Category Archives: products for dogs

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!

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

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

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

The Neater Feeder

Quite some time ago, Daisy’s breeder mentioned that she fed her older dogs “on the step” – meaning that she placed the dog’s feeding bowl on the step leading into the kennels so they could eat from an elevated surface.

Eating from a raised feeder relieves strain on an aging dog’s neck and back.  A dog also tends to raise its head after taking food or water into its mouth to help with swallowing.  This is the time when spills commonly occur.  Consequently, a raised feeder helps to keep the feeding area cleaner.

The pet market is full of elevated or raised dog feeders and some seem highly impractical.  (Yes – that bowl may look like a Tuscan pillar but it will also be top heavy – so unlikely to help you keep your dog’s feeding area clean) .

I think the Neater Feeder wins hands down and Daisy agrees.

Daisy enjoys eating from her Neater Feeder

The Neater Feeder comes with removable stainless steel bowls that can be placed in the dishwasher for easy cleaning and sterilising.  It has optional legs to add height to the feeder (we use these on Daisy’s bowl).    Best of all, the feeder comes with a drip tray.    Simply remove the top layer of the feeder and you reveal a tray which catches all the spilled water in it.  This saves time on cleaning but also saves you from messes on the floor.

The Neater Feeder is made in the USA and is available through a wide range of stockists and directly through the company’s website.  The company offers a 30 day money back guarantee on its product.

***I purchased my Neater Feeder; this is not a paid product endorsement***

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

The Dogbrella

It is raining cats and dogs here today so a good time to highlight the Dogbrella, by US firm Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Dogbrella is an umbrella designed for small dogs up to 15 pounds (6.8 kg) that hooks to your leash.  It measures 29 inches (73.6 cm) in diameter and has a stainless steel frame. If your dog won’t tolerate wearing a coat, this may be your next option and it is guaranteed to get you noticed!

The Dogbrella

You can by the Dogbrella on line for US$29.95 plus postage.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand