Category Archives: Wellness

Check Your Cat’s Health from Home!


We know our cats can suffer from ailments and that they can be very difficult to detect since most cats are stoic.  Now there is an easy way to frequently monitor your cat’s wellness and vitality between visits to the vet.

The CheckUp Home Cat Wellness Kit is designed to detect four common health problems in cats.


The Kit includes everything you need to collect a urine sample from your cat. The special hydroponic sand included with the kit will bead up the urine for testing. It is then placed into the included vial for testing. The test strips provide immediate results, similar to a home pregnancy test.


Watch this short video to see how easy it is to use the CheckUp Home Cat Wellness Test!

The CheckUp Home Cat Wellness Test is available online at  $3 from each sale will be donated to Cat Rescue.


Check Your Dog’s Health from Home!


Now you can check your dog’s health from home!  Monitoring your dog’s health and vitality is extremely important.  It is easier to prevent disease than to try to cure it after the fact.  Many times you can simply alter your dog’s exercise or their diet to prevent problems.

The CheckUp Home Dog Wellness Kit uses test strips to provide the results from common problems — high glucose levels, UTI’s, blood in the urine and kidney health.  The test strips provide immediate results, much like a home pregnancy kit!  Just like a pregnancy kit, it is always important to follow-up with your vet if there are any signs of problems.  The results are color-coded and easy to read and interpret!


The test strips are easy to read and interpret. The results are immediate!

Testing is easy!

The CheckUp Home Wellness Kit for Dogs is available for purchase online at The kit cost under $15, and shipping is free on orders over $50. $3.00 will be donated to Rescue from the sale of each kit.

Freeze-Dried or Dehydrated Pet Treats — Which is Better?


Purchasing or making your own dehydrated pet treats is a very healthy option for your dogs and cats.  I have a small dehydrator and I try to make dehydrated beef liver and dehydrated salmon jerky treats for my two XL dogs.


Dehydrating your own pet treats is an inexpensive way to provide treats for your pets, but it is time-consuming and messy.  If your schedule does not allow the luxury of making your own dehydrated treats, then consider buying the freeze-dried raw treats available on the market.

The process of freeze-drying is superior to dehydration.  Dehydration removes the moisture from the food, but it is still essentially cooking as most dehydration processes use very low steady warmth to extract the moisture over an extended period of time.  It will remove the moisture from the pet food, but freeze-drying preserves more of the nutritional content.  When food is freeze-dried, all of the proteins, vitamins, essential fatty acids and minerals from the raw whole food remains intact.


Freeze-dried raw is a light and dry product because all of the water and moisture has been removed.  Microorganisms need water to survive, so the spoilage is suspended without the need for chemical preservatives.  Freeze-dried pet food is packaged in air-tight containers for additional shelf-life.

Commercially produced freeze-dried dog foods and pet treats are available on the market today.  Our personal favorite is TruDog freeze-dried raw treats (and TruDog freeze-dried raw dog food.  TruDog freeze-dried raw dog food gets the highest 5-star rating from, a trusted source for ratings of commercial pet foods.

Freeze-Dried Raw Dog Treats


Freeze-dried raw is the healthiest way to feed your dog without actually feeding him raw.  Dehydrated whole food treats are a good choice, but even they are cooked at very low temperatures which destroys some of the nutrition.  Cooking destroys not only nutrients, but also enzymes in the food that are needed to digest those nutrients fully.

Freeze drying is the best method to preserve the benefits of raw food.  TruDog Freeze-Dried Treats are made with whole ingredients, with no added fillers, chemicals or preservatives.  All ingredients in the TruDog treats are sourced and made in the US.


TruDog Surf & Turf Treats are freeze-dried raw and have only two ingredients — Wild Alaskan Salmon and USA-raised and sourced Bison Liver



TruDog Gourmet Gobbler Turkey Treats are freeze-dried raw and made with only 5 ingredients: Ground Turkey with Bone, Turkey Heart, Turkey Liver, Herring Oil and Natural Omega Blend




TruDog Freeze-Dried Raw Beef treats are made with Beef, Beef Tripe, Beef Lung, Ground Beef Bone, Beef Liver, Beef Heart, Beef Kidney, Beef Blood, Beef Fat and a natural omega blend.



