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 !
With so many wineries, a visit to Woodinville is a must for wine loving Seattleites looking to escape the city. And, with so many wineries that welcome dogs, bringing your four-legged friend is also a must, especially when you stay at Willows Lodge, a dog-friendly, luxury resort located in the heart of Woodinville’s wine tasting circuit. Read more here….
DiNA’s All Natural Beef Treats
This all-natural beef dog treat has serious wow-factor thanks to its simple ingredients. With no additives or sketchy chemicals of concern and certified beef traceability back to the farm, this treat is great for training and a snack we can feel good about giving our pups.
There’s a QR code on the bag to find out exactly where your treats originated through a DNA test. Every cow from which the beef is sourced is U.S. raised, and DiNA’s verifies the high grade beef quality.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit BioPetVetLab.com and find our DiNA’s link!
According to national statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30-60% increase in lost pets each year between July 4th and 6th. In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters and sadly, only 14% of lost pets are returned to their owners. And worse, 30-60% of lost pets are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified and returned to their owners.
Here are four simple tips on how to keep your pets safe:
1) Stay inside. Try to keep your pet indoors at all times during holiday celebrations. Ideally, someone stays home with your pet. Also keep your dog leashed when going out for walks.
2) Make them feel safe. Comfort your pets with petting, hugging, talking to them in a soothing voice, providing a treat and staying nearby if possible. Make sure they can access their crate or “safe place.” Also ask your veterinarian or local pet retailer about natural calming products, anxiety wraps and other products that can help.
3) Avoid the noise. Try to drown out the fireworks sounds as much as possible by closing windows, playing music or turning on the TV.
4) Act normal. Your pet takes cues from your and your family’s actions. It will help if you go about your normal routine as much as possible, talking and playing with your pet as usual.