Pet Product Review: PL360 Dog Supplements

When you're the pet mom of a senior dog like me, you're always on the lookout for products that can simplify the process of making your dog feel his/her best. While Brick is still very active at the age of 10, a few months ago I started to hear a cracking noise coming from his joints when he jumped off the couch, or ran to pick up a toy. Around the same time is when PL360 reached out to me to see if I'd like to provide an honest review of their supplements. Of course, I said yes!

PL360 has been making pet care simpler for pet moms for the past 12 years. They use natural ingredients that are safe for pets, and they find innovative ways to make pet care easier so you and your pet can get back to doing the things that you love.

You can find the products I reviewed in this post at or even on Amazon.

As you can see, each tablet is slightly smaller than a quarter. The tablets are easily split into two or four pieces — depending on the size your dog needs based on his/her weight.

Brick LOVES the taste of PL360's products. He is always anxious to take his supplements each day. The tablet is easily chewed and obviously scrumptious!

PL360: Advanced Hip & Joint Formula

After giving PL360's Advanced Hip & Joint Formula to Brick for a little over a month, we've seen great results! Although Brick's joints still crack when he makes a big jump, or stands up after a long nap in his bed, I haven't noticed them cracking as much as they were before we started the supplement.

Brick has been full of energy (which is not always easy for a pet mom) and it's obvious that he has been feeling great. He loves the taste of these supplements, and the cats even try to get their shot at Brick's supplements (don't worry, I don't let them!). 

Before starting a new supplement, always review the feeding instructions. Due to Brick's small size, we only gave him about 1/2 tablet each day for the first 4-6 weeks, and then bumped it up to 1/2 tablet each morning and night to equal 1 full tablet a day. They have natural ingredients, so I felt comfortable giving them to him.

PL360: Anxiety Relief

If you have a Min Pin, you know just how anxious they can be at times. When taking Brick places in the car, or when new visitors come over to our house, I started giving him 1/2 tablet of PL360's anxiety relief supplement and I REALLY saw a difference. Brick was clearly calmer, and less fidgety after taking this supplement.

While I wouldn't recommend taking this supplement as a substitute for providing boundaries for your pup, I would recommend it for special situations where your dog gets more overwhelmed than normal. For example, at one point during our trial it was time for Brick to get his bi-monthly Pawdicure at Petsmart — I knew it would be the perfect time to test out this anxiety relief supplement — and I wasn't wrong! Brick was calmer than I've ever seen him in the car (see video below for Brick's typical reaction when he knows we're headed to Petsmart!)

I hope you enjoyed my honest review of PL360's advanced hip & joint formula and anxiety relief supplement. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment below or send me an email at

Q&A with Feline Behaviorist and Pet Blogger, Catlanna

Have you ever owned a cat who scratched excessively, showed extreme aggression or refused to use the litter box? Did you know that you can hire a feline behaviorist to help alter your cat's behavior? We recently had the opportunity to interview the CEO of Catlanna, a blogger who, similar to Jackson Galaxy from Animal Planet's "My Cat from Hell", also functions as a feline behaviorist and adoption consultant.

Learn more about how Catlanna got into the feline behaviorist industry, and some tips and tricks for keeping your cat happy, check out the Q&A below. Also, check out our exciting giveaway near the bottom of the post, and don't forget to follow Catlanna on Twitter!

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your business, how you started and what you do?

A: My interest in animal behavior, communication, psychology and cognition started as a child, but it wasn't until recently that I took an active approach.  I started volunteering at various organizations and vet clinics to gain experience.  After awhile, I felt the desire to share my journey with others, so my blog was born. Originally, I wanted to document what I was learning and the experiences I was having, but the blog turned into a business when I was being approached by so many people for help. Why cats? Well, because they are awesome (and there is a severe need for cat-based services)!

Q: What sparked your interest in this field of work? Did you have a pet who displayed behavioral issues?

A: I adopted a Siamese mix from the Houston SPCA in December 2012 who created havoc in my (then) two cat household. There were times I was worried that he was going to seriously injure my tabby cat. I felt the desperation that many pet parents feel, where you are at your limit and are ready to surrender your new friend.  As frustrating as it was, I did not give up and firmly believed that once you adopt an animal that it is part of the family forever.  I worked through his issues with mentors and behavior consultants, and we were able to create harmony in the home again. It was beautiful. This experience was the spark that ignited the flame, but I have had many experiences since that have fueled the fire, as well.

Q: What are a few of the behavior issues you see most commonly in domesticated cats?

