My Dog Has Drain Tracts And Wounds That Won’t Heal – Ace Health Update

Note: My dog Ace was very sick for about 8 months. My dog had multiple drain tracts, wounds and infections on his body that would not heal, but we finally found a way to help him.

First, let me say that today my senior mutt Ace is doing really well!

We think he’s feeling more energetic than he’s felt in over a year.

We finally figured out his health issues after working closely with a dermatologist since February.

Ace’s final diagnosis is panniculitis, which is a rare condition where a dog’s fatty tissue under the skin becomes inflamed, causing “nodules” that can break open and drain an oily, bloody liquid.

The cause is usually unknown.


More details, for those interested

It took several months and three specialists to finally diagnose Ace with panniculitis.

Because Ace originally had only a single wound and drain tract for several months, all the vets we worked with kept saying he most likely had a “foreign body” such as a foxtail.

The poor guy had surgery in December with our general veterinarian to remove the “foreign body” and needless to say, the surgery did not help. (I don’t blame our vet. He is a good vet.)

In February, we had a second surgery scheduled with a specialist because we were still thinking “foreign body” at that time. But literally hours before that surgery was scheduled, a second drain tract and wound burst open on another area of Ace’s body.

As awful as it was to see multiple wounds and drain tracts appearing on my dog (he would eventually have six), this is what led us to meet with a dermatologist instead of a surgeon.

Over the next few months, the dermatologists helped Ace get rid of multiple secondary infections that had developed, and then once those were under control we started him on an immunosuppressant medication called Atopica (cyclosporine) to finally treat the panniculitis.

This medication helped Ace feel better and heal almost immediately.

I’m thankful I still have my dog

I had truly reached my financial and emotional limits, and I had accepted that Ace was going to die from whatever disease was causing so many lesions on his body. I didn’t know what he had at the time; no one seemed to be able to help us.

And then … finally … he got better with the right medication.

Not only has Ace’s body healed, but his playfulness, goofiness and energy are back!

He’s still old and has arthritis, but he can walk 1.5 miles at a trot, play fetch, do tricks, joke around. His face is expressive again. He “laughs,” makes eye contact, follows me around, does all the things that a normal Ace would do.

It took us over 30 minutes to walk a half-mile in February. Today he trots a mile and a half in the same amount of time.

He must’ve been feeling so sick for such a long time. I didn’t quite realize how sick he actually was feeling. I thought a lot of it was just his age.

Ace and me

So thank you for all your positive thoughts in the last year. It really meant a lot to me to hear from so many dog lovers.

I know I’m lucky to have my old dog around for awhile yet.

Go and hug yours.

You can read about our issues in these posts if you’d like:

December “foreign body” diagnosis

January – I started losing hope here

February – Still no answers

SierraSil Leaps and Bounds Review and Giveaway

Note: SierraSil Leaps and Bounds is the sponsor of this review. Leave a comment below for a chance to win a bag of the Leaps and Bounds joint supplement for your dog.

What is Leaps and Bounds?

Leaps and Bounds is a supplement for dogs who have arthritis, pain or stiffness in their joints.

It’s made by a company called SierraSil, which also makes a joint supplement for people. The dog version comes in a soft, chicken-flavored treat format.

The active ingredient in Leaps and Bounds is a mineral (SierraSil) that has been patented as a nutritional supplement for osteoarthritis, according to the company. SierraSil went through clinical trials with people (yes, it’s tested on humans!) that showed it acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.

SierraSil Leaps and Bounds review

The bottom line:

I liked Leaps and Bounds for my senior dog and would consider buying it for him over a longer period (he took it for about two weeks). My goal would be to decrease his pain medication (Rimadyl). I skipped Ace’s Rimadyl for a couple days while he was taking Leaps and Bounds, and he seemed to do just fine without it.

My senior Lab mix Ace

Of course, it’s always hard to tell if a product like this is really making a difference, but Ace has definitely felt better overall lately because he’s recovered from a 7-month illness. I see more pep in his step.

Leaps and Bounds

I also like that Leaps and Bounds is made from a company (SierraSil) that makes health supplements for people. If it’s safe for health-conscious people, it’s probably safe for my dog.

What is the cost of Leaps and Bounds?

