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Suki Update

It’s been a bit, but we’re back and Suki is recovering well!  She had a bump that looked like a bug bite for a year. It was previously aspirated with no cells being present. I noticed a change in it recently which concerned me. It was larger and looked bruised around the outside. Unfortunately, this time the needle biopsy confirmed my worst fear…mast cell tumor.  Waiting a week for the surgery appointment was difficult. I wanted this awful thing out of her, but I was also scared to put her under anesthesia. Time stood still until the vet called to say Suki was awake and ok. The pathology results came back as a level 2 tumor, low grade…not exactly what I hoped for but not the worst it could have been either. The vet thinks it was fully incised and no chemo is needed. Whew!

The “restricted activity” for 14 days was a constant battle between Suki & me. The cone of shame resulted in a very annoying car ride home and major doggie tantrums. For both of our sanity, we switched to using t-shirts to prevent licking the incision. My t-shirts had to be tied up but still made it hard for her to walk. To say she wasn’t amused is an understatement, so off to Walmart I went. Their youth t-shirts were a perfect fit, and she had cute colors to show off each day. She had a bad reaction to one of the pain meds, so we had to stop it. I spent the rest of the recovery period dealing with a bored pup, following her around the house to prevent jumping onto furniture (failed a few times…she’s surprisingly stealthy), and trying to explain why we couldn’t go for a walk every single time we went out for a potty break.  Luckily her incision healed well, and we avoided any infection. Suki was so excited to have her stitches removed and to get out of the t-shirt! She’s still rocking a punk, shaved look, but she’s back to her usual silly self!

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Get this silly thing off me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m free of the silly shirts…and I can go for a walk!

 

 

 

 

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No you’re not dreaming…Miss Suki is back!

Allow me to apologize for mommy’s absence lately. There have been a lot of social, personal, financial, medical, and professional tension. Mommy is working through them, and I’m helping with cuddles and nose nudges.  We’ll be posting soon!

 

 

Resting for blogging more!

Resting for blogging more!

Holiday Safety Tips for Fur Babies

It’s that time of year again…Christmas!  Extra treats, new toys, Christmas carols, glorious fluffy snow, and pet parents torturing their pets with silly antlers!

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Get these stupid things off my head…now!

Unfortunately, Christmas can also bring some serious, evenly deadly holiday specific hazards for our fur babies.  I’m sure you’d rather be enjoying some eggnog and Aunt Martha’s fruit cake than visiting the emergency vet.   Ok, maybe not the fruit cake. Protect your fur baby and your holiday cheer with these pet safety tips.

  • BE AWARE OF CHOCOLATE!   This heavenly smelling concoction is irresistible to most of us including our pets.  Even a small amount can be toxic to pets though.  Chocolate contains theobromine which attacks a pet’s central nervous system and can lead to death.  Make sure to keep all chocolate safely out of reach of curious 4 legged family members.  This goes for gift wrapped chocolate as well. Mine is kept on the top of a closet with doors secured.  If your dog does get hold of some, call your vet immediately with the type of chocolate and amount consumed!  All chocolate is dangerous, but the darker the chocolate the more toxic it is.  Your dog may need their stomach pumped and to be monitored closely by their vet.
  • Have cats?  Then don’t have tinsel!  Cats are notorious for eating tinsel.  Unfortunately, tinsel can cause serious intestinal blockage which usually requires surgery.  It’s just not worth the risk.
  • No sweets or baked goods.  They can be too rich for pets and upset their stomachs. Many sweets also have artificial sweetener in them which can lead to liver failure and death in dogs.
  • Be wary of holiday plants.  Amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar, holly, and poinsettias can cause health issues for pets.
  • Try to keep cords out of reach or at least unplug them when not around to supervise pets.  Electrical cords look like fun chew toys to our 4 legged family members and can deliver a dangerous shock if chewed through.
  • I don’t know of too many dogs who want to climb a Christmas tree, but cats are a whole other story.  Trees must look like beautiful climbing posts to them.  Secure your tree to the ceiling with fishing line, so your cat can’t knock it over and risk injury in the process of falling. Even if your dog doesn’t climb the tree, a strong tail wag can topple it over.
  • Also keep sharp or breakable ornaments towards the top of the tree and out of reach of wagging tails and curious noses.  You don’t want broken pieces being swallowed or stepped on by little paws.
  • If you have a real Christmas tree, supervise your pets around it and keep the needles picked up.  Block off the tree or pet when no one’s home. If ingested, the sharp needles can puncture your pet’s intestines.
  • Pets have sensitive stomachs and new, richer foods can wreck havoc on them.  Unless you enjoy dealing with your pet having diarrhea or vomiting, limit the table scraps.  You don’t have to completely exclude your pet from partaking in your holiday dinner…just be smart.  Suki gets a few pieces of plain turkey or ham on top of her food.  She does not get gravy, biscuits, cranberry sauce, stuffing, etc.  She’s still part of our dinner without any ill side effects.
  • Keep burning candles supervised or out of reach of curious pets.  It doesn’t take much to knock them over or  too curious nose to get burned.
  • Don’t allow your pets to drink the water in the tree stand.  Bacteria and tree needles can accumulate in standing water.
  • No alcohol!  Inevitably, there’s that one relative who has a few too many and thinks it will be funny to watch a drunk pet.  Alcohol is toxic to pets!  It can slow down their heart rate and breathing and ultimately lead to cardiac arrest.  Make sure your guests know alcohol is off limits to your pets.
  • Watch the door!  I can’t stress this enough.  Many pets are lost during the holidays because they bolted out an open door. During the holidays, friends and family come and go frequently, and they may not be used to watching the door for fur ball escapees.  Make sure your pet is secure  before the door opens.

