Monday, June 29, 2009

Free Foldable Water Bowl

"If you're always struggling to find a convenient way to provide water for your furry friends during a hike or while traveling, here's the answer! Cloud Star foldable water bowl.

Now, while supplies last, get one for FREE, just by becoming a Cloud Star fan on Facebook!

Step 1: Become a fan. Step 2: Send us an email with the address you'd like the sample sent. (Please send to facebook@cloudstar.com)"

Scroll 1/4 of the way download the Facebook website to see the offer from Cloud Star.

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Free sample of SynergyLabs Gloss and Glide Detangler for Dogs

Pet Maxi is offering a free 1 (one) 8 oz bottle of SynergyLabs Gloss and Glide Detangler for dogs (and cats also).

Information from Pet Maxi - "Quickly detangles matted hair and imparts a lustrous shine for a healthy, glowing coat. Use after shampooing and swimming to restore pH balance and enhance skin’s moisture content."

"Limit one request per person, household or address. You must be 18 or older to participate. Offer good from June 23, 2009 through September 23, 2009 or while supplies last. We only ship to USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia."

Visit the Pet Maxi website to request your free sample of SynergyLabs Gloss and Glide Detangler for Dogs (and cats).

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

DOGSWELL free samples

We have had DOGSWELL samples posted a couple of times on All About Labradors so if you missed out here is another new link to request your free sample.

The DOGSWELL samples go fast so if your interested in trying their product, don't delay.

Information from DOGSWELL - "All DOGSWELL® products undergo rigorous quality assurance testing, beginning with raw ingredients and ending with the testing of finished products. DOGSWELL® testing procedures, dating back to 2006, include independent, third-party testing to confirm that no melamine, bacteria, or pesticides have ever been detected in any of our food or treats.

At DOGSWELL®, we care about what we feed our own pets and know that you do as well. All DOGSWELL® products are made from premium, natural ingredients with one catch – unlike most food available for pets, DOGSWELL® products come in a variety of functional formulas that are healthy for your dog and cat.

TO request your free DOGSWELL sample and learn more about their products, visit the DOGSWELL website.

FYI: You need to validate your mailing address by clicking on the link in your e-mail address. After signing up here is the message I received:

"Thanks for your request! A confirmation E-mail has been sent to you. You must click on the confirmation link in the E-mail in order to receive your free samples. Thank you!" Then I received an e-mail with this message:

"Thank you for your DOGSWELL Free Sample Request! Please confirm your information by clicking the link below and we will get those free samples out to you. If the information is incorrect, please go back to our website and re-submit your request. Enjoy!" Click the link provided to confirm your address.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Free Bark Buckle UP Pet Safety Kit

Bark Buckle UP pet safety program is traveling nationally to teach and promote pet safety while traveling with our pets.

"The Bark Buckle UP Pet Safety Kit was designed to protect your pets if you are in an accident First Responders will locate the pet safety kit in your glove box and call your contacts to come get your pet plus inform them you have been in an accident.

• Pet emergency information
• First responder decal
• Shots and other records
• DR. pet advice
• Veterinarian information
• Pet travel safety tips"

Head on over to the Bark Buckle up website to request your free Bark Buckle UP Pet Safety Kit.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Labrador Retriever puppy won't sleep at night

Subject: My Labrador Retriever puppy won't sleep at night

From: Janice (USA)

Labrador Retriever name: Odyssey

Reader's E-mail - Janice Writes:

Hello Faye, I love you blog, it provides helpful information. I have a question I hope you can help with... My thirteen week old Labrador Retriever loves to play all through the night (keeping myself and hubby up) and sleep all day. At first we thought it was cute and that it would stop but no such luck.

I try playing with him all through the day to keep him up but it's not working. Do you have any ideas? My puppies name is Odyssey and any help you could give would be thankful.

Janice

All About Labradors Answer:

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice or other professional advice. Disclaimer

Hello Janice and thank you for writing.

My advice to you is crate training. The use of a dog crate will provide your puppy a place where he can feel safe and secure. He will come to think of it as his safe place and will be happy to spend time there when needed.

The crate is also an an effective housebreaking tool, helps to prevent destructive behavior, and also helps reduce separation anxiety.

I am providing a link to a previous post we had on the All About Labradors blog to help you start your crate training: Crate Training for my Labrador Retriever. Start off by introducing him to the crate and continue your training from there.

I would recommend placing the dog crate in your bedroom. As it nears time for bed, make sure Odyssey has had PLENTY of playtime (a tired dog is a good dog) and has gone out to do his business. After he is finished, bring him up to the crate. You can add some safe toys to the crate to help keep him busy if he has any trouble sleeping.

