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November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month

old dogI’m so busy this month with all the holiday preparations but I didn’t want to miss reminding you that November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month.

I was reminded of this when a friend called me to say that she had checked out the Petfinder link at the bottom of my homepage and fallen in love with a 15 year old Dachshund who is in need of a home.  We began talking about older dogs and I asked her “how is a dog this age in need of a home?  Who dumps off an old friend?”  She, being the kind person that she is, mentioned that many have elderly owners who have to leave their homes for care in a facility where they can’t take their beloved pets or in some cases senior dogs get left behind when their owners have died and the family members can’t or won’t take the dog.

While I love her for thinking that way, in too many cases older dogs are abandoned for many reasons.  The puppy grows up and is too big or too requires too much exercise, the people don’t have time for a dog after all, or economics can sometimes play a part when properly caring for a dog is beyond the owner’s capability to pay.

I can’t imagine what this must be like for these poor four legged friends who find themselves in this kind of a situation.  I’m sure that they can’t understand what is happening and what they’ve done to deserve what has happened.  I do believe that dogs have feelings.  Most dogs reach the emotional level of a 3 yr. old child and are capable of many of the same emotions that we humans feel.  Some do better than that.

So there they are.  Lost and feeling abandoned.

November is a good time to learn or teach someone else about how wonderful older animals are and a time to either adopt or encourage others to adopt a senior dog.  Older pets are among the hardest pets to place in suitable homes so sadly; many of them are killed or live out their days behind the bars of a dog shelter.  All too often, during visits to rescues and shelters people are highly influenced by the “cuteness factor” which results in the benefits of adopting an older dog being overlooked in favor or a puppy or a young dog.

There are plenty of benefits to adopting an older dog. Just a few reasons off the top of my head are:

  1. Mature dogs make the best friends.
  2. Senior dogs and senior people bring out the best in each other.15 yr old dachshund
  3. You get to keep ALL of your shoes!

If that’s not enough for you, Petfinders has put together a list of the top 10.  You can read their list here.

The bottom line is this… if you’re thinking of adopting a dog, consider a senior dog.  If you know someone who is thinking about adopting a dog, share this page with them.  If you have an older friend or family member who is alone, talk to them about opening their heart and their home to a senior dog.

To your dog’s health & happiness,


Your Dog’s First Aid Kit

dog first aidNo dog owner ever likes thinking about a time when their beloved dog might become sick or injured.  While nobody likes thinking about it, having a plan in place and everything you need prepared will make you feel much more secure in the event of an emergency.

Here is what you should have in your dogs first aid kit.  All of these items are readily available for purchase separately or you may wish to purchase a commercially pre-packed kit like one of the kits listed below.

    • Your veterinarian’s contact information.  You probably already have this number in your phone but it’s a great idea to also have it taped to the first aid kit box as well.
    • The contact information for your local emergency animal hospital.  Again, this number should be in your phone and also in your first aid kit.
    • A muzzle.  Make sure it is sized correctly for your dog before putting it into your kit.    ALWAYS use a muzzle when treating a dog who is in pain.
    • A First Aid Guide.  Basic first-aid techniques, such as cleaning a wound, making a splint, and performing CPR– step-by-step.  Which over-the-counter human medications can help– or harm– your dog or cat.  The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats (Prevention Pets) is a good one and if you get the Kindle edition you’ll have access to it right from your phone wherever you are at the time of an emergency.

  • A flashlight.
  • A bottle of water.
  • A pair of blunt tipped scissors.
  • A small bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide.  This is used for cleaning and disinfecting a wound, or for use to promote vomiting if you vet instructs you to induce vomiting.
  • A bottle of sterile saline solution.  This can be found in the eye care isle of your local pharmacy.  Use it if you need to flush any debris out of your dog’s eyes and general wound cleaning.  Keep it sterile by not allowing the tip of the bottle to come into contact with anything.
  • A bottle of rubbing alcohol.
  • A bottle of Karo light corn syrup.  Found in the baking isle of your grocery store.  Give orally or wipe it on your dogs gums in the event of over exertion.  If your dog is diabetic, it can also be used for when your dog is experiencing low blood sugar or hypoglycemia.
  • A manually activated ice pack
  • A pair of rubber gloves
  • A tube of antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin.
  • An tube of all-purpose steroid cream/Hydrocortisone cream
  • Antihistamine tablets, such as Benadryl
  • A mouth anesthetic such as Orajel or Anbesol.
  • A roll of 2″ or 3″ gauze
  • A supply of 2×2 & 3×3 gauze pads
  • A supply of non-stick wound pads
  • Cotton Balls
  • Roll of adhesive medical tape
  • Q-tips
  • Cauterizing sticks or powder
  • Ammonia smelling salt capsules
  • A sheet or blanket on which the dog can be placed on and lifted or carried if necessary

All of these items are readily available at your nearest big box store or you may also want to consider purchasing a commercially available kit like Canine Friendly Pet First Aid Kit.

