While meant for Love, they can be deadly.
I recently had a friend that told me about his dog that got sick eating jerky treats. As it turned out, these jerky treats were made in China. Their vet told them that their dog didn’t necessarily get sick from just eating one jerky treat, but it was the amount of jerky treats they fed him that caused him to get sick. Now, it’s not like he went on a jerky treat bender like some of use might do with a can of Red Vines watching American Idol, but regular feeding of the treats did build up enough to cause sickness. So regardless of where or what treats you feed your dog, make sure you keep an eye on him for any change in mood or behavior. Catching the illness early is what can save your dog’s life.
Symptoms to look for
Know what healthy looks like
You should know how your dog looks and acts on a day to day basis.
Some signs of an illness will be present in the way your dog looks. some of these signs can be:
- Change in weight
- Red or swollen eyes
- Constant scratching
- Bald spot, lumps, open sores
Even though your dog can look fine physically, their behavior(or change in it) can tell you that something is wrong. Some things to watch out for is:
- Vomiting, couching, sneezing
- Will not eat or drink
- Excessive sleeping, shaking, unequal balance
If you notice any of these symptoms that just seem to appear suddenly, you need to take your dog to the vet immediately. Without a proper diagnosis, your dog’s unusual behavior can turn deadly quick. Especially with small dogs because of their smaller body mass, an infection can grow and spread at a quick rate. If your dog does develop these symptoms, try and recall when it changed. Knowing that you just recently fed your dog a jerky treat can help your vet narrow down what could be causing the sickness.
Along with a new puppy comes a bunch of toys and supplies
It’s always exciting bringing your new puppy home for the first time. I’m sure you have done your homework about what to expect, have planned out your potty training strategy, and have your veterinarian all lined up. But with the introduction of any puppy comes a large shopping list of things to get.
Most household cleaners aren’t safe for your pets. See our list of recommendations.
It is important to be aware of the cleaners you are using around the house when it comes to your pets. Some cleaners can be toxic to your animals, and this a bigger issue for your pets because they will be in closer contact with them. They will not be shy to find a recently cleaned area, roll on it, stick their nose in it, and lick it like it’s a new treat. Unless you want to spend your time barricading them from potentially unsafe and clean areas, I recommend using the following pet safe cleaners to keep you area clean and your pets safe.
Finding the best dry cat food can be difficult with all the choices available today.
As I talked about with my list of the best dog foods, I wanted to create a list of some great American made best dry cat food. Even though a lesser amount of cat food is sold every year in the U.S., the amount of choices that are available can still be overwhelming.
When buying toys for your dog, make sure you know what they are made of to stay safe.
While toys are generally considered luxury items for people, toys are a basic necessity for any dog. Especially when raising a puppy, safe dog toys are needed to provide an outlet for your puppy to chew on. Without safe dog toys to chew on, your young puppy will chew on anything that is near them, which is not only dangerous to their health but will also cause you a good amount of grief.
If you have ever been shopping for dog toys, it is probably safe to say that you have seen the Kong Classic. This can easily be considered the “standard” in dog toys. It’s durable, safe, and available in many sizes to fit any dog. The Kong Classic was first introduced in 1976 and should be part of any dog owner’s toy arsenal.