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Doggie Tips & Treats from Baggins' Bites
April 21, 2009
Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

  • 1. Welcome

  • 2. Feature Article: Flea/Tick Season is Coming

  • 3. Readerís Write: The Benefits of Salmon Oil for Your Dog

  • 4. Recipe: Oatmeal Drops

  • 5. Add Your Dog to the Photo Gallery

  • 6. Wrap Up

  • Welcome to the April 09 issue of Bagginsí Bites!

    I hope youíre enjoying the new flowers out on the trees and taking advantage of the warmer weather to get outside with your pooches.

    Flea & Tick Season is Coming!

    But a friendly reminder, as the warmer weather is upon us, the fleas and ticks are waking from their winter slumber.

    So, donít forget your flea and tick protection. And while youíre at it, give them their heartworm medication too. I canít tell you the numbers of stories Iíve heard about beloved pets dying of an entirely preventable disease like heartworms!

    Reader Lin sent in this tip to rid your pet of fleas with ordinary dish soap.

    Thanks for sharing Lin!

    Here is my tip (it really works!):With the warmer days upon us, comes the chance of those NASTY critters called fleas. The easiest and fastest way to get rid of them, without using chemicals, is to bathe the dog using Dawn dish soap (regular kind).

    If used more than once, follow with an oatmeal conditioner to help put back some moisture to their skin. We live where there are a lot of geese and ducks which carry them and leave them all over the ground. When we go to the park more than once, we eventually end up with some UCKIES.

    The Dawn dish soap takes care of the fleas and eggs by causing quick dehydration so that they have no chance of surviving. And the dog feels much better, too!!!

    Reader's Write

    Hi Jen,

    I know you've given us info about Salmon oil for dogs, but I couldn't find anything just now when I looked. I need to ask you this; I'm taking 1000 mg. caps of cold pressed Salmon Oil for myself. I take two per day.

    I wanted to give some to my dog, Chester, and without giving much thought to possible problems for him, I gave him one each day.I squeezed out the oil onto his kibble. He likes it...but... I think 1000mg may be too much for a 26 lb. dog.

    Do you know the correct dosage for dogs? I ask because, after about a week of the every day dosing, Chester got up and vomited several times. I then cut back to giving him a capsule every other day, but I still don't feel comfortable doing this because I'm afraid it still might be too much for a dog his size. If you do know the dosage recommended by Vets, could you please let me know? Thank you so much, Janice and Chester Dawg

    Dear Janice and Chester Dawg,

    I called my vet to double check on this.

    She says 1000 mg of salmon oil would be fine for a dog of his size. You could give him just half if you think he's getting sick from it. Or, maybe the vomiting was unrelated. I know how Baggins gets into wierd stuff sometimes and has a bout of vomiting.

    My suggestion is to try 500 mg. of the fish oil for a week or so and keep an eye on Chester Dawg.

    Tip:Why would Janice want to feed Chester Dawg salmon oil? Because the salmon is full of essential fatty acids that improve circulation, boost brain power and eyesight and make for a softer coat. It's also good for the lubricating the joints to help relieve arthritis pain in your pet.

    Oatmeal Drops

    Oatmeal Drop Biscuits

    Add to the Photo Gallery!

    You can share your rescue tails erm tales here

    Iíd like to invite you all share pictures of your dog(s). Itís easy and fun! Don't forget to tell us where you live! You can click the link below and add your four-legged joy.

    Add Your Dog to the Photo Gallery!

    Until the next issue of Baggins' Bites! Stay well!

    Yours in health and treats,
    Jen & Baggins

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