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Are you using kids toys for dog toys?

Please take a moment to read the following information that was sent to me via email.  This is in regards to using stuffed children’s toys for dog toys.

Toy warning

Posted by: “Karlyn Berg” Date: Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:02 am ((PDT))

 Last night at agility class, a vet, who is a fellow agility student, was telling us about a case she had this week. The dog ate a child’s teddy bear and was very sick. When she opened the dog up to remove what she thought was an intestinal obstruction she found a huge gelatin type mess inside and the dogs intestines were black and the tissue dead. The dog will die as no surgery can fix him up there was no living intestine left from stomach to colon.

 This was not an obstruction. …. so she called the manufacturer of the Teddy Bear on a quest to find out what the gel was and what killed the dog. Turns out the stuffing in children’s toys contains ingredients for flame retardants and mite control! It is designed to become a gel. It is highly toxic. Now you would think a child’s toy would be safe because it is for children, but they don’t expect a child to eat the stuffing of the toys.. hmmmm that seems a bit scary too. But we all know dogs demolish stuffed toys.

 So do not give or buy your dog any children’s stuffed animals. Some people get them at Goodwill, etc. The vet will be posting a warning and story and I will send any other facts as needed and as I learn more. Maybe some children’s toys do not have this ingredient, but better to be safe then sorry. So meanwhile, make sure all your dog toys are for dogs. Please pass this on… it is a horrible death she described and one that can be avoided.

 Karlyn

(permission to crosspost)

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Food Transitions

Our newest family member, Eider is an 8 week old Labrador Puppy.  He and his littermates were weaned to a food called Sportsman’s Pride.  In the grand scheme of things, this food is fine and clearly works for Eider’s relatives.  My reasons for switching include:

A. I’m not completely 100% thrilled with the ingredients,

B.  It is difficult to find in Maine and,

C.  I have a dog/cat food store, so he is going to eat something we sell at the Biscuit.  Let’s be honest.  

 

Yummy Fish Chewy!

Yummy Fish Chewy!

 

Ahhhh, the dreaded food switch!  Why are we all so frightened to switch our pets’ foods?  The number one issue we hear about is fear of intestinal upset.  Translation?  Diarhea.  

Food transitions don’t have to be messy or painful for you or your pet.  Here are some simple steps to make things go a little more, um, smoothly?!?  😉

1. Start with a small bag of what is already “working” for your dog or cat. 

2.  Get a small bag of the food you want to switch to.

3. For the first 2-3 days feed about 90% old food and 10% new food, even if it means you are merely sprinkling a few bits of new food on top of the old food.  

Note: It is also advisable to use a digestive supplement like Animal Essentials Enzymes and Probiotics as well as some vegetable fiber like Fruitables Pumpkin Puree, both available at our shop.  These items should be used during the entire transition period and may be used indefinitely.

4. If the first 2 or 3 days go well, feel free to move to a 75/25% ratio for 2 or 3 more days.  Then go to 50/50% for another few days, then 25/75, 10/90 and you’re done.  

A healthy transition should take just under two weeks.  It is well worth the time and effort to do this properly as any abrupt switch can cause major poo problems.  

What if you are transitioning to something completely different, as in dry to raw or dry to dehydrated?  Well, deydrated foods are not raw, so the transition from dry to dehydrated should follow the same track as dry to dry.  However, a raw food switch will take a little more planning and time.  

Start with just a little chunk of raw food (we prefer Primal) as a special treat or with a meal.  This will let you know if your dog or cat is even interested in the new type of food.  Not all pets like raw food, so trust your dog’s desires.  This diet is not for everyone.  Once you’ve established that your pet is interested in raw, add a little bit more every few days and simultaneously decrease their dry food.  I prefer a two to three week transition for raw.  Again, a digestive enzyme and some veg fiber are very helpful during this time and afterwards.  

So, maybe you are wondering what Eider is eating.  He is in week two of transitioning to California Natural Puppy Chicken and Rice Formula.  This formula is simple and basic and has wonderfully low Calcium/Phosphorous ratios, which are important numbers for large breed puppies. ( We prefer to see both values below 1.9%)  This food is also not a dramatic change from the food he was weaned to.  I didn’t want to put something exotic into his tummy just to keep with dog food trends.  I would also never start a puppy on raw food if he/she wasn’t weaned to raw by the breeder.  My other dog Orli, is and always will be a raw/dehydrated food eater, but I’m more comfortable keeping our puppy in basic puppy formula.

