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Maxie Guard




Following are the concerns about the levels of Zinc and Parabens in the product, and copies of the communication I had with the company who makes Maxie guard, about my concerns…   I was satisfied that the levels are minimal and safe for prolonged use of this product.

These emails,  arranged chronologically from top to bottom by date sent and received..


From: Pamela Myers
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2010     9:19 PM
To: Info General
Subject: Maxi-guard Dental Spray

My veterinarian sent my Toy Poodle home with a bottle of Maxi-guard Dental Spray after her dental surgery.  I have to take Lil-Lea for her two week check up tomorow. (probably today by the time you read this)

I plan on purchasing another bottle, but since my veterinarian does *price match, I would like to purchase more.

I can not, however locate the “shelf life” of the unopened bottle and I only started the present bottle two weeks ago, so with only using it for her every night, I have no clue how long it will last yet!

Can you please tell me the shelf life of unopened bottles ?

I was also told that, providing I use it every night faithfully (which I do) ,  this is an adequate replacement for brushing and will clean teeth with or without brushing.  I would like to hear more about that please,

Such as how this works.

 Thank you

Pamela Myers 


From: Kelly Rackley
Sent: Mon 10/25/2010   9:29 AM
To: Karlin Yaeger
Subject: FW: Maxi-guard Dental Spray
Dear Pamela,
Thank you very much for your message.  We appreciate you using our product very much.
The shelf life of an unopened, unmixed bottle of MAXI/GUARD Oral Cleansing Formula is three years from the date of manufacture  We really do not have an actual expiration date on this product, but there is a lot # on the bottom of the bottle.  If you will send me that code, I will be happy to tell you when it was made and therefore when it will expire.  Our oral care products are pretty popular and sell rather well, so there is a good chance you will have quite a bit of time before the bottle expires.  The bottle that you are currently using should be stored in a cool, dark cabinet (which will give you about a 6 month shelf life) or a refrigerator (about a 14 month shelf life).  As long as the product has a blue or green color, it is perfectly effective.
Very good question about how the product works.  Brushing is the best way to apply any dental product, including our MAXI/GUARD oral care products.  However, few pets will allow you to brush their teeth.  MAXI/GUARD works very well on a tooth brush, but is also very effective when used without brushing.  The product has the ability to permeate through the plaque and it oxidizes the anaerobic bacteria (what causes plaque accumulation) while keeping the natural flora of the mouth intact (the good bacteria).  It will also eliminate the sulfur compounds responsible for bad pet breath.  In addition, this exclusive compound aids with the healing of the soft tissue (gums, etc) in the mouth.  That is a big reason why your veterinarian dispensed this product to you after oral surgery.
Thank you again for contacting us.  Please let me know if you have any other questions or if I can be of any further assistance.
Karlin Yaeger
Global Sales Manager
Addison Biological Laboratory, Inc.
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From: Pamela Myers
Sent: Mon 10/25/2010    3:04 PM
To: Karlin Yaeger
Subject: Re: Maxi-guard Dental Spray

Hi, Karlin,

That is great info on the shelf life.  This bottle will not last that long  <G>  It is already down to the below the word “directions” on the bottle and I have been using it every night for about 2 weeks and 3 days now.    I just wanted to know how many it would be wise to purchase ahead of time without having to worry about them them expiring:)  I keep the opened one in the fridge door.     Thank you!

Actually, I do have a few other questions as I have done more research  :)  (i research everything that has to do with Lil-Lea)  But first, I want to say that since the veterinarian is not agreeing with the no brush situation. She discussed with me,  that I if I use a wet gauze pad and rub it across her teeth after Lil-Lea eats (within 24-48 hours),  that will get most of the gunk off as it is the rubbing/friction that is the best for that.  Then use the spray.    I agree,  and so,  what I am doing is spraying the maxi-guard on the gauze pad, rather than water, and rubbing her upper and lower teeth on the outside.   Then, I use the spray,  just at bedtime, when I know she is done eating and drinking for the night. Or, I do bot at the same time, each night.

Now, ………….  I read all the info on your pdf with regards the testing that was done.   What I am wondering is how much Paraben and how much Zinc are actually in the bottle and/or in each application of, lets say 6 sprays.

Since Lil-Lea only weighs 7.5 lbs, she can overload on things quite easily. I did the research on Paraben and saw that it is a “possible” contributor to risk of being a carcinogen. I read that is has been found in connection with breast cancer, but is unconfirmed as a direct cause.  So that does concern me less than the Zinc, actually, but still worries me a bit.

