Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gollum - Yellow Labrador Retriever

Gollum - 4 month old yellow Labrador Retriever.

yellow Labrador Retriever

yellow Labrador Retriever

yellow Labrador Retriever

yellow Labrador Retriever

yellow Labrador Retriever

yellow Labrador Retriever

Photos from Deepika (India)

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Biscuit - Yellow Labrador Retriever

Biscuit - 1 year old yellow Labrador Retriever.

Biscuit

Biscuit

Biscuit


Photos from Aimee (USA)

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pet Waste At Dog Parks Can Make Your Pet Sick

Visiting a dog park or other community area is a great way to give your pet the exercise and socialization she needs to be happy and healthy. Unfortunately these places can become contaminated with deadly microorganisms found in dog waste and other bodily fluids. These are the facts about 4 common diseases spread in contaminated pet feces.

Parvovirus

Background: Parvovirus appeared in the 1970s. Since then it has spread around the globe and is considered ubiquitous (potentially everywhere) in the environment. This virus’s rapid proliferation was due in part to its hardy nature. Parvo is often fatal so any dog that has symptoms that suggest infection should receive immediate medical care.

Symptoms: Rapid dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, high or low temperature, lethargy and/or muscle weakness, loss of appetite, pale mucous membranes in mouth. Infected animals become sick 3 to 7 days after exposure.

How It Spreads: Parvovirus is primarily spread through infected dog feces so be careful to avoid it. However other bodily fluids including urine, saliva and vomit can also spread Parvovirus. Once this pathogen gets into soil it can remain active for months and freezing temperatures don’t kill it. Parvovirus survives best in shady, cool, moist areas so the dirt near things like trees, bushes or playground equipment are favored spots for this virus.

Prevention And Treatment: Puppies receive their initial vaccination at 6 to 8 weeks of age followed by a booster shot a few weeks later. Adult dogs receive a yearly booster shot. Parvovirus can be killed with bleach on nonporous surfaces like plastic, metal or cement however it is not possible to completely disinfect porous surfaces like soil. If infection occurs veterinarians can offer supportive care until the body is strong enough to mount a successful response to clear the virus.

Roundworms

Background: Roundworms are the most common worm parasite that infects dogs. Adult Roundworms live in the stomach and intestines of a host and shed their eggs into the environment through the host’s feces. These parasites are several inches long and look like thin, white or light brown worms in feces. Nearly all dogs will become infected with Roundworms during the course of their lives. Infestation in puppies can lead to serious illness or even death. Dogs older than 6 months develop a natural resistance to this parasite and usually don’t suffer from severe infestations or show symptoms of infection. Roundworms can infect humans and cause serious illness in children.

Symptoms: Diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, stunted growth, dull coat and hair loss.

How It Spreads: Roundworm eggs are shed into the environment through the host’s feces and become infectious approximately 3 to 4 weeks later. These eggs have a tough outer shell and can remain active in dirt or sand for years. If your dog or child ingests contaminated soil or sand infection can occur. In addition if your dog eats a dead animal that is infected with Roundworms it can become infected. These parasites can also be spread to puppies before they are born or through their mother’s milk during nursing.

Prevention And Treatment: There is no known way to prevent Roundworm infection. Veterinarians can prescribe worming medicine that treats Roundworm in puppies and adult dogs.

Whipworms

Background: Whipworm is a common species of parasitic worm that infects dogs. They are extremely small and difficult to detect in the feces of infected dogs. Whipworms burrow into the walls of the large intestine and appendix, suck blood and lay eggs that are shed in the dog’s feces.

Symptoms: Mild infection may not produce symptoms but severe infection can cause abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea and in rare cases death. Symptoms may not begin for a month or more after exposure.

How It Spreads: The only way to become infected with whipworms is to ingest a Whipworm egg. Unfortunately this is very easy for your pet to do. A dog can become infected if it eats contaminated feces, soil or grass. In addition if a dog rolls in contaminated soil it can become infected when it cleans it’s fur and ingests the eggs. Whipworm eggs have a thick outer shell that protects the core and allows them to survive for years in the environment. These eggs are best adapted to cool, moist, well shaded soil and they can survive freezing temperatures. Sun and heat can destroy Whipworm eggs by drying them out.