He will awaken at night as a thirteen week old Labrador Retriever puppy's bladder is small and he will have to relieve himself. As Odyssey becomes more familiar with the house sleeping pattern, he will adjust his accordingly.

As for the daytime sleeping, Labrador Retriever puppies require large amounts of sleep, with this being a normal behaviour for puppies. Get him plenty of play toys, keeping him mentally as well as physically exercised (Kong toys are one of my favorites, just make sure you get the right size for your Labrador Retriever puppy and discard when pieces begin to break off).

Follow the above training tips closely and if you have any other questions or somethings not working, please let me know.

Now go get some zzzzzzzzz's!

Take care of yourself and Odyssey,
Fay

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dog Mange - What Does Mange Look Like?

"Mange is a parasitic infestation of the skin of animals. Common symptoms include hair loss, itching and inflammation, all of which are caused by microscopic mites.

Mange takes the form of scaly, dry lesions and patches of hair loss on a dog's face, legs and ears, and a skin scrape at the vet's office will confirm the condition. Identify mange on a dog, seeking both topical and oral treatments, with health information from a veterinarian in this free video on pet care."



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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Yellow Labrador Retriever with Yeast Infections

Subject: Yellow Labrador Retriever with Yeast Infections

From: Jamie (USA)

Labrador Retriever name: Allee

Reader's E-mail - Jamie Writes:

Do you have any suggestions on Allee's yeast around her vaginal area and front paws? She is on the allergy shots but the specialist said we will keep having to do Ketoconazole every so often, which I do not agree with. Seems ridiculous. Her Allergy shots are $175 a pop and we still have to put her on these drugs as well? She took them last in September and seems to need it again. She does good for a while then starts up again. I thought that would be gone with the shots but it isn't. Chris looked up online today and found 50/50 Apple Cider vinegar and distilled water, but who knows. I thought I would see if you had any thoughts on it.

Thanks,
Jamie

All About Labradors Answer:

Hello Jamie,

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice. Disclaimer
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Poor Allee, it seems like she has been through so much. Here are some recommendations for the sweet Allee:

If you suspect a yeast infection, you can try a solution made from equal parts white vinegar and water. This can help to prevent yeast infections, by lowering the skins pH. Spray it on her coat and leave it on without rinsing off.

As Chris has found, you can also use the apple cider vinegar and water (50/50) for itchy skin by putting it in a spray bottle and spraying on infected areas. I would not use it on open sores though.

You can also try establishing the pH balance in Allee's system with apple cider vinegar. You can check Allee's pH balance, with pH strips, and help to re-establish the correct balance (6.2 - 6.5) with the apple cider vinegar. One to two teaspoons per day in her food or water will help keep the ph balance correct.

In regards to APV - you will get arguments back and forth with apple cider vinegar as some say it contributes to the yeast infection while others swear by it. You will also get that with garlic that I mention below, as well as commercial dog food vs homemade dog food and so on and so on.

I've had many people report they had great results using the NZYMES Yeast Kit which you can find further information at nzymes.com.

You may also want to add garlic supplementation to Allee's diet as this helps kill bacteria, fungi and infections in the system. Again, others swear by the use of garlic for helping with many ailments and others such as the ASPCA list garlic as poisonous to pets. My friend Teri of doghealth1.com has an article on other cures with the use of garlic for dogs -

Garlic For Humans and Dog Health - http://doghealth1.com/2009/02/garlic-for-dog-health/

I also still believe (we talked about this in previous e-mails) you are going to have to strengthen Allee's immune system, especially with all the different antibiotics that Allee is and was on. Antibiotics are a friend to yeast infections!

Probiotics and digestive enzymes, help in keeping the pH balance of the stomach in proper balance, helping to prevent yeast infections. Probitoics are live cultures found in yogurt which will help out in maintaining and increasing the good flora (bacteria) of the gut.

Some places to get probiotics and digestive enzymes:

Health and pet food stores: Acidophilus for dogs

1-800-PetMeds - NaturVet Enzymes & Probiotics

Only Natural Pet Store - they have probiotic products and a Candida Yeast Infection kit - http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/default.aspx

Pet Enzymes - http://www.petenzymes.com

You could also supplement Allee's diet with regular, non-flavored yogurt with live cultures daily. Make sure there are no sugars or sweeteners in it. Add it to her food, or your can use it in the Kong toys if you use them.

One last thing for my own knowledge, I looked back at your previous e-mail and I'm wondering if you ever tried the Dinovite products you mentioned in those e-mails. If so, did you have any luck?

Let me know if this is helpful and if you have any other questions, I am always here to try and be of some help to Allee and Frankie (I don't think we have ever had any discussion in regards to any problems with Frankie).

