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Everyone knows that when you’re eating your favorite treats, your dog suddenly adopts the saddest “I’m so hungry!” face on the planet and while we’ve all given in to our dogs every now and again, but here are some foods that we should never give our furry family members. Even if you don’t intentionally give these items to your pet as a treat, your dog may get into the trash and eat coffee grounds or snatch cherry pits from a bowl – both of which can be toxic in large quantities, so make sure you have a veterinarian you can see in an emergency. Here is a list of more common toxic foods for dogs:
• Alcohol: Can impair coordination and breathing; consumption may result in coma or death.
• Apple Seeds: Release a cyanide compound when digested. It would take a lot of apple seeds to affect a dog, but it is best to avoid them.
• Apricot Pits: Source of the toxin cyanide.
• Avocados: Contain persin, which is somewhat toxic; may cause vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or pancreatitis.
• Bread Dough and Pizza Dough, Raw: Unbaked yeast dough can expand in a dog’s stomach, causing bloating. Symptoms include drooling, retching, distended belly, increased heart rate, and, in rare instances, death caused by gastrointestinal rupture.
• Caffeine: Large amounts of caffeine can result in a fast pulse, hyperactivity, increased blood pressure, tremors, seizures, and even death. Seek veterinary help right away if your dog has consumed coffee grounds.
• Cherry Pits: Source of the toxin cyanide.
• Chocolate: Contains caffeine, but the real problem comes from the poison methylxanthine. Symptoms may not show up for hours. Ingestion can cause hyperactivity, vomiting, elevated pulse, tremors, fever, pancreatitis, seizures, and, in rare cases, death.
• Cooked Bones: Can splinter when chewed or can be swallowed in too-large pieces. This can cause choking, internal bleeding, or digestive blockages that could result in serious illness or death.
• Corn on the Cob: Dogs can easily chew and swallow the cob itself. Bits of cob can cause digestive blockages, a serious condition indicated by vomiting and diarrhea. If unresolved, a total blockage is fatal.
• Fish, Raw: Raw salmon and trout are toxic if they harbor the bacteria Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which can be fatal to dogs if untreated. Symptoms generally appear 5 to 7 days after consumption and include fever, vomiting, yellow diarrhea, and discharge from the nose. Cooked fish of all kinds is fine.
• Grapes and Raisins: Contain a toxin that can cause liver damage, kidney failure, and sometimes death. Symptoms can occur from as little as one cup.
• Liver, in Excess: Contains high levels of vitamin A. Too much liver can lead to excessive bone growth of the spine and joints, weight loss, and disinterest in eating.
• Macadamia Nuts and Macadamia Butters: Can cause fever, rapid heartbeat, tremors, distress, and weakness.
• Onions and Chives: Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, both of which can cause anemia and damage red blood cells. A large quantity of food containing onions can cause hemolytic anemia. Symptoms include weakness, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, and darkened urine.
• Pits and Seeds: Including peach and plum pits and persimmon seeds. These are a source of the toxin cyanide.
• Processed Foods: Likely to contain ingredients dangerous to dogs. Chips often contain onion powder and excess salt; diet foods often contain Xylitol; cookies or granola bars contain raisins or chocolate; and pizza contains onions.
• Xylitol: Commonly found in chewing gum, breath mints, and sugar-free foods. Even small quantities of Xylitol can lead to insulin overproduction, kidney failure, and death.
This may seem like a lot to watch our for, but really it’s just common sense so always use your best judgment when giving your dog a piece of human food. The absolute best thing to do is get in the habit of having different kinds of dog treats available to treat your dog when he does something good and then you can maybe cut out some of the begging dogs tend to do…maybe! At Petland Kennesaw, we have a ton of different kinds of treats no matter what your dog’s preference may be and in all different price ranges as well. Swing by and let one of our Pet Counselors help you pick out some good stuff for the four-legged family member in your life! Thanks for reading our blog and see you next time!
Hello! Over here at Petland Kennesaw, we hope you are having a wonderful spring and we wanted to bring you some interesting facts about some of our favorite four-legged companions. And while we are still learning about the animals in our lives, here are 10 of the most interesting scientific discoveries that have been made about dogs so far:
Number 10: They have 3 eyelids. Like people, dogs have top and bottom ones that move up and down. They also have one that originates in the corner of the eye and moves side to side. Its purpose is for clearing mucus and debris.
Number 9: Dogs really do love their humans. There’s scientific proof of it. MRI scans revealed that when presented with the scents of various people and canines, the reward centers of the dogs’ brains were most responsive to the aromas of their human companions.
