A lot of you have been asking how FInleyfoo looks so young, and so well for his age as he is neary 10.5 years old, So I thought I would share with you what he receives on a daily basis, and how it has helped him improve and be the dog he is today.
Well unfortunately he has got arthritis in his hips, so I first started him on YuMove, which is proven to work in just 6 weeks*, thanks to ingredients like the world’s top strength, cold-extracted ActivEase™ Green Lipped Mussel and Glucosamine for dogs. And I actually noticed a difference in Finleyfoo within 2 weeks. He started on treatment dose, so due to his weight that equates to 6 a day, but don’t worry he was only on this for 2 weeks and then reduced to his normal dose of 4 a day, if he has an arthritic episode which can happen he goes back into treatment phase for 2 weeks again.
I also have become a regular user of Dorwest products and truly cannot recommend them enough. I started with Garlic & Fenugreek & Mixed Vegetable which Finleyfoo also has every day, he started in the treatment phase and only goes back into that if he has an arthritic episode. Here is some info about these supplements:
Fenugreek has anti-inflammatory properties and in this medicine it’s complemented by garlic, which as well as having antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-viral properties also contains anti-inflammatory compounds. As a result, this licensed herbal medicine is used to relieve the symptoms of arthritis but it can also be used for the symptomatic relief of minor infections, skin conditions and coughs. It can be useful in pets with atopic dermatitis (eczema), or cystitis.
Capturing the essence of selected fresh green plants and their seeds, this formulation has natural anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, anti-bacterial and pain relieving properties. Its main uses are for the symptomatic relief of arthritis, skin and kidney disorders and as a diuretic to aid normal urinary elimination. In arthritic pets, this medicine relieves the pain of arthritis and improves mobility and it can also reduce irritation caused by various skin problems. Mixed Vegetable Tablets promote mild water loss, helping to maintain normal urine flow and pH (acid-alkali) balance. This can be helpful in cases of cystitis, urinary incontinence and leaky bladders that occur after spaying (neutering) or other surgery and in old age.
Last september I discovered and added one more product by Dorwest, which I have to say the Keepers Mix has been a real game changer and since Finleyfoo has been on this, his energy levels and strength have been amazing, funnily since he has been on this people who hadn’t seen him since Summer have all said how well he is looking and how he likes to run and is more playful than ever! which is wonderful to see!
Here is the information on Keepers Mix
Quite simply Dorwests top selling dietary supplement for all round herbal health and I can see why , year after year. This wonderful and unique formulation keeps dogs and cats in tip top condition by giving the diet a super-boost. Keeper’s Mix is derived from a recipe developed by a Dorset gamekeeper and kennel-man and contains an impressive eight ingredients. Balance is the key to this potent herbal blend which contains natural antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, fibres and complex bioactive compounds. As well as promoting a thick healthy coat, Keeper’s Mix has a positive effect on many organs and supports their function to help maintain the body’s natural balance. Working dogs and animals performing at a high level or experiencing physical demands, will benefit from this product.
The other product which was released this year and now he takes regularly is Neutradog, Finleyfoo is not smelly but he has his moments, and he is a dog that does not like being dirty! I have put him on this and well he smells even better than he ever did, but i also think the anti inflammatory Kelp Seaweed helps teeth but also is good too for his arthritis.
This powerful combination of chlorophyllin, parsley, seaweed and mint are perfect to neutralise smells by absorbing odour causing compounds and naturally removing them through the body. This ensures the odours are neutralised before they can be secreted through the skin, making it perfect for a whole host of ‘smelly’ issues! Ideal for:
• Smelly older dogs
• Bitches in season
• Yeasty smelly skin
• Bad breath
– Parsley –
The humble Parsley plant is often underestimated, however this green leafed herb is naturally rich in chlorophyll, a natural odour absorbing compound.
– Chlorophyllin –
Chlorophyll, or more importantly chlorophyllin (a water soluble version), helps to neutralise smells by absorbing odour causing compounds and naturally removing them through the system.
– Kelp Seaweed –
This rich species of deep sea seaweed has an important role to play in helping to eliminate toxins. Naturally rich in anti-oxidants this provides support to the natural anti-inflammatory processes within the body.
– Mint –
This cooling herb is perfect for neutralising nasty smells within the body and also soothing the digestion.
