Zoey at Banfield

Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan for Your Dog

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With 5 people in our household, it can sometimes be easy to forget about our very first baby – our 8 year old Lab Zoey! Throughout the day, Zoey is pretty laid-back and she likes to stay in her crate. She loves our three kids and lets Olivia and Evie hang all over her. Just like humans, dogs need check-ups with their doctors too – especially because of heartworm disease.

Heartworm disease is one of the most serious and potentially fatal parasites affecting dogs and cats. Pets can contract heartworm disease through a single bite from an infected mosquito!  Treatment of heartworm disease in dogs is difficult and painful for the dog, as well as expensive for the pet owner. Heartworm disease can be deadly to cats and there is no approved heartworm treatment in the U.S. for cats today. We were always so careful to keep our cat inside but with Zoey, it’s a bit harder. She loves to run around our backyard and there are just so many mosquitoes out this summer! Luckily, heartworm prevention is easy, safe and affordable. To properly protect pets from heartworm infection, Banfield Pet Hospital recommends annual heartworm testing and year-round preventive medication for both dogs and cats.

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Our experience with Banfield Pet Hospital

We were able to take Zoey to our local Banfield Pet Hospital and enroll her into the Banfield Optimim Wellness Plan. The plans can be customized based on the needs of your pet, and combine physical exams, routinely recommended vaccinations and screenings, unlimited free office visits, service discounts and more into one affordable veterinary care package. This is such a great deal because you really never know what could happen to your little furbaby!

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Banfield believes in preventive veterinary care as the best way to improve the quality and longevity of a pet’s life by reducing the risk of developing serious, costly and sometimes fatal diseases, such as heartworm disease. Heartworm testing  can be administered during a routine office visit. Office visits are always free through Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan®, and many plans include annual heartworm tests.

When we brought Zoey in, they were able to run numerous tests on her during her check-up, including a heartworm test. The good news? No heartworm and for her age, Zoey is in really great shape! The bad news? Poor Zoey had a double ear infection!

I absolutely loved her doctor who explained everything about all of the tests that they ran and also how we were going to treat Zoey’s ear infection – they even showed me how to do an ear washing so we could get medicine down her ears!

The rest of the staff was so great to us and everything went very quickly and we were both put at ease. The rooms are also very nice and clean. Plus, we saved so much money! All of the tests were well over $500 but when you sign up for the plan, you’re just paying a low monthly fee.

It’s nice to know that in case of an emergency or just a check-up, they will be there for us!

Heartworm Preventive

Banfield Pet Hospital offers ProHeart® 6, an injectable heartworm preventive that can be prescribed to healthy dogs over the age of 6 months, which delivers six months of protection in a single dose—offering both convenience and peace of mind to pet owners.

Banfield will do a quick blood test to make sure they are free of adult heartworms and then they can get started on ProHeart® 6 which can protect dogs from dangerous heartworm disease by preventing immature worms from maturing into adults that cause damage in the pet’s heart.

If you’re interested in trying out ProHeart® 6 for your pet, download this $10 off a 6-month injectable heartworm preventive coupon!

Thank you to Banfield Pet Hospital for providing information about Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® and ProHeart® 6 – we love it for Zoey!

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Rachael Ray’s Zero Grain Nutrish Dog Food Review

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Last month I shared that we our lab Zoey has been eating Rachael Ray’s Zero Grain Nutrish Dog Food for the last few months. My husband was first skeptical when I poured that first bowl for Zoey but quickly came around to why this was the food for her!

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We have had Zoey since she was only 3 months old. Time has flown by because I couldn’t believe when re recently brought her to the vet for a checkup and started talking about how she is 7 years old – which means she is a senior dog! Zoey has a ton of energy and she loves playing in the backyard with Hayden and taking long walks. I want to keep hear healthy and energetic and that means she needs to eat healthy too!

Just like humans, dogs can benefit from a natural, grain-free and gluten-free diet like Nutrish® Zero Grain™. Nutrish® Zero Grain Turkey & Potato Recipe is a natural food that doesn’t contain any grains, glutens, by-products, fillers or artificial ingredients, so it’s a more easily digestible and allergy-friendly option for your dog.

