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Holiday Hazards: Ten Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe

By Elizabeth Bublitz
December 14, 2016
File under: Health Concerns, Pet Safety, Pets


There is so much going on during the holidays and it is especially important to be aware of hazards at this time of year that can threaten the safety of  our pets. Here are some tips that can help keep our pets safe, both indoors and out.

Protect your pets with these ten tips:

1.    Holiday lights: Indoor/outdoor lights can entice pets, however they may be tempted to chew the wires and could be electrocuted. Monitor pets when they are near the lights.

2.    Ornaments and ribbons: Glittering ornaments and ribbons are hazardous to curious pets.  Glass bulbs can shatter and tinsel can get stuck inside your pet’s body.  Make sure to hang all these intriguing items high on the tree out of your pet’s reach.  Even beautifully decorated presents with bows, yarns, ribbons or plastic plants can be a hazard to your pet.

3.    Christmas trees:  The water in the basin beneath the tree and the pine needles that fall to the floor can upset your pet’s stomach.  Don’t let your pet drink the water.  Please note that some trees are chemically treated, with make the pine needles quite toxic. …read more of Holiday Hazards: Ten Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe here

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Dog Goes Vegetarian, Loses 50 pounds

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
June 24, 2015
File under: Healthy Eating, Pets, Vegan, Vegetarian, Weight Control


Travis Oser 13 Year old Vegetarian Labrador Retriever

People choose what they eat based on their belief system, which can include health, environmental, cultural or religious ideals; decisions that carry over to what they feed their family and their pets.

In addition to health, ecological and religious concerns, vegetarians and particularly vegans are repulsed by meat consumption and driven by compassion for animals, non-violence and economics.

Oftentimes the more distance we place between ourselves and anything the more objective we become. People sometimes choose a vegetarian lifestyle for one reason, health, religion, or animal rights and later connect with other reasons for doing so along the way.

A 2006 report from the National Research Council stated that a vegetarian diet as long as it contains sufficient protein and is supplemented with Vitamin D is healthy for dogs. Commercial dry food products provide the high levels of protein, …read more of Dog Goes Vegetarian, Loses 50 pounds here

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Frozen or Chilled Watermelon Slushy for Pets and People, Too!

By Gabrielle Ottavio
June 25, 2014
File under: Fruit, Healthy Eating, Pets, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

Summer is now officially here and temperatures have already soared well into the 90’s in many areas of the country.

It is important to keep your pet hydrated, no matter the season however, in the dog days of summer proper hydration is crucial to protect your dog from heat stress and heat related illnesses.

Different dogs have different needs when battling the heat. For instance, a darker coat will absorb more heat and an overweight dog will be at higher risk for dehydration. There are many added stresses on the body for the overweight pet, such as an increased risk of diabetes and joint pain.

The summertime heat and humidity only add to this stress; when an overweight dog suffers from the heat, it’s harder for him to cool off by panting. Cats cool themselves by licking their fur and though they do actually sweat through their paws, cats will also begin to pant when they become very overheated. …read more of Frozen or Chilled Watermelon Slushy for Pets and People, Too! here

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Homemade Shampoo for Dogs and People, Too!

By Gabrielle Ottavio
January 6, 2014
File under: Essential Oils, Health Concerns, Natural Alternatives, Pets, Saving Money

It is really easy and economical to make homemade shampoo.

Commercial shampoo contains harsh cleansers called sulfates that can be drying and damaging to hair and skin and making shampoo that is chemical and toxin free is pretty simple and can be customized to meet your personal needs.

To make shampoo all you need is a base, distilled water, herbs and/or essential oils that are safe for your dog. There are some essential oils that should never be used for animals: Anise, Clove Leaf/Bud, Garlic, Horseradish, Juniper, Thyme, Wintergreen, or Yarrow, to name a few.

Avoid essential oils when bathing your cat, as they can slowly cause toxins to build up in the feline’s system, causing a slow onset of organ failure. A cat’s liver cannot process toxins as a human’s or even a dog’s can. …read more of Homemade Shampoo for Dogs and People, Too! here

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Homemade Sweet Potato Chews for Your Pet

By Gabrielle Ottavio
September 4, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Pets, Recipes, Vegan

Organic dog treats are easy to make and really economical.  For the cost of a few potatoes,  you can make homemade treats for your dog that are fresher and healthier than those bought off the shelf, which can often contain preservatives and additives.

Dogs love treats and you can be confident that these delicious chews are as good to eat as they are good for them.  Sweet potatoes are a true “super food” and have so many health benefits that your dog should eat them often. …read more of Homemade Sweet Potato Chews for Your Pet here

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