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October, 2019

7 Tips For Enjoying Autumn With Your Furry Best Friend

(BPT) - Autumn is a great time to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors in the company of your favorite four-legged friend. The temperatures have cooled down and the fall colors are starting to appear, yet it's not too cold to enjoy a brisk walk or even a leisurely stroll together. It's also a fun time to enjoy holidays and treats with your pet - as long as you know what's healthy for them, and what's not. Here are some do's and don'ts for enjoying the changing season with your furry best friend this fall.

DO enjoy long walks or hikes with your dog. Like humans, dogs need exercise, and they don't usually get enough of a workout just hanging out in your backyard. Whether you opt for a fast-paced walk or jog, or a longer, more relaxed walk around a park, chances are you will enjoy it almost as much as your dog does. And it's good for both of you! Stop to play a game like fetch with your pooch once in a while, especially if you're starting to feel worn out but your dog still has pep. You'll both come back home relaxed and happy.

DON'T let your dog off the leash unless it's permitted, such as at your local dog park. Even then, know your dog and his or her behavior, and let that be your guide - if you have difficulty controlling your pet around other dogs or unfamiliar humans, a leash will also help keep your pet safe from harm.

DO let your dog frolic in your piles of leaves as you're cleaning up the yard this fall. While it may take you longer to complete your task, your dog will have a ton of fun - especially small-prey hunting dogs that like to burrow, such as terriers.

DO check your dog thoroughly for ticks after spending any time outdoors, and do this just outside the front door, to avoid bringing any pests inside. You can get advice on tick removal and prevention from your veterinarian.

DO let your dog enjoy occasional treats that are made especially for dogs. Some are created to celebrate the season, like Purina's limited edition treat - Beggin' Strips With Real Pumpkin. Real meat is the first ingredient, and they are also made using real bacon, with no artificial flavors or FD&C colors. Your dog will enjoy the flavor of real pumpkin, just like you do.

DON'T let your dog eat table scraps, no matter what holiday you're celebrating. According to Dr. Kurt Venator, chief veterinary officer at Purina, many holiday favorites, from chocolate, grapes and raisins to ingredients like onions, can be hazardous to a dog's health. Another very harmful ingredient for dogs is xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in things like gum, mints and candy. Even a small amount of xylitol can be very hazardous to dogs.

DO consider making or buying an outdoor dog house for your four-legged pal, if you don't already have one. While dogs still enjoy spending time outdoors year-round, it's a good idea to provide some shelter from rain, cold and wind as the season heads toward winter. The internet and your local home improvement store are great resources for DIY dog house building plans and materials. This is also a great project to involve the kids. Enjoy your pet during this festive season by sharing the best of the weather and appropriate treats with your dog. Make the most of the season so you'll both have great memories to last you through the colder days of winter ahead.

In Memorium

Remembering our dear friends who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge
We hope everyone in our Top Dog family has a fun-filled, spook-tacular Halloween! Please be safe and remember to keep your Halloween candy out of the reach of your fur kids since many ingredients can be toxic to dogs and cats. For alternative pet treats that you can make at home, see the recipes at the end of this newsletter!
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Pet of the Month

Our Pet of the Month for October is our tuxedo pal, Anastasia! This sweet kitty thrives on attention and is a purrr-fect lap warmer! She is extrememly affectionate and LOVES men!
Did you know...
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 Tasty Cat Claws

Makes 18 treats
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 5 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons soft margarine
  • 1 tablespoon cod liver oil
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/4 cup soy flour
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine water, cheese, margarine and oil.
  3. Add flour and form a dough.
  4. Roll to 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutter.
  5. Bake at 300 degrees on an ungreased cookie sheet for 20-25 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden.

 Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

Makes 25 treats
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff.
  3. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.
For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog.

~ Roger Caras
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