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3/15/11 3:21 P

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i always thought it was odd reading that dogs couldn't have peanuts but they could peanutbutter. before i got kirby and la la la i would read all i could find on westies and several times i read about westies that had eaten as little as 1 peanut dying from them. so i just have never let them have any nuts. they do have peanut butter though. my dh gives them some of his peanut butter sandwiches.

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3/15/11 2:31 P

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Can my dog have nuts? If so which ones ?

A: Most nuts can cause some GI irritation in most dogs, however there are some nuts I would avoid.

The most toxic nut is the Macademia nut. Cashews, Walnuts, and Almonds should all be avoided. Plain peanuts and pecans should be OK.

I would recommend not feeding your dog any nuts because of the high fat content. Too much fat at one time can overload the pancreas and lead to pancreatitis.

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i thought dogs couldn't have nuts......... is it just peanuts ????

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3/14/11 5:05 P

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We have a crazy westie that insists on eating pecans, shells and all! The squirrels bury them in our yard & she goes around digging them up! We take them away from her whenever we catch her, but she's very crafty at eating them on the sly. Then she has an upset tummy & is quite a grouch. We give her 1 teaspoon of pepto bismol that seems to help her.

Toothpaste is wonderful on insect stings. It draws the pain right out. I've used it on my DH who was amazed so I'm guessing it would work the same on dogs.

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3/14/11 1:59 P

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We've used the benadryl for G's allergies for a long time now but I never thought about needing it for emergencies and from now on will keep it when we travel too!

I had never heard about the pumpkin but will try it. We have always used rice and baby food.
Thanks for the ideas!


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3/13/11 11:49 P

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becky your buddy is showing his westitude to the thunder and lightning !!!! lol. i actually don't know of a dog that loves thunder and lightning !!! when the thunder and lightning gets bad kirby and la la la go to the basement. i don't go and we never taught them to go, but they just do it!!!!


another tip, plain pumpkin works for both diarreah and constipation. i never could get kirby and la la la to eat it tho. they self medicate by eating grass.

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I think Buddy may have been stung by a Yellow Jacket once while on the deck, because now if he hears a buzzing in the house he hides under the bed! LOL!! Yet, he will sit by the window and listen to thunder and watch the lightening! Go Figure! Have you heard of a dog who loves thunder? Well, Buddy does! LOL!!


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3/13/11 6:37 P

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i keep kirby's basket muzzle hooked to the side of the refrigerator in case he gets hurt and we have to do anything with him. i read that even the sweetest dog will bite you when they get hurt and to keep a muzzle on hand.
we have to put it on him just to put drops in his ears, he snaps at us for just that !!! lol
and he has to wear it at the vet and the groomer too. he's our little hannibal lecter!! lol


becky that's a great one about the accent, i had forgotten about that!! baking soda works for that too. we are surrounded by all kinds of bees here on the farm. my dh has several bee boxes and i'm always afraid kirby and la la la will go chasing a squirrel by them and get stung !!

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3/13/11 6:09 P

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i always have benadryl in the bathroom cabinet and in my dog walking bag too.

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3/13/11 5:48 P

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Accent meat tenderizer is good for bee stings. I don't have that.

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this a great reminder to keep benedryl on hand for a westie emergency.
i don't have the tablets on hand yet but i will be buying some this week. i do however keep a bottle of children's benedryl on hand in case any of us get something we are allergic to. i figured if our throat started to swell we could get the liquid down instead of a pill.
we do need to put together an emergency westie first aid kit for our homes......... anybody got ideas as to what else we should keep on hand with the benedryl ???? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hi Team!

Debra (MAMABEARLICIOUS) and I have been having an ongoing discussion about our Westies via SparkMail. While thinking back I was reminded of why I always keep Benedryl on hand -- just for Buddy.

Some while back, when he was a puppy and just finishing up with his vaccinations, he received a vaccination for a disease that is here in No. Calif. mainly found in the mountain regions. Since we spend some of the summer at the cabin the Vet felt it was advised to vaccinate Buddy for this disease. He got his shot in the late morning and by dinner time DH noticed that Buddy was frantically rubbing his face. When I took a look at his face it was swelling and his lips looked like a movie star who had just had an over dose of collagen injections! OMG!!

I quickly administered a Benedryl tablet and then called the Vet. Thankfully it was our Vet's 'late' night in the office, so I rushed Buddy down to her. The Vet told me I did the right thing by giving the Benedryl to Buddy, and that 2 tabs would've been just fine in this circumstance. She gave him a shot and we stayed there waiting and watching for an hour to make sure he was not going to go into shock. Obviously he survived!

Needless to say that vaccination is totally out of the question for him anymore!

Westies are the Poster Children for allergies. As a Westie owner I'm sure you already know that this is true. I keep Benedryl in my medicine cupboard just for Buddy. I buy the generic brand in tablet form so I can break them in half if necessary.

Last summer Buddy began licking his feet. Not a lot, but just enough that I noticed and would have to tell him to quit! I think this licking all began about the same time I noticed his beard turning red, which as I found out, is caused by too much moisture on his beard. Since then at the advice of my Vet, I began giving Buddy 1 tab 2x a day, 1 morning & 1 evening at least 8 hrs apart (if I remember). The feet licking has stopped and the red beard (?) ... well let's just say it is not getting any worse.

Of course any and all medications should be administered only with the recommendation of your Veterinarian, but this is something to think about to be prepared!
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