Category Archives: Supplements
~ Part One
The last two blogs (Roxy’s story) and (Olli who lost his fur brother) have dealt with the loss of the Weimaraner. There are simply no words to cover such a loss. We can agree on this one thing—what we want to do is to push off the inevitable as long as possible.
This heartfelt desire begs the question of what we can do to make a big difference. We have some thoughts. Our suggestions cover the unexpected accidental loss as well as avoiding potential health issues. Our hope is for every OwyheeStar puppy to arrive at the Rainbow Bridge’s door late in life.
Accident Related Loss
Every few months we get a note about a Weimaraner who has lost their life due to an accident. These events vary–by nature each is unique; however, the underlying cause is similar. Some of the standout scenarios are listed here along with suggestions on how to avoid this type of thing. Eating or ingesting various non-edibles is a common theme. There are other dangers too, but we often forget the Weimaraner will eat anything.
1. Toys — Even rubber toys lose their integrity. Depending upon your Weim’s chewing strength, you may need to (always) supervise their chewing. Other toys have squeakers that can become an issue and the rope bones, which are a good choice, don’t work for every Weimaraner. Bits of ingested string can build up in and along the intestinal wall leading to a blockage or irritation. A blockage can happen fast and be hard to discover in time to save your pet. Vomiting and not passing a stool are indicators–but these two symptoms are not a sure sign. The same signs for other ailments and sometimes are just mean it is an upset tummy. It is best to get your Weimaraner checked if this is a prolonged event. Taking their temperature (rectally) might not seem all that pleasant, but it can help you determine the seriousness of the event. (The normal dog temperature is 101.5°F (38.6°C). A rising temperature is alarming –-you need to know the standard temperature for your pet because it is much higher than for humans.
2. Medications and things sink side — One of the most heartrending stories involved a Weimaraner that ate someone’s medication–kept at the kitchen sink for convenience. The counter-surfing Weimaraner nabbed the bottle and ate it, and the contents. By the time they got him to the Vet office, it was too late. The Weimaraner might eat anything it seems–we have had others report sponges, dishrag, food, food-scented trash, etc. Sponges and the dish rag could lead to a blockage. Food has all kind of potential risk–bones can puncture the intestine wall, and some food (even the most innocuous kind like the avocado) are potentially toxic.
3. Around the House –There are many things to mouth and ingest. Some are shocking to us. One such item happens more than you might guess. Certain Weims are so obsessed with you and your scent that they may raid your laundry basket. Undergarments have the strongest scent, and some Weims will ingest these–another potential intestinal blockage issue. More often than not, they will pass, but you might discover something hanging out the back end. A hankie, undies, or the sock that made for a quick snack. (oops)
4. In the Fenced Yard –These are multifaceted. The Weimaraners are known for ingesting rocks; sometimes they pack them around in the mouth, and this is hard on their teeth. Pica (ingesting items such as rocks) seems odd to us, but it happens a lot. Marble-sized rocks to those the size of a large plum (such as river rock) are ideal. Rocks sometimes will travel through without a hitch; other times (all too often) they cause an intestinal blockage. Sharp edged rocks can irritate or puncture the intestinal wall. Rocks are not the only culprit in your yard. There are a plethora of toxic plants commonplace. Ones we would never suspect. Anything in the yard (including your house siding) could be chewed. We have known of a Weimaraner left in the yard that dug up a sidewalk, and she ingested bits of concrete. While we are discussing the backyard, some Weims can open gate latches. Others dig and can tunnel out of the yard. Then there are those that if they want to get out to explore, they can easily bound over a 5′ fence. Another danger is a collar that would catch them and strangle them. One extreme dog lover tied his and his brother’s dog to a tree. They didn’t have a fence, and they were only going to the corner store for a moment. Both dogs climbed the tree they were tied to–the young men came back to find the Weimaraner’s collar had caught on a branch she slipped, and you can guess what happened. This haunting experience will never be forgotten (the young man is a practicing Veterinarian). May this serve as a warning to others who think to tie their Weim for a few moments would be the safest solution. It didn’t work out in this situation.
5. Road Dangers—
A six-acre yard and a well-trained Weimaraner should not be a problem; however, the devastating loss of their family member proved them wrong. A deer or something spurred the Weimaraner to give chase. Later they found him on a road even though they lived in a remote Northern Idaho location. The inherent desire to give chase (also known as the prey drive) is always lurching in the background–even when you have achieved the seemingly unfailing recall. Traveling with the Weimaraner is not without risk either. Some folks believe it is OK to have them ride in the back of their pickup–some tie them in, so they won’t fall out. Others let them roam free. More than one Weimaraner has seen something that sparked their sudden urge to give chase, and over the side, they went. Not everyone lost their life, but some did. One Christmas Eve in warm Arizona a woman was traveling with her Weimaraner. She had the windows down–the breeze blowing in their faces. She was on the way to a family dinner when her Weimaraner jumped out the window. He rolled down a bank breaking several bones. He lived, but they spent the night at the Emergency Vet Office instead of having a family dinner. He had traveled with the window frequently open; she had no reason for concern until this happened.
