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6 People Foods You Can Feed Your Dog

6 People Foods You Can Feed Your Dog

1. Apples. It’s best to keep the skin on apples when you feed your dog this treat. Apple skins contain phytonutrients that some believe can shield against some types of cancer in humans. Apples are rich in vitamins A and C and fiber. Watch out for apple seeds, though, as they contain cyanide. Bernadine Cruz, DVM, a veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital in Laguna Hills, California, recommends fruit like apples for overweight dogs.

2. Peanut butter. A great source of added protein and fiber. Avoid sharing large gobs of the stuff, as it is tough to chew and swallow. A tablespoon on their dry food or letting them lick a swab off your finger is best.

3. Yogurt. This treat is loaded with calcium and protein. Make sure the yogurt has live active bacteria and no sugars or artificial sweeteners. If your dog is overweight, opt for fat-free yogurts, so long as they don’t have fat substitutes—like Simplesse or Olestra.

4. Popcorn. Air popped and sans butter or salt. Popcorn is packed with potassium, as well phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium, which promote bone health. When offering a handful, especially toward the bottom of the bowl, take out any “old maids.”

5. Watermelon. Share sparingly, as this snack is loaded with sugar, which will add to your dog’s weight. Remember to remove the seeds. And serve outdoors to prepare for a quick potty run, since watermelon is filled with water and fiber.

6. Salmon. This fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which can help your dog’s immune system and keep his skin and coat healthy. Make sure your salmon is cooked before giving your dog a taste, since raw salmon can contain a parasite that can make your dog sick.

Doggie No No’s

On the other side, there are certain people foods you should not share with your dog. According to the ASPCA, these include chocolate, Macadamia nuts and avocados, which can cause a number of serious health complications.  The same holds true for grapes and raisins, which can cause kidney failure. And keep your dogs away from milk, which can cause diarrhea and other digestive problems. For a complete list of what not to feed your dog, check out ASPCA’s People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets.

Leesa recommends all the people food you feed you pet be organic!  My Ava also loves steamed organic broccoli!

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5 Surprising Ways To Save Your Dog’s Hearing

5 Surprising Ways To Save Your Dog’s Hearing

May 31 is Save Your Hearing Day. Let’s also make it Save Your Dog’s Hearing Day. It’s extremely common for senior dogs to gradually lose their hearing, often until it’s completely diminished. However, there are many small changes we can make to our environment to help prevent their hearing loss.

Sounds are measured in decibels (dB), and each 10 dB increase represents a tenfold increase in sound energy. 90 dB is ten times noisier than 80 dB, 100 dB is ten times noisier than 90, and so on. Sound researcher Joshua Leeds, co-author of Through a Dog’s Ear, the first book to examine the powerful effect of the human soundscape on dogs, states, “Above 85 dB, you start playing with auditory fire. Inside the inner ear, irreparable cilia cell damage worsens with length of exposure and higher decibel levels. Your dog’s inner ear works in exactly the same way yours does and has an even wider range of frequency.”

Decibels of Common Household and Street Sounds

  • Whisper: 30
  • Normal conversation: 40
  • Dishwasher, microwave, furnace: 60
  • Blow dryer: 70
  • City traffic: 70
  • Garbage disposal, vacuum cleaner: 80

Danger Zone

  • Lawn mower: 90
  • Screaming child: 90
  • Power drill: 110
  • Ambulance: 130
  • Gunshot: 130
  • Fire engine siren: 140
  • Boom cars: 145

Steps You Can Take to Save Your Dog’s Hearing:

1. Take a sonic inventory.

Sound is like air. We rarely notice these two common elements unless the air suddenly becomes polluted or the sound becomes chaotic. The sonic inventory is one way of becoming aware of the noise in your pet’s environment.

2. Don’t expose them to loud bands or loud street fairs.

Humans hear sounds between 20-20,000 Hz. Dogs hear at least twice as high, sometimes all the way up to 55,000 Hz. While I think it’s great that more events and public places are dog friendly, so often those environments are created for humans. A fundraising party for dogs and their people that benefits your local shelter, doesn’t benefit your dog when a loud band is playing. Please be careful of your dog’s sound environment.