Prevention And Treatment: Like Roundworm there is no known way to prevent infection with Whipworms. Veterinarians can prescribe worming medicine for puppies and adult dogs.

Campylobacteriosis

Background: Campylobacteriosis is a common gastrointestinal disease caused by bacterial infection. Up to half of all dogs carry the bacterium that causes Campylobacteriosis but few show any symptoms. This disease is most dangerous in puppies younger than 6 months of age and adult dogs with compromised immune systems. Occasionally this disease is mistaken for Parvo because the symptoms can be similar. However unlike Parvo most cases of Campylobacteriosis run their course in 1 to 3 weeks and this disease is rarely fatal if prompt medical care is administered. Humans are susceptible to this infection so care must be taken around dog waste.
Symptoms: Mild to severe diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, lethargy, lack of appetite. Symptoms start within 48 hours of exposure.

How It Spreads: Campylobacter is not a hardy germ. It can only survive for a few days at room temperature and can’t efficiently reproduce unless it’s inside a digestive tract. Unfortunately exposure to less than a thousand Campylobacter can trigger illness. At a park the major mode of transmission for this bacterium is fresh dog waste. Campylobacter can also spread through infected food or water.

Prevention And Treatment: Antibiotics can treat this disease. A veterinarian may provide other supportive care as needed.

When you visit a dog park or other community area the number one way to protect your pet is to keep her away from strange dog feces. If your community doesn’t clean up dog waste consider having a pet waste removal company do the work. Most cities have companies that offer this service. If you suspect that your pet has become sick with any of these diseases take your dog to a veterinarian immediately. Clean or dispose of any old toys, bones and bedding to reduce the chance of reinfection and to protect other healthy pets. Exercise and socialization are important for your pet’s health and well being. So watch out for landmines and keep your trips safe and fun!

Pet Article courtesy of http://pet-articles.blogspot.com.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Seizures In Dogs: The 5 Most Important Natural Remedies

If your dog has epilepsy, then you really should be looking at some of the alternative remedies for treating seizures. Conventional treatment typically consists of 2 veterinary drugs, Phenobarbital and Potassium bromide, which both have numerous side effects. This article will cover the types of seizures in dogs, causes, and the most important natural remedies.

A seizure is defined as abnormal muscle activity, as a result of uncontrolled messages from the brain. There is a sudden, brief change in how your dog's brain is working. When the brain cells are not working properly, your dog has the physical changes called a seizure.

Dog seizures are classified as either grand mal seizures, or localized. Grand mal seizures affect your dog's entire body. Generally the legs are extended and paddling and the head is rigid and extended. They may go through cycles of being stiff then relaxed. Some dogs may lose bowel/bladder control, and if the seizure occurs at night, this is all you may see in the morning. Localized seizures affect only certain areas of your dog's body. Typically you may see their head shake or their jaw chatter.

In the majority of cases the cause of the seizure is unknown, and it is then called epilepsy. Some of the other possible causes include: cancer (i.e. brain tumor), infections, brain trauma, poisoning, low blood sugar, hypothyroidism. Your veterinarian can discuss a variety of diagnostic tests such as blood work, x-rays, CT scan, MRI, Spinal fluid tap.

The age at which the seizure starts will give you a fairly good idea as to the underlying cause. For pets less than 1 year old, most are caused by brain infections (i.e. meningitis); some dogs though will develop epilepsy as puppies. For pets between the ages of 1-5, the most common diagnosis and seizure cause is epilepsy. If your pet has his first seizure over the age of 5, the most common cause is a brain tumor.

There are reports that show a link between diet and seizures in dogs. One human study showed a marked reduction in seizure activity with patients on the Atkins diet. Every seizuring pet should at least try a commercial hypoallergenic diet for 12 weeks. Most alternative practitioners are strongly advising a holistic diet, naturally preserved, free of grains, and primarily animal protein.

