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Caring for our furry friends

While we can by no means, prevent every viable health problem associated with our four-legged companions, modern technology has stepped up to help canine owners with questions and concerns of owning a pet. By using the smartphone apps that assist in taking care of your pet, including looking after your pets’ general health, exercise and of course their everyday wellbeing.

8 apps that every Canine Owners should have in your pocket…

1. Dog Buddy Free

This app is a virtual diary for your dog. With it you can track your pooch’s weight, medications, milestones, vaccinations, vet visits, allergies, and anything else you would need to know about your dog. With this app you won’t have to remember anything, and you won’t have to keep any unnecessary pieces of paper around. The next time you are at your vet, just open the app and you’ll have an easy access to your dog’s health information.


This app is free and is very useful if you live in an area where natural disasters are not a rare occurrence. The app allows you to store your dog’s medical records so that you can also have them at your disposal. It also offers a great access to guides on what to do for your pet before, during, and after a natural disaster. It also requires no internet connection.

3. Pet Master Pro

This is another great app for storing your pet’s medical information. Pet Master Pro app (iPhone, free; Android, $4.99) can manage all of your pet’s information like vaccinations, identification numbers, medications, insurance details, weight history and more. Regardless of where you and your pet are, you will always have all of your dog’s medical info in your pocket, ready to show it to any veterinarian. The information needs to first be entered into the app, but once that’s done, the rest is easy.

4. askPETMD

PetMD is a famous website that offers endless articles and resources on all things related to pets’ health. If you use PetMD’s app as well, you will have access to all of this information and the opportunity to ask questions about your dog’s health and receive a free vet qualified answer within 24 hours.

5. Vet On Demand

This app is a “tele-health” app for dog owners. With it, you can arrange real-time video consultations with vet specialists to help you assess the severity of symptoms your pet is experiencing and to give you an adequate advice on what to do. While such an app is no substitute for a live visit to a veterinarian, it is perfect for when you are not sure whether you should make the trip to the vet or not.

6. Pet First Aid American Red Cross

Knowing how to give first aid to your dog is important for any dog owner, but it can be more complicated than with a human. With this app you can check symptoms and watch videos to respond to common emergency situations. You can learn the first aid steps, you can inform yourself about early warning signs, as well as take quizzes on pet health and safety. Additionally, in more serious situations, the app can also locate the nearest emergency animal hospitals and allow you to set up a vet appointment.

7. Petoxins

Much like PupTox, the Petoxins app from the ASPCA helps you by giving you an extensive list of poisonous plants and ingredients that you need to keep your dog away from. This app is great for dog owners that have recently relocated and are unfamiliar with the new local flora.

8. Pet Care Services

Gauvin says this app (iPhone, free) is a must-have if you travel with your pet. Using GPS, it will locate the nearest vet clinics, pet-friendly hotels, groomers and pet stores across Canada and the U.S. Phone or email nearby emergency clinics, and view directions using Google maps.

   Oxidative Stress and your dog - what can we do to relieve it a bit

Oxidative stress in dogs is a major cause of degenerative diseases such as arthritis and other ailments that plague aging animals. By definition, it is the destruction to cells caused by free radical molecules.

The concept of defending pet health in order to create optimum health is based on what we can do to prevent the onset of serious health issues, delay the onset of age-related diseases and extend the number of healthy years we have to enjoy our best friends.

Science tells us that one of the greatest threats to an animal’s health is Oxidative Stress. Oxidative stress is the resultant imbalance between the daily production of free radicals, also known as Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), and the existing free radical scavenging capacity or antioxidant system capability of the dog and cat.

The damage that free radicals produce contributes to a number of harmful effects such as:

* A decline in the immune system

* The deterioration of bones, joints and connective tissue

* Damages the eyes, heart, skin and lungs

* Deterioration of neurons in the brain

* Damages most organ systems

* Muscle protein breakdown

* Decreased nutrient absorption

* Increased incidence of disease

* Speeds up the aging process

NRF2 is a protein that regulates the expression of antioxidant proteins that protect against oxidative damage triggered by injury and inflammation.

Our Nrf2 activator sends signals to the brain that tells the body of your pet to turn back on. It begins to make more of its own antioxidants that combats free radicals, and it reduces oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is linked to hundreds of different diseases, inflammation, and even the aging process. It helps with the recovery process, protects cells and so much more.

