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Ligament Stretching and Tears = New Rugs at Our House

We went to our last session of basic training with Menia on Saturday morning. Came home, played in the pool and took a nap…..Menia sleeping with Joe in his chair. All was perfectly fine.

And Menia wakes up limping.

She hopped off the chair and suddenly she was holding her back left leg up. Joe checked it out, and thought it was her knee. So we happen to have some Rimadyl and gave her one. She was clearly in pain, but it was Saturday. Even if she had torn her ACL, MASH does not consider that worthy of an ER visit.

Sunday Menia was toe touching, but still not fully using her left leg.

So called our local vet on Monday. No appointments available for two weeks since she technically isn’t “sick”.

Called MASH and made an appointment, but the soonest one is next Thursday.

Called and made an appointment for acupuncture with my vet at WagnWash for yesterday.

Menia had a big knot that felt like a rope under her left leg. A stretched ligament. No surgery needed and she can go for walks and swim. Just no jumping up.

Something very similar had happened to our Ruby Tuesday about a month ago, only she had torn a ligament under her front right shoulder.

Both of these girls are slim and fit.

Why are my dogs getting these soft tissue injuries?

Well the answer is HARDWOOD FLOORS.

My pups sleep on the couch and our bed. Menia’s rest spot is Joe’ chair. When they jump off the furniture their lays splay out and over stretch tendons and ligaments.

The answer. Rugs.

I’m off to shop for sturdy area rugs this morning.

Dodged two surgery bullets. And BTW, I haven’t canceled the MASH appoint for the 25th if anyone needs it.

July 18, 2018   No Comments

Bone Broth Benefits

All dogs get older, just like we do, and with age comes some additional care. One thing you may notice as your dog gets older is a loss of appetite.

Appetite loss can be due to arthritis pain, dental soreness, and decreased activity. And if your dog isn’t eating as much it’s very likely that they aren’t getting nutrients that need. Bone broth is an amazing power source of nutrition and calories, and it’s easy to eat and delicious for your pooch. It can help give them the energy and nutrition that they may be lacking.

1. Good For The Bones

It seems like a no-brainer, but bone broth does wonders for aging bones and joints. The glucosamine & collagen found in bone broth helps to enhance the joints. It can also combat inflammation and help ease joint pain. If your dog suffers from arthritis, the glucosamine and chondroitin will assist in this area as well.

2. Immune System

All doggies get sick, but senior dogs sometimes need extra care when they feel under the weather. Just how chicken soup can really hit the spot on a sick day for humans, bone broth can really do the trick if your dog is sick or recovering from surgery. Bone broth is soft on the stomach, and often one of the few things your dog may want to eat on sick days. Even if your dog isn’t sick, bone broth has lots of nutrients such as vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and can help keep the immune system in tact so your dog can stay as healthy as possible.

3. Appetite Stimulant

Bone broth may be what your dog needs to gain back a lost appetite. Even dogs who are picky eaters will likely perk their ears at bone broth. Bone broth is easy to slurp up, smooth on the stomach, and promotes healthy digestion. The extra bonus is that your dog will think its a special treat!

How To Make Bone Broth

Bone broth is rather simple to make, but it does take a lot of time so it’s a good idea to make it frequently so you have some handy for your senior dog.

What You’ll Need: 

Bones (chicken, beef, turkey, anything left over from your own meals will work)

Apple Cider Vinegar, or Lemon Juice

Water

A crock-pot or large stove pot

Optional additional ingredients: 

Celery, carrots, spinach

Chicken feet, or other joint bones

Instructions:

1. Put all the bones in your crock-pot, or stove pot. Since you will be cooking the bones for at least 24 hours, a crock-pot is the easiest way since you don’t have to worry about leaving it unattended. But a stove pot works just as well. Chicken feet and joint bones are great additives because they add lots of flavor and gelatin.

2. Add enough water to completely cover the bones, plus an inch or two extra. Then add two to four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. The vinegar and lemon help pull out all the essential minerals and nutrients in the bones.

