Sawyer The Labrador

  • Sawyer’s All-Time Favorite Dog Treats

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    No day can go by without a treat whether it is a snack or a reward. And I sure have favorites, so I have compiled a short list of my all time favorite dog treats to share with you. 

    1. Zuke’s Z-Bones (giant)
    2. Greenies Original Dental Chews (large)
    3. indigo Smokehouse Strips by PetSafe
    4. Merrick Sausage Dog Treats
    5. Zuke’s Lil’ Links
    6. Spring Naturals Grain-Free 95% Beef Treats
    7. Polka Dog Bakery Cod Skins
    8. Green Bark Gummies
    9. Hill’s Science Diet Chicken Jerky Strips
    10. Castor & Pollux ORGANIX Jerky Chip Cookies

    Although it may come as a surprise, no biscuit made it to the list because I prefer chewy and meaty dog treats.

    What are some of your dog’s favorite treats? Tweet ‘em! I’m @SawyerTheLab.

  • Feeling Lucky!

    Yes! My photo was chosen among thousands of entries in the Steven Alan Dog Show Instagram Contest.

    Head over to the Steven Alan’s blog, The Journal, to find out what caught the judge’s eye.

  • Review: indigo Smokehouse Strips by PetSafe

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    Summer is underway and the 4th of July is just around the corner, which means that everyone is either hosting a BBQ or going to one. And while people get to savor steaks, burgers, hot dogs and more, the dogs are left to watch, drool and hope for a nibble. But no dog should have to go through such torture as thou shall always keep a stash of dog treats on hand. So what better than the most succulent and meaty chicken jerky strips? 

    Now, I know there have been serious concerns with this kind of treats due to safety issues surrounding China sourced and China made food products, but luckily there are American companies sourcing and producing domestically. PetSafe is one of them, and I was sent a 6 oz. pack of their all-natural indigo Smokehouse Strips (chicken) to review.

    Inside the box, I found two vacuum-sealed pouches of the bite size chicken strips and a clear resealable bag as well. The jerky strips are made with real USDA-inspected meat and no fillers, wheat, corn, soy,  artificial flavors, color or preservatives. Since they are cured and smoked, the chicken strips have a smoky aroma that even the pickiest dog will find irresistible. And if you are wondering about the resealable bag that comes with them, that is meant to be used to maintain the freshness of the treats, which have to be refrigerated unless consumed within three days. Though I can assure you, they won’t last too long because your dog will be begging for more once he or she gets a taste. I, for one, would not stop following the human around the house after taste testing the 4-5 pieces I was allowed and, lo and behold, I got to eat 2 more pieces after dinner.

    What I love about indigo Smokehouse Strips:

    • They are made in the USA and inspected by the USDA.
    • The strips are pre-cut into a smaller size compared to the traditional jerky treats, which means smaller servings (less likely to overindulge) and portion control.
    • The smell and taste is mouthwatering.

    Available in two flavors (chicken and bacon), this is the perfect snack to give your dog, especially if they are the kind of dog whose palate is not easy to impress. So next time you’re jotting down your shopping list, remember to include PetSafe’s indigo Smokehouse Strips (or buy them online). Your dog will thank you with wet kisses and happy wags. 

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    Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. Sample product was kindly provided for review purposes. No financial compensation has been received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer.

  • New Castor & Pollux ORGANIX Jerky Chip Cookies

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    What happens when you combine cookie dough and jerky? Jerky Chip Cookies— the equivalent of the chocolate chip cookies humans eat (by the way, remember chocolate/cacao is toxic to dogs so don’t let your dogs eat that kind of chip cookies)! A jerky lover, I could not believe my eyes when I got the new Castor & Pollux ORGANIX Jerky Chip Cookies in the mail a couple of weeks ago.

    Made with oatmeal and chicken primarily, this cookies have the USDA Organic seal and have no soy, corn or wheat in them. They also come in other flavors like beef, lamb and salmon, which I look forward to taste very soon. More importantly, they are made in the USA, so no need to worry about the safety issues that have been reported about jerky made elsewhere.

    The cookies are so good that I can eat 2-3 within a minute, but you what they say about treats… must “treat responsibly”.

