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June 14, 2018   No Comments

“Raw” Kibble

I went to Wag N Wash today to pick up my special order K9 Cravings which is a commercial raw dog food made in Baltimore. I was excited to pick up samples of a couple of new products from Stella & Chewy’s, a reputable company that makes and sells raw dog food.

I’ve been wondering how you can have “raw coated kibble”. (It’s freeze dried.) I was expecting a premium dog food that we might use for foster pups in rescue, but its filled with PEAS. Ingredient list begins with – beef and lamb meal.

Then chickPEAS, PEAS, salmon meal, LENTILS, PEA protein, lamb fat, sunflower oil, beef heart, beef liver.

It continues with good ingredients, but all the peas make me very nervous since there seems to be a link between taurine deficiency and peas in grain free dog foods and dogs being diagnosed with heart disease.

The smaller bags of freeze dried meal mixers are a great supplemental food (dog treat at our house). Their first ingredients are – chicken with ground bone, chicken liver, chicken gizzard, pumpkin seed, organic cranberries, organic spinach, organic broccoli, organic beets, organic carrots, organic squash.

What did I do with the “raw coated” dog food? Tossed it out in the yard and kept my five goldens busy “finding it” for a few minutes.

My pups eat a high quality breakfast and dinner, and, like me, eat junk food too.

June 13, 2018   1 Comment

Biggest Loser Tip

June 13, 2018   No Comments

Alternatives to the “Cone of Shame” E-Collar

Source: WholeDog Journal

 

Elizabethan collar

Every dog owner should be aware that, today, there are a number of alternatives to the classic Elizabethan collars to prevent a dog from licking a wound, aggravating a hot spot, tearing out his surgical stitches, or removing a bandage. The alternatives offer a dog greater comfort, better mobility, and improved visibility.

Cons of Classic Cones

Are the classic plastic cones really all that bad? It depends on which dog you ask. Some dogs seem to accept the weight of the heavy plastic, the restricted visibility imposed by the opaque material, the need for increased clearances around the house, and even being gouged by the thick plastic tabs that are supposed to be belted by the dog’s collar at the base of the cone.

But many dogs seem to suffer more from the cones than from whatever necessitated their use! I’ve known many dogs who wouldn’t eat or drink with a cone on. I’ve seen some dogs who, after bashing into doorways and furniture, became extremely reluctant to move – or even lift their bodies or heads from the floor – as long as the cone was on.

E-Collar Alternatives

ProCollar

ProCollar

ProCollar

The doughnut-shaped ProCollar, distributed by G&B Marketing, of Vista, California, features an inflatable core with a durable cover. (The cover feels like vinyl – not our favorite material – but doesn’t have the distinctive “stink” of vinyl. The package doesn’t say what the material is.) A Velcro strap secures the outer perimeter of the collar; the dog’s collar is run through loops on the inside ring of the product. (One must have a collar that can be unsnapped or unbuckled; collars that slip over the dog’s head won’t work with this design.)

The ProCollar is available in five sizes (X Small to X Large).

We were able to find the ProCollar in a number of chain pet supply stores (Petco and Petsmart) and catalogs, from $15 to $25, depending on size.

Soft-E-Collar

Soft-E-Collar

Jorgensen Laboratories, Inc., of Loveland, Colorado, offers the Soft-E-collar. It’s another cushioned collar, but this product is shaped more like a life-saving ring than a doughnut: wider and flatter. The outer material appears to be a nylon blend. A flap of material on the inner perimeter of the product is tightened by tying a cord (which runs through some grommets on the material flap) to secure the collar on the dog’s neck (see photo below).

The Soft-E-Collar comes in nine sizes (yay!), from XX Small (0 to 5 pounds) to XX Large (95 pounds and up). We found this product in an independent pet supply store; we also found it offered in many pet supply catalogs. As but one example: we found it for $19 to $49 (depending on its size) from BellasPainRelief.com. (By the way; this site is a great source for products for disabled dogs of all types.)

BiteNot

BiteNot dog collar

BiteNot Collar

Here’s a product with a very different design. The BiteNot collar, distributed by Bite Not Products, Inc., of San Francisco, California, resembles a neck brace for humans – the kind people have to wear after they get whiplash. The interior surface is a thinly padded foam rubber material; the outer surface is a stiff plastic shell. Velcro fasteners – and a nylon strap that wraps around the dog’s shoulders and under his armpits – hold the product very securely in place.

The BiteNot collar is available in seven sizes. In this case, the required size is determined by the length of the dog’s neck, from the back of his ears to the top of his shoulder. (It’s meant to prevent him from bending his neck enough to lick himself.) The smallest size is 3.5 inches wide; the largest is 8 inches wide.

This would be my top choice for a dog who had succeeded in removing all other products; as long as the dog has a discernible neck, it fits really securely. What if the dog is one of the (nearly) neckless breeds, like a Pug? Probably not the best pick. but dogs with extraordinarily long necks or wounds on their front feet might not benefit at all from the collar.

