Being a blogger blows (and rocks), because once you learn something about dog care, you can’t unlearn something. And because I have a great following (thank you so much for reading) I feel obligated to share what I’m learning.
I remember when I was blissfully clueless about dog care; today, I’m convinced that blissful cluelessness that made me think that puppy food for large breed dogs was just what our dogs needed. I blame that puppy food for our dogs with arthritis and didn’t feed Blue puppy food. I don’t think it’s necessary, but don’t quote me on that, I’m just a dog mom.
It’s cruel to keep a dog in a kennel – Blue sleeps in a kennel at night in the puppy condo with Rodrigo and Sydney, who don’t sleep in kennels. We put Blue in a kennel when he was a puppy to (1) give Rodrigo and Sydney a break and (2) because he would jump out of the yard and wander around on our property (coyotes). Today, he goes to bed in the kennel with his Nylabone and Monkey with no trouble so we keep up the tradition.
Kibble is kibble – Before we adopted dogs, I used to think that premium kibble was just a buzz word to get more money out of soft hearted dog owners. Being a blogger and dog mom has helped me see the light to the different levels of kibble available on the market. I’ve learned to research the source of the meat, grains and vitamins – although the ingredients look healthy, doesn’t mean that they are healthy.
Of course, NOW I’m starting to be suspicious of the marketing terms “holistic” and “all natural.”
The FDA forced manufactures of chicken jerky treats made in China to recall their products – I got this news of the recalls through social media channels and made my own conclusion. After taking some more time to learn about the jerky treat recalls, pet food labels, and what’s allowed in our pet food – I’m a little more careful about what I bring home to our dogs, because just because people report that a brand has a problem, doesn’t mean that it’ll be removed from shelves.
But thanks to the chicken jerky treat recalls, I’ve started paying more attention to the ingredients, sourced country, and calorie content of the treats we buy for our dogs.
Flea and Tick spot treatments are perfectly safe – I know that there are loads of dog parents and veterinarians who believe this, but like with everything on the market, there’s always going to be a percentage of dogs that have a bad reaction to a product. I also learned that there are holistic, all natural options that do work. There’s also a way to make them safer for your dogs if you don’t have another option.
One thing that we do is split a 3 pack over the summer. One treatment is shared between each of our dogs and the rest of the month, they get sprayed weekly with Bright Eyes Pet Wellness. We’ve never had a flea.
Dog food and treats that contain glucosamine offer enough to help with arthritis – I’ve learned that these are great for a dog’s overall joint health, but since our dogs actually suffer from arthritis and joint pain, they need a good supplement, not just treats. We use Wag Lifetime Joint Care for our dogs; the rest is just fluff, but maybe it’s better than nothing.
Pet insurance is a huge scam – 15 years ago, this may have been true. I would hear from pet owners who would submit a claim only to be denied several times before being reimbursed and then promptly dropped. Sounds like a scam to me. Today, we have three very active dogs and after our experience with Riley’s vet bills, I just didn’t want to be caught unawares again so we invested in Trupanion Pet Insurance for our dogs.
What dog care belief was shattered when you became a dog parent?