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Vote to Support Canine Cancer Awareness!

Did you know that more than 1 in 3 dogs dies each year due to cancer? This tragic statistic needs to change!

Best Bully Sticks is passionate about our canine family members, which is why we are partnering with the National Canine Cancer Foundation to raise funds to help prevent these unnecessary deaths.


Join us
in the Fight against Canine Cancer by voting for your favorite Canine Cancer Survivor each day between May 22 and June 1, 2014. This is a charity contest to support the National Canine Cancer Foundation.


Why does your vote matter?

Each vote equals $1 in support of improving dogs’ lives and helping them recover from cancer to live longer, healthy lives.

When we reach 500 Votes, we will donate $500 to the National Canine Cancer Foundation. If 750 votes are made, a donation of $750.00 will awarded. If 1,000 Votes are reached in the contest period, a donation of $1,000 will be made to NCCF. The contest will end when 1,000 Votes are received!

Who are the dogs featured?

Head over to our Canine Cancer Survivors Facebook contest to see these survivors’ adorable photos and read their wonderful stories of hope.

About the National Canine Cancer Foundation

The NCCF funds important research grants for the scientific efforts of cancer researchers who are working to save lives, find a cure, find better treatments, find more accurate, cost effective, diagnostic methods in dealing with cancer, and diminish dogs’ suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

FETCH a Cure during Pet Cancer Awareness Month and every month

Pet Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated every May, when vets, scientists, pet owners and more shed light even more on the tragic number of cancer-related deaths that happen to our pets each year in the US and worldwide. The statistics on cancer in dogs are startling– an estimated 6 million dogs are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States.

Best Bully Sticks reached out to a wonderful non-profit in Richmond, VA, FETCH a Cure, to find out how this local organization is helping the fight against canine cancer.  We spoke with Rosemary Seltzer, Companions in Crisis Coordinator at FETCH a Cure, to learn more about their programs and hear an AMAZING success story or two.

BBS: How did FETCH a Cure come about and how do you help pet owners whose dogs have been diagnosed with cancer?

Rosemary: “FETCH a Cure is a from-the-heart grass-roots organization founded and run by pet owners who faced cancer and aging issues in their own pets. Our mission is to ‘improve quality of life by connecting people and pets through accessible, compassionate treatment and education.’ FETCH a Cure’s Companions in Crisis (CiC) program offers financial assistance to pet owners who cannot afford cancer care and treatments for their beloved pets. In order to be considered for approval, all applicants must be Virginia residents and the pet must have a confirmed diagnosis of cancer.  If approved by the medical advisory board, FETCH a Cure will generally pay somewhere between twenty and forty percent of the total treatment cost. The pet owner is expected to pay the remainder.  FETCH a Cure requires that all CiC recipients volunteer for FETCH a Cure for 10 hours a month for one year from the time that funds are awarded.

BBS: Can you tell us one of your recent Companions in Crisis (CiC) success stories?

Rosemary: “Yes, a recent Companions in Crisis recipient is a four-year old mixed breed named Kudjoe. He weighs a whopping 125 pounds and is thought to be part Lab, part Chow and part Great Dane.  His owner, Jennifer, said that despite his huge size, Kudjoe is really a gentle giant and somehow manages to capture the heart of everyone around him, even people that don’t claim to be dog lovers, like her dad. Kudjoe is always by her side and senses when she is sad or is not feeling well.

At Christmas, Jennifer and her family noticed that Kudjoe’s appetite was off.  He seemed to be drinking excessively and did not want to play.  Jennifer took him to the vet to make sure everything was okay, but unfortunately, it was not.  He was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma and cancer was found in his spleen.  He had his spleen removed and developed a kidney infection a week later.  He had his first treatment of chemotherapy in January.

