A Vet Recommendation from a Keyport NJ Dog Walker

Last Friday, my wife Gia and I had to say goodbye to our beloved Chihuahua, Taffy. It was the hardest thing either one of us has had to do but I will say that our veterinarian, Dr. Alan Dubowy and his veterinary technician, Maria, of Vet on the Go, made the experience as pleasant and as peaceful as we could have ever hoped it to be.

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When we first adopted Taffy, Gia and I were living in Ocean Grove. We had a veterinarian practice down that way that we were very happy with. But when we bought our first home and moved to Keyport to the house that we, to this day, call “Taffy’s House,” (as we wanted a yard for her) this just became too far to travel to for routine vet visits. In the five years since we’ve lived here we went to three different veterinary practices before finding our forever-vet in Vet on the Go. The funny thing is that we are the type of people who really just like to go with the flow. If we’re at a restaurant and our order comes out slightly wrong or is not to our liking, we just keep that to ourselves and eat it anyway (within reason of course). But when choosing someone to care for our fur-babies we had no problem “Shopping around,” until we found the perfect fit.

We had no previous experience with the world of mobile veterinary services other than seeing the Vet on the Go truck drive past us or parked around town. And then one day as I was filling out a Veterinary Release Form for a client he told me that he used Dr. Dubowy and he raved about him for a good five minutes. This client loved his dog, Duke, and would do anything for him so I called Vet on the Go and set up an initial appointment for our dogs Taffy and Molly. From the first time we met him we were sold and knew that this was the practice for us. This was definitely the cleanest exam room that I had ever been inside. And after about 5 minutes we didn’t even realize that we were in a mobile office anymore.

There are many things that we love about Dr. Dubowy and his practice. The convenience is the first thing that comes to mind. No longer do we have to request either the first or last visit of the day because, incase you hadn’t heard, Chihuahuas tend to have a bit of an attitude and don’t always play nice with others (just one of the many things we love about Taffy). Instead, it doesn’t matter what time our appointment is for because with Vet on the Go they pull right up to our home, we walk our pups out and there are no other dogs inside for Taffy to flex her tiny muscles at. On top of the convenience, though, is how excellent and truly loving both Dr. Dubowy and Maria are with our dogs. I have to assume that most everyone in the pet service industry- whether it be veterinarians, dog groomers, dog walkers, etc. begin their journey out of a love for animals. But then sometimes business becomes a priority and the clients become a number, which is a reason we did not feel at home with the other veterinary practices we had tried before finding Vet on the Go. I always keep this in the forefront of my mind when running my business, Dog Days NJ, and I never lose sight of why I made caring for others’ pets my career in the first place. I truly get the sense from Dr. Dubowy and Maria that animals come first and everything else comes second. In the past we would be happy if Taffy did not try to kill the veterinarian she was seeing (which goes back to the “Chihuahua attitude” I mentioned earlier) so when we noticed how comfortable and at peace she was with Dr. Dubowy, we knew that our search for our forever-vet was over.

My clients mean the world to me. They give myself and my staff of pet sitters the honor of looking after their pets when they are not home to do so. That is not something we take lightly. So when they ask me to recommend other services, such as a veterinarian, to put their trust into I have complete confidence and comfort recommending the services of Dr. Dubowy and Vet on the Go to them. If you are in need of a great veterinarian, take Taffy’s word for it and call Vet on the Go:

Vet on the Go

Dr. Alan Dubowy

(732) 739-2111

 

It Takes A Village

For the past five years my wife and I have called Keyport, New Jersey our home and we could not be more proud to do so. We bought our first home in Keyport and there are so many things we love about this little town on the Bayshore. We enjoy eating at all of its excellent restaurants and then grabbing a couple cups of coffee and taking our son, Willie, and our two pups for a stroll down by the beautiful Norman Rockwell-like waterfront. But there is one establishment in particular in Keyport that has brought back a lot of memories of when I was younger and has really made me feel a sense of community: The Keyport Public Library.

