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Collar vs. Harness

The Competition Runs Neck-and-Neck.

So I’m talking with fellow packpeople David and Yurda about pertinent blog topics and the age-old issue of leashing dogs with collars vs. harnesses comes up. Naturally, there is no easy way to answer this – there are arguments for both and I’ll get into that in just a bit – but the funny thing is that no sooner had we discussed the topic than I discovered that Ringo (my 15 lb. mix of corgi, dachshund and possibly seal) needed a new harness. My neighbor Connie, who takes care of Ringo when I work late, had noticed redness on his chest, and the subsequent discovery of frayed, protruding stitching on his harness’ chest strap sent Ringo and I straight to the pet store.

Why does Ringo wear a harness? It’s this simple: when I adopted him, he was wearing one. He always wears a collar for ID as well as decorative purposes, but for leashing he and I are accustomed to the harness. I like the security of its hold over his torso, and as he’s a smallish dog, I’m more at ease knowing I won’t inadvertently hurt his somewhat delicate neck. Looking over the vast selection of collars and harnesses at our neighborhood pet supply store, however, it’s clear to see that there are countless options available, in styles ranging from eco-friendly hemp fiber to breathable nylon mesh to bright, bold and bejeweled.

Collars vs. harnesses. Everyone’s got an opinion, and you’re best to form one of your own, with expert guidance from your veterinarian. Here are some thoughts, though, that seem to recur in many dog care forums on the subject:

Basic collars, when fitted properly, are a comfortable choice for dogs without “pulling” tendencies. Some collars can be useful for training, with choke chains and prong collars providing methods of correction (and in these cases, it’s highly important that humans are trained for their safe and sensible use). Collars are also easy: easy on, easy off, and even if you opt for leashing your dog with a harness, the addition of a collar is more likely to accommodate pet ID tags with a characteristic metal D ring.

Leashing on a harness minimizes the risk of injury to a dog’s neck and back, particularly in smaller breeds. Simple nylon harnesses can be purchased, as well as specialty harnesses designed to provide the same corrective effectiveness as traditional training collars. Harnesses are also available which provide transportation safety, with designs that are compatible with automobile safety belts.

After about 30 minutes of walking back and forth and trying things on in the collar and harness aisle, Ringo and I settled on something new (for us, that is). Typically, he’s been wearing a simple nylon-strap harness, but this time we opted for a breathable mesh harness that covers more of his chest than his previous gear, allowing pressure to be more evenly distributed across his chest. It’s a Comfort Control Harness made by Four Paws Products, and we chose a fetching shade of royal blue because that’s all the store had left in the appropriate size, and also, we’re fancy. We walked around a bit in the store parking lot to “test drive” the item, and the change in attire suited us both. I felt no loss of control in guiding Ringo at my side and he seemed perfectly comfortable.

So I urge you to consider all your needs when choosing not only between a collar or harness but also which collar or harness. There are thousands of them out there. You might even choose more than one, for different applications. Take a look at fit, finish, materials and construction involved as well – Ringo’s reddened, irritated chest taught us both, the hard way, to examine details like stitching and seams for durability and comfort.

Then, adequately equipped, you’ll enjoy peace of mind and greater control over a safe and secure dog.

This way, Ringo. RINGO. THIS WAY. Good boy!

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Book Review: Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage

Book: Soldier Dogs

Author: Maria Goodavage

Publisher: DUTTON, Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

PackPeople review: “The cover looks awesome” said one of our friendly, dog-loving boys at the front desk while I was unwrapping Maria’s new book a few weeks ago. I agreed, the hardcover layout is great. Let’s see how the book is:

You don’t have to be a dog lover to enjoy the 293 pages of this book. Goodavage’s newly-released book uncovers how military working dogs are procured and trained to become field-specialized, while she enlightens readers toward the training and work of a military dog and as well as their history and related scientific studies. A terrific balance of heart warming stories and interesting facts, Soldier Dogs addresses  these dogs’ heroic accomplishments, the special bond between handlers and dogs, a military dog’s life after retirement – all while impartially addressing the conflicting ethics of employing canines in battle.

