To find a site where they can tell you what you should feed your dog, based on his breed, his age or even his activity level.
But the reality of it is that it is never that easy. Just like their people, dogs nutritional needs change though out their lifetimes and occasionally outside factors influence what kind of food we feed our dogs.
Lets face it, here in America, we are seeing a shift to a more aware and healthy society. With the creation of the “Let’s move program” and “The Partnership for a Healthier America”, food manufacturers are looking more closely at ingredients. Everyone seems to be watching labels, and learning about nutrition is important for us to stay healthy and strong. It is just as important for us to know what is in our dogs food, and reading labels and being connected with what your dogs are eating is your responsibility as a dog owner.
We all grow as dog owners and sometimes we learn the hard way, or by trial and error, and just like us and our 2 legged children, our dogs can occasionally react to some of the foods we feed them with allergies or sensitivities. Remember, because our 4 legged babies cannot tell us when they feel bad it is important for us to always keep a sharp eye out for changes in behavior, mood, condition and especially our dogs feces. Being in-tune with what comes out of your dog, tells you a lot about how your dogs body reacts to what is going in.
Variety is the Key to Life
I am fortunate to have a small pack of dogs. Feeding could be complicated, but instead it is an opportunity to condition, train, regulate and observe all my dogs. As far as different protein sources go, I stick with a couple, and because of the volume of dry kibble that I use, I am able to mix and switch easily and with out any ill effects. I know I would not want to eat the same thing every day for my whole life, no matter how good it is for me.
Still confused? Well, recently I was contacted by Reviews.com. They have created a completely awesome review article about the Best Dog Foods on the market and they focus specifically on quality Ingredients. With more than 2,000 different formulas of dry food to look at, their methodology is through and logical.
Besides quality of product and history of the manufacturer, some of the take away points covered include “things to watch out for”, and those “other ingredients”. They also touch on other types of food (besides Kibble), including some great thoughts on feeding raw.
I highly recommend anyone who feeds dogs take a look at it. here is the link:
I recently discovered this amazing interactive tug toy for my corgi Eddie. Eddie is a very active Cardigan Welsh Corgi that is constantly on the go and is always ready to retrieve a ball. Recently, Eddie pulled the sheath off of one of his toe nails and running and ball playing were not allowed.. and although he has been healing up nicely, his technique of sliding into the retrieve, often caused him pain and more limping.
I bought the Tether Tug Dog Toy for one of my other dogs that is more into rope toys, never thinking that the corgis would enjoy it so much, but after a little bit of interacting with him and the rope, he caught on quickly and now it is one of his favorite things to play with in the yard.
This Tether Tug toy is a great stress release for him as I have noticed when the dogs across the road are barking, instead of running to the fence to bark back, he runs to his “tugger” and starts pulling and shaking.. The amazing thing is that because of his stature, his front toes do not take any abuse, and his sensitive toe is just about all healed up, with the added benefit of keeping him fit (he is an agility dog) and strengthening his core at the same time.
I can’t stress enough how much this has helped Eddie maintain his happy outlook, all the while, keeping him from painfully banging his toe and causing any further injury.
Here is my Product Review
PRODUCT NAME: Tether Tug XL
INTRODUCTION: No matter what size dog you have, I would recommend you get the largest size you feel comfortable with. Mine is an XL and certainly a great choice for my corgis who are not XL.. Easy to install, using a large hammer, and, the pole lifts out for easy lawn maintenance.
The XL comes with:
55 inch tether tug pole that slides into a in-ground base
A knotted rope toy with a quick connector
The XL is designed for all dogs over 60 pounds including Pit Bulls, and has a larger heaver duty base.
This toy is great for any active, high energy dog or any dog that likes to play tug. Often times , both my corgis will pull at the same time, against each other and against the pole. PRODUCT OVERVIEW; As with any dog toy that is played with roughly, the rope should be monitored for damage and can easily be replaced with tether tug replacements, or you can make your own tether tug replacement with fleece. RATING; 8 out of 10 . When installed correctly, this toy provides hours of entertainment for your dog(s). The one worry that I have about it is the “snap” that holds the rope toy to the pole. My taller dogs tend to reach higher toward the top of the rope and occasionally would mouth the snap. I wrapped it with a bit of duct tape, to prevent teeth from getting caught, and that solved that issue. FINAL OPINION: This is a great toy to add to any dog lovers arsenal of toy options for your dogs! Certainly can’t replace the time you spend with your dog, but can help burn off some excess energy and strengthen at the same time. WHERE TO BUY; Amazon.com
I would love to hear about your dogs adventures with their Tether tug.. Or have a question I can help with? Drop me a note… I LOVE to talk dog..!
