Sunday, December 29, 2013

Spotts Grooming & Holistic Pet Foods

As the year of 2013 comes to an end, I want to take this opportunity to say Thank You!

With the new year ahead, I again look forward to serving you as your pet groomer.  Making pets clean and pretty is my passion.   Every pet has style, whether it's a classic look or a magnificent makeover, I'm here to make that happen.

Looking good on the outside really starts on the inside.  I can help you give your pet the proper nutrition by feeding Life's Abundance, Flint River Ranch and NuVet Plus supplements.  By adding these products to your pet's diet will enhance his appearance by adding shine and luster to their coat.  Boost their immune system to improve skin, eyes, teeth and gums.  Improve their overall health and stimulate proper body functions.  Add years and quality to their life.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Odor Remover Hand Held Steel Bar

Don’t let a stinky coat ruin your holiday...

Stainless Steel Odor Remover  

One of the interesting properties of stainless steel is its ability to bind to pungent odors. We’ve taken this unique science a step further by adding contoured nubs. Now, you can provide your pet kid with a relaxing massage that instantly neutralizes stubborn smells. This portable bar is dishwasher safe and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. 
Great for removing the smell of onions, garlic and fish from hands, too. 

Order yours today!

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Do Dogs Cry?

Dogs have tear glands which constantly produce tears that wash the surface of their eyes.  These glands sometimes get clogged up causing a discharge under a dog's eyes that makes them look like they are crying.  When this happens, their hair under the eyes can get mats and cause eye irritations.  You can simply whip under the eyes to remove the sticky discharge and prevent this from happening.

Some studies say they do not cry to express their sad emotions by shedding tears, but I find this to be false.  My dog crys when he is sad and when I am away from home.  Dogs may be more sensitive than we can imagine.  

Remember to hug your dogs to show them you care.  

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Poisons that Can Harm your Pets

Pet Poisons From A to Z
Taken from: given credit to: shared by Spotts Grooming

Vetstreet has compiled an A to Z list of some common pet poisons that should be on your radar. This list is not all-inclusive, so for more information on these and many other toxins, check out the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center website and talk with your vet.
  • Acetaminophen, which is found in Tylenol and other medications, can cause liver damage in dogs. Cats are even more sensitive: Ingestion of a single 325 mg tablet by a 10-pound cat can cause anemia and even be fatal. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.
  • Batteries can be toxic to both dogs and cats, leading to ulcers in the mouth, esophagus and stomach. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.
  • Chocolate can cause seizures and death in dogs and cats. Darker chocolate, such as unsweetened baker's chocolate, is more toxic than milk or white chocolate. Even cocoa bean mulch, when eaten in large quantities, can be a problem. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.
  • Detergents and fabric softener sheets can cause ulcers in the mouth, esophagus and stomach in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate.
  • Ethylene glycol is found in antifreeze, windshield de-icing agents and motor oils. Dogs and cats are attracted to its sweet taste, but as little as a teaspoon in cats or a tablespoon in dogs can cause kidney failure. Recently, antifreeze and engine coolant manufacturers have agreed to voluntarily add bittering agents to reduce the products' appeal to pets and children. Toxicity Ranking: severe to fatal.
  • Fertilizers can contain poisonous amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, herbicides and pesticides. Keep dogs and cats away from treated lawns until they are dry. Check the product packaging, though, since some products must be rinsed into the lawn before it is safe to walk on. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate.
  • Grapes, raisins and currants - even grape juice - in small amounts can cause kidney failure in dogs. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.
  • Household cleaners, such as bleach, drain cleaners, ammonia and toilet bowl cleaners, can cause gastrointestinal ulcers and other problems in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: varies.
  • Insecticides in flea and tick products can cause problems if not used according to labels. Insecticides that are meant for dogs can cause severe toxicity in cats, leading to signs such as vomiting, seizures and difficulty breathing. Products intended for treating the yard or house should not be used on pets. Toxicity Ranking: mild to severe.
  • Jimson weed, also known as devil's trumpet, can cause restlessness, drunken walking and respiratory failure in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: moderate.
  • Kerosene, gasoline and tiki torch fluids can cause drooling, drunken walking and difficulty breathing in dogs and cats. If these products contain antifreeze, they are even more problematic. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe (potentially life threatening).
  • Lilies - Easter, day, tiger, Japanese and Asiatic varieties - can cause kidney failure in cats. Lilies of the valley can cause heart rhythm problems and death in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.
  • Mothballs, especially if they contain naphthalene, can be toxic to dogs and cats, resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, increased drinking and urination, and seizures. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe (potentially life threatening).
  • Nonprescription medications, such as ibuprofen, can lead to severe ulcers and anemia, as well as liver and kidney failure in pets. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe (potentially life threatening).
  • Onions, garlic, leeks and chives can be toxic in dogs and cats. When chewed or swallowed, these ingredients can cause anemia and gastrointestinal upset. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate.
  • Prescription medications, such as antidepressants and ADHD and cardiac drugs, are commonly ingested by pets when pills are dropped on the floor or left on counters. Even a small dose can cause problems. Toxicity Ranking: varies.
  • Queensland nuts, also known as macadamia nuts, can cause lethargy, vomiting and difficulty walking in dogs. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate.
  • Rodenticides, such as mouse and rat poisons, can contain a number of different toxins, which have different effects on dogs and cats. Several common ingredients, like warfarin and coumarin, can cause blood clotting problems and hemorrhaging. Toxicity Ranking: mild to severe.
  • Sago palms are one of a number of toxic plants for dogs and cats. Ingestion can lead to vomiting, diarrhea and seizures, as well as liver failure in dogs. Toxicity Ranking: severe.
  • Tobacco can be toxic to both dogs and cats. Ingestion of nicotine in the tobacco plant or in cigarettes or patches can lead to vomiting, tremors, collapse and death. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.
  • Unbaked bread dough can expand in the stomach. If the stomach twists, cutting off the blood supply, emergency surgery is needed. The yeast in the dough can also produce alcohol, leading to seizures and respiratory failure. Toxicity Ranking: mild to severe.
  • Veterinary prescriptions, such as arthritis medications, are often meat-flavored, which can be enticing to dogs. Ingestion of large quantities can result in stomach ulcers, liver failure or kidney failure. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.
  • Windshield wiper fluid can contain methanol or ethylene glycol. Ingestion of methanol can cause low blood sugar and drunken walking in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate.
  • Xylitol is a sugar-free sweetener commonly found in chewing gum, breath mints and toothpaste. In dogs, it can lead to dangerous drops in blood sugar and liver failure. Toxicity Ranking: mild to severe.
  • Yard products, including snail and slug bait, herbicides and fertilizers, are never good for pets. Signs will vary by the ingredient. Toxicity Ranking: varies.
  • Zinc toxicity can happen when dogs and cats eat metal or coins. Ingestion of even a single zinc penny can be fatal. Zinc can cause anemia, as well as liver, kidney or heart failure. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.
Dogs and cats need an immune system that can help save their lives if any of these poisons come in contact with your pets.  One way is to give a super immune system booster like NuVet Plus to their daily diet.  For more details please check out the NuVet Labs website at  

