Pig Ears for Dogs

Pig ears are often used as treats for pets. Although they are a tasty snack, pig ears can lead to several problems for dogs that you should be aware of. Pig ears when dried are a crunchy treat for a dog and they can also remove food residue and plaque from a dog’s teeth.

Pig ears have a high percentage of fat which can lead to obesity if the treats are administered in excess over a long period of time. Dogs need a healthy amount of fat in their diet (up to 20% of their daily diet), because the fat gets deposited and will be used when the dog requires extra energy. However, if there is excess fat, the dog will become obese and its body will in turn use only some of the fat deposits, leaving the dog with a surplus of unhealthy fat. An overweight dog may be prone to diabetes, heart disease or premature death. In addition, the excess fat can cause pancreas irritation or pancreatitis leading to severe abdominal pain.

Another disadvantage of pig ears is the fact that some dogs with more sensitive stomachs cannot tolerate pig ears and this may lead to vomiting or diarrhea. In addition, if not chewed properly, the pig ears may cause choking or intestinal obstruction.

Pig ears sometimes are infected with Salmonella bacteria which can cause gastrointestinal infection. The infection becomes evident by the onset of abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. Make sure the pig ears are from a company or source you can trust. Typically, pig ears require heat treatment for half a day to be sure that all potential bacteria is eliminated.

Salmonella infection is a disease that can be transmitted from dogs or pigs to humans, so you need to be careful when handling a dog’s feces. Also, be sure to wash your hands after handling the pig ears, as you can contract the bacteria just from touching the infected pig ears.

Pig ears are sold in most pet stores, or as an alternative, you can buy pig ears from a butcher and prepare the treats yourself. If you choose to buy the pig ears raw you’ll need to boil them for one hour and then smoke them for up to six hours. Not an easy task unless you have your own smoker equipment.

Giving your dog pig ears can be a great way of rewarding it for obeying your commands, but you need to make sure these treats are not infected with Salmonella bacteria and that your dog can tolerate the treats. Please consider the possibility that pig ears can be dangerous to your pet and make your decision based upon these facts.

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Walk Your Dog Each Day and You Will Be Rewarded For Your Efforts in Ways You May Not Be Aware

While walking your dog you are doing more than exercising. It’s also a very important part of training and socializing for your dog. Dogs are mentally much more healthy if they are walked regularly especially if they are allowed to run off of a leash.
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Our guest blogger Tracie Hotchner recently received this email and pictures from one of her listeners, Frank Maresco of New Windsor, NY.

Hi Tracie,

My wife and I and our 7 month old Australian Cattle dog Buster and 3 cats Simon, Bosco and Tess have benefitted tremendously since listening to your show and switching to Halo. Thank you very much! Here are some pictures of Buster and Simon hanging out; it isn’t usually that peaceful.

The cat with Buster our Australian Cattle Dog is Simon who we adopted in January 2007. We just recently switched over to Halo for Buster our dog and our cats. Right now the biggest benefit I see is that all of them wipe out the food when we put it down. Before Halo Buster the dog would leave food in the bowl, not now with HALO.

We give him a mixture of dry and wet and it’s gone in a minute. The cats also gravitate towards the Halo; we are currently weaning them off the other brand but they go straight for the HALO.

Frank Maresco

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Oils and Less Allergens in the Diet Can Help With Inflamed Skin, and a Dry, Itchy Coat.

      Some dogs that eat dry food can suffer from a flaky, dry, dull, coat. That skin is not the healthiest it could be. Skin that is dry and flaky or greasy can be prone to yeast infections, mite infections, and bacterial infections like staph. It is also important to find out which “bug” or parasite is causing skin problems. After years and thousands of cases passed through my hospital,I started asking,”Why does the skin of some pets allow these continual infections?”

