Thursday, 31 January 2013

#American #Kennel #Club's #Top #Ten #Dog #Breeds of 2012

A paw above the rest: American Kennel Club releases its list of top 10 dog breeds

1. Labrador Retriever
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#Outdoor #Cats a #Danger to #Bird & #Mammal Population

Outdoor cats a danger to bird and small mammal population

By Stacey Gonzalez
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Could the bird and small mammal population be dwindling at the hands of a cute, cuddly little feline? A paper published recently by professional wildlife
biologists associated with the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that that is just the case.

 
 
 

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Truth about Brewer's Rice in Dog Food

The truth about brewer's rice in pet food


By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez 

  

Reading the back of a bag of dog food can be confusing. Some ingredients are easy to identify- meats, fruits, and vegetables. Even some vitamins and nutrients are familiar. Other items in the list baffle pet owners. More important than the specific ingredients, is the quality of the ingredients and where they are sourced. The same goes for brewer's rice. A low-quality product purchased from an illegitimate source can be bad for your pet. If the ingredients are regulated and of the highest quality, it makes all the difference.



I often get questions about brewer’s rice. What is brewer's rice? Why is brewer's rice in dog food? Where does brewer's rice come from? There are common misconceptions about brewer’s rice.


Brewer’s rice is small fragments of rice kernels that have been separated from the larger kernels of milled rice and can be found in some dog and cat foods. This type of rice was traditionally used for brewing alcohol and is where the name ‘brewer’s rice’ originated from. The brewer's rice in pet food likely did not come from a brewery. The fragments of rice are just not aesthetically pleasing. The perfect kernels go to human food and the broken kernels go to dog food. Rice is a grain. Grains are easy to obtain and inexpensive and are often used in pet food. Grains are not bad, in fact, I highly recommend avoiding grain-free dog food. 


Brewer’s rice- also known as broken rice- is an easily digested carbohydrate that contains fiber. Fiber is important in a dog’s diet. Although fragments may contain fewer nutrients than a whole grain of rice, it's not necessarily a bad ingredient. It's filler- a by-product created when milling human-grade food. It does not contain a large amount of nutritional value, nor is it harmful to cats and dogs unless they are allergic.


Brewer’s rice is sold exclusively for dairy feed and pet food. This bulky fiber will fill your dog up without harming her. It's found in some super-premium dog foods and almost all grocery grade dog foods.


What you need to know about brewer's rice in pet food Paws For Reaction Brewers rice Saint Bernese



The key to your dog’s health in regards to brewer’s rice is where exactly it's located on the ingredient’s list. Most super-premium foods use ground rice which is richer in nutrients. It's not uncommon to see ground rice listed third or fourth on the ingredients list. Brewer’s rice, however, should not come third or fourth. The more brewers’ rice, the more carbohydrates, and too many carbs can make your pet gain weight rapidly.



Selecting the right dog food with the most nutritious ingredients can be tricky and every dog's needs are different. But the truth about brewer’s rice is that it's not harmful, but also not overly helpful.





#Photos: #Funny #Dogs in #Sunglasses

Funny dogs in sunglasses to brighten a rainy day
 
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Monday, 28 January 2013

#Canadian #Course #Teaches #CPR for #Dogs

CPR for canines: first aid course for dogs making Canadians better pet owners

By Stacey Gonzalez

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Residents of Vancouver, British Columbia may be better equipped to rescue your canine companion than most Canadians.
Since April 2006 DOGSAFE® in Nanimo has been training pet owners is dog emergency procedures which include CPR for canines.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

#Photos: #Funny & #Cute #Wet #Cats

Cute and funny felines soaked and wet after bath time
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The #Cat's #Purr: the mystery behing the purr

The cat's purr: the mystery behind the purr
By Stacey Gonzalez

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It’s a familiar sound to cat owners. That soft, rolling purr that a cat releases when you scratch its neck. But a purring cat isn’t always a happy cat. Many studies have been done to determine why cats purr. Most commonly we hear our feline friends purr when they are content with their happy cat lives. But the cat’s purr is much more complex than that.


Saturday, 26 January 2013

#Rat #Fact!

RAT FACT!

