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Recipe by Michelle Dailey of German Village Veterinary Hospital, Columbus, OH.
Borrowed from Protector, a Merial publication.


Beggin’ Veggie Bones


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsps. brown sugar
  • 2 vegetable bouillon cubes; dissolved in 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup carrots (optional)
  • 1 egg

Preheat oven to 300º Fahrenheit.
Mix all ingredients into a ball and roll out to about 1/4 inch thick.
Cut with bone-shaped cookie cutter, or into strips, or a cutter shape of your choice.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 30 minutes.

Doesn't your sweet pup deserve some home-made treats?

Doesn’t your sweet pup deserve some home-made treats?

This recipe is intended for pets that are not allergic to the ingredients listed.

Find other pet treats recipes here:

Blueberry Doggy Cheesecake

Dawgy Biscuits

Kitty Catfish Pie

…or search “recipes” for the complete list!

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     Looking for relief for your pet’s dry, itchy skin?  Dermal Soothe Spray has worked wonders for many of our patients. 

     We like Dermal Soothe Spray because of its pleasant scent, moisturizing effect, and – best of all – no drugs in the formula.

     Dermal Soothe Spray is safe to use daily and can stand in as a conditioner after your pet’s bath. 

     If your pet has dry, itchy skin, grab a bottle of Dermal Soothe Spray on your next visit to our clinic!

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Trivia gathered from around the U.S. and published in Firstline magazine:

“Sixty-six percent of pet owners think their pets have a sixth sense about bad weather, and 43 percent say their pets have a sixth sense about bad news.”¹
We say:  this explains why the cat disappears on the day of its vet visit, before the Pet Kaddy even makes it out of the attic.

“Fourteen percent of pet owners would choose to hold onto their pet over their romantic partner or spouse.”²
We say:  as long as Sir Barksalot pays his share of the mortgage, we see no problem with this.

“Seventy-eight percent of parents with a new baby said their dog freely eats food that drops from the baby’s highchair, 68 percent said they pay less attention to their dog’s food portions after their baby’s birth, and 65 percent said they have less time for dog walks or don’t feel comfortable bringing the dog during baby stroller walks.”³
We say:  if you substitute “toddler” for “dog,” are some of those statements still true?

¹Associated Press –
²Associated Press –
³Flexcin International

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     If you’ve noticed mushrooms sprouting in the yard, pull them up and dispose of them in a tightly lidded trash can.  Depending on the variety of mushrooms, ingestion can lead to gastrointestinal upset, seizures, even death.

     Although dogs are more likely to sample the fungus among us, cats are at risk, also.  Signs of mushroom toxicosis include vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive drooling.  More serious signs to watch for are convulsions, muscle spasms, and fly-biting seizures (snapping at the air.)

     If you think your pet has ingested mushrooms, take him to the emergency hospital.  If you are able to locate a piece of the mushroom in question, wrap it in paper towels and carry it in a paper (not plastic) bag to show the vet. 

Source:  Article by Dennis Blodgett, DVM, PhD, Diplomate, ABVT, Toxicology, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

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     …for the Third Annual Dogs Gone Swimming at the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center on Saturday, September 17th

     From 11 AM to 4 PM you can enjoy a Police K-9 Demonstration, doggy swimsuit contest, magic shows, prizes, and more.  Bring the whole family!

     Register your dog for a swim session by visiting

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  • Cyanosis:  A bluish discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes due to lack of oxygen to tissues.
  • Frank vs. Occult:  Sometimes the presence of a substance like blood (when found in urine or stool) is described as either frank or occult. In these cases, frank means “obvious” while occult means “hidden.”  It is the difference between what one sees with the naked eye (frank) versus something discovered only through a microscope or some other means (occult.)
  • Hyperchromatism or Hyperpigmentation:  Excessive coloration of a body part.
  • Jaundice or Icterus:  A yellowish tint to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes due to an excess of bilirubin, usually as a result of liver disease or a certain type of anemia.
  • Pallor:  Paleness of skin or mucous membranes, usually from anemia or shock.
  • Sanguineous:  Bloody.

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You’ve probably heard us say that we don’t recommend giving bones to dogs, but did you know the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) feels the same way? This is what the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA has to say about it:

     Here are 10 reasons why it’s a bad idea to give your dog a bone:

  1. Broken teeth.  This may call for expensive veterinary dentistry.
  2. Mouth or tongue injuries.  These can be very bloody or messy and may require a trip to see your veterinarian.
  3. Bone gets looped around your dog’s lower jaw.  This can be frightening or painful for your dog and potentially costly to you, as it usually means a trip to see your veterinarian.
  4. Bone gets stuck in the esophagus, the tube that food travels through to reach the stomach.  Your dog may gag, trying to bring the bone back up and will need to go to the emergency hospital.
  5. Bone gets stuck in a windpipe.  This may happen if your dog accidentally inhales a small enough piece of bone.  This is an emergency because your dog will have trouble breathing.  Get your pet to the emergency vet immediately!
  6. Bone gets stuck in the stomach.  It went down just fine, but the bone may be too big to pass out of the stomach and into the intestines.  Depending on the bone’s size, your dog may need surgery or upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, a procedure in which the veterinarian uses a long tube with a built-in camera and grabbing tools to try to remove the stuck bone from the stomach.
  7. Bone gets stuck in intestines and causes a blockage.  It may be time for surgery.
  8. Constipation due to bone fragments.  Your dog may have a hard time passing the bone fragments because they’re very sharp and they scrape the inside of the large intestine or rectum as they move along.  This causes severe pain and may require a visit to your veterinarian.
  9. Severe bleeding from the rectum.  This is very messy and can be dangerous.  It’s time for a trip to the doctor.
  10. Peritonitis.  This nasty, difficult-to-treat bacterial infection of the abdomen is caused when bone fragments poke holes in your dog’s stomach or intestines.  Your dog needs an emergency visit to the vet because peritonitis can kill your dog.

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I received this reminder in my inbox today and I wanted to share it with you:
ZOO GROOVES CONCERT – this Saturday!
Saturday, July 30 (also August 20)
5:30 p.m. – performances begin at 6:00 p.m.
Concert nights at the Zoo are perfect for families! Enjoy music by Norfolk’s own “School of Rock” in the Zoo event field. Concessions with your favorite summer foods and refreshments will be available for purchase until 8:00 p.m. Pack your blankets and lawn chairs to be entertained at this groovy event!
But…it’s not just about the music!
Zoo Grooves attendees will be able to submit name suggestions for the new Virginia Zoo Tiger mascot. Submissions from the last Zoo Grooves concert and this one will be the only names considered. The winning name will be announced at the final concert of the series on August 20.
Concert-goers will also have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction of original art by the Zoo’s animal residents. This event features art from Lisa the African elephant, Rimba the tapir, Schnitz the orangutan and others!
This partnership event FREE to the members of:
Virginia Zoo
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Membership cards and photo ID are required. General Admission applies to non-members.
For more information, visit our website or call (757)441-2374, ext. 253.

     I attended the first Zoo Grooves and really enjoyed it.  Since most people were sitting in the grass, listening to the band, the walkways were wide-open for viewing the animals.  Oddly, I didn’t think to bring my camera.  I’m sure I won’t forget tomorrow night!

     Meanwhile, in that same e-mail, there was this little bonus:



Meet our brand new bundle of joy. A Masai giraffe was born yesterday, July 28, at 4:20 p.m.  Mom and baby are doing very well, and can be viewed from windows looking into the Elephant and Giraffe Barn. He is approximately 6-feet tall and weighs a little over 150 pounds. 
The Zoo will announce a baby naming poll at a later date.

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