July 4th Tips for Pet Owners!

By Green Dog Pet Supply

Photo Copyright Green Dog Pet Supply

The 4th of July is a bad time for many pets around the country, but in places like Portland where people seem to be very big fans of the larger illegal fireworks that are so easy to get, it’s often a complete nightmare for people whose pets are terrified of the noise. Some people choose to go camping in remote areas with their dogs, and one customer routinely gets in the car with her dog on the 4th and just drives and drives for hours, around and around the city’s highways to avoid the stress of the night. Here are a few tips that we hope can help if you’re staying at home this 4th of July.

BEFORE JULY 4th:

Screen Shot 2014-06-15 at 2.31.05 PMAre your ID tags current? Make SURE that every pet, perhaps even your indoor cats, are wearing their tags – fearful animals can often bolt for the door or out of a gate, and so many pets are lost every year! We sell great tags, guaranteed against wear in tons of styles, but in a pinch, many big box stores have machines where you can get tags engraved on the spot. If nothing else, a piece of duct tape wrapped around a collar and a sharpie will get the job done for the 4th of July.

If you have a new dog, please don’t make plans to bring them to a fireworks display or party that might have exploding fireworks overhead. The crowds and the very big noise and smells of the explosives can all be very overwhelming to a dog, and could create a fear of fireworks or loud noises where they might not have had one before.

As people generally start setting off a few fireworks in the days leading up to July 4th, you can use these IMG_2636intermittent pops and bangs as opportunities! (You can also use YouTube videos of fireworks on your TV, starting with no volume and working up to louder fireworks noises)
Keep some very high value treats nearby and when you hear a pop, act like that’s a really great opportunity for your dog for fun and treats. Many dogs will start to feel more tolerant of noises if noises predict that good things will come to them. If nothing else, at least don’t act like you’re worried that they will be frightened by the noises or they might pick up on that and be frightened. Best to either ignore the noise or even better, act like you think it’s fun and treat-worthy. Other handy tools are plug-in devices that disperse a calming   Pheromone (dog or cat) throughout a room. We also have a variety of calming treats in the store that are certainly helpful to many pets. We’ve had great results with each of them, but each pet responds differently to different formulas – now’s the time to try them to see how they affect your pets. Trying something ahead of time allows you to make sure it has a positive effect, and lets you to have time to return one and try another if it doesn’t help during those pesky “warm-up” days where people start setting fireworks off in the evenings before the 4th.

Our favorites are:

photo by Green Dog Pet Supply

CBD Treats or Tinctures:
The beauty of CBDs (also referred to as Phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) hemp oil) is that they’re very safe to try for all pets. Amazingly, all creatures on earth that have a spinal column (including you and all other mammals, birds, reptiles and fish) have Cannibinoid receptors in our bodies, suggesting that they play a crucial role in the functioning of all life. Our bodies manufacture the substances that bind to these receptors, helping to modulate many functions, such as inflammatory response, mood, neurological responses and immunity. Providing these substances can enhance these functions, often making a big difference for our pets with pain, inflammation, seizures, nausea, and other issues, most notably promoting calmness for anxious animals. Here’s a link from one of the companies that we carry that describes the endocannibinoid system and the benefits of CBDs. CBD’s are not Marijuana – they are derived from hemp and are not overly sedating nor are they psychoactive, meaning nothing about this will make your pet high! We carry several highly effective brands of CBDs: Green Element, Lazarus Naturals, Social, and  Canna-pet .We carry CBDs for pets that come in treat form as well as tinctures. Cannapet comes in handy cookie versions (a good choice for CBDs if you think you’ll only use them occasionally). Lazarus Naturals CBD come in both tincture and treat versions (pictured above). One of their soft chew treats also contains medicinal mushrooms, helpful for immunity, allergies, and cancer.  Green

photo courtesy of Green Element

Element tinctures might be  the best for cats and extraordinarily picky dogs as it has a tincture that is nearly tasteless making it easy to hide in foods and the dosing is a small amount. When we give Walter kitty CBDs, we put drops of the Green Element on his favorite freeze dried treats, as it easily soaks into them and still tastes delicious. Green Element also has delicious freeze dried  treats in liver or cheese flavors that already have the CBDs in them!
Your best values are found in 
 the amazing tinctures from Green Element and Lazarus Naturals, as these companies are dedicated to making a very high quality products that can be sold for very reasonable prices.

Don’t forget CBDs for vet visits, car rides, and for older pets with pain or anxiousness due to age related cognition changes that might cause panting and trouble sleeping.

Calming Treats Containing Valerian, Combined With Other Calming Substances:
Valerian is very effective for many pets as is it physically relaxing, and we’ve had great success with the formulas we carry. People often use valerian as a natural sleep aid. As we mentioned above, you should experiment with these formulas ahead of time. It’s very rare, but some calming herbs like valerian can occasionally have the opposite effect and make them more restless (this can occur with the occasional human taking it as well). It’s an amazingly effective ingredient for almost all pets, but you don’t want to find out you own that very rare pet when fireworks are exploding outside your windows! One should follow dosing instructions for valerian products, but CBDs can be safely added to these herbal remedies for more difficult cases of anxiety and noise phobia.

Valerian Calming Products:

photo courtesy of Animal Essentials

photo courtesy of Ark Naturals

Happy Traveler by Ark Naturals: Combines Valerian with L-Trytophan, Camomile and St. John’s Wort and comes in soft chews and capsules for dogs. We’ve had great success with this formula over the years, and they’re handy for car rides and vet visits.

Tranquility Blend by Animal Essentials: Combines Valerian with skullcap herb (helps with nervous jitteriness), passionflower (helps with emotional upset) and oat flowering tops (helps to balance other calming herbs). It’s an alcohol-free, sweet tasting glycerin herbal tincture designed to safely calm animals during acute episodes of anxiety without diminishing alertness. For dogs and cats.

photo courtesy of Herbsmith

July 3rd by Herbsmith: Valerian is combined with Chamomile, Tryptophan, Passion Flower, Thiamine Monohydrate, and Magnesium (read more about these in the link). It comes in a soft chew for dogs, and comes in convenient smaller packages for those that are only using them for the holiday.