    To purchase, just go to PetSmart store or its website.

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    Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Sample product was kindly provided by Castor & Pollux. No financial compensation has been received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer.

  • Review: Playing in the Meadow by The Good Home Co. (Plus #PetsAtHome Photo Contest)

    Do you live with pets? Chances are you have to vacuum, mop the floor and/or wash your linen and bed sheets more frequently than those not living with pets. And if you happen to live with a heavy shedder like me, then there is even more cleaning, washing and vacuuming at home— especially from late fall to mid-late spring when I shed the most. That’s why when The Good Home Co. introduced me to their pet-safe line of cleaning products I had to give them a try. Not only because of the amount of cleaning that goes down at home, but also because I hadn’t given much thought to the harsh chemicals found in the cleaning products we use at home. Truth is, we usually end up using harsh products thinking they will clean the best, and completely forget that some products’ chemical residues can be toxic to people and pets as well.

    Inspired by pets, The Good Home Co. Playing in the Meadow line is formulated for homes with dogs and cats. The products include Laundry Detergent for Pet Clothing and Bedding, Eco Pet Stain Remover and an All Purpose Cleaner and Floor Soap— all 100% vegan and free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates and essential oils that are harmful to cats. The scent is fresh and reminiscent of breezy pastures.

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    The Laundry Detergent for Pet Clothing and Bedding can actually be used for people and pet’s clothes, bedding, towels and other things that can be washed in the laundry machine such as washable pet beds, plush toys, dog leashes and collars. There’s so much use for this gentle laundry detergent that I can’t imagine not having it at home. During the day and at some point into the night, every night, I jump into the people’s bed and leave behind a stain or two— usually more—without fail. Then there’s the (fortunately washable) doggy bed. Between the excessive licking and humping, the doggy bed gets stinky and washing it with the Playing in the Meadow formula helps prevent the fabric from absorbing the unpleasant smell. It seems only appropriate to use a pet-friendly laundry detergent when so much dog-related laundry is been done.

    To make it easier when cleaning sheets and other type of fabric surfaces, there’s the Eco Pet Stain Remover which goes hand in hand with the laundry detergent. Basically, you spray the stain remover on the stained area about twice, rub or brush, wash off with water and let dry. Or, you can spray it on to loosen up the stains before washing it with the laundry detergent.

    Being a dog, I spend a lot of time lounging and sleeping on the floor so the non-toxic, high foam All Purpose Cleaner and Floor Soap (heavier on the soap side) is ideal to clean the crate and flooring throughout the house. To use, you just have to mix two tablespoons of the cleaner/soap per gallon of water. The 32 fl. oz. bottle is good to use 32 times and would last about two months depending on how often you clean the floor.

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    For those who are not familiar with the brand, The Good Home Co. has an extensive range of household products such as dish and hand soaps, vacuum beads and even custom bubble bath! I was lucky to indulge in Playing in the Meadow custom bubble bath, and my only complaint is that there wasn’t enough foam, but I still loved being treated to a luxurious bath. I mean, how often do you hear about dogs enjoying bubble baths?

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    Pets don’t always smell great and sometimes leave behind their stinky doggy odor in your bed sheets, pillows and even their own pet beds. Well, The Good Home Co. has a series of Sheet and Clothing Spray options that help freshen up the linens and pet bedding in between washes. Now, the light fragrance sprays are not part of the pet-line and they’re not available in the Playing in the Meadow scent, but they do come in a few other scents including Pure Grass which has a similar green, slightly grassier feel. I love having this product around because it does freshen up the air in the room and makes sleeping more pleasant. This is one of those products everyone should have at home because there’s nothing like fresh sheets.

    The Good Home Co. products speak to eco-friendly households, and I approve everything from the packaging to the delicate fragrances. Note that the fragrances will have a stronger scent when sniffed straight from the bottle but in reality, the fragrances are a lot lighter when used.

