Happy Mother’s Day to all our Dog Mom’s

Rocco Jet. My Dog is My Family - DOGZAR.com

Thank you for holding me when I am scared, cuddling with me when I am cold, feeding me when I am hungry, playing with me when I want to have fun, taking care of me when I’m sick, massaging me when I want to relax, protecting me from harm and for loving me when I need love. Thank you for giving me a family.

I love you.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Thank you Dog Mom’s for everything you do.

My Dog is My Family ~ DOGZAR wants to help keep your dog . . . SAFE, HEALTHY and HAPPY!

 

DOGZAR Reviews . . . Ecowelldog

EcowelldogThe Good:  Made in the USA, Eco friendly, cruelty free, all natural and herbal.  All herbs are ethically and organically grown and all bottles are made with recycled plastic. Manufactured in FDA approved laboratories and made with better than human grade ingredients. Ecowelldog products are designed for specific issues such as: itchy skin, dental solutions, eye and ear solutions, nervous dog solutions, older dog solutions, puppy solutions, outdoor dogs solutions and some products are made specifically for small and large size dogs.

The Bad: There is such a huge selection of products to choose from, it may get a little overwhelming, but Ecowelldog has created an easy solution.  On the website, they have a button you can click labeled, “Not sure what to order?”.  Just click on this button and it directs you to a page with six problem-solution categories.  Problem solved!

The Review: Ecowelldog is a newly merged company that was formed when Cain & Able and Happytails joined forces in 2011.  Ecowelldog now consists of five brands of high quality, all natural, eco-focused problem solving grooming and wellness products for dogs.

Ecowelldog
Sample of some of Ecowelldog's Product Line

The five brands are:

Cain & Able – Bath products and Spa Accessories
Happytails – Problem Solution Products
Kiss Able – All Natural Doggie Dental Items
Dirty & Hairy – For the Outdoor Dog
Dogmaceuticals – All Natural Line of Canine Cosmeceuticals

DOGZAR was able to review several of these products such as:

Flea the Scene a 3-in-1 spray which acts as an insect repellent, gentle emollient to sooth itchy skin and a UV protector with all natural sunscreen.

Itchin’ for Relief an all natural blend of ingredients designed with a unique “nozzler” that delivers exact application to your dogs skin to provide immediate relief of itchy skin.

Kiss Able Dental Wipes made with aloe, baking soda, peppermint, fennel and pomegranate extract to keep your dogs teeth clean, free of bacteria and their breath fresh.

Kiss Able Probiotic Anti-Plaque Spray helps prevent bad breath, reduces tartar build up and contains over 14 strains of probiotics.

We were extremely pleased with all of the products we sampled and reviewed.  All products had very pleasant scents that obviously reflected all of the ingredients accurately and beautifully.  Our dog, Bruce Lee has very sensitive skin and occasionally itches due to allergies.  When we applied Itchin’ for Relief, we found that it soothed his skin and stopped his urge to itch.  Living in Florida under the blazing hot sun, we were so excited to learn that Flea the Scene also provide UV protection.  So we now always do a quick spritz on our dogs before they head outside to protect them from fleas and mosquitoes and to keep their skin safe from the sun.  Thank you Ecowelldog for joining forces and developing such an amazing line of problem solving grooming and wellness products for our canines.  Thank you also for being so socially and ethically responsible by being carbon-neutral, using recycled plastic, using organically grown herbs and making all of your products and components in the USA!

Ecowelldog
Phone 1-866-364-7720
Casey@Ecowelldog.com
www.Ecowelldog.com

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DOGZAR Reviews . . . Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Products

Vet's Best Flea & Tick Products
Vet's Best Flea & Tick Products

The Good:  Made in the USA, affordable, all natural, made with safe, unique blend of peppermint and clove extracts, kills fleas, flea eggs, ticks, mosquitoes on contact!

The Bad: Vet’s Best is sold currently at only 6 stores nationwide, including Petco and The Vitamin Shoppe.  I found that when I called Petco, they didn’t have the complete line in stock, my recommendation would be to simply order online and have the products delivered right to your door.

