A New Year ecard for our readers

by Sue on December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

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An e-card Holiday Greeting for our readers!

by Sue on December 23, 2015

Thank you for your support!

 

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Safe and non-safe human foods for dogs

by Sue on December 17, 2015

Before giving your dog foods that you crave, keep reading to learn which foods are safe and which can send your dog straight to the vet.

Chocolate – No. This isn’t just an old wives’ tale. Chocolate contains a very toxic substance called methylxanthines, which are stimulants that stop a dog’s metabolic process. Even just a little bit of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can cause diarrhea and vomiting. A large amount can cause seizures, irregular heart function, and even death.

Shrimp – Yes. A few shrimp every now and then is fine for your dog, but only if they are fully cooked and the shell (including the tail, head, and legs) is removed completely. Shrimp are high in antioxidants, vitamin B-12, and phosphorus, but also low in fat, calories, and carbohydrates.

Eggs – Yes. Eggs are safe for dogs as long as long as they are fully cooked. Cooked eggs are a wonderful source of protein and can help an upsetstomach. However, eating raw egg whites can give dogs biotin deficiency, so be sure to cook the eggs all the way through before giving them to your pet.

Turkey – Yes. Turkey is fine for dogs as long as it is not covered in garlic (which can be very toxic to dogs) and seasonings. Also be sure to remove excess fat and skin from the meat and don’t forget to check for bones; poultry bones can splinter during digestion, causing blockage or even tears in the intestines.

Cheese – Yes. As long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant, which is rare but still possible in canines, cheese can be a great treat. Many cheeses can be high in fat, so go for low-fat varieties like cottage cheese or mozzarella.

Peanut butter – Yes. Just like whole peanuts, peanut butter is an excellent source of protein for dogs. It contains heart-healthy fats, vitamins B and E and niacin. Raw, unsalted peanut butter is the healthiest option because it doesn’t contain xylitol, a sugar substitute that can be toxic to dogs.

Popcorn – Yes. Unsalted, unbuttered, plain air-popped popcorn is OK for your dog in moderation. It contains riboflavin and thiamine, both of which promote eye health and digestion, as well as small amounts of iron and protein. Be sure to pop the kernels all the way before giving them to your dog, as unpopped kernels could become a choking hazard.

Cinnamon – No. Cinnamon and its oils can irritate the inside of pets’ mouths, making them uncomfortable and sick. It can lower a dog’s blood sugar too much and can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, increased, or decreased heart rate and even liver disease. If they inhale it in powder form, cinnamon can cause difficulty breathing, coughing, and choking.

Pork / ham – No. There is a reason most dog foods contain beef, chicken, fish, and other meats, but not pork. Pigs are very prone to parasites because they’ll eat virtually anything they can find, and those parasites don’t always cook out properly. They’re also prone to the food-borne disease Trichinosis, which can be passed to the consumer (humans and dogs alike) if the meat isn’t fully cooked. Pork bones, both cooked and uncooked, are verydangerous, too, as they can easily splinter in a dog’s stomach and intestines.

Corn – No. A little bit of corn won’t exactly hurt your dog, but it should still be avoided. Most dry dog foods already contain fillers such as wheat and corn, so why give them more when they’re meant to be carnivores? Also, if a dog eats pieces of or a whole corncob, it can cause intestinal blockage.

Fish – Yes. Fish contains good fats and amino acids, giving your dog a nice health boost. Salmon and sardines are especially beneficial – salmon because it’s loaded with vitamins and protein, and sardines because they have soft, digestible bones for extra calcium. With the exception of sardines, be sure to pick out all the tiny bones, which can be tedious but is necessary. Never feed your dog uncooked or under-cooked fish, only fully cooked and cooled, and limit your dog’s fish intake to no more than twice a week.

Bread – Yes. Small amounts of plain bread (no spices and definitely no raisins) won’t hurt your dog, but it also won’t provide any health benefits either. It has no nutritional value and can really pack on the carbohydrates and calories, just like in people. Homemade breads are a better option than store-bought, as bread from the grocery store typically contains unnecessary preservatives, but it’s best to avoid it all together.

Yogurt – Yes. Plain yogurt is a perfectly acceptable snack for dogs. It is rich with protein and calcium. The active bacteria in yogurt can help strengthen the digestive system with probiotics. Be sure to skip over yogurts with added sugars and artificial sweeteners.