Monday, November 4, 2013

Keeping poodle ears clean
Is your poodle always getting his ears dirty or wet?  Here is a great way to keep them from getting messed up while eating and drinking.

Take and part the hair downward in the front part of the ears.  Next, take small grooming bands and place them down the hair until you reach the bottom.  Continue to do that in your next part but join that part with the first one.  You can do as many as you wish and band the entire ear hair if that's the look you like.  In this picture of Pippin, I just did two rows.  I needed to do this much sooner as you can see the yellowed stain in his hair.  

I will post a picture in the future showing the new clean look.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Window Cleaner that is Safe for Dogs
Are you worried about using chemicals to clean your windows that your dogs put their noses on?  Well, I have a great recipe for you.  
All you need is:  
3 cups of vinegar
1 cup unscented alcohol
1 teaspoon of corn starch
1 teaspoon of essential oil.  I use peppermint and lemon 1/4 of each.
You can also use these other oils as well - Thyme, Sweet Orange, Rosemary, Grapefruit, lavender or lemongrass.

Mix in a spray bottle and remember to shake every time you spray it.

Smells Great, Cleans Great and most importantly it's SAFE for your dogs health and you!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Miniature Poodle Mix Haircut

Here is little Lucy, she is a Miniature Poodle mix breed. For her grooming, I use a short #4 blade on her body and legs. I scissor the ears even with the bottom of her jaw line and trim out under her eyes and top of her muzzle. Lucy is posing for her Halloween portrait.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Best Shot Ultra Wash

Best Shot Ultra Wash Shampoo is the main go to shampoo I use at Spotts Grooming.  It is protein enriched with special hydration conditioners that nourish the coat.  It is safe for all coat types and is highly recommended for double coated breeds. Ultra Wash features a Coat Release agent to free shedding and reduce the brushing time. Low sud and quick rinsing makes for a fast bath with all the power of soaking.  It's freshness and deodorizing smell is pleasing and it is also hypoallergenic and soap free.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Yorkie, Schnauzer, Chihuahua Mix

Can you get much cuter than this? I think not....
This is Lyttles, she is a mix breed that is very small, hence the name. She gets a trim in the cold weather months and since we are getting toward the middle of October, her mom likes her to be a little longer in coat. I just trim her ears at the end with a clipper and use a comb attachment on her back, sides and legs, scissor to neaten and she's ready to go.