Number 8: They’re just as smart as toddlers. Specially designed IQ tests show that dogs’ capabilities are on par with the typical 2-year-old. That means they’re capable of learning over 150 words and gestures.
Number 7: Dog paws often smell like snack foods. There’s some debate as to whether the particular scent is popcorn or corn chips, but either way the cause of it has been linked to a bacteria dogs pick up while walking about.
Number 6: Canines possess the super power of night vision. It’s not cat-level, but it is superior to the darkness navigating abilities of humans. Dogs’ pupils are larger and their central retinas have more cells dedicated to light sensitivity than to color detection. That gives them an upper hand when it comes to making out objects in dim light.
Number 5: Every nose is unique. The Canadian Kennel Club has been using nose prints as a means of individual identification since the 1930s, and many organizations have followed suit.
Number 4: They most likely dream. Proof isn’t at the 100 percent mark, but there is an abundance of support backing the claim. Much of it is based in brain attributes and behaviors that dogs and humans share. Among them are structure and the occurrence of electrical impulses during the deep sleep stage.
Number 3: Fur isn’t just about warmth. In the summer it acts as insulation, keeping heat from reaching the body. Fur also protects the skin from the sun’s damaging rays.
Number 2: They really do listen when you talk. Even better, they’ve been shown to understand a lot of what’s being said. Though they’re not able to decipher the words, dogs can interpret certain sounds and the message’s overall emotional tone.
Number 1: Dogs aren’t nearly as sweaty as humans. That’s largely because rather than having sweat glands all over the bodies, as people do, dogs only have them in their paws. To cool off, they rely mostly on panting.
We hope you have been just as blown away as we were about these incredible dog discoveries! Make sure you amaze your friends and family with all this newfound knowledge about man’s best friend! Thank you for taking the time to read our blog and we’ll see you next time!
Travel Checklist for Anyone Taking Their Pooch on the Road This Summer!
The season is upon us to go traveling with our families, and for some of us that includes our four-legged family members as well! This checklist is just a quick reminder of the essentials when leaving home with our animals, so don’t forget to check back when you’re heading out of town so you don’t forget anything you need.
1. Leash & Collar
This seems like an easy one, but you’d be surprised how often they accidentally get left behind when you’re loading Fido (and everything else!) into the car. These things are essential for the safety of your dog when taking bathroom breaks, as the territory is unfamiliar and may take more than a simple command to get your pooch under control.
2. Medical & Vaccination Records
This is often something that gets left behind in the hustle and bustle of packing for a trip, but oh so important when traveling with your dog. Should you be boarding your animal or if an emergency happens while on the road, it is important to have all the information you need you get your pet fully cared for. And if you’re leaving the country, checking what vaccinations are required is a must if you don’t want to run the risk of being denied entry!
3. Identification Tags
Usually this goes hand-in-hand with your leash and collar, but is worth noting just in case your tag is out of date with an incorrect address or phone number. Also, make sure your pet’s micro-chip is registered correctly and has up to date information in case your pet is lost or stolen.
4. First Aid Travel Kit
It seems a little far-fetched, but you never know what could happen on a long road trip, especially if it’s your dogs first time! Some things to include in this kit are eye wash, stypic powder for bleeding and antiseptic wipes. Be prepared, your pet will thank you!
5. Blankets or Seat Protectors
It’s no fun to have to sit in hair or mud after your pooch has been laying on your car seats either from a short trip to a long drive, so it might make things easier for you if you avoid the problem altogether by covering them ahead of time. And don’t forget an extra towel or two, just in case your pet gets into some really dirty fun on the way!
6. Safety Restraints
Check to see if your state has passed a mandatory seat belt law for pets, or if they haven’t ask yourself how safe your pet is without one. Do they tend to distract you by moving around constantly? Make sure both you and your animal stay safe in the car by considering a seat belt harness.
7. Food & Water
This also seems like another no-brainer, but it’s important for your dog to have comfort in the food they are used to and that won’t upset their stomach. And having a nice supply of bottled water for a long trip is an essential for keeping your dog hydrated.
8. Toys, Toys and More Toys
If your pet is a nervous traveler (and even if they aren’t!) it’s always a good idea to have plenty of their familiar toys lying around. It will make they trip better for you if you don’t have to constantly monitor your pet to make sure they don’t have their teeth on anything they shouldn’t and better for them if they have something that reminds them of home.