See also: What Do Dogs Hear?

3. Provide simple sounds at home that calm the canine nervous system.

Minimize intricate auditory information found in most music. The clinically tested music of Through a Dog’s Ear is intentionally selected, arranged and recorded to provide easeful auditory assimilation. Three primary processes are used to accomplish this effect:

  • Auditory Pattern Identification
  • Orchestral Density
  • Resonance & Entrainment

4. Be aware of your dog’s unresolved sensory input.

When it comes to sound, dogs don’t always understand cause and effect. You know when people are in your home yelling at the TV during a sports game that it’s all in good fun. But, it may not be much fun for your dog, who is still trying to orient whether all of those crazy sounds are safe. Put Fido in a back quiet room, listening to music especially designed for dogs. This can not only safeguard his hearing, but also his behavior.

5. Don’t play two sound sources simultaneously.

Remember that your dog’s hearing is so much finer than yours. One family member may be in the living room blasting the TV, while another is in the kitchen listening to the radio. Your dog is caught in the middle, absorbing both sounds and getting stressed. Try and only have one sound source at a time, playing at a gentle volume.

My senior dog, Sanchez, just turned 11 years old. I have been more cautious about his sound environment than any previous dog. I even play the grand piano with the lid down, as he loves to lay underneath it. I am happy to say that he has shown no signs of any hearing loss. Have your senior or other age dogs lost hearing? Have you learned how to help diminish that hearing loss? Thanks for sharing your experiences in a comment below.

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By Lisa Spector


Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog’s Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two “career change” Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa’s blog here.


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8 Ways You May be Making it Easy for Your Dog to be Stolen and 8 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe!

8 Ways to Steal a Dog



For most people, the holidays are a time of peace and solace, but for Cory  and Sarah Malchow, the holidays became the start of a nightmare. While Sarah was  out walking her dog, she was attacked from behind, and her 4-month-old Pit Bull mix was stolen.

Reports indicate that one assailant grabbed Sarah from behind, held her in  the air, and threw her to the ground. Meantime, another assailant approached  from behind, unclipped the dog from his leash, and took off in a car.

According to, as many as 2 million pets are stolen every  year. Sadly, only 10 percent are ever reunited with their pet parents. Stolen  dogs meet many ends. Some are sold to research labs, others are used by  unscrupulous breeders in puppy mills, while still others are forced into dog  fighting, among other very disturbing horrific purposes.

To catch a criminal, think like the criminal, right? To prevent a dog from  being stolen, think like the low life. Here are eight things dog thieves want  you to do — followed by ways you can prevent your dog from becoming a  statistic:

1. Leave your dog alone in a car

This is a favored method of pet thieves. Not only are dogs at risk of death  in the warmer months from being left alone in cars, but they also can freeze in  the winter time. I recall a local story about a gentleman who ran into a  shopping mall, leaving his two Samoyed dogs behind for a “short time.” He returned to find  the windows smashed and his dogs stolen. The bottom line: Don’t do it.

2. Tie your dog up outside, alone

A 7-year-old girl was out shopping with her mom for the Christmas holidays  recently and leashed her dog up outside the store. As the duo perused items, a  thief was caught on hidden surveillance unleashing Marley, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The thief attempted to sell  Marley on the streets, where a teacher bought the dog because she felt something  was wrong. The dog was eventually reunited with his family, but this is rare.  Criminals are waiting for you to leave the leash behind, with the dog attached.  If you wouldn’t leave a baby alone outside, apply the same principle to your  pets. The bottom line: Don’t do it.

3. Cruise dog parks and dog-friendly beaches

Look around the next time you let your dog roam off leash to his heart’s  content. In my many years of covering dog travel, I have discovered that dogs  are stolen from dog-welcoming properties such as dog parks and beaches. Chatting  with friends while your eye roams away from your dog is exactly what criminals  want. The bottom line: Let your dog have fun, but know where he or she is at all  times.

4. Skip the microchip and ID tags

If your stolen, lost, or missing dog happens to luck out and end up at a  shelter, the chances of a reunion with you increase dramatically if that dog is  microchipped. Though collars can be taken off by thieves, identification tags  that remain intact, especially something like a PetHub tag using QR code, increase the chances of reunion.  If you move or change phone numbers, update the microchip contact info. The  bottom line: Keep identification current and get a microchip.

