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Butt Out - Secondhand smoke and residual chemicals pose a health risk to people of all ages, but did you know our furry pals are also placed in peril? According to new research, smokers who don’t wash their hands before handling pets can easily transfer harmful chemicals from their cigarettes to a pet's coat, as well.
Licking Digestive Problems - A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior found that dogs who lick incessantly often have an undiagnosed digestive problem, such as giardiasis, not a behavioral problem, as first thought.
Hair-Raising News - Thanks to science, a new tool may soon be used to help your vet diagnose dogs with Cushing’s disease: their fur! Read more at Science Daily.
Road Trip Tips - September is back-to-school season, and for many families with young adults entering college, that means taking a road trip! Unfortunately, not all pets are comfortable traveling by car. Dr. Ernie Ward’s tips for easing travel anxiety in pets can help your pooch stomach the drive, as can these tips from Dr. Rebecca Jackson on how
to have a safe trip with cats in tow.
Kale is a popular pick for seasonal September dishes, and for good reason: it’s one of nature’s best superfoods – and one your dog can eat, too! When paired with lean red meat like sirloin steak, as in this recipe from Dr. Ernie Ward, it’s a meal that’s tough to beat!
B Lean Steak
2 cups lean sirloin steak
1 cup cooked barley
1 cup chopped sugar snap peas
1/2 chopped carrot
1 cup chopped raw kale
1 tbsp kelp powder
To make this recipe:
Place cubed lean steak in a nonstick skillet and and cook thoroughly over medium heat. Chop the steak once cooled. Combine peas, carrots and kale in a blender or food processor and blend until minced or puréed. In a bowl, combine vegetable medley with the steak, barley and kelp powder and mix thoroughly. Divide into portions appropriate to your pet’s caloric intake.
Makes 5 1/2 cups (appox 243 calories per cup).
Recipe from “Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs are Getting Fatter - A Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives” (2010 HCI). Check with your veterinarian before trying a new recipe for your pet, to ensure your efforts – and your furry friends! – are appropriately rewarded. For more inspiring ideas, click here.
Programmed to Provide - Did you know that every time your canine couch companion enjoys DOGTV, you’re helping pets in need? You are! See how a partnership between The Humane Society of the United States and DOGTV is helping support pets and people in under-served communities, all while keeping your best friend enriched and occupied!
In honor of Happy Cat Month, tell us how you keep your feline family member full of joy for the chance to win a $25 AMEX gift card!
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