Thank you for holding me when I am scared, cuddling with me when I am cold, feeding me when I am hungry, playing with me when I want to have fun, taking care of me when I’m sick, massaging me when I want to relax, protecting me from harm and for loving me when I need love. Thank you for giving me a family.
I switched my dogs food to completely grain free about a year ago and have found huge changes in their skin, coat and weight. Both of my dogs had itchy, flaky skin and even with oil supplements the itchy skin continued. Switching them to grain free really helped and I started to see happier dogs. The itching stopped, the flaky skin disappeared and their coats seemed even more soft and shiny than before.
Because their improvements were so amazing, I decided to go grain free too! No more rice, corn, wheat, oatmeal, barley… etc. Now I bake with garbanzo, almond, soy, coconut and quinoa flours. I’m a cookie person and I couldn’t imagine my life without a delicious cookie every once and a while. Using the “new” flours actually made the cookies more delicious! I found the exact same results when I switched to a grain free diet myself. My skin became more luminous and youthful, no more breakouts, I had more energy, I felt more alert and alive. It was amazing!
Since I love cookies and I know my dogs are foodies too, I wanted to provide them with a grain free dog cookie as well. Both of my dogs LOVE peanut butter, so I altered my dog cookie recipe I previously posted to grain free. **Some dogs, like humans have an allergy to peanuts, so before you give your dog peanut butter for the first time, let your dog smell the peanut butter first. If they have a peanut allergy, they will get a small reaction from the smell alone (itching, rash, runny nose, nausea). Check for these symptoms first before you let your dog eat peanut butter for the first time.
Organic Grain Free Peanut Butter Dog Cookies
3 cups organic garbanzo and fava bean flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
1/2 cup organic all natural peanut butter
1 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine oil, peanut butter and water. Add flour, one cup at a time, forming a dough. Knead dough into a firm ball and roll to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into pieces and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!!
The Good: Made in the USA, Eco friendly, cruelty free, all natural and herbal. All herbs are ethically and organically grown and all bottles are made with recycled plastic. Manufactured in FDA approved laboratories and made with better than human grade ingredients. Ecowelldog products are designed for specific issues such as: itchy skin, dental solutions, eye and ear solutions, nervous dog solutions, older dog solutions, puppy solutions, outdoor dogs solutions and some products are made specifically for small and large size dogs.
The Bad: There is such a huge selection of products to choose from, it may get a little overwhelming, but Ecowelldog has created an easy solution. On the website, they have a button you can click labeled, “Not sure what to order?”. Just click on this button and it directs you to a page with six problem-solution categories. Problem solved!
The Review: Ecowelldog is a newly merged company that was formed when Cain & Able and Happytails joined forces in 2011. Ecowelldog now consists of five brands of high quality, all natural, eco-focused problem solving grooming and wellness products for dogs.
The five brands are:
Cain & Able – Bath products and Spa Accessories Happytails – Problem Solution Products Kiss Able – All Natural Doggie Dental Items Dirty & Hairy – For the Outdoor Dog Dogmaceuticals – All Natural Line of Canine Cosmeceuticals
DOGZAR was able to review several of these products such as:
Flea the Scene a 3-in-1 spray which acts as an insect repellent, gentle emollient to sooth itchy skin and a UV protector with all natural sunscreen.
Itchin’ for Relief an all natural blend of ingredients designed with a unique “nozzler” that delivers exact application to your dogs skin to provide immediate relief of itchy skin.
Kiss AbleDental Wipes made with aloe, baking soda, peppermint, fennel and pomegranate extract to keep your dogs teeth clean, free of bacteria and their breath fresh.
Kiss Able Probiotic Anti-Plaque Spray helps prevent bad breath, reduces tartar build up and contains over 14 strains of probiotics.
