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OUR FEATURE STORY: New Year for Giving Hope

local shelters: These local shelters are doing the extraordinary to save lives.

ASK THE VET: About General Anxiety

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PUBLISHER Sullivan Grueter Communications, LLC EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jill Sullivan Grueter MARKETING EXECUTIVE Melissa Diorio:

melissa@woofnewengland.com CONTRIBUTORS

Dr. Brian J. Bourquin, Founder, Boston Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Susanne Szekley, DVM

Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

Crystal Ward Kent Freelance Writer PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRIBUTOR Jill Sullivan Grueter Shutterstock SPECIAL THANKS

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appy New Year to all of our amazing Woof fans! We have so

many exciting aspects of Woof Magazine that we are working on for this upcoming year. We are so grateful for your support, dedication, and love for our magazine. Thank you for making 2018 such an amazing year!. We feel like our connection with you is so strong because we all believe that our lives are just plain better with animals in them. And, we know that our readers are Dog Lovers Who Love to Do Good. Whenever anyone asks, “So, who’s reading the magazine,” the vision that comes into my head is Dog Lovers Who Love to Do Good. You love your pets and give them the best of yourself because they effortlessly give the best of themselves. You think about them when you’re apart, you love on them when you’re home and you make sure they have everything they need because, well, they give so much to us. Here’s to a great year! xoxo, Jill Sullivan Grueter | Editor

To Another Chance Rescue and NHSPCA for their dedication to make significant differences in the lives of homeless animals.

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COVER STORY

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7 ASK THE VET WITH DR. B FROM BOSTON VETERINARY CLINIC In this issue of Ask the Vet featuring Dr. B, a Woof reader writes in about her pup who is experiencing generalized anxiety. Learn about the symptoms and how to help your pup today. 8 COVER STORY: A New Year for Hope Crystal Ward Kent writes a beautiful piece about how local rescues are going the extra mile for homeless animals in great need. 11 MASS VET: 10 Reasons You should take your pet to the er Experts from Mass Vet Referral Hospital are once again bringing stellar information on how to help your pets. 12 Winter Fun and Safety Tips for Pups Joyce Belcher from Herbs for Life, Inc in Kittery, Maine talks about ways to keep your pup healthy and safe this winter season. 13 Not fit for a dog What’s in our dog’s food, anyway? Learn what should and should NOT be in your dog’s food! 14 WINTER GEAR IS HERE At Woof Magazine, we LOVE sharing our favorite gear for winter. Take a look at what we think works for this season.

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FROM WOOF’S MAILBAG If you’ve got a pet you’d like to see in Woof Magazine, email jill@woofnewengland.com. Make sure the photo is high resolution!

Stella Bella age 3.5 years

Coco Maru age 3

Kona in Cape Cod!

Angel baby, dobby Meet Dobby. Dobby loved playing in the snow, peanut butter filled bones, and barking at airplanes, squirrels and crows. Sadly, Dobby passed but will forever hold a special place in his family’s hearts who reside in Brentwood, NH.

Sweet Dobby

sadie from brookings, or! Sadie is a 7-yearold cutie who loves to pull some pretty hilarious tricks! Here Sadie is “pulling a circus move” when her mom hand feeds her elderly cat. Sadie, you sure had Woof creators laughing today! - Submitted by Sandy Welch

Sister Beagles!

I have two energetic beagles. They are true sister beagles one litter apart. Stella Bella is 3 and 1/2 and Coco Maru is 3. They have quite a following on Instagram @Stellabellathebeagle and are proud members of The Grumpy Beagles United and Beagles of New England. They love to try to catch squirrels in the back yard and howl at anything or anyone who comes to visit. - Eileen Scullin

Josie from east kingston, NH This is Josie, a 4 year-oldhound from East Kingston. She’s a rescue from Mississippi. Quite the belle! She loves to howl to Stevie Ray Vaughan. - Robert Minicucci

Meet 2-year-old pepper! This is Pepper. He is 2 years old. The photo was taken at Hampton beach by PAWS Imagery. Pepper is a moyan size poodle. His mom was a standard poodle and his dad was a moyan. Moyan poodles are a medium size poodle. Bread from a small standard and a large toy poodle. - Mike O’Leary

Sooooo cute!

