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Toenail Trim Essential to Pet Health

Hi, Chubbs here.

I want to apologize for taking so long between posts. Things have been kind of hectic lately around here. I know that I was promising some big things coming up and they are still in the works.

We have put together an informative report on how to improve your dog’s mobility that will be free with a subscription to our email updates.

Coming soon will be a monthly contest for subscribers with prizes such as pet store gift cards.

In a couple of days I will be posting about our research and use of a turmeric supplement that I have been taking to replace the Rimidyl that I had been taking for my arthritis and inflammation. I am getting the same results without the risk of liver damage that comes with the prescription medication. Oh yeah. It is also (much) cheaper as well.

One Thing Covered in our Free Report is Toenail Trimming.

For years Ron did not realize the importance of trimming my nails and I certainly wasn’t going to tell him.  Now that he realizes how this affects my overall health we are on a program of trims every couple of weeks until my nails are trimmed to a maintenance length.

We canines walk and run on our toes, like a horse.   When our nails become too long we are forced to adjust our posture to avoid the discomfort of the longer nails.This can lead to joint pain and back problems. Long term this can even lead to joint deterioration and arthritis.

In the wild, our ancestors would wear the claws off on rough terrain and being more constantly on the move.  Not so much with the typical pet.

Periodic trimming is essential to a dog’s overall health and, with some study and thought, can be a painless and even enjoyable experience.

Some dog parents prefer to take their pet to a groomer or a vet in order to avoid the hassle, but my advice is that your pet trusts you more than any other living being on earth, and so if there is any way that you can bring yourself to work with your pal on this it will be so much better for them.

Two Methods

We use a scissor style cutter that works well for us, but some prefer the guillotine style trimmer, with a stationary guide with a hole to insert the nail and a lade that draws across when you squeeze the handles.

Many prefer the powered rotary style trimmer that gently grinds the tip down.  I don’t like the noise and the vibration bothers me, but I suppose if I were younger I might be able to get used to it.

Having my nails trimmed has always been one of my least favorite things. I can’t even remember why, but research has led us to understand that the fear and loathing that many dogs experience upon having their nails trimmed is based on pain, and we dogs instinctively treat anything that causes pain as a threat.

And we have great memories!!

How Much Do You Trim?

A dogs nail is constructed differently than a humans but have similar parts. With a dogs claw there is the hard outer shell, similar to the human nail. and running down the center of this claw is the quick, containing blood and nerves. It is difficult with darker claws to see where the quick ends and this is where the difficulty arises.

There is no feeling in the hard claw part of the nail but if you trim too far and cut into the quick it is very painful for your pet. The quick can be compared to the tender flesh that attaches the human’s nail.

Cutting into the quick can feel like having a fingernail ripped off. Ron still does not allow his wife to clip his nails after she cut too deep. This happened early in their marriage and they have been married for more than thirty-four years now.

The survival instinct and avoidance of pain is not peculiar to the canine species.

Nail Trimming for the Fearful

What can you do once the damage has been done and your dog is afraid to have his nails trimmed? There is a solution but it takes patience and plenty of dog treats.

The first step is to just spend some time getting your pal used to the fact that you are going to be handling his feet.  The feet are not an area that gets a lot of attention unless there is a problem.

Touching and massaging your dogs feet can get him used to that sort of attention without threat.

It is human nature, I have noticed, to see something that needs done and blast through it as efficiently and quickly as you can.

You will have to dampen that urge to be successful trimming the nails of a skittish dog.

A Little at a Time

You don’t have to finish all of their nails at once. It will be less stressful to break it into smaller bites. Ron trims my back paws on one day and then the front paws a day or two later.

If your pet is not as patient and cooperative as I am you could break it down even further.  You might do one paw per night or even go as far as trimming one nail per night until they are used to the attention and convinced that it is painless..

Dog treats are another great tool for getting cooperation from us. Ron would suggest small treats, giving them often as you trim.  Serve up with heaping amounts of praise and attaboy’s, but I can’t for the life of me recommend small treats.  You be the judge, but my name is Chubbs for a very good reason.

Ask For Help

If your best friend is especially nervous you can enlist some assistance. Having someone to stroke your pet and reassure her during the process can also help greatly.

While trimming, be sure to remove only the tip beyond the quick. If the claws are dark and you can’t see the quick The rule is to take off about an eighth of an inch or less. The quick will recede quickly and you can trim again if needed in a couple week’s time for longer nails.

