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    What You Need To Know About Your Pet's Joint Health and Arthritis

    What You Need To Know About Your Pet's Joint Health and Arthritis

    Joints are the connection between two or more bones. The end of bones are covered with cartilage. Because the cartilage does not have any blood supply of its own, it receives nourishment from small blood vessels in the underlying bone and from the joint fluid surrounding the cartilage. There are two major categories of joint problems: developmental and degenerative. With developmental issues, such as hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia, the joint does not develop properly. With degenerative issues, the articular cartilage may gradually deteriorate and degenerate over time as our pet ages, which is referred to as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). 

    Common signs of arthritis
    Dogs can exhibit many different signs when they have DJD, and they do not necessarily demonstrate the same signs all the time. The most common signs dog owners may notice include:
  • Difficulty getting up and down
  • Walking stiffly
  • Lameness in one or more legs
  • Reluctance to go up or down stairs
  • Reluctance to jump up or down
  • Stiff, swollen, or sore joints
  • Reluctance to be touched on some parts of the body
  • Loss of stamina
  • Unexpected aggression towards other dogs or towards humans
  • Should I start my dog on a joint supplement for arthritis and inflammation, even if I don't see any signs?
    You may be thinking inflammation is only a problem for dogs with joint disease … but chronic, hidden inflammation is everywhere in the body.  It’s the root of most diseases. Cancer, arthritis, allergies, kidney disease, dental disease, gastrointestinal disease … can all be caused by inflammation. Not all inflammation in the body is a bad thing. If your dog is exposed to viruses or bacteria, acute inflammation will release white blood cells to the body tissues and start the healing process. But chronic inflammation – the kind of low-grade inflammation that stays for weeks, months and even years – is the real culprit behind most degenerative and inflammatory health issues in your dog. And they’re finding that chronic low-grade inflammation is a major driver of joint disease. 
    What should I look for in a joint supplement?
    The three major ingredients you should look for are Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM. Some effective natural anti-inflammatory ingredients include turmeric, green lipped mussel and yucca root.
     
    WHAT IS GLUCOSAMINE?
    Glucosamine, derived from shellfish, is a natural compound made of an amino acid (glutamine) and a sugar (glucose), and is an essential building block of joint cartilage. Ordinarily, the body produces its own glucosamine, but during periods of extensive or prolonged cartilage repair, results in a decreased production of glucosamine. Pets with lameness can show significant improvement when treated with glucosamine. Other potential indications for glucosamine include the treatment of intervertebral disk disease, recurrent cystitis, and severe inflammatory bowel disease. 
    What is CHONDROITIN? 
    Chondroitin sulfate is the major glycosaminoglycan (GAG) found in cartilage. It promotes water retention and elasticity in the cartilage, helping to ensure adequate shock absorption and adequate nourishment of the tissues that line the joint. Chondroitin decreases inflammation that can be destructive to joints. Animal cartilage is the only dietary source of chondroitin, although it can be synthesized from its glucosamine precursor. Commercially available forms of chondroitin sulphate include bovine cartilage and shark cartilage. Shark cartilage supplements are not recommended because they possess no distinct advantage over bovine cartilage, and pose a significant threat to the integrity of the world's oceans.
    WHAT IS MSM?
    MSM, (methylsulfonylmethane,) is a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain killing) product. It is also used in humans to treat pain, inflammation, allergies, arthritis, and the maintenance of normal keratin levels in hair, skin and nails.
    WHAT IS TURMERIC?
    Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin – its active ingredient. Curcumin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, wound healing and anticancer activities. It can help fight diseases like arthritis, diabetes, cancer, liver disease, and gastrointestinal issues. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that slows down aging, degeneration and even increase lifespan. Adding turmeric to your dog's diet is incredibly beneficial and can revolutionize his body from head to paw.
    WHAT IS GREEN LIPPED MUSSEL?
    Perna canaliculus, or green-lipped mussel, is an edible shellfish found off the shores of New Zealand. Perna mussel contains glucosamine, a GAG precursor and one of the building blocks of cartilage. It contains natural anti-inflammatory agents and many essential building blocks needed to rebuild the necessary components in joints.
     
    WHAT IS YUCCA ROOT?
    Yucca is an all-natural steroidal supplement. It reduces pain with minimal digestive side effects and is used for arthritis, joint problems, soft tissue swelling, and digestive problems. Yucca also is said to promote circulation through damaged tissue, reducing waste build-up while also helping in the removal of waste from the liver and kidneys. The increased circulation also provides more tissue-repairing nutrients.  
    WHAT IS FISH OIL?
    Fish oil supplementation may be helpful for pets with inflammatory diseases including allergies, arthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, and many types of cancer. It also benefits your dog's skin and coat to alleviate itchiness and shedding.
     
    Author: Michelle Dulake, DVM
    Co-Founder of www.ferapetorganics.com

    5 Dog Safety Tips for Summer

    5 Dog Safety Tips for Summer

    Summer’s almost here! Here are some tips to help your dog enjoy this beautiful weather too.

