Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Don't Let Fleas and Ticks Feast On Your Dog #12Bravecto

Not long ago, I found something on my dog that freaked me out.  Although I regularly use flea and tick prevention for my dogs, I must have missed a month or been a few days late in giving them their monthly dose of topical flea and tick protection. 


My Siberian Husky, Icy, communing with nature in the backyard, but she could be communing with fleas and ticks too!
I was rubbing Icy's belly and she was in heaven.  I started massaging her neck when suddenly I felt something.  Something that shouldn't be there.  A round, smooth thing that was stuck to her neck.  Panic set in, I knew immediately what it was.  A tick!  My poor, sweet dog had a tick on her neck!  I frantically dug into her thick Husky fur to get to The Disgusting Thing.  It was a tick all right.  A fat, full tick that had attached itself to Icy's neck, and had obviously been feasting on her blood!

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Here's a photo of the hateful tick I pulled out of Icy's neck.  You can see stains from the blood that came out of the tick when I squished it, YUK!

The ugly tick I pulled out of Icy's neck
I felt so guilty, how could I have been negligent with her flea and tick protection?  After I thought about it for awhile, I remembered that we spent a month packing up our house and moving across the country from Phoenix to New York.  Then we had a family crisis and that month was kind of a blur.  Well, life happens and stuff falls through the cracks, right?  The scary thing is, Fleas and ticks carry diseases that can be harmful to you and your pet so effective flea and tick control is a must! 

I knew it was time for longer lasting prescription flea and tick control!  When I heard about BRAVECTO® (Fluralaner)  it sounded like just what I needed to make flea and tick protection a whole lot easier, so I asked my Veterinarian about it (see 5 Key Questions to ask your Vet about flea and tick control below).  We talked for awhile and decided that BRAVECTO was a good fit for my lifestyle and for my dogs, so I got a prescription and started both my dogs on it. I already knew that:

> BRAVECTO is a tasty chew that provides up to 12 weeks of protection against fleas and ticks* 
 
> BRAVECTO starts killing fleas within 2 hours and kills 100% of fleas in 12 hours

> BRAVECTO is easy and convenient to use.  1 tasty chew provides up to 12 weeks of flea and tick protection*

> BRAVECTO is FDA approved and only available by prescription.  BRAVECTO is only approved for dogs 6 months and older since it's prescribed based on weight and puppies under 6 months grow so quickly their weights change too much over the 12 week treatment period.

>>> Follow this Veterinary Product link to Learn more about BRAVECTO (Fluralaner)

Visit your Veterinarian and ask about flea and tick control.  It's a good idea to bring a list of questions with you to ask about what flea and tick control is best for your lifestyle and your pet.   Here are 5 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR VET to get your conversation started:
 
1. What's new in flea and tick control?
This is important because many products currently being used have been around for 10 to 20 years or more and you may not know the differences or benefits of some of the newer products.  For instance, there are now oral products that kill both fleas and ticks.  One such product, BRAVECTO®  (Fluralaner) lasts for up to 12 weeks* with just one tasty chew!
 
2. What product is best for my dog and my lifestyle?
There are many products available and your veterinarian is the right person to ask which product is best for your specific pet.  Some products are easier to administer, dosed more or less frequently, have different types of side effects and even different expectations for effectiveness.  You should feel comfortable asking your veterinarian to explain some of these differences.
 
3. Should I use a prescription product or just get a product over-the-counter?
Your Veterinarian can explain some of the differences so you can make an educated decision.  For instance, prescription products have  more in depth safety and effectiveness study requirements for approval.
 
4. What should I expect from my flea and tick control? 
You may think your current product is not working because you see fleas and ticks on occasion, but should that be expected with the product you are using?  On the flip side, you may think your current product is doing a great job because you don't see ticks and fleas that often.  But can you expect more?
 
5. Lastly, ask to get more information on BRAVECTO if you are interested in treating less often with a tasty chew without compromising on safety or effectiveness.
 
I'm SO glad I switched my dogs flea and tick control to BRAVECTO®It's so easy and convenient.  Icy and Phoebe think it's a treat, they love the taste!  I feel more confident using a prescription flea and tick product because of the increased requirements around safety and effectiveness for prescription products needed for FDA approval.

Boxes of BRAVECTO, which I now give to both my dogs, Icy and Phoebe.

BRAVECTO tablet in it's individual packet

A BRAVECTO chew, in the size for dogs 44 - 88 lbs.  One tasty chew provides 12 week protection against fleas and ticks*.

