The loss of a pet is something we don’t like to think about. The folks at Paw Pods have developed a new eco-friendly alternative for memorializing our beloved pets.
As is the case with many large breed working-class dogs, Baylie has a propensity for joint problems. Even as a pup, she began experiencing mild knee problems and was prescribed a joint supplement by her vet. It was in pill form and Baylie wanted no part of them. She caught on right away to my feeble attempt at hide-the-medicine-in something-yummy trick. She would look at me as if to say, “come on, are you kidding me, this is the best you ‘GOT’ ?”
April is Heartworm Awareness Month. Is your pet heartworm free? Dogs are considered the definitive host for heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis). However, heartworms may infect more than 30 species of animals (e.g., coyotes, foxes, wolves and other wild canids, domestic cats and wild felids, ferrets, sea lions, etc.) Feline heartworms are more deadly and difficult to treat.
In case you haven’t noticed, I don’t have much of a tail. The verdict is still out as to whether it was docked, intentionally, or if it has something to do with genetics. Bobbed tail is not a trait usually associated with my breed; Great Pyrenees/Border Collie mix. It’s difficult to know because I was rescued and my humans didn’t meet my canine mom and dad. Nevertheless, I don’t miss it. Mom says she doesn’t either. It’s just less of me to get dirty! However, she hopes that it wasn’t intentional because she is not a fan of cosmetic tail docking and neither am I.
Many of us have pets that suffer with some form of anxiety. Experts say canine anxiety falls into three categories; noise anxiety, separation anxiety and social anxiety. Canine anxiety has a myriad of symptoms from barking, pacing and panting, hiding, climbing on you for safety, and the list goes on.
If you live in the Southeast where we have had relentless rain throughout the entire Fourth of July holiday, most likely, you have a prolific crop of these growing on your lawn. I have never given them much thought, that is, until Baylie Dog joined the family. Even though she will eat most anything she can fit into her mouth, she hasn’t shown much interest in the fungi. Nevertheless, when I see any sprout, and they can do so in a matter of hours, I quickly pull them up just in case her taste for mushrooms may have changed.
Mushroom poisoning (also known as mycetism) refers to harmful effects from ingestion of toxic substances present in a mushroom. These symptoms can vary from slight gastrointestinal discomfort to death. The toxins present are secondary metabolites produced in specific biochemical pathways in the fungal cells.
Our friends at PetsWeekly™ were so kind to provide us with a new liquid vitamin drink supplement product that’s 100 percent natural called LICKS® for Dogs Signature Joint+Heart formula. It is packed with Omega 3 fatty acids, vegetarian glucosamine, and vitamin E and is made in the USA. It integrates seamlessly with your dog’s food or water to help ensure he/she receives the daily supplements needed to maintain heart and joint health. Since Baylie has had some joint problems, I tried the “Joint and Heart Formula” in her water thinking she would probably turn up her nose and walk away. Being roasted chicken flavor, I should have known that she would love it. In fact, she liked it so much she lapped up an entire bowl of water. I had equal success when I mixed it with her chow.
As you may remember, not too long ago, my Baylie became very sick with a severe case of gastroenteritis and required an emergency vet trip in the wee hours of the morning. I attributed her sudden illness with a brand of chew stick I had begun giving her over the preceding days. In looking at the package, I realized they were made in Brazil. I felt incredibly guilty for not doing my due diligence on this product. For days Baylie suffered through vomiting and diarrhea. Thankfully, with IV fluids, antibiotics and a soft diet, she recovered.