February 02, 2024
This is my story of a pup limp that wouldn’t go away. Don't worry, it has a happy ending!
Chancellor is a 4 year old fox red lab. He is very active and constantly moving, running, shredding, fetching, searching or playing. Chancellor plays HARD!
Every once in a while he would tweak an ankle. We could tell because he would either let out a whimper or favor it when he walked. But when he did, we’d just take it easy for a few days, leashed walks, no fetch, and he’d been fine.
About two months ago, he hurt his ankle and couldn’t shake it. We took it easy for a few days, like we usually do, but as soon as we started playing, he would let out a tiny cry and come back for love. He's done this since he was a puppy. When something hurts he puts his head and tail down and comes back for comfort before he tears off and starts playing again. So I knew it wasn’t getting better. We couldn't find a pattern, something he was doing, a way he was turning or any type of consistent time or reason he would have it hurt.
We went to the vet and didn't get any answers. "Joint injuries are common in labs as they get older." They couldn't find anything definitive either, guessed it was tendinitis and said it's most likely some thing we just have to deal with. I did not want him to be in pain his whole life, and he's only four!
I've gotten to know Sue over the years and I was completely out of ideas so I reached out. She was so caring and knowledgable. She recommended a few supplements to try and explained what they would do for him. My first choice is always a natural option over medication and don't want to give Chancellor anything that could harm him or have side effects unless there was no choice.
I'm so happy we started taking Big Sky Supplement Flex and Anti-Inflammation herb mixes. They are a game changer! It was so easy. I realize he is a lab, but I added them to his food and he ate them straight away. After a couple weeks, we started trying to play slow and then more and more. The limping was gone! His ankle didn't hurt him anymore. And I didn’t have to see those sad puppy eyes when he wanted me to make it better and I didn't know how. I am so grateful for this all natural, easy and healthy fix! It’s now a staple in his diet.
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September 21, 2023
Last month Sandi turned 8, and she had been starting to show a little age. She was a little more tired than usual not wanting to play as much, and was suddenly needing help to jump up on the bed or in the 4Runner. We added the Senior Herb Mix from Big Sky Supplements and she definitely got her spunk back! She and Aspen have been having their evening zoomies wrestling matches again, and she’s had no hesitation jumping up. We are so glad to see this side of her back again, 8 years young Sandi girl!
We do everything we can to help ensure the dogs are healthy from the inside out and their bodies have the support they need for all that our life together asks of them. Our time with them in our life is never long enough, but we want to maximize it to the best of our ability which is why we rely on Big Sky Supplements herb mixes to help give them the added support they need for full body wellness.
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August 28, 2023
Finding Ruff Bars have been such a HUGE game changer for us! Ever since I got Apollo I always struggled with him having food sensitivities. So, I'm always careful what I give to him whether its a treat or food. I always have to check all the ingredients.
It was so amazing to find such a great product that has simple ingredients that I actually know with no weird preservatives. An added perk is Apollo finds them such high value, which says something since he's also such a picky eater. Artemis loves them too but she generally loves everything haha! It has definitely upped our training game!!
We found out about the company a little over a year ago and were hooked with first bite! I love that there's a range of products to select from. We use Ruff Bites for training as I compete competitively in rally, obedience, and agility with the pups. We bring Ruff Bars with us on all our hiking and outdoor adventures which is great because it's a little boost to their energy half way through our adventure. Now with Summit Bars coming out I get my own little energy boosting snack and don't have to share with them anymore!! Ruff Food has been a life saver for us on all our overnight adventures. Since the pups are raw fed its always been a stresser for me to figure out how to bring their meals with us and keep the food fresh. With Ruff Food I don't have to worry about it since its freeze dried raw and all that's needed is to add water! There's also supplements available for all sorts of needs. Flex and Healthy Coat have been our staples for a few months now and I've seen a difference in both dogs!
Sue and the team at Big Sky Products is always so amazing and helpful to answer any questions we ever have! I was having urinary issues with Artemis and Sue recommended that we try out the Daily Health + Liver Support. I am definitely excited to start incorporating this awesome supplement to her diet.
