Another Dr. Halsey and Nellie favorite, Banana Peanut Butter Doggie Biscuits
One of Nellie’s favorite past times is to eat peanut butter and banana biscuits while hanging out with Dr. Halsey and watching Dog TV. She loves to spend time with her mom and share her favorite shows, while they snack away together. “Nellie hardly notices that we aren’t even eating the same thing, since the biscuits smell like human food” –Dr. Hasley
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup smashed banana
2 Tablespoons peanut butter
½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix together flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon
- Add water as needed to combine all ingredients (Nellie’s tip, “try not to add too much liquid, otherwise you will end up with soup or pancakes…also tasty, but not a biscuit”)
- Roll the dough out to about ½ an inch and cut into whatever is your favorite shape (Nellie loves a good round cookie)
- Bake in a preheated oven until hard (30-40 minutes depending on the over).
- Let cookies cool completely, and give to your favorite pup!
The best perk of living in San Diego County is the extremely short winter. If you are spending this weekend or spent this past weekend at one of the many dog parks or dog beaches you know how perfect San Diego weather is for spending time with your four-legged friend.
One thing that you may notice is how excited many of the dogs at the parks and beaches are! So much so that it can become difficult to tell who is a happy, friendly playing dog and who is bullying or starting to show aggressive or domineering behavior. In hopes of helping fellow dog park and beach goers, here are our basic guidelines for appropriate pet and human interactions at off-leash dog areas:
1. Excessive barking is generally not a good sign. For many dogs barking is a way to say, ”Hey you, play with me!” When the barking does not stop, is targeted at the same dog for extended periods of time, or escalates to growling or showing teeth it may be time to remove your pup from the off-leash area. Excessive barking can raise your dog and other dog’s anxiety levels, leading to fights and injury. There is a plethora of reasons why your dog may be excessively barking, it is important to be aware of what is going on and remove your dog if they are having a difficult time.
2. Remove choke collars or other non-essential accessories. For some dogs a collar can be used to pull and dominate another dog, intentionally or not. To help both dogs play safely, remove anything loose or excessive that could lead to harm of your dog (specifically loose collars, metal collars with teeth, or collars that tighten, such as “choke chains”). Leashes can also become tangled; so if you are in an off-leash area, your dog should not be on a leash. If you think they are not ready to be off-leash or appear to be uncomfortable consider leaving and coming back when they are ready to socialize off-leash.
Just as important as it is for the pups to behave, as humans we need to also be respectful of the park and beach guidelines. Most importantly:
1. Watch your dog! Both to keep your dog from harming others and to keep them from being harmed. No one knows your dog as well as you do and if you see they are getting anxious or overly excited it is important to be ready to respond or remove them if needed.
2. Understand that pets are like children -everyone thinks they know how to raise and reprimand best. If you do not like how someone’s pet is behaving and you want to say something be kind and respectful. If you feel uncomfortable or concerned for your pet (especially if the other dog does not appear to be going anywhere) make the decision to remove your pet. There is no need to have a fight or injury that could be avoided by taking the safety high road.
The main goal of off leash dog areas is fun and socialization for your dog and with the glorious San Diego weather its worth going out and enjoying some quality time with your pet. It is every pet parent’s responsibility to ensure these areas are safe and clean. So get out there and enjoy the off leash areas with your pet!
Written By: Megan Roberts
As a hospital that believes in offering the best possible healthcare to animals, we have gone the extra mile to ensure that our standards do not slip. We want to always offer the best possible care to our clients and their pets, so much so that we are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. Although this may not seem surprising since many of the human hospitals we visit are required to be accredited, for animal hospitals there is no requirement to be accredited or to maintain a standard of health care. Re-accreditation is not guaranteed and the process of re-accreditation involves an on-site inspection of the hospital. For our staff and doctors being accredited means everything. We believe in providing the ultimate pet health care experience, both medically for patients and service for clients. But what does this mean for you as a client?
What does it mean to be accredited?
Only 15% of the hospitals in the nation are accredited. The process of accreditation is long and involved. We are held to 900 standards of excellence. These standards span the gamut, involving everything from how we keep medical records to how a doctor performs an exam on your pet. Each standard was created to ensure that your pet receives the same level of care every time they go to the hospital. Once a hospital is accredited they are audited every three years to ensure compliance is maintained.
How does this affect my pet?
All AAHA hospitals are required to offer diagnostic services (x-ray and laboratory) on site so that you can have immediate information regarding your pet’s health. This increases the accuracy of diagnosis and keeps your pet’s care timely.
The standards are all focused on quality. Specifically, ensuring that anesthesia, contagious disease, dentistry, pain management, surgery, and emergency care (i.e. all the really big important and potentially invasive areas of veterinary medicine) are monitored and evaluated to ensure they are performed correctly. This ensures that your pet is safe while at the hospital.
Following AAHA standards also means that even down the tiniest areas, our hospital is clean, sanitary and a safe environment for your pet. Hospitals that do not follow AAHA standards related to contagious diseases (of which there are many, transmittable to both humans and pets) put clients and pets at risk. AAHA standards help ensure that you and your pet will not be exposed to pets infected with contagious diseases (ask to see our isolation room!). Following AAHA standards we take every precaution to ensure that you and your pet our safe while visiting our hospital.
We are very proud of our accreditation and are honored that you choose to come to our facility for your pet’s medical care. Thank you for trusting us and we hope that if you have questions or your pet is ever in need that you will call or email us.