    1. Paws Off The Hot Pavement: Do you remember as a barefoot kid, jumping to walk on the white lines since they were cooler than the pavement? Our dogs are not the fierce predators of old. The foot pads, especially on puppies and apartment dogs, are prone to very uncomfortable burns. Always reach down and keep your hand firmly pressed to the pavement for a while to be sure it’s not too hot. If you can’t comfortably keep your hand there, your dog may need to take a different path, or to wear protective boots.

    2. Don't Leave Me In The Car: Speaking of hot places, please don’t ever leave your dog in the car alone in warm weather. Dogs can’t sweat like people do, and their fur coats don’t unzip. Even with windows cracked, the inside of a car can reach deadly temperatures in less than 15 minutes. While you could leave the air conditioning running, more than one family has returned to find an empty car with a window unwittingly rolled completely down by a paw.

    3. Keep Me In The Shade: When you tie your best friend’s leash while you play some ball with the kids, be sure he can reach some shade and has plenty of water available. If he’s digging, chances are he’s removing the top warm layer of dirt to get to the cooler layer below. Pay attention to this plea that he needs some relief from the heat.

    4. Water + Dog = Happy Cool Dog: Speaking of water, dogs LOVE to have their own kiddy pools to cool off in! When looking for a pool, consider how often you will want to be changing out the water. Dog’s tend to get the water muddy faster than kids, and some pools are too flimsy to easily dump. Your dog doesn’t need a huge pool. Better to get a smaller one that’s easy to dump. If you have a dog that absolutely loves to get into deeper water, consider a plastic stock tank, These tanks, usually used to water horses and other livestock, are easier to dump than kiddy pools and have the option to attach drainage hoses. When introducing your dog to the pool, never force entry. Instead, play around the pool and throw toys and floating treats into the water. Always use an appropriately safe water level for each dog

    5. Cooling Treats: You can create amazing ice treats for your dogs! Choose some favorite treats: pieces of carrots, kibble, spoonfuls of peanut butter, etc. Fill a plastic container with water. (Depending on the types of treats and how large you make the ice, you may want to freeze in layers.) Add treats into the water, freeze solid, dip into warm water to release, let your dog enjoy the “pupsicle” outside!

    And don’t forget to stay current on heartworm preventative. This preventable deadly disease is much cheaper to avoid by using pills than to treat an infection. The heart worm parasite is transmitted by mosquitoes. Warm weather brings mosquitoes, as well as forgotten pools of water breeding more of the bloodsucking bugs. Let your vet guide you in getting your dog started on the very easy, one pill a month, protective pills.

    Be safe, have fun, and give your dog a scratch for me!

    About The Author: Lesa Scheifele is a behavioral consultant who specializes in exotic animal training

    THE MAKINGS OF THE SHIBORI BANDANA

    THE MAKINGS OF THE SHIBORI BANDANA

    The Makings of the Shibori Bandana. Each Shibori Bandana is individually made from the dying process to the stitch detail.

    We first begin, by washing the raw fabric.

    Then we tie it to get it prepared for the dye process.

    Once it's ready to be dyed, we dip it in the indigo dye several times. This process can take up to 3 hours. After it's dyed, we hang dry it.

    Which usually takes a day. After it's all dry, we wash it again about 5 times to get all the excess dye off. Then we hang dry again. The picture above is unwashed. The indigo will get a lighter once it's washed.

     

    After it's all dry, we add a heavy stitch detail that is all done by hand. This is the stitching you see going across the center of the bandana. It can get tricky to get the stitch to be straight when you are hand stitching, so we take our time to make sure it's done nicely.

    After we hand- stitch it we sew the hand stitch secure and sew the rolled hem and it's finally finished! It's a process that usually take an additional 2-3 days to make as oppose to the other bandanas. It's a beautifully crafted Bandana. If your looking for a special gift for your pup that is unique you won't be disappointed with the Shibori Bandana. We hope you enjoy reading about The Makings of the Shibori Bandana :)

    Bodie | The Mellow Fellow :)

    Bodie | The Mellow Fellow :)

     

    Happy Saturday friends!

    We have a special friend we want to feature this month. His name is Bodie, he is 6 years old. He is one mellow fellow and he looking for a forever home. He is a rescue with FBRN (French Bulldog Rescue Network)

    Bodie came to FBRN because his previous owner was no longer able to give him the care he needed. Bodie suffers from intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), a condition where the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column bulge or burst, creating pressure on the spinal nerves. In mild cases, this pressure causes pain and decreased mobility, but in severe cases it can cause paralysis. Bodie’s is a moderately severe case, and he no longer has full use of his hind legs. But no matter! Bodie isn’t in any pain and, in typical doggie fashion, has no idea that there’s anything amiss. He is happy to roam and play in the house and yard, sort of wobbling around (he wears socks to prevent rug rash) and he recently got a wheelie cart of his very own, which he uses for adventures like walks! Bodie’s cart was fitted and manufactured just for him, and he has taken to it like a fish to water. Heads turn and hearts go pitter-pat when this handsome fellow takes a walk through the neighborhood with his sweet wheels! Of course, he'll take his cart with him to his forever home.

