Get a Pep in Your Step with Your Canine Companions!

We’re now over a week into the New Year and I have to be honest and say that I don’t really do ‘New Year resolutions’, I just aim to make the new year the best it can be, for both me and my family – furry members included!

Many of us will have unashamedly indulged in all the wonderful food and drink over the holidays and, as sure as night follows day, we always start the New Year with a few extra pounds. Our canine companions will have had their fair share of extra treats too, so they are probably in the same boat!

No worries – the shared problem can also be the shared solution!

During the winter months, we’re often a bit lethargic and guilty of staying indoors more, but the solution is simple – we just need to get ourselves and the pooch off the couch and go to the park – whatever the weather!

The exercise will do you both the world of good, but unlike running around, your furry friend is totally dependent on you to get their diet right too and their requirements will change with age.

If your dog suffers from stiff joints or arthritis , then carrying an extra few pounds will simply increase the pressure on the joints and no-one likes to see their beloved pet in pain, especially when there is something we can do to help them.

Keep their fatty treats to a minimum or, better still, why not replace their usual treats with tasty supplement treats that will not make them pile on the weight, help with pain relief and put the pep back in their step!

Whatever you decide to do, we hope all your New Year resolutions come true!

Wishing you and your canine companions a happy and healthy 2019!

Helen Broadley & The FidoActive Team

 

 

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Don’t Let Furry Festive Antics Turn into a Medical Trauma!

Christmas Trees

 The fragrance of a real pine/spruce tree is lovely but just be aware that they can actually cause your dog mouth and stomach irritation because they contain mildly toxic oils, so be sure they are not chewing the branches or trunk.

 Do regular clean ups when the tree starts sheds its needles, to avoid them getting stuck in your pet’s paws, throat or intestines.

 Trees are often treated with preservatives to limit needle loss, insecticides or flame retardants and many have a sweet taste to dogs, so particularly tempting but toxic if ingested. Consider putting a tree skirt around the base of the tree, especially if there is a water base, to prevent them from drinking the liquid.

 Stabilize the tree in a sturdy stand to be sure it can’t be knocked over and potentially hurt a child or pet playing or laying under the tree. You can make it extra foolproof by also securing with string to a wall or window, but high enough up so out of chewing range.

 

Decorations

Let’s face it, dogs love to chew and there are lots more enticing things to get their teeth into at Christmas, so here are a few tips to keep them out of harm’s way:

 Avoid edible decorations. Even if you think you’ve placed them high enough to be out of temptation’s way, your dog’s super-human sense of smell will sniff them out and will encourage them to jump or climb to get to the tasty treat, by whatever means possible!

 Chocolate is extremely toxic to dogs and affects the nervous and urinary systems, causing symptoms ranging from diarrhea to seizures and death.

 Popcorn, raisin and cranberry garlands have added dangers: raisins are toxic to dogs and can cause kidney damage plus the thread can cause an obstruction in the intestine.

And remember, many sweet treats contain xylitol (artificial sweetener) which is toxic to dogs. So, better to be safe than sorry and just keep these dangerous temptations off the decorations list altogether – they’re just not worth the risk!

 Although salt dough sounds edible it definitely is NOT. It is a baking material that is used for making ornaments (often of a newborn child’s foot/hand print or pet’s paw print) and it contains an extremely high salt level, which can be fatal if your pet ingests it. Making salt dough tree decorations or parcel tags is a popular activity this time of year and especially fun to do with the kids, but just ensure that the end product is out of reach of your pooch. 

 Keep electrical cords and electrical light wiring out of your dog’s reach. They can get tangled in wiring and pull the tree down or items on shelves. If they chew the cord, they could suffer from mouth burns an electric shock or even death by electrocution.

 The glistening tinsel and ribbons are tantalizing playthings but if your pup gets their teeth into it, then swallows it, this can cause a blockage in their gastrointestinal tract, which requires surgical removal.

