Plant a Dog-Friendly Garden 0
Whether planning a garden or bringing a little outdoors in, knowing the difference between safe and toxic plants is crucial to the health of your dog. Unfortunately, dogs aren't able to distinguish between what's good and what's bad. That's why you must take care to plan to have only those plants, herbs and flowers that aren't harmful rather than picking ones just because they're pretty.
Common Plants That Are Toxic to Dogs
Plant toxicity can exist in some unexpected places. While far from exhaustive, here are a few of the plants and flowers you may already have in your garden that should be kept away from your dog.
Azaleas, also known as rhododendrons or rosebays, contain grayantoxinare. This toxin is risky for dogs and it doesn't take much to get them sick. Not only can eating a small leaf cause vomiting, diarrhea and drooling, but it can also lead to cardiac distress.
There are two types of crocus flowers: the Autumn Crocus and the Spring Crocus. Both can cause vomiting and diarrhea. However, the Autumn Crocus is particularly dangerous, since it contains colchicine. This toxin can cause internal bleeding and damage to the liver and kidneys, and brings a risk of respiratory failure.
Cyclamen contains substances called terpenoid saponins. These toxins also cause gastrointestinal distress in dogs, but ingesting a large amount can result in heart abnormalities, seizures or death.
A deep green and tropical plant, dieffenbachia can cause your dog oral distress. The plant's toxic elements burn the mouth and may lead to drooling, vomiting and trouble swallowing.
A common sight with the changing seasons, daffodils have alkaloids that cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions and tremors. Although the entire plant is potentially toxic for your dog, daffodil bulbs are a particular hazard.
When swallowed, kalanchoe can cause typical symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea, as well as heart rhythm abnormalities. In addition, because this plant contains cardiac glycosides, ingestion may lead to death.
There are many varieties of lily, some of which cause your dog to have tremors, depression and gastrointestinal upset. Stay away from lilies of the valley, peace lilies, calla lilies and amaryllis for the welfare of your pooch.
A common plant in warm climates, oleander is yet another beautiful flower that contains cardiac glycoside toxins. In addition to nausea, vomiting, seizure and tremors, oleander can lead to abnormal heart rate and cardiac arrhythmias in canines.
It is the paeonol toxin in the peony bark that may cause vomiting and diarrhea in your pooch. Thankfully, this usually only causes mild distress, but it's best kept away from any dog.
This star-shaped flower contains toxic alkaloids, such as yohimbine, vincristine and vinblastine, which may lead to vomiting, diarrhea, depression, seizures and tremors. While most reactions are mild, periwinkle is highly dangerous for your dog if he eats too much.
Safe Plants for Dogs
Thankfully, there are many types of greenery that are both beautiful and safe for your dog. Here is just a sampling of the kinds of plants you can use in your landscaping or interior decor without worrying about possible risk to your fur baby.
A compact, purple flower commonly placed on windowsills, pet owners can rest assured their dog is safe even if Fido decides to put a little bit of this plant in his mouth.
Also known as a watermelon plant, the aluminum plant has a similar look to dieffenbachia, without the toxicity. This greenery is safe for your canine and feline family members alike.
Harvested from mature plants in traditional medicine, astragalus may help to boost your dog's immune system.
Although regular bamboo won't cause harm to your dog, beware of heavenly bamboo or sacred bamboo. These are decorative species that may be toxic.
Burdock is a traditional medicinal plant used worldwide. Many dog owners believe it supports a dog's health. If you choose to plant burdock, a rich soil works best. Prune regularly to keep it at a reasonable size.
Generally safe for dogs, some canines actually like to chew the leaves of the peppermint plant to aid digestion. It can also help freshen breath.
Rosemary is ideal for the indoor gardener, as long as it is trimmed regularly. One of the hardiest of the perennials, it will keep providing you with savory flavor through the winter months. Best of all, rosemary is non-toxic for your dog.
Another addition to the herb garden, sage should not cause any problems for your dog. The plant and its leaves are non-toxic to canines.
A spider plant is not toxic for your dog, but if you come home to find it overturned and your pooch with some stomach queasiness, he may have just overindulged.
Nothing says summer like a sunflower, and your dog will welcome these plants as well. They won't cause him any distress, even if he goes in for a bite.