Other Calming Products:
Calming Chews by Pet Naturals, these are very useful calming supplement chews designed to support relaxation especially during times of increased stress, and are non sedating. They use L-Theanine, an amino acid that’s found in green tea, which induces calming, tranquilizing effects while simultaneously

photo courtesy Pet Naturals

improving alertness. (L-theanine is great for people too, available at New Seasons or your local health food store.) Pet naturals combines L-theanine with Thiamine (vitamin B1) and Colostrum Calming Complex. These tasty chews are often accepted by cats and picky dogs, and have been remarkably effective for many animals. Can be added to other types of calming products if necessary, and is useful for those few pets that aren’t relaxed by valerian.

Sometimes You Need a “Cocktail”:
Very frightened dogs may do well with a multi-pronged approach; one of our managers used a combination of Cannapet cookies, Tranquility blend tincture and a Thundershirt (see below), with a healthy dose of exercise in the afternoon for Dundee (the dog in the photo at the top of the page who really had a hard time with the fireworks) and he finally could make it through the night with minimal stress! Try one product at a time before adding another, to see how they’re working.

*******NOTE*****: do NOT use the sedative Acepromazine for noise phobias as it can heightens noise sensitivity! See this video for more information.

thundershirt

Thundershirts can be a very useful tool. These snug wraps can really help to calm and reassure dogs in stressful situations, like swaddling a baby. Click here for a blog post about the Thundershirt, how it works, with a few great testimonials.

 

On July 4th day:

 

 

  • Make sure to get all of your pets lots of exercise (don’t forget to play with the kitties).

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Getting them tired will help them not to be so amped-up over noises. Burn off that nervous energy!

  • Keep them inside on the 4th – don’t leave them outside as they can panic and run off, or be injured accidentally or purposely (especially cats) by people playing with fireworks.
  • Offer dogs something new and exciting to lick or chew on that night –         chewing

Photo courtesy of Soda Pup

often helps dogs deal with stress and gives them something to distract them from the strange noises. Other wonderful tools are various forms of Licky Mats, textured rubber mats that you can smear soft things on (peanut butter, applesauce, yogurt, canned dog food, etc) and they can lick it off. Licking can be very soothing for dogs.

Close the blinds and do what you can to minimize the intensity of the stimulus. Turning on some white noise or music, a movie on the TV, or even the clothes dryer or a  dishwasher that they’re already used to hearing all the time can be helpful to drown out the fireworks noise. (Be careful about the stereo and TV that they’re not broadcasting fireworks noises themselves!) There are even recordings out there that are designed to calm dogs, such as  “Through A Dogs Ear” CD’s for soothing any animal – available on iTunes. Let us know if you try them and whether it makes a difference.

Consider staying home that night – your presence does a lot to calm and comfort your pet. It’s OK to 10388217_803182376070_7026452719631730471_nhold your pet if she needs comfort, as long as you are very calm and happy as well. A few of our customers have told us that they’re already feeling anxious about the 4th – your pets will pick up on that! Make sure you do things to calm yourself like exercising that afternoon, drinking chamomile tea that evening, or taking some CBDs or Rescue Remedy yourselves. Be positive!

If you’re having a barbecue, be careful of allowing pets to interact with matches, tiki torch oil, lighter fluid, charcoal, sparklers and insect coils, or you may face a trip to the emergency clinic. Make sure they’re not able to get into the garbage/compost and gorge on meat scraps or corncobs, etc. Keep glow sticks away from dogs – they may want to chew them. Don’t let them interact with the BBQ grill after it’s used – a major cause of summertime pancreatitis is when dogs get into the grease trap.

If you must go out that night please make sure your pets are in a secure location without access to the outdoors.

– Check your yard the next day for used fireworks before letting your pets outside. They may contain toxins like arsenic and potassium nitrate that can make your pet sick if consumed. (watch out for these on walks the next day too). 

Here’s wishing you a fun and safe Fourth of July!

The Powers of High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil

You may know that cod liver oil has been used for centuries to relieve joint pain and to treat rickets, a disease that causes fragile bones in children, but it actually has a myriad of other benefits.

Although cod liver oil is a fish oil supplement, it’s quite different than regular fish oil. Instead of extracting the oils from the tissue of oily fish, this oil is made by extracting oil from the the livers of cod. The liver is rich in fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A and D, which give it an impressive nutrient profile. Green Pasture’s Cod Liver Oil is a “high vitamin” oil, meaning this oil comes from a certain species of cod fished during the seasons when the nutrients are at optimal density, resulting in a nutrient content that is 2-5x greater density than other brands while maintaining the recommended ratio of Vitamin A to D. Green Pasture’s gentle heat-free fermentation process naturally maximizes nutrient bioavailability and reduces any contaminants in the food. Every lot is tested for PCB’s, metals, etc.

The Whole Dog Journal points out that “The vitamins in cod liver oil have been proven essential for growth, healthy bones, proper development of the brain and nervous systems, normal sexual development, and a strong immune system. In 2002, researchers in Wales found that cod liver oil’s omega-3 fatty acids disable enzymes that destroy cartilage. As a result, cod liver oil delays and even reverses the “irreversible” destruction of joint cartilage and inflammatory pain associated with arthritis. All of cod liver oil’s human benefits are also dog benefits, including improved memory function, reduced behavioral disorders, and enhanced immunity. America’s dogs are increasingly susceptible to obesity, insulin resistance, and adult-onset diabetes. Cod liver oil has been used in clinical trials on humans with insulin-dependent and non-insulin-dependent diabetes. In both conditions, cod liver oil improved glucose response and other markers of the disease.” Cod liver oil’s vitamin A strengthens the immune system, fights infection, heals the skin, repairs the digestive tract, is essential to the formation of bones and teeth, aids in fat storage, stimulates new cell growth, and improves the body’s utilization of protein.”
Because cod liver oil is so nutrient dense, we consulted our favorite pet food nutritionist, Billy Hoekman,  about whether pet owners should be cautious when it comes to dosing for nutrients like vitamin D and A, especially if they’re feeding commercial foods that might already be supplementing with Vit D. He says, “In nature, vitamins A, D, and K2 assist each other in being metabolized. When it’s coming from a natural source like FCLO, there is really no reasonable toxicity level. With that being said, obviously a lot of kibble companies are using synthetic vitamin D in their formulas. I still don’t think the dosage is high enough in the FCLO oil to come close to that toxic level they are referring to, and most dogs (and people), whether they are kibble or raw fed, are too low in vitamin D.” When we asked him about proper dosing, he said, “Each tsp has 1,250 mg of omega 3. I would just compare those numbers to other omega 3 supplements. At those dosages it would be impossible to get a toxicity in any fat soluble vitamins, including D”.
Cod liver oil is 
best stored in a cool dark place. As Whole Dog Journal suggests, “we recommend you feed saturated fats like butter or coconut oil in combination with cod liver oil. The body needs saturated fat in order to absorb and assimilate the fat-soluble vitamins. An easy rule of thumb is to give equal amounts of cod liver oil and saturated fat, so for every teaspoon of cod liver oil, give your dog a teaspoon (or more) of butter or coconut oil.”
Most people find the taste of Cod Liver Oil to be offensive, but dogs generally love it!

