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Is My Dog Sick?

Here is an article I received from the veterinarian.  Hope it will help those when deciding to bring their dog to the vet:

Identifying the signs of sickness in a dog can be challenging, even for the most vigilant pet owners. Since a sick dog is unable to verbally communicate what hurts, pet owners must pay close attention to identify the signs of illness. Subtle changes in behavior or appetite may be symptomatic of an underlying health problem. While dogs cannot verbally tell us when they are sick, they use physical symptoms and behavior changes to communicate.

Determining when a trip to the doctor is warranted can be challenging. One of the most common symptoms of illness is vomiting or diarrhea. Dogs, however, may vomit on occasion without actually being ill. Eating food too quickly or drinking water too fast can cause vomiting, although the dog will feel much better afterwards. So how can a vigilant pet owner tell when a dog actually needs veterinary care?  Profuse vomiting, bloody vomiting, lethargy or anorexia concurrent with vomiting all require immediate medical intervention.  Vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours is a sign that a pet needs veterinary care. Vomiting or diarrhea for an extended period may be symptomatic of many things, including pancreatitis, infections, ingestion of foreign material,  accidental poisoning, or parasites, all of which require urgent veterinary care.

Dog owners should also be alert for signs of lethargy. If a normally active dog suddenly loses interest in playing fetch or no longer runs across the room, this may be a sign of illness. A long run at the park may cause exhaustion, but if a pet owner cannot identify a specific cause, then contact a veterinarian. Lethargy can be symptomatic of hundreds of disorders, one example is  heart disease, which requires veterinary care. Pet owners should also look for a change in exercise tolerance and unexplained weakness. A loss in consciousness, difficulty breathing, bleeding, or seizures always requires immediate emergency care for all animals.

Pet owners should also be on the lookout for the following symptoms: poor appetite, lameness, weakness, frequent urination, excessive scratching or licking, nasal discharge, constipation, an unusual bump, or excessive thirst. If these symptoms occur for more than two days, pet owners should contact their veterinarian.

In general, it is better to be proactive about veterinary care than to wait. In the wild, animals instinctively mask symptoms of illness so they will not appear weak to predators or be shunned by their own kind. Consequently, a dog will instinctively try to hide any health problems. Prompt care thanks to a vigilant pet owner can make a big difference for a dog’s health.  If you question whether a visit to the doctor is needed, please call and discuss it with your veterinarian.

Source:

American Animal Hospital Association, “Urinary Tract Infections.” 2013.

 

Is Your Dog Sick?
If your dog exhibits the following symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately:

•    In distress with Vomiting or diarrhea
•    Swollen abdomen
•    Labored breathing
•    Collapse, loss of consciousness or seizures
•    Bleeding
•    Symptoms of acute pain, such as crying out, whining or whimpering
If your dog exhibits these symptoms for more than 2 days, contact your pet’s doctor
•    Lethargy or general weakness
•    Excessive thirst
•    Frequent or inappropriate urination (e.g., wetting the bed, or accidents in the house)
•     Frequent panting

When in doubt, talk to your veterinarian.

 

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Recipe Friday – Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Treats

Here are some yummy treats for your pup.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana, peeled
  • 1 Cup oat flour
  • 2/3 Cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 Cup dried parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 Egg, beaten

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300°F.

2. Put banana in a large bowl and use a spoon or potato masher to mash it thoroughly.

3. Add oat flour, oats, parsley, peanut butter, and egg and stir well to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes.

4. Roll mixture into 24 balls, using about 1 tablespoon dough for each.

5. Transfer each ball to a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet as done. Use the back of a spoon or the heel of your hand to press each ball into a (1 1/2 to 2 inch) coin.

6. Bake until firm and deep golden brown on the bottom, 40 to 45 minutes. Set aside to let cool completely.

7. It’s best to store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Or, freeze them to give to your dog later; just be sure to thaw the treats before serving.

Recipe Friday – Liver and Rye Treats for Dogs

Try these out if you want to give your dog a new treat!

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups of rye flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ cup of chicken livers
  • 3 tbsp of canola oil

 

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Dust the baking sheet with rye flour.

3. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse for about 1 minute, or until the dough forms a ball shape.

4. Remove from the food processor and knead briefly into a well-formed dough ball.

5. Transfer directly to the baking sheet.

6. Flatten the ball and shape it carefully into a square.

7. Lightly dust the top of the dough with extra rye flour and roll with a rolling pin into a 10 inch square.

8. Cut the dough with a pizza cutter into 1 inch squares. If you want to get creative, you can use a dog bone cookie cutter to create the cookie shapes.

9. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes for softer cookies and 40-45 minutes for crispier cookies.

10. Remove your homemade dog treats from the oven and let them cool in the baking sheet.

11. Once cool, break them apart on the cut lines.  Store in a container in the fridge for a week and freeze if any leftovers.

Recipe Friday – Peanut Butter Popsicles

Now that the warmer weather is here (Hopefully to stay!) I have an easy recipe to make some popsicles for dogs!