If you are interested in Orli’s diet, read this little post from last year.   Since that time, we’ve incorporated more dehydrated foods into her diet for convenience.  Plus she loves it!  We are currently using Primal Grinds and Sojo’s Complete.

 

If you have any questions about transitions or any sort of diet change and we haven’t addressed it, please email us at info@loyalbiscuit.com .  

Have a fabulous week and we’ll see you at the Biscuit!

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This Week at the Biscuit 5.27.09

Good evening, Loyal Cust0mers!  We have some exciting new products in this week, plus some updates on some Biscuit Classics…

Walk-E-Woo TugRRR! Toys

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4748Walk E Woo TugRRR Toys are made in the USA!  These toys are made with a silly-as-heck faux fur sewn onto tubular nylon webbing.  The TugRRR toy has no squeakers, which decreases the need for your dog to murder the toy.  Each toy is about 21″ long so as to maximize floppy good times and, ANDDDDD comes in 3 nutty color combinations!  Orli has been conducting extensive product testing and results are excellent thus far.  P.S. Machine washable = awesome.

Snook’s Tooth Oil

 

Snook's Tooth Oil $11

Snook's Tooth Oil $11

 

Ok, so you all know I have very strong, passionate devotion to the Snook’s Sweet Potato Chews and Chips.  Now, these fabulous Snooks have gone wild and made a tooth oil to accompany their snacks (or any other favorite chew snack).  Wild!!!  Basically, it is totally natural awesome herbal stuff that you can apply ( a little goes a long way) to your dog’s gumline and then set them free to chew on a Snook Chew or Bully stick.  Translation?  Fresh Breath and clean teeth without battling over a toothbrush.  JOY!

Snook’s Tooth Oil: Food Grade Myrrh Extract, Food Grade essential oils of Anise, Spearmint, Clove and Vit E blended in a Vegetable Glycerin Base. Rub on teeth and gums to soften and remove tarter. Apply with doggie tooth brush or cotton swab then give hard healthy treat (we recommend Snook’s Sweet Potato Dog Chips or Chews) to help remove build up. Helps keep teeth and gums healthy and clean. Helps freshen breath. 

Just to put some icing on the cake that is Snook’s, here is an adorable article about a rescued pig in Utah.  He LOVES Snook’s!  

Sojo’s Complete Dog Food Mix

 

SOJOS COMPLETE DOG FOOD MIX is a wholesome GRAIN-FREE pre-mix that you simply combine with water to create your own fresh, homemade pet food. Made with USDA freeze-dried raw Turkey and other all-natural ingredients:

 sweet potatoes, USDA turkey, whole egg, broccoli, celery, apples, flax meal, pecans, tricalcium phosphate, pumpkin, cranberries, basil, dried alfalfa, ginger root, dried kelp, zinc sulfate, vitamin E acetate, vitamin D2

1 lb. of SOJOS COMPLETE makes approximately 6.5 lbs. of fresh, raw dog food.

This is a great food.  Period.  Wonderful for dogs with grain sensitivities.  While most grain free foods use white flesh potatoes, this formula does not.  Orli has a potato allergy, so it is an option for even the most sensitive dog I know!  She has been eating this for two weeks with her Primal Grinds and she actually does a little “stomp-stomp” dance whilst she awaits her breakfast.

For Your Dogs Only Bagel Beds

A.  My sincerest apologies on the poor photo quality.  These photos were taken on a blackberry which I have no clue how to use.  Let’s be honest here, I can barely write complete sentences.   

B.  These dog beds just rock!  They are all furniture grade polyfill with sturdy cotton fabrics.  Totally machine washable and non-clumpy.  

C.  Made in the USA!  Come to the Loyal Biscuit Co on Main Street in Rockland to get a gorgeous new dog bed!  

Delivery updates:  

Memorial Day delivery schedules were totally messed up, so stock levels are pretty off this week.  Everything should be caught up this Monday and Tuesday.  If you are running low on food, shoot me a quick email or contact us on our Facebook page and I will make sure you have what you need!  info@loyalbiscuit.com

Molly Mutt Dog Duvet Covers (for more info, click HERE) has announced a new fabric.  Because I have a severe weakness for stylish dog beds, I pre-ordered this line and expect them any day now!  Here is a little preview….