The Rachael Ray Nutrish® Zero Grain™ Turkey & Potato Recipe is the perfect food for Zoey! The #1 ingredient is some filler, but U.S farm-raised turkey! It also contains whole potatoes, peas, tapioca, beet pulp and whole flaxseed – REAL food for your dog!

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Another thing I love about the food is that it’s made right here in the USA from a family owned and operated company with excellence in safety and environmental sustainability. Plus, it’s available right where you shop for your groceries – I actually pick ours up from Target!

We will be continuing to use Rachael Ray’s Zero Grain Nutrish Dog Food – Zoey has seemed like she has been a happier, healthier dog since eating it! You can switch and request a coupon to be sent to you and the food is available at local retailers near you!

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Healthy Food for Your Dog with Rachael Ray’s Zero Grain Nutrish Dog Food

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I spend a lot of time focusing on the food that my family eats. I’m on a mission for us to eat a lot healthier so I’ve cut out a lot of processed foods, dyes and high fructose corn syrup. Both my husband and I gave up soda over a year ago and I’ve enjoyed making my twins homemade baby food so I know exactly what they are eating. So if we are taking care of all the members of our family, why not our little furry friends too?

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Our lab Zoey will be 7 years old in a few months and at a recent check-up, I was surprised to hear the doctor say that she was considered a “senior dog”. She sure doesn’t act like it and it seems like we have been saying for years that she will soon grow out of her puppy stage. She still has so much energy and we want to make sure she stays healthy too!

We were able to try Rachel Ray Nutrish Zero Grain Dog Food and Zoey absolutely loved it. She acted like it was a real treat for her and we have continued to buy it from our local Target store. I love that she’s getting such a delicious and healthy food to eat.

Why Feed Your Dog Grain Free Food?

Did you know that dogs’ natural diets are low in grains? Carbs are an important part of their diet but they shouldn’t be the staple of a healthy, balanced dog diet. Real meat is the number one ingredient in all Rachael Ray Nutrish® foods for dogs.

Some dogs have grain and gluten allergies that can cause skin irritations or other problems. These dogs can benefit from a natural, grain-free and gluten-free diet like Nutrish® Zero Grain™, which removes the grain and gluten allergens. Nutrish® Zero Grain Turkey & Potato Recipe is a natural food that doesn’t contain any grains, glutens, by-products, fillers or artificial ingredients, so it’s a more easily digestible and allergy-friendly option for your dog.

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Why Did Rachel Ray Make a Grain Free Recipe?

I love Rachael Ray and just like all of us, she wants the best for furry family members! Rachel worked with a team of pet nutrition experts to create Nutrish® Zero Grain™, a pet food made with simple, natural ingredients that doesn’t contain any grains, glutens or fillers.

U.S. farm-raised turkey is always the number one ingredient, as it’s easily digestible and may help to avoid an allergic response to food allergies. Carefully selected ingredients like whole potatoes, peas and tapioca are the easily digestible vegetable carbohydrates in Zero Grain. Plus, I love that proceeds benefit Rachael’s Rescue™ — an organization that helps animals in need.

Benefits of Nutrish Dog Food

Grain Free Turkey Formula Dry Dog Food is formulated to provide your dog with nutrition as close to what nature would in the wild, while also giving him a complete and balanced meal! Grain Free Turkey Formula Dry Dog Food is made of 74% animal and 26% vegetable – a combination that provides the right amount of protein, highly digestible fats, and plant-based proteins from nature. It’s also grain free, gluten free and potato free and a great alternative for those who don’t have time or don’t want to feed raw food, but still want all of the nutritional benefits. Made in the USA, it’s a family owned and operated company with excellence in safety and environmental sustainability, plus your dog will just love it!

We are a big fan of Rachael Ray’s Nutrish Dog Food and I think your furry friend will too! You can switch and request a coupon to be sent to you and the food is available at local retailers near you!

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Keeping Our Dog Happy and Healthy with IAMS {$50 Gift Card Giveaway – 5 Winners!}

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5 years ago we purchased our first house and settled in to being new homeowners. After a few months, I started to want a dog. It seemed that our whole neighborhood was full of dogs, including our neighbors on either side of us. We would always see people walking down our street and stopping to chat with one another while their dogs waited by their side. It seems that dogs are an instant icebreaker and make you feel like you belong to a community!

My husband has never been a fan of dogs so I knew that it would take some convincing, but after mentioning it only a few times he was excited to start the search with me. We spent an entire Saturday searching shelters throughout St. Louis and mid-afternoon we came across a small yellow Lab who was about 4 months old. While we instantly loved her, there were a few more places to check out. The whole time we were checking out a few other shelters, we couldn’t get her out of our mind! We hurried back to the shelter and she was luckily still there. She came home with us that very night and Zoey has been with us ever since!

Zoey was really our first baby and I believe that she taught us a lot about being parents. She was this little 4 month old puppy, taken away from her mother and siblings, completely dependent on my husband and I! We had to feed her, bathe her, entertain her and of course, potty train her! Just like a child, she loved us back but of course gave us a little trouble too!

 

 

When we found out that I was pregnant with Hayden, we were concerned on how Zoey would accept it. She’s such a loving dog and has been nothing but great with both adults and children so I didn’t have any concern there. I was worried how she would feel about a new little human coming into the home and taking all of our attention! Before Hayden was born, I found a recording of a crying baby and would play it so she would get used to hearing a babies cry. Before Hayden and I came home from the hospital, my husband brought home one of Hayden’s blankets before we came home so she could sniff it and see what Hayden smelled like.

Since Hayden was born, Zoey has been nothing but his number one protector and best friend. As a baby, whenever Hayden would start to cry, Zoey would be quick to alert us. She loved to watch him nap in his swing and would always sit below him or outside his bedroom door. Now that Hayden is older, he loves running around the house and playing soccer in the backyard. Zoey gets a kick out of watching Hayden play on “her turf” and Hayden loves running after her!

When it came time to potty training Hayden, my husband and I commented so many times that it was like when we potty trained Zoey! We would set our alarm to let Zoey outside and we would do the same with Hayden (to bring him to the bathroom, not outside!). We used treats with Zoey each time she would go potty outside and every time that Hayden would go potty, he would get a sticker or a small toy!

Since Hayden is in preschool, they have been talking a lot about chores and helping out at home. We decided that Zoey would be perfect to help Hayden learn about responsibility. He’s responsible for letting her our of her crate in the morning and putting her back in if we leave for the day. Next to Zoey’s bowl is her dog food, so Hayden scoops her food into the bowl for her meals. Hayden loves having that sense of responsibility and being able to help around the house.

IAMS provides ideal nutrition for puppies and other pets, the benefit of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle is so important for our entire family— Zoey included! We make sure that Zoey gets the best care and that includes the food that she eats. As a family, we make sure to take walks throughout the neighborhood so we are all getting exercise, while Zoey gets to see some of her friends!

 

 

Our family is so much more fulfilled with having Zoey in our life. She adds so much to each of us and I’m so glad that Hayden gets the experience of growing up with a dog!

I’d love to hear more about your pets! How do you keep them happy and healthy?

 

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What Makes your Dog Great – Enter the Purina Pro Plan Video Contest!

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Last week I shared how our dog Zoey was great and also Purina Pro Plan’s “How is your Dog Great?” video contest. I have really enjoyed checking out all of the submissions for the contest over on the Purina Pro Plan You Tube Channel! There’s videos for athletic dogs, smart dogs, show dogs, devoted dogs (that’s Zoey!) and more!

Even though Zoey is our first baby, I have really enjoyed seeing how her and Hayden interact. Since the first day that we brought Hayden home, Zoey has been his protector, sometimes even hovering outside his bedroom door. When he was younger and would start to cry, she would come straight to me to make sure I heard.

