The Blueberry and Banana Dog Cookie recipe published here in April 2015 has been wildly popular with more than 3,000 reposts.
Unfortunately, the Blueberry and Banana recipe has overshadowed the other treat recipe’s published on Divinity’s blog, so I thought I create a post with links to all these other wonderful dog treat recipes. Hopefully, dog owners will make some of these other treat recipe’s for their dogs to enjoy.
Here are links to previously published dog treat recipe’s.
Cookies & Baked Treats
Smoothies & Frozen Treats
I had the pleasure of visiting Bob’s House for Dogs, a senior dog rescue near Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Bob’s House for Dogs provides foster care to senior and special-needs dogs in a kennel-free, home-like environment. The dogs receive loving attention, high-quality food and meticulous health care. Bob’s House for Dogs also provides end-of-life care to dogs with terminal illness or advanced age, making them comfortable as they pass on. Bob’s House for Dogs also gives back to the community through a number of programs, reaching out to the elderly and children.
A donation was made to Bob’s House in Miss Divinity’s name. This donation consisted of an assortment of premium canned food for senior dogs.
Food selections were Divinity’s favorites and included:
* Evanger’s – Duck & Sweet Potato Dinner
* Evanger’s – Grain Free Pheasant
* Evanger’s – Grain Free Rabbit
* Merrick’s – Grain Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner
* Merrick’s – Grain Free Mediterranean Banquet
* Merrick’s – Grain Free Grammy’s Pot Pie
* Merrick’s – Grain Free Brauts-N-Tots
* Merrick’s – Grain Free Cowboy Cookout
* Natural Balance – L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb & Brown Rice
* Natural Balance – L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diet Sweet Potato & Fish
* Natural Balance – L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diet Venison & Sweet Potato
Please consider making a donation to a senior rescue, and think about adopting a senior dog. You will never regret it.
Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs
Note: This map is presented with kind permission from Senior Pups
Click the “Brackets” on the right-side in the Map Header below to view the full-size map
Meet the Dogs from Bob’s House for Dogs
Bob’s House for Dogs – contact links
Paralysis is a scary word. Many people with dogs or cats that become paralyzed in one or more limbs think euthanasia is the only answer. But that’s not the case. True, both you and your animal will have to make some changes and adjustments, but depending on what has caused the problem and how soon it is caught, it’s not a death sentence.
Paralysis can have a variety of causes, from injury and poisoning to infections or intervertebral disc disease and other conditions. Immediate veterinary attention at the first sign of a problem is essential. The sooner your animal is diagnosed and treatment begins, the better his chances of recovery.
Whether or not surgery is an option, your companion will need extra care for several weeks or possibly the rest of his life. Add to that some extra love and attention, and he can stay happy and healthy for years to come.
This wonderful article was written by Shelley Wenger, RVT, and reposted from Animal Wellness Magazine.
How to make his life easier
- A paralyzed dog or cat needs a healing environment. He needs to feel comfortable and relaxed in order to heal. Some prefer a dark room with a radio playing in the background. Many heal better in the living room or kitchen where their people are. Others will need to be kept separate for awhile
- Your veterinarian may suggest confinement, which involves keeping your animal in a crate or small playpen. You want him to be able to move around a little but not pace. Active animals can hurt themselves further.
- A paralyzed animal will often make more mess. He needs bedding that’s easily changed or washed. Keep him in an area where accidents can easily be cleaned up. Tile floors are best, and you may want to put garbage bags or tarps down to protect carpeting.
- Your animal may urinate on himself or sit in his urine. It’s vital to keep him clean to decrease his chances of getting urine scald. Bathe him often. Baby wipes are useful between baths. Puppy pads, sold in pet stores, can be used on top of bedding and are easily changed. Some people prefer to use animal diapers. Sprinkle baby powder on the animal to keep him dry.
- Paralyzed animals, like hospitalized humans, can get bedsores. They need extra bedding. It is often helpful to use several towels, blankets or comforters. Plastic bags can be placed over pillows or extra cushioning to keep urine from soaking into the bedding. Another way to alleviate bedsores is to rotate your animal. Some paralyzed animals lie on one side all day long. Move your animal every four to six hours. A paralyzed animal can benefit by sitting up on his chest. Pillows can prop him up so he can stay in that position.
- Usually a paralyzed animal will have no control over urination or defecation. Defecation will occur shortly after eating. However, an animal may need help with urination. You might have to learn how to express his bladder. Sometimes, a paralyzed animal may need his bladder catheterized. Your veterinary team will show you how to do both expression and catheterization (in male dogs only).