Can you please expound a bit on the Zinc content and how that would play out, using the spray twice a day, as a wipe and then spraying at night.  I spray along her gum lines, upper and lower on both sides. It takes about 3-4 short sprays on each side.  Her bottom jaw has bone loss and a 2 tooth roots very close to the bone, so I am making sure that those bottom teeth and gums, get sprayed directly,  even though I know the directions said it would *travel!   If she gets anything wrong with those 2 teeth that have that issue of the crooked roots, and needs them removed, her jaw could be fractured trying to get them out and I am wreck worrying over that and my veterinarian said he would not want to be the one doing it!

So, I am weighing the extra spaying,  against the  Paraben amounts, which seems like a good trade off for a possible fractured jaw down the road,  and it seems that is much less of a risk,  since she is 8 now and the risk of her getting cancer in the next 8 years, and dying  from that, at 16, assuming she lives that long, seems unlikely to me. .     I am, however still worried about a Zinc overload,  and I would love to have your input and figures on the Parben and Zinc :)

Thank you :)

Pamela Myers 

PS: Lil-Lea got a clean bill of health on her surgery on her two week check up on Friday and doctor said the healing looks fantastic, so hopefully your product helped with that.  :)


On 2:59 PM, Karlin Yaeger wrote:
Dear Pamela,
Thank you for your response.
I am glad that you do research on the products that your use on Lil-Lea.  There are products out there that do have potentially harmful ingredients to pets and I appreciate your questions about our products.
The MAXI/GUARD Oral Cleansing Formula contains a very small amount of parabens, that are used as a preservative in the product.  The zinc is an actual active ingredient and it is also used in a very small amount (approximately 2%).   For many years we had a staff PhD in toxicology.  He performed a thoroughly analysis of the safety levels of the ingredients in all of our products.  He deemed them safe even in excessive amounts (many times the recommended dosage).  In addition, this product has been on the market for over 20 years without a confirmed case of any harmful effects.  Our products are also popular with the Holistic Veterinary Association.  As you can imagine, they investigate all products thoroughly also.  Lil-Lea should be fine with a twice daily application and it should provide optimum benefits with that dosage.
Thank you again for your questions.  Please let me know if I can be of any other assistance..
Karlin Yaeger
Global Sales Manager
Addison Biological Laboratory, Inc.
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 C.E.T. (Several Types all on one page) 

Ingredients: Xylitol and Chlorhexidine Gluconate in a proprietary alcohol-free vehicle.   I did not check all, but some, I did check, have Xylitol perhaps all of them. Perhaps they all might!



Distilled water, Ethyl alcohol 25%, Lamiaceae and Rosaceae in trace elements.
Each bottle contains approximately 240 sprays.

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Maxi Guard Oral Cleansing Spray cleanses the Oral cavity and freshens the breath. Ingredients: Deionized Water, Zinc Gluconate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Taurine, Sodium Saccharin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, FD & C Blue #1.

OraVet Plaque Prevention Gel

Odorless, tasteless and invisible once applied. The gel is compatible with tooth brushing, dental diets and dental chews.

Contains the same patented polymer as OraVetBarrier Sealant, but in a less concentrated gel formulation for easy application.

ProDen Plaque Off

Put it in the food. (People and Animal Versions)   ProDen PlaqueOff™ contains especially selected seaweed (SW1313). This entirely natural product is harvested from the seas of Norway and Iceland and compressed into small easy to swallow tablets.

Rich in natural iodine, minerals and trace elements

Free from artificial colours and preservatives, gluten and sugar


100% all natural – grapefruit seed extract, grape seed extract, rosemary oil, thyme oil, neem oil, peppermint oil, distilled water, grain alcohol.
PetzLife Oral care Spray & Gel are 100% natural. They have been tested by an independent lab and found to be perfectly safe for your pet’s.There are no side effects and are even safe enough to use on people! The main ingredient in them is grapefruit seed extract. Here is the full list of ingredients: Grapefruit seed extract, Grape seed extract, Thyme oil, Neem oil, Rosemary oil, and Peppermint oil. These are all specially formulated with distilled water and grain alcohol to produce one of the most effective and safest dental products ever produced. (click here for individual ingredients definitions)

You will notice that your pet will lick their lips repeatedly after you spray or apply gel. This natural reaction helps coat your pet’s teeth and gums. If you have any questions about the safety of our product, please e-mail us at

Petzlife Products has specially formulated Grapefruit Seed Extract with other all natural herbs and ingredients to produce a very safe alternative to scaling. Testimonials we are receiving about our Oral Care products prove they really work and are doing much more than just cleaning the teeth !!! Order yours for your special pet today! Read Full


Spray, foam,  gel and a product to add to water along with fresh breath treats.

