Saturday, September 19, 2020

Dog Is Baby’s Best Friend

Pet Talk News and Notes

Many residents of Marco have rescued dogs. It is a wonderful and rewarding experience. Here is a story where the opposite happened, when a dog rescued a human baby. 

Witnesses said a nursing dog foraging for food in a forest retrieved an abandoned baby girl and carried the infant to its litter of puppies. The stray dog carried the infant across a busy road and through a barbed-wire fence in a neighborhood near the forest. The dog discovered the abandoned infant in a plastic bag. The baby was found among the dog’s puppy litter after local boys heard a baby crying. Doctors said the baby had been abandoned about 2 days before the dog discovered her. The baby girl was taken to a hospital for treatment. The 7.28 pounds infant is doing well and responding to treatment. Workers at the hospital are calling the child Angel.

Health Tip

We share our hearts and homes—and even the foot of our beds for some lucky pups—with our canine pals. Surely, there is nothing wrong with sharing our favorite food, right? Not necessarily. Many of the food that humans eat can wreak havoc on a dog’s body. And some food humans eat are fine for dogs, even provide health benefits. The following are some common foods which are safe, and some which can send your dog straight to the vet.

Alcohol: No. Even small amounts of alcohol may lead to ethanol poisoning. 

Almonds: No. Almonds may not be toxic to dogs like pecans, walnuts and macadamia nuts, but they can block their esophagus or tear their windpipe if not chewed completely. 

Bread: Yes. Small amounts of plain bread (no spices or raisins) won’t hurt your dog, but it won’t provide any health benefits either. 

Cashews: Yes. Cashews are okay for dogs, but only a few at a time. They’ve got calcium, magnesium, antioxidants and proteins. 

Cheese: Yes. In small to moderate quantities. Assuming your dog isn’t lactose intolerant. 

Chocolate: No. Chocolate contains toxic substances called methylxanthines, which are stimulants that stop a dog’s metabolic process. Even a little bit of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can cause diarrhea and vomiting. Do not have chocolate in an accessible location for your dog. If your dog does ingest chocolate, contact a veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately.

Cinnamon: No. Cinnamon is not toxic to dogs, but it’s probably best to avoid it. Cinnamon and its oils can irritate the inside of a dog’s mouth. It can lower a dog’s blood sugar and lead to diarrhea and vomiting.

Coconut: Yes. It contains lauric acid, which help combat bacteria and viruses. It also helps with bad breath and skin conditions. 

Eggs: Yes. Eggs are safe if they are fully cooked. Eggs are a source of protein and can help an upset stomach. 

Fish: Yes. Fish contains good fats and amino acids. Never feed your dog uncooked or undercooked fish.

Garlic: No. Like onions, leeks and chives, garlic is part of the Allium family. It is five times more toxic to dogs than the rest of the Allium plants. 

Ham: No. Ham is okay, but it certainly isn’t the healthiest for them. 

Honey: Yes. Honey is packed with vitamins, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper and antioxidants. Small amounts of honey can help with allergies because it introduces pollen, building up immunity to allergens. 

Ice Cream: No. As refreshing of a treat as ice cream is, it contains lots of sugar. 

Macadamia Nuts: No. These are some of the most poisonous foods for dogs

Peanut butter: Yes. Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein. It contains heart-healthy fats, vitamins B and E, plus niacin. Make sure the peanut butter does not contain xylitol, a sugar substitute that can be toxic.

Popcorn: Yes. Unsalted, unbuttered, air-popped popcorn is okay in moderation. It contains riboflavin and thiamine, which promote eye health and digestion.

Pork: Yes. Pork is a highly digestible protein, packed with amino acids, and contains more calories per pound than other meats. 

Turkey: Yes. Turkey is fine for dogs. Be sure to remove excess fat and skin, and also check for bones. Meat with excessive salt, seasonings, onions or garlic should not be fed.

Yogurt: Yes. Plain yogurt is an acceptable snack. Some dogs may have trouble digesting dairy products. Plain yogurt is the best choice. 

It’s best to avoid foods with a lot of salt, sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Answers to Last Article’s Pet Quiz

What is the only breed of dog that cannot bark? Basenji.

What dogs were first bred to fight Badgers? Dachshunds.

What is the range of heart rate of a dog? 70-120 beats per minute.

What is the fastest dog, reaching speeds of 45 mph? Greyhound.

Where do dogs sweat? The pads in their feet.

See If You Can Match the Group Name to the Animal 

  1. Lions ___ a Murder
  2. Cats ___ a Pack
  3. Crows ___ a Shadow
  4. Bees ___ a Swarm
  5. Geese ___ a Knot
  6. Dogs ___ a Gaggle
  7. Jaguars ___ a Pride
  8. Toads ___ a Clowder 

Send me your stores, I would love to hear them. 

Michael M. Neal is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Biological Sciences. He is an avid pet owner and nature lover. He is the owner of The Critter Café pet salon that offers grooming, boarding, daycare, obedience training and pet supplies on Marco Island.

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