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Peanut Butter and Dogs Warning – Beware of Xylitol

peanut butter warning for dogs - beware of xylitol

In this post, we discuss a warning about not to give your dog peanut butter containing the sugar substitute Xylitol. It can be very dangerous!

We’ve been asked a lot lately if it is still safe to give your dog xylitol. 

There have been stories and images being shared a lot recently on Facebook and social media about how certain kinds of peanut butter can be extremely dangerous to your dog.

This warning caught some people by surprise because they’ve been giving their dog peanut butter as a treat for years and their dog loves it.

Dogs do love peanut butter! It can be a great treat for your furry friend.

However, the warnings are true. Certain types of peanut butter can be dangerous!

 

Xylitol dangerous for dogs

peanut butter on a spoonThe first time some people heard that some peanut butter could be dangerous for dogs, it seemed like a crazy rumor.

It was so hard to believe that fact-checking website Snopes even did an article about the story, proclaiming: Xylitol, a sugar substitute used in sugar-free gum and other products, can be harmful to dogs to be TRUE.

Their article discussed how in April 2015 a Wisconsin family’s 2-year-old golden retriever had died of severe liver damage after consuming gum containing the sweetener Xylitol while the family wasn’t home.

This is just one of many tragic stories about dogs eating food with Xylitol in it. 

Related post: Foods That Are Dangerous For Dogs

 

What is xylitol?

Xylitol is a common artificial sugar substitute sweetener that is in hundreds of products, especially “sugar-free” products.

It can be found in some brands of peanut butter. Xylitol is fine for people, but it’s extremely poisonous to dogs and unfortunately poisons thousands of dogs each year. 

 

Brands of peanut butter that contain xylitol

AVOID THESE BRANDS OF PEANUT BUTTER!

  • Go Nuts, Co.
  • Krush Nutrition
  • Nuts ‘N More
  • P28 
  • No Cow (previously called D’s Naturals)

Read labels and ingredient lists carefully! 

DO NOT assume that “all natural” or “no artificial sweeteners” on the label means that it is safe for your dog. Xylitol is technically considered by the FDA to be an “all natural” sweetener.

Related post: 5 Dangerous Houseplants that are Toxic to Dogs

 

Whining DogBrands of peanut butter that are safe for dogs

  • Peanut Butter & Co (Old Fashioned Smooth)
  • Jif Natural
  • Brad’s Naturals
  • Hank’s
  • Once Again
  • Justin’s
  • Smucker’s

These brands are safe as of April 2019. Please check the label to make sure the ingredients have not changed. 

*In this post we attempt to list safe and unsafe peanut butter brands for dogs. Ingredients may change over time. We cannot be responsible for the health and safety of your pet and keeping this information up to date in real time. 

Original peanut butter photo by PiccoloNamek via English Wikipedia

 


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When Can I Leave My Kitten Home Alone?

Kitten on the bed

In this post, we seek to answer the question for you, when can I leave my kitten home alone? How about overnight? For 24 hours? Four days?

When it comes to cute things, a cute little kitten is definitely going to be at the top of a lot of people’s lists. They’re just so adorable! 

Even though you love your little kitten, you have a life outside of your home and you can’t always be there with it all the time, as much as you’d like to.

That leads to the question:

When is it okay to leave my kitten home alone? 

Little kittens during their first few months require a lot more attention than older cats do. We all know how independent an older cat can be at times.

Kittens are different. They need a lot of socialization, play, and activity during those first few weeks and months.

Like all pets, no two are alike and what works for one is not going to be the same for another. There are some general guidelines you should be aware of.

 

When Can I Leave My Kitten Home Alone?

Kittens need the most attention from the time they are eight weeks old until they are four months old.

In general, kittens aged 2-4 months will benefit from human interaction every 4 to 6 hours.

During this time, you need to spend as much time with them as you can. Of course, you will need to be away at times but try not to be if you can help it. 

In these early weeks of development, you should have someone checking in on them every 4-6 hours if you can be there. Have a human checking in on your kitten during the day while you are at work. 