See the Improvement

If your best friend has been walking gingerly for a while you will notice the difference almost with the first trim.  I know that I did, and it was obvious to Ron as well.  He noticed that I was wanting to walk farther at the park and I was making it up and out the door more often.  It is just that much less painful for me.

You can do that for your best friend too.  Take the time, build their confidence, and then get trimming.  They will thank you with a renewed bounce to their step and an even greater trust that you can help them to feel better when they are hurting.

If you absolutely cannot trim their nails yourself, my advice is to check with your vet.  They may suggest sedation to avoid stressing your pet.  Less traumatic than being restrained.

Much Still In the Works

Again I apologize for the long wait between posts and pledge to do better.  Please sign up for email updates and be first to grab that free report and get news of upcoming contests.  Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook at Chubb’s Walk.

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Remember, Keep Those Tails Wagging!!!



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Glucosamine & Chondroitin; Natural Remedies

Hi, Chubbs here.

I’m glad you stopped by.  I have been telling you about the changes we are making to my diet and I plan to feature much more on feeding your pet naturally.  Today I would like to talk about another important part of my rejuvenation.

In the long run, the extra expenditure on a diet for your pet that matches their natural diet will pay large dividends in vet bills that will not come, not to mention the increased vitality and longevity that this will create.

Glucosamine

Now I will talk about some of the issues facing a dog of advanced years like myself; and how I am solving them.

My largest issue at this point in my life is mobility. I am a bit portly, as you may have noticed, but my legs are rather thin for my size. Over the years, as I have been active my entire life, my joints have taken a beating as I jumped over rocks and pilings while fishing on the jetties, leaped in and out of Ron’s truck, and run with the wind in my younger days.  Knees, elbows, shoulders and wrists all lose cartilage through this normal wear and tear.

Daily walks have helped to maintain my joints somewhat; exercise does help to rebuild cartilage if your body has the proper building blocks. As I aged, however, my diet and the effects of my active life began to seriously inhibit my movements, to the point that my forays outside consisted of two or three short bathroom trips, certainly below the minimum steps required to maintain my weight and health.

Hip dysplasia is a disease of the hip in which the ball and joint are malformed, causing them to grind and rub rather than glide smoothly. Common in larger dogs, it can occur in smaller breeds but is less common.  The result is the same loss of cartilage and resulting joint pain and inflammation.

Rusty, one of the mutants, has a hip that pops out due to a malformation. His condition would require surgery to correct, but he gets by fine as it pops in easily as well. Surgery would be more of a hardship, but we monitor closely to address any condition before it can become a problem.

It is often difficult to diagnose these problems early, as dogs are notoriously not complainers and can ignore pain until it becomes severe.

Something had to be done!

Dogs need to run, and I no longer could.

Last year I started receiving Glucosamine injections to aid in rebuilding cartilage to cushions my joints. My vet determined that my joints were virtually  bone on bone, a painful situation. She prescribed the injections along with Rimadyl, an anti-inflammatory prescription drug to ease my pain. She suggested that if we did not want to spend the money (the injections are expensive), that we could find a food with glucosamine added.

The injections helped as did the Rimadyl.  I was back to our regular three mile hikes.

Another Setback Spurs More Action

Eventually, though, after a bout with an illness that had the vets advising my humans to make me as comfortable as possible and to prepare for the worst, I found myself having a hard time getting back on my feet.

This is where Ron decided to switch to a more natural diet and he also started researching glucosamine and the more he learned, the more he believed that we should add more of this amazing supplement to my diet.

Glucosamine is a naturally occurring substance that we all (even our humans) have in our bodies, mostly in our cartilage.  It is a primary building block of the cartilage that is synthesized naturally when we are younger.

As we age, our bodies create less and less of this compound and thus we lose the ability to repair the cartilage damage.

As I continued to deteriorate, though at a slower rate, Ron continued to look for ways to make me comfortable and bring back some of the bounce to my step. Where I used to stop and wait for him to catch up, he was now stopping to wait for me.

We found dry food with glucosamine added, but it had no noticeable alleviation of my joint pain.

Chubb’s Approved

Last May, after much research, he ordered some Joint Health Care Glucosamine chews with chondroitin and vitamin C. These are two more important compounds in the production of cartilage cells. This product is made in the U.S. and has great reviews.

We found the supplement on Amazon. Here is a link if you would like to try it. This product definitely comes Chubb’s Approved!

The customer service was very good.  They send emails to make sure that the customer is satisfied and request feedback.

Three Ingredients Work Together

This product also contains chondroitin, another naturally occurring  compound which works in conjunction with the glucosamine to combat and neutralize destructive enzymes that attack the joint.

