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Recipe for Tasty Dog Treats and much more Baggins' Bites Newsletter
July 18, 2006
Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

July ’06 Welcome to Baggins’ Bites the fr*e monthly ezine that features pet tips, occasional recipes and much more. July 2006 Edition

In this month’s issue:
I. Moisturize Your Coat
II. Recipe: Cheesy P-Nut Butter Bones
III.Baggins' Update

I. Moisturize Your Coat Looking for something to moisturize your pet’s coat and help it to be smooth and silky?

This Natural Herbal Conditioning Rinse uses Rosemary to promote a shiny coat and moisturize and Lemon to repel parasites

Natural Herbal Conditioning Rinse for your Dog
1 Qt. water to boil remove from heat
Add 2 Tsp. dried rosemary and ½ lemon, cover and steep 10-15 minutes
Add a drop of Tea Tree Oil (optional)

Let tea cool to room temp. strain
Bathe your dog, then pour the tea over her and towel dry

Presto! A smooth and silky coat that smells like rosemary and lemon.

II. Recipe: Cheesy P-Nut Butter Bones 1 Cup Flour (your choice) ½ c. Milk or water 2 Tbls. All-Natural P-nut Butter ¼ C. Grated Parmesan 1 Tsp. Baking Powder 1 Egg White 1 Tsp. Water or Low-Sodium Chick Broth

Directions: Mix flour and milk or water until you have lumpy dough. Add the peanut butter and chicken broth or more water. Mix in the parmesan and add the egg white. Mix well the batter should be smooth. Add baking powder and pour onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F. approx. 15 min. or until golden brown.

Makes 1-2 dozen.

Update on Baggins
A while ago I told you about Baggins being possibly diagnosed with arthritis at the groomer’s.

In June he went to a new vet (moving disrupts everything!) who agreed that he may have arthritis and prescribed Duramaxx. Well, I went against my instincts in only searching out natural remedies whenever possible and I fed him these pills. I didn’t want him to be in pain! For four days he was fine. Then, he came down with the worst case of diarrhea you have ever seen. (D. and I spent half an hour one night just cleaning up the basement floor—then Baggins still had to be bathed. To his credit, he managed to get into the basement and make his mess on the concrete floor.)

Of course I took him off the Duramaxx immediately and got an herbal remedy called Arthritis Achy Pain by Pet Essences that goes in his water.

Arthritis / Achy Pain Flower Essences

Arthritis / Achy Pain Flower Essences

"Use for stiff, sore, achy joints and muscles and arthritis type symptoms."

It’s nearly a month later and he’s much better.

I did a little research on the Duramaxx and found it gets some positive reviews from users. But the awful diarrhea is not uncommon. New research from the FDA even blames over 600 deaths on it! It’s a COX-2 inhibitor like Vioxx and Celebrex that have been found linked to heart attacks in people.

Have any of you tried Duramaxx on your dog and if so, what are your results? I'll be interested in hearing what you've used for arthritis treatment.

And I’ll keep you posted on our search for some relief for Baggins.

Till next time, Eat Healthy and Exercise and Enjoy Life!

Barks, Jennifer and Baggins

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