Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Kong Wobbler Review and Giveaway

Recently, I was contacted by a public relations agency representing the Kong company, to do a review of their new Kong Wobbler. Without blinking an eye, I said YES, as I love the Kong products and I am always recommending them here on All About Labradors.

When my Kong Wobbler arrived I was very excited to have my two Labrador Retriever girls give it a try, as Kong products have always been a success with my Labbies.

Kong Wobbler Package

As soon as it got her, I loaded it up with some Kong Stuff'N IQ Treats and set out to give it a try. I loved the ease of filling the Kong Wobbler, as the top screws off so you can fill it up.

Kong Wobbler Open

With its bee hive shape and a bottom that is weighted with sand, the KONG Wobbler wobbles but it won't fall down. On the ground it went, with my Labrador Retriever girls, Dakota and Meeko moving in closer to take a look.

Dakota, my take charge Labrador Retriever, started the investigation of the Wobbler and I enjoyed the look of puzzlement on her face, as she sniffed around trying to find the treats. Not to mention the look on Meeko's face as she paced back and forth watching Dakota!

As both Labrador girls got into the act, double-teaming the Wobbler, I watched as they barked and pushed with their noses, licking at the hole, trying to get the treats out. FINALLY, a swat of Dakota's paw sent the Kong Wobbler into a spin and roll, with a treat popping though the dispensing hole. From there it was just a matter of time before the dispenser was empty, even though Dakota did most of the work.

My Labrador Retrievers loved playing with the Kong Wobbler grabbing it in their mouths, tossing it around and receiving their treats.

I have been very pleased with the durability of the Wobbler, which is made with a heavy duty plastic and the easy of cleaning the product. After your Labrador Retrievers are done pouncing and drooling all over it, you can throw it in the sink or dishwasher for a good cleaning.

Another great product made by Kong and another product that All About Labradors will be happy to recommend.

Kong Wobbler Giveaway

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Disclaimer: I would like to thank Fucini Productions on behalf of Kong for the opportunity to review this product. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. I was not compensated in any manner, other than the product to review. My reviews may not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Please conduct your own research before purchasing products.


The winner of the Kong Wobbler Review and Giveaway is Katia. Thanks to all for entering our giveaway!

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Monday, June 28, 2010

My yellow Labrador Retriever has Allergies

From: Joyce (USA)

Subject: My yellow Labrador Retriever has Allergies

Labrador Retriever Name: Jagger

Reader's E-mail - Joyce Writes:

Jagger is a Champion sired yellow Labrador Retriever, his sire is the late Champion Ghoststone's Louis Downtown, a very popular and great dog. He has allergies just like Jamie's Allie. His diet consists of Raw Venison and sweet potato. Balance It are his vitamins that is put into his food. It seems that the allergies get worse in the Spring and Summer.

He licks and intensely bites the inside of his legs and his lower belly. I have been bathing him with Malaseb shampoo, leaving it on for 10 minutes and rinsing very well. It started when he was about 6 months, little bumps on his back, then ear infections, then biting his paws, this year is the first time he has these intense itches.

I am going to try the vinegar in his food, We have been putting 2 tablespoons of vinegar into spray bottle with water and tried that, so far no luck, it may be just a touch better but not a lot. It is most frustrating to watch our beloved pet suffer with this. He crawls along the grass to scratch is belly, the inside of his legs are red. We just don't know what to do anymore. Please help. He's the best dog in the world, he's been bringing us our newspaper every morning since he was 10 weeks old.

He's an absolute joy to live with and we need some help. He's on clariten twice a day. I am beginning to think it is something in the earth that is causing this... when it is cold weather its not like this. If you have any more suggestions, please write back.

Best regards,

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. Disclaimer.

As far as Jagger's problem goes it definitely sounds like a seasonal allergy. Atopy or atopic dermatitis is an allergic skin disease of dogs. In the allergic state, the dog’s immune system ‘overreacts’ to foreign substances (allergens) to which it is exposed. Most allergies are the inhalant type, also known as atopy. It results in itchiness, either localized (in one or several areas) or generalized (all over the dog). Common allergens that can cause atopy include tree pollens, grass and weed pollens, moulds, mildew, and the house dust mite.

Treatment of allergies:

Avoidance - in order to have any benefit with avoidance therapy, the offending agents must be identified through intradermal skin testing from your veterinarian. If pollen was an issue with Jagger (witch very well be) you could make sure you keep your grass cut short (keep him indoors when the lawn is mowed) , rinse Jagger's feet off after he has been outside and keep him indoors during periods of high pollen counts.