Can’t locate ingredients!

Vetzlife Oral Care Spray (2.2 oz.)

Purified water, grain alcohol, grapefruit seed extract, grape seed extract, proprietary blend of herbs and natural oils in a purified water gel.

Professional strength formula for veterinarian use with 100% natural ingredients that helps maintain healthy gums and teeth. A powerful combination of herbal extracts and essential oils defend against bacteria that cause gingivitis, plaque and tartar. Use according to your veterinarian’s directions.

What is Normal and What’s Not …Dogs

Normal Vital Signs: By knowing what’s normal in your dog, like body temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate, you can better tell if your pet needs medical care.

Body Temperature: Body temperature in animals is taken rectally. The normal body temperature for a dog is 100 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If your pet has a temperature less than 99 or over 104, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Mucous Membrane Color: The most commonly examined mucous membranes are the gums. The color of the gums is a good indicator of blood perfusion and oxygenation. The normal gum color is pink. If your pet has pigmented gums, lowering the eyelid can also give you an indicator of mucous membrane color. Pale, white, blue or yellow gums are cause for concern and you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

Capillary Refill Time: Briefly apply pressure to the gums and release. The area should blanch and rapidly return to the normal pink color. This test is referred to as the capillary refill time and is a crude method of assessing circulation. Normal refill time is 1 to 2 seconds. If the refill time is less than 1 second or over 3 seconds, immediate veterinary care is recommended. To practice, you can do a quick capillary refill test on yourself. Press down on the tip of your fingernail. The pink skin underneath the nail will blanch. When you release the fingertip, the color rapidly returns to normal.

Heart Rate: You can feel your pet’s heartbeat on the left side of the chest at the area where a raised elbow will touch the chest. Your pet should be calm and quiet. Place your hand over this area of the chest and feel for a heartbeat. You can also use a stethoscope if you have one. Count the number of heartbeats for 15 seconds and multiply that number by 4. Be aware that a dog’s heartbeat will normally slow down and speed up with each breath. This is not an abnormal heart rhythm and does not require veterinary care.

If you cannot determine your pet’s heartbeat, you can try to determine the pulse rate. The easiest pulse to feel is the pulse associated with the femoral artery, which is best felt inside the back leg in the groin area. Place your first two fingers up high on the inside of your pet’s thigh. Slowly feel the area until you can detect a pulse. This method may take some practice and you may want to ask your veterinarian for guidance during a routine exam.

For dogs, a normal heartbeat varies on size: · Small dogs and puppies normally have heart rates of 120 to 160 beats per minute. · Dogs over 30 pounds have heart rates of 60 to 120. The larger the dog, the slower the normal heart rate.

If your pet has a heart rate outside the normal range, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Respiratory Rate: Counting the number of breaths per minute and determining the breathing pattern can be very important in an emergency. Learn the normal breathing rate and pattern for your pet.

Count the number of breaths your pet takes in one minute. Avoid counting when your pet is panting. A good time to count the normal breathing rate is when your pet is asleep.

Normal respiratory rates:

· For dogs: 10 to 30 breaths per minute. Dogs can also pant normally up to 200 pants per minute.

Determining the breathing pattern is also important. In a normal breath, the chest expands as the breath enters the chest. The chest then sinks as the breath leaves the chest. Exhalation requires no effort. If you notice your pet using his abdominal muscles to breath, gasping, making loud noises, taking shallow breaths, panting excessively or exhalation seems to be difficult, consult your veterinarian immediately. If you are unsure if your pet is breathing, place a cotton ball or tissue immediately in front of the nose and mouth. If you see movement of the cotton or tissue, your pet is still breathing. Another method is to use a mirror. Place the mirror in front of the pet’s mouth and nose. If you see condensation on the mirror, your pet is still breathing.

Hydration: Lift the skin on the back of the dogs neck, release quickly. The skin should spring back into place. If the skin remains up or is slow to go back down, your dog is dehydrated. Another method of checking for dehydration is to touch the dogs gums. If the dogs gums a slick – normal. If the dogs gums are sticky – moderately to severe dehydration. If the gums are dry – Critical dehydration.