Don't let FLEAS & TICKS make a meal out of your precious dog, ask your Veterinarian about BRAVECTO today!  Click here to find a Veterinarian near you that can provide BRAVECTO .

* BRAVECTO  kills fleas, prevents flea infestations, and kills ticks (black-legged tick or "deer tick", American dog tick and brown dog tick) for 12 weeks.  It also kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION:The most common adverse reactions recorded in clinical trials of BRAVECTO  were vomiting, decreased appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, polydipsia, and flatulence.  BRAVECTO  has not been shown to be effective for 12 weeks' duration in puppies less than 6 months of age.   BRAVECTO  is not effective against lone star ticks beyond 8 weeks after dosing.

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If you enjoyed this blog post, you may also like these two posts on BRAVECTO :
Learn more about the 4 stages of the Flea lifecycle and see why just a few fleas on your dog can mean there are many more are hiding!

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Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information published. However, it remains the responsibility of the readers to familiarize themselves with the product information contained on the USA product label or package. More product information is available here: https://intervetus.naccvp.com/product/view/1047512?e=d97b22ed63e734e84c1a5910a9c8f531z1688

Sunday, August 21, 2016

My Dog's Jungle

I can't get enough of this photo of my Husky, Icy.  I just love it!



If you want to see it in color, click here ----> Wordless Wednesday, Welcome To My Jungle

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summer Will Soon Be Over

WE CANNOT BELIEVE THAT SUMMER IS JUST ABOUT OVER!  IS IT REALLY MID-AUGUST OR ARE GREMLINS MESSING WITH OUR CALENDAR??
Mom grows tomatoes and lots of flowers!  The veggies are all grown organically; no pesticides & only organic fertilizers

I GUESS FALL IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND THAT MEANS OUR DAYS OF PUTTERING IN THE GARDEN AND PLAYING ON THE BEACH WILL SOON BE OVER.

I love to lounge in Ma's garden, it's so cozy!

WITH ALL SUPER HOT WEATHER WE'VE BEEN HAVING IN THE NORTHEAST AND ALL THE HEAT & HUMIDITY WE'VE HAD A RECORD NUMBER OF STAYING INDOORS DAYS.  IT WAS JUST TOO DARN HOT TO GO OUTSIDE & PLAY!

I love these pretty flowers, they're SO tall!
OH WELL, WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE THE BEST OF THE LIMITED SUMMERTIME FUN WE HAVE LEFT.  HIGH ON OUR LIST IS ONE MORE ROAD TRIP AND POSSIBLY GETTING AT LEAST ONE OF US OUT ON THE WATER IN SOME KIND OF BOAT.  THAT'S BEEN A GOAL OF MOM'S FOR QUITE SOME TIME, LET'S SEE IF SHE ACHIEVES HER GOAL THIS YEAR! (We're betting No, we are so NOT the canine versions of Michael Phelps, LOL!)

Beautiful Springtime flowers near our former home in Arizona.
WE WILL SOON SAY GOODBYE TO SUMMER AND HELLO TO  THE BEAUTY OF FALL!

No too many more beach days for us.  They'll be replaced with romping in the leaves instead of on the beach!
 Are you sad that Summer is almost over, did you do all the fun stuff you wanted to this Summer?  What's left on your Summertime fun Agenda?  Leave us a comment & share, we love hearing from you!

Friday, August 12, 2016

From Adorable Puppy to Invaluable Service Dog

Every now and then while sitting at the local Starbucks gazing out the window, people watching, I see an extraordinary thing.  There is a group of people who routinely utilize the bustling town as practice for Guide Dogs in training.  Guide dogs fascinate me.  In fact all service animals fascinate me, it’s astounding that they can be trained for a life of service involving such complex tasks and decision making.

Max, A Service Dog in training
You can imagine my delight when I was given an opportunity to share a wonderful Info Graphic and companion article about Service Dogs, provided by Petco.  If you’ve ever wondered how Service Dogs help people and what it might be like to be a Service Dog trainer, this Info Graphic provides a snapshot of what that might look like.

By now we’ve probably all seen service dogs in action.  Service Dogs help sight-challenged people navigate the ins and outs of daily life.  They offer comfort to returning service people.  They are even able to alert some individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes when they might be in danger and need medicine.  But training a dog from puppy to lifesaving companion isn’t an easy task.  It’s unlike raising a pet that will be part of a family; Raising a service dog is helping instill the necessary traits and ethic to be a hardworking animal that is specifically attuned to the needs of an individual.  If you’ve ever thought about becoming a service animal trainer, or are interested in what service animals can help with, use this graphic to learn more.


