November 30, 2014 | Comments Off
Over the years Basia has been a tricky one to get to play. First off, she’s our resident old lady, so she just doesn’t play very often. When she actually does, she’s usually very slow and uncoordinated which makes playtime very cute. Anyway, we’ve recently found out that she is quite fond of these new toys we just bought, and she really, really likes it when I swing its tail in front of her. Now 99.9% of the time, whenever she has played, she will immediately stop as soon as she sees us point our camera phones in her direction. It’s like she wants no evidence around of the fact that she knows how to have fun. Ha! But tonight her love for this toy won out over all else, even after she saw me with my phone and heard the sound of the video turning on. I’m so, so glad that I caught this moment in time!
November 28, 2014 | Comments Off
I contacted TropiClean to see if we could check out one of their oral care items, and they kindly sent us over a package of their Clean Teeth Gel to product review! Years ago we had adopted an elderly abused beagle, and she had to get something like 13 teeth removed right away. Then before we moved to our second house, she had to get about 9 more out. It was insane, but it thankfully didn’t stop her from chewing bones! That being said, I know dental health is important and that if you don’t take care of your pets’ teeth that it can lead to problems elsewhere in their body later on. TropiClean even provides some information from The American Veterinary Dental Society. They report that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of periodontal (gum) disease by age three. They go on to say that periodontal disease is the number one disease among dogs and cats! So if you are not part of the 10% that are already doing something for their pets’ oral health, now is the time. Some encouraging news is that there are new products and techniques that make it easier and more effective than ever to address your pets’ dental care. Just imagine if you only brushed your teeth twice a year when you visited your dentist. Plaque, the leading cause of periodontal disease, can begin to develop on pets’ teeth as quickly as 12 hours after a dental cleaning. Brushing your pets’ teeth can still be an effective method in a daily oral health routine. Thankfully there are also new products that make home care so much easier! And TropiClean definitely has some for you!
Here are two photos of the TropiClean Clean Teeth Gel:
And here’s a video where I take a closer look at what we received:
Included in the package:
- 1 package of TropiClean Clean Teeth Gel
Here is some information about the TropiClean Clean Teeth Gel from its website:
Removes plaque & tartar
Works fast and naturally to help reduce plaque and tartar on dogs and cats — no toothbrush required. A proprietary blend of natural, holistic ingredients produce a healthy oral environment. Kills the germs that cause bad breath, plaque, and gingivitis. Soothes minor gum irritations. For clean teeth and ‘up close’ fresh breath everyday!
Apply 2 drops of gel to each side of the pet’s mouth. Apply directly to the teeth with plaque buildup. Use once daily. You’ll soon notice your pet licking their lips repeatedly. This is normal and helps the gel to mix with saliva and coat all surfaces of your pet’s teeth and gums. For maximum effect, withhold food and water for 30 minutes before and after treatment. Tooth brushing is not necessary but will speed up the removal of softened plaque and tartar. Ordinarily, after 30 days, application can be reduced to twice weekly for regular maintenance.
Here are two photos and a video of us using the TropiClean Clean Teeth Gel on Pacey:
The verdict? We chose Pacey to be our guinea pig for this product review for TropiClean because he has really bad kitty breath. FYI – we have his teeth checked often by our mobile vet, so we know there’s nothing terribly funky or alarming going on in there. Also, we already use a water additive that’s supposed to help with daily oral hygiene care, but it’s obvious we needed to look into something more where he’s concerned. Once I read what the TropiClean Clean Teeth Gel is supposed to do and saw how easy it is to do, I thought it would be great to try for our little man! And I’m happy to report that his breath is improving already, even after just a few days! If you purchase this product, please let me know what you think!
(Full disclosure – TropiClean provided this item to us free of charge in exchange for a product review. Thanks!)
November 27, 2014 | Comments Off
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from my furbabies!
November 26, 2014 | Comments Off
Not only is Mark’s back pain limiting what he can and cannot do, but he also has a cold on top of it all. Last Friday at his MRI, he needed their assistance to get off of the exam table after the scan was finished because he was hurting too much to do it himself. And then Saturday he couldn’t even finish the grocery shopping again. I’m forcing the issue this Friday and having him sit down with our cleaner about having her do the bulk of the shopping for us now. It’s ridiculous not to. And now with his cold, each time he coughs, it causes spasms. He’s in terrible shape, and I can’t do much to help either, though I am trying my best. This all leads to him being in an impressively even worse mood, so Basia is the only one who still enjoys being around him. But, as you can see, even the unrelenting coughing sometimes drives his furry nurse away from the couch where he’s stationed, though she remains in the same room so she can keep watch.
