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Warning! These Items Contain Xylitol!

Xylitol is a popular sugar substitute that's been used for decades in many different products. But it's also highly toxic to dogs. In fact, just last year, a Great Dane in Ontario died after eating a pack of gum.

But gum is not the only thing that we have around our homes that contains xylitol, and you might have highly toxic substances within reach of your dog right now. Read on to find out why xylitol is dangerous for dogs, get a list of products that commonly contain this artificial sweetener, how to avoid them, and what to do if you think your dog might have eaten some.

Non Profit Spotlight January 2020

When it comes to taking care of pets that are abandoned, injured, unwanted or abused, there are countless amazing non profits out there, all of whom do amazing work, often with limited resources. Every pet that is saved by these remarkable humans is a victory and a struggle, and we should all be celebrating all of the organizations out there that do this amazing work on behalf of our furry friends. Without them, so many more innocent souls would die alone, or live in misery.

But while we can't name every one of those amazing organizations and people (although we do offer them forever free listings with all the bells and whistles on our directory), we do feel that there are a few organizations doing things that are so remarkable, they deserve a special mention.

Why Is My Dog Throwing Up?

There are a few things that strike terror into the hearts of pet parents everywhere, and unexplained vomiting is definitely high on the list. If you're asking the question why is my dog throwing up, you've come to the right place. We've got all the basic information you need to know to make informed decisions about how to deal with a dog that is a little under the weather.

Garden Safety Tips for Dogs

Your dog should never be left alone to wander around the streets on his own. Not only will this cause problems with your neighbors, but there are dangers out there that could injure your dog badly, or even end his life. However, while most people know that there's danger on the street, many don't realize there are dangers lurking in your yard as well, and it’s up to you, as the dog owner, to see to it that he is safe while confined to your property.

Canine Minute Virus and Your Dog

Canine Minute Virus, also known as Canine Parvovirus Type-1, is an infectious disease which usually affects young puppies. This tiny virus generally targets heart and respiratory system, and is also believed to result in the spontaneous abortion of fetuses as well as the death of newborn puppies. Even so, for 20 years after first being discovered, this so-called “orphan virus” was thought to be reasonably harmless and non-pathogenic.

Further scientific studies conducted however, showed that Canine Minute Virus was not as harmless as previously believed, but posed extreme danger for fetuses and newborn puppies.

The Pros and Cons of Raw Food for Dogs

It seems like everywhere you look these days, there's a new food trend. So it stands to reason that while we navigate keto and gluten free food trends, there would be a few for our dogs too. Raw food is one of the biggest dog food trends out there, but is it the right choice for you and your dog? Is it healthier?

We were wondering too, so we did a little research, and here's what we discovered.

What Is Masticatory Myositis in Dogs

Masticatory Myositis, also called Eosinophilic Myositis, can either start gradually, or come on suddenly. It will appear to be painful for your dog to open his mouth or chew, and he might not want to open his mouth at all. The muscles around the head, particularly those around the temple area, will become hollow, causing your dog to have a thin-faced look. Since there are a number of possibilities as to why your dog is unable to open his mouth, your vet will do several tests and examinations to establish whether or not it is indeed masticatory myositis.

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