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Family Matters: Dog’s Bad Breath


Dogs love to show their affection for their owners by giving them a sloppy wet kiss, but sometimes their breath is very unpleasant. Bad breath is due to having a build up of bacteria; it could be a simple problem of plaque, where you would just have to get their teeth cleaned, to a serious problem with your dog’s digestive tract. If your dog’s breath becomes unbearable, you may want to set up an appointment with your veterinarian. 

Here are some simple ways to help prevent your dog from having bad breath. What do you normally do when your breath is bad? You probably brush your teeth or place gum or mint in your mouth; do the same thing for your dog. You can brush your dog’s teeth with toothpaste and a toothbrush that is specifically made for dogs. When making your dog homemade treats add a little mint to the treat to freshen their breath. Periodically feeding your dog hard food and giving them a hard chew toy will help reduce the build up of plaque.



Family Matters: Busy Times…Easy Meals!


Are things around your house finally settling down from all the hustle and bustle of the holidays?  Well, it might slow down some but in general, lifestyles today keep families constantly on the go. 

When we are so busy it’s nice to find recipes that give us a little extra time with our kids and less time in the kitchen.  Below is a recipe for a quick dinner idea that our family enjoys any time of the year.  

Cornbread Casserole 

Ingredients:

1 lb Ground Beef

1 can Food Club Sweet Corn

1 can Ranch Style Beans

1 can Rotel Diced Tomatoes

1 can Food Club Cream of Chicken Soup

2 pkgs Gladiola Cornbread Mix

Grated Food Club Cheese (if desired) 

Directions:

Brown the ground meat, then drain and add corn (drained), beans, rotel and cream of chicken soup.  Mix all these ingredients together in a bowl and pour in a 9” X 13” glass pan.  Prepare cornbread as instructed on package and then pour it over the top of the mixture in the pan.  Spread the cornbread evenly on top and then bake in oven per directions on the cornbread package.  Casserole is done when cornbread is brown.  Spoon casserole in to bowls and serve with grated cheese on top (if desired).  

Take the extra time you gained this week by using this recipe and sit together at the table as a family and delight in the precious moments you have together.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family. 



Family Matters: Dry Food vs. Wet Food


Dry food versus wet food is a great debate when wondering which kind of food to feed your cat. Before changing your cat’s diet always check with their vet.  One question to ask yourself is, when will I be feeding my cat? If you are going to be gone all day and are concerned about your cat getting hungry you may want to try dry food. With dry food, you can leave it out all day for your cat to snack on without the food going bad.

If you know that you will have time to feed your cat during the day, you may want to try wet food, so you can feed your cat fresh food when they get hungry. Another benefit to dry food is it helps your cat’s teeth stay clean, so you do not have to brush their teeth as often. You may want to talk to your cat’s vet to see if there are any recommendation on a specific kind of cat food that your cat may need.

 



Family Matters: Choking Hazards


If you are worried about your baby choking on different foods, partening.com provides a list of foods that could be a choking hazard for your baby.

 These foods are nuts, seeds, large chucks of fruit, meat, cheese and vegetables, popcorn and hard candies. Also, remember never leave your baby unattended while they eat! 

Source:Parenting.com



Family Matters: Homemade Bird Feeder


Observing birds in your backyard can be so much fun; you can see different sizes and colors of birds flying in and out of your backyard. We all know if you put a little bird food in your backyard, birds will flock to your yard to eat. You can make a homemade bird feeder from recycled items in your house, peanut butter and bird food. 

First cut a circle or heart out of a plastic leftover milk jug or a cardboard box and then poke a hole in the top of the plastic/cardboard. Spread peanut butter over one side of your plastic/cardboard shape. Pour the bird food into a plate. Place the plastic/cardboard shape, peanut butter side down, into bird food and carefully repeat with other side. Place a ribbon through the hole on top of plastic/ cardboard and hang the feeder outside for the birds to enjoy.

This is a fun craft to make with your children!