TruDog Savory Salmon treats are made with only 100% Wild Alaskan Salmon and freeze dried raw for optimal nutrition for your dog



TruDog Bison Liver Treats are made with only one ingredient — 100% USA sourced Bison Liver and freeze-dried raw to maintain optimum nutrition.

All TruDog treats are made in the USA from USA-sourced meats, then freeze-dried raw for the optimal nutrition for your dog.  TruDog treats can be purchased online at ShopForPuppy.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Rescue and helping dogs in need.

Smart Pet Love


ShopForPuppy is excited to add the SmartPetLove line of pet accessories. Ask any veterinarian and they’ll tell you that pet anxiety is a very real thing. Dogs and cats, especially when they’re young, experience emotional challenges just like humans. And those challenges play themselves out in often profound ways, from merely annoying to making the pet impossible to live with.


Since 1997, Smart Pet Love has been helping pets with problems such as separation anxiety, travel anxiety, whining and barking, shaking, fear of loud noises, sleeping, aggressive walking, scratching, clawing, chewing and excessive panting. New real-feel pulsing heartbeat technology has a dramatic calming effect on pets. Pack animals like dogs and cats instinctively calm down when in the presence of another beating heart. This is a vet recommended alternative to medicine.

The SnugglePuppy dog behavior aid is warm, soft and has a pulsing simulated heartbeat to comfort your young pup.  It includes heat sources to simulate a live puppy, and will help your dog or pup after it has been separated from its littermates.

SnugglePuppy Dog Toy Behavioral Aid

SnugglePuppy has a simulated heartbeat to comfort your pup, and has a heat source to keep him warm and soothing.

Another new item from Smart Pet Love is the SnugglePuppy New Puppy Starter Kit, which includes a SnugglePuppy (pictured above), a Snuggle Dog Blanket, replacement heat sources and a latex dog toy.

Smart Pet Love SnugglePuppy Starter Kit

Smart Pet Love New Puppy Starter Kit includes the SnugglePuppy, a Snuggle Dog Blanket, replacement heat sources and a latex dog toy.

Smart Pet Love also designs and manufacturers Snuggle Dog Blankets, Snuggle Dog Beds, Pupcicle Dog Teething Toy and the Safe and Sound Pet Harness which utilizes the pulsing heartbeat next to the chest of your dog to alleviate fears and provide comfort.  We are happy to include the Smart Pet Love products in our collection at ShopForPuppy.

Smart Pet Love products can be purchased online at  A portion from every sale will be donated to Rescue and to help pets in need.

If you are a Rescue or 501c3 pet charity, please sign up for our Rescue Donation Program where you can earn funds to help companion animals in need.  Thank you for supporting ShopForPuppy, and for helping pets!


Outward Hound Up and Out Harness Lift for Dogs


The Kyjen Outward Hound Up & Out Harness Lift for Dogs is a great solution if you have a dog that isn’t quite as agile as he once was but still needs a lift onto the furniture or into your vehicle.

Outward Hound Up and Out Lift Harness for Dogs

Outward Up and Out Lift Harness makes it easy for you to help lift your dog into your car.

The Outward Hound Up and Out Lift Harness was designed for injured and elderly dogs that have difficulty jumping into the car. Simply attach the harness around the torso of your dog, secure the velcro strap, and use the “up” command while helping your pup into the vehicle. There is no reason to struggle to lift your heavy dog anymore. The Outward Hound Up and Out Lift Harness makes lifting easier, while preventing strain on your dog.

Having always had large and giant dogs, it has always been a concern if there were an emergency where I would need to help them into my van for transportation to the vet.  I had this happen when I owned an American Bulldog about 10 years ago.  She lived to be 13 years old, but in the last year of her life she started to get arthritis in her hindquarters and she was reluctant to jump or climb into the van.  She wasn’t the largest dog I have owned, but at 90 pounds she was too heavy for me to pick up by myself.  I wish this Harness Lift for Dogs was available back then!  For under $20, you can have the assurance that you will be able to easily lift your dog when the need arises.

Kyjen Outward Hound Lift Harness

Outward Hound Up & Out Lift Harness is designed with durable stitched straps with a broad lift handle for secure grip that won’t cut into your hands. The padded, heavy-duty oxford material is soft and durable.

