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Share the Love: Pet Safe Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day is all about the love we have for one another — including our four-legged sweetie! So, why wouldn’t we want them to join in the festivities? Let’s share the love with treats that are safe for our furry Valentine’s to enjoy!

 

Options for dogs and cats include:

  • Pumpkin

  • Beet

  • Green beans

  • Carrots

  • Peanut butter

  • Apple (without the seeds)

  • Strawberries

  • Boneless, skinless chicken (boiled or canned in water) — no seasoning

  • Canned tuna in water (no seasoning added)

 

Treats that will break their hearts:

  • Avocado

  • Any type of chocolate

  • Any type of coffee

  • Macadamia nuts

  • Raisins or grapes

  • Salt

  • Yeast

  • Alcohol

  • Products sweetened with xylitol

 

If you want your pet’s Valentine’s Day to be extra sweet, here are two recipes for some pet approved cookies!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats

  • 1 cup peanut butter

  • 1 1/2 cup hot water

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, raise oven rack slightly above the middle of the oven.

  2. Mix all ingredients together. Batter will be thick and sticky. (I use my stand mixer)

  3. Grease 2 or 3 cookie sheets, and put a half cup of wheat flour into a small bowl to use in next steps.

  4. Using flour on your hands if necessary, roll batter into 1″ balls. Place 2″ apart on cookie sheets.

  5. Dip a fork into flour and push down on each ball twice to make an “x” and flatten each ball to 1.5″ or 2″ across.

  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Cookies will be hard.

  7. Cool completely on wire rack and store in airtight container for up to two weeks.

  8. You may wish to crush the cookies and make “sprinkles” out of them using a zipper storage bag and the flat side of a meat mallet; keep these in the fridge in a covered container for up to two weeks.

  9. Batch yields 6 dozen cookies.

Pink Valentines Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

– 2 1/2 Cups of Rice Flour

– 1 Egg

– 1 cup cooked beets (or canned beats)  Pureed

– 1/2 cup sweet potato (or canned) Pureed

– 1/2 Cup water

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients together to form a dough.  If you dough is sticky, add more flour, if it’s wet, add a bit more water. Once the dough no longer sticks to your hands, it’s about right!  Lightly flour your surface, and roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut dough into whatever shapes you like. We used hearts for Valentine’s Day!  Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cookies should have a bit of a crunch to them when they are cooled.

 

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Please give a big hello to our gentle giant Shadrach!


Shadrach is a 6 month old Great Dane who weighed in at a whopping EIGHTY-EIGHT pounds! He paid Dr. Davis a visit on January 27th because he was not eating. Obviously this was a concern since big boys like him need all of their vitamins and nutrients. 


Upon examination, a firm area was felt in the abdomen. Radiographs showed a possible foreign object as well as a large amount of stool in the colon. In addition to IV fluids, blood work and medications upon admission, Shadrach was also given an enema in hopes that it might help move the stool from the colon and allow the foreign material to pass. Unfortunately, the recheck of the x-rays later in the evening did not show any improvement and Dr. Spaur took Shadrach into surgery.


Once we began exploring his abdomen, we found multiple areas of concern. It appeared that Shadrach had chosen to snack on his bedding instead of puppy treats. Two different incisions were necessary to remove all of the foreign material, one piece from his stomach and another piece from his intestines. Dr. Spaur also found what is called an “intussusception”. This occurs when one portion of the intestine folds inside of the other, similar to a telescope. If not diagnosed and treated, this can become quite serious and life-threatening. Thankfully, we were able to correct this issue and Shadrach recovered from surgery with no complications. He happily munched on some chicken the next day, and he was sent home with strict instructions to keep his diet focused only on food and NO bedding!