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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-14-2009, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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I just wanted to take a moment to share my thoughts more formally about Sabine and her nutritional consultations at BetterDogCare.Com . I have seen her name tossed out in threads and I think her service is deserving of her own thread.

I want to start by saying I have no connection with her other than being a client and having a great deal of success. I am sharing this opinion as I would about a shampoo or any other thing I found useful for my boys.

I went to her with my problem with Cash's weight and his poop eating, which I think were connected. Because I was already feeding a commercial raw product and not kibble I had to purchase the middle level consultation-- $44.

I filled out a thorough questionnaire about Cash, which included diet, exercise, health, habits, and vaccine history. I got back 18 pages of information. Some were specific to Cash, some were general information that I am sure she gives to everyone.

Although her first diet suggestion was a disaster for Cash (based on some misinformation from me) she worked with me (at no additional cost)to come up with a menu that works for him, and is easy for me. Cash has lost a lb, is no longer interested in eating his poop, no longer ravenous, and seems to have a lot more energy. Best $44 I ever spent.

I have compared notes with others...and everyone seems to get different suggestions for foods as well as supplements. Each consultation seems to be individualized. She really works with you to come up with something that works for your dog, your budget and your life style. It seems like her key supplement suggestions are Fish Oil, Probiotics, & Vitamin B. But again, product and amount varies from pet to pet. She also shares with you what products are simply hype.

I have been using Cash's diet and supplement recommendations for Jasper as well and he has never done better. Sabine very generously offered me some advice for Jasper's Anal Gland problem too. Too soon to tell if it is working. But even though Jas is doing great I decided to get him his own consultation because of his own unique personality. I will come back and let you know how that goes.

But I just wanted to share this because, I think Sabine is the genuine article...she knows her stuff, is very generous with her advice and knowledge, does not promise miracles, but offers sound nutritional and wellness advice. Although much of this info can be found on the web it is great to have someone with her experience process it and apply it to your specific needs...

Not everyone needs a consultation...as I always say "if it aint broke don't fix it." But she offers a great service to keep in your arsenal should a need arise.

http://www.betterdogcare.com

she also moderates a forum and often answers questions.

http://www.ourdogsonline.com/ubbthre.../forum_summary

That's my 2 cents... Would those of you that have consults as well like to share anything?




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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-14-2009, 11:04 PM
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I haven't had a consult but I wanted to say that I'm VERY happy to read this. I vividly remember the ordeal you went through and am glad you finally found something that works for you and Cash and hopefully Jas too.

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That really IS the best $44 one can spend. Good news! I am very interested in how Cash and Jas are doing and if Sabine's professional advice can help, then great.




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Thank you for bringing this up. I am wondering if the anal gland issues are diet related? Not so much that there isn't enough fiber or bulk, but more about allergies to certain foods?? I am very curious about this.

My guys have multiple allergy issues, and still trying to pin it all down at this point. But I must empty the anal glands at least once a month and they get enough fiber/bulk, I think.... so I am wondering if it has a relation to foods that don't work for their system.

If you wouldn't mind sharing about this, I would be interested. And thanks again for the report. I joined her forum quite a while back, but haven't been on there in a long time. I knew a couple of members from way back from a different forum, and there are several regulars on there that know lots of stuff and usually have excellent advice, about health issues and dog care, in general. I guess what I am saying is that while it is a small forum, and has a more 'localized' membership, that generally speaking, they have a good knowledge base. A couple of things here and there that I didn't completely agree with or wasn't completely comfortable with their choices for myself (a normal situation), but a forum that I respected and appreciated. I would like to pop back in again. I don't have tons of time to spend everywhere : ) so its been awhile since I've spent any amount of time there. Thanks for sharing your opinion......glad to hear it was positive.

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Missy, thanks for starting this thread. I'm so glad that Sabine was able to work with you to help Cash!

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Missy- Did you end up changing what you were feeding Cash? I thought you ended up leaving them both on the raw medallions? Or are you saying it is the supplements that made the difference? I am just honestly scared of supplements cause over supplementing can be just as bad and often time worse.

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I did a consultation for Scooter just before Murphy arrived so now I wonder if any of the recommendations would be different. I compared our consultation with another one Sabine did and they are different, we were just curious to see if they were generic. Our consult was the least expensive but we did get tons of information.

We didn't have any problems other than having a picky eater. The foods Sabine recommended I didn't change to as by the time her info arrived I settled on a food both of our dogs love and are thriving on. I did change the treats we're giving as I didn't give much thought to what I was buying and I was buying junk! Now they get junk occasionally but mostly chicken jerky that has no additives.

I bought the supplements but the only thing I've added so far is the probiotic. I've given the Vitamin B a time or two but not regularly and haven't started the fish oil. We're going on vacation in July so I didn't want them to have to deal with all of the supplements while boarding, I'll get on that when we're back home.

Our vet just doesn't seem overly interested in diet, they do talk about what foods are good or bad but not much more than that. As a new dog owner with no confidence in what I'm doing it was a help and more than worth the money to me!

Missy-I'm so glad you got some ideas to help with your guys!!!

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Amanda, we did end up on mostly just medallions, but she also said I could give them 25% lean ground meat to save on cost and also according to her the medallions are too high in calcium. I noticed a huge a difference on the vitamins... I had been doing salmon oil and switched first to seapet and now NOW Omega 3's (with vit e) that she suggested cause I wanted something we can all take (human and canine) But I think it is the vitamin B that seems to make the most the difference and it is water soluable so you can't over supplement. And then the only other thing is acidophilus.

When my vet was impressed with both their weight loss, she asked me to ask her about AG's for Jasper... which I just e-mailed her and she told me she was not sure anything would work as his AG's are higher than most but that some of her clients have had some success with Arabinogalactan Powder It is made from the bark of the Larch Tree and is fiber but also immune support... It has been less than a month (and I normally express every 6 weeks or so) but let me just Jasper's biz is beautiful for the first time in his life. I also use it for Cash when he is backed up from his all protein diet.




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So much talk about poo!

I told my husband this morning that if we could find a market for dog poo we could be independently wealthy just from Scooter and Murphy.

This must be such a relief to you Missy!!!

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