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June 26, 2023
Hoji loves Ruff Bar - that much is obvious. However, did you know we first learned about this company through Ruff Food?
We started our journey a few years ago when we learned about Kairos herbs and supplements through some friends who were reps for them. We alternate between Daily Healthy and Healthy Coat and freeze them mixed with yogurt in for easy daily feeding. When the companies combined to form Big Sky Products, we learned about the whole food ingredients and lack of preservatives used in Ruff Bar and started adding them to our order too!
We try and spend every weekend doing something outdoors with Hoji - hiking, at the lake, and camping in the summer, and backcountry skiing or snowshoeing in the winter - and these are an easy thing to pack, a dog energy bar for a boost so Hoji gets a snack when we stop for lunch! They are also key to have cut up in a reusable bag to use for recall or training - we practice our trail etiquette and move Hoji off the trail or recall and leash up when we see others coming, and now Hoji knows that if she sees a person and comes to us then she may get a treat.
March 28, 2023
Ever since Chancellor was a puppy he has been super active and we've had a bit of a challenge keeping weight on him.
He's been able to maintain a healthy weight on a higher serving of a high calorie dog food.
We love being outdoors, especially hiking and backpacking. Taking Chancellor with us is the highlight because he was born to be in the wilderness. But we were concerned because we knew how many calories he would burn and we didn't want to put him a unhealthy situation.
Ruff Bars are basically high-quality dog protein energy bars and a perfect, easy-to-pack active dog treat. Having minimal preservatives and natural ingredients, we actually know, is a huge bonus. Chancellor loves Ruff Bars - salmon is his favorite! We feel good about feeding him Ruff Bars and you can tell he gets a boost after eating one. It's rewarding to be able to give your best friend such a high quality dog energy bar.
We were also lucky enough to try Ruff Food freeze dried dog food for the first time on a backpacking trip. It is super lightweight and easy to pack and carry. Pro tip: don't put it in your dogs backpack in case they jump in a lake! The freeze dried food rehydrates easily, smells amazing (like fresh ground beef) and is an easy, healthy meal for dogs while backpacking. We love spoiling him when we are snow camping and using warm water to make him a cozy breakfast.
It's nice (almost relieving) to find a brand that cares about our dog as much as we do. We are thankful we found Big Sky Products - Chancellor is too! :)
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July 05, 2019
We've tried other CBD oil, with some success but not as much as I had looked for with Rose's general anxiety. After switching to yours we again saw a small change but still not huge. After adding the Harmonious Blend with CBD, Rose has been like a whole other dog! Her anxiety levels have gone to almost nonexistent. In the 3 years I've had her she was always on edge. She's been playing with toys (she never did before), lays fully on her back for belly rubs and is just less nervous about everything! I want to thank you so much for allowing me to get the deal on the herbs to try they're just what we needed!
July 05, 2019
We just recently started using the high potency CBD for Hazel's car anxiety since our car accident. Today was the first day I got to test it out on a longer trip, we were in the car one way for over an hour, with ZERO anxious panting or trembling. She was relaxed and enjoyed the car for the first time in 3 months thanks to the high potency tincture!
KC was recently started on the liver and kidney support and we are noticing a huge difference in his seasonal allergies! He has half the eye goop he usually does this time of year and a very rarely catch him itching or chewing on himself!
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May 30, 2019
Head over to my Instagram story to get the run down of Big Sky Supplements.
"They are perfect for Teton’s raw dinner meals & even his kibble breakfasts. They can be for on the go, or in the home. I am so thankful for Kairos, and their commitment to creating healthy supplements for our dogs. Teton has benefited greatly from the herbs to support his joints, immune system, & those TumEaze treats are a heaven sent blessing!"
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May 13, 2019
"A big shout out goes to Big Sky Supplements (@bigsky.supplements) and their liver and kidney support herbs. They’ve been a huge help in our healing and recovery process and our vet was so excited when I asked if we could use them. We owe the powers of milk thistle a big ol’ thank you!"
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