How Do I Find Help for My Pet on This Site?

There is a lot of information on this site!

I have posted a lot of information about rehabilitation for pets on this site. You should find directions that are very helpful to you and your pet’s situation, even if I don’t directly answer your specific question yet on this site.

  • In the menu section you should see a few question-based topics. If you see what you want, click on the topic.
  • There are detailed choices under each topic. You should see cascading menus with many choices.
  • If you don’t want to read all the available choices (I’ve tried to condense them), then just skip to the search box and try searching a couple of your ideas.
cat with neurological problems in a harness and cart I built to help teach her to walk again
Tiny the Cat in Her Mobility Mover

More Tools-

I have also made posts for you to see some of the products I use to work on healing and recovery with your pet. I will be adding to the helpful tools section as time allows and when I find products that truly work in the field.

A lot of tools and ideas marketed to people for pet rehabilitation are a waste of time and money. I want to help you to streamline your rehab work and use tools that really work to help your pet!

Check out the list of the top five posts people read on this site. This list is to the right of posts on a desktop/tv and at the very bottom of the page on phones or tablets.

I will be adding to the choices of conditions on my injury and surgery pages. I have explained more on those pages about how to use the rehab steps to help you with your pets orthopedic or neurological problem diagnosis.

Saint Bernard in a cart to help support her while she walks

The Website and My Work-

I write all of my own posts, design all rehab programs for clients, perform most of the IT work on this site, oversee IT messes & posts on all my other social media, manage client communications, and perform *all* the other work associated with running a business. It’s very time-consuming, as you may know, and I don’t have administrative help/support. I don’t update this site as much or fast as I’d like to. There are lots of IT errors and there are lots of topics I have yet to cover! Now I’m working on streamlining this site as fast as I am able while I play catch-up 🙂 Thanks for your patience! If you would like to contact me, please go to this page.

Rehabdeb

Updated June 28, 2018

Supplements & Vitamins

Links to Some of the Supplements & Vitamins I Recommend for Pets –

Anti-Inflammatories – Natural Formulas:

For Cats or Dogs –   

For People or Pets –

photo of a bottle of Xyflamend you may purchase through clicking on photo

Joint Helpers: 

Also see anti-inflammatories, above.

I prefer supplements and vitamins that have the least amount of added flavoring, coloring, and other additives that aren’t specific for healing.

Below are a few brands I have chosen to help a cat or dog with painful joints. Each product links to Amazon, but you may buy them anywhere you like, of course.

This page is specifically for links to products I recommend and for which I have received positive results feedback. You may find more info about each product by clicking on the photo link. I also have some information about the use of these supplements  in other posts on this website and in my books.

For Cats –

Bottle of Nutramax brand Cosequin capsules for cat painful joints that links to Amazon for purchasebottle of Duralactin Feline immuno-nutritional aid for managing inflammatory conditions in cats and cat painful joints that links to Amazon for purchase

“Duralactin Feline is an immuno-nutritional aid for managing inflammatory conditions, such as soft tissue injury or arthritis in cats. Managing cat arthritis symptoms with Duralactin Feline can be especially beneficial in many ways. Duralactin Feline is affordable and can be used as a long-term solution in conjunction with other medications and treatments. Duralactin Feline is a dried milk protein concentrate derived from hyper-immunized cows. It is a non-prescription supplement that is available in liquid or capsule form. Duralactin Feline can be administered directly, with or without food. The main ingredients are MicroLactin, a dried milk protein and omega fatty acids.”

For Dogs –

bottle of Nutramax brand Cosequin DS capsules for dog or cat with painful joints that links to Amazon for purchase

For Dogs or People –

If you are taking a proven, high-quality glucosamine & chondroitin (sometimes with more ingredients) supplement, then you may usually share it with your dog. Check the labels on one of the products I have listed here in order to find out dosing suggestions for your dog. Then you may compare the pet dosing to the info on your own supplement. Try to get close to the same amount the veterinary version suggests. In this case it’s better that you give a little bit more rather than a lot less than the recommended amount.

bottle of Nutramax brand Cosamin Joint Health Capsules that may be used for human cat or dog painful joints that links to Amazon for purchase

Check the ingredients of yours to make sure there isn’t a sweetener in it. Don’t give xylitol to your pets. I don’t like to give any formulas that contain aspartame or sucralose, either. That cuts out many of the flavored dog versions.