The vitamin C in the treats boosts my immune system and neutralizes free radicals.

The chews are bacon flavor and contain all natural ingredients. with 500 milligrams of glucosamine, 400 milligrams of chondroitin, and 166 mg of vitamin C.

We followed the initial instructions to take three tablets (per my weight) for two weeks before falling back to one and a half to two chews per day for a maintenance plan.

Quick Results

The improvement was rapid and significant. My joints were less painful and I was once again up for our mile jaunts.

I will not say that I am ready to run a marathon, but at seventeen years old and not having been too picky about my diet over the years, these supplements, coupled with my switch to the more natural diet, has me feeling as though I still have a few good years left in me.

With all of the success utilizing natural solutions for my health issues, we are now looking into replacing the Rimadyl with something more natural as well, something that would avoid the side effects while still delivering the same level of pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties.

I think we have found just the thing.

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And Keep Those Tails Wagging!

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Happy New Year From Chubb’s Walk

Hi, Chubbs here.

I just want to say Happy New Year to everyone and a belated Merry Christmas as well. I have been busy through this holiday season and realized that I had not yet taken the time to realize that the year was nearly finished.

Another year gone (another 7 in dog years, whatever that is supposed to tell you) and a new year about to begin.

What does the new year have in store? None of us know, but we all have our plans, our hopes, and our dreams for this coming year.

Dog parents have a great opportunity to resolve to better understand their best friend’s needs.


New Year Suggestions:

  • Take more walks
  • Spend time leaning on your dog (I’ll explain later, it’s like hugging to your best friend)
  • Spend time on hygiene
    1. brush teeth
    2. trim toenails
    3. bathe
    4. comb
  • Learn about canine nutritional needs
  • Learn more about your breed’s specific traits and requirements
  • cuddle more

Resolutions

I have some big plans myself, some improvements and expansions with our blog and some personal changes that will positively impact my health and my enjoyment of life. I will be sharing these with you. Some of them could be life-altering.
Coming soon is a free report for subscribers and we have a newsletter in the works that will include valuable information and offers, contests and surveys, all shared with my canine wit and wisdom (And humility).
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For now I will wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year and;

Keep those tails wagging!

 

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EntirelyPets Now on Shop Chubb’s Choices

Hi, Chubbs here,                   shop Chubb's Coices entirelypets

I have a special post coming in the next couple of days and wanted to give you a heads up to watch for it.  We have some new things going on here at the Walk for the new year so don’t miss it.

If you haven’t signed up for our email alerts you should do it right away.  Sign up at the bottom of this post.

Added Shop

New for today on the shopping page is EntirelyPets, another online source for your pet supplies and non-prescription pet medications.  EntirelyPets is a veterinary run all-purpose pet supply house and the leader in the industry.

EntirelyPets offer:

  • Guaranteed low prices on the brands that they carry
  • Fast and free shipping on orders over $85
  • Accommodating customer service ready to serve you 7 days a week
  • An online Pet Blog & Resource Center filled with pet related articles
  • Discount deals, special promotions, featured top sellers, and more!

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I hope that this addition makes it easier for all of you dog lovers out there ( and the cat people too) to find everything that you need to keep your best friends healthy, happy, and fulfilled.

Still to Come

Don’t forget to watch for that next post in the next couple of days.  It will especially be interesting to you who have older pets or perhaps some of the larger breeds but the information will be useful to everyone.

Okay, I can give you a hint.  Anyone interested in joint health?  (and I am not referring to any recent legalization’s)

Until next time,

Keep those tails Wagging!

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Raw Dog Food Diet Re-Set

Hi, Chubbs here.

I may have mentioned it before, but dog food is a subject very dear to my heart.

Last post I told you of our plans to switch to a raw diet.  We researched what the best foods for a dog of my experience (I’m not old!) would be and found that even the best kibbles fell far short of providing me with the nutrition that I need.

We settled upon mixing our own food to bring the most benefit to my brothers and I.  The raw diet seemed to best ensure the nutrients, enzymes and all other good stuff that is packed into the food remains.

Another Direction

Life gets in the way, though, and circumstance has delayed our switch to homemade cuisine.

We looked into the alternatives.  It turns out that there are some companies out there that do have my best interests in mind and make raw or “gently cooked” pet foods that more closely mimic our natural diets.

Raw Dog Food

We looked at Darwin’s Natural Pet Products and were impressed with their ingredients, knowledge and products.  I think that in the future we may use them in a pinch, but I found no local outlet nearby and so convenience changed up our plans a bit.

