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Pooch Hotel Has Gone to the Dogs

My place might not be as nice but I dont charge these rates either.

Three types of suites exist and range from $60 to $125 a night. The private sleeping quarters are made with solid walls and glass doors to create a private and relaxed living environment for the dogs.

Forget the Four Seasons. There’s a new hotel in town, and it has gone to the dogs. The Pooch Hotel in Los Angeles has been catering to canines for more than six months and offers day care and overnight stays. Pooch Hotel manager Sean Nolan…

via Pooch Hotel Has Gone to the Dogs.

Cigarettes, Lies, and Pet Food Advertising

Cigarettes, Lies, and Pet Food Advertising.

Pets are good for child health

It takes a calm, even-tempered effort to channel pets into agreeable habits or coax them out of any bad ones. Allowing a child to be involved with caring for and training of the family pet can help that child develop character by practicing kindness and patience with appropriate firmness.

Animals can often sense where humans are coming from emotionally even as they deceive fellow humans. Children can develop a finer sense of empathy by showing their open hearts to directly bond with a pet dog, cat, or other animal. Pets sometimes attempt to comfort humans who are sad or upset. Children can use that break from stress when they’re having issues with other humans.

 

 

Pets are good for child health.

Pet Food and China: More Cause for Concern?

According to PetfoodIndustry.com, in just the month of February 2011, 70 percent of pet food ingredients imported to U.S. pet food manufacturers came from China.

In that month alone, almost $22 million dollars worth of pet food products were purchased from China.

Pet Food and China: More Cause for Concern?.

The 30 Most Important Dogs of 2010

The 30 Most Important Dogs of 2010.

5 Pet Poisons Hiding in Your Purse, Backpack, or Work Bag

 

Top 5 Most Common Purse Items That Poison Pets

  1. Human medications. About half the yearly calls to the Pet Poison Helpline are because someone’s pet ingested a medication found in a handbag, book bag, duffel bag, etc.

    Human pills come in bottles, and the sound of a rattling pill bottle is very similar to the noise some dog toys make.

Both over-the-counter and prescriptions drugs can be a problem.

Very common OTC painkillers like Advil, Motrin and Tylenol, and human doses of prescription drugs for depression like Prozac and Effexor, can be toxic to pets.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil, Motrin and Aleve, can cause GI ulcers and kidney failure and are especially dangerous for kitties.

Just one Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be fatal to cats, and larger amounts can cause liver failure in a dog.

Antidepressants are the number one cause of calls to Pet Poison Helpline. Signs a pet has ingested one of these drugs include sedation, loss of coordination, agitation, trembling and seizures.

  1. Asthma inhalers. If your dog bites into an asthma inhaler, it has the potential to result in acute, life-threatening poisoning. These inhalers contain highly concentrated doses of drugs like albuterol (a beta-agonist) and fluticasone (a steroid).

    If a dog punctures an inhaler by biting or gnawing it, she can be exposed to a massive single dose of a powerful drug which can bring on vomiting, agitation, heart arrhythmia, collapse, and ultimately, death.

  2. Artificially sweetened gum and mints. Many ‘sugarless’ gums and mints contain xylitol – a sugar substitute highly toxic to dogs. Even a small amount of xylitol can result in a dangerous blood sugar crash in canines, and larger amounts can lead to liver failure.

    Symptoms of xylitol poisoning include vomiting, weakness, collapse, shaking and seizures.

    In addition to gum, mints and other sugarless candy, xylitol is commonly found in chewable vitamins, certain prescription drugs, dental hygiene products, nicotine gum and baked goods.

  3. Cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and other products containing nicotine. Did you know a small dog can die from ingesting just threecigarettes, depending on the brand? Chewing tobacco is also toxic to dogs and cats, and so are stop-smoking products like nicotine gum.

    Signs of nicotine poisoning come on quickly and include elevated heart and respiratory rates, neurological symptoms, loss of bladder or bowel control, tremors, seizures, paralysis and death.

  4. Hand sanitizer. Small bottles of hand sanitizer have become commonplace in purses, briefcases and backpacks. These products, which are used to kill germs, contain lots of alcohol. Alcohol (ethanol), is the germ-killing agent in these gels and liquids.

    If your dog were to ingest a small bottle of hand sanitizer, it would be about the equivalent of a shot of hard liquor. This could cause a severe drop in your pet’s blood sugar, loss of coordination, loss of body temperature, nervous system depression, coma, and death.

Interpreting Dog Food Labels

Manufacturers will try and deceive you by making you think a protein is a primary ingredient by listing it first

Interpreting Dog Food Labels.