It can be scary to think of your beloved family member in medical distress because he ingested something he shouldn't. The good news is that with quick intervention you can help your canine to stay well.If you suspect that your dog has gotten into a toxic plant, call the Pet Poison Helpline and seek medical care at your local veterinarian. Bring a photo or sample of the plant if you can't identify it, and remember to stay calm and focused on your dog's well-being.
- Dana S
Doggie Dailies Doing Good With Dogs For Our Brave 0
Here at Doggie Dailies, we believe there is no better feeling than helping those in need. That's why every quarter we pick a new charity to donate to!
This quarter we're excited to be donating a portion of our proceeds to Dogs For Our Brave.
Dogs For Our Brave is an amazing organization that provides service dogs to injured veterans who have suffered limb loss while in service to our country.
We love this organization even more because they try to use rescue dogs everytime they can so they are helping injured veterans AND shelter animals. How awesome is that?
Their mission is to provide professionally trained service and companion dogs at no cost to veterans who have suffered debilitating injury or illness while in service to our country. Their goal is to provide professionally trained service dogs and in most circumstances veterinarian care and food for each dog.
Each dog is trained to do the normal commands (sit, lay, come, stay). In addition, each dog is trained to turn on and off light switches, open doors, retrieval, bracing, and pulling. Other commands are taught to help the specific needs of each veteran.
There are a couple of ways you can help contribute to their awesome cause. You can make a donation to the organization. 100% of your donation will go directly to the program. They have some volunteer opportunities too! Contact them and tell them a bit more about yourself and where you're located.
Their story is amazing and something we were really touched by. You can read more about them here.
- Jennifer M
Dogs Gone Wild: 15 of Our Favorite Dog Shaming Photos 0
As much as you love your dog, owning one surely has its ups and downs. When your dog is downright naughty, sometimes the only thing you can do is laugh and share a dog shaming photo with friends and family. From eating poop to destroying carpets, there is no end to dog shenanigans.
1. Fowl Play
Dogs are famous for eating all sorts of things, but when they resort to coprophagy (eating poop) it can get downright weird. This dog was caught eating chicken poop and moms, rightly so, called, "Fowl breath!"
2. Modell Behavior
This pup exhibited behavior worthy of a shaming. Not only did it destroy a baseball helmet newly ordered from Modell's sporting goods store, but also the dog shaming photo paper caption.
3. What Happens in Dark Bedrooms, Stays in Dark Bedrooms
The best friends are those who know how to keep a secret or, better yet, cover up your wrongdoings. This dynamic duo will make you proud of them being dog partners in crime.
4. Jock Jerk Lifer
Pascale Lemire is often credited for starting the whole dog shaming craze online. Beau, her infamous troublemaker, was charged with eating the underwear of Pascale's fiance and sentenced to life as a jerk.
5. I Spy With My Naughty Eye...
This pup put on a spectacle, literally. His obsession with eyeglasses led him to destroy a total of five. Too bad his owner was still able to see what he had done.
6. Cone Head
There aren't too many things worse than having your dog go around licking his balls all the time. This dog was placed under house arrest and required to a wear a cone 24/7.
7. Om Nom Nom
This dog took to his own devices and helped himself to some leftover carryout. Well, they don't call them "doggy bags" for nothing.
8. I Can't Believe It's Butter
While it makes perfect sense for a dog to get into the trash or steal a nice juicy steak, you may not understand the temptation to eat butter. This dog must have gotten into a quarter pound stick of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.
What's worse than a child drawing on a wall with crayons? A dog painting his paw prints on a beautiful hardwood floor. *gasp*
10. It's a Dog Eat Dog... er... Bunny Poop World
If it weren't for this grin, this could go down as the most disgusting thing ever. How cute is this?
11. The Elephant in the Room
The elephant in this room is so obvious that it's staring everyone right in the face... right through the elephant's own face. They say not to give your pet dog toys that look like stuffed animals. This is a perfect example of why not.
12. Running Over the Big Dogs
This cute little pug gives new meaning to "running with the big dogs." He likes to use a doggy wheelchair to run over dogs at least four times his size.
13. Stress-Free Sabotage
When you come home from work or a stressful day, there's nothing like being able to sit down on the couch with a nice cup of tea. You also look forward to cuddling up with your dogs, unless they do something like this.