The cost is $14.99 per bag (100 treats). This lasts my dog about 1 month.

Use code: THATMUTT for 10% off (through Aug. 5) CLICK HERE

SierraSil Leaps and Bounds logo

Would I buy this product?

Yes, Leaps and Bounds is a product I would consider buying for my senior dog Ace.

He has some stiffness and pain in his back legs, and it seemed like Leaps and Bounds might’ve helped him.

Since the price is reasonable, I would be interested in ordering this for a 3-month trial in the hopes that it would allow me to decrease his pain medication (Rimadyl).

Would I recommend the product to others?

Yes, if your dog has joint pain, I would definitely give this a try.

ORDER HEREUse code: THATMUTT for 10% off

What’s unique about Leaps and Bounds?

Leaps and Bounds is different from other joint supplements because the active ingredient is a mineral called SierraSil that acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, according to the company.

(It’s not a glucosamine product.)

Pros of SierraSil Leaps and Bounds:

SierraSil Leaps and Bounds review

  • Healthy, safe ingredients
  • Leaps and Bounds is designed to reduce pain and inflammation in a dog’s joints
  • It can be taken with pain medications such as Rimadyl (Just space them out a few hours)
  • Can be taken with glucosamine (Just space them out a few hours)
  • My dogs think Leaps and Bounds is a yummy treat!
  • Affordable cost (roughly $15 per month)
  • 60-day full money back guarantee
  • Tested on humans first (There’s a version for people called SierraSil

My dog with SeirraSil Leaps and Bounds


  • It’s hard to know for sure if it’s really working. You’d have to try it with your dog longterm and see for yourself.
  • The chicken flavor may not be best for certain dogs due to allergies.
  • Some vets may not be familiar with the product like they are with glucosamine products.

Giveaway – Win a bag of Leaps and Bounds for your dog

Leaps and BoundsSierraSil Leaps and Bounds is giving away a bag of its joint supplement to two readers of That Mutt. You can win for your own dog or a dog you know.

*Congrats Daniel S. and Suzanne S.! I will email you.

To enter, leave a comment below. Let me know which one of your dogs could benefit from Leaps and Bounds.

I’ll choose two winners at random on Monday Aug. 1. Must have a U.S. or Canadian mailing address to win.

Would your dog like to try Leaps and Bounds?

Let me know in the comments and you’ll be entered in the giveaway!

My senior dog Ace reviews Leaps and Bounds supplement

Sponsor A Shelter Dog With dogIDs

Note: This post is sponsored by dogIDs.

I have an easy way to make a difference for homeless dogs!

Through the Sponsor.Dog program at dogIDs, you can choose a product to send directly to a specific dog in need.

Pick a dog, pick a product and send it to a homeless dog!

Sponsor Dog with dogIDs

The program is similar to a gift registry.

Under each shelter dog’s profile, there are several items listed for donation based on the needs and personality of that unique dog. You simply select an item and purchase it for the shelter or rescue dog. Once an item is purchased, it will be indicated as so.

A percentage of the proceeds from your purchase will also go to the rescue or shelter hosting the adoptable dog. Once a dog is adopted, a new shelter dog will take his place.

dogIDs is a family-owned business based in Fargo, N.D., that specializes in personalized dog products such as collars, leashes and ID tags.

Mr. Zang, the mastiff mix from California

I thought it would be so nice if we could order all the items on the list for one of the dogs for adoption.

Here is Mr. Zang, a 10-year-old Rottweiler/mastiff mix for adoption with Rocket Dog Rescue in San Francisco. He is one of the participants in the Sponsor.Dog program.

Mr. Zang the mastuff mix for adoption San Francisco

From Rocket Dog rescue:

“Being picked up after wandering the streets as a stray and being taken to an overcrowded shelter at 10 years of age wasn’t looking so good for cool old Mr. Zang. He has been some places in his life and seen some things, but … waiting in that shelter … he started to get a little scared … Luckily, Rocket Dog Rescue just happened to be there to swoop in and rescue him!”

Embroidered adopt me leashOn Mr. Zang’s “wish list” are:

If you would like to order one of these items for sweet Mr. Zang while he waits to be adopted, CLICK HERE.

