It’s been a while and we have some updates coming for our testing category. First of all, Happy New Year to everyone. 🙂
Late in the December we received a package from company called Loyal Canine and we were very eager to try their products. As you may know, we tend to have cold winters here in Latvia and people pour salt everywhere in order for road to be less slippery. Salt, on the other hand is not so good for your dog’s paws, it cracks them and can make their daily walks painful or even make pads bleed. I had this experience with my sisters dog (Yorkshire terrier) and since we had Frost it was clear that his paws should be protected. You can find all kinds of paw treatments at vets, but some of them may contain unnatural ingredients that your pooch can consume in his blood and it’s not healthy for them.
Loyal Canine is a company that manufactures dog care essentials for people who demand the best for their canine. Located in Hamilton, Ontario, all goods are handmade in small batches to ensure the finest quality for man’s best friend. In their store you can find nose balsams, first aid, pad protector, soap and other stuff to keep your best friend clean, protected and even heal his wounds. All the ingredients are natural and, oh boy, the smell of the products is wonderful. Every time that we applied pad protector on Frost’s paws, he could not stop resist licking his paws and the container with the product in it.
We have used two different types of pad protectors from local stores in the past, but they are hard to apply and usually come in metallic tubes and are hard to squeeze out the product. Getting No.1 Pawmade pad protector in our possession was a great material for testing and we are still testing it, because we like the results that we see on Frost’s paws and we can also feel the change too, so it makes us happy.
Frost’s paws got softer than they were before, you could just stroke his little pad with finger and you could feel cracked pad pores, they would feel really rough, but now, after just two weeks, all the pores are really soft and even. We applied pad protector once a day, before going to bed. Some days, when the temperature dropped to -20°C, we used it after the walks too and were happy to see that cold this year is no problem for Frost, as we had seen and heard so many people complain that their dogs can’t go for a walks that are longer than few minutes as it was hard for them to put their paws in the salty snow.
We can’t wait to test it when canicross season starts, because Frost’s paws get really dry after running in woods when the weather is hot, so I am very excited that we came across this product and now we can avoid all the trouble with dry pads.
Second thing we tested was Loyal Canine Lucky Pup Dog Soap, which is made to relieve stress, condition fur, and help scare off ticks and fleas. By the way we can’t wait for this soap to get tested in summer for part 2. Let me just say that past few years ticks have been huge problem here, most of the time we get lucky to catch only one tick on Frost’s fur just before it sticks it’s teeth into him, we have heard stories from people who had found many ticks after a simple walk in the woods on their dogs or themselves. They really bother us since they transmit some nasty diseases to humans and dogs.
A day before testing soap Frost’s skin got dry and started to make dandruff, it tends to get like this on cold winters when heating system works more than usual and because of the cold weather Frost sometimes sneaks to sleep next to radiator and as you know it’s not so good for dogs and can result in dry skin and other stuff.
It was just perfect timing to test it out. I can only say that soap is really easy to use, you can save your time for trying to open shampoo bottle with your wet, slippery fingers and lose control of a dog, because not all dogs enjoy bath and you need to put maximum effort to keep them from jumping out of the tub. You can slip the soap on your finger and rub it in to the dog’s wet fur. The dandruff is now gone after only one bath, but usually with vet prescribed shampoo it can take starting from two or tree treatments to get rid of them completely.
After the bath with Loyal Canine Lucky Pup Dog Soap Frost’s fur got really soft. His fur is softer than most beagles in general, as breeder said – he got it from his mother. But I noticed that with other shampoos on the first two days his fur is a little thicker and rougher than usual. After our last bath with Loyal Canine soap it was way nicer and softer when his fur dried out, even the smell of the coat afterwards was not as strong as you get from the store bought dog shampoos. You can smell lavender and a bit of fresh peppermint, it gives your nose this fresh and cold feeling that I really like after smelling fresh peppermint plant or tea.
First Aid Ointment:
We did not have the opportunity to test First Aid Ointment as Frost doesn’t have any bruises to cure, but we had seen on @west_coast_heeler_pack’s blog that it works really well. We just put a little bit of it on his inner ear where he had scratched it with his nails some time ago. After checking it two days later scratches where gone. Frost’s skin usually gets irritated on his belly after running in grass and after that he loves to scratch himself. Hopefully this may be handy in the spring and we will definitely be back with part 2 review and who knows, perhaps we will order Rise and Shine: Coat Conditioner as I am eager to try it out for the dog show purpose. 🙂
The package also came with a beautiful badge that you can sew onto your coat or backpack if you feel like it and a cute card. You can use the code FROST at the checkout on Loyal Canine website to get 10% off your purchase.