NOTE: With any new supplement, we always recommend that you start with a very small amount and build up to the recommended dose to avoid any digestive surprises.

Green Eggs Joint Pain and Mobility Support

Photo courtesy of Four Leaf Rovers

It’s fantastic to find a product that helps to lessen or eliminate the need for NSAIDs (Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) to manage joint pain . NSAIDs come with risks, as they have have been linked to ulcers, liver and kidney damage, and and even damage to a dog’s joint and soft tissues! 
Not only have we had success with a few of our own dogs with “Green Eggs”, we hear from our customers who have had good experiences as well. Dogs seem to love the taste! Don’t forget the value of prevention – a supplement like this can help to maintain the healthy joints your dog has by strengthening your dog’s joint capsules. Perhaps you can avoid the heartbreak of watching your dog’s joints begin to degenerate as they age.

SUSTAINABLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS: 

 Freeze Dried Green Lipped Mussels:  Native to New Zealand, these mussels contain omega-3 fatty acids, which Laboratory and animal studies have shown can have anti-inflammatory and joint-protecting properties. Read more here about Green Lipped mussels for dogs:  (We’ve also had great feedback about Four Leaf Rovers’ Green Lipped mussel oil as an amazing alternative to fish oil)

 Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM®): NEM is a novel dietary supplement that contains naturally occurring glycosaminoglycans and proteins essential for maintaining healthy joint and connective tissues. Clinical trials win humans have shown Supplementation with NEM® produced a significant treatment response at seven days for flexibility (27.8% increase) and at 30 days for general pain (72.5% reduction) Clin Interv Aging. 2009; 4: 235–240.
– Poria Mushroom:  (Poria cocos) is a type of mushroom. It’s been used for 2,000 years in traditional Chinese medicine, and one of its benefits is that it’s high in antioxidants. Studies in mice have also shown great promise of help with cancer and cognitive disfunction  In mice studies, they showed that Poria helped the brain clear beta-amyloid (ßA) from the brain (that cause Alzheimers). In another mouse study, Poria mushrooms demonstrated possible beneficial effects on bone health. (Personally, I’m a strong believer that we all should be dipping into well sourced medicinal mushrooms!)
Curcumin: Curcumin (a substance in Turmeric) may help to reduce inflammation. Several studies suggest that it might ease symptoms of osteoarthritis.

TESTIMONIALS:- A testimonial from a former employee, Becky:

“Greta (an older girl) was limping pretty badly on Monday . Her hips have been pretty sore and it caused her to fall on Sunday evening and hurt her leg a bit. A day after starting the powder she has stopped limping and her legs and hips seem better . Plus she can get up and down more easily than she has for a while” .

A few From the 87 reviews on Four Leaf Rovers:

Photo courtesy of Cindy Wang

– “Our 7 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback was having joint problems, slight limping. Vet X-rayed and found mild arthritis but it seemed he was limping more. I purchased the Green Eggs, while not immediately, but after a few weeks he was limping less. Now, on our third jar, he’s not limping at all. He also loves the taste.”

– “My 11 year old Brittany was showing signs of discomfort. She was no longer being her active self, running around exploring off trail on our daily hikes. She had begun to walk stiffly and I was worried about possible arthritis setting in. Thankfully, after a couple of weeks on Green Eggs she is back to her active happy self with no signs of stiffness”
 
– “My young Shiloh Shepherd became lame and was scheduled for TPLO surgery. Between hydro therapy and green Eggs Joint and Mobility Support he is running and jumping. Cancelled the surgery!”
 
– “This product is remarkable! In just one dose I saw a difference in my GSD. His hips and back are in terrible shape. This product helps provide comfort. He loves it. I love seeing him more comfortable”.
REMEMBER: A good rule of thumb with  ALL new supplements is to start with a pinch and build up slowly to avoid digestive surprises.

SAFE SEA GREEN LIPPED MUSSEL OIL!

Photo from Four Leaf Rovers

Fish oils are of course very helpful for skin and itch issues, as well as being very supportive to brain and eye health, and they’re good at helping to fight inflammation.
We do try to stock the most sustainable brands we can find, but the truth is that removing great quantities of fish and krill from the ocean leads to declining populations of larger sea animals and whales because they’re robbed of their food source. Big fish are also easily contaminated with mercury, PCBs and dioxins.
Safe-Sea’s Green Lipped Mussels from Four Leaf Rover are so sustainable! Grown in clean water in New Zealand, mussels grow along ropes where they soak up phytoplankton from the water. Phytoplankton grows from sunlight, so their mussels don’t have to compete for their food source with marine life. As a bonus, by controlling phytoplankton it in turn manages algae blooms.
While most fish oils only contain two fatty acids, Green Lipped Mussel Oil contains 30! According to a study published in “Inflammopharmacology” in 1997, the phospholipids in mussel oil make it 158 times more effective than fish oil. Green Lipped Mussels are one of the only generous sources of an important anti-inflammatory omega-3 called ETA, which can help regenerate cartilage in a dog with arthritis.
They pair it with Ahi Flower, which is a powerful plant, rich in omega fatty acids. One of those is omega-6 fatty acid called GLA which helps reduce inflammation and promotes good skin health. Ahiflower produces a precursor for EPA, which is an anti-inflammatory omega-3 in fish oil that also helps with hormone balance and supports your dog’s coat and skin. Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant, gives it its beautiful ruby red color.

