Things You should never feed your DogWritten by A.M. Wilmont
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Some mushrooms, for example, can produce abdominal pain, liver andd kidney damage and amenia. So be aware of wild mushrooms when you are out walking your dog in wooded areas. Garlic may seem benign but can cause vomiting, liver damage, anemia and diarrhea so do not give your pet baby food since it can contain garlic. Anti-freeze can shut down your dog's kidney and they tend to love taste. Miscletoe can cause vomiting, abdominal pain and depression. Onions can causeliver damage, anemia and diarrhea. Onion can also sometimes be found in baby food. Cats are actually somewhat more sensitive to this one so keep out of reach of both. Coffee, like cocoa, is especially dangerous, and may cause heart rate increase, diarrhea, seizures, coma, death. Caffeine just does not have same effect in dogs. When outside be careful around apple and cherry trees. While fruit is safe, leaves and roots are not. And be very careful about Moth Balls. it's primary chemical naphthalene is extremely toxic to dogs and can result in tremors and seizures.
Concerning dog food, you should be looking for dyes and other chemicals, according to Dr. Jane BHA, for instance, which is one of main synthetic antioxidant preservatives used to prevent food discoloration, has been observed to cause cancer in laboratory rats at certain doses. Small doses are as yet unclear but since dog food is eaten every day caution is advised. Many conventional dog food brands have large quantities of sodium to make them palatable, and this can be quite harmful to a dog. Other ingredients to wary of are dairy, by-products, chemical preservatives and artificial colors. For more information go to Dog Food Nutrition from Life's Abundance
Aaron Wilmont is an author and researcher in the fields of human and pet health. For more info. go to Dog Supplements and Vitamins from Life's Abundance
Charming Trends in Dog JewelryWritten by Carolyn Schweitzer
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Ready to coordinate? For woman who thinks of her dog as a furry child (or, heaven forbid, an accessory) mother-and-dog can now coordinate this look with leather charm collars for dog! Picture "mom" wearing her leather charm bracelet, rhinestone charms spelling out "I Love my Dog". Picture her four legged companion alongside her, wearing a matching leather collar and charms of his very own. Bowser can headlight his name in rhinestones. Or maybe his collar will spell out how much his mommy loves him.
There's yet another type of charm that can be shared between man and dog -- or woman and dog, as case may be.
To symbolize prayer for protection, or golden bond between owner and dog (or dog and dog), 14K gold Protection Medallions and Bond Charms are answer. The hearts can be separated so that each owner wears half. For dogs who are best friends, or people who are best friends with their dogs, this is a gift of dog jewelry that says it all. Should your pal ever wander off, you'll have no problem proving that two of you are a pair!
It's safe to say that charms have gone to dogs, but in a very positive way! What a great time it is to be a dog.
© 2004, Carolyn Schweitzer. Lifelong dog-lover, power-shopper, and former family dentist Carolyn Schweitzer is owner and editor of Great-Dog-Gift.com. If you need inspiration for dog jewelry, visit her at http://www.great-dog-gift.com/dog_jewelry.html. You can reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.