Monthly Archives: May 2015

5 Tips for Taking Care of your Dog’s Paws

As summer is rolling around and the day’s are heating up so is the concrete we walk on, we may not notice due to the shoes we wear but go bare-foot and you’ll notice the significant heat difference. Our dog’s paws feel the difference too, their pads only provide so much protection before it becomes painful. We don’t walk across a hot parking lot or a snow covered one without proper protection on our feet, but for some reason some owner’s make their pets suffer.

The paw pad provides protection for the paw from rough terrain, but there is a myriad of issues surrounding the paw that should be addressed including nail length, cracked pads and foreign objects wedged in between paw pads. Continue reading

George’s Feeding Routine

I get asked alot of the time while at the store, what is my routine for feeding my dogs? And honestly I am not the best example, all my dogs have been free-fed. Meaning there is always food down for them at any given time. This doesn’t always work with all dogs, some dogs devour whatever is put in front of them no matter how much they already have had. When George was a puppy he was that way, eventually though he would leave kibble in his bowl for later on which just turned into us free feeding him. When he was growing up, Ginny was being free fed at the same time, so I kinda have her to thanks for teaching him his laid backness about food. However, there is some sort of routine to his free-feeding, in the morning he gets about 2-3 cups, then at night another cup or so. Ginny taught him that when he asks for food he will get it, but they only ask when they are hungry and the bowl has been empty for awhile or we just got home.

Morning Routine

8:30AM-9:30AM I’ve been adding NUPRO Joint and Immunity Support to his morning food. 1 scoop then about 1/2 -3/4 cup of water, mixing it into a sloppy gravy. Then measure out around 3 cups of food into his bowl. Plus 1-2 pumps of salmon oil mixed in too.

After introducing the NUPRO into his feeding, he literally licks the bowl clean which he never did ever ever ever. He must really like it too as it’s gobbled down within a minutes (safely), I’m happy he likes the NUPRO as having a large breed dog comes all the deterioration of joints and other hip problems. The NUPRO helps maintain his joint, connective tissue and muscle health while providing preventative maintenance for later on in his life.

Night Routine
5:30PM-6:30PM We have our dinner than afterwards George always gets kibble then too. Not as much as his morning amount, but roughly 1-2 cups. During this feeding I don’t add any supplements, it is just straight kibble. He’s never as keen to have his dinner as much as he is his breakfast. Sometimes he will get our table scraps, like pizza crust, or half a wiener. But nothing ever elaborate or very much at all.

Every time I am fixing his food he must sit and wait on his mat until I tell him it’s okay. This seemed like an impossible task when he was a puppy, there were some days where it took him over half an hour just to sit and let me set the bowl down. The next was waiting till I said okay. Now he is so good I can leave the room, come back put the dishes away and he still hasnt budged an inch.

What are Rodent Ulcers and How to Heal Them?

When I adopted Oswald two years ago, he had a auto-immune disorder called eosinophilic granuloma. What on earth is that? In simple terms it is a rodent ulcer, and no it doesn’t actually comes from rodents.

They start as a yellow or pink shiny spot that becomes an open sore on the upper lip, it can develop on either side. Sometimes, rarely, it forms on the bottom lower lip or along the back of the jaw near the molars. It can spread to the tongue and the hard palate. Some cat’s show discomfort and pain while others don’t even seem to notice a difference. Oswald is the latter, his swollen lips don’t bother him at all, he still headbutts anything and rubs his cheeks onto everything.Cat lips, rodent ulcer

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Homemade Milk Bone Treats

Lots of dogs love Milk Bone treats, but have you ever actually read the ingredients on the side of the box? Most of them aren’t even pronounceable. They also add chicken fat mixed into the concoction making it a no-go for many dogs.

I made these as my first treats ever for Ginny years ago, she loved them. I made so many of them I gave some too my friends who had dogs too. They are super cute sitting in a jar on the counter an make a great quick present too. With this recipe you likely have most of the ingredients sitting in your cupboard, I personally use beef broth due to George’s allergies but either chicken, beef or vegetable will work. Any small cookie cutter will work, I made my first ones with a heart one but later I got this bone cookie cutter.