Tuna – Yes. In moderation, cooked fresh tuna is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which promotes heart and eye health. As for canned tuna, it contains small amounts of mercury and sodium, which should be avoided in excess. A little bit of canned tuna and tuna juice here and there is fine – prepared only in water, not oil – as long as it doesn’t contain any spices.

Honey – Yes. Honey is packed with countless nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, and antioxidants. Feeding dogs a tablespoon of local honey twice a day can help with allergies because it introduces small amounts of pollen to their systems, building up immunity to allergens in your area. In addition to consuming honey, the sticky spread can also be used as a topical treatment for burns and superficial cuts.

Garlic – No. Like onions, leeks, and chives, garlic is part of the Allium family, and it is five times more toxic to dogs than the rest of the Allium plants. Garlic can create anemia in dogs, causing side effects such as pale gums, elevated heart rate, weakness, and collapsing. Poisoning from garlic and onions may have delayed symptoms, so if you think your dog may have eaten some, monitor him or her for a few days, not just right after consumption.

Salmon – Yes. As mentioned above, fully cooked salmon is an excellent source of protein, good fats and amino acids. It promotes joint and brain health and gives their immune systems a nice boots. However, raw or undercooked salmon contains parasites that can make dogs very sick, causing vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and, in extreme cases, even death. Be sure to cook salmon all the way through (the FDA recommends at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit) and the parasites should cook out.

Ice cream – No. As refreshing of a treat ice cream is, it’s best not to share it with your dog. Canines don’t digest dairy very well, and many even have a slight intolerance to lactose, a sugar found in milk products. Although it’s also a dairy product, frozen yogurt is a much better alternative. To avoid the milk altogether, freeze chunks of strawberries, raspberries, apples, and pineapples and give them to your dog as a sweet, icy treat.

Coconut – Yes. This funky fruit contain Lauric, which strengthens the immune system by fighting off viruses. It can also help with bad breath and clearing up skin conditions like hot spots, flea allergies, and itchy skin. Coconut milk and coconut oil are safe for dogs too. Just be sure your dog doesn’t get its paws on the furry outside of the shell, which can get lodged in the throat.

Almonds – No. Almonds may not necessarily be toxic to dogs like pecans, walnuts and macadamia nuts are, but they can block the esophagus or even tear the windpipe if not chewed completely. Salted almonds are especially dangerous because they can increase water retention, which is potentially fatal to dogs prone to heart disease.

Peanuts – Yes. Unlike almonds, peanuts are safe for dogs to eat. They’re packed with good fats and proteins that will benefit your dog. Just be sure to give peanuts in moderation, as you don’t want your dog taking in too much fat, which can lead to pancreas issues in canines. Also, avoid salted peanuts.

Macadamia nuts – No. These are some of the most poisonous foods for dogs. Macadamia nuts, part of the Protaceae family, can cause vomiting, increased body temperature, inability to walk, lethargy, and vomiting. Even worse, they can affect the nervous system. Never feed your pets macadamia nuts.

Cashews – Yes. Cashews are OK for dogs, but only a few at a time. They’ve got calcium, magnesium, antioxidants, and proteins, but while these nuts contain less fat than walnuts, almonds, or pecans, too many can lead to weight gain and other fat-related conditions. A few cashews here and there is a nice treat, but only if they’re unsalted.

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TRAVELING WITH YOUR EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL

by Sue on December 10, 2015

Here are some trip tips to make traveling with your  Emotional Support Animal enjoyable.

Bring your dog to the vet’s for a check up before going on an extended trip. Make sure all his vaccinations are up to date and carry shot records and Health certifications with you.

To keep your dog healthy as you travel bring along a supply of his regular food. Be sure to bring any medications he needs.

In the event that your dog gets away from you on the trip, you can increase the chances of recovery by making sure he can be properly identified.

Make sure your dog has a sturdy leash and collar, harness or vest harness combo. This should have identification tags with the dog’s name, your name, and your cell phone number, as well as proof of rabies shots. And consider a permanent form of identification, such as a microchip. Also bring a recent picture of your dog along with you. Just a note. Many people make the mistake of putting their home phone number on the dog’s ID tags rather than their cell phone number. The reason I suggest the cell phone number is that you will always have that with you in the event that your dog is found, no matter where you are.

If your dog is prone to car sickness, this can be avoided by letting your dog travel on an empty stomach. However, make sure he has plenty of water at all times.

