Vitamins For Fido? Milk-Bone Study Shows Dog-Loving Families are more Fit & Healthy

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We were approached by Milk-Bone recently to see if we’d like to check out their Doggy Health & Wellness Kit, which couldn’t have been better timing, as Zoie had just come into our lives, and was in need of some weight loss and improved wellness. You might remember that Zoie’s vet has suggested she loose 3 pounds, as well as to work on her overall oral health.


According to “Milk-Bone Human-Canine Health Study” — a survey of 3,000 U.S. dog parents conducted by Milk-Bone brand dog treats (in conjunction a partnership with Learndipity Data Insights) — humans and dogs positively impact the health of one another, from morning routines to physical fitness. In fact, 55% of dog parents say their lives are “full of happiness and joy,” compared to 39% of non-dog parents. For sure my dogs make my life much more full of happiness and joy! 


Zoie’s veterinarian’s suggestion of 3 lbs of weight loss has really given us a goal- its a lot for such a little girl! We’ve been doing daily walks, keeping her on a diet, and including lots of physical and mental stimulation in her life. Zoie’s vet also mentioned she needed to work on her teeth, which have quite a tartar build-up- a condition that is sadly very common in Pomeranians. The MilkBone Brushing chews have been a perfect way to Zoie to work on cleaning her teeth herself, as she and I continue to work on brushing her teeth traditionally as well.

The Doggy Health & Wellness kit included some great products to get us started with Zoie- Milk-Bone Brushing Chews, and Milk-Bone Good Morning Treats. Zoie has been enjoying one of the Good Morning Healthy Joints treats after she comes in from her morning potty break- & I believe the vitamins and nutrients found within will help her knee issue- which is mild case of luxating patella. Needless to say, since fostering Zoie, we’ve been thinking a lot about ways to keep our entire family fit & healthy while spending time together!


Here are three of the ways:

*DOGGY EXERCISE: 51% of dog parents say they get more exercise because of their dog — but still, 1 out of 3 pet parents wish their dog would get more physical activity. I can honestly say that our dogs, and the fact that we are a part of an online walking group (let me know if you’d like to join!), are basically the only reason I get out and about some days!


*PUPPY NUTRIENTS: 1 out of 3 pet parents are concerned that their dog isn’t getting enough of the nutrients they need. The pet food market is more confusing than ever, which is why I’m a firm believer in supplementation.


*PETTING SESSION CHECK-UPS: Pet parents conduct “well puppy” check-ups, as they would with their child. If a dog is rubbing his eyes, or has oily spots or bumps in his fur, something could be wrong. Being a pet parent to Pomeranians, a daily petting session check up is required to be sure there is nothing stuck in their fur, painful tangles, or more.


Do you give your dogs any vitamins or supplements? Have they been lucky enough to taste test any of these new releases from Milk-Bone?

Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with the Milk-Bone Doggie Wellness Kit for the purpose of this review. SheSpeaksBark was not compensated in any way to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are exclusively my own, and we only share products and services on SheSpeaksBark that we feel are relevant to our readers. As always, thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible! 

Traveling with Rejeneril Supplement

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We’re back from a rather recent road trip with the boys, where we drove all over Oregon and California, hitting up as many of the US National Parks as we could along the way. We had an absolute blast on our trip, it’s always a great way for us to bond as a family/pack. This week long road trip did mean that we drove long hours, took plenty of time to play, and camped out most nights. The dogs loved it, as this is totally their idea of good time!


One of our biggest challenges when taking these kind of camping and backpacking trips with the dogs though is ensuring they have the proper supplementation along. Because we carry all that we need on our backs, sometimes for several days before coming back to the car, packing light is essential. Many supplements require refrigeration, or come in bulkier bottles of tablets that we don’t necessarily have the space for. Which is why we were happy to have a tiny, yet potent bottle of Rejeneril to pack in Bears backpack for our days camping out. The bottle is small and lightweight, and doesn’t require refrigeration.