The Review: We learned about Vet’s Best at the Global Pet Expo and had the opportunity to meet the representatives.  One thing we noticed at the Expo that out of the 900 vendor booths there were just a handful of booths that had all natural or organic products made in the USA.  We were ecstatic to learn more about all of the products from Vet’s Best.  We tested the Vet’s Best Flea & Tick product line which includes:

Flea & Tick Spray
Anti-Flea Easy Spray Shampoo
Flea & Tick Home Spray
Flea & Tick Yard and Kennel Spray

Our dogs, Bruce Lee and Rocco Jet, have been very lucky and haven’t had any real problems with fleas or ticks in the past.  We use Revolution, a monthly heartworm/flea & tick treatment combined with Perma-Guard and it has worked perfectly in the past at keeping the fleas and ticks at bay.  We recently relocated and moved into a new city and unfortunately found a FLEA on Bruce Lee! Luckily we had our Vet’s Best products. We grabbed the flea, put it in a ziplock bag and sprayed one small mist of the Flea & Tick Spray into the bag.  We tried this in the past with a flea, we put the flea in a bag and poured in a splash of rubbing alcohol and the flea would swim around for an hour then eventually die.  With Vet’s Best, the flea died in less than a minute!   The first thing you will immediately notice is the lovely fresh scent of peppermint oil and clove extracts.  We soaped up both Bruce Lee and Rocco Jet with the Spray Shampoo. We noticed a couple flea corpses floating in the soapy water.  The thought of any bug on my dogs is horrifying for me. I was so excited to see that this all natural, completely safe shampoo was working.

It is pointless if you remove the fleas from your dogs and do not remove the fleas from your house and surrounding environment.  So the next step is to wash all of the bedding, blankets, toys etc. Vacuum everything and immediately spray the Flea & Tick Home Spray all over EVERYTHING.  I found that you only need to spray a light mist and it works perfectly.  Don’t forget to immediately empty your vacuum outside.  I also sprayed the vacuum after I cleaned it just to make sure it killed any flea eggs that may have been trapped inside.  I also used the Yard & Kennel Spray all over my exterior courtyard and lawn. Which was very easy – when hooked up to the hose the spray misted a huge amount of product perfectly.  The lovely part of the Vet’s Best, is the incredible smell.  My yard, house and dogs all smelled like peppermint and cloves for days.

I continue to spray the Flea & Tick Spay on both of my dogs before they go outside a nighttime to protect them from mosquitoes and from any new fleas from jumping on them. The Vet’ Best Home Spray has become my favorite product.  If I could, I would wear it on a holster 24/7.  I am slightly horrified of spiders, and all bugs basically in general.  I sprayed the Home Spray on a gigantic spider on my courtyard and it curled up and died almost immediately!  In South Florida, we sometimes have these disgusting flying termites that take over at nighttime like a horror movie.  I, of course, sprayed the Home Spray on them and it stopped them in their tracks.  My courtyard was covered with thousands of little dead bugs.  It was great.

I absolutely LOVE this Vet’s Best Flea & Tick product line and you will too!  I cannot wait to try out more of all of the Vet’s Best products. Thank you Vet’s Best for providing us with an all natural, non toxic product that kills fleas, flea eggs, ticks and pretty much every other bug as well on contact!

Vet’s Best
Phone 1-800-272-6336
vetsbest@rpgdirect.com
www.vetsbest.com

DOGZAR wants to help keep your dog . . . SAFE, HEALTHY and HAPPY!

DOGZAR Reviews . . . Drymate Waterproof Bath Mats

Eco Friendly Drymate Waterproof Bath Mats
Bruce Lee enjoying a bath on the NO SLIP Eco friendly Drymate bath mat.

The Good:  Made in the USA and made from over 50% recycled fiber, a combination of post consumer and post industrial.  Protects dogs from slipping in the bath plus it drys quickly!

The Bad: Drymate has several products available for dogs that are available in select stores and online, to purchase the Bath Mats, currently they are only available online on the Drymate website.

The Review:  Drymate products are made in the USA and made from over 50% recycled fiber, a combination of post consumer and post industrial. The pet mats feature Zorb-Tech anti-flow absorbency technology (absorbent, yet waterproof). Soft, stain resistant, felt-like fabric is coated on one side with a clear, durable, special bonded backing that prevents “soak-thru” from above or below. All Drymate Waterproof Products are machine washable and dryable. Drymate has a full line of dog products to choose from . . .  place mats, kennel pads, cargo liner/seat protectors and whelping mats.

Drymate Bath Mat
Bruce Lee all soapy, sitting and enjoying his bath!