Keep the car well-ventilated.

Do not let your dog ride with his head sticking out of a window. This can lead to eye injuries.

.Stop frequently for exercise and potty breaks. And, please, clean up after your dog.

Each airline has to, by law, allow Service Dogs or Emotional Support Animals board with proper identification and a letter from your personal Doctor stating the dog is needed. However when you make your reservation, you must tell the airlines that you will be bringing a Service Dog or Emotional Support Animal.

All airlines require health certifications and proof of vaccinations.

Small dogs may ride under the seat in a crate or carrier. Dogs which cannot fit in a carrier must stay quietly at the owner’s feet.

Only Service dogs are permitted Amtrak trains or on buses operated by Greyhound and other interstate bus companies. Emotional Support Animals are not permitted. Local rail and bus companies have their own policies however so you will need to check with them first.

You may fare better if you’re taking a cruise. The QE2 luxury cruiser, which sails from New York to England/France, provides special lodging and free meals for your dog. However, you should check the policies of the cruise line or ship you will be traveling on before making plans to take your Service Dog or Emotional Support Animal on a cruise with you. Because some liners are not USA owned, they do not need to abide by our laws regarding Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals.

Have a safe holiday and happy traveling!

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Tips for a safe Christmas with your dog(s)

by Sue on December 1, 2015

Keeping your dog(s) safe during the holidays can be a difficult task. There are the ornaments, plants, presents, lights, and who could forget the Christmas tree? Let’s take a look at some simple steps that will allow your dog(s) to join in the holiday fun this year, while avoiding any trips to the animal emergency room.

 

Christmas Tree Tips:

 

1. Place your Christmas tree in a corner, blocked off from your dog(s). If this doesn’t keep your dog(s) from attempting to jump onto the tree, you can place aluminum foil, metal tinkling bells, a plastic drink bottle filled with marbles or loose change, or anything else that creates noise on the tree’s bottom limbs to warn you of an impending tree disaster.

 

2. Tinsel can add a nice sparkling touch to the tree, but make sure you hang it up out of your dog(s) reach. Ingesting the tinsel can potentially block their intestines, which is generally only remedied through surgical means.

 

3. Do not put lights on the tree’s lower branches. Not only can your dog(s) get tangled up in the lights, they are a burning hazard. Additionally, your dog(s) may inadvertently get shocked by biting through the wire.

 

4. Ornaments need to be kept out of reach, too. In addition to being a choking and intestinal blockage hazard, shards from broken ornaments may injure paws, mouths, or other parts of your dog(s) body.

 

5. For those buying a live Christmas trees this year, keep the area free and clear of pine needles. While they may not seem dangerous, the needles can puncture your pet’s intestines if ingested.

 

Other Great Holiday Item Tips:

 

1. Did you know holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia plants are poisonous to dogs? If you normally use these plants to decorate your home, they should be kept in an area your dog(s) cannot reach.

 

2. Edible tree decorations — whether they be ornaments, or cranberry or popcorn strings, are like time bombs waiting to happen. These goodies are just too enticing and your dog(s) will surely tug at them, knocking down your tree.

 

3. Burning candles should be placed on high shelves or mantels, out of your dog(s) way as there’s no telling where a wagging tail may end up. Homes with fireplaces should use screens to avoid accidental burns.

 

4. To prevent any accidental electrocutions, any exposed indoor or outdoor wires should be taped to the wall or the sides of the house.

 

5. When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your dog(s) away. Wrapping paper, string, plastic, or cloth could cause intestinal blockages. Scissors are another hazard, and they should be kept off floors or low tables.

 

We at servicedogtags.com don’t want to ruin all your holiday decorating fun. By all means, go crazy sprucing up your home and wrapping presents. But make sure you do in a way that is safe for your dog(s) this holiday season.

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Tips for a safe Thanksgiving with your dog

by Sue on November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and there will be lots of food. Some of that delicious food isn’t safe to give your pets who will REALLY want some.

Here is a list of the top 6 things you should not give them

  1. Stuffing

Thanksgiving dressing is often made with onions, scallions or garlic. These ingredients are extremely toxic to dogs and can cause a life-threatening anemia (destruction of the red blood cells). It’s best to avoid feeding any amount of stuffing to dogs.

  1. Ham

Ham and other pork products can cause pancreatitis, upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea.

