The Dangers of Dog Dentals

For most dog owners, having your vet perform dental work cannot be avoided. Despite the millions of dollars spent on dental sticks, toothpaste and chew bones, most dogs undergo a dental complete with anesthesia several times in their lifetime. Occasionally, the dog doesn't wake from anesthesia but there are other dangers as well.
Small dogs are at risk of having their jaws broken or fractured when teeth are extracted. This happens far more than the veterinary world would like to admit. In addition, dogs can have their jaws dislocated and begin to suffer from TMJ due to having had a dental. A few, but not many, veterinarians will follow up a dental with xrays to be sure there has been no damage. And always make sure that you give all the antibiotics prescribed as bacteria can get into the bloodstream during a dental.
All that being said it makes having a dental pretty scary. But if you don't, the repercussions are even worse. Some people give raw bones to help prevent tartar but too many raw bones wear down the tooth enamel and cause teeth to crack. So my suggestion is to adopt a good dental routine and stick with it. And have your dogs teeth professionally scaled at least once a year. If there is not much tartar to deal with the vet can sometimes do this with no anesthesia..just remember that after tooth extractions to watch your dog closely the next few months for signs of discomfort.


What You Don't Know About Pet Cremation

What to do with your dog's remains is one decision we never want to make. But one we must. In many cities, including mine, burying in the yard is not allowed. That leaves either a very expensive burial plot in a pet cemetery or a cremation. Here are some things you need to know about pet cremation before choosing a crematorium..
Pet cremation is largely an unregulated industry.
Fraud is abundant in the industry. At one local clinic, the man who picks up the bodies for cremation has no license and pays someone to cremate the bodies for him. He is given a bucket full of ashes that he puts in boxes, tags them and returns them to the clinic. He has no idea what dogs are really in the boxes he returns. How do I know this? Because I did some digging. And I visited the crematorium  he used and asked questions of the half stoned teenager who was the only employee on the premises  watching over the cremations in progress. And I later found out that it is not illegal because the industry is unregulated. I then contacted a pet cemetery burial service that also offers cremation, asked a lot of questions, and learned a lot.
The terms used by pet crematoriums are not consistent and are not required to be by law.
For example, one crematory business may tell you that your beloved companion will be individually cremated and you will receive the ashes back in a lovely urn. But the term individual cremation does NOT mean your dog is the only one in the chamber! It only means that each dog was put in the chamber individually. That means they may share ( and probably will) the chamber with another dog or dogs. Small dogs are usually crammed in with larger dogs, the larger bodies fall onto the small ones and the ashes are mixed. Think about that..
You are not getting what you think you are paying for.
The crematorium owner I spoke with estimates that the majority of dog owners who paid for an individual cremation did not receive back their pets ashes. That means when you take your beloved dog to his favorite spot and bury his ashes it probably really isn't your dog. And all those little urns in your cabinet of each of your beloved pets probably also contain in part, someone else's beloved pet.
How do you avoid this? It isn't easy. Don't take the word of your veterinary clinic that their guy who does this is on the up and up. Engage a service that does both pet burial and has their own crematorium on the premises and does not farm out to other crematoriums. That is all you can do and  still there is no guarantee. Not until we demand regulations for pet cremation. My dog is family. I want him treated as such.


Xylitol Laced Peanut Butter Could Kill Your Dog

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Peanut Butter has recently become a danger to dogs since some manufacturers have begun using the toxic (to canines ) ingredient Xylitol. This week alone I have already heard of 3 cases caused by this artificial sweetener. It is typically found in gum and toothpaste among other things but because peanut butter is so popular in homemade treats and as a way for owners to give medications to their dogs, the number of dogs adversely affected has skyrocketed lately.
It causes a severe drop in blood sugar, symptoms include weakness, wobbliness, a lack of co-ordination, collapse and seizures resulting in irreversible brain damage. If not treated immediately the dog will die.
What can you do to prevent this?? READ THE LABEL! And remember that MANY store bought pastries and other foods contain Xylitol so it is time to rethink what tidbits you are giving your dog..or it could cost him his life.