    So what is it like to have a cart dog? Well, in Bodie’s case, it means lots of lap time, doggie kisses, and Frenchie snores…in other words, not a whole lot different than your typical bulldog! But there are a few extra things his new family will have to do. Bodie has control of his bowels and bladder and does not need to have his bladder expressed, but he does need to go outside on a regular basis to prevent potty accidents--if you miss his cues, there is likely to be an accident. This means that the ideal family for him will have someone home for most of the day and there will be a set schedule for outings. (He would also be more than happy to accompany you to work, so long as there are no stairs involved!) Bodie also must continue his high quality, raw diet, which keeps the pH in his urine down and prevents urinary tract infections. Finally, Bodie does have a slightly enlarged heart, but at this point it’s not causing his vet any concern and is just something to keep an eye on.

    Bodie promises that this little bit of extra care is well, well worth it. He is an absolute love who adores his family and is friendly to every person he meets. He loves cuddling and giving kisses, and is an all-around good boy who is quiet, mellow, and doesn’t get into mischief. Bodie is also huge fan of toys, and will happily amuse himself romping about in the (fenced) yard with a favorite bone or plushie.  Especially if it's squeaky!

    Bodie doesn’t have much of an opinion on other dogs, since he largely ignores them in favor of playing by himself. It’s very important, however, that dogs in his new family be calm and not prone to rough play—Bodie absolutely cannot engage in roughhousing, as he could further injure his back. Bodie thinks kids are well and good, but they must be old enough to understand that he must be treated gently and carefully and he can't be picked up and carried around--we've found kids over 10 years old and dog savvy are best able to resist picking up adorable Frenchies. As for cats, birds, and other small animals, that is an unequivocal no—Bodie can’t stand his feline foster brother, and on a recent trip to the park, showed his foster mom that he has a very high prey drive (he was particularly interested in having a duck or peacock dinner!)

    Since Bodie can’t climb stairs, a single story home would be ideal. An apartment with an elevator would definitely work, especially since Bodie is a quiet boy who won’t get you evicted for noise complaints. The most important thing is that Bodie have a home where he can have frequent potty breaks and even more frequent cuddles. And if you have experience with special needs dogs, please tell us about it in your application.

    Bodie’s foster mom is going to miss her little man terribly, saying, “He is a great companion who is easy to form a bond with. He is mellow and quiet and gives lots of kisses. He is extremely easy to love and very calming."

    Are you and Bodie a match made in Frenchie heaven? If so, please fill out an application for him by clicking on the link below. Just be prepared to travel—Bodie is mastering the art of snuggling in southern Nevada and will not be shipped.

    FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo. Except in rare or unusual cases, adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family. In rare or unusual cases, FBRN may be able to assist in transporting a dog to a volunteer near the adopter's home, but the expense of transporting the dog must be the responsibility of the adopting party.

    FBRN dogs are in foster care in people's private homes. For the foster families' safety, we do not disclose specific locations, and we don't set up meet and greets prior to applications. For detailed information about the dogs in our care, please read the extensive bios on each dog.

    http://www.frenchbulldogrescue.org/adoption-info/available-dogs2/bodie/

    The Makings

    The Makings

     

    Are you curios to know what it takes to make your bandana??
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    Well you're about to find out!
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    As most of you may know all our pieces are made to order with a typical 3-4 day ordering processing time.
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    But hold up...Is that how long it takes to make a C+P bandana??....Nope!
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    The makings of a C+P bandana begins 3 months before we launch that season's collection. We first start by creating trends that we want to design into for that season. We do this by gathering inspiration from various sectors like the fashion runways, the outdoors, vintage items as well as ideas that just light up on our silly heads. All these pieces are gathered to begin the creation of the C+P Collection. After, we finalize our design direction for that season, we go out in search for the most beautiful fabrics that will fit into that season's collection. This part is one of the most important part of desining the collection. We spend a lot of time shopping for the right patterns, colors, quality of material. To only bring you the best product in the market. During this time, we do a lot of testing on fabrics and sample up bandanas to make sure that they pass our quality test. Yes! This includes a wash and wear test! After this step, we move into selecting the styles we are in LOVE with! Only the best, makes it to the Collection.
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    Half way through the process..We move into the makings. Where each order is individually made to order. We cut, sew, hand fringe, apply the hardware to the bandana and if requested monogram your bandana by hand! Then we apply a calming spray made of lavender and cedar specially designed for your pet. We do one last quality check before your bandana is packaged. At last we package each order ourselves and we make sure we hand write a personal note to you. To THANK YOU for choosing us! Hoping you and your dog or cat will love their new C+P bandana as much as we do!

    XO,

    Anabell & Mary