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I don’t recall what first brought us to the library, but when Gia and I did go in it was pretty eye-opening experience. If, like I did, you think that libraries are just a couple of old dusty books and a card catalog then think again. The library has an amazing selection of dvds available to rent…for free! They have brand new movies upstairs and then more movies than you will believe downstairs. Their selection is even listed online so if there’s something you’re looking for you can just hop on their website and see if they have it: https://keyportlibrary.org/new-book-releases/adult-dvd-list/

They also have all of the books that your heart could desire. If you enjoy reading on a Kindle or your iPhone, etc- the Keyport Public Library has got you covered there too. With a free library card you have access to a wealth of eBooks that you can rent from the comfort of your own home! My mom also takes full advantage of their great audio book selection which is perfect for her 3 hour drive for babysitting duty every week (thanks Mom!). And the thing that really brings me back to my childhood is the children’s section downstairs. Seeing all of the illustrations on the books and the stuffed toys hanging from the ceiling makes me remember how awesome those rooms were to me when I was a kid. Every Monday morning at 10:45am the library offers a Story & Craft Time for kids and they also offer a 6:30pm story time on the first and third Tuesday of every month. My in-laws bring my son, Willie, in every Monday morning and the highlight of both mine and Gia’s afternoon is getting the picture of the craft that Willie made (with the help of his grandparents of course, he’s still just a little guy). I had this past Monday morning free so I was able to bring Willie down to Story & Craft Time and watching Miss Chris interact with the kids by reading to them, asking them their opinions and then teaching them how to make their craft was so nice. This, more than anything, made me feel like I need to do something to give back.

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There are so many options that there really is something for everyone at the Keyport Public Library. And the best part…all of the options are free!! But in order for them to offer these wonderful things for free to all of us, they need our help. Here are some ways that we can all help and give back to a wonderful establishment that truly embodies a sense of community:

Monetary Donation: If you donate more than $20 before 12/19, you receive a very cool handcrafted ornament made out of recycled books. Ours is hanging on our tree right next to the owl ornament that Willie made in Story & Craft Time!  https://www.facebook.com/events/755201994574761/

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Donate Your Time: Join the Friends of the Keyport Library Group. Come to a meeting and brainstorm ideas, plan and help out at events sponsored by the library, etc. It’s a great chance to meet some awesome people and to get out of the house! I’ll save you a seat. https://www.facebook.com/friendsofkeyportlibrary

Tell A Friend: Social media outlets like Facebook can be a great tool for spreading the word and by sharing information about the library with your friends and it would help immensely! So share these pages, even if you don’t live in Keyport- one of your Facebook friends might! Every little bit helps so spread the word and make a difference!

https://www.facebook.com/keyportlibrary

https://www.facebook.com/friendsofkeyportlibrary

 

 

 

Hazlet NJ Dog Walking Dog of the Day

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Today’s Hazlet NJ Dog Walking Dog of the Day is Max: a very happy 2nd birthday to this classy little man! And yes, he absolutely is wearing a bow-tie for his birthday!! Stay classy Little Max!

 

Sincerely,

Your Trusted Hazlet NJ Dog Walking Service!

 

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following towns: Aberdeen, Hazlet, Holmdel, Keyport and Matawan.

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following zip codes: 07747, 07730, 07733 and 07735.

Scarecrow Seeks Tinman, An Aberdeen NJ Dog Walker’s Idea

A little over four years ago I decided it was time for a change career-wise. I came to the conclusion that while the money was good, I could no longer sell real estate if I wanted to lead a life in which the bulk of my day was not spent in a state of misery. So I started my own dog walking service, Dog Days NJ LLC, which was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. In the beginning, however, like most new businesses I needed some money to supplement until I got up and running full-time so I got a second job at PetSmart as an Early-Morning Stocker. My job was to show up at 4am three days a week, unload the trucks and stock 40 lb. bags of dog food for six hours. It was pretty awful, but it was something I needed to do to make ends meet. As I would wake up at 3am to get ready for my shift I would just keep reminding myself that it was only temporary and soon I would be surrounded by dogs full-time, rather than surrounded by dog food.

