Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What NOT to eat

I came across a great feature titled "Don't feed this to Fido" when browsing through Real Simple the other day and thought I'd share the info.  I know we all try (try, being the key word) not to give our pups "people food", but I'll admit, sometimes it's hard.  If you're tempted to share your food with your furry friends, as least be sure to stay away from the following items:

(1)  Chocolate:  Why?  Chocolate stimulates the nervous system & the heart.  It can be poisonous to all species, but for some reason dogs are more likely to eat dangerous quantities than other animals.  Possible effects:  vomiting, increased thirst, restlessness, agitation, increased or irregular heartbeat, increased body temperature, tremors and seizures.

(2)  Grapes & raisins:  Why?  These foods can cause damage to the kidneys and can be poisonous to dogs & cats.  Possible effects:  increased thirst, increased urination, lethargy and vomiting.

(3)  Garlic & onions:  Why?  These foods can damage red blood cells and cause anemia.  They can be poisonous to dogs & cats.  Possible effects:  vomiting, red-colored urine, weakness & anemia.

(4)  Xylitol (which is found in sugarless gum):  Why?  It causes increased insulin secretion, resulting in lower blood sugar levels and can be poisonous to dogs.  Possible effects:  vomiting, lethargy, lack of coordination, seizures, jaundice and diarrhea.

(5)  Alcoholic drinks:  Why?  They depress the nervous system and can be poisonous to all species.  Possible effects:  vomiting, disorientation, diarrhea, lethargy, lack of coordination, difficulty breathing, tremors, coma and seizures.

(6)  Raw yeast and bread dough:  Why?  These items form gas in the digestive track and fermentation of yeast causes alcohol poisoning, which can be poisonous to all species, but typically only dogs ingest it.  Possible effects:  distention of abdomen, vomiting, disorientation, diarrhea, lethargy, lack of coordination, difficulty breathing, tremors, coma and seizures.

(7)  Macadamia nuts:  Why?  These nuts can cause muscle and nervous system problems in dogs.  Possible effects:  vomiting, lethargy, weakness, increased body temperature and tremors.

(8)  Avocados:  Why?  Avocados contain persin, which damages the heart muscle and can be poisonous to all species, but especially birds.  Possible effects:  vomiting, diarrhea (in dogs), lethargy and difficulty breathing (in birds and rodents).

If your pet eats any of these foods and you're concerned, please contact your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.  It's always better to be safe than sorry!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Cover Dogs

When I opened the latest Orvis Dog Book that arrived in the mail a few days ago, I discovered some of the cutest dog photos that I have seen in a while.  Apparently there is an annual Orvis Cover Dog Contest (how could we have missed that announcement?!).    Orvis received over 5,600 entries to the 2009 contest, and they are adorable!  

So cute, right?  So here's some good news...Orvis is currently accepting entries to the 2010 Cover Dog Contest.  For more details and to submit your photo, click here.  I just submitted this photo of Brady...  

To vote for Brady, click here and look for the caption in the middle of the page that says "Vote. Donate. Watch" - there is a link below the caption to vote.  Here's the deal with voting - in addition to having its editors vote for their favorite photos, Orvis is encouraging its readers to vote as well.  Each vote requires a $1 donation to support canine cancer research.  Orvis and Eukanuba Dog Food have teamed up with The Morris Animal Foundation to help find a cure for canine cancer.  With your donation, they can save countless dogs from suffering and premature death.  Orvis and Eukanuba, together, will match each tax-deductible contribution to the Canine Cancer Campaign up to a total of $30,000 - so every dollar you donate will become $2 for Canine Cancer Campaign.  What a great idea!


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Happy (early) Birthday, Boys!

It's hard to believe but the boys will be 2 years old tomorow!  Two years ago, the boys were born, and a few months later, they attended their first UGA tailgate before the UGA-Auburn game.

Needless to say, the boys LOVED tailgating.  I mean, what's not to love - good food, good friends & cheering on your favorite team?  Brady & Cooper were definitely a hit with the Georgia fans.  Sure, they aren't the breed of choice - the bulldog - for Dawg fans but who can resist these two little brown dogs?  They even showed off their tackling skills while we were there...

and wore themselves out in the process...

We hope you enjoy this nice fall day!  Happy (early) Birthday, Brady & Cooper (and go Dawgs)!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Everyone loves a sale!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!  

In honor of Labor Day, one of my favorite online shops - Backcountry K-9 is having a BIG sale! Some of our favorite items like the Palisades Pack and the Ruff Wear Knot-a-Coupler are on sale through September 7th.  Click here to check out the Backcountry K-9 sale and stock up on the items you'll need for the fall!  

Don't forget, when you check out be sure to enter the discount code 5HSJC to receive 5% off your order (even on sale items)!
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