Gently Cooked

We found a product in local stores, in a refrigerated cabinet, FreshPet dog food.  Rhonda, Ron’s better half picked up a loaf of their gently cooked dog food for me to try.

I loved it.  It is much more tasty than the old dry food; even though we mixed in canned food and added some water, kibble was still just kibble.

My little brothers and I  have been eating the FreshPet for about a week and a half now and I am already feeling the difference.  (Murphy won’t eat it, but then he is pretty high-strung anyway, if you ask me)

Quick Results

In fact I had the energy to climb onto the pillow-top bed without too much help yesterday.  I haven’t had the inclination to try that for about a month or better.  It just looked like too much effort.  It looks doable again.

We plan to mix our own food eventually, when things settle down around here.  For the time being I think we have found an affordable alternative to get us through until we create a list of recipes and begin to mix our own.

I do know that I am through with the grain fillers that are in so much of the commercially prepared foods.  That, combined with the lack of nutrients and enzymes is likely the reason for most of the ailments that are assailing me over the past couple of years.

Ready to Walk

The cumulative effect of that diet has me overweight (just a bit) and out of energy but after getting back onto my glucosamine/chondroitin treats for my joints and eating the new food for a week, I am feeling like going for walks again.

The food that I have been eating comes in refrigerated  six pound loaves.  You then cut off the measured portions to feed your pet.  Ron uses the same knife to cut it up into smaller pieces and adds a bit of warm water to remove the chill.  Even the mutants (notorious picky eaters) dig right in.

And their energy has gone from a high level to off the charts.

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Mutant force

It is amazing what a good meal can do for your outlook on life.  Food has always been quite important to me and this feels like I am eating gourmet.

Natural Ingredients

They have a complete line of natural dog and cat foods in Beef, chicken, turkey, and salmon alone and in combination.  It is also has great stuff like spinach, blueberries, broccoli, and more.  You can learn more here.  This is Chubb’s recommended.
Ron and I will be sharing more as we see more improvement.  I will also share our search for a natural replacement for the prescription rimadyl that I am taking for the inflammation in my joints.  We have ordered some curcumin chews that should arrive any day now.  Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric.  I will let you know how it goes.

More To Come

Remember, always check with your vet if your pet is on prescription medication to make sure that there is no negative reaction.

Until next time, keep those tails wagging.

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Chubb’s New Raw Diet

Hi, Chubbs here,

Ron and I are thinking of putting my brothers and I on an all raw diet. We have been doing some research and it is looking as though I may be able to reverse, or at least slow the onset, some of the conditions such as joint deterioration and kidney issues by eating a more ancestral diet.

Raw Diet Mimics Ancestral Foods

Dogs (and cats) developed on a diet consisting mostly of foods that they hunted or scavenged. For dogs, about eighty to ninety percent of their nourishment came from flesh and fats. The rest was a mixture of grasses and nuts and berries and fruits. The only processing of the food was done in the digestive systems of the animals.

This left most of the vitamins, nutrients, enzymes, and beneficial bacteria available and plentiful.

Modern, processed foods contain grains that are hard for  my brethren and I to digest. The nutrients and enzymes are mostly cooked and processed out of the kibble, and the additives that are meant to replace the lost benefits are hard for our bodies to process.

Kibble In, Kibble Out

Most of it ends up as that smelly stuff that you humans like to collect in bags, though for the life of me I can’t figure that one out.

I just figure, whatever gets your tail wagging.

Which is another thing that I can’t figure out. Without tails, how do other people know when you are happy?

Anyway, we are going to be trying an all raw diet for a while and see if that can get me running and jumping again. It’s no fun getting old. I’m just hoping that this will make it a little more fun again.

More to come

Check back soon and I will explain my new diet in greater detail and let you know how I am feeling.

Until next time, remember, there is no better companion than a dog. No one ever returns sad or mad from a walk with their dog.

Hug your dog today.

Move Update

Moving the Blog

Chubbs here.  I just wanted to update you on the move.  We are still working on getting the blog moved, but when it is up and running you will find me at rbuedpets.com.

We are also thinking of shortening the name of the site to Chubb’s Walk, or Chubb’s Dog Walk.  I will keep you updated on the move.  In the meantime, here are a few more of my favorite family photos.

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A Big Move

Hi, Chubby here.

Chubby's move.
I was just going to post some family pictures this week but I have some exciting news to add to the photos.