In a New Study: Scans Reveal Striking Similarity Between Human and Canine Minds

It took a study to learn that a Dogs' brains, in many ways, look and function just like human brains.
To bad I didn't claim this, I have known this for years.  My dogs have learned so much from us that they know what we are saying and almost always knows our next move. In Fact, I have to spell words like ride, car, store and other trigger words so my standard poodle Pippin won't think he's going.

To read the entire article Click Here  

Remember, our pet's are like family so you should treat them like family by giving them the best health products for nutrition.  Click Here for more information and ordering from my website.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

New Puppy New Puppy Start Pack

Puppy Start Pack for everything your new puppy needs.
Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food For Small, Medium or Large Breed Puppies contains a precise balance of proteins, fats and other nutrients to support a puppy’s high energy level and foster healthy development.

For Small or Medium  breeds
For Large breeds

Get your dog off to a great start with a Healthy Start Pack. Each Pack contains:
  • Life's Abundance Premium Health Food for Small or Large Breed Puppies 
  • Life's Abundance Wellness Food Supplement 
  • Antioxidant Health Bars
  • Ear Care Formula (4 ounce bottle)
  • Tasty Rewards Training Treats
  • Revitalizing Shampoo (12 ounce bottle)
  • Bath Fresh Mist (8 ounce spray bottle)
  • Putting a Premium on Pet Health DVD (FREE)

Susan Potts 




NuVet Plus Sample

I am a professional dog groomer that will send you one NuVet Plus wafer for your dog to try along with a helpful information sheet so you can learn how these remarkable supplements can add years to your pet's life, plus improve the quality of the life they are living now.
Just sent me an email at:

Please include your name, address, dog breed - example: lab mix, poodle etc. Also tell me a little about your pet - example: has cataracts, ear infections, heart disease etc. I will send you an email to let you know your sample packet has been sent.
After you receive your sample and review the helpful information on NuVet Plus call toll-free 800-474-7044 to place your order - you must use order code 42299 to get the Groomers/Breeders special pricing or

NuVet Plus canine health supplement is a precise combination of human-grade, natural vitamins, minerals, herbs, antioxidants, bioflavonoids, fatty acids and amino acids proven to combat the ravages of free radicals and to provide immune system support. With all those good health benefiting ingredients in NuVet Plus, it's no wonder that countless pets are becoming healthier. Insider Secret - All customers who purchase NuVet Plus can receive an additional 15% discount on their order when you sign up for the Autoship program. NuVet Labs pledges 5% of its net income to charities, veterinarians and other individuals and organizations whose goal is to work for the improvement and well being of the animal population.

I love to hear back from you, please tell your story and send a picture of your pet. I will put your testimonial and dog's picture on my blog.

Protein Deficiency in Dogs

Signs your pet may have a protein deficiency

How can you tell if your pet has a protein deficient disorder? Here are the signs:

Constant Craving for treats.  Dogs tend to not want to eat their main food but rather hold out for non nutritious treats; Carbs, sweets, pastries, or chips all in which are not even healthy for us.

Muscle and/or Joint Pain.  The joints stiffen and the muscles tighten, dogs become lame, they are slow in getting up, their walk hunch backed etc.

Symptoms of Severe Protein Deficiency:

  • Edema (swelling)
  • Thinning brittle hair and/or hair loss
  • Brittle toe nails
  • Skin rashes; dry skin, hot spots
  • Weak and tired
  • Muscle soreness and cramps
  • Slow healing
  • Skin ulcers
  • Nausea
  • Depression/anxiety

Options for Treating Protein Deficiency

Add more red meat to the diet, give a supplement such as NuVet Plus (see details and ordering ) Click on link to be taken to their website.  Not sold in Stores but highly recommended by groomers like me.  