** Baseline Chart: You should keep a baseline chart of what is normal for your dog for easy comparison.

Dog owners, who recognize the early signs and symptoms of illness or pain in their dogs, will not only relieve their loved one’s suffering but may also be able to save themselves an expensive trip to the veterinarian. Not only is it important to recognize these signs early to relieve pain and suffering, but it is much more effective to treat an illness when it is detected early.

The dog owner should keep an accurate and detailed account of their dog’s symptoms to help the veterinarian correctly diagnose and effectively treat the dog’s illness or condition. Most canine illnesses are detected through a combination of various signs and symptoms:

Temperature, Respiratory Rate and Heart Rate
A newborn puppy will have a temperature of 94-97º F. which will eventually reach the normal adult body temperature of 101.5º F. at the age of 4 weeks old. Take care when trying to take your dog or puppies temperature as the thermometer can easily be broken off in the canine’s rectum. Also any form of excitement can cause the temperature to rise by 2-3º when the dog is actually in normal health. If your dog’s temperature reaches 105º or above OR 96º or below please take him/her to the emergency vet immediately!

An adult dog will have a respiratory rate of 15-20 breaths per minute (depending on such variables as size and weight) and a heart rate of 80-120 beats per minute. You can feel for your dog’s heartbeat by placing your hand on his/her lower ribcage just behind the elbow. Don’t be alarmed if the heartbeat seems irregular compared to a human’s heartbeat, it is irregular in many dogs. Have your vet check it out and get used to how it feels when it is normal.

Behavior Changes
Any behavior changes that are not associated with a change in the household atmosphere, such as jealousy over a new pet or child may be an indication of an illness. Signs of behavioral changes may be:
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Fatigue
• Sleepiness
• Trembling
• Falling/Stumbling

If your dog shows any of these signs, he/she needs to be kept under close watch for a few hours, or even a few days, until positive signs develop or he/she has returned to normal. Do not try to exercise the dog or put him/her in any situation that may cause stress. Most veterinarians will want for you to keep track of when the symptoms first appeared, whether they are getting better or worse, and also whether the symptoms are intermittent, continuous, or increasing in frequency.

Dogs that are in pain will likely indicate that they are suffering by giving you clues as to where the area of discomfort is. For instance, a dog that has abdominal pain will continually glance toward their belly, bite or lick the area, and will not want to leave his/her bed. The dog may stand hunched over, or take the ‘prayer position’ which is when a dog gets down on it’s forelegs with the hind legs still standing, because of the pain in her abdomen area.

Dogs can not tell you that they are hurting or cry real tears but a dog may vocalize their pain in a different way. A dog that is hurt suddenly (such as being stepped on) will cry out or whimper in pain. This also happens when an external injury or internal injury (such as an organ) is touched. Whining or vocalization that is unprovoked may be caused from an internal injury as well. Some breeds of dogs (such as the American Pit Bull Terrier) have a higher pain threshold and need to be watched more closely for signs of pain. Breeds with a high pain tolerance are more likely to endure the pain without vocalization.

Another clue to pain is a change in temperament. A dog that is in pain may show signs of aggression. Please take note of this before concluding that a dog has become vicious and let your veterinarian know so that the correct treatment can be administered. Also females in general (even humans!) have days when they are just in a bad mood for no obvious reason. Take note of days of times that these mood swings occur as well as any events that might have triggered them.

Other signs that your dog may be sick: • Ears: discharge, debris, odor, scratching, crusted tips, twitching or shaking.

• Eyes: redness, swelling or discharge.

• Nose: runny, thickened or colored discharge, crusty.

• Coughing, sneezing, vomiting or gagging.

• Shortness of breath, irregular breathing or prolonged/heavy panting

• Evidence of parasites in the dog’s stool, strange color, blood in the stool, or lack of a bowel movement (constipation).

• Loss of appetite or not drinking as much water as normally would.

• Weight Loss.

• Strange color of urine, small amount of urine, straining, dribbling, or not going as frequently as normal.

• Bad odor coming from mouth, ears, or skin.

• Hair loss, wounds, tumors, dander or change of the skin’s color.

• Biting of the skin, parasites, scratching or licking the skin frequently

Triage (Assessment of Priorities)

Assessing the animals vital signs are just part of First Aid. Knowing what the priorities are of treatment is just as important.

