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Stop Feeding Your Pet Chicken Jerky From China

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report indicating that chicken jerky products from China has been adversely affecting dogs.

Small dogs are most susceptible to the symptoms which include:

  • decreased appetite, although some may continue to consume the treats to the exclusion of other foods;
  • decreased activity;
  • vomiting;
  • diarrhea, sometimes with blood; and increased water consumption and/or increased urination.

To date the FDA and associated scientists have been unable to ascertain the cause of the illnesses.  Neither chemical nor microbial testing have identified any contaminant.

Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine).  Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). Although most dogs appear to recover, some reports to the FDA have involved dogs that have died.

Blood tests may reveal potential kidney failure and urine tests could show increased glucose a sign of Fanconi syndrome.  However, most dogs will recover with only some dogs developing fatal symptoms.

It is essential that you take your pet to the vet if you notice the symptoms to avoid more serious consequences.
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Cute and cuddly killer verses playful polluter.

With 9.2 million cats and 6.8 million dogs in the UK alone and the global pressure on lowering carbon footprints a new war is brewing. Are cats or are dogs going to be the green choice of the future?

Cats Carbon Paw Print:

  • Cats are carnivores eating 2.5 million tonnes of fish each year – leaving the the oceans depleted.
  • Eating on average one bird every 10 days.
  • Cat waste contains harmful parasites dangerous to humans and wildlife.
  • Kitty Litter has been made of carcinogenic bentonite clay, although an eco friendly variety now available.

Dog Carbon Paw Print:

  • Dogs produce billion litres of urine a year.
  • They consume 765 000 tonnes of food a year (although they are omnivores and can eat vegetable matter).
  • Dogs are more prone to inbreeding problems as the gene pool shrinks within breeds.

Which animal wins the green vote? Register your vote at Namara Pet Community.

Consider other ways of reducing the carbon impact of pets by recycling pets rather than breeding to order.  Or perhaps renting a pet for the weekend.

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The best dog food is:

If you have a pet dog at your home then you know the kind of delight that fills your dog when you open a bag containing dog-food. However, not all such foods are good for your dog. Just as there are junk foods out there in the eateries that we like, which are not at all healthy, so many dog foods available these days are not healthy.

You do not have to compromise over your dear dog’s taste and palate. Several pet-foods are available with healthy ingredients. You just need to know how differentiate them from the other unhealthy foods. So, how do we search for the healthier foods for your dog? Let us see.

The first thing you need to remember is that there are some foodstuffs, which are very poor quality fillers. They do not give the required nutrition to your dog. Among them are meat by-products, corn, soy, etc. Most of the cheap dog foods are full of these things as their ingredients. Worse, many of these cheap foods use things like animal fat to make them tastier for your pet. It would all be fine only if your dog is able to digest them well. However, dogs cannot properly process any sort of cooked fat. Naturally, they are not good for your pet.

Before you decide on the right kind of food for your dog, make a point of knowing the important and essential ingredients for dog foods. Quinoa, brown rice, barley, and oatmeal are among the healthy ingredients for your pet’s food. They help in digestion and provide wholesome nourishment to your dog. Also look for some direct animal protein as the top ingredients for your dog’s food. Mix them well with a good range of vegetables to give your dog the most desired food. These are just some of the basic things you need to remember before buy for your much-adored dog, the best available food products.

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Dogs are a pack animal…

And as much as we may idealise a society where all creatures are equal, George Orwell captured the failure of society to function as equals in his book Animal Farm.

Even in nature there is a recognition an orderly society requires some kind of leadership.

This is perhaps best demonstrated in the dog world.

The survival of dogs in the wild depends on their ability to function as a team or pack. Yet within that pack there has to be an “alpha male” or leader who holds the pack together.

Your cute little fur-ball that curls up on the end of the bed has not forgotten his heritage. He still requires the security and discipline of pack life.

If you are not providing that kind of leadership and structure your dog will feel the need to fill the pack leader role. Your weakness will inspire them to protect and care for you.

Often a strong dog in a weak family has tragic results for all concerned, so it is responsible for you as a dog owner to learn what your dog expects of you.

The following list of what your dog expects from you came from the blog of Dog Positive Training

* Leadership
* Rules
* Routine
* Boundaries
* Stability
* Structure
* Conditioning
* Companionship
* Daily exercise
* Mental stimulation
* Food

Dog Training is one of the best ways of showing your love for you dog. Well trained, well exercised, well feed dogs are the happiest and most loyal of dogs.

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Have you noticed any changes in your dog’s behavior?

Even the smallest of irregularities could be a clue that something is not right with your pet.

One of the best things you can do for your dog besides regular exercise, good food, water and shelter, is to be aware of any changes that it might exhibit in all aspects of it’s life.

Particularly as dogs get older they might seem like they are just not interested in exercise any longer but this might be due to the fact that they are suffering from pain of some form or another.

Many older dogs suffer from arthritis and this can be very painful.
There are all sorts of remedies that can help your dog from natural remedies to ones that your local vet might prescribe.

Our beloved pets cannot talk to us and they can only hope that we are aware of their conditions by knowing what they are usually like and noticing any behavioral changes.

Even if a normally quiet dog starts whining or barking more often they might be trying to give you a signal that something is not quite right in their life.

A regular checkup at the Vet is a good solution to ensure that your dog is always in optimal health and that includes their mental state.

Older dogs can become depressed because they are no longer getting the required stimulation mentally and a depressed dog will suffer just as a human can do in similar circumstances.

If your dog starts to eat more or less food than normal this could be another sign that there is a problem and also if they gain or lose weight they could be suffering from some health problems.

