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FlexPet: The Joint Supplement That’s All It’s Cracked Up to Be!

Whether it’s simple old age or genetic predisposition is the culprit, no one want’s to imagine her beloved pet in pain.

Enter Flexpet, a joint health supplement for pets- so confident in their abilities, Flexpet advertises a promise to help or their product is free!

We all know drug companies like to promote their products like crazy! Take away all of the marketing and advertising gimmicks; does FlexPet really work?

Let’s break down their ‘active ingredients’ from an objective, physiological point of view, referencing well known and reliable sources.

 Animal (dog) physiology is actually pretty close to human physiology; the active ingredients listed below should bear similar results in both species.

Cetyl Myristoleate

According to the University of Michigan, Cetyl Myristoleate seems to be effective as both a joint lubricant and anti-inflammatory agent. In medical terminology, the suffix ‘itis’ refers to inflammation; the uses for osteo (bone) arteritis and rheumatoid arthritis is pretty clear.

Glucosamine

Most arthritis sufferers have heard of this ingredient at some point. According to Arthritis.org, Glucosamine has been shown to both reduce pain and improve function in studies. Glucosamine is a major component of joint cartilage.

Methylsulfonylmethane

What a tongue twister! According to Drugs.com, “MSM is commonly used for osteoarthritis, but may also benefit in alleviating GI upset, musculoskeletal pain, and allergies; boosting the immune system; and fighting antimicrobial infection (Wolters Kluwer Health, 2009)”.

Bromelain

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, this ingredient has been used in South America for centuries to treat indigestion and reduce inflammation (therein lies the benefit). This was particularly used at one time to treat inflammation after sinus surgery (in humans).

“Bromelain can be used to treat a number of conditions. But it is particularly effective in reducing inflammation from infection and injuries (A.D.A.M. Inc., 1997-2013).”

What Causes Joint Inflammation in Pets?

This could be chalked up to simple poor genetics and heredity. You might be surprised to learn that far more cases are caused or exacerbated  by obesity. As animals age, they tend to become less active, in turn working off fewer calories. After all- our pets don’t need to go through the strenuous activity of hunting and taking down prey animals like wild animals of old.

Wear & Tear

Just like human athletes, dogs are prone to wear & tear (bone fractures, ligament sprains, joint degradation) due to excessive athletics (racing animals). ‘FlexPet’ would be a perfect supplement to offer your sporty pooch!

(As an aside, some biologists believe that the extra tendons attached to a dog’s ‘Dew Claws’ help prevent extra torque on the athletic animal’s legs. Consider this article before having your pup’s dew claws removed.)

Poor Nutrition/Obesity

One factor of health and joint degradation is the poor diets many owners provide their pets. Much of the time this is through no fault of their own. Some of the worst pet food distributors are also the ones who can afford to spend the most on advertising; many owners are duped into purchasing low quality brands.

So, the takeaway points are these: if your pet is leaning toward the obese side, the best treatment would likely be to improve his nutrition and control his weight. While supplements may help, talk to your veterinarian about a weight loss plan. (Also, if you have not already done so, please download my report on Hypothyroidism and read it cover to cover! It contains a lot of jaw-dropping information every dog owner should know.)

Although tissue degradation is a very natural effect of aging, one can take steps to prevent unnesssary damage. Good diet, appropriate exercie, and supplements can help your dog live a long, active life.

So- does FlexPet work as well as advertised?

7.5 year old Wil sure says it does!

We recommend you try FlexPet today. This company stands behind their product enough to offer a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE!

Halloween is Right Around the Corner!

This is the exciting time of the season for not just kids and adults, but pets too! Just imagine- the fun costumes, all of the various trick or treaters, the fun places to explore…

Pumpkin Patch

Did I Say Pets?

Of course I did! Halloween can be a time for our fur- kids too! Not only will your pet love the activity, but Halloween presents a wonderful opportunity to get out there and get some well-deserved exercise.

Halloween Dogs

Of course, there is always the potential for something unexpected to happen. Are you prepared if your pup eats something a pup shouldn’t eat? Believe it or not, chocolate and candies, especially candies with xylitol (a sweetener found in many sugar free sweets), can be toxic to dogs.

Your pup may ingest harmful food.
● If you aren’t sure, the first thing you should always do is Call Your Veterinarian! Explain the situation; they will tell you what your next steps should be.

