I still can't believe that my "puppy" Kitsune turned 9 last month! Last weekend my fiance and I took both the dogs to the park and someone asked us how old they are. He seemed quite surprised when we told him Kit's age, which seems to be a common theme. Kit may be a senior dog by many people's standards, but Kit doesn't seem to know that - and he's got the rest of the world fooled too. I'm proud to say that at 9 years old Kit can still give his 2 year old 'brother' a run for his money, and he's got more pep than most dogs we meet during our adventures, even the ones who are much younger than he is. ...continue reading "Feed Your Pet the Best Diet Possible – Starting Now"
I apologize for my lack of posts lately. Life sometimes gets a bit hectic, as I'm sure everyone understands. Around this time of the year, thanks to the impending holidays, my "regular" job always has a lot of extra hours available which I've been taking advantage of. On top of that, my fiance came down with a cold last week which he, of course, also decided to share with me. Misery loves company, or so they say. Yesterday, as if working extra hours while being sick all week wasn't enough, Kit wasn't feeling well either. Something was giving him an upset tummy, which unfortunately isn't all that rare for Kit. He's always had a very sensitive stomach. I'm not sure what triggered his latest episode, if maybe he ate something that didn't agree with him or what. ...continue reading "Can Dogs Catch Colds from Humans?"
I've mentioned NaturVet Aller-911 Allergy Aid supplements in a few of our Pet Monthly Favorite posts now. I keep saying that I'm going to post a more in depth review of this product but haven't gotten around to it - until now! As a quick prelude for anyone who doesn't know already, my 8 year old Papillon Kitsune suffers from both food and environmental allergies. His food allergies are pretty easy for us to keep under control, we just have to make sure he doesn't eat things that he's allergic too. His environmental allergies, unfortunately, have proven to be a bit more difficult and for some reason Kit's environmental allergies were extra bad this year. ...continue reading "NaturVet Allergy Aid Review"
Last month when I posted our September monthly favorites post I mentioned that I had purchased some catnip. I, sadly, didn't get any cats to go with it. While I personally quite enjoy the company of cats there won't be any joining the Paw Pack anytime soon - my fiance is allergic to them. So why is someone without any cats buying catnip? Because it's safe for dogs too! ...continue reading "Catnip…for Dogs!"
I said it already but I'll say it again - my poor, beloved Kitsune is having a bit of a rough summer. Luckily we seem to have gotten a handle on his seasonal allergies, they were worse this year than I think they've ever been before. In late July he somehow managed to break his tail, which is why he's been sporting much shorter tail hair than what everyone is used to seeing. Last week I took him to the beach and we had an awesome time together, but what I didn't share when I posted about our trip was that poor Kit got bitten by a snake! ...continue reading "What To Do If Your Dog Is Bitten By A Snake"
Last summer I wrote about using Dr.Dobias' FleaHex as a form of natural flea control on my two dogs. It's a two part system that includes a shampoo for your dogs as well as a house spray to eliminate fleas indoors. Although we had a few minor run ins with fleas last summer, overall I was impressed enough with FleaHex that I bought it again this year. I've been using it on Fen as his sole means of flea preventative. I use it on Kit in conjunction with a topical flea preventative, doubling up on protection with him because he is very allergic to fleas. This summer, right before I stocked up on FleaHex, Dr.Dobias released a new product that is supposed to repel ticks. ...continue reading "TickHex Natural Tick Repellent First Impressions"
My beloved Kitsune has been having a bit of a rough summer this year. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how he's been dealing with a lot of allergy issues. Kit's always had allergies ever since he was a tiny pup, but his environmental allergies this summer have been particularly bad. Near the end of June/beginning of July he developed quite a few hot spots that have luckily since healed. We've been working with a holistic vet to get Kit's allergies under control and I've been optimistic that his current treatments seem to really be helping. However, when it rains it pours and unfortunately Kit has recently had to deal with another health issue. ...continue reading "What Happened to Kit’s Tail"
Last weekend the dogs and I went hiking. Awhile after we got home I was cleaning up the house a bit and found a foxtail on the bedroom floor. I figured either the dogs or I must have brought it home from our hike, perhaps it was stuck onto my clothing or the dogs' fur. After finding that one on the floor I promptly checked over both the dogs to make sure they didn't bring any other hitchhikers home.
For most people, the word "foxtail" doesn't conjure up images of horror. But ask any unfortunate pet owner whose pet has had a run in with these pesky plants, and you'll most likely hear at least a few horror stories. They may look innocent enough, but foxtails can present some very real dangers to pets. ...continue reading "Protect Your Pets From Foxtails"
Warning: This post contains images of Kitsune's hot spots. If images of dog wounds/blood bother you you should skip this post.
Anyone who's been a Paw Print reader for any length of time, especially recently, probably already knows that I'm not a huge fan of the hot weather. Personally I'd rather be cold than hot, and my pets, for the most part, seem to tolerate the colder weather better than the heat as well. While I've written recently about how we're not crazy about the heat, I don't think I've ever written in depth about the true bane of our summers - Kitsune's summer time itchies and his resulting hot spots. ...continue reading "Kitsune’s Summer Time Itchies (Dealing with Allergies and Hot Spots in Dogs)"