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Do you have a dog that is always sick and you're not sure what to do? Do you get frustrated with all the health issues coming up, because you're convinced that you're missing something? Do you wonder if your dog is happy?
This is something no one knows about me. Not even J.
Sometimes I look at Rodrigo and I want to cry. He's a healthy dog. When I compare him to some of the dogs I hear about, he's very healthy. But when he starts licking his paws and joints and this continues for 30 minutes – I get worried. When his head tips to the side and he's scratching his ears – I get worried. And when he has diarrhea or his anal glands need to be expressed – I get worried.
He's so much healthier than he was year ago, two years ago, and three years ago – but I still worry.
I receive emails all the time asking me to review dog food, treats, and supplements. Many times, I can glance at the ingredients and tell you that this isn’t a product I would purchase for my dogs. It gets kind of depressing, because…
- I wonder if the person contacting me has spent any time on my blog.
- I wonder if the person contacting me believes in the product he or she is pimping.
Do they think I'm just in it for the free stuff?
My dogs are my babies. I love them to distraction. If a dog sneezes or coughs, I want to know why. If I see soft stool in the yard, I review the food from the last 24 hours. And when I’m sitting on the sofa, I have at least three dogs touching me; all four dogs are in the same room most days.
One of the reasons I narrowed the focus of my blog is because of Rodrigo’s health issues. The transition to raw feeding took care of most of his health issues, but his joints and his digestive system are issues that will never fully go away.
I want to be wrong.
Healthy Gut, Healthy Dog
In all of my research on dog nutrition and health, a common mantra has snuck its way into my brain: Healthy Gut, Healthy Dog. A dog’s immune system is directly tied to the gut. If a dog’s gut is unhealthy, then we’re going to see a whole host of other issues. This is why I have such attitude about many dry food brands.
A dry food made with inferior ingredients breaks down a healthy gut, opening the door to digestive issues, allergies, and a host of other health problems. I compare it to drinking Coke and eating fast food every day.
When Rodrigo is having trouble with his gut, I get worried, because I know that it’s more than just a day of diarrhea for him. Digestive issues for my dog could mean that…
- He’s not absorbing enough nutrients.
- He could develop nutrient deficiencies.
- He could develop enzyme deficiencies.
- He’s going to be hungry all the time.
- He’s going to lose weight (he doesn’t need to lose weight).
Dr. Baker’s Canine System Saver
Rodrigo’s gut became healthier thanks to FullBucket. Despite the celebration of solid poop with my dog, I know that last year’s digestive issues left a mark and that’s where Dr. Baker’s Canine System Saver comes into play.
I was introduced to this supplement this summer and told an amazing story about a dog who was saved with this product. Here is Pepsi's store… (You can read more stories HERE).
Canine System Saver stimulates the regulatory systems that control immune, inflammatory, and degenerative activity while creating a healthy system in our dogs. This supplement covers…
- Arthritis, hip dysplasia, and joint support
- Chronic dermatitis, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, lupus, fibromyalgia, coronary artery disease, type II diabetes, inflammatory airway disease (COPD), asthma, immune-mediated allergic conditions and more.
- Geriatric support for senior dogs that promotes healthy aging and a longer life by promoting mobility, healthier joints, reducing muscle loss, protecting against decreased cognitive function, and boosting the immune system to decrease proneness to disease
The more I read about the supplement, the more I wondered if it would help Rodrigo.
Ingredients in Canine System Saver
Canine System Saver was created by animal lovers with the intention of producing a product that's all natural, takes away the need to use steroids, and slows down the aging process of our dogs.
The site states “System Saver contains a proprietary blend of standardized extracts from Curcuma longa, Citrus reticulata, Boswellia serrata & Camelia sinensis. Standardized extracts ensure the purity and consistency of the blend. Each of the components has undergone extensive scientific investigation and been shown to exert anti-inflammatory activity, matrix metalloproteinase inhibitory activity, TNF-alpha inhibitory activity and anti-oxidant activity. Research has demonstrated the ingredients to be effective in cases of arthritis, enzymatic cartilage destruction, asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, diabetes type II, heart disease, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's, cancer chemoprevention and more.”