There is one acupressure point that can be particularly helpful. GV26 is the most important one, as it can help stop a seizure. It is where the nose meets the upper lip (immediately below the nostrils). This is a key one for CPR, as it can trigger your pet to breathe, and for seizures. Hold the point for 1 minute during a seizure.

Essential Fatty Acids may potentially decrease brain inflammation. Here you want to have high doses and therapeutic levels of the the EFA's; the dose being 1000mg per 10lbs of body weight daily. That equates to 1 tablespoon of flax oil per 50lbs daily.

There are 2 homeopathic remedies that have been reported to be helpful by some holistic practitioners. Belladona can be given twice daily in addition to the conventional medication; the dose being one 30C tab per 30lbs twice daily. Aconite is useful for sudden conditions ( such as during a seizure), dosing it at one 30C tab per 30lbs every 15 minutes.

Choline is used for certain human nerve disorders; it helps make a nerve chemical called acetylcholine. A specific choline product that can help seizures in dogs is called Cholidin. It can be given with conventional medication, at a dose of 1-2 pills daily for a small dog, and 2-4 pills given daily for a large dog.

You should now have a good understanding of seizures in dogs, and the classification of grand mal or localized. Most causes of seizures are unknown; they are then called epilepsy. If you have a seizuring dog, I encourage you to try some of the holistic options in conjunction with your veterinarian. You may be able to decrease the frequency of the seizures, or lower the amount of conventional medication.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Dog Seizures - What Causes Seizures In Pets

Dr. Karen Becker of HealthyPets.Mercola.com discusses the frightening condition of seizures in pets – what to look for, what can cause the disorder, and what to do if your own pet suddenly has a seizure.



A seizure is an incidence of unanticipated, abnormal electrical activity in your pet’s brain.

Symptom-wise, it can range from a minor imperceptible twitch, to a full-blown grand mal seizure during which your pet loses consciousness.

Seizures can last from just a few seconds – so short, in fact, you’re not even sure it was a seizure because it looked more like a minor head bobble, tremor, spasm or a simple cramp – to several minutes.

There are two types of electrical impulses inside your dog’s or cat’s brain – excitatory and inhibitory. There is a proper ratio of excitatory to inhibitory impulses, and when excitatory impulses overtake inhibitory impulses, a seizure can be the result.

Whether your pet has a minor twitch or a grand mal event depends on what part of the brain is involved and how many excitatory impulses are generated.

The point at which excitatory impulses overtake inhibitory impulses is called the seizure threshold. In a healthy pet this seizure threshold is high, meaning the potential for a seizure is low.

There are a few things that influence your pet’s seizure threshold, including:

* Genetics
* Head trauma
* Infection
* Exposure to toxins

Three Phases of a Seizure

Every seizure has three phases: pre-ictal, ictus, and post-ictal.

The pre-ictal phase comes just before the seizure. It can last a few seconds to a few minutes.

Humans can often predict their seizures, and we suspect some pets can as well. During the pre-ictal phase, your pet may behave strangely. He may become restless or nervous. He may come to you and want to be soothed because he can sense there’s abnormal electrical activity revving up in his body.

The seizure itself is called the ictus phase.

After the seizure passes there is the post-ictal phase, which can last from a few minutes to several hours. In the post-ictal period, you may see a wide variety of responses in your pet. He may seem confused or fearful. He might stumble about as though he’s blind. He might bump into things. You might also notice nervousness, tension, or that your pet wants to be left alone or immediately go outside.

I suspect animals are very confused after a seizure because they don’t know what just happened to their bodies.

Types of Seizures

There are a few different types of seizures your pet can experience.

A petit mal seizure is the mildest and can be as insignificant as an eye movement. A grand mal seizure is the other extreme. During this serious event, a pet loses consciousness and usually falls down.

There can be paddling with the legs and vocalization during a grand mal type seizure, along with jerking and twitching. Some pets lose bowel and bladder control.