Before any treatment can be done, insure that you and the injured/sick animal are in a position of safety before beginning. You cannot treat an animal in a location where further injury or harm is imminent. Using a makeshift stretcher, a blanket or board, move the animal to a safe location, then begin treatment.

Top TEN Priorities

  1. Stopped breathing, no pulse
  2. Stopped breathing, with pulse
  3. Loss of Consciousness Open airways
  4. Shock, pale gums, rapid breathing, weak, rapid pulse, cold skin
  5. Difficulty breathing
  6. Chest puncture or gaping wound
  7. Severe bleeding
  8. Abdominal puncture or gaping wound
  9. Extremes of body temperature – too hot or too cold.
  10. Poisoning, stings; toxins or snakebite.

Pet CPR -Written Instructions

It’s not a scenario you want to imagine: finding your dog unconscious on your living room floor or your cat hit by a car. Finding your pet not breathing or with his heart not beating can be a terrifying experience, but there are things you can do. The most important step you can take is staying calm. If there’s another person with you, have her call your veterinarian while you perform CPR.

Step 1: Check for responsiveness

Before you begin doing anything to your pet, make sure he is truly unresponsive.

  • Check his breathing by placing your hand in front of his nose and mouth. (Be sure not to cover them and block his airway!)
  • Check for his heartbeat by placing your ear against area where your pet’s left elbow touches the chest.

Step 2: Secure an airway

If you don’t see or feel your pet breathing, you immediately need to make sure his airway is clear.

  • Carefully pull his tongue forward out of his mouth. (Even an unresponsive animal can bite by instinct.)
  • Look into the throat for a foreign object. If you find one, remove it carefully. (See Pet First Aid for instructions on responding to choking in pets.)
  • Move the head until the neck is straight. (Don’t move the neck if you suspect it is injured.)

Step 3: Rescue breathing

  • Close your pet’s mouth and breathe directly into his nose not his mouth until his chest expands.
  • If the chest doesn’t expand, check again for a foreign object in the throat and reposition the airway so it is straight.
  • Once you’ve gotten the chest to expand, continue the rescue breathing, repeating the breaths 12 to 15 times per minute (once every four to five seconds).

Step 4: Chest compressions

Do not begin chest compressions until you’ve secured an airway and started rescue breathing.

  • Gently lay your pet on his right side.
  • The heart is located in the lower half of the chest on the left side, behind the elbow of the front left leg. Place one hand below the heart to support the chest; place the other hand over the heart.
  • Press down gently on your pet’s heart. Press down about one inch for medium-sized dogs; press harder for larger animals and with less force for smaller animals. To massage the hearts of cats and other tiny pets, compress the chest with the thumb and forefingers of one hand.
  • Press down 80-120 times per minute for larger animals and 100-150 times per minute for smaller ones.
  • Alternate the chest compressions with the rescue breaths.

Continue the heart massage compressions and the rescue breathing until you can hear a heartbeat and feel regular breathing. Once your pet is breathing and his heart is beating, call your veterinarian immediately.

Unfortunately, even in the hands of well-trained veterinary health professionals, the overall chance for success with resuscitation is low. In an emergency, however, it may give your pet his only chance.

Note: All content provided on, is meant for educational purposes only on health care and medical issues that may affect pets and should never be used to replace professional veterinary care from a licensed veterinarian. This site and its services do not constitute the practice of any veterinary medical health care advice, diagnosis or treatment.

CPR – Video -For Cats and Dogs

Elaine Acker, CEO of Pets Amercia, demonstrates the proper technique for performing CPR on pets.  We shot this video with “Wolfgang” because he’s a larger mannikin and the process is easier to see. However, this works the same way with cats. Just adjust the depth of your compressions accordingly (just as you would with an infant vs. an adolescent in human CPR

Dog Age Chart

Canine and Human Years

Medical history: Compiling your medical family tree

  • Medical history: Compiling your medical family tree.     Medical history — Use a special family tree to track your family’s health information.

Your family medical history provides insight into the conditions that are common in your family. Use this history to give you clues about your risk of disease.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Your family medical history — also called a medical family tree or pedigree — is a record of illnesses and medical conditions affecting your family members. Similar to a family tree, a family medical history shows the relationships among members of your family, but it also includes relevant health information for each person.