Always be aware of their behavior and it will help ensure that your dog has a happy and long life.


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Contrary to common belief, a fat dog is not a happy dog (even if it thinks it is happy). It is very easy to kill your dog with kindness by over-feeding it. Especially when everyone in the family likes to slip your pet the “occasional” titbit.

But how do I know if my dog is overweight?

A good test is to look at your dog, like humans, if your dog has no waste then is probably an indicator that some weight control measures are in order. Also, if you can no longer feel your dogs ribs then it is time to start taking action.

How much food does your dog really need?

Along with the general population of people, dogs are also suffering from obesity from eating the wrong food and eating too much food.

It is relatively easy to control the amount of food your dog is eating and it is essential that you gauge its weight on a regular basis to ensure that it doesn’t get obese. Owners who fall prey to those “puppy dog eyes” are not being kind. Unfortunately we all need to learn to self-discipline and restraint to stay healthy.

Dogs can suffer from many different ailments due to obesity including diabetes.
There are an increasing number of dogs suffering from this disease and in most cases this could have been avoided through the correct nutrition and monitoring the amount of food the dog has been eating.

Having a dog with diabetes will necessitate the injection of insulin or in some cases taking of pills to assist in the maintenance of the correct sugar levels in their blood.

Obviously this involves additional expense and inconvenience and there is also a danger that should the insulin level be incorrect your pet could die.

It makes sense then that your dog should only eat what is good for it and in quantities that won’t result in it developing health problems later in life. Fresh food is always best, for dog and man alike.

Working dogs will need more food for the energy that they will expend in the course of the day but a dog that lays around the house all day and doesn’t get any exercise will not need to eat the same portions of food. Neutered and spayed dogs generally have a lowered metabolic rate and also require less calories per day.

You should weigh your dog on a regular basis and see whether it is gaining or losing weight and adjust the amount of food it is eating accordingly.

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The Baby-boomers are leading the charge in this new phenominum, with an estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named the primary beneficiary in their owner’s will. According the Nielsen group’s research U.S. consumers now spend more for dog food than baby food.

The research shows up other surprising statistics as well. Where as about thirty nine percent of pet owners say they have more photos of their pet than of their spouse or significant other. Only 21 percent say they have more photos of their spouse or significant other than of their pet.

Dogs first choice.

So children are on the out (and perhaps spouses soon to follow), dogs are queuing up to take their place. It is not only the dogs who are reaping the rewards of this new trend, their owners are cashing in on health benefits. Pet owners, on average, live longer and experience less stress and heart attacks.

Dogs can also have remarkable health alert abilities.Scientists have discovered that dogs can sense the presence of autism in children. There are also ‘Seizure Alert’ dogs, which can warn their owners up to an hour before the onset of an epileptic seizure.

Although the popularity of dogs in general is on the increase, it seems that the small dogs are getting more than their fair share of the cake. With there being a drive toward living “green” which involves downsizing houses and cars, now pets have also come under the shrinking trend. This may be because of the lower maintenance costs involved in smaller dogs, or it may be because they are this years fashion, or it could even be just a practical issue of what fits in a modern apartment, but the trend is definitely toward miniature pets.

The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club. Standing six to nine inches at the top of the shoulders and weighing two to six pounds the Chihuahua may not have an imposing physical presence, but in terms of longevity it takes out the record for the longest average span amongst dogs. Named for the region of Mexico where they were first discovered in the mid-19th century, the Chihuahua can live anywhere between 11-18 years [i-pets.com].

A growing problem in today’s search for designer dogs is the trend toward Teacup, Miniature, and Imperial breeds. These trendy sounding names and cute little dogs hide a plague of serious problems. The following warning is an excerpt from pet-facts.info.

The Truth About Teacup Dogs

In order to understand how many continue to breed smaller and smaller dogs, one must understand that it means playing around with genetics. In most cases, teacup dogs are not just small examples of the breed but are, instead, either dwarfed animals that are the results of recessive genes, or they have been crossed back and forth with their relatives, in a process known as inbreeding. While inbreeding can often result in very tiny “typey” dogs, it is a very dangerous practice because, not only can it strengthen the very best of the line and achieve desired results (such as the tiny size), but it also strengthens the very worst of the lines. Line-bred or inbred dogs tend to have an increased risk of heart, liver, and kidney defects, as well as being very susceptible to a host of genetic diseases and disorders that can range from blindness to outright deformities.

There are similar problems with dogs that carry the dwarfism gene. Very popular in the Chihuahua breed and often disguised as the teacup or apple-headed Chihuahua, dwarfs are very tiny dogs, often with larger heads and very short and stocky legs. While dwarfism does occur naturally in the wild, in various animals, these offspring usually don’t survive into adulthood and are often plagued by many serious genetic diseases and defects. While human intervention can help these tiny dogs avoid predators that they might face outside of the home, there is very little that can be done to protect them from the genetic defects that cause these puppies to suffer a host of health problems and live much shorter lives.

Be warned that buying into this trend may cost you thousands in vet bills and a lot of heart ache as your beloved puppy develops crippling health problems and succumbs to premature death. You may also be required to spend months acting as nurse maid to your sick pet. Unfortunately there are people out there who knowingly breed animals that will experience poor quality of life, just so they can sell them at inflated prices to unsuspecting fashion pet seekers.

Many of these problems can be avoided by buying only from reputable breeders, or by choosing more mainstream breeds. Remember, with pets living longer your commitment to the animal is greater. It makes sense to spend some extra time researching exactly what pet suits your lifestyle and living arrangements (thinking also how you will be living 10 or more years from now).

Children be warned – your days are numbered! Choosing Miniature Dog Breeds

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