Liver Helpers:

Cats & Dogs, Per Weight –

Cats & Small Dogs –

For Small-Medium Dogs –

For Medium & Large Dogs –


click on this photo of box to purchase

Nerve Helper:

SAMe also can have beneficial effect on nerves. See above ^^

click on this photo bo buy Now brand liquid Vitamin b complex

Omega 3’s:

Omega 3’s are pretty easy to find in lower doses, for cats and dogs under 50#, however many of my clients have difficulty finding the 1-capsule, high dose versions. Your veterinarian may carry a good Omega 3. If you cannot find them from your veterinarian or in a store near you, here are a few suggestions:

For Cats & Small Dogs –

Each capsule of this Omega 3 contains 180 mg EPA & 120 mg DHA.

For Medium & Large Dogs –

   This one contains 400 mg EPA & 200 mg DHA per capsule.

…and this one contains 500 mg EPA & 250 mg DHA per capsule

For Very Large Dogs or People or Other Pets –

click on this picture of Omega 3 fatty acids to buy them  This one contains 600 mg EPA & 300 mg DHA per capsule.

Probiotics:

I recommend getting a pharmaceutical-grade probiotic, where available, and getting one with at least 5 bacterial strains in it.

I also recommend switching the brand or some of the varieties of bacterial strains every time you buy a new bottle/box.

Check the amount of live cultures contained in the probiotic you have been giving and try to do a comparative amount when you begin a new type. If you look below, for instance, you will see a bottle with 1 billion units in a serving and you will see a bottle with 3.4 billion units in a serving. Make sure you check labels for amounts.

There is a LOT of info on the web about probiotics and some of it is good, true, solid info.  Much of the info is not correct, especially if it’s on an opinion site instead of in a research paper. Some info is “different from what we thought” as new research is accomplished. Here’s a link to some related research. Look up probiotic research for yourself on a fairly reliable source, like PubMed.

I have listed below only a few capsule and powder varieties of probiotics and there are a lot of options out there. Pets don’t have to take probiotics marketed solely to pets. I prefer to use the powder without added flavorings.

Yes, you may open a capsule and sprinkle the powder on the food if you didn’t buy the powdered form not in capsules. You may also use these methods to give capsules or pills.

Your veterinarian may also carry a probiotic that doesn’t have flavorings and colorings in it.  Flavorings and colorings, including “natural” flavorings, can cause allergic reactions, like itchy paws and ears.

Multi-Strain Capsules For Peeps or Pets –

You may open up the capsules and sprinkle them onto your pet’s food or give them straight to the pet (if they’ll eat it), or use one of my helpful dosing methods.

Cats or Dogs –

The next probiotic (below) is for advanced medical cases and cases of stress, like those encountered daily by many athletes. I do not recommend giving this high a dose of probiotics until you have taken a little time to slowly increase your or your pet’s daily amounts.

If you or your pet have been taking 1 billion units daily, then increase that to 3 billion or not more than 5 billion for about five days. Then increase again by a bit for several days, then increase again. You will find that advanced use of probiotics in high doses for certain situations is common practice among functional wellness practitioners.

Increase probiotic amounts gradually so you will hopefully avoid a full and immediate coup of the gut. A full coup with high doses of “good” bacteria may subsequently result in a full day in the bathroom…

bottle of sound probiotics click to buy

I’ve used the following probiotic for many years while on the road, and many athletes and pets I know use it, too! This one is shelf stable, but don’t leave it in a 100-degree F automobile! Otherwise, EPS doesn’t need refrigeration. Please read the instructions on the box about how to store these. Also, don’t open up this capsule and dump it on the food.

Shelf-stable, for People or Pets –

box of Jarrow EPS 5 billion unit probiotics

Help Giving Pet Medication – Hiding Pills in Healthy Foods!

These Products Are for Both Cats and Dogs –

Do You Need Help Giving Medications to Your Pet?

These options are like “Trick or Treat!?”… and it’s both!