Hunny Bunny from Greenfield, MA I just saw your post about pups for inclusion and I think our girl Hunny Bunny would be perfect! It will be one year on January 21st since she joined our family. She was sick, skittish but so sweet. Now she tears up the dog park every day, greets the patients at my office, and is just so happy. - Pam Kinsmith from Greenfileld, MA

Hi, Hunny Bunny!

Send in your pictures to jill @woofnewengland.com!

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ASK THE VET:

About Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Dr. Brian J. Bourquin,

Founder, Boston Veterinary Clinic www.bostonveterinary.com

READER QUESTION: Dear Woof,

You always have a very informative article in your magazine, so I thought I would write and see if you could look into something we desperately need... Anxiety behavior, symptoms and help. Tommie is a sweet boy, but he does things I’ve never seen before... paw sucking and crying with a toy in his mouth until he is pegged for hours. We are taking him to a doggie psychologist, but I think many people would benefit from this information. Thank you again, I adore your publication! Ashley and Tommy Dear Ashley (and Tommy), Behavior problems are the number one reason why our pets are surrendered. The importance of early detection and treatment cannot be stressed enough. I am happy to hear that you are already seeking professional veterinary behavior advice. General anxiety disorder is one of the most common diseases that affect our dogs.

Clinical signs can be as simple as being nervous around strangers to being so afraid that you cannot get your dog outside! Behavior issues usually build slowly, so watch for any change in behavior or routine. Dogs tend to be creatures of habit, so if they start to sleep in another room, not want to go on walks, change in appetite, or even the behaviors you discussed! After recognizing the problem, the next step is to have your dog seen. Some dogs that may appear to have a behavior issue may be not eating not because they are stressed, but because they have an upset stomach. Besides a thorough physical exam, your veterinarian will likely run blood work. Once a medical issue is ruled out your veterinarian may suggest a training program if the behavior can be retaught. Make sure to work with a trainer that does not use aversive techniques, such as prong collars or shock collars, as this is proven way to scare your pup even more. Tough cases or cases that are not responding as desired, can be referred to a veterinary behaviorist. By working together, your team of vet, trainer, and vet behaviorist can formulate a plan to help you and your pup live a healthier life! This has been Ask the Vet with Dr B.! Remember wag more, bark less! Dr B.

Have an ques on-urgen t woof tion? Go to newe com/ n ask-t gland. he-v et/

Your Other Family Doctor Boston Veterinary Clinic cares for the pets of Greater Boston with one goal in mind – to help you and your companion develop a powerful and enduring bond over a long and healthy life. We do this with a team of experts who were chosen for their compassion and love for what they do. We believe pets are your family, and we want to be your other family doctor.

Jacoby with his Mum Alesha South End. Boston

363 Tremont Street. Boston. MA www.bostonveterinary.com

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COVER STORY

Hope

A New Year

for giving

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Written by Crystal Ward Kent

It’s the New Year, and across the region, animal shelters are hoping that this year will give many animals a new start in life. For some, getting to that point has required extraordinary efforts as these animals suffered from injury, illness or the effects of abuse. The care needed to bring them back to health can run into the thousands and tens of thousands of dollars. Some might say, is it worth it? Adoption fees of a hundred dollars or so will never reimburse those costs. But what is the worth of one injured cat or one sick dog? Who can say this one deserves a chance at life, and this one does not? Sometime that one feeble meow or tail wag, that one small nudge of a muzzle against the hand is priceless. “Save me,” they ask, and so the effort is made, because saving is what shelters do. At Another Chance Animal Rescue in North Berwick, Maine, Marilyn Harley, vice president, is very familiar with the care required for those special cases. “If I see that spark of life there, that will to live, then I cannot in good conscience not go the extra mile to help that animal,” she says. “If surgery or other medical treatment can restore that animal to health and give them a chance to be adopted, then we move heaven and earth to make that happen, even if it’s financially very difficult.” Last spring, Another Chance took in more than 20 cats from a hoarding case. Four of the kittens had significant upper respiratory infections, as well as runny, infected eyes. When the veterinarian saw the smallest one, who they had named Bon Bon, he gently suggested that perhaps euthanizing the kitten would be best, as he was in such bad shape. But Bon Bon purred and showed he was fighting to live. Another Chance embarked on treatment for him and all of the “eye kittens.” “They