The blend of Green Lipped Mussel Oil and Ahiflower create a super source of omega fatty acids making this a high quality oil for dogs.  (Note: Cats should not consume Ahiflower)

We always like to remind folks when starting any new supplement, to introduce it in small amounts, slowly building to the recommended dose.

Lumps and Bumps? Warts? Cancer? Medicinal mushrooms to the rescue!

photo by Christine Mallar

Among MANY other benefits, medicinal mushrooms are amazing for supporting the immune system and for shrinking growths. We’ve seen amazing results! Papillomas (warts with a cauliflower appearance) are somewhat common in puppies or animals with compromised immune systems (cats too). They are viral in nature and can be transferred to other animals. We’ve seen great results, shrinking/eliminating them with medicinal mushrooms. We’ve even seen dramatic shrinking of large tumors! These medicinal mushrooms are non-hallucinogenic and non-toxic.

We carry 3 brands of Medicinal mushrooms: Holistic Hound, Four Leaf Rover, and Bixbi (we’d suggest rotating between them). All of these are powders, but Holistic Hound also makes a soft duck chew and a chicken and lamb crunchy treat with the mushrooms and CBD  (These are both great for hip and joint discomfort as well as cancer/growths).

As Holistic Hound says, “These medicinal mushrooms are carefully grown and selected and they contain both the fruiting bodies and mycelium. They are well researched and are reported to have the following benefits: Helping to maintain a normal inflammatory response, antioxidant protection, helping to support liver and kidney function, helping to support blood sugar and blood pressure to be within normal ranges, helping to maintain normal histamine levels, and supporting seasonal skin allergies.”

Four Leaf Rover says, “The mushrooms in Immunity have been hand-picked to help support your dog’s immune system. Our double extraction process makes sure that the beneficial beta-glucans and triterpenoids are bioavailable and ready to help balance your dog’s immune system. You can expect high-quality from Immunity because all of our mushrooms are grown on real wood in greenhouses. This is not a common practice, as one might think. Most mushroom products are mycelium and grown in bags of oats, sorghum or other grains. This process is cheaper for the manufacturers and the whole mushroom (which is the source of  beta-glucans and other active ingredients) is never actually used. This results in a “mushroom” product that lacks highly rich components your dog deserves. Even though the FDA doesn’t allow mycelium products to call themselves “mushrooms” on their labels (because its lacking key properties), it still happens. Manufacturers get around this by adding trace amounts of the fruiting body just so they can call their product ‘mushroom’.

Bixby says, “We take the full spectrum approach with mushrooms. We include mycelium, extra-cellular compounds, primordia, and fruitbodies. BIXBI supplements are certified organic by Oregon Tilth. Our mushrooms are also great for cats!”

Here are a few testimonials about Four Leaf Rovers Immunity mushrooms:
“I bought this product for my aging dog, to help support her immune system and in the hope that it would help with her fatty lymphomas. Not long after buying this mushroom powder and adding it to her food every day, I saw a reduction in the size of many of her lumps. She had a lump about the size of an egg in her throat area for years with no change in size. Now….I can hardly find it. She had one on the inside of each thigh and now they are less than half the size they were before. She had one in the front of her ear that had continued to get bigger, but now it is completely gone. While I can’t prove that this product is responsible for the shrinking lumps….I don’t know what else it could be. She had the lumps for years with no shrinkage until I started this product”

“I Had a 10-month old GSP diagnosed with IMHA. There are a number of antibiotics she can’t take because of her condition. On 8/31 she developed a papilloma on her lower right lip. By 9/15 it had turned into a cauliflower. I started her on IMMUNITY on 9/20 and by 9/28 the papilloma was gone!”.

And a few about Holistic Hound mushroom powder:

“I have an American bull dog who desperately needed skin support. We changed foods, added supplements, changed laundry detergent, weekly bathing. Nothing seemed to keep it at bay. I started adding this to her diet and we started seeing improvements right away. I wish the dosing was a little easier but I did ask some questions from the website chat and the person I spoke with had a sharpei with bad skin, They were AMAZINGLY helpful! I hope to try more products in the future! I am recommending this to all my grooming clients with seasonal allergy issues”.

“My dog does Parkour Now! Our Dog I wouldn’t consider “old” but he just turned 6. He’s a shihtzu mix. He’s has pretty bad seasonal allergies, skin issues etc.. not only did this immensely help his allergies and skin issues but now I can tell he has so much more energy. Not that he acted old or anything, but I can tell that now he is getting so many more nutrients that he is happier and has more energy to jump and play around! We have definitely noticed lots of positive benefits that we weren’t expecting. It’s crazy how much happier and how much better your dog feels after getting the proper nutrition. We will definitely purchase again and recommend to literally everyone!”

Our best customer testimonial was about this doberman who had a large tumor on her back right hock/ankle. Now you can’t even see where it was on that ankle.

Photos courtesy V. Harrer

Remember:
– These recommendations shouldn’t take the place of a veterinary consult to get lumps and bumps diagnosed.
– Good reviews are many, but they don’t guarantee results for everyone.
– All new supplements should be started with a pinch and then build up slowly to the recommended dose to avoid digestive surprises.
– A little bit of canned food is a perfect way to make sure they get the whole amount of any supplement and also so that picky dogs agree to eat these new things.
– I take medicinal mushrooms myself, and I feel like they have kind of a strong flavor, but many reviews mention that their dogs love the taste!

Happy Halloween – a Few Tips

By Green Dog Pet Supply

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Photo courtesy S. Spromberg

Happy Halloween!

Halloween can be fun, but there are a few important things to keep in mind to help keep pets safe.

Beware of Toxic Things on Halloween

Don’t forget to be on guard for dogs getting into that Halloween Candy stash! Chocolate isn’t the only thing that’s toxic to dogs; macadamia nuts, raisins, and especially the sweetener xylitol are all on the list of things that can be very poisonous and sometimes deadly to dogs. The wrappers and other decorations can also cause problems when ingested. Check out this link to other common household items that are toxic to dogs, and what to do if your dog gets into them.

