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Yummy Dog Treats

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3½ Cups Whole Wheat Flour
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2½ Cups Oatmeal
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3 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
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2 Cups Warm Water
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1/2 Cup Peanut Butter

Mix all dry ingredients together and separately mix wet ingredients together. Blend dry and wet ingredients together a little at a time alternating between wet and dry. Mix until dough becomes stiff. Shape the dough into an oblong roll. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 300º. Slice dough roll into 1/4″ slices and place onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour. Make approximately 2 dozen treats.

*Tip: Exchange peanut butter for 2/3 cup finely grated cheddar cheese for a different treat!

Homemade Shampoo for Dogs

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4 oz. Ivory Liquid Dish Soap
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4 oz. Water
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4 oz. Apple Cider Vinegar
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1 oz. Glycerin

Mix ingredients together and it’s ready to go! Lather dog well and rinse thoroughly. No need for conditioner, the glycerin will give your dog a silky coat plus the vinegar eliminates odor! The ingredients can be doubled or tripled with good results for those with multiple or larger dogs.

Tip: Save an old shampoo bottle to put the mixture in. Then just shake and wash!

Is your pet left alone quite a bit? Here are a few suggestions that could help cure their blues.

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Hide a few snacks around the house: Finding an unexpected treat in an odd corner can brighten a pet’s day.
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Find a companion: They don’t have to be two of a kind. A cat and a dog will get along just fine.
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Break the Silence: Turn on the radio or set the answering machine on high and call your pet once in awhile.
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Please, Please, Please don’t leave them in the dark: Either leave on a light or, if you have them, set timers to turn on lamps.
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Rotate their toys: After they’ve been out a day or two, substitute others.

Kill fleas instantly. Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog’s bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations and good-bye fleas!
Rainy day cure for dog odor. Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat’s ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat’s skin, smothers the mites and accelerates healing.

Vaseline cure for hairballs. To prevent troublesome hairballs, apply a dollop of Vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat’s nose. The cat will lick off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass easily through the digestive system.

*****Five Star Puppy Tip!*****

If you’re housebreaking a new pup, try this! To remove odor and wetness from carpeting, blot up urine with paper towels and cover the soiled area with cat-box litter. After the litter has absorbed the liquid, vacuum it up – your carpeting will be odor-free. This really works!

If you have a litter of puppies, place the same number of cloth strips as you have puppies in the bed with their mother. Then send a cloth strip with each puppy to its new home. The puppy will feel more secure with the scent of its mother nearby.

To give your dog a fresh smell and a cleaner coat, try sprinkling it with baby powder. Rub the powder into the pet’s coat, wait a few minutes and brush it out.

Doggy Treats

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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
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3/4 cup multigrain oatmeal or quick cooking oats, uncooked
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1/4 cup honey-crunch wheat germ
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1/4 cup chunky or smooth peanut butter
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1/4 cup salad oil
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1/4 cup honey
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1 tsp baking powder

About three hours before serving, in a large mixer bowl at low speed, mix 1 cup flour with remaining ingredients and 1/2 cup water until well blended.. With spoon, stir in remaining 1/2 cup flour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With floured hands, on well-floured surface, knead dough until dough holds together. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick. With a 5″ by 2 1/2″ bone shaped cookie cutter (or any cookie cutter for that matter) cut out as many bones as possible. Reroll scraps and cut as above. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake on large ungreased cookie sheet for 20 minutes; turn oven off. Let cookie sheet remain in oven 1 hour. Remove bone from cookie sheet to wire rack When cool, store in airtight container or freeze if not using right away. Makes about 20 dog bones.

Skunk Problems? If your pooch got into a scrape with a skunk, try this. Use a commercial vinegar and water douche to cover up the smell. Pour it over your dog and rub it in. Sponge it carefully on the face. Make sure you wear rubber gloves or you will get skunk odor on your hands. Do not rinse out. Repeat as necessary.
Need to Repel Fleas? Avon to the Rescue! Avon’s bath oil Skin-So-Soft has been shown to be an effective repellent for fleas. Add 1..5 ounces of Skin-So-Soft to one gallon of water and use a sponge to coat the dog. Apparently, fleas don’t like the smell.
For natural flea control, add garlic and brewer’s yeast to your to your dog’s diet daily. You can try rubbing the yeast onto the fur for extra protection.
Mite Helper – Mix 1/2 ounce of almond oil and 400 IU of Vitamin E in a dropper bottle. Once a day, for 3 days, put a dropper-full in each ear and massage the ear well. Let your pet shake its head and then clean out the opening with a Q-tip. Refrigerate the unused portion but warm (not hot) it up before each use.Stop any treatment for 3 days. Then add one slightly rounded teaspoon of yellow dock to 1 pint of boiling water. Cover tightly and let soak for 1/2 hour. Strain and let cool. Put the mixture in a clear bottle and refrigerate. Begin another 3-day treatment with the same directions as above. Be sure to warm (not hot) the yellow dock solution before putting into the dog’s ear. Do not begin this second treatment if your pet’s ears seems irritated. If the ears are inflamed or very sensitive, used bottled aloe vera gel instead of the oil until the inflammation subsides.
Hot Spots – Use the juice from an aloe vera plant or bottled 100% aloe vera gel to dab carefully on the hot spot. Aloe vera will soothe and dry the irritation. Use only the 2 versions of aloe vera stated above. Products with aloe vera in it may contain a lot of alcohol which may aggravate the hot spot.

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Cross post far and wide!!!!!

