Is Cooked Shrimp OK for Pets?

If  you’ve ever had a sweet doggie in your life, then you know all too well what typically takes place during mealtime. Essentially, the cuties “beg” for a tasting using their huge, limpid eyes. However, in some cases, a small sampling of shrimp may be completely harmless to your pet. Have a question? Get an answer from a Vet now!

Safety

According to the ASPCA, a small and controlled taste of shrimp, as long as it is fully cooked, is not dangerous to dogs. The same also applies to other forms of shellfish, including lobster. As long as you don’t allow your doggie free access to a big batch of cooked shrimp, he should be A-OK.

Dietary Changes

The ASPCA notes that sudden diet changes are one of the main culprits behind stomach upset in dogs. Because of this, certain canines may experience some problems with eating cooked shrimp. Keep your eyes peeled for any indications that shrimp may not be the greatest idea for your fluff ball’s digestive system, including stomach pain, diarrhea and throwing up. If your pet displays any of these symptoms — and they seem especially lingering or severe — do not hesitate to notify your veterinarian of the situation.

Extras

If you do indeed plan on offering your doggie cooked shrimp as a rare treat or reward, make sure to keep it plain as can be. A lot of seasonings can be potentially problematic for canines, so exercise your finest caution. For example, butter contains milk, and a lot of dogs don’t digest lactose very effectively. Also, salt can be toxic to dogs, so make sure the crustaceans are totally free of it. Not to mention, spices such as paprika can often lead to stomachache and vomiting in doggies — no fun at all.

Dangerous “Human” Foods

Although an occasional small snack of cooked shrimp may not be a big deal for your pet, that doesn’t mean that all other “human foods” are a bright idea, either. Before ever allowing your dog to eat something made for people, make sure you know your facts. Consult your veterinarian if you are ever unsure about something. The Humane Society of the United States mentions a wide array of different foods as being potentially toxic to canines, including macadamia nuts, raisins, walnuts and chocolate.

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What Does It Mean When Your Yorkie or Pets Likes Sitting on Top of You?

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Sometimes it’s cute when your dog sits on your lap, but at other times it’s simply not convenient. Reasons for this behavior range from his personal comfort to canine strategy. Since he won’t tell you outright, look to his other behavior for context clues that help explain this. Have a question? Get an answer from a Vet now!

Affection

Your dog may simply be happy to see you after a long day without you. For many dogs, sitting beside you — or on top of you — is a nice way to spend time together. If you reward your dog’s behavior with pets and cuddles, he may have learned that this behavior gets him lots of good affection.

Dominance

According to dog trainer Cesar Millan, behaviors like jumping up on your lap or pawing at your legs to be picked up can be signs of dominance. If your dog tries to claim a certain chair as his, snapping when you try to move him over or push him off, or growls if you disturb his beauty rest, playtime or snack, he believes he is dominant over you. By sitting on your lap, he is claiming you as his person.

Protection

For some pups, lap sitting is part of a scent bombing campaign. As your dog sits on your lap or even your foot, he rubs some of his scent on you. You may only notice that you’ve got fur on your nice black shirt, but other dogs will pick up on his scent. Part protective, part dominant, this helps your pet claim you as his owner even when he can’t go with you.

Other Reasons

Sometimes lap sitting is about your behavior and not your pet’s. Dogs can tell when you’re sick or sad and may offer affection via lap sit to cheer you up. For some dogs, there’s nothing more to this behavior other than a desire to have the most comfortable spot in the house — your lap! If your pet falls asleep on your lap, he may be trying to recreate the pack sleeping arrangement: Dogs sleep all over one another, and lying on your lap resembles that.

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Why Do Yorkies and other Dogs Hide Their Bones?

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You may find your dog’s bones hidden in the back corner of a closet, under a pillow on the sofa, or some other out-of-the-way place. It is not a game to your pet. It is survival instinct that his ancestors learned would sustain them when prey was hard to find. Have a question? Get an answer from a Vet now!

Surviving in the Wild

Before dogs became domesticated as our household pets, they were wild animals who hunted in packs in a manner similar to modern wolves. The advantage of hunting in packs was that they could send scouts out in many different directions to find prey, and when they cornered their prey, their sheer numbers could often bring down a much bigger animal. The problem of bringing down a buffalo, moose or other large animal though was that even a large pack might not be able to eat all of the nutrients available in the prey. And they did not want to share their hard work with birds and other scavengers.

