Lloyd & Lucy’s Supplements for Dogs

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As I mentioned in a previous post, Artie, Buddy, and Coby have been taking Lloyd & Lucy’s Hip & Joint Supplements for some time for their moving patellas (kneecaps). The key ingredient in preventing joint discomfort and immobility in dogs is glucosamine. Lloyd & Lucy’s Hip & Joint supplements contain 600 mg of glucosamine, but they also contain Chondroitin (250 mg), MSM (300 mg), and Vitamin C (100 mg). It is the combination of these ingredients that helps maximize joint health and mobility.

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Today I want to discuss the importance of Chondroitin. As I found out from PetMD, Chondroitin may be beneficial to joint health as well as cartilage health. Research on Chondroitin has shown that it can repair damaged connective tissues, prevent stress injuries to joints, prevent cartilage from breaking down prematurely, slow down disease, keep cartilage tissue hydrated, and reduce join pain.

Chondroitin, naturally produced by the body, decreases with age so supplementation is important for older dogs. Especially those who may be susceptible to arthritis or other joint related diseases. Because my dogs have been diagnosed with a condition already, my hope is that supplementation will slow down further damage. My dogs consider this supplement a treat, so giving it to them each morning is a breeze.

If you are ready to support your dogs joints, cartilage, and overall health, I highly recommend Lloyd & Lucy’s Hip & Joint Supplements. Check out their website for more information.

 

Lloyd & Lucy’s Hip and Joint Supplement

A few years back, our veterinarian suggested that we start Artie on a glucosamine supplement. He has luxating patellas, a condition where the kneecaps dislocate or move out of their normal position.  Years later, we adopted Coby who also has the condition. To prevent this condition from getting worse, Artie and Coby were placed on supplements I purchased from our vet (Buddy takes them too).

The dogs took the supplements from the vet for some time, but then I wised up and started shopping online. Lucky for me, I found a company called Lloyd & Lucy’s Pet Supplies. Lloyd & Lucy’s prides themselves on WHOLESOME, QUALITY INGREDIENTS and OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE. Both of which I find to be considerably true!

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I love the simplicity and affordability of the hip and joint supplements and ABC love the taste! They literally think of the supplement as their morning treat. And if momma forgets their “treat”, they are sure to remind me! A container of 180 liver flavored chewable tablets costs between $35-40. These supplements can be purchased on the Lloyd & Lucy’s website or on Amazon.

Small dogs, such as ABC, only take 1/2 a tablet every other day after the initial administration period of 4-6 weeks. So for us, a container of these supplements lasts about 8 months. The tablets can also be bought in a 90 count container.

If your dog suffers from a condition in which glucosamine is suggested, I highly recommend Lloyd & Lucy’s Hip & Joint Supplement. Check out the video below for more information.

Surgery for my Baby

This coming Monday, January 23, one of my babies will be having surgery. I know I’m not alone when it comes to considering our pets “our babies”. For me, Artie, Buddy, and Coby are my only babies. You see, I am 45 years old and I never had the opportunity to have children. It was always a desire of my heart, but God had other plans and adopting three dogs was just one of them.

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Now, I’m facing the surgery of one of my babies and I’m scared and sad. Buddy has three calcium oxalate stones in his bladder. We discovered them just before Christmas when he had blood in his urine. I thought maybe he had a kidney infection or something else minor that would take an antibiotic. When the veterinarian confirmed the stones by ultrasound, my heart sank a bit. When she said he would need surgery of $800 my heart sank even further.

Right away, we started Buddy on a special diet for dogs with bladder stones. He will be on this special diet the rest of his life. Our hope was that the stones would dissolve as a result of the special diet but another ultrasound confirmed that they are still present and they are the type of stones that will not dissolve. Saddened by the news, I scheduled Buddy’s surgery.

So next Monday, I drop my baby off at the vet so he can be put under anesthesia and have the stones removed. My heart is sad that he has to go through this but I know it’s best for him. It will be difficult to leave him in the arms of someone else…someone who doesn’t care about him the same way I do.

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I love all my dogs in the same way, but when it comes to Buddy, he is literally MY BUDDY!! He follows me everywhere I go, always wants to be by my side, and begs me to go to sleep at night so we can have some one-on-one time before Daddy comes to bed. Our bond is deeper because he is so attached. He is definitely a “Momma’s boy”.

Dogs have surgery every day for many reasons, but not my dogs. I’m sure everything will turn out fine, but there are always concerns when it comes to any surgery for both dogs and humans. For those who don’t know me personally, I had surgery back in October and as a result, I ended up hospitalized with blood clots. You can read about my surgery and clots on my other blog called Redesigning Happiness. One of my goals is to inform as many people as possible about the danger of clots, so please take a look at my post called 10 Simple Ways to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis.

