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Pumpkin is Good For Pets.


Raw Pumpkin is high in fiber, low in fat and cholesterol and loaded with beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and vitamins A and C. It has also been proven to dispel certain intestinal worms in dogs.

On top of that, "The fiber in pumpkin has proven to benefit dogs’ and cats’ digestive tracts," says Dr. Tony Buffington, DVM, who has a PhD in animal nutrition, was a resident clinical nutritionist at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital at UC Davis, and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.

"Veterinarians have long known the benefits of adding a little pumpkin to a pet's diet regularly," says Dr. Carol McConnell, chief veterinary medical officer for Nationwide pet insurance.

Buffington agrees. “Pumpkin sometimes is recommended by veterinarians for its soluble fiber content,” he says. “Pumpkin is 90% water, so it is quite nutrient dilute. It adds mostly water and a little soluble fiber to pet foods.”

"It's particularly good for preventing hairballs,” adds McConnell, “and it's also good for pets whose stools are either too loose or too hard.”

The fiber in pumpkin can act as a binding solution through a pet’s digestive tract, absorbing excess water and therefore helping pets with diarrhea.


How Much Pumpkin Should Pets Eat?

The amount of pumpkin that you add to your pet’s meal will vary based on the species (dog or cat) and your pet’s size. A Chihuahua, for instance, may only need a couple of teaspoons with each meal, whereas a Great Dane may benefit from half a cup of pumpkin. Since most pets have a difficult time digesting high fiber fruits and vegetables, you should mix the pumpkin with their regular food and give them a vegetable enzyme with the meal to prevent smelly flatulence and possible stomach upset. Enzymes help carnivores to digest high fiber better and get more nutrients out of it as a result. This applies to any raw vegetable or fruits given to carnivorous animals whose primary diet is meat, which is low fiber and thus their digestive system is not accustomed to high fiber foods like vegetables. Too much pumpkin could cause diarrhea.

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Thanksgiving for Pets? Only if You Truly Give Them a Treat.

Maybe it's because most pet owners have a guilty conscience about eating all that wonderful food on Thanksgiving Day while Fido goes without, but really, you are not doing your pet any favors by feeding them any of that rich, fattening, carb-laden food. If you really want to treat your pet to something special for Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas, give them a raw bone to chew on or some actually- real raw meat. Now THAT is something that will benefit them and they will enjoy more than anything else. Think Dog, not human.

If you don't use the turkey gizzard, neck and liver from your bird, give them to your dog or cat raw. However, only do so if the turkey is organic. The organ meat of any animal is the most polluted. The liver is a filter for toxins and chemicals that it filters out of the body, the gizzard can also be very contaminated. The neck is fine if it is not organic, just make sure to give it to your pet raw, NOT COOKED. Cooked bones splinter and sharp edges can get lodged in a pet's throat, cut their mouth or digestive system. Raw neck bones are excellent for dogs and cats because when they are raw, they are pretty soft and pliable, so very unlikely to cause damage or choking.

Always monitor your dog when you give them bones by at least being in the same room with them while they are eating it in case they happen to choke, but this is very seldom a problem. A dog is much more likely to choke on a rawhide (fake bone) or nylabone because they tend to get very slippery as the dog gets it all wet trying to eat it and globs of it easily get stuck in a dog's throat. We've seen this happen with almost every dog at some point who eats rawhides on a regular basis. Also rawhides and nylabones offer nothing in nutritional value.

Another good raw bone is beef ribs. They are more cartilage than bone and are also soft and pliable when raw. Make sure to get ribs that are big enough that your dog won't swallow them whole. Short ribs can be swallowed whole by large breed dogs like Mastiffs and others with large mouths.

Desserts? NO. Chocolate? Definitely NO.

Definitely keep your pets away from all the sugars and treats around the holidays. ESPECIALLY CHOCOLATE SINCE IT IS POISON TO ANIMALS. We say it quite a lot on our site, but there are still pet owners out there who tell us they feed their dogs chocolate. Animals lack the ability to process a key chemical in chocolate that people can process called theobromine. Anything with caffeine in it is also a toxin to animals and can cause cardiac arrest. The sweet treat can lead to illness and even death in dogs. Vets say it’s one of the most common causes of dog poisoning. The stimulants in chocolate stay in the body a long time. In severe cases, symptoms can last up to 72 hours. Early treatment will help your dog recover quicker and lower your vet costs.

obese catObesity in pets is on the rise.