The book is subdivided into 4 parts: I. Dogs in Harm’s way; II. Nature, Nurture, and Training; III. The Dog Trainer and The Scientists; IV. Dogs and their soldiers.

“Military working dogs are amazing in every respect, and even more so when you realize that they risk their lives and save yours, all so they can have a ball.” – Air Force Staff Sergeant Christine Campos/Dog Handler

Maria’s writing style is accessible and human – we definitely recommend it as a must-read.

Check out Maria’s audio interview with Rufino and learn about her background, the book and more here. You can also win a copy of Soldier Dogs by entering Ringo’s Raffle. Have fun!

You also might enjoy our Pets for Patriots interview.

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The Adventures of Tintin – Movie Review

When I first heard about TINTIN, I thought the guy I was talking to mispronounced it and wanted to say “Rin Tin Tin.” I corrected him twice and he said, “NO, I mean Tintin“. I had no clue who Tintin was until I saw a giant Billboard in Studio City – Ahhhh! It’s Tim and Strupi (as I know the characters in the German version). Sure, I know Tim and Strupi, I mean Tintin. I didn’t pay much attention to the movie ads (but recognized the cute dog:) until I got my free tickets (a perk!) from Klout. PackPeople shares its influence about dogs on Klout and we got a nice gift box. I decided to watch it with my friend and PackPeople partner Rufino, and invited Peter and David as well to our 3D adventure event last week.

In a nutshell: Intrepid, young, curious reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell, from Billy Elliot) and his cute loyal companion dog Snowy (a white Fox Terrier) discover a model ship of the Unicorn, which carries valuable secrets. Tintin, Snowy and Captain Haddock travel half the world to unravel the mystery of the Unicorn. Chased by the pirate Red Rackham; TinTin, his dog and Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor.

Reviews: 

Yurda: I have to admit the movie was an awesome ride, humorous, fascinating and thrilling. This animated movie from Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson is based on the characters created in 1929 by Belgian illustrator Hergé. I loved the music and my most favorite scene was “The Opera Scene”:) It’s definitely not just a movie for kids and feels like a you are in a video game.

Rufino: Completely enjoyed myself, and the family can, too — taking note of two things: it’s a bit light on plot and heavier on extravagant set pieces, and there is some violence to be seen (characters do engage in battle, and a few bullets do make their target). For adults, this is not as layered an experience as, say, The Incredibles or Wall-E, but as a thrill ride Tintin does its job with energy and precision. And as a dog lover, I found the most compelling character to be Snowy, Tintin’s clever Terrier. While gifted with seemingly human reason, Snowy moves and acts like a real dog, whether jumping from racing vehicles, outwitting evil henchmen or wandering through a Paris flea market.

 

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Review: Earth Heart's Guard Well Aromatherapy Mist

Product: Earth Heart Guard Well Aromatherapy Mist for Dogs

What it does: All-natural Aromatherapy mist helps dogs find relief from environmental irritants.

Manufacturer: Earth Heart Inc., Dundee, IL

PackPeople Review: Since I’m volunteering at animal rescues I have found that some of the rescued dogs are scratching behind the ears and  the abdominal area. The kennel environment is very stressful for the dogs and some have started to create a kind of a tick to scratch their bodies and some have skin irritations due to different circumstances. Some don’t tolerate the food and some just have sensitive skin.

The 3 dogs we have using the mist are not having serious skin issues and don’t need any medications. We were recently offered the chance to review Guard Well an all natural product using pure essential oils and other plant-based ingredients. Earth Heart makes several different mists like Canine Calm, Travel Calm and Buzz Guard. We received a 2 fl. oz/60 ml spray bottle for review.

Our first impression upon opening the bottle and spraying it around in the office is that this mist smells really good – not overpowering.