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Natural way to keep a Flea Free Cat

Get yourself a fine toothed comb or flea comb to use on your cat.
2-3 lemons  (Fleas hate the overwhelming smell of lemon, and it seems to help deter them.)
3 cups of water
A spray bottle

Pour 3 cups of water into a pot and add in 3 lemons that have been chopped up. Bring this to a boil, and then remove from heat before letting the lemons steep in the water for 3 hours.  Put the strained the lemon water into a spray bottle.
Lightly mist your cat and go through their fur with the comb. You can do this twice a day.  Also, you can mist their bedding down, again just mist lightly.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Adding Fish Oil to your pet's diet

If you are considering adding fish oil to your pet's diet, here is a guide line that will help. This is the safest, purest Omega 3 Fish Oil (recommended)

100 pound dog 3000 mg = about 3cc liquid
90 pound dog 2700 - 3000 mg =  about 3 cc liquid
80 pound dog 2500 mg =about 2-1/2 cc liquid
70 - 60 pound dog 2000 mg = 2 cc liquid
50 - 40 pound dog 1500 mg= 1-1/2 cc liquid
30 pound dog 1000 mg = 1 cc liquid
20 pound dog 500mg =1/2 cc liquid
10 pound dog 300 mg = about 1/4 cc liquid

Put in peanut butter, cottage cheede, chopped cooked meat or anything that your dog likes.  It is NOT suggested you put on dry dog food.  With Life's Abundance the food I feed, putting oil on the dry food will throw off the balance of nutrients in the food.  Canned food is fine.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Lhasa Apso mix Short Haircut

This is a nice length on a Lhasa Apso mix.
These kinds of dogs mat very easily and keeping their hair cut short is a great way to have them always looking smart.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Safe and Healthy Biodeodorizer Spray

Our environment is harsh enough so choose our people, pet and planet safe odor remover. Click on the picture to order.

Poodle in the garden

What can be sweeter then a poodle in the garden:)

Funny Flyball Dog

Not your ordinary flyball, but a dog that flies with a ball.

Improving Dog Skin

Skin problems account for a large number of visits to the vets office each year.  A dog that scratching all the time may have an allergy, a bacterial infection, a fungal infection, fleas, seborrhea or a host of other possibilities.
Improving dogs skin can be done by giving a supplement that contains Brewer's Yeast, Copper, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin) and Zinc.

NuVet Plus is a supplement I use with my own dogs.  They are standard poodles and get one wafer daily.  You can see all the detail at their website Click Here

Monday, July 29, 2013

Rain and Dogs

A rain coat is a good idea to help keep dogs dry in the rain.  We sure have had our share in Summer and I can only imagine how it may be this fall and winter. 

How a poodle grooms a poodle

This is how a poodle grooms a poodle!

Dog Supplements

One of the ingredients in NuVet Plus supplements for dogs is EVENING PRIMROSE OIL.

Just what is Evening Primrose oil and why is it in NuVet Plus?
Evening primrose oil is the oil from the seed of the evening primrose plant. Evening primrose oil is used for skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. 
It is also high in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid that promotes cardiovascular health. It is known to prevent hardening of the arteries, heart disease and high blood pressure, and aids in lowering cholesterol. It is helpful in the management of arthritis, rheumatism, certain skin disorders, and can relieve pain and inflammation. Studies have shown it can increase the release of sex hormones and thereby improve reproductive health in female and male dogs alike.
Order NuVet Plus Here use order code 42299

Sunday, July 14, 2013

NuVet Shampoo Trial Test

Rusty - Toy poodle
Here is the after picture of 8 year old Rusty.  Rusty has for the most part, good skin and coat.  When I used Rusty to try out NuVet Aloe Vera Shampoo 3 part system, I was amazed on how much his coat became more manageable.  The fluff drying was faster, easier and the texture was softer to the touch.  I loved it and so did his Dad.

"I love the way he looks and the feel of his hair is so nice and soft.  He likes it too."
Phil & Rusty - Leroy

Want to learn more about NuVet Shampoo?  Go Here to find out how you can order. Please use Order Code 42299

The Weather Is Hot, Keep Water Available

When the weather is hot like it is now, Please make sure your animals have fresh water available at all times.  
There is  nothing worst then being thirsty and not have water to drink.

Why I love NuVet dog supplements

I have been looking for a vitamin for my dogs and found NuVet Plus. Started giving them 2 for allergies and when I saw that my dogs were getting better I give them 1 a day. Thanks NuVet and Spotts Grooming, because I love my dogs and what them to be healthy and happy!
Jim - Painesville  

Thanks Jim for your comment.  I too, love NuVet and that's why I give my dog's theirs everyday and recommend them to all my customers.

NuVet Plus Dog and Cat Supplements Order Here
Please use Order Code 42299 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Natura Pet Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk

FREMONT, NEBRASKA, April 19, 2013 –Natura Pet Products is voluntarily expanding its March 29, 2013 recall of dry pet foods because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The expanded recall now includes all dry pet food products and treats with expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014. Please see the table below for details of affected products.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed 

the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Sampling conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of Salmonella in additional dry pet food and a cat pet treat. In an abundance of caution, Natura is also recalling product made in the surrounding timeframe. This action affects dry pet foods and treats only; no canned wet food or biscuits are affected by this announcement.