 Other potential hazards include scented oils and candles, which can cause spills, burns and a serious fire hazard, so again place in a safe position and always extinguish candles when you go out.

 

Floral Arrangements

Festive arrangements are beautiful, but the most popular plants can be dangerous to your dog. These include:

 Holly leaves and berries cause severe stomach upset, seizures and can be potentially fatal to dogs.

  Mistletoe contains several substances that are toxic to dogs, causing severe upsets stomachs, breathing problems, sudden & severe drop in blood pressure and potential heart collapse.

 Poinsettia contains a sap that is irritating to the tissues of the mouth and esophagus. If the leaves are ingested, this will often cause nausea and vomiting.

 Amaryllis, Lilies and Daffodils are toxic, especially the bulbs. Even a small amount of plant ingested can cause severe gastrointestinal issues, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, decreased appetite, convulsions and arrhythmia.  

❆ Hibiscus may cause diarrhea

 ❆ Yew tree has toxicityin ALL parts of the plant. Wheningested, it causes drooling, vomiting, weakness, difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, tremors, seizures, life-threatening changes in heart rate and blood pressure, coma and death may be seen.

You may think that popping out for a short while will be fine, because the dogs are well fed and sleeping soundly, but they can be easily awoken by noises outside…and then their curiosity gets the better of them and the games begin!

Please keep them safe and don’t take the chance of leaving them alone in the decked-out areas.

Wishing you and your canine companions the best of festive fun and health!

Helen Broadley & The FidoActive Team

 

 

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Beware: Doggie Dangers Lurking in the Leaves

When the colorful leaves first fall from the trees it is a sight to behold and the leaf piles are simply an open invitation for dogs to hide and play in. BUT as these dog-magnets become a wet, soggy mess and start to decompose, they can pose a real threat to our furry best friends.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t dream of suggesting we deprive them of such fun! But please just be mindful of the potential dangers highlighted below and be sure to take the usual simple precautions.

Common Dangers Lurking in the Leaves

1. Bacteria and mold can develop in piles of leaves. If your dog ingests these it can lead to gastrointestinal upsets.

2. Mushrooms and Toadstools We all know toadstools are poisonous but some mushrooms are also toxic to dogs. Even mycologists (the fungi experts) find it difficult to differentiate, so best to steer fido well clear of them all.

3. Insects and more – Ticks and fleas become more active at certain temperatures and they particularly thrive in woodland and grassland areas at this time of year – particularly piles of leaves that create a little hub of warmth!

They’re not the only creatures who love that environment – sowbugs/pillbugs, worms and spiders will all be sharing the leaf piles. Other residents may also include, snakes, frogs, toads and rodents. There are number of diseases that can be transmitted by rodent droppings and Leptospirosis is on the rise in the wildlife population.

4. Acorns – The oak tree is majestic to look at but the acorns are potentially tragic for your dog.The acorns contain a toxic ingredient, tannic acid, which can cause damage to their liver and kidneys. Ingested acorns and nuts or seeds from other trees can also cause an intestinal blockage.Signs include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and lethargy. If your dog displays any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

5. Animal Eliminations– If your dog is tempted by the leaf pile, you can bet your bottom dollar there will have been other dogs before them, potentially even foxes, who will have all left their pee/poop“calling cards”. These are transmitters for a variety of diseases at worst or a foul- smelling pooch at best!

Preventative Precautions:

  • Check them over thoroughly once playtime is over, including inside their ears, nose and between their paw pads.
  • Maintain their shower/bath time regimen, although you may need to move it indoors (for both you and your dog’s comfort!) and always ensure they get dried thoroughly in a warm area.
  • Year-round flea preventative treatment is a must.
  • Include a daily dose of probiotics with prebiotic in their food, to strengthen their immune system and resilience to viruses/infections.
    (N.B. FidoActive Advanced Probiotics for Dogs also includes the added benefit of D.Earth (Diatomaceous Earth), which is a natural parasite and worm remover. It causes a healthy elimination of parasites and worms without chemicals.)