Signs to Watch out for:

Be sure that these do not contain poisonous ingredients

Be sure that these do not contain poisonous ingredients

● Vomiting
● Diarrhea
● Lethargy
● Agitation
● Increased Thirst
● Elevated Heart Rate
● Seizures

What About Candy Wrappers?
Wrappers can cause bowel obstructions that might require surgery.

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Signs to Watch out for:

● Vomiting
● Decreased appetite

● Lack of defecation
● Straining to defecate

Do you like to bake your own creative sweets for the pup to enjoy? There is yet another fantastic activity to keep you and your furry pal busy this Halloween! But do be aware of hidden ingredients in that jar of peanut butter. Poison may be lurking!

But…

Do you know exactly what your pup should eat? Believe it or not, Homemade Dog Treats May Be Dangerous… or Deadly !

Hey- I’ve got you covered! Just in case the unexpected does happen:
Pet Poison Hotline: 1-800-213-6680
ASPCA Animal Poison Control: 888-426-4435

How often do we get to go out and have fun at night? Halloween is one of those few times. Though it may be a blast, this also offers possible dangers. Don’t worry; I’ve put together a few great Tips for Staying Safe Walking your Dog at Night to keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way!

In the end, be prepared for a wonderful Halloween for everyone!

Petting Zoo Horror Stories: Camels and Yaks? OH MY!

Wil called it right: It was not one of my better ideas– getting a yak.

Riding a Yak, Yundrok Yumtso Lake, Tibet

Riding a Yak, Yundrok Yumtso Lake, Tibet

Yaks are basically short llama-coated cows with long pointed horns and have a long tradition of being a service animal (packing and riding) in the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet. I wanted to have a yak team who could legally defoliate the rainvforest of my new property in NorthWet Washington.

Domestic Yak, Tallinn Zoo -- about the size of our baby Yak--

Domestic Yak, Tallinn Zoo — about the size of our baby Yak–

I  found a breeder who had a young yak and set off for Points South to pick up said Yak. We arrived at the farm, where the owner had already caught the yak and tied her up to a post near where we could load her up. She was a little upset and expressed this by whipping her baby horns toward me. But she was kind to her owner and I thought that we would be able to work through this once we got home.

 

Yak train, Khumbe Valley, Nepal

Yak train, Khumbe Valley, Nepal

Yaks are herd animals, so to give my new yak a buddy I had arranged to pick up a 2 year old Yak from a petting zoo. I thought that since the yak had been there, he would be a tame yak. Alas. This was not really the case. And it did explain why the owners of said yak were moving him down the road.

Wil, who had disapproved of loading up the first yak freaked out at the idea of adding a second yak. While I visited with the yak in the barn, he assumed a position that looked like one of those sticky-footed Garfield stuffed toys that people used to stick on their side windows of their cars back in the 80’s. “Chief! Chief!” he called “Chief– Let me out of the truck! If something goes wrong I need to be there! CHIEF! OPEN THE DOOR!”

I decided to take the yak– until he got in the loading corral at which point he bucked and kicked out and flung his horns. Wil was beside himself– not just because of the yak’s attack behavior, but because in the pen beside the irate yak was a 18 hand camel. A WHAT?! CHIEF!!! Get away from THAT THING!

I told the man I could not take his yak. We closed up the trailer and I got in the truck.

Wil fell over — I mean literally keeled over like a cardboard cut-out of a Bouvier. He did not move.

For 20 minutes we drove. Still no motion. I pulled into a gas station to check Wil’s pulse. He looked pleadingly into my eyes: “Chief,” he whispered, “Chief… please don’t get a yak. And please, please, please, please Chief… Don’t get one of those 18 hand monsters.”

We went for a walk to “reset” his emotions.

When we got home I put Wil in the house and then had a friend help me unload the young yak. Her behavior was just about as scary as the 2 year old’s had been, and in the end– the very next morning– I took her back to her former owner. Yaks, it seems, are fine little work partners IF they’ve been brought up from birth- with bottle feeding and a lot of handling and training from birth. Feeding a yak a ration of grain each day will not tame a yak.

Wil needed some debriefing that would let him know that Chief had not lost all sense and sensibility. So, we had a discussion about camels. I searched YouTube and found this video about camels:

“Wil,” I said, “watch this video. See the camel? It’s like the one we saw today.”