Suki & I wish everyone and their fur babies a very Merry Christmas!

‘Tis The Season….To Be Onery

I’m back!  Sorry it’s been awhile, but we’ve been busy with mommy getting a new job, then an additional part-time job, and moving!  I’m finally settling into our new home and getting used to the slick wood floors.  Mommy’s been busy lately, so I needed to remind her that I don’t like it when she’s not paying attention to me.  What better way then to empty the trash can and leave her presents after a long day of work. BOL!

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Yeah, I did it…but I’m too cute to stay mad at.

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I had a nice buffet while mommy was gone.

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Good think mommy loves me & is very understanding!

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Had to hide my special trash stash in my kennel. The peanut butter was yummy!

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Dear Santa: I’m so sorry! Please keep me on the nice list.

Morning Wake-up Ninja move #19

I love Suki more than anything, but she has one horrible characteristic…she’s become a morning dog since losing the weight.  Her wake-up calls can range anywhere from 4:30 am to 7:30 am.  Anything earlier than 7something is WAY TOO early!!  No, she doesn’t need to go potty.  I would not have any issue being woken at the crack of dawn if she needed to potty.  Nope…she wants a belly rub…so she can fall back asleep!

The funny thing is, she tries to be all subtle, stealthy ninja about waking me.  There’s no barking or jumping on me for a jarring wake-up.  Although, waking from a good sleep to see a dog nose an inch away or feel a wet nose in your ear can cause a little freak out.  And she seems to delight in coming up with different methods each day.   Today’s ninja move involved a furry little paw repeatedly patting my pillow right next to my head.  Once I started to stir, the furry paw started patting my arm.  After I finally opened my eyes, owner of said furry paw rolled over, belly in the air!  Really?  What does she have against sleep?!

Do your fur babies have any funny or unique ways of waking you?  I’ve love to hear them.

What?  This belly isn't going to rub itself.

What? This belly isn’t going to rub itself.

The Dog Days of Summer

Poor Suki!  She just wants to go on long walks and play outside all day.  Unfortunately, summer has finally hit the Midwest with a heat advisory and high humidity all week.   It’s miserable even in the shade.  Since I would prefer not to rush Suki to the vet for heat stroke, I’ve imposed limits on her outside time.   She is NOT amused!

This “lovely” weather has put me back into summer pet safety mode again.  Dogs can’t sweat or cool down efficiently like humans, so we have to be extra careful with them in the summer.   We need to look out for them!

The folks at www.theuncommondog.com have created a cute infographic for reminders on keeping our canines cool this summer:

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Also, please keep these tips in mind:

1. NEVER, EVER leave a dog in a car.  Even outside temps in the 70s can be fatal.  If I see a dog in a hot car, I will break the window and call police.   The dog’s life is way more important than your car window.  The graphic below from Out of the Woods Rescue facebook page shows how quickly the interior of a vehicle can heat up.  How about you sit in the car and see how you like it!

2. Pavement heats up quickly, especially blacktop.  Even just a few minutes can severely burn a dog’s paws to the point of blisters on their pads.  My cousin’s dog can attest to this after running down their driveway.  Make sure you protect your dog’s paws with boots or one of the many paw sticks/paw balms on the market.  Currently, I’m using pawstick from Fou Fou Pet.  I like that it’s a stick and easy to apply….plus Suki despises boots.  I just rub it across Suki’s paws and we’re ready to go with no mess.  I picked it up at a local dog store for $4.99.

