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Monday, October 12, 2009

September 2009 Newsletter

This month we are printing the top pet myths that we found in one of our pet magazines that we subscribe to and also a list of the top ten dogs that are the easiest to train. This list is in no particular order but is a little different that the 10 smartest dogs.

* Here is a list of the dogs: Border Collie, Labrador Retriever, Papillion, Beauceron, Pyrenean Shepherd, Australian Shepherd, Belgian Sheepdog, Toy Poodle, Australian Cattle Dog and Doberman Pinscher.

* Top Pet Myths Busted
If you own a pet, you're bound to here some strange things from time to time. Some of them may leave you scratching your head and thinking "I wonder if that's true" Well here's a few of the most popular myth's and the truth about them.
Myth#1: Corn on the cob is safe for my dog.
Fact: Most people are unaware of the risk of feeding your dog cob on the cob. People understand the risks of feeding dogs table scraps, especially those high in fat and although corn on the cob may seem like a healthy alternative in a pet's diet, serious dangers exist.
Corn cobs can cause intestinal obstruction, a serious and potentially fatal condition. Signs of intestinal obstruction vomiting, dry heaves, diarrhea, anorexia, painful abdomen and lethargy. And many dogs are allergic to corn and will suffer both the effects of the allergy and the potential intestinal obstruction. So keep those tasty, salty, buttery and fun-to-chew corn cobs away from your dogs. Don't forget to safely secure the trash as well. Dogs can be awfully clever scavengers. If you suspect your dog has eaten a cob, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Myth #2: Tapeworms come from bad food.
Fact: Most pets become infected with tapeworms from swallowing fleas or from eating infected mice or other animals that carry the parasite. To help protect against tapeworms make sure your pet is fully protected against fleas. And consider a strategy for eliminating mice, other rodents and rabbits. When treating your pet for tapeworms, select a product labeled specifically for tapeworms, e.g. prazquaentel.

Myth#3: Garlic on your pet's food will get rid of worms.
Fact: Garlic may make the animal's food taste better but has no effect on worms. The most effective way to treat worms is by medication.

Myth#4: Dogs and cats eat grass when they're sick.
Fact: Not True. Many dogs and cats simply enjoy the taste and texture of grass. Beware, however, if your pet begins snacking in your garden. Certain common plants such as rhododendrons, daffodils and marigolds can be toxic for your pets.

* Here is one for the cat lovers. Does your cat like to unroll the toilet paper roll all over the room? Try this, turn the roll around so when your cat tries to unroll the paper, it will only go around in circles. After a while, your cat should get bored and leave the roll alone. If not, hid the roll in the wall with a flip up door.

Remember that we are not professional doctors and you should always read instructions and talk to your vet about what is best for your pets.

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