Monday, November 8, 2010

Obesity in Pets

Just like people, pets become "a little too healthy." Obese pets can have serious health problems including arthritis, heat and respiratory problems, and shorter life spans. Your pet is overweight if you cannot feel his ribs or backbone when you lightly run your hands over him. Although it is hard to ignore the pleading eyes of your adoring pet, it is best to turn away and not give in to his pleas for more food.

In order to avoid over feeding it is best to use the feeding guides only as a recommendation. Pet food packages will often recommend how much to feed your pet. However it really depends on your pet's age, activity level, and size. It is always best to use your own judgment.

Try not to use the "free-feed" method. In other words, resist leaving food out for your pet all day long. This can be a big contributor to overeating.

It is also important to provide your pet with plenty of exercise. Take him our for an extra little walk or play with her in the house for a little bit each day. Every little bit helps.

Make sure you check severe weight loss or gain with your vet. If you think you are feeding your pet adequately but he loses weight, or your pet suddenly starts gaining weight, it is best to consult your vet.

Older and overweight pets may need to be switched to special diets. There are lots of high-quality pet food formulated especially for senior pets, as well as plenty of low-calorie diets. You may want to consult with your vet for recommendations.

Most importantly with the holidays approaching, resist the urge to feed your pet table scraps.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

National Dog Day

August 26th is National Dog Day. We wanted to wish you all a Happy National Dog Day and to tell you how this day came about!

National Dog Day always falls on August 26th.

National Dog Day has two goals: to honor dogs, and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. It's an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of dogs in our lives.

This day is intended to honor dogs for all that they do for us. In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs help us out in countless ways. They are watchdogs for our safety. They lead the blind. Dogs aid in search and rescue, and they seek out bombs and drugs.

The second goal of National Dog Day is to rescue dogs in need. On occasion, dogs need us to save them from homelesness and abuse. The goal of the National Dog Day foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year. Lend a hand to help a dog in need today, or any day.

National Dog Day was created by the National Dog Day Foundation. Their motto is "Saving 10,000 Dogs - One Day at a Time".

National Dog Day was founded in 2004.

National Dog Day is against any kind of "breed ban". Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man. And while we feel that American's have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, we strongly discourage buying from pet stores, backyard breeders, the internet, newspaper ads and puppy mills, and rather encourage those seeking new canine companions, to verify that they are buying from a reputable breeder, educate themselves about their dog's breed and better yet - visit their local shelter or pure breed rescue group for a new furry family member that will be forever grateful.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Recent Pet Food Recall

Make sure you discard any of the pet food that was recalled. They have linked the food to salmonella outbreaks in people, especially children. Here is a short clip. Make sure you and your family wash their hands after being around dogs!

Dog Food Linked to Illness in Small Children.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Help us Fight Hunger!

Camp Bow Wow is teaming up with Alpha Graphics to Fight Hunger! Help us stock the shelves at Gleaner's Food Bank of Indiana. Please stop by camp today and drop off some non-perishable items. As a thank you for your donation you will receive a coupon for a free Paradise Cafe cookie!

Recall on Pet Food


The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) (NYSE:PG) is voluntarily expanding its recall to include veterinary and some specialized dry pet food as a precautionary measure because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. No salmonella-related illnesses have been reported.

The following dry pet food products are included:

Product Name


“Best-By” Dates

UPC Codes

Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas

All dry sizes and varieties

01Jul10 – 01Dec11

All UPC Codes

Eukanuba Naturally Wild

All dry sizes and varieties

01Jul10 – 01Dec11

All UPC Codes

Eukanuba Pure

All dry sizes and varieties

01Jul10 – 01Dec11

All UPC Codes

Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive Skin

All dry sizes

01Jul10 – 01Dec11

All UPC Codes

The affected products are sold in veterinary clinics and specialty pet retailers throughout the United States and Canada. No canned food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement.

These products are made in a single, specialized facility. In cooperation with FDA, P&G determined that some products made at this facility have the potential for salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling all products made at this facility.

Consumers who have purchased the specific dry pet foods listed should discard them.

For further information or a product replacement or refund call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8823

(Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST).

This recall does not affect the Iams Lamb & Rice we provide here at Camp Bow Wow.