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K9 Dental Products: What You Must Know

As is typical throughout life, not all things are created equal.

Including the dental products being created and advertised for our beloved family dogs; and what you don’t know could hurt your dog!

Over the next few weeks, Cold Noses News is going to reveal the SEVEN ingredients you NEVER want to find in YOUR dog’s dental product; regardless of what the experts, gurus or even professionals may tell you.

We’ll teach you what names and terms to look for on the label for each ingredient as well as the very real and potential effects each can have on your dog.

Don’t be Fooled

As you search for an effective – and safe – product for your dog’s dental health, don’t be fooled by pretty labels, fancy advertising, “healthy” images or even these buzz words below:

  • 100% Natural
  • All-Natural
  • Organic
  • Safe
  • Healthy
  • Non-Toxic
  • Botanical
  • Vet-Approved
  • Recommended by Vets

Your Dog’s Health Depends on You

Always do your research first to ensure any claims are actually true, for your peace of mind and more importantly, for the well-being of your dog.

Note: the researched information we will be presenting over the next few weeks is only a singular look at each of these seven individual ingredients and does not address the potential for compounded negative effects/reactions when one – or more – of these ingredients are combined.

Also keep in mind, the smaller the dog, the greater – and faster -the adverse toxic reaction(s).

And finally, dogs with pre-existing conditions, compromised health or immune systems could face even greater danger from these ingredients.

So, bookmark this page (or better yet, follow us) and learn about the seven ingredients you never want to find in your K9’s dental product.

Toxic Ingredient #1

So, let’s get started. The Number One ingredient you never, ever want to find in your dog’s dental product is … alcohol.

Some K9 dental products contain as much as 25% alcohol

Bottom line, alcohol is toxic to dogs. All dogs. Always. EVEN when the label says “Natural Derived Alcohol” … naturally derived or not, it’s toxic. Period.

So here’s what you should look for and avoid:

Please share this post (and the ones that follow) with friends, neighbors and family who love and own dogs. Keep your dog safe from dental products (or any products) that contain toxic ingredients.

 

Are YOU Prepared to Protect Your Pet?

Welcome to June and National Pet Preparedness Month.  Are YOU prepared in the event of an emergency or natural disaster?

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As we head into summer there is always an increased potential for unforeseen emergencies in the form of tornadoes, wildfires, floods and hurricanes.

Are you prepared, not just for you and your family, but also for the four-legged creatures that depend upon you for their safety and protection?

No one likes to think about natural disasters or emergencies, but our best defense is being prepared in advance with the plans and supplies in place before something happens.

But you also need to be prepared with other life-saving information during the summer months to keep your dog protected.

Did you know that in just 70-degree weather, your car can heat up to 90 degrees in just 10 minutes and cause heatstroke and even death?

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Please, take the time now to educate yourself and your family and keep your canine companion (and other pets) safe and protected.

(Want to learn more? Ask for a copy of our PDF newsletter for June.)

Psst … Your Compost May NOT be Dog-Friendly!

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Yes, it’s true; your compost is environment-friendly and waste-reducing, but it might also be dangerous to your dog(s), pets, wildlife and humans.

Here’s what you need to know …

As the contents of your compost pile or bin break down, dangerous pathogens (illness- or disease-causing agents) and tremorgenic mycotoxins (poisons from molds which can cause tremors or even seizures) are created and can seriously harm or even kill your dog and other pets.

So, how can you still compost while protecting your dog from indiscriminate scavenging on the dog-873739_640tempting, unlimited buffet that is your compost?

  • Never compost dairy, grains, nuts, legumes, breads or meats due to their tendency to become moldy.
  • Use tightly sealed and secured compost containers to keep out curious noses and never-ending appetites.

Also, be on the lookout for symptoms in your dog like vomiting, unusual panting and/or drooling, depression, increase in heart rate, unusual changes in behavior and even coma. If you do suspect your dog has gotten into the compost, call your vet and seek immediate medical intervention. Even small amounts of compost can be toxic within a few hours and potentially fatal.

(Sources and Additional Reading: http://www.DogingtonPost.com, http://www.PetPoisonHelpline.com and http://www.TreeHugger.com)

Thank You Petco! NO more Chinese Pet Treats!

Petco has finally stepped up to the plate and removed any remaining Chinese-made canine and feline treats from its stores and website due to fears that thousands of pets have been sickened and killed since 2007.

(There have been more than 4,800 complaints of pet illnesses, including deaths, from Chinese-made chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats.)

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