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Happy B-Day, George, You Dog Lover, You!!

As we celebrate the birthday of our nation’s first president, George Washington, let us reflect not only on his achievements as Commanding General of the Continental Army and U.S. president, but his life-long association with dogs. That’s right.  You mean, you didn’t know? Well, sit back and hear the tale!  It starts with Washington, the avid hunter. You see, fox hunting was one of Washington’s great passions. (NOTE: Before you consider taking your furry friend fox hunting with you, please consult your Boca Raton pet care specialist.  She will surely have some helpful advice on the subject!)  Anyway, during his years in Virginia, Washington would ride out with his dogs to hunt foxes every week and sometimes two or three times a week. A New Nation, A New Breed of Dog As an educated farmer, Washington was well versed in animal husbandry. With the unrivaled passion he put into everything, he began to build a pack of hunting hounds. In case you haven’t read them, Washington's diaries are filled with his accounts of his dog breeding and eventually, he created a unique breed of foxhound that he called the "Virginia Hound."  Believe it or not, Washington's diary even documents the names he gave to his beloved hounds; there was “Sweet Lips”, “Venus”, and “Truelove”. These shared a kennel with “Taster”, “Tippler” and “Drunkard”, no doubt named after some of Washington’s more riotous acquaintances. Washington meets Howe’s Terrier in Battle Washington's affection for dogs is vividly illustrated in an incident that occurred during the Revolutionary War. On or around October 6, 1777, during the Battle of Germantown, when American forces were trying to contain British General William Howe's troops near Pennibecker's Mill, a small terrier was [...]

By |February 20th, 2017|Categories: Dogs, History, Holiday|0 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day, Fido!

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a big day for chocolatiers and card companies, but it can also be a memorable occasion for your furry best friend.  Granted, a romantic dinner at a favorite Mexican restaurant may not be on the dance card, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t treat your dog or cat to a truly special Valentine’s Day dinner. Make it even more fun by having your furry friend help with the preparation, fetching the olive oil from the pantry or the eggs from the fridge… okay, maybe not…   Salmon Cat Treats Fish provides your pet with necessary omega oils that will keep his coat and skin in great shape. What you’ll need: 1 lb. salmon, pureed in the blender 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup corn meal 1 T. olive oil 2 T. garlic powder   Instructions: Add all ingredients to the pureed salmon. Mix thoroughly until it’s the consistency of cookie dough. Roll with rolling pin until 1/4 inch thick. Cut out the treats with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place on non-stick cookie sheet and bake in pre-heated oven at 250F for 30 minutes or until the dog treats are golden brown. Tip: These salmon dog treats can be frozen.   Valentine Liver Nibbles Nothing says “Be my Valentine” like a blender full of raw beef liver! Okay, your significant other might disagree, but your pampered pooch certainly won’t. What you’ll need: 1 lb beef liver or chicken liver 3 medium eggs 1/4 cup canola or other vegetable oil 2 cups instant oats 1 Tbsp applesauce (optional) 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional) 3 Tbsp powdered kelp Filtered water sufficient to make a batter Instructions: Process the liver in a blender [...]

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: Dogs, Feeding, Holiday|0 Comments

Pain Management in Elderly Pets

Modern medicine can be both a blessing and a curse.  A blessing when it enables us to live longer, a curse when our quality of life is so diminished that a longer life can be a long, difficult road to travel. While we’re living longer, so are our pets, and there are a myriad number of reasons for this. People are spending more on their furry friends In 2016, Americans spent $62 billion on their pets and they’re on track to spend more than $64.5 billion this year, according to the American Pet Product Association. Americans spent a total of $23.04 billion on pet food, $14.39 billion on supplies/OTC medicine, $15.73 billion on vet care, $2.19 billion on live animal purchases and $5.24 billion on pet services like grooming and boarding. Obviously, we need to toss out the old “rule of thumb” that one year in a human’s life equals 7 in a pet’s.  Some pets, depending on their size and breed, are living nearly ten years for every one human year.  As you can imagine, while the dollars spent and care given to today’s pets, in the form of better living conditions, better nutrition, and better preventative medicines all contribute to this longer life span, the octogenarian dog’s long life is largely due to the veterinary care that is now available.  In fact, the animal kingdom has benefitted from advancements that we humans can still only dream about… such as a cancer vaccine!  Laparoscopic surgery, laser surgery… even acupuncture are now common veterinary practices, all but eliminating, in the case of a surgical procedure, a treatment that used to be quite invasive… and dangerous. Unfortunately, a longer life is often accompanied by long-term pain [...]

By |February 6th, 2017|Categories: Cats, Dogs, Senior Care|0 Comments