Obesity and diabetes in pets are both becoming almost as much of an epidemic as with people. Completely preventable conditions in pets caused by guilty pet owners who can't say no to their animals who beg for treats or have no self-restraint themselves which they transfer onto their pets. Carbs, sugars, processed foods, even processed pet foods, all amount to nothing but fecal waste for pets because they offer little to no nutritional value, so just like humans, they turn to fat and cause diabetes. We have transferred are bad eating habits onto our pets.

Pets should stick to the food that best resembles what they would eat in the wild. That is raw meat for carnivores and raw plants or grains for horses and other herbivores. If a pet never tastes sweets, or pizza, or donuts, he has no idea what they taste like and no idea what he is missing (which in reality, for him, all he is missing is fats, sugars and empty carbs.) It is humans who are making the bad eating decisions for their pets. You pet will be just as happy, in most cases happier, and definitely healthier, with any type of food you give him that is in his natural diet.

Animals remember food smells. If you give your dog potato chips, he will remember the smell of them as being something he can eat, and the next time you are eating chips in front of him, yes, he will beg for them because you gave them to him before. The best prevention for pet obesity and diabetes is to not ever start feeding the wrong foods to you pet in the first place. Then they won't be as likely to beg for them in the future. Take a good look at photos on the internet of obese cats and dogs. Do they look happy being like that? The majority do not.


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Allen M. Shoen, a veterinarian and author of "Kindred Spirit" wrote, "Although science has no definite answers, why not assume that sharing a home with a dog, cat or bird - or sharing our lives with a horse or other large animal - has therapeutic benefits that are deeper than simple stimulation of the opiate receptors in the skin through touch? Perhaps, through our connection with animals, we are stimulating some deeply buried aspect of nature within us, rekindling a lost connection that allows us to be more than solitary creatures, but part of something greater - and therefor, more healthy, more whole."

Much scientific and psychological research has proven just that. And also that the human animal bond is mutually beneficial under humane circumstances. Many great philosophers, such as Albert Einstein, recognized that we have a great deal of useful information to learn from animals.
In fact, animals are the great teachers, not us, for they have roamed the earth far longer than we and express genuine thought and expression true to their nature, which humans typically do not. We have a great deal to learn from them. Pet Circkles helps us stay more in touch with their health, diet and social needs so we can give back to those who give us so much unconditionally.


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Rough Collie

Featured DOG BREED: Rough Collie.

Rough Collies, also known as long-haired collies generally come in shades of sable, merles, and tri-colored, and recently the Blue Merle Rough Collie is popular. This breed is very similar to its smaller cousin the Shetland Sheepdog which is partly descended from the Rough Collie.
Rough collies should show no nervousness or aggression, and are generally good with children and other animals.[6][7] However, they must be well socialized to prevent shyness. They are medium to large sized dogs, but can be well suited to live in small apartments because of their calm disposition. Like many herding dogs, collies can be fairly vocal, and some are difficult to train not to bark. The amount of herding instinct varies, with some dogs being quite drivy and others calmer.
Rough Collies are very loyal and may be one-family dogs (although most make exceptions for children), but are very rarely aggressive or protective beyond barking and providing a visual deterrent. They are typically excellent with children as long as they have been well-socialized and trained. They are eager to learn and respond best to a gentle hand.
The rough collie's long coat has made the breed successful on northern Midwest farms as an able herder and guardian of the farm during the winter. The dog needs to be gradually acclimated to the cold and a suitable insulated outdoor shelter must be provided for the dog along with ample quality food and a source of unfrozen water. The rough collie also relishes playing in the snow with children during the winter months. They guard the farm while the owner is away and are naturally protective of small children.

Health Concerns: Canine cyclic neutropenia is a cyclic blood disorder that is usually fatal to affected puppies. The disease is also referred to as "gray collie syndrome", due to affected puppies having a pale gray, pinkish/gray or beige coloring, none of which are normal Rough Collie colors. Puppies that survive through adulthood are plagued with immune disorders throughout their lives and rarely live more than three years. DNA testing can help detect carriers of the recessive gene that causes the disease.
As with most of the larger breeds, hip dysplasia is a potential concern for Rough Collies. Although this disease appears to be "multigene", careful selection by many breeders is reducing this problem.
Collie eye anomaly (CEA), a genetic disease which causes improper development of the eye and possible blindness, is a common ailment in the breed.[8] More rarely, Rough Collies can be affected by progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), another genetic disease in which bilateral degeneration of the retina results in progressive vision loss culminating in blindness.
Other concerns with this breed are epilepsy, bloat, a tendency towards allergies, and thyroid disorders (primarily hypothyroidism.)

Life span: 14 – 16 years

Size: Male: 22–24 inches high, Female: 20–22 inches (51–56 cm)
Weight: Male: 45–65 lbs , Female: 40–55 lbs (18–25 kg)

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