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah’s joined by her lovable cohort, Alma, to show you exactly where canine lymph nodes are located so you can do a quick exam in your own home. Our good doctor reviews the normal sizes of these paired nodes, and how to know whether or not they’re inflamed. And, you’ll hear about common causes of inflammation, too. Most importantly, Dr. Sarah recommends that you make this check-up part of your monthly routine, to track possible changes in your dog’s health. This episode is jam-packed with information, so be sure to share it with your friends and family!
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There are many of you who are experienced and knowledgeable about the dog rescue community and I’m interested to know if and how this proposal would impact San Francisco Animal Care and Control and Grateful Dogs Rescue if passed. (?) Help!!!!
Protect California’s Homeless Animals!
In an attempt to reduce California’s deficit, Governor Brown has proposed a substantial weakening of the Hayden Act, including sections that require shelters to care for homeless and lost companion animals for up to six days before euthanizing them. This holding period is crucial to allowing lost dogs and cats to be reunited with their families or adopted when they are unclaimed or abandoned.
While California continues to grapple with serious budget concerns, lifting the Hayden Act’s mandate for humane grace periods before euthanasia would be irresponsible and short-sighted. Nearly 500,000 animals are euthanized in California’s municipal animal shelters annually, and more than twice as many are impounded. These animals have REAL FACES! Puppies and cats! Look at them….they TRULY get killed. This is Not just a Number.
Think about it…half a million animals in California, alone! Sad!!! Don’t breed…please rescue!!!
Eliminating the holding period would put thousands more animals at risk of being euthanized and prevent many families from being reunited with their lost companion animals.
Please take a moment today to contact Governor Brown and your state legislators. Urge them to oppose any legislation that will remove existing protections for homeless and lost companion animals.
Former State Senator Tom Hayden’s message to Governor Jerry Brown urges the Governor to leave intact the law he wrote in 1998. watch it, NOW! Contact Gov Brown!!!
California’s homeless animals are wholly reliant on us to stand and speak for them. Please speak out today! This action is available to California residents only.
We live in a world of sensory overload. Human made sounds are constantly buzzing, beeping, dinging, and ringing. We treat ourselves with de-stressing techniques such as yoga, meditation, drinking green tea, etc. But, how about our pets? They don’t know what a text message sound or the buzz of the laundry machine finishing it’s cycle means. If they are lucky, they get a lot of exercise, but what about environmental enrichment that helps calm them?
We put domesticated dogs and cats in our human world and basically say, “Please adjust“. I feel it’s our responsibility as loving pet owners to provide them with natural remedies to relieve the stressful human world they live in with us. Recently on Good Morning America, Dr. Marty Becker, known as America’s Veterinarian, recommended four products that help de-stress pets. Each is a natural product that appeals to a different sense: auditory, tactile, olfactory, or visual capabilities.
Here are Dr. Becker’s recommendations of stress relieving calming pet products:
1. Scent: Feliway Electric Diffuser (for cats) and Adaptil (for dogs)
The scent hormone in the diffuser duplicates the smell of a cat’s natural scent glands and permeates throughout the environment. The diffuser helps to restore a feeling of calm in cats. Adaptil contains DAP® (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) and is recommended for preventing and reducing stress-related behavior in puppies and adult dogs. Dr. Becker sprays this on his hands to help calm his patients.
2. Sound: Through a Dog’s Ear
This specially designed and simplified classical music is clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Anxiety issues were greatly reduced with 85% of dogs when tested in their home environments, and over 70% of dogs in shelters calmed to the soothing sounds of Through a Dog’s Ear. As a side benefit, the music also calms the human nervous system.
3. Sight: Gentle-Leader Calming Cap
The Calming Cap reduces the visual stimulus that makes a dog agitated by filtering his vision. Like horses, sometimes reducing some of their visual stimulus helps to calm them. While the gentle fitting cap covers their eyes, it is sheer so they still have some visibility.
4. Tactile: Thundershirt
This pressure wrap uses gentle, constant pressure to calm dogs, effectively aiding anxiety, fearfulness, barking and more. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years. Originally developed to help dogs with thunder-phobia, it has also helped with many other anxiety issues. Kona has one!
