Surgery for Artie

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Today is one of those days that Doggie Moms anxiously await…surgery day!! About two weeks ago, I noticed Artie was obsessed with licking a spot on his leg. Little did I know I’d find a fairly large growth! According to our vet, it’s a “wart” and nothing to be concerned about (yet I can have it biopsied for $125, if I’d like). Artie has suffered with warts for years, but never one that he can get to and constantly lick! So, it has to be removed. Unlike people warts, this will not go away on its own and with the licking it will not heal.

Along with the wart on his leg, he’s having at least three others removed, a tooth pulled, and his teeth cleaned. UGH…you know all this means a lot of money! Hopefully, at the age of 10, this is the last surgery and teeth cleaning for Artie. I know he can still live a long time (and hope he does), but these surgeries have gotten a little out of control!

So this morning, Artie had to stay in his cage as his two brothers ate their food. Poor baby has no clue what’s about to happen. And this mommy anxiously waits to drop him off for surgery. There’s nothing worse than handing your pet to the receptionist or vet tech and leaving. The tears are already starting. And then there’s pick up time (around 4:30 pm), which brings so much joy but also sadness as dogs under sedation look pitiful! I know…I’ve been there a few times!

If you are the praying type, please pray for Artie and mommy today. I will post soon about the surgery results. Thanks for reading! With love, ABC’s Mom!

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Frisco Pantry Pack Dog Poop Bags

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Disclosure: I received this waste bags from Chewy.com in return for my honest review.

Frisco Pantry Pack Dog Poop Bags

When I ordered these waste bags, I had no idea how helpful they were actually going to be. My husband and I are not good about cleaning up ABC’s waste immediately and this has become an issue. Coby has the nasty habit of eating his brother’s poop (YUCK). Not only is it yucky, but it’s not good for him.

I’ve been brainstorming ways to store bags so that they are easy to grab when walking out the door with the dogs. But my ideas were as good as this! Frisco Dog Poop Bags come in one large roll of 300 durable bags. The roll fits in a box with a dispensing die-cut that releases one bag at a time so you can simply grab it and go! The bags are easy to tear off and easy to open. For those who have experience with bags, you know how difficult they can be to open. These are simple!

If you are looking for affordable convenient waste bags for home, I highly suggest these. These wouldn’t necessarily be convenient for travel or walks (unless you tear some off), but they are perfect for your home needs. Check them out at Chewy.com!

 

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Our New Flexi Comfort Retractable Tape Dog Leash

Our New Flexi Comfort Retractable Tape Dog Leash
Disclosure: ABC received this leash from Chewy.com in return for their honest review.

Our New Flexi Comfort Retractable Tape Dog Leash

With a family of three dogs, high-quality leashes are a must! Flexi brand leashes have always been our favorites, but the latest Flexi New Comfort Retractable Tape Dog Leash has risen above the rest in both comfort and high-tech retraction.

When my husband and I took the dogs for a walk today, we noticed a difference between our older Flexi leashes and this new one. This new leash has tape that is 5/16 inches in width rather than a cord (width depends on the leash size). It’s grip is very comfortable, it has an easy locking system, and the tape runs in and out smoothly which allows our dogs to roam freely.

One of the coolest things about this leash is the ability to add on accessories such the Flexi Multi Box Dog Leash Accessory or Flexi LED Lighting System. The multi box can be used to store treats or waste bags. It is attached to the bottom of the leash (see picture below).

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To find out more about this New Flexi Comfort Retractable Tape Dog Leash, visit Chewy.com.  Be sure to check out the chart to find the right size for your dog.  Order today and receive fast free 1-2 day shipping (with orders over $49). We’ve used Chewy.com for over two years now and we are very pleased with the products and customer service. Good luck and walk on!!

 

 

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!