By the time your kitten is about six months old, they should be able to spend the day alone for eight hours while you are at work.

 

Cat, Kitten, Anxiety, separation anxietyIf I have two kittens can they be left alone?

Actually, two kittens are better than one! They need activity and interaction, so when you have two kittens they can entertain themselves better. 

 

Can I leave my kitten home alone overnight?

Unless your kitten is six months or older, they should not be left home alone overnight. 

As long as they are younger than six months old, they should have someone checking in on them during the night or day if it’s going to be longer than eight hours. If you can’t have a friend or family member do it, you should hire a pet sitter.

 

Can I leave my kitten home alone for 24 hours?

If your kitten is younger than six months old then they should not be left home alone for 24 hours or more.

They should not be left alone for more than 4-6 hours at this age.

You are going to have to come up with some sort of arrangement so that you can have someone checking in on them during the day.

 


Kitten on the bed

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New Years Resolutions for Your Dog and You

Dog New Year Resolutions

In this post, we list some New Years Resolutions for your dog, and for you, to make the new year even better for both of you.

It’s the new year! Have you made New Years Resolutions for yourself?

How about resolutions for your best and most loyal friend?

Your dog wouldn’t mind having a better year either!

Here is a list of ideas to improve your dog’s health and happiness in the new year.

 

New Years Resolutions for your dog (and you)

  • Go to the dog park regularly (or more often)
  • Get a new accessory (collar, leash, sweater) for your dog
  • Brush your dog’s teeth more often
  • Add ten minutes to the length of your walks
  • Learn more about your dog and it’s breed
  • Buy your dog their favorite treat
  • Get rid of old, worn dog toys
  • Make your car trips easier
  • Keep vaccinations up to date
  • Teach your dog a new trick or lesson
  • Make more time for play and snuggling
  • Make a homemade dog treat
  • Help out a local shelter

 

Go to the dog park regularly (or more often)

Do you go to the dog park often or almost never? It wouldn’t be a bad thing for both of you to get out and get a little more fresh air and social time.

Get a new accessory (collar, leash, sweater) for your dog

Did your dog get any new accessories for the holidays? If not, you should get something that will be to the benefit of the both of you, whether it’s a new fancy collar, leash or even a dog sweater. 

Brush your dog’s teeth more often

Most dog owners don’t brush their pet’s teeth enough. It’s okay, that is common. Resolve to brush their teeth more often this year.

Add ten minutes to the length of your walks

You are walking your dog regularly, right? Great! How about you extend the walking time by another ten minutes? You’ll both benefit from the added exercise. Over time, that 10 minutes a day really adds up.

Learn more about your dog and it’s breed

There’s always a little something more to learn about dogs, breeds, and their behaviors. You could learn something that could make your lives easier, healthier, or less stressful.

Dog chewingBuy your dog their favorite treat

It’s the holidays! Your dog deserves a special treat.

Get rid of old, worn dog toys

Time to get rid of any old tattered toys and start fresh.

Make your car trips easier

There are lots of ways to make car travel safer and more enjoyable for your dog and you, including new harnesses, car seats, calming treats, and car seat covers.

Keep vaccinations up to date

Hopefully, you are doing this already and your veterinarian is helping you. But make sure it is done, it really is important.

Teach your dog a new trick or lesson

No matter how the saying goes, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Most will actually enjoy the challenge and reward of doing so. It can make life a little more fun.

Make more time for play and snuggling

Are you too busy or too tired after work for play time? Let’s fix that! Make sure you are setting aside time for play, you will both get so much closer and happier because of it.

Make a homemade dog treat

Is there a favorite treat your dog loves when you make it? Then do it! And if there isn’t, now is the time to learn how to make something new. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and your dog will be thrilled.

Help out a local shelter

Almost every local shelter could use some assistance, whether you volunteer, donate, promote, or refer friends and family. Do something to help out the other dogs out there that haven’t found their home yet. You’ll feel great.

