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10 Things not to feed your cat

cat eating chocolate

1)  Chocolate, coffee, tea or caffeine – these foods and drinks contain substances that can cause severe or even fatal heart or nervous system problems and should never be given.

2)  Canned tuna for human consumption and raw fish – when fed exclusively or in high amounts can cause thiamine deficiency.

3)  Grapes, raisins, or currants – contain an unknown toxin that can cause kidney failure.

macadamian nuts

4)  Nuts – some nuts like macadamia nuts contain an unknown toxin causing intestinal, nervous system or muscle problems.  Also if swallowed can cause a bowel obstruction.

5)  Xylitol gum or candy – can cause severe low blood sugar or liver failure.

baby food

6)  Baby food – many times contain onion powder, which can cause anemia – when fed exclusively or in large quantities.  Also is not completely balanced for a cat.

7)  Onion and Garlic raw, cooked or powder – contain sulfoxides and disulfides which cause anemia.  Cats are more sensitive than dogs, and onion is more toxic than garlic.

cat eating dog food8)  Dog food – if fed repeatedly causes deficiency, which can cause malnutrition and heart disease.

9)  Bones – can cause obstruction or lacerations of the digestive system.

10)  Raw meat – may contain ecoli or salmonella causing diarrhea or vomiting.

Many of the foods listed can be used occasionally or as part of a balanced diet, but if not using a commercially prepared diet consult your veterinarian or an animal nutritionist.

Written by Dr. Landorf – Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital
Pet sitters Associates, LLC Quarterly newsletter, 2013 Vol. 2

June 26, 2013 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

10 Things not to feed your dog


1)  Chocolate, tea, coffee, caffeine – these foods and drinks contain substances that can cause severe or even fatal heart or nervous system problems and should never be given.

2)  Grapes, raisins or currants – contain an unknown toxin that can cause kidney failure.

3)  Xylitol containing gum or candy – can cause severe low blood sugar or liver failure.

garlic onion chives

4)  Garlic, onion, or chives – contain a substance that can cause anemia.  This includes garlic and onion powder in prepared foods.

5)  Corn on the cob – pieces of the cob can be swallowed and cause a bowel obstruction.

6)  Bones that splinter or can be swallowed can cause lacerations to the mouth or digestive tract or cause obstruction.

dog with raw egg

7)  Raw eggs – contain an enzyme in the egg white called Avidin, which prevents the absorption of a B Vitamin called biotin – this can lead to skin and hair coat problems.

8)  Avocado – contain a substance called Persin, which causes vomiting and diarrhea.

9)  Liver – when fed in large quantities causes Vitamin A toxicity causing bone and muscle problems.

dog with raw fish

10)  Fish – raw, canned or cooked when fed exclusively or in large quantities a Thiamine deficiency leading to anorexia, seizures, and in severe cases death.

Many of the foods listed can be used occasionally or as part of a balanced diet, but if not using a commercially prepared diet consult your veterinarian or an animal nutritionist.

Written by Dr. Landorf – Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital
Vets Corner section of Pet Sitters Associates, LLC 2013 Vol. 2 newsletter

June 21, 2013 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

On Bended Knee

My son is such a thoughtful, caring human being who has rescued many dogs in the past and given them a home full of love and compassion.  I’d like to share a poem he wrote several years ago when he was still a teenager.  I think it’s just beautiful.

Ben and Angus

Angus with Ben

On Bended Knee

To the human, with the life that I spent
how I grew to adore your scents.

You’d let me run so I could feel free
and gained my trust on your bended knee.

Sometimes I’d forget from time to time,
could see the frustration within your eye.

Needing forgiveness, my neck I’d bare
and every time, my life you’d spare.

And even more you’d come back to me
showing forgiveness on bended knee.

And in reflection looking back,
I just want to thank you for that.

Sometimes learning as you go
that I would never put on a show.

For what I feel is what I am,
I had no need for fame or glam.

And in the times I saw pain in your eyes
I’d give you your space to talk to the skies.

Until the time you came back to me
again we had laughter, on bended knee.

I finally learned the job in my pack
to be gentle with young, I got the knack.

With the old I’d lay, and the young I’d play,
but time caught up, began to fill with pain.

I have grown old and I can’t understand
that I can’t walk, and you’re still a young man.

And in my last carry through the door
you gently set me on the floor.

With tears in your eyes, and the sound of good-bye
you comfort me, on bended knee.

The gift you seemed to understand
I thank you for being a compassionate man.

By Ben Baker

June 14, 2013 at 10:19 am 2 comments

Chill out!

