Update on Teaspoon

Update on Teaspoon

Adopted: December 17, 2019

Dog’s former name: Madonna

What are the best things about your dog?
She is goofy, sassy and full of energy, but she is not a morning dog. She loves to sleep in and cuddle. She actually refuses to get out of bed some mornings! She makes us laugh every day.

Tell us about your dogs favorite activities, sports or training:
Tea is OBSESSED with tennis balls. Playing fetch is her favorite thing in the world, and she can play for hours if we let her. She also loves heating vents and has since she was a puppy. When the heat kicks on she sits right next to the vent until it shuts off. She gets so hot but loves it. We call it the babysitter.

Do you have any extraordinary adventures or accomplishments?
Tea has been in kayaking, canoeing, hiking, swimming, and has made some dog friends!

How do people react to your “pit bull”?
Most people think she is very cute and don’t initially think she is a pit bull. She is pretty small at 35lbs, but is all muscle.

Does your dog have any nicknames?
Tea, little butt, nauTea

FAST FIVE with Teaspoon

  1. Food: Piggy or picky? PIGGY – she loves vegetables
  2. Dog beds: Sleep on or unstuff? Unstuff
  3. Travel: Car rides or car sick? In between
  4. Water: No way or splash all day? Splash all day
  5. Seasons: A day in the sun or a day in the snow? Sun!

Submitted by Kim M.

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Natural Home Remedies for Sick Dogs

Natural Home Remedies for Sick Dogs

Complimentary post provided by Sabrina Burke at Chasing Tails

Seeing your beloved friend in pain can really tug at your heartstrings. But as with all of us, dogs are likely to experience some type of pain over the course of their lives.

There are various causes to the pain your dog experiences – whether it’s everyday aches and pains associated with aging, such as joint pain, or from an illness or injury.

In many instances, it’s essential to get your vet’s advice as to what to do, so check with them first. If you don’t want to use standard dog pain reliever medicines, you can turn to natural remedies if your vet supports this. What you can use depends on the nature and extent of your dog’s pain and the circumstances surrounding the pain.

Here are some options for natural pain remedies for dogs that you may wish to consider.

Make life easier for your pet

The first way to help your pet with pain relief is to make them as comfortable as you can. If your friend enjoys climbing up onto soft furniture to be with you, get a dog ramp for the bed or sofa.

Give your pet extra affection, as we all crave extra pampering when we aren’t feeling our best.

Glucosamine

A common cause of chronic pain for dogs is arthritis, particularly for older dogs. Joint supplements can be very effective in helping your dog feel less pain and enjoy more mobility.

The most common kind of joint supplement for arthritis contains glucosamine. Glucosamine is a natural substance found in the body. The glucosamine in supplements is usually either extracted from shellfish or fabricated in a laboratory. Glucosamine helps lower pain by repairing the cartilage in the joints, which leads to lowered rates of inflammation and, consequently, less pain.

Chondroitin and MSM

Another popular ingredient in supplements for dogs for pain relief is chondroitin. Chondroitin is an essential component of our cartilage, preventing it from breaking down. Chondroitin can even stimulate cartilage repair processes.
Chondroitin is often combined with another substance called methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM. MSM is a naturally-occurring compound in our bodies, as well as in animals and plants. The essential element of MSM is sulfur, which can be produced in a lab as a powder for supplements.

Turmeric

Many people report the benefits their dogs get from eating food with turmeric. Turmeric comes as a powder, paste, or liquid. There are even chewable treats for dogs containing turmeric, as well as pet foods with turmeric.

Fish Oil

Fish oil is simple to give to dogs. You can provide fish oil supplements, of course, or whole fish. Anchovies or sardines are good sources of oily fish for your friend. Some prescription dog foods have high amounts of fish oil.

CBD Oil

Cannabis-derived oils and supplements are becoming greatly popular. Many people have reported all kinds of benefits for their pets.
CBD oil comes from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the hemp plant. But before you think marijuana, CBD contains almost no THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana. You’re not giving your dog something that will make your friend ‘high.’
Most of the CBD results for pets come from anecdotal reports of owners, as there hasn’t been enough research yet. But given the high amounts of testimonials, you may want to try this for your pet.

Alternative Therapies

There are several alternative therapies that you could try, instead of or in addition to supplements:
 Aromatherapy. As with humans, essential oils can help relieve stress.
 Massage. Dogs can enjoy massage therapy to improve blood flow, lower their stress levels and relax their muscles, resulting in less pain.
 Hot or cold packs. Try a hot gel pack or an ice pack for your dog. Check with your vet to see which one would be applicable for your friend’s pain.

