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Serious Dog Food Warning from the FDA – Jerky Treats

Dog Food WarningThis week the FDA announced a serious dog food warning that as of September 24, 2013 the FDA has received more than 3,000 complaints of pet illness related to consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, nearly all of which are imported from China. The reports involves more than 3,600 dogs and includes more than 580 deaths. This is absolutely horrible!

Apparently some of the name brands include Nestle Purina PetCare Co.’s Waggin Train and Canyon Creek Ranch treats and Del Monte Corp.’s Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats. The treats involved are chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats. All of them are made in China, but sold under various American brand names. If you have any jerky treats, please check the label and check the distributor’s website to see if there are any applicable recall notices.

Here is a link to an NBC News story on the subject.
Thanks to BPC Dogs for sending us this information.

Whistle: New Tech Innovation for Your Dogs Health

whistle-activity-monitorWhistle is a new tech innovation and pet monitoring device that can be used to track the behavior and long-term health trends of your best friend. This half-ounce device is a stainless steel tag embedded with an accelerometer which clips to a dog’s collar. It registers your dog’s movements and activity and sends this info to an app on your smartphone. So finally you’ll really know if your dog has been napping all day or running around the house. Surprisingly, it’s also waterproof so your dog can go for a swim or play in the rain with the Whistle Activity Monitor on. It has a built-in rechargable lithium-ion polymer battery which lasts up to 10 days of use between charges and uses a USB charging dock.

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The Whistle app puts together some great reports, such as, comparing your dog’s activity to other dogs in context based on breed, age, and weight. It will track patterns and changes in your dog’s behavior over time. According to Ben Jacobs, co-founder of Whistle, tracking a pet’s movements isn’t just about tracking its health – sudden changes in behavior, like sleeplessness, can alert an owner that it is stressed or suffering from some other ailment before the symptoms are more obvious.

We can’t wait to try out this device…but it’s not yet released yet, so you can only pre-order it today at http://www.whistle.com/.

Similar products have been on the market for a while now, but they’re adding features. Back in April, we did a post on Tagg — The Pet Tracker. It was initially meant to help owners find lost pets with global positioning technology when it was first sold in 2011. Since then, a tracking feature that charts a pet’s daily activity has been added. Perhaps one day they’ll come up with a similar device for kids.

Crazy Dog Fact: Frenchies need help in the bedroom

frenchies factsWe think Frenchies are cute and adorable, The other day, we learned a really unusual fact about them. I would have never believed this to be true, but we were watching Animal Planet  and they stated that Frenchies cannot reproduce on their own! We were shocked!

Don’t believe us – check out this Animal Planet video (it’s also a cute, informative video). Animal Planet mentions that to reproduce Frenchies, they need to be artificially inseminated! Frenchies can’t naturally reproduce! Apparently this is due to the fact that they are so top heavy and have narrow hips and weak legs that the male cannot successfully mount the female. The female also has problems delivering, about 80% of liters are delivered via a c-section. That’s your Dogsized fact for the day.

 

Top 4 Ways to Get a Dog to Take Medicine

Get a Dog to Take MedicineGetting a dog to take medicine is not always easy. My dog is a picky eater and very smart, so it’s a challenge to feed him medicine.  He has allergies and occasionally needs to take medicines when he scratches too much.

Here’s a list of how to get a dog to take medicine based on ease from a simple solutions to hard core pill spitters (like Kobi).

Very Easy: Hide the medicine in your dog’s food. If your dog eats all of it and the medicine, congratulations your dog is super easy to give medicines too!
Tip: it’s easier to hide medicines in wet food.

Easy: Wrap the pill in something your dog loves, give it to your dog and down it goes. There are endless variations on this method: wrapping in cheese, peanut butter, bacon, lunch meat, hotdogs, Pill Pockets and / or freezing the wrapped pill. Wrapping tablets in bacon worked for with my dog, but it doesn’t work for him if I have to give him a capsule.

Medium / Hard: Put the pill in the back of your dog’s mouth. Close their mouth and hold their mouth shut and your dog swallows the pill. Then give a dog treat to your dog after they swallow the pill.
Extra tip: put a bit of soft cheese around the pill, then put it in the back of your dog’s mouth. Close their mouth and hold their snout shut and with your other hand stroke their neck – stroking the neck triggers the dog to swallow.

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Hard: My dog is an expert pill spitter. If he notices a pill in his food, he will spit it out.
Now, I use a pestle to grind up the hard pills. If they are in capsules, I open them up. Check with the vet if this is ok for the meds the dog is taking. Then I put the pill powder in my dog’s wet dog food. Add some extra treats in the dog food to make sure it’s extra yummy (e.g. small bits of chicken, tuna, cheese, bacon, other favorite treats). The “extra yummy” bits need to be small enough so your dog can’t sort them out from the rest of the food. This has been my fool proof way go get my dog to take his medicine.

Please don’t give your pet any medicine unless it’s subscribed and / or approved by your vet.