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My dog ate chocolate, what do I do?

“Can he have grapes” -No

“What about avocados”- No

“Can he have some cheese”- I mean sure, but he’ll be gassy don’t give him a lot

At my house, dinner time usually means the dogs getting snuck food under the table.  Personally, I don’t like people other than me feeding my dogs human food, and not because my dogs aren’t allowed food off the table (they’re not but sometimes they can be so darn cute) but because I am always wary of what someone might give them.  In my house, a lot of our foods contain garlic, avocados, onions, and dairy products.  That means if someone isn’t well versed in what a dog can and can not eat, chances are they’re going to feed my dogs something that they should not be having.  But what should you do if your dog gets into the chocolate cabinet?

Riley asking for food

First things first, don’t panic.  While it tends to be our first reaction, raising panic is usually the most counterproductive thing we can do.  If you suspect that your dog ate something he shouldn’t have,  take note of how much of it they ate.  If your dog had a piece of chocolate, how big was that piece? What kind of chocolate was it?  These are important things to note as it would affect how your dog reacts to the food.

The next thing to do would be to either contact your veterinarian, or you can call an animal poison control center.  The number for the ASPCA animal poison control center is (888) 426-4435.  Most of the time, your pet’s consumption of toxic foods are harmless.  Depending on the amount eaten, your veterinarian or a specialist with animal poison control may recommend that you monitor your dog for any strange behaviors or symptoms. In small amounts most of the foods that your dogs shouldn’t eat won’t do any more than just cause your dog to have some extra gas.  With more toxic foods like chocolate, your dog can experience some vomiting or diarrhea.  Other dogs may become lethargic or get a fever because their body is trying to rid the toxin.  In some cases, if the food was ingested less than an hour ago, the vet may recommend you bring your dog in and induce vomiting, use activated charcoal to remove the toxin, or in some more extreme cases provide supplemental treatments.

I’m going to reiterate, as with anything that happens with your pets, the best thing to do is not panic.  When you consider your dog part of your family, anything off tends to upset us and it’s understandable, but it doesn’t necessarily help.  Your pet will be fine if you are able to administer the best care possible, and sometimes the best care is no care at all.  So if your dog accidentally ate the crumbs of some garlic bread off the floor, just watch them for a bit and you’ll quickly see there was no reason to worry at all.  


Smelly Dog? Freshen Up With These 5 Simple Tips

Dogs smell.  It’s natural, we get it, and most of us accept it.  They emit natural odors from their fur and paws that give them what most people know as the “dog smell”.  Add that in with smells accumulated from daily walks and you can have quite the stinky pup.  Here are a few tricks to keep your dogs smelling pleasant, even days before bath time.

  1.     Clean your dog’s paws after every walk

We’ve all been told that dog’s don’t sweat, but what we don’t tend to hear about often is that while dog’s don’t have to worry about applying deodorant on a daily basis, they do have sweat glands which are primarily located on their paws.  On top of sweaty paws, we have puppies who may not have the best aim.  So by the end of a walk your dog will have accumulated sweat, urine, grass and mud which all adds up to a very odd smell.  The easiest way to keep your dog’s paws clean is to leave out a little bucket of water and a rag before each walk and just wipe them clean afterwards.  Not only will it eliminate the smell, but you won’t be trekking mud into your home.  


  1.      Wipe them Down With Baby wipes

I don’t know about you, but I feel like baby wipes have been replacing all napkin products for me lately.  Baby wipes are a fairly inexpensive way to just keep your dog smelling fresh between baths.  It’s also good for catching any excess fur that would normally end up on your furniture and clothes.  Just try to avoid their eyes and mouth, as it may cause some slight stinging and if you don’t like the taste, your dog won’t either.  It also works to wipe down their paws after a walk!


  1.     Wash your dog’s bedding

Like with humans, dog beds can accumulate bacteria that after a while will start to smell… bad.  The easiest solution here is to just add your dog’s bedding to the wash on laundry day.  This way, the bed stays clean and your dog might come out smelling like fresh linens.


  1.     Brush their teeth

It’s recommended for people to brush their teeth at least twice a day, but if you want to be really particular you should brush after every walk, yet so many dogs go without having their teeth brushed until the vet has to remove some due to plaque build up.  Instead of paying hundreds for intense professional cleanings, ask your vet for recommendations on a toothpaste/toothbrush for your dog.  This is an easy way to both avoid bad breath and increased cost of animal care.  If you have any questions for the different products you can use or on how to go about brushing your dog’s teeth, you can shoot me a question here.


  1.     Brush your dog daily

Fur is the dog’s birthplace of all things that can smell bad.  A quick brush after morning walks can rid your dog of dust and buildup that happens throughout the day, and this will minimize the need for extra care between baths.


It’s not recommended to give your dogs baths more than once a month, just as to prevent drying out their skin and causing other problems.  For some dogs, it feels like there’s no escape from the smell.  Hopefully by following one or more of these tips, you’ll be able to give yourself peace of smell between bath time.