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Small rodents can be divided into four life stage groups according to their size and age. These life-stages are pinkies, fuzzies, jumpers or hoppers and adults. The pinkies- or pinks- age group starts at day one to about day seven. They get the name because new-born rodents are pink and hairless. Fuzzies- day seven to about day 21- are in their fuzzy hair stage which lasts until they until they open their eyes. Hoppers or jumpers are about three weeks in age and are weaned offspring. In every life-stage adult males are usually a bit larger than the females. Once in the adult life stage male and female rodents are referred to as buck's and doe's- just like deer.


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#Featured Pet of the #Week: FELIX!

January's featured pet of the week is Felix!

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#Pet #Food #Recall: #January 2013 *UPDATED*

Pet Food Recall: January 2013 UPDATED

PRESS RELEASE-SECAUCUS, N.J., Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz ® Chicken Chews™ and Hartz ® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs in the United States because they contain trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue.
 
We are taking this action after recent Hartz testing found trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue in samples of Hartz® Chicken Chews™ and Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken products. Even though two-thirds of the products we tested did not contain antibiotic residues, we would rather be overly cautious by voluntarily withdrawing these products from the market.


 

Friday, 25 January 2013

#CAT #FACT!

Photo by BillRhodesPhoto -Foter.com- CC BY-NC


#CatFact!
Patsy was Charles Lindbergh's cat and often went flying with him- but not on his famous flight of 1927.

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#Safe & #Healthy #Fruits &#Vegetables to feed your #Dog

Safe and healthy: the right fruits and veggies for your canine companion



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Although their bodies rely mostly on meat proteins there are some fruits and veggies that can boost your dog’s immune system.
It is safe for your dog's diet to contain approximately 20 per cent vegetables. Knowing the best produce to add to your dog’s diet and the proper portion size is the most important thing when considering a change in your dog’s diet. In smaller doses, all of these veggies can be served to dogs as whole foods- boiled or steamed and in some cases raw. Most whole foods are easy to digest while others can be toxic to dogs.

The most common rule is to stay away from Grapes, Raisins, Chocolate, Onions and Garlic- all of these are highly toxic to canines. Broccoli is one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables for dogs and it contains cancer-fighting enzymes. However if the pet's Broccoli intake is ten percent or more of the pet's diet, it can cause problems due to the toxic substance isothiocyanate. Excess Broccoli can cause gastrointestinal irritation but in small doses, Broccoli is very good for dogs.

 The following is a list of fruits and veggies that are safe and healthy for your dog. Most of them can be found in dry and wet dog food formula's on the market today- I have included some of those selections. These fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are important in sustaining a healthy immune system in canines. But remember- when serving cooked produce to dogs always be sure to not exceed the appropriate portions. It is also recommended to remove the skin of the fruit or vegetable. Dogs can have these treats in addition to their high quality, healthy and balanced dog food. If unsure it is always best to consult your veterinarian.

Sweet Potato is often used as a substitute starch in reduced protein dog food’s that cater to dogs with allergies. Sweet potato is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamins B5 and B6. It is also high in fiber, potassium, and magnesium. Sweet Potato is packed full of nutrition- more nutrition than regular potatoes- as well as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. If you are looking for an ingredient that is easy on the digestive system and great for sensitive stomachs then Sweet Potato may be perfect for your dog.


Carrots are high in beta carotene and can be found in most dog foods as a result. They are fine to serve to a dog boiled or steamed as long as they are unseasoned and cut into bite-sized portions. Great for the eyes and skin Carrots are rich in vitamins C, A, K and high in fiber and potassium. Rich in antioxidants they can help prevent cancer in dogs. Carrots are a low-calorie treat for dogs that is great for their teeth and canines find them delicious!


Spinach is great for dogs that suffer from inflammatory and cardiovascular problems- as well as cancer- due to the flavonoids and carotenoids it contains. It contains calcium which is great for the growth of puppies that need bone structure support and burns off more calories than adult dogs. Spinach is a nutrient-dense leafy green that is rich in fiber, potassium and vitamins K, A, and B6. It contains twice as much iron as most other leafy greens.


Asparagus is a great source of vitamin K and vitamin A. It also rich in vitamins B1, B2, C and contains folate, copper, and iron that are great for dogs. In smaller doses, Asparagus is a healthy vegetable to feed your dog but if you feed too much Asparagus its feces will turn green.



