Bad Foods for Dogs: Sweet Treats & Red Velvet Cupcakes

Bad Foods for Dogs, Mollie Sleeping on HeidiBad foods for dogs can be overwhelmingly tempting to your dog when you bake things like red velvet cupcakes in your kitchen and innocently turn your back and discover you have an empty plate and your dog is up on her hind legs licking the bowl with the batter… even when you think you have nothing to worry about,  you may forget about your dirty spoons, baking pans and left over ingredients which could mean you’ll have to clean up your dog’s diarrhea for at least 3 days.

This dog health story with a surprise ending about Mollie, a black labrador Seeing Eye® dog, is a perfect example why you need to keep bad foods and supplies away from your dog.  Rick Blair, Mollie’s owner, also shares his recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes.  Enjoy!

Bad Foods for Dogs: Mollie’s Story about Red Velvet Cupcakes

Holidays like Valentine’s Day often inspire you to make sweet treats like red velvet cupcakes in your kitchen.  Mollie’s story, told by her vision impaired owner, clearly gives you all the reasons you need to take extra care with your dog when you bake desserts.

Mollie, The Seeing Eye Goat?

Here’s Mollie’s story told by her owner, Rick, who lives in New England.  I hope you will use this story as your reminder to be careful in your kitchen when you are baking with bad foods for dogs like red velvet cupcakes, brownies and fudge.

“During Mollie’s first year as a Seeing Eye Dog (Goat?) on Valentine’s Day, Rick and his daughter decided to make heart-shaped Red Velvet Cupcakes (recipe below). Rick only had enough heart-shaped molds for 12 cupcakes and the recipe made 24, so the remaining batter was poured into individual heart-shaped silicone cupcake molds.

Stupidly, these silicone molds were placed directly on the baking rack of the oven rather than on a baking sheet. As you may have guessed, during the baking process, the molds shifted and spilled much of their contents on the oven floor, giving the impression that they were burning.

These half-baked disasters, or bad foods for dogs, were hastily removed from the smoky oven and placed on a plate which was then placed on the counter next to the oven. This counter, designed for rolling out dough, is about six inches lower than conventional countertops, making it just the right height for a dog’s nose.

Later that morning, Rick found one of the silicon cupcake molds on the floor, its contents neatly licked clean. Upon counting the cupcake molds, it seemed like one mold was still missing. After scouring the kitchen and butler’s pantry to no avail, it was  assumed the worse, that Mollie ate one of them!

Bad Foods for Dogs, Rick Blair and MollieRick payed close attention when picking up after Mollie, but no pieces of silicon cupcake mold appeared, so he eventually assumed that there was a miscount of the actual number of molds used.

One week later, Mollie began throwing up under Rick’s desk at work. Rick grabbed a rag he keeps in his office to begin the clean-up, and to his amazement, in the middle of the mess was a completely intact, undamaged heart-shaped silicon cupcake mold.

Other than having a little sour smell, the mold was perfectly fine. After several runs through the dishwasher, even the smell of stomach acid was completely gone. Even so, Rick threw the mold in the trash, never wanting to ever use it again.

It would be nice to know the name of the manufacturer. Imagine the slogan, “Molds so tough, they are  capable of surviving grueling situations like a week in a dog’s stomach!”

 It’s easy to see the humor in this story about bad foods for dogs, but it is also important to realize the potential seriousness of the matter. No matter how well behaved or trained, your dog may not always resist temptation of toxic foods for dogs. Luckily, Mollie was able to resolve the foreign matter by simple regurgitation, and no surgery was needed.”

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting 

Ingredients

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Bad Foods for Dogs, Cupcakes1-1/2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

1-1/2 cups vegetable oil

1 cup buttermilk, room temperature

2 large eggs, room temperature

2 tablespoons red food coloring

1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

1 pound cream cheese, softened

2 sticks butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

Chopped pecans and fresh raspberries or strawberries, for garnish 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
  • In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer.
  • Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through.
  • Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth.
  • Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated.
  • Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.
  • Frost the cooled cupcakes and garnish with chopped pecans and a fresh raspberry or strawberry.

Now that you’ve read Mollie’s story about the attraction to bad foods for dogs you’ll be more prepared to take care of your dog when you bake sweets in your kitchen. Thanks again to Rick for Mollie’s story with a happy ending.

Share this article with your friends and family so they can take better care of their dog and prevent accidents in the kitchen with sweet temptations like red velvet cupcakes.  You can always depend on the best dog health strategies from Dog Health News.

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Dog Vomiting: Quickly Stop Your Dog From Throwing Up

Dog VomitingWhen you see your dog vomiting all over your car, your furniture and your carpet, you know you’ll lose sleep because you have to continuously clean up your dog’s puke… and even if you know the cause of your dog’s nausea,  you probably have no clue how long it will take to make your dog feel better before you’re forced to bring your sick dog to your veterinarian for medical help to stop your dog from vomiting.

This news brief gives you 10 tips to uncover causes for your dog’s vomiting.  You’ll also find 8 safe home remedies for any budget to quickly stop your dog from vomiting which could save you the expense of a vet visit.

Dog Vomiting Causes and Cures

If you already know what causes your dog to vomit you can scan down to the home remedies.

If the cause of your dog’s vomiting is unknown, you need to put on your detective hat.  Maybe the list below will help you uncover the reason why your dog vomited in the first place.

