WRINKLELUV

wrinklecream

I just ordered this new wrinkle cream for my fellas, and thought that you all might want to try it out too.

Natural Dog Company makes the most *amazing*, all-natural, healing products for dogs. We have been using their ‘snout soother’ nose cream‘ for a little while now, and don’t know how we ever lived without it. I am super duper stoked to try out their new wrinkle balm, and have high hopes that it will be the end of all of our itchy, stinky, wrinkle-woes.

From the Natural Dog Website:

Organic Wrinkle Balm is a patent pending all-natural balm specially formulated to treat and prevent skin fold disease, infection and discomfort. It is fortified with gentle, yet powerful, extracts with anti-fungal properties to eradicate yeast, bacteria and crusty buildup. Wrinkle Balm is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants to improve skin fold condition and prevent future impurity.

Wrinkle Balm is essential for treating and preventing:

  • Skin fold dermatitis
  • Yeast and bacterial infections
  • Redness, chaffing, inflammation
  • Crusty buildup
  • Sores, pimples, scabbing
  • Itchy | flaky skin | hair loss | baldness
  • Unpleasant odor

If symptoms are neglected and left untreated, issues can lead to much more serious conditions such as pyoderma, a severe bacterial infection and skin disease. Pets with rolls are susceptible to many unfortunate conditions; it is our duty as loving owners to make sure we keep them healthy and comfortable.

Goto: www.naturaldogcompany.com to get yours. Use code ‘WRINKLELUV’ to get 25% off until April 30th.

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Bladder Infection #2

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Jersey is in the middle of a round of antibiotics for his 2nd ever bladder infection. The poor guy had been acting a bit lethargic last week. He just wasn’t quite his normal, exuberant self. We thought he might be having some back pain, so we crated him for a couple of days of rest. However, when we noticed that his urine had blood in it, we rushed him off to the emergency vet.

Sure enough, his urinalysis came back with high amounts of e-coli, and his x-ray showed what might be a few small bladder stones. At the moment we are treating the infection, and he will go in for another X-ray of the (possible) stones later next week.

It never ceases to amaze me how stoic these guys are. Bladder infections (and/or stones) are VERY painful! But the only ‘symptoms’ Jersey was showing prior to peeing blood, was just not quiiiiiiite being as wiggly as usual. He also was leaving just a few kibbles in his bowl after eating– when usually he gobbles 100% of his meal up as quickly as possible. Such subtle, tiny differences in behaviour that would go undetected by anyone who didn’t know him like we do… It only goes to show that, as I have said time and time again that when dealing with a stoic breed like French Bulldogs, “An absence of pain does not equal an absence of illness.”

He is about 7 days into his antibiotic treatment now, and back to his usual self. We’ll see what next week’s bladder X-ray says about those potential stones…

Mickey

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Hi all,

I try not to do this too often, but this situation hits close to home so I thought I would share. If you have a few dollars kicking around and you’re looking to give to a good cause, please consider donating to my sister’s roommate’s dog. Mickey is suffering from a ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament  that requires emergency surgery to repair.

It’s a pricey surgery at $3,600 CDN, and the recovery/healing process will be long. However, Mickey is a sweet boy, with a very dear heart and deserves a second chance. His loving owners are willing to do whatever they can to get this boy back up on his feet, but they need help with the cost of surgery to make it possible.

You can donate HERE. Or, if you would prefer, you can call Mickey’s Vet’s office directly to leave payment with them. You can find all the Vet office info below. Every dollar helps.

You can also follow Mickey’s journey on Facebook HERE.❤

bill

 

Practice makes perfect

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2016 has gotten off to a slow roll of a start. Our winter days and slowly, but surely, been giving way to fresh, green spring days. Our lilac bushes are starting to bud, my tulips are poking eagerly out of the ground, and walking the dogs on these sunshiny days is a joy.

I resolved last year to walk these fellas more often. When you have a  fenced yard of your own, it’s easy to get lazy and simply ‘let them out’ rather than properly walk them. But when they both has spinal-flare-ups in 2014 & 2015, I resolved to walking with regularity. Strong muscles help support a weak spine, after all. And the stronger the muscles in their backs are, the less likely we are to have issues with IVDD. So, we walked. Sometimes, on the coldest, snowiest days we just walked to the end of the block and back. And occasionally, when it was pouring rain (the worst!) we skipped our walk. But for the most part, we walked. I’d say we averaged a walk 5 days a week, even through the coldest, ickiest winter months. I am proud of that, and the boys have benefited hugely. They’re stronger than ever, happier than ever, and they certainly have better leash manners than ever. Practice makes perfect improvement.

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It’s 9am and the sky is the most brilliant shade of blue. The dogs are already begging to go out on the front porch to catch some rays. They can’t possibly understand that blue Canadian cloudless skies at 9am in mid-March equal freezing cold.

Wait, babies. Wait.

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