Do Old Dogs appreciate a Puppy Friend? ~by Dr. Amy Tongue

Quite a few years back one of my clients asked me this question about her very old dog who was in heart failure and clearly approaching the last years of his life.  After giving it some thought, my response was that perhaps this mellow old guy who spent most of his day sleeping would be happiest with just some peace and quiet, supplemented with the devoted attention of his humans.  The thought of a little sharp toothed hellion using this sweet old gentleman as a chew toy and trampoline during his final days made me cringe.

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Yet, as sometimes happens, my advice was disregarded and the client promptly selected and acquired a new puppy for this little old man.  And, as often happens, she was completely right! He LOVED his new little friend, started wrestling and playing chase again, and bonded strongly to her.  He spent his last years with her by his side and the two of them were inseparable.  In fact, he probably lived a longer, happier life because of her companionship.

 

summit-and-tulip-1So while not every old dog appreciates the life changing presence of a puppy, I now share my story and counsel clients that many older dogs who enjoy interacting with other dogs may really thrive and bond when blessed with a younger companion.  They can also be a great example (or not….) to the young pup as to how to behave and interact with humans and other animals, thereby leaving some of their legacy with the next generation.

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Boarding Tips For Pets – by Kat, Kennel Manager

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Let’s face it, most pets and their people don’t get excited about a boarding stay. However, with some helpful tips you can ensure that their stay is as comfortable and stress free as possible. Who knows, maybe after a few visits a boarding stay with us can be the next best thing to home.  Continue Reading

New Product: Synovi G4

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You may have noticed a new product on our lobby shelves. We have transitioned from the S3 chews to the Synovi G4 recently. As alway we are committed to your pet’s care and have provided some common questions and answers below to let you know why we feel this change is important to your dog’s health. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding Synovi G4 let us know and we will be happy to address your concerns.

What is G4?
This is not your mother’s glucosamine! G4 is a full spectrum joint supplement that targets inflammatory responders, offers synovial support and provides antioxidants. With the addition of natural, anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Boswellia and Tumeric, the updated formula intends to strengthen joint cartilage, function and flexibility.

How long until visible improvement?
In most cases owners have been seeing an improvement in their pet’s mobility in 7-10 days. Even if you do not see immediate change in your pet’s mobility G4 is recommended as maintenance supplement aiding in slowing down the progression of arthritis.

In what form is G4 available?
G4 will only be available in chew form. Bayer guarantees that your dog will find G4 chews palatable or you can return it for a full refund.

My dog has food allergies, is G4 hypoallergenic?
Not at this time. The chews are chicken flavored but Bayer is working on a hypoallergenic version.

Did I just hear you say rewards program?
Um, no. But, yes G4 is part of the Bayer purchase-reward program. Buy 5 containers of G4 joint supplement and the 6th is free! Let one of our awesome client care coordinators know if you would like a punch card.

Dog Days of Summer – By Huckleberry With Help From Stephanie, Client Care Coordinator

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Summer is here!! I looove summertime. I’m a lucky pup and my mom (Stephanie) takes me and my brother dog on long walks all year round, but let me tell you, sometimes I try and just convince her to stay in bed when it’s raining outside (unfortunately, Patrick doesn’t feel the same so I get out-voted). But the beautiful weather is here now and I love the heat! Continue Reading