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Issue - January 2014
In this Issue:
Letter to our Breeders
9 Winter Pet Safety Tips
Our Dog Expert comments
Happy New Year Apple Crunch Pupcakes
Pet Humor
Tip of the Month
Pet's World
A letter to our Breeders
Dear Member,
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We hope the holiday season has treated you and your furry friends well. We wanted to take a moment to welcome all the new members who have joined our community over the past year. As we continue to grow, we proudly keep our commitment of being the most comprehensive directory of reputable and responsible purebred dog breeders in North America.
Please make sure you read our article on winter pet safety. Did you know that more dogs are lost in winter than any other season? Keep reading to learn more winter safety tips for your pet. If any of you missed last month's opportunity to enjoy some great deals on pet insurance from Trupanion, feel free to contact pam@petbreederconnection, and she will be happy to forward you the information.
Once again, Happy New Year to all our wonderful Pet Breeder Connection members, and please remember to tell your friends about us. We keep growing everyday, and hope to continue to be the most comprehensive North American directory of reputable and responsible breeders.
The Pet Breeder Connection Team
A message to Pet Lovers
9 Winter Pet Safety Tips
Is your pet ready for winter? Here are some pet safety tips to keep your dog and cat warm and safe.
Winter is settling in with the first bitter cold spell and snow hitting Chicago this week. Are you up on winter pet safety tips to keep your furry friend safe from the cold bite of winter? Cold and extreme weather conditions post problems for pets, especially if they are used to being indoors.
Here are some winter pet safety tips to help keep your pet safe and warm from Dr. Robyn Barbiers, a veterinarian and president of The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago's oldest and largest animal welfare organization.
Bring All Pets Indoors – The Anti-Cruelty Society recommends that all of your pets live indoors with you. If you do have a pet that spends most of its time outdoors, bring them indoors during sub-zero temperatures. Frostbite can set in very rapidly and may lead to death. Since dogs need to go outdoors to do their duty, make their time outdoors as brief as possible.
Frostbite – Even though companion animals have a fur coat, most cats and dogs cannot endure the cold of winter for more than 10 to 15 minutes. Pets left outdoors can get frostbite and even freeze to death. Signs of frostbite include skin that is pale and cool to the touch, with decreased sensation in the affected area. If you suspect frostbite, gently warm the area with warm – not hot – water and then take the animal to your veterinarian. Once an area has been frozen it becomes more susceptible to cold and frostbite.
Anti-Freeze – A winter pet safety tip that is often overlooked is the consumption of anti-freeze. Animals are attracted to this substance by its sweet taste. It can be fatal if ingested, so keep all anti-freeze bottles out of your pet's reach. Also be sure to clean up any spills in your garage or driveway immediately. If your cat or dog should swallow anti-freeze--or any poison--contact your veterinarian immediately.
Car Engines – In cold weather, cats allowed outdoors might crawl beneath cars and climb up inside the engines seeking warmth and shelter. This can lead to injuries or death when the engines are started. To prevent such an occurrence, keep your cat indoors at all times. To protect stray cats, an important winter pet safety tip is to knock on your car's hood or sound your horn before starting the car in cold weather
It's the Law – According to The Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare, "If your dog lives outside, your dog must be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.
Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check your pet's water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal; when the temperature is low, your pet's tongue can stick and freeze to metal."
Some other tips to remember during the cold weather –
Ice, salt and snow – Dogs step in a lot of stuff outside, from salt to sleet and snow to mud. Dog boots will keep their paws dry and will cut down on the possibility of them licking something harmful off their paws. If you don't use a boot, clean and dry their paws each time you come back in from the cold.
Keep your dog on leash – More dogs are lost in winter than any other season because it's so easy for them to lose their sense and perspective during a snowstorm. Keep them on a leash or go to a fenced-in dog area. It's even more important to keep your pet leashed if you live near a pond or river so they aren't tempted to go out on the ice and possibly fall through.
Be cautious when out in the dark – Since there are fewer daylight hours, many people have no choice than to be out with their dog in the dark of the morning or evening. Keep your dog close and don't use a retractable leash. Be careful when crossing streets and alleys that your dog is by your side and easier to see. Use reflective gear so both you and your dog are easier to spot.