 



Family Matters: Walking Your Dog in the Snow


I have really never paid attention to articles about pets and the snow; because I always think the weather will never get that bad here and my dogs are so small they mostly stay indoors. A last week when it snowed, I went walking with a friend that brought his dog. I am the type of person that when it snows I want to be outdoors, so I enjoy going walking in the snow. After walking in the snow with a dog, I wondered if there were any precautions you need to take with dogs and the snow. As humans, we put boots, jacket, scarves, and mittens on to go on adventures in the snow, so do dogs need something to protect them from the snow.  If you’re the type of person who loves to walk in the snow and you take your dog, check your dog’s fur when you’re finished with your walk. Ice can get stuck in your dog’s fur and around their feet. Pay close attention to your dog’s feet because if ice accumulated around their paws not only is it uncomfortable but it can also cause frostbite. When walking in your neighborhood or on a trail do not let your dog run around freely. The snow can mask any familiar smells to help lead your dog back to you. We all know that snow transforms the outdoors into a winter wonderland and sometimes to an unrecognizable place. If you let your dog run free they may not be able to recognize familiar places to return back home. Snow is an enjoyable treat from time to time; get out there and enjoy it! 



Family Matters: Introducing Solid Foods


Is it time for you to start introducing solid foods to your baby? We have all seen the commercials of babies eating Cheerios, well one of the first foods you can introduce to your baby is “O” shaped and puffed cereals. Other foods you can start to introduce, when your baby is ready, are mushy foods like diced bananas applesauce and avocado. Pick foods that are easy for your baby to eat, nutritious, and are cut small enough for your baby to eat.



Family Matters: Reaching Out


Cold weather is here with wind, rain, sleet and snow – how it chills us to the bone some days. We often forgot how blessed we are to have a warm place to call home, three meals a day, and warm clothes to wear.  We get comfortable and busy in our every day life and often overlook things that we should be thankful for daily.   

As the New Year begins, take a moment to sit and talk with your family and decide how you can “raise someone else up” by reaching out to them. It is as simple as preparing a meal for someone sick, giving goods to a food pantry, donating clothes to a clothes closet, visiting a nursing home, making blankets for a shelter or volunteering your families time at church or for a non-profit organization.  

A can of soup, a set of clothes, a simple hug or a few hours of your time will change someone’s life…and yours.  Take a moment to give of yourself (and as a family) and see what a reward you will gain in doing so.  If you don’t think you can make a difference, just “reach out” once and the feeling you receive from helping others will change your life…and theirs. 

What a great lesson to teach our children, a reminder to us individually and a family tradition that will touch and change the lives of so many for years to come.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family.  



Family Matters: Indoor Entertainment For Your Pets


In the winter months it is best to leave your animals indoors due to cold weather. Since your dogs and cats are not running around outside, they are not getting the proper exercise and can get bored. Making homemade toys for your pets from household products will help keep them occupied while not spending a lot of money. 

Cats love to chase objects; it can be feathers, balls, or small toys. You can take a ball or bell, tie it up with a string and then tie the string to a door handle, or something that the bell or ball can hang down from, for your cat to play with. You can even make a toy for your cat that is as simple as a piece of paper crumbled into a ball or an empty toilet paper roll for them to hit around the house. 

Dogs need toys that they can sink their teeth into, like a bone or chew toy. Buying a bone that is the appropriate size for your dog will entertain them for awhile. It is best to buy them a bone versus giving them left over bones from dinner. You can make your dog a chew toy from an old sock by tying it into a knot for something they can chew on. You may need to watch your dog and make sure they do not think all socks are toys. 



Family Matters: Introducing New Foods


When I was an infant, my mother told me that I was always sick and not gaining weight. After several test, my parents learned that I had many food allergies.

It can be scary when you start adding different foods into your baby’s diet because you do not know how they will react to them. When introducing different foods, pick a food, like a banana, and let them eat that for 2 to 3 days before introducing a new food. This way if they have an allergic reaction, you will be able to know which food made them sick.

Do not avoid a certain food, unless the doctor has told you otherwise.

The most common foods that small children are allergic to are cow’s milk, wheat, eggs, peanuts, soybeans, and tree nuts.

 



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