Can you bring your poodle to the dentist?

Can you bring your poodle to the dentist next time you go in for a procedure? Well, there is a therapy dog named Brooke, who accompanies her buddy, Dr. Paul Weiss to his dental practice.  It is so amazing how great a therapy dog is and how much they can help to change the experience of people that they work with in all kinds of situations.
Brooke (pictured below) is helping out patients deal with the stress of having to go through the difficulty of dealing with a trip to the dentist.

This therapy dog is helping ease anxiety at the dentist

 

Marilou Rich Owczarczak, of Lancaster, NY, shared this photo of the dentist and his dog Brooke, who he brings in every day to help patients with the stress of having to face the dentist chair.

Maybe my poodle Lucy will come to my next dentist office with me and help me stay calm under those dental cleaning tools!

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What are the top ten Favorite poodle and dog names?

What are the top ten favorite poodle and dog names used today?  Here’s a list of the top ten names for male and female poodles and dogs, according to http://wixy.com and Pawnation.com.  Our Miniature Poodle is Lucy, but she has nicknames too!

Lucy just seemed to be a perfect name for our little gal

We came up with one or two names at first and quickly settled on Lucy, since it just suited her.  Sometimes a name just pops into your head and really fits.  Other times, people have chosen names from favorite movie or story book or even cartoon  characters.  Here are the top 20.
Most popular female dog names:

  1. Bella
  2. Daisy
  3. Lucy
  4. Molly
  5. Lola
  6. Sophie
  7. Sadie
  8. Chloe
  9. Coco
  10. Maggie

Most popular male dog names:

  1. Max
  2. Buddy
  3. Charlie
  4. Rocky
  5. Cooper
  6. Bear
  7. Bentley
  8. Duke
  9. Jack
  10. Toby

What is your poodle or dog’s name?  Was it chosen for a specific person or character in mind or was it just a name you liked?  Let us know what you named your pets and if it was one of these top ten favorite poodle and dog names on the list.

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Maria Menounos rescued several dogs including a Poodle named Whinnie

Extra host has a big heart when it comes to rescuing dogs.  The story is that Maria Menounos rescued several dogs including a Poodle named Whinnie.  She came across several dogs during the Thanksgiving holiday and felt she had to pick them up and take them to a local animal shelter.

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Maria Menounos and her rescued Poodle "Whinnie" Photo courtesy of Maria Menounos

 

After taking the homeless pups to the shelter, she attempted to locate the dog’s owners.  Ultimately, she and her companion decided to take several of the dogs home with her and was going to help find homes for them.  Maria ended up leaving with three strays she had found, plus three poodles, too.

Then she could not resist keeping three of the dogs herself, which were two Lhasa Apso mixes named Beamer and Boomer and a poodle named Whinnie.  (pictured in the photo above)

She told her rep that she had found homes for the other three.  Way to go, Maria.  A dog rescuing woman after our own heart!

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What is the best way to give your poodle a pill?

If you are like so many poodle and dog owners, you have probably had to give your poodle a pill at some point in time and sometimes that can be a real challenge. Poodles are smart, and even when you hide the pill in their food bowl or a tasty treat, they can tell that it is there and will refuse it or spit it out.

 

giving a poodle a treat

Lucy, our Poodle loves getting a tasty treat!

So, what is the best way to give your poodle a pill?

I recommend hiding it inside something small and tasty that they usually crave and would gladly eat as a treat. Here are the top ten ideas from care2.com. I have used one or two of these myself.

• In a hotdog
• In a piece of cheese
• In liverwurst
• In cream cheese
• Wrap it in bacon and drop it on the floor
• Put it in peanut butter on a spoon and turn the spoon upside down for them to lick off
• In pill pockets
• In a raw hamburger
• In a spoonful of hummus–just the right consistency for no spitting
• Hide it in a spoonful of coconut oil. Coconut oil is good for dogs and most love it.

Read more from the original article here

 

Dogs are funny creatures and are so picky sometimes. I had a cocker spaniel who was so talented at picking things out that he liked and leaving things behind that he didn’t. He could eat a bowl of my home made beef stew that I would make for him and leave a ring of peas around the outside edge of the bowl!!

Since poodles are the second smartest breed of dogs in the world, you have to be one step ahead of them if you want to succeed in getting the medicine down.

