Show us your smile!

by Sue on October 7, 2014

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Brushing your dog’s teeth isn’t just about fresh breath. It’s a part of good oral care is important to your dog’s overall health. Although most people aren’t aware of it, gum disease is a common and serious problem in dogs. Yet brushing your dog’s teeth can prevent it. Veterinarians estimate that 85 percent of dogs over five years of age suffer from gum disease. Gum disease develops when food particles and bacteria collect along the gum line and form soft deposits called plaque. Over time that turns into rock-hard tartar. If tartar isn’t removed from your dog’s teeth, it will eventually inflame the gums. As the inflamed gums begin to separate from the teeth, pockets form. This causes gum disease to worsen. At this point, your dog can experience severe pain, lose teeth, form abscesses in his mouth and develop a bacterial infection. This infection can spread through the bloodstream to the kidneys, liver, heart or brain. Gum disease is irreversible, so now is a great time to get started on a regular oral care regimen for your dog. Remember…prevention is the key.

It’s ideal to brush your dog’s teeth daily, just like you brush your own. However, if you cannot do that, aim to brush your dog’s teeth at least every other day.

Smaller dogs and dogs with flat or short, broad snouts (like pugs and bulldogs) may need more frequent brushing. Their teeth are often crowded together, which allows more plaque to accumulate and increases their risk of developing gum disease.

Things to keep in mind:

If your dog is losing weight, starts eating slower or refusing to eat for no apparent reason, it is time to have their teeth checked.

If your dog develops bad breath, don’t reach for breath fresheners for your dog until you have their teeth checked. Giving breath fresheners to a dog with bad teeth is like sweeping dirt under a rug.

Brushing your dog’s teeth regularly does not totally eliminate a professional dental done by a qualified Veterinarian. It will however greatly reduce the trips to the Vet for this procedure. Since I started brushing my dog’s teeth, my Vet is doing a professional cleaning on my dog’s teeth every three years now instead of every year like before.

Sussie and the Weiners


If you have a Facebook account…please like our page.

by Sue on October 2, 2014

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I am a big fan of these products. I use all three on my dogs with fantastic results.

Barker Labs Facebook page

Sue, Gunny and the rest of the dachshund clan


Salmon oil. It’s not just for humans.

by Sue on September 30, 2014

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Omega-3 fatty acids are found in meat. However, the grain-fed meats that form the meat portion of dry or canned dog food are lacking in the recommended amount of Omega-3’s. Many dry or canned dog foods contain salmon meat or added salmon oil. But the omega-3 fatty acids in that are at very low levels compared to supplementing with salmon oil. That is why it’s a good idea to add salmon oil supplements to the dog’s diet.

Salmon oil helps the skin and gives a healthy coat as well as strong teeth and nails. Studies have shown it is beneficial for joint health and to ward off arthritis. Just as in people, it is recommended for keeping the heart healthy. Also, studies have shown that salmon oil may boost the immune system by providing important nutrients not found in commercial dog foods.

I have one dog, a dachshund, who is going to be turning 11 years old shortly. He has had four spinal surgeries. I notice a few short weeks after starting him on salmon oil, he moved more freely and is actually acting younger.

And salmon oil is not just for older dogs. It can help build better brains and bones in younger dogs. Studies have shown that it may also help keep brain functioning sharp in aging dogs.

It is recommended for dogs with skin allergies and to help various skin conditions heal faster. I know this from personal experience. I have another dog, a dachshund as well, that has suffered from skin allergies for years no matter what I tried. It all seemed to come to a halt after I started her on Salmon oil. Another added bonus is that it has the same effect on her as my 11 year old dog. She started acting younger. She is 10.

Salmon oil as a cancer fighter has been studied by Dr. Oglivie DVM at the Colorado State School of Veterinary Medicine. Some home prepared veterinary diets include large doses of the oil. About 1000mg per 10lbs of the dog’s weight. According to Dr. Oglivie, it also appears to slow cancer cell growth and helps cachexic dogs maintain their weight. (Note: Cachexic is the muscle wasting associated with some forms of cancer.)

For those who feed their dog a raw diet, fresh salmon can be fed to dogs on a regular basis. Canned salmon contains about 7000mg of omega-3 per can and can be spooned onto a dog’s regular food. DO NOT FEED RAW SALMON! There is a very high risk of Salmon Poisoning Disease by doing so and you dog COULD die!

I have tried many salmon oil products on the market. I could see some results, but not as fast or as productive as I would have liked them to be. It was not until I stumbled on this brand that the results were astonishing. You might want to give it a try too. I don’t think you will be disappointed.



A wonderful new product. Flex Complete Vegetarian Liquid Joint supplement.

by Sue on September 16, 2014

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This stuff works! Speaking from personal experience. This is also safe for dogs with corn allergies as the allergens have been removed.


