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By Ali, Nov 11 2014 03:04AM

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! Even though big meals and other goodies are a staple for humans this time of year, the same shouldn't apply to your dogs!


You should always avoid giving the following people food to your dogs:


Chocolate

Onions or Garlic

Grapes or Raisins

Alcohol

Xylitol (found in sugar free gum and some sugar free baked goods)


Most everyone knows dogs and chocolate don't mix but the others are often overlooked. Garlic, onions and everything else in this family of foods should be avoided because they can cause damage to a dog's red blood cells. But, people love to season food with garlic and onions so it is hard to find tablescraps that are free of these ingredients.


While some dogs may be OK if they ingest small amounts of these toxic foods, every dog is different. The size and breed of your dog as well as other medical conditions will determine each individual dog's reaction to ingesting one of these items. The safest bet is to avoid these ingredients altogether and to consult your vet if Fido does accidentally consume something from this list.


What about other people food free? Too many table scraps for Fido can lead to obesity and sometimes worse! Did you know a fatty meal can cause pancreatitis -inflammation of the pancreas? A severe case of pancreatitis can make your furry friend very sick and require hospitalization for IV fluids, blood tests and more.


Instead, celebrate this holiday season with some healthier dog friendly snacks like carrot sticks or slices of apple (remove core and seeds). Or even add a spoonful of canned pumpkin (plain 100% pumpkin, no pie seasonings added) to kibble. The extra fiber is great for dogs!



By Ali, Oct 4 2014 03:00PM

Congrats! You've decided to take the plunge and adopt a puppy. Puppies are a big responsibility but also very rewarding. Keeping your new best friend healthy needs to be your number one priority because puppies lack fully developed immune systems and are susceptible to many diseases.


Want to keep little Rover healthy as can be? Follow these easy step:


1. Complete all puppy shots! Puppies usually begin vaccinations around 8 weeks old and have 3-4 sets of vaccinations spaced every 2-3 weeks. Each vet may have slightly different vaccination schedules depending on a variety of factors but they generally fall within these guidelines. All puppies adopted from ARF have all age appropriate vaccinations. We will not adopt out puppies until they've had some vaccinations but depending on the age of the pup you adopt, you may need to follow up with your vet to complete the vaccination series.


2. Feed premium food! You know the old saying, you are what you eat. Good premium kibble contains mostly meat and healthy whole grains and skips the fillers, dyes and preservatives that are common in cheaper, grocery store brands. And "premium" doesn't have to mean costly. Many pet stores and feed and seed type stores carry good quality food that won't break the bank.


3. Keep your puppy away from public places where unvaccinated dogs may frequent. Socialization is important but you also need to protect your puppy's health until their vaccinations "kick in". Discuss the appropriate timeline with your vet.


4. Buy heartworm preventative! Most puppies can begin heartworm preventative when they're old enough to begin vaccinations. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes and we all know how common those pests are in the deep South! An unprotected dog is highly likely to get heartworms so discuss starting heartworm prevention right away. Heartworms are dangerous to your dog's health, very costly to treat and do irreversible damage so prevention is key! Heartworm preventatives are relatively cheap and most are given monthly. Most importantly, they are extremely effective so if you start your puppy right away and continue his treatment year round, you should easily be able to protect your pup from getting this terrible parasite.


5. Get good flea protection! Fleas are more than just a nuisance. Fleas are the source of parasites like tapeworms and some dogs are extremely allergic to flea bites. In an allergic dog, the reaction quickly escalates from a single itchy bite to a full blown rash and constant chewing on the tail and hind quarters, often to the point where no hair remains. But, don't just use that generic over the counter stuff from the discount store. Many flea preventatives can be toxic to puppies, so consult with your vet to make sure your pup is old enough to begin treatment and discuss your options. Many newer generation topicals and pills exist that are easier to administer, safer and more effective.


Follow these simple steps and you'll be well on your way to having a happy healthy furry best friend!



By Ali, Feb 28 2014 05:05PM

Sam loves Mardi Gras! And he's up for adoption... check him out!
Sam loves Mardi Gras! And he's up for adoption... check him out!

Happy Mardi Gras! If you live on the Gulf Coast, you know that this time of year is full of parades, formal balls and general merriment. But, what does this have to do with your pet?


We all know that 4th of July fireworks scare pets and Christmas tree tinsel can be dangerous, so what about Mardi Gras? Are there any dangers lurking while we let the good times roll?


Stuffed Animals - If you don't have kids at home, the piles of stuffed animals from parades often make their way home for the dogs. While dogs (mine included) love to rip those to shreds, remember they're not dog toys! These animals often have hard button eyes that are choking hazards if they chew them off. That stuffing can also cause obstructions if your pooch decides to eat it too. While we might not think polyester stuffing as particularly tasty, dogs often do. If you give your dog a toy like this, only let him play with it under strict supervision. After 5 minutes of destroying the toy, clean up the mess and give him something more durable like a Kong.


Candy and moonpies - Most savvy parade goers know to bring a bag for their loot. When you get home, remember those throws often include edible items that your dog will want to sniff out. I've definitely been guilty of tossing a bead fillled bag on the floor and forgetting about the moonpies until once of my pups is head first, digging in the bag to get it out for me. We all know chocolate and dogs don't mix. Sugar isn't great for them either. Worst of all, they'll often eat these items wrapper and all which could be dangerous.


The hazards of Mardi Gras are actually common everyday hazards too. Just like child proofing a home, you should always remember to dog proof too! Those little noses can get into a lot of trouble without a mindful eye.


Happy Mardi Gras!





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