 


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5 Dangerous Houseplants that are Toxic to Dogs

Houseplants Toxic to Dogs

Houseplants have many benefits in the home. They make a home cozier, can be used for medicinal purposes and purify the air. Unfortunately, there are some fairly common houseplants that can be dangerous to your dog. In this post, we will review some houseplants that are toxic to dogs.

Poisoning from these plants can occur in several ways such as:

  • Drinking the water from the plant tray or pot.
  • Eating the leaves, blossoms, roots or even the soil in the pot.
  • Skin contact with any plant sap or juice.

Before you purchase any houseplant protect your canine family member by doing a little bit of research.

Related: Plants That Are Poisonous to Cats

1. Philodendron
Philodendron

Philodendrons are very popular houseplants. They are fast growing, available in climbing and upright varieties and are easy to care for. These plants contain insoluble calcium oxalates which are toxic to animals and humans.

Symptoms of Ingestion: Oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing.

2. Pothos or Devils Ivy
Pothos (Devils Ivy)

The Pothos Houseplant has amazing air purification properties and is easy to propagate from cuttings which makes it a very popular houseplant. Though only mildly harmful in small quantities, Pothos also contains insoluble calcium oxalates.

Symptoms of Ingestion: Oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing.

3. Peace Lily
Peace Lily

Containing insoluble calcium oxalates like Philodendrons and Pothos houseplants, the Peace Lily can be moderately harmful to your dog.

Symptoms of Ingestion: Drooling, pawing at the mouth, oral pain, decreased appetite, vomiting.

4. Aloe Plant
Aloe Plant

Aloe is a very common household plant due to its medicinal benefits such as purifying the air and is also provides natural burn/sunburn relief. For dogs though this plant should be kept out of reach as it contains saponins and anthraquinones.

Symptoms of Ingestion: Vomiting, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, diarrhea. Foliage is more toxic than berries.

5. Ivy or English Ivy
English Ivy

Ivy is a beautiful accent to your home with the way it cascades from hanging baskets but is very harmful to your pet especially if consumed in large amounts. Beware.

Symptoms of Ingestion: Vomiting, depression, anorexia, changes in urine color, and rarely, tremors.
 
 


If you suspect your pet may have ingested a potentially toxic substance, call the APCC at (888) 426-4435 or contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible.

Sources:
The ASPCA
Pet Poison Helpline


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Cat Myths We Should Put to Rest

Cat resting

In this post, we address the most common of those myths that you hear about cats that are not actually true.

There are many things in the world we believe because we’ve heard them for so long, we assume them to be true. Many myths that people have about pets or animals are repeated so often, we never think to ask if they’re actually true.

Let’s review some common myths about cats and their behavior.

 

Cats are low maintenance

Because cats have a reputation for being so independent and aloof, some people think having a cat will be very easy. Like many pets though, owning one requires your commitment and attention. Cats need to be fed of course, but they also need to be loved, they need to be played with and entertained, and they need our help in getting their needs met. They require our understanding and patience sometimes too. 

 Related: Is Your Cat Bored?

 

Cats won’t be happy if you don’t let them outdoors

Indoor cats can be just as happy as outdoor cats. Cats that grow up inside can be very happy as long as you give them the entertainment they need. Provide them with plenty of toys, scratching posts, window they have access to for outdoor viewing and climbing towers. 

Related: Reasons to Keep Cats Indoors

 

Pregnant woman should not have cats

The truth is that you don’t have to get rid of your cat. It’s fine to be around cats when you’re pregnant, but you have to be VERY careful about cleaning the litter box. It is recommended that you have someone else do it if possible. Cat feces can carry a parasitic infection called toxoplasmosis, that could cause birth defects. Keep the litter box extra clean but the pregnant woman shouldn’t be the one cleaning it.

 

Declawing cats is no different than trimming nails

Declawing is NOT like trimming nails. In reality, it is actually the surgical amputation of the first joint of each toe of the cat. For many people and pet advocates, this procedure is viewed as mutilation of the cat. There are humane alternatives to declawing you can choose instead.