I have found that many skin and ear problems respond to a better diet free of allergens, a bit more healthy fat, and more omega oils.Allergies cause inflamed skin which can’t fight off invaders like healthy skin can. Vets will use ketoconazole for yeast and cephalexin or clavamox type drugs for continual infections by yeast or bacteria. If a better diet is fed, in most cases, the need for continual treatment may be less or not needed at all. Dietary changes may be as simple as avoiding wheat filled treats, changing to a better dry or canned food, or feeding a raw food, or a homemade food.

    With any of those diet choices,  ingredients have to be considered. I just talked with some pet owners yesterday that thought that a beef based “raw diet” caused blood in the stool, and that is was something in the “rawness” that was bad. Remember, dogs that are fed kibble their whole life may need to transition to a different diet slowly. If you ate “cheerios” your whole life and were fed beef and beef fat all of a sudden, I guarantee that there would be some indigestion, and possibly diarrhea.Perhaps, since the raw food was a beef mix, their dog may have been allergic or sensitive to the beef, causing blood in the stool.

By the way, small purebred dogs often come into the clinic with blood in the stool after eating commercial, wheat filled treats or chews. Colitis, or Blood in the stool can be caused by allergies( Of course, parasites,worms, and parvo virus can also cause bloody stools. Don’t hesitate to get a checkup if your pet has the symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, or a bloody stool)

So I have found that the ingredients are the most important thing to consider with an allergic dog. I usually recommend going to your local pet store and asking which brands in your area help dogs with allergies. My local pet store sells “Taste of the Wild” salmon and sweet potato, “Natural Balance” limited diets, Merricks canned foods, and orijen for allergic dogs or for people that want to feed a better diet. Less allergens and more healthy oils will help your dog feel it’s best…whether you feed a better commercial food, add healthy ingredients, or home cook using my recipes in “Feed Your Vet to Avoid the Vet”, or those of Karen Becker DVM, Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats or Nutritionist Lew Olson,Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs. I read them both! The main difference is my recipes are easier due to slow cooking and I talk more about allergies. Both the other books talk more about rotating and feeding raw ingredients.

An allergic dog,needs few ingredients in commercial food or homemade food so that you can find out what works for your pet! In “Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet” I teach pet owners to slow cook for their dogs and cats.In Dog Dish Diet I explain how to change commercial food, add human food, or slow cook food to help with medical issues.

An easy way to add healthy oils is to give canned sardines twice weekly,eggs twice weekly, olive or canola oil on the food twice weekly, and a piece of cooked or raw chicken a couple times a week(That’s what I do!)  Fish and eggs are two  of the healthiest ingredients you can give your pet!

Many people write to say that their vet really didn’t know what other nutritional options there were. Why don’t most vets talk about this stuff? That’s because we weren’t taught nutrition…just kibble-ology.Many nutritional books tell you to visit your vet for advice about the diet. Many vets admit to not knowing much about nutrition other than advising which prescription diet to feed. Don’t blame your vet! It’s how we were educated! I had to relearn nutrition from the animals point of view. What do we feed our domesticated predators with their allergies to help them feel their best!

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dogdishdiet.com is 38th of one hundred on the list for pet blogs to follow in 2013. Check out the other blogs. I don’t really know how my blog was nominated or judged. Maybe there was only 100 judged! However, it made me realize that I haven’t been blogging as much as I should, and to try and produce a weekly blog.A little pressure is good!

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Aww of the Day: Cop Stops Highway Traffic to Save Dog

Cujo, a Miniature Rat Terrier with a bad hip, ran away from home one morning several days ago in La Porte, Texas. One of his owners, Jeremy Zapalac, quickly organized a search party. It started raining. Things were getting critical.  

“He hates water,” Jeremy later told KHOU 11 News

He also said the tiny dog is named Cujo because “he’s a monster, frankly,” and that he’s “a Napoleon type of dog. He’s very short, with a very big ego.” 

