Posted On: 11-25-2013
With Thanksgiving this week and Christmas coming too, we thought it would be good to give a quick review of foods to avoid giving your dog. While some of these foods may cause only mild digestive issues, others can cause severe illness. But better safe than sorry when it comes to your four-legged family member!
- Alcoholic Beverages – When dogs consume alcohol, they can become intoxicated just like humans. But because of their higher metabolism and lower body weight, a little alcohol will have far greater effects than in humans.
- Chocolate – The darker the chocolate, the deadlier it is for dogs. Baking chocolate is the most lethal, and only 0.1 oz per pound of body weight is needed to kill a dog.
- Bones – Because they can splinter and may get lodged in a dog’s throat, you should avoid giving chicken and pork bones to dogs.
- Fruit Pits and Seeds – Apple seeds, cherry pits, peach pits, and plum pits contain the toxin cyanide which can cause vomiting, heavy breathing, apnea tachycardia, cardiac arrhythmias, coma, skin irritation.
- Grapes and Raisins – Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause damage to the kidneys and may result in kidney failure.
- Avocados – Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark may contain the toxin persin which may cause an upset stomach. Eating the pit, however, can cause obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract, which is a serious problem.
- Macadamia Nuts - While eating macadamia nuts may not be fatal in dogs, in can cause symptoms that will be very uncomfortable such as weakness of the rear legs, pain, tremors and a low grade fever.
- Onions and Garlic – Onions and close members of the onion family (shallots, garlic, scallions, etc.) contain compounds that can damage dogs’ red blood cells. While serious problems probably won’t occur if ingested raw and small amounts, concentrated forms (onion soup mix, garlic powder, etc.) may cause toxicosis.
- Xylitol - This non-caloric sweetener that is used sugar-free baked goods and sugar-free gum can lead to rapid and severe drop in blood sugar levels which can lead to disorientation, seizures, or even liver failure.
- Caffeinated Items – When ingested, caffeine can cause damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys, and central nervous system.
Posted On: 11-11-2013
This coming weekend, the World Pet Association, presenter of America’s Family Pet Expo, will be host a new type of pet-centered event in the Chicago area. The Aquatic Experience will be the first show in pet industry history to combine everything aquatic under one roof!
- 48,000 Sq Ft of Exhibit Space and Displays
- Family Fun with Live Shark Encounter and Kid’s Aquarium Contest
Learn Fish Keeping From the Experts
- Aquatic Ecologist Zeb Hogan, Host of National Geographic’s hit show Monster Fish
- Dry Goods Raffle
- Seminar speakers: Jake Adams – Heiko Bleher – Eric Bodrock – Charles Delbeek – Laif DeMason – Patrick Donston – Bob Fenner – Sanjay Joshi – Oliver Knott – Rene Kruter – Oliver Lucanus – Joel Olenik – Richard Ross – Julian Sprung – Rusty Wessel
If know of someone in the Chicago area, please let them know. And if you are an aquatic enthusiast, feel free to follow the progress of the show on the Aquatic Experience Facebook page!
Posted On: 10-28-2013
If you are a lover of animals scaly and slithery, or even if you’re not, you will find that reptiles are remarkable animals (as are all animals) with some incredible abilities to help them in the wild. Below are a few fun facts from America’s Family Pet Expo that show just how incredible they are.
- A frog will actually use its eyes to help swallow its food. Its eyeballs get pushed downward which squeezes the food inside its mouth down the back of its throat.
- Did you know that geckos lick their eyeballs? They do this because they do not have eyelids and this keeps their eyes from drying out!
- In the wild, a green iguana may leap from a tree into a river several stories below to escape predators. In the water, it can hold its breath for a half hour!
- A chameleon’s tongue is actually longer than its entire body!
- The shell of a turtle is made up of 60 different bones all connected together and offers protection from predators.
- In the wild, Bearded Dragons will often stand up on their hind legs to run from danger.
- With their native habitat being the desert, bearded dragons are able excrete ‘dry’ urine to conserve fluids.
- After shedding, leopard geckos actually eat their own skin so that potential predators aren’t alerted to their presence.