Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fruits, Veggies & Nuts That Are Toxic To Your Dog - Part 1

There's very little we won't do for our little fury loves, including giving them pieces of our food. However, there are some things your dog should never get his or her little paws on.

Here's a list of fruits and veggies that may be toxic to your it safe, keep it away.

Grapes & Raisins can cause kidney failure and irreversible kidney damage within 24 hours of being eaten.
Symptoms: Vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, noticeable abdominal pain, little urination, and wobbly and almost weakened movement.

Tomatoes - parts of tomato plants, like the vines, stems, and leaves contain a harmful alkaloid called atropine (tomatine poisoning), which can cause serious problems if eaten. Green or unripened fruit has less of the toxin but can still cause stomach upset. Although ripened red tomatoes are not as likely to make your dog sick, they should not be part of a regular dog food diet.
Causes: Tremors, seizures, and heart arrhythmia.
Symptoms: Unusual drooling, overall weakness, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, dilated pupils, and even paralysis.

Garlic, Onions and Chives - There are mixed thoughts about feeding dogs garlic. When fed in small amounts, garlic is said to be beneficial for your dog because it's considered one of nature's antibiotics. On the other hand, when injected in larger amounts, both garlic and onion (in fresh, dried, or powdered form) can cause anemia and stomach upset due to the destruction of red blood cells.
Symptoms: Rapid heart rate, weakness, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the urine, pale and thin gums.

Avocado - All part of the plant and seed-pit should NOT be eaten by dogs. If they do, dogs could experience painful oxygen deprivation leaving to possible death and pancreatitis. It is still being debated by the scientific community if the actual avocado meat and oils are poisonous, so it may be best to void all of it.
Symptoms: Trouble breathing or loss of breath, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion, fluid build up in the chest are.

Macadamia Nuts - Generally consumption will not be fatal, but can cause your dog to become extremely ill. The toxin in the nut is not know. Ingestion of just a handful of nuts can cause adverse effects. As little as six macadamia nuts can trigger locomotory difficulties in dogs. Toxicity will typically happen within 6-24 hours.
Symptoms: Vomiting, weakness, depression, lack of energy, drunken walking, joint/muscle pain, joint swelling, tremors, ataxia, hypothermia, and abdominal pain.

Immediately take your dog to the nearest Veterinarian if your dog ingests any of these items.

(Part 2 of this post will go live next week)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Doggie Street Festival - San Diego & Los Angeles

I'm constantly on the look out for any fun events I can take Gigi to so I was super excited to come across this fabulous Doggie Street Festival being held at not just one, but two SoCal locations.

Not only is your dog welcome at this free festival but there will be many sponsors there sharing pet heath, nutrition and training tips. And of course, there will be lots of dogs there for you to ADOPT. Last year's event sent 166+ fur balls to a new home! That's right, every homeless pup needs a warm home...make yours theirs.


San Diego, CA
Saturday, July 12 @ 9am-4pm
Liberty Station: NTC Park 92106 (directions)

Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, July 20 @ 11am-5pm
Westfield Century City Mall - 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, 90067 (directions)

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dog Owner Must Have: GULPY Water Dispenser

I'm the first to admit I spoil my dog. Truth is, I probably enjoy shopping for her just a teeny bit more than I like shopping for myself...strange, I know. Out of numerous items I've purchased over the last 10 months since she's been with us, the Gulpy pet water dispenser is by far the BEST! 

Not only do I no longer worry about not having a water dish on hand for Gigi but I also never worry about whether or not water will be accessible. It's ideal for walks, hikes, road trips, beach trips or just everyday use when you're not at home. The dispenser has a nifty little belt hook on it so you can clip it to your belt or purse and fits into any standard bike water bottle holder.

Gigi's super picky - girl won't drink out of a water dish if other dogs have used it so her Gulpy is always the first thing to get tossed in my purse when we're off to the dog park.  She even knows that's her water dispenser and will nudge at it when she's thirsty and needs me to open it for her. Smart dog.

Gulpy makes the pet water dispensers in two sizes: 10 oz (aka: Gulpy Jr - shown in pics above) and 20 oz. They're also available in various colors including blue, purple, orange, and green. I purchased her first Gulpy Jr. on Amazon but just last week purchased a back up Gulpy Jr. at Target, both under $8. Talk about a deal!

It's super easy to use, just flip it open and give it a little squeeze to fill the water reservoir and flip it back to close.

The only negative thing I've read is the fact that the dispenser does not suck the unused water back in...honestly I don't care. I just toss it and close it back up. The container is made of sturdy plastic, no breaks or cracks yet. I've tossed ours around the room and left it in my hot car and it's still in good shape. Not sure if it's recommended but I've tossed it in the dishwasher and it's still in perfect condition. It's leak proof too! I've never had an incident where I've found my purse soaked with water. 

