Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Salmonella Warning On Rollover Pork Tenders Dog Treat

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Rollover Premium Pet Food Ltd. are warning consumers not to purchase or use the Rollover Pork Tenders Premium Dog Treat described below. This product may be contaminated with the bacteria responsible for salmonellosis in humans.
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Feeding Healthy Oils like Coconut Oil May Help With Pet’s Medical Problems

Healthy oils and fats added to your pets’ diet often make them look and feel better. One oil that is gaining popularity in human and veterinary medicine is coconut oil. I just bought a 14 oz jar of Organic Coconut oil for myself and my pets from Trader Joes.  I started with one teaspoon for myself, and one half teaspoon to my four footed ten pounders and a whole teaspoon for my sixty pound lab several times per week. Remember to start with a small amount of any fat to make sure pets can tolerate it. (Especially pets with sensitive guts or pancreatitis!!)

Coconut oil may help the body fight off viruses, bacteria, and yeast (great for animals with skin issues). It may also help the thyroid gland and pancreas work better That would be helpful for many dogs with low thyroid problems or diabetes. Daily coconut oil may also encourage weight loss by improving thyroid function and helping burn fat. The type of fat in coconut oil, Medium Chain Triglycerides, cause the more efficient burning of fat. Both of these qualities may help with weight loss! Of course reducing the amount you feed, decreasing treats, and increasing exercise are all important! I have had 2-3 clients try coconut oil and report positive results with their pets’ chronic skin problems. The oil helps fight infection and make the coat softer and skin healthier! The research studies and feedback convinced me to try it on myself and my pets!

Why would you have to add healthy oils to dog food anyway? If all commercial pet foods are “complete and balanced”, why do we have to add anything? Some dogs need different ingredients for better health and lots of dogs need more oils to help their skin and hair coat! All you have to do is look at all the dogs with a dull hair coat or flaky skin to realize there’s something missing in the diet. Some dogs have a great coat, even eating the cheapest commercial food, but others have a dull, dry coat even when eating an expensive food!   Experience has taught me that all animals are unique individuals with different needs.  Some may feel and look better eating a hypoallergenic diet. (One free of common allergens in the diet like wheat, barley, beef, or chicken). Others may need fewer carbohydrates because they gain weight easily. Dogs sporting a dry flaky coat and frequent skin problems may need different foods (hypoallergenic, raw, home cooked) and healthier oils added to the diet.

I’ve seen clients change their pet’s diet only to ruin it all by feeding grain filled biscuits, treats, chews, or other foods that are extremely allergenic. The wheat, barley, chemicals, or other meat proteins in the toxic treats may negate all the good effects of the rest of the diet. It would seem that the better ingredients did not help, when in reality, the treats lovingly given, caused continued medical problems! You would not believe how many skin problems, ear problems, and bowel problems are caused by toxic treats. There are healthy treats, but unhealthy ones are far more common!

Greg Martinez DVM is the author of two books on feeding pets better ingredients to help with chronic medical issues , “Dog Dish Diet” and “Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet”

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Nice Tick photos

Check out these Tick images:

Deer Tick

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Deer Tick @ Royale, Boston SOLD OUT

Deer Tick

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Deer Tick @ Royale, Boston SOLD OUT

Deer Tick

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Deer Tick @ Royale, Boston SOLD OUT

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The Daily Treat Takes A Road Trip

The Daily Treat has hit the road for a little vacay, but will be back in action with the latest and greatest in creature culture in short order!

Happy Tails & Happy Trails

-Janet McCulley, Kiki, Zazou & The Schmoo

Dogs in Vintage 1956 T-bird

The Daily Treat Summer Road Trip


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Look Carefully or You’ll Miss Out By Emily Van rijn {Guest Article}

Contact Emily Van rijn Look Carefully or You’ll Miss Out by Emily Van rijn 5/11/2013 / Holidays While we were enjoying our holiday in Holland, we spent one day visiting two interesting places. The first place was called ‘De Orchideen Hoeve’ which was an amazing tropical paradise with beautiful gardens. There was a Tropical Garden…

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Momoiro Clover Z – Mite Mite ☆ Kochicchi

I love Pokémon~ But I don’t like the song very much… Momoiro Clover’s 8th single. Tracklist: 1. Otome Sensou 2. PUSH 3. Mite Mite ☆ Kochicchi 4. Otome Sens… Bee populations are dramatically diminishing. One of the main causes is the Varroa Mite. This video from a segment of 60 Minutes …

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The World of Jesus by Dr.William H. Marty {Book Review}

The World of Jesus by William H. Marty My rating: 4 of 5 stars When I first read, “The World of Jesus”, I wasn’t sure what to expect, after all, if we read the Bible, wouldn’t we already know His world, but as I begin the journey through the book, I was impressed, how this…

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Grooming Your Golden Retriever

Grooming your Golden Retriever is a never ending process. The entire process should be down once or twice a week, and will take you around a ½ an hour of time. Brushing your dog while he is shedding will help to control shedding quite a bit. While outside, if your Golden Retriever manages to get burs or other defects in his hair, you should instantly take a few moments of your time and get the burs or other matter out of his coat.