Ingredients:

  • Half to one small jar of peanut butter
  • Half to one whole small banana
  • 2 Tablespoons of warm water

 

Directions:

1. In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter with a little water or half a mashed banana. (The water and banana aren’t essential but help with freezing consistency.)

2. Line an ice cube tray or cookie sheet with wax paper. (You don’t have to use the paper, but it can make prying the cubes out easier.)

3. Spoon the mixture into the cubes, or drop onto the tray just like you would cookie dough.

4. Freeze. If you need to reuse the tray right away, pop out the cubes and store them in a bag or container in the freezer.

5. Serve. Keep in freezer until consumed.

Product Review – Richard’s Organics Deodorizing Shampoo

If you don’t take your dog to a groomer, or you are in between grooming appointments, and your dog needs to be clean, Richard’s Organics Deodorizing Shampoo may just be the answer you are looking for.

Sasha is a roller, a roller in all things that smell like death or feces.  The worse it smells, the happier she is to roll in it.

Just the other day we were outside playing in a field and she stopped dead in her tracks, sniffed the air, and dropped and rolled for a good ten minutes.  I usually can catch her before she does this, but this time she was just too fast.

I hadn’t had the chance to use the shampoo I bought, so I figured this was as good a time as any.  The fragrance was soft and pretty, and lasts quite a long time.  It lathered nicely, rinsed out well and made Sasha’s coat quite shiny.  My only complaint, and it is minor, is that it wasn’t very thick, so it seemed like I needed to use more than usual.

The ingredients are fairly decent: Purified Water, Coconut Oil Based Cleaners, Glycerin, Sodium Bicarbonate, Aloe Vera, Siliconized Zinc, Rosemary Extract, Lavender Oil, DMDM-Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA.

Final verdict:  I would recommend purchasing this to have on hand for those times when you can’t get to your groomer, or if you groom your dog(s) on your own.  The smell is great and it lasts a long time (Sasha smelled good for almost a week).  It was a good emergency product to have around.  It is available on wag.com for a reasonable price.

Recipe Friday – Chicken Carrot Broccoli Dog treats (Wheat Free)

With everything going on in the country right now, it seems trivial to be writing this blog.  I do hope that all who read this are well and safe and maybe reading this blog can be a small bright spot in what has been a very heavy week.

Ingredients
:

  • 1 Chicken breast, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup finely grated Carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped Broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons Butter, softened
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 cups Oat Flour

 

Directions
:

  1. In a large bowl mix in all ingredients one at a time, stirring well after each addition
  2. Divide the dough into fourths and place each ball of dough on to a piece of wax paper.
  3. Shape the dough into rolls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and wrap each in plastic wrap or foil and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least three hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  5. To bake, slice rolls about 1/4 inch and bake on prepared baking sheet for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.
  6. The rolls can be frozen for about four weeks, if working with frozen rolls it is best to let the stand at room temperature for about 15 to 20 minutes before slicing.

Recipe Friday – Liver BBQ Treats For Dogs (Wheat Free)

These interesting treats make dogs feel like they are eating our food!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1 pound liver (such as calf liver, chicken liver, beef liver, etc.)
  • 1 cup cooked mashed sweet potato puree (substitute carrot, pumpkin, or butternut squash)
  • 1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely ground cornmeal (preferably organic/gmo-free)
  • 1/2 cup flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (salt-free or low sodium; you can also use water)
  • 2 large eggs + 1 egg, divided
  • 1/4 cup bbq sauce (use a non-spicy variety, or just omit this if you do not want your dog to have BBQ sauce)

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silpat and set aside. Arrange 2 baking racks in middle of oven.
  2. Cook the bacon on a skillet over medium heat until the fat is rendered and bacon is a bit crisp. Remove from skillet and transfer to food processor. Drain all but a thin layer of fat and add the liver pieces, cooking them in batches about 2 minutes on each side, until cooked completely through (will be stiffer and shrunken a bit). Add the cooked pieces of liver to the food processor and puree into a paste. Add the oats, flaxseeds and cornmeal and puree again into a thick dough.
  3. Transfer to a mixing bowl or stand-up mixer, and add the sweet potatoes, chicken broth, eggs and egg yolk (reserve the 3rd white). Mix well until a thick, sticky dough forms and gathers into a ball. If too wet, add a bit more ground cornmeal until you reach the right consistency.
  4. Sprinkle cornmeal over your work surface and turn out the dough. Using a cornmeal dusted rolling pin, roll out the dough until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Use 2″ round cookie cutters dusted in cornmeal to cut out circles, and transfer them to the prepared cookie sheets (they can be placed close together). Re-roll out any remaining dough and repeat until all dough is used.
  5. *No cookie cutter or just want a quicker way? You can also just cut the dough into 2″ squares with a knife or pizza cutter.
  6. Place in oven and bake until dry and crunchy–3 hours in the oven. (Check about 20 minutes before end of time to make sure they’re not burning.)
  7. Remove from oven and lower heat to 200 degrees.
  8. Whisk together the remaining egg white and the bbq sauce. Brush on the still-warm treats and then return to the oven for another 40 minutes to allow the glaze to set.
  9. Store completely cooled treats in an air-tight container for up to 6 weeks.