It’s a great way to help a dog in need

The Sponsor.Dog program features adoptable dogs located at shelters around the United States, and you can search by your region here.

The folks at dogIDs believe every dog deserves to be happy, and even if you can’t adopt a dog at the moment, you can still help.

Click here to donate a product to a deserving dog.

If you have any questions on how the program works, just leave them in the comments and I’ll get them answered.

Will you be participating in this program?

Sponsor Dog program with
Let me know in the comments or please share this post.

‘Is He Trained Yet?’ Why I Don’t Compare My Puppy to Others

I’ve had my puppy for about three months now, and a common question I hear from mostly friends and family goes like, “Is he trained yet?” Or, “Is he trained?”

Trained at 5 months? A weimaraner?!

I’m not entirely sure what they mean by the question, so I suppose I should ask next time.

Is he potty trained? Yes. Can he walk without pulling? No. Does he jump on people? You bet!

Why I don't compae my puppy to others

While out and about on walks, random strangers will stop to admire Remy and then say things like, “Have you taken him to training classes?

They obviously think he needs more training! (Which he obviously does! He’s only 5 months old!)

So I wanted to write this post because I feel like a lot of people have unrealistic expectations for puppies and dogs.

If you’re a new puppy owner you might be feeling a little frustrated because of other people’s unrealistic expectations.

Training takes a long, long, long time. Like, years. And it’s never over.

Let me repeat. Training a dog takes years!

Some puppies learn faster than others. Some puppies are more challenging. Some mature very slowly. Some have the attention span of a flea. Some are distracted by everything and have a drive to chase or follow their nose.

[quote_right]Some puppies learn faster than others. Some puppies are more challenging. Some mature very slowly.[/quote_right]Some puppy owners don’t have as much time as others, and that’s OK as long as you’re doing what you can or getting the help you need.

Sure, you can quickly teach some puppies to shake or sit in one or two training sessions, but getting him to walk on a loose-leash? Not gonna happen so quickly! Stopping him from bolting when you call him? Not so easy.

Take my puppy, for example.

Remy seems like a very smart dog, and weimaraners are known to be intelligent.

But “smart” doesn’t translate to “easy to train.”

My puppy has a short attention span, he blows me off, gets bored and distracted and he has a strong drive to chase. Oh, someone threw a ball? Guess who’s going to ignore me and chase the ball? Oh, there’s a lizard? That’s more important than anything else at the moment.

Not only that, but Remy has more energy than most puppies. He has to run and his body is always wiggling.

So needless to say, training a puppy or dog is a work in progress. It takes a long, long time and you might not think you’re getting anywhere.

Don’t give up.

If you need some assistance from a trainer or a group class, get it.

Don’t compare your pup to others.

Make a list of things your puppy does really well (loves all people and dogs, waits patiently for his food, takes treats gently).

Love your puppy, and keep on training.

What training challenges are you facing at the moment?

Related posts:

How long does it take to potty train a puppy?

I feel like I’m doing everything wrong with my puppy!

What do you want your puppy to do?

Why isn't he trained

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Doggie Don’t Review and Giveaway – Stop A Dog From Jumping

Note: This review is sponsored by Doggie Don’t. Leave a comment below for a chance to win a Doggie Don’t for your dog ($50 value).

What is the Doggie Don’t device?

Doggie Don't review and giveaway - Used to stop a dog's barking or jumping

Doggie Don’t is a new product designed to stop unwanted dog behaviors such as barking, jumping or counter-surfing.

The Doggie Don’t is a handheld device that makes an unpleasant sound at the push of a button. The sound is audible to both dogs and people (it sounds like loud static) and is designed to interrupt the behavior without causing harm. The owner can then praise the dog.

You see, dog owners are often instructed to ignore unwanted behaviors and to reward good behavior. However, ignoring a dog doesn’t always work!

The Doggie Don’t is an effective way to interrupt the unwanted behavior so you can praise your dog!

Doggie Don’t Review

The bottom line:

The Doggie Don’t is very effective at interrupting unwanted dog behaviors such as jumping or barking. I use it with my puppy Remy when he keeps jumping while I’m sitting on the couch or at our patio table. It’s enough to interrupt the behavior so I can reward him for sitting or standing. He knows not to jump when the product is in sight.