The Outward Hound Lift Harness from Kyjen is very easy to use.  Just cradle your dog around his chest and close the handle with the velcro-style closure.  The Lift Harness is padded, and constructed with heavy-duty oxford material that is soft and durable.

The Outward Hound Up & Out  Lift Harness could be a lifesaver if your dog needs help.  Get one now, so that you are ready in the event it is needed.  They can be purchased online at, where a portion of all sales is donated to animal charities and rescues.

Dog Shoes, Boots, Socks and Paw Protection


There are often times that our dogs need protection for their paws. It could be protection from snow and salt, protection from hot sidewalks or protection for medical purposes. Sidewalks and roads are coated with salt during the winter, and can be equally as abrasive during the hot summer months. A good pair of dog boots is not just for winter weather, they are also great protection for hot pavement, walking on gravel roads or rocky hikes. Without proper protection, your dog may injure or burn its paws. Dogs also may cut their pads and need protection during the healing process, or you may want to prevent them from licking their paws while suffering from allergies.

There are a lot of brands and styles on the market, so it is important to select the best shoe or boot for your dog depending on its needs.

Dog Shoes and Boots for Everyday Wear

Hugs Pugs Boots for Dogs

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For smaller dogs who don’t tolerate cold weather very well, we like the Hugs Pugz Boots for Dogs. With the faux sheepskin inside, these resemble the popular Uggs Boots. The sole is fairly rigid, and dogs seem to enjoy wearing them after an initial adjustment period. These are very popular, and come in four sizes: XS, Small, Medium and Large:

Healers Urban Walkers — Boots for Dogs

Healers Urban Walkers were created to protect your pet from everyday paw injuries. An ounce of prevention can go a long way to save your pet from injury. They are great for hardwood floors, boating, hunting, and outdoor terrains. A Healthy Paw Pad is essential to the well being of your dog. They serve as a shock absorber, provide surface traction and insulate the dog from extreme hot and cold temperatures. Even though the paw pads of a dog are tough, they can still be injured.

Healer Urban Walkers come in 7 sizes from XS to XL, so there is a size for your dog whether it is a Maltese or a Mastiff.  For the large and giant breeds, these may be your only option for protection.  These are not quite as cute and stylish as the Hugs Pugz Boots, but they are very functional for use in all seasons.

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Dog Socks

Power Paws Advanced Non-Slip Dog Socks

Woodrow Wear has designed a line of dog socks that help keep dogs from slipping on shiny floors. The Power Paws non-slip dog socks also give traction to senior dogs and dogs with hip dysplasia or arthritis, protect paws from heat, snow or allergens and help keep paws wounds clean. These can be worn outdoors, but they really shine (no pun intended) for indoor wear. Power Paws are available in 8 “regular” sizes (XXS to 3XL) and fit dogs from 6 pounds all the way up to 230 – 250 pounds. There are a number of testimonials on YouTube where the Power Paws dog socks have helped dogs negotiate slippery floors and give them confidence on shiny surfaces.

Power Paws Dog Socks - Regular

Power Paws Advanced Non-Slip Dog Socks – Greyhound Style

Power Paws Advanced also come in Greyhound style for dogs that are “hare-footed” breeds (two center digits being longer than the inside and outside toes and a lack of arching in the toes resulting in the feet appearing longer). The Power Paws Advanced Greyhound Edition Non-Slip Dog Socks are available in 4 sizes.

Power Paws Advanced Dog Socks - Greyhound Style

Medical Boots and Wraps for Dogs

Unfortunately, sometimes our dogs injure their paws or have allergies that cause them to lick their paws. A dog can easily cut his pad on glass or a sharp object when out walking. You can try to wrap your dog’s paws in vet wrap or gauze, but it is time-consuming to change the bandages and most dogs are able to get out of the bandages very quickly.

Healers Medical Dog Boots

Healers Pet Medical Dog Boots are designed as a medical aid for your pets allergy and injured stricken paws. It enables an owner to easily put the dog bootie on and off the sore or injured paw. The Healers custom non-adherent, triple-layer gauze inserts fits the interior of the dog bootie and acts as a bandage to absorb moisture.