3.  Water, water, water!  Again, dogs can’t sweat or cool down as quickly as humans.  Make sure they have plenty of fresh, cool water available especially on walks.   There are some cool doggie water bottles on the market, though Suki refuses to learn how to drink from them.  For our outside time, I bring a standard water bottle and collapsible water bowl.  I use the Dexas BPA free one.  I love that it has a caribiner clip, so I can attach it to the leash or a belt.  It folds/collapses very flat for storage and is dishwasher safe.

Dexas Pink Collapsible Travel Cup

4.  Don’t forget the sunscreen!  White and light colored dogs are especially susceptible to sunburns and skin cancer, but other dogs can be at risk too.  Suki has a bare spot on the bridge of her nose which needs protection.  There are several dog sunscreens on the market, but I use a baby sunscreen stick for her nose area.  It’s gentle and easy to apply.  No, she doesn’t like it…but I’m pretty sure she’d like skin cancer less!

5.  Please, please, please do not leave your dog outside in this heat.  If you’re uncomfortable or hot, your dog hit that point awhile ago.   If you’re inside comfortably cool in the AC, your dog should be too.

KONG Premium Treats by JAKKS Pacific, Inc Review

Recently, I was contacted by JAKKS Pacific, Inc about doing a free product review/giveaway.  I knew JAKKS Pacific, Inc made children toys, but wasn’t aware they had a pet division.  In addition to other brands, they recently partnered with KONG to make their new line of premium dog treats.   Suki loves her KONG, so I was definitely intrigued.

Now you know I’m very picky about what Suki eats.  This house does not allow treats from China, anything with byproducts or corn, and no junk food treats.  So I did some research before agreeing to review the products.   I checked the JAKKS Pacific, Inc website to learn more about their pet division:  http://www.jakks.com/pets-brands.html.  I also checked out their line of premium dog treats on Kong’s website http://www.kongcompany.com/products/for-dogs/treats/.  Suki is not allowed any rawhide as I personally believe they’re not good for dogs, so those products were out.  I proceeded to look into the non-rawhide products.  Made in USA…check!  No wheat, corn, or soy…check!  No animal byproducts…check!  Looks like we were good to try them.  Now I want to add my disclaimer here: 

  • The treats were sent to me free of charge.
  • JAKKS Pacific, Inc initiated contact with me.
  • I was not paid one dime for my review.
  • The product review is my honest opinion, no influence from the company.

Ok, now that’s out of the way, so on to the review.

JAKKS Pacific Inc sent 3 products for review/giveaway (click on each to be taken to Kong’s product page):

KONG DrumStick Chew

KONG Fresh Breath Dental Chews

KONG Bacon Meaty Flavor Chewy Bites

I decided to have Suki try the DrumStick Chew and Dental Chews.  Since I value my followers, the Chewy Bites will be part of a giveaway.

KONG DrumStick Chew

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4 paws

Suki LOVED the Drumstick Chew & gave it a 4 paws up!  She grabbed and ran to her kennel to eat it in privacy.  Apparently, there was some concern I might take it. LOL.  It took a little while to eat which is saying a lot, since she devours treats.

There were a couple downsides to it from my perspective.  First, it smelled!  I’m glad Suki took it to her kennel, so I didn’t have to smell it anymore.  I know the smell is for her benefit, but I’m the one taking it out of the bag and getting the first whiff.  Second, it was a little too rich for Suki and gave her one incident of soft poo afterwards.  Not runny, just softer than usual.  She loved the treat, so next time I’ll just give her half of it and save the rest for a few days later.

KONG Fresh Breath Dental Chews

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Suki devoured her dental chew each day.   Again, she grabbed it and ran to her kennel.  I’m starting to get a little offended she doesn’t trust me not to steal her treats.  The chews come in 3 sizes to accommodate most dogs.  They have a little flexibility to them, so I wasn’t worried about her chipping a tooth.  Some other chews out there are way too hard.

I didn’t notice a strong odor of any kind, but they still smelled delicious to Suki.  I brush her teeth every day, so  I can’t speak to the Dental Chews effect on freshening breath.  Suki’s breath is pretty good already.  I love that these can be fed directly or placed in her KONG toy for added play time.  Well done, JAKKS Pacific Inc and KONG!