Now, those two have a blast looking out the living room window whenever they hear a noise or playing soccer together in the backyard. Zoey gets a kick out of watching Hayden play on “her turf” and Hayden loves running after her.

Zoey has always been intuitive like most dogs – when we had an earthquake a few years ago Zoey was up and pacing in our bedroom and whining before it actually happened. When I was pregnant with Hayden she was always around me and putting her head or paws on my belly. Now that I’m pregnant again with twins, she seemed to know even before we did – she was giving me more attention and trying to cuddle up and lick me. I love that she is protective of them even before they are born!

Purina Pro Plan “How is your Dog Great?” Video Contest

 

 

 

Don’t forget to enter the Purina Pro Plan’s Video Contest! From now until August 27, 2012,  upload a short video, less than two minutes in length, to the Pro Plan YouTube channel. Share how your dog is great – whether it be their skills in fetching, their devotion to you and your family or their ability to dance or sing! ;-)

The grand prize winner who best captures their dog’s greatness will have their winning video featured in a Pro Plan commercial, which will be unveiled at the 2013 Westminster Dog Show, presented by Purina Pro Plan! The winner also receive a year’s supply of Pro Plan brand dog food.

For additional information and full contest entry details and rules, visit the Pro Plan YouTube channel – make sure to check out all of the uploaded videos so far!

 

 

Disclosure: I was compensated for this sponsored post made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

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Purina Pro Plan’s “How is Your Dog Great?” Video Contest

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You know how people get baby fever? Well, about 5 years ago, I got dog fever! Everywhere we went, we saw puppies and I desperately tried to convince my husband that we needed one too. He did not want to get a dog at all and never really liked dogs. Then, one morning he woke up and said, “Let’s go find a dog”.

We spent a whole Saturday searching shelters in St. Louis and mid-afternoon came across a small yellow Lab who was about 4 months. We instantly loved her but wanted to visit a few more places. We couldn’t get her out of our mind so we hurried back and she was luckily still there. She came home with us that night and Zoey has been with us ever since!

Zoey will always be our first baby but when we brought Hayden home for the first time we made sure to do lots of research to make sure she would be comfortable. Before Hayden was born, we played crying baby sounds. Heath brought home one of Hayden’s blankets before we came home so she could sniff it and see what Hayden smelled like. Since Hayden was born, Zoey has been nothing but his number one protector and best friend.

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Zoey is so great because she is always there for us whenever we need her. She seems to have a sense when we need a lick on the hand or a soft cuddle and she is quick to protect Hayden if she thinks something is going to harm him. She’s definitely an important part of our family!

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Is your dog a pro at catching flying discs? How about your faithful running sidekick? Purina® Pro Plan® is asking passionate pet owners to put their dog’s greatness on display in the “How is Your Dog Great?” video contest.

From now until August 27, 2012, pet owners can upload a short film, less than two minutes in length, to the Pro Plan YouTube channel. Entries should demonstrate moments along their dog’s journey toward greatness that inspire others to discover greatness in their dog.

The grand prize winner who best captures their dog’s greatness will have their winning video featured in a Pro Plan commercial, which will be unveiled at the 2013 Westminster Dog Show, presented by Purina Pro Plan. The winner also receive a year’s supply of Pro Plan brand dog food.

For additional information and full contest entry details and rules, please visit the Pro Plan YouTube channel.

 

What makes your dog great?

 

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Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro #ILoveMyDog Shopping Trip!

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This weekend I went shopping for my dog Zoey to get some dog food for her!

We were asked by Collective Bias to try out the new Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro food!

Before we went I was able to print up a $3 off coupon!

It was a fantastic price! Only $11.48 for a 16 lb. bag of food! With the $3 coupon I paid only $8.48 for a 16 pound bag!

And Zoey loves the food so much! She devoured it!

We also picked up an additional bag to share with a local animal shelter!

 

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Disclosure: I was compensated by Collective Bias and Del Monte. All opinions are 100% mine!