Dogs are beggars. Their big, wet, innocent eyes and supernaturally sweet demeanors make them pretty much impossible to deny. They want to hop up in bed with us? Fine, come on up. They don’t want us to leave the house? Okay, okay we won’t go out. We don’t need friends anyway. We have you, doggo! Honestly if they wanted money we’d give them cash. Mostly though, our dogs want food. All the time. And if it weren’t for the budgetary constraints we’d probably be serving up a bowl of medium-rare filet mignon every night to an animal that would just as happily eat an old hot dog out of the trash. Because love. But we have to show self-control for the sake of the pups we love so irrationally, yet justifiably. Because no matter how much you and I want to treat them, it’s more important to keep your dog healthy. There are foods that, no matter how sadly your good boy is looking up at you, you shouldn’t reach under the table and feed him. These are some of those foods dogs can’t eat.
At this point, who doesn’t love avocados? There’s a decent chance that even people who don’t love them lie and say they do just to fit in. Your dog loves them too. Because dogs love anything even remotely edible. Unfortunately, when you bring the pup to brunch they can’t be as cool as you are and have a piece of your avocado toast. For dogs, avocados can cause upset stomach, breathing trouble, and fluid buildup in the chest. They’re also a choking hazard. So can a dog eat avocados? No.
Almonds are a heart healthy snack and a great source of protein — for you. For your dog, though, they’re hard to digest and thus a source of stomach pain. Almonds can also cause pancreatitis and, like avocados, can be a choking hazard. Keep the decorative bowl of nuts above the table. Can a dog eat almonds? No.
It probably seems like a funny party trick to give your dog a beer (or stronger) but DO NOT DO THAT. Alcohol has the same effect on a dog’s brain and liver that it does on a human’s. Except a dog’s brain is roughly equivalent to that of a two year old child’s, and chances are your dog weighs less than 100 pounds, which means it’s like you’re giving alcohol to a very large toddler. That’s super not okay. Can a dog drink alcohol? NO.
“Fruit is healthy, so this is probably cool,” you think to yourself as you toss your dog a grape, somehow forgetting that you are a different species than your dog-shaped dog. While some fruits are fine for dogs to eat, grapes (and raisins) can lead to kidney failure, and cause vomiting and sluggishness. Can you feed your dog grapes? No.
Yes, we know, this sounds like fake news. Bacon is meat. Dogs love meat. There’s even an extremely popular brand of dog snack whose premise and advertising is predicated around a canine’s inherent love of bacon. We must be liars. But yeah, crazy story, bacon isn’t good for a dog to eat. Bacon is a fatty cut of meat, and eating it can lead to pancreatitis, digestion problems, and trouble absorbing nutrients. If the pup wants some meat, go with something leaner. Can a dog eat bacon? No more than a teeny, tiny piece every now and then. (Even we can’t fully advocate against spoiling your pup a little — BUT ONLY A LITTLE!)
A new pet can be exciting and overwhelming. You, your family and your pet will all have to adjust to a new lifestyle. You’ll want to make sure that your house is safe for your pet and that you have enough distractions to keep your house safe from your pet. Here are some new pet basics that every new pet owner should know.
The Basics: Before your pet comes home, have new food and water dishes, food recommended by your vet, a couple of toys, bedding, a collar, and a leash. Be aware that ornate food and water dishes can clank with or catch on collars, which can make eating an unpleasant experience for your new pet.
Prepare A Safe Space For Your Pet: For dogs and puppies establish where they will sleep (if you don’t want them in your bed) with a comfy new bed. Crate-trained dogs should be shown their new crate immediately so they can determine their “safe spot.” New cats should be shown a safe place to hide, as they are often shy they may want a dark, hidden place to observe until they are ready. Don’t feel bad if your new cat or dog is a little shy, they’ll warm up once they get used to their new surroundings.
Toxic plants include:
Lily of the Valley
Tulips and Hyancinths
Provide Appropriate Toys: For cats, set up a scratch post to deter any unwanted scratching of the furniture. Lay out toys like vet recommended dolls or ropes (these are especially good if pets are teething).
Pet-Proof Your Belongings: To ensure your new pet doesn’t get into trouble or get hurt, hide away any cords that they can chew on, remove any poisonous or toxic cleaning solutions or house plants, and remove any items you don’t want chewed on (especially for puppies). IF something were to hypothetically happen, come to your local ZippiVet Animal Hospital in Austin for fast and immediate service. Also, you’ll need to provide appropriate potty places for your new pet! For cats, place a litterbox in a low-traffic area. For dogs, show them the door to outside. You may want to put down some puppy pads while they are still being potty trained.
Establish A Schedule: Pets thrive on schedules and reliability and will be much more relaxed and well behaved if they can predict when they will be fed and able to enjoy exercise. Feed and walk your pet at the same time every day!
Socialize Your Animals: If your home has other pets, let the pets slowly meet each other either through their individual crates or with human intervention.
At some point, every pet begins the necessary journey toward end of life. For most pet owners, we have watched our beloved companion grow from precocious youngster into golden-years snuggler. Because of our love for our furry friend, we may want to hold on, despite signs of growing weakness or suffering.
There will be days when that old spark or a glimmer of light in the eyes gives us a bit of hope that we have more time with our pet. Yet, we are tasked with an enormous decision and responsibility–recognizing the signs that quality of life has eroded too far, or that end of life is near–and making the decision to say goodbye to our four-legged family member. Continue…
In many households, the end of the school year means the beginning of a fun summer for your kids and your pets alike. The kids are thrilled to be out of school, and the pets are thrilled to have their old playmate(s) back.
But all good things must come to an end. With many families focusing on school, work, and after school activities right now, your four-legged friend will probably have a lot more free time on his or her paws. Read on to learn about back to school blues in pets and for tips on keeping a curious pet out of trouble this school year. Continue…