Category Archives: products for dogs

A product for pigs proves useful for dogs

Boar MateThis is Boar Mate, a smelly spray product that helps farmers with swine breeding.

John McGlone, a professor at Texas Tech University, had some of the product at his home at a time when he was looking for ways to stop his Cairn Terrier’s problematic barking.

After a single spray of Boar Mate, Toto stopped barking.

This led the professor of animal welfare and behavior to pursue a new idea and product development.

After extensive testing and publishing of the results, and with funding help from Sergeant’s pet care products, Stop That! was developed and hit store shelves under the Sentry pet products name in 2013. It has been met with tremendous success by pet owners who were on their last legs in trying to curtail bad behavior in dogs.

Stop That!The pheromone ‘secret ingredient’ is a synthetic version of  androstenone.  This pheromone  is secreted by male pigs and is picked up by female pigs in heat. It is a foul-smelling odor for humans and also affects dogs through their olfactory system.

The testing

McGlone had four different groups of barking dogs in separate kennels. The first group of dogs simply had a person with another dog stand in front of the kennels. The second group of dogs was sprayed with a placebo that made the startling, spritz noise. The third group of dogs was sprayed with the noise and a lower concentration (.01µg/mL) of androstenone in isopropyl alcohol. The fourth group was sprayed with a higher concentration (1.0 µg/mL) of androstenone in isopropyl alcohol that also made the spritz sound.

In the first group, 25 percent (3 out of 12 dogs) stopped barking. In the second group, 44 percent (4 of 9 dogs) stopped barking. In the third group, sprayed with the lower concentration of the pheromone, 78 percent (7 of 9 dogs) stopped barking. In the fourth group, sprayed with the higher concentration of androstenone, 100 percent (6 of 6 dogs) stopped barking.

“We sprayed it in their nose or toward their head while they were barking … barking and jumping, running back and forth,” McGlone said. “This whole behavior stopped. You could almost see them thinking, ‘What was that?’”

McGlone and his group also tested the dogs to see if there were any physiological effects from the spray on the dogs, observing them for 10 minutes before and after being sprayed after outfitting the dogs with telemetry jackets and transmitters to monitor heart rate. The androstenone had no effect on the dogs’ heart rates either before or after being sprayed.

Having shown its effectiveness, McGlone was able to classify androstenone not only as a pheromone but also as an intermone, a term developed by him and his team that refers to a product that is a “pheromone in one species and has a behavioral effect in another species, but we do not know if it is a pheromone (naturally produced) in the other species.”

Source:  Newswise media release

I see you….no, really….I see you

If your home has WiFi and you have a tablet or smartphone to spare, you can buy an innovative product called the iCPooch.

The unit allows you to video chat with your dog and to deliver a treat through remote control.  The product is being marketed with the message ‘no more lonely days for your dog.’  Simply dial up, talk to your dog through the tablet or smartphone that you will mount on the front of the unit (the tablet/phone are not included in the purchase price of $149.99) and hit the switch on the app to have the unit deliver a treat.

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I wonder if this product will really take off – most dogs and owners I know want to spend time together and I doubt dogs get the oxytocin boost of interacting with this unit they way the would when interacting with their owner.  The same goes for the owner…

Here’s a short video about how the iCPooch works:

The product is only available (and wired for) the United States at present.  I think this start-up will need to see how their market develops before taking the product to a wider audience.

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

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***