  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup chicken or beef broth
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • ½ cup powdered milk
  • 1 egg



Preheat oven to 350°.

Whisk together wet ingredients well, stir in dry ingredients until thoroughly combined.

Knead dough for 2-3 minutes. Roll out onto a floured surface to a 1/4” to 1/2” thickness.

Cut into dog bone shapes. Place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.

Remove from pan and allow them to cool completely- they will dry very hard.

Store in an airtight container. The recipe makes about two dozen depending on the size, I can usually squeeze about 26 bones from the one batch.

10 Poisonous Plants to Dogs and Cats

This first weekend in May has been quite warm, and George and I have been spending a lot more time outside soaking up the rays. It’s rare for George to start eating flowers on his walks and in the backyard, but I have caught him more than once sampling a few bushes in our front yard along with the Bermuda grass (Cynodon Dactylon).  I was curious if this was harmful for his digestive tract, thankfully it isn’t harmful at all. However I learned that there are over  700 plants that have been found to be poisonous to dogs and cats. I went through the list and pulled out 10 of the plants I recognized and know are in my yard. How many of these are in your yard too?

Azaleas (Rhododendron ponticum)Image result for azaleas — A very common garden plant that grows as a  large hedge/shrub. They can vary in color from pink-purple. Azaleas are toxic to dogs, cats, goats, horses, and sheep.  Only a few leaves of this flower can cause major problems, such as upset stomach, diarrhea, excessive drooling, loss of appetite, weakness, stupor, weak heart rate and leg paralysis.



Begonias (Begonia semperflorens)— Most begonias are used as container plants, (planters or pots) however some people do put them into their garden. Thankfully just the tubers (roots) are being the most toxic portion. They are toxic to both cats and dogs and symptoms include, intense burning in the mouth (tongue and lips), excessive drooling, vomiting, and swelling of the tongue.

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Boxwood (Buxus)— Boxwood are the hedging plants that most people keep lining pathways or sometimes in the garden. Every part of this plant is toxic to dogs, ingestion can result in vomiting, diarrhea, and severe gas.



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Daffodil (Narcissus) — They are spring time flowers, but their bulbs are often planted in the late winter so they bloom around the same time as tulips. Unfortunately these sunny plants are very dangerous, especially the bulbs which dogs can easily dig up and eat. They are most dangerous to dogs and the symptoms include, severe gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, convulsions, and cardiac abnormalities.


English Ivy (Hedera helix) — Ivy in general is a nasty invasive plant that can smother and kill trees, it also is hazards to dogs it can cause diarrhea, gas and vomiting.


Hydrangea/Hortensia — I love hydrangeas and once they start blooming, I almost always have them around me. Unfortunately they are quite bad for dogs and cats, also horses. Symptoms can include vomiting, upset stomach and diarrhea.


Milkweed (Asclepias) — One of the reason why people plant milkweed is it encourages monarch butterflies to visit their garden. It is toxic to both cats and dogs, symptoms can include weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, respiratory issues, weak pulse, dilated pupils.

 — Azaleas come from rhododendrons, so all the same facts apply to the common rhododendron. Animals only need to ingest just a few leaves before they start experiencing symptoms like, upset stomach, diarrhea, excessive drooling, loss of appetite, weakness, stupor, weak heart rate and leg paralysis.




Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens)  —  The pods and seeds are the poisonous part to your dog, they are also bad for humans too. They contain lectin which is found in most types of beans. The symptoms from ingestion including vomiting with blood and diarrhea.






Yew (Taxus baccata) — All parts of the yew tree are toxic, execpt for the the flesh of the berries. Suprisingly horses have the least tolerance to the yew. Symptoms can include gastrointestinal irritation, centrail nervous system problems such as trembling and difficulty breathing.