My advice to all dog owners, get one! Every time I pull it out for Gigi we get tons of compliments and inquiries as to where they can get one.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

8th Annual Downtown Dog Day Afternoon - Los Angeles

Registration is now open for Dog Day Afternoon at the Cathedral from 6-9 pm on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Plaza.

Downtown Los Angeles residents and their dogs are invited for mingling, music, and pet-related vendor displays at this annual community event! 

Dodger dogs, snacks, full bar & beverages by Levy Restaurants available for purchase. Celebrate our four-legged furry friends who help create community in Downtown LA. Numerous (local) vendors will be on site and there will be lots of fun things for you and your pup to do.

Free Admission | Registration Required
Parking: $5 flat rate at the Cathedral 
Dogs must be social, live in Downtown LA, and be on a leash.
*Downtowners without dogs & out of towners are welcome, too!

For more info visit downtown LA.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Yappy Hour at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Follow Fido to Yappy Hour, a monthly cocktail party for canines and their companions at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Pooches, hounds and pups enjoy complimentary hand-made dog biscuits and lapping up refreshing libations, thanks to bacon, chicken, cheese, beef and liver flavored water, while their companions can purchase burgers, brews and wines. This year’s proceeds from Yappy Hour will support the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence, and will help offset some of the unique costs associated with Canine Companion’s Southwest Region puppy raising program. 

Canine Companions has had more than 360 volunteer puppy raisers in Orange County and the funds raised through Yappy Hour will be dedicated for puppy training and obedience classes, transportation of puppies to their new puppy raisers, spaying and neutering, and boarding costs for puppies in heat.

2014 Yappy Hour Dates 
Held on The Dana Lawn from 5 to 8 p.m. 

  • June 19, 2014
  • July 17, 2014
  • August 21, 2014
  • September 18, 2014

The Ritz-Carlton
1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
For info call: 949-240-2000

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Gotta Have My Puppuccino

Are you sitting there thinking, what the hell is this girl talking about? Well, no need...I'll explain.

While you sit there drinking your delicious Starbucks coffee drink your pup is probably just sitting in front of you with it's head cocked sideways wondering why he can't have one of those delicious things. Well your pup's in luck because Starbucks offers the "Puppuccino" for dogs!

Don't freak - there's absolutely NO coffee in's just a little cup full of delicious whipped cream.

note: Gigi didn't eat all that whipped cream. We stopped her a good quarter of the way through.
Too much sugar is no bueno.

The few times we've had Gigi with us when visiting a Starbucks we always ask for a puppuccino for her. The first couple of times the barista asked "I'm sorry, a what?" and then laughed when I explained it was just a small cup of whipped cream for my dog.

So yeah, don't be shy in ordering one of these for your dog when ordering your own drink, but don't freak if they have no clue what you're talking about. Guess not everyone's privy to such fabulous menu items ;)

Also, sometimes you'll get larger cups. The first time we got a cup the size of a Grande and the second time we got a kids hot chocolate size cup. Either way, your dog will love it!

NOTE: I've never been charged for this so I can't give you a price. Hopefully they'll give it to you for free too!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dogs Need Sunscreen Too!

Gigi needed a little boost to get her sunbathing on.

Summer's here and humans everywhere are reaching quickly for the sunblock - but, lets not forget our furry friends.

Yes, dogs need sun protection too!

Like humans, pets should have sunblock applied to sun-sensitive areas such as tips of ears, nose, underbelly, and groin. Typically they're all going to be areas that have sparse hair coverage or where pigmentation is low.

Avoid giving your dog a "summer cut" if they have a light colored coat or thin(ing) hair. Yes this cute cut,  keeps your long haired pal from getting matted or being uncomfortable in the summer heat but can also be the cause of their sunburn.

Personally, I have the groomer give Gigi a "summer cut" all year long because I don't care for all her shedding & scruffy face look, but then again she rarely goes outside for long periods of time between 11am - 5pm. My girl loves her air conditioning.

  • Use pet-safe sunscreen, if possible - try Epi-Pen Sun Protector, the only FDA approved sunscreen for dogs. ($17.95 on Amazon)
  • Baby sunscreen is a-ok to use on your dog. (Most human sunscreens have ingestion warnings because the ingredients can be toxic if a child or dog ingests them, so if your pet is likely to lick it, look for a pet-specific sunscreen.)
  • You should re-apply regularly during sun exposure.  It is recommended to use at least 1 tablespoon of lotion or cream for each body area treated!  Sunscreen should be re-applied every 4 to 6 hours during the brightest time of the day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • If your pup has a sunburn, give him a soothing bath with cool water and a gentle, soap-free product.
  • Try adding Neep Oil to the shampoo. Non-toxic Neem works quickly and safely to heal heat as well as chemical burns.
  • Stay away from zinc oxide - it's toxic to dogs!

Please consult with your veterinarian prior to using any human products or medications on your pet.