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were each on antibiotics and three different eye medications,” she recalls. “They had to have medication five times per day, and they also all had to be bottle fed. They were only three to four weeks old and had no mother. We had to put out a call for helpers to come feed and do meds, and thankfully, people responded. At one point, things looked bleak as the vet thought that the kittens might lose their eyes, or at least one eye, but they did respond to treatment and surgery was not necessary.” The medical treatment for the “eye kittens” cost $10,000, but for Harley, it was worth it. “They are all happy and healthy now, and two have been adopted. We hope the others will find homes soon—they deserve them!” It’s not just kittens that often need extra help. Stone was a stray senior cat who was found in a nearby garage. A medical exam showed that he had been hit by a car, damaging his back legs, and the trauma of the accident had also left him blind. Harley marvels that he was able to survive for so long with limited mobility and no sight. He is receiving treatment and is being fostered in hopes that he will find a “forever home” when well. “We have spent around $3,000 on him already, but he has been through so much and is responding so well,” she says. “I cannot look an animal in the eye and say ‘I cannot help you’ if there is any chance they can be saved. Stone fought to live—he’s earned a shot at a good, loving home.” These sweet kitties were treated for eye issues at Another Chance Sometimes animals are saved but adoptions are slow to happen, due to Rescue. public misconceptions. “We currently have a litter of three-week-old kittens whose mother had been hit by a car,” says Harley. “They all had to be bottle fed and we noticed that they weren’t eating right. Continued on next page.


Their eyes were not good either, and it turned out that they have juvenile cataracts, as well as glaucoma and they have been infected with the Herpes virus. They are being treated but we not they will be hard to adopt out. Herpes cats can lead healthy, active lives and do not necessarily need special medication. You should just be watchful for infections. They also cannot live with non-Herpes cats. Otherwise, they will make wonderful companions. We hope that when these cats are ready, there will be people who will see past their illness and take them in.” Going the extra mile can also lead to small miracles, as most shelters can attest. Another Chance had a small black kitten they named Timba who was blind and had a heart murmur. “He was a wonderful kitten, a jokester and a cuddlebug,” laughs Harley. “But we wondered if he would be adopted with his issues. Thankfully, those did not matter one bit to a young girl who volunteers here. She wanted Timba right off, and her parents obliged, giving him to her as a birthday present. He’s now living a great life. Those are the happy endings that keep us going!” Another Chance Kitties with Eye Issues

A Dog Called Hope At the NHSPCA in Stratham, New Hampshire, Riann Hadley, senior adoption center manager, is faced with the same challenges as Another Chance. “2018 saw a big increase in surrenders as a lot of people are having financial issues,” she says. “We also saw a greater increase in the need for special care, which added to our expenses.” Hadley cites the example of Hope, a small older who came in with matted, dirty fur and was blind due to cataracts. The dog also has what is known as “cherry eyes”—bizarre red eyes that appeared to pop out of its face. “She was probably lost for awhile, given the rough shape she was in,” recalls Hadley. “It took four to five months to get her well. She had to see an ophthalmologist for her eyes, then required cataract surgery, and was on lots of meds. The treatment was costly but this little dog deserved it. We felt that after all she had been through, she had earned the right to live her golden years in good health. Her reaction when she could see again was priceless. The vet videotaped her when she first opened her eyes at the hospital and realized she could see. It was amazing—it had us all in tears.”