 

Makes about 40 2-inch treats, remember to feed in moderation.

 

Dog Treat Recall – Jones Natural Chews Woofers Beef Patties

This just showed up in my e-mail, although the recall says it happened March 6th:

March 6, 2013 – Jones Natural Chews Company of Rockford, Illinois has announced it is recalling 245 boxes of Woofers (beef patties) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected treats were distributed in:
Caution Sign

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

The products were shipped to distributors and retailers between November 1, 2012 and November 12, 2012.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by Colorado Department of Agriculture Feed Program which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria.

According to the company, no illnesses have been reported to date.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.

People handling dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What’s Being Recalled

The company states, “Woofers in bulk 50 count box may be sold individually”.

Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 1 pack shrink-wrap, 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008657, Lot 3102, Best By 11/05/15.

Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 1 pack shrink-wrap, 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008183, Lot 2892BF-Best By 10/15/15, Lot 2962PWV-Best By 10/22/15, Lot 2962ASC-Best By 10/22/15, and Lot 3032ASL-Best By 10/29/15.

Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 2pack shrink-wrap, 25ct box, item UPC 741956008190, Lot 2962ASC-Best By 10/22/15 and Lot 3032ASL-Best By 10/29/15.

Special Concerns About This Recall

We’re unusually concerned about this event. That’s because the company’s official announcement of this recall is dated March 6, 2013. That was 6 days ago! And we’ve heard nothing until just moments ago.

So far, there have been no news bulletins posted by the FDA.

What’s even more disturbing here is that the company has stated, “Woofers in bulk 50 count box may be sold individually”.

Does this mean the affected treats could have been removed from their packaging by retailers and sold in unlabeled bins to unsuspecting consumers?

Considering 250 boxes contain 50 beef patties per box, simple math suggests there could be as many as 12,250 contaminated treats yet in circulation.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased any of these woofers are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 877-481-2663, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Central Time.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Recipe Friday – Cheddar Rosemary Chippies for dogs Gluten Free

These healthy and yummy treats are sure to please your fur baby!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried Rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Oat Flour

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a large bowl add all ingredients and mix well.
  3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/4 inch thick and cut with your cookie cutter of your choice.
  4. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned.

Cool and refrigerate.

Makes 2 dozen rounds.

Dog Treat Recall Alert – Milo’s Kitchen and Waggin Train

Two separate recalls this time, they are voluntary.  Read on to find out if it affects you and your furbaby:

January 9, 2013 – Milo’s Kitchen today announced it is voluntarily recalling its Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats from retailer shelves nationally.
Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

No other Milo’s Kitchen products are affected.

On Monday, New York State’s Department of Agriculture informed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the company that trace amounts of residual antibiotics had been found in several lots of Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky.

After consultation with the New York Department of Agriculture and the FDA, the company decided to voluntarily recall Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers, which are both sourced from the same chicken suppliers.

The use of antibiotics to keep chickens healthy and disease-free while raising them is standard practice in poultry production for both human and pet food.

However, the antibiotics found in the products were unapproved and should not be present in the final food product.

Milo’s Kitchen has a comprehensive safety testing program in place for its products from procurement through manufacturing and distribution.

Part of that program involves extensive testing for a wide range of substances commonly used to ensure the health of chickens.

However, Milo’s Kitchen did not test for all of the specific antibiotics found by the New York Department of Agriculture.

What to Do

The company states:

“Consumers who discard the treats will receive a full refund. We are committed to Milo’s Kitchen and stand by our guarantee of complete consumer satisfaction.”

Consumers with questions about Milo’s Kitchen products can get further information by calling 877-228-6493.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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January 9, 2013 – Nestlé Purina PetCare Company of St. Louis, MO has today announced it is voluntarily withdrawing its Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch dog treats sold in the U.S. until further notice.
Waggin Train Chicken Jerky Treats Logo
The company is taking this action after learning this week that the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) found trace amounts of antibiotic residue in samples of Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky products.

These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other major countries, but are not among those approved in the U.S.

Antibiotics are commonly used globally – including in the United States – when raising animals fit for human consumption.

According to the company, Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch products are safe to feed as directed.

However, due to regulatory inconsistencies among countries, the presence of antibiotic residue is technically considered an adulteration in the United States.

The company claims this finding does not pose a safety risk to pets.

New York State authorities initially requested that the Company remove Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky treats from retail locations in the state of New York, which we have agreed to do.

In addition, due to the differences in U.S. and Chinese regulations, Nestlé Purina decided to conduct a nationwide voluntary withdrawal.

Nestlé Purina contacted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding NYSDAM’s findings.

There is no indication that the trace amounts of antibiotic residue are linked to the FDA’s ongoing investigation of chicken jerky products. The trace amounts of antibiotic residue (in the parts-per-billion range) do not pose a health or pet safety risk.

No other Purina treats or pet food products are affected by this withdrawal. In addition, Canyon Creek Ranch dog and cat foods, which are manufactured in the United States, are not included in this withdrawal.

What to Do

For product refund or more information call the Nestle Purina Office of Consumer Affairs at 800-982-0704. Or go to http://www.waggintrainbrand.com.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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