 


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Reasons to Keep Cats Indoors

Many different people choose to have their cats be “indoor-outdoor” cats. Their pets get to spend some time outdoors as well as indoors.

Others choose to keep their cats inside exclusively.

There are many reasons people use to keep cats indoors, and some of these reasons can be very beneficial to your cat and their health.

Let’s review the best reasons to keep your cat indoors.

The most important reason to keep the cats indoor is that the lifespan.

Outdoor cats can live for only 3 to 5 years average. On the other hand the, indoor cats usually live about 13 to 17 years. The huge lifespan difference should be enough reason to keep the cats indoors. Even though it’s a risk to leave the cats outside some cat owners to allow their cats to go out.

Cats should always have kept inside the house, so they are warm, cozy and most importantly, it is safe for them. Keeping the cats in the house is one of the most important action you can take to encourage the cat’s Safety.

Main reasons to keep the Cats indoors:

  • Indoor cats live longer
  • Vehicle danger
  • Risk of poisoning
  • Animal fights
  • Allergies
  • Cats can get lost

Vehicle danger –  Outdoor cats are always at the risk of getting hit by a vehicle. It is easy for pets to get distracted while running or chasing, therefore, it’s hard to form to keep an eye on the road while playing. That can result in an accident. Sometimes the cat can survive but they can still suffer from severe injuries.

Risk of being poisoned – It’s easy for outdoor cats to get poisoned since they have a lot of exposure outside. Poisoning risks include toxins like lawn pesticides, food from trash cans, and intentional or accidental poisoning from people. Outdoor pets are at risk for eating poisoned bait left out for rats, raccoons, and skunks.

Even though there is a risk of getting poisoned indoors by different kinds of toxic plants or chemicals, you have more control over keeping your home safe. Once a cat is free outdoors, you cannot control what they may get into.

Related: My cats ate a mouse – should I be worried?

Animal Fights – Cats that are outdoors can have unexpected encounters with wild animals. Though a raccoon may ignore them, wild animals such as coyotes can be a threat. Outdoors cats may encounter them and get injured.

They could also encounter a wild animal with a disease such as rabies. Other cats roaming outside, whether domesticated or feral may be extremely territorial and will fight if they encounter your cat.

Allergies – Though you may love your cat like your own family member, many people with allergies to cats can’t stand being anywhere near them. They may not “hate” cats, but they hate the way cat dander triggers their allergy symptoms, from mild fever to full-blown asthmatic attacks. Though they may not often be a threat to your cat, if these people are your neighbors they can put a strain on your relations.

Lost – It’s tough for a cat that sleeps all day on your bed to get lost. Indoor cats don’t get lost since they are in front of your eyes most of the time. They are also safe from human abuse since they won’t get targeted by the cat haters.

Related posts: Cats & Cucumbers

Health/exercise – Keeping cats indoors doesn’t mean that cats can’t exercise their hunting instinct. It’s up to cat guardians to provide a stimulating environment with plenty of cat trees, window perches, and scratches. Daily playtime keeps kitty aactive.

Do not risk your cat’s life. Keep them safe and motivated to stay inside the house. That way your cats can have a happy and healthy lifestyle for many years.

Related: Is your cat bored?

 

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How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking

Dog barking

A dog barking is a totally normal behavior. With few exceptions, almost every dog barks. To them, it’s a normal form of communication.

Too much barking though can be a problem. It can be bothersome to you and your family, and even more so for your neighbors.

Is there a way you get your dog to stop barking so much?

Yes, there is, and as your dog’s pack leader, it’s your job to teach them how to behave. 

Let’s review how you can teach your dog to not bark so much.

First, it’s important to review the main reasons that cause a dog to bark. If you review this list, it may help you determine what the root cause of your dog’s excessive barking is. 

Why do dogs bark?

  • Warning
  • Excitement
  • Playfulness
  • Anxiety
  • To get attention
  • Boredom
  • Responding to other dogs

If you understand the reason for your dog’s barking, then you can figure out how to control that behavior.