Behavioral Tips

Make sure that if your dog is stressed out by strangers to have him in a secure area of the house where he won’t be plagued by constant scary monsters ringing the doorbell. Conversely, if you’re up for it this is a great time to work on door manners with a dog that isn’t frightened, just excited. The doorbell rings, dog on leash sits, door opens, dog and costumed kid both get their own treats. Lots of repetitions available on Halloween equals lots of chances to practice how to act when people come to the door.

Hints:

-Practice this a day or two beforehand with someone familiar that rings the doorbell, rehearsing the routine 8 or 10 times of sitting quietly before the door opens, and staying calm with the help of treats to keep attention on you and reward the good behavior (the first time is hard, then it gets easier as they’re seeing the same person over and over. This lets the dog get better and better at the behavior because you’ve removed the novelty of someone at the door)
– work on a leash for control, but reward the sitting calmly without lots of yanking. Remember, the familiar person can hang out on the step for a few minutes while you work on achieving a sit or at least calm attention before you open the door. Perhaps switch places with your helper and practice the same way with you as visitor.
– On Halloween, have two people work the door, one for kid treats and one for working with the dog
– When the doorbell rings, don’t jump up. Walk calmly to the door, and practice these skills of staying calm while people are greeted.

If you have a new puppy this can be a good socialization exercise: monsters = good treats for puppy! First put on masks or hats several times in the few days before Halloween, but don’t act scary, just be yourself and encourage your puppy to come get treats and interact with you in this strange get-up. Do multiple repetitions at different times until your puppy isn’t reacting fearfully. On Halloween night, encourage them to say hi to the funny monsters, but don’t force them into it – you want socialization exercises to be positive. Offer your puppy really delicious treats like bits of cheese while they interact with the people in costumes, and if you feel like it’s safe, have the monsters offer the puppy some yummy dog jerky or pieces of cheese. Soon the puppy will think people in costumes are a good thing!

Other things to keep in mind:

– Make sure all of your pets are wearing i.d. tags, even your indoor cats. That door is opening and closing many times during that evening, giving opportunities for your pets to slip out.

– Watch out for candle flames – often there are decorations that might be novel to the pet who wants to investigate them.

– Keep indoor/outdoor cats inside for the night – you do hear strange and terrible stories sometimes of cats who are the victim of cruel treatment on this night.

Fun Stuff
check out this link to cute dog breed stencils for your pumpkin carving! Each one can be downloaded by clicking a link under the description

GREEN DOG WILL NOT BE OPEN FOR FREMONT FEST AUGUST 21st

Please accept our apologies

Photo by Christine Mallar

I’m writing you today with the very disappointing news that we won’t be open for Fremont Fest. We did not come to this decision lightly. We’re upset when we picture our regular customers trying to get to us for their pet food, having parking trouble amongst crowds, and then finally arriving at the store only to find that we’re closed. Being closed will be a very big economic blow to us, both from the sales we’ll lose and the loss of exposure to folks attending the festival who haven’t been in our store, but that’s not our primary concern.
Our biggest concern is for the safety of our employees.

Oregon Covid numbers are raging. It did seem to make sense months ago that a summer event would likely have less risk, but Delta says “no”.
Oregon numbers are remarkably high, and 10 of the 55 deaths in July in Oregon were vaccinated people (that’s a much bigger percentage than what was happening before Delta took over). Almost 1,100 people in Oregon could be hospitalized with COVID-19 by mid-September, according to new modeling released Tuesday, nearly doubling the record from last winter’s surge. 

Cases (verified by genomic sequencing) in Australia show that the Delta variant can be spread to others with even fleeting contact.

We already see up to 200 people on a Saturday, so adding more exposure is worrisome. Our worries are compounded by the fact that we have a few seriously immune compromised people in our fold. One has so few T-cells that she might not be able to generate immunity from the vaccines she’s gotten. Even if she takes that day off, the next day she’d have to work with coworkers that may have contracted the virus and don’t know it, which could result in dire consequences for her if she were to get sick. The second situation is an employee who lives with her boyfriend and his family. In that household is a person with a very serious case of cystic fibrosis which means that he may not live through a respiratory infection, especially with the threat of increasing challenges finding beds for respiratory patients. Another person in that household has cancer and is on chemo and radiation. Third, three employees have unvaccinated children. We feel we have a responsibility to protect these vulnerable members of our little Green Dog family, and frankly none of our employees feel all that comfortable with the idea of crowds right now.

We did bring our concerns to the Beaumont Business Association and were impressed by their thoughtful response: 



Photo courtesy K. Luna

“Dear Mike and Christine, I wanted to reach out personally to thank you for speaking up and sharing your concerns. This is something that I feel is so important for us to do not only as a community but also as an association. Your concerns are valid and we all agree that things are not going in the right direction and it is frustrating. Having said that, the board came together to discuss whether or not to move forward and have decided to stay the course on Fremont Fest.

While one of our vendors has decided not to participate due to Covid, we have not had any others back out of the event. Some of these folks do not have brick and mortar locations to support them and events like these are paying their bills. Our “Marketplace” is determined to support our local economy and Fremont Fest Marketplace could help keep them afloat during these unsure and scary times. There is a large showing of BIPOC and Queer vendors this year and I feel strongly about providing this support for them. None of us wants to create a super spreader event or cause anyone harm, which is why this years event is has been VERY different from the beginning. Vendors are spaced 10ft apart on one side of each of the 9 blocks with no-one on the other side, as to prevent any clustering of humans in any given area, and we limited the number of vendors (current booth count is around 85). Outdoor markets are running strong and I feel that we are doing things better and more responsibly than most.

We all understand and respect the choice for anyone on the street to make the difficult decision to close the day of the event in order to keep themselves safe. You are such amazing supporters of Association and your business brings life to our street and neighboring businesses that is priceless. I have personally put a lot of thought and effort into this event, with the amazing support from our wonderful new board, and will take any ire or criticism to heart. I take this pandemic very seriously and have been as safe as possible over the last 18 months but have had to make the choice to bend that in order to make a living and support my family, it has not been easy for me and I think a lot of folks are doing and feeling the same.

I am always available to chat over the phone or on video, if you’d like to talk further. Your support is so important to all of us AND we understand that this occasion does not have that. Again, speaking up and using your voice is vital to community, conversation and making change so thank you so much for that.

