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Food & Nutrition > What is the deal with rawhide bones?

Jo Jo

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Barked: Thu Feb 23, '12 2:51pm PST 
Here is a great website that you can get the Himalayan dog chew at:

http://republicofpaws.com

Also, this chew softens up slightly when chewed on, so it's great for puppies and you can throw it back in the sun when it gets like this and it hardens back up!
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Food & Nutrition > What is the deal with rawhide bones?
Jo Jo

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Barked: Thu Feb 23, '12 2:23pm PST 
The issue with rawhide bones really comes when you have those large white sheets of rawhide. There are two issues there:

Any white rawhide is bad because it has been bleached. You want more natural rawhide and that is going to be more of a tan color.

Large sheets of rawhide allow a dog to big off large pieces at once that they can choke on or that can cause blockages in the intestines because rawhide doesn't digest.

Try to go with a chew such as the Himalayan dog chew that is a blend of yak and cow milk that is completely digestable and does not come off in large pieces!

Hope this helps!
-Jo Jo and Sam
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Food & Nutrition > Can a dog's digestive system "change"?

Jo Jo

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Barked: Thu Feb 23, '12 2:14pm PST 
Puppies have digestive systems that are much like babies. They do not come out of the womb fully formed and therefore their digestive systems develop as they age. I don't think that saying they "change" was really the best way to phrase this to you. Anyway, puppies do not come "built" with all the enzymes and/or probiotics and prebiotics that they need. So, often what will happen is that they will be doing just fine with a food and as their digestive system develops and they begin to break down more of their food, their little intestines realize they are lacking enzymes and begin trying to figure out what to do and in all that havoc, you get some loose stools or digestive upset. I would recommend adding enzymes to your dogs food. Now, you may also consider probiotics but the issue is that probiotics have to make it live to the intestine, which is easier in puppies than in adult dogs, but still not an easy thing to accomplish and especially not in the numbers necessary for you to see a change in loose stools. No matter what, puppies have probiotics in their digestive systems, it's just a matter of how many. It's a better idea to add an enzyme and prebiotic formula to your puppy's food (prebiotics being the "food" for the good bacteria (probiotics) of your puppy's digestive track) because that way you can just encourage those good bacteria to grow, without having to worry about something living through the stomach to the digestive track.

Here are some products I would recommend you try, from a company that has helped me with my younger dog, Jo Jo. They have a nutritionist on staff named Lindsay and she is immensely helpful, so you could also consider giving them a call and asking for her and seeing if she has some tips for you as well.

Digestive formula that Lindsay recommended for Jo Jo and I found worked far better than probiotic/enzyme formula I found. It's a blend of medicinal mushrooms that are prebiotics and worked wonders for my puppy.

http://www.republicofpaws.com/organic-pet-superfood-digestion/

Here is an enzyme formula that I have used for my senior dog Sam, that has seemed to help some as well:

http://www.republicofpaws.com/animal-essentials-enzymes-and -probiotics/

Hope this helps!
-Jo Jo
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Senior Dogs > Senior Dog Peeing

Sam

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Barked: Thu Feb 23, '12 1:54pm PST 
I agree with Sachi that a diaper may be the way to go. Here is another link from a company that has helped me immensely with my senior dog. They've given me incredible advice and a couple of products that are helping me deal with my aging lab/irish setter. Here is the link to their diaper section:

https://seniorpetsupplies.com/simple-solution-disposable-dog-dia pers.html

I hope this helps!
-Sam
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Senior Dogs > Making it easier for him

Sam

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Barked: Thu Feb 23, '12 1:49pm PST 
Sorry! I forgot to include a link to the leash and the website in my last post!:


https://seniorpetsupplies.com/bottoms-up-leash-1.html
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Senior Dogs > Making it easier for him
Sam

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Barked: Thu Feb 23, '12 1:49pm PST 
I am sorry to hear that your dog is having trouble. My dog Sam is nearing 12 years old and despite my best efforts is having trouble getting up now. He has a hard time making it down stairs, or even walking in an area with obstacles such as rocks. I found this INCREDIBLE leash that has helped immensely. He is a big dog and is at a healthy weight at 88 pounds, and so he is simply too heavy for me to pick up myself. However, this leash attaches around his back legs and helps me lift his back end and he is able to lift his front end. When I first saw the leash I had doubts about it perhaps rubbing, or even further injuring my dog, so I called up the company (which by the way is an amazing senior pet supply company... they carry really, really unique braces for older dogs amongst other products designed specifically to help with the aging process for dogs. they have incredible customer service as well, and i was so relieved to find a company that provided me with things that I needed, but was also able to give me advice on my Sam. i can't stop raving about the company) and they encouraged me to just try the leash. Got the leash, tried it, and I really do feel that just being able to get up and go outside has made all the difference in the world to Sam and the sparkle is back in eyes at least a little. I would really highly encourage you to check out this product because it might be just the thing to help your dog get down the stairs.

Hope this helps!
-Sam
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Senior Dogs > Slipping and sliding on kitchen floor

Sam

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Barked: Thu Feb 23, '12 1:42pm PST 
With my dog Sam, I've always had a problem with him slipping and slidding on kitchen floors unfortunately. A major issue is that when I got him, his nails were far, far overgrown and though I've done quite a bit to trim them down and get the quick to recede, they're so a major issue with the hard wood kitchen floors. I got the skyling ruffwear boots from an outdoor dog company and they've helped immensely. They also help me take him out in the winter, since as he's gotten older his feet have gotten much more sensitive to the cold. Maybe these could help? Here's the link to where I bought mine:
http://www.republicofpaws.com/ruff-wear-barkn-boots-skyliner/

Hope this is an idea and might help!
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