We were extremely pleased with all of the products we sampled and reviewed. All products had very pleasant scents that obviously reflected all of the ingredients accurately and beautifully. Our dog, Bruce Lee has very sensitive skin and occasionally itches due to allergies. When we applied Itchin’ for Relief, we found that it soothed his skin and stopped his urge to itch. Living in Florida under the blazing hot sun, we were so excited to learn that Flea the Scene also provide UV protection. So we now always do a quick spritz on our dogs before they head outside to protect them from fleas and mosquitoes and to keep their skin safe from the sun. Thank you Ecowelldog for joining forces and developing such an amazing line of problem solving grooming and wellness products for our canines. Thank you also for being so socially and ethically responsible by being carbon-neutral, using recycled plastic, using organically grown herbs and making all of your products and components in the USA!
The Good: Made in the USA, affordable, all natural, made with safe, unique blend of peppermint and clove extracts, kills fleas, flea eggs, ticks, mosquitoes on contact!
The Bad: Vet’s Best is sold currently at only 6 stores nationwide, including Petco and The Vitamin Shoppe. I found that when I called Petco, they didn’t have the complete line in stock, my recommendation would be to simply order online and have the products delivered right to your door.
The Review: We learned about Vet’s Best at the Global Pet Expo and had the opportunity to meet the representatives. One thing we noticed at the Expo that out of the 900 vendor booths there were just a handful of booths that had all natural or organic products made in the USA. We were ecstatic to learn more about all of the products from Vet’s Best. We tested the Vet’s Best Flea & Tick product line which includes:
Flea & Tick Spray
Anti-Flea Easy Spray Shampoo
Flea & Tick Home Spray
Flea & Tick Yard and Kennel Spray
Our dogs, Bruce Lee and Rocco Jet, have been very lucky and haven’t had any real problems with fleas or ticks in the past. We use Revolution, a monthly heartworm/flea & tick treatment combined with Perma-Guard and it has worked perfectly in the past at keeping the fleas and ticks at bay. We recently relocated and moved into a new city and unfortunately found a FLEA on Bruce Lee! Luckily we had our Vet’s Best products. We grabbed the flea, put it in a ziplock bag and sprayed one small mist of the Flea & Tick Spray into the bag. We tried this in the past with a flea, we put the flea in a bag and poured in a splash of rubbing alcohol and the flea would swim around for an hour then eventually die. With Vet’s Best, the flea died in less than a minute! The first thing you will immediately notice is the lovely fresh scent of peppermint oil and clove extracts. We soaped up both Bruce Lee and Rocco Jet with the Spray Shampoo. We noticed a couple flea corpses floating in the soapy water. The thought of any bug on my dogs is horrifying for me. I was so excited to see that this all natural, completely safe shampoo was working.
It is pointless if you remove the fleas from your dogs and do not remove the fleas from your house and surrounding environment. So the next step is to wash all of the bedding, blankets, toys etc. Vacuum everything and immediately spray the Flea & Tick Home Spray all over EVERYTHING. I found that you only need to spray a light mist and it works perfectly. Don’t forget to immediately empty your vacuum outside. I also sprayed the vacuum after I cleaned it just to make sure it killed any flea eggs that may have been trapped inside. I also used the Yard & Kennel Spray all over my exterior courtyard and lawn. Which was very easy – when hooked up to the hose the spray misted a huge amount of product perfectly. The lovely part of the Vet’s Best, is the incredible smell. My yard, house and dogs all smelled like peppermint and cloves for days.
I continue to spray the Flea & Tick Spay on both of my dogs before they go outside a nighttime to protect them from mosquitoes and from any new fleas from jumping on them. The Vet’ Best Home Spray has become my favorite product. If I could, I would wear it on a holster 24/7. I am slightly horrified of spiders, and all bugs basically in general. I sprayed the Home Spray on a gigantic spider on my courtyard and it curled up and died almost immediately! In South Florida, we sometimes have these disgusting flying termites that take over at nighttime like a horror movie. I, of course, sprayed the Home Spray on them and it stopped them in their tracks. My courtyard was covered with thousands of little dead bugs. It was great.
I absolutely LOVE this Vet’s Best Flea & Tick product line and you will too! I cannot wait to try out more of all of the Vet’s Best products. Thank you Vet’s Best for providing us with an all natural, non toxic product that kills fleas, flea eggs, ticks and pretty much every other bug as well on contact!
The Good: Made in the USA and made from over 50% recycled fiber, a combination of post consumer and post industrial. Protects dogs from slipping in the bath plus it drys quickly!
