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As we've tried to stress this past week, Thanksgiving dinner is NOT a good idea for your dog.  We've seen multiple postings on our Facebook page about people's experience with pancreatitis, choking on turkey bones and other sad stories.  So our point is please do NOT overfeed your dog this Thanksgiving.  Below is a list of foods that are safe IN MODERATION for dogs and the portion sizes they should be fed.  Lastly, their is a safe Thanksgiving cake that can be made and fed to your dogs as their dessert, again in moderation.

Thanksgiving foods that are safe for your dogs include:

  • Cooked boneless turkey
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Plain Sweet Potato

Portion sizes of the above foods should NOT exceed:

  • Small dogs - 3/4 cup
  • Medium dogs - 1 1/2 cups
  • Larger dogs - 2 1/2 cups

Please do not feed your dog (or any dish containing a good deal of fat)

  • Turkey bones (raw or cooked)
  • Gravy
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Any type of pie

And finally, here's the dessert recipe you can make that your dog can enjoy while you indulge on pie:

Sweet potato (please don't call it "pound";-) cake

  • 2c cooked, cooled, mashed sweet potato
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1/2c honey
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2c vegetable shortening
  • 3c flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp baking soda
  • 2tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a 10" tube pan.  In a large bowl, beat sweet potatoes, vanilla and honey.  Add eggs 1 at a time, beating 1 minute each egg.  Add shortening and beat until well combined.  In another bowl, mix flour baking powder, soda, and cinnamon.  Slowly add flour mixture to sweet potato mix, beating on slow speed until combined.  Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 60-70 minutes.  Cool cake and serve in thin slices.

We wish your family a safe a Happy Thanksgiving!  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call us at 614-527-3799 or use our contact form to jot us a note.

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Okay, so maybe Thanksgiving isn't necessarily for the dogs, but why shouldn't it be?  We know plenty of families out there that are certainly thankful for their four-legged companions.  So let's talk about making Thanksgiving fun for your dog as well as your family.

Thanksgiving Feast

Dogs will beg for anything that you will give them and they will positively drool at the sight of your plate full of gravy, stuffing and mashed potatoes.  However, a fatty meal of these "human foods" will wreck havoc on their digestive system and you will both feel badly later that you gave your pup foods he should not eat.  So instead, indulge your pet wisely.  Give him some bits of turkey without the gravy.  Give him some mashed sweet potato without the butter or marshmellows.  Let him try a small bit of cranberry sauce to see if he likes it.  You may feel like you're holding back, but if your dog has a steady diet of kibble, these healthy Thanksgiving Day treats will be heaven that won't upset his stomach later.

For dessert, remember that dogs love apples.  Instead of a fatty piece of apple pie, slice a few apples up for your dogs bowl and watch them enjoy.

One more important reminder: NEVER give your dog turkey (or chicken for that matter) bones.  These bones are too small and fragile for a dogs strong mouth.  Inform everyone in the house that no bones should be giving to the family pet.

Kitchens

Keep an eye on your pet in the kitchen. Great food smells will draw both man and dog to the kitchen. Make sure not to put hot dishes near the edge of counters so as not to tempt your pets. This will avoid ruined dinners and possible burns from scalding juices or sauces.

Visitors

If you are having visitors for Thanksgiving, upon their arrival introduce them to your pet and inform them of his routines and special quirks.  This should help avoid any unnecessary mishaps. Also, be aware of children running around the house. Make sure they are aware of pet safety rules and know how to play nice with your pets. Even the nicest of dogs can bite or scratch if they are excited or surprised. If you are the visitors, ask permission before bringing your pets along with you and have a plan ready upon your arrival.

Before your meal, let your guests know the policy on feeding Fido.  If the rules are set up ahead of time, there should be no issue.  If you don't have a policy of feeding your dog at the table, pre-make a special plate for your pup.  Allow guests to pass the plate and feed your dog what is there.  Once it's gone there are no seconds for Fido and everyone will have had their fun.

In Summary

We hope your two and four-legged family have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!  If you have any questions, please contact us at 614-527-3799 or use our contact form to e-mail us questions.

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In keeping with the ever-changing times, we have added an on-line store to our website.  Check it out as it gives our customers a quick and easy way to order batteries, collars, equipment and a variety of other products.  Payment is easy and secure using your current PayPal account.  We would love to hear your feedback and any product suggestions you may have.  Happy shopping!

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Okay, so Fido Fest happened earlier this month.  Sunday, October 2nd to be exact.  But the website was still in limbo due to the store being added and I just had to share.  This was one of our favorite dog shows this year.  So many great dogs, great people and a beautiful park-like location in downtown Worthington.  It was very easy to go "camera crazy" there and we took a lot of fun pictures.  Just for ease of viewing, we created a slide show with a little bit of fun music.  We are happy to release copyright on any photos we take (and we are building up quite a stock photo collection) , just send me a contact form and let me know which ones or how many pictures you'd like.  Hope you enjoy the video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OniSpJygCWY

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On occasion, we hear from customers that their poor dogs have had a run in with a skunk...and lost.  It is a miserable situation for both dog and owner.  The big question, how do you get rid of the smell?

We spoke to a customer just this morning whose dog was unfortunately skunked last week and here is the remedy she swears by:

  • One small bottle of peroxide
  • 3 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1-2 drops of Dawn dishwashing soap
  • Wash.  Rinse.  Repeat if necessary.

With all the rain of the Spring, many skunks seem to have been displaced as they are running rampant this year.  Best of luck that you are never in need of this article.

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