Now I keep adhoc products for incidents/Illness and these are the following
For sickness I have used the homeopathic Merc Viv 15c – these are great, and when I used these regularly as advised the sickness Finely Finleyfoo had subsided quite quickly and within 24 hours he was so much better and I didnt need to take him to the vet for a sickness shot which I have had to do in the past, as hello he is a Lab and they see food they eat it, so walks I have to have eyes up my bum with him!
Tree Barks powder
This stuff is fantastic for an upset tummy. The powdered tree barks in this herbal nutritional supplement hasa soothing effect on the digestive tract, slowing the passage of food and increasing absorption of nutrients, firming stools and easing discomfort. The gentle action and ease of digestion of Tree Barks Powder means it is suitable for use in weaning, during recovery from illness and alongside medication in animals with conditions such as exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. It’s also a good short term choice in animals experiencing bouts of diarrhoea and in the recovery period afterwards, providing relief from intestinal discomfort and for longer term recurrent problems.
Anxiety – Finleyfoo used to get worked up about long journeys, to be fair with Finleyfoo consistency is key and he then takes it in his stride, but we use these herbal supplements before a long journey only now, and I really recommend them for long journeys, or fireworks night:
Scullcap & Valerian
Phobias and nervous disorders can be really hard to deal with – both for pets and from their owners’ perspectives. Widely used as a treatment for noise phobias and fears associated with fireworks, thunder and gunfire, as well as for general excitability and hyperactivity, this herbal medicine is one of our best sellers. It calms and relaxes dogs or cats without causing drowsiness or sedation, enabling them to have improved concentration, making it ideal for use in showing, agility, or sporting activities. Popular for use in travel-related anxiety and also for territorial urine spraying in cats, this licensed product is also used under veterinary supervision to control epilepsy, often alongside conventional treatments. Top tip – buy your supply of Scullcap and Valerian Tablets well in advance of fireworks night – there’s often huge demand around this time.
The other two items I use are for Finleyfoo’s teeth and these are
Ceva Logic Dog Chews
Logic Orozyme Chews are an easy and tasty way to keep your pet’s mouth smiling. Logic Chews assist in the removal and build up of plaque as well as leaving your pet’s breath fresh and clean. The added bonus of lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase within the chews helps promote and enhance the mouths natural defences.
The Logic Chews are made from collagen which is a substance that naturally enhances the mechanical action of chewing on the teeth and gums to aid in the removal of plaque. These chews are not like the green ones which are full of sugar, these are much better form of dog chew and recommended by Vets, I have noticed a huge change in Finelyfoos teeth since he takes these in tandom with the next product I will mention. The good thing are these come in three different sizes tailored to the weight of your dog. You can get these through Ocado’s Fetch
Pro Den Plaque Off Animal
When ProDen PlaqueOff Animal is used daily, this completely natural product made from seaweed can significantly help reduce dental plaque and tartar and improve breath in cats and dogs.
If tartar build-up is left untreated it can result in bad breath, gum disease, tooth decay and premature tooth loss. Since daily brushing of your cat or dog’s teeth can be difficult to achieve, ProDen PlaqueOff Animal provides an easy solution to improving your pet’s oral hygiene.
It comes in a powder form that is sprinkled on your pet’s food. When the ingredients are absorbed into the blood via the digestion and enter the saliva, they effectively prevent accumulation of plaque by affecting the ability of plaque to ‘stick’ to surfaces in the mouth. Existing tartar becomes porous and easily detached by itself or can be readily removed by brushing or cleaning.
This works so well with the chews and for an old boy his teeth are amazing and he always gets the all clear with the Vet.
The Main staple off food that I feed Finley foo is Chudleys Lite, which being a Labrador and a Male ( without his Bits but shhh we dont mention this) he can put weight on very easily. And we have tried other foods, but he really loves his chudleys mixed with all his supplements
Finleyfoo does also have his own Instagram account if you wish to follow him : instagram.com/finleyfoo
I really hope this has been of some help to you lovely dog owners, or if any of your dogs have suffered or suffer from Digestion issues, Anxiety, weight gain and Arthritis! Trust me I have recommended it to other dog owners in the area, they have put their dogs on what was needed within this list and they too cannot believe it’s the same dog! I just wish herbal supplements for us humans worked as well, I have considered taking his, I say considered, I haven’t actually done it yet!…