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While unloading the pallets of dog food bags, it was not uncommon to come across a bag that had been torn somewhere along the way from the warehouse to the store. Another common occurrence was to mistakenly cut a bag with a box cutter while cutting the plastic off of the wrapped pile of bags. On a typical shipment day (of which there are three per week) I would say there are anywhere from 1-5 damaged bags of dog food. Keep in mind, we’re talking about the big 30-40lb bags. And I was specifically a dog food stocker (mainly because no one else wanted to do it) so that’s all I really saw, but I can imagine that the same goes for bags of cat food and cat litter. On my first day when I found a damaged bag I asked the manager what we do with them after we enter them into the system as being damaged and he said we throw them into the dumpster out back. I figured it was because of the potential of the food being contaminated after it was opened but when I asked why we don’t donate them to local rescues organizations, shelters, etc. he said that while he didn’t necessarily agree with it, the main reason that doesn’t happen is this: if word got out that they donate ripped bags then what would stop volunteers from the rescue organizations from coming in and damaging the bags themselves and also what would stop any of the good-hearted employees from damaging them or even just not being as careful as they should with their box cutters?

I hate to admit it but I can actually see where they are coming from because if this were not the case, then I surely would’ve made a habit of damaging at least one bag of the good organic food per shift knowing it would go to animals in need. But the head honchos at PetSmart are apparently one step ahead of my Robin Hood, vigilante fantasy. In the three months that I worked there I tried coming up with a system which would convince PetSmart to donate the bags to local rescues, shelters, etc. but one that would not create a free for all for everyone who loves animals and hates big corporations to come in and do some damage.  Sadly…I came up with nothing. I’m not ashamed to say that my heart is in the right place, but my brain has failed me. So I’d like to put the word out there, as I am confident that there are more than a few ways out there to do this, and ask for everyone who is smarter than I am for their ideas. As long as it does not affect their profit, I bet PetSmart (and Petco and any other large chain pet store, for that matter) would love to get the good publicity that would come from a program like this. So put your thinking caps on and let’s come up with some ideas they cannot refuse. I’m asking for all of your ideas to help tons of deserving animals in need. Once we get some good ideas we can start campaigning to PetSmart to do some good with their unused food that goes in the trash.

Email your ideas to: info@DogDaysNJ.com with the subject line “Scarecrow Seeks Tinman” and include your full name and contact information so you can get the credit for your idea! The more ideas the better!!

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These two both came from shelters and have changed the lives of my wife and I more than I can put into words. We will do anything we can to help animals in situations such as theirs and to show thanks to the volunteers who donate their valuable time to making the lives of animals better.

 

Sincerely,

Your Trusted Aberdeen NJ Dog Walker!

 

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following towns: Aberdeen, Hazlet, Holmdel, Keyport and Matawan.

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following zip codes: 07747, 07730, 07733 and 07735.

 

Matawan NJ Dog Walking Dog of the Day

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It’s October 1st and one of our favorite Matawan NJ Dog Walking friends, Penny, is here to remind everyone to email us pictures of their pets in costumes to info@DogDaysNJ.com so we can sprinkle them in throughout the month. It doesn’t matter if you’re a client of ours or not, we are suckers for dogs in costumes. Now enough of the self promotion…how cute is this little lady?!? Love this sweet, sweet pup!!

 

Sincerely,

Your Trusted Matawan NJ Dog Walking Service!

 

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following towns: Aberdeen, Hazlet, Holmdel, Keyport and Matawan.

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following zip codes: 07747, 07730, 07733 and 07735.

 

Keyport NJ Pet Sitting Dog of the Day

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Today’s Keyport NJ Pet Sitting Dog of the Day, Bailey, may be 12 but he sure does love to walk. So much in fact that I get a “What’s the matter, can’t you keep up??” look from him about 2 times each walk! Even if my pride gets hurt a bit, Bailey makes the days a whole lot more fun!!

 

Sincerely,

Your Trusted Keyport NJ Pet Sitting Service!

