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Thanksgiving is a time of year when we engage in traditions with our family and friends, so why not start a new tradition this year and sponsor a turkey?
It’s a beautiful way to put your love for animals into action and gives Pasado’s Safe Haven the means to provide food, shelter and care for the turkeys at their sanctuary as well as supports their work to end animal cruelty — a great cause, indeed.
Plus, your turkey sponsorship comes packaged as a card with a photo and information about your special bird. It makes a unique table centerpiece or a special gift for the animal lovers in your life (you can sponsor a variety of animals including cows, chickens, pigs, turkeys, donkeys, llamas, cats, dogs and more).
Sponsoring an animal is the gift that gives to the animals all year long!
Thanksgiving is about so much more than a massive turkey dinner — it’s a time to gather with family and friends (two and four-legged alike!) and focus on the good things in life.
In an effort to include furry family members in the feast-ivities without putting them in danger of gastrointestinal upset or even pancreatitis, Petplan pet insurance has put together a collection of Thanksgiving-themed recipes especially for dogs!
On an average day, Petplan policyholders spend about $428.92 on veterinary treatment for stomach upset, but over Thanksgiving weekend the same treatment soars to $614.72. Why the hefty price tag? Many vet hospitals have limited hours or close for the holiday weekend, meaning pets must visit an emergency clinic for treatment.
The good news is that preventing dinner disasters is easy: don’t feed pets from the table! Instead, take a page out of Petplan’s (veterinarian-approved!) cookbook and make a few Turkey Day treats fit for Fido. Everything can be created with ingredients already on hand, and unlike table food handouts, they’re safe to offer pets.
Here’s what’s on the menu:
· Pumpkin Smoothies: This creamy, two-ingredient pumpkin drink earns plenty of woofs.
· Paws-itively Peanutty Crudités: Crispy, crunchy veggies and peanut butter.
·Simple Sorbet: Tickle tongues between courses with this refreshing ice cube treat.
·Roasted Turkey Medallions: Turkey, carrots and oatmeal for a protein-packed entrée.
·Scrumptious Sweet Potato Cookies: Sweet potato and banana, easy-to-make cookies.
You can see the full recipes here including a game plan for fitting in this feast with your already scheduled cooking plus safety tips to help you make sure Thanksgiving is happy and healthy fur all! Woof!
Forget ghosts and goblins: food poisoning is the scariest thing dogs encounter during the Halloween holiday. Petplan pet insurance found that pets are 32% more likely to suffer food poisoning during Halloween week versus any other time of the year. Among the top toxins? Chocolate!
Chocolate is poisonous to pets because it contains toxic theobromine, and different types of chocolate affect pets differently because they have varying levels of theobromine. Baking chocolate has the highest concentration, and is therefore the most toxic – followed by dark, milk and then white chocolate.
If your dog eats chocolate, you need to know three things: how much theobromine the chocolate contains, how much your dog ate and how much he weighs. If your dog ingests close to 20mg of theobromine per pound of body weight, he’s in the danger zone for food poisoning.
The following infographic could be a life saver, should Fido ingest a frightful amount of chocolate.
Washington’s Pawsitive Alliance and the Dugan Foundation are excited to be collaborating on the new “Why Not Me?” campaign to help long-term homeless pets. The “Why Not Me?” campaign’s goal is to bring more attention to dogs and cats in Washington who have been homeless for months, some even years, to help them find their forever homes.
Shelby, pictured here, is one of the “Why Not Me?” pets who is searching for her forever home. Shelby is an adorable Dalmatian blend who has been at Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) for nearly a year!
Shelby was found in an abandoned home and was terribly sick, but thanks to the care she has received at the shelter she is now healthy. Shelby is described as the “Super Pup” from the staff at RASKC; she is great with kids, cats and other dogs and is ready to make a lucky family complete. Anyone interested in adopting Shelby should contact RASKC at 206.296.0100.
Pawsitive Alliance and the Dugan Foundation work closely with shelters and rescues across Washington. They know there are many amazing pets like Shelby who have been homeless for months, and this is why they created the “Why Not Me?” campaign. The program is assisted by photographers and writers who are volunteering their time and talent to help these wonderful pets and bring renewed attention to their unique beauty. The campaign has helped 25 long term homeless cats and dogs from eight shelter and rescue partners.
To see the current “Why Not Me?” pets, click here.
And, don’t miss Pawsitive Alliance’s fourth annual Statewide Shelter Open House Event, Saturday, October 3, 2015. The Shelter Open House event is hosted by Pawsitive Alliance to promote and highlight the work that Washington animal shelters are doing on behalf of animals in need. The goal is to help them grow their adopter, donor and volunteer bases and to raise awareness of the amazing animals in their care to help them find their forever homes and put an end to pet homelessness.
One of Doggy GOO’s early Success Stories relates to a Retriever Guide Dog called Philbin.
Philbin was a Guide Dog for a Vision impaired young man named Odie.
It goes …
( Retrievers ) Philbin … ( as with approx. 25% of Retrievers ) was beginning to exhibit increasing signs of classic Enviro Allergy Symptoms; i.e. Scratching / Paw Chewing / Licking.
As is the case with All of our Itchy Dogs, these Symptoms were initially “Suppressed” by Steroids … which DO Stop the Itch …but are only Short Term … and leave the cumulative progression of the Allergy SnowBall “Intact” to only Roll Bigger ( Frequency ) and Faster ( Severity ) as Time Rolls On ..
Unfortunately, Steroids also have the Side-Effect of making the Animal PEE a Lot … which is strongly “Discouraged” for Vision Guide Dogs “In Guide Dog Harness.”
Given this Unfortunate/UnAvoidable condition, Odie took Philbin to a DVM Dermatologist ( Think Allergist for our Dogs ) … who told him that Philbin had to Go Off Steroids / Itch Suppress Med’s for 6- 8 Weeks to allow a Clean Allergy Skin Test to determine the Allergy Shot formulation.
The DVM Derm also said that once Philbin started Allergy Shots .. that it would take approx. 10 months before the Shots would “Begin” to show any signs of improvement and that ( Legally Blind ) Odie would have to continue giving Philbin Shots for over 2 Years to get Philbin’s Allergy Symptoms suppressed.
Well … Odie finding himself and Philbin between an Itchy Rock and an UnDesirable Time Table Hard Place, as well as being a resourceful and Techno Young Man … set off looking for an alternative solution to their Problem, and they found and approached www.DoggyGOO.com. Upon hearing of Odie’s and Philbin’s Story, Healthy GOO/Doggy GOO consented to take Philbin into the GOO Fold and start Philbin on Doggy GOO …
Long Story Short …
After 2.5 – 3 mo. on 100% Natural Doggy GOO, Philbin was back to his old self and able to perform his Guide Duties w/o any Itch Suppress Pharma.
From then On, Philbin has been a Happy and Healthy Doggy GOO.
Per the video above, Odie’s ( Self Motivated ) GOO Testimonial speaks to this Happy Event.
The unfortunate part of this Story is that Retrievers are not only used Extensively for Guide Dog Duties, but the Breed is also Genetically Pre-Disposed to a Higher Incidence of Allergy than other Breeds …
a Retriever goes thru all the Time / $$ & TLC to prepare them for their Guide Dog Duties … only to have to be Retired” due to the Allergy SnowBall rolling out of Control … With the only thing that is done is Pharma Itch Suppress / Symptom Masking Steroids.
It is to this Challenge that Doggy GOO is MORE than Ready to Help !