CheckUp Wellness Test for Dogs Review and Giveaway

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Note: This review is sponsored by Coastline Global.

Coastline Global is giving away three CheckUp at-home wellness tests for dogs. Leave a comment at the end of this post for a chance to win.

What is CheckUp?

CheckUp is a noninvasive, at-home urine test for dogs and cats.

You simply collect a urine sample from your dog or cat (lovely, I know) and then dip a testing strip in the sample and compare the colored results on the strip to markers on a card. The product is designed for in-between vet visits.

CheckUp can help dog and cat owners detect potential issues such as:

  • high glucose levels (potential sign of diabetes)
  • kidney conditions
  • urinary tract infections
  • blood in the urine

I decided to use the kit with my senior dog Ace, and his results came back as normal. Thank goodness!

CheckUp Wellness Test for Dogs Review

The bottom line:

This is a valuable product that can give dog and cat owners some peace of mind as long as they don’t mind collecting the pet’s urine sample.

Obviously this is not designed to replace a vet visit but it can help pet owners check a pet’s health between vet visits and catch potential issues early on.

I picture it being especially helpful for shelters and rescue groups, owners of senior pets, pets with chronic health issues or pets that are terrified of the vet or aggressive at the vet (talking to you, Scout!).

CheckUp Wellness test for dogs

The cost of CheckUp

The kits are $14.99 on Amazon (currently on sale for $12.59). CLICK HERE.

Each kit for dogs includes:

  • 1 telescopic pole (extends to about 18″ – just guessing)
  • 1 detachable metal ring to hold large, disposable cup + lid
  • 1 sample collection pipette
  • 1 sample collection vial to hold small urine sample for testing
  • 2 identical testing strips to dip into urine samples and compare results on card

There are separate kits for dogs and for cats but they test for the same issues. The cat version comes with some special sand you can put in the litter box for collecting a urine sample.

Order a CheckUp kit on Amazon $12.59

Pros of CheckUp


  • CheckUp is another at-home tool to help you gather as much information as possible. Like a pet thermometer, for example.
  • Affordable (normally $14.99 per kit on Amazon). By comparison, urinalysis at a vet office varies but you can expect to pay around $100 or more.
  • Only takes about 60 seconds for the test strip to show the results (vs. waiting quite some time for lab results).
  • Comes with a vial you can seal and keep a sample if needed for further testing at your pet’s vet.
  • Great for monitoring your pet between vet visits, especially for senior pets or pets with chronic health issues.
  • Comes with a pole (extends to about 18″), metal ring and cup & lid to easily collect the dog’s urine.
  • The cat version comes with special sand you can put in the litter box for collecting the urine sample. Trust me, this is a plus! I collected my cat’s urine sample with a spoon once!
  • Easy to use, just make sure you read the directions ahead of time.
  • Non-invasive and non-stressful for most pets.


CheckUp testing strrip

Cons of CheckUp


  • Well … you have to be willing to collect a urine sample. This is more challenging for some pets than others. 🙂
  • It would be nice if it came with plastic gloves. You know …
  • Some vets may still want you to pay for a urinalysis or bloodwork through their office. That will depend on the individual vet, your specific pet, the health issue in question, etc.


You might say one “con” could be some people will use it as an excuse not to go to the vet. I don’t think that is true. Anyone who cares enough to buy this kit and collect a sample is going to take their pet to the vet if they think necessary.

Would I buy a CheckUp kit for my pets?

CheckUp Wellness kit for dogsYes, I would buy this product every now and then if my budget were a little more flexible. It’s one of those things I don’t see as a necessity but would be nice to use every couple of months.

I would be more likely to use this for my cats than my dogs because I don’t take my cats to the vet very often.

Would I recommend CheckUp to others?

Yes, I recommend this product to owners of senior dogs or dogs with chronic health issues. I also recommend it for cat owners because most of us don’t take our cats to the vet as often as our dogs.

This would be a good product for shelters and rescue groups to have on hand as well.

Learn more at You can also visit its Facebook page for updates and more information.

Giveaway – Win a CheckUp home wellness kit for your dog (three winners)

Enter to win one of three CheckUp kits.

*Congrats to the winners: Ann, Sandy and Amy!

Just leave a comment below and you’re entered. Let me know why you’d like to try this product.

I’ll choose the three winners at random on Tuesday May 24. Winners must have a U.S. mailing address to win or have the product sent to a friend in the U.S.

CheckUp Wellness Kit for Dogs review

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Puppy Blues – When You Regret Getting A Dog or Puppy

It's normal to second guess yourself after adding a new puppy or dog to the family. It's a lot of change!

The initial excitement wears off after a few days and you're like … what the hell have I done? I can't do this!