 

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following towns: Aberdeen, Hazlet, Holmdel, Keyport and Matawan.

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following zip codes: 07747, 07730, 07733 and 07735.

 

Skunked, an Aberdeen NJ Pet Sitter’s Piece of Advice

The summer’s end is rapidly approaching but with any luck we’ll get some nice fall weather afterwards and still have a few more months of enjoying the outdoors before winter forces us indoors. While there’s nothing better than being outside with our four-legged friends, there are other four-leggers out there who can ruin the party in an instant…skunks!! While they are cute as can be, crossing their paths can lead to agony for months to come. A close friend of mine named Matt was out walking his dog a few years back when a skunk came out of nowhere and took aim at Matt’s pup and got him with a direct shot. Matt did everything he could think of but that smell lingered for what seemed like forever. And after I’d go to his apartment I would leave smelling like skunk, no lie! It was awful. So I thought it’d be a good idea to look into how to prepare for the worst and have a plan incase this ever happens to my pups and I thought it’d be nice to share what I found with everyone out there in internet-land. So while I hope none of you ever have to use this knowledge firsthand…better safe than sorry! 

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Don’t be fooled by their good looks and charm…they’re much cuter from afar!!

Tips: Before You Bathe Your “Skunked” Dog

?1.  Before handling your dog, you may want to put on some old clothes. Skunk spray is actually an oil and is very difficult to remove from clothing. Do not let your dog lay in his dog bed or the skunk oils will get on the bed.

2.  If possible, leave the dog outside to prevent the odor-ridden oils from getting into your house.

3.  Determine where the spray hit the dog.  Depending on your dog’s hair type, you may be able to trim away or comb out some of the affected hair.

4. You can use paper towels to soak up the oils from the coat before you begin washing. If you use a real towel you will most likely have to toss it as the oils may not come out 100% and your towel may smell for a long time. Be careful not to spread the oils from one part of the dog to another. Only wipe where the oils are already to avoid making the problem worse.

5.  When you’re ready to wash the dog, only clean the sprayed area. Skunk spray is oily and can easily be spread all over the dog. You will most likely have to give the dog more than one bath, so save an all-over bath until the second or third washing.

How do I get the odor out?

It may be particularly hard to get the odor out of those dogs with thick double coats. If quick action is not taken it is possible to smell the odor on your dog for up to two years, especially when the dog gets wet.

It is best to bathe your dog with a shampoo before the skunk’s sulfuric spray dries on the fur.  After bathing you can try some of the following methods.

Store bought De-Skunking Products

There are several products you can buy at the store to de-skunk your dog, which seem to work best, but one does not always have them on-hand when their dog gets sprayed.

Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover, Earth Friendly Skunk Odor Remover

 

Tomato Juice or Mouthwash

A couple old methods used include saturating the dog’s coat in tomato juice or mouthwash and then bathing the dog thoroughly with a canine shampoo. However the effectiveness of these methods are questionable and it is said that the tomato juice will leave your dog’s coat all red.

 

Another Somewhat Effective Method

Paul Krebaum, a chemist, invented a new more effective formula for de-skunking a dog. Mix in an open bucket or bowl:

 

1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide?¼ cup baking soda?1 teaspoon of strong liquid soap such as dishwashing detergent.

Mix the ingredients in an open bucket or bowl. The mixture will fizz. Wet your dog and thoroughly massage the solution into the coat.

Be sure to keep the mixture out of the dog’s eyes, nose and mouth. If it is necessary to apply it to the dog’s face, very carefully use a washcloth or a sponge. After applying the mixture to all parts of your dog that may have been sprayed, rinse the dog thoroughly.

So again, we hope you never have to use these tips but if you do- they’re sure to keep your dogs happy and smelling nice!!

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Here’s Bing…one of the happiest dogs we know!! 

Sincerely,

Your Trusted Aberdeen NJ Pet Sitter!

 

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following towns: Aberdeen, Hazlet, Holmdel, Keyport and Matawan.

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following zip codes: 07747, 07730, 07733 and 07735.