Topical therapy (which you are already doing) - using of shampoos, rinses and topical anti-itch solutions. Bathing with a hypoallergenic shampoo, colloidal oatmeal shampoo or hydrocortisone shampoo. Topical solutions containing hydrocortisone may be of help to Jagger, just make sure to watch him after applying as many Labrador Retrievers tend to lick off these preparations.

I would also make sure to wash off Jagger's feet and brush him when he comes in from the outside as this will remove any allergens.

Omega-3 fatty acids also might be of some help to Jagger. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial in the management of allergies in dogs.

I've added a link for a video that should also be of help to you. Atopy in Dogs, Environmental Allergies:

I would recommend a trip to your veterinarian (if you haven't already) as they have many options to manage atopic dermatitis. Your veterinarian can perform an allergen test to determine what allergens might be troubling Jagger and give you allergy medication which can help ease Jagger's symptoms during the seasonal allergy period.

I hope this is of some to you. Please keep me informed of Jagger's condition.

Take care of yourself and Jagger,


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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Recall Alert: United Pet Group Voluntarily Recalls Pro-Pet Adult Daily Vitamin Supplement for Dogs Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk


United Pet Group, Cincinnati, Ohio is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of its PRO-PET ADULT DAILY VITAMIN Supplement tablets for Dogs due to possible Salmonella contamination. The Food and Drug Administration is aware of this recall.

The product was sold nationally at various retailers. The product comes in 100-count white plastic bottles with a light blue label, and UPC code 26851-01800. These products are being removed from retail stores and consumers should immediately stop feeding these supplements to their pets. The affected products are those with expiration dates on or before "06/13". The expiration date can be found imprinted vertically on the right side of the product label.

Laboratory testing has revealed that one Lot of this vitamin product was contaminated with Salmonella. The company is recalling all unexpired Lots of the product out of an abundance of caution.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

People who handle dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to contact United Pet Group or the place of purchase for further direction. Consumers may contact United Pet Group at 1-800-645-5154 ext. 3, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Labrador Eats Beehive, Wins Unusual Insurance Claim Award

Brea, California

A Labrador Retriever has won the title of "Most Unusual Claim" for April after eating the remains of an exterminated bee-hive.

The Coe family of Santee, California, thought they had seen the last of the bees buzzing around their home after exterminators sprayed a hive in their yard. That is until later that night when Sandra noticed the family's 1-year-old Labrador retriever wasn't acting like herself. Unbeknownst to the Coes, Ellie had discovered and eaten the beehive after the exterminators had left. Frightened by the volume of dead bees Ellie was vomiting, Sandra decided the dog needed to go to the veterinary hospital.

The emergency veterinarian on duty examined Ellie and determined she had most likely only ingested dead bees and hadn't been stung. Additionally, Poison Control indicated the pesticide did not pose a significant risk of toxicity. After a dose of anti-nausea medication and a few hours of observation, Ellie was on her way back home. And for the next week, the Coes administered over-the-counter antacid tablets and put Ellie on a diet of plain white rice and chicken. "She acted just fine that week, really, but every time she went to the bathroom, she pooped bees. Thousands of bees. I don't know where they all came from - the hive wasn't that large," joked Robert Coe.

Ellie's insurance claim was one of 80,000 insurance claims received by the nation's largest pet insurer, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), in April. The claim was considered along with other uncommon medical claims submitted in April and selected by VPI as the most unusual of the bunch. As the most unusual claim submitted in April, the claim will be placed in the running for the 2010 VPI Hambone Award (named in honor of a VPI-insured dog that got stuck in a refrigerator and ate an entire Thanksgiving ham while waiting for someone to find him).

Other honorable mentions in April included two dogs that ate light bulbs, a bulldog that ran into and dented a car, a dachshund that swallowed a hearing aid, a bull mastiff that was attacked by a woodchuck, and a skateboarding golden retriever that skinned its front paws. All pets considered for the award made full recoveries and received insurance reimbursements for eligible expenses.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

The Difference Between English and American Labrador Retrievers

The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular pet dogs in North America and in the UK. But not all labs are the same - there are different body types, different personalities, different colors and more. One of the most common divisions in kinds of labs is by breeding origin. These are generally referred to as English Lab Retrievers and American Lab Retrievers.