You'll find more detail in the companion article that goes along with this Infographic, TrainingService Dogs: From Puppy To Invaluable Partner,  written by Keagen "Kea" Grace.  Kea is a writer who specializes in training professional working dogs.  She also serves as a consultant for service and working dog programs across North American and Europe.  If you want to learn more about Service Dogs and the vital role of service dog Puppy Raisers, you’ll really enjoy Kea’s article.

My dog Icy, a Pet Partners Therapy Dog
My dog Icy and I are a Therapy Dog team.  The terms "Therapy Dog" and "Service Dog"are sometimes used interchangeably, but a Therapy Dog is very different from a Service Dog.   To learn about Therapy Dogs and read some heartwarming stories about how Therapy Dogs help people, check out the section on THERAPY DOGS on my  blog's Home page.

If you enjoyed this blog post, I think you'll really like my post on Service Dogs being raised in prison for a life of service. In this post I interview a friend of mine who spends her weekends socializing these dogs outside of prison walls.



Monday, August 8, 2016

Cool Your Dog Off With The Cool Pet Pad Self Cooling Mat!

The Dog Days of Summer have certainly been upon us haven't they?  We've had SO much hot weather and high humidity in the Northeastern U.S.  With a Siberian Husky, I'm especially mindful of her becoming over-heated, particularly when there's high humidity.

I've always wanted one of those cooling mats for dogs to help my active Husky stay cool on those hot Summer days.  I was delighted to have the opportunity to review the COOL PET PAD Revolutionary Self-Cooling Cushion, from The Green Pet Shop.

My Husky loves her Cool Pet Pad, Self Cooling cushion for dogs
I wanted a cooling mat I didn't have to plug in, add water to, freeze, or do anything to make it cool.  I wanted to just put the cooling pad on the floor and have it start cooling my pet down right away. 

The Cool Pet Pad's cooling get is activated by your pet's weight, which is just perfect!  I don't need to do anything myself to activate the cooling gel.  I tried the cooling pad out for about a week or so.  The cooling effect of the pad lasted for several hours indoors and maybe 2 to 3 hours outdoors in the shade on some fairly hot days, with approx. 65 - 75% humidity.

I love the tag line on the Cool Pad, just below The Green Pet Shop's logo. It saysGo Green Or Go Home!

Eco-friendly pet products like this Cool Pet Pad from The Green Pet Shop
This is what the Cool Pet Pad looks like out of the box.  I love The Green Pet Shop's tag line; Go Green Or Go Home!
 Note: I was given a complimentary Cool Pet Pad in exchange for an honest review of the product.  
 
I found the Cool Pet Pad to be durable and easy to clean.  It fits in a crate and folds up easily for travel, which is really valuable to us since we travel so much, especially in Summer.  The enlarged graph from the back of the box shows how much warmer the surface temperature is without using the cool pad vs. when you're using the cool pad. (Note: these results may vary depending on temperature, humidity and your pet)
 



 
I'm very pleased with the Cool Pet Pad, and so is Icy!  She loves to lay on it both outdoors and indoors.  Honestly, the only complaint I have is that I didn't get it earlier in the season so Icy could have enjoyed the coolness all through June and July!  You can find the Cool Pet Pad at PetSmart stores and various online retailers, as well as directly from The Green Pet Shop.

Cool your dog off this summer with a Cool Pet Pad self cooling mat!
Icy loves her new Cool Pet Pad from The Green Pet Shop!

In case you're wondering, I know I was, the Gel inside the cool pad is NON toxic.  Of course, you should not allow your pet to ingest the gel.  According to The Green Pet Shop it could potentially cause an allergic reaction in some cases.  If your pet does ingest the gel, contact your Veterinarian.

Have you ever used a cooling mat or cushion for your pet?  Leave us a comment and share!  We always LOVE hearing from you!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Dogs Howling Loudly

My husband has been away for 3 weeks and my Siberian Husky, Icy, is NOT a happy dog!  She expresses her discontent verbally in this 30 second video.


Wow, 'nuff said, huh?!?

Icy rarely howls like this.  Thank DOG my husband comes home tonight!  Don't worry sweet dog, Daddy will be home in a few hours.  We'll go together to pick him up at the train station!  He'll be overjoyed to see his sweet little Husky.  Oh, and he'll be happy to see Mommy too, LOL!

Does your dog get a little crazy when you go away?  Leave us a comment and share, we always love hearing from you!!

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