5 year update on Michael Vick’s former dogs

Best Friends Animal Society has posted a wonderful update on their website about the dogs that were rescued from Michael Vick’s dog-fighting property 5 years ago.

Twenty-two of these dogs went to Best Friends where they were renamed the “Victory Dogs” and it is a pretty amazing story to read about their lives now.

Ten of them have already been adopted into loving homes and most of the others are working towards that goal in their own time.

Two of the dogs, Lucas and Meryl per court order will live their lives out at the shelter, and it is pretty wonderful to read about their lives now too.

You can read the rest of the article here:


It’s really inspiring and quite amazing to know what their lives are like now.



Dog and cat ear diseases best treated naturally

Here is an article submitted by our friend, holistic veterinarian Dr. Shawn Messonnier. I’ve been on his radio show several times discussing the benefits of ThePetCheckup, and Dr. Shawn is a big fan of the product. I asked him to share his thoughts about a condition he sees on a daily basis at his practice, Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, in Plano, Texas.

*****Not a day goes by that I don’t see a pet with ear disease. All too often the pet has suffered from an ear (and often skin) infection for many months (and in a few recent cases over 4 years!!) Since I focus on a natural approach to healing, my treatment relies more on herbal remedies than conventional drugs (which often have side effects and which don’t always work.)

Here’s my approach to pets with ear and skin disease.

First, properly diagnose the infection by looking at a swab of the ear discharge under the microscope.

Second, thoroughly clean the ears in the office before sending the pet home. This reduces the infection and pain and makes it easier to treat/clean the ears at home.

Finally, use the most natural products that have the best chance to work in treating the infected ears.

I routinely use 2 natural products I’ve developed for the specific purpose of treating infections. The first is Olive Leaf Plus. It’s my favorite supplement to use for pets with ear and skin infections caused by yeasts and bacteria (and is one of the main reasons I rarely use antibiotics and have never used anti-fungal medications in my practice for these pets.) It’s also a great supplement to use to support your pet’s immune system (pets with chronic skin and ear infections, or any infections for that matter, need immune support) and is also used by healthy pets as well as those with any illness in which immune support would be beneficial (all of my cancer patients use Olive Leaf Plus as well.)

Second, I send home a bottle of Dr. Shawn’s Herbal Ear Wash. The herbs contained in the ear wash relieve inflammation, help fight infection, and leave your pet’s ears smelling great!

Following successful resolution of the ear infection, I encourage owners to continue to use the ear wash every 24-48 hours and after bathing to keep the ears clean and odor-free.

While I can’t promise your pet will achieve the same results as my patients, and I can’t make any drug claims since this product is not a medication, I can share my own experiences with you. Since using Olive Leaf Plus and Dr. Shawn’s Herbal Ear Wash as part of my protocol for pets with ear and skin problems, my use of conventional medications has decreased significantly for these problems. For those of you wanting to try to avoid excessive use of antibiotics and anti-fungal medications, here is my protocol to get you started:

*For skin problems, use Dr. Shawn’s Itch Relief Shampoo either daily or several times each  week followed by Dr. Shawn’s Herbal Ear Wash to keep the ears clean following bathing, plus Olive Leaf Plus until the skin problem is resolved.

*For ear problems use Dr. Shawn’s Herbal Ear Wash twice daily for 2-4 weeks plus Olive Leaf Plus for 2-4 weeks.

You can order these products online by going to www.petcarenaturally.com

and clicking on the link to Dr. Shawn’s Naturals Store on the left side of the page. Be sure to enter code “tpc” to save 10% on your order.

Know your pet’s health baseline!


Even the most caring and observant pet owners are sometimes taken by surprise to find out that their dog or cat has a serious illness  — and that it may have been coming on for some time.

That’s why it is so great to see that more and more pet owners are practicing preventative medicine and being more proactive with their pet’s healthcare.

Knowing your pet’s “normal” baseline provides great information.  Like us, dogs and cats can have their own “normal” that may vary somewhat from all the normal parameters on a home urine test.  This could be due to a specific diet they are eating ( if the diet is higher in protein, you may find that a trace value for protein is their normal).