Drymate recently launched their collection of unique bathmats for your dogs, made out of the same material, keeping your dog safe and secure while bathing.  Most dogs are not very fond of bath time, it’s usually slightly stressful and causes most dogs some anxiety.  Drymate bath mat is extremely helpful in helping make your dog feel more secure and comfortable during the bath.  The soft felt like fabric is easy for your dog to walk on without any chance of slipping.  Bruce Lee and Rocco Jet both like to walk around the tub during a bath and the secure bath mat made this easy for them.  Both of my dogs have had surgeries in the past that make us constantly worry about an accidental “slip”.  Bruce Lee recently had back surgery to repair disc problems and we are still in recovery until his back strengthens.  During baths he is usually very nervous and trembles, but when using the Drymate bath mat, he walked around a little, then just sat comfortably and enjoyed the massage!  The only problem I found was that we were having such a great time that I filled the tub a little too much (to give him the full bath experience) and the mat started to float.  So my advice is to make sure not to put too much water in the tub.

Another exciting option for the Drymate mats is that you can personalize them.  Upload your dogs image or whatever image you would like. These are great gifts!

RPM, Inc.
c/o Drymate
6665 West Highway 13
Savage, MN 55378
Phone 800-872-8201
Fax 952-808-2277
info@rpmdrymate.com
www.drymate.com

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Earth Day 2012 Resolutions . . .

Earth Day 2012
Celebrate Earth Day, Sunday April 22nd. LOVE EARTH ~ SAVE EARTH!

Earth Day 2012 is this Sunday, April 22nd.  All of us at DOGZAR are very excited to celebrate Earth Day with our dogs by doing something special that shows that we LOVE EARTH and are making efforts everyday to SAVE EARTH.  Make some resolutions that start this weekend and will continue on throughout the year.

1.  Buy and use ONLY biodegradable poop waste bags.

2. Purchase products or services that are manufactured by green companies that ONLY use Eco Friendly practices and use ONLY sustainable materials for their products.

3. Donate gently used dog toys, blankets, beds, leashes to local shelters or to people that are in need and cannot afford to purchase brand new items for their dogs.

4.  Every Earth Day plant a tree with your dog.  Before you know it, there will be big, beautiful trees all over town (and wonderful memories with you and your dog)!

5.  Stop using bottled water and purchase a water filtration system to provide your dog with clean, fresh drinking water.

6.  Replace ALL of your old conventional light bulbs (and fluorescent bulbs) throughout your home and office with LED bulbs which do not contain any toxic mercury chemicals, are more energy efficient and helps you save money.

7.  When walking with your dog on the street, at the park, at the beach . . . if you see garbage . . . pick it up and throw it away!

8.  Recycle ALL or your waste.  If your community has recycling available utilize it!  Some communities are now even offering a financial benefit by using their recycling program – yes, recycle and receive money!

9.  Make this weekend pee pee pad free.  Instead, take your dog outside – enjoy each others company and shrink the landfills!

10.  Unfortunately at this time, smoking cigarettes is legal and a personal choice.  If your dog had a voice, they would BEG you to stop smoking.  Second-hand and third-hand smoke kills dogs too, not just people!  So please – save your lungs, your dogs lungs and the environment and stop smoking on Earth Day.

Happy Earth Day!  LOVE EARTH ~ SAVE EARTH!  DOGZAR ®

 

Have a Fun Photography Session with Your Dog

Bruce Lee at the Beach
Bruce Lee at the Beach

I am always trying to find fun ways to entertain my dogs.  Sometimes I feel so sad when I look at them and they seem so incredibly BORED.  Yes, they have their dog toys, though it’s funny I will spend a small fortune finding the coolest, organic dog toy for them to play with and they get the biggest thrill from the empty cardboard toilet paper roll.  Dogs are really easy, we usually do too much for them and they usually are not entertained.  There are so many events for dogs that turn out to actually be more for the dog parents than the dogs.  Next time you are at a dog event, look around at the dogs – they are usually bored out of their minds and miserable because they are dressed in uncomfortable outfits.  My goal is to find you a ton of really fun things for your DOG.

My first mission for you is to pretend you are a professional photographer.  Make a plan ahead of time of different shots you would like to “try” and get.  Examples (ideas):

1) Action shot – of your dog jumping, digging, rolling in the grass, etc.

2) Serious thinker shot – of your dog looking off into the distance, relaxing with the sun on their face, etc.

3) Water shot – (waterproof camera required) of your dog swimming in the pool or playing in the beach break, etc.

4) Personal shot – of you and your dog, either hold the camera out with one hand and take the shot of you and your dog, or if you happen to have a tripod and a camera that has a auto-shoot function or bring a friend to capture you and your dog doing something fun together (walking, swimming, playing, etc.)