If you pray, please pray for my Buddy and his surgery. And pray for me as I await the news that he is recovering and ready to come home. I’ll post an update sometime next week. Thanks for your prayers and for listening….Rachel

 

 

 

 

Less Expensive Pet Meds

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For seven years I’ve been buying our monthly pet meds from the vet. The prices seem to be rising so I decided to search online for the best deals. There are so many options for less expensive pet meds. It’s important to look at the medication cost and shipping cost when finding the best deal! After some searching, I found two sites that offer great deals on both Frontline Plus and Heartgard.

  1. Pet Care Supplies – I was able to get 12 doses of Frontline Plus for small dogs for $89 total. Be sure to look for special discounts. Shipping is always free! At the vet, I paid $18o for 12 doses!!! This is a huge difference (it almost makes me sick). You might also look for rebates offered through Frontline.
  2. 1-800-PetMeds – I found a good deal on Heartgard on this website. They do require a prescription from the doctor. Your prescription can be authorized by phone call, fax, or mail. I was able to order 12 pack of Heartgard for $60.28 compared to the vet at $84.

If you are like me and you like to save money, check out these two sites for your pet care needs. I’m disappointed I waited so long…lesson learned!

 

10 Tips for Calming Your Dog During Fireworks

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Fireworks can be very scary for many dogs. It is normal for dogs to be afraid of loud sounds. Loud sounds trigger their nervous systems, and they can become anxious or afraid. They may hide, shake, pant, drool, or even run away. In fact, during the 4th of July holiday more dogs are found wandering loose than any other day. For these reasons, it is very important to be prepared for fireworks and other loud noises:

10 Tips for calming your dog during fireworks:

  1.  Be sure your dog gets plenty of exercise on those days when you expect there will be fireworks. Dogs tend to be more relaxed after exercise.
  2. Place your dog in the quietest place inside the house. A basement or small dark rooms may help calm your dog.
  3. Keep your windows, doors, and curtains closed. This will help with any visual disturbances.
  4. If your dog is comfortable in a crate, he may feel safe there.  You might also cover the crate with a blanket.
  5. Comfort your dog by staying with him. Holding your dog close or petting your dog may help.
  6. Play music to mask the loud sounds.
  7. Give your dog a bone or chew toy to help keep him occupied.
  8. Purchase a Thundershirt for your dog. Surveys have shown that over 80% of dogs show significant improvement in symptoms when wearing a Thundershirt.
  9. Check your pet store for calming aids such as collars, ointments, pills, or other remedies.
  10. Ask your vet for advice. Some dogs may need medication to calm them down during stressful events such as fireworks.

Your dog should always be wearing a tag with identification, but this is especially important during the 4th of July when dogs might get scared and run away. 

 

Sick Babies

It’s been a crazy week here at the ABC household. Artie has been suffering with terrible allergies. His eyes are runny and red, and the left eye is partially closed. I called the vet and set up an appointment, only to have to cancel it due to an appointment for myself. So Artie continues to suffer…although the eye rinse and Children’s Benedryl brings some relief. He will see the vet Monday morning.

 

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Artie and his sad allergy eyes 

 

Coby was our bigger concern. Coby wasn’t acting normal on Sunday. He couldn’t get comfortable, wouldn’t eat, and his stomach kept making lots of noises. On Monday, he appeared to feel a little better and ate some food. It was Tuesday morning that I discovered he had bright red blood in his runny stool. I immediately called the vet and took him in to get examined. While at the vet, he threw up three times, two times it was nothing but a pile of bright red blood.

After ruling out any type of worm, the vet discovered two of his bacteria levels were high. He was in rough shape so that vet encouraged me to hospitalize him. Reluctantly, I left him there around 11 am. They gave him IV fluids, medication to stop the vomiting and diarrhea, Pepcid, and antibiotics. He didn’t have any more vomiting or diarrhea after that point so I was able to pick him up from the vet at 5:30 pm that same day. They kept his IV port in his leg overnight just in case he needed fluids again the next day.

 

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Coby and his IV port 

 

After a really good night of sleep with mommy and daddy, Coby was still really tired and weak the next day. I took him back to the vet and they gave him some fluids under the skin and another shot of Pepcid. Pepcid helps with the intestinal bleeding.

So today, Thursday, is a better day. Cody ate well and had his first bowel movement since Tuesday. It was solid but covered with dark blood (which is better than bright red). He has also been more active. We will continue his antibiotic, Pepcid, and probiotic until he visits the doctor next Friday, May 20. We pray that everything is cleared up by then and that he will be back to his normal happy self!

It’s been some week!!!