100% Vegetarian Dog Joint Supplement

 1,600mg Glucosamine    1,500mg MSM    100mg Vitamin C

100mg Bromelain   30mg Manganese    25mg Omega Oil 3,6,9

10mg Boron   10mg Grape Seed Extract   Hyaluronic Acid.

Specially formulated for dogs with sensitive stomachs

Our Glucosamine is derived from corn not shellfish or beef like most supplements

FlexComplete is Manufactured in a USA Based GMP Certified Facility.

 Advanced Joint Support Therapy

 Contains No Shellfish, Beef, Gluten, Wheat, Milk, Soy, Sugar, Starch, Yeast or Salt

 Supports HEALTHY And FLEXIBLE Joints and Connective Tissue.

Guaranteed – See Results or its FREE!



Where does your dog sleep?

by Sue on September 5, 2014

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Because my service dog needs to be near me, he sleeps in bed with me.

Where does your dog sleep?

Sussie and Gunny


A fantastic new product I would like to tell you about

by Sue on August 14, 2014

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My Service Dog, Gunny, at almost 11 years of age, is still going strong. I atttribute this to many things, but four key ones.

#1 Top quality food and regular visits to the Vet.

#2 Daily grooming including teeth brushing.

#3 His love of his job and the relaxed way he goes about it as though he was born to do it.

#4 But most of all a good joint supplement.

The problem with most joint supplements on the market is that I just never got the results that I really wanted. I did find a couple on the market that, while I got noticeable results, gave Gunny such bad gas that it would literally make my eyes water. Try traveling in a vehicle or sleeping with THAT! So I finally stopped using the one that was giving me noticable results and went back to the one that gave me partial results. I figured that partial results and no gas was better that good results and getting gassed.

Then along came “Flex Complete” by Barker Labs.

Now granted, this is a product that we do sell. BUT! I am not writing this from a salesman’s standpoint. I am writing this from a consumer’s standpoint.

Gunny is taking this now and is having great results. Not to mention the best part of all. No gas!

Now here’s the strange thing. Gunny does NOT have a sensitive stomach at all. As a matter of fact, he can pretty much eat anything. So the fact that these other supplements, which are as good as “Flex Complete”, were giving him gas, it kinda got me to thinking “What the heck is in those others that make him have gas?” And the more I pondered on that, the more I thought “Do I really WANT to know what was in there?”

I think I’ll just stick with this good quality supplement that does not have any ill effects.


And, by the way, I am also giving this to two of my other dogs. Once which DOES have a sensitive stomach and other that has food allergies. They are having no ill effects from Flew Complete either. It’s just an all around good supplement.

Sussie and the Weiners


Independence Day. Is it right for everyone?

by Sue on July 22, 2014

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I do not like Independence Day. But not because I am un-American, it’s because I am un-fireworks.

I do not have a problem with loud noises. I love to hear the rolling thunder. I love to go to the shooting range. But I do not like the damage fireworks can cause. Emotionally and physically.

My husband (rest his soul) told me once of an incident that not only un-nerved him but made him feel foolish. It was not long after he had been honorably discharged from the USMC. He was walking down the sidewalk, heading for a meal at a café he liked to frequent. A vehicle innocently backfired. He dove for cover by leaping over a fence. PTSD is a terrible thing to live with. And, while he loved the rolling thunder and the firing range just as much as I did, you could tell as July 4th came closer that his nerves would start to fray…and so would mine. But not for the same reasons.

While he knew the loud bag of a firearm would happen, as he was the one pulling the trigger. He did not know when the loud crack of fireworks would happen. He was not in control of the situation. We did not allow fireworks on our property. But that did not stop the neighboring farms from setting them off (even illegal ones like roman candles). I find it interesting that the way we celebrate our nation’s freedom can be living hell for some of those that fought for our freedom.

How does the 4th affect me? I know that on the 4th, dogs will die and things will burn. People will not secure their dogs. Dogs will escape and get injured or killed by vehicles and other things. People do not pay attention to where they are sending fireworks and things catch on fire. I learned a long time ago to pretty much just stay home not only on the 4th, but also on the 5th because of what I will see laying in or alongside the roads. I have a different kind of PTSD. It is not from the military. But it bothers me just the same. And the 4th really brings it home because I fear for the aftermath.

I am sure that allot of you understand where I am coming from. But I feel compelled write this.

How do you feel about fireworks?


Did you train your SD or did you have him/her trained?

by Sue on May 28, 2014

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My dog and I already had a close working relationship as a narcotics detection dog prior to the incident that brought on my PTSD. So he actually started alerting me to my attacks before I realized what he was actually doing. So, in a way, he was self taught.

Did you train your dog? Have your dog trained? Or was it a self taught much like my “Gunny” was?


This weekend.

by Sue on May 23, 2014

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We will be closed this Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Stay safe everyone.

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What made you decide on the breed you are using?

by Sue on May 19, 2014

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Or did you already have a dog and trained him/her or had him/her trained?

My dog was one I had already had for three years. He started picking up on my new health problem so I just decided to use him and finish train him.