While all labs are originally from North America, via their origins in the St. John's Dog, they've been bred in the UK for long enough that there are now some differences. English Labs have a solid coat, just like American dogs, and come in the same range of colors (chocolate, yellow, black, and sometimes dilute chocolate and black, or "silver"). But they're not really shaped the same, and they have slight differences in temperament.

English Labrador Retrievers are more solidly built than their American cousins, with wide heads and muzzles, blocky bodies and a solid shape. They also have a more docile personality and are less excitable. These dogs have shorter bodies, too, and have been show and pet dogs longer. They're also called bench, conformation, or show labs.

American Lab Retrievers are taller and usually more lightly built than English Labrador Retrievers. They're often called field Labradors or working labs. For much of their history, these dogs have been hunting animals. They have narrower heads and longer noses, as well as a more lively personality. They're just as friendly and easy going as an English lab, though.

To make matters more confusing, both kinds of Labrador Retriever can be found all over the world. The term "English Labrador Retriever" just means that the dog's ancestors were from England. An American lab's ancestors came from North America. There's also an Australian line that's not common in the UK or US, but can be found in many places in Asia.

The AKC and other registry organizations don't really differentiate between English Labs and other body types. Instead, they judge all labs by the same standards. A Labrador has to meet certain personality qualifications, and has to look a certain way to be considered "on type." Dogs shouldn't be thin and willowy like a Doberman, for instance. Whether the animal's ancestors came from one place or another doesn't really matter to the judges.

So which kind of Lab Retriever will be best for you? It depends on what you want out of your dog. There are a few differences. An English Lab Retriever is generally more solidly built and more docile, while an American lab is more energetic and may be a better hunting animal. Both types are good family pets and eager to please. Just take the time to meet a few dogs, and see which ones you prefer.

Tim Williams is a Labrador retriever enthusiast. He owns and maintains Labrador Retriever Answers, a resource for all Labrador retriever lovers and where you can find more great information on English Labrador Retrievers and other essential lab advice.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Learn Easy and Fun Strategies to Teach Your Retriever Puppy

Before beginning obedience training develop the desire to retrieve. To test if your pup has inherited natural retrieving tendencies toss a toy, ball, or a puppy-size canvas dummy a few feet in front of the pup. You are testing if he will go after it and bring it back to you. If he is not interested in retrieving or does not give up the object means you will need to spend time teaching this skill. Many dogs become just as eager and competent retrievers even though they may not start out with natural abilities.

The retrieving experience should be playful and fun for the pup. Take your dog to a field or park where you can throw a dummy for him to fetch, keeping him on a long lunge line. When throwing the dummy, enthusiastically tell him to fetch. As soon as he reaches the dummy and picks it up vigorously encourage him to return to you. The secret is to run away from your dog so that he has to chase you carrying the dummy. Do not get discouraged if your dog will not pick up the dummy. He can learn that skill when you teach him basic obedience. The training strategy is to teach your pup to come back to you when playing fetch even if it is without the dummy. Using a dog whistle for the return signal is recommended because the sound is more commanding than voice.

Before serious obedience training, it is important to allow your puppy time to adjust to the house rules, boundaries, and be introduced to the leash. Even though the brain of a pup is completely developed, the focus is scattered, and he will bounce from one activity to another. Your puppy will often drop off to sleep since physical growth takes so much of the energy.

The word no will be the most used word for the first few months. Remember, when reprimanding your dog you need to catch him in the act for him to understand the correction. Set up times when you actually let your dog do the misdeed so you can correct and teach him. Eventually just a firm no when he is tempted will be enough to stop any wrong moves.

The sit command is the second command I teach after teaching the dog to come back. If you teach your dog to sit every time he comes to you, it will stop problems of jumping on people. This can be taught in a soft manner as early as eleven weeks.

The first weeks and months is the time to instill a winning attitude in your dog. The result will be a puppy that wants to come back to you, who will listen to you, and who will be broken to the leash. Your retriever will be ready for formal training lessons at four months.

Jean Smith is a dog trainer specializing in training retrievers. She has condensed years of experience into two DVDs. Lessons from basic obedience through advanced. Jean has helped hundreds of people train their own dogs.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Free Hollistic Blend Dog Food Sample

Hollistic Blend is offering a free sample of their dog food (for those of you with cats, they are also offering a cat food sample).