November 25, 2014 | Comments Off
I came across some Thanksgiving Safety Tips that I thought I should share since Thanksgiving is just days away!
The winter holidays can be fun for the whole family, but let’s make sure it’s not a dangerous time for your pet. Thanksgiving centers around food, so here are a few tips to protect your pet and avoid a visit to the veterinarian.
1) Cut the fat
Fatty or rich foods like beef fat, poultry skin, and gravy can cause severe gastrointestinal issues in pets, including:
- Excessive gas
- Serious diseases like pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a severe inflammation of the pancreas, an organ that produces digestive enzymes. On the mild side, pancreatitis can cause vomiting and a decrease in appetite, but can potentially be fatal.
If you want to treat your pet, it’s best to stick to a pet treat or a couple of small bites of lean poultry or unsalted/unbuttered vegetables.
2) Bones are bad
Although bones from our holiday birds look good to pets, they are dangerous and can cause intestinal upset and may even splinter once digested. These splinters can cause damage to the intestines that can lead to infection, intestinal blockage, or even the death of the dog or cat if not treated appropriately.
3) Watch the packaging
Make sure you dispose of any turkey or other food packaging quickly and appropriately. All strings, plastic holders, and bags that have a meat smell to them can be very attractive to a pet. Once ingested, these items can cause damage or blockage of the intestines.
4) Chocolate is particularly toxic
Consider all the cookie and desserts offered during the holidays, many of which contain chocolate. Chocolate is dangerous for dogs in particular because it contains theobromine, a caffeine-like ingredient that can be toxic to your pet. Dogs are not able to metabolize theobromine as quickly as humans. Complications include:
- Digestive issues
- Slow heart rate
- Later stages of theobromine poisoning include epileptic-like seizures and pet death.
Keep your pet away from dark, semi-sweet, and baker’s chocolate because they contain higher levels of theobromine.
Please take note and protect your furbabies!
November 23, 2014 | Comments Off
You should just see my Pacey today! He is being super cute and adorable! He is a talker, and he is definitely showing off that trait today, for sure! Mark’s been sick on the couch, so I’ve come down to check on him a couple of times, and each time Pacey has come marching in there, chatting up a storm! Haha! Not only that, but he cuddled with me for both my morning and afternoon naps! I was shocked! My back pain is more than godawful today, so I definitely appreciated the fact that I fell asleep easily and that I had such a sweet companion both times! I mean, usually the others swap out and I am pretty lucky to always have a cute furry body curled up with me, but he wanted to monopolize the cuddling spot today! Anyway, doesn’t he look cute in his little snuggly robe? He has short fur, so I worry about him when it gets cold out, even though he burrows under blankets whenever he feels like it. It’s not like a real fear I have or anything, but I still feel like he needs to be extra warm sometimes. That’s probably why I heard Santa is stopping by with another self-heating pet bed at Christmas!
November 21, 2014 | Comments Off
We were really happy to work with The Honest Kitchen again, especially to help them promote their Winter Warmers, a line of special, limited edition, make-at-home broths for dogs and cats that are available now for the holiday season! Winter Warmers are made from a mix of healthy dehydrated ingredients. The broths are designed to be blended with hot water and are served to dogs and cats as a warmed wintertime beverage treat. Their Winter Warmer gourmet broths are super-easy to make and are an irresistibly tasty way to treat pets to a nourishing drink in cold weather. The Honest Kitchen is always excited to uphold their commitment to only providing the highest quality pet food products and is sharing their holiday Winter Warmers with us with a holiday discount. These Winter Warmers are a limited 2014 holiday edition gourmet broth set of 3 that currently sell for $19.99. You can use the promo code BGWW14 and get $2.00 off each Winter Warmer gift set, so stock up now as they’ll make great stocking stuffers for your pet or a pet lover you may know! Keep reading to see what my furbabies thought.
