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Advice for Alpha Developers who have K9's

Clifton Rabins, Chief Sniff Tester at Alpha Software Corporation





Clifton Rabins, Chief Sniff Tester
Alpha Software Corporation

This blog post may strike you as a bit odd coming from a company that is focused on building great software designed to let you develop and deploy powerful mobile and web apps for business, but it's about a subject many of us care deeply about. While at the office, we're heavily focused on business apps, but at home, many of us are relaxing with families that include dogs, who we consider family members. We decided to blog about this, because we know many of our customers tell us they have dogs of their own. After reading this blog entry from Dr. Andrew Weil, we wanted to share this very helpful and practical guide explaining what foods not to give your dogs to ensure the well being of your four legged boys and girls. Our Chief Sniff Tester, Clifton, certainly found this list interesting!

Alpha Software While feeding your dog human foods like cooked meats, veggies such as carrots and cucumbers, and cooked rice is acceptable, there are certain foods no dog should eat.  If you have people staying with you, make sure they know about this list!  Each of these can have harmful effects on a dog’s health, ranging from allergic reactions to  vomiting, diarrhea or even death. Be on the safe side and restrict your dog’s access to these  foods – he or she will thank you!  
  1. Alcohol, including beer, wine and liquor
  2. Avocados
  3. Caffeine, such as tea, coffee, cocoa, chocolate and colas
  4. Dairy products
  5. Grapes and raisins
  6. Macadamia nuts or foods containing macadamia nuts
  7. Meat fat or bones
  8. Onions and garlic – raw, cooked, dehydrated or powdered
  9. Pantry staples such as baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg
  10. Fruits with pits, such as peaches and plums
  11. Raw eggs, meat and fish
  12. Salty or sugary food and drinks
Also be aware of anything containing the sweetener xylitol, such as candy, gum, toothpaste and baked goods, as well as human medications, especially acetaminophen and ibuprofen – all can have serious adverse effects on your dog’s health. If your dog does eat any of the above, call your vet, an emergency clinic (keep their numbers in a prominent place) or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435). Other dog related articles in this blog can be found here.
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Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi

The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.