9. Always Check with the Hotel
If you’re staying in a hotel in part of or all of your trip, it’s a good idea to double check the hotel for any last minute changes to their pet policy. Sometimes hotels will go non-pet friendly or have a change in rules on how big the dog can be or even what breed, sad but true. It’s definitely worth a short phone call to find out, especially if you’ve booked way in advance!
I hope this travel checklist will prove useful to you if you’re going to be travelling with your animals this summer! As always, thank you for being a loyal customer and blog reader!
It seems like common knowledge that you have to “dog-proof” or “puppy-proof” your home when you bring a new animal into your space, but we don’t always remember the outside spaces! Here is a simple checklist of things to watch out for in your backyard, especially with the summer almost upon us. This post is primarily for dogs, but works just as well for other new pets like cats and various small animals.
1. Choose Dog-Safe Flowers for Garden
Seasonal flowerbeds are beautiful, but many common flowers, including tulips, daffodils, azaleas and amaryllis can be poisonous to dogs. Talk to your vet about which plants are safe for dogs before you put on your gardening gloves or allow your pet outside unsupervised!
2. Secure Trash Cans/Garage Supplies
Trash cans and recycling bins should be secured with appropriate lids. Liquids such as fuel, cleaning supplies and antifreeze (which can be fatal to pets), needs to be stored out of reach of your pet. Bug or rat bait and herbicides should be used with caution and stored properly, as they can also be fatal to dogs.
3. Fence Around Swimming Pools
Even if your dog is a strong swimmer, he or she should never be left unattended in a yard with a pool. Your pool area should be fenced, and your dog should know how to safely enter and exit the pool from an early age.
4. Check Fence for ‘Weak’ Spots
Even if your yard has a fence, a wiggly pup can easily slip through tiny gaps or holes you may not notice. Regularly check the fence in your yard to make sure it is secure before letting your dog out in the yard.
5. Mow Lawn/Landscape Regularly
Ticks will use tall grasses and branches in your yard to hitch a ride onto your dog’s skin. To help keep ticks at bay trim back high, tall grasses and remove debris. And always, always, always use flea and tick prevention on your pets!
6. Routinely Clean Decks, Sheds and Other Backyard Structures
Fleas tend to live in dark, humid areas like outdoor dog homes, decks and outdoor structures such as sheds. Sweep off patios, clean under your deck and remove debris from outdoor structures to prevent fleas from congregating in your yard.
7. Keep Dogs Away from Lawns that Have Been Recently Treated with Insecticide, Pesticide or Fertilizer
Insecticides can help curb bug problems, but when applied heavily, may be toxic to pets. Try to avoid using insecticide when possible or talk to your veterinarian about the best way to use such chemicals. Keep your pet off lawns that have recently been treated with insecticides, pesticides or fertilizers.
8. Provide Water and Shade
Dogs love playing outdoors year-round, but dehydration and heat sickness can be a very real threat in warm, sunny weather. Make sure to give your pup plenty of breaks in the shade, access to fresh water and the ability to go inside if he needs it.
These are just a couple of quick to-dos before bringing in or keeping pets outside. Another thing to keep in mind is always having a collar with easily identified tags with your information as well as having your pet micro-chipped and registered with a national pet database. This is so important that every puppy and kitten that leaves our store is micro-chipped for lifetime identification and registered with their new owners before they even leave the store! If you have any other questions about “puppy-proofing” either your house or yard, please don’t hesitate to ask our very helpful Pet Counselors and they should be able to help point you in the right direction. And thank you for reading our blog posts! Until next time, have a safe and happy start to your summer!
10 Great Dog Breeds for Families
With so many good dog breed options these days it might seem hard to be able to choose the best one for you, but here at Petland Kennesaw we are able to lend a helping hand to anyone searching for the perfect companion animal for their home. Now, everyone’s lifestyle is different and that means that there is no “one best breed”, but everything that happens in your everyday life can factor into which dog breed would be best for you. We are experts in asking the right questions, listening to your concerns and ascertaining your situation and what might fit your lifestyle. The breeds below are our go-to breeds for families and we’ve also added a little additional information on the breeds themselves, so enjoy!
Golden retrievers are one of the most friendly, trustworthy and loyal dogs. They are great companions for children of all ages because of their patience and gentleness. These dogs are known to be very active — whether it is a day at the beach, a hike up a mountain or just a game of fetch in the backyard — they are content. Not only will a golden retriever make a great buddy, but they are also beautiful dogs.