5. Leave dogs home alone without supervision

Please don’t jump on me for this one because I know a large majority of dog  moms and dads reading this work outside the home. A pet sitter, doggie daycare,  or a security system are all viable options to prevent pet theft. Thieves case  homes where pets are left alone, and sadly, homes are cased to wait for the  right moment that dogs are home alone. The bottom line: If you must leave your  dog alone for any significant period of time, ask a neighbor to watch your house  and return the favor with a neighborhood watch. I also never leave my dog alone  in a hotel room when I travel.

6. Let your dog live outside

This hotly contested topic went round and round when I wrote about not allowing a dog to live outside. Reason #864 to never let  a dog live outside as his or her primary “residence?” Theft. Recently a dog in  Cedar Falls, IA, was stolen from his heated dog kennel right near his owner’s  home. reports that thieves in this situation are leaving  notes for the owners letting them know the dog is “safe.” Bottom line: Never let  your dog outside without your watchful eye.

7. Don’t use locks, fences, or alarms

This is a thief’s best friend: The property that is poorly lit, without a  secure lock on a gate, and out of view of passersby. “It happened in broad  daylight” is something that has become all too common as it relates to pet  theft. Use an alarm or bell, and if possible, a security light, so you can hear  and see anyone who comes on your property. The bottom line: Good fences make  good neighbors. They also keep criminals away, and coupled with pet parent  supervision, they keep dogs safe and secure.

8. Be unaware

I tell my pet friends and contacts this all the time: Know your surroundings.  I remember watching an episode of Oprah years ago and learning about  the book, The Gift of Fear, by Gavin de Becker. Considered one of  the nation’s leading experts on violent behavior, de Becker shares how to spot  subtle signs of danger — before it’s too late. Do not walk late at night by  yourself, have a cell phone handy, and be aware of your surroundings. The bottom  line: Know before you go.

As of press time, the Malchows had their dog returned, but this case is very  unusual, and they are very fortunate.

Have you ever known someone who had their dog stolen? Got any tips to keep  dogs safe from danger? Let me know in the comments below, and let’s stay safe  out there.

By Carol Bryant, regular contributor to Dogster Magazine.

Photo: Dog  tied up on street by Shutterstock

9 Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe on July 4th

9 Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe on July 4th

As much as we all enjoy watching the “big lights go boom” in the sky  every Fourth of July, our pets aren’t always thrilled with independence day  activities.

Courtesy of our friends over at the ASPCA, here  are some great products and tips to keep your  pets calm and safe during  the Independence day activities and prevent them from  becoming one of  the thousands of missing “July 4th doggies” that are  traumatized every  year by fireworks and other scary noises (…like Uncle Frank  at the  Karaoke machine, etc.).

1. Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can  reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to  poison pets. If ingested,  the animal could become very intoxicated and  weak, severely depressed or could  go into a coma. Death from respiratory  failure is also a possibility in severe  cases.

2. Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet  that is not labeled specifically for use on animals.  Ingestion of  sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting,  diarrhea, excessive thirst  and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent  that contains DEET can lead to  neurological problems.

3. Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could  potentially  damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even  kidney  disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if  ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous  system  depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and  breathing  problems could develop.

4. Keep your pets on their normal diet.  Any change, even  for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion  and diarrhea. This is  particularly true for older animals who have more  delicate digestive systems  and nutritional requirements. And keep in  mind that foods such as onions,  chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes &  raisins, salt and yeast dough can all  be potentially toxic to companion  animals.

5. Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.

6. Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.

7. Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

8. Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

9. Keep ‘em Calm: Consider calming your pet with a homeopathic calming remedy, available over the counter at most natural pet stores or the new Thundershirt, which features a gentle, constant pressure that has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. If your pet has severe anxiety with loud noises, you might consider consulting with your veterinarian for other options.

Please pass these tips on to any new pet parents you might know, to make sure they understand how to best prepare their pup or kitten for the holiday weekend and feel free to leave a comment with other tips you have found helpful. Happy Fourth!

 By Janet McCulley, Animal Planet

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