Honest Reviews

Honest reviews from dog owners who have bought and tried products.
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Aerodawg

While I hope you never need one, at least you now know of an aerosol chamber that actually works!

Recently one of our Gimpy Dogs members needed to administer aerosol medication to her pup and purchased an Aerodawg Canine Aerosol Chamber from Amazon.

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Sarah L writes:

"I don't know that there are many people on here with dogs who have respiratory issues, but I ordered this last week and it is perfect. I was afraid it would be flimsy, but it is just as sturdy as the one I have for myself and the seal around the inhaler is snug. A little desensitization training, lots of treats, and Bandit is getting used to it quite quickly.

Bandit has COPD and recently got kennel cough, which has been difficult to deal with.  Thankfully the inhaler is helping a lot.

The directions are easy to follow, but it is exactly like a chamber for a human to use.  The inhaler goes in one end and the mask goes over the dog's nose or nose and mouth.  You depress the inhaler and hold the mask in place for 6 or 7 breaths.




There are pills you can give that help open the airways, but they do not act quickly and can't really be only used as needed.  This stops the coughing fit within just a minute or two.  I am asthmatic, so I know how quickly an inhaler works and thought it was a better choice long-term for Bandit."

Because it is a sturdy, medical grade aerosol chamber, we are giving this item 4-paws up.

It can be purchased from Amazon and comes in different sizes.


Duralactin

If you own older dogs, you are probably always on the look out for supplements that may give those creaky old bones some relief.

There are a lot of supplements out there, most contain Glucosamine and/or Chondroitin, but a friend of mine happened to be looking at a product called Duralactin.

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I hadn't hear a lot about it, so I asked on my Gimpydogs Facebook group to see if anyone had tried it, and of course a few had!

As with all supplements, some may work for your pup, and some may not, so the view expressed here are from people that have used it, and have had success.  Your experience may vary.

Janine L writes:

"When our Pepper was declining with spinal stenosis, her vet at the time suggested Duralactin.  I just thought they were trying to selling me something else.   But in speaking with their receptionist who had a very old poodle that could barely walk and now was walking thanks to Duralactin, I said I would think about it.

I went home and ordered it on line.  It took several weeks to work, but she started to show improvement and after several months she was moving a lot better.  We had her on it for years.  She was 16 when we had to euthanize her.

It is a milk product, so dogs who can't handle milk products won't be able to use it.  It smells great, vanilla flavored.   Pepper loved it."

Karen K writes:

"I used this for Dave when he was very senior.  It seemed to help.  I was able to give it to him because unlike so many other products, it was safe to "mix" with his other drugs.  Also, as it was at a stage where it was hard to get him to eat, he liked them.  Frankly, the chewable tablets smell like really good vanilla ice cream."

We're going to give it a 4-paws up based on user experience.  It seems to help, it's tasty, and it doesn't appear to cause any harm.

Duralactin is available from Chewy.com