I've gone through these emotions with our puppy Remy. He's been a very good puppy but it's just the stress of normal puppy training + lack of sleep + loss of freedom + trying to manage my senior dog's health issues & some resource guarding.

I told Josh I wouldn't get a second dog if I could go back in time. That's an awful thing to say but I underestimated the amount of work and stress this would be. It's nothing to do with Remy, really, it's about having a second dog in general right now. (And right now a dozen people are thinking, yeah, coulda told you so!)

But … as with most people I'm 100 percent committed to both dogs and making this work. I wanted a running buddy. I wanted a dog who can go hiking and to the beach and to training classes. Remy is exactly what I wanted. He's an awesome dog!

It's just that life never goes as smoothly as you imagine.

When you regret getting a dog or puppy

If you're second guessing yourself about your new dog …

I think these are normal feelings.

If you've recently added a new dog or puppy to your family and you're wondering if you've made a mistake, just know that others go through the same feelings. At least I have and I'm an experienced dog person whose life pretty much revolves around dogs.

You make adjustments. You get creative. You work through the problems.

I recommend:


  • You make sure to set aside time for yourself away from the puppy for a few hours a day
  • Get help with dog care whether it's hiring a dog walker, hiring a dog trainer or taking the pup to dog daycare a few times a week
  • Recruit other family members to take on more puppy tasks or ask friends for help at times
  • Get control of serious problems early
  • Invest in dog training. Invest in dog training. Invest in dog training!


What else would you add to this list?

If you've truly made a mistake and regret getting a dog …

It happens. See my post on Returning a rescue or shelter dog for some support. You are not alone. That post gets new comments every week.

The bottom line: Only you know if it is truly in the best interest to re-home or return the dog.

Sometimes it's just the wrong match. This particular dog is not right for you, and that's OK. There's nothing wrong with the dog and there's nothing wrong with you.

Sometimes the dog has issues you just can't deal with. It's not your fault. Maybe the dog has some serious separation anxiety and can't be left alone. Maybe he's aggressive to your other dog or to your kids.

And probably the hardest of all …

Sometimes it really is YOU. You made the mistake of getting a dog when you truly weren't ready.

I can't tell anyone what to do, but despite the stigma out there with returning or “giving up” a dog, it's not smart to just put up with a dog for the next 10+ years if he's causing you, your family or your other pets that much stress or even danger.

This is not a good situation for you or your family, and it's not a good situation for the dog either.

Well … I didn't mean for this to be a depressing post!

What I'm trying to say is second guessing yourself about adding a new dog is normal. Usually any “doubts” are just growing pains you can work through.

Have any of you experienced “puppy blues”?

Puppy Blues when you regret getting a puppy

Win 20 Pounds of Balanced Blends Commercial Raw Dog Food

Win 20 Pounds of Balanced Blends Commercial Raw Dog Food

UPDATE: The winner has been selected, and the successful Kickstarter campaign is over. You can now order Balanced Blends here.

One of my readers has volunteered to have 20 pounds of Balanced Blends raw dog food shipped to someone interested in feeding raw.

The reason this person decided to do this is because one of the common barriers to feeding raw dog food is cost. We all know commercial raw dog food costs more than dry dog food.

You may remember I featured Balanced Blends on my blog last month.

Balanced Blends is a new raw dog food company that delivers frozen raw diets, and the company ran a Kickstarter campaign through May 27 with promotional discounts on its food.

The Kickstarter campaign is designed to give pet owners a chance to order the food at an “early bird” rate. (Balanced Blends is a fully funded company.)

The Kickstarter campaign is a promotion where pet owners can:

1. Pre-order raw dog food and raw cat food at a discounted price + free shipping.

2. Receive an extended special rate for up to six months.

Balanced Blends raw dog and cat food

Would your dog like to try raw food?

The reader I referred to above already donated $90 for the pre-order Kickstarter campaign which ended up equaling 20 pounds of raw chicken. This also includes a six-month special offer to receive 25 pounds of food for the price of 20.

Both the 20 pounds of raw food and the six-month special offer will be transferred to one lucky reader of That Mutt.

[quote_center]Any time I can really introduce someone to the benefits of raw, I like to jump on it, and this seems like a good way to me.[/quote_center]

“Any time I can really introduce someone to the benefits of raw, I like to jump on it, and this seems like a good way to me.”

I thought this was very generous.

How to enter the giveaway

This giveaway is designed to help someone get started with raw food if cost has been a barrier.

*The winner has been notified.

If you would like to be considered in this giveaway, you can do one of two things:

1. Leave a comment below that indicates your dog would like to be considered. No need to explain why.

2. Or, you can email me privately at and I’ll enter you in the drawing.

I’ll choose one winner at random on May 28, which is the day after the Kickstarter campaign ends. Must have a mailing address in the contiguous United States to win.