What have you tried when it comes to finding the best way to give your poodle a pill?

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Your Poodle and your cat acted out by two people (A Video)

If you have a Poodle (or another kind of a dog) and a cat at home, you will love this video. Here’s a funny portayal of your Poodle and your cat acted out by two people on video. One guy is the dog and the other is the cat. I laughed my can off watching this one. You should get a good laugh, too.

Can you relate to this at all? Even though there are some stereotypes which may not be the case, but seeing this reminded me of many of the differences between my poodle and cat that are really like that. Did you find this funny or enjoyable? Please leave your feedback in the comments section.

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Poodle Owners – Priority Total Care Bull Strips Recalled

If you have a poodle or any other breed of dog, beware of the recent dog treat recall.  There has been a news alert that warns us to avoid Priority Total Care Bull Strips recalled for Salmonella contamination.

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Make sure your poodle treats are safe to eat!

Those bully sticks, as they are most commonly known as, are the chewy, twisty sticks that dogs can’t get enough of.  Lucy gets one every few days, since she not only loves them, they keep her from chewing our socks, couch and whatever else she might get into.

But Carolina Prime Pet, Inc. has just announced a voluntary recall of their all natural bullsticks in a 5-count package.  The contamination was made public when  the Colorado Department of Agriculture discovered that this product was contaminated with Salmonella.  You could say it was a voluntary recall, but they were busted, plain and simple.

The reason for the recall


This lot of product has yielded a positive test for Salmonella when tested by the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture. Carolina Prime Pet is not aware of any reported cases of illness related to this product.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
The problem with Salmonella


Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely,Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

The rest of the article may be found here.
This product is sold in over a dozen states and any use of this product should be discontinued immediately and you should return the treats to the store where you purchased them from for a refund.  Or, you should just get rid of them and make sure that you wash your hands and any pet bowls thoroughly after handling this product and it’s packaging.

If you have any questions and want to contact the company directly here is their contact information:

Carolina Prime Pet Inc. at 1-888-370-2360. (Mon-Fri. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST)

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Travel with your Poodle and other pets

As many people do this time of year and into the Winter vacation season in December, you may be looking to travel with your poodle and other pets.  This is my first choice, whenever possible, as Lucy, our poodle, is really one of the family.

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Lucy is all dressed for her road trip to NYC!

Our cats stay comfy at home, since they hate to travel by car, and we get a professional pet sitter we know and trust to care for them.  When Lucy hits the road with us, we usually search for a pet friendly hotel or motel.

Since almost every hotel has and individual policy when it comes to four legged travelers, you should check out some of the hotels in the area you will be staying and call ahead to see what their pet policy is.

But there is also another, easier way, to find pet travel lodging that is in your vacation destination city or town.

Try going to one of the following websites, which have a good listing or a search engine specifically for finding pet-friendly lodging for you and your furry family members.

•    http://www.gopetfriendly.com/
•    http://www.petswelcome.com/
•    http://www.petsonthego.com/

Another good resource if you plan to travel with your poodle and other pets, is the book put out by AAA called Traveling with your Pet.  This is an annually updated book with over 14,000 listings in it of approved pet friendly lodgings, hotels, campgrounds, dog parks, animal clinics and more.  You can get a copy by clicking our Amazon link below.

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Keep your poodles and dogs safe during Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a real family holiday and it is one we all look forward to.  It is a time of getting together with the family and one of joy and good food.

However, for pets, it can be a dangerous holiday.  Here are some tips to help you to keep your poodles and dogs safe during Thanksgiving.

poodle in the kitchen

Lucy is in the kitchen and wants a dog treat

Firstly, don’t feed your dog or poodle any turkey bones.  They are not at all suitable bones for dog treats.  They can pose a serious choking risk and can be very harmful to your dog.

Keep a close eye on your kitchen garbage can and make sure it stays off limits or out of reach from your canine companions.  Dogs can sometimes get into the trash and not only make a mess but ingest harmful foods that can make them very sick.

Some of the foods that are a part of a  typical Thanksgiving feast can pose serious health hazards to dogs.  A few of them include the following:

Chocolate can be very dangerous to dogs.

Alcohol.  Keep your dog away from licking up any beer or wine or any other alcoholic drinks left unattended.

Grapes and Raisins.  These can cause serious health problems for any dog.