While chances are that you probably have most of these items already around the house or in your own first aid kit.  It’s a good idea to have your dog’s first aid kit separate from your own so that at the time of an emergency, you know whatever you are pulling from it are items suitable for use on your dog.

Also, if you spend a lot of time outdoors, or road-tripping with your dog, you may want to consider having one kit for at home and another for your car.
first aid kit


To your dog’s health :)




P.S.  If you have a sporting dog, this Sporting Dog First Aid Kit looks like a good choice.  It’s got all the essential first aid supplies for sporting dogs that are out in the wild including all the necessary emergency stabilization first aid items as well as an approach to emergency first aid for the dog owner.

Pedigree Dog Food Recall Expanded… Again!

WHAT… are we feeding our dogs?  Small metal fragments in dog food??? It’s absolutely true!

More dog food recalls!  Please share this with your dog loving friends!    

I’ve been meaning to write this article for some time but the expanded recall from Pedigree Dog Food  finally angered me enough to take some action and help y’all out by telling you to STOP if you are still feeding this brand.

As you may recall, during the last week of August this year, Pedigree dog food announced a voluntary recall of 22 bags of its PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food due to small metal fragments being found in the bags that were distributed through Dollar General stores in Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Soon after they expanded the recall to include bags sold through Sam’s Club and distributed in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

It just makes me so mad that something like metal fragments could be found in bags of dog food!  How does this kind of thing happen?  None of the possibilities that come to mind are good.

I’m not just taking on the PEDIGREE® Brand.  Look at this list of dog food recalls and while you are there, be sure to sign up so you’ll be notified of future dog food recalls if the brand you feed is affected.

Please share the news of this expanded recall with your dog loving friends.  Especially if you aren’t sure what they feed their dogs!  It’s easy to share, just click the Facebook “Share” button below to let all your Facebook friends know what’s going on and ask them to share it also.

What do you feed your dog?

If you yourself haven’t been feeding your dog a top rated dog food, now’s the time to find out what is really good for your dog and begin feeding a diet high in all the nutrients your dog requires.  Our dogs give us so much and feeding them a diet that keeps them healthy and happy is shown to increase life span making it a win for both man (or woman) and dog.

Don’t know what to look for?  I know it can be overwhelming.  So many choices out there!  The old “you are what you eat” rule applies to your dog’s diet just the same as it applies to our own.

It makes sense to begin with the label on the package and consider these 6 check points as you go through the ingredient list. 

1. Your dog needs protein! The number 1 ingredient listed on the ingredient label should be a protein source such as turkey, chicken, lamb, beef, or fish.

2. Look for low-glycemic carbohydrates such as lentils and sweet potatoes.  These are the good carbs.

3. Include nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables & botanicals

4. Supplements.  Coconut oil and nutritional supplements including prebiotics, probiotics, glucosamine and chondroitin to support your dogs joints, immune system, and overall health.

5. Origin.  I prefer made in the USA

6. Other.  For dogs who are gluten intolerant and suffer from allergies.  Avoiding grains, soy, by-products, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives is essential to your dogs well being.  It  helps them feel better and have more energy.

The Nutrience brand in the grain-free variety which seems to agree with dogs like mine who have food allergies to grain.  The ingredient label for the grain free product looks like this.

Wellness Dry dog food label








Another big thing to consider is the brands quality control.  Small metal fragments are not acceptable!  Both the grain free and the Nutrience Natural Healthy Adult Dog Food regular formula backs up their brand with a ‘No Bad Anything’ promise! They prepare their batches in a  unique small-batch production for superior control, every bag they craft represents an unwavering attention to quality and an ongoing commitment to natural, wholesome nutrition. Ultimately, living well is a choice we  all have to make for ourselves and our pets.

Although it’s a bit more expensive than the brand I usually used, (most grain free dog foods are more expensive), dogs seem to have more energy and are less itchy once feeding this diet so in my mind, it’s worth the extra cost.

If you want to save some money… subscribe to the auto-ship program!

You’ll save 5% on the cost of the food itself;


You’ll  save on time as well as the cost of driving to the pet store;

You’ll avoid that OMG I’m out of dog food panic!

From someone who needs help in all of the above areas,  I highly recommend this option :)

I do recommend this product and as you can see from the customer reviews, others do too.

For the love of dog! If you’re as sick of these dog food recalls as I am as well as the lack of concern on the part of too many dog food brands, and you’re ready to make a change in how you feed your dog, learn more about the Nutrience brand of dog food here and get started today providing your dog with the highest quality dog food available.

You can also get more information by checking  out some of the Nutrience brands videos on YouTube here.

To your dog’s health!




P.S. There’s a Nutrience food for cats too! Meow  :)


The Belly Rub

Does your dog enjoy a good belly-rubbing?  My dog Lucy absolutely loves it!

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Photo provided by http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/

Not all dogs like it but for those that do, it’s a bonding thing says Sophia Yin, a veterinarian and animal behaviorist from California in an article I read in Parade Magazine last week about just this topic.