Here are some photos of the Winter Warmers that were sent to us:
And here’s a video where I take a closer look at what we received:
Included in the package:
- 1 Chicken Consommé, made with dehydrated free range Petaluma chicken, goat’s milk, chard, and parsley
- 1 Beef & Bone Broth, made with dehydrated ranch raised beef, pumpkin, shiitake mushroom, and chard
- 1 Turkey Stock, made with dehydrated cage-free turkey, goat’s milk, parsley, and a hint of honey
Here is some information about the Winter Warmers from its website:
Winter Warmers Set of Three – Chicken Consommé, Beef & Bone, and Turkey Stock
3 x 5.5oz jars (16.5oz total)
This holiday season indulge your four legged family member with a warm, wintertime beverage treat! Perfect for chilly days, post-hike hydration, after playing in the snow, or any winter morning (or evening). Helps your pup or kitty feel warm, loved, hydrated, and happy in the tummy!
Our Winter Warmer Broths are made from a mix of human grade, dehydrated ingredients and are designed to be blended with hot water before serving. Winter Warmers are sold as a gourmet gift set and include three different broths: Chicken Consommé, Beef & Bone Broth, and Turkey Stock.
They make great gifts and stocking stuffers for cats and dogs!
Here’s a little video and two photos of Mark preparing a broth for our furbabies:
And here are some photos and a video of Sam enjoying his yummy new Winter Warmer broths:
The verdict? I really like the idea of these Winter Warmers from The Honest Kitchen! Who doesn’t want to feel warm, snuggly, and toasty when it’s chilly out? We do that through warm drinks and soups, and now we have the opportunity to share that with our sweet little furbabies too! The Chicken Consommé, in particular, smelled sooo yummy, just like chicken noodle soup, and it made the kitchen smell really good. I had high hopes that all four of my kitties would enjoy these broths, but they didn’t. Only our Sam dug in. Then I realized that, of course, they’re cats and cats are cats, and they’re never all happy at the same time, unfortunately! I still think they’re great, and I’m glad that at least Sam got to have a warm belly on a cold evening. These Winter Warmers are a limited 2014 holiday edition gourmet broth set of 3 that currently sell for $19.99. You can use the promo code BGWW14 and get $2.00 off each Winter Warmer gift set, so stock up now! FYI – this promo code works for those in the United States only. If you purchase these products, please let me know what you think!
(Full disclosure – The Honest Kitchen provided these items to us free of charge in exchange for a product review. Thanks!)
November 19, 2014 | Comments Off
So we had the mobile vet stop by Monday after we got back from my doctor’s appointment. for the first time in I think forever, they were super early! We hadn’t even started rounding up the cats that were going to be seen, so when the doorbell rang fifteen minutes earlier than the actual appointment time, we were happy but screwed because the cats scattered. Basia was easy to get because she only ran into a cat bed while Sam and Lulu ran under the bed in the master bedroom, and that involved much harder work for us which obviously sucked due to our bad backs. So there Mark was laying on the floor pushing the cats out with my cane, and there I was grabbing them and carrying them down. Sigh! It was kinda funny when the vet tech first arrived because it wasn’t our usual one. Mark wasn’t prepared for it to be someone else, and he was worried whether she was going to be able to get Lulu’s blood easily or not since there’s been an issue before and the other vet tech has been superior at drawing it, and he also thought I’d be annoyed it wasn’t the other one. Mark’s sick, so he doesn’t sound very friendly, so I swooped in as soon as I could to make her feel more comfortable. Anyway, Basia got her blood pressure taken, as the photo shows. Honestly, it was the cutest thing ever to witness! It was recommended that our cats with kidney disease now get this done every few months, and hers checked out just fabulous! Pacey had his done not long ago, and his was fine too. Next time they will be on the same schedule. Then we had Sam’s anal glands checked since they’ve been an ongoing problem for him. This time there was hardly anything worth mentioning that came out, so I’m wondering if maybe this issue might be ending for him. It would be great all around if so! And then Lulu needed to get her T4 checked because of her whole hyperthyroidism thing – is she/isn’t she? Well, she got her blood drawn easily and like a champ, and we got the results back today. These results were also shared with the doctor who was going to give her the Radioiodine treatment. Between her and Lulu’s regular vet, they decided not to currently pursue that! Yay! To be extra safe, we are getting Lulu rechecked and having more bloodwork drawn in three months. Additionally, our regular vet suggested putting her on feline immune support and thyroid support (a reduced dose of canine) to see if we can try to keep her from turning thyroid since it seems “she is skating this disease.” So that is what we are going to do, and hopefully it will help! Fingers crossed!