Hoarding Surplus Food

When there was too much food, or even when the pack had cleaned the prey down to the bones, the wild dogs had enough evolutionary development to know that they had to save some of the surplus food for times when prey was harder to find. But where could a dog hide food to keep it safe from scavengers or even other members of his pack?

Why Bury?

The claws and paws of dogs are well suited to digging, and over thousands of years they learned that burying the bones of their prey would reduce the possibilities of other animals taking their food away. Even though bones do not have a great deal of nutrition, the meat clinging to them and the marrow in them when the dogs cracked them open was often enough to sustain them through lean periods. Not only did burying make their bones harder for others to find, but it masked the smell and kept them out of the air and sunlight, which would speed the spoilage of the bones.

The Genetic Holdover

Modern domesticated dogs, when they are fed sufficiently, are less likely to revert to their ancient genetic behavior and hoard their food. Some breeds, however, are a bit more prone to hoarding than others. If you feed him too much or if mealtimes are not consistent, your dog may start to plan for the future and hide some food for when he is hungry and the food bowl is empty. Sometimes dogs may hide food and bones and never go back to them, because the behavior to prepare for lean times is still strong in them, but the lean times never come. Even plastic bones and other toys may be similar enough to trigger the hoarding impulse. Some dogs will also hoard nesting materials, which is why they sometimes steal clothing or towels to line their beds.

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Is White Rice Bad for Yorkies and Others?

Omnivores, dogs eat both meats and nonmeats, including fruits and vegetables and a variety of grains. Some dog owners buy dog foods that contain rice as an ingredient, while others add rice as a supplement to the staple diet because it is easily digestible. White rice is a handy staple for easing diarrhea. A “rice only” diet, though, would not provide enough essential nutrients — and the bounty of carbs would cause your pet to put on extra weight. Have a question? Get an answer from a Vet now!

Rice: Brown vs. White

You can add brown or white rice to your dog’s diet. While brown rice provides more protein and less fat; it is more expensive; it is chewier; and it takes almost twice as long to cook. White rice cooks almost instantly and is the best choice when treating a dog’s upset stomach. Additionally, since white rice is easy to chew, it can be a solid source of energy for older dogs when added to regular dog food.

Doggy Diarrhea: Rice to the Rescue

Doggie diarrhea — smelly, pudding-like stool — is a common complaint in the vet’s office. Diarrhea is not a disease, it’s a symptom of illness in the gastrointestinal tract and often occurs because your dog has eaten something that didn’t agree with him or because of stress. If your dog has diarrhea, adding rice — brown or white — to his diet can help absorb the extra fluid in his gastrointestinal tract, easing his condition.

When to Call the Vet

Diarrhea should last no longer than 48 hours; adding rice to the diet helps to relieve the condition. Cooked hamburger also works well. If your dog passes black stool or stool with bright red blood, has a loss of appetite, is lethargic, frequently vomits, or seems to have abdominal pain, take him to a veterinarian immediately. Puppies, geriatric dogs and dogs with chronic diseases can rapidly weaken from prolonged diarrhea.

How to Prepare White Rice for Your Dog

Prepare rice for your dog the same way you would prepare it for yourself: Boil 1 cup of instant white rice in 4 cups of water for 20 to 30 minutes until the water cooks up. Fluff the rice with a fork and let sit. Never serve rice to your dog if it is still steaming. When it’s cool enough to serve, mix with equal parts dog food, other cooked meats, or cooked hamburger for diarrhea.

Beware: Some Dogs May Be Allergic

Sometimes rice serves as an alternative carbohydrate for dogs with grain allergies, such as to corn, which is in many dog foods. While most dogs aren’t allergic to rice, some have been known to have an allergic reaction to it. Symptoms usually include itchy skin, hair loss, hot spots and ongoing ear infections. If you think your dog may have an allergic reaction to rice, discontinue feeding him rice and take him to your veterinarian for a thorough exam.

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Why Do Yorkies and other Dogs Scratch at Their Bed?

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Scratching at bedding is just one of those odd things that dogs do. They also turn round and round before lying down. There is a general consensus among dog behaviorists that both these oddities are a remnant of the dog’s wild heritage. Have a question? Get an answer from a Vet now!

