We just barely reach the vet’s office parking lot and he’s whining and yawning (a sign of stress) non-stop. Poor guy. I can’t say that I blame him, though. If someone stuck a thermometer up my butt every time I went to the doctor I think I’d be pretty stressed out, too.
The last time Teton was at the vet was a few weeks ago. It was a particularly stressful visit for him because, in addition to checking out all the regular stuff (temperature included), there was a lot of extra attention paid to his eye, which I thought was infected at the time (it wasn’t). He didn’t like having a bright light shone in his eye or fingers that didn’t belong to me pulling it apart to see if it was inflamed. But, when all was said and done, he did ok.
I knew Teton would be stressed out for the remainder of the day (his appointment was in the morning) because that’s just how he is, so when we got home from the vet I gave him a new calming supplement that Chewy.com sent us a while back. I’d been saving it for a particularly stressful time so this was the perfect opportunity to test the product and hopefully ease some of Teton’s anxiety.
For the record, Chewy.com didn’t ask me to review this product. They simply sent it my way as a kind gesture after I’d mentioned it in a previous blog post. Thanks, Chewy!
Dr. Harvey’s Relax Supplement is a powder that can be easily mixed into wet food or sprinkled onto dry food. It has a relatively short ingredient list and is free of preservatives, dyes and/or synthetic ingredients, salt, sugar, wheat, and corn.
Teton only eats once a day, and that’s between 4:30 and 5:30 PM, so since I gave him the Dr. Harvey’s supplement earlier in the day, I chose to mix it into wet food. He only gets wet food every once and a while, so I knew it would be a special treat and that he’d be less likely to reject the supplement if it tasted or smelled strange.
Turns out I probably could have spoon fed the supplement to Teton because it smelled delicious to him. His little sniffer started moving at hyper-speed immediately after I opened the jar.
For Teton’s weight, Dr. Harvey’s recommends 2 scoops, so that’s approximately what I used. Well, Teton was pretty stressed, so I may have used 2 heaping scoops.
Teton lapped this little concoction up in a matter of seconds. He loved it.
And, no kidding, after just 20 minutes, he was doing this.
And continued to do so for the rest of the day.
To be completely honest, I was pretty skeptical of a calming supplement. There are a lot of a factors that could have contributed to Teton being relaxed and sleepy after his vet appointment but I wholeheartedly believe that Dr. Harvey’s Stress and Relax Herbal Dog Supplement works.
We haven’t had a need for the Itch Soothing Spray just yet but I’ve been using the Calming Spray for a few weeks so I wanted to tell you all about it.
Burt’s Bees Calming Spray is made of up just a handful of ingredients including green tea and lavender extract. Lavender, in addition to smelling amazing, can have a profound calming and soothing effect on dogs (and humans!) Lavender is also an insect repellent and can have antiseptic properties. (Source)
Green tea may also provide stress relief in dogs and has been linked to a ton of other good benefits including skin protection, the prevention of ear infections, and the relief of allergy symptoms. (Source)
Burt’s Bees Calming Spray directions for use are as follows:
Spray all over dog from back of ears to tail. For best results, brush through. Repeat as needed. Can be sprayed on bedding or in crate to help establish a calming environment.
While I’ve misted Teton with the Calming Spray during times of stress or at night when he’s winding down from a long day, my preferred method is to spray his bedding and the blanket at the end of our bed that he sleeps on.
Growing up, my mom used to spray lavender on our pillows or in our rooms at night, so heck, why wouldn’t I want that delightful lavender and green tea aroma in our room? Like I said, lavender can be soothing and relaxing for adults, as well!
After using the Burt’s Bees Calming Spray for a few weeks, I can’t say that it has extreme calming properties, but it definitely seems to soothe and relax Teton.
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Dogs Have a Directional Poopy Preference
By Melissa Turner
Anyone who walks his or her dog every day knows the joy of accomplishment after shivering in the cold, waiting in the rain or baking in the hot sun while Max or Mindy finds just the right spot to take care of business. Just in case any of these poor souls thought the beloved pet was being difficult, recent studies have shown that just the right place for making poopy is not only important, but extremely compelling to the pooch. As it turns out, dogs may need to align their back ends with the earth’s gravitational pull to get the best results.