For example, a dog that is bored needs more walks, play or exercise. If your dog is anxious, you can address the root causes or find ways to treat separation anxiety. If your dog barks at other dogs, you can desensitize them to other animals.

Training is also important. Your dog needs to know that there are times to bark and there are times to be quiet. Teaching them the basic speak/quiet commands is important.

Related: How to train your dog

If your dog has excessive barking issues, start working on addressing these as soon as possible. It will be easier to train them before the behaviors become too ingrained.

Related: Positive enforcement rules for you and your dog

Tips to help break the barking habit

  • Teach your dog the Speak/Quiet commands
  • Don’t yell. To the dog, it is like you are barking back at them.
  • Stay positive when you are working with them.
  • Be consistent with your dog at all times. Make sure everyone in the household is reacting to the behavior in the same way.
  • Do not comfort, pet, hug or give your dog a treat when they are barking for attention or out of anxiety. Even if it gets them to stop, it is encouraging and rewarding the behavior.
  • Get your dogs attention with a clap or whistle.  When they have quieted, redirect their attention to a toy or other reward.
  • Use the basic commands of sit and down in order to shift focus.
  • Do not let your dog bark constantly outside. Bring them in when they bark so they know they can’t be outside if they bark.

How to teach your dog to stop barking

Training Resources:

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking – Humane Society
Cesar’s best tips to stop dog barking – Cesar’s Way
Train Your Dog to Speak or Be Quiet – The Spruce

Related: How much exercise does your dog need?


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Common Dog Parasites

Prevent parasites in dogs

In this post, we list the five most common parasites that infect dogs and how you can protect your dog from worms, ticks, and others. 

Unfortunately for your dog, there are several common parasites that can infect your best friend. All dogs can become infected, and sometimes these parasites can even be transmitted to humans.Any dog can get parasites, and some can be transmitted to humans. 

Any dog can contract parasites, and some of these can be transmitted to humans. There are treatments available for all these, but preventing your dog from becoming infected in the first place is always the best option. 

Most Common Dog Parasites

  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Heartworms
  • Intestinal Worms
  • Mites

flea parasite in dogsFleas

Fleas are tiny, hard-bodied, flightless insects that are external parasites of mammals and birds. Their source of food is consuming the blood of the host they have attached to. It has strong legs which allow it to jump up to a foot or more.

Flea infestations can be a hassle to deal with for both you and your dog. They can also cause a variety of problems including Flea Allergic Dermatitis, anemia, and tapeworm infection.

Prevention is your best option. You can use a variety of oral flea treatments, topical treatments, shampoos, washes, sprays, and flea collars to protect your dog from fleas. These should especially be used during the warm summer months here in northern Illinois.

tick parasite in dogsTicks

Ticks are tiny arachnids and relatives of both mites and spiders. Like fleas, they live on the blood of birds and mammals, including dogs and cats.

Ticks will jump onto your dog (or you!) and attach its jaw into the skin and suck blood until the tick has eaten all it possibly can. They can carry many diseases, including Lyme Disease.

Ticks will usually live in tall grasses and wooded areas. You can use products to prevent ticks from attaching to your dog, but during summer months you should check your dog regularly for ticks, especially after spending time in wooded or tall grassy areas.

Related Post: Ticks and Dogs

Heartworms

The dog heartworm is a parasitic roundworm that can spread to your dog through the bite of a mosquito.

It is one of the most dangerous parasites that can infect your dog. It can even lead to death if untreated. Even the treatments to rid your dog of heartworms is bad for your dog’s health.

To prevent heartworms, it is best to give your dog a monthly heartworm prevention. If you have not given your dog a heartworm preventer in months, you should have your dog tested by your veterinarian.

Related Post: Protect Your Dog from Mosquitos

Intestinal Worms

Intestinal worms that your dog can pick up from the outdoors include roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms.

Tapeworms can be contracted from fleas; the rest can infect your dog from contaminated soil or infected animals, such as mice or other animals. Some of these can also be transferred to humans.