Beagles make great family dogs because they are playful and full of energy. A beagle’s sweet demeanor, pretty coloring and small-to-medium size make it a great pet for families with children. Beagles are very curious and love playtime outdoors — especially when they can sniff around. Beagles will be a best friend and a great canine.
Standard or Miniature Poodles
Poodles are popular as family-friendly pets. They are full of energy and love to be around older kids. These dogs need room to run and play — and in return will be very friendly and affectionate with the family. Not only are they easy to train because of their fierce intelligence they are also gorgeous dogs.
English bulldogs are known as loyal dogs who live well with children and other pets. These dogs are family-friendly because they love playing with children and being a part of the household activities. They are also known to be gentle, calm and adorable — even when they drool and snore. An English bulldog would make a wonderful addition to any family.
Labrador retrievers are very sweet and gentle dogs. They fit in with the family environment due to their loving, easy-going personality. Labs love to please their families and are always ready to play. They are highly intelligent and gentle, which makes them great with small children. Labrador retrievers are loyal pets, ideal for family life.
A goldendoodle is a designer breed dog, a combination of golden retriever and poodle. Both breeds are known for being kid-friendly, but put them together and they make amazing family pets! The goldendoodle is intelligent, sweet and easy to train. They are known for being social and their ability to get along well with other family pets. Goldendoodles are adorable and affectionate — the perfect addition to any home!
Standard and Miniature Australian Shepherds
Australian shepherds are very active, fun-loving pets. They are devoted to their family and enjoy getting attention from their owners. These dogs are courageous and smart, which makes for a good dog to have around the house. “Aussies” are wonderful with kids, as they love to play. They are also agile and easy to train — which gives parents more time with the kids. A fun, loyal friend, this breed would fit in any household.
Pugs are known for their charming character and animated disposition. This breed gets along well with other animals and kids because of their easy-going personality and laid-back demeanor. They also love attention and enjoy play time. Pugs make a wonderful family dog, and will offer lots of love, friendship and amusement.
The Teddy Bear is another type of designer breed puppy and is a mix between the Shih Tzu and the Poodle. The Teddy Bear is known to have an extra big personality! They are fun-loving cuddle bugs that play well with children and get along with other pets. This breed has minimal shedding — which helps with the household cleaning. Teddy Bears would make a nice, clean pet for any loving family!
German shepherds are extremely faithful and loyal dogs. They large in size, but don’t let that fool you — they love to love! This breed is highly intelligent, clever and they fully trust their families. German shepherds love to be close to their owners and they like to protect their family. They are eager to please and are gentle with their family members.
It is important to keep in mind that even though these are our top breeds, that doesn’t mean you have to choose one of them for your forever pet! There are so many breeds to choose from depending on your needs and we can not only help you find “the one”, we can also find it from a safe and reputable breeder with only the highest standards of care for not only the puppies, but the adult dogs too! Thank you so much for reading our blog and we hope to see you in the store soon!
via The Daily Puppy
Think You Can’t Train Your Puppy in a Week? Think Again!
Bringing a new puppy home comes with the challenge of teaching him where and when it’s appropriate to go to the bathroom. Mother dogs keep the den area clean from urine and feces until pups are old enough to follow her outside to relieve themselves. As this is a natural part of a dog’s early training, you can teach a pup as young as 2 months old the basics of potty training and be successful at it!
Prepare Ahead of Time
Your pup needs consistency during the entire week of house training, so you or someone else dedicated to the process should be near him at all times. Plan an area where you will take your dog to do his business. An outdoor area should be easily accessible to the house, or he’ll get distracted on the way to his potty spot. If you live in an apartment and want your dog to use training pads, select an area such as tile where any of his misses won’t ruin the flooring. Invest in cleaning products that will remove the odor should he have an accident so he does not return to the same spot. Set aside one room of the house or a training crate where he’ll stay contained between outings.
Time to Potty
Set an alarm to go off every hour for the first day while your pup is awake. Take him to his potty spot, point and tell him to go potty. Use the same command and gesture each time, so he’ll know what you expect of him. Praise him when he produces results or give him a treat, we call this the “potty party”. Time outings so you take him out five to 30 minutes after eating or drinking a significant amount of water. Be sure to take him out last thing before bedtime. Your puppy will whine or move around restlessly when he needs to go out during the night. But do not take the puppy out in the middle of the night, that is a habit you do not want to encourage. Take him out in the morning as soon as he is awake to avoid accidents.