I would like to warn all dog lovers out there to be very careful about the
dog treats that you give your dogs. Last week I bought a ‘Real Ham Bone’
made by Dynamic Pet Products of Missouri from Walmart. Here is
what it looks like: . The label says it is made with ‘100% Food Grade
Ingredients’ and it isn’t made from China. I thought that meant that this
would make a good treat for my dogs. Boy was I wrong.

Trace, my dog, enjoyed chewing on this bone. It did not splinter or
anything, in fact there is quite a large piece of it still left. Then in the
evening she started vomiting. She spent the next day at a veterinarian’ s
office where she was diagnosed with a blockage of the
colon. That night she endured a 4 hour surgery at Brandon Veterinary
Specialists where the vet picked out small round pellets of the bone, up to
the size of about a b-b. The next morning she was moved to Florida
Veterinary Specialist critical care unit. Again in the evening she had
another 2 hour surgery, because the blockage had caused poison in her body.
She passed away at 4:30 the next afternoon.

Everyone who hears this horrible story immediately says ‘Well that sounds
like a lawsuit to me’. That is what I thought also. Since then, I have
learned that is not that easy to sue on behalf of a dog. The lawyers say a
dog is a possession just like a couch. So, so far, all I have been able to
do is write a certified letter to Dynamic Pet
Products of Missouri. In it I requested my vet bills to be paid and their
product to be relabeled or preferably removed from the shelf. I don’t know
if I will get a response. If anyone else has any ideas about how I may
address this issue, please let me know at
djurgens12@aol. < mailto:djurgens12% 40aol.com

> com.

In the memory of Trace, please pass this email on to all of the dog lovers
that you know. This type of bone is sold in all of the stores under several
different manufacturers names. I would assume they all may do the same
thing. Even if they don’t splinter, they can cause a
blockage.

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GARLIC CAN BE DEADLY


It has long been thought that garlic provides many health benefits when fed regularly to our pets. Garlic has been shown to stimulate white blood cells, prevent tumor formation, and decrease blood cholesterol. Vets have proposed garlic as a treatment for allergies, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, infections, intestinal parasites, and kidney disease. Add to these its effectiveness as a natural flea and parasite repellent and you would naturally be inclined to include it in your pet’s diet. Many manufacturers of raw and other natural diets include garlic in their formulas. Most treats and vitamins contain garlic. You can even buy supplements made of 100% garlic. Until recently, garlic was thought to be an inexpensive, natural, and safe way to fight parasites and improve the health of our pets.

Garlic is part of the onion family (alliaceae) along with leeks and shallots. There is ample research available which indicates onions can be harmful, if not deadly, to our pets. In the last five years, more and more toxicity studies are being conducted on garlic and all seem to indicate that it, too, can pose serious health risks when fed to cats and dogs. A 2003 study on Grape and Raisin Toxicity in Dogs, published in the Australian Veterinary Journal begins, “The list of commonly available human foods toxic to dogs continues to grow. Grapes and raisins can be added to onions, garlic, chocolate, and macadamia nuts as posing dangers when ingested in excessive quantities.” [1] Unfortunately, no one knows what constitutes “excessive quantities.” In an article on Onion and Garlic Toxicity in Dogs and Cats, Jennifer Prince, DVM states: “Garlic and onion are used as flavor enhancers in food. Since the toxic amount is unknown, it is recommended not to add it to your pet’s food. These ingredients can cause Heinz body anemia, resulting in a breakdown of the red blood cells and anemia (hemolitic anemia).” [2] Although the exact toxic dose is not known, studies unanimously agree that foods containing garlic should not be fed to dogs.

I have spoken with owners who have been feeding garlic to their dogs for years with no apparent ill effects. They maintain that, until something better is found to fight fleas, they will continue to feed garlic. Once again, it seems that we are far too willing to subject our pets to potentially dangerous substances in the name of convenience. If someone told you that feeding your dog arsenic would keep him from getting fleas, would you consider doing it? Of course not. The effects of garlic toxicity are not inconsequential. They include vomiting, diarrhea, anemia, tachycardia [irregular heart beat] weakness, liver damage, allergic reactions, asthmatic attacks, contact dermatitis, and gastrointestinal damage. [2,4,5]

There are many forms of garlic—fresh raw, cooked, dried, oil of garlic—all of which pose the same serious risks when fed to dogs and cats. Jennifer Prince DVM states that “The bulbs, bulbets, flowers, and stems of the garlic and onion are all poisonous” and that “both fresh and dried (for use as spices) are equally dangerous.” [2] In a paper titled: Toxin exposures in dogs and cats: Pesticides and Biotoxins, Michael J. Murphy, DVM, PhD, writes: “The active ingredient in oil of onion is allyl propyl disulfide; the active ingredient in oil of garlic is a similar compound called allicin. Garlic may cause contact dermatitis or imitate an asthmatic attack.” [6] A 2001 study on the effect of garlic on the gastrointestinal mucosa compared the effects of several different forms of garlic on the lining of the stomach and intestines. The results of the study showed that the dehydrated boiled garlic powder caused “severe damage” to the lining of the stomach; the dehydrated raw garlic powder caused some reddening, and that the aged garlic extract had no ill effects on the stomach membranes. The study also found that feeding enteric-coated garlic tablets caused “loss of epithelial cells at the top of crypts in the ileum.” [4]

To read the full article by Laura Murphy, click on the link below.

Laura Murphy
Pets By Nature

(http://www.petsbyna ture.com/ Garlic.htm.

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