 Don’t forget!  Loyal Biscuit Fan Page on Facebook

 

That’s all for now!  Goodnight Biscuit-eers!


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Rawhide is horrific.

End of story.

Here is the wikipedia info for Rawhide….

Rawhide is a hide or animal skin that has not been exposed to tanning. It is much lighter in color than leather made by traditional vegetable tanning. The skin from buffalo, deer, elk or cattle from which most rawhide originates is prepared by removing all fur, meat and fat. The hide is then usually stretched over a frame before being dried. The resulting material is hard and translucent. It can be shaped by rewetting and forming before being allowed to thoroughly re-dry. It can be rendered more pliable by ‘working’, i.e. bending repeatedly in multiple directions, often by rubbing it over a post, sometimes traditionally by chewing. It may also be oiled or greased for a degree of waterproofing.

It is often used for objects such as whips, drumheads or lampshades, and more recently chew toys for dogs. It is thought to be more durable than leather, especially in items suffering abrasion during use, and its hardness and shapability render it more suitable than leather for some items. For example, rawhide is often used to cover saddle trees, which make up the foundation of a western saddle, while wet: it strengthens the wooden tree by drawing up very tight as it dries, and resists the abrasion regularly encountered during stock work or rodeo sports. It can also be used as a backing on a wooden bow. Such a backing prevents the bow from breaking by taking a share of the tension stress. Bows made from weaker woods such as birch or cherry benefit more from a rawhide backing. Rawhide is, however more susceptible to water than leather, and will quickly soften and stretch if left wet unless well waterproofed. It is quite effective when used for training dogs and also satisfies their natural desire for meat.   Or you could give your dog meat?  Hmmmm…

Wet rawhide has been used by some earlier cultures as a means of torture or execution, gradually biting into or squeezing the flesh of body parts it encloses as it dries. Example is buskin.  (This is my favorite part)

Still wonder why we won’t sell it?  It isn’t good enough for your dog. 

Check out this awesome blog post at Cup Of Dog.  

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE OF RAWHIDE PRODUCTION.  NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!


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Thoughts on fleas and ticks and mosquitos, Oh MY!

Most of you know that, after I took over this shop, I chose to no longer stock Frontline or Advantage.  While both of these products (and many others) are effective and have their place in many pet’s lives, they deserve serious thought and consideration.  I think it is important that you discuss these products with your veterinarian.  Of course, I don’t believe that most vets know enough about nutrition (see here), but they certainly know about disease and treatment.   I am not opposed to the use of these products and have used them in the past and may use them again.  The potential for bug-borne diseases is very serious and deserves to be addressed both allopathically and holistically, depending on the dog.  Talk to the vet and ask questions.  You have a right to know every possible method and/or product for prevention.  

So, I’d like to have a flea and tick talk, starting with a crash course about the pesky little bugs themselves! (Click each photo for a link to a boring Wikipedia page about each lovely critter.  )

Flea = Yuck Bug

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Tick=Mean Bug

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Mosquito=Skanky Bug


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So, what are we trying to avoid by repelling these bad boys?  Well, the biggies are: 

Heartworm Disease

Lyme Disease

Ehrlichiosis

Anaplasmosis

If you want to pull out the big guns (Frontline, Advantix, Advantage, Revolution, HeartGuard), please be certain to get the dosage right.  Always buy the right amount for your dog/cat.  Some products aren’t safe for cats so READ THE LABELS!  I know they are boring, but so is this blog and you’re reading it, right?  Har har har. 

Now, Let’s discuss some alternative methods.  There are several options available for alternative pest control.  Here’s what we have at the Loyal Biscuit Co:

Equinature Bug Gone

Equinature Bug Gone Spray and Wipes

Equinature Bug Gone Spray and Wipes

 

 

EcoPure Naturals Flea and Tick Spray,

Shampoo & Collars

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EcoPure Naturals

 

 ArkNaturals Neem Protect

Shampoo & Spray

 

 

ArkNaturals Neem Shampoo

ArkNaturals Neem Shampoo

ArkNaturals Neem Spray

ArkNaturals Neem Spray

These are just a few of the many options we have available at the Loyal Biscuit Co.  When I started writing this post, it was still rainy and cold, but the weather is fabulous now.  Downside?  The bugs will begin their attack any day now.  Be prepared!  

Let’s finish today’s post with a video that teaches us how to identify ticks… 


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