Blog: Paw Prints

  • Chocolate & Candy Dangers for Dogs

    Dogs and Halloween goodies do not mix.

    Too much sugar isn’t good for dogs.  At best it could just mean gas, but it can lead to vomiting & diarrhea and more.  Adding insult to injury ……  As bad as real sugar is for dogs, artificial sugar is pure poison.  Xylitol or Birch Sugar is a common component of candies especially but it is not limited to candy.  Xylitol is also found in puddings, peanut butter, baked goods, ketchup, vitamins, gum, toothpaste, cough syrup, and many more items.    Poisoning can have impact in as little as 20 minutes. The horrible list of issues includes vomiting, weakness, collapse, coma, liver failure and more.  Xylitol is a medical emergency for a dog.  

    Chocolate can also be serious for dogs.  It contains theobromine and caffeine which dogs don’t process as well as humans.  The total amounts will vary by type of chocolate, with darker chocolates having more.   The devil is in the details.  If your dog consumes chocolate you will need to tell the vet how much and exactly what kind the dog ate, as well as your dogs’ size/weight. 

    Chocolate poisoning is serious.  The “milder” symptoms include vomiting & diarrhea, as well as increased thirst, panting & restlessness, excessive urination and racing heart rates while even more serious impacts include seizures and heart failure.   Chocolate poisoning might only take hours to develop, but the impact can last for days.  Theobromine remains in the dog’s bloodstream for a long time.

    So, while we humans enjoy the tomfoolery of Halloween, please remember it is chock full of stresses and dangers for your dogs.

  • Halloween Horrors for Dogs

    What is Halloween for a dog? For a lot of dogs, it’s a flipping nightmare.  The doorbell keeps ringing all night long.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t find doorbell music all that wonderful so I imagine that dogs might get sick of it too.  What then happens after the doorbell rings?   AlienContinue reading “Halloween Horrors for Dogs” Read more…

  • Pumpkin Pleasure (for dogs)

    So ….. what about pumpkin for dogs? In short: YES but, as always, the devil is in the details. Pumpkin is full of nutrients.  It’s a great thing to add to your dog’s diet.  It contains several vitamins of note (A, C, E) as well as important minerals (Iron, Potassium).   It contains prebiotics which areContinue reading “Pumpkin Pleasure (for dogs)” Read more…

  • Tail wagging puzzles

    My dog is wagging his tail.  He must be happy!!!  Oh, how many times I’ve heard this!?!?   How many of those times have been wrong??? The truth is that while happy dogs wag their tails, not all wagging tails are happy ones.  And that’s where the confusion starts.   Puzzles make your head hurt! Let’s breakContinue reading “Tail wagging puzzles” Read more…

  • Prevent Dog Bites

    This free webinar will happen on Wednesday, April 13 at 10 am Atlantic Daylight Time. You will learn the facts, see the data, and you will see how to “read” the dog’s messages with pictures of several different situations and breeds. It is an educational event you won’t want to miss! The most common victim of a dog bite is a child, from a family pet, in a home setting. Together let’s protect our children Read more…

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