Category Archives: products for dogs

Cleaning up after digestive indiscretions

Simple GreenLet’s just say that Daisy had the largest ‘digestive indiscretion’ of her life recently.  I won’t go into the details (it was horrific for both of us).

Thankfully, I had this cleaning product in my cupboard.

Simple Green is a well-known manufacturer of non-toxic and biodegradable cleaners.   It is very easy to use – shake the bottle, saturate the stain and then scrub gently.

It handled all of Daisy’s little accidents very well.  When I had guests just few days later, they told me that they couldn’t see a single spot on the carpet!  (And they didn’t smell anything, either)

What I particularly like about this product is that it is safe for pets and people and it’s fragrance is not overpowering.  How many cleaners have you tried that are overpowering in their smell, while claiming that they deodorize? This isn’t one of those.  It truly helped with the smell without causing me to have to open the windows before being overcome by the fragrance.

****Highly recommended for all dog owners****

(I purchased my Simple Green dog pet stain and odor remover from my local pet store; I have not been paid for my endorsement)

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand


Doggyloot – for dog products at great prices


Doggyloot is a website where merchants sell dog treats, toys and other products at discount prices.  Each product is offered for a significant discount but there’s a time limit to buy.

I’m happy to endorse this site, as I’ve found a number of items over the last two years by belonging to this community.  It’s well worth a look – your dog will love you for it!

Shipping to USA addresses only, sorry!  (But the shipping is free)

Visit Doggyloot today

The PupLight – helping an older dog see at night

As a dog gets older, it is common that they will experience a loss of eyesight or visual acuity.  I have found that many owners assume that their dog has cataracts but a more common problem is nuclear sclerosis.

Nuclear sclerosis, which is also called lenticular sclerosis, is a condition that causes the pupils of the eyes to look cloudy and often blue-gray in colour.  Nuclear sclerosis isn’t painful and it comes upon the dog gradually.  At some point you will notice that your dog isn’t seeing well at night and their peripheral vision may also be limited.

Such is the case with my Daisy.  We have stairs that go from our house to the outside garden and I noticed that she would stop dead at the top of the stairs because she couldn’t see the steps in the dark. It made sense that, although I could turn a light on in the house, the lighting in the garden wasn’t as easy.

Then I found the PupLight, the lighted dog collar.  Although marketed most strongly for people who walk their dogs at night and need to be visible to traffic, I decided to give it a try…

The PupLight

The PupLight

It’s been great!  Just what we needed.  I can clip the collar on before letting Daisy out at night and she can see the steps, and all the irregularities in the garden.  And she adjusted to its use very well.

Daisy shows off her PupLight dog collar

Daisy shows off her PupLight dog collar

The PupLight's bright light makes it much easier for Daisy to see at night

The PupLight’s bright light makes it much easier for Daisy to see at night

Bottom line:  Highly recommended product, particularly for senior dogs

Note:  This product endorsement is entirely my own and was not paid for by the PupLight company or its retailers.

Daisy’s boo-boo

This week, a cyst on Daisy’s leg became irritated and broke open.  Poor Daisy!  There was blood everywhere and, not surprisingly, Daisy was licking and uncomfortable.

A visit to the vet confirmed that she needs to keep away from the wound and be on antibiotics for at least a week.  We were initially given a traditional Elizabethan collar (also known as the bucket or cone of shame).  However, this stressed Daisy out and she wouldn’t settle.  She couldn’t drink from her raised feeder, either, because the collar got in the way.

And when you think about it, who would feel comfortable with their peripheral vision closed off and feeling like you were trapped?

Enter the BooBooLoon Air Cushioned Pet Recovery Collar! This inflatable ring comes with sturdy Velcro fasteners and allows Daisy to see out and drink from her bowl, without the constriction of the Elizabethan collar.

I recommend this alternative for dogs as it is more humane and less likely to cause stress.  I doubt the Velcro will hold up to a dog that really wants it off because running into furniture or pawing it strongly is likely to break through the fastening.

But for dogs who are well-behaved like Daisy, it’s ideal.  Ask for it specifically at your vet or buy one directly from their website.