When you rub your dogs belly, your dog also undergoes a neurological reaction. Not only do dogs have a hard time reaching all areas of their bodies and because they are so sensitive on their bellies, human fingers feel great rubbing them there, but I’ve learned that dogs have a particular brain neuron that responds exclusively to the stimulation of hair follicles.  This means, that when you rub your dogs belly, the stroking of his fine belly hairs is actually providing a specific type of stimulation in your dog’s brain. This neurological stimulation is only possible through stroking, which makes belly rubs especially satisfying.

A couple things you should watch out for however:

  1. When a dog rolls over, that can be a sign of fear.  If you approach a dog and it rolls over, it may not be wanting a belly rub but in fact, it could respond with aggression.
  2. When your dog rolls over to present his or her belly and allow you to engage in a belly rub, it requires submission and trust on the part of your dog.  If he isn’t ready for that, don’t try to force your dog to go along if you roll your dog over to rub her belly it can actually upset your dog and break down the trust you’ve worked to establish.

The bottom line is this.  If your dog is like mine and loves a good belly rubbing, go for it!  If you don’t know the dog well or you haven’t yet established a trusting relationship with your or a friend or family members dog yet, save it for later when your dog is feeling more secure.


List of Foods Toxic to Your Dog

sick dogWe often talk about the fact that our treats don’t contain sugar and salt but there are lots of other things you should be aware of that aren’t good for your dog.

Here is a fairly comprehensive list of foods that are toxic to your dog and that they should not eat.  In alphabetical order, these foods are bad for your dog and in many cases considered poisonous.  The list contains both foods that should either NOT be fed or in some cases, limited to the amount you can safely feed them.  You might be surprised at how many of the foods we eat that are actually harmful and dangerous to feed our fur babies.

Alcoholic Beverages:  This should go without saying but I’ve seen people giving their dogs beer especially (See Hops below).  Dogs should not drink alcohol.  It can cause intoxication, coma, and even death!

Avocado: The leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados contain Persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

Bones: Bones from fish, poultry, or any other meat.  These can be swallowed and cause an obstruction or a laceration in the digestive system.

Chocolate and Coffee: Both contain theobromine and caffeine.  These affect the heart and can be toxic to dogs.  Can result in death if too much is consumed.

Fat trimmings from people food:  Fat can cause pancreatitis.

Hops: Causes increased heart rate, seizures, and even death.

Liver: Although we do feed liver, large amounts of liver should be avoided.  It can cause vitamin A toxicity which can affect muscles and bones.

Macadamia Nuts: These tasty nuts contain an unknown toxin that can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscles of dogs.

Milk: Because dogs do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk), milk and other milk-based products can cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset.

Moldy or spoiled food/garbage:  This is another one that just makes me cringe.  Why would anyone think of giving moldy food to their dog?  Yet they do!  There can be any number of toxins in moldy, spoiled food that cause vomiting and/or diarrhea along with toxins that affect other organs in the dogs body.

Mushrooms: All mushrooms contain toxins.  Many of them can affect the body systems that result in shock and/or death.

Onions, Garlic, & Chives:  All members of the onion family contain sulfoxides and disulfides.  These damage red blood cells and cause anemia.

Peach, plum, or other pits: Can cause digestive track problems.

Grapes & Raisins:  In large amounts can cause damage to kidneys.

Raw Eggs: You may have heard this will give your dog a shiny coat.  Don’t do it.  Raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin.  Avidin decreases the absorption of biotin, a B vitamin.  This can actually cause skin, hair, and coat problems.  Raw eggs may also contain salmonella.

Raw Fish: If fed regularly, raw fish can result in a thiamine (B vitamin) deficiency which can lead to loss of appetite, seizures and sometimes even death.  It’s a good idea to avoid feeding raw fish at all.

Salt: Salt can lead to an imbalances of electrolytes.

Sugar and sugary foods:  Sugar leads to obesity, dental problems, and diabetes.

Table scraps: While these aren’t dangerous, they should never make up more than 10% of the diet.

Tobacco: I’m sure nobody would feed this voluntarily however precautions should be made to put tobacco products out of the reach of our furry friends.  Tobacco contains nicotine, which damages the nerous and digestive system.  Side effects are rapid heartbeat, collapse, coma, and death.  If your dog ingests tobacco.  Call your vet immediately!

Xylitol: Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure.

Yeast Dough:  This might seem silly but yeast dough can expand and create very painful gas in your dog’s stomach that can lead to possibly rupturing of the stomach and intestines.

If you believe your dog has ingested something he shouldn’t have, call your vet or animal hospital immediately.  Signs of poisoning include vomiting and/or diarrhea, seizures, trembling, salivating or drooling, swollen red skin or eyes, bleeding from any body cavity, ulcers on the skin, listlessness, and depression.  Consult with your vet if you see any of these symptoms.

To your dog’s good health,