Oh, my. It’s been a while.
I didn’t intend on taking a break from blogging but life happens and I guess that’s just what I did! Rest assured that I have a line up of pretty awesome product reviews (bully sticks, dental chews, food, and more!) coming your way soon. :-)
Tonight, though…I have a PSA.
Teton doesn’t like being hot. He’s got like, seven coats on at all times, so the whole heat thing doesn’t really agree with him. When he was a little guy I used to lay bags of frozen vegetables on him while he sprawled out on the floor and panted, but he’s not really into that anymore.
There are a handful of great cooling products on the market for dogs, but my favorite (and Teton’s favorite, I think) is the KoolCollar.
The KoolCollar is an adjustable collar that you can fill with either ice cubes or reusable KoolTubes, which are gel tubes that you can freeze.
Here’s how the KoolCollar works:
Seems pretty basic, right? I was mildly skeptical at first but this thing is a MUST for Teton when it’s hot out. For example, we just got back from a walk. It’s not insanely hot out, but there’s that whole seven coats thing that I mentioned above, so Teton was panting and his skin and fur were hot to the touch by the time we got home. I slapped his KoolCollar on and within 5-10 minutes his body temperature cooled off significantly.
I think it’s pretty apparent that Teton likes his KoolCollar because when I take it out of the freezer and hold it out, he often walks over to me and sticks his neck out so I’ll put it on.
If that’s not adorable, I don’t know what is.
KoolCollars are very reasonably priced even if you only use them a few months out of the year. For $18 – $20 you can snag one KoolCollar + 1 KoolTube and for $8 – $10 you can get a pack of three KoolTubes. (Price is dependent on size of collar.)
We keep all of the KoolTubes in the freezer and rotate through them so Teton can always have his KoolCollar on hot summer days and evenings.
If you’re looking for something to cool your dog off this summer, I highly recommend the KoolCollar. And no, this isn’t a sponsored post. ;-)
Hello! Henley P. here, Teton’s cousin. I’m here to talk about a very serious subject: Fireworks, aka Boom Sticks. My family doesn’t know too much about how I react to fireworks, because they haven’t had me for a full year. We had a few at New Year’s, but now that it is almost the Fourth of July and we live in an area where they are allowed, we are learning that I am not a fan of the fireworks.
They started up last night around 11:00 PM. I was already sleeping in bed with my mom, but there were LOUD NOISES, so I started shaking, whining, panting, and trying to squish under the covers with my mom. So we got up and got my ThunderWorks ThunderShirt.
What is a ThunderShirt? According to the website, the ThunderShirt applies ”gentle, constant pressure [that] has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs and cats if they are anxious, fearful, or overexcited.” It’s the same idea as swaddling a fussy infant.
The basic ThunderShirt is gray, breathable knit jacket, with several lines of Velcro to ensure a snug fit. The website has great directions, with diagrams, on how to fit the ThunderShirt on your dog, but once you do it a few times, it’s easy to get the hang of it.
So, Mom put on my ThunderShirt, Instagrammed a photo, and we were off. After maybe, at most, 10 minutes, I was snuggled at my mom’s feet in my ThunderShirt with my stuffed monkey. No shaking. No whining. No squishing my mom to the edge of the bed.
Mom was worried about leaving the ThunderShirt on while we slept, but ThunderWorks says it can be left on for extended periods of time and that some dogs wear the shirt all day while their people are at work. Mom fell asleep, but then when she woke up, about 2 hours later, she took the ThunderShirt off and I slept perfectly fine until it was time for breakfast in the morning.
ThunderShirts may not work for every dog, but they definitely work for me! I’ll probably be wearing it for the next week or so, until the boom sticks die down. ThunderShirts are available at most pet stores and online retailers for about $40. I’d recommend going to a store to try it on and have the staff show you how to get the best fit for maximum effectiveness.
Thanks for the guest post, Henley P.!
My little buddy hasn’t left my side today. Not like I mind. ;-)
You know how important glucosamine supplements and/or treats are to me. After all, I’ve posted about them three separate times.
While any good glucosamine supplement or treat has quality ingredients that provide support for your dog’s joints, I’m generally more apt to give Teton his glucosamine in treat form since it’s more exciting for him. (It’s the perfect morning treat!)
Zuke’s Hip Action has been our go-to treat for a while but I bounce between brands from time to time to see what T likes best.
I was recently contacted by Pet Naturals of Vermont, who asked if Teton would like to try their Hip + Joint treats.
Pet Naturals of Vermont is a division of a family-owned company that’s been around since 1972.
Pet Naturals® of Vermont is a leader in the pet health industry as an innovative company driven by a mission to improve the lives of companion animals with natural alternatives to drug and chemical therapies. Pet Naturals® offers highly successful solutions for common pet health concerns with products made from natural ingredients in the form of a tasty reward. Pet Naturals® specializes in producing condition specific formulas that are complete and properly balanced with powerful ingredients for optimum health.
Pet Naturals Hip + Joint formula has high levels of glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and a host of other goodies that aid in the support of healthy joints, bones, and tissue.
Glucosamine supports joints and aids in mobility and flexibility.
Chondroitin supports the proper structure and function of of healthy connective tissues and joints.
MSM is a source of sulfur, which helps maintain connective tissue function.