  1. Turkey Bones

Bones can cause severe indigestion in dogs, potentially causing vomiting and obstructing the bowel. Bones may also splinter and cause damage to the inside of the stomach and intestines. In some cases, turkey bones may even puncture through the stomach and cause a potentially fatal abdominal infection.

  1. Mashed Potatoes

While potatoes are safe for pets to eat, mashed potatoes usually contain butter and milk, which can cause diarrhea in dogs. Additionally, some recipes call for onion powder or garlic, which are very toxic to pets.

  1. Salads with Grapes/Raisins

There are many salads served at Thanksgiving that include grapes or raisins as ingredients, such as fruit salad, waldorf salad and ambrosia. However, grapes and raisins are very toxic and potentially deadly. Grapes can cause severe, irreversible and sometimes fatal kidney failure in dogs. Be sure to keep all dishes that include grapes and raisins away from dogs.

  1. Chocolate Pie

While pumpkin pie is the most famous Thanksgiving dessert, many people offer a variety of pies at Thanksgiving, including chocolate pie. Chocolate is toxic to dogs, yet dogs love the smell and taste of it. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is. Keep chocolate pie and all chocolate desserts out of the reach of pets to prevent an emergency trip to the veterinarian.

 

If your dog ingests any of these foods this Thanksgiving, be sure to call your veterinarian immediately. Early action may prevent more costly and serious complications from developing.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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Personal Review of Barker Lab’s Liquid Glucosamine 100% Extra Strength Vegetarian Dog Joint Supplement

by Sue on November 12, 2015

Not very often do I write from a personal viewpoint on product that we sell. Reason for this is because we have tested our products, know they are good, and would never sell anything we would not use ourselves. However what I would like to relay in this blog message is the amazing results I have seen in my disabled dogs. Now keep in mind that, by posting this, I am not making claims that this product will work this way on all dogs, I am just telling you what has happened with my disabled dogs as well a friend’s disabled dogs. The product I am speaking of is our Barker Lab’s Liquid Glucosamine 100% Extra Strength Vegetarian Dog Joint Supplement.

About 10 years ago I took on two dachshund brothers. Sarge was, and still is, a bit high strung and takes everything personal. He stresses easily and, because of this, actually started turning grey at the age of 5. We also learned that he has a heart murmur and it cannot be fixed. Colter, on the other hand, has more of a laid back yet confident attitude. Not much shakes him up.

IVDD is a disease quite common in dachshunds. I have two others, Gunny and Trina Marie , that have had back surgery and do quite well. But not all dogs are lucky enough to be candidates for surgery once they have become paralyzed or are on the beginning stages of it. Five years ago Colter became paralyzed. I took him straight away to my board certified neurosurgeon. After an MRI and other tests, it was determined that Colter was not a good candidate for surgery. I tried crate rest anyway but it did not work and he ended up in a cart. His laid back attitude was, and still is, a Godsend. It has never once bothered him to be disabled and he took to the cart like a duck to water.

When we started selling the Flex Liquid last year, I put Gunny and Trina Marie on it. But as an afterthought I put Colter on it too. Within a week I noticed an improvement in both Gunny and Trina Marie, but as another week went by I was astonished by something much greater…Colter was standing on his own. Another week went by and he was trying to walk. Then yet another week went by and he was walking, and still does. Not all the time, as he had paralyzed for four years, but it was a improvement that just utterly blew my mind.

Wondering if this might be an isolated incident, I contacted my friend Ann who lives about 7 hours north of me. She rescues IVDD dachshunds and has several in various stages of paralysis. I told her what had happened to Colter and asked her if she would like to try a bottle of Liquid Flex. Knowing Colter, and shocked by my story of his improvement, she was happy to do so. A month later she called me to let me know that she had seen vast improvements in some of her worst IVDD cases. She continues to buy it to this day.

After Colter went down, I had a fear in the back of my mind that Sarge might follow in his brother’s footsteps. I was deeply concerned not only that this was highly probable, but also that Sarge was not as laid back as his brother is and may not handle the recovery well. That fear was warranted as one day, about 4 months ago, Sarge started showing signs of paralysis. His started out very mild. Just a bit wobbly in the back end. But I knew the symptoms and knew what was going on. My diagnosis was confirmed by the Vet, who also informed me that Sarge’s heart mummer was worse. If we chose to operate he might not live through it.