When the mercury soars, swap your dog’s usual treats with something more refreshing.  Freezing a few dog-safe ingredients in an ice-cube tray yields bite-size treats that you can pop out when your pup needs to chill.  For a more portable snack, use freezer-safe, sturdy plastic cups; your dog’s hollow chew toy; or even human-variety popsicle molds – just don’t include the stick.
Foods that dogs can safely eat in moderation and that freeze well include:
– Plain, low-fat yogurt
– Meat-flavored baby food
– Clear chicken or beef broth, preferably low in salt
– Unsweetened applesauce
– Canned pumpkin
– Mashed, ripe banana

Frozen dog treats
Get creative with these treats by adding a spoonful of peanut butter or some diced blueberries or apple to the main ingredient before freezing.  Or blend two foods together:  applesauce with pumpkin, or yogurt and banana.  Make changes gradually so you can spot the culprit if something ends up not working out well.
Never add avocado, chocolate, or grapes to her food, and steer clear of items high in sugar or salt.  Also avoid adding large chunks, such as pieces of fruit, before freezing; these can become choking hazards as they melt.
Next time it’s just too hot, grab a frozen treat for both of you, find a spot in the shade, and enjoy!

Taken from the June 2012 edition of Dog Fancy magazine and written Debbie Swanson

June 7, 2013 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

Top 6 Picks for Dog-friendly Summer Vacations

Dogs don’t know school days from summer vacation.  They never deal with the jackhammering buzz of an alarm clock.  For most four-footers, every day is a weekend.
But for us humans, summer signals a time to get away, to replenish, recharge, and regroup.  And what better way to do that than with your trusty companion in tow?
Thankfully, more cities and vacation locales are welcoming dogs than ever before.  Her are six summer destinations where you and your pooch can tour together – albeit with one of you on leash.

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Washington District of Columbia
Where to stay: 
Despite Washington’s reputation for being buttoned up, a good number of hotels not only permit dogs, but also welcome them.  One high-end option is the Hotel Monaco which provides food bowl, and information card with local vets and pet sitters, and a map of recommended dog walks in the neighborhood.  And, centrally located near the National Mall, L’Enfant Plaza Hotel will also give Fido a place to crash.
Where to eat:  Dozens of outdoor restaurants in the city welcome dogs to dine al fresco.  Art and Soul on Capital Hill has a “pooch patio menu” that includes nonalcoholic Bowser Beer and homemade granola treats.  The Shake Shack sells updated roadside fare for you and “Pooch-ini” dog biscuits with peanut-butter sauce and vanilla custard for your sidekick.

Yosemite National Park
Where to stay: 
None of the lodges inside the park roll out the welcome mat to canines, but some outside do.  Tenaya Lodge & Cottages accommodates up to three pets in a room and offers in-house pet sitting.  And some of the vacation-home rentals at the Redwoods in Yosemite are pet-friendly.  The majority of Yosemite’s dozen-plus campgrounds allows dogs; check before pitching your tent.

Where to eat: Yosemite has several options for sit-down dining in its lodges but none offer a place under the table for dogs.  So grab a to-go lunch from any of the delis or cafes in the Yosemite Village area and picnic with your pooch.

Wisconsin Dells
Where to stay: 
Pet-friendly chains abound at this popular family destination, from Days Inn to Econo Lodge.  For a more homey feel, explore lakeside home rentals ( or some of which will consider furry family members, too.

Where to eat:  You can’t visit Wisconsin without eating bratwurst, and one of the best local joints, the Brat House Grill welcomes dogs on its outdoor patio.  Culver’s also gets a paws-up from diners with dogs.

Durango, Colorado

Where to stay: 
Since you’re in cowboy territory, why not go a little City Slickers and camp out under the stars?  Visit  If you’d rather not rough it, the Rochester Hotel and Leland House will give you a puppy-friendly berth right in downtown Durango.
Where to eat:  The mortadella ravioli isn’t the only thing that gets raves at Guido’s Favorite Foods.  The Italian eatery’s Main Street patio is a favorite spot for a furry tag along.  If you’re in more of a tamale mode, your dog can lounge with you at the outdoor dining area at Linda’s Local Food Cafe.

Hamptons, New York
Where to stay: 
Plenty of charming bed and breakfasts dot these vacation villages, and well-behaved pets are welcome at many of them.  The Mill House Inn in East Hampton will even cook your dog breakfast.  Just steel yourself for sticker shock, here as elsewhere in this fortress of fabulousness:  High-season room rates start at $750.

Where to eat:  Dogs are not ony welcome in some of the dining rooms at c/o The Maidstone, but the East Hampton hotel offers their own “woof menu” with grilled hot dogs, scrambled eggs, and homemade biscuits.  Also in tony East Hampton, Babette’s restaurant serves organic fare and welcomes the furry set, too.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Where to stay: 
The owners of the Battlefield Bed & Breakfast are dog owners themselves, and their 30 acre private farm offers hiking trails through the fields.  Many breed clubs hold their national specialties at the sprawling Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center.
Where to eat: Depending on your timing, the patio at the Farnsworth House Inn sometimes permits dogs.  And at O’Rorkes Eatery & Spirits you can enjoy Irish fare under a welcoming pergola – and slip a few slices of corned beef beneath the table.

This information was taken from the June 2012 edition of the Dog Fancy magazine and was written by Denise Flaim, contributing editor from Long Island.

June 1, 2013 at 9:41 am 2 comments