Other Earth Heart products: Canine Calm, Buzz Guard, Travel Calm

I just called my dogs to me and applied 2 sprays on Red’s upper back and 1 mist on Lilly’s chest. Both were looking at me like “what is that?” and turned their heads away from the product when I tried to let them smell the bottle directly, but they didn’t mind the spray, which smells herbal. The fluid left no sticky or greasy patches on the dogs’ coats.

Now, the dogs in the shelter: My friend told me that 2 of 3 smaller dogs with sensitive skin and 1 with skin irritations stopped scratching after an application of Guard Well. She told me they have put the bottle in the fridge and the cold spray supported the effect even a little more. They used Guard Well 2 times a day for a week, in the morning and in the late afternoon and she noted that while all dogs didn’t like the smell (which is totally normal I guess; they are sensitive with scented products), no dog showed any aggression or inconvenience against the product and all dogs relaxed after using.

“The smell is pleasant to me” my friend wrote:) and another plus is that the instructions were clearly inscribed on the bottle – no need for notes to other staff members about how to use it. It has a mild, light odor and it can be used without any concern.

If you look up the ingredients you definitely need a dictionary for plants (most in latin). Its ingredients are: Water, polysorbate 20; pure essantial oils of Melaleuca quinquenervia (niaouli), Ravensara aromtica (ravensara), Boswellia carteri (frankincense); potassium sorbate.

If you have a small to medium-sized dog you are fine in ordering a small bottle of Guard Well, for a larger to giant breed dog you’ll need to order more bottles. For the first try, a small bottle is fine, but in our case we would need a bigger size of Guard Well. We would appreciate bigger bottles with a price saving for larger dogs or for organizations.

We agreed: Guard Well gets a rating of 4 out of 5 stars and a thumbs up!

Price: A two-ounce bottle of Buzz Guard sells for $11.98 on the Earth Heart site.

Get a  jumpstart on your healthy holiday with Earth Heart. Order one or more Earth Heart products by December 18th, and in ‘special instructions’ or ‘note to seller’ at check out, enter ‘Pack Thanks 2011’ and be sure to include the product name you wish to receive FREE with your order.

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PackPeople were not paid for our review and all opinions are our own and the opinions of our friends working at the shelter.

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Interview with Holli Pfau, author of "Pure Gold" – and a chance to win a signed copy!

Holli Pfau, a truly gifted writer and avid golden retriever lover, recounts the joys, challenges, and rewards of sharing her life with six rescued golden retrievers, each with a distinct personality that offers genuine love. One by one, Holli introduces readers to these remarkable dogs, from the wise Nikki to the abused but loving and energetic Chatter.

Holli’s new book, Pure Gold, is a tribute to her 6 rescued Golden Retrievers and the riches they brought to her life. Co-founder of a nationally recognized hospital program of animal-assisted therapy, Holli says her rescued and second-hand dogs have indelibly touched her life. Now she has made it her mission in life to support the efforts of those who save discarded dogs and help them find forever homes.

We had the terrific pleasure of talking to Holli last week on the phone. She shared with us her adventures, joys and challenges and insights into the world of agility as well as her innovative, effective hospital program.

Book Author Holli Pfau – Pure Gold by PackPeople

Book GiveAway Contest

As a very special bonus, PackPeople is excited to give you, our audience, a chance to win a signed copy of Pure Gold. After you’ve enjoyed the interview, please send us, in the comments section 100 words or less about a dog that has changed your life for the better or just “Like” us on Facebook, Tweet the article or Follow Us on Twitter. You automatically qualify by clicking the Like, Tweet or Follow Button, yes – it’s so easy! Then, a winner will be chosen by raffle on Friday, November 26. The winner will receive a free, autographed copy of this wonderful book!

Pure Gold – Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers

Web: http://www.puregoldbook.com

In addition to Pure Gold and PackPeople (yay!), Holli recommends:

Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote

Scent of the Mission: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog by Susannah Charleson

Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier

The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me and anything else by Jon Katz

Spreading the word can help save lives! If you liked the interview please share it with your community by clicking the Facebook and Twitter icons at the bottom of this article or feel free to leave a comment. Thank you for making an impact!