A: The most common behavior issues I see in house cats is improper elimination (aka spraying, peeing and/or pooping outside of the litter box). Spraying is generally an indication of territory or confidence issues. A pet parent can usually tell it's spray if they see only pee splatters on vertical surfaces. Peeing and pooping outside of the box is generally an indication of litter box aversion. This means the cat is avoiding the litter box for some particular reason. The difficult thing is if there are multiple cats in one household, because it can be hard to determine who is the culprit. There is usually more than one culprit!

Q: When a cat scratches on furniture or shows aggression, is it acting on its instincts or is that a learned behavior?

A: This is an interesting question and touches on two separate behaviors. When a cat scratches on furniture, they are spreading their scent, stretching and are sometimes letting out an emotional release.  In my personal experience, I believe the act of scratching is an instinctual behavior but the location of scratching can be learned. When a cat shows aggression, it could be so many things. First of all, it needs to be ruled out that your cat's aggression is a result of physical pain. Generally aggression is categorized into one or more of the following: territorial, fear-induced, play-induced, redirected, over-petting, predatory, etc. It is my current understanding that the stimulus causing aggression can be instinctual or learned, but an aggressive reaction is instinctual. For example, if your cat shows aggression when afraid of a large predator, this would be an instinctual-based stimuli and reaction. If your cat shows aggression when a large hand comes near his/her head (aka hand-shy), then the stimuli's fear is learned but the reaction is instinctual. An animal can learn that a stimuli is non-threatening through desensitization and counter-conditioning.

Q: What can cat parents do to keep their indoor cats satisfied/happy and active?

A: This is a loaded question! I would first recommend a cat parent to check out my resources page, where I continually update cool and fun items that I've found. I always recommend clients to use every feeding opportunity as a reward-based activity, whether it is training or enrichment. Create vertical space and hiding space. Remember that personal time with each cat is important for their emotional health.

Q: What kind of services do you provide pet owners?

A: I provide services for cat behavior, lifestyle and/or relationship consulting. This may include behavior modification, environment enrichment, emotional guidance, pre-adoption recommendations or selecting referrals for specific work. I am here to help people have the best loving relationship with their cat in the happiest home.   

Q: What can a cat parent expect during a consultation?

A: For most services, a cat parent will need to fill out a questionnaire, and then we will set up a time to meet or video conference.  If it is a conference, it can be recorded, if desired. There will be email follow-up ranging from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the case. We work until we reach the goal of a happy cat in a happy home.


Catlanna has been nice enough to give away a free 40 minute feline behavior or adoption phone consultation, which is a $60 value, to one Project Pet Mom reader! To enter the consultation giveaway, you must first follow @thecatlanna and @projectpetmom on Twitter and then fill out the form below. For more information about the free 40 minute consultation, please click here.

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About Catlanna:

Lanna is a city dweller residing in Texas with her husband and three cats: Bailey, Captain Jack Sparrow and Lady Asti.  

Upon obtaining her undergraduate degree in engineering and a minor in Mandarin Chinese, she worked in the corporate world in supply chain, project management, marketing and sales of engineered products.  After a few years, she began to follow her passion of helping animals. It began with volunteering, then education and shadowing, which evolved into building her business.  The goal is to keep animals in their homes, and out of shelters - starting with cats. She is taking initiative to learn about related topics and share with you along the way in her blog. She wants to help others by offering services based on experience and her networks of collaborative professionals.   

Dealing with Loss: A Tribute to My Companion, Best Friend and Little Pup

If you have ever lost a pet, you know what it feels like to grieve. Even though our pets aren't directly related to us, we take them in as our own and when we lose them it feels like we've lost a family member or friend. Everyone copes with loss in different ways, but we must remember that it's important to keep the memories of our pets alive by talking about the good times.

Below is a guest post written by my coworker, turned great friend and great listener, Chelsea Hagan, about losing her 4-year-old German Shepard/Black Lab mix, Drake, to cancer earlier this year. 

Dealing with Loss: A Tribute to My Companion, Best Friend and Little Pup

A few months ago, I jumped into the back of my parent’s car after a long flight from Seattle back to my hometown Canton, Ohio. Jetlagged, tired and hungry I gabbed on about the annoying person who took my window seat on the last leg of my flight. When I finally finished telling my story, I instantly sensed that something was wrong. 

My mom simply said, “I have bad news. Drake has cancer. He doesn’t have much longer.” And with that, I lost control of all of my emotions. 

One of my first days with Drake He was so small, I had to carry him everywhere. No wonder he ended up thinking he was a lap dog!

One of my first days with Drake He was so small, I had to carry him everywhere. No wonder he ended up thinking he was a lap dog!