 

 

 

Foods That Are Unsafe for Dogs; A Holmdel NJ Dog Walker’s Perspective

As dog parents, I’m sure you’d agree that our dogs are our babies and at times we enjoy spoiling our babies. This sometimes includes giving them a piece of whatever it is that we’re eating. It’s certainly not something that we’re encouraging, but sometimes those puppy dog eyes they give you are just too hard to resist. Just like we do for ourselves, we can’t beat ourselves up over a nice treat here and there as long as it doesn’t get out of control. But our fur-babies can’t eat everything that we eat so we thought we’d compile a list of those that can harm them. Onions and chocolate are the commonly known culprits but there are some on this list that surprised us, so we hope you find this helpful!

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(Here’s Molly the Min Pin giving us one of those hard to resist looks. After a few too many of these though she begins to look like a potato standing on toothpicks so we need to resist!!)

Avocado

Avocados are toxic to a number of animals, including horses, rabbits, fish and mice. The toxic effects are due to the compound persin, an oil-soluble toxin found in specialized cells (idioblasts) within the avocado fruit, as well as in its skin. In some animals, persin causes damage to the heart muscle cells, leading to heart failure. In other species, it causes an inflammation of the mammary glands.

The toxicity of avocado to dogs is under question. Although one case report indicated that two dogs developed fatal heart failure after ingesting a “large amount” of avocados, most dogs who eat avocado suffer no serious injury. However, until the susceptibility of dogs to persin is further investigated, it’s safest to avoid feeding avocado to your dog. In addition to the possibility he’ll have a bad reaction to the fruit itself, your dog might swallow the pit, which could result in blockage within his digestive tract—and that might require surgery.

Bread Dough

Raw bread dough made with live yeast can be hazardous if ingested by dogs. When raw dough is swallowed, the warm, moist environment of the stomach provides an ideal environment for the yeast to multiply, resulting in an expanding mass of dough in the stomach. Expansion of the stomach may be severe enough to decrease blood flow to the stomach wall, resulting in the death of tissue. Additionally, the expanding stomach may press on the diaphragm, resulting in breathing difficulty. Perhaps more importantly, as the yeast multiplies, it produces alcohols that can be absorbed, resulting in alcohol intoxication. Affected dogs may have distended abdomens and show signs such as a lack of coordination, disorientation, stupor and vomiting (or attempts to vomit). In extreme cases, coma or seizures may occur and could lead to death from alcohol intoxication. Dogs showing mild signs should be closely monitored, and dogs with severe abdominal distention or dogs who are so inebriated that they can’t stand up should be monitored by a veterinarian until they recover.

Chocolate

Chocolate intoxication is most commonly seen around certain holidays—like Easter, Christmas, Halloween and Valentine’s Day—but it can happen any time dogs have access to products that contain chocolate, such as chocolate candy, cookies, brownies, chocolate baking goods, cocoa powder and cocoa shell-based mulches. The compounds in chocolate that cause toxicosis are caffeine and theobromine, which belong to a group of chemicals called methylxanthines. The rule of thumb with chocolate is “the darker it is, the more dangerous it is.” White chocolate has very few methylxanthines and is of low toxicity. Dark baker’s chocolate has very high levels of methylxanthines, and plain, dry unsweetened cocoa powder contains the most concentrated levels of methylxanthines. Depending on the type and amount of chocolate ingested, the signs seen can range from vomiting, increased thirst, abdominal discomfort and restlessness to severe agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heart rhythm, high body temperature, seizures and death. Dogs showing more than mild restlessness should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine

Caffeine in large enough quantities can be fatal for a dog. And, there is no antidote. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, fits, and bleeding. In addition to tea and coffee – including beans and grounds — caffeine can be found in cocoa, chocolate, colas, and stimulant drinks such as Red Bull. It’s also in some cold medicines and pain killers.

