Good Dogs In Their Autumnal Years

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Lately, my huMom has been spending more time than usual with my fur sister Suzie Q. I’ve also noticed Suzie doesn’t pawtrol the entire yard with me anymore. She’s been getting more leg & neck massages which makes me a bit jealous. huMom tells me Suzie is very old now & I shouldn’t be jealous of her aches.

Just like anything, we dogs will decline as we grow old. Common health issues such as arthritis, hearing loss & cataracts can affect good dogs as they age.

When is a dog considered a senior? This month I’ll be barking about the autumnal years for good dogs. What changes to look for, both physical & mental.  I’ll dig into physical examinations & diagnostic testing for senior dogs that determine current health status & what pawventative health measures can be taken.

huMom told me she believes aging should be experienced with grace & dignity; that we should honor & love our seniors by putting their needs before ours.  She said, “It is our time to shine for them keeping them warm & safe in our brilliant love”.

CEO Olivia

Remembering Micky aka Moo Moo

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Hello everyone. Today I’m remembering my late fur bro Micky Man Moo. He was a stunningly handsome Husky, German Sheppard cross with a snow white coat. We all called him Moo or Moo Moo.

My huMom rescued him from a terrible life. Poor Moo was chained up outside year round, forced to eat road kill & was expected to pull a dog sled with a team even though he was starving.

With a lot of love & patience my huMom worked with Moo & slowly they both learned to trust each other. Moo was very fearful at first.

Micky Moo Lived to be eighteen. Although I have Suize Q to keep me company, still, I miss the “Moo man”.

CEO Olivia

 

 

Safe Bowls for Good Dogs

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stainless steel dog bowlsHello all, CEO Olivia here. I’ve barked out in the past about the importance of always having clean food & water bowls. Both can become a petri dish of bacteria if not cleaned regularly.  That can lead to health issues.

Today I want to discuss what your food & water bowls are made from. Turns out there are many that should not be on the market. First off, plastic bowls are not a good choice. Aside from the environmental impact, it turns out that plastic dog bowls can cause a dermatitis called Plastic Dish Nasal Dermatitis. It is a loss of pigment on the nose & mouth due to the chemical p-benzylhydroquinone which is in many plastics. This substance inhibits the production of melanin, a chemical that produces dark pigment in the body. Interfering with normal melanin production leaves the nose & mouth with pink blotches. So a black nosed dog might end up with a pink nose!

A chemical known as Bisphenol A, or BPA is a synthetic estrogen commonly used to harden polycarbonate plastics. Research shows that even in low amounts it can cause serious health issues. The resulting harm to the body includes disruption of the endocrine system & can cause a wide variety of problems that may result in cancer, cardiovascular system damage, diabetes & impaired neurological functions.

There are ceramic bowls, however I learned that pet bowls do not have to be certified as safe for food use in the same way that bowls & dishes which are intended to be used by humans are. As a result many ceramic bowls, especially those made in China, can contain lead & other harmful chemicals.

So, what’s a good dog to do? My suggestion is stainless steel. That’s what Suzie Q & I use. Both plastic & ceramic bowls will get tiny grooves over time from being scrubbed & these grooves can prove an ideal spot for bacteria to grow. The same goes for bowls made from bamboo or yes, hemp. A stainless Steel bowl can be cleaned without scratching the surface & is dishwasher safe.

Once you get a proper stainless steel bowl you still have to be vigilant. Our bowls get cleaned right after we eat & our water bowls are changed daily, sometimes more than once in hot weather. A few minutes of effort can mean a lot for your good dog’s health.

CEO Olivia