06 June 2016

Product Review: Frisco Premium Potty Pads

Hi friends!

Our good friends over at Chewy sent us a product for a review. I am a fan of the Chewy website and have Bebe and Jolie's food on auto-ship every 14 weeks. They give you amazing coupons and discounts if you sign up so I would check them out! I prefer it over Amazon Prime for all my pet needs.
I have now added these potty pads to my auto-ship order. They are amazing and the proof is in the photos! This was after a 12 hour work day that I was away and you can clearly see how much pee there is on the pads. I loved that the pee was contained and didn't seep through! We've all been in the situation where some cheap pee pads don't hold the liquid in and then it spills over, causing a huge mess and an even bigger stench. These pads are very reasonably priced too! Check out their prices here 
These pads have a built in attractant in them and this made me so happy because as you can see my dogs did all their business on the pads, which means less cleanup for me! When I came home I noticed that there weren't wet paw marks, Frisco lists that the pads are fast drying and indeed they are. I used to use another brand that roughly ran me $20 a month for 30 pads, however this is a much better deal! Only $11.87 for one month supply of the huge sized pads of 27.5 x 44!
I hope you all enjoyed this product review, please feel free to leave any comments or questions below! Have a pawsome day!

02 June 2016

Hiking With Your Dog - Dangerous to Paws in Extreme Heat

I am still a fairly new transplant to Arizona and I am learning the do's and don'ts as I go along the way. A few weeks ago I decided to take my pups on a hike with me. It wasn't a particularly hot day, it was somewhere in the mid 80s and we went early in the morning. If you live in Arizona you know that you cannot go hiking in the afternoon during the summer months. Many people faint and even die of heat stroke and dehydration. It is not uncommon at all to hear of helicopters coming to rescue people stuck on a hike. You must practice extreme caution and prepare accordingly with a lot of water. I unfortunately learned this the hard way after guzzling through two water bottles while hiking CamelBack Mountain and then didn't have enough water to get me back down. Luckily I wasn't alone and was able to drink some water from my boyfriend's supply. Since then I've invested in a CamelBak (I find it comical that they have the same name) that holds 100 fluid ounces. These hydration back packs are essential out here in Arizona! It is also good practice to pack some antibiotic ointment, alcohol wipes, band-aids, granola bars, nuts, dried fruit and some ibuprofen. I have had quite a few things happen while on hikes, I've fallen, gotten scraped by cacti, scuffed my knees on rocks, and have gotten dizzy from the sun. Planning ahead will surely help you in these sticky situations.

We picked a Sunday morning to go hiking and I thought it was cool enough to bring my dogs. My friends and I started a 90 minute hike which was about 4 miles long. The hike was at South Mountain which is an easy hike to do and very beautiful as there are some Machu Pichu looking structures along the way. For comparison I've added a photo of me in Machu Pichu and one of me in South Mountain!
Just looking back I imagine 4 miles for me would actually be 10+ miles for my dogs with all the extra steps they have to take! The videos below show Jolie going strong and really pulling through the hike. I did touch the floor and it wasn't too hot, however I didn't touch the rocks which I think were what burned her paws. Bebe didn't have such a great start, she would walk for a little bit and then just stop. She was panting heavily and her heart rate was racing. I gave her plenty of water and carried her the rest of the way.
Bebe panting and giving up, poor thing!

It was about three quarters of the way into the hike that I noticed Jolie headed for shade. She didn't stop walking like Bebe did so I thought she was okay. I picked her up a few times and gave her ice water but she kept on walking. Little did I know that it takes only 60 seconds for damage to occur to the dogs paws on hot asphalt. I don't exactly know when the burning of the paws happened but I am narrowing it down to the end of the hike and the walk from the trail to the parking lot where there was asphalt. According to the Humane Society the air temperature can be comfortable but the actual temperature on the floor is many degrees higher!
The following day Jolie couldn't walk well and I was puzzled as to why. I thought she had stepped on a thorn or was just sore. When I played with her and had treat time, I asked her for her paw, as I always do because she is very good at "give me paw" and "circles" she let out a small yelp. It was then that I went to examine her paws and started to cry. Her paw pads had been burned off! She had loose skin in the area, just think of calluses or hanging cuticles on your hands and it looked similar, or better yet take a look at this google image which is a close idea of what my dog had on her paws. I unfortunately didn't take a picture of my dogs actual paws because in the moment I panicked, cleaned the area, did all the research I could online, applied an antibiotic ointments and then wrapped her paws in gauze. I repeated this the next day and by the third day she was completely fine and walking around like her normal self.  Bebe did not have any burns on her paws and I imagine it's because she was carried most of the way.