Cranberries are the most common berry used to prevent urinary tract infections in humans. They can help balanced urine by lowering the pH of the dog’s urine, therefore, making it more acidic. They DO NOT cure urinary tract infections. Cranberries are also high in antioxidants and minerals as well as vitamins A, C, B1, and B2. They are a great treat for pet and pet parents.



safe fruit and vegetables for your pet

Blueberries are great for dogs as they are rich in antioxidants. Out of all the berries, Blueberries are up there as one of the richest in antioxidants. Blueberries can also reduce tear stains in canines. They work much the same as Cranberries when it comes to overall health in dogs and can be served frozen in small portions.


Pumpkin is fun and delicious but all Halloween memories aside Pumpkin is great for your canine companion. If your dog has a sensitive stomach, diarrhea or constipation Pumpkin can help ease its pain. The fiber contained in Pumpkin absorbs water and helps ease stomach upset. It is also full of vitamin A and antioxidants. It is great for overweight pets as it helps to regulate blood sugar and boosts cardiovascular health. Pumpkin is a great low-calorie treat for your dog that will make it feel full but keep it fit!


Apples are a great source of vitamin A and C making them great for dogs overall health. Red Delicious, Northern Spy, and Ida Red apples, in particular, contain powerful antioxidants. As with most fruits and vegetables, organic is the way to go. But in the case of apples, organic produce contains one-third more antioxidants than regular apples. Most importantly Apples contain pectin, a fiber that creates short-chain fatty acids. This can help get rid of toxins in the intestinal tract, strengthen intestinal muscles and ward off dangerous bacteria.


Bananas are a great fruit to induce energy. Not only are Bananas full of natural sugars that are easy to metabolize and convert into energy but they are also very palatable to dogs. They are loaded with essential amino acids, potassium electrolytes, and minerals. Bananas contain vitamin C and vitamin B6 and can help improve heart function and maintain normal blood pressure. Peel a healthy treat for your dog today!



Cantaloupe is an excellent source of vitamin A because it is high in beta carotene- both of which promote good vision and ocular health. Cantaloupe contains vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant in dogs that can help prevent cancer. It is a good fruit to feed to dogs that have allergies and upset stomachs as it is commonly hypo-allergenic. Cantaloupe can help mend a dehydrated canine. The melon can be fed as a treat raw in small portions. Do not feed the dog any of the skin on the Cantaloupe.



Thursday, 24 January 2013

#Dog #Breed of the #Month: #JackRussellTerrier, Jan. 2013

Featured dog breed of the month is the Jack Russell Terrier

By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez



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The Jack Russell Terrier breed- also known as the Parson Jack Russell Terrier- dates back to England in the 1700s. Bred to be a pack hunter, the Jack Russell can sometimes be difficult to train in basic obedience because the dog is so busy that it can’t concentrate on you as well. But with some patience Jack Russell’s can be trained to do all kinds of tricks as the breed is extremely intelligent. That’s what makes them one of the most popular breeds in the US although it is not registered in either the United Kennel Club or the American Kennel Club.
Bred to hunt gophers, rodents and small animals that live underground, Jack Russell’s are high energy dogs that need a lot of exercises. They are able to run extremely fast and have high metabolisms able to burn off a lot of calories. The breed is very playful but can be shy with unfamiliar dogs. Oddly enough the Jack Russell Terrier is known to have an affinity for horses.

This breed of terrier is small- usually, 10-13 inches in height and the tail is docked. Their coats can be smooth, broken or rough. Often you see Jack Russell’s that are a mix of smooth and rough coats that gives them quite a bit of personality. These terriers are not prettied up for dog shows however they are quite cute in appearance.

Jack Russell Terrier dog breed information
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The breed has minimal health issues as being in good health was something it was specifically bred for. Cases of eyesight deterioration, lens luxation and patellar luxation are more common health concerns of the Jack Russell. Minor issues such as deafness, glaucoma and ataxia have been known to occur. It is important when owning a Jack Russell to make regularly scheduled eye tests.

Jack Russell Terrier’s average life span is 13-15 years. Although they may not make the best pets to be around small children and infants they do make great family pets in households with older children. They are fun, intelligent dogs that can be very affectionate. Their smarts gained them star status in Hollywood but it’s the Jack Russell’s personality that wins over dog lovers again and again.