Ella and rescue kitty, Timba

Hadley says that once the dog was well, she blossomed socially. “Her foster mom couldn’t believe the transformation,” she says. “She became a different dog—like a puppy. We named her ‘Hope’ because that was what we gave her and what she represented. It cost us $6,000 for the specialists, the meds, the surgery and a special diet that she needed, but we knew we had to spend that if she was to have any chance of being adopted. A young dog with health issues may still be adopted, but not an older dog. She would not have been chosen. Now she is healthy and in a loving home and our work is complete.” Hadley notes that the NHSPCA always strives to be fiscally responsible, and they constantly evaluate what funds are available and how to best spend them. “However, if an animal can be helped and the NHSPCA has the means to make that happen, then we feel that taking those extra steps is part of our mission,” she says. This year alone the NHSPCA sent animals to ophthalmologists, cardiologist, internist and orthopedic doctors, and also treated chronic conditions such as renal disease in an effort to return quality of life to ill animals and improve their chances for adoption.

Stone is blind after an accident

One of the animals that benefited from such intervention was a dog named Bell, who had been surrendered. “Bell had been bounced around a bit from owner to owner,” says Hadley. “The last owner was not taking care of her and Animal Control said Bell needed to be given to us. The owner said that they thought Bell had cancer because she was urinating blood and they didn’t want to deal with that. She was urinating blood, but tests showed that it wasn’t cancer--it was a huge kidney stone. Continued on next page. WOOFNEWENGLAND.COM || 9


Did You Know? A medium-sized horse: • Drinks 10 gallons of water a day. • Eats 15-20 pounds of hay each day. • Needs its hooves trimmed every 7-8 weeks. • Needs its teeth filed annually, and vaccinations once or twice a year. • Costs at least $400 a month or $4,800 a year to feed and care for.

COVER STORY Continued from previous page.

How You Can Help Beyond providing funding for the shelter’s day-to-day needs, and medical crises, Another Chance also jumps into the breach when pet guardians are in need. “We often have people ask us for help when they want to keep their pets but cannot fully afford their care,” she explains. “We may have elderly people, or families who have fallen on hard times, who don’t want to surrender their pets but need help providing food or basic care. We know that it is best if the animals can remain with their loving families, so we will help them with the essentials until they are back on their feet. 10 || WOOF MAGAZINE

We’re happy to do it but it’s another expense and it all adds up. Donations help us continue to provide this service.” Another Chance also needs volunteers for handson help such as feeding and changing litter boxes, but especially needs help with paperwork and assembling adoption packets. Anyone with office skills who can help out would be most welcome! Donations of food, litter and blankets are also down, and the shelter would love help with these items. Donations earmarked for crisis care would be much appreciated. Last month, Another Chance incurred $10,000 in vet bills. Currently, they raise the funds as they go by putting out pleas to the community when urgent care is needed, but they would love to build up an ongoing fund. To learn more, or donate, contact Another Chance Animal Rescue at (207) 490-2855 or visit www. anotherchanceanimalrescue.org. The NHSPCA also welcomes donations that support regular care, as well as contributions of food, pet supplies, toys and blankets, and volunteers are always welcome. The shelter also has three different funds that are earmarked towards providing help for animals needing special care. Andy’s Fund, Koda’s Fund, and The Majestic Fund all provide money to cover medical care so that animals can become adoptable and find their “forever” homes. To learn more, or to donate, contact the NHSPCA at (603) 772-2921 or visit www.nhspca.org.


PET HEALTH

10 REASONS YOU SHOULD BRING YOUR PET TO THE ER

Written by Dr. Susanne Szekley, DVM Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

