Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

Remember those who have less, or nothing, and do something about it.

I am so thankful for the blessings in my life, not the least of which are my two little guys.

Here's a good link on what not to feed your dog this holiday season.

The most important foods to be aware of are:

• Rich, fatty foods like turkey skins, gravy, etc. can contribute to pancreatitis. This inflammation of the digestive gland is painful and can be a serious health issue, requiring emergency veterinary assistance.

• Small, soft bones (poultry especially), raw or cooked, can easily splinter and become lodged in a pet’s throat. Apart from choking, these splintered bones can cause an impaction in the intestines, which would require surgery. Larger bones may also splinter and cause internal injuries, as well as cause cracking in the teeth.

• Onions in holiday stuffing can lead to canine anemia if consumed by your dog.

• Grapes and raisin toxins can cause kidney failure in pets.

• Raw bread dough can result in vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating. If eaten, your pet’s body heat will make the dough rise and expand in their stomach, which can quickly turn into a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery. Bloat is serious. Read this embedded link, please!