Status epilepticus is a grand mal seizure that doesn’t resolve. This is a medical emergency in which breathing ceases and the animal can die. If your pet is experiencing a grand mal seizure and isn’t coming out of it, it’s critical you get her to an emergency veterinary hospital right away in order to save her life.

Cats more typically have something called a focal motor seizure where only part of the body seizes. It can look like a twitch, tremor or a cramp. This type of seizure is more common in kitties and small dogs.

Cluster seizures are events that occur several times a day. Many cluster seizures are urgent care situations. If your pet has had more than one seizure in a day, I recommend you make an appointment with your veterinarian. This type of seizure can lead to continued seizing and/or progressively more intense seizures.

Seizure Causes

There are a number of different causes of seizures.

* Head trauma which results in brain swelling can cause seizures.

* Brain tumors are a very common source of seizures in older pets. It’s very unlikely your 12-year-old dog or cat will develop epilepsy. If you have a pet getting up in years who starts seizing, unfortunately, the likely cause is a brain tumor.

* Bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections can also cause seizures.

* Certain immune-mediated diseases can cause seizures.

* Cervical subluxation can also cause seizures, and this is something many pet owners don’t realize. I see this type of seizure a lot in dogs that are chained outside. They run out the length of their chain chasing after a bunny, and when the chain snaps back against the neck it causes a high cervical traumatic injury of either the C1 vertebrae (the atlas) or C2, the axis. The C1 is the first cervical vertebrae in animals, and it articulates with the brain stem. When there is increased cerebrospinal fluid pressure in the brain stem, it can lead to a seizure.

I recommend you harness your pet not only for walks, but also if he’s ever chained out. It’s important your pet is not able to increase pressure on the neck, because high cervical subluxations and other chiropractic issues in the neck can caused an increased likelihood of seizures.

* Congenital malformation (birth defects) of the brain stem or spinal cord is also a common cause of seizures. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a breed well-known to have a birth defect in the occipital bone leading to cerebellar herniation, a condition known as Syringomyelia.

* Liver disease can indirectly cause seizures. The liver is designed to process toxins, and if it can’t do its job effectively, poisons can build up in your pet’s bloodstream and cross the blood-brain barrier. Your pet can develop a condition called hepatic encephalopathy which can lead to toxin-based seizure activity.

* Low blood sugar can also be a cause. Diabetic animals taking insulin can develop low blood sugar-based seizures, or animals with insulinomas (a pancreatic tumor)

* Other metabolic conditions such as hypothyroidism can also cause seizures. Interestingly, in one study 70 percent of dogs that were clinically hypothyroid had a history of seizures. I strongly recommend all dogs that have seizures be tested for hypothyroidism.

* Poisoning can lead to seizures. Lead poisoning, mercury poisoning, and plant poisoning (the marijuana plant, sago palm and castor bean plant, for example) can all induce seizures in your pet. Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides and herbicides are all well-known to cause seizures.

Human drugs like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), antihistamines, antidepressants and diabetic medications can all cause seizures in pets.

Veterinary drugs are also known to create seizure potential. In fact, neurotoxic topical chemicals like flea and tick preventives are included in the list of drugs that potentially cause seizures.

* Heat stroke is also a too-frequent cause of seizures in pets.

Vaccines and Seizures

Certainly not least among the causes of seizures are vaccines.

Veterinary vaccines still contain thimerosal or organo-mercury compounds as adjuvants to boost the body’s response to the immunization.

Needless to say, heavy metals cross the blood-brain barrier, and since your pet’s central nervous system doesn’t contain the equivalent of a liver, there’s no removing those heavy metals.

Another way vaccines can cause seizures is their implication in the condition known as autoimmune encephalitis. Vaccines can spark an autoimmune reaction that causes secondary swelling in the brain, which in turn can bring on a seizure disorder in your pet.

Diets and Seizures

Nutritionally related health issues can also be the cause of seizures. This is something many people never consider.

Diet has a two-fold potential implication when it comes to seizures.

Number one is if your pet has food allergies. This can cause a systemic inflammatory response that can decrease her seizure threshold.