When your pet gets sick, it is often difficult to gauge whether or not your pet needs to be seen by a veterinarian immediately, or if your pet’s ailment can be treated the following day by your primary veterinarian. If possible, it is often better to have your veterinarian examine your pet, but there are times when waiting for your veterinarian will be detrimental to your pet’s well-being. Here are a few guidelines for when it is best to make a trip to your nearest emergency veterinary clinic: 1. Trouble breathing (a fast breathing rate or increased breathing effort): A pet who struggles to breathe may have pneumonia, an asthma attack, congestive heart failure, or other emergent problem that should be addressed sooner rather than later. In general, it is best to not wait if you suspect your pet is not breathing normally as delaying treatment may make the underlying problem worse. If you notice that your pet is using more of his or her abdominal muscles to breathe, this can be a sign that they are having to try hard to breathe. This should trigger a trip to the veterinarian. 2. Repeated vomiting and diarrhea: Often, a single bout of vomiting or diarrhea may not be a sign of something serious, but if Fluffy vomits more than one time (especially if she is not eating), has blood in her vomit or diarrhea, or has several bouts of diarrhea, it is best to have her seen as soon as possible. If a pet dry heaves and is restless, this can be a sign of bloat (or gastric dilatation and volvulus), which is a life-threatening emergency that needs to be treated right away. 3. Ingested toxin or foreign material (grapes, chocolate, lilies, antifreeze, ibuprofen, batteries, socks…) There are a long list of items pets will ingest, not knowing that they are bad for them. If you question whether something is toxic, please call ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) and bring the case number to the emergency hospital. Quick decontamination may save your pet’s life. 4. Hit by car/trauma: In the unfortunate event of trauma, it is best to have your pet evaluated by a veterinarian right away to ensure they are healthy and sound.

5. Inability to produce urine: Sometimes pets are unable urinate because they have a urinary obstruction. If your pet is posturing to urinate or going in and out of the litterbox without producing normal amounts of urine, he or she should be seen promptly through an emergency room. 6. Squinting an eye: Squinting and redness of the eyes should be treated as an emergency. Pets can develop glaucoma, deep ulcers, or other issues of the eye that may permanently threaten their vision if not treated quickly. 7. Open wounds/lacerations: If your pet has a bite wound, laceration, or other wound, prompt medical attention will often help facilitate healing and prevent the development of infection. 8. Pain, agitation, or discomfort: This is a common emergency that brings many pets to the ER. If your pet is noticeably uncomfortable, it is best to have them seen soon so that their pain can be controlled and the underlying cause addressed. 9. Lethargy, wobbliness, incoordination: If you notice your pet to be laying in the same spot for hours, is too tired to get up, or seems weak on their feet when standing, it is best to bring them straight to the emergency room for an evaluation. This could be a sign of systemic disease, internal bleeding, toxin, or other ailment requiring rapid intervention. 10. Seizures or other neurologic issues: If your pet has a firsttime seizure, prolonged seizure (greater than 3 minutes), or a change in mental status, it is advised that your pet be evaluated by a veterinarian right away. In addition to the 10 reasons listed above, your veterinarian may send your pet to the emergency room if they feel we are more equipped to diagnose and manage your pet’s illness. We hope that your pet does not suffer from any of these ailments, but if they do, we will be here to help! If you have any questions about whether or not you should bring them to the emergency room, please call and we will be glad to guide you.

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NATURAL HEALTH

Winter fun &

safety tips for pups

Written by Joyce Belcher Herbs for Life, Inc in Kittery, ME Winters in New England can be long and hard but also fun if we embrace the season by getting out and playing with our pup. New England offers miles of pet friendly cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing and walks and dog friendly places to cozy up if you want to weekend away. There is no shortage of fun activities to help keep us fit. Maine is still the #1 most pet-friendly state in the country, VisitMaine. com has a section about vacationing with pets, from hotels to restaurants. The York Harbor Inn, York, ME, offers a luxurious historic 1730 dog-friendly house located ½ mile from the main property where all guests’ check-in, including the furry ones. Maines beaches are open 24/7 to dogs in the winter and Long Sands beach in York at low tide offers miles of great running. The Harraseeket Inn in Freeport offers a dog bed, dog bowls and clean-up supplies and is close to several good hikes nearby including Wolfe’s Neck Farm and Bradbury Mountain State Park. If you’re up for a getaway in Maine with your pup, check out some of the 519 dog-friendly cities or towns in Maine, some with miles of terrain for you to romp off-leash. http://mainetoday.com/maine-travel/ pet-friendly-trips-can-vacation-maine-pets-takes-planning/