    All Playing in the Meadow products are on sale through Sunday, March 23rd on The Good Home Co. website (30% discount is applied automatically once the items are added to the cart). That’s not all. If you’re preparing for spring cleaning and want to stock up on The Good Home Co. eco-friendly household products, you’re in luck because you can enjoy 20% OFF EVERYTHING—except cases, which are already discounted—when you shop online using discount code SAWYER20 at checkout (valid thru Friday, April 11th).

    Photo Contest: Spring Cleaning with #PetsAtHome

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    Does your dog or cat have muddy paws? Did it leave paw prints or some other mess on the floor or furniture? Perhaps your pets help you clean around the house, or just watch you do the hard work? Doesn’t matter! Snap a photo of your #PetsAtHome and share it to win The Good Home Co. Playing in the Meadow cleaning set of Laundry Detergent for Pet Clothing and Bedding, Eco Pet Stain Remover and an All Purpose Cleaner and Floor Soap. Here’s how to enter:

    • Twitter: Share your photo by tweeting the following: I want to win the @GoodHomeCo pet-safe cleaning products from @SawyerTheLab’s #petsathome contest!

    OR

    • E-mail: Send your photo to sawyerthelabrador@gmail.com! Please include Spring Cleaning with #PetsAtHome - Photo Contest in the subject line of the email, and don’t forget to type your full name, pet’s name and shipping address in the body of the email.

    This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Contest begins at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, March 20th, 2014, and ends at 12:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 4th, 2014. This giveaway will have one (1) grand prize winner and five (5) runner-up winners. The grand prize winner will receive Laundry Detergent for Pet Clothing and Bedding, Eco Pet Stain Remover and an All Purpose Cleaner and Floor Soap from The Good Home Co. Playing In The Meadow line— all full-size products (approximate retail value: $53), and the runners-up will each receive a sample size Playing In The Meadow Eco Pet Stain Remover. Winners will be selected by Sawyer the Labrador based on creativity, quality of photo and overall awesomeness and notified on Monday, April 7th, 2014 or shortly thereafter.

    WINNERS:

    Grand Prize Winner—

    @PixieLabrador

    Runners-Up—

    @MissLilyDoodle 

    Cindy Vincent

    Patrick Petty

    Jane Petersburs

    @RLLRoberts

    If you’re a winner and entered via Twitter, please send your full name, address & handle to SawyerTheLabrador@Gmail.com 

    Disclosure: Sample product was provided by The Good Home Co. for review. No financial compensation was received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

  • thaMUNCHbox: Customized Assorment of Munchies for Your Dog

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    Who says dogs don’t love to munch too? Well, there’s a snack box for dogs that lets you customize a box of munchies for your dog based on his or her preferences. It’s called thaMUNCHbox.

    For $16.99 (free shipping) you get to choose 5 varieties out of more than 20 options that include bones, sticks, chips and jerky, mostly made in USA. There’s no obligation to subscribe, and you can place an order whenever you want.

    I chose some classics I love like the bully tendon for my box, but also new things like the yaky puffs popcorn and tilapia jerky. I also got venison liver and a bully stick.

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    Portions are generous so I’d say a box can last anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks depending on your pup’s snacking habits. If it were up to me, I’d be done with thaMUNCHbox provisions within a week, but that wouldn’t be too healthy, would it? In any case, these munchies are worth tasting, especially for foodie-type dogs.

    Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Sample product was kindly provided by thaMUNCHbox for review. No financial compensation has been received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer.

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  • Spring Naturals Grain-Free Dog Food and Treats (Plus Giveaway)

    During the second half of my first year of life, I was fed average kibble from a popular brand because the humans didn’t know better and weren’t well informed. When they discovered that the dog food they had been buying wasn’t great quality, they researched and found high quality brands for me to try, and ever since I’ve been very cautious in choosing the food I ingest. For the most part I have had positive experiences with the various dog food brands (ex. By Nature, Canidae, Merrick, Nutro) and dry food types such as organic, high-protein and grain-free that I have tried— no issues with my skin, coat or digestion whatsoever. But I do have to confess that a lot of times when I’m not in the mood to eat my kibble, which I’ve experienced with each and every dog food brand, I mask the kibble with toppings like shredded chicken or turkey to stimulate my appetite. Another thing I do to keep my taste buds excited is rotate foods so I don’t get bored. That’s why I’m introducing you to Spring Naturals, a relatively new pet food brand that I discovered last year via Instagram.

