This month we're talking about a site that provides great information about Dog Food and stays on top of recalls, DogFoodAdvisor.com. You can even enter your email address to be alerted when a new recall comes out. In today's market with ingredients being imported from all over and put in our companion's food we need to be aware of the dangers of some of the foods that contain ingredients that are causing health issues.
About Chews: Even though it's on the market and available at grocery stores or dollar stores, that doesn't mean it's safe for your best friend. Rawhide doesn't digest in a dog's stomach. If you're saying "It's never been a problem for my dogs" ... you may have been lucky up until now. Rawhide has been known to cause blockages in the digestive tract which usually requires surgery - is it worth the risk?
The Most Dangerous Pet Chew Ever: Rawhide!
Dog Treats / by Rodney Habib
How can one of the most popular chew sticks on the planet be so dangerous for your pets, you ask? I mean, most dogs chew on rawhide for hours on end, and not only does it keep them busy, but they seem to last forever. Well if you understood what it took to make this toxic “raw” leather stick, you would quickly understand what the problem is. Aside from the horror stories circulating all over social media these days, of pets needing emergency surgery after consuming rawhide, the majority of pet parents today, especially the newbies, believe that this chew is some sort of dried up meat stick.
Let me debunk that myth right away! A rawhide stick is not the by-product of the beef industry nor is it made of dehydrated meat. Rather, rawhide is the by-product of the “Leather Industry”, so theoretically it is a leather chew. Sounds awesome, right?
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/rawhide-dangerous-for-dogs/
Bones are another danger, especially if cooked, they can splinter and puncture an internal organ.
CHRIS Ti Goldens recommends giving your companion a raw femur bone to chew on to keep tarter at bay. Make sure they are in a crate or laundry room while enjoying this that. The bone marrow is the bonus on a raw femur bone. A 4" bone is about the right size for an adult golden, puppies need a smaller cut.
AND Greenies ... they are still on the market. We highly discourage you giving this product to your pet.
READ: DANGERS OF DOG CHEWS by Ellen Crean CBS NEWS
Parsemus Foundation is proposing that we all think more creatively about individualizing spay. In these situations, veterinarians should be prepared to remove the uterus and leave the ovaries, sometimes called "partial spay." This removes the nuisance of bleeding during heats, along with the risk of infection of the uterus (pyometra), as long as ALL of the uterus is removed. In traditional spay, there is no need to remove every bit of the uterus, since it will no longer be under stimulation by the ovaries. But in partial spay, the veterinarian must make a large enough incision to pull the uterus up to the service to see what he/she is doing and be able to tie off and cut precisely at the cervix rather than just anywhere on the uterus. Otherwise, it is still possible to develop an infection in the remaining uterine stump, "stump pyometra."
If the whole uterus is removed, very few long-term health issues remain. Ovarian cancer is rare enough that the ovaries should not be removed as a way to prevent it. That makes mammary tumors the remaining concern. Although a recent review article indicates that the limited research on the effect of neutering on mammary tumors is inconclusive. (Beauvais et al., 2012), decades of real-world experience indicate that mammary tumors occur more often in dogs with ovaries. Adopters of dogs who believe that their dog is likely to live longer or be healthier by keeping its ovaries can then be informed of the pros and cons and to keep alert to the possibility of mammary tumors as their dog ages. Owners with the economic means may even wish to have a mammary-gland ultrasound as part of their dog's annual exam once it reaches middle age; vets who are skilled with ultrasound should be pleased at the opportunity to offer this new service using existing equipment. Meanwhile, the shelters population goals are achieved too, because the dog will not be fertile without a uterus.