The affected products are sold through veterinary clinics and select pet specialty retailers nationwide and in Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and Costa Rica, as well as 


Consumers who have purchased these pet foods should discard them. For additional information, consumers may visit For a product replacement or refund call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM CST).

See Natura for more information.

To be sure you are feeding your beloved pet a safe food that is formulated by Dr. Jane Bicks a holistic veterinarian go to my website to read all the facts. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dogs that Swim and Coat Care

Not all dogs love to swim, but the one's that do really enjoy it.

Swimming is a great way to exercise your dogs.  It helps to tone the muscles, release stress and it's fun.  But when it comes to their coat care, that's another story.  The type of water they are swimming in can and will wreck a beautiful coat in several ways. 

Pool Dogs
Chlorine dries out skin and hair and that leads to dry, itchy skin and a dry, dull, brittle coat.  Because the chemicals in the pool water strip the skin and coat of their natural oils, you need to use a coat conditioner before your dog enters the water.  You can help conditioners that contain sunscreen too.  After your dog comes out of the pool, rinse his coat thoroughly with cool water.  This will wash away the chemicals that are present in your pool water.  Towel dry and you can use a finishing spray that groomers use to leave in the coat.  Ask you groomer about conditioners to use.
These steps will help you pool dog to maintain his pretty coat.  For extra protection for the skin, add an omega-3 fatty acid supplement to your dog's diet. 

Lake and River Dogs
If you like to allow your dog to swim in lakes and rivers like I do, there are special steps to take.  First, never allow your dog to swim in stagnant, fowl smelling water.  Another one may be muddy lakes or rivers that crocodiles and alligators live in.  Still another would be downstream from any kind of industry with pollutants.
But for those lakes and rivers that fit the bill for splash time fun, pre-condition like for pool swimming and add ear drops to your dog's ears before entering the water.  After the swim, and full shampoo bath is required.  Clean the ears out by using a wash to and wipe dry.  Use a finishing spray to help restore coat luster and shine. 

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Bravo! Issues a Voluntary Recall for Three Raw Frozen Food Diet for Dogs and Cats Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 3, 2013 - Bravo! is voluntarily recalling three of its raw diet frozen foods for dogs and cats: 5 lb tubes of Bravo! Chicken Balance product item code 21-405 with "best used by" dates of 3_6_15 and 3_12_15; 2 lb Bravo! Chicken Blend product item code 21-102 with the "best used by" date of 3_21_15 and 5 lb. bags of Bravo! Beef Blend Burgers product item code 51-508 with the "best used by" dates of 3_21_15 and 3_22_15, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

This recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution, as while these products tested negative for pathogens by an independent third party prior to distribution, they were run on the same day or an adjacent day to a product that tested positive for pathogens. The product that tested positive has been 100 percent contained and is not subject to this recall.

The recall involves only:

5 lb. Bravo! Chicken Balance frozen raw diet chubs (tubes) with "best used by" dates of 3_6_15 and 3_12_15 imprinted on the side of the plastic casing. Only 26 cases with the 3_6_15 date were distributed nationally and 36 cases with 3_12_15 date were distributed nationally.
2 lb. Bravo! Chicken Blend frozen raw diet chubs (tubes) with the "best used by" date of 3_21_15 imprinted on the side of the plastic casing. Only 67 cases with 3_21_15 date were distributed nationally.
5 lb. Bravo! Beef Blend Burgers bags with the "best used by" dates of 3_21_15 and 3_22_15 imprinted on the back panel of the plastic bag. Only 47 cases with the 3_21_15 date were distributed nationally and 55 cases with the 3_22_15 date were distributed nationally.

No other products or sizes are affected.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with this product.

