Monday, November 28, 2011

Artificial sweetener can kill dogs

There are many foods you should never give your dogs.

With the holidays here and people are baking sweet treats for friends and family, don't be tempted to treat your dog to these same goodies.

A common artificial sweetener found in sugar-free baked goods, candy, oral hygiene products and chewing gum can be deadly if ingested by a dog, the US Food and Drug Administration warns.

The ingredient, Xylitol, can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia), seizures and liver failure in dogs, which may lead to death, according to FDA. Signs that a dog may have consumed Xylitol can occur within minutes or days of ingesting the sweetener, and include depression, loss of coordination and vomiting.

FDA advises pet owners immediately contact a veterinarian or pet poison control center if they suspect their dog may have ingested the product.

When stuffing those Christmas stockings with candies and other yummy tidbits make sure to keep them out of the reach of you fur kids. Be safe not sorry.

Pedigree's definition of Long lasting dog chews

I was reading an interesting article and came across this. This just goes to show how big name companies stretch their marketing words to make consumers think they are getting more then they actually do. Case in point:

Pedigree responds to consumer complaint about chewy dog treat

Petfood manufacturer Pedigree said claims made in a TV ad for the Jumbone chew treat are "mere puffery," after a dog owner complained to the Advertising Standards Authority that his dogs consumed the treats in seconds.

The TV ad features a small dog gnawing on the Jumbone and giving up after it could not finish what the commercial called a "long-lasting chewy treat." The dog owner complained to the ASA, claiming his dogs took "under one minute" to finish off the bones.

In its response to the complaint, Pedigree said the man should not have believed the claim of the "lighthearted" ad, saying it was "mere puffery". In Pedigree's view, "long lasting" meant "several minutes." The ASA weighed the evidence and dismissed the consumer complaint, siding with Pedigree that its chewy dog treats lasted an average of about "three minutes and 21 seconds," which it considered long lasting, in comparison to softer treats. 

Now back to my commentary - I know that dogs will chew through treats at a different speed. My own dogs can be given a chew treat at the same time and one will aggressively chew on it and have it gone in a matter of minutes and the other will savor his treat for up to a half hour.

Iams Pet Food Recall due to elevated aflatoxin levels

On November 25, 2011, select varieties of Iams dog and cat foods have been recalled by Price Chopper, a major grocery store chain located in the northeastern region of the United States.
According to an announcement on the Price Chopper website, the recall has been instituted due to elevated aflatoxin levels found in the suspected products.

Iams Original with Chicken Cat Food
UPC 1901403915
Lot Number 12794177D3
Size 6.8 lbs.

Iams Original with Chicken Cat Food
UPC 1901410504
Lot Number 12794177I5
Size 4 lbs.

Iams Lamb Meal with Rice Dog Food
UPC 1901403735
Lot Number 12794177J4
Size 15 lbs.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to confirm this recall on the Iams Company website — or with the Food and Drug Administration YET, there were also some information going around that some Blue Buffalo dog foods had been recalled as well.

Pet Food that has NEVER BEEN RECALLED - Life's Abundance (my own dog's food) Read more about this safe food.  It's a shame you can't trust what you feed your pets, but now you can.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Standard Poodle with fuzzy face

Here is Bosc with a fuzzy face.  This picture was taken at the end of November in Ohio.  Notice the nice day!

Dog car safety tip: Seat Belts

Just wanted to remind pet owners about safely transporting your pets.  Look for a dog seat belt that will hold your dog in place during the ride.  Most seat belts have a padded strap that goes in front of the dog's chest, two straps that adjust for the neck and under the legs and a loop that the car seat belt goes through.

Place the dog in the back seat (the safest location to ride) the middle of the seat is best possible position in your car for your pet.  Do not leave your pet attached to the car's seat belt if you leave the car.  This may cause harm to a pet that tries to move from his set.  Unfasten the car seat belt from the seat belt harness and refasten it upon your return. 

This will assure your pet's saftey when riding in the car.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My std poodle is an Angel

I love this picture of my standard poodle.  His name is Pippin.  Last month he celebrated his 6th birthday. 
He is healthy and full of energy that's to Life's Abundance and NuVet Plus.  To learn more check out Spotts Grooming for ordering details. 

Holiday Dog Gift Baskets

This festive basket contains an entertaining plush toy and an assortment of our most popular treats, including: Wholesome Hearts (low-fat, heart-shaped sensations), Gourmet Dental Treats (honey peanut butter recipe), Antioxidant Health Bars (oatmeal and apple recipe), a bag of Tasty Rewards (savory jerky treats) and Porkhide Bones (small and medium oven-roasted treats) to top it all off. All of these delicious treats are nestled in a lovely, reusable basket.
Your Price: $17.95

Monday, November 14, 2011

Schnauzer grooming after picture

Here's Izzy after she had her spa treatment.  She has a nice bath, her hair dryed and then the style.  Toe nails were trimmed, ears cleaned, face clipped and here she is all nice and fresh.

Designer Dog Collars

Looking for that special custom dog collar for your holiday celebration? 
Check out all the designs for Christmas and Hanukkah at: collars2switch
These handsome products are washable, durable, and are easy to wear on dogs of all sizes. Collars have switch-able designs that peel off so you can switch to another look in seconds.
Just put on another fun design without the
removal your dog's collar. 
No more taking those hard to remove tags off in order to have a new collars2switch look. 

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Poodles love to play

Hey you, half poodle, come play with me.

Grain-Free Cat & Kitten Formula

Super Premium Health Food for Cats from Flint River Ranch now will be serving Super Premium Grain-Free All Life Stages Cat Food.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thanksgiving month

As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, I would like to take time to reflect on all the things I am thankful for here at Spotts Grooming & Pipschoice. My amazing team of reps, friends and my valued clients are the reasons I love what we do. We strive to provide the best possible experience for your pet during their grooming time at Spotts and our products are simply the best. We appreciate your continued business and support. Thank you for letting us make wonderful memories with your pets both in great looks and best of health through nutrition. 
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