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In any case, Cujo was out in the rain. Where, nobody knew. Until Police Officer Kyle Jones spotted Cujo huddled in the cold on the well-trafficked Spencer Highway, hatching a plan. Cujo, it seemed, was going to cross the road. 

"He’s not going to make it if I don’t do something," Jones said of the tiny dog. "When I saw [the dog] and saw the size of it, I immediately hit my lights and shut all the lanes off."

Yep, a cop shut down a highway to save the shivering little dog, who hates water. After he did that, the rest of the rescue operation was all on Cujo. Jones was worried the dog would scamper away. 

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"You know how Chihuahuas [sic] are. You're not really sure if you can trust 'em or not," the officer said, laughing. "But he kind of looked at me and said, 'Man, I'm glad you're here.' He let me pick him right up. Stuck him in the back seat of the patrol car."

Cujo had tags, so he was quickly back in the arms of Jeremy Zapalac.

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"I was just happy to have him back," Jeremy said. "He was all wet, he was soaked. We got him in, wrapped him up, dried him off, and he just slept in his bed all day." 

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Which might have been the end of this story, had not a passing motorist -- well, one of the stopped motorists -- pulled out a camera and snapped a photo of the cop sweet-talking Cujo over to his car. She posted the the photo to Reddit, along with the line "This police officer stopped traffic, in the rain, to save this wet and limping little dog. Faith in humanity.... Restored," and the Internet took it from there.  

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Why Dogs are Better than Boyfriends. :)

Two of my favorite forces- The Honest Kitchen and Lili Chin from Doggie Drawings- teamed up for this awesome little V-Day nugget. Enjoy!

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Guest Post: Keeping Your Other Kids Safe in the Car: Dog

Would you ever think that your dog could drive a car? Apparently in New Zealand, dogs are doing just that. The country’s SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has created a program that teaches canines simple movements through voice commands that allow them to start, accelerate and steer a vehicle. The purpose is to give potential parents extra incentive to follow through with an adoption. See the ITN News story on the video below for a jaw dropping good time for the whole family. Yes, it’s really doggies driving cars.

Do you take measures to keep your “other kids” safe when driving or are you guilty of letting them roam free? It’s important to keep your pooch just as safe as you keep yourself and your kids. Whether you’re in the market for a new car or just need some advice for your current one, there are a few things to think about when loading your precious cargo.

The Right Ride

Whether you are an adopted mom to a couple of Teacup Chihuahuas, a Border Collie or two Great Danes (Oh my!), the type of car you have will determine the ease of the road trip, visit to the park or even the daily simple trip to the store. If you always take your little guy/s with you, consider an SUV with a durable interior. The Toyota FJ Cruiser is not only cute as could be but it’s perfect for the adventurous dog lover. With a 260-hp V6 engine, great ground clearance, swing out back door and rubber flooring for easy spray down, it’s perfect for the whole outdoorsy family from the ground up.

An option to consider if you want a few additional features than the FJ would be one of the Hondas at Jean Knows Cars. Specifically the Honda Pilot when it comes to a dog-friendly vehicle. Its boxy design gives ample space to store cargo, dog crates and people. The navigation has recently been updated, which comes in handy for us single moms trying to find our way. Jean Jennings, Editor-in-Chief of Automobile Magazine, offers a unique perspective in an otherwise male-dominated industry. Her website gives insight and inspiration to women of all ages that we, too, can find our way through research and knowledge.

Taking Doggie From Here to There

While it provides us much joy to watch our dogs loving life as their heads poke out the window, snouts sniff the breeze and hair blow in the wind, it is also putting them in danger if not held with a harness and tether. A safety system doesn’t restrain them to the point that it’s uncomfortable. It gives them freedom to lay down, stand up and move around. It also protects them from injuring (or scaring) themselves when falling to the floor during an unexpected stop. Either a harness system or a crate should be holding your dog when riding in the car at all times. It is a member of the family and everyone should be safe and sound under your watch.

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