Others types of accidents happen but are less commonplace. Day two–we will discuss the other random things that may well shorten your time with your beloved friend and family member. The Weimaraner’s human must look out for their well-being on every level. A watchful eye for the seemingly puppy-like nature and the dangers to this breed are required. We thank you for your vigilance.
~ Shela and Cliff
PS: We bemoan the lack of photos; however, we were at a loss for which one to put here. We also didn’t cover things like Holiday Mishaps–and the dangers posed by the 4th of July and such. It was a lengthy post, and we have written on these topics many times.
~ He has never known life without Rudi
Yesterday we made the difficult decision to put Rudi down. He was 14 and his back arthritis was worsening. It was the right thing to do and one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make. It was our turn to love unconditionally and he is now stalking rabbits with his buddies.Olli has not yet figured out the permanence of the change. He knew something was going on and that Rudi was not doing well. He wanted to snuggle with him on Rudi’s bed but Rudi was not having any of it. Re picture below is one we took several months ago in the distillery. Two very different temperaments and we love both of them dearly for their personalities and joy that they bring.Hope you and Cliff are doing well. ~Mary
PS – when we got Olli we started both dogs on Nuvet. Rudi had horrible allergies but they steadily improved over the last 2 years to the point of not needing any medication. Coincidence? I think not. We are sold on the benefits.
Eventually, something is going require us to let them go. This gut-wrenching experience is a personal one. A loss is never easy–it affects each of us differently. We process it in our way–honor them in a way significant to us. Some folks grieve for a long time and cannot entertain the thought of getting another. Others feel free to move forward. They are almost driven to find another and begin a new journey. Their take is the departing Weim would want nothing less for them.
Most of us want to extend the journey together as long as it is feasibly possible. With insurance knee replacements, hip replacements, and other major surgical procedures are within reach.
How Long Do We Have?
That is a good question. No one can guess. There simply is no guarantee you will get 14 years, or even 11. The only way to approach this risky relationship is to count every day as a special blessing.
From Our Side
If you sat where I sit you would feel what I feel. I read notes from people all the time; ………not always OwyheeStar people. In fact, these are usually not from our clients but people who are seeking and searching for other than what happened to them. They look to avoid whatever health issue took their fur baby away. I am quick to tell them that anything could happen. It scares me when we place a puppy with someone who writes me that they lost their last Weimaraner to a rare form of cancer. I secretly fear that rare cancer could strike again—even many years ago when it had never happened. Honestly, I only remember once it happened –cancer of larynx took a client’s six-year old Weimaraner. She got another from us, but it didn’t replace the first OwyheeStar in her heart.
This concern of someone having an untimely loss is only one of the many stressors in my life—I do care. I think when you adopt a rescue anything can happen. Also, when you bring home a puppy things can happen as well. The risk of loving our beloved Weimaraner is huge but worth it.
Salty is Better
I have been meaning to write for a while now. I know that you are a great resource for information and I wanted to share some things that have been working for us. About two years ago we started salty on a prescription diet and it has really made a difference. My vet recommended a new product called Derm Defense from Science Diet. Since she had never used it (it was brand new) we were a bit of a ‘test’ (we were both a bit skeptical). Since he has been on it his allergies have been better and he has not had to go on medication or had any skin infections! We were sold on it!
The second product we tried is called Solliquin it is made by Nutramax. It is a ‘behavioral supplement’, meaning it is a more ‘natural’ way to curb anxiety. While the results are not ultra-dramatic, they are real. I know you like to research things before recommending them but I thought I would let you know about these two products that have been surprisingly great. Hope you guys are well and staying cool!
True Confession–We have never been a big fan of Science Diet, but they make food that targets specific health issues. No one food is ideal for everyone. There are other foods people have mentioned that have worked well. We have had very good luck with the Diamond Naturals–note we say the Naturals. Diamond makes lower quality foods too!
Anyhow, I wanted to pass this information — you never know what will work. Sarah asked me to share this information. Maybe it will help someone.
Information just in time for the Boo-tiful Scary Season!
We hope you will take time to explore this information. If you choose to order NuVet please use our client number ( 19531 ). For too many years to mention NuVet has been kind enough to provide each new puppy home with a small starter packet and information. We believe in this product and our OwyheeStar guarantee is connected to NuVet.