Healers Medical Dog Boots

Healers Medical Wraps for Dogs

Healers Medical Wraps for Dogs are mostly for wrapping a leg injury on your dog, rather than the paw. They are easy to use, and are designed to stay put on your dog’s injured leg. They can be used in conjunction with the Healers Medical Dog Boots.

Healers Medical Wraps for Dogs

Whether your dog has an injury or just needs extra protection for his paws, there is a solution that can help. A wide variety of dog boots and dog socks will help get your friend back on track and out walking in no time.

Purchase online at, where a portion of all revenue is donated towards Rescue and pets in need!

Why Does My Dog Lick His Paws?


This is a common question among dog owners.  Why does my dog lick his paws?  Dogs lick their paws for one of three reasons:  1) their paws are itchy; 2) their paw has been injured or is infected; or, 3) compulsive, psychological licking due to boredom or nerves.

Your dog’s paws could itch due to environmental factors — allergies, fleas, mites, etc.  By all means take your dog to the vet to determine what is causing the itching.  Your vet will recommend an appropriate course of treatment to alleviate the itchiness.  If the dog’s paw is cut or bleeding, the vet will also prescribe the appropriate treatment.

It has also been said that intelligent dogs are the ones most inclined to be abusive lickers when it comes to psychological licking.  Why is this?  Dogs that were genetically programmed for work — hunting, gun dogs, retrievers, herding and guardians, get bored if they don’t have work to do.  If they don’t have work to do, they drum something up on their own.  Licking usually fits the bill.

The difficulty most owners face is breaking the cycle of infection due to continued licking.  Many dogs continue to lick and chew the treated paws, much to the chagrin of the owner.  Dogs will often cause their own sores which may bleed, cause hair loss or create infections.  How can you control the behavior and stop the cycle?  Many people have used the “cone of shame” to keep their dogs having easy access to lick their paws, but there are a lot of hassles with the cone.  The cone has to be removed for the dog to go to the bathroom or walk through doorways, for the dog to eat, drink, etc.  You can wrap your dog’s paws, but that’s not an easy solution either!

Effective treatment consists of attempting to alleviate the symptoms by using the appropriate course of action as recommended by your vet.  You also have to control the behavior as much as possible.  That’s where I think dog boots may be of value in controlling the behavior.  Dog boots are easy to place on your dog, and will prevent the dog from chewing or licking its paw.

Healers Paw Booties were designed specifically to fit the unique shape of your dog’s paws, and they include replacement gauze inserts so that your dog can easily be medicated.  The gauze inserts are also useful for keeping your furniture and floors clean.  They come in various sizes from as small as XS for the toy breeds and teacups, on up to Large and XL for the large breeds and Giants.  At under $30/pair, it’s worth a try!  I think you will find that they are a unique solution to a stubborn problem, and will help to break the cycle of licking which causes irritation which causes more licking.

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Healers Paw Booties


Now there is finally something to help our dogs when they have problems with their paws — either from an injury, allergies or itchiness.  Healers Paw Booties are medical dog boots that are designed as a medical aid that is fitted for your dog’s paw.  They come in all sizes, and can be used for the teacup breeds as well as the Giants.  They are easy to put on your dog!

Healers Paw Boots

What is unique about these Healers Paw Booties is that they incHealers Paw Boots Replacement Gauze Insertslude replacement gauze inserts that fit the interior of the bootie so that you can apply ointment to the area that needs treated or protected.  The Healers custom non-adherent, triple layer gauze inserts fit the interior of the dog bootie and acts as a bandage to absorb moisture and allows owner to apply medicine if needed.  Adhesive backing on the gauze pads keep the gauze in place.

I like the reasonable price too!  They are priced according to size, and all sizes are under $30/pair.  Yes, they come in pairs!  Each boxed set also includes replacement gauze inserts for additional protection for your dog’s paw.

A friend of mine has used expensive socks to help treat her dog’s paw injury, and to keep the paw from getting infected.  The socks seemed to work fine (they were good, well-fitted socks), but I expect that one of the Healers Paw Booties will work much better as they are designed to fit the unique shape of a dog’s paw.

I haven’t tried these yet as there hasn’t been a need, but if for some reason either of my dogs develops a paw injury or allergies, you can bet that I will give these a whirl.  I don’t have much patience for trying to wrap a dog’s foot while trying to keep it clean.  These look like they are just what the Doctor (er, Vet) ordered!

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