The baseline can also vary depending on a wide variety of pre-existing conditions or previous health problems the animal experienced.  Any deviations from the baseline reading becomes very significant and provide important information to the observant pet owner! This is also information your veterinarian will want to be aware of as well.


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TJ Dunn, DVM with 40 years experience oversees all the content on this site.  It is a great place for dog and cat owners to get information on their animal’s health.  Very content rich site.  Check it out!

“I’ve been practicing small animal medicine and surgery for forty years and when I saw what ThePetCheckup™ can do to help detect some common pet ailments I knew immediately that this home health detection kit was long overdue. For your peace of mind and your pet’s health, I recommend this easy, accurate and inexpensive way to check at home for early indicators of pet medical problems. This in-home health test kit for dogs and cats just may revolutionize pet health care awareness.”
— T. J. Dunn, Jr. DVM

Home testing your pet’s urine

People ask us how difficult it is to test their dog or cat’s urine at home and are genuinely surprised at how easy it is.

Really there are just 3 basic steps:

1.  Collecting a urine sample

2. Putting a drop of urine on each of the test pads

3. Reading and recording the results

We explain each step and the whole process takes just 5 minutes.  You will feel like a pro after your first test.

Accuracy of home urine test for pets

Direct from our manufacturer of ThePetCheckup test strips on the subject of false negatives/false positives:

We put every lot of ThePetCheckup strips through a strenuous quality control process that includes a multi-level system of quality testing using special urinalysis controls that show negative, low positive, and high positive results. This testing is specifically designed to ensure that only the highest quality products are released into the market for animal testing.  Each lot of ThePetCheckup has been tested and passed a quality control process specifically meant to ensure that false negatives/positives are not encountered during use.  On top of the intense quality testing process, each individual test is packaged with its own desiccant in order to ensure that the product lasts throughout the entire shelf life and is unaltered when the end user opens the pouch and uses the test.

What does a urinalysis test for dogs and cats do?

A urinalysis test for pets checks for levels of specific chemicals in your pet’s urine.

Abnormal levels of certain chemicals can be a sign of specific illnesses.

To perform the test, you apply drops of your pet’s urine to a test strip and wait 30-60 seconds. The areas where you placed the urine will change color and an easy-to-read chart will let you know if there are abnormalities present.

This is an easy and inexpensive way to see if your animal is experiencing or potentially developing an illness in between veterinary visits as it can give indications of illness before there are any outward signs.

If your ThePetCheckup test indicates an imbalance your veterinarian will do further testing to give you a diagnosis.  If detected early, 74.7% of common diseases in dogs and 63% of common diseases in cats can be prevented by dietary modifications alone over a one-year period.

How often should you test with pet home urine test?

Our veterinary advisors have all agreed that testing your animals once per month (in addition to routine veterinary care) at about the same time of day is best.

If the test shows an imbalance, retest the animal within 48 hours. If you still find an imbalance, we recommend that you consult your veterinarian.

Trace imbalances should be recorded in the Results Chart and watched over time to see if there are any changes.  As explained in the booklet, some trace results such as blood or glucose require immediate attention as it is not normal to have either spilling into your pet’s urine.

Good advice for pet owners regarding medications

Remember the TV show Emergency Vets?  It was on several years ago and I was a big fan.

One of the veterinarians, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald had some good advice recently regarding all medications that you keep in your home.  He said to make sure everything is clearly labelled in case your dog gets into the meds somehow and has a snack.  That way, the veterinarian will know just what your pet has eaten.

It saves a lot of time and will let your vet know if a remedy is needed to counteract possible side effects.

Of  course the best thing is to make sure they are out of reach, but accidents happen and I thought that was good advice.

2013 wish for the animals

We want to send our customers and their extended families our best wishes for this new year.  It is such a privilege to be connected to so many people who cherish their animal companions and take such good care of their health.  We thank everyone who has let us into their lives and let us know how our product is helping their animals to live healthier and happier lives.

We are making some changes/additions to our website and welcome any testimonials and pictures that you would like to share.

It is our wish that 2013 will bring more compassion and respect to the animal kingdom.  We hope to see a significant decrease in the number of homeless pets and stricter laws concerning animal abuse.

Thank you to everyone who is working towards this goal. May you know how important your work is and how very much it is appreciated.