Would your dog benefit from raw food?

Let me know in the comments.

*Thank you to the reader who volunteered to donate this offer. This person chose to remain anonymous. Balanced Blends sponsored my original review post last month.

The Most important Info to Put on a Dog’s ID Tag #Giveaway

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Note: That Mutt is a brand ambassador for dogIDs. Leave a comment below for a chance to win a free ID tag for your pet.

What's the most important info to put on a dog's ID tag?

Let me know what you think.

My pets’ tags are simple. Their tags include their names and two phone numbers (my cell and my husband’s cell).

But is that the best info?

Obviously the more info you can put on the tags, the better.

One of my readers really impressed me when she said she fit the following on one nameplate:

  • dog’s name & “chipped”
  • phone number
  • license number
  • rabies tag number

That's a lot of important info crammed onto one little name plate!

It got me thinking … am I including enough info on my pets’ tags?!

Important info to put on a dog’s ID tag

dogIDs is a business that sells personalized dog collars and ID tags. I asked the company if there is any additional info pet owners should include on the tags beyond the basic name, phone number and perhaps address.

Medical needs

One idea the company suggested is to specify on the tag if your dog has any major medical issues.

For example, maybe your dog needs medication such as insulin and someone who finds your dog would have no way of knowing this otherwise.

Signature paw tag from dogIDs

Phone number on the actual collar

Another suggestion from dogIDs is to put your dog’s phone number right on the actual collar like we've done with Remy (below). This can be through embroidery or with a nameplate. Either way, your dog carries your number even if he loses his tag.

And obviously, make sure the number is current and working.

One of the most commonly encountered issues with lost pets is if they're wearing tags at all, the info is sometimes out of date, according to Aurora Piacentino, senior manager of shelter operations for Animal Care Centers of New York City.

Remy wearing his embroidered collar from dogIDs

Your last name and zip code

The pet owner's name and general vicinity like “Manhattan” or a zip code is also helpful, according to Piacentino. While the pet's name is a nice touch, lost animals are likely to be stressed and overwhelmed, so it’s not essential.

Make sure your new dog has ID tags right away!

When you adopt a puppy—or especially an adult dog—make sure the dog has an ID tag right away, before you even leave the shelter or rescue group. At the very least, he should have a tag with the rescue group's contact information.

[quote_center]When you adopt a puppy—or especially an adult dog—make sure the dog has an ID tag right away, before you even leave the shelter or rescue group. [/quote_center]

I volunteer with a Labrador rescue and, sadly, at least once a year a newly adopted dog gets away from his new family the first day home. An ID tag is a lifesaver in these situations.

Edward the Yorkshire terrier

Edward the YorkieSarah Angst is a blogger who writes about Yorkshire terriers, and she told me about a similar experience with one of her foster dogs.

The Yorkie, Edward (pictured with his new mom), had just gotten adopted and his new family hadn’t gotten him a new collar yet. He was riding in the car while the family dropped the kids off at school, and he managed to escape during the commotion.

“He was roaming the streets for two days in the rain,” Angst said. “We spent countless hours and a sleepless night looking everywhere, posting on Facebook, talking to shelters and vets and putting up flyers.”

Thankfully, Edward was still wearing his old collar and tags Angst had gotten him, and she received a phone call that someone had found Edward.

Angst is a firm believer in microchips but without a collar and tag she said a regular person who finds your pet will have no way to contact you.

Piacentino made the same point:

“Anyone can see a tag and call a phone number—there’s no need to call a central database to access owner information; no need to visit a vet or shelter to scan for a microchip.”

After the experience with Edward, Angst recommends that pet owners:


  • Make sure to have recent photos of their pets for posting on Facebook and fliers
  • Always keep a collar and tag on their pets.


Angst said in the past she would sometimes wait a few days before putting a dog’s collar back on after a bath. That changed after her experience with Edward.

“Make the collar a priority,” she said.

Giveaway – Win a paw print ID tag for your pet

Paw Print tag from dogIDs

dogIDs is giving away a FREE paw print ID tag to one lucky reader of That Mutt.

To enter:

Just leave a comment below. Let me know which one of your pets could use a new tag.

The tag includes the pet’s name on the front and up to 4 lines of information on the back.

I’ll choose the winner at random on Wednesday May 18. Must have a U.S. mailing address to win.

(Available sizes are 1” diameter and 1 1/4“ diameter.)

Which one of your pets could use an updated ID tag?

Let me know in the comments!

*You can also use coupon code THATMUTT at checkout to save 10% on all products from dogIDs.

Ody modeling the Andrew tag from dogIDs - the most important info to put on a dog's ID tag

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How is Ace Doing? PetVi Probiotics Are Helping My Dog #Giveaway

Note: That Mutt and PetVi Nutrition have partnered to bring you this post.