Rejeneril is a cellular supplement that works to benefit pets of all ages, and both of our boys can benefit from its use. We packed our bottle of Rejeneril especially with Bear in mind, since he turned 13 years old the week after our big trip. We knew when packing, that he was going to need some ‘extras’ on our trip to stay physically comfortable, and Rejenril was one of the items we brought along in order to increase his comfort level. Rejeneril is a patented, scientifically validated supplement for pets. It is a cellular regenerator, full of antioxidants that help your pet recover quickly after physical and environmental stress.


Giving Bear and Scooter their daily dose of Rejenril each day was as simple as adding a few drops to their food. The dosage is based on weight, and neither dog takes issue with it added to their food.

Some of the health benefits your pet can experience from Rejeneril are:

  • building a strong immune system
  • reduction of joint pain/arthritis
  • set the foundation for a disease-free life
  • improve overall health and longevity

Do you pack your pets vitamins or supplements when you plan to travel together? What have you found works best for your pups needs? 

{Black and White Sunday} Flea & Tick Season

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It’s official, Spring has sprung! Here in Portland, it feels like Summer isn’t too far away. We spotted our first tick the other day; which means just one thing- flea and tick season are once again in full swing. Many of you know we haven’t used toxic commercial flea/tick products on Bear or Scooter for going on 4 years now, and we have been using Wondercide products successfully over the last few years.

Wondercide Flea & Tick is able to kill fleas on contact within 30 seconds, all with the use of food-grade ingredients! We use their spray on the dogs every few days flea/tick preventative, and also do a few extra spritzes if we are going to be out adventuring where ticks or mosquitoes may be more common. It’s great to spray on their dog beds weekly too. We are sharing a photo today of Scooter participating in a Wondercide Ticked Off! Campaign last week on behalf of Pet Parent.

How do you prevent and/or treat for fleas and ticks in your home? If you’re interested in trying Wondercide for your pets, be sure to click through on our link and save $10 on your first order! 

{First Aid Essentials} Normal Vital Signs

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Another installment in my First Aid Essentials series today! You can still read up on parts one, and two if you missed them.Sometimes it’s good to know what the ‘norm’ is for your dog, to help determine if something is wrong with them. Of course, none of this knowledge is a replacement for simply knowing your dog, their routine, and what is typically normal for them. If you’ve noticed some behaviors are off, that’s a clue to look deeper.


Here, as much for your reference as mine, are the normal vital signs of our canine companions:


100.5-102.5 degrees

Resting Pulse:

80-120 beats per minute (can be higher in puppies and small dogs)

Respiratory Rate:

18-24 breaths per minute

Gum Color:



Skin at the nape of neck should snap back into place in 1 second

Have any of you ever taken an animal first aid/CPR course? Did you get as much out of it as I did? I’ve recently been invited to another, thinking of going back again if my schedule allows, just ’cause. We’ll see 😉

Disclaimer: Again, none of this advice is intended to be anything other than helpful guidance. I am not a vet, and you should not be using any information found online in place of taking your pet into a vets office to be seen if they are sick or injured.

{First Aid Essentials} First Aid Kit + Emergency #’s

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We’ve already discussed the tips and tricks to approaching an injured animal, and today it’s time to shift gears and give you a bit of important information that you might want to act on today.


Pet poisonings happen. Often accidentally, and they’re terribly traumatic. When a pet has been poisoned, often treatment must be received immediately in order to save the life of the animal. Having these pet poison hotline #’s somewhere accessible truly could save your pet, or a friends, in an emergency.

Pet Poison Hotline #’s:

ASPCA Poison Control 1-888-426-4435

Pet Poison Helpline 1-800-213-6680

Animal Poison Hotline 1-888-232-8870

Perhaps you want to print those out? Or better yet- save them in your cell phone like I did. Call it the former insurance agent in me, but I truly do love feeling prepared! 😉

Keeping a dedicated pet first aid kit is another great way to be prepared, and stay one step ahead of the game. We’ve got our own tips and tricks for creating a Disaster Kit for your pet, and Pretty Fluffy’s guest post on her First Aid Kit was a huge hit on SheSpeaksBark.


