Your Morkie got a Thanksgiving  hangover?

Your Morkie got a Thanksgiving hangover?

For our U.S. neighbours, Thanksgiving is just the start of the busy holiday season, with plenty of delicious food and drink, socializing and late nights.

(In Canada, our Thanksgiving has come and gone – October 10th, so it’s not as connected to the Christmas season).

All that partying can be hard on a Morkie! Especially richer foods. Here’s what you can do to keep your dog healthy and happy over the holidays.


turkey and Morkie

Rule number one…Don’t leave any food out where you dog can get it. And don’t make an exception to give him fatty, hard-to-digest foods.

Avoid all rich foods

We like to indulge our babies with treats, but just a few bites of turkey for example, can send your Morkie running with diarrhea. Not fun for either of you. Because they’re so small, even small amounts of the wrong food can have a dramatic effect on your Morkie, so be careful feeding him:

Fatty meats, gravies and side dishes – irritating to your Morkie’s digestive system, and can be stimulate mild to severe pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas, a vital organ in digestion. For more about this painful condition, please visit Doctors Foster and Smith’s excellent site.

Bones and other scraps – dogs can’t, of course, have cooked bones. Even poultry tendons can give him a real pain in the stomach or cause choking. Although dogs CAN eat raw bones as part of a healthy RAW diet, you’ll want to carefully explore that option first.

Alcohol, chocolate and caffeine – You know that uncle who thinks it’s funny to see your Morkie drink a beer? Not funny. At all. Alcohol of any kind, chocolate and caffeine are strong enough to make literally kill your small dog!

Bad Snacking

Stick with healthy foods for your Morkie over the holidays.

Stick with healthy foods for your Morkie over the holidays.

Most types of nuts, all sweet baked goods and chips, pretzels, crackers and chips are not good for a dog. Again, they contain high levels of fat, far too much sodium, plus some types of nuts (notably Macadamia Nuts) are actually extremely poisonous to dogs.

Other party foods to avoid for your Morkie:

  • anything citrus
  • grapes & raisins – very poisonous
  • Salt and salty snack foods
  • Xylitol — used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste and VERY toxic to dogs.




Upset Tummy?


Yes you CAN give your Morkie a small amount of Pepto-Bismol for stomach problems like diarrhea and vomiting.

Did you know you can give your Morkie Pepto-Bismol for a simple upset stomach? If he’s vomiting or has diarrhea, try this: 1 teaspoon of liquid Pepto-Bismol for every 5 pounds. Administer every 2 hours.

If there’s no improvement after 3 rounds (6 hours), contact your Veterinarian.

PLEASE NOTE: Pepto-Bismol is not for cats.

The Great Escape

Small dogs can easily run outside before anyone notices, and be gone. With guests coming and going, and lots of confusion in the foyer, your Morkie can slip out and his absence might not be noticed for many hours.

By then, he could be grabbed by a stranger, picked up by your local humane society, or be hit by a car. So while your guest are coming and going, why not keep your Morkie in his crate / cage, or close him up in a room far from the front door. Even if he barks while locked up, it is worth it.

Deborah Gray, Small Dog Expert, is not a veterinarian. This information is not intended as a substitute for advice from your pet’s veterinarian or any other … or to replace the recommendation or prescription of your pet’s veterinarian.

What’s your best tip for happy holidays with your pets?


Morkie got an upset stomach?

Morkie got an upset stomach?

Good news – your Morkie can have Pepto-Bismol

A small amount of Pepto-Bismol can be safe for dogs and can really help clear up dog diarrhea, and dog vomiting and diarrhea.

Check with your Veterinarian first, and for recommended dose, or try 1/2 teaspoon mixed with 2 teaspoons water; give half the batch and wait 4 hours to administer the second half.

If your Morkie has an upset stomach (vomiting and/or diarrhea), try the following:

Step 1: Remove all food and water for 4 to 5 hours.

Step 2: If vomiting contains blood or is frequent, contact the Veterinarian immediately. If not, go to Step 3.

Step 3: After 6 to 8 hours of no vomiting, introduce water gradually at 1 to 2 ounces at a time. If no vomiting occurs, offer a bland diet of boiled skinless chicken and rice (50:50 mixture). If your dog can keep this down, transition back to his regular diet over 3 days, by adding more and more of his regular diet to the bland one.

Always check with your Veterinarian before giving your pet any medications or treatments.

The ingredients in Pepto-Bismol have been used to treat upset stomach — and cholera — since the late 1700s according to historians.


  • The greatest worry with ongoing diarrhea is dehydration.  Don’t let your small dog get dehydrated – it can literally be deadly.
  • It’s really hard giving medications to small dogs … but for liquids, you can use a syringe (without the needle of course) and ease the liquid between your pup’s gums and teeth.  Or try a small eyedropper
  • Puppies under 10 weeks with diarrhea need to see a Vet right away. They can easily die at that age, and should never fast!

Pepto-Bismol is a registered trademark of Procter & Gamble

A [very] brief history of Pepto-Bismol

In the early 1900s, the product was first sold by a physician in new York. It was sold as a remedy for infant diarrhea under the name “Bismosal: Mixture Cholera Infantum

By 1919, it was renamed Pepto-Bismol. During the 1920s, Pepto-Bismol was sold at drugstore soda fountains. A print ad showed large bottles with stoppers, from which druggists dispensed single doses.

Giant Procter & Gamble bought the brand in 1982, and market it worldwide. Its active ingredient, bismuth subsalicylate, is used to treat heartburn, indigestion, nausea, gas, belching and fullness.

Why is it so… PINK?

“Somebody who helped develop it suggested the color because he thought kids would like it,” says Procter & Gamble spokesman Jim Schwartz after conferring with P&G;’s historian. “Its bright cheery color was meant to reduce fear.”

What makes Pepto pink?

Artificial colors: Red 22 and Red 28.

Has it always been pink?

For all its 88 years.

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