Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Fitness: Time for a Walk!

Walking has so many benefits for both you and your dog, and Nola and I take full advantage to that! In addition to our usual once or twice daily walk, the week before The Tooth was low on work, so we went about town a bit. Despite the near constant drizzle and cloudy weather, it was so fun!

One night, we went out for ice cream (which I don't eat, but Nola enjoyed a bit of) and then to the bay for a walk.

It's raining!

And then that Friday we went to a little walking park and then to my grandma's. I love how Nola can handle anything and everything. It makes it so easy to go anywhere, do anything at the drop of a hat.

Loose leash walking!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Treat Your Dog to Bully Bundles!

Hey, everyone!

Today I have a review for you all for Bully Bundles, a company that delivers a customized box of bully sticks to your door every month. There's tons of monthly boxes out there, but this is the first one I've seen that actually offers something I know I'll use all of!

You can choose between 6" and 12" chemical free, 100% natural bully sticks made from free range and grass fed Brazilian cows. From there you select the amount you want, and you can choose between 6, 10, 15, 30 or 60 for the 6" size, or 5, 10, 15 or 30 for the 12" size.

One of Bully Bundle's biggest perks is they actually are low order. There is no such thing as an odor free bully stick, period. However, the Bully Bundles smell the least offensively. I usually have to give bully sticks outside or when I'm gone, since I can't stand the smell, but Nola was eating one in the living room while I was in the kitchen and I could hardly smell it! She also had one on her dog bed in my bedroom, and it wasn't overpowering. It wasn't perfume, but it wasn't gag inducing. ;)

These lasted around 45 minutes to an hour for Nola, who's a strong chewer. They're quite strong, since bully sticks usually only last her 20 or so minutes!

Miss Nola went crazy for these, and wasn't happy with me that I made her pose with them instead of chew them (no chewing for a while while her mouth heals!). I will definitely be buying from Bully Bundles again, and highly recommend them! You can use the code NOLA10 to save 10% off your order. :)

- Dachshund Mommy

Disclaimer: We were sent a free bag of bully sticks in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Beach

Keep calm, everyone: it's just a chain martingale, not a prong or choke collar. ;)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Tooth, Episode 5

Hey, everyone!

Yesterday was Nola's tooth removal and everything went well. :) She went in a 7:30 in the morning, and picked her up at 6:30 in the evening. The extraction was over by 1pm, but my vet is big on observation after any sedation/surgery, which I appreciate.

She had the premolar with the slab fracture removed, and a dental cleaning. It wasn't really needed (y'all have seen her teeth), but it's covered under her wellness plan and since she was already under, they just went ahead and did a quick cleaning to get any places brushing may have missed. All of that went fine, and she has 6 dissolvable stitches where the broken tooth was pulled.

It's standard for Nola's vet to do basic blood work before any operation, but Nola was due for her bi-annual more extensive blood work, heartworm/Lyme test, fecal, and a few other tests, so we went ahead and did all that, too. I'll list everything below, and I'm just copying off the exam report.
In total, she had:

Blood Cell Count - normal*
Differential Exam of Blood Cells (Manual Count/Evaluation) - normal
Electrocardiogram Monitoring
Fecal Exam - negative
Heartworm/Lyme/Ehrlichia/Anaplasma Test - negative
Internal Organ Function Screening - normal
Urine Sediment Exam - normal
Urine Strip Tests - normal

* there were a couple of things on the blood tests that come up as not normal (the paper lists the test, result, yes or no on normal, whether it's medically relevant, and then any notes) but not medically relevant. It wasn't mentioned in either phone call while she was there or when she was picked up, so I'm assuming it's not a big deal? I'll be calling today and finding out exactly what's up with that. 

Other than that, everything was totally normal and she's in great shape. She's on pain medication and antibiotics, and is only eating soft food for now. Once her mouth is healed up she'll be back to her normal, varied diet. Her appetite is out in full force!

Nola is lethargic and chilly, but is otherwise handling it all well. She's sleeping a lot, and is attached to me whenever possible. She missed me, for sure. I fully admit to carrying her around in the sling so I can do things and she can stay near and not stressed.