Leave a comment below for a chance to win probiotic supplements and treats for your pet. Click here.

My senior mutt Ace has had a rough couple of months healthwise.

The poor guy now has 5 draining skin lesions on different areas of his body.

He's been wearing a cone collar for 7.5 months, and he's had so many different types of antibiotics that his digestive system is really out of whack.

Ace was originally diagnosed with a “foreign body” back in November when there was only one draining wound. Now that he has 5 wounds we ruled out “foreign body” and his dermatologist (yep, he has his own dermatologist) says this is likely an autoimmune disease, meaning his own body is attacking healthy cells.

Ace just started a new medication (Atopica) to hopefully stop his body from attacking itself. It's too soon to tell if it's working. We could really use your positive thoughts now.

PetVi Nutrition Hip & Joint supplement for dogs

How PetVi has helped my dog Ace

PetVi Digestive Health Supplement for dogsOne thing Ace's vets tell me is it's good to keep him on a probiotic supplement during this time because of all the antibiotics he's been on. That's where PetVi has been helpful.

PetVi is a nutritional supplement for dogs and cats formulated to restore and maintain the pet’s gut health, according to the company. The product includes pre and probiotics and is designed to help boost the pet's immune system.

A problem with antibiotics is they can also destroy the “good” bacteria in a dog's gut along with the “bad” bacteria. Giving probiotics to a dog on antibiotics can help restore that good bacteria.

Since my dog has been having an upset tummy due to all the antibiotics, we decided to keep him on a probiotic at the same time. However, you would want to discuss this with your pup's vet because sometimes it might be best to give the probiotic after the dog is through the antibotics.

PetVi's probiotic supplement can also help dogs with:

  • Itchy skin
  • Excessive shedding
  • Bad breath

Use code THATMUTT to save $2 per supplement

A couple of my readers’ dogs have also tried PetVi

Thank you to our “taste testers” who have also had a chance to try PetVi's supplements along with Ace. Read what the dogs’ owners have to say below.

You can also win a prize pack of treats and supplements for your dog. Just leave a comment below and you’re entered! Click here.

Some readers' feedback:

Daizie and Anya

PetVi Review

“I used Petvi a few years on my dog Daizie and it worked great but had stopped using it. A few months ago she started throwing up and getting upset stomach on a regular basis. I told my wife that I was tired of her feeling so bad and that I was going to buy some of the PetVi and start her back on it. It's been about two months and she has yet to have a upset stomach or throw up.

“I bought the hip and joint formula because she is getting old, 7 years old, and seems to have helped. Can't really tell cause she is in great health but if it works for joints like it does for her digestive system then I am sure it will cure any joint issues.

[quote_center]”I can tell you the scratching has subsided a lot, as for the shedding it has gotten a little better.”[/quote_center]

“My kids have a dog, Anya. She is a German shepherd mix. She scratches a lot and sheds like a beast. The PetVi that I won in your contest was for her. I can tell you the scratching has subsided a lot, as for the shedding it has gotten a little better.”  – Stacey


“Zeus most certainly enjoys the extra topping on his kibble. In fact, I get ‘the look' from him if I don't add the powder.

Zeus the black Lab reviews PetVi Nutrition

“And his physical response? How do I put this delicately? His system is working better because his poop is no longer soft and mushy. It is well-formed, solid logs. Makes clean up so much easier! The PetVi is the only thing I changed. I assume this means his gut is more properly balanced, something I have been working on for a long time.

“Next step, his itchy skin and resulting obsessive licking which has not improved while using PetVi. Zeus obviously has more than his share of food and allergy issues. He is a work in progress.”  – Linda

Cleo and Baby

Cleo the bull terrier

“I am noticing a big difference in their behavior, but it isn't showing as such on the outside yet. They love the stuff. If I put their food bowl down without the supplement on it the look at me, then at the bowl. I'm going to need to order some more as they are completely hooked on it.” – Norma (Pictured is her dog Cleo. Baby is not pictured.)

If any of your dogs or cats would like to be featured in my next PetVi post, email

Giveaway – Win a prize pack from PetVi Nutrition

PetVi is giving away a fun package of its supplement + probiotic treats to 5 lucky readers of That Mutt.

*Congrats to the winners Sylv, Jessica, Patti, Christina and Scott W.

To enter:

Just leave a comment below. Which one of your pets do you think could benefit from PetVi's products?

PetVi Probiotic Treats

I'll choose the five winners at random on Tuesday May 17. Must have a U.S. or Canadian mailing address to win.

If your pet already got to sample these products, you can still enter the giveaway and potentially win more.

Just leave a comment and you're in!

Which of your pets do you think would benefit from PetVi's supplements?

Just let me know in the comments!

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