Before trying any of the above therapies, check with your vet or with a holistic vet. Make sure the person delivering the treatment is a licensed practitioner.

Natural herbs

Some natural herbs can help dogs with pain. A few examples – in addition to turmeric, mentioned earlier – are cinnamon, hawthorn, and Boswellia serrata (resin from the tree of this name.)

A note of caution

One thing to remember is to never give your dog friend painkillers or any other substances that are meant to treat pain in humans. If your vet or holistic vet has prescribed supplements for your pet, only give the recommended dosage.
When in doubt, or before giving your dog any new substances or foods, check with your vet.

Update on Roxy

Update on Roxy

Adopted: December 16, 2019

Dog’s former name: Cher

What are the best things about your dog?
She is full of personality, very kind and cuddly, loves to lick all the kids and the smartest girl.

Tell us about your dogs favorite activities, sports or training:
Roxy loves the dog park! She has her favorite doggy pals to wrestle with and play with, the bigger the better! She loves to go on walks and smell all the smells, especially our walks along the River!

Do you have any extraordinary adventures or accomplishments?
She has done well with learning manners such as shake and stay! She sits well around all the little kids that visit us; which is amazing because Roxy is a licker!!!

How do people react to your “pit bull”?
People always comment first on how pretty she is! They also think she is so beautiful and such a sweetie! She plays well with others and has awesome social skills so many have said, “I like how she plays with my dog/puppy!”

Does your dog have any nicknames?
Roxy girl, Pretty girl, Rox

FAST FIVE with Roxy

  1. Food: Piggy or picky? Piggy
  2. Dog beds: Sleep on or unstuff? Sleep
  3. Travel: Car rides or car sick? Car rides always!
  4. Water: No way or splash all day? Splash all day
  5. Seasons: A day in the sun or a day in the snow? All 4 seasons!

Submitted by Denise F.

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Update on Lucky

Update on Lucky

Adopted: September 9, 2019

Dog’s former name: Jaffar

What are the best things about your dog?
He’s the best snuggler, great with kids and loves to play outside with us.

Tell us about your dogs favorite activities, sports or training:
He loves watching tv, playing fetch, tug-a-war and snuggling.

How do people react to your “pit bull”?
Everyone loves him once they get to know him! He is very skittish at first but warms up fast!

Does your dog have any nicknames?
Lucky Bear or Luckos

FAST FIVE with Lucky

  1. Food: Piggy or picky? Food hound
  2. Dog beds: Sleep on or unstuff? He sleeps with it’s our kids!
  3. Travel: Car rides or car sick? Loves car rides
  4. Water: No way or splash all day? He loves showers but he’s iffy about water outside.
  5. Seasons: A day in the sun or a day in the snow? He loves to be outside in any weather but rain!

Submitted by Brandi

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Update on Turtle

Update on Turtle

Adopted: August, 2019

Dog’s former name: Valka (Dragon Litter)

What are the best things about your dog?
Turtle is sassy, spunky, and loves all creatures- big or small. She thinks her sister, Paisley, walks on water and they have a really special bond. She also has a very pretty brindle coloring and a ridiculous underbite that people are drawn to. She is also 40% Boston Terrier, which was a complete surprise!

Tell us about your dogs favorite activities, sports or training:
Turtle took up vole hunting in the yard this summer. Besides eating, her favorite activity is diving in to the hosta and catching voles. But she doesn’t kill them- she plays with them by gently letting them out of her mouth, and then chasing them when they run. That is definitely NOT my favorite activity that she does.

Do you have any extraordinary adventures or accomplishments?
Turtle is a Service Dog in Training, and she will be my gluten-detection medical alert dog. She LOVES to find gluten and work for me, and while I’m not sure she will ever pass her public access training (because she loves people too much), I know that she will be able to alert to gluten for me at home and when we travel. She is a really special dog to me because she could save my life one day.

How do people react to your “pit bull”?
They adore her!

Does your dog have any nicknames?
The Turd.

FAST FIVE with Turtle

  1. Food: Piggy or picky? Piggy
  2. Dog beds: Sleep on or unstuff? Neither. She prefers my bed and her toys.
  3. Travel: Car rides or car sick? She loves car rides.
  4. Water: No way or splash all day? No Way.
  5. Seasons: A day in the sun or a day in the snow? Either, she’s not picky.

Submitted by Kari B.

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