This product ranges in price from about $20 (smallest size) to $45 (largest) and is sold at several online retailers.

The Comfy Cone

The Comfy Cone

The Comfy Cone

As suggested by its name, The Comfy Cone is a cone, but instead of being stiff and unyielding, it’s cushioned and bendable. The inner material seems to be foam rubber; the outer material is a tough nylon. Numerous strips of Velcro fasteners and a ring of elastic “belt loops” (meant to be laced through by the dog’s collar) hold the cone in place.

The Comfy Cone is available in five sizes, from Extra Small to Extra Large.

We found The Comfy Cone in many online and brick-and-mortar stores, from about $10 for the Extra Small to $30 for the Extra Large.

Kong EZ Collar

Kong EZ Collar

Kong EZ Collar

This product is another plastic cone. So what makes it an alternative? First, the plastic it’s made of is transparent; the dog can see through it! Brilliant! This one tiny thing makes a huge difference to the dog. It’s also much lighter in weight than the vet-supplied conventional cones, though not so light that its protective rigidity is compromised. And finally, both its inner and outer edges are lined with a material that feels like vinyl. This means no stiff edges cut into the dog’s neck, and when the dog does bump into something solid, the impact is a bit blunted.

The Kong EZ Collar is distributed by the Kong Company, of Golden, Colorado, and is available in five sizes, from Small to XXL.

We found the Kong E-Collar in numerous online and independent pet supply stores.

June 12, 2018   1 Comment

Welcome Bonnie and Clyle

Becky M called me last week and asked if we could take 5 year old Bonnie and Clyde.

Her friend who is a realtor was trying to help a client rehome her animals as the client was moving from their farm to a place that does not allow dogs.

When Becky told me the dogs are in Tennessee I said, “There are golden rescue groups in Tennessee. It would be a lot easier for them to take Bonnie and Clyde.”

Well, you’ve heard me talk of “Karma” before. Here it is at play again.

Just so happens Becky was taking her mom to Dollywood IN TENNESSEE and was willing to bring them back to Maryland.

Becky was also willing to foster the pair who have been together since they were puppies.

Since Becky is already fostering Annie, I put a call out to foster families and Mariel C agreed we should keep Bonnie and Clyde together and she and Adam will foster.

Becky went to meet them this past weekend and says they are “great pups” who are really dirty and have ticks all over them. Fortunately, Becky carried a transport pack and has flea/tick products with her. They live in a horse stable with horses and barn cats.

Bonnie and Clyde are spay and neutered; however, they have not been to the vet in a long time so let’s keep our paws crossed they are not heartworm positive.

We will try very hard to adopt them together once they are ready if Mariel and Adam believe that is what they need.

Please join me in welcoming Bonnie and Clyde and in thanking Becky for transporting and Mariel and Adam for fostering.

June 11, 2018   1 Comment

Bailey Update from Her New Dad

Bailey, Spike and Brit are all doing great.  Bailey made the transition t our house in about a minute or two. When we arrived home I sat in a chair in the back yard as the 3 pups ran around.  Bailey was mostly following Spike but after a couple minutes she was wandering off on her own and exploring the yard.  About that time Brit went through the doggie door and Bailey followed.  She hadn’t returned after about 5 minutes so I went inside and called her. She had gone upstairs and was continuing to look around.  As I said, she made herself right-at-home.

When it was time for bed the first night, she was upstairs with me and Brit and Spike were downstairs.  Bailey and I got into bed and a few minutes later Brit came up.  Little 46 pound Bailey stood up and got right in front of 70 pound Brit and blocked her path to the bed. As Brit moved to a new position, Bailey moved to block.  I was thinking that Brit has been the Alpha for years and this might not end well, but Brit put up with it (for a couple more days).

There has been a little growling from Brit towards Bailey but nothing more.  I still have a few water bottles staged around the house but luckily I haven’t needed them yet.

Bailey is the happiest, friendliest pup.  She loves to jump in my lap and curl up, although she usually doesn’t stay for long. She also loves to squirm between me and the other two pups if I am petting them. Again  I am a little surprised that Brit allows this but Bailey is getting a little better about that.

On a couple occasions someone has been over and I handed them a camera and asked them to try to get a pic of me and the 3 pups but Bailey is usually the one who doesn’t want to hold still.  The attached pic was one of about 4 or 5 in a quick series.  The follow-on pics are pretty comical as she was squirming and I was trying to keep her in my lap.  Needless to say, it didn’t work well but the other pics are funny

She has a vet appointment this Tues with my vet so Dr Autumn will get to meet her.

Thanks again for making it possible for Bailey to join my family. She fits in great and loves and is loved by all.

 

Ted

June 11, 2018   1 Comment

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