A blog by the friendly folks at Midland Humane Coalition
A blog by the friendly folks at Midland Humane Coalition
Celebrating Thanksgiving with Pets
Can your pets eat ....
Turkey? The answer is yes and no. Turkey meat without the trimmings/seasonings (found mostly on the skin) is fine for your pet in small amounts.
Dressing? No. Dressing contains a combination of ingredients that may be toxic to your pet like onions, as well as other seasonings that could easily cause a stomach upset.
Gravy? No. Gravy is not good for your dog for the same reason as dressing, the seasonings, plus there is the added fat that your pet does not need.
Casseroles? No. Casseroles contain a variety of ingredients, best left for human consumption.
Sweet Potatoes? Yes, but only the cooked sweet potato without butter and seasonings.
Desserts? No! Sweets and many nuts are not good for pets and chocolate can be fatal. Xylitol (artificial sweetener) can be lethal.
Foods with seasonings, spices, butter, and other ingredients are often too rich for pets and can cause pancreatitis or other digestive ailments. an be very toxic to dogs. Onions and garlic can be toxic to dogs, so be sure that these ingredients are not added to any food that you are considering sharing with your dog.
To be safe, just refrain from giving them anything that is served at the table for human consumption.
Is there anything they can eat? They can eat some PLAIN food without added seasonings in moderation such as: Turkey meat (no bone or skin), plain potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, peas, apples. Doesn't sound too exciting, but it's better than having a sick pet.
You can also keep a supply of healthy pet treats on hand so that your pet can feel included in the celebrations! Happy Thanksgiving!
Senior Pets Rock! Here's why...
There are many good reasons to adopt an older pet.
Yes, there are many issues that come with an aging pet, but they are a very small price to pay for the priceless love they can offer!
“To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace.”
Minnie is a sweet but anxious little dog who needed a person that could be around her most of the day. Cute as she is, she got a lot of interest and had a few trial adoptions that sadly fell through. We really wanted Minnie to end up in the right home so we were prepared to give her as much time as she needed.
One day, a lovely woman named Elda walked into the Adoption Center. She wasn't sure what she was looking for. But the moment she and Minnie Penny locked eyes, the stars aligned! We reached out to Elda recently to see how they're both doing.
Thanks, Elda Whitten, for sending us an update and photos.
Did you know what you were looking for when you walked into our Adoption Center? What was it about Minnie Penny that attracted you to her and made you pick her?
When I adopted Penny I had no preconceived requirements. Penny’s eyes were the view into her soul. She looked so alone and I was too. I’m so happy to have her in my life.
Penny was 7 when you adopted her. Has there been any challenges to adopting a senior dog?
As always, when we age life is just harder, she is my joy and although there will be some challenges we haven’t experienced any this far. She eats and drinks and uses the doggy door for her “business”.
What are the benefits of adopting a senior dog?
Benefits of a senior dog is most are house trained and can manage on their own as far as daily routines.
The Senior to Senior Program* is such a financial help for those of us on fixed incomes. Thank you for the service you provide.
How is Penny doing now?
In a word - wonderful! She loves to cuddle now. I was afraid that might not happen but it has and I love it! She has the run of both my yard and my landlord's yard as we have a doggy door in his fence so his dogs and Penny come and go as they please without worry of escape. When we came home the day I adopted her, we got inside the fence and I removed her leash and she ran circles around the whole perimeter of the yard about 3 times before she was ready to come inside.
Would you encourage others to adopt senior dogs?
Yes, I would and do encourage my friends to adopt Senior animals because of many reasons. They are usually trained either crate or house trained. It’s much easier for them in a one to one situation.
Here are some photos of Minnie Penny's time at MHC and in her new home!
Coping with Pet Loss
A friend of my owner’s came to visit our home last week. She was very sad and upset because her dog had died. That right there was enough to make her sad and upset, but she was also upset because someone had said to her, “the dog was old; it was for the best.”
“For the best?” I can’t think of one good thing about losing me.
