Human Foods You Should Not Feed Dogs

We all want the best for our dogs. We give them a lot of love, take them for plenty of walks and pick them up the best gear from retailers like furry friends gear. However, you shouldn’t always give your pets exactly what they want. This is especially true when it comes to food.

It is not common for a dog to beg at the table for a taste of your food. While many people will succumb to the cuteness and/or whining, you need to be careful. Some human food is fine for dogs to eat, but others can be incredibly problematic.

In an effort to keep your dog healthy, this article is going to go over some human foods that you need to be sure that you never feed to dogs.

Caffeine
While millions of people all over the world consume caffeine daily for its many benefits, don’t let your dog have any. This goes for coffee, tea, chocolate, energy drinks or anything else that could contain caffeine. The reason your dog should avoid caffeine is that they contain some substances that are known as methylxanthines which are found in cacao seeds.

When this substance is ingested by your dog, it can lead to vomiting, excessive thirst, and an abnormal heart rhythm. They can also lead to extreme hyperactivity, seizures and even death in some serious cases. So be sure to keep all of your chocolate well out of the reach of your furry friend. While all chocolate is bad, the darker that chocolate is, the more dangerous it is.

Gum and Candy
While gum and candy can be a tasty treat once in a while, they are other food items you should never give to your dog. This is because many of them contain Xylitol, a sweetener. This substance is fine for humans, but the same can’t be said for dogs. This is because it can trigger insulin release, which can dramatically lower the blood sugar of your dog.

Unfortunately, this has the potential to lead to liver failure. Some signs that your dog may have ingested Xylitol or another toxic ingredient include vomiting, a loss of coordination and generally being inactive or slow. Xylitol is also found in many other products including toothpaste, some baked goods and even some vitamin supplements.

Onions and Garlic
While a staple in many of the dishes we prepare, onions and garlic should never be fed to your pet. Not only can they lead to irritation, but they can also kill the red blood cells of the body. If the dosage is high enough, this could lead to anemia. This goes for if they are raw, cooked, dehydrated or even powdered. All parts of the onion have the potential to be toxic, as well.

The cause of this is a toxin called N-propyl disulfide. This prevents red blood cells from being able to carry oxygen, which eventually leads to them being destroyed. If your dog is vomiting, exhibiting signs of weakness or having trouble breathing and having a reddish tint in urine, could be signs of toxicity due to onions.

We hope this article has been able to help you learn some of the foods that you should avoid feeding to your dogs. Of course, these are far from the only foods that could potentially harm your pets, so be sure to be careful when feeding them any human food.

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What Is A Doodle? Different Types Of Doodles Explained

A doodle is the name given to a dog that is mixed between a poodle and another breed and they are becoming increasingly popular and commonly sought after in the canine world. Besides their sweet appearance and cute name combinations, the appeal for many owners is their low maintenance coat that doesn’t shed, great for those who suffer from allergies.

While a Labradoodle tends to be the most well-known, there are now many other variations with a total of 37 known doodle breeds! This includes Goldendoodles, Schnoodles, Double Doodles, and many more. While there are many different types of doodle dogs, they aren’t all the same. The size, energy level, and temperament can vary from dog to dog and so it is important to understand the personality traits and requirements of each type of doodle. On the whole, doodles are known as affectionate dogs that thrive on human company.

Before contemplating which doodle is right for you, extensive research is necessary to ensure that the demands of the dog are catered to. If you are uncertain in regards to the different types of doodles, below we have included explanations to give you an insight.

If you were interested in getting a doodle for your home, it is possible to check out some doodle adoption services in your local area.

Labradoodles
Labradoodles are known as one of the most common types of doodles. A Labradoodle is created when a labrador is crossed with a standard or miniature poodle. With affectionate but sociable personalities they display impeccable calmness in their temperament and are renowned for their intelligence. In fact, their temperament has gained them a reputation as excellent family dogs.

Goldendoodles
Just like Labradoodles, Goldendoodles are extremely popular and they possess qualities that are found in both breeds used to create them. They have easy going and friendly personalities similar to the temperament of a golden retriever, and the intelligence of a poodle. Goldendoodles are also known for their athleticism. While they will not hesitate to join you for a nap on the sofa, they love being active.

Schnoodles
A Schnoodle is a hybrid of a Schnauzer and a poodle and while their appearance may be considered unique, this certainly hasn’t hindered their increase in popularity. Their appearance can vary significantly as both parent breeds come in different sizes. While poodles can be categorized as toy, miniature and large, Schnauzers come in miniature, standard, and giant variations. Schnoodles have gained a reputation as sociable dogs that love affection.