The Bad: Drymate has several products available for dogs that are available in select stores and online, to purchase the Bath Mats, currently they are only available online on the Drymate website.
The Review: Drymate products are made in the USA and made from over 50% recycled fiber, a combination of post consumer and post industrial. The pet mats feature Zorb-Tech anti-flow absorbency technology (absorbent, yet waterproof). Soft, stain resistant, felt-like fabric is coated on one side with a clear, durable, special bonded backing that prevents “soak-thru” from above or below. All Drymate Waterproof Products are machine washable and dryable. Drymate has a full line of dog products to choose from . . . place mats, kennel pads, cargo liner/seat protectors and whelping mats.
Drymate recently launched their collection of unique bathmats for your dogs, made out of the same material, keeping your dog safe and secure while bathing. Most dogs are not very fond of bath time, it’s usually slightly stressful and causes most dogs some anxiety. Drymate bath mat is extremely helpful in helping make your dog feel more secure and comfortable during the bath. The soft felt like fabric is easy for your dog to walk on without any chance of slipping. Bruce Lee and Rocco Jet both like to walk around the tub during a bath and the secure bath mat made this easy for them. Both of my dogs have had surgeries in the past that make us constantly worry about an accidental “slip”. Bruce Lee recently had back surgery to repair disc problems and we are still in recovery until his back strengthens. During baths he is usually very nervous and trembles, but when using the Drymate bath mat, he walked around a little, then just sat comfortably and enjoyed the massage! The only problem I found was that we were having such a great time that I filled the tub a little too much (to give him the full bath experience) and the mat started to float. So my advice is to make sure not to put too much water in the tub.
Another exciting option for the Drymate mats is that you can personalize them. Upload your dogs image or whatever image you would like. These are great gifts!
6665 West Highway 13
Savage, MN 55378
Earth Day 2012 is this Sunday, April 22nd. All of us at DOGZAR are very excited to celebrate Earth Day with our dogs by doing something special that shows that we LOVE EARTH and are making efforts everyday to SAVE EARTH. Make some resolutions that start this weekend and will continue on throughout the year.
1. Buy and use ONLY biodegradable poop waste bags.
2. Purchase products or services that are manufactured by green companies that ONLY use Eco Friendly practices and use ONLY sustainable materials for their products.
3. Donate gently used dog toys, blankets, beds, leashes to local shelters or to people that are in need and cannot afford to purchase brand new items for their dogs.
4. Every Earth Day plant a tree with your dog. Before you know it, there will be big, beautiful trees all over town (and wonderful memories with you and your dog)!
5. Stop using bottled water and purchase a water filtration system to provide your dog with clean, fresh drinking water.
6. Replace ALL of your old conventional light bulbs (and fluorescent bulbs) throughout your home and office with LED bulbs which do not contain any toxic mercury chemicals, are more energy efficient and helps you save money.
7. When walking with your dog on the street, at the park, at the beach . . . if you see garbage . . . pick it up and throw it away!
8. Recycle ALL or your waste. If your community has recycling available utilize it! Some communities are now even offering a financial benefit by using their recycling program – yes, recycle and receive money!
9. Make this weekend pee pee pad free. Instead, take your dog outside – enjoy each others company and shrink the landfills!
10. Unfortunately at this time, smoking cigarettes is legal and a personal choice. If your dog had a voice, they would BEG you to stop smoking. Second-hand and third-hand smoke kills dogs too, not just people! So please – save your lungs, your dogs lungs and the environment and stop smoking on Earth Day.
Happy Earth Day! LOVE EARTH ~ SAVE EARTH! DOGZAR ®
I am always trying to find fun ways to entertain my dogs. Sometimes I feel so sad when I look at them and they seem so incredibly BORED. Yes, they have their dog toys, though it’s funny I will spend a small fortune finding the coolest, organic dog toy for them to play with and they get the biggest thrill from the empty cardboard toilet paper roll. Dogs are really easy, we usually do too much for them and they usually are not entertained. There are so many events for dogs that turn out to actually be more for the dog parents than the dogs. Next time you are at a dog event, look around at the dogs – they are usually bored out of their minds and miserable because they are dressed in uncomfortable outfits. My goal is to find you a ton of really fun things for your DOG.