Keep your dog safe

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Towns that salt the sidewalks and other walking areas pose different health challenges, here are some things you should know before setting out on a walk with your pup to keep him safe and comfortable. Did you know that salt and most ice melt products can be extremely irritating and toxic to your dog? This is the time of year where tons of salt coat sidewalks, driveways and roads to melt ice, which is corrosive enough to harm the paint and metal of cars while having a destructive effect on our fresh water ecosystem. It affects plants, fish, and our pets that eat or absorb the toxicity of it, especially through their pads. Two winters ago, I was in Portland and saw a dog tied to a post lifting first one paw, then another. This poor dog was standing tied where salt was dumped, with no option to get away from it. He danced and whimpered as his feet were burning while his owner enjoyed the warmth of Starbucks. The visual will never leave me. The pieces of salt can get stuck in dog’s pads where their natural moisture can heat the salt up to 170 degrees causing great discomfort on a very sensitive area. Then they lick their feet to clear the pain bringing the corrosive chemical to their lips and tongue, even their eyes with their paws. Most ice melt products that are used on our city sidewalks, roads, and walkways contain calcium chloride or sodium chloride as the main ingredient which causes diarrhea and/or vomiting when ingested. That’s not the only way they can ingest the chemicals, they bite the snow when playing and drink from puddles. Even if the salt isn’t visible, it may still be on the surfaces they walk or lay on. If you must use a product to melt ice at home to prevent slipping and falling, look for one that is truly pet safe. I’ve used Safe Paw™ successfully when the ice is too thick to manage. It may take a bit longer to melt the ice, but the tradeoff is not harming your dog or the environment. Keeping their feet protected from snow and ice, eliminating the “snowball” build up between the toes that causes pain equals happy feet. Using a paw butter made from healthy ingredients, petroleum free (they absorb what is on their pads) is easy. Our Protect-a-Paw™ is an all organic handmade in Maine paw butter, providing a barrier against freezing snow and salt absorption and is used by dog sled teams in New England. Ruff Wear™ is a brand of boots for dogs that I’ve used for years, find easy to use, stays on well. Be sure to get the right size for comfort.


NOT FIT

FOR A DOG If you’re like a lot of people, you buy dog food for two dollars a can, or 20 dollars a bag. You probably don’t give the ingredients list more than a glance. If you do, you’re likely comforted by words like natural, wholesome, and (somewhere in the fine print) meat. But have you considered what kind of meal you could get for yourself at these prices? Two dollars wouldn’t buy much of an entree. It might be time to take another look at those ingredients. With pet food sales topping 50 billion dollars per year world wide, spearheaded by companies such as Procter & Gamble, Nestle, and Colgate-Palmolive, it would appear that your dog’s nutrition is in good hands. Sadly, most commercial dog food is unfit for human consumption. ‘Of course,’ you say, ‘it’s for dogs.’ Turns out, however, that it’s equally unfit for dogs. If you’ve read the ingredients and are asking, ‘Where’s the beef?’ There is none. There’s no chicken, either. Or almost none. For the most part, commercial dog food is a ‘dog’s breakfast’ of by-products and additives. It’s all there in the ingredients list if you read carefully, and between the lines.

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dog food contain at least some decent meat or fish. The truth is, that they contain none.’ Meat Meal: This can come from almost any meat source. It can be a good choice if the specific meat is named, as in chicken meal or beef meal. But you should steer clear of ‘meat’ meal or ‘poultry’ meal. Shockingly, destroyed dogs and cats are rendered into meat meal for several name-brand animal foods. Sodium pentobarbital, used to euthanize dogs and cats, survives the rendering process and remains in the meat sold to certain dog food manufacturers. Corn/Wheat: Neither should be the first ingredient in your dog food. They probably shouldn’t appear at all. In ‘The Consumer’s Guide to Dog Food’, Liz Palika says, ‘Corn can cause common allergies such as skin disorders, increased chewing on paws, or ear infections. Most corn and wheat that are used in dog food are very low grade and often linked to food recalls.’ Soy/Beet Pulp:

What follows is a breakdown of the most common ingredients found in commercial dog food (cat owners should likewise beware). The list is enlightening and more than a little chilling. It reads like something out of Ripley’s ‘Believe It Or Not.’ You may never darken the pet food aisle again.