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Interview with Dogster's Top Dog Ted Rheingold – Helping Dogs and Cats Get Adopted Every Day

Massively popular Dogster (www.dogster.com) is a platform for dog lovers, an online community with over one million subscribers, 800,000 pet profiles and two million unique visitors every month. Dogster Inc., the creator of award-winning Dogster as well as its feline counterpart Catster (www.catster.com), offers knowledgeable and trustworthy resources, expert points of view and a vast wealth of opinions, advice and wisdom from a huge community of dog and cat owners.

We had a great time interviewing the Founder, CEO and Top Dog at Dogster, Ted Rheingold – a passionate animal lover who wanted to create a platform in 2004 for dog lovers to share pictures of their dogs and communicate with other like-minded people. He shared with us his insights of one of the biggest dog- and cat-related online platforms in existence.

Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (PackPeople) / Interviewee: Ted Rheingold

dogster.com  –  catster.com

Dog lovershttp://www.dogster.comCat Lovershttp://www.catster.com

Twitter: @dogster  –  @catster

Facebook: Dogster   –   Catster

Fun and interesting websites Ted mentioned are:

The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund  –  www.dccfund.org

Teddy the Dog – www.teddythedog.com

Dog is Good – www.dogisgood.com

Note: Ted will speak at the BarkWorld Expo in Atlanta end of this month. Visit BarkWorld Expo – a Social Media Event.

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My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story – a film worth watching and sharing

Last May 16th, which marked my 45th birthday as well as Ringo’s 3rd (Why not? I asked myself), my sister gave me a DVD titled My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story. I am so glad she did.

Have you all heard about this? The film was made a couple of years ago, and I’m typically late coming to any party, but now that I’ve finally watched it (earlier this morning), I have to recommend it to anyone who cares about dogs, animals in general; basically, anyone who cares about anything. My Dog (lovingly directed by award-winning playwright, author and film/TV writer Mark St. Germain) is more than a documentary, it’s a thoughtful, meaningful collection of interviews with celebrities and noted professionals from all walks of life who share about their relationships and experiences with their dogs.

For months, my sister has been asking, “Have you watched it yet?” and I can’t believe it took me this long. The journey on which these grateful humans and their loving pets take the viewer is worth taking over and over again, while helping save lives: twenty percent of each dollar earned by My Dog is donated to animal welfare charities designated by the film’s participants.

My Dog has too many highlights to list, but there are moments as varied and inspiring as the late, wonderful Lynn Redgrave’s introduction to puppy Viola, forging a bond that helped her cope with cancer; the hope and healing felt by Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis as he works with dog agility training and cares for his beloved Nipper; a poem read by Billy Collins in which a master’s dog shares thoughts on aging, from the dog’s very specific point of view. Yeah, that one kind of did me in.

I love this film and think it would make a great gift for yourself or anyone else. Just so you know, PackPeople isn’t getting anything from promoting this film, other than the satisfaction of sharing something well worth seeing. I’m enthusiastic because it really affected me. I hope others out there get to experience it, and will feel the same way. Here’s a link to NEWVIDEO, where you can find out more about, and purchase, My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story.

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Dog food product reviews – Tested by: Samson, Lilly, Red and Ringo

This is part II of “Whole Foods” for Animals – Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies. Dog nutrition is a huge topic as well as a giant industry, and even choosing the right treat for your dog is as complicated as choosing the right dog food. I’m not a canine nutrition expert and I just write about my personal experience with my dogs. With a tremendous amount of information provided on the Internet, you can read for hours, but still don’t know what to feed. I would always recommend reading the list of ingredients and compare. Sometimes smaller companies offer higher quality food than the bigger, better-known brands.

Are you eating trash? No? So why feed it to your dog?

As I promised, we are going to test all the treats and food samples I got from Centinela… I mean, the dogs tested them. I was curious: which one they would take if I show them 2 options, so I always showed two different kinds to the dog. They had to decide by the smell. It was interesting that all dogs decided to take the Duck Treats first.