My first mission for you is to pretend you are a professional photographer. Make a plan ahead of time of different shots you would like to “try” and get. Examples (ideas):
1) Action shot – of your dog jumping, digging, rolling in the grass, etc.
2) Serious thinker shot – of your dog looking off into the distance, relaxing with the sun on their face, etc.
3) Water shot – (waterproof camera required) of your dog swimming in the pool or playing in the beach break, etc.
4) Personal shot – of you and your dog, either hold the camera out with one hand and take the shot of you and your dog, or if you happen to have a tripod and a camera that has a auto-shoot function or bring a friend to capture you and your dog doing something fun together (walking, swimming, playing, etc.)
All of these things require you to interact with your dog, your dog is actually having FUN and bonus, you may just get some amazing shots for your collection. Remember to bring tons of water, keep it fun and let your dog control the photo shoot. Once your dog gets bored – the photo shoot is over and on to the next mission. I will keep you posted on new ideas that are simple, safe, healthy and most importantly FUN!
Send us a cool shot from your photo shoot and we will post our favorite! For more information on how to submit your photo visit:
The Good: Human grade elements, 100% natural ingredients, steroid and gluten free with no artificial coloring or preservatives, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-scarring, cools and nourishes the skin, heals burns, lacerations, surgical incisions, heals hot spots, tick and insect bites, dermatitis, itchy skin, allergies and dry skin plus it’s made in the USA!
The Bad: Only sold in select boutique stores which are listed on the Dr. Rose’s Remedies website. The Salve and Spray are also available online at several online retailers and distributors.
The Review: We met Tony DiLeva, the CFO and representative for Dr. Rose’s Remedies at the Global Pet Expo 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Tony was extremely knowledgeable and quickly educated us on the wide range of skin problems that animals suffer from and how Dr. Rose’s Remedies Salve and Spray has helped heal all of these animals ranging from horses, rabbits, cows rodents, cats and yes . . . dogs. He provided us with pre and post photos to show the healing results and it was amazing. A little background on Dr. Rose DiLeva, the Veterinarian that developed the skin treatment. She is a conventionally educated veterinarian with extensive training in complementary and alternative modalities. She completed post-graduate studies in Veterinary Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology.
It’s strange the way things work out, my dogs never get fleas – ever, because we treat our house with Perma Guard Diatomaceous Earth. But we recently moved and unfortunately, we noticed that Bruce Lee was itching. When we checked his skin the first thing we noticed was red patches on his skin where he was itching – he was having an allergic reaction to the flea bites! After a bath and blow dry, we treated his skin with Dr. Rose’s Remedies Salve, applying directly to the red patches. The next day, we went to apply more of the salve and we couldn’t even find the red patches! So we just applied the salve to the general area. It was like a miracle!
It got me thinking . . . if it helped Brucie so quickly and with such great results, maybe it can work on my skin. I had a blemish on my skin and thought, what’s the worse thing that can happen? So I applied a light amount of the salve to my face and crossed my fingers! The next day . . . the healing process was in full force. It worked! Dr. Rose DiLeva is a genius! Needless to say, even though this skin treatment was developed to treat veterinary medical conditions, I will be using it as well. The ingredients are safe and effective, consisting simply of: calendula oil, soybean oil, bees wax, shea butter, vitamin E, aloe vera oil, grape seed oil, eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil and rosemary oil extract.
Thank you Dr. Rose for developing a magical combination of all natural ingredients that help heal skin conditions, helping our dogs and even human skin feel better and look beautiful!
Dr. Rose’s Remedies
Tony DiLeva, CFO
286 Wilmington West Chester Pike
Chadds Ford Pa 19317
Office:610 558 4610
Fax:610 558 9190 www.drrosesremedies.com
The Good: All natural, freeze dried, no fillers, no additives or preservatives, no corn, no wheat, no soy, no gluten or sugar, nothing artificial, all ingredients are produced to human grade standards in USDA certified facilities, all ingredients are USA sourced and based and operated in the USA, every batch is tested for coliform, salmonella and more, high in vitamins A, B and C also high in minerals and Retinol, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Thiamin and more, high in antioxidants, freeze drying retains all of the natural nutrients, enzymes and amino acids and very easy to break apart – DOGS LOVE THEM!