While these products tested negative, Bravo! is allowing concerned pet owners to return unopened frozen tubes of food and patties to the store where purchased for a full refund. Pet owners should dispose of unopened product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle). Consumers who believe they have opened these products at home should just dispose of the product in a safe manner and contact the retailer where they purchased their product for a full refund.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone follow appropriate pet food handling guidelines when feeding their pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found at:

For more information on the Bravo recall, please visit, or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Problem with website Life's Abundance

Recently, Microsoft has issued an update of their Internet Explorer 10 to some of its users. This update is also included on some new PC's. It has come to our attention that customers using this updated browser were directed to a "Page Not Found" while trying to place an order or viewing certain pages on our web site.
Today we issued our own update to the Life's Abundance web site that will fix these problems. As with any major browser update like I.E. 10, sometimes web sites can have issues, although this only affected a small percentage of customers. None of the other major browsers (Firefox, Chrome or Safari) are experiencing problems.
If you are using the Internet Explorer 10 browser, please let us know if you find any issues while in the Business Center or when using any of the tools in the Business Center. You can use the Business Center feedback form to let us know if you experience any problems and we will have our I.T. team look at it immediately.
Thank you in advance for your support.
If you are trying to place an order or sign up as a new rep, Please call me at 440-254-3606

The Best Defense for Flea Prevention

Proper flea control must be directed at three seperate areas.  The indoor environment, the outdoor environment and the dog himself. 

Most of the flea life cycle happens in the house and yard and not the dog's hair and skin.  If the house and yard are not treated, the flea problem will never go away no matter how hard you try.  Years ago I was sitting  outside on the sidewalk enjoying the sunny day when all of a sudden a flea jumped on my arm.  My dogs were playing in the yard and I wondered where the flea was from.  As I sat there I could see them in the grass as they were moving in for the bite.  I was horrifid, I have fleas I screamed.  Now my dogs had been scratching a little bit but I didn't think they had fleas.  I had some spray I use in the grooming shop so I treated the area with that until I could get Diatomaceous earth also known as D.E from the store.  You just sprinkle the areas in the yard where fleas congregate.

You can safely use the food grade DE in the house as well. Use on carpeting, pet bedding, blankets, pillows, toys.  Wash all your floors, by mopping with hot water and citrus oil available at home and garden centers. Village Harb Shop

Next your dog should be bathed in an organic shampoo that contains neem and lemongrass.  Apply to coat and let sit for 10 minuates before rinsing.
Rebathe in one week and repeat every week until gone.

Healthy, well groomed dogs rarely get fleas and if they do, fleas normally don't stay on your pet.  To give your dog the added protection he or she needs, I recommend a great food and the number one supplement for pets.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Spring from Spotts Grooming

Happy Spring

Remember to book your appointments at least two weeks before you need your dog groomed.  Springtime is mud time and nobody wants to wait to get a freshly cleaned dog.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Antler Dog Chews

Flint River Ranch

Get your long lasting antler dog chews

Deer, elk and caribou shed off their antlers in the springtime and that's right now.  To save you the trouble of searching throughout the woods, buy your dog's healthy, safe antler from the company you can trust. 

My Testimony
I first bought these antlers because I was looking for something to keep my dogs busy while my husband and I entertained on Saturday nights.  The dogs wanted to be the center of attention of course.  I ordered the large size and was very happy to read that they are not greasy, they have no odor and they do not splinter like bones can.  The dogs love them and I love that they last a real long time.  The antlers help to clean the teeth naturally as they chew.  These are the perfect chew for any dog.  They come in 6 sizes from petite to extra jumbo.

Dog Supplement or Dog Food Sample

Your dog is important to you, and you want to keep them healthy.   Now you can try a sample of NuVet Plus a wonderful dog supplement that my dogs get daily.  These are so good and it shows in the way my dogs over all health is.  They have great skin and coats and are full of energy.  The dog food is Life's Abundance.  My dogs have been eating this great, natural, holistic food ever since they can to live with me.  They love the taste and I love the results. 
I am a rep for these two fantastic products and would love to send your pet a taste test sample of one or both.  All you need to do is write to me at: mention you would like to receive a sample of food or supplement and give me your Name, Address, the type of dog, his or her age and name.  Please include a phone number in case I need to contact you.  Samples go out once a week on Saturdays
If you decide to order please send me a note and let me know.   You will be entered in a monthly drawing for a Fancy Dog Necklace (may not be the same as shown)


Here's an older girl that is so sweet.  She does have several wart like bumps on her body and face.  I suggested that the owner give NuVet Plus a try.  See here for details

For her grooming I gave her a nice massaging bath using a de-shed shampoo.  I cleaned her ears with Life's Abundance ear cleaner, trimmed her nails and then dried her coat and put a great coat conditioner on her and she was done.  45 minutes from start to finish.  And doesn't she look great!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Dog Supplements

Why do I love to give my dogs supplements? 

I have two standard poodles and I love them.  To protect them from the dangers of these things to name a few:
Hot Spots
Premature Aging
Low Energy Levels
Digestive Problems
Heart Disease

Scientifically formulated to provide everything your pet needs for "PERFECT HEALTH"!


Recall News is Never Nice to Hear!  It's sad for both owner and pets.