- If your animal does not urinate enough, his bladder will not empty. Urinary tract infections are common because the urine sits in the bladder and bacteria grows quickly. The animal may benefit from vitamin C capsules; they change the pH of urine and reduce the growth of bacteria.
- Your animal will need to consume more calories than usual. Most people worry about weight gain during periods of immobility, but the healing process actually burns up to three times the normal calories. Feeding an animal too much, however, will upset his stomach. As a rule, a paralyzed animal should be fed every four to six hours, especially at the beginning. A better plan is to feed smaller meals more often.
- A paralyzed animal should continue to go outside, weather permitting. While not every animal enjoys the outdoors, it’s a good idea to take him outside several times a day. Sometimes he needs a little fresh air. When the weather’s nice, sit outside with him for awhile.
- A paralyzed dog will benefit with the help of a towel or sling. A sling is placed under the stomach to support his back end. This allows him to move around a little on his own; he may feel happier for it. Another option is a cart or dog wheelchair. It lets him move around without you having to hold the sling. (See page xx for more on doggie wheelchairs.)
- Physical therapy can be very beneficial. Range of motion exercises help keep your animal’s legs from getting stiff. Hydrotherapy or swim therapy allows a dog to regain muscle strength in his legs without having to support his weight. It also offers other benefits such as increased mobility and muscle tone. Atrophy, the degeneration of muscle, usually decreases since your dog will be using his muscles again.
- Your animal may become depressed while adjusting to his new lifestyle. Some seem to give up and stop improving. A depressed animal may quit eating and/or may lie in the same spot and position all day long. It is your responsibility to help keep him happy. While adjusting, your animal will need a little TLC. He’ll also need to feel stimulated.
A paralyzed dog or cat is not the end of the world. With some extra care and a positive attitude, you can continue sharing your life with a contented and loving companion.
For those of you who have a love for senior dogs and wonder why an old dog would end up in a shelter, this posting provides information that will answer your question.
Knowing the why behind the thousands of homeless senior dogs living in shelters probably isn’t particularly helpful, but I just felt you should know the facts with the hope that you might consider adopting a senior dog from a shelter. For those of you who already have bailed an oldie but goodie out of the slammer, paws up to you!
- Many senior dogs that end up in shelters were cherished companions of elderly people who died or had to move to an assisted living facility that won’t allow dogs. The family either won’t take the dog or there is no family to assume responsibility for the dog.
- Economic hardships cause a family to lose their home and the dog becomes homeless too.
- People divorce and neither person wants the dog.
- Children are born, and the senior dog isn’t able to tolerate the young children because of their energy level, or the parents just don’t want one more responsibility.
- Animal Control Involvement:
* Dogs are taken from hoarders.
* Dogs are removed from homes because of neglect and/or abuse.
* Puppy mills are raided by authorities.
* Dogs are brought to shelters as strays with no history at all. Many are in terrible shape, but some are relatively healthy. Many of these “strays” are found by the side of the road, often injured. Others are found wandering in neighborhoods.
* Dogs are abandoned in empty houses.
- Neighbors intervene on behalf of a neglected dog.
- People bring dogs to shelters claiming they’re strays so they don’t have to pay a surrender fee.
- Former show dogs are no longer useful and are brought to the shelter to be euthanized.
- People move away and don’t want to take the dog with them for various reasons.
- The dog has health issues the family doesn’t want to deal with, either for financial reasons or because they just don’t want to be bothered with a sick dog.
- People say they have no time for the dog.
- The dog is brought to a shelter by the dog’s human companion to be euthanized.
- The dog has become incontinent and rather than taking the dog to a vet to determine the problem, the people bring the dog to a shelter … in many cases without telling the shelter the real reason they’re surrendering the dog.
- Senior dogs are traded in for puppies.
If you read my earlier blog about planning ahead you know that many of the above mentioned situations can be prevented by planning for the care of a senior dog before life circumstances change. Sadly, many people don’t plan ahead, so the bottom line is the same for all of the senior dogs in shelters represented by the above list: no one wants them. Their value in the eyes of others has diminished, and they’ve become expendable.
And yes, I know you feel angry about some of the reasons given above, but please don’t waste your energy thinking about the actions of people who abandon old dogs. I’d like to tell you that people can be educated to think differently about bringing an old dog to a shelter, but for many people dogs are possessions (as they are considered in the eyes of the law) and no amount of education is going to change that perception.
Instead, focus on the dogs. Adopt a senior dog from a shelter. Or, if you’re unable to adopt, visit your local shelter and become a volunteer. Shelters do what they can to help the senior dogs in residence but volunteers are always welcome. You could walk dogs, or just hang out with them and let them know you care about them.
H/T: This is a repost from Old Dog Haven.