Soy shows up in treats, vitamins, and some commercial dog foods. Unfortunately, a dog’s digestive system is not designed to utilize the amino acids from soy. Beet pulp, the dried residue from the sugar beet, is a source of sugar and fiber. It absorbs moisture at an incredible rate and, as such, slows a dog’s natural elimination process, often leading to very hard stools.

Meat By-Products:

BHT/BHA:

These are the “by-products” of meat, none of which is fit for human consumption (lungs, brains, bone, intestines). In fact, these byproducts contain no actual meat. In his 1999 publication, ‘The Nature of Animal Healing’, Dr. Martin Goldstein, D.V.M., had this to say, ‘We like to think that commercial brands of

Tests on chemical preservatives such as BHT and BHA have raised a series of red flags. Suspected carcinogens, both have been associated with liver damage, fetal abnormalities, and metabolic stress. Continued on page 15. WOOFNEWENGLAND.COM || 13


winter gear is here

POLAR TREX™ PAIRS WINTER TRACTION AND INSULATION

We are loving these innovative products for winter!

The Ruffwear Polar Trex dog boots are designed for warmth, traction, and protection in winter conditions. • Protects paws and legs from elements and ski edges • Low-light visibility with reflective trim • Available in sets of two or four Ruffwear.com for $50

Here we go! It’s officially wintertime. It’s time to bundle up ourselves and, of course, our pups! Take into consideration the salt and sand that is put down on the roads and sidewalks and please protect your pets. DOG HELIOS BLIZZARD FULL-BODIED REFLECTIVE DOG JACKET Remember to measure your pet for the paw-fect fit. The Pet Life Helios Blizzard Full-Bodied Reflective Dog jacket is the perfect jacket for dogs mountaineering and braving the most extreme conditions. Created for blizzard, typhoon, hurricane and rainstorm weather, the double waterproofed outer shell is wind-proof, breathable and tear-proof with 3M reflective lining for visibility in emergencies. The interior is made with impermeable Blackshark technology and high-quality anti-static fleece for added warmth, breathability and ventilation. At Chewy.com for $48.99 sale.

KURGO LOFT REVERSIBLE DOG JACKET Made from lightweight but waterproof Microtomic ripstop quilted material and padded with Polytech fill, this Kurgo Loft Reversible Dog Jacket will keep your dog warm and dry all winter long. Not only is it very warm and comfortable, but it is reversible and features reflective piping for nighttime visibility.

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A chemical preservative, Ethoxyquin is a 1950’s Monsanto product used in the manufacture of rubber. It’s listed as a pesticide by the USDA, but has not been approved for use in foods slated for human consumption. It’s no surprise, then, that The Animal Protection Institute of America lists a multitude of problems linked to ethoxyquin, including infertility, skin and coat problems, immune disorders, and liver dysfunctions. Propylene Glycol is used as preservative in rawhide strips and dog food. A component of antifreeze, it can cause the destruction of red blood cells.

Dyes/Sodium Nitrate:

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Food dyes (typically Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 40, Blue 2) are unnecessary additions to dog food or treats. All are inorganic, and they may be toxic. Sodium Nitrate is another food-coloring agent, and it is also used as a preservative. The use of sodium nitrate in cured meats has been linked to cancer in human beings. Similarly, in a dog’s body, sodium nitrates can produce carcinogenic compounds called nitrosamines.

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Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS): Left-over from ethanol production, DDGS is replacing corn and soybean meal in animal feed. It is extremely prone to a deadly mold, and infected batches have been linked to numerous pet deaths. Extensive research has confirmed the risk, but because it’s lower in cost, DDGS is an attractive alternate for some manufacturers. While not overly comprehensive (a frightening thought), this list is certainly representative of what’s lurking in those cans and bags of commercial dog food. If you’re sufficiently spooked by all this, you have a couple of alternatives. You can seek out independent pet food manufacturers, ones whose clientele is made up of label-readers like yourself. Thankfully, businesses like these are popping up in more and more communities. Failing that, head to the library for a do-it-yourself pet food primer. Your dog can help with the preparation. He’ll lick the bowl.

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