Dog Safety

Dog Left in Hot Car

Dog Left in Hot Car

"Dog left in hot car." It never ceases to amaze me that we see this happen year in and year out. This message has been repeated over and over and over again but some people just don't get it.

Summer is upon us so One More Time!!!!

DON'T LEAVE YOUR PETS OR CHILDREN IN A CLOSED CAR IN HOT WEATHER, NOT EVEN FOR 5 MINUTES, PERIOD!!!

And cracking the windows is useless when it's hot out. There is no excuse!  You might as well just turn the oven on and stick them in there. It's pretty much the same thing.

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Extreme Weather Can Harm or Kill Your Dog

<img src="lonely-dog-outside.jpg" alt="Lonely Dog Outside" />I don’t get it!  I don’t understand how a dog owner can leave their dog outside all the time. To me, what is the point of having a dog if he’s left outside and not allowed to be a true member of your family? My personal opinion is that it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment; not only physically but also psychologically.

Dog’s are very social creatures and don’t do well in isolation. He or she probably wags their tail when they see you but don’t mistake that for a happy dog; they’re just happy to see ANYONE. If you live where there are extreme weather conditions, as I do, your dog is just as miserable and at risk as you are on hot muggy days and brutally cold days and nights. They can suffer from heat stroke and death on hot days and frostbite, hypothermia and death on very cold days.

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The Dirty Truth About Some Top Selling Dog Foods

Beneful I received this email from "The Whole Dog Journal." It's a solicitation for a subscription but that's OK because it's a great publication. More importantly, this is a message that needs to be repeated over and over until all dog lovers get it!

Forget the fancy advertising and beautiful pictures on the bags of dog food you see advertised all the time! KibblesNBitsThose wonderful colorful pictures of meat and vegetables and healthy happy energetic dogs usually have no connection to what's actually inside the bag.

 

Pedigree

Alpo What's important is the actual list of ingredients on the back of the bag! It's so very important to understand that list to insure you are really feeding your dog something you would want him to eat. Believe me, these are not the only culprits in the mediocre to downright garbage dog food category. Following is the actual email:

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What Dog Food Do You Use?

Choose A Healthy Food For Your Dog

Commercial dog foods pretty much all claim to be formulated to keep your dog healthy. The fact is most of them are mediocre at best and some can be downright dangerous! Do your research before settling on a brand of dog food as well as dog treats. Your canine buddy's life may depend on it! I regularly check http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ to get the latest advice on dog food. They review the ingredients and quality of dry, wet and raw dog foods.

My rule of thumb is that if you can buy it in a supermarket or one of the big box stores, it's not your best choice.

Keep in mind it's all about money and profit. Inferior, inexpensive ingredients increase profits but nobody benefits except the manufacturer and the retailer. Low quality dog food can decrease the life expectancy and compromise the overall health of your dog. Every now and then, it may even kill your furry friend.

Check out this recent article by Dr. Karen Becker, a well known proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian:

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Can My Dog Drink Too Much Water?

I try to learn something new every day and today I learned about Water Intoxication. I've had dogs for over 40 years and I never heard of this before but thanks to Dr. Becker, I have now!

This Little-Known Medical Emergency Could Kill Your Pup

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Chocolate And Dogs Don’t Mix

chocolateChocolate and dogs don't mix! Hopefully all dog owners know that chocolate is toxic to their beloved companion. Even small amounts can be harmful. See the video to explain why chocolate is toxic, symptoms to watch for and what to do next:

 

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Keep Your Dog Safe At The Beach

DogAtBeachAs the weather turns hot many people will turn their attention to the beach. Review these tips to keep your dog safe before you bring him along to enjoy some fun in the sun. Here's an excellent refresher on keeping Fido safe at the beach this year: 

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Don’t Over Vaccinate Your Dog

Vaccine Expert ‘Very Disappointed’ with Amount of Vaccines Still Being Given

image028Some canine vaccines can do more harm than good. Leptospirosis Vaccine may be one of them. With several adverse reaction cases to this vaccine for an infection that can be treated with anti-biotics, you have to wonder how necessary it really is. Does the reward outweigh the risks?

This Vaccine Can Impair Your Dog's Immune System

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Protect Your Dog From Canine Flu

Canine Flu is spreading across this country. As of this writing, the Washington Post reports that the H3N2 flu has spread to 12 states. There is a canine flu vaccine available but it is not for the current strain of influenza.

So what can we do to help protect our dogs from this potentially deadly outbreak?

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Detergent Pods Can Kill Your Dog

As if there already wasn't enough things to worry about your dog getting ahold of; now we can ad laundry detergent pods to the list. Those popular colorful pods can wreak havoc or even death should your dog or cat bite into one.

Tide PodsCaution: Chewing on This Popular Product Could Be Deadly

April 08, 2015

By Dr. Becker

An item that doesn’t often show up on lists of household products toxic to pets is laundry detergent. But it should, because most detergents and soaps contain ionic and anionic surfactants. When ingested in small amounts, these chemicals can cause GI upset in a pet, such as excessive drooling, vomiting or diarrhea. Fortunately, it’s unlikely most pets would have the opportunity or desire to ingest a large amount of bottled detergent.

But a new concern these days are those little brightly colored laundry detergent pods that smell good and look like candy or some other type of yummy treat to a small child or a pet. It’s conceivable that a pet might eat enough pods to cause an obstruction in the GI tract, but the greater danger of laundry and also dish detergent pods is actually the potential for an animal, typically a dog, to bite into them and inhale the detergent.

According to ASPCA Animal Poison Control, dogs make up over 90 percent of detergent pod poisonings. Cats account for just 6.5 percent.

Why Detergent Pods Are So Dangerous

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