Epi Pet- Super Skin Treatment

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Poor Bear has struggled with poor quality skin for all of his life. We’ve done tests, and made so many changes to his diet and routine along the way. He’s certainly kept comfortable, and non-itchy, for the most part these days, but what a struggle it has been to get to this point. His skin and coat still produce so much dander when compared to other pets we’ve had, it’s sometimes hard to manage even with regular bathing and grooming.

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It seems as if a lot of the ‘solutions’ we’ve found over the years, supplements, oils, shampoos, new diet, etc. have worked for awhile, but have not provided long term results that leave us with closure about this situation. Bear recently had the opportunity to try out a skin healing spray through our work with PetParent, and it worked so well for him we wanted to share it here in case any of your have pets with skin issues too.

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The Epi Pet Skin Basics Kit comes with a skin treatment spray and dual sided brush that we just love! The spray is anti-ich, insect repellent, natural, good for hot spots/allergies, and it is a skin and coat conditioner. Bear’s coat has been mainly dander free, and very shiny since we’ve been using this product, and it must feel good too, because he really enjoys the whole process. Our skin treatment spray smells like lavender, which is a favorite in our household, and Bear typically takes a slight snooze after his treatment- feeling so happy and relaxed!

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The Epi Pet range of products were created by a licensed veterinarian who is also a registered esthetician (human skin doctor) He put his dual-knowledge to use in creating this wonderful line of pet skincare products. Epi Pet has a whole range of pet care products including a pet safe SPF spray that we’ll be sharing with you later! The Epi Pet sunscreen is the only FDA compliant product on the  market.

Do you have a pet who struggles with skin-issues too? 



Stewart Pro Treats

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Bear & Scooter were happy to receive the Stewart Pro Treats chicken liver bites to sample & review. This has perhaps been their most enticing treat ever! images

I love the Stewart Pro-Treats because they’re made in the USA and there are no additives or preservatives. These treats are carefully crafted in a USDA inspected facility. The fact that they come in a tub vs. a bag is another high point for me- they’re easy to transport, re-seal, and more. I’ll probably save the tub to use for other treats; maybe make it match our chewies tub.

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These are liver treats which essentially has both Bear & Scooter at hello! These treats have the full aroma, flavor, and nutritional value of 100% raw liver, so it’s a treat I can feel good about feeding.

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There are various sized bits of liver in the tub, which is nice for me having two different sized dogs. The bits are easily breakable, as with most freeze dried treats, but they’re not messy or overly smelly. The Stewart Pro-Treats contain just one ingredient making them perfect for dogs with allergies or food sensitivities- find your dogs favorite flavor!

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As far as the taste factor goes, both boys are borderline obsessive over these treats. Just look at Bear’s face in these photos! Since opening the box, I’ve had to keep the tub of chicken liver treats up high (like top of fridge high) to avoid a dog perpetually begging at the top of the console table or entertainment center. Bear was getting all ridiculous about it, so we definitely think your pups would find these drool worthy too! ;)

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Fruitables Skinny Minis- Watermelon Dog Treats

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With Bear eating all of his meals out of feeding toys, it’s become important that we also have a lot of little tasty treats laying around to mix in there for interest. Summer is gone, and Fall is in full swing here in Portland, but with the Fruitables Watermelon Flavor Skinny Mini’s- the pups can enjoy the taste of Summer all year long.

We’ve tried some Fruitables treats before. When I was volunteering with PCHS in Kansas, we had bi-weekly adoption events at Petco, so I got my treat browsin’ on something fierce in those days. During one volunteer stint I picked up the pumpkin and blueberry flavored Crunchy Fruitables biscuits from Petco and both were enjoyed by the dogs.

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Fruitables has been up to a lot since we last checked them out though! They’ve got Soft & Chewy, Jerky, & even Greek Yogurt Crunchers treats now- and they all look like flavor options my dogs would enjoy. I like the Fruitables treats because they’re all natural, with organic ingredients, and don’t contain anything artificial. It’s a brand I can trust, and they’re all made in the USA.

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Fruitables have created a line of dog treats that work well for pet parents like me. With two differently sized dogs, who have two very different ideas about what tastes they prefer, it can be hard to cater to both of them. I can buy several packs of the Fruitables brand treats and satisfy both boys’ needs and wants at once.

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The Fruitables treats are created using Calorie Smart concepts. They use fruits and veggies to balance the palatability, keep the calories low, and add variety to the treats. The Fruitables treats have been proven to reduce hunger in between meals according to university studies. They must have had Bear in mind when they created these- because low calorie treats that keep him full in between meals are just the way to his heart! We’re constantly battling his weight, and hes always hungry, so little tricks to satiate his constant hunger are greatly appreciated in our house.

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When I agreed to review the Fruitables Skinny Mini’s Watermelon flavored treats, I had already mentally signed Scooter off from participation. You know, his picky tendencies and all. I figured Bear would enjoy them a lot, and we’d feel great feeding them to him knowing they were just 2 1/2 calories each.

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Scooter surprised me once again, and absolutely ADORES the watermelon Fruitables. Go figure ;) In fact, he loves them so much, he’s including them in his Top 4 Favorite Treats Ever- photo above. That’s a pretty big deal around here! Both Bear and Scooter love yogurt, so these Greek Yogurt treats will most certainly be on their Christmas Wish Lists this year :)
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It’s also very important to note that the Fruitables Watermelon Skinny Mini’s coerced this insanely adorable and intense face out of my old boy- my favorite photo in all our 11 years together! <3

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{Black and White Sunday} Special New Sleep Spot

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I always find it fun to watch as our dogs establish their new routines once we move into a new home. They inevitably pick new favorite sleep spots, have to learn the best places where the sunlight hits the floor just right, and even to figure out how to ask for a trip to the yard.

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I set Scooter’s Sleepypod under the console table, intending to take it back out to the car again. Scooter had other plans though, and now this is his favorite spot to catch a long afternoon nap. I’m glad the Sleepypod has a lovely design, so at least we don’t mind having it sit out for him to use!