Doggie Don't review

The Doggie Don’t was created by dog lover Sarah Beck because she said her two schnauzers were so challenging out in public. They used to lunge, “screech” and bark when they saw other dogs.

The Doggie Don't“Not only was it embarrassing, I was afraid that another dog would attack them,” Beck said.

She started walking with a stun gun so she could protect her dogs if another dog ever did attack, she said. One day when they were in a frenzy, she decided to click the stun gun while saying “no barking,” and it worked!

“I started using it every time they would go into the barking frenzy,” she said. “It would make a loud noise and they actually listened to me.”

[quote_center]“It would make a loud noise and they actually listened to me.”[/quote_center]

She wasn’t hurting her dogs. She was just using the sound to divert their attention.

This is what motivated Beck to create the Doggie Don’t device so other dog lovers could have a device that would make the sound of a stun gun without the ability to shock a person or dog.

What is the cost?

The cost of the Doggie Don’t is $49.97. You can order on Amazon HERE.

Checkout is with PayPal or credit card.

What’s unique about the product?

The Doggie Don’t makes a unique sound I’ve never heard with other pet products.

I would compare it to the loud, static on a TV. Annoying, right? It gets your attention, which is the goal here.

How to use the Doggie Don’t

First, give your dog a chance to respond to your command such as “off” or “quiet.” Praise your dog if he listens to your command.

If he doesn’t follow your command, use the Doggie Don’t one time to interrupt the behavior. Then, praise him for being quiet or for keeping his paws on the ground or whatever you’re working on.

Doggie Don't review and giveaway - Used to stop a dog's jumping or barking

Pros of the Doggie Don’t:

The Doggie Don't review - Used to stop unwanted dog behaviors[check_list]

  • Can be used to stop dog behaviors such as jumping up, barking or counter-surfing, and it’s very effective.
  • It’s small enough and light enough to easily carry around.
  • The Doggie Don’t could be used for safety reasons such as if you need to startle a dog who’s charging you on a walk or if you need to break up a dog fight.
  • The (non-rechargeable) lithium battery should last for about 500 uses. This should last most people several months considering it’s designed to be used sparingly and you’ll need to use it less and less as your dog learns.
  • It’s an alternative to a shock collar, squirt bottle or shaking a can of coins.
  • It allows you to remain calm and positive. The correction/interrupter comes from the device. Your voice is used for praise.




  • The noise is loud and does hurt my ears a bit. I imagine it’s worse for pets.
  • The sound will annoy all your pets that are near you, not just the “problem child.”
  • You can’t adjust the sound’s volume/intensity, and it’s likely too loud for a few sensitive dogs. However, it’s also good to have a consistent sound.
  • You’ll need to replace the battery at some point but they should last several months.
  • Dog owners should be very careful about using this product if the dog is reacting out of fear or if the dog is acting aggressive. You need to know your own dog and to understand why he’s acting the way he is.


Would I buy this product?

Doggie Don't logoNo. While I love the product and it’s really nice to have for my puppy Remy, I don’t think I would spend $50 to order one at this time. My pets’ “bad” behaviors are not such a problem where I feel I would need to order a Doggie Don’t.

That being said, $50 is nothing compared to hiring a dog trainer and it’s well worth the investment if it gets a behavior under control, allows your dog more freedom or keeps others safe.

Would I recommend the product to others?

Yes, I would recommend the Doggie Don’t to anyone who is dealing with a problem behavior such as jumping, barking, counter-surfing, etc.

Dog owners are often instructed to ignore unwanted behavior and reward good behavior, but ignoring a behavior doesn’t always work. The Doggie Don’t is an effective way to interrupt the unwanted behavior without punishing your dog.

Giveaway – Win a Doggie Don’t for Your Dog

Doggie Don’t is giving away a device to two lucky readers of That Mutt. You can win for your own dog or for a friend’s dog.

To enter, just leave a comment below to let me know why you would use this product. I’ll choose two winners at random on Friday July 22. Must have a U.S. mailing address to win.

Doggie Don't review

Are you interested in the Doggie Don’t?

How could this product help your dog or a dog you know?

Let me know in the comments!

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