Not wanting to risk his death, I thought back to the Liquid Flex and how it had not only improved Colter, but also Ann’s dogs. Sarge was to the point of barely being able to use his back legs at all. He needed help and of course I was there for him. I straight away put Sarge on a double dose twice a day. By the end of the first week, the results were negligible. But by the second week, he was walking a little bit better. As the weeks went on he began to have more and more control of his back end and walking better each day. Now, four months later, you can barely detect that he ever had a problem. I plan to continue him on the supplement for the rest of his life.

In conclusion I would like to say this again. I am not making claims that this supplement is a miracle “drug”. Nor am I claiming that this will work on every dog as the results that I and Anne found with our dogs might differ from your results. But at the price of two bottles it might be worth a try for you.

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Tips for a safe holiday season with your dog(s)

by Sue on November 4, 2015

Of course you want to include your dog in the festivities but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your dog’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. Be sure they stay clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations:

Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your dog. If possible, corral your tree with an X-pen. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he/she drink it.

By now you know not to feed your dog chocolate in any form and anything sweetened with xylitol, but you know the lengths to which a dog will go to chomp on something yummy. Make sure to keep your dog away from the table and unattended plates of food.

Looking to stuff your pet’s stockings? Choose gifts that are safe.
Dogs have been known to tear their toys apart and swallowing the pieces, which can then become lodged in the esophagus, stomach or intestines. Stick with chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible.

Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. Lilies can cause kidney failure in dogs if ingested. Opt for a just as pretty artificial plant made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.

Fatty, spicy and foods known to cause sickness or death in dog, as well as bones, should not be fed to your dog. Dogs can join the festivities in other fun ways that won’t lead to costly medical bills.

Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Dogs may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use candle holders placed on a stable surface. Remember. Never leave a dog unattended in a room with a lit candle!

Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of the dog’s reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock. A punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus. Shards of breakable ornaments can damage your dog if ingested.

Make sure all of your medications are put away securely. And be sure to tell your guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away too.

If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, place your unattended alcoholic drinks where your dog cannot get to them. If ingested, your dog could become weak, ill or even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.

Give your dog his own quiet space to retreat to. Shy dogs might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from the excitement.

Have a safe and happy holiday season from the team of
Service Dog Tags
barkOutfitters
BarkerLabs

Our hours of operation for the holiday season will be as follows:
We will be closed Veterans Day
We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and the 27th.
We will be closed at noon Christmas Eve and be closed all day Christmas.
We will be closed at noon New Years Eve and be closed all day New Years Day.
As usual we are closed on the weekends and all federal holidays.
Our websites of course are open 24/7 however nothing will be processed or shipped on days we are closed.

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Finally someone who is speaking out about something we as a company have known for years!

by Sue on October 22, 2015

Representing your dog as a Service Dog when it fact it is not IS a felony!!!!!!

This includes Emotional Support Animals and they are not classified as Service Animals according to federal law.

 

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Tips for a safe Halloween with your dog(s)

by Sue on October 6, 2015

It’s almost the spookiest night of the year and we recommend taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep your pet safe.

1. That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters not your dog. Chocolate in all forms, especially dark or baking chocolate, can be very dangerous for dogs. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol are deadly to dogs. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Halloween decorations such as raw pumpkins and dried corn are considered to be nontoxic, but they may produce stomach upset in dogs who ingest them.

3. Wires and cords from electric decorations should be kept out of reach of your dog. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts, burns or a lethal electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do be cautious if you choose to add a candle. Dog can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire.

5. Please don’t put your dog in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (One of my dogs LOVES wearing things!). For dogs that do not like to wear things, however, wearing a costume may cause stress.

6. If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume does not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe or bark. Take a closer look at your dog’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that they could choke on. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the day of. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, reconsider having them wear the costume.

7. Only the most social and well trained dogs should be allowed near the front door during trick-or-treating hours. This reduces the chances of a stranger getting bit or the dog darting outside and not returning when called.

8. Always make sure your dog has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you. Also, it is preferable that the collar be a little loose on a dog. That way if the collar becomes hung up on something the dog can pull its head out rather than choking to death or getting hung. If you have a small dog, break away (sometimes called safety) collars for cats work great. Personally I prefer to not have my dogs wearing collars around the property purely for safety reasons as I own a farm. Mine only wear them when we go places. My dogs are chipped.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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