Considering an Omega-3 supplement for your pets?

Have you been considering an omega-3 supplement for your pets? Recently, this Pet Rescue Report contributor was offered a sample of the Bonnie & Clyde Wild Omega-3 Fish Oil for her dogs.

To be honest – though I know that fish oil is beneficial to dogs (skin, coat, joints and heart) I did not hold much hope of seeing a noticeable difference in my dogs’ health. Much to my pleasant surprise, I noticed after the first bottle (16 oz) that my two German shepherds seemed to be shedding less.17211999_10154518183663403_1100898575270916361_o

Less shedding in German shepherds is huge – because anyone who shares their home with a shepherd knows that these dogs shed (a lot!) year-round. I also noticed that our older shepherd, Chesney (six years of age) is no longer itchy and both dogs have a shiny, soft coat.

Other notable benefits:

  • No odor!
  • Apparently tastes good – both dogs gobble up their food with the oil
  • No drip dispenser
  • Attractive (deep blue) container that looks fine on the kitchen counter

Cons:

  • Can’t think of any

Information from the company’s website:

Virtually odorless oil crafted in Iceland from sustainably caught, wild ocean fish. Packed with natural source vitamin E from non-GMO Argentinian sunflowers, a powerful and biologically active antioxidant.

Free from soy, wheat, corn, artificial flavors and preservatives. Higher in EPA and DHA than salmon, Pollock, krill, and cod liver oil, so your pet consumes less calories.

Your pets will love the rich flavor; you’ll love the lack of fish burps and the convenience of the pump.

Interested in this great product? Visit the company website here.

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Testers – Seager and Chesney

 

When a picture speaks volumes: Dog shown thrown away like trash

Photos do speak volumes – “a picture is worth a thousand words.” On Saturday night, another innocent victim of heartless neglect was found curled up behind a small shed area near rural Houston, Texas. The dog suffered in silence, and whoever tossed him to the curb and threw him away as if he was a piece of garbage, will most likely never be found to be punished for such abject animal cruelty.

It was a group of animal advocates, organized by volunteer Leslie Ysuhuaylas, who found the suffering dog, and with many volunteers pulling together and coordinating her rescue with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, that another innocent life has a new beginning.

“We have named this precious angel Queenie, because some day soon when she’s feeling much, much better, she will be treated like a Queen as a member of a loving family for the rest of her life,” co-founder Stacey Silverstein wrote on the organization’s Facebook page announcing the latest arrival to the shelter’s long list of survivors of neglect and cruelty.

Queenie is now resting comfortably at the organization’s partner veterinarian hospital where the emaciated dog has been diagnosed with a severe skin infection, double ear infections and anemia. To help with Queenie’s medical needs click here, Paypal -Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org.

(This is a developing story – updates to follow. Photo  of a picture is worth a thousand words for Queenie courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and Leslie Ysuhuaylas)

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Enter to win: Couch Coat keeps couches free of pet hair

“Win a Couch Coat” is the first free drawing the crew at Pet Rescue Report is offering. Easy to put on, easy to take off. My dog just can’t get close enough to me, and the moment I come home and sit on the couch, Austen is right there eagerly offering me his soft belly for scratches.pet-blanket-ad

Long haired dogs, short haired dogs, cats and even children spilling their milk – not a worry anymore with the Couch Coat. It fits couches up to 92″ long; it’s reversible and when it’s dirty, just throw it into the washing machine. Keep your couch clean and mess free; so pick the beige or brown side, flip out the arm covers and relax.

Want to win one for free? Just subscribe to Pet Rescue Report which automatically submits you into future drawings. So stand by … the Couch Coat drawing is scheduled for Friday, October 7.

Thank you for becoming one of our readers and helping to make this a better world for those who cannot speak.

(Photo via Cheryl)

 

Garmin training device shocking dog lovers

On September 8, Garmin introduced a new device to help make dogs “have better manners.” The company released a promotional video, along with a brief statement to Facebook followers:

Your dog wasn’t born with manners. Our new Delta Smart dog training device and activity tracker works with your smartphone to help keep your dog safe, healthy, and well behaved.