Information about Hollistic Blend:

We believe a pet's health, behaviour, temperament, longevity, ability to reproduce successfully and to recover from trauma depends greatly upon properly administered and sustained nutrition. Holistic nutrition considers the animal's total wellness- looking beyond basic dietary requirements, to achieve optimum equilibrium between body, mind & spirit.

We use high quality ingredients in our food formulas, supplements, alternative aids and treats to proactively build, maintain and repair functional systems. We only produce high quality products because we know how important it is to have your pets taken care of.

We're proud to say veterinarians, both conventional and holistic, recommend Holistic Blend® to their clients. Check out the nutritional values and ingredient lists on the site and we think you'll agree, when you compare them to other commercial products, we're confident you'll decide your pet deserves the quality and goodness of Holistic Blend®.

There are two canine formula samples you can choose from:

Lamb & Rice All Life Stages Canine Formula
Chicken, Rice & Vegetable All Life Stages Canine Formula

Head on over to the Holistic Blend website where you can request a Free Hollistic Blend Dog Food Sample and learn more about the nutritional values and ingredient of their foods.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Why Labrador Retrievers are Good for Kids

It’s important to look at the history, temperament, health, grooming requirements, and personality of a dog who is going to co-habitate with a family that includes young children. Not all breeds are kid-friendly. Dogs that are going into homes with kids should be able to take roughhousing by children, and be patient and gentle by nature. As proven time and time again, Labradors are the best dog for young children. Especial a newborn or a toddler, as Labs are known to have great patience and mother instinct. This article will discuss this best dog breed for your child.

First of, Labradors are gentle. They are the most sought-after dogs because their good reputation with small children and small animals is known around the world. Even when they play-fight, they would never harm their master or master's children. They are very low-aggression dogs that enjoy the company of their family.

Second, Labs are tolerant and patient. They are not quick to get annoyed or upset, and will often sense when there is tension in the room. They get along well with both adults and children and can handle the unpredictable nature of kids.

Third, Labs are also protective and will look after your small tikes. Their main goal in life is to please their human owners and protect them. You have seen movies where the Lab dies to protect his master. Labs are especially designed to be great companions for the old and the young.

Fourth, Labs are great for inside dogs. They are pretty low-maintenance in terms of shedding, grooming, and bathing which is why most people who have Labs keep them inside. They don't require a lot of training or hyper-active control, they just need love and care. Labs don't have as many health problems that other dog breeds do, so you won't have to worry about your dog carrying disease to your kids. Some Labs may experience hip-displaycia but this is due to old age.

Of course other factors to consider when getting a dog for your entire family is the size of a dog, however don't over look these important factors when choosing your pup.

Article provided by the Pet-Super-Store, where you can find a wonderful selection of dog beds and dog gates.

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Monday, June 07, 2010

Doggy Odor in Labrador Retrievers!

Why does a Labrador have doggy odor?

Like any other animal, dogs will walk, run, and play in areas that might result in their gathering dirt, disease, or odor. The Labrador retriever may begin to produce odor due to a number of factors, such as oily skin, dirt accumulation, ear or anal infections, and dental/plaque buildup. Not only can odor be offensive, it can be a sign of an unhealthy retriever. If a Labrador retriever is not monitored, and the sources of doggy odor are not removed, the Labrador retriever will develop chronic physical problems.

What to do About Doggy Odor?

When a Labrador retriever begins to emit doggy odor, closely inspect the dog from head to tail. Check the retriever’s ears for debris, red skin, and odor. If an ear infection is present, it could be the result of the dog’s ears not being properly ventilated. Ear infections are common in dogs with ears that are floppy or folded over. If the dog’s ears are not properly ventilated, the inside becomes moist and warm, and infection can easily result.

Look in the dog’s mouth for plaque buildup on the teeth, and for discolored or missing teeth. In addition to the well-known “dog breath,” additional odor may be coming from the dog’s mouth as a result of food buildup and poor oral hygiene. Check the retriever’s feet; there may be a cut or infection on the dog’s foot pads. This type of injury should be immediately cleaned and bandaged. Run your fingers through the dog’s coat, and make sure you inspect all sides of the coat. There may be a concealed skin injury underneath the Labrador’s fur. Also, check for an oily or greasy texture appearing on the retriever’s coat. The coat might be producing dandruff or the skin may be flaky.

One of the most prominent areas for odor generation is the retriever’s backside. There could be anal infection, a buildup of feces on the dog’s coat, or the Labrador might be constipated or have diarrhea, both of which will produce significant odor.