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    Made in USA and manufactured by Performance Pet Products, Spring Naturals has two lines of dog food: whole grain and grain-free, both available dry and canned. When contacted about Spring Naturals #BestofBreeds campaign, I decided to sample a grain-free formula rather than a whole grain formula as I prefer a diet that’s isn’t so rich in carbohydrates or starches, and was sent the grain-free turkey dinner. As you probably know, carbs and starches can cause weight gain problems if you don’t have a very active lifestyle, and the same is true for dogs (especially with my breed). Labrador Retrievers can easily pack on the pounds if not active enough. And while I consider myself more active than other Labs I’ve known, I certainly don’t spend as much time outside as I would like because the warm weather suffocates me and the hot pavement hurts my paw pads.

    For both whole grain and grain-free dog foods, Spring Naturals claims to use real meat, poultry and fish, along with whole vegetables, whole fruits and whole grains like barley, quinoa and oats instead of meals or by-products. For instance, the Grain Free Turkey Dinner I tried is made with turkey, peas, dried eggs, chickpeas, carrots, apricots, berries, spinach, and even flaxseed and sweet potato, among a few other ingredients.

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    In addition to dog food, Spring Naturals also has a line of dog treats, and I got to taste two of them: grain-free beef and grain-free turkey & salmon treats. Deep down I would have preferred to try all four of their treat varieties, but I was happy with the ones I did taste. image

    The crunchy treats are most similar to jerky in the smell. Not so easy for the humans to break down, but it’s fun to bite, and I actually love it because that means I get a larger piece! Carnivore dogs that aren’t particularly fond of floury biscuits will absolutely love these treats.

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    Do you want to win treats like the ones above? Enter my giveaway (ending March 1)!

    For a list of stockists and online retailers where you can find Spring Naturals products, click here.

    Disclaimer: Needless to say, I try to feature only those products that I believe to be safe and made with high quality products. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Sample products were provided by Matrix Partners, Ltd. on behalf of Spring Naturals as part of Spring Naturals’ Best of Breeds campaign. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

  • February BarkBox Reveal (Large)

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    Inside the February BarkBox :

    • 3 Angus tendons from Heartland Premium, which are a ton of fun for heavy chewers like me.
    • Large cotton Rope Tug & Toss Dog Toy from Harry Barker, which is the same green rope toy from Harry Barker I got for Christmas except larger.
    • Cheese Please— Wisconsin cheese grain-free treats from Complete Natural Nutrition. The 100% cheese snacks are made in the USA.
    • Max & Ruffy’s Natural Organic Treats in Strawberry & Carob flavor. Made with organic brown rice flour, organic strawberry, organic carob bean, organic coconut oil and organic maca (superfood)!
    • Wild Pacific dog treats from Baker’s Best by FeelGood Treat Company. Made in Canada, these have salmon, blueberries and maple.

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    Click here to get $5 off your first BarkBox subscription.

    Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. No financial compensation has been received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer.

  • MetroPaws Poopy Packs and Poop Case

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    February is Responsible Pet Owner’s month, so why not remind pup owners to pick up after their dogs and scoop that poop using the fashionable but environmentally friendly Metro Paws Poopy Packs dog waste bags. Each of the Poopy Packs contain eight rolls of 20 poop bags for a total of 160 poop bags. Designs go from stripe patterns to checkers, to bright colored and neutral.

    Metro Paws also has a flexible, impact-resistant poop bag dispenser called Poop Case. Made of eco-friendly materials, the Poop Case comes with a roll of poop bags and clips on easily to the leash.

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    The Poppy Packs and Poopy Case can be purchased at various online retailers, including the Metro Paws shop, where you can make a one-time purchase or sign up to have them delivered to your home every month for six months or a year.

    Disclosure: Sample product was provided by Metro Paws LLC. for Sawyer the Labrador to try, but financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

  • Spring Naturals #BestOfBreeds Giveaway

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    The Westminster Kennel Club 138th Annual Dog Show kicks off today and to celebrate, Spring Naturals is taking to social media to showcase your favorite dog breeds, starting with the Labrador Retriever— one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, and also breed-specific rescues like the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida.