Food and drink – If your dog loves to spend time out in the cold, make sure you increase his or her protein levels. Also make sure there is plenty of clean, unfrozen water to keep your pet hydrated.
Think You Know What a Hungry Dog Looks Like? Think Again!
It's a common problem that dog-treating veterinarians encounter almost every single day. It happens when the owners of overweight dogs, typically in an effort to reduce their dog's dietary intake, meet an obstacle they mistakenly refer to as "hunger."
Hunger: As in, "I tried to cut down her food to two scoops instead of three, and she was so hungry she followed me around all day with that hang-dog look on her face."
But here's the thing: "Hunger" in this context seldom approximates the veterinary definition. When veterinarians refer to hunger, we tend to mean what happens when an organism doesn't receive the nutrients it needs to achieve its biological goals. Yet what dog owners mean by hunger has more to do with how their pets act when they're deprived of a satisfying resource they're accustomed to receiving.
In other words, most owned and loved dogs, like most Americans, are seldom truly hungry in the clinical sense of the word. In our culture's common tongue, it's employed more as a general term relating to the behaviors our pets display when they want food.
In case it's not already obvious, what I'm offering here isn't a novel concept. Everyone from Oprah and Dr. Oz to your own physician has told you so: Wanting to eat doesn't necessarily mean you're hungry. Living in a land of plenty, we modern humans have a way of getting these things confused. Which is presumably why we tend to suffer obesity at such alarming rates.
So why should it be any different when it comes to our dogs? It's not.
At a recent conference I attended on the subject of pet nutrition, childhood obesity expert and professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Theresa Nicklas, described how different parenting styles correlated with obesity in children.
Which came as no surprise to the practicing veterinarians in the room. We're are all too familiar with the indulgent "parenting" style of the owner who laces the food bowl with cream and distributes treats every time the dog looks her way. We're also no stranger to a "neglectful" style of the owner who fills a bowl of kibble into bottomless perpetuity and pays no attention to the amount of food the pet consumes daily.
Though vastly different in intent, both styles have one thing in common (apart from tending to induce obesity): Neither takes into account an animal's true nutritional needs. Both are all about satisfying the pet's desire to eat and hoping that'll be good enough.
Though the neglectful style is definitely a factor in my practice, the indulgent style is far more prevalent among my clientele. These are the people who have the "hungry" thing all wrong.
It should be obvious they're "killing their pet with kindness" with their "food is love" mentality, yet from a veterinarian's perspective, it can be difficult to demonstrate these concepts to a pet owner in the context of a veterinary exam room. After all, informing doting pet owners that they're indulgent parents who woefully misinterpret their pet's behavioral cues as nutritional imperatives might make them sit up, but it won't make them want to hear any more of what you've got to say.
The Signs of Satiety
I got to thinking about this recently after the fifth fat dog of the morning arrived with yet another "hungry hang-dog" story as to why he clocked in heavier than the year before (despite having had this very same conversation 12 months prior). Could it be as simple as telling pet owners what "hungry" isn't?
With that in mind, I came up with a few choice examples of what passes for canine "hunger" (and rarely is):
1. His bowl is full, but he doesn't touch it.
  He'd rather sit and salivate as you massage meatloaf fixings. You assume he's hungry and so you feed him the detritus of your kitchen work. Later that night he cleans his bowl too. This dog is smart (and fat).
2. Her bowl is full, but she doesn't touch it until you add tasty things to it (ground beef, chicken, cottage cheese, yogurt, etc.).
  In fact, you're convinced she'd never have her "hunger" satisfied unless you doctored up her food. And that would be OK if a) you maintained a sound nutritional balance in your add-in choices and b) you didn't feed too many calories, but both are rarely the case. In fact, many owners will find that their dogs will increasingly turn their noses up at food that isn't primarily comprised of add-ins., which is how "she'll only eat chicken" happens.
3. His bowl is full (sense a pattern here?), but he won't eat unless you happen to come across a food he thinks is good enough.
  This could take many tries and maybe more than a day or two, all of which convinces you he's starving. But the truth is that dogs' metabolisms are such that they can easily go for many days without experiencing true starvation.