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Comfort

Just as we smooth the sheets and fluff the pillows on our beds, dogs have the urge to rearrange their bedding for greater comfort. Digging, circling and trampling may have once shifted sticks, stones, leaves and grass into a position more to their liking. Charles Darwin cited this behavior of the domestic dog as an example of vestigial behavior, an action that persists after it has become useless or irrelevant.

Concealment

Another possible interpretation of the bed-scratching activity is that the dog is attempting to dig a den to hide in. In the wild, circling would result in flattening tall grass, both to form a comfortable surface and to conceal the animal’s position. This behavior is, of course, futile when practiced on a firm, flat surface such as a modern dog bed, and could therefore be seen as vestigial.

Temperature

Scratching could also be an attempt to achieve a more appealing temperature zone, either warmer (by removing snow) or cooler (by reaching a cooler stratum of earth). Dogs often dig such holes outdoors, and may repeat the behavior vestigially indoors.

Maternal Nesting

Bed-scratching in a pregnant bitch is called nesting, and may be a sign that she is about ready to have her puppies. In this case the behavior is not vestigial, but hormone-driven.

Coping

As long as the dog scratches only at his bed, there’s no problem. However, if he starts seriously digging on your wall-to-wall or the orientals, it’s time to step in. Give him a rug or a blanket in his favorite spots so he can rearrange the bedding to suit himself. Teach him to use his bed(s) and no other areas for sleeping. Confine him to a floor he can’t hurt — with his bedding, of course. In the case of the whelping bitch, make her a nesting box full of clean rags, newspaper and other soft, disposable materials early on in her pregnancy and encourage her to nest there.

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How to Make a Floral Collar for Your Yorkie

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Dog collars don’t have to look drab and boring. Whether you are including your pooch in your wedding day or just want to dress her up a bit, you can make a floral dog collar out of real flowers or silks. For those last minute doggie dates, floral dog collar attachments only require a few steps to make. When you want to add that floral touch, putting them on only takes a minute. Have a question? Get an answer from a Vet now!

Real Floral Collar

  1. Measure around your dog’s neck with the measuring tape to determine the length you will need to make a collar. Add a few inches to this number to give you space to attach the two ends. Cut a piece of stem wire to this length.
  2. Cut 6-inch pieces of stem wire in the same amount of floral pieces you will use. For example, if you choose 24 roses, cut 24 pieces of wire. Insert one end of the floral wire into the flower stem, just underneath the floral bloom. Push the wire halfway through and then bend to bring each end together. Wrap one end of the wire around the flower stem and other end of the wire. For greens, place the center of the wire piece against the stem of the greens. Wrap one end around the stem and other end of the wire. Repeat with each floral stem or greens.
  3. Lay the first stem on top of your long piece of wire, about 2 inches from the end. Wrap the end of the floral stem to the long piece of wire with floral tape. Continue adding stems and wrapping until you reach the other end of the long wire, leaving 2 inches at the end.
  4. Place the collar around your dog’s neck and fasten the two ends together. Once on, wrap the attaching section with floral tape to cover any possible sharp edges of wire.

Removable Floral Collar Attachments

  1. Remove all the petals from a variety of silk flowers by pulling them off the stems. Cut a small circle of felt.
  2. Glue petals from the silk flower on top of the felt, creating a floral shape as desired.
  3. Measure out a piece of double-sided Velcro that will fit around your dog’s collar. Glue or sew the piece of Velcro onto the felt part of the flower. Once the glue has dried, attach the flower to your dog’s collar.

Items You Will Need

  •  Measuring tape
  •  Assortment of flowers and greens
  •  Stem wire
  •  Stem tape
  •  Scissors
  •  Wire cutter
  •  Silk flowers
  •  Felt material
  •  Hot glue gun
  •  Double-sided Velcro
  •  Needle and thread (optional)

Tip

  • Create an assortment of Velcro flowers for each holiday or special occasion. This creates your dog’s very own floral wardrobe.

Warning

  • Use caution when using real flowers, especially if your dog is a chewer. Many flowers and plants are toxic to dogs. Talk to your veterinarian before using specific flowers or plants. If your dog is a chewer but you want specific flowers to match a special occasion, you can make a full floral collar with silk flowers. Cut the stems shorter and wrap them onto a piece of wire, similar to creating a real floral collar.

[H/T TheDailyPuppy]