Monthly Archives: February 2013

  • Don’t Eat That!

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    While many of us may know the basic foods on the “do not eat if you’re a dog” list,   we still thought we would share a few more foods to NOT feed your loving furry friend.

    Avocados

    • Avocados contain a substance called persin. It's harmless for humans who aren't allergic. But large amounts might be toxic to dogs. If you happen to be growing avocados at home, keep your dog away from the plants. Persin is in the leaves, seed, and bark, as well as in the fruit.

    Onions and Garlic

    • Onions and garlic in all forms -- powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated -- can destroy a dog's red blood cells, leading to anemia. That can happen even with the onion powder found in some baby food. An occasional small dose is probably OK. But just eating a large quantity once or eating smaller amounts regularly can cause poisoning. Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, and breathlessness.

    Grapes and Raisins

    • Grapes and raisins have often been used as treats for dogs. But it's not a good idea. Although it isn't clear why, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. And just a small amount can make a dog ill. Repeated vomiting is an early sign. Within a day, the dog will become lethargic and depressed. The best prevention is to keep grapes and raisins off counters and other places your dog can reach.

    Macadamia Nuts

    • Dogs should not eat macadamia nuts or foods containing macadamia nuts because they can be fatal. As few as six raw or roasted macadamia nuts can make a dog ill. Symptoms of poisoning include muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, elevated body temperature, and rapid heart rate. Eating chocolate with the nuts will make symptoms worse, possibly leading to death.

    Peaches and Plums

    • The seeds from persimmons can cause inflammation of the small intestine in dogs. They can also cause intestinal obstruction. Obstruction is also a possibility if a dog eats the pit from a peach or plum. Plus, peach and plum pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both humans and dogs. The difference is humans know not to eat them. Dogs don't.

     

    If Your Dog Eats What It Shouldn't

    Dogs explore with their mouth. And, no matter how cautious you are, it's possible your dog can find and swallow what it shouldn't. It's a smart idea to always keep the number of your local vet, the closest emergency clinic, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center -- (888) 426-4435 -- where you know you can find it in an emergency. And, if you think your dog has consumed something that's toxic, call for emergency help at once.

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  • Thundershirt In action!

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    Today we wanted to share some awesome user-submitted videos of how the Thundershirt works great on their dogs! If you have a video of your pet doing loving their Thundershirt, please feel free to share!

     

    We love that Conan loves is monogrammed Thundershirt!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mkp9rGZ6_bA

     

    So happy that Royal and Sandy are less anxious in storms!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXQc79l1fiA

     

    And we love this one!  This Thundershirt owner wanted to show how her dog Spirit, has relaxed so much by using the Thundershirt, that he no longer needs to wear it! Scout, the cat is happy about this one!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQeDITm_hsg

  • We {Heart} Pets... and so does our heart!

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    With National Heart Month upon us, we wanted to share some awesome information about how owning a pet has some pretty significant heart-healthy benefits!

    According to the American Journal of Cardiology, having a pet can actually assist in making the heart more adaptable for people with chronic diseases. An adaptable heart  means that a person’s heart rate will change as their physical activity or mood does, which is a positive reaction to maintain an overall heart-healthy balance.

    Studies have also shown that people who own pets, especially cats had a lower risk of dying from a heart attack or other heart problems than people who have never owned a cat before.

    And finally, a study done by researchers from Miami University and St. Louis University found that pets provide the same emotional benefits as human relationships.

    So you may want ask your pet to “Be Yours” this Valentine’s Day… your heart will thank you!

  • Facebook Contest: Love is all you need {to win a pink Polo}

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    That’s right! We are getting extra warm and fuzzy this month and want you to join in LOVELY fun! If you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s gift for your dog, enter our contest on Facebook for a chance to win!

    How to enter: It’s simple! Tell us what you love about Thundershirt, on our Facebook fan page and you’ll be automatically entered to win an embroidered Pink Polo! We’ll randomly select five winners, now through Valentine’s Day!  www.facebook.com/thundershirt

    Contest ends Thursday, 2/14 at 5:00pm EST.

    Looking forward to reading your entries!

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