Number two, the pet food you feed can contain synthetic chemicals, preservatives, emulsifiers or other ingredients that can cause systemic inflammation and decrease seizure threshold.

If your pet has been on the same diet for awhile or eats highly processed food, it could be a potential cause for seizures.

One of the things human medicine recommends for some people with seizure disorders is a ketagenic diet – one that contains no carbohydrates, moderate fat and high amounts of protein. Interestingly, this type of diet is actually species-appropriate for dogs and cats.

So if ketagenic diets are being used to help control seizures in humans, it certainly makes sense to me they could do the same for your dog or cat.

When I get seizuring patients in my practice, I strongly urge clients to eliminate carbs from their pets’ diets and feed them meals with moderate fat and high protein content. This way of feeding is not only species-appropriate, it also eliminates pro-inflammatory carbohydrates, which helps control systemic inflammation which can lead to seizures.

There are also some herbs that can decrease an animal’s seizure threshold. It’s not the herb itself which causes the seizure, but if your pet already has a seizure disorder or a low threshold, there are certain herbs and essential oils than can trigger seizures.

The herbs kava-kava, skullcap, evening primrose oil, borage seed oil, goldenseal, ginkgo, ginseng and wormwood have all been implicated. Essential oils such as eucalyptus, fennel, hyssop, pennyroyal, rosemary, sage, and tansy have also been implicated in decreasing seizure threshold.

What to Do If Your Pet Has a Seizure

If your pet has a seizure, it’s important to speak with your veterinarian about it. (Obviously, if the seizure is a grand mal and your pet isn’t coming out of it, you need to seek emergency veterinary care immediately.)

If your vet rules out all potential causes of your pet’s seizure, then you’re left with a diagnosis of idiopathic epilepsy, which means seizure of unknown origin.

In most cases of this diagnosis, vets will want to start your pet on an anti-seizure medication. However, at my practice, the rule of thumb is this: an animal must have in excess of one grand mal seizure a month in order to even consider drug therapy.

There are a whole host of natural substances than can help increase your dog’s or cat’s seizure threshold and decrease the potential for these events. In my practice, we use acupuncture, herbal, chiropractic and nutraceutical therapies to extend seizure thresholds.

We often use these modalities as the sole treatment for mild cases. For animals with frequent grand mal seizures, we often create an integrative protocol of natural therapies and drug therapy.

If you have a pet that has had a seizure, it’s important to track the dates, times and intensity of the events. I often see correlations between seizures and a particular time of month, year or even phase of the moon. Strange, but true!

If you’re able to identify a seizure cycle in your pet, your vet can help you devise a plan to control these events, which should of course start with use of the most safe, natural treatment options available.



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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Labs and Backyards: An Extensive Overview

This guest post is written by Ian B for Design 55 Online.

Dog-proofing your house for a new Labrador Retriever can be quite daunting. Horror stories of torn up couches, dozens of destroyed pairs of shoes, and articles of clothing that have been demolished beyond recognition are common. The easiest, most practical way to protect your house from a new lab is to invest in a backyard designed for your lab. A well-exercised dog is a content dog. In addition to being a happier, healthier dog, a well-exercised dog invariably causes significantly less damage than their unexercised counterparts.

A backyard is the ideal place for a dog to exercise. Striking a perfect combination between a dog’s need and your own is essential to any backyard. Both your own needs and your lab’s needs must be accounted for if you want to achieve the perfect, lab-friendly backyard.

A lab is an extremely active dog. A backyard must be large enough to accompany the dog’s ferocious appetite for exercise. Many factors must be taken into consideration, but if a yard isn’t large enough, the lab is sure to find it unsatisfactory. The first step to design a backyard for your lab is to dog-proof your backyard.

A fence, in this case, is essential. Two different categories of fences are available for purchase: electric fences and traditional fences. An electrical fence requires significant amounts of preparation, from digging up and implanting the boundaries to training your dog the boundaries of the electrical fence.

A traditional fence is almost always a better option as it is more effective and also doubles as a security feature. The fence must be tall enough the dog can’t easily leap over it, and it must extend several feet into the ground to discourage a dog digging and crawling underneath the fence.