3. Set the crock-pot or stove on low heat and let everything cook for at least 24 hours. Keep an eye on the pot throughout the day, adding water as needed to keep the bones covered. If you choose to add extra vegetables, add them near the end so they have just enough time to get soft.

4. Strain the bones from the broth and let it cool. Then serve to your dogs and watch their tails go wag-crazy!

To store your broth, keep it in a sealed container in the fridge up to 3-4 days.

July 18, 2018   No Comments

Yay Riley

Congratulations to Riley, who Joe and I lovingly refer to as “Sausage” as he’s become quite the chunkster. Riley won the rescue’s 2018 Canine Biggest Loser Contest.

We know Riley needs to lose weight and we’ve tried most everything. The poor guy gets less food than his canine siblings. He gets the same amount of exercise, but kept gaining weight.

We had his thyroid tested last year and it was just barely into the low normal range, so the vet wouldn’t supplement. (Low thyroid is common in golden. 1 in 4 will be diagnosed with it.) His coat was also thinning and becoming course. However, this year, it wasn’t normal. It was LOW.

So we joined the biggest loser contest along with:

Kaine Dofflemyer
Kody Adams
Ryley Adams
Tequila Tillery
Riley Johnson
Madeline Johnson

I thought Madeline might have a chance of winning as she’s been slowly losing weight since SHE was diagnosed with hypothyroidism last year. Never thought Riley would win as we are doing the Chinese herb treatment that Madeline did last year and it takes six months to see if it’s working.

However, Riley likes to swim so he does get a good amount of exercise in the summer

Anyway, we are happy Riley is making weight loss progress. The winner is supposed to receive a toy from his loser companions, but Riley has asked for a small donation to the rescue in lieu of toys.

July 17, 2018   No Comments

July 17, 2018   No Comments

6 Natural Supplements for Your Dog’s Joint Pains

At least one in four dogs suffer from arthritis and sometimes, the condition does not develop as a result of aging. In some dogs, inflamed joints and pain from weak legs is a result of a developmental disease. But just like arthritis in humans, dog arthritis can be debilitating. Although there are helpful chemically composed medications to control the pain (like NSAIDs) as well as other proven pain relief options for dogs, going natural can sometimes be best.

1. Turmeric

Turmeric for dogsTurmeric is famous for its medicinal properties. Humans since the ancient times have been using turmeric spice to treat all sorts of body pain and inflammation and apparently, it’s also effective for pets. For dogs specifically, turmeric can be added into the diet for a number of benefits.

For example, one of the more notable studies of turmeric for dogs was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with arthritic dogs (study here). The results of the study showed how turmeric, alongside curcuminoids and essential oils, showed turmeric as a potential treatment for dogs osteoarthritis as well as no side effects.

Dr. Judy Morgan wrote about the effectiveness of using turmeric for treating dog arthritis in her book “From Needles to Natural: Learning Holistic Pet Healing.” However, she also cautioned not to give dogs too much of this spice because it might cause an upset stomach. For a dog that’s about 10 lbs., she recommended mixing only 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric in its meal.

2. Boswellia Serrata

Boswellia Serrata for dogsLike turmeric, Boswellia Serrata is commonly used in traditional medicine. According to holistic veterinarians, this herb is a popular ingredient in many natural health supplements for pets and dogs specifically. Dogs Naturally Magazine has looked at some of the evidence behind this natural solution and found that clinical trials show Boswellia serrata being effective for 71% of dogs with degenerative conditions, most likely due to the presence of inflammation-fighting boswellic acids in this plant.

The best thing about this herb for dogs with inflammation or joint pains is that there are no known side effects. As for the dosage, a large dog of about 50 lbs can be given at least 300 mg of Boswellia Serrata twice a day for a period of two weeks. For ongoing maintenance, the dosage can be cut down in half.

3. Yucca Root

Yucca Root for dogsYucca root is part of the cassava family. It’s commonly found in South American countries and Mexico. It is most effective against digestive problems in dogs but it also works to lessen inflammation and joint pain.

Boil some yucca root and mash a batch like potatoes to give to your aching dog. Feed this for four days and observe the results for three days. Yucca, however, might cause stomach upset and vomiting in some breeds. Discontinue feeding when this happens. If not, you could add yucca to your dog’s diet every now and then.