Full body shot

Daisy rests on her bed wearing her BooBooLoon despite hating having her photo taken

Daisy rests on her bed wearing her BooBooLoon despite hating having her photo taken

Fast asleep on the bed with the BooBooLoon supporting her neck comfortably

Fast asleep on the bed with the BooBooLoon supporting her neck comfortably

This product endorsement is non-paid.  I bought Daisy’s BooBooLoon from my local veterinarian, who ordered it especially for us.

Bag balm

bag balm

Bag Balm® is a tried and true product that has been around since 1899.  Originally designed as a salve for irritated cow udders, it is also a great product for your dog.

Bag Balm® contains lanolin and is ideal for irritated and dry noses, healing/softening of paw pads and minor scratches.  For dog walkers with chapped hands in the winter – it’s also great!

In my canine massage practice, I deal with a lot of elderly dogs and when they are not ambulatory, the skin on their paw pads can build up and become rough and cracked.  Bag Balm® works wonders.

I have no concerns in endorsing this product for your dog.   In a pet market that is flooded with products, isn’t it nice to know that something pure and effective has been around for over 100 years?

***This is not a paid endorsement.  I purchased this product for use in my canine massage practice***

Mussel Dog/Omega Dog

As many of my readers and clients know, I’m a passionate supporter of holistic health.  This means that I support traditional veterinary care for your dog (it’s essential) but I have found that to be truly healthy, your dog can benefit from other types of care.

I’m pleased to present this recommendation for Mussel Dog®, a supplement containing New Zealand green lipped mussel, active ingredient perna canaliculus.

Mussel DogMy Daisy is a senior dog (coming up on age 13), with arthritis in the lower spine and hips.  I give her regular massage and laser therapy treatments and she also receives acupuncture and hydrotherapy.  For the last couple of years, I have included fish oils in her diet because of the anti-inflammatory nature of Omega-3 fatty acids.  However, the recommended dosage of traditional fish oils is quite high for a dog of Daisy’s size and she would not always tolerate the dosage.

At times, she would leave her fish oil capsules in the bowl.  Sometimes I got the impression that she was experiencing reflux from the fish oil (which also happens to humans).  I know that some of my other massage clients were also experiencing trouble keeping up the recommended dose of fish oil; reflux was a common problem.

So I tried the Mussel Dog® (also referred to as Antinol® or PCSO-524®), initially at the rate of one capsule containing 50 mg of the active ingredient before increasing the dosage to two capsules.

Daisy is moving more freely (I notice in particular that she is walking faster with less scuffing of her hind feet).  It has also been easier to hide the capsules with her food because of their size.  And the dosage of 100 mg is much less than traditional fish oils, when she needed 5,000 mg per day!

A comparison on size is in order:

A 1000 mg capsule of fish oil is at the top, compared to the size of the 50 mg Mussel Dog® capsule

A 1000 mg capsule of fish oil is at the top, compared to the size of the 50 mg Mussel Dog® capsule at the bottom

Reflux has not been an issue (although the capsules have a strong fishy smell – be prepared for that).

The product, once opened, is best stored in the refrigerator and out of direct sunlight which I believe is another testament to its freshness and potency.

The active ingredient of PCSO-524® is being studied actively by researchers and that’s another positive as far as I’m concerned.

For example, one paper on the use of the ingredient in post-operative dogs that had stifle surgery (either patellar surgery or cruciate ligament) showed that the dogs treated post-surgically with PCSO-524® as opposed to a combination of glucosamine and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) had better outcomes.  The supplement provided sufficient pain relief and worked to reduce inflammation.  This study, by a team at the Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, has recently been presented at the World Small Animal Veterinary Congress in Auckland.

As most of us know, dogs must be monitored closely when given non-steroidal anti-flammatory drugs because of the range of side effects such as liver damage.  This is one reason why dog owners look for more natural alternatives with less side effects.  Supplements are worth trying because, even if your dog still requires an NSAID, you may be able to lower the effective dose without compromising your dog’s quality of life.   (Please make your vet aware at your dog’s next examination that you are administering Mussel Dog® or any other supplement).