KONG Premium Bacon Meaty Flavor Bites by JAKKs Pacific, Inc Giveaway

Recently, I was contacted by JAKKS Pacific, Inc about doing a free product review/giveaway for their line of premium treats for KONG.   They sent 3 products for my evaluation.  I really value my followers, so I decided to have Suki try 2 of the products (see my reviews here)  and give away the other one: Bacon Meaty Flavor Chewy Bites (click here for KONG’s product information page):

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Now I want to add my disclaimer here: 

  • The treats were sent to me free of charge.
  • JAKKS Pacific, Inc initiated contact with me.
  • I was not paid one dime for the giveaway.
  • The giveaway winner will be picked randomly by me, not JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
  • The giveaway is completely free of charge, no obligation, no shipping costs, etc. 
  • Your personal information will not be shared with JAKKS Pacific Inc. or any other company beyond what you show as public on my blog.  The product will be shipped from me.

Ok the necessary stuff is out of the way, so on to the fun part:  GIVEAWAY!   Suki isn’t a pet to me…she’s my fur baby and part of the family.   My life is better for having her in it…although I could do without her crack of dawn wake up calls. LOL.  I love talking about Suki, and I’m sure you feel the same about your fur babies.  So I thought it would be great to hear how your fur baby has impacted your life.  Just post a comment to this post, and I’ll randomly pick a winner.  I’ll accept entries until 12PM CST on 6/29/13.  The winner will be announced later that day.

Since this is a contest, of course there have to be rules:

  1. Only 1 entry per household.
  2. Entries must be received by 12 pm CST on Saturday, June 29th  to be considered.
  3. Winner will be randomly picked by me and announced on June 29th.
  4. I would love to post a review of the product from the winner, but there’s no obligation.
  5. Neither I nor JAKKS Pacific Inc will be responsible for any adverse reaction or injury from the product.
  6. Product will be sent via United State Postal Service.
  7. I am not responsible for lost mail, damaged packaging, or incorrect mailing information received from winner.
  8. Any spam, offensive, or inappropriate entries will be deleted and not eligible for the giveaway.

I look forward to reading your responses and sharing some treats with your fur baby!

Ruffhides Refillable Chew Toy by Pawabunga – Review

I’m always on the look out for a long-lasting treat toy that will safely entertain Suki.  I tend to work a lot on weekends, so don’t want her becoming bored quickly.  That girl can devour a chew like nobody’s business, so giving her a plain chew didn’t work!   She’s also very smart (too smart for her own good sometimes), so it needs to be challenging as well.  I saw an ad for Ruffhides Refillable Chew Toy made by Pawabunga and was intrigued.

Pawabunga refers to the toy as a rubber wrap on their website.  The toy surrounds the chew to prevent removal by the dog but has openings for the dog to be able to chew on it.  It’s supposed to slow dogs down, make the chews last longer, and promote dental health.  Sounds good.  They are also refillable….sounds even better!  These rubber wraps come in 3 colors (blue, pink, green) and 3 sizes:  mini (up to 25lbs), classic (26 – 60 lbs), and super (60+lbs and aggressive chewers).   They come filled with rawhide, Himalayan chew, or a Pizzle (braided bully stick) and are dishwasher safe (yes!).  The Pawabunga website has a great product description page:  http://www.pawabunga.com/ruffhides/

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Mommy’s Review

I chose a pink classic size one filled with the Himalayan chew for Suki…. mainly because it was the only pink one left in her size, and I really wanted pink.  LOL.  I was very excited when I took the toy out of the packaging to show Suki.  She gave it one sniff and walked away.  Talk about being disappointed!   There is a very strong rubber smell to the toy initially, so I figured it just overpowered the smell of the Himalayan chew.   After a couple days of airing it out, I tried again….same reaction.  I took the chew out and gave it to her…devoured.   It’s been a week now, so I tried again with another Himalayan.  First let me say, refilling this toy with a Himalayan is a pain!  I finally got the chew in the wrap and presented it to Suki.  She gave me a look of “have you really not learned yet?” and walked away.  I decided to try a bully stick instead…SUCCESS!  She grabbed the toy and ran off for awhile.  I think the rubber smell just overpowers the Himalayan chew too much for her particular taste.  The stronger scent of the bully stick seems to work fine.  She’s just a bully stick gal!   I bought her chew refills at a local pet boutique, but Pawabunga also sells them on their website.  Ruffhides Refillable Chew Toy may be just the answer for chew devouring dogs!

3 pawsSuki’s Review:

I give the Ruffhides toy 3 paws if a bully stick is in it.   I think mommy has finally gotten the hint I don’t want a Himalayan, so we won’t go there (1 paw would be generous).  I would give it my coveted 4 paws award if the silly wrap didn’t prevent me from devouring the bully stick in one fell swoop.  Apparently, mommy finds this to be a positive aspect of the toy.  She’s mistaken!  It takes forever!

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