Friday, March 27, 2009

Pooches: The Power of Fish Oil

With the advent of spring we have had a lot of great flowers, great weather, and great amounts of pet shedding. While the pooches will naturally shed their coats with the seasonal change, we found out that this fish oil product, which you can find at most pet stores, delays shedding. The omega3 fatty acids keep the pooches skin and hair well conditioned; it is mainly the dry skin and brittle hair that cause shedding. We put a couple of drops in with each meal and we have noticed that the pooches do have shinier, well-conditioned hair. The only catch is to make sure you wipe their lips after they eat it. Miss M. loves to put her chin on everything which doesn't bide well when it's covered with fish oil.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Pooches: Inexpensive Medicine

After making many mistakes, we have learned how to save money on the pooches. Buying medicine at the vet can be really expensive, so we found some online sites that offer them much, much cheaper. I've bought them from Doctors Foster & Smith, but this past time I found a much cheaper rate at EntirelyPets. The site will email the vet to get a prescription and it arrives on your doorstep in a matter of days.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Pooches: Spring Shedding Clean-up

Despite our frequent visits to "the spa", when Spring comes the pooches shed their thick winter coat. Unfortunately, some of it is bound to end up on our microfiber coach and cubes. I found this dry sponge is made to spruce up upholstery and it's an easy way to pick up the stray hairs from the pooches. I've also found it's great at cleaning the dried spittle Miss M used to leave behind when she would sneak up to sleep on the couch when we were gone, and slink away when she heard the key in the door.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pooches: Expression

So one day, Mr. B started to really smell like a mackerel. This smell was bad enough to even wake both A and I from a deep sleep 2 in the morning. After doing some research, we came to the conclusion that his anal sacs or anal glands needed to be emptied. During a vet visit, we asked them to express Mr. B's anal glands, which we thought we be free or for a nominal fee, but to our surprise it was $30. So we needed to find a cheaper way of expressing Mr. B's anal glands. We found a video on Expert Village on how to express a dog's anal glands, but it didn't look like something either A or I would be willing to do. Then one day, while we were at PetSmart waiting for the dogs to be taken in for their baths, we were told that they would express both Mr. B's and Ms. M's anal glands for free. It is actually a free service with their baths, but you need to ask. Now we can have fresh smelling dogs with empty anal sacs after their spa day at PetSmart.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Pooches: Twins--As in the Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger Type

Whenever we're out walking the dogs, people always ask if they're twins. Despite the fact they would technically be octuplets, it is funny because they're different breeds. But, since they've been living together they have slowly morphed into one dog. Kind of like those couples that start to look alike. Basically, Mr. B. sees Miss M. as the #1 dog and has started imitating her. This includes the way she sits, lays down, even her bad habits like hitting against the bed in the morning so we feed her, and sneezing all the time. Just look at their mannerisms:
While they're both still Pittie/Bully Breeds, Miss M. is technically an American Bulldog/Boxer mix. She has long limbs and stands nearly 6 inches taller then Mr. B. Her hands are like claws that can grab things and she has saggy jowls and an under bite. She is also brindle-striped.
Mr. B. is an American Staffordshire Terrier. He has stubby little legs but HUGE biceps. He has a huge, meaty head and is grey-colored. He likes to curl up like a little lamb.
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