Product review: K-9 Honey

Product review: K-9 Honey

I’m sure many of you have heard about the benefits of regular use of honey to alleviate allergies in humans, but what about in our canine companions? K9 Honey, according to their brochure, is “the first raw, unfiltered honey designated by nature for your dog’s overall wellness and vitality.”. Since I happen to have a dog that suffers from severe year-round allergies, I thought I’d give it a shot, at this point I was open to anything to help him! Just as some humans use honey, K9 Honey boasts the ability to aid in what’s called immunotherapy. The idea is that over time regularly consuming small amounts of allergens, like pollen, your body will build up immunity to the allergen. K9 Honey boasts they use honey harvested from areas all over the country, which would potentially offer a wider variety of allergens included to help build your pups immunity up to more allergens. The benefits of their honey according to their brochure include proving your pup with antioxidants, powerful nutrients, antibacterial and antimicrobial components, and natural enzymes. K9 Honey suggests other added benefits, besides allergy relief, that include improved digestive function, prevention of infection due to viruses or bacteria, increased energy, kennel cough symptom relief (which many find honey relieves coughing and sore throats in humans as well), and prevention of ear infections. The real questions though, does it work and will the dogs eat it? Let’s start will the latter part of that question, and the answer is an enormous YES! My dog was PUMPED to gobble this treat down! The recommended dosage suggestion by K9 Honey for...
A Tribute to Tiffany

A Tribute to Tiffany

When we first met Tiffany in March 2017 we thought that she was simply an adorable little senior, but we also thought she was a male. Upon further inspection by our volunteers we determined he was a she, and that’s when we also discovered her mammary tumor. Despite Tiffany having a tumor she was front and center and basically lept into our volunteer’s arms saying, “OK, let’s get outta here!” and we knew then we had to bring her into the DPA program to find her a FURever home to spend her remaining years. Tiffany was accepted into our partner program with Vet Ranch and Abandoned Pet Project to have her spay performed and have her tumor removed at the same time. Unfortunately, when she went in for surgery our Vet Ranch partner, Dr. Karri, determined she had far more work needed. Tiffany had developed cherry eye in both eyes that needed repair, had horrible dental issues which required both a cleaning and extractions, and as we would later confirm through x-rays, Tiffany didn’t have just one tumor, she needed a full mammary chain mastectomy. Before we could get to any of that though, during her consult this sweet little senior tested positive for parvo! Our little girl just couldn’t catch a break. Once she beat parvo, proving to all what a warrior she really was, we began knocking out her other medical issues. Back home with her foster mom she made sure everyone, including her foster brother Stanley, recognized her for the diva she was and gave her the treatment she deserved, including making sure he knew mom’s...
NYE Safety Tips for Your Pets

NYE Safety Tips for Your Pets

Holidays are tons of fun, for humans. We spend time indulging in treats, cherishing family and friends, and celebrating. Whether you plan to commit to a New Year’s resolution or not, you’ve already made the wise decision to commit to your furry family members. We’ve compiled some safety tips to ensure your New Year doesn’t mean new pets, unless you’re just adding on. And, if that’s the case, we may know someone that can help with that too! *wink, wink*   The first step is ensuring your pets are microchipped and their information is up to date. If your pet gets out or lost, even if they’re scanned for a microchip it won’t be helpful if the chip has an outdated phone number! Keep pets indoors. With lots of celebrations, pets can be easily spooked by yelling, noisemakers, fireworks, and in some places gunshots. Don’t give your pets the opportunity to jump a fence, slip a leash, or chew through a fence due to anxiety by keeping them indoors. Keep pets contained. Not only is it a good plan to keep pets indoors, but give them a safe place inside as well. This can be a closed off room, closet, crate, etc., as long as they don’t have access to opening doors during times of stress. Speaking of stress from noises, you can reduce this in pets by making the area you keep them as calm as possible. You can make sure they have a comfortable place to lay, items to occupy them like toys or treats, play calming music or using white noise machines, or even items of...
10 Tips for a Happy (and safe!) Halloween for Your Pets

10 Tips for a Happy (and safe!) Halloween for Your Pets

They’re covered in hair, have anywhere from two to four legs usually, can be found under your bed, in lakes, or sometimes your closets. They aren’t monsters, they’re your dogs and cats! This may be the spookiest time of year for us and tons of fun, but remember this time of year can be downright scary for your pets. Here are our tips and tricks, sorry we’re out of treats, to keeping you, your pets, and your visitors safe this haunting season.     Keep sweets and human treats out of reach! Chocolate and sugar free candies containing xylitol, including both candy and gum, can be poisonous to your cats and dogs. Another less common, but sometimes seen poisonous item this time of year in goody bags are raisins. Be sure to keep these items out of reach, but if your furry friend finds a way to them be sure to keep the wrapper when possible and call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or HomeAgain’s 24-Hour Support Hotline (1-888-466-3242) immediately. Keep pets indoors. Whether your pet usually has access to your yard or stays outside more often than not, it’s a safer bet for everyone if you keep them inside Halloween night. Many professionals even suggest doing so days before and after the holiday except when they are being strictly monitored. While many people love animals, unfortunately not everyone holds them as dear as most. Pets are often stolen, poisoned, injured, or even killed around Halloween so we recommend not giving them unsupervised visits to the outdoors for their safety. Create a safe place. Spooky “things” coming...
A PAWSitively PURRfect Partner – Dr. Karri

A PAWSitively PURRfect Partner – Dr. Karri

We here at Dallas Pets Alive! adore all of our partners, from venues to fundraisers to groomers, but sometimes there comes along a partner that deserves a thank you so large we could never truly say it correctly. Dr. Karri McCreary is our first ever PAWsitively PURRfect Partner. I’ll be totally honest, when Dr. Karri approached me about a partnership, I thought she was crazy. Here was this woman asking me to please let her treat extremely medically needy dogs at no expense to Dallas Pets Alive! in exchange for just letting her film them. Um, excuse me? You want to save us money AND allow us to focus on what we love, the urgent, most in need, and overlooked? Ok, I thought, let’s give her a shot to save more lives. I want to slap my former self for ever questioning her. What Dr. Karri wanted to help with was a YouTube channel called Vet Ranch. Vet Ranch is a network of veterinarians that creates videos of animals in need going through the recovery process from severe medical issues. These videos show their physical and emotional recovery from beginning to end and the care Vet Ranch doctors provide is all paid for by Abandoned Pet Project. The videos help to drive donations to Abandoned Pet Project so they can continue supporting the Vet Ranch doctors amazing work. These two groups allow rescues to save more lives that they may otherwise not have been able to afford. To say this partnership has been a lifesaver is both an understatement and a truth. Since Dr. Karri reached out to DPA!,...