Wil glanced at the computer screen. He saw the camel and his eyes bulged. Then he recoiled, took a deep breath and started to lunge for the screen.

“No, Wil,” I said, “Camels are good. They’re like horses. People ride them. And they can pack stuff. Camels are like horses.”

Wil looked at me and then at the camel on the screen.

“See the lady?” I said, pointing to Alex standing in front of her camel. “This is her pet camel. Camels like people. They are like horses.”

Wil got up to inspect at close range:

Wil Studies Alex’s Camel Video

And in the end, he remained only about 89% convinced that camels are good people.

Wil Eyeballs the Camel

Wil Eyeballs the Camel

The question is: Are Camels Dangerous?

The question is: Are Camels Dangerous?

Petco Draws Attention To Pet Nutrition: Snacks’ Role in Dog Obesity

If you have read K9 Well Being’sK9 Well Being's Free Report Free Report– Hypothyroidism– (See the box on the right that has the arrow urging you to Get The FREE Report), you know that obesity is the number one symptom that prompts most vets to suspect thyroid dysfunction in dogs. That was true for Wil– (But you’ll find out that that was the least of his troubles when you read the report).

There is yet another cause for obesity though. The following introduction was written by Kaylee White of Ghergich & Co., which designed the graphics below for Petco in an effort to help people process the importance of keeping dogs thin. I’ve mentioned Petco in my posts before. Petco is a nationwide chain that has supplies and food for a myriad of critters. Petco states that they “believe in elevating the lives of animals and enhancing the connection people have with their pets.” They also state that they “are also committed to the highest standards of social responsibility.” I shop at Petco now and again.

What We Feed Them Matters – Petco Draws Attention to Pet Nutrition

Here is Kaylee’s introduction to the graphics Ghergich & Co., designed : Continue reading

Photographing Bouviers (a.k.a. black fuzzy blobs)

Photographing Bouviers is a challenge– kind of like photographing mops. Never-the-less, I thought you might enjoy seeing photographs I have taken of Alice over the years.

You are welcome to re-post or publish them provided you:

  1. link to this page
  2. credit me
  3. provide a link to where you have used the image(s) using the “leave a reply” option (above).

You can remix transform, build upon these images. You can share them — and even use them commercially–  as long as the three conditions above are met.

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Noncoercive Clicker Training for Beginners

I taught Wil to make eye contact using clicker training.

I taught Wil to make eye contact using noncoercive clicker training

Clicker Training is a great way to teach your dog new skills and behaviors using totally non-coercive strategies.

In my book The 3 Essential Commands, I explain how I used clicker training to re-shape the gnarly attitude Wil had when I got him at age 3. Today he is a dog who enjoys learning and takes pride in his partnership with me.

You can use clickers to train your dog too. The benefits are many:

  • You will improve your focus on what your dog is doing that you want him to do.
  • If you make mistakes (your timing or failure to see the “tries” your dog makes, for  example) there is no harm done. You won’t have issued a reprimand or correction; you will have failed to treat your dog for guessing what you wanted him to do.
  • Clicker training builds an enthusiast attitude toward learning.
  • A trained dog is more confident. And he’s a lot more pleasant to have around!

Clicker Training Primer

Here is a succinct video demonstrating how to use a clicker to teach your dog a simple concept: “Watch me.” Continue reading

Resources and Tips for Traveling With Your Dog

Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

Not too long ago, I posted a blog entitled, Dogs in Hotels- Tips for Being a Welcomed Guest. That post covered tips on keeping your dog safe and how to be a guest that a dog friendly lodging establishment would look forward to seeing again!

In this post I’d like to provide you with a few resources you can use to find dog-friendly lodging and offer some tips on traveling with your pet. Continue reading

Gift Idea Any Dog Owner Would Cherish: Professional Photography

If you are looking for a personalized gift, why not hire a professional photographer who can shoot high-quality images that will last a lifetime. I did this with Wil and Alice when we sat for our commissioned photographs with Gary Babcock of Gary’s Action Photography. May these images inspire you!

Alice and I have a greater connection that I ever realized

Sometimes someone’s photograph of you tells you something you didn’t know before. From this photo I “got” how deep my relationship is with Alice.

 

 

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