Mayo Clinic –

Disability Awareness-PwD SD

Sister Blog -PwD SD Awareness


This is a blog is dedicated to keeping People informed and up to date, as much as possible, about People Living with Disabilities (visible and invisible) whether it be Autism, Blindness, Mobility, etc., as well as all types of service animals.



Everlife Memorial-Memorial Options

Everlife Memorial-Memorial Options

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New Line of Pet Memorial Products from Everlife Memorials Offer Comfort to Grieving Pet Owners

The loss of a family pet can be as devastating as losing a human family member. Everlife Memorials is proud to offer 10% off their new line of pet memorial products for a limited time.

Corpus Christi, TX, April 24, 2008 –(PR.COM

)– Everlife Memorials, which operates under the slogan ‘making a difficult purchase a little easier,’ sells grave markers, cremation urns, and other memorial products for humans. Since Everlife’s launch seven years ago, the company has quickly gained a reputation as a compassionate, no-pressure resource for grieving families who need to make arrangements for their deceased loved ones. Company president Joseph McCabe and his staff were used to fielding difficult questions. And then the ‘horse lady’ called.

“I’ll never forget it,” McCabe said. “She called us looking for a grave marker for her horse – she’d just had to have him put down, and she was devastated. She wanted a way to remember him.”

Over the years, Everlife has received hundreds of calls requesting grave markers, urns, and even little caskets for deceased cats and dogs. Although Everlife’s memorial products were designed for humans, many pet owners have purchased them for their beloved family pets.

“I realized that more and more people were purchasing our products for their pets,” McCabe said. “To most people, pets are members of the family – people grieve over deceased pets just like they would after losing a human family member. So, I decided to launch a new product line devoted to bereaved pet owners.”

Everlife’s new pet memorials are designed to give pet owners a loving reminder of their deceased companions. Pet cremation urns are adorned with sculptures of various breeds of dogs and cats; small, pet grave markers are available to mark the grave of a buried pet. Everlife has even added pet-themed pendants to their selection of pet cremation jewelry. To introduce the new line, Everlife is offering a 10% off coupon on all pet memorial products.

In addition to their new product line, Everlife has also added new content to their website to give pet owners the resources and information they need to plan for their pet’s aftercare. Users can search for a pet funeral home or find a pet loss counselor using the site’s new directory, or they can read articles on pet-loss related topics like euthanasia, coping with grief, and telling children about the death of a pet.

Since 1999, Everlife Memorials has provided memorial products and customer service for families dealing with the loss of someone they love. In addition to pet memorials, Everlife Memorials offers a full range of memorial products for humans, including urns, cremation jewelry, and more. For more information about Everlife Memorials, or to view the new line of pet memorial products, please visit
or call Joseph McCabe at 1-800-293-3778.

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Everlife Memorials
Joseph McCabe

Helping Your ‘Good Old Dog’ Navigate Aging

As dogs age, taking care of them becomes more difficult. Owners of aging dogs often struggle with their pets’ dementia and incontinence — as well as navigating through the maze of end-of-life care decisions.

Veterinary behaviorist Nicholas Dodman is the head of the Animal Behavior department at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and has worked with aging dogs for decades. He says that old age isn’t a disease, but a stage of life for pets and owners to navigate. <snip>

Read Entire article and/or listen to it on air !

Do You Remember Love-Slide Movie


Beautiful poem written as a tribute to Maui, a tiny Maltese terrier

2007-02-09-Pet Funeral Home and Crematory -East Texas

It’s a trend that’s spreading across the nation. After losing a pet what are you to do with its remains? Some choose to bury it, others let their vet’s dispose of the animal. An East Texas business provides a place for pet lovers to say goodbye in a compassionate way.

Gene and Susan Allen, and Susan’s mother Sue Ann Richardson have been in the pet product business for more than 13 years. During that time, they say they’ve learned what pet lovers need, and that is a place for them to say goodbye to their pets.

“More and more people are associating their pets with their families now, more than they did in the past, so in a way it equates being a family member, and that’s the way we try to look at it,” said Gene Allen, Co-Owner of Pets and Friends. Skip Drapkin and his wife of Mineola lost their nine year old Shih Tzu Misty a couple months ago. They brought Misty here to Pets and Friends, a pet funeral home and crematory in Tyler.

“My wife and I unfortunetly never had children, so our dogs are our children,” said Skip Drapkin, lost dog. “We want to keep them with us, plus someday when my wife and I are gone, we would like to be cremated and have all our ashes spread together.” Inside the funeral home, families have the option of watching the cremation process. After it’s done, your pets ashes are returned to.