See the Signs
By the end of 24 hours, you’ll have a good idea how long your pup can wait between trips to his potty spot. The rest of the week entails being consistent, so the routine is well-ingrained by the end of seven days. When your pup is with you, watch for signals that he needs to go, such as whining, sniffing or pacing. Some pups give very little cue that they need to relieve themselves, other than leaving the room or going over to a corner. Keeping the pup in a contained area such as a crate or small room usually elicits whining or a sharp bark once the pup knows you’ll respond by taking him outside to his spot.
When Accidents Happen
At about 6 months of age, he’ll have enough control of his bodily functions to gradually get used to longer periods. The younger the dog, the more frequently he’ll need to relieve himself. Should he have an accident between outings, don’t yell at him, put his nose in it or swat him with a newspaper. Creating a negative association can confuse him and cause him to hide his bodily waste around the house. If he begins to squat while you’re watching him, say “no” to make him stop and rush him outside to his spot. Clean up his accident using an enzymatic cleaner to help reduce odors. Reinforce good behavior with plenty of praise and treats, but be careful not to blame the puppy harshly for accidents. Once the puppy has had an accident and moved on, he will not understand what he is being punished for and that is no way to train. You just have to clean up the mess and move on, this part will be over soon!
At Petland Kennesaw, it is our utmost responsibility to both puppy and new owner that you go home prepared to take care of the new life you are bringing into your family and training is no exception. We go over the ins and outs of housebreaking and are always available to help if there is an issue or question about training. We want to make sure everyone has a great experience with their new furbaby!
What Are the Benefits of Having Two Dogs?
If you have two dogs, they always have someone around for company. When you’re not home and can’t provide entertainment for your pooch, another dog in the household can be a comfort. It also can often prevent boredom and resulting behavioral issues. Although owning multiple dogs can work well for some households, it’s not suitable in all situations.
Canine Companionship and Socialization
• If you have a busy work schedule and spend a lot of time out of the home, having two dogs can help your peace of mind. Your dogs can play with each other, which can be effective for keeping boredom and lack of stimulation at bay. Boredom and inadequate stimulation can trigger destructive canine behaviors such as chewing, pacing, digging and excessive barking. Not only can constant companionship help prevent behavioral troubles, but it can help to eliminate or minimize separation anxiety. Being a guardian to two dogs also can be advantageous from a socialization standpoint, particularly in the cases of younger animals. Socialization can be excellent for their emotional development. When dogs spend a lot of time around each other, it can help them learn how to deal with other animals and humans.
Canine Role Models
• If one of your dogs is insecure and lacks confidence, having another dog around who is the polar opposite can be helpful. A self-assured dog can be a positive role model for one who is anxious, high-strung and fearful in temperament. It’s important to note, however, that two dogs who display similarly anxious temperaments can reinforce negative behaviors in the other. This also goes for aggression. If one of your pets is aggressive, it could encourage the other to act in the same way.
Companionship Benefits for Humans
• Two dogs means increased companionship for them. It also means more for you. Animals can be sources of comfort for people. If you’ve had a tough day and feel grumpy, tired and cynical, your dogs can help you relax and forget your problems. You can cuddle, pet them, play fetch and feel better. Having dogs can be beneficial for your health minimizing stress, reducing your chances of getting a stroke or heart attack and decreasing your cholesterol and blood pressure.
Improved Social Lives for Owners
• Multiple dogs also can encourage socialization in owners. If you own two dogs, you have to go outside to take them out for walks more frequently — dogs benefit from solo outings. This gives you more chances to interact and communicate with other people regularly. The more you visit pet grooming salons, pet obedience training classes and veterinary clinics, the higher the odds of your encountering new faces who are just as passionate about their dogs are you are.
Considerations for Owning Multiple Dogs
• While owning multiple dogs can have its benefits, it also can have its drawbacks. It can be costly to own one dog, with food costs and veterinary bills. Owning multiple dogs takes that to the next level. If your dogs have destructive tendencies, multiple dogs can be problematic, too, especially if they encourage bad behavior in each other.
Never allow dogs to be alone together without your supervision until you’re 100 percent sure they get along fine. Although dogs often get along swimmingly when owners get them at the same time, things can be rocky when a new dog is introduced to an existing dog. Territorial and possessive behavior could ensue. Here at Petland Kennesaw, it is our absolute highest priority to make sure that is your family already includes one dog, that we properly educate on how to bring in a new puppy or dog in the mix. Look out for the next blog post we do, which will be the steps necessary to successfully add a puppy or dog to an already existing dog household! Thank you for taking the time to read our blog!