Protecting your dog from fleas will help protect him or her from tapeworms. Regular veterinary checkups are the best way from preventing serious intestinal worm problems.

parasite mites in dogs Mites

There are two types of mites that can affect dogs: Demodex and Sarcoptic (also known as scabies). Mites can live in small numbers on your dog without causing problems. Higher numbers can cause itching, hair loss, and scabs.

Scabies is highly contagious to other dogs and also to humans. It is most often spread through direct contact with other infected dogs or mammals. It can be difficult to prevent because you won’t know when you come in contact with an infected animal.

Treatment can require both oral medication and medicated baths. If you believe your dog may be infected because your dog is showing intense scratching, then you should visit your veterinarian right away.

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How much should my cat sleep?

Cats are true masters when it comes to sleeping. They can sleep anytime, any place, under any circumstance. But why do cats sleep so much? Do they have sleep cycles like people do? Read on to find out more about cats and sleep.

Catnap

You may be wondering why your cat sleeps most of the time, don’t worry, cats actually require a lot more sleep than you and I. Cats are crepuscular creatures, crepuscular is just a fancy term that means they’re most active at dawn and dusk. Their vision is best adapted to the light levels at those times in the day so that is when they like to play, socialize, and hunt.

Younger cats and kittens require around 20 hours of sleep a day while adult cats will only need around 13~16 hours a day. Of course your cat may need more or less sleep than others just like the rest of us require different amounts of sleep.

Cats don’t really sleep eight-hour sessions like us, they will cycle in and out of naps throughout the day. While they are sleeping their senses remain finely tuned. They can jump out of bed at a moments notice to be alert. Just as quickly as they awoke they can fall back asleep.

Habits

Cats are predators and they are hardwired to chase and hunt small creatures, mainly at night. Although cats are domesticated, for the most part, housecats are still in touch with their wild side. Even when cats play they still show these instincts of creeping about and pouncing on their prey. Hunting takes quite a bit of energy and all that sleep is used to reserve that energy for hunting, running, climbing, and stalking.

Related: Is your cat board?

Sleeping Problems

Excessive sleep in kittens is rarely a concern but if your adult cat is sleeping more it may indicate a medical concern. Many feline diseases don’t begin to develop until adulthood. Any single illness can cause your cat to spend more time asleep. Excessive sleep in an adult cat could also mean they are in pain, such as arthritis.

If your cat seems to have endless energy and is sleeping less it may be a sign of medical problem such as hyperthyroidism. Other signs of hyperthyroidism may include weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, increased appetite and thirst.

If your kitten seems lethargic or uninterested in her surroundings they may be sick and should be taken to the vet. Sudden changes in behavior, including sleep, can mean there is a problem.

Dog Flu Outbreak in Illinois

About the Illinois Dog Flu Outbreak 

There have been recent cases of Dog Flu breaking out all over central Illinois. Be cautious with your dog around other dogs.  Veterinarians say this is a new and highly contagious airborne virus that can spread quickly from dog to dog.

This virus can be transferred via nose and mouth secretions, coughs, and even sharing water bowls. Because this particular virus is airborne, it can spread without contact.

Most dogs are not naturally immune to the virus and when exposed to it will most likely contract it. 

How to Protect Your Dog 

The first thing you should do is talk to your veterinarian about canine influenza to see what they recommend is best for your dog. 

If you notice anything out of the ordinary isolate your dog and call your veterinarian as soon as possible. Do not wait or hesitate as this is a very aggressive virus and your should seek medical treatment immediately.  

A vaccine is available, if you have not already, the H3N2 vaccination is available for your dog. Discuss whether the vaccine is right for your dog with your veterinarian. 

Start boosting your dog’s immune system by feeding them a healthy and balanced diet.  Give them plenty of vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids and probiotics. You can also use some of the many natural immunity boosting supplements and herbs to improve your dogs overall health and well-being.

Be sure to watch your dog for common symptoms such as: coughing, lethargy, lack of appetite, nasal or eye discharge. Give your dog lots of water and plenty of time to rest. 

If your dog does get the flu, keep them away from other dogs for at least 21 days.