Friday, 17 January 2014

Strictly for the birds

Although it's very mild at the moment, don't forget to keep feeding the birds ... Just as importantly, make sure that your feeders and birdtables are out of reach of your dogs: not just for the safety of feathered visitors, but to prevent your pet from scoffing the lot! For some reason bird seed has an irresistible allure and my two will make a beeline for the feeders when they go out to check for any fallen seed.
While seed mixes are probably safe enough, some bird food mixes include dried fruit, which is not such good news if your dog snacks on them - as you probably know, grapes and their dried counterparts, in the form of currants, raisins and sultanas, can be fatal if eaten, even in moderately small quantities. To be on the safe side, avoid using mixes that contain dried fruit: and although a little seed-grazing probably won't do any harm to your dog, there have been a few reported incidents of severe gastric upsets following seed-eating.
If you want to be on the ultra-safe side, position your feeders in places where your dog
can't access any seed that is dropped, or use ones which have trays beneath to catch it. 

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