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Grooming- Sometimes it is All You Need

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Paws for Thought | 0 comments

Grooming- Sometimes it is All You Need

If you read my earlier post two days ago, you know that poor Chico woke up severely limping on his right front paw.  So, after I had talked myself into believing that Chico could have a productive life as a tripawd dog, I loaded him into the car and headed to Bayshore Animal Clinic.  Of course, in typical Chico fashion, he started shaking like a leaf as soon as we walked in the door.  He weighed in at 17 pounds (still would like him to lose one or two more) and we headed to our assigned room. Dr. Stuart walked in, we muzzled Chico….yes, he is that bad at the vet….and put him on the table.  Immediately, Chico pee’d…everywhere.  Not once, but three times.  Dr. Rosenburg had to call for a towel.  Yuck!  Sorry Dr. Stu! He manipulated Chico’s leg and after not feeling anything especially out of the ordinary, moved on to his neck.  Chico has a compressed C2 so the doctor thought the limp could be initiated by a nerve problem potentially.  I then asked him to trim Chico’s dewclaws as they grow like weeds.  He did immediately and then the miracle happened.  Chico put weight on his paw.  Not only that, we took him off of the table, de-muzzled his snout and he ran to the door, fully utilizing his right paw.  The vet tech started shouting, “he’s healed! he’s healed!” in self proclaimed Benny Hinn fashion 🙂 That was all Chico needed.  A little bit of grooming!  I was so relieved, thankful and didn’t mind paying the office visit fee.  Although, next time I will know to take him in ONLY for a nail trim! Here are nail trimming tips by the good folks at www.peteducation.com.   Now I just need to get my nerve up to trim Chico’s nails myself.  The little shark… Jenn    ...

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Cats are crazy for Global Pet Expo

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Excercise, Health & Wellness, Paws for Thought, Products, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whew…I absolutely love the whirlwind that is Global Pet Expo.  I was only able to spend two days at the event but was able to pack so much into that time including time to  identify a few new cat products for the store. Cats will be so very happy with me 🙂  I kept my cat customers in mind constantly as I walked up and down the aisles.  A few things really excited me and I decided to add them to Wag’s mix of natural and holistic products.  Cat customers!  Check out the following: For the catnip crazed…you will have an entire rack full of the famous Ducky World products…and yes… there will be plenty of purrrrrmuda triangles! I also loved the cat scratcher from Scratch Lounge and the live pet grass from Bell Rock Growers. What I might be most excited about are the cat houses by Catty Stacks!  Can’t wait for these to walk through my door.   They are recycled, recycleable and are colored with vegetable based ink! Finally, Kind Kollars are purrfect for the cat on the go.  Personalized, stylish, non stink…this  i.d. collar is just the answer for your indoor or outdoor kitty. Please let me know what you think of these new products soon to be hitting the shelves at...

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A Good Man Down

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in Excercise, Health & Wellness, Hips and Joints, Uncategorized | 0 comments

My seven year old dog Abe is an athlete.  I say this with the utmost confidence because he is among the lucky and talented dogs that can catch a ball anytime, anywhere.  It is amazing to see just how fast he can pluck a ball out of mid-air after spinning around and doing a few acrobatic moves.  My husband and I are always saying “did you see what Abe just DID?”  All of this talent has finally caught up with him though.  After limping around for a few days too many I took him to his veterinarian.  A couple of x-rays later, what I hoped wouldn’t be true came to fruition…he has torn his ACL in his right hind leg.  What is an ACL tear?  ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament which crosses in the joint from the femur to the tibia.  A ligament is a fibrous band of tissue and can be torn or partially torn.  In Abe’s case, we believe it is fully torn. Now, you see, I knew this would most likely happen.  But how do you keep an All Star on the bench?   Many of my customers’ similarly skilled dogs have had this surgery.   I have talked many people through the 12 week recovery period and loved on many cone headed muzzles. Abe and I go to his consultation with orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Hay, on February 3.  It will all begin that day, more x-rays, choosing which surgery option, coming to terms with paying anywhere from $1,800-$2,600 and learning about the recovery period. In the meantime, I thought I would share with you some of the warning signs, breeds who are at risk, how an ACL is torn and what you can expect from recovery.  I do hope that your dog will not have to go through this…but if he/she does, you will have an idea of what you and your dog can expect. Warning signs:  Sudden limping, swollen knee, holding the foot of the affected leg off the ground, dog may start using the let again but lameness often returns. How is it diagnosed?  A veterinarian can diagnose an ACL tear by manipulating the knee joint.  X-rays are also used to assess the problem and to determine if arthritis is present. How does it happen?  A tear can occur if a dog is overweight therefore putting too much pressure on the joint.  Commonly, the ACL is torn when a dog twists on his hind leg.  This is what Abe does as he catches his ball or slips on our floor when running through the house.  Usually, a tear happens gradually over time and sudden lameness is the result. Breeds:  Some breeds are more prone to ACL tears than others: the  Labrador, Rottweiler, Bichon Frise, St. Bernard are among them.  Post Surgery:  After the surgery, dogs must be controlled and can only take low impact walks and/or swim as directed by a veterinarian.  Overweight dogs must lose a few pounds to take off the excess stress on the leg.  Recovery time is 8-12 weeks. So it begins, Abe’s three month procedure.  Watch out for him this summer though…he will be better than before and leading our pack around Davis Islands. We will keep you updated on our visit with Dr. Hay and our surgery...

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Good morning!

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 in Paws for Thought, Products, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Our day started earlier than usual.  Typically the baby wakes up around 7am, we put him in our bed and he will lay there until about 7:30am all the while climbing, rolling and tackling my husband.  Today however he woke at 6:30am so our morning routine kicked it up a notch!  The two other boys in the household, Abe and Chico, were raring to go at 6:30 as well and by 6:45am they were all begging for food in the kitchen! I snapped a couple of photos of the three beggers:  Sebastian, Abe and Chico. Everyone’s mornings are crazy I know…but mine are striking me as so humorous these days.  Maybe that is what lack of sleep does to a person…makes you a bit loony! Now that the boys have had their fill of The Honest Kitchen and the baby has had his bottle and yummy looking peaches, I am settling in at Wag for a full day of working like a dog with the dogs! Have a terrific...

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