  In fact, most dogs whose owners say they have to work hard to keep their pets eating on a daily basis are overweight. I suspect this is because these dogs are not naturally inclined to eat what their owners deem to be an "acceptable" amount of food. And some may not even be interested in eating every single day. It's clear to me that a certain percentage of dogs would appropriately self-regulate their own weight and caloric intake - if only we stayed out of it!
4. Her bowl is never full. She's a bottomless pit.
  She follows us everywhere begging for food. This perfectly describes a chocolate Labrador. It also describes a great many of my non-Lab patients (including my own Pug mix, Slumdog). It should be obvious that this dog is not hungry. This dog simply wants to eat.
  It's been proposed that some dogs that suffer extreme versions of what is sometimes called "food obsession" are experiencing a true behavioral abnormality that may be genetic in origin, but this has not yet been confirmed. A recent study out of the UK describes some of these dogs as Bridget Jones-style "comfort eaters," but that too remains the source of some dispute.
In any case, the majority of my overweight patients tend to fall under this latter category. They're the ones who never seem satisfied and tend to be described as chronically "hungry." As such, they don't tend to lose weight easily.
Still, if I can somehow convince their owners that they're offering enough calories and that their dogs are not truly hungry in the clinical sense of the word, I can usually make headway when it comes to weight loss.
But seeing as it can be hard to know exactly when we, as humans, are truly hungry and when we are not, it's clear this approach has its limitations. Nonetheless, I'm convinced it'll help a certain percentage of pet owners to know that …
a) food-solicitous behavior doesn't always equate to hunger,
b) "hungry" is a universally difficult to interpret concept in the context of our culture, and
c) they're not alone.
Our Dog Expert comments:
Teaching Puppies House Manners
July's 2012 breeder of the month & owner of Doggo Training, Stefan Subaseanu, comments …
Dear friends,
As a continuation of last's month's article, I would like to talk about house manners.
"We all want our dogs to be calm and obedient in the house."
"We all want to be able to have friends come to our house and not have to deal with an out of control dog."
I can tell you that it is possible.
As I said before, the crate plays a very important role in teaching our puppies house manners. What are they allowed to do, and what they are not. What's acceptable and what's not.
I recently got a puppy. He is now 11 weeks old, and he is one of the most energetic breeds out there, a Belgian Malinois. He comes from a very strong working line, so...he has a ton of energy.
This is how I teach my puppy what my expectations for him in the house are.
To begin with, he sleeps in the crate.
The first couple of nights, he woke me up to go outside, but now my little friend sleeps all night.
Around 6 am he tells me that he needs out.
I take him out and I STAY with him until he's done.
Then we come back in the house and he goes back inside the crate while I go to the washroom and get myself ready.
I come downstairs and make my coffee.
Once that is done, I get the puppy out of the crate, attach a leash to his collar and I sit down to enjoy my coffee and answer emails.
He is with me, lying on the floor chewing in a bone. (I get my coffee, he gets his bone). I am holding on to the leash so he can't go anywhere or everywhere to get himself into trouble.
When I am done I can put him back in the crate, if I have other things to do. If not, I will take my little friend on a walk or out for some training.
When we get back, he goes back in the crate.
I am assuming that most of you go to work.
This is where it gets interesting.
If you are gone for 8-10 hours, you cannot let your puppy run freely in the house, but you also can't crate him for that many hours either.
So, it is you job to find a solution to this. Find a friend or a neighbor who is willing to come in and let him out at least once during the day, or hire a dog walker.
This way, not only does your puppy stay safe, but he also has no choice but also to get used the routine of your day.
Now I am back home.
I take the puppy out for a potty break and for a walk eventually.
When we return from our walk, I will spend some time with my puppy and show him around the house. Again, all this happens ON LEASH.
He is never off leash at this point. Otherwise I will have to chase him to stop him from doing silly things.
As I'm sure you have figured out by now, I control my puppy's life 100%.
It helps avoiding conflicts.
I also never play with my puppy inside the house.
I don't want to create these expectations. He won't be able to understand when I want him calm and when I want him to play. Not now, at least.
Playtime is only outside.
When it comes to visitors, my puppy always greets them at the door, with me, holding the leash.