Ethanol (Also Known as Ethyl Alcohol, Grain Alcohol or Drinking Alcohol)

Dogs are far more sensitive to ethanol than humans are. Even ingesting a small amount of a product containing alcohol can cause significant intoxication. Dogs may be exposed to alcohol through drinking alcoholic drinks, such as beer, wine or mixed drinks (those with milk, like White Russians and “fortified” egg nog, are especially appealing to dogs), alcohol-containing elixirs and syrups, and raw yeast bread dough (please see the above section on bread dough). Alcohol intoxication commonly causes vomiting, loss of coordination, disorientation and stupor. In severe cases, coma, seizures and death may occur. Dogs showing mild signs of alcohol intoxication should be closely monitored, and dogs who are so inebriated that they can’t stand up should be monitored by a veterinarian until they recover.

Fat Trimmings and Bones

Table scraps often contain meat fat that a human didn’t eat and bones. Both are dangerous for dogs. Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause pancreatitis in dogs. And, although it seems natural to give a dog a bone, a dog can choke on it. Bones can also splinter and cause an obstruction or lacerations of your dog’s digestive system. It’s best to just forget about the doggie bag.

Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and raisins have recently been associated with the development of kidney failure in dogs. At this time, the exact cause of the kidney failure isn’t clear, nor is it clear why some dogs can eat these fruits without harm, while others develop life-threatening problems after eating even a few grapes or raisins. Some dogs eat these fruits and experience no ill effects—but then eat them later on and become very ill. Until the cause of the toxicosis is better identified, the safest course of action is to avoid feeding grapes or raisins to your dog. Dogs experiencing grape or raisin toxicosis usually develop vomiting, lethargy or diarrhea within 12 hours of ingestion. As signs progress, dogs become increasingly lethargic and dehydrated, refuse to eat and may show a transient increase in urination followed by decreased or absent urination in later stages. Death due to kidney failure may occur within three to four days, or long-term kidney disease may persist in dogs who survive the acute intoxication. Successful treatment requires prompt veterinary treatment to maintain good urine flow.

Hops

Cultivated hops used for brewing beer have been associated with potentially life-threatening signs in dogs who have ingested them. Both fresh and spent (cooked) hops have been implicated in poisoning dogs. Affected dogs develop an uncontrollably high body temperature (often greater than 108 degrees Fahrenheit), which results in damage to and failure of multiple organ systems. Dogs poisoned by hops become restless, pant excessively, and may have muscle tremors and seizures. Prompt veterinary intervention is necessary to prevent death in these dogs.

Macadamia Nuts

Although macadamia nut toxicosis is unlikely to be fatal in dogs, it can cause very uncomfortable symptoms that may persist for up to 48 hours. Affected dogs develop weakness in their rear legs, appear to be in pain, may have tremors and may develop a low grade fever. Fortunately, these signs will gradually subside over 48 hours, but dogs experiencing more than mild symptoms can benefit from veterinary care, which may include intravenous fluid therapy and pain control.

Milk and Other Dairy Products

On a hot day, it may be tempti ng to share your ice cream cone with your dog. But if your dog could, it would thank you for not doing so. Milk and milk-based products can cause diarrhea and other digestive upset as well as set up food allergies (which often manifest as itchiness).

Moldy Foods

A wide variety of molds grow on food. Some produce toxins called tremorgenic mycotoxins, which can cause serious or even life-threatening problems if ingested by dogs. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to determine whether a particular mold is producing tremorgenic mycotoxins, so the safest rule of thumb is to avoid feeding dogs moldy food. In other words, if you wouldn’t eat it, neither should your dog. Promptly remove any trash or moldy debris (road-kill, fallen walnuts or fruit, etc.) from your dog’s environment to prevent him from eating it. The signs of tremorgenic mycotoxin poisoning generally begin as fine muscle tremors that progress to very coarse total-body tremors and, finally, convulsions that can lead to death in severe cases. Left untreated, these tremors can last for several weeks. Fortunately, they usually respond well to appropriate veterinary treatment.