Take the best of care,
Wesley Callaway
BBA Board President”

 

We are impressed that they’ve created ways to try and mediate the crowding, and we know that if you

come, you’ll have a good time! We wish that circumstances could be different, as you might know that we’ve been a major player in every

Mike and Christine at our first Fremont Fest in 2004. Photo by Green Dog Pet Supply

Fremont Fest for the past 17 years, planning and coordinating the Parade, etc. We did support the event this year in the form of a big sponsorship.
There are new businesses on the street that would love you to come exploring and find them!

 


DON’T MISS THE TRAINERS AT OUR BOOTH!

We do want to tell you about a potentially valuable resource we’d like to share with you. We’ve donated our booth to Force Free Oregon,”A safe, reliable place for Oregon communities to find credentialed animal care professionals who use scientifically-proven force-free training, behavior modification, and animal handling techniques”. Trainers will be staffing the booth, including the amazing Lorena Jasis-Wallace, a trainer at Synergy Behavior Solutions, a veterinary behavior practice and training facility in NW Portland. They specialize in reactivity, aggression, phobias, anxieties, and other behavior issues. Another trainer, Hayley Martinez, owner and trainer of Nakama Dog Training will also be there. She works with puppies, newly adopted dogs, adult dogs in need of basic manners, as well as some reactivity and shy dog cases. There may even be other Force Free member trainers that spend some time in the booth.
They’ll all be there to answer questions and help people learn about how very effective modern training methods are, and to make sure your relationship with your dog is based on trust. So many

Photo courtesy A. Shepherd

Portland households have gotten new dogs in the past year and a half, but so few classes have been available. We thought it would be great to have some great trainers on hand to help you find good resources if you need them. As Force Free says, “Choose a trainer that doesn’t need to use pain or fear inducing electronic tools. Look for someone who has experience in modern, positive, science-based techniques, who attends continuing education” like these great force free trainers or others like our favorite Doggy Business or others listed on the Force Free list.

Thank You For Your Kindness and
Understanding about this decision

Cool New Product – “Digest”

Photo by Christine Mallar

Do you have an older dog?

Does your dog eat a heat processed food diet like kibble or cans?

Does your dog have a history of pancreatitis?

Does your dog have trouble digesting his food or frequent flatulence?

Does your dog have acid reflux or a rumbly tummy?

Digest might be for you!

Photo courtesy Four Leaf Rover

Digestive enzymes are proteins that help break down food molecules into smaller pieces.

Enzymes help digest your dog’s food and kick-start most of the metabolic processes in your dog’s body.
Your dog can produce many of his own enzymes … but if he’s eating cooked/heat-processed food, he may not make enough which can ultimately strain the pancreas. If a dog consumed food in the wild like wolves and coyotes, its diet would be loaded with beneficial enzymes. But today, most heavily processed commercial dry or canned dog foods lack enzymes.
Enzymes are heat sensitive and deactivate easily when exposed to high temperatures. Adding digestive enzymes to your dog’s meals can help support his pancreas, organs and immune system.

          Veterinarian Dr PJ Broadfoot said in a 2018 paper:

“Supplemental enzymes are needed to replace those destroyed by cooking and processing food. Processing and cooking at any heat of approximately 118°F to 129°F (48°C to 54°C), for as few as three minutes, can destroy virtually all enzymes, which results in very little pre-digestion taking place in the stomach. Thus, what’s left of the food mass enters the small intestine largely undigested. This puts the pancreas and other organs of the endocrine system under tremendous stress, since they have to draw reserves from the entire body in order to produce massive amounts of the proper enzymes.”

Commercially made raw foods can contain more active enzymes than kibble or cans, but also could benefit from supplementation. Note: Fermented raw foods (like the Answers brand foods or their fermented goat’s milk, cow kefir or fermented turkey or fish broths) are richer in digestive enzymes and probiotics than typical raw food diets, and make a great addition to a processed food diet.

When a dog has had a case of pancreatitis in the past, it’s often helpful to supplement with digestive enzymes. If the pancreas isn’t working properly, it’s not going to produce the digestive enzymes your dog needs.

The pancreas is the main digestive organ of the body. While a small percentage of the pancreas produces hormones that regulate blood sugar; around 95% of it produces enzymes for digestion. When dogs have chronic pancreatitis (not the acute form, but continued symptoms of discomfort that come and go), they might benefit from digestive enzymes.  Over the course of years the inflammation caused by chronic pancreatitis can even lead to irreversible damage to the pancreas, including to the cells that secrete pancreatic digestive enzymes and the cells that produce insulin, which could lead to diabetes. It can also lead to Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI).

Digest contains grass-fed New Zealand bovine pancreas, the purest source of enzymes. It’s a pure and natural source of the enzymes protease and trypsin (they break down proteins), amylase (which helps to digest carbohydrates; Dogs can make some amylase, but don’t make a lot of it because in the wild they wouldn’t have eaten starchy food), and lipase (digests fat).

Digest can also support the liver. It contains organic broccoli sprout powder, a natural source of sulforaphane, a powerful source of enzymes that trigger liver detoxification pathways.

 Digest o alshas the addition of a blend of soil based probiotics and natural prebiotics to make Digest a complete digestive aid for dogs of all ages.Other ingredients:

Photo by Christine Mallar

Organic Alfalfa juice powder: This green powerhouse is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and contains eight essential amino acids. It can support health conditions from detoxification to digestion, and can boost the immune system. It can also help to aid in the assimilation of protein, fats and carbohydrates in the body. It’s made by first juicing alfalfa grass which removes the cellulose that dogs don’t digest well, then making it into a powder.

Betain HCl: This nutrient and a source of hydrochloric acid is a naturally occurring chemical in the stomach that helps digest food by breaking up fats and proteins. It facilitates nutrient absorption, stimulates the flow of bile and pancreatic enzymes, and helps prevents bacterial and fungal over-growth. Essentially, it makes the stomach a little more acidic which makes it do its job better.

Nettle leaf powder: Nettle is abundant in fiber, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamins A and K.

Bromelain: is a group of enzymes found in the fruit and stem of the pineapple plant. A review of clinical studies found that bromelain’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties also make it an effective treatment for the pain, soft-tissue swelling, and joint stiffness associated with osteoarthritis.

Invertase: an enzyme that assists the breakdown of sucrose.