I prefer this type of pocket (below) to give pills in if your pet won’t take the pills easily. An example of “take pills easily” might be that your pet eagerly gulps a pill when you have put it in a thin slice of butter from grass-fed cows. Grass-fed cows produce meat and milk (for butter) that is high in Omega 3 fatty acids. Butter made from grain-fed cattle is not as healthful as butter made from grass-fed cattle and is full of pro-inflammatory Omegas from the grains they have eaten, which humans and their pets usually already get plenty of in their regular diets.

This brand of pocket is just the meat. It does not contain added flavors, sugar, grains, chemicals, or other ingredients that work against overall health.

These are duck hearts, freeze-dried: bag of freeze-dried duck hearts for treats or tasty help giving pet medications

…and these are awesome for giving stinky pills.

Here is a bulk purchase option

Tramadol is bitter, Gabapentin is bitter if the capsule breaks open, and antibiotics taste and smell nasty! Please don’t just throw most pills into your pet’s food. I often have to help pets who have stopped eating because of medications in the food. I cover more info on this in my books.

Here are a few more flavors and types of pockets I like that may help you with pill dosing –

This one is turkey: bag of turkey heart nuggets for treats or tasty help giving pet medicationsphoto of turkey hearts to purchase

 

 

And this one is chicken: photo of chicken hearts to purchase

Another Option That Works for a Lot of Pets is to Use a Canned Pet Food in Small Amounts –

You should give the canned-food ball pill treats only after a meal if you are giving an anti-inflammatory or an antibiotic. Do not give canned food balls with pills instead of a meal if you are giving anti-inflammatories or antibiotics or other medications that need a meal to go with them. Give a regular meal first, and then give the pill-treats.

I like a lot of different brands and a couple of types of food for pets. A lot of people from around the world read this website, and I don’t pretend to know what foods are available in every market. In the Austin, TX area, where I’ve lived for many years, we have a huge selection of food choices available. Other posts on this site talk about food and feeding. This post is about healthy options to help with pill dosing for your pet. For the purposes of this post, I’ll give you a link to two canned foods that may help with pill dosing. 

I recommend completely grain-free foods with ingredients sourced as cleanly as you are able to get.

Cat food works for both cats and dogs:

and I recommend it for dog pill dosing if you cannot get them to take the pills in a canned dog food ball: can of Nulo brand grain free cat food you may use for cats or dogs for tasty help giving pet medications

…and a dog version (not for cats…it won’t kill them, it’s just not high enough in protein for them, in general, to use as a regular food or snack):

There are many flavors available, so snoop around once you get to the site, if you want.

Some other tricks that don’t mess up your pet’s stomach and are better quality choices –

Cut a small sliver of grass-fed butter and “taco-burrito” the pill in the little roll of butter. This link goes to a page of choices and examples, however there are also other choices for grass-fed butter. You might already make your own! Read labels, figure out labeling tricks, and look for quality options. The butter option is super simple, so I hope it works for you!

Sometimes I meet a pet that will take pills in a small chunk of hot dog. I recommend beef that hasn’t been fed grains or trapped in a feedlot. Austin gives me a lot of choices for grass-fed meats, however I also travel a lot and see fewer choices in many cities. We can get super creative sometimes and stay with healthy choices. I don’t find a link on Amazon to a grass-fed, “clean” beef hot dog of the quality I prefer, so here’s a link to a brand that’s readily available and has less junk ingredients than most other choices.

It’s not the end of the world if you give a lesser-quality food product to your pet. I just find that one allowance leads to another then another, etc…and I have spent lots of time with clients reversing their pet’s allergies and inflammation using better or higher-quality nutrition. I will save more food information for another post. Nonetheless, I’ve given you a little insight into why I recommend the choices for help giving pet medications that I’ve recommended.

Blessings-

Rehabdeb Deborah

 

Updated 11/14/18

Client Comments and Reviews

A few client comments and reviews from the web to get you started! See some individual testimonials here.