 

Wishing you and your canine companions the best of health!

Helen Broadley & The FidoActive Team

 

 

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The Easiest Way to Include Fido in Your Thanksgiving Feast

Not long now and I’m sure your Thanksgiving preparations are well underway!

This is a special time to spend with our family and friends and I’m sure for all you fellow dog-lovers out there, that includes the four-pawed variety too!

So why not treat your furry friends by giving them their own Thanksgiving meal? It’s super simple –NO EXTRA WORK and an ideal way to include them in the holiday festivities!

Here’s a list of favorite Thanksgiving foods that are safe to share with your canine companions.

But please note, it’s very important that you exercise constraint on behalf of your pooch. Thanksgiving food is very rich and dogs don’t do portion control – given the chance they would easily gobble up their own meal then all the leftovers too! Unfortunately, that could easily end up with a visit to the doggie ER – not where you want to spend your holiday!

I always serve my dogs these meals on a ‘human’ plate (specially reserved for their use), so they know it’s a special occasion and makes it easy to get food proportions correct. The basic rule of thumb for a dog’s meal is: 10% carbs, 50% vegetables and 40% protein (about 1oz of protein per 10 pounds of dog).

10 THANKSGIVING FOODS THAT ARE SAFE FOR FIDO

No salt or seasoning to be added

  1. Turkey White turkey is one of the best protein-packed foods for dogs to eat and they love it! 

CARE: Please be aware that other parts of the turkey are not so safe. Avoid the brown meat as that is richer and definitely don’t feed them turkey skin – too much rich, fatty food can cause gastrointestinal issues and can lead to pancreatitis, an inflammatory disease of your dog’s pancreas.

Another big no-no is turkey bones; these can easily splinter and get stuck, causing an obstruction in their throat or intestines, or tear their stomach, causing internal bleeding.

 

  1. Mashed Potatoes Plain mashed potatoes are absolutely fine for your dog, as long as you hold the butter, sour cream, garlic and onion. So, set aside a pooch portion before you load up on the flavor additions for the humans.

 

  1. Sweet Potatoes This sweet orange-colored root vegetable (often mis-labeled as the sweeter, nutritionally inferior yam) is a Thanksgiving staple, but typically served baked with marshmallows which are an absolute no-no for your dog. That’s because they contain large amounts of sugar and very likely the artificial sweetener xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. However, you won’t want them to miss out on this superfood, as it’s packed with beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber, so, instead, serve them a plain sweet potato mash (not the canned mix!), or small raw cubes.

 

  1. Carrots These are also loaded with beta-carotene, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. Raw carrots are a real favorite with dogs and great for their teeth, but cooked (unseasoned) carrots are also a tasty treat.

 

  1. Green Beans Green beans are high in fiber and vitamins C and K, but your dog should only have the steamed or raw versions. Definitely keep them away from the creamy casserole version with mushrooms and onions added, which are toxic to dogs.

 

  1. Corn Give your pooch a few kernels of corn if you want to give them an energy boost to keep them from snoozing through the festivities!

 

  1. Cranberries These provide a tasty dose of vitamin C and antioxidants, but some dogs may turn their nose up at plain cranberries. Just be cautious and serve your dog the smallest amount, if yours is the jellied or sauce version, due to the sugar content. NEVER give them types that contain alcohol or xylitol (the artificial sweetener), which are BOTH TOXIC to dogs.

 

  1. Stuffing There are so many normal ingredients included in this traditional tasty accompaniment, that are simply bad for your dog’s health (or even toxic!), that it’s probably best just to leave it out altogether on your pooch’s plate. The ingredients you’d have to exclude from the recipe are onions, garlic, strong herbs such as sage, raisins/sultanas and dripping.

 

  1. Bread and Rolls These are another staple on the Thanksgiving table, but probably not required! These are packed with carbs, so no nutritional benefit to feeding your dog bread or rolls.

CAREIf you’re making your own, please keep your pooch away from the raw dough (or any yeast related food), as this can be deadly for dog.