It was a beautiful day for a hike but next time we will take proper precautions. Please keep these tips handy if you are wanting to take your dog on a hike in the summer.
  • walk your dog when it's cool outside and preferably only in the shade
  • aim for grassy areas
  • place your palm on the ground for a full 10 seconds, if it hurts you it'll hurt your dog
  • use paw wax, paw booties, paw socks to protect their feet, like the one below:

I hope you all enjoyed this blog post. Please comment below if you have any questions. I know that I've been a bit absent from my blog but I have many more exciting articles lined up for you all! 

04 June 2015

Teeth Cleaning Before and After with Dr. Alex Casuccio at Scottsdale Animal Healthcare

If you have read my blog in the past it's no surprise that my dogs have terrible teeth. In fact, they have had dental problems for almost a decade now. Last year was tough for me financially as I planned two moves within New Jersey and then a cross-country move at the end of the year to Arizona. Usually Bebe and Jolie get their teeth cleaned every year but last year they did not. Boy was that ever a mistake. The stench from their mouths became unbearable and it wasn't until I was giving them a bath - see post and photos here - that I knew something was wrong. Bebe's tooth broke and just fell out. She wasn't in pain, didn't cry, but here I had in my hand a very rotten tooth that smelled terrible. I knew that I needed to do something, and do it fast.

Since I was new to the area I knew that I had to go off of recommendations and reviews. My dogs are also seniors so I wanted the very best vet in the area. Through a friend, I was recommended to Dr. Alex Casuccio and Scottsdale Animal Healthcare. He and his entire staff are extremely professional and I knew that my dogs were in good hands the moment I met him for the first time.

Dr. Casuccio didn't tell me anything that I didn't already know. My dogs teeth were rotten and infected and if not treated ASAP it would lead to much more serious health risks, disease, and possibly death. This is common with any infection, even in humans.

I scheduled their teeth cleaning three days after my next payday. I knew I was looking at a few hundred dollars, I paid a little over $1300 after all was said and done. That definitely hurt the wallet.

To my surprise, it was Jolie's teeth that were more infected than Bebe's. Jolie lost a total of 7 teeth and Bebe only had 3 extractions. One of Bebe's extractions was her beloved snaggle tooth which was so infected that upon removal is almost fractured her jaw. She will now only eat soft mushy food. Below are the photos that were emailed to me while the pups were in recovery and waking up from anesthesia (how professional!)

Here is Jolie's mouth:

Here is Bebe's mouth:

Bebe had a total of three extractions including her beloved snaggle tooth. Everyone just loved her snaggle tooth including me, but sadly it was the most infected tooth in her mouth. The infection reached all the way to her jaw and the vet was very specific and blunt when he said that any chewing would result in a fractured jaw. I've since then been preparing all of Bebe's food to a baby food-like consistency and will continue to do this for the rest of her life. Leave a comment below if you would like high-protein and low-fat homemade dog recipes.
Jolie had a total of seven teeth removed. Her infection was much more severe than Bebe's was and in fact I had no idea. Trying to brush Jolie's teeth takes multiple people and a sedative. Just to have the vet LOOK at her mouth that required three people prying her mouth open. She may weigh 4lbs but her strength is out of the ordinary.

Above are the medications and treatments that the vet recommended after surgery. The large clear spray is an antiseptic rinse that is to be used 2x a day. It is called Clenz-a-dent and as the name suggests, it cleans the dogs teeth. Spraying this in my dogs mouth has been quite the challenge. Bebe is good, but Jolie is a nightmare. I'm literally trying to hold her down just to get a few droplets in her on a daily basis. I've used their product in the past before and they are a good solid company. I suggest getting their product on Amazon as at the vet they are usually marked up, someone has to make a profit right?

The next item you see in the picture there are two dark glass vials of ZydaClin which is an antibiotic. As you can imagine, after removing infections in the teeth area it is important to treat the infected area. As per Drugs.com, this medicine is labeled as Oral Drops that contain clindamycin hydrochloride which is the hydrated salt of clindamycin. This liquid is given once a day to each pup until empty. 1cc for Bebe and .5cc for Jolie.

Canine dental hygiene is extremely important and can turn deadly if left untreated. I urge you to educate yourselves on the issue, especially if you have little dogs! It is common in them the most! Please feel free to ask any questions. Thanks for reading!