#Ten #Best Mobile #Apps for #Pet #Owners

Going mobile: the 10 best apps for tech-savvy pet owners
By Stacey Gonzalez


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Pet care has gone mobile! With all of the new apps out there that can do anything from be a flashlight to check the best gas prices to shop for real estate it’s not surprising that the mobile world has started to cater to pet parents. In a world where we are able to buy dog food and cat toys right from our phones I have filtered through quite a few pet related apps. There games where you can own your own pet store and pet owner diary apps galore. But the following are the ten best of the pet apps out there for tech-savvy pet owners.

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#Coconut #Oil #Miracle in a Jar for #Pets

Miracle in a jar: coconut oil great from overall health of pets and humans alike
By Stacey Gonzalez

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Skin and coat can be a major concern for pet parents- especially during the winter when dogs are more prone to dry, flaky skin and dull coats. Whether you’re animal’s skin and coat issues are seasonal or all year round there are many products on the market that can help. But there is one special ingredient that can help with skin and coat care AND a wide array of other medical issues.

Virgin (unrefined) coconut oil is great for dogs- and humans- in many ways, skin and coat included. Often referred to as ‘miracle in a jar’ coconut oil contains Lauric acid, which is a medium chain fatty acid.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

#Email Me #Pet #Photos & #Questions

Email administration@pawsforreaction.com with:

-Pet photo and short bio to be my featured pet

-Pet stories; content will be posted with you as a guest writer

-Pet questions

Hope to hear from you :D


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Fifteen #Dogs #Rescued in #PalmSprings

Fifteen dogs rescued from Palm Springs home due to "deplorable conditions"
By Stacey Gonzalez
The Palm Springs Animal Shelter.
Photo via www.palmspringsca.gov
A disturbing and shocking case of animal hording was discovered Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in a house in Palm Springs, CA.

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#Internet a Fun and #Informative Tool for #Pet Owners

Pets surfin' the web: fun and innovative links for pet parents to explore

By Stacey Gonzalez



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The Internet has become super HI way of information about everything under the sun. Filtering through all the different avenues of information and finding something really worthwhile can be an exhausting ride.

I have been exploring online this week and during my travels though the hundreds of pet related sites I have come across some really interesting links.

I will share with you my favourites over time in a series of short lists. Here is a list to start with. Some of these links are packed full of useful information for pet owners. Others are just for fun and maybe even a laugh or two. Either way I hope you enjoy them and are able to use them down the road with your pets.

#Slim Down #Resolution: #Toys to Keep #Dogs & #Cats #Active

Slim down resolution: Toys to keep your pet active

By Stacey Gonzalez


Toys For Dogs:


Photo via PetValu website


Angry Birds Tuff Stuff Flyer
This interactive novelty toy is tough and durable but at the same time this toy is flexible and easy on the dog's teeth. The flyer can be thrown long distances allowing for great games of fetch. It also hovers in the air- almost floating- and forcing the dog to stretch and work its muscles to retrieve it. Made with durable ballistic-nylon and double stitched seams this flyer also doubles as a chew toy for aggressive chewers. Play a game of Angry Birds with your pet!







#Animal #Planet #launches #Puppy #Cam today

Peeking in on puppies: Animal Planet launches Puppy Cam today
By Stacey Gonzalez


Photo by bullcitydogs
Your day is about to get a whole lot cuter. Today Animal Planet launched its first Puppy Cam online. Just what you need to brighten your day- hours and hours of pure cuteness in the form of little puppies!
Animal Planet has already launched its popular Kitten Cam but Puppy Cam comes just in time for the networks popular Puppy Bowl.

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#DOG #FACT!


 
 
 
On April 29, 2007 a Jack Russell Terrier (Parsons Russell) named George saved five children at a carnival in New Zealand from being attacked by two Pit Bulls.




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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

#Slim Down #New Years #Resolution for your #Pet

Resolution for the New Year: slim down season for you and your pet
By Stacey Gonzalez


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December is the month for spoiling loved ones- even our pets- and January is recovery month. While we sinfully ate our holiday meals we may have forgot all the extra ‘treats’ our pets received from us.
 
It’s time to slim down. An estimated 25 per cent to 35 per cent of dogs and cats in North America are overweight. It is the #1 nutritional disorder in pets here in Canada. Being overweight has been known to decreases the life span of cats or dogs by two years. Here’s how the whole family can get involved with the pets weight loss plan as well as get in on the fat burning action.
 
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