  Testimony form NRF2 Users

Thank you for sharing these testimony

Hollywoods Story:

Jennifer, is a professional breeder of these amazingly cute French Bulldogs, and this handsome guy's name is "Hollywood." He's 3 years old.

After seeing her own results with Nrf2 activation, Jennifer started giving it to "Hollywood." He had a level 2 heart murmur for a couple of years and also would be prone to ear infections. His ears would often fill up with black gunk.

She put him on the canine Nrf2 activation product, and he was on it for close to 3 months before she gave Hollywood to one of the vet techs at her vet's office. Since she was visiting the vet just a couple of days ago, she inquired to see how Hollywood was doing. The vet tech said she could barely hear the heart murmur on him anymore!! Hollywood loves his Nrf2 doggie treats!!

Jennifer also stated that Hollywood's ears got so much better after Nrf2 activation... they became nice and clean and pink in color, the way they should be.

She has seen such remarkable results in her breeding program using Nrf2 activation that she's going to start recommending it to all her puppy families, too! She's been amazed at the changes she's seen in her pregnant females and the newborn pups that were Nrf2 activated versus those that weren't.

I don't know about you, but helping our precious fur babies with something all natural truly excites me!! Seeing is believing!!

Tully’s Story: -.

Tully has been NRF2 activated for just over a year now. His vet is the one who initially introduced me to this "golden wonder." Tully is 14 yrs old, and I started him on it because his annual blood work showed his kidney levels were high, he had inflammation and high protein levels. He has always been a healthy boy, so this was quite upsetting to me. I learned that dogs get higher levels of oxidative stress, so I immediately decided to put him on the canine NRF2 formula.

Two months later, I had his blood rechecked. I was NOT disappointed!!! His kidney levels were previously measured at 1.7 and they came down to a normal level of 1.2!!! Not only that, but his protein levels came down to normal and he had NO inflammation!!!

Fast forward to Dec., 6 months later, and Tully is due for his semi-annual blood work. I anticipated everything to be good, as Tully didn't show any changes and we've kept him on the NRF2. Upon getting the test results, his kidney levels remained at 1.2, and everything else looked real good except his red blood cell count was on the low side of normal.... when checked in April, his red blood cells measured at 56 and this time it was only 36... so, vet wanted to recheck in a few wks... she expressed some concern.

I decided to increase Tully's dose from 2 canine tabs to 3. His blood was drawn 4 wks later and the vet called me and was VERY excited to tell me that his red blood cells went up to 61!!!! Even better than before!!!!

Tully and I are so very thankful for the NRF2 that is lowering his oxidative stress levels, and keeping him healthy and strong!!! I thank the Lord for having this option, as he continues to do really well and doesn't act like a 14-yr-old.

UPDATE: Tully's last blood work in June showed his kidney levels remain normal at 1.2 and his red blood cells are still very good, his immune system is strong, and he still has excellent sight and no cognitive loss. He will be 15 in Jan. Since I want to slow down his aging as much as possible, I've decided to switch over from 3-4 Petandim a day to 2 humans Protandim, one in the AM & one in the PM.

Ozzys story

So some of you may know that my dog Ozzy is my heart & soul. Yes I love my dog.

5yrs ago he was diagnosed with a thyroid issue that was found after receiving treatment from a snake bite. I was told he would have to be on thyroxine for the the rest of his life for his thyroid.

4 yrs later his Dr told us we were going to have to increase his dosage from 1 pill every 12 hrs to 1 1/2 pill in the morning & 1 pill in the evening. So in a nut shell his health was declining. My heart was breaking.

Earlier this year he tore his ACL and were told in time it would get better and that surgery would help but would still develop arthritis regardless. So decide against surgery. That’s when We decided to try him on the doggy nrf2 and after his 6 month exam we received some fabulous news from his doctor Take a look! And he now walks & runs like he never had torn his ACL!

Ozzy's latest lab results

You will be ecstatic to know that Ozzy's blood work looks awesome, his liver values have improved with his weight loss and his thyroid levels are actually a little too high which means that we can decrease the dose of his thyroxine, this is also likely due to his weight loss. He looks great! I am going to recommend that we cut his thyroxine dose in half to a 1/2 of the 0.8 mg tabs twice daily and check his T4 levels again in about 6-8 weeks. I am also attaching a copy of his labs for your records.