The Bad: Only sold in select boutique stores, but all products are available online at the Terra Paws website.
The Review: We met Terra Paws at a pet expo a short while back and found the representatives to be very friendly, professional and extremely knowledgeable about their natural pet treats and all of the health benefits associated with all of their products. We tested Terra Paws freeze dried beef liver dog treats. The first thing we noticed was that our taste testers, Bruce Lee and Rocco Jet, became crazy obsessed with the treats and started acting like police K9 search and rescue dogs. Let me explain, it was obvious right away that they immediately fell in love with the treats from the moment I opened the bag, they both started sniffing like crazy and couldn’t wait to start eating. Once I gave them the treats, they couldn’t eat the treats fast enough, then after I sealed the bag and put the treats away, they both started sniffing and searching for the bag throughout the kitchen. It actually got pretty intense, after we would distract them and bring them out of the kitchen, we would find Bruce Lee sitting and looking up at the cabinet with an intense stare – he used his keen animal senses to determine exactly which cabinet in the kitchen the Terra Paw treats were in and was just waiting for more! Who knew I had such a detective in the family?! We finally had to put the Terra Paws bag in the refrigerator to keep the dogs from continuous searching and sniffing for the treats. Needless to say – these are really great tasting treats and your dogs will absolutely LOVE them!
The Terra Paws treats are very versatile . . . you can simply give as a quick treat or place a treat in a small amount of water which makes them reconstitute and take on a whole new size and texture for a different experience or break apart and sprinkle on top of dog food for an extra pop of flavor and taste. The treats are perfect for training, because you can easily break apart and give tiny little pieces for rewarding positive reinforcement without giving your dog a whole treat. Its healthy and your dog will definitely be motivated during training!
We really love the fact that they make our dogs happy and that they are safe and healthy for them as well. Rocco Jet is difficult to feed, he has such a tiny mouth and sometimes has a problem with treats and food being to large and difficult to eat. The great thing about the Terra Paws treats is that they are easy to break apart and easy to chew. Sometimes Rocco gets food or treats stuck in his back teeth in his gums and panics, but because of the Terra Paws texture, it’s not too soft – it’s not too crunchy, this has never happened. Rocco just gobbles up the treat and begs for more. I also love the fact that Terra Paws goes above and beyond to use human grade ingredients, produced in USDA certified facilities, sourced and manufactured in the USA, tests that the ingredients are safe and that they are all natural without any additives or preservatives.
Thank you Terra Paws for producing safe, healthy and delicious dog treats!
The Good: Highly concentrated, contains a blend of essential linoleic acid (an Omega 6 fatty acid) plus Omega 3 fatty acids along with a blend of vitamins, zinc and antioxidant nutrients including Biotin for skin and coat health. Made in the USA.
The Bad: Only sold online.
The Review: I purchased Doctors Foster and Smith Premium Plus Skin & Coat Omega Fatty Acid Supplement several years ago. I had purchased a very expensive comparable dietary supplement from my Veterinarian and I really liked the results, so I went on a search to find a similar product, only cheaper. The reason I needed this supplement was because Rocco Jet had very dry skin and needed something to supplement his diet. His hair was brittle, itchy, he had dandruff and he seemed to be uncomfortable in his skin. I noticed a difference after about a month of use. Rocco Jets skin was definitely improving, less itchy and his hair was silky smooth. It is very easy to use. I use it once a day at dinner time, I spray one squirt of liquid into the food and Rocco Jet gobbles it right up! Doctor Fosters and Smith offers three sizes to choose from: 12 oz./$14.99, 24 oz./$24.99 and 64 oz./$49.99. These are all great prices compared to the Veterinary Clinic options, so any size is a good choice, but you can’t go wrong with the 64 oz. size. With such an excellent price for such an excellent product – you will be happy you went with the largest size.
Doctors Foster and Smith
2253 Air Park Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501