“It’s a beautiful little ceramic urn and it had a beautiful little message on the front,” said Drapkin.  Gene says he gets satisfaction knowing he can provide another option for pet lovers.

“If a pet is not buried, or if he’s not cremated, unfortunetly he goes to the landfill,” said Gene Allen. At Pet and Friends, Gene says families can walk away knowing their pet was handled with care. The cost to cremate your pet varies on it’s size. Prices range from $50 to about
$250. Pets and Friends will cremate all kinds of pets, anything that weights 300 pounds or less.

Molly Reuter, reporting.

2006-10-23-Memorializing Your Dog

Memorializing Your Dog
October 23, 2006

By Sandy Robins

Losing a dog that that’s been your best friend and a beloved family member leaves a huge void in your life. The empty bed, food bowl and discarded toys are a constant reminder of the unconditional love you’ve lost.

It’s okay to grieve. Don’t fight the lump in your throat and uncontrollable tears; these are all normal signs of grief. And don’t be shy. Let your family members, friends, and co-workers know what you are going through. Other pet lovers will understand and will offer much needed support. You might even consider joining a pet loss support group. Your veterinarian or local animal shelter can help you locate one.

And there is one other thing you can do—memorialize your dog. Memorializing not only pays tribute to a pal that brought love and happiness into your life, it can also help with the healing process.

Pet Funerals and Memorial Stones

There are many pet cemeteries and crematoriums around the country that will help you plan a service for your pet. These sensitive professionals can take care of the casket or urn, the service, and even a floral tribute. The International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (518-594-3000), a non-profit organization, can help you find a reputable place in your area.
When selecting a cemetery, be sure to pick a place that you can visit regularly. A good pet cemetery will keep your pet’s gravesite well maintained, which helps to make each visit a positive experience.

Another memorial is to have a stone or plaque made and positioned in your pet’s favorite spot in the garden. “Memorializing the life of a faithful friend has become increasingly important to pet lovers,” says Charles Wasson, spokesman for a leading manufacturer of cast stone products for pet memorials. Other options include placing a container with your dog’s collar, leash and favorite toy in a corner of the backyard or in your home.

A Simple Cremation

If you want a simple cremation without a memorial service, your veterinarian can make all the arrangements for you. Be sure to advise your vet that you want your pet cremated separately to ensure that the ashes returned to you are you pet’s personal remains. The advantage of cremation is that no matter where you may move in the world, you can take your pet’s ashes with you and keep her close forever.

Personal Mementos

A shadow box with photographs, your pet’s collar and tags, and a lock of hair is another poignant keepsake. Children often love to participate in this type of project–they may even want to draw a picture or write a personal remembrance to be included with all your special treasures.

A Special Place in the Dog Park

If you and your pal spent many memorable moments in your local dog park, consider enhancing the area by planting a tree in her honor or even purchasing a bench or doggy drinking fountain. That way, other dogs and their human companions can benefit in a very tangible way from your devotion to your departed friend.

Create a Scholarship or Fund

A truly wonderful way to remember a special friend is to offer a memorial scholarship to a veterinary school. Also, if you pet died of a particular disease or illness, think about creating a fund in her name so that you can be actively in involved in raising money to aid future medical research.

Pets Grieve Too

Please remember that other pets in the household could be grieving too. It’s not unusual for dogs to search the house looking for their missing friend. Some even stop eating, become listless and lethargic and show other unusual behaviors. You can comfort remaining doggy pals by spending lots of quality time together. Long walks will do you both good—physically and emotionally.
If your surviving dog is suffering the loss of a canine companion, don’t rush to introduce a new dog to your household too soon. You and she both know that one dog will never replace another.

However, when the time is right, consider adopting an older dog. If your remaining pals are seniors, they may bond better than with a rambunctious puppy. And, because puppies usually find homes more quickly than older dogs, you will be performing an extra good deed. Of course, it goes without saying that the love and affection you receive in return will be immeasurable.

Sandy Robins is an award-winning pet lifestyle writer. Her work appears regularly on and in various national and international publications. She is a member of the prestigious Dog Writers Association of America and a besotted pet parent.

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Is Pet Health Insurance Worth the Price?

Is Pet Health Insurance Worth the Price?

