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Pet Friendly Canada Newsletter - April 2010


"There is no faith which has never yet been broken - except that of a truly faithful dog." (Konrad Lorenz)

"As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind." (Cleveland Amory)

Featured Story: MY LASSIE

Source: - Pet Stories Dog story "I always wanted a collie, ever since seeing Lassie as a little girl. So when Mom died and left me a little money I looked for a collie puppy. I finally found one puppy, who was born the very day Mom died. The breeder told me she was a trouble-maker, but I didn't care.

I named her Leah. She did prove to be trouble, always sticking that long nose where it didn't belong and constantly escaping. But one day she proved to be my hero.

I had been having back pain and was in and out of the hospital for it with no results. I was laying in bed and Leah kept poking my back with her nose and grumbling and growling. I sent her off the bed and she would get back up and start again..." [Continue Reading]


"Hi, I really enjoy receiving your newsletter. I would like to share these photos of my girl, Fawna, watching TV. She loves it, especially when there are other doggies on it." - Dianne from Brantford, Ontario

"This is Buffy, helpin' with the washin'!" - from Hamilton, Ontario

"Heidi is now 11 years old and still looks like an angel. She is my best friend and trusted companion. She comes everywhere with me and sleeps on my bed." - Linda R.
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- by Drs. Foster and Smith

Question: Which foods could be dangerous for my dog?

Answer: Some foods which are edible for humans, and even other species of animals, can pose hazards for dogs because of their different metabolism. Some may cause only mild digestive upsets, whereas, others can cause severe illness, and even death. The following common food items should not be fed (intentionally or unintentionally) to dogs. This list is, of course, incomplete because we can not possibly list everything your dog should not eat.

  • Alcoholic beverages - Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.

  • Baby food - Can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to dogs. (Please see onion below.) Can also result in nutritional deficiencies, if fed in large amounts.

  • Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources - Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.

  • Cat food - Generally too high in protein and fats.

  • Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine - Contains caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous systems.

  • Citrus oil extracts - Can cause vomiting.

Click here to view the whole list of foods to avoid feeding your dog.

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