As you are inspecting the retriever’s body, take detailed notes on what you see, smell, feel, and hear. These notes will become valuable when you take the dog to a veterinarian. Also, it will document signs or symptoms that you might forget to tell the veterinarian.

If your dog is exhibiting odor and is found to have an infection or illness, take proactive measures to protect your Labrador retriever. Take action and make a dog-care schedule for your Labrador.

Dogs need to be kept clean, but caution must be taken not to give the Labrador too many baths. If the dog is bathed every week, the retriever’s coat is deprived of natural oils. As a result, over- bathing a Labrador can increase odor. A dog should be bathed once a month.

Part of maintaining a clean home includes washing animal bedding, play toys, and the dog’s collar. After washing the Labrador’s bedding, make sure that the bedding is completely dry before allowing the dog to sleep on it. If the bedding has been removed from the dryer or brought in from a clothes line, vacuum the bedding with a small hand vacuum; this will remove any debris that was left by the dryer.

A Labrador retriever should be monitored when it goes outside, especially if your home is in a rural and/or wooded area. The dog might be picking up odors from discarded garbage or a dead animal carcass. Odors from rotting food or meat are extremely pungent. Also, they can induce vomiting if eaten. If your Labrador is allowed to go into wooded areas or alleys, follow the dog to see if he is eating carrion or miscellaneous garbage.

When dogs have odor emitting from their teeth or gums, it can be treated with a professional brushing which can include removing plaque from the dog’s mouth. Ask the vet about dog treats that are designed to help keep teeth and gums clean. Make teeth inspection a regular part of your dog’s cleaning schedule.

When your retriever has been playing in dirt or mud, keep two or three old towels ready to clean the dog’s coat. One towel can be put in water and used to clean the dog’s coat, and the other towel can remain dry and used to dry the dog’s coat. Dogs enjoy physical attention and respond well to having their coats cleaned.

Brushing the retriever on a daily basis helps to reduce smell, remove excess fur, and stimulate new hair growth.

Finally, ask your veterinarian about changing the Labrador’s diet. Dog food that contains solid meat promotes healthy skin, teeth, gums, and stools. High-quality food is available through a veterinarian or at large-scale pet shops. When shopping at a pet store, ask the store staff for recommendations.

Animal odors can result from a number of different sources. To make sure that your Labrador retriever is free of odor, it is necessary to perform regular visual checkups. The doggy odor will be removed when the dog’s body is inspected thoroughly, cleaned regularly, and taken to the veterinarian for regular checkups.

The author, Nancy Richards, is a dog lover and dog trainer for the last 8 years. Learn All about Labrador Retriever Behavior, Adoption, Training, Diet and Health Care from her website

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Free Sample of Purina ONE SmartBlend Dog Food

A Free sample of Purina ONE Dog Food from Walmart. They are also offer a free sample of their Purina ONE cat food but you only get to choose one.

Information about Purina ONE SmartBlend Dog Food:

Purina ONE SmartBlend formulas start with real lamb, salmon, chicken or beef and add select ingredients delivering nutrition shown to help make a healthy difference in your pet. The result is a unique blend of tender morsels and crunchy bites for a taste dogs love.

The FREE sample of Purina ONE Dog Food is available while supplies last. Limit (1) sample per household. Samples are only available to consumers in the United States.

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Free Three Dog Bakery All Natural Dog Cookies Sample

Walmart is offering a free sample of Three Dog Bakery All Natural Dog Cookies.

Information from the Three Dog Bakery website -
In putting together the best, all-natural ingredients we admit, we had a little help. Our team consulted with vets, breeders, pet shop owners, pet lovers and even held our own in-house focus groups (the girls loved every minute of it). The results were conclusive. The ingredients make the difference – using healthier ingredients means healthier, more energetic dogs.

We do want to warn you, there may come a time when you get a little jealous of your dog. Who wouldn’t? Just a whiff of our rich and nutty peanut butter and you might find yourself drooling too. The thought of our sweet and delectable carob chip cookies has been known to set our legs kicking with delight. And that’s just scratching the surface of the ingredients we offer in our all-natural, oven-baked goodies.

To make your request for a FREE sample of Three Dog Bakery All Natural Dog Cookies, just click the listed link and you will be taken to the Walmart website for your mailing information.

Sample are while supplies last. Limit (1) sample per household. Samples are only available to consumers in the United States.

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