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Words of Pet Wisdom – Pet owner ethics is simple

Words of Pet Wisdom
Pet owner ethics is simple
I am asked from time to time by pet owners curious about what is acceptable or abusive treatment of their pets. Folks want to know if using choke chains or shock collars on their pets is okay. Some people have asked me about disciplining their pets “Can I spank or pinch my pet?” Well, sure I guess you as an owner could do or use any of the things you are asking me about but here is my suggestion for you. Before acting upon a thought regarding your pet, stop… and think (“Would I do this to my own child?”). I truly believe “If you would not subject your own child to it, you should not subject your pet to it.” Assuming you care about children and have compassion for life, which is why you own a pet right? Simply ask yourself this question when considering solutions for your pet. Your character is judged by the way you treat your pets so treat them with love, compassion and understanding as if the whole world is watching.
James Flanagan
President
Friend of Retired Greyhounds 501(c)3

Words of Pet Wisdom – Rawhide Wonders

 Words of Pet Wisdom
Rawhide wonders
We recently noticed that our greyhound was getting a buildup of plaque on her rear teeth. I try to brush her teeth several times a week but this was not solving the plaque problem. I took our greyhound into the vet and they said the buildup was extremely bad and we may want to arrange a sedation cleaning for her. Knowing greyhounds do not do well with sedation treatments I chose not to schedule the cleaning. I did some research and found that by giving our greyhound 2 or 3 rawhide treats a week could help the plaque buildup issue. We gave it a go and a month later the plaque was gone. Her teeth and gums looked amazing. Dog’s mouths were designed to chew through bone and rough surfaces on a regular basis in the wild, so the rawhide treatment makes sense. I will still have our greyhounds teeth checked regularly by a vet and continuing brushing her teeth but the rawhide treats work wonders to help keep a greyhounds mouth healthy.

James Flanagan
President
Friend of Retired Greyhounds 501(c)3