You know what they say about karma. What goes around, comes around. This dog, who happens to be named Karma, got just what he deserved.
15. What Goes In, Must Come Out
It just doesn't get any more embarrassing than this. This poor dog who ate vaseline, of all things, has to walk around with his sticky mess.
So, what's the worst thing your dog has done? Perhaps it deserves its own dog shaming claim to fame.
- Jennifer M
Amazing Health Benefits of Having a Dog 0
If you're dog owner, then you can relate to the old adage of a dog being a man's best friend. Dogs are known for companionship, but few dog owners realize the health benefits they gain by owning a dog. In fact, a recent study showed that dog owners live longer and healthier lives. Here are some of the reasons why:
1. Dogs Provide Meaning and Purpose to Your Life
One of the most obvious benefits of owning a dog is that it can give meaning to an otherwise abysmal life. It adds a level of responsibility that can translate into a more purposeful life. Just like having kids, a dog can work wonders for your mental health. In fact, for many people, owning a dog has helped them to cope with life and overcome such things as addiction.
2. Dogs Reduce Your Stress Levels
Most people are familiar with Bring Your Child to Work Day. But, did you know there is a benefit to bringing your dog to work? One study showed that people who bring their dog to work have less stress. Participants also felt like it helped to improve employee morale and productivity. If your employer doesn't allow dogs in the workplace, maybe it's a perk worth negotiating.
3. Dogs Keep You Active and Fit
Forgoing the gym membership and opting for a dog instead makes perfect sense. Why? Because people with dogs are more likely to be involved in walking and other physical activities than those who do not own a dog. While not every pet owner walks their dog, a dog can be a better motivator than even your closest friend. You might even lose weight.
4. Dogs Improve Your Heart Health
Worldwide, the No. 1 cause of death is cardiovascular disease. Studies have proven that dogs reduce the risk of heart disease and death, particularly in people who live alone. Because owning a dog typically increases your level of activity, the added exercise is beneficial for the heart. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that dog ownership also lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
5. Dogs Keep You From Getting Lonely and Depressed
There's something about the power of petting and cuddling with a cute and furry dog. According to the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute, 74 percent of pet owners claim that pets help improve their mental health. That's why therapy dogs have been welcomed guests in hospitals and nursing homes. If you own a dog, their unconditional love and affection will keep loneliness, depression and other issues at bay.
6. Dogs Improve Your Social Life
If anyone has ever told you to get a life, a dog is a must-have. Harvard Medical School noted that having a pet helps to "create human-to-human friendships and social support." When it comes to meeting unknown neighbors, more dog owners (60 percent) met their neighbors than those who didn't have a dog. This makes sense because you're more likely to be about and about walking your dog and meeting people.
7. Dogs Lower the Risk of Allergies and Asthma in Children
Having a dog may protect your child or grandchild from developing allergies and asthma. Researchers found that children who are exposed to animals before age one have less of a risk of asthma when they are 6 years old. Other studies showed a reduced risk of allergies and eczema.
8. Dogs Detect and Manage Illnesses
Quite a number of research studies have shown that dogs are capable of detecting varying illnesses in their owners, including diabetes and cancer. There are many cases in which people have owned service dogs that have been trained to alert them to such things as seizures and low blood sugar. If you or a loved one suffer from a life-threatening disorder, a dog might just save your life.
9. Dogs Help You Grow Old Gracefully
Nobody likes the idea of getting old, but it's a fact of life with which you must come to terms. The good news is that a dog can actually help as you or a family member age. If you or someone you know has Alzheimer's, for example, a dog can lead to fewer of the outbursts associated with the disease.
10. Dogs Help You Live Longer
Want to increase your odds of living longer? Get a dog if you don't already have one. Dogs are linked to longevity and are the main reasons people with dogs have a 33 percent chance of living longer than those without. While this typically applies to people living alone, other studies have found that death risk decreases in multi-person homes too. If you have a hunting breed like a retriever or hound, that's even better.
Little did you know that having a dog provides this many health benefits. Dogs have been proven to help people live longer lives for a number of reasons from reducing the risk of heart disease and asthma to increasing physical and mental health. While this is just a small sampling, you'd be wise to check out many more. Whether you live alone or with family members, a dog offers so much more than just being a faithful friend.
- Jennifer M