After this, I can continue having him around us, and controlling him. If this is not possible, I will put him in the crate.
But remember, it is critical in my opinion that the dog learns what to expect at the door. I want him to learn that he can see my friends, but he cannot abuse the situation, as they walk in.
In a nutshell, I always supervise my puppy and he is never out of my sight when he is not in the crate.
This is how I teach him what behavior is acceptable, and which is not.
He learns to stay calm around us in the house.
By following these simple rules you will be able to set certain expectation and you dog will learn to follow.
If you do not follow this guide, you will set another set of expectations and you dog will learn that he can do whatever he wants.
"In living with your dog, you train your dog to live with you."
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Pet humor of the month:
Pets World
If You Only Read One Thing Today, Read This
They told me the big black lab's name was "Reggie" as I looked at him lying in his cage. The shelter was quite clean and the people were really friendly. I'd only been in the area for six months, but everywhere I went in the small college town, people were welcoming and open. Everyone waves when you pass them on the street. But something was missing as I attempted to settle into my new life here, and I thought a dog might be just the thing. It would give me someone to talk to, and I had just seen Reggie's advertisement on the local news. The shelter said they had received numerous calls, but the people who had come to see him just didn't look like "lab people", whatever that means. They must have thought I did.
But at first, I thought the shelter had misjudged me in giving me Reggie and his things, which consisted of a dog pad, a bag of toys almost all of which were brand new tennis balls, his dishes, and a sealed letter from his previous owner. See, Reggie and I didn't really hit it off when we got home. We struggled for two weeks (which is how long the shelter told me to give him to adjust to his new home). Maybe it was the fact that I was trying to adjust too. Maybe we were too much alike.
For some reason, his stuff (except for the tennis balls-he wouldn't go anywhere without two stuffed in his mouth) got tossed in with all of my other unpacked boxes. I guess I didn't really think he would need his old stuff, and that I'd get him new things once he settled in, but it became pretty clear that wasn't going to happen.
I tried the normal commands that the shelter told me he knew, ones like "sit" or "stay", "come" or "heel," and he'd follow them, when he felt like it. He never really seemed to listen when I called his name-sure, he'd look in my direction after the fourth or fifth time I said it, but then he'd just go back to doing whatever. When I'd ask again, you could almost see him sigh, and then grudgingly obey.
This just wasn't going to work. He chewed a couple of shoes, and some unpacked boxes. I was a little too stern with him, and I could see that he resented it. The friction got so bad that I couldn't wait for the two weeks to be up, and when it was, I was in full search-mode for my cell phone amid all of my unpacked stuff. I remembered leaving in the stack of boxes for the guest room, but I also mumbled, rather cynically, that the "darn dog probably hid it on me!"
Finally I found it, but before I could punch up the shelter's number, I also found his pad, and other toys from the shelter. I tossed the pad in his direction and he sniffed it and wagged. That was the most enthusiasm I had seen since bringing him home. But then I called "Hey Reggie, you like that? Come here and I'll give you a treat." Instead he sort of glanced in my direction-maybe glared is more accurate-and then gave me discontented sigh and flopped down with his back to me.
Well, that's not going to do it either, and as I was just going to call the shelter again, my eyes landed on that sealed envelope. I had completely forgotten about that too. "Okay Reggie, lets see if your previous owner has any advice."
Well, I can't say that I'm happy you're reading this, a letter I told the shelter could only be opened by Reggie's new owner. I'm not even happy writing it. If you are reading this, it means that I just had my last car ride with my Lab after dropping him off at the shelter. He knew something was different. I have packed up his pad and toys before and set them by the back door before a trip, but this time…its like he knew something was wrong…which is why I have to try to make it right.
So let me tell you about my lab in the hopes that it will help him bond with you and you with him.
Firstly, he loves tennis balls. The more the merrier. Sometimes I think he is part squirrel, the way he hoards them. He always has two in his mouth, and he often tries to get a third in there. He hasn't done it yet! It doesn't matter where you throw them, he will bound after it, so be careful, really, don't do it by any roads. I made that mistake once, and it almost cost him dearly.