“Scientific”
“I’ve known Deborah Carroll for several years and she has worked with us rehabbing our 90lb Hound/Lab mix. I have always found her to be chock full of great scientific information in rehabbing your pet, and the booklet simplifies all that into simple to understand protocol and reasons to follow the protocol to help your dog. Short read but well worth it. I love it!”
D.B., Amazon Review

“Good Advice”
This book is very easy to read, with good advice for pet parents after a cruciate repair surgery. Compliance is a major cause for surgery failure. In a humorous way, the book gives good guidance on what NOT to do as well as a guideline for healing after surgery. I have recommended this book to several clients already and I wish I had the book last year after my dog, Rufus had his TPLO.
Thank you for the new resource,
Melanie Fox Vanicek, DVM
, Amazon Review

“Effective”
“Deborah Carroll provides effective exercises for physical therapy that are non-invasive and can be done at home with successful outcomes.

This is a great introduction book that explains the physical therapy instead of surgery route and what it means for you and your pet. These guidelines and exercises are a way of treating a torn ligament that works as long as you and your pet are ready to take the time to achieve results.

Surgery is not always inevitable and Deborah Carroll provides an alternative. My dog has followed these guidelines and has had great results. At the time of her injury she could not walk on her back leg (torn ACL, meniscus).

Through working with the support of our veterinarian for pain management, the physical therapy and suggested diet changes, she not only walks on all her legs again, she can go for long walks, climb hills and stairs and pull me down the sidewalk. We are proof that you can successfully rehab your pet at home without the trauma and recovery of surgery.”
Katie, Amazon Review

Easy Plan
“The book easily outlines a plan to rehabilitate your dog from a knee injury. I now feel like there is hope for his long term recovery. Thanks Deb!”
Amazon Review

“Completely Rehabilitate”
“Using the methods described in this book, we were able to completely rehabilitate our Labrador Retriever from a torn ACL without having surgery. Very thankful that this book was so easily accessible!”
H.P., Amazon Review

No Surgery
“I chose not to have my 9 year old Lab put through the stress of surgery on his torn CCL – knowing that he is already showing signs of the other leg being injured. After much research, I found Deborah’s website and read a lot of the blog posts where I learned of her book. I have been using the therapy in the book now for about a month and it is working well in conjunction with some holistic remedies and massage, Since the process of healing is really the same for both non-surgery and surgery dogs, this book will help either way! Easy to follow, but you do have to stick with it to see results.”
Amazon Review

“Expertise”
“I have worked in a variety of animal care fields – as a veterinary technician, pet sitter, and behavior consultant – since 1997, and have several mutual clients with the author. As such, I have seen first-hand what she can do for both her clients and patients. Her knowledge, skill, and bedside manner are impeccable, to the point that she has become the only person that I refer people to for small animal rehabilitation in the Austin area. I am so glad that she has written this book, so that people who live outside the Austin area can benefit from her expertise. I highly recommend it!”
Emily S., Amazon Review, From Beaks to Barks

“Practical”
“This was an easy to read and understand guidebook. There were lots of practical tips offered. Her program is something I can follow on a day to day basis. The author has obviously had lots of experience with dog rehabilitation and wants the best for our dogs.”
Lori L., Amazon Review

“Love”
“I love Deborah Carroll and her approaches to rehab/conditioning- we see her next week.”
Courtney K, Austin, TX Courtney’s Agility Page

 

Add your client comments and reviews in a comment, below, and I may add it to the site. If you have a pet-oriented business and you have used my program(s), please include the link to your business when you write your comment! Thanks!

Updated February 10, 2018

Books for After Surgery: Functional Recovery and Rehabilitation

Has your pet had surgery? Do you need a rehabilitation plan to follow at home?

Then take a moment to look over this site, follow the instructions on the surgery page, and stay calm and thoughtful about your work with your pet.

This book is the program to follow to begin recovery after most orthopedic or neurological surgeries.

Rehabilitation after surgery for torn knee ligament:

Click on THIS LINK, and you should be directed to Amazon in your country, unless you live in these countries – Australia, Brasil, India, Mexico, Nederland , in which case you should click on the name of your country ^^ to be taken to the book.

(available on Kindle and in paperback, and you may order the paperback through any bookseller by using the ISBN 978-0615905358)

Some Reviews About the Books…

(click ^^)