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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 400
Join me and my co-host Sugar for the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop! Grab the badge and link up!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sibling Saturday: When Pike Goes Too Far

Pike loves to do this hideously obnoxious squeal/bark/chirp right in Nola's ear when he instigates play, and the She Devil hates it. She responds by nipping his flank, and always looks so smug afterwards. 

"I warned him, momma!"

Friday, May 22, 2015

Dachshund Nola Reviews: Sojos Wild Dehydrated Raw Dog Food

Hey, everyone! Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes on Wednesday. They made my day!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Sojos about reviewing their new line of Wild dog food. The Wild line offers more novel protein sources such as Boar, Venison and Salmon, so it's a great option for pups that may have allergies or sensitivities to the common proteins like chicken or beef. It's also much higher in protein than there other lines, with each product averaging about 40% protein vs the average 22% of the Complete mix.
I chose the Venison flavor for my dogs, and here's the ingredients for it:

venison, whole egg, cranberries, celery root, green peas, purple sweet potatoes , Flax Seeds, parsnip, green beans, almond bran, coconut, tricalcium phosphate, dried kelp, chard, dried alfalfa, ginger root, vitamin D3 supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, zinc sulfate

The Wild line is a completely raw dehydrated food, and you can absolutely tell when you rehydrate it.  The meat looks raw, and you can see the veggies. It's 100% grain and gluten free, USA made and has no added salts or sugars. 1lb rehydrates to 5lbs of food.

This is a sample of the salmon. The dogs love it, but hoooolllyyyy shit does it stink.

How cute is her little tongue? <3

I added a bit too much water to this since Nola is a gulper and floating her food is the only thing that slows her down, but you can see that it's real meat. 

Nola approves!

While I did not feed this consistently, Nola has had several meals of it without any issue. I like the option of adding in a new food source, and this is so easy and convenient. I've also used the pieces as treats, and that was a huge hit.
It's a little bit expensive, but for the way I use it it's not too bad and I would use it again. I recommend this if it sounds like something your dog would like!

- Dachshund Mommy

Thursday, May 21, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life: Week 21


Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 400
WB: Shade

I love the way the evening sky looks through the trees in our front yard. Makes for some great bokeh! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

It's Not All Glitz and Glamour + Dental Care

Miss Nola is usually thrilled to do product reviews, but sometimes....well, life as a blogging, product testing diva isn't as easy as it seems. ;)

I've worked extensively with my dogs to be tolerant of bathing, and stay put during the scrubbing and rinsing process, so it's an ordeal like it is with most dogs. She's a good sport. ;)

Yesterday Laura of Rubicon Days asked about Nola's food and dental routine. I personally don't think food has too much to do with how good your dog's teeth look, but Nola is on Fromm Four Star Grain Free Dry Dog Food. She is absolutely thriving on it! The kibble pieces are the perfect size, her coat is gorgeous, poops are small, ect.
As for her dental care, I've been brushing her teeth every night since she was about five months old, and she's now 4.5 years old. I don't use any special brush or toothpaste, just diligently do it for around 20-30 seconds every night. It works!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Musings: My Thoughts on Vaccines, and Our Vaccine Protocol (As of Now!)

Hey, everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend. :)

On Saturday, Nola went in for a few vaccines, so I thought now would be a good time to share my thoughts on vaccines, and kind of show our vaccine protocol (which is always changing as I research more!). I'd love to hear y'alls' thoughts on this topic, so please feel free to share in the comments!

Disclaimer: I am not a vet, and this isn't meant as a how-to guide. This is just what works for my dogs at this point in time.

Vaccinations are one of the hottest topics in the dog community (and human, but that's an even bigger can of worms), and it's the one that I'm the most torn on. Unlike with something like food, where you should do what works for your specific dog, vaccines are a bit tougher to gauge.
I constantly go back and forth on my opinion of them as new research comes out, but one thing that never changes is that I am pro vaccine. I'm for vaccines for both animals and humans. Vaccines are life savers, and our world would be a very different place without them. However, I am not okay with the amount of vaccines that are often pushed upon our pets by more "old school" vets, or the people that refuse to look at new research and reevaluate their opinion based on facts. I'm also not okay with every vaccine being given across the board to dogs, without taking the individual's lifestyle and health into account.

Beyond that, my views on the topic aren't solid, and I personally think that's for the best. Not being stuck in my ways allows me to keep up to date with the current studies, and adjust my protocol to fit my individual dog's needs.

My Vaccine Protocol as of May 2015:

There are core and non-core vaccines for dogs. Core are considered necessary for all dogs, and non-core are more optional, and are regional and risk based. 

Core vaccines consist of the following: rabies, canine parvovirus, canine distemper and canine adenovirus-2. 

Non-core vaccines are: canine parainfluenza, canine influenza, distemper-measles (according to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. I haven't heard much about that one, personally), bordetella (kennel cough), leptospira, and Lyme.  There's also canine coronavirus, canine adenovirus -1, and rattlesnake envenomation (not recommended even for dogs that are regularly around snakes from what I'm seeing. Not useful to my dogs, so I haven't looked much into it.

I do not, under any circumstance, give Lepto to the girls (I don't like it at all, but especially not for dachshunds). Dachshunds nearly always have horrible reactions to that particular shot. That said, vaccine reactions are common in the breed, and many other small dogs have the same issue. I give Benadryl 45 minutes before any vaccines per my vet's advice, and haven't had an issue *knocks on wood*.

I have all my puppies vaccinated with the core vaccines, and booster at a year old. I do not utilize the non-core vaccines, with the exception of parainfluenza and adenovirus -1. I've also used Lyme and bordetella in the past, but no longer do so. The rabies vaccine is mandatory here in the US (unless your dog is unable to receive it due to a reaction, and then you must get a written exempt form from your vet), and is either every 1 year or every 3 years. In my area, it's every 3 years. 

On Saturday, Nola was given her 3 year rabies as well as a combo vaccine for distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza and adenovrius 1 and 2. Excluding her rabies, these will most likely be the last vaccines she has. She's currently 4.5 years old, and hasn't had one since her 1 year old boosters and her last rabies. 
The reason I chose to give the DA2P+ Parvovirus is that Nola is the most at risk of all my dogs. She is the one that is out and about the most, and she's the one that travels with me. Therefore, she has the most exposure. In addition to that, Nola will be coming on vacation with me this fall, and will be flying in-cabin with me, so after weighing the pros and cons of revaccinating I decided that it was best for our situation. After these though, I will not be giving her any more, excluding the rabies.

Some may wonder why I chose to give a combo vaccine instead of spacing them out over the course of weeks. There's two reasons for that, and the more major one is that each time your dog gets a shot, there's a risk of reaction. Since Nola is already predisposed to vaccine reactions due to her breed, I feel much more comfortable giving it in one go, rather than spreading and repeatedly chancing a reaction. It's also not fun or comfortable for dogs to get their shots, just like with people. I'd rather her be sore for a day and be done with it. Second and much less important reason is that Nola just does not like the vet. It's one of the few places that actually stresses her out.

My other dogs, who are more homebodies than Nola is, will not be getting any more vaccinations (as of my thoughts now!) after the one year booster, and excluding the 3 year rabies. Their risk is minimal.

Side note that has nothing to do with vaccines: our vet can't believe that Nola is now 4.5 years old. Judging by her teeth, he guessed her to be around a year old. I was praised for the condition that her teeth are in, and preened like a proud peacock. :D

Poor girl was worn out after her shots.

So those are my thoughts in a nutshell, and what I currently do for shots. What do you think of vaccines? Are you for or against them? What is your dog's vaccine schedule like?

- Dachshund Mommy