Dogs Naturally Magazine says “System Saver is a highly effective herbal blend that can relieve arthritis, chronic dermatitis, autoimmune diseases, respiratory disorders and more.”
Rodrigo and Canine System Saver
Rodrigo has been on Canine System Saver for a month. He takes it twice daily (added to his food) at least six days a week. He should be taking it seven days a week, but sometimes I forget or J feeds the dogs and doesn’t know the supplement regimen.
I saw an improvement within the first couple of weeks. I was able to cut back on the other joint supplement he was taking and his poop was smaller in size. Raw fed dogs take poops that are small and solid. Rodrigo’s poops are solid and smaller than when he was eating dry food, but they’re bigger than our other dogs, because of his digestive struggles.
A month into taking the supplement, Rodrigo experienced a few things…
- He was licking his front left elbow (where his arthritis lives).
- He was licking his paws again (this is something he did obsessively before raw due to allergies).
- He had a couple days of soft stool (not loose, not diarrhea).
I panicked, then started to worry. Then I shook it off and gave it some thought.
JOINT PAIN – Rodrigo was licking his elbow, because we started taking longer walks and they were challenging. A few instances of lunging, bolting after small critters, and racing to greet a dog was a bit much for his joints and he had a few days of discomfort. I gave him DGP for Pets (an all-natural pain reliever) and that was that.
PAW LICKING – it started raining again and J cut the lawn. That combination aggravates Rodrigo’s paw pads. Wiping them down with an apple cider vinegar, green tea mixture alleviates the itching. That was that.
SOFT STOOL – Rodrigo tried a new raw food recently and it was a bit rich for him. I should have doubled his scoop of FullBucket until he adapted to the food, but I didn’t. After 24 hours, he was fine. His stool was solid. And that was that.
Because of his fall allergies, I increased the Canine System Saver to two capsules in the morning and one in the evening. I spoke with Judy Baker and after reviewing Rodrigo's health history, age, and weight – she let me know that he can go to two capsules twice daily.
Being able to talk this out with the people behind the supplement was amazing. Judy is my people. The Crazy Dog People type of people.
Sydney and Canine System Saver
I had to come back and update this blog post because Canine System Saver is AMAZING! I can't tell you how long I've been giving CSS to Sydney, but it's been more than two years and I've tried other supplements for her joints and nothing works as well as Canine System Saver.
Sydney had a partial cruciate tear which I chose to allow to heal naturally through diet, supplements, acupuncture, and laser therapy. While healing, she gained a lot of weight (my fault) and that extra weight put more strain on her joints. Today, she's losing that weight and running around like a puppy, playing with her siblings thanks to Canine System Saver.
She also takes a joint supplement and occasionally I give her a pain supplement or CBD oil for pets. But whenever I've taken CSS off the table for her, she gradually starts to feel pain, she slows down, and it's heartbreaking. In less than 48 hours of adding Canine System Saver to her diet, she's back to her normal, happy, pain-free self.
I add 3 pills to her breakfast at least 6 days a week.
How Much Does Canine System Saver Cost?
A bottle of Canine System Saver costs $45 (order 2 bottles and you get free shipping).
There are 120 capsules and per the dosage instructions, giving Rodrigo two capsules per day; a bottle will last 60 days. We’ve made it through 1/2 the bottle and I'm going to give him three capsules daily (two in the morning, one in the evening) going forward. A bottle will last 40 days on this path.
My Final Thoughts on Canine System Saver
I prefer Canine System Saver over other joint supplements Rodrigo has taken because CSS is also healing him from the inside out. I can see the difference in his poop (always the poop, right?).
- I'm not mixing a ton of powder to his food; if you're like me, you wonder if our dogs like that texture.
- I've seen improvements in this first 30 days, which makes this product a good investment.
- The couple behind Canine System Saver are animal lovers who have made dogs, not dollars, their priority.
The story of a couple being advised to euthanize their sick dog only to see that dog live to be 13 years gives me hope that we've found the final piece of the puzzle to help Rodrigo.
Now if I can get him to stop sitting in my lap when I'm trying to type a product review, I think we'd be in heaven!
Just Kidding. I don't mind finishing up later.