Ron and I are moving this blog over to Ron’s website, rbued.com, in the next couple of weeks. This will allow us to have more control over some of the technical features. We think that this move should allow us to improve the look and feel of the site without changing the overall focus.

I am not very tech-savvy so I am not sure what effect this might have upon your ability to find me. I will be looking into that this week and hopefully we can make this move go seamlessly and painlessly.

Worth the hassle

I apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and hope that you will find your way over with us. We are in hopes that this move will allow us to bring more value to your visit.

Thanks for being patient and sticking with us. Please feel free to offer suggestions that might enhance the experience.

Here are those photos that I mentioned. They are some favorites from our current household.

 

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One of my favorite little people.

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The invisible dog.

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Our daily outing

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Any badgers in here?

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Meet the Mutants

HI. Chubbs here again.

Over the past couple of weeks, I introduced you to my step-brother, Murphy the malamute. This week I thought you should meet a couple of characters that joined our family just a couple of years ago. Rusty and Scooter.

I call them the mutants. They look similar to a dog but more stretched out and squashed down like little four-legged caterpillars.

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The mutants

I’m not trying to be mean here, I love my little brothers like, well, brothers. But they are funny looking. (Don’t tell that to them, everyone lies to them and tells them how beautiful they are. People are so kind.)
Rusty and Scooter are long-haired, mini-dachshunds.

Hunting Dogs

Interestingly enough, though Murphy joined our family in Germany and was born in Austria, he is an American breed, one of the oldest.

The two mutants, however, are a German breed, the name translating into German as Badger dog.
Yes, the larger version of the dachshund was bred to chase badgers from their burrows, while the smaller version like Rusty and Scooter were used to root out smaller prey such as rabbits and prairie dogs.

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They love to burrow

Small Dog Complex

Rusty and Scooter think they are that tough. They are the noisiest little yappers that I have been around…as long as they can hide behind me or our people when an actual threat might present itself, such as a cat or an unexpected noise.

Dachshunds are more common than I had realized. I guess it is like buying a VW Bug. You don’t notice them until you have one and all of a sudden, they are everywhere you look.

Be Prepared

Dachshunds, in my experience, are very high maintenance pets.  They require a lot of attention.

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I can fly!!!

They have a strong pack instinct that can be a problem in groups.

Rusty and Scooter are fiercely loyal but are aggressive and sometimes are a menace to smaller pets. Luckily they are smaller than most pets.  They are not great with kids unless the kids are well trained.

As you might guess, living with the mutants is stressful at times so if you are considering adopting one you will want to do some research and be sure that you have the patience.

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I love my little brothers but if you want a dog that you can relax with, and not worry too much about, you might want to get a Lab.

Talk to you soon.

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Living With Murphy

Hi, Chubbs here.

I promised some more info on the Malamute breed and some ideas of what it is like living with a Malamute like Murphy.Murphy

Think Hair Everywhere

Murphy has so much hair, a double coat, that you would think that when he got wet he would stay wet. Not so.
His fur sheds the water and when we go in for a swim my short hair stays wet longer than Murphy’s.

That same thick fur seems to shed from him in a constant stream of course hair that ends up everywhere and in everything. You can comb him out completely and in an hour you could do it again and get just as high a stack next to you.

And there will still be hair throughout your house.

Alaskan Malamutes:  Energizer Bunny of the Canine World

Murphy has a lot of energy. He takes off running and good luck catching him. Just ask his human, Nate. Murphy just loves finding an open door and breaking out of prison.

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Our energizer “bunny”

Murphy loves his humans, Nate and the three kids, ferociously. Even Ron, who is Grandpa, gets close scrutiny when he is rough housing with the children.

Dig It

Murphy is curious about everything, and he loves to dig.

He can be a one dog wrecking crew, or he can be the most gentle dog you ever encountered.Murphy

Last summer, after arriving from Germany, he was personally responsible for the destruction of the BBQ patio and the garden pond. He went through two pond pumps by dragging them out of the pond.
He then decided to eat parts of all of the floating plants from the pond before digging up the hot peppers in the garden and dining on the tomatoes.

Know What You’re Getting Into

Murphy

Beautiful & intelligent!

In other words, Malamutes are big and they are rambunctious and they like to get into mischief when no one is

around. They do not like to be left on their own and will find ways to entertain themselves that you do not want to come home to.

But they are smart and loving and loyal and hard workers. They require a LOT of attention but they will steal your heart that first day. The trouble will all be worth it if you know beforehand what you are getting into and can prepare.

More to come on living with Murphy.

Chubby

see you soon

 

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