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Newsletter - January 2005

The News At Home

Cassie is our sweetheart. She’s one of those dogs that you’d want to clone just to be sure that you’re never without this kind of personality around the house. She wags her tail with joy over the simplest things. Someone just looking at her, hearing her name, seeing a toy, and let’s not forget about TV shows. We often flip channels just to find a program with animals because Cassie comes to life! She wags her tail for a few seconds and follows this with several barks. As the barking intensifies, she loses control of herself, leaps off the furniture and paws at the television set. Still, not satisfied, she begins to challenge the animals by staring and kicking her back legs.

The other day, she surpassed herself. Our TV is located next to a door on the right hand side that leads to the hallway. Cassie followed the dog on the screen with her eyes and her paws as the picture moved from left to right. Once the dog was off the screen, Cassie bolted into the hallway looking for him. Then, back to the TV, back to the hall, back to the TV, back to the hall…it’s hard to be Cassie sometimes.

What’s New

Joint Complex is a formulation that combines the joint support benefits of glucosamine, chondroiten and MSM. This sodium-free product is the perfect choice for dogs that don’t need extra sodium in their diet but can make good use of support for their arthritic joints. While most glucosamine products include sodium as part of their natural content, this one does not. What a great benefit for older dogs with heart problems! Since a sodium restricted diet is optimal in these cases, Joint Complex fits the bill nicely. Now under the Monica Segal brand name, Joint Complex is offered on our web site with the assurance of a lab report and the peace of mind that comes from knowing that the label claim is factual. Your dog deserves the help that Joint Support can provide.

We are pleased to offer this product in bottles containing 80 caplets for the same price as bottles that used to carry only 60 caplets.

Treat Recipe of The Month

I have it on good authority that despite the Holiday baking you might have done, your dog wants more treats. Here’s a quick and easy treat that most dogs are wild about:

4 oz chicken in broth baby food

12 oz white rice flour

½ tsp eggshell powder

The goal is to produce a dough but rice flour is considered to be a soft flour so don’t expect a hard, stiff dough. Mix all ingredients together. Use less flour if needed. If you’ve used the full 12 oz of flour and still have dough that’s too soft to be rolled out, use a pastry bag (or make one out of wax paper that’s twirled into a cone) or simply use a teaspoon to drop cookies onto a non-stick cookie sheet. Bake in preheated, 325 degree oven for approx 10 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Let cool. Store in fridge for 4-5 days or freeze for future use. This recipe makes a lot of cookies and provides a total of 1381 calories. With the addition of eggshell powder, the calcium to phosphorus ratio is 2.47:1. Due to low protein content and low phosphorus content, these treats may be suitable for dogs with kidney problems. Due to rice flour being in the recipe, this is a low oxalate treat.

Myth of The Month:   Back Coats Turn Red Due to Sun Bleaching

While this can happen there are other possibilities as well. I’ve also heard people saying that a dog eating a natural/raw diet may have a change of coat color because this was how it was supposed to look originally. Well, maybe – but I don’t think so. A diet that provides excess or insufficient copper and zinc can change the coat color. More recently, the National Research Council reported that dogs with black coats could need 1.5 to 2 times as much of the recommended amount of the amino acids phenylalanine and tyrosine to maximize the black coat color. Meats and seafood provide plenty of both amino acids. The key point is that we’re talking about meats rather than raw meaty bones. A diet that provides red meat and poultry in sufficient quantities should also produce a black coat that doesn’t tend to turn red. A problem arises when the dog eats a predominately bone-based diet. Most raw meaty bones provide a lot of calories due to fat content (even when the bones look lean) which means that we end up feeding much less meat. Another possible problem is that a dog may not be able to consume the amounts of meat we want to feed because s/he gains weight or becomes ill due to overeating. In these cases, despite that we may want to provide 1.5 – 2 times the recommended amounts of amino acids noted above, it’s simply not possible. An amino acid complex can be helpful in these situations. However, don’t forget to check the amounts of copper and zinc in the diet.

Happy New Year!

Our Writings section helps us to support the local no-kill shelter and Hemopet. We’re very grateful for your patronage and help. This year, we’ll be able to send some much needed funds to both locations. Your local shelter needs help as well. On behalf of all the animals in desperate need of medical attention and loving homes, won’t you please consider donating a little time, toy, food, or making a small donation? Join us in a New Year’s resolution to share more than ever before.


The other day I saw two dogs walk over to a parking meter. One of them says to the other, "How do you like that? Pay toilets!" --Dave Starr



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