Damn, I really did not mean to have so much boob out in those two pics. :p

We have a recheck in about a week to check on things, and also to talk about some very exciting plans that will be announced next week. :D

Thank you all so much for the well wishes!

- Dachshund Mommy

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Tooth, Episode 4

Hey, everyone!

Nola goes in this morning (between 7:00 and 7:30) for her tooth removal, and I'll pick her up in the late afternoon/early evening. She's getting extensive pre-op bloodwork and the vet and staff are amazing, but I'm so nervous! This is the first time she's been away from me since she was spayed, and I'm kind of freaking out. Some vibes for my sweet girl would be greatly appreciated!

I'll be updating Facebook and Instagram today, so follow us over there!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Black and White Sunday

Nola's tooth extraction is tomorrow! Some vibes or power of the paw would be greatly appreciated!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

The Most Adorable Treat Ever: Sojos Good Dog Review! #ChewyInfluencer

Hey, everyone!

Super quick review for your today! Our friends over at sent us a box of Sojos Good Dog Biscuits in peanut butter and jelly flavor. These adorable, bite sized snacks come in the additional flavors of Apple Dumpling, Chicken Pot Pie, Blueberry Cobbler, and Shepherd's Pie.

These treats have simple, limited ingredients and are corn and wheat free. They have no artificial colors or preservatives, and are made in the USA. They're teeny tiny, making them perfect for small dogs, training, ect. I personally use them as a "night night" treat for the pups, and they love it.

They have a pleasant smell, and I've been tempted to try them out! ;) There's a huge amount in the box, and can we just take a moment to appreciate how freaking cute the box is?

They're a great price too, at around $6 a box. My one gripe is the bag they come in is not resealable, and it's hard to fit a clothespin in the little box.

Other than that though, I'm thrilled with these treats, and so is Nola. They will definitely become a stable in this home!

Disclaimer: sent us a free box of treats in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

- Dachshund Mommy

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Tooth, Episode 3

Hey, everyone!

Well, there's been so many updates on Nola's broken took I figured it needed to be a named series. ;)

Nola had an appointment with one of her vets (there's two on staff that she regularly sees) yesterday morning, and it went well, given what she was in for. Even though the vet is the only place that truly scares her, she did really well, and let the vet and techs handle her and her sore mouth without a fuss. I do appreciate how our vets work around her anxiety, and let me hold her whenever possible. It makes it easier for everyone!

It's a moderately large break in her largest premolar on her right side. The nerve/pulp is exposed, but there is no swelling, inflammation, smell, ect, so there isn't any infection. There's also no damage to her other teeth. It's very recent, as I suspected - I believe it happened on Sunday. How she did it, we'll never know. :/

Nola will have that tooth removed on this coming Monday. Our normal vet isn't scheduled to be preforming surgeries this week, and I do not trust the vet working that this week. Oddly enough, both the vet and tech were unsurprised when I voiced my concern about now wanting her under that vet's care. The tech even guessed correctly before I said the vet's name. She isn't very well liked at that practice.

Our vet office has four (or maybe just three??) vets on staff, and between Roxie's damn near bi-weekly visits, I've seen three. Two I adore, and are amazing with the dogs. Unfortunately, one is leaving the practice on Friday. One may or may not be there, since I am clearly confused, haha. The other one...well. I can't fucking stand that bitch, to be honest. Horrid bedside manner, didn't bother to read Roxie's chart about her very specific issues, and was dismissive and a bit stupid, to be perfectly honest. I wouldn't trust this woman to give Nola a vaccine, much less preform surgery.

My vet is okay waiting until our other vet is available, provided that her condition doesn't worsen. She's on pain meds and antibiotics, and is doing well. She's nearly back to normal on these pain meds, and I'm hoping it stays that way until we can get her in! She's on wet food right now, and is eating fine. I'm glad to have a dog that's used to sudden diet changes!

Otherwise, she's in perfect health. 9lb, 3oz, at a fantastic weight with great conditioning. I love hearing how she's the fittest dachshund they've ever seen. :D

Posts may be pretty lazy for the rest of this week and into the next, unfortunately. I'm kind of sick right now (exhausted, queasy, low fever, achy), my anxiety is up with concern over Nola, and I have relatives that I can't stand arriving on Monday. They invited themselves.... Oy.  Sorry in advance!

