Is DUPSTER DIVING Your Dog’s New Hobby?

Who ME?

I don’t know about your dog but mine has taken a liking to going through the trash, just to make sure I haven’t thrown something tasty away. He never does it while I am home, but if I leave him for a few minuets and don’t make sure to put the trash out I am certain to walk in on a MESS. I do my best to remember to put the trash out so that it won’t be a temptation, however I don’t want to know he is waiting for his moment either. So, I learned a trick! I set up a little trap, first I got a bunch of empty soda cans and a cookie sheet, then I balanced the sheet on top of the trash can with the cans on the sheet. I made sure there were some very tempting and smelly items in the trash and then I stepped out for a little walk. I didn’t go far, I just waited until I heard the clatter, so I made sure to get back in case he had the chance to get something juicy out of the trash. When I returned the cans were all over the floor and my dog was as far away from the trash can as he could be. I think I made my point! He is very careful about approaching the trash can now and generally cuts it a wide berth. The best part is that he is convinced the trash can made the noise, not me so I know he will think twice about dumpster diving whether I am there or not.

Best Doggie Goodies in Town!

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Toxic foods for your dog! He won’t have to look far to find them.

Tomatoes

This fruit contains tomatine which dogs cannot process; tomatine in tomatoes and solonine in potatoes are cholinesterase inhibitors – meaning they inhibit the breakdown of a neurotransmitter in nerves causing excessive stimulation.

Keep in mind that there is very little tomatine is in ripe fruit. The highest concentration is found in flowers and the lowest found in ripe fruits. Symptoms include lethargy, breathing difficulties, drooling, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, paralysis, seizures and/or death.

Raisins/Grapes

Raisins and grapes are foods that dogs simply cannot process (exact cause unknown) and can result in kidney failure. One single serving can be fatal to a dog’s system. However, not every dog or cat is susceptible and some dogs can tolerate large quantities of grapes or raisins without any clinical signs. Additionally the amount of grapes or raisins that may cause renal failure is not exactly known, so any amount could potentially be dangerous. Given the unknowns of raisins and grapes it is best to err on the safe side and avoid giving these foods to your dog.

Garlic/Onions

While onions are stronger, both garlic and onions contain thiosulphate which can severely damage red blood cells and cause anemia, difficulty breathing and lethargy.

Avocados

Avocados contain persin which is destructive to the heart and lung as well as other tissues in animals – the exact way is unknown. Additionally the high fat in avocados can upset a dog’s stomach and cause vomiting and possibly pancreatitis . Symptoms are subtle but include breathing difficulties and a bloated abdomen.

Pits

Most fruit pits including apple seeds, cherry pits, peach pits, avocado pits, plum pits and all pits of that ilk contain cyanide which is poisonous. The accumulation of small amounts of cyanide or a large ingestion will lead to death.

Caffeine

Caffeine, which can be found in coffee grounds or tea bags, is a natural stimulant and thus stimulates the heart as well as the nervous system. Caffeine in dogs can result in vomiting, agitation, heart palpitations and possibly death. Further symptoms are similar to those associated with chocolate.

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You don’t need to be present to be included in the drawing, and it is so simple to sign up. Just follow the link to www.fitnfurrynews.com to find out what you could win and enter your e-mail. Don’t forget to watch the FREE Training Tip we have for you!

 

This coming weekend, September 19, 20, 21 Fit’N’Furry will be at the FALL HOME SHOW AND FAMILY EXPO collecting names for our drawing.

A fun filled weekend is planned for every member of the family at two great shows all for one low admission price. The 14th annual Fall Home Show features over 300 exhibits filled with all your best home improvement needs. Visit Friedman’s How – To Pavilion, tour the new Luv custom home, meet with landscape professionals, and find the latest green products and energy solutions. At the 19th annual Family Expo fun entertainment, concerts, animals, contests, rides for the kids and lots of family exhibits. Plus The Hulk will make a special visit on Saturday. Bring a can or box of food for the Redwood Empire Food Bank and Receive $2 off your admission price. Locations: All six big exhibit halls, lots of outdoor exhibits and food vendors.
Hours: Fri. 1 – 8pm; Sat. 10 – 7pm; Sun. 10 – 6 pm
Location: Grace Pavilion, Hall of Flowers, Finley Hall, Garden Building, Kraft Hall, Garrett Hall, and outdoor areas
Admission: $7.00, 12 & under free
Organization: G & G Productions
Contact: Guenther Hofen
Phone: 800.655.0655
Website: GGShows.com