The actual landscaping the background is essential to building the perfect lab-friendly backyard. Small shrubs and flowers are almost always a safe bet, and grass is an essential part of creating a lab-friendly backyard. Several plants should be avoided at all costs, however, due to their toxic ingredients. Tulips, rhododendrons, and lilies are the most common toxic plants, but a complete list of toxic plants and plants harmful to canines can be found on the ASPCA website.

A doghouse or other shelter is an important part of a backyard. The shelter will provide protection from the elements on rainy or cold days, and also double as a shaded little den for the labs to escape from the sun. The doghouse also adds a sense of home for the dog, and ensures a happy and content dog. A shelter is absolutely essential if the dog plans on sleeping outside. A blend natural materials and hard, man-made materials provides a nice compromise of materials for a lab. The lab will often vouch for a brick laid path of a concrete patio that absorbs sunlight during chillier days. The soft grass, of course, is the more suitable material for dogs and a backyard should never consist of only man-made surfaces.

A built in water feature is a luxury, but its practicality far outshines its upkeep. A pond, in particular, is a picturesque addition to a backyard that ensures your lab will be well hydrated and healthy during even the hottest of days. While a pond is a luxury and not a necessity, it will ensure a constant supply of water and will prevent dehydration. The water in the pond or fountain must not be stagnate, however, or the water will not be fit for your lab to drink.

Following the basic procedures will result in a backyard suitable for any lab. A well maintained backyard, designed with a lab in mind, is an essential part of keeping your dog healthy, active, and away from destructive behavior.

Ian B writes for Design 55 Online which specializes in Umbra homeware.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Free Dog Leash from Purina

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Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® Diffuser Review & Giveaway

Does your lovable Labrador Retriever have a problem with excessive barking, chewing, fears or stress-related issues? If so, a product called Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® Diffuser (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) may be of help to you!

Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® Diffuser

Recently we were asked if we would like to try out the Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® Diffuser and do a review of how the product worked with our two Labrador Retriever girls. Now, our two Labrador Retrievers are fairly well behave house dogs but we do have an occasional problem or two with barking and over excitement. Plus, our chocolate Labrador Retriever, Meeko, has always had a problem with the vacuum cleaner and other loud noises (thunder, fireworks) since we got her as a small pup. I always attributed this problem to Meeko being flown in to us from Oklahoma. I believe the loud noise fear is possibly related to the loud engine of the plane.

When we were approached to try out the Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® Diffuser, while skeptical, I thought it would be worth it to give it a try.

So, what is the Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® Diffuser and how does it work?

From the Comfort Zone® website: "Pet behavior problems, such as urine marking in cats and excessive barking or chewing in dogs, are frequently caused by fear or stress. Developed and recommended by veterinarians, Comfort Zone® products are clinically proven* to help control destructive behavior in cats and dogs.

Like all animals, cats and dogs secrete pheromones. Research has shown that certain pheromones can help an animal cope with these fears or stress-related issues. Comfort Zone® products mimic these pheromones to help control your pet's behavior and make him feel more secure in his environment."


What Are Dog Pheromones?

"Pheromones emitted by animals through their skin and glands are natural chemicals that help them to communicate with others of the same species. When your dog or puppy senses the pheromone, he feels secure and comfortable, reducing his fear reactions and his urge to act out destructively through chewing, excessive barking or house soiling."


Our Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® Diffuser arrived with a Diffuser and three bottles of the Dog Appeasing Pheromone. Each bottle lasts 30 days and covers up to 500 - 650 sq. ft. We screwed a bottle of the Dog Appeasing Pheromone into the Diffuser and plugged it into an outlet in a room our Labrador Retriever girlies spend a good deal of time in.

Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® (Dog Appeasing Pheromone)

The instructions for the Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® Diffuser say that it can take up to a month before you may see a noticeable difference in your dogs. We began to see a slight change between week four and week five.