 

  1.  Apples Apple Pie is a legendary part of any Thanksgiving menu, but too sugar-laden for your pooch. Instead, set aside some raw apple slices or mix cubed apples with plain yogurt then freeze in ice cube trays – both healthy treats to serve as doggie dessert!

 

I hope you and your furry friends enjoy sharing this special meal together as much as we do. It’s always great to see your dog happy and we’d love to see them too!

Don’t forget to share a photo of your pup tucking into their Thanksgiving food on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FidoActive/  and put a smile on all our faces!

Happy holidays!

 

 


Helen Broadley & The FidoActive Team 

Homemade Fall Treats For Your Canine Companions

Pumpkins come but once a year, so when you’re preparing your seasonal favorite for the family, why not set aside some pumpkin puree, so you can whip up some doggie-licious treats for fido at the same time!

We hope your pooch enjoys these recipes as much as ours and we’d love to hear how you get on.

The size of your dog should determine the size of the dog treats you make (or simply break down into smaller pieces). Also, best to apply the rule “a little of what you fancy does you good” – while pumpkin is packed with antioxidants and vitamins, be sure to limit the number of calorific treats you give your furry friend!

No worries though, you can top up their treat ration with FidoActive all-natural joint care nuggets, that dogs eat like a treat too – they taste good AND do them good!

Here’s what our customer M. Borelli said about FidoActive Advanced Hip & Joint Supplement for Dogs:

“I have had my 9 year old Jack Russell on supplements for a while now but I was unable to find something that works this well. It is also hard to find something that is in the form of a chew and not a pill. She looks forward to her morning treat and is back to her normal self. I love that I can buy it in this size, so I know I won’t run out.”

For more information about our all-natural supplements just click on the tabs at the top of this page or visit our Amazon store and treat your dog to an active life too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Gingersnaps

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

½ stick (4 tablespoons) butter, warmed to room temperature

1 egg, room temperature

4 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger*

½ cup pumpkin puree

*Fresh ginger adds a lovely fragrant touch to these treats – it’s good for tummies &canine travel sickness too! If you don’t have fresh ginger, you can substitute ground ginger although it isn’t as flavorful.

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking soda then add butter, egg, ginger, and pumpkin. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Turn out dough on a floured surface and knead until completely combined. Roll out dough (thinner for a crisp consistency, thicker for chewier biscuits) and cut with cookie cutters.
  4. Place cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet on the middle rack of the oven; bake about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack before serving.
  5. Store in an airtight container.

Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Treats

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter(Care: please check your peanut butter does not contain xylitol – this artificial sweetener is toxic to dogs)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl until the mixture forms a dough.
  3. Roll the dough out, and then cut the dough into ½-inch pieces.
  4. Place the pieces on a baking sheet, and bake for about 40 minutes.

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NO TIME TO COOK? NO PROBLEM!

Your furry best friend doesn’t have to miss out!

Why not try one of these quick and simple (max. 3 ingredients!) NO-BAKE pumpkin recipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Option 1

Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup plain yogurt

Instructions:

Mix the two ingredients together, and then pour the mixture into a large ice tray. Place the mixture in the freezer, and leave it for about 24 hours. After the 24 hours, the treats will be nice and frozen and ready to be served to your pup.

[source: Pop Sugar]

Option 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2½ cups oats
  • additional oats as needed for rolling

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin puree and water. Stir well to combine.
  2. Add the 2½ cups of oats to the pumpkin mixture and stir well to fully mix the ingredients.
  3. Using your hands, roll the mixture into small spheres and set them aside.
  4. After you’ve rolled the mixture into spheres, spread the additional oats on a plate, and roll the spheres in these oats to create a “coating” on the outside.
  1. Refrigerate the finished treats for 24 hours before serving to firm the pumpkin puree.

[source: two Little Cavaliers]

 

Wishing you and your canine companions the best of health!

Helen Broadley & The FidoActive Team

 

 

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