Winter 2018 Newsletter

Welcome everyone, I am glad to be sharing the news and helpful information here at Patty’s Precious Pets. We have had a great year in 2017. We landscaped the back yard and built a sauna and updated the deck. We had many doggy guests enjoying the new yard and meeting new friends. Heres to another great year in 2018!

In this post:

  • When your dog whines all the time-some reasons why.
  • Pet Treats: How to make your own sweet potato chews.

    When your dog whines–what are they trying to communicate?

    We all love our pets, and want the best for them.  Sometimes when our pets change their behavior, its good to evaluate what it means.  Sometimes your dog will start whining, more than is usual.  There could be many reasons for this.

    • It could be a response to pain.
    • Sometimes it can be fear and anxiety.
    • Mental stress can be a factor.

    Dogs will often whine when in pain, but this is usually for sudden pain, like a sprain or bloat. Chronic pain, for example from arthritis usually doesn’t cause a dog to whine. Other signs of pain and distress can be panting, limping, and sensitivity to certain parts of the body.

    Sometimes dogs get are nervous, excited or afraid, and vocalize this through whining.  If you can remove the cause, the whining will stop. Changing their environment, removing the cause of excitement, or reassuring your dog can help them stop whining.

    Dogs are similar to humans–sometimes as they get older they lose some of their cognitive abilities- what is known as dementia in humans.  But with dogs, unlike humans, can still function pretty well with cognitive decline and have a good quality of life.

    Its always good to check in with your vet if there has been a marked change in your dog’s behavior, and continuous, abnormal whining may be a good reason to visit the vet.  Here is a link to a good article in Dogster about it.


Nikki recommends these sweet potato treats!

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F.
  2. Wash the sweet potato or yam (the very orange type).
  3. Cut down the middle lengthwise.
  4. Then cut long lengthwise slices about 1/3 of an inch wide and place on a cookie sheet in a single layer.
  5. Bake in oven at 250 F for about 3 hours.

These are simple to make and very healthy for your dog.  They are also pretty tasty for humans too!  After they cool down place in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate- they should last a good long while.