Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I've been seeing the pouches of cranimals at the pet store I go to first thought it was a treat since that's where it is turns out it's a supplement supposed to be good from what I've read.

They have five cranimal varieties, original, gold, very berry, vibe, and sport. They also have dog biscuit called ZenDog calming biscuit.

Original, Very Berry, and Gold
Original's description from the site.

CRANIMALS™ ORIGINAL is made from certified organic cranberries. Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins (PAC's) which inhibit the adhesion of Escherichia coli, the bacteria responsible for 80-90% of urinary tract infections. CRANIMALS™ ORIGINAL is especially suited for animals with poor kidney function or urinary tract problems. PAC's may support dental health by discouraging the growth of plaque on teeth and gums. The phytochemicals found in cranberries are also anti-carcinogenic, anti-angiogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and antioxidant. CRANIMALS™ ORIGINAL can be easily added to your pet's daily diet to boost health and vitality! Cranimals Original is also recommended to help prevent the recurrence of struvite stones.

INGREDIENTS: Certified organic cranberry extract

Good for UTI/Dental

For Cats, Puppies, and Dogs

Very Berry description.

CRANIMALS™ VERY BERRY is made from certified organic blueberries, cranberries, and red raspberries, three of the world's healthiest fruits. Scientific studies show that the polyphenols in these berries have anti-carcinogenic, anti-angiogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. Anthocyanidins found in cranberries and blueberries naturally support urinary tract and oral health in companion animals. Red raspberries are particularly enriched in ellagitannins, compounds demonstrated to destroy various cancer cells. CRANIMALS™ VERY BERRY delivers a synergistic combination of antioxidants, to help mop up harmful oxidants called free radicals, which damage cells, tissues and arteries, leading to chronic disease. CRANIMALS™ VERY BERRY can be easily added to your pet's daily diet for a powerful burst of extra antioxidants!

INGREDIENTS:Certified organic cranberry, blueberry and raspberry extract.

Good for antioxidants

For Cats and Dogs

Gold description.

CRANIMALS™ GOLD combines our Original cranberry extract with DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), a long chain Omega 3 fatty acid extracted from uncontaminated microalgae. DHA Omega 3 is an anti-inflammatory substance important for neurological, skin, brain, eye, and heart health in mammals and is used up by animal metabolism immediately, in contrast to short chain Omega 3 acids (e.g. [ALA] Alpha Linolenic-acid found in flax oil). In fact, it may take up to 37 grams ALA’s (found in flax) to make the same amount of DHA found in 1 gram of Cranimals Gold. CRANIMALS™ Gold contains the antioxidant beta carotene - for healthy eyes, skin, membranes and immune function; choline - for proper cell signalling, mental acuity and joint health; and anthocyanidins - for urinary tract health. CRANIMALS™ Gold packs a powerful punch!

Ingredients:Cranberry extract powder, seaweed meal powder
Good for:Skin & coat/UTI/brain & eyes

For Puppies and cats

Vibe and Sport
Vibe description.

Cranimals™ VIBE is a wholefood supplement especially for adult dogs. It provides a nutrient synergy of cranberry and algae derived antioxidants (anthocyanidins, phycocyanin, chlorophyll, beta carotene) and vegetarian DHA Omega 3. Cranimals™ VIBE contains spirulina, a green aglal superfood that has shown potential to help limit muscle damage during heavy exercise, while DHA Omega 3 may also help increase oxygen delivery and energy utilization. Cranimals™ VIBE helps also to support kidney, liver, brain, eye and skin health through detoxification while working to mitigate inflammatory damage. Works best in tandem with liquid supplement Cranimals™ SPORT.

Ingredients: Cranberry extract powder, dried seaweed meal powder, organic spirulina powder

Good for:Detoxification 

For Dogs 

Sports description.

Cranimals™ SPORT is a synergistic blend of cold pressed organic plant oils and a powerful antioxidant xanthophyll carotenoid complex derived from algae. The carotenoid complex contains astaxanthin which binds directly with muscle tissue, helping to increase muscle strength and endurance during strenuous activity. The carotenoids in SPORT are powerful anti-inflammatory compounds, and blended together with cold pressed cranberry and flax oils, deliver Omega 3’s and Vitamin E. SPORT helps support mobility, athletic endurance and healthy joints in active, adult dogs. The carotenoids also help mitigate inflammatory tissue damage of the eyes, heart and muscles in dogs.

Ingredients:Cold pressed organic flax oil, cold pressed organic cranberry oil, red algae extract (a natural source of antioxidant carotenoids)

For Dogs.

ZenDog calming biscuits


Like humans, dogs can get stressed - often due to separation, other dogs or lack of exercise. Cranimals™ Zendog Biscuits contain naturally calming organic pumpkin extract, a potent source of tryptophan which helps promote the synthesis of serotonin and melatonin, the Zen hormones of the body. These Zen snacks also contain a blend of Cranimals™' proprietary health ingredients including Cranimals™ Original supplement. Each biscuit delivers mood enhancing pumpkin extract and over 150 mg of Omega 3, Vitamins A, C and E and cranberry antioxidants - not just calming but ultra healthy! Zendog biscuits are oven baked from only Kosher 100% human food ingredients. Enlighten your furry Zenmaster with Zendogs!

