Five Toys Your Dog Will Want Under The Christmas Tree

The holidays are always a good excuse to further spoil our favorite pups. To get your Christmas ready for your canine, Joanne shares her five tried and true toys her dogs love and that have withstood the test of time over the years. As promised, the links to all of the toys are in the description box below. As an Amazon affiliate, Joanne may receive a small commission from your purchase if you decided to shop the links below. As always, thank you for supporting dogs in need and Convos For Canines! Happy Holidays!

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Have you used any of these before? Are you planning on trying any of them out? Comment and let us know what you thought or if you dog loved their Christmas gift(s)!

Foods Your Dog Should Avoid During The Holidays

Chances are this isn’t the first time that you’ve visited a list of things that your dog shouldn’t eat. If you’re anything like me, you are constantly in a state of Googling things your dog should or should not consume, because frankly, you just can’t remember it all.

While this is NOT a comprehensive inventory of all the things they should avoid, for that would be a very long blog post, this article discusses some of the most vital foods to avoid during the holiday season. Many pre-packaged or processed foods are loaded with additives, spices, and ingredients that will make our dogs ill or worse.

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  1. Nuts. Here’s the disclaimer on nuts, some nuts ARE OKAY for dogs, but others are NOT. Err on the side of safety and keep nuts out of reach for your dog.

  2. Onions. We all know onions are poisonous to dogs, but chives, leeks, garlic, and shallots—anything in the onion family can be toxic. Given that a lot of prepared foods have some variation of garlic or onions in them, it’s best to steer clear of them altogether.

  3. Breads. As they say, most things are fine in moderation. Bread isn’t inherently bad for your dog, especially if it’s plain without any kind of herbs or seasonings, but bread, much like for humans, can cause weight gain with the excess intake of carbohydrates. To add, many dogs are sensitive or allergic to wheat, grains, gluten, and the like. In the end, choose a healthier treat for them other than bread.

  4. Sweets. This encompasses any kind of sweet treat you can think of from candy to chocolate (especially chocolate!) right down to my favorite, baked goods. Commercial sweets utilize an array of sweeteners from high fructose corn syrup to xylitol to cane sugar, all of which are unhealthy and harmful to our dogs. Plus, such goodies are high in caloric intake causing your favorite pooch to gain unnecessary extra pounds.

  5. Alcohol. You’ll read that alcohol isn’t purported to be deadly to our dogs, but it isn’t something that they would naturally come across in nature to drink; thus, over consumption of alcohol beverages can cause toxicity in dogs if enough of it is ingested. Obviously, tolerances and sensitivity are going to depend on the size, health, and allergies in an animal, but overall, alcohol—in any form—is not a healthy, safe option for dogs to consume.


7 Reasons You Should Adopt, Not Shop

You’ve heard the saying ‘Adopt, Don’t Shop,’ but when you see that what does it really mean to you?

Is it just a phrase you’ve heard again and again and that you’ve become totally desensitized to?

I get it. It’s hard to constantly be bombarded with all of the animals there are to save, to help, or as one person to feel like you can make a difference.

I feel the same way, but the truth is, yes, you can totally make a difference.

While animal rescue and advocacy is so complex and a very gray issue, I want to focus on mainly giving you some eye opening factoids behind those three little words: ‘Adopt, Don’t Shop.’

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7 Tips To Keep Fido Safe During Halloween

As much fun as Halloween can be for mammals of the two legged variety, not everyone enjoys the frightful holiday as much as we do. For our four legged children, Halloween is terrifying—literally.

Imagine this scenario: you wake up in an unfamiliar place surrounded by funny, if not, odd looking people, sickly smells, flashing, blinking, and strobing lights, as well as intense, prolonged noises for hours on end. Doesn’t sound enjoyable does it? To describe it in that manner, that’s how our canines perceive Halloween. Everything about it can be unsettling for even the most cool, calm, and collected pups.

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To keep Fido happy and safe during the season of terror, follow these easy, simple tips:

  1. Keep the candy out of reach. We all know how dangerous chocolate can be for dogs. With the overabundance of candy on Halloween, it’s easier than ever for them to get their paws on it! Put the candy bowl in a high, inaccessible place and monitor candy consumption in the household (especially if the little ones are rummaging through their candy on the living room floor!). We promise you’ll appreciate skipping a trip to the emergency vet or worse!

  2. Double check identification. In the event you are planning to take Spot out on the town with you on Halloween night, double check that they have proper identification. You never know what may spook them (again, literally!), so at least if they get away from you, your contact information is easily accessible ensuring that you and Spot will be reunited sooner than later. If they are micro-chipped and your information has changed, be sure to update that as well.

  3. Create a safe haven. If you know that your house is going to be the most popular place on the block on Halloween, consider creating a safe space for your dogs to hang out during the festivities (or at least have an opportunity to get away from the action). It doesn’t have to be anything complicated; maybe you place a cushy blanket in the corner of the closet, close the blinds, curtains, and bedroom door, and turn on some soothing music. In situations like these, the more familiar for the animal the better. It will prevent overwhelm, keep to their routine, and make sure they stay safe.

  4. Remove masks and other head/face covering garments. Even when I wear a clay mask, my dogs immediately get weirded out by my changed appearance. If Fido sees a scary mask, hat, crazy beard, or face paint, he may not know who you are and react accordingly. The change in appearance can be very stressful for them, because they don’t understand, like we do, that it’s all make believe.

  5. Maintain a safe distance. If you’ve got a nervous Nelly like I do, children running up to her on a normal basis is scary. Add costumes and a sugar rush, and the little ones are sure to send her stress level through the roof. If you know your dog is wary of tiny people already or easily spooked, opt to leave them at home.

  6. Don’t force the dress up. Some dogs LOVE to wear clothes, but that’s not something that comes natural to most of them. If your dog is showing signs of nervousness—ears back, tail tucked, wide eyes, closed mouth, tight jawline, stiff, rigid body movement, or cowering—they are showing you, they don’t like playing dress up. In other words, don’t force it.

  7. Wires, plastic, and batteries, oh my! It’s not uncommon for Spot to think that those Halloween decorations are actually his brand new chew toys. Between all the plastics, wires, batteries, dyes, and glitter, Halloween decorations can be toxic and extremely dangerous to dogs. Decorate in out of reach areas or be sure to supervise their activity in any spaces that have Halloween decorations.

We hope those tips were helpful for you as you prepare for the spookiest night of the year. Now, I want to know—what are YOU dressing up as this year?