Nettle leaf powder: Contains many nutrients, minerals and amino acids. Also contains flavonoids, Beta-carotene, lutein, luteoxanthin and other carotenoids (which have beneficial anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, protecting cells from oxidative damage that can lead to disease).

Ox Bile powder: Bile is a complex, vital, and unique fluid produced by the liver to aid in the digestion of fats in the small intestine.

Papain: This is an enzyme found naturally in the fruit of the papaya plant (Carica papaya). The enzymes help break down proteins. In alternative medicine, papain is touted as a natural pain reliever. It also may aid in the treatment of allergy, diarrhea, and indigestion.

Cellulase: an enzyme that breaks down the cell walls of plants. Cellulase is an enzyme that dogs can’t manufacture themselves. Because of this, dogs and cats are inefficient at digesting grains or plant materials.

Bacillus coagulens, Bacillus subtilis: these are probiotics. Bacillus strains are best at surviving stomach acid and making it to the large intestine.

With any new supplement, we always encourage starting with a pinch, and slowly building up to the proper dosage

Cool New Product – “Gut Guard” Probiotics

Does your dog have itchy skin and frequent ear infections?
Do they lick their feet?
Does your dog have an odor to them that smells somewhat like Fritos, especially in these irritated areas?
Have you had to use steroids or medications to help these symptoms? Do you have to keep switching foods to keep inflammation at bay, or have you gone on to expensive prescription hydrolyzed proteins?
Read On!

Photo by Christine Mallar

The primary use for this product will be for chronic yeast infections of the ears/skin and for food allergies. Yeast problems and reactions due to food sensitivity are likely systemic, so treating just the ears or the skin won’t easily eliminate it. Eliminating yeast may be a long term project, and is most effective when supplements are combined with changes in diet. This is largely due to the fact that starchy carbohydrates feed yeast, so a carbohydrate-rich diet like kibble will definitely work against you.
Problems like yeast are often intertwined with damage to the lining of the gut, often referred to as “Leaky Gut”. Also called “increased intestinal permeability”, leaky gut is a digestive condition in which the delicate lining of the small intestine is damaged. This lining is of course designed to be permeable already, as this allows digested nutrients to enter the bloodstream. This lining is constantly being repaired by the body, but toxins, stress, etc can increase the normal amount of damage, resulting in larger partially digested proteins being able to “leak” through the intestinal wall and into the blood stream. These proteins are recognized as invaders by the immune system which then mounts an immune response that can result in inflammation and a continued sensitivity to that protein. This is what’s happening with food “allergies”.
Your vet might encourage you to switch to a new protein which may actually result in a temporary improvement in allergy symptoms. However, the same mechanism is still in place if the gut wall hasn’t been repaired, resulting in the same process as before, allowing undigested proteins from the new food to again enter the bloodstream and a “new allergy” is in place.
Dog owners often find themselves in a cycle where eventually there are no more novel proteins to use. Hydrolyzed protein prescription kibbles can similarly reduce symptoms for a time, but it absolutely is not designed to enable healing, leaving you dependent on a prescription food. The first ingredient is often corn starch (which would feed yeast), and the lack of any quality whole food ingredients isn’t ideal for long term feeding, in our opinion. (We often see new nutritional problems the longer customers are on them, yeast infections being one of them).
Yeast is able to flourish under these damaged conditions and get more deeply established, and the inflammation can result in terrible skin and ear infections, discomfort, painful joints and fatigue. Unfortunately, mainstream medical professionals do not recognize leaky gut as a real condition. However, there is quite a bit of scientific evidence that leaky gut does exist and may be associated with multiple health problems, especially food sensitivity. This formula is designed to help repair the lining of the gut, reducing inflammation and encouraging healing. This can eventually help a great deal with food sensitivities and reduce the overgrowth of yeast and its resulting symptoms. 
We also strongly recommend switching off of starchy highly processed food (ie: kibble, which is very high in starchy carbohydrates that feeds yeast, and processed with high heat and pressure that damages heat sensitive amino acids that are critical for healing. Getting rid of dry foods also eliminates many ingredients that might be more difficult to digest and could contain contaminates (like corn which likely contains glyphosate residue and aflatoxins.) We recommend switching to a fresh whole food diet, or at least replacing a percentage of your kibble with fresh. Raw diets in our freezers are safe, nutritionally complete and a wonderful way to eliminate inflammatory ingredients and add ingredients that are rich in important naturally occurring amino acids, digestive enzymes, and human quality ingredients that are often more humanely raised. Setting up your dog with this sort of diet would be an ideal way to support even faster healing when you use “Gut Guard”

 

Image courtesy Four Leaf Rover

Gut Guard Ingredients:
– L- Glutamine is an amino acid that plays an important role in immune function and repairing the lining of the gut. .However, during illness or injury, the body may not be able to produce enough of it. It is an important energy source for intestinal and immune cells, and can help to repair and fortify the damaged intestinal barrier.

– N-acetyl glucosamine possesses a unique range of anti-inflammatory activities that can help inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colitis and other chronic intestinal issues.

– Licorice Root Extract is a fast acting and effective anti-inflammatory, similar to the effects of corticosteroids, helping to relieve pain and inflammation. It’s also an immuno-stimulant (and good for the liver).

– Organic Aloe Vera extract is useful for healing injury and irritations of the digestive tract. It’s also antibacterial, antioxidant, and an immuno-stimulant.

– Organic Marshmallow root soothes irritation of the mucous membranes and provides a soothing, lubricating, protective barrier between mucous membranes and substances that cause irritation. It also has antimicrobial and immune stimulating properties.

– Organic Slippery Elm is a soothing, protecting, and lubricating demulcent (relieving inflammation) and a general astringent (causing the contraction of skin cells and other body tissues.), tightening digestive mucosa. It’s also very nutritious, containing A, B complex, C, and K, and high amounts of calcium (which is good for reducing inflammation in joints) and magnesium (low magnesium may contribute to chronic inflammation and joint issues and it’s also an important part of collagen synthesis.)

HumicSure –  contains more than 70 micro nutrients in biologically available form. The deficiency of minerals and micronutrients block the function of enzymes and vitamins responsible for transforming nutrients into energy and biochemical building molecules. Humic substances were formed during the decomposition pathway of plant biomass over millions of years. Humic acid cannot be absorbed from the intestinal tract but plays a very important role in buffering the pH, in the absorption matrix preventing the absorption of toxins, bacteria stimulation, and nutrient uptake. In short, Pure Humic Acid is very effective at cleansing the colon, where the Humic acid blocks the absorption of toxic materials into the body.

