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As a self-identified devoted dog parent, there’s not much I wouldn’t do for my precious pooch. Pick up sludge-like poo off the sidewalk in the rain? Sure thing! Scrape vomit off the rug? No problem. Let her plop on the pillow next to me in bed every night? Hop on up! And amidst this boundless adoration (that some may rightly call obsession), I’m also focused on keeping her in top physical condition, especially since she is now 12 years old and officially a senior dog.
In my quest to ensure my furry friend Martha stays by my side for many years to come, I’ve tried a plethora of pet products and brands: organic, holistic, highly-reviewed, or even 2am impulse buys on Instagram. But one brand has proved to be the leader of the pack, offering everything I could desire for my pup. From probiotics to joint health, teeth to skin, and ears to coat, PetLabCo. has a product for every canine concern, and for keeping every part of your dog covered — inside and out.
- Huge product selection for a variety of pet concerns
- Available in different sizes and with subscription options
- High-quality, transparent ingredients
We don't like
- Prices on non-subscription orders can feel high
- Some of their topical products are tempting for dogs to lick off
From Just One Pup To A Healthy, Thriving Pack
PetLabCo.’s beginning can be traced to one special pooch in particular: founder Chris Masanto’s dog, Krystal. His pooch began to experience arthritic pain and struggled to walk during the last four years of her life. And while she lived to the ripe old age of 18, he wished he could have done more to supplement and support her. So with her memory in mind, he went on to cofound PetLabCo. with Damian Grabarczyk in 2018 — and to help ensure other dogs could live their healthiest lives.
In the five years since its inception, the brand has now introduced 30 products, ranging from supplements to chews, balms, wipes, and bites. And these aren’t just any common canine confections. There's a whole lot of science (and quality nutrients) behind them. Working with a team of pet health experts and veterinarians, PetLab Co. has employed natural ingredients and vitamins to optimize the health of dogs of any size, age, or shape. Having reached over 2.2 million dogs so far, the PetLabCo. pack continues to grow. And my darling Martha is the latest to join.
Only The Best For Your Furry Best Friend
When it came to giving PetLabCo.’s products a try, I let the needs of my senior pup dictate the selections. While she is still quite spritely for her age, jumping on the bed regularly and enjoying a long walk, I have noticed it takes her a bit longer to get up in the morning or after a long nap. Normally a voracious eater (like "get your fingers away because she will snap them" type eater), there has also been a slight decline in appetite and a few more upset tummies. Plus, her teeth and breath could certainly… use some freshening. So with that in mind, I was ready to let her be the test terrier for a few supplements aimed at improving mobility, digestion, and dental health.
I figured if I take a probiotic to keep my belly functioning properly, my pup should too (especially since she occasionally eats a mystery item off the street). So I started things off with the Probiotic Chews ($37.44). These soft, pork-flavored bites are aimed at optimizing digestion and supporting immune function, with eight probiotic strains to balance good bacteria in the gut. They also have some common human-grade ingredients you might not expect: agave, honey, and pumpkin. In addition, these chews also claim to have benefits beyond the belly, assisting with seasonal allergies, paw licking, and itching.
As soon as I popped one of these probiotic chews in her face, my dog was definitely on board. She gobbled them down on the daily, and in the month since I’ve been administering them, we’ve had zero digestive issues and a thriving appetite. And true to their claims, her occasional paw licking has also substantially subsided.
Helping Your Pup Continue To Play Fetch For Years To Come
Joint stiffness is another issue that has begun to take hold — and hold back — my dog, as something almost every senior dog has to face in their lifetime. To combat the toll of time and aging, I opted for a combo of the Mobility Pro Oil ($27.90) and Joint Care Chews ($38.69). Both these products are packed with scientifically-formulated ingredients: lipped mussels, curcugen, anchovy oil, and glucosamine in the joint chews, and CurCos-Zn, a “patent-pending antioxidant fusion” of turmeric and zinc in the oil. All that might sound super impressive, but the proof would be in my pup’s response. After a joint chew daily, and the mobility oil in her food morning and evening, I have indeed noticed a bit of a spring in her step. Only time will tell if her joints stay strong, but I plan to continue using both of these products for the foreseeable future.
The Dog Days (Of Bad Breath) Are Over
Mobility may be one thing you can't overlook when it comes to your dog’s quality of life. But doggy breath is an unpleasant attribute most owners are willing to accept in exchange for an adorable companion. However, for my senior pup, the time had come for me to stop holding my nose, and to start improving her dental health. PetLabCo.’s Dog Dental Formula ($37.44) seemed to be the solution I had been searching for. It claimed to not only freshen breath but also support gum health and tackle tarter buildup, something my pup also unfortunately has.
To administer, it was as simple as adding one teaspoon to eight ounces of water in her bowl each morning. The colorless and odorless formula features stabilized chlorine dioxide that gets deep into the gums. And after a month of my dog lapping it up in her water, I’m happy to say there has been a noticeable improvement in her breath and a decrease in tartar. (So much so that I actually welcomed her muzzle in my face each morning.)
Time To Give Your Pooch A Pick Me Up
Now that I tackled her insides, it was time to focus on her very cute exterior. As devoted as I am to this tiny creature’s needs, I’m also not trying to give her a bath every. single. week. That’s where the Hypoallergenic Cleansing Wipes ($19.94) come in oh-so-handy. They can be used over your dog’s entire body for a quick freshening effect or for cleaning up a messy face after a meal. Made of 100% bamboo and totally biodegradable, they tackle doggy odors with bacterial balancing properties like aloe and lavender oil. I also found they came in particularly useful after a walk, when my dog’s paws typically transfer the contents of the sidewalk onto my hardwood floors. A quick swipe of her paws took care of any dirt or debris, and left them smelling less like the street and more like a fresh lil' foot.
So whether your dog is young and full of energy, in their golden years, or somewhere in the middle, it’s always the right time to invest in their health. And PetLabCo. makes it easy to protect, pamper and keep your pup in its prime. My healthy dog is certainly proof — and also gives PetLabCo.’s products two paws up!