The estimate for Kudjoe’s treatment was very expensive. Fortunately, FETCH a Cure was able to assist Jennifer and Kudjoe and paid half of the total treatment cost.  Jennifer just wrote to tell me that Kudjoe is doing fabulous and is currently in remission.  ‘Kudjoe and I are doing WONDERFULLY!  He is a chemo champion!  All of his lab results show that he is healthy as can be! He has three more chemo treatments and then will just be in for monthly check-ups.  He is 100% back to his normal self and we both couldn’t be happier!  I am so thankful to FETCH a Cure for giving me this time with my angel. I am hoping and praying for much more time to come as he is in remission!  Fetch saved his life! Thank you doesn’t even begin to cut it!’”

Best Bully Sticks thanks Rosemary and the other staff at FETCH a Cure for sharing their story! To learn more about FETCH a Cure, see their website at www.fetchacure.org and Fetch a Cure Facebook page.

Through scientific studies and organizations like FETCH a Cure, we hope to combat pet cancer mortality rates in coming years!

Dog Care 101: Caring for a Sick and Dehydrated Dog

Got Water? Water is essential to humans and pets for a healthy & happy life. When dogs becomes ill, it’s very easy for them to become dehydrated & lethargic.

Canine dehydration is a serious issue that can become life-threatening if not properly treated. It is important to constantly hydrate your dog back to health.

Here are some simple tips on how to care for a dehydrated sick dog and get him on the road to recovery & back to his old tricks again:

1. Seek out a certified vet. Your dog may be too ill or dehydrated for you to nurse her back to health and may need vet observation of emergency assistance.

2. Ready, Set, Hydrate! Place your dog on a strict water diet by hydrating your sick dog every 1/2 hour to an hour. If your dog refuses to drink, it is important for you to be persistent. Your dog may be to weak to drink on his or her own, so bringing your sick dog water throughout the night is important.

3. Electrolytes to the Rescue! Make your dog a 5o/50 mixture of Gatorade & water. Gatorade contains sugar and electrolytes that help your dog’s body better hydrate.

4. Hydrate with a dropper. You can use a store bought plastic dropper to administer fluid. Your dog may be too weak to suck on the dropper. One trick: place the dropper in the corner of her mouth and push it in about 1/2 an inch. Squeeze the dropper and release the fluid in the back of the throat. Hold your puppy’s head up for a second or two after each squirt to make sure she gets all of the fluid.

5. Chicken & Rice Diet. Stick to a very simple diet of rice that has been really saturated with chicken or beef broth. Giving your puppy regular food could cause him to develop diarrhea and become even more dehydrated.

6. Revisit the vet if health does not improve. If your dog ‘s condition worsens, make sure you go to the vet immediately as a precaution.

Here are some Frozen Treat Ideas to Keep Your Sick Dog Hydrated

  1. Watermelon Slush Recipe
  2. Berry Chicken Pupsicles
  3. Frozen banana slices

Doggie Granola Bars

This week we are featuring a fun recipe from My Dog’s Breakfast: Doggie Granola Bars. These wholesome treats feature whole grains and chicken broth that your dog will love.

Let’s get started!

Ingredients

DOGGIE GRANOLA BARS:

2 cups of flour (rye or whole wheat)
1 cup of rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup of wheat germ
½ cup of cooked quinoa or other seeds such as pumpkin
2 TBP of dry milk powder (*optional)
¼ tsp salt (*optional)
1 egg
1 cup of no salt or low sodium chicken broth
½ cup of water
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

2 mixing bowls
Rolling pin
Baking tray
Parchment paper (optional)

For instructions, see My Dog’s Breakfast’ Breakfast of Champions post!

Thank you to Jen for sharing her great recipe!

Bone appetit!

2014 Woofstock and Strut your Mutt Event

Best Bully Sticks loves participating in dog-friendly community events! Each year, Richmond Animal League, a no-kill animal shelter in Richmond, VA, holds their Woofstock and Strut your Mutt Events to show the community some of their adoptable dogs and bring together dogs from the Greater Richmond area.

See our video of Richmond Animal League‘s Annual Woofstock and Strut your Mutt Event below!

In April we also attended the XL102 Chili Cook Off where our Jumbo Cow Ears were a HUGE hit!

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