Plants Toxic to Puppies

Plants toxic to puppies

We all want the best for our new puppies, but puppies can be adventurous and usually want to explore through their mouths by biting, chewing and licking, hence leading them to be inadvertently at risk to danger and harm. Puppies can especially bite and chew things in the backyard out of curiosity or boredom, so in our very own backyard we must be vigilant, as there could be something potentially toxic or fatal for puppies, such as plants that puppies could have an adverse reaction to from toxins entering the bloodstream, so knowing what is in the garden and keeping the puppy safe is very important.

Here are some plants that could be toxic if eaten by your adventurous puppy or poisonous if pricked by the plant itself on the body of the puppy.

The list of plants toxic to puppies
Agapanthus (Roots)
Aloe (Leaves)
Angels Trumpet (All parts)
Apricots (Stem, bark and seed kernels)
Arum Lily (Spine and bulbs)
Asparagus Fern (All parts)
Avocado (Fruit, leaves, bark, seed)
Azalea (All parts)
Bird of Paradise (Fruit, seeds)
Caladium (All parts)
Cape Lilac (Berries)
Clematis (All parts)
Cotoneaster glaucophyllus (Fruit)
Cycads (Seeds)
Daffodils (All parts but especially bulbs)
Daphne (Berries, bark, leaves)
Dumb Cane Dieffenbachia (All parts)
Foxgloves (Leaves, seeds, flowers)
Frangipani (Sap)
Gladioli (Bulbs)
Hellebore (All parts)
Hyacinth (Bulbs, leaves, flowers)
Hydrangea (Leaves, stems)
Ivy (All parts of most varieties)
Jonquil (Bulbs)
Kalanchoe (All parts)
Lantana (All parts)
Lily (All parts)
Lily of the Valley (All parts)
Lobelia (All parts)
Macadamia (Nuts)
Fruit Salad Plant Monstera (Unripe fruit)
Morning Glory (Seeds)
Nightshade (All parts)
Oleander (All parts, including dead leaves)
Onion (Bulbs)
Ornamental chilli (Fruit)
Philodendron (All parts)
Poinsettia (Leaves, flowers)
Rhododendron (All parts)
Rhubarb (Leaves)
Savin Juniper (All parts)
Sweet Pea (Seeds, pods)
Tomato Plants (Leaves)
Tulip (Bulbs)
Umbrella Plant (All parts)
Wandering Jew (Leaves, stems, sap)
Wisteria (Seeds, pods)
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (All parts)
Yucca (All parts)


Plants toxic to puppies


Best way I have found is to google up the plant in question and see google images of different types of plants.

If you have someone who has a green thumb, ask for advice on plants, and if they know any of these species of plant.


Why Is My Puppy Not Eating Dry Food?

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Picky eating can be a quirk associated with an individual puppy or a sign of something more serious. If your puppy is not eating dry food, consider the following:

Is My Puppy Healthy?

A sudden change in appetite or feeding behaviour can indicate a health issue of some variety. Your puppy may have an upset stomach, intestinal problems, or oral/ dental discomfort.

If your puppy has stopped eating altogether, and you suspect that something may be wrong, book your puppy in with the veterinarian. If your puppy will still eat other foods, it may just be a case of picky eating.

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Keep an eye on normal behaviour patterns, and watch for the food levels they are eating as the puppy grows, increasing the amount as they grow into their adult form

Is My Puppy Old Enough to Eat Dry Food?

Young puppies are generally not fully weaned until they are 6-8 weeks old. Prior to this time, they will feed mostly on their mother’s milk (or a substitute).

During the transitional stage (between 4-8 weeks), puppies will begin to nibble on solid foods, however, dry food will still remain out of reach. It is not until after this period of transition that puppies will be able to eat dry food.

While most owners receive their puppies after 8 weeks, if your puppy is younger than this you should be aware of their transitioning diets. You can incorporate dry food into their diet by soaking kibble in water to break it down a little and make it easier to eat.

Is My Puppy Teething?