We Take Out Policies On 2 Cats and 2 Dogs; Funds for Oscar’s Fleas

Pet insurance was one expense we thought we could do without — despite 14 years of cohabiting with furry critters. But we nearly kicked ourselves for not buying a policy sooner when one dog faced possible orthopedic surgery that would set us back $2,500.  <snip>

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Wheelchairs Keep Disabled Pets Moving

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EDDIES WHEELS made Gizzes wheels

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Wheelchairs Keep Disabled Pets Moving

By STEPHANIE REITZ – 13 hours ago

SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass. (AP) — When Gary Mikus learned that an incurable nerve disease was starting to paralyze the hind legs of his German shepherd, he immediately dismissed the idea of putting the dog to sleep. Then he spotted an ad in a pet food store: “Eddie’s Wheels For Pets. Help for Handicapped Pets.” Now the dog named Bear, which has been Mikus’ constant companion for a decade, has a lot of living left to do — much of it in his new pet wheelchair.

“He’s healthy in every other way,” Mikus said. “Until something tells me otherwise that he’s failing, I’ll do everything I can to keep him mobile and happy.”

A growing number of pet owners are turning to custom-built wheelchairs to restore mobility to furry friends whose legs, hips or backs don’t work. The owners’ goals are simple: to reward their pets’ unconditional love with whatever it takes for the animals to live normally.

The two-wheel carts support the dog’s midsection with a padded saddle, and are secured with a shoulder yoke and chest strap. Most dogs have rear-wheel carts to compensate for lame hind legs, though a growing number of front-wheel carts are being ordered for animals with front-leg problems.

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Meijer Supercenters to Offer PetFirst Insurance in Pet Aisles

Meijer Supercenters to Offer PetFirst Insurance in Pet Aisles Third major retailer to offer PetFirst

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind., April 10 /PRNewswire/ — Meijer customers now can add pet health-insurance coverage to their shopping carts. PetFirst Healthcare LLC recently launched a partnership to offer pet insurance through more than 100 Meijer supercenters throughout the Midwest.

PetFirst insurance covers routine care and medical procedures for dogs and cats, and is now offered through cards displayed on freestanding kiosks in the Meijer Pet Department.

“Pet insurance can be a simple way to protect your family friend, and what better place to do it than where you’re already shopping on a weekly basis,” said Brent Hinton, PetFirst chief executive officer, and former head of the Kentucky Humane Society. “Meijer places a lot of emphasis on value and we’re proud to partner with them to bring more value to their pet-owning customers.”

“We’re very pleased to offer Pet Insurance to our Meijer customers,” said Greg Hill, pet department buyer for Meijer. “Our pet department has evolved through the years to provide our customers with the wide variety of offerings demanded by today’s “pet parents.” Adding PetFirst allows us to expand the one-stop shopping experience for our customers with pets.

PetFirst will cover routine pet expenses such as annual exams, prescription flea control, behavior training, spay/neuter services, diagnostics, heartworm protection, teeth cleanings and vaccinations, as well as surgeries, x-rays or hospitalization that result from illness or injury. Pet owners can recoup up to 90 percent of veterinary costs through PetFirst and Family Plans are available for households with multiple pets.

Meijer is the third major retailer to align with PetFirst this year. PetFirst insurance is also available at Kroger and Spartan store locations.

About PetFirst Healthcare

PetFirst Healthcare is a privately owned pet insurance company based in Jeffersonville, Ind. Underwritten by an A-rated insurance carrier and available nationwide, PetFirst provides affordable and reliable coverage for dog and cat medical expenses, and fast and efficient claims processing. For more information about individual and family plans and pricing, visit or call 1-866-937-PETS.


About Meijer

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 181 supercenters throughout Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers, pet departments and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at

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2009-04-03-Obesity-Epidemic Extends To Pets

PFMA fights obesity in UK
Release Date: Friday, April 03, 2009

A survey by the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association released March 26 showed that only 10% of pet owners are concerned about their pets’ weight, despite one out of three pets in the UK being overweight, according to a press release by PFMA.

Petfood manufacturers are sometimes blamed for the problem because of the myth that daily food rations suggested on petfood labels are excessive. In an effort to counter this myth, the PFMA has started an awareness campaign, including a Pet Size-O-Meter and video, on how to assess pets’ body condition.

“We urge pet owners to start using our Pet Size-O-Meter and make sure they and their pets have the best chance for a long happy life together,” said Michael Bellingham, chief executive of the PFMA.
Updated: Apr 03, 2009

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