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Dog Thanksgiving Tips: Can Dogs Eat Turkey?

We all look forward to spending Thanksgiving dinner with our families — which often includes our dogs.


After all, they are part of the family and love to be the center of attention.

However, feeding your dog table scraps can be dangerous — even fatal — to your dog.

Here’s how to keep your dog safe this Thanksgiving…

Can Dogs Have Turkey?

dog-eyeing-thanksgiving-ham-by-gerald5.jpgIn case you’re wondering, yes you can give your dog some turkey and even a little gravy.

When placing the meat in your dog’s bowl, be sure to remove all pieces of bone.

Just like chicken bones, turkey bones splinter and can cause blockage or perforation of the intestine.

A veterinarian weighs in: Can Dogs Eat Turkey Bones?

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A Warning To Anyone With An Unspayed Female Dog: Here’s What You Need To Know About Pyometra In Dogs

Pyometra is a potentially life-threatening condition for female dogs.

Technically, it’s a disease of the unaltered female dog — a serious infection of the uterus. It usually affects older unspayed dogs.


Unfortunately, it’s a condition that most pet owners know nothing about. I didn’t know about it myself until recently.

So, in order to help you understand what pyometra is, how it happens, and how to prevent it from happening to your dog, I thought I’d share this info for all of my friends that have female dogs.

What Is Pyometra?

Since it involves the dog’s uterus, it’s first necessary to understand the breeding cycle of a female dog.

After the age of 6 months or so, most female dogs experience an estrous cycle (“go into heat”) 2 to 3 times per year.

Most dogs come into heat twice per year, or about every 6 months, although the interval can vary between breeds, and from dog to dog. Small breed dogs may cycle 3 times per year, while giant breed dogs may only cycle once every 12-18 months.

During the estrous cycle, hormonal fluctuations cause changes to occur in the dog’s body:

  • The uterine lining thickens.
  • The entrance to the uterus (the cervix) opens.
  • In the latter stages of a typical canine estrous cycle, the dog’s body produces a hormone called progesterone.

Progesterone is necessary for the healthy gestation of puppies. But in some female dogs, an adverse reaction to the hormone progesterone causes infection to grow and thrive in the dog’s uterus.

The bacteria enter the uterus through the normally closed cervix.

If left unchecked, these bacteria can grow into the serious and life-threatening infection called pyometra and remember that when you adopt a dog, you will need to invest in dog training so that your new pet will become a wonderful part of the family, specially if your dog suffer from any condition.

Types Of Pyometra In Dogs

Pyometra usually occurs within 2 to 8 weeks after the last estrus or “heat cycle”.

There are 2 types of pyometra:

    • Open pyometra – happens while the cervix is still open
    • Closed pyometra – happens after the cervix has closed and is much more dangerous and difficult to treat

With open pyometra, you may observe pus being discharged from your dog’s vulva. Lethargy, excessive thirst, abdominal pain, bloating or swelling, and excessive licking of the vaginal opening are also symptoms of pyometra. If your dog is female, unspayed, and exhibits any of the symptoms listed above, call your veterinarian immediately.

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It? Here’s How Pet Health Insurance Works & What To Look For

As a dog owner, you dread the day you have to choose between your savings and your dog’s life.

However, with a good pet health insurance plan, that day never has to come.


The right pet insurance plan will cover your dog’s yearly checkups, vaccines, minor ailments, and major surgeries.

It’s worth noting that the average healthy dog will accrue about $5,000 in veterinary bills over their lifetime. This cost can double if your dog ever ingests poison or foreign objects, gets bitten by a stray, hit by a car, or affected by a serious illness such as cancer. Or, if your dog tears his ACL like mine did, resulting in about $3,000 in medical expenses.

Here are some things to think about if you’re trying to decide whether pet health insurance makes sense or not…


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