Most puppies will eat less when they are teething. This is due to the extra strain and discomfort placed on their teeth, gums, and jaw. Teething usually takes place between 3-6 months.

If your puppy is reluctant to eat dry food during this period, considering switching to wet foods until their adult teeth have set in. Otherwise, you can soften dry food by soaking it in warm water or even by mixing it with wet food. If you do decide to add wet food to your puppy’s feeding schedule, make sure you scale back the volume of dry food to ensure you are not overfeeding them.

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Sharing food between puppies is very normal and making sure enough kibble is available to not create any food possession between pups is recommended

Am I Feeding My Puppy Regularly?

While it is less likely to be the cause of picking eating than some of the other factors on this list, your puppy’s feeding schedule may cause them to avoid certain foods. Rather than leaving your puppy’s food in a bowl all day, provide smaller meals at specific times during the day. This may help with appetite and regularity. Generally, puppies under 6 months should be fed 3 smalls meals throughout the day and puppies over 6 months should be fed 2 times a day.

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Is My Puppy Just a Picky Eater?

Some puppies are born picky eaters. They may not like the taste of dry food, or they may not like the texture. If your puppy is not eating their dry food, consider experimenting with different brands and varieties. Alternatively, you can mix dry food with a small amount of wet food to entice your puppy.

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If your puppy stops eating, go to the vet. In different cases they could have ate something that has made a blockage.

How Do Puppy Energy Levels Change as They Age?

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Much like humans, puppies go through stages of varying energy levels and changing behaviour. This is an evolutionary advantage which allows puppies to learn quickly and keep up with the pack.

While increased energy levels are great for your puppy, they can lead to some frustrating experiences in the home. This guide will discuss the changes in puppy energy levels, what behaviours to expect, and what you can do to manage your puppy’s changing behaviour.

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Puppy Energy Levels: Birth – 10 Weeks

Up to 10 weeks puppies are like much like human babies and toddlers; they are energetic, curious, and playful. This is a period of massive mental and physical growth. In order to understand the world around them, your puppy must experience as many things as possible and this requires enormous energy reserves. At this age, your puppy may tire very quickly due to sensory overload.

Puppies at this age will run around chewing, pawing, smelling, and fighting with anything within reach. They will bound and gallop around your home looking for someone, or something, to play with.

This is a fantastic age to begin obedience training because your puppy is such an eager learner. Begin to teach your dog their name and some Basic Commands. To burn some of that energy, it’s important to take short walks and play with your puppy a few times a day.

Puppy Energy Levels: 10 – 16 Weeks

Puppies at this age are much like young teenagers. They still have enormous energy reserves, but they like to test the boundaries. This is because your puppy is developing an increased awareness of pack hierarchies and the world around them.

At this age, your puppy may begin to “forget” some of the commands they once responded to. They may also disobey rules or expectations that you have begun to set. Your puppy may begin chewing everything that can reach because they have begun to teeth. 

Puppies at this age should begin to receive longer walks and more play. Be aware of teething behaviour and provide plenty of opportunities for your puppy to chew on things that you don’t mind being destroyed. At this point, obedience training should be ramped up and you should work to assert yourself as the leader of the pack.

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Puppy Energy Levels: 4 – 6 Months

At 4 months, your puppy begins to develop into a young adult. Your puppy will still have great levels of energy but may begin to direct it in different ways such as play-fighting. Your puppy will begin to have a much greater control over their energy levels and will have less of the crashes they experience at younger ages.

Your puppy may begin to fight with other pets, children, and you. They may bite, paw, and scratch at you as they begin to test pack hierarchies. Puppies at this age also begin to show fear. It’s usually best to ignore this behaviour and build confidence through training and play. It’s also important at this time to reinforce the idea that your puppy should not bite or scratch you at any point.

Puppy Energy Levels: 6 – 12 Months

At this age, your puppy is very quickly beginning to look like a full-grown dog. Don’t let this fool you though, your puppy still has a very juvenile mind. You may even begin to see a boost in energy as they begin to round out their growth.

