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T. Dog, Editor
trying to get into that holiday spirit you Humans are
always talking about, but I still have a few bugs to
work out. I hope you'll bear with me.
In this issue, I'll discuss holiday safety tips, safe gifts your dog will love,
how to improve dog health and save money, and so much
more. That is, I'll discuss it if I can get this ho ho
ho hat on the right way. Do you people back into
In case you don't know, I'm Chiclet T. Dog, the petite
half of the team that wrote Scared Poopless:
The Straight Scoop on Dog Care, national
Winner of the
Ben Franklin Award
for the Best Health Book
of any kind and Winner, USABookNews Best
Pet Health Book. My Mom and co-author, Jan Rasmusen, and I
crusade to save canine
lives and we give our royalties to animal causes.
Learn more about us, read articles, watch videos and listen to audios
Note: this is an updated and expanded version of a holiday newsletter
I wrote several years ago. I tried to write a new one,
but hey, you Humans forget what you read almost
immediately anyway. I'm told that repetition helps your
species remember things. We'll see.
There's More than HO
HO HO to the Holidays! BEWARE!
holiday season is one of the most dangerous of
the year, especially if you’re a dog. Here are some tips
to help your sweet dog make it through the season safe,
happy and sound.
a party? Remember
that we dogs are not afflicted by the embarrassingly
poor hearing of your species--so please, keep that music
down to a roar! We’re also not into being cuddled,
stepped on, pushed aside or thumped on the head by
endless throngs of strangers. In fact, if one more
stranger wants to pick me up and tell me how cute I am, well, I
think I’ll squeal. (Wait. The cute part is fine.
Can't fault a person for good taste.)
Don’t get me wrong: I’m the first to appreciate a
quick meet and greet, but after that, I prefer my own
space and a few precious drops of Bach’s Rescue Remedy
flower essence (from your health food store) rubbed on my
gums and ears. Better yet, check out Stress Stopper, a
"flower remedy" developed for animals by renowned holistic
veterinarian Dr. Jean Hofve. Find her products at
you’ve got your lifetime supply of
leftovers from holiday
meals and your dog has
very generously offered to help you dispose of them.
Beware cooked meat and turkey bones, which can splinter and make
very expensive Swiss chess out of our innards. And beware the dreaded
turkey overdose lest you want to see your dog constantly
bolting to the potty area (and maybe not making it). If your dog already has the
runs, try feeding some unsweetened cooked pumpkin or
baked yam until the problem works itself out—so to
speak. If the problem doesn’t clear up pretty quickly,
tell your vet. By the way, those yummy orange foods work
well for constipation, too, and are a good and yummy
addition to our diet and to boring white whiskers. (Just
don't overdo the yams; they're really fattening.)
a good look at the
you're giving us for our holiday enjoyment. Before
deciding on any chew, biscuit or toy, investigate claims
and ingredients and consider the results on our
allergies and waistlines. Most importantly, monitor chewing. A chunk
from a chewie or toy can lodge in our intestines and
require expensive surgery. This is a common problem
with rawhide chewies which, by the way, our Mom does not
allow in our house. Not only can rawhide clog up the gut,
rawhide is too often cured with bleach and toxic
chemicals and, of course, and is soooo fattening.
Are pigs’ hooves better? Hardly. They can break our
teeth and give us dangerous, very painful toothaches
hidden deep inside our mouths.
in the house for the holidays? Check the links at
www.dogs4dogs.com/links.html to make sure they’re
is especially toxic.
your doggy helps you put away package wrapping
material, or take tinsel
off trees, make sure he or she doesn’t swallow it. If
you happen to see a ribbon or piece of yarn hanging out
of our bods fore or aft, for heavens sakes, don’t pull it! Call your vet immediately and ask for
some bread? Even a little
bit of bread dough, gobbled up by one of my kind, can
prove dangerous. Very dangerous.
thousands of dogs go missing
during holidays. Doors are left ajar by
visitors. In the hurry, hurry of the day, car restraints
aren’t employed and dogs bound through open automobile
doors. While you shop and return gifts, dogs left in
cars are stolen (becoming a free gift for some
stranger). Fun and convenience takes precedence over
***If you haven’t already done so, get us a cool
tattoo (from your vet, not the tattoo parlor) or a
microchip. Already got a chip? Did you know that not
all chips are readable by all scanners? In fact, the
scanners at your local shelters may or may not be able
to even detect it, let alone read it. Better call and do
NOW before your dog is lost and
you learn too late that the chip you’re relying on is
unreadable. How could Humans do anything so dumb?