All of these things require you to interact with your dog, your dog is actually having FUN and bonus, you may just get some amazing shots for your collection. Remember to bring tons of water, keep it fun and let your dog control the photo shoot. Once your dog gets bored – the photo shoot is over and on to the next mission. I will keep you posted on new ideas that are simple, safe, healthy and most importantly FUN!

Send us a cool shot from your photo shoot and we will post our favorite! For more information on how to submit your photo visit:

www.DOGZAR.com/photos

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DOGZAR Reviews . . . Dr. Rose’s Remedies Skin Treatment

Dr. Rose's Remedies Spray and Salve

The Good: Human grade elements, 100% natural ingredients, steroid and gluten free with no artificial coloring or preservatives, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-scarring, cools and nourishes the skin, heals burns, lacerations, surgical incisions, heals hot spots, tick and insect bites, dermatitis, itchy skin, allergies and dry skin plus it’s made in the USA!

The Bad: Only sold in select boutique stores which are listed on the Dr. Rose’s Remedies website.  The Salve and Spray are also available online at several online retailers and distributors.

The Review:   We met Tony DiLeva, the CFO and representative for Dr. Rose’s Remedies at the Global Pet Expo 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  Tony was extremely knowledgeable and quickly educated us on the wide range of skin problems that animals suffer from and how Dr. Rose’s Remedies Salve and Spray has helped heal all of these animals ranging from horses, rabbits, cows rodents, cats and yes . . . dogs.  He provided us with pre and post photos to show the healing results and it was amazing.  A little background on Dr. Rose DiLeva, the Veterinarian that developed the skin treatment.  She is a conventionally educated veterinarian with extensive training in complementary and alternative modalities.  She completed post-graduate studies in Veterinary Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology.

It’s strange the way things work out, my dogs never get fleas – ever, because we treat our  house with Perma Guard Diatomaceous Earth. But we recently moved and unfortunately, we noticed that Bruce Lee was itching.  When we checked his skin the first thing we noticed was red patches on his skin where he was itching – he was having an allergic reaction to the flea bites!  After a bath and blow dry, we treated his skin with Dr. Rose’s Remedies Salve, applying directly to the red patches.  The next day, we went to apply more of the salve and we couldn’t even find the red patches! So we just applied the salve to the general area.  It was like a miracle!

It got me thinking . . . if it helped Brucie so quickly and with such great results, maybe it can work on my skin.  I had a blemish on my skin and thought, what’s the worse thing that can happen?  So I applied a light amount of the salve to my face and crossed my fingers!  The next day . . . the healing process was in full force.  It worked!  Dr. Rose DiLeva is a genius!  Needless to say, even though this skin treatment was developed to treat veterinary medical conditions, I will be using it as well.  The ingredients are safe and effective, consisting simply of: calendula oil, soybean oil, bees wax, shea butter, vitamin E, aloe vera oil, grape seed oil, eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil and rosemary oil extract.

Thank you Dr. Rose for  developing a magical combination of all natural ingredients that help heal skin conditions, helping our dogs and even human skin feel better and look beautiful!

Dr. Rose’s Remedies
Tony DiLeva, CFO
286 Wilmington West Chester Pike
Chadds Ford Pa 19317
Office:610 558 4610
Fax:610 558 9190
www.drrosesremedies.com

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DOGZAR Reviews . . . Premium Plus Skin and Coat by Doctors Foster & Smith

 

Doctors Foster and Smith Premium Plus Skin & Coat Omega Fatty Acid Supplement
Doctors Foster and Smith Premium Plus Skin & Coat Omega Fatty Acid Supplement

The Good:  Highly concentrated, contains a blend of essential linoleic acid (an Omega 6 fatty acid) plus Omega 3 fatty acids along with a blend of vitamins, zinc and antioxidant nutrients including Biotin for skin and coat health. Made in the USA.

The Bad:  Only sold online.

The Review:  I purchased Doctors Foster and Smith Premium Plus Skin & Coat Omega Fatty Acid Supplement several years ago.  I had purchased a very expensive comparable dietary supplement from my Veterinarian and I really liked the results, so I went on a search to find a similar product, only cheaper.  The reason I needed this supplement was because Rocco Jet had very dry skin and needed something to supplement his diet. His hair was brittle, itchy, he had dandruff and he seemed to be uncomfortable in his skin.  I noticed a difference after about a month of use.  Rocco Jets skin was definitely improving, less itchy and his hair was silky smooth.  It is very easy to use.  I use it once a day at dinner time, I spray one squirt of liquid into the food and Rocco Jet gobbles it right up!  Doctor Fosters and Smith offers three sizes to choose from: 12 oz./$14.99, 24 oz./$24.99 and 64 oz./$49.99.  These are all great prices compared to the Veterinary Clinic options, so any size is a good choice, but you can’t go wrong with the 64 oz. size.  With such an excellent price for such an excellent product – you will be happy you went with the largest size.