I’ll never forget the first time I met Drake. My family and I saw an ad in the paper for German Shepherd and Black Lab puppies, so we jumped into the car and it was love at first sight. I instantly ran into the backyard and snagged the first dog that couldn’t run away from me. Of course, he was the smallest of the bunch, only 6 pounds. 

Drake was the perfect dog, but doesn’t every owner of a pet think that? One month after his diagnosis, Drake passed away. I will admit that this has been the hardest loss in my 22-year life. I don’t quite know if that makes me “lucky,” but it certainly has made dealing with his loss tougher. I’m definitely not an expert, however losing Drake has taught me a great deal about loss.

1. People are understanding.
I was at work the day I found out Drake passed away. As soon as I got the phone call, I could not hold back the tears. One of my coworkers had lost her father earlier that week. When she heard me crying, she asked what was wrong. I almost did not want to tell her. I felt selfish for telling her my pain over the loss of my dog, when she had lost her father. Certainly my pain was nothing in comparison to hers. However, she was more understanding than I could have imagined. And that same sentiment was carried by all who I told. The pain of losing a pet seems to be universal. People understand and they care. 

2. Cherish the good memories.
Near the end of his life, Drake was not the same fun loving, happy dog. He was aloof, tired and although he couldn’t talk to me, I know near the end he was in pain. It can be difficult not to focus on the end of his life. To ask the questions, did I do the right thing as an owner, should I have gotten him chemo, is he mad at me? But, those questions do not do justice for Drake’s life. I force myself, when talking about Drake, to discuss the good memories. The time he killed a rabbit in the backyard and was so proud of himself he wanted to bring it inside to show us. Or when I would hide under the blankets and he would do everything he could to “find” me. Or him begging to go outside so he could run with the neighbor dog up and down the fence until his heart desired. Those were things that defined Drake, cancer didn’t and continually does not. Cancer was a moment, but not his life. 

3. Support everyone through the loss.
Drake was my dog. I picked him out, I raised him through his first year of life. But, I went off to college and left Drake with my parents. I know Drake’s passing was tough for me, but I couldn’t imagine what my parents were feeling. My mom stayed at home everyday with Drake. When my dad came home from work, Drake would jump on his lap before he could even get his boots off just to say hello. My parents loved Drake as much as I did. The death of a pet typically impacts many people. My parents and I have had many conversations about Drake. We have discussed the good and at times have focused on the bad. But, I know it is important for me to be there for them as they are for me. Drake is no longer in pain, it is important that as a family we get to that point too.

I will never forget Drake or the memories we shared. I will always miss his snuggles, kisses and love. My family will always miss his presence. Life without him will never be the same as life with him. And even though four years was not long enough, I’m grateful for the time we had. 

Because knowing Drake brightened every, single day of my family’s life, made us better people and taught everyone what unwavering love really means.  

When you have as cute of a dog as Drake, of course you make him model his favorite treats. Whenever he had his Baneful Baked Delights, he would put it in his mouth and run away from me to hide and eat it. Silly dog, I did NOT want his treat.

Drake loved my boyfriend Matt almost as much as he loved me. Whenever Matt would come home with me Drake would freak out!


About the author: Chelsea Hagan is a Columbus-based PR pro and OSU grad who is slightly obsessed with cars, Netflix and caffeine. She’s fiercely passionate, putting her all into everything she does and striving to make a difference in this crazy world. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaaHagan and visit her blog:

Wellness TruFood Cat & Dog Food Review

I'm always on the lookout for the best food for my pets. I want to feed them something they'll enjoy, but I also demand that the ingredients are top notch. When I heard about Wellness Pet Food's new TruFood line, I was anxious to give it a try. Each recipe includes whole foods blended by hand and baked in small batches, and all ingredients are similar to the foods we humans would use to cook for ourselves. TruFood is also a raw-inspired diet, so it comes with all the benefits of cooking for your pet, without the hassle of time-intensive preparation.

Wellness was gracious enough to send this picky pet mom a few samples from the TruFood line for both Brick and Smokey. Below is an honest video review of the dry dog and cat food. Enjoy!  

This is the first video review for us here at Project Pet Mom, so don't forget to leave a comment with any product questions and don't hold back from letting us know how we can improve moving forward. As always, remember to subscribe to our channel so you can be the first to see our upcoming videos.

You too could try TruFood, sign up below for a chance to win a sample of their new tasty pairings meal for either your cat or dog. The winner will be notified via email after October 31.

Pet moms, have you tried Wellness Pet Food's new TruFood line for your pets? What did you think about the quality of their product? Tell us below in the comments!

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