The 10 Most Toxic Foods for Pets

Some foods that are considered good for people can be very dangerous for pets. The list below highlights some of the most common foods that can be dangerous to animals.

Some foods that are considered good for people can be very dangerous for pets. The list below highlights some of the most common foods that can be dangerous to animals.

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The following foods may be dangerous to your pet

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Apple seeds
  • Apricot pits
  • Avocados
  • Cherry pits
  • Candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
  • Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
  • Hops (used in home beer brewing)
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy foods
  • Mushroom plants
  • Mustard seeds
  • Onions and onion powder
  • Peach pits
  • Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • Raisins
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Salt
  • Tea (because it contains caffeine)
  • Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • Walnuts
  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
  • Yeast dough

Source:

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/foods_poisonous_to_pets.html

Friday Fun Facts about Your Dog

Just like us, our dogs need supplements. Thiscolorful info-graphic tells us which supplements we need to help maintain a healthy immune system and joints.

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Just like us, our dogs need supplements. The above info-graphic tells us which supplements we need to help maintain a healthy immune system and joints.

Looking for supplements for your dog? Click here Dog Supplements to go to the most popular supplements on Amazon. All the supplements are on sale through this website.

Recognizing Canine Allergies – Infographic

Recognize the signs of allergies in your dog.

Porkchop has allergies. We learned that on one of our camping trips. The reverse sneezing was horrible. Now I keep Benedryl in our hiking bag. It really works for him.

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If your dog suffers from allergies like Porkchop does you may want to try Vet’s Best Seasonal Allergy Support Dog Supplement.

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  • Vet’s Best Seasonal Allergy Support supplement for dogs helps to maintain normal histamine levels and skin health during their peak allergy season
  • Seasonal Allergy Support uses key natural ingredients (nettle, perilla leaf, quercetin, and citrus) to help dogs that suffer from seasonal allergies
  • Natural ingredients are scientifically optimized to a low molecular weight for better absorption and digestion to maximize effectiveness
  • Perfect large breed dogs and small breed dogs 1 year and older
  • Allergy supplement can be given twice daily (follow supplement directions); National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) Seal of Approval

Love Your Pet Day!

It’s National Love Your Pet Day! What will you do to celebrate? I have come up with a few gift ideas for those treasured pets.

It’s National Love Your Pet Day! What will you do to celebrate? I have come up with a few gift ideas for those treasured pets.

Dogs

Dogs need to have their toys replaced from time to time. I know Applesauce loves her toys and after a while the stuffing has been pulled out and they have saliva all over them. I can either wash the un-stuffed toys or throw them out.  This Prime Petbox is a great way to give our dogs new, clean and fresh toys for them to play with.

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Prime Pet Box Dog Gift Box Care Package – Made in the USA Premium Treats, Plush Rabbit, Rope & Flying Disc

Cats

Cats love toys just like dogs. Fashion’s Talk cat toys are the way to go. Even though these packages are for our furry friends, I still get excited when I have one delivered to my door.

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Fashion’s Talk Cat toys Variety Pack for Kitty 20 pieces

Horse

Okay horse lovers, you know this gift is more for you and not your horse. You get to update your grooming equipment with new tools and your horse gets the benefits of the grooming. You can’t go wrong with this choice. The color selection is great. I love the pink and purple.

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Derby Originals Ringside 8 Item Horse Grooming Kit

Here is the treat that is sure to please. April and May love getting these Apple Nuggets. They meet me at the gate because they know that their morning is going to start off with a treat from my pocket. apple-nuggets

How to Train Your Dog to Sit and Stay

Not only is life easier for you, but it is much safer for a dog who knows how to sit and stay when you give him commands.

Not only is life easier for you, but it is much safer for a dog who knows how to sit and stay when you give him commands. Follow these instructions to teach your dog to sit and stay.

Tips:

  • Follow each step in order.
  • Don’t skip ahead.
  • Repeat each step until it’s taught.

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Come back later and repeat the steps. When your dog is sitting when he hears the command (usually after a few training sessions), delay the treat a heartbeat or two and then give it to him. This will cause him to hold still for that bit of time, changing the definition of sit from “Move your hips to the ground: to Move your hips to the ground and hold still for a heartbeat.”

Over the next several days, gradually increase the wait for the treat, from a heartbeat or two to several seconds (no more than ten seconds right now). But make this change gradually, and only when your dog is succeeding by holding still. If he’s bouncing up from the sit, withhold the treat and praise, and the next time, ask him to hold it for a shorter period of time.

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When you begin a new training session, repeat numbers 1 and 2 above, but take a step away from your dog after telling him to stay. Wait ten seconds, step back to him, praise and reward him, and release him. Repeat for a total of five repetitions and then give your dog a break.

As you teach the stay, increase the time, or the distance, or your position to him, but never add more than one training criteria at a time. Don’t increase the time of the stay and take extra steps at the same time. When you add something new, you might also want to relax one of the older criteria

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