November 18, 2014 | Comments Off
Yesterday Mark went out and got us a new car, a 2014 Ford Escape! After going to see my pain management doctor and then hauling out three cats for the vet tech to see (another upcoming post), I couldn’t even go back up the stairs to the bedroom for a period of time. Unfortunately there was just no way my back was going to let me sit in a dealership for a couple of hours. Though I didn’t go, he took all of my wants and needs into consideration by getting my preferred color and stuff like that. I mean, in general, he got the type of car I wanted this time. Last time when he bought one, he did his own thing because I was doing my own thing and still driving! Now that I never drive and don’t even have a car due to my back pain and am thus only a passenger, getting in and out easily is super important. I took a chance by not being there and sitting in these 2014 and 2015 versions, but I – thankfully – had no reason to worry! This morning when I got in it, it was still like stepping right into a cloud, and I didn’t have to bend, reach, stretch, or do anything else annoying. He was deciding between the two years, but the 2014 had the better deal and the most features. He needed to get a car yesterday. It really couldn’t wait another day, so we are lucky it worked out how it did. The only issue was he didn’t get as much money on his trade-in as he would have liked to because Carfax showed that his Xterra had been in an accident when it hadn’t been. He didn’t have the time to dispute it because it takes weeks and weeks. I guess next time now we know to check in advance ourselves so we have the time to resolve any unexpected issues before car shopping. And can you see in the photo how the one front tire needs air? I showed it to Mark who was typical Mark and dismissed me, saying it didn’t need any. Well, guess what. On his ride home from seeing his back doctor this afternoon, the light goes off that indicates that it indeed does need air. But what do I know, right?
And it’s a pretty car, but it will be sitting here for a huge chunk of time pretty soon. I was still hurting a ton today so I didn’t go with Mark to see his doctor like I planned to, but I sat in on their appointment via phone. He’s definitely going to be getting fusion surgery as things in his back have shifted in the past year which accounts for his increase in pain. I think this will happen in January, but I’m not quite sure. He will be in the hospital for two to three days. His mom will come out and help us for a little bit, but she already complained about her bad knees and our stairs when we asked her. I know our cleaner can help some and maybe a lot if the price is right. And I believe my insurance advocate mentioned that we were entitled to a nurse when I brought this up to her awhile ago. So we have a lot of things to get in order first. Also, before he left, I reminded him to ask for drugs as I’m the resident pill popper. It was a good thing too because he had completely forgotten to by the end of his appointment. My appointment yesterday was more of the same in that nothing changed. She gave me my Oxycodone and lowered my Topirimate because I believe it’s been making me really, really nauseated. I’m not sure why she didn’t just take me off of it completely and try something new. I asked and she just shook her head. I’m just happy I got the good stuff. Lastly, it was time for my yearly drug test, and I go back in January. I wish my situation were something the doctors could be as hopeful at fixing as they are with what Mark has. If everything goes well with him, fingers crossed, it’ll be like this whole episode never happened. And I’ll still be stuck struggling through my days. It’s not that I wish bad for him. It’s just that I wish better for myself too.
November 17, 2014 | Comments Off
In preparation for this upcoming holiday season, Wellness Natural Pet Food’s veterinary consultant, Dr. Cindy Bressler, who has worked with the likes of P. Diddy, Donna Karan and J.Lo, to name a few, will be hosting a #HappyPawlidays pet safety Twitter chat. This Wednesday, November 19th at 8:00pm EST, Dr. Bressler will partake in an hour long Twitter chat to discuss tips and tricks for keeping your pets safe this holiday season!
Here are the details:
When: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8:00pm EST
Topic: Holiday pet safety tips; #HappyPawlidays
Host(s): Dr. Cindy Bressler: @DrCindyBressler
Wellness Natural Pet Food: @wellnesspetfood
Provided my chronic pain plays nice, I’m going to stop by. You know I’m alllll about pet safety, and I support Wellness because Spenser just couldn’t get enough of their Core Superfood Protein Bars. Maybe I’ll see you there too!
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