Ingredients: Organic Flax Protein Powder, Organic Pumpkin seed extract, Organic Dehydrated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Dried Cranberry Skin, Organic Cranberry Extract (Cranimals™ Original), Organic Potato Flakes, Cold Pressed Organic/Conventional Cranberry oil, Cold pressed Organic Flax seed oil.

  Certified Organic Pumpkin Extract:

  • a concentrated natural source of tryptophan, a precursor of serotonin and melatonin, the hormones which regulate and induce sleep and a sense of calm
  • clinically proven as naturally antiparasitic, particularly tapeworm
  • clinically shown to help lower incidence of bladder stones such as calcium oxalate

Well that's it for the information from the site.

I had asked for some samples of their products not sure what they're sending me or how much, but it'll be nice so I can see if Saya likes the stuff before buying.

I've read some people use it for their dog or cat and it works nicely for their pet so I'm excited to try it who knows.

Bella my parent's boxer has been having tear stains on her eyes and one person on the cranimal facebook page said giving the cranimals helped clear it up so Bella will be getting it too.

I'm thinking trying the Very berry and the Vibe at first and maybe do Sports depends on how the two things work out.

Saya being raw fed I'll probably give it to her daily with either an egg, ground meat, caned fish, or plain Greek yogurt.

Bella mixed in with her kibble with a bit of water in it.

I plan on trying the pouches first and if it goes well I'll get the big tubs costs more, but at least I won't have to keep ordering it or going to the store for it.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Saya focused on her quail from hare today
Saya loves her quail I think it's her favorite meal and the last time I fed it I did something a bit different I had her sniff it good and worked a bit with her to see if she'd track it.

After some work she actually did follow the quail scent trail I laid out.

I only tried it two times since it was hot out and didn't want her to get too tired.
giving the quail a good sniff
Saya Did have some scenting or tracking training at her obedience class, but was not interested in the scent the trainer had to work with.

I'm hoping to work wit Saya to see how she'll do who knows with work she might make a good tracking dog for quail, rabbit, wounded deer, or people! lol

There's no training places which help teach tracking so it might be hard to find one. I know there is a AKC type training place, but last I check they just teach, puppy class, obedience, agility, comformation, and CGC.

They might teach tracking too or know someone nearby who does.

I know Indianapolis might have a place that works with tracking might be worth the drive to do it.

It's sad shiba inu aren't used for hunting much anymore, but I can understand why it's hard to train in such a urbanized place such as today and it coarse depends on the shiba inu you have.

You need a shiba inu with enough stamina, drive and training to do it. Can't be losing your hunting dog all the time in the field. Though it can happen read it on a blog about a person in Japan lost his shiba on a hunt and had to return the next day to find her.

Saya is great off leash in my back yard and field also she is pretty good in front yard too she doesn't go after cars thankfully though if she sees a person she'll walk towards them, but will stop right away if I tell her to and then she returns to me when I call for her.

I dunno how would she do off leash in say on a park with woods or a trail. I plan to eventually work with her with a light long leash in various areas to work with her on recall under distractions coarse I plan to start small and work way up.

Here's a group of pictures showing Saya tracking the quail I plan to just do a video of the whole thing next time.
Saya off leash in the side of my yard starting to track quail

Sniffing the air

Starting to get on track

Head is on the ground a bit more

Now sniffing

Sniffing some more

Getting closer

Almost there!

Video shows her finally getting to the quail. I was happy she did decently and sorry for my voice sounds a bit annoying to me I dunno..

She has five more quail before I'll have to order more.

Saya starting to eat her quail
Saya is a pretty good shiba inu it's too bad she has a few health issues nothing major thankfully, but I feel so bad for her that her spine is not right.. I think the bunny hopping she does is neurological or something like that.

She does walk semi normal when she walks slow, but at normal pace and running she bunny hops.

I always gets people saying awe poor thing is hurt! or Why does she hop like a bunny. etc.

I dunno if there's anything the vet can do for her since it's with her spine. I might try and ask the vet to show me the x ray so I can post a picture of it here and on other sites who knows maybe someone can shed some light on it.

She had her bunny hop the day I got her from the breeder. I would have emailed the breeder, but she hasn't been replying to any emails I send to her.

I don't think I'll be getting my second shiba inu from classy kennel ever again.

I manage her issues by feeding her a raw diet she does great on it and she now no longer reverse sneezes every night or when eating like she used to when she was on kibble.

I give her chicken feet and beef gullet for a natural source of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine and so far it seems to be working she can jump up on things she used to not be able to.

Saya finished her quail all left is feathers.
 Saya eats all of her quail nothing gets wasted with her also she even eats the feathers on the quail.

The only feathers she doesn't eat are the bigger flight feathers on the wing she just eats the meat on the wings and leaves the rest on the ground. Which gets cut up when the lawn gets mowed.

Anyone thinking about raw please do your research there's plenty info out there.

Dogster raw forum has a lot of good info and some people who will help.

So your interested in raw? click here.

Saya eating lamb neck
Here's a picture of saya eating a lamb neck she has also had a lamb heart with it too. She ate the whole lamb heart and worked on the neck for a bit and left it to eat the next day.

I of coarse put it back in a baggie and gave it to her the next day.