dog health

UltraCell CBD – for Dogs and Humans!

I am a total skeptic about most supplements – but I have experienced some really amazing results while taking Zilis’ UltraCell CBD.  Since this product is also approved for use in dogs (and cats), we want to share it!

This blog’s purpose is to announce these new products that we will be adding to our shop and offering online through www.zilis.com/highcountrycbd.  The UltraCell CBD product and the boosters, Ice and Dream, are safe for dogs.  The other boosters should be used for humans only at this time.

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First, allow me to explain that this product is made from hemp, not cannabis, and it’s THC contents are incredibly low – the bottle I am currently using tested at 0.0155% THC.  I know this because Zilis has each batch tested at an independent lab and then puts a QR code on each bottle so the end user can access the lab results – pretty cool!

Second, I’ll tell you that for me personally, it has done wonders for the symptoms of my anxiety and my productivity levels.  I’ve never even considered selling supplements, but after my husband and I saw the effect it had on me, we decided we wanted to promote the product and tell all of our friends about it!  If you have any personal questions about my experience with the product, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I am also giving it to Tucker, my Labrador.  He loves the taste (I feed him his 6 drops on a spoon) and it has not had any adverse side effects on him that I can tell – which is great since Tucker is such a sensitive boy (epilepsy, irritable bowl syndrome, acid reflux, allergies, etc).  We started giving it to him to see if it would have a positive effect on his seizures.  He typically only has two a year, and his last one was in December, so we’ve got a few more months to wait before we see if the CBD will lessen the frequency or severity.  He does seem slightly more energetic, but he can go through phases of higher levels of energy, so we look forward to seeing if this is a phase or a new normal for him! (UPDATE as of 4/15/2019 – he DEFINITELY has more energy – he’s eager to play, explore, and even be a little more silly than normal!)

I can also share with you a testimonial from one of our clients, Stacy, about her dog Brit.  If you follow our Instagram or Facebook, you’ve seen photos of her.  She has always had some anxiety, but it got worse and became somewhat aggressive after she was attacked at a park.  Eventually she lashed out at one of the family’s other dogs and became very reactive on walks.  She also had recurring shoulder pain and limping from time to time.  Here is what her mom has to say about UltraCell:

“Our 7 year-old Labrador, Brit, has been taking UltraCell for the past month.  She has been more playful and energetic since starting the product.  Prior to starting UltraCell, she had back pain and right front shoulder pain.  Now, she actively plays with our two 5 month-old puppies.  She loves the taste (and so does our puppy, who seems to know when we open the bottle!).  We are very thankful for UltraCell.”

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Brit and her sister hanging out with Ellie at a lesson in September 2018.

I am so excited to see how adding UltraCell CBD oil to a solid training regimen will help some of our clients – dog or human!

We hope to have some samples for sale at our shop as early as next Monday, 3/25/19.  If you’re interested in purchasing one, please let us know!  Remember, our office hours are by appointment only – contact us if you’d like to come by.  828-699-3977  discoverydog1@gmail.com

You can see the dosage chart by clicking this link! 20180830-ultracellpetdosageflyer

Consult your qualified veterinarian provider prior to using this product. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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Leash Laws – They Aren’t Just About YOU!

This one is going to step on some toes – sorry folks!

I often hear people explain their choice to have their dogs unleashed in public/leash-required areas by saying, “My dog is super friendly – he won’t hurt anyone!”  I’ve also heard, “He doesn’t go too far, and he almost always comes when I call.”

These individuals assume that the leash law is just for them – and that because their dog is friendly or usually comes when called that the law is irrelevant to them.  Friends, this simply isn’t the case.  Nearly every week, I hear my clients complain about off leash dogs who run up on their leashed dogs.  And here’s the thing – most of these client dogs ARE REACTIVE.  Dogs who are aggressive or fearful do not need your happy-go-lucky pup running up into their faces – no matter how much of a social butterfly your pup may be!

I have clients who have worked extremely hard to improve their dog’s behavior, but they are still nervous about going to our local Greenway because of the large number of off leash dogs who show no obvious training or manners.  That is simply unacceptable.

Listen folks, I get it.  Most of you don’t have large yards to let your dogs run and we only have one dog park (which I hear negative reviews on regularly) in the area.  Regardless, it doesn’t give you the right to ignore a law or rule that has been put in place not only to protect other dogs and people, but your dog as well!  If you need to practice obedience at a distance, or even play a small game of fetch, why not use a lightweight long line to make sure you remain in control?

Please, respect your fellow dog lovers and keep your dog leashed where required – especially when that area is a high traffic area.  Remember that some of the dogs you see at the Greenway have been attacked by off leash dogs – and they are still affected by that fear and anxiety!  

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Fall 2017 – I needed to work on off leash obedience with Beau, but since we were at the Greenway, I used a green parachute cord as my long line to make sure we were still being respectful of other patrons.  Choosing a material that blends in and isn’t heavy helps simulate an off leash environment.  

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Common Puppyhood Injuries

Puppies, like children, often get sick or have accidents.  And while some of these sicknesses and accidents are unavoidable, there are some things we can do as owners to attempt to reduce visits to the vet.

The AKC recently published an article about the top puppy injuries they see come through their insurance program (yes, doggie health insurance is now a thing).  You can read the full article by Clicking Here.

Two of the five most common items they discuss are ear infections and ingestion of a foreign body.

In Puppy Preschool, we discuss the importance of first aid and proper grooming, which includes regularly checking your puppy’s ears and knowing how to properly clean them when they become dirty.  Some breeds are more susceptible to ear infections than others, such as breeds with floppy ears and/or a lot of hair in the ear canal.  Ear infections can be quite painful, and at times costly, so it’s important to utilize preventative strategies when possible.  Even so, ear infections can still occur, so owners would do well to familiarize themselves with the early symptoms so they can receive medical treatment before the infection worsens.

Anyone who has ever owned a puppy also knows that they explore the world with their mouths.  That means that anything within a puppy’s reach is often fair game for mouthing and/or ingesting when unsupervised.  Puppies can often make quick work of certain household objects, so best practice is to crate your puppy when it is unsupervised.  If you are crate training properly and helping your puppy understand that the crate is his safe space, crating him should not cause undo stress.  Even if your puppy doesn’t love the idea of going in his crate while you go to work or run an errand, his safety (and the safety of your belongings) should still be prioritized over his feelings.  As the mature adult, it’s your job to make decisions for him – he’s just a baby!

Even diligent owners who move objects to higher ground and utilize a crate can still find themselves with a puppy who has ingested a foreign object.  While some objects may pass through your puppy’s digestive tract without causing harm, other objects can either leech toxins or become stuck along the way.  When in doubt, call your veterinarian.  He or she may want to take x-rays to identify and locate the object in order to create an appropriate treatment plan.

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Don’t forget that “all natural” objects can become a problem, too!  Puppies who swallow large chunks of wood, rocks, or even large nuts could end up with a digestive issue.  Supervision is always key!  

 

 

 

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