Losing a pet is one of the hardest times in your life and one that you're never prepared for. Their is a long, emotional, and complicated grief process when you lose a furry family member and sometimes that includes comforting children who have never experienced loss before or consoling other animals in your home. Let your children be involved in saying good bye, they need closure too. Look at pictures, remember all the fun moments - laugh and cry. Yes, it's ok for your children to see that you're hurting too. Do something special together, go on a little field trip to a zoo or a petting park. If you have another pet, don't forget they are grieving too. Turn your focus to them, they need you more than ever. Change up their routine. Change their feeding times, feed them in a different spot or a different room in the house. Take them on walks on a different path or if it's the same walk, change the direction. Take special trips to the beach or to a friend's house to visit with other dogs they enjoy playing with. Get them out and about with the kids. If they're in a crate, move the crate to your room or your children's room. It will make them feel more secure, their confidence is shaken - they just lost their best friend. If you work, leave the TV or radio on while you're gone. (Animal Planet has always been a favorite at CHRIS Ti.) It's ok to get another companion. You don't have to change breeds and you're not replacing your fur baby. Your family needs to love again and there is no set time limit for grief or no "right" time to get another pet. Remember you have a big heart and animals teach us love, compassion, and patience. We can all learn from their unconditional love.
The Death of a Pet Can Hurt as Much as the Loss of a Relative
Five Strategies for Surviving the Loss of a Pet
by Dr Marty Becker DVM
1. Give Yourself Time and Permission to Grieve
Love is love and loving a pet is no different than loving a person.
2. Take Care of Yourself
Losing someone we love can be exhausting, emotionally and physically. While you're grieving, it's important to eat well and get enough sleep.
3. Avoid the "He Was Just a Pet" or "Just Get Another One" People
They may be trying to help, but their "comforting" words often make you feel worse. If you can't avoid their comments, try to ignore them or change the subject. And It's ok to say you don't want to talk about your loss, even if it's only this one particular person you don't want to talk with.
4. Seek Out Support
The pet-loving people in your life understand what you're going through and will be there for you.
5. Make Plans for a Memorial
Plant a perennial flower, a rose bush, a tree - make a memorial donation to an animal charity - scrapbook a memorial ... you know what works for you.
Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Supporters
The Morris Animal Foundation's Canine Lifetime Health Project is a nationwide effort to create a healthier tomorrow for our golden retrievers. Every dog, every owner, every veterinarian makes a difference in this ground-breaking study by providing information to Morris Animal Foundation. Researchers will use information from the enrolled 3,000+ dogs to investigate how genetics, nutrition, environment and lifestyle impact major health outcomes, especially cancer. CHRIS Ti Golden Retrievers entered Mattie in this study hoping to help find reasons and cures for cancer.
CHRIST i Golden Retrievers follows DR. JEAN DODDS' vaccine protocol for all of their own canine companions and recommend this protocol to anyone acquiring one of our puppies. There is a lot of research being done looking into what is believed to be the common practice of over-vaccinating our pets and how that can affect their health and lifespan.
2016 CANINE VACCINATION PROTOCOL
Age of Pups
9 - 10 weeks
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Merck Nobivac [Intervet Progard] Puppy DPV)
14 - 15 weeks
Single Parvovirus, MLV.
Note: new research states that last puppy parvovirus vaccine should be at 18 weeks.
Rabies; mercury-free (TF).
Note: give 3-4 weeks apart from other vaccinations.
20 weeks or older,
if allowable by law
9-10 Weeks Old:
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Merck Nobivac [Intervet Progard] Puppy DPV)
Same as above
20 Weeks or Older (if allowable by law):
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (optional = titer)
1 Year after the initial dose:
Rabies, killed 3-year product (give 3-4 weeks apart from distemper/parvovirus booster)
Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that` case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. See the Rabies Challenge Fund website.
W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843
Golden puppies should be fed a large breed puppy food and possibly switched to a large breed adult dog food prior to 6 months. Discuss this with your vet. If your puppy grows too quickly, you may be encouraging problems with his/her hips and joints later in life.
Tell us what you feed your canine companion?
Some safe snacks: apples, bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, green beans, pumpkin, sweet potato, watermelon
CHRIS Ti Goldens has had all of their goldens on NuVet Plus since 2002 and we've found this product to promote overall health and immunity. We have also used NuVet Joint for our older fur babies and have been very happy with the results.
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These articles, ideas, and thoughts are my own. I suggest you do your own research and talk to your veterinarian to make the decisions that are best for you and your family. I'm providing this forum for my extended golden family to share ideas giving us all an opportunity to learn from each other. I welcome your positive comments and feedback. Thank you!