10 Causes of Your Dog’s Vomiting

  1. Motion Sickness – Puppies are more prone to motion sickness because their ear structure for balance may not be fully developed.  If your dog thinks a ride in the car means she’s out for an unpleasant vet visit, she may be anxious enough to whine, yawn or drool which could lead to vomiting.
  2. Change of Diet – Your dog may not digest new dog food, treats or table food and become sick enough to make her vomit.  The best approach to diet change is to mix any new food with your dog’s regular food and monitor your dog’s reaction.  It may take a week to introduce a new food item safely to your dog’s diet.
  3. Gulping Food  – When your dog eats too fast there’s always a chance she may throw up undigested food right away.  A simple solution to dog vomiting is to reduce the amount of food in your dog’s bowl so she has smaller, easier to digest meals and fewer chances to gulp her food.
  4. Allergies – Your dog may have an allergic reaction to something she ate or things like mold, cigarette smoke, dander, dust, pollen and household cleaners.  Allergies often result in itchy skin, diarrhea and vomiting so you may need to do research to find the cause for your dog’s allergic reaction. 
  5. Chemotherapy – If your dog with cancer goes through chemotherapy there’s a good chance she may have nausea and Dog Vomitingvomit after her treatments.  You may be able to reduce her discomfort with some of the home remedies in the next section below.  Check with your vet and choose treatments that won’t conflict with your dog’s condition and cancer medications.
  6. Toxic Substances – Your dog may have eaten spoiled food, a poisonous plant or licked antifreeze on the street which can result in your dog vomiting.  Bring your dog to your local animal emergency hospital whenever you suspect she’s eaten toxic substances.
  7. Upset Tummy – Your dog’s tummy may be sensitive to things like new food, treats, heat or too much exercise after meals.  If your dog vomits regularly, you may want to change her diet and wait one hour after meals before any exercise so she can digest her food
  8. Parasites – Parvo and Rabies are examples of parasites that can cause your dog to vomit. Other symptoms that go along with these diseases are bloody diarrhea with a foul odor.  Bring your dog to your vet or local animal hospital when your dog has these symptoms.
  9. Dehydration – Your dog could be dehydrated which often results in dog vomiting.  Pinch your dog’s skin on her shoulder into a tent shape and release it.  If your dog’s skin flattens right away, your dog is well hydrated.  If the “tent” shape stays up for more than 5 seconds, your dog may be dehydrated and you should bring her to your local animal hospital immediately.
  10. Health Conditions – Pancreatitis, liver or kidney disease and bloat are 4 health conditions that can cause dog vomiting. Bring your dog to your vet or local animal hospital if your dog is lethargic, has diarrhea and continues to vomit for 24 hours.

8 Home Remedies for Dog Vomiting

If your dog only vomits a few times and acts bright and alert you can choose home remedies from the list below to stop her vomiting.  Bring your dog to your veterinarian if your dog continues to throw up for more than 24 hours.

  1. Withhold Food – You may want to stop your dog’s meals for 12-24 hours when she vomits unless she throws up yellow bile which is a sign that your dog’s stomach is empty or she has an intestinal issue.  Bring your dog to your vet when she throws up yellow bile.
  2. Ice Chips  – You can give your dog 2 or 3 ice chips at a time which cools her stomach and helps prevent dehydration.  Your dog may also have trouble keeping water down because her stomach muscles will automatically contract and bring the water right back up.  Ice chips are the least expensive home remedy to help stop dog vomiting.
  3. Bland Diet – After your dog calms down and stops vomiting you can give her a small amount of bland food. Combine 1 cup of dog vomitingcooked white rice with 1/4 cup canned coconut milk or lean cooked hamburger.  Replace your dog’s regular meal with 1/4 cup of this room temperature rice mixture until your dog stops vomiting.  When your dog is back to normal you can give her regular food.  This home remedy may be the most expensive one because of the price of rice, ground beef and coconut milk.    
  4. Chicken Broth – You can speed up your dog’s recovery from dog vomiting with chicken broth. There’s nothing better than chicken broth to help hydrate and heal your dog.  Boil boneless chicken with 2 chicken bouillon cubes until the chicken is cooked and the cubes dissolve.  Give your dog small portions of room temperature broth 3 times daily.
  5. Plain Greek Yogurt – If your dog suffers from a bacterial infection, plain Greek yogurt adds healthy bacteria to your dog’s digestive system.  Give your small dog 1 teaspoon per hour until she stops vomiting. Dosage for your medium or large dog is 1-2  tablespoons per hour.
  6. Coconut Water – The electrolytes in coconut water help prevent dehydration from dog vomiting. Give your small dog 1 teaspoon of plain coconut water every 2 hours until your dog stops vomiting.  Dosage for your medium or large dog is 2-3 teaspoons of coconut water every 2 hours.
  7. Ginger – Add a pinch of ginger to your dog’s food to help calm her upset stomach, dizziness and nausea.  You can use ginger for your dog with motion sickness or if your dog has cancer and goes through chemotherapy.  Since nausea can be a side effect from medications, ginger is a perfect home remedy to help your dog feel better.  Make a cool ginger tea and add up to 1/2 cup to your dog’s water or food daily.  Ginger can reduce gas in your dog’s stomach and help your dog stop vomiting.
  8. Peppermint Oil – Use high-quality therapeutic-grade peppermint essential oil for your dog who suffers from motion sickness to help calm her tummy and reduce dog vomiting.  Mix 7 drops of peppermint essential oil in 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil.  Put 1-3 drops of this mixture on your dog’s tongue no more than once daily.

Note:  Keep your dog in a cool place and turn on a fan or air-conditioner if needed.  Your dog’s body temperature may be higher if she’s sick and her condition will get worse if she’s too hot.

You know, it’s not uncommon for dogs to vomit occasionally.  I hope this article helps you find the cause of your dog’s vomiting so you can find the best home remedy to stop it quickly.

Share this news brief with your friends and family so they have information that will help them with their dog’s vomiting.  You can always depend on the best dog health strategies and solutions from Dog Health News.

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