Like most of us, I carry a lot of stress in my shoulders, felt like the weight of the world. Yes meds helped, massage helped, but it never went away, it was a constant debilitating pain.. But after a couple days of using this new low light laser therapy device, well my shoulders never bother me at all. I know It is hard to believe that the key to being pain free, is a drug free, non invasive form of medicine that helps the body, at the cellular level, to heal, reduce pain and inflammation at the source, and can create a safe and effective solution for your chronic pain, wound healing and arthritis.
I am blown away at the ads promoting daily pain medication, and I know, that this cycle of endless pain and medications can be stopped with low light laser therapy. I have seen and experienced the amazing healing properties of light many times over both on my own body my friends, and those of my pets. This technology is so incredible, understandable and studied, I wonder if the big pharmaceutical companies are somehow responsible in keeping it on” the down low ” for so many years. I would like to predict that in this time and age where we are all trying to get away from the daily pain medications, that in another 20 years these devices will be a household item that everyone with pain can safely use in the comfort of their own homes, and be able to live life to its fullest with out pain. Low laser light therapy will never replace doctors, but it certainly should be added to their arsenal of things to try before surgery and/or a life long program of drugs. Mostly to blame for the lack of wider acceptance among the medical profession is the insurance companies, as most do not recognize this modality of medicine to be a viable option. Interestingly enough, most pet insurance providers do cover low light laser therapy costs for their patients
In my last post, (https://moredogsmorefun.com/the-truth-about-low-laser-therapy) I explained what low laser light therapy (LLLT) is, how it works, and how the Food and Drug Administration classifies laser units. If you haven’t read it, or if you are not sure if Laser Therapy is right for you, PLEASE take a minute to read it. I have written it with the average person in mind and hopefully, you will find it educational and enlightening (pun intended)..
This post is a review of what I believe to be the best laser unit on the market, for the beginner, and for at home use..
let me explain a bit about my practical experience with low laser light therapy.
Keeping on the Go…
I am an active person. I have a small farm where I train horses and dogs and teach riders and handlers and with the help of my family, We do all of our own farm maintenance and gardening. If I am down and out due to pain of any sort, the well oiled machine of getting the things done that need to be done comes grinding to a painful stop. Basically, I do not have time for pain.
I have watched the evolution of Low light laser therapy since the late 1970’s. As a young Equestrian, I had used just about every small laser light device that I could afford at the time, on both myself and my animals. I also was fortunate to be able to borrow a lot of devices that belonged to sales reps or veterinarians. I used devices that were a “pad” of LED lights and a small device that used pulsed electromagnetic field energy, but my favorite and most helpful were the large Class IV devices that I would borrow from my Vet. Class IV Laser Devices had been the most powerful and the most dangerous (creates heat, can burn skin and damage eyes) devices on the market, but that power also brought the best results . So you can understand my excitement when this new generation of lasers hit the market that are as powerful or more powerful then the Class IV lasers, SAFE enough to be classified as a Class I by the FDA, affordable for the at home user and cordless, making it easy, and convenient where ever I am on the farm. This is a medical grade device that has just recently become approved for private purchase.
PRODUCT_NAME: My Pet Laser
Overall Ranking: 9 of 10 Price: $2,995.00 Website: http://www.multiradiance.com
Safe and Easy to Use with simple interface and treatment modes
Cordless, Ultra portable with a 8 Hour Rechargeable Battery
FDA Cleared for patient use at home which reduces stress
Fast Pain Relief
Pulsing Red, and Infrared Radiances
All the Laser units from Multi Radiance Medical are amazing medical grade devices, and they all use the same wavelengths with the same delivery. Some of the more Professional units have more options of combinations of the wavelengths, they have more power which allows them to have a shorter treatment time ( 2 minutes compared to 5), and have a blue laser which works on wounds to kill bacteria. They are also a bit more pricey…
Because these units are sold to such a diverse market (chiropractors, dentists, veterinarians, physical therapists, etc), MRM marketing department has created different color sleeves for different markets. This Blue “My Pet Laser” is the same unit as the new “Pain Away” (has a red cover) you can find on the website. This is where the ranking lost a point in my book.. more complicated than it needs to be.. These lasers are just recently being sold to the general public for at home and personal use and it seems they really haven’t given names much thought
WHO IT IS FOR
This Product must have the big pharmaceutical companies worried to death. Everyone should have a low light laser therapy device. I use this unit on my arthritic hands (otherwise I would not be typing this) and later tonight I will use it on my corgi. This unit is SAFE! Only pregnant women and people with pacemakers need to seek professional guidance. This unit can be used on any living being in your house with acute or chronic pain including your dogs, cats, horses.. everyone!
I absolutely love the Quick Reference Guide that comes with this laser.. It tells you exactly which of the three settings to use for the effect you are needing.