Though some page followers seemed intrigued by the device and the smartphone app, most have expressed outrage that Garmin is selling the equivalent of a shock collar as a training device. The company explains how the device works:

At its core, the Delta Smart is a training system for dog owners who want to teach their canine companion new commands, or refocus them away from unwanted behaviors. The dog device functions as a “virtual leash” that can be used inside the home or outdoors. The Delta Smart gives dog owners a wide range of customizable correction settings, including tone, vibration, and 10 levels of stimulation, as well as five different virtual touchscreen remote layouts on a smartphone. Different family members can connect to the Delta Smart with their own devices, and one smartphone can control multiple dog devices.

It is the “10 levels of stimulation” which has dog lovers up in arms. A sampling of the comments on the Garmin Facebook page include:

I’m a runner and wear your watches to train and race, but I will be replacing my Forerunner because of this product and will encourage others to do the same. I can’t support a company that has chosen to sell shock collars for dogs under the pretense of “training”. Not only is aversive (sp) training detrimental to dogs, it’s cruel.

Another Facebook user wrote:

I’ve actually been looking at watches with heart rate monitors and such. Garmin was at the top of my list. Was. No more. Sorry Garmin, I’m a dog person and have been all my life. I won’t support a company that markets something like this.

Garmin has promoted the special collar as a way to keep dogs out of trouble…a means to stop counter surfing, overly enthusiastic door greetings, garbage grazing and more. While the angry Facebook users have opted to focus solely on the “stimulation” there is also the option to train dogs to respond to sound or vibration from the collar. The fear appears to be that consumers will opt out of the tone or vibration options, choosing “stimulation” only.

The learn more about the complete offerings of the Garmin device, click here.

(Photo Stephanie Swanson)

 

Storing dry pet food and making sure it’s safe

Our four-legged friends  are often thought of as part of our families, and of course we want their foods to be nutritious, safe and tasty. So what should be done to make sure Fido or Fluffy’s dry kibble is safe? After all, pet food is perishable, and once the bag is opened and oxygen seeps in, the product can quickly lose its integrity.

Iris 3 piece dog food storerBe cautious; just because an expiration date is written on the side or the bottom of a dog or cat food bag does not mean the food is good for a year. All of that just means it stays fresh as long as you haven’t opened the bag – remember natural dog foods that do not contain chemical  preservatives have a much shorter shelf life if not properly stored.

To begin, here are some suggestions of what NOT to do:

  • Upon opening the bag, do not leave it opened
  • Don’t let the bag or the food get wet; molds and mildews are dangerous to your pet’s health
  • Do not store dog food in the sunlight
  • Don’t mix the old food with the new food; use all of the old food first
  • Make sure to use the food within 45 days of opening the package

And now as to what To do:

  • Store all pet food in a cool, dry place away from the sun
  • Every time you replace pet food, make sure to carefully wash, rinse and dry the container to avoid contamination.
  • Store food in the original bag in an airtight container. If that isn’t possible, cut off expiration, lot and all ID#s just in case of a recall.

As to a favorite, the IRIS Airtight Pet Food Container Combo Kit tops the chart for storage.

“This stacking 3-piece combo includes a 33 and a 12 quart container and a matching 2-cup food scoop. Airtight seals keep dog food, cat food, bird seed, treats, etc. fresh and pest-free. Four rotating casters allow for easy movement around the kitchen or pantry.”

As a rule, I keep all of my dog’s food in the original bag which does take up more room, but keeps the fats and oils from settling in the bottom of the container and spoiling. The containers are made of a hard plastic which doesn’t scratch. Although it doesn’t come completely assembled, it takes just a few minutes to add  the casters and the tops. The casters make it convenient to  move around. I have another complete set in my back pantry which I use to store bird seed and food for the squirrels.

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Buy the IRIS 3-Piece Airtight Pet Food Container Combo on Amazon.com for $19.66. Buying with this link on Amazon helps support Pet Rescue Report.