This is Pachino, a Shi-Poo pup. He's the light in his family's eyes, and his human siblings love spoiling him. So his family was very upset when he started throwing up and had severe diarrhea. They took him to the vet where he was tested for parvo, which was negative; however, he wasn’t getting better.
His family lives off of a single income, and his mom knew that she would need to pay for more tests, but was unsure of how she could pay for them. She applied to Fur Kids Foundation for assistance with Pachino’s additional veterinary care.
After visiting with her children, Pachino's mom learned that they had been giving their furry best friend hot dogs, which were causing a very upset belly for this micro pup. Pachino was sent home with some medicine to help calm his belly and is expected to be feeling better in no time. His mom has also had a conversation with her kids about giving their pup treats.
It’s hard to resist giving your begging pooch a bite of your steak, a nip of cheddar for the cheese tax, or even just a few extra of the Fido friendly treats you buy at the store. Some of us may feel that slipping our four legged companions a treat off our plate is often another way to show how much we love them. Unfortunately some of our table scraps can be harmful for our pups or even toxic, and can lead to weight issues.
Hills Pet Nutrition reminds us that a dog’s digestive system is different from a human's. Human food is often too fatty for our dogs to digest, which can lead to vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis. Human foods can also contain an unhealthy amount of sodium and even be toxic for our dogs. Examples of toxic foods include:
And often, many of the processed foods we enjoy have artificial sweeteners, such as xylitol, which are extremely toxic to pets. It’s very important for you to learn what foods are toxic to dogs so that your dog isn’t given them.
Now, we aren’t saying that you can’t give your dogs treats, or that all of the foods you enjoy can’t be given to your dogs. However, we do encourage you to give your pooch healthy, single ingredient, high-quality treats and factor them into their daily calorie requirements so they don’t become overweight.
No matter what is happening with your fur kid, at any stage of life, Fur Kids Foundation encourages you to call your veterinarian sooner rather than later.
Will you donate $10 today to help us continue to help fur kids get back on their paws? Donations are tax deductible. Or you can join our pack to help get fur kids back on their paws by becoming a volunteer. If you didn’t know, Fur Kids Foundation is 100% run by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the Foundation raise money with events, take applications, and spread the word about the good work the Foundation does in Campbell County, Wyoming.