Jones Natural Chews Co (877) 481-2663 or (815) 874-9500

Jones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, IL is recalling 245 boxes of Woofers (beef patties) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by Colorado Department of Agriculture Feed Program which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria.

The Jones Natural Chews Woofers were distributed in AZ, CA, CO, PA, VA, and WI. They were shipped to distributors and retailers between November 1, 2012 and November 12, 2012 where they were available for purchase.

Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) bulk 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008169, Lot 2962GPS-Best By 10/22/15 and Lot 2892PAL-Best By 10/15/15

***Woofers in bulk 50 count box may be sold individually***

Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 1 pack shrink-wrap, 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008657, Lot 3102, Best By 11/05/15.

Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 1 pack shrink-wrap, 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008183, Lot 2892BF-Best By 10/15/15, Lot 2962PWV-Best By 10/22/15, Lot 2962ASC-Best By 10/22/15, and Lot 3032ASL-Best By 10/29/15.

Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 2pack shrink-wrap, 25ct box, item UPC 741956008190, Lot 2962ASC-Best By 10/22/15 and Lot 3032ASL-Best By 10/29/15.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased any of these woofers are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-481-2663, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Central Standard Time.

The recall notice is on the Jones Natural Chews website.

For the Freshest * Safest * Dog Treats

Monday, January 21, 2013

New Large Breed Puppy Food

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Large breed dogs are special in their own right.  There is nothing more cute than a roly poly puppy.  So here are some questions about what is considered a large breed? how long to feed it? and what is it's cost?  Be sure to check out the Dog Food Calculator  Look for it on the left hand side half way down the page.

1. Which dogs are considered large breed? Some experts believe that all dogs who reach at least 70 lbs as an adult are large breeds. But as a rule of thumb, Dr. Jane prefers that any dog who will reach 50lbs or above be placed into this category.
We actually have a pet food calculator on our websites that will display many large breed dogs once you select the large breed puppy food from the list of foods.
2. How long will I need to feed this food to my large breed puppy? Well most large breeds continue to grow and mature for up to 2 years of age. Some osteopaths feel that large breeds continue developing well into 3 years of age. The best thing to do if you’re unsure is to consult with an expert about your particular breed, like your vet, a breeder, or a reference book about your particular breed.
3. Can I still safely feed the All Stage Life’s Abundance food to my large breed puppy? The simple answer is yes, we’ve already been doing this for years. But, if your particular large breed puppy is prone to development issues like hip dysplasia, you should absolutely feed this special diet. After all, Dr. Bicks wouldn’t have made it if she didn’t feel it was important!
4. How much is this going to cost me? The difference in price between the Life’s Abundance All Stage formula and the new Large Breed Puppy food is only about .45 per pound and even less once you factor in the actual serving cost. The price per pound of the Large Breed Puppy is about $2.05 per pound (depending which size bag you buy), which is still well below what most premium “adult diets” are in the store.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Beneful Dog Food

This is an article from the Examiner at
For those of us with pets, often they are members of the family. Their care and health are important to us and when something goes wrong it can be devastating. If you care about your canine pet, this is a must read.
Quite recently, my dog became very ill on more than one occasion. After the second time, I began researching the food because that was the only thing he had eaten.
Beneful dog food is a popular brand. Unfortunately over the last two to three months, pet owners have seen their dogs become ill after eating this food, based on reports on the Consumer Affairs website. Some pets are more sensitive than others, and their symptoms can include any of the following, sometimes more than one:
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive water drinking
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Seizures
  • Bloat (this is life threatening to a dog)
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Death
Although Beneful comes in several types of food from puppy, to active and healthy weight, it appears the problem is broader than one type of food. Reports have included Beneful's Healthy Radiance, Healthy Weight, and Playful Life, while other reports did not indicate what type of Beneful was fed.
Some owners said immediately upon feeding for the first time, the dog became sick. Other owners said that overtime the dog became sicker. Some people just switched to Beneful for the first time because it is a softer kibble and noticed an immediate problem. Either way, one common thread in the reports was the anguish for having bought this food that injured or killed their beloved pets.
Veterinarians have reported bacterial infections, liver and kidney failure and high toxins in pets that have been brought in related to Beneful dog food illnesses.
This problem is not in a single region but across the country. The number of reported cases, mainly from October 2012 through January 2013, has been increasing and currently there are 220 incidents listed on the consumer affairs site alone. With pets dying after eating this food, the following questions must be asked.
Is Purina turning a blind eye to what their Beneful product is doing?
Why has there been no recall or statement issued by the FDA?
How many injuries and deaths must there be before someone takes some action?
The FDA has three levels of recall.
  1. The recall is made by the firm’s own initiative.
  2. The FDA makes a request to recall.
  3. The FDA orders a recall under statutory authority.
The FDA website was updated as of December 31, 2012, and with just about every other pet food available listed on the site, there is blatantly no mention of either Purina or Beneful.
In 2007, Purina dog food was identified for dog fatalities after an autopsy revealed aflatoxins in the food and the ASPCA became involved. Aflatoxins are known to be found in moldy grains, like the corn that would be in the dog food. At that time, there was a large recall. In 2005 100 dogs died for the same reason prompting another recall of a different brand of food.
At this time, there has been no indication that the ASPCA is investigating these 220 incidents. It is apparently up to us, the pet owners to take some action so that other pet owners, who may be unaware of this crime, don’t have to go through this devastating experience.
Here is how you can help. You can post this news article or even a note to the following social networking sites:
  • Warn your friends on Facebook
  • Tell your followers on Twitter
  • Inform your Google +circles
Push the agencies that can do something to get involved by contacting the following organizations:
At minimum, inform your friends and fellow pet owners to be very careful on what they feed and check the recall lists.
Feed a food you can trust or