When you groom your pet, you should always start with a good brushing. Brush his entire body, then once you have finished brushing you can switch to a comb to get out any loose hair that remains in the coat. While you are getting out the hair, you can also inspect your pet for ticks, fleas, and other types of skin ailments. If you wish, you can also check his ears and trim his nails as well.

Bathing your Golden is essential to grooming, and can be somewhat complicated. Before you attempt to give him a bath, you should always brush him first, to get rid of tangles. During shampooing, you should always use shampoos that are specifically for dogs, since human shampoo can dry a dog’s skin out. You don’t need to bathe your dog often, once every other week is good enough. If you properly maintain your Golden’s coat, you’ll find it’s much easier to clean.

To prevent matting, which is very common with Golden Retrievers, you should always make sure that you brush your pet on a daily basis. Metal combs and brushes work extremely well, and will help you to get a great deal of the hair out. Although some people choose to use scissors and cut the mats, you can easily injure your Golden if he happens to move or jerk. Scissors aren’t recommended, as brushing and proper bathing will help to prevent matting of the hair better than anything else.

When you cut your dogs nails, you should trim them a great deal, all the while avoiding going down into the quick. You should never let your Golden’s nails get too long, as long nails can easily take the shape of the dog’s foot, resulting in a splay. Therefore, you should always check your Golden Retriever’s nails and trim them every few weeks. If you trim them just right, you’ll have at least 2 weeks before they need to be trimmed again. If you do happen to trim the nails past the quick, bleeding will occur. To stop the bleeding, always keep some styptic powder on hand to make sure that you are prepared if you do make a mistake.

With other types of grooming, you should also make sure that you clean your Golden’s ears as well. They can get ear infections quite easily, if you don’t clean their ears on a regular basis. To get the best results and protect your pet from ear infections, you should clean his ears once a week using a quality cleansing solution. This way, you can rest assured that your Golden has healthy ears.

Grooming is an essential aspect to the health of every Golden Retriever. All it takes is a little bit of time from your day to groom your pet and keep him healthy. If you don’t have the time to groom your Golden, you can always take him to a professional. Whether you do it yourself or take your Golden to a pro – grooming is something that simply must be done.
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Flea Market

A few nice Flea images I found:

Flea Market

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We went to the flea market again today. I found some nice frames for my cyanotypes. The Ektar’s colors are really great!

Kiev 60
Sonnar 180 mm
Kodak Ektar @ 100 ISO
Tetenal C-41 Kit
16.5 minutes / 23 degrees
Agitation: first 30 seconds then one inverson per 30 seconds

Flea Market

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Took Riley top the flea market on Sunday…

Flea Flea Flea Flea!!

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I felt a bit guilty for taking so many John Frusciante pics, so here is one of Flea and Chad.

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How to Clean Your Dog’s Teeth

As a responsible dog owner you need to know how to clean your dog’s teeth properly.

Dogs, like humans, have the problem of plaque forming on their teeth. The thin film it produces is a combination of food particles, bacteria and minerals present in the dog’s saliva. Plaque should be removed by brushing a dog’s teeth; or as an alternative, giving your dog chew toys or chew treats.

If you fail to remove the plaque with regular brushing it will form tartar on the teeth, which leads to tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Plaque can be removed with regular tooth brushing at least once every couple of days. Plaque can convert to tartar in as little as three days if you don’t remove it, and then it can’t be removed by regular teeth brushing.

To clean your dog’s teeth, you’ll need a pet tooth brush with soft bristles and special pet toothpaste available at most pet stores. Don’t use toothpaste for humans because it will cause an upset stomach in your dog.

Pet toothpastes usually have a meaty flavor, so your dog should like the taste. The first time you undertake brushing your dog’s teeth, let it lick the toothpaste off your finger. Then put some on your dog’s teeth and rub it onto the teeth with your finger. Then start brushing, using gentle back and forth strokes.

You’ll need to clean each tooth to ensure that the plaque is completely removed. If your dog has a difficult time getting used to having its teeth brushed, you can clean only its front teeth and gradually include the back teeth.

Dog chew treats are good scraping agents and help remove the plaque from a dog’s teeth. Substitute your usual dog treats with dental chew treats which have a hard surface that helps clean the teeth.

Plaque can also be removed by giving your dog chew toys. If the toys have a tough texture they’ll remove the plaque. An inexpensive alternative to a chew toy from a pet store is to give your dog a rope or tennis ball to chew on. Just be sure that when buying chew toys you don’t select one that is too hard or your dog could fracture its teeth.

If you can afford the cost, it’s a very good idea to have a regular professional dental cleaning performed by your vet at least once per year. The vet will anesthetize your dog and remove the calculus and plaque deposits.

Many studies have shown that dogs fed kibble food have healthier teeth than ones that eat canned food exclusively. Dry kibble food helps remove plaque. If your dog needs to be on a diet of soft canned dog food, you can supplement this with some dry chew treats which will provide the same benefit as kibble and you’ll find that you need to clean your dog’s teeth a lot less.

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