While working on this month’s newsletter I accidentally sent a work in progress. Sorry about that!
Watching Your Pets Waistlines
Recent studies show that over 50% of American pets are overweight or obese. Studies also show that 45% of pet owners asked if their pets were overweight said no, and they were wrong. Just like with humans, being overweight can come with serious health risks. Some of these can include diabetes, decreased liver function, increased risk of cancer, and skin and coat problems. For a dog, just 5 extra pounds can be an issue, while only 2 extra pounds on a cat can cause problems. If you’re not sure about your pet’s weight, talk to your veterinarian. He/she should be able to help regulate your pet’s food and help with ideas for more exercise. Also, remember treats given throughout the day should not make up more than 10% of the pet’s daily calorie intake.
Tip of the Month
Did you know that there are some people foods that are perfectly fine to feed your dog? For example, green beans are a good source of vitamins A, C, and K as well as calcium and fiber. Spinach is also good for your dog as it’s high iniron and helps fend of cancer. Blueberries are also a healthy option due to their anti-cancer and heart disease fight qualities. If you want to give your dog a special treat, any of these would be a great option.
Pet of the Month
Nick Lord-Imaizumi is a chihuahua mix that we get to see a lot. Nick comes for daycare a few days a week, gets an occasional bath from us, has spent the night a few times, and is currently going through our Beginning Obedience class. Nick’s good friends are Rocko, Henry, Milky, and Oliver.
Training Tip…”What Would Sandy Say?”
When using a slip collar/leash or a choke chain o n your dog, be sure to put it on correctly. Otherwise if may not loosen up when it should and it could choke the dog. To put in on correctly, just look for the capital P. Loop the collar or leash so you see a capital P (see picture) and then you put your dog’s head through the opening of the P. Still not sure you’re doing it right? Stop in at Sandy Pawz Dog House for a demonstration.
What’s New at Sandy Pawz Dog House
Therapy Pets Unlimited Evaluations
Sandy Pawz Dog House is happy to announce that we can now do evaluations to certify dogs as therapy dogs under Therapy Pets Unlimited. If you think your dog has the right temperament to be a therapy dog, give us a call at 760-739-7299 to set up a time to discuss an evaluation.
Stella and Chewy’s Treats and Safe Food
Sandy Pawz Dog House would like to introduce you to Stella and Chewy’s Carnivore Crunch Treats. We carry duck, turkey, andcChicken flavors. They are grain free, gluten-free, and antibiotic free, and they’re made in the U.S. I’ve used Stella and Chewy’s treats in training sessions and dogs love them.
You may have read in the news all the stories about dog food safety. At Sandy Pawz Dog House we have only ever carried one brand and there is only one brand I feed my dog CC and that is “Taste oif the Wild”. Come on in and we will tell you why it is the best! And our prices are the lowest on this top quality product!
Beggin’ For It! Meal Enhancer
You’ve probably seen the Beggin’ For It! chicken treats that we carry. Well now we carry Beggin For It! Meal Enhancers also. This is for those finicky eaters that look at the bowl and then back at you like they’re saying, “This is it?” Just like the treats, the meal enhancer has one ingredient (chicken) and is made locally in Vista, Ca. I plan to give it a try on my finicky cat, Foster.
Upcoming Classes and Events
Potty Training Seminar–Friday, March 6, 2015 from 6-7
Canine Good Citizen–Saturday, March 7 to April 18, 2015 from3-4
FREE Brushing Seminar–Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 6-6:30
Beginning Obedience–Wednesday, March 18 to April 22, 2015 from 6-7
Beginning Obedience–Saturday, March 28 to May 2, 2015 from 11-12
Intermediate Obedience–Tuesday, March 31 to May 5, 2015 from 6-7
Quote of the Month
“Outside of a dog, a book is probably man’s best friend, and inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Grouch Marx