Pancreatic Dogs and L-Glutamine

Have you ever heard of L-glutamine?  I had not until reading a book on dog nutrition and coming across a chapter about L-glutamine. It is an amino acid that can help the intestinal mucosa to recover in a pancreatic dog.  Natural sources for L-glutamine are spinach, parsley, beets, beans, beef, chicken, fish, eggs and milk.

Now I understand why my vet would suggest rice, homemade chicken broth, spinach and organic chicken when our basset hounds were not eating for a period of time.

Muddy Paws

When dealing with muddy paws on the carpet, just sprinkle with enough baking soda to cover the mud print and let it dry.  Once dry, vacuum up the baking soda and dirt.  If there is a light stain, spray with carpet stain remover and it should lift right up.

Mud is always much easier to remove when it is dry so never try to clean it when the muddy paw prints is wet.  It will just smear deeper into the carpet fibers.

Howling for rainy days!

Caution With Feeding Berries to Dogs

Raspberries are known to assist in blood sugar regulation in humans and as I was researching a new diabetic friendly dog treat for our bakery, I realized that raspberries are toxic to dogs.  Not only are raspberries toxic but strawberries, blueberries, boysenberries and corn cobs.  The corn cobs were a surprise because we have given our dogs fresh cooked corn-on-the-cob during our MN fall season.  Xylitol is toxic to dogs and is common in chewing gum.  With the explosion of sugar substitutes in human food, xylitol is the sugar substitute of choice with our families.

Xylitol is widely distributed throughout nature in small amounts. Some of the best sources are fruits, berries, mushrooms, lettuce, hardwoods and corn cobs.  One cup of raspberries contain less than one gram of xylitol. I realize this sounds like a small amount but it adds up.  Or if your furry child is sensitive to some food ingredients, please be cautious in reading the ingredient labels.



Heartbreaking pics show hero dog saving her puppies

What would you do to save your children? What a beautiful story!

by Jason M. Vaughn

SANTA ROSA DE TEMUCO, Chile — Pictures of a hero mother dog risking her life to save her day-old puppies, carrying them one-by-one in her mouth as she rescues them from a burning house and setting them on a fire truck, are causing tears across the internet.

According to The Daily Mail, the mother dog – a German Shepard named Amanda – rescued her pups in southern Chile last Thursday after a car bomb exploded, causing her home to burst into flames.

After rescuing all of her puppies and placing them one-by-one on the steps of a firetruck, Amanda laid down beside them and protected them with her body while firefighters battled the blaze.

Four of Amanda’s five puppies survived the blaze. The fifth, whose side Amanda refused to leave, died of severe burns.

Click here for more on this story from The Daily Mail.

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