Your puppy will continue to test the boundaries but should begin developing a greater sense of right and wrong. They will generally be able to control their energy and will have very few crashes.

At this age it’s important to continue structured play and exercise to ensure that your puppy can dispel their energy in a positive way. Continue to train your puppy and socialise them with other puppies and adult dogs.

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Puppy Energy Levels: 1 – 2 Years

If you’ve made it this far with your puppy, congratulations. You’ve successfully made it to canine adulthood. For smaller breeds, 1 year generally signifies adulthood. For larger breeds, it can take up to 2 years to reach full physical and mental maturity.

At this age, your puppy will generally still be playful and energetic, but this will begin to slow down as they age and mature. Your puppy should have a good grasp of the rules and expectations and, as a result, they will be less troublesome despite still having energy.

At this stage, you should aim to maintain age appropriate exercise and play and continue to be consistent with expectations and obedience.


Preventing and Treating Dehydration in Puppies

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Puppies are active animals, abound with energy. To support this active lifestyle, they need countless volumes of water. When your puppy doesn’t get enough water, they can quickly become dehydrated. Left untreated, this can cause significant pain and discomfort, and even death. This article discusses how to diagnose, treat, and prevent puppy dehydration.  

Why do Puppies Become Dehydrated?

Puppies can become dehydrated by a range of factors. The biggest causes of puppy dehydration are exposure to heat and illness. Illnesses that cause diarrhoea, vomiting, and excessive urination can often lead to dehydration.

Puppy dehydration can sometimes be a sign of more serious issues such as kidney degeneration, kidney failure, and the ingestion of harmful substances. These factors can cause severe dehydration in puppies and if severe symptoms persist, should always be checked out by a qualified veterinarian.

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On those extremely hot days, have more options for your puppy. Old buckets of water does the trick.

How Can I Tell if my Puppy is Dehydrated?

If you’re concerned that your puppy may be dehydrated, here are a few symptoms to look for:

  • Lethargy and depleted energy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sunken Eyes
  • Change in usual behaviour
  • Excessive panting
  • Inelasticity in the skin

What Should I Do if my Puppy is Dehydrated?

The most important thing is to ensure that your puppy always has access to a source of clean drinking water. If they are just thirsty, your puppy will drink on their own and will quickly recover.

If after drinking, your puppy still appears dehydrated, you can attempt to administer electrolytic solution to help them recover. Mix an electrolytic concentrate in their water at a rate of 1-2 ml per kilogram of body weight. Encourage your puppy to drink this solution. And monitor their progress.

If symptoms persist and your puppy is experiencing more severe dehydration, the best thing to do is take them to a veterinarian. It’s best to be safe and avoid the worsening of more serious illnesses.

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Water fountains are amazing for puppies, drinking and cooling off and a play if the puppy decides it would be fun

How Can I Prevent Puppy Dehydration?

Preventing dehydration caused by exposure to the sun and heat

It is extremely important to be aware of the weather, especially if your puppy spends a significant amount of time outdoors. During the summer, or on especially warm days, your puppy can become dehydrated very rapidly.

Your puppy will naturally look for cool water and shade. If this is unavailable, they will be unable to regulate their body temperature. On warm days it is especially important to ensure that your puppy has constant access to cool water and shade. Bring them inside if this is not possible. On days of extreme heat, bring your puppy inside and give them a cool place to rest.

Never leave your puppy unattended in a car. Heat becomes trapped inside the enclosed environment and can rapidly cause severe dehydration in puppies and young children.

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Salt water pools can be a fun way for cooling your puppy in the summertime

Preventing dehydration caused by illness

The first step to preventing illness related dehydration in puppies is monitoring your puppy’s overall health. It’s important to be aware of when your puppy is experiencing bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea. This way, you can quickly treat these illnesses by visiting a veterinarian.

It’s also important to have plenty of clean drinking water available for your puppy when they are sick. They will likely need to consume a lot more water to offset the large volumes of water they are expelling.