This low light laser therapy device comes with the blue protective sleeve and a plastic case that includes the charger. It also comes with a 2 year warranty with an option to purchase another 3 years.
Multi Radiance Medical has a small inside sales department that handles the needs of the outside sales force. For best support and better price , purchase from an outside sales representative that is trained in all aspects of low light laser therapy its use and classes..
This units price is listed as $ 2,995.00. Outside Sales Representatives can often find creative ways to lower the price and can include FREE e-books on methods etc.
Before buying any other Low light laser therapy device, Please read carefully.. there are recently, a lot of laser and light therapy devices in many of the high end catalogs, that with a little tricky wording in the descriptions, leads one to believe that the FDA has something to do with approval of these devices where in reality this is just crafty marketing. Most of these products do no harm, but do not deliver the needed light energy to treat tissues beyond a few centimeters.
These MRM Laser units are used in 80% of chiropractic colleges world wide. They are used in all the top Veterinary Universities and by the Olympic Equestrian teams. Athletic directors for many major league teams Use MRM laser therapy to keep their players on the field.
Therapeutic lasers are getting better every year. These new lasers that have now entered the marketplace provide deeper tissue penetration, higher power densities and reliable electronics to achieve better clinical outcomes. The Multi Radiance Medical ” your Pet Laser” really is the ultimate safe and affordable solution for chronic pain, wound healing, and arthritis for all your family members. It is A New, Better Idea in Pain Management.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What does Low Light Laser treatment feel like? Does it hurt?
There is little or no sensation during low light laser treatment. Some report feeling a mild, soothing warmth or tingling.
Are there any side effects or associated risks?
Within the more then 4000 studies and with more than twenty years of use by practitioners around the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. If a patient is allergic or ultra sensitive to light they may get a rash for a few days. Occasionally, as the healing response occurs, some chronic injuries or pain syndromes may initially feel aggravated post treatment .
How long does the treatment take?
Depending on the condition and the size of the area being treated, The average treatment duration is 5 minutes.
How frequently should a patient be treated?
Acute conditions can initially be treated once or twice a day. Chronic conditions respond best when treatments are received 3-4 times per week.
How many treatments does it take?
Treatment varies with the each condition. Acute conditions may only require 1-6 treatments while more chronic or long standing issues may require 10-15 sessions and may require periodic ongoing care. Older patients generally require more treatments for the safe effects
How long until I notice results?
You may feel results after your first treatment. Each treatment is cumulative and most patients feel results after 2-3 sessions.
“Treatment with laser therapy is not based on heat development, but on photochemical and photobiological effects in cells and tissues.”
-Tuner & Hode, 2010, pg. 71-The New Laser Therapy Handbook
Breed: Yorkie Name and Age: Mia (13)
Owner’s Report: Our little Yorkie, Mia, has been a very special part of our life. But, at 13 1/2, there were many times she had a hard time just getting up in the morning. We’ve known since her birth that she’d been diagnosed with subluxating patellae, but we’d resisted the thought of putting her through surgery until recently. We tried meds, but they didn’t work.
The orthopedic surgeon told us on a four scale, she was a 4 on the right side and 3 on the left. Fortunately, a good friend and animal nutritionist told us about your laser therapy. We tried it and it has worked very very well. We just wish we’d known about it sooner, she is much more comfortable. We couldn’t believe it could make such a difference, but it has and we now highly recommend it for anyone. Thank you.
Share your Story…
Do you have a laser story you would like to share? Low light laser therapy has helped me so much…I’d love to hear your story.. Please take a minute and drop me a line below.. May we all be Pain Free and Drug Free…!
Interested in purchasing a MRM laser for your own use? Want to know more? Please leave me a comment, or question and I will get back to you shortly.
Thanks for visiting.. wishing you a blessed and pain free day!
These are COOL! Unlike earlier versions that can be bought on amazon, these “smart” tags will last for years. These tags contain the latest in digital Smartphone Technology. Like a normal rabies tag, each tag shows the current required information, the Vet Clinic name and phone number on the front, but on the back, the tag contains a QR code that provides key information on the Pet, the Owner and the Veterinary Clinic. Each Tag also provides a digital Pet Health Profile with the Pet’s complete medical and vaccination history. And if the pet gets lost, a finder with a smartphone can scan the tag which will automatically send a text and an e-mail alert to the owner and a GPS location of exactly where the pet is. If your vet doesn’t have these yet, Have them contact Stone manufacturing &Supply Com. AlsoCheck out this web site http://www.vetidtags.com This is where you go to register your pet’s tag.
This is a great option, along with a microchip, to make sure that your pet is always returned to you if he gets away or lost
where to buy: www.stonemfg.net
Price: only available from your veterinarian, $10.00 -$15.00