Things You should never feed your DogWritten by A.M. Wilmont
Unfortunately, there are a number of household items which we tend to take for granted that are potentially very dangerous to your dog's health. It is especially important to be aware of this because as you know, dogs are essentially scavengers and will often eat just about anything they can sink their fangs into. I would say that may own dog is more like a mobile garbage disposal. It is also very important to be aware of these items since their sense of smell is so well developed that your pooch will be able to find what you may think is well hidden.
One of these dangerous household items, it turns out, is simple chocolate. While chocolate has been reported recently to be high in human-friendly antioxidants, it appears to be potentially lethal for our pets, and particularly for our dogs. Cats are mostly unaffected since they do not care for taste of chocolate, but dogs tend to be crazy about it. Certain breeds of dogs react indifferently to chocolate. The root of problem is that chocolate contains various chemicals which are called methylxanthine alkaloids(sometypes have more of these chemicals than others) Sadly, relatively miniscule amounts of these chemicals are capable of causing such serious problems as constriction of arteries and an increased heart rate. Large amounts may cause even more dire symptoms and a pound of milk chocolate could possibly kill a sixteen pound dog. If you find that your dog has eaten chocolate then by all means take note of it's type and try to estimate amount eaten. Then get on phone with a veternarian or an emergency facility. Be sure that your children know how important it is to keep chocolate out of your dog’s reach. If you are not aware that your dog has consumed chocolate, consequences could be severe. If consumption is not found within 4 to 6 hours without right treatment, cardiac failure, seizures, coma and death could result, according to veternarian Dr. Jane Bicks.
In addition to seemingly innocent chocolate, there are a number of other common household items that may seem safe for our dogs but that can be downright dangerous.
Charming Trends in Dog JewelryWritten by Carolyn Schweitzer
Fashions owners and dogs can share. The wearing of charms dates back to 400 or 500 BC, when they were believed to hold special powers -- particularly power of protection. By 1890's charms had evolved into a fashion statement and a popular keepsake. Now, as then, charms are often given by mothers to their daughters as gifts or family heirlooms. Many women start collecting them as pre-teens and continue adding to collection as they mature. Charm bracelets make an ideal gift because of their broad appeal.
Italian charms are hottest trend right now and show no signs of slowing down. Silver, gold, and non-precious charms snap into place onto a bracelet similar to a watch band. The charms are like "links" on band. They're decorated with pictures, letters, symbols and designs that can be combined to create a message or theme. Which reminds me of a great thing about charm bracelets -- you can add to them. That means future gift giving opportunities!
Another growing trend in modern jewelry is "theme" bracelets. If you're looking for ideal dog jewelry gift, a dog-themed charm bracelet could be your answer and a dog themed Italian charm bracelet might just be a slam dunk! Want to coordinate your accessories with your dog's? Buy her a branklet®, doggie version of a bracelet or anklet.
As Italian charms have grown ever more popular, variations have come on scene, one of which is a plastic or leather version. The charms slide onto leather or plastic bracelet, which comes in a variety of fashionable colors. These charms usually take form of letters, numbers, and popular symbols like hearts or butterflies. Like traditional kind, they can spell out a message or a name, or advertise wearer's interests or sentiments.