Yogies Story: (this is one of our boys)

Yogi is and Aussie/heeler cross, working cow dog Yogi is about 12 years old. He has been an active working dog all his life, he has covered so much country behind a horse in his Life time, both helping us drive and work cattle, and just going for an afternoon ride…About a year ago we seen him slowing down – big time. He would go about the length of a football field, then need to set and rest, watching him you could see him having problems getting up and down. John and I both felt for him, knowing his working career was just about done…That is when we made the discovery and decision to start him on the NRF2. Whow, after a couple weeks, we went for a ride Yogi was a whole new dog! He ran a played with the other dogs, he kept up with us at a trot, he only stopped a few times and that was to eat snow! Such a difference in him…and you know, Dogs don’t know you are giving them something to help, they just start feeling better…that says a lot…I’m dedicated to this product, John and I use this plus we have 4 dogs, 3 horses that we have on this amazing product. This will be an product that will remain in our arsenal forever…


From a friend as she shares the love.

I am so blessed and thankful to have found a supplement that is working so well for ALL of my fur babies. The pic shows SOME of the meds that the vet had my 13 year old Mr. Poodle on..... he had just taken him off of 100mg x2 a day of doxycycline and he was wanting to subscribe another med, a seizure med because Mr. Poodle had started having seizures. I believe solely due to the antibiotic but consider it was all of these meds combined. Mind you Mr. Poodle was 20 pounds.... look at that med list and it’s obviously ridiculous. An adult person would have a hard time taking all those meds. .

I did my research and have been able to reduce Mr. Poodle to taking 3 of these meds at 1/4 to 1/2 of the prescribed doses so far after adding the supplement treat. He is doing so well!

If you’ve followed my dog posts from time to time or know me outside of FB then you knew that every night I would go to bed wondering if he would be dead in the morning and every day I would go to work and wonder if he would be dead when I came home. There were times when I wasn’t even sure he was breathing when I would look at him.

He was struggling to breathe in heart failure and coughing constantly. Then, add to his misery.... he started having seizures (because of the meds I’m sure).

Since I’ve had him on the supplement Mr. Poodle has had no seizures, he’s lost weight and looks healthy again. He’s breathing well. The fatty tumor growths are no longer there and I don’t have those fears anymore!

I am so thankful to see him breathing better, looking better and running around playing, barking, and acting like his happy puppy self again

Honestly, all of my dogs are feeling better, looking better, and are playing more.

 12 year old Patches is acting like a puppy. The growths she and 10 year old Zoe had (likely breast cancer but not confirmed) are receding.

 11 year old Samye Pete’s hair is actually coming back to black instead of being gray all over.

 10 year old Zoe is also seeing and hearing better.

 10 year old Sebastian is no longer having seizures.

As a side note: There’s a human version as well and the results people (including myself) are having with it are amazing.

Here are just a few more ideas to help with Joint Pain…

CBD Oil For Pets Helps reduce inflammation of Joints, reduces stress levals, also helps calm our furry friends 

• Sweet Potatoes - Sweet Potatoes include large amounts of beta carotene which helps to fight inflammation. However, they are high in oxalate which means that dogs who form calcium oxalate stones should avoid and give only homemade dog food for arthritis. Fatty meats can aggravate a dog’s arthritis.

• Fish Oil - Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that act as an anti-inflammatory and increase joint mobility. Fish oil is a dietary supplement that helps supports dogs’ hearts, joints, coats, skin, and immune systems.

High in omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil can either be part of a long-term plan or a momentary dietary boost.

• Turmeric - Turmeric Can Fight Arthritis When your dog ages, their joints are vulnerable to inflammation, weakness, and stiffness. Fortunately, turmeric can reduce inflammation, reduce pain, and mitigate stiffness. This can help improve your dog’s range of motion so they can be symptom-free throughout their life.

• Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfate - Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfate The most common joint supplements for canine arthritis are glucosamine and chondroitin. Glucosamine is effective in pain reduction, joint inflammation reduction, and increased joint mobility. Glucosamine supplements are often paired with chondroitin, which promote joint repair.

• Ginger - Ginger A more practical benefit is ginger’s ability to reduce arthritic- related joint pain. It is an excellent anti-inflammatory with outstanding antioxidants. Ginger Root And Other Forms. You can add simply this spice to your dog’s diet by simply mixing a moderate amount in with their regular chow.

Remember Always consult your veterinarian before starting your dog on supplements. These statements aren’t proven to prevent, heal or cure on going situations, they are however what folks have used, and feel that they have helped in their pets need.

This article was published on 16.11.2021 by Rhea Ashworth
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