    From now until March 1st Spring Naturals and I will be using social media to share fun facts about my breed. But that’s not all. I’ll be giving away FIVE bags of treats (sponsored by Spring Naturals), so be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, where I’ll be posting giveaway details. Also, don’t forget to follow @springnaturals!

    For a quick entry, head over to Twitter (make sure you’re following me) and tweet the following:

    #Giveaway: @sawyerthelab is giving away 5 bags of @SpringNaturals treats! RT for a chance to win! bit.ly/1kwoxbU #bestofbreeds

    Instagram entry:

    To enter for a chance to win a bag of Spring Naturals treats via Instagram, be sure to do ALL of the following:

    1. Follow @sawyerthelabrador and @springnaturals on Instagram.

    2. Post a photo of your pup and tell me what makes your dog (or dog breed) special. Include @sawyerthelabrador and @springnaturals, as well as the hashtag “#bestofbreeds”.

    3. Make sure your account is public.


    This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. A total of five winners will be be chosen by me (Sawyer the Labrador) and notified on February 13, February 17, February 21, February 25 and March 1, or shortly thereafter. Once entry details and personal information are verified, Spring Naturals will ship winner’s prize. 

    Photo credit: Matrix Partners, Ltd.

  • Birthday Number Three

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    It was a good one.

  • CANIDAE Life Stages and Grain-Free PURE Dog Biscuits

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    I first fell in love with CANIDAE when I tried their sleek-packaged, high-protein Grain Free PURE dry dog food—made with seven to 10 ingredients at most— after reading a great review on Dog Food Advisor. My digestive system responded really well, and I know this because the consistency of my stool improves or worsens depending on the quality of the food I eat.

    Canidae is of the highest quality dog food I’ve ever eaten, so tasting their treats was the next step for me.

    I got around to tasting the brand’s Grain Free PURE Heaven biscuits with salmon and sweet potato (also available in duck and chickpeas flavor), as well as the Life Stages Bakery Snacks with lamb, wild rice, and sweet potato dog treats courtesy of CANIDAE Natural Pet Foods. And while both kinds are crunchy, the grain-free kind was my favorite because of the salmon and sweet potato flavor. Believe it or not, I find fish appetizing almost all the time despite its strong smell.

    Lucky for me I don’t suffer from any food allergies, so I’m free to eat regular and grain-free formulas—though I prefer the latter— but dogs with sensitive stomachs will find that grain-free treats are better for them.

    More photos below:

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    Disclosure: Sample product was provided by CANIDAE Natural Pet Food Company, but financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

  • Pawduke All Natural Dog Treats: Simply Good For Dogs

    The great people at Pawduke sent me 12 samples of their treats— one of each of flavors and two seasonal mixes— and one by one, I tried them all.

    Baked crisp to help keep teeth clean and control tartar build up, Pawduke All Natural Dog Treats are all vegetarian, soy/corn free, and either wheat-free or grain-free.

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    The wheat-free treats— made with rye flour, rice flour, oat flour, or a mix of those— are available in the following flavors:

    • Peanut Butter (rye flour, rice flour, peanut butter, oatmeal, rice bran, flax, barley flakes, canola oil, whole dried eggs)
    • Honey Berry (rye flour, applesauce, rice flour, oatmeal, rice bran, flax, honey, blueberries, cranberry fiber, whole dried eggs)
    • Harvest Hearts (rye flour, oat flour, applesauce, oatmeal, flax, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, ground alfalfa, dehydrated apples, dried carrots, parsley)
    • Apple Molasses ( rye flour, applesauce, rice flour, oatmeal, rice bran, flax, molasses, dried apples, whole dried eggs, cinnamon, natural apple flavor)
    • Pumpkin (rye flour, rice flour, pumpkin, oatmeal, rice bran, flax, canola oil, whole dried eggs, cinnamon, ginger, mace, allspice)
    • Seasonal Holiday Mix (pumpkin, apple molasses, and peanut butter).

