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By Marlies from Fairmont, WV
This is for all of you pet owners. For the past six days, I have been nursing a dog back to health, and I'm still not quite certain that she will make it.
Every morning, the dogs would bark, and my husband would give them either a "fake bacon treat," or a "fake t-bone" treat. (name brand.)
Suddenly one of the girls started vomiting. She'd been kind of lethargic for a couple of weeks. She kept vomiting all day. I don't know how many times she vomited, and she vomited close to midnight.
We took her to the vet, and he gave her subcutaneous fluid injections, an anti-vomit shot that made her scream like I thought she was going to die, and then he gave me a prescription diet can of food to feed her over several days (she's a toy breed.) Plus, she's on anti-vomit pills all this time.
Our vet's prognosis is that she was getting brand name treats that have too much fat in them, and it's all unregulated by the government. Nobody knows from batch to batch how much fat is in these treats, and if I hadn't taken her to the vet, she would have died.
She's still not quite okay, but she did pass a good stool today, finally, after 5 days, and terrible diarrhea.
I just got a clue from someone on the internet that good dog food companies have been bought up by bigger major companies, and that another food is going to be changing it's "formula." Watch out for sick pets.
I've figured out what's happening, and it isn't nice. If you really love your pet, learn how to feed them at home, instead of this junk that people are selling off as pet foods. Chicken heads, feathers, everything else we won't eat, including cancerous cattle are going into pet foods.
If you had to sit up day and night with little or no sleep for 6 days because of commercial dog food that made a dog sick, and have to pay a huge vet bill, you'd be with me on this.
I care, and I hope all your pets are safe and sound.
By Carol L. from South Bend, IN
I buy my dog soup marrow bones at the grocery store. They should be large enough so you dog won't choke on them. Also, they should not have small pieces they can break off (also a chocking hazard). After he eats the marrow out of the bone, I fill them with canned dog food and freeze them. They can be filled and frozen many times! My dog loves these treats, especially on a hot day. It keeps him busy for a long time!
By Rose from Pittsburgh, PA
Source: My vet.
By Annie from Columbia, MO
My tip for pets is to feed them your vegetable scraps. My dogs personally love all kinds of things I would never dream of from carrots, to lettuce and apples just to name a few. A few words of caution, don't feed them onions, garlic, or chocolate. They are not good for them.
Another tip; when I want to give my dogs a treat I make them pinto beans. They absolutely love them! Just make sure that the beans are thoroughly cooked. Who ever said human foods were not good for dogs wasn't thinking of whole foods, they absolutely are very nutritious and also help my dog Brandie with allergies.
Have a nice day.
By Dawn from Austin, TX
I would expect my vet to be pretty strict when it comes to treats and scraps for the dogs. But to my surprise, he said that you "should" share from the table once in a while!
What to give your dog to occupy them, while your a way from home. Go to the meat department, get a beef soup bone. Take it home and boil it. After it cools, take out the marrow. This it good for Rover too, but the hollow bone it what you want.
Freeze pet treats in broth to give a nice cooling refreshment. Add whatever your pet likes. I have added drained spring water from tuna, and beef or veggie broth from the slow cooker.
If you have some small ramekins or little cups, you can make some healthy treats for your pet. Fill the cups with leftovers - add a little water and then freeze. It will provide a nice icy treat for your pet and will allow them to enjoy the challenge of getting it out of the container.
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What natural treats do dogs love? veggies, etc.?
Dogs/puppies like just about all foods. However, some foods can be toxic to pets, including grapes, raisins, tea, alcohol, garlic, onions, avocados, salt, and chocolate. Call the Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or your veterinarian right away if you think your pup has eaten something dangerous.
My vet told me to steam carrots (you can use a little butter and a sprinkle of Cinnamon if they are picky). It is good for overweight dogs as it is high in fiber and they feel full longer.
My dogs like chopped fruit. I chop apples, bananas, watermelon and pears up into very fine pieces. I peel the skin off & remove all pits (so they won't choke).
I limit the amount to 1/4 a day - they lap it up.