Product List: Buffalo Paddywack, Deer Antler, Dried Duck Treats, Natural + Raw Patties (Stella & Chewy’s), Duck Treats by Lotus and Frozen Marrow Bones.

Here are the results:

Lilly’s favorite: Antler Chew + Deer Antler + Dried Duck Treats

Samson’s Favorite: Dried Duck Treats + Frozen Marrow Bones, he was not so crazy about the Deer thing, he also refused to try the Buffalo Paddywack (Picky Grandpa)

Red’s favorite: Buffalo Paddywack + Duck Treats + Antler Chew + Everything

Ringo’s favorite: Duck Treats + Buffalo Paddywack + Everything (note from Ringo’s Daddy: Yeah, I held up different pairs of treats and as soon as I said, “Okay”, he would always go to the Duck Treats first… but he certainly didn’t mind eating everything else afterward; he’s an eating machine. – Rufino)

Now, it’s my turn to say something about the treats and food. Some treats smell awful and I can’t stand them in the house, like bully sticks or pig ears. The dogs usually have to consume them outside in the yard. I never feed pig ears, I just tried it once… and decided that this is something I’m not going to buy again. The deer thing started to smell after Red licked it for 30 min. and carried it under my desk. I opened the Duck Treats and I was surprised about the pleasant smell. The other treats really didn’t smell intensive.

Lilly doesn’t really chew, she swallows everything. I always watch her eating the Duck Sticks, they can get stuck in her throat and I have to take them out. Sometimes it works, but mostly not. For the safety of your pet, always observe your dog when feeding your dog treats, bones or chews. If you feel that the product has become a choking hazard, please discard.

The winner is: Dried Duck Treat

A very good resource to get informed and to see what other pet owners think, is: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com

Dog food recalls: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recalls/

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"Whole Foods" for Animals – Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies

Centinela Food & Pet Supplies

Website: http://www.centinelafeed.com

Twitter: @CentinelaFeed

Facebook: Centinela & Feed & Pet Supplies

Sunday, 17th of July. After a nice Adoption event with Pacific Coast Dog Rescue dogs on Saturday which we held in front of a pet store, something I never experienced before, I decided to visit this store the next day with David and Lilly. I wanted to buy some dog food, chewies and compare products and prizes, because the day before I had been impressed by the attractive displays and clean environment of this new (for me) pet store, but couldn’t go too deeply into the products. We had 6 dogs outside waiting for potential adopters; were taking the dogs out of their crates, walking them, taking pictures and talking to people.

David and I walked into Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies in Burbank, CA and were surprised that the store was almost empty. It was early and most of the people had decided to get out of Los Angeles on Friday to avoid the “Carmageddon” which was announced days before (they closed an important freeway for the weekend). My first impression was “Nice… they have bigger-size shopping carts with excellent rolling”, not just deep as the normal ones, where you almost break your back while lifting the heavy food bags and dropping them in. These were wide, but not deep.

So far, so good! We walked through the store to the dog food I always buy for Red and Lilly (Holistic Food). The big bag was 4 dollars cheaper (nice!). We also had to buy some wet can food for Senior-Samson, he doesn’t eat very well at the moment and we have to trick him with wet food. I also needed dry food for Samson and I was looking for Royal Canine’s Food for Giant Dogs.

We couldn’t find it and we caught the attention of the friendly young lady who works at Centinela, who asked us:
Do you guys need help?

ME: Yes, we need help, we are looking for Royal Canine for Giant Dogs.
She: Hhhhmm… I’m sorry we don’t carry this food anymore.
Me: Oh no, why not?
She: They changed the formula, it’s supposed to be a very good food, but since they are adding more grain and fillers into the food, we don’t sell it anymore.

(That’s a good sign – that they kick out food if it doesn’t fulfill their requirements.)

Me: Oooopsss, I didn’t know that they changed the formula.
She: Yes, they did – and it’s not high-quality anymore.

(Our French Mastiff, Samson, only eats this food – 10 years of Royal Canine – he denies everything else. Even the most expensive food, no way I can make him eat other food. He loves the big chunks.)

