World’s Most Adorable Degenerate Produce

A grape. So benign. Frozen, so delicious. Dehydrated, so raisin-y. And in large quantities in dogs, the unassuming grape goes Breaking Bad and becomes a killer. Da da duuuuum…. so let’s talk toxic foods for a minute.

When my friend Lili Chin over at Doggie Drawings asked if I would look over a poster she was designing of toxic foods for canines, I was so excited, because her drawings rock and I couldn’t wait to see how she interpreted “bulb of garlic.” The idea was to create a simple, cute piece about toxic foods for dogs, and she wanted my thoughts.

As soon as I looked at the list, I realized this would be a challenge, because toxicity is not always linear. Sometimes a dog eats a bag of grapes and is fine and other times a dog eats one bite of pork fried rice and dies of pancreatitis. Sometimes only portions of a fruit are toxic and other parts are fine. Sometimes there are at least three variables that must be calculated before you know if a food was ingested at a toxic amount (chocolate, for example.)

There is a reason this poster does not have in-depth detail about toxicity doses, etc. Determining toxic likelihood on a case-by-case basis is exactly what veterinarians are for, so if you swear up and down onions have made your dog’s life better don’t email me complaining, talk to your vet and go forward in peace. Consider this a lighthearted PSA that you can do with what you will.

At the end of the day, the world will always be improved by more of Lili’s drawings. Macadamias packing heat will NEVER go out of style.

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Source: Lili Chin, DoggieDrawings.net

What this is: a cute graphic with limited specifics intended to share knowledge about foods that might cause a problem for your dog, so that you can discuss it with your veterinarian if you are concerned.

What this is not: An exhaustive treatise with toxic dose approximations, a prediction of your dog’s demise if he eats a piece of cheese, an academic piece in a peer reviewed journal, a substitute for your vet’s opinion.

It’s a poster, and a really cute one at that. Lili has them available for download here as well.  Hope you like the hooligan chocolate bar as much as me!

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Look Carefully or You’ll Miss Out By Emily Van rijn {Guest Article}

Contact Emily Van rijn Look Carefully or You’ll Miss Out by Emily Van rijn 5/11/2013 / Holidays While we were enjoying our holiday in Holland, we spent one day visiting two interesting places. The first place was called ‘De Orchideen Hoeve’ which was an amazing tropical paradise with beautiful gardens. There was a Tropical Garden…



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Topical Steroid Withdrawal Update Dec. 2012

Please ignore my dyslexia at 4:57. :)

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Review: Dr. Emmo’s Wound Care Spray Wash & Spray Gel #Pet1stAid

Yesterday, we told you about the travel-sized versions of Dr. Emmo‘s Wound Care Wash and Gel (that are available for a limited time for just the cost of shipping) but today we wanted to tell…



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The World of Jesus by Dr.William H. Marty {Book Review}

The World of Jesus by William H. Marty My rating: 4 of 5 stars When I first read, “The World of Jesus”, I wasn’t sure what to expect, after all, if we read the Bible, wouldn’t we already know His world, but as I begin the journey through the book, I was impressed, how this…



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Redirect to an Alternate Behavior

This is brilliant. It’s also related to dog training.

This Dad has hit on a great technique for ending a frustrating situation quickly: redirecting from an unwanted behavior to another.

Redirection is another technique in the Applied Behavior Analysis toolbox. I’ve spoken about differential reinforcement before. This is also a form of differential reinforcement: DRO or Differential Reinforcement of an Other behavior. (Although we could call what Dad is doing in the video DRI too, since you can’t cry and “moo” like a cow at the same time.) As the video clearly shows, redirection/DRO can be a very effective technique.

(By the way, controlling antecedents might be another option: if playing with a certain toy often leads to a tantrum than that toy might disappear during a nap. But I digress…)

You’ve likely heard or read something similar with dogs. Redirect a puppy that is chewing on hands or furniture to a toy. Redirect a dog displaying fearful or aggressive behavior to an alternative, such as targeting or eye contact. It can work in the short term, which can be a blessing to a dog owner and it can help in the long term since the first step is alleviating an unwanted situation is preventing or curtailing it, and it can even work in the long term if the undesired behavior is not reinforced as well as the one being redirected to.

One possible pitfall here is unintentionally creating a behavior chain: the little girl might figure out that throwing a tantrum gets her Dad’s attention, similar to a puppy that figures out that chewing on a chair leg makes a bone appear. Preventing this isn’t difficult. Make sure that there is an easier way to get what they want, in the case of the little girl it might be as simple as asking for attention and for the puppy it could just be a polite “sit.”

Have you used redirection with your dog?

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Nice Pet Scratch photos

A few nice Pet Scratch images I found:

Oliver on Scratching Post
Pet Scratch

Image by Mr. T in DC
This cat actually uses the scratching post as designed. There must be something wrong with him! We’ve been leaving treats on the top to entice him up there, which must be helping.

Day 155 – 6/3/12: 2 Cats, 1 Scratching Post Center
Pet Scratch

Image by IslesPunkFan
I wanted to take some photos today, but did not get a chance to go where I wanted to go. So instead, I am posting a photo of my cats (max and Miss Kitty) enjoying their scratching post/play center.

GDot scratching his ear
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