RESOURCE: Care 2 Healthy living
Circulate to your friends. PLEASE! Contact me (the tab above on this website) to ask about adopting her and giving her a loving home! FOREVER! This video was taken on November 22-2011. She is about 3years old, spayed, well behaved, housebroken, etc. I have her at my house in Long Beach Cal.
Chloe needs a loving family that makes her part of the unit. The 2+ years she lived outside on a 6′ chain and not treated well. This hurts my heart. She is so sweet! Hardly makes a peep. As far as I can tell she is Beagle and Lab…and??? A darling Mutt! She is a fast learner. I have had her a little over 48 hrs after we rescued her and she already is sitting at the curb as we walk the neighborhood. I have been walking her 3xs a day so she gets used to a leash.
My best advice would be a home without cats. She seems to want to chase them on our walks. She is friendly with kids. Last night she slept the whole night on the dog bed by my feet. Never tried to get on the furniture or “push it”. She even slept until I was ready to get up. I think they know when you are giving them a second chance and are grateful for humans that come along to help out and find/give them a home.
Pass this out to as many people as you can! Thank you!!!!
Fleas are wingless insects that bite – piercing skin and sucking blood. Equipped with spiny hairs to anchor in a cat or dog’s coat, they are armored and resistant to crushing or scratching. Ever tried to smash one between your fingers? You can’t. and when you open your deadly grip, they seem to laugh and pop away never to be found again. You have to squeeze and pop them between your fingernails…and it is a tad gross, although satisfying in a creepy way. They serve no purpose in the great chain of being, except to cause discomfort and spread disease. Whether that is true or not; it seems it could be true. They are pests and they Bug my pets!
One safe way to remove a sudden infestation is to shampoo your dog well with Lemon Joy or Dawn dish soap. These grease-cutting shampoos will kill existing fleas by swiftly destroying the cuticle on their exoskeletons, but you will have to act proactively to prevent further attacks in the immediate area.
source: Tips by Helen Fazio
FEEDING THEM healthy balanced food will help any skin allergies.
If you really want to know why so many pets end up on death row then it is really very simple & here it is:
1 – Breeders & Puppy Mills
Despite the massive overpopulation of pets in America the breeders and the puppy mills churn out pets 24 hours a day to make a buck, or in many cases, a lot of bucks. The way to shut down the breeders and the puppy mills is simple, just Adopt from your local Shelter or Rescue instead of buying from a pet store or breeder.
2 – Failure to Spay/Neuter
People who fail to spay/neuter their pets are another huge part of the overpopulation problem. Cats and dog, left unfixed, will breed. Unless you want 10 new cats of your own, or 8 new puppies, then get your pets fixed because if you do not then the chances are that most of those little ones will end up right here on Pet Pardons with a kill date.
3 – Owner Surrender
If you have kids you make plans for them in case something happens to you. If you have pets you must do the same thing, otherwise, again, they end up at the Shelter with a kill date. If you cannot afford to keep a pet then do not get one in the first place. A pet is a lifetime commitment not a disposable fashion accessory.
4 – People Who Buy Pets
When you buy a pet, no matter where you buy that pet from, you are supporting the breeders and the puppy mill owners. Please, never ever buy, always Adopt, I promise you that whatever pet you want there is one waiting for you in a shelter or rescue today. If you have never Adopted a pet then you have missed out on the most amazing feeling, it’s that feeling of saving a life. Ask anyone who has done it, they will tell you the same, that pet will repay you with a lifetime of love and affection.
Once this problem is fixed, and there are no more pets on death row, and no more pets living without a family in a Rescue, then we can pack up shop, shut down Pet Pardons and go do something else instead. I long for that day, and mark my words, it will come if we all work together for those without a voice.
Co-Founder, Pet Pardons
Make a lifetime commitment and always feed your Dog or Cat THE BEST nutritious food.
A friend wrote:
Two things have changed my life with my rescue black lab female who is a serious WHINER. My nerves frayed to the core on 3-4 hour road trips, till I found both
1) Calm Aid gel- in a green tube, $10 at Pet Food Express and
2) even better, pheromone spray that you put on a cushion where she lays, or someplace she frequents, that emits the scent of a mother dog. $35, worth $35,000 in my opinion. My sweet dog would whine non-stop to Tahoe and back, and now is half asleep and chilled out the entire journey. Incredible!