Money, honey. Grrrrrrrrrr. Find your local shelters at
Note: if your vet gives
choice between a tattoo and a chip, get the tattoo (but
not on the ear).
Chips can migrate from the insertion area and there's a
very small amount of evidence that they can cause
tumors. But don't worry if your dog is already chipped.
The danger is very small says my friend, world-famous
cancer vet Greg Ogilvie.
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playing with your dog. Wait! There IS one justifiable exception: when
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Here are some more gift suggestions:Here
are some gifts we like:
have been shown to be safer than collars, especially
for dogs with back or neck problems, but also for
dogs with certain eye problems—especially glaucoma.
Make sure the harness fits correctly, is comfortable and
strong, and that your slippery dog can’t slip out.
Canine Genius toys
are great for relieving boredom. You fill them with
treats which your dog tries to get out. One caveat:
this is not for dogs with a low tolerance for
frustration, and it’s important that you fill them
with low-cal, healthy treats that don’t require
refrigeration—like dried organic liver, dried
human-quality chicken, etc.
are great for older and arthritic pets. We
particular like those by Pet Gear.
for also great for older and arthritic pets, as well
as dogs in cold climates. Just make sure you can
regulate the temperature, that your dog can get off
it if he likes and that power
cords, if any, are protected from chewers.
Safe car seats
that actually protect during accidents make
wonderful gifts. Most car seats seem to be designed
to amuse dogs, rather than protect them. (Trust me,
broken bones don't amuse us long term.) When you
buy, ask yourself: will this seat protect my dogs
during a major crash or rollover? If not, don’t buy
it. The false confidence they buy is dangerous. Buy
a safe, comfortable seat belt/harness system
for large dogs and a soft-sided size
appropriate crate for small to medium dogs.
Comfortable purse-type carriers
are great for
purse-sized dogs who love to go everywhere with you.
Three caveats: 1) Pretend you’re a dog and imagine
if you’d really be happy inside; 2) make sure your
dog isn't banged around when you're in
a crowd, and 3) let your dog
out frequently to actually walk. To keep our girlish
figures (or hunky) bods, we need our exercise just like you do.
Programmable tags and
may save your dog’s life if he goes on holiday
Are you a working
parent? How about
a fun day (and a promise for more)
at doggy day care or with a dog walker?
Or take up a sport like agility with your dog. Just be sure to check
out the facility/walker first. Check references!
Humans aren't always what they seem.
Margo Roman's "Dr DoMore" DVD
is an amazing video of interviews with the top
nationally-renowned vets and veterinary authors Richard
Pitcairn, Ron Schultz, Jean Dodds, Richard Ford,
Allen Schoen, Marty Goldstein, Stephen Blake and
talking about changes we must make in dog care. ALL
PROCEEDS go to Dr. Roman's Center for Integrative
Veterinary Health to produce more educational DVD's
for pet parents and vets. This 35 minute video is
heartwarming, educational and moving. Buy it from
my shopping cart and we'll send Dr. Roman all
the proceeds. Your purchase is tax deductible. If
you'd like a bunch of these for gifts,
write us for discounts.
The best gift
More time with
Do you have $5 - $10 to change the life of every dog in
Every dog charity in the country needs funds now.
I are big supporters of the Rabies Challenge Fund. The
rabies vaccine, currently required every one to three
years depending on where you live, is arguably the most dangerous vaccines dogs and
cats get. (My boyfriend Jiggy
suffers from autoimmune liver disease because of this vaccine;
countless others have even died.)
A nonprofit group of volunteer scientists is running concurrent studies to
prove first that the vaccine lasts at least five years, and then
at least seven years, and that we can vaccinate less
often and still protect dogs and Humans. If you can
donate anything, even $5, please do. We have to make sure this
work continues. This is a tax deductible donation to a
Learn more about rabies
vaccination safety, and the Fund, at
Truth4Dogs.org. Find a donation link there, or make
a tax deductible contribution directly by clicking
wants to add 9% to vet bills. Nine percent!!!! Please make your feelings
known in this super easy way by
e-mailing your legislators.
Looking for a low-cost
for our clinic, at a soon-to-be-announced date in
If you're relatively new to
holistic care, you might want to listen to Mom's
free audio interview. She was interviewed by
Val Heart, a specialist in the Human/Animal Body Mind
connection, an animal behavior specialist and empathic
healer. They talked about
nutrition, vaccination, major medical problems and a lot
more. To listen,
Okay, that's it. I've had my say and feel much better now.
Mom and I, and my boyfriend Jiggy, wish you the happiest holiday season
ever ... and lots of puppy love.
Love and licks,
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