Before the Bub came into our lives, we have a first furkid named Sparky. Ok, he doesn’t make an appearance so often these days but well, he’s still very much a part of our lives. Life goes on as per normal with him around but it’s kinda mayhem when you throw in a young child into the mix.
We don’t have many opportunities for any blog-reviews when it comes to Sparky these days. Actually, it’s more because we are cautious about what his diet. He’s turning eight soon and let’s just say, he has been subjected to various allergies which is the primary reason why we keep him on a strict diet with limited snacks. Even when it comes to his snacks, we stopped buying off-the-shelves packaged pet food because of the preservatives or some additives used that might flare up his skin allergies.
Yup, poor puppy here has a skin allergy which actually sees him in a perpetual “cone-of-shame” because the moment the cone is removed, he immediately wants to nip and bite himself. 😦
So when KOHEPETS approached us for a review, we were rather apprehensive about accepting the sponsorship for I was worried about the items that would be sent to us for the review and whether it would be appropriate for Sparky given his delicate condition. When I shared my concerns and the challenges that we had, Urusula from KOHEPETS put me to ease with her prompt replies and then recommendations for types of snacks/ products for Sparky given his skin allergies and condition. With that, we decided to accept the offer to review products purchased under KOHEPETS.
I guess the timing was perfect too since we were running out of snacks for Sparky. We don’t feed him a lot of snacks at home because the vet prefers for us to keep Sparky on a strict diet so that he doesn’t become too bottom-heavy. Our poor baby had dislocated his hip joint when he was a puppy, undergone surgery so we are really careful about his hips, so it’s important that he doesn’t gain too much weight that might give him greater discomfort on his hind legs.
Here’s what Ursula from KOHEPETS recommended for Sparky and what we got after I surfed on their site and spent a good 30 minutes or so analysing what I should get for the fur-kid. Man, they do have a lot of different types of snacks for both dogs and cats. Have to say that one is really spoilt for choice when it comes to online shopping at KOHEPETS.
- Yappetizers Wild Salmon and Herring Dog & Cat Treats : Natural air-dried fish treats from Canada, this smelled like the real thing. Sparky could hardly stop himself from lunging towards me when I popped open a pack of this to fish out a snack for him.
- Zeal Free Range Naturals Veal Meaty Bites Dog Treats: We prefer to get Sparky bite-sized snacks these days compared to chewy tendons and beef ribs which he used to love. Perhaps it’s his age or perhaps he’s just more sensitive but we found out that the length of the ribs used to irritate his throat when he doesn’t chew them up properly and he ends up vomiting as a result of chomping too quickly. These bite sized treats are more manageable for his system I guess.
- Funkie Buddie Original Beef Dog Treats: This came highly recommended by Ursula who almost guaranteed that Sparky would fall in love with the treat for it not only smelled good but also tasted good. Well, it’s true. Short of me popping one of these treats into my mouth because it smelled like beef jerky, I think Sparky found his new fave snack! Size wise, this was also perfect for Bubba to feed Sparky. Occasionally, she would ask for us to give her a treat so that she can give it to Sparky. Sibling affection! 🙂
- Wellness Crunchy WellBars WhiteFish and Sweet Potatoes Cheese Recipe Dog Treats: Made in Canada, these treats are oven-baked with no corn, soy, artificial colours or flavours. They look bland like a cookie but they do pack a punch when it comes to smell. On taste wise, I ain’t going to test it but Sparky lapped it up the moment the Bub placed a square on her palm. I will try to take a photo of it but again, everything happens in pretty much a flash so I don’t really have time to get them to re-enact the scene.
We also got Sparky a new leash – this Zee Dog Slip On Dog Leash. As Sparky is a huge dog and sometimes can be a little hard to handle for myself and my helper, we prefer to keep him on a choke-chain collar plus leash. I know you probably think it’s cruel and yes, we know that it’s not entirely ideal but having some control over him ensures our safety given that he can literally drag us across the road if he wanted to. This Slip On Dog Leash looks like a softer approach that we can take on Sparky instead of the metal collar. Love that it’s black so it looks rather sleek too. 🙂
Oh and KOHEPETS stocks vitamins as well as daily necessities for pets. As Sparky’s toothpaste was running out and the nearest pet store wasn’t in sight, so I decided to pop the Excel Dental Care – Canine Toothpaste in Mint Flavor for him. Yes, we brush Sparky’s teeth every other night so he’s pretty used to us stuffing a toothbrush into his canine region. We used to start out with liver-flavoured toothpaste but once he got used to the whole brushing regime, we decided to change it to the mint flavour.
KOHEPETS really offer so many products (from dog food, cat food, grooming products, vitamins, pet accessories, etc) that I had a field time popping things into my shopping cart. Like I said earlier, one is really spoiled for choice. I liked that stuff that you can get on KOHEPETS are different from what you can get from the generic pet shops. That’s not all, if you do a price comparison, you will find that some of their products are slightly cheaper than what you can get out there. Free delivery with S$60 spent which in my opinion is rather achievable when it comes to getting good, quality products for your pets. I have to add that delivery was super quick too. We ordered late in the night and received notification that the parcel will be delivered the next day by 9pm. That was rather impressive and I think KOHEPETS will be our next go-to e-store whenever we need to top up Sparky’s snacks, vitamins and grooming products.
For the latest news and promotions, do follow KOHEPETS on Instagram. PSST, there’s a giveaway coming up real soon on their IG account too once they hit 2,000 followers and that’s pretty soon if you do join as one of their followers.
—–Note: Lady J’s musings received shopping credits from KOHEPETS to get the above-mentioned products for the purpose of this review. No additional monetary rewards were given. All views expressed are purely of my own and written according to my experience in using the service.