Next, commands. Maybe the shelter staff already told you, but I'll go over them again: He knows the obvious ones like sit, stay, come, and heel. He knows hand signals as well. Back to turn around and go back when you put your hand straight up, over if you put your hand our right or left, shake for shaking water off, and paw for a high-five. He does down when he feels like lying down. He knows ball, and food, and bone and treat like nobody's business. I trained Reggie with small food treats. Nothing opens his ears like little pieces of hot dog.
He's up on his shots. Call the clinic on 9th street and update his info with yours. They'll be sure to send you a reminder when his shots are due. Be forewarned: Reggie hates the vet. Good luck getting him in the car-I don't know how he knows when it's time to go to the vet, but he knows.
Finally, give him some time. I've never been married, so it's only been Reggie and me for his whole life. He's gone everywhere with me, so please include him on your daily journeys if you can. He will sit in the back seat and never complain. He just loves to be around people, me most especially.
Which means that this transition is going to be hard. And that is why I need to share one more bit of information with you…his name is not Reggie.
I don't know what made me do it, but when I dropped him off at the shelter, I told them his name was Reggie. He's a smart dog, he'll get used to it and respond to it, of that I have no doubt, but I just could not bear to give them his real name. For me to do that, it seemed so final that handing him over to the shelter was as good as me admitting that I would never see him again. If I end up coming back, getting him, and tearing up this letter, great, but if someone else is reading it…well, that means his new owner should know his real name.
His real name is "Tank" because that's what I drive.
Again, if you are reading this, and you are from the area, maybe my name has been on the news. I told the shelter that they couldn't make Reggie available for adoption until they received word from my company commander. See, my parents are gone, I have no siblings, no one I could've left Tank with…and it was my only real request of the army when I was deployed to Iraq, that they make the phone call to the shelter, in the event…to tell them that Tank could be put up for adoption. Luckily my colonel is a dog guy too and he knew where my platoon was headed. He said he'd do it personally, and if you are reading this, he made good on his word.
Well, this letter is getting downright depressing, even though, frankly, I am just writing it for my dog. I couldn't imagine if I was writing it for a wife and kids and family, but Tank has been my family for the last six year, almost as long as the army has been my family. And now I hope and pray that you will make him part of your family and he will come to love you the same way he loved me.
That unconditional love from a dog is what I took with me to Iraq as an inspiration to do something selfless, to protect innocent people from those who would do terrible things…. and to keep those terrible people from coming over here. If I had to give up Tank in order to do it, I am glad to have done so. He was my example of service and of love.
All right, that's enough. I deploy this evening and I have to drop this letter off at the shelter. I don't' think I'll say another goodbye to Tank though; I cried too much the first time. Maybe I'll just peek in on him though and see if he finally got that third tennis ball in his mouth. Good luck with Tank. Give him a good home, and give him an extra kiss goodnight-every night-from me.
Thank You,
Paul Mallory
I folded the letter and slipped it back in the envelope. Sure I had heard of Paul Mallory, everyone in town knew him, even new people like me. Local kid, killed in Iraq a few months ago and posthumously earning the Silver Star when he gave his life to save three buddies. Flags had been half-mast all summer. I leaned forward in my chair and rested my elbows on my knees, staring at the dog. "Hey Tank," I said quietly. The dog's head whipped up, his ears cocked and his eyes bright. "C'mere boy." He was instantly on his feet, his nails clicking on the hardwood floor. He sat in front of me, his head tilted, searching for the name he hadn't heard in months. 'Tank" I whispered. His tail swished. I kept whispering his name over and over, and each time, his ears lowered, his eyes softened, and his posture relaxed, as a wave of contentment just seemed to flood him. I stroked his ears, rubbed his shoulders, buried my face into his scruff and just hugged him. "It's me now Tank, just you and me. Your old pal gave you to me." Tank reached up and licked my cheek. "So whatdaya say we play some ball?" His ears perked again. "Yeah? Ball? You like that? Ball?" Tank tore from my hands and disappeared into the next room, and when he came back, he had three tennis balls in his mouth.
A Real Life 'Fox and Hound' Story
Once upon a time, deep in a Norwegian forest, a man named Torgeir Berge and his dog Tinni came across a wild animal that would change their lives forever: a fox Berge named Sniffer that grew to be the dog's best friend.