Doctors Foster and Smith
Item #36081
2253 Air Park Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501
800-562-7169
DrsFosterSmith.com

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Pet Prescriptions Now Available at TARGET, PetRx

 

Target PetRx
Target PetRx

I have been purchasing my dogs prescriptions from Target for about a year now.  Rocco Jet has a heart condition which requires him to be on three different (very expensive) medications every day.  Luckily, two of them are actually human grade prescriptions and I am able to buy them through Targets $4 Generics Program, which is AWESOME!!  Unfortunately, one of the prescriptions, Vetmedin, is not human grade, it is solely for Veterinary use and I have to purchase this medication at my local Veterinary Clinic.

I was very happy to learn recently that Target is now stocking your dogs (and cats) prescriptions!!  Target’s PetRx is only available at select Target Pharmacies, so call ahead of time to find the location closest to you that is participating.  This means less driving all over town, less gas and less money, what could be better than that?  Plus, some of your dogs medications are also available with Targets $4 Generic Program.  So when you are turning in your dogs prescription to be filled, ask is your dogs medication comes in the generic equivalent.  I checked on Rocco’s Vetmedin to see how much of a savings I was going to get if I purchased from Target . . . unfortunately it is not one of the $4 Generic medications, but I will be saving $18 by purchasing the Vetmedin from Target, instead of from my local Veterinarian, which is huge!

I have seen a pretty impressive change lately, in grocery stores, department stores like Target and Walmart, wholesale clubs like Sam’s and Costco . . . . I have noticed the pet isles are getting bigger.  I don’t just see a small expansion like a few extra products added to the shelves, I see the isles are becoming departments, entire sections of stores!  Obviously we are all spending more and more of our hard earned dollars on our dogs and the retail giants have taken notice.  I am so pleased to see that they have finally realized that our dogs are our family by providing our furry family members with discounted medications and entire sections of stores.  Thank you Target!!

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Poisonous Palm Seeds, Beware of this Deadly Little Berry!

Hugo
Hugo

I have horribly sad news to report, Hugo a dachshund rescue adopt-a-dog passed away recently because he ate a tiny palm seed from a palm tree.  He needed several surgeries and was doing better in recovery, when he suddenly went into cardiac arrest.  We are all completely heartbroken.  I met Hugo at a pet expo this year and assisted the Dachshund Rescue of South Florida with taking some photos of Hugo and posting his adoption information on DOGZAR.com.    Hugo was  a very sweet and loving little dog.

Palm Seeds
Palm Seeds in a Palm Tree

When I learned this information, I had no idea about palm seeds at all.  I have seen these little red berries on palm trees and scattered all around the ground and have walked passed them a million times before without even a thought.  We all go to such great lengths to protect our dogs from all the dangers lurking . . . frogs, toxic chemicals, toxic food, we buy life vests so when we take our dogs boating they are safe, we buy special gates to protect our dogs from falling through balconies and down stairs, we spend a fortune on vaccinations and routine veterinary exams to keep them healthy and a tiny red berry on the sidewalk can quickly end your dogs life, who knew?

My dogs are both extremely motivated by food.  We call Rocco Jet, “The Nibbler”, because all he wants to do is nibble all day.  Bruce Lee we call, “The Hoover”, because he is constantly searching the ground for particles of anything to eat.  Sometimes I think I should just put tiny muzzel’s on them to protect them  from eating things they find on the ground.  My biggest fear was that they would find someones discarded medication on the ground and eat that, now I am horrified of palm seeds.

Palm Seeds
Palm Seeds

After doing some research, if you suspect your dog has eaten a palm seed, the symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, liver failure and seizures.  Also, your dog can react from the toxins in two different ways, suffer immediate damage in 1 to 4 days of eating the berry or the chronic damage where your dog suffers liver damage in 1 to 3 months!  The only thing you can do is to seek immediate medical treatment from your Veterinarian.

I know in my heart that Hugo is now in Heaven and running around happy and healthy.  I hope that this tragedy will help other dogs from ever suffering from ingesting these tiny red berries.  Please protect your dogs from palm seeds. When walking your dog outside, keep your dog on a leash and walk far away from these seeds.

DOGZAR wants to help keep your dog . . . SAFE, HEALTHY and HAPPY!