My owner’s friend went on to say that another person had advised her to “pull herself together” since, after all, it was just a dog.
“Just a dog?” What does that mean? I wondered.
My owner buys me toys and special treats. She trims my nails and brushes my teeth. I ride in the car and sleep in her bed. She tells me every day how much she loves me. I’m special! Anyone who says that I am “just a dog” is barking up the wrong tree in my backyard.
But this did get me thinking about when a pet dies. What should my owner do when I go to the Rainbow Bridge? She will miss me terribly. I am her family.
Together, we read some books and talked to other people. We came up with some ideas that may help get past those initial weeks when grief is so severe on to days of happy memories of the life shared with someone special, someone like me —Wheels
Wheels died unexpectedly on August 1, 2018 and his loss was overwhelming to his owner.
Remember, it is okay to cry and to grieve for a lost pet. Unlike many relationships, you have spent every day with a pet and cared for them as you would a child. Loosing them is life-changing.
During this initial period, try to surround yourself with family and friends who share a love of animals and sympathize with your sadness. Avoid sharing your loss with those who do not understand the relationship between people and pets. Although they have no intention of being callous, they simply may be unable to relate to your pain.
Often memorializing the pet brings comfort. One person shared that she keeps all pet’s collars and hangs them on the Christmas tree each year as a reminder of the special bond they shared. Some people plant trees or flowers. Others install yard art or statues in the back yard where the animal played and sunned.
For children who have no understanding of death itself, the loss can be frightening as well as heartbreaking. Corinne Demas, author of “Saying Good-bye to Lulu,” said “I’ve found that writing about loss is one of the best ways to begin the healing process. Many children have shown me their own stories and poems about pets and people whom they’ve lost. Others have expressed themselves through art, while some children take comfort in simply sharing their feelings with a sensitive listener.” She added that if children are very young, writing stories and drawing pictures is a project the family can do together.
If you have a friend or loved one who has lost a pet, here are some tips you might keep in mind:
There are a number of books available that deal with losing a pet. Some are written for pet owners of any age, while others especially for children.
If you have children and pets, having one or two of the following books on hand may be a good idea:
“Dog Heaven” by Cynthia Rylant
“I’ll Always Love You” by Hans Wilheim
“Paw Prints in the Sky” by Warren Hanson
“Saying Good-bye to Lulu” by Corinne Demas
“The Tenth Good Thing About Barney” by Judith Viorst
People and their pets form a very strong bond. The joy they bring to our lives is all that can make up for the sorrow of losing them.
Here are some tips to help keep your furry family member in tip top shape, especially with the forth coming holidays that will be filled with company and parties.
Brush it! Start a home routine of good grooming habits when your puppy is new to your home. If you have a rescue, start slowly and time will usually make a good brushing something your dog will look forward to. Gentle brushing feels good, keeps the hair from matting and distributes the oils in your dog (and cat’s coat) just as it does in your own hair.
Bath time? Some dogs take to it, others not so much.
Don’t overlook their teeth. Brushing with a soft brush or finger brush and a pet approved toothpaste helps prevent tooth and gum problems.
Nails may need trimming, too. You can do this yourself or rely on the groomer if you are unsure about cutting them, but make sure they do not get too long as this causes problems with splayed toes, broken nails, etc.
Follow these simple rules and your four to six weeks visit to the professional groomer will be easier on everyone, and sometimes less expensive. Groomers often charge extra for a matted dog.
Her most important home grooming tip! Brushing! Especially if you have a long-haired dog. It is so important to brush them. And if you bathe them or let them play in the pool or water as a summertime activity, please blow them dry and brush them out. Otherwise, their coat will mat, an uncomfortable situation for your pet.”
You can find the little red barn at 1801 SCR 1101, Midland 79706, behind the Booze Barn off Highway 307. Several groomers await to greet your dog and give them a delightful spa experience. Call Doodle's Grooming at (432) 528-0306.
Hello! Welcome to our blog, pet lovers! We hope to share some helpful information regarding pet care, health and wellness here. Stay tuned for updates!
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