A few basic first aid items that are great to keep on hand include:

* Tweezers

*Muzzle/Nylon leash


*Saline Solution

*Roll of gauze or gauze sponges

*Adhesive tape

*Antibiotic ointment

*Latex gloves

*Large towel


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Considering my current part time job entails caring for lots of dogs and the occasional cat, I have at least half of that list rolling around in my car at any given time. Along with 3 pairs of shoes, 7 random socks, scratch paper galore, 12 ballpoint pens, 2 coffee cups, 4 pairs of gloves, and at least a pound of dog hair… 😉 Needless to say, I’d do well to round it all up and slap it into a container for easy access, since sifting through all the ‘extras’ would really slow down my ability to find anything useful.

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Put that on my 2014 Goals List 😉

Psst- If making your own first aid kit just isn’t your thing….our friends at Amazon have totally got you covered with a light, medium, and extreme version all ready to go.

World Spay Day

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Today, February 26th, 2013 is ‘World Spay Day‘ which is an annual event hosted by The Humane Society of the United States in conjunction with Humane Society International. To see the list of other sponsors click here.  World Spay Day is dedicated to spreading awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering our pets.


As I’m sure you all know, part of being a responsible pet owner is getting your dog or cat spayed or neutered. Each year 6-8 million dogs and cats enter shelters nationwide. Only half of those animals are ever adopted, which means the other half are being euthanized.  Yet thousands of litters of puppies and kittens are intentionally (and non-intentionally) brought into this world each year.  By doing your part (although it may feel like a small and insignificant act) and getting your pet fixed, you can help make a change in the right direction. Talk to your friends and family about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets, and now you’ve payed it forward just a little bit more.

Most shelters include a spay/neuter surgery with their adoption fee, so adoption can be a great way to get a healthy pet quite affordably.  Many shelters and rescue programs are also able to get you in touch with a low cost spay/neuter program if you simply ask for their help. A ‘free dog’ from the paper isn’t free any longer once you’ve spent hundreds of dollars in supplies, vaccines and other vet care which is one of the reasons that I promote and support adoption whenever anyone is seeking to add a furry companion to their family.

If you’re looking to get involved with World Spay Day, click here for a list of WSD events near you. Or maybe you’re in need of a low cost spay/neuter program for your own pet? Please see the various resources available to you here.

I’d love to know how many of you have your pets spayed or neutered? Both Bear and Scooter have been neutered for years, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! All of my pets growing up were always fixed too, and I thank my parents for instilling good pet ownership in us at a young age. We had two female dogs, three cats, and even Bear who were all dutifully fixed under my parents care.

With a lofty goal of 55,000 spay/neuters there is still a long way to go…please help spread the word!

Winter Wishlist

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I’ve already done one Christmas roundup this year (check our these awesome Etsy finds!) and I still owe you a round up for the dog lovers in your life, but I just had to share this one today.

I was browsing amazon last night when this little gem popped up:

Needless to say, I couldn’t say ‘ohhh I need one of these‘ fast enough! I added it to my amazon wishlist, and also to the SheSpeaksBark’s Amazon store (if any of you are interested in one of your own).

With all the foster dogs I’ve been hauling around, this has become practically a necessity in my life. I’ve got the seats protected, and this handy blocker would help ensure the dogs actually stay on the seats they’re supposed to be on. Both Bear and Maverick try to jump in the front seat to wait for me if I leave them in the car for a moment. (annoying!)

I was ‘sold’ on this seat block in particular because its more affordable than other options I’ve seen, and it comes with storage pockets that I could stuff treats, leashes and poop bags in.

What do you use to keep your dogs ‘under control’ in the car?