When you explore this newsletter you will soon discover what we have long known–this product is way above average. Some of the pet tabs/supplements you might see at pet stores and even your Vet office have fillers. They have grain products which are not so good for our beloved Weimaraners.
This issue Halloween information and much more….
- Don’t forget the Halloween Costume Contest –Deadline is Nov 5, 2010
- Tips on Halloween Pet Safety.
Call to Order NuVet
Phone: 800-474-7044 (OwyheeStar Client #19531 )
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For a very long time we have promised to talk about supplements. In every Vet office we have ever been to there is always a bottle of Pet Tabs. You can find them at all Pet Stores. We suspect the company gives them to Vet offices. Isn’t that the greatest marketing ploy ever? You see them there and conclude they are really great. They about half the cost and sometimes much less than that of NuVet but before you jump to the conclusion that you would just buy them, please consider all the facts.
Compare the ingredients. The very first ingredient (wheat germ) in Pet Tabs could cause your Weimaraner problems. Kaolin, the second ingredient) is clay. The third ingredient is corn syrup. Need we go on? Please skip below to NuVet’s list of ingredients and compare. Each ingredient has a link to explain the importance of that ingredient. The quality of the product along with the fact that it is highly digestible and helps the body utilize the supplement and food is key to the reason we recommend this product.
Pet Tabs Ingredients: Wheat Germ, Kaolin, Corn Syrup, Pork Liver Meal, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sucrose, Lactose, Safflower Oil, Gelatin, Corn Starch, Stearic Acid, Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Iron Oxide And Peptone, Magnesium Stearate, Dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitamin A Acetate, Zinc Oxide, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cyanocobalamin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Acetate Monohydrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Sulfate.
NuVet Plus™ Ingredient List:
Major considerations in formulating NuVet Plus™ were the human grade quality of ingredients and their nutritional values, as well as the bio digestibility and utilization into the cellular framework. We also considered the chemicals and toxins that find their way into our animals’ food. NuVet Plus™ was formulated to combat these harmful pollutants. NuVet Labs™ has designed a cutting edge formula that we believe will help increase your pets longevity and quality of life. Our scientists performed extensive research and experiments with a variety of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and herbs, until they created NuVet Plus™, which provides a powerful synergistic defense against the harm caused by free radicals.
- Alfalfa (Canine formula only)
- Alpha Amylase
- Amino Acids
- Beta Carotene
- Blue Green Algae
- Brewer’s Yeast
- Cat’s Claw
- Chicken Liver
- Evening Primrose Oil
- L Methionine
- Oyster Shell
- Pine Bark
- Selenium (Yeast)
- Shark Cartilage
- Taurine (Feline formula only)
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B Complex
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C (Ester C™)
- Vitamin E
- Whey Protein (Feline formula only)
Sometimes people use the supplements for a month or two and say they cannot see a difference. This is not a month or two prospect. This is the benefits over a lifetime. We offer an extended guarantee to our clients that use this product. It is easy to see why we can afford to do so.
We are not intending this to be a tutorial on supplements but it should be eye-opening. As all of you know that have gotten a puppy from us or are in the process now-we recommend and endorese the NuVet supplements.
In addition, we recommend using the Fastrack Microbials for gut-health. This is very simple to use. A few sprinkles on the food and digestion is improved. We feel the benefits are many to keeping a Weimaraner gut healthy. They also have a tiny Fastrack Snack that comes in a little bag. These have the same great ingredients and are small enough to use as a treat or even in the field during training.
The best way to order NuVet is to call the company directly and place an order. When you do so please use our client number (that ensures you will get credit for the purchase in our on-going records if you are a client). If you are not a client, then we do make a little off the product and that monies goes back into our extensive Website and Blogs that educate the public. We thank you for supporting what we do. Here is the phone number and our Client #.
Call 1-800-474-7044 (OwyheeStar # 19531)
NuVet Testimonials: http://www.nuvet.com/testimonials.asp
Our Clients all receive a NuVet starter pack, which is enough for a couple days, plus the information on how to order. The NuVet starter pack is located in their puppy portfolio. (This is not the first mention of NuVet as they all get this information in one of the many prepatory Emails that arrive in the weeks prior to puppy pickups.) Many of our clients have used the product for years. The benefits are well documented. Quality is without question. We know on one occasion quality control discovered one of their products didn’t meet their high-standards so production was halted and new product purchased. NuVet is invested in bringing only high quality and tested products to the market.
With tough financial times upon us, it seems many would opt to cut the supplements first, however, saving the cost of one Veterinary visit a year could more than keep your pet in supplements. That doesn’t count the importance of having them in our lives as long as possible. It seems a small price to pay for better health and a longer life.