Although fireworks are festive, exciting and beautiful to us, to a dog
they can be frightening and very painful.
Some dogs have no problems dealing with the noise, but other dogs do not
handle the situation as well. Your dog can become destructive, loud or act
very frightened when the fireworks begin.
A dog’s ears are much more sensitive than those of their human companions.
Fireworks are loud even to people. To a dog the noise level is more
elevated and intense. If you have ever seen a human child who is frightened of
fireworks or any other extreme noise, imagine what a dog must be experiencing
when fireworks are exploding nearby.
To help your dog cope with the agitation fireworks can cause for them, try
these methods to alleviate the problem and make them more comfortable.
Companionship during stressful times is good for human and dog alike.
There is security in having someone close by.
If you are planning on being away from home during the festivities,
consider asking someone to stay with your dog to keep them company. If your dog
has someone to reassure them that the noise will not hurt them and that they
are not alone, they are less likely to act out. It will make them feel
Put your dog inside the house during the fireworks. Leave them in a secure
area where they can’t destroy things around them in their fear. An
agitated dog is not trying to be naughty when they break or shred things in fear.
They are simply trying to find relief from the source of their agitation or
pain. If they are alone, they have no one to console or reassure them.
They do not understand what fireworks are. To your dog they are a loud
Xylitol is a very popular sugar substitute that now appears in more and more sugar-free products, such as chewing gum, candies, toothpaste, mouthwash and oral rinses (sometimes even canine ones!), children’s vitamins, cough syrup, and bakery products. Plus it is now an ingredient in a growing number of specialty peanut and other nut butters (e.g., Go Nuts Co., Hank’s Protein Plus Peanut Butter, Krush Nutrition, Nuts ‘n More, P28). Since peanut butter has traditionally been given to our pets as a special treat or perhaps in administering medications or stuffing Kong-type toys, this is of particular concern.
While xylitol is safe for humans, it is extremely toxic for dogs — 100 times more toxic than chocolate (see xylitol vs chocolate). Just very small amounts can cause seizures, liver damage, and even death. Suspicion of ingestion requires that you contact your veterinarian immediately. For more details on how to identify symptoms of xylitol poisoning and, better yet, how to insure your pet doesn’t get access to the substance, check out this site.
Other artificial sweeteners, such as saccharin (Sweet ‘n Low), aspartame (Nutrasweet), sucralose (Splenda) and Stevia (a plant derivative) are generally regarded as safe and should not cause significant illness other than possible diarrhea.
Life Saving Meatballs
(Recipe for weight gain in dogs)
Surgery sometimes traumatizes your dog, use this recipe only if necessary.
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2 lbs. raw hamburger or ground turkey, the cheaper and fattier the better
3-4 raw eggs
1 cup peanut butter (no salt pb is best)
1/2 cup Karo corn syrup
1 cup wheat germ or oatmeal
Dump it all into a large bowl and mix together with your hands or wooden
spoon. Form into balls about the size of a Ping-Pong ball and feed up to
10 meatballs per serving.
These meatballs are great for putting weight on thin or sick dogs and for
enticing ill dogs to eat. Freeze the meatballs on a cookie sheet and then
store the frozen balls in a zip lock bag. Microwave the desired number of
meatballs as needed. Cool before serving
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