Aussiedoodles
Aussiedoodles are known for their patience and calmness and have inherited some favorable qualities from each of their parents. As a mixture between an Australian Shepherd and a poodle, they display energetic and affectionate qualities that make them a great addition to family homes.

Sheepadoodle
A Sheepadoodle is a mix of an Old English SheepDog and a Poodle. While their loving and smart temperaments make them a great option for single-person households, their energetic and playful character traits make them excellent family dogs too. They are praised for their obedience and loving personalities which are displayed through their affection towards their owners.

Double doodle
A Double Doodle is a hybrid of three breeds and is a cross between a Goldendoodle and a Labradoodle. Their genes identify three different dog breeds; a poodle, a golden retriever, and a labrador. For this reason, the personality of a Double Doodle displays traits that are displayed through each of the breeds. They are known as calm, patient, and intelligent dogs that take to training practices well.

Huskydoodle
While a husky doodle may not be the most common type of doodle dog, they are developing in popularity. As a mixture of a Siberian husky and a poodle, they have the coat of a poodle and the markings of a husky and are one of the larger types of doodles. Known for their sociable personalities and energetic characters, they are an excellent choice for active owners.

Whoodle
A Whoodle is a type of doodle that has been created by mixing a soft coated wheaten terrier and a poodle. Although Whoodle is their most commonly known name, they can also be referred to as Wheatendoodles and Sweatendoodles. Whoodles are known to be very friendly dogs that love human company. They often display affection and are also playful and intelligent.

Bernedoodles
The Bernedoodle is a mixture of a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle and comes in toy and miniature variations. Although they are said to display stubborn personality traits, on the whole, they love affection and human interaction and are a great option for those with families.

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6 Unique Gifts for Your Beloved Pet

With the holiday season approaching, it is time to start thinking about gifts to give to our loved ones. This, of course, also includes our pets, which are important members of the family. It can be difficult to come up with new ideas for gifts for our pets that they do not already have. Luckily, we have rounded up six unique gifts that you can wrap up for your pet to open on a special occasion. You are sure to love them as well!

Anxiety-Relieving Toy
There are many stressors in everyday life that your pet has to deal with. This could include fireworks, separation from you, or other pets in the neighbourhood. It would be nice to gift your pet a toy to help calm them when anxiety hits. These toys usually come in the form of a stuffed animal that is self-warming. The gentle heat can soothe your pet as they snuggle with it. The toy also mimics the constant thumping of a heartbeat. This also works as a form of relief, as the pet has the sensation of a living thing holding and comforting them.

Custom Portrait
Even if your pet does not recognize when it hangs on the wall, you will be able to admire it. Ordering a customized portrait of your pet is the ultimate gift, as it displays the unwavering love that you and your pet share. Many online businesses offer pet artwork as a service, ilovepaws.com being one of them. Since it is customizable, you can choose the sizes, colours, and art style that you want. On average, it will take a little over a month to receive your pet portrait, depending on which provider you choose to go with.

Pet Sofa
Pets spend much of their day hearing where they can’t go. This is a good opportunity to provide them with an area that is completely theirs. Purchasing a pet sofa will give your pet a comfortable place to nap while remaining close to you. There are many different styles and sizes that you can choose from so that you know your pet will fit and it will match your home. Include a small pillow and blanket on the sofa so that they will be warm and cosy.

Dog Carrier
Do you have a little dog who loves to travel around with you but gets tired on walks? A pet carrier bag is a great gift because it allows your dog to do what they love best, being near you. You can get custom carriers with the dog’s name embroidered on it, so they can travel in style. Many carriers have a weight limit, so be sure that your dog will not exceed that. Also, make sure not to go into any establishments that have a no pet policy, even if your animal is safely stowed away in their carrier bag.

Dog Shower
Bathing a dog can be something of an ordeal for both pets and humans. Something that may make that chore easier is a dog shower system. This includes an attachment shower head that is much lower down than the regular one. This is less traumatic for the dog, as they do not need to sit under a huge wall of cascading water every time they come in for a wash. The dog shower head also has a rubber end so that the dog does not hurt their head by bumping into it by accident. Many models will come with removable bristles that can give your dog a deep clean.

Pet Camera
While you are away at work, it can be tempting to check in on your pet and see how they are doing. This is also beneficial for the pet because many cameras come with microphones and treat dispensers. Your pet will feel comfortable by hearing the sound of your voice. They will also appreciate all the treats you send their way, especially if they reward good behaviour. Many cameras can easily be set up through Wi-Fi, so you can take a quick peek at your pet during your lunch break.

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