For our black Labrador Retiever, Dakota, we noticed a slight calming behavior with her barking at outside noise, people at the door. For Meeko, we also notice a calming behavior in the barking of people visiting the house (not sure if it's because of Dakota not barking, the Comfort Zone® product or both). As for the use of the vacuum, it's taken a little while longer but, I am happy to report that in our fourth month of using the Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® Diffuser (we bought more refills) her nervous reaction to the vacuum is getting better! As where she used to jump up and run around like a lunatic before using the Comfort Zone®, now she seems to be more relaxed. She does not run around as much as she use to and we have noticed she will move toward the location of the Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® Diffuser. This is still a work in progress but as stated, we have bought more refills and are hoping the improvement continues. I will also be purchasing another Comfort Zone® to plus it into a second location of our home the our two lovable Labrador Retrievers frequent.

I'm very happy to report that we were impressed with the Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® Diffuser. It worked much better than we expected and I'm happy to have had the chance to try this product as well as give it a thumbs up as a recommendation for others to try.

Head on over to the Comfort Zone® website to learn more about this product as well as finding locations or online distributors to order.



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Saturday, January 07, 2012

Free Breakthrough Dog Arthritis Formula Magnetic Picture Frame

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Free Cranimals Pet Supplement Sample

"Cranimals™ whole food supplements and award-winning functional biscuits offer proprietary ingredients that you won’t find in any other pet product. Our cat and dog supplements deliver a powerful blend of cranberry, red raspberry and blueberry extracts which contain thousands of potent antioxidants - nature’s best defense against disease and aging. Our functional dog biscuits are cutting edge, delivering the most innovative health food ingredients, in a form especially designed for your pet."

Visit their website to learn more and to request your Free Cranimals Pet Supplement Sample. You have of a choice of three different sample: Original, Very Berry or Gold.

These won't last long!

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Is your Store-Bought Dog Food Healthy?

Low quality dog foods contain large amounts of fillers, preservatives and chemicals which are horrible for your dog. Poor nutrition will stress your dogs body and weakens their immune system, which makes your dog more vulnerable to infection and disease. .

"You read the labels when your buying food for your family but do you do the same for your dog? As your dog gobbles down dinner, do you really know what they're eating? Some pet owners worry the food they feed their dogs will make them sick."

In the following video, Dr Korinn Saker of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about what to look for on a dog food label to make sure what your feeding your dog is safe, along with other tips on feeding your dog a healthy diet.

How healthy is store-bought dog food...



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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Win a one-month supply of Iams Naturals Dog Food

Enter the Super Naturals Sweepstakes for a chance to win a one-month supply of Iams Naturals Pet Food for dogs or cats.

The Super Naturals Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry and ends 1/23/12 at 11:59 PM ET.

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Monday, January 02, 2012

Free Train Your Puppy: The Best Thing For Your Pet Since You Kindle eBook

"What you will also learn in "Train Your Puppy"



* The litmus test to make sure you're ready for a new puppy family member

* How to transport your new puppy safely and securely

* A surefire way to make sure your puppy will accept his collar and leash.

* The five biggest mistakes new dog owners make and how to avoid them

* The right way to quickly and easily potty train your new puppy

* You'll learn the right way to crate train your puppy (most people don't do this right)

* How to maintain your sanity and easily get along with your new puppy family member

* How to properly correct your puppy's problematic behaviors

* How to socialize your new puppy. Get this wrong and you could raise a puppy with bad behavioral problems.

* The best way to choose the right veterinarian for your puppy

* Great training tools that make training your new pup a cinch

* A secret method to taming your puppy's potentially costly chewing habit

* Essential Toys for your new puppy that he'll love to play with

* How to puppy proof your home like a dog expert

* Things to consider when enrolling your puppy in obedience school

* Critical tips when considering your puppy's new diet and new nutritional research that could give your loved one a better life

* The basics of canine parasites and diseases - the signs you should look for if your dog is sick"

Download your Train Your Puppy: The Best Thing For Your Pet Since You

You can read the Free eBook on your Kindle device or you can download free programs to read on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android Phone or Windows Phone 7 with the Free Kindle Application

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