4. Licorice Root

Licorice Root for dogsLicorice root has phytosterol compounds, which increases the production of hormones that regulate body inflammation. People have recently found its benefits for various health issues in humans, and more pet owners are starting to look for ways on how to use it with dogs.

According to VetInfo experts, licorice root should be administered in capsule form for inflammation of the dog’s internal organs and tissues, and in cream form for inflammation of the external organs. For additional benefits, you can mix licorice root with yucca root and alfalfa for a more palatable and powerful meal against dog arthritis. This natural supplement is also beneficial for the liver.

5. Hawthorn

Hawthorn for dogsIn her book, Dr. Morgan Judy Morgan wrote about Hawthorn as a great holistic treatment for dogs with joint pains. Herbalists, especially those who practice Chinese traditional medicine, apparently love this plant for its cleansing properties. Even in the ancient period, this herb has been used to treat animals with body pain.

Evidence-based veterinarians seem to agree on this as well, and according to VCA Hospitals, this herb can be very effective for treating inflammation. Hawthorn, however, can work adversely with medications for the heart if your dog is under maintenance. It could cause a drop in blood pressure. Before using any of these natural supplements for your dogs, be sure to speak with a veterinarian first.

As always, consult with your (holistic) veterinarian who is experienced or knowledgeable about herbs, spices, and plants for treatment in animals. A holistic treatment can be very effective for your dogs, but owners must still ensure how to properly source and use these natural products to maximize its benefits.

July 16, 2018   No Comments

Facebook Auction Wrap Up


Thank you so much to everyone that donated items to the Facebook Auction and thank you to all the members that supported the fundraiser!  GRRSM made $1675+ as many winners are generously donating much more than their winning bids.  GRRSM would not be able to continue to save lives without the support of our generous supporters!

July 15, 2018   No Comments

Amazon Prime Day

If you are shopping the 36 hours of Amazon Prime deals, don’t forget to start at Amazon Smile and put your charity as GRRSM!  A small percent of your order will be donated to GRRSM.

Go to your Amazon Prime account via “SmileAmazon.com” and select Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland.

July 15, 2018   No Comments

July 13, 2018   No Comments

Why Play Time is Important

Builds Your Relationship Together

When you play with your dog, you form a doggy human bond. Dogs also love playing with other dogs, and it can be a healthy outlet,  but it’s also important to get their play time with their humans too!. You can also use play when you’re training your dog. You can use it as a fun reward, get their favorite toy between training them different commands. Studies have even shown that the more playtime a dog gets with their humans, the fewer behavioral issues they will develop like leash pulling, whining, digging in the backyard and chewing.

Keeps them Healthier 

Playing gives your dog a chance to get some exercise. Done right, it can help you get some exercise as well (and that’s good for you!).

The scary thing is like humans, over half of the dogs in the United States are obese. Obesity leads to all sorts of health problems in dogs. It can lead to problems with their joints, diabetes and many other problems.

They are Happier both mentally and physically- A Tired Dog is a Happy Dog

Play will help with all kinds of dogs – timid dogs it will help them gain confidence. Even with dogs that have been abused who might be resistant to play, it will help them learn their boundaries and be able to connect with their human friends. Even the best adjusted older dogs benefit from the mental stimulation of playing. When you play with your dogs regularly, studies show it decreases their anxiety, which helps them be more relaxed and maybe even a bit tired. So of course, a tired dog is a happy dog. This will give your furniture, rugs and anything else off limits in your house a break. Dogs usually chew on things they’re not supposed to when they’re bored and haven’t exercised, connected or played with their humans.

Whether it’s tug of war, fetch or just running around the yard playing chase, your dog needs your time, attention and needs to play. So next time you’re out in your yard or at the park with your dog, play with them until they cry uncle, you both will totally enjoy it- promise. There’s no better feeling than when playing fetch with your dog and they start to slow down and stop going after the ball because you wore them out! Truth be told, you probably need a healthy dose of play with your pooch. Isn’t that really what having a dog is all about- play time!

July 11, 2018   No Comments

July 10, 2018   No Comments