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Congratulations to Flower!

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Congratulations to Flower!  Flower was adopted today by Jeanne.

Thank you to Susan and family for fostering Flower!

Happy tails Flower!

April 30, 2017   No Comments

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April 30, 2017   No Comments

Canine Biggest Loser – Weight Loss Tip # 5 – Feel Your Pup’s Ribs

This is a chart most of us have seen at our vet’s office. A trainer I know described the way to tell if your dog is overweight saying, “Your dog’s skin should feel like a T-shirt and not a sweatshirt when you stand over him or her and run your hands along their sides.

It’s actually better for your pup to be too thin than too fat.

Body Condition Chart

April 29, 2017   No Comments

Congratulations to Bonham

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Bonham was adopted by Michelle and Rob, who have fostered for the rescue and adopted Rip and Cody from the Isle of Wright Golden horder situation several years ago.

Happy new life Miss Bonham.

Thank you to Rebecca for fostering and to Charlie Brown (doodle from the rescue) and Molly for being such good canine siblings

April 29, 2017   No Comments

Biggest Loser Tip # 3 What to Look for in an Ideal Weight Loss Food

Indy pre groomFor successful weight loss, choose a quality dog food with…

  • Above-average protein3
  • Below-average fat4
  • Below-average calories5

A higher protein content helps a dog feel more satisfied with less begging. This makes it easier for you to stick to the diet.

These products also help combat muscle loss… an unwelcome side effect with dieting.6

Lower calories allows your dog to eat more and still lose weight.

April 29, 2017   No Comments

Canine Biggest Loser Tip # 4 – Add Canned Food

canWeight loss is often easier to achieve by adding canned food to your dog’s feeding regimen.

Canned products usually have higher protein, lower carbohydrates and fewer calories compared to a similar sized quantity of kibble.

It’s also possible to achieve a good high protein weight loss diet by combining a high quality commercial dog food with low-calorie home-cooked foods. This should be accomplished with the help of your veterinarian or veterinary nutritionist.

April 29, 2017   No Comments

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April 28, 2017   No Comments

Canine Biggest Loser – Weight Loss Tip # 1

Twenty five percent of golden retrievers likely have sluggish thyroid glands. Symptoms include WEIGHT gain, thin hair, exercise intolerance, sensitivity to cold, dry, flaky skin and more. Before you call your pup “lazy” have their thyroid levels checked. It’s a simple blood test and if your pup’s thyroid levels are low, the treatment is a low cost pill taken twice per day for life. Two of my four are “low normal” which means we will retest them in 6 months.

Breeds Most Likely to Develop Hypothryoidism

Golden Retriever  Miniature Schnauzer Boxer
Irish Setter Doberman Pinscher Chow
 Poodle Dachshund Malamute

April 27, 2017   No Comments

Canine Biggest Loser – Tip # 2

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If you feed twice per day, divide reduce your pup’s food by 20% and feed three or four small meals per day. Your pup won’t feel hungry and you won’t feel like you are depriving them.

April 27, 2017   No Comments

What Would You Do?

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I just had a really hard conversation with someone who adopted a dog from us almost 10 years ago. Their pup recently crossed Rainbow Bridge after years of allergies, skin problems, respiratory problems, severely overweight…the list goes on and on.

They have a nice, fenced yard, mom is home all day and for most of our rescue pup’s life, she had a canine companion.

I remember doing their home visit. NICE couple who love their dog/; do therapy work with their dog/s. But their house reekeed of smoke. They assured us they didn’t smoke in the house as that was our only concern. We didn’t pay attention to our concern even though we did discuss it, and adopted a one year old puppy to them.

I received several calls every year about this rescue pups health problems. I sent articles and talked to the adopter about the dangers of second hand smoke and how their pup was a poster child for what happens when constantly exposed to cigarette smoke. Yet during our calls I could heard the pup’s mom smoking.

Now they want to adopt again.

I told them I just couldn’t put another dog with them as I had always felt partially responsible for their pup’s health problems unless they quit smoking.

I feel bad. She feels bad.

What would you do?

April 27, 2017   2 Comments