This isn't the beginning of a classic children's tale yet, but Berge hopes to turn it into a bestseller soon.
Since capturing his dog's budding relationship with some heartwarmingly beautiful photographs (see below), he's decided to pair up with his own friend, writer Berit Helberg, to put together a short storybook filled with the tales of the two best friends from different worlds.
What Berge hopes to achieve with the book is for people to come to the same conclusion he has: that wild animals are really not all that different from our beloved household pets.
He's become an avid critic of the fox fur trade industry in Norway, and hopes to gain compassion for the foxes that are killed for their fur, as well as kept in tiny, cramped cages their whole lives.
The book will include facts about foxes, and proceeds raised will go toward saving foxes from the fur trade.
An English version of the book will be published in 2014.
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Pet's recipe of the Month
Happy New Year Apple Crunch Pupcakes
A fruity treat your dog will adore
2 ¾ cups water
1/4 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
2 tbsp honey
1/8 tbsp vanilla extract
1 medium egg
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup dried apple chips (unsweetened)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2 Mix water, applesauce, honey, egg, and vanilla together in a bowl
3 Add remaining ingredients and mix until well blended
4 Pour into lightly greased muffin pans
5 Bake 1 ¼ hours
Tip of the Month
How to Make Your Own Chew Toy
Let's face it: having a dog with a chewing habit can get expensive.
Even if you head to the bargain bin for your stuffed toys and balls, it can add up fast, especially if your dog is the type who destroys rather than nibbles. But going without chew toys can often be more expensive, leaving your dog with only the furniture — or your favorite pair of shoes! — As an outlet for this destructive instinct.
So why not make your own chew toys? By using materials you already have around the house, you'll also be reducing waste, making a positive impact on our environment, and providing your dog with toys that already have a friendly, familiar smell.
Step 1: Hunt for Materials
Socks without a match, stained shirts, and torn pants — these won't do much good for Goodwill or the Salvation Army, but they can have a second life as a dog toy. Ideally, you want organic, cotton, and dye-free materials to avoid having your dog ingest unnecessary chemicals.
Another great source: old dog toys! Yep, the next time your dog goes to town on a store-bought toy, save up the parts that aren't too small (or too slobbery). The stuffing is particularly valuable, since it often doesn't get too damaged in the process.
Better yet, be on the lookout for dog-friendly materials throughout the year. Designate a small bin or basket, and toss in items as you find them.
Step 2: Clean the Materials
This doesn't necessarily mean throwing them in the laundry (although sometimes that might be needed, too). Get out a pair of scissors, and remove any buttons, ribbons, strings, zippers, sequins, or other decorations that aren't safe for your dog to ingest. In the end, you want just a plain piece of fabric.
Then cut the material into rough squares or rectangles. The exact measurements don't matter, but you do want it to be big enough that your dog can't swallow it whole.
Step 3: Sew It Together
Take each square of fabric, fold it in half, and sew up two sides of the square you've created. A sewing machine will mean tighter stitching which may give it a slightly longer lifespan (depending on your dog), but sewing it by hand is just fine, too.
Now you have a pocket that you can stuff with, well, stuffing. If you were unable to recover any from long-gone dog toys don't worry — you can find toy stuffing for as low as $3 to 5 for a 20 ounce bag at craft or fabric stores. Those mismatched socks you've gathered make great stuffing also.
When you're done filling the pocket, it should look like a small pillow. Then you can sew up that last side. Sure, it doesn't look as fancy as the plushies you buy at the pet store, but your dog won't mind. If you're particularly crafty, you can use a pattern for a shape like a dog bone or a heart to give it a little more character.
Step 4: Hand It Over
Now it's time to watch your pooch enjoy your efforts! As with any chew toy, you should keep an eye on your dog if he pulls it apart to ensure nothing is ingested. Stringy fabric can get caught in the intestines and any dietary change can cause a stomach upset.
If you suspect your dog may have ingested something dangerous, watch for changes in his behavior, and call your veterinarian for guidance.
Step 5: Repeat the Process
After your dog has destroyed all your hard work… pick up the pieces! You can use them to make your next set of dog toys.
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