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Baggins' Bites: There's a Tree in the House! And Other Oddities
November 23, 2010
Dear Dog Lover,

To my U.S. readers, Happy Thanksgiving!

The next few weeks are likely to be a bit crazy for all of us as we prepare for the holidays.

Boxes, bags, wrapping paper, ribbon, trees—-what is going on?

From your dog’s perspective you may have truly gone crazy—is that a tree in the house? And why am I getting in trouble for using it as a bathroom stop?

To help your dog cope with the stresses of an upset routine this holiday season, there are a few things you can do.

1) Try a plug in of DAP (dog appeasing pheromones) developed by veterinarians, this is a chemical substance that mimics the pheromones produced by nursing mothers.

There are wall plug ins, spray and collars. The reports are they soothe a lot of dogs. If you have a dog prone to anxiety, you may want to try one of these.

2) Soft music—just like people, dogs respond to music and soothing music can help calm them.

There are also many dog specific cd’s available now that are clinically proven to reduce your dog’s racing heart. “Through a Dog’s Ear” is one such CD.

3) Thundershirt—if your dog is fearful of thunderstorms or fireworks, or lots of people, you can put this specially designed shirt on him or her to calm your dog.

How does it work? It’s very fitted along specific acupressure points along your pet’s flanks. You can find them here Thundershirts and DAP

4) Make sure your pet gets healthy meals. This will help keep his or her immune system strong. Keep yummy cheeses and other rich foods out of doggie reach to prevent upset tummies.

5) Massage, extra walks ---It’s a busy time of year and your routine is probably disrupted. By paying a little extra attention to Lady and giving her a little massage and/or extra walks you’ll help alleviate stress. For both of you!

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Reader's Write--The Power of Active Manuka Honey

Last month reader Anjil shared about the power of aloe. Reader Cheryl Benkert wrote in to share about manuka honey.

Hi Jen - Manuka honey is a medicinal honey. Even if the dog licks it off their toe or wherever, it won't hurt him/her. It's actually good for them and us.

Cheryl Benkert

It's true, while all honey is medicinal, manuka honey is especially so. And it can heal skin sores. Plus, it's a powerful antioxidant.

Thanks Cheryl!

And of course, if you'd like to share your experiences and knowledge with other dog lovers through this ezine, just click "reply" and let me know. Thanks!

Turkey Dog Treats

Since you may have some turkey leftover...

Turkey Dog Treats

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Have a wonderful holiday :)

Yours in Treats and Health,

Jen & Sammy the best in dog treat recipes online

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