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lake County Dog Owners License Alert

Today is January 12, 2013

You have until January 31 to get your dog licenses. 

This is a State Law requirement.
Having a license provides 24/7 protection for you dog in the event he/she gets lost.  Dogs wearing a current license are given 14 days to be reclaimed .

Failure to having no current license will receive a citation that can cost up to $250 plus court fees. 

Places to get your dog licenses:
  • Lake Co. Auditor's Office
  • Lake County Dog Shelter
  • Animal Hospital Inc
  • Brightwood Animal Hospital
  • Crile Hardware
  • Drug Mart - Mentor
  • Drug Mart - Eastlake
  • Lake County Hunmane Society
  • Madison Pet & Garden
  • Mentor Veterinary Clinic
  • Painesville Elevator
  • Perry Coal & Feed
  • Pet Paradise
  • Pets Supplies Plus
  • Pet-Tastic Grooming
  • Paw Wash
  • Western Reserve Hardware
  • Willow Run Vet Clinic
  • Willoughby Hill Vet Clinic
  • Willowick License Bureau
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Since 1999, our most rewarding achievement has been to transform people’s lives for the better by showing them how to build successful home businesses. And if you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own business, we would love to help you achieve that goal, too.
The presentation above demonstrates how building a Life's Abundance business can enable you to create a source of recurring income. Using our proven business model, many Life's Abundance field reps have been able to enjoy life on their own terms. Our generous compensation plan is designed to reward you, whether you’re working part-time or full-time. The amount you make depends on how much time and energy you decide to devote to your home business.
We invite you to review all of the information here on our web site. We truly believe that when you are making the important decision of which business is right for you, you need to learn as much as you can upfront. The short time you spend now could truly make a positive difference in the rest of your life.
We hope you’ll decide to join us in this exciting business venture, and we look forward to helping you make your dreams come true.
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Puppy Food for Large Breeds

Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food For Large Breed Puppies contains a precise balance of protein, calories, calcium and phosphorus to encourage healthy, controlled growth rates and aid in the development of strong teeth and bones.

The Ingredients in this food were carefully chosen for their individual nutrients, which work together to provide a comprehensive and perfectly balanced meal to help your puppy grow and thrive.
We cultivate long-term relationships with our suppliers to make sure we obtain the highest quality ingredients and we've made it our mission to provide companion animals with exactly what they need to help ensure a lifetime of good health.

Premium Dog Food New large breed puppy food

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Lake County Ohio Dog Licence 2013

Licensing Your Dog 2013Remember to get your dog a new 2013 dog license.

All dogs three months of age and older according to Ohio state law must be licensed. This apples to other states as well, check with your local Dog Shelter for details. New licenses are sold between December 1 and January 31 and can be purchased at:
The Lake County Dog Shelter 2600 North Ridge Rd., OH 44077 
Geauga County Dog Shelter; Warden's Office 12513 Merritt Road Chardon, OH 44024
For other Counties, check your local phone directory for information.

A Dog license attached to your dog's collar will identify you as the owner. This is sometimes your only hope to getting your dog back if he should become lost.

Listed below are phone numbers in the Lake/Geauga area of agencies that you may want to contact:
Geauga County Humane Society (440) 338-4819 -
Lake County Humane Society (440)-951-6122 -
Local Dog Wardens - Geauga: (440) 279-2180 -
Lake: (440) 350-2640 or 350-2641