Remember you can always go to the vet, or ask over the phone to speak to the vet you see and ask for help or advice. To help your puppy is the most important thing we can do when they can’t help themselves.

How Do Puppy Energy Levels Change as They Age?

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Much like humans, puppies go through stages of varying energy levels and changing behaviour. This is an evolutionary advantage which allows puppies to learn quickly and keep up with the pack.

While increased energy levels are great for your puppy, they can lead to some frustrating experiences in the home. This guide will discuss the changes in puppy energy levels, what behaviours to expect, and what you can do to manage your puppy’s changing behaviour.

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Know the puppy breed and energy levels

Puppy Energy Levels: Birth – 10 Weeks

Up to 10 weeks puppies are like much like human babies and toddlers; they are energetic, curious, and playful. This is a period of massive mental and physical growth. In order to understand the world around them, your puppy must experience as many things as possible and this requires enormous energy reserves. At this age, your puppy may tire very quickly due to sensory overload.

Puppies at this age will run around chewing, pawing, smelling, and fighting with anything within reach. They will bound and gallop around your home looking for someone, or something, to play with.

This is a fantastic age to begin obedience training because your puppy is such an eager learner. Begin to teach your dog their name and some Basic Commands. To burn some of that energy, it’s important to take short walks and play with your puppy a few times a day.

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Playing for the puppy is a great way to release energy levels

Puppy Energy Levels: 10 – 16 Weeks

Puppies at this age are much like young teenagers. They still have enormous energy reserves, but they like to test the boundaries. This is because your puppy is developing an increased awareness of pack hierarchies and the world around them.

At this age, your puppy may begin to “forget” some of the commands they once responded to. They may also disobey rules or expectations that you have begun to set. Your puppy may begin chewing everything that can reach because they have begun to teeth. 

Puppies at this age should begin to receive longer walks and more play. Be aware of teething behaviour and provide plenty of opportunities for your puppy to chew on things that you don’t mind being destroyed. At this point, obedience training should be ramped up and you should work to assert yourself as the leader of the pack.

Walking the puppy in a safe situation, on lead areas is recommended for the puppy to understand training while on lead.

Puppy Energy Levels: 4 – 6 Months

At 4 months, your puppy begins to develop into a young adult. Your puppy will still have great levels of energy but may begin to direct it in different ways such as play-fighting. Your puppy will begin to have a much greater control over their energy levels and will have less of the crashes they experience at younger ages.

Your puppy may begin to fight with other pets, children, and you. They may bite, paw, and scratch at you as they begin to test pack hierarchies. Puppies at this age also begin to show fear. It’s usually best to ignore this behaviour and build confidence through training and play. It’s also important at this time to reinforce the idea that your puppy should not bite or scratch you at any point.

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All puppies will have different levels of energy, the responsibility of exercising the high energy puppy will keep them happy and healthy.

Puppy Energy Levels: 6 – 12 Months

At this age, your puppy is very quickly beginning to look like a full-grown dog. Don’t let this fool you though, your puppy still has a very juvenile mind. You may even begin to see a boost in energy as they begin to round out their growth.

Your puppy will continue to test the boundaries but should begin developing a greater sense of right and wrong. They will generally be able to control their energy and will have very few crashes.

At this age it’s important to continue structured play and exercise to ensure that your puppy can dispel their energy in a positive way. Continue to train your puppy and socialise them with other puppies and adult dogs.

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Enjoy the quiet times the puppy gives you, if they are sleeping, let them sleep.

Puppy Energy Levels: 1 – 2 Years

If you’ve made it this far with your puppy, congratulations. You’ve successfully made it to canine adulthood. For smaller breeds, 1 year generally signifies adulthood. For larger breeds, it can take up to 2 years to reach full physical and mental maturity.

At this age, your puppy will generally still be playful and energetic, but this will begin to slow down as they age and mature. Your puppy should have a good grasp of the rules and expectations and, as a result, they will be less troublesome despite still having energy.

