We went to the vet to pick up Trinket’s heartworm prescription. She did considerably better than last time. Less shaking and fewer attempts of making a run for it (out the door). But she did pee twice when the techs gave her head scritches :|
Trinket was sent a Paw Plunger to test out a few weeks ago. We tried it out for the first time after an early morning hike.
It’s not just an ordinary mug, it’s a mug that cleans ‘em dirty paws! The Paw Plunger is essentially a container with 3-5 rows (depends on size) of soft bristles and an opening at the top. The instructions are simple: fill with water, place one paw into the opening, and plunge away! Read more on how it works here. We have the medium.
Here are Trinket’s stumps after the hike. Note: Her paws were much more dirtier than they appear in the photos. Too bad there wasn’t any mud on the trail! It’s awfully dry where we live.
Thanks to my parents for their assistance. I gave them the wrong instructions, so the photos are a complete fail. The correct method is to move the plunger up and down the paw, and not the other way around. Oops! I redid each paw afterwards.
"Hey, this isn’t so bad." I examined her front paws before her bath and they were completely clean! Well, at least that’s what I initially believed until I checked between toes and pads :( It didn’t get every nook and cranny but I’m satisfied with how well it cleaned the legs and outer paws.
The back legs were a different story. The plunger was ineffective due to her rear paws being 25% smaller than her forepaws (yeah, I measured them). They just slipped in and out without touching the bristles. I think a small would be perfect for the rear paws (high maintenance).
Again, the water was dirtier than it appears in the photos. It was filled with dirt, debris, grass, and a few bugs. Warning: Do not drink!
We’ll stick to hand washing Trinket’s paws for her allergies and use the Paw Plunger for quick rinses after outings/hiking. Thanks for reading!
if you don't mind my asking, in that last picture, is that a martingale collar? if so, do you just use it for training or is Trinket a little runner outside? my 4 month old pup is a runner, and for when she gets older and a little big to be pulling on me, I'm just looking in to my options! a preemptive thanks if you get a chance to answer! :)
Yup, we used it for training in the past and now we use it to prevent pulling. Sometimes, she just constantly pulls no matter how many times we correct her with treats and praise. She had it on for the first half of our hike and then I switched it out with a regular collar. Remember to properly adjust the collar to your pup’s neck and use proper technique :)
Our friends at Thundershirt sent us a sample to test. They sent us a shirt that alleviates pet anxiety such as loud noises, traveling, and separation. It’s supposed to simulate a hugging effect by applying a soothing, constant pressure to the body. Basically, it’s a shirt that hugs and gives comforts to your dog! Trinket becomes very anxious during car rides, vet visits, and fireworks (we live across the street from a soccer stadium). Also, she’s scared of large dogs, tall people, and people who wear big hats with dark sunglasses >.<
All set and ready to go! We went to the Pet Expo on Saturday to test it out.
The room was packed with anxiety triggers—crowds of people, large dogs, cats, birds, and funny smells.
Trinket was friendly to everyone at the expo. There were a bunch of people who approached us to say hi and she let all of them pet her. She never growled or barked at anyone :) We were asked a lot of questions about corgis and the Thundershirt, and several people shared their success stories with us.
Pit bulls? Akitas? Bull Mastiffs? No problem. She was entirely relaxed around big dogs AND wolves. Yup, she sniffed wolf butt.
Overall, we’re impressed with the shirt. I’m happy she was happy! She did cry a few times during the car ride but we’ll continue to use the shirt when we travel and see if it helps. Next up: fireworks and the vet. We’ll keep you updated!