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Barkworthies – a tasty treat for aggressive chewers

For Valentine’s Day, we gave one of our favorite dogs, Presley, a Barkworthies Elk Antler to test out. Presley is a super cute and very active teen-dog. Some might say he’s got ADHD. He’s known to eat anything and attempt to eat everything as well. His latest item of destruction was a Christmas tree stand.

Presley enjoying his Barkworthies Elk Antler

We gave Presley the Elk Antler to see if he would like it and also to see if it would capture his attention.

Antlers are an odorless treat with a hard exterior. Barkworthies uses naturally shed antlers, i.e. no harm was done to any animal for their antlers.

Presley loved the treat, which was expected. But to our surprise, Presley was also super engaged with the Elk Antler. It really captured his attention for a good period of time.

Furthermore, Presley barely made a dent into the Barkworthies Elk Antler. This is a true success as most of Presley’s treats, chews and toys only last for a few seconds.

Barkworthies treats and chews are completely digestible and contain absolutely no preservatives, chemicals, or additives. They also have a “US Collection” for treats sourced or baked right here in the USA.

They also have some different treat flavors such as Kangaroo Jerky Treats, Green Tripe and Root Chew.

 

Dog Grooming Tools

Dog grooming is part of being a pet parent. Even if you got to a dog groomer, you’ll need to occasionally (if not daily) brush your dog.

We’ve hand selected these great dog grooming tools.

Everything is linked for easy purchase:

 

 

 

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Dog First Aid – Helpful Items to Keep at Home

firstaiddogIt’s important to have a first aid kit for your dog. You never know when you’ll need it and be glad to have it when your best friend has an accident.

Here’s our recommended list of Dog First Aid kit items:

  • Keep a list of your veterinarian’s contact information, as well as, a 24hr ER vet (in case your vet is not available 24/7). We recommend having this on paper – you never know when your phone might run out of juice.
  • Keep a list of bad food for dogs. If you think your dog has eaten a dangerous food or been poisoned, call your vet or the Pet Poison Hotline immediately.
  • Tweezers – You’ll especially need tweezers if your dog gets a tick. Our post on Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs shows how to use the tweezers to pull out a tick.
  • Kwik-Stop Styptic Gel will form an instant gel barrier to stop minor bleeding fast, i.e. especially for bleeding caused by clipping nails and minor cuts.
  • Antiseptic + Antifungal Spray specifically formulated to help speed the healing process of cuts, scrapes, and minor abrasions. It’s a gentle, cleansing formula does not contain alcohol and will not sting.
dog first aid

PawFlex

    • Bandages – Need a band-aid for your dog, but it’s hard to find one that fits? PawFlex Bandages is a line of bandages just for dogs. PawFlex bandages are a disposable non adhesive fur friendly super stretch all in one bandage that maintains a secure comfortable natural fit. The PawFlex sizes and designs are created for specific sized dogs and specific wound-care areas.
      Alternatively, stock some gauze pads and rolls.
    • Povidone iodine – If your dog has skin issues/infections, hot spots, minor abrasions, and any other skin problems, povidone iodine is a great solution and you can buy it at any pharmacy or drug store.
      Dr. Karen Becker wrote a great article in the Huffington Post about the advantage of using povidone iodine for dog’s skin issues, “The solution I use will take care of staph, yeast, and pretty much any common bacteria but doesn’t sting or irritate the dog’s skin at all. And it’s safe if dogs lick the area after cleaning.”
dog first aid

ProCollar

  • Dog cone – You probably already have one from your vet when your dog was spayed or neutered. The vet typically has them in clear plastic or a soft collar version. Last time we needed a collar for our dog Kobi, a Havanese, we used a different kind of collar – an inflatable collar from ProCollar. It seemed to fit our dog much better and he was less annoyed with it than the other collars we tried.
  • ScissorsScissors are very helpful as to get a better look at your dog’s wound, you probably need to cut some of his hair away. These dog hair scissors have rounded tips to help avoid any poking

We hope your pet says safe and in case of an accident, remember to call your vet asap!

Dog Book Recommendation

I was just visiting a friend who had this funny dog book, which she recommended. When I saw that it was “poems by dogs”, I quickly interjected that I just really wasn’t into poetry. But one glance at this book totally changed my mind.

Let me illustrate, here’s the first poem I read from this book:

Dog Book - If I could chew on thisCan You Smell That?
I smell the air
I smell the dew
I smell that rock
I smell your shoe
I smell the leaves
I smell a slug
I smell the dirt
I inhale a bug
I smell the grass
I smell the grass
I small each and every
Blade of grass
I smell a butt
Oh hey, it’s Lou!
I smell frustration
Oh hey, that’s you
I sniff, I snort, I even snuff
And with every scent my nose does sing
But you say quite sharply, it’s been two hours
So let’s smell what the next foot of our walk does bring

This totally cracked me up – so did other poems as I flipped through this cute dog book.
So here I am recommending:

I Could Chew on This and other poems by dogs (by Francesco Marciuliano)

It’s not too long (about 100 pgs) and easily brings a smile to any dog owner. Enjoy!