At this stage, you should aim to maintain age appropriate exercise and play and continue to be consistent with expectations and obedience.

Why Do Puppies Like Kisses?

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Few experiences can top the feeling you get when your puppy greets you at the door with a wagging tail and plenty of kisses. Puppy kisses, after all, are one of the best parts about owning a puppy.

But why do puppies love to give kisses?

Puppies seem to crave licking. Sometimes to the point where we, as owners, wish they didn’t. Surely there is a simple biological answer to this, right? Well, actually, it seems that it’s still up for debate whether puppies really do enjoy kisses in the human sense.

While there’s no conclusive, scientific evidence on why puppies love to lick, we can infer from our knowledge of mammalian biology and animal behaviour.

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Why Does my Puppy Always Lick Me?

Puppies lick for several reasons, most of which are socially based; puppies are pack animals, after all. 

Firstly, puppies lick each other to show affection and improve social bonding. When puppies lick themselves or another dog, hormones called endorphins are released. These hormones are often referred to as “feel-good” hormones because they help relieve stress and boost happiness. Thus, as puppies lick, they experience a sense of pleasure. Humans experience similar happiness boosting and pain-relieving sensations when they exercise, kiss, hug and receive gifts.

Puppies also lick to gather information about pack mates and show submission in social settings. Puppies will often lick higher pack members in an attempt to indicate their submission. This behaviour proves that they are not a threat and may also garner a reward in the form of food and attention.  

So, that explains why they like to lick, but do puppies enjoy kissing in a human sense?

It’s more likely than not that, for puppies, licking is more instinctive than cultural, as it is for humans. That is, your puppy’s obsession with licking your face may have more to do with the mucus, sweat, and oils on your face than with a sense of intimacy.

A large degree of canine affection occurs through non-verbal, non-contact communication. Puppies hug and kiss through body language and eye contact and bond through play. Endorphin levels in puppies spike when puppies communicate with body language and during play.

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Puppy kisses while giving a bath

Do All Puppies Enjoy Kissing and Licking?

While many puppies love to demonstrate their submission and affection through licking hands, feet, and faces, not all puppies love ‘kissing’. Some puppies like to have personal space and prefer non-contact communication.

Especially for anxious puppies, kissing can be a form of affection which increases stress and nervousness. Some signs off this include growling, turning away, high or low tail wagging, and staring.

Its important, if you observe these warning signs, that you avoid forcing you rpuppy to kiss you. Educate children on the warning signs of canine aggression and the importance of puppy personal space. Children, like puppies, are sometimes ill-aware of the concept of personal space. It’s always best to educate your puppy about recognising puppy behaviour so that they can avoid accidents and trauma.

That being said, there are many ways to show your puppy affection, including Belly Rubs, play, and training. If your puppy doesn’t enjoy kisses, invest time in finding a bonding activity that they do love for a long-lasting, loving relationship with your pet. 

Why Do Puppies Love Belly Rubs?

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If you like to pat your puppy then you’ve probably encountered the notorious “belly rub roll”. Puppies seemingly love to have their tummies rubbed. But why do rubs on the belly feel so much better than anywhere else?

The answer for this one is fairly simple; it feels really good.

Belly rubs for puppy’s builds trust, loyalty and love with your puppy.

A good belly rub is an awesome calming technique for the puppy’s temperament. If you find your puppy has way too much energy, try the belly rub technique and use a word like “Relax!” while stroking the belly. But important to note… you have to be relaxed while doing it.

I personally cut the nails of my Japanese Akitas while they are on their backs. In between feet and nails, they get their belly rubs, which they really love. They relax and trust me.

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It can make them relaxed when they are excited also, a calming technique which has many benefits.

Why Do Belly Rubs Feel So Good?

I bet you haven’t really put much thought into it before. You start patting your puppy and they like it. They roll over to expose their belly because they love the way it feels you’re willing to oblige because, well, you love your puppy.