– Organic Chamomile is anti-spasmodic, expels intestinal gas, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, heals wounds, and can expel worms.

– Organic Dandelion Roots are a great way to strengthen your dog’s liver. It is also good source of magnesium, (low magnesium may contribute to chronic inflammation and joint issues. It’s also an important part of collagen synthesis.) It also contains calcium (which is good for reducing inflammation in joints), iron, and zinc (to help collagen synthesis). It’s also a good prebiotic.

– Organic Burdock Root  contains active ingredients in its root system that can remove toxins from the bloodstream. Studies show “potent inhibitory effects” on cancer growth caused by cancers like pancreatic carcinoma. Another study found burdock root significantly interfered with cancer cell growth. It’s also a great source of trace minerals and is a good prebiotic.

– Organic ginger root has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, according to research. For instance, it may help reduce oxidative stress, which is the result of having an excess amount of free radicals in the body. It can also help treat chronic indigestion and nausea
.
With any new supplement, we always encourage starting with a pinch, and slowly building up to the proper dosage.

Notes:
– It’s an excellent idea to pair this probiotic with Bifido for Fido, or to go through one of them and then alternate to the other. Bovine Colostrum is also an amazing gut repair tool.
– For serious long term systemic yeast issues, 4 leaf Rover makes a “Yeast Free Fido” kit with three products meant to be used together. It’s a significant savings over purchasing them separately.
– Read the reviews about Gut Repair on their website click here and scroll down towards the bottom.


The other two probiotics that Four Leaf Rover makes are neat for other reasons:

  1. Does your dog suffer from occasional or chronic loose stool?

    Photo courtesy K. Luna

    Does your dog eat dirt?
    Does your dog eat poop?
    Has your dog been on antibiotics or metronidazole recently?
    You might need “protect” soil-based probiotics! Read More Here

  2. Does your dog have chronic digestive upset?
    Does your dog have frequent constipation?
    Does your dog have chronically poor gut health?,
    Does your dog have chronic bowel diseases like IBD?
    You might need “Bifido for Fido” probiotic/prebiotic blend. Read More Here

Cool New Product – Bifido For Fido Probiotics

Photo By Christine Mallar

This is the second post about a new probiotic we’ve brought in from Four Leaf Rover called “Bifido For Fido”.
Does your dog have chronic digestive upset?
Does your dog have frequent constipation?
Does your dog have chronically poor gut health?,
Does your dog have chronic bowel diseases like IBD?
Read On!

The proper balance and amount of gut bacteria are both critical to your dog’s health. “Bifido For Fido” is a veterinary formulated blend of probiotics and prebiotics designed to promote a healthy gut and immune system. It’s proven to promote diverse gut colonies. Each probiotic strain in BFF is carefully chosen for its ability to survive the stomach acid and reach the gut. Plus, they’ve added Saccharomyces boulardii, a special yeast that can battle Candida. It’s good for chronic issues such as chronic digestive upset, frequent constipation, chronically poor gut health, or chronic bowel diseases like IBD.  It should help during occasional loose stool issues. (Chronic loose stool issues might be better managed with “Protect” probiotics.

Photo courtesy Four Leaf Rover

Ingredients:
FOS: Fructooligosaccharides – a prebiotic. Prebiotics help fuel probiotics. Prebiotics are insoluble, indigestible fibers. When your dog eats these fibers, they travel to the colon and the bacteria that live there eat them. (or technically ferment them). That’s why prebiotics are so important. They feed the probiotics in your dog’s gut. This helps grow, restore and maintain a healthy gut flora. Without prebiotics, probiotics are less effective and can eventually die off. 
Metabolites are created during fermentation (when probiotics eat prebiotics), the most important of which are short chain fatty acids, which inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, act as an energy source for colon cells, keeps cells lining the gut close together to prevent leaky gut, preserve electrolyte and fluid balance, form the protective layer of the gut, build up the immune system, reduce inflammation, protect against food allergens, and help the body absorb nutrients. They also create functional proteins like Enzymes, Peptides, Polysaccharides, Cell surface proteins, and organic acids.  All these things are why it works well for chronic digestive issues. They also help with the immune system and leaky gut.

Organic Inulin from Jerusalem artichoke – Jerusalem artichokes, otherwise known as sun chokes, are not related to artichokes. They are a good source of vitamin C, an excellent source of iron, and contain high amounts of the prebiotic fiber inulin known for gut health.

Probiotic blend with 14 different strains (including both Bifido and Lactobacillus along with others) which can Produce B vitamins and vitamin K for improved health, Promote immune function,  Produce digestive enzymes for better digestion and promote digestive health.
Though lactobacillus strains shouldn’t be used right after antibiotics, they are very helpful in other situations. They can Inhibit growth of harmful bacteria, benefit immune cells, increase population of good bacteria in the gut, help regulate mood and emotions, improve colon health, and reduce IBS.

With any new supplement, we always encourage starting with a pinch, and slowly building up to the proper dosage

 Note: Bifido for Fido Probiotics can be added to or used alternately with Protect Probiotics and/or Gut Repair formula.

Introduce Bifido for Fido slowly to let them adjust to the soluble fiber.

All probiotics are better protected by storing in the refrigerator.

Read the reviews about Bifido for Fido here (scroll down towards the bottom)

 

Photo courtesy of K. Luna

The other two probiotics that Four Leaf Rover makes are neat for other reasons:
1) Does your dog suffer from occasional or chronic loose stool?
Does your dog eat dirt?
Does your dog eat poop?
Has your dog been on antibiotics or metronidazole recently? You might need “protect” soil-based probiotics! Read More Here

2) Does your dog have itchy skin and frequent ear infections? Do they lick their feet? Do they have an odor to them that smells somewhat like Fritos, especially in these areas? Have you had to use steroids or medications to help these symptoms? Do you have to keep switching foods to keep inflammation at bay, or have you gone on to expensive prescription hydrolyzed proteins?
You might need “Gut Guard” a probiotic healing blend! Read More Here