She: This food is excellent (she is pointing on the bag in my cart). You should try raw food for your big dog, we have great frozen patties. Did you try them?
Me: NO.
She: It’s really high quality food and I feed it to my dog as well.
Me: He likes the wet food, but I’m not sure about the patties, also he can’t have chicken and he is super picky with food.

She showed us the food in the freezer and offered for us to take some samples home first and to decide then. She came back with some empty ziplock bags and gave us turkey and fish patties to try with  Samson. We talked a little longer about food and treats. David and I had the feeling that this girl was super competent – and not just a sales person. Usually you never get a proper answer, or you have the feeling they don’t know what they are selling in these pet shops.

So, David, Lilly and me were walking around and exploring the store and all of its “All-Natural Products”. I’m always looking for food and treats on a natural or holistic base; I don’t want to feed trash to my dogs. I spent hours reading the backs of dog food packages. David said: “This is Whole Foods for Animals”… and he was right. Walking around, I was thrilled by the variety of treats and chews they offer. Lilly got a lot of treats and we ended up with many samples for our dogs. I checked the collars, toys, crates, beds, almost everything and realized this shop carries just the good quality stuff. We ended up with a bunch of stuff in our cart and spent 35 min. I decided to buy some of the new things I have found and to test them on the dogs to write reviews for our community of responsible dog owners.

Here are the items from our shopping receipt:

  • 2 Bags of Duck Jerky (Buy one get one free)
  • 1 Bag of Blue Fish and Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food
  • 1 15′ Black Nylon Lead (For Red’s training)
  • 1 Natural Balance Beef Roll (Red’s training)
  • 1 Natural Balance Lamb Roll
  • 2 Frozen big Marrow Bones
  • 3 big Buffalo Paddywack Chews
  • 1 Beef Bone
  • 1 Deer Antler Chew
  • 1 Airbed Orthoair (for Samson’s old Bones)

You get a immediate discount of 10% or 15%. The dogs are testing all the good things and we’re going to publish our reviews and rankings in a few days….please sit and stay.

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The Magic of Omega 3 fatty acids for dogs

Omega 3 fatty acids for dogs and cats. What are omega fatty acids?

– Fatty acids are specific types of polyunsaturated fats. Two main classes that are of particular importance to our dogs are Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are found in fish and certain plants.  Fish oil, such as salmon oil, cod liver oil, and sardine oil, is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA). Flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, and soybean oil are rich in Omega-3 too.

Omega-3 fatty acids include:
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)

Fatty acids affect a number of body systems and conditions including allergies and autoimmune conditions, arthritis, inflammatory diseases such as inflammatory stomach disease, dull and dry hair coats, yeast infections, atopy and eye disorders.

What are the benefits of Omega fatty acids!
– Fatty acids are necessary for the normal function of many systems of the dog body and not all fatty acids have the same function. We’re highlighting Omega 3 acids, which can not be produced by the dogs body.
  • cardiovascular health
  • reduces inflammation
  • lowers the risk for cancer
  • almost no side effects
  • lessens allergies and autoimmune condition
  • Omega 3 oil is very effective in controlling allergies and skin disease
  • helpful in reducing arthritis
  • helps with dull and dry hair coats
  • good for joints and improves limb strength

Since they cannot be produced in the body, they must be ingested in the form of foods or natural supplements.

I’m feeding Dermapet Eicosaderm to Samson since 6 month and it’s amazing how he improved his walking and he even started to run a little on our morning walks. We believe that the fish oil we’re adding to his food is helping him with his joints, because we didn’t change anything else. I have written a post about Samson’s disease called Cauda Equina. We got fish oil for Lilly at the vet, because she is licking her paws obsessively and started to add to Samson’s as well. It has no side effects. Lilly’s coat is shiny and her skin got much better, but she is still licking. We’ll give homeopathy remedies a try.

Dermapet Eicosaderm liquid is available at entirelypets.com. I always buy it here because it is much cheaper then the vet. Order your fish oil HERE!