Onions and Garlic

All close members of the onion family (shallots, onions, garlic, scallions, etc.) contain compounds that can damage dogs’ red blood cells if ingested in sufficient quantities. A rule of thumb is “the stronger it is, the more toxic it is.” Garlic tends to be more toxic than onions, on an ounce-for-ounce basis. While it’s uncommon for dogs to eat enough raw onions and garlic to cause serious problems, exposure to concentrated forms of onion or garlic, such as dehydrated onions, onion soup mix or garlic powder, may put dogs at risk of toxicosis. The damage to the red blood cells caused by onions and garlic generally doesn’t become apparent until three to five days after a dog eats these vegetables. Affected dogs may seem weak or reluctant to move, or they may appear to tire easily after mild exercise. Their urine may be orange-tinged to dark red in color. These dogs should be examined by a veterinarian immediately. In severe cases, blood transfusions may be needed.

Xylitol

Xylitol is a non-caloric sweetener that is widely used in sugar-free gum, as well as in sugar-free baked products. In humans, xylitol does not affect blood sugar levels, but in dogs, ingestion of xylitol can lead to a rapid and severe drop in blood sugar levels. Dogs may develop disorientation and seizures within 30 minutes of ingesting xylitol-containing products, or signs may be delayed for several hours. Some dogs who ingest large amounts of xylitol develop liver failure, which can be fatal. All dogs ingesting xylitol-containing products should be examined by a veterinarian immediately.

 

If Your Dog Eats What It Shouldn’t

Dogs explore with their mouth. And, no matter how cautious you are, it’s possible your dog can find and swallow what it shouldn’t. It’s a smart idea to always keep the number of your local vet, the closest emergency clinic, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center — (888) 426-4435 — where you know you can find it in an emergency. And, if you think your dog has consumed something that’s toxic, call for emergency help at once.

 

And because we don’t want to be Negative Nellies across the board and make you think that you can never sneak a little “human snack” to your canine friend, here are some things that, in moderation, will serve as nice little snacks that you can both enjoy while watching Beverly Hills Chihuahua for the hundredth time (unless we’re alone in the fact that Taffy the chihuahua has talked us into that more times than we’d like to admit!)

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(If you can say no to that face than you’re stronger willed than we are!!)

 

Safe: Lean Meats

Most dogs are fine eating lean cuts of meat that have been thoroughly cooked. Be sure to remove all visible fat — including the skin on poultry. Also be sure that there are no bones in the meat before you give it to your dog.

 

Safe: Some Fresh Fruits

Slices of apples, oranges, bananas, and watermelon make tasty treats for your dog. Be sure to remove any seeds first, though. Seeds, stems, and leaves can cause serious problems.

 

Safe: Some Vegetables

Your dog can have a healthy snack of carrot sticks, green beans, cucumber slices, or zucchini slices. Even a plain baked potato is OK. Be sure, though, not to let your dog eat any raw potatoes or any potato plants it might have access to in your garden. 

 

Safe: Cooked White Rice and Pasta

Dogs may enjoy plain white rice or pasta after it’s cooked. And, a serving of plain white rice with some boiled chicken can sometimes provide welcome relief from gastrointestinal upset.

 

Sincerely,

Your Trusted Holmdel NJ Dog Walker!

 

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following towns: Aberdeen, Hazlet, Holmdel, Keyport and Matawan.

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following zip codes: 07747, 07730, 07733 and 07735.

 

 

 

Our welcome woof!! A Keyport NJ Dog Walking Service

Hey there, welcome to our brand new website!! This month marks the three year anniversary of the formation of Dog Days NJ LLC so I wanted to say a quick thank you to all of our amazing clients. It has truly been a pleasure getting to know all of these wonderful animals and getting to spend our days and nights looking after them when you aren’t able to be there!!

I thought a blog would be a good feature to have on this new website of ours as a place where we can share things happening in the pet world (such as pet food recalls), flea and tick season reminders and maybe even a few guest spots from experts in the different pet service fields.

We also post a daily “Dog of the Day” picture on our Facebook page which has been very well received so make sure you like our page so you can see your little furry friends on their big day!

Thanks again to everyone. It’s been an incredible three years and we look forward to many, many more!!

 

-Ryan Roberts and Dog Days NJ LLC

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Sincerely,

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