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    The grain-free range includes four varieties:

    • Grain-Free Peanut Butter (garbanzo bean flour, potato flour, peanut butter, applesauce, honey)
    • Grain-Free Sweet Potato (garbanzo bean flour, potato flour, sweet potato, applesauce, cinnamon, honey)
    • Grain-Free Banana Carrot (garbanzo bean flour, potato flour, applesauce, bananas, carrots, honey, cinnamon)
    • Grain-Free Italian Herb (garbanzo bean flour, potato flour, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, oregano, parsley)
    • Grain-Free Trio (mix of grain-free banana carrot, grain-free peanut butter and grain-free sweet potato)

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    Out of the 12 samples, the only one flavor I wasn’t crazy about was Italian Herb, but only because it contains garlic, which some of you know can be detrimental to a dog’s health. However, I had never eaten grain-free treats made with potato flour or garbanzo beans (chickpeas), and I’m glad I did because garbanzo beans are high in protein, fiber and omega-3s. I also love that the treats are baked in different fun shapes and sizes, which makes them fun to eat and suitable for dogs of all sizes.

    A great option for dogs with sensitive tummies, gluten allergies or a vegetarian lifestyle, Pawduke treats are sold at local pet stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

    For a list of retailers or wholesale inquiries, visit Pawduke online at www.pawduketreats.com

    Disclosure: Sample product was provided by Pawduke All Natural Dog Treats, but financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

  • Keeping Dog (And Cat) Ears Clean With PurOtic Deep Ear Cleaner

    Ear infections are common for dogs with floppy ears, and I’m not the exception. My vet has repeatedly prescribed Otomax, a medication for ear infections, but that hasn’t always worked. At the end of the day, regular but constant ear cleaning is what helps keep healthy ears. The vet recommended I use Stratford Pharmaceuticals Ear Cleaning and Drying Solution (sweet pea & vanilla scent), which might be a great cleaning solution but certainly not easy to use.

    Infections aside, cleaning my ears has always been a challenge of its own. Basically, seeing someone approach me with the ear cleaning solution bottle in their hands or just smelling the scent of it freaks me out. I either run around the house and/or try to hide in an attempt to not have my ears cleaned— and it always works, for me. So, the humans have had to deal with three problems. One being my constant ear infections, two being trying to give my ears the proper cleaning that they required while having a hard time because I don’t sit still or lie down, and three being able to apply the ear solution into my ear canal with me moving and without spilling.

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    Then I learned about PurOtic Extra Strength for dogs, a 99% natural light powder blue ear solution for dogs by Innovet Pet Products. In addition to helping break down the wax and eliminate the foul odor associated with ear infections, PurOtic Extra Strength helps prevent them. But what really makes it stand out is its bottle design. Turns out they came up with a soft, flexible silicone spray applicator that makes ear cleaning easy for both pets and owners. When sprayed directly into the opening of the ear canal, the solution goes exactly where it’s supposed to, and because each pull is a dose, you have better control of the amount of solution that goes inside. It’s amazing!

    Here’s how to use PurOtic:

    1. Shake the bottle.
    2. Use unlock/lock button to release solution.
    3. Carefully insert tip of silicone dispenser into the opening of the ear canal.
    4. Spray two to five times in each ear.
    5. Massage ear and use gauze to carefully remove any excess discharge.

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    An anti-inflammatory, PurOtic Extra Strength for dogs is alcohol and sulfate free. It is made with purified water, docusate sodium (for earwax removal), tea tree oil (anti-inflammatory), lavender oil (fresh scent and pain reliever) and eucalyptus oil (antibacterial properties).

    For cats, there’s PurOtic for dogs and cats, which is a regular strength solution that can be used by both dogs and cats. The solution is made with Oregon grape, yellow dock and green tea extracts and lemongrass fragrance oil since some essential oils can be harmful to cats.

    I highly recommend this product to anyone who has a hard time cleaning their pet’s ears because there’s no hassle or mess with PurOtic.

    PurOtic Extra Strength for dogs and PurOtic for dogs and cats come in two sizes, 4oz and 8oz, and can be purchased online.

    Disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was provided by Innovet Pet Products in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

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