Although more studies may be needed—if anyone is so inclined—a team of German and Czech scientists watched and studied dogs pooping for two years. The scientists discovered that dogs actually prefer to line up their butts in a north and south direction rather than facing east and west. It seems dogs can sense even a small variation in the planet’s magnetic field, and when earth’s electromagnetic pull is calm, dogs will line their backsides in a north-south direction and actually avoid an east-west position.
Even though the scientists spent considerable time studying how they poop, they did not discover why dogs prefer the north and south direction. Still to be determined is whether they are conscious of the magnetic field, if they know by sensory perception, or if it just feels more comfortable when aligned within a certain direction. It remains a mystery if dogs smell, hear or see the magnetic direction or if some other factor is involved.
Many people have read or heard about accounts of dogs finding their way home over many miles after having been lost or abandoned. All of this points to their amazing navigational ability. In other words, they are living, breathing four-legged compasses. This fact was confirmed by the poopy study led by German zoologist, Hynek Burda, of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.
The scientific team studied 70 dogs from 37 different breeds for a two-year period. As they watched the dogs they factored in the position of the sun, the time of day, direction of the wind and the variations of the earth’s magnetic field. They concluded that on some level, dogs are aware of the directional pull of the earth’s magnetic force, and this causes them to prefer a north-south direction for taking care of business.
For some, dogs having a sixth sense in certain areas is no surprise. Others cannot fathom why they should care, and think such studies just waste time and money. In actuality, this is valuable research as scientists are just beginning to learn animals’ roles on the planet and how it affects or helps humans. For instance, underneath the admiration or disdain for such studies lies the discovery of dogs’ abilities to assist humans with their extraordinary sense of smell that can detect anything from an impending seizure to dangerous blood sugar levels, presence of allergens or cancer too small to be found by medical means. Many of these fantastic abilities were discovered and proven by scientific studies.
So next time your canine friend and companion turns around and around in a circle to find a place for pee-pee or poopy, while you wait, instead of hurrying or criticizing your pooch, consider yourself honored to be taught something about lining up with the planet and going with the flow—so to speak.
Your dog’s dental hygiene should be just as important to you as your own.
Teton has tried quite a few dental bones in the past, but one of his favorites has always been Greenies.
He’s been getting Zuke’s Z-Bones for the past few months but when Chewy.com contacted us recently to see if we’d like to receive a package of Greenies in exchange for a review, we jumped at the chance.
Greenies are are dental chews (available for both dogs and cats!) that were designed to aid in the elimination of tarter, plaque, and bad breath. Greenies are easily digestible and one Greenie a day supports healthy teeth and gums in both dogs and cats.
Greenies come in four sizes – Teenie, Petite, Regular, Large, and Jumbo. The size Greenie you purchase is based on your dog’s weight. Teton weighs roughly 41 pounds so he eats the Regular Greenies, which are perfect for dogs between 25 and 50 pounds.
I like Greenies because they take much longer to chew and break apart than other treats. I know Teton is getting a good teeth cleaning when he eats a Greenie because it’s obvious that the Greenie, while not rock-hard, cleans and massages his teeth while he works hard to break it apart.
(Best part of his day.)
There is one thing that I don’t love about Greenies.
Exhibit A: The ingredient list
Um, yikes. I have a headache. That’s a lot of crap that I can’t pronounce and don’t recognize.
Regardless of what type of dental bone you get your dog, providing he/she with a treat that improves oral hygiene is a good thing! If you aren’t into the dental bone thing, other options for improving your dog’s oral hygiene could be brushing his/her teeth or providing raw bones or things like bully sticks.
Check out Chewy.com’s entire line of dental care products by clicking here.
Do you have plans for the Superbowl? I’m getting our arsenal of calming goodies ready for Teton, as we’ll have some loud and rowdy people at our house for what should be a pretty exciting game.
More to come on that.
On that note, I’m going to climb into bed to fight this cold that just snuck up on me.