- Dachshund Mommy

Monday, April 18, 2016

Broken Tooth!

Hey, everyone!

Yesterday night, I found Nola had broken a premolar (I think it's a premolar...Google says it is!). This is the first medical issue she has ever had, and I'm kinda panicking. I have anxiety, and it's really bad when something happens to one of my dogs, especially Nola.
EDIT: Called my vet first thing, and the soonest I could get her in is tomorrow at 11:30am. The only appointment they had available today was during my work, and with a vet I do not trust. I love the  practice, and the other two vets are absolutely amazing, but that woman... she's atrocious. There was no way I was letting Nola go under her care.

I have no clue how she broke it. She never chews anything she's not suppose to, and she's not a big chewer on appropriate toys, either.

I brush her teeth every night, and on Saturday night, she seemed a little reluctant to let be brush that side. I brushed it off as her being hyped up, as she was going to get a bully stick once I was done with her teeth, she could smell it and was jacked up for it. Then on yesterday (Sunday), she was just a little off. A little subdued, not eating with her full on normal gusto, and when she wanted to play tug, her grip was off from its normal way. When it was time to brush her teeth last night, I took a closer look and found the broken tooth.
This is why it is so importantly to regularly inspect your dog, and have them be comfortable with their body being handled all over!

I'm not sure what they'll wind up doing with her tooth. Since she's a young dog with otherwise impeccable teeth, they may do a cap/root canal type of thing, or an extraction. I'll update tomorrow, and of course I'll update immediately on Facebook and Instagram, so make sure you're following us over there.

Please keep Miss Nola in your thoughts! Have any of you dealt with fractured teeth in your pet?

Dachshund Mommy

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Black and White Sunday

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Go Grain Free with Wellness Dog Food! #GrainFreeForMe

Hey, everyone!

This post is sponsored by Wellness Natural Pet Food and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share the reinvented Complete Health Line and other Wellness Products, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Wellness Natural Pet Foodis not responsible for the content of this article.

I'm excited to share that we are working with Wellness® to promote grain free pet food! I've been feeding grain free to Nola for almost four years now, and the difference has been astounding. I'm thrilled to see Wellness offer a new line! I've been a fan for years, and Wellness has been a staple in the dogs' rotation. 

Grain free food is a biologically appropriate way to feed, and Wellness offers a large array of products to fit that need, including their reinvented Wellness® Complete Health™ line. Complete Health is a grain free, quality protein kibble that's full of essential vitamins and minerals for the nutrition your pet needs to thrive. It's a great budget friendly and easily accessible option if you're curious to try your pet on a grain free diet.

I've personally found that my dogs do best on kibble that's at least 30% protein, with the ideal being 35-38%. I've seen better muscle tone, softer coats, more eager appetites, and the all important smaller poops with higher protein diets, and Wellness is more than eager to accommodate that with their Wellness® Core® line of dog food. This line is packed with animal protein that has no fillers or by-produtcts, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. It has has several different flavors for dogs of all ages and sizes, so there's something for everyone. 

Miss Nola is testing out Core Adult Small Breed kibble, and she is quite happy about that. With a minimum of 36% protein and quality ingredients, I was eager to see how the little kielbasa would like it. She loves it! She's always eager to eat (hello, dachshund!), but their was an extra zest to appetite when I offered the Wellness kibble. I've even been using the food during training (I give half their daily meal in a bowl/food puzzle in the morning, and the rest during training), and she's happy to work for it. It definitely has her seal of approval.
She just started on the Core, and so far, so good! 

One thing I love is the small, triangular kibble. She's never had a problem with larger pieces, but the small ones are much more convenient for training. It's also better for food puzzles, since more pieces equals a  longer time getting them all out. It's always good to keep her busy a little longer. ;)
There's no strong odor to this food, which is such a blessing. With a nose as sensitive as mine, I appreciate not gagging every day when the pups get fed.

Check back in May for an update!

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- Dachshund Mommy

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wellness. The opinions and text are all mine.