be happy and healthy!
For me, it's always a bit melancholy bidding a year adieu. And, as we step into a bright, clean New Year, my thoughts go to hoping for good health, happiness, and personal peace and harmony for all of us. We never know what a year will hold for us, and I am jumping into 2019 with positive thoughts, hopes, and plans.
I love this above photo of our beautiful alpha queen, Harley, taken during this year's Christmas season. Is it any wonder Gibson adored her?! It warms my heart to see her feeling so well as she approaches turning 14. The past few months have been rough on our girl, and if you follow our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page, we've shared some of her challenges, that I'm pleased to say, are now healing for the most part, even though she is still not quite back up to par.
Harley has had a rough bout of infections that began in the Autumn. I have noticed that now that she has (gulp) officially entered into her golden years, there are some changes. With her zest and energy, it's hard to imagine her as a "senior" dog. But, it is such a joy to see her enjoying her zoomies, chasing her tail, and wanting to play. When she stops doing these, something is up.
It all began when she had some crazy skin infections at the end of an unusually hot and humid summer that wreaked havoc on her and resulted in an awful skin infection that resulted in some (gasp!) baldness in areas of her back and neck that required being treated topically and orally. Her fur was literally was coming out in clumps to reveal total bald spots underneath. Her undercoat refused to grow back in. In a word, I was nervous.
And finally, some regrowth...
***As with any new food, treat, supplement, or treatment to your pet's daily regimen, always discuss with your veterinarian first.***
|Harley not feeling well.|
|Chloe waiting on a new Treatibles Soft Chew|
Harley, my beautiful, sweet, oldest gal is a true fighter. I admire her strength and will. Having gone completely deaf two years ago, she now relies on the hand signals that I'm so thankful I trained all of my Huskies in with their original training, and now she pays attention beautifully to the signals. I also will alert her to my presence by announcing my entrance when she is sleeping by "thumping" the floor to get her attention (which helps to not startle her and bring out her "Snarley Harley" side!) But, when my tough alpha girl went from having a normally good appetite to suddenly not eating at all, I was quite concerned. I knew one of the medications she desperately needed had a side effect of loss of appetite. And, as any of us who have dogs who suddenly stop eating, you know the challenge of trying (begging) them to take a few nibbles of food, any food, just so long as they eat!
everything from bits of cooked turkey mixed with bone broth to finding just the one or two proteins she would nibble on and, yes, even baby food and my homemade "Husky soup," and letting her nibble or lick a few times throughout the day. Since one of her adult-age onset of seizures we believe was triggered by hypoglycemia, her not eating was a huge concern. She usually enjoyed the pumpkin hard chew Treatibles®, but since she was not eating, I switched her to the Treatibles® oil by dropper to hopefully help with not only her daily arthritis pain, but now also the pain of her ear infections, as well as to hopefully avert any possible seizure activity, and (fingers crossed) see her appetite increase. Since she was not willingly eating, I could not give her the regular Treatibles pumpkin hard chews she typically likes, so the oil was fantastic to have. I am happy to report that I have seen such positive results on all fronts.
|"Woo! Let's zoomie, Wolf!" says Harley, |
|Bandit taste-testing the new soft chews!|
Types of Treatibles:
How Many Treatibles® Can I Give My Dog?
- Pumpkin Chews: Chickpea Flour, Pumpkin, Coconut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Tapioca, Molasses, Kale, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Sunflower Lecithin
- Blueberry Chews: Chickpea Flour, Pumpkin, Coconut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Tapioca, Molasses, Blueberries, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Sunflower Lecithin
- Turkey Chews: Chickpea Flour, Sweet Potato, Turkey, Coconut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Tapioca, Molasses, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Sunflower Lecithin
- Tater’s Sweet Potato Tots: Chickpea Flour, Sweet Potato, Coconut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Tapioca, Molasses, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Sunflower Lecithin
- New Soft Chews: Great for seniors dogs (or cats) or those who may have some trouble chewing harder biscuits.The active ingredients are listed as a proprietary blend of turmeric root, organic full spectrum hemp oil, papain (papaya), bromelain (pineapple stem) and inactive ingredients are apple pectin powder, beef liver, calcium sulfate dihydrate, coconut glycerin, flaxseed oil, grain free brewer’s yeast, gum arabic, microcrystalline cellulose, mixed tocopherols, natural preservative (from oregano, flaxseed and plums), sodium alginate, sunflower lecithin, water.
Important Read: Not sure what a dog's endocannabinoid system (ECS) is or why cannabinoid (CBD) ? Check out this very informative blog article by a professional fellow blogger, Rebecca Sanchez of The Pet Lifestyle Guru "How a Dog's Endocannabinoid System Works." READ IT HERE.
Important Read: Portion of Statement From the FDA Commissioner:
"Today (December 20, 2018), the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was signed into law. Among other things, this new law changes certain federal authorities relating to the production and marketing of hemp, defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.), and derivatives of cannabis with extremely low (less than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis) concentrations of the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These changes include removing hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, which means that it will no longer be an illegal substance under federal law.... In short, we treat products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds as we do any other FDA-regulated products — meaning they’re subject to the same authorities and requirements as FDA-regulated products containing any other substance. This is true regardless of the source of the substance, including whether the substance is derived from a plant that is classified as hemp under the Agriculture Improvement Act. To help members of the public understand how the FDA’s requirements apply to these products, the FDA has maintained a webpage (items 18-23 pertain to pets) with answers to frequently asked questions, which we intend to update moving forward to address questions regarding the Agriculture Improvement Act and regulation of these products generally." READ FULL STATEMENT HERE.
On A Personal Note
I know just how it can seem to be a bit of the Wild West navigating the industrial hemp and cannabidiol terrain, which if you have been looking into it, probably already know! So much to know, from the legalese to laws to obtaining honest and direct answers from the brand to questions, such as:
- What state(s) do they grow their hemp?
- Is it organic?
- Has tests been done on crops for pesticides?
- Can you see the lab results?
- What is the state's legal stance?
- Can you visit the crop site?
Hopefully, these important informational sites I've shared here will help shed a little more light on the specifics that can be very confusing to laypersons, like me! It is important to keep up on what is happening on the legal front, and understand why some products may be referred to as hemp oil, and what is the best source. As we know, there is much research out there now about the positive benefits, and we highly recommend having an informative conversation with your vet if this is something you are considering.
So...after 2018 ending on a bit of a wild ride (did I mention I also had bronchitis and laryngitis for three weeks?!), here's to having a 2019 that will turn out to be a wonderful one to look back upon, filled with joy and memories. And, naturally, a wish for all of us--family and friends--to stay healthy, happy, and harmonious all year through!