For my customers, I’m happy to answer questions about Mussel Dog® and its suitability for your dog.  Check out my Facebook page for a customer-only offer.

Note:  For my North American readers, this product is branded as Omega Dog.

***I was provided my first bottle of Mussel Dog for free; I ended up purchasing 2 additional bottles as part of my feeding trial before I was prepared to endorse this product.  Other than the free bottle, this is not a paid product endorsement***

The Throver – the throw made with dogs in mind

I don’t give product recommendations very often but I have to say that the Crypton® Throver is  made with the dog owner in mind.  These all-purpose throws come in various designs, some including dog motifs.  I purchased the Dogland pattern when I purchased my new settee.  Now both Daisy and I enjoy our new furniture.  Here she is.  She’s comfortable and happy and the settee isn’t covered in dog hair.

Throvers are made from Crypton® super fabric that is permanently stain, moisture, mildew, bacteria and odor-resistant.   Made in the U.S.A., this fabric is perfect for the dog-owning household.  We’ve had our Throver for several months, it’s in constant use and it still looks new.  Pet beds and mess mats are also available in this durable fabric.

The Throver is more expensive than other throws on the market (currently retailing for $99.00 for a throw measuring 48″ x 54″) but it’s worth it.

Purchase your throver online from Crypton®.

Cool Collars for summertime heat

In Christchurch, we are starting to get some hot summer days.  I walk Daisy twice each day and our early morning walks ensure that we escape the summer heat.  However, the pavement heats up during the afternoons and even when we walk in the evening, it can be hot for Daisy.

That’s where the Cool-Collar comes in.  Made by D-Fa based in beautiful Wanaka, New Zealand, this collar features a reusable chill strip insert.  As the insert (or ice, if you use it instead) melts, it cools your dog’s neck and chest.  This helps them to manage the summer heat better as panting is really the only other option for them to cool down.

Daisy in her Cool-Collar - ready for walkkies!

Daisy poses for her close up, wearing a D-Fa Cool-Collar

I don’t recommend products often, but this is one that I definitely support.

D.A.P. for stressed dogs

D.A.P.™ (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) is a great product for dogs who are having problems managing stress.

A pheromone is a natural chemical that animals, especially mammals, secrete which can have an effect on behaviour or development of animals of their species.  D.A.P. is the pheromone that bitches secrete when they have puppies and are lactating.  Within 3-5 days of giving birth, the bitch secretes this pheromone and it has a calming effect on her puppies.

Scientists have isolated this chemical compound and re-created it in the lab, creating the D.A.P. product.   I can speak from experience that this product helps to manage temporary behavioural and anxiety problems.   Things like separation anxiety, the anxiety brought on by a change of home,  having to go to a boarding kennel, or fear of thunderstorms are all situations where D.A.P. can be used.

8-10 sprays of the product (pictured)  are recommended, to be sprayed in the dog’s environment 15 minutes before they are introduced to it.   D.A.P. is also available in a plug-in diffuser that consistently delivers it to the environment.  There is a slight alcohol smell when you first spray the product, this quickly disappears.

You can buy D.A.P. from veterinarians; shop around for the best price!

The Royal Wedding goes to the dogs

It is less than a week to go before Kate Middleton marries Prince William.  There is lots of merchandise out there to buy to commemorate the Royal Wedding.    Now your dog can get in on the action too, since dogs can’t go to the Royal Wedding but the Royal Wedding can go to the dogs!

How about the  Royal Wedding t-shirt for dogs?   A ribbed cotton t-shirt for dogs of all sizes which proclaims “Official Royal Wedding Corgi”  Price = $35.30  This shirt is available in traditional white as well as mint, lilac, pink, heather and light blue.

The Urban Pup is offering a range of 100% cotton t-shirts for dogs for NZ$34.29 each.  Their designs include a shirt to let your dog proclaim its love for Prince William!

Bonnie Dogs offers a bride and groom dog t-shirt for £18.99.

And not to be outdone, French Horse and Country offer a Crown Jewels collar for £36.20 – £46.00