Talk to you soon,
Fay

Reader's E-mail - Jamie's Reply:

Thank you again. We just switched her from Apple to White Vinegar, so we will see if it is any better. We had also started her on plain yogurt and acidophilus pills (regular from health food store) prior to receiving your e-mail.

He hasn't wanted to spray her paws because he doesn't want it all over our carpet, so he is only spraying her crotch area.

We did try Dynovite and we gave it the full 90 days as they say and it was a complete waste, we also tried Itchy Dog from Zoom, another waste.

I guess we will still try for now, so far she is still miserable. Her jaw, crotch and front paws. I just feel so bad for her as I know how annoying a little itch can be and she is constantly bothered by it.

Thanks for your help again!
Jamie

Other Articles and Questions from Jamie:

Yellow Labrador with Intense Itching - part I

Yellow Labrador with Intense Itching - part II

Animal Rescue Site needs our Help

Cocoa Mulch Dangers


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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Free tube Advantage, K9 Advantix, or Advantage Multi

Request your coupon for a free tube Advantage®, K9 Advantix®, or Advantage Multi® for your Labrador Retriever or any other dogs you may own (they even have a coupon for cats).

Visit www.petsincredible.com where you we see the coupon for the free tube Advantage, K9 Advantix, or Advantage Multi for dogs and cats as well as various other pet coupons that may be of help to you.

The coupon for the free tube Advantage, K9 Advantix, or Advantage Multi is valid through 6/30/09, with one free tube per customer.

You must bring the coupon to a participating veterinarian (give your vet a call). If your Labrador Retriever has not had a heartworm test within the last year, one may be required by your vet before the free tube of Advantage Multi for dogs can be distributed.

There is also a coupon for a free Starter Pak Primal Pet Foods - "Wholesome Raw Frozen Foods for dogs & Cats. Free Starter Pak available in both Canine & Feline Formulas."

Free offers go fast, so act quickly!

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Your Labrador Retriever and Poisons - Free Life Saving Reference Guide

The BVA Animal Welfare Foundation (BVA AWF) in conjunction with the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS), is providing the public with their second edition reference leaflet titled Pets and Poisons - Keeping Your Animals Safe.

The leaflet provides a valuable and easy reference guide on preventing poisoning in the home, in the garden or in open spaces. There is also a section on what to do if you think your animal has been poisoned.

To download your free leaflet in PDF format visit: Pets and Poisons - Keeping Your Animals Safe

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

First U.S. Cancer Drug for Dogs

The The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a cancer drug for dogs. The new drug, Palladia, manufactured by Pfizer, is approved for treating advanced mast cell tumors, a common form of cancer in dogs.

First dog cancer drug approved

Today, it was announced that the first FDA-approved cancer drug was approved specifically to treat canine cancer, and more specifically, mast cell tumors... Read more

From Pfizer, First U.S. Cancer Drug for Dogs

In a study of 150 dogs, tumors shrank or disappeared in 43% of those that received the drug, compared with 8% of those who received a placebo. The study didn’t look at whether the drug extended the dogs’ lives, and side effects included vomiting and diarrhea, said Cheryl London a vet oncologist at Ohio State who conducted early-stage research on the drug... Read more

U.S. approves cancer treatment for dogs

Canine cutaneous mast cell tumors — the cancer in question — can appear small and insignificant when dogs have them, but while some are easily removed, others can lead to life-threatening disease, according to the FDA... Read more

Pfizer's New Cancer Drug for Dogs Is Mixed News for Rover

The oral drug, Palladia, will help fight mast cell tumors, often seen as skin lumps. This is a good news/bad news situation for dogs... Read more

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Kiss me, I’m adopted kit

Here's a free Kiss me, I’m adopted kit for those of you that adopted your lovable Labrador Retriever. For those of you that want to show your support for pet adoption and rescue, there is some helpful listed information for you.

Information from planetdog.com - "Once you have adopted your new best buddy,take advantage of our Kiss me, I’m adopted. kit. Simply send us a copy of your adoption certificate you received from your shelter or rescue group via e-mail (adoptteam@planetdog.com), fax (207.761.2525), or mail (49 York St. Portland, ME, 04101) and we will send you the kit that contains a special promotion code for 15% off planetdog.com for 1 full year PLUS:

* A Free 1-year membership with The Pet Protector - $20 value.

* A Free adopt. campaign decal - $3.95 value.

* A WOOF or MEOW EURO sticker - $3.00 value.

* A coupon for a FREE Orbee-Tuff adopt. toy on your first order at planetdog.com (Ball for dog adoptions - $11.95 value, a Mouse for cat adoptions - $8.95 value).

* The Bark mini-mag

* A special promotional offer from Dog’s Life magazine"

Visit planetdog.com to get your Kiss me, I’m adopted kit and to learn how to show your support for pet adoption and rescue.

This offer applies to cat adoptions also.

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