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STYLISH DOG BOWLS: WAGGO POLKA DOT DOG BOWL

Waggo-dog-bowl-review-Pawsh-Magazine-5AThe recent addition of Lucy to my family has brought about a few additional changes too, including a brand new Waggo Specktacular Polka Dot Dog Bowl (don’t you adore the pun?!) Here’s how this dotty dog dinner dish measures up!

The Waggo Dog Bowl is FDA approved and dishwasher safe, which many of you know is extremely important to me! Its bold design really ‘pops’ in the kitchen and adds a playful element to the home. Waggo-dog-bowl-review-Pawsh-Magazine-3 Waggo-dog-bowl-review-Pawsh-Magazine-4AAlthough this review shows off the kibble capacity of this lovely dish (4 cups for the medium size), I actually use mine for the pups’ water. The water bowl I originally had for just Rory was drying up too quickly with two little fur monsters guzzling gallons of H20 after every playtime.

Fortunately the Specktacular Polka Dot Dog Bowl quenches my desire for style and the dogs’ thirst at the same time! The 100% ceramic bowl is heavy weighted as well, which means Rory and Lucy can’t knock it over — a habit Lucy developed with our old dog dish.

While I am personally obsessed with anything and everything polka dotted, Waggo’s delicious dog bowl designs offer a great deal of diversity. There is something for everyone and for practically every decor style! Take a peek!

Which design would best suit your dog’s personality? Whether you’re searching for whimsy or a distinguished splash of colour, these gorgeous ceramic creations offer fun and function, especially when displayed in pairs.
1. Seeing Stars Ceramic Dog Bowl
2. Stripey Soiree Ceramic Dog Bowl
3. Specktacular Polka Dot Dog Bowl
4. Splatter Dog Bowl
5. Table Time Glazed Ceramic Bowl
Whatever you choose, the final product will be delightfully drool-worthy and the dogs will love them!Waggo-dog-bowl-review-Pawsh-Magazine-14 Waggo-dog-bowl-review-Pawsh-Magazine-6Hop on over to Waggo’s website and take a look around. I am sure you will find something that will make you smile and add a healthy helping of style to your dog’s everyday life!

{Photography by Pawsh Studio}

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DOG TREAT RECIPE: SWEET POTATO STRIPS

Dog Treat Recipe: Sweet Potato StripsFor a hearty, wholesome snack that really works your dog’s chompers, Sweet Potato Strips are the best! Extremely easy to make and a delight for dogs of all shapes and sizes! This is a treat I made quite by accident after forgetting to put away some leftover sweet potato fries and realizing how ‘tough’ they got. I hope your pups enjoy! (more…)

DURABLE DOG TOYS: TOUGH RABBIT DOG TOY

Tough-Rabbit-ToyEarlier this spring I was introduced to the most adorable dog toy of all time. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Tough Rabbit Dog Toy. This 13-inch bundle of cuteness offers pups two squeakers, no outside seams and soft luscious ‘fur.’ Plus it is machine washable and has no stuffing. It is the cutest toy, reminiscent of the Velveteen Rabbit that you just want to scoop up and cuddle — and your dog will look beyond precious carrying it around too!

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TORONTO DOG PHOTOGRAPHER: AS DOGS WOULD SAY

Toronto-dog-photographer-Pawsh-dog-quotes-2Toronto-dog-photographer-Pawsh-dog-quotes-1Toronto-dog-photographer-Pawsh-dog-quotes-3A few dog-inspired words of wisdom for you before we take off for the long weekend (for our non-Canadian readers, it is Canada Day weekend!) Each dog featured in these dog quotes are available for adoption through Toronto Animal Services and are patiently waiting for their forever homes. Have a wonderful weekend celebrating everyone! We’ll be back on Wednesday with some fresh, new features! xo

{Photography by Posh Pets Photography}

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DOG WELLNESS: THE DANGERS OF IMPACTED DOG ANAL GLANDS

Pawsh-Magazine-impacted-dog-anal-glands-1In February while out for a walk with Rory I noticed a small lump on her rear end. Upon closer inspection I decided it looked like an unfortunate spider bite so thought nothing of it. Then later that same day while giving her a bath I noticed that the small lump had swollen up at an alarming rate to the size of a golf ball!

Not sure what to make of it, my guy and I rushed her to the 24-hour emergency vet clinic. The vet told us that she had an impacted anal gland and that if we hadn’t brought her in when we did it would have ruptured.

The vet had to take Rory in for a procedure to lance the glands (yes, both, because by this time the second one was also swelling) and listening from the waiting room to my sweet little dog yelp and scream as it was done* I cried. I felt so guilty, so helpless – why did this happen? Could it have been prevented? (*despite numbing the surrounding area, draining an impacted gland is still quite uncomfortable and scary for a dog.)
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Impacted anal glands were something I was completely unaware of, so once Rory was completely recovered and off her medication, I reached out to Dr. Aleksandra Milaszewska MS, DVM of Queen West Animal Hospital in Toronto for an interview about this condition. Here are her professional thoughts and advice:

1) What are the dangers of an impacted or infected anal gland?
Anal glands can get big enough to literally block the stool from coming out. While they won’t be able to render the dog not being able to defecate completely, it makes for a painful and a very unpleasant experience for them. Once the glands get very full, the contents are thick and cannot empty themselves, so anal glands will physically rupture through the skin, which is extremely painful and often bleeds.
Pawsh-Magazine-impacted-dog-anal-glands-32) What are some common causes of this ailment?
No one seems to know for sure and there is no scientific proof of any theories out there as to what causes impacted anal glands. We suspect diet and genetic predisposition, but nothing has been definitively proven right or wrong. I do tend to see this more commonly and to a more serious extent in obese dogs, but that is just what I am personally seeing in my practice. This in no way means that impacted anal glands do not effect dogs of normal body condition.

3) What are the signs of an impacted anal gland?
Signs can be scooting on the floor, chewing, licking, defecating soft and ribbon like stools. However, sometimes there are no signs until the glands swell, rupture and are bleeding.
Pawsh-Magazine-impacted-dog-anal-glands-44) What are the dangers of an anal gland that erupts?
Ruptured anal glands are painful, infected and swollen. Usually the hole in the skin that the glands make while rupturing is large and may need surgical cleaning and closure. If an infection goes on too long, I have seen them getting necrosis all the way into the muscle layer which requires a major surgery. Difficulty defecating is another problem as it may be too painful to poo.

5) What can owners do to prevent this condition?
Since we don’t know what causes it, it is hard to say what to do to prevent it. There is some anecdotal evidence that increasing fiber in a dog’s diet helps. I have seen it work, but not in all dogs. The best thing to do is to be vigilant as to signs of a problem and check the glands regularly if you think something may be wrong or you know that your dog is prone to this problem.

With Rory, we still don’t know what caused her impacted anal glands. But in an effort to prevent a recurrence, I have boosted her daily fiber intake and I take her to the vet about once a month just to have her glands checked out – it’s a quick two minute exam and helps to keep my mind at ease.
Pawsh-Magazine-impacted-dog-anal-glands-5I would also recommend that you specifically ask your vet to check your dog’s anal glands whenever you take them in for their yearly checkup, as some vets do not automatically check during the physical.

Needless to say, it was an extremely scary experience and one that I do not wish for anyone, so please keep an eye on your dog’s rear end. It sounds funny, but it is actually a serious issue.

{Special thanks to Dr. Aleksandra Milaszewska for speaking with Pawsh about this ailment and to the wonderful Tonya Pet Photography for the adorable photography,}

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