Onions cause kidney disease and you should be careful of your poodle or dog doing any “counter surfing” while you are cooking with onions.

Avoid giving your poodle turkey skin or any other rich or fatty foods.  Dogs that eat too many rich or fatty foods can develop pancreatitis or gastroenteritis.  These are two serious diseases that can be deadly.

Limit your special holiday treats to just a big of skinned turkey meat on top of your dog’s food to give it a little extra taste for the holidays.  A little bit of gravy or some cooked (or raw) carrots and some plain sweet potato are also fine.

Make sure your dog has plenty of water to drink and stays hydrated and not too stressed out.  A house filled with people can be a stressful place to be for hours at a time.  Make sure your dog has a little place to retreat to when it gets a little too hectic.

Enjoy your holiday and make sure you keep your poodles and dogs safe during Thanksgiving

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Fiona the Poodle was named Dog of the Year by ASPCA

Fiona the Poodle was named Dog of the Year by ASPCA.  “Fiona” was the little white poodle that was rescued earlier this year from a trash heap in South L.A. and was totally blind, hungry and scared.  Rescue workers discovered this poodle and the incredibly touching video was made to document the events of that day.  You can see our original post about Fiona’s rescue here.

Thanks to the many people who shared the story, word of this amazing rescue and of the difficult road ahead for this scared and blind little poodle traveled all of the web quickly.  This made it possible for public awareness to spread and Fiona got the help she needed from many donations to help fund the surgery needed to restore the sight in one eye.

Take a look at the follow up video about Fional, the amazing and resilient little poodle who would not give up.  This story brings a tear of joy to my heart and I am happy to be able to share it with our readers here.

 

 

There are many stories similar to that of Fiona but I am very happy that Fiona the Poodle was named Dog of the Year by ASPCA.  She deserves the attention and the recognition.  I wish that dogs would never, again, end up in some trash heap, abandoned and left to die.  But fortunately, for many, they are rescued and are shown the kind of love that they deserve.

If this story touched your heart, please SHARE and LIKE this post and spread it around so others can enjoy it, as well.  As always, thank you for reading!

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Soothe your poodle with some Mozart and not metal

If you want a calmer poodle or dog at home, then I recommend that you soothe your poodle with some Mozart and not metal.  Try Beethoven or Bach instead of Motorhead or Slayer next time if you want a less-stressed pooch at home.

poodle listening to classical music

Lucy our poodle loves when we have classical music playing in the background

A study done at the Colorado State University shows that classical music can make a significant difference in the way your dog behaves.  Playing classical music instead of heavy metal or rock n roll just seems to calm down the dogs and is much more soothing to their system.

From the  Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Vol 7, No 5, September/October 2012, the following was reported:

Both boarded and rescue dogs responded to all the classical music selections by sleeping more than during exposure to any other auditory stimulation type. The number of obser- vations of silence was greatest during 1 classical selection (classical 2) and least during the control period (no music). These results are consistent with human studies, which have suggested that music can reduce agitation

In addition, here is another excerpt from the report which tells us of the changes in behavior and mood of the dogs in the study.

Our findings replicate some of the findings by Wells et al. (2002) in their study of the effect of auditory stimulation on shelter dogs. We found that classical music promoted more restful behaviors that might be associated with a reduced stress level. Heavy metal music was found to have the opposite effect, leading to behaviors that suggest increased agitation.

Shelters are inherently stressful environments for most dogs, and results of this study suggest that playing classical music might help ameliorate some of these negative aspects. It is also possible that the positive effects that classical music has been found to have on humans may also affect both shelter employees and potential adopters.

You can download and read the entire study by clicking here

Overall, the rescued and kenneled dogs that were listening to classical music did less barking, slept more and had slower heartbeats than the dogs who were exposed to heavy metal music.  Another interesting thing to note is that the dogs in the study stayed silent when they were being played classical music.  When there wasn’t any music playing at all, they were the noisiest.

So make sure you soothe your poodle with some Mozart and not metal music at home.  After all, life is stressful enough at home, and it is even more so for the animals at a shelter.  A shelter is a particularly difficult and stressful environment for a poodle, cat or other animal to contend with.  They are anxiously spending time in an unfamiliar place and their future is uncertain.  If Brahms, Bach and Mozart can calm them down there, it is a sure thing that is true for you at home, too.

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