It’s a simple process but there’s actually quite a lot of trust built into this exercise. A puppy’s stomach is an extremely vulnerable place. It houses important organs and is not protected by a strong, bony ribcage like their chest is. Puppies are naturally reluctant to expose their vulnerable parts so if they’re willing to roll over for belly tickles, it means you have quite a strong, trusting relationship with your puppy.

Now, onto why it feels so good.

While there isn’t much study into why puppies specifically enjoy belly rubs, there is firm scientific basis which we can apply in this situation.

Puppies are mammals, and most mammals (including humans) have an inbuilt neural response which reacts to hair follicle stimulation. Researchers found that a brain neuron called MRGPRB4 reacted strongly to gentle stroking but not at all to other sensations. More simply, when you stroke your puppy’s hair follicles a release of hormones stimulates feelings of pleasure.

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My Japanese Akita’s relaxing.

But why do belly rubs feel so good in particular?

Well this seems to come down to the smaller, much more sensitive hairs on your puppy’s belly. These hairs are more respondent to stroking and therefore make the MRGPRB4 stimulation more effective.

This could be a result of evolutionary selection. Perhaps puppies with more sensitive hair follicles on their stomachs learnt more quickly that they should guard their stomachs. Puppies could be taught through play that their stomachs were areas which needed protecting.

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Sleeping with the belling facing up means the puppy is very relaxed. Puppies will automatically roll over and this follows into adulthood.

What if My Puppy Doesn’t Like Belly Rubs?

While many puppies will revel at the opportunity to have their tummies rubbed, not all puppies enjoy this behaviour. For some puppies, exposing their bellies is a sign of different behaviours. For other puppies, contact with the stomach can be seen as hostile and trigger an appropriate response.

If your puppy automatically rolls over and exposes their belly to you when you walk into a room, this may be a sign of submission, rather than an invite to rub their belly. Puppies perform this trick to make themselves appear as unintimidating as possible to higher pack mates. However, if your puppy exposes their belly to you after you start patting them, then it’s more likely a sign of enjoyment.

If your puppy is exposing their bellies as a sign of submission, it’s important to build on the trust and bond you share. Being sensitive of anxious puppy’s needs is an extremely important part of growing a happy and healthy relationship with your pet.

5 Homemade Puppy Treats

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While there are plenty of puppy treats available on the market, not only are these products often expensive, they also tend to have lots of nasty ingredients that puppies simply don’t need. Therefore, we’ve compiled this list to provide you with some healthy, delicious treats for your puppy that you can make at home with minimal preparation and time.


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Peanut Butter Bites for Puppies

The best part of these Peanut Butter Puppy Treats is that they require no baking. Simply mix the ingredients, refrigerate for an hour, and enjoy. We’re yet to meet a puppy who doesn’t enjoy peanut butter, so this is the perfect treat for hungry puppies. The treats can also be made small so that they are suitable for training.

For these Perfect Peanut Butter Puppy Treats, you will need:

  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • ¼ Cup Peanut Butter
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 3 Cups Rolled Oats

Directions:

  1. Combine the Milk, Pumpkin Puree, and Peanut Butter with an electric mixer.
  2. Gradually add 2 ½ cups of rolled oats at low speed.
  3. Using a spoon and your hands, roll the mixture into balls about 3 centimetres across. You should be able to make about 20.
  4. Cover and place in the fridge. The treats should be firm and ready in about 1 hour.

Pumpkin Strips for Puppies

Pumpkin is a great, healthy, and vegan treat for young puppies. Many puppies enjoy the taste and consistency of the vegetable much like humans. Not only does it taste great, but it can also help with constipation and diarrhoea by providing much needed dietary fibre.

For this super simple Pumpkin Puppy Treat, you will need:

  • 1 Pumpkin (Butternut or Jap work well)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C
  2. Slice the pumpkin into small pieces for quicker cooking time
  3. Cook the pumpkin until soft
  4. Allow the oven to cool to 60° C.
  5. Puree pumpkin with a stick blender or food processor until smooth
  6. Spread the pureed pumpkin over a non-stick baking tray and cook for 6-8 hours (until the pumpkin is no longer sticky to touch).
  7. When the pumpkin leather is cool, cut into treat sized strips.

Cheesy Bone Biscuits for Puppies

Bone shaped puppy treats are probably one of the most popular styles available. The good thing about these biscuits, however, is that they incorporate 4 simple ingredients to make fresh treats your puppy will love.

 To make these delicious dog biscuits, you will need:

  • 4 Cups of Flour
  • 2 Cups of Shredded Cheese
  • 1 1/3 Cups of Water
  • 2 TBSP of Coconut Oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C
  2. Combine the flour and cheese in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add in water and oil and mix until well combined. You may need to add more oil to fully combine the dough.
  4. Once the mix resembles a stiff dough, roll it out onto a cutting board until it is roughly 3.5 centimetres tall.
  5. Use a cookie cutter to make bone shapes of roughly 1-3 centimetres tall.
  6. Cook the dough for roughly 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown and semi-firm. The cookies will continue to harden as they cool

Pumpkin, Blueberry and Bacon Pupsicles for Puppies

When the warmer weather hits, it pays to be prepared. Luckily, these tasty popsicles are an all-time summer puppy favourite. This recipe is extremely simple, and you can substitute similar ingredients to cater to your puppy’s particular tastes.

For this refreshing puppy treat, you will need:

  • 1 Tin of Pumpkin
  • 1 Punnet of Blueberries
  • 1-2 Slices of Bacon – trim all fat
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • Pig ear Puppy Chews for the stick part
  • Popsicle Moulds

Directions:

  1. Start by cooking the bacon to remove any nasty bacteria remember to trim all fat.
  2. Next, combine the bacon, pumpkin, and water in a food processor until fairly smooth.
  3. Pop 3-4 blueberries in the bottom of your puppy Popsicle moulds before adding the pumpkin mix. Leave a small gap at the top.
  4. Place pig ear chews where the puppy Popsicle sticks would usually be for an extra touch of flair.

Chicken Jerky for Puppies

There are various jerky varieties on the market and your puppy will likely love all of them. Unfortunately, both human-grade and animal-grade jerky varieties are often high in sodium, sugar, and preservatives. As a result, we searched for a better alternative, this is the result.

For this recipe, you will need:

  • Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
  • Chicken Breasts

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 120° C
  2. Generously grease a wire rack with oil and place it on top of a baking pan or cookie sheet. (The wire rack allows circulation of air and even cooking)
  3. Trim any visible fat off the chicken
  4. Slice the chicken into sheets of approximately 5mm or 2.5mm
  5. Place the chicken slices on the greased rack and cook for 2 hours, checking every half an hour or so.
  6. Flip the chicken after 2 hours and allow them to dehydrate for a further 45 minutes (or until fully crisp)

* Because this recipe uses no salt or preservatives, it should store for about 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Is My Puppy Dreaming?

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We’ve all seen the signs, your puppy is fast asleep, but their tag is wagging, their face is twitching, and they may even be whining. When this happens, we can only presume one thing, our puppies must be dreaming. Pet owners across the world seem to agree, when their puppies sleep, they dream just like humans do. But do our puppies dream just like us?

Well… sort of.

A growing body of research seems to suggest that puppies do in fact dream, however, many of these studies suggest that while puppies are capable of dreaming, these dreams are different to the variety that humans experience.

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Humans experience sleep in different phases. These phases are known as Light sleep, deep sleep, and REM sleep and theyeach serve a specific regenerative purpose. The REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase is characterised by high levels of brain activity. It’s during this stage that our most frequent, vivid dreams occur. Puppies have been shown to experience similar phases of Rapid Eye Movement while asleep. Thus, psychologists conclude, it is highly likely that puppies do in fact dream in a similar way to humans. 

A level of speculation occurs, however, when psychologists debate the subject of our puppies’ dreams. Humans are extremely complex, cognitive creatures capable of vast degrees of abstract thought. Puppies, on the other hand, are more instinctive, and concrete in their thought. While humans are capable of infinite imagination and complex thought, puppies are more earthbound and limited by their less developed neural structures.

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This leads many scientists to conclude that when our puppies dream, they are reliving their lived experiences. Experiences such as scents they followed, food they ate, new people they met, and sometimes even a scolding they may have received. Moreover, considering how attached puppies become to their owners, there’s a high probability that when your puppy sleeps, they dream of you.

Humans also relieve their daily experiences in dreams, similarly to their puppies. Studies have found that our brain activity during REM cycles of sleep often mirrors patters from that day. Another study into the dreaming activity of lab rats found that while dreaming, rats retrace the mazes they traversed that same day. This has led scientists to speculate that this storing and reliving process is a powerful tool that contributes to how puppies and other animals make sense of their worlds.

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So, while there seems to be solid evidence suggest that our puppies dream while they sleep, it is much more difficult to trace the subject of these dreams. If your puppy is twitching and their tail is wagging, then it’s fairly safe to assume that they’re dreaming.

Perhaps we can take solace in the idea that when our puppies sleep, there’s a good chance that they are thinking of us. Studies like this go further to prove that dogs really are man’s best friend.

How to Give Puppies Medicine

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Puppies and medicine don’t often mix. From spitting up their tablets, to eating everything in their bowl except for their medicine, puppies can make the healing process a real nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be this way, follow our puppy medicine guide for some great tips on how to make getting better a whole lot easier.

One important thing to remember is to not blame your puppy for not liking medicine. Think about it this way: If you didn’t know that medicine would make you feel better, would you want to take it?

How to Give Your Puppy Liquid Medicine

Liquid Medicines often come with droppers or syringes which make delivering them a lot easier. When giving your puppy liquid medicine, this should be your first choice.

Hold your puppy’s head gently. Do not tilt it up as this may cause them to resist or inhale and splutter their medicine. Put the dropper or syringe into the corner of your puppy’s mouth. Ensure that the tip is between their cheek and teeth and is pointing towards the back of their throat.

Empty the dropper or syringe into your puppy’s mouth and hold it closed. Softly blow onto their nose or gently stroke their throat to encourage them to swallow. It’s important to be calm during this time to avoid stressing your puppy. Use a calming tone to encourage your puppy and when you are confident that they have finished their medicine, treat them for their good behaviour.

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How to Give Your Puppy Tablets with Food

Some medicines can be given with food while others can’t. If your vet doesn’t recommend delivering it on an empty stomach, ask them whether your puppy’s specific medicine can taken with food.

If your puppy’s medicine can be consumed with food, then the best way to get them to eat it is by hiding it in a small amount of food. Hide the tablet in your puppy’s breakfast and/or dinner. Start with a much smaller portion than usual. This encourages your puppy to eat everything in their bowl. This way, you can give them the rest of their food after you are sure they have eaten their tablet.

Sometimes, puppies are either too smart or stubborn to eat their tablets and will eat around it in their bowl. In this case, you can get your puppy to eat their medicine by hiding it in a small piece of food such as spam or ham loaf. The trick is to get your puppy to try to swallow the tablet whole, so avoid bigger pieces of food. Puppies are smart and if they sense that the texture or taste of their treats are off, they might spit it out. It’s a good idea to give a few treats first in order to warm them up.

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How to Give Your Puppy Tablets without Food

Giving your puppy medicine without food can be somewhat more difficult than doing so with food. This is due to the simple fact that there is nothing to distract your puppy from the medicine itself.

If your vet recommends that your puppy’s medicine be taken on an empty stomach, then the first step is to get your puppy seated and in a comfortable position. Hold your puppy’s head gently and tilt their head back. Place the tablet as far back in their mouth as possible and close their mouth. Keeping your hands positioned so that you can ensure their mouth stays closed, gently massage your puppy